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No Lockdown on the Holy Spirit

There is no lockdown on the Holy Spirit.

There is no lockdown on ‘just happening’ to meet the person he’s put on your heart in the grocery aisle, or on him healing a friend sixty miles away, or giving you the right word (you know it was him) for a colleague on a call, or strengthening you for another day in the classroom, the same room, the Zoom room.

There is no lockdown on mission.

There is no lockdown on a ‘thank you’ note on top of the bins, on a nod to a stranger passing two metres away, on a text to a friend, on lingering after the screen meeting to listen to a colleague, on reading a psalm with a seeker before the start of a workday, on offering an understanding smile to a red-eyed parent at the school gate, on leaving a meal, a cake, a Kit-Kat on a doorstep, on inviting a friend/neighbour to a YouTube service, to a mince pie outside your front door, to Zoom charades…

We may be limited in how we can gather in our church buildings but we are still God’s people with a mission in his world.

There is no lockdown on prayer.

We may not be able to go to our friend, our family, our neighbour, our boss, lay on hands, anoint with oil, but are not the Lord’s ears open? Is there any mask-muffled, visor-buffered whisper he cannot hear? Has his arm grown shorter? Or his heart less tender? Is he not always near? Does he not still speak through his word? Send his angels? Is there any wall he cannot walk through? Any place barred to his Spirit? And, in our grieving, our anxiety, bewilderment, depression, weariness, loneliness, is it not still true that the fastest way to hope begins on our knees?

There is no lockdown on grace.

There is no lockdown on access to the Father.

No lockdown on Jesus.

And no lockdown on the Holy Spirit. He goes where he wills.


Mark Greene
Executive Director, LICC 


  1. So true!

    By Ian Hore-Lacy  -  18 Dec 2020
  2. Thank you, Mark, for the wonderful encouragement so needed!

    By Tim  -  18 Dec 2020
  3. Brilliant. A timely word reminder. Thank you.

    By Moira Poley  -  18 Dec 2020
  4. Amen to that! Our livestream services reach from Catford to Canada and Plymouth. Such fun when the Holy Spirit is at work.

    By Daphne Clifton  -  18 Dec 2020
  5. Thanks for this most important reminder. I chuckled at the end – just a little expression of joy, knowing that He is still with us!

    By Nick Dew  -  18 Dec 2020
  6. Mark, just what I needed this morning! Thk you…

    By JuliaB  -  18 Dec 2020
  7. What a wonderful and inspiring reminder, thank you Mark.

    By Helen Valler  -  18 Dec 2020
  8. Thank you. God bless you.

    By Anne  -  18 Dec 2020
  9. Just what I needed to read this morning

    By lesley Smith  -  18 Dec 2020
  10. Thank you for the excellent reminder, putting life in the right perspective.

    By Pam  -  18 Dec 2020
  11. Amen and Amen! Bless you, Mark for a simple reminder that “Lo, I am with you always…” is always true, always. A very blessed and Happy Christmas to you and yours, and the whole LICC team.

    By Jeremy Clare  -  18 Dec 2020
  12. Emmanuel. God with us. And us with others in so many ways. Thank you, Mark.

    By David Henderson  -  18 Dec 2020
  13. Thanks, Mark, from Holland (the one in Michigan ?).

    By Gary Nielsen  -  18 Dec 2020
  14. Beautifully written and wonderfully true. Thanks, Mark!

    By Janice Hopkins  -  21 Dec 2020
  15. Please can you ensure I get sent details of your online courses? Thanks so much in advance!

    By Conway  -  1 Jan 2021
  16. That was very reassuring loved it ??

    By Isobel McDonald  -  5 Jan 2021
  17. Thank you. Inspiring.

    By Philip Hamilton  -  6 Jan 2021
  18. Very encouraging p

    By Carol  -  15 Jan 2021
  19. I, thank GOD for finding you. l, think you will be blessings to me through the power of The Almighty GOD, This is my good days. Thanks.

    By Christopher  -  11 Mar 2021
  20. Just read this again – really uplifiting and inspiring – the truth here still applies in 2022!

    By Greg Noller  -  19 Jan 2022

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