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Do Not Quench The Holy Spirit

The Word of God instructs us, ” Do not quench the Holy Spirit”. We need Prophecy..

1 Thessalonians 5:20 – Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

You know the church is built on Jesus as the chief cornerstone. It is also built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, (Eph 2:20).

There has been much abuse in the name of the prophetic. But there has been much abuse about pretty much everything in the bible.The danger with anything genuine is that it can be thrown out because of the flaky. Let’s never do this. Always test the Spirit. Prophecy will never contradict the word of God for example. But we need the prophetic.

But sometimes as was shared Sunday the prophetic word takes time to come to pass. We have to do our part that is believe and stand and pray into it. The devil will try to do everything to stop the plan God has for you and your city. Hear the prophetic voice for your situation and test it, pray into it, believe it and proclaim it.

Prayer Father thankyou that You still speak to us through the prophetic. Forgive us for despising prophecy. We desire to receive the prophetic and we desire the gift of prophecy today; help us Holy Spirit in Jesus name Amen

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Great Christian Movie- Breakthrough

This is a great Christian movie – Bereakthrough! Thus Christian film was played on the plane from Ethiopia to Botswana. I watched it twice and now have the DVD and I’m watching it for the third time.
Its absolutely amazing. Makes me want to cry. It’s Based on a true story. ‘Boy dies, mum prays boy come back to life.’
Only God can do this! You’ve got to watch this.Highly highly recommended.

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The Dove

Genesis 8:8 – Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

The dove represents the Holy Spirit. I want my life, I want the church I pastor to be a place where the Dove is welcome. I want the Holy Spirit, not just to hover over. But I want the Holy Spirit to find a footing. A resting place. I want us to be so receptive that we dont quench or grieve or frighten away the Dove.

That all we do is subject to making a landing strip for the Holy Ghost to land. I dont want for the Dove to come to our meeting and not find a song, a worship, a preach, a moment of silence that He cannot land on. I don’t want to be so busy that I don’t respond; open the window and make a place for Him. Has the Dove room to come and rest in your life today?

Prayer Father forgive me for not responding to your promtings. Holy Spirit You are so welcome here. Come and rest in my life, my family, my fellowship You make all the difference in Jesus Name Amen.

Be A Phinehas Christian

In a culture of Eli’s..be a Phinehas..

Numbers 25:7 – Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel. And those who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.

I am so sad right now. So sad. Moral failings, compromise, cover ups it’s just so wrong.

In this story the children of Israel were similarly compromising and sinning against God.
God was sick of it and sent a plague to destroy them.

Then a man (not a priest or a leader, but a man who was zealous for God went and dealt with the situation and ended it)

God was pleased with him and stopped the plague.

Of course this is old testament and we dont treat sin in the camp like this any more. But you know today we have a culture of Eli’s that refuse to discipline those in sin.

Here a lay person rose up from among them and took action. The crowd may have cried your being judgemental, your not a leader you don’t have a voice, a platform. But you know God was pleased with him.

And in spite of his lack of qualifications, lack of political correctness, lack of restraint; God said in psalm 106:30 that the plague stopped and this was ‘ accounted to him for righteousness To all generations forevermore.

In a culture of Eli’s be a Phinehas.
Don’t tolerate sin. Kill it. Don’t ignore, excuse, or cover it up but face it head on and end it.

The Jehus, the Phinehas’s are just sick of the plague. They have had enough of the Jezebels. They have had enough of a powerless church. A movement of holiness is coming to the church. And God start in me.

Pastor or leader if you don’t deal with it God will raise up a Phinehas who will.

Prayer: Father forgive me for being a whimp. Help me to deal with sin in my life and in the church. God I want to see a church of truth and holiness, help me to be a part of the answer
Oh God forgive us, oh God help us in Jesus name Amen.

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The Harvest is Passed

Calling all Harvesters..

Jeremiah 8:20 – The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!”

This is one of the most tragic verses in the bible.    don’t want to get to heaven and find out all that i have missed.  Missed opportunities to see a mighty harvest of souls!
The Bible says to ‘buy up every opportunity.’   I don’t want to miss ANY opportunity to see people Saved from Hell.

We can sometimes put off what God has ALREADY called us to do.   When Reinhard Bonnke released a booklet to every household in the UK called ‘won by one’

many years ago. He tells a story that the Lord asked if he would do it?; and he responded with a “yes.”  He said the Lord told him he was the ‘seventh person that He had asked to do it’, but those before him and all said “no.”

You know I don’t mind not being God’s first choice, i really don’t. But I sure don’t want to get to heaven to find out all the stuff I could have seen happen, the lives I could have seen impacted if only I would have said “yes.”  When I invite people to come and help with the harvest/ mission/evangelism, there is always a reason not to come.

[No money to fund expenses. Have family commitments, don’t feel have enough gifting ,to mention just a few.]  People will always come next time.

And time passes, the harvest still needs harvesting and life passes them by. And you know what, the harsh reality is they never come. They truly mean it in their hearts to come that is; but never actually do get round to it.

 But What would happen if you said:   Yes to mission? Yes to working in the harvest Yes to all God calls you to?

Let’s not let the harvest pass, the summer end and there be no one harvesting, and People not Saved.  Maybe this is it, maybe right now is harvesting time.

Calling all harvesters.

Prayer:-  Father I dont’ mean to be harsh or rebuking. I don’t want to see anyone go to Hell.  I choose to say yes to Your call today. And I choose to help in the end time harvest .Show me what You want me to do.

In Jesus Name Amen.

The Greater Glory

The Greater Glory..

Hagai 2:8

The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine, says the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house [with its successor, to which Jesus came] shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts; and in this place will I give peace and prosperity, says the Lord of hosts.


At this time the people of God had neglected Gods house. As a result it was like they had pockets with holes in. Whatever they tried to harvest blew away.

They were reminded to remember what things used to be like and that God had forgotten His promise. They then were inspired to get things in the right order and build God a house.

God promises here that the latter Glory will be greater. Sometimes we reminsce about how things used to be. To be honest I love to here peoples stories of revival, of miracles, of the presence of God.

It inspires me, it motivates me. I just love it.

But it’s not over yet. We can look back and then think with sadness what happened?.

Or we can look back and be provoked and build again something that can hold His Glory.

You see the promise to us is no matter how amazing history has been. We havent seen anything yet because there’s a greater Glory ahead.

I have read about some amazing revivals. I have experienced some mighty outpourings of the Holy Spirit. But I know that I know there’s a greater Glory ahead.

Prayer: Father I choose to prioritise and build Your House. When I look back at all you’ve done in history and in my life i am grateful. But God I choose to look forward to a greater Glory ahead in my life, in my city and in my country in Jesus Name Amen.

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Do Not Despise The Day of Small Things

Do not despise the day of small things Don’t despise only believe..

Zachariah 4:8
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things?..


despise
/dɪˈspʌɪz/

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verb

  • feel contempt or a deep repugnance for.
    “he despised himself for being selfish”
  • synonyms:
    detest, hate, loathe, abhor, abominate, execrate, regard with contempt, feel contempt for, shrink from, be repelled by, not be able to bear/stand/stomach, find intolerable, deplore, dislike. You know Gods timing is not ours. I often like things done yesterday. When God gives me a promise or vision I think it will happen by the next day. I’ve learnt that sometimes between the promise and the fulfillment there is something called the wilderness. I seriously thought in Radical by now I would have churches planted in Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft , enterprises, businesses, Houses for the homeless and one hundred sons and daughters and be in Revival. But if your not careful I can, you can miss the things God is doing right now.

If we can only have a mindset to be thankful to not despise the little things. You see miracles often start with a small miracle, that gets bigger. Or a series of little things that are just God. Elijah said go back and yell me what you see. The servant said I see a cloud the size of a mans hand.

He could have been disappointed because that wasn’t revival. But he wasn’t and he got in position. It might be something small. Might be a small cloud but it’s still a cloud. Never despise the seemingly small answers to pray. The seemingly small touches of God in a meeting.

I am here to tell someone that you laid the foundation and you will finish what Gods commissioned you to finish. Don’t be your worse enemy. God is going to do great things ahead through you. Don’t despise only believe!

Prayer Father thsnkyou for the small things. Iam so grateful for every answer to prayer, every miracle, every cloud. And I choose to get in position today to finish what you called me to do in Jesus name Amen

We Cant Play Church – God is Holy

We can’t play church.God is Holy. Someone just posted this! This is just Gods timing. If there ever was a three minute preach that is where I’m at right now this is it.


Humble Yourself Or Be Humbled

Our glorious God resists the proud! As a child of God you have a choice. Humble Yourself or be humbled.

Zephaniah 3: x says ……..

WOE TO her that is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city [Jerusalem]! She did not listen to and heed the voice [of God]; she accepted no correction or instruction; she trusted not in the Lord [nor leaned on or was confident in Him, but was confident in her own wealth]; she drew not near to her God [but to the god of Baal or Molech].

The book of Zephaniah (just three chapters) is pretty scary. It’s so relevant to a situation I find myself in right now on many levels. Y ou know the people of God here were warned that they needed to change; in Chapter two God says the time of repentence was soon to be over and they were going to be punished for their pride.


Here it says that things were going to turn out bad because they would not:

  • listen or heed Gods voice.
  • They would not receive correction or instruction.
  • would not trust God or
  • draw near to God.


My God these books are fearful!

We can be so like this today.
Lets not be so full of pride that we don’t listen, dont’ receive correction, don’t receive instruction, thinking its all going to be ok and trust in ourselves not God. Let’s be people that are humble, that fear God. That receive instruction, receive correction, trust God and draw near to Him. L et’s not miss our time of repentance. (Change of mind, change of direction.) Humble yourself or be humbled.

God have mercy. Prayer: …….

Father forgive me for my pride. I renounce pride. I choose to listen and obey. Instruct me, correct me that I might draw near to You. I trust you with my life and path in Jesus Name Amen.