A few months back someone prophesied that I was having squirrel ministry at the moment. By that he meant that I was like a squirrel getting ready for a winter, packing away food in the store so as to be equipped for the season to come. Interestingly, someone prophesied a few years back something to do with winter, but it never really made sense to me until now. The perceived meaning of this ‘picture’ was that the stuff we are sowing into our soldiers will become very useful all of a sudden.
That, combined with another prophesy over me, which was just one word, ‘vindication’, have been reassuring to me. They give me confidence and a reminder that God indeed is working in me right now. Sometimes we all need that.
I haven’t been well the last couple of days, just a cold, but its sorta floored me (as they usually do…you know, man-colds!). I’ve been reading Finney’s book on revival…that pertinant chapter which really awakened my spirit a few years ago about breaking up the fallow, unfurrowed ground of your heart. Its sterling stuff, I reccomend it.
I started reading it because I’ve taken myself aback the last few Sundays, because I stand up to preach what I’ve prepared and suddenly the Holy Spirit gives me something else and I end up preaching off the top of my head and last Sunday evening I challenged myself!
I simply gave out the challenge that authentic Christian community should be a place where we can be real with each other, being who we are and not having to put on something else. So, I read Finney again, because when I read it the first time, it set me on fire.
Its so easy to let your fire burn low. And, although I’m not running anywhere near empty these days, I’m not as I was. I think there are reasons for this, some obvious, some not obvious to me. However, there is nothing that humility, consecration and more of the Spirit can’t handle.
So, I suppose I thank the Lord that this has been a period of storing up…for me, my people perhaps, but thank Him to that he is calling me to start out.
I will be doing another weird Andrew thing next week…I am going to the Isle of Lewis, on the very north west of Scotland. We are going on a family trip, but I’m going here because the Lord has told me to go. Its an obedience thing. I stopped questioning the Lord on these things a long time ago.
He showed me a vision. I was standing outside a church, a pretty typical church, it was an evening, and there was a slight hill down to the village. Jesus was standing at the bottom beckoning me into the village where there were people kneeling, praying and sobbing. Its a picture that came to me whilst I was reading a book on the Lewis revival of the 1950s. I don’t know what God is going to do there, but I’m looking forward to whatever he has for me.
I believe all these things are linked, it all makes sense in a bizarre, God kind of way. I simply wait and follow in obedience. Anyway, we’d appreciate your prayer whilst we are away (we leave Thursday)…that God would give us what we need as we go there. I’m sure I’ll blog again before then…I think…