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Occupying Force

I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase I prophesied last year that ‘it’s not business as usual’. I felt it in regards to the nation and that there would be some sort of sign with Big Ben, which is some sort of political sign. It’s interesting to prophesy something and then see the phrase used to describe seemingly every major political event on the news in the UK and US since.

What does it mean for the Body of Christ for it to ‘not be business as usual’ – that’s what I’ve been asking.

Basically what I think it means is this:

Going through the motions won’t be enough to get by in this season.

Relying on previous revelation won’t be enough to sustain you in this season.

The establishment will struggle to accurately predict future events.

Previous revelation will not be helpful in looking forward because it comes from a place of certainty whereas we are living in a time where uncertainty is king. So those operating from the previous season will struggle to determine the future and see accurately. The seasons change. Our perspective will too if we allow God to challenge our current way of thinking.

So what seemed impossible previously is now possible – I mean that in terms of the natural – unelectable people suddenly rising to power (I think Boris and Jeremy will both become Prime Minister at some point) and the rise of extremes.

There are positives and negatives with this – space has opened up to be occupied, so who will occupy it? Not people who are going through the motions, living in the status quo or running on old revelation.

But it seems that the future is open for the dreamers, the risk takers and those filled with some faith.

If it is not business as usual – this means we are in a time of the unusual, the unpredictable, the uncertain, the difficult to discern. A time for unusual doors of opportunity.

Discernment is so important, I think it’s the gift for this season – it will become increasingly more valued. I mean literally people will pay a lot of money for prophets with discernment to look in to situations in business, government etc. to discern future events /trends etc. But also to discern the intention of people’s hearts.

Signs…

Something happened which was an interesting prophetic sign a couple of weeks ago. To understand it properly you need to go back to 2002 and a bunch of prophets standing outside Elland Rd, the home of Leeds UTD. Martin Scott was there along with Steve Lowton. Martin declared that something was going to happen to Leeds UTD which would be a sign to the nation. Prophetic signs from a prophetic city. Oooh Champions League victory? European Glory once again? Increased success and money? No. Bankruptcy and relegation; the exposing of debt and dodgy deals. They were forced to sell Elland Rd in 2004 and rented the stadium while the club plummeted to the bottom. And since then much has been said and written about the ‘Empire spirit’, I’ve written a couple of blogs about it too.

Then just recently Leeds got a new owner. He came in with a whole bunch of promises including saying he would buy back the ground. Fans were sceptical, others had come in with false promises saying they would buy back the ground and failed to deliver, ending up as mere stewards – looking after a land and a destiny they didn’t own. But a couple of weeks ago the new owner bought back the ground. Fans couldn’t believe it, it’s too good to be true! But no he fulfilled his promise. Repossessing the land, ownership, an occupying force once more, 13 years later.

The time of the stewards are over, those looking after a land that doesn’t belong to them and it is the time for Sons who will possess the land they have inherited.

In uncertain times there is certainty for those who are in possession of the land, the occupying force. We are in possession of an inheritance, seated in Heavenly places, hidden in Christ, high and lifted up yet rooted and grounded in his Love. There is a Heavenly Occupation happening.

We have been fully established in the inheritance of our Father by his Son. We walk on land he paid a price for us to possess. It was expensive and was brought about by his death and his resurrection. We did nothing to obtain it, he did everything while we were dead in our sin, dead in our dreams and without Hope.

The unshakeable 3 – Faith, Hope and Love are given to us as gift. They are given to us by the Rock, the stone the world rejected that became the Cornerstone. In uncertain times we have been given the gift of certainty in Christ. We have been given possession of a Rock that can’t be shaken.

Winds of Love

In uncertain times I just see Love beginning to blow through lives again, casting out fear and as it does people will begin to dream again, picking up old dreams, raising their gaze to the horizon with faith and hope once more. Their adventuring spirit and pioneering heart will return, and the spirit of God will blow through them again.

The Sons of inheritance have been given a stake in the land. It is theirs to possess. But He’s also coming to possess our hearts, He is bringing a Heavenly occupation of our hearts. He wants to be our desire, he wants our gaze too. The Lover is searching for Sons who are caught up in Awe and Wonder, whose desire drives them to adventures with the Son.

Future adventures await!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

The Pattern within Creation

the pattern within creation

Seeing the Pattern of Heaven within Creation

I love the Celtic Christians. They didn’t have the view that ‘the spiritual world is good and the natural world is bad’. This view is Gnosticism and can creep into prophetic circles so easily. Even in terms of people’s priorities – valuing weird prophetic experiences above normal relationships. It can produce a disdain towards normal life! Urrr! Can’t believe I have to drop my kids off at school when I should be engaging with Heaven… It’s actually quite weird when you think about it but yet there are lots of prophetic people out there modelling something, possibly not quite as bad as that, but similar. The early Celtic Christians valued the natural as much as the spiritual. They discovered the mystical in the mundane.

The Kingdom of God is not some airy fairy Never Never Land, which takes us away from a life we don’t like, but is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the midst of our everyday life. (Romans 14.17) Paul had encounters with the Third Heaven and yet realised that the Kingdom of God was entirely relevant to his normal life.

The Kingdom of God is the True Pattern of Creation

St. Augustine is an early church Father and is regarded as influencing much of western Christianity. Some of his teaching I don’t particularly like and would side with other Fathers of the Faith instead, with guys like Athanasius who have influenced the Eastern Church. But I do like Augustine’s view of evil- he believed that it is the ‘privation’ of good – the lack or absence of Good.

The Celtic Christians saw the Image of God embedded within the whole of creation; that the Kingdom and Glory of God is threaded through it. But there are situations in the world right now where although the Glory and Kingdom of God covers the whole earth, like in Samuel’s day, there is no widespread revelation of the Kingdom, or of the Glory. There is a lack of revelation of the Gospel, and in that lack or privation, there is darkness- war, sickness, poverty, isolation etc. The world needs the reality of the Kingdom of God, the illumination of the true pattern to life. This will uncover Peace in situations of war and hatred.

The earth is waiting in eager anticipation, in groans like labour for it to come about. The world actually wants it (Romans 8). And there are no excuses. The Christ has already come bringing with Him the pattern of the Kingdom of Heaven, this pattern is the true make up of creation. Creation has the imprint of Glory in it, the fingerprint of God carrying the pattern of His original design. This pattern is His image.

Why does Creation long for the Sons of God?

Jesus said in Matt 5 that ‘Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called Sons of God’. The Sons of God will be peacemakers on the earth. They will have authority to reveal the things hidden within the universe’s true design  – things like this Peace. Jesus understood this (it was the Word of God, that formed creation into this pattern in the first place) and so He operated in it.

Isaiah 9 prophesies about the Son of God and says that –

…He will be called… Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and of PEACE there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom…

The Celtic Saints believed that this image- the image of the Prince of Peace, is threaded through the whole cosmos.

The Sons of God are of the same pattern as the Son of God

Jesus moved in Peace while walking around 1st C. Judea. In Matt 8 the Son of God stands in the middle of a storm, surrounded by chaos, waves crashing in, the boat about to break in two, ship wreck staring them in the face. He says “Peace! Be still!”  His voice releases the pattern of the Kingdom of God and brings creation into peace and stillness.

Having authority over creation is a real area for the Sons of God to tap into and I like many others have been fascinated by this and have seen creation respond in different ways – stopping rain, causing rainbows in the sky, snow to fall or whipping up the wind. (It is fun and has genuinely happened in real life…)

Jesus walked according to the dimension of the Kingdom of Heaven, to the pattern and revelation of Glory. Within creation was the memory of Eden, and as Jesus walked around, creation could tangibly feel the resonance of that Kingdom. Through the life and death of Jesus a new chapter was opened for creation – to be set free from the bondage of decay into a new pattern of liberty and fruit. Creation was being reconfigured from Adam’s corruption to Christ’s perfection. Creation responded to Christ and where it didn’t there was trouble! When Jesus met a fig tree, it seemed to refuse His pattern and refused to produce fruit. So Jesus cursed it! Crazy!

Peace in conflict

There is another element to this pattern of Peace, it’s not just about playing with the weather but in stopping conflict in the world. There is Peace available from the Kingdom of God right now for situations within humanity – conflicts, wars, violent situations. Situations where  the pattern of the Kingdom of Heaven needs to be revealed. Creation is waiting for people with an understanding of the Supernatural power of Peace to impact regions that are ravaged by war. People with this authority can stop terrorism and civil wars.

No nation on earth has fully discovered peace. In the West we place so much emphasis on learning and education, teaching and understanding and yet there is violence, chaos, murder, etc etc going on. No country is free from it. This is true in the church too – there is the lack or privation of peace. So many teachers, so many sermons and yet churches riddled with conflict, gossip, marriages on the verge of break up, fall outs etc etc. You would think that if knowledge was the answer then we would have cracked it? Or is there something else?

Peace is better than knowledge

In Philippians 4 it talks about a peace which goes beyond, is greater than, exceeds, or transcends understanding. In the past we have seen this as ‘there is peace in the middle of chaos’ and yes that is true but at the same time it is telling us that peace has more value than understanding.

Where there is war, we don’t need more teaching and understanding, we need Peacemakers. We need those who have a revelation of their identity, that they are made in the image and pattern of the Prince of Peace, who know the authority in them, who can speak words that carry the resonance of Heaven and bring the reality of peace into situations. They will see it bubble up before them.

We don’t need more Prophets of Judgement pronouncing that in 2015 there will be doom and gloom but the Sons of God who can decree Peace and see it established in the middle of war zones; Prophets who can reveal the pattern of Heaven within creation.

Northern Glory

We had an amazing time at Northern Glory in Sheffield last Friday. The Presence of God was really strong with more physical healings happening. We ended with a fire tunnel, renamed ‘rapture tunnel’ and holy chaos ensued. The Glory was strong!

The next Northern Glory will be on the 27th Feb, in Leeds, venue tbc, with  Godfrey Birtill.

 

The Dawn of the New Age

3 wisemenThe stars revealed a mystery to astrologers many years ago. They discovered a promise hidden in the galaxies and foretold centuries previous, to a nomad called Abraham. As they looked up at the same stars they heard the echo of a voice from down the ages saying “Promises”. The fulness of time caused this promise to be fulfilled and the stars responded. The wise men looked up at an open heaven, crisp in the night and stumbled upon the birthing of the New Age. These astral lights that the Magi were studying had felt the resonance of visitation ripple across the universe. Something had come, someone was here! Incarnation.

Heaven fixed its eyes on a small town on the fringe of the Roman Empire and it became the centre of the universe. Stars moved and shifted in response. Something was up! The Government of God visited the earth  remembering this prophecy “I will bless you richly and I will give you countless descendants, as many as there are stars in the sky… ” (Gen 22.17)

Space from earth

So the stars have declared this Promise above the earth. Since the time of Abraham right through to the day of the Magi they spoke of mystery. Its light led these inquisitors on a trail following after its mystery. The mystery was a promise and a promise about a Coming New Age. An age of Fathers, of Blessing, Rest and of Grace. It is an age of union and of restored relationship, of freedom from a labour camp to the rest of unbroken companionship in a Garden. The Age of Salvation.

And dwelling on Genesis 22.17 Paul realised this Promise would only be realised by Faith. He wrote:

8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you” so those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse”. (Gal 3)

Only faith could see the fulfillment of this promise and the Dawning of the New Age. It was given through faith. Hebrews 3.19 is pretty clear – Humanity couldn’t enter the promise, they couldn’t see the filfillment of it because of their unbelief. And even when humanity mustered up some faith we put it in stone statues and idols instead of Jehova!

We had a problem. We were drowning in unbelief, covered by a curse and dying. The Promise of the New Age needed Faith. And so we waited.

And then birthed amongst animals was a gift given by the Godhead. The Gift of Faith had come. The Faith Of God. Faith that caused the completion of the Promise.

23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

The astrologers followed one star, in search of one Seed. When they found the stable they heard the cry of a new born baby and this was the sound of Heaven invading Earth. The mystery unravelled before their eyes: Immanuel. What had been hidden from previous ages was made known. They understood they were in the Presence of God. 

“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[i] meaning one person, who is Christ.” (Gal 3) One Star led to One Bright Morning Star, Jesus Christ and wisemen made in the image of the King were remembered as Kings.

Christ’s birth brought about the Dawning of a New Age. A rebirth took place for humanity and we were given what God had all along: Rest, Blessing, Family, Grace and Victory. Now that faith has come we are able to rest above the stars with the Father of Lights, High and Lifted up in the Brightness of a New Age.

It is the Age of the Children of God. A New Covenant made with the human race, discovered by Astrologers one starry night.