Those are the words that the Lord spoke to me yesterday at church during our Easter service.
That is the truth of the power of the Cross of Jesus Christ and His shed blood in our lives.
When we come to and through the Cross of Jesus and understand and experience the Cross, we are changed.
We are transformed by its power.
The old person is no longer. We are new creations in Christ.
Transformation means a complete change in the character or appearance of someone especially so that person is IMPROVED.
We cannot NOT be changed by the Cross. We are changed for the better.
We are intended to become the best version of ourselves that God intended us to be through the power of the Cross.
It is a simple but powerful truth.
The Cross of Jesus is the place of transformational change.
You are not the same person you were before you came to and through the Cross of Jesus. Don’t rely on feelings, accept that truth and apply the truth daily in your life. There will then be fruit of the change that will show in your life.
Your circumstances may not have changed, they may never change but YOU HAVE CHANGED IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. You now look at your circumstances from a different vantage point. You look at them from God’s perspective.
Do you want to change? Then come to the Cross of Jesus Christ. It is the only place where you will meet the Truth in person, Jesus, He who has the power to change you and for the better.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses!
Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins.
Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred.
Keep my soul, and deliver me;
Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.
Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!
The Lord God answered this prayer for deliverance and forgiveness on Good Friday when Jesus, the lamb of God, delivered us from Satan’s grasp and brought us into God’s Kingdom through His blood shed for us. Jesus redeemed us from the judgment and penalty of sin. We are redeemed, sanctified, forgiven and restored into new life in Christ Jesus our Lord. May this be your prayer today. Find Deliverance, Mercy and Forgiveness for your sins in Jesus. Thanks and Praise be to our God. Amen
As we enter into Holy Week, I want to re-post this for those who don’t yet know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I urge you – Please don’t leave it too late to choose to accept and follow Jesus.
If you are in that valley of decision, then I pray that this Easter, the reason for the Cross and the Resurrection will become alive in your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. You will realise the truth, your eyes will be opened and you will repent and choose life in Christ Jesus.
If you have turned away from following Jesus, then I pray you will return to the Father’s House.
Are you ready for the King to return.
I heard the Lord say :
Multitudes, Multitudes in the valley of decision.
Choose you this day who you will serve. Who will you bow the knee to and honour as your God? Who will you serve?
Will you choose to serve the God of self or will you crucify the flesh and it’s wicked desires and submit yourself to the Holy One (Jesus).
Will you choose to pick up your cross and surrender your life to the Holy One. Will you sacrifice your life and humble yourself under His Mighty Hand.
This is the time of decision. This is the time to choose. Choose you this day who you will serve.
As for me and my house we will choose to serve the Lord. We will serve him wholeheartedly. We will serve him joyfully.
Though the fig tree may wither and there be no fruit on the vine yet we will praise Him.
We will go out with joy and be led forth with peace and the mountains and hills will surrender before us.
We will be overcomers and mighty ones in the Kingdom of our King Jesus, for He will equip us with every good thing to accomplish His purposes and plans.
For His plans are to bless us and use us to be a blessing to many nations and that through us all the nations of the earth will rejoice.
They will see the light of goodness and grace manifested before them.
The children of light will rise up and prepare the way for the King.
Rise up my people and proclaim the King is coming.
Prepare you the way of the Lord for the King of the whole earth is coming. He is coming.
The King of the whole world is coming to judge the world with righteousness and truth.
He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
He has trodden the wine press of God’s fury alone and He has purged and cleansed His own from all sin and unrighteousness.
He has purchased them and set them free.
He has raised them to new life in Him.
All hail the Lamb. All hail the Lamb.
Choose you this day who you will serve.
Who will you serve.
The choice is yours.
Choose wisely before it is too late and the choice is taken from you.
Choose wisely and choose now before it is too late. Amen
Jesus is our true hope..He takes us from darkness into His glorious light.
My dear friends, I have posted the link below to our Resurrection Service today celebrating our risen Saviour, Jesus. I had the privilege of speaking today and announcing His resurrection. The message outlines how God was working in the darkness and still works in our darkness to bring about the glorious resurrection of Jesus to life in us. The true light of life to light our way from darkness into life. He is the light in our darkest times. He is the true light.
God loved us all too much to leave us in darkness and sin. He planned the story of redemption from the very beginning to restore us to Him. He brought us into His glorious Light.
I pray you are blessed and take hold of Jesus the saviour of the world and the one true hope today. He can bring you out of and through the darkness into His glorious light.
So here we are, Good Friday. A day when I can pause and reflect on Jesus’ death and what it means to me.
We all have an opportunity today to ask ourselves…What does the Cross mean to me?
The Cross is a personal experience.
I have to come to the Cross for myself.
I have to accept that Jesus died for me and understand why He chose to die.
I am so grateful that others have helped point me towards the Cross of Jesus.
I am so grateful that there were witnesses to His death and Resurrection who told the story in the gospels.
I am so grateful for the ones who through the years have faithfully told and shared the the Good News.
The ones who faithfully declared the truth that Jesus the Son of God came to this world and had to die so that I could live. Jesus became my sin offering before God and paid the price to set me free. He who had no sin took my sin on Himself.
The price of sin, the wages of sin, which is death had to be paid. I was born into sin. Jesus was the one who by His death ransomed me and set me free. He took my punishment on Himself. He chose to die that I might live.
There was no other way for God’s righteous judgement to be met. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the door through which we come to God.
I understood this truth and came to the Cross. I knelt before it and said sorry to God for my sins and accepted Jesus as My Saviour and Lord. I have been born again into a new life in Jesus and have restored relationship with God in heaven and received the promise of His Holy Spirit who lives in me.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you Jesus that you were raised from the dead by God’s mighty hand. Thank you Jesus for sending us your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that you love me with an everlasting love. That you are always with me and never leave me.
I pray that you also encounter Jesus at the Cross today.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 1:21-23,2:9-15
The mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news 😀
I have some good news to give you today which some of you already know (but it’s encouraging to be reminded) and to some it may be the first time you heard.
Jesus is alive.
Hallelujah Praise God 👏👏👏👏
He has conquered sin and death.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God with all things under His feet …..that is all demonic principalities and powers which are beneath His feet. Colossians 2:15
I read something the other day that concerned me regarding the power of demonic forces. Reference was made to the outcome of a battle which the prophet Elisha had said would be won by the Israelites but instead they were defeated when the King who was losing sacrificed his own son at the walls. The battle was turned. This story in 2 Kings 3 in the Old Testament shows us the power of blood sacrifice.
However, the posting seemed to suggest that the unleashing of demonic forces against the body of Christ and prophetic words which had been given could overcome God’s will and stop it being fulfilled.
I did not have peace about this. The Lord reminded me that this story is in the Old Testament and was before Jesus came and His sacrifice which changed everything. We are living in the power of a NEW COVENANT OF HIS BLOOD.
The Lord wants to remind us of the truth that there has never been a sacrifice more powerful than the one made by Jesus when He gave up His position with His Father in heaven and came to this earth He created and died for us.
The sacrifice of Jesus and the shedding of His blood 🩸 was more than sufficient to deliver us from the power of sin and darkness and to break all curses and the effects of sin off our lives.
There is no blood sacrifice that can be made now that is more powerful than the blood of Jesus. One precious drop of Jesus blood 🩸 which fell to this earth and was shed for each one of us is more powerful than any demonic sacrifice which is or has ever been made to the enemy or occult powers.
That King we read of in 2 Kings 3 1-27 certainly knew the power of the blood sacrifice especially of a son. Jesus was the son of God who became our sacrifice. That is the most powerful sacrifice there has ever been made. No one took Jesus life from Him. He freely laid down His life for us.
When you pray remember the position that you know pray from. Remember that you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus who is in authority over all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness.
You have the mind of Christ. You are part of the body of Christ and the body is connected to the Head.
Is Jesus worried about Satan’s strategies and attempts to manipulate? No because Jesus knows all things and Satan has been defeated by Jesus.
Connect your mind and thoughts with the mind of Christ and pray with authority against the wicked strategies of the enemy and pull down His strongholds.
Is there a war going on? Yes there certainly is but we are soldiers of Christ and we come from and fight from a place of victory to push back the enemy and to enforce the victory of the Cross.
We should never forget the finished work of the Cross and the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The bible tells us in 1 John not to believe every spirit but to test it to see if it is of God because many false prophets have gone out into the world. The test is this “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God”.
Any word that denies Christ and the power of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection must be tested against the word of God.
I want to encourage you to remain rooted and firm in your trust and faith in Jesus Christ who is all powerful and victorious and is seated now in the highest place and at the right hand of God who has put all things under His feet.
Be encouraged by these words in Colossians.
Colossians 1. 13 “ He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the son of His love in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. V 20. And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself by Him whether things in earth or things in heaven having made peace through the blood of His cross”
Colossians 2 v 8. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to tradition of men, according to the principles of the world and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and you are complete in Him who is Head of all principality and power.
V15. Having disarmed principalities and powers He made a public spectacle of them TRIUMPHING OVER THEM IN IT.
Lift up your heads oh you gates and be lifted up you everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory ..The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads oh you gates Lift up you everlasting doors and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts is the King of glory. Psalm 24 7 -10.
Jesus said that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Why not? Because He is the King of glory spoken of by David in the Psalm and the gates of hell could not stand against him. He descended into hell and took the keys of death and hell and He has them now. Amen
“and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.” Ezekiel 48:35 or “The Lord is PRESENT”.
These are the very last words in the book of Ezekiel. It’s an encouragement that there is hope & restoration following God’s judgments on the sins of his people and the surrounding nations which have been prophesied by Ezekiel. God is merciful.
Ezekiel describes a future day when the temple is rebuilt and where God’s glory comes to dwell with them and which will remain forever. This time the glory of the Lord will not depart as it had in the past.
John also describes such a place in the last book in the bible, Revelation.
After God’s final judgments on Satan, the nations and sin, we have this beautiful picture of the holy city and that we will be with God forever…just as God always wanted it to be.
Complete restoration of Gods plan for mankind. Eternal Fellowship with Him. Eternity in His presence.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.
God Himself will be with them and be their God.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
These verses speak of a future day & time which we look forward to but these words for me also sum up the ultimate desire of every Christian’s heart and I hope the desire of your heart. To be where God is present.
That is my goal, my vision..to be where He is. To be in His presence. There is no better place to be. There is no more loving & secure place. Not going ahead of Him, not behind but perfectly aligned with Him.
The good news that we declare and are witnesses of is that Jesus has made not only this future possible but also a present reality. The truth is that you can be where God is. You can have the confidence to know that you will be part of that glorious city. To be forever with God.
But the good news is also that you don’t just have to wait for that future day in eternity. You can also enjoy relationship with God right now in the present.
God can be present in your present.
You can enjoy a relationship now with God through Jesus his son. We can come boldly to Gods throne in prayer for help every day. You don’t have to be alone and without help. God can be your refuge and help in times of trouble. He will be your comforter.
“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 therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The reason Jesus came and died is so that we can be in right relationship with God. So we can be where God is present. There is no other way to get to the place where the Lord is. Jesus made the way.
We can’t get to God by our own efforts and good works alone because sin is the barrier to a holy God. We can only come through the cross by acknowledging our sins and receiving Gods forgiveness through Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus paid the price of sin by his death and took our sins on himself.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 –
God wants you to find Him while there is still time.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
“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.” Isaiah 55:6-7
In Revelation we are warned not to leave it too late. We read of those who won’t be allowed into this glorious place where God is forever present.
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 –
“ Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” Revelation 21:25-27
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. Revelation 22:14-15
Is your name in the Lamb’s book of life?
Jesus is inviting you today to believe in Him and accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. To follow Him. To add your name to the millions that are already written there. God wants to write your name too.
What does the bible warn about those whose name is not in the Book of Life:
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.
And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
That means going to a place where God is not present. A place where we do not want to be.
It is not Gods will that you go there. He does not want you to perish.
“ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Please respond to the invitation to find God through Jesus His son before it is too late.
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:16-17
The Lord spoke this word to my spirit this morning. I pray that it blesses, encourages and challenges you as it does me:
“Thus says the Son – For I came into the world and you did not recognise me because you chose to be wilfully blind, but when I come again in all My glory with My heavenly army with me then all eyes will see and all will know that I am Jesus – He that was crucified and rose again.
None will be able to deny it. Some may choose to rebel against Me and choose the wicked deceiver but the choice will be theirs to make. There will be no excuses. There will be no deniers on that day for all will see My glory & My power.
Trust in Me. All you who have put your trust and faith in My death & resurrection for I will not disappoint you.
I will raise each one to life who has believed in Me. They will be honoured and they will share in My glory for it pleases Me to share My glory and My life with those who love me.
I will give gifts to all those who have served Me with a true heart. Not the hypocrites and not the fame seekers.
For I will test all men’s works. Those works that remain after the fire will receive a reward but for everything burned up they will suffer loss.
For I am a righteous and true judge. I am fair in all I do. Justice goes forth from My throne for nothing is hidden from My eyes.
All will be laid bare before My sight & before the sight of everyone from the kings of the earth to the lowest – All will stand before My throne & receive from Me.
Some will pretend and make excuses for the things that they have done, but I will tell them to depart from Me because they are wicked, serving only themselves and not the one true King.
Repent My people of your selfish ambitions & serve Me with humility, kindness & love for as much as I gave for you out of My heart, then so much I ask from you to be poured out for Me.
I give you life in all its fullness so that you can give to others.
Each one of My followers has something to give. No-one is empty handed in My kingdom for if you ask of Me then you will receive.
Ask of Me and I will open up the treasures of heaven to pour into your hands. A good measure pressed down & overflowing. Give as it is given to you and hold nothing back, especially in these days when you have the opportunity to do much good and show much love to those in need.
Bless you My children. One day I will look into your eyes and you will look into mine and you will truly understand the sacrifice which I made for each one of you.
It was worth it and I saw what My Father had in mind from the foundation of the earth so I was pleased to offer Myself as a sacrifice for you because it is worth it to My father and it is worth it to Me.
All honour & glory belongs to the One who sits on the throne forever and ever, Amen.
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.