Moses was the leader of the descendants of Abraham. He led the people out from Egypt after God sent the ten plagues.
The people came to Mt Sinai. Moses brought the people out to meet God. There was thunder, lighting, a dense cloud and the sound of loud trumpets. All the people were filled with fear.
The Lord had descended upon Mt Sinai in the fire and smoke rose up like the smoke of a furnace. The entire mountain trembled. The sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then God spoke the Ten Commandments to the people, the Jews. Exodus 19-20.
They were entrusted with the words of God. Romans 3. They heard God speak. There is no other nation who heard God’s voice. God gave revelation to the Jews, the Ten Commandments.
I was reading today from Acts 2. Brendan and I visited the Upper Room which is historically know to be where the disciples met together after Jesus ascended into heaven.
We met a group of believers from Brazil praising God in the Upper Toom. Brendan and I joined in their dancing. I noticed a lady beside me who was weak. I asked did anyone need prayer for healing. I offered to pray. Many of the group gathered around me and I prayed in Jesus name for them. It was a special time.
There are two important feasts the Jews celebrated. Firstly the Passover, to remember the freedom from Egypt. Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead on the weekend of Passover.
Secondly the Shavuot which is fifty days after Passover. It was to remember Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. All Jewish men were required to come to the Temple in Jerusalem on these feast days. It is interesting to read that there were Jews in the city from as far away as Pakistan, Egypt and Rome.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven He told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the gift The Father had promised. They were baptised with the Holy Spirit at Shavnot, know to us as Pentecost. They spoke in new languages.
When the disciples went down among the men who were gathered from the nations they were speaking in new languages. The men from the nations heard their own language from the disciples who were praising God.
Peter explained what had happened to Jesus and that he was the Messiah the Jews were waiting for. Three thousand people believed Peter that day. Among them were Jews from all the nations. These new believers brought the gospel back home to the nations they lived in. That was the beginning of the gospel being spread to the nations.
The Father poured out thd Holy Spirit when Jews from the nations were gathered. God’s timing is perfect.
Over two thousand years since then we are waiting for Jesus return to earth. He spoke to his disciples about it. He said there will be earthquakes and wars. But only The Father knows the time of Jesus return. God’s timing again will be perfect.
There is a chorus that goes “All over the world the Spirit is moving”. I say Amen to that.
Brendan and I are just back from a mission to Slovakia. We were well received in the Conference and other small groups we were invited to.
Brendan majored on teaching on how to receive the Holy Spirit with speaking in the language God gives. He says if it was good enough for Mary, Jesus mother and Peter and the other apostles why not receive like they did. It’s a big shock for some to know that Mary spoke in tongues. I majored on deliverance and healing.
The Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost to give the disciples Power to be witnesses for Jesus. The church was born.
The devil has power. He said to Jesus in the wilderness when he took Jesus to a high place “If you bow down and worship me I will give you all these kingdoms. ” Jesus replied you must worship God alone so get out of here.
When Jesus was crucified on the cross and died He defeated Satan. He broke the power of death and hell and sin to save the whole world from the power of Satan. People don’t know they are under the power of Satan if they don’t believe and obey Jesus.
Jesus told his mother, family and his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive power from on high. The Holy Spirit came and gave them power to cast out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead.
The Holy Spirit is described in Ezekiel 47 and Revelation 22 as the river that flows from the temple. Wherever the water flows everything shall live. There will be no curse. Salty water becomes fresh with fish living in it. Trees grow on each side of the river bearing fruit. The leaves do not wither but are for healing the nations.
If you want to live, be healed, bear fruit and catch fish get planted beside the river of God and let your roots grow deep. Pray in the Spirit at all times and you will not sin or get sick and you can do the work Jesus gave you to do.
Your work may be being a father, a mother, a schoolgirl or boy, farmer, pensioner, doctor, lawyer, servant etc. You will have power to do it well.
Good morning everyone near and far away, especially in Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
Has God given you a promise? Are you familiar with prophecy? God wants to show His love to us and to show he cares and has life for us on the earth and in heaven. Life can change for you here and now.
I read the Bible and I hold on to what the word of God says. For example on page 1 it says increase and multiply and fill the earth. I believe in prophecy. It is from prophetic words I believed and hoped in that I am alive. It is from prophetic words and dreams God guided Brendan and I through the storms of life.
Men of old believed what God promised them. Abraham received the promise of a son. He was 100 years old when the son was born. Joseph had a dream his family would bow down to him. The dream came through after many testing times of being a slave and being in prison. David became a King after being chased from his country and lived in caves.
Believing for the promises God gives takes patience and endurance. God sends encouragement along the way to help us not to give up. I had cancer and was giving up hope of God answering my prayers. But God is faithful. He kept his promises to me. I am alive. I have since seen promises come to me but there are more promises to be fulfilled.
I’m watching programmes on iplayer about trawlermen. They are fishermen. They go out in bad weather and expect to catch fish and bring the bounty of the deep home. They don’t give up. They have faith to catch the fish they believe are there.
I am learning from them. I was reading Hebrews 6 v 19 NLV Believing in God’s promise is like an anchor that keeps the soul through the storms of life that try to abort one’s promise. Remain anchored in faith in Jesus. He is attached to your anchor. He is with you till you come to safe grounds.
I am very encouraged by Hebrews 6 v 19 today. I am anchored in God. I will see His promises come to me in this life on the earth. I shall not die. I shall live and proclaim the Word of God.
On September 8th 2022 Elizabeth 11 Queen of England and the Commonwealth died. Then followed ten days of mourning. People showed their love and respect to their Queen by lining the streets as her coffin passed through Scotland and London. Her coffin lay in State in Westminster Hall. It is said 260,000 passed by her coffin. Two million people lined the streets of London to watch the final journey from Westminster Abbey to Windsor.
Two thousand people were invited to attend the funeral service in Westminster Abbey. World leaders, foreign royalty, dignitaries, religious leaders, the Royal family, former prime ministers were to attend. 200 people who were listed in the recent Queen’s honours list were invited. Other invitations were sent to people who worked in a voluntarty capacity in organisations. .
My daughter Nora was in shock when she received an email on the tenth of September inviting her to attend the Queen’s funeral. How come? Nora worked in a voluntary capacity as Chair of the Museums in Belfast.
Nora booked her flights to attend and waited for the letter with the official invitation. She was nervous all week wondering “Is this real.” The awaited letter arrived on Saturday. We were on holiday while all this excitement was going on back home.
She shared the news with her sister Ruth who affirmed her and reassured her it wasn’t fake news. She arranged accommodation for her in London
The Archbishop of Westminster gave a brief speech at the funeral. The late Queen wanted it to be said before everyone viewing that she was a believer in Jesus.
He stated “Her Late Majesty famously declared on a 21st birthday broadcast that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the Nation and Commonwealth. Rarely has such a promise been so well kept! Jesus – who in our reading does not tell his disciples how to follow, but who – said: “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Her Late Majesty’s example was not set through her position or her ambition, but through whom she followed.”
My daughter too is a follower of Jesus. Jesus is the King of kings. When Pilate asked Jesus was he King of the Jews He did not deny it. Jesus told the religious leaders who accused him “. In the future you will see the Son of man seated in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Jesus is now reigning in heaven over all rule, authority, power and dominion .
Nora knows Gods love and care for her with the honor of being seated with kings and princes from the nations. Scripture says in Psalm113,
He lifts the poor and seats them with princes in the land.
We are a family from humble beginnings. We are all honoured when Nora, one of us was invited to attend such an historical event as the Queen’s funeral in 2022.
The sun is coming up. It’s s new day. The birds are singing. In every country I have been to I hear the birdsong every morning. Behind prison bars one can hear. If one’s heart is heavy the sound of the birdsong lifts one up. Life is all around.
Yesterday was Father’s day. If you remembered your dad on Father’s Day and got in touch well done. Better still honouring your father comes with a promise. It will go well with you and you will live a long life.
I was on holiday in Florida for my fiftieth birthday, a present from my family. I was talking to a lady in a store, saying I was from Ireland and that I had fourteen children. She said Oh your poor husband. She understood the difficulty of rearing a big family.
It was only when I had children of my own that I appreciated my father and mother’s sacrifice in rearing us. It can be too late to thank them or say you love them. Often people die of a broken heart, sad because of loneliness or not hearing from family.
Whether a father, a son or a daughter take heart. God promises to pour his Spirit out on you today. You need never be alone.
I joined with the birds in singing this morning. I remembered the chorus.
It’s beginning to rai-ai-ain-hear the the voice of my father- He’s saying who so ever will, come and drink of my water- He’s promised to pour his spirit out, on your sons and your daughters- If your thisty and dry, look up to the sky, it’s beginning to rain!
At that first drop of rain that you start to hear, throw open the windows- Call all your children together, and throw wide the door! When the rains of the spirit are starting to fall, fill every vessal- He who drinks his fill, will thirst no more!
It’s beginning to rain- hear the voice of my Father- He’s saying who so ever will come and drink of my water! He’s promised! To pour his spirit out, on your sons and your daughters! You will find this song on U Tube
God sends the rain for the farmers to plant crops in springtime . I believe this springtime God is pouring out the rain of the Holy Spirit on his people. We are weary, sick and sad after the long lockdown. People need new hope and life and love.
Look up. It’s beginning to rain over you.
Please respond if this post is meaningful . Angela
Brendan and I have returned from a trip to Israel. Jerusalem is a city full of the history about God Almighty in heaven and his dealings with His people on earth. He chose the descendants of Abraham as his people, Israel. We witnessed Jewish families, young and old, teenagers, young soldiers walking the streets of Jerusalem. I receive a Blessing in Jerusalem.
More than any other place in creation The Lord loves Jerusalem are the words of a hymn.
It takes time to settle back home after a trip. One has to readjust. Last Friday night Brendan and I were driving out to a friend’s house. It was raining in the midst of sunshine. When we turned a corner from our street in Belfast a double rainbow appeared ahead of us. The rainbow stayed with us on our journey out of town. A strong coloured rainbow rose from the horizon on the left in a large arc to the horizon on the right. Above it was a more faded rainbow.
We sometimes call ourselves the Rainbow Family. When we went on walks, at the beach, on journeys, a rainbow would appear in the sky to remind us of God’s presence with us, his love , his care and His faithfulness to keep His promises. God put a rainbow in the sky after the Flood. It is a sign and promise to Noah and mankind that God would never again flood the earth. There is a rainbow around God’s throne in heaven. Here is a reference to it.
1 Ezekiel v 25 and 29 And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me.
The display of the rainbow in the sky above us on Friday night spoke of that Glory of God around the throne. A little bit of heaven over Belfast.
If you are waiting for God’s promise to you, don’t give up. God is working it out for you.
Good morning all. Brendan was reading this passage today. It is very appropriate as we head into Holy Week. All over the world Easter is celebrated. May the Holy Spirit move all over the world this year 2022.
John 14 v 15
If you love me, you will obey my commandments. I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.
“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, how can it be that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I will come to them and live with them. Those who do not love me do not obey my teaching. And the teaching you have heard is not mine, but comes from the Father, who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
Jesus was talking to his disciples at his last supper with them.
The Holy Spirit that Jesus promised has come to the earth. He has come to every believer in Jesus. He teaches us the truth about Jesus. The Holy Spirit will make us remember all he has told us. He wants us to obey Jesus teaching.
If you have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life in the past this post is for you. Perhaps you have not continued to obey Jesus commands to love God and love one another. God gave Moses ten commandments for the people of Israel. Jesus didn’t come to make Moses commandments useless. They are condensed in this one command that Jesus gave.
I hear some Christians say, “I’m an adult. I have choices.” A Christian does not have his own choices. Is his lifestyle one of obeying Jesus. He needs to obey Jesus.
Come back to God today . Return. The devil has trapped you on your journey with Jesus. He is holding you captive through sin. Release yourself and ask Jesus help.
The devil stops people receiving the Holy Spirit. If you do receive Him the devil will come to make you doubt and not continue to believe. We have had two years of not meeting together. Our souls have become dry. One can feel like giving up. Today is a new day Like Paul said to Timothy stir up the gift within you. Pray in the Spirit again snd don’t let the devil stop you. Resist him and he will flee from you in Jesus name.
Do a check list. Look back and remember when did you heart grow cold? Return to God . Jesus healed everyone who asked him when He was on earth. Ask today for healing. He is the same yesterday and forever. Ask for The Holy Spirit. God will not give you a snake or a st
We are experiencing much trouble in the world right now. We have lived through a disease that did not recognise boundaries of nations. Now we see the ravages of war in Ukraine.
Jesus told His followers not to be afraid. John 16:33. NIV
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
All of Psalm 46 is a wonderful scripture to read and meditate upon if you are distressed about events happening in the nations.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar an their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar,kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress
Verse ten is so important. In the midst of your anxiety and fear, stop. Be Still . Be quiet. Listen God says “know that I am God”. He is over the nations. He is in control. He said do not fear though the mountains fall into the sea. Have faith in God who made the mountains. There is no other God who will care for us.
All over the world the Spirit is moving. As in Genesis 1 when the Holy Spirit moved over the earth when it was formless and empty and darkness covered the water, the Spirit of God is hovering again today.God is in heaven. The angels cry Holy is The Lord.
He defeated the King of Egypt, Pharoah with His power. He helped His people Israel defeat mighty kings, Sihon and Og. He helped Abraham defeat five kings. He is the same God yesterday,today and tomorrow.
Fear God and not earthly kings. Remember the Lord is great. He will defeat mighty kings again. Worship The Lord who made the heavens and the earth.
The chariots of God are tens of thousands. Millions of angels are at His command to help his people on the earth. Look up. Look into the unseen.
The One enthroned in heaven laughs at the nations’ plots. Psalm 2
Believe in His son Jesus and call on his name in time of trouble.