Refreshing Company

I’m fortunate still to be away this week having a refreshing break in the beautiful hills and valleys of Wales. Truly beautiful part of this world and our Father’s creation.

I’ve been able to keep up with my reading and enjoyed Alan’s post on refreshment which comes from reading our precious bibles. Praise God.

It inspired me to share a post from last year on refreshing company. I don’t know about you but I know some people who are “drainers”. I come away from time with them feeling emotionally drained. They’ve sucked everything out of me.

Paul talked about another type of people “Refreshers”. I hope you have plenty of those in your life too. Perhaps you are one of them 😀.

“I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition”.
1 Corinthians 16:17-18

These bible verses really inspired me today. Oh how blessed we are to have people like a Stephanus, Fortunatus and Achaicus in our lives and in the body of Christ. People who refresh us.

These type of Christian believers are commended by Paul. They must have been a great source of encouragement and Godly wisdom to the early church.

We all need times of refreshing. One of those ways of refreshing is also through other believers, just as Paul and the Corinthians were refreshed by the visit of these 3 men.

As Paul says, such people deserve recognition.

Can I encourage us all to take some time to think about the people who are the refreshing company in our lives. They make us happy when we see them. They give and impart good things. Positive people.

Let’s thank God for them. They are a blessing.

Let’s also make a point of thanking them. It’s good to let such people know that we value them.

Finally, let’s all try to be the “refreshing” company we enjoy so people are happy to see and hear from us. We can be that source of refreshment to others.

Let’s be “Refreshers”.

Have a blessed day friends.

In At The Deep End – #TestimonyTuesday

A wonderful testimony from Andy today. It will encourage you to step out in faith and exercise the gift of God within you. Have a blessed day.

I knew that I had a teaching gift long before I knew anything (really) about the Bible. I accidentally volunteered to lead a Bible study group once, …

In At The Deep End – #TestimonyTuesday

Plumb line

If you search for the definition of a biblical plumb-line then the reference to the book of Amos will often come up.

“Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.” Amos 7:7-8

Amos pleaded with God to relent his judgment and, in their place, God places a plumb line.

A plumb line is a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line to ensure a structure is centered and straight.

It’s the same with our Christian faith. Jesus who is the truth must be the cornerstone of our faith so that we build on our faith correctly. It’s the Jesus revealed in the bible (not a Jesus of our own imagining), the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached (not a false gospel) and His commandments which we live out.

Deception means we are no longer centred in God’s truth. As followers of Jesus Christ we are to guard against deception. Jesus himself warned us against being deceived particularly in the time before He returns.

It can be easy to get carried away as “charismatic” believers particularly when we belong to a Spirit filled church and it is so important that the Spirit and the Word are in harmony with the right emphasis on both.

The Word of God is our plumb line and any teaching, tongue and interpretation, prophecy or revelation that does not line up with the word of God is false. It may not all be false but test, weigh and discard the false.

The apostle Paul teaches us that the enemy has strategies against us and one is deception. He loves to lead us astray and cause confusion. Any moves of the Spirit need to be discerned to make sure it is the Holy Spirit and not the wrong spirit at work. It is vital to be rooted in God’s Word and filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

It’s a really good exercise to ask yourself and write down what you believe about Jesus and what the gospel is. If you had to explain to someone who didn’t know Jesus or had never heard the gospel. What you believe and wrote- Does it pass the plumb line test of God’s word. If it does then we are building on a correct foundation and we are centred but if not we have to dismantle the wrong beliefs and re build. We have to re-centre ourselves in truth.

The belt of truth and our sword is such an essential part of our armour for defence and discernment of truth. Every piece of armour would not fit together or be effective without the belt or sword but we can rush or just neglect that part of our preparation. It takes discipline to read and study the bible, to pray but I encourage you to do it daily and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in truth.

The Lord showed me a picture once of a plumb line and the effect of deception. At the start it only takes a tiny bit of deception to lead you away from the truth but the more you follow that wrong idea or false teaching the further and further you eventually end up away from the truth.

If you draw a straight vertical line on a piece of paper you will see what I mean. Draw the plumb-line and then draw another line from the bottom at a slight initial angle away from the line and see how far the line deviates away from the plumb line as you draw.

The thing with deception is how subtle it is. Be on your guard against it. Deception is so close to the truth that we can readily accept it as the truth because it sounds right but when you hold it up to the Word of God you will see the error. Satan knows the Word of God too. He quoted it to Jesus when he tempted him but Jesus knew that satan had twisted it’s true purpose and used the word of God in response correctly.

Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to help us. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth who will lead and guide us into all truth. That is why the Word and being filled with the Spirit are so essential to the believer and our walk of faith.

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is discernment and I encourage you to pray and ask and seek this gift. When you operate in the gift of discernment you get that sense in your spirit that something is just not right. People refer to gut feelings and it can be like that. I have heard false tongues and just knew in my spirit that it was false and not the Holy Spirit. You hear an interpretation and again it just doesn’t sit right. That is the Holy Spirit helping you to discern the truth. When you talk to other believers they will often have discerned the same.

Have a blessed day.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

Beware of Jealousy

Jealousy and envy truly is the green eyed monster. I want to warn you to take jealousy seriously and do not allow it to have any place in you, your family or your church. It is extremely destructive and there should be no place for it in the body of Christ.

If the spirit of jealousy is allowed to influence believers and ensnare them then it will cause division, strife and can also cause physical sickness.

This is what I want to warn you about today and make you aware of the dangers of jealousy.

Jealousy leads to mistrust, division, confusion and strife in the body of Christ.

James 3:16 “For where envy & self seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing is there

Jealousy comes from a fear of losing our place.

Losing our place in someone’s affections, losing our place of influence, our place of authority, our place of importance, our place of favour.

The fear arises- Someone else is going to take my place or someone else has taken my place.

If that wrong thought takes hold then the person will be jealous of the one that they believe has taken or is going to take their place.

It could be a place in ministry or in leadership in the church or group that they think should be theirs. In their mind it belongs to them.

If someone is jealous of you then they will usually struggle to hide it. It will manifest itself in some way – either in malicious gossip or criticism behind your back or if they are very bold then viciously to your face – it’s more likely to be poison spread to others but if the person is very bitter then they will do their utmost to pull you down by direct attacks on you.

If they are doing it all very subtly behind your back then you may be oblivious to this attack on you and its source. If this is happening to you then you may well be suffering problems in one way or another from the spiritual attack on you. It can manifest as sickness, physical pain, extreme fatigue or tiredness in your body.

If you are suffering from extreme tiredness, headaches, neck or back pain and there is no obvious physical cause then I urge you to pray about it. Ask the Holy Spirit, who is the spirit of truth, to reveal whether this is a spiritual attack on you. Pray for discernment.

If someone is jealous of you then the fiery darts of the enemy are being aimed in your direction. If they are finding their mark then they need to be dealt with.

When the attack comes from a brother or sister in Christ then it will generally hit you in your back and the spirit of jealousy will go for your head which is why often there can be a face, neck or back pain as a result. Our backs are the unprotected part of us because we are supposed to be there for each other – standing back to back with each other. Attacks are not supposed to come from each other within the body of believers.

If you discern that a spirit of jealousy is afflicting you then pray with a trusted friend. Rebuke the spirit of jealousy and break off its effects on you in Jesus name and in the authority of His name, pray for healing and restoration in your body and forgive and bless the person who is jealous of you. It does not matter whether you do or do not know who it is – bless those who curse you. Pray for them.

If reading this you have recognised that you are a jealous person and have been jealous of someone then I urge you to repent of it – ask the Lord’s forgiveness and pray for and bless that person instead. Pray for healing for any hurts that you have caused through your jealousy whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Rebuke the spirit of jealousy in Jesus’ name and pray for release of its hold over you. Pray that the Lord will strengthen you to submit this area of your mind and emotions to the Lord and to resist the enemy from having this stronghold in your life. Pray that you are also healed from the effect of jealousy in your heart and body.

A sound heart is life to the body but envy is rottenness to the bones – Proverbs 14:30

There is no need for jealousy amongst believers because we all have our unique place in the body of Christ. There is a place for you, a place for me and a place for each of us.

Freedom Friday

I hope you enjoy this re-post today.

God wants us to be free.  He is the God who sets the captives free.  The God of deliverance.   

Jesus died and rose again so that we might live in freedom.   Not chained in any way.

The Holy Spirit desires to reveal to us those things in our lives or our mind sets which are obstacles or hindrances to us living fully as Jesus wants us to live. A Kingdom lifestyle.

The power of the gospel of the Kingdom working in and through us.  

Jesus wants to set us free from every oppressive work and lie of the enemy which is operating in our lives and restricting us.  

It might be fear, unbelief, guilt, lack of self-belief, un-forgiveness, trauma, depression, anxiety, sinful behaviour or addictions – there can be many things which restrict our spiritual growth as believers, hold us back and stop us stepping out in faith.   

Things which restrict the flow of the power of the Holy Spirit in and through us to others.

There is a word for this season from Isaiah 60:1

“Arise, Shine – for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you“.   

I heard the The Lord ask me -“What is stopping you from rising – what is trying to stop you from doing things for me?    What is stopping you from shining?   What is tainting the light shining from you?”

In my case it was fear – fear which I didn’t even realise was there.  

The Lord showed me that a traumatic event in my childhood had left a mark of fear on my life.  

It wasn’t a gripping, completely debilitating fear which paralysed me but it still used to rise up out of the blue causing me to question and torment myself over things I had said or done.   Decisions made and actions taken – Was I right or wrong?

Fear brought its friends along too..doubt, anxiety and worry.

It caused me to worry about making mistakes and over analyse the decisions I had made.   

Thankfully the Lord set me free and healed me from this fear.  

Who the son sets free is free indeed.

Fear no longer has a part in me because of Jesus’ finished work on the Cross and His resurrection power.

I encourage you to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal things which may also be holding you back too or which may be tainting your light so you are not shining as brightly for Him.  

Jesus wants you to be free and He alone can set you free.

Amen 🙏 blessings to you this day.

Prayer is Powerful

As we see events unfolding in Ukraine and Russia, let us stir up our faith on behalf of our brothers and sisters and remind ourselves that we serve God the Almighty, whose arm is not too short to save. He is the God of the impossible. The Lord of Hosts. He is the God of miracles. He is our peace.

Let us present our petitions to Him and cry out for those who are suffering and in need at this time.

To encourage us in our prayers, build and stir faith, I have some recent prayer posts on God Almighty, Angelic Hosts, God is the Most High, God our Great Provider, God will show Himself strong for you.

Have a blessed day.

Right but not right?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a good weekend. I just wanted to post some words of wisdom which a friend shared recently.

Our friend had been praying about a difficult situation she had encountered. She had felt justified in her behaviour and the actions she had taken. However, as she prayed about the course of events the Lord convicted her that although what she did was “right” her attitude towards it had been bad. Wow.

Those words really hit home to my friend. She had done the right thing but her attitude was not right.

How subtle that we can sometimes justify our bad attitudes because we know we have acted right.

Our prayer today. Lord reveal the true condition of our hearts so that we do right in the right way. We thank you for your grace every day and your mercies which are new every morning. Amen 🙏

God’s Voice is Powerful

There are lots of voices clamouring to be heard. Trying to influence us. Lots of voices with differing opinions. Lots of voices which tell us untruths, particularly in the media, but the Bible tells us that God’s voice is powerful, full of majesty and can shake the wilderness and strip the forest bare -Psalm 29.   

The voice of the Lord is “over the waters” and when the “floods have lifted up their voice” then we need to remember that “the Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea” -Psalm 93.   

Whichever voice or voices are currently raised or rising up against you or trying to come against you today- whether it is the voices of doubt, unbelief, confusion, accusation, lies, manipulation, intimidation, threats, bullying then disarm them with the truth from the Bible, declare the Word which is powerful, living and mighty into that situation.

Let it be the Voice of God that speaks to you and answers you.

When Jesus was out on the lake with his disciples and the wind and waves rose up in a fierce and violent storm, the disciples thought they would die. Jesus stood up and rebuked the wind and said to the Sea “Peace, be still“.   Immediately the wind & waves were still.  

The voice of Jesus was more powerful than the wind & the waves and was truly “over the waters“.    

You may be facing or in a storm today but let it be God’s voice that powerfully speaks to the storm and not the voice of fear or doubt.   

The Lord will bless you with His peace in the midst of the storm.

This is a reworking of one of the early posts which I wrote on this blog in 2018 when I started writing. I hope it has blessed and encouraged someone today.

Have a blessed day my friends.

Then…

Then is such a little word but it is can be so powerful. It’s a word which speaks of change. There is a before and THEN something happens which changes the story.

In Genesis, we read the story of Noah. The flood has come upon the earth and Noah, his family and the animals are in the ark. They obeyed God’s instructions and went into the Ark and then God shut the door.

“So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.”
Genesis 7:16 NKJV

It was after obedience that the THEN came and God shut the door. Sometimes, we are waiting for God to act and the THEN to happen but we maybe haven’t done our part to enable the THEN. Something at our end needs to change.

Dear brother Alan posted the other day about prayer warriors still being required. You can read that post here which I recommend if you have not yet read it. https://devotionaltreasure.wordpress.com/2021/12/31/2022-prayer-warriors-still-required.

There is an often quoted portion of scripture which contains one of the most powerful THENs in the bible.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV

Prayer changes things and brings about the THEN. If we want to see change then let us seek God’s Will and act on it. Let us be Prayer Warriors for change.

Bless you my friends.

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Action Stations!

Happy New Year to all of you. May you be blessed with the peace of God. As I have been praying today and asking the Lord about the coming New Year, these are the words that I heard in my spirit – Action Stations!

Action Stations – it’s the command that is used to tell everyone to get ready immediately to do the particular jobs that they have been given to do. Ready for Action.

Everyone has an assigned role and is prepared, ready, confident to play their part and equipped ready for action. Committed to the common cause at hand once the signal for action is given. Everyone ready to do their part when called upon to act or when they see the need to act. Soldiers ready to go into battle. Sound familiar.

So I believe that is what the Lord wants me to hear today – Get ready Nicola – Action Stations. I also believe that is what the Lord wants us to hear today – Get ready my children – Action Stations.

As I listened to what the Lord was speaking to my heart today – I wrote down the following. Please read, pray and test and hold onto the good and Godly and discard whatever does not sit well with you. This is what I heard.

My Children have been in a season of preparation but now it is the time to take Action Stations. To be in position, prepared and ready to move on My command and in My timing.

This is the time to listen carefully and act on My Rhema Word that I decree. As I spoke to the churches in Revelation so will My Holy Word come through the Spirit of God to bring direction and clear guidance to My people.

This is the time to be equipped and ready My children so that you are not deceived and led astray by the evil one. His days are short as he knows and he will try to deceive, distract and cause you to stumble but My power, My anointing will be on you so that you will overcome by the power of your testimony and that you will lay down to surrender all to Me. Fully surrendered and prepared. Rooted in Me, Rooted in My Word and nourished and fed by My Holy Word, My Bread – the bread of life.

You will hear me very clearly My children. Those who are prepared for action will spring into action – They are ready.

Those of you who are not ready – hearken to My voice. Be ready. For you know not what hour the Master will come so be prepared for action. Be ready when I send you out to do all that I have for you to do.

Know the day of Action is just ahead – you will be called to Action. None who have My name upon them will be left out or overlooked. All will hear the call to Action. The trumpet will sound and all will hear who bear My name.

Take up your Action Station and Be ready to respond to Me. Amen.

The Lord then brought these bible verses to mind:

Matthew 25:13 “Watch, therefore for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming”.

Revelation 3 2-3: “Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you”.

Jude 1:24 “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy”

Isaiah 55:2 “Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good and let your soul delight itself in abundance”.

Blessings to you in Jesus name.

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