Taking Stock

Today, I attended for the first time a breakfast meeting with Christians from all over our region of the Black Country in the West Midlands organised by “Love Black Country”. For those who may not be familiar with the Black Country it is an area outside of Birmingham which takes in the four boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton & Walsall. I myself live and work in the Dudley borough in the town of Stourbridge.

It is an area with a great industrial heritage, rich in coal, iron and other minerals and many specialisms developed in local industries of glass making, iron & steel works, chain making, leather working etc. A little known fact but the chain for the ship Titanic was made in the Black Country in Netherton and the first steam locomotive to run in America was built right here – it was called the “Stourbridge Lion”.

The area has, like other industrial areas, suffered over the years through various recessions and loss of manufacturing jobs etc. and areas within the boroughs have been and are still classed as deprived. However, as Christians we believe in a God who can bring about transformation. The churches in the boroughs have joined together as a network with a vision for transformation of the area through:

Listening to God. Working Together. Pursuing Transformation.”

Their logo is below and you can access their site here to find out more about them and the vision at https://loveblackcountry.org.uk

The Big Breakfast today was the first opportunity for, what I understand was a smaller than usual group, to meet together since the Covid restrictions were implemented and certainly for me was the largest group of people that I have met with for the last 15 months. It was a great time and I’m glad that my friend encouraged me to go – it was a very early start!! There were Christians from all denominations and sizes of churches represented. A great opportunity to meet other believers – we may have some differences in how we do things but we can still come together in unity with a common purpose to see our borough changed by the love of Jesus.

It was a time to remind ourselves how much has changed for Christian fellowships and believers during this time of Covid. A time to take stock. There has been, because of the enforced changes, great innovations and flexibility in delivering church meetings and fellowship online and the opportunities to use new technologies. We were certainly moved out of our comfort zones big time and for many it was a scary time, unsettling and difficult but there were great things achieved for God’s Kingdom. Today was a chance to hear about the experiences of others and reflect on what has happened during this period and thank God for the good things that the Churches were able to do to show God’s love and help their local communities. When people were looking for help they turned to the churches because there already existed a network of volunteers and programmes in place. Many churches were prepared and could connect with other local organisations to facilitate and provide help where it was needed. On line church services became more accessible to those who would not usually have entered a church building.

It was also a time of reflecting on the sad things which have happened – the losses, deaths, times of grief, isolation and difficulties which people have encountered. The speaker talked about us moving into a season of rebuilding and restoration but just as in the time of Nehemiah, it was important to go out and survey and ascertain the true state of the Church. Take stock of the damage. Nehemiah did exactly this. He went out before he did any rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem to inspect and review their actual condition which had been reported to him but he needed to see it for himself. He also wept over their condition. I thought that was a very wise and thought provoking statement. Before going forward it is important to look and assess our true condition and any damage or hurts sustained in this period which sometimes unless it is obvious to us can only truly be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. The hidden cracks in the foundations. It is good to have a time of reflection and assessment of the true state of where we are in God whether that is in the corporate sense or individually.

For some years previously, I had received a number of words and encouragements when praying about being in a season where God was wanting us to move out of our comfort zones.  I know that this resonated with a number of people that I regularly pray and fellowship with. There was a sense that as Christians we had become too comfortable whether that was in our fellowships, in our buildings, in our traditions and programmes. God wanted to shake us out of our comfort zones.  Like the mother bird stirring up her nest and pushing her young out – she does it for their own good – they have to learn to fly and leave the nest. As Christians, God is encouraging us to leave our comfort zones – move out of nests- the place we may have made our security and put our trust Him. He truly knows what is best for us and what will enable us to grow and develop in Him and to reach those who need to encounter Him. Covid has brought about an enforced period of change and this is an opportunity which many people have taken hold of to do just that – they have tried new things, new experiences and taken new risks. They have moved and I believe God wants you to keep moving forward, trying new things in Him and not going back to the familiar ways of doing things. It is certainly a time of change which isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Change will bring about transformation.

Have a blessed day in the Lord. Perhaps a day to take stock and reflect.

Radical change

I wrote recently about Transmogrification – which means the process of a radically different change taking place so that something is completely changed from its original shape and form. Its a completely radical and transformational change which means the original is unrecognisable – see post Transmogration !

At the time that I wrote that original post, I also received the following which is a word about what many of our current Christian church structures look and function like. I am submitting this word to pray, weigh and test in the Holy Spirit of truth.

“My dearly beloveds. How I love your desire to follow Me but I have this to say to you. Your flesh and the habits of your flesh and your soul are limiting My Holy Spirit from moving amongst and in and through you. In your eagerness not to make mistakes or get things wrong you have created “safe structures” but have not realised that those structures are limiting me from moving. Your buildings and structures have become your limitations.

You are limited because a building cannot move. It is time to remove your thinking from being “building based” to open up your horizon to see the community, nation and nations on your doorstep which are all now within your reach. I do not want you to go back to the old ways, the old shape, the old format. It is time for My “church” to look radically different.

It should look like it is designed to look – a body. My church is a living body. If people look at church as a building then they are blind to the truth of a shepherd leading His flock and the Head of the body who is Christ. I am intended to be a living part of you. You are My body. You need to have a radical change of shape. Not rigid but fluid. Transformed into the shape I created you to be, a body.

Do you have every part of the body represented amongst you? Is every ministry gift which I have given for the equipping of the Saints in evidence. If not, then ask Me to create in you a new vision and eyes to see the shape that I want you to be. A fully functioning and equipped body with all the parts fully developed and fully operational and fully formed.

I am the Head – so amongst you there needs to be those who see with My eyes, hear with My ears, speak with My mouth, act with My hands, and walk where I lead with My feet. Look at your shape and identify what is missing amongst you. Ask of Me and I will provide it to you. The little parts all make up the whole in Me. You are one in Me as I am in you.

Do not contain or restrict me My children for I came to seek and save the lost. I am the One who goes out into the whole world to seek and save that which is lost. I have come so that they can have life in all its fulness. I am the doorway to my Father and I seek those who are lost and need Me. Take me to the people for that is why I came – to show those in darkness that the light has come and My glory is here for them. Arise and shine for your light has come and My glory is rising now upon My body. Wake from your sleep and go out into the highways and the byways and seek those who are lost. “

Transmogration !

Wow, what a mouthful of a word. It comes from the word “Transmogrify” or ” Transmogrified”.

I had never heard of this word until I heard it spoken to me in a dream that the Lord gave me last week. I should explain that this word I heard in my dream is not the full expression of the word the Lord was highlighting to me. He was having some fun with me as I will explain below. The Lord knows I love puzzles so he gives me some clues to test me 🤣. He enjoys it when I get the “ aha” moment of revelation.

So on the night I had a dream, the Lord spoke the word “Transmogration” to me. I repeated it several times to myself and understood in my sleep that this word was important and I needed to remember it on waking as it was a word I did not know or had heard before.

When I woke up I looked up this word in the dictionary and it fully is “Transmogrification”. It comes from the word “Transmogrify” which means “to change or change completely so the shape and form of something after this process is radically changed.”

Isn’t that just an incredible word which describes what happens when we encounter Jesus Christ and our life in Christ. We change completely.

The best illustration of this in nature is the process of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. It’s shape and form are completely changed into something new.

The word also speaks of a “surprising or supernatural change”. A reminder that it is the supernatural power of God in our lives by the power and ongoing work of the Holy Spirit. Not a change we can bring about by our own efforts. It is only God.

As the word spoken to me was the action verb then I believe God is saying we “as the church” the form of “church” His people” are currently in the process of changing shape and being radically transformed. That’s exciting. I’m sure many of us have experienced or are experiencing these changes so be encouraged.


The interesting thing is that the word I heard was “Transmogration” and the actual word is “Transmogrification”. The missing letters “If I C” are the Lord getting my attention.

As I said before, I believe the Lord loves a pun and he was drawing this specifically to my attention. He was reminding me that He is the one that will radically change things but only if I will allow him to do the process and see (C) what he is doing. Completely submitted to Him and obedient to His leading.

What is the Lord in the process of changing in your life and church at the moment? I’d be interested to hear. I pray that you and I will see as God wants us to see so that we can come into alignment with His plans, His Purposes and His will.

Blessings to you this day.

Being transformed
Transformed and ready to fly