Dear Friends & Prayers:
When the Hebrews were about to cross over the Jordan into the
promised land, they were given apparently contradictory
instructions. "When you see the ark of the
covenant of the LORD your God, ...then you shall set out from
your place and go after it... Do not come near it, that you may
know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed
this way before." Joshua 3:3-4
It seems that the Lord's instructions to Joshua apply to our
times as well. I can't remember a period when there has been so
much turbulence and unrest in so many places around the world, and
it can be quite unsettling. I don't need to elaborate on this as
we are all aware of it.
And it is from this place where we have not been before that our
instruction is clear—to keep our eyes on the Lord. We are invited
and commissioned to stay in close fellowship with Him at all
times, although He might appear to be miles away from our
personal, social, or national circumstances. That is part of the
glorious mystery of belonging to Him.
Another important application of not having passed this way
before is our ongoing prayer for revival. We carry a
yearning in our hearts for people to know Jesus for themselves.
This is what the Lord also desires as we read in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is... not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance." He
longs for them to embrace His son. We don't yet know when the
extraordinary coming move of God will happen or what it will look
like, but we know Who does, and so just try to stay as close as we
can. It's kind of like Joshua not wanting to leave the tabernacle,
even when Moses went back to camp for lunch, in case he might miss
"something." (Exodus 33:8)
There is a beautiful phrase in Psalm 32:8, "I
will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will
guide you with My eye." How exactly that works is also
part of the mystery, but as the indwelling Holy Spirit instructs
our hearts and thoughts, He also can show us spiritual things
through our natural eyes. Think about words of knowledge as we
pray for someone or visions the Lord might give that come through
a particular scene or view. It was just such an experience the
Lord gave me in 1999 that led to us moving here in 2005.
can't resist the urge to include this stunning image of the final
harvest. It was part of a presentation by prophetic artist James
Nesbit during a recent worship and teaching gathering in Alabama
that we heard about from friends here in Wales. You can watch the
evening session from Tribe Quantum Live 2022 on YouTube at this link.
As each of us forges ahead in the path God has set out for us, it
is wonderful to know that we all are participants in preparing for
gathering the coming harvest in one way or another. The scriptures
are so full of wisdom and encouragement along the way, and the
stories and testimonies are better than any vitamins!
Speaking of testimonies, I've recently gotten a book called The
Welsh Revival, Its Origin and Development. It is about the
beginnings of the 1859 revival and was written by Thomas Phillips
in 1860 who experienced it firsthand and records testimonies of
many others. Here's a brief sample that also describes places not
passed through before.
“The next Sabbath day Mr Morgan heard Mr Jones preach from 'Woe
to them that are at ease in Zion;' and this sermon took so
strong a hold of Mr Morgan's mind, that he was at once aroused
to the work. A person who was present at this
service writes: ‘There was no visible effect during the
preaching of this sermon; and in the society afterwards, Mr
Jones said he had found it very hard to preach. One of the
elders got up and said it was a very difficult thing for a man
to say 'Amen’, under a ministry which he felt condemning him;
and as he said these words he sat down as if fainting away. At
this moment, there was something (I cannot say what it was, but
that it was something that neither I nor any one else present
had ever felt before) went through the whole congregation, until
every one put down his head and wept!”
I have since discovered that the entire book is available to read
online through Google Books, and have just added a link to it on
the Resources page that I'm slowly developing on our website at https://walesawakening.org/resources.
It is always uplifting to see how when the tide of living water is
running low in the church, the Lord's faithfulness meets us at our
point of need.
One last note about unfamiliar roads. Both Gladys and I are
facing ongoing health challenges, and we really would appreciate
your prayers for us in this area. (I'll be happy to supply more
details on request.) When we started off on this amazing journey
of faith all those years ago, we didn't realize that the closer we
come to the pearly gates, the bumpier the road gets!
Thank you for your labors together with us for the coming
fulfillment of God's rock-solid promises. "'Eye
has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of
man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the
Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God."
(1 Cor 2:9-10 NKJV)
Dick & Gladys