How can I help?

Romans 15:1‭-‬5 MSG
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it.

Wow! What a time to be stepping up and asking God, “How can I help? Lord, who will you put on my heart today that needs assistance in these current uncertain times?”

If we will listen to the prompting of the Spirit of God, we can be led right toward those who need our help, finding that God has given us exactly what is needed to serve them.

Ask neighbours, friends and strangers how you can help them too. It may be something practical like groceries or a phone call, or it might be reassurance and prayer, healing or whatever else their particular situation requires.

Jesus went out of His way to assist us so we should continue to do the same. Look for opportunities. Expect God to do miracles wherever He sends you. Keep planting in this time and later on you will reap such a great harvest for the Kingdom of God!

WEEKLY PROPHETIC MESSAGE: ‘During the fourth watch’

The Lord revealed to me that many in the body of Christ have been waking up during the fourth watch of the night. God is awakening PRAYER WARRIORS around 3am-6am.

Is this also happening to you? Do you find yourself awake at this time?

If so then perhaps God is rousing you, and calling you to action in prayer.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. (Matthew 14:25 NKJV)

Jesus is coming at the fourth watch and calling out to you to come. He’s asking you “will YOU come”? Will you rise up from your slumber and begin to speak in your heavenly language; to declare and release the promises of heaven upon the earth?

Will you join with the watchmen at this hour and intercede for your family, your loved ones, your community, your country and the nations of the world?

Come on. Take your position and start walking toward Him. ARISE, don’t look down, and walk on the water!

Following God and not man

Read Galations 1 Paul makes it so clear that he is not sent from man (v1), is not following man, nor does he attempt to please man in any way (v10).

On the contrary Paul says ‘If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of God. (Gal 1:10b)

We need to make sure we don’t follow after particular speakers, preachers, healers, evangelists, apostles or leaders of any kind by putting them on a pedestal and glorifying them.

Paul explains that his revelation of Jesus came directly from Jesus Christ himself (v12). Direct revelation is the best!

God wants to reveal so much to us and the best way to get the most accurate, relevant and spirit-filled revelation is directly from God through two-way prayer and reading the Word.

He desires to share intimate secrets with YOU, so don’t wait for next Sunday to hear from Him, He is waiting to speak to you now!

Chains be loose; the key to unlocking your prison door!

Are you facing a challenging situation? Do you feel like you are in prison? Are you locked up by your thoughts, emotions or circumstance?

Paul and Silas again find themselves locked up in chains, wanting to bust out of that prison!

But what was the key to their deliverance and ultimately the furthering of the gospel?

It was their extravagant prayer and worship that caused an earthquake unlocking the chains and opening the doors.

Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Is your prayer and worship to God shaking foundations and setting people free? Is it busting open the doors of situations that seem impossible?

This is what is happening through powerful prayer and worship meetings around the world and it is exactly what happened when Paul and Silas opened their mouths in one voice!

Gather some people together, cry out to God and worship from your heart and see what doors will open up for you!

Could He be THAT good?

Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

Listen to the this! Let it soak in.

God is talking about the favour He is putting on His chosen people, the people of the inheritance.

He is talking about YOU and ME!

But could God really be a that good? Could He actually answer our prayers before we even pray them?

Matthew 6:8b (NIVUK) says:‘for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’

It may not seem to make sense but not only does He know everything we need but He also wants us living in wholeness, healing and abundance. So YES He is THAT GOOD!

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 (NIVUK)

Don’t give up

Luke 18:1,6‭-‬8 (NIV)
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
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Jesus is giving us an example of persistent prayer through this widow.

He relates continual physical knocking to our prayer life by emphasizing the need to keep pressing into the spiritual realm.

Keep asking Him for that which He has promised you. Don’t give up praying. Don’t give up believing. Keep knocking like a the persistent widow.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 (NIV)

Your time to arise

Matthew 3:13-17 (NLT)

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”
But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him.
After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

This was Jesus’ moment of change; a defining line in His life. He had spent thirty years in preparation for this day and the days that followed.
This was God’s time to begin to show His glory to the world through the ministry of Jesus. As soon as the dove descended and the Holy Spirit anointed Him, He was ready to enter into His ministry.

Likewise, your time has arrived in which God is propelling you into your field of influence. He has been disciplining and preparing you through this past wilderness season where you have come up against giants and powers far too strong for you.

But all this was required in training you for this moment where the work He has shown you is now upon you.

Just like Jesus, you have now been given the go-ahead to carry out the projects and ministry commission He has prepared you for.

Your dove has landed and your time is here to ‘carry out all that God requires’ (v15)

You are a John the baptist

John 1:20-27 (NLT)

He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.”
“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?”
“No,” he replied.
“Are you the Prophet we are expecting?”
“No.”
“Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah:
“I am a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’”
Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?”
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.”

John the Baptist was a very humble man. He clarifies that he is NOT Christ but opening up the doors for His glory. This was the very reason he was born, his very existence and his heart’s desire.

We have been given a role similar to John the Baptist. Our job is to point people to Jesus Christ. We are to set the platform and make way for His coming.

But just how do we set the path for Jesus?
By obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit, God will use His people to show the world who He is, what He is like and His characteristics. He will show us glimpses of what He wants to do so we can help Him get things ready.

In our workplaces, schools and communities, we are being John the Baptists for God. He is setting up miracles in your life and He is using you to prepare the way.

Like John we are here to glorify the name of Jesus and prepare for His coming.

It’s just what you learnt in the field

1 Samuel 17:34-37 NLT

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

David spent many years training for what was ahead for him. He had fought off lions and bears, even extracting the lambs from their mouths. Nothing was too big for him out in his field. He had a confidence and authority that went way beyond his size and natural abilities.

David also had a dependence on a God that was sure to deliver him every time without fail. So when it comes to his big moment to shine, his experience in his field along with his faith in his God sends the giant crashing down with a single stone.

God has been training you and preparing you in your field right for this moment. While you have been fighting off enemies and practising your skills, you never would have comprehended how this has equipped you for a time such as this. Your faith has been stretched but your confidence steadily growing.

The field or area you have been developing in is simply the lead up to a great victory that awaits you.

This is the big one. So gather together everything He has taught you in your training time and accurately fire your stone at the forehead of the big fella.

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