Last week we felt led by the Holy Spirit to cry out and call back from the north, south, east & west in this nation, those who had once walked with the Lord. Those people who had previously given their lives to the Lord but were no longer serving him. We prayed for healing, forgiveness and restoration particularly for those who may have been hurt in church life, become ensnared by sin, who were discouraged, frustrated or had lost their first love. Those who had lost their way and given up. Those whose places had been taken by others – that they would be restored. Jesus wants them back and this is the time for them to take up their place again. We felt the trumpet was being sounded up and down the nation to draw them back to the battle field and to take up their place in Christ’s army of believers.
There is an old song which says “Sound the battle cry! See! the foe is nigh; Raise the standard high; for the Lord; Gird your armour on, Stand firm every one; Rest your cause upon His Holy word. Rouse, then soldiers, rally round the banner! Ready, Steady, pass the word along; onward, forward, shout aloud Hosanna! Christ is captain of the mighty throng.” The cry has gone out for the prodigals to return and we believe the Holy Spirit is drawing them back. The Word says that great strength will be given to those who turn back the enemy from the gate. Our enemy Satan wants this nation and at this moment he wants to cause fear and disruption. We must take up our place, pray and stand against him in faith. To stand for righteousness and truth. The battle belongs to the Lord – praise God.
The bible reading which God gave us as we prayed was from Isaiah 49 v 8-12 “Thus says the Lord. “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. I will preserve you and give you as a covenant to the people. To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages, That you may say to the prisoners, “Go forth” – To those you are in darkness “Show yourselves”. They shall feed along the roads and their pastures shall be on all desolate heights, They shall neither hunger nor thirst, Neither heat nor sun shall strike them, for He who has mercy on them will lead them, Even by the springs of water He will guide them, I will make each of My mountains a road, and My highway shall be elevated. Surely these shall come from afar, Look! Those from the north and the west and these from the land of Sinim”. Isaiah 55 6 & 7 “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.”
There have been many words recently about deception and being guarded against deception. Jesus himself warns us against being deceived particularly in the time before He returns. We can easily get carried away as “charismatic” believers particularly when we belong to a Spirit filled church and it is so important that the Spirit and the Word are in harmony with the right emphasis on both. The Word of God is our plumb line and any tongue and interpretation, prophecy or teaching that does not line up with the word of God is false.
The apostle Paul teaches us that the enemy has strategies against us and one of his key ones is deception. He loves to lead us astray and cause confusion. Any moves of the Spirit need to be discerned to make sure it is the Holy Spirit and not the wrong spirit at work. It is so important in these times to be rooted in God’s Word and filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. God’s Word as the belt of truth and our sword is such an essential part of our armour for defence and attack. Every other piece would not fit together or be effective without the belt or sword but how we can rush or just neglect that part of our preparation. It takes discipline to study the bible but I encourage you to do it and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in all truth particularly at this time.
I had a picture once of the plumb line. It only takes a tiny bit of deception to lead you away from truth but the more you follow that wrong idea or false teaching the further and further you eventually end up away from the truth. If you draw a line on a piece of paper you will see what I mean. Draw the plumb-line and then draw another line from the bottom at a slight initial angle away from the line and see how far it is away from the plumb line at the end.
The thing with deception is how subtle it is. Be on your guard against it. Deception is so close to the truth that we can readily accept it as the truth because it sounds right but when you hold it up to the Word of God you will see the error. Satan knows the Word of God too. He quoted it to Jesus but Jesus knew that he had twisted it’s true purpose and quoted it correctly back.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us to help us and He as the Spirit of Truth will lead and guide us into all truth. That is why the Word and the Spirit are so essential to the believer and our walk of faith. Be filled and baptised with the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of discernment. When you operate in the gift of discernment you get that sense in your spirit that something is just not right. People refer to gut feelings and it can be like that. I have heard false tongues and just knew in my spirit that it was false and not the Holy Spirit. You hear an interpretation and again it just doesn’t sit right. That is the Holy Spirit helping you to discern the truth. When you talk to other believers they will often have discerned the same. Read and study the bible so that you will have the tools to recognise false teaching or false words.
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.
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
Thanks for joining me! In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God. In February this year, I felt God speak to me (again!) about writing a prophetic blog. Over many years, I have kept a prayer diary and written down prophetic words, pictures, dreams which I believe are from God to pray into and share with my fellow church members and leaders but starting a blog seemed way too scary. I’ve taken the step (or rather leap) of faith to start to share these on-line in a blog. I hope you find them encouraging, useful and challenging.