Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Lazarus come forth...

Notes of Praise and Intercession Meeting 24 May 2011

*Lazarus come forth.. Jesus calls people out of the darkness into the light. He calls them (and us) out of unbelief, sin and death into the light. He wants to remove the binding cloths to set us free to bring us to new life, to the salvation that he has won for us by his death and Resurrection.

The smell of death may still cling to those he has brought to new life, we are called to pray that they be cleansed healed and cared for. Perhaps we will be called to spend time praying and caring for such a person in love.

*Deep calls to deep - Gods loving heart calls to our hearts - do our hearts respond.

*Picture of Jesus nailed to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Jesus in his goodness and divinity, by his sacrifice of crucifixion, eradicated evil.
Emanating from him were great flames of cleansing fire that crossed the whole world, followed by tremendous light. This fire went to all dark places, cleansing and healing then leaving only the beautiful light.
The light joined up to other points of light on the earth, like this little group. Many people were converting and loving Jesus.
Our Lady magnified the Lord. We also in our little way through praise, prayer, thanksgiving, fasting, little sacrifices to magnify the Lord. We may not be able to see the fruits of this, but by faith we know the Holy Spirit works marvels and one day in glory all will be revealed.
I could see after the cleansing fire the earth seemed cleaner,more lush. The colours stood out more. Also our inner beings like the earth were cleaner clearer renewed more loving, more faithful, more gifted, more adoring of Christ who in turn gazed on us with such happiness.
The Holy Spirit is equipping us to participate in the huge action of renewal! He is in our hearts that are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Father

1 Corinthians 2 v 9-10
9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

*Nothing is impossible for God

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Jesus the Good Shepherd

Notes of meeting on 17 May 2011

Picture of Jesus the Good Shepherd standing in front of the Cross.
He holds each of us in His arms and gives to us a cross which is our own individual cross.

The cross is the key to the gate of Jesus.
Jesus is the gate through which we enter the sheepfold.

Psalm 100
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Romans 8 v 31 - 37
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us have faith confidence in God who is our shield and protection and keeps us from harm despite the crosses difficulties and sufferings that we have to bear

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

My people receive my love

Notes of meeting 10 May 2011

My people receive my love.
I delight when you open your hearts to the gift of Faith I offer you.
I take delight in the praise you offer. Put your hand in mine and I will lead you to peace within yourself and peace in relating to the world around you.

Mark 7 v 14 – 23

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” [16] If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)
20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Monday, 9 May 2011

Drop the net here

Notes of meeting on 3 May 2011

Picture of a large black void. A large lake of thick acrid boiling mud was being spewed out of the mouth of this void. Flames and bursts of boiling mud were flowing upwards. People were drowning and choking, their mouths and nostrils full of boilng mud. Other beings were trying to drag them under and into the mouth of the void. The people couldn't even cry out for help.

Jesus is standing on the shore of the lake beckoning. Members of this group and others are stepping into flat boats and with great courage they fan out in the boats making a large arc on the lake. Jesus says "Drop the net here" and then He makes a sign for the boats to return to the shore. He greets us and as we come on shore the net drags many choked burnt and agonised people to the shore as well. Jesus exposes his wounded body and Blood and Water flow over them. Immediately they are cleanses and healed. Jesus says "By My wounds you saved by My Grace be clean and sin no more".

It was felt that Jesus was saying that even when He calls us to do something and we are scared to do so He will be right there with us. We cannot do any work for him unless He is there with us. If He asks us to do something He will give us the courage needed. It was also felt that it was very significant that we all worked together in unison with Him (not on our own). Our prayers and praise were represented by the net pulling poor souls out of the very depths of drakness. We are asked to participate in this work as one body with Him. His is the grace, healing and cleansing our action of prayer, praising, fasting, good works is the participation He requires. It is not men we are fighting but evil principalities. We cannot do this on our won we have to involve Jesus at every level.

Ephesians 6 v 10-18
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Isaiah 54

Lord help us to pray earnestly for those in darkness and in need of salvation and help us to accept or trials and crosses