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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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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!

New Monasticism

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There is a bit of a debate right now as to whether God can look upon sin. Did He hide His face away from humanity when we fell? Does He still hide is face now when we sin today?

Personally I think that it is pretty obvious when you look at the life of Jesus that He didn’t just ‘look upon sinners’ but hung out with them, invited himself to their house for dinner, and actually stopped them from being condemned by the law. In Matt 11 he is even accused of being a friend of sinners. So was Jesus God or not? Jesus planted Himself at humanity’s Ground Zero, where the very heart of corrupt sin reigned. His aim was simple: restore relationship. What a thought! God comes to meet with us and the main agenda on his heart is making friends. Sin for God is a case of lost relationship with us rather than the breaking of rules.

Jesus looked into the guilty and shame filled face of humanity with compassion. He didn’t look with an ignorance fuelled anger “why are you so bad? Why are you evil? You stupid people!” but with understanding. He understood their brokenness and mess, he understands why people are so messed up more than we know ourselves. He looked at the world as sheep without a shepherd; people without help, without Fathering or direction. He saw them as family.

But he didn’t just look longing to help but powerless to do anything, He took ownership of them, He saw them as His own and became their ‘Good Shepherd.’ He brought healing; He brought redemption. He fixes us.

Jesus was a Prophet, a Seer. Jesus looked at humanity but what did He see? The Psalmist writes in Psalm 139 (AMP):

My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was being formed in the secret place,
    intricately woven as if embroidered with various colours

in the depths of the earth, a region of darkness and mystery

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    and in your book were written all the days of my life
    before one of them came to be

Jesus knows humanity inside out. He was there at the forming of creation. He’s read your book and has seen the colours that have been woven together to form your life. So when He looks at a drug addict He sees a child of destiny and inheritance. He remembers the hope and dreams with which they were created in God’s Secret Place. He sees Judas and Peter weak and lacking character and gives them responsibility and leadership. A betrayer and denier!

It is an interesting thought that when Jesus looked at humanity He didn’t see ‘rebellion, sinner, prostitute, tax collector’ but sheep without a shepherd: People needing help and leadership.

Is it possible that an evangelical overemphasis in getting people to ‘pray the prayer’ and come to a Sunday meeting once a week means we are actually missing the point? Are we still trying to get people in to make our projects look successful or are we releasing the transforming  flow of the Presence of God right into the middle of their broken situations? Jesus walked right into the middle of people’s mess with an answer; with compassion and with Power. I think that this is what the genuine Apostolic looks like. The incarnation is God’s declaration that He will be with us in the midst of our trouble. He’s not hiding His face from sinners he can’t stand but peering right at humanity with a big grin in His face saying “I’m here, I’m with you, le me sort this out”.

Today when most pastors talk about their ‘flock’ they are not talking about the local council estate filled with heroin addicts or the red light district. They are talking about their middle class church attenders. Too often churches look from behind their church walls to ‘them’; ‘the world’ and occasionally venture out to do something good. This is not incarnational and I don’t believe it’s truly Apostolic.

But if we look at Celtic Monasticism and even the history of the parish church the flock was the local community, gasp even the ‘non-christians’! They were situated right in the middle of a local community at Ground Zero. The monastic settlements would take responsibility for all people around them, whoever that may have been; ‘sinners’, prostitutes, christians; feeding them, teaching them, healing them. It was the Apostolic in operation.

When you look at the lives of people like John Wesley this is what he did. On one occasion he was told that he wouldn’t last one minute in a particular area of Liverpool, which had the worst crime stats in the country at that time, where people were regularly murdered, poverty and child abuse was rife. He took up the challenge and went there with a few others and after two years it was independently reported that the area had completely turned around.  When you see the Hebridean Revival you see the Glory of God invading the middle of a normal community, in the middle of the high street. It was reported by several different sources that people were so affected by the reality of this supernatural experience that they went to the police station and collapsed in a heap outside because they didn’t know what else to do.

What I’m seeing is the emergence of a New Monasticism. By this I mean people who are situated right in the middle of the world; either because of where they are living – council estate, suburban paradise where ever, or  because of where they work. They will see the world with the Faith of God,  seeing God’s potential and honouring their original value; the value breathed into humanity in the depths of the earth. They will be able to deliver freedom into addictions and release healing to physical illness. They will shoot joy into hopelessness.

Their homes will be in the centre of chaotic communities and yet centres of Heaven on Earth, where the tangible Presence of God will be felt by believers and non believers alike. They will be carriers of God’s Presence themselves, releasing it at work, in schools, offices, parliament. These monastic centres and Apostles will just be your everyday houses and local people and yet they will be people saturated with the Glory. The Supernatural will be normal, unusual and mystical phenomena will overflow from these places and people.

The true marker of these New Monastic Centres will be the all consuming desire and love of the Presence of God. Awe and wonder at the mysterious mystical presence of Jesus will invade everything they are about. These centres will be pure, they will overflow with purity, releasing people from the mixture and corruption of sin.

Martin Scott once said that we need ‘Fathers and Mothers who are raising up Fathers and Mothers’. These Monastic Centres and Apostles will lift people out of mess and into places of freedom and leadership.

These will be the Lighthouses and Gatekeepers of society. They will be Teachers, Social workers and politicians. There will be an invasion of the music industry. These are the New Reformers, the New Monastics. It’s not some far off dream, it is genuinely already starting to happen.

Upcoming Events

UK Tour NEW DATES

We have John Crowder with us in Leeds  on the 6th and 7th Sept 2015. The venue is Ebor Court, Skinner Street, Leeds LS1 4ND. There will be three sessions – Sun eve 7pm, Mon afternoon 2 pm and Mon eve 7pm.

You can sign up for this gathering here!

The last mystical school we did with Crowder in Sheffield was literally crazy. Ronnie O’Sullivan, Protestors, strange manifestations by the bar and Devil Costumes made for an unusual ride!

We also have Godfrey Birtill on the 18th Dec and Lucy Grimble on the 20th Nov coming to Northern Glory in the Autumn which will be amazing!! More details to follow!


 

Over the last few months we’ve been very busy!! We’ve had several Northern Glorys, we’ve been to Copenhagen to minister to a Partners in Harvest Church there and done a New Age Fair in Leeds. This has produced lots of stories and in the next blog I’m going to share some of these stories including a woman who was healed through a pillar of fire, what happened when we met a man with a spirit guide and more!

Also I’m very excited by this new book! I’ll also be doing a review of Dave Vaughan’s book ‘Tales from the Couch: Memoirs of a Drunk Monk’ which you can order here! You can read a review of it by Martin Scott here.

Be blessed X

 

True Freedom Unites

imageOver the last few years we have been discovering the times and seasons of the Gospel; that there is THE time and THE season called the New Covenant! Within this I love seeing the freedom of the Gospel coming and hitting different areas of society.

I have prophesied that this freedom would affect areas like women’s rights- this has been happening for a while now and I prophesied that there would be a film commemorating the Suffragette movement and Emeline Pankhurst’s life. This film is now in the last stages of being made – it is called Suffragette and stars Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. It will be out later this year. Related to this whole idea of honouring women was the idea that men would find increased freedom in their own life through it – I read an article Brad Pitt wrote where he honoured his wife and as I read it God spoke to me about the increased blessing he would step into; I saw that he would win an Oscar in 2014- which he did as producer of the film 12 Years a Slave.

So carrying on this theme of freedom and the honouring of humanity there are a few different things I am feeling for this year:

Freedom Unites

God is found in the union. One of the things I am seeing is that the heart of God won’t be found in division or separation. With all the events going on in the world relating to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the focus has become about freedom of speech, whereas the real issue is division vs unity. There are people with an agenda that want to breed separation through ‘us and them’ language or acts which cause division through destruction and fear. True freedom doesn’t divide, it unites. This is true with the ‘freedom of speech’ too. We have politicians sowing seeds of separation and division in the UK, and it comes from a Pharisaical or separatist spirit; people who want to draw lines along religion, race etc. But God’s heart and will is found in the union and the coming together.  This will be the litmus test for many this year! For those trying to seek out God’s heart it will be found in things where the fruit honours the union of humanity not in things which is causing division.

One of the ways this will manifest is through a movement of creativity within the music world. It will be something comparable to Britpop and will be culture creating. It will carry the sound of union, celebrating culture and drawing people together. It will act as a catalyst for gathering people together in celebration. It will tumble into the art world too and transition into more of an ‘arts movement’ which will affect the economy of the North East, as I see it coming from that area.

God loves the poor and one of the things which I think will open up is the corruption and the abuse of power where the weak are exploited and abused. This is going to hit places of authority like the Police and expose some areas of corruption. I believe that this is one of the things I am seeing; that there will be an exposing of corruption in the Police, and other places of authority, where those who should be defending the weak are doing this opposite.

This year we will also begin to see people live in the Faith of God and see demonstrations of this. We will see people move beyond their own faith to walking in God’s Faith. I do think that this year there will be displays of the raw power of God’s Faith which will show the difference between man’s efforts and the effortless power of God’s rest.

(Oh and Messi will move from Barcelona to Chelsea in the summer too)

Over the next few weeks I will be exploring this whole idea of the Faith of God, and looking at the union between heaven and earth, something which the Celtic Christians valued. Sign up to receive our blogs straight to your email too if ya fancy!

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This coming Friday Northern Glory will be in Sheffield at Woodseats Baptist Church, S8 0RF. Connect with us on Facebook to get regular updates about Northern Glory, which is a monthly event we hold in the north of England!

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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.

 

God in the World

GLORY IN THE MIDSTIsaiah 6.3 says that ‘The earth is filled with Glory.’ Jesus came to bring the revelation of how close God really is to us- Emmanuel came into the world and walked among us with an Open Heaven above Him. He is still with us now and I love the fact that the Heavens are still open.  

It was a very strange experience moving from Wales to England after experiencing something very special in Wales from 2005- 2007. God was restoring a revelation of His Glory and Presence and it was life changing. We were with Church leaders who said ‘what ever the cost, we want the Presence’ and this is what broke out- it was full of the Wild Fire, it was totally Fun and filled with Life. It broke out on the streets with healings, signs and wonders. On one occasion we were on a trip to Ireland and had a tent at a psychic fair, giving prophecies, that sort of thing, and a realm of Glory manifested like a bomb going off which encircled the tent and everything in it for about 100 metres. As you walked towards it, in the middle of the street you could feel the intensity of the Glory and random passers by could feel the Presence of God- they actually stopped and said “what ever this is I want it.” I had heard of people doing prophetic stalls in psychic fairs before but I had never heard or seen anything like this. God was showing us something new that was totally about His Presence and His Glory manifesting in the world.

Moving back to England we realised that the church was in a totally different place here. God spoke to me from Proverbs 13.12- that disappointment from the unfulfilled prophecies about revival in the 90’s had made Hope Deferred come over the Church and had made its heart ‘sick’.  People were sick of the word ‘revival’ and wanted nothing to do with it. They were sick and disillusioned with the idea of a ‘move of the Spirit’ and so many people dismissed what was happening in Wales as just a ‘Welsh thing’. I heard numerous Prophets say that England had a Spirit of Infirmity over it because of Hope Deferred which confirmed what the Lord had spoken to me about. 

Over the last few years the Lord has been speaking about there being ‘a longing fulfilled’ – and of 2012/13 being about Hope Restored and I prophesied this at the start of this year. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. There are events that happen in the natural that are truly prophetic because they reflect in the natural a Spiritual Truth about what Christ has done – and so I Prophesied in Oct last year that Andy Murray would win Wimbledon this year – as a sign of Hope Restored and a longing fulfilled. On Facebook I prophesied again at the start of Wimbledon this year that Andy Murray would win and break a 77 year ‘curse’ of Hope Deferred in Tennis. And he Won!

It’s amazing that 2000 years ago Jesus broke a curse of Hope Deferred – a hope in a coming Messiah and brought fulfillment to every blessing, every prophecy, every Hope. Jesus is Fulfillment and in His Perfect and complete timing 2000 years ago Hope came, the Heavens were Opened, and humanity experienced a visitation of Revival: He has a name- Emmanuel- God is with us. Not only did God come but we were united with Him and His victory, His Breakthrough so that we have become the fulfillment of every prophecy of Revival! Revival has been some carrot on a stick for so long and people have not realised that they have got the carrot, they’ve got the stick! The win in Wimbledon is a Sign to the UK of Christ being a Longing Fulfilled to us and that He is the fulfillment of the true Prophecies over the UK.

And so all over England now there are people who are starting to believe that God can really impact the UK and do something special for us.

Jesus was born in the middle of the world, not a palace or church building cut off from everyone else. Something was born in Wales a few years – a revelation of the Glory in the world- a manifestation of His Presence – not in a conference or church meeting but in the world. In Bethel there was an incredible manifestation of the Glory Cloud in a conference and straight after this people starting prophesying that this would happen out in the world – in schools, in the mall etc. Imagine it happening in the midst of the world here, in the market place, in the schools, in the shopping malls, before it happens in a conference. There is something about the Hebredean Revival being a forerunner; an example for this- the Glory manifesting in the middle of a community, in the middle of the world; the Glory in the midst of the people. This is what we have considered revival to be in the UK- not a conference, not a meeting but something that actually brings a real change to a community. 

But it’s not about chasing after some pie in the sky dream- it is about realising who is already with us and what we have already got. It is not about trying to twist God’s arm, its about realising and believing what He has already done and what we have got right now- that is why there is No more Delay. The Glory is already Here. Emmanuel has already come, in the midst of the people, in the market place, in the home.

On Saturday we were invited to a Muslim’s family home to pray blessing and healing over them. So we went with a revelation that the Glory of the Lord covers the whole earth and that God is with us. And so in the midst of a Muslim household, in the middle of Ramadan we released a revelation of the Glory and watched as Jesus healed the mum and moved her to tears as we prayed blessing, favour and honour over her.

God spoke to me through a dream a couple of nights ago. In the dream I was at a party in Hyde Park – the student area of Leeds and a person was telling me about something that kept occurring in their parties. He said ‘suddenly everything stops and we all feel this Presence of Love and start hugging each other because we just become aware of Love. We don’t really know why or how it happens or what it is’. And then I saw the party- suddenly everything stopped, the Presence of Love and friendship filled the room and everyone started hugging each other!  In the dream God had supernaturally brought me to the party to show me that He was moving in the world.

I read this from Martin Scott and it really resonated with what I have been seeing:

This now is the phase that has been released in this Pentecost season. It is the time for the ‘afar off’. It is not to bring them in, the conversion is for the church as much as it is for the ‘afar off’ ones. Years ago a friend from Argentina who lived through the revival there put it this way. In one of their gatherings the outpouring was so strong that a bus was ‘hit’ by the presence of God. Driver and occupants became inebriated and he could not get the bus on the right route. Round and round the building he drove. Eventually they stopped the bus and pulled them in the meeting. Salvation and great rejoicing followed. Years later, my friend, says that was the day they misunderstood the shift. God was saying loudly that he was not in the building, he was on the bus, it was time to get the bus-ticket and get on the bus!! That event puts in story-form the shift. This is not just about ‘now for mission’. It is about a total shift of sight, and the beginning of a move among the ‘afar off’ ones.

Freedom Rising

freedom risingOne of the things the Lord has been speaking to us over the last few years has been about the importance of seeing the Glory manifest in the world- in the workplace, on the street, in the market place. We have seen some cool miracles and healings happen in McDonalds and Starbucks over the last couple of weeks. My wife prayed for a girl in McDonalds and God healed her nose right there and then.  We were with our great friend Brian Jourden from Iris Ministries – as he shared some stories of the healings he has seen the atmosphere of the place changed and we felt the fire of God released in the middle of McDonalds. God wants to meet people in real life. In the middle of the ordinary, He wants to bring significance. He is changing the focus of a meeting saturated, conference heavy culture to a family centred, ordinary life which is filled with a Supernatural God. And in this way He is showing His relevance to a generation who can’t connect with church programs and models.

I was with my great friend Dave Vaughan from The New Ecstatics in Starbucks a couple of weeks ago and we were drunk in the Holy Ghost. I commented in the last blog that we had been messing around with commanding objects to stick to the walls supernaturally – we tried it this time in Starbucks with our phones and money- we commanded them to supernaturally stick to the wall and before our very eyes (and anyone else who was watching) they did – right in the middle of the coffee shop!! It was crazy and a lot of fun! God is breaking out all over the place and it is a lot of fun!

Oppression Challenged 

bird cage1 (1)I’m really excited that the media has highlighted issues like trafficking and the damage that pornography does to families a lot recently. Pornography has started to be seen in a negative light for the first time by the media. There has been countless debates on Radio 4 and documentaries on these subjects this year and I think that a mindset shift is beginning to happen where these areas are beginning to be seen as unacceptable in our society. In May equality lawyers wrote a letter to the Guardian suggesting that ‘Lads Mags’ breached equality legislation and businesses were in danger of being sued by staff and customers who were being exposed to indecent images. That is unheard of!

An area that has needed reforming is how victims of abuse are treated in court.  This year there has been legislation passed to change the way victims of trafficking are treated in court when they are giving evidence. The new legislation stops the victim from being torn apart by the defense team in front of their abuser.

I recently heard a story on Radio 4 that upset me- an 11 year old girl, the victim of trafficking in the UK, found the experience of being cross examined in court so humiliating she ran out of the court room, crying and asking for her mum while her attackers gloated. This is just plain wrong. The courts are changing the procedures so victims can give evidence on video before the trial to avoid these kind of situations. There have been high profile arrests of people involved in trafficking , which has increased the spot light on this area too. Jesus does not tolerate the oppression of women and He is bringing transformation. He is renewing minds and bringing a revelation of honour towards women.

The Presence of God is moving IN the world! This whole issue has even hit TV – I heard a debate suggesting that the next Dr Who would be a woman for the first time ever!

One thing I see happening is that as freedom is released to women to stand in their identity there will be re-balancing within relationships and marriages. As women are released from the fear and control that has held them, men will in turn find freedom released in their own mindsets and identity; freedom to be themselves. This new found freedom will catapult them into greater things as they begin to express who they were made to be more fully. I saw a quote from Brad Pitt this week that I thought was amazing. I’m telling you – there is a mindset shift happening towards women in society:

“My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her.

I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much. And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.”

And so I think that there will be greater success coming to Brad Pitt as he publicly blesses and honours his wife; not because of some yin and yan karma crap but because he has let love and freedom overtake his marriage and change mindsets of manipulation and control. This will result in greater freedom for him to be himself and the great actor he is! I’m just going to stick this out there – I prophesy he will get an academy award in 2014!

New Arts Movement 

Another thing the Lord spoke to me about at the start of the year was that there would be the start of a new arts movement in 2013. Damian Hirst was the figurehead of something new in the 90s- this has come to an end and something new will start rise in Europe this year, with a new level of creativity attached to it. It will reflect a sense of radical freedom and will also sometimes be described as chaotic; seeing beauty in the midst of chaos; beauty emerging from chaos. All I know is it will be Free!

I noticed Martin Scott prophesy about this recently. He said:
Imminently there is coming an Arts movement. There will be newspaper headlines that a new art wave has hit Europe. It will explain that this does not have one source, it did not begin in one specific place. This movement will begin in these summer months. On the back of the arts movement will come a new economic movement. It is the arts that will rebalance the economic books. Martin Scott

Be blessed!
Phil

Mystical Miracles

flyting saint

When we think about the supernatural we usually think of a miracle breaking the laws of physics. But when we consider that the laws of physics are based on the human observation of the world and are actually continually changing, as our understanding of areas like Quantum Physics expands we begin to see a God who works within the world without breaking any laws but does things we have no grid or understanding for at the moment.

I said in a previous post that when we get the mystical obsession of the Cross we will be able to handle some of the craziest miracles ever because our focus is right. As we understand Grace we begin to tap into what Jesus actually accomplished in re-creating us from the corrupt nature to restoring His image, the God Image within us- ‘For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable’ 1 Peter 1.23.

Is it possible that having been born from above as New Creations we are able to interact with the world from God’s perspective, rather than our limited human understanding of nature?

A few years ago a good friend of mine prophesied that the mystic realm was coming- a realm of the supernatural, which the Christian Mystics of old walked in that would carry with it extraordinary miracles, signs and wonders. The Christian Mystics walked in some crazy stuff- they tapped into a realm of the supernatural that was unprecedented – there is lots of documented evidence throughout church history describing saints whose bodies’ physically lit up and glowed in the Glory like St. Columba; many saints defied gravity, St John of the Cross and St. Theresa of Avila were known for this. On one occasion it is well documented that St.Theresa was lifted off the ground in front of 30 people! We actually found and visited the church where this miracle happened in Avila in Spain and there is a lot of Glory there! Other saints caused objects to levitate and even others still changed weather patterns, raised the dead, or defied death themselves.

Recently prophets like William Branham have moved in this realm- he was praying for a girl who was close to death and she was struggling with faith to be healed. He commanded the cord for the light to spin around in a circle without touching it and the girl screamed out “I believe! I believe!” and was healed!

I love the Catholic Church. They have preserved the stories and documentation of countless unbelievable miracles for many hundreds of years. They don’t actually take miracle claims lightly. They are very thorough in their research and do not claim a miracle has happened until there has been an in depth investigation with medical reports if need be. To be called a Saint in the Catholic Church you have to do at least 3 miracles- 2 alive and 1 when you’re dead. The most recent person to be recognised as a Saint is Padre Pio who lived the most extraordinary life of the supernatural. He was alive during WW2 and was known to have levitated, bi-located, gone invisible and he was the priest who made famous the stigmata. When he had been dead for 30 or more years, priests dug his body up to find that it had not decomposed – he has now become known as an ‘incorruptible saint’, one whose body hasn’t decomposed. There is a documentary about it on Youtube, where it was filmed happening and you can even see his body. There are many ‘incorruptibles’ in the Church and you can find a list of the top 10 incorruptible bodies with pictures here.

I recently watched an interview with Bobby Conner and Paul Keith Davis talking about some of the crazy supernatural things they have experienced- things like the cloud of witnesses showing up at their meetings and commanding the snow to fall in the middle of summer. I love that stuff.

For a few years we pursued the Supernatural but it’s amazing that as we have focused more on the Gospel and Christ’s Finished Work over the last few years, this ‘realm’ has become more and more a part of our normal lives. It has become accessible and has invaded the every day with a sense of wonder. Many years ago the Supernatural would have been too much to handle, because it would have taken our focus of the Cross, but now having got the Cross centralised in everything and gazing upon Him there is an effortless explosions of this Mystic Realm all around as the natural overflow of LIFE! The more we focus on the cross, the more it happens!

So here are some of the crazy miracles we have seen lately!

Objects defying gravity

pennies on wall 1When Karen and Mark Lowe stayed with us a few weeks ago they told us about some guys in Bethel commanding objects to defy gravity and stick to the wall. They had been doing it in Antioch and so we gave it a go. There is a lot of anointing on doing this and it is very fun. I commanded three pennies to stick to the wall, and my friend Dave Vaughan walked in and commanded a £1 coin to stick to the wall first time. They stayed up there for a long time and there was nothing in the natural which could have held them in place on their own. It’s a crazy thing to do in the natural but a lot of fun!

pennies on wall 2

Glowing

Countless saints have glowed when the Glory has shone out of them. Isaiah 60.2 says ‘See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.’ Isn’t it amazing that this has literally happened? There have been times where the Glory has become visible on me and glowed, so much so people have seen it! It has freaked me out but been really cool

Supernatural winds

My wife and I have felt the winds of God physically when praying for healing many times. Hebrews 1.7 says he makes ‘Angels like the winds’. When they show up often we can feel a wind on our hands or arms. The people we have prayed for can usually feel the cold wind too and then heat on their body and then are healed! Glory!

Oil and Gold dust

A couple of weeks ago I was with a friend of mine called Kris Goudie, listening to Darrell Stott speak. Darrell is a guy who has seen genuine revival in Indonesia – and moves in the supernatural like no other.  In the worship time the tips of Kris’ fingers were covered in oil! I couldn’t believe my eyes! Kris has seen some of the craziest healings in shops and in his work as he goes about his daily business.

We’ve had the Gold dust appearing on our hands, and over people we have been talking to about it for a number of years. On one occasion I was talking to a group of teenagers who were non-believers. I told them the story of when we had had Gold dust appear on my hands in our youth group in Wales. Instantly about 4 or 5 of the girls’ hands were covered in Gold and one girl had gold dust completely cover her jacket to the point she had to dust it off! They got blinged up and were freaked out!

Wheelchair Healing

Physical healing is the most common supernatural things my wife and I see. I was reminiscing with a friend about some of the crazy supernatural things we have seen together over the years. In Sheffield city centre a number of years ago, A man in a wheel chair  went passed us who couldn’t walk. Compassion hit me and I grabbed my mate to pray for this guy. The man’s friends and family that were with him said they had not seen him walk properly for 15 years, some of them had never seen him walk. We layed hands on him and commanded strength to enter his body. We stood him up and he was very weak, his legs could not hold his weight properly. As we prayed we could feel strength and virtue enter his body and suddenly from nowhere he started pacing up and down the street, striding back and forth. His friends and family could literally not believe it!! The man selling cigarette lighters next to us said “I have never seen anything like that before!!”

Knowing information and conversations

William Branham said when he got words of knowledge it was like peering over the top of a wall. I have certainly striven to see this happen to me but recently it has just happened naturally. I’ve looked at people and supernaturally known information about them. A couple of weeks ago I looked at a woman in a worship time in our house and instantly knew she had a foot infection on her right foot! She later came and embarrassingly asked for prayer for it and I told her I already knew!

It’s interesting that Jesus knew the intention of people’s hearts and the conversations people had about Him. Sometimes when I have talked to people who have issues with gossip and slander a horrible smell has manifested and I’ve known what they’ve been up to!

A number of years ago I was with James Mayers, and we asked God to speak to us the same thing at the same time. Instantly we both looked at each other and knew before we even said anything that God had spoken the same thing to the both of us. It was really strange we both just knew it. Then at the same time we both shouted out the exact same thing. We were totally amazed and were laughing for ages about it!

Rainbow comes out of hand and appears in the sky!

I was meditating on Hope and the promises of God and how the rainbow is the sign of promise; that Jesus walked in the fulfillment of God’s promises and prophecies, under the 7 fold Spirit of God (Isaiah 11) and that the Throne of God that is within us is surrounded by a rainbow (Rev 4.3 + Ezek 1.28). I was thinking that Jesus is the fulfillment of our Hope, and thinking about this being restored over the UK. As I was looking up at the sky I went into a trance, was lifted up into the sky in a vision and saw a rainbow come out of my hand like a river, was crazy! As I saw it in the vision an actual physical rainbow instantly appeared out of nowehere in the sky next to the sun! Jesus is sat at the right hand side of the Father and we are seated in Christ – where did the rainbow physically appear? On the right hand side of the sun!

Translation

A leader in our church in S. Wales was in Bulgaria on a mission trip. For a few nights in a row he was woken up at the exact same time in the night. One night he was taken into a vision where suddenly he was back in the church building in Llanelli. He was walking around, and saw that there was a gathering happening, saw what people were wearing and even saw some visitors from a church in North Wales there. When he phoned his wife back in Wales and described the scene she was freaked out! They had all had a meal in the building that night wearing those clothes with the visitors from North Wales!

Crazy Dreams

God speaks through dreams. At the top of our street in our old house in Sheffield there was a derelict building. My wife had a dream one night that she was inside the building and it had become a cafe. She saw the unusual shape of the rooms, and was inside a particular room upstairs, saw the furniture, and strange multi-coloured stair case. A few weeks later we could see that work was being done on the building and low and behold it had become a cafe! When we went for a coffee she could not believe what she was seeing- it was exactly like her dream – furniture, room layout and even the multi-coloured stairs. She had never even been in that building before! When we went to pay, on the counter was a book entitled “Customer dreams- write your dreams in this book”!! I wrote in the book and talked to the owner about mystical Christianity – he was Very interested!