RESTORE

He continues to give me songs in the night. I woke this morning with a word on my heart about my own expression of a need to grow closer – so much closer – I went from living room to kitchen , the dustbin and back and within a short space of time , He brought me a word of comfort and that is about Restoration and who He had called Me to Be . I am going to capture what he sent, said/says here – may it help someone as I am writing I am listening three dimensionally and to a word of worship.

Restoration – causes new life to spring into places of decay

Restoring – the loss that you have suffered because you didn’t realize that thing belonged to you

Restoration – he will restore relationships because we have not understood the purpose or function of those relationships which were ‘intricate to your destiny’

Restoration – taking things out of the box which were originally intended to help you -you may have missed the way or misunderstood that link or relationship

Restoration ….

Restoration …..

Restoration is coming to me and to you

Speaking life, restoration and identity over you – not settling into identities and labels that are way beneath – God is saying to arise and take your place, son , daughter of Zion . It’s time to come to the table , to the plate. God will restore the original intent of who you are – be who you are, not what people say you are, but what God has said you are. He will restore the years the palmer worm and canker worm has eaten. Even if you have gone off track, He will fill those lost years and put you right at the place you were meant to be – He is a Father and is a merciful God.

Thank you for that balm of Gilead Lord. Before we ask you are answering the call of our hearts. By your mercy , Restore.

As I write , I slip in and out of time drawing from the divine and what he has shown and is showing me – he speaks here a little, there a little .

I prayed with someone earlier this morning who was in need (in between the Lord ministering to me as above and now ). I found myself praying the joy of the Lord for this loved one and to ‘rejoice in the Lord always’ . So again, I say “ Rejoice”. dear reader as I believe Father does not want us to be anxious for anything. He is in control.

Leave the dark days of yesterday and shine for the light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. May the ever present , ever living God, be known to you today in greater ways.

May He clean out our cup so that we can take in more and more of Him. More and more of him , so much more. I hear a song and am singing now… as i write. It is the way he has made me. Let his melody flow in the very fibre of your being. Let His word come out.

We want more so much more …

Oh God, we want so much more. Bring back the glory, the Shekinah Glory to break yokes to set captives free. Restoration for us to help us and others and to run our grace. Give us kingdom Grace to run our race..

Let us be oh so more conscious of who we are in you and what you have called us to be – bring back a greater knowledge of you – the things we have laid down to fit in with others, that has brought us back to base, rolling in the mud … help us to get off the dirt track and to stay in our own lane -we realize you speak , here a little , there a little – you are our song. There have been bumps in the road, knocks to our right senses, but let us get back, take control of our own wheel and do what you a have called ‘us’ to do.

You have positioned us for greatness – our name is written – you have called us to do this or that and not another – gifts that you have bestowed on us that we have put on the shelf, delegated , or that we have allowed others to mash down to the ground – to fit in to be accepted. But you made us unique. We are not merchandise, chattel or fodder, but your anointed arrows. Break that spirit of control, remove the usurpers. You called us and not another.

Help us to forgive and to love like you love. Let there be no partiality or respecter of person, but to treat all as you do higher than we hold ourselves.

Forgive us for messages that we have treated like junk mail and oil which we have wasted. Forgive us and try us again – even in this pregnant pause , this time of reset , let us not miss it .

It cannot be business as usual Lord – No……not after this.

Reset us,

Restore us.

Revive us again

Your daughter Linda J

Last day of April in the year of our Lord 2020

Nunc est Bibendum

The Lord gave me this word in a revelation a week ago. It means ‘now is the time to drink’. It was a strange vision of the Michelin man. I almost put the message in the garbage can, until it kept coming back to me and yesterday I had confirmation to ‘write it’.

Mine is to pass on to save and at least win some. I am writing it as I will have to give an account.

I am dreaming and writing in the March 2020 during a period of a pandemic which has affected the world globally. The church is examining itself as needs must and so am I. The Lord is speaking to his people and those who have an ear to ear will hear what the spirit is saying to the churches. This revelation came in April 2020.

If we look at the Michelin man we see that it is a ghastly white form and significantly the body is bigger than the head. In the things of the kingdom, this is not a good look in any way shape or form. Christ is the head of the church and the Body therefore the church, (the Body) needs to come under his leading and be in sync.

The Michelin man is also a figure with no hair. I heard in my spirit this morning, this is because the glory has departed, even though the image was built to show case and represent excellence – the glory has departed. Read 1 Samuel Chapter 1 particularly verses 21-22.

The colour of the image is significant. I believe the Lord is speaking about anaemia and the blood. The Body is anaemic and we need to apply the blood of Jesus, so that life will return. There are certain things that will run and without the blood but they have their end date.

The size of the figure is interesting as it looks like an obese figure. I feel it points to the over gorging and over indulgence which we can all be guilty of , as church. The Lord brought three points this week about gorging and greed and I believe it is a consistent and necessary warning for our time and this hour. We need to be careful on what we are feeding. God knows there is so much on the table right now, some is of God and some is not ; only those with spiritual discernment will be able to distinguish the difference. The children of the kingdom cannot be fooled.

The Bible pointed out to the scribes and Pharisees who took pride in learning and knowledge and becoming puffed up, but their hearts were far from Him. It warns us that there is a danger of ‘ever learning and never being able to come to the knowledge of truth’. I Timothy 3 is worthy of review particularly verses 7 on this point. We are all full of stuff. We seek to endorse man made, self made/ordained rather than God given. We have made ourselves monstrosities – forms of godliness … things that look like….. but are not. We have made idols and images to mark our own prowess and abilities, but which are things that don’t have any eternal value ie wont stand the test of time and will eventually topple over. God knows I include myself , if there is any rebuke.

The Bible says there is none that doeth good. We are not above the Word. May the Lord help us to examine ourselves and consider our ways.

I see two imperatives in the message ‘nunc est bibendum’ that is one of woe and one of mercy. Each one of us have to examine ourselves whether it is a cup of wrath or a cup of blessings.

The Bible says there is nothing new under the sun . I have searched the scriptures this morning to see what else He reveals. These scriptures are worthy of note and further meditation Isaiah Chapter 21 and where we read how the glory departed from Israel . Jeremiah Chapter 8 ; Amos 3 ; St. John 4; and Revelation 16 are also scriptures which are worthy of review.

Inherent in the message (and I see the man made picture and forms strongly in the spirit even as I write a week later), is the need for us to move away from man made forms back to the true worship of God. On the blessing side (and our God is merciful rathering not the death of a sinner) but that all who are thirsty to come to the waters and drink without money or without price. See also 1 Corinthians 10:4.

God is the Head of all things and we need to put him at the centre of all that we do and are doing and ensure that there is a balance in diet and we are building on firm foundations.

The Lord has called the church to consecrate a fast (we were late before Covid with both fasting and prayers and the calling solemn assemblies) and many lacking substance. I believe we should continue to help our people to see how important this is as a lifestyle to prevent gorging and over surfeiting.

I don’t pretend to have all there is to say on this particular image or revelation, but I give you what has been laid on my heart up to this point 27/4/2020. Please feel free to comment knowing that the Lord is watching and listening to all we say and do.

There is a song I want to interject on review which is a song from my childhood and which has just come to mind . It goes :

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s vein

And sinners plunge beneath the flood

Loose all their guilty stains

Loose all their guilty stains

Loose all thier guilty stains

And sinners plunge beneath that flood

Loose all their guilty stains

Nunc est bibendum

May God bless you and keep you and cause his loving face to shine on you and give you peace in all your endeavors and in all your ways.

Linda J UK

Writing today as watchman & prophet

27/4/2020

Alive? So What?

It has been a strange three weeks during lock down where I haven’t felt the impetus to write devotionals as much, but certainly hearing different messages and inspirations from the Lord.

This week I shared with my cell group the word the Lord had impressed on my heart on Thursday this week which was :

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”. Ephesians 2:1

The The NKJV uses the word ‘alive’ rather than quickened, but it is the same thing and it is the word quickening that the whisper of the spirit is bringing to me in my ear at this time and so I will be obedient and stick to this term.

Father posed three questions for me to answer and to ask. These were :

What is being quickened?

Why have we been quickened and for what purpose?

Is this quickening for ourselves or for others?

What is the work that a God has called us to do?

Are we doing it?

I shared the message briefly via ‘zoom ministry’ on Thursday night, but I sensed that He wanted me to say so much more. Two days later and as I rise from my pillow, He is still whispering that word again in my ear. It is ringing loud and clear and now sounds like an imperative. I answer ‘I am here Lord poised with pen in hand waiting and watching to see what else you will say and what you desire for me to impart. Here it is ..

I describe quickening, as the life giving power that we might see under a microscope when the sperm and the egg meets together. There is activity and something taking place. There is no time to lose and the conditions must be conducive, to that life being imparted. When I think of my own conversion, I remember it well at my birth Father’s kitchen sink when I felt the power of the Holy Spirit enter me and move my body and my mouth to a crescendo and a volume, I have never had before. I found myself physically at the altar and the praises of God flying out of my mouth. Before that moment, my body was dead (and if you like) I was still a child of darkness, a child of the prince of the power of the air, flesh and sense ruled. I didn’t know I was in this awful state, neither did I see the kingdom of God coming in, but in my heart, I had asked and had desired change and change came.

We all have different conversion stories, the importance is that we receive the Holy Spirit at the time of our salvation in simplicity and we wait for the fullness, the promise of the Father to come in (see Acts 1:4). What is important for new believers is that they need to know and be told there is something more – the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The late Pastor Bonnke would say (and he said this to me personally) that one of the signs of receipt of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the speaking in tongues . This he said to a team of us evangelists, is ‘proof positive’ that you are now ready to do ministry. And ready we were. 🙃

The reason we are quickened, at the point of receiving Him, is part of our Adoption and change taking place in our DNA (see also Romans 8:5; Ephesians 1:5). It is to receive the manifold, enabling presence and essence of God, to do the things of God. This quickening , in the spiritual realm, is like thunder … we don’t necessarily hear it, but it has snatched us from darkness into His marvelous light.

This light giving and life giving power, is all part of the reason why we are quickened out of the deadness of our selves , our flesh nature, into a new birth, a new born reality and identity as becoming one like him , and as sons of God. (1 John 3:1,2). Born…. hallelujah, not by human selection or prowess, not by corruptible seed or from a Petri dish … but by the design and desire of God, to win us , others and the earth, back to himself . And so we must go do and build kingdom in our homes, frim our contacts , in the market place, the high ways and by ways of life and into lives.

Wherever we are placed in the sphere of society, community or family, the purpose of the quickening is for us to draw from Him and be used in bringing kingdom in, and glory to God.

Hayford in the New Spirit Filled Bible (and commenting on Luke Chapter 17) helps us see that the kingdom of God is not something we see by observation, but that it is a spiritual reality, dynamic force living in the man or woman of God making us kings and priests of the most High God. (See also Rev 5:10). The bible tells is that ‘Wherever the word of a king is there is power’ So we must say and also go do..!

The enemy of soul would want us to be quiet, to seek to hush us up to steal our voice to pour scorn on our calling. God knows, I know… but we don’t sit on this quickening. Neither do we make merchandise or a monument out of it. We get up and do, of his good pleasure.

Indeed , He says ‘greater things shall we do , because He goes to the Father’. (St John 1:50;5:20)

There is no greater time to run your race than during the life you have been given. Dont look to man for confirmation, many religious men missed Jesus. Know what you have been called to do and do it to the honor and glory of God. Christ in us, is the quickening power and the blessed hope of glory, to a dying and impenitent world.

Always remember , This ‘divine spark’ in us triggered by our receipt of the free gift, is not something we receive of men, can do of ourselves, by our good works , but we need to work in concert with the Holy Spirit, remain in Him, to be effective and bring about change for others. We must stoke it up, put the gift to work. So go do.

Written from my pillow

Evangelist Linda J

He called me, named me and sent me….and not any another. I will say and do..of my Father’s good pleasure.

18th April 2020

Without a shadow of a doubt

This word was brought to me over two days ago. Normally I get a quick download of what the Lord might be saying, but I have had to wait on this one… It is very deep and perhaps just now, I wont do it justice , but I am now ready to break some of it to you. May you find something to encourage your heart or something to grab hold of.

It is the first day of April 2020 and most people are shut in. We know this situation has had the effect of closing down monitoring and intervention services which I have played a pivotal part for over 20 years both as nurse, social worker and safeguarding manager and advisor. The plight of the homeless and those living in poverty of finance and general health and well-being has not escaped me and is most pressing at this time. As I write, I think of modern day slavery, child and domestic abuse situations where individuals will be more hidden and vulnerable at a time like this. All we can do is to plead for angelic provisions to drop into those homes, monitoring and giving divine oversight.

It is often only when you get on the other side of suffering that you can say with humility and resolve that ‘all things work together for good for those who are the called according to his purposes’ Romans 8:28 . I’ve been there…. At a time like this, we hold fast the word of faith. Without a shadow of a doubt.. (again from experience), our God is in control.

For the last month, the scripture Psalms 91 has been quoted so many times amongst the ecclesia, to bring comfort in this time of international need and global crisis . A time where many have lost loved ones and begin to despair for their own lives and livelihoods. It reads

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:

my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,

and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers,

and under his wings shalt thou trust:

his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;

nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;

nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday

Psalms 91 : 1-6

For sure, there are good shadows and bad shadows, but He that dwells under the shadow of the good shepherd, will have everlasting habitation and safety in times of storm. The destruction has been wasting in the early morning, at noon day and in the middle of the night – time and tide has waited for no man. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best place to be right now is abiding under the shadow of the Almighty – sufficient is His arms alone and our defence is sure.

The Apostle Paul would say at a time like this, to ‘put on the whole armor of God and do all to stand. ( Ephesians 6:11&13) . No king, no president, no prime minister, no Pope, not even our beloved pastors, can visit, cover, nor protect us right now from this current situation. Without a shadow of a doubt, we need a Savior, who is Jesus.

Do you know Him?

Whether we like it or not, whether inside or out, all our grandiose ideas of the time we think we have allotted here on earth , or what we might do with it, is being challenged. Whether we think we are in charge of our own destinies or not, our very lives and eternal destinies, now hang in the balance.

We are spirit, soul and body, formed in his image , but the spirit and soul never dies; The Bible says , it is appointed unto man once to die, then afterwards the judgement. (Hebrews 9:27). Where will we spend eternity?

Both prince and pauper have been affected. The rug is being pulled from beneath our feet. We have been shadow boxing with an invisible enemy and this enemy means to make a clean sweep but leaving an undeniable foot print on all of our lives.

What we know also is that we are triparte beings formed in his image. Body, soul and spirit. We are three dimensional and multifaceted beings, having the Father, son and holy Spirt, working inherently on our behalf – if we but let them.

I am not a physicist or a scientist but, he who is wisdom works within to bring you good news.

The Bible says that the entrance of his word brings light without the shadow of a doubt, it is the word of God which illuminates the dark places of the earth and take us over into glory.

The ‘dark places of the earth’ are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalms 74:20 . The world has been moved to pay attention to same by the current pandemic that is affecting many nations.

With the help of media projection we have seen those levels of cruelty metered out across our world, many in the name of advancement. We know these issues will multiply in the time of darkness and shut down. Without a shadow of a doubt something else is rocking the global boat.

These are dark times, dark days. There are dark places and dark shadows looming large. These opaque images are not new, but are mounting. They seek to use circumstances to deceive, curtail and limit life choices and chances. The knock that we thought we would never hear in our life time is even at the door. They scatter and seek to drain the life and light and substance out of a thing. These shadows neither transmit light nor allow light to shine in. They come in the form of mirages, dark foul spirits : the spirit of fear, the spirit of death and spirit of oppression , sickness , disease – physical diseases and diseases of the mind.

But the Lord would remind us that he is Lord over the light and over dark places of the earth. He has not given his children that spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind. We are the light of the world and when we abide in him there can be no shadow boxing or darkness. He reminds me whilst writing this piece, that His death on the cross was the place that God chose to reverse the projection of the shadows* that came into being from the ink spots ie the stain formed when Adam and Eve first sinned. For a moment in time – at Gethsemane , darkness did cover the earth, but history shows that it could not nor cannot hide the Son and He Triumphed and still reigns.

Without a shadow of a doubt the Truths of the Bible are being played out in front of our very eyes. The Lord would have me share ‘For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. The scriptures goes on to say

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming”. 2 Thessalonians 2:7 onwards.

Darkness and gross darkness is on the land but Light is coming. Whilst we are waiting we are advised to

be not soon shaken in mind, nor be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (see the whole of 2 Thessalonians 2:2) As the scripture says, this man will seek to sit in the temple of God seeking to deceive many with strong delusions, seeking to show himself as God and using lying wonders to deceive. Be watchful be vigilant and unto prayer.

The Lord would say, stay abiding under his perfect shadow. A thousand might fall at your side,and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with your eyes will you behold and see the reward of the wicked. This is because you made the LORD, your refuge, even the most High, your habitation and dwelling place and during your times of peril and pressure.

Evangelist Linda J April 2020

PRAYER

Father we thank you. We thank you because we know that at the entrance of your word light comes. You have not left us in darkness but you have given us information before the time so that we can make wise choices and remain covered under your wings. You know our frame, we were made in your image. We are multifaceted and multidimensional – a beautiful luminous work of your own art and it is not you who seeks to destroy us , at this time. You are touched by the feelings of our infirmities. You are in control . This covid, covert…..situation has not taken you by surprise.

We ask for your angelic intervention and oversight to homes and situations where that violent hand may take advantage and precedent. May you rule and reign in these situations; bring restraint and stay. Arrest the abuser, silence the accuser, by your Holy Spirit power.

We thank you, because you have made a way for all of us to escape and through the veil. We know that for those whose lives are hid in you death will have no sting and grave will have no victory. We know that some must die and have died …even our own dear loved ones. We ask for your mercy for all to know of you, before that fateful and final day.

May those of us who have covenanted with you, be found in you and under your wings. Until then, increase your wonder working power in us, your spirit of grace and truth. Give us increased faith to stand and wisdom to do well and of your bidding.

We declare that Corona will not oppress, overshadow us, or be our portion. Help us to lay hold on eternal life, looking for the joy and blessed crown, which has been set before us.

Without a shadow of a doubt we know you are on your way.

1st April 2020

*A shadow is a dark (real image) area where light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. A shadow occupies all of the three dimensions behind an object with light in front of it. The cross section of any shadow is a two dimensional silhouette or a reverse projection of the object blocking the light. It is like a little reflection of your body on the ground as the light from the sun outlines your body to form it.