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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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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”.

Northern Glory with Stuart Watkins

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Northern Glory with Stuart Watkins | Cielo, Garforth | 7.30pm

We are excited to have Stuart Watkins with us for Northern Glory this month. Stuart has been on the leadership team of Antioch Church (a Pioneer Church) in Llanelli for many years and has a proven track record as a Prophet. He has ministered in Eastern Europe extensively, working with local churches and speaking at leader’s conferences where he has seen God work amazingly. Stuart has written a book on the prophetic which has been translated in Bulgarian.

He has incredible stories of God’s supernatural power working in his life and those around him – if you have heard story of the teenager who met the ‘Wakey wakey’ angel from the 1904 Welsh Revival – that was his daughter. This will definitely be a significant time that you don’t want to miss!

Here is a cool testimony from a conference Stuart spoke at:

‘I was taking a week of meetings in a church in Bucharest. First night while speaking I noticed a few guys in the front row looking at their hands. I stopped speaking and asked them what was going on. At first they did not really want to say but as I looked I could see oil on their hands. They looked a little surprised as this had never happened to them before. As these guys put their hands near to others the same thing began to happen – oil and also gold dust started appearing on their hands. The meetings were being streamed live over the internet around Europe, mainly to Romanian people. During a meeting a young girl called in to say as they were watching the meeting oil was running down the walls of the room they were in. “What should we do?!!” they were asking. I felt to tell them to take some of the oil put it on their hands and go outside and pray for people. This they did and reported back that people were getting healed as they prayed for them.’


northern-glory-healing-tentWe had a great time at David’s Tent over the summer!

Such a privilege to part of something so special which God is doing in the UK. We took a team down made up with some crazy radicals from Sheffield, Leeds and South Wales and ran a ministry tent during the festival. We had some amazing encounters and some remarkable miracles took place. The main thing was the tangible presence of God that people said they walked into when they came into the tent. God brought lots of people to tears and touched many people’s hearts.

Here are some testimonies from our ministry tent:

‘Dear Northern Team, my husband and I went to David’s Tent and although your prayer schedule was totally booked you still managed to fit me in. God’s presence was so mighty and real I felt so light- may I say light as a feather. I almost felt I could fly. Prior to going my right foot was swollen and the big toe was in considerable pain. I have been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for the last 27 years but whilst Fiona and Heather were praying my foot felt free of all pain and swelling- the reason I say free of swelling is because sandals I was wearing, actually had room for my foot to move without pressure and rubbing. I believe I am healed! Big thank you Northern Glory team for your dedication and commitment.’

Other healings included:  – a woman with swollen lymphs in her neck had them visibly shrink within a couple of minutes prayer, A woman’s abdominal pain was healed, someone with ligament damage had all the pain instantly go, a person with neck strain was instantly healed, back pain was healed, a person with a damaged wrist instantly healed. One woman had a locked shoulder, she couldn’t raise her arm above her head before she came in the tent and was in pain – after 5 mins of prayer there was no pain and she could put her arm fully in the air.

Many people also came for prophetic words and different people commented that there was a Spirit of Prophecy that was resting in the atmosphere over the tent. The accuracy of the words given by the team was very high. A couple came in and I instantly got the word ‘Lily of the Valley’, turned out that Lily was the girl’s name. The team were getting people’s  places of work, their actual house numbers, business ideas that people were actually involved in doing, even naming the different over seas countries that people’s children lived in.

It was pretty amazing to see God work so powerfully and touch people’s hearts.

 

 

Brexit, Trump and Troubled Times?

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‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.’ Voltaire.

I’ve grown up with certainties that we’ve taken for granted, norms which we thought would always be there – stable governments in the West, security, peace, democratic leadership in power. In the last few weeks what struck me was the fragility of it all and the fact that these norms have only been that way for 60 or so years.

In my last blog I prophesied that the Wild Winds of Change were blowing across the UK and that Big Ben would be headline news. This  happened with Big Ben and now unprecedented change has swept right across the country and Government with Brexit. We have never lived in a time like it. Some people have suggested that I prophesied Brexit, you can judge for yourself here.

Big Ben is a political sign and what I said was that God was ‘interrupting business as usual’. Without doubt his has happened within politics.

However I disagree with the reaction of some other Prophets to Brexit, either saying that God caused it in order to set us free from a demonic stronghold in the EU to see revival, or in dismissing the job-loss and threat of an economic down turn with its negative impact on communities because it is God’s will; a head in the sand, everything is going to be alright type mentality.

I believe that God’s heart is for the poor and marginalised communities, those who have already been negatively affected by Brexit because of job loss, those who will go on to lose their jobs and the 1 million people relying on food banks. He is not sacrificing these people to set us free from a demonic EU agenda. Jesus sacrificed Himself the first time for our freedom and that was enough.

Was Brexit God’s Will?

It is interesting that people will on the one hand say how Brexit was God’s will and yet defend it for being a democratic referendum where the will of the people was expressed. Whether it was the will of God or not, it was the will of the people in a democracy that voted, either in protest at the Government or for other reasons. If it was the will of the people then it is possible we made a mistake…

BUT the will of people revealed some important issues in our nation that is absolutely on the heart of God to heal- the deep divisions in our society, the fact many feel their voice is not listened to, the effects of austerity on communities. So whether God caused Brexit or not, I do believe that God makes all things work for the Good (Romans 8.28) and will use it to bring healing to our nation.

‘The One World Globalist Agenda’

Tax Collectors vs Zealots

I’ve heard many say that the reason why they approve of Brexit and Trump is because both of these things oppose the ‘One World Globalist agenda’; the idea that there are hidden forces at work in the EU and across the world to bring about a world wide demonically controlled agenda. However I think that to get sucked in to this kind of issue is to make the same mistake as the Zealots.

If there was ever a Government with a One World Globalist agenda with liberal views, extolling a false God it was with the Roman Empire. They were anti Christ enough to kill the Christ! BUT! Jesus did not confront these political issues in his day in order to walk in absolute freedom and authority. He had both ends of the political spectrum as disciples – tax collectors (Rome) and zealots (anti Rome). His mission was not political; he focused on the Kingdom.

So even when you look at revival history around the world, eg underground church in China, which started in the 90s it was not stopped or controlled by the politics of the country or the ruling spirit of communism. The Kingdom is higher than all that. The same is true of every other revival in history. In actual fact it is the other way round – underground Revival influences reform – for example from Wesley to Wilberforce.  Revival brings transformation, we don’t need political transformation to bring revival.

So I believe that Brexit did not need to happen in order for there to be revival  in the UK. We don’t need to be set free from a One World globalist agenda. That is more conspiracy and spurious prophecy than Gospel reality. Plus it doesn’t match up with my experience. We have been seeing God do amazing stuff, physical healing and people impacted by the Glory for 10 years before Brexit!

Peace through the EU

In actual fact the EU has brought peace and stability to Europe for the longest time in European history. A weakened EU caused by Brexit could bring about decreased security, increased tension, disruption and war. It could cause a domino effect of change across Europe weakening the unity and stability of the continent. All this in the face of the growing threat of Russia and ISIS.

Tribalism and Right Wing Nationalism

Brexit revealed the undercurrent of right wing nationalism and racism in our country. I believe that this is part of a global rise in ‘tribalism’, something which is also happening in the US with the popularity of Trump. This is a back lash against globalisation’s ability to chip away at a nation’s identity.

I think that the UK is in the middle of an identity crises and the US is headed that way so are turning to nationalism and tribalism. Why is this a problem? With tribalism comes fear of the ‘other’, those of a different tribe. It creates walls within society leading to ignorance, prejudice and ultimately discrimination. It lead can lead to national isolationism. I think it has the potential to affect the United States’ place as a global leader because of Trump’s desire to internalise and become insular if he gets to power.

It also creates disunity among the nations. Trump has already challenged the US’s involvement in NATO if he becomes President. (What ever you think of NATO- it is keeping Putin in check). A weakened NATO could allow Russia to creep into eastern Europe.

So with Brexit and Trump there is a weakened EU and the potential for a weakened NATO in the face of a growing threat from Russia… the EU and NATO could be further weakened still.

There is increasing support for the far right and left in Europe which would affect these issues. Marine le Pen’s right wing Front National are anti EU, would leave NATO and would want France to forge a strong relationship with Russia. Spain has the rise of the left wing with Podemos, possibly because Fascism is still in living memory for them, however Podemos is still anti EU.

Creeping Russia, opportunistic terrorists, weakened EU and NATO AND a weakened UK if Scotland leaves. In 1914 there was a bonfire created in Europe, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was the spark that lit the bonfire and caused WW1. Today 102 years later it is possible a  new bonfire is being erected with these events, awaiting a simple spark that could have devastating effects.

The Cult of Personality

In the US, UK and Russia we are seeing the rise of the cult of personality; a strong leader who manages to create a movement around himself which transcends his own party. The people who support him are often aligned to the individual leader than the party. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Corbyn  all created movements around themselves, the support of which transcends their actual political party. With Russia it’s Putin.

If successful they can be good (Civil Rights Movement) If the movement is surrounding a person with proven and trustworthy principles it can be powerful. The dangers are obvious if abused however. The accountability that the political party normally provides can be lost and weaknesses in the leader are overlooked or hidden. It is therefore open to abuse and manipulation and history has taught us that authoritarian leadership with weak accountability is a dangerous thing…

With the Labour party you are seeing an attempt for it to return to its radical roots as a labour movement with Corbyn. It is the institution vs the movement; the institution not recognising the movement and trying to stop it and yet because of the momentum, failing to do so. Corbyn and Sanders have stood for the same stuff for 30 years so their agendas are easy to see (although I’m not saying I support them. I don’t think Corbyn would make a good PM – my opinion not a prophecy).

Trump is a different kettle of fish and more concerning. Trump appears to be a demagogue, someone who will say anything to be popular and will flip flop between what he believes – (pro life, pro choice, pro life) according to whatever will make him be most popular. Time will tell. He has created a movement around himself which seems to be based on fear and fuelled by anger. He is riding the wave of tribalism with his America First ideals. His comments could be divisive, and some appear to be authoritarian in nature- “I alone can solve…”  He has advocated breaking the law – (apparently sarcastically) telling Russia to hack in to Clinton’s emails – which is a national security risk and has said he will use water boarding on terrorists and kill their families. This is against international law and Human Rights.

There is a concern with, what appears to be, the ease in which he is willing to break or change laws to get something done.

Propaganda has seemed to reappear too. With the cult of personality there is danger of mythologising the leader. Prophecy can play a part in this and has done in Christian circles with Trump.

Trump, Prophecy and Mythmaking

There have been a lot of prophecies around Trump.
The most popular are:

  • He is ‘God’s ‘trumpet’ call to America
  • A prophetic Cyrus, who will bring freedom to the Church,
  • A wrecking ball to the politically correct spirit
  • He will become a Christian when in office
  • Some just saying he is God’s choice to be the next President

The question is whether any of these actually relate to reality. There is a fine line between prophecy and fantasy. Prophetic dreams do not over rule the Gospel.

The key check is obviously the teaching of Jesus. Matthew 5: ‘You have heard that it was said eye for an eye, but I tell you turn the other cheek… love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you’ or other teaching like ‘love your neighbour as yourself and pray for those that hurt you’ or the Good Samaritan. Ignoring the Gospel opens the door to deception.

So lets take each one in turn:

Trump, God’s trumpet call to America

If Trump is a trumpet in the hand of God then that means God endorses the things he says. Look here to see if you agree (calling someone a fat pig, appearing to mock a disabled reporter, saying that Mexicans coming in the country are rapists, calling Megan Kelly a bimbo). It also suggests that God endorses the policies he would enact if elected.

Saying he would bring back water boarding ‘and worse’ and take out their families is anti Gospel, it opposes the teaching of Jesus. It is also illegal. Trump has said that the military won’t refuse his commands even if they are illegal by international standards. This sounds authoritarian. No room for loving enemies here?

A prophetic Cyrus who will set the church free 

Cyrus was the Persian King who made a decree to set the Hebrews free. It has been said Trump will do this to the church in the US. Wishful thinking? This sort of prophecy just smacks of an Old Testament narrative and makes the same mistake the Zealots made – thinking that freedom for the church will come in a political package. The underground Chinese church did not wait for political change to bring them revival.

Plus this sort of prophecy could only be proven after the election, if wrong it has serious consequences.

Trump will have a Damascus road experience while in office

Maybe he will. But you wouldn’t recommend that your daughter marry an abusive alcoholic in the hope that he becomes a Christian after the wedding. Even if someone prophesied it. That is just stupid and the risks are too great. Plus after Paul’s experience he took 10 years out before assuming any position of authority. Plus ANY leader could have a conversion experience while being President, even Clinton…

A Wrecking Ball to the Politically Correct Spirit

Is he dealing with the politically correct spirit in the USA? There is a difference between political correctness and just being nasty, is there not? Some of the comments made are not going against the politically correct spirit, but are just considered brutish by many people. Even if he is a ‘wrecking ball against the politically correct spirit’ is this even a good or helpful qualification for the office of the President? No.

Will Donald Trump make America great again?

Lets be honest, sometimes Trump is hilarious but that doesn’t mean he would be a good President or that I would trust him to carry out what he says he will do.

True prophesy reveals the heart of a good God and true prophets embody that message. For Martin Luther King, a true prophet – he embodied the message of loving his enemies. This came to be iconic and is one of the things that marks  America’s greatness.

(The Irony of American evangelicalism calling for ISIS to be bombed/ killed/ tortured – Martin Luther King the Christian would have disagreed and yet Malcolm X, the Muslim would have supported violent methods)

I’m not sure that Donald Trump is revealing the heart of a good God now, and will in all probability continue down this road if elected.

The Christian support of Trump shrouded in myth making prophesy has the potential to open a door to discrimination in the US which was shut through the life of MLK. This time it could target Muslims.

Desire for the Authentic

However what is clear to see is that there is a desire in people for something authentic. People want the real deal. They are sick of an establishment which is only interested in preserving itself. They are beginning to lose trust in it. They want leaders where what you see is what you get. People want something genuine, something radical and something real. They don’t just want this in politicians but it is what they want from the church.

The tangible Presence of God is the only thing which will quench this thirst in the world. Only love will satisfy. The world needs Pioneers and Leaders who carry the real thing; the manifest Presence of God; who can release encounters that bring love and truth, that bring the lost home; leaders who reveal the heart of a loving Father. We all want the real thing.

Prophets Shape the Future

Troubling times? Times like these have given birth to great leaders who have walked as peacemakers through the storms.

I think this is the challenge to the Prophets – to be the authentic answer in the world; to call forth a future of Hope and stability in the midst of all these challenges – Prophets who won’t just bury their heads in the sand and say everything will be OK but ones that face the issues of our day with courage.

Prophets must embody the message of love – to your neighbours and enemies; who can father the lost and father nations, Prophets that carry nations in their hearts. Prophets who have influence because of the Hope they carry, that in the midst of fear and chaos they have a Gospel which is unshakable. Prophets that know the voice of God and the power of speaking His words into difficult situations.

We need prophets, but not in the vein of the Zealots – those who have put their Hope in a political change but Prophets bearing the image of Christ, who love enemies, carry revival, who decree freedom and release transformation.

This is what I see happening and am calling for in both the UK and US. Love can shape the future, it must, creation demands it.  In troubled times the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

Healing pt 1: Be the River not the Dam

[We are in a Revolution: A total or radical change; return to a point before occupied; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed.]

Instead of being the source of the river we are often the dam.

We can inadvertently stop the Spirit moving by trying to get Him to do stuff. We get in the way of God usually when we are trying to use our gifting to bring a breakthrough! A number of years ago while we were youth workers in Llanelli, South Wales, we had seen healings regularly over a number of weeks. We had a break for Easter and came back and for the first few weeks saw absolutely nothing. After 2 weeks I started to get worried and ask “Why have the healings stopped? I thought I had a healing gift! I thought we had seen a breakthrough in Healing!” During one evening I stood back and watched what was going on. I asked God “Why are we not seeing anything?”. I was expecting some clever keys for breakthrough but instead God rebuked me. He spoke quite clearly and said “Get out of my way and let Me do it!” So I did and its not rocket science – surprisingly we saw healings occur again that night and from then on. I had got in God’s way because I thought I had got a breakthrough!

Kobus van Rensburg commented ‎”If God must do things because you performed, you put God in the box of being your servant instead of your Lord. We must come to place where we hear His voice instead of Him hearing ours.”

When we become preoccupied by our own gifting and successes our confidence comes from what we’ve seen instead of what He has done. We start to think it is down to our own efforts and become a dam to the river of life bubbling from our bellies.

I have seen several healings this week at work and in a Christian meeting and really it was easy. There was no hard intercession and speaking in tongues for a breakthrough or fasting  to change the spiritual climate. I rested in Christ’s victory, His ability to heal, His gifting, His Spirit and then with little effort they happened from the overflow. I let His victory bubble up and manifest itself.

When the Gospel is our foundation and we stand in His victory we will witness victory occur around us; we are still and come to the place of knowing He is Lord.

Philip Smith 11 Dec 2011