Taking a stand

How essential is it for a nation to know their identity, their DNA, who they are and what they stand for?  What have we been taught about our origins from the academic and scientific establishment?

God says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”, Hosea 4:6.  It’s followed by a solemn warning about the consequences of rejecting knowledge.  Again, he says “people without knowledge will come to ruin.”  In Proverbs he urges us “Whatever you do, get knowledge, get wisdom.”

I’ve just finished reading for the second time a book “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper, an English historian.  This book shows how European history can be traced right back to the flood and the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, through contemporary accounts and the table of nations.

The third chapter opens with a quotation from Nennius, a Welsh monk from the 9th Century;  “I Nennius, pupil of the holy Elvodug, have undertaken to write down some extracts that the stupidity of the British cast out; for the scholars of the Island of Britain had no skill … I have therefore made a heap of all that I have found …”‘

Bill Cooper suggested the word Nennius used for stupidity would have been better translated as “complacency” or “lethargy,” the mood of the Britons that followed in the wake of the massacre of the monks at Bangor.

You see, their knowledge had been taken away from them.

“The profound cultural shock of seeing their finest scholars and spiritual leaders massacred by supposedly fellow Christians at the instigation of a Roman Bishop no less, would have left a very deep wound indeed, and it is this state of mind amongst the British or Welsh that Nennius laments and which lead to the neglect and loss of many records and books.”

Christianity was already established in Britain before Rome arrived.  “That Christianity was firmly established in even remote parts of Britain at the close of the second century is shown by Tertullian stating “the Britons in parts inaccessible to the Romans, Christ has truly subdued.”

British Bishops attended the Council of Arles in 314AD, before the Roman Catholic church was formed.  When Augustine went to Britain in 601AD as a representative of Rome, he could not get them to convert.  The Welsh already had the true faith, given to them by the early church, and they did not need any new innovations from Rome.

When the monks refused to accept the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, he instigated the Saxon army to attack the monastery at Bangor-is-y-coed, killing 1200 monks and scholars.

Much was lost, including the history of the early British kings.  To regain what was lost, I recommend you read the book “After the Flood.”

And now here we are at the end of the age.  Has Britain abandoned its Christian heritage?  Is Britain again in the grip of a culture shock following political correctness and imposed multiculturalism, with the resultant Islamic attacks in its cities?

Dunkirk70th AnniversaryDid you know that in World War 2 the nation, led by its King, prayed?  When Britain stood on the brink of invasion, with 330,000 men trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, King George VI called for an unprecedented week of prayer.  Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May 1940 for a miraculous delivery.

May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk.  We know what happened.  On the 28 May a storm of unprecedented fury grounded the German Luftwaffe – while the English channel became as still as a millpond, despite the storm in Flanders, enabling a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to get the men off the beach.

The Queen has the title “Defender of the Faith.” Does she defend it?  In 2014 she gave into political correctness, signing into law same-sex marriage, a law that the nation never gave the government a mandate for.  Following that, Britain had a series of storms that were described by the British prime minister as “biblical.”

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The flooded crypt at Winchester Cathedral, 2014

Who is going to the defend the faith now?  British people, you do have a King … the same King as the Polish people.

Here is Poland the following year.  In November of 2015 Poland marched in the streets and took a stand for Christianity. They declared boldly to the world “here, Jesus Christ is our King!”  It was the biggest march in Poland’s history.  The media were silent.

Is it time for the spirit of the nations to rise, to go to war again through intercessory prayer?

John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said “The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.”

Britain, as the sun sets in the west, may you remember who you are.

Bregret


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Battles in the spiritual realm
Massacre at Bangor
After the Flood

Nennius and the Table of European Nations

 

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Intercession

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My husband said I’d better explain what intercession is.

Intercession is a prayer to God on behalf of others.  All Christians are called to intercede.

That’s how God, our Father in Heaven gets his will done on Earth.

Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the words to pray when there are no words.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-34

At times a Christian may be asked to “stand in the gap” for somebody.  This is a special type of intercession where we stand in the other person’s shoes and plead for them.  I was asked to do this for “Kate.”

Kate shows up in my book when she came to me for help after getting tangled up in the web of Silver-tongue, the narcissist.  What happened to me was happening with her so I was certainly able to stand in her shoes.

I certainly had no words for what he was doing – only expletives, so I had to let God do the praying.

It’s interesting but I’d named the place of intercession in the story as “Clearwater”.

Years later I met my second husband, and through him a wonderful American woman named Eleanor, his Grandmother.  Grandma is a very strong Christian.  We travelled over to the States to meet her in 2008.  She is well into her 80’s, can’t move around very much but is an active intercessor.  My husband said “never underestimate God’s power working through a praying Grandmother.”  Her prayers brought him into the Kingdom, even though she lives half way round the world.

His Grandma lived at a place called Clearwater.


After note:

Oswald Chambers, an early twentieth-century Scottish evangelist and teacher said “Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Spirit carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.”

Battles in the spiritual realm

world-war-ii-world-war-2-magazine-recent-cover3When I was a child, Sundays were spent having a midday roast and watching WW2 war movies on our only TV station.  My father was a 4th generation New Zealander of mixed German and English descent (half and half), so I’d ask him which half was winning.  He didn’t think it was funny.  No-one of his generation with German blood did after WW1 or WW2. 

Not all Australians or Kiwis are descended from the British, and there were ANZAC soldiers who fought against their own relatives.  It was a bad time under the Nazi jackboots where the devil rampaged through Hitler, and Christians in Europe were swept up in the conflict.  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.

The war movies never showed us the battles that went on behind the scenes in the Kingdom of God.  The King raised up intercessors in that time to carry out His will and fight against the enemy in the spirit realm.

One of the intercessors was a man called Rees Howell, a convert from Wales. He was caught up in the power of the Welsh revival that swept throughout Wales in 1904, transforming communities as thousands joined the body of Christ. The powers of darkness were forced back as the Kingdom of God advanced forcefully.  He realised there was a great need to be able to intercede for the new converts to be true disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Rees and his wife Elizabeth Howells were commissioned to build and sustain the largest Bible College in Wales by prayer and faith alone. At that time, the founders had only two shillings, (NZ 20 cents).

During World War II, he would lead his Bible College in intercession to defeat the Nazis.   He and 120 intercessors vowed to give their lives over “to fight the battles of the Kingdom, as really as if called to fight on the Western Front.”  As the Nazis poured through Europe, the College stood daily before God.  Rees Howell said “We are going up to the battle, and I am as sure of victory as of the dawn. If you know you have faith for something, would you not go on until you got it? I would like this to ring out to the world: ‘The Lord, He is the God!'”

After Holland fell Britain stood on the brink of invasion, and the advancing German Army had trapped the British and French armies on the beaches around Dunkirk, 330,000 men, and they were a sitting target for the Germans. The beach at Dunkirk was on a shallow slope so no large boat could get near to the actual beaches where the men were. Due to war-time censorship and the desire to keep up the morale of the nation, the full extent of the unfolding “disaster” around Dunkirk was not publicised.

However, the grave plight of the troops led King George VI to call for an unprecedented week of prayer. Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May for a miraculous delivery.  May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk. Mr. Howells said, “Let us be dear in our prayer that the intercession is gained. The battle is the Holy Spirit’s. See Him outside of yourselves tonight. He is there on the battlefield with His drawn sword.

Hitler’s first mistake.

Hitler overruled his generals and his armoured columns at the very point when they could have proceeded to the British army’s annihilation.  Churchill believed this was because Hitler undoubtedly believed that his air superiority would be sufficient to prevent a large-scale evacuation by sea.

A storm of unprecedented fury broke over Flanders on Tuesday, 28 May, (1940) grounding the German Luftwaffe squadrons.  Despite the storm in Flanders, a great calm settled over the English Channel during the days which followed, and its waters became as still as a mill pond.  Dunkirk70th AnniversaryIt was this extraordinary calm which enabled a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to ply back and forth in a desperate bid to rescue as many of the men as possible.

General Haider, Chief of the German General Staff, three days after the High Command had so proudly boasted that the British Army was about to be annihilated, recorded in his diary on 30 May that ‘Bad weather has grounded the Luftwaffe, and now we must stand by and watch countless thousands of the enemy getting away to England right under our noses.’

Hitler’s second mistake.

The next battle of intercession was over the air-raids, and the crisis of the “Battle of Britain.  Churchill tells how he visited the Operations Room of the R.A.F. On September 15.  He watched as the enemy squadrons poured over and the R.A.F went up to meet them, until the moment came when he asked the Air Marshal, “What other reserves have we?” “There are none,” he was told.  Churchill looked grave.  The Luftwaffe were about to win the battle.

Then another five minutes passed, and the Luftwaffe turned for home. The shifting of the discs on the table showed a continuous eastward movement of German bombers and fighters. No new attack appeared. In another ten minutes the action was ended.”  There seemed no reason why the Luftwaffe should have turned for home, just at the moment when victory was in their grasp. But we know why.

1941 January 28, Rees Howell’s journal stated, “Believed for the protection of the country.” This was followed by the remarkable petition: “Lord, turn the enemy down to the Mediterranean”, and thus relieve the pressure on Britain, by turning Hitler’s attention in another direction. Just over two months later, war was declared by Hitler on Yugoslavia and Greece, and this was followed by the invasion of Crete and North Africa.

Hitler’s third mistake.

The next prayer was greater still.  “Lord, bring Russia into the war and deal with Communism.”  Six weeks later, without a word of warning, Hitler swung round and invaded Russia. If anything was seen to be an intervention of God to help the Allies, it was that.   The secular papers spoke of it in the words of the pagan proverb, “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.”

The enemy had made two attempts to occupy the Bible lands, the first via Crete, which brought the prayer from the Spirit that the Nazi hordes should be turned against Russia; and the second via. North Africa, which had resulted in the divine intervention in answer to believing prayer at El Alamein.

“Unless God will intervene on behalf of Palestine,” said Mr. Howells on July 4,1942, “there will be no safety there for the Jews. These Bible Lands must be protected, because it is to these lands the Saviour will come back. If I had the choice today, I would say to God, ‘Take all I have, but preserve Palestine.’ We want to say to God today, ‘unless there is a special reason for Egypt to fall, don’t let Alexandria be taken, but give Rommel a setback.’

Between Rommel’s men and Alexandria were the remnants of a British army, fifty tanks, a few score field guns, and about 5,000 soldiers. The sides were equally matched, with the Germans holding the advantage, because of their superior 88 mm. guns, until the Afrika Korps surrendered.  1,100 men of the 90th Light Panzer Division, the elite of the Afrika Korps, came stumbling across the barren sand with their hands in the air.

Cracked and black with coagulated blood, their swollen tongues protruding from their mouths, they crazily tore water bottles from the necks of the British and poured life-giving swallows between their parched lips. The Germans had been twenty-four hours without water, when they overran the British defenses and found a 6-inch water pipe. They shot holes in it and drank deeply. Only when they had taken great gulps, did they realize that it was sea water.  The pipe had only just been laid, and the British had just started to test it. Fresh water was never used for tests on pipes, it was too precious. “The day before, it would have been empty.  Two days later it would have been full of fresh water…” (Source Major P. W. Rainer, Pipeline to Battle.)

I have extracted much of this from the book “Rees Howell Intercessor by Norman Grubb, which can be read or downloaded here: http://www.inspirationalchristians.org/biography/rees-howells/

John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said” The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.

The unseen war

Even as a child I became aware there is a spiritual war raging all around us.  Earth is a battleground, and the children of men are the ones being fought over.  The soul is the command seat of the person.  That’s where Hell attacks.  The good news is there is a King who restores souls and leads us to the right road.

The Shield of Faith

Of the six pieces of armour the believer is given, the shield has substance.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

When I first used the shield, I was in a battle for the mind. I didn’t know what it was or what I was doing. I just followed the King’s advice, and in a mixture of desperation and blind faith did what He said.

The shield is designed to stop burning arrows fired at us by the evil one.

At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. Ephesians 6:16

Burning arrows can be thoughts. We think they’re our own thoughts, and we entertain them.

I’d developed a severe worry habit, which I was trying overcome in different ways. I tried meditating on the word of God, which worked great over time, but its not a quick fix.

Norman Vincent Peale suggested in his book “The Power of Positive Thinking” that immediately I got a negative thought, drop it from my mind and voice a positive thought.  No, that didn’t work.

I hollowed out a tissue box, wrote ‘God’ on it, wrote out my thoughts on bits of paper and ‘posted’ them in the slot. The ‘God Box’ also worked great, over time. My 5 and 6 year old kids saw me doing it, copied me, and prayers got answered!  But again, it wasn’t a quick fix.

The trouble was I felt like I was in a war. I was desperate and in need of immediate emotional and mental relief.  I didn’t want pills as I wanted to fix the problem, not mask it.

Words have power, and the narcissist I was in an abusive relationship with seemed to know it. He said horrible things to get control of me. I’d just lost my father the month before and the abuser didn’t intend to let up or give me space to grieve.

My mind was running constant re-runs of the narcissist’s words and actions, without letup. I couldn’t stop it and it only got worse. It seemed like a sick and twisted rendition of a soap opera called “Daze of my life”, with characters I hated.  The devil set the scene, wrote the script, then joined the gossips in the audience to laugh at me maliciously.

The only thing keeping me sane was my desire to be there for my young children who loved me and needed me.

The King taught me how to shield my mind by handing all the evil thoughts to him. Its called “taking every thought captive”.

… we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 

After three days of handing over every bad thought to the Lord, I met Jesus in a dream. I tell you, He is very much alive, He’s just in a different room from us right now. He healed me, getting rid of a cough I’d had for 10 months, and He gave me peace of mind that goes beyond all understanding.  Chapter 2 of the Kingdom tells the story.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

May His peace guard your heart and your mind.

The Sword of the Spirit

During the period I call “the depression years” my best friend suggested I meditate.  After that first contact with the King in January 1994 where I learned He loved me and I could hear Him, I asked Him how I should meditate.

A useful book called “The power of Positive Thinking” was loaned to me by my Aunt, the one who read me Bible stories as a child.  She didn’t know I’d asked the Lord how to meditate.

As I drove home through the lonely North Island roads with the book beside me, the radio announced news that the author, Norman Vincent Peale had died at the age of 95.  Noting the strange timing, I took it as confirmation I should read the book.

The author suggested memorizing Bible Verses to train the mind to think positively.  I took it on board, and after putting into practice what he wrote and memorising verses it led me to start thinking differently.  I soon found myself knocked off my feet in a spiritual battle.

“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

I needed to make a stand, but how and with what do you fight an invisible foe?

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4

Sword of the Spirit

The King taught me about the weapons I could use in the ensuing fight against His enemy. 

“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.” Ephesians 6:13

The first weapon that came to hand was the sword of truth, the Word of God.

The sword of the Spirit is one of the six items or armour given to the believer in their fight against evil.  Out of the six pieces of armour, it is the only weapon.

The Bible is the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17

 The Word of God

This is no ordinary book.  It is made up of 66 books by 40 authors, inspired by God.  I have heard a very good acronym to describe it;

Basic
Instruction
Before
Leaving
Earth.

God-breathed

The Bible is God-breathed, the inspired word of God.  The greatest mind in the universe is behind this book.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16

For all that it is God-breathed, it is sealed.  Without the Holy Spirit, it is cold and enigmatic.  The word only comes alive with the aid of the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor the King promised He would send.

Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:7

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13.

Our spirit and unconscious mind can normally only be accessed through dreams.  The Bible is designed to speak to the three-fold part of ourselves.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Unchanged

The Bible has not been changed.  An ancient Bible called the Codex Sinaiticus, handwritten well over 1600 years ago (around 350AD), contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. It is the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity.  It was preserved in the dry desert air of St Katherine’s monastery at Mt Sinai, said to be the oldest monastery in the world. The Greek words are the same as our English translations.

Jesus said “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18