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Paul Keith Davis:"God Tabernacled in His Bride - a Time of Acceleration, Fruitfulness and Favor"
Introduction

Greetings friends,

This article is coming out at one of the most important times in recent memory. Beginning sundown September 29 we will enter into Rosh Hashanah, followed by the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. Although these feasts outlined in the Old Testament were experienced by natural Israel, they continue to have prophetic significance for this generation.

Throughout the years we have observed key revelations and insights coming at times that surround the Biblical Holy Days. Though we clearly are not under the law, we still keep a watchful eye on these days and how God's times and seasons unfold. We believe this next season will be a time of considerable acceleration, fruitfulness and favor for those who have positioned themselves according to God's standards.

A seven-year cycle is coming to an end with a new seven-year cycle beginning. Much of the direction of this next interval will be determined by God's people. This is true spiritually, politically and economically. As we learn to stand in the gap and exercise righteously God's authority through prayer, praise and prophetic proclamation, we will see clear demonstrations of the Spirit that set the course in every arena of life.

We are not to be troubled by the news media or circumstances in the world. We are citizens of a higher Kingdom that cannot be shaken. This is a time for us to:

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you." Isaiah 60:1-2

All for the Harvest,

Paul Keith & Wanda and the WhiteDove Team

God Tabernacled in His People

Throughout the Body of Christ one word is consistently accentuated to identify our present place in Church history - Transition. I wrote extensively about this subject in my book, Angels That Gather.

As time progresses, greater clarity is coming into view as to the nature of this shift and how the Bride of Christ should be positioning herself. Clearly, we are thankful for every expression of spiritual outpouring enjoyed in recent years. However, we also recognize none of the "revivals" have yet fulfilled what has been promised for this age nor what we as a ministry have been contending for.

There is something unique woven into the spiritual DNA of an overcoming generation that desperately longs for the invisible union of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the earthly Bride. This "revival" will take on different characteristics from any previously demonstrated in Church history. It will be distinguished by passion and purity paving the way for more pronounced expressions of power and authority; it will be the Lord Himself fully tabernacled in His people.

This transition can easily be identified with a historically important time for the nation of Israel and their commitment to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Feast of Ingathering, was the final feast of the seventh month symbolizing this present season.

With the closing of the harvest year centered on the ingathering of fruit, the Israelites set aside a time of rejoicing and celebration. According to the Lord's instructions they were to leave their dwelling places and construct temporary booths in which they resided as a prophetic picture of the Lord Himself dwelling for a short season within His people before He comes to permanently reside in the millennial Kingdom. The "booths" symbolized temporary dwelling places to be occupied en route to the Promised Land.

The Lord spoke to me extensively in 1994 about the importance of Tabernacles in the midst of an extended fast. Now, 14 years later, I am seeing many of the things spoken at that time poised for fulfillment.

Three Times a Year

Three times a year the Israelites were required to gather in Jerusalem to observe the Feasts of the Lord. Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles were each built around the harvest cycles. In them there is considerable prophetic insight to help identify where we are in history and what God's people ought to do.

"Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD." Exodus 23:16-17

The Feast of the First Month - Passover
1. The Feast of Passover
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread
3. The Feast of Firstfruits

The Feast of the Third Month - Pentecost
1. The Feast of Weeks

The Feast of the Seventh Month - Tabernacles
1. The Feast of Trumpets
2. The Feast Day of Atonement
3. The Feast of Tabernacles

Application of the Blood
1. In Passover the blood was sprinkled upon the door.
2. In Pentecost the blood was sprinkled on the people and the covenant book.
3. In Tabernacles the blood was sprinkled seven times on the mercy seat.

Spiritual Israel

Clearly, the Lord's Church is spiritual Israel. What happened to natural Israel historically provides types and shadows of what is to take place during the Church Ages. First the natural then the spiritual; the apostle made this profoundly clear in 1 Corinthians 10:11 and 1 Corinthians 15:46 saying:

"Now all these things happened to them (Israel) as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come."

"However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual."

Each of the three Feasts must also be experientially revealed in and through God's people. There is an abundance of historical evidence from the New Testament that affirms two of the three annual Feasts of the Lord have been fulfilled in Christ and His Church. We now stand on the brink of the fulfillment of the last Feast that will usher in the Lord's return. This is the feast of the seventh month or the Feast of Ingathering - Tabernacles.

End-of-the-Age Harvest

We live in the days of the final harvest. Jesus said the end-of-the-age is the harvest and during that season He would send "angels that gather" out of His Kingdom - all stumbling blocks and everything offensive so that the righteous would shine like the sun in the Kingdom of our Father (Matthew 13:41 & 43). This will be the unveiling of the Sons of God who will exhibit a Power and Glory not yet seen in Church history.

It will be the Lord Jesus tabernacled in His Bride to demonstrate His Kingdom and His divine nature. There are ever-increasing heights of Truth and Glory that are to be appropriated in these last days. It is upon this prize that we fix our hopes and expectations for the full revelation of who He is and what He is able to do through us as a result of the Cross.

The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Rest. This is the promised rest spoken in Hebrews saying:

"For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

"Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience." Hebrews 4:9-11

The Spirit's anointing that came upon the Old Testament prophets rested for a season until God's mandate was complete and then it lifted; in the ministry of the Lord Jesus the Spirit remained and tabernacled in the Son of God. The Bible declares that the Heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove and remained. This is our promise as well; just as He was sent so also will we be sent!

We Wish to See Jesus

An interesting exchange took place in John 12:20-24 with fascinating inferences for this day. Two of His disciples informed the Lord that a company of Greeks had come with a request saying, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." The Lord's reply seemed odd unless you read it from a contemporary point of view understanding the incredible prophetic implications of His statement. He said:

"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

The Lord Himself was the grain of wheat that went into the earth. That Seed has experienced two thousand years of growth, pruning and maturation until at the end-of-the-age there will be an ingathering harvest of exponentially multiplied grains of wheat just like the original seed. That is the principle outlined in Genesis 1:11-12; seed produces after its own kind. This last day's generation is saying "we wish to see Jesus"; and that is to occur in His Bride as a seed harvest like the original that went into the earth.

The Lord prophesied in Matthew 13 that the end-of-the-age will be the harvest and the wheat sown into the earth are "sons of the Kingdom." This reality can only be achieved when the Lord's Spirit is fully manifested and tabernacled in His bridal company doing the greater works. Then this generation will "see Jesus" in a real and tangible way. This will bring in the fullness of the Gentiles as promised by the Apostle Paul in Romans 11.

Leaven Free

When the Lord discovers His rest in us we will then discover our promised rest from the toils and labors that make us weary emotionally and spiritually. It is in this season that we will be most fruitful. Pentecost is the only Feast that allowed leaven. Leaven is a symbol of false teachings, religiosity and mixture. The Lord once said, "If I can find a people without mixture, I will release my Spirit without measure." That is what lies imminently before us.

The Feast of Tabernacles included Trumpets as a prophetic picture calling for a Holy convocation and preparation for purification and cleansing. The Day of Atonement and Ingatherings prophetically set forth the final operation of the Lord in the earth prior to the Lord's second coming.

The final harvest of souls before the Lord's return will then be facilitated. It sets in motion the gatherings or calling out of the Saints unto the Lord and the perfection of the Church by the power of blood atonement. That is, we are to know the full measure of redemption and the power of His atonement and fulfill the Apostle Paul's prayer saying, "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

The fullness of the Feast of the seventh month overflows or overlaps into the seventh day of the Lord which is the Kingdom Age to be enjoyed for one thousand years.

Sanctified in Truth

Neither in Passover, nor Pentecost, but in Tabernacles the Word was opened, read and explained to the people. This is a picture of the mysteries of the Kingdom being unveiled to provide insight and illumination to cause us to "shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of Heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever" (Daniel 12:3).

The prophecies of Daniel clearly point to this season of history when the book that had been previously concealed at the Lord's instruction is now opened and devoured by a bridal company at the end-of-time generation when many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase. It is at this time that we fulfill the prophetic directive of Revelation 10:11 and take the now-opened book from the Lord's hand, devour it and "prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings."

Spiritual truth was revealed at Passover and Pentecost; but in Tabernacles full and complete Truth will come into the Bride of Christ making her a bright shining light to the nations. This will ultimately prepare her for the Lord and "...sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word, that He might present to Himself the Church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless." Ephesians 5:26-27



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*THE PRINCIPLES OF PRAISE! *BELIEF FROM THE KINGDOM *** "THE PRINCIPLES OF PRAISE!" (From the Journeys of Undrai & Bridget Fizer) Resources: www.fizerinternational.org/ The Greatest Praise we can give God "cannot be something spoken from the mouth, but only revealed by the function of His Intentions within us." BEING the "good works" that were created in us before the foundations of the world, and functioning in them confidently, courageously, and fearlessly. Ephesians 2:10. Giving Him Praise, while at the same time, aborting our Divine Design, is not praise at all. When we live from how we were designed by Him, there is a Joy that is birthed not only in ourselves, but in God. And when that Joy is shared between God and His purposes in His children, Possibilities are then established and created. To be "drunk" in the Spirit, while being fearful in practicing His truths, will cause one to become addicted to the "emotional encounters" with God and barren in power. This is the beginning of spiritual frustration. Elizabeth was "designed by God" to give birth to the John, the forerunner. Therefore, she was not really "barren," but in "waiting." Her natural body had to "wait for the fullness of time to make room for God's Design." When time was fulfilled, "her body produced the Promise!" She embraced "that Good Work that was created in her before the world was!" To truly "Praise the Lord" is to "be" what the Lord has thought. It is to "be" what the Lord has designed. You are His Mighty "Acts!" YOU are His "surpassing greatness!" YOU are His "sanctuary, and temple of the Holy Spirit!" This is why it says to also "praise Him with the instruments, Psalm 150." In other words, He desires to hear "a natural, created sound from everything He has designed." Your life "is the sound of the Lord." Your life "is the music that is brought forth from how you were created!" To Praise God, and live like "NO" in His Presence, is not a praise at all. To Praise God with the lips, while owning your own life, is not praise at all, just mere "talk" with spiritual terminology!" Praise Him "from your existence of BEING!" Praise Him "from the purpose He created you from!" Praise Him "from the Truth you have become!" Praise Him "from the Original Intent that resides within you!" Praise Him "from the reason that inspired Him to create you before the world began!" Praise Him "from the reality of the Workmanship He created you to be!" Hmm.."How does Workmanship" praise the Lord?" Think about it.... DOMINION...Reading for the Maturing of Mind and Life! **** "BELIEF FROM THE KINGDOM!" (From the Journeys of Undrai & Bridget Fizer) I believe God. I believe Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died, rose again, returned to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. I believe that we too, are seated "in" Him, in the heavens. I believe we are seated in the Kingdom "while yet walking on earth!" Heaven isn't the "clouds" but the Governmental Location of the King! We are not "in the clouds," but the Government (Heavens). I believe that the Blood of Jesus cleansed us from sin. I believe in repentance from sin. I believe in living the God-Life which is actually "living Holy, or finding your Being in the Nature of God!" I believe in His Lordship as well as submitting to His Lordship "for without Him we are all..nothing!" However, I do not believe in the ways that we have pursued "a concept" of God and not God Himself. Many pursue "concepts that make them byproducts of religiosity instead of truths that transform us into the Nature of God!" God is not a concept. He is a Person, and we share the same DNA as the Person of the Living God! The "concepts" that were "supposed" to be the foundations of my "freedom" as a Christ-offspring, however, did not truly liberate me to "be the Intended Expression of the Original Reality" of Christ. It only made me "free" to be a byproduct of the religious consciousness that produced it. Thus making me fear true Truth while consciously embracing "humanistic interpretation" of Truth. My freedom was bound "while my fears were free!" I was "free" to fear the hand of the enemy, but afraid to believe that I was an expression of God. I was "free" to fear sin, but afraid to believe that the most tragic sin of all was not living the Intention of God, thus causing me to "blaspheme the reason of God created me!" I was free to be "bound" by human rules, but afraid to soar unlimited in my Divine Life. I was free to bind myself to what we called "Christianity, as it relates to our cultural expression, but feared God's ultimate expression, the Kingdom of God within me!" A life that expresses a freedom from "conceptual belief in God," make appear "radical" in the beginning, but believe me, the Spirit "matures this radicalness into Significant Expression of the Father's Intentions." The Scriptures then take on a whole new meaning and definition within the sons of God, for now you see, we are not reading to "find a message to preach, or to simply have a devotional for bed, (which there is nothing wrong in this if you do), but now we read as an expression of God "instead of an expression of an unreconciled mind." As a result of being one with God we are no longer bound to concepts that derive from a fear of sin. To truthfully preach "against sin" is not to merely tell people "not to do a wrong thing," but to reveal and express the Father's Right Things and empower the listener to believe these things. When the Father's Righteousness is believed, "the ways will express them!" Sin is not merely "an act," but the reality of not functioning from God's Original Purpose and Righteousness. A righteous act, done from an unreconciled mind, becomes religion of obligation and not an empowered life. Just ask the rich, young ruler. Righteousness, performed by those who have become free by righteousness, becomes a Law and not the Power of God within. When "unrighteous minds" becomes slaves to "righteous works," death abounds in the heart of the unreconciled "because their life is found in their works and not their Divine Identity!" But when the unrighteous discovers the Principles of the Kingdom, if they can believe it "beyond the comfort of the works that have satisfied them," they will discover True Freedom, Liberation in Spirit, and the Fullness of their sonship in the Father!" DOMINION.."Reading for the Maturing and the Becoming!"Visit us online at www.fizerinternational.org for more information..

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Kathi Pelton:"The Transformation of the Passionate Believer"
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5-6



There has been much talk about a transformation or metamorphosis occurring in the Body of Christ throughout the world. As I pondered what this transformation looks like, the verse in John 15:5-6 kept coming to my mind.

I know that God is drawing us into a deeper and truer intimacy and passion for Him. Abiding in this passionate relationship is bringing a restoration to true Christianity and Bridal intimacy.

During this journey of transition, a friend of our family told me the true story of the life of the "the passion vine butterfly."

Looking at the Life of the Passion Vine Butterfly

Here are the facts regarding this amazingly prophetic little insect:

Entomologists study insects. Etymologists say that the word "butterfly" was originally "flutter by," but over the centuries it metamorphosed into its current form. The butterfly was once called a "flutter by," because as any amateur entomologist will tell you, this is what butterflies do.

However, not all butterflies exhibit this in-flight behavior. The "Passion Vine Butterfly" (Heliconius), flies in a slow, serene, straight line. This butterfly is so named because of its special relationship with the plant called the "Passion Vine" (passiflora).

The Passion Vine produces a cyanide releasing chemical that makes it inedible to most insects. But the caterpillars of the Passion Vine Butterfly are able to process the chemical without harm and voraciously eat the leaves of the passion vine. Not only do the caterpillars suffer no ill effects, but they store the poison in their bodies, thus becoming inedible to birds of prey and other predators.

This protection is retained when they metamorphose into butterflies. Since the Passion Vine Butterfly is unpalatable to birds, it does not need to fly in a "rapid and erratic fashion to avoid being eaten." Instead, it slowly flies in a straight, purposeful path from flower to flower.

There are mimics of the Passion Vine Butterfly that, due to coloration and general body shape, look very much like the Passion Vine Butterfly. These look-alike butterflies do not have the protective toxin in their bodies and therefore can be eaten by the birds - though most birds leave them alone as they are "fooled" by the mimicry.

However, there is one tropical American bird, the jacamar (galbulidae), that is able to distinguish between the inedible passion vine butterfly and the tasty mimics. The jacamar sits up in a tree and observes how the butterflies fly. If the flight pattern is slow and straight, the jacamar knows that even though it would be easy to catch, it would have a bitter taste and be inedible. If the butterfly has the rapid, erratic, typical "flutter by" flight pattern exhibited by most butterflies, it knows that it is not a Passion Vine Butterfly despite the colorization, and it swoops down for a meal.

I believe that God is calling us to eat and drink of our "Passion Vine," Jesus Christ. We are to commune with Him and be partakers of His Blood and His body so that we might live. We are to feed upon the Bread of Life. We are to abide in Him, our Passion Vine, and as we abide in Him we will be like those caterpillars that can digest this "cyanide" and metamorphose into a butterfly that is not susceptible to the predator (the enemy) that would want to take our lives. We will also be distinguished by our "flight pattern"...rather than moving in a rapid (frantic) or erratic pattern, we will move in a serene, slow and straight pattern (the rest of the Lord).

The Passion of Christ

I found this story of a Jesuit priest in Peru during the 1600's who saw the Passion Vine and the Passion Vine Butterfly as a symbolic picture of the Passion of Christ. Here is what he wrote:

"The crown of thorns, the nails, the color of Jesus' robe, the whips for scourging, were all seen in the complex structure of the flower now known as the Passion Vine Flower. This plant contains cyanogenic glycosides which release the poison cyanide. When the caterpillar of the Passion Vine Butterfly eats the leaves of this poisonous plant, it then has the ability to form a cocoon and become a butterfly. So too, when we accept the work of Christ's Passion; when we 'eat His body and drink His Blood,' we have the ability to be transformed into a new creation.

"And just as the Passion Vine Butterfly takes a straight flight path as it need not fear predators, so too, we have 'Christ in us, the Hope of Glory' and are now able to walk the 'straight and narrow.' Indeed, if we try to walk in our own strength, we will only be 'faking it' and the mimicry will not fool the prowling lion who seeks one whom he may devour - just like the jacamar looks for the butterfly that can't fly straight.

"Entomologists say that the mimics of the Passion Vine Butterfly use about 20% more energy in flight than the ones they mimic. Are we weary? Let us return to the One who says that His yoke is easy and whose burden is light...light as a butterfly."

What a wonderful picture of our metamorphosis. Through the Blood and Body of our crucified Christ, we are a new creation that now can fly straight and slow...and serene, not fearing our predators that seek to devour us. We have taken the communion of the "passion vine," Jesus Christ, and now we can enter into His true rest.

To Know Christ Alone

"For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified." 1 Corinthians 2:2 (Amplified Bible)

Recently, I was enjoying a conversation with a man that I highly respect. For years now I have watched in awe the journey of this man's life and witnessed his involvement in decisions that not only affect individuals but also nations; he is a man who moves straight and steady...always watching and waiting to see what the Father is doing. He has always had a deep intimacy with the Lord that causes him to "hit the mark" and to make wise decisions.

During our conversation, he began to tell me about the "plumb line" that he lives his life by. He said that each day (and in every circumstance and decision) he looks for the plumb line that Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 2:2, "To know Christ alone, and Him crucified."

He proceeded to explain to me how he is always searching for where Christ is and what He is doing and then he aligns himself as closely as he can get to that. Christ alone (through the power of the Holy Spirit) is his compass, his delight, and the wisdom that he lives by.

As he spoke, I entered into a deeper understanding that I cannot put my confidence in any knowledge that I may have gained, nor anything that I have been acquainted with; but instead, I need to daily find where Jesus is in each moment and every decision and then get as close as I can to Him. To only do what I see my Father doing...because that is where Jesus will be.

But the verse goes on to say, "...and Him crucified." Through the Cross of Christ, we have been reconciled to God and filled with the Holy Spirit who will lead us, not with the wisdom of man, but instead with the wisdom that comes only from God alone. By the power given to us through our crucified Christ, our weakness and dependency on His Spirit becomes the threshold for many to be carried into salvation, truth and relationship with the invisible God. The Cross is the threshold that we crossed to obtain eternal life, and it is the power that comes from the Cross that enables us to walk in confidence...slow and steady and fruitful.

Dependency on the Vine

We know that Christ is the true Vine, and just as the Passion Vine Butterfly depends upon the chemical that comes from the passion vine to keep it from harm, so we need to continually depend upon and feed upon the fruit of our true Vine to keep us from harm.

Apart from the chemical imparted to the caterpillar (that will become the Passion Vine Butterfly), it is not protected from predators, but as it feeds upon this vine it is infused with a protection that allows it, after becoming a butterfly, to fly slow and straight. No longer does it need to flutter up and down, here and there, trying to escape the predator that seeks to take its life.

As we abide in Christ and seek to know Him, we are infused with His precious Spirit that allows us to fly slow and straight, because we know that even our greatest enemy will recognize His Spirit who is within us.

I have to admit that much of my Christian walk has been spent "fluttering" rather than flying straight. I have walked in too much fear of the "predator" who seeks to devour our lives; forgetting that I have been infused with the Holy Spirit who is also like cyanide to the enemy. Our authority to fly slow and straight comes from the power of the Cross...from our Savior and Friend, the crucified Christ. As we remain in Him and go only where He is going and do only what He is doing, we will be kept from the "fearful fluttering" that attracts our predator's attention.

Ask the Lord to give you the confidence that the Passion Vine Butterfly moves in. We no longer want to live our lives "fluttering" in fear, but instead we want to live and move slow and steady, knowing that His Spirit is our shield and rampart. We want to abide in and near the Vine to keep our lives filled with His Spirit. If we are truly spiritual "Passion Vine Butterflies," then why do we fly as if we are imposters? Only the mimics have to flutter because they are not filled with the true chemical that makes them inedible to their predators.

A New Level of Surrender

"'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.'"
Isaiah 55:8-9

Since the very beginning of 2008, I have personally felt as though I was in a refiner's fire where all the "precious" in my life is being purified and all the worthless is being burned away. The interesting thing is that much of what I thought was precious has been burned away as worthless. Many things: thoughts, beliefs and even personal convictions, God has burned away because they had become "laws written in stone" by me rather than by the wisdom of His Spirit.

I have been challenged again and again to walk in every circumstance by the leading of His Spirit of grace rather than by what knowledge I have gained through past life experiences...making laws from past successes.

There is a spirit of surrender coming upon many that is causing them to allow the Holy Spirit to rid them of all of their own ways...even things that seemed good. I believe it is the making of the new wineskin so that the new wine will not be spilled out as God pours it forth. We have seen that God is pouring forth new wine, but it cannot be contained in old wineskins.

In God's mercy, He is exposing all that would cause a bursting and spilling of His new wine. Though some exposures are quite high profile, I believe that all of God's people are going through personal exposures of the areas in their lives that have become brittle and old...or where we have strayed from abiding in the true Vine. Remember as we pray for one another that where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. We pray for grace for those that have fallen and for our own fallen places.

"God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God's wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:20-21

God is removing the stumbling blocks that are in the way of His Kingdom being established. He has called us to prepare the way for a great harvest and for His Kingdom coming to earth. He is preparing the way for the fullness of the Gentiles and the opening of the eyes of the Jews.

God longs to restore those who are bruised with sorrow for their sin. This is a time to pray for true repentance within all of the Body of Christ...for all of our wanderings and for all the areas that we have strayed from the purity of knowing Christ alone, and Him crucified. Let's look at Isaiah 57:14-19 from the Amplified Bible:

"And the word of One shall go forth, 'Cast up, cast up, prepare the way! Take up the stumbling block out of the way [of the spiritual return] of My people.'

"For thus says the high and lofty One - He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: 'I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].

"'For I will not contend forever, neither will I be angry always, for [if I did stay angry] the spirit [of man] would faint and be consumed before Me, and [My purpose in] creating the souls of men would be frustrated.

"'Because of the iniquity of his [Judah's] covetousness and unjust gain I was angry and smote him. I hid My face and was angry, and he went on turning away and backsliding in the way of his [own willful] heart.

"'I have seen his [willful] ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him also and will recompense him and restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him.

"Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near!' says the Lord; 'I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise].'"

These verses are of great comfort to many of God's people in this hour. This is His promise of healing for not only the one who falls, but also for all those who mourn due to his fallings. We are learning as a people to rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn. If we are one in the Spirit, then when one falls we all must own it and come to a place of corporate repentance. And when one is restored we can all rejoice in a corporate celebration.

God is calling us to abide in Him (the True Vine) and to drink of Him so that we might be those who fly slow and straight. No more fluttering, no more mimicking, no more fearful or frantic behaviors. It is a time of surrendering to the grace of His discipline and His transformation.

Will we allow Him to create in His Church the new wineskin that will hold the new wine? My white flag of surrender is raised and I want to go and drink from our Passion Vine.

Kathi Pelton
Light Streams Ministries
Email: jkpelton@sbcglobal.net


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Deborah's Resume
Part 5
by Jill Austin

We tend to think of multi-tasking as a 21st century phenomenon, but Deborah was functioning in five major roles. Let's review them:

Intercessor
Many scholars believe that one of Deborah's roles before becoming judge was being a lamp lighter in the temple. In the Bible, oil is often a symbol for the Holy Spirit. Deborah was married to Lapidoth, whose name means, to shine, lamp, flame, burning lamp, lightening, torch. Isn't it interesting? He, too, was a lamp that had oil!

Deborah was a keeper of the oil and light, gingerly tending the lamps. This shows us that she was a woman who was passionately spending long hours dwelling in the temple. She was a woman of prayer and of worship. She lived between two villages, Ramah and Bethel, in Ephramin, which means the valley of fruitfulness. Biblical names often have profound prophetic meanings. The ancient village of Ramah was known to be the seat of high adultery. Bethel was known as the house of the Lord with open heavens, where Jacob had his ladder experience in Genesis 28. She stood in the gap interceding between the seat of high idolatry and pagan worship and the house of Bethel with its open heavens.

Now the imagery becomes a little clearer Deborah was raised up by God to intercede against idolatry (Ramah). She wanted to turn the hearts of the children of Israel back to the house of God (Bethel) to inherit a double portion of fruit (Ephraim).

Deborah's relationship with the Lord was very precious and intensely intimate. I believe that in those twenty years of captivity, Deborah stood in the gap and interceded to change the course of Israel. God promised Abraham, in Genesis 18, that He would save a nation for the sake of ten righteous men. I believe that the righteous prayers of Deborah availed much!

She worshipped and had a deep intercessory life with God. She would go into the temple and fill the lamps with oil and ask God for revelation for people around her in great darkness. She was prepared in this secret place as she stood in the gap in radical intercession for her people and her nation. She would hear from God and would bring down great wisdom and counsel. She spent long hours in the temple. This dedication moved the very heart of God and changed the very heart of Deborah. He led, she followed. She led, Israel followed.

Oftentimes we have the misunderstanding that worship is merely the thirty-minute time slot before the sermon when we sing songs of devotion to God. This is part of worship. But doing small things with great love unto Him is living a life of worship. Deborah was a worshipper who loved the oil of the lamps, Holy Spirit.

We need to be like Deborah, a people of prayer. Sincere and passionate prayer is the key to unlock our relationship with Almighty God. Many struggle with praying because they feel that their intercession is not much more than empty cries to an invisible God who seems so distant. We think that our prayers bounce off the ceiling and back to us unheard and unanswered. But beloved, God loves communing with you! He promises that He will hear you and answer! It takes only a few seconds of a face-to-face encounter with God to change the course of human history for you, your city, or your nation.

In fact, communing with God is the highest purpose for which you were created! This is eternal life to know Me. (John 17:3) Our hunger for God is what fuels our prayer life. When His presence is our passion and our hunger is for His heart, we can approach the throne of God boldly with the confidence that our Daddy loves our prayers, but having this first love is so important.

For Deborah, intercession was a dialogue in which He began to download strategic war plans, blue prints from heaven, and keys to open doors that no man can shut and shut doors that no man can open. (Isa. 22:22) How else could she wisely judge so many civil cases with the Israelites?


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Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda:"40 Days 4 America Update #2:
For There is Hope for a Tree: Pray for the Rains of Revival"
Biblical Revival Rains

Isaiah describes revival in the book of Isaiah, Chapter 60: "Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." The next verses go on to describe harvest and abundance with blessing, peace and joy.

The prophet Habakkuk prayed, "O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!" (Habakkuk 3:2). The short work he records is a plea for revival in the midst of a time that the fruit of men's hands have produced nothing but judgment, leanness of spirit, and oppression. The famous end of Habakkuk's words, shigionoth, is a musical notation indicating they be sung as a song with emotion and a sense of victory!

"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 be cut off 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. The LORD God is my strength!..." (Habakkuk 3:17-19).

Bible revivalists such as Habakkuk were typically those who found themselves in the midst of a time of dark oppression, the sharp terror of impending judgment, and doom from invasion by marauders. Their personal lives were not necessarily filled with ease or temporal happiness. Jeremiah was told not to marry because of the trouble to come in his generation. He had few friends, and he witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem during her surrender to Babylon.

Ezekiel was a contemporary of Jeremiah. Ezekiel's wife died simultaneously with the destruction of Jerusalem. A priest who carefully kept himself according to the law, one of his most significant encounters with God was in a graveyard. The surrounding of the dead was an anathema to such as he, but like apostle Peter's vision on the rooftop, it took a visitation to adjust the man's view and ministry. Ezekiel languishes in Babylon while the second siege takes place in Jerusalem. He can only witness it by revelation and is helpless except to become a supernatural bridge between the will of God in Heaven and the works of men on the earth.

Joel came to his prophetic pinnacle immediately following a great natural plague that completely devastated Israel's economy. John the Baptist arose while Israel was under the boot of pagan occupiers and corrupt religious leaders. The thing they all had in common was a connection into the supernatural river coming from the throne of God. Their message, their perspective, and their power came from Him. Life and circumstance were such that the prophets' revelations were just that: revelation. They were suddenly plugged in to a realm that enabled them to see clearly and proclaim the work God was doing in the circumstance of their day.

The perfect manifestation of revival comes, however, not from earth, but from Heaven. Before the throne, and from there to the corners of the earth, Isaiah and Ezekiel describe the four living creatures. Mysterious, yet as powerful as the wind and something like it in nature, they wheel to and fro while lightening flashes and great joyous tumult surrounds them. Holiness effuses from every bit of their beings. Shekinah fills the air around them and the incense of Heaven's temple is thick. They are in revival.

Revival in America: At the Scent of Water the Tree Buds

America has experienced several periods of revival. Four specific periods of intense religious revival were: the Great Awakening (c. 1720), in which Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield played major roles; the Second Great Awakening with Charles Finney and its aftermath (c. 1787 - 1860); the period of Dwight L. Moody, the Holiness Movement and the reaction to liberalism (c. 1870 - 1926) which peaked with Azusa; and the renewal of mass evangelism in the 1950s, characterized by Billy Graham.

Since that time, the wave of the charismatic renewal has washed ashore; in its wake - a revival of the Word and worship cresting in what has been called the refreshing. True revival produces something. Biblical revival causes the turning of a nation and brings about restoration in a society. It has long-lasting effects. In the 21st century we are in desperate need of a genuine revival of Biblical proportions.

The common threads of America's revivals have been to bring about a general sense of harmony, fellowship, and energized ardor for justice and social reform. The Great Awakening during the 18th century and the Second Great Awakening in the 19th century were times of mass spiritual revival spawning new interest in religion, the advent of new denominations, large-scale social activism, and new modes of religious expression. The Great Awakening was ushered in with a contemporary of England's Wesley brothers, George Whitefield, and brought nearly seventy-five percent of Americans together in a common understanding and practice of the Christian faith and life.

Not unlike the days of the separatist Pilgrims who left England's hearth, where revival had once burned brightly and brought about the Reformation, religious dissent and dissenters became fashionable. God was doing something new and living. The now dry bones of past century renewal had become tradition and had begun to produce lifeless conformity that resisted new growth. But at the scent of water the tree buds.

America Was Birthed as the Result of Spiritual Awakening

Religious awakening taking place around them impacted America's Founding Fathers. It is part of the reason they made such an emphasis on Scripture as they laid the foundation of this nation and fashioned her garments of law. Among those stirred to chart the course of the nation were devout men who breathed in the clean air of return to God and vibrated with the sounds of Heaven picked up in revival meetings.

The other part was the seed already sown in colonial soil by Columbus' mission and the Pilgrims' undertakings. Ben Franklin walked backward from Whitefield's preaching stand to the edge of the crowd in one meeting in order to calculate the number in attendance. He concluded it was 30,000; but Whitefield drew larger crowds than that. Rain was falling on revival's seed again.

Patrick Henry, Sam Adams, James Madison, Washington, and many others had ears opened to the sound of the rain when it came. The first decisions to support revolution were made in gatherings in church halls where community leaders, and common folk we now call patriots, sought direction for the colonies amidst strange stirrings. Those meetings oft saw the men upon their knees in prayer for guidance and blessing. From that came the present traditions of opening our House and Senate in prayer.

For anyone to propose the removal of faith, especially the faith of the Bible, from American government and society, is traitorous to her origin. What historians call "the First Great Awakening" can be described as a revitalization of religious piety sweeping through the American colonies between the 1730's and the 1770's, but it produced something. In 1776, a tyrant, an earthly king was rejected in favor of the rule of the King of Heaven. America was birthed as the result of spiritual awakening.

Social Changes of American Revivals

Among the social changes of American revivals has been great emphasis on public education. Christians, who realized the need to eradicate ignorance in their society, founded America's first public schools. It is a travesty that our learning institutions have become bastions of philosophers and their ilk who deny God and seek to ensure that future generations of Americans, at their most formative and influential threshold, turn their backs on Him by the time they have run the dark gauntlet of college. It's time for a real revival. Like Ezra and Nehemiah, preaching was only one rudiment of Whitefield's work. He was proactive among orphans and suppressed minorities.

Awakening to the plight of Native Americans and slaves and society's responsibility came as a result of spiritual revival. George Whitefield was among the first to preach to African Americans in his day. Black, white, and brown found common ground, brotherhood, and honor for one another at the foot of the Cross. In many denominational circles slavery was denounced as sinful, and the First General Conference of Methodism concluded owning and keeping slaves was grounds for immediate expulsion from society.

This theme was revived a century later under the preaching of Finney, which burned through the Union states just prior to civil war. An abolitionist and promoter of women in ministry, Finney redrew lines of such religious fundamentals as covenant and how one receives salvation. They were revitalized with lasting effect in American theology. The same way Luther spawned Protestantism with a living word that "the just shall live by faith" at a time when God Himself was breathing out those very words in Heaven, the prophet simply let his mouth be used to give God voice as he spoke. Church history changed forever.

It's time for another real revival. Far from cultism or heresy, true revival is typified by something "new" to existing tradition, be it in emphasis or practice. It's not spawned in some newly rationalized set of ordinances. Revival is a coal of burning fire bursting from off Heaven's altars, coming right out of the furnace of the belly of God Himself, as seen by Daniel, John, and Isaiah. It lands in the heart of the messenger and leaps to flame in his mouth.

A New Understanding of Salvation Covenant and More Social Changes in the Awakenings

The understanding of salvation covenant in the Awakening reversed the emphasis of the Puritans from what God has done for man to turn it around and enflame what man can do in response to God. This affected the understanding of salvation and how to receive it. Suddenly, man had power over his destiny, enabling him to lay hold of God Himself and become like Him, if man so willed. In a way, it was the beginning of the democratization of Christianity in America, with much more of an emphasis on the individual than had been before.

Partly out of evangelical opposition to the deism associated with the French Revolution, the Second Great Awakening, led by preachers like Charles Finney, swept the northern United States. Finney said, "Above all, revival is not a miracle in the sense of a physical change brought on solely by God, but a change of mind which, through influences of the Holy Spirit, is ultimately a matter of the individual's free will."

The "burned-over district" of New York State was the cradle of modern Pentecostalism. Women as well as men led crowded, nightly prayer meetings. At "the anxious bench" sinners and backsliders confessed their sins. The preachers used plain language, including humor from the pulpit, in an effort to reach the common man with the uncommon message of the Gospel.

Armed with Calvinist influences, suggesting all men are "moral free agents" who could obtain salvation through their own efforts of faith toward God at any moment, Finney persuaded many to believe, as he did, that time was running out for men to decide about their eternity. He ushered hundreds of thousands into the Kingdom. Perhaps prophetically, Finney foresaw an approaching apocalypse of a more immediate sort. In the afternoon hours of Finney's ministry, civil war boiled over in America.

The Second Great Awakening was known as "shopkeeper's millennium," as influence of the church meetinghouse affected churchgoers' work ethic and social habits outside the Church. The rise of equality for women, respect for "the Sabbath" at the end of six work days, temperance, abolition, public education, and many other social reform influences were spawned by that revival.

There is Hope for a Tree

America as a nation was birthed out of a revival. Before that, the wind of the Holy Spirit set Christopher Columbus sailing to the New World. The Pilgrims, the framers, and a century later the industrialists and educators, from each to each voices began to harmonize with Heaven and make that joyful sound in their day and changed the fabric of contemporary culture, returning men to God and awakening Christian faith.

You may insist America is not a Christian nation, but know this: An apple seed makes an apple tree. "For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations" (Isaiah 61:11).

This nation may be in temporary custody of surrogate parents who did not birth her and refuse to acknowledge the truth of who she really is for fear that her features, fully developed, will betray her true heritage and prove she is not the child of futile philosophies and vain attempts at secularism or moral anarchy, but that God is in our national genes. Revival will bring us to our true mother: a nation under God.

Like the prodigal son, America may have insisted on the whole fortune of our inheritance to be wasted upon itself in riotous living for a time. But now, nearly face down in the pig's trough, our sides ache with emptiness. The pods have left our eternal stomach hungry. Rife with division, darkness, disease, destruction, sin and confusion, America is ready to return home. The land and its people are ripe for revival. It's time for a new awakening.

The answer to welfare, stumbling economy, racism, and moral decline is a Third Great Awakening, a genuine outpouring of the Spirit in our day to bring about metamorphosis in our land. It's time for revival in America. Revival is as eternal as God Himself, and as present, if we will but step into it, it's time for light to shine forth in the darkness.

The seed is in the ground, and God, as rain, will come to us. The former rain of revival marked dramatic social, economic, and political reform from ancient Israel to the present day. But this revival will not be a passing one. It shall burn brighter and brighter as it ushers in His coming.

"For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant." Job 14:7-9

A Prayer for America and a Third Great Awakening

Lord, we ask for rain in the time of the latter rain. Pour out Your Spirit on America, renewing the face of our families, our churches, our schools, our cities, our economy, our courts, and our government. Let the rains of Your Spirit water the seeds sown in revivals past, and revive the roots of our nation's Godly heritage.

May America be a city set on a hill, proclaiming the glory of Christ to the nations with signs, wonders, and miracles confirming the word. We pray for a Third Great Awakening of genuine outpouring to fall upon America in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.

Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda
Mahesh Chavda Ministries
Email: info@maheshchavda.com


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Love Wins

By Ron McGatlin

In the onslaught of exposed lack of godly character in Christian ministers, significant questions may have arisen in our minds. Questions like: Where is discernment? Why do so many people follow impure leaders? Where are the safeguards and controls to prevent such episodes of moral failures? What can be done to fix the systems so this does not happen and the people are not misled? Where is God in all this, and why doesn’t He correct these issues?

There are some basic major answers to these and other questions that most people may not be ready to deal with. It is futile to try to alleviate the surface problems without dealing with the root causes. The need is more that dealing with the issues of the ministry by better minister training or setting up checks and balances. It is not just the fruit on the limbs of the religious systems that is sick. The entire tree from the root up has been infected and is decaying. The decaying religious systems have born good fruit in the past centuries and will continue to produce some good fruit as long as the trees are standing. Many of us were born again through the church systems or some outreach of them.

Though the systems have born fruit, they have not been able to bring forth the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. The disease has made it impossible for them to bear the desired fruit of the real kingdom of God. Since its inception around the third century, the religious church systems have had a genetic predisposition for the whole tree, from the roots up, to dry up and decay to eventually become enriched soil for the new grass of the kingdom to spring forth and blossom with the beauty of the glory of God covering the earth. Back in the early 80s when God began to pour revelation of the kingdom into me and other seed planters, He told me that eventually it would come up like grass in a field. Grass grows close to the ground and seems to come from nowhere. It is not just a few tall trees, but it is many plants all at the same ground level.

A Season of Great Historical Significance

In this historical season of God’s transformation of His people from religious systems to the kingdom of God the old is coming down to allow the new seeds of the gospel of the kingdom to grow into the world. The religious systems have spawned the secular systems that both compete and cooperate for the rule of the world. The whole adulterated world of religious and secular darkness mixed with the true light must give way to the pure and glorious light of the kingdom of God.

God is cleansing the darkness from our midst, first from the children of God and then from the world.

The core answers to the questions above regarding the corrupt leaders and lack of discernment is that the church left the reality of the headship of Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit. Discernment is by the Holy Spirit. Empowerment for holy living is by the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. When men after the first few centuries set up church government and turned to their own minds for guidance, the Holy Spirit pulled back leaving the then apostate church with only human intellect to discern the word and guide the church. Christianity became a religion, modern theology was born, and a hierarchy of men replaced Jesus as head. Doctrines were devised without the revelation of the Holy Spirit that favored the new system and shrouded the truth of the gospel of the kingdom. The void created by the loss of the Holy Spirit was filled by powerful religious spirits that have infiltrated and affected the religious church and the world ever since.

Though reformation began four or five centuries ago, there is much yet to be dissolved before the true gospel of the kingdom can be fully implemented. What we are seeing now in the uncovering of the corrupt character of ministers is a part of the major cleansing and dissolution of the religious systems that are decaying before our eyes. That which God used in the past is not usable in the kingdom age that we are entering. God is preparing a people of faith who will walk in holiness by the Holy Spirit and will be used to destroy the works of darkness and bring forth the pure clear light of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

Love Never Fails – Overcoming evil with good

Is it possible that the destruction of evil is now within the potential of Christ in man? Is it not possible that the Bible word is true and that good can overcome evil? Could it be that the Spirit of Christ bringing forth His love in the body of Christ throughout the world can bring forth righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit and overcome the evil of the world?

If we look at the problem, the multitudes of evil men who are bent on destruction, and the great deceptive philosophy of seeking carnal pleasure that rules men around the world, certainly it does not seem possible to the natural mind that evil can be defeated and the kingdom of God can and is coming forth into our world. Looking at the giants in the land is exactly what the enemy wants us to do. (Num 13:32-14-1)

The victory waits for men to grow in faith to really believe the words of God. Faith grows where there is righteousness, peace, and the joy of the Lord in the Holy Spirit. Faith in God cannot be strong in carnal pleasure-seeking people. The prayers and faith of righteous people will unleash the power of God to change the world. The great outpourings of the Spirit of God upon His mature sons can bring forth revival and people will repent of their mixture of seeking carnal pleasure and seeking to serve God at the same time. Many will turn to God with their whole hearts and become holy humble servants filled with the love and power of God by the Holy Spirit.

In the same season of great outpouring of Holy Spirit revival, great shakings of purifying judgment upon all the earth will continue. We will enter the kingdom age through much tribulation, and all pride and loftiness of man that lifts itself against God will come down.

Acts 14:22: …."We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."

While at the same season of spiritual revival, the great apocalyptic cataclysmic events of the book of Revelation will destroy evil works and quickly alter the entire scheme of things in the world. Yes, it may be a bloody, fiery road to the kingdom, but God can protect and deliver His children. The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God. (Rev 11:15) We will rule and reign in the earth with Him. (2 Tim 2:12) We will overcome the evil one by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. (Gen 18:14)

This is a miraculous transformation of God from the church age to the kingdom of God age. Only God could have ever orchestrated such an apocalyptical and cataclysmic series of events that would in the end bring forth the beauties of holiness in the glory of God on earth as it is in heaven.

Rev 12:11: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

All the rich history of the people of God – all the incredible acts of godly people – all the pain and suffering of Christ and the many who have willingly followed Him and suffered and died through the ages – all the sacrifices of the saints – all the victories that have been won – all the revelation from heaven and all the faithful service of men and women in the church age have all been moving toward the season we have just began to enter – the season of the proclamation and the manifestation of the promises of the ages for the redemption of all the kingdoms of this world as the kingdoms of our God. Christ Jesus, the rightful king of all, will fully reign with His holy Bride upon Planet Earth. And there shall be no more pain, no more sorrow, for the old will have passed away and the kingdom of heaven will be fully manifested on earth as it is in heaven.

We need not be discouraged when the unsoundness of mixture and corruption is revealed in the decaying church systems that have faithfully done and continue to do the works of God while striving with darkness of religious futility. When our own inner futility is revealed, we must count it all joy and be made holy and be made whole. The presence of God is among us to change us into the original design of image and likeness of God to rule and reign with Him in pure holiness and humility of love and power.

However, this is not just about our sanctification and empowerment; it is about our becoming redeemed sons of God to carry out the mission of restoring the kingdom of God on earth. We have a glorious and worthy mission – a mission that will only be done as Christ Jesus is formed in His Body by the Holy Spirit and we become as Christ in this world. Our mission includes the glory of God covering the earth, a goal worthy of losing our lives, that we find His life. Be greatly encouraged God is on the throne, and His love wins.

Keep on pursuing love.
It never fails.

Ron McGatlin
Coordinator OpenHeaven.com


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God's Timing Is Always Perfect

Timing is almost always at the top of our minds when we receive a prophetic word. How long? When will it happen? Why can’t it happen now? When we come to terms with the fact that prophecy actually sparks a hidden process, we understand why every word isn’t fulfilled immediately. Our timeline yields to God’s.



Fulfillment of prophecy takes as long as is necessary in God’s plan. Sometimes, we have to walk the path of patience and endurance, holding fast to the prophetic word we trust will be released.


Prophetic impatience always leads to disaster. When Sarah got tired of waiting for God to provide Abraham with his promised heir, she manipulated the word and had Abraham sleep with her servant. She thought she was helping to fulfill the word, but in fact she created a disaster. Ishmael’s descendants and Isaac’s descendants war to this day. Whenever we try to fast forward past God’s timeline, we end up with something in our flesh that will war with us.



What we consider a delay in timing is seen by God as another opportunity to teach us patience. Every Christian needs to learn how to be steadfast in their faith. How can we learn that deep commitment if we are never tested on it? We cannot put a time limit on commitment to God; we want to, but we can’t.



Fortunately, there are prophetic words that we dive into and God throws time out the window. He wants to accomplish something immediately; our role is to give ourselves wholeheartedly to that process. This divine acceleration only comes out of His own discretion. We cannot earn it or ask for it. It’s given to us because God sees that the moment is critical.



In prophecy, people always want to know when. It simply isn’t possible to always tell them. God is always doing something behind the scenes that is furthering His full agenda. We may think we know what that plan is, but it is entirely possible that we are missing massive chunks of it. Sometimes, we are in one paradigm of thinking, and God is actually speaking from a different one. We learn this lesson from John 11:1-7—


Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."


But when Jesus heard this, He said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."




Jesus was clearly in no rush to get to Lazarus. He was away doing ministry when He received word that His friend was gravely ill. Instead of going to him immediately, Jesus sent a prophetic word: “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it."


The sisters knew Jesus loved Lazarus, and no doubt interpreted His prophecy as a promise that their brother would be healed. Imagine their grief, then, when Lazarus died shortly thereafter. In their paradigm of thinking, Jesus was a false prophet. He had been wrong! But God was speaking from a different point of view.


When Jesus got to Bethany four days later, Martha, heartbroken, wanted to know where He had been, as we read in verses 20-27—


Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."



Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."



Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."



Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"



She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."




Jesus never had any intention of healing Lazarus—He wanted to raise His friend from the dead. When God spoke the word, He spoke it from a paradigm of resurrection, not healing.


God has an agenda that the prophetic process is designed to reveal over time. Just because He did something in a particular way last time doesn’t mean He will do it that way again. The Holy Spirit has a different agenda than we have, and it is vital for prophetic people to understand it.


Live in His presence!
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Curt Landry:"Preparatory Word for Ten Days of Awe 2008 - Psalm 91:9"
"Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place..." Psalm 91:9



The Lord Your Refuge

I believe that the Lord laid this word of direction and affirmation on my heart: "My children, put all fear of the future aside and know above all else that you will be led by Me. Know and understand that you will be shown the way.

"I have covenant blessings to release and now is the appointed time. New treasures and new authority are found on new roads of surrender. Those who climb mountains only travel with that which is necessary to succeed; they travel as lightly as possible and only with the essentials.

"The hiding place of My protection is the mountain of holiness; just as I hid Moses in the mountain, so shall I also hide you. I alone know this refuge, your refuge; no power of the enemy can touch you there. As you dwell in the hidden place, I will heal the wounds of the past and reveal your future. My Word promises that he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

"When fear is invading, always run to the refuge of this peaceful, quiet, dwelling place. It is there that you are to wait on My command; wait on My strength. Make this your home for the Third Day.

"Slow down. Bow down. Calm down and hear My words. Quietness is important. Solitude is the solution. Holiness is the highway. Provision for body, soul, and spirit are the rewards. And purity is the result of the process; the anointing, My anointing, will rest upon sanctified vessels.

"My presence is your provision. My anointing is your power. Presence and power are the true fruits of the hour. Worship Me in spirit and in truth. Just as the dead keys of a piano can only make living notes when touched by the Master's hands, so also you need My touch for life to flow from you. White or black, major or minor, high or low - all areas of your life must be surrendered in this hour, dead to self, and waiting for the Master's touch.

Third Day Glory

"The priesthood of the Tabernacle of David is being restored. People who are dead to themselves will be like shofars that are cut off from their flesh and cured in order to sound the alarm. The Third Day sound will be holy, and things that have long since been hidden will be seen - sights, sounds, and songs. And there will be resurrection glory like that which has not been seen before.

"In preparation for the Third Day temple, the living stones will be restored along with the restoration of priestly patterns. Holy prayer will act as a foundation that will be like marble floors: it will reflect that which is standing on it. What I burden you to pray for in others reflects what you need in your own life.

"The Third Day anointing is being released into the Church. Pulpits and those who present the Gospel will be seen in a new light; therefore, those who stand on these platforms must be clean from the inside out. What was unseen in the Second Day will be revealed by the glory of the Third Day. Be patient with Me. Submit to My ways and let Me release new undergarments as well as outer garments.

"Study My temple of old and practice My presence, and I will show you the way. It is time, during the Days of Awe (September 30th-October 9th, 2008), to anoint My kings for finance and My priests for vision; I will then lead them both together to perform their tasks in My ways on the highway of surrender.

"Ten Days of Awe. Ten days to perfection*. Ten days of divine order. Ten days to complete eternal cycles. Ten days to anoint priests and kings for Third Day Glory. Ten days of vision. Ten days to reveal provision." (*note: Ten days to perfection leads to Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement - Jesus Christ is the One who leads us to perfection.)

The Days of Awe: A Beautiful Picture of Salvation

The Days of Awe (September 30th-October 9th, 2008) is a special period of ten days that begins on Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is the Hebrew new year according to the civil calendar, but it is also called The Birthday of the World as it celebrates the "anniversary" of the creation of Adam and Eve.

During Rosh Hashanah the shofar is sounded as a call to repentance. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of time for introspection and repentance. It is believed that Yom Kippur is a time of repentance and restoration between God and mankind, while the Days of Awe is a time to seek forgiveness and make amends between man and man - a time for mankind to seek reconciliation with one another, and if possible right the wrongs committed.

Jewish tradition holds the belief that judgment is pronounced on each person on Rosh Hashanah. The concept of judgment and decrees has a negative connotation to many, but allow me to remind you that judgment is simply the formation of an opinion after consideration, or as Merriam-Webster states, "a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion."

Judgment is the friend of those who desire right-standing with God. When your life is right with God, a judgment should be a "formal utterance" of reward - it should not be feared, but rather something you are looking forward to. Judgment is a friend of the righteous!

As a Believer, I view the Days of Awe as a beautiful picture of salvation. Is it not true of each of us that we deserve a judgment that is not in our favor? And yet, through Jesus we have the opportunity to repent, to return to the Lord. Is it not also true that this life is but a vapor?

The Days of Awe also act as a reminder to me that our days to seek reconciliation with our family and friends are numbered. I would encourage you to take advantage of this reminder during this special season and seek to make amends with one another. Begin the new year with purified hands, a clean heart and healed relationships. Begin the new year right with both God and man.

It is my prayer for the Days of Awe, that the song that says, "I stand, I stand in awe of You" would truly become the heart cry of the Body of Christ. That we would stand in awe, in wonder, in respect, in fear, in reverence, and in amazement of what God has done in our lives and the great mercy we have received.

Curt Landry, Founder
House of David
Email: curtlandry@houseofdavid.us



About Curt Landry: Curt Landry is currently the CEO of House of David Inc. and the One New Man Network (a streaming video network where House of David's services are aired live and worldwide). He is also the CEO of My Olive Tree U.S. which is a company that encourages the sponsorship of olive trees in Israel that help provide funding for humanitarian aid in Israel and assist in providing much needed employment and opportunities for new immigrants in Israel.

After reconnecting with his own Jewish roots, after being separated from his biological family at birth, Curt has since been actively involved in many levels of international leadership, including participating in negotiations with the government of Israel with Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. These negotiations took place to bring the ship, The Spirit of Grace, into Israel as a first fruit love offering from the evangelical community in America.

In early 2000 Curt and his wife Christie were called into a pastorate position as they founded House of David Ministries, a congregation which now resides in Fairland, OK as well as international ministry headquarters. House of David Ministries is actively involved with humanitarian aid outreaches in other areas of the world including but not limited to Israel, Indonesia, Ukraine, and Hurricane Katrina victims.

Curt and Christie travel worldwide speaking on the power of covenant restoration, healing signs and miracles, Israel and the Church, and the revelation of the One New Man spoken of in Ephesians 2. Among other outreaches they host work-tours to Israel multiple times each year. The Landry's currently reside in Grove, Oklahoma along with their daughter and son-in-law.


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MASTER POTTER and
the MOUNTAIN of FIRE
Chapter 60 - The Heavenly Library
by Jill Austin

Now the chariot slows and enters a vast room with thousands and thousands of shelves containing the books of Heaven. Seated on high stools, angelic scribes record on parchment. As Beloved watches the image before her, she's stunned by the revelation that the words are alive and have eternal power.

Glistening words of the Godhead hang in midair for a moment, and they shimmer with anointing. Streams of pure liquid revelation mysteriously flow into long quills and out through heavenly ink.

Dazzling, vibrant words hang in space like huge banners suspended over time and eternity declaring, "Salvation belongs to Him who sits on the throne. You are worthy, Oh Lord, to receive glory, honor, and power. You were slain and have redeemed mankind by your blood."

Beloved's eyes focus on two magnificent angels possessing great purity and authority. Working at special pedestals, their hands move quickly across the pages of their enormous books.

The Book of Deeds
Guardian of the Glory tells her, "The angel on the right is the keeper of a vast wing of the library called the Books of Deeds. Those books contain a full record of the deeds of everyone born on the earth from the beginning of time. Nothing has escaped the all-seeing eye of God. These records will be used to prove that the works of all men have fallen short of the glory of God at the last day's judgment."

"What's that angel on the left doing? He has only one book."

The Book of Life
"He is the keeper of another book called the Book of Life. It's the most important book in the entire heavenly library. It's just a register of names, but if someone's name is not written there, that individual's record of works in the Books of Deeds will be used to judge him or her."

Guardian pauses, smiles at her, and says, "Your name is written in the Book of Life, Beloved. The day you called out to Him in the Potter's Field you were born from above. When you voluntarily gave your heart to Master Potter, we all rejoiced, especially your Grandma Pearl, as your name was written in eternal ink on those pages. You have nothing to fear from the record of your works in the Books of Deeds. They will never condemn you."

Archives of the Past
The chariot moves forward and, turning suddenly, takes her to a section marked Archives of the Past. She sees rows of old, well-used leather books and wonders who reads these books, which are both tall and small-all sizes! Some are engraved with gold leaf letters and intricate designs.

Guardian answers her puzzled look and unspoken question, "These books have the power to bring life and death. Some release powerful truths that have started and stopped wars. Other books contain words that break false religious doctrines and unlock political systems, releasing freedom to enslaved people groups and nations."

Books affecting all aspects of life, with the power of the Cross and the truth of the gospel, are bound in heavenly script. She can feel the glory emanating from them. These books have portals into eternity on their pages with living revelation and impartation.

As they fly down the aisles, she sees angels escorting vessels into the Archive Room. Theologians, historians, and teachers are brought to the heavenly library to experience visitations and research the ancient pathways traveled by the mystics and the saints of old.

Guardian explains, "Some are not even aware they're having a visitation, but their spirits are being ignited with fiery inspiration. With their gifts of writing, they will impart truth from the past and weave these golden strands for present and future generations."

Books of Remembrance
Gesturing to another section, he tells her, "These are the Books of Remembrance. They contain multiplied stories of redeeming love told through all the generations of human history. It is the same story retold countless times, but each has its own unique details.

"These books record the glorious histories of every believer, many of whom were hidden while on earth. Most of them were not great by earthly standards, but in the record of Heaven they will be remembered for eternity as true heroes of the faith. Some of these men and women moved with powerful anointing and brought revival fires to the earth. Others stood in simple obedience and faithfulness to the destiny the Son ordained for them. The testimony of their lives unlocks ancient truths, imparting understanding to the next generation."

Guardian pauses and looks at her as he continues, "Beloved, because you are one of His, a Book of Remembrance is being written that will tell the story of Master Potter's great love for you. It will record hidden details of your life in God and recount Master Potter's unrelenting commitment to redeem, sanctify, and prepare you for glory. It will tell of all His painstaking effort to make you whole, blameless, and pure before Him. The secret story of how He captured your heart and your affections, so that all your deepest longings were satisfied only in Him, will be told in these pages. One day your life will bear witness to the marvels and mysteries of redeeming love, just as all the other volumes in the Books of Remembrance."

Beloved is shaken by Guardian's revelation of Master Potter's love. To think that her life would be an eternal remembrance in the library of Heaven leaves her stunned. She longs for the day she will linger for hours among the Books of Remembrance and read the stories celebrating the uninterrupted history of Master Potter's love for other earthen vessels. But now, Guardian rushes her along.

Binders of Eternity
Traveling back through the passages of time, they return to the present. Angelic scribes are recording volumes dealing with this present age-carefully detailing current issues and events that will impact the future.

Flying over huge tables covered with rolled up scrolls, he tells her, "These angels are called Binders of Eternity. They cut up freshly written parchment and bind them into books and scrolls. They've been given wisdom to discern what belongs in each book and to place the finished books in order on shelves throughout the celestial library. Each of these books in its appointed hour will be used to shape history."

She's fascinated as she watches messenger angels gather scrolls, read them through, and, at the foreordained time, take them to earth. She watches the angels traverse the heavenly portals and deliver the scrolls to earthly vessels. She wonders, but is unable to comprehend, how the wisdom of God is making time the servant of eternity.

She can see time-released books filled with anointing to take people to the next levels of the move of God. These books contain fresh warfare strategies to open gates and bring Heaven to earth in a holy invasion of power affecting cities and nations. They release eternal truths to be made manifest throughout the centuries.

God's War Book
An angel with perfect vision sits on a high stool looking onto the earth. He is recording in an enormous book titled, God's War Book. This book contains the names of battles fought over souls throughout the ages. He records the prayer warriors who enter into the great and terrible wars of the past and the present. He waits patiently, destined to record until the end of time.

Plans for the Future
Traveling into the Plans for the Future section, Beloved sees books glowing with life and divine energy. The chariot slows down, and she is able to read titles and authors' names.

Drawing near, she notices a golden seal imprinted with a Lion and a Lamb on each book, the impression from Master Potter's signet ring. Scarlet and purple strands of silken threads are attached to the seals. At the end of the strands are circular medallions stamped with a date and time, indicating when the books are to be released to earth.

Intrigued by their unusual appearance, Beloved wonders what great exploits are declared within the pages. Reaching out, she runs her hand over a few of them and receives momentary flashes of revelation with each brief touch. The pace is dizzying, and Beloved is feeling a little confused by what she saw in her glimpse of the future. She saw words and music coming out of boxes.

There were animated pictures on something that looked like a long ribbon, a huge, metallic, dish-like machine moving through space, transmitting pictures and sounds to earth. What could these possibly be? she wonders.

Suddenly she sees a familiar name and turns to Guardian, "Is that my friend, Golden Incense?"

"Yes, Beloved, Master Potter gave her powerful keys in intercession to come against the enemy and open up territories for Him. Do you see those four books on the upper shelf? Let's take a closer look at them."

The chariot rises as he speaks. If Beloved had looked at him, she would have seen him smile at the look of surprise on her face as she sees her own name as the author. She reaches out for them, but they're quickly whisked away.


The End of the Age
The great angel and Beloved move deeper into the future, and the light grows increasingly brilliant. Guardian tells her they are entering The Culmination of All Time. Soon the light is so bright she is blinded by it, which keeps most events shrouded in mystery.

A heavily perfumed holiness saturates the atmosphere, and the weight of Master Potter's presence is almost more than she can bear as they travel into greater realms of glory. After a few moments, her eyes are able to make out books and volumes so beautiful they are beyond description.

Glimpses of titles whirl past her: The Temporal Judgments, The Seven Seals, The Two Witnesses, The Battle of Armageddon, The Great Babylon Has Fallen, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The last one book is bigger and brighter than all the others. It's called, The New Jerusalem.

The revelation of how Master Potter has planned every detail leading up to the end of time overwhelms her, and she kneels in the chariot. "I'm not worthy to look at these things. The purposes of God are too marvelous for my understanding, and they are too holy for my eyes."

Guardian lifts her head with his hand and tells her, "These volumes were written before the foundations of the earth were laid. They were in the Father's heart at the beginning and are about to be unfolded at the culmination of earth's time."

Live in His presence!
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"In the midst of His unfathomable glory, power, and majesty, it is His pleaure to spend time with you.
John Paul Jackson"
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The Army of God Mobilizes, Part 36
Rick Joyner


One of the key factors in mobilization is having a cause to mobilize to. Those who mobilize must have a reason to mobilize. The cause is crucial and so is the leadership who is calling for the mobilization. The cause must be right, but people also want to know that those who are leading the cause are trustworthy enough to follow.

There will never be a greater cause than the gospel, and there will never be a more trustworthy Leader than the Lord Himself. If the Lord Jesus was here preaching the gospel today, then to follow Him and be used in this would be the highest purpose we could be a part of in this life. However, He is still here, and He is still preaching the gospel, only He is doing it through His people. Since He left this cause in the hands of His disciples, following them is a matter we need to understand.

Think about the decision the new converts had on the Day of Pentecost as they listened to Peter preach to them. A noteworthy miracle was taking place because they could all hear the message in their own language, and the message was obviously touching them. But wasn’t this the guy who had denied the Lord just a few weeks ago? Weren’t all of these apostles standing with Peter, the ones who had just fled from Him and were not there for their Leader when He needed them the most? If Jesus Himself had been standing there, the choice would have been a lot easier, but how could they follow such leaders?

The reason they enlisted in the cause was not because of the apostles but because of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not trust the leadership of His church to these men but to the Holy Spirit, who we must put our trust in and follow. The issue was not the men themselves but the Spirit who was speaking through them. Still today, those who follow the Lord do not follow men—they follow the anointing.

Another factor we need to consider is that the judgment is severe for missing the time of visitation. The Lord lamented over Jerusalem that not a single stone would be left upon another because she did not recognize the time of her visitation. Likewise, the five foolish virgins were shut out because they were not prepared for the Lord when He came. The reason for this is that responding to the Holy Spirit when He moves or not responding to Him is a sure revelation of where our hearts and devotions are.

As we are told in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time for everything but when the time comes and we do not respond, we have been deceived. Deception is more than not having our doctrines right—deception is also not being in the will of God. When there is a visitation of the Lord, every Christian is tested, and it is revealed what they have built their lives on. How tragic would it have been to have lived in Israel when Jesus walked the earth and not to have gone out to see and hear Him, and then not to follow Him. It is also a tragedy to have a move of God come close to us and not respond to it.

We are in such a time of visitation in America and other places right now, and with the incomprehensible blessing it is, it is also a test—a test of the leadership of the church first and then to everyone. Tens of thousands, if not millions, of Christians are now aware of this visitation, and many have been responding to it. Many others are missing it, either because they are too busy to be aware of it or to be a part of it or because they do not recognize it for what it is.

Most miss the visitations of the Lord because they do not recognize them as such because they did not come in a form that they were expecting or in a form that they approve of. The lukewarm will just miss these, but the cold of heart will almost always rise up to fight it, just as Saul of Tarsus did until he was knocked off his horse by the light. Saul had to be blinded in the natural so that he could see in the Spirit. This is the pattern that the Lord’s own walk upon the earth produced, and it is the same every time He comes in a special visitation, so we should not be surprised by this.

I have spent most of my life studying the moves of God in history, and I have tried to at least visit every one I could in our own time. I confess to being afraid of missing God because of the biblical warnings of the consequences of this. However, my main motivation for seeking them is because I don’t consider anything else happening to be more important than what God is doing, and I don’t want to miss something God is doing. I have never felt anything that went to the core of my being like being in the manifest presence of the Lord. Everything else in this world pales when compared to it. He is still doing everything today that He did when He walked the earth, and to watch Him move and touch people is the greatest experience I have ever had. I confess to being addicted to this, or I should say, to Him. This is one addiction I also intend to feed.

Presently, to be where God is moving requires that we recognize Him in the people He is using, as He said, “From now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’” (see Matthew 23:39). This is a test because He almost always comes in those who are a stumbling block to all who follow after appearances, other prejudices, or have one of the ultimate forms of pride—the belief that God is just like us. We already have His opinion on how He will move, who He will move through, and what they will be like.

Human idealism is a form of humanism, and the religious spirit is the primary enemy of every true move of God. God gives His grace to the humble, and one of the most basic characteristics of true humility is to be teachable—not gullible, but teachable.


Live in His presence!
Linda
"In the midst of His unfathomable glory, power, and majesty, it is His pleaure to spend time with you.
John Paul Jackson"
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Trust is vital to intimacy with Jesus.



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Life is not about coming to Christ, it's about becoming Christ-like."
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Understanding Your Wilderness
Alice Smith

When we're trekking through the wilderness, we are tempted to think, The devil led me here. However, it is the pathway through the wilderness that leads to intimacy with Jesus. God told Hosea, concerning Israel: "Therefore, behold, I will allure her (Hosea's prostitute wife), and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor (trouble) for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi (my husband); and shalt call me no more Baali (my master)" (Hosea 2:14-16).

The wilderness experience moves us from a master-servant relationship to a bride-and-groom relationship. The identifying marks of wilderness are personal trials, the silence of God and the absence of His felt presence. This journey can also be a place of loneliness, darkness, and yes, even desperation. But if you remember that our journey in God is cyclical, then you can take courage from the fact that a wilderness experience always precedes divine revelation, and divine revelation always precedes breakthrough! And so the cycle goes: wilderness, then revelation, then breakthrough; wilderness . . . revelation . . . breakthrough.

We see this repeatedly in Scripture. Consider Elijah, who instructed the false prophets to build an altar, stack firewood on it and offer an animal sacrifice, then challenge Baal, their god, to consume it with fire. Nothing happened (see 1 Kings 18:26). Then Elijah teased them, saying, "Maybe your god has gone out of the country, or perhaps he is asleep" (see v. 27).

Then it was Elijah's turn. Three times he drenched the firewood and filled the trenches with water. "Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God" (1 Kings 18:38-39).

Wow! That would have been something to see! A moment later Elijah single-handedly killed the 400 prophets of Baal and ascended victoriously to the top of the mountain to pray. The result? Rain began to fall, ending a three-year drought! Yet one chapter later we find this same powerful prophet running from Queen Jezebel. Scripture says, "Elijah was afraid and ran for his life into the desert" (1 Kings 19:3). Elijah went from breakthrough to wilderness.

Jesus experienced the same kind of challenge. As John baptized Jesus, a dove descended from heaven, and God said, "Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased." Then one chapter later, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tested! (See Luke 4:1.)

Journeys through the wilderness precede breakthrough. We will all make the journey. So how can you prepare for your next wilderness experience? The prime prerequisite is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Only Spirit-filled believers can be Spirit-led. Only Spirit-led believers can live in the power of the Holy Spirit! Jesus was led into the wilderness full of the Holy Spirit (see Luke. 4:1). Forty days later, Jesus emerged from the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit after He passed the wilderness test (see Luke. 4:14).

The wilderness may present you with any number of tests, including financial problems, loss of a job, relational difficulties or even health problems. As Job learned, some of God's ways are more difficult to understand than others. They can include the death of a friend or family member or even the end of a marriage through divorce or death. Your wilderness journey may include the death of your life vision or ministry dream. No matter the circumstance, don't be defeated, for God is able to redeem every occurrence in your life.

What can you expect during a wilderness time? You will start with self-preservation and actually fight with the Lord on the natural and the spiritual level. This is your attempt to preserve self-esteem. Your craving for legitimacy drives you to prove yourself to God, to others and to yourself. After all, American success is measured in terms of health and wealth. Aren’t these visual proofs of God’s approval? No! Health and wealth is a man-made standard, not a biblical one. By this standard, the apostle Paul and Stephen would have been certifiable failures! One was sickly, in prison and didn’t even have a coat to wear. The other had his life cut short in his youth in a death by stoning.

Next, your mind will search for ways to correct the appearance that you are struggling. You will push to make things happen; but this only lengthens the fight. When you finally stop struggling, the result will be the defeat of your flesh and victory for your spirit! Your loss of self-confidence and your acquisition of God-dependence are evidence of the work of the wilderness in you. You now have a more honest evaluation of who you are to God and who He is to you. Praise the Lord, for revelation has produced breakthrough!
When the heavenly Father draws you into the wilderness, and your circumstances become a wasteland; when everything appears to turn upside down and you experience chaos to the very core of your being, get ready! It is here that your soul awakens to new revelation about yourself and your God. As you passionately pursue the Lord and His purposes, and you stand in faith on His promises, you will experience the depths of His mysterious love. After all, the river of God's love runs deepest in the valleys.


Live in His presence!
Linda
"In the midst of His unfathomable glory, power, and majesty, it is His pleaure to spend time with you.
John Paul Jackson"
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"The Prophetic Voice and its Image"
Mary Lindow
Sep 6, 2008


Beloved Saints,

The actual message for you to read in this posting which is below my introductory message to you, is to be viewed as a “non-gendered” depiction of a true and faithful prophet, although it is shared in a male presentation.

There are many who may prophecy about things but are not prophets - although perhaps claiming to be one.

The prophet lives a life with an inner anguish and an internal “alarm” nearly from birth - from the very knitting together inside of his or her mothers womb. (Refer to John the Baptist!)

There are so many “flesh induced” prophetic words being projected onto people these days that they have become nearly like a daily weather report for some, only to be forgotten until a better bit of “weather” comes along.

True prophecy will shake you to the core of your being, it will challenge, it will deeply edify the Kingdom of God, it will expose and instruct, it will reveal, it will unveil. It shows both the kindness and severity of God and it will not compromise when it is the Holy Voice of God’s Spirit bringing a word of conviction or a word of warning.

Desire the genuine, and do not settle for the substitute.

Do not “seek” for prophetic words, but rather allow the Father to bring you into His ordained settings, where He has placed or has sent the Nathan, the Jeremiah, the Deborah, the Anna to you, thus confirming His timing and order for your life.

A pure and unmolested encounter with prophets of the Lord will reveal only one thing. His Eternally invested interest and desire to guide and direct those whom He has loved from the beginning of time.


In His Shadow,
Mary Lindow
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The Prophetic Voice and its Image

THE PICTURE OF A PROPHET
Leonard Ravenhill

The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, ”has almost always been that of recovery.”

He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics
while he is lampooned by men.

He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the secret place,
but he has nothing to hide in the marketplace.

He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is ordained of God but disdained by men.


A prophet is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ,
but few ”make the grade” in his class.

He is friendless while living and famous when dead.

He is against the establishment in ministry;
then he is established as a saint by posterity.

He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers,
but he feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.

He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.

He announces, pronounces, and denounces!

The prophet lives in ”splendid isolation.”
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.

His message is ”repent, be reconciled to God or else...!”
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!

He is dishonored with epithets when breathing
and honored with epitaphs when dead.
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The prophet is God’s detective seeking for a lost treasure.
The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity.

Compromise is not known to him.

He has no price tags.
He is totally ”otherworldly.”
He is unquestionably controversial.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a ”seer” who comes to lead the blind.

He lives in the heights of God
and comes into the valley with a ”thus saith the Lord.”

He shares some of the foreknowledge of God
and so is aware of impending judgment.

The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.

Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, ”No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected.” The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his ”brand name.”

The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him ”Man of the year” when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!


Leonard Ravenhill

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Jill Austin:"A Holy Invitation in This Hour"
Haggai 2:7, "'I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty."



How Do We Prepare?

What must we do in this hour to prepare? How do you practically prepare for the end-time calamities prophesied in the Bible?

There is a holy invitation over this hour - a hand-designed, God-authored, initiated and written invitation to respond rightly to His desire to accelerate the work that He is doing in this hour.

The Church has had 2,000 years of teaching, and yet the Bride still has not made herself ready. What must we do in this hour to see the Joel 2 latter-day outpouring and the release of the sevenfold Spirit of Isaiah 11?

We do not need more information but impartation, because extreme times call for extreme measures. We are living in momentous days as God is preparing the earth for a mighty visitation of His presence and His power. This new season will be marked by shakings in the political, economical, and natural arenas.

With the world theater teetering on the brink of World War III, God doesn't want to merely shake external infrastructures (Haggai 2), but God wants to shake you to bring about the fullness of your destiny.

Today the Lord is releasing the Isaiah sevenfold Spirit in Isaiah 11:2, "The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."

This Spirit will empower you to be a history maker. But we have to cry out to the Lord for an empowering of this Spirit so that we can be like that temple in Haggai 2 - filled with His glory!

If we will make His Presence our passion and purpose in our hearts to be ready, we can stand steadfast and unshaken even in the midst of end-time tribulations. The Lord is opening supernatural treasure and provision from Heaven, based upon the choices that His people are making. Activate your will now to align with God's!

The cry of our heart has to be for God's Kingdom to come and His will to be done in earth as it is in Heaven. Then when the nations rage, evil world rulers plot in vain, and people are confused at world events, we can stand confident and calm, knowing who our God is!

Prayer: God, I want to be a history maker! Shake everything that can be shaken in me. I don't want a religious routine, I rather want the high adventures of being a radical forerunner who will gladly give up all for You. Fill me with Your glory to touch this world for Jesus!

Revival

2 Chronicles 16:9, "For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him."

Revival is not born out of mass movements but out of a series of solitary decisions. Over the last several years, I have traveled to more churches and nations than I can count. Many have gathered together and called others to pray, fast and walk in unity.

First, the meetings are packed by the mounting momentum of trying out new ideas. Then, slowly, the meetings dwindle down; one or two intercessors are the sole watchmen left on the wall. The faithful few glumly look around at the empty rows of chairs.

We get discouraged when we don't see others manifesting the same enthusiasm for revival that we have. We worry, "How can our city be transformed unless the pastor of that major church is involved and all the meetings are filled?" But I tell you, beloved, God is not focused on the empty chairs!

Rather, He is focused on the chairs that are filled! You are there. He has drawn you there. He is going to begin His work with you. Revival starts today. Revival starts with you.

He has hand-chosen you, before the foundations of the world, to embark on a journey into the fullness of your destiny. Do you want to be His voice rather than man's echo?

If so, will you return to Him as your first love? Remember, God must first set our hearts ablaze with radical passion for Jesus. Intimacy is what ignites revolution.

Is the presence of the living God fully taking up residence in your heart? If that has not happened, then why are you expecting that to happen in some kind of public meeting? Revival starts with you! Personal transformation must precede city transformation. Let a revolution begin today - and may it begin with you!

Prayer: Oh Lord, I ask that You would radically revolutionize me. Cause revival to burn so deeply in my heart that others can't help but be changed! Oh Lord, You are truly all I want! I love You and I want to know You more.

Tenderize my heart again. I want to return to You as my first love. Where my heart has drifted and gotten lukewarm, return me back to You. God, I give You permission to do whatever it takes to make me wholly Yours. Set me on fire.

Jill Austin
Master Potter Ministries
Email: info@masterpotter.com


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wow! This is good... really spoke to my spirit!

"Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit."



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Hidden, but Not Forgotten
Victoria Boyson
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He has you hidden for a purpose; you are His secret weapon!

"My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place" (Psalm 139:15).

Have you ever felt forgotten by God? Do you feel invisible? Does God seem to be blessing everyone except you? Do your expectations of God seem to meet with cold indifference from Him? If your answer is "yes," then rejoice, because you are at the edge of a miracle! You are on the verge of a breakthrough! The door to your destiny is about to swing open!

The most difficult time of any birth is the few moments right before you deliver your baby into the world. You are exhausted beyond what you can even endure . . . you cannot stand it anymore. You have pushed and pushed and have exhausted all your strength. You want to scream, "I can't do this . . . I can't!" BUT you must! It is at this moment that you must push the hardest and exert yourself the most. You are crying, "I can't," and everyone around you is yelling, "PUSH!"

Then, somewhere deep inside you, strength arises! You have a determination now, where a hopeless feeling used to dwell. Now you cry from the depths of your heart, "I can," and "I will!"

You are at the verge of a breakthrough and perhaps you are tired of believing, but only you can break through to your miracle. Only you can give birth to your destiny! Only you can fight through to your dream's fulfillment. Your God will give you His strength when you have none of your own. When you fall short, He will pick you up because, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak" (Isaiah 40:29).

Hidden Miracles
I have felt this way. I have felt forgotten by God. I wondered if the promise would ever be fulfilled - if God would ever open the door. I had been teetering on the edge of a breakthrough for so long that I began to doubt. "Would it ever really happen?" "Maybe God has changed His mind?" I was tired of waiting, of praying, of hoping in faith! I felt like a butterfly in a cocoon, hidden and forgotten. During that time I wrote this poem:

Someday, I'll Fly . . .

I've not been myself lately or for sometime for that matter.
I'm not sure who "myself" is anymore.
I feel like a caterpillar inside the cocoon.
I'm neither a butterfly nor a caterpillar anymore.
I'm not what I used to be nor am I what I'm going to be.
I cannot go back to what I was,
or what was familiar to me.
I can't rush forward and be what I have not yet become.
It's a miserable place to be.
It's much like a baby in the womb;
you have to wait it out and stay where you are.
I hope every day will bring the end;
I know God is almost done working.
I rejoice because the end is near,
but still the pain increases.
It's become too easy to not be anything, just a cocoon.
I want to give up, but You won't let me.
I'm not the caterpillar I used to be
and I'm not the butterfly I know I am becoming.
Becoming a butterfly is scary, painful and exhausting.
I guess I don't want to remain a nothing,
so I'll endure the torturous path out of this cocoon.
And I know, someday, I'll fly!

Years ago we lived in a house with dozens of trees around it. In the fall the trees were covered with cocoons. We would walk by them all the time without taking much notice of them. A miracle was taking place before us and we paid little attention to it. But in the fall, our trees were covered with hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Our children would run through the trees and the butterflies would all take flight. It was a glorious sight to see hundreds of butterflies fill the air, sunlight reflecting off their wings.

Caterpillars are ugly little things, but butterflies are gorgeous. God loves to make something beautiful out of something ugly. God loves to take the ugly things of our past that Satan meant for our destruction, and turn them into a powerful weapon He can use for our construction. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Death Gives Birth to Life
God takes you through "ugly" situations only to turn you into something beautiful. The cross looked like the end of a dream to the disciples. They expected their Messiah to come, overthrow the Romans and establish His kingdom on this earth. The death of Jesus looked like the end of all their dreams.

Christ tried to warn the disciples of His impending death, but when He spoke of dying, Peter declared, "This shall not happen." Christ knew that this must happen. Like a seed planted in the ground must cease to be a seed in order to become a plant, He knew that His life on earth as it had been must end or He could not bring forth the gift of eternal life for those who would believe in Him.

"In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me, because I am going to the Father" (John 16:17).

His death gave birth to life (see John 11:25)!

The "cocoon" that you are in right now is the "death" that will give birth to your destiny. The painful situation you are enduring right now could be the launching pad for your future.

If you feel as though you are invisible, rejoice, because you are. God has hidden you away to change you in secret, but soon He will pull you out like a secret weapon and show you off to the world.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

Your heavenly Father will declare, "Look at what My grace has done!" The world will praise Him because they can see what He has done in you. You are His trophy! His reward!

Some may argue then, that you have no right to be where God has placed you. But the voice of your accusers will not even reach your ears, because you have paid the price; you have endured and you have overcome.

And "You will soar on wings like eagles" (Isaiah 40:31) and yes you will fly!

This Could Be the Day
When the expected due date for each of my children neared, I would awaken each day with the expectancy that today could be the day that I would deliver this child. Each day I would think, "Today could be the day." I never thought to myself that it just could not happen today, because I knew my time was coming and that this day could be the day that I would give birth. As each day ended without seeing the birth of my baby, I would feel somewhat disappointed. But once again another morning would come and I would arise with hope from heaven, remembering that this day could be the day. And I was prepared to go at any time; I had my bags packed and gas in the car.

Each day that you serve God and wait on His timing for your destiny's fulfillment is one day closer to its birth. As you near your time of delivery, you feel in your spirit that the time is near. Perhaps today is the day! You look around you and see your Christian brothers and sisters receive the promises of God in their lives - you are happy for them. But when is it your turn? When will your destiny come forth in the way God promised it would? Each day we must prepare our hearts to believe that, "this could be the day He fulfills His promises to me," and then suddenly He does.

The longer you serve God, the deeper you will trust Him to bring the promise to pass for you. As you near the time of receiving the fulfillment of His call on your life, you can know that every day will bring you one day closer. Today could be the day you receive a great blessing from God. Today could hold the answer you have been waiting for.

Wait in faith through each day as a woman waiting to give birth. God does not bring you to the time of birth just to stop the whole process. He did not bring you this far to leave you now. He will not forget you! It will happen! And remember that "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it" (Philippians 1:6).

"God is not a man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act?" (Numbers 23:19).

If He's promised it, He will do it!

Say this with me:

God will do what He has promised. He has not forgotten me, for I am constantly in His thoughts. God is waiting to fulfill His Word through me. It will happen! This could be the day! God cannot lie; He will not change His mind. I choose to believe what God has told me and not the lies of fear and doubt.

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The Army of God Mobilizes, Part 35
Rick Joyner


The next major factor we will cover that is essential for us to find and walk in our purpose the following:

Beholding the glory of the Lord—Why is this important for us to walk in our purpose? We are changed into who we must be to fulfill our purposes as we are told in II Corinthians 3:18:


But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.



There are two important questions we need to ask here:

How do we see His glory?

How does that transform us?


Seeing His glory is more than just seeing the beautiful colors and majesty of His person. The glory of the Lord is described in a number of ways in Scripture, such as His works, His nature, and His power. By seeing His nature, we are transformed into the same nature. By seeing His works, we are empowered to do His work, and it is by seeing His power that we grow in the faith that releases His power. Now let’s look at how this practically transforms us.

If we are called to be a pastor or shepherd, we will perceive His glory as the Good Shepherd. A shepherd will tend to see Jesus’ shepherding nature in everything Jesus did and will be transformed into that aspect of His glory by this. Likewise, someone who is called to be a teacher will see Jesus’ glory as the Teacher in everything He did, and this will transform and impart to them His teaching nature. An evangelist will tend to see Jesus’ glory as the Evangelist in all that He did, and they will be likewise transformed into that part of His nature.

The same is true of the gifts of the Spirit. Those who begin to see the glory of the Lord in healing and start to especially love His healing nature will likely be called to have this gift. If you are drawn to a certain part of the Lord’s nature like this, pursue it. We are told in I Corinthians14:1, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts.” It is not enough to just be open for the Lord to use us. If we do not value His gifts enough to earnestly desire and pursue them, then we are not likely to ever walk in them.

I have often heard people say that we should not pursue the gifts but the giver; however, that is not biblical but humanistic idealism and probably robs many people of walking in their purposes and the spiritual gifts they are called to have. One way that we pursue the Giver is by pursuing His gifts. These “gifts” are not prizes for us, but they are tools for doing the work that He has called us to do, which all true pursuers of God should be devoted to.

As the Scriptures verify, we were known by God and called by Him before the foundation of the world. When He made us, He made us with a purpose, and that purpose is the deepest desire of our hearts. When we are doing what we were created for, it will be what satisfies us the most. If we are called to a teaching ministry, few things will be as rewarding as seeing people receive understanding about the Lord and His ways. If we are called to a healing ministry, few things will be as rewarding as seeing someone healed. If we are called to prophetic ministry, receiving revelation from the Lord will be one of the most fulfilling things that can happen to us, and so on.

Nothing will be as fulfilling as fulfilling our purpose. We will never know true peace or true satisfaction until we are doing what we were created to do. One of the main reasons for much of the discouragement and things such as church splits is rooted in the frustration of people not knowing or being able to fulfill their callings in the Lord. That is why “equipping the saints” so that they can do the work of the ministry is fundamental to building the church. True apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are equipping others to do the work that they are doing.

To apply this personally, what is it about Jesus that attracts you to Him the most? What is it that He did that you would love to be able to do the most? Pursue a deeper understanding of that aspect of His nature. Seeing more of His glory will change us more into His image.

The Lord is also the King of kings, and as we behold Him, there is a transformation and impartation that releases His authority in us. More will be said about this in later studies, but some are called especially to manifest that aspect of His glory, and all are called to manifest some. He is also the ultimate Administrator who upholds the universe with His Word. Those who are called to the ministry of administration will behold His glory there, and there will be an impartation. Some are called to be elders, who are also judges in the church. They will begin to see the glory of the Judge and the glory of His devotion to people being treated fairly, and it will transform them into the judges they are called to be.

Our basic purpose as human beings is to love God, become like Him, and to do the works that He did. This is what we were created for, and nothing else will ever satisfy us. Therefore, this should be the chief pursuit of our lives. All of this will be accomplished by knowing Him, beholding Him, and following Him.




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In the Midst of the Wilderness by Jill Austin
A Parable of Your Prophetic Journey with the Lord


Jesus often spoke in parables to help us understand our relationship with Him and how we are to live our lives. Similar to these parables, I have written several stories to help and encourage believers on their journey and understanding their relationship with the Lord. Below is one of these parables from my unique collection of stories, Glory Fire / Vessel of Mercy.

As you read, try to place yourself in the scene, feeling the temperature, hearing the sounds, and seeing the colors. May the words become your own and the Lord's callings minister to your heart. I pray that you will receive a beautiful revelation of our Lord's majesty and love. ~Jill Austin



You hear the Lord and you hear the Spirit of the Lord say, "Come away with Me... I'm calling you, I'm calling you to come deeper into the Judean wilderness to meet with Me." You cry out and say, "But Lord, already there has been so much wilderness, loneliness and abandonment!" As you look around, all you see is the hot Judean mountains, ragged cliffs towering over your head, and the vastness of the wasteland, like the large empty canvas of your soul... and still, the Spirit of the Lord keeps calling you, "Come, come away My Beloved. I'm leading you deeper into My truth and mysteries, for only I can fill the void inside of you.





Then you begin to say, "Yes, Lord," and you start to walk away from everyone you know, just like Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. You start to go deeper and deeper into the wilderness. Then you say, "I love You Lord, and even though I don't completely understand, I want You, Lord." As you look around, you see deer running on the high cliffs. You say, "Lord, how easily they seem to skip and jump on the heights, yet the heat is so hot. Lord, I feel like I'm going to faint," but you keep climbing up the steep cliffs. Often, you find yourself falling on your knees and crawling, and you say, "Lord, I don't think I can make it. It's so hard, and I'm so weak. Everything in my life seems to be stripped and the wilderness is so hot."
And then the Spirit of the Lord says, "Listen." As you start to listen, you hear the faint sound of water. It is like music to your ears in the midst of the desert. You stand up, and as you start to go down into the deep valley, you find a very small stream. You get down on your knees and you put your hands into a cup and take the water and pour it all over your head and face. "Lord, I am so tired. Can't I just camp here for a few days? Lord, can't I just sit by the small stream?" And yet the Lord keeps saying, "I'm calling you to come deeper into the wilderness. I am calling you to come further into the Judean desert to meet with Me!"

You Will Have Places of Refuge
So once again, you begin to climb higher and higher... and all around you, you see caves. The Lord says, "That's where I hid David and his men from Saul. I will give you similar places to hide in the midst of the desert." As you keep climbing and trudging up the narrow and steep deer trails, sweat is pouring from every part of you. You say, "Lord, my heart is melting. Lord, how much further?" Then you look up, and you can't believe it, but you see waterfalls in the distance! Your heart starts to leap like a deer with prancing feet. You say, "Lord, oh Lord, in the midst of the wilderness, there is so much life!" Like a deer, you start to run for the water. As you fall into the water and you start to look up to the cascading waterfalls, you see the waters passing furiously over hundreds of feet of moss-covered rocks into rainbows of mist hovering over the pools below.

You run, dive and become enmeshed in the rainbow mist, as you part the crest of the crystal-clear, cool waters proceeding from the throne of the Living God. An engulfment pours into your spirit and envelops every fiber of your being and you say, "Yes, Lord, fill me. Oh, Lord, fill me with Your flooding waters of life. Lord, take the weariness, pain and loneliness. Fill my vessel, Lord."

A Voice Like Rushing Water and Thunder
As you stand up in the pool of water and lean against the mossy rocks and ferns, the invigorating water falls upon your face. You begin to hear the thunder of the falls, the thunder of God's voice, resounding in your ears. He says, "My voice is like the thunderous waters which proceed from My throne. I am filling you to overflowing, My child, with My living water."

"Now lift up your heart and let Me give you a fresh filling of My Spirit and the fresh awakening for which your soul has so longed. For even when My Son, Jesus, was led by My Spirit into the wilderness and tested, He was also ministered to by My angels and refreshed. It was then that He began His ministry." You cry out to the Lord, "Lord, fill me." And the Lord responds, "My child, drink deep. Come away with Me."

The Lord picks you up, lowers you into the transparent healing pools of life and lets you soak in His refreshment. You start to feel His heart, and He says, "I will give you My heart and every season that I take you in, My living waters will fill you. Now drink in the refreshment of the Lord - drink in of My Heart." He says, "I will give you an oasis. In the midst of every trial, you will find Me, your God." He says, "Oh, how I love you." As you are lying in the pools of water, you look up at the sky. The sun is just setting, and the majesty of the stars are coming out like brillant diamonds against the cobalt blue night, as the harvest moon illuminates the cascading waterfalls and shimmering healing pools.

The Breath of God Brings Life
You stand up and reach out your hands to touch the heavens, the face of God. You cry out, "Oh, how majestic and awesome You are, my God and King - You who set the stars like a crown about Your head, and the earth as Your foot stool, and then breathed Your life into man... the breathings of God." Your soul and spirit cries out and you say, "Oh, my God, my King, I love You! I passionately love You!"



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The Electrician
by Jill Austin

The room was cold, dark and damp, but it had become my friend, for I had lived there ever since I remembered. Heavy blankets of isolation, loneliness and fear insulated and protected me from the outside world.

But one day, there was a knock on the door... my heart froze... yet everything in me told me that He had come. But the darkness swallowed my muffled cries... Once again, He knocked... "Oh Lord, Lord, Come in!" The door opened and there stood the Electrician.




He wore radiant white overalls and hat and around his waist was a large leather workman's belt with various tools, wires, and Light bulbs of different sizes dangling from it. He tipped his hat and with a softness in His eyes came in with a large white ladder and put it into the middle of the dark room. He then proceeded to climb up the ladder and insert a small 25-watt Light bulb into the bare socket hanging from the ceiling. He came down and folded up the ladder and left.
I crawled into the middle of the soft warm Light and fell asleep. The healing Light began to restore and strengthen me. Hours later, I woke and began to walk around the circumference of the Light. And then, I noticed a shovel lying in the midst of the debris, so I went over and picked it up and began to clean the area. It was a tremendous amount of work and took days, but finally, it was clean. And then, as the days followed, I would find myself laying on my back just staring at the bare Light bulb dangling from the ceiling and loving the Light. It had become my friend and comforted me.

Shedding More Light In The Darkness
Then one day, there was a knock once again at my door, and I knew it was Him. I ran to the door, opened it and once again it was the Electrician. He smiled at me as He came in: I knew that He was pleased with what He saw. He carried in His ladder and put it in the middle of the room, walked up it, took out the smaller Light and put in a larger 100-watt Light bulb. Instantly, the Light in the room increased. And for the first time, I noticed a chair and couch. I quickly began to explore my new-found space as the Electrician folded up His ladder and left.

I loved the Light... I loved everything about the room... except... and then I noticed the piles of garbage and dirt hidden everywhere. And then, as I began to size up the situation, I saw a greasy film over everything, and piles of old books, records, and souvenirs were scattered everywhere.

I had had such an insatiable appetite for things and more and more things, but it never filled me. Only the Light from the Electrician filled that void now. I knew that all of this clutter had to go so I rolled up my sleeves and over the next several months, began to shovel, sweep and polish. Finally, for the first time in my life, I felt that I had a home that was mine.

How strange it was because I had looked everywhere for it and to have had it inside all along amazed me... but then, I had never had the Light before.

Light Attracts Light
Then one day, there was a knock at the door. It sounded very similar to the Electrician but I knew it wasn't. I opened it and people who were lovers of the Light had come to visit me.

They loved my home and often came to visit. Then one afternoon, as we were all sitting around talking and sharing about all the wonderful things the Electrician had done for us, I heard a knock at my door. The Electrician had come once again. I ran to the door and opened it a crack. He held a large 500-watt Light bulb in His hand. My heart screamed in silence, "Not now... No Lord... no you can't... everyone will be watching... I don't want anymore Light today... not with everyone here... I don't know what it will reveal." I heard the people in my home laughing and talking in the living room behind me.

The Lord gently took my hand and led me out of the room into a dimly lit hallway with many doors. He told me to open those I would like. Cautiously, I opened the first door and was shocked as a cold evil wind rushed out of the darkened door. I quickly shut it as it took my breath away. The next door I opened blinded me with a brilliant Light bulb. I saw glimpses of radiant people walking around and their laughter was like music to my soul. The Light was too bright and hurt my eyes, but I knew I had seen some of the Glory of the Light. The last door I came to had a 25-watt Light bulb in it. I recognized it, for I, too, had had that dimness, but I was shocked at how weak the Light was. I knew I would never be satisfied with that little Light again and couldn't go back. I was beginning to understand that I had already gone too far into the Light...

Many Dark and Hidden Rooms
Then the Electrician looked at me with tender eyes of love and said, "Everyone has to make the choice of how much of the Light they want, but there is always a cost." "Oh Lord," I responded. "I can never turn back now, even if everyone leaves me."

So, I invited Him into my house. Few noticed He was even there, for they were so busy among themselves. He put up his ladder as usual in the middle of the room and took out the large 500-watt Light bulb and screwed it in. As soon as the Light came on, it tripled the size of the room. There was another couch, chair and now a dining room. Just as I feared, garbage and dirt was piled in the once darkened corners. Everyone responded in different ways. Many of the people were shocked at the condition of the house and left. But a few stayed and began to grab brooms, shovels, and mops and began to help clean the debris. It was hard to believe that they understood, and they accepted and loved me just as I was.

The Electrician came over and embraced me and said, "My child, the ones that are staying live in homes that have even greater Light than you do. They also had others help them clean their homes, and still do. That is part of the healing process. Many times, things have to be cleared out that are too heavy for one person to carry out; or there will be a stain and another person will know My solution. I made you all to help heal and restore each other."


Children of The Light
And then, I noticed that around everyone's waist was a workman's belt with wires and Light bulbs dangling from it. As they helped to restore the room, they would put Light bulbs into the mended lamps and the Light grew and grew. The Electrician then said to me, "Dear one, there are still many rooms in your house that I want to bring to my Light, will you let me?" "Oh yes, Lord," as my heart melted in surrender.

And then, He fastened a workman's belt around my waist and said, "You will also help to bring Light, not only into your own home, but also help to Light others lives and hearts. You are MY CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT!!!"

This poignant allegory was taken from the unique story series,
Glory Fire & Vessel of Mercy




Live in His presence!
Linda
"In the midst of His unfathomable glory, power, and majesty, it is His pleaure to spend time with you.
John Paul Jackson"
God can work all things to the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).



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"We need to learn how to be transformed and conformed to the nature of God.
Life is not about coming to Christ, it's about becoming Christ-like."
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