REVIEW OF PRAYER FOR REVIVAL – 1

I promised I would summarise some of Pastor Y Cho’s book to Prayer for Revival – to help us with the subject of prayer. I am drawing from the preface and his introduction , making it clear what are my own thoughts and experience . Direct quotes and any scriptures are indicated accordingly. I close with a prayer.

Essentially revival will stem from a church or person who is given over to fasting and prayer.

In a climate where there is much darkness, throne room prayers are essential to break generational, physical and spiritual yokes.

Pastor Cho admonishes that it is not just physical cancers that are attacking people but there is much ‘spiritual cancers’ in and outside the Body.

Time given over to daily prayer will wrought wonders. The Bible tells he ‘he always hears us when we pray;

Praying in your spiritual language helps when we don’t know what to pray and also is the force that helps us to pray and intercede much longer than using our own minds and as the task is great.

Pastor Cho put his trust in the Holy Spirit to guide admonishing us that ‘The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and can discern the will of God’ for each individual and situation.

Don’t be overwhelmed, give the issue to God.

PATTERNS OF PRAYER

There is a pattern to prayer which I have written about before . Pastor Cho gives his own example which is similar to what I have come to know and find beneficial. I can’t pretend I currently pray those long hours punctuated throughout the day, but I want to start again and review where I am loosing quality time.

Pastor Cho starts with praising God for a good hour and then he begins to flow and cover the rest of the issues government , his nation , other nations , ministries and missionaries and then his family .

He opines that ‘ministry to the Lord must come before ministry to people’. Essentially highlighting that many seek to minister and help others, but they are often drawing on depleted tanks and not ministering with the full knowledge of Christ for that day, that person, that individual or that nation.

To react is to allow people and situations to control you, to act is to be in control of the circumstances

Pastor Cho prays for over an hour in the morning without which he knows he would only be functioning on natural resources and would soon deplete. Throughout the day and facing problems he continues to pray before he acts. He covers the poor tendency of Christians to react instead of waiting , praying and then reacting. By waiting on God in this way , he discerns God’s will in a situation and develops the mind of Christ in his walk and interactions.

Pastor Cho’s disciplines were to pray again in the afternoon – to get away from distractions. He spends over an hour prayer before preaching at his church on Sunday and a further 4-5 hours in praying before preaching to an audience across nations.

He highlights the need for ministers to look at how they spend their time. There is much eating, drinking and surfeiting which eats into the time available to God. The pattern for many ministers is that they go out to eat after and ministry event and fellowship with each other, then in the morning for the ministry they are often too tired to spend time praying when they wake to effectively draw from the throne room for themselves and others.

What I have seen in my walk is some ministry settings is much eating and chatting before church or a called for prayer and worship event thus losing much valuable, sensitive time to draw close and preparing the environment. We need to set new patterns of coming in.

Growth for ourselves and breakthrough for revival will come if we spend dedicated times in prayer and fasting before we plan , act, and minister to others.

DEFINING MOMENTUM AND IMPETUS – MAINTAINING REVIVAL

Let me share some bullet nuggets for you

*’Revival must not only be prayed for them to begin but they must be prayed for to be maintained’

Using the analogy of driving a car Pastor Cho admonishes we must keep up the ‘impetus ’ of prayer not the ‘momentum ‘ – momentum (he shares ) ‘is like having a foot on the pedal but when you remove your foot the momentum is lost ‘ over time and the car will eventually come to a standstill .

*”Momentum does not maintain movement and in time ‘the special visitation from God will end up as a momentum of the past”

Pastor Cho shares the numbers of people converted in his home church as a result of the foundation of prayer that drew them in, in Korea. He encourages that we too in our nation and churches, can have the same success if we have discipline in prayer and fasting –

We must draw away from the crowd and develop an effective prayer life. We must pray without ceasing. We must be filled with God’s spirit when we pray – let the Holy Spirit pray through you…leave your own thoughts and niceties , your own language and understanding to one side. Pray in the spirit and be filled. We must seek to know the mind of our God, on any matter before we preach, minister or reach out to others.

To summarise further and before I close in prayer

🔹 Prayer is done by first praising God to get into His presence and asking for cleansing and confidence and boldness knowing that he will now hear – follow on with covering the rest of issues: government, surrounding nation, other nations, ministries and missionaries and then ones family.

🔹 ‘Ministry to the Lord must come before ministry to the people. There should be a continuous flow for true revival. This takes discipline. Separate oneself to never stopping to pray with fasting. Essentially an overflow of the holy spirit in our lives is needed to avoid drawing on exhausted vessels and those not ministering with the full knowledge of Christ…

🔹 “To react is to allow people and situations to control you, to act is to be in control of the circumstances.”_

🔹 Pray before you act. ~ wait, pray then take action to discern God’s will in a situation and develop the mind of Christ in one’s walk and interactions. Morning then afternoon and evening ie continual seamless prayer – to pull away from distractions.

🔹 Pray before ministering with more devotion to people , an unknown audience or unknown circumstances.

🔹Ministers must look at how they spend their time. There is much eating, drinking and surfeiting which cuts into the time available to God.

🔹 Growth and breakthrough comes from dedicated time in prayer and fasting for revival BEFORE making plans, acting and serving.

🔹Maintenance of revival is necessary and needed .

MY PRAYER

Father help us as we review our individual prayer lives to start again if we have missed it. Help us to secret away to you to find your will for us and others in this unprecedented time of our living history .

Help us to look at ways to draw away to you and to sit at your feet. Help us to be sensitive when you are pulling us away from the worlds gaze and much activity to time with you in prayer.

We need you Lord more than ever before. We repent for trying to do things in your name without proper consultation with you. We had good intentions, but we want God’s intention Holy Spirit. Draw closer to us and help us to have and understand the mind of the Father in all our affairs. Help us to develop the mind of Christ on a foundation of prayer.

Help us Lord to keep in step with you not to seek to minister to others without our cups being full.

We have nothing to give anyone but our sin , shame and disgrace and we need perpetual washing each day .

Wash us, cleanse us , take away our infirmities. Forgive us when we have failed you. Help us to forgive others so that we may minister with a free and unadulterated heart and do great things in your name.

Our lives, our families, our nations , the kingdom is depending on us to play a pivotal, ground breaking part, starting with prayer in the throne room and developing a daily audience with you.

Evangelist Linda J UK

5/5/2022

IT’S ABOUT PRAYER

My blog write reminder has been screaming at me for two weeks, that I haven’t written anything…

The truth is , I gifted my young grand nephew with my old working very good nick , iPad . I was going to trade then I thought someone might use it even for games. The very day I gave it away (I had had it four years) the new one conked out ….. yes completely conked out on the same day. Thank God I had insurance and took it twice back to Curry’s. In the end they had to give me a complete new one as the one I had , had, for just a year had a fault. Hence, the delay in writing and sharing what God has laid on my heart.

Before it broke , I wrote a strong word about prayer cafes I was woken in the night to consider it. I haven’t yet posted it. That one is not for the faint hearted.

Today’s write up is about prayer – I haven’t rehearsed it, it is just finger to keyboard and as the Lord leads. I hope it encourages you.

MY EXPERIENCE OF PRAYER

There are different intensities of prayers and different seasons. There is prayer and intercession – two different types and unction. The spirit of prayer (which the Father gives is the enabler, particularly in the prayer of intercession ) – much of which takes place behind closed doors. However, sometime the Lord will ‘jump on you’ and the urgency comes anyway and you find yourself flying or crying with no previous intention to do so.

I learnt about the spirit of intercession through direct teaching of the Holy Spirit. For years I didn’t know why I would pray with the urgency or the pain that sometimes comes. In the natural I would be feeling okay, not grieving for anything and then the breaking of the waters and the feelings deep within that didn’t come from me. I have been blessed with the gift of diverse tongues – I get one word that I can understand cross culturally but I wouldn’t say that I can always understand the utterance. For me, in the rohee gift, (see James Goll and others for explanation of the different prophetic gifts. ), father often gives one word.

Prayer is work . Prayer is caught not taught. I always say pray as you can not as you can’t. Just start.

During the pandemic, many have been called to pray and I believe there has been an increase in the unction. We thank God for his grace.

I first heard prayer when I was a little girl and when my mum would pray. My mother prays very different from how I pray but you learn scripture when you hear someone praying the Word.

As I said, I was taught by the Holy Spirit in 2005 when I was living in Reading and when I experienced a number of supernatural encounters -bringing me out of religion and into relationship and intimacy giving me my call. I ruffled a few feathers. Here is a Jamaican divorcee, (we get short thrift) praying like an African but in Hebrew… sometimes …. and the queens English… !!!

I have been blessed to spend time with prayer warriors over the years. Those at the fellowship in Reading, Prayer Mountain with Apostle John Mulinde in Uganda. Prayer Storm with James Aladarin and many others . I thank God for their lives, sacrifice and selflessness. My joy has been combining prayer with worship which is how King David prayed. For me don’t pray until you twang the string of the guitar or press the keyboard. Let the Lord dance. There is a process of ushering in which many miss or cut too short.

I know I am not where I should be at the moment in prayer. But God knows my heart and I pray through the night in my spirit when I am asleep.. !!! But I miss the discipline of all night prayers with a fellowship and regularly weekly prayers. I find churches cut prayers but major on other things when it should be about prayers. We don’t need another sermon, with three points and a poem.. thank you very much. We need to pray and to teach people to pray and to intercede . People need to hear prayers and be part of prayers both the pretty prayers and the ‘ugly urgent prayers’ not prayers siphoned off for a select few nor prayers which are perfunctory .

God has been good and I have been blessed to have a mother that continues to pray each day for us audibly (she sends it via WhatsApp from Jamaica… early doors..!!!). and also a daughter that now prays and urgently.

PRAYER – THE KEY TO REVIVAL

Prayer is the Key to Revival – and this week I am reviewing a book by the same title by Paul Y Cho – in writing ,

Pastor Cho shares 27 years of experience of how God moved mightily in his life. He also draws from the experience of what made Finney, Moody , Winfield and Wesley, so effective. Pastor Cho was writing at a time when his church was ‘growing at a rate of 12,000 converts a month’ (and reader that is not numerical typo… ). Coupled with the importance of combining fasting and prayer and making space for the reader to stop and pray through, this is a gift . I would highly recommend a review of this book – that is, if you are serious about prayer and want to continue to grow – none of us have arrived yet!!!! – Of course there are other good prayer books, but this one is rather special.

I will do a precise with citation and acknowledgements over the next few days , just give me chance to digest and regurgitate… !!!

God bless you richly in your renewed, refreshed prayer journey – and ‘No’. you can’t borrow this book !!! I’m a bit like that with my gems… 🙂

Evangelist Linda J UK

Writing as prayer minister

4/5/2022

THE SLAP

The slap

And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

Acts 23:3

I have been sitting on this word for about 10 days. Trying oh so carefully not to jump on the band wagon or to put my ‘sized 10’s ‘ in.

The inspiration to write on the subject matter captured came from the incident between Mr Smith and Mr Rock . I waited, as for me it is always important to wait on the leading of Holy Spirit and to ensure that what I minister might bring life and edify.

I have my own personal views of whether offence was caused . I turned it over and over and in the context of what is usually used in amusement and to titivate the masses , I can’t see any offence.

What I heard was an attempt at giving a compliment attached to what would be perceived as a well known iconic symbol of a strong fighting woman that Moore depicted in G I Jane . I reserve more comment however as it does seem that something else was there brewing much before the Oscars and much deeper than what we saw.

I say this because we see this explained in our scriptures when the Lord told King David that the adultery he committed against Bathsheba had already been formed a long time ago in his heart . The manifestation of that heinous act which subsequently followed (including the killing of Uriah) was the result of that seed.

What I also want to say that the reaction from

Mr Smith, was completely unacceptable .

In a society where we are fighting against physical and sexual abuse and domination or oppression or the shaming of others for any perceived weakness, the observer may see or hear . It (as an action and has already been said ) fed into the narrative about uncontrolled black aggression and worse blacks attacking their own – not that it would have been acceptable had the races been different, but I don’t think Mr Smith would have reacted in the same overt way (marching up to the stage and attacking in public) had the comedian been white – at least I don’t think so.

Had Mr Smith been white, slapping black Mr Rock, I think we could safely say World War III would have ‘bruk out’ there in that room.

Regardless of the colour of the individuals, it was wrong. Social codes and laws were clearly broken. It is clear that a spirit was also at work – just look at the fall out from that one act ..!!

What message does it give to our young people in a world where we are already fighting against knife crime and the responses our young people are making in relation to minor differences and turf wars…. ? Young people cut off in their prime . What does this display teach?

Many look up to Mr Smith and his achievements to date. Won’t they now continue to think ‘this is the way’ ‘give it to him’ ‘slap him down’ ‘shut him up’ , but with a knife…

I believe Mr Smith’s own son was purported to say of the event ‘this is how we do it !!! ‘

Not good.

I fear much damage has been done not to mention to the children of the respective families and other children who happened to be watching . I’m sorry but I will never accept foul language as what came out of Me Smith’s mouth, as acceptable.

For his part, Mr Rock stood up to his name and though shaken, responded in the right and proper way . He did not retaliate.

The right and proper way for Mr Smith ( in my estimation) was to wait until Mr Rock had finished , then to meet with him in private and to then air his angst . Mr Rock could then use another public opportunity to apologise if any offence was caused and many faces would have be saved.

If you have worked with domestic and emotional abuse you will know that just hearing and seeing it happen, is traumatic and can scar . That is why social care and police professionals should move quickly when they hear or see instances of abuse between adults in a home.

Back to the main scripture . As Christian’s we will experience many slaps for what we say or who we are many under the cover of darkness . May those attacks not come as a result of us being evil . Above in the scripture , we see that the high priest asked that Paul be slapped in the mouth , despite the good work Paul was doing . As Paul said then , God will smite back our accusers whatever covering they come with and there are many whites sepulchres in operation in this very hour.

Yes, there are many conflicts on the world stage including the church ‘stage age’ …. (That word just came…) God help us !!

Some smite because they are warring against the things of the Spirit , whilst they continue in the flesh . It’s not the actual physical manifestation that we should take note of (that is the end result including spiritual or physical death) but what is happening at heart level.

I recall being invited to a meeting a couple of years ago , but all through I could feel in the spirit this convener ‘slapping me’ but their words were smoother than butter.

Mr Smith (and there are many out there) had clearly left a gate open for violence to occur. He will forever be judged in that light ‘someone who might loose it’. This is very sad.

We can only pray for the individuals concerned, specifically for our young people against violence – particularly knife crime.

We pray specifically for our black men … God knows and understands that for them the experience ie how to vent and express hurt, can be very different and their needs responded to harshly and very differently.

May we stand like a rock …. when offence comes and woe to the one who causes it.

Evangelist Linda J UK

8/4/2022

The Trespasser

By Jaeger V Collins

20/3/22

In my spare time, I often watch videos on YouTube and in particular videos related to the animal kingdom. It is amazing how these creatures behave in their surroundings, each animal with their uniqueness in how God created them.

I came across a video that interestingly was set in Israel. Israel has many bird boxes in which different species can take up habitat. In this video, a family of owls had made a home in one of the boxes and created a nest with new owlets inside. The pair of owls (mother and father) had gone out in the day to get food for these chicks, this meant the owlets were left on their own in this box. Whilst the mother and father were out, an intruder (pigeon) came inside disregarding these owlets and the nest already formed in the box. This trespasser came in along with a mate to make its own nest and lay its eggs inside the owl’s home. During this time the female pigeon in her new nest started behaving territorial and began pecking the poor owlets.

The end of the video resulted in the parents of the owlets returning and the mother owl fighting the pigeon to get it out, as well as causing the pigeon’s egg to crack.

I believe that the Lord often shows us what is happening in the natural world is manifesting in the spiritual. The ‘trespasser’ was seeking to sabotage and to take up territory which was not belonging to them. Like the mother owl defending her home, we should not be subjected to invasion. We have to stand up against the usurper to protect not only our homes but also our loved ones.

Prayer

Thank you Lord for opening our eyes and giving us wisdom, often what we see happening in the natural realm is occurring in the spiritual.
You reign supreme in both.

Thank you Lord for your provisions,
Protect our homes, our families and loved ones,
Lord let peace reign.

Lord, we pray against any usurper and trespasser.
Protect the younger generation,
Cover our children , Lord
For the seed to not be sabotaged.

Help our physical and spiritual houses not to be infiltrated.
Let us turn to you, Lord
We know our help comest from you Lord

Give us wisdom to stand and fight our battles.
We pray with you on our side, we will not be used or taken advantage of.

Jaeger. V Collins
20.03.22

DO SOMETHING SPECIAL IN UKRAINE

I couldnt sleep the other night due to what is happening in Ukraine . I took up my iPad and turned over my thoughts on my bed and this came

Do something special in Ukraine Lord
Do Something special in Ukraine
We have heard your fame of old of how you drowned out the enemy
By the parting of the sea
Do it again Lord
Do it for Ukraine

We need your intervention NOW Lord
Innocent babies, women men and children are being slaughtered
Threats have been made to ‘show us things the world has never seen before’
Let these threats return onto the head of the one who dares to threaten your heritage

Do something special in Ukraine Lord
Circumvent the bombs, the mitres, the weapons of destruction
Let them not even scorch the ground, but be returned to sender
Forthwith

It’s not too late to do something special in Ukraine Lord
The people are depending on you
All other help has had its limitations
There is no time, no will or resources to even bury the dead
We hear that bodies are left out in the gaping wilderness ,
just abandoned on the ground
The last state of a man, worst than the first ?
we have seen this with our own eyes in this siege

There is something strange happening in Ukraine Lord
Something is out of control and the world watches
Truth is being smashed down to the ground
Fake news and reports circle on both sides
One nation is being kept in the dark
Whilst another is having its lights put out

Fear mongering
Scare mongering
Bombardment
Imprisonment, death and destruction
Are the order of each new day

Day and night
Day and night
The bombing , the air raid, the noise,
Fained commitment to cease fires
The deliberate recking of safe spaces and shelter
There is no where to hide, nowhere to run

We are depending on you to do something special in Ukraine Lord
We are looking to you, for we are told that is where help comes from

The world is praying, the world is waiting to see if you are …
and if you are, a covenant keeping God

Did you not say , if my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and call on you in prayer that you would hear from heaven and heal their land ?
We are praying, we are waiting on you to honor your word Lord
Do something special in Ukraine

Linda J UK
Prayer Evangelist
18/3/2022

OUR ‘PRESENT TENSE CONTINOUS’, ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL GOD By Linda J UK 18322

Prayer, Declaration & Word of the Lord
for Ukraine

Linda J UK
Praying & Writing as prayer evangelist 18/3/22

God is ‘present tense continuous’ in Ukraine , in Russia and in Poland .

God is ‘present tense continuous’
all over the world and in every nation

Blessed be the name of the Lord forever and ever to whom belongs all wisdom and might .

He changes times and seasons
He removes kings and sets up kings
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding

He reveals deep and hidden things (thru his servants and thru dreams )

Summary from Daniel 2:20-22

He knows what is in the darkness (what is happening around round tables, long tables, closed doors and behind screens . He says give respect to the dark places of the earth . Our God knows what is in the light (he is the Light) and he is the author and finisher.

The day belongs to Him , as does the night . He prepared the light and the sun and has set the borders and boundaries of the earth, including those which separated Ukraine and Russia . The night also belongs to Him.

He prepared the seasons , the cold and the warmth , out of his divine wisdom and so that everything works together for our good ie those who love Him and are called according to His purposes .

Today, we declare these scriptures for the nation of Ukraine from Isaiah 60:18-22

We declare this also for all nations , individuals and people groups, under tyranny and abuse :-

‘Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

Thy people also shall be all righteous:
they shall inherit the land for ever,
the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

A little one shall become a thousand,
and a small one a strong nation:

I the LORD will hasten it in time.’

Isaiah 60: 18-22

Thank you Lord for your promises are eternal.
You are an ever present help in our time of need.

You are the Alpha , the Omega, the beginning and the end .

Thank you for equipping the Polish nation (in particular) with compassion and care and for putting themselves forward EARLY … as an oasis , place of refuge and anchor of rest .

Thank you for all the individuals elsewhere, who have been prompted to do of your good pleasure and to offer assistance to those in desperate need .

Give wisdom to the wise and equip your leaders here on earth , with understanding .

Let your kingdom come .
Let your will be done right down here as it is in heaven .

Prayer Evangelist Linda J UK
18/3/22

All scripture quoted drawn from or summarised from KJV

Prayer for Ukraine 9322

God of all power
Maker and ruler of the universe
We worship you
Lord we wake again having Ukraine on our minds

Lord we lift up those who have been pressed beyond measure
And who have a sentence of death in them
Lord we know only you can deliver from this destruction , this tyranny, this abuse

Lord, we ask that you hold back the iron fist and turn again the captivity of the people
We ask that you restore the breach ,
Make the rough places smooth again and the crooked places straight

Lord let there be a highway to glory in the land
Let people know that it is you that save, it is you that can deliver from the power of the dog

Break the teeth of the adversary
Bind up the bruised and broken
Rescue those hiding in caves and bunkers
Set the people free

Lord, we ask that the light that shines from the knowledge of your glorious gospel
Shine down on Ukraine and across other nations and lands
Let men and women have renewed hope in you

We pray for the leaders of the nations that you will give them wisdom and understanding
We pray that there will be equity and justice for ALL those needing help

You are no respector of persons

Let none think that battles are won by brute force, but by your spirit working power
Work out the plan of victory for your children by revelation , by your quickening and your anointing

Manifest yourself Holy God amongst the nation of Ukraine and her people and let the trumpet be blown
Let the world see that you are the one that can save and none can do this by their own hand,nor in their own strength

Deliver the adversary into the hands of your sons and daughters but let mercy always triumph over judgment.

These and other mercies we ask in your precious holy Name

Linda J UK

9/3/2022

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE 12322

A prayer for Ukraine
12/3/2022

Save Ukraine O God, by thy name,
and judge her by thy strength.
Hear the prayer of the people , O God , who stand on this issue with one heart
Give ear to the words of their mouth.
For strangers (nay their own brothers) have risen up against them
oppressor violently seek after their souls: destruction is in the land

Lord God, you are the helper of the helpless , you are with them that uphold the soul of the Ukrainian people
You are with us
You shall reward evil unto our enemies:
You will cut them off in your truth.

We , your people will freely sacrifice unto thee:
We will praise your name at all times , for it is good.

We declare great peace for the Ukraine and restoration for her shores

We know you have (and will) deliver all God fearing nations out of trouble:
We wait for you to execute righteousness and judgement in Ukraine , precepts on which your name stands

We declare our eyes shall see the desire upon our enemies, whenever or wherever they slander, speak or act violently or murderously against us

Linda J UK
12/3/2022

YET THERE IS HOPE

Over the last two years none of us have escaped the shaking that seems to be happening near and far. The whole world has been touched by this pandemic and many have lost loved ones and livelihoods.  We have come to realize that we can have no confidence in our plans, in our  flesh, in man, politics or parties.  We see and hear that from the palace, through parliament and those charged with carrying out the laws, that  there is much corruption. Who can we trust?

Things we never thought we might see or experience in our generation has happened, people dying alone, cut off in wards, in isolation, without the comfort of their loved ones at hand. Lives have been put on hold , with our young people (the next generation) significantly affected. The norms and patterns of their developing , necessary, social lives disrupted and many have become despondent and depressed.

Those who had been living on the fringes have been severely affected ie the homeless, those caught up in patterns of addiction ie gambling, sex, drugs and soul destroying, unstable lifestyles. The rates of suicide has increased – people who have lost hope, looking for a way out. It is (and has been) a sad state of affairs .

Yet there is hope.

As I review my bible this year, I see that these signs we now see have been prevalent from the day Adam and Eve fell from grace. The effect of coming ‘out of cover’ and wanting to go their own way resulted in disgrace, death and disease coming into our world. It is not the first time there has been a ruthless pandemic and where men and women have had to run for cover. I read that the wearing of a mouth mask to prevent the spreading of devastating disease (which many have questioned)was instituted way back in the book of Leviticus – Old Testament – and was instructed by God himself (amongst other remedies ) and to prevent the passing of disease and to save lives. There is indeed nothing new under the sun.

The greatest disease affecting our world is the disease of sin. Sin has reigned from Adam until now. Sin is the breaking of God’s divine laws.

God in his mercy and love for mankind continues to show his love towards us a people. He sent a further remedy found in Jesus (his son) and the price Jesus paid with his own life on the cross, by the necessary blood sacrifice of the shedding of his own blood for our sins.

The Bible tells us

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

I want to tell you that wherever you are today and whatever it is that you have done or are dealing with, there is hope and forgiveness of sin. The Bible tells us that it is appointed that men must die – that is the nature of the physical man – but there is a spiritual side of man that lives on (never dies ) and that side of us has an eternal destination.

This world is not it, there is another destination and appointment beyond the grave that we all must face. We are all here on assignment ie given the divine opportunity of life and to use that life well. God made it possible (through Jesus) that we don’t have to fear sickness, death or disease, or to suffer the eternal death penalty for our sins, but we can find healing, forgiveness and redemption in accepting the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, his son and by our continued obedience.

The Bible is full of the stories of the patterns of his grace and where the default mode of Jesus was always to forgive. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.

It is the start of a new year and I want to encourage you to take hold of the olive branch that Jesus extends from his mercy seat. He is a forgiving God, He can heal, wipe away tears, restore broken homes and relationships and help you to start again. God, through his son Jesus, wants to do life with you here, and in eternity.

To accept this olive branch and receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life , you can say this prayer.

A Prayer of Salvation.

I believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he died for my sins. I confess my sins today before God and ask for forgiveness in Jesus Name . I surrender my own will and my own way to God and do this in Jesus’ name. I ask that Jesus shows me the way I now should go and how to live.

What to do next

If you have prayed this prayer (and do make it your own) find a bible believing church or fellowship in your locality and seek further instructions from the leader or pastor on how to live a life as a born again Christian.

Evangelist Linda J UK

5/2/22

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Faith is substance

Word in the night

“Faith is substance” not Faith is the substance… which we know is from the book of Hebrew, but ‘Faith is substance’. It may seem an awkward rendering, but this is what I received in the night consistent with how Father speaks to me – I never like to add or subtract . The word /phrase was held in tension as I slept and as I held it I found myself praying through some of Father’s promises.

The Holy Spirit would have me hold onto the exact phrase to explore on waking which I have and which is now set out below.

The word substance depicts something that has form, essence, meaning, material, texture , actuality or being. In effect, it is something that is tangible. I have written on the issue of faith before and directed the reader to the annals of faith found in Hebrews chapter 11, but I believe in my current circumstances, the Lord wants me to lift my level of understanding with the hope of appropriating things that I need from God and appropriating things that might also helps others.

‘Faith is substance’ would suggest that the Holy Spirit is conveying the three dimensional aspect of faith ie that it can be held, appropriated and the thing desired, brought into being.

The opposite of substance is poverty, nothingness, fantasy, abstract . These are not states that the christian believer should want to find themselves. The Bible says that without vision ,(dream , substance – extended here for emphasis ), the people perish. Proverbs 29:18 . You not only have to have vision, but you have to stand in faith, to bring those things which are not yet, into being.

I have already shared elsewhere, my experience of the spirit of faith at work in my life and know it has form. You may recall how I saw myself catapulted into the reality of the thing that I was asking God for.

It was the summer of 2018 , I was seeking to secure a home, but I had no money or deposit for that home. However, almost immediately to my asking (in the same instance ) I saw myself sitting in the home in the future and three dimensionally. I just knew in that instant as I viewed the house and prayed that I was going to own the home. I just then kept making the necessary steps in faith, towards my goal and with assurance in my heart . It was January 2019 when I moved into that home and sat on the settee that I had seen myself sitting on (in the spirit) and as owner. The Lord had orchestrated things so that I could reach my desired destination. Wisdom and understanding and provision came and I was able to make the move. I draw from this experience from time to time and when I want to recall the promises and goodness of God.

I am led at this time of my life to again stand on the promises of God which I see as yes and amen. Since the age of 11 there have been many junctures in my life when my life has been held in the balance due to a serious health issue and where I could have been taken out. Thanks be to God I am still here to complete my assignment – one of which is to write.

The other word for substance is ground and confidence and assurance – what I will call giving backbone to our prayer needs by framing ie putting flesh on it fuelled by his blessed Holy Spirit – without which our prayers remain ineffective.

The Bible tells us that the effectual prayers of a righteous man avails the much and is dynamic in its working . James 5:16 . It is the dynamo that I saw when I prayed on two or more occasions (one reported above) leading to the answer to my prayers. But who is righteous enough to pray such prayers? It is the Holy Spirit who prays thru us, making our needs and utterances acceptable to God and lining up with his will for our lives. Essentially He has good plans for us and on this ground we can stand.

What is that thing that you are standing in faith for? See it as already done. See its form, texture, essence, being, as an actuality. You don’t always have to wait long for an answer, The word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the diving asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 .

Get familiar with the word of God and use it to bed down that thing that is yours by right and by commandment and bring it into existence. For instance, if you are waiting on healing, you can declare and say that ‘by his stripes you are healed’. 1 Peter 2:24. If you have felt consistently short changed or passed over , see your self as ‘the head and not the tail’ (Deuteronomy 28:13) ‘above and not beneath’. Hounded by trials and tribulations? Confronted by opposition and rulers of the darkness? See yourself as being at rest and divinely protected under his shadow of the Almighty . See your enemies fleeing seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7) and their necks under your feet when they come up against you. Dealing with lack or impoverishment? See your hands, your home, your basket.. filled with the blessings of God (Deuteronomy 28:11)

The word that came in the night was ‘Faith is substance’ . Let us think again about the opposite of substance set out above and take note that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law , already becoming a curse for us . Galatians 3:13 . Therefore all that we need in relation to our deliverance has already been done on the cross and we simply need to give it substance and form, start seeing the victory eg believe that it is already done and step in.

There are so many times in the Old Testament that the children of israel could not step in because of unbelief. The Lord brought this up again in the parables of the sycamine tree and the mustard seed (Luke 17:16; matthew 13;31; 17:20; Mark 4:31; luke 13:19; 17:6) . It is the fact that we don’t frame our prayers with the word of God and our lack of belief that prevents us seeing those things which are not, come into being.

Now is the time to exercise your faith, believing that you deserve substantially better than your current circumstances because the price has already been paid for your healing and deliverance and it was paid for on the cross . Receive it and activate it, frame it , give it substance, by the Word.

The Bible tells us that the world was framed by the word of God Hebrews 11:3 . In the same vein , you have to say something to bring that dream , that vision, that need, into actuality. Say what God says about it , again give it substance , give it life . Bring it into form by the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart. Let that seed faith grow in your heart by watering it every day by the word of God.

The word of God in your heart and released through your mouth has the power to cause changes. One author puts it like this, ‘the things hoped for in our prayers (as born again believers ) are not mere figments of the imagination, (they are not fantasy or abstract) their basis is the word of God’ . His words are pure and He is a shield to all who put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:5.

God desires to give substance to our prayers. If we ask him for a fish, he will not give us a stone.

The Amplified bible put it best when it says . For we [Believers ] have become partakers of Christ [sharing in all that Messiah has for us] if only we would hold firm our newborn confidence, the thing [which originally led us to Him] until the end. Hebrews 3:14. Simply put, the same faith we had in believing and receiving salvation and hope of eternal life, is the same faith we are to exercise, give substance to, when approaching God in prayer for things he has already made possible and accessible to us through his word.

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed) and the evidence of things not seen (the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses). Hebrews 11:1 AMP

Faith is substance.

Let us pray

Father we thank you for your word. Your word has the dynamic power to cause changes in our lives and in our situation. Lord you said it and it was done and you have promised that greater things will we do because you returned to the Father. Thank you because you are always speaking to us ushering us towards a better understanding of who we are in you. You are the Christ in us and the hope of glory. Glorify you name in us through our testimonies of how you have brought us through. Your word tells us we overcome by the word of our testimony and the shedding of your blood.

Thank you for the life giving word in our hearts and in our mouth we heard and believed and confessed you as Lord. Let that same faith we had in our salvation be exercised at times of need and peril. Let the power of your Holy Spirit continue to lead and guid us into all truth. Help us to cast off all doubt and unbelief and step forward in the faith in you. Knowing already that you died and ave yourself as a ransome. Because of this we can come boldly and ask anything in your name, believing it is already done and because you have good plans for us.

Help us to see those things which are not as though they were. Give substance an dorm to ur prayers and supplication by the agency of your blessed Holy Spirit and by our application and expression of your word.

Your word spoken is like a hammer that breaks the rock. Your word has the ability to cause changes. Your word is a two edged sword, diving asunder soul and spirit, joint and marrow and is a discerner o f the intents of our hearts. Only you know the depths of our heart , our sincerity and our level of belief.

Increase our level of faith to do mighty things in this hour. You promised that greater things we would do because you go to the Father. We believe you. Help us to speak the word only and to see those things that are not as though they were. Help us to believe the impossible and to know that all thighs are possible with you.

Thank you for the prayers you have already answered and those which are still to manifest in physical form. Through faith, help us to break yokes and to set captives free. Through faith, help us to see the sick healed, the weak revived and those impoverished blessed with all spiritual blessings. Through faith, let us see blind eyes opened, the dead raised and sickness and disease having no power over us. Through faith filled eyes, let us se your kingdom advancely and operating here on earth as it is in heaven.

Evangelist Linda J UK

2/2/2022