It‚Äôs time for a praise party! Rise up in praise people of God #24/7 praise

Morning everyone ūüėĀ Let everything that has breath praise the Lord hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelujah! It‚Äôs time to rise up in praise to our God. Psalm 150 what incredible words of praise. Let all things praise God.

We are at a time I believe when giving praise to our God is key to seeing His kingdom come and overcoming the darkness and evil which is seeking to rise up in these times in opposition to God. There is power in praise. Power to see victory and freedom in our lives. Power to overcome.

Satan hates our praises of God and will do what he can to stop us praising our mighty, wonderful and awesome God. He wants to silence God’s people and rob our praises. He wants to silence us so much. We under estimate how much he wants to rob our praises. He wants to discourage us. He wants to distract us from praising. He wants to try and quash any revival amongst Gods people.

We see around us disease, civil unrest, injustice, violence and lots more evil at work at this time but God is on the throne. Light is more powerful than darkness. Good is more powerful than evil. Truth is more powerful than lies. Hope is more powerful than despair. Death is defeated in Christ Jesus. Satan is defeated.

I refuse to be silenced at this time. I will speak, shout out, sing, write and declare my praises to God and Jesus. I am waking up with praises running around my head at the moment so can’t ignore this prompting from God’s Holy Spirit.

My actions, what I do, my very existence and my life will be my praise to Him. My very breath every day is testimony and praise to Him and the power and grace He works in my life. So it is in yours too!

Take hold of that. Who you are, your very life in Christ, your faith and service of Him is a powerful testimony of Gods amazing work of grace and redemption. We may fall and mess up but His grace is more than sufficient for us. His mercies are new every morning. His forgiveness is overwhelming.

Our Father in heaven and our saviour Jesus are worthy of all praise, honour and glory. All glory and honour belong to them. Whatever is happening at the moment, whatever season we are in, let us praise. In the good times and in the bad. He is worthy. Not because of what He does or has done or will do but simply because of who He is.

At the moment many of us cannot meet together as Gods people for corporate praise. Let’s get creative. Let’s share ideas and our praises. Let there be 24/7 praise to our God.

Can I encourage you to praise. To keep praising or to start again if you have stopped. Let’s get the praises to our God and King flooding the airwaves and the spiritual realm with truth, hope, life and light.

Praise Him in your homes, in your car, on your phones. Share praises with your social network, organising online praise parties or meeting in smaller numbers outside to praise. There is great praise music and resources out there on line to help. There are bible readings on line. Play or read aloud the word of God.

Let‚Äôs get praising Hallelujah ūüôŹūüôŹūüôŹ please share and encourage everyone you know to praise our awesome God. Let‚Äôs get a praise party going 24/7 down here on earth just as it is in heaven to Him who sits on the throne.

Revelation 4 v 8 “ and they do not rest day or night saying “ holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come.

V11 you are worthy, O Lord to receive glory, and honour and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created‚ÄĚ

24/7 praises Amen ūüôŹ

A generation that will move in the power of the Holy Spirit

I heard the Lord say this to my spirit this morning РThis is the generation that will see Me come in power amongst them.  My Holy Spirit is being poured forth now in a mighty way.  It will be like a flood that will go across the earth to meet and minister to those in need. My people will rise up in power.  They will go about My business and they will see the miraculous provision and power of their God in whom they trust.

Beware the evil one.  Beware the fraudster who comes to deceive and lead astray. Stay in the place of intimacy so that you know the person of the Holy Spirit.  He is the one friend who will lead and guide you into all truth.  Do not fear,  for I am with you even to the end.  I will never forsake you.  Be ready to do good at all times. Silver and gold you may not have but what I can give you is worth much more and brings life in all its fullness and not death.

This is the generation that will rise up now and do great and mighty deeds for their King.   Speak out My word with boldness.  Send forth My word with power and declare that this is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad.  I will lift up a shout of praise and with my eyes I will see my victory over the evil one.  He will flee before me.  The wicked will take cover and hide before the coming of My saints as they rise in power.  Their shout will go up before the whole earth as they rise in unity to bring down the strongholds of the wicked ones and ride out into the wide places and build My kingdom. A kingdom that will never fall.  A kingdom that will last forever.

For these are the days that My Spirit is now to be poured out in greater measure.  Be filled to overflowing My children.  Be filled to overflowing that My power & My spirit flow through you for My honour & My glory.   Be at one with Me and at one with each other.  Move as one.    All hell will try to stop you but it has no power over you, for I have stripped it of its power and I have placed authority in your hands and My power goes forth.   It goes forth like lightning and see its trail across the earth.   All eyes will see and ears will hear of the exploits of My children.  They will now start to explode into the news and all will start to see My wonder working power at work in all the nations of the earth.  Amen.

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Our God has risen up.. Victory is His

Last night (Good Friday 10th April) I had a dream in which I was in a large upper room in a church building with lots of people – some I knew and some I didn’t.¬†¬† During the course of the meeting my friend and I (we were not next to each other as we usually would be when seated in church) at exactly the same time spoke out a powerful tongue in unison.

As we spoke it out the words were so powerful and strong Рthe declaration in them went forth like a loud cry & a roar and we marched forward as we said the tongue.      This was a completely new thing to us Рmy friend has the gift of tongues and I often have the gift of interpretation to her tongue and we will bring a word in church meetings but never at the same time.      I remember being overawed in the dream because this was a new thing and the power of the Holy Spirit was tangible.     The Lord was doing something new amongst us.

The interpretation of the tongue was:

“Our God is a man of war.¬†¬† See He goes forth.¬†¬† He has arisen!¬† A mighty man of war.¬† He rises against His enemies and they will be scattered.¬†¬†¬† He has sent forth His arrows & pierced the darkness.¬† He has defeated death.¬† He has conquered.¬†¬† He has risen on our behalf and the glory is all His.¬† All the glory belongs to Him and to no other.¬† He is a man of war and He strides out on our behalf across the nations.¬† He has conquered and has won the victory over death & disease. He is the victor.¬† All honour & glory belong to Him and no other.¬† He is the one true God & all the praise & honour is His.¬† Let no-one try & take the honour for themselves.¬† Woe to them who will claim the victory for themselves.¬† God has arisen and His enemies are scattered.¬† The victory is His.¬† Amen.”

This morning I looked for these words in scripture and it says:

Exodus 15 -The Song of Moses

1Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his ridera he has thrown into the sea.
2The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3The Lord is a man of war;
the Lord is his name.

and

Psalm 68

1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

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The One True God who can save us -Our Father in Heaven

Isaiah 45 v 18-22  “For thus says the Lord

Who created the heavens,

Who is God,

Who formed the earth and made it,

Who has established it,

Who did not create it in vain,

Who formed it to be inhabited:

I am the Lord, and there is no other.

I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth;

I did not say to the seed of Jacob,

Seek Me in vain,

I, the Lord speak righteousness,

I declare things that are right.

Assemble yourselves and come;

Draw near together,

You who have escaped from the nations.

They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image,

and pray to a god that cannot save.

Tell and bring forth your case;

yes let them take counsel together.

Who has declared this from ancient time?

Who has told it from that time?

Have not I the Lord?

And there is no other God besides Me,

A Just God and a Saviour:

There is none beside Me;

Look to me and be saved,

All you ends of the earth!

For I am God and there is no other.

I believe that there is only one true God in heaven whose son is Jesus Christ who died and rose again and has conquered sin and death.  

He alone is able to save us from our sins.   

Look to God in these days and put your trust in His unfailing love & mercy.   

He is a merciful & gracious God.  Cry out to Him for help and He will surely hear you and answer you.

There is none other able to stretch forth His hand from heaven and save us apart from Him.   Trust in Him and He will not let you down.

Psalm 9: 9  “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed.  A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in you: For you Lord, have not forsaken those who see You.”

God’s glory and righteousness will be revealed.  

I pray and ask God to arise in these times and have mercy on us, to move on our behalf and to save us from this dreadful disease Covid 19 which is ravaging the nations and killing people. 

Rescue us O Lord we ask as there is no-one who can help us at this time to stop this disease and miraculously deliver and heal us. 

There is only you who can do this.  Only you Oh Lord who have the power to do this. 

Show your mighty power in these days.  Hear our prayers God through the precious name of your son Jesus Christ who makes intercession on our behalf before Your throne.

v19 “Arise O Lord; Do not let man prevail, let the nations be judged in your sight.  Put them in fear O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men”.

 

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 Рthey are easily swayed.   They will agree with whatever view is popular.   They have no firm faith.
  6. These people are grumblers & faultfinders Рalways 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 Рhelp to disciple such people and build their faith;
  3.  Show mercy and reach out to help those that are weak Рtreat 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).

Gideon’s army

This was a word which I had in 2018 when praying but I feel led to share it again in this season:  I sensed the Spirit was saying this to me:

“In the beginning was The Word and the Word was God.   There is power in My Word.   Whatever, I declare from heaven concerning a matter or a 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 ‚Äď a new day for the church.¬†¬† 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 armed her so that My Kingdom can advance. It is time to take the Kingdom (God’s) 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 persevere, willing to count the cost, those who are bold, those who have courage, who take their strength from Me.   Those will be part of my army.   Those who are skilled in My Word, those who know their position, those who listen and obey.   They will receive the words to speak and declare in My name.   The will see My wonder working power at work. They will be my vessels to bring healing, holiness and salvation to nations.

I am on the move. 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, and the timid.¬†¬† This is the season for those who fear the Lord and show reverence and fear. Who love righteousness and hate wickedness, injustice and wrong ‚Äď to be willing to stand up and be counted.¬†¬† To be the carriers of My presence into all situations.¬†¬† Everyday situations where I have placed them ‚Äď whether home, work, family, government, schools ‚Äď everywhere they find themselves.¬†¬† They can have an impact.

Now rise up and go to war on the enemy -Satan. Pull down his strongholds and declare that his time has come to an end in this region.¬†¬† There is a new King in town (Jesus).¬†¬† A new Kingdom (Jesus’) being established and the enemy (Satan) is to be trodden underfoot and trampled.¬† Satan’s troops, his spirits will have to flee in the presence of My army.¬†¬† Gideon‚Äôs army is on the march. It is time to advance.¬†¬† Take the gates and push back the darkness. ‚Äú

The Horse Gate

This gate speaks of battles and as Christians we are in a spiritual battle.     We have an enemy, Satan,  who doesn’t want us to mature spiritually and discover the fullness of who we are in Christ.     The enemy will try and discourage you, hinder you and stop you.     He will do what he can to put thoughts into your mind and build strongholds there to frustrate your Christian walk.     He will try and deceive you, tempt you, cause you to be fearful,  to give up because you are weary, frustrated, anxious and being a Christian just seems too difficult.

Let us not give up but let us fight the good fight.¬†¬†¬† Ephesians 6 says “Finally, my bretheren be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.

Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

God has equipped us through the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority of the word and Christ with the ability to stand against and overcome¬†our enemy.¬†¬† The bible¬†says that when we submit to God, resist the enemy then the promise of God is that “he will flee”.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jesus said that he overcame the world and so we can too.

The Fountain & Water Gates

The Fountain Gate –¬† ¬†Nehemiah repaired the Fountain Gate.¬†¬† This gate reminds me of Jesus – who is the fountain of¬†living water- and also the daily power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.¬†¬†¬† There is a living well of spiritual water for us to draw from daily.¬†¬†¬† It is an¬†inexhaustible supply that will never run dry.¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†Jesus said we never need to thirst again when we come to Him because He is the living water.¬† ¬†He can satisfy our thirst in all areas and bring refreshing to us.¬†¬†¬† When we are tired, weary or discouraged then we can come to the Fountain Gate¬†and be refreshed.¬†¬†¬† We can drink deeply of Jesus and be restored.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If we forsake the living water then we will be dry and empty with nothing to give.¬† Our source of spiritual life is Jesus.

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The Water Gate –¬†¬†¬† This gate speaks to¬†me of the power of the word of God which is at work¬†in our lives.¬†¬†¬† The bible teaches us that we are washed by the word of God.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The word of God is powerful and true – a¬†test of our thoughts and intentions.¬†¬† When we¬†read, meditate and act on the Word of God then we see the fruit if its out-working in our lives and it keeps us on the right path.

The Water Gate was the only gate which didn‚Äôt need repair.¬†¬†¬† The word of God endures for ever.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†God’s word doesn‚Äôt need to be improved,¬† added to or altered – it is¬†complete just as it is.¬†¬† It is the best manual for¬†a successful and fulfilling¬†life.

Breakthrough

A visiting speaker encouraged us recently to be a bit of kindling and allow the Lord to set fire to us.   A little fire can be all it takes – it can spread like wildfire as nature has shown us with the wildfires which took hold last year in various places. At this time we are to press in and not be discouraged.  Don’t settle where you are but press on in faith.     The breakthrough or miracle you have been waiting for or seeing in faith could be just around the corner.

We may face opposition just before we see the promise and answer come to pass.    When Jesus was on the way to heal the sick daughter of the leader, Jairus, people came to tell him not to bother because the girl was already dead.     Jesus refused to accept that and told them that she was not dead only sleeping.   The people ridiculed him but Jesus silenced them, pressed ahead and the girl was raised up. People may ridicule you or try to stop you pressing in to what God has for you and the vision He has shown you.

When we step out in faith we are His vessels.  It is the oil of His Presence and the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through us to do His good works which He prepared beforehand for us to do.    The people who know their God will be strong and do mighty things.   You may have people telling you opposite things to the promises of God and what God has revealed to you by His Holy Spirit.   Do not listen to them and refuse to believe them.  Stand on the Word of God.    You may have to be bold and silence them.   Fix your eyes on Christ.  Lift up your head and see the King of Glory

In scripture John the Baptist said that Jesus was the one who would baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire.     Tongues of fire appeared on the heads of those who first received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.   I have been baptised in the Holy Spirit but I want to be on fire for Jesus.   I believe this fire is purifying and empowering to enable the Holy Spirit to flow through us in power in signs and wonders to give a powerful witness to the gospel message of Christ.     The Holy Spirit convicts of sin and glorifies Jesus Christ. People are saved and those who are suffering to healed and restored. Hold on to your promise and vision today and believe in faith. It will happen in His appointed time.

The Bride – Restoration

As I was praying last week and in worship at Church I had a picture of a bride.     I first saw a picture of a lion and knew that this was Jesus Рthe lion of Judah.     The Lion was looking at something and when I followed his gaze, I saw that He was looking at a bride.

The picture shocked me.   Although the bride was dressed in a beautiful white dress and veil -the dress was truly beautiful Рspotless and pure bright white, the bride herself looked grey and gaunt, withered and frail.    Her beauty had faded and she had no vitality or joy.    Her skin was stretched tautly over her bones and was grey and papery.    She looked weary as if she had no strength in her from lack of food.   She reminded me of a living corpse.     It was a terrible sight.     The bride was not old which accounted for her appearance.   She was young.

I thought is this a picture of the church at the moment- the body of Christ as a whole in the world?¬†¬† Is this what Jesus sees when He looks at us?¬†¬†¬† That¬†the body has lost¬†its vitality, its¬†beauty¬†and¬†is¬†famished and without strength.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I was encouraged that the bride’s dress was pure and white.¬†¬† Jesus’ blood truly cleanses us from all sin and purifies us.¬†¬†¬† It reminded me that Jesus is coming back for a spotless bride, but I believe He also wants to come back for a radiant, beautiful¬†and strong bride who is full of His life, joy, power and strength and who radiates His glory and goodness in the world.

I pray that if this picture is correct¬†that¬†the Holy Spirit will reveal it and show us our true condition.¬†¬† That our hearts will be convicted of our lack of His life working in and through us. ¬†¬† That we will acknowledge and repent over our condition and turn again to the living hope which is¬†in Christ Jesus by the power of His Holy Spirit to be restored and refreshed.¬†¬†¬† We will realise our desperation and need of Jesus and that without Him there is no power for living. ¬† He alone is the bread of life and the living water.¬†¬† John 7 v37 “If anyone thirsts, let him¬†come to me and drink, he who¬†believes in me as the scriptures say out of¬†his heart will flow rivers of living water”.¬†¬† John 6: 48 Jesus said “I am the bread of life”.¬†¬†¬†¬† Jesus is the Word of God made flesh and His words are life to us.¬†¬† The bible is food for our soul.¬†¬†

Jesus is in the business of restoration.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Lord reminded me of the picture of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 later¬†in the¬†same day¬†and God’s question to Ezekiel¬†– can these dry bones live?¬†¬†¬† In my picture –¬†Can the bride’s strength, joy, life, beauty¬†and power be restored?¬† In faith I believe that the answer is Yes and I say Yes to God.¬†¬† As Ezekiel prophesied to the dry bones – we say to the Church – hear the word of the Lord.¬†¬† “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you and you shall live” V5¬† “I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live” v13.¬†

Isaiah 40 v 29 says “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might, He increases strength”.¬† V31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.¬† They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.¬†¬† I believe God wants to restore our strength for these days ahead so that we will not grow¬†weary in doing good but will have the strength to continue in the face of adversity and persecution and persevere.¬†¬† We are called to be strong in the Lord and in the power of¬†His might.¬†¬† May our vitality be restored.¬† May we be filled with the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God.