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Day 1 Prayer & Fasting
Thanks for joining the journey with us this week as we press into God for our week of prayer & fasting.
‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. For you have not passed this way before…’
– Joshua 3:3-5
These verses mark a moment of change for the nation of Israel, out of the desert and into the Promised Land. Two cautionary instructions are given.
First, follow the ark for direction. We might miss the point on how important that this was for these young Israelites. We should remember that all of their lives they found direction from a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. And now it was gone, disappeared into thin air. Instead, they were to follow the ark carried by the priests. They were very well aware that this ark represented the very presence of God. We are praying & fasting this week for that presence. We know God is with us without a doubt. But what is He doing? Where is He going? Fasting is a spiritual tune in, an adjustment of hearing.
Listen carefully this week – God wants to speak to you – God wants to speak to us.
Send in any visions, prophetic words and/or any inspirational scriptures you feel relevant and timely.
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Secondly, to follow carefully since they had never been this way before. Again, this statement is more significant than it might first seem.
Up to this point this nation had spent their lives going around in circles. Every few years they would recognise a familiar landmark, but this time the journey has a purpose, an end goal, a destiny, a new way for a new day.
The world has changed forever – we have never been this way before and I can’t wait to see where God is taking us. For one thing, it’s always better than before.
But it’s also going to be different. Church will be different. Ministry will be different. People will be changed all around us. So, this week we’re picking up directional signals, navigational signposts. We always have a clear vision; I’m expecting God to show the route.
I for one don’t want detours or dead-end alleys. Fasting keeps us on track and on time. Expect God to make this week personal.
Love you guys,
Court Case Update April '21 | Destiny v CEC #FreeToBelieve
Support this campaign to take legal action against the City of Edinburgh Council to establish the rights of all Christians and churches to follow their beliefs in matters of faith, conscience and conviction without discrimination or prejudice.
You can help by:
- Donating to support the legal costs required to fight this case.
- Sharing your support with us using #FreeToBelieve
- Pray for our lawyers, our team and a positive outcome in court proceedings
As far as we are aware, no church in the UK has ever been locked out of a publicly owned building when seeking to hold meetings and services.
The City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) recently cancelled the contract between Destiny and the Usher Hall, in which they were due to hold their annual SURGE conference with many other partner churches.
They cancelled they say, because of complaints received on one of the invited guest speakers-Larry Stockstill, saying that his public comments previously made concerning homosexuality could cause offence to a sector of society on the grounds of their sexuality.
Larry Stockstill, holds the traditional biblical views on marriage which are commonly held by Christians, (Muslims and Jews).
The Surge conference was not connected or called or was to discuss any of these matters.
In the event, we are told that there was only ONE complaint and that from a disingenuous reporter.
We made a legal representation asking CEC to reconsider, pointing out our rights under the UN universal declaration of human rights (articles 18 and 19), the European Court of Human rights (article 10) and the UK equality act.
They have declined and wish to uphold their actions regardless.
We believe their actions to be unjust and unlawful, and perpetrates into the public square the intolerant practice of 'no-platforming'.
Whilst the law is clear, it is yet to be tested, and so the need for legal action.
The outcome of this case will affect every church in the UK, and indeed people of all faith or none.
We need your support as we take a stand for free speech, free thought and freedom of religion.
Thank you for considering our request and being mindful of our need at this time.
Senior Pastor, Destiny Church
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This fundraiser is to support the legal costs in seeking redress against the City of Edinburgh Council. Any excess or unused funds will be gifted to the Destiny Church Trust (SCO17898) Legacy Missionary Fund which aims to see 10,000 souls won for Christ.