Fix your eyes on Jesus in this season – Follows His example – Endurance, Sacrifice & Humility

Today whilst praying, the Lord spoke this word to me for this season:   I heard the Lord say in my spirit:

I have sent forth a proclamation from My throne.   The angels take My proclamation throughout the earth.   They act on My command.  The trumpet is to their lips as they blow My Royal Standard over the nations.   They announce My will – This is My word which goes forth:

Arise & see the beauty of your King.  Arise & fix your gaze on Him.  Fix your eyes upon the Saviour of the world at this time.  For He has the words of everlasting life.  He is the bread of Life.

Everything you need is found in Him.  Do not take your gaze from Him in these days ahead.  Fix your eyes upon Jesus for He is the lover of your soul.   All of you who have sworn allegiance to My Son, have made Him King of your life – Submit yourself in obedience to Him.

Look at Him as an example of endurance; Look at Him as an example of sacrifice; Look at Him as an example of humility.   Be like Him.  In this day you need to be clothed with humility.  Do not puff yourselves up with pride & arrogance that you think you know best.  Submit yourselves to My Holy Word and be obedient to those in authority over you.

For I have raised up My people for such a day as this.  Be people of grace, mercy & Love.  Be an example of My Son.  Let Him live through each one of you.  This is your opportunity to shine as stars for the Kingdom.   This is your opportunity to show My goodness for I am a good, good, God.   I have mercy & I have love in abundance but the judgment day is set and woe to those who have despised the work of My Hand & have puffed themselves up arrogantly against the knowledge of the Most High God for they will be brought down & brought to shame.  For they are as dust & to dust they will return.

I, the Lord have spoken and say – Do not despise the day of the Lord or mock and scorn with the scoffers for there will be a place reserved for you in the fiery pit if you do so.  Take up the Cross and follow My son & leave your flesh behind & live for Him.  Follow Him for He has the words of eternal life.

Amen.

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Hey Jude – it’s good advice

Jude – it’s that small book in the bible just before Revelation – very easy to miss.    It might be small but it certainly packs a punch and it’s probably not the subject of a sermon that we hear much in church these days.   It’s key messages are as relevant for today’s church as they were when Jude wrote them.

Jude warns us to:

  1.  Watch out for people who are just pretending to be holy but abuse the grace of God & sacrifice of Jesus and keep right on sinning, then repent & sin again – especially sexual sin.  There is no intention of true repentance.  Don’t follow their example or be led astray by their behaviour.
  2. Watch out for people who despise authority -they are not submissive but proud and will not listen.  They cause division and stir up trouble.
  3. Watch out for those who speak disdainfully & disrespectfully about things they do not understand – especially things of the spirit realm.
  4. Such people are selfish & motivated by greed and a desire for recognition.   They are takers not givers.
  5. These are people who will change their opinions and allegiances – they are easily swayed.   They will agree with whatever view is popular.   They have no firm faith.
  6. These people are grumblers & faultfinders – always moaning and complaining.  Nothing is ever good enough.   They are dissatisfied & disappointed.
  7. They are boastful and living for their own pleasures – people who will flatter & manipulate for their own benefit.
  8. These people follow the flesh and not the Spirit.

We need to be aware of any such behaviour so that we do not agree with it, align ourselves with it or fall victim to it.   Jude’s advice is:

  1.  Build our faith up in Jesus,  keep praying in the Holy Spirit and rest in God’s love & mercy;
  2.  Discern those who are doubting or weak in faith – help to disciple such people and build their faith;
  3.  Show mercy and reach out to help those that are weak – treat them with compassion.      We can all stumble and fall and need a helping hand from each other.     There is a difference between those who are wilfully being disobedient to God and doing ungodly things and treating the sacrifice and blood of Jesus as an excuse to sin.
  4. Warn about the consequences of such ungodly behaviour (in a Godly & truthful way).

Take hold of today – Make it count

This is the 3rd word that God has impressed upon me for this season which is linked to the words “Awake, Awake” & “The Heavenly Steed”.    This is about taking hold of each day we are given for God to give glory to Him and to do His good works.

“Arise My Beloved & seek after Me.  For this is the day – Take hold of today for you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  Live each day for Me – from when you rise up until you go to bed.   For I will give you sufficient grace & provision for each day.

At the end of the day you will have discovered something new in Me.  You will have grown in Me, developed in Me, produced fruit for Me & My Kingdom.  If you have not produced fruit for that day, then you have wasted the precious gift I have given you.

One day you will stand before My throne and give an account for each precious day of your life.  A day of opportunity to serve your Master and bring glory to My name.  A day to grow more in love with Me; a day to show My love through you to others.   What have you done with the days I have given to you?   What have you done with the days gifted to you?   Each one is precious.   Each one is valuable.  Each one is a gift from Me.

I do not judge by how the world judges.  I am not impressed by worldly riches or goods for who can have more riches than I?  All of creation is mine.   Do not be led astray & try to gather riches for yourself – for each person’s works will be tested by fire.   Whatever remains after the fire will be rewarded.   Do not build according to the pattern of this world but build My kingdom.   Let My kingdom come & My will be done.

What do I require of you each day but to walk humbly with your God.  Submit each day to Me.   Begin with thanks & praise and end with thanks & praise.   For the time is drawing near for all men’s works to be tested.  Let the fruit be good that grows in your heart so that when you are tested you will come forth as gold – pure gold.

I am looking for a harvest in your lives My children & I do not accept any excuses – for within you there is My power – wrought in Jesus Christ so there is nothing to stop or hinder you which you cannot overcome through faith & submission to Him.

What have you done today for My kingdom?  What have you done today in praise & worship to Me?  Any act of obedience to My will is pure worship before My throne.  I will not be mocked.   What a man sows that he will reap.  Do not sow to your flesh but sow to the Spirit.   Let all be done to My honour & glory & let My glory cover the earth as the waters cover the land.

All hail the Lamb who sits on high.  He comes & brings His rewards with Him.   To those who overcome there will be much reward in heaven.  Amen.”

Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me; to give to everyone according to His work”.

Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you – these things I command you that you love one another”.

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The Heavenly Steed

This is a word God gave me whilst praying yesterday which follows on from the recent word “Awake, Awake”.

“For this is the day the Lord has made.  It is time to rejoice for the Redeemer draws near.  See Him seated on His heavenly steed.  He is suited in His armour.  It gleams bright & white and He has a robe over dripped in blood and fire comes forth from Him.    The horses’ hooves are stomping – the horse is neighing.  It is preparing itself to bring the King of Glory from the Heavenly Realm.

Oh beautiful steed.  How beautiful you are.  On your back you bear the King of Glory.  On your back you bear the Great I am.   Look – can you see in the Heavenly Realm.   The King of Glory!  He is ready.  He is ready to come for the timing of God is perfect.   God has set the time and the sands are nearly run through.   God will not delay and His arm is not too short to save.

CALL on the Lord whilst he is near.   Turn to Him.  Repent of your wicked ways and acknowledge the King of Glory who died to redeem & restore creation.  He is the King of Glory.  He is magnificent.  He is ready to ride out.   The time is nearly set.  He will not delay His coming.   Look up to see the King of Glory is ready.  He is seated on His Heavenly Steed.   He is ready – are you?”

Revelation 19 v 11 says “Now I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse.  And He who sat on Him was called “Faithful” & “True” and in righteousness He judges & makes war.  His eyes were like a flame of fire and on His Head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no-one knew except Himself.   He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD.  And the armies in heaven clothed in white linen, white & clean followed Him on white horses.”

As a follow of Jesus,  I believe that Jesus Christ is alive and He is returning at an appointed time  – His Second Coming.

Isaiah 55 6-7 says:

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the Wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God for He will abundantly pardon”.

If you do not know the saving grace & mercy of God through faith in Jesus Christ, then I encourage you to make your peace with God, say sorry for the wrong you have done and through faith in the cross of Jesus & His resurrection power receive forgiveness of yours sins.   God is merciful and gracious.   He is calling to you today – Today is the day of Salvation.   Do not delay but take hold of all that Jesus Christ died to give you.   Life in all its fullness.  Do not leave it to late to respond to His invitation.

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A day of Celebration – Beloved of God

During our time of worship this morning, I heard God say in my spirit ” Rejoice, for this is a day of Celebration.   I have brought you all to My banqueting table and My banner over each and every one of you is LOVE.    God said again, Rejoice and be glad for you have been brought out of darkness and into His glorious light.   We are now seated at His banqueting table and there is a chair for each one of us there.

God wants you to know today that you are His Beloved – His word over us today and He is speaking over each one of us – You are My Beloved.  Each one of us is His Beloved – he has no favourites – we are each His Beloved.    He sees each one of us individually and we are His Beloved.

He has clothed us with a garment of salvation (in Christ Jesus) and dressed us in a robe of righteousness.  He has written our names in the Lamb’s book of Life and He has inscribed our names onto the palms of His hands.   Each one of us is so precious to Him.

God says – Rejoice – for you are My Beloved.   My word over you to today is that you are Beloved of Me.    Hear My voice say – You are My Beloved.

I pray that you will know today how much God loves you and that you will hear Him say – YOU ARE MY BELOVED.

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“Awake Awake”

This is a word which I received today.   In my spirit I heard God say “Awake, Awake all those in Zion.   Hear the trumpet call”.  

For the Lord has sounded the clarion.  He has called for His angels to go forth and blow the trumpets.   The sound is going out through all the nations. 

Awake, Awake to the sound of heaven.   Awake, Awake to the sound of God’s voice

The voice of many waters – It thunders across the nations.  

It sets the times & the seasons.  It sets the boundaries – It says – Enough – you can come no further.  It says – Let My people go.  It says – The cross has happened.  The resurrection has happened.  The power of the Holy Spirit has happened. 

You can resist it no more says the Lord.  A rebellious people will now be undone.  Those who will not repent & turn from their wicked ways will see God’s hand come against them in this season. 

For God is stirring up His people.  God is fanning into flames the passion in their hearts for righteousness, truth & goodness & those who know their God will do great & mighty things.  

Arise, Arise you servants of the Cross of Christ for your time has come.  Salvation is yours and the battle belongs to the Lord.  

Awake, Awake & clothe yourselves with righteousness.  Wear love & mercy, grace & truth as your buckler and do not conform to the things of this world but set your minds on heavenly things & things above and not below.  

Open your eyes to see the things that God has for those who love Him.   Those who will trust Him in the days ahead, who will trust in His unfailing love & His goodness.   Those who will trust in His provision. 

For the days are getting darker & the oppression of the enemy will seek to distract you from your purpose in Him but God says –Awake, Awake and do not be deceived.   Do not slumber but be watchful for the time is coming to watch & pray & stand firm upon His word. 

Do not give up but patiently endure all things.  Do not waiver but commit yourself to Him.  He will not fail you but will deliver you and bring you through. 

God’s timing is perfect.  He knows the end from the beginning in all things. Amen

Acceleration & Multiplication

These were the words that I heard in my spirit this week.  I sensed God saying -Those who know their God will do great & might things.    The first will be last & the last will be first.   In the spiritual realm there will be big leaps & great progress which will be made by believers in Christ.   God said -Don’t look just at the physical realm but look into the Spiritual Realm.  If we look at the physical realm/signs only then we will not see clearly.   Jesus is coming to turn everything upside down just as He did with the money lenders tables in the temple.  If we rely on worldly things/signs then we will be undone.  This is about His Kingdom coming – not an earthly kingdom.  It is a different kingdom which Jesus is building & so we need to know our God in these times & discern what He is doing & listen clearly to what He is saying.   It is Spiritual first & then the impact in the physical will be seen.   The desert will bloom again as God speaks and breathes new life into those things which appear dead or are dead.  The young in Christ (new believers) will be invigorated and will run & overtake those who have been in Christ a long time (mature believers).   The Lord will permit this to provoke those mature believers to jealousy & stir them up again – to reinvigorate them.  This is a new day.  A new season & a new time in Him.   This is the day that the Lord has made & we will rejoice and be glad in it for He has made all things for an appointed time and place in Him.  The first will be last & the last will be first.  That is God’s kingdom.   God is raising up nations that are ungodly now but who will be among the first to run towards His throne of grace & mercy.  They will provoke other (Christian) nations to jealousy.   God has a plan.

In the spirit I saw a picture of a jet plane which was flying fast with the assistance of the wind.   It reminded me of the plane which recently broke the record for the fastest transatlantic flight across the Atlantic because it was helped by the recent storm winds.

God is going to accelerate things for believers and be the wind that enables us to do great & mighty things for Him.

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This is the way – Walk in it.

This word came to me again last week whilst worshipping in the church service.   I heard the Lord say:

“You will hear a voice behind you saying – This is the way walk in it.  I have already gone before you and prepared the way.   I have lit the path.    I have opened up the double- barred gates & doors with bars of Iron and they will not be shut.  They will remain open.   You are fully equipped in Jesus to walk the path that I have laid out for you.   You have been given the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit & can walk in the Power & Authority of Christ Jesus.    Walk clothed in the armour of Christ and your feet must be shod with the gospel of peace.   You must walk in those shoes.   Do not to be fearful or anxious.     Do not stay where you are but move forward on the Pathway of My Presence at My command.    I have prepared the way ahead.   Do not fear.    You will hear My voice behind you and you will hear God say – This is the way Walk in it.    The path will be one that you have not walked before but I have already gone ahead and prepared the way.”

Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying “This is the way walk in it: whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left”

v 18 “For the Lord is a God of Justice: Blessed are those who wait for Him”

God is giving direction in this season as we pray and wait for Him to guide and lead us.  It may seem foolish to the world but God’s wisdom will prevail and following it will lead to life and not death.

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Atrophy

This was the word which I heard in the Spirit today as we were praying together for the body of Christ.    Atrophy means the partial or complete wasting away of part of a physical body.    A sense of shrinking and weakness in body mass and muscle tone.   An entire limb can become atrophied and withered and incapable of movement.    There are several things which can cause Atrophy in a body but these ones caught my attention:

  1. Disuse/Lack of Exercise -When muscles are not used or you are immobile for long periods of time then Atrophy can set in.    We are called into active service in Christ Jesus and to pick up our cross and follow Him.   We are called to give and serve others, to exercise the giftings which God gives us through the Holy Spirit.   To serve others and be a blessing to them.   To show God’s love in action.   There are plenty of opportunities to serve within the body of Christ and the communities we live in.   If we are not using and exercising the talents & gifts which God has given us then they will wither.   We are called to be a voice crying in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord”.   We are called to be light in the darkness.  God is rallying his church and the trumpet is sounding – wake up and start to work for the Lord because the day is short.   The good news is that this sort of Atrophy can be cured by exercise unless it is too severe.   It is never too late to start working for the Lord – He will always make a way.  Trust in the Lord and do good.
  2. Poor Nourishment – if we do not feed our physical bodies properly then they will suffer.  Muscles will lose mass and our bodies will start to shut down if no nourishment is given.   Similarly, the body of Christ will suffer if it is not feeding on the Word of God and in fellowship with Christ – the bread of life.    The challenge is -What are we feeding on?  If we feed on worldly rubbish or false teachings and doctrines then we will suffer.    We need a diet of God’s word and His truths.
  3. Mutations -these are things that should not be part of the body and they cause damage – they attack it from within.  In a spiritual sense I believe that Atrophy in the body of Christ is caused by sinful, immoral & selfish behaviour – there is no fruit of the Spirit.   It is like a disease which spreads from within.  The bible teaches us how a root of bitterness is such a thing – it causes much damage to others.   Jealousy, gossip, unforgiveness and such things should not be within the body of Christ.   Wolves in sheep’s clothing do not belong in the body of Christ and will certainly cause damage.  The bible warns us against them and their works.  Jesus says we will know them by their fruits.
  4. Poor Circulation – If we do not have the living Christ, the life & power of the Holy Spirit and God’s love flowing through us then we will have poor circulation.  If we are not in unity with one another then there will be a blockage in God’s love and blessings being manifested throughout the body of Christ.   Those parts of the body which are not flowing in the Spirit of God will not prosper – their growth will be stunted.   We need to connect into God’s amazing power and for the life giving blood of Jesus to pump through us.

I pray that the body of Christ will not suffer Atrophy but will be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.   That we will put off lethargy and sin which can so easily ensnare us and will rise in service of the King of Kings & Lord of Lords.  That we will put our hands to the plough and not look back and we will run the race of faith with patience and endurance.    Let us not be weary in doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart – Galatians 6:9.   Let us rise up like the Eagle and run and not faint. Let us leap for Joy in service of our King.

Blessings in Jesus.

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A New Mind-set

God has been impressing upon me that you cannot put new ideas into old mind-sets.   We cannot get new results with old behaviours.    New wine needs new wineskins.

If we are stuck in old patterns of behaviours and have become rigid in our thinking, then I sense that we are going to miss what God is doing by His Holy Spirit in this new season.     God wants us to be open to new things in Him so He can lead us along new paths.

When we came to Jesus Christ we became new creations in him – ” Corinthians 5 17- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”     We took on the mind of Christ.

Since that day of new birth and new mind-set in Christ Jesus,  we may have developed a different mind-set through being conformed to the culture of our times, religious thinking, disappointments, fear etc.    Attitudes which give us a wrong mind-set.     I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal if this is the case and help us change our mind-set.

Lord Jesus, reveal by your Holy Spirit any mind-set in me that is not of you and help me to take captive my thoughts and submit them to you.   Please come and demolish any mind-sets which I have which are not of you and will hinder the work of your Holy Spirit through me for your glory.

Repent – Change our thinking

Replace – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds”.  Romans 12:2

Relax – let God’s Holy Spirit lead the way.

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