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What does the future hold?

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Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing his secret plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3.7

I love the voice of God. Psalms says ‘the voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of Glory thunders’ and Psalms 29:5 says  ‘The voice of the lord splits the mighty cedars; the lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon’. How awesome is that. Several years ago the Lord began to speak to me about specific national and international events that would occur – the exact timing of when Andy Murray would win Wimbledon, a certain Hollywood film that would be made about the Suffragette movement and an Academy Award that would be won by a particular actor that year. With these events the Lord showed me the significance of them, what they represented. These things came to pass and off the back of this in May 2016 I began to see that ‘winds of change’ were coming to the UK and that there would be a national sign with Big Ben in the main news. God was saying  that it was no longer ‘business as usual’. Big Ben was on the news and of course the winds of change swept across the UK and US with Trump and Brexit. US News media even used the exact phrases that the ‘winds of change’ were blowing and that this was not ‘business as usual.’

Many people prophesied that Trump and Brexit would happen, personally I disagreed with a lot of the interpretations out there about these events. I think some prophets saw that he was going to win and assumed it was a good thing – You may see some future event but this does not automatically make it a good thing or everything associated to it God ordained (consider Agabus prophesying the famine in Acts 11). I won’t write Trump off yet but there are several issues coming which concern me in regards to what spirit could ride in on his coat tails. The rise in popularity of Far right authoritarianism and nationalism is one issue…

This has been stirred up with Brexit, in the US with Trump and France has Far right leader Marine le Pen on the outskirts of power and an election next year. Other European countries have been teetering towards far right authoritarianism all year. There is a permissioning that is already happening for racism, angry speech and hatred and this could continue to grow and be given an ever louder voice. The treatment of minorities in the future is a concern – this nationalistic spirit is pushing to open a door of discrimination, trying to reopen something that has been shut by Prophets in the past. And although there were a lot of prophetic people speaking out negatively about the EU, one thing I didn’t see recognised by them was the fact that the EU has brought the longest period of peace to Europe ever! A weakened EU will affect this.

I particularly liked what Mike Bickel had to say in response to the elections and rise in racism – he talked about the church coming to a ‘Valley of Decision’ in how it responds to this (from about 20 mins is good) – a casual commitment to show mercy will be overtaken by the storm of anger and hatred. What will be needed is a radical commitment to kindness and mercy.

Several nights before the US election I had a powerful dream where I saw some shifting and things taking place internationally. I woke up reminded of the feeling I had on 9/11. On Sept 11th 2001 I remember getting home after hearing about the attacks at work and sitting on the sofa, shocked to my core. I knew the world as we knew it would be different from then on. It was this feeling that overwhelmed me in the dream and afterwards. At that point I felt that Trump would probably win. On the morning of the election result God woke me up at 3.33am. Martin Scott is my port of call when I am in need of wisdom and so I asked him what he thought about the significance of the time I had woken up. Martin always knows what is going on and directed me to a prophetic word someone had just released about the significance of the election and importance of ‘3 3s’.  Particularly Jeremiah 33.3‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

2017 the Year of Consolidation

From this God began to speak to me about ‘3s’ and some stuff for 2017. 2016 was no doubt the year of transition and so 2017 will be the year of consolidation. (This doesn’t take a Prophet to work this out lol). Here are some things I am seeing and I will write more over the next few weeks and months

I believe that 2017 will lay a foundation for things to be built on for 10 years. I can see that the position that people have come to in 2016, personally or nationally will be firmed up and cemented into place in 2017. Even the position of people’s hearts and attitudes – In some cases there needs to be alignment even in this last month of 2016 because going into 2017 people will become entrenched in the place they are at.

I am going to throw this out there – I believe that in the next three presidencies in the US – one will only last for 2 years. For what reason I don’t know but one presidency will last 2 years.

A new breed of Prophet will rise up in the next 10 years starting in 2017. They will be Prophets who embody a message with their lives in a similar way to Martin Luther King- not just releasing prophetic words but ones who carry a message through their life and actions. Particularly Prophets who act as catalysts for creativity and who move in Peace and release new waves of Mercy. They will be pioneers and positioned in the world where they can release a flow of creative ideas, pure creativity will flow through them like a river. These Prophets will be called to shape the future, and impact the future of companies and businesses and churches, even Governments.

Often the world has looked to nature for inspiration and creativity – copying nature, flowers, trees, animals for patterns and designs, looking to the earth for answers. But what I can see happening is people tapping into the pure source of creativity, liquid creativity from heaven which has no earthly comparison – this creative flow from the Throne Room will ripple out to inspire art and the media but also technology giants.

These 3 remain…

What is going to be spoken of more and more in the world is ‘legacy’ – How companies, businesses create a legacy that outlasts the lifetime of their own employees in to 100 / 200 years of legacy.

I have heard teaching about the creative force of the prophetic spoken word, where prophets speak things in to existence and can create and shape the future and yes I love this but I am beginning to see that there is another level of creativity where we can actually begin to tap into an eternal Legacy and reach into the Power of the Age to Come. Knowledge at some point is always surpassed by other knowledge and eventually becomes redundant and 1 Corinthians 13 even says all knowledge will one day pass away; prophecy too – but 3 things will remain. I am beginning to see that the greatest creative force in the earth is Faith, Hope and Love. These 3 things ‘Remain’ and create the biggest legacies in the earth, in culture, in world history.

So Prophets who embody and live in Faith, Hope and Love will create Legacy in the earth over the next few years and have the biggest societal impact and opportunity to affect culture. What they will do by living in Faith, Hope and Love; the 3 that Remain, is sow into the realm of eternity and the Age to Come. And by doing this they can reap a harvest of the Power of the Age to Come. And so by embodying the message of Faith, Hope and Love on the earth today they will walk in unparalleled power which will be an unstoppable force.

They won’t necessarily just be known by the church – but like Martin Luther King, a Prophet who embodied Love and received a nation changing legacy, they will be visible to the world, sought out by the world even. They will be Eternity Prophets – Prophets seated in the realm of Eternity, with Christ on the Mercy Seat, yet fully immersed in society around them. They will flow in such a creative force they will be sought out for their wisdom by businesses and Governments, and they will be able to be a catalysts for Mercy movements towards minorities and suffering people, people targeted by discrimination and racism. Art and media will also be affected.

Some will call it a New Renaissance or a new Civil Rights Movement, or modern Jesus People Movement, it will have many names because it will affect many different parts of society and culture, but what will be happening is God calling and positioning the Josephs with coats of many colours to many aspects of society. Prophets of Faith, Hope and Love, who have tapped into the rich gold vein of God’s creative power, flowing from the Throne will rise and release the sound of Mercy. And as they rise the sun of righteousness will rise with them with healing in its wings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Waking up to the sound of His voice

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‘I’m fully satisfied as with a rich dinner, my mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips – whenever I ponder you on my bed, whenever I meditate on you in the middle of the night’ Psalm 63. 4-6

I had an interesting dream the other night – it was about Lonnie Frisbie of the Jesus People Movement. Although he died in 1993, in the dream he was still alive today, but had been totally forgotten about. God showed me the legacy he had left in terms of the impact he had on John Wimber and the Vineyard movement, yet he is largely unknown and not really honoured. He was holding very small gatherings with 5/6 people and I had this intense desire to go and hang out with him in these meetings with the remnant of revival that he was carrying. I woke up thinking that the revivals of old are not dead, they’re just forgotten and dormant, hidden by a spiritual amnesia and blanket of slumber.

There’s something about remembering what God once did, holding it within your heart and allowing that fire to awaken something new today. The day after I had that dream I was on the train passing through Bradford, the city where Smith Wigglesworth lived. As the train pulled in, sitting on the platform was the spitting image of Smith Wigglesworth; an old Yorkshire gent, moustache and all just looking at me. For a split second as I looked at him Smith Wigglesworth stared right back at me and God said to me “Smith Wigglesworth isn’t dead either.” The anointing that Smith carried is alive today. It isn’t dead, although so many churches act like it, it is just forgotten and dormant. We might remember the person but the church has forgotten the anointing he carried, the Presence, the Fire on his life.

Wakey wakey

Several years ago while we were youth workers in Antioch Church in Llanelli, we were holding our usual Wednesday night youth meeting. We had just had a conference where the youth had been particularly impacted about revival and God had started to really stir something on their hearts. I asked the youth group whether God had spoken to them anything that week. I had given them a word the previous week that they were going to be given new shields of faith and I was interested if anything had happened. Most shrugged “no…” but a young 15 year old girl looked and said “Yes… actually… In the middle of the night God woke me up and I heard him say “Go to Moriah Chapel, (the place where the 1904 Welsh revival started) and say ‘Wakey wakey’ to the angel there…”

Louise told me and the rest of the youth group what had happened that week; that she had gone to the chapel the next day after she had been woken up in the middle of the night by God. The chapel happened to be next to her sixth form college. When she got there she stood looking at Moriah Chapel deliberating about what to do. There was a bus stop filled with people next to it. She looked at the bus stop and back at Moriah Chapel and whispered “wakey wakey”. God spoke to her in that moment and said “Is that how much you want revival??” so challenged and even while people in the bus stop watched, she yelled “WAKEY WAKEY!!”

The story of what happened next has spread like a wild fire around the world. Louise watched as a  15 /20 foot angel yawned and stepped out of the chapel. It then spoke to her. It said “I am the angel of the 1904 revival and you’ve just woken me up” Louise stood there thinking ‘what on earth…!!!’ and the angel said “I fell asleep because people stopped calling out for revival”. The angel then wandered away up the road while Louise stood there gob smacked.

Several prophets have met the angel since. One prophet bumped into the angel unaware of what had happened, and asked the angel what it was doing. The angel replied “a 15 year old girl just woke me up.”

God woke Louise up with the sound of His voice in the middle of the night and brought her into a supernatural encounter which awoke something that had been dormant since 1904.

I don’t believe we have seen the full manifestation of what that angel is about today but in the months that followed the angelic experience our youth group went through an amazing time of encounter with the Holy Spirit. We experienced physical healings for the first time, we were opened up to the supernatural; gold and silver dust became common and other angelic encounters happened quite frequently. Some kids from the local community came along and were saved. It got to the point where teenagers who had never been to the prayer room before, came in and were falling out under the Presence of God as soon as they were prayed for. One kid screamed and ran out the room we met in as his eyes opened to the angels there. He physically saw them. Amazing events that opened up my life to a whole new world. It has marked the last 10 years of my life.

I believe that the angel from Moriah Chapel was commissioned for Awakening in 1904 and it still is today. It hasn’t abandoned its position (Jude 1.6). A well known minister in the US encountered the angel recently and it said to him “Wakey Wakey is my name, that is what I was commissioned for – awakening”. In the lead up to the 1904 revival Evan Roberts had a season of intense visitation in the night. Such a heavy presence of God would rest in his room and would wake him up night after night. God would wake him up with an intensity of His Presence, enough that could shake the nation and would speak with this General of the future.

Remember

It is funny how quickly we forget what God did for a nation. Spiritual amnesia causes us to forget what He did. In the dream about Lonnie, spiritual amnesia caused people to forget the anointing Lonnie walked in. Spiritual amnesia is like a toxic fog of hopelessness, confusion and doubt which comes to put out the fire and abort the promises of God over our lives. Spiritual amnesia ultimately leads to deception. It happened in the Garden “Did God really say…?” 

The Israelites were constantly reminded in the Old Testament- ‘Do not forget the Lord, remember what I have done for you…’ King David would lie awake in the night hours and remember the stories of old. It would stir his heart and awaken something new within him. 

Why am I talking about this now? Because I believe that God wants to bring us into fulfilment and awakening. There is a significant connection between remembering and Awakening – One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to help us remember what Jesus said (John 14.6). Why? because we have been given every Spiritual Blessing in the Heavenly places, we have been given Fullness in Christ. We are New Creation beings but have forgotten where we came from. This truth can get shrouded in an amnesia which chains up our inheritance and stops us from being able to walk out fulfilment… “Did God really say…?” But when we begin to remember, when we begin to honour what God once said, God can ignite this with a fire that burns away amnesia’s toxic fog of doubt, confusion and deception. Remembering the sound of His voice awakens us to a new reality of Heaven today.

In the remembering God’s voice wakens us to a door of the supernatural where we begin to understand things which Heaven has never forgotten. Heaven can’t forget because they are in the present reality of it now. It is not a dead memory, it is a present reality, a fire that constantly burns.

The angels remember the day when the Presence of awe and wonder began to fall on the meetings Evan Roberts lead. But more than that they rest in the present reality of it at the feet of Jesus today. They know what Evan Roberts tapped into. Heaven remembers, it has a record of what it was like when Wesley began to stir himself with the fire and watch as the people began to gather around him in a realm of Heaven. But it is more than a story it is a living fire, accessible through an open door today which Jesus opened through his life and death. God remembers the Might which Smith Wigglesworth operated in and the desire that exploded out of him to see people free from infirmity, that Gift of Faith is freely available today.

Visit encounters of old, remember what God once did and let him awaken you with His voice to fire today, fresh fire, fire we have never experienced before, fire that the revivalists and saints of old walked in; Apostolic Fire, that has been dormant since the days of Cuthbert’s wild fire revival. But its not just an old fire, it’s alive today, birthing something new, something for our day, something not been seen before on the earth; something unique. This anointing is not dead. His voice is whispering “wake up to reality”.

The Winds of Change are ringing the Wild Bells

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‘Love is a dangerous word to those who fear losing control. Love is a wild wind and no one knows which way it blows’ Jason Upton 

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The wild winds of change are rattling through the UK once more, silencing the old religious answers and ways of doing stuff. Wild bells of fulfilment are ringing again.

A few weeks ago at the last Northern Glory I prophesied that we are in the season of ‘fulfilment’. I prophesied that as a sign of this Big Ben would be on the main news within a couple of weeks.

Sure enough a few weeks later Big Ben was in the main news because the bell is being silenced for several months for repair work. (Obviously I didn’t know this when I prophesied it). It is first time repair work like this is to be done on it in 160 years. Read about it here.

So what’s the significance of all this then? God’s voice rings louder than the noise from the age old traditions of man. God is interrupting business as usual to challenge the ways we have done stuff before. We love relying on our trusted and traditional formulas so we import the models, the programs, the things that seem to work in revivals all around the world, we get the books and listen to the podcasts, whatever works elsewhere, we’ll try it! Everything except the actual whack.  We love to rely on the manmade instead of the mystical. It can hide our unbelief!

All the noise made by our striving is being silenced. In the space the sound of the voice of God at rest, in fulfilment and living in Grace is being heard. It’s the sound of the Wild Bells from Heaven. It is time for us to get whacked, get a bit of the anointing and pioneer something new which will have global impact.

God is speaking and it’s the sound of fulfilment that is ringing out. It is calling the wild fire prophets to attention and the crazy apostles to wake up. It is sounding to those who have dared to believe there’s a different way, to those have believed in promises. The sound of the Father’s faithfulness to fulfil his promises can be heard again. The bells of fulfilment are ringing out to the prophetic promises that are hanging over the UK.

Simeon

Simeon is a symbol for our time. God started to speak to me about Simeon and I messaged a prophet friend of mine who said they too had been thinking about Simeon that same day.

Simeon was a prophet waiting on the fulfilment of God’s promises in Luke 2. His name means ‘he has heard’.  He was a man the Spirit was on. He lived in the anointing. He had heard and seen something different, something wild from Heaven which had stirred his soul to believe; he was filled with a Joy and anticipation that got him whacked. He had experienced something powerful enough to determine his life and lived to see the fulfilment of it. When the baby Jesus turned up in the temple Simeon announced ‘Sovereign Lord as you have promised… My eyes have seen your salvation…which you have prepared for in the sight of all nations.’ Simeon lived to see fulfilment and the faithfulness of God.

It is interesting to compare him to Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. Both men eventually saw the fulfilment of prophecies. Both men saw something, Zechariah had an angelic visitation from Gabriel about the same events but responded in unbelief.  Zechariah couldn’t believe there was something different to business as usual and like Big Ben was silenced. Simeon however, lived in the Spirit and caught a glimpse of something which would affect nations, he met Jesus.

Jesus was and is fulfilment, he embodies fulfilment. He wasn’t just a Prophet but was the fulfilment of the Prophetic Word.  Jesus says of himself in Matthew that He came to fulfil the Law and the Prophets. Galatians 4 says ‘But when the fulfilment of the time came, God sent his Son.’ Hebrews describes it as being the ‘culmination of the ages’. So in the incarnation you have God coming, bringing fulfilment, answers, breakthrough. He is the Manifestation of Fulfilment. It is in the Father’s very nature that He is faithful to fulfil His Promises and so Jesus is God’s answer, Jesus embodies God’s faithfulness. He is the embodiment of fulfilment.

Jesus is the sound spoken from the Father’s lips. He is the sound of the wild fire of God’s love. He is the sound of fulfilment.

Emmaus

Fulfilment is walking next to you. But you won’t believe it until you see it. I love the story of the guys on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. They were walking filled with disappointment, downcast, thinking the promises they had believed in were over, Jesus had failed, it was all a lie. Yet Jesus, having overcome death, resurrected and living in the fulfilment of all things and was standing right next to them. Jesus began to speak and they started to hear a different sound from Heaven. As they listened to his voice their eyes opened to see Jesus face to face – the Manifestation of their desires right before them. The Fire on the voice of God burned in their hearts. It burned fulfilment and the breakthrough of Jesus into them. It burned through the dark clouds of their disappointment to bring breakthrough to their hearts. This caused them to enter into fulfilment.

There’s a different sound from Heaven ringing out. God is speaking and His voice carries the wild Fire of His love that will burn in your heart. It manifests fulfilment to the promises He has spoken. It brings the Wild Fire of breakthrough to rest in our lives so that we can say like Simeon, ‘As you have promised… now my eyes have seen…’ The face of Jesus is being revealed and is being branded into our hearts. This is causing the manifestation and release of fulfilment to the promises over our lives. Promises are going to be fulfilled right in front of our eyes.

The manifestation of fulfilment

Wesley is a guy who walked in fulfilment, a true prophet, when he walked around he brought the Wild Fire of breakthrough. He embodied fulfilment in that he walked in the accomplishments of Jesus; authority, power and lived in Christ’s breakthrough. He had an encounter with Jesus which ignited his heart with a Wild Fire – this lead him to say his now famous phrase ‘my heart was strangely warmed’. It was this fire that people gathered to see in the thousands. They climbed trees to catch a glimpse of this guy to be warned by other people that they would fall out under the power of God. Thousands would be gathered, shaking under the shadow of the Fire that Wesley carried. He truly impacted this nation. He said ‘catch on fire and others will come to see you burn’.

I believe fulfilment looks different for different people, obviously we each have promises from God that are different and will be for different areas of life.

But I believe that one of the things that is coming is the same Fire that affected Wesley. The sound of Heaven, wild bells ringing out is releasing this Wild Fire. Two guys on the road to Emmaus had an encounter with the embodiment of fulfilment and it burned a breakthrough in to their hearts. Jesus spoke and it warmed their hearts like Wesley.

So to try and summarise what God is saying here:

  • God is challenging the traditional religious ways of doing stuff that come from the business as usual type mindset.
  • Zechariah and Simeon are symbolic of this time. Zechariah responded to the new with unbelief and was silenced. Simeon lived in the anointing and responded with faith… ‘as you have promised… now my eyes have seen… which you have prepared in the sight of all nations…’ He was privileged to see something in advance of nations.
  • We are in a time of fulfilment.
  • The voice of God will speak like a fire into disappointment and discouragement.
  • Jesus is the embodiment of fulfilment and He is causing the fulfilment of promises to appear in our lives.
  • Fulfilment will burn like a wild fire in our hearts so we can walk in it.
  • Fulfilment looks like different things but one aspect of it is the fresh manifesation of the John Wesley fire.

Fulfilment is not far off, His name is Jesus and He is standing next to you. He is upholding and sustaining your life.  His Fire will encounter you with resurrection reality. God is faithful to fulfil His promises. Listen to his voice, the sound of fulfilment will burn away your disappointment and discouragement. Be one ‘who has heard’ so that you can live in fulfilment. His Words will brand your heart with breakthrough.

 

Book review: Tales from the Couch by Dave Vaughan

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I as well as many others had been encouraging Dave to write a book about his experiences and the journey he has gone on for some time now. I was very excited when Dave finally finished writing this and it doesn’t disappoint! Dave writes about his journey over his life, warts and all. He doesn’t try to make it fit a theological framework but expresses his heart.

What hits you is his vulnerability and honesty. He is not trying to persuade you of some theological belief system. Indeed it would be wrong to try and make a formula out of the experiences that Dave shares about in his book. He would not want that either, Dave says in it that it’s his journey and no one else’s.

Recently I read something by Lester Sumrall about Smith Wigglesworth’s last few years alive. He described how Smith’s ministry was not palatable, was offensive to many, was misunderstood even. Many found Smith too extreme to handle. At the time he was living, very few in the UK honoured him, forgetting the many dead raisings he had seen and the fact Smith had carried potentially the most powerful anointing to come out of the Uk in the last 100 years. What struck me about Smith’s life was the raw intensity of the Spirit that he carried, he didn’t fit the religious box, his ministry wasn’t polished, it didn’t have good PR. Despite all this he impacted the world. He was the real deal.

When reading Dave’s book you are struck by a level of rawness and reality. Dave has encountered God, he’s the real deal and his stories are not polished yet he has seen something. His book is an open doorway to encountering the
Glory to a greater degree.

We have a lot of good teaching out there, some great conferences but not many people who carry an ability to open the Body of Christ up to encounter God and bring people into a greater dimension of the Kingdom of God. That is what Dave carries and the spirit that is on his book. It has the ability to break open a new level of reality for you.

I love Dave’s honesty in his book. Sometimes too much of Christianity is about the party line and people are scared to really say what they think. Dave has never had this issue! You may not agree with all Dave says, I don’t! But that’s partly Dave’s point, he is on a journey as we all are, so go encounter God for yourself and have your own experiences. His book will definitely help open you up to a new level of encounter.

I think it does carry a spirit of reformation on it, challenging Christianity as a religion. But ultimately what you are left with is a sense of awe and wonder at a God who is bigger than we are and the religious boxes we try to fit Him in.

There’s so much more power in mystery than theology. I think that is what is at the crux of his book- mystery; mystery at a God who he has walked with over many years. You will walk away from reading it, scratching your head saying “did that really happen?” Tales from the Couch is honest, hilariously funny and filled with mystery.

Enjoy it and buy it here!

The Resting Place

imageIt’s amazing that the Bible tells us that God entered into rest in its second chapter and yet it takes us the rest of the Bible to understand what this means or how significant it is for humanity,

Humanity was born into rest in the garden. Paradise, Eden was not a place of striving or contention but of perfect peace and harmony; creation was at rest. And yet for us it was a place of authority, a place where we could govern, rule and reign over it; name the animals and tend the garden. Humanity had dominion while walking in perfect harmony with God. It was an effortless authority that came from our maker and friend and radiated from our identity… made in His image. The image of God transfigured from within our being and commanded authority. Our authority and power was not rooted in ‘doing’ but resting!

When harmony was disrupted the first thing we lost was rest. In the garden rest carried authority and power and afterwards rest was replaced with a struggle and fight to gain authority, power and land.

We lost rest but God was still in it. Since God enters into rest in Genesis 2 this is the lens we should read the rest of scripture through. When you look to God you see rest. You see harmony, peace, laughter, fun. True rest has the imprint of Glory in it – the characteristics of God. It is creative, it is full of energy, the energy like that found in laughter. Rest is alive! Rest brings strength! Burned out people are not strong and yet there is a Spirit of Might found within Rest.

Isaiah 11 talks all about the 7 fold Spirit of God. it’s interesting that it talks about it ‘resting’ on the Messiah. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him… Spirit of counsel and might. It then goes on to describe that His ‘resting place will be glorious’. So Christ was in a place of rest, filled with Glory and radiating the image of God to creation. His place of rest was filled with Might. It had the Dominion of Eden, the power bestowed to humanity in a previous age. All Jesus had to do was live in the resting place. Out of His belly sprung a fountain so powerful it impacted nations, it has swallowed us up. It is great what Bill Johnson says- that everything Jesus did, He did as a man.

Its a paradox because there is supernatural energy found when you rest in God. His rest is filled with energy, Paul talks about it when he says in Philippians 2.13 Not in your own strength, for it is God who is at work in you, energizing, creating power and desire to work for His good pleasure, satisfaction and delight. 

Remember God is at rest, (He didn’t go from resting in Genesis 2 to working hard in Philippians 2) yet He energizes, and in this is delight, pleasure and satisfaction! Sounds good to me. In Colossians 1.29 Paul talks about the superhuman energy which Christ works within him. But don’t forget the context – He is about to go on to describe the Supremacy of Christ – God is not battling away against some equally matched devil. Christ has triumphed and is SAT on a throne (and has been at rest since Genesis 2).

There is what the mystics have referred to as ‘concentration ecstasies’. I’ve heard John Crowder talk about this, and experienced it myself; where the Spirit of God causes supernatural focus and energy beyond what you would normally be able to cope with. I have experienced times of extreme busyness in the natural, inspections at work, the pressure was on, I stayed up til 4am two nights in a row, had a second inspection the next week and yet entered a place of supernatural energy and focus that I could do everything I needed to do and had enough energy to go on to do other intense stuff afterwards and not be drained.

There is creative power available, it is found in the gold vein of God’s resting place. There is healing in the rest. The desire of God’s heart is that you enter His rest.

God desires people who will be in the place of Rest so that His Heavy Glory can rest on them like dew. Jesus lived in the Resting Place and affected the region around Him. It came under His anointing, dominion, His shadow. This is the true ‘Tabernacle of David’, or ‘David’s Tent’; the Presence at rest within humanity coming to envelope our communities in His cloud. I love the fact that through the Finished Work of Christ, the ceasing of our labours, we can see whole cities come under the cloud of His Presence.

Christ upholds and sustains all things. I love the fact that the core of your being is filled with the sound of Heaven, the voice of God. You’re a Word made flesh, God prophesied you into being. You can rest in the waterfall of God’s voice singing over you. You are God’s words that stretch into another era. Your identity reaches into eternity – into the age to come. In your identity not only is there power from the Age of Eden but from the Age to Come, since you have been made with eternity in mind. Rest in your identity, who you naturally are, the natural desires of your heart and you can access the Power of the Age to come.

Beyond the Boundaries

20141119-235224-85944528.jpgThe power of Religion always tries to box you in and keep you contained within a mundane religious life. But when you let the Spirit Flow and take you for a ride, you usually end up in situations that weren’t advertised in the church notices the previous week. You go beyond the boundaries of a normal religious life into unchartered territory. It’s how the Pioneers of revival carved out something new.

Here are 3 stories about experiencing God beyond those boundaries. These stories all happened as part of normal life.

Healing commotion…

I was in Leeds city centre with a few friends and we were offering people healing, destiny words, dream interpretation etc. and a guy with a cast on his leg hobbled passed us on crutches. I ran over to him and offered to pray for his leg and he happened to be a Christian, so agreed.  He had actually broken his ankle. We put our hands on his cast and he was surprised because he felt heat on his ankle. After a couple of minutes he was able to stand on his leg; the pain began to leave. We prayed a bit more and his ankle was totally healed.  We stood there amazed at what God had just done and he walked away carrying his crutches which he didn’t need anymore.

This miracle caused a little crowd to gather round as they were interested in what was going on. Some were sceptical but one woman yelled “Here, Gary! let them pray for your back!” and pointed towards a gruff Yorkshire man who responded “No, that is a load of b*llocks woman!!” Others now stopped to see what this shouting was about and a man came forward who had pain in his hips, a slipped disc and pain in his chest. Although he had come into town without any faith he just witnessed God heal a guy on crutches and it gave him hope that maybe God could help him too. We put our hands on him and watched as the Fire of God covered his body. Every bit of pain left throughout his body, even in his back. The man stood there experiencing the healing power of Jesus in the middle of the street.

A mum with her daughter came and sat behind us to watch what was going on. The daughter’s arm was in a sling because she had been pushed over at school and cracked her elbow. Her mum asked us to pray for her elbow and as we prayed all the pain started to reduce. We prayed more and the girl started smiling for the first time. She said “Mum, all the pain has completely gone!” as she got healed.

What started as one healing spilled out to cause a healing outbreak!

Follow the Gold trail…

While we were youth workers in Llanelli our youth group had a gold dust outbreak one night in our home. The youth were covered in supernatural gold dust and got it all over their hands. It was pretty cool. The next morning I was at the church building meeting Deb, one of the leaders. I started telling her what had happened and as I was speaking a large fleck of gold appeared on my hand in front of our eyes. Deb screamed when she saw it, it was funny.

We’ve had gold dust appear after that but usually in a church or conference setting until a few years later… I was talking to some young people at work about faith, they didn’t believe in God but asked me if I had ever had a ‘spiritual experience’. Good question! So I began to tell them about the gold dust outbreak in Llanelli and described what happened and how it appeared to Deb and me. As I was talking they began to get covered in Gold dust right in front of me. One girl shouted out “I’ve got it all over me!” and she started to brush it off her jacket looking freaked out. Her friends held up their hands looking confused saying “We’ve got it too!” They all had supernatural gold dust on their hands. Not glitter, or fairy dust but the real deal. I just stood there feeling the Presence of God invade the room.

The following week people who had not been there found out what had happened and wanted to hear about it. This was where it got crazy. As I was speaking suddenly everyone could feel an intense Presence of God in the air; call it the Spirit of Revival, the Fire, a visitation, call it whatever, but all I know is that God was there in the middle of a bunch of non- believers and everyone in the room could feel it, it was heavy. Normally you would experience this Presence in conferences at Toronto etc. but here I was at work and the Glory showed up. As it got more intense one non-Christian guy spontaneously shouted out “Tell us about Jesus!! Please tell us about Jesus, Go for it!!”

This was so far out of any box I had ever experienced and I was literally like, what the heck is going to happen?! I talked more and we were all impacted by what we had
experienced.

I believe that this was a foretaste of future encounters to be had; spontaneous outbreaks of God’s Glory in our normal lives.

Shaman? I’d rather have the whack!

We were asked by some friends to meet a non-Christian friend of theirs on her lunch break because she needed some healing in her life. The night before we met her I had a dream or a vision or something that a tall white spirit was trying to get in our bedroom to attack me. I didn’t think much about it, just rebuked it and went back to sleep.

We went to meet this friend at lunch and it transpired that she had been seeing a shaman for a number of years who had been charging her a lot of money for his help. One of the things she wanted help with was to get free from a tall white spirit that would come in her room and attack her. She had become disillusioned with the shaman as he didn’t seem to be stopping the spirit.  We had a great chat with her about spiritualty and I told her that I had seen the spirit the previous night and that it couldn’t get me because of the power of Jesus. We prayed it wouldn’t attack her again. The next time we saw her, the demonic spirit hadn’t come back. She had visited the shaman again and he was surprised that she seemed  a lot better. However she informed him  that unfortunately it wasn’t anything to do with his power but her new friends who prayed in the name of Jesus and she wouldn’t be back to see him.

After this she invited us to meet a friend of hers that needed healing. So we ended up going to a Muslim home and being fed some amazing curry in the middle of Ramadan. We prayed with the family and watched as the mum was healed in front of our eyes. She cried as the Presence of God touched her.

The Wild Fire of the Holy Spirit loves the world and won’t be contained by a mundane religious life! He wants to explode out of our conferences and church meetings. Let Him take you on an adventure into the world; beyond the shores of normality, pioneering light into the darkness and releasing freedom and life.

He First…

10435502_10152702714770883_2249176338273804488_nWe hear a lot about returning to our ‘first love’; the charge given to the Ephesians in Rev 2.4 – Remember the high point from which you have fallen… and I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to recapture something which we once had at some point in our life through our own efforts, to return to the ‘heights’ in our own strength.  Try, but it is possible you will end up getting more tired out, burned out, frustrated and filled with more condemnation that you can’t rediscover your ‘first love’ than you did before.

Instead be still and know that He is God. And when you reach that place of stillness the revelation that will hit you, is that He First loved you (1 John 4.19).

So let Him encounter you with His Love FIRST!

Our ‘first Love’ is that He first loved us!
He first adored you, He first knew you and has always known you (Jer 1.5).

The first thoughts about your life? His.

He first planned out your life, He first dreamed plans to prosper you and plans for your success (Jer 29.11).

The first moments of Hope for you?

There would be no you, unless He first Hoped that you would exist!

Delight yourself in the Lord? Guess what? He first delighted Himself in the very thought of you! And when He made you He wasn’t disappointed. (Zeph 3.17)

We love singing about lifting God up and enthroning Him. I’m sorry but…  before you ever sung one worship song ‘enthroning’ God, yes, He first lifted you up and enthroned you within the Heavens. (Ephesians 2.6)

Inviting God into your heart? You came from His.

He was first with you, before you were aware of Him.

Hang on a minute… you did first believe in Him. Kidding, He obviously first believed in you, and He gave that Faith to you as a gift! (1 Corin 12.9 + Galatians 3.23-25)

Shouting His name from the roof tops? He did that a while ago (Isaiah 43.1).

But we’ve got to empty ourselves in worship you say? Great, we can get our inspiration from Christ who first Emptied Himself and became nothing, so that you could be filled with fullness of the Godhead!! (Philippians 2.7 + Colossians 2.10)

Not only is He the First born of all creation and in Him were all things created BUT in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1.15-17). He’s got it under control so let go of anxiety and rest in His Sovereignty.

He IS the First and the Last! The Alpha and Omega; The beginning and the end. Let His First Love awaken your heart to love and let His Love lift you and carry you to the heights.

 

Smith Wigglesworth and the Faith of God

In this video I discuss what the Faith of God is, a revelation that Bob Jones prophesied would hit the Body of Christ between 2010 and 2020. I filmed it sat outside the Bowland Street Mission where Smith Wigglesworth’s ministry was based for 25 years.

Rob Radosti is coming to Leeds!

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Rob Radosti will be with us on the 26th and 27th of Feb for 2 days of fun and whack!!

It will be 2 evenings sessions starting from 7.30 with worship from Emily West and Phil Moore.

Rob is an ex-satanist and both he and his wife have amazing testimonies of being set free and transformed by the Glorious Gospel! He carries the revelation of Grace and radical Joy that sets people free from depression, heaviness, labour, striving and general religion!!

Come and hear his story and be set free by having your mind renewed with revelation of who you really are. We are going to have a great time with him so come and join the fun!!

This event is FREE and will be start at 7.30pm @:
Interplay Leeds
Armley Ridge Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 3LE

Some Mighty Power

some mighty power 3I love the organic move of the Spirit! I have just been reading a book on the Azusa Street Revival while on holiday in France and was so struck by the wild fire, uncontrollable nature of it in the early days. It was not something you could fit into a box; it was wild, offensive, even embarassing at times. It was not something that was respectable and if you wanted to build a ministry you did not get involved in it.

I love reading the stories – before the baptism of the Spirit happened to William Seymour, Edward Lee – one of the early leaders, fell into trance at work and had a vision. He saw the Apostles Peter and John standing before him. They raised their hands to Heaven and began to shake under the power of God and speak in different toungues. He understood then how people filled with the Holy Ghost acted!

Before it moved to Azusa Street, people gathered together in the home of the ‘Asberrys’- friends of William Seymour. Seymour was sharing the testimony that Lee, after seeing the vision, had been baptised in the Spirit earlier that day. As Seymour recounted the story “the whole company was swept to the floor by some mighty power.” Everyone was baptised in the Spirit at once as it rushed through the room! The noise coming from their meetings from that point on regularly disrupted the neighbours and at one point so many people were gathered together, crammed, trying to get in the house to experience the Glory and whack, the porch actually collapsed! It is recorded as being ‘no quiet demonstration being full of noisy manifestations, shouting, screaming, singing with uncontrollable outbreaks of Joy’.

To many it seemed ridiculous. People could not understand and even misunderstood what was going on. Seymour had already been banned from one church for preaching about the Baptism of the Spirit and he was not looked on favourably by those with respectable ministries and churches around him. Yet those who experienced it, who set foot in the fire of God were transformed and the Glory there shook the world.

There is something about the manifestation of the Spirit and Fire of God that cannot be put in a tidy box!

(Its funny that at the time of the Azusa Street revival, guys were even arguing over prophecies about Earthquakes hitting California and whether it was God’s judgement or not then!!)

So after reading a book on the Azusa Street Revival it was a priveledge to walk into an event which could certainly be described as being filled with the Wild Fire, ‘no quiet demonstration, full of noisy manifestations, shouting, screaming, singing with uncontrollable outbreaks of Joy’!! It was the 5th and last Sloshfest in the UK. Such a Powerful few days – Hotel staff came in to the worship and wept because of the love of Jesus and then came back with their entire family the next day. Man this Gospel message brings liberty! There were restaurant staff falling out under the Hand of God as they served people and other hotel guests complaining because of the noise of the party and the fact that there were people staggering around the hotel drunk in the Holy Ghost!! We were not drunk as you suppose!

sloshfest 2There was a real sense of family as people gathered from all over the world. People shook under the Power of the Holy Spirit while others danced feeling totally liberated by the Gospel message. Others sat catching up with friends they hadn’t seen in ages in the hotel bar because this is not just about ‘revival’ but Life! This isn’t about a meeting or conference but about a lifestyle liberated and radiating the Gospel.

So as Sloshfest ends what I’m excited about is continuing to see the outbreak of His Glory in Life organically – seeing it sweep through our homes, work places, Starbucks, Mcdonalds, schools, and seeing people whacked to the floor in their kitchens!! People gathering in living rooms and porches, as in the early days of the Azusa Street revival, getting blasted by the Holy Spirit, not drunk as you suppose but shaking under the Power of God while seeing it spill out into the neighbourhoods to bring transformation to communities. From the upper room of a small house 2000 years ago, through countless, moves of the Spirit down the ages, including Azusa Street, right through to your living room today! Exciting days to live! xx