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The Irish Prophet

Jon Cressey and Brendan McCauley, the Irish Prophet!

Do you know the Irish Prophet? Just over three years ago whilst in prayer the Lord showed me that I would meet an Irish prophet. Nothing more, just “you’ll meet an Irish prophet.” At first I wondered if it was because I either might not take them seriously, or that I should be on the lookout for them.

I asked friends and no-one seemed to have heard of him or knew anyone who might know, eventually I thought if anyone would know, Paul Cain would know, but he didn’t either. So I waited.

A little while ago I was watching a YouTube clip of a meeting and on the right of the screen the options for other clips suggested one that took my attention. I clicked on it to hear someone say, “Please welcome Brendan McCauley, you may know him as ‘the Irish Prophet!'” It got my attention!

I contacted Brendan saying that I didn’t know if I had a word from God for him, or if he would have one for me, or we were just meant to meet? Graciously he just invited me to come over to Ireland anytime, and stay with him. What I didn’t know at this time was that the Lord had spoken to him in a dream saying that “there was a man looking for him!”  

Brendan is keen to see anyone, from any walk of life moving in the things of God and just as importantly, enjoying their walk in God.

Brendan and his wife Angela are extraordinary in so many ways. They have 14 children, all of which are University graduates and love the Lord, but the really amazing testimony is not just that Brendan was healed of psoriasis, but that Angela was dramatically healed of bowel cancer. They now travel together telling of God’s kindness and His willingness to do the same for others.

One thing is obvious about them both; their love for people. When the Lord said I would meet an Irish prophet I expected all sorts of things but I didn’t realise the package they come as – loving God, loving people and a real sense of credibility in their desire to serve the Lord left us with a an inspiring encouragement to do the same. And the Irish humour was legendary!

Their commitment to reach people on both sides of the religious divide in Ireland is encouraging, as is their non-judgmental, non-religious approach to the prophetic ministry. Brendan is keen to see anyone, from any walk of life moving in the things of God and just as importantly, enjoying their walk in God.

I don’t usually write about specific people, but I was impacted by the friendliness of Brendan and Angela, including two of their daughters who we met; Mary and Angela who treat these total strangers from England not just as friends, but as family.

They raised the bar so high, but then he is after all, the Irish Prophet.

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    Having the final word.

    People may forget what you say but sometimes remember accurately your last remark.

    The last word of the book of Acts in the Greek New Testament is the word akolutos. The word literally means “unhindered,” though many translations render it with multiple words.

    Others move the word from its final position for the sake of syntax. In both cases, it would appear that something is lost in translation. Luke was intentionally making a statement with this last word of his two-volume testimony to the life of Jesus Christ, and may well have intended readers to pause at the conclusion of his words, leaving us with the provocative thought of a Gospel that is unhindered.

    “Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, unhindered” (Acts 28:30-31).

    Through prisons and angry crowds, Luke’s stirring narrative of the Acts of the Holy Spirit dramatically traces the birth and growth of the early church. The book begins with a few hundred believers in Christ and a collective will to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to all the ends of the earth.

    The Church will experience difficulties in society, persecution and frustration, but God is using the Church at this time, to take the gospel to the nations.

    Opposition to this witness of the growing Church is not far off (something of a sobering thought for us in this day as the growing sense of revival grips the Church at large))is described at every turn.

    It’s an honest appraisal of what happens when the Church is on the move – stirred by the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised persecutioni for those who would follow Him and our need to take up our cross daily. Persecution, beatings, death, and imprisonment all threatened the voice of the early church and ultimately the spread of the Gospel itself. But in spite of all this, Luke carefully unpacks the history of the early church and the spread of the Gospel by boldly describing the progression of God’s Word as going forth without so much as the slightest of hindrances.

    The Good News of God to all the world, he seems to want us to remember, goes forth in power.

    When we are pressed on all sides by variant theologies and distorted gospels, when the media delights in yet another conspiracy theory that promises to be the downfall of Christianity, we are to remember the great narration of which we are a part. The book of Acts is largely concerned with documenting the history of the early church within the context of the unhindered work of God from the beginning to the end.

    “Indeed,” says Peter, “all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers” (Acts 3:24-25). That is indeed encouraging! We need not live defeated by every emerging plot to undermine Christ, the gospel, the Church or us as Christians.

    The authentic prophetic message is – no matter what life brings, God has the final Word! Put all your trust in Christ!

    We are to live instead in His victory, walking forward as heirs of the great unhindered kingdom of God. We are a part of a movement that will not fade away. The Gospel was and is and always will be a testimony that exists without hindrance. No one can thwart the progress of the Gospel, for it is sealed by the Spirit that presses it onward.

    Nothing can stop the ultimate victory of the story of God, for it is finished. We follow a God who spoke in the beginning and who will have the final word.

    Don’t give up – keep looking to God, you’ll not be disappointed.

    1. Matthew’s gospel speaks of persecution (compare Mk 13:9-13) in his discourse on the kingdom mission indicates his view that persecution and proclamation are inseparable (see likewise Acts or Paul’s letters, such as Paul’s defence of his apostleship in 2 Cor 11:23-33). True ministry involves suffering, especially if it is a frontline ministry to nonbelievers; I have been beaten and threatened more than once for ministry on the streets. Yet as Jesus reminds us in the next section, the worst our opponents can do to us is kill us, and we will die anyway with or without their persecution! (Mt 10:24-33). Because persecution is a guarantee for a true disciple (2 Tim 3:12), we may question the strength of our witness if we are not experiencing any (compare, for example, Mt 5:11-12; Acts 5:41; 14:22; Gal 5:11; 1 Thess 3:3; Rev 1:9).  (back)

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    Waiting on God when you are in a rush

    As I travel the world I have noticed a phenomena about ‘time’ -every culture (and sub-culture) has a different approach to it.

    The one thing we have in common is, we all value time, but it’s what we do with it that differs. In the hills of Egypt, India, Greece, Turkey – away from the influence of manic ‘ten-days-to-do-everything’tourists, the locals enjoy their ever-warm days with an attitude of, “if it doesn’t get done today, we’ll do it tomorrow”.

    Tomorrow. It’s a wonderful term, but can be about comfort as well as deep anxiety.

    The comfort that has to override everything we think, do or say about it, is that God has measured out time, and is already promising to be there. Not only when you need him, (how foolish a thought!) but because you can’t be anywhere that He is not. Selah!

    There is a time when you are in no rush but God is!

    When God is in a rush

    It’s a fantastic concept, and for God the only time He pushes for immediacy is when it comes to getting right with God. Hebrew 3:15 expresses it clearly, “Today,if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” There is a time when you are in no rush and God is! That alone should press all the buttons that calls to all action stations.

    If God is saying “Today”, “Now!” and as He holds time in His hands, then you have to be a fool not to listen! What is on the horizon (or what isn’t!) that God asserts Himself so? He is gracious, take His advice.

    When you are in a rush.

    But the scenario that brought you to this page is the consideration of waiting on God when you are in a rush. It may not feel like it but this is a good place to be! It speaks of one or all of a few things;

    1. You face a situation and you are waiting for God’s intervention – an answer to prayer.
    2. You face a situation and God is waiting for you to seek His guidance more – prayer.
    3. You need God to answer prayer – but providence isn’t working to your time scale
    4. You are waiting for God, unaware that you are being tested!
    5. Someone is about to preach!

    The answer to some of these is to take things into your own hands, after all, God helps those who help themselves. As soon as you read your bible you release it is your need that God assists. God is the one that helps those who cannot help themselves.

    The answer to prayer is on its way, but it may be coming from a distance; or from a heart that is yet to moved to follow the leading of the Spirit. One thing is for certain, God is always exactly on time. His time.

    God’s timing is so important to us. One of the UK’s Church leaders used to have a catch phrase which has now gone out of use, “Be the first, be the best – make it happen!” A fine statement for pioneers and not settlers, but the last part of the statement is where people trip up. Don’t make it happen.

    The Lord’s Prayer holds your attention, not so much the pace of the prayer, or urgency – getting God to break in, crush the enemy, heal the sick and produce many signs and wonders. No, the pace is slow, considered and deliberate. It’s a brilliant prayer. It’s not in theEnglish text of the bible, but I do think it is a good thought, “Give us today, the bread of  tomorrow”.

    One of the wonderful things we can reassure ourselves about is that when Jesus is telling us not to be anxious, he tells us not to worry about tomorrow, but to consider what God is already doing, to think about today and God’s gracious provision in it.

    You’ll notice that I have not covered the last issue; – someone is about to preach. For all who saw and experienced John Wimber’s ministry you will have noticed the great attention he gave to waiting on the Spirit and not rushing into preaching, notices, offerings etc. God came first, and having made room for God to come first, he was ready to make even more room for him.

    The heart of the matter is that if you are in a rush, and taken time to be waiting for and seeking God’s help, He will help you. You can’t be too dependant on God. It’s not a verse that was written in a good frame, but the truth is consistent for us; those who honour God will be honoured by Him. (1 Samuel 2:30)

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