At the Gate of the Year

At the Gate of the Year

New Year message from Chelmsford 24-7 Leader and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC), David Gilbey (also published on the website of CTiC –ctic.org.uk)

KIng George VI Christmas speechSo we stand here again, the tipping point between all that has been in 2018 and all that the New Year will bring. Looking back, how much of what took place during the twelve months could you have honestly predicted? Not very much I suspect… who knows what 2019 will hold!

In 1939, with Great Britain at war, and with a very unknown future ahead for the United Kingdom, King George VI spoke the following words at the end of his Christmas message to the Nation:

I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you:

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”

May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.

The King had taken the words from a poem called, ‘God Knows’, published in 1908 by a Christian lady, Minnie Haskins – to read the entire poem – click here.

 

Prayer and Miracles delivered the Nation

dunkirk-news-articleDuring the World Wars, national prayer and miraculous intervention from God is said to have won us battles and saved countless lives.  (You can find links with evidence for this below). If so, it would not be unreasonable to conject, that for both Wars, this resulted in ultimate victory for the Allied forces.

The most well known miracle occurred just a few months after King George’s Christmas speech, when on 26 May 1940, he called a national day of prayer. Following this, against all odds well over 300,000 British troops were rescued at Dunkirk.

To read more – click here -to go an article on the website of, Call the Nation to Prayer – ctntp.uk. Read too, these articles on the CTNTP site, about Angels and Miracles and other calls to prayer during both World Wars – click here.

 

The Battle for Britain

Armour of GodIt seems to me that at the end of this year, the UK is once again at war; at war with itself, a civil war of strife and division and disunity. Brexit seems to have brought the whole thing boiling to the surface!

Even The Church in our nation has, in part at least, become embroiled in the battle – opinion against opinion – brother against brother!

Believers in Jesus, we need to open our eyes! Not just our physical ones, as we will simply continue to stumble into the unknown, but to open wide our spiritual eyes! 

The conflict we face is orchestrated by our spiritual enemy – Satan – he wants the ‘soul’ of Great Britain, but we must battle him for it AND AGAIN WE HAVE THE MEANS TO VICTORY!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12

We must do what it says in verse 13:

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

 

Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal Leaflet

Earlier in 2018, a church minister who is known to me, and who uses the name, Pastor John, was led by The Lord to produce and distribute nationwide, 25,000 copies, of a leaflet he wrote, by email and post called, Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal. 

John said:

The Wartime Miracles Leaflet has a dual purpose. Firstly, it teaches how the Lord dramatically delivered the UK during the Second World War in direct response to those who prayed in humility and repentance. Secondly, it calls upon the people of today to equally approach Him in humility and repentance, pleading for His deliverance from the National dangers we are increasingly facing.

It shows clearly “this is what the Lord did for the previous generation and He can do it again for this generation, if approached in a spirit of humility and repentance.” The Wartime Miracles Leaflet is therefore a clarion call for nationwide intercessory prayer.

Will you take up that Call?

For a downloadable/printable copy of the Leaflet and accompanying write up, on the CTNTP website – click here.

2019 – Take God’s Hand and step forward in faith

Hand-in-darkness.jpgIt is surely time to stand up and move out! Remind yourself of your ‘battle orders’ by reading the full passage regarding the Armour of God, in Ephesians 6: 10-20 – particularly verse 18:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

And, Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Let us turn from division and disunity, come together ‘As One’, and each putting our hand in the Hand of God, step with Him, in faith and confidence, into the unknown of 2019.

May God Bless and keep you throughout the year – the Battle belongs to The Lord!

David

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual

Atheism is down as UK gets spiritual – says the headline of an article reporting on a recent survey, appearing in The Times newspaper on Friday 28th December 2018.

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Click here to open article as a PDF document

Pete Greig, founder and Team Leader of 24-7 Prayer internationally, has just published the following remarks about this article on his Instagram account. (Click here to view on Instagram).

‘Just to be clear what we’re seeing here:
– British atheism —> declining (-2-3% p.a. for 3 yrs)
– British church attendance —> growing
– British people who pray —> growing. .
Are these signs of revival in the UK? Not yet. Atheists (and some regular church-goers) are ‘merely’ becoming nominal believers in ‘a greater spiritual power’, not necessarily in Jesus Christ; they are attending church occasionally, but not regularly; they are turning to prayer, but only sporadically.

So, is this everything we are praying for? Nope! Lets not get over-excited. In the words of the meme, let’s just ‘Keep calm and carry on.’

But is it a start? Fuel for faith? Somewhat encouraging for those who’ve wept, worked and prayed for years, longing to read this kind of report in the mainstream press? You bet!

And could it be a wake-up call for politicians and the media? The beginning of an exciting new season for gospel adventuring? A hint and a whisper that the tide is finally, beginning to turn in this supposedly secular nation? Maybe!’

Quiver Prayer Breakfast – 19th Jan 2018

9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Saturday 19th January 2019.
Church of the The Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS

Both Men & Women welcome. Cost £3.

Speaker Rev. Jennifer Wallace of Quiver Prayer
www.quiverprayermovement.org

Contact jengaskin1@yahoo.com to reserve your place

Prayer Breakfast Quiver 190119

From 2016, QUIVER began to hold Prayer Breakfasts around the United Kingdom. These prayer breakfasts are hosted by individuals, churches, groups of friends or people who want to know more about QUIVER or learn more about prayer.

These prayer breakfasts are an opportunity to not only pray, but also learn more about prayer and living an effective Christian life. Teachings include, The Fundamentals of Prayer, Keys to Effective Prayer, Understanding The Kingdom of God, Living The Kingdom Life In Our Communities, Principles Governing Warfare, Practising Spiritual Warfare, and many more.

Fire is about to fall on your prayer life

There are many ‘prophetic words’ out there at the moment, but this, published 7th December, which comes from Lana Vawser, living in Australia – website lanavawser.com – resonates most strongly with us.

See what The Lord says to you. 

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FIRE IS ABOUT TO FALL ON YOUR PRAYER LIFE

The Lord has been speaking to me so much about fire falling on prayer lives in this new era. As I sat with the Lord asking Him what was on His heart regarding prayer, I heard the Lord say:

“Fire is about to fall on prayer lives and catapult My people into unchartered territories in prayer.”

An explosion of joy bubbled forth within me and I was overcome by the heart of the Lord, the invitation to position ourselves in prayer more than ever before, because there are UNEXPLORED AREAS in prayer that He wants to take us in.

There are keys, strategies and deeper levels of His heart that He is inviting us into in this new era. The place of seeing and partnering with the strategy of heaven, even when it looks completely different to anything we have ever seen and praying His heart, praying His Word, praying His dreams into the earth. There is such a deeper area of His heart that is going to be revealed in this new era that is going to see some of the greatest demonstrations of His power that we have ever seen.

I have been hearing the sound of earthquakes in the spirit and in my dreams recently and as I have sat with the Lord, one thing that He keeps speaking over and over is in this new era the body of Christ are about to be ASTONISHED by the POWER OF PRAYER!!!!

There is going to be such violent, glorious, rumbles of intercession that are going to manifest in prayer lives, rooms and places unlike anything we have experienced before. Prayer rooms, houses, lives and gatherings are about to SHAKE with the power of God as the prayers of the saints arise. There are going to be louder groanings of intercession that is going to come upon the body of Christ in order to BIRTH the mighty explosive move of God upon the earth that we are all anticipating.

“And in a similar way, the Holy Spirit takes hold of us in our human frailty to empower us in our weakness. For example, at times we don’t even know how to pray, or know the best things to ask for. But the Holy Spirit rises up within us to super-intercede on our behalf, pleading to God with emotional sighs too deep for words.” – Romans 8:24 (The Passion Translation)

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:24 (English Standard Version)

I had a vision where I saw many in their secret place in deep intercession, people gathered in homes, prayer houses, churches crying out in deep intercession and all of a sudden I saw LIGHTNING come out of the heavens and met with the intercession of the saints. [See Jean Darnall’s vision regards lightning strikes on the UK – click here].

I could hear Him decreeing:

“It’s going to be like nothing you have ever seen. It’s going to be like nothing you have ever seen. How am I going to move through the prayers and intercession of My people in this new era will be UNPRECEDENTED! The way that My power is going to be displayed through the groanings of My Spirit through My people will bring SUDDEN, EXPLOSIVE breakthroughs, shifts and divine rearrangements.”

His decree continued:

“Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer lives of My people. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer houses. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the prayer lines. Here comes another baptism of fire upon the place of 2 or 3 gathering in My name. There is a divine glorious stirring of My Spirit in this new era that is igniting such a deep fire within My people to spend more time in prayer than they ever have before. But My people do not FEAR the rumbling. Do not FEAR the travail. Pray it through! Pray it through and watch Me make history THROUGH YOU!!!!”

MY FIRE IS COMING IN UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS UPON THE UPPER ROOMS

I heard the Lord decree again:

“My fire is coming in unprecedented levels upon the UPPER ROOMS. Fire on the UPPER ROOMS like in ACTS is about to EXPLODE AGAIN that even the WORLD will take notice of the supernatural demonstrations of My power and signs and wonders.”

(Acts 2)

HIS EYES ARE ROAMING THE EARTH

I then had a vision where I saw the Lord’s eyes roaming the earth and He was asking a question…

“Who will carry My heart? Who will lay down preconceived ideas, expectations and agendas and come to Me to ask Me for My heart to then enter into the deepest realms of intercession to see it manifest and the world changed?”

There was such a beautiful invitation of the Lord to receive His heart for our families, our cities, our nations and the earth and to partner with Him to pray His heart, His purposes and His plans into being.

“I WILL SHAKE YOU AWAKE!!!!!”

I heard the Lord decree:

“I WILL SHAKE YOU AWAKE” and suddenly I saw the fire of God and the power of God crash in to different places, churches and areas in the body of Christ where the Bride has been sleeping, where there has been complacency, where there has been apathy and SUDDENLY the Lord came with fire and power and INTERRUPTED. This divine interruptions and demonstrations of His power in the most UNEXPECTED places will SHAKE His people awake.

I then heard the Lord say:

“Watch as some of the most “asleep” places in the body of Christ are SUDDENLY transformed by a Sovereign move of My fire and power and some of the greatest PRAYER MOVEMENTS will begin from these places that will radically transform their cities. I am a God who cannot be contained. I am a God who cannot be limited and I am going to display My power in this new era in SIGNS, WONDERS and MIRACLES that will leave you in AWE. Some of the DRYEST of places are about to become some of the deepest wells of My Spirit as My Spirit crashes in and breaks out and deep repentance takes place in their midst and suddenly My power is manifest all around.”

THE BIRTHING CRY OF “RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE” WILL RESOUND LOUDER THAN EVER IN THIS MAJOR MOVE OF MY SPIRIT UPON PRAYER LIVES, LINES AND HOUSES

I watched as the fire of God was falling on the prayer lives, lines and houses and a deep birthing was taking place in intercession as the Spirit of God took His people into deeper levels of intercession and prayer and I heard the sound of REPENTANCE LOUDLY RESOUNDING.

I could hear all of heaven calling forth through intercession:

“RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO YOUR FIRST LOVE” (Revelation 2)

It was a summoning call from the Lord being birthed in the body of Christ where the sound of repentance was becoming LOUD in the body of Christ.

Compromise, complacency, sin, double mindedness, oppression and so much more was SUDDENLY falling off so many of God’s people as they were RUNNING towards Him in repentance. The holiness and fear of God was SO strong!!! There was a trembling fear of God that was upon the Church that was REQUIRING a DECISION again to RETURN to your first love or to remain in a place of lukewarmness. The love of God was SO strong, His wide open arms were SO evident, He was calling His people forth and MANY were falling on their faces in repentance and returning to their first love – beautiful JESUS!!!

There was also a deep sound of repentance arising from many in the body of Christ for living in doubt and not taking the Lord at His Word. As the deep repentance was taking place the fire of conviction and awakening to the truth of Matthew 19:26 “With God ALL things are possible” was increasing dramatically. The SOUND OF FAITH was resounding LOUDLY!

THE SUMMONING SOUND OF “RETURN, RETURN, RETURN TO GOD” THROUGH INTERCESSION WAS RESOUNDING IN THE EARTH CALLING PEOPLE AND THE WORLD BACK TO HIM

As this deep move of His Spirit upon prayer lives was taking place an even deeper summoning sound to RETURN back to Him was exploding in the earth. It was calling the people of the earth back to their heavenly Father, back to their Creator, back to the One and Only true God – Jesus Christ.

The Lord spoke again:

“Lana, HEAR the summoning sound. HEAR the summoning sound of the harvest in intercession. It has begun but it is about to get LOUDER than it has ever been. Listen to the SUMMONING SOUND.”

Suddenly I could hear John 3:16 RESOUNDING LOUDER than EVER throughout the earth:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son that whoever shall believe in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

I began to think of all the glorious ways I have seen Him move in this last year and how exciting it is to see what He is doing and the interrupted my thoughts:

“Lana, the SUMMONING SOUND is about to get louder than EVER. You ain’t seen NOTHING yet. What is going to be seen on the earth has NEVER been seen before and it is closer than ever. This deeper level of intercession and fire upon prayer lives is going to birth the greatest move of My Spirit that has EVER been seen. The travail will be deep, but My GLORY that shall be seen and cover the earth will be unprecedented.”

I watched as THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of prodigals began running home.

Friends, things are shifting. Things are changing. Don’t be afraid of the major shaking that is coming upon your prayer lives, the prayer lines in churches and prayer houses. God has already begun to come in powerful ways like we have never seen but there is a MAJOR trembling and shaking of His power and fire that is about to fall.

You are about to be awakened in ways you have NEVER imagined to the POWER of prayer and the miraculous answers to prayers, shifts and acceleration of the manifestation of His promises that are going to be displayed upon the earth.

As His people, we must not sit on our hands and just ‘wait’ for God to do everything. We MUST engage. We MUST be intentional. We MUST cry out. We MUST ask (Jeremiah 33:3). Ask! Ask! Ask! Position yourself in the place of prayer however He shows you in response to His summoning call.

Unprecedented, uncharted areas of prayer, intercession and the depths of His heart await!

Praying for our Nation in Chelmsford last Sunday

2018-12-09 18.41.07Last Sunday, 9th December, there was a Day of Prayer for Government and Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, in partnership with Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC), were delighted to make an opportunity for those locally to take part.

From 7pm to 10pm, at Cables House, next to Life Church, around 25 people for a number of different churches came along to what was a remarkable evening of open prayer, petition, declaration, prophetic insight and worship, which unfolded as The Holy Spirit led.

It was great to know we were just one group out of many across the country who were meeting that day. I think all of us who were there believed that we had ‘done real business’ with Heaven and our prayers for the Government of the UK were heard and acted upon.

Do keep praying for God’s will to be done and for His Kingdom to come upon our country and it’s leaders, particularly as the Brexit debate still rumbles on!

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Some of those who gathered during the evening in prayer
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We had a whiteboard for prophetic words and scriptures to be written

Written on the Board:

Pray without ceasing

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government will be upon his shoulders

Lord forgive, hear and Act!  -Daniel 9:19

Deliver this nation from its destructions Lord. ‘And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers’… Mal. 4:6

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His MIGHTY POWER at work in us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask of think. Eph. 3:20 GOD WILL DO MORE

We lift You up with our praise. Build Your Throne O Lord over our Nation

ORDER! ORDER! Thou whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard – progressive order, starting with the basics

National Day of Prayer this Sunday 9th Dec – join for 2 hrs of Prayer in Chelmsford

A message from Chelmsford 24-7 Leader and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, David Gilbey:

JOIN ME THIS SUNDAY TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT, CABLES HOUSE, NEXT TO LIFE CHURCH, HALL STREET, CM2 0HG

ndop 081218You may have seen our last Blog Post concerning a National Day of Prayer for our Government, called by Catch the Fire Church, Bournemouth – Click here to read.

Whilst encouraging the Christian’s of our City to take part in this National Day of Prayer within their own Churches, I recognise this will not be possible for all.

I am therefore prompted to be at Cables House, the building next to my own church, to pray this Sunday evening for two hours and would urge all others who are also burdened to pray at this time of uncertainty in Government, particularly over over Brexit, to come along, for whatever length of time you can.

So, I will simply turn up, unlock the door and see who joins me! The prayers will be informal, as the Holy Spirit leads and have no political agenda! The Bible simply calls us to pray over those who govern us and that is what we must do.

I hope you can join me on Sunday. You might want to consider this prayer:

 

BIBLICAL PRAYER FOR THE GOVERNMENT

Here’s a prayer that we can all unite around and pray together:

1 Tim 2:1 Heavenly Father I give thanks for our government.
1 Tim 2:2 I pray for all men and women having authority over us in any way.
Prov 1:23 Pour out your Spirit upon them and make Your Word known to them.
Ps 25:21 Cause them to be men and women of integrity, obedient concerning us,
1 Tim 2:2 that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
Prov 2:10 Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
Prov 2.11 Let discretion preserve them and understanding keep them,
Prov 2:12 to deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men.
Ps 1:1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel,
2 Chr 20:32 doing what is right in your sight.
Prov. 2:21 Let the upright dwell in our government.
Heb 12:27 Cause there to be a shaking in all areas.
Prov 2:21 Let those complete and blameless before you stay
Prov 2:22 and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out.
1 Cor 4:5 Bring to light what is hidden in darkness,
1 Cor 4:5 and expose the secret aims of their hearts.
Rev 2:5 Let this nation remember from where we have fallen,
Rev 2:5 repenting, and returning to doing our first works,
1 Chr 22:19 setting our hearts and souls to seek the Lord,
2 Chr 7:14 humbling ourselves, praying, and turning from our wicked ways.
2 Chr 7:14 Then hear us, O Lord, and forgive our sins and heal our land.
Acts 26:18 Open our eyes and turn us from darkness to light.
Heb 3:13 Soften the hearts that are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Ps 107:20 Deliver them from their destructions.
2Pet 3:9 Father, you have been long-suffering towards us,
2 Pet 3:9 not willing that any should perish,
2 Pet 3:9 but that all should come to repentance.
Isa 49:22 Raise up a standard in this nation.
Zech 10:1 Cause the rains of Your Spirit to flood this land
Hab 3:2 and revive Your work in the midst of us.
Isa 59:16 Raise up intercessors for this nation
2 Cor 10:4 to pull down strongholds over this land.
Isa 40:5 And let the glory of the Lord be revealed!

(Prayer by Carol Ann Kononova of prayingscriptures.com)