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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)

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1 Kings 18:41-46 – A Cloud The Size Of A Man’s Hand

I originally blogged about ‘A Cloud The Size Of A Man’s Hand’ in October 2011 when my blog was elsewhere, and had shared about it in the church I was in about a year before that.  I was just thinking of reposting that blog post after mentioning about it the other day on Facebook, but on re-reading it I could see that a complete rewrite was in order, so here goes!

Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of rushing rain.’  So Ahab went up to eat and drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees.  He said to his servant, ‘Go up now, look towards the sea.’  He went up and looked, he said, ‘There is nothing.’  Then he said, ‘Go again seven times.’  At the seventh time he said, ‘Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person’s hand is rising out of the sea.’  Then he said, ‘Go and say to Ahab, “Harness your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”‘ In a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind; there was heavy rain.  Ahab rode off and went to Jezreel.  But the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; he girded up his loins and ran in front of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.  (1 Kings 18:41-44 NRSV)

The land was dry, Israel had been in drought for three and a half years, it hadn’t rained since Elijah had prayed that it wouldn’t.  God had answered Elijah by fire when he burnt up the sacrifice on Mount Carmel and the false prophets of Baal had just been killed, but the land was still physically in drought.

The land was still physically in drought, but it was no longer spiritually in drought.  Like Jesus centuries later Elijah saw and heard  what God was doing and responded accordingly.

Elijah HEARD and PROCLAIMED, he PRAYED  and EXPECTED, then he PREPARED and RAN.

Elijah HEARD ‘the sound of rushing rain’ in the Spirit. He heard it because in the spiritual realm it was already raining.

Elijah PROCLAIMED what God was doing to Ahab.  It is powerful when we start to speak out God’s word.  Even before Elijah prayed he proclaimed what God was doing. In the spiritual realm it was already raining, it would soon also be raining in the physical realm.

Elijah PRAYED for the rain, in fact it could not rain until he had prayed for it, which he did.  He returned to Mount Carmel to pray, he had prayed for fire which God had answered there, now he was praying for rain which he knew God would answer.  Elijah’s prayer was prayed in faith, he was expecting God to answer.  In fact, God not answering would not even have been considered an option by Elijah.

Elijah EXPECTED rain, he sent his servant to see the physical signs of the spiritual reality, if there was going to be rain then there would be a cloud.  It wasn’t until the servant had been seven times that he was able to see what Elijah already knew was there.  We do not know if Elijah just prayed once or if he prayed more than once, but both his actions that of praying and of sending the servant to look were done out of faith expecting to see the answer, than out of fear worrying that it might not happen.

Elijah PREPARED himself. He ‘girded up his loins’, or to put it another way he hitched up his garments and tucked them in his belt. This was a short time of preparation and change for Elijah, now was the time for him to change his focus from prayer to action.

Elijah RAN in the power of the Lord. It is between 15 and 20 miles from Carmel to Jezreel and although we cannot say for certain what that chariots top speed would be it would probably have been at least 12 miles an hour. Elijah could have done this in human strength alone if he was a world-class marathon runner on flat ground. The terrain is definitely not flat, and though probably very fit by modern standards I doubt that he was a marathon runner! If the chariot pace was higher he couldn’t have humanly done it at all. Elijah ran because the hand of the Lord was on him, we too must run in his power as his hand is upon us.

So where are you? Are you hearing and proclaiming the future in faith? Are you praying in faith and expecting the answer from God? Or are you preparing to run or running in the power of the Spirit, with the hand of God upon your life? Where are we as a country? Can you hear the rain? Can you see the cloud the size of a man’s hand? Are you running in the rain?

Different people and different churches and areas are at different places, so wherever you are seek God to move you on. What if you can’t sense anything at all? Than ask God to open your spiritual senses and let you hear and see what he is doing.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you are on the move in this land once again, you are speaking revival and the rain is coming. Help me to hear and proclaim your word, to pray and expect you to answer in power and to prepare and run with your hand upon me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

When the Land Itself Burns

Photo copied from http://www.saddleworthnews.com/?p=2626

When I was about 5 during the long drought of 1976 (you can work our my age from that), I have one memory burned into my mind – so to speak.

I was in the car with my Sister, Mum, Nan and Granddad and we were on the way back from a day out.  We were travelling home in the car along a road similar to the one above, and as it was dusk we could see fire on the skyline just like the picture above.  It was both amazing and frightening at the same time, it was far enough away not to be a danger, but near enough and dramatic enough to be unforgettable.

 That year it was drummed into people not to cause a fire anywhere by accident, especially on the peat moors, of which there are many surrounding Chesterfield and in the Peak District.

Why?  In a normal summer it would just cause a fire of heather and other things on the surface.  But this summer things would be different, a moorland fire would set the very ground ablaze, and the fire I remember was one where the peat itself was on fire!

In 1976, it had been a very dry drought (I say that as lately we have seen various droughts where we have had rain at the wrong times of year in the past few years).  It was not just the heather, bracken and other surface plants that were tinder dry, but the peat that made up the moor had dried out.  It was that dry.  A fire on the surface would soon set the peat ablaze which would burn and would then go underground when what was near the surface was exhausted or if it was put out with water, and could resurface somewhere else at another time.  This is why peat fires can be so dangerous!

When you get a peat fire on the moorland the ground itself is on fire, the very land on which you are standing.

This land has blazed in the past with the fire of God, the Wesleyan revival, the Welsh revival, the Hebrides revival to name a few.

But for many years that fire seemed to go underground with the church trying to hold its ground or retreating, rather than it advancing.  The tide is turning, the church is on the advance once again and promises of revival are now being responded to with prayer, intercession, faith and action as more and more people sense God’s timing for this nation.

It is time for this nation to be once again set on fire for God, and for this land to burn for Jesus! Let’s each play our own part!

Lord Jesus, if your fire in me has lessened or gone underground let your Holy Spirit burn brightly again in and through me so we may see you move once again with revival power in this land. Lord, start with me. Amen!

Olympic Games #1 – The Opening Ceremony

A week ago today we saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games being hosted in London.  It was amazing!

Danny Boyle really caught and shared from a secular viewpoint what God’s heart is for this nation.  When God consistently speaks and a lot of the church still hasn’t caught it, it is amazing how clear his voice can be heard by those who don’t know him!

The main ‘story’ of the ceremony opened and closed with hymns, Jerusalem (rousing, patriotic and theologically unsound), Guide me O thou great Jehovah, ending with Abide with me.

The focus was on the people, not the few, but the many.  From pre-industrial England, to the ‘dark Satanic mills’ and the Olympic rings forged from iron or steel of the industrial revolution.  The great and the good were represented, but the times of remembrance were for those who fell in the World Wars, and in the 7/7 bombings which happened one day after the Games were awarded to the London bid team.  The suffragette movement was also remembered, and for the first time in the history of the games all nations were sending both men and women to compete.

The pop music revolution was also remembered along with the internet revolution and especially social networking with the tribute paid to Sir Tim Berners-Lee one of the co-founders of the internet.

More was included but I won’t mention it all here.  The Queen made an entrance with James Bond from the palace by helicopter and parachute!  Royalty can act in unexpected ways! So can God!

There were cycling doves, representing those released in Greece, with one flying away at the end.  The Holy Spirit is seen Biblically as a dove, what more need I say.

The caldron was made from bronze petals – one carried for each team (204) and one extra (+1) making 205 in total.  And it was lit, not by past stars, but by 7 future stars, by the next sporting generation.

God will set this land alight again, but my generation and the one after will be central!  It will be as his people come together in Spirit and Truth.  It will be multi-generational and united across the church.

The flames were lit by the seven young people and then rose up and came together to burn brightly together, what a picture.  God’s holy fire will burn once again when we come together in him.  In unity and diversity, in Spirit and in Truth, generations together and through prayer and worship we shall see new memorials set up to God in this land!