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.

In danger of choking!!

The other night I had a dream about a catalytic converter. I am not a mechanic nor an engineer, but the Lord showed me a number of things from this dream.

The word our dear Pastor preached last Sunday about the value of the chair, the table and reading (basically sitting at Fathers feet and taking time out to hear read and grow),was part of my discipline this morning . The Lord indeed set the table…and brought back a dream to me from what I thought was a random choice of reading material Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson 2011.

As I read , the dream I had three days ago, came immediately back to me.

Let me explain the dream and then share the revelation.

In my dream I had seen that not only had I forgotten to put my brakes on my car but as I tried to leap into it, to stop it reversing down the road or into someone car, I mounted the kerb and the catalytic converter was bashed off. That was the dream..

I keep a journal so I know I had the dream on the 10th December. I researched what a catalytic converter is supposed to do.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine into less-toxic pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction (an oxidation and a reduction reaction). courtesy Wikipedia*.

I said I wasn’t a mechanic, but in a nutshell, a catalytic converter is on the vehicle for a purpose and it reduces toxicity. I understood what the dream might be saying and the warning on one level , and parked it….(so to speak ). I have learned that the Lord speaks , line upon line, here a little there a little…. I knew there was more to it.

Today I find it.

In encouraging a more simplistic life and way of being, Jan writes,

‘We cannot get hold of the genuine transformation we desire, because we are trying to breathe in the oxygen of real life with God, without breathing out the daily chaos which chokes out such interaction’ p 8 .

What I believe Father saying is from my dream (and in my own words) is the following:

We will make mistakes and errors and cant make progress, when we don’t practice letting go and letting God. We are at risk of exhausting ourselves and becoming toxic, if we dont slow down , put the hand break on and take stock of where we are.

How to?

The author states … ‘we practice simplicity when we intentionally arrange our life around God – what he is doing in this world and let the rest drop off… ‘p9

Don’t you just love how Father speaks ?

This word is clearly for me and I own it (and am examining myself), but it may have resonance with you(?). The Lord has taught me to give a portion to seven and to eight as we don’t know what evil is on the earth ( Ecclesiastes 11:2) and so I will always share what I get where I think it might be necessary… Do Listen…

Let’s not close down his voice through feigned protocols and man made forms of respectability. He’s trying to get a word in… He wants to talk with us, for each other, for the betterment of our families, our churches, our community, our nation.

He has commissioned me to write and to say. He is speaking to us each and every day.

Prayer

Father , I thank you for your word which has acted like a catalyst for self-examination. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It brightens my dark understanding .You know the way that I take ; You open up the portals of heaven to show us wisdom , your mercy and your grace. You are a gentle Father.

Lord you desire good things for us – to rest and to wait on you. You don’t want us to be bruised or bashed about or to break down and fail but you want us to flow from within in the spirit. Lord help us to consider our ways. The things that keeps us rushing from A to B which takes us away from you. Lord take us away from anything that is toxic or produces poison in our environment – be that people or places or things. Father , you be our priority , our shield and buckler, our necessary mechanic and food , resource and friend in our times of need. You be the air we breathe.

Thank you for your gift of revelation and knowledge that you have imparted to us and our world. May we use these gifts wisely to help others. Lord we lay ourselves before you and ask you to continue to shining your spot light on areas of our life that needs adjustment.

Yours always

Your daughter , Linda J

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Let the Blood Speak..!

I have been reading ‘Accessing the Courts of Heaven’ by Robert Henderson this morning. I have been significantly moved. The author asks us to contrast the blood of Abel with the shed blood of Christ to enable a better understanding of the blood ‘crying out’ for God to step in to act on a matter.

In Abel’s case, the Lord said to Cain (his murderer) , ‘the blood of your brother cries out from the earth for vengeance ‘ (see Genesis 4:10). In the case of Jesus, the Lord God shows us that his blood cries (present continuous tense ) out for mercy and forgiveness , for his assailants (yes forgiveness) for those who forsook and murdered him), which includes me and you.

I am sitting reflecting on this in a new way , ie as a mother for a son taken unjustly . It is 5:00 am in the morning but for the first time my spirit man is raised in indignation for this assault and in a generation where life is taken so cheaply.

Eve was still alive when Abel was murdered and she went onto have another son Seth… but you can’t replace a child for another and one cannot but, understand her grief. The plans she must have for Abel, taken so abruptly and by the hand of his brother.   You can almost hear the exasperation and horror in the voice of  God as he exclaimed to Cain ‘What have you done?”  . From then on the spirit of murder and and untimely death reigned here on earth.

Fast forward to Calvary.  

We know Jesus’ mother would have been severely distressed to see her son stripped, whipped and hung on a cross to die when he was innocent – came to seek and save that which was lost – The book of John 19:25 records her as being there at the foot of the cross.

The pain of a mother’s heart, the indignation, the injustice of a life taken just went to a new level, in my understanding and as I am reading today.

I am moved in my spirit not because I have only just realised the atrocity that happened to our Lord, but something else has shifted in my spirit.  

What is that you might well ask?

It is the sense of the depth of sacrifice made for us by and through the shedding of his blood.

Jesus was moved to compassion to stand in the gap for us on the cross and we know there was a plan and a purpose of redemption through this selfless act.  His death and shed blood, brought immunity to us , immunity from eternal damnation if we, but would receive it from his spent cup.

The issue of the blood that speaks,  is so deep.. I am only just touching the surface.

What is the message of salvation and the blood that I seek to impart here?

If we can but catch a little of the love and compassion a mother has for her children(see also the diplomatic immunity case that is currently in the news )  it will assist us in understanding the heartfelt fervency, the sense of indignation from a mother, a father against an injustice happening to a son or a daughter.  This is the sense of indignation our God had for us – that he said ‘let the blood of my son speak…. no other remedy for you and I, was possible. No other person was found worthy.

Our Lord Jesus laid down his life willing for us (the innocent for the guilty) so that we can be pardoned from our sins – namely our salvation –  the clearing of past sins (from Adam) and whenever we might sin in the future – if ….we receive it by faith in his Name.

Once through….washed and sanctified, we have access to the Father, the righteous judge, through the  courts of heaven again through his blood. The blood, shed, brings a perpetual washing – not just once a year (like under the old mosaic law and covenant ), but a new and better way, daily access and once and for all.

In terms or prayer and intercession, (which is the subject matter of Henderson book) the shed blood of Jesus meted out mercy and grace and pardon, so we can approach his courts , not only for ourselves but for others in His Name.  

Indeed, the author writes ‘when you start picking what the shed blood of Jesus did and does, it cannot but stir up the passion of God inside of you to enter into his courts to get the job done (through prayer and  intercession) and to ensure we utilise the power of the blood calling on his Name.

If we can grasp and understand the authority we have been given and be able to use that in prayer and intercession, we can intercede correctly and wrest the souls of our children, our nations back from the land of he enemy and do greater things (I see body parts being restored) in His name.

Reader, the shed blood of Jesus speaks to better things than that of Abel’s- it is redemptive, full of mercy and was shed for all.  

I will leave you with the following imperatives:

  • In times of peril, let the blood speak
  • In situations of death, disease and distress, let the blood speak.

Let the shed blood of Jesus speak into your life and into that situation . Call on it, claim it. It was shed for me and for you and for this very reason , that we can come boldly to the throne of grace .

Pursue your birthright, the remedy for your sin which is found in faith in Jesus Christ.

The blood of Jesus spoke (and is speaking )and will forever be a testimony for you in the courts of heaven.

Let the blood speak and silence the accuser of the brethren, in Jesus’ Name.

Evangelist Linda J

14/12/19

IS ANYBODY (T) HERE? ​​​TAKING A CHANCE AT RADICAL PRESENCE                    

It goes without saying that working with people with Alzheimer’s or dementia or significant mental health difficulties, require different types of approaches, if we are to reach them in terms of the compassionate, emotional and spiritual care. This is because many of these individuals have lost the ability to connect, engage, respond, make or sustain meaningful relationships.

In my experience of working in the Trust as a hospital chaplain, i found that one can make a relationship with a patient one day , seek to do great things eg contributing to the rehabilitation , then find that on your next ward visit they have been discharged somewhere back into the community, often without notice or recourse to us. We therefore as professionals in whatever capacity and wherever we are placed, have a very short time span/window to connect and show that we care.

One approach which is breaking ground , particularly in the field of dementia (but not exclusively)is the benefit of using music therapeutically and just ‘being there’ and holding the patient in the space , for the time allowed. (My italics and emphasis).

I attended a course recently by Guy Harrison at the Oxford University entitled ‘Radical Presence’ . It helped me as a Chaplain see the continued value of our role and also the need for cascading the learning, so that others become more intentional about their presence, when on the wards or when going about chaplaincy business. It also helped me see how to use and utilise music as a medium.

Being radically present is essentially ‘being there’. One author puts it as using ‘self’ as a resource (Ewan Kelly (2012).

Being radically present is an ‘approach’ rather than a ‘fixed’ model. It is about

• Being intentional
• Being conscious of the skills we are using any encounter
• Seeing ‘listening’ as a form of hospitality (and one can listen with eyes and heart)
• Being passionately interested
• Drawing from palliative care models (where appropriate)
• And my favourite phrase….. ‘letting our patient lead the dance’

I carried out an exercise of ‘letting the patient lead the dance’ and using music recently (Nov 2014) on one of our units. It was an unintentional happening, but I was still equipped. This is what happened:

I had not been able to get into the usual room to do my work as it was locked. I thought I would sit in the canteen area where I could see a trickle of patients coming in for their weekly injection and/or coffee. I quickly grabbed the non-intrusive beat box with flashing lights out of my handbag. It is the size of a can of coke and works via blue tooth and was intended for a session later that day on the Edward Street unit.
I selected some well-known music from my iphone with words which I thought were apt and would perhaps match where most of the client group might be finding themselves at this time. I sat quietly, head down writing up notes so as not to look too obvious or intrusive.

I sensed the atmosphere changed in the room. One by one patients (who would not normally come up and speak) came and sat down with me or made eye contact and smiled. It was amazing. Music acted as a medium and had drawn the individual up side by side to me , clearly seeking further engagement.

When I was training to be a social worker in the late ‘80’s, I came across a quote which I have never forgotten. It said that ‘the environment we create controls us’. It was a comment made in relation to residential care for children and young people. I have found that it is relevant with adults and older adults , in a hospital institutional setting or anywhere we are purporting to offer care and services.

There is much we can do in breaking down the some time cold clinical environments which our client group come into. Using music as a medium is powerful and carthartic including the need to be ‘present’ (fully engaged and intentional) for the purpose of reaching our users. During the above encounter, I had some very interesting and useful conversations about the journey some had made into the Trust. With music as a medium (or cushion if you like), I found that patients begin to find their own rhythm and dance (my italics) in their personal journey and recovery.

Linda J Clifford-Hayes
May 2014

What kind of King Are You?

Evangelist Linda J

I am up early and feel led to write . As indicated yesterday, I have been stuck in the book of Kings II for a while . I want to learn and want to grow. I have been reading and comparing the actions of the anointed kings of Israel and those of Judah. I have been making a list of those who followed the example of the Lord such as Joash, Uzziah, Jotham, Hezekiah and Josiah and the many who did evil in his sight – Ahaziah, Jordan, the Jeroboam II ; Ahaz, Hosea, Manasseh , to name but a few. What is interesting to read , was the age that these young men became king and how they used or misused the legacy or authority handed down to them and how they finally exited the world either in peace, praise or disgrace. I am sure there are more parallels to draw and in time and already the Lord is revealing.

This morning I wake to see another famous handsome black rapper Juice Wrld has died, from a ‘medical emergency’ we are told in the headlines : aged 21 – Note we had one two days ago from knife crime – much more over the preceding weeks. It’s almost the norm now.

I think of my daughters and my family, those saved and those unsaved. I think of all the other greats (men and women of my generation that have gone too young). I click on to find out a bit more about this rap artist who I have never heard of and find a live clip of one of his concerts. I see thousands of people in adulation , with little candles rocking to his vibes, lyrics and music. I cant hear what he is saying, but I understand the pull of the stage and what it must have meant to him so young, to have all those in reverence, essentially worshipping him…

I read the messages of condolences and what this young man has meant to many.

I am led to contrast his passing with the notification of the passing of our Dear Pastor Bonnke, (7/12/19) known for his large evangelical crusades where thousands and thousands would jostle to get there and to listen to the word of God. Many would be snatched from hell as a result of this anointed orator allowing God to use him selflessly in this way, for others. I myself a product of the many messages preached by Pastor Bonnke.

Two stages, two different messages. Two different types of kings, two different dispensations – one ministering darkness and death and the other ministering light and life through Jesus Christ.

The contrast with the message of Kings made even more poignant and at a time of threatened impeachment (USA), jostling for political power, now being seen across many nations even my own country the UK. The question whether to stay or to go (Brexit) looming large on everyone’s mind. What many don’t realise, that in matters of life and death we don’t have a choice to stay or to go … And death is no respecter of persons.

The bible says it’s appointed unto man once to die, but after death the judgement. I ponder what people have given in exchange for their soul, self comfort, aggrandizement, adulation of men. Am I making the right transactions? Never mind the state of the nations, what is the state of my soul?

I am reminded that King Moab in the book of Kings sacrificed his own son for spiritual and political power and advancement. (See 2 Kings 3:27). I note that the Bible warns us : As it was in the beginning, so it will be in the end. Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of the one true God- the God who loves them and gave himself as a ransom.

Whenever we hear of such tragic news we mustn’t be complacent. We don’t have to know the soul that has parted to be moved. It is a wake up call. The ringing of a bell. The world and the church have to wake up; many of our sons, our children, are unwittingly being sacrificed to Molech, right in front of our eyes under our very noses.

We have been caught betwixt and between two standards , we have traded our birth right, our gifting, our kingly anointing, to be seen and accepted of men.

I say this , as I am persuaded, that each nation has a divine call on it ie a divine assignment and destiny. For sure the UK has a heritage and destiny in God and for spreading the gospel; but again we see the catering of pole positions far from Jehovah God; we see the watering down of our Christian laws and values to accommodate Nehustan …(read Kings) and Molech. But I raise this in this hour particularly for our black males, our youth. I see the gifting and the prowess which has been misused . The enemy has wreaked havoc on the lives of our people from the beginning. I hear the crack of the slave master whip. I hear the death knell. We must raise the alarm. As mothers, as sisters, as daughters and as ministers., we must make a stand. Snatch them back ..!

As I am writing this piece (and as an evangelist), the scripture jumps out in my mind, ‘it is appointed unto man once to die and after death the judgment’ (Hebrews 9:27). I ask the question : What kind of king are you/we on the earth? How are we ruling and reigning? What legacy are we leaving behind? More seriously, not where are you spending Christmas … but where will you be spending eternity? Juice Wrld thought he might be doing a gig, my adult daughter attending a party. But too late ..

The Bible tells us ‘Wide is the way that lead to destruction and many there be that find it. It tells us that narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14). Bonnke lived 79 years, this rap artist lived only 21 years, many of his peers are dying even earlier – wasted lives, wasted gifts – gifted, handsome, look smart but nothing to show for their eternal destination.

The Bible says ‘youth is the time to serve the Lord before the evil day draws nigh’. (Ecclesiastes 12:1) .

I cannot but pray for the loss of this life and the impact of the losing of a loved one on those left behind. I write as a mother whose adult daughter was taken suddenly on Christmas Day – no warning – not a victim of knife crime. Just , time up.

Prayer

Father, all have sinned and come short of your glory , myself included , but your word says that your grace is sufficient if we call on you in a day of trouble- repent and turn away from our asherah poles , our brass and brazen ways , if we turn away from sin.

Lord, we pray and seek your increased anointing and ability to stand and to share the gospel of good news with all , so that hearts and eyes can be open and each soul has an opportunity to say Yes or No.

Father, you created us in your image. you said you rather not he death of a sinner. You have left a simple route and a way back to you through the death and sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ. Lord take away the spirit of aeon from us, the spirit of pride, death and self-adulation. Take away the hardness of our hearts and ears. Let us see ourselves – we may look beautiful on the outside, but you hear and see the true state of our hearts and the song that our soul really sings.

Father, what shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound, God forbid. Your word says that there is a way that seems right unto a man but after death the judgment.

We ask for peace for those who have lost a loved one this week , for Pastor Bonnke’s dear wife, for this young man’s loved ones and all the many others we hear about almost daily in our time – taken suddenly without warning , many tragically.

Father, You have made those who call on you kings and priests. Help us to take the scepter and rule and reign in righteousness. Raise up anointed men and women of God who are not afraid of the kings commandments. Those who will not compromise with Truth. Those who will seek to destroy the false gods and altars and to lay down their lives and represent you to the hilt . Let our lives be channels of blessings whatever we do and wherever you send us .

These and other mercies I ask in your son’s name.

9 Dec 2019

YOU HAVE PERMISSION…!!

By Evangelist Linda J 21 NOV 2019

This week the Lord was ministering to me in my spirit about delegated Authority and permission. It is a term I know well in my secular role as aspects of intervention has been delegated to me by my earthly employer – giving me scope and permission to make decisions up to a certain point on matters. The word came to me as a result of a computer issue at work where the system failed to give me access to a certain electronic file. The constant error message was ‘you dont have permission’. This was so frustrating. I could see where I needed to get to, but I couldn’t get in. I had been given permission, I had the right password, but something was still blocking my access.

It was a couple of days later that the problem was sorted. I was told that there had been some kind of gremlin in the system, which didnt want to recognize me …..

I have been thinking about this issue for three days. The Bible says as in the natural so in the spiritual . The blocks and frustrations which came about by my frustration to access an electronic file has made my understanding that much keener on what happens in the spirit.

Father nudged me to write a word on it and by so doing encourage you and others.

The Lord would first say that you have permission to say and to do. This is the delegated authority that he purchased for me and you on the cross. The rights of passage was transferred through Adoption , through the shed blood of Jesus.

When you start a new job, you have to be given permission to access the electronic systems , the door codes, the computers , the phones etc. In our modern (all signing and dancing world….. )everything is locked down until you have permission and that strong password.

Although I had been given permission on one level, what was strange is that there were still blocks. Father would have us understand that this happens spiritually.

As Christians we have to have an understanding of spiritual things, strongholds or strangleholds , glitches , little foxes … (if you like) that hold individuals in bondage or can put a spanner in the work preventing freedom.

The Bible refers to some of these entrapping spiritual issues as bands (see Leviticus 23:13;Job 38:31; Job 39:5;Psalms 107:14;Ecclesiastes 7:26;Judges 15:14;Ezekiel 4:8;Luke 8:29; Acts 16:26). I have seen these bands like tentacles in my dreams. These bands need to be loosed so that one has freedom to see, to move, to live and to access the blessings of God.

I want to say this and to wake you up as a child of God to the transferred power and permission inherent in you to loose personal , familial, community , institutional , societal, psychological , spiritual, national and international bands.

Yes you can do it. Called to do it. You have permission to see yourself much higher than others might want to see you. Go ahead, receive it…! God through his son Jesus has given us that right to do so.

The bible says that He (Father God) has made us kings and priests. Priests are given delegated authority by God to stand in the gap on behalf of others. Kings are given inherited , delegated authority, to rule and to reign.

Jesus Christ is our great high priest and Shepherd King. This priesthood and kingship – divine authority (which he has from a Holy Father) he passed to us through spiritual adoption. We were adopted in the Beloved when we received by transfer, his perfect sacrifice of his death on the cross and we receive it by faith in our body.

Three days of spiritual battles went on underground and in the heavenlies, eventuating in the keys which Adam and Eve had relinquished to the adversary back to where it belongs, with us. Those spiritual keys he took and has given them back to us. You have permission to use them and to do all things in his Name.

What do you know?…. Wake up…! We have the same power that raised him from the dead. The same wonderful working power to say to blind eyes ‘open’ and they open. We have the permission to say shut and that thing shuts.

You have permission.

You have access

Use your God given permission to do of his good pleasure. To pray and intercede for yourself and others. To open ancient doors so that the King of Glory can come in.

King David wrote about the ancient doors and I have seen those ancient doors both in the natural and in the spiritual. They are generational, familial spiritual gates with padlocks, doors which have held many captive – kept many bound.

Many don’t know they can come out now, sadly some don’t even want to. I have seen this too.

But we see Jesus… and He saw and sees those who are seeking willing wanting and waiting for deliverance.

We have permission to help them come out of the dungeon and into the light.

Out of the sickness into total health and well-being.

Permission and the authority to lift that one from the pit and to say to the other ‘hold your peace’.

Permission to tread on serpents and scorpions and know that nothing shall by any means harm us.

Go now and take authority .

You have permission – that which Jesus gave.