The Doldrums-hope to move on

The Doldrums

For anyone who may be experiencing a feeling that they are stuck in the doldrums at the moment – where they are seeing a lack of activity,  movement or progress in their lives- a feeling of being  stuck in the same place.    Do not despair, there is hope for you and breakthrough awaits.   In some instances, God’s hand has kept you in that place until His perfect timing and He has worked in you and prepared you so that you are ready for the suddenlies – the wind of God’s Spirit will come suddenly and you will see great acceleration and growth.   There will be a sudden shift.  Some people have been waiting for the wind -God’s wind and a fresh breath of the Spirit of God to propel them forward to where they need to be.   I pray that such people will be stirred up in hope and experience a fresh impetus to push forward in God and let Him breathe new life again into their vision.

For those who have lost hope and feel stuck in the Doldrums, I pray that such people will experience new zeal (great energy and enthusiasm for something you feel strongly about) which will replace apathy (feeling of not being interested or enthusiastic) and complacency (a feeling of being satisfied with yourself or with a situation so you do not feel any change is necessary) and despair (feeling that all hope lost) which can hinder progress and moving forward.  That all will reject apathy & complacency, throw off the shroud of apathy & complacency & put on zeal instead.   That there will be an exchange of  the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3) for the garment of Praise.

If you find yourself thinking “what is the point” then that could be an indication that you are stuck in the Doldrums.    Be careful that unbelief & fear has not set in and trapped you.   Unbelief will need to be dealt with in prayer and repentance.

James 5 V 16 – The effective, fervent (very strong feelings about) prayer of a righteous man avails much.    Seek God in this season. Be led by the Spirit into all He has for you.

 

A New Mind-set

God has been impressing upon me that you cannot put new ideas into old mind-sets.   We cannot get new results with old behaviours.    New wine needs new wineskins.

If we are stuck in old patterns of behaviours and have become rigid in our thinking, then I sense that we are going to miss what God is doing by His Holy Spirit in this new season.     God wants us to be open to new things in Him so He can lead us along new paths.

When we came to Jesus Christ we became new creations in him – ” Corinthians 5 17- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”     We took on the mind of Christ.

Since that day of new birth and new mind-set in Christ Jesus,  we may have developed a different mind-set through being conformed to the culture of our times, religious thinking, disappointments, fear etc.    Attitudes which give us a wrong mind-set.     I pray the Holy Spirit will reveal if this is the case and help us change our mind-set.

Lord Jesus, reveal by your Holy Spirit any mind-set in me that is not of you and help me to take captive my thoughts and submit them to you.   Please come and demolish any mind-sets which I have which are not of you and will hinder the work of your Holy Spirit through me for your glory.

Repent – Change our thinking

Replace – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds”.  Romans 12:2

Relax – let God’s Holy Spirit lead the way.

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Expectation – What is my expectation

I have been thinking about this today and it is a challenge.   What am I hoping/expecting to receive from God when I pray to Him or seek Him for direction in my life?

Do I have a confident expectation in the goodness of God?

I sense God is saying– What is your expectation of me?   Don’t be limited by past experiences. Widen your expectation – expect the unexpected.

God can do immeasurably more than we can do or think.   Do I come to Him with a limited expectation based on past experiences or disappointments and a misunderstanding of His word and character?   The truth is that God can do awesome things & totally surprise us by His grace & mercy.

It is easy to get in a rut and expect the same to happen all the time. Expectation can be stifled through habit & tradition. I am being encouraged to look for the new and expect something different – After all – God’s ways are far above our ways.

God reminded me of the story in the Acts of the Apostles of the lame man who was seated outside of the gate Beautiful begging for money.  He must have sat there day in and day out holding out his hands expecting to receive money from the people going into the temple. He had the same expectation of Peter & John, but they gave the lame man so much more than he expected. They gave him healing & restoration by the power of Jesus Christ.

It was interesting that the story also says that the people around did not expect a miracle of healing either because the man was said to be “old” – he was above 40 years of age – goodness what an expectation.  Does our age and what other people think of us affect our expectation of God – that we are too old or don’t qualify for him to move in our lives in power. God forbid.

The beautiful aspect of this story is that the lame man received so much more than he expected to receive. It is such an amazing demonstration of God’s abundant love & mercy.

I pray for a right expectation in the goodness of God, not limited by my past experiences but to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to increase my expectation and expect the unexpected.

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 – 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 – 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 – whether home, work, family, government, schools – 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’s army is on the march. It is time to advance.   Take the gates and push back the darkness. “

“Stop That’s enough – No further”

My friend, Geoff, heard these words in the Spirit when he was praying recently.  He sensed God was saying “That’s enough – Stop – You have come far enough.  You are not coming any further”.   He recognised that the words were not being spoken to him directly but did not have a further sense of what God was saying.

As we prayed into this in our fellowship group for more insight from God, one of our member, Heather had been reminded of the scripture in Job 11 when God says to Job about the seas “When I fixed My limit for it; and set bars and doors:  When I said , This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!”

We had a sense that the enemy has been overstepping his mark.   That God was saying it is time to speak to the enemy and say “Enough is enough.  You are not coming any further”.    It was time to rebuke him for stealing from us believers- stealing our joy, our peace, our families, our relationships, our finances,  our seed, our harvest and to say “Enough is Enough” – “You are not stealing from us any more”.    As we prayed the Holy Spirit revealed areas in each of our lives that the enemy has been stealing from us and overstepping his boundaries.

When Lot, his family, his servants, goods and everything was taken captive by the enemy, Abraham got together his armed servants and went in pursuit.    He recovered Lot and everything which was stolen.   I believe it is time for the body of Christ to say to the enemy “Stop – Enough is enough -you are not stealing from us anymore”.    “You are not coming any further”.    Then I believe it is time to actively pursue restoration and recovery of those things the enemy has stolen from us.    The Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us into how we activate our faith to do this in prayer and also showing our faith in works.    It’s time for a prayer offensive.

Let’s not be on the back foot any more but let us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus and the victory that He has secured for us by His death on the cross and resurrection,  over all the works of the enemy.   Praise be to God in the highest.    It’s time to move some boundaries and push the enemy back where he belongs.

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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’t need repair.    The word of God endures for ever.     God’s word doesn’t 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.

Healing Testimony

My Granddad, David was a Christian and man of faith.   I never met him as unfortunately, he died before I was born but I still have his anointing bottle which has been passed on to me and which I still use today.   It came from the Smith Wigglesworth ministries.    David had a stroke in 1943 and wrote out the testimony of his healing.  I have it today written in his own hand.   It always encourages me when I read it and it reminds me that Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever and He still heals.  I thought it would be encouraging to share David’s testimony on my blog.  The language is old fashioned but the meaning is the same.  I hope you find it uplifting as I do.

“I was a strong healthy man all my days having experienced little trouble up to sixty years of age.   One morning on the 15th September 1943, I rose to go to my work as usual.  Arriving there, I fell very sick.  I tried to work on but the sickness made me give up and start for home.  I arrived home, my wife meeting me at the door.  I was telling her of my feeling when I fell into her arms and the power immediately left the whole of my left side.

After I was taken in bed my first thoughts were of Jesus and of His healing power and I remembered that verse in the 11th Chapter of Mark’s gospel.  “Therefore I say until you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them”. Instead of a sadness and depression following, a perfect peace and calm came to my heart, a peace that could only come from Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

The next day the Doctor called and said I had taken a shock (Hemiplegia), paralysis of one side of the body and blood pressure.   I was to be kept very quiet as it would be a long time before I would be able to go around again.  In fact, I would not be able to work again.  Many friends were praying that God in His great mercy and loving kindness would lay His healing hand upon me.

On November 30th, having been 11 weeks in bed and still praying for God’s healing touch; I continually kept repeating to myself these words -” God help me.  Thou has said Lord in thy precious word 11th Chapter of Mark.  All things whatsoever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye received them and ye shall have them”.  On this day the Pastor of the Pentecostal Assembly, Hope Street, Leith, with his wife called to see me.  He had been asked by a friend of mine to call.  After a little talk on the deep things of Christ and if I believed that Christ could heal today as when He was upon earth, I said yes, he laid his hands on me and prayed earnestly for my deliverance, calling on me in the Name of the Lord to rise and walk.   This I did for about 6 yards into the kitchen and sat down on a chair.  I felt that the Lord had touched me, for from that moment, I began to mend, praising God with a joy unspeakable.

I sat on the chair for over an hour and a half.  As I rose to go back to bed it seemed as if the evil one was determined to crush me down on the floor, as I felt so weak and helpless, but I called on God to deliver me and take me back to bed the way He took me out and this He did.   Ever since then, I have went on gaining strength every day, the power coming gradually back to me.  I have had no special treatment any further than up in the morning at nine o’clock attempting to improve my walking. 

A month later the Doctor called.  With astonishment he looked at me and said “you are up”.  “Yes”, I said, “this is the work of the Lord”.   “Well, I will tell you” said the Doctor “you are a marvel, really it is wonderful, your prayers have been heard and answered.  I was delighted to hear Doctor say that my prayers had been answered.  I do thank God for His wonderful touch to my body and enabling me to walk when the power was completely out of my leg, no life also in my arm and fingers.  To God be all the glory.  

Dear friends, people of faith are not moved by anything they see or hear, not puffed up, they live in meekness and grow in grace.   The people of faith, said a great preacher, do not live in time, they are begun in eternity, they do not count on the things that are but rely on the things that are not.  Faith is a restful realisation of the gracious and almighty presence of an eternal God.  Divine power is laid hold of through believing prayers and by its means men are fundamentally changed, circumstances modified and miracles of grace wrought to the glory of God.   May we ever follow the spiritual way, for spiritual results can only be obtained by spiritual methods.

Yes friends, the life of faith here below is a life of trial from first to last and that is no more or less with every believer.  The promise had been given to Abraham that he would have a son, and it was many years before that promise was fulfilled, and yet it is said of him that against hope he believed in hope that he might become the father of many nations, and staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith giving glory to God.  Now this faith was afterwards crowned, the promise was fulfilled and Isaac was born.  He waited long, but he learned in a peculiar manner, the faithfulness of God to His promises. 

Perhaps we may have to live some years to wait on the Lord, for some good which he intends to confer upon us.  It does not matter how long we may have to wait, don’t grow weary in well doing, for you can rest assured that when it does come it was worth waiting for.  God never lets you down, no matter how long you may be tried.  If we could only remember that, at these burning moments of test and seek the face of Christ, we would hear Him say “Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou are mine.”   The severe trials which God sometimes sends are seldom of long duration, they are not only sent in wisdom and love but held in the same grip of love and wisdom.  Life itself is short, and when on some emergency the Lord calls his child to suffer, we see with what tenderness the Lord comes to his relief.   He never asks his child to stand more then he is able.  Whatever portion of suffering may be allotted to us here, may we be enabled to say continually, not my will but thine be done O’ Lord, thus glorifying Him forever.”    The end.