Many a slip twixt cup and lip

By Evangelist Linda J September 2018

Many years ago my favourite tipple on a Friday night after work was whisky and dry ginger or barcadi and coke. I could also down a bottle of the lethal drink ‘Thunderbird’ before going partying to get myself in the mood. My husband and his many friends loved to drink, this was how they socialised – this was 1980’s England after all. I can see that if it wasn’t for the Lord, I could easily have been pulled down that slippery slope.

Whilst occasionally I will have a glass of wine (say once or bi monthly …) my main drink now is the drink of the Holy spirit and how I thirst for this each day.

I work with a number of families where drink addiction has been the issue that has destroyed, caused harm or discord. I would also say my marriage ended because of my husband’s socialising and drinking and the impact on family life. I lost a work mate to this horrid addiction. She was a beautiful young woman who seemed at the time, as having everything one might desire in life.

As I drive to church in my neighbourhood, I see other beautiful young men and women wasted by drink. One young girl (one of my young people from my youth leader years). I see her every week – she doesn’t remember me- she cant her brain is pickled. Just a young slip of a girl – beauty faded -looking haggard, like a wizened older lady. The drink did it.

I see her and them, (those controlled by drink & other things), lying down in shop doorways, waking up, stumbling, with the can in hand – empty ‘can/tin bottle heads’, ravished by the devil’s own cup.

I write from a position of knowing the pull of a drink, but I so much want to convey Father’s heart on the issue. Sometimes my own heart feels hard from the culture and environment that is around, which we have created, which can stifle , immobilise and stullify. We are drowning in addictions. Does anyone see or genuinely care about anyone, anyway….?

Each week, I watch and wait. I watch and wait to see what he will say to me and what he will show me. I see the ones who stoop to save. I see those who turn their face and don’t give a damn.

Just a kind word, a hug , a word of care that is all it takes to be salt and light.

It is so easy to like those, who like us, look like us, talk like us, sit like us and smell like us. We are good actors and we pretend sometime to care, but we don’t. There is no heart. God knows.

It is easy to be offended by those who drink, but I know the pull of that past time, the packaging , the shape of the bottle, the label, the smooth liquid, the first smell which tells you where you are about to go….. I also know the ‘after smell’ , the foolish talk, foolish acts, the sting it has in its tail.

Those who live in a bottle (for that is their address ..) will be prone to attacks (mind and body) disaster (accidents and illnesses) disappointments (broken marriages, relationships and employment). But for sure, they pickle their brains, kidneys , liver with drink for a reason and then its too late.

I have never been addicted to alcohol, but I wrote this piece with many individuals in mind. I write to warn and also to comfort.

The old English adage – ‘many a slip…… came to me this morning . It can mean other things, but it sums up my thinking on the matter of drink – the mechanics and dangers of drinking – the enemy’s ploy to take us out.

It is a good many years since my first drink as a young teenager – I thought I was mature enough and wise enough to drink at 16 …. I have had many slips down the road in terms of life choices and yes have used drink for strength, to comfort and to quell fears.

Thank God for his grace and saving power to draw me away from the slippery slope of what might have developed into dependant, binge drinking. Let me tell you only Jesus brings comfort and can quell fears.

I want to write a prayer specifically for those addicted to alcohol this morning as it is laid on my heart.

PRAYER

Father I want to bring the issue of abusive drinking to you. You came to give us life, your life. We cant find it in a bottle.

Father teach us the good and perfect way for our lives. How to be, how to walk, how to lift our cups up to you, so that you can fill us, with that new wine of heaven.

We drink alcohol to feel good about ourselves, to drown our sorrows, to numb pain and to quieten insecurities. Some drink to fill the empty void or to block reality. Empty us of self whether that is pride or shame. Let us now face you.

Whether we drink or dont drink, let us not be the vessel that leads others to drink. Help us to open up and receive your word.

Wean us Heavenly Father from the cup of this world. Fill us instead with your own holy spirit.

You are our only sure foundation. All other ground is sinking sand.

We pray for ourselves and a nation drowning in drink and despair that you will heal it, at the head and at the heart.

The head so that wisdom is the principle thing in deciding on private and public policy about drink and drinking . At the heart, so that we ever respond in love to the ravishes of drink, dis-ease and disaster – the things which affect individuals whom we know, love and work with. Let us not be weary in well doing, hurt or look down our noses at others.

In moments of sobriety, bring those who are destined for Sheol – those who have signed a covenant with death, to their senses.

Wake us from our sleep, from the stupor, from the mediums, false gods, addictions we have used to comfort and to quiet our souls.

Help us to be that kind soul that reaches in and pulls someone out.

Let our gates be salvation and our walls praise.

Restore our city.

Restore our families. Heal our land.

Drive out the culture of abusive drinking by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Your daughter

Evangelist Linda J

Whatsoever things are …….

By Evangelist Linda J Sept 27 2018

Two days ago and again…. I was being attacked and undermined in a situation. I saw how God used his grace on my life to keep me calm and my spirit man refused to rise to the occasion and the temptation of a counter attack.

The person did it publicly and a lot of people listening. But because of my response, they saw her for who she is and me for what I am and what I say I stand for.

The last two weeks , Father has been bringing two lessons to me and how to live out the meaning of his word in my life.

The first is

Philippians 4 :8

whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Every time a thought comes into my head to respond, or think in a certain way about a situation, about an event, about a person , I ‘wash it’ with the word. I shared it with my daughter.

People will be what they want to be and to you. You cant change them, but you can change You.

What are we about as Christians? Is it not to become more and more like him?.

The second word He gave me which is linked with this, is this :

He says Linda, when we respond like this the fruit of the spirit : joy, peace, long suffering, patience, kindness, faithfulness, love, gentleness, self control, matures.

It is in you …and to overcome.

And so a prayer comes

Prayer

Father, I thank you because your banner over me is love. Because of this, I can respond in love. I know no weapon formed against me will prosper. Because of this, I know no tongue that rises up against me in judgement, will prevail.

Lord, it is your gentleness which has made me great. You have taught me all those years ago (when i was being squeezed..) that in quietness and in rest, my strength will come. It has come.

I ask you that you continue to transform my mind with the power of your love. I don’t want to stay stuck in the same old same old responses to this or to that … – the ever listening to your Word, but never coming up to maturity. I want to continue to grow up like a mature christian – full of good fruits.

Father, increase your wonder working wisdom in me , in us, so that we can see every situation for what it is and who it is.

We are not fighting against flesh and blood ie – that woman or that man . You will deal with them in your own good time…. But we are fighting against spiritual wickedness in high places – the host of Satan trying to wound us and pull us down. We are more than conquerors in your Name and we live to fight this fight of faith another day.

Father, today and every day, as we go about our business, let us all, say and think on things which are honest, just, pure, lovely and of a good report.

Thank you for your beautiful word.

Your daughter Linda J

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My Be-erlahairo , My Saviour

By Evangelist Linda J

I can’t even write what happened to me today, can’t even speak it, my heart is so full, but I want to confirm that my God is sooooh real and he gave me favour, again and again and again. In the space of 24 hours, I have seen him look after me and show me his love. I also saw the blessing of the hour, falling on my seed.

Was it Hagar who called a well Beerlahairoi which means ‘the God who seeth me’ (see Genesis 16:14)? Well my papa is Beerlahairoi.. the king who sees me . He saw my need today and showed me his love and power here on earth.

You know the bible says that a book of remembrance is written in heaven of those who fear him and those who mention his name to one another (see Malachi 3:16). I need no pumping or prompting. He sees me. I see him..!

Father, I recognise your hand in my life today. The details doesn’t matter. I just want to ‘big you up’.

I am not doing it for recognition, but through my love , the acknowledgement of your divine hand working in my life and my knowledge of the special love you have for me.

I want to encourage other’s that they can trust in you. That you see and are able to meet every need (even the seemingly irrelevant) . You go before us, you order our steps. You bless and bring good things to pass.

Your daughter

Linda J

You called me ‘beautiful joyful spirit’

22nd September 2018

Correct, Console , Cherish the seed

For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,

36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

By Evangelist Linda J Sept 3

I was listening to a lady who gave her testimony yesterday of a yoke being broken. She spoke with dignity of her childhood anguish of being physically abused by her birth father ie being beaten with the belt and also with the buckle part of the belt…’ She is an English well turned lady and I couldn’t believe it but know so many with that same experience.

She exclaimed how she rejoiced when that father died. It sounded so sad, but I know that feeling of relief when your persecutor or oppressor is no more…. I have both personal and professional experience of what she shared and some insight of the pain.

I woke this morning thinking about it – how can a parent destroy their own seed?

I thought of a farmer having a field of beautiful crops and then he himself trampling on them….This is what a parent does when he or she abuses a child. They destroy their own seed.

The bible does say ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ but Father didn’t mean to destroy /murder or maim the child. Rebuke must be tempered in love.

I speak now not only to the domestic family but also to church family. Temper any rebuke with love and remember the precious seed.

We are to steer our children (our charges) in the right way, but in love and with love.

That harsh punitive spirit must go in the Name of Jesus. That soul destroying, seed crushing attitude must leave in the Name of Jesus. That spirit of Pharaoh, spirit of Herod, spirit of slavery, spirit of control and rejection must go in the Name of Jesus. Out of our homes. Out of our churches and pews…..out of our offices, governmental chambers, policies and procedures, in the Name of Jesus.

Many of us have the same battering stories to tell, but that father, mother, leader, teacher , politician who is abusive and wounds another is destroying their own seed. How foolish.

Water and replenish the seed.

Look after the tender plants you have been blessed with. Correct Console, Cherish and do it in love. Check your face, check your attitude, check your hand, check your heart.

Asking God to heal our broken hearts so we learn to love as he loves. Asking God to heal those wounded spirits.

Evangelist Linda J

3rd September 2018

Lamentations 3:31-36

For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,

36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.