Friday, 21 December 2012

The Gearbox

A picture and word given from the Father to Yvonne D for Forest Hill Community Church (18.11.2012)

While praying for FHCC I had a picture of a gearbox. (Cogs within cogs.) And I sensed a noise- the straining noise a car makes when you need to shift up a gear, but you must press the clutch and move the gear lever.

You (FHCC) are ready to move at another level, but you need to CHOOSE to engage the next gear. This is not an automatic. Let go of the fear of moving a bit faster (with less tight control).

You have gifts, spiritual gifts, available in this church, this congregation of  My people. Choose to use them. Give to, or receive from the person beside you…encouragement…..a word of Scripture...healing. Pray prophetically over your family; this city; this nation; Europe; the world. Use the spiritual gifts you’ve been given. You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll start to see more happening.

Esther 4 v 14 ....... And who knows but that you have come to this position for such a time as this?

Words similar to this: FHCC Freedom to Fly
 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

WORSHIP = Keys from heaven



There is a call to ACTIVELY, CONSCIOUSLY, PURPOSEFULLY move in deeper & reverential (holy) worship with the expectation in our spirits that keys (wisdom, knowledge, strategy) will be given to open doors/situations that have previously been locked – there is the promise of freedom from all forms of bondage or hindrances. There is a mind-set change on the way!

SEEK the LORD and HE WILL BE FOUND!

The word is based on a range of visions & scriptures from a range of people from an evening of worship in SE London on Sunday 11/11/2012 and compiled from the following visions and scriptures:
  • (YD) gathered together in outer area of Tabernacle and the Father calling us into the inner sanctuary; the holy of holies
  • (ES) many gathered together, arm in arm singing Christmas carol O Come, O Come, Emmanuel with the words “REJOICE, REJOICE, EMMANUEL – God is with us”
  • (JH) walking through a brightly lit corridor with automatic doors along the way. As walking, door upon door sprung open – no effort – not even a step change and then sky started to rain down golden keys
  • Acts 12 (5 to 10) Peter freed from prison by angel
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

FHCC: freedom to fly



I sense the Lord is saying to us as a church fellowship that we must keep focussed on the spiritual aspects of church life (prayer, fasting, worship and bible teaching) the initiatives that have been birthed (envisioned) from within or out of FHCC/H4G will begin to replicate and grow organically. Doors that have appeared closed to certain things and areas of stagnation will open and shift (start to flow personally and corporately).

We will see a distinct change in prayer activity, Malham coming of age as a worship centre and a functioning well for the community, the food bank will prosper beyond expectation and our treasure hunting will bear visible fruit. 

The input has come over the weekend of fasting, prayer and treasure hunting - from a range of people - all rather exciting when seen as a whole!

GATE OPEN – CLEAN WATER FLOWING
Monday 15/10/12 had a vision as I was drifting off to sleep.  Saw my bedroom door opening and a shaft of light shining through. It was so real that I got up as I was sure I’d turned off the lights – obviously door was closed and lights were off. With this I’ve had Psalm 118 which is all about the MERCY of God that endures but ends with, “Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord.  This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter” 

On Friday night Naomi shared about how mercy had been impressed on her and Chris shared the scripture Acts 12:10, “When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.”

Stephane had a vision on Friday night of a pool of stagnant water – the water was covered with slime/grime but clean water was sprinkling over it and it began to stir the stagnant water – ripples moved out wider - the clean water was moving the stagnant water out.

ADJUSTMENT
Paul shared about how adjusting the approach to a problem has brought about a positive result – this linked to the disciples being instructed by Jesus to “cast the net on the other side” when their catch was empty. This is the exact scripture and word that Hugh Osgood gave us a few years ago – it was at a leadership lunch with him at H4G – and if I remember correctly it was specific to breakthrough in “evangelism” and Hugh sensed that we needed a minor adjustment to realise breakthrough.

GIVING BIRTH & REPLICATION
We shared the pregnancy/birth word a while back (and gave the dates etc) – The weekend of Graham Kendrick was roughly 9 months from the word given to at Malham.

24/10/2012: had a prayer vision where I had an aerial view of a baby in a hospital cot in a hospital nursery – baby was healthy and robust looking but I saw that it had an oxygen mask on – as I looked more closely saw that the mask was an AIRLINE mask (with that yellow bag type thing) – it was attached to the air tube coming out of the sky.  As I watched this baby and consciously asking God what this was about the baby started to replicate – a new baby on either side – each in their own cots – this kept happening until the room was filled with babies in cots.  They were all in either green or yellow baby grows. I asked the Father how many there were and if this would stop – whisper in my spirit was “it’s up to you – as many as you want”

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Ocean of boundless salvation flowing for ALL



I want to encourage you - DON'T GIVE UP - keep looking for Jesus - whether on your knees, prostrate or standing - keep looking up - keep calling HIS name - whatever YOUR situation is - HE IS THERE!

My prayer is that as you read this you will somehow touch (or be touched) by the ocean of Gods love and receive a dose of the indescribable joy of knowing Christ Jesus!

Below is an old Salvation Army song that at the moment reflects what God has done AND is doing in me - feel like champagne that is just fizzing and about to burst the cork - carbonated by the Holy Spirit - wave after wave of unspeakable love, joy and peace!   

We hear over and over again about the "Tsunami wave of God bringing revival" - I am convinced that this outpouring of LOVE to individual believers and followers of Christ is the trigger for personal, corporate, local, regional and national revival.. I sense in my spirit (and from what I've experienced the last few months) - for those who want, the Father, through His Holy Spirit, is removing every obstacle so that you will have a fresh revelation of Christ Jesus and a renewal of your faith through the infilling of HIS eternal love.


Why am I convinced of God's outrageous love in this season?
Everything bad that could possibly happen has been thrown at me over the last 20 years - the enemy has tried every trick in the book to keep me getting to this place and it is only because of Christ having me by the scruff of the neck (with my consent) that HE has brought me into this remarkable place of joy. 

Christ Jesus has brought me through TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE situations from bankruptcy (loss of business & home), debt, a bigamist marriage, depression, armed robbery/assault, crippling physical pain, toxic hatred, deliverance from all sorts of filth I had walked in, shame, guilt (to name but a few) and coming to UK (returning to the land of my earthly father) on my own with two young boys and not even knowing how to change a plug!  I was more than broken - more than a shattered spirit/soul.

Christ in HIS mercy saved me from myself and began the process of transformation - showing me in concrete, tangible and practical ways how gracious, kind, generous, faithful and totally unstoppable HE is. Last year (2011) Christ revealed Himself to me in new ways (I call it my personal Emmaus Road experience) then earlier this year the scales dropped off my eyes, my heart seemed renewed and Gods expansive Agape love fell into place as a filter to every thought, word, action and prayer.  

This past weekend the floodgates of Gods’ LOVE opened and like the song below “The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave, I hear the loud call of the Mighty to Save; My faith’s growing bolder, I plunge ’neath the waters - they roll over me.”

HE never leaves us - never forsakes us - HE is so incredibly faithful. 

This song – written in the late 1800’s by William Booth (Founder of the Salvation Army) best articulates what I believe we will see in the coming days - BOUNDLESS SALVATION – NOW FLOWING FOR ALL!

O boundless salvation! deep ocean of love,
O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above,
The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free,
Now flowing for all men, come, roll over me!

My sins they are many, their stains are so deep,
And bitter the tears of remorse that I weep;
But useless is weeping; thou great crimson sea,
Thy waters can cleanse me, come, roll over me!

My tempers are fitful, my passions are strong,
They bind my poor soul and they force me to wrong;
Beneath thy blest billows deliverance I see,
O come, mighty ocean, and roll over me!

Now tossed with temptation, then haunted with fears,
My life has been joyless and useless for years;
I feel something better most surely would be
If once thy pure waters would roll over me.

O ocean of mercy, oft longing I’ve stood
On the brink of thy wonderful, life giving flood!
Once more I have reach├Ęd this soul cleansing sea,
I will not go back till it rolls over me.

The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave,
I hear the loud call of the Mighty to Save;
My faith’s growing bolder, delivered I’ll be;
I plunge ’neath the waters they roll over me.

And now, hallelujah! the rest of my days
Shall gladly be spent in promoting His praise
Who opened His bosom to pour out this sea
Of boundless salvation, of boundless salvation,
Of boundless salvation for you and for me.

Joy

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Prayer is the lifeblood of the church.

Sunday 5th August.  I am always amazed at how the Father weaves together a Sunday morning service that is centred on working together with the Holy Spirit to encourage and build up believers in Christ. The river flows with scriptures, dreams, sung worship and then corporate prayer. It really felt as if the Holy Spirit was at the door to welcome us in (as opposed to us welcoming Him in our midst) and then when heavens' choir joined our sung worship thought the roof would blow off. 

One could over-think it all but on face value - heaven broke through on Sunday morning with so much more than we could have thought or planned.  Four words were released over the church - the first being from scripture 1 Peter 1 which speaks of our heavenly inheritance and the enduring word of God ending with “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever!

Another word to the church given via a dream reinforces our commitment to pray. The words from the dream are, "Prayer is the lifeblood of the church. Satan can never cut off the blood supply to Jesus’ body. Persevere in prayer. The battle belongs to the Lord." 

Two words impressed on others and then shared addressed the need for reconciliation (forgiveness) and encouragement to wait on the Lord for breakthrough.  This remarkable divinely inspired flow was all part of the prepared "preach/teach" which aimed at a corporate prayer focussed on words, scriptures and pictures we have received since the start of the year (graphically represented - click to enlarge) and speaks to the new day, breakthrough and fresh revelation of Christ. Just love the way the Father does this!
 
As the blog writer, I'm encouraged that Eloyim through His Holy Spirit reached down from heaven to  encourage us to keep on the pathway of prayer and fasting we have established and, as Godfrey Birtell sings, "Living in the unforced rhythm of GRACE"  (YouTube version of song)

Ephesians 3: 16 to 19 - "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." 

Joy

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

PUSH


It’s time to PUSH and we need everyone- yes you as well - unity in purpose is critical!
Since May 2011 there has been a flow of pregnancy/birth/baby type dreams and prophetic words given by the Lord to five (5) different people associated with our fellowship. Last week, a national prayer group of intercessors came out with a word from the Lord that links a prayer initiative to the birth of the new season God has promised us.  Still with me?

As I read the "word" the penny dropped as in the aforementioned 5 dreams & words we've received into FHCC all have a clear line of sight link to prayer and the growing expectation of the dawning of the new day.  We praise God for what He's been doing with us as a fellowship (have you noticed the transition & changes?) and for the wonderful (miraculous?) answers to prayers.

We have seen a distinct shift in the “treasuring hunting” on the streets of Sydenham with treasure being found and BUT significantly being brought to our door!  I get seriously excited about God, the stuff HE's doing in us and on our streets with the deep sense of angelic activity that's on the go - ensuring the will of God is done.

Let the spiritual midwives say ‘yes and amen – you can do this’, catch the second wind of the Holy Spirit, bear down and Pray Until Something Happens

(see what happens when we pray - combustible prayer)

As with any natural pregnancy - dates are important so here's the list of dates of pregnancy, birth, prayer, words, dreams etc since May 2011.
  • 1 May 2011: baby dream (JW)
  • 24 December 2011: messy birth vision (BH)
  • January 2012: the new day vision/word (YD)
  • 15 January 2012: Malham – pregnant and giving birth word (AL)
  • 25 February 2012: birth in dirty conditions dream (YD)
  • 17 March 2012: pregnancy & prayer dream (MZ)
With much love and great excitement

Joy

Monday, 16 July 2012

No seasonal fruit here: it's perpetual


No seasonal fruit here: it's prepetual
In season and out: shine
In season and out: treasure to be found
In season and out: Word, work and wonders
In season and out: Knowing God and making God known 

A call for a church wide week of fasting and prayer (25 to 30 June) often sees people running for cover but God honours our paltry efforts as we voice and demonstrate our intent to journey towards finding the Father's heart and banging on the doors of heaven to unlock the healing well of salvation on which we are situated. HE responds with such love; speaks with clarity and encourages us with signs of fruit from the coming harvest.

Emerging miracle
As I bring together the seemingly random events from that week of prayer and fasting I clearly see Gods hand in the emerging cohesion in our initiatives to share the good news of Christ - in a loose and perhaps messy way our silos of "ministry" are coming down and for me as the blog writer this is the emerging miracle that emphasises the elements of many varied contributors and characters; bringing a menu of gifts and talents to create the whole. Equally inspiring is how Jesus becomes so real to those who participate in the way they are designed to do. Quite awesome really! (see also ALL are needed!) I sense it's very important for us not to see the treasure hunt in isolation - but in effect part of an emerging miracle of prayer, fasting, evangalism, discipling, Sunday fellowship/teaching and preaching coming together to give us a glimpse of how the "kingdom on earth" could/should operate.

At our Saturday morning treasure hunt (30 June) the Father prepared us through scriptures, pictures and tips that reinforced the knowledge of His presence and intent. The Father showed us that as believers we are as crystal glasses (the expensive type); gently hand washed by Christ Himself - ready to shine & indeed sparkle with His light and life. We got the sense that the Father really wanted us to feel secure and succeed and two scriptures were given as promises to us to give to those we were to meet. Treasure found (devine appointments made & kept) - there were just too many to actually mention by name as we were literally back to back with people wanting prayer (yes, just coming to the door of H4G) and finding our teasure on the streets and homes.

Isaiah 43 (16 to 21) (NKJV): ............ “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honour Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.

Psalm 30:5 (NKJV): For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

First fruit: is a very churchy word - especially in an urban modern context where we can get fruit and veg on our shelves in season and out - BUT in season and out treasure was found on our high street! Some just came to the door asking for prayer! (See also Prepare for the Spring)

The love of Christ was shared with many, prayers said, divine appointments were clearly evident AND then flowing into Sunday - three Alpha course attendees came to the morning meeting.  One gave testimony to first sign of healing in his right knee, one decided to follow Jesus and one committed to joining in with a house-group. 

A word given that day continued to highlight the Father's heart for us to shine. He has lifted our burden through the work of the cross, He strengthens us through the power of His Holy Spirit and HE calls for us to lift up our heads - for the church to arise and "as the darkness gets darker, the light will shine brighter! We must not become discouraged, frustrated and worried about missing Gods plan. Quite oppositely, we must let our roots establish themselves in this season, pushing down until they tap into the living waters of the Holy Spirit. (See also Open the doors)  

Joy

No seasonal fruit here
In season and out: shine
In season and out: treasure to be found (Treasure to be found)
In season and out: Word, work and wonders
In season and out: Knowing God and making God known