Our God is a God of Mercy. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews tells us that we can come boldly to the Throne of Grace – or the Mercy Seat – and receive grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.
Jesus said to the Pharisees to “go and learn” what mercy over sacrifice means. They were obsessed with outward religion, but neglected to offer mercy to the weak and the struggling. They hadn’t understood the mercy in the Father’s heart.
Here’s today’s encouragement for our prayer focus.
In today’s daily encouragement we refer to one of the great prayers of the great Apostle Paul, from Ephesians chapter 3.
He prays for the church out of his pastor’s heart, that they would know the love of God and become lost in the depth and height and width and breadth of that wonderful all-consuming love.
How often do we use this prayer to pray for ourselves? Or for others? There are amazing keys in praying this prayer. The fullness of God can only come as we are filled with His love, with for us, and then through us. There is no fullness outside of love, because God is love.
As we move on our journey from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur to Sukkot in Heaven’s calendar for earth, we are come to Israel being reminded to recall the faithfulness of God in bringing them safely through the wilderness, as He led them in the pillar of fire and cloud.
The faithfulness of God is all over our lives. He has led us this far.
The people dwelling in temporary shelters for this Feast, also points us to the fact that as Christians we are in a temporary dwelling place here on earth. Heaven is our true home. Heaven is our eternal and lasting home. We have no lasting house here. We have one in the heavens which is being built for us by Jesus Himself, Who has gone ahead of us.
Tune in to today’s encouragement for day 6 of our fasting period.
Today we begin our Autumn Fasting and Prayer in Golden Valley Church.
It’s not a coincidence that we are beginning our season on the Jewish and Biblical “Day of Atonement” [Yom Kippur].
Yom Kippur in the Old Testament was the day when the High Priest entered into the Holiest Place to make atonement for the whole nation. Today it is still the holiest day of all in the Jewish calendar.
We also believe these days to be highly significant as they are part of Heaven’s calendar for the earth. Although as Christians we believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled the Day of Atonement in the sense that He was both the sacrifice and the High Priest, and that He opened up the heavenly Holy of Holies for us to enter boldly through His blood, it is still highly profitable to make specific and special time to draw near to Him on this day.
Yom Kippur ends 10 days of soul searching, repentance, forgiveness, and cultivating the fear of the Lord. Of course, in one sense we should do this all the time, however, it’s expedient and powerful for us align with heaven’s dates and seasons.
Let’s approach the Throne of Grace – the Mercy Seat – with boldness and confidence, and yet with deep humility, repentance, and awe. I believe God will meet us as we do, in this fast time.
It was a seriously great pleasure to welcome Nancy Goudie (NGM) into Golden Valley Church this past weekend, albeit via ZOOM.
Nancy has been in Christian Ministry for forty years and is an amazing walking testimony to the goodness of God, and to the power of a life laid down for Jesus. Some of us in GVC are old enough to remember when Nancy and her late husband, Ray, began the group, Heartbeat, which was powerfully involved in schools and youth outreach ministry in the 80’s.
Nancy shared many stories and testimonies of how God has saved and healed people, and provided miraculously, during the past years of walking with Him. She powerfully exhorted those attending the sessions to “Come to Jesus for rest” and to “move into a much greater level of trust.”
Her new book, “Who Would Ever Have Thought”, is released next month, and can be preordered from her website at http://nancygoudie.com
She also leads a weekly DAY of PRAYER for the nation every Friday.
We are delighted to be able to welcome Nancy Goudie [New Generation Ministries] as a guest speaker on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020. Meetings will be held via ZOOM. Please contact us for further details.
Nancy Goudie is a Christian motivational speaker and author living in Thornbury, UK. She has written seventeen books, including “Developing Spiritual Wholeness”, “Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Workout”, “Hot Faith”, “The Beloved”, and “You are Special”.
Nancy also runs unique and creative Spiritual Health Weekend conferences for women in luxury hotels in Windsor and Preston, and has done for over 21 years. These weekends are fun, refreshing and life changing for hundreds of women each year.
She has also produced five meditation CD’s, three of which are still available: Peace Like a River; Smile and Meditations For The Beloved. Her most recent CD called Speak helps you read, believe and confess Biblical truth. She has a yearly magazine that she produces and is on TV and Radio regularly. She also speaks nationally and internationally at churches, events and conferences. Her heart is to see thousands of people transformed by the love, power and presence of God. Nancy was married to Ray for 43 years, up to his death in 2016, they have two sons, Daniel and Aidan.
During the Covid19 crisis, Nancy has been leading “Heal Our Nation: National Day of Prayer” online, each Friday.
She founded and heads up the creative and innovative charity new generation ministries (www.ngm.org.uk) and also founded “Nancy Goudie’s Spiritual Health Weekends.” It’s an absolute pleasure to have her sharing with us in Golden Valley Church.
This August we are running part of our School of Prophets online, over three Wednesdays.
School of Prophets is designed for Christians who desire to grow in their ability to hear God and to live prophetically wherever they are. Scripture encourages us “all to prophesy”. School of Prophets will assist you in developing your own unique combination of gift and style in prophecy.
Teaching will be delivered in person over Zoom and by video/audio recordings. In addition, there will be a small amount of group activations and practise to help you grow!
In between sessions, participants will be expected to complete certain assignments based on the areas of study.
This is normally a full five-day course, however as we are running it online over three part-days, we will only be able to cover some of the material. Additionally, there is normally a charge for this course, but the present sessions are free.
We would however ask:
That you commit to attend all the sessions being offered if at all possible
That you consider making a donation to Golden Valley Church
THE COURSE WILL EXAMINE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
✦ Confidence in Hearing God’s Voice
✦ Visionary Capacity
✦ Types of Prophetic Gifting
✦ Manifestations and Prophetic Symbolism
✦ Engaging the Heavenly Realms
✦ Walking in God’s Heart for the Nations
✦ How to Release Prophetic Words
✦ The Prophetic Burden
✦ Prophetic Intercession
✦ Evaluating and Responding to Prophecy
✦ Character, Giftings, Motivation, and Heart-conditions