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The Benefit of Another Lockdown

The benefit of another lockdown exists. 

For Believers, I’m not speaking about health safety, but about what ancillary helps arise from lockdown. And there are some. I’ve noticed I’ve been spending less time with the Holy Spirit recently, compared to earlier this year in the grip of the first lockdown. I suppose I need another lockdown to recalibrate.

This week in England, a second lockdown of a sort has been instituted. This follows what has been occurring all across Europe and in the other nations of the United Kingdom over recent weeks. Today is the first day of a month-long closure in England of all but essential trade businesses. Schools and other educational institutions continue. But work from home, which has become the norm goes on, service industries and fitness places are closed, shops beyond those which supply essentials are also closed. 

Why has our sovereign LORD allowed this?

I’m not choosing to discuss the merits of fighting Covid over fighting the fall- out from closures. I am weighing up how we can grow in these times by spending more quality time with GOD.

Lockdown offers a slowdown, an opportunity to reflect, contemplate, pray.

As we abide with our LORD, we grow in love and surrender. Surrender enables us to receive more of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and leadership: 

More of you, less of me, LORD!

Overcoming the flesh

As we walk in the Spirit of Christ, we become more like Jesus; we overcome the flesh and live in the fruit of the spirit, including more peace, love, joy and all the other fruits.

Walking in greater love and surrender: allowing Jesus to prepare his bride; defending us against worldly distraction — however “good” the cause; deepening our understanding of GOD’s word, His ways, His truth. These can only be good things.

This is the antithesis of rebellion

It is equally possible that this lockdown is a ploy to shepherd citizens into greater fear and docile capitulation. Tyranny may well be at our doorstep. There is an abundance of conspiracy theory and alternative scientific views about how to manage this virus. But we must choose to look up, to rest in His presence, to trust in His word.

GOD is sovereign and He has given us the governments of His choosing. Romans 13 tells us this.

Lockdown is at best, a human effort to protect. It is not a spiritual battle.

Lockdown gives society the opportunity to reflect, revise, reshape, spending more time with our children and less time in the rat race.

Church as we know it needs to revise. It is based upon Greek thinking and roots that are a far cry from Jesus’ initial church. Can we let it go to let GOD raise up His church? I think we can, and we must.

Shortcomings of the Church as we know it

There are some excellent aspects to the organised church. It offers a sense of family to those even without family. It gives an opportunity to learn about GOD, for those already in the family of GOD and also for those still outside. 

But is everything that is “the Church” operating as Jesus intended? I don’t think so. It seems to me that church, in the main, is more about people and less about Him. Worship is more about how we feel and less about His Glory. It is top-ended and front-focused, a system rather than what was recorded in Acts 2:42-47:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and they ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising GOD and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Let us embrace lockdown as an opportunity

To dwell more deeply with the LORD and even to return to church with an altered mindset can be our goals. Let us trust that our sovereign GOD will never leave us nor forsake us, and that His battle is for the hearts and minds of the people. Our role is to dwell in His presence and to prepare as His bride. When He pronounces us ready, there will be much to do. Let us wait on Him for His timing, His anointing and His leadership.

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Psalm 2 Election Prayer

Taken from Psalm 2, here is an Election Prayer for USA today, UK Parliament tomorrow…..

“Why do the nations rage,

And the people plot a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves,

And the rulers take counsel together,

Against the LORD and against His 

Anointed, say,

“Let us break Their bonds in pieces

And cast away Their cords from us.””

This is speaking of Yehovah GOD and His son:

“Yet I have set My King

On My holy hill of Zion”

“You are MY Son,

Today I have begotten You.

Ask of Me and I will give You

The nations for Your inheritance.

And the ends of the earth for Your possession.”

Jesus, we ask you to give us this day Your victory over the nations:


Over the American election today,

Over the parliamentary decisions in England tomorrow,

So that we may rejoice with you with trembling.

We “kiss the Son, lest he be angry,”

We do not wish to perish along the say.

Amen.

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How to overcome Gloom

How to overcome gloom is a question best answered when the gloom has lifted, and best digested before a next episode arises.

Gloom is that dark, oppressive sense we have when something hits us emotionally or spiritually. It’s like our car being sideswiped while we’re in it: unexpected, without warning, hard!

Triggers are small but explosive: a tiny difference of opinion with someone dear (or even one not-so-dear) to us; a bit of foreboding news, whether in the paper or on tv (there’s so much news at the moment that is negative) or more family-oriented; realising we’ve made a wrong choice which we cannot change. As you’re reading, I expect you’re thinking of something right now and wondering, “Could that be a trigger?” Yes, probably.

Gloom is temporary: that’s the first and most important thing to realise when  you’re in it. The dark sense of hopelessness will not remain; and that knowledge is the first step to getting through it.

Gloom is separate from us: it is external or biochemical but it is not a part of you. It may be demonic, in which case you pray it off, bind it or cast it out (getting others to help can be useful). It may be biochemical, in which case eat healthy, drink fluids, exercise (endorphins lift us naturally). It may be based on a thought, so to trace the gloom to a particular mindset or discovery which has brought you down can constructively help you through it.

Gloom is down so look up!: Jesus and worship music lift us from the heaviness of worry, desperation, listlessness and gloom. It may take some effort to get to a point of celebration, but putting on positive, life-giving worship music is sound advice (pardon the pun!) Singing is even more powerful. Dancing is a great option. The point is to look up to our GOD, lift up our voice (even if it’s to cry out rather than to sing), and move out of our misery physically. Writing it out, using creative expression of any kind, helps to move the gloom out and away from us.

Gloom is oppressive: it’s not GOD. Is is flesh and we have overcome the flesh, the devil and the world through Jesus. It is not to be condemned when we feel gloom, but rather to know we’ve been rescued from it and He can overcome it for us. 

Gloom may be prophetic: What we experience may be only a piece of what others are experiencing. Elijah experienced serious fear and futility when confronted with Jezebel. And yet, GOD said he was not the only one for GOD’s word but there were 7000 others (see 1 Kings 19:1-18). We are not alone in our gloom and in fact, we may experience it for the sake of prayer for others. You are not alone, we are not alone; and we stand for others so they may not fall.

Summary:

We best play our part by asking GOD to take the gloom and to help us through it. Knowing it is temporary, separate from us, oppressive, and knowing that looking up and away is not denial but sound strategy helps us through. Whether external forces and circumstances or internal dismay has brought about the gloom, facing it, working through it, trusting GOD is in even this, will help us until it passes. 

Know this: we can rejoice in all circumstances, and when circumstances take away our joy, we can allow GOD to carry us. Surrender in everything makes anything possible.

Love, Sarah xx

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The Unpopular President: Donald Trump, President of the United States

“Opinion separates, but the Word unites.” Paul Wilbur

Although I totally agree with this statement, I’m launching into a commentary about President Trump. Here goes…

President Trump is the unpopular president

And yet he is the president of the United States.

He’s like Marmite: If you are British you’ll understand the comparison. If you’re not, I’ll just say, regarding most people it seems, re Donald Trump: you either love him or you hate him!

Donald Trump’s unpopularity began when he announced his running for president in 2016. Before that, he was quite a celebrity figure. Some liked him, others didn’t. But no dislike compared to what he has experienced since his presidency began. When he said he’d run for president, some celebrities said they’d move to Canada if he won. Well, he won, but those people did not migrate over the Canadian border. They did complain.

His unpopularity got much worse when he won the election. Some young people shouted, “Not my president” and refused to recognise his authority or role as head of the United States. Their behaviour was encouraged. Why would aggression against the president be endorsed?The majority of the media took the side of the protestors.

It got worse and worse as the media revelled in his unpopularity, mocking him, initially calling him Trump rather than the President. The mass media did not recognise his authority with respect, and so it fed those who vehemently disapproved of him. Matters only worsened.

And all of this was within weeks of the election result. He’d not yet even been sworn in.

As his unpopularity escalated, he got louder.

He is a loud, direct person. In fact, isn’t this personality quite like the concept — rightly or wrongly — that some non-Americans describe as quintessential American?

Who hates him most?

Those in opposition have shown the president no grace. Nancy Pelosi won’t even speak to him on the telephone, although her role as Leader of the House of Representative obliges her to do so. During one official engagement, she stood behind him in her official duty, but rolled her eyes as he spoke and tore up the copy of his speech in front of the cameras. Why does she hate him so much?

Although he does not have an easy personality, it is my believe that even if he were the most docile person on the planet she and others with the same political agenda would still despise him. It is not who he is but what he does and what he stands for that she despises.

What has he accomplished as president? Here are some of the victories:

  1. Peace treaties between various Arab nations and Israel
  2. Weakened Iranian threat as the Iranians turn their backs on their hostile leader
  3. Moved the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (a promise made by successive presidents repeatedly for over 30 years)
  4. Withstood vitriol and impeachment
  5. Lowered unemployment and raised employment of black and Hispanic minorities countrywide to the highest level in history
  6. Raised blue colour employment
  7. Called out the Chinese government for unfair trading
  8. Ensured Nato nations paid their agreed share for defence.
  9. Legally and fairly increased the judiciary toward a more conservative ie Constitution-supporting Supreme Court

With so much accomplishment, why is Trump so despised?

I think he’s disliked for three key reasons: 1. His politics and 2. His personality 3. the agenda of Cultural Marxism

His politics is right of centre. He seeks to uphold the American Constitution as it was designed. This opposes the Democrat effort. They are for personal liberty and against a conservative view of the American Constitution. This battle between traditional values and extreme liberty has been raging for decades. Now it has simply escalated!

Add to that, a corruption and greed for power and money in politics…. and you have why Trump ran for president: to recapture the economic success and moral compass of America. That is what “Make American Great Again” means.

Ironic isn’t it, that he was a ladies man for decades. He’s been married and divorced several times. But then, he who loves much has been forgiven much.

It is my thought that the Republican Party, who has had its share of corruption, has been mostly cleaned up in these past four years. Many who disliked Trump initially have come on board because they see the integrity of his plan and his execution of it (when not blocked by Democrats).

Now to his personality: The Media, Hollywood by-and-large, the the Democrats are left of centre. This means, not only are there some crooked politicians controlling and manipulating of the political system, but most of the cards of publicity are in the hands of those against all that Trump stands for. The vast number in the Media are Democrat leaning. Over 90% of his coverage is negative. Programmes on the MSM broadcast negativity and hatred.

What we do matters more than what we say

From the time Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate for presidency in 2016, he has been quoted as saying some hair-raising things. Most were historic. More recently, he has been mis-quoted. And sometimes, he is actually quoted properly and yes, he has said some irksome things.

Donald Trump is not an easy personality to digest. He is a fallen man, like all fallen men. But he’s managed to do a lot of good for the nation, in spite of a constant barrage of accusation, with absolutely no grace given by those in opposition. He’s lost half his fortune while acting as president and still the other side accuses him of making money from being in government.

He has done much of what he promised to do. This has made him (un)popular.

Offence is the best defence

There is an expression which I think comes from American Football: offence is the best defence. Certainly this is how people in America are being played by the powerful against their president.

The primary accusers in government are covering their own immorality and corruption. Or even where it isn’t the case a particular opponent is corrupt, there is a long-term agenda of Cultural Marxism* by the elite: they sow a recipe of suspicion, accusation, hatred, violence, looting in order to reap anarchy and the end of Christian tradition and the Family. A principle of “Crush Trump at any cost” is pushed — verbal and physical attacks know no bounds. Black Lives Matter is run by people who have an alternative agenda. They don’t exercise compassion for the plight of minorities but rather put them in the front line and sow hatred — even between black citizens and black cops. There is no grace, no search for peace. This is all to push forward an anti tradition agenda where anything is acceptable in order to damage Christianity and the Family. These are the prime targets of Cultural Marxists, with Trump is the current arch-enemy. The philosophical belief is that all truth is relative and any absolutes must be destroyed, so to “Make America Great Again” would mean to revert to traditional values and customs, and to promote capitalism.

Further opposition

Pandemic

Covid-19 has decimated the world economy. China in already bouncing back, while the Western democracies are entering a second wave. Trump is single-handedly being blamed in America for its pandemic crisis and when he says it’s China’s fault, his haters call him racist. In fact, when he was friendly to China he was accused of being in its pocket and when he calls out that nation for starting the virus, he’s called a racist.

American unpopularity

Some Americans are coming to realise that internationally, Americans were not particularly well-liked during the twentieth century. On the whole, Europeans disliked Americans since WWII. Americans only began to recognise their international unpopularity during President George W Bush’s presidency — with 9.11 and the (Second) Iraq War. It isn’t right to paint all people of a nation with one brush, but unfortunately, stereotyping does happen, and in the case of Americans, they have been stereotyped as loud, rude and ignorant, the very qualities that Donald Trump has embodied.

Could this be why some Americans don’t like him?

Trump: a Reflection

The Americans citizens who don’t like President Trump find him unbearable, like squeaky chalk on a blackboard. My theory is that they are ashamed of him because seeing and hearing him is like looking into a mirror and being horrified by what is reflected back.

But GOD

Now here’s the thing: GOD has put President Trump into the White House, just as He has put every nation’s leader into power, throughout history, one way or another.

Is Trump — as painted by the media and political opposition — a proper representation of President Trump? Does it matter?

Romans 13 begins, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from GOD. Therefore whoever resists authority, resists the ordinance of GOD, and those who resist will bring judgement upon themselves.”

Those who have resisted President Trump’s presidency will experience judgement upon themselves.

A new election

Of course as in any democracy, people have a right to choose their president. I don’t believe, however, that anyone has the right to try to oust who wins just because they don’t like him, which is fundamentally what has happened in the United States since November 2016.

Why are some not planning to vote for Trump the second time around?

Is it because his policies have changed? But they haven’t really, have they? He raised employment hugely, including that of the minority groups. He’s rebuilt manufacturing in America’s heartland. He tried to revise health care (though was blocked by the House of Representatives). He tried to complete the wall (though much of the funding was blocked by the House of Representatives). He’s combated illegal immigration (the cages photographed were actually from the Obama administration, although they have also been used since 2016). In foreign policy, he has supported Israel and endorsed Jerusalem as its capital. He’s moved Arab nations to work with Israel, aiding stability in the region. He’s got allied nations to pay their fair share in defence.

Is it because of his response to Covid-19? But who has got it right in the Western Hemisphere?

Is it because he’s annoying? Sure he is, but do we vote for a personality or for policy?

Here’s the nub: Has media pressure or individual pride infected some to reject Donald J Trump as a person and as the American President? Has the wave of objection and unpopularity become an infection as pervasive as Coronavirus?

To the Americans who follow Jesus

What is it about Jesus that lead us to follow him? What made the people follow him when he walked the earth? He wasn’t good looking. He didn’t say nice things to everybody (which is why the Pharisees wanted him dead). The people followed Jesus because of the miracles, his wisdom and his anointing.

Donald Trump in no way can nor should be compared to Jesus. But who is he and how did he get elected? What has he done to honour being kept in office? Does anything of what he does echo Jesus’ teaching?

Who has GOD anointed as American President for this time?

Four years ago people voted for Mr Trump because of his policies. Those haven’t changed, so why are some turning from him now?

I think GOD has allowed this president free rein. This man’s tongue is often hard to bear. Should that matter to the voter?

I believe the LORD is exposing the heart of American Believers. If His Word matters, if His principles matter, then how should those who follow Him respond vis a vis this upcoming election?

Who is the candidate who best supports GOD’s Word and His principles?

Consider fact not media gossip

What does each candidate say about the Bible? About the Unborn? About Israel (which is still the apple of GOD’s eye)? Whom do you believe?

Who has best served the minority groups: blacks and hispanics in particular (by economic progress rather than a quote taken out of context)?

Who has best demonstrated, when in office, integrity and the outworking of the word he has spoken?

Each voter must investigate and answer that for him/herself before voting. It takes quite a lot of effort to follow the person rather than the media. It takes discernment too, to untangle the motive behind any message. Each must work out his own choice. My prayer is that folks will work out their own and not follow what someone else suggests.

How will you vote?

In these turbulent times, I don’t think an election is about personality but about encouraging the Kingdom of Heaven coming to Earth.

I pray all voters will pray, “Not my will but Your will, Father” and then vote accordingly. Then the election result will be in line with GOD’s perfect will.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

*Cultural Marxism – research The Frankfurt School or better yet, read “Into the Lion’s Den” by Steve Maltz (available on Amazon)

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Spirit of Rebellion is Rife in Society — Exposed: Trade all for the Glory to GOD

I heard the Shofar in our neighbourhood today and I wonder if anyone — beyond myself and the person blowing it — knew what it was? All glory to GOD!

Society today

Whether Black Lives Matter (which of course they do) or Belarus oppression (of course a corrupt government should “go”) or Secondary School Grades (certainly grades must represent pupils’ progress accurately) — rebellion against what is perceived an injustice is expanding across the globe. Even though the causes may be reasonable, rebellion is dangerous in today’s society, for we are on an international precipice of anarchy, for which Satan lusts.

We are in danger of anarchy

Not taking the authority of our leaders seriously is dangerous.

It is dangerous because without authority, either society implodes or nations become authoritarian in order to prevent further chaos. Although leaders have become weak and moral bankruptcy seems the norm, the Word of GOD has not changed: we are to pray for our leaders and to take their authority seriously (Romans 13).

Freedom has had its hand. Oppressed societies have seen reformation and revolution. But freedom — once something to be cherished — has been badly abuse. Now our rebellion is reaping clash and chaos.

Freedom is in decline

With the gradual expansion of personal freedom (women’s vote, the pill, legalised abortion and divorce are just a few samples of such expression) and the desire for Western-styled democracy around the globe; from the explosion of sexual and political expression and recreational drug abuse during the 1960’s in the USA and UK, to Arab Spring — citizens across the world have demanded their rights to liberty and so have they received. But have we not gone too far now, where the exploitation of liberty has led to an attack of the most fundamental of our freedoms? Now freedom of speech, freedom of thought and freedom of faith are under threat as many vocal youth and those who support them, seek to ban that which is distasteful to their tender feelings and brand it as unlawful. Speaking our minds has become unacceptable, even illegal in some cases.

And so, ironically, our freedoms are in decline; bit-by-bit, in order to restore order, we may well lose our rights altogether, in the name of human rights and freedoms.

Remain GOD-focused

People of GOD, we must not get caught up in the “fight” for Human Rights. Though many are righteous causes, they are fleshly causes and however justified the complaint may seem, the spirit behind it is rebellion, not GOD.

Instead, People of GOD, we must:

  1. pray (Philippians 4:6)
  2. be led humbly and of the Spirit of GOD (Romans 8:14)
  3. purify ourselves unto GOD and be not of this world (James 4:8 and John 18:36)
  4. be effective in our prayer and witness (2 Timothy 1:3 and Psalm 66:16)

We must not join the bandwagon but rather, allow GOD to set us apart. This is CRUCIAL, for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13) .

We are followers of Jesus, in order to bring Glory to GOD. Jesus pointed to the Father, and called us all to himself so that we might be saved, and bring Glory to GOD. We have been set apart. We are not of this World, but we exist to bring Glory to GOD. We are to be in the World but not of the World, and we bring Glory to GOD. We trust in Him and bring Glory to Him. This time on Earth is short, we are in transition, on a journey, to bring Glory to GOD. Extinction Rebellion and all other strands of rebellion today are ultimately of the Enemy’s doing and do not bring Glory to GOD.

Love, Trust and obey

We must stand in obedience to Him only, raise up the standard of Truth and Life in Jesus, pray for GOD’s will to be done on Earth as in Heaven, and love, trust and obey. That is our duty, that is our call, bringing others to a knowledge of the Truth, not by raising the voices of self-righteousness, not by joining the crowd, but by being the standard bearers of GOD’s love, mercy and truth.

Hallelujah, all Glory to GOD and Amen.

 

 

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Food for our Health

Psalm 103:5 says,

“Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Father GOD takes care of our health when we take care what we eat!!

Hallelujah, what else is there to say?

Shalom:)

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Beware the Spirit of Rebellion: Spirit of Rebellion in the UK

Black Lives Matter. Women’s Lives Matter. Babies Lives Matter. Muslim Lives Matter. Christian Lives Matter….

But human rights can get in the way of real communication and real progress, and sometimes it does.

Human rights doesn’t seem to look at culture and can demand equality rather than recognising there are differences that need resolving. Just shoving a label of accusation at one group and and demanding rights for another isn’t a real solution, is it?

When I saw recently that the UK government was being sued by some Christian churches because of the lockdown, I thought that was an ultimate betrayal of the spirit of freedom, and the scripture that asks us to pray for and obey the government (Romans 13, Titus 3).

There is a spirit — an evil spirit — behind the declaration of human rights. Please hear me through…. the sentiment is precious and relevant and important. But split the hair and what do you get? An excuse for complaint, defiance and rebellion.

When our blood begins to boil at perceived injustice, ask: is this the Holy Spirit? If it is not, it is the flesh (1 Corinthians 3). There is no middle ground.

I think life matters. I think church matters. But GOD matters more than anything else, and He wants us to be changed, transformed, through the renewing of our minds, not through strife and demand. Fighting the government is not what GOD wants. And we, in our pursuit of Jesus, Holiness and Sanctification, must want what GOD wants.

Rebellion in the guise of the pursuit of our human rights is not Godly.

Church, wake up to what GOD is saying. He is sovereign. He is not disturbed by a virus, but He can use that virus to speak to us. In all circumstances, we allow GOD to reign, correct? So, let us rise up in faith, and spiritual warfare…. but not warfare in the flesh. Let’s not assume church is meant to remain as it was. Don’t fight for what GOD wants to change. Swim in the stream of the Holy Spirit. Discern and discover how GOD wants to move now.

I will follow on in another blog post, more about church and our need to allow GOD to reshape His church — His people — into the likeness of His son, Jesus/Yeshua, the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).

I pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Eve’s Calling: Perhaps the most important post I’ve ever written

Eve’s Calling

(I urge you to spend significant time on this one… better to have your Bible handy as you read this blog post!)

In the beginning

In Genesis 1 and 2, we read that as GOD created, He said, “it is good”. But when He saw that Adam was alone, it was “not good”. So he created Eve. Together they would subdue the earth (Genesis 1:26) Eve would be Adam’s helper, comparable to him…

“The LORD said, it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

…but then came the Fall and all that changed. Eve’s position has been misunderstood across all history, throughout the earth, ever since. Women have endured great misery, often times considered no more than chattel. Both men and women have suffered as a result, for when the role of women is misdirected, all lose.

When Jesus came to rescue us from our sin, included in that was a rescue from the denigration of women. Over and again, he ministered to women, surprising his disciples and enemies alike. John 4 is just one example where we read as he minsters to a woman at a well, and releases her to evangelise to her entire town.

In marriage

In our marriage, I have sought to be a help to my husband. Likewise, he has helped me. Our mutual support has not been as might be expected from a traditional interpretation of “helpmeet”, however. If a wife as helpmeet is meant to take instruction or guidance in order to do tasks my husband wants done, then I am not a good helpmeet. But if a helpmeet is to encourage her spouse to walk in his calling and to walk as Jesus would in faith, love, and peace, then I have walked according to my wifely purpose, aligned with my gifts and calling from GOD.

Godly Character:

I am a Watchman by calling, and I have been used by GOD to support my husband, pointing and confirming decisions which are worthy of GOD’s calling on him as a teacher of the Word, and to guard against those which are not. I have encouraged him to act or respond in love, rather than anger, frustration or fear. In other words, I have been used to help him to walk in the character of Christ. Lest I should misrepresent our relationship, he has done the same for me, and I owe much of my maturity and wisdom from being married to him. Iron does indeed sharpen iron (Proverbs 7:17) and God makes all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). Such has been the case in our marriage.

Networking:

Sometimes I have been a connection or link between my husband and those who have provided him teaching opportunities. GOD has connected me to people in ministry who would find his teaching a support to their ministry and who have endorsed him in his own.

In these two general ways, I have been a useful helpmeet to my husband, so that he may fulfil his calling. I have also had opportunities to explore my own calling as a Watchman, which my husband has endorsed. The combined overall result as we exercise our callings has been to offer support to the community of Believers, and work towards the building of GOD’s Kingdom.

Glass Ceiling:

I have, however, encountered some blockages and some setbacks, some (though not all) of which have been because I’m a woman. Some leaders believe women are not to lead men, siting scriptures in Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 11. But there are other scriptures that contradict any interpretation that women are not to speak or to lead, for example in Acts 18 and Galatians 3. But most important, when we look at all of Jesus’ interaction with women while on earth, he respected them, raised them up, and gave them responsibilities where none was customary. So, for arguments’ sake, I’d say that any scripture that suggests women are not meant to lead is more than outweighed by scripture which endorses the capabilities and gifting of women, including women as leaders.

In the Garden of Eden

In Kenneth Hagin’s booklet, “The Origin and Operation of Demons” (Faith Library Publications, Rhema Bible Church, Kenneth Hagin Ministries Inc., Tulsa Oklahoma, 1978, p8) Hagin suggests that long before the creation of man, Satan was in the Garden of Eden. Indeed, it is true to say he fell to earth long before the earth’s creation, before time (Isaiah 14:7).

When Adam and Eve were in the garden, so too was Satan. Perhaps he was watching enviously as Adam and Eve worked harmoniously, together. Then, he tricked Eve, Adam disobeyed God, and the rest is history.

Why this matters

“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”” (Genesis 1:28)

It is profoundly important to understand that Eve’s original calling to subdue the earth has been limited, confined and distorted since the Fall; this has been Satan’s intention.

There was a consequence to the Fall, which GOD outlines in Genesis 3:14-20. Just as the relationship between all humanity and GOD was damaged as a consequence of sin, so too was the relationship between man and woman. But these relationships should have been restored through salvation.

Since salvation restores relationship with GOD though Jesus, then logically, the curse of man and woman is also overcome through that salvation. However instead, many times it is (mis)understood that women are to submit to husbands but not men to their wives. The conclusion is therefore, that women are subordinate to men. While this is too HOT and complex a topic to explore in depth in a blog post, I’d like to point out my thesis, which is that women are meant to “subdue the earth”, just as are men, and so they are equal partners, just as they are equally saved and restored to the Father through Jesus the Son. Eve’s calling was to subdue the earth, alongside Adam, before the Fall. So restored to GOD, we are meant to work together. Spouses are subordinate to one another in all things — for example in the marriage relationship:

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21) and “the husband should fulfil his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.” (1 Corinthians 7:3-4)

GOD’s intention for man and woman

Helper was never intended to mean subordinate. Both Adam and Eve were to work in harmony. While Satan provoked the fall of mankind, he has also contorted the consequence of events in the Garden in society since. The moment when Eve was tempted and deceived by Satan has been misapplied by those in authority to explain why a woman cannot be relied upon to speak, to lead or to minister to others in her own right even today. This is tragic and has fed right into the will of the enemy. Imagine what could be achieved for the Kingdom of GOD, for example, if women and men worked in harmony, and each had the opportunity to fulfil their Call? Even though the Fall triggered the problems between men and women, Salvation should restore the original relationship and design for women’s true purpose and authority equal to that of men.

What does salvation imply?

Jesus’ salvation brings us all to equality, and we no longer need to bear the burdens of sin. Instead we are offered the life that was originally planned: walking in the liberty and unity that relationship with the Father brings. But are we — both male and female — living in freedom, or under punishment and condemnation? That is not GOD’s will but something Satan has perpetuated.

Paul states in Galatians, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3:28-29)

GOD’s intention is that Jesus saves us and restores our relationship with GOD as it was planned from the beginning…. to pre-Fall status. We see in how Jesus related to and respected women, a model for Christian family and society, which unfortunately has not always been manifested as it should.

Are women equal in Jesus’ eyes?

If you look at the actions of Jesus, he surprised many in how he related to women. I’ve already mentioned John 4 and the woman at the well. Jesus overarched tradition by talking to her alone, and not only did he talk to her, but he was the catalyst for her evangelistic outreach to her whole community.

And what of the woman caught in adultery? (John 8) Jesus released her, entrusting her to “sin no more”.

We know of the woman who anointed Jesus and washed his feet with her hair (John 12). And Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet, “studying” rather than working in the kitchen with Martha (Luke 10).

Jesus showed respect to women and also released them into ministry. Mary Magdalene was first to see him and she was the one to report his resurrection to the men (John 20). The list of Jesus’ encounters with women demonstrates his respect, appreciation and value towards them.

Eve’s Calling

Today, women are meant to be released into ministry, not hindered, and not contained only to help men. Eve was such a woman. She was called to subdue the earth. Sadly, she failed to detect Satan’s manipulation and she shared the forbidden fruit with Adam. For that the couple fell from GOD’s grace. But Jesus brings us back, both male and female, into GOD’s grace and forgiveness, when we repent.

Hallelujah, Jesus saves and restores us to the Father and sets us free to fulfil who we are and who we were created to be.

I pray that all people will experience the liberty of Christ Messiah and the wholeness of the Calling for which they have been saved.

Amen.

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Politics and Society today

Coronavirus: Immunity

Viral Immunity

I believe the Holy Spirit’s presence within us offers us immunity from sickness and disease. The presence of Holy Spirit comes as a result of an increase in holiness. He is a gift. He is the power and presence of the GOD. We have seen the evidence of the healing power from GOD through the miracles of Jesus and miracles of GOD working through others. I also think the presence of the Holy Spirit within us will allow us to be immune from this Coronavirus.

How dare I say this?

A number of years ago I heard of a Christian invention which claimed (and in some cases succeeded) to cure cancer. It was a rod that held an electric sort of mechanism that felt similar to the experience of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual electricity which is from the Holy Spirit — not this rod invention or of a natural electric current — is a supernatural power….. and also offers immunity, I believe.

We must not presume

Of course we cannot call upon the Holy Spirit to cure us on command, as though we were taking a pill or an electric shock treatment. No.

But as we genuinely seek GOD our Father, and abide with Him (John 14), as we worship and adore Yehovah GOD, we can know that He provides for us in every way. (Matthew 6:25-30)

Holy Spirit Comforter and much more…

When Jesus was leaving the earth, he promised to send the comforter (John 14:16, 26), his Holy Spirit. I believe we have not come anywhere near the intimacy and experience that the Holy Spirt of GOD wants to offer us.

Jesus began his ministry only after his Baptism, when the Holy Spirit came upon him. (Matthew 3) He needed the Holy Spirit and the leadership of GOD to perform the miracles he did. So why would not we?

Is the time we spend with GOD sufficient? As we dwell, as we abide, so we may be empowered, if it is GOD’s will for us. (John 15)

Viral Opportunity

Coronavirus is horrible but it also provides opportunity.

Families are together, children with their parents, marking a greater opportunity for love to blossom, and for those of us know walk with Jesus, it is an opportunity for more teaching to our children, of the things of GOD.

And we have the opportunity of time — not only with families but with our Creator and Saviour and Comforter.

Could it be also that it is an opportunity for GOD’s love, light and power to shine ever-brighter in and through us? Imagine if we, the children of GOD, are so surrendered to Him, so in love with Him, so abiding in Him, that we are filled to the brim with Him? What then can we do to draw others to Him, through His presence in us?

What if, when all this lockdown is done, we arose and went forth as Jesus calls us to do, and had the power of His presence in us to heal. That would be an outrageously fantastic victory against the virus and a tremendous testament of GOD’s love in action to the world.

Viral Judgment

I do not believe GOD has brought about Coronavirus. But He is sovereign and He has allowed it.

Coronavirus takes some and leaves others.

It will be that way too, when Yeshua returns to judge the nations and to open the Lamb’s Book of Life. Some names will appear, but not all.

Could this virus be an opportunity to reveal GOD’s power in such a way that more will come to Him, and confess Jesus as their Lord and Saviour? Could it be that Jewish people will finally recognise their Messiah has come?

GOD’s choice

It is not up to us to determine GOD’s will for these times. But if we are empty vessels, if we would give our time and attention to GOD, if we could allow ourselves to be filled with His Spirit to the measure He wants us to be, and used for His glory to heal and reveal Yeshua/Jesus, then would His will be done on earth as in heaven? (Luke 11:2)

End Times

We must all make it to the End. Hold on. Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself. And see how GOD transforms our world.

Come LORD JESUS, Come.

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Politics and Society today

One World Government Schemes: What to do with the reports

One World Government

“Just because I’m paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.”

(Humorous saying – Cambridge Dictionary)

This is a well-worn expression we can apply the to the conspiracy theories of “One World Government” which allegedly plot to dramatically depopulate the world (using amongst other devices, chemtrails and immunisations that carry cancer-producing agents) and destroy national boarders once-and-for-all.

According to a variety of conspiracy theorists, an elite group of wealthy and influential people who are largely a-political in the usual sense, have been plotting for decades to control the world. They pull their weight through their money and influence. They are possessed of the same passion for control and power that has existed for centuries and has manifested itself in leaders such as the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Caesar and other leaders of Ancient Rome, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin. Some would say they want to create a master race through Eugenics; others would simply say they want the world for themselves.

What do we do with the massive number of YouTube videos and other alternative news platforms which spout these rumours? How do we weigh the facts against the propaganda? What is true and what is fantastical?

For me, I navigate this alternative viewpoint as best as possible:

  1. with a discerning eye.
  2. I don’t watch more than I can stomach.
  3. And most important of all, I don’t allow myself to get drawn in emotionally.

Do I believe there is such a group? Yes, But do I believe all that is spouted about it? No, because there is at least as much supposition and assumption in those reports against conspiracy as there is basis for fact. This is disappointing, because we get plenty of bias in the mainstream media.I wish it were not the case also in the alternative media.

Acceptance, not denial

Here’s how I seek to address the conspiracy theories.

I am not surprised there are powerful people who seek to dominate the world. That is history and sadly, as human beings, we do not seem to learn from history as much as we tend to repeat it.

But while I am aware of such things, I try to keep at arm’s length. Yes, I pray about these matters, but I do not attempt to pray beyond my remit. Always there will be evil, but I am not equipped or called to do battle directly against satan nor many of his forces; therefore, I must discern, pray, and leave what is not my job to those who’s job it is to expose or to thwart the plans of the enemy.

But by acceptance, I don’t mean I wish to allow these forces or these people to succeed. What I mean is that I seek to be aware of the reality of the schemes, to be wary of the bias publicised against — and for — these people, and be alert to how I am meant to share the reality, to pray against it, or to refute publicly or in private about their schemes.

We don’t live in fear

That’s Number 1. GOD tells us repeatedly, though we be up against terror, we shall not fear. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10) and that will lead us to truth and peace-of-mind, and will give us the courage to face whatever comes along.

We don’t try to change the Word of GOD

Revelation, also called The Apocalypse, speaks of the plagues and mark of the beast, to name just two of Last Days circumstances. (Revelation 6 and 13) We must surely warn against taking the mark. But we are not going to stop it, nor should we try. What is in GOD’s Word we want to come to pass, though we can surely aim to protect others against the wiles of the devil.

We know, as we read and believe GOD’s Word, that He is in control. As we surrender to His will, and as we give our time and attention to His plan and purpose, we are closer to bringing His kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

We don’t be complacent

The weapon of our warfare is first and foremost, the Word of GOD, declared through the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18). And so our best weapon is to pray fervently and consistently, as GOD leads. To be aware of the world around us is key to discovering how we are meant to pray, but we must guard our minds and hearts against the machinations and manipulations of fear and intrigue.

Let’s keep our eye on the Lord Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and let us pray for GOD’s will and His way to be done. The timing and the mechanisms that GOD chooses to use for His purposes must be supported and trusted. I believe we must discern and pray as He leads us.

Amen.