Words, Pictures and Prophecy
Hearing what God is saying to us is really important. We share pictures, words of knowledge and prophecy to build up, encourage and direct our daily walk with God.
Kingdom MOT: January 2013
Theme: Looking In: Our Identity in God. In this first month of our Kingdom MOT, we have been encouraging people to to ask ourselves the question: Where does our deepest identity lie?
Psalm 1v1-3 A picture of many people reading the Bible, taking time with God and growing deep roots. As this happened they grew into an orchard with much fruit that was to bless those around them.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. What do you really desire? This month is going to see a big leap forward, deeper into God. Not just as individuals but as a body.
Psalm 42:1-2. As the deer pants for the water so I long for You, O God. I thirst for God, the Living God, where can I go and stand before Him? A hope that as a Church this time will draw people into a deeper place of longing for and seeking after God.
Isaiah 43: 18-21.
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family."
Acts 2:17: In the Last Days," God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams. When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit on those who serve me, men and women both and they’ll prophesy.”
Holy Week 2012 – excerpts from our Prayer journal, filled during our week of 24/7 prayer. Inward, Outward, Upward – a celebration of discipline.
“If we are going to get out of the boat, we have to prepare our hearts for waters that God brings. Some are deep and dangerous. Strengthen Your church. Prime your lives. Only the brave can step out of the boat and only Christ can make you brave enough to stay in the water wherever it takes you.”
“He will make a way, just as He did through the Red Sea.”
“A river will flow out from St Andrew’s, in every direction. Lord, show us Your plans, provide all we need to do what you ask and take us individually and as a church, deeper with you.”
“God is calling us again to praise Him for his majesty.”
“Even the smallest grain of sand can make a difference.”
A picture of a large wave coming, with a sense that we would not be crushed by it. A reminder of the verse that “I have put an open door before you that no man can shut.” A sense that God is going to be sending many people through the door this year.
Picture of God’s cupped hands with several people nestled inside. (Also the familiar words “underneath are the everlasting arms” Deut 33:27.) A sense that there are some people in the church who just need to take time being with God, drawing comfort and strength from Him. “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
The other comparison that comes to mind is when you hold a small animal in your hands, or on your lap, and they snuggle into you to get the maximum warmth and security. Complete trust too.
August 2011 – words and pictures in the week after riots in the UK
Baroness Cox talking about The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) says her principle of action is, “I cannot do everything but I must not do nothing”.
Encouragement – At Lighthouse we gave teenagers something exciting and worthwhile to do during the first week of the summer holidays. Not only that, we immersed them in a Christian environment, where they were reminded that God loves them and wants the best for them. We have a new Youth Pastor starting in September, to nurture our own young people. We have a highly thought of community based youth club which meets at the church on Friday nights. With our support, East Side Youth Centre at Highcrest, no longer run by the council, is planning to re-open in September.
A bottle of water being poured out that is never ending and doesn’t run out. As the water is poured it turned to wine. As the wine hits the ground it turns to blood. The person felt the interpretation of this word was that God’s supply is inexhaustible and always available – living water. The water turning to wine demonstrates the inexhaustible power available for miracles today. The blood was the cost and sacrifice that Christ made to make all of this possible.