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Vision – A Prophetic Word for 2014 – The Ring of Fire.

On New Year’s Eve as I was going to bed I had the following vision:

In the vision I saw a of a ring of angels and messengers of God who were like flames of fire. The phrase God brought to mind for this was ‘The Ring of Fire’. Overhead were storm clouds, very dark, swirling and ominous.

In the centre of the ring was one angel who had been sent from the throne in heaven itself. He had raised a great sword which was the Word of God which was cutting through the clouds and allowing light to reach the ground.

As I was watching I saw others coming, these were the saints in prayer who were seeing what the Father was doing and were responding. As they too raised their swords the hole got larger and more light was able to stream through the clouds.

The numbers of those who were raising the Sword of the Spirit in prayer were not great but they had a massive effect on the region within the Ring of Fire where they were, they were changing the spiritual climate where they were.

This happened as God broke the power of the storm clouds and shone his light on the land. This light did two things, it revealed that which people had hidden in the darkness, and it also gave new life and hope to those who could before only see darkness and despair.

 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7 NRSV)

 … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. (Ephesians 6:17-18 NRSV)

 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NRSV)

 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.” (John 5:19-20 NRSV)

 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NRSV)

Praying Scripture #1 – Prayers For All Seasons

When you pray, what do you pray in all the different seasons of life?

Prayer is simply how we talk and communicate with God.  If we look at it that way then to pray without ceasing is not difficult as all we are doing is including God in all our thoughts.  This means that God wants to know about all we think and do, and all that we are involved in.

What guidelines do we have about how to pray, both in our prayer times and during the rest of the day?  We have guidelines in the Bible.  We can see how to pray from seeing how others have prayed before us, and it may surprise some of us the variety of prayer in the Bible.  I’m not giving references on purpose, you will learn much more if you find examples for yourself.

We see prayers of praise and worship, and prayers of thanksgiving.  Prayers that ask God the difficult questions of life, and prayers of frustration.  Prayers asking for vindication, and prayers that ask God to act justly and rightly.  Prayers of faith, and prayers asked out of doubt and uncertainty.  Prayers that God answers, and prayers that he doesn’t.  It is all there, written down for us to see and read, and most of all for us to pray!

From the Bible we can see that God responds to all prayer (though not always how we hope him to) except for one type which he hates.  The prayer that God hates is that of the hypocrites, the religious actors.  We all pray like them at times, we try to make something more palatable to God when he already knows the whole truth.  Some people have it down to a fine art, but God will not be misled or mocked.

God wants to hear all you can say, but there is another thing that I advise you not to do.  Do not blame God!  Complain at him, yes!  Tell him it’s not fair, yes! Blame him, no!  If you do you will only have to repent of it later and say sorry for laying at God’s door what you should be attributing to either the world, the flesh or the devil.

If you don’t know how to pray, look how others have prayed that have gone before you.  There are prayers for all seasons in the Bible, look for the ones most relevant to you in whatever season you are in and try basing your own prayer upon them.  You may be surprised at what you find, and surprised at how God changes you by applying that Scripture to your own life as you bring it to him in prayer.

Heavenly Father, help me to incorporate scripture in my prayers, and as I pray your Word and submit myself to it, change me and grow me in whatever season of life I am in. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Psalm 62:3-4

‘How long will you assail a person, will you batter your victim, all of you, as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?  Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.  They take pleasure in falsehood; they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.’ (Psalm 62:3-4. NRSV)

These two verses give quite a picture of how the enemy uses people to try to bring down those in leadership.

Firstly, he uses the tactics of demolition, keep pounding long enough and it will fall down!  Satan’s ‘only plan is to bring down a person of prominence’ and he will use whoever he can, both inside and outside churches and organisations to do it.

Secondly, he is the father of lies and will do all he can to make you a hypocrite, a slanderer, or a back biter.  If he can’t use a person openly, he will try to use them covertly.

How do we as Christians stop ourselves from being used by the enemy to pull down those in leadership?

Firstly, in the New Testament we are frequently told to build each other up. If we are active about being edifiers then the enemy won’t be able to use us as demolishers.

Secondly, Jesus hates hypocrisy in all its forms, we need to ask him to help us to as well.  We must be accountable to each other and to tell each other off if we fall into complaining or worse.

If we do these two things then we will see a drop in those who leave their God-given roles due to stress and other factors.

Lord Jesus, help us to build up those in leadership and authority in the church, ans we pray that you will protect them from the overt and covert attacks of the enemy. In your name.  Amen.

Psalm 62:1

‘For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.’ (Psalm 62:1 NRSV)

Let us be like the psalmist and still our souls before God, to wait for him alone!

In the Bible waiting is not passive, but we can still be silent in that waiting, not filling it with ourselves, or with the other junk that is life!  If we wait for God alone, he will respond to us, and if we are silent then it will be easier for us to hear him and his still small voice!

Our salvation comes from God!  He alone can save us from our sins!  Jesus alone was good enough to pay the price for our sins.  He alone was sinless, so he alone could pay the price for sinful men and women.

He is ‘the author and finisher of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2 KJV) so let us look to him alone.

Father God, I thank you for paying the price for my sins, and ask that you will help me not to run away from silence, because there I can hear your still small voice.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.