Our Great High Priest Jesus Christ

Yesterday God reminded me from readings in Hebrews that we have a great High Priest Jesus who is seated in heaven continually making intercession for us to God the Father.

Hebrews 10 “ But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” Hebrews 4:14 “ seeing then we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin, let us come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 7:24- “ but He (Jesus) because He continues forever, he has an unchangeable priesthood, therefore He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost (everyone) who comes to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them”.

Daniel prayed to God 3 times a day. I feel stirred at this time that God is seeking intercessors in this season to pray morning, noon and night with the mind of Christ that we have been given. To stand in the gap on behalf of our nations and pray as the Holy Spirit leads us. To join our prayers to Jesus’.

Today I read another word posted on Kingdom Prophecy which really encouraged me and confirmed this sense of what God is stirring in my heart. They also posted these bible verses:

“For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered,” Romans 8:26.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all The LORD’s people,” Ephesians 6:18.

“From the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard,” Daniel 10:1

I encourage you to draw near to God in worship and prayer at this time and pray as the Holy Spirit leads you.

There is so much going on & news that we can actually become quite distracted in this season from all that is happening and this could lead to confusion and exhaustion just trying to keep up. I sense God is saying take time in the secret place with Him first and foremost. Turn your eyes on Jesus and seek Him. Keep yourself rooted and grounded in Him and His word and guard your hearts and minds against deception.

Share from the well of living water and let’s encourage each other with our prayers and what we hear God saying at this time. Blessings to you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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).

“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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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.

Love & Holiness – A Beautiful Picture

Holiness – it’s a word we don’t generally feel comfortable using these days.    The Bible says  in 1 Peter  1:15 “But as He called you is Holy, you also be Holy in all your conduct”.  Our Pastor says when you think of being Holy just think it’s being different to the world because of Jesus.

It seems to me that when we try to be Holy ourselves (apart from Jesus) then it just becomes a religious list of dos/don’ts which can then lead to frustration and guilt when we fail.     We can end up doing lots of works with little fruit.

A wise person said. “Holiness will take care of itself when we see ourselves as the Holy people of God with a Holy destiny”.    The way of holiness is living through Jesus.

In Revelation 2 Jesus says to the Church at Ephesus:

“I know your works, your labour, your patience and that you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not and have found them liars, and you have persevered and have patience and have laboured for My name’s sake and have not become weary, Nevertheless I have this against you; that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen and repent and do the first works”

Jesus said they were patient, hardworking, persistent, hated evil – but they no longer had a fervent love for Christ and God out of which their works should have flowed.   They had lost their first love.

The greatest commandment is “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” and then “to love your neighbour as yourself”:     In effect Holiness in action.

Love

In my life,  it seems to me that Love has been key to living out a practical holy life.

Love acts as a true motivation for holiness.  Love is, in its true actions, a true outworking of holiness.

  1. Love for God

The Bible says Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul & mind. – Do not worship any other idols.

When we are mature in faith, it is good to stop and consider,  whether our hearts still burn with a fervent love for God and for Jesus, our saviour?  What is it that motivates us daily in the things we do and say?   Remember that first time you became a Christian and how you were so hungry for the things of God?

If that fervent love is not still there, then what has taken the place which God had in our lives?

Idolatry is putting something before God – we can make idols of money, careers, other people -worshipping anything other than God.    Idolatry is one of the areas I believe Holy Spirit is bringing conviction to us as the Body of Christ.

The Holy Spirit can reveal the true nature of our hearts and what it is that is actually taking the first place in our lives, our thoughts, prompting our actions.  Sometimes, we are just blind to what or who is really sitting on the throne in our hearts.

We love God because He first loved us and gave His son to die for us while we were still sinners.

Love for God will manifest itself in spending time in His word and in fellowship with Him through prayer and praise. Times of fellowship with God; being obedient to His Will; allowing His Holy Spirit to fill us and mould us.

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  1. Love for each other

Thessalonians Ch 3 v 12-13 says “and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all; just as we do to you so that He (God) may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints:

Love for one another  – loving other Christians.

Love for all – everybody.

We all see this love expressed in Peter’s first letter to the church.  Peter was concerned with how Christians should live their daily lives – with each other and also in front of non-Christians.

Peter confirms that we express holiness to one another through love.  First Peter encourages us in Ch 1 v 15-16 “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written “Be holy, for I am holy”

V22 – Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart” or other translations  “so that you have a genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart”

Pure Heart – Ch 2 “laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking”

No hypocrisy, no jealousy, no gossip – all this rubbish has no place in us and needs to come out of the body of Christ.

Someone said “where love abounds in a fellowship of Christians, many small offences, and even some large ones are readily overlooked and forgotten. But where love is lacking every word is viewed with suspicion, every action is liable to misunderstanding and conflicts abound to satan’s perverse delight”

Humility will help in our relationships with one another.  Peter goes on to say that there should be “unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind”

Is loving each other as Christians optional?   According to the Word the answer must be NO.

As Christians we can’t really opt out of loving one another if we are followers of Jesus – it was Christ’s commandment to us – to love each other as He loved us.  It’s a commandment – if we love Christ then we ought to love one another.

We recall Jesus’ teaching at the last supper.   This was his last opportunity to talk to his disciples before He went to the Cross.   Jesus reiterates 4 times his new commandment to love one another.    He didn’t remind the disciples of all the great miracles they had witnessed – it was love which was important.

JN 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

JN15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Jesus said “if you love me then you will obey my commandments.”

JN 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

1JN 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

As Jesus said to the church – Have we lost our first love? Have you lost your first love?

It takes us back full circle – if we love Christ and he is our first love then out of this love will flow love for one another.  Let us start with love for God first and the rest will follow.

John Wesley said that “Holiness misses the mark if the essence of godliness found in purity of heart expressed in love is missing” His favourite saying was “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love”

So HOW?

I don’t believe we can manufacture this love successfully.   We could perhaps do it for a while but it will stagnate and eventually die – it must develop naturally out of relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Romans 5: the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us and love is created in us by the Holy Spirit Galatians 5: 22 says it is a “fruit of the Spirit”

So instead of striving to do it in our own strength and with our own love – let the love of Christ come through us – let the fruit be produced – How – by abiding in Him & receiving God’s love.

Jesus tells us:

JN 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

JN 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

JN 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

So How is love evidenced practically in holy living?

1JN 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

Love will manifest itself in generosity, meeting others’ needs, unselfish giving.   This can be truly testing when we are going through our own times of difficulty.

Our reward is not earthly but heavenly:

M.T 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

MT 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

MT 25:40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

Conclusion

I believe that Love for God is holiness which is then expressed in love for those in the body of Christ and others. Love in its actions is the true outworking of holiness.

The Apostle Paul said:

1 Corinthians 13

1CO 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1CO 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1CO 13:8 Love never fails.

If we as the body of Christ are serious about living holy lives then let’s ensure that we have not lost our first love and that we truly love one another. Then the light will shine from us and men will see our good deeds and praise our father in heaven.     If we want to see people come to Christ then one of the keys is to obey His commandment to love.

In Isaiah Ch 5 – we read about :God’s disappointing vineyard” – ‘My well beloved has a vineyard, on a very fruitful hill, He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so he expected it to bring forth good grapes but it brought forth wild grapes”

God’s expectation is that you will produce good grapes – good fruit for Him.  He has a plan for you individually and for your fellowship.  You are important to Him.  God never gives up – He never slumbers or sleeps – He is always working with you to produce god fruit.   Let the fruit of His Love grow and develop in us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Perfect Plan

God reminded me today that even though at times my life seems chaotic and overwhelming to me when I am trying to balance work, family, home and many other things which distract me, the truth is that He is always right there with me and I am made right with Him through Jesus.   I am living out His perfect plan for my life because He is in it.     I don’t have to earn it or work at it – I just have to accept the greatest gift which Jesus has given to me – the gift of relationship with God.

I wrote down the following words which came to me as I spent some time with God today:

“My children,  From the very foundation of the world I had a plan and My plan has not altered.    It is a plan set in the heavenly realm and My son Jesus achieved and accomplished in perfect obedience and perfect sacrifice and in perfect timing that plan.   Every person on earth who has ever lived and was created with life has a place in My perfect plan.    There is no-one who has ever lived who is not able to partake.  None has been left out.   I long that all would come into My perfect plan for their lives.   My plan is simple.  It consists of relationship between Father, Son, Holy Spirit and you in perfect harmony of relationship.  There is nothing which can stop you being part of My plan.   All that is necessary is humble acceptance of My son’s sacrifice and offering of Himself for you.  He has obtained by His death and resurrection the keys of death and hell so that the door is open to walk into the perfect plan for your life.   No other plan will bring you the desires of your heart for no other plan can bring you into perfect harmony with Me.  It is simple and it is true.  There is only one plan which is perfect and so why accept anything less for yourselves.”

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