In this podcast Ian Clayton teaches on the importance of pursuing God himself and not experience. If we just seek experience without knowing God we could easily be deceived and could easily go off course but if we seek God and his friendship first then we will go much farther and will be taken on the most incredible adventure anyone could ever imagine! Engaging with the Presence of God is the most important thing we will ever do! click on the link, Listen and enjoy
Scotland has just experienced the most incredible few weeks culminating in the independence referendum! Many people were delighted at the vote to stay part of the United Kingdom yet others were deeply disappointed! Many of the yes campaign, among my fellow christian friends, feel that Scotland, represented by the unicorn, is somehow still in chains and that we need to keep fighting politically until we are free! This simply isn’t the case. Over a year ago a scroll for Scotland was released from heaven in a gathering we held in Troon Scotland. In this meeting the unicorn was powerfully released from her chains as we experienced one of the most powerful intercession times any of us had ever experienced! Many wept and cried as Scotland was released into a new era. So in these days we must tune in to what heaven is saying because if we don’t we will be caught up with the spirit of the world and we will think we need to fight battles that God hasn’t called us to fight and we will miss what heaven is saying and doing! Please listen with an open heart and hear what God has already done in our nation! click on the link to listen
I love the cry that’s coming just now in our nation, the cry for justice, the outrage against illegal wars abroad and unfair taxes at home. I hear the cry for the poor and the outrage against child poverty. I agree with that cry wholeheartedly. Something has happened in Scotland, the sleeping nation has awoken and its voice is shouting aloud! A voice is speaking; thundering forth and a people are looking and longing for and demanding a more just society. How can anyone disagree with that cry? No one ever should!
But my hearts cry is this, why does that cry need to stop at the borders of Scotland? Why can’t a voice that has begun to shout in Scotland not also begin to arise in England, Wales and N Ireland? Scotland is a prophetic nation and the prophetic voice is being proclaimed through the people of Scotland. This national voice carries the heart of the father no doubt but what if that voice linked even more deeply with the apostolic voice of England. What if England awoke with us and together we began to walk in the full restoration of who we are supposed to be? The lion and the unicorn, the Apostle and the Prophet! What if those 2 redeemed national gifts awoke and stood shoulder to shoulder? What if this awakening in Scotland is supposed to link us deeper and supposed to awaken us to the true redemptive gift of England and Scotland functioning together as one voice? What would happen if we stay together and focus our sights on standing side by side in unity? We the Scots historically haven’t been treated as equals that is true but what if this is our time to vote yes to unity and equality? What if the giant of England arises with us and together we stand as an Apostolic and Prophetic nation and bring forth the blueprints of heaven to help heal our broken society? Could this be the time? I believe so!
I came across this on facebook and thought i would share it here! Separation isn’t just about Scotland it also affects our family across these islands!
“I wrote this song while in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1998.
Lets stick together Scotland! The thought of a break up of our union really saddens me. x
I have come to these islands
To undo heavy burdens
Set the oppressed free.
Give bread to the hungry;
I have come to these islands
To loose chains of injustice,
Reach the rejected.
Cover the naked.
Yes the light will break forth like the morning
And your healing will spring everywhere;
Then your righteousness will go before you
And when you cry – I shall here.
I have come to these islands
With no pointing finger,
But the hands of a builder,
A homelife restorer;
I have come to these islands
To rebuild ancient ruins,
Raise up the foundations,
For this generation.
Yes your light will shine out in the darkness
And the darkness become bright as day;
You will ride this earth’s highest mountains
And all your work will be to my praise.”
(Godfrey Birtill 98© Whitefield Music)
I wonder in the present Scottish referendum debate if you have considered Israel? What has that got to do with anything you might ask? Well it has a lot to do with it because the stance we take towards Israel God will take towards us as a nation! You might think that is very harsh. Well all I can say is it wasn’t me who said it! God did!
Numbers 24: 9 (GNV)
“The nation is like a mighty lion;
When it is sleeping, no one dares wake it.
Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed,
And whoever curses Israel will be cursed.”
So whoever, even us, whoever blesses Israel will be blessed but whoever curses Israel, even us, will be cursed!! So my question is this! What will the policy of the Scottish Government be if we say yes to independence? Well this is what Alex Salmond said about Israel:
“This has implication for example in trading relationships-you can’t have normal relationship if you believe another country has been involved in what Israel has been involved in”.
Alex Salmond supports economic sanctions against Israel because He believes they (Israel) are acting ‘beyond the pale’. Doesn’t sound like blessing to me!
So we think we can prosper by going it alone, well if going it alone means voting in a government that wants sanctions against Israel I would rather not! You might say, we are not voting for Alex Salmond or SNP we are voting for independence. Well unfortunately it is Alex Salmond and the SNP who are driving the campaign for independence and in the event of a yes vote we will have an SNP government even if that is just short term. The truth is they could get voted in again for a longer term, we simply don’t know! Are we willing to take that risk?
What if we are looking to the wrong source for our answer? What if neither Westminster nor Edinburgh will ever be able to deliver us from a broken unjust society? What if justice never can come from beneath but from above? What if this isn’t about economics or politics but an awakening to the original design of England and Scotland? What if that design was that England the Lion, the Apostle would stand in unison with Scotland the unicorn, the Prophet? Oh Scotland the unicorn has awoken and is throwing off her chains and rightly so, but what are we going to do with that freedom? Are we going to say, well the Lion has often been cruel and unjust so we will just leave her in her slumber! What if the purpose of the current political awakening in Scotland right now is to awaken the Lion to her destiny so we can both, the Lion and the Unicorn, leap into a brand new era of apostolic authority together! I might be wrong but……what if?
When reading different views about the up and coming Scottish referendum vote i came across one mans (Colin Symes) reason for voting No to independence and it resonated so much with what i was feeling and thinking that i had to post it here. I don’t know Colin personally but i whole hardheartedly agree with what He is saying! Colin is one of the leaders at the Community Church in Edinburgh.
“Time to declare, I think… I will be voting Yes to Union and Togetherness on September 18 and No to separatism and dissolution of the UK, which means a ‘No Thanks’ to Independence. I believe wholeheartedly in the need for this vote as a matter of justice, as my paper on the referendum indicated. For the first time in history, Scotland has a public vote on its place in the Union, which looks as though it will include around 80% of the voting population. I believe the Act of Union of 1707 was one of the unsafest pieces of legislation ever to go through a British parliament, and that it was against the will of the Scottish people at that time. That said, that unwelcome arranged marriage of the nations of the UK has led to our becoming together a world power still respected on the international stage. To that Union, Scotland has brought a contribution out of all proportion to her size. I will be gladly seizing the opportunity, then, to turn an unjust history into a just decision and a conscious choice to remain together with the other nations of these islands. Having voted yes to devolution both in 1978 and in 1997, I believe in decentralised power closer to the people, and I want to see more powers in Edinburgh, and would prefer a federal union, which was the desire of the Scottish Parliament in 1707. But I will not vote for writing a blank cheque for the politicians of the SNP to purvey their narrow vision of a breakaway Scotland built on enlightenment humanism. I might be more inclined to vote for independence if there were more light and shade in the yes camp, but to vote yes appears to be signing up for the SNP’s manifesto which mixes nationalism with old guard centralist socialist practices which have failed and been rightly rejected by other states, particularly in Eastern Europe.
In a moving scene in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, the wife, Golde asks her husband Tevye if their arranged marriage has resulted in a loving relationship. Their conclusion is that, despite the lack of choice they had, they are in love. In spite of the unjust circumstances of our coming together, to remain in union as nations will be more creative and productive than a messy and acrimonious divorce which, as usual, will line the pockets of a lot of lawyers and lead to the loss of things we now take for granted as part of our joint heritage as UK nations. For these reasons, I will be using my vote on September 18 to say Yes to a Strong Scotland in a Strong UK”