Thursday, 9 February 2017

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser" How ABBA prepares the way...

John 15:5 NIV
 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Not so long ago, I had been in a job for a year and a half. Things were quite challenging for me there, and without wishing to go into details, it had got to the point where I was praying through the day to keep reflecting Jesus and to hold onto my staying power so that I didn't walk out!

I prayed for something to change on the job front before Christmas, and amongst other jobs, I applied for a role that was for a six month contract, which I felt due to its duration, would have less competition.

We had started studying John 15:5  - on Sunday I prepared a presentation, I told my friend in America that I had an interview the next day and she said she would pray.

It all felt a bit rushed I had barely time to prep my presentation, and I didn't feel it would go well - in fact I was still stapling it together there. Just before I had time to say the Lord's Prayer. But interestingly it went better than I thought, when I went home and mailed my friend about it, she let on that God had called her to pray for me the night before and that she had a vision and she was shown me in a meeting room with Him and that He wanted to encourage and strengthen in my faith that yes, He is with me always and every circumstance is there by divine appointment whether a position is attained or not. She didn't know what scripture we were studying at Church and house group.

The day after the interview we studied the John 15:5 scripture again at our house group.

On Friday I chatted to my friend with my friend again and she said as she had been praying for me before my interview that she had received this scripture as she prayed for me:

John 15:5 "“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit...."

On Saturday we talked some more and about How God loves our friendship because she knows by His word that the following is true, and she closed off with this scripture:

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit." ~ 1 John 4:11-13

The following day at Church we studied John 15 again, and the vicar finished with the same scripture 1 John 4:11-13 as my friend from the night before.

The following Tuesday I had to lead in house group on John 15:5. The following Sunday we studied John 15:5.

The Holy Spirit has no geographical boundaries, and when He prepares the way there is no trepidation because He is before you and beside you.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

God hasn't changed from when He first met with you and saved you

Sometimes, it's easy to let the ups and downs in life muddy who God really is, that He is the Author and Perfecter of your faith, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End and everything in between. Maybe some of you had a real moment in time - maybe it was dramatic, breaking through supernaturally into your life, overwhelming you with Pure Love. It's not always the way that it happens like this but either way it is easy to get tossed about by the waves, to feel that everyone else is leading this perfect life, that you are the outsider looking in, with struggles that only seem to define you and no one else you know.

This sort of thing happens to me at times, when I doubt who I am, when I feel insecure about myself and what I have done in my life, and maybe it does some of you too. It happens when I look into the world and not above it to the One who keeps the safety of my soul in His hands. 

Today at Church, we learnt about joy being something available to us no matter what our circumstances. It is an active choice we make regardless of our circumstances and not a feeling because feelings are unreliable. It's also about finding your security in God and your relationship with Him and not anything else. Today we heard a saying similar to this "It is the goodness that God has shown me in the past that forbids me to doubt that He's present with me now"

Or in another version I have just found on the web "His love in time past forbids me to think he'll leave me at last in trouble to sink " source: ...

How do I pull myself up to see the One who stands above the struggles, well maybe it's different for everyone, my way seemingly is via song and worship, I sing worship to Him and it it is like an ointment to the soul that can not be provided by human hand.

And here are some of my favourite songs that might help you as much as they do me:

Finding reasons to worship
Matt Redman 10000 reasons

Remembering the One who loves you
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Remembering the time He met with you and what really matters
A Beautiful Exchange

God with us

"You hold the ends of time
Yet place Yourself here into mine
My life is now forever changed ...." Source Hillsong see above...

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Under God's Protection

From the time of beginning a Christian, the image and symbol of feathers and wings are of a particular significance to me.

It was when I finding my feet toward God, prior to baptism that I had a strong impression of being protected under wings, before I even knew of its significance in the Bible ( Psalm 91) :

Pslam 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge ...

When I went up for prayer just over a year ago I mentioned to a prayer team about this episode and they told me the visual image they had had before I turned up for prayer was of a feather.

I really I am not the expert on these things but it seems to me that when you have a personal emblem or symbol that is deeply personal in your relationship with God, then it will come up when He feels it is time to remind you of something.

Today there was some confusion over whether my parents were visiting me or the other way around. But after a phone call I hopped in the car and went to see them. I had been thinking of buying them a tomato plant on the way, and as it happened when I showed it to mum, she said that she had been thinking of getting a tomato plant. It is so often the way since I have been a Christian that God seems to put a desire to fulfill a need and then matches up the need and the desire. It happened in the past when  friend of mine had died and I bought some flowers, really nice ones, to leave at the roadside, but I was sad that the flowers wouldn't get any water. When I arrived I discovered my friends parents who had been wanting to take some nice fresh flowers to give to a relative that presumably they could put in a vase of water. And, my flowers were newly fresh...

Back at my parents, they both seemed eager that I should go and see a tree that I had planted recently at the bottom of the garden, and as we went around the garden ( I was with my mum at the time) she picked up a single white feather and turned to me and said something along the lines of Oh look a single white feather, it was a faint reminder, but not quite enough of that special association but then as she looked at me I saw her necklace was of two wings of feathers. And then it became stronger.

I said to my mother how that symbol can be considered a Christian symbol and she replied that that was how she saw it too , like angels wings ( my mum had a vision of an angel praying over her bed when I was young), and I think she is only just finding her feet back to God ( as in who God really is rather than religion )  - I told her of the significance to me and then the conversation closed but I felt so humbled and thankful before almighty God and reassured that He has my family under His Divine protection and wings.

Love you Father, thank You for Your consistency in protecting us under Your wings, despite the shakes in our faith, You are the author and perfecter of our faith, and it is truly amazing. We are Your family and you are the Head of it and so there is nothing that we should fear.


Sunday, 29 May 2016

How God Sees Beauty

I had in an image in my heart recently about what God sees as beautiful.

It is easy to compare to others - to wish you were this, had this, looked like this because then you would look different and more appealing. I do this a bit ! But then some time recently when I was thinking about it God showed me His interpretation of beauty.

From within me and through my face, my head and therefore my being, light shone like rays through to beyond, and the light from within me, made me more beautiful than any of my physical shell could have any influence on. It is the light of our Lord that shines through us, through our imperfections and sins and everything that we are that makes us perfectly beautiful. And, through this, He sees us beautiful.

It was a very brief image and revelation - but it stirred within me a knowing that this was how it was.

I do hope this is of help to someone reading.

God Bless.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

God's Building Blocks

Occasionally I see an image in my heart which is in response to any struggles that I have. It is almost like Heaven parts it's doors and God allows me to see His heart and His purpose. It is the briefest seconds in which wisdom is imparted to me. These things are not so much prophetic as such, but a reassurance. And, I don't mind that, for one thing, I spent most of my early adult years seeking out the future through the occult, and it really, really ended up messing up my life. It is to be honest the last thing I want now that I am a Christian. The other reason is that because I think if I knew what was going to happen I might not take my baby steps in faith forward, and quite honestly I don't want to fail God by being fearful of the future.

So I will take one day at a time and take the steps I am able to take, in the time and order God feels I should take them, when I have the maturity at that point to obey Him fully. I know I have such a long way to go!

I have in the past felt God's pain in response to mine and it is almost unbearable, when you cry, He literally wails in pain with you - imagine your pain and multiply it by an unknown quantity and then imagine it washing over you, inside you. That to me is how God cries alongside you. He is by no means distant. That was one revelation to me.

The other more recently was about God's good timing. I have something personal in my life that I have had to struggle with sometimes - many of us do I guess, and as I was thinking of this struggle, I had a visual revelation again and it was this:

Some foundations for a building, a house were being built. Each block of foundation was oblong, large, heavy, looked like solid concrete, its purpose to be immovable. Each block was being placed carefully, slowly, deliberately in place. The most curious aspect of this was that each block was not being placed in the order that you would expect. In a flash I wondered why one block was not being placed next to the other, but they were being placed in an entirely different order. For all that there was a reassurance in my heart that this was the right order.

"So the house won't fall down ..."

These the words that came to my heart.

The foundations that in the visible world are invisible, but they are being placed deliberately, slowly, carefully, with infinite knowledge, so that your house will not fall down, so that you will fulfil the work God has to complete in you, so that you will not fail. He is a good, good Father and will handle things in the way He sees best because if He didn't, your house would fall and the impact could be terrible.

Each day when you go to work, when the little stresses get to you, remember that God, is working at His pace in you, in your life, and you can't see it, but you don't need to. You just need to know that He works in you so your house will stay standing and will not fall.

And this I think will be my song of today: Chris Tomlin's "Good Good Father"