Time of Separation

“This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth Matthew 13:49-50

Separation – this is the word that I heard from the Lord recently- the day of Separation. He spoke to me about His gathering angels. The angels who are sent from heaven to do His work. They know who is of God’s Kingdom and those who are not. God’s people are clearly marked. The ones who belong to Jesus and are His, who are reserved for Him are clearly recognisable. They bear the mark of Christ.

I was reminded of this scripture from Matthew 13 and the parables which Jesus taught about the day when those who are good and those who are bad will be separated. The separation of the wheat from the chaff at the time of harvest which Jesus talks about in the following parable.

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Jesus went on to explain the parable so that we can understand:

“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man (Jesus). 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. (The gathering angels)

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Matthew 13:24-30,37-43

The Lord is reminding us through His Grace and Mercy that this day of separation will come. It will take place. There can be no “mixing” or “hybrid” in the Kingdom of God. It will be a clear separation. There is no middle ground. The wheat are those who belong to God’s Kingdom. His children will be separated from the children of the devil (the weeds). The father of lies who deceives the whole world.

There is a time of separation coming and the Lord is preparing His people. The Lord is reserving His people and will reserve them unto Himself for the days ahead, when the Anti-Christ and the Beast start to make their move, when they start to rise up and do what it is that they are purposed to do. The Lord knows that day and the season as all is planned in His time.

The Lord is also encouraging us to be patient and steadfast in Him. To patiently endure the times ahead. Let us not act hastily and make quick decision but wait patiently on God for His perfect will. I am reminded that it is the fool who rushes in. Those who are foolish will still refuse to believe the truth but those whose faith and trust is in God, they shall not be moved. Let us encourage each other to run the race of faith and not to turn back but to keep pressing in. We want to be people who are clearly recognisable as those who are of God’s kingdom, marked by Him (not with the false mark of the beast) and gathered in the day of separation. For the day of separation will surely come like a thief in the night.

I ask our Heavenly Father that there will be many who will respond to the gospel message in these days ahead before that day of separation comes. That their hearts will be softened and they will become a child of God. A true living child of the King released into all that He has for them.

God will not let His people down. God is speaking to His children in this hour and encouraging us to “Keep the faith”. Let us be those who pursue peace with all men and do not forget that love covers a multitude of sins.

Blessings to you this day in Jesus’ name.

Power in the Presence

This is a beautiful inspiring poem written by a lovely lady called Bee from our church fellowship. She has allowed me the privilege of sharing it on my blog. It really touched my heart and I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you too x

They prayed & laid on hands in love
But the one who held the key
Was the one who came in silence
And sat and cried with me.

He didn’t seek for understanding
He didn’t offer prayer
He just came down into my valley
And waited with me there

No aid was offered nor accepted
To relieve me of my pain
But there was power in his presence
With no judgement, fear or shame.

You say ‘he must have been an angel,
Or even Christ the Lord!’ Believe me –
He was just a man.
Human. Christian. Flawed.

But when he sat beside me
I knew the presence of the Son
For the Spirit dwelt within him
And he let God’s glory come.

I didn’t leave the valley
When he left me for the light
But my faith and hope
Did flicker in the darkness of my night.

I ask God to pull me from the valley
But so far, he has said no.
So I need friends to walk with me
To go where I must go

One day the King will come
Glorious light to end all pain
But still there’s power in the presence
Of the ones who love His Name

B.H.
Jan 2021
Mark 9:24

A love letter from God

For God is love.

Every bit of God’s love is in creation. His footprint of love is in creation. Jesus was the living Word and where He walked…..love, where He lived….love, the air He breathed…love, the ground on which He spilt His blood…love. A loving touch by a loving Son felt in the fabric of Creation.

God’s touch of love was in Creation. His loving breath into Adam’s lungs. The gift of life given by a loving Father by His very breath. The breath of love. His hands of love. His imprint of love is in the very fabric of Creation.

This beautiful earth which was created for us is a love letter from our Creator God. He created us and gave us the gift of life to enjoy the beauty of His creation.

A loving Father, a loving son Jesus, a gentle & loving Spirit, Holy Spirit; the dove that hovers, wings outstretched over all Creation.

The Lord has written His love into the very foundations of the earth. All that He is, all that He has, it was His very best which was poured out as a love offering for us before the throne of Grace. A love so pure, so strong, so amazing that none could be found that could possess such love but God himself. God who gave of Himself for all of us. To give us life.

How amazing to be loved like that. A love that will sacrifice itself for someone else. What love is this? The love letter from God poured out in the blood that flowed from its Creator’s side, received into the earth itself. Poured out as an offering before God’s throne. What love is this that could be so pure; so amazing; so freely and abundantly given. Nothing held back but all done for His good pleasure and to redeem His children and show us that He loves us.

Blessed be the name of the Most High God. Blessed be His name forever and ever. Amen.

Biscuits 🍪

You’ll be pleased to know this isn’t a post about giving up biscuits (cookies) for Lent but rather about the unusual ways God sometimes gets our attention and speaks to us about big things.

I love the fact that the Lord loves to engage with us. He speak to our hearts and sometimes brings a big thing to reflect on but in an engaging and fun way. This happened to me the other night.

My friends and I were having a our weekly chat/pray/bible study over WhatsApp and we took 5 minutes out to listen to a worship song and ask the Lord to speak to us. The word I heard in my spirit was “Biscuits”. Initially, I was like “Lord really? are you teasing me?”Biscuits had nothing to do with what we had been talking about and I wasn’t even thinking about biscuits. Either this was a completely random thought crossing my mind or a word spoken to me by the Lord.

I said Lord -“You want me to share the word “Biscuits” when we all come back together”. In my mind I was already thinking that my friends will think what!! She’s lost it, lockdown has finally tipped her over the edge. However, that still small voice said again “Biscuits”..and “Just you wait and see”….

Ok, so when we came back together to share what we believed the Lord has spoken to our hearts, I just said “Biscuits”. My friends laughed but then asked if I had anymore from the Lord to which I replied .”No, just Biscuits.”

My friend Heather (bless her) had the key though to unlock my word “Biscuits” and interpret what the Lord was saying.

She shared that when I said “Biscuits” she was immediately reminded of a word the Lord had given her about Expectation. Heather has a dog Lola who like all dogs loves Biscuits. Whenever Heather takes her for a walk, Lola knows that in Heather’s pocket there are biscuits. She expects to receive a biscuit when Heather reaches in her pocket and she certainly expects to receive a biscuit on her walk. She will sit down and stare at Heather’s pocket knowing that there are good treats to be had. She just has to patiently wait and Heather will give her a biscuit. The Lord challenged Heather on her walk about whether she also expects to receive good things from God and also what her expectation is of God. Is He a BIG, BIG, BIG God to her?

If you have read some of my recent posts on No bargain basement, Good Gifts and Open Sesame that this also follows a theme that God has been speaking to me about recently. God has been encouraging us to Ask him and Expect to receive good gifts from our Father in Heaven. Yet again, God is finding another way to speak to our hearts and gently challenge us by asking us “What is your expectation of Me.”?

I pray that we will all prayerfully consider this question and if our expectation of God is wrong that we will allow Him to show us and bring us into a right expectation of Him. The Lord is so gracious in how He speaks to our hearts. I am reminded of the word I shared some time ago about Expectation and have posted the link below in case you have not read it before.

Expectation – What is my expectation

I pray you have a blessed day and now I’m off to have a cup of tea and a biscuit x

Surrounded by God

In the night I awoke with these verses from Psalm 91 in my thoughts and immediately felt a sense of God’s peace and assurance that His arm of protection was shielding me as I was nestled in a place of security. As a mother hen gathers her chicks underneath her for warmth and protection so was this sense of Gods love surrounding me.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2 – https://www.biblegateway

There is a promise in these verses that when we abide in God (as Jesus encourages us to do) that we can rest (not be anxious or worried) even when the storm is raging around us and trust Him. His presence surrounds us in all circumstances and when we are resting and sleeping God is working on our behalf and He watches over us.

I am reminded of the song by Michael W Smith called Surrounded (Fight My Battles)

The Word Says
“For the spirit of heaviness”
“Put on the garment of praise”
That’s how we fight our battles (yeah)This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
(What we’re doing tonight)
This is how I fight my battles
(Just when you think you’re lost)It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You (hey)

It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded
But I’m surrounded by You

This is how I fight my battles

When things are at their worst. If you are feeling oppressed and surrounded by trouble, anxiety on all sides then God wants to encourage you today that He is surrounding you with His love and wants you to rest in Him. Give your worries to Him and receive God’s peace in exchange.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 – https://www.biblegateway.com

May God bless you today 😊🙏

It’s Ash Wednesday and #LiveLent

There are some great tools available to help us reflect on Jesus and our Christian faith as we enter Lent and the next 40 days of reflection. The Church of England have started #LiveLent which can be accessed through their App, Twitter,Instagram and on line.

www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/live-lent

Have a blessed day x

God will not be mocked

I heard these words in my spirit so clearly this morning and the Lord reminded me of the word I received last year about watching the nations to see who they would align themselves with. I have copied that word below again for prayer consideration. At the time the Lord reminded me that the decisions made by nations would have eternal consequences and I believe the warning to the nations is that God will not be mocked. God knows the truth and He will not be mocked by charades and pretence. God requires justice and righteousness in the nations. He will call the nations to account for their deeds.

“I sense that God is encouraging us to watch & pray and see which nations are aligning themselves with each other in the times ahead.

Nations which at one time were bitter enemies may start to align themselves – taking sides against other nations. 

Nations which at one time would have relied on support from another nation will instead be betrayed when that nation unexpectedly sides against them. 

I felt God say that this is a time when nations need to be careful who they align themselves with in the days ahead and what they do. Those decisions will have eternal consequences.

Nations are in danger of allowing pride to deceive them into making the wrong alliances.

Obadiah is one of the shortest books in the Old Testament but it warns about the consequences of such actions for the nation of Edom. In verse 3 we read about the nation of Edom “the pride of your heart has deceived you”.

Edom picked the wrong side to support. They chose to align themselves with an enemy against Israel & the people of God who were their brothers. 

Edom was part of the winning side or so it seemed at the time. Israel was defeated. Edom celebrated the victory and rejoiced over Israel’s destruction & captivity.

However, God was against their behavior – v 10 – For violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you” v11 – in the day that you stood on the other side”

Edom aligned themselves wrongly.

The consequences of that decision & their subsequent actions were that they were going to be shamed & brought low. God would take vengeance on their actions and against those who harmed His people. God was going to restore His people.

In verse 15 it says “For the day of the Lord upon all nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you – your reprisal shall return upon your own head“.

How the nations act & what they do – God will measure it back to them.

There is a day of divine justice coming to all the nations of the earth. 

Jesus said that in the last days “Nations will rise against Nations” – Matthew 24:7

Let us watch & pray over the nations as the Lord leads us in these days.”

Watch the Nations – whose side will they take?

The heart of worship

I was reminded this week of how easy it can be to neglect our worship times with God especially in the current COVID circumstances. I can get distracted by doing life, work and the busyness of doing and then my times of personal worship to God suffer.

The Lord prompted me through a dream not to neglect the former things but to return to the heart of worship. There is a song about this by Matt Redman with beautiful lyrics which say:

“When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart”

Those words really spoke to my heart and as I listened to the song, I realised again how gracious God is when He gently reminds me to check my heart and draws Me back to Him. The source of life and perfect peace.

A glimpse of heaven awaits us in our times of worship. We lift up our eyes to His throne and His glory. Heaven’s seat of might and power. As we worship we see the Lamb of God..His beauty, His power, His glory. Heaven’s darling. We saturate ourselves in His presence through our praise and worship. We get a heavenly perspective of things and clearer revelation to help us be steadfast in faith and overcome things. We ascend those hills of praise and answer His call to come up higher to Him. To ascend the hill of the Lord. Our faith rises up as we gain fresh understanding and revelation of our great God and Jesus. We encounter the refreshing power of His Holy Spirit as we meet with Him.

I encourage myself (and I hope you) to keep the music of heaven and worship alive in our hearts. We exchange the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise and are filled with the joy of our salvation.

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” Psalm 42:1

No bargain basement in God

Following on from this week’s post about the good gifts that God has for His Saints, I am going to share a picture which my friend Deb received which may bring some further insight.

Deb had a picture of a very large retail store which was stocked full of loads of items on the shelves. There were rows and rows of shelves packed full of lovely items as far as she could see and she knew she could pick absolutely anything in the store as a gift from God. Instead of choosing something from the shelves though she headed down to the bargain basement to the cheap, reduced items.

She suddenly asked herself what was she doing. Why when she could have anything in the store was she headed down there to the bargain basement. Why was she settling for less than the best God was offering her? This picture speaks of self-worth and believing that we are not deserving of God’s best gifts. We settle for the crumbs from His banqueting table rather than take our seat at the table and enjoy the feast He provides for us.

Does this picture strike a chord? Do you struggle to accept the best that God wants for you. Some of God’s children don’t believe that they are worthy to receive such good gifts and blessings from God. The Lord is saying – Yes you are. He wants you to have His best. You are His child. It’s time for us to get out of the bargain basement mentality.

We as God’s children are worth so much more than the items left in the bargain basement. God has the best in store (excuse the pun) for His children. Let us change our mindsets and bring them into alignment with God’s thinking. He is not a bargain basement God. He has the best in store for you.

Good gifts from our Father in Heaven

Hi all, my friend, Heather sent me these encouraging words today which I want to share with you too. I hope you are blessed.

I awoke this morning with 2 scriptures which came to my mind quite clearly. The first one was 1 Corinthians 2 verse 9:

No eye has seen, no ear heard or no mind can conceive what the Lord has prepared for those who love Him”

The second scripture was Psalm 34 v 8:

Come taste and see that the Lord is good”

I believe the Lord wants us to come so much deeper in. We are not to be just spectators looking in at the window of some great mansion or palace and wondering what it would be like to live there. God wants us to come in and take our place at the table set for us with our name on. There is a place for each one of us.

I was then prompted to read Numbers 13. These verses speak about the land flowing with milk and honey which God had promised His people, the Israelites (“the Promised Land”). And they didn’t want to go in there!!

Why I asked of the Lord. Why didn’t they go in and take what you had promised was theirs. The Lord said that apart from the fear, (there were big giants who lived there) there was an attitude of “I don’t need or even deserve this goodness” in the people. Even worse there was “I’m ok where I am” and “I’ll just settle for things as they are”.

In Numbers chapter 14 v 11 we read that the Lord is grieved or even offended by these thoughts.

If you or I had beautiful gifts to give someone and they were rejected. Would we also not feel hurt?

The Lord was showing the people a land flowing with milk and honey ( all good things) which was there for them to possess. God is saying the same to us. We do have to go in and take possession of it ( Numbers 13 v 30).

Let’s not be afraid or disheartened or settle for less than God has for us and wants to give us. Let us not grieve the Lord by not receiving what He has for us. Let us press in to take possession of all that God wants to give us.

We will have battles to overcome but the Lord promised He is with us.
Blessings in Jesus name x