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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.

 

 

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Apostolic Reformation booklet

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I have just completed a booklet on the Apostolic. It looks at what the apostolic is, the difference between Old Covenant and New Covenant Apostles and what the main emphasis for the apostolic is, under the New Covenant.

It also considers what the fulfillment of the apostolic looks like and gives some modern examples where this has taken place.

If you want a free copy email me at: oiloftheovercomer@hotmail.co.uk

Be blessed!

The Spirit of Empire pt. 1

This update contains some thoughts on the Empire Spirit, and also a prophecy for the Summer- Enjoy!

The Spirit of Empire

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Spiritual maturity does not always equate to title, position and platform in the natural. In Christ’s moment of victory on the cross, he had been betrayed and denied by his followers. By all accounts he looked defeated and was treated like a blaspheming criminal! But through man’s betrayal he brought humanity’s Salvation.

God’s way of doing things does not always agree with our way of doing things and sometimes looks foolish. There is something wrong when we can have a successful church meeting without God’s Manifest Presence even being there. The Spirit of Empire causes man to build something which is at odds with the Presence. It may look good and sound wise, just like the pharasees’ expectations for the Messiah, but in the end it causes you to betray the very thing you have been waiting for.

The Empire Spirit seeks its own agenda for its own sake. In its competitiveness it will forsake the widow and orphan for the achievement of its selfish ambition. It breeds Career Christians, church promotions and gives promises of leadership titles on the grounds you serve it.

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True Sons value the Presence above all else. Consider Brother Lawrence. His book “The Practise of the Presence of God” is an international classic. The kitchen dishwasher became a literal living pilgrimage destination because of the Manifest Presence he lived in. Scripture writes that the Sons of God are led by the Spirit. His reputation was transformed from being regarded as a good washing upper to being internationally recognised as a mystic, teacher and source of wisdom. He didn’t have a strategy. He stayed whacked up in the Glory. He cared not for himself and inherited the Kingdom of God. 

(Martin Scott has taught on the Empire Spirit extensively. I highly recommend listening to or reading his material on the matter.)

Open Skies, Open Heaven:
Prophesy for the Summer 2012

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The last update  contained a decree I had written, about the forthcoming drought that had been predicted on the news and weather bulletins. I prophesied that in the Summer there would not be a drought and that the weather would reflect the truth; that we are not in a desert season or wilderness. Instead Christ has restored us to Eden. This is a truth whether we believe, see it, walk in it or even disagree with it! Believing this truth will see it manifest. Faith is the Substance of things hoped for! And so when we believe truth it becomes reality.

The week after I had prophesied “No Drought” the BBC news reported that areas in the country went from “drought to floods in a week”. It said on the 27th of April, a few days after I had prophesied, that there had been “a dramatic change in the weather in the last few days.” Two weeks later the BBC reported that the rain which had fallen in the second half of April had caused it to be the wettest April in about 50 years. It was then reported that many areas of the UK were officially drought free.

God is causing a people in the nation to rise up in faith and start to believe in a God of Wonders. God is causing His Sons to walk in Life. This Summer there will be no drought but it will be a Summer of clear blue skies and sun filled days. The rain will stop in time for the Summer and it will be marked by Joy and Hope. The open skies will reflect the Open Heavens.

Proverbs 13.12 talks about Hope Deferred causing the heart to be sick. So many people are living in disappointment and disillusionment but I prophesy that this Summer the “longing fulfilled will be a tree of life”. This will be experienced nationally.

A New Era: New Covenant Christianity

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Christianity as we know it is permanently changing before our eyes.

I heard this story relayed by a leader of the Toronto Airport Church- that in the early days of Toronto prayers like “Holy Spirit we give you permission to move” were prayed at the start of the meeting. The Glory would fall and the meeting would blow up. These prayers were prayed until God said one day – “I don’t need your permission to move!”

It got me thinking that God often moves despite us and not because of us! He blessed the meetings in Toronto but this was not an endorsement that everything they did and said was good and right. A ‘move of the Spirit,’ ‘revival’, ‘wave’ whatever you want to call it, will never be a badge of accomplishments or an endorsement that we have got it right, or that our mindsets are correct. It will never be a brownie badge for how much we have fasted and prayed to get Him to do something. The Spirit is not our badge of achievement, He is our friend! He wants you to enjoy Him in the perfect union that cost Christ everything.

God wants to do something new and different than he did in the 90s. He wants us to think beyond another Toronto Blessing or Outpouring. We have got to think differently because God is going to do and is doing something New and Amazing. It looks totally different. The New will blow the old box up! The old mindsets and ministry models are being redefined. It’s not that they were wrong; they were good for a season but they can become stumbling blocks for the ‘now’.

Jesus spoke about this:

‘To what can I compare this generation. They are like children sitting in the marketplace calling out “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.” 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon!” 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
Matthew 11.

God will not dance to the rhythm we set! He taught us to pray “Your Will be Done”! When John came he brought a message and a manifestation for a certain season. When Christ came he looked and acted differently but was anointed by the same Spirit for a new season. He ushered in the New Era. We need the Spirit of Wisdom to recognise the NEW because it won’t look anything like the old. If we don’t have wisdom we will judge the new by the old and discard it. We have done the same programs and events year after year and expected different results. Not only is this the definition of insanity, God has moved on and it’s time for change!

God is redefining Christianity before our eyes. The Kingdom of God is always advancing and so if we try to recreate or revisit something He did 20 years ago we will miss what He wants to do today! Hebrews 3.15 says “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. There is a call going out to people to recognise what God is doing TODAY. God is asking us to not harden our hearts towards the New Thing He is doing. We cannot afford to be offended by what he is doing or what it looks like. There is a blessing waiting beyond offense. Matthew 11 says: “Blessed are those who are not offended because of me.” We have lived in a season of John the Baptist; believing we are in the wilderness, as prophets called to the desert and to the hard place, to suffer and mourn but Christ is calling us to recognise we are in the New Covenant – the New Era. This is marked by Eden, paradise and Bliss: Union with Christ!

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Mike Bickel said a few years ago that God was about to do something so amazing He would redefine Christianity in a generation. The prophets have been talking about it for a while: Jason Westerfield has prophesied that we are in a time of reformation and Martin Scott has prophesied that the birthing of a whole new era is coming. Dave Vaughan of the New Ecstatics (the ministry we are associated with) had an encounter where God showed him Martin Luther pacing back and forth. In this encounter Luther was thinking these same thoughts for reformation and transformation exactly 500 years ago. Luther spent 10 years meditating on Romans and Hebrews and from this he wrote his ‘Ninety Five Theses’. He nailed this to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517 (according to one source). This marked the start of the reformation.

God is causing the current reformers to meditate and feast on the same scriptures as 500 years ago! Romans has opened up to so many in such a new way.

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I can see that the coming reformation will reveal a greater understanding of New Covenant Christianity. It will affect many areas but I’ve highlighted these 3:

  1. How we view God:

We are understanding that God is not some angry, vengeful Father but a God who is and always was Good! Jesus is the most complete representation of the Father- “when you’ve seen me…” We are moving beyond the scary, angry God found in penal substitution as God reveals more of who he is, to rediscover an older and more orthodox view of God found in the works of the early church fathers and displayed in the Christus Victor atonement theory.

We are also seeing coming to a fresh revelation of the power of the cross – and it’s implications – that God fully accomplished all things through the cross.

This is the Finished Works- that He truly defeated every foe and is seated above every principality and power (Ephesians 1.21). Christ has effortless supremacy (Colossians 1.15) and we too have been seated in Him in the Heavenly realms (Ephesians 2.6, Colossians 3). Because of this we can rest in His Finished Work rather than striving to complete something for God or battle in spiritual warfare against something we feel we need to defeat. He defeated them all, He made captivity captive! (Romans 8.37, Ephesians 1.22 and 4.8, 1 Corinthians 15.27 and 46, Colossians 2.15)

This affects everything. He is victorious and by resting in faith in Him, we will see His victory rise and manifest all around us. We don’t need to do spiritual mapping or wrestle against principalities and powers. We are called to believe the truth and strangely by resting in His victory we begin to walk in it! First as individuals, then as a company, and then to change a nation.

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2. How we view ourselves:

You no longer have a sinful nature (Romans 6) and because God has accomplished all things He has made us New Creations (2 Corinthians 5.17). God has rewired our humanity with His divinity. We are not sinners running scared of a judgemental God but are Sons adopted into His family with the same divine DNA running through our veins.

We are seated in Christ (Ephesians 2.6) and have the image of God restored on the inside of us. We have been united with Christ the King forever (Romans 6) and through this union we have access to a royal inheritance fit for gods.

The problem has been that we haven’t realised this and so have not operated from this revelation. We’ve been homeless, eating from a pig’s trough, when we could have been eating the fatted calf with our Father the King. The truth is we have the fullness of the Godhead, the Glory residing within us. We can access every spiritual blessing and gifting and have been given the fullness (Colossians 2.10).

We access all this by faith which is a gift. We did nothing to get it and our efforts to strive to attain all this are not needed (Ephesians 2.8). But all this is available as a free gift as Sons for our inheritance. We will do and see the most incredible things ever seen on earth because of what He has done (Philipians 4.13, Mark 9.23). The Gospel is built around the supernatural because He is supernatural.

3. How we view community:

Christ destroyed the Temple and rebuilt it in 3 days (Matthew 26.61) – that is you! The New Creation is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6). Because of this we no longer have to strive to go to a church building or temple. We are the Body of Christ and this transcends manmade denominations, boundaries, walls and structure.

We are seated IN CHRIST above these divisions (Ephesians 2.6). We can enjoy community and friendship wrapped up in Christ every day and all around us. This is the true Body of Christ – focused on friendship and family, rather than meetings and buildings. We are the living stones of the Church – in the world but not of it, wrapped up in love for one another, worshipping in Spirit and Truth (John 4).

In the Old Covenant people had to travel to a particular place to worship God. In the New Covenant god revealed that ‘He is with us’. He is here all the time because He resides within us! The focus on going to the Sunday morning meeting is being overtaken by a lifestyle of the Glory manifesting in our homes. Signs, wonders and the Spirit will not be contained by a building, conference or meeting but will be demonstrated by Sons and Daughters where ever they are, all the time. They know who they are because of what He has done.

People will realise they don’t have to go to church to get ‘filled up’ but will manifest a Glory that resides in their home all the time! This will cause gatherings to happen around the Presence, around the Cloud of His Glory, rather than individuals and organisations.

There will still be corporate gatherings, wider celebrations, and this may or may not be in a local congregation on a Sunday. But the focus will shift dramatically away from the maintenance of these meetings to life and family. We will also see bigger sized gatherings of the tens of thousands in stadiums .

After the visible manifestations of the Glory in Bethel, Bill Johnson commented that there would be a shift in the focus of gatherings and people would gather around the Presence. I believe that the manifest Presence will gather people together- in homes and in stadiums. 

The charismatic personalities of leaders that have drawn people together in the past will be irrelevant as people focus on the Glory rather than man.  The revelation that Church is something we are, rather than something we are trying to maintain will be caught.

Fear and control

In short the fear and control that has ruled so much within the Church  – fear that God is not on our side; fear that He will not be with us; fear He will not show up and the control that this has caused in the running of our churches and ministries will be crushed by the Spirit and Revelation of Sonship (2 Timothy 1.7, Romans 8).

Fear and control causes ‘bewitchment’ and Paul rebuked the Galatians (Galatians 3) for becoming ‘bewitched’. What we will see is the deliverance of the church from the fear and control that causes bewitchment (witchcraft) with the Spirit of Sonship.

Luther lives today!

In the next 10 years there will be books, webcasts or documents of some sort which will be written by modern day Luthers, which will be the nail in the coffin for contemporary Christianity. This is the significance of the hour we live in. God will use these articles to be so influential they will redefine Christianity and will be studied for the next few hundred years.

They won’t just be academic pieces of writing; they will carry the manifest Glory of God, they will manifest supernatural signs and wonders. And their heart cry will be the message of the Finished Works of the Gospel. I have already read some of the books that will become ‘classics’.

Honestly I can’t go back to ‘normal Christianity’. I have tried! But we have seen something New! And it is Glorious!

The underground move of God which is happening right now will overtake the norm and it is out of our control. The word ‘revival’ will be made redundant as people realise it is the normal Gospel life of a Son. One of the most exciting moments in the last few weeks for me was overhearing some ‘non Christian’ people at work talking about healing. One person was describing to his friend a healing he had experienced when I had prayed for him and how amazing it was. A few minutes later he realised I was there and turned to me and said how convinced of God’s healing power he was.

There are signs and wonders happening by the nameless and faceless all over the country. In work, on the street, in the home, over dinner, in cafes, at church meetings; God is moving out of the box. It is not by our efforts; we can’t claim this one as ours I’m afraid! But it’s by His Spirit because of the victory He won on the cross. Not by our efforts! He will not dance for us or mourn for our dirges! The Lord is doing His own thing and it is out of our control.

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God over Time

[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.]

The Gospel is the Supernatural and so we don’t need to try very hard to live a supernatural lifestyle. The Father had a plan and He watched it unfold with His children. He set it out in Genesis when He said “Let us make man in our image.” The Father understood the fall would happen and when He sent the Messiah it was not as a reaction to His plan gone wrong! The Messiah was sent as the Gateway into the Trinity. Through Christ our substitute, we were brought IN to the image of God. We are now seated in Christ, within the very image of God. We reflect His Glory and in our New Creation state, are now made in and within His image.

It all happened within His timing. He brought fulfillment to the prophetic word. Christ is fulfillment and we are now seated within Him and His timing. We can rest in fulfillment. It says in Revelation 19.10 that the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. What is His testimony? That he brought fulfillment. As we believe this testimony the New Covenant Spirit of Prophecy can be released. This Word Decrees “No More Delay” and “Fulfillment”. As this Word is established we begin to live in the reality of the synchronization of Heaven and Earth. And as this spiritual principle is established it manifests in the natural. It brings the Father’s timing in the natural and brings the natural into line with the Kingdom’s timings because Christ is the fullness and completion of time.

When we rest in completion His timing can manifest.

Recently on a journey back from Leeds on the M1 it took us 15 minutes to drive 30 miles. We were driving at 60/70 miles an hour (my wife was driving) and had just been involved in a prophetic event in a pub in Beeston. I had got about 8 Words of Knowledge for Healing and had prayed for numerous people to be healed. As we left we were chatting about the fact God had done some good stuff. I looked at the time and it was 10.42 as we joined the M1. As we left the M1 30 miles or so later after Meadowhall, the time was 10.55. We double and treble checked what time it was but even with a stop in McDonalds we got home supernaturally fast. The Spirit of Prophecy brings completion and manifests God’s timing.

The journey is much shorter than we think! We have already arrived at our destination.

Blessings,

Philip Smith, Feb 2012