Teresa shared some prophetic insights about what God is doing in 2012, and in particular about the the “new wine” i.e. the current move of the Holy Spirit which some of us were exposed to when Dave Vaughan visited on Sunday 18th March.
Teresa spoke about new ways of looking at 3 things that are not new. The topics of prayer, encounter and love.
The book of Joel says that God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. God wants us to pray with an understanding from Romans 8 that we are sons. We don’t come to God in prayer with an identity as sinners but as sons. John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus was the messiah, the one who would release the prisoners, but he ended up in prison himself, leading him to question who Jesus was. After the prayer movement that came from the Toronto Blessing some people ended up in a different place to where we expected to be. This has led to them, like John the Baptist questioning Jesus. This new wave of prayer is to bring intercession to the world. The public’s response to the on-field collapse of the Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba has been remarkable. Everyone from his manager to the chairman of the PFA has talked about the power of prayer and the Sun headline on Monday was “God is in Control”
Teresa referred to Smith Wigglesworth’s prophecy just before he died in 1947:
TWO DISTINCT MOVES
During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterized by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches. In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say ‘This is the great revival’. But the Lord says ‘No, neither is this the great revival but both are steps towards it.
When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit.
When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the UK to the mainland of Europe, and from there will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.
Could this prophecy be fulfilled in these days?
“This generation is on the threshold of experiencing a spiritual reformation. A people anointed with the Holy Spirit to witness to numerous things through visions, dreams and spiritual encounters.”
Teresa shared stories of how carrying the presence of God in her every day life has led to amazing conversations and encounters. We can journey with people in long way in their spiritual quests knowing that Jesus is the only way to the Father.
The key thing is for us to learn to hear and recognise the voice of Jesus – even when he appears like a ghost asking us to walk on water!
Our new name of Bethel incorporates the story of Jacob’s encounter with God.
There was a call to return to our first love, to an deep understanding of Abba Father ( Romans 8 ) and to know Jesus as a passionate lover.
Many leaders are speaking about the need for a culture of honour. There was perhaps a sign of this when Queen Elisabeth visited a wedding in Manchester yesterday
The fear of the Lord is very important.
- It is pure (Psalm 19:9)
- It is the beginning of wisdom ( Psalm 111:10)
- It is needed to make righteous judgements ( 2 Chronicles 19:6)
- It is a blessing ( Psalm 128:1)
- It leads to life ( Poverbs 19:23)
We fear God and we honour one another. It might even mean that we go out of our comfy zone in the way that show our love to one another.