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September 19, 2016
Here is what I (Christen Richardson) saw / sensed during the closing song of worship today (9-18) after Pastor David preached from Hosea 2:14-23. As I watched the pictures unfold, I prayed over our Body at Living Hope. Share it as you deem appropriate.
I sensed that there were some in the crowd who WANTED to believe that they were forgiven, that there was a great exchange made on their behalf, that they were now the blameless bride of Christ…they WANTED to believe this, but somewhere in their mind they thought that if they accepted this position that they were a FRAUD. That the robe of Christ or the bridal gown would just be a cover up, like they were tricking God somehow.
THEN, God showed me a picture of HIM painstakingly stitching the bridal gown together Himself, hand-crafting the lace, sewing on each button, preparing it Himself….we don’t put this dress on ourselves and then come before the Father. We don’t put on a dress to cover over the dirt and death that is underneath. God showed me that HE puts the dress on us. Like a bridesmaid would help the bride, God showed me a tender picture of Him lowering the dress He made for us, over our shoulders, slipping over our waist, turning us around so He could zip up the back and button the small buttons He lovingly sewed on.
He showed me that he is not only the one who helps us get ready for the wedding, but He is also the one waiting at the end of the aisle to receive us! We are NOT FRAUDs who have somehow tricked the King into marrying us. HE HIMSELF HAS PREPARED US and He knows what he is getting into when he marries us. We are not frauds. God has not been tricked.
Lastly, I saw two contrasting pictures: the first was of a beautiful wedding gown that did indeed cover over sickly, skeletal bones filthy with dirt and open wounds. But this was just a dress of shame. It covered these things only on the surface. The second, was the picture again of the Lord lowering the dress HE MADE for us. When he put it on us it didn’t just cover over, it filled out. It filled out and the skin beneath it was made healthy, new, vibrant. The bones now had healthy, meaty flesh on them. The dress didn’t just cover what was underneath, it transformed what was underneath.
March 15, 2015
“While asking the Lord why all our prayers were not answered for Shirley’s and Carolyn’s healing, I heard, ‘Remember when you were praying with others for them yesterday, you said to Me, ‘We will trust and take rest in Your sovereignty if it’s Your time for them to come home.’ It was My time. I know and see from the beginning to the end and from the end to the beginning. You only know and see in part; only one side of the tapestry. They both are with Me now. For the church, the shared grief will bring you closer, make your hope stronger and your eternal home with me a little sweeter. Until then, let Me cover you with My feathers and empower you to do My bidding. I love you.”
Feb 3, 2015
I Juliet Sekandi believe this is a download that I received from Lord this morning February 3, 2015 and I strongly felt to share it during our Tuesday group prayer time at Living Hope Church.
Reading Acts 2: 4-12 – The Holy spirit strongly highlighted verses 6-8 “When they heard this sound a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language” Utterly amazed, they asked: Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is that each of us hears them in his own native language?
I asked the Lord, what did these languages mean and how can we apply them in a practical way today?? At this point I remembered “the five Love languages” and how they are a powerful way to communicate love to children and individuals. I believe the Lord began to give me this revelation for application. He showed me that first of all the Holy Spirit enabled Christ followers to speak the new tongues, they stepped out of the four walls (i.e the upper room) and they went out to the community around them in Jerusalem. Even though the sound was LOUD, the people were drawn/ attracted to the disciples because they each heard something that was familiar to them, their languages.
Practical application: Each segment of people in our Jerusalem (Athens & beyond) have their own language that will clearly speak to them.
Prayer: God may you please empower us by the Holy Spirit to do what you have called us to do, to speak the languages of our community/Jerusalem in these areas and more. Lord, may everything we do be enveloped in your Love and Compassion. I sensed God’s response to be “ I will do this work by raising up teams of people I have called to respond strategically by speaking these languages in this community where I have place you as a church, LHC. The harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers in the field. Matt: 9: 37-38. Example, the homeless can be restored so that they can help those who are homeless, etc
Then in the same time the Lord reminded me of a vision he gave me at the time at WFBC in 2013 when the pastor prayed on the group sent to LHC. I saw, a very tall lampstand with a very bright light in the middle of the LHC parking lot and a multitude of people were walking from many different directions and converging towards the light as if being attracted by it. Matt 5:14-16 _ you’re the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither people light a lamp and put it under a bowl………….16 Let you light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.