Preparing the Bride of Jesus Christ

Peace & War: Choosing our state of mind

“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!

When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people,

Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” (Psalm 14:7)

These are words to pray over, especially these days. If you’re like me, you’ve been praying and thinking a lot about peace and war lately.


Peace is a state of mind, rather than based upon circumstance. 

Peace & War Choosing our state of mind is up to us.

In these days of tension and threat, where we see anarchy and fury in protestors toward others who don’t see Truth in the same way they do, and where we are experiencing cultural earthquakes where diversity and inclusion seems to exclude traditional values and Christianity in particular, we can find rest in the word of GOD and grow in our attitude of peace.

We can remain in peace, without stress or fear. We can choose what we dwell upon and we can decide where we focus our attention.

If fear is growing, robbing you of peace, turn off the notifications or the television/radio and tune into GOD.

I’m certainly saturated with news and updates. Today I’m focusing in prayer, worship and thoughtful contemplation. I choose to find peace.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)

Take time to dwell on GOD. Put on prayerful music (DappyTKeys on YouTube is one artist I listen to a lot and can highly recommend). Read the Word. Rest your mind. 


War is bitter, miserable, catastrophic for all involved. We in the West seem to be on the brink of war…. Some nations are in the middle of it.

War is a great money-maker. War is a physical attack of the enemy. The real enemy is Satan. War, some war, needs to be fought against that enemy, Satan.

But remember, 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)


We may choose a side. GOD is always on our side, and is always on the side of Israel His beloved, even if He allows temporary defeat or pain… Always He seeks to grow us and turn us towards Himself.

We are praying spiritual warfare. Let’s remember we are not praying against man but agains spiritual wickedness.

And always, we pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls,

Prosperity within your palaces.”

For the sake of my brethren and companions,

I will now say, “Peace be within you.”

Because of the house of the Lord our God

I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122:6-9)


I’m praying. One of the items on my prayer list is the salvation of many, many souls in these times.


GOD’s STORY: Part 11 Ignoring Pressure!

 GOD’S STORY Part 11 Ignoring Pressure!

I ask myself — and pray to the LORD — what does He urge me to discuss this week? 

Pressure! In fact, Ignoring Pressure!

Here at Preparing the Bride, I’m telling GOD’S STORY. Presumptuous?! Not when simply looking at scripture, because scripture is the unfolding of God’s story to us who read it.

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? We learn GOD’s Story. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked.

Matthew 6:25-34 reads as follows,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Do Not Worry!

Clearly, GOD does not want us to feel pressure from the world. And yet, we His children can so easily fall into a trap of worry, anxiety, hard effort without the lead of Holy Spirit.

“He who waits upon the LORD shall renew his strength.” From Proverbs 3 and other scriptures like this, we receive wisdom and guidance. Likewise, walking with the Spirit of GOD, in sync step-by-step, we can eliminate the sense of pressure than oppresses us and stresses us, which imposes on our own peace and on the influence we offer to others.

In GOD’s STORY, I believe He is saying to us: receive my peace which passes all understanding, and take each day and each incident one by one. In this is rest, peace, strength and joy.

“I have been misrepresented” I hear Him say. This is not a quote from scripture but rather, as I sit to receive from Him, it is what I record from Him… “I have been misrepresented” means He has not determined that pressure should be a part of our lives, although a religious spirit would suggest we are meant to “measure up!” to a false sense of behaviour and attitude as represented by religion rather than GOD. As we begin to absorb this, we will discover His real intent for us. Yes, we are meant to work… labour is a cost to the Fall of Adam. But through working by the “sweat of our brow” we receive joy and pleasure, dignity and self respect from our own industry… not pressure. 

Pressure is what comes of man seeking to create a legacy or a promotion or a name for himself. Pressure is what comes from worry over the family’s security or our own well being. Pressure arises through a lack of faith in the sovereign protection of GOD.

He wants us, I believe to live ignoring pressure from wherever it may come.

Does GOD feel pressure?

Have you ever wondered what GOD thinks of our demanding prayers, our prayers of declaration? We are taught to pray according to scripture, to declare the power of GOD, that “No weapon formed against [us] will prosper and every tongue that rises against [us] in judgment will be condemned” as His scriptures say and we include in our prayers. 

But how does GOD receive these prayers? Does GOD feel pressure from us?

I wonder how GOD receives our prayers

I believe the more we pray gently and in humility, the clearer we hear Him and the clearer we speak to Him. We are called to pray the desires of our heart. Sometimes we will be vehement, at other times quiet and demure. The more we “be still” before we begin, the more our hearts become quiet and can sense Holy Spirit’s prompt and the direction He leads us to pray. I don’t personally believe that making demands is of the LORD, though I recognise GOD can connect with us wherever we might be.

Personally, I pray to be sincere, committed and even firm, but not to demand our LORD to do as we bid.

This does not cut across or deny the power of spiritual warfare but I do think when we war against the spirits of the air, we are not demanding to GOD but rather firm in our conviction to speak His will into the spiritual realm. In order to do that, surely we need first to be quiet and still, to hear the direction of the LORD and to follow it in prayer. Then we pray with earnest expectation rather than demand. And we receive blessing, knowing He has given us a gift. In this there is no pressure from either side.

Hallelujah! We are blessed.

In Jesus’ name,


Reflections and Poetry

Spiritual Warfare and Sovereignty of GOD: a reflection

There are times when life flows easily but most of the time, hurdles and inconveniences crop up. Most is just a part of the tides of life. But sometimes satan does try to trip us up.

When we are wanting to grow as followers of Jesus, inevitably, the enemy will try to block our progress. But that progress, without the enemy, would be far less.

Spiritual warfare is a gift, not a curse. When we encounter struggles, hurdles, or even conflict, it is ALWAYS AN OPPORTUNITY to mature and grow in trust and fellowship with Jesus.

Currently, I’m having trouble with a tenant. This is unpleasant, but it is an opportunity too. Because I can learn so much from adversity, as unpleasant as it is.

For example, I’ve learned I don’t argue well. When someone attacks me, I immediately revert to self defence. Instead of drawing out someone’s flaws when they attack mine, I defend myself. Jesus did not defend himself and when persecution comes my way, which in these End Times, it very well may, I must be able to be resolute and not fearful, calm and not antagonised.

This is a BIG weakness in me. I get emotional! Best to walk away, but if it is right to stand my ground, I need to learn to ignore an attack on me. It’s the enemy’s tactic to throw me off balance.

We need to be aware that as the LORD is sovereign, even adversity in our lives is within His plans and purposes.

So, when we face a struggle, it is good to use the Word of GOD and pray. This is spiritual warfare and there is a place for it. But at the same time, we need to ask Him, “What are you showing me in this?” “What is your lesson to me?” “What do I need to learn through this situation.” Because GOD and His purpose is in everything we face, and when we face it with Him, we face it in strength.

I am learning detachment. When the accuser lies about me, I get emotional. I must not. In adversity, strength comes from fearlessness, and fearlessness comes from confidence that the LORD is at my side, is within me, is my cheerleader and is my sovereign. In Him, I can do all things, with a hopeful heart.

Shalom… the peace of GOD which passes all understanding, is within and around us, when we allow it to be. Draw near to Yehovah, and He will draw near to us. The enemy won’t be far behind, but we can embrace adversity knowing it is a tool the LORD permits in order to make his children strong.

God bless.





Reflections and Poetry

Don’t Blame the Devil

Don’t Blame the Devil

Sometimes rotten things happen to us; but God is sovereign and He knows what we face. He’s here to comfort, to encourage and to help us overcome our obstacles .

When you put these these two ideas together: that God is sovereign and that rotten things can happen, that suggests that God allows rotten things to happen to us, right?

Theology can be argued in so many ways. But if you believe as I do, that God is God – all powerful and all knowing – that implies that He knows when we suffer. So, if He knows, why does He let it go on anyway?

In the past I’ve written that “without opposition, we don’t become strong.” I believe that to be true. Further, while God doesn’t orchestrate rotten things happening, sometimes He allows it, because that is the only/best way to ensure we learn and grow from where we are now, toward who He has created us to be.

When we pursue the Call of God, there will be challenges we must face. I think it’s very important that we don’t get tricked into thinking these obstacles must only be endured or fought. Rather, if we reckon they are for our good, they won’t seem so large, we get a head start on overcoming, and we use the opposition to hurl us forward. When we accept God is in all things, we are spurred on; when we embrace opposition, we discover what God has for us and grow.

Holiness is an old word and a new aim when we are seeking to live a surrendered life which will bring fulfilment, satisfaction in our life’s work, and internal peace – the peace that passes all understanding. As we live a life surrendered to God, we will encounter opposition. We can “do Spiritual Warfare”. But it’s important to note, I think, that before we battle the heavenly realms, we also recognise the LORD is trying to teach us something. If we only look at opposition as something to be fought, rather than something to learn from, we miss God’s reason for allowing the trouble in the first place. If we miss the point, we miss the lesson, and that is a pity. Further, like school, if we miss the lesson, we probably have to face it again, so that ultimately we can overcome.

I believe it is through overcoming, that we draw closer to fulfilling God’s Call in our lives.

Politics and Society today

Is God Building an Army of Peacekeepers?

EzekielIs this a time for war or a time for peace?

The truth is God is raising an Army of Believers to fight for the human race against spiritual darkness. We fight to the glory of God, for the Prince of Peace, with the power of the Holy Spirit who operates within and through us.

Ready: The world is becoming a very dark place spiritually. Youth are depressed, trained to believe there is nothing after this life and that freedom is doing what you want. Bereft of hope, so many people are turning to substance abuse as false comfort. These are only two of many areas that reveal spiritual darkness. Prayer and praise, the application of God’s Word in our lives and for others – these are the weapons of our warfare to combat spiritual darkness.

Set: What is spiritual warfare? How do we apply the weapons that we have?

A look at Ephesians 6:10 – 18 will serve to deepen our understanding and preparation. We know the truth (vs 14) and must grow in our own character to have the right to fight the enemy (vs 14). We fight against principalities and powers and not people (vs 12) , instead loving them toward the light of God’s love and His inner and inter-relational peace (vs 15). Faith keeps us strong against the lies of Satan our enemy (vs 16). In our own minds we are confident of our salvation and rightness in Christ (vs 17) further supported by our knowledge and growth in God’s Word (vs 17), our ultimate instrument of victory. The eight verse text is packed full of encouragement and empowerment. Get to know it and stand to fight against the enemy for family, friends, colleagues and strangers, that they might be saved from living death and called to life today.

Action Plan:

lots of love birds1. Learn the weapons of your warfare (use Ephesians 6).

2. Grow as God leads you, in truth and righteousness.

3. Walk in peace toward whomever you encounter.

4. Allow God to grow your faith. In all things acknowledge Him and He will ensure your path is straight.

5. Be wary of that which seeks to challenge your confidence in your salvation. The enemy likes to attack our minds to shake our assurance. (Mind = Soul = Emotions+ Intellect+Will)

6. Read the Bible. Learn scripture. Prepare to use it against the enemy.

7. Don’t go in presumption, but rather prepare and trust God’s call.

Remember, it is the Truth that sets people free.

Go: Wait on the LORD. Be ready to speak of the hope you have. Love. And walk in the measure of holiness the LORD has already given you. You need not look for the battle. When you are prepared, it will come to you. God bless and may ‘The glory of the LORD be your rear guard’. (Isaiah 58:8b)