When God says “No!” Part 2

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Compare 1 Peter 1:1 “To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatians, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”

So, there was a Church there at some point in time.

Sometimes God’s “No” isn’t a “Never”. It might just be a “Not Now”.

Sometimes in our own understanding we might think, “It can’t do any harm to go there and encourage these people   but the Bible says in Proverbs 3:5,”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

God directs our steps and our stops.

 

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When God says, “No !” Part 1

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Jesus said to His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel  “, so it seems crazy that God would forbid Paul and his companions to preach the Gospel somewhere.

But sometimes what is good is not necessarily God’s will or God’s timing. The Spirit did not permit Paul and his companions to preach the Word in Asia at that time   Maybe the people in Asia weren’t ready to hear what Paul had to say and /or maybe their journey would have been unfruitful – meanwhile God had people ready and waiting in Macedonia who were keen to hear the Gospel, like Lydia  the Philippian jailer and the slave girl who had a spirit of divination and needed to be set free. Individuals are important to God and He knows the divine appointments He has set up for you. God’s timing is also significant

Never be disappointed when God says, “No !” If He does, it’s because there’s a greater, “Yes!” further down the line.

Philip the Evangelist left revival to minister to one person who was travelling.

Sometimes the  “No!” may not make sense to you, but God does not waste His children. There’s too much invested in you for God to send you somewhere that’s not helpful to you or that’s not in His good plan for your life.

 

Eagles circling Part four. There’s something stronger than a terror network – a prayer network

There is something stronger than a terror network and it’s a prayer network. We need to be united and we need to pray. Prayer changes things. DSC_0049

Eagles have powerful vision. They can see very clearly from a great distance. They also have two sets of eyes- their natural eye which they use when they’re in resting mode, and a second set of eyes which comes in on them when they start to take flight on these strong wind thermals. This second eye then enables them to fly in the strong wind thermals without damaging their original eye – a protective covering. As Christians we have two sets of eyes – our natural vision and spiritual vision. It is God Himself literally allowing you to see things from His point of view and perspective.

Read 2 Kings 6:8-20

This is Holy Ghost intelligence. Verse 12 “Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”

Our fight as Christians is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, principalities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

God knows what is going on in every house and every bedroom and He will reveal it to His prophets, if we are listening and open. Then, we must intercede.

Verse 17. Elisha’s servant saw an army surrounding the city with horses and chariots and he was very afraid. In the natural, fear will try to take over.

Elisha said to him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”

There’s something more powerful than a terror network – a prayer network

Elisha prayed for his servant to have spiritual vision – to see into the supernatural realm.

And what Elisha’s servant then saw was AMAZING – a mountain full of horses and chariots all around Elisha.

We need to ask God to open our eyes to see what is really going on, and how to pray.

More to follow.

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.

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.