“Stop That’s enough – No further”

My friend, Geoff, heard these words in the Spirit when he was praying recently.  He sensed God was saying “That’s enough – Stop – You have come far enough.  You are not coming any further”.   He recognised that the words were not being spoken to him directly but did not have a further sense of what God was saying.

As we prayed into this in our fellowship group for more insight from God, one of our member, Heather had been reminded of the scripture in Job 11 when God says to Job about the seas “When I fixed My limit for it; and set bars and doors:  When I said , This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!”

We had a sense that the enemy has been overstepping his mark.   That God was saying it is time to speak to the enemy and say “Enough is enough.  You are not coming any further”.    It was time to rebuke him for stealing from us believers- stealing our joy, our peace, our families, our relationships, our finances,  our seed, our harvest and to say “Enough is Enough” – “You are not stealing from us any more”.    As we prayed the Holy Spirit revealed areas in each of our lives that the enemy has been stealing from us and overstepping his boundaries.

When Lot, his family, his servants, goods and everything was taken captive by the enemy, Abraham got together his armed servants and went in pursuit.    He recovered Lot and everything which was stolen.   I believe it is time for the body of Christ to say to the enemy “Stop – Enough is enough -you are not stealing from us anymore”.    “You are not coming any further”.    Then I believe it is time to actively pursue restoration and recovery of those things the enemy has stolen from us.    The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us into how we activate our faith to do this in prayer and also showing our faith in works.    It’s time for a prayer offensive.

Let’s not be on the back foot any more but let us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus and the victory that He has secured for us by His death on the cross and resurrection,  over all the works of the enemy.   Praise be to God in the highest.    It’s time to move some boundaries and push the enemy back where he belongs.

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Beware of a false peace

Perfect peace is found in God and not in our circumstances or situation which is changeable.  Today as I was worshipping God,  I saw a picture of a big storm, a hurricane.  As the hurricane passed over there was “peace” at the eye of the storm.  However,  people know from experience that this peace is a “false peace” because the rest of the storm is still to pass over.   In whatever our circumstances, we could be deceived into thinking a temporary lull is the answer to our prayers and relax.   We may not then be prepared for the rest of the storm.   I sense God is warning us not to be deceived by a false peace but to remain watchful and seek Him.  To fix our eyes on Him.  To continue to pray and intercede as the Holy Spirit leads us.  Seek Him in all situations for Godly wisdom and discernment so that we continue to press in and do not relax our prayers.   Keep pressing in.

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A Daniel Anointing

In the book of Daniel we read about Daniel and 3 other young men, Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah – young Israelites who were taken from their homeland to a foreign land to be trained to serve before King Nebuchadnezzar.   These were hand picked young men who showed great promise but they were foreigners in an alien culture.

We read that these young men were bold and not prepared to compromise their faith in God and defile themselves by eating the King’s rich food and drinking his wine.   This diet of rich food was specifically designed to ensure that the young men being trained for service grew strong & fit.   Food fit for a King indeed.     Instead, Daniel asked for a simple diet of vegetables & water for him and his friends because he did not want to be defiled by eating such food.  Food which God had forbidden his people to eat as set out in His commandments.

This was a very bold & dangerous request.    It would have seemed ridiculous & foolish to the chief steward to ask such a thing.  How could a diet of vegetables & water possible be better than the King’s food.    How could this request be wise – and weren’t these supposed to be clever young men – the best of the bunch.    Daniel was in a foreign culture now so shouldn’t he just fit and do what all the other young men were doing – life would be so much easier surely.    Fortunately, Daniel was not prepared to compromise his faith and just do what everyone else did – following the perceived wisdom of that age.

The steward was understandably extremely worried to do such a thing especially in disobedience to the King’s order.    His life was literally on the line and he was in danger of losing everything to allow Daniel’s request.    Daniel was certainly asking a lot of him.    However,  God had granted Daniel favour in the steward’s eyes and the steward liked and trusted Daniel.    Daniel also recognised this was a big ask and so he also exercised wisdom by asking the steward to give them 10 days eating just the vegetables & drinking only water to demonstrate his point.    A test for the steward’s benefit.

At the end of the 10 days the young men appeared better and fatter than the other young men who were eating the King’s food.    The steward was satisfied that the diet was working and so gave orders for it to continue.

God rewarded the faith and obedience of these young men and gave them “an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom.  And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams”.

At the end of the period of training  all the young men were brought before the King to be interviewed.    It says that no-one impressed the King more than these young men and  they became his advisers.   Not only that, but it says that when the King asked for their advice he found them “ten times better than any of the other advisers” – many of whom were magicians and enchanters – in his entire kingdom.

I pray that in these times God will release a Daniel anointing on Kingdom men & women of God that they will excel in all wisdom, understanding and knowledge.  That their sphere of influence will increase and they will stand before Kings, Governments & the key decision makers in Government & business to input Godly wisdom & direction to re-establish justice & righteousness.   I pray that their advice will be sought out and will be valued above all other advice.    That the favour of God will be upon them.

I pray for Godly dreams and visions to be released with the gift of interpretation.

I pray for boldness to come upon us so that we no longer follow the herd but are willing to stand up for righteousness and truth and make Godly decisions which will influence nations.   Let the pillars of righteousness and justice be re-established.  Amen.

 

 

 

Healing & Wholeness

The other week during worship in the Sunday Morning, I was reminded of the story of the lepers who Jesus healed.

As I was thinking of the story, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and reminded me that one of the lepers returned to Jesus and thanked him for healing him.    Jesus then told him to go -“your faith has made you whole”.

I believe the Holy Spirit was emphasising that there is a difference between healing and wholeness.    Even though you may have experienced healing, you can still bear the scars from your experience.   Physical or emotional.    The illness may have been healed but its effects are still apparent.

In the case of the lepers – leprosy devastated your skin.   You only had to look at someone to know that they had leprosy – it was not a hidden disease.    I believe the man who was sent away whole was not only healed from his disease but his skin was also completely restored with no evidence of the leprosy.   The effects of his illness was no longer evident.

Some of us still have the scars of our illnesses or experiences.   They are still evident in the way that we behave.    We have been effected on deep levels and the physical and emotional scars still affect us.

This is the day that Jesus can make you whole again.  He wants you to be whole.   Totally restored in Him.   Jesus is in the business of restoration.

Ask Jesus to make you whole.    Thank him for healing you but ask him for full and total restoration of every part of your life so that you are whole physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Blessed by His name.    May His face shine upon you today.

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Spiritual Songs & declarations

In June this year (3/6/19) as I was praying the Lord gave me 4 songs which were each in a different tongue and which were not my usual tongue.   The Holy Spirit gave me the interpretation to each tongue.    I recorded the songs and interpretations and then each day during June I played them as prayers and declarations as the Holy Spirit led me in various locations and at different times during the day.

This Sunday (17/11) as I was walking in the park, the Lord suddenly brought one of the tongues to my remembrance and I started speaking it out again.    I felt led by the Lord to share the interpretations here at this time.    The last interpretation contains references and speaks of cutting off the enemies head -this is in the spiritual sense of course of cutting off the influence/authority of the enemy which is being manifested in various ways e.g. through witchcraft, the leviathan/jezebellic spirit and many other ways in opposition to God and believers.

The first song was a declaration towards the North.

“For I speak to the North and I say to you; You will come no further.  The boundary is set; the line is drawn.   The Lord has said no further.  He has set a boundary and you may not cross it until He calls you forth but at this time you can come no further.  The boundary of the nation is set and we say to you North – you will come no further.   The boundary is set.  You will stay, you will stay, you will stay, until you are called forth but until that time the Lord says no further.    The boundary is drawn, the boundary is drawn, the boundary is drawn.  No further, No further, No further, No further, No further.   The voice of the Lord has spoken.  It is set.  It is set.  It is set. ”

The second song was much faster – it was partly sung and partly spoken and it’s rhythm reminded me of horses’ hooves.    It is a song of a time of an offensive strike against the enemy and enforcing the victory of the Cross of Christ.

“For the Lord God has sent forth His warriors against you and see the horses run and see the hounds run and see the eagles fly.  For they come after you, you enemies of the Cross of Christ.  They come after you and they say – you are going from this land.  We break down your strongholds now in the name of Jesus and we set forth the lion upon you now.  We release the lion and we say – Go forth and plunder the kingdom of darkness.   Plunder the kingdom of darkness and bring out the captives and set the captives free.  We crush you satan under our feet in the name of Jesus,  by the power and the authority of Christ and from the Cross of Christ, –  we lift it up and we say victory, victory, victory is ours in the name of Jesus and we lift up the Cross, we lift up the Cross, we lift up the banner and we sing a Hallelujah, we sing a Hallelujah, we sing a Hallelujah.  For the light has broken into the darkness and we push the darkness back and we have set forth light and we say – Let there be light in the name of Jesus and we call forth the captives and we say – Hear the word of the Lord -Be set free now in Jesus’ name.  You are no longer under bondage, you are no longer under a yoke of slavery but you are set free and we say – Rise up in the name of Jesus and be free; for whom the Son sets free is free indeed – in Jesus’ precious name”. Amen.

The third song was slower and reminded me of a lament – it was sorrowful.

“My church, My church what are you doing?  Why are you there in darkness? Why do you hide?   Why do you strive?  The Lord says – Rise and come up high.   Stop standing there – in the shadows.    Let your light shine.   The Lord has put you on a hill to shine for Him but you are dark and He wants light.  Let the candlestick come or the Lord will remove you, if you do not shine bright, if you do not shine bright.   The Lord says – Shine, Shine for Him, Shine for Him, Shine for Him for He has created you to Shine for Him, to Shine for Him.

Matthew 5:14 “you are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle and put under a bushel but on a candlestick and it gives light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The fourth and last song was a declaration to the enemy who is working unseen – It speaks of a time of exposure and cutting off the hidden influence and strategies of the enemy.

“The Lord says you can hide no longer.  He is calling you out of the shadows.  You have to come forth, you have to come forth for the Lord has His eye on you and the Lord says – He is calling you out now.  He is calling you to be exposed, for the Lord says  -you can no longer hide in the darkness, for He is sending forth His sword against you and He is cutting off your head.  He is cutting off your head, He is cutting off your head and you’ll no longer be able to do the things you have done for the Lord is going to cut off your head and He is sending out His Word,  He is sending out his Word, He is sending forth His Word and He’s cutting off your head.   The Lord says – your time is at an end, your time is at an end, your time is at an end.  You will lurk in the shadows no more, you will lurk in the shadows no more, you will lurk in the shadows no more for the Lord has put His hand around you and He is calling you out, He is calling you out, He is calling you out into the light and He is cutting off your head, He is cutting off your head.”

Ezekiel 6;3 Behold I even I will bring a sword against you and I will destroy your high places.

The Wind of God’s spirit

Yesterday as we were gathered together for a day of prayer, worship and prophecy, I saw a picture of a large field of golden wheat which was blowing in the wind.   I believe that God was saying that the wind of His Spirit is blowing across this nation and just as the wheat moves in the wind so we are to move with His spirit and not be rigid and unbending.  

As I watched this picture it reminded me of a dance as the wheat moved in perfect harmony and unity in the wind and waved back and forth.    It was rooted but flexible.

I also then felt God say that there would soon be a whirlwind of His Spirit blowing across this nation which will be a mighty wind and it will bring down structures (man-made) and remove those things which need to be brought down so they can be rebuilt by God.    We are to watch and prepare for such a time and discern God’s Spirit at work.

 

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Time to break up the fallow ground

The Lord has been speaking recently to our fellowship about it being the time to break up our fallow ground.     There has been a sense in my spirit that this is a time to take action, not to delay in our response but to act.    This may be a word just for our fellowship but I am sharing it as it may be an inspiration or challenge to others.

Fallow ground is ground that has been left unplanted for a time so that it can regenerate.     If we apply this principle to our Christian lives, we can recognise there are times when we need a period of regeneration/refreshing, but if we are not careful we can slide into apathy or fear can take hold and before we know it, we are not growing in Christ and Christlikeness or doing anything productive for God’s kingdom.    It can be easier to do nothing at all and let things lie, particularly the difficult areas in our lives which we don’t want to tackle and have a “do not disturb” sign.     The fallow ground becomes hard through lack of ploughing and weeds sprout up.   What was once fallow ground is now more like waste ground.   It’s become a veritable wilderness.

Fallow ground is also ground that has not been planted before but has the potential for producing a crop.    These may be new areas that God is calling us to prepare for planting .   Ground that previously would have been unproductive may now have the capacity to produce.    The land needs breaking up though so that it is ready for sowing.  Stones and weeds need to be removed – in the spiritual sense this is a necessary time of preparation through prayer and believing and praying God’s word to break up the ground ready to receive the spiritual seed.

The words of Hosea 10:12 say “Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you”.

Sowing righteousness and godliness into our own lives and the lives of those around us is completely contrary to current culture.    May God show us by the power of His Holy Spirit what ground is lying fallow and requires breaking up ready for sowing.    If the soil of our own hearts is hard or has become hardened, then I pray the Holy Spirit will soften our hearts and reveal the reason for the hardness.   Unbelief & disappointment will cause our hearts to grow hard and weeds of bitterness & unforgiveness will choke any seed.  May we have ears to hear God and obey His calling and that the word of God will be like a plough turning over the soil of our hearts.

If our gifts and talents in God are not being used or we have let ministries drift, then let this be the season to ask God for new opportunities to serve Him and to breathe new life into hopes, dreams and visions.    Now is not the time to hold back but to get active for God’s kingdom.

The bible teaches us that there is a time for everything.    If we plant good seed in good soil as God shows us then we will receive a harvest.    I pray that we will produce a good harvest so that when we stand before Jesus to give an account we will hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant”.

2 Corinthians 9:10 “Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness”.

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