From The Pastor’s Desk……
As I am writing to you I am praying that you are keeping safe and well.
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My desk top calendar verse for today fed my soul. Thinking in terms of our lives being like land, a garden, and our Heavenly Father being The Gardener, Deuteronomy 11:12 says,
” It is a land The Lord your God cares for;
The eyes of The Lord your God are continually on it from
the beginning of the year to its end.”
At the beginning of this year none of us saw what we are experiencing now, lockdown, because of Covid 19. The restrictions on our daily lives are essential to save lives and the NHS. It is vital that we comply with them.
The Lord has not given up on us! He cares for this land – the UK, the World, that He created and the people living on it. He continues to want a relationship with everyone of us that we might know Him and live to Glorify Him.
His eyes are continually upon the land and upon us. He has given us Himself, His word and His Sprit that we would deepen in our personal relationship with Him. Through every season, on every day of the year, He promises to supply our every need out of His Riches. In these days we are all, I suspect, reassessing what is important to us and what is important to The Lord. Our land, our garden, will look different after this experience. We will not go back to ” business as usual.” We need to pray the future in as well as pray into the future.
The final part of this verse gives us confidence in the fact that The Lord is a “throughout the whole year” God. He does not slumber nor sleep. No millisecond goes missing in his concentration upon us and our lives.
Let’s continue to pray for, and contend for, our land – personal, the UK, our world.
With every Good Wish, Nigel
Carol Woolly sent me this reading by Anton van Reenen. He entitled it “JOB – ACT II”
This is such a blessing!
I believe that what is happening in the world right now is just as much a shaking in the spiritual realm as it is in the physical so I would like to share a short story with you.
I call it ‘JOB – ACT II”
There was a day that Satan came before the Lord, and the Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my church, how they gather every Sunday, and praise and worship My Holy Name. They do this year in and year out, every Sunday morning, all over the world. From the time the sun rises in the east until the sun sets in the west, My Name gets glorified, like a wave washing over all the earth.”
Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Have you not blessed them with health and wealth and prosperity, with which they have built beautiful church buildings, and filled it with amazing technology? Have You not blessed them with all manner of talents that they bring together in these beautiful churches they built and worship You with beautiful music that appeals to their senses?”
“But stretch out Your hand, and take all that from them, strike them down with a plague or even just the fear of a plague, and they will go quiet and worship You no more. This wave of worship, running from the east of the earth to the west, every Sunday morning will stop, and all will go quiet. Who will worship You then? Who will still make Your Name great?”
And the Lord said to Satan, “They are in your hand.” So Satan unleashed a deadly virus upon the earth, and soon churches closed all over the world. Everyone, Christians and gentiles hunkered down in their homes, and everything went quiet… and Satan was standing there, watching, waiting, all the angels were standing in heaven, watching, waiting and God was standing there, watching, waiting… as a great silence fell over all the heavens and all the earth.
Then one angel called out; “Listen…!”, and another called out; “I hear it too… it’s coming from the east”. In a small living room, in a locked up house, came the sound of a piano being played, and a voice singing;
“Holy, holy, holy,
Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity!”
And another angel called out “Listen, over there, in the west!” And the sound of a guitar, coming from a bedroom could be heard with a voice singing;
“All hail King Jesus, All hail Emmanuel!
Kind of king, Lord of lords, Bright Morning Star!
And for all eternity, I’ll sing Your praises,
And will reign with You, throughout eternity”
And slowly, from all directions on the earth, the sound of instruments and voices could be heard, louder and louder, until it became a symphony of worship, rising up to heaven. A cacophony of song, praising God, declaring His greatness, thanking Him for His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness. Songs of dedication and declaration, songs of encouragement, songs filled with the joy and peace that can only come from God, sung by thousands of men and woman, young and old, wherever they were, accompanied by whatever means they had.
And God turned to Satan and said; “Did you notice… today is Tuesday! Now, My church, having been freed from all the business that filled their lives, worships Me every day of the week, for they still know that ‘I Am’! The wave of worship that runs from sunrise in the east until sunset in the west now circles the earth, every day, as the earth circles the sun.”
And all of heaven fell down on their faces and worshipped God, calling out “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His Glory!”. And Satan turned and walked away, defeated as he has been since the day of Calvary.
I want to encourage you today, in this unprecedented time in the history of man, to not let your voice go quiet, to not pack your instrument away. All of creation and all of heaven is standing still right at this moment, waiting, watching… Now is the time to make your voice heard throughout the heavens, now is the time to pour out your heart before God.
There is now no audience, there is no tech, it’s just you before the Lord. Seek Him in this time, draw near to Him through worship. If you have never done this before, discover the beauty and blessings that come with intimate, personal worship of God.
Author: Anton van Reenen
Praise The Lord:
That Boris Johnson, our Prime minister is out of hospital.
For many people coming to know The Lord at this time.
For NHS and key workers serving our communities.
Continue To Pray for:-
Boris Johnson, the government, and governments around the world at this key time.
Chris Cartwright, our General Superintendent and the leadership of Elim in these days.
Chris Cartwright’s four point Prayer Call: Unity; Our Community; Healing and Deliverance; A Turning to The Lord across the Nation(s).
All those struggling with the situation of isolation – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Each of us, as we take the opportunity to reach out to Family and Neighbours.
Those who are mourning at this time.
Those fighting for their lives at this time.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.
Nigel, Jill and Abbie x