Eagles circling Part Three

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Eagles normally fly alone, but in my vision they were circling together, all in the same direction and all in sync.we may find it hard to work with others but God is saying we need unity. Psalm 133:1, “oh how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.” God loves it when His children are united. One eagle can cover a vast territory – so how much more territory can lots of eagles cover. We need each other, especially in these last days.

There will be no denominations in Heaven – only believers.

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Eagles circling Part Two

I usually use my own photos in my blog, but I felt it was important to put a picture so please see the picture below:-

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Since I saw that vision of eagles circling together over a valley God showed me many other things.

Eagles soar without flapping their wings. In order to do this, they have to wait for the wind thermals to come up on them. It does not take any natural effort or strength to fly in the wind thermals. The eagles rely on the wind thermals to carry them.

This is like us as believers. The Holy Spirit is often depicted as the wind: Acts 2:2 (ESV), “And suddenly there came from Heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting ” This was the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:3,4 says, “Then there appeared to them divided tongues of fire, and one sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

In these last days we cannot do anything in our own strength – we must rely on the Holy Spirit’s strength to take us through.

If we do things in our own strength we will wear ourselves out. We need God’s strength.

Just like the eagle has to learn how to fly on the wind thermals – we, as born again Christians, have to learn how to fly on the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

More to follow later.

Eagles circling – Vantage point

I preached this message on Saturday 27th May at the Aglow meeting in Manchester, 5 days after the bombing at the MEN Arena. I may have to post in instalments due to time constraints.

One month previously, on 22nd April 2017,I attended a prayer meeting. Whilst we were worshipping God, I saw a very clear picture in my mind of powerful eagles circling together over a valley and I heard the words, “Vantage point”

When I prayed and enquired about this God really spoke to me.

A vantage point, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is a place, especially a high place, that provides a good, clear view of an area.

An example of this in a sentence is: “From our lofty vantage point, we could see the city spread out below us.”

During the worship I looked out of the window and I saw two policemen and a bus went past with the sign, “Vantage” on it.

As Christians, God has given us a vantage point over this nation – that we can see clearly what is taking place, and indeed can see things before they happen and can intercede.

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Honour for the worker bees

 

In honour and respect of the hardworking doctors and nurses and members of the public who bravely helped during and after the Manchester bombing. Also in memory of the 22 people who passed away and the grieving family members. The message I preached on Saturday in Manchester will be available sometime this week on my blog.

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Resurrection!

 

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Did you know that at that moment when Jesus died on the cross and the veil of the temple was torn in two that graves opened and other saints who had already passed away came alive and went into the town?

It tells us about this in Matthew 27

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This is amazing! Can you imagine your relative – Aunt or Grandfather, brother or sister who you have mourned and buried suddenly turning up on your doorstep? This is what happened!

You see, when Jesus made that ultimate sacrifice, something significant was put in motion. Resurrection power!

Even at the time of Jesus’ death on the cross a hardened criminal died and went to Heaven and people were resurrected from their graves. Grace, mercy and the miraculous was released over the Earth.

The fact that other people experienced resurrection shows us that this victory over death is also for us. If you are a Christian and have accepted Jesus into your life the power that raised Jesus from the dead abides in you. We have victory over death because of what Jesus did. We can say to death, “Where is your victory? Where is your sting?”

Furthermore, Jesus Himself rose from the dead on the third day and appeared to Mary, the disciples and around 500 people.

Praise be to God and thank you Jesus for this indescribable gift!

Sunday’s coming!

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It was a very sombre time after that Good Friday. Jesus’ mother and friends were mourning; hopes of the Messiah liberating Israel were dashed; things had not turned out as hoped or expected; Jesus’ body was laid in a tomb tightly sealed with a stone and guarded by a soldier. There was no hope left.

Jesus’ disciples, who had given up their livelihood to follow Jesus, were devastated. They lost their faith. (see Mark 16:11)

Just as Jesus had felt forsaken by God whilst He was on the cross, so did His followers.

What none of them knew at that time was that Sunday was coming! The day between Jesus being crucified and resurrected was a day of transition. From their earthly perspective the disciples’ situation looked grim. They could not imagine the sort of victory that was being wrought. Resurrection from the dead. Victory over sin and death.

My friend, if things look bleak for you at the moment, just wait a while. Sunday is coming! Your victory is on the way! God will not leave you in the midst of despair – you might pass by there for a season, but you won’t stay there. There are brighter days ahead. Trust God and stay at peace.

Good Friday

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Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. Traditionally the punishment of dying on a cross was reserved for the worst of criminals.

Yet Jesus willingly gave Himself up for this cruel death because of His love of mankind and His desire for their reconciliation with God.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

In Isaiah 53 it says that, “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. ”

Because of Jesus’ wounds and His death on the cross we can be forgiven, healed, reconciled to God and have peace in our lives. Thanks be to God!

A New Beginning

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The daffodil is, according to teleflora.com, virtually synonymous with Spring. It symbolises rebirth and new beginnings. In England, because of its long association with Lent, it’sknown as the Lent lily.It is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in Spring.

In the run up to Easter this is a perfect opportunity to reflect on new beginnings. Jesus died on the cross so that all people could have a new beginning. The criminal hanging next to Jesus on the cross had done some terrible things in his life. His life was nearly over. But in an instant his life took a new turn. He was forgiven, restored and he had Heaven to look forward to.

No matter what your life has been like so far, no matter what you have done, Jesus is offering you a new beginning today. He can forgive you, restore you and give you the assurance of Heaven.

Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus died on the cross so that you could be made right with Him. All you need to do is ask Him.

Sow the seed and be encouraged

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Today a former pupil recognised me and came up to me in a supermarket and greeted me. He was with his parents, grandfather and sister and I know  they are Muslims. I asked how he was doing, introduced my family and spoke to his parents.

I taught him 6 years ago.

What I found really significant was that this young man remembered me as an RE Teacher (and he said that twice) but I had never taught RE at that school, and I told him, I was a languages teacher.

When I thought about this, I realised how often at that Church of England High School I had shared my faith with the pupils. I shared my testimony with my form and lived my Christian life in front of them.

And six years on this young man remembered that more than any foreign language I taught him.

You see, I had sowed a seed of the Gospel in his life. He was so pleased to see me, his former teacher, and God spoke to me that tonight He is going to speak to this young man. God did not forget about that seed. He WILL make it grow.

How many seeds of the Gospel have we sown in people’s lives? I have sown many over the years. I can’t remember how many I have sown, how many times I have shared my faith or simply spoken one word. But God remembers each one and He is carefully watching over them. He is watching over His Word to perform it.

Psalm 126:5,6 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping , bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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I am so expectant that God is going to bring a harvest of souls! Those seeds that have been sown are going to start growing this year. Some have been lying dormant. NOW is the time when God is going to breathe life into them. Be encouraged, brothers and sisters and keep sowing the seed of the Gospel.