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.
Hello all, I do hope you are well and continue to keep well and healthy especially in these challenging times and as we enter into a new phase of lockdown. I pray God has mercy on us in these days and thank Him for his continued faithfulness, provision and grace. God is good. Praise His holy name.
For a number of months, the Lord has been encouraging me to redeem the time and use the days allotted to me wisely. I have written down the following as the Lord laid it on my heart and hope it encourages you in these days. May God’s face shine upon you and bless you.
The days are here for the glory of God’s sons and daughters to be revealed. Arise and shine for the days are dark but the glory of the Lord covers the seas. The eagles will mount up with wings of fire. They will see in the spirit with eyes of flames. Their breath will destroy the enemy. My Hand is never too short to save. Many are called but few are chosen. Rise up and seize the day. It belongs to you to do with it what you will, but I have already accounted for all the days for you, so be prepared for the day of accountability draws near. Fulfil your purpose in Me. Be bold. You are my sons and daughters of the Most High God. When I issue a decree then it is a thing already accomplished even Satan knows that. Be wise stewards of the days ahead. Redeem the times for they are evil, show grace, mercy & love to your enemies for they will be many. To him who holds faithful to the end there is a crown of life waiting. See the clock – it is about to strike midnight. The midnight hour approaches so be ready and do not be caught sleeping.
My friend Heather encouraged me with these verses from Hebrews “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
We may be finding it difficult to meet in these days as we once did but let us strive to keep the bonds of love and stay connected.
Morning, I hope you are well. I believe that God is calling us into a season of alignment with Him. God wants us to be aligned with His plans, His purposes, His teachings, His leading and His Spirit. I am reminded of a similar word to this in October 2020 on a course correction which I will try and link to this post or will re-post. (Hopefully worked below) 🙂
God is calling us to align ourselves ready for the days ahead. We are being encouraged to check our alignment. Where are our hearts, thoughts, plans, actions aligned.
Choosing who and what we are aligned with is going to be key for the season and days ahead. Divine alignment will lead to Divine Appointments and Divine Experiences.
Let us align ourselves with all that is true, all that is Godly, all that is righteous and all that is just. Let us not align ourselves with the things of the flesh, the world, false doctrine, false teachings or false prophecy. God is warning us not to yoke ourselves to the ungodly things of this world. Let us take on the yoke of Christ and then we will be aligned correctly.
Align ourselves with the word of God, the living word and saviour of the world, Jesus. Let us walk where He walks, talk as He talks. Aligned in every aspect of our lives. Let there be nothing that affects our alignment or which causes us to stumble.
Let us align ourselves with the divine power of God. Let the God of the whole world who is worthy of all praise, honour and glory be the centre of our very being. The power of God in dwelling us as our divine compass aligning us with the very mind of Christ. Let us keep in true alignment with God at this time and in the coming days whatever they may bring to us.
May you be blessed in Jesus x I am reminded of the following words of the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 12:5-17
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
I had a dream last night. I was out with my family. We were all together, my husband and two daughters. My daughters are grown up now but in this dream we were going to book a birthday party.
The owner of the venue asked me to prove my identity before she would accept the booking. For some reason this made me very cross. I argued that it was not necessary. I explained that I had booked this venue many times before and never been asked for my I.D. I even explained the “regulations” to the owner and insisted she was mistaken. The woman would not budge. No I.D. No party. My daughter pleaded with me as she really wanted the party and so in the end I provided my I.D. and we booked the party.
I then dreamed the exact same thing again but this time the owner wanted I.D. from all the family to book the party. She explained that if only I had I.D then only I would be able to come to the party. My I.D was not enough for them. I was the only one who had any I.D with me. My family did not come prepared with any I.D. They had I.D but had left it at home. Again, the woman would not budge, no I.D then no admittance to the party.
As a follower of Jesus we may have families who are not walking with the Lord or who are not yet believers. I believe God is encouraging us to recognise that our families are still able to enjoy God’s blessings through us being with them. We pray and intercede for them. We bless them and provide God’s influence in their lives. They benefit from our relationship with God. We are a channel of God’s blessing to them. God wants us to freely give to them as we freely receive from Him. Not reluctantly but with joy that they too can experience Gods love and blessings through us.
However, one day they too will have to give an account for themselves to God. It will not be enough on that day that they are part of our family as they need to be part of God’s family. Jesus is the door and they must enter God’s kingdom that way. They must accept Christ. Their identity must be in Him and not through us. We can show them the way but they must make the decision for themselves.
Until that day comes though God is reminding us that our influence and effect in our family lives is greater than we think. Whilst we are here then let us continue to pray for them, for their salvation and bless them. To show them God’s truth. His ways. To point them to Jesus. Let us be the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts etc. that God wants us, calls us and equips us through His grace to be. God in you and present in your family because of you.
I am so encouraged today and I want to encourage you too with something I discovered this morning.
Last night I was reading my journal and something I had written from a church prayer meeting on 3 July 2019 got my attention. I had written 547 days.
This morning I decided to find out when 547 days was and so did a google search. I searched backwards from today.
The result blew me away. It was the exact same date of the prayer meeting 3/7/2019 and so God really got my attention this morning. What was the Lord saying on that night in 2019 and what is so significant about today that He was pointing us towards it back then.
Well today is significant being 31 December 2020, New Years Eve. We are on the threshold of a New Year. It has been a year of great shaking, turbulence and new things which have impacted all nations. It is also another major milestone in U.K history as we leave the European Union at midnight tonight. We enter into a new era. New days and New things are ahead.
On that night of 3 July 2019 there was a call to preparation. God said that He was calling the lost and were we ready to receive them. I believe God is asking us the same question today. Are we ready to receive the lost?
If there is an incredible revival of people coming to Christ then we need to be ready to teach, shepherd, disciple, heal and restore the lost. To establish sound doctrine and teaching on the firm foundation of Christ as the cornerstone of our faith and the whole gospel. Sound biblical teaching. To see people baptised and filled with the Holy Spirit. See them set free from the effects of their pasts to discover true freedom in Christ Jesus.
In 2008 I had a vision of the small cloud and God reminded me of Elijah at Mount Carmel after the defeat of the false prophets of Baal. After the fire, Elijah prayed for rain and sent his servant back to check for any signs of rain coming as he had already heard the sound of rain in the spirit. There had been a drought for 3 years as a result of Elijah’s prayers and the drought was about to break. On the 7th time of looking the cloud was seen and Elijah knew the rain was on its way so he hitched up his garments and ran. He ran so fast that he overtook the kings chariot. There was a deluge of rain.
God is encouraging us to look and listen and discern what is coming and what He is doing so that we are not unprepared but are like the virgins with our oil ready and more in reserve. I pray that the Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists and Teachers appointed for these days will rise up for the days ahead to prepare the body of Christ for maturity and to be ready and prepared for all that God is calling us to do in these days. That each one of us will discover our purpose in God, the gifts He has for us and be bold for Him. That our family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues know that we are followers of Christ and where to come in times of need. When they need answers which only God can provide.
When I told my friend about the 547 days she reminded me that numbers are significant in scripture. 5 speaks of GRACE/SALVATION and 7 speaks of perfection/completeness. 4 speaks of creation. It can also refer to seasons and in Strong’s concordance that literally translates as appointed times” i.e divine appointments. I believe today is a divine appointment with God and I pray that we do not miss meeting with Him today. I am eager to spend time with Him to discover what He is saying TODAY. I hope that you will also be encouraged to do the same and share what God is speaking. Amen.
Jesus has a lot to say about service through His teachings, His parables and also His exhortations to the 7 churches in Revelation. We know the foundation of our faith in Christ that we are saved by grace not works, but we must not neglect our service to the King of Kings and are called to let our light, His light in us, shine before the world. These are the days that the Lord is exhorting His church to rise and shine.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world and as a light on a lamp stand gives light to the whole house so should our light be visible to all so that men will see our good works and give glory to God. Matthew 5:14-16. I am also reminded of John’s vision of Jesus in Revelation as He walked amongst the 7 churches who were shown as 7 lamp stands, the reminder that each church is a lamp stand for His light to shine. Representatives of Jesus. To each church, Jesus said “I know your works”. He is saying the same to us today. I know your works.
As Jesus encouraged and called those churches to account so we too can learn lessons from His words. His exhortation to the church of Ephesus is not to forget our first love, Jesus. We can so easily get caught up with works of themselves and become so busy that we can neglect our relationship with Jesus. If it is not our love for Him and His love in us that motivates us then Jesus says we are to repent and return to our first love. To remember the fervent love we had for Jesus when we first encountered Him and His love for us. To be zealous for Him and not lukewarm and indifferent as the church in Laodicea.
The church at Sardis had a reputation for being alive but Jesus said this was not actually the case. Jesus had tested their works and found them not perfect before God. This was a wake up call. To recognise things as they really were so that the church could repent and then take what was still alive and nurture it so that it could grow. As Jesus said to the church at Thyatira, who had corrupted themselves by allowing false prophecy, false teaching and sexual immorality, that He is the one who searches each mind and heart and will give to each one according to their works. Jesus warns against following false teachings and false doctrines. They will distort the light and corrupt our works. Jesus wants us to wake up and recognise false and corrupt things which influence us. To anoint our eyes with His eye salve so we can see clearly.
Jesus is calling us to examine ourselves, prepare ourselves so that we can shine. As disciples of Christ we have much to offer the world, not just in being good citizens and doing good things but also in terms of Godly wisdom and knowledge, insight and understanding. In the bible we are told that the sons of Issachar had the ability to understand the times and seasons that they lived in which enabled them to give the right advice to the people of Israel so that they knew what to do. 1 Chroncles 12:32. We so need that Godly ability in the body of Christ today for the days we live in. Understanding the times and seasons and recognising what God is calling us to do and hearing His voice so that we can advise others whether in our families, work lives, businesses or other positions of influence.
I believe that the Lord is reminding us in this season, where such great needs and injustices are evident in every part of society and in the midst of this global pandemic, to take every opportunity to trust God, obey God and do good because when Jesus comes again, which He will, then He will test our works in this life and reward us accordingly. The question is what we have done in obedience to His calling and according to the measure of gifting and opportunity that have been given to us. What has motivated us in our minds and hearts.
Many years ago, I had a vision of Jesus which impacted me greatly. I saw him stood in front of me and as He held His hands out to me I heard him say very clearly “well done my good and faithful servant”. He then gestured for me to look behind him and I saw this incredible amount of amazing things. I couldn’t describe them in detail to you but I knew they were items of incredible value and beauty and I couldn’t believe how much there was. I remember being completely overwhelmed and asked the Lord what they were for as I couldn’t imagine they were for me. I had done nothing exceptional with my life to deserve such a rich reward. Jesus simply said “ For you, for your faithfulness”. Then He gestured again, and I saw another amazing amount of things and He said “but all this could have been yours as well”. I knew that Jesus wasn’t disappointed in me but He was saddened that He could not give me all that was mine to obtain. I had missed opportunities for service either through disobedience, fear or countless other things which had stopped me. The little foxes which I had allowed to ruin my vineyard.
It would be a trap for me to use that vision to do lots of works for works sake. It wasn’t the message that the Lord had for me. He was encouraging me to remain faithful to Him and His call on my life. To persevere and not give up until My race is run. Jesus reminds me that He is My first love and My heart belongs to Him. I pray that when He calls I will answer and be bold to do all that He calls me to do in service of Him. One day when I do stand before Him I trust I will hear those words “well done good and faithful servant”.
I just want to finish with the following words of encouragement to us.
I heard the Lord say the following in the Spirit. It is time for My church to examine itself. To look carefully at what it is doing. The example it is setting. I am coming and I come first to My church. May they be found ready when I come to test their works with fire. Let him who is doing good continue to do so but examine the heart. For out of the heart comes every selfish thing and motivation. Let My Spirit guide and lead you. Let My Spirit be the one that breathes life into everything you do for Me as then you will reap a harvest, not just in this life but in the life to come. Let your good works be seen by others so they may glorify your father in heaven. It is time to rise and shine like the stars in the sky. This is the day for the church of My people to be the source of nutrition and goodness for others. To give freely out of an abundant storehouse, for I am the bread of life and the pure living water. I will never run dry and I will never run out of provision for My people. To those who are called and chosen by Me and whose name is written in My book of life and My name is written on their foreheads for all to see. Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of God my Father has risen upon you.
I heard these words very clearly from the Lord this morning…”you are the apple of my eye”. I’m sure most of us have heard this saying. It means something or someone cherished above all others.
At the end of his life, Moses was preparing the Israelites for the next part of their journey under a new leader, Joshua. Moses wanted to reassure them as they crossed into a new territory, the promised land, that the Lord was going before them. God was going to be with them and would not leave them or forsake them. He encouraged them not to be afraid of what was ahead or their enemies who would be against them.
The Lord himself gave Moses a song for the people. God knew that even with the law and written testimony, the Israelites would be unfaithful to Him and the song was a reminder and witness against them that even when they forgot God and provoked him to anger that they were still “the apple of His eye”. He would not completely cast them away and would restore them and in time, as prophesied, a Saviour for all the world, Jesus, would come from them.
“For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. Deuteronomy 32:10
That was our experience before Jesus found us and brought us into the family of God. We were lost and wandering. Now we are under His guidance, His protection, enfolded in His loving arms and we are all “the apple of His eye”.
David says in the Psalms. “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech. Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings from the wicked who oppress me. From my deadly enemies who surround me. Psalm 17:6-9
Whoever comes against you also comes against the Lord himself. For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. Zechariah 2:8
The Lord wants to reassure us that whatever troubles or hardships are still to come our way in this world that He is with us. He loves us and He wants to remind us all that we are the apple of His eye. We are cherished by Him and are so precious to Him. Let us remain faithful to Him and testify to His goodness. Let us not wander from His teachings or His paths or put our trust in other things. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Him.
“Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. Proverbs 7:2
Have a blessed day and I pray that you too will hear the Lord saying over you today “You are the apple of My eye”. “My cherished ones.”
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. Ephesians 5:25-29
These were the words of the electrician as he left our house last week. Wise words indeed on more than one level.
The problem had started on the Tuesday evening. I went into the kitchen to find my oven’s digital display was blank. Nothing. I turned the controls and nothing came on. Mmmm
I called my husband and showed him. He looked blank too…
We went into the garage and checked the fuse box. Nothing had tripped out but we shut off the power and out it back on. Nothing, still blank… we decided to call in an expert but they couldn’t come until Saturday. We told them the problem over the phone and they gave us the worst possible scenarios. I was starting to think there would be no roast turkey this year.
I was in the middle of preparing my preach for the Sunday service and the text was from the gospel of Mark chapter 6: the Miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. I was thinking Lord this is ironic. My oven isn’t working and I’m preaching about feeding people.
The Lord had already laid the verses “you give them something to eat” as the focus for my teaching. The Lord is speaking those same words to us, His disciples, today. Jesus wants us, his body, to meet the needs around us through Him and the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. That good works have already been prepared in advance by God for each one of us to discover and one day we will give an account to Him.
As I had been preparing, the Lord had been saying to me “more of my Spirit” so my teaching was centring around the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Spirit and being led by the Spirit.
Well, getting back to my oven. As I said we had checked the fuse boxes in the garage and my husband had also checked the cupboard above the oven, as I remembered there was a switch there too. The cupboard has lots of pans etc. but my husband looked and confirmed the switch was on.
On the Saturday morning the electrician arrived. He went in the garage, he looked in the over head cupboard, he flicked on a switch and bam, the oven came to life. He left with the helpful words “always check the power supply “!
You see next to the switch in the cupboard was also another switch which had been hidden from my husband’s view. There were actually two switches and both needed to be on. One was not enough.
The Lord is always teaching us something, especially through the every day bits of life. You see we can all do “work” in our own strength (I’ve been there) but to be fully effective for the work God calls us to do I believe we need the Holy Spirit flowing in and through us. A conduit of His gifts, His fruit, His power. We need to check our power supply and be connected to the One True Source of all love, grace, mercy, power, knowledge, wisdom….the list goes on. If we are, then in faith there is the potential for God’s miraculous provision to be revealed.
May God bless you richly today and may the eyes of your heart be opened to the hope of your calling in Him, Jesus Christ the Lord of all. May you discover that you are God’s workmanship created in Him for good works that He has ready for you to do, being filled with the Holy Spirit and overflowing as He leads you today amen 🙏
I have been thinking a lot about hope recently and what hope is. Perhaps it is all that has happened this year which has brought these thoughts more to my mind.
I hear a lot of people say that they can’t wait for the New Year, bring on 2021, as quickly as possible in the hope that it will be different to this year.
I have started to realise that hope is not as easy to define as I thought and can be easily misunderstood. My hope in the past was not always properly formed and I think when I reflect was either a false hope, misguided optimism or wishful thinking on my part.
So then when things did not turn out as I had hoped, I was disappointed. When disappointment took hold that led me down a slippery slope of all sorts of other negative emotions and thoughts. It can shake your confidence and faith. It can crush your spirit and make you feel like giving up.
“When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed” Proverbs 13:12
Disappointment can be the doorway for negative thoughts and emotions and bitterness can start to take root if we are not careful. Guard the door of your heart against disappointment.
Let us encourage each other, to build ourselves up on a solid foundation which cannot be shaken. The cornerstone of our faith and hope is Jesus.
Hope is formed in us through tests and trials. It comes through the hard times. It is developed in those times when we travel through the valley and experience the love and faithfulness of God. We trust in Him to know the best outcome for us. Not my will but His perfect will formed in me.
“We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Whatever difficult circumstances you are going through I pray that perfect hope will take root in your heart and mind. If there is disappointment or bitterness, then I pray the Holy Spirit will bring revelation and show you how this has affected your life. That He will lead you to release and healing from all its effects in your life. That your joy will be restored. 🙏
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12
The Lord woke me early with the words: “Stay close to the shepherd”. I immediately thought of Psalm 23. I had only read the first two lines and that was when He stopped me.
“The Lord is MY shepherd I shall not want”
He said I am YOUR shepherd.
He is not just a shepherd. He is The loving shepherd who wants to be intimately involved in everything in our lives. The shepherd tends, cares for all the needs of his flock, they are precious to him. He knows when one is hurting, injured, tangled up or going astray. (You get the picture)
He goes after them and they know His comforting voice, the voice of safety, strength and wisdom. (The voice of true love.)
When we are close to Him we can hear that voice for us. Sometimes He wants us to rest and heal from our wounds. Sometimes, He wants to lead us to pastures new for new feeding.
Yes, my friends stay close to YOUR shepherd.
“I shall not want”. I personally have had riches and lost riches. The Lord gave a scripture many years ago:
“Joel 2v25 “ I will restore to you all the years the locusts have eaten”.
I believed it would be in material things. I have come to realise the riches in Christ are love, joy, peace, hope, faith, wisdom, power and strength and many more.
They are all free and plenty of them in Gods store house for you and me. We shall not want. He will provide.
Isaiah 55 v 1 “ COME to the waters, drink, eat and be full without money” It’s all free just surrender and receive the blessings.
Many are struggling , hurting scared and lost at this time. Let’s be shepherds where we can. Let’s stay close to the flock and close to OUR shepherd where we will hear His voice.