For Halloween

It has been a difficult end and start to the week and I am very frustrated and struggling to find an opening, motivation or a ‘sword’. I can’t find a living soul to break bread – everything seems to be celluloid, face offs on face book or regurgitated forwards or ditties – devoid of life.

I am thirsty for the living bread and the Word , but it is hard to find. It is a stark and sad world we live in and we all are accountable for what we have created.

Yet …..there is hope in a tree if it is cut down that it will sprout again and that the tender branch not cease (Job 14:7). I learned this word over 10 years ago and right now as I write this spontaneous word, it is a refreshing to my weary soul.

The bible says when we are weak, it is when He is strong. In the quietness of the early morning , I have been diving into my books to see if I can find any fresh pasture for grazing .

I am reading ‘Unlocking destinies in the Courts of heaven’ by Robert Henderson . I have had real life experience of what he writes about and would recommend the book for any leader or pastor seeking to help the flock understand spiritual realities and seeking to understand shame and the hold over people, nations and territories and how to repent and reclaim ground .

It is a good book for me and for the season we are in . I thank God for his provision and for his grace .

As I walked to work yesterday , I was shocked to see how many houses had been decorated for ‘Halloween’ . Some had skulls, others had coffins , many had been cobwebbed and blackened out to represent their own personal sporting with or (unbeknown to them) invitation to, death. Inside, young innocent children being prepared in mind, soul and body for the ghoulish festivity. It reminds me of when the children of Israel were being prepared to be sacrificed in similar festivity to the god Moloch(see Amos 5:25-26 and Acts 7:42-43).

I saw a pastor on Facebook sporting a witches hat in jest with a cut out pumpkin just posited behind him . Why? I ask myself . Have we fallen sooooh far?

Henderson speaks of generational curses and says ‘Actions taken by those in authority (the leaders, the parents) can carry great consequences. We are all living under the consequences of the actions of our forebears, whether personal, national or political. Although every individual will need to give a personal account of the part he or she played. Why would anyone who says they are of Christ want to join the band of, or use the imagery of, Halloween?

And so we need to pray for our children, our city, our nations, ourselves, as we have sported and dabbled and become contaminated with things that represent or leads to stagnation, death and decay.

We present our case to the courts of heaven, where Jesus our high priest sits standing between us and the accuser. We repent and ask for any hex, curse or spell said against us or our children to be repealed. We pray that any actions by our forbears that have left a stain or a mark which bolts or stigmatise or damages anything concerning us (our children, city, nation, ) be removed . We pray for right minds, right thinking, right spirit, right teaching and right leading from the very seat of government, the palace, and the pulpit to the school rooms. We overturn any ordinances written against us that prevents, ties or holds back divine destinies. We pray against the attempt to shame or shaming done by others to us or vice versa. I did it to someone yesterday and today my heart is smitten and I repent.

We pray for a dismantling of cobwebs, the ghouls, the ghettos, the chaos, confusion and mayhem. We pray against false spirits, the spirit of ‘the selfie’ and pride and against the spirit of death. We pray for the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to shine in the nations, our homes and our cities, our churches and to be seen in us and the faces of our children.

Remove the masks, the puppets and puppeteers.

Let Truth and peace reign.

Let joy return and the sound of godly laughter and singing be heard in our nations , in unison and in our streets .

As watchman for this hour, I ask these mercies for myself and the people and in the Name of my Father Jesus Christ.

Pst Evng Linda J Clifford -Hayes

Written 31/10/17

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“Don’t pick the scabs”

I woke yesterday morning after having a dream about the behaviour of an individual towards me and my family. How this person caused confusion and chaos. I saw them doing it again in the dream and moving onto a new situation to repeat the destructive patterns. The dream left a bad aftertaste to the point I was very low in spirit when I woke and feeling again wounded.

I sat on my settee and cried for myself, for England .. and the whole world. I then was led to pick up my iphone to scan and a dream I had had in September 2012 and that I had written was brought back to me by the Lord and the scripture.

I had had this dream for Eldoret a place I had been ministering at in Kenya, Africa. I woke and went back to sleep, but the dream at the time, wouldn’t leave me. I saw the women of Eldoret holding onto me affectionately and they wouldn’t let go. They were dressed in very large silk kimonos of different patterns. They stood in a row , arms stretched, together. At the time, I had pondered in the dream what it was about and the Holy spirit had reminded me of the scripture from Isaiah 54:2-8. He brought this again yesterday , in my distress and by way of encouragement .

I want to share that scripture with you and then minister a word and a prayer. He said and is saying :

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee”.

What a wonderful Father! He also showed me that it is a spirit of rejection at work in that individual which wounded and as the potential to wound others.

Father reminded me what he had called me to do, to recognise the spirit at work in a matter, to recognise trauma and to bring insight and healing into what keeps us all down at times and how not to pick at the scabs.

The warmth and affection of the women in the ‘Eldoret dream’ depicts the power of love and fellowship amongst godly women from any nation or situation. Let us reach out to each other in love, let us link arms in the struggle of our times and be a source of comfort to someone in need.

Yesterday, I was hurt, Today , I am restored. I am praying for increased sense of togetherness across the divides of our individual and collective lives . May we build bridges and come against the spirit of rejection. Not praying against the person or the individual (God help us …) but against the spirit behind that person, which is ‘the thing’ which is at work. May we not pick those scabs..!

Linda J CH (UK)

October 2017