Summer 2018, Sheffield, England
I’ve never known a year to go as fast as 2018 has done so far. No doubt, that is because it has been a year of incredible sunshine and high temperatures, but also huge challenge. Every day that we turn on the news, something new dominates the headlines. And it is rarely encouraging news.
Jesus warned us about these days, that we are to expect them. Ever since the days of the early Church, there has been the expectancy that what they faced, was the end-times. His warning was not given merely to give hope, but also to slow down our own doomsday-clock watching. There is much in life to hope for, to believe for and to prepare for. We are not waiting for society to grow so dark it finally sees the Church reflecting the brightness of God. Neither is the world going to end in a global war with nuclear exchanges, that God has to step in to save us. No, God is in charge.
Whatever you see going on around you, you can be certain of one magnificent fact, God has a plan.
To be fair, it’s not even a plan. Plans can fail. God has already determined that the Supremacy of Christ will be seen in all things. And, it will.
The Church is in good hands. Our God is a good, kind, loving and lovely God, and He has not forgotten the Church. If there is anything He loves, it’s the Church! Springtime has arrived in England, life is starting to erupt. The air in the UK is saturated with the promise of a reviving. This is a good time to pause, look up and praise God, because He has a plan, and it is a very, very good one.
We are going to be pleasantly surprised.
I want to include something on a practical level that I think may be helpful to you.
I have been hanging around the prophetic things since 1979. We have always had strange ideas circulating and people resorting to some fairly odd stuff that in a more cynical moment even as a prophetic person, I felt cynically was just there to sell books, cups, duds, and tapes. Merchandise. We even had some folk willing to give interpretations to tattoos that people have. Of course, I am being naughty here, but God is definitely speaking to us in this day and age and there is an authentic, scripture-honouring and God-glorifying way that the Spirit of God is revealing His intention and will in these days. The way that He is doing it is in that old fashioned way of prayer, devotion and the Scriptures.
God is very willing to reveal Himself, but as the scripture says, “the secrets of the Lord are with those who fear Him.” Just because God has told you something doesn’t in any way mean that you have to go and tell His secrets. Unless of course, He told you to. Some of the things God tells you are actually about you. They are like a divine hint. So on hearing, discerning or seeing something we are well advised to ask, “Is that for me Lord, or others?” It will probably be a bit of both.
Don’t allow your heart to be discouraged. You are serving the only God in, and outside of Creation – and He knows you by name. That is bigger than ‘awesome’.
Keep trusting the Lord – you’ll not be disappointed