God our refuge

The Lord drew me to Psalm 46 yesterday and so we read it aloud last night in our fellowship group over WhatsApp. We prayed through the words to declare and affirm our faith in God and call upon Him in our times of trouble because He truly is our ever present help. He does not abandon us at these times but is right there with us in the middle of times of pain, sorrow, suffering and grief.

I hope you also take comfort and strength from these words today:

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Psalm 46:1-11

Emmanuel, God with us. He is our ever present help. Call on Him today.

Blessings to you this day. ūüôŹ

Praising God on the High Hills

Some weeks ago just after my posting on Praise 24/7, the Lord encouraged me and a few friends to go and give Him praise on the High Hills. Observing of course social distancing ūüėÄ

We went to a local beauty spot -Waseley Hills and from the top of the hills there are the most incredible 360 views all around. You can see for miles.

Love this tree which is bending the opposite way to all the others

We had an incredible time praising and worshipping God. There was a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit as we sang about how awesome our God is and how worthy our God is to receive all honour and Glory. He alone is worthy of all the glory.

The Holy Spirit inspired us with bible readings and songs to sing. We sang, prayed and read aloud. It was so freeing and joyful especially after being cooped up for so long in isolation. There is something so special about being outside in creation, involved in the beauty of it and praising the Creator with fellow believers.

The Lord gave us 3 words to declare from those High Hills which we did. I also recorded them. I have transcribed them and will post on here shortly but having looked back at some earlier words this year I am struck by their similarity to previous posts. The key messages were for us as the people of God to Awaken & Rise up and be Christ’s light shining in the darkness. There is a clear sense that we are to be about Gods work and trust in Him. To be alert and watchful not sleeping. To be doers of the Word not just hearers.

If you have the opportunity then I encourage you to go do something similar. Go somewhere outside where there is lots of space and declare aloud how great our God is. We are lacking corporate praise whilst our fellowships are not able to meet and singing aloud is not possible with COVID 19. Let’s not be silent but let’s get creative. Satan hates our praises. Let’s not let him rob our praise. Praising God changes the spiritual atmosphere! It’s a catalyst for so much. It puts things into perspective and the focus on our great God. We look up and not down at our circumstances. It changes us.

Praying and declaring from a high place

If you feel the call of God and prompting of the Holy Spirit to go up to a high place in your area, city, region or town, wherever it may be, ¬†then I encourage you to do it.¬† Seek the Lord before going and ask¬†Him to reveal the strategy for your prayers and why He is calling you to this specific place.¬† ¬†¬† We¬†were led by God to pray to Him and¬†declare the Word of God and¬†prophetic words¬†from a high point overlooking our area, ¬†the Clent Hills.¬†¬†¬† We¬†believe that this was a very strategic place.¬† A place that had been and was being used by others for purposes which were not of God and were corrupting and influencing our area.¬†¬† It was a place that we needed¬†to speak out¬†with authority God’s Word and promises¬†over our¬†area for change to happen.

We¬†spent a number of evenings in prayer seeking God¬†before going out¬†on this¬†prayer walk as we believed that God had a specific strategy¬†for how we should pray.¬†¬† The Holy Spirit¬†led us to a number of scriptures –¬†Isaiah 59 – “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord raises up a Standard against Him” and “Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is shining upon you”.¬† Isaiah 60.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Isaiah 59 says¬†“So shall they fear; The Name of the Lord from the west; And His glory from the rising of the sun,¬† When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a Standard against him; The Redeemed will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob says the Lord.¬†¬† As for Me says the Lord – this is My covenant with them; My Spirit who is upon you, and My Word which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your descendants.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†God gave us instruction to carry¬†a standard with us when we climbed the hill – a red flag with a picture of¬†the Lion of Judah on it.¬†¬†¬†¬† By carrying the flag we were making a declaration of the truth of this¬†scripture to the enemy.¬†¬† We had a picture of God’s Holy Angels being released into the¬†area for God’s purposes¬†– a vast army¬†– to battle with the¬†enemy.¬†¬†¬†¬† Amos 4 v 13 says “For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind, Who declares to man what¬†his thought¬†is , And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth – The Lord of hosts is His Name.¬†¬† God was releasing His angels to help us¬†– We declared He is the Lord of hosts.¬† We also believed that we were “lifting up a banner for the peoples” – Isaiah 60 v 10.

Psalm 24 was¬†a key¬†in preparing us for this time of prayer walk.¬†¬† “Who may ascend the Hill of the Lord?¬†¬† He¬†who has clean hands and a pure heart and who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully”.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Lord searches our hearts and any unconfessed sin has to be dealt with.¬†¬†¬†¬† It¬†was really¬†important for us to take time to ensure that our hearts¬†were right before God before going into prayer warfare such as this for the area.¬†¬† The heart is deceitful above all things so we allow the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to us and confess it before each other.

The Lord also gave us a word to declare from Amos 4¬†“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring us wine, let us drink!”¬† The Lord God has sworn by His holiness:¬†¬† “Behold, the days shall come upon you when He will take you away with fishhooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.¬† You will go out through broken walls, Each one straight ahead of her, And you will be cast into Harmon” says the Lord.

A word also about wicked Rulers Micah v 1-4¬† – “Hear now, O head of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel:¬† Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil.¬† Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones, And chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the cauldron”.¬†¬† Then they will cry to the Lord but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Leaders cannot do ill, oppress those underneath them who they should¬†be protecting¬†and expect God to hear them.

In our prayer time there was¬†a tongue and the interpretation.¬† This was to be an invitation to abundant life and call to repentance. ¬†– Isaiah 55 1-13.¬† “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and¬†you who have no money Come buy and eat.¬† v6¬† “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.”¬† v12¬† “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”.

Also, Hosea 6: 1¬† “Come let us return to the Lord.¬† For He has torn us but He will heal us.¬† He has stricken but He will bind us up.¬† After two days He will revive us.¬† On the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His Sight.¬† Let us know.¬† Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.¬†¬†¬† His going forth is established like the morning.¬† He will come to us like the rain.¬† Like the latter and former rain to the earth.”.

We fasted on the day that we were to do the¬†prayer walk.¬†¬† We felt called to do the prayer walk on a particular date.¬†¬† On the evening of the prayer walk, we took communion together¬†at the bottom of the hill.¬†¬† We prayed and spoke from Psalm 121. – God the help of those who seek him.¬†¬†¬† “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?¬† My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”.¬†¬†¬†We then walked up the hill, praying and singing as we went.¬†¬† We played the song by Robin Marks – “Shout to the North”¬†– “Men of faith rise up and sing, of the great and glorious King.¬† You are strong when you feel weak, in your brokenness complete.¬† Shout to the North and the South, Sing to the East and the West, Jesus is Saviour to all, Lord of heaven and earth”.¬†¬† We felt led to walk in a certain order – I walked first as¬†in a¬†spearhead and then we came two by two with a rear guard as well.¬†¬†¬† We also brought¬†a Shofar with us to blow from the top of the hill and a compass so that we would know which direction we were facing when declaring the Word.

We waved the flag at the top of the hill as we prayed to the north, south, east & the west and declared¬†all the¬†scriptures which God had previously given us.¬†¬†¬† We poured water and oil onto the¬†ground¬†as led by the Holy Spirit.¬† ¬†We then asked for the angelic host to be released to do God’s will in our area, ¬†to carry out His orders, to help¬†people¬†and to battle the enemy.¬†¬† We blew the Shofar and called to the wind to blow, for the wind of God to blow across our area¬†and¬†in¬†that moment the wind completely changed direction.¬†¬†¬† If we had not been flying the flag, we would¬†probably not have noticed the change in direction and we believe this was a¬†sign from God.¬† We believe¬†that God had heard our prayer and something had shifted in the spiritual realm.¬† Praise God.

Before we went to pray, one of our group had wanted to¬†start a¬†fire on the hill but¬†we did not have peace about this particularly as¬†open fires were forbidden.¬†¬† It did not sit right in our spirits to break the law and so we gave that to God and refused permission for that to be done.¬†¬†¬†¬†When¬†you go to pray as a group you need¬†unity and to be in agreement.¬†¬† Sometimes, ¬†the leader will have to exercise Godly wisdom and discernment to avoid¬†anything being done which¬†is not right and take authority in those circumstances.¬† On the evening,¬†as we stood on the top¬†of¬†the hill¬†and looked in the distance we saw a bonfire burning brightly.¬†¬† There were no other fires in the¬†area and we believe this was the sign of fire which the¬†person had seen in the spirit.¬†¬† We didn’t need to start a fire the Lord God would do that.¬† ¬†The Lord is an all-consuming fire – He can burn up the dross and purify.¬†¬†¬† As Elijah called down fire from heaven we called down the spiritual¬†fire of God on our area.¬†¬† Let us be on fire for God, burning brightly for Him.¬† Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of God is shining upon you.

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


God’s Voice

There are lots of voices clamouring to be heard & lots of¬†voices telling¬†us untruths at the moment particularly in the media¬†& about¬†our nation¬†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.¬†¬†¬† Whatever voice or voices¬†are¬†raised or rising¬†up¬†against you or¬†trying to come against you and in whatever circumstances – whether it is the voices of doubt, unbelief, confusion, accusation, lies, manipulation, intimidation, threats, bullying¬†etc.. then declare the truth from the word and speak with the voice of God into that situation.¬†¬†¬†When the wind & waves rose up against Christ and the disciples and the disciples thought they would perish, Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the Sea “Peace, be still”.¬†¬† Immediately the wind¬†& waves were still. ¬† His¬†voice was more powerful than the wind & the waves and was truly “over the waters”.¬†¬†¬†¬† The body of Christ has a voice and can be heard.¬†¬†¬†¬† We need to speak up.¬† ¬† Speak out the words and bible truths which¬†the Lord gives you to declare into situations and into this nation so that change can take place.¬†¬†¬† The Lord will bless us with His peace.

The Power in God’s Word for Change

In February this year as I was praying I felt God say the following to me.  There is power in my Word.  Whatever I declare from heaven concerning a matter or nation will be performed.  My angels act on my commands.  My Word is powerful.  My Word is creative but also destructive.  It can build up or it can tear down and root out.   Whenever I speak My Word will perform whatever it is sent forth to achieve.  I have declared a new time and season.   A new day for the church in this nation.   Too long she has been weak, ineffective and struggling like a new-born babe.  Now she will rise up with renewed energy & vigour.  She will have learned how to use the tools with which I have equipped her so that My kingdom can advance.  It is time to take the kingdom of God and push forward.  To take the light into the darkness.   I do not need a vast army to achieve my purposes – only those who are willing to fight against evil (in prayer, in truth & doing good) willing to persevere, willing not to count the cost, those who are bold, those who have courage and who take their strength from me.   Those will be part of my army.   Those who are skilled in the Word, those who know their position, those who listen and obey – they will receive the words to speak and declare in My name.   They will see My wonder-working power at work.    They will be my vessels to bring Christ’s healing, holiness and salvation to nations.   I am on the move and my body the church needs to discern where I am leading in this season.  It is not time for the faint hearted, the men pleasers, the timid – this is the season for those who fear the Lord and show that reverence and fear.   Who love righteousness and hate wickedness, injustice and wrong and will stand up and be counted.   To be the carriers of my presence into all situations where I have placed them – whether in the home, work, family, government, schools, everywhere they find themselves.   They can have an impact for good.  –   I sense that this is like the day of Gideon’s army.  In the last few months, God has been calling us out to pray on the streets and at strategic locations and has given us scriptures to pray each time.   It has been amazing the things God has shown us and inspired us to pray about in each location.   He truly opens our eyes to see.    I believe in faith that prayer changes things.   Trust in the Lord and do Good – Psalm 37:4