Birthing, Beholding & Building the New

Birthing the New

We have been given a wonderful promise in the book of Isaiah that the Lord will surely deliver that which He has brought to birth. “Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God (Isaiah 66:9).

There have been many words about the “new” that we, as the Body of Christ, are now transitioning into. As we have become pregnant with these promises we must not attempt to solely define where we are going by where we have been or by what we have seen in times past.

The birthing of any new thing in God is much like the birthing of a child. You can have a basic idea of some of the qualities and characteristics that the child will carry by looking at its birth parents and in part its previous siblings, but the truth of the matter is that child is going to be unique and very different from those who have preceded him or her.

A Father’s Heart

My wife and I have three wonderful boys who are entirely different from one another and each has their own unique combination of the qualities and characteristics we possess. At the same time, their personalities, giftings and the presence they carry preserve their individuality within the larger family context.

My oldest son, Joshua, is very “type A” and as he would tell you “is a creative genius”. His younger brother Caleb is a bit more of a free spirit and Samuel is the freest of the bunch! Their individuality is not only what makes them special, but also what makes our family so unique.

We as parents must relate to each one in a way that allows them both the freedom and guidelines to become the full and true expression of who the Lord created them to be. To do otherwise would not only rob them of what they were created to carry, but it would also be a disservice to the world that they are called to impact.

The same is true for moves of God. We must not relate to them the way we have related to past moves. If we do, we will stunt their God-appointed development and crush the seed of destiny they carry.

Beholding the New Thing

I have had the privilege in times past to be a part of several extended moves of God that thankfully flourished and were a blessing to many. I have also seen moves of God that were cut short and ended prematurely.

In my personal estimation, the number one killer of something new and fresh that the Lord is releasing is when people attempt to measure and define the “new thing” based on the revivals and outpourings of the past setting premature guidelines and restrictions of how things will and will not be. As we enter into this new season and behold the new thing that God is doing, let us allow it to be just that – the “new thing.”

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them (Isaiah 42:9).

As Paul articulated in his letter to the Corinthians, we become what we behold (see 2 Corinthians 3:16-18). It is in this time of “beholding” that we continue in our “becoming” the sons of God that the earth is earnestly expecting to arise and shine turning many to righteousness in this hour (see Romans 8:14&19-22, Isaiah 60:1, Daniel 12:3).

One of my greatest joys as a father waiting on the birth of each of my boys was in seeking the Lord for their name and its prophetic application to their personal calling and destiny. Every time I call them by name I am speaking into them the destiny that has been reserved for them in God’s heart since the beginning of time.

As a father, they do not simply belong to me but as a steward of what God has entrusted to me in them, it is my job to serve Him faithfully and do my best to represent Him to them. In preparation for what’s coming it would behoove us to do the same as we look to the Lord devoid of our filters and opinions of how we think things should be to hear how He says they will be.

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, NOW it shall spring forth (Isaiah 43:18-19a).

Calling It As He Sees It

There is phrase that has been echoed throughout humanity that has kept many souls in the prison of an earthly reality when we are called to live as ambassadors of another realm (see 2 Corinthians 5:20 and Philippians 3:20). In every situation we encounter we are given a choice. We can “call it as we see it” or we can choose to “call it as He sees it.”

Before we can call it as He sees it, we have to actually see it as He sees it. Ezekiel understood this when the Spirit of God brought Him into a valley of dry bones and asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

Ezekiel knew that there was no life in what he currently saw. So, he answered, “O Lord God, You know (see Ezekiel 37:2-3).” Ezekiel needed to exchange what he saw for what God saw, so as the prophetic voice of his day He could speak as God would speak.

The Father Loves the Son

So, how can we see what God sees? How can we see people, circumstances, businesses, governments, churches, cities and nations resurrected in such a way as to represent heaven on earth? Let’s look at the words of Jesus in John 5:20.

“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.”

True Fathers love to live life with their sons. Their greatest desire is to pass on the wisdom, insight and understanding that their life experiences have afforded them. In this, sons learn how to live, act, govern and take responsibility as they learn how to rightly steward what they carry through name and association.

The same is true for us. Seeing how God sees, starts with how you perceive God sees you. Jesus saw by love, in love, through love and for love. The room He made in His heart for His Father’s love for Him is what enlightened the eyes of His understanding to see in the way His Father saw.

Jesus gave us an incredible key in this passage. Even before He would give the invitation to do what He did and greater works, He gave us the key that would open that door to “greater works”. “The Father loves the Son…” Everything we do in the Kingdom comes from this place.

Learning To Live As Sons

As we mature from walking as children in need of milk to growing up in all things into Christ, we become sons (see Ephesians 4:13-16). It is in this stage of our development that our heavenly Father grants to us our part in the family business.

You can often tell whether someone is a maturing son of the Kingdom by listening to how they speak and treat others. Children can be quite shortsighted. It is all about the now, the temporal.

Sons are living for something bigger and longer lasting – something eternal. The words that we speak are the fruit born out of the seeds that we have allowed to take root in our heart. When we begin to live as sons it will be evident because of the realities released when we speak.

Jesus said, “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (see Matthew 12:34).” I have heard it said that by looking at one’s words you can clearly see the abundance of the reality that they carry in their heart.

So, what makes up the abundance of the heart? Think of your heart as a bank account. The things you give your focus to determine what is deposited into your account. The conversations you listen to, the things you look at, and the books you read – all of these become deposits placed into your heart. Your words are the method by which you withdraw.

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (see Matthew 6:21).” The word, “treasure” can also be translated as a deposit or an investment. We can also understand this verse to mean, “the investments we make based on the resources we have been given reveal the balance within our heart.”

Jesus described the words that He spoke as “spirit and life (see John 6:63).” Jesus’ words were an investment into others revealing the heart of His Father to them. When He opened His mouth, word shaped containers of God’s grace would bring heaven to earth in the hearts of the hungry that heard Him. They still do today.

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

Recently the Lord spoke to me about the importance of redefining our faith as we transition into this new season. When I heard this I knew that He was not speaking to me in terms of the redefining of our faith in terms of doctrine as the Scriptures are both our source and standard in that regard.

This admonition is in terms of the application and appropriation of our faith in the realm of that which is naturally unseen. We must begin to live from this realm as we seek to establish the Lord’s heavenly blueprint for this new season.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:1 and 3 Author Emphasis).

Much of what we have believed for and even in some cases are believing for now has been born out of what either “has been” or had been perceived as successful and “kingdom” in times past. According to the Apostle Paul, the Lord has prepared something much greater and far deeper for those who love Him.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Faith is the hand that we have been given to reach into a place called hope and pull the promises of tomorrow into today. When writing to the Romans Paul said, “hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Romans 8:24-25).

Faith is a substance and faith is evidence. In a court of law when a witness is called to take the stand they are asked for the testimony of what they have seen and heard that supports the evidence that is currently being presented in that case.

One of the most common objections in a court of law is what is called hearsay. Hearsay is a prior statement made by a third party who is not present in the courtroom at the time the statement is offered as evidence. For the most part, a witness is not allowed to testify about what someone else who is not in the courtroom said in times past. The reason why hearsay testimonies are inadmissible is because without seeing and hearing for oneself, the witness lacks the authority necessary for their testimony to be considered as evidence.

We must transition from second hand revelation into a place of personal visitation. It is in this place that like the Apostles of the first century church we become fully empowered witnesses entrusted with tangible evidence that supports the testimony of what we have seen and heard (see Acts 4:20 and 1 John 1:1-4).

Not By Might, Nor By Power

What is now beginning to unfold cannot and will not be accomplished by the wisdom of man nor the natural strength that we can muster in and of ourselves. As the word of the Lord came to Zerubbabel during a time of great discouragement, distraction and delay in the rebuilding of the temple, I believe the Lord is saying to us now:

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6)

However, with this promise and admonition, Zerubbabel was not instructed to sit back, watch and wait for God to accomplish the assignment that had been entrusted to him. Along with his assignment, Zerubbabel was also given the responsibility as a master builder and God’s fellow worker to partner with the promise by the Spirit of Faith and the spoken word (see 1 Corinthians 3:9-11,  2 Corinthians 4:13 and Job 22:28).

‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’ Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you (Zechariah 4:7-9).

As you are reading this, the Lord may be highlighting to you some assignments that you have been given in times past where the opposition became too great and as a result there has been delay. It is in this place, we often look to hand the baton of our assignment off to the Lord for Him to finish what we have started in obedience to His leading.

However, I would offer that it is in this leg of the race that the Lord is not looking for a relay type of handoff but rather a three legged joining together of our will and His leading. As we enter into this place of union with His divine strategy and timing we are not only endued with a divine enablement but the heavenly pattern that we are called to follow also becomes clear and evident to all.

Moses ascended Mount Sinai, stepped into the cloud of God’s glory and was shown the pattern of the tabernacle that he was to build on earth. In the same way, we must begin to access and utilize the relational and revelatory keys of the Kingdom to begin to see, hear and perceive that which has already been loosed in heaven that we could loose it on earth by the Spirit of Faith and the power of the Spoken Word (see Matthew 16:16-19 NASB).

When Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”, He was modeling for us that what is to be built here on the earth already exists in heaven. With this understanding, our responsibility and privilege is to agree on earth with what has been established in heaven creating a place for the heavenly pattern to rest in us and be set up in our midst.

 

 

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“Aaron’s Rod Has Budded”

A New Season of “Increase”

We have crossed over into a new season in God. It is a season that carries with it promises fulfilled, promotions granted and “increase” by the Spirit of God.

The word right now is “increase”. For the past two weeks I have continued to see the word “increase” everywhere I look. The Lord is highlighting this time as a season of “increase” and with this I have the feeling that our present is about to catch up with what has been prophesied.

He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children (Psalm 115:13-14).

The blessings and increase of God that are being granted to us in this season will not be awarded based on our personal accomplishments. Rather, the blessing and increase of the Lord will rest upon those who possess a loyalty of heart and the knowledge of God that can only be found in the Fear of the Lord.

For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6 NASB).

It is in the inclining of our ear to wisdom and the applying of our heart to understanding that we will begin to understand the fear of the Lord and in that place of understanding find the knowledge of God. It is there that we are given access to the treasuries of wisdom and knowledge He has stored up for the upright (see Proverbs 2:1-11).

Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness (Psalm 33:18 AMP).

It is when we find ourselves in this place of sincere devotion that the hidden mysteries and secrets of the Lord, as they are revealed to us, find a home within our hearts (see Deuteronomy 29:29). With this heavenly counsel, we are also granted covenantal blessing as the Lord shows Himself strong on our behalf in response to a heart that is wholly His (see 2 Chronicles 16:9).

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Psalm 25:14).

“Aaron’s Rod Has Budded”

On September 17th, 2012, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, I was awakened by the Voice of the Lord at 6:39am, saying, “Aaron’s Rod has budded.” Often the timing of when the Lord speaks in this fashion carries with it a revelation that accompanies the message.

This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day (John 6:39).

The fact that “Aaron’s Rod has budded” has a number of applications. The timing of this revelation however speaks to the ministry of restoration and resurrection that it contains.

Restoration & Resurrection

Many have emerged from what could be considered a challenging season marked by an outward appearance of loss. And although there has been tangible loss, I can tell you this; it is the will of the Father that of all He has given to you nothing has been lost that will not be fully restored and completely resurrected in these coming days.

Now, if on the other hand the Lord has allowed a “material downsizing” that has simplified your life in preparation for this coming season-be thankful. It is this preemptive downsizing that will afford you the freedom to move with the cloud when He says move.

Korah’s Rebellion & Aaron’s Intercession

Before we look at the prophetic significance and application of Aaron’s Rod budding, let’s take a quick look at the timing of this miraculous event. Directly preceding this divine vindication we see two uprisings against God’s appointed leadership represented in Moses and Aaron.

The First uprising we see in the person of Korah and the 250 men of renown that had taken on his offense with Moses. Korah had been able to whisper in the ears these men creating an offense while sowing tares of rebellion that ultimately cost these men their lives.

Up until now, complaining and murmuring had only delayed their entering into their appointed land of promise. Now, however, their grumbling and questioning of God’s choice of leadership caused them to be literally swallowed up in their offense.

You would think that after this, the children of Israel would know better than to speak against God’s choice of leadership, but the very next day we are told that the entire congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron blaming them for the deaths of Korah and his cohorts.

In response to their criticisms, the Lord purposed to consume the children of Israel in a moment. But Moses and Aaron recognized that even if they people rejected them Aaron had been entrusted with the ministry of priest and had a responsibility to make atonement for their sins.

As they continued to curse Aaron, I can imagine him literally turning his cheek to their verbal blows, as he took his priestly censer, the fire and the incense and ran into the midst of the assembly standing between the dead and the living and stopped the plague. Although, 14,700 Israelites died in the plague the Lord honored Aaron and received the offering of incense as a steadfast confirmation of ministry. Interestingly enough, it was the illegal offering of incense from a place of counterfeit spiritual authority that was the downfall of Korah and his men the day before.

Although Scripture does not specifically make mention of it, we have to recognize the obvious leadership lesson here. Any leader can lead when they are celebrated, some can even lead when they are tolerated, but the willingness to lay down your life in intercession for the very people who praise you one day and want to crucify you the next? That is Christlike leadership.

The Budding of Aaron’s Rod

We pick up the story in Numbers 17 with the Lord telling Moses to gather from the children of Israel rods from each father’s house, twelve rods with the names of each leader written on their respective rod (see Numbers 17:2). Although the Levites were not numbered with the other tribes, the Lord told Moses to take the rod of Levi and write Aaron’s name on it (see verse 3).

The Lord then told Moses to place the rods in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where Moses would meet with the Lord (see verse 4). Once there, He would cause the rod of the man He chose to blossom as a sign to the people.

And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom (Numbers 17:5).

So Moses gathered the rods and placed them before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness. Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds Numbers 17:8).

Let’s look at some of the prophetic significance found in the budding of Aaron’s rod and its application to your own life.

1. Spiritual Awakening & Commissioning

The Almond Tree is referred to as the Awakening Tree. Rosh Hashanah (the day I was told that Aaron’s Rod has budded) is also known as the Day of the Awakening Blast. We are entering into a season of Awakening.

The Almond Tree is actually the first tree to bloom in terms of the Gregorian calendar. It blooms January 16th and produces ripe almonds within ten weeks time. In terms of Awakening, I find it very interesting that the announcement that Aaron’s Rod, an almond branch, had budded on Rosh Hashanah-the first day of the Jewish New Year.

The budding of Aaron’s rod followed a process of consecration for both he and his sons. It was a process where he was publicly stripped, washed, clothed and anointed for priestly service (see Leviticus 8). He had walked through a season of consecration and was now being commissioned to operate on a new and higher level.

2. Supernatural Fruitfulness

The rod had been situated in a dark and isolated place, but it had been laid to rest in the presence. In this place of hiddeness, it not only flowered but became fruitful by supernatural means and in a supernatural way producing ripe almonds (considered among the best and highest fruit- see Genesis 43:11)

3. Acceleration & Affirmation

The full cycle of the almond tree had transpired overnight. What would typically take ten weeks was accomplished in one night’s time.

Aaron’s rod had not only blossomed as the Lord said it would, but it was also producing ripe almonds. Aaron’s rod had gone beyond the requirements of the test, a strong affirmation of his authority and a sign to the people. Often times a rod or staff is prophetically understood to represent authority.

Aaron did not have to do anything or tell anyone that his rod had budded. His authority and the acceleration of his process were evident to all.

The Lord took up his case and affirmed his life and ministry with power. His authority and priesthood were confirmed publicly after a time of being scrutinized, questioned and at times doubted by those he was called to lead.

4. llumination, Enlightenment & Fresh Anointing

The bowls of the Golden Lampstand, the very containers that held the oil, were fashioned  in the likeness of almond blossoms (see Exodus 25:31-34 & 37:17-22). The Lord is creating and establishing containers of fresh oil and causing them to become carriers of the fire where His flame rests and remain in this new season as we seek to become living lampstands anointed with the Seven Spirits of God (see Isaiah 11:2).

5.  The Fulfillment of Prophetic Promises

We see this application in the life of Jeremiah as he is being commissioned as a prophet to the nations. The understanding here is found in the fact that the Lord actually used a Hebraic play on words to get his message through to Jeremiah.

The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree (Hb #8247 shaqed).” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching (Hb #8245 shaqad meaning “to be alert, awake, on the lookout, hastening to, watching”) over My word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:11-12 NASB).”

The pronunciation of the Hebrew word for almond was so phonically similar to the Hebrew word for “watching” or “hastening” that they could almost be used interchangeably although there meanings were much different. The Lord used this play on word in his communication with Jeremiah as He showed him an almond branch in a vision and then asked him what he saw, while using the similarity of the two Hebrew words to communicate that He was watching over His Word to perform it.

The King James translation of verse 12 reads like this,Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” There is a quickening, a hastening and acceleration of to bring to pass that which has been previously promised.

Some have felt a bit like Joseph in recent times. You were given magnificent prophetic promises, but the wilderness between the promise and the promise fulfilled looked like anything but that which we had been promised.

He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free Psalm 105:17-20).

The Word of the Lord tested Joseph until someone with authority stepped up released him and the promise that he had carried for all those years. The King of Kings is alert and active, watching over His Word to perform it in your life (see Jeremiah 1:12 AMP).

Just about every prophetic person you can think of has been seeing and hearing portions of Isaiah 60 for this season. The applications are endless and the promises long-awaited. Although, much attention has been given to the first three to five verses of this chapter, I am putting the Lord in remembrance of the entire chapter with my faith and focus resting on the last nine verses of this passage:

“I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time (Isaiah 60:22b).”

Deuteronomy 28: 12 tells us that our land has an appointed season of blessing.  The Lord will open to you His good treasure (storehouse) the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

Galatians 6:9 tells us that there is such a time as “due season” in which we will reap a harvest if we do not lose heart. We see in Isaiah 60 that each promise we have been given has “its time” of fulfillment.

We have crossed over into a new season in God as we have stepped into what Paul called “due season” and “it’s time!”

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Come to the Waters

We are rapidly approaching a threshold whereby we are about to step out of what’s been and into the times we have believed for and prophesied would be. For several months, the Lord has been speaking to me about how we can posture ourselves to both recognize and be active participants in the coming outpouring of His Spirit.

The Lord has been downloading practical and spiritual preparations in the form of spiritual encounters where He has shared with me about Becoming the Wave, Preparing for Rain, and now He is inviting us to “Come to the Waters” while growing in our spiritual thirst that we would be those who live from a place of overflow.

It’s a time where the Lord desires to meet with us in a way that is far deeper and exponentially greater than we or any other people group have had the privilege to experience in times past. Stepping into this season will require a new level of faith that can only be found in our individual hearing of the Lord’s voice and taking to heart the invitation that is being given in this hour.

An Invitation To Abundant Life

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)”

In most versions of the Bible, this passage is titled “An Invitation to Abundant Life.” Historically, this invitation was recognized as both a “call to” and a “call to come out from.”

Isaiah brought this word as a call to those who had found themselves in a place of Babylonian captivity to come out from the worldly influences and idolatry that pervaded the society in which they lived. Although we might not be living in a day where we find ourselves in a natural form of captivity, many of our brothers and sisters have found themselves distracted from their true purpose by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and desires for other things that have entered in to choke the word, causing it to become unfruitful in their lives (see Mark 4:19).

This is one area of “agreement” that Paul was referencing in 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 when He addressed being unequally yoked with unbelievers and those practicing lawlessness and darkness.

And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

If we properly recognize this pronounced season of coming personal visitation and respond accordingly to the grace that is being given I believe that we could be poised to see the literal fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Many have recently walked through a process of purification by fire and the washing of water with the Word in which the dross of these influences along with the scars of our past have been extracted from our DNA that we might be fully conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (see Proverbs 25:4, Ephesians 5:26-27 and Romans 8:29). Coming out of this season of refinement, those who have walked through His fire will be able to say with the Lord, “for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30).”

Everyone Who Thirsts

This invitation, however, is not given to everyone, but is specifically given to everyone who “thirsts” and to “you who have no money.” That being said, these qualities when properly understood can be cultivated in each of us.

Thirst is a defining quality in our spiritual life. Thirst has a way of making the things we need the most, the most important thing to us. As we see in Psalm 63:1-2, David had this type of thirst:

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

Thirst dictates direction and brings with it a grace for radical sacrifice, as our pursuit of God’s presence and the intimacy it brings becomes our highest priority. It was David’s thirst that brought him into the place where he found the loving kindness, mercy and favor of the Lord to be far better than anything this world could ever offer.

This encounter and the revelation it brings is where true praise comes from (see Psalm 63:3). When we taste and see that the Lord is good, we can’t help but praise Him (see Psalm 34:8)!

Last month we looked at how the grace of hunger can transform a barren wilderness into a place of fruitful harvest (see Psalm 107:35-37). In the same way that hunger brings revelation and transformation (see Deuteronomy 8:2-3), thirst initiates visitation. In short, hunger draws God to us while thirst draws us to Him.

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God (Psalm 42:2)?”

Come to Me and Drink

Jesus identified thirst as the necessary condition of those who would come to Him as the fountain of living waters (see Jeremiah 2:13 and Revelation 21:6).

On the last day, that great day of the feast (of Tabernacles), Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38).”

First we must be thirsty, second we come to Him and third we must drink…we freely and fully receive what He is pouring into us. It is in our coming to Him and in our “receiving” from Him that our “becoming” begins to take shape and we are transformed.

We see in John’s account of Christ commissioning of His disciples in John 20:22: “He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It was not enough for Him to breathe on them, they had to partner with what He was pouring out by receiving and breathing it in until His breath and His life became theirs, just as God breathed His life into Adam in the beginning.

Just about every one of us today have the luxury of indoor plumbing and running water. However, for some they can remember the days of having to go outside to draw their water from a well with a hand pump. To effectively draw water from one of these wells, the pump had to first be primed by pouring a cup of water from another water source into the opening of the pump.

The same is true for us. Before the fountain of living water is activated and awakened in us, we must first have our pumps primed. This was the truth that Jesus presented to the Samaritan woman in John 4:14.

Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14).”

The Living Water that Jesus gives doesn’t only give life; it becomes in us a producer of everlasting and abundant life! It is a well of Salvation, Healing, Deliverance and Prosperity that we joyously draw from (see Isaiah 12:3).

God’s Blessings on Thirst

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; (Isaiah 44:3)

In this passage Isaiah identifies four promised blessings that are accessed and activated from a place of thirst. Let’s take a look.

Personal Anointing

The Hebrew word used in this passage for “pour” is yatsaq, which is typically only used in terms of the pouring out of anointing oil when anointing someone for ministerial or governmental service. Therefore, the first blessing in this verse speaks of receiving a new level of personal anointing.

Regional Revival

The second blessing is a corporate promise of revival and outpouring. This works in conjunction with the hunger of Psalm 107:35-36 that changes a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry land into springs of water.

An Outpouring Among the Youth

The third promise contained in this verse is to our sons, daughters and the generations to come. God promises to those who are thirsty, that He will pour out His spirit down throughout our family line.

Our thirst and resolve to see God move has the power to bring heavens’ rain in such a way as to transform entire cities. This was part of the truth that can be drawn from looking at what God did through Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival.

It was said of Roberts that he had a “thirst for spiritual things from an early age.” His thirst was contagious! This grace that was on him fell also onto the young people that he was leading and the result was fervent prayer and passionate praise that not only transformed their city through the floods of revival but also sent a ripple effect throughout the world.

Many ask, can and will God do it again? I believe the answer lies within the chambers of our own hearts. If we will say, yes to Him in the deepest part of who we are, He will say yes to us from the deepest part of Who He is.

Joel prophesied that when we turn to the Lord in repentance, the Lord responds by delivering and refreshing the land in a way that would restore all that the locust had eaten. An outpouring of His Spirit would follow this restoration that would awaken the ears of our sons and daughters to prophesy and the eyes of our young men to see visions (see Joel 2:12-30).

Many of the spiritual graces that we enjoy today are the result of the thirst and devotion of those who have gone before us, leaving an inherited blessing for us to experience today!

Our Children Will Be Blessed

The fourth and final promise found in this verse is that the blessing of God would be on our children. The word Hebrew word for blessing can also be translated “pools of prosperity.”

Often times we think of prosperity as financial success and while that is a component of prosperity it is only a part. True prosperity is simply success in every area of our life.

I don’t know about you, but I want a fresh new level of anointing! I want to be continually revived and always live in a place of revelation that brings acceleration in my life! I want to see my city flooded with the goodness of God! I want my children and grandchildren to be anointed by the Spirit of God and I want them to be prosperous and have good success in every area of their life.

Everyone Who Asks Receives

The Lord’s desire to give good gifts to His children is outlined throughout the entire Bible (see John 3:16, Luke 11:9-13, Luke 12:32, etc). I can think of few “gifts” greater than that of thirst.

James pointed out that many of us do not have the things we truly desire in life because we simply do not ask for them (see James 4:2). James goes on to encourage us that when we come to God in faith believing for what only God can give while asking according to His will, not only does He give it to us, but He gives liberally!

So, let’s take a moment right now and ask the Lord for His gift of thirst in our lives. Even if you would classify yourself as thirsting after God, I would encourage you to ask for more.

You Who Have No Money

In addition to inviting “everyone who thirsts” to “come to the waters,” the Lord is also inviting you “who have no money, Come buy and eat.” Although at face value, this invitation would appear to be related to your socioeconomic status, it really is much deeper than that.

There are several truths we can draw from this, the first being don’t measure your ability or your grace to be used greatly in this season by what you have to offer in the natural. Secondly, the root word of the Hebrew word that was translated “money” in this passage can also be understood to mean fear.

The Hebrew word for “money” in this verse is “keceph” (Hb #3701 in the Strongs Concordance). The word “Keceph” was used to identify silver currency, because of its pale color or lack of color.

“Keceph” was derived from the Hebrew word “Kacaph” (Hb # 3700 in the Strongs Concordance). “Kacaph” means to become pale, to pine after or to fear.

When Isaiah identified those “who have no money”, he was speaking more so to the condition of one’s heart than their financial means.  As we see in the following passages from Hebrews and Romans, coming to God in faith is essential to receiving from Him.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

…whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23b).

With this understanding, we recognize the Lord is not identifying those who could buy wine, milk and bread by the currency they possess in the natural. Rather, He is calling to those who have placed their faith firmly in Him and His heart for them.

Eat What Is Good

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance (Isaiah 55:2).”

The word “spend” means to “weigh out.” We must be watchful not to squander our precious spiritual currency by fearfully weighing out worst case images and “what if” scenarios as opposed to feeding ourselves with every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (See Matthew 4:4).

This new season that we are entering into requires that we position ourselves as John the Beloved did in John 13:23-25, leaning upon the breast of the Lord while listening to the very heartbeat of God. Peter recognized that John had been granted greater access into the mysteries of God as a result of the relationship that He had cultivated in response to the love of the Lord toward Him.

We, too must do all that we can to incline our ear, and come to Him (see Isaiah 55:3a) that He might manifest Himself to us and make His home with us (see John 14:21 and 23). Just as Peter looked to John, all of the world and much of the church is looking to us to see and hear the Words of Jesus. Let’s give them heaven!

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Positioning for Promise

Preparing for Rain

Much has been prophesied about the soon-coming rains of revival that will carry with them the fulfilled expressions of many long awaited promises carried deep within the hearts of God’s people. But how can we position ourselves to see, receive and steward the blessing that is approaching?

Can we live our lives in such a way as to see the eyes of the Lord cease from their searching to rest upon a house, a people, a region and even a nation? Will He find hearts that are completely His that He may openly demonstrate and display His awesome power for the entire world to see and be changed (see 2 Chronicles 16:9)?

Faith and Patience

What is required of us to see these promises fulfilled that we might fully inherit the all that we have been given (see Ephesians 1:3)? It is in the working together of faith and patience that we inherit these promises (see Hebrews 6:7 and 12).

If asked, most of us would claim to be strong in faith with admitted room for growth in the area of patience. However, faith cannot be viewed as simply the act of believing or a conviction that something will come to pass. True faith is more so defined by what fuels our belief than what our belief produces or accomplishes (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a).

…faith is activated and energized and expressed and working through love (Galatians 5:6AMP).

Patience can be defined as the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness when confronted with delay. It speaks of perseverance without complaint or irritation. Patience when practiced becomes an active participant in partnering with the promise.

While patience often includes the posture of waiting, it is more about the position of our hearts being at rest in the midst of the waiting process. It comes down to a position of trusting the Lord to do something for us that is far greater than we could do for ourselves.

When faced with delay, our question should not be “how long do I have to wait” rather our question should be “what is it in me the Lord is looking to develop in this season and how can I posture myself accordingly?” The sooner we see this, the sooner the work within us is more fully engaged.

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand (James 5:7-8).

Establish Your Hearts

We must marry faith and patience as we allow the seeds of Gods’ Word to be sown deep within our hearts. In so doing, the soil of our circumstances will begin to show the early signs of blessing and breakthrough as the long awaited promises of God are first conceived and then birthed.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).

God has apportioned blessings to come upon and overtake those who respond in obedience to His voice. It is important to also recognize and cooperate with what the season we are in requires to see, receive and steward these blessings.

The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season…(Deuteronomy 28:12a).

We are approaching the end of a season that has carried with it much delay. However, as we prepare to transition from where we have been to where we are called to be, the establishing of our hearts in faith and patience will be what brings us over the hump and into the land of promise.

A Dream

In the early hours of June 6th, 2012, I was given a vivid dream in which I was staying in an exquisite home made of stone. The house was full of character and in some ways felt alive. It was also exceptionally well built and solid, the kind of house that could have withstood any storm. The house was located at the end of a cobble street, where the street if followed to the end would bring you right to my front door.

Throughout most of this dream I was studying the Scriptures by candlelight while recording revelation with a quill pen and a fountain of blue ink. I was also wearing a type of bifocals that when reading I would look through the bottom half of the lens and when writing, I would look through the top half of the lens.

Although my use of the bifocals would not seem conventional in the natural, I knew that in the dream they represented “new eyes” that are being given today to prepare us for tomorrow. These bifocals and their use spoke to me of a present day revelation and understanding that would give us insight as to how to fully position ourselves for what God is unfolding in these last days.

In this dream, I could feel myself consumed in my study of the Word and my related writing when all of a sudden I heard three very loud and somewhat alarming knocks at the door that coincided with three incredible and unexpected crackling roars of thunder. As I swung open the large wooden door, a cool yet forceful wind rushed through the doorway and filled the house.

As the wind whirled through the house it seemed to wrap itself around the candle in a clockwise motion. With this motion, it began to pull the light of the flame into the whirling wind until it became a radiant breath of light that fully illuminated the room while also shining a ray of what looked like living light through the opened door and into the night street.

As my eyes followed the path of light that had emerged from my doorway, I saw an advancing wall of water pushing its way toward me, bringing with it a deluge of heavy rain and crackling thunder. As I looked deeper into the street it became clear that the torrent was falling in a sideways stream.

As I peered into the street, I saw five young women who looked to be in their early twenties, modestly dressed with a look of determination on their faces. They were scrambling through the streets beating feverishly on the doors of the surrounding houses that lined the cobble street.

I could feel they were on edge emotionally. On one side they had great resolve and on the other side they appeared to be on the brink of despair. There was the sense that they were either going to “breakthrough” or “break down” depending on how the next few moments played out.

Although these women were pounding aggressively on their respective doors quite loudly, I could see through the windows of the surrounding homes that there was no one to respond. The houses were pitch black and there was no visible sign of life. Many of the homes had the look and feel of homes that had been abandoned.

I suddenly remembered the knock that had been on my own door. I looked down and saw the young woman at my door. Her hands were trembling in desperation as she clasped them together and motioned to me crying out: “Please sir-there is no one to DECLARE RESTORE!”

But this is a people robbed and plundered; all of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses; they are for prey, and no one delivers; for plunder, and no one says, “Restore!” Who among you will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear for the time to come? (Isaiah 42:22-23)

Let’s take a look at some of the prophetic applications that come with this dream as well as how to position ourselves for the soon coming rains of revival. With this approaching outpouring, the God of Glory is preparing to thunder over the waters of our day. The power and majesty of His voice will usher in the much-needed breakthrough and birthing of His intended purposes for the hour in which we live (see Psalm 29).

A Spiritual House

The house in this dream represents houses that are revelatory and relational in nature. These houses have not been founded upon the wisdom of man, but built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ according to the heavenly blueprint.

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5).

In coming to the Lord we are also joined to one another as living stones in the building of His house. It is in this place that we assume the priestly privilege of offering to God that which He truly desires of us.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise (Psalm 51:17).

These sacrifices are not only a sweet smelling fragrance to God, but also the kindling and fuel upon which the fires of revival fall. It is in this place of humility, as we draw near to Him that He draws near to us (see James 4:6 & 8).

For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57:15).”

Just about every significant move of God has been preceded by a remnant of people gathered in relationship around prophetic promise with an insatiable desire to meet with God. We can see this truth repeated throughout history as well as documented within the pages of Scripture.

This house represents an invitation to a position and place that is available to all of us. This is the place where we find our family or tribe (see Psalm 68:6). It is where we find protection from the storms of life (see Proverbs 18:10). It is the place where our hearts are encouraged and knit together in God (See Colossians 2:2). It is the place where iron sharpens iron as we draw the best out of one another (see Proverbs 27:17). It is home and it is found in Him.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).

A City For A Dwelling Place

So oftentimes in Christianity, we are looking to get to the next new place that God is moving and although this type of pursuit is great and strongly encouraged, there is something higher and it is reserved for the hungry! You see, the hungry bring the next move of God to them!

He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. There He makes the hungry dwell, that they may establish a city for a dwelling place, and sow fields and plant vineyards, that they may yield a fruitful harvest. (Psalm 107:35-37)

If you find yourself in a dry land or a wilderness season, ask the Lord for the grace of hunger and watch how He begins to visit you through His Word. Before you know it, you will begin to see your life, your land and your season transformed as you turn to the Word and behold His glory (see 2 Corinthians 3:16-18).

New Eyes

For those who desire it, the Lord is allowing us to look into the depth of His Word with “New Eyes” whereby we will see by revelation beautiful truths in a way that we have not seen in times past; restoring the Lord’s original intent and purpose for creation. With this illumination, we will be given insight and understanding as to how to position ourselves for what’s coming.

With these “New Eyes” also comes an all-consuming hunger for the Word of God. I am humbled to say that this has also been the case for me in the natural since having this encounter.

This tells me that there is an impartation being granted to us that will bring with it a dramatic increase in revelation and our ability to “eat the book” as John was told in Revelation 10 (see vs 1-8 as well as Ezekiel 3:1-3).

In the same way that the Lord Jesus was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us as we beheld His Glory (see John 1:14) we too must take hold of the Word and consume all that it contains until we become the Word. It is from this place that we become the pure prophetic representation of His voice to the world around us.

Houses that Restore will be Houses of Much More

It is of utmost importance, during this season that we not be so immersed in what we are doing for God that we miss the knock of God. It would have been easy, in the midst of my personal preparation, for me to dismiss the knock at my door.

In opening the door, I was given three things. First, the light that I had been given significantly increased. Secondly, I was able to see clearly what is coming. Thirdly, I was able to “hear for the time to come.”

In a time of restoration, the prophet Zechariah exhorted Judah saying:

Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain…(Zechariah 10:1a)

The Need for Restoration

In this dream, the need for restoration preceded the soon coming rains of revival. Restoration by definition is the action of returning something (or someone) to a former owner, place, or condition. In the same way that “Restoration is the action of returning…” it can also be said that the act of “returning” initiates the process of restoration.

When God restores someone or something He does not simply restore that person or that thing from the place where they had fallen. When the Lord restores, He restores back to His original intent and purpose for that individual, place or thing. We are all in a process of restoration.

Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know; Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth (Hosea 6:1-3)

 

 

 

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“Until”

 

Come Away

We are on the verge of a significant spiritual shift. Can you feel it? The Lord is drawing many into times of intimacy and preparation for what He is prepared to pour out.

He is inviting us to encounter Him in secret. Along with this invitation, many are feeling a desire to return to the contemplative spiritual disciplines of generosity, prayer (including meditation) and fasting as outlined in Matthew 6. With these disciplines, come a great grace for spiritual hunger and the Revealed Word.

Jesus said when we respond to this invitation by coming away with Him then our Father would reward us openly in the days to come (see Matthew 6:6 & 6:18). The reward is not our motivation, He is. However, He is a rewarder of our diligent and faith-filled longing to experience more of Him as we position our hearts to be flooded with the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (see Ephesians 1:17).

This is a season where we will transition as a people from knowing about Him to knowing Him. It is my hope that we, with Job, will soon be able to say, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You (see Job 42:5).”

Becoming the Wave

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012 I had a brief spiritual encounter related to this truth. This experience gave some definition to the season I am experiencing, and may be helpful to many of you in the same place.

I was standing on a beach looking out into the water that was drawn to sea in preparation for a coming wave. I noticed the ebb of the water continued for much longer than I thought it should have. As I pondered why it could be taking so long for the tide to turn from the place of ebb into the coming flow, all of a sudden, I became the water.

As I left the shore, the sands receded and exposed hidden treasures including seashells and other rare and exotic nautical gems, the likes of which I never seen before. It was then that I began to have understanding of this present process recognizing that while it may appear to some that we are being pulled back or somehow delayed, the truth is that we are being pulled in. This “pulling in” is in preparation for what’s about to break.

As the wave continued to build, I realized that it is in this process that we actually become the wave. I watched as the wind (Holy Spirit) continued to blow upon the water (the Word), bringing with it infusions of divine energy that continued to permeate and pulse throughout the current.

The Coming Shift

How long is this season of ebb to be? The answer to that question is two parts. Part Him and part us. I believe a lot of God’s timing is not recognized by when a spiritual outpouring itself occurs, but when the hunger and desperation for it is imparted. This is the initial point on heaven’s timeline.

When those hungry disciples gathered in that upper room they did not know how long they were signing up for, they just knew that they were signing up. Jesus had given them a Promise; the Promise of His Father. He told them to wait in Jerusalem “until” they received power from on high (see Luke 24:49).

A good way to define the coming turning point in this Spiritual tide is the word “until.”  “Until” represents the breaking point where shift happens.

This coming shift will bring with it tremendous breakthrough and blessing. We all have areas where we are in great need of the Lord of breakthrough, but remember that before God broke through David’s enemies he returned to the stronghold and inquired of the Lord (see 2 Samuel 5:17-20).

Return to the Stronghold

Breakthrough is found in our private devotion and personal pursuit of God when no one is watching. If you are in need of breakthrough, make it a point to “return to the stronghold” and watch what the God of the Breakthrough does for you. When He breaks open we break out! (see Zechariah 9:11-12 and Micah 2:13).

Jesus modeled this profound truth in His own life. We see in Luke 4:14 that His time of fasting in the wilderness produced great power as well as preparing and positioning Him for His next stage of life and ministry. Great miracles along with public demonstrations of tremendous power and authority were often preceded by significant time spent hidden away with His Father in secret.

When we purpose to live a life of sacrificial devotion to our Father in the secret place through contemplative prayer and fasting, we and the world we live in will become greater for it. This is one way that we can say, “yes” to the ebbing pull of the Spirit in our daily life.

David found the God of the Breakthrough in the stronghold, not on the field of battle. He is our stronghold (see Nahum 1:7). It is in our returning to Him that He restores, breaks through and gives back more than what we had lost and better than we had!

The book of Zechariah provides a wonderful promise of restoration in response to our “returning.” “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you (see Zechariah 9:12)”

A Door of Great Hope

Many of us feel that we have been pulled into a place that at first we did not see as necessary in our apprehension of God’s promises in our life. Truth be told, it is in this place that we are prepared to inherit and fully occupy the promises.

For some of us, it may feel like a wilderness, but if we can embrace His pull we will begin to know and experience the Lord in a new way. It is in the “valley” of our troubles that He establishes a door of great hope (see Hosea 2:14-23).

Properly recognizing and engaging in the wilderness experience is as vitally important to our divine destiny as when the “walls came down” for Israel. There we begin to see God and the treasures of His inheritance in a way that we have never seen before.

Launch Out Into the Deep

At the beginning of this year, the Lord began to speak to me from Luke 5:1-11. As the story goes, Peter had been fishing all night and had caught nothing. They had just returned to shore and were cleaning their nets when Jesus jumps into his boat and asks that they push away from the shore so that He can instruct the multitude that had gathered to hear him.

Once Jesus had finished teaching, He turned to Peter and instructed him to first “launch out into the deep” and secondly “let down your nets for a catch.” To this Peter replied, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.”

As great as this “catch” was, it pales in comparison to how radically their lives would be transformed. Verse 11 says, “So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”

The word “forsook” means to leave behind. In one day, they abandoned their way of life and everything familiar to them to pursue Him and the destiny for which they were created.

What had happened? What made the difference? When Peter was willing and obedient to do what the Lord asked, the harvest of what he had believed for came to him (see Isaiah 1:19). In that moment his previous desires were replaced with a new desire.

In this place of undivided devotion to Him, He captures our hearts and like the disciples, we abandon everything to pursue Him wholeheartedly. It is in this place that we find Him (see Jeremiah 29:13).

I believe Jesus’s invitation to Peter is still being given to us today. Are you ready to leave the shore and become something more?

“Deep calls unto Deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all of your waves and billows have gone over me (Psalm 42:7).

Can you feel the depth of God’s heart calling to you in this season? Can you feel the depth of your spirit desiring Him more than your next breath? Launch out my friend, and Launch into Him. It is in this place that your wilderness becomes a fruitful field.

A “Catch”

The letting down of our nets has several applications. Firstly, the coming catch is not according to human effort, but trust and rest in Him and His Word to us. Secondly, it is a place where we let down our guards and allow the Lord to go deep in us. It is in this place of humility, willingness, and obedience that He brings to us the very things we have need of as we delight ourselves in Him.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).”

“Delight” means to be pliable, soft and effeminate. It’s a willingness to be molded and changed as He sees fit. “Desires” can be broken down as “de (of)” and “sire (father)” to mean “of your father.”

As we situate ourselves on His Potter’s wheel (see Jeremiah 18:1-11), He begins to mold us and shape us “until” we are gloriously transformed into a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work (see 2 Timothy 2:21). Through this process, the desires of His heart become the desires of our heart.

Jesus was the exact representation of His Father. He said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father (John 14:9).” That day, Peter saw his Father. A Father who takes delight in the blessing and prosperity of His sons and daughters, a Father Who’s good pleasure it was to give him the Kingdom (see Psalm 35:27 and Luke 12:32).

For us, I believe “the catch” speaks of much more than resources. It is the revelation that brings resources. Peter had a revelation; therefore the resources came to him. His obedience to “Launch out into the deep and let down his nets…” was a choice he made by faith in response to Jesus’ word to Him.

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).” This is speaking of the Rhema word of God, or the spoken and revealed Word of God. That day, Peter heard the Word, Himself and received a revelation.

Not The Time To Be Complacent

Waking up on the morning of May, 24th, 2012, I heard the first few words from Isaiah 32:15 echoing in my spirit, “Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high…”

In this passage, Isaiah was speaking to a group of women who had not recognized the season in which they were living and the way in which they needed to posture themselves in preparation for what was coming. Their complacency to act and failure to discern the Lord’s voice was leading them to a place of lack, disappointment and despair if they did not recognize their invitation and adjust accordingly.

As Isaiah addressed the consequences of their complacency, he pleaded with them to recognize the areas of injustice that were being wrought in their day. Sadly, they lacked the eyes to see, the ear to hear and the heart to perceive what the Lord was asking of them.

Because of their complacency and failure to recognize the Lord’s voice, they were told “In a year and somedays you will be troubled, you complacent women; For the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come (Isaiah 32:10).” Their “catch” would not come to them, because they had not first come to Him. Now is not the time to be complacent.

We must also not be like the Shulamite who was not willing to respond to the voice of her beloved in the day of her visitation (see Song of Solomon 5:2-8). She responded to the very invitation that she had so longed for with a list of reasons why His coming wasn’t convenient for her.

In verse 6 she looked back with regret recognizing how her heart leapt within her at the sound of His voice. Let us not look back with regret, but instead do whatever we can to meet with Him when He comes knocking. Her complacency cost her the visitation that she had so desired. When He knocks, we must open!

Partnering With The Promise

We have a responsibility in receiving what we believe for. The Lord gave a promise of power to 500 of His disciples in Luke 24:49, but only 120 were committed to partner with the Promise “until” they received power from on high.

When they were given that promise, it does not say how many went into the upper room it only says how many were left. How many of those 500 actually desired the Promise enough to go and at what point did it became inconvenient to stay.

If we were able to interview those 380 today, there would be a number of folks echoing the same regret as the Shulamite. If they could have only discerned how close they were to the Promise knocking at their door.

We are standing at a place in history, poised to see the greatest wave of God’s Spirit to ever come upon the earth. He is knocking and He is calling, in this season of ebb, to those who will open the door and launch out as we dine with Him in the deep.

If we will make it our highest goal to receive from Him everything that He has for us in this season we, like Jesus, will come out with power greater than we have ever known (see Luke 4:14). Let’s join Jesus in becoming the water (the Word) breathed upon by His wind (Holy Spirit) that we might, with Him-become the wave!

We are about to cross the line of “Until…”

Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:15-18

 

 

 

 


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