Review of the scriptures

Praise ye the Lord Jesus Christ -today the 31st January 2020 is the day that the UK exits the european market . It is also the day that I reflect on Matthew 25 which tells of two parables, the first being poignant as it was also a departure time, but some people were ready and some were not.

Matthew 25 tells the parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins. The wise ensuring that their lamps were full of oil and burning bright whilst the foolish virgins left themselves open and had nothing to show the bridegroom when he came. On the outside they perhaps looked like they had it all going on- they were virgins after all, but spiritually they were bankrupt, missing the essential ingredient ie oil in their lamps which was the passport to the kingdom. Alas, the bridegroom didn’t recognize these women and they were not given access or an entrance to the marriage supper. The foolish virgins had even tried to purchase the necessary oil from their sisters and attempt to barter their way in but you can’t buy the anointing – it was too late and the wise ones were not going to take that gamble , no not at this late hour, they must have thought. God doesn’t look in the outward appearance , labels or status we have, he looks at what is in the heart .

Today is a planned day for the United Kingdom, whether we like it or not it’s is here and we are leaving. Jesus warns us in Matthew that there is also coming a day when the kingdom of God will come in as ‘a suddenly’ you are either ready or not. All of us can review and reflect whether we have enough oil in our lamps at this moment in time. It’s not too late.

In the second parable Jesus instructs us about the talents we have been given. Some were given talents but hid them, others used and multiplied their gift. Who did Jesus see as good and faithful? In conclusion Jesus in effect answered and said he that has more shall be given, but those who hide their gift or talents, the little that they have will be taken away.

Is God blessing someone in your midst, but you seem stuck ?- are you using what God has given you? You have to start from somewhere. If you use what is in your hand He will multiply.

The rest of chapter 25 is warning us to find something to do in the house of God, bless someone , give to the poor, visit the sick, clothe the naked, feed the hungry. The gift of love the greatest gift. He says : for as often as we do it to one of these little ones , we do it unto Him – dint forget this includes when we hurt or do bad things to others.

One of the first scriptures the Lord gave me in my sleep like a washing machine it went round and round was ‘pure religion and undefiled before the Father is this is to the visit the widows and the orphans in their time of need and to keep oneself unspotted from the world’ . May God help me and us to be faithful to his word.

Today, I don’t know whether I was preaching or teaching..🙃 but the message I think is clear for both me and you in Matthew 25 which I have not exhausted here , for want to time .

I pray that we will be filled with his Holy Spirit, his anointing, his oil so that when the bridegroom comes we are ready. Praying for a perpetual trimming of our lamps day and night so that they shine and give Him glory. Whatever we do we do it as unto the Lord. I pray we will not be negligent of our salvation that was purchased with his blood.

Linda J

31/1/2020

Review of the Scriptures Matthew 24

Matthew 24

It is the last week of January in the year 2020 and we are reading as a church through the New Testament. I am still on track but somewhat behind but this is my summary and reflection of Matthew 24.

Matthew 24 documents the signs of the times , the great tribulation and the second coming of Christ. As I am writing I realize that the scripture is being played out right before our eyes. You have either got to be dead or asleep , deaf or blind if as a child of God you are not sensing the shifting and the warning signs.

Last night my dear old praying mother rang from Jamaica to tell me that there had been a massive earthquake at a scale of 7:7 which shook the ground. Of course this isn’t the first earthquake that we have heard about over the last decade, I think it was 2009 when i was tossed from my bed in the UK by an earthquake that shook the foundations. Matthew warns us this is the beginning of sorrows and of birth pangs.

Right now in our time, we see other levels of devastation and destruction, nations rising against nation, famines and pestilence – the current virus in China which is claiming many lives – the exposing and failures of our governments , human kings and princes . We see that every that everything that can be shaken being shaken.

Here we see the disciples looking into the Lords face and asking ‘when will the end of things be? But theirs was not to know but to discern and to perceive with their spiritual eyes hearts and ears. If we knew the time the train was leaving we would perhaps like the description of the evil servant between verses 45 and 51 ) continue in our sins and leave everything to the last minute. I fear our trust , thrust and faithfulness( as ministers /believers) if we knew the exact time would be compromised. The Lord says not even the angels in heaven know the exact time of the second coming of Christ, rather that we should watch and pray and learn and understand the parable of the fig tree (please review verses 32-33) for your own learning.

What are the others signs Linda you might ask – we see and hear of arson assaults and attacks on the physical church throughout the world at different places. Men and women of God having to go underground to pray and to worship. Our brothers and sisters incarcerated for the Truth of the gospel; We see and feel the infighting and breakdown of social order , even amongst ourselves, our families , our churches and there is a constant falling away. Deception, deceit and murder is normalized and for the slightest conflict, men trying to change the natural order of things and our children following suit. We see a mixture coming into the House, merchandising and false prophets abound, things that look and sound like…. but are not of God. We need to ask for increased wisdom in these dark days.

Do we faint when we see and hear of these things? The Lord through Matthew would implore “hold on” He encourages us to stand up in the face of the attacks and the adversity for it is those that endure to the end who shall be saved. How might we endure? Hayford describes endurance’s as calm perseverance under pressure an active resistant to defeat . I would say it like this Seeing, knowing, but still doing, as men and women of God. The Lord asserts at verse 14 that despite these perils the gospel of the kingdom ie the good news – (the a promise of life after death and resurrection with him ) is sure . It is to this we hold on and exclaim whatever we hear and wherever we go.

Prayer

Father , we thank you for your pre warning of the signs of the times and what we are to look out for. You have not left us ignorant. You desire for us to be on watch and on guard knowing that the time is drawing near when you our Master and Lord will return to give a reward unto every one according to the work we have done in the Body.

Help us to be faithful to the call,to remain watchful and vigilant , persevering in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.

Your words and your world stand sure and will not pass away,. Help us to look up with great expectation for that moment , that hour you put in an appearance and come to call us home.

Your daughter Linda J

29th January 2020

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES – Matthew 23

Today I am reviewing Matthew 23 , it is late in the evening but my Father works and I work and I must press on. Matthew 23 is perhaps one of the most damning of Jesus’ view of those who should know better, in the house, in the family. Here he speaks against self righteousness, self adulation, self aggrandizement of the Scribes and Pharisees . He could be speaking about you and me. Behaviors and attitudes amongst the status quo of a religious sect described by Hayford in his own summary as ‘zealous missionaries of evil, habitual liars’, straining at gnats and swallowing camels.

Brood of vipers, white washed sepulchres – all very negative metaphors that Jesus used to bring the message home of how far they were away from God. The word is for us too. It highlights the dangers and perils if we continue to stiffen our necks away from the Truth. Here Jesus saw and perceived that there was much rendering of the garments, beautiful bordered garments they were – looking good on the outside but no sincerity of the heart. Lips were flapping and making sounds, but there was a disconnect with the heart of God. What should have depicted holiness and righteousness was instead a broken down temple, broken down walls , a religious den with men full of pride. Lazy sanctimonious miseries, fighting for position, prominence and power, but no real relationship with God. Religious men they were, stealing from widows and putting obstacles in the way of those who would desire to be free , be delivered and draw closer to God. Spawning and seeding cursed children modelling habits and behaviours much worst than what they had come to know or had been taught. This ought not to have been so.

Jesus lambasted those who sought grandeur and those who loved to sit in prominent places. As I am writing I reviewed my own behavior and asked the Lord to shine his light on it.

I am clear that Jesus wasn’t saying to sit at the front or the back of the church was how one judged or measured a man, but rather He is more worried about the reason behind any outward work, or decision making ie what is in the heart of that man or that woman. Is what they do for me or is it for men ? You can sit at the back of a church in a corner looking pious and still be a child of hell or on your way there.

In reprimanding and counselling Jesus was also not saying that his children should be stifled or silenced or not seek to advance . He says in his word to desire the best gifts and to excel in your gifting, but it is what is in your heart that matters. It is He (our God) who tries the heart and reins.

Jesus knew their hearts as they stood before him reading the word. He knew that knowing that the word was not enough, it was not finding any place in their hearts. There was no evidence of change. These were men who set up road blocks, traps; men who got in the way of others. Spreading their deadly poison they kept others stuck, prevented them from repenting or opening up , preventing others to grow or come to the knowledge of the one true son of God. Jesus was walking amongst them how he grieved he had wanted to do so much more but they refused and remained both deaf and blind.

These men were forked tongue hypocrites. On one hand kept the feast and ordinances, for big out crocodile tears – lamenting on how the former prophets had been killed, but doing their best to get rid of the blessed son of God. Jesus’ light shone and exposed their darkness and they couldn’t bear it – the scripture tells us they beat their chest and tore their clothes at the Truth.

That was the world then, sadly there are signs of this operative now across the collective of what should be the Body of Christ ; lets pray that the Lord brings us conviction where there is a need for same both on the individual and collective sense and across his Body.

Prayer

Lord, all have sinned and come short of your glory and righteousness. For indeed your word declares that all our righteousness is as filthy rags before you. We can’t be made holy by our dress, our works our long prayers or our sayings.

Lord if there be any self willed or wicked way in us continue to reveal to us by the light of your word and by your Truth. Teach us to walk not as fools but as wise knowing the days are evil. Help us to set our affections on the things above rather than the things of this world. May our gaze be on you not for filthy lucre or on widows houses. Teach us how to clean out the cup so that you can come near to us and pour out your manifold blessings. Lord often you have longed to gather us, but we remain stiffnecked cold and hard hearted. Break down the idols of our hearts and homes. Get us out of the way. Remove the road blocks and traps we have set to manipulate , catch , slander or label others. Help us to be ministers of divine love , those that bring peace and joy rather than misery. Help us to be ministers that lift burdens rather than ones piling on more than others can bear.

Help us to be doers of the word rather than hearers or prescribers. Take away pride, self rule and pomposity. Stamp your own image your precepts and your laws, deep on our hearts.

Your daughter

Linda J

January 27/1/2020

Linda

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES – MATTHEW 22

Praise ye the Lord Jesus Christ . Yesterday I realized, dancing is like writing and today confirm that writing is like dancing. How I love to write.

We are reading the New Testament together as a church and it has been a blessed exercise for me. I am again today, seeking to share my notes and reflections of Matthew 22.

I start with a pivotal verse from Psalms 110 which the Lord refers to in Matthew 22 and which sets the tone of the message of the chapter, I believe. It is from the beloved KJV version

The Lord said unto my Lord,

Sit thou at my right hand,

until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion:

rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness

from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent,

Thou art a priest for ever

after the order of Melchizedek.

Here we see in this chapter , three groups of people , the Pharisees, the Saducees and the Scribes going about to plot and to seek to trick or trip Jesus up about taxes, the resurrection and the law, but how Jesus continued to ‘rule in the midst of his enemies’. Jesus had an answer to every scheme and plot that they had huddled together devised, and brought forth planning to topple or overthrow him. They failed miserably. Throughout, our Jesus continued to personify, grace, wisdom and truth.

Perhaps the beauty of the chapter 22 , is the famous parable about the wedding feast and the wedding garment. Most of us can visualize and get into the essence of what Jesus was trying to convey from this parable. Who would refuse an invitation to a royal wedding and from a King ? Who would attend a royal wedding dressed inappropriately? Of course Jesus is not referring to a natural wedding, nor a physical garment but he is talking about spiritual issues, invitation to accept the free gift of salvation and with it inherent righteousness which only accepting him can give. The righteousness of God can only be accepted through Christ Jesus. We can hear about Him but his seal , his identity has to be on our hearts for that day when the King will be present to inspect. There are many people in our world, good people who believe that their good works and how they are dressed will be sufficient for them to be accounted ‘should’ (they say) there be an afterlife. There are many people who have heard about Jesus, think he was a good man, a good prophet but they haven’t taken the next step to receive him as their personal savior . These people are therefore not covered, not dressed, not yet ready for the marriage feast and certainly wont pass the scrutiny of the Kings steely gaze.

What we see and can conclude from Matthew 22, he exasperated them with his wisdom – he silenced the accuser. In all he said and did he quoshed , countered every ordinance, rule and regulation , bringing it to the obedience of his lordship and majesty both before , during and after the cross.

PRAYER

Lord we thank you for the spirit of truth and grace in which you walked and which we seek to emulate. Lord we want to declare that your word in us continues to grow and prevails. As the Psalmist wrote (acknowledging you so many centuries ago) so we write and acknowledge your deity your lordship , your majesty over us and over all. We write not as the scribes with the dead letter, rotes and rights of the law, but with the unction of your blessed Holy Spirit.

We thank you because you have lived up to your promises. You have sent the rod of your strength . Those called by you continue to rule and reign and are empowered to lift up your Holy name . We want to render to you the fruit of our lips and the prayers and worship from our hearts. We will rule in the midst of our enemies.

Lord you have given us power with men and power with you. You teach our hands to war and our fingers to fight. You have made us like sharp threshing instruments and our feet like hinds feet. We hold on knowing that you have gone to prepare a place for us.

Help us to prepare our hearts and our garments for that great supper which will certainly take place and not too long from now.

We want to be there, we want to see you, we want to know you more . Let us see your glory and the half that has not yet been told.

Dress us in your righteousness. Seal us with covenanted promise.

Give us the bright and morning star.

Your daughter

Linda J

26/1/2020

REVIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES – MATTHEW 21

I am on Matthew 21… you may be further ahead but I am trying to digest what I read and also the Lord directs my steps. I want to first start today with a prayer, the prayers capture some of the chapter.

PRAYER

Father we thank you for your word. Forever it is settled in heaven. Lord we see even this week how out of the mouths of babes on Irenes own page, you perfect praise. You called and we answered and we so want to keep in step with you and humble ourselves under your mighty hand. You have been triumphant in our lives and we know you went the way of the cross for us. Thank you for these parables that are assisting us to review and reflect on our own heart’s state. We want so much to be like you. Thank you for the fruit and the gifts – you are perfecting a great work in us through the power of your Holy Spirit.

MY NOTES AND REFLECTIONS – MATTHEW 21

After depicting the lowliness yet triumphant entry of Jesus , Matthew 21 covers a number of parables – situations and challenges Jesus was exposed to , the need to cleanse the temple which had been taken over by people merchandising and working against the proper plan of God for his house; the challenge of his authority and attempts to usurp by the scribes who saw themselves as above the letter and spirit of the law. With the parables he covers (and Matthew records) the two sons , one who deliberately refused to follow then repented, one who said he would, but didnt. The parable of the wicked vinedressers – mean and merciless men who wanted to steal from, and murder the rightful heir through jealousy and to line their own pockets. The inherent message of faith in the lesson of the fig tree – and the ability to do likewise and in His name if we believe but also the perhaps more hidden subtle message (not so obvious at first) but made clearer later, that Jesus expects us to bear fruit and expects to find something on us ie those who represent his trees of righteousness.

The meekness of Jesus is personified by his mode of transport (a donkey) and as Hayford describes Jesus’ ministry depicting ‘humble wisdom and penetrating love’ .

In our cell this very week we were talking about meekness as one of the fruit of the spirit. Someone was giving a testimony about change ie how they would previously have handled conflict and how they now go about it – how that might seem to others as cowardly, or the person getting away with the hurt. It was note of a positive change and better way to do things – a higher law taking place.

In theses verses of Matthew here in Chapter 21 , we see Jesus perhaps also looking like someone who was cross or angry or out of control as he upturned the money changers and expressed disdain, piercing the hearts of those who heard his parables by his pointed messages, but we know hatred and hurt was far from him. Whatever he did, it was with love in line with what he had been called to do ie to bring about kingdom principles. Again, Hayford describes His ’ meekness as ‘having inherent power, but under perfect control’. Jesus also knew the time and timing to do things . Whatever he did was to leave a legacy for us to follow in the way we answer or go about our individual and respective calls.

In the parable of the wicked vinedressers we see how those left with rich resources and positioned for blessings can behave. Each of us have been given an opportunity to dress the vine to be part of the harvest. Significantly we note that we need to be very careful in the House we have been left to care for. We are not to merchandise the things of God but to use our gifts to the edifying of the body and the healing of those in need. This chapter at verses 33-44 shows us what will happen if we don’t steward what God has given us well – here I also believe he is making a link with the earlier example of the fig tree. The word says what he has blessed us with will be taken away and given to others who can and will bear fruits.

PRAYER

May we use the delegated authority and inherent power that Jesus has given us well.
May we not merchandise our gifts or the flock or turn the temple into a market place.
May we be ready to do of his good pleasure and walk not as fools but as wise redeeming the time for the days are evil. May we always have the perfect answer of peace and a reason of hope to those who may criticize and challenge how he directs what we do , what we say and how we walk. May we be fruitful and bud. May we stay ever close to him in the procession with praise on our lips and in possession of his blessed Holy Spirit.

Linda J
Written 26/1/2020

Sharp threshing instruments by Evangelist Linda J 15/1/2020

I am having my kitchen refurbished. No fancy stuff, just streamlining and getting rid of the excess baggage. My God how many wooden spoons do you need in a kitchen??!! They are everywhere jumping out at me…..Some have to go….As I am preparing for the workman to come, I say let me start on the cutlery draw.

Some of you don’t know my story. No time to tell it here, but for a couple of years I have been on the road in ministry and in transition and along the way I left stuff and have acquired stuff . The last temporary accomodation I was in, all my kitchen items were in storage , but on the day of moving in I saw a lady across the road was moving her daughter out of her house. She blessed me with so many of the essentials I needed at the time… including a ironing board. I laughed because she had everything I needed and I knew it was the hand of God again, meeting my needs.

I moved into my own forever home last year, again a blessing from God and was able to get my own stuff out of storage but just not had the time to do a sort through. It has been a whole year .. can you believe how time flies? Today is the day that anything having bits missing or broken or

too big , broad, dull, bent , crooked blunt will have to go. Tarnished brown tea stained spoons, which should be silver and shiny will have to be scrubbed bleached and polished and better scrub up or they will have to go…

Don’t you just hate it when you are drinking soup in a bowl and the spoon you have chosen just too big for your lips…??? steady…..and just not the right fit… !!! I have my special spoons and my special knives which i brought at cost but are just right for the job I want to do . I go through and bag all the ones that might help someone else.

I think about our Father and how he must also do this exercise when he is looking for a tool or a vessel to use and that tool or vessel is just not right or has become rusty or damaged. As I reflect I remember the scripture in Isaiah ‘I looked for a man but I could find no one ‘ ( Isaiah 63:5 ) so my own righteous right arm (Jesus ) was the one to bring salvation.

I will reflect more on this over the day, but as I am writing I hear the Lord talk (whisper in my ear) about threshing instruments which takes me to Isaiah 41 – This chapter speaks to me about many thing about the oft perilous journey of the called out ones ie going from place to place and the things encountered along the way as a result of being chosen of God. I include it here as I believe Father wants me to and by way of encouragement and shining a light on this my own piece : Of course it is my beloved King James Version.

2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east,

called him to his foot,

gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?

he gave them as the dust to his sword,

and as driven stubble to his bow.

3 He pursued them, and passed safely;

even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.

4 Who hath wrought and done it,

calling the generations from the beginning?

I the Lord, the first,

and with the last; I am he.

5 The isles saw it, and feared;

the ends of the earth were afraid,

drew near, and came.

6 They helped every one his neighbour;

and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith,

and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil,

saying, It is ready for the sodering:

and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

8 But thou, Israel, art my servant,

Jacob whom I have chosen,

the seed of Abraham my friend.

9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,

and called thee from the chief men thereof,

and said unto thee, Thou art my servant;

I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

I will reflect some more on these thoughts but as I close this piece a prayer comes.

Prayer

Father, thank you for calling us and choosing us and thinking we are fit for your use.

We love to hear your voice in the quietness of the morning . Reminding us and instructing us of who we are in you. I have been very busy this morning , doing innocuous things but you have spoken to my heart. We just want to stop sometimes and be filled up again with you and so that we can help and encourage others. Help us to minister out of the overflow of what you are depositing and not seeking our own thoughts or running on empty.

Thank you for journey and the blessings and the many lessons you have taught (and are teaching us) through your word and your world. You made everything beautiful, in its time and can make everything new by the breath of your nostril.

Lord I pray that you will continue to find us fit for your service ie not too big for the cup we must sometimes sip or drink , neither thinking ourselves too small for the task you desire us to do, neither hiding away under someone else’s lamp or light.

Lord when you choose you chose well. You know the end from the beginning and what we were crafted and designed for. No one understands our idiosyncrasies like you… Each man has his own individual use, individual gift. May we find our place.

Father we want to be a sharp threshing instrument in your hands. Sometimes you will place us in hot water and when we need to become part of the necessary stir……sometimes you have to polish or bend us a little when we are going out of shape, becoming dull , disheartened or discouraged. Continue to do so . Continue to use me/us. I leave my life, my loves, my treasure, my passion, the journey and the choices I must make, in your hands.

Your daughter

Linda J

15/1/2020

On a continuum, For You ..!!!

Evangelist Linda J New Years Day 2020

Happy New Year everyone what a great crossover service into 2020 it has been already. I woke up with the word on my lips and a prayer in my heart and I intend to continue to be intentional in my walk. Mine is to write and to break bread.

I am sure wherever you were or are (and if you have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ) then you will have given him Thanks for seeing you through another year. I know some didn’t quite make it.

You know as I was just taking my daughter to work at 6:00 am this morning (and encouraging and ministering to her as a good mother should do)I found myself saying “J … blah blah blah…. she was listening intently. As I was speaking the Holy Spirit began to minister to both me and to her. He says this :

Much has already been said about 20/20 vision and that is correct – He works in perfect numerical order, the world and order of things created and timed for a divine purposes. Times and seasons, concepts are not birthed in man , but these are God’s idea which he shares with us and he wants us to have increased wisdom and perfect vision for these end times. He said in essence , the perfect vision that will bring actualization is the scripture you already know Linda … it is “seeing those things which are not as thou they are” … This is supernatural vision, seeing with the eyes of the Spirit and as our dear Pastor H encouraged last night, seeing from an higher plane…. and seeing as God sees.

This is the power of faith espoused in Hebrews 11 (see full chapter below and for ease). To appropriate the things which are ours by right, we will have to bring them into being. Simply put : If you cant see it you cant get it. Faith without works is dead. Your eyes and vision must become alive to possessing that thing.

What do you see?

An old pastor used to say in relation to the word of God , don’t stop talking it don’t stop saying it ..it stills sets me on fire .. but I say now in terms of vision ‘don’t stop seeing it!!!

See those things which are not, as though they are. See yourself sitting in your new house in the new chair ( I can testify that one works… ) see yourself in that new job, new career. Again testimony..!!! See yourself being handed that award, that certificate (and particular for our young people and charges at the beginning of their academic career) they need this encouragement to see themselves , as achievers and overcomers – as having started and finishing well.

Ministries of healing? See yourself or that person healed. See them walking out of their situation. See it aggressively. Friends, loved ones brethren locked up spiritually or physically? See those angels ascending, descending , transcending on their behalf , see those prison doors fly open.

Keep on seeing it and not only that, position yourself to receive it and them.

I am writing with many situations in mind this morning. Only God knows my times. I believe we are going to see the supernatural power of God in its full manifestation my time and a mighty harvest coming in. I have seen it ..and will continue to see it.

Some of you have been laboring for years and sometimes get discouraged. When Lord ? When ? But faint not. God knows your situation and your labour of love and He sees. He will bring all that concerns you to pass and for your favor in his own good time.

His word says : He sees , the end from the beginning (that is His continuum) and His counsel stands. (Isaiah 46:10). His counsel stands in and for your life. My prayer for you is that your eyes will become embolden with the promises of God which are YES, and AMEN. Not for us a dead ineffective Christianity. Not for us soothsayers. We want to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives and on a continuum, just as He said it would. Abraham did not see those promises fulfilled, but believed and we can now testify that God did not short change him. Abraham’s God is the same God. We too will have and leave a testimony.

As I close, I want to say this : Don’t just help yourself in the seeing …. help others to see. Be not selfish in well doing ..pass it on!! Some of you, God has given you great and precious promises, great responsibilities, roles and position (some lowly and unseen) but none the less, delegated responsibility over his flock. Extend your vision. Use your gifting well. Let the joy of the Lord be your strength. Be quickened and excited about the the things of God. Encourage each other in the word and whilst we see the day of the Lord fast approaching – He has told me to say ‘He is on his way’.

Today, I have a vision: I see the scales of justice being balanced ; I see everything in perfect order, full recompense of reward and there is great peace here on earth.

I believe, that as we are seeing , saying and receiving, we will see the Kingdom of God come into full manifestation and before our very eyes, wherever we are working Him out, in this world.

I write knowing that I will have to give an account. May the Lord continue to bring you back to my remembrance, in times of fasting and seasons of intercession and prayer. May he continue to give me the grace to minister his heart to you.

Yours in His Service

Evangelist Linda J

1/1/2020

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.