I woke up this morning with these words in my thoughts:
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord was reminding me, before I start my day, that I am indeed blessed in Him and to remember all that He has done for me.
We have the unmerited favour and blessing of God because of Jesus.
God is faithful. He is a good, good God and Our Father in Heaven who cares for each one of us.
The Lord knows what today will bring for each one of us. I think this is necessary preparation for my day ahead and I hope it will help you too especially when many of us are going through very difficult times.
There is an old hymn that says:
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will be singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold, Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold. Count your many blessings, money cannot buy Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.
So amid the conflict, whether great or small, Do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
At the beginning of November I had a picture whilst praying to the Lord.
I was seated with the Lord in a quiet place when suddenly a great wind blew up which started howling all around us and the walls and the ground started shaking. I was terrified as the wind was so strong and the walls around us started to collapse, but the Lord drew me close and put me in the crook of his arm. Even though I could still hear the wind roaring I felt safe and secure.
After that picture, as I prayed I felt the Lord say that we are going into days ahead of great darkness. There is a storm coming – a financial storm.
I believe the Lord is warning us that there is going to be a shaking again of the financial institutions of the world.
They have been shaken before but this time there is to be a mighty shaking which will cause many of them to collapse.
Great fear and panic will seize people as they realise that their assets and funds have been exploited by these institutions.
I felt the Lord was also warning us to be watchful to see who will come to the aid of people when all seems lost.
Beware of those who are the vultures just intent on picking over the carcasses of what has happened.
Those who intend to prey on the vulnerable and exploit their misery even more.
At this time the Lord says that He will arise amongst His people to bring ships to the rescue of those who are suffering.
This is the time for those nations to come forward and do good. This will be their opportunity to feed and look after and help those in need.
These ships will arise out of countries who will come to the aid of those from whom they have received aid in the past.
Woe to those nations who choose to turn a blind eye at this time. For they will have to answer to the Lord.
The Lord says that these days will be dark but He will provide for His people.
Turn to Him and call on His name for He will miraculously provide what is needed. He will care for His children.
Let our light shine before men who will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
The Lord will not let His faithful be put to shame. He will crown them with glory at this time.
This will be a time of great suffering and perseverance and endurance will be needed within the body of Christ. Let faith and hope arise.
Clothe ourselves with love and grace and put on mercy and tender kindness.
The King is coming. He is not slow in His coming as some would think but He will arrive at the appointed time with great glory and triumph over all His enemies.
Arise and keep your eyes fixed on Him for He is the author and finisher of our faith.
He will sustain us through these times ahead and will not let us stumble or fall. Call on Him and you will be saved. Amen 🙏
I was having a look back in my journal today and noticed that earlier this year I had made a few scribbled notes about mountains. As I read my notes again, I realised that this year I have certainly and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, encountered some “mountains” in my life. Mountains I didn’t even know existed especially pre COVID 19!
I’ve realised that sometimes these mountains just have to be conquered. It would be much easier to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist, to try and find another easier way around them (my preference usually if I’m honest) but if we are to make progress in life then I have learnt that they have to be tackled.
These mountains, and they certainly come in all different shapes and sizes and may be different for each of us, have to be climbed and overcome. These are the experiences that God uses to teach us. We persevere and as we do so we encounter the love and faithfulness of God who walks with us each step of the way. He strengthens us and equips us.
The satisfaction we get when we eventually stand on the top, that sense of achievement knowing that we can do it ….when we see life from a different perspective is awesome. We see things we couldn’t see on the way up…hidden things become revealed. We get new perspective.
Some mountains of opposition are intended to be crushed under our feet. Strongholds that need to be brought down and demolished through the authority of Christ Jesus and the Word of God. We crucify our flesh and walk in the Spirit. We take captive thoughts and imaginations and submit them to Christ.
“ Who are you , oh great mountain, before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain “. Ezekiel 4:7
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. 2 Cor 10:4
Some mountains are to be moved in faith…Jesus said to them. “If you have faith as a mustard seed you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move, and nothing will be impossible” Some mountains in our lives which are blocking us need to be be moved out of the way by faith. Mountains of insecurity, doubt, anxiety, inferiority…choosing instead to believe what the bible says and not what I think or what others say about me.
Other mountains we can leap on and over like a deer as the Lord fills us with His joy. It is amazing that we can experience the joy of the Lord despite the realities of our current difficulties and circumstances. We don’t deny those difficulties but we can rise above them as we praise Him and as we dance with the knowledge of the joy of our salvation. We can jump with joy on the mountains.
“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deers feet ..and He will make me walk on the high hills”. Habakkuk 3:19.
James 1:2. “My brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.”
God is there on the mountains. God met Moses on the mountain. He meets us in our circumstances too. God came down but Moses also had to choose to go up. It was a fearful sight to behold and the mountain trembled, there was smoke and fire. It required boldness and faith to approach the mountain of God.
“Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire…..Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.”
Moses did not let fear hold him back. He overcame any fear of approaching the mountain of God’s presence. Do not let fear hold you back either. The Lord says do not fear because the truth is as the bible says that we have not come to the mountain that cannot be touched. In Christ we can have confidence that we can boldly approach God’s throne of grace for help in times of need. Jesus has made the way and prepared the way for us.
There is good news we can still receive in every mountain of our life. For every difficult situation we have the word of God to comfort us, guide us, encourage us, lift us and remind us of the hope we have in Jesus our Saviour.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of Him who bring good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings, who proclaims salvation,”. Isaiah 52:7
What is the mountain you are facing today? Be encouraged it will not defeat you.
“Behold, I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth. You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small and make hills like chaff. You shall winnow them, the wind shall carry them away and the whirlwind shall scatter them, you shall rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel”
Today whilst praying, the Lord spoke this word to me for this season: I heard the Lord say in my spirit:
I have sent forth a proclamation from My throne. The angels take My proclamation throughout the earth. They act on My command. The trumpet is to their lips as they blow My Royal Standard over the nations. They announce My will – This is My word which goes forth:
Arise & see the beauty of your King. Arise & fix your gaze on Him. Fix your eyes upon the Saviour of the world at this time. For He has the words of everlasting life. He is the bread of Life.
Everything you need is found in Him. Do not take your gaze from Him in these days ahead. Fix your eyes upon Jesus for He is the lover of your soul. All of you who have sworn allegiance to My Son, have made Him King of your life – Submit yourself in obedience to Him.
Look at Him as an example of endurance; Look at Him as an example of sacrifice; Look at Him as an example of humility. Be like Him. In this day you need to be clothed with humility. Do not puff yourselves up with pride & arrogance that you think you know best. Submit yourselves to My Holy Word and be obedient to those in authority over you.
For I have raised up My people for such a day as this. Be people of grace, mercy & Love. Be an example of My Son. Let Him live through each one of you. This is your opportunity to shine as stars for the Kingdom. This is your opportunity to show My goodness for I am a good, good, God. I have mercy & I have love in abundance but the judgment day is set and woe to those who have despised the work of My Hand & have puffed themselves up arrogantly against the knowledge of the Most High God for they will be brought down & brought to shame. For they are as dust & to dust they will return.
I, the Lord have spoken and say – Do not despise the day of the Lord or mock and scorn with the scoffers for there will be a place reserved for you in the fiery pit if you do so. Take up the Cross and follow My son & leave your flesh behind & live for Him. Follow Him for He has the words of eternal life.