SECONDS AND SEASONS

By Evangelist Linda J AUGUST 2018

This week at workplace Christian fellowship we watched a clip on Seconds and Seasons . It was very interesting and I saw new things.

This morning my Olive Tree Bible app reading alarm took me to the story of Joseph, his relationship with his brothers, his dreams, his time in the pit and ostracisation, to his promotion to governor of Egypt. I cried as I read the story (I haven’t cried reading it before ) but I saw the beauty of the depth and hand of God turning what happened in seconds (the attempt to kill and crush another) to a glorious restoration and saving of many lives in a later season, but through much suffering – which is the story of our Christ. I want to bring the two insights gleaned together for this new day.

Like seed time and harvest our lives have been sown in the soil to bring forth what is at the heart of us – what we were created to be . It is that which will come forth, in the end. Joseph was destined to rule and his childhood dreams foretold that. Simeon and Levi’s hearts on the other hand was darkened. They were ordained ‘instruments of cruelty’ and as a result of this word spoken over their heads, (by their father Jacob at the end of his season), in a second were divided and scattered – in a word, cursed.

Time and circumstance happens to all of us. We may think we have got away with a misdemeanour or indeed that God has not noticed when we have stooped to help that other soul. We may think that that dream or vision or word spoken over us will never come to pass, but hold on… No Word of God falls to the ground or returns to him void. Remember also that what you seed, you will sow, in your season.

What does it profit us to gain the whole world and lose our soul? In a second, we can be cut down as grass. I am seeing this acutely in this season.

Today we may be on the mountain top of a thing, but tomorrow we could be in the valley.

My admonition ? Use our seconds and seasons well – use what is in our hands to the glory of the God we serve. Build up. Don’t pull down. Leave your brother and sister alone.

Joseph’s gifting did not cease just because he was silenced and shut up in prison. His integrity remained and in what looked like a dark season, he continued to be used and to bring many blessings to others.

You were created for a reason. You hold your job or position for a reason. Stand. It is your season. Use those seconds well.

Bloom where you are planted.

Fathers richest blessings

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Linda J

Mushrooms at the Root

Evangelist J Clifford-Hayes

Walking through the local park I saw a beautiful mature tree, whose trunk and branches were strong and tall and providing much needy shade with its dark green foliage . However, as I stood admiring it, I could see a clump of large headed mushrooms that had grown or positioned themselves at the base of it, near the roots. How strange I thought. I am often watching , waiting for his word and believe there is a message in what I saw. Let me see how it unfolds .

Trees represents the righteous , a spiritual man as the bible says

‘trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord’. Trees are good and necessary for the healing of the nation, but can become diseased and unfruitful.

Mushroom represents fungi, mould, which can position itself and grow on dead or even living things. I have heard that mushroom can even grow on the human body, behind the ear, between the toes… It spreads through lack of care and attention.

I am not a biologist or scientist or geologist but called of God, my spiritual eyes are wide open and I see. I hazard a guess that dogs have been fouling at the base of this tree, causing fungi to grow.

Dogs are everywhere.

The scripture warns us to beware of dogs – they come in all shapes and sizes . They can form entanglements and attachments often leaving little parcels around your base or place if you are not vigilant.

In a parable in Jesus talks about the enemy sowing tares which choke or stunts growth or Satan building camp , where God builds a church.

I didn’t start out thinking of dogs for this piece but I feel the spiritual emphasis is ‘ Beware of dogs’ . Let him who has ear to hear , hear what the spirit is saying to the churches.

The Body of Christ has different parts, ear, hands, shoulder, fingers eyes, feet and toes. Clearly feet and toes are needed to stabilise the head and to enable the body to move – to go. Fungi growing round the base of a tree( spiritually speaking) isn’t good.

The tree I saw today was a beautiful mature English tree which had clearly withstood the heat of the day and test of time but was becoming diseased.

I think about our nation and all that the UK once stood for – Christian values, principles, righteousness, justice peace and a place of refuge.

I think about the Body of Christ and I believe we have a base problem (flesh) and a problem at the root (precepts, laws, policies, practices). We have moved away from divine principles.

The bible says ‘if the foundations be destroyed what will the righteous do’ . What will be do if we allow festering, fungus to climb up our walls, our gates, our windows, to choke our very life and block out the light.

Fungus when it occurs in parts of the natural human body is as a result of gout and is crippling.

If we don’t tend to the spiritual gout, by ministering the unadulterated, undoctered Word of God, none will be able to stand.

Lord help us .

Prayer

Father forgive us for our procrastination that have rendered us ineffectual, stiff and moulding in places . Father we feed , water and use some parts , but other parts of the Body are out of sync and need nutrients and tender loving care.

Father you made us a goodly branch and a righteous seed, tall and significant, endued with power and authority, but birds and foreign bodies have begun to foul take root sucking the very life from us. We cry Forgive and Restore. Restore to us our birthright as a people , as a nation and as a church.

Father, you said let the tares and the wheat grow together till the day of harvest, but we fear if you don’t intervene, there will be little harvest but much damage.

We ask for your divine fertiliser to spray the parts that have become diseased, twisted or unruly. We ask that you scatter, eradicate anything foul or funged (sic) , that may have attached itself to our house, home, church or nation (by our design or default) that is, anything that will do us damage.

Father we know if we don’t take heed, you may intervene for the sake of the majority, pruning from the root and before there is major loss and falling away.

Whilst we pray for a divine pruning for our health sake, we desire it coupled with mercy.

May we grow up straight and tall like the tree that you first planted. May our roots go down deep in good soil.

Help us to leave a legacy for our next generation something which our children will find shelter in and draw from , You – the true source of eternal, verdant , overarching life.

Evangelist Linda Clifford -Hayes

LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK

Evangelist Linda J Clifford-Hayes

August 2018

Many years ago, I was waiting for something from the Lord. During my time of waiting He comforted me , taught me his word and brought me this one ‘let patience have her perfect work’ … James 1:4

I waited 10 years for its fulfilment, but what he promised came through much humbling, learning and increased wisdom, knowledge and understanding, including the shifting of the stumbling blocks and the demise of some of my adversaries.

In this season, I am waiting for something, nay many things…On Wednesday and Thursday night , I had two revelations that a deposit has been made and the other important thing I am waiting for, is mine!! – I saw the papers (not the detail ) but handwriting on parchment, written in my favour.

On Friday morning, I woke and went to work and was innocently making a cup of tea in the kitchen when a colleague said “what is that stuck on the back of your dress”…. I shrieked imagining the worst …. my colleague lifted up my hem and picked off a very small round sticker . She laughed , the sticker said ‘passed’ – you’ve passed. We both laughed but immediately I knew it was a word from the Lord and second confirmation of my dream.

I have come to know my Father’s voice and that He confirms his words with signs following . He speaks in threes. Father, Son and Holy Ghost – He reveals his word for us through dreams and revelations , both in the day and night seasons.

Are you waiting for something? Let me encourage and speak over you :

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thy own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. He is able to bring that thing to pass that you are seeking him for, consistent with his good will for your life. It is not always comfortable waiting, God knows, I know….. but I know that in quietness and rest shall be your strength.

Let patience have her perfect work. I know you too will have a testimony.

In our Father’s Name

Evangelist Linda J Clifford-Hayes