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.”

Note from So Greatly Loved

This is an excerpt from a message given by Jesus to Clare, recorded on the Still Small Voice channel on Vimeo. 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. This message teaches much on how we can be ready for the coming of Jesus in the Rapture.

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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.

Jesus Warns: A Judgmental Attitude Puts Us in Great Danger

Jesus, please open our eyes and hearts to the consequences of our opinions and how we injure others with our mouths. Amen.

A horrific vision was recently given of Jesus in agony on the Cross and a Roto-rooter blade was coming up through the core of the Lord’s Body and ripping the flesh from inside of Him. The Lord was vomiting flesh and blood. Jesus said, “If I were to come now, many would not be taken in the Rapture because they are against Me – persecuting the members of My Body, assassinating, ripping it limb from limb, disembowelling, piercing My heart over and over again with their judgments.” Jesus explained, “This is what I am going through with My Body. It is sick, sick, sick with the cancer of Calumny, Jealousy, Fear stemming from ignorance, Backbiting, striking with wicked claw, Division, Avarice, Stealing from the poor, and Greed. My Body is very, very sick, even unto death.”

Jesus continued, “My Brides, if you are spreading negativity and judging My servants… In fact, if you are judging ANYONE – you are in sin. Your hands are stained with blood, your wedding gown is also smeared with blood. You will not, will not, WILL NOT be taken in the Rapture if you do not reform your ways! Stop gossiping, stop judging, hurting, destroying ministries you don’t understand that are bearing the copious fruit of salvation and sanctification. It is time for you to change. I need a spotless Bride, one whose heart is struck to the core with sorrow for these people. One who knows the grievous sins they have been guilty of in their own lives, and refuses to judge others for their sins. You can judge the sin, but only I know the motives involved. I want your hearts to be pure and gentle, meek and loving, always praying for the best in even the most hopeless-looking cases.

“Every time you draw attention to the faults of others, I must draw attention to yours. You are called to cover the faults of others. Just continue to pray for and bless those who injure you. That is the safest posture. It is much better for you to go sifting through your own conscience every day with a repentant heart. This will bring forth good fruit. You are all called to be saints. That means you do not think as men on Earth; you think with a heavenly mind. You love unconditionally; you pray for those who hurt you. Remember: ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.’ You are the ones who demonstrate the thoughts and ways of acting in Heaven, because it is your homeland and I live inside of you.”

Jesus continued, “My People, if you are serious about serving Me, you cannot enter into wilful disobedience. My angels watch over you, but if you take it upon yourself to pass judgment on another soul, it creates a hole in your protection… You, in My Body, who pass judgment on others: you are shooting yourself in the foot and losing massive amounts of Grace. What you dream and hope for will be opposed until you learn to honour and esteem others more than yourself. The littler and poorer the soul, the greater offence it is to Me when you make ANY kind of judgment against them.

“If you know and practise this way of thinking, even in the hidden chambers of your hearts, you will grow in grace and anointing in My Kingdom. You will also be honoured by the angels, who will come swiftly to your aid. They are gravely offended by the poison of presumption. But be especially on guard when someone offends you. This is a time when you are most vulnerable to lashing back with judgment. And many times, this attitude deprives you of the operation of the graces I have granted you previously. So, you pray and wait for My anointing – then after you get it, you squander it by judging others.

“I tell you these things, My dearly loved ones, so that you can advance in holiness and the anointing to break the yokes of evil that have been put on My children. I count on you to follow this teaching, because it is vital to your growth and the salvation of other souls who could have been touched by you. I have shared these things with you, because I love you all so deeply. And I want us to function in the fullness of our potential, that you may be filled with My joy and that it spill out onto others. Walk in this way faithfully, and you will become holy, even as I am holy. I truly love you so very, very much.

“My dear ones, no matter what your flaw is I protect you many, many times so you will not fall into it. However, if I see you looking down your nose at anyone, I withdraw My protection and leave you on your own so you will learn how weak you are and never criticise another.  Yes, humility is a huge protection.”

This is an excerpt from a prophetic word given by Jesus to Clare in January 2018 on the Still Small Voice Channel.

Awesome Testimonies. How God Has Guided Me Into His Perfect Will

God wants us all to know His will. Apostle Paul wrote, “So be very careful how you live, not being like those with no understanding, but live honourably with true wisdom, for we are living in evil times. Take full advantage of every day as you spend your life for His purposes. And don’t live foolishly for then you will have discernment to fully understand God’s will.” Ephesians 5:15-17, The Passion Translation.

To the Colossians, Apostle Paul wrote, “We do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” Colossians 1:9, KJV.

God expects all Christians to know His General Will as it is so clearly expressed in the Bible. At times, however, when we have to make big decisions in our lives, we badly need to know God’s Specific Will for us. God desires that all His children will be living in His Perfect Will, knowing exactly what He has called them to do. However, if we do not know His Perfect Will for us, we will at least, hopefully, find His Permissive Will: that is to say, God’s Plan B. Anything less than the Permissive Will of our Father can only be called disobedience.

The Bible clearly teaches God’s General Will. For example, Apostle Paul wrote, “Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.” Romans 12:2, The Passion Translation.

Apostle Paul also wrote, “God’s will is for you to be set apart for Him in holiness and that you keep yourselves unpolluted from sexual defilement.” 1 Thessalonians 3: 4, The Passion Translation.

The specific will of God for individual Christians

An example of the Specific Will of God is found in the church in Antioch. We read that, while they were worshipping the Lord in prayer and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “I have called Barnabas and Saul to do an important work for me. Now, release them to go and fulfil it.” Acts 13:1-2, The Passion Translation.

To be in the Perfect Will of God means to be in the very centre of God’s will. In Acts 16, we read that Paul tried to take the gospel to Asia, but the Holy Spirit prevented that because it was not His time. Instead, He gave Paul unmistakable guidance through a vision in the night in which a man from Macedonia was pleading, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.” It was a significant step for the Apostle: the Gospel was to be preached for the first time in Europe. That was the Perfect Will of God at that time.

It is said that most Christians are living in the Permissive Will of God. We could say that in the Permissive Will of God we are only settling for a ‘Pass’ – but in the Perfect Will of God we are aiming for a ‘Distinction.’

A good illustration of the difference between the Perfect and the Permissive Will of God is recorded in 1Samuel 8:6-22. The Perfect Will of God was for Israel to be a theocracy. Israel, on the other hand, wanted to be like other nations; they preferred to have a king to rule over them rather than Almighty God; they rejected His rule and suffered the consequences of deliberately stepping out of God’s Perfect Will.

Most Christians are in the Permissive Will of God, satisfied with settling for a mere ‘Pass.’ That is because they are not aligning their own will with God’s will. The highlight of the year for me in the Methodist Church in which I was raised, was the prayer of total commitment which we prayed at New Year in the Annual Covenant Service. In it we told the Lord that we genuinely wanted to yield ourselves to Him, leaving every choice in our lives one hundred percent to Him. It is a prayer of full surrender to the will of God in which we renewed our total commitment to serve God at the beginning of each New Year:

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.”

In Bible times, God sometimes guided His people by speaking to them in a clearly audible voice.

We read that through the centuries God spoke from time to time in an audible voice to His people. It is recorded that in the cool of the day God would enjoy fellowship with Adam and Eve in the Garden. They were familiar with His voice. One day He challenged, “Adam, where are you?” knowing that they had fallen into sin (Genesis 3:8’). They immediately recognised the voice of God. Later, after Cain had murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy, God called out to him, “Where is your brother Abel?” Genesis 4:9.

God spoke audibly to Moses at the burning bush when He called him to liberate the Children of Israel from slavery to their Egyptian taskmasters. (Exodus 3:4ff)

God spoke audibly to the boy Samuel, when he was servant to Eli the priest in the house of the Lord at Shiloh. Young Samuel heard the voice of God clearly and ran to Eli, thinking that the priest was calling him. (1Samuel chapter 3).

The crowds heard the voice of God audibly when Jesus was baptised. “As Jesus rose up out of the water, the heavenly realm opened up over him and he saw the Holy Spirit descend out of the heavens and rest upon him in the form of a dove. *Then suddenly the voice of the Father shouted from the sky, saying, “This is the Son I love, and my greatest delight is in Him.” Matthew 3:16-17, The Passion Translation.

Peter, James and John heard the voice of God when Jesus was transfigured before their eyes. Luke records, “… a radiant cloud of glory formed above them and overshadowed them. As the glory cloud enveloped them, they were struck with fear. *Then the voice of God thundered from within the cloud, “This is My Son, my Beloved One. Listen carefully to all he has to say.” Luke 9: 34-35, The Passion Translation.

Saul of Tarsus heard the voice of Jesus as he journeyed to Damascus to persecute the Christians there. Luke records that, “Just outside the city, a brilliant light flashing from heaven suddenly exploded all around him. Falling to the ground, *he heard a booming voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” The men accompanying Saul were stunned and speechless, for they heard a heavenly voice but could see no one.” Acts 9: 3-5, The Passion Translation.

Does God speak to His children in an audible voice today?

Yes, God does occasionally speak with an audible voice to His children even today. I know someone to whom this happened. She was attending a week-long Christian conference with her family. The meetings were held in a large theatre. On the evening in question the subject was Missions. Shortly before the meeting was due to begin, one of the organisers asked the congregation to bow their heads and remain in an attitude of prayer until the speaker went to the platform. The waiting people duly bowed their heads in reverence.

Suddenly this person heard a commanding, authoritative voice. She said that it sounded like thunder as it reverberated through that vast auditorium. The voice spoke with an authority that was apparently beyond the ability of even the most eminent actor to imitate. She heard only three words, “Will you go?” Startled by the sheer volume of sound, she quickly raised her head and looked around. To her astonishment, everyone else in the theatre was still sitting with head bowed, having apparently heard nothing. She had expected to see them all looking around them in shock. It was totally incomprehensible to her that they had not heard anything because the voice she heard was sovereign, all-powerful and full of majesty. It sounded like thunder. Gradually it dawned on her that maybe there was just a possibility that it was God Himself speaking to her in this striking way. She had longed to go on the mission field but had not dared to believe that such a calling might be for her. Some years later, she described what had happened that evening to the Principal of her Bible School. It was confirmed to her that she had indeed heard the audible voice of Almighty God. God was guiding His child into His perfect will for her.

*The words in bold italics in the Scriptures quoted above describe accurately the volume of the powerful, majestic voice heard by the person to whom I refer.

God often guides by a strong impression

This is a persistent feeling – a quickening or a knowing that comes at times to all Christians that we ought, or ought not, to do something in particular. It is almost certainly Holy Spirit giving us a nudge in the right direction. There have been countless times when this has happened to me. Something important had been mislaid, for example, and I was irresistibly led to look in a certain place; the missing object was invariably found there.

Strong impressions from the Lord could be about a phone call that needs to be made straightaway: an order has to be placed, or an appointment made. Maybe a reply to an overlooked email is long overdue. If ignored, the feeling soon becomes impossible to resist. Peace returns immediately when Holy Spirit promptings are obeyed. Our heart must “be always guided by the peace of the Anointed One.” (The Passion Translation).

The Greek word Paul used, which is translated ‘rule’ in Colossians 3:15 in the KJV, means ‘to act as an umpire.’ He wrote, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” This would have brought vividly to the mind of the readers of the original Greek text of the New Testament a picture of an umpire blowing his whistle whenever a foul has been committed. If we do not have peace in our heart we need to touch base immediately with the Holy Spirit. It is invariably a sign that we are somehow missing His will for us. God guides us by confirming that we are in the centre of His will by giving us His perfect peace in our hearts.

A recent very strong impression

Late one night, I had a clear impression that there was a strong spirit of jealousy coming against me. I took authority over it straightaway in the Sovereign Name of Jesus, binding that demon, together with any associated demons and all their leaders, backup and forces of retaliation, to the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ. There was immediately a lightness in my spirit, and I was soon fast asleep.

God guides through quickening His Word to us

When we open our Bible a verse can sometimes ‘jump out of the page’ and grab our attention; our eyes are drawn straight to it. This is known as a ‘rhema’ – a Word quickened to us by the Holy Spirit for a specific purpose. This is fairly common. Some people who are seeking a word from the Lord like to use ‘The Bible Promise Book.’ Others may favour a Promise Box: a small box full of assorted Bible verses on little cards to meet every imaginable need. It is important to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us before using these means of discernment.

God may guide through the Holy Spirit gift of prophecy

The gifts of the Spirit are usually confirming; God often uses other methods first. For example, a prophecy had been given to my husband and me at the end of a meeting many years ago. It was to do with our having a joint calling to serve God, but not giving specific details other than that ‘there was a big work ahead for us to do for Him, and that He had brought us together for that very purpose.’ This prophecy confirmed the longing we shared. We treasured in our hearts those words of the Lord to us. Some time later a second, more specific, prophecy was given to us in another church, telling us that God was calling us to India and giving details of what we must do to prepare. Prophecy can often be a confirmation of what we already know in our spirit.

Guidance may be Step by Step

Once the prophecy referred to above had been given to my husband and me, we needed an open door to enable us to make a meaningful first visit to India. At that time I used to watch a certain inspiring programme on Christian TV, recording it for my husband to watch when he returned from work. I never watched the last few minutes, which consisted mainly of adverts about resources, but I left the TV recording while I got on with my housework. One day, I walked back into the living room to see on the screen “Come to India with — —!”

AMEN! Contact details were given at the end of the programme, together with an announcement that those who joined the team would have opportunities for hands-on ministry: this meant praying for the sick and leading people to salvation in Jesus. We would also be given an interesting tourist schedule. Hands-on experience was just what we were greatly in need of! We phoned the contact number and were accepted to join an international group of around one hundred people. They didn’t even take up our references – they were obviously trusting the Lord that only those whom He was calling would apply. To our surprise, we found that we were the only people from the UK. It was a truly unforgettable and life-changing experience, and a major step forward in our preparation for missionary work.

God guides through Circumstances

The timing of God is perfect. When we applied to join that international team to work for Jesus with them in India, there was only just enough time for us to arrange the mandatory vaccinations and obtain malaria medication. Had I not continued recording the TV programme until the end, we would not have known that the answer we needed was right there on our TV screen in our very living room! A mission outreach in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, was the main part of this trip, with much practical hands-on training for us all. This was just what my husband and I needed and it came at exactly the right time for us.

God Guides through visions

In the mid 1980s my family and I were not happy in our church. We were so hungry for teaching in the deep things of God and, although our church was very loving and had many activities in which we and our children could be involved, we yearned for a closer, much deeper walk with God. One day, my husband and I, our three children and our little West Highland White Terrier were driving to the beach, where Vicky could have a good run on the sands. As we drove round a bend, I saw a most unusual sight. I alone in our family noticed this and it struck me as so out of the ordinary that I quickly mentioned it. I had seen a flock of miserable-looking sheep standing huddled together knee deep in thick mud near a farm gate. There was no pasture whatsoever in that field: not a single blade of grass, only an occasional spiky piece of stubble sticking up out of the deep mud. The sheep had moved right up to the gate near the road, as though they wanted to get out of there. It was at that point that the Lord spoke clearly in my spirit. Meanwhile we continued driving towards the beach.

“How stupid is that!” I said to my husband as I described the scene, “Whoever would treat their sheep like that? Those poor sheep can’t move for the thick deep mud reaching above their knees. They are rooted to the spot and have nothing at all to eat, so it’s no wonder they look so miserable: they are stuck in the mud!” My husband suggested we turn round so that we could all see this extraordinary sight. We did so immediately, only to find that the scene had totally changed in less than a couple of minutes! Not only were there no sheep now, but there was no mud either, and the large empty field now had rich green grass! I insisted that I had not made it up – I had definitely seen what I described. Fortunately my family believed me. It was then that I divulged what the Lord had said to me as I was looking at that strange sight only two or three minutes earlier. The Lord said, “If you continue to live in this place, you will become just like these sheep – stuck in the mud!” The inner voice was unmistakably clear, as was the distress of those starving sheep. We took this to be guidance from the Lord that we should move to another county, which we immediately made plans to do. It was a huge step of faith for us as a family. The school year was due to begin before long and we had three school age children. We had a house to sell, and we did not even know which county the Lord had selected for us to settle in.

It was during those few weeks of the school summer holidays that I heard the Lord say something to me that left me bewildered and wondering if I could possibly have have Him aright. He told me that our elder son, just turned sixteen, would be living with another family for a while. My husband and I kept that unexpected piece of information to ourselves for the time being! But it was indeed the still small voice of the Lord that I had heard in my spirit. For a number of reasons, all to do with the house sale and our removal, it became necessary for our elder son to live away from home for a term. That unusual personal prophetic word to me fulfilled to the letter. He was tremendously happy in his temporary home with new friends in his age group all starting Sixth Form College together in the county town. Years later, when I shared with our Bible School Principal the unusual sight of miserable-looking sheep stuck in mud up to their knees, and what the Lord had said to me as I looked at them in amazement, she told me that I had seen an ‘open vision.’ I had not heard that term before.

God Guides through Dreams

We read in Acts 16:9-10 of a dream Apostle Paul had when he came to Troas on his second missionary journey. He saw a man saying, “Come over into Macedonia and help us.” Paul and his co-worker had been attempting to take the gospel to Asia, and had recognised that the Holy Spirit was firmly closing that door because it was not yet the right time for Asia. In his dream God told the Apostle where his next ministry was to be: he was to branch out into Europe. It is recorded that “immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

Shortly after settling in our new county, I saw an advertisement for a Modern Languages post in a small private school and went for an interview. The pupils seemed to like me, and the classes were astonishingly small. However, one thing troubled me: I was expected to run a sports club after school at a time when I needed to be back at home with my family. The Headmaster wanted to know my decision within three days. I rarely dream, but the Lord gave me a very vivid dream which I remembered in detail on waking; that did not normally happen to me. In the dream I was driving along a familiar road and came to a fork. I knew that I had always taken the right fork before, but in the dream there was an enormous bright red circular No Entry sign, larger than life:

Puzzled, I quickly looked at the left fork and saw a rectangular blue sign with a white arrow and the words ‘One Way.’

The meaning of the dream was clear enough: I was used to being a teacher, but this time it was not God’s will for me and He was showing me not to take that familiar route. Nevertheless, to be sure, I checked it out with our pastor, who confirmed my opinion.

A prayer to know God’s Guidance, by a fellow Prayer Warrior of mine, Marie Gomez.

“My Father who sees all from heaven, hear my prayer. Let my desires be aligned with Your will and let my heart and mind be focused on those thoughts and actions that bring You and You alone the Glory. Let Your will be done on Earth as you have predestined it in heaven. Let my life be a catalyst for Your Love and mercy when in the company of a desperate soul.

“Let Your breath bring life and healing to the dead and decaying remnants of experiences from living in a world filled with wickedness. Keep my eyes and ears on Your precepts and may they always guide me. May they fill me with all knowledge and its fruits of wisdom all the days of my life. May I always notice Your Love for others when I see a wounded soul, and may my words and actions bring to life the love that You birthed in my heart.

“Let the prayers of my righteous heart be effective. Search my heart Lord, to see that my intentions are pure and selfless, desiring only to serve others through intercession, in order to bring forth all that you have purposed and predestined for their life. This I ask and receive according to Your promise, in the Powerful Name of Jesus. Let the authority of this child of God always serve Your heart. So be it!”

A final word:

A Foretaste of Heaven

How Jesus longs for us to spend time with Him, to adore Him, to sit quietly in His presence listening to His voice, simply being with Him. When we fall in love, we long to spend time with our beloved! We look out for his mail; we long to hear his voice; he is always in our thoughts. That is just how our relationship with Jesus can be. Jesus is always waiting for us, longing for us to leave what we are doing in order to simply spend time together with Him, like two best friends together.

I remember so clearly how I was as a newly engaged young woman in 1969. We had had a brief two-week courtship, ending in a day of prayer and fasting after which we were absolutely certain that God had brought us together. (We have recently celebrated our 48th Wedding Anniversary, as I write). My beloved and I married within five months of first going out together; he was 26 and I was just 27. In the busy months before our forthcoming wedding, my fiancé unfortunately had to be living a long distance away and we only had time together at weekends, when his parents kindly invited me to stay with them, and he was able to join us there. In the middle of the week I was able to receive just one precious phone call from him. It was on Wednesday evenings during our church midweek Bible study.

We would have about seventy people at the Bible Study, and we always sang several hymns before the Bible Study began. The phone was situated upstairs in the Pastor’s flat. To answer it, I had to go out of the meeting room, up a very long flight of stairs to the Pastor’s flat, and through two doors before eventually reaching the phone. This was before we had mobile phones, of course. Just think about it for a moment: there I was in a meeting, singing, not knowing when my call would come. Nevertheless, I was able to hear it ring in a distant room, over the volume of seventy other people singing at the top of their voices the glorious hymns of Charles Wesley! Nobody but me heard the phone as seventy people singing at the top of their voices make a great deal of noise. Why did I hear my phone call come in? Because I was expecting to hear from my beloved!

The Pastor’s wife was amazed that in the circumstances I had been able to hear the phone. She even said that my hearing was “too good!” The point I am trying to make here is that our Beloved, our Lord Jesus, longs to talk to us, but we must have a listening ear. As the Shulamite said in the Song of Solomon 2:8, “The Voice of my beloved! Behold he cometh…!” She did not fail to hear Him! Likewise, I did not fail to hear my beloved’s phone call despite the considerable volume of seventy people singing, and the number of doors and stairs between me and the phone!

Our courtship was Jesus-centred by the grace of God. Whenever we could, my fiancé and I used to spend time together worshipping God in the spirit. We knelt down side by side and worshipped Jesus; the Holy Spirit gave both the words (our respective Holy Spirit gift of tongues) and a heavenly melody to each of us. These heaven-sent melodies were different every time and were blended together by the Holy Spirit into a harmony so beautiful that the presence of Jesus was almost tangible. It was a deeply moving, unforgettable experience.

It is recorded in Revelation chapter 2 that Jesus spoke to the church at Ephesus, saying “You have abandoned your first love!” He first commended this church for several things they were doing which pleased Him. However, Jesus was grieved by the fact that they no longer loved Him as much as they used to love Him; they had lost their first love. Let us ask Jesus to search our hearts right now and show us if that is true of us. If it is, we are hurting our Lord and depriving ourselves of the indescribable blessing that comes from a deep, intimate relationship with Him.

Heavenly Worship orchestrated by the Holy Spirit

When I was a student teacher at London University in the mid 1960s, years before my husband and I met, I attended a large Pentecostal Church where Holy Spirit gifts were fully in operation. The presence of the Lord was almost tangible and the most wonderfully uplifting part of the services was the time we spent worshipping God in the spirit. The entire congregation would simultaneously move into heavenly worship, each one singing in his or her personal gift of tongues, in a beautiful melody given individually to each worshipper. The Holy Spirit merged the enormous number of different melodies into one harmonious whole. It was as though Heaven came down to Earth. It was indescribably beautiful; I did not want it to come to an end.

I told a Christian student music teacher friend about this singing and she was naturally eager to hear it for herself. My musical friend was overwhelmed — quite undone! She told me that it was utterly impossible to train people to sing so many different melodies blended into one harmonious whole like that. It was humanly impossible, she said; it had to be God. Did you know that this is the way in which the early church worshipped their Lord? To me it is so sad that nowadays the vast majority of Christians may not have experienced this breathtaking, unique Holy Spirit anointing on their worship. ‘Worship in spirit and in truth’ is God’s perfect will for His church: Jesus said in John 4: 23-24 that God is continually seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Holy Spirit-led worship is beautiful beyond my ability to describe. It is indeed a precious foretaste of Heaven.

Many years after my student days in London, my family and I were privileged to belong to a greatly blessed Pentecostal Church in Somerset, in the south of England. We travelled thirty miles to our church with our young family. The sixty mile round trip was well worth it; the preaching was anointed and we all grew steadily in the Lord. However, the greatest blessing to me was, as before, the way we worshipped. Every Sunday, just as in my student days in London, we sang in the spirit for a prolonged period, each one of us adoring the Lord in his or her spiritual gift of tongues and unique heavenly melody given by the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Lord was almost tangible; He was there, and we all experienced His Presence. Incidentally, as I wrote in one of my first articles, I was at an Easter conference held by the same church in the early 1980s when hundreds of Angels joined us in our worship and some of us saw them clearly – close up. You can read my personal testimony about this astounding experience in my earlier article ‘Childlike Faith Works.’

A closer look at singing in the spirit

In John 7: 37-39, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Jesus was referring to the work of God’s Holy Spirit in us. In worship “in spirit and in truth” — from our innermost being — there are times when our natural language cannot express the depths of what we are feeling, and we find ourselves singing in tongues. That is where the Spirit comes to our aid, as Jesus promised He would, and rivers of prayer and worship flow from deep within our inner man, resulting in heavenly sounds that originate from God’s Spirit within. Singing in the spirit flows spontaneously; there is great liberty in this worship. The anointing lifts us high into another realm where the presence of God is almost tangible. It is a deeply moving experience.

The Greek word for tongues is ‘glossolalia’ and worship in the spirit is known as ’glossolalic song.’ Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:15, “I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit…”

This Holy Spirit-led worship has been likened to ‘the strings of a huge harp set in motion by the wind of the Holy Spirit.’ It is a uniquely beautiful, unforgettable sound, which leaves those who have been privileged to participate yearning for this Holy Spirit anointing again.

Jesus challenged me

Asking Jesus to come and live in my heart and be my Saviour was the most important decision I have made in my life. For years as a teenager I had been reading the Bible every day, but never understanding it. My journey with Jesus began when I was eighteen during my first term at University. The very morning after I had become ‘born again,’ the Bible made sense to me. In John’s gospel, chapter 3, Jesus taught about our need to be born again: to know Him intimately in our heart. My life was immediately transformed: it was like going from black and white to HD in one fell swoop! Over the years, Jesus has taken me to Spain, to India and to South Africa working for Him, seeing Him do some amazing things – even miracles. What a Saviour!

The Impact of the Oberammergau Passion Play

When I was seventeen, my parents took my sister and me to see the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany. This was a significant step forward in my search for the truth. The history of this play is interesting. In 1633, the Bubonic Plague was decimating the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria, southern Germany. In utter desperation, the villagers gathered together in their parish church and humbled themselves before God. They vowed to enact the Passion of Jesus Christ every ten years for evermore, if God would graciously put an end to that deadly plague. God honoured their faith and the plague ended immediately. The villagers are continuing to keep their solemn promise. Apart from during the two World Wars, the village of Oberammergau has faithfully performed the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ every ten years. The next performance will be in 2020.

Actors in the Play must either have been born in Oberammergau, or have lived there for twenty years. They give up a whole year of their lives on this project. The Play lasts eight hours! The fall of man is portrayed, explaining the need mankind has of a Saviour. The entire Play is Bible-based.

The scene that made the deepest impression on me was when, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus struggled in utter agony as He contemplated taking on Himself – in His body – every single sin that had ever been committed, or ever would be committed. How this spoke to me! I knew I needed to be saved. I cried for more than three hours in the coach as we returned to our hotel a long distance away from Oberammergau.

The following year, more conscious than ever how much I needed a Saviour, I went to University. God’s timing was incredible! Soon after my first term began, there appeared all over the Student Union posters announcing, “THE ANSWER IS CHRIST!” I heard the gospel clearly in that mission and gave my life to Jesus that week. I have never looked back!

My journey with Jesus has been thrilling. He has never failed me. I will be sharing my adventures with Him in my blog. Truly, I am SO GREATLY LOVED.