One of the things the Lord has been speaking to us over the last few years has been about the importance of seeing the Glory manifest in the world- in the workplace, on the street, in the market place. We have seen some cool miracles and healings happen in McDonalds and Starbucks over the last couple of weeks. My wife prayed for a girl in McDonalds and God healed her nose right there and then. We were with our great friend Brian Jourden from Iris Ministries – as he shared some stories of the healings he has seen the atmosphere of the place changed and we felt the fire of God released in the middle of McDonalds. God wants to meet people in real life. In the middle of the ordinary, He wants to bring significance. He is changing the focus of a meeting saturated, conference heavy culture to a family centred, ordinary life which is filled with a Supernatural God. And in this way He is showing His relevance to a generation who can’t connect with church programs and models.
I was with my great friend Dave Vaughan from The New Ecstatics in Starbucks a couple of weeks ago and we were drunk in the Holy Ghost. I commented in the last blog that we had been messing around with commanding objects to stick to the walls supernaturally – we tried it this time in Starbucks with our phones and money- we commanded them to supernaturally stick to the wall and before our very eyes (and anyone else who was watching) they did – right in the middle of the coffee shop!! It was crazy and a lot of fun! God is breaking out all over the place and it is a lot of fun!
I’m really excited that the media has highlighted issues like trafficking and the damage that pornography does to families a lot recently. Pornography has started to be seen in a negative light for the first time by the media. There has been countless debates on Radio 4 and documentaries on these subjects this year and I think that a mindset shift is beginning to happen where these areas are beginning to be seen as unacceptable in our society. In May equality lawyers wrote a letter to the Guardian suggesting that ‘Lads Mags’ breached equality legislation and businesses were in danger of being sued by staff and customers who were being exposed to indecent images. That is unheard of!
An area that has needed reforming is how victims of abuse are treated in court. This year there has been legislation passed to change the way victims of trafficking are treated in court when they are giving evidence. The new legislation stops the victim from being torn apart by the defense team in front of their abuser.
I recently heard a story on Radio 4 that upset me- an 11 year old girl, the victim of trafficking in the UK, found the experience of being cross examined in court so humiliating she ran out of the court room, crying and asking for her mum while her attackers gloated. This is just plain wrong. The courts are changing the procedures so victims can give evidence on video before the trial to avoid these kind of situations. There have been high profile arrests of people involved in trafficking , which has increased the spot light on this area too. Jesus does not tolerate the oppression of women and He is bringing transformation. He is renewing minds and bringing a revelation of honour towards women.
The Presence of God is moving IN the world! This whole issue has even hit TV – I heard a debate suggesting that the next Dr Who would be a woman for the first time ever!
One thing I see happening is that as freedom is released to women to stand in their identity there will be re-balancing within relationships and marriages. As women are released from the fear and control that has held them, men will in turn find freedom released in their own mindsets and identity; freedom to be themselves. This new found freedom will catapult them into greater things as they begin to express who they were made to be more fully. I saw a quote from Brad Pitt this week that I thought was amazing. I’m telling you – there is a mindset shift happening towards women in society:
“My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her.
I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much. And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.”
And so I think that there will be greater success coming to Brad Pitt as he publicly blesses and honours his wife; not because of some yin and yan karma crap but because he has let love and freedom overtake his marriage and change mindsets of manipulation and control. This will result in greater freedom for him to be himself and the great actor he is! I’m just going to stick this out there – I prophesy he will get an academy award in 2014!
New Arts Movement
Another thing the Lord spoke to me about at the start of the year was that there would be the start of a new arts movement in 2013. Damian Hirst was the figurehead of something new in the 90s- this has come to an end and something new will start rise in Europe this year, with a new level of creativity attached to it. It will reflect a sense of radical freedom and will also sometimes be described as chaotic; seeing beauty in the midst of chaos; beauty emerging from chaos. All I know is it will be Free!
I noticed Martin Scott prophesy about this recently. He said:
Imminently there is coming an Arts movement. There will be newspaper headlines that a new art wave has hit Europe. It will explain that this does not have one source, it did not begin in one specific place. This movement will begin in these summer months. On the back of the arts movement will come a new economic movement. It is the arts that will rebalance the economic books. Martin Scott