Defeating Distractions

We are in a war right now. We are definitely under fire! The Lord has released tremendous graces to many people all over the world, and the devil has come to steal, kill and destroy those graces and the missions and the destinies that we have; that is exactly what he is all about. And along with the graces the Lord has given, the demons have come to steal them.

Jesus speaks on distractions

Jesus said, “You are being buffeted by demons of distraction and this is a move that is occurring all over the Earth. It is a campaign to sidetrack My People from following their destinies and the anointings I have distributed around the world.

“First of all, cleave to obedience. Compromise opens the door for the demons. Secondly, pray against them, confess your weakness to Me, ask to be forgiven and empowered to resist this evil force. Spirits of Chaos and Distraction: renounce them and make a firm resolution not to give in to them and ask Me to protect you.

“Your greatest protection is obedience. There is no power to move forward like obedience. I know what is needed, how much is needed, and how to motivate you. But if you do not obey My counsels to you in your heart, you end up being taken over by Chaos and Distraction. You do not have to be victims; you are overcomers. I lay the path you are to take before you. You have only to obey and keep on obeying.

“If the enemy cannot cause you to disobey in the beginning, he waits for another time when you are not paying attention and then leads you astray. So often it is the harmless little things that cause you to compromise in obedience. ‘Oh, I’ll just take care of that quickly and be right back, Lord.’ No, that is not how it works. When you give in to that voice to leave the place of obedience, you open the door and the enemy lines up more and more distractions to keep you from coming back.

“This is not an easy lesson and you tend to forget. You are, of course, getting assistance in forgetting from the enemy, and so far he has succeeded. Now is the time to put your foot down. Things you should have done are passing their time to do and now you are behind in what I had planned for you. Dear ones, I cannot use a disobedient soul effectively. Obedience is the very hinge on which other things depend. Those who understand this and are brutally faithful, taking their will by force and making it behave, are the ones who reach the high calling.

“Those who compromise and put off obedience are the ones I must set aside for the mission I intended them to have. Please, do not be one of these any longer. Do what is right when it is right, and do not delay. Delayed obedience is not obedience at all.

“Now I do not want you mourning over this, but grabbing hold of the rope of the grace of obedience and never letting it go. Obedience is your protection and guarantee of graces continually flowing and feeding those around you. Once you abandon obedience, you have abandoned all the benefits I could have given you had you stayed with it.

“This is a massive problem in your society, because so many distractions present themselves and are laid at your feet as traps to ensnare you and frustrate My will for you. Pride is also behind this. Giving in to your own wisdom instead of cleaving to My instruction. Satan brings many down this way. Please do not be another one of his victims; rather, do violence to your will and follow steadfastly in My footsteps. This is how you will reach the high calling I have for you.

“The most direct path to pleasing Me is obedience; it opens the windows of Heaven and pours forth graces on you and all those around you. Conquer your flesh with the power of obedience. When you are lacking, cry out to Me, ‘Lord! Deliver me from evil’ – that is, the evil of disobedience. The battle is raging, raging and raging.

“Distractions are the number one way your missions will be frustrated. Do not let this happen. Press in, be resolute, ignore the invitations to go another way. The devils are trying to set you up to give in to despair, frustration and another mission under the guise of being a better choice. Ignore these invitations to digress; hang onto your missions with all your might. You cannot go wrong by obeying Me.

“The last two areas I am focusing on with you now are building with one hand and fighting with the sword in the other. This is a time like Nehemiah’s. The enemy is at the door, in many cases even in your own household. But the enemies that will steal your destinies, if you will allow it, can be overcome with simple obedience and refusing to think on your own, rather relying on Me 100% and deferring to My wisdom no matter what it looks like. It is time to raise another standard of prayer, My dear ones. Fight. Fight in the spirit for your country. Make your prayers heard on High. At the same time, move forward with what I have given you to do. Do not drop it. Do not stop building. Do not stop obeying or expanding. Continue to carry on with what I have given you to do. And wield the sword in the Spirit. In this way, your individual destinies will succeed.”

Author’s Note

This message was originally given by Jesus and recorded by Clare on the Still Small Voice channel. This anointed channel is helping tens of thousands of Christians around the world to grow in a deeper walk of intimacy with their Lord and Saviour. Satanists who have been trained to bring down anointed ministries hate this channel with a vengeance. The enemy is not pleased to see such huge numbers of Christians move up to a higher level of faith and receive assignments to do for the Lord. Many Satanists who were formerly malicious in their ongoing vicious attacks on the teaching on this channel have been so challenged by the Truth that they are now disciples of Jesus. To Him be all the glory. I pray that this message challenges and blesses you as much as it does me.

Get Ready for Your Journey!

What is on your mind for Your People, Lord? Jesus replied, “Getting ready. Getting ready to meet Me. Preparing their hearts before My mirror and asking forgiveness for what they see that is not right.

“I am asking for a deeper look, a more candid look, not glossing anything over. It is incomprehensible to you, My children, the demands of personal holiness. Because of My mercy, much is overlooked. But rather than be shocked, I want you to spend time with My Holy Spirit and ask Him to reveal the darkness still inside of you. When you discover it, I don’t want you going over the deep end. I already knew it was there. All I want for you to do is confess it, ask forgiveness and make a resolution in your heart to avoid those sins and pray for the grace not to repeat them. You see, though you fall and are not perfect, because you confess and work on it I will forgive you and continue to pour out the graces you need to finally overcome your faults. You do not have to be perfect but you do need to be perfectly repentant.

“The heart of this exercise is preparation and readiness to face Me. So much will be forgiven and removed on the way up to Heaven, but I do insist that you forgive everyone that ever offended you. I don’t want this experience marred by unforgiveness. What may help you in that area is that whoever was a challenge and injured you, had My permission. I am not the author of evil, but I did allow it as a challenge in loving others and dying to yourself. So, ultimately you can only blame Me for allowing it. Therefore be sure that you forgive the person, that you forgive yourself, and that you forgive Me. Cover all three bases.

“Ask Me to remove the root of bitterness you allowed to grow in your heart and defile it. There most certainly is a root of bitterness in every one of you. It is your job, with My Holy Spirit to identify it, renounce it and pray I will remove it. This exercise should not take you long, and it will not hinder your going into eternity. There are many of you that could be detained for unforgiveness. If you have bitterness in your heart, it is the ugliest of stains and will show right on the front of your wedding gown. So, be sure to rid yourself of that. Disarm it. By that I mean, refuse to allow it to pull you into a fury. Renounce this anger and unforgiveness in My Name, and refuse to connect with it. If you are faithful to make an honest effort, I will surely be faithful to totally remove it.

“Selfishness is another flaw that you should repent of. Look for those times when you could have done something for another but didn’t bother: either because you didn’t want to, or you didn’t feel up to it. Do you know that many times I heal a malady because you went out of yourself to give, even when you were sick? There is a dynamic here. Satan knows ahead of time, sometimes, that a test is coming, or that you will rub shoulders with someone really in need. So he sends demons to push all your buttons, get you upset and distracted so you miss the good deed you should have done. This is oh, so common. When you see a multitude of things pushing your buttons, be on the look out for the ‘why’ of all those distractions. Is there someone coming to you for help, is there a meeting planned, is there an occasion of some sort?

“Understand that the demons also have limited energy, so they pick their opportunities to trouble you according to the importance of what is coming up in your life. If it is very important and they know about it ahead of time (which they mostly do because they alert one another that such and such is going to happen or so and so is on the way) they quickly put 2 and 2 together, seeing that there is an occasion of virtue and helping another soul in need. They try to distract you or get you to cancel the meeting. Or they wear you out so you have nothing left for that person I’m sending you. Who, by the way, was very important to Me.

“Another thing to be aware of in selfishness is the self-important attitude, ‘I’m too busy for the likes of you.’ The ‘you aren’t important enough to me to stop what I’m doing’ attitude. This is abhorrent to Me. Now we are getting into PRIDE, which is truly at the root of all evil. Selfishness will lead to Pride and self-righteousness. Look for those times when your conscience twinged and you ignored it. Those are very good indicators of hidden sin. My Beautiful Bride, I am not saying these things to make you feel badly. I am saying them so you will stand clean before me. Sin is dirty. Unconfessed sin continues to be dirty. But sin confessed and forgiven exists no longer, it has been cancelled out. I want all My Brides to have their sins cancelled out.

“Self-will, selfish ambition and jealousy that cause you to follow your own path rather than Mine, are also important to confess. If you are not sure, better safe than sorry. Better knowing that you recognised it than hiding it and having Me bring it up. Oh, so much better. Here is a list for you to use in checking your behaviour: Fear, Pride, Jealousy, Judgment, Anger, Laziness, Greed (acquisition), Gluttony, and Lust. Pay particular attention to those things that you do habitually when you know in your spirit you should be doing otherwise. They are an indication of disorder in your life and idolatry, because you put them before Me. These are indeed wrinkles in your dress. As I said before, this is not to discourage or reprimand you. It is to prepare you to meet Me without spot, wrinkle or blemish.

“A spot is something you allow to defile you, something you watch you shouldn’t have watched, something you said you shouldn’t have said, a feeling you engaged that you should have rejected. A blemish is an indication of inner contamination of the spirit. It comes up because something isn’t right inside. It could be an attitude that contaminates everything you do, like selfishness, fear, retaliation. A wrinkle is formed by a long-standing habit of sinful or disordered behaviour. Having to work on Sunday, because you are in debt over your head, is the symptom of a wrinkle. The avarice caused you to want and to buy, then to pay it off you must deny Me the time I ask you to set aside every week for rest and rejuvenation with Me. Some of you are forced to work on Sunday or the Sabbath because that is the only work you could get. I am not legalistically condemning you for this. Did I not pick grains on the Sabbath? Did I not heal on the Sabbath? There is an attitude of heart that is so greedy that every spare moment is used to procure what is wanted.

“There is another attitude of heart that sets aside another day for Me when the appointed days are taken up out of necessity. I wish for you not to get into arguments about which day of the week is holy. I will not instruct you on this, because it leads to a religious spirit. I want your heart, not your lip service and obedience to the law. Yes, I can hear the stones flying through the air now. This attitude of heart is deadly to a personal relationship with Me. You will note, it was the scribes and pharisees that refused their hearts to Me, because I did not support their Sabbath rules in a way suitable to them.

“Do you know what one of their main concerns was with Me? I threatened their income from the sale of sacrifices and coin changing. Yes, they garnered quite a nice income on all that went on in the temple precincts and their greatest threat was that they no longer would have an income from these illicit activities. That is a wrinkle. The habit of having more and better caused them to twist their consciences in order to provide for their excesses.

“Some of you, especially the young ones, will over-react in fear to this. Please, My precious dear ones, this is not condemnation of you. It is to make you aware of the righteousness of God and how very deep it goes. Most of you do not have properly formed consciences. You were not raised on the Word in a holy household. So I must take you back to those roots and reveal to you how some of the things you were never taught are important. But I am not a legalistic God. I am full of mercy, understanding and forgiveness. I want your heart. I want you to love Me, to trust Me, to come to Me and speak with Me about your weaknesses, your sin and insecurities and fears. I want to help you overcome these things.

“If you have something you cannot change and you fear it is displeasing to Me, talk to Me about it. I will help you. It may not even be wrong-doing on your part. It may very well be from the father of lies, who is continually trying to make you feel badly about yourself. Yes! Condemnation is his favourite tool. Why, you ask? Because if he can convince you that you are bad and worthless, and that I am a severe judge, you will avoid Me and never come into My arms and trust Me.

“So, do not over-react to this message. Rather take it as a checklist. You are going on a journey, you need to get your things together. Work on your list and I will help you with each thing you are afraid to face. Use your Bible Promises to verify whether something is right or wrong. Watch for things in your environment, a sign from Me: a bird singing, a heart shape in your food or a leaf on the ground. A love song in the store, a sweet wash of contentment suddenly flooding over your soul. These are ways I encourage you and show you that I am not only with you but I approve of you and all your efforts are indeed pleasing to Me.

“So, what I am telling you, in a nutshell, is simply prepare yourself in repentance to meet Me. Just as you would wash and shower before a big event, wash yourself in My love and forgiveness. Don’t be afraid to confess anything. Remember, I was there when it happened and I will forgive what you confess. Let’s do this together. I am all for you, I will sustain you in your weakness, I will not abandon you. I love you deeply, do not be afraid.”

Author’s Note: This message was given by Jesus to Clare in April 2016 and recorded on the Still Small Voice channel. This anointed ministry is helping tens of thousands of Christians worldwide to enjoy a deeper, more intimate walk with Jesus, and to prepare for Jesus’ soon coming in the Rapture. Still Small Voice is a registered charity which is making a significant difference in the Third World. The impact made by this teaching and charitable ministry is nothing short of remarkable. It is no wonder that the enemy is so malicious against it in his vicious attacks.

Whatever Jesus tells you…

Now on the third day there was a wedding feast in the Galilean village of Cana, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were all invited to the banquet but, with so many in attendance, they ran out of wine.

And when Mary realized it, she came to him and asked, “They have no wine, can’t you do something about it?” Jesus replied, “My dear one, don’t you understand that if I do this, it won’t change anything for you, but it will change everything for me! My hour of unveiling my power has not yet come.” Mary then went to the servers and told them, “Whatever Jesus tells you, make sure that you do it!” John 2: 1-5, The Passion Translation

Jesus tested my obedience

Years ago, when my children were still at school, I had an extremely busy schedule as a working mum. I was teaching full-time in a school 40 minutes’ drive from our house and had to be at the school before 8 a.m. every day. At home, I always seemed to be trying to catch up on jobs waiting to be done. My evenings were spent marking pupils’ homework, lesson preparation and encouraging and helping my own three with their school work. I frequently found myself putting my washing machine on around midnight. I used to spend some precious time with the Lord in the middle of the night; it worked out best for me that way.

One winter morning after a particularly heavy snowfall, I went into a skid on my way to school. I managed to control the car, but I knew that with a journey on very difficult roads ahead of me, a skid less than three minutes after leaving home was a clear warning. I gingerly turned the car round and phoned the school as soon as I was back in the house, saying how dangerous road conditions were. This was sympathetically received, and I learned that I was not the only teacher to be unable to make it to school that day.

Immediately one hundred and one things that I needed to do, or would love to do on my unexpectedly free day, crowded into my mind. What bliss to be able to do some overdue jobs at last! And maybe for a while I could snatch that rare commodity: some ‘me’ time! Thoughts of how I could spend my day went spinning round and round in my head.

Then Jesus spoke: “I want you to give your day to Me.” Give away my precious day? Could Jesus mean that He wanted the whole of my newly acquired freedom? Did He really mean that? Yes, He did mean exactly that. It was an obedience test and, as I made sure to do exactly what Jesus had said to me, putting Him first, it turned out to be a day of Heaven on earth – one of the best days I had had for a very long time indeed.

Jesus and His disciples visit Martha and Mary

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. But Martha became exasperated by finishing the numerous household chores in preparation for her guests, so she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.”

The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing the most beautiful place of sitting at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.” Luke 10: 38-42, The Passion Translation

Several years ago, we had a prophecy in our church in which the Lord said, among other things, “You love the things that I love, but you do not hate the things that I hate.” When we returned home, I asked the Lord, “What are the things that You hate, Jesus?” His reply was immediate: “I hate the works of the flesh, the self-life!”

What the Lord hates

Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatian church: “The cravings of the self-life are obvious: sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions, wild parties, and all other similar behavior. Haven’t I already warned you that those who use their “freedom” for these things will not inherit the kingdom realm of God!” Galatians 5: 19-21, The Passion Translation

Doesn’t the Apostle’s list sound like the content of many popular films these days? How are we spending our free time? If we love the Lord, do we really want to watch the ‘cravings of the self-life’ graphically depicted on the screen, knowing that Jesus died for those very sins on the cross. It is a grave warning to us all that ‘those who use their ‘freedom’ for these things will not inherit the kingdom realm of God’ but will go to the excruciating torments of hell for ever.

Jesus’ teaching on how to be ready for His coming

Jesus spoke to those looking for His soon return on how to be ready. He said to His proven prophet, “Many, many of My Brides have not simplified their lives and cut off things that bind their time. Many. I want this to change, I want them to begin to live right now as they will in Heaven. Yes, there are duties to attend to, but if they re-assess these things they will find ways to cut the time spent on the things of the world by at least half.

“I impart to each one in their quiet time… In their involvement with the world, be it a seemingly harmless TV show, a trip to the store, a magazine, all these things are fraught with ideas that stick in their heads and rob them of peace. It is so important to have a pure heart AND a pure mind. The mind can only handle so much and if it is secular in nature it erodes what takes place in My presence. It clutters the mind so there is no room left for Me. I don’t want their minds in this place. I want everyone focused on Heaven and My coming for them.”

A Parable about Ten Virgins

“As the time of my coming draws near, heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to ten maidens who took their oil lamps and went outside to meet the bridegroom and his bride. Five of them were foolish and ill-prepared, for they took no extra oil for their lamps. Five of them were wise and sensible, for they took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. When the bridegroom didn’t come when they expected, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. Then suddenly, in the middle of the night, they were awakened by the shout ‘Get up! The bridegroom is here! Come out and have an encounter with him!’ So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps. But the foolish ones were running out of oil, so they said to the five wise ones, ‘Share your oil with us, because our lamps are going out!’ ‘We can’t,’ they replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. You’ll have to go and buy some for yourselves!’

“While the five girls were out buying oil, the bridegroom appeared. Those who were ready and waiting were escorted inside with him and the wedding party to enjoy the feast. And then the door was locked. Later, the five foolish girls came running up to the door and pleaded, ‘Lord, Lord let us come in!’

“But he called back, ‘Go away! Do I know you? I can assure you, I don’t even know you!’

“That is the reason you should always stay awake and be alert, because you don’t know the day or hour when the Bridegroom will appear.” Matthew 25: 1-13, The Passion Translation

Jesus teaching further on being ready for His coming

“Part of the foolish virgins’ problem was that they were so tied up in the world it didn’t occur to them to bring oil for their lamps. They thought, ‘Well, I’ll just be a little while and back to work.’ Their minds were on what was waiting for them to do at home, not really on Me or My agenda, very much like Martha. But the wise virgins, like Mary, thought they could wait, and wait and wait for Me. It wasn’t a waste of time, it was bliss, because all they had on their minds was Me. Everything else was a burden and so they were happy to think, ‘He might be delayed. Good, then I can just be quiet and wait. So I’ll bring more oil for my lamp.’ I’m serious here. I want to get a concept across, the foolish virgins were carnally minded, taken up with the doings of the world, they considered having to wait a waste of time.

“Keep your minds strictly on Heaven, My coming, and what simple thing you can do for your neighbour in a spirit of brotherly love. Don’t get seduced into any worldly endeavours that take attention off Me. Keep your eyes on the Prize. Military people do not get involved in secular affairs. Spiritual people do not get involved in secular affairs. Stay vigilant, stay alert. Stay calm and deliberate, I need your full attention on Me. I will help you. You are not alone. My Spirit will whisper in your ear, ‘don’t do it’ and you will feel a check in your spirit. Obey that, follow what you know is My path. Put ME first and I’ll take care of the rest. I am with you My Brides. Stay vigilant and save your time and energy for Me and Me alone. You will never regret it.”

Whatever Jesus tells you, make sure that you do it!

Going Deeper…

There are such depths for the hungry heart to enter into and enjoy with our Lord Jesus. He never ceases to amaze me; there is always more – so very much more!

To prepare ourselves for going deeper, these heart-searching prayers are an excellent starting point. Since I am housebound, and can hardly walk now, I am unable to go to church. I pray this prayer every morning, then I receive Holy Communion on my own. Jesus makes it a very precious, special time for me to enjoy with Him:

“My Precious Father, my Beloved Jesus and my Dear Comforter, I enter Your Court with a thankful heart for You have preserved me and given me all I need to serve You. Spirit of God, teach me to worship You continuously in spirit and in truth, and to see, hear and understand You clearly in every way You speak to me. Father, I forgive and bless from my heart, those who have hurt me. I pray for restoration, healing and conversion for them.”

“Holy Spirit, my Comforter, please reveal to me if I have hurt You, or opened doors to demonic oppression, or planted seeds of bitterness. Have I forgiven everyone? Have I judged, compared or secretly criticised, falsely accused, gossiped or cast a slur? Did I exaggerate, colour the truth, or lie? Did I spend money meant for other things or take something that belonged to another? Did I covet, lust, or entertain sinful thoughts? Was I disrespectful to anyone, to those in authority? Was I arrogant, proud or jealous?

“Have I failed to believe and act on Your promises, or been lazy, wasting time, disobeying, complaining and ungrateful? Have I taken Your love and forgiveness for granted? Lord, I repent, rend my heart and long to return and please You. You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. I renounce these sins as well as pride, fear, doubt, unbelief, complacency, apathy, bitterness, resentment, and believing lies against Your character. Please forgive me and help me break this cycle of sin, and deliver me from evil.

“Jesus, please pull these up by the roots and remove the doors I have opened to the enemy. Grant me the grace to sin no more, and avoid every occasion of sin. Please heal anyone I have injured and keep me from being the cause of another man’s sin, but rather make me a blessing each day, leading them to You. I lay my life, and my will, in Your hands. Please lead me in purity as I receive Your gift to me in Holy Communion. In my heart, I kneel before You to receive with gratitude the Cross and Grace You have chosen for me today. Amen.” [Written by Clare du Bois, 2017]

Litany of Humility

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me:

from the desire of being esteemed, from the desire of being loved, from the desire of being extolled, from the desire of being honoured, from the desire of being praised, from the desire of being preferred to others, from the desire of being consulted,from the desire of being approved,

. . . deliver me, Jesus!

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me:

from the fear of being humiliated, from the fear of being despised, from the fear of suffering rebukes, from the fear of being calumniated, from the fear of being forgotten, from the fear of being ridiculed, from the fear of being wronged, from the fear of being suspected,

. . . deliver me, Jesus!

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire:

that others may be loved more than I, that others may be esteemed more than I, that in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, that others may be chosen, and I set aside, that others may be praised, and I unnoticed, that others may be preferred to me in everything, that others may become holier than I provided that I become as holy as I should . . .

. . . Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

[Written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)]

Author’s Note: I pray the Litany of Humility twice every day. Jesus looks at our longing to be like Him more than at our track record. He is altogether lovely.

Prayer of Sr Josefa Menendez

“Jesus, Your intercessors need Your help today! We ask You for help… but we need a miracle. We ask You for strength… but we need a miracle. We seek endurance… but we need a miracle. We hope and pray for graces… but we need a miracle. We ask for healings… but we need a miracle. We long for cures… but we need a miracle. We pray for restoration… but we need a miracle.”

Spirit of Burning, Come!

“On Your altar, precious Lord, I lay down all there is of me. Try me, O God, and know my heart. I gladly yield to the searchlight of Your Spirit. I surrender, Lord. At last I give in. Blessed Spirit of God, have Your way. I lay down my life a living sacrifice for You, Lord. How can I do less when You laid down Your life for me? Satisfy this yearning of my soul, this hunger which You have created.

“My God, all-consuming Fire, Lord God of Elijah who answers by fire, come fall upon the altar and consume all my darkness. Let the fire fall! Spirit of Burning, come! Purge and purify my soul. Penetrate the deepest recesses of my heart, dividing between soul and spirit. Sift me and separate all that is of self from that which is truly You, Lord. Shake me and shake me again until only that which cannot be shaken may remain. It is Your goodness, Lord, that has brought me to repentance, that has given me these tears.

“How I love Your deep dealings with me, for I can trust You whatever You may do. As I seek You with fasting, on my face before You, I yearn to be like You, Lord Jesus. I weep, I mourn over the sin which still so easily besets me; it has long grieved You, and now it grieves me too. So great is the intensity of my desire to be like You, Lord Jesus, that it hurts. Lord, hear the cry of my heart as I call out to You from the very depths of my being. I ask You for grace to yield to the mighty working in me of Your Spirit.

“Dear Lord Jesus, You baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Baptise me now into the fire of Your Spirit, that He may burn all selfishness out of me. Conform everything in me to Your image, Lord. Set my heart free from self; burn up every trace of sin. Refining Fire, go through and through my heart, purging out the dross until only the purest gold remains. Then shall I be able to offer unto You, Lord, an offering in righteousness with clean hands and a pure heart. Make holy and set me apart – a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use.

“O sacred Fire of God, kindle in me a flame which burns with Your love for the lost. Touch my lips, Lord, with a coal from off Your altar. Cause me to speak only the words which You give, for they are Spirit and they are life. Break my self-centredness; melt the hardness of my heart. Anoint my eyes that Your love may shine through. I yield to You, dear Spirit of God. Mould me into someone useful in Your service. Set my heart afire with Your love. Come with that precious unction from above, anointing my life to be a sweet perfume for You, Lord. Set me apart for Your glory, utterly yielded, consecrated unto death. Baptise me with Heavenly energy. Nail to Your cross my will – forever. Empower, embolden me for Your calling on my life. Without You I have nothing and I am nothing. Cause me to listen; give grace to obey. Dear Spirit of Burning, Come!”

[A heart-cry written by Pam McCaskie in 1989]

I was raised Methodist, and am now Pentecostal. For me as I was growing up, the highlight of our Church year was the Annual Methodist Covenant Service in which we renewed our covenant of total surrender of our lives to God.

My Covenant With God

“I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You, exalted for You, or brought low for You. Let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and whole-heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, You are mine, and I am Yours. So be it. And the Covenant now made on Earth, let it be ratified in Heaven.”

[This is the Covenant Prayer of the Methodist Church, renewed on the first Sunday of each New Year]

How ‘dead’ to yourself are you?

Author’s Note: I remember very well how this came to be written. I was lying prostrate on the floor in the middle of the night, having a lovely time with the Lord, while my husband and children were asleep. I had a notebook and pen beside me on the floor, ready to write whatever the Lord said. He began talking about being ‘dead to myself.’ I jotted down what He said and, as it meant so much to me to get it all down correctly, I asked Him to repeat it and He did. It still greatly challenges me. Jesus said:

“To be dead to self means to be on the Cross with Jesus, doing nothing to retaliate when people mock you, hurt you, criticise and judge you unfairly. It means to pray for them, bless them and show only love for them, thinking not at all of yourself and the hurts they may be causing you so undeservedly. It means not to want to be right, not to justify yourself, nor even to think about yourself and your situation. It means not to talk about yourself and not to seek attention. It means there is no more self – it is dead: buried with Christ in His death.

“How ‘dead’ are you?

“Do you still smart when others are unkind, and overlook you? Do you still long to be noticed, to be appreciated, to be thought well of? Jesus made Himself nothing for you; He made Himself of no reputation. He stooped far lower for you than you will ever be called to do, and in the midst of His agony His only thoughts were of love for His enemies.

“How ‘dead’ are you?

“Does it still matter to you to have your own way, to have things go well for you? Does it still matter to you to hear your name mentioned in praise? Can you joyfully let your will, even your deepest desires, be utterly crucified on His Cross? Can you say, and mean, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me?” Only through death comes life. Are you willing to be that grain of wheat which falls into the ground and dies? If it does not die it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.

“Are you willing? Are you willing to be made willing?”

[Written by Pam McCaskie, 1989]

God expects our full surrender:

Greatness that surpasses understanding

“There is a greatness that surpasses understanding. This greatness is only found by those who are seeking My Heart and Will in this life. It is a greatness that coexists with humility. It is a greatness that is only sustainable in a heart that is charitable. For this greatness is similar to what I carried with Me when I walked the Earth. It has the power to notice the needs of others. It is a greatness that keeps one’s eyes drawn on the Father. It is a greatness that is birthed out of the intimacy we share together. It is greatness that reaches deep down into the heart of man and calls him to serve in love and obedience.

“This greatness is not common and is very often pushed aside for spiritual gifting. Although if you carry this greatness, you carry all power granted to the Son by the Father. It is a treasure far beyond comprehension to you in your current state, but it is one that all My Chosen should strive for. It cannot be obtained by your efforts alone, it must be sought after with the purest of intentions. It is in serving, yet not in works, that one attains this gift. It is through self-sacrifice and love, the purest of love, that one attains it. It is found when one jumps in the trenches of another’s suffering and takes their hand.

“It is the simple acts that often go unnoticed that are bringing to life this greatness. It is when the Father looks at the heart of His Child and sees that their heart and desire is aligned with His, that he moves the mountains and sets in motion all that is necessary to carry the greatness out into the world.

“My People, My Brides will be known by this GREATNESS. It is what I was sent here to bring. Through My Spirit, you see with My eyes, you hear with My heart, and you reach out with My love. This is why I died, so that My Brides, My Chosen Brides, might receive this GREATNESS and be My hands and feet in a dark and dying world.

“So on this eve, set yourselves apart and pray. Pray for those who do not yet possess this greatness, pray for those who are bound and distracted from seeing the value of this greatness. For in your hearts, you are going to see how My love and Father’s Glory change this world for the good of all men.

“Psalm 27… this is the season for My Greatness to be seen upon the world once again.”

[Written by Marie Gomez, December 24, 2017]

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace

John Newton was born in London in 1725. He started his career in the Royal Navy at a young age. Later he worked in the slave trade for several years and captained his own ship. God saved him from certain death: from drowning in a shipwreck. John was soundly converted and saw himself as ‘a wretch saved by grace.’ In time, John Newton was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England where he was a powerful preacher. He became a prominent supporter of abolitionism, living to see Britain’s abolition of the African slave trade in 1807.

John Newton’s epitaph:

Amazing Grace

Do you know the Amazing Grace of God? It is freely given to all who ask the Lord.

I asked the Lord that I might grow

John Newton also wrote this heart-cry prayer:

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and ev’ry grace
Might more of His salvation know
And seek more earnestly His face.

Twas He who taught me thus to pray
And He I trust has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.

I hoped that in some favoured hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this He made me feel
The hidden evils of the heart
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in ev’ry part.

Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I’d schemed
Blasted my plans and laid me low.

“Lord why is this?” I trembling cried,
“Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?”
” ‘Tis in this way” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.

“These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou may’st seek Thy all in Me.”

Jesus, Dress Me In The Armour of God

The Helmet of Salvation: Place tightly the earflaps, guarding my ears from the enemy’s lies and whisperings. Set the Guard of Love over my mouth, that I speak with Your words, Your inflections of voice. Lower the Filter of Mercy and Compassion over my eyes, that I may see the world through Your shed Blood. Make impenetrable the helmet’s crown – the Dome of Protection – over my mind, sealing out the projections, suggestions and dredged-up memories of the evil ones. Let Your mind be within me: Let me think with, consider with and act on Your thoughts, not my own, until You make them one and the same.

I declare: I am Yours and You are mine: we are One. I pledge to strive with all my heart, mind and will to let no sin or demon ever separate me from You, stand between us, or cause my heart or mind to wander, even a step, from Your side.

The Breastplate: Gather up all that is Yours, now cleansed – my heart, my spirit, my soul, my mind, my will, my Garden – and protect it within Your Breastplate of Righteousness. May the enemy’s weapons bounce off, and may their excrement slide off, nothing staying, nothing sticking. Grant me the Grace NOT to form chinks, through my sin, in this Armour that protects where You dwell within me, thereby allowing the demons access.

The Belt: Wrap the Belt of Truth firmly around me, sealing and closing up access to the enemy through finely crafted lies and deceits, into the place where You dwell, as a thief would enter a Home. Reveal to me Truth in all occasions, and help me never to bend, ignore or deny it. Let me always seek the Truth and speak the Truth.

The Sandals: May my feet be shod with the Gospel of Peace. Let my feet walk upon the Waters of Peace with each step, eyes firmly fixed on You – and may it flow out from each step in ever-widening circles, touching the hearts, minds and attitudes of those that surround me, and I interact with throughout the day. Secure within me the Peace that Passes All Understanding.

The Sword and Shield: I take now Holy Spirit’s Sword in my hand. I take from Your hand the Shield of Faith. Teach me to use these with Your Wisdom, Your Power, Your Authority — and to never shy away from a battle You have sent me to engage in. It is ONLY through Your Power, Strength and Authority that I am enabled to do this. Let me never, ever allow Pride a foothold here.

The Cloak of Humility: Cover me now, and all of Your Armour, with the Cloak of Humility. Conceal ME beneath its folds and hood; let others see NOTHING but You shining out from within.

Author’s Note: This beautiful prayer was given by the Lord to a fellow prayer warrior, Carol Jennings. I am sharing it with her permission.

Jesus Teaches How To Respond To A Test

Jesus said, “I ache for the loneliness and alienation that My children have because they do not know My nature. If only they knew how much I care, they wouldn’t be afraid to come to Me, they wouldn’t be afraid to hear Me. Do you know that’s the number one issue with My children hearing Me? They are afraid of condemnation and correction. And that is SO far from My true nature.

“You don’t rebuke a baby or a broken soul, you comfort them. That’s My heart, but so few know it. Even the ones who suspect it are still afraid. It is excruciating to Me to stand by with a soul and see them suffer, knowing that if they would only reach out to Me I would comfort them, console and heal them. It hurts Me, also, that they do not understand that sin is so damaging to them. Each day I test you with something and watch to see how you will respond. Will you take the bait or will you wait?

“Patience is a big virtue when it comes to human nature and souls.  I wish for you to exercise that virtue more in your dealings with others. It will reflect who I am with much more accuracy. There are several times during the day that you get ‘spiked’ with provocation. If you could see where it originated from, you wouldn’t react. Please pay more attention to that – the enemy is stealing your energy in this way. They feed on anger, you know.

“Not only that, they want to use you to discourage others. By all means short circuit their access to your buttons, and wait on Me. I will tell you what is really going on. Wouldn’t you like that more than reacting and having to hold it down?

“It’s hard, very hard, to undo an unfair or untimely comment. It stings the other person and they react in discouragement and rejection. That’s the last thing they need. I do oppose the proud but give grace to the humble. So, if you are having continual obstacles and issues in your life, look for a habit of criticism. And of course, especially with relatives and those you owe the greatest respect for, namely your parents and your husband. I cannot bring this lesson up too much.

“Many of you are still indulging in judgment and criticism. Do you know, the News is set up to provoke you to judge so the door can swing wide open for oppression? Well, it is true. You see a slanted report, influenced by demons, you become enraged and indignant and pass judgment on the parties that are involved. Yet, you know nothing of the true situation behind the scenes. This is how the media exerts mind control over others. It is one among many techniques, but one that is sure to elicit a response. That’s why they are shredding the President continually. That’s why they publicise the worst stories. And once more the demons feed on your anger. That energy is like life’s blood to them. It comes out of you and they grab hold of it to become stronger. It is energy, electrical energy and they have a way of assimilating it into their own being.

“You should see the demons that feed on traffic delays. You literally would not believe your eyes. An accident creates a serious road block and delay and an army of demons comes in to feed off the negative energy. When people finally reach home they are exhausted from anger. This is no exaggeration – it happens every day. Anger and fear are powerful energy sources for the evil ones. That is why they are constantly provoking this response in others. Fore-warned is fore-armed.

“Now I have given you a clue as to where your energy goes when things don’t go well or something is left undone or sloppy. How many times today were you provoked to anger or irritation? Irritation is a big flashing red light. It shouts, ‘DEMONIC PROVOCATION!’ ‘DEMONIC PROVOCATION!’ Pay attention to that and don’t go for the bait. I speak to you especially in those times to give you another perspective so you won’t go off on someone. If you heed that warning, you only lose a slight bit of energy to the enemy.

“You are the target, every single day, of bullets and arrows tipped with the poison of anger, pride and judgment. Please have more wisdom than the enemy. “Wise as serpents, gentle as doves.” Don’t fall for their attempts to anger you. If you read something that starts to make you angry, RUN FROM IT!!! If there is an unjust situation and you need prayer for it, do not go into great detail to stir up anger in others. Touch it lightly and move on. You don’t realise that when you go on and on about unfair situations that the devils are actually using you to upset others. You, yourself, are angry and you are passing it onto others. It’s like an infection. At the end of the day you’re exhausted; you gave it all away to the enemy.

“When you respond in love, you short circuit the enemy’s plan to steal from you. You see injustice and instead of getting furious, you ask the Lord, ‘Why are you allowing this, Lord?’ There is so much you don’t understand. There is history, bloodlines, sins of your forefathers which carry curses and open doors. And if you knew the whole situation you would pray for the parties involved but not get carried away with anger and judgment . There is a history as to why that person is in so much trouble and is being treated so unfairly.  So rather than snapping to conclusions, it is best to say, “Lord, please intervene here, and keep me from unjust wrath. I know, Lord, You do not allow situations this bad to happen for no reason at all. You are a just God. Please deliver them from evil.” Then drop it.

“You see this is where the gossip chain steals the most energy from My people. A juicy piece of news is spread and the demons follow the trail as if it were dripping blood. They suck it all in and walk away from the gossipy phone conversation rejuvenated and re-energised to go out and cause more trouble. That’s how they work. They take what you had and provoke others to anger with that, then they feed on that anger. It is a never-ending cycle. That’s why I tell you not to listen to the media, not to gossip. That’s only one facet of these deadly habits.

“So now, how wise are you in understanding what you are up against today? If you have learned, My dear ones, please put it into practice and conserve your energy for My work. I will remind you of what I have taught you today.  I love you. Go and be as observant and clever as the snakes. Yet so gentle that, like the dove, you flee at the first sign of dissension and negativity. And by all means, spread My healing and unconditional love to those who are wounded and broken, and aren’t able to function the way they should.”

Author’s Note

This is an excerpt from a message given by Jesus to Clare, recorded on the Still Small Voice channel. This anointed channel is helping many thousands of Christians to go much deeper into the Heart of Jesus and enjoy precious intimate fellowship with Him.

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Adventure with Jesus in India: Danger and Astounding Miracles

In an earlier article ‘Awesome Testimonies: How God has Guided me into His Perfect Will’ (2nd March 2018) I wrote that my husband and I had received two personal prophetic words calling us to serve Him.

In the first prophecy, the Lord confirmed the longing of our hearts when He told us that there was a work for us to do for Him, and it was for that purpose that He had brought us together. The second prophecy, some time later, made it clear that we were called to work in India. God led us by a series of beautifully dovetailed steps to apply to join a large international team working for Him in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. The first photo shows my husband and me enjoying a ride on a cycle rickshaw.

The Lord’s timing was perfect. When we heard about the forthcoming mission in India, there was just enough time for my husband and me to arrange to have the mandatory vaccinations and obtain malaria medication. It took me three days, making phone call after phone call to several travel agencies, before I managed to arrange air travel to fit in with the schedule we had been given.

First impressions of India

As we walked out of Delhi Airport a little before midnight in early April, the first thing to strike us was the overwhelming heat; it was almost unbearable even at that hour. Our next impression was how simply delightful Indian people are; they are so gracious, so kind and so very helpful. Everything in India is colourful, in fact I soon discovered that they have colours that we have not seen in the West. How I enjoyed dressing like the elegant Indian women! Punjabi suits are very comfortable and easy to wear and I felt immediately at home in them. I loved the ‘chunnis’ – scarves which are an essential part of the Punjabi suit. They told me there are twelve ways to wear the scarf. I greatly enjoyed experimenting!

The sheer volume of traffic on the roads took our breath away. All manner of vehicles, and even an occasional elephant with his rider, were going in whatever direction they wanted to go, with no apparent right or wrong way. To us it looked like total chaos – yet it seemed to work. The streets in India are incredibly crowded. Forms of transport are varied and very different from the West. Women balance sidesaddle on scooters, maybe even holding a child on their lap. It looked decidedly risky to me, but they easily keep their balance, and manage to look elegant; they obviously enjoy riding like that.

Surprisingly, we saw people standing talking in the middle of the road, and a horse-drawn cart in the middle of heavy traffic.

People often sit on top of lorries and buses like this, and even sometimes on top of trains too.

This is a school ‘bus’ in Punjab. The boys were sitting while the girls were standing.

Indian roads can be extremely crowded, with people travelling on a wide variety of forms of transport. We saw men walking among the moving traffic, even stopping to chat as though they had all the time in the world. It’s not unusual to see a horse-drawn cart, or occasionally someone riding an elephant in the midst of the traffic. We have sometimes seen camels, and oxen pulling carts on the roads too.

The Adventure Begins

A mission to the Hindu people of the area was the main purpose of this exciting trip, with practical hands-on training for us all in praying for the sick, leading souls to salvation in Jesus and counselling them. Forty churches of various denominations, covering a large area of northern India, were participating in the mission. The many hundreds of people attending the meetings sat on the ground on large sheets, as the photo below shows.

As the Word of God was being powerfully preached, the Lord moved in mighty miracle power, healing one person after another just where he or she was sitting. These were desperately needy people who had not even asked for prayer; God sovereignly touched them by His power. It was exactly as the psalmist wrote in Psalm 107:20: “He sent out His Word and healed them.” Miracles were happening spontaneously all over the grounds, to the amazement of that vast congregation.

There were many miracles in every one of the meetings. People rushed forward as soon as the preaching finished each evening, and formed a long queue to climb onto the platform to give their testimony of what had just happened to them. They demonstrated, beaming from ear to ear, that they could now do this or that thing that their condition had previously prevented. It made a profound impression on the crowd when a Hindu priest who had suffered from a serious heart condition for twenty-five years, testified in delight that he was now totally free. The priest had been completely healed by the power of Almighty God and immediately gave his life to Jesus.

In this photo, people were praising God for all that He had done for them by His miracle healing power, and that their lives were now transformed by Jesus Christ living in their hearts. Six thousand Hindus found Jesus as their Saviour in that glorious mission and churches over a wide area were well prepared to welcome them.

Our team consisted of people from several countries. Prayer formed a vital part of our work. Christians around the world had already been faithfully praying for a long time for this significant outreach. In our team there was a group of intercessors who prayed together throughout every evening meeting – just twelve of us – and we prayed as one with enormous power. We were a small group of seasoned prayer warriors. As an intercessor, I knew that my place each evening was with the intercessors who, unknown to the congregation, were deep in prayer in a curtained-off area immediately behind the platform. However, on the first evening I was torn between taking my place with them and my curiosity to remain in the meeting to see what might happen there. To my shame, I selfishly made the wrong decision and stayed in the meeting. I soon realised my mistake, and deeply regretted it. Never again that week did I fail to be where I knew I was supposed to be!

It was thrilling to be an intercessor behind the scenes during those evening meetings. There was considerable danger from a hostile militant group and the Indian Army had to be called in to protect the team during the mission. An escape plan was explained to us and we were put into groups of six and had to stay together as far as possible. Every group leader constantly checked to make sure that the group members were all present. I had to let our leader know when I moved out of the meeting area to join the group of intercessors. Before the first meeting, we were shown on a large chart exactly where buses had been strategically parked out of sight in case a sharp exit was called for. It would be a huge undertaking to evacuate one hundred people in case of immediate danger. The Indian soldiers who were guarding us were extremely courteous and, to my surprise, smiled and saluted us respectfully when we arrived at the grounds each evening.

As the meeting proceeded, someone would come to update the intercessors from time to time on how things were going, and telling us what most needed prayer. We learned at one point that militants were already climbing over the walls at the far end of the field, bent on disrupting the meeting and throwing the congregation into panic. They were determined to prevent the preaching of the gospel at all costs. We intercessors stood in a straight line in our allotted intercession area directly behind the platform, binding the power of those hostile disruptive demons which were the driving force behind the militants. We took authority over them in the Sovereign Name of Jesus and commanded them to leave. Suddenly the young men turned round and every one of them fled from the area. Every knee will one day have to bow to the Name of Jesus; He is King of kings and Lord of lords. God answered our prayers and the militants’ evil plan came to nothing.

On another occasion, our group of intercessors was told that we should take authority over the Hindu ‘trinity’: the three highest gods of the 330 million gods worshipped by Hindus: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer. There was  extremely strong spiritual opposition to the preaching of the gospel. We prayer warriors fought through in prayer, taking authority over the powers of darkness in the mighty, sovereign name of Jesus. As all opposition melted away, many souls were born again by the power of the Holy Spirit who opened their eyes to see that Jesus is indeed the Way the Truth and the Life. (John 14: 6).

There are many roadside shrines dedicated to Hindu gods, and statues or pictures of their gods are to be seen almost everywhere in India. The photo above shows an indoor market stall where tea and snacks were on sale. It was rare to see any stall or shop that did not display images of some of Hinduism’s 330 million gods; they were everywhere.

Some 6,000 souls were born again into the Kingdom of God through that glorious mission. These precious people passed from death to life spiritually: from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. Scores of very sick and infirm people received astounding miracle healing through the power of our risen Lord. What rejoicing there must have been in Heaven! That part of northern India would never be the same again; the impact made by the gospel there was profound.

Our first visit to India was both unforgettable and life-changing. It was thrilling to witness God at work in thousands of lives. The opportunity to pray for healing for individual people after the meetings and counsel them, if they needed that help, was a new experience for my husband and me. The people responded warmly and received the answers they needed.

For the members of our large international team the mission was a valuable hands-on training experience. This stood my husband and me in very good stead in our future mission trips as a couple. We have been privileged to see some notable miracles. On one occasion, a lady whose hands were so badly deformed that they were claw-shaped, that she was unable to do anything at all for herself, was instantly healed after prayer. To our absolute horror, she knelt down on the ground, kissing our feet as though in worship. I said to the Indian pastor whom we were helping, and who acted as our interpreter, “Quick! Tell her to get up! We ourselves have done nothing at all – it was Jesus!” If she had not stood up immediately, we would have knelt down on the ground with her. All glory is for the Lord, and He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8).

Miracles are always awesome to behold and I am truly sorry for those who have never seen the power of Almighty God moving in this way. Miracles are becoming more frequent as we are now living in the Last Days. It is breathtaking to see people who are being healed from the excruciating pain of the life-threatening conditions that have crippled their lives. Human compassion yearns for those who are suffering to be relieved of their pain.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt the greatest miracle of all is when people come to Jesus just as they are, realising how much they need Him, and ask Him to save them. All their past is instantly forgiven and they are set gloriously free from the weight of it. They become brand new on the inside and are on their way to Heaven. What a Saviour! Do you know Him? The choice is yours: eternal life with Jesus in Heaven, or eternal horrendous suffering in Hell with Satan. ‘Forever’ is a very long time to regret having made the wrong decision.