Wounded Sheep..Strong Sheep

We recently returned from a church weekend away in beautiful Wales. It was so lovely to spend this time away in fellowship with our Christian family and to hear great teaching. Sharing meals together, chatting, fun, worship, prayer…all those things pre-Covid I took for granted. How precious they are.

The Holy Spirit was certainly present and moving in our midsts during that weekend away and many shared what they received from the Lord. Today, I want to share a picture that my dear friend Heather received and also the bible verses which the Lord gave her about the picture.

I believe there are brothers and sisters in Christ who connect with us through this blog who also need to hear this.

Heather saw a picture of a large flock of sheep who were all moving in one direction and from her perspective onto new pastures. At the front she could see some really strong and healthy sheep who were forging ahead with the Shepherd walking alongside them. However, at the back of the flock there were some sheep lagging well behind. The stragglers who were struggling.

These sheep were all wounded in some way. Some were limping, injured and crippled. Some had bad eyesight or were partly blinded and couldn’t see clearly where they were going. They kept bumping into things. Other sheep couldn’t hear clearly what the Shepherd at the front was saying. They were partly deaf and asking “What’s He saying”

These sheep at the back felt like losing heart and giving up. They couldn’t keep up with the other sheep. They were struggling and falling further behind. They were discouraged. They didn’t feel like they belonged.

However, the Shepherd was looking back and He noticed those sheep. He left the other sheep and goes right to the back of the flock to them. He starts calling each of those sheep by name because He knows them by name. He tells each one that He knows their name. The Shepherd tells each one that He will walk with them. He will heal them and He will take them into the new pasture.

These are the bible verses from Ezekiel:

For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My flock and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his sheep on the day that he is among his scattered flock, so I will care for My sheep; and I will rescue them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock and I will let them lie down [to rest],” says the Lord God. “

I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bandage the crippled, and strengthen the weak and the sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong [who have become hard-hearted and perverse]. I will feed them with judgment and punishment.”
Ezekiel 34:11-17

There is great comfort and encouragement in this picture as Jesus who is our great and chief Shepherd seeks out those sheep who are lost and wounded but there is also I believe a gentle warning to those who are forging ahead at the front.

There is a danger that those sheep who are strong in faith and doctrine and pressing ahead will not remember and help those in the flock who are weak and struggling. They could become hard hearted to those who are more weak in faith or wounded. Those limping and carrying wounds may need help and support from past emotional wounds and abuse. Those not seeing or hearing clearly could be affected by false teaching or doctrine or sin. Let us not forget that the Lord has given gifts of ministry and service within the church that we may help each other grow and mature.

Is the Lord also calling you by name to walk alongside and help one of His wounded sheep with Him today?

Are you a wounded sheep who is suffering? Then be encouraged because Jesus the great Shepherd has seen you, will come to you right where you are and knows exactly what you need to heal and restore you. Don’t give up but look up.

Thank you Lord that you found me when I was lost, weak and hurting. Now let me also be a shepherd to those you bring into the fold. Amen.

Feeling bone tired?

Are you feeling bone tired and weary today? I was encouraged by this word that I received from the Lord about a season of restoration as the Holy Spirit moves in and amongst the people of God as they gather together. I hope it will encourage you today too.

I wrote the following which the Lord spoke to my heart – The wind of My Spirit.

The wind comes – gentle at first as it moves amongst my people as they gather together. The first ripples of the presence of My Spirit as it moves amongst believers. They will feel the wind of the Spirit as it moves amongst them. It will blow the dust, the cobwebs, the rubbish away. The wind will revitalise, refresh and restore my people as they awaken to my Holy Spirit as it moves amongst them.

This is the season of gentleness, a season of restoration, a season to blow away the lingering effects of tiredness, lethargy and of Covid that has been in your midst. This is my revitalising breath that brings life into the dry bones.

Feel the wind of my Holy Spirit; allow it to blow upon the embers and revitalise, restore and rekindle the flame.

This is the season of restoration for those who are weary, tired and exhausted. Who feel it in their very bones.

Say to the dry bones – Live

Say to the dry bones – Live

Let the wind of my Spirit breathe new life into you. New energy, new exuberance as you feel energised and empowered in Me.

Breathe on us breath of God. Breath on us breath of God. May your Holy Spirit move on us Lord.

I love the words of this song sung here by Kari Jobe – Breathe on Us.

GOD IN THE RECYCLING

Morning all, I hope you are well. Today’s post is a story from my friend Heather.

The Roasting Pan”

One day as I took my roasting pan out of the oven, I looked at it in dismay -what a mess. It was originally quite an expensive one but it needed a lot of scrubbing to restore it. My thoughts were- bin it !! I can always get a new one and start afresh.

But what did I hear the Lord say to me “good job I didn’t do that with you

Yes I thought. God has taken great pains over me – to clean me up and make me fit for purpose, so that I can help others see that God loves and cares for all He has made.

God loves us and He loves us too much to leave us in our messy state and he definitely doesn’t think we are not worthy of being cleaned. He would never bin us.

Sometimes, it takes quite a few times to clean us up because we still mess up. In fact God never stops working on us. He knows we are human and will mess up, but He is always ready and willing to give us a clean start.

So let’s think more of ourselves because of what Jesus has done for us and each day set out with a clean start to be used by God.

We have been redeemed and cleansed by the precious blood of Christ.

We are new creations in Jesus.

In the Potter’s hands we can be reshaped and made as new.

Jeremiah 29 v11 says “ I know the plans I have for you to prosper you and not to harm you . Plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Have a blessed day x

All cleaned up 😊

Open Sesame!

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

Blessings to you this day in Jesus name.

Let light break through into the darkness

Keep the home fires burning 🔥

Today we were encouraged to guard against apathy and allowing our love for Jesus to grow cold. As believers, we can be vulnerable to this at the moment because of not being able to meet together as easily (or at all for some people) because of the COVID restrictions. We can become discouraged by the lawlessness and wickedness we see around us, by false prophecies and words.

Let us watch out for each other and not become isolated and allow our fire to diminish but let us keep the bonds of love, encouraging each other with Palms, hymns, spiritual songs, teachings, words etc, and above all keep the fire burning within each one of us for Christ Jesus. Lord, I ask that you please breathe on the embers today and fan the flames into fire again.

“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

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:10-12

Believers are trying to come together in different ways at the present time whether it is over zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime, teams, this platform or other ways to stay connected with each other. It is not easy and some may find it difficult but let’s not give up. We can reach out to each other in different ways. Where two or three are gathered together Christ is in the midst of us. Praise God. We are Christ’s body and connected to each other in and through Christ who is the head of us all.

I pray for those who may be feeling isolated or disconnected at the moment that you will know that you are still connected and to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. If the Holy Spirit is convicting hearts of apathy or a lack of fire and zeal then I pray that repentance will come to our hearts and we will stir ourselves up and put our hands to the plough at this time. It is not wise for us to sit back and do nothing in these days.

The Lord is all sufficient for us in these present days. His grace is more than sufficient for us. The Lord is encouraging us to come to His table and eat and drink of His provision and not to leave the table until we are satisfied. When we eat our meals we know when we are full and the Lord wants us to know that same feeling of fullness in and through His Holy Spirit. He is a God of abundance. Let us fill ourselves up in Him. The Lord does not want us to be satisfied with crumbs but to come and feast at His table. We can also help feed each other out of the abundance that God gives to us.

When restrictions start lifting let us not to get distracted by the things which do not truly satisfy us. The Lord says “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.” Isaiah 55:2

May we use this time of confinement wisely and redeem the days God has blessed us with. May God refine us in His Holy Fire so that we are ready to do His will.

Let us keep the home fires burning 🔥