Isaiah 62:10 "Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people, Build up, Build up the highway, Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!
I am a 53 year old wife and mother of two daughters. I have been married for 28 years. I became a Christian in 1976 and was baptised in the Holy Spirit in 1977. I love Jesus and want to encourage and hopefully inspire fellow believers and others to follow Christ and grow in the knowledge of God through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. I am passionate about prayer and want to step into all God has for me to do for Him. I hope my posts are a blessing.
At the beginning of November I had a picture whilst praying to the Lord.
I was seated with the Lord in a quiet place when suddenly a great wind blew up which started howling all around us and the walls and the ground started shaking. I was terrified as the wind was so strong and the walls around us started to collapse, but the Lord drew me close and put me in the crook of his arm. Even though I could still hear the wind roaring I felt safe and secure.
After that picture, as I prayed I felt the Lord say that we are going into days ahead of great darkness. There is a storm coming – a financial storm.
I believe the Lord is warning us that there is going to be a shaking again of the financial institutions of the world.
They have been shaken before but this time there is to be a mighty shaking which will cause many of them to collapse.
Great fear and panic will seize people as they realise that their assets and funds have been exploited by these institutions.
I felt the Lord was also warning us to be watchful to see who will come to the aid of people when all seems lost.
Beware of those who are the vultures just intent on picking over the carcasses of what has happened.
Those who intend to prey on the vulnerable and exploit their misery even more.
At this time the Lord says that He will arise amongst His people to bring ships to the rescue of those who are suffering.
This is the time for those nations to come forward and do good. This will be their opportunity to feed and look after and help those in need.
These ships will arise out of countries who will come to the aid of those from whom they have received aid in the past.
Woe to those nations who choose to turn a blind eye at this time. For they will have to answer to the Lord.
The Lord says that these days will be dark but He will provide for His people.
Turn to Him and call on His name for He will miraculously provide what is needed. He will care for His children.
Let our light shine before men who will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
The Lord will not let His faithful be put to shame. He will crown them with glory at this time.
This will be a time of great suffering and perseverance and endurance will be needed within the body of Christ. Let faith and hope arise.
Clothe ourselves with love and grace and put on mercy and tender kindness.
The King is coming. He is not slow in His coming as some would think but He will arrive at the appointed time with great glory and triumph over all His enemies.
Arise and keep your eyes fixed on Him for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
He will sustain us through these times ahead and will not let us stumble or fall. Call on Him and you will be saved. Amen 🙏
The mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news 😀
I have some good news to give you today which some of you already know (but it’s encouraging to be reminded) and to some it may be the first time you heard.
Jesus is alive.
Hallelujah Praise God 👏👏👏👏
He has conquered sin and death.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God with all things under His feet …..that is all demonic principalities and powers which are beneath His feet. Colossians 2:15
I read something the other day that concerned me regarding the power of demonic forces. Reference was made to the outcome of a battle which the prophet Elisha had said would be won by the Israelites but instead they were defeated when the King who was losing sacrificed his own son at the walls. The battle was turned. This story in 2 Kings 3 in the Old Testament shows us the power of blood sacrifice.
However, the posting seemed to suggest that the unleashing of demonic forces against the body of Christ and prophetic words which had been given could overcome God’s will and stop it being fulfilled.
I did not have peace about this. The Lord reminded me that this story is in the Old Testament and was before Jesus came and His sacrifice which changed everything. We are living in the power of a NEW COVENANT OF HIS BLOOD.
The Lord wants to remind us of the truth that there has never been a sacrifice more powerful than the one made by Jesus when He gave up His position with His Father in heaven and came to this earth He created and died for us.
The sacrifice of Jesus and the shedding of His blood 🩸 was more than sufficient to deliver us from the power of sin and darkness and to break all curses and the effects of sin off our lives.
There is no blood sacrifice that can be made now that is more powerful than the blood of Jesus. One precious drop of Jesus blood 🩸 which fell to this earth and was shed for each one of us is more powerful than any demonic sacrifice which is or has ever been made to the enemy or occult powers.
That King we read of in 2 Kings 3 1-27 certainly knew the power of the blood sacrifice especially of a son. Jesus was the son of God who became our sacrifice. That is the most powerful sacrifice there has ever been made. No one took Jesus life from Him. He freely laid down His life for us.
When you pray remember the position that you know pray from. Remember that you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus who is in authority over all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness.
You have the mind of Christ. You are part of the body of Christ and the body is connected to the Head.
Is Jesus worried about Satan’s strategies and attempts to manipulate? No because Jesus knows all things and Satan has been defeated by Jesus.
Connect your mind and thoughts with the mind of Christ and pray with authority against the wicked strategies of the enemy and pull down His strongholds.
Is there a war going on? Yes there certainly is but we are soldiers of Christ and we come from and fight from a place of victory to push back the enemy and to enforce the victory of the Cross.
We should never forget the finished work of the Cross and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The bible tells us in 1 John not to believe every spirit but to test it to see if it is of God because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The test is this “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God”.
Any word that denies Christ and the power of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection must be tested against the word of God.
I want to encourage you to remain rooted and firm in your trust and faith in Jesus Christ who is all powerful and victorious and is seated now in the highest place and at the right hand of God who has put all things under His feet.
Be encouraged by these words in Colossians.
Colossians 1. 13 “ He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the son of His love in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. V 20. And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself by Him whether things in earth or things in heaven having made peace through the blood of His cross”
Colossians 2 v 8. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to tradition of men, according to the principles of the world and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and you are complete in Him who is Head of all principality and power.
V15. Having disarmed principalities and powers He made a public spectacle of them TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT.
Lift up your heads oh you gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory ..The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads oh you gates Lift up you everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts is the King of glory. Psalm 24 7 -10.
Jesus said that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Why not? Because He is the King of glory spoken of by David in the Psalm and the gates of hell could not stand against him. He descended into hell and took the keys of death and hell and He has them now. Amen
My friend Karen shared these encouraging words about the Holy Spirit with me and I hope they bless you too;
I am the still small voice;
I am the strong wind;
I am the sound of many waters;
I am the fire from above;
I am the One that lives in you;
I am the One that walks by your side;
I am the One that guides your paths;
I am the One that wakens your spirit;
If you want to get closer;
If you want to walk in righteousness;
If you want me to set you alight;
Just ask and seek;
I am there;
you just need to find me;
I say seek me and you will find me. Amen
‘I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:13
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ Acts 1:8
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19-20
Thank you Jesus for sending us the Holy Spirit which is freely available for all of us believers in you today 🙏
If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit then I encourage you to ask and believe in faith that you will receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will help you to live out your life in Christ. You will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are there for you and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the character of Christ will develop in your life.
In late October I shared about my heavenly awakening in the night by the sound of a loud alarm clock.
I was awoken again this morning at 4.00 a.m by the same sound.
I believe the Lord is calling His people to pray in these days and to call out to Him with an urgency.
God wants to give us His heavenly perspective on what is happening and reveal the enemies strategies in this hour so that we can pray with wisdom and understanding as the Holy Spirit leads us.
We have been warned many times about deception in these days. The enemy has a great strategy of deception at work. His lies must be exposed.
We are living in unprecedented times but God has called us ..that’s you and me ….and appointed us for these days. We are the Esthers, the Daniels, the Josephs for these days.
We may feel weak and insignificant but in God we are mighty and powerful. When we humble ourselves before God and call on our Heavenly Father then we become more than conquerors in His name.
All of heaven is cheering us on and encouraging us not to give up but to remain faithful to Him that has called us.
All nations have been impacted by COVID 19. The scale of international debt is incredible and that will come with a heavy price to pay. There are economies of the world which have been decimated by this disease and the full impact is yet to be felt. The UK as a nation is now in so much debt.
America, Britain and Europe are all in the midst of turmoil with the presidential election and Brexit happening. We need Gods’ help in these days. Who is there to turn to except Him for He alone has the words of eternal life.
In October the Lord said that many are confused about what is happening. We have seen this following the U.S. election result but God is still sovereign. His word does not return void but accomplishes what it was sent forth to do. Gods word is powerful.
There is fertile ground for deception and much deception, lies and false news is being spread. Many are searching for truth and the Lord says if you Seek Him you will Find Him as He is the Truth, the Way and the Life.
Let us pray and encourage each other to pray. Blessings to you this day in Jesus precious name.
I don’t know about you but I really don’t like the word Condemnation.
Judges use it when passing sentences on an accused who has been found guilty and sentenced to a punishment which can include death. It must be a terrible thing to be condemned especially to death.
The bible tells us that the wages of sin is death but that through faith and salvation in Jesus Christ there is no longer any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Jesus has paid the price of our sins, all of them, and justified us completely.
It is sad that many of us are still struggling under the lie of condemnation and guilt.
The Holy Spirit convicts us as believers when we do wrong but does not bring condemnation.
If you still feel condemned and that you deserve everything that happens in your life. That it’s a just punishment for what you’ve done then God wants to remind you that He is a gracious and merciful God. Forgiveness means forgiveness. Please do not get trapped in condemnation. God blots out our sins from His remembrance and remembers them no more. It is by grace that we are saved.
He is a God who abundantly pardons us.
If we still have a definite intention to continue to sin and disobey God then that is not walking in the spirit but in the flesh. As followers of Christ we are new creations in Him and the old sinful self has been crucified with Christ.
We are called to be holy just as Jesus was holy so that we can proclaim the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9
We do mess up though and make mistakes and it is the mercy and forgiveness of God that we need in such times. That is the convicting work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He keeps us on that narrow path
Believing condemnation traps us and keeps us from moving forward and growing. Jesus wants to set us free from condemnation so that we can run the race He has for us.
The bible tells us that sin entangles us and ensnares us.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus intercedes for us before Gods throne of grace. He is our compassionate High Priest. He has overcome the world and persevered and He knows that we too can overcome sin through His strength and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in us.
He believes in us.
Don’t give up even if you mess up.
Jesus doesn’t condemn us so let’s not condemn ourselves or allow others to condemn us.
We are called to help each other when we get it wrong. Speaking the truth in love to each other. We can’t ignore bad behaviour or turn a blind eye or sweep it under the carpet because that does not help anyone and the body of Christ becomes sick. Hypocrisy is not the way.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.’ Luke 11:34-36
In helping others let us not fall into the trap of criticism, condemnation and judging each other which can be wounding and lead to hurts that fester and cause bitterness.
Our pastor at church encouraged us a year ago to run the race of faith set before us with these words:
You can run a lap of faith;
One Step at a time – Mark 1
Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-18
One Command at a time – Deuteronomy 11
Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always. Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. Deuteronomy 11:1,8
One Day at a time- Colossians 1
In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:6
One Seed at a time – Matthew 13
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.’ Matthew 13:18-23
One Test at a time -James 1
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Whatever lap of your race you are on. Keep going..you will cross the finishing line and win the prize.
These are photos I took recently of the river Mawddach as it flows into the sea at Barmouth, Wales. It is such a beautiful place.
We stayed in a little cottage right on the banks of the estuary. We could just sit, relax and enjoy these beautiful views. God’s creation is so beautiful.
The bible speaks of a beautiful river. The river of life which flows from Gods throne.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever”. Revelation 22:1-5 – https://www.biblegateway.com
I long to see that heavenly river but the good news is that we don’t have to wait to experience spiritual life in all its fullness until heaven. We can drink of that living water right now and the river of life – the Holy Spirit can fill us and also flow through us to help those around us.
Jesus says that He is the living water. If we drink of Him, we will never thirst again. Not only that but we will be assured of Eternal life. We will live forever with God.
To have that assurance of eternal life, the bible teaches us that it is necessary to repent and confess our sins, accept Jesus as our saviour who has taken our sins on himself and be baptised and follow Jesus.
John the Baptist came with the message of repentance in preparing the way for Jesus. People were convicted of their sins and went to him to be baptised in the River Jordan. Even Jesus who knew no sin went to be baptised by John.
What an amazing experience it is to be baptised. I still remember being baptised at my local church back in 1977 in the baptismal tank just like in this photo. My brother was fortunate to go to Israel and get baptised in the River Jordan…how wonderful that was.
Healing – The river Jordan was also a place of healing for Naaman the leper – we read the story in 2 Kings 5. The prophet Elisha told Naaman to go and wash in the River Jordan which Naaman was not happy about at all.
His ego was hurt because Elisha the prophet did not come out to see him personally and would not take any gifts from him. Naaman thought the River Jordan was dirty and nothing compared to the rivers of Damascus. It wasn’t the river itself in the story that healed Naaman but his obedience to the word of God. God healed him according to the prophet’s word.
Don’t let ego or pride stop you receiving what God has for you whether that is salvation or healing.
I pray that you too will discover the river of life in Christ Jesus and drink of that living water if you have not done so yet.
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’
By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. John 7:37-39 – https://www.biblegateway.com
There is a scripture that is very precious to me which to me speaks of revival and an outpouring of the Spirit of God many coming to know Jesus. I pray that for these times we live in now. That many will discover Gods love for them and salvation in Christ Jesus.
“The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple towards the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me round the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.
As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.
He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river that no one could cross.
He asked me, ‘Son of man, do you see this?’
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, ‘This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.
Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds – like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.
But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.’ Ezekiel 47:1-12 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage
I pray the dry valleys will be filled with the river of God and we will allow the river of life to flow through us. That the water in us won’t become stagnant like the salt marshes but will be always fresh.
As the disciples became fishers of men I pray that this is a time for many fishermen to arise and proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is eternal life, a river of living water and it is found in Jesus.
Meet Me in the garden…Those were the words I heard in my spirit as I was waking one morning. I initially turned over and tried to go back to sleep but I heard them again – “Meet Me in the garden”. I knew it was the Lord Jesus speaking to me and inviting me to spend time with him – not in my actual garden – but in that secret place where I go to pray and talk to Him. It was early morning so I got up as quietly as I could, so not to disturb my family, and went downstairs to a place I could be alone and meet with the Lord.
It was a really blessed time in His presence. I started to think more about why the Lord has said to “Meet Him in the garden” and what is so special about a garden.
During lockdown because of Coronavirus, many people have spent more time in their gardens or local parks. It is a blessing to have a garden – a place which is yours, a sanctuary to enjoy and take pleasure from. A place to reflect, enjoy the beauty of nature and time to relax. Gardens draw us in and make us feel better – they are food indeed for the soul. There is something in our DNA which draws us to a garden – even if we are not green fingered ourselves – we can appreciate the beauty. This is me with my dog peeking through a floral display in the park.
I started to think more about gardens in the bible.
God was the first Gardener – It says in Genesis 2 v 8 that “the Lord God planted a garden” – the Garden of Eden. How amazing & beautiful that first garden must have been – planted & designed by God’s own hand. It says that every tree planted was “pleasant for the sight” and “good for food”. God made that garden especially for Adam. He took the time to create a special place for Adam. A place of nourishment & also a place to meet. God would walk in the garden in the cool of the day and meet with Adam & Eve – a time of relationship. There is also a special place for each one of us – a place where we can go and meet with God – a place to be in His presence.
Life was in that very first Garden – it was formed there – God created Eve from Adam’s side and the Tree of Life was in it’s midst. Jesus came to give us life in all its fullness and I believe that we find life – true life – in our relationship with Him. When we come and meet with Him we meet Life – Jesus said “I am the way, the truth & the life -No-one comes to the father except through Me”. We won’t find true life or relationship with God any other way – After Adam & Eve had eaten of the tree of knowledge of good & evil they were put out of the garden in case they ate of the tree of life and lived forever in sin. Jesus through his death and resurrection has cleansed us from sin, there is a way back into the garden of fellowship with God for us and we are now partakers of eternal life.
Death was also in that Garden – When Adam & Eve ate of the tree of knowledge death came. God made tunics of skin to cover them – an animal had to die to provide clothing for Adam & Eve. Death had entered into creation. Death was also drawing near in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus met with his Father in prayer in the Garden on that night. It says in the gospels that Jesus often went with his disciples there and that is why Judas knew where to find him. On that night – it was a place of betrayal, pain & suffering for Jesus. He was in great sorrow and in deep distress. He had been betrayed, let down by His disciples and was facing death & torture. The garden is a place that God wants us to come when we are in such times of sorrow – times of anxiety & fear. Times when we feel overwhelmed and think that we can’t continue – when it all seems too much. Times when people close to us have betrayed us or let us down.God will draw us to Him, will comfort us & strengthen us in such times so that we can continue.
Beware of the enemy in the Garden. Satan entered the garden of Eden and deceived Eve. Watch out for the lies of the enemy. Don’t let him lead you astray. The garden can provoke others to jealousy. Jezebel schemed and plotted to have Naboth killed because her husband Ahab desired the vineyard garden that belonged to Naboth. The king wanted it for a vegetable garden but Naboth refused to sell. It was his inheritance and not for sale. The enemy always wants to steal your inheritance in Christ. The enemy is jealous of your position in Christ and he will do what he can to steal from you. Guard yourself and trust in God. The enemy will try and stop you enjoying relationship with God. He will tell you that you are not good enough and all sorts of lies to interfere in your relationship with God.
New Life & hope was in the Garden – When Jesus conquered the grave and rose from the dead and appeared to Mary ,she thought at first that he was a Gardener. I had never really thought about that before but my friend mentioned it to me the other day. Why would Mary have mistaken Jesus for a Gardener unless he was in a garden and it was a reasonable assumption to make. From a place of sorrow and grief the garden became one of hope for Mary. There is hope in the garden – Jesus was dead but now He is alive. It is a place of hope. It’s a place of victory. It’s a place of new beginnings.
Nourishment in the Garden – The plants which were in the Garden of Eden were good for food and there was a river which flowed from there to water the garden. We all need food & water to survive and flourish. Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” – “Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. There is spiritual nourishment in spending time with God in His presence and hearing what He has to say to us in those quiet times and as we spend time in His word – the bible. Jesus is the true bread of life and out of Him spring rivers of living water. I am becoming more aware of my need to spend more time in His presence, in His word than doing things for God. I am blessed by the giftings which God has given me but being in relationship with Him is the most important thing – Reminding me of my first love.
Love is in the Garden – unconditional love waits in the garden. God loves us no matter what we have done or what we do.
You will hear God’s voice in the garden. As He spoke to Adam you will hear His still small voice speak to you saying I love you.
God is love. If you seek Him you will find Him. If you are looking for love you will find it in God the father and Jesus the son. Blessings to you.