This weekend we have our first conference and prayer & prophetic day on Saturday in Stourbridge with Eagle Raisers and our dear Eric & Jackie McKenna. It was Eric who (gently!!) encouraged me to start my blog after many years of dithering.
It’s been a long time since we have been able to meet face to face because of Covid and I’m really looking forward to it.
Eric is one of those leaders who is a great encourager and teacher. I’m so looking forward to the weekend and am expectant to have some good things to share with you over the next weeks coming out of the day together.
The last time we gathered at Eagle Raisers was in October 2019. At that time I had a beautiful picture which I shared called The Wind of God’s spirit.
If you are interested then this is the link to Eagle Raisers and the ministry channel they have on Youtube here with a video by my dear friend, Mary.
This is an encouraging word which I received from the Lord last week during a prayer vigil. I hope it is an encouragement for you as well. I heard the Lord say to me:
I have brought My people to such a time and such a place as this. In the Spirit you are in a very wide place – can you see? As far as the eye can see is the territory that I am giving to you My children, it is yours. It is your glorious inheritance in Me. You will stretch far and wide – even beyond the horizon will your influence be felt. Your territory will be magnificent.
All that has stood in your way – the strongholds of the enemy will be demolished, pulled down and rooted out by My anointed ones. You will face your giants and you will overthrow them. The giants in your land are being overthrown. Giants of false religion, giants of wickedness, giants of rebellion, giants of depravity and filth, giants who take captives and feed on My people.
Enough is enough. My remnant, My faithful ones, My anointed ones – they will rise up with wings as Eagles and they will drive out the enemy from this territory.
I am bringing a fresh anointing of My Holy Spirit upon you. The wind of My Spirit is going to blow and propel you into places you have never been before in the physical and in the spiritual realm.
This is the day of the Lord. Rejoice and be glad for your King has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
My blessed and beloved ones. My angels are encamped all around you. I have sent them to help you and to carry out My commands. They will war with you and they are for you in the battle to evict the enemy from your territory.
All honour and glory and power belongs to the Lamb who sits upon the throne forever and ever. Amen and Amen. Let all who know the King say Amen.
Later as we prayed I saw a vision of an angel in the Spirit. He had a scroll tied with red ribbon in his right hand and in his left hand he had a trumpet. He was blowing the trumpet to awaken the people of God. I believe that this angel was sent to carryout God’s commands which were written in the scroll and which were in response to the prayers of the Saints. As the angel blew the trumpet, I saw the land of the nation being ploughed up and down its breadth and its length. I believe it was God’s Word and the prayers of the Saints which were breaking up the soil.
These verses which Peter spoke when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost from the Prophet Joel were brought to my remembrance. I pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us.
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:16-18
Those were the words that came to me last night as I was sleeping. I was immediately taken back to the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves.
I can remember being fascinated when I was young by the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves who hid all their treasure in a secret cave. The cave was well hidden and you could not enter without the secret command “Open Sesame”. At that command, the cave would open and all the secret and hidden treasure was there for the taking.
I immediately thought of that scripture again from Isaiah 45 about God giving His people the hidden treasures and riches stored in secret places. I have had this same word on a number of occasions now so it is something the Lord is drawing back to my attention time and again in this season. There are hidden treasures and riches that God wants His people to discover for His glory to be revealed.
“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
I believe that there is also another revelation that the Lord is speaking through this dream. Firstly, I believe that the Lord is encouraging His People to pray for the hidden treasures and secret riches in the nations to be revealed. There are treasures and riches in the world which are currently concealed and hidden from their true and rightful owners and which need to be revealed and restored. It’s time for some restitution.
There are nations which have immorally and illegally plundered the riches of other nations and restitution needs to be made. It is time for justice in this area. Nations who have held onto treasures and riches which have been wrongfully taken and which are ill-gotten gains need to start to give back. This is a God given opportunity and window of grace for the nations to start to make restitution. God is a God of justice and mercy and He hates crooked ways, corruption and theft. His measuring scales are perfect.
This season is also relevant for individuals as well. There are people who have had things stolen from them and this is not only materials things but also goes much deeper things like identity, character, relationships, reputations etc. There are many things I believe the Lord is going to reveal to people in this season of things which have been stolen from them that it is time to restore. It’s time to plunder the enemies camp and take back what has been stolen.
In the bible we read of Abraham and David who did just that.
“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” Genesis 14:14-16
“When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, “Bring me the ephod. ” Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue. ” David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back. He took all the flocks and herds, and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock, saying, “This is David’s plunder.” 1 Samuel 30:3-8,18-20
In my dream it was the spoken words of “Open Sesame” which were the keys to the opening of the cave and unlocking of the treasure. We know as believers that there is power in God’s Word especially the spoken Word of God. God’s spoken Word is so powerful and I believe the Lord is saying that He is going to provide specific words of knowledge and prophecy which His Saints will declare which will unlock situations, bring increased levels of revelation about hidden things and open the door to the riches and treasures that He wants us to discover. The Saints are going to be used of God to reveal His truth and expose hidden evil. The Holy Spirit will quicken scripture to us which will encourage us to stand in faith on His promises and declare His truth.
Jesus himself is The Living Word and I believe that Jesus is going to unlock situations for His Saints as He has the key of David and it says in Isaiah 22:22
“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22
These prophetic verses are about Jesus, who has been given the authority to open and shut. I pray that the Lord himself will bring revelation to His Saints in these days of the doors which are to be opened so that we can enter through and take hold of the riches in Him that He has available to us for His Kingdom and His glory. To advance His Kingdom.
If you are not a Christian and a disciple of Jesus, then I pray that you will want to know more about having a relationship with Jesus by asking Him into your life. Ask and you will receive. These verses from Romans talk about the power of your mouth to speak the equivalent of those words “Open Sesame” to open up the true treasure and riches of restored relationship with God through His son Jesus and know that you are saved.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
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.
If you feel the call of God and prompting of the Holy Spirit to go up to a high place in your area, city, region or town, wherever it may be, then I encourage you to do it. Seek the Lord before going and ask Him to reveal the strategy for your prayers and why He is calling you to this specific place. We were led by God to pray to Him and declare the Word of God and prophetic words from a high point overlooking our area, the Clent Hills. We believe that this was a very strategic place. A place that had been and was being used by others for purposes which were not of God and were corrupting and influencing our area. It was a place that we needed to speak out with authority God’s Word and promises over our area for change to happen.
We spent a number of evenings in prayer seeking God before going out on this prayer walk as we believed that God had a specific strategy for how we should pray. The Holy Spirit led us to a number of scriptures – Isaiah 59 – “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord raises up a Standard against Him” and “Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is shining upon you”. Isaiah 60. Isaiah 59 says “So shall they fear; The Name of the Lord from the west; And His glory from the rising of the sun, When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a Standard against him; The Redeemed will come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob says the Lord. As for Me says the Lord – this is My covenant with them; My Spirit who is upon you, and My Word which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your descendants.” God gave us instruction to carry a standard with us when we climbed the hill – a red flag with a picture of the Lion of Judah on it. By carrying the flag we were making a declaration of the truth of this scripture to the enemy. We had a picture of God’s Holy Angels being released into the area for God’s purposes – a vast army – to battle with the enemy. Amos 4 v 13 says “For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is , And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth – The Lord of hosts is His Name. God was releasing His angels to help us – We declared He is the Lord of hosts. We also believed that we were “lifting up a banner for the peoples” – Isaiah 60 v 10.
Psalm 24 was a key in preparing us for this time of prayer walk. “Who may ascend the Hill of the Lord? He who has clean hands and a pure heart and who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully”. The Lord searches our hearts and any unconfessed sin has to be dealt with. It was really important for us to take time to ensure that our hearts were right before God before going into prayer warfare such as this for the area. The heart is deceitful above all things so we allow the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to us and confess it before each other.
The Lord also gave us a word to declare from Amos 4 “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring us wine, let us drink!” The Lord God has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you when He will take you away with fishhooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. You will go out through broken walls, Each one straight ahead of her, And you will be cast into Harmon” says the Lord.
A word also about wicked Rulers Micah v 1-4 – “Hear now, O head of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice? You who hate good and love evil. Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones, And chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the cauldron”. Then they will cry to the Lord but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds.” Leaders cannot do ill, oppress those underneath them who they should be protecting and expect God to hear them.
In our prayer time there was a tongue and the interpretation. This was to be an invitation to abundant life and call to repentance. – Isaiah 55 1-13. “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money Come buy and eat. v6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. 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.” v12 “For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”.
Also, Hosea 6: 1 “Come let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us but He will heal us. He has stricken but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His Sight. Let us know. Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established like the morning. He will come to us like the rain. Like the latter and former rain to the earth.”.
We fasted on the day that we were to do the prayer walk. We felt called to do the prayer walk on a particular date. On the evening of the prayer walk, we took communion together at the bottom of the hill. We prayed and spoke from Psalm 121. – God the help of those who seek him. “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth”. We then walked up the hill, praying and singing as we went. We played the song by Robin Marks – “Shout to the North” – “Men of faith rise up and sing, of the great and glorious King. You are strong when you feel weak, in your brokenness complete. Shout to the North and the South, Sing to the East and the West, Jesus is Saviour to all, Lord of heaven and earth”. We felt led to walk in a certain order – I walked first as in a spearhead and then we came two by two with a rear guard as well. We also brought a Shofar with us to blow from the top of the hill and a compass so that we would know which direction we were facing when declaring the Word.
We waved the flag at the top of the hill as we prayed to the north, south, east & the west and declared all the scriptures which God had previously given us. We poured water and oil onto the ground as led by the Holy Spirit. We then asked for the angelic host to be released to do God’s will in our area, to carry out His orders, to help people and to battle the enemy. We blew the Shofar and called to the wind to blow, for the wind of God to blow across our area and in that moment the wind completely changed direction. If we had not been flying the flag, we would probably not have noticed the change in direction and we believe this was a sign from God. We believe that God had heard our prayer and something had shifted in the spiritual realm. Praise God.
Before we went to pray, one of our group had wanted to start a fire on the hill but we did not have peace about this particularly as open fires were forbidden. It did not sit right in our spirits to break the law and so we gave that to God and refused permission for that to be done. When you go to pray as a group you need unity and to be in agreement. Sometimes, the leader will have to exercise Godly wisdom and discernment to avoid anything being done which is not right and take authority in those circumstances. On the evening, as we stood on the top of the hill and looked in the distance we saw a bonfire burning brightly. There were no other fires in the area and we believe this was the sign of fire which the person had seen in the spirit. We didn’t need to start a fire the Lord God would do that. The Lord is an all-consuming fire – He can burn up the dross and purify. As Elijah called down fire from heaven we called down the spiritual fire of God on our area. Let us be on fire for God, burning brightly for Him. Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of God is shining upon you.
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.”
We were led to go and pray at the bridge over the river Stour just off the Ring Road leading up to Amblecote and also at the canal which is nearby. We felt led by the Holy Spirit to take a red banner down with us to wave as we sang and worshipped and also to take communion when praying for the town. We pleaded the blood of Christ over our town and declared the power in the blood of Christ to bring cleansing and redemption and break the power of sin. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins. We dropped one drop of the communion wine into the river and canal. There is more power in one drop of Christ’s blood that was spilt for us than in all the power of evil influencing our town. The declaration which the Lord gave us to proclaim over Stourbridge was from Ezekiel 47 – the waters rushing in and flooding our area- particularly verses 1-12 -rivers of living waters which get deeper and deeper flowing from the throne of God and which bring healing. v 8 “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it ; there will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceeding many. But its swamps and marshes will not be healed and will be given over to salt. Along the bank of the river on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for medicine”. A picture of salvation, healing & fruitfulness for our area. Let us be rooted in Christ who is the living water. Amen. Stourbridge – Wells of Living Water Part 1
We are in a critical season for our nation and I believe that God wants us to pray and intercede with fasting at this time. In 2008 when we were praying in our fellowship group, the Lord led us to pray for our nation. As we prayed, we were led by the Holy Spirit to issue a wake up call to our nation – we blew the wake up call -just like in an army camp when soldiers are woken up by the Reveille – one of our number used to be in the army and he knew the wake up call by heart so we played it. We also were led to do a “cock a doodle do” – 3 times to wake up the nation. It was a prophetic call to the nation to wake up. In the Spirit, I saw a vision of God’s throne. God handed a scroll to an angel. I saw the angel over our nation and the angel took out a large sword and thrust it into the middle of our nation and the earth split – I saw the earth split aside just as in an earthquake.
The Lord said to us that there would be a national recession and at the highest level of leadership corruption would be exposed and satan’s throne in this nation would be exposed. The waters would be cut off from the land. This revelation was to be an unfolding revelation and God was going to redeem the land for Himself. One of our group felt a great heaviness in her hands – she said it was as if she was holding a massive key. It was not long later in February 2008 that there was an actual earthquake in Market Rasen Leicestershire in the middle of the country, we went into a national recession and corruption in government and high profile people was exposed – the expenses scandals, abuse scandals etc. God has been revealing wickedness in this nation.
It is not a coincidence that there has been another earthquake this year – in Grimsby on June 9th – just after the national day of prayer in Birmingham. I believe that this is another sign and we need to pray and fast and intercede for this nation. I believe that the contents of the scroll which God gave to the angel for this nation which I saw in the Spirit included other decrees for this nation which have not yet come to fulfilment. We read in the bible that a King’s decree went out in Esther’s day against the Jews. When Esther revealed the real scheme behind the decree to the King, the King was sad because the decree had already been issued and could not be changed. However, the King issued another decree which enabled the Jews to prepare and defend themselves for the day ahead when the original decree was carried out. The body of Christ needs to pray to God about His decree for this nation. How are we to pray and prepare for the day ahead? Is the decree set or can we by fasting and prayer change things for our nation? God wants us to seek Him at this time. March next year will be an important time and we can prepare ahead. The Lord has reminded me about the whale that got stranded in the River Thames in January 2006 – this was no coincidence but was a sign from God that He was going to move in this nation. The bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us according to the will of God and in times like this when we don’t know exactly what or how to pray we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. When I have been praying about Brexit, the Holy Spirit has given me a completely new tongue to pray in. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to do the same for you.