Keep the home fires burning ūüĒ•

Today we were encouraged to guard against apathy and allowing our love for Jesus to grow cold. As believers, we can be vulnerable to this at the moment because of not being able to meet together as easily (or at all for some people) because of the COVID restrictions. We can become discouraged by the lawlessness and wickedness we see around us, by false prophecies and words.

Let us watch out for each other and not become isolated and allow our fire to diminish but let us keep the bonds of love, encouraging each other with Palms, hymns, spiritual songs, teachings, words etc, and above all keep the fire burning within each one of us for Christ Jesus. Lord, I ask that you please breathe on the embers today and fan the flames into fire again.

‚ÄúLet us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.‚ÄĚ
Hebrews 10:23-25

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:10-12

Believers are trying to come together in different ways at the present time whether it is over zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime, teams, this platform or other ways to stay connected with each other. It is not easy and some may find it difficult but let’s not give up. We can reach out to each other in different ways. Where two or three are gathered together Christ is in the midst of us. Praise God. We are Christ’s body and connected to each other in and through Christ who is the head of us all.

I pray for those who may be feeling isolated or disconnected at the moment that you will know that you are still connected and to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. If the Holy Spirit is convicting hearts of apathy or a lack of fire and zeal then I pray that repentance will come to our hearts and we will stir ourselves up and put our hands to the plough at this time. It is not wise for us to sit back and do nothing in these days.

The Lord is all sufficient for us in these present days. His grace is more than sufficient for us. The Lord is encouraging us to come to His table and eat and drink of His provision and not to leave the table until we are satisfied. When we eat our meals we know when we are full and the Lord wants us to know that same feeling of fullness in and through His Holy Spirit. He is a God of abundance. Let us fill ourselves up in Him. The Lord does not want us to be satisfied with crumbs but to come and feast at His table. We can also help feed each other out of the abundance that God gives to us.

When restrictions start lifting let us not to get distracted by the things which do not truly satisfy us. The Lord says ‚ÄúWhy do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.‚ÄĚ Isaiah 55:2

May we use this time of confinement wisely and redeem the days God has blessed us with. May God refine us in His Holy Fire so that we are ready to do His will.

Let us keep the home fires burning ūüĒ•

God’s banqueting table

We were taking communion on Sunday and I was reminded of God’s banqueting table and that His banner over us there is love.¬†¬†¬† The words are from the Song of Solomon but¬†we also sing a¬†worship song¬†about God bringing us to His banqueting table.¬† ¬† It is only through that act of selfless love when Christ¬†died on the cross that we have the ability to come to that banqueting table and to the place prepared for us there.¬†¬†¬† Christ issued the invitation and I accepted.¬† ¬† Christ’s banner of love is over me and all around me when I am there.¬†¬†¬†¬†I have a place at the banqueting table and so I have access to the full provision of God.¬†¬† I am dressed appropriately for the banquet with the garments of salvation and the robes of righteousness because I have accepted Christ as my saviour, so there is no chance that I will be refused entry, ¬†but how often I can neglect to go there and take¬†hold of and enjoy¬†all that Christ has obtained for me at the Cross.¬†¬†¬† Thankfully, the invitation from¬†God¬†is always open to come at any time – 24/7.¬†¬†¬†There is always a welcome and my place will never be filled by anyone else so there is always a guarantee¬†that I will have a place¬†at the banqueting table.¬†¬† ¬†God can do exceedingly above all that I ask or imagine there because he is a God of abundance.¬†¬†¬† The banquet is a picture of abundance and plenty¬†for everyone.¬†¬† The best food and drink are laid on at the banquet for the guests.¬† Let’s not neglect to ask God for the things that we need and to trust Him to provide for us and sustain us.¬†¬†¬†¬† It might be physical or spiritual sustenance that we need¬†and we can be sure that whatever it is, ¬†He will be faithful to meet our¬†needs.¬†¬†¬† Allow¬†Him to fill us there with His love there so that we can be changed and overflow that love to others.¬† ¬†¬†¬† There was a time a few years ago when we were away on retreat¬†and the leader¬†encouraged us all¬†to take up the invitation to come to God’s banqueting table.¬†¬† He pulled up a physical chair and invited us to take our seat at the¬†table.¬†¬† We did so and¬†as we did that physical act we saw¬†and imagined ourselves seated at the table feasting on all the provision of God that Christ had obtained for us.¬†¬† It had a profound effect on me.¬†¬† I encourage you to take up your place at God’s banqueting table today.¬† Don’t leave¬†it empty.

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Prayers for Stourbridge – Rivers of living Water -Part 2

We were led to go and¬†pray at the bridge over the¬†river Stour just off the Ring Road leading up to Amblecote and also at the canal which is nearby.¬†¬†¬† We felt led by the Holy Spirit to take a red banner down with us to wave as we sang and worshipped and also to take communion when praying for the town.¬†¬†¬† We pleaded the blood of Christ over our town and declared the power in the blood of Christ to bring cleansing and redemption and break the power of sin.¬†¬† Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins.¬†¬† We dropped¬†one drop¬†of the communion wine into the river and canal.¬†¬†¬† There is more power in¬†one drop of Christ’s blood that was spilt for us than in all¬†the power of evil¬†influencing our town.¬†¬† ¬†The declaration which the Lord gave us to proclaim over Stourbridge was from Ezekiel 47 – the waters rushing in and flooding our area- particularly verses 1-12 -rivers of living waters which get deeper and deeper flowing from the throne of God and which bring healing.¬† v 8 “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley and enters the sea.¬† When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.¬† And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live.¬† There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed and everything will live wherever the river goes.¬† It shall be that fishermen will stand by it ; there will be places for spreading their nets.¬† Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceeding many.¬† But its swamps and marshes will not be healed and will be given over to salt.¬† Along the bank of the river on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail.¬† They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary.¬† Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for medicine”.¬†¬†¬† A picture of salvation, healing & fruitfulness¬†for our area.¬† Let us be¬†rooted in Christ who is the living water. Amen.¬† Stourbridge ‚Äď Wells of Living Water Part 1