Where is wisdom?

Wisdom crieth without, she uttered her voice in the streets; and in the chief place of concourse in the opening of the gates:in the city she uttered her words say: How long , ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning , and fools hate knowledge? Turn ye at my reproof,: behold I will pour out my spirit unto you ; I will make known my words unto you? Proverbs 1:20-23 KJV

It has been a strange week this last week of March 2020. The whole world continues in a state of quarantine. I have been shut in with my young adult daughter for over a week and I can only thank God for his grace and his mercy. I am not alone.

As I sit at the dining table drawing my thoughts together, I realize that this ‘shut in’ has not been new for me, neither the frenzied sharing of the word, by any means possible.

In my spirit I hear a whisper of his word here and there – ‘where is the wise man? What can our knowledge and intellect do to help us in this hour? Prior to this season many depended on wealth and stealth, but death has shown us He is no respecter of persons.

Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah the Bible says ‘let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches, but let him that glories he glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord which exercises lovingkindness, judgement and righteousness in the earth for in these things he delights’ (Jeremiah 22:24) KJV

I am comforted by the many sharing of Psalms 91 which reassures me about dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty. I am moved by the many outpourings and salvations from presidents to paupers in the streets of our many nations. Surely this is wisdom. There has been anguish and distress and unprecedented circumstances for our era -our generation, but the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Let the blood of Jesus be on your house.

I am comforted by our Father’s words :

Let not let your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid, in my Fathers house are many mansions , if it were not so , I would have told you. I have gone to prepare a place for you that where I am there ye might be also’.

My Father, doesn’t lie. He is still in control and just around the corner. In the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump we that are his (whether living or dead) shall be raised up incorruptible. 1 Corinthians 15:52. To this we hold dear.

Until he comes, we are in this storm together. We don’t have to dig here or there to find reasons for this virus; all have sinned and come short of his glory. He is sifting the chaff from the wheat and separating the sheep from the goats, but He leaves space for us to repent. He stands judge supreme. He is judges the people with loving kindness. He is merciful and long-suffering to all who call on Him in Truth. He asks that we examine our hearts, break up our fallow ground and sow no more amongst thorns.

So be wise. Let him that has an ear hear what the Spirit may be saying at a time like this .

Hosea, would say it like this

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God;
for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD:
say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously:
so will we render the calves of our lips.
3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses:
neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods:
for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely:
for mine anger is turned away from him.
5 I will be as the dew unto Israel:
he shall grow as the lily,
and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread,
and his beauty shall be as the olive tree,
and his smell as Lebanon.
7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return;
they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine:
the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols?
I have heard him, and observed him:
I am like a green fir tree.
From me is thy fruit found.
9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things?
prudent, and he shall know them?
for the ways of the LORD are right,
and the just shall walk in them:
but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Hosea 14:4 KJV

I may not reach you in person, but let us take with us the word of the Lord and return unto Him whilst it is day.

My Prayer For You is this :

May the Good Lord keep you and yours in this hour.

May you reflect and consider your ways.

May you take His words with you and return back to Him.

May you find peace and sweet rest.

Yours in His Name

Evangelist Linda J

29/3/2020

For the prisoners

My dear brothers and sisters,  

I am up early and thinking of you and thinking about prayer. As I am reflecting I realize that some people prayer walk whilst my style is to prayer write and  from a very young child.  It is a blessing to be able to to do what the Lord has called me to do and I thank him for his grace. 

It is March 25th 2020 and the whole world knows that we are in a period of lockdown. It hasn’t escaped me how that must feel for those who are already locked down, for some issue prior to the epidemic which has diverted the good plans that our God had for you.

I am writing to encourage you that whatever the situation , there is a balm in Gilead, who is Jesus. Regardless of the physical or spiritual walls that may surround us, he is able to penetrate and to set you free to soar on heaven’s heights.

This morning as I write I am praying for you and those who have ministered and watered you over this last little while. May that work not be in vain. May the Kingdom of God be realized in your environments, in your speech and in your walk and in your service. May you be a byword for good in your generation.

Many year ago, I was going through a very difficult period where my young daughter had been taken.  She was still in nappies, so you can imagine the pain of a mother’s heart.  It was as a result of manipulation, trickery and cunning, but Father was in ultimate control and his plans:  to save much people alive.   

Father promised she would return and told me that in the meantime to get on with what he has placed in my hands to do. That was the start of my international ministry if you like in 2004. It sounds grandeur, but it has been a ministry born out of pain and loss and suffering. I was unable to change my immediate situation, but putting my own needs and anguish aside, I pressed forward seeking to help others.

Let me encourage you this morning to do the same. We are not ignorant of the devils devices. I know some of you are innocent and Father knows that too- he wanted me to say. For others , whatever the situation, the Lord would want you to know that he is a merciful and forgiving God and desires to save to the uttermost.

My daughter was subsequently returned to my care in a suddenly and with vindication and it was like those 10 years did not happen. All along he remained faithful and true.  He provided financially, emotionally and spiritually for me and brought me through to the other side of glory.   I share a little bit of my personal story to encourage you. 

Can I pray for you?

Prayer 

Lord, your word says that we should let the mind that was in Christ Jesus also be in us , who took the form of a servant,  made himself of no reputation and went the way of the cross.   Lord some of your best servants remain hidden, but you see their hearts.  Some of us still don’t realize how special we are to you and remain in stupor, slumber and sleep.  Help us to wake up. 

Lord some of us have scaled the mountain with the serpent …..looking for a better way, (I just saw that in the spirit) but instead found the cold scales of justice and the noose about our necks. But…..my God, you were there waiting for us, like you waited for the thief on the cross and right up to his very last day.

Lord, in all our grandiose plans of life, that falls flat (because it was not your will for us ) let us look to you for redress, recompense and recovery. Only you are worthy to loose the seal. Lord, you are the hope of the world and we see this keenly now in our individual and collective situations.

We thank you and look to you to seeing us through.   You are more than able to finish all that you started in us, in the womb and in the womb of our nations, until the day of Jesus Christ.  

Lord we thank you because we know that it is your day and all our prayers remain in your Name and under your shed blood.    You have finished everything concerning our redemption – the victory is already ours .  Not too long from now we will see you coming through the clouds, taking us to our eternal destination and home. 

For now, my God and my Father,  we leave ourselves in your very capable hands and ask that you continue to abide with us, speak to our hearts, continue to take away any root of bitterness that we have in us , towards you or others. 

Written on behalf of the prisoners 

Evangelist Linda J UK 

25/3/2020 

March 2020

The Blood, the Body, the Lie and the Life

In this season of pestilence, peril and storm, Father is bringing to the surface all that has been deposited in us for good or for bad. I thank God for his grace.

Over the last two days he has been revealing things biological, physiological , physical and spiritual to me – things I would not have known about in the natural or would have any current interest in. As the whole world knows by now, we are in the middle of a pandemic – a state of global emergency affecting lives, livelihoods free movement and resources. It came in as a suddenly. As men respond we hear reports of the selfishness of many who are beginning to hoard and panic-buy depriving (and negatively impacting) on others. These behaviors are not new. As a world – a people – we have run to excess in the sins of the flesh and I feel that we are in pay back time. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23) who shed his blood for us

Amidst the chaos we see many amassing more than they need whilst others go wanting. Many thinking about their next meal , what they will eat and drink but eternal destination not always at the fore front of their minds. Individuals merchandise, traffic and take from others things which are not theirs but as a generation we have been doing and permitting this for decades and centuries. We say we care, but when push comes to shove many of us are superficial, selfish and partial both with the blessings God as afforded us and with our affections. We think God does not see or is asleep. When we look at the empty shelves its a reflection of our hearts and the state of mankind.

Our actions as adults affect the next generation and it starts with each one of us. We will leave a legacy for good or for bad. Luke says that we should ‘take heed to ourselves lest at anytime our hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness and the cares of this life’ (Luke 21:34). It is time for self examination and for challenging things we know not to be of God. The things which brings disease or distress to others and I speak to the Church when I say we need to do so before the bottom of our world falls out.

Our generation has become dysfunctional and diseased and and no one (as the prophet Isaiah says) cries Restore. As the Body the dysfunction begins with the state of our hearts and how we have steward or God given authority. The rottenness and decay stems from what we have allowed to creep in and what is being expelled into the atmosphere.

This morning in reflecting on our state and the desperate need for the church to rise up and lament, the Lord gave me a new angle on the lesson the life of the flesh being in the blood. He brought it through biology and showed me disease is caused by congestion of the blood.

Through illumination he showed congestion is formed by morbid waste material which then forms and rests in organs and tissues of the body….Whilst I am not a medical expert my spiritual antennae went up and I immediately saw the significant relevance for the Body of Christ. Those of you reading who may be medical professionals will perhaps posit it better than I but know that when blood is thickened and surcharged with imperfect metabolic products, it is unable to pass freely through certain parts of the body. The congestion and concealment of the blood in organs and tissues, produces engorgement. When this happens it impact and impede perfect health and well-being. Such a condition interferes with the free and natural functioning of the whole or on that particular part.

I believe the condition we are seeing on the physical realm, is what is happening on the spiritual realm. If I have learned anything over the years it is this what happens on the physical is something that has taken place on the spiritual realm first and therefore as a Body we are very late in our discernment and our response.

The Lord has been speaking to me and showing me a number of things through this present darkness and crisis and what the issues are.

Two nights ago, he gave me a word about Edom. The Edomites stemmed from Esau. Esau (as we know) did not give a blood sacrifice, but sold his birthright for a bowl of soup to his brother Jacob (see Genesis 25 for the story). As was then (and as is now) the Lord is showing that we have traded spiritual things for fleshy things.

The HolySpirit is that it is this transaction that is impacting and leading to our eventual destruction and we need to repent. He is showing that we are gorging and taking in more than what the Body needs and that as a result the Body has become sick. He is speaking about the need for the church to get back to the heart of fasting and prayer in particular. There is something in the art of fasting that will bring the Body back into equilibrium and will help us (the Body ) focus on what really matters. The Life of the flesh is in the spotless lamb and shed Blood of Jesus, a covenant purchased without money’s and without price. In a series of revelations , Father showed that the Body is struggling to eliminate and dispose of the surplus ie the unnecessary things we have accumulated. We have become engorged. He is saying healing (individual and corporate)is dependent on realignment and adjustments of lifestyle and habits. Survival from this and any other disease is dependent on the state of our hearts .

We need to go back to basic to do some spring cleaning, (consecration) and allow the breath of the Holy Spirit to work, through us and in us and amongst us. Some of us (he is showing) are out of place, getting in the way and causing blockages in and to the Body. The blood is driven by the heart traveling on the right side through many parts to nourish and strengthen . On its return journey, the blood becomes dull when laden down with waste material. The body needs the blood to be aerated by oxygen and subsequently purified, to then travel back to on its mission of life to all parts of the system.

We need to take heed what the spirit is saying to the churches. The world needs the church functioning and in good working order to do the work which Jesus left for us to do. Excess food in the Body, surfeiting and merchandising, is resulting in blockages. The Lord is showing that there is plenty food being given but it is not/cannot be properly digested . He is showing that his children remain in infantlike state, in chains and in much distress and there is few in hand to help or many of the responses inappropriate.

The Bible says strong meat belongs to those who have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14) . May speak truth always regardless, may we be willing to hear and listen well.

Evangelist Linda J

21/3/2020

Call the Anaesthetist..!!!

It is March 2020 the whole country in the UK (as are many of the major world’s nations) are preparing to go in lock down because of the health crisis now known as Covid-19. Some people had been in period of 40 days fasting (prior to the crisis) others embracing a three day Esther fast within this and as a result of the same. I have joined the ranks and know my place, but if I am honest I am struggling here and there. I am self isolating at home and every now and again a sense of despair overwhelms me. Yes I am flesh and blood too..!! This however happens to me when I go into fasting. I think they call it a humbling of the soul? I am very tearful. I don’t cry as a rule but I am picking up Father’s heart (here and there) and also the desperation that many may be feeling.

I need a word from Father.

Whenever I think that God has not spoken to me for a while, I realize how I quickly forget that he has … and that he speaks most days. We just don’t listen well. He is an ever present help and I just need to be still and know that he is God.

It is with some joy that I write this piece today and I make no apology. I write.. that is what I have been called to do. Father speaks through my pen and as I write I too am learning. What better time to write than now..? Interestingly being set apart from the crowd is not new for me and the irony of that in this hour, doesn’t escape me, but don’t hold me to that…. I also love to be at the centre and heart of the matter and importantly doing my Father’ will.

The Lord gave me a word last Friday night when he prompted me to go ask a dear minister to pray for me. I had been invited (at the last minute) to a meeting. I didnt have a clue what the event was about, but I had wanted to get out and to mix – it was Friday night after all!!

The man (not the main speaker) spoke about holiness. He had such grace and humility (poise, heart and posture). One just knew he knew the Lord. He explained that in his employment years, he had been an anaethestist . At the end of his gentle preach, there had been an altar call and I felt the smile and the push from the Holy Ghost, to go ask him to lay hands on me and to pray for me. I was almost giggling. This is me and my Father: What is it Lord? Why? I didn’t get an answer. I think the gentleman was also bemused. He prayed for me and I heard confirmation of things Father had said to me before.

This morning (with much time on my hands to reflect , my travel plans to Isarel cancelled due to CoV) , I say to the Lord , “Lord , there is something more about what you instructed last week about that man the anesthetist – just know. The Lord prompts me to look up the word and skill of this profession.

Eureka!!!!! Here is the Word.

Let me first explain that my call as an evangelist was given to me in 2004. I didn’t just suddenly decide, neither did I know at the time there were callings. God himself ordained me audibly in the night. It was a beautiful ceremony. I went out and did. Father has chided me recently for becoming too complacent and sitting on my gifting. I have become battle weary at times and the atmosphere has been hard. I have always said (when explaining my particularly idiosyncrasies ie how one goes about things – our unique identity in our gifting area )that as an evangelist, I go for the jugular… I sort of sense when to put the needle in.. so to speak. Well today, in this word, I feel the the Lord beautifully explains what I have been doing and how some aspects of the evangelist, accords with that of the anaethetist…Listen up.

I am helped by an anonymized piece on the internet (which I want to give credit to ) but will summarize heavily here. I have copied the link at the bottom of this piece so you can review the full article yourself there and see that the word is genuine and authentic and that I haven’t made it up.

The first thing the author says that as an anaethetist you have to get used to being invisible……a large part of the public has no idea that they are qualified to do what they do… An anaesthetist is everywhere in an hospital particularly intensive care and the pain clinic ie with those who are really suffering. The anaethetist assesses peoples fitness for surgery, how likely they are to suffer complications. The anaethetist supports the individual not only at the pre operative but through the post operative period. The author says that anesthesia is a very safety oriented speciality, leading the way in reducing patient harm looking at human factors and reporting ‘near misses’. Anaethetics draw ideas from aviation….. and other high reliability industries on how a team functions effectively. He says , they are key in trying to flatten the hierarchy in a theatre….. so that the least qualified can raise concerns without feeling intimidated. He adds, the outlook for patients who suffer complications after surgery, is determined , not by the presence of complication, but how quickly it is picked up and dealth with. The anaesthetist deals with one person at a time, sensitive to heart beat and blood pressure and imminent crisis.

Finally (and I quote) , ‘Every anesthetic has a secret weapon when working in the operating theatre

We all make up parts of the Body; we have to know and find our place and how to use our gifting. Those of you who have the eyes of a seer or revelation knowledge will pick up what the Holy Spirit is seeking to convey in your unique area of call . I see clearly the role of the evangelist in this piece and I find it exciting how Father speaks to us and in this season. As is clear from the article , some of the work is behind the scenes, but some of the work is in the heart of the hospital(think broad church…- the author actually uses this word..) in the theatre and on the wards.

For me, the anaethetist plays an important role and is at the fore front of the operation and has to work together with others in the theatre. The anesthetist gets the patient ready to receive and so that the diseased part can be taken away by the surgeon who is Jesus. I see the equivalent of the role in deliverance ministry and we know that this takes time in prep and follow up and we have much more to learn as a Body in this regard.

Essentially we are workers together with him and all called to go and many to do the work of and make full proof our ministries.

The evangelist (as is other ministry calls) is energized and gifted by the Holy Spirit, preparing the ground work for the surgeon. Significantly the minister (like the anesthetist) knows which tools he or she needs at any one time ie when there is a need for sensitive and urgent response or delivery.

Most importantly… the evangelist is sensitive to the sound of the alarm and works with the surgeon to save and preserve the Body.

In writing this piece today, I am sounding the alarm.

Father’s richest blessing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/12/secret-life-anaesthetist-surgery-doctor

Linda J UK

20/3/2020

For a time like this

Buenos días

Dios no nos ha dado un espíritu de miedo sino de poder, de amor y una mente sana. Dos noches ahora he soñado 3 sueños, es decir, estoy sirviendo a una habitación llena de personas. Esto no es nuevo para mí. Sé quién soy y qué he sido llamado a hacer y lo estoy haciendo. Gloria a Dios.

Deja que Dios se levante y nuestros enemigos se dispersen.

Hoy, el Señor me anima a seguir animándote con la palabra en nuestra peculiar temporada de “bloqueo” *. Primero, doy gracias a Dios por todas sus vidas y mi oración hoy es que sea un vencedor en cualquier situación en la que se encuentre.

Estamos pasando juntos por una temporada y una razón. Aquí es donde lo que ha sido depositado en nosotros (bueno o malo) saldrá a la superficie. Quiero alentarlo a que revise y reflexione sobre su altar. Para tratar de limpiar la basura y comenzar a hacer los cambios que sean necesarios. Acércate a Dios y él se acercará a ti.

Durante meses, nos comunicamos principalmente en WhatsApp y hemos inventado nuestras propias reglas sobre lo que es aceptable y lo que no. Incluso en eso somos inconsistentes. Nos encanta gobernar y reinar como lo creamos conveniente, a veces incluso silenciando el espíritu y la intención de Dios de trabajar entre su pueblo. Estas cosas no son nuevas y debemos ser sabios y pedirle a Dios mayor sabiduría y comprensión. Proteja nuestros corazones con toda diligencia porque fuera de eso están los problemas de la vida. Tenga cuidado con lo que escuchamos y con lo que acordamos.

Creo que el Señor nos está mostrando cuán lejos hemos caído. Cómo hemos cambiado las cosas del espíritu por pottage, es decir, las cosas de la carne. Está mostrando el valor de las conexiones interpersonales de carne y hueso y la necesidad de volver a la koinonia con él y con los demás. Mi madre del Caribe solía decir “no sabes lo bueno de una cosa hasta que desaparece”. Ahora que nos dicen que no deberíamos encontrarnos, el deseo de hacerlo (y con esos seres de amor distantes) surge a la superficie. Hay una sensación de pérdida. Podemos ver cuán lejos hemos caído y en qué estado se encuentra realmente nuestro mundo.

En un momento como este, ¿qué podemos hacer? Mi palabra para ti es mirar hacia arriba y hacia afuera. Ora, alaba y adora, levanta tus faldas y baila. Trae alegría a alguien más. Ríete del plan y las tácticas del enemigo. Sigue compartiendo la palabra. No dejes de hablarlo o citarlo. Déjalo salir como play doh. Hace muchos años era parte de un grupo, solíamos compartir la palabra cada vez que hablamos, se volvió natural. No fue visto como un delito. Fue lo que había en nosotros, lo que salió. Fuimos fuertes e hicimos grandes cosas juntos y vimos que la mano de Dios se movía.

No dejes que nadie te diga que no compartas la palabra de Dios 😳. Ahí es donde reside nuestra fuerza. Todo lo demás hecho por el hombre, orquestado, procesado y falso … simplemente se desvanecerá como una nube de humo, solo mira y ve.

Recuerde “Nuestro Dios, Jehová es poderoso, él gobierna para siempre”

Cierro con la Palabra: aquellos que conocen a su Dios serán fuertes y realizarán hazañas poderosas.

La bendición más rica del padre

Evangelista Linda J UK

16/3/2020

A word : written for a time like this

Good morning

God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and a sound mind. Two nights now I’ve dreamt 3 dreams ie that I am serving a room full people. This is not new to me. I know who I am and what I have been called to do and am doing it .. Glory to God!

Let God arise and our enemies be scattered.

Today, the Lord encourages me to continue to encourage you with the word in our peculiar season of ‘lock down’* . First, I give God thanks for all your lives and my prayer to day is for you to be an overcomer in whatever situation you have found yourself.

We are passing this way together for a season and for a reason. This is where what has been deposited in us (good or bad) will come to the surface. I want to encourage you to review and reflect on your altar. To seek to clear out the garbage and start making the changes that are necessary. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.

For months even years we communicate in the main on WhatsApp and have invented our own rules what is acceptable and what is not. Even in this we are inconsistent. We love to rule and reign how we see fit sometimes even silencing the spirit and intent of God to work amongst his people. These things are not new and we need to be wise and ask God for increased wisdom and understanding. The enemy is seeking to silence the voice , the word and work of God amongst us. Many are blind to it. We need to guard our hearts with all diligence because out of it are the issues of life. Be careful what we hear and what we give agreement to.

I believe in this season the Lord is showing us how far we have fallen. How we have traded the things of the spirit for pottage ie the things of the flesh. He is showing the value of interpersonal flesh and blood covenants and connections and the need to return to true koinonia with him and with spirit filled others. My Carribean mum used to say ‘you don’t know the good of a thing until it is gone’. It is interesting that now that we are being told we shouldn’t meet, the desire to do so (and with those distant love ones) rises to the surface. There is a sense of loss. Through it we can see how far we have fallen and what a state we and our world is actually in.

At a time like this what can we do ? My word to you is look inwards first (how far have I fallen) but don’t stay there, look upwards to Him (for forgiveness and grace ) and then outwards to others. Pray, praise and worship. Lift up your skirts and dance. Bring joy to someone else.

Laugh at the plan and ploys of the enemy. He can’t shut us up. Keep sharing the word. Don’t stop speaking it, or quoting it. Let it ooze out of you like play doh!! Many years ago I was part of a Christian group, we used to share the word whenever we spoke, it became natural our necessary food . It wasn’t seen as an offence. It was what was in us, that came out. We didn’t orchestrate or make it up. We were strong and did great things together and saw God’s hand move.

Don’t let anyone tell you not to share the word of God 😳. That is where our strength lies. Everything else that is man made, orchestrated, processed and false… will simply fall away like a puff of smoke – just you watch and see.

Remember “Our God, Jehovah is mighty, he rules for evermore”

I close with the Word ‘those who know their God will be strong and do mighty exploits.

Father’s richest blessing

Evangelist Linda J UK

16/3/2020

* I wrote a word 2 years ago about ‘the deadlock’ that is also worthy of review at this point I believe.

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Quarantined

I am writing this the 3rd week of March in the year of our Lord 2020. The whole world is dealing with mass hysteria caused by the media reports of the virus known as Covid-19. There have been aspersions about certain groups, their life style culture and cleanliness and whether measures that have been taken by some states to safeguard are justifiable, reasonable or appropriate. A number of countries have decided to put controls over the coming and goings including closing their gates and putting many in quarantine.

I am reflecting on this and with my evening last night where I shared a word with our youth group. My topic was the deception in the garden by the serpent resulting in the ‘ virus’ of sin coming into the DNA of the human race. The consequence of disobeying instruction was alienation and separation from God and God putting measures in to protect the garden by stationing angels at the gate banishing Adam and Eve from same. God had placed Adam and Eve in heavenly safe surroundings. He gave them rulership over everything and sought to protect them from divine laws ie the soul that sins it will die. Sadly, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life got the better of them, they disobeyed God which led to their inevitable downfall.

As was then, anything that threatens the welfare, life or livelihood of a person, or community or nation must be dealt with both on the spiritual level, on a physical and on a national level.

There have been many theories of where the virus emnates ie whether it is retribution, an act of God or man made. For me, it doesn’t have God’s finger print he would not use man made tools to make a point, (his ways are higher than ours) . That said, I can see that the situation will eventually turn out for our good and for the good of his eternal kingdom and the penny may drop. If Covid 19 is the thing that makes us take stock of our lives, our eternal destination and not how many loo rolls we need…. then so be it.

Amidst the mayhem I have a message and it is for the Body of Christ and across the nations and it is this:

All praises be to God, we are already quarantined and we need not fear. He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty . Use 91 against 19 and trust Him.

We are already a separated people, a peculiar people, a holy nation – made to show forth his praises of the one who called us out of darkness into marvelous light. Our lives are hidden in Christ and in God and Christ has already won the battle when he reconciled us back to God.

Wherever we are hidden, or out of sight, in the prisons or in hospital beds, we can be confident that he will deliver us from the snare of the fowler . Our names are written in the palm of his hands and we remain the apple of his eye.

Governments, rulers and nations may strategise, shake or quake, but keep your eyes fixed on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith.

Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might and be anxious for nothing.

Know that we have an advocate , an high priest who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities and He knows your name. It was He who broke the deadlock of sin and the grave and we know that we are victorious.

Jesus has interceded for us and will give us the grace to withstand this and every storm whilst we are here on this earth. Whether there is cunning in the dispersion of this disease, his words says that no weapon that has been formed against us shall prosper.

Trust and remain steadfast and immovable in your faith and with whom we will soon have much to do.

In the midst of the noise and pestilence let your mantra be, ‘death where is thy sting, grave where is thy victory’. Remain quarantined in Him.

Your sister in Christ

Linda J

UK

14/3/2020

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES LUKE 16

Praise ye the Lord Jesus Christ – we thank God for a new day to give him praise, glory, honor and worship. Today I am reviewing Luke 16 which covers many major topics that of stewardship, faithfulness, pressing in, and the Word of God. It is the pressing in at verse 16 that I want to concentrate on, in this review.

Hayford helps us to see that ‘Jesus’ declaration of the kingdom of God coming into being will be (among others things) as a result of ‘pressing in and pursuit’.* This pressing in, will require effort and passion to bring the kingdom into being. We have to ‘pursue’ kingdom through prayer ie wrestling with demonic strongholds (not by self, but by the power of the Holy Ghost) and having great passion, (deep longing and expectation) of seeing the manifestation of heaven coming to earth in our midst.

Heaven Touching earth, is our mission statement for this 2020 year, as a church. Last night, we stood together in prayer in our little corner of the universe (Normanton, Derby) standing in line looking up and out, with great expectation, but there is so much more pressing in to do. Our postures also must change.

What we are not holding onto or inviting is ‘flesh’ or flesh works to see the kingdom of God come’; God knows we have had our fill … but we are waiting on the true manner from heaven to feed our souls.

The need of the hour is men and women baptized in the Holy Ghost, operating in the spirit of God, tried in the fire (brokenness and intimacy with Him) . This anointing will then be the conduit in us, that will break generational yokes (slavery, addictive tendencies, murder, slander and oppression) and work towards setting captives free.

As I prayed last night: ‘it is not by might nor by power, but only by his holy spirit’ which will do it, but we still have to do our bit. It is the pressing in that will produce the power and the ignition we need to bring heaven down. It is the pressing in that will produce that anointed word from the Lord, enabling divine changes to be made in our current sorry world.

We press in by times of devotion, prayer and supplication and times of fasting. Oh if we would only just posture, press in and push when we meet corporately and in our individual prayer times, something would happen. It is really up to each and every one of us.

As the rest of chapter 16 covers, Father is relying on our faithfulness (turning up), the proper use of our gifts and callings, to continue in an effective co-ownership role with him. He has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him Head over all things for our… (the church collective) ‘s (sic) benefit’ (Ephesians 1:15-23). What a glorious inheritance we have!! Will you take advantage ? Will you press? Will you push?

The Apostle Paul declared that he ‘presses to the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). There is a high calling for each and everyone of us and that higher calling, (I have found) and as others are finding … is not in pulpits, palaces or professions, nor in titles or roles, but in the love of Christ alone.

PRAYER

I wrote this prayer last evening for you as the church and may it sit well with this devotion above written the next day ❤️

Father, we thank you because you prayed for us in the garden and we know we are already covered by your grace. As we continue to walk worthy of the vocation you have called each and everyone of us into, we pray like brother Paul that you will give us complete gnosis – complete knowledge of your will. Give us spiritual wisdom and understanding to walk this walk of faith and increase this in us more and more.

Thank you for our current placing and placements, our families, our loved ones, our leaders and roles and occupations, but we want more of you.

We desire that the way we live, talk, serve and behave towards each other will be pleasing in your sight and producing good and much fruit. Give us passion, compassion and compulsion to press into your manifold blessing and for lost souls. As we come in and out of your temple, as we open and close your book , may we grow in grace and understand you more and more.

Strengthen us with might and your glorious working power, so that the world can know you as the one true God. Fill us with laughter and joy , always with arms up lifted in thanksgiving and praise. Make us ever able and willing to share the good news and the inheritance that belongs to those have have chosen light over darkness.

Keep flooding us with light – let us be known as the people that know their God and doing mighty exploits. Let us be known for people who represent true holiness, righteousness and peace.

Thank you for placing us far above principalities and powers and raising us from the dead – made possible by the life, death and resurrection of our sinless brother, Jesus Christ.

Help us to work with you, in concert and in unity, and to respect your Body.

We leave ourselves open this day into your hands, trusting you for change and renewal, every day of our lives and until we come to your complete fullness in us, which is the anointing of the Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed hope of glory.

Written by Evangelist Linda J

28/2/2020. – review of scripture written by same 29/2/2020

*New Spirit Filled Life Bible – exited by Jack W Hayford New King James Version

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES LUKE 15

I am at home waiting on the Lord and reading. We are still together and reading through the New Testament…? It is the 27th February 2020 in the year of our Lord and according to my timetable I believe the church is on Luke 15. I dont know what I want to say, but I will just sit with pen or ‘type fingers’ poised…Here goes :

Throughout Luke, Jesus uses many parables to exemplify the kingdom of God, how to be part of this Kingdom and how we can miss it. There is a Leaven of the Kingdom and a Leaven of the Pharisee (that much I have understood) but I don’t intend to precise all that I have read or has been covered up to Chapter 15 as there are too many points to reflect on. However… as I am musing by the fire… (so to speak) the Lord highlights the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son with the executive director of the compilation of the spirit filled bible , Hayford, giving meanings inherent behind and key words.

Highlighting chapter 15:5 of Luke he says ‘sheep lie down helplessly when they are lost and refuse to budge…’ This immediately brought back a time in 2019 when I was in Argentina (a beautiful country with tall classical buildings ) with Mission 24. It was the last day of the mission and we were ‘killing time’ . Everyone was doing their own thing and the more confident ones had gone for their daily walk or run. Over the days we had been here, I hadn’t done anything apart from mission work, prayers and services. I thought , it is the last day, I would go out on my own and walk round the block and see the area where we had been staying…. Well, what do you know? I got lost. Sheer panic kicked in , I couldn’t see a landmark , I couldn’t remember the name of the hotel (we had had a co-ordinator book our flights and the hotel and we had been escorted to and fro to events ) so there had been no reason for me to take note. I had not paid any attention to the physical surroundings of where we were staying. Everything now looked the same and different all at the same time. Nothing stood out. I almost fainted.

With my heart racing and sweat on my brow, I crossed over a zebra crossing to a corner shop and tried to explain my plight to the non English speaking merchandiser…. He pointed to where he thought I might be staying . It didn’t look like anything I could remember, was he trying to trick me? I had no option but to give it a try. As I neared the front door of the building he had pointed out, I could see the sofas that I had been sitting on a number of nights before. Like the lost son (described between verses 11 and 24 of Luke 15), I was back where I belonged and what sheer relief.

As I am reflecting on this today, as a result of my reading of the Word the Holy Spirit brings to my attention that many don’t know they are lost or how far they have drifted from shore. Some have moved the landmarks and there are now no longer sign posts, that can lead them back to that safe place, to the Father heart of God. The standard bearers are gone and there is no more beckoning lights at the window.

The good news of the gospel is that there is a light that never goes out. Jesus. The good news is that we have a Savior who is pleading in glory for our safe return and we must get this message out to both unsaved and those who have erred. If anyone wants it. Hayford said that true repentance involves realization of the need to turn, the need to change from the wrong direction that we have been heading. But “We” have to do something . We have to pick ourselves up, turn and seek the heart of the father. Sometimes we have to open our ears to hear difficult answers to our soul searching questions. As we do so, we meet Father running out to meet us with open arms – people need to know he is waiting just over yonder and with no condemnation.

Hayford says that it is at the point of repentance and acceptance that the kingdom of heaven is released through us and revival , celebration , the party….glory to God ….is released ‘amongst us’ touching those around us.

My prayer today, is that the lost ones return and find safety and rest. That we see release, repentance, return and revival (The mighty RRRR’s of God) for many, in our life time.

Evangelist Linda J

Written 27/2/2020 under my E & S anointing

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES – LUKE (LOOK..) AGAIN

Thanks be to God I have finally caught up with the New Testament reading. If my maths and dates are correct, I believe the whole church that is New Life Derby, UK should be on Luke 10 today. I didn’t want to just read but to read with understanding hence my pace has been slow. If you were nearby you would see the state of my reading room and the numerous bibles and literature I am using to cross reference. I can be so easily distracted ..only God knows!!!The Bible says study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman needing not to be ashamed,rightly dividing the word of Truth and so I press on.

My studies this week has not been limited to the New Testament, but I have had real life examples of the Word in Action and also the state of my own heart. There have been times I feel I have passed the test and times I have to confess I have failed miserably. Nevertheless we can report the saving of a soul on Friday this very week by the ministry of the the Lord Jesus Christ, his word and our unified testimony. There is the sound of a king and laughter in the house once again.

I wont precise all of what I have read to this point (I may return to do so later and as the spirit leads), for now I want to just punctuate some of what I have picked up. Luke majors on the purpose of the ministry of the Lord Jesus to heal and to set captives free – he came to destroy the works of the enemy . The destruction we are talking about is not the ‘loss of being’ as Hayford describes, but the sozo ie the bringing about of total well-being and restoration. Further we learn that LOVE is not a matter of theoretical discussion, but practical demonstration. As I have found to my cost and again this very week, some people may not be overtly grateful for your care or assistance. It is not for us to reason why when this happens or to stand in condemnation but just to love them anyway, as we love ourselves and to continue to ‘do’ of his good pleasure.

Hayford says that ‘love does not consider the worthiness of the object, but responds to human need’. We see in Luke that the Good Samaritan did not procrastinate, he went out of his way to help at cost and with his own welfare at stake. As my Christian brother put it this very week, we see those individuals which are put in our path as God sees them – the same way he forgave the undeserving me and you….we forgive them. If you are waiting for recognition or gratitude of the things you do you for other , first it is the wrong spirit , secondly you might wait for a very long time. Luke shows us that Jesus too was rejected – he came to his own but his own received him not. But he knew his task, his time and his season and moved on with no rancour. Not everyone will receive you or the things of God, but there is a remnant and those who are hungry and thirsty and long to see the kingdom of God come, will and be blessed. Therefore we must ‘endure’ with patience.

Prayer

Father thank you for bringing me through what has been an interesting week with many twist and turns. Throughout I have seen your hand working and revealing your divine Truths and nature. Help me/us to apply these truths to our hearts so we can be ever seasoned with salt. Help us to be the one who chooses the better thing like Mary to sit at your feet and worship but to also be ready to do like Martha ie help out in your House, reach out to those in need and to shine a light in the darkness.

We thank you that you have chosen us and given us delegated authority to go to preach the good news of the kingdom and to respond to needs. You are no respecter of person, the first shall be last and the last first we know that those who minister must be servants of all. As we do what you bid us, may be do so in the spirit of Truth and grace may we touch lives, see kingdom come and the darkness flee. May what we sow fall on good soil and bring forth a mighty harvest.

Increase our faith and commitment levels to do things to the honor and glory of your name. Let there be no *susu susu….but sozo. Let there be no slacking or turning back. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear what you are saying to us in this very hour. Reveal who Father is to us more and more – what he wants to do to our hearts , our environments and our world. We want to see the dead raised, the lame walk and people set free from chains. We want to see increased love and unity amongst our neighbors and our fellowman.

I ask these things in your Name

Always your daughter Linda J

Written February 22/2/2020

* Jamaican patois for gossip which we know destroys