REPORT FROM INDIA

Here, as I sit in my Indian home in the village in the Jalpaiguri jungle area, surrounded by the tea gardens which are nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, I feel that I have entered into the joy of God’s promise as an open Heaven is over this place, saturated by the prayer of the saints who live here. They are first generation believers. Early in the morning I am woken by the cockerel crow, then children singing worship and pray heartily to the Lord before they begin their daily chores and study before school.

People struggle to have enough to eat and live. Living conditions are basic and work is very hard. Many people have body pain, especially in their weight bearing bones because they carry such heavy weights and nutrition Is scarce and insufficient. Villages I’ve visited for ministry trips are largely made up of straw houses. Not many people can afford bricks and corrugated roofs. Churches are decorated with delicately cut out paper streamers and flags and the worship is led mainly by drums, but I have seen a few guitars and one keyboard.

God’s work here is huge and people are added daily. We have just held the first conference in the new building. About 400 people attended and everyone was fed for two or three days. 200 people slept here on mattresses with blankets hired and provided. Many were under plastic roofs with straw floors. The glory of God filled the temple and people were touched mightily by God’s powerful presence. There was lots of dancing, singing and laughter as the Indian people love to celebrate. It was almost like the X-factor as various young people came forward to perform. Young pastors encouraged and inspired the people to receive more of God as the Holy Spirit moved amongst us. Powerful preaching brought down the manifest presence of God and there were signs and wonders abounding.

From JP  November 2014

ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

by Jean Packer

Sunday 22nd August

God released a new sound of worship at Golden Valley Church this Sunday! As I listened to the sound of Colin’s prophetic call of the drums I was caught up with something that I can barely define …

We seemed to enter into realms of the Holy Spirit where a new dimension lay before us. Our Father’s love rained down on us in waves of His glorious presence! We entered into new heights! We broke through into new realms! As I write I hear God say ‘this is the drumbeat of my heart. The throb of rhythmic contraction and expansion. Hear the throb of my voice. My breath. My very thoughts’. We were all caught up into the powerful rhythm and melded together as one as we responded to the call to ‘come up here’. Ian prophesied that there were huge waves of Gods love pouring into our land, overwhelming us with His Glory. Only those of us who are committed to Him will stand! Wes prayed for the clouds of rain to come and asked ‘are we really ready for the downpour of what God is about to do’? ‘Are we ready to receive God’s outpouring of love’? ‘His intimate presence’? ‘The closeness of His glory’?

Ian carried a powerful message that God had put on his heart. “Humanly speaking it is impossible but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). He stated that we all have assignments from Heaven to fulfil, yet sometimes we struggle, lose heart and give up. We were reminded of the church of Laodicea where lukewarm Christians did not fulfil God’s call. Yet, we are in a battle! God can intervene at any time! Don’t give up! In a lighthearted manner, Ian told us that this is what we have signed up for! And if we stress, panic and give up, we then look stupid when God comes through and fulfils His purpose!

Assignments are not of our design yet we are included in His plan. God is working something through that we don’t see the full picture of, but we can be assured that He is watching over us every minute of the day. He can do ‘all things’. Ian showed us through the illustration of the slave girl in Acts 16, that a demon was using her as a distraction from Paul’s assignment, but she was speaking God’s truth. He pointed out that God has power over the devil and demons and that he can get the demons to dance to His tune if it means completing His assignment. Everything is under His feet! We were exhorted to get involved in God’s assignments for us even if  we don’t fully understand them, and we were reminded that we should be encouraged that God thinks we are worthy to be a part of the process!

King Saul dropped out of his assignment. Scripture tells us that God delights in obedience. ‘to obey is better than sacrifice’ (1 Samuel 15:22). Rebellion is like the sin of divination. Arrogance says the right words but there is no substance behind them. Saul did things his way. We need to abide by the core principle and make no deviation. No shortcut. No back route. Lets keep our eyes on eternity. Praise changes the atmosphere! Lets pray with joy for our partnership in God’s plan. Be confident that He who began a good work in us will complete it! Remember – All things are possible…

William Wilberforce was about to give up his assignment to end the slave trade when he was at John Wesley’s death-bed. John Wesley told him ‘unless God has raised you up, you will be worn out, but if your call is of God you will complete it’. After 42 years of work, and 3 days before his death William Wilberforce saw the act of parliament abolish the slave trade! All things are possible..!

TAKING HOLD OF OUR FULL INHERITANCE!

by Jean Packer

Sunday 15th August was an awe-inspiring meeting in Golden Valley Church. The worship had already begun when I arrived and I seemed to enter into a cloud of Glory that was increasingly descending upon the place. The cares of my week diminished and were put into right perspective in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord showed me a picture of an old-fashioned western ‘ghost’ town that was dry and barren with great swirling grasses rolling through the main street. Then I saw  this view roll back to reveal a beautiful city of sparkling gems, pearls and colour. The former, sepia picture faded away in comparison to the magnificent richness of the ‘sparkling city’ before me. God said to me “which is your perspective? Look and see the kingdom truth with my eyes”!

During the worship Sue  T testified to a recent experience when the Holy Spirit was flowing into her heart, going deeper into areas where there were hard and dry places. Seeds were lying dormant within her. Wes encouraged us to allow the Holy Spirit to touch these areas in our own hearts and he reminded us of the word from the previous week  ‘ God wants us to give Him our weaknesses’.  He strongly roused us to look at our good inheritance that was lying dormant within us, we were inspired to take hold of all of it and walk in the fullness of our calling. A Healing ‘soaking’ pool opened up on the left side of the room and Wes exhorted us to go over and receive a touch from God. This was powerful and I felt that there were angels all around. Several people received a waterfall of passion and joy! One person testified to feeling God’s love flowing over and within her as she was enveloped with His assurance and peace. Later, Mick brought testimonies that emphasised two different keys that unlocked people’s healing. One key being ‘repentance’ and the other key ‘forgiveness’.

Muriel conveyed a powerful word from Acts 16:9 –15. She shared about the few faithful women who were praying in Macedonia which was a place in decline, yet we saw how God will go to places that man would disregard. It was through women praying that released the men. As a result, Paul had a vision of a man pleading with him to come to Macedonia and he went there. We realised that praying women open the heavens and release the harvest! We then prayed corporately that the men of our society would be released to be who God has called them to be and laid hands on the men in our own congregation. We prayed that the heart, and the will of God that was within them would be released in the kingdom, that they would grow strong and take their rightful place. Then the men prayed for the women. This was powerful! We went home awestruck of the possibilities set before us as we contemplated what God will do through us as we totally submit our hearts to Him.

Isn’t that mind-blowing? What will happen when the men and women of God take hold of their full inheritance and become the people that they are called to be? Can you see it? Taste it? Feel it? Wow! Lets be those people! Experience the fullness of God! Each one of us is unique, with a unique calling and destiny to fulfil. God wants us to be who we are! Isn’t that liberating? Open and Transparent. Just like Jesus!

ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

by Jean Packer

We are now well into our season of contemplating the Acts of the Apostles in-depth. Throughout this time various speakers; Wes, Sharron, Ian, Muriel, Penny, Bex and Marjan have each opened up the scriptures to us. Each speaker has had different perspectives because of their diverse calling, gifts and talents. They have brought us a rich spectrum of insights into the life of the early church in order that we can discover what the Holy Spirit is saying to us individually, and corporately as the body of Christ. This article is my attempt to summarise the amazing words and truths that have been brought to us. I do not feel that I can do justice to the knowledge that the speakers have but hope that I am generally on track!

By progressing through the book chapter by chapter, we have seen how relevant it is for us today to reach up and take hold of the same power of the Holy Spirit that the apostles had so that we too may demonstrate signs, wonders and miracles to the world around us. The acts of the early church shows their transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit to become bold witnesses. We cannot do anything in our own strength but we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). We, (the body of Christ in Golden Valley Church), are being exhorted to take hold of this truth and step into the God’s slipstream.

We are called to be supernaturally powerful. The early church were ordinary men and women who were fearful and timid until the Holy Spirit came upon them. Sound familiar? Yes, we often feel that moving in the power of God is for others, more mature than us. We forget that It is through faith that we please God. If only we believe His word, which is living and active, take hold of it, then God will bring us focus to see what He is doing, fortitude to endure any hardships and the fragrance of Jesus to carry with us wherever we go. We are being encouraged to step out into new things. Look for them and allow God to take us into His heavenly realms. We too can enter in, like Esther (5:1-3). We are inspired to daydream our hopes and desires and see what is happening, then reach up into the heavenlies and bring down the glory of God into our world, to recognise the opportunities that we come across in our day-to-day lives and seize the moment and share the kingdom! (James 4:3) tells us that “You do not get because you do not ask”. We need to boldly ask and believe that we have what we have asked for. His promises are yes and amen. Or, (James 4:2) says “You do not get because you ask amiss”. Sometimes He won’t give because it’s not His heart for us, not good for us. We cannot put God in a box because He is beyond our comprehension but we can know that He knows best and can be trusted completely. As we seek intimacy with God in relationship our will becomes submitted and we receive His heart.

We have heard that it is through God’s grace that we are transported to another place in our lives, a place of security and peace. God’s grace is like wings that lifts us up and out of any persecution, the things of the world that try to pull us down and ensnare us. Acts shows us how a diverse people came together in unity. Unity was established (Acts 4:32 – 35); tested (5:17-40); triumphs (5:41-42). This allowed God’s power to be verified, realised and legitimized. We are in God’s hands and fear has no room when we have this assurance. There are five foundation stones that Christ is building into His church. These are: Calling-our testimony of salvation. Vision- to send and to go. Obedience- to do what He has called us to. Preaching- the building block of the church that imparts the audible heart of Christ. Power- when the Holy Spirit comes upon us to do His will.

Our times together are becoming increasingly powerful as we learn to walk in the heavenly glory realm. We have entered into this realm of the Spirit through worship, ministering to God, and to one another. Prophecy has increased and people dance in freedom as the spirit moves. There is a sweet warmth and fragrance of Jesus that overwhelms us corporately. As the body of Christ we are interdependent upon one another and our lives are enhanced. God’s kingdom is multiplied amongst us. We have been drenched with the oil of His manifest presence and we can carry this out and take it to others. wherever we are, in the supermarket, at work or play, as ordinary men and women who love God. Through the power of God that we are experiencing in the life of our church, people are testifying to the change of circumstances in their lives, and the lives of their families. We are more aware of His nudges to step out in faith and trust, and are seeing God move increasingly in our daily lives. New things are being brought into life. Our community is responding and a new group is springing up.

We all have our faults and flaws and are a work in progress, but God uses us anyway. He loves us and delights in us. He loves the world that we live in and wherever we go and whatever God asks us to do, we can do in His strength. We are His hands and His feet. He wants us to move Him to act. We are all on mission and can start simply with what we have, and give it away. The more we give, the more we will receive to give away. There will always be enough and the pot will never run dry! Step out! We are entering into a new wave of the Spirit. One that the world has never seen before. A Tsunami is coming! Lets ride the wave!

PRAYER EVENING FOR THE UK

We watched the news of the changeover of Government last night and spent an evening in Churchdown, praying for all the parties, and for this country which is in a crucial stage. We pray for unity and lasting togetherness in the new coalition – and bless them to do well.

Here are a few of the things some people felt God was showing them as we prayed.

“There were interlocking round shields going up all around the perimeter of Britain. A defensive wall was formed from the North East to the South West. Protection…” W

“I saw God on the throne speaking things out.  Angels were there waiting.  As soon as God spoke Angels were very busy taking decrees and dispatches to earth, to Great Britain. A  place of busyness and activity.” S

“I saw the map of the UK and I saw four angels coming from the North, South, East and West.  They were each blowing a trumpet.  I asked God what that meant and felt Him say that it is an awakening call… Then I saw the cross being upheld.  I asked who or what did that and I felt He said it was the church holding the cross up because it is all about the cross!” M

“Heavens armies were amassing (like in the film ‘Gladiator’).  Soldiers forming into lines…Words: The time is now – The time is yet here. A crown was being thrown down onto the British Isles. Revelation:  That the UK will once again become a leader in the world’s stage. The UK will be a country of authority speaking truth over the nations.” M

“I saw Big Ben and felt God saying, ‘It’s a New Day in the Nation and over the Government and Houses of Parliament’…” R

“It was quite dark.  I saw a rat in a sewer, and felt that the sewer represents what British politics have become.  I saw the rats leaving.  Then I saw the sun rising over the nation.  A new day, new growth, spring time.  Have faith because God wants to do good things.” N

” I had a sense of a multitude of angels with clocks, watches, stop watches – synchronizing time – bringing alignment.  This is a long-awaited season that God has ordained before the beginning of time to bring a paradigm shift to the nation of Britain.  A shift and dawning light coming to the minds of people.  They will spread out to the nations … “J (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

” ‘And the earth shall be filled with the Glory (knowledge) of God, as the waters cover the sea’. God is accelerating His purposes and filling His people with the Glory ‘extending the places of out tents’.  I looked down from the heavenlies and saw a map of the British Isles.  It looked like pizza dough.  God picked it up with shaking and swirling and making it extend, as the coastline is rather jagged parts of the nation touched other nations, becoming bridges…” R

 

THE GLORY SCHOOL

Report on the ‘Extreme Prophetic’ Glory School in Golden Valley Church, 6 – 8 May 2010 by Jean Packer

The Glory School brought to us by Rob and Lynn Packer from New Zealand began at the Holiday Inn in Barnwood on Thursday evening and carried on through to Saturday evening.  The venue was  very comfortable and we were made very welcome by the staff.  Throughout the sessions the worship was amazing and increased daily, powerfully accessing, and taking us into the throne room of God.  Many were overwhelmed by the presence and love of God that was experienced in a new way as we ministered to Him.  People were often prostrate before God in adoration and we opened up our hearts deeply towards Him.

Rob began by declaring prophetically that  The Lion of Judah is roaring our destiny over us and His fire is going to burn up the dross within us. The church is a sleeping giant  that is waking up to becomes pioneers and trail blazers and it is God that is causing an unsettling within His people so that we will reach out for more of the Spirit operating in our lives. What God is doing in the spiritual realm will resonate out because we are in a spiritual revolution that  people are hungry for as there is a high level of disillusionment in the world.  The membrane between the natural and spiritual realm is getting really thin and this is opening up on both sides.

We are overcomers because Jesus died on the cross for us so that we can never be separated from the love of God. Man was offered an eternally secure relationship with God through believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.  Redeemed, we are invited to be partakers in the heavenly glory realm and invited to freely access the throne of grace through the blood of the Covenant.

Threads that are foundational to us for accessing the glory realm depend firstly, upon our worship to God; that He is to be exalted at all times, the inerrant authority of the word of God, total dependence of the leading of the Holy Spirit  and, its through faith that we access all of our inheritance.  Once these are in place we are free to enjoy, explore and experience.  Emphasis was given that there are no levels of maturity in any of the spiritual activities that we can embark upon. They are all equally valid.  In fact, we were told that well-known prophets of God all claim that their largest revelations usually come out of the small ‘nudges’ that God gives to them that they then follow through.  God wants our hearts and the purpose of any experience is to have a deeper intimacy with Father.

Both Rob and Lynn opened up the way for us to understand and receive new revelation.  Experience of the heavenly glory realm was demystified and made available to us.  We were shown that our imaginations and dreams are our built-in vision centres to greater revelation.  Our hearts and minds can both think, and we develop as we allow God to renew us.  We were given activations to complete at the end of each session.  These ranged from asking God for a picture, seeing angels to having an experience in the heavenlies.  We were also taught how to ask God questions throughout the occurrence and to ask what He wanted us to bring back to give away to others.

We were shown how to develop our close relationship with the Holy Spirit.  It is through Him, we are able to operate in two realms at the same time.  Our spirits can worship and experience while we continue to operate in the natural realm.  Under the leading of the Holy Spirit we can bring back the prophetic words we’ve received to declare over our lives and the lives of others.  There is no time or distance in the spirit realm so we can return to the same revelation and gain deeper insight any time.

Many members of the school commented that they had received spiritual experience before but had not recognised it, or known how to interpret and develop it further.  Things that they had shut down through lack of knowledge were opened up again.  The Glory School has released us to receive into our hearts and minds more of God’s intimate presence and to grow in the knowledge of Him.  We can enjoy the heavenly glory realm, walk in it and build relationship with Him.  We increasingly become obedient hands, feet, eyes, ears and mouths for Him.  Like Jesus only did what the father was doing, we can grow in sensitivity to His nudges and step out in bold faith to bring demonstrations of His glorious presence and power on the earth.