John 17 v22-23 – Love resides in unity and unity births revival though Love.
It’s so simple – perfect Love drives out all the fear that divides us, in perfect Love and intimacy with the Father we are united in our hearts and minds (undivided, made complete, ‘sozo-ed’), across generations and denominations, across cultures and continents… one spirit, one love, one global revival.
Years ago God really put the word ‘Unity’ on my heart, more recently I’ve felt that word has become a stirring in our nation! We are not called the ‘United Kingdom’ for nothing! It is our prophetic destiny as a nation!… the outcome of walking into that destiny is revival.
Sometimes I’ve wondered why we have such a weak cultural esteem compared to some other nations but now I know its because the UK has lost real ‘Kingdom’ identity, instead we’ve been swallowed up by the global consumerist empire, thank God thats not the end of the story!….. So here is part of my contribution to the next chapter…
In September last year I was at the ‘Revival Alliance gathering’ and so was the holy spirit in a big way! Almost all Church denominations were present . On the friday night representatives from each one got up and repented of how that denomination had grieved the Holy spirit; in repentance doorways are opened for new levels of intimacy – new seeds for unity were sown. When the Holy spirit is free to be at work in us and speak denominations become united – we are one body of one spirit
In that church by the houses of parliament we prayed for our government and our nation.
Three weeks later I was back in Manchester (where I study) and I found myself unexpectedly at a Maranatha meeting: this quiet organisation is an international prayer giant involved in fighting government legislation and injustice. They’re a cross denominational organisation quietly listen for God’s voice in the middle of the storms of change. It was their 30th anniversary and their theme was ‘Unity’. The older generation got down on their knees and repented for their lack of fathering and mothering and mentoring of the younger generation… As one of the ‘younger generation’ I stood with others and prayed repentance for how we had disrespected and devalued the older generation and called all those present into their destiny as spiritual mothers and fathers to the broken. Malachi 4:5-6 was read out as a declaration “he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse”.
It was an honour to be there.
God put the verse from Acts 2 on my heart that night “I will pour out my spirit on all mankind: your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men will see visions and your old men shall dream dreams’ !!! -Revival transcends age, in fact in unity we will see his love (John 17) and when the generations unite the curse will be broken! (Malachi 4). Amazingly one week later I joined a Vinelife (Manchester church) ‘lifegroup’ that was reading a book ‘Supernatural ways of Royalty’ and found myself reading these exact words!!! (page 116-117) (I could hardly believe it, only I could because holy spirit is amazing like that).
Manchester has a student inter-church meeting called the gathering it is fab! More unity! (I would love to see it spark an intergenerational inter-church meeting).
New Years eve prayer night 2011-2012. That night he fact that this year is the Queen’s Jubilee year seemed to resonate with me in a deeper way and as the hour ticked over I prayed that this would be a year of breakthrough, that it would truly be a year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) and year of abundance in our land. I prayed prophetically with the paster of ‘Restore’ (my home/family church) and I saw the word breakthrough written over him…
A couple of months Later a picture of a bell appeared on facebook with the caption ‘Ring the bell for Jesus!’ I thought one of my mates had finally gone a little “happy, clappy, crazy” until I found out Restore church had bought a bell and engraved it with the reference verses from ‘Isaiah 61’….
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour…”
The Bell was rang in the church and then released to anyone that wanted to take it so that they could ring it prophetically wherever breakthrough was needed in their lives (It even took a trip to Brazil).
‘The year of the Lords Favour’ is referring here to the year of Jubilee and so prophetically this bell stands in the same line of inheritance as the more famous ‘Liberty bell’ which has the verses from Leviticus, about Jubilee, engraved on it. The ‘Liberty Bell’ was made in Whitechapel, London, and rang on the original American Independence Day in Philadelphia (Philadelphia meaning brotherly love). Afterwards it was carried from town to town to be rang out to declare freedom and Jubilee!
Visiting home in London again around the same time I had a conversation with my sister I will never forget, it went something like this:
Beth: “The revival that’s gonna come will be a revival of joy”
me: “wow, that just resonates so much! A month ago I asked God about revival and he said it was going to be known as the city streets revival… and what you said fits just right because real Joy is so visible it can’t be hidden”
Beth: “God is moving he’s speaking to people so they can be front runners and pull others with them… the starting Gun went off a while ago!”
I reread what I transcribed then and I can feel the excitement rising up in me again.
Fast forward to a month ago and I was at the Isabel Allum conference (run by CTF my new church while I’m on placement back down in London). It was an amazing conference but there was one bit that really made my spirit jump in me… Isabel described a vision she had; God took her back in time to the Azusa Street revival and people were being healed on the streets, Isabel said this is the type of revival God wants to release – visible revival, a revival on the streets!!! wow!
Now three weeks ago I heard a talk by Beni Johnson at Bethel Church (CA) and she said ‘the Bells are ringing again in the uk!!!!!’ ….and that to mark the start of the Olympics everyone is going to be asked to ring a bell for three minutes! (even if it’s just your own door bell!) – this is no coincidence, this is prophetic! We, the UK, are being called back to worship and called into our destiny! Come on!
(The talk is called ‘positioned for transition’ and is on the Bethel website).
At the same time back in the England, Chloe, one of the Pastors at CTF, woke up in the night having felt like she was floating above her bed, she woke saying “the bells are ringing”, Her husband Stu woke up and straight away they texted Carol and John Arnott (among others) to ask if God had been saying anything to them that would clarify what had happen to Chloe. When the text came through to Carol she was in Bethel church listening to Beni say “the bells are ringing in the UK’…. wow, wow, wow! (You can imagine the text back!)
The start of the Olympics – July 27th – put it in your diary! Ring your bell for breakthrough! If you don’t have one buy one! (please)
The next weekend was Jubilee weekend and Thames Parade was headed up with… Ringing Bells! Thank God for the Queen of England!!! (Never mind ‘God save the Queen’, He already has!).
This is a Year of breakthrough! Lets claim it! Let’s shift the spiritual atmosphere.
Revival won’t come just because God wants it to, He’s always wanted it to. It will come because his children have positioned themselves to bear the responsibility; he is waiting for us to co-labour…
Are you hungry for revival to come? ‘Hunger prepares you for responsibility’ (Bill Johnson) God will pour into you.
Are you intentionally going to cross the generational and cultural divides in your life? In your community? In your family? To forgive? To Love unconditionally? Do you know deep down in your heart just how loved you are by Daddy God? Because it’s that revelation that will empower you and at the same time break your heart with compassion for our nation.
We need to get ourselves healed up so we can carry a revival that lasts, a culture of revival. We need to Love each other in Church with a deep God given capacity. We need mentors, friends, people to run with, people to nurture…. more than ‘soul mates’ these are our ‘spirit mates’, beautiful sons and daughters of the King of Kings!
I just want to pause here and honour a friend, Daisy,…a week ago I read her Blog (see link below). Her personal insight and testimony into how she is bringing her heart into alignment with God’s heart, though generational unity, is beautiful.
Revival lives in the heart of the beloved…it’s Christ in you. It’s powerfully gentle. It’s Love poured out like oil anointing your life with a deep and lasting peace and compassion. It’s having your heart broken for those that don’t know His Love yet. It’s wanting to see people set free and to share in The Father’s Love story with them.
Now is the time for breakthrough not tomorrow, today! Today is the day to get down on your hands and knees and if anything is holding you back to cry out for healing, to get intentional with God so that he can use you to heal this nation!
While I was in Worship at the Isabel Allum conference I had a vision… I was rushing up through the atmosphere away from the earth and I said “God, God am I going to see heaven?” I strained my spiritual eyes to see if I could see it and He said “just turn around” I did and there was the world, with tears in my eyes I heard the father say “this is my broken world and I am raising up a generation that have been broken hearted to heal the nations…. the enemy has over played his hand again”
It doesn’t matter how hurt you’ve been the Abba father loves you, Jesus died for you and you are an important part of what God wants to do next! You can co-labour to bring heaven on earth! Don’t wait another second to be real with God, trust that he can heal you – every last part of you. He has never let you go, His Love never fails.
No one is too broken for God to use, just like others, I’m a walking testimony to that! (My healing had conditions to it until I had a revelation of what unconditional Love really is).
We carry Jesus, we carry revival, it’s incredible! Almost too good to be true, but it is true… we are history makers.
Ring those Bells, lets see the UK transformed through Love.
Lets see Isaiah 61 happen…. prophesy it over our nation.
This description of perfect Love has been my lifeline in the past, a firm ground beneath my feet… when nothing else makes sense these three remain ‘but the greatest of these is Love’.
I’ve heard people write accolades to the beautiful ‘imperfection’ of Love but I think they’ve missed the more beautiful truth, the imperfection resides in the loved one not Love itself, that’s what makes Love all the more beautiful, it is Redemptive… you are not Loved because you are perfect but because Love is perfect.
The most beautiful stories are glimpses of life through a love shaped lens… Beauty loves the beast and breaks the spell, Jamal pursues Latica across India, it doesn’t matter what life has done to her, in ‘pay it forward’ Trevor believes the best in his mum and always forgives her…
it’s not because we deserve it, it’s because Love is redemptive.
Love is not blind.
Real love is discerning, real love delights in the truth. Love sees it all and still forgives.
We live in a Love starved world full of spiritual orphans, consciously or subconsciously aware of the absence of the perfect, unconditional Love that should have fathered them all their lives.
I was one… having a Dad that didn’t know how to be a dad, being bullied from age 6 until I left school age 14, I went out into the world and gave my hopeful heart away, desperately wanting recognition, desperately wanting to feel worthy and valued.
I learnt the hard way that believing the best in someone doesn’t mean they’re the right person for you, that doing anything for someone you care for wont mean they understand you or Love any better unless they’ve first had a revelation of what perfect love really is….God watched my heart get trampled on again and again, how painful for him to watch the daughter he loved live as an orphan not trusting him with her heart instead.
His Love ‘never fails’. He gave everything for us on the cross.
I love people so so much but I can never give them my very best unless I depend on the unfailing Love that brought heaven on earth.
Love is not a romantic concept though all true romance is wrapped up in it.
There is no power on earth that can come close to the transforming power of love.
It’s sacrificial, it’s hopeful, it’s the truth, it can turn lives around, it’s what life is about.
The truth is Love rocks my world!
God Loves me, and that makes everything else possible.
Happy Valentines day Beautiful people. You are beautiful because of what he says.
Running in the snow… This was an email i wrote almost exactly two years ago and I was reminded of it today….
My lungs are frozen but it was worth it. My chest hurts but I know I’m really breathing.
There’s something about treading on unbroken snow than clarifies a moment in time, I was there, I was first, tomorrow I’ll be gone just like the snow that melts away.
Running through the snow, fighting the freezing wind you feel the leap of the survivor’s spirit rushing through your heart, wild and free and alive. There is a lot to be said for living in the moment, not living for the moment because that has no future, but in it, because this is what life is made of.
In a white world faces glow with the warmth of life, strikingly more clear against the snow that fades all else from prominence under one blanket of deathly slumber.
Is this how we look in God’s eyes?….. like lights in a shadow world? I blur my eyes and up and down the snow covered streets wonder little flames of humanity.
The snow shrinks the world, the distance is blotted out by falling flakes and the world becomes the frozen bubble that surrounds you. The snow draws the world close and people closer; you are an ally to the stranger across the street as they battle the weather, just like you.
Thank God for the seasons! Changes help me see the world in a different light. The snow takes away the ‘everyday’, I have seen things today like I never saw them before.
Love this talk from Banning Liebscher. I don’t think i’ll ever be satisfied unless I’m trying to live the dreams God has put in my heart.
Perspective: ‘we sit together in heavenly places in Christ’ (Eph2 v4-6) I thank God the visions are his not just mine, I thank God I don’t have to do them in my own strength, I thank God for his people, my family. So come and sit with me and Jesus for a moment and Dream about the things we’ll do to bring heaven on earth…
Then let’s go do something!
Mirrors, Ice, pain and Glory
‘But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.’
Imagine a room full of mirrors and Jesus has a mirror and he’s saying ‘look this way here is your image, my reflection’.
(It’s not empty or fragile self esteem anymore it’s ‘Christ esteem’ as Greg Boyd would put it).
Unveiled faces, ‘not hidden’ ‘Aletheia’ truth. The truth is we are being transformed. We are transitioning.
In this room lots of people are going to hold their mirrors up and try to tell you how you look and who you are…Broken, distorted or simply static like windows into you past. Don’t stunt your transformation by spending time ‘reflecting’ on and believing these disappointing reflections. Trust in the Transforming power of love. You are ‘a new creation’.
(1000 melting figures – the world wildlife fund raising awareness of global warming)
Being in transition can be hard sometimes, it means things are changing, you can’t stay in your comfort zone or hide from the truth.
Another facet of transition is transience, temporariness which can feel sad.
But when you realise what you have now is transient and will not last it doesn’t lose it’s value, far from it, it becomes all the more precious infused with meaning. Like watching a child’s first steps, hugging someone goodbye or stopping to watch the morning sunlight shining through ice that will soon melt away and be gone.
How can we bear to lose not just the painful but also the beautiful moments (and people) to the past?…
For me it’s knowing God has something greater just around the corner… another fresh glimpse of His Glory.
Today is my birthday and it’s been fun, but from an eternal perspective age is pretty meaningless, worrying about it is like ‘chasing after the wind’, what’s important is that each year faith matures you and Love makes you a little younger.
I Love ice, I love the way it captures light, it’s so beautiful… it reminds me to live in the moment, to appreciate transient transitioning and to look for God’s Glory in each new day.
My mum read this Blog (she’s great like that) and forwarded me an email I wrote to her….. two years ago I went on a trip to Sri Lanka to work as a prosthetics technician, making legs for people in the North, an area abused by civil war and still heavily militarised. The trip taught me a lot, it hadn’t been what I expected, it was one of the hardest trips I’ve been on and I struggled though it….
‘Being around people who don’t understand you is like looking into a distorted mirror – they bring out versions of you, but not the person you know you are (it’s not your best). It’s close, it’s still you, but not a true reflection; you’ll adapt, you’ll twist and turn until you find something close to the reflection you know… sometimes it’s good exercise and you learn something… but it’s uncomfortable. The image is often disappointing.
How wonderful when you find someone who knows you, who reflects your opinion, someone you can rest easy with; the relationships we hold close are so important.
In a similar way that’s why a relationship with God is so important too; He knows you through and through, in Him you can find your home, if you look in His mirror He’ll show you the person He wants you to be with no distortions.
The mirror here, in my dusty Sri Lankan bedroom, is full of ripples, some of the distortions even make me look better; but if I want the truth it’s just right of centre and down a bit…
at least I think so, maybe I need to come home to check.’
I’ve changed since I wrote this, I’ve been in transition. Sometimes it takes time to learn the lessons God is teaching you, what I was trying to grasp back then I’m still learning now …..
in the room full of mirrors I’m learning to fix my eyes on the one Jesus is holding.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but my baptism testimony brought me closer to people; they felt they knew me because I had shared my life and heart with them so that they could know me. I love testimonies, they are real, they’re people standing on God’s truth, unhidden, unashamed. I simply love it, I want every preach in every church to be born from a testimony of Love.
I will not die an unlived life.
fully alive – dawna markova
… ‘To allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid’…. ‘perfect love drives out all fear‘…. it ‘rejoices in the truth’.
I am convinced Openness is an underrated virtue in this world. People are drawn to authenticity because it’s so precious, rare and beautiful. Everyone is so busy trying to appear perfect and cover their imperfections and brokenness, they don’t realise they are isolating themselves. We all long to be known, but in a judgemental world we have all, understandably, become past masters at hiding.
…What’s so amazing is that God’s saving Grace gives beauty to our brokenness, because it gives us the ability to be fearlessly authentic. We know we are fully known and, in spite of all our faults, fully Loved, our security is in Christ. ( -perfect love is redemptive.)
In 2Corinthians 6 V13 Paul begs the Corinthians to open up their hearts, not to withhold their ‘splanchnois’– ‘inner most parts and emotions’ from him… “I speak as to my children – open wide your hearts also”.
Open wide here is the word ‘platunthēte’ from the Greek root word ‘platus‘ meaning: to make broad, a wide street…. our hearts are like a pathway on which others can journey with us- if we let them in.
Making ourselves open makes us feel vulnerable, it can be a scary thing! But fear is not a God thing: God promises his perfect love will drive out all fear. We’re not alone, God’s gonna help us become open hearted…
A word connected to ‘plantus’ is ‘plassó‘ meaning: to form, as a potter his clay, created…. if we make ourselves vulnerable to Abba Father first, then He can shape a wide pathway in our hearts, a highway to heavenly places (Isaiah 35). But even that takes courage!
I remember a Kris Vallotton talk where he spoke about Secretariat- a horse with a 22lb heart, 3 times the normal size!– a heart that made history. God has given us hearts to be history makers, because His spirit is in us, because we’re resourced beyond our physical abilities, because He pours His love on us.
In Latin the root word for heart is ‘cor’ and it’s where we get the word courage from (the Old English definition for the word courage was ‘to tell your story from your heart’). Our hearts were made to discern truth and make us courageous (-the truth of eternity has been set in the human heart Ecc 3v11).
It’s gonna take courage to be known and not to hide.
When the disciples are described as speaking openly the word ‘parresia‘ is often used, meaning: Boldness, confidence, frankness, courage, openness. This word is made up of two root words- ‘Pas‘: all, whole, always, and ‘rhema‘: spoken word (often referred to as the ‘now’ word of God, implications of being spirit filled, open to hearing his voice). There’s a wholeness and integrity in speaking truth: by being courageously truthful we gain completeness.
‘Aletheia’ is the Greek word for truth, literally translated it means ‘not hidden’. As people of God we are called to be courageously visible with who we are or we won’t represent the truth….
What a challenge! but also what a reward!- deeper more authentic relationships, God’s Love breaking through!