Jesus, Dress Me In The Armor 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 Armor 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 Armor, with the Cloak of Humility. Conceal ME beneath its folds and hood; let others see NOTHING but You shining out from within.

Note from So Greatly Loved

This beautiful prayer was given by the Lord to Carol Jennings – a fellow prayer warrior. I share 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 du Bois, 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. This message teaches much on how we can be ready for the coming of Jesus in the Rapture.

For more information on Still Small Voice visit the website heartdwellers.org

Adventure with Jesus in India: Danger and Astounding Miracles

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, given 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, bordering Nepal in northern India. The photo above shows my husband and me during a later outreach, enjoying a ride on a cycle rickshaw in Punjab, north west India.

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 never 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 our team of 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 so many thousands of lives. The opportunity to pray for healing for individual people after the meetings, and counsel them if they needed help, was a new experience for my husband and me. The people responded warmly and received the answers that they were longing for. 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 since our first visit to India. A lady whose badly deformed hands were claw-shaped, and who was consequently 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 she was worshipping us. 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 alone, and He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8).

Miracles are always awesome to behold. I am truly sorry for those who have never seen the power of Almighty God in action like this. Miracles are becoming more and 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 asking 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 people on the inside, and are now on their way to Heaven instead of Hell. 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 – they are persecuting the members of My Body, assassinating, ripping it limb from limb, disembowelling and piercing My heart over and over again with their judgments.” Jesus explained further, “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.”

Note from So Greatly Loved

This is an excerpt from a prophetic word given by Jesus to Clare du Bois and posted on the Still Small Voice Channel. I have shared this with her permission. For further information visit the website heartdwellers.org

Awesome Testimonies: How God Has Guided Me

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 1 Samuel 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.

It is said that 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 all together at New Year in the Annual Covenant Service. In this prayer 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 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, praying with their heads 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, commanding, all-powerful, extremely loud 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 who 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 the 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 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 — —!”

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 large 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 literally 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, 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!

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.

It was during those few weeks of the school summer holidays that I heard the Lord say something else 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 and extraordinary 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 long distance 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.

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 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. (Our Golden Wedding Anniversary is Christmas 2019). 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; 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 keen 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 every Sunday 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 earlier posts, 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 post ‘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 Holy 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 France, 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

Previously, when I was seventeen, my parents had taken 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.

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 am enjoying sharing my adventures with Him. Truly, I am ‘So Greatly Loved.’

Note from So Greatly Loved

2020 is the year in which the next performance of the Passion Play will be held:

The photos below are from the 1960 performance of this magnificent Passion Play, which I was so privileged to attend as a teenager.

Childlike Faith Works!

In my journey with Jesus (by this I mean my Christian life) I have learned that the more childlike and simple I am in my faith, the more easily I receive from Jesus the things I am praying for.

Jesus said some interesting things about the simplicity of little children. Just think about it for a moment… To a little child, if Daddy has promised something that he or she is longing for, they just know that Daddy will keep his word. They may even tell people “Daddy’s going to give me…” because to a little one it’s a done deal: Daddy always keeps his word. Always! It’s not surprising that Jesus said what He did in Matthew chapter 18

In many places in the gospels, Jesus taught on the absolute necessity of believing that we will receive what we ask for. Here are just a couple [italics mine in the Scriptures below]:

“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” Matthew 21:22

Jesus said, “All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:13

Some personal examples of childlike faith

When I was still a fairly young Christian, a friend whom I greatly respected because she was at Bible College and knew so very much more than me, told me that it’s possible to hear Jesus actually speaking to us in our prayer times. I hadn’t heard that before and decided to give it a go. I simply said “Jesus, Anne* says it’s possible to hear You speaking to me. I would really like You to speak to me, please.” I simply expected Jesus to speak to me — and He did!

I do not mean that I heard an audible voice! No, certainly not! But what began for me that day, like for scores of my Christian friends, is that Jesus began to speak clearly to me in my spirit, deep down in my heart — the real me. It was something like when you suddenly have a thought such as, “Oh, I must phone the dentist this morning” — an unmistakably clear impression. We do not hear voices! I do hope I’m making that clear!

* this name has been changed.

A wonderful, much deeper, walk with Jesus now began for me. He spoke loving words of encouragement day after day and made the Bible come alive. He also spoke some very much-needed words of correction to me from time to time. Everything that Jesus says or does is always in love. He IS love. I started to keep a journal in which I recorded all these precious words of Jesus so that I could turn to them again and again. In future posts it will be a great joy to share some of these with you. You will be amazed — and so blessed.

For the Bible record that Jesus does indeed speak to to those who belong to Him, turn to the gospel of John, chapter 10, where Jesus talks of Himself as a good shepherd who knows His sheep (see verse 14). He goes on to say in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Another example of childlike faith

Some years further along my journey with Jesus, I attended a Christian conference at Easter one year with a colleague. During a very beautiful time of worship, in which the awesome presence of God filled the building, one of the leaders on the platform suddenly said, “The Angels are here, helping us in our worship, and some of you can see them!” At that point I had my eyes closed, lost in worshipping the Lord, enjoying His presence with us; it was so real that it was almost tangible.

What would you have done in a situation like that, I wonder? This is what I did: I thought to myself that if some of us could see the Angels, I wanted to, and asked that I might see them. I am so hungry for the things of God that I was not about to miss an opportunity like this! I quickly opened my eyes and simply expected to see the Angels. The key word here is ‘expected’ and I was not disappointed. There were Angels simply everywhere — hundreds and hundreds of them. They were standing between all the rows of people, worshipping the Lord together with us.

What did they look like? Well, if they were standing on the ground, they must have been seven or eight feet tall. They had such beautiful faces, and they glowed with golden light and were translucent — almost transparent, but clothed with light. It wasn’t until much later that I found a reference in the Psalms to being “clothed with light as with a garment.” That is exactly what I saw.

In both these testimonies the key was expecting to get the answer to my prayer. In very simple faith, like a little child, I expected to receive what I had asked.

God has no favourites. He longs for all of us to trust Jesus as our Saviour. Our loving Heavenly Father also longs for us to know Him as our Father. He has so much blessing for us if we will open our hearts to Him in simple childlike faith.

Psalm 91: God’s Shield of Protection

There is a place deep in the heart of God where we may find shelter. It is a place of refuge and safety from any evil that might come upon us. Psalm 91, a firm favourite of many Christians, holds powerful promises which, if believed and acted upon, are life-saving. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (v.1)

Do take time to watch the short video of this beautiful psalm with lyrics (link below). Note how the psalmist gives an astonishingly comprehensive range of catastrophic circumstances in which we are assured of God’s total protection for those who are resting in the secret place of His heart

https://youtu.be/67wC6-kWWSo

Unprecedented Protection for an Entire British Regiment throughout World War 1

There are awe-inspiring testimonies of miraculous deliverance from acute danger in time of war. It has been recorded that during World War 1 (1914-1918), L.T.C. Whittensley was a Regimental Commander in the British Army. Every morning his regiment recited the 91st Psalm, declaring aloud their faith that God would protect them from danger. This regiment went over the wall on a number of occasions during the course of the war, facing furious enemy fire and almost certain death. Thousands of men were killed on their left and right sides, but not a single one of the soldiers in this regiment was wounded. It was reported that the German bullets seemed to bounce off Regimental Commander L.T.C. Whittensley’s men.

The Passion Translation puts it succinctly: “Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed, you will remain unscathed and unharmed. You will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment, for they will be paid back for what they have done!” Psalm 91: 7-8.

British Soldiers Going Over The Wall in WW1

A Miraculous Escape from Certain Death in World War 11

An awe-inspiring event took place during World War 11 (1939-1945) at Dunkirk, France. It was reported by war correspondent, C.B. Morelock, that more than four hundred men were trapped on a beach without any shelter from the enemy whatsoever. Sixty German aircraft flew very low directly over the men, firing machine guns, and bombing the trapped soldiers. The men were lying face downwards on the sand, packed closely together. They were facing certain death. All the four hundred men were not only reciting Psalm 91, but shouting it at the top of their voices, proclaiming in faith that God would keep them all safe from the deadly fire of the enemy. Not a single man was even scratched! Navy personnel who rescued the survivors from that Dunkirk beach reported hearing them still shouting the Psalm when they came to their rescue. The Word of God, spoken in faith by our mouth, is as powerful as the written Word of God. Our God always backs His Word when it is spoken out loud in faith. It is in this way that our faith is released, and God honours that.

Many would be inclined to describe the deliverance of four hundred soldiers from certain death as ‘unexplainable.’ However, those who enjoy an intimate personal relationship with God, living in the heart of our Heavenly Father, know Him as their refuge and their fortress’ (v.2). They know that “He covers them with His feathers and under His wings they can trust” (v.4). This brings to mind the words of Jesus,

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings.” (Matt 23:37). Truly the heart of God is to protect His children as tenderly as that.

Hurricane Andrew Hits Florida

On 24 August, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall Near Homestead, Florida. It developed into a category 5 Hurricane with wind speeds reaching 175 mph. It is the second costliest tropical cyclone in United States history: $26.5 BN. In Florida alone 25,524 homes were destroyed, and a further 101,241 homes were badly damaged. 1.4 million people lost their electricity, and 150,000 lost telephone services. Major job losses were incurred though, on the other hand, many benefited from the urgent need of construction workers, roofers, carpenters, electricians, highway builders and many other skilled workmen.

A Few Facts About Hurricanes

Wind speed 74 – 95 mph . . . . . Category 1: Minimal

Wind speed 96 – 110 mph. . . . .Category 2: Moderate

Wind speed 111 – 130 mph. . . .Category 3: Extensive

Wind speed 131 – 155 mph. . . .Category 4: Extreme

Wind speed 156+ mph . . . . . . . Category 5: Catastrophic

The storm surge of Hurricane Andrew rose to over 18 feet and the wind reached 175 mph.

The word ‘hurricane’ comes to us from the Spanish Conquistadores (conquerors, explorers) who carved up the New World for themselves in the 16th and 17th centuries. They picked it up from Taino, a language spoken by the Arawak, indigenous people of the region. ‘Huracán’ was the Taino word for ‘storm.’ Some authorities suggest the word can mean ‘evil spirit’ or ‘storm god.’

Only One Family Escaped the Destruction Unscathed

This testimony is astounding. As Hurricane Andrew wreaked havoc, demolishing everything in its path, the entire property of one family remained intact. Every single house over a vast area around them was either razed to the ground or seriously damaged. Garden sheds were tossed high in the air like match boxes, trees were uprooted and fences destroyed. Nothing escaped the fury of Hurricane Andrew’s 175 mph winds — apart from one house — to the utter astonishment of the insurers who soon visited every resident in the area. What could be the reason for this, they wondered? There must surely be an explanation. There was!

As Hurricane Andrew roared through the area, sounding like a freight train, sweeping everything out of its way, one house remained unharmed. Not a pane of glass was broken, not even a plant was disturbed. The garden shed was untouched and the fence remained intact. Why was that? It was unheard of, given the catastrophic force of this fearsome hurricane. Del and Pat Hicks had prepared well; food and water was ready; they had already weathered four hurricanes. As the storm roared all around them, Del and Pat Hicks knew the authority that they had in the name of Jesus. They remembered how Moses had been instructed by the Lord that the blood of the lamb had to be applied to the doorposts of every Israelite home when the Angel of death devastated the land of Egypt, so they applied the blood of Jesus and quoted the wonderful promises of total protection in Psalm 91.

Earlier, Pat had walked through their yard laying hands on the trees, declaring that they were now under the shadow of the Almighty, and touching the shed and the walls of the house, placing every single thing under the protection of God. Fourteen family members gathered in their home. They could hear things crashing into the house. At one point it seemed that the house was about to break in two and the roof be blown away. They all laid hands on the walls, commanding them to stand strong and continue supporting the roof.

In the morning they saw that, although their shed door had been blown open, everything was still there. They had suffered no damage at all. Their property immediately became like a tourist attraction. Everyone in the area was dumbfounded! This family home alone was unscathed in a forty mile disaster zone. What a glorious testimony to the unfailing efficacy of confessing out loud the power-packed promises of Psalm 91! How God was glorified! May we all learn to follow their unwavering example of confessing out loud their faith in the Word of God!

The Angels were working overtime to protect this family who leaned entirely upon their God!

YouTube has several extraordinary videos on Hurricane Andrew. These two are not very long and are well worth watching:

https://youtu.be/9wILrZwCnoY

https://youtu.be/7JZlC7r-NGk

Psalm 91 Protection from Plague and Deadly Diseases

The facts given here are simply horrifying. The ice is melting in Antarctica , and this is bringing back old diseases, and also some new diseases. This map draws its data from the World Health Organisation and shows the current state of affairs. In the very near future we will be hearing much more about the comeback of old diseases. It is a fact that the Black Death is back with a vengeance. New dangerous diseases are being found at a rapid rate. It is stated that public Western outbreaks are not far away. Our overuse of antibiotics has also caused problems and now there are many “superbugs” that are 100% able to continue even after antibiotics have been taken.

However, Psalm 91 promises “Surely He shall deliver you from the deadly pestilence” (v.3) Pestilence is any virulent or fatal disease. It is an epidemic that affects huge numbers of people. God promises us supernatural protection. We also have God’s promise that “When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High, our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm. How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us? God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm. If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you and keep you from stumbling. You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness, trampling every one of them beneath your feet!” (Psalm 91:9-13)

Note from So Greatly Loved

God is for us! God is with us! God will not fail us! We can safely commit our lives entirely to our faithful God and His total protection and provision. It would be an excellent idea to memorise Psalm 91. It is undoubtedly becoming increasingly important to pray the protection of this Psalm out loud daily over ourselves and our loved ones. We have nothing to lose — and so very much to gain.

The Joy of Lingering in Worship

Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is the highest activity of which man is capable. Jesus taught in John 4:23-24 that God is seeking those who will worship Him. Since we know that He is seeking worshippers, how eagerly we should run to Him whenever we can, to be lost in His Presence, worshipping Him, caught up in His Love, oblivious to all around us, unaware of the passage of time! This is precious beyond words. It goes so very much deeper than our Sunday worship times in church. Oh how the Lord waits for us to run to Him! How His heart aches for our fellowship in worship as we abandon ourselves to Him!

Angels help us in our worship

As I wrote in a previous post, “Childlike Faith Works,” Angels sometimes join us in our worship. The breathtaking experience I describe, which took place in the early 1980s at an Easter conference in Somerset, in the south of England, was glorious. There were hundreds of Angels worshipping with us, and many of us were able to see them.

The beautiful hymn “Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven” mentions that Angels help us in our worship: “Angels, help us to adore Him, ye behold Him face to face.” I read of someone who had a NDE (Near Death Experience) and was taken up to Heaven for a short time. We can read of so many such experiences these days. YouTube has a large number of testimonies on video, and some of these privileged people later write a book about what they were shown in Heaven. The person to whom I refer heard the hymn ‘Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven’ being sung in Heaven! When he commented that we sing that on earth, he was told that it originated in Heaven, and that the inspiration to write like this comes from the Holy Spirit.

An intimate relationship with Jesus

Many musical groups are being anointed nowadays to minister Love to the Bride of Christ, and to bring the Bride into His arms. There are so many wonderful, solid, Bible teachers who are now teaching this. The Lord has anointed this for this season, and it is a huge movement all over the world.

Jesus has spoken about this, saying, “I wait for them to come and sit before Me, with nothing in mind but Me. Just the sight of one of My Brides sitting quietly with Me on her mind, though it be interrupted by a thousand and one thoughts… still, it brings Me much comfort and pleasure.”

One of the beautiful songs of pure love for Jesus, and total surrender to Him is by Christ For All Nations:

All of Me

“When I’m captured by Your gaze,

The whole world fades away

And the troubles I once knew

Dissipate in Your embrace.

When Your beauty I behold,

In my heart one thing I know

Earthly things are counted loss

Just to know You even more.”

Chorus

“So let me pour my love on You,

Like fragrance from my heart

And feel Your love surround me as

You wrap me in Your arms.

Take me to Your chambers where

Your beauty’s all I see

The place where nothing matters

But to give You all of me.”

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“Where are those who will linger in My Presence in this season of Acceleration?”

This prophecy was given through Lana Vawser, an anointed prophet from Australia who is much in demand internationally as a conference speaker. I receive her prophecies regularly by email.

Lana shared the Lord’s heart with us:

I had a powerful encounter recently with the heart of God that has left me broken with longing for Him in such a gloriously, deeper way. It was an encounter that moved me so deeply. Experiencing His heart at such a deep level, left me never the same. Hearing the longing from His heart so deeply awakened in me again, the deeper cry to lay down my life and everything to KNOW HIM! To minister to Him! To love Him! To worship Him! That my life would MOVE HIS HEART!

I heard this cry, this deep longing out of the heart of God, so deep, so yearning, it set me alight and yet hurt my heart so deeply… I heard Him saying “WHERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL LINGER? WHERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL LINGER IN MY PRESENCE IN THIS SEASON OF ACCELERATION?”

LINGER: stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave. (Definition taken from Google)

I was left undone!!!! Hearing the heart of God in such deep longing for His people, such deep, deep yearning to know His people and for His people to enjoy His presence. To simply be with Him, to sit as two best friends sit together, even without words, just enjoying each other.

“For just one day of intimacy with you is like a thousand days of joy rolling into one! I’d rather stand at the threshold in front of the Gate Beautiful, ready to go in and worship my God, than to live my life without you in the most beautiful palace of the wicked.”

Psalm 84:10 The Passion Translation

The Lord spoke to me that in this season of acceleration there is a temptation to NOT LINGER, but actually in this season of acceleration, the people of God must be EVEN MORE INTENTIONAL TO LINGER in His presence!!!!!

As My people say YES to Me in this season, waiting on Me, delighting in Me, sitting with Me, I will raise up a COMPANY OF THOSE WHO LINGER and they shall be the ones who KNOW the secrets and meditations of MY HEART!!!!!!!!

The Lord showed me the danger of getting caught up in the ‘winds of acceleration’ and striving, self-promotion and ‘building your own kingdom’ in this season will all sprout forth from a life that does not linger. As the people of God LINGER in His presence, His Spirit is dealing with, breaking and healing those issues.

The PRIORITY in this season MUST BE ‘OUR LINGERING!!’

You will know those who LINGER in My presence in this season as they will walk with a DEEP REST that is TANGIBLE and you will see the fire of the revelation secrets of My heart in their eyes. Those that linger will see the largest LIFT OFF of their lives in this season and it will be by the wind of My Spirit alone. The season of acceleration does not mean ‘busier’ it means I am doing things faster. Breakthrough is happening with greater momentum and velocity. But the more the acceleration winds increase, the more you are to LINGER My people.

The Lord then highlighted Joshua to me in Exodus 33:9-11:

“And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshipped, each man in his tent door. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, DID NOT DEPART FROM THE TABERNACLE!!”

Joshua LINGERED!! Moses LINGERED!! Abraham LINGERED!! David LINGERED!!

There is such a deep and glorious invitation to LINGER in His presence in this season. The greatest joy is to know Him and carry His heart. To know what He is dreaming about! To know what the secrets of His heart are.

The Lord is PURSUING US and He is CALLING OUT THE PURSUERS!

“Where are those who will linger? Where are those who will linger in this season of acceleration?”

His eyes are roaming! His eyes are searching! He’s looking! Does that not cause you to be undone? The heart of Almighty God is looking for those who will LINGER. Why? So He can REVEAL His heart and fellowship with His people.

“There is a private place reserved for the lowers of God where they sit near Him and receive the revelation-secrets of His promises” Psalm 25:13 The Passion Translation

In the LINGERING there is a depth of His heart and rivers of the Spirit being entered into by the people of God that have never been experienced before.

There is NO END to discovering the heart of God and He’s inviting you and I in. Let us not take His invitation lightly! Let us not cast away His question. Let us cry out together, that His Spirit burn that question He is asking SO DEEP within us, that we are MOVED! We are shaken out of any areas of complacency and awakened to deeper intimacy and friendship with our Beloved. Let us be INTENTIONAL to INVITE His Spirit to CONVICT US!

In this season of acceleration, let our priority be to LINGER. Let His eyes fall upon us and our LIVES and POSITIONING be an answer to His question.. “WHERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL LINGER? WHERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL LINGER IN THIS SEASON OF ACCELERATION?”

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This prophetic word made a profound impression on me, as it did on Lana. Like her, I was undone! To learn that Jesus is waiting for me – longing for me to break off from my busy schedule to simply sit quietly before Him, adoring Him, overwhelmed by His Love and His holiness, worshipping Him quietly – what an unspeakable joy and privilege is this!

To the best of my ability over the past few months, I’ve been lingering long in the presence of Jesus, lost in the awesomeness of how Holy He is – how Worthy of our worship – how altogether Lovely Jesus is. However busy I may be, I have been doing my utmost to make time for prolonged worship and adoration several times every day. In fact He has even said that these times mean more to Him than any work we may actually do for Him. That shook me to the core! It affected me deeply that it should mean so much to Jesus that one of His little ones would delight in simply being with Him – two best friends together.

Graces are dispensed during these times of intimacy with our Lord. He opens up so much to us, sharing what is on His heart. New works are granted for us to do for Him. New talents are given, and fresh opportunities arise to help others on their journey with Jesus. However, the most precious thing of all to me is that everything stems from our close intimacy with Jesus as we fulfil the deep desire of His heart. I do not have words to express the heavenly bliss of resting in His arms, seeing only Jesus.

Note from So Greatly Loved

To receive Lana Vawser’s frequent prophecies by email, search her website Lana Vawser Ministries.