My friend Karen shared these encouraging words about the Holy Spirit with me and I hope they bless you too;
I am the still small voice;
I am the strong wind;
I am the sound of many waters;
I am the fire from above;
I am the One that lives in you;
I am the One that walks by your side;
I am the One that guides your paths;
I am the One that wakens your spirit;
If you want to get closer;
If you want to walk in righteousness;
If you want me to set you alight;
Just ask and seek;
I am there;
you just need to find me;
I say seek me and you will find me. Amen
‘I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Matthew 3:11
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:13
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ Acts 1:8
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26-27
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 28:19-20
Thank you Jesus for sending us the Holy Spirit which is freely available for all of us believers in you today 🙏
If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit then I encourage you to ask and believe in faith that you will receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will help you to live out your life in Christ. You will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are there for you and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the character of Christ will develop in your life.
Matthew 5 v 8. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
There is a very dramatic scene in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” when Lady Macbeth is observed at night sleep walking and “washing” her hands over and over in an attempt to clean them from the “blood” which only she can see on her hands. She keeps repeating over and over “out damned spot out” but no matter how often she cleans her hands it has no effect. The “blood” is still there and she knows it.
Those watching her think she has gone mad because they cannot see any blood on her hands. As far as they know she hasn’t murdered anyone or spilled blood– her hands are to all intents and purposes clean.
Her unconscious actions whilst asleep however betray the truth.
Lady Macbeth was to all intents and purposes a murderer. She had persuaded her husband to murder the King and now she was suffering from guilt and revealing through her actions what had previously been hidden in her heart. Her heart was certainly not pure as it was full of murderous thoughts, jealousy and scheming ambition. Consequently, her apparently clean hands were not really clean at all.
She was the ultimate hypocrite whose heart betrayed her.
The story of Lady Macbeth is rather an extreme example but I hope it might makes us stop and think and consider our own hearts and what motivates us. We can all put on a good show (myself included) but impurity in our thoughts and character will eventually come out no matter how much we might try to hide or pretend it’s not there.
Jesus taught his disciples that it wasn’t enough to just observe the religious rituals of the day because it was the evil thoughts which came out of their hearts which actually defiled them and shaped their actions.
Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy and wasn’t shy to challenge the religious people of the day.
I believe Jesus issues the same challenges to us, His followers today.
Jesus didn’t mince His words. He called the Pharisees “whitewashed” tombs and accused them of being too concerned with appearing holy to others but actually inside they were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The religious leaders of the day were so meticulous in enforcing, and on the face of it obeying all the laws and traditions, but in practice they were not living out a pure life but were full of “extortion and self-indulgence”. The outside of the cup may have been clean but not the inside.
Matthew 5 v 8. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
These words of Jesus show us that it must be possible to become pure in heart otherwise Jesus would be lying. I believe that Jesus is truth so this statement would on that principle be true.
The bible teaches us that we cannot be pure through our own efforts – it is impossible.
The Old Testament points us to the need for a Saviour. I believe that Jesus is that Saviour who makes this possible. Jesus is the only one who can make us clean from sin by His sacrifice on the Cross and His blood shed for us to cleanse us from sin.
The apostle Paul teaches us that “Jesus loved the church and gave himself for her that he might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the Word in order to present her as a glorious church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing but that she should be holy and without blemish” i.e. pure.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross ensures that we can daily come and take hold of His blood to cleanse and purify us. However, we must not treat his sacrifice with contempt and pay lip service when we are convicted of sin. True repentance means turning away from sin. Changing our behavior. Replacing the old wrong behaviors and thoughts with the right and Godly ones.
I believe in the biblical promise that one day when we die in faith we will then be with and see God. To be absent from the body as Paul put it and present with the Lord. However, I think that Jesus’ promise that we will see God can be evidenced in our behavior in our everyday lives.
When we are hypocritical and our actions do not mirror what we say we believe or what God requires of us in his Word then we do not “see” God at work in our lives or in the lives of others around us.
However, when we submit ourselves to God and allow Him to work in us and to change us by the power of the Holy Spirit, then I believe we “see” God at work in the changes we experience in our character and motives. We become more Christ like in our attitudes and so we see God’s character reflected in us and our actions to others.
I know for myself and I am sure that others can testify to the changes that have taken place in them since becoming Christians. Some of the immediate changes in my behavior were more obvious and noticeable (my lifestyle changed dramatically when I came back to the Lord) and I think it can be the same for a lot of people. The lifestyle changes are usually the first to be seen.
However, some changes in character and behavior are a deeper work of the Holy Spirit especially if we are “blind” or don’t want to acknowledge those character flaws within us. This is when the Word of God and applying the Word is so important as we can use the Word to hold ourselves to account. 1 Peter 2 says “Lay aside all hypocrisy –desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” and Romans 12: “Let love be without hypocrisy”.
True Christian love in our hearts will show itself through our actions. These are certainly the days for action.
We are because of Covid 19 in a new day of opportunity in how we live out our Christian faith daily- the old pattern & structure of church attendance is not the same any more. We are not pew fillers and were never just meant to be “Sunday believers”. I believe we are now less “building focused” and more “body of Christ” focused.
I am not perfect by any means and some days the thoughts and motives of my heart are anything but pure. I would be lying if I said otherwise, but I love the fact that God’s grace is at work in my life. I take confidence from the fact that “He who has begun a good work in me will complete it” Phil 1:6.
It is difficult to acknowledge that our hearts might not be right before God and to humble ourselves.
There is an encouraging prayer in the Psalms – Psalm 51 –A prayer of repentance which can help us.
David acknowledged that he needed to be cleansed from his sins and that God “desires truth in the inward parts”. David certainly knew what he was talking about – the sinful desires of his heart had also led him to contrive a murder (rather like our fictional Lady Macbeth) which he then tried to cover up but God revealed the truth through his prophet, Nathan. David was truly repentant and experienced God’s redeeming love.
Can I encourage us all that our prayer to God this week is “Create in me a clean heart O’ God”.
This is the word which God brought to my spirit some months ago. I have read a number of other blogs and words from fellow believers recently about this time of covid-19 being a time to re-set and I believe re-calibration is also part of re-setting.
God impressed on me that just a small re-calibration can actually make a massive difference. I believe at this time God is encouraging us to re-calibrate our thinking, behaviour and attitudes so that we align with His word. Such changes will have a massive impact in us and through us. Faith will arise as we see the changes and the effects of those changes.
I pray that God will reveal what needs re-calibrating in our lives and mindsets to bring us in line and keep us in line with His Word and Truth and the Gospel so we are not in error but accurate in Him.
Calibration – Is the act of adjusting an instrument to keep it accurate.
I heard the Lord say this to my spirit this morning – This 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.
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.
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 – the 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 – my 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.
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.
This is a word which I received today. In my spirit I heard God say “Awake, Awake all those in Zion. Hear the trumpet call”.
For the Lord has sounded the clarion. He has called for His angels to go forth and blow the trumpets. The sound is going out through all the nations.
Awake, Awake to the sound of heaven. Awake, Awake to the sound of God’s voice.
The voice of many waters – It thunders across the nations.
It sets the times & the seasons. It sets the boundaries – It says – Enough – you can come no further. It says – Let My people go. It says – The cross has happened. The resurrection has happened. The power of the Holy Spirit has happened.
You can resist it no more says the Lord. A rebellious people will now be undone. Those who will not repent & turn from their wicked ways will see God’s hand come against them in this season.
For God is stirring up His people. God is fanning into flames the passion in their hearts for righteousness, truth & goodness & those who know their God will do great & mighty things.
Arise, Arise you servants of the Cross of Christ for your time has come. Salvation is yours and the battle belongs to the Lord.
Awake, Awake & clothe yourselves with righteousness. Wear love & mercy, grace & truth as your buckler and do not conform to the things of this world but set your minds on heavenly things & things above and not below.
Open your eyes to see the things that God has for those who love Him. Those who will trust Him in the days ahead, who will trust in His unfailing love & His goodness. Those who will trust in His provision.
For the days are getting darker & the oppression of the enemy will seek to distract you from your purpose in Him but God says –Awake, Awake and do not be deceived. Do not slumber but be watchful for the time is coming to watch & pray & stand firm upon His word.
Do not give up but patiently endure all things. Do not waiver but commit yourself to Him. He will not fail you but will deliver you and bring you through.
God’s timing is perfect. He knows the end from the beginning in all things.
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 – the 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 – spotless 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.
Once a month our fellowship has started an evening service dedicated to worship and seeking God’s presence. I had a picture during the worship time recently of a large lake. A leisure lake and there were lots of people enjoying and having fun in the water. Some people were running and jumping into the lake, doing back flips, dive bombs etc. Some people were stood on the shore just dipping a toe into the water – testing it out. Some went up to their knees for a paddle – some ventured a bit further and started swimming. I felt God saying that the lake represented His presence. People entered and experienced it differently. Some people were taking things slowly (especially if this was new to them) whereas some would dive straight in, but the most important thing was taking that first step. If you want to start by dipping your toe or if you are the sort of person to jump straight in then that is fine. That is your starting point and from there we gain the confidence and enjoyment to stay longer and go deeper with God. God wants to encourage you not to stay in the shallows all the time though and also not just to play around on the surface but to go deeper with Him.
In the picture, I saw people diving down below the surface of the lake going deeper and deeper down. As they did so they discovered beautiful pearls on the bottom of the lake- some of the pearls were hidden in the weeds, some were hidden in the muddy depths, some were in the dark places – these pearls were God’s treasure that was hidden waiting to be discovered. As we go deeper into God’s presence we will discover this treasure that He has for each one of us. We have to search it out and press in even when we feel uncomfortable. I encourage you today not to stay at your starting point but to press into God and see what He has for you and what you will discover about Him.