All that started as an idea first held in the minds of imagination. Imagination is the highest freedom of all and the one that no one can deprive us of… For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein
I lived and worked in America as a freelance photographer, shot album covers for the music industry and also publicity/promotion shoots. In those days we only worked with film and printed our prints in darkrooms. Things change…I am a bit older now and converted to photographing nature, wildlife and all things organic. The digital world has taken over, everybody has become a photographer which I think is wonderful. Social networks give people a platform to express their creativity. I live in South Africa now and create mostly for the fulfillment of my purpose…it’s my passion to ENCOURAGE . INSPIRE . EXPLORE . and bring people up to a higher level of faith.
Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion doing beautiful works as expressions of love. Hebrews 10 : 24-25
“What is it that when you do it, causes you to lose track of time and get lost in it? What do you do that makes you think “I could do this forever” What is it that causes you to think, “I was made for this”. What do you love to do now that will go on in the age to come”… this is what I call partnering and communicating with God, understanding “Heaven on Earth” as a place of increasingly expansive expressions and dimensions of creativity, beauty, and design. So, if you love doing what you are doing, keep doing it and let nothing stand in your way. Believe, and it will be so for you, what you believe about the future determines how you live today.
I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination, flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling. Ephesians 1:18. (tpt)
The concept of “Millennium Reign Imaging” was birthed in me a few years ago not knowing at that stage how this would develop as a platform to show my work and make it more meaningful to people viewing my images, and, to relate to them on another level. Carefully and with purpose I am in the process of developing this site, quotations spoken by others besides my own writings, also I thought, would be a way to combine my work with words that inspire and bring light and life into our lives. Continue with “Meditate on these things”… after viewing Imagination.
Host Of Angels
Will your pet, dog, cat, bird be in Heaven? I don’t really know the answer to that question, but I did see Heaven filled with animals! The bible speaks about Jesus riding on a white horse, but it would be foolish to think that God only has horses in Heaven wouldn’t you agree? While I was in Heaven I saw dogs, baby goats, lions, and birds! Oh and the birds would sing songs in harmony with each other, and the craziest part is that I understood what they were singing! I even understood what they were talking about with each other after they Sang. I saw other animals from a distance but I could not identify them but I can say this, they did not seem to run away or attack humans. The nature and wildlife in Heaven is not out to get you but they are in tune with every living being in Heaven. ALL of Heavens nature was in harmony, from even the grass that would sway back and forth dancing and praising, you would think there was a great wind moving around but the plants were alive! Anytime you would step on grass to walk through, it would pop back up into perfect alignment and eliminating any footprints. And fruit never rotted or decayed but always remained fresh as death nor decay can be found in Heaven! Oh what a wonderful place and we are just getting Started.” – Roberts Liardon
Returning To The Desires Of Our Heart
Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness. Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.
There is a song called “Communion” by Steffany Gretzinger, what I posted here reminds me of that song “You are closer, closer than my skin, you are in the air I’m breathing in. Here’s is where the dead things come back to living, I feel my heart beating again…feels so good to know You are my friend.”
The privilege to just be able to “be” and to share something we are passionate about with someone else, who also lives their passion, is a God given moment in time.
“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” – Patrick overton
When we are willing to do what ever it takes, to see what we long to see, that is what moves the heart and hand of God. Our initiation is His invitation. We will experience Him in a way others do not, why? because we are willing to do what others will not.
Children see the truth because of purity of heart, nothing has defiled their perception yet. Their imagination is delightful, imagining all people living life in peace. You may say they are dreamers but they are not the only ones. They are hoping that someday you will join them, into Heaven’s Kingdom realm…
The disciples came to ask Jesus, “Who is considered to be the greatest in heaven’s kingdom realm?” Jesus called a little one to his side and said to them, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm. And if you tenderly care for this little one on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me. (Matthew 18 – tPt)
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. The wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness!
Finding your destiny will always disappoint people that will assign you to theirs, revelation will always bring you to separation. When God exposes you to your destiny…run!
The Armor of God
In Ephesians it says that our hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious. Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace. In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One!
I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever. And the one that lives by believing in me will never die…John 11 (tPt) In times of brokenness our hearts are vulnerable and open, and so pliable in His hands to be molded according to His nature. When we call upon His name it is the resurrection power of Christ that floods through us to make us whole again and to give us a chance to start again. It’s that very beautiful vulnerable place that we must treasure and hold on too. Intimacy is born out of that….
A Tiny Mustard Seed
I love trees, on one of my walks on a misty morning, I meditated on that passage in the Word where Jesus taught that the tiny mustard seed can be compared to “Heaven’s Kingdom realm. A man takes it and plants it in his field. A field, symbolizing his life. Although it being the smallest of all seeds, it eventually grows into the greatest of garden plants, becoming a tree for birds to come and build their nests in its branches. The seed will have begun small, but with the process of growth God’s Kingdom will ultimately encompass the entire earth…
“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie
The Word of God says that without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.
Darkest Before Dawn
Even though I am a person of faith, sometimes my heart finds faith hard. Sometimes I think God waits too long to intervene, too long to move hearts and souls, too long to change circumstances. I want Him to come on the first watch, not the fourth.
The Greatest Commission
Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. Luke 10:19
Awakening the Dawn
Scriptures promise that if we seek Him, we will find Him, Proverbs 8:17. Fasting a bit of slumber, allows God’s transforming power to work an “awakening” within those who answer the call. As we respond, the task becomes easier, the insights brighter, the revelation stronger, the Word more empowering. The world is in great need of “spiritual muscle” to grow, exercise and stand the watches. In the night hours, as we respond to the call, the light and power of His Presence penetrates us, and we emerge stronger, more focused than before.
There is a company of people that see something more then just dying and making it to Heaven, we begin as high as we can get, but not as deep. Depth is a journey…if in this journey we seek the Lord for His sake alone, if we long to know Him as He knows us, then He will draw near to us in startling reality.
The Time of Love
I Noticed this beautiful succulent cactus plant one morning on my hike in the Karoo desert, so beautiful yet full of little thorns. The cactus plant symbolises endurance, it endures the intense heat of the desert and survives, blossoming and flowering it keeps on growing. Not unlike people who survive the heat of life’s furnace and die a little too themselves. I think maybe we die every day. Maybe we’re born new each dawn, a little changed, a little further on our own road. When enough days stand between you and the person you were, you’re strangers. Maybe that’s what growing up is. Maybe I have grown up.”
My very first photograph ever taken on the streets of Johannesburg, a borrowed nikon and lots of determination. The year was 1973, and little did I know what was to follow….
May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children – Rainer Maria Rilke
The Perfect Storm
“The beauty of being shattered is how the shards become our character and our marks of distinction. This is how we are refined by our pain. When the storm rips you to pieces, you get to decide how to put yourself back together again. The storm gives us the gift of our defining choices. You will be a different person after the storm, because the storm will heal you from your perfection. People who stay perfect and unblemished never really get to live fully or deeply. You will not be the same after the storms of life; you will be stronger, wiser and more alive than ever before!” ― Bryant McGill
Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root: pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance. It means to suffer.” ― Mark Z. Danielewski
My passion for creating beautiful images has surpassed my need to be a good photographer, that is not my focus any longer, my focus now is how can I make this more expressive and how can I create more of a dimension in order for that image to speak or have an impact on someone in a positive and transforming/healing way. That fleeting moment in time of just the right lighting is always something I look for when I am out there photographing, but not always available when I would like it to be. I like my images to be bold and detailed, so with my love for creating something meaningful, it then becomes an act of worship.
“When you allow yourself to remember that you truly are a multidimensional being, you will begin experiencing yourself in a much more expanded way. What previously was believed to be supernatural becomes natural. Then you come to a realisation that now you can see what has always been there yet it remained hidden to you who chose to see something else.” ― Raphael Zernoff
Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.” – Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace from Christ rule and act as umpire continually in your hearts …
Trust is never out there. The soul essence that we call trust resides within you. Trust is a decision. It is a reflection of what you have decided to believe.Trust is not about being comfortable. It is about being willing to move beyond your comfort zone when there is absolutely no evidence that you will be supported.Trust is not about looking for evidence that you are doing things right every step of the way as you move toward the end result. Trust is about keeping the end result in mind no matter what steps you have to take to get there, or how bad you feel while you are stepping. Trust is not about the work you have to do in life being easy or having other people support you in getting through the work. It is about your ability to do the hard work without losing sight of why you are doing it, when other people try to convince you that you should be doing something else. Trust is not about getting something back for the work you do as a sign that you are doing the right thing. It is your ability to keep doing the work even when it looks like there is nothing coming back. Think of it this way. Trust is based on your ability to stand your ground, knowing that no matter what happens, you will be better off than you were in the beginning. Anything less than this is not trust.
I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty. -Joy Harjo
I found this paper nautilus shell on one of my walks on the beach, took a photo of it and created this image. It reminded me of the stages of growth we experience on our spiritual journey. In order to begin a new stage in our lives, we have to think “outside the box.” Yet, every time we abandon an old worldview for a new and wider vision, we merely find ourselves in a larger box. And while each box serves its particular function for a time, we are always in danger of claiming that the chamber we currently occupy is the ultimate one. The spiral shape of this shell suggests that it can keep growing forever. There is no design for a “final” chamber. The creature must keep building new chambers as long as it lives. It cannot go back to the previous ones; they no longer fit. It cannot stay in its present chamber or it will die. It has no choice but to move on. And on. In Christ we are always changing and expanding, it is religion that holds us captive in those chambers.
Backdoor to Heaven
“Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you…God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it–made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” ― C.S. Lewis
This image was taken on a trip into Namibia, we drove through some fascinating landscapes, and one of them inspired me to create this scene…a moment of His presence and Glory. Today, look for the moments. The writing in the sky. The breeze upon your cheek. The flower pushing its way through concrete. Expect the unexpected. Let yourself be romanced by a sudden glory moment from God.
Door Into Eternity
Creativity isn’t about doing it right or wrong. Impose all the constraints you want on yourself; that can help your creativity. But beware the voices from outside with their formulas, prescriptions, and rules. No one but you knows what you’re trying to do, or the path you’ve chosen to get there. Be open to the possibility that there are better ways, that the things we did yesterday may not serve us today. Be willing to learn, and to fall down. But as failure is so often our best teacher, don’t let anyone dissuade you from “doing it wrong.” Because it’s only in risking the possibility of getting it “wrong” that we draw close to getting it awesome. I’ve come to believe that most people equate different with wrong. Don’t let FODIW (fear of doing it wrong. I just made that up.) stop you from doing it differently, it’s the only thing that’ll keep you moving forward and keep us all from the homogeny that threatens to suffocate our creativity and joy. – David duChemin
The Bateleur (Warrior Eagle)
“Problems help us to become brilliant. We are warriors, we’re not afraid of anything! I don’t want an easy life. I want a brilliant one! I want an amazing one! I want an astonishing one! I want to see and I want to taste the powers of the age to come. I want to see Heaven on Earth! I don’t want some piddling Christian experience. I want something even better!” – Graham Cooke
“Aliveness, is a gift available to all by God’s grace. It flows not from taking, but giving, not from fear but from faith, not from conflict but from reconciliation, not from domination but from service. It isn’t found in the upper trappings of religion -rules and rituals, controversies and scruples, temples and traditions. No, it springs up from our innermost being like a fountain of living water. It intoxicates us like the best wine ever and so turns life from disappointment into a banquet.” ― Brian D. McLaren
“We are not here to be earthbound in our spirituality. We’re not here to have the world dictate to us how we can see and how we can think. God is setting us free to think from a place above, to set our mind on things above, not on things on the Earth, to actually be raised up so that we can actually connect with Him in spiritual places.” – Graham Cooke
There is an unexpected mysterious presence who meets each of us in our lowest moments when we have no strength when we have nothing left and we can’t go on we hear the voice that speaks those words destroy this temple and I’ll rebuild it do you believe this? that’s the question Jesus asked then and that’s the question he asks now Everybody believes something everybody believes somebody Jesus invites us to trust resurrection that every glimmer of good every hint of hope every impulse that elevates the soul is a sign, a taste, a glimpse of how things actually are and how things will ultimately be resurrection affirms this life and the next as a seamless reality embraced graced and saved by God. ~ Rob Bell
A Golden Moment
Nothing compares to the warm promise of the sun who asks not for who it shines, it just shines. – Valerie Millett
The Magic of Africa
The fact of your birth, the same as every human on this planet, gives you permission to live, as much as possible, on your terms. To live out loud. To colour outside the lines. To know what you want to create, and how, and to do so with joy and purpose. – David duChemin
“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.” ― Suzy Kassem
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” ― William Blake
His eye is on the Sparrow
I’m pondering this truth again… The measure of a man is the measure of his love. I want to live in love, Love Divine not the fading kind. – Misty Edwards
Wild and Beautiful
“I am not interested in having the world revolve around me; that’s too boring of an idea. I would rather revolve around the world and try to leave my fingerprints, everywhere. My fingerprints mingled in with all the other fingerprints and all the laughter and all the beautiful things like gratitude, grace, faithfulness and flowers.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“The enemy plotted against you and awaited your downfall. Look at you surviving. And your enemies can not figure out how. What you have inside is greater than any negative force.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” ― C. JoyBell C.
“When you draw on God’s grace to put off your self-centered attitudes and act on His principles, you put His glory on display. Your life points to His vast wisdom, compassion, and transforming power, and as you look for God’s glory, the impact reaches far beyond yourself because you give everyone around you reason to respect and praise God. Glorifying God is not about letting others see how great you are. It’s about letting them see how great the Lord is.” ― Ken Sande
Change of Seasons
“With the change of the seasons, God reminds us that darkness always ends. Light always exists and will always return when missing. There is no night that doesn’t end. No nightmare from which you cannot awaken. No hurt that cannot heal.” ― Sharon Bayliss
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ― John Lubbock
True wisdom comes from above and is given by divine revelation to those who are teachable and humble before God…
In Another World
“She was always daydreaming. She never wanted to live in the real world; she always seemed to be separated from other children her age. They couldn’t understand her or her imagination. She was always thinking outside of the box, breaking rules, and only following what her heart told her was right.” ― Shannon A. Thompson
Wisdom In The Beginning
In the beginning I was there, for God possessed me even before he created the universe. From eternity past I was set in place, before the world began. I was anointed from the beginning. Before the oceans depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, I was there, dancing! Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up, I was already there, dancing! When he created the earth, the fields, even the first atom of dust, I was already there. When he hung the tapestry of the heavens and stretched out the horizon of the earth, When the clouds and skies were set in place and the subterranean fountains began to flow strong, I was already there. When he set in place the pillars of the earth and spoke the decrees of the seas, commanding the waves so that they wouldn’t overstep their boundaries, I was there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him. I laughed and played, so happy with what he had made, while finding my delight in the children of men. – Proverbs
Please click on “Faith Like Feathers” for my testimony.
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I will attempt to write down words that are on my heart, reaching deeper, as God allows me the amazing privilege of boldly entering His presence. On Earth As it is In Heaven The Lord is “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” […]
Expectation and Faith ( Staying aware of the God that invades the impossible )
Do we talk enough about what God has done in our lives, or have we allowed ourselves to be side-tracked or distracted by the frivolities of the natural realm, not realizing that we are cutting off the very source for the reason we are still breathing when we wake up in the mornings. His name is YAHWE the breath of life, our Creator and everlasting Father. When we lose sight of who He is and we take Him for granted, we are no different than anyone else. Rev. 2:17 seems to refer to an ancient custom, it is about a white stone signifying a precious token of the Lords love, and the new name written in the stone suggests it is the Bridegroom’s name. The statement indicates a special acquaintance with the great King of kings, secret between Himself and the individual. Those overcomers are not to be recoqnised merely as a class – the Bride class – but each will have the personal favour of the Lord. Of this, no one will know, but only himself or herself and the King. There is an individual and personal relationship between the Lord and the overcomers, who may be said to receive the mark of identification, the anti typical white stone, now in this life. This mark is the sealing of the Holy Spirit by which the Lord identifies the overcomers. A vision/dream was given to me about receiving this stone, when still living in los Angeles years ago, before I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ (read my testimony) because He knew me before the foundations of the world. There were still a lot of things I had to overcome, before I got to where I am today. I believe He gave me this dream/vision to let me know that I would overcome and be Victorious, although I did not know that at that time. So what I am saying here is, that the reality of God being active among us needs to be revered and remembered by all of us, because that is the Testimony and the Testimony matters to God. Remembering what God has said, and done in our lives, gives us the courage to step out in faith and also gives us the supernatural strength to accomplish our assignment (mandate). People will not recoqnise your specific assignment so don’t expect encouragement from others, strengthen yourself in the Lord and learn to face the possibility of lack, without guilt and shame, this is key to maintaining focus in the Christ-like life of miracles. Not that He is the God of lack but the experience of lack leads us to abundance in the spirit and the natural when we draw closer and start living in His presence. We should prefer the discomfort caused by an area of immaturity in our lives if it provokes us to pursue God until we breakthrough. If your finances or health were to be on shaky ground today, where would that leave you, most probably in a state of panic and fear. As a believer we need to immediately be able to make the transition from the natural realm to the supernatural realm where there is no lack, but only the belief that He will take care of all of our needs according to His riches in Glory! Jesus already has provided everything you will ever need. Immaturity in the Spirit causes us to fall into fear (false evidence appearing real) and make the wrong decisions, the only remedy for that is drawing closer to God and getting His revelation on the situation. His gentle guidance comes as a refreshing clarity of mind where we know what to do, or what not to do. Revival is always in the air, He is a God of love. He is the oasis within us and the open Heaven above us. God has already provided for us from the spiritual realm into the physical realm. Our faith is the Victory that enables us to overcome the world.
“To him that overcomes will I give…a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows only he that receives it.” Rev. 2:17
The God of The Mountain is The God of The Valley Too ( unmasking the illusion of failure )
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23-4
“All my life He has been faithful and all my life He has been so good to me. Whatever the enemy meant for evil He always worked together for my good. This is where I know that God loved me before the foundations of the world, before I surrendered my life to Him and was “born again” in Spirit and in truth.” From eternity past I was set in place, before the world began. I was anointed from the beginning. God knows the plans that He has for you, before He formed you in your mothers womb, He knew you! He allowed you to adventure out and experience life, including revelations of His unrelenting love for you. It may have taken almost a life time before certain things made sense to you, but your life was never wasted. In my own life, His spirit led me “where my trust was without borders and He let me walk upon the waters wherever He would call me. He took me deeper then my feet could ever wonder and my faith was made so much stronger in His presence. Nothing that happens in our lives is by coincidence, don’t ever negate anything or allow anyone to diminish what you have experienced or been through, it has made you stronger, wiser and more compassionate for it. What would you be able to give to others without those deep wells of experience and knowledge within you. All experiences that you have had wether good or bad, taught you valuable lessons about yourself and others. Don’t see your life as a failure and buy into that illusion, its only when we can be ourselves and try new things, not allowing what others might say or think, to bother us. That’s what sets us free and brings success. Success is stepping outside of the norm and getting out of your comfort zone. Your Parents were not the blame for what you thought should have been coming to you, they did the very best with what they had and knew. You were born through them and God orchestrated it so, wether you except that or not. You were not an accident, He already had a route planned for you. He knew what would not come to pass that you expected to happen, He placed opportunities and open doors before you and gave you the freedom to choose. God’s word tells us that time and opportunity happens to us all. Now, with those opportunities He placed before us, some were there to test us and we knew not to go that way (our knower told us:) but we didn’t listen. Because the choices we make are a product of what we think and believe at that time. Never the less, His goodness always provided us with a way out. He also placed a mountain before us to climb but most of us thought it would be easier to go around it, and around it again, until we realized that the way straight up the mountain would have been quicker and less painful. What you have been seeing as wasted time, God sees that as a stage of growth you had to go through. He never promised us a life without trouble and heartship, He did promise us that He would be there right beside us, walking us through our heartship and difficulties. Even during this challenging time of lockdown and the corona virus, He is with us and always leads us and protects us when we stay in close fellowship with Him.
He’s the one that keeps us faithfully following Him. O Lord we have passed through your fire; like precious metal made pure, you’ve proved us, perfected us, and made us holy. You’ve captured us, ensnared us in your net. Then, like prisoners, you placed chains around our necks. You’ve allowed our enemies to prevail against us. We’ve passed through fire and flood, yet in the end you always bring us out better than we were before, saturated with your goodness. (Psalms 66)
The Enemy’s Wrecking Ball Strategy
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7
Are we being isolated in order to be manipulated into a new way of doing things – a new world order perhaps? I know…I most probably will be accused of “conspiracy theories” and all, but I just can’t help seeing these scenarios unfolding. The fear and panic of this whole corona virus pandemic has caused governments to lockdown their countries and their economies to collapse. What we have to remember is that fear tolerated is faith contaminated, that’s why this could possibly be the true intention of what is being set into place. The good news is that our God is still on the throne and He is not swayed by all of this happening, He already knew from the beginning this was going to happen. He has been setting His Kingdom into place for all who love Him and are willing to lay down their lives for Him. We do not have to depend on the ways of the world, loyalty to God resists the onslaught of fear. I am not saying that Covet19 isn’t real, it is, but it is not the usual virus and therefore precautions do need to be taken. Yes, this Corona virus was a plan of the enemy, but the Lord also has a plan… a plan to work it for good! The effects of this virus has been highly exaggerated for sure, in order for the worldwide lockdowns to have the desired effect. Think about it…how else is a worldwide reset going to be implemented. First take everything away ( all freedom ) plus some (essential?) luxuries and then very slowly give people back some needed liberties which they think, they can’t live without. All of it is so very clear to me, but my heart is not troubled, because I know who I serve. This reset has been coming for a long time and a lot of people in the world have been preparing for this. The transference of wealth from the unrighteous to the righteous has already begun. A Kingdom economy is birthed out of giving. We give to receive, go lower to get up higher, we die to live… It’s a wonderful upside down kind of Kingdom. It never fails! Every spirit filled believer needs to get a hold of that, then there will be no fear of the future, or worry about what the world is up to! To be truly prosperous is to live in both worlds “heaven and earth” abundantly. In John 3:13 Jesus said He came down from heaven but also is in heaven. Lived His life on earth from heaven’s reality. We in South Africa have been in lockdown, level 5, for over a month, and, on the first of May we changed to level 4, which allows us a little more freedom, meaning, that we are less restricted than we were under level 5. How long this phase will last, we don’t even know. What we do know is, that there is a Kingdom rising, and an army of God’s fearless Warriors being mobilized. These warriors are the ‘laid down lovers’ of The One. They have a desire to live pure and Holy before God, after having been broken and restored; wounded and healed by His refining process. They don’t care about ministry titles or networking to build their ministry. They tend to want to travel back to the valley to help those that are dying there. Jesus said, the Kingdom of God is within you, therefore abide in Me and I will abide in you. The Peace of God is our supernatural shield that keeps us abiding in Christ. Only God has the healing medicine for these end times, the blood of the Son of God is this medicine. Nothing else.
The Lord God alone has healing medicine for these plagues that will come. Nothing else can protect us. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” – Revelation 22:2
Divine Encounters – Things To Meditate On During Lockdown
What has been written here is not my own experience or encounter, I want to bring to your attention an encounter of Neville Johnson, a man of God. I have been aware of his teachings for about 20 years now. Having always resonated with him and his experiences which he writes about, it would only be fitting for me to introduce him on this site. These particular experiences he had when he was quietly waiting on the Lord early in the morning came twice, the first one in 2008 and the the second one again in 2016. These encounters gave him the impression that the following will start to unfold in 2016 which is now already four years ago.
I was in a paradise like setting, it was warm and the atmosphere was invigorating. The Lord was at my side and began to talk to me.
“White is the color of purity and black usually speaks of evil, however things in your world are rarely black or white. The process of purification is somewhat slow but in these days it is being speeded up”.
He continued: “Filters serve to purify but filters must be applied in order for them to be affective. You must apply the filters and direct your mind to the heavenly.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
The Lord continued: Two things are required, I believe the Lord vividly brought these two prophetic encounters back to me because the time has now come for them to start and both are necessary. You must filter out the bad and think on the heavenly. This filter must be applied to your mind and emotions. But you must also THINK AND MEDITATE ON THE HEAVENLY seek those things which are above in the heavens where I dwell.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3:1.
I began to think how much our thoughts, emotions, and desires are so earthly orientated, and how that like Enoch we must become more at home in the heavens than we are here on earth. We were created to walk on this earth in our bodies while our spirit sores into the heavens. Jesus Continued: You must seek to walk in heavens standards and ways, you were made to walk with me and as you do, My realm will become more real than your earthly realm. Purification is a cooperative process, my light and presence will purify you, and keep you pure, but you must be diligent to apply the filters, and refocus your mind on things above. Sanctification means to be set apart; set apart from that which defiles your mind and the emotions and your body. Holiness is simply being separated from that which defiles. I require holiness in order for you to walk with me, you must enter my realm which is pure and undefiled, I rarely enter your realm, and you must come to me. The purer your heart, mind, and emotions are the clearer you will hear God.
Your personal dream life your (Imagination) must become pure in order for the flow of communication from the Lord to be unhindered. Clarity in the spiritual realm requires clarity or purity in your soul life. JESUS SPOKE: In the days that lie ahead my people will need to be able to hear me clearly, my voice is your life, as it is written my words are spirit and life. Many will die from hunger, prepare for the days that lie ahead both in the spiritually and natural. You must stay connected to the Lord at all times, the pleasures of life and living in a secular world can quickly muddy the true waters of life. Seek the Lord, seek to know Him, for in him only is purity.
THE LORD LOOKED AT ME AND SAID; will you be found worthy?
I thought about this question but I knew the only way that I could complete and finish my course was to walk with the Lord in purity, love, and faith knowing that He is able to keep me from falling and straying from the pathway of holiness and light. The conflict between walking with the Lord and functioning at the same time in a secular world has always been a seeming contradiction, an incompatibility that seemed to defy reconciling the two. However I have come to understand that the two can be reconciled. The two have to become one. We live in this world in our body, but in our spirit we can live with the lord.
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13
NOTE: Jesus was both in heaven and on the earth at the same time. Jesus walked in both realms while He was on this earth. Living in a natural world and walking with the Lord in the spirit requires a whole new discipline, a whole new way of life. Our spirit man has to lead, and our mind and emotions must follow. For most of us his order is reversed as we separate the secular from the spiritual. Our soul must serve and follow our spirit man which is joined to the Lord. All of our springs must be in Him. All the initiates in our lives must begin in the spirit and be walked out on this earth through the soul and body.
I found myself watching the Lord picking up sticks and wood. He placed the wood into a small pile then started another pile etc. He looked at me and said will you help me? I said yes and started picking up wood to add to the piles. The Lord blew on each pile as he did they burst into flames. The scene changed and I was high above the earth looking down like it would be with a satellite view. Fires were starting all over the world. Many of these fires joined together becoming much larger. I particularly noticed that there was no smoke. Again I was down where the fires were burning: There were people in the fires, Shadrack Meshach went through my mind. I said Lord what is happening? As I said this people began to emerge from the fire. They were glowing their skin was smooth almost glass like not a wrinkle anywhere. These people looked almost molten and were glowing with light with blue white and red hues. I said Lord what is this? He replied. You are seeing what I am about to do next I will purify my people with fire. Like the Phoenix they will arise and go forth across the land.
There will be a time of purifying with Water, Blood, and Fire. At this point I had a distinct awareness that only He could do it. The scene changed and these people began to spread across the world healing the sick, raising the dead back to life again and supernaturally supplying food and water. The power of God was flowing through them unhindered. They were casting out demons and healing people in Psychiatric Hospitals, healing and restoring. They were Stopping Plagues and Hurricanes. The words they spoke instantly Lit as lightening.
Again I was standing high above looking at those fires burning when the Lord spoke again. Jesus: I am going to purify My church, the roots of sin and the effects of sin is so deep in many of your lives that only I can remove them and heal you. Things you have struggled with for years, not been able to overcome will be removed by the fire. I will cleanse my church with spirits of fire. The word Seraphim is the Hebrew Word seraph, meaning burning. Fire is not for cleansing of sin, Fire is for purging refining, it deals with the consequences of sin in one’s life, the pollution that sin causes. It also deals with the demonic. THE FIRE DEALS WITH Emotions, soiled hurt and desecrated. The pollution of the mind with its bad haunting memories, caused through sexual abuse and spirit strongholds in the mind. Negative hereditary problems and much more. FIRE PREPARES THE VESSEL. Many through various negative events throughout their lives have been subjected to hurts and fears, hereditary problems, sexual abuse, DID/MPD and Inherited affects from ancestral gross sins, which have built strongholds in their lives. These will be eradicated and healed when the fire has done its work. Like a brand new person they will be totally changed emerging, as it were reborn and made ready for Gods purpose in this final hour. The Lords said to me: YOU CANT DO THIS. How ever, you can put yourself in a position to let me do it. In Humility and Sincerity we must come before the Lord and Say LORD WE CANT DO IT. YOU MUST ASK THE LORD TO DO IT
A Set Time of Favour. There are set times which come and pass. Times of opportunity which do not last forever.
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiates 9:11
God’s Word tells us that time and opportunity happens to us all. It is often said and is true that, we are what we are by reason of the choices we have made in life, and the choices we make are largely a product of what we think and believe. Time and opportunity happens to us all. Our response determines if we take advantage of it or not. Acceleration is a phenomena of our times.
The decisions we make today impact upon us much more quickly than they would have a few years ago. The process of sowing and reaping is in a state of constant acceleration. The Goodness of God is coming and the Cherubim’s are coming. Today if you hear His voice. The set time has come.
and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Isaiah 49:8. God is saying to you Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Isaiah 55:6
I believe the Lord vividly brought these two prophetic encounters back to me because the time has now come for them to start to be fulfilled.
Lockdown In Progress
I was having a conversation today with my imaginary friends sipping a coffee. We talked about the meaning of the lockdown and wether people were getting it (not the virus of course) no pun intended, but the idea that life is short and we are racing toward the end of it, as we know it. Are we having fun yet? Or are we still arguing and striving over things that are meaningless, just because we want to be wright or in control of the situation. Are we learning how to have conversations with our family and friends instead of burying our heads in the world of distractions (cell phones, computers, digital games) Are we laying down our pride and arrogance to be able to get on our knees to say “Lord we need you, help us, we are nothing without you in this fallen world”. Don’t fool yourselves, things will not be going back to the way they were, your faith will be stretched, and your patients, kindness and self control tested, but don’t worry you will emerge as liquid glass on fire, coming out of the furnace to be molded and shaped into His likeness…transparent, beautiful, merciful filled with light and love. O yes, also our resourcefulness will come to good use in trying times like this, it will make us or break us, and reveal the overcomer in us. Jesus was an overcomer, He overcame the world and we as believers are to follow in His footsteps. The Supernatural life is becoming more and more attractive isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to break bread together and have it multiplied for others also? If we are having a hard time spending time with God now because we keep succumbing to the distractions of the natural world, how are we ever going to be comfortable spending eternity with Him. This period of lockdown should be easy for all lovers of Christ, the perfect opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with His tangible Presence. He will never force Himself on us, He desires our company more then we do His. Our selfish need to always want to acquire more spiritual knowledge as a substitute for Him, is also a distraction, maybe not a worldly one but never the less a distraction. Desire that impartation which He so wants to give to you…because there is no greater closeness than to share one life.
Then Jesus, overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s anointing of joy, exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord Supreme over heaven and earth! You have hidden the great revelation of this authority from those who are proud, those wise in their own eyes, and you have shared it with these who humbled themselves. Yes, Father. This is what pleases your heart and the very way you’ve chosen to extend your kingdom: to give to those who become like trusting children. Luke 10-21
There Is Always Hope
He said, “Those who are called to draw near to Me will share in My peace. But only those who have hope have peace, continual peace. If hope is gone, the soul is tossed to and fro seeking safe harbor, Anna. I want My children’s eyes set on Me, hoping in Me, not looking at the passing panorama of earthly events being played out before them. I want them to look beyond, to look up, to see at last the distant shore toward which they are sailing, filling their hearts and minds, their eyes and ears with Me. This will bring the hope that gives peace.”
This is an excerpt out of the book “Heaven Awaits The Bride” written by Anna Rountree who was taken into the “Throne Room” and who had conversations with the Lord regarding the events that were to happen and are now beginning to come to pass in the times that we find ourselves in. Reading this book had a tremendous impact on me and impregnated me with a knowing that as long as we stay in Him, filled up by Him, we will remain in a place of safety, hope and peace with all that is happening around us. The Lord brought this book to my attention again several weeks ago. I took it off my bookshelf on which it had been stored for about eight years and started reading it again. The other night I read some passages to my husband, and the room filled up with a beautiful tangible presence of God and a peace beyond all understanding. We sat there in silence and in awe…His love for us is beyond comprehension. We are now into our third day of lockdown in South Africa with the Corona Virus pandemic escalating, and honestly, no one really knows what is going to happen next. There are many Prophecies about the effects and outcome of the pandemic doing the rounds. What we do know is that the world will never be the same again after this very strategic time in our lives. By strategic I mean that God is allowing all of this in order to bring the church closer to Him and bring us to a place of reflection regarding our values and who and what we place first in our lives. This is also a strategic time because the lockdown in South Africa, and in other countries, ends just after easter, which is a time of new beginnings, and, is also just after the passover in the 5780th year of the Jewish calender. This is such a valuable time for separating ourselves unto Him, some people have already been doing that. For others this will be much harder as the days of religion and no power are over. My hopes and prayers are that who ever reads this accepts Jesus Christ into their hearts believing that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that without Him this world is lost. Get familiar with The Word of God and allow it to change your life. The good news is that in Him all things are possible if we only believe. In the Word of God, Joshua 1:9 it is written “be strong and courageous; do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where ever you go.”
I will be giving you updates from time to time and share my heart with you regarding life in lockdown status.
There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it! Colossians 1-26 (tPt)
“You will hear of wars nearby and revolutions on every side, with more rumors of wars to come. Don’t panic or give in to your fears, for the breaking apart of the world’s systems is destined to happen. But it won’t yet be the end; it will still be unfolding. “Nations will go to war against each other and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be terrible earthquakes—seismic events of epic proportion, horrible epidemics and famines in place after place. This is how the first contractions and birth pains of the new age will begin!” (Matthew 24 – tPt)
All that remains now, is to trust in God. If we can’t trust our maker, then who can we trust? We cannot trust our monthly income because it will change or fade away. We can’t trust the stock market because it can collapse, and stocks become worthless. In these perilous times who can resist? Only the ones who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior and are aware of what is going on in the world. Read your bible, it tells you all about it…The news you see and hear on your television is mostly lies, very little truth in it. Are we prepared for what is coming? I don’t mean to scare anyone but let’s be honest, what do you see when you look around you? What do you feel in the atmosphere? Relying a 100% on God will have to become the order of the day. Our purpose will not be realized until we understand this Kingdom principle, which is, in order for us to become great in the Kingdom we have to become like little children, believing and trusting our heavenly Father. There is a Kingdom rising who’s foundations are built on trust, believing and giving. How else do you think we will ever become totally God-reliant? This will become the new economy, a Kingdom economy. There is a fear spreading, a fear of contagious disease and a fear of lack. Please remind yourself of the fact that God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of love, power and a sound mind. (2 Timothy) Speak psalm 91 out over your household and yourself, it declares that no plaque will come near your dwelling! Pray for heavenly wisdom because we are going to need it in these changing times. Also establish yourself in love, become rooted and grounded in it, love means being patient and kind. It means not seeking your own way, not being jealous or boastful. God has given us everything we need to get through these seemingly desperate times, we are equipped with boldness, courage and authority. Come on Bride of Christ, this is the time to shine and reach higher! Our thoughts, emotions and desires are too earthly oriented, and like Enoch, we should desire to become more at home in the heavens than we are here on earth. Remember, we were created to walk on this earth in our bodies while our spirits soar into the heavens. What does it exactly mean to become totally God-reliant? It means no backdoor left open for “just in case…” It means boldly stepping into unknown territory and believing He will back us up. We think we trust God but it isn’t until our self-reliance and security is threatened that we are forced to put that to the test. We are God-reliant when we have nothing left except our foundation as believers, clinging to the truth that He is faithful.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut of from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. ( Habakkuk 3:17 – 18)
Passion loves the Journey
Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine — these are the many things God has in store for all his lovers. But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit. Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things. After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God. His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God. ( 1 Corinthians 2 – tPt)
Passion and focus enable us to enjoy everyday and every situation we might find ourselves in. We learn to love the hand of God in all things. The natural capacity to hear God was put into our DNA when we were born again, we were designed to be lovers of God. Life’s unexpected circumstances empower us to grow and take us out of our comfort zones where we are being stretched beyond our limits. Religion keeps us in a place of false security where we loose our vulnerability and transparency and we become self reliant. We start doing things in our own strength. Because of the attributes of God, we are called to become more detached to keep our spirits uncluttered, our focus should be on God because God’s focus is His connection with us! Life is full of distractions to pull us away from that place of communion with Him for renewed inspiration and fresh revelation. We need to eliminate the unnecessary chatter that drains, instead of fills our being. Our identity in God takes time to develop, it is a key to transformation and there are no shortcuts to a life lived in the center of “the storm” where we can hear God say “be still and know that I AM GOD”. We like to be told who we are and not condemned for not being what we have yet to attain. Everyone loves to be encouraged. I am amazed at the Father’s deep affection for us, demonstrated through the warm, kind and patient disposition of Jesus. I love the sense of humor and the enthusiasm of the Holy Spirit which tends to bubble up in me quite often, but not so readily understood or received by others. If I didn’t know better, I would believe the Holy Spirit to be some morbid person incapable of laughter. We take ourselves way too seriously, as if too much joy is sinful and causes us to miss the mark. Our wine skins are in desperate need of having to be renewed to be able to tolerate the new wine that is being poured out in this new time, not a new season, but a whole new beginning! Are we ready to leave the old behind and move into 20/20 Vision where God will show himself of in all His Glory! The natural man cannot perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God, they must be spiritually discerned. Hearing from God ignites this burning in our hearts, I love His voice, His voice pierces through the heart. His presence and voice come the same… it comes as a friend and it often comes as an internal desire. Something gets activated when He speaks. We come alive, there is a quickening… the ability to hear His voice does not comes from striving, it comes through entering His rest.
Starting To See Ourselves As He Created Us
“Our royal identity never shines brighter than when we pursue hidden things with the confidence that we have legal access to such things.” Bill Johnson
As you allow God to paint a picture on the canvas of your heart, you will begin to see yourself as He created you, not as others have labelled you. You will rise above your own self-imposed limitations. Jesus came walking on the water inviting people to join Him. Wisdom tells us that this must be possible, because God’s nature wouldn’t take Jesus where we can’t go. Lately there has been an uproar about the attempt to resurrect a precious child who died; through prayer, declarations and worship. Isn’t that how all of us, true believers, should be living? Doing what Jesus commanded us to do and even greater things than that! When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples, He commanded them to heal the sick and raise the dead…but nowhere in the Word of God, do we get the idea that God raises everyone who dies. These are the hidden things! The sincerity of the parents is admirable, they absolutely did what Jesus commanded them to do, whether the outcome was resurrection or no resurrection. The child was not raised from the dead. The parents are a beautiful example of how Christians should believe. I also know that they are at peace with the outcome, knowing they reached a place they would normally have never gone to …faith transforms and changes us, it doesn’t mean there was no grieving or emotions involved, because they were. Faith causes an awakening, the Word of God says that without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith, knowing that He is real and that He rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking Him.” The awakening within us opens up a place for more understanding where we change the way we reach out to people and share ourselves and the good news with them. We learn to meet people at their level of understanding and lose our own arrogance, humility takes us a long way. People have to experience for themselves, they have to get there themselves, they need that encounter to become real for them, and we can’t rush the process. I remember when I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart by faith and was then baptized in water, I changed. I saw everything with different eyes after that experience. It was not very long after that, when I had my second encounter with Him, which caused me to be very detached from my past and created a hunger in me, which enabled me to move on into the things of God. Every time we think this is how it should be done or that is what should happen, we are restricting Him from moving in a sovereign way or as some would say “we are placing Him in a box”. I can tell you about so many times when He moved in a sovereign way with me in my life and allowed me to experience the supernatural in a variety of ways… there was never any fear involved, only His Peace that is beyond all understanding. There is nothing like knowing Him, His ways are not our ways…
Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too. And from now on you will realize that you have seen him and experienced him.” James 14. (pTp)
Exchanging The Precious For His Presence
If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God! James 1 – 12
I sensed God saying to me today, give to me what is precious to you and I will give you the supernatural…again. When He said to me “again” it dawned on me immediately that when I had given my life to the Lord about thirty-five years ago, and then a little while later was baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire, sitting on my bed, alone at home. I gave up everything that was precious to me and He gave me the supernatural. Everything that happened to me from that point in time was truly supernatural in nature although I did not fully recognize it as that, (I thought it was quite normal) until much later in time. Invoking the presence of God happened daily without any effort required, my desire was only for more of Him and everything that I was ready to receive made its way to me. It’s shocking how much we take for granted when we are younger and just do not see the value of things. Smith Wigglesworth once said “If you come into the presence of God, you can have what you come for. You can take it away and use it at your disposal. And there is nothing you can find in the scriptures where God ever charges you for what you have done with what He has given you. God scolds no man, but you can come and come again, and God is willing to give if you believe!” What an awesome God we serve! I went through a stage in my life feeling guilty about not having been a good steward with what God had given me because my direction, geographically speaking, perspective, the way I saw things, and my thought life changed. Things do change… we are supposed to change and grow in the spirit, think and do things in a new way. God creates new all the time, HE IS A GOD OF THE NEW. He calls us to be overcomers of our old nature, our narrow and small mindsets, horrible behaviors, habits and traditions. The Kingdom of God transcends time and space…God is artistic and aesthetic, He made things beautiful and enjoys beauty. We, made in His image, are the same. letting go of what is precious to us could be a difficult thing to do but it should come naturally to those that are living a surrendered life in Christ Jesus. Do you desire change? What would you like to see in your life…you just know that there is so much more! Others may say, you should be content with what you have, yet you are dissatisfied. How surrendered is your life? What are you willing to do, to make those changes that bring about the supernatural and extraordinary. The gifts of the spirit are wonderful, and yes, they are freely given. But the flowing river of the Lord’s abiding presence is even more so…. and that is what we should desire and seek with all of our hearts. Accessing that creative spirit that God has placed within each one of us will help us to move forward. God will always communicate His will to us as we keep developing our relationship with Him. I don’t have to prove a thing, He has already approved of me a long time ago. The key to change and to “greater things” is believing. Out of strong belief comes action. Change comes because we believe, and are willing to do things differently. What I have learned is that God loves me for who I am, not for what I have done or what I can do, and that helps me to relax about myself. There are different approaches and callings to reaching people for Jesus Christ, because we serve a very big God, and the important thing is that His name is being Glorified, uplifted and spread. I am so revelated again these days, thanking Him for life and the privilege to be able to carry His presence. He gives us renewed inspiration and fresh revelation when we let go of the things that are “precious” to us. By precious, I mean fearing that our next decision will ruin everything for us. Our security should lie in Him. He wants you to be secure in the person He has created you to be. There are seasons when we have to walk away from the crowds, where we have to walk our own road and find our own place. People won’t always understand you, and that is fine… In Philippians 4 it says, don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
When we are willing to do what ever it takes, to see what we long to see, that is what moves the heart and hand of God. Our initiation is His invitation. We will experience Him in a way others do not, why? because we are willing to do what others will not.
Positioned for Divine Acceleration
As though lifted by a wave of the ocean, you are experiencing a sudden movement forward. Nothing can stop His purpose for your life.
Do you feel supernaturally strengthened by the Lord these days? Are you aware of an acceleration of time. Great manifestation is always preceded by an acceleration of time gaining momentum to materialization. When God is at work in our lives there is unstoppable momentum shifting our circumstances and removing obstacles. It’s the materializing of things that we are all standing in faith for. Are you paying attention to the signs that God is showing you? What He is showing me these days is that everything has changed again, and, that if we are willing to except that, He can do a quick work in us and in our lives. For us this has been a season of rest, to renew and refresh. That season has now come to an end and there will be new challenges for us to deal with in the next season. It seems that His grace is lifting off of the things that before were so filled with His grace, but that is not so. A change is imminent and it is pulling us out of our comfort zone once again. His grace is always sufficient for every situation. He is moving us onward into unfamiliar territory and new environments where we will be stretched and our capacity enlarged. Being stretched can be a scary experience, but His promise is that He will never allow us to experience anything beyond what we can handle. In this process we will lose some people who are nearest and dearest to us. Believe what people show you about who they are and make no attempt to fix them. Believe what you see and choose whether or not you will be involved with them. This preserves the strength of your heart. Things will get intense, leaving little room for rest and relaxation but God is so good, He helps us to press in and He takes us through. We all want to be accepted and celebrated, not just tolerated…but we need to remember that He raises most of us not to be fruitful at first but to be crushed, and then to become fruitful. Who are you spending your time with? Do they encourage you and want the best for you, do you feel edified after spending time with them. This is so very crucial in our faith walk with God. The way many Christians think these days is that Christ did it all for us, so why must we die to our flesh. Well, dying to self produces character, it makes us more compassionate, patient, tolerant and understanding. We don’t see too much of that in the body of Christ. In 1 Peter (tPt) it says, “Since Christ, though innocent, suffered in His flesh for you, now you also must be a prepared soldier, having the same mind-set, for whoever has died in His body is done with sin. So live the rest of your earthly life no longer concerned with human desires but consumed with what brings pleasure to God. By keeping our hearts clean, free of bitterness and resentment, full of God’s love, we will stay positioned for God’s purpose in our lives. Nothing and no-one can hold us back when His time comes. We need to pay attention to the thoughts that come into our minds especially during these times, because if they are carnal we are inviting trouble into our lives.
Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. May you never reject me! May you never take from me your sacred Spirit! Psalms 51 – 10 (tPt)
I Would Rather Stay Seated in Heavenly Places
There is a generation that doesn’t understand anointing, it only seems to understand gifting. This is a dangerous thing because the anointing has to be developed in a darkroom. In other words, the disciple has to go through a process of development to become transparent and sensitive to the light, so that he is able to project unto others the perfect image of Christ, the anointed One. Being a photographer myself, and having had my own darkroom years ago, I can relate to that analogy very well. Gifting without the process of development doesn’t touch lives or empower others. There are many gifted people and the gifts come without repentance, but without anonymity, obscurity and crushing, there can be no anointing. According to Isaiah 10:27 “it’s the anointing that breaks the yoke”. There are so many young believers today that want the platform without the process and it shows…we can see this mostly on social media, where they will follow your account in the hopes that you will follow them. When you don’t, they “unfollow” you a day or so later. Even worse yet, if you do follow them, they will ”unfollow” you anyway a day or so later. This is all a way of gaining more followers very quickly. What happened to integrity?
What’s happening to the sincerity of God’s people? How are we seated in Heavenly places in Christ (according to Ephesians 2) with all of this? We can’t even show up on time or keep our word! I don’t mean to offend anyone, but these are observations that are disturbing. I heard someone say a while ago, that one of the most spiritual things we can do is to be on time. I wholeheartedly agree. Not only is it insensitive towards the person who has asked somebody to be somewhere at a certain time but it also gives the impression that that somebody does not think too highly of the person who sets the time. Now these are just some of the reasons why the process of development is needed in the church. Be developed by God and let those roots grow deep, promotion can only come from God. If Jesus had to wait thirty years before His first assignment, what makes us think, that we have a handle on this the moment we give our lives to Christ. I don’t think we would survive it. Unless the light inside of us burns brighter then the spotlight on us, we will cave in under the weight of it all. Many gifted people have suffered and experienced rejection because of stepping into their calling prematurely.
I often think about the spiritual reality of being seated in heavenly places in Christ and that we have access through our faith. Bringing down heaven to earth takes believing that everything that Jesus spoke about we can have and do in His name and more… if we believe! If we don’t believe it, we can’t have it! Then there is also the gift of time He gave us, to develop and experience His beautiful nature and His original plan for us. How awesome is all of that! Why would we want to stay in this restricted place, when we are given a choice of life or death. About thirty years ago, when I began my quest for finding out what the fullness of faith represented for me, I took a huge leap into the unknown. It was exhilarating, I don’t think I ever felt more alive! It was spiritually so rewarding knowing and sensing that God was with me through it all. But if we are not vigilant the enemy has a way of stealing that time from us, by not being willing to die daily. I would rather stay seated in heavenly places in Christ and be recognized by Him, because it changes our expectations, the way we pray, the way we treat others, and the way we live.
In Ephesians it says that “this entire building is under construction and is continually growing under His supervision until it rises up completed as the holy temple of the Lord Himself. This means that God is transforming each one of you into the Holy of Holies, His dwelling place, through the power of the Holy Spirit living in you!”
There Is A More Excellent Way
” If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” CS Lewis
To be real, honest, vulnerable and transparent, requires off us to lay down our pride and take of that mask that wants others to believe that we have it all together. For some of us that is a difficult thing to do. Can we carry the weight of what God wants to give to us? I see many people in the body of Christ that would like to have what God wants to give to them but are not prepared or willing to make sacrifices, so as a result, there is no growth and life becomes an endless repetition of sameness, boring and unfulfilling. Only through complete surrender are we able to carry what He wants to do through us. In relationships we don’t always have to be right, let go, and let God have His way in that particular situation. It’s only by Grace….some of us need to be put in the fire, so that when something good happens to us, we don’t think its us…sorry, its only by His Grace. Encounter marks us and makes us more hungry for God, not for the things of this world. It’s about time we become honest and real! God loves transparency. He hates religiosity. To have God’s spirit inside of us is such an amazing privilege, He leads us and guides us through His Word and by His Spirit. We will always know what we need to do, and when we need to do it. The question is, will we do it! My own experience is, that the more spiritually minded we become, the more emotionally stable we are…. that roller coaster road eventually leads us upwards, not allowing ourselves to be easily shaken by trouble and assault, remaining strong and sincere in our love as we express the truth. The full dimensions of spiritual maturity are not reached in an atmosphere of always needing to gratify the flesh and having everything neatly lined up in a row. Things can get messy and unexpected disturbances do happen that are unplanned for, it’s in those moments that we get tested and the opportunity arises to subdue our flesh. The Holy Spirit is such a wonderful teacher, so gentle and yet so strong. There is a consciousness to be attained, called the Mind of Christ, emptying ourselves, and taking the form of a servant.
Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm. Colossians 3 (tPt)
A Higher Realm, The Place Of Clarity, Peace and Glory
In John 3:11 (tPt) Jesus said, “I speak eternal truths about things I know, things I’ve seen and experienced…and still you don’t accept what I reveal. If you are unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
We are placed into impossible situations so that we will come to know the one for whom all things are possible. This is not understood by the old creation who wants to always be in control. Placing our confidence in any natural identity is proving that our carnality is still boss and a shadow of the real, the spiritual nature. I want to shout out, that pulling down tomorrow into today, and also, that which has been stored up for us in heaven, is accessible to us now… and becomes a reality for us here on earth today. I don’t want to wait for that day when I get taken home, to discover, that everything my heart desired already existed up there for me. We need a revelation of the heavenly realm and everything it holds and represents for us here today! Jesus is building that foundation in our lives, line upon line and precept upon precept until we grow into a measure of an understanding of His world. Sowing and reaping are the fundamental principals of the Kingdom, where we receive according to what we have done, but the accelerated manifestation overrules the law of sowing and reaping and we enter into the law of blessing where we receive according to what He has done. We have crossed over into a time of divine acceleration into the promises and blessings of God. Jesus has been building this foundation of sowing and reaping in our lives because He wants to take us somewhere else, into a place of divine acceleration, out of this place of limitation. I know that there are places on earth where people are already living in that accelerated place. The idea of planting anything at anytime of the year and seeing it flourishing because of divine acceleration sounds very attractive to me! Who would not want to be in that place, that place of Glory! “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” My experiences of the Glory realm have been brief, but enough for me to never ever want to settle for less. It has always astounded me, that when we attempt to enter a higher dimension in our lives, all of hell seems to want to break loose on us. All of a sudden there are misunderstandings and carnality raises it’s ugly little head. Our walk with Jesus Christ is not complicated, but it does require all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not just some, but all , to walk this Heavenly road.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It is obedience to God’s will for our lives that produces good fruit in us. To say we want to do His will and then not do it is hypocritical. What is God’s will? His will is for us to become like Jesus Christ and to walk in His ways.
Co-Creating With God
Jeremiah 33:3: ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish’
A talent that is buried is useless but a skill that is utilized displays the Glory of God who gives all special abilities, talents and creative skills. Have you ever felt really stuck, spinning your wheels? This can happen to any of us creative individuals, it’s happened to me a few times in my life. Our inability to move forward is due to fear and issues of self worth. When I compare myself to others I become weak in faith, I see their gifts as being so much better and different to mine. Comparison can be such a killer. When we were born of the spirit we received His resurrection power that heals, cleanses, restores and gives new life. Being Creative should be foremost on our minds as people of God. For me it has always been my happy place, it makes me feel whole where nothing is missing and nothing is broken. It lifts me up and causes me to love well and be a blessing to others. The work of our minds and hands as a people of God contribute to a culture of two Kingdoms fused together. Having Become aware of my creative nature and how it makes me feel took a time of uncovering layers of self worth issues. As children we were all creative and we had no inhibitions about expressing our creativity, showing the world around us, what we had inside of us. I remember as a child how I would spend hours creating drawings of interiors and I imagined what it would be like being a designer or architect. That was just one of the things I enjoyed doing, among many others. Our Creator placed it all inside of us. Are you willing to let go of what you believe to be true about your creativity and embrace the truth of God? You have to be a brave heart and jump in that river of creativity and not let other people affect you in what they might say. Comparison produces fear and can rob us of our peace and joy. Creativity is also an act of worship, when we worship God in a corporate environment we are creating a way into heaven. Someone with an anointing for worship on earth can lift us in spirit to their level of praise, their anointing carries us with it and we add our voice to the worship being raised to God. There is a sound I believe that when released, can carry us into the throne room of God and we get to experience hearing His angels sing. This is hard to explain for me but I have experienced this in a corporate setting where a certain sound was released by the worship leader (no lyrics) and the worshipers that were sensitive in the spirit, including myself, latched on to that sound with our own voices and allowed it to take us into another dimension. As a result of this we could tangibly feel the shift and hear the angels sing. An Incredible experience! People get set free and healed in their bodies by getting up higher. It has also been said in Anna Rountree’s book “Heaven Awaits the Bride” since all such praise travels to the father, it is like catching a ride on a passing trolley and enjoying the ride to the throne room. If the angels do not ride all the way there, still they have added an imprint to the praise. Therefore, they too have participated, if ever so briefly”. I have believed for a long time, that people do not only form an understanding of what is true based on the Word, but also through their sensory experience of God.
Isn’t it wonderful that the life of Jesus so perfect and complete is able to flow through different individuals, giving unique flavors to what others are able to taste and see. The psalmist writes, taste and see that the Lord is good…
“For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland”
Isaiah 43:19 .
Where Two or Three are Gathered
They loved power and not purity, they loved healing and not holiness, they loved miracles, signs and wonders and not the Will of God. Often I have wondered about the people of God who will stand in prayer lines to receive healing in their bodies but remain ignorant of what could be causing their forever ongoing ailments. Now I am not saying that God would not heal them right there on the spot. He is sovereign and does what He wants. Why, if when, with two or three gathered in His name we are able to displace the powers of darkness that are against God’s purposes in the earth, are we not yet walking in divine health? Jesus told us as His Kingdom representatives, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and whatsoever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in Heaven.” (Matt. 16:19). We are agents representing another world and we are releasing the reality of that world into this world through our agreement in purpose. We should all have the same purpose, ie bringing Heaven to earth. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He loves to live in a healthy, pure and Holy environment. Health to our Spirit Soul and Body is connected to our obedience to His commands. Therefore, Honor God with your body. let’s at least make an effort to become more conscious of foods that are weighing us down and dulling our senses, replace those with nutritious natural foods that are life giving. Do you love Him enough to break the stronghold certain foods and behaviors have over your life? When the only stronghold should be occupied by God Himself. If we want to get up higher into God’s presence and deeper into His mysteries we will have to pay a price. There is no such thing as a magic wand getting us there making it all happen. We allow so many things in our lives to control us, like unhealthy mindsets, relationships, food addictions, unbridled emotions, etc. What if we only allowed the Spirit of God to control us and learned to say “no” to certain things that drain our energy and cause us to feel used and abused. Be careful not to move into works with doing things as “unto the Lord” which may not be the Lord’s Will for you. You will know what that is because it will drain you, it will not bring life and upliftment. Preserve yourself for Him, because only He can lift us up into the place He wants us to be by allowing Him to be intimate with us, rising above that religious spirit. We will then see what God requires of us and it will change our perspective of things around us. He said I love those that love me, those that seek me diligently, will find me… Religion tells us what to do and what not to do. True Christianity tells us what to become, and how to become it. Love describes His nature, and Light describes His spiritual essence and power. That Light is the creative power of God, the healing power, the power that imparts revelation and understanding. Many Christians are focused on wanting to become more powerful, they want more authority, more gifts, more anointing. Often that kind of focus and motivation is wrong. God now first requires of us to become ‘love’ in order to qualify for Kingdom power. Religion is based on laws, true Christianity is based in love and acting out of love. The Mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. “And you did not receive the‘spirit of religious duty,’ leading you back into the fear of never being good enough.” (Romans 8 v.15 tpt) If we live and walk in love we will fulfill all the requirements of the Law and the prophets. When love is pouring through us, Light is pouring through us, and that Light will transform us.
I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. Philippians 3 (tpt)
On Earth As it is In Heaven
The Lord is “God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” Joshua 2:11
My question is, are our beliefs supported by His manifested presence? If not, then we are believing wrongly. Are we walking around feeling depressed, what on earth are we thinking? It’s not complicated, where there is sin, sickness, torment, gossip, slander, divisions, strife etc. there cannot be a kingdom called heaven. We have to be intentional about how we decide to behave or think under all circumstances in our lives. The word of God clearly tells us to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ. We need to put that into practice. In James 2 : 19-20 (tpt) it says ” You can believe all you want that there is one true God, that’s wonderful! But even the demons know this and tremble with fear before Him, yet they’re unchanged – they remain demons.” To be joyful is to know God’s presence, our circumstances should not dictate our behavior. I owe Him my complete trust no matter what things look like, He has done for me, and shown me so much. Jesus never made an excuse for a problem, nor did He camp out around that problem. He always demonstrated what the Father’s Will looked like. When our faith is weak, He always makes provision for access to greater faith through miracles, signs and wonders. It has always astounded me that after experiencing a miracle, sign or a wonder, people still have difficulty believing. Why? because of disobedience and broken fellowship with God in their lives. Most Christians are still in bondage to something other than the Holy Spirit. Change comes when we are touched by the Spirit of God through an encounter with Him, so that our character would be consistent with God’s power. His manifest presence should be with us everywhere we go unless we are thinking or believing contrary to God’s ways. The knowledge we gain through studying and searching the scriptures after we give our life to the Lord is good, but without an encounter with God it merely puffs up and makes us prideful. Our walk with Jesus needs to be in His manifest presence so that we can sense His nudging and we become sensitive to His leading. Our walk should be “that we only do what we see our Father doing, and we say what we hear our Father say.” Believe me, when I say that my actions and reactions are more Christlike today than they were thirty five years ago, I’m not saying that I have arrived. The process is ongoing. I will say, that without those encounters I would have lost heart a long time ago. Press in for more of God, don’t be satisfied with the ordinary in the natural, reach for the extraordinary in the supernatural.
Living love Letters
Where are the living love letters in the body of Christ? Where are the people that are so filled with Christ that it spills over onto others. Warming hugs and brotherly kisses, we all should be there by now. It’s time to let go of our own self-importance or maybe our insecurities and fears? We need life changing God encounters. The people of the world will know when their attention is caught by the supernatural manifestations that surround the sons and daughters of God who have overcome their fears and are walking in perfect love and not competition, pride and comparison with others. As Christians we are the living love letters that the Lord Jesus has sent into the world to spread His love. How do we gain an awareness of that perfect love that seems so elusive to many of Gods people? By overcoming our fears. Fears of not having enough, fears of giving, fears of rejection, fears of sickness and disease and ultimately, the fear of death. I remember a time of testing after I had given my life to Jesus Christ a few decades ago. He led me into the wilderness, a beautiful place, and orchestrated a time of “surrendering” for me. My finances were about to run out and I had to come up with a revelation as to what to do. Fear took hold of me and paralyzed my body. At that time I did not know that fear was a spirit and that I could have taken authority over it. I remember now that I sat down on a chair and stayed there for a long time fighting that spirit of fear, it wore me out! There were a lot of things I did not know yet, I was thrown into the deep end of a life lived by faith and trusting in Him. In Matthew 4:1 it says that Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil. My coming out of Egypt was supernatural for me, something I could have never done without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. Psalm 91 was my constant companion and my awareness of The Spirit being with me at all times was such a gift and blessing. I was not guided to a church or tribe in the body of Christ after I got saved. I was discipled by the Holy Spirit who took me on a roller coaster journey, teaching me to walk in faith and overcome my fears. It became my conviction that the wilderness experience is that time in our walk with God when the road becomes narrow, wide enough for only us and God. All others fall away, so God can have His most personal time with us. So until you embrace and enjoy the wilderness, our ability to handle God’s best for us, is at best, weak and incomplete. The biggest favor we can do for ourselves is to let God have His way with and in us. It is only the son’s and daughters who have been gently broken by God through the wilderness experience who understand, appreciate, and truly know His love, power and grace.
In Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we should “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge”. Can you think of anything else that you and I need to know, that would transcend this?
His Presence the Place of Strength
When we are living in that place of not yet, it has got to be the most difficult and holiest of all. The process between the anointing and the appointing is crushing, to say the least. From the day that we give our lives to God, which for me is now thirty five years ago, there has never been anyone that has prophesied over me that I would have a “ministry”. I was told about fifteen years ago that I was not a prophetess per se, but an exhorter. I was also told that my faith was limitless and that the anointing of the Lord is on me to stir people into having faith in the sovereignty of God. That totally ministered to me. My experiences with God have always been outside of the church environment and completely supernatural in nature. He gave me glimpses of the world to come by experiencing displays of the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe that there is a direct connection between the expansion of our hearts, the renewal of our minds, and the seeking of His presence that opens up the heavenly realms to us. We can’t be passive about the thoughts we are allowing to stay in our minds if we want our souls to prosper, God’s thoughts are much higher than our thoughts, He challenges us to change our thoughts. I have learned that God meets us at our level of understanding. He said to me that this is the level of understanding I have given you, an understanding of peoples’ unbelief for the impossible and for you to stir people into having faith in the sovereignty of God, to pull them up higher and encourage them to believe that all things are possible with God. Now walk in it! Do not be afraid and be of good courage because its takes courage to act outwardly what you see on the inside. Don’t let others hold you back from exercising your experiential faith. Enoch was a person who sought to be in the presence of the invisible God. It was his practice to meet with God in the sanctuary of his own heart and Godly imagination which pleased God. ‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a re-warder of those that diligently seek Him.’ ( Hebrews 11:5-6 )
He only needs a willing heart and an open spirit, once you believe that God can and you have faith that He will, you open yourself up for God to move in your life.
Burning for the Divine
The use of the word “Mystic” is difficult for many Christians to accept, it’s a word that people shy away from as we are much more inclined to gain our understanding of God through our reason and the bible, than we would be through a direct encounter with Him. For some reason we believe our intellect is more trustworthy than our actual experiences. I bet you that if you search the scriptures with an open heart you will find many verses about God’s people having mystical experiences or direct ongoing spiritual encounters born through intimacy with Him. Would I be daring to say that if, in John 17:20 God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” could that also include the knowledge of mystical experiences or God encounters? There are people that stumble over writings of Jeanne Guyon and Brother Lawrence etc. and yet we discover that their experiences resonate with ours. Today we hear believers talking and praying about “intimacy” with God, and surrendering to His Presence, which to me proves that we are now practicing His presence and desiring more of what He can work in us, and, therefore do through us. There are Leaderships in some churches that don’t like the idea of mysticism because it means that ordinary people can have an unmediated experience of God. This can bring up all kinds of issues about control and hierarchy which can lead to “lovers of God” being accused of false spirituality because of having experiential faith. So, seeking to be a mystic is not popular, but, in the absence of knowledge amongst God’s people as to how to really grow close to Him, this is what happens. People want to emulate those who are close to God. Well, we can be as close to God as we want to be. My own experience has been that we cannot draw closer to God than the depth of our hunger for Him. Our hearts need to become increasingly more open and pure before Him. Until this hunger becomes bigger on the inside of us, it cannot manifest itself on the outside. The depth of your hunger for God is the length of your reach to Him. When you really hunger for God with all your heart and soul, you will have these deeper experiences with Him because you are being filled with the Holy Spirit every time you reach out to the Father in love. It’s that simple. Now is the time to begin your journey to a deeper relationship with Christ. In James 4:8 we are encouraged to “draw near to God and He will draw near to you” Isn’t this exactly what we ask for? In Psalm 140:13 it says that “surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence… our fruitfulness and our growth depend on our knowledge of God. We ought to be able to understand that it works the same way in the human realm. As I grow in my knowledge of my friends (transparency) I enjoy being with them more and I have a greater desire to please them. That is what occurs in our relationship with the Lord. The more we know of His love for us the more we love Him in return. And the more we love Him the more we want to please Him. As we spend intimate time with the Lord and grow in our knowledge of Him we develop Christ-like traits and we will bear fruit and increase in every good work by the knowledge of God. Lord, I want to be your resting place…
If you continue on this seemingly mystical road, you will find others who have hungered for a deeper place of intimacy with God and as a result they gained an understanding of spiritual truth that religious rulers could not come close to with all their theological training and religiosity. While we adhere to the infallibility of the Scriptures, God can and does reveal Himself in many other ways.
Sensitivity in the Spirit
The closer we get to God, the more spiritually sensitive we become. Our personal relationship with God has everything to do with receiving revelation. God’s possession of us ( setting us apart to belong to Him ) enables us to sense His presence with us. So to the extend that we are possessed by God do we sense His presence with us and around us. We need to heed the spirits call to “come aside”. All of our senses are activated and enhanced as we surrender to our creator, yielding ourselves to God and complying to His will for our lives. In Hebrews 5:14 it says that “Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil”. My experiences in God have been in the feeling and vision/dream realms. It has been difficult having to continually surrender my feeling senses to the Holy Spirit so that God can use me in the way He intended when He created me…and not over react when sensing something in my body that is trying to tell me something about my environment or the people I am with. I have become sensitive to atmospheric changes, feelings of pressure and release around me, also pains in different parts of my body that I cannot always identify. What I do know now is that those pains are not my own, I can rest in that and turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance as how to react and pray. My intention regarding discernment is to stay close to the Lord and follow His leading. I have also smelt the sweet fragrance of the Lord on a few occasions, like a rose fragrance and would like to become even more sensitive to the Holy Spirit by keeping myself pure and continually watching over my heart asking the Lord for healing, and progressive sanctification in the area of unhealed hurts. In Proverbs 4:23 it says ” Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the issues of life”. I don’t think that any of us will be completely perfected in this life time, but we can expect God’s spirit to do miracles by getting into His word and drawing closer to Him. Over the years there have been many dream/visions, which have been helpful in making me aware of something I needed to know. God’s love for us is amazing! One of those dreams was about my dog, a dog I had when still living in Arizona. I went to visit a friend in Los Angeles for the weekend and took my dog with me, ( God loves dogs ) on arrival I decided to enjoy the late afternoon sun by taking a walk on the beach with my dog. After a few minutes of walking, I set myself down against a rock facing the ocean with my dog next to me, I must have dozed of because when I woke up my dog was gone. I jumped up and started to call her and look for her, she was nowhere to be seen. The highway was close to the beach and my concern was that she had crossed the highway to the other side into the bushes. The sun was setting and I decided to leave and go back to my friends house. I had peace about the thought that I would see her again. That night I had a very clear dream about me walking on the beach to exactly the same place I was the day before. As I was walking along the beach, in the distance I could see a dog coming toward me, limping on three legs…I could not recognize the dog it was still to far away. Then all of a sudden I saw it was my dog. End of dream/vision.
When I woke up in the morning the first thing that came into my mind was the dream I had that night. I got out of bed and got dressed in a hurry to go back to the beach, to exactly the same place. As I started to walk down the beach I saw a dog coming toward me, limping of course, just as I saw it in the dream. I was ecstatic but at the same time apprehensive not knowing the condition of her leg, as she came closer I saw that her tail was wagging and she recognized me. Her back leg (thigh) was in a bad condition and ripped open, it looked like she was hit by a car which had been my thought and concern. Back in the car, I took her to the nearest Veterinarian and they lovingly fixed her up. What an amazing example of Gods love for us and animals. He truly cares about every detail of our lives.
Seven stages of Awareness and My Journey into The light
The journey for me has been about a journey of seeking and looking for God in all the right places. I believe today that those places, were the right places for me, because it was in those places that He caused me to draw closer and closer to Him. From sinner to seeker, to believer, to disciple and to overcomer. I learned that I passed through seven stages of awareness in order to be brought out of bondage towards the fullness of truth and into the life of an overcomer. The word “awareness” meaning the knowledge or perception of a situation. My first stage of awareness was a “hunger for truth”. When I reached the age of about 24 years old and after abusing my body for about 6 years with alcohol and drugs, I hit a wall, and started to scream out to God for truth, and, that this life that I was living could not be all there was! God heard me, and responded with giving me the desire to “seek for truth,” which was the second stage. Note here, how I don’t call it “The Truth”, that was still a long way off. Now, I don’t know why God took me down this road that I was about to embark on, but He did. Maybe it was so that I can tell you that everyone’s journey is different and that He broke the mold when He created me and set me on my own individual journey. The road that He set me on, finally led me to choosing “The Truth”, but only after almost ten years of “seeking for truth” which took me into eastern teachings, guru’s, channeling of certain beings, and 3 day intensives, this is where I was touched and never smoked a cigarette again…all these experiences caused me to see things from a different perspective and softened my heart, but, there was still something missing. Only after I finally chose “The Truth”, which is the third stage, and then started to except “The Truth”, that being stage four, did I have an encounter with the Lord that changed the direction of my life and caused me to go deeper with Him. The fifth stage of awareness is knowing “The Truth”, and getting to know the Lord on a intimate level where His presence is felt in a tangible way and it starts to change us from the inside out. The sixth stage is believing “The Truth” where we start being tested in the things of God, His word and His promises, and then, to finally get to the seventh stage of living “The Truth” where we are now well on our way to living the life of a true believer in Christ and we are trusting Him and are being led and guided by Him on a daily basis, listening to the unctions and promptings He gives us. The level of awareness of God’s manifest presence in our lives will impact the way we live, pray, worship, treat other people and deal with problems.
As the revelation of our destiny unfolds, as clarity of heart and mind begin to align themselves to each other, we will begin to take our place in that which God has given us to do, and we will be able to say with conviction “for this purpose I came into the world”.
Becoming Uncomfortable in what we were once Comfortable In
Often I have thought of the importance of a spiritual family versus a blood family, which seems to be something that becomes more clear as we grow up and mature into people who have found the greater threshold, where the second stage of life may be initiated and begun. To discover your purpose you have to lose your home, (metaphorically) the son of men had nowhere to lay His head. We need to become uncomfortable in what we were once comfortable in. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “when you follow me as my disciple, you must put aside your father, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your brothers —–yes, it will even seem as though you hate your own life…this is the price you will pay to be considered one of my followers. And anyone that comes to me must be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be my disciple. So don’t follow me without considering what it will cost you. If you have ears opened by the Spirit, hear the meaning of what I have said and apply it to yourselves.” Jesus the King of love is not saying to hate, but to put aside every other relationship into second place.
Well, it will cost you everything that you thought you could never live without. If you don’t believe me, just keep following Jesus. There is great joy in becoming free of earthly bondage. You can focus on what you would lose or on how hard it would be, but you forget that the reason you let go is to be opened to more joy. You will then begin to feel more confident and more peaceful. The upheaval of the one that decides to go to the next dimension, out of their comfort zone…needs the help of someone that has already gone there, such as a person in the spiritual family. The blood family certainly has its place, we love our families, there is an emotional connection that binds us but not always in positive ways. Negative, critical thoughts and words from our blood families do not make us better at life. They make us feel stuck, weak and unmotivated to move forward. It is choosing to look at circumstances positively that will empower us to do the right things. Find the hope that new beginnings are always possible, no matter what.
Promises Revealed to Promises Fulfilled
These last few days my mind has been on the “contending” for a promise given and the necessity of perseverance to see it through, no matter what. This is not only for ourselves but for others, that they may see that God is good and that their faith may be strengthened because of it. Some people just give up too soon when they are at the threshold of breaking through promises revealed, to promises fulfilled. When we receive a prophetic word from the Lord He has a date of fulfillment in mind. After that word is released, He starts working in our hearts and lives to make sure that His word comes to pass. Our lack of response to that process of change, causes the timing of fulfillment to be delayed. This is not for the faint of heart or the worldly believer, I know, at times it takes all of our strength we have to continue. I remember years ago in America when I was at the brink of breaking through a situation which really tested me. There was an opportunity that would have presented itself to me, should I have persevered and stuck it out. It was something that I really wanted to do but I could not wait any longer for that door to open, and began believing it would never happen. Only some time after that, did I realize what actually happened there, it was total lack of faith on my part (spiritual immaturity) and allowing myself to come under the influence of negative voices of people that thought I was wasting my time there. I learned a great deal through that experience, it taught me to always persevere in something I believed in. It gets hard when we don’t see the results we are hoping for coming to fruition. We run out of everything, but God is so good. He gives us renewed strength and renewed hope on a daily basis and also the ability to keep persevering when this road grows long. Our personal victory will build a testimony so that others may benefit from it, and it will help them to receive strength and encouragement to keep going. Who knows, we might be contending for the deliverance of our entire family, friends and church. This is not for us alone, there is a higher purpose in it…—-so that His name should be Glorified in all of this.
Hiddennes and Manifestation
Have you ever thought about why it sometimes appears that God is nowhere to be found? These are the seasons when God is hiding, so to speak, also known as a time of “hiddenness” which is when He wants us to totally rely on His word and promises, always busy stretching our faith. We all need to learn the discipline of walking by the Spirit and not by the flesh. During these times of ”hiddenness” ask Him for wisdom and understanding, God’s wisdom is the revelation of who God is and what He is doing in our life in a particular season of our life. Faith depends on our understanding of the nature of God, knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is faithful and that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are like little children always wanting to unwrap presents, we expect life to be adventurous and exciting all the time and we don’t want that to change, but it does! There would be no spiritual growth if there were only times of “manifestation”, the seasons where we feel His tangible presence and His touch upon our lives in an immediate way. I remember the time when I opened my heart to the Holy Spirit and was filled with His power, that was a time of manifestation, it was awesome. This was a season where I truly entered another dimension, His presence manifested itself to me on a regular basis. What an incredible gift that was. I call those seasons “times of awe.” Without these different seasons there would be no building of character, no trusting Him for our provision, and no faith walk required. Our faith needs to become the “walking on water” kind of faith, not the “just getting the rent paid” kind of faith. God always increases His flow when we are stretched, and when we decide to go deeper with Him… much is required of us, because much will be given to us which we will have to be responsible for. When God hides from us it is a time to draw closer to Him. He is with the risk taker, not the one that plays it safe… —the testing that we go through is not evidence that we have heard Him wrong. All progress in the Christian life is by faith, and God has no plans on changing His way.
What can God do for us that He hasn’t already done, He can do it for us again! We can come and come again, and God is willing to give, if only we believe…
We have become His poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! (Ephesians – tPt)
This morning in my time with the Lord I thought about why there are still so many of God’s people questioning their purpose here on earth, and are still wondering what they should be doing to bring that into fulfillment. I believe that we are all uniquely “wired” for a specific gifting. What has He placed in your hand? What gift has He given to you, that you can use as a platform? He wants you to use your gift as a platform. What God has for you is in the deep things, don’t be so careful…go deeper. Let me give you an example…
I received something in my spirit…and now I am walking in it. Now if you have received something in your spirit and believe that you have received it, keep walking in it, and you will have it! I am a spirit and I have the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit who searches the deep things of God and then reveals it to my spirit… how then can we still doubt when we have been given the Holy Spirit who knows all things. Exercise your spiritual senses, you have them! We have got so much more than we believe, the problem is that maybe we have heard something about ourselves ( an untruth possibly ) and believed it. Until we change the words that are in our heads…nothing will change, because what we imagine in our heads will manifest in our lives. “We did not receive the spirit of this world system but the Spirit of God, so that we might come to understand and experience all that Grace has lavished upon us. And we articulate these realities with the words imparted to us by the Spirit and not with the words taught by human wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 12. (tpt) Don’t listen to what other people tell you and to what they think is expected of you if it doesn’t feel right in your spirit. Follow the road to fulfillment by understanding God’s redemptive design for you and allowing it to guide your footsteps.
“Things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine – these are the many things God has in store for all His lovers. But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit. Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things. After all, who can really see into a person’s heart and know his hidden impulses except for that person’s spirit? So it is with God. His thoughts and secrets are only fully understood by his Spirit, the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 12. (tpt)
The Liberating Action of Dying to Self
I want to run and not be weary; I want to walk and not faint. This boundless, sustained energy only comes from spending time with God. We can’t receive it through the laying on of hands or some other form of ministry; it only grows from resting in Him. Everything in life is a gift. It’s a powerful moment when you’re broken and finally realize that the striving goes away, you don’t do things for recognition, you do things because you’re recognized by Him. C. S. Lewis wrote in his book “The Weight of Glory,” that the Lord finds our desires not to strong but to weak. We are halfhearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased… For sure, living the overcoming life and standing on promises that have been given to us is not for the faint of heart. We come to church and expect God to do something for us, remove our mountains perhaps? The mountains are placed there for a reason, not so that we can go around them and then expect victory. What is your mountain? What is it that you are not willing to let go of and let God do that needed work in you, that catapults you forward into his great promises. Is it your anger, pride, idolatry etc. Whether we are gifted or not, knowing that the gifts come without repentance, we still long to enter that promised land and that’s where it becomes costly. Moses never entered his promised land and God used him in a powerful way, unfortunately his anger and disobedience got the better of him. Too many of us are still postponing the inevitable where God will have His way in the end. Words spoken out over us is a heavy thing to carry and the price is high, God says ——die for my Kingdom here on earth, flesh has no place here, only life in the spirit. We forget we are in a battle, and that bringing down heaven to earth is a fight. Ease, comfort etc. are momentary states that rarely last a long time for a true disciple of Jesus Christ. When I say the price is high, by that I mean we have to give up certain things and let go of some other things that hold us back, and that offends our flesh and is painful. The enemy knows this and assaults us with disappointment and discouragement. Dying to self ultimately is a liberating action that produces joy and peace and also causes us to have a walk with God for ourselves, hearing from Him ourselves.
With out hope we are hopeless, as far as I can remember back into my childhood I’ve had hope and vision. As poor as we were, our house was always the best house with the warmest lighting flooding out of the windows (that’s how I saw it of course ) Coming home in the winter just after dark at about five pm I was usually running to get home in time, so that my mom wouldn’t worry. As I approached our place I slowed down and looked at our windows thinking how inviting those windows appeared, the neighbors’ windows always appeared cold and unfriendly to me. Even then God helped me to look beyond my circumstances and filled me with hope. We weren’t brought up in God, my mother did her best and raised us on good principles, and for that I am grateful. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen even when nothing looks like it will. I had plenty of those days in my childhood. Hope keeps us positive and gives us a will to live. Many times we were told not to put our hopes up, maybe that is why today I am forever hopeful. It says in Romans 5:5 that this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. ( tPt) I dreamed and had visions of going to America, land of the free, and ended up there years later. My point is, don’t ever give up on your dreams and keep hoping for the miraculous to manifest in your life…don’t settle for less then what God wants to give to you which is the desire of your heart.
A Gift to be Unwrapped Over Time
If you are amongst those less fortunate to have not received an education, you are most fortunate and blessed to have received talents and gifts that can open doors that no man can shut. My whole life has been about stepping into unknown territory, hoping that the unknown territory would take me to my destiny. Our destiny is what we are best cut out for, it’s what gives our life meaning, hope, joy and deep satisfaction. I discovered though, along the way, that the journey is more important then the destiny. It’s not only about reaching our destiny, but about what we are learning on the way there. Are we learning how to love, have we died to ourselves and our own negative pride, have we learned to be grateful, patient, tolerant, etc. Preparing for our destiny is all about honing our skills and maturing into them, building character, so that we are able to handle not only what comes…but also what comes against us. It takes time and perseverance to come to a place of completion. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3) You can’t give up, destiny happens over a lifetime it is an unfolding of who we really are. It’s a gift to be unwrapped over time.
Conditional yet Unconditional
I have always had a faith that was supernaturally placed within me and a love that is unconditional for my fellow man. This kind of love didn’t always serve me well until I gained some wisdom and understanding and was able to detach myself from certain people and situations that were very toxic. Trying to love unconditionally and getting it wrong can be a miserable journey. I love my partner/friend unconditionally doesn’t mean I love that person with a purity that transcends my everyday interaction, but it does mean that in every interaction, I come from a place of love. That place of love means I act respectfully and treat my partner/friend as an equal. That means I don’t judge or try to control and I don’t hit below the belt and use my partner/friend’s vulnerability against him or her. These conditions are best not to violate… If I love unconditionally but I am not loved in the same way, it isn’t unconditional love — it’s damaging self sacrifice. Set your boundaries. A boundary is nothing more then a healthy understanding of my own value, and of which behaviors value and devalue me. Boundaries are not conditions we set that say, I’ll only love you if you do X, or I won’t love you if you do Y. Is God’s love unconditional? There is such a thing as unconditional love in God, but it’s not what most people mean by it. Yet when we read the scriptures, it shows that God’s love for us is conditional. For example; It is not the love that will admit us into heaven when we die because John says, “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” and faithfulness is a condition. ( Revelation 2:10) Also James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” these are just a couple of conditions in the word of God. There are plenty more… —-for our good. So then, how does God love us unconditionally, he loves us with electing love unconditionally. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians) When we speak of the unconditional love of God it would serve us well to search out the biblical meaning of what the scripture says and find our feet on solid ground… —-for me this has cleared up much confusion and given me something to meditate on.
He works all Things Together for Good
God wants to take us from strength to strength, from victory to victory, and from glory to glory. In Ephesians 3:20 it says that he wants to do abundantly above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think, according to his work within us. So, to the extent that he’s allowed to work in us, will be the extent that he does great things through us. After meditating on this for a while, I envisioned so many people walking away from their dreams, because people are refusing to die to themselves, and let God have his way in their lives. To what extent do you allow God to have his way in your life? I realize now that God is always good but that everything that happens to us, is not always his will for for our lives, but he is always able to bring good from any situation as we trust him. His awe inspiring, all knowing sovereignty means that he can take my weaknesses and use them for his glory. It means that when people wrong me and the consequences of their decisions fall upon me, I don’t miss out on his favor. Whatever happens to me that is outside of his perfect will, he is able to work together for good, because I love him.
To Be a Conqueror
And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundations of the universe. Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in His eyes with an unstained innocence. Ephesians 1 : 4 (tpt)
God is not the back up plan for those of us that did not have a good upbringing, he knew us from the beginning and loved us, and, that alone should give us the confidence to believe that in him, we can do all things and succeed through Christ who strengthens us. When words are spoken out over us, hold on to those words, speak them out, read them over and over again. A prophetic word is an invitation from God for the person who is prophesied over to journey with God in relationship toward his desired outcome. It is to experience him and the reality of what it means to walk in relationship with him, to be guided by him and see his plans for our lives come to pass. The Word given, is to be a true representation of God’s heart and intent for us. Do not give up, if you give up at this stage, you will never get to the next stage. Yes there will be complications, without them, you can not be a conqueror.
Viewing the World Through God’s Eyes
This morning during my quite time I reflected on my past and everything that I have gone through, no regrets, it made me the person I am today. I now realize that my faith played a big part in my past and without it, I would not have come to the place I am today…standing in faith for God to do what seems to be impossible in the eyes of others. I now also realize how faith and love are connected and that we cannot have one without the other. God puts us right with him by the power of his spirit working through our faith. So what really matters is faith that works through love! Why is faith so hard? Is it that we do not have enough love…how are faith and love connected, have you ever wondered what faith and love have to do with each other? Galations 5:6 says; all that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love. When faith and love are brought together our entire outlook will begin to change and we will begin to view the world through God’s eyes. God wants us to walk in love, because his love never fails.
Loving Others as we Love Ourselves
Some more of my thoughts on love and the heart, if we are centered we are living from the heart in a balanced state of love and trust that is in sync with the natural flow of God. Our perspective is one of balance and we tend to listen to the muttering of our own heart when faced with decisions. I think that a heart disorder is the manifestation of the opposite mindset. If we are having heart trouble we probably tend to take everything to heart, or take things far to seriously. We are not allowing the flow of God in our lives and fighting the current to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. We tend to deny our own needs and fulfill other peoples needs in order to be loved. We seek love through what we do for others…Jesus tells us to love others as we love ourselves, do we love ourselves enough? I doubt it…something to meditate on and place before God. This has been something that I have had to deal with on my journey with Jesus.
Christ our Ambition and Focus
We have a wealth of information stored deep inside of us, but we need to learn to access it, it was placed there by our creator from the beginning. When we let go of past hurts and deeply suppressed emotional imprints from our past, those channels unblock and revelation floods in. Yes, only God can do that but we have to place ourselves in an atmosphere of becoming increasingly separated unto God. Sanctification comes in the realm of the truth, in the presence of the truth. “Sanctify them by the truth” John17: 17 The key to sanctification is to know and obey the truth…our identity needs to be found in Christ first, where we no longer chase after the desires of our flesh but instead seek to bring God glory in all areas of our life. Spiritual growth is a process, a progression toward holiness, embrace the process and lets get intimate with the one who is the answer…we can not grow in Christ if we are focused on our sin, failures, or the devil. The more we seem to focus on our struggles the more we become consumed with what we focus on. If we make Christ our focus, then all good fruit will grow out of that relationship, an abiding relationship. He needs to be our ambition and focus…
To be seated in heavenly places with Jesus means entering into His rest and giving up control of everything we do not have control over…then, by constantly using our faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside of us, and the resting place of God’s love will become the very source and root of our life. Sweet beautiful surrender…that’s where I want to be, nothing is worth holding on too if it isn’t part of His plan and purpose for our lives. Our displacement pushes us into our purpose, I will never fit because I am not at home, not yet. So today again I surrender with a contrite heart and a longing soul for all things good…
A Measure of Jesus
My thoughts this morning were on forgiveness and to me that covers a wide range of things. Do we tolerate each other, do we except each other for who we are, do we show genuine interest in one another? These are just a few things to me that cover forgiveness. Forgiving someone that has wrongly treated us is a small part of the whole, although a very important one. I have learned over the years that we can only get so much from people because none of us are perfect, the rest we have to get from Jesus. He is the only one. So my question always remains; are we spending enough time with him? To allow him to change us…his nature needs to be formed in us so that we then can be all of the above. I love people so much but only with the measure that Jesus imparts in me…the rest would be conditional.
Everybody needs to get to a Place where they get Touched by God
Again this morning…Lord take us deeper, lift us higher…help us to grasp the limitless possibilities of your presence. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than years of our striving to get it right in the love department. Everybody needs to get to a place where they get touched by God…cry out for it, cry out for the baptism of fire, do it for the sake of the Kingdom here on earth. Without His power we are powerless and in effective in our efforts to love others in the way that He loves us, conditionally, yet unconditionally!
Ken Mattox stated this so beautifully…
“There is going to be a remnant baptized with Holy Ghost and Fire, they are going to burn with passion and love, and you are going to catch fire when you are around them because they are lit up. Who wants to live un-lit? I love fire! I think God loves fire. God is fire. Every sacrifice had to be consumed by fire. God is a consuming fire. Israel was led by a cloud and fire. Holy Ghost falls in tongues of fire. I love that God has fire as an attribute of His character. Fire consumes. Fire empowers. Fire enlightens. Fire heats up the situation. I believe God is ready to baptize us with Holy Ghost and Fire.”
Please click on “Faith Like Feathers” for my testimony.
“Our capacity to remember what God has said and done in our lives and throughout history— the testimony— is one of the primary things that determine our success or failure in sustaining a Kingdom lifestyle of power for miracles.” – Bill Johnson
The reason why I write these posts is not so that I can talk about myself…but to glorify His name in all of this that I experienced. I am by nature a shy person and I would dare to say a bit of a “Mystic” always desiring to seek His presence in all circumstances. So, what is a Christian Mystic? A person concerned not with knowing the letter of the Word, or religious dogmas, but with knowing the Spirit of the Word, which is to say living from within the experience of God’s word at the very core of being. A mystic, quite simply, is a lover of God who pursues the beloved from a deep realization that life as a Christian is evolving as the soul moves toward its fullness and destiny in relationship to God. My hope is that what I have written down here, may help people to recoqnise what they might have encountered with this awesome God we serve but never dared talk about.
Living the over coming life is not for the faint hearted nor is it for the one who looks back and regrets the mistakes they have made. A friend of mine once said to me are you an overcomer or an undertaker, I thought about that and realised that I definitely had buried a few things in my life that I needed to dig up and revive. (Dry Bones – Ezekiel 37: 4) They were God ordained things, things that I was given but did not know how to handle correctly because of Spiritual immaturity, opportunities that presented themselves and I blew them because of pride and lack of wisdom. I had buried these things because I gave up on them and saw myself as a failure not measuring up to “peoples” expectations. I have learned that we cannot overcome by the strength of our flesh, it is only by life in the spirit when we have died with Christ and been resurrected with Him to live a Godly life, a creative life filled with His resurrection power that constantly revives us and inspires us to take our mountains instead of going around them again and again… our trying to have victory according to the law will only bring frustration. Rather than trying to kill the flesh by the flesh, we walk by faith that it is Christ in us who empowers us to overcome. Yield to the work of My Spirit says the Lord…and you will overcome! My mistakes have become my stepping stones to a higher experience in Him, where there are no boundaries or limits to what we can accomplish.
Many years ago I was given a dream or it could have been a vision (I’m not sure what it was), it was so clear and vivid that it has always stuck with me up till today. In the dream I saw myself climbing up huge stone stairs very much like the stairs of a Roman collosseum When I reached the top of the stairs there were three beings standing there, two males and one female. The female was standing in between the two males, she was much older than the males. Her hair was long and grey and she emanated an air of wisdom, the males were young and strong with beautiful long hair. As I reached the top of the stairs one of the male beings reached down to me and handed me a stone. Not having completely reached the top yet, I reached up and took it from him. I looked at the stone, it was very light in colour, almost white and there was something inscribed on it but I could not understand it. I asked the young male what it meant and then he said to me “you will know in time”. That was the end of the dream/vision, it never left me . It was only a few years ago that I became aware of a scripture in God’s Word, Revelation 2:17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” This scripture literally jumped off the paper when I first became aware of it and reminded me immediately of the dream/vision I had back in the seventies, when I lived and worked in Los Angeles as a Freelance photographer. There have been many things over the years since I had that dream, that I was called to overcome. Only through caring for my heart did I learn to hear His voice and did I start having some major victories in areas that seemed so blocked and bound up. Our hearts are the dwelling place of God. Caring for our hearts is how we protect our relationship with God, it is how we commune with Him. It is where we hear His voice. Caring for your own heart isn’t selfishness, it is how we truly begin to love. What will you bring to others if your own heart is dry and empty and trampled on? There is so much wisdom behind Jesus’ urging us to love others as “we love ourselves” (Mark 12:31) I see so many people struggle with this, they would rather practice the Christianity of principles and as a result never hear God’s voice. The Journey is painful… but as we purify our heart by taking care of it and not allowing unforgiveness or anger to lodge in it, not allowing it to be defiled through wrong influence, there will be more room for Him to occupy and lead us into higher dimensions.
Is there such a thing as a true born again experience? I know there is…it is a true awakening where old things fall away and the new takes its place in our lives. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person, the old has gone and new life has begun. Do you belong to Christ? (the Light of the world) and how would you know? Is your life any different from what it used to be, is there a renewal in your thinking? The word of God says that only the Father can draw us to Jesus Christ. Any efforts made by man through manipulation or control will not do it, it won’t last. Only through our own hunger and desire for a higher existence and even then it is because we had a taste and glimpse of that realm, will we pursue that intimacy required of us. Those moments when we cry out to God in total surrender and His love envelopes us and surges through us, that is when our hearts expand and we become willing and pliable in His hands. Many people have seen His Glory and experienced His goodness, only to be enticed again by the world and its principalities and powers of darkness. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6: 24-34 that we have to make a choice, no one can serve two masters. The idol of this world cannot coexist with the God of the bible. That’s pretty clear isn’t it…we want to throw it all together and expect a happy outcome, then we wonder why we are full of anxiety and have no peace in our lives. Something has got to give, obedience is better then sacrifice. Be anxious over nothing Jesus says, when you abide in Me, My peace I will leave with you. Wow! how much more simple can it get. He says stay and have relationship with Me, give me some of your time in surrender to Me and I will indwell in you, give you My peace beyond all understanding. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and I will give you everything you need! ( Matthew 6:33)
The Little Red Bible, The Blood and The Fire.
I am going back now to the very beginning of my story where my heart was being prepared for this very strategically designed plan of God for my life. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and received a phone call from my family letting me know that they bought me a ticket to come to South Africa. It was early November and they asked me to come for a Christmas holiday.
I excepted with a grateful heart not at all realising what lay ahead of me, most probably a good thing because if I would have known I wouldn’t have gone.
It was there that I received Christ in faith, was baptised in water by a Pentecostal couple who were very much from the old school of ministry which I found to be really scary and knew little about. She prayed over me in a language I did not know, asked me to open up my little red bible which I had miraculously found in a bookstore just about a week before that and proceeded to randomly turn the pages to three different places and blood fell on three different scriptures, Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Is it important that I let you know what those scriptures were? I think so because they so applied to me and the life I lived. Here they are… Romans 3 : 10-18 , Romans 4 : 7-8 and Philippians 2 : 7-11. These scriptures told me everything about where I was at, how God saw me and where He was taking me. To go back in time a bit, the little red bible was a small miracle He wanted to impress me with and the thought of having a big black bible did not appeal to me at all, that was way to austere for me. So I said, I will get a bible but it has to be a small red bible. It is amazing how He cares about every small detail of our life. So off I went looking for a small red bible. Now you have to know that little red bibles were nowhere to be seen or found in those days, black and brown was it. The first bookshop I walked into had a Christian book section in the back of the store, walking towards it I noticed the shelf with the bibles on it, I expected to see the little red bible – and there it was, in the middle of all the black and brown bibles… it was alive and illuminated! Believe me, that is how I saw it. On returning to Los Angeles everything was different and I saw with different eyes, I saw it all for what it was and felt no attachment to it. The next thing that happened was, what I later learned is called the Baptism of Fire. One late afternoon I was sitting on my bed contemplating and thinking about the things of God when I suddenly had this urge to ask God to fill me with His spirit and saturate me with His love. What was to come I was not prepared for and it totally took me by surprise… there was an energy that started to take a hold of me, a warmth that gradually turned into heat and became hotter and hotter as if I was set on fire from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I did not know where this was going to go so I dropped side ways on the bed and let it take its course, wave after wave of heat surging through me so intense I could hardly stand it. In Matthew 3 : 11 it says “I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me will come one that is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”. How long this went on for I don’t know, it seemed like hours until finally this power started to subside. I fell asleep and when I woke up in the morning I felt as though I had been turbo charged and had to go out for a run. From that point on my life took a drastic turn in a new direction.
My journey into the heart of God.
I am not a theologian, I have read the bible once from cover to cover which was a huge task for me. Then I started searching the Word and found many answers to many questions I had. “ And you will seek Me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart .” This was not the only way I encountered Him, I encountered Him again when I listened to a strong unction I had to follow His leading into the desert. A beautiful place, it was like Heaven to me…like stepping into another realm and coming home, a place of healing and rest. I left the world as I knew it behind me and took another leap in faith. I say “another” because my whole life seems to have been about stepping in to unknown territory. This place was different from any other place I had ever been to, maybe because of the awareness of His awesome presence being with me and around me every minute of the day and night. I realise now, looking back, what an incredible gift that was and how it changed my way of seeing and perceiving life around me. For those of you who know and have experienced the journey into the wilderness, this should not be unfamiliar to you. For those who have yet to meet Him, I say surrender all, let go of everything you’re holding on to because there are no limits in Him. There is a creek I use to go to in that beautiful high desert place. After a brief hike through and across the creek, which was not easy to get through because of rushing water and river stones, I found a huge flat rock (red in colour) so inviting that I could not resist lying down on it. The silence besides the sound of the running creek and birds chirping and singing was other worldly, I remember it so clearly…the kind of silence that causes you to loose track of time and space and invites you into the moment without fear or anxiety. Is that not what we all long for? To be in that place of complete surrender (centredness, oneness, call it what you are comfortable with) knowing that we are safe there. It was in those moments that anything supernatural could have happened, like an Angel appearing before me or the heavens opening up and God Himself speaking to me with a thundering voice, which would have been incredibly intimidating or scary, but no, not with me…He knew what I could handle, He knows me better then anyone else and He knew just what I needed! Instead He opened up that rock for me – yes the flat rock that I was lying on. I literally sank into it like a warm embrace enveloping me taking away every last drop of emotional hurt, fear and insecurity and filling me with joy, happiness and peace. The Lord is my Rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. ( Psalm 18 : 2 ) He is so awesome! This is how I know Him, and this is how He wants you to know Him, not like some dead idol that needs to be revived through boring repetitious sermons and religious songs. You are being robbed if that is the extent of your knowing about God. A religious fog has gotten a hold of you and blinded you from seeing the real Jesus. Jesus the God of the supernatural (He walked on water remember?) Let go of all your preconceived ideas, your traditional values and unrealistic expectations, His Kingdom is an upside down Kingdom where you die to live, go lower to get higher and you give to receive. Don’t get me wrong…I haven’t totally gotten there myself yet, but I am well on my way!
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
The Kingdom of God is not in word but in power, it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. If God created everything, heaven and earth, then He is all powerful isn’t He? May your Kingdom come and your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, we the body of Christ will be bringing down heaven to earth by faith, only when we follow in His likeness. God’s Kingdom resides within us here on this earth, it is not some far away place that we hope to go to when we behave a certain way or are good enough. Jesus instructed us to pray the Lord’s prayer so that God’s name would be Glorified and His Kingdom established within us. How many of us today can live in that realm and consistent atmosphere of Miracles, Signs and Wonders? How many of us are that faithful and are walking in that kind of single mindedness. The world’s ways are designed to bring down our faith in God. To keep our eyes on the Kingdom and Kingdom economy takes believing and knowing Him intimately and experientially. Intimacy is a wonderful discipline to learn in the realm of the Spirit, when we learn to access this realm and live in it, everything starts making sense, it all seems to fall in to place for us and everything that comes against us just drives us deeper into God. Oh! to live in His presence…remembering what He has done for us in the past and bringing that into our present situation, believing without a doubt that He will do it for us again. Jesus Christ, when on earth, lived in that realm because He spoke out of the deep and divine abundance of His heart. He spoke of the things He knew about, the things He had seen and experienced in Heaven and we the body of Christ are called to follow in His footsteps. Being satisfied with accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts are our beginning baby steps and that is good, but we were never meant to stay there. Extraordinary living is required here, a life that is exceptional, amazing, unimaginable, well and abundant. Do we fully understand what this Kingdom of Heaven is all about, and what takes place there? God uses our faith to bring things into existence, should it be healing in our bodies, our need for finances, the fulfilment of a vision and promise we were given long ago. Jesus said “don’t be afraid only believe”. In the word of God it says that we cannot please Him without faith. On earth and in our flesh we are limited by the laws of nature, never the less God is in control of all things. Children have no problem accepting the supernatural, they remember. Looking back I remember as a little girl, my mom tucking me into bed in the evening and I would tell her there were birds flying all around us in my room. She would look at me and say go to sleep now and stop your nonsense. Wouldn’t it have been amazing if she would have been able to respond to that in an open minded and inquisitive way, like “what kind of birds”? tell me about it. Things would have been different, we would have grown up being secure in the fact that it is okay to have visions and that there are other realms we can tap into. We could have grown in that and not been taught to believe that it was something weird.
If you are standing in expectation of His Kingdom coming here on earth as it is in Heaven and not waiting and hoping that we will go to Heaven one day through our own efforts and good behaviour, you are heading in the right direction.
Faith Love Grace
Tell me this one thing, did you receive God’s Spirit by doing what the law requires or because you hear the Gospel and believe it! ( Galatians 3:2 )
God puts us right with Him, by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith. So what really matters is faith that works through love.
It is the Grace of God that saves through faith. This is not our own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
A word I received :
you are delightful
like sunrise and the stars at night fall
you light up a room
with your love sense
and whisk through moments
of heavy as if they were fistfuls
of dust that need to give way
to the powerful fist of the
One Who has the last say
Here are some excerpts out of books that have empowered me and always just appear in the right timing on my journey with Jesus.
The word of God clearly tells us that it is God’s purpose that we experience days of heaven on earth. Many now are entering into a supernatural walk with the Lord like never before. While a large portion of the church is basically hanging on and waiting to get to heaven when they die, there is an ever increasing number of Christians who are beginning to enter into a supernatural walk with Jesus. The number of Christians that are being supernaturally transported to different parts of the world to pray for people or encourage people often healing people is increasing daily. Many more are being taken to heaven in order to be taught by the Lord or by angels, this is all biblical. The Apostle John was one of those in the bible who was taken to heaven to be taught and given understanding of these End-Times. Enoch became so at home in the heavenly realm that God finally took him there permanently. These are days where heaven is merging with the earth. There are many who have been experiencing this for a number of years who are now beginning to come out and share these experiences. Everything in the word of God is available to us today and a great number of Christians now are beginning to walk with God like many old saints of God did. It is time to move on and go higher in the realms of God.
Our Greatest Challenge
If it is true that the promises of restored cities and healed nations are actually millennium promises… and if the promise of God’s glory being manifest all over the earth is far off into the future…and if in fact the people of God will not reach a place of true maturity, living like one mature man- then I must ask the question- is there anyone hungry anough for what He has shown us in the Scriptures that we will pull into our day something that is reserved for another? Is there anyone willing to lay themselves down to bring more of God’s promises across another great divide? If you can see God’s coming future promises, and He hasn’t blinded your eyes to His intent, then He is hoping to hook you into the role of calling “into being that which does not exist.” It is the role of the desperate heart of faith. We have the opportunity to affect the direction and flow of history through our prayers and intercessions. This is where we take hold of the future. This is why He wants to show us, “things to come.”The future is now, and it belongs to us. It’s a new day…dreamers, Let’s Gather – (The Physics of Heaven By Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis)
Without supernatural power, Christianity is reduced to a set of laws and a list of principles. But God is not contained by human philosophies and externalized religion. He is the creator of the universe and the lover of our souls. Every human being on the planet has been designed to have a relationship with Him. We, therefore, do not need to be embarrassed about the gospel. We can confidently and openly share God’s love, and His powerful dealings with human beings, with any person we meet. ( “Wired” by Dr.Dionne van Zyl )
This lifestyle of His Kingdom manifested is one of conscious awareness of His Presence and it is unique, indeed. It is an incredible combination of brokenness and power; weakness and resolve; doubt and confidence; fear and assurance. His Presence reflects absolute dependence on Him and absolute certainty of His Life pulsing through the believers veins. It is exhilarating and frightful; natural and very much supernatural. – Don Nori