547 days..God’s perfect timing

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.

Bless you all in Jesus name.

Rivers…

I love rivers.

These are photos I took recently of the river Mawddach as it flows into the sea at Barmouth, Wales. It is such a beautiful place.

We stayed in a little cottage right on the banks of the estuary. We could just sit, relax and enjoy these beautiful views. God’s creation is so beautiful.

The river as it flows to the sea
The view from above on the hill..

The bible speaks of a beautiful river. The river of life which flows from Gods throne.

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever”.
Revelation 22:1-5 – https://www.biblegateway.com

I long to see that heavenly river but the good news is that we don’t have to wait to experience spiritual life in all its fullness until heaven. We can drink of that living water right now and the river of life – the Holy Spirit can fill us and also flow through us to help those around us.

Jesus says that He is the living water. If we drink of Him, we will never thirst again. Not only that but we will be assured of Eternal life. We will live forever with God.

To have that assurance of eternal life, the bible teaches us that it is necessary to repent and confess our sins, accept Jesus as our saviour who has taken our sins on himself and be baptised and follow Jesus.

John the Baptist came with the message of repentance in preparing the way for Jesus. People were convicted of their sins and went to him to be baptised in the River Jordan. Even Jesus who knew no sin went to be baptised by John.

A believer being baptised

What an amazing experience it is to be baptised. I still remember being baptised at my local church back in 1977 in the baptismal tank just like in this photo. My brother was fortunate to go to Israel and get baptised in the River Jordan…how wonderful that was.

Healing – The river Jordan was also a place of healing for Naaman the leper – we read the story in 2 Kings 5. The prophet Elisha told Naaman to go and wash in the River Jordan which Naaman was not happy about at all.

His ego was hurt because Elisha the prophet did not come out to see him personally and would not take any gifts from him. Naaman thought the River Jordan was dirty and nothing compared to the rivers of Damascus. It wasn’t the river itself in the story that healed Naaman but his obedience to the word of God. God healed him according to the prophet’s word.

Don’t let ego or pride stop you receiving what God has for you whether that is salvation or healing.

I pray that you too will discover the river of life in Christ Jesus and drink of that living water if you have not done so yet.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice,

“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’

By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
John 7:37-39 – https://www.biblegateway.com

There is a scripture that is very precious to me which to me speaks of revival and an outpouring of the Spirit of God many coming to know Jesus. I pray that for these times we live in now. That many will discover Gods love for them and salvation in Christ Jesus.

“The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple towards the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me round the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side.

As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist.

He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in – a river that no one could cross.

He asked me, ‘Son of man, do you see this?’

Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, ‘This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.

Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds – like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.

But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.’
Ezekiel 47:1-12 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage

I pray the dry valleys will be filled with the river of God and we will allow the river of life to flow through us. That the water in us won’t become stagnant like the salt marshes but will be always fresh.

As the disciples became fishers of men I pray that this is a time for many fishermen to arise and proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is eternal life, a river of living water and it is found in Jesus.

Blessings to you this day.

Christians Awake- Time to rise & shine

I mentioned in my last post that whilst myself and two friends were praising God & praying recently at the Waseley Hills – the “high hills”- the Lord gave us 3 separate words.  I have set them out in the order they were given to us.  The first was a tongue & interpretation:

“For the Lord God Almighty says

“Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake, Awake my people.   Look & Listen for the Lord God is on the move and He strides out across this nation.

Wake up, Wake up, Wake Up – Hear the bells, Hear the bells, Hear the bells – For the glory of the Lord is going to fall. The glory of the Lord is coming.  The glory of the Lord as it sweeps across this nation.

The Lord says “Awake, Awake, Awake – Arise people of God.  Arise people of God.  Arise people of God & hear the voice of your Master.

The voice of your Master is calling to you.  The Lord is calling to you he says “Arise, Arise, Arise My people.  Arise, Arise, Arise – Give voice to Me.

For the glory of the Lord is shining upon this nation and here He comes.  He is riding.  he is riding on the wind.  He is riding.  He is coming to this nation.

The Lord says He is coming in power and the sword is going forth from His mouth and He is declaring His word over this nation and the Lord says – every knee will bow, every tongue will declare that He is Lord and He is God and He alone is worthy of all praise and honour and glory – to Him who sits on the throne forever and ever – All glory belongs to the Lamb Amen.

After this first word was given, we saw opposite us in the distance on the hillside a bright white light – it was so clear and we believe it was a sign from the Lord.   The light was visible for some time whilst we continued to pray.

The second word then came to my friend:

“All My people will see Me in My glory (Jesus).  I will shine.  You will see Me.  You will not miss Me coming because I will stand out and everybody will see Me and the truth will be declared in this nation.  All the lies, all the hidden things I will bring forth and the truth will shine.   My people will speak the truth out  – they will bring the truth to everyone.  I declare the truth of the Lord the word of God- that you are coming (Jesus) – you are coming”  Amen.

The last word was then given:

“The Lord says “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail.  Satan your days are numbered. You have had your time.  You have had your day but you will not prevail.  I call to you My people to be aware, to be wise and to open your eyes and see. Do not follow that wide road, do not follow that wide empty road.  Look for the narrow path that leads to Me, that leads to life.  I am coming.  I am going to be there with you and you will see Me in all My glory and your knees will bow and you will profess that I am Lord.  I open My arms to you this day and I say “Come, Come to Me, Come to Me all you who are heavy laden, all you who are weary and you who are tired of this life and all you who are seeking.  Come to Me.  I am the answer.  I am the way and the truth and the life. Come to Me.”

There is a scripture in Judges 5:12 which says “Wake up, Wake up Deborah!  Wake up, wake up, break out in song!  Arise, Barak!  Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam”.

I believe that this is the word to us as believers in Christ at this time -it’s time to wake up, to be watchful,  to rise up and take action for Jesus.  Live out our faith where we are – right in the heart of our communities.  Church is changing – it’s not about a building where we all meet.  We are a body – connected to each other in Jesus Christ.    We are powerful testimonies for Jesus – we are His witnesses.   Let us encourage each other to live as Jesus wants us to live as His disciples and co-workers of the gospel. To be bold and voices for justice & truth.

Romans 13 11-14 “And do this, understanding the present time: the hour has already come for you to wake from your slumber, because our salvation now is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over, the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.  Let us behave decently as in the daytime, not carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  Rather clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh”.

Ephesians 5 8-20 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.  Buy everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.  This is why it is said “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.”  Be very careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit.  Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

It is so important that we as Christians are awake and not asleep & that we are clothed in Christ – Jesus said if we are not awake then he will come as a thief and we will not know when he comes.

Revelation 3:3 “But if you do not wake up (or watch), I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you”.

Revelation 16:15 – “Look, I come like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake (watches) and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed”

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, Shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

backlit cemetery christianity clouds
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“Awake Awake”

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.

Amen

The Heavenly Steed

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. Amen 🙏

 

Open the gate for the King

Psalm 24 encourages us to open the gate and let the King of Glory, Jesus, come in.  The one who is strong and mighty and mighty in battle.   Gates are important places of influence and decision making. The elders gathered at the gates of the city to discuss and make decisions. Gates are opened to allow access or shut to refuse entry. This can be for protection and safety. Whoever enters through the gate brings their influence and authority with them. We all have gateways in our lives and minds.  Every day we make decisions to permit or refuse things to operate in our lives and indwell our thoughts whether for good or bad . There are gateways in my home, my family, my work place, my town, my region and I want them to be opened for Christ and closed to evil.  Not just a little bit open for Jesus but flung wide open.    I encourage you to make a decision to swing wide the gate and let the King of Glory come into your situation whatever it is and wherever He needs to be.  Trust him to help you overcome and strengthen you and bring freedom.

I believe there is power in prayer when believers come together in unity from different churches to pray about the gateways in their town. The local churches in our area did this for a season as God led us to pray at various gateways within the town.    At one prayer meeting we stood on a bridge over the river which flows into and through our town.   As we prayed, one of our group felt that we should all join hands and sing the words of the song “Swing wide the gate and let the King Come in” which is based on the verses in Psalm 24 and then the two people in the middle break hands and walk apart as a prophetic sign that we were opening the gate over our town to the Lord.   As we did this and moved apart we looked down and a wooden gate was floating in the river and floated right underneath the bridge.    We couldn’t believe our eyes at the time.    The fact that a whole gate was floating down the river and that it passed just at that exact time we broke apart we believe was a heavenly sign from God.  He had heard our prayers for our town and was showing us that the gate was opened.   We are trusting God to bring that river of His presence into and to overflow through us in Christ Jesus so that we can bring His healing and restoring power to not only our town, but our region and nation.    I encourage you to pray and believe for the same.

Restoring the Church’s appetite for God

Over recent weeks God keeps bringing these verses from Isaiah 55 back to mind.   v1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.”
Many years ago our Pastor had a vision in which he felt God say the following to him. 
” I am going to restore the appetite of the church for the manifest power and presence of God.    A spiritual famine has touched your land.  It’s not the result of the lack of or withdrawal of God’s presence and power but it’s a famine of the appetite of God’s people.
Then I looked and saw two groups of people.  The first group looked thin and drawn and slightly withered, they were frail and looked prematurely old.  God said to me,  these people are not the result of an imposed famine.  Their condition is the result of a famine in their appetites for the presence and power of God.   They have withdrawn in their faith, belief and expectation of God.  As a result their appetites have been suppressed, reduced and their health is at risk.
Then I looked and saw another group of people,  they were overweight, large people.  I said to myself, they must have an appetite Lord.  And I felt the Lord say to me “they are also part of a famine.  They have just filled their lives with something other than the manifest power and presence of God.  They have substituted their appetite for God for other things, as a result they too have suppressed their appetites.   I was reminded of this scripture. Isaiah 55 v 1-2. Ho everyone who thirsts come to the waters and you who have no money come buy and eat, come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  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 delight yourself in abundance. “ 
I pray that God will restore our appetite during these days so that we may hunger and thirst for righteousness and will overflow the “goodness of God in the land of the living”.

Being prepared & persevere

This is a time for the body of Christ to wake up and get prepared.  To be like the wise virgins who had enough oil in their lamps and were ready when the bridegroom came.  

We need spiritually to store up oil as without oil there is no light and without oil there is no fire.   We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit – the oil of joy is our strength and to be on fire for Christ.   

This is a time to discern the season and what God is about.  The cockerel has crowed for this nation and the clock is ticking down.    

God is on the move.   

Our faith needs to be strong and our feet planted on the solid rock – Christ Jesus.   If we are then we will not give up in this season and will strive on to see Christ’s work accomplished.  

We will climb the mountain to experience His holy presence and see Christ face to face. 

Not everyone will follow and some may lose their way but those who press on will go through the Refiner’s fire.   All the muck & chaff in us must come to the top and be skimmed off.  Then, we will be as gold reflecting God’s love and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.  We need to step into His holy fire as it will refine and purify us.  

The time is coming for the wave to break.  It has gathered in the deep waters and is now pushing towards the shore. 

In the spirit, I saw this wave and it was huge – like a tsunami.   The time for the wave to break will come soon and it will bring such a revival in the body of Christ.   Those who turned away will repent of their sin and lack of faith.  They will return to the Lord and He to them.  They will go out to do His works.  

Isaiah 33 v 14 – “Who amongst us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who amongst us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly.” 

Hosea 3 v10 “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He comes and rains righteousness on you”. 

It is “to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings being confirmed to his death”.

Amen

Stourbridge – Living Water

In 2004, we had a picture of people from all churches joining together to pray for the area.   We were pushing heavy gates and everyone had to push together.    The gates were like large sluice gates and water was stored up behind them.    As we all pushed the gates opened and water flooded in to revive the area.   We believed this was a sign of unity in the body of Christ leading to revival in us and then the area.   We sang that song “Swing wide the gates and let the King come in” and prayed from Psalm 24 verses 7-10 about the ancient gates being opened and letting the King of Glory Jesus come in.  The other picture was of a cloud bringing the refreshing rain of God’s presence.  As in the story of Elijah when he is praying for rain after years of drought and sends his servant to report what he sees.   Elijah has to send the servant seven times to look and then the servant reports that he sees a cloud but it is no bigger than a man’s hand.   Elijah knew then that was the sign the rain was coming.   He had already heard it in the spirit.   We have to keep looking for the cloud and believe in faith for this to happen.   The Lord said the rain was coming but just as Elijah sacrificed we also have to get into His refining fire first and sacrifice self and our fleshly desires.    The rain is coming Prayers for Stourbridge.

Prayer Drive- Stourbridge

We drove around our area praying and blessing our town of Stourbridge and the wider area.   We prayed for God’s will to be accomplished and we interceded against the works of darkness and evil influences on our town.    The prayer route took us from the Ring Road out on the Hagley Road and then up the Hagley Mile to the roundabout by Wychbury Hill and Wassell Grove.  We parked the car and walked up the hill to pray from that spot.    We then drove on to Wynall Lane/Oldnall Road and prayed at the top overlooking Stourbridge.   We then drove down the main Birmingham Road to Park Lane/Netherend Lane to Quarry Bank High Street and then onto the dual carriageway by Merry Hill.  We stopped opposite Merry Hill and prayed for Merry Hill and the businesses there.   We then drove down to Highgate to Russells Hall Hospital.  We parked outside the Hospital and prayed for the patients, staff and everyone involved with the hospital.    We then followed the road to the Cross at Kingswinford and straight across to join the main road leading to Kidderminster.    We stopped and prayed for Wordsley.  Left at The Stewponey site (now demolished) and into Norton via Racecourse Lane.  We stopped at Racecourse lane and prayed and then down to Redlake Road/Ham Lane to finish.     We sang, prayed, read scripture as we drove around and stopped and prayed at specific places which we felt God was calling us to spend time in prayer.    Russells Hall Hospital in particular.Prayers for Stourbridge