Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3
"Peace and Love" - Photographed by my granddaughter, Shiloh Boivin when she was 5 years old
A few days ago I read a very sad article posted on a news
website about some Mexican tourists who were shot accidentally by the Egyptian
military. Apparently, these military men
thought the tourists were terrorists. As
troubling as that was to read what I found shocking on top of this news item was the
response of readers in the comment section below the article.
The article itself was written sympathetically which, for
me, made the responses even more startling.
There were over 200 comments making jokes and spewing racial hatred
about the victims of this accidental shooting.
Truly, I was so shocked I could hardly believe my eyes. Just when I think nothing could surprise me
in terms of the fallen nature of this world something comes along and takes my
Words.....it's just words, right?
No. It's far
more. It speaks of what's in the heart
and conscience. "Whatever is in your heart determines what you say."
Luke 6:45 (NLT) So naturally, it follows that when a heart is full of the fruit of the Spirit the mouth will speak words of love and kindness, words that are gentle, expressions of faith and patience and will have the wisdom to use self-control. Of course the opposite is also true and if a heart is filled with envy or jealousy, anger or bitterness, uncleanness or lewdness, these things too will find their way to the surface in the form of words.
We have all spoken carelessly at times and if our hearts are
God-ward we find ourselves repenting very quickly. We know that words have, and are, LIFE and we must use them to communicate, build up and bless others.
Many years ago I heard a woman named Betty Maltz talk about
her experience of dying and seeing heaven.
I have never forgotten hearing and meeting her. All these years later I clearly recall her
sweet spirit and the presence of the Holy Spirit while she was speaking. She said one of the things she saw in heaven
was the prayers of God's people and the words themselves were three dimensional -- the
words were living entities.
Since that time I have on a number of occasions been made
truly aware that all our words have life.....or death. "Life and death are in the power of the
tongue." Proverbs 18:21 We either speak
life into someone's life or into a situation or we speak death because words
have power. Kind and encouraging words are like a soft hand soothing a fevered
brow whereas cruel words are like claws that shred a person's back. Nice Christian people would never consider
shredding the skin of someone's back literally but think it's nothing more than
a guilty pleasure to have a 'good gossip.'
We all know that from the way people's words have hurt us in
our lives or the way a stinging insult can stay with us for years and
subsequently affect how we make decisions because words have a long term
effect. If you were hurt badly by a
cruel comment perhaps it's created fear that has prevented you from confidently
progressing or even shut you down.
Think of an example of the child who is
constantly told he is stupid. Does the
child progress as he could have? Does he
feel he's too stupid to apply for further education? Did the world just lose a fine doctor or
scientist? That's only one possible
example of how words can speak 'death'.
We really need to understand our words are a very big deal
to God and that includes what we say about others and what we say about Him.
Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other,
the Lord listened to what they said.
His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written
to record the names of those
Him and loved to think about Him.
Malachi 3: 16
Did you read that?
The Lord is listening to what
you're saying!! Surely you already knew
that but perhaps you need this reminder.
We all need a reminder and quite regularly. If you were to walk through your day with the
following verse on a post-it note stuck to your nose how would you change your
I tell you, on the day
of judgment people will give account
for every careless word
Does it make you cringe to consider that?
If we think of everything we've said being recorded to hear
played back to us in eternity it's enough to make us clap our hands over our
mouths isn't it? I know when I look back
over my own life there have been times when I've said things that now embarrass
me horribly. Perhaps because I've
learned (and continue to learn) this lesson the hard way I'm writing with such
earnestness. I want you to avoid the
A number of years ago I had a lovely friend and both of us
were in an exciting time when the Lord was revealing wonderful things to us
from His Word. We would get on the phone
most mornings and share with great enthusiasm what He'd been showing us. However, at times the conversation would turn
to things that were happening at church and then devolve from there into
gossip. We recognized this and made a pact
that the moment either one of us would find the conversation
descending into such negative territory we would say 'Gossip!' and instantly
stop.We were training ourselves to
recognize what we were doing and to stop doing so immediately.It was a life-changingtraining exercise and one that continues to
stay with me.
But there's more.
Jesus said, "If you call someone an idiot you are in
danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone you are in danger of
the fires of hell." Matthew 5: 22 (NLT)
People don't curse other people these days do they? Certainly, they do. The example of the child who grew up thinking
he was too stupid was, in essence, living with a curse because his belief about
himself was so greatly affected by words.
And what about the dreadful racial slurs I read on that
website article? Are racial slurs not cursing?
What in the world are people thinking when they say these horrible
How many times have I heard it said with a prideful
attitude, 'well I just have to speak what's on my mind."
Just because you have a negative opinion doesn't mean you
should necessarily offer it. In fact,
for the sake of blessing in your own life you'd be a lot safer learning to
control your tongue.
Okay....this is beginning to sound like a rant but only in the hope of
making a point and that point is that we all have power to bless or curse with the words we
Look at what happened with Ezekiel and the dry bones in Chapter 37. The Lord only told him to speak to the wind in order to breathe
life into them again. When Jesus was healing people often He would speak words of
life and they were healed. It was the
Lord Himself who spoke the world into
being. Words have, and are, life.
We say to young children who are frustrated and on the point
of a tantrum, 'use your words.' We want
the child to express what she's feeling so we can help her through her emotions
as well as learn to communicate.
However, she's only a very small child and is in the process of learning
HOW to use her words. As adults we
should have learned by now not only how to communicate well but also to do so
with empathy--even when we're frustrated.
Christians are very quick to speak of the abomination of sins in the lives of others but what about this verse from Proverbs 6:
There are six things
seven that are an
abomination to Him:
a lying tongue,
and hands that shed
a heart that devises
feet that make haste to
run to evil,
a false witness who
breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord
Three of these things listed involve the tongue and it says
that not only does God hate them but
they are an abomination. We simply must
be honest with ourselves more often and recognize that we all have times when
our words betray the darkness that still resides in our hearts.
So perhaps I need to turn the searchlight inward on myself
with this post.
Rather, speaking the
truth in love,
we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head,
Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together
by every joint with
which it is equipped, when each part is
working properly, makes the body grow
so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4: 15
Am I writing in love?
This question is vital. I know what I'm feeling as I write this is a
kind of desperation to say that we all need to be aware of the power we wield
when we speak because it's so important to the Lord. However, if I search my heart and find I'm
speaking what could be considered a rebuke and I'm not doing it with genuine
love then I'm no better than a self-righteous hypocrite.
We need to remember to ask ourselves that question when we feel the urge
to 'speak out.'
Use your imagination for a moment and think of ways that
your words can build others up. Think of the ways you can speak blessing and
hope into their lives, the way your words can breathe life into a troubled soul
with encouragement. Think of ways you can speak life over a situation you see
as a problem. Cultivate an attitude of
mercy and speak in a merciful way.
We can sense God is doing something. It's not only that we've read Scripture or
seen the various things said by men and women who have spoken out. It's isn't only the onslaught of news and
financial prognosticators either. It's
that we can sense fundamentally in our spirits that God is doing something BIG.
We can feel it.
We can see it in changes in our households or families.
There's a rumble in the Spirit--an anticipatory rumbling
that urges us to cross every 't' and dot every 'i' in terms of obedience to
what we know God has spoken to us.
So just what is coming?
Life has taught me that with God things are never quite what
we expect. When He answers prayer to
sort out difficult situations in our lives He does so in ways that are best for
everyone involved. He weaves solutions that create a harmonious whole
from a variety of elements that appear, to the human eye, to be at odds with
one another. Often we are left
slack-jawed in amazement. I have found myself so many times marvelling at His
awe-inspiring ability to create perfect solutions that take into account things we
could never know about others or the entirety of circumstances.
Now when I am waiting to see the answer to prayer I find
myself saying things that sound more like a kid waiting for a special gift --
"I wonder what amazing solution God is going to come up with for this
So in this time when there are so many markers indicating
that we as individuals, and the world as a whole, are on the cusp of something BIG I find myself
at times trying to understand what it will be and then I stop myself because
there's just no way my mind is big enough or my creativity elastic enough to
ever even begin to anticipate how the Lord will do something.
I think the most significant example of that surely has to
be His Son, Jesus Christ. Everyone was
expecting the Messiah but no one was expecting Him to come the way He did. In the minds of the people the Messiah was
supposed to be a conquering hero who would subdue the Romans and free His people. Well, Jesus was The Conquering Hero and He
did free people, without a doubt, but not in the way the they anticipated at
So it is with the times we're in presently. We expect God to act in a particular way
because we're trying to fit Him into our own ridiculously limited
understanding. God is GOD and
desperately trying to find out the details of how and when He is going to act tomorrow
or next week is fruitless.
Just doing what He has indicated
for today is enough and trusting Him to take us along the correct path for our
lives really is the walk of faith.
Having said all that, which I truly believe, I am also of
the opinion that He is presenting us with a preview of what's to come in Psalm
A Psalm of Asaph
The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all
humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From MountZion, the perfection of beauty, God
shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a
great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his
people. "Bring my faithful people
to me— those who made a covenant with me by giving
sacrifices." Then let the heavens
proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the
Interlude "O my people, listen as I speak.
Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
I am God, your God! I have no complaint
about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. ut I do not
need the bulls from your barns
or the goats from your pens. For all the
animals of the forest are mine,
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
Do I eat the meat of bulls?
Do I drink the blood of goats?
What I want instead is your true thanks to God, and keep the vows you made to
the Most High. Then call on me when you
are in trouble, and I will rescue you,
and you will give me glory."
But God says to the wicked: "Why
bother reciting my decrees and pretending to obey my covenant? For you refuse my discipline and treat my
words like trash. When you see thieves,
you approve of them, and you spend your time with adulterers. Your mouth is filled with wickedness, and
your tongue is full of lies. You sit
around and slander your brother— your own mother's son. While you did all this, I remained silent, and
you thought I didn't care. But now I
will rebuke you, listing all my charges against you. Repent, all of you who forget me, or I will
tear you apart, and no one will help you.
giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me.
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God."
Jesus was standing by a river and as I watched He turned to
me, held out His hand and said, "Come."
I followed Him as He led me into a dark hall with
curved walls of stone and a door that looked medieval with the way the wood was
formed with iron hinges, nails and handle.
He opened the door and we went into a dingy, dimly-lit room. The first thing I saw was a man lying on a table in the centre of the room. He was
extremely thin, his face had a grey pallor and I knew he was either dead or
very close to it. His eyes were barely
open and the bones of his cheeks were prominent. I also noticed he was wearing shabby clothing
indicative of the early 19th century with a dirty white neckcloth. He was older but his illness made it
difficult to guess his age.
I asked the Lord, 'Who is this man?"
The Lord replied, "Seymour."
That was all He said.
I glanced around the room and noticed there were boxy looking things on
benches but they were draped in brown and covered in dust.
Jesus moved toward the end of the room, opposite to where
we'd entered, and I followed Him, relieved to move out of this sad and rather
awful place. The end of the room opened
up into a beautiful vista of the sea.
Jesus walked a little further and stood on the edge of a cliff looking
out to sea and waited for me to come up beside Him. When I stood next to Him he raised His arm
with a bit of a flourish as if presenting the view to me and then He said,
The play on words/name made me smile slightly.
Jesus then said,
He raised His hand and pointed to the sea and it began to
churn with dark, grey waves roiling into the shore below. We watched for a time and then He began to
walk away from the cliff's edge through shore grasses. Again, I followed Him until we came to a very
weathered beach hut. It had a ledge and
looked as if it had been used as a refreshment stand at some point but had
since been abandoned.
There were two stools at this beach hut counter and we both
sat down and then Jesus asked me what I'd like to drink. I thought for a brief moment with the
inherent knowledge that I could have anything I wanted but somehow I knew the
'right' answer was water. The moment I
told Him I wanted water it became the one thing I wanted most of all.
When I finished the water, Jesus got up and walked past the
hut into the nearby town. It was
odd. All the storefronts were boarded up
and there was not a person in sight.
However, it was entirely pristine with everything painted white or pale
sand or aqua. The old theatre
predominated over the town with its high frontage and it, too, was painted in a
perfectly clean light beige.
On a building at the end of the street I noticed there was
an aqua-coloured insignia. I couldn't make
out what it was precisely except for the colour. As I looked at it suddenly the insignia came
to life and swooped off the building and zoomed into the centre of the street
where it formed itself into a small airplane.
It was unusually small and in the shape of a jet with an open cockpit
and almost entirely aqua in colour. I
had the thought that it looked like a flying convertible.
Jesus got into the front of this plane which looked far too small for him and I stepped in
behind and then we were flying. At
once we were very high and yet the ground was still quite visible. As we flew the jet released a very large
bright, white plume. Initially, I
thought it was smoke but as I looked more closely I realized the plume was made
up of many, many particles all descending toward the earth.
The vision ended there.
Needless to say, when this vision concluded I was a bit
stymied as to its meaning but in the hours since the meaning has been emerging. Having said that, I am the first to admit
that interpreting a vision can very easily be influenced by the person doing
the interpretation. However, I do believe
I have this mostly right and I can see two interpretations to this. I've often discovered that as time passes there is more understanding to be gleaned from a vision. I shall update 'when' and 'if'. :-)
I believe the dying man in the dusty, medieval room is the
vast majority of the universal Church today.
Christians have been fed false doctrine (ie: the prosperity gospel),
idolatry in the form of materialism or gospel 'stars' on stage, sin considered
abhorrent in the past is now accepted (ie: people living together without being
married and no sense of shame for the sin) and there is simply no time or room
for the Holy Spirit in many church services today. The list could go on but I'm sure you have
the general idea.
Christians have become starved, seen in the boney and sickly
face the man. The man's clothes were
filthy and the state of many Christians is exactly that given the way they've
come to believe that almost anything 'is okay because we live in the age of
grace and God forgives me' an attitude known as 'cheap grace'. (An expression used by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the book, "The Cost of Discipleship.")
As for the dying man's name, Seymour, I discovered it means 'mighty at
sea'. Not only was there a play on
words: "Seymour and See More"
but the reference to the sea in his name as I was about to see Jesus stir up
the water was also interesting.
Jesus pointed to the sea and it began to churn. I thought of the expression 'sea-change' and
looked that up and it's used to mean metamorphosis or alteration. A metamorphosis is a complete change of form
or structure. I believe part of the
message of this vision is that the Lord is going to effect a major, structural
change in the worldwide Church. He will
no longer allow His people to be misled and underfed. They will 'see more' and have more
understanding of the cost of discipleship and what it means to be a follower of
Churning water stirs up the sediment and brings to the
surface all that is underneath, both the good and the toxic. As the Lord churns up what is in the Church
(in each of us) the toxins will surface and can be filtered and purified.
It was here, drinking the water and transitioning from the
dying man into the town that I was aware of the purifying effect of water and
how we are washed in the Word. The
beach hut was a simple structure and, to me, represented the simplicity of the
Gospel as well as simply following Christ wherever He leads.
The Aqua Jet
Apparently, the word aqua, which means water initially meant
'royal water'. It seems remarkably
fitting given the fact the jet was this colour and Jesus was the Pilot. Water in the Bible not only means spiritual
cleansing but also refers to salvation and eternal life.
Vehicles in dreams and visions usually mean ministries. In
this case, the jet seemed too small for Jesus,
which makes sense to me. The
ministry is not more important than the Lord!
The white plume that was coming from the jet to cover the
earth below was the Gospel being carried by believers. Each particle was a Christian going into all
the earth to make disciples.
We are on the cusp of a sea-change. The Church (believers worldwide) is going to
look different and most of all, BE different.
We need to wash in the simplicity of following Christ and remember that
our mandate is to 'go and make disciples.'
We're all disciples (students) and we're all learning. As others have helped us learn, it is up to
us to pay it forward.
Seymour, the dying man, is our earlier Christian selves. The 'self' that the Lord has been purifying with various situations and trials. Seymour represents the process of dying to self and his age suggests that it's taken a number
of years for the Lord to bring this about in His followers. However, there is a sea-change happening now
and they are transitioning into revealed sons.
As He increases and we decrease we can, therefore, 'See More'.
His plan for those who have withstood the tests and trials is that they
will be given extraordinary grace to bring in the harvest.
finally came. For years I wondered how
it would come and, even more, I wondered how I would react when the day finally
arrived. It wasn’t a primary concern
through the crucible of course because each day had its own struggle to learn
the lessons of faith and perseverance.
How I’d react when breakthrough finally came was only a mild question
that floated through my mind occasionally and was really the least of my
Yet I did
wonder. Would I find myself wreathed in
smiles and rejoicing in the victory of the Lord?
Would I be humbly grateful? I
just didn’t know and could only leave all the outcomes to God and take the
crucible, as well as the breakthrough when it came, one day at a time.
the years of The Great Test in my life I read countless times that the victory
of the Lord would come. I read it in the passages of scripture about
Joseph or the Psalms or Paul and especially the Resurrection. I read it in the encouragement the Lord would
send through His contemporary obedient people like Olivia Reitz Long, Becky
Porter, Mrs. C. Cowman (Streams in the Desert) and others. Each day I would dig through the scriptures
and pray, listening for the voice of the Lord as to the strategy for that day
and He would lead me as He did His people in the wilderness. He would speak through His Word and His
Spirit and He would speak strategically through people like Marsha Burns or
Christine Beadsworth or Henry Falcone or Glenn Jackson, to name only a very
the day of breakthrough came just a few weeks ago and full confirmation of it
only days ago. My reaction has been unexpected.
At first, I
didn’t dare believe it. It just didn’t
seem as if the long-awaited breakthrough could be real and so I walked through the
initial days as if on eggshells. A
couple of weeks later there came a day when it seemed as if the breakthrough
was going to fall apart and I would be sent (metaphorically) back to my
prison. I paced and prayed and found
myself doing a whole new form of warfare that I’d never experienced
before. I was alone at home and began to
yell “NO”. At that moment I didn’t
realize it was a form of warfare. I only
knew that I was seeing the potential of victory being snatched away by a
decision made by someone else. I yelled
‘NO’ so loudly my throat was sore for two days.
And while I was doing that the Lord was speaking ‘NO’ to the person
making that decision.
I began to
dig in the garden. Quite literally,
digging a new foundation bed around the house and I repeatedly heard “take back
the land” in my spirit. So I kept digging in the garden and digging in
the Scriptures until the day came when the breakthrough was officially
was the day when my reaction and breakthrough test came unexpectedly. I wept.
I couldn’t understand why and what was happening to me. Shouldn’t I be rejoicing? Was it grief? Relief that the ordeal was
took me back to Joseph and a part of the story that I’d known but never really
understood. When he came face-to-face
with his brothers who had betrayed him so many years earlier and had created
for him all the years of slavery, prison and servitude, he wept. His weeping was heard throughout the palace. Was he grieving? Relieved that he was finally
re-united with his family? Both?
There is a
time for this grieving. For those of you
who are in the crucible your
breakthrough IS coming. You’ve been
through a time of testing that you haven’t even been able to properly describe
to anyone and only the Lord knows how difficult it has been. You may well find yourself surprised by the extent and depth of grief for the years of pain or betrayal or loss you’ve experienced and if so,
give in to the tears. Let them flow for
out of them will come the release of love and forgiveness. You know Joseph was able to forgive his
brothers and comfort them in their own remorse by telling them what they meant
for evil God used for good.
you’re at the point where you just don’t want to hear that breakthrough is
coming. Toward the end of the test I
could barely read anything of hope because hope deferred truly did make my
heart sick. I just couldn’t bear to read
of it and could only keep my head down and get through one day at a time. But the day DID come and the hope WAS
fulfilled. Yours will be too but keep in
mind that in victory there is another test.
There is pride or complacence or perhaps some other area of your life
where you are particularly vulnerable.
This is the time to watch and pray with all diligence. I particularly remember Joyce Meyer saying
something many years ago: “When you get
your breakthrough seek the Lord like a desperate person.”
As Job was
coming to the end of his awful crucible the Lord spoke to Him by asking
numerous questions. They all pointed to
the power and might of our God, the One who creates, delivers and saves. Then comes Chapter 42 and the Lord instructs
Job to pray for his friends who had made his test even more difficult. In this we see the echo of Joseph’s forgiveness
and it points to the words of Christ on the cross, “Father, forgive them for
they know not what they do.”
time of our Great Test the Lord has been purifying and refining our
hearts. I recall Christine Beadsworth
writing about our blind spot and we each have at least one. Only the Lord can reveal what it is but
perhaps one of the most common may be bitterness which can take root so easily
after a prolonged trial. Be on guard and
keep your heart wide open to the Lord.
Perhaps the most important thing we’ve discovered during the time of
trial is that we are not our own. It’s a
hard-won lesson. I’ve found myself
saying, “finally, I can get my life back.”
Even as I type this I see how inappropriate that is because I actually
don’t want my life back, at least not as it was. “Not my will but Thine be done” has to be the
bottom line lesson of this crucible.
these years of trial seeking the Lord daily was my primary focus and a
full-time job. It’s probably yours
too. I’m discovering that in a time of
breakthrough it’s even more necessary.
The flesh is always weak and will be until we shuffle off this mortal
coil. “Take heed when you think you
stand, lest you fall” is a constant reminder but so is “My grace is
your breakthrough comes, as it surely will, seek the Lord like a desperate
person. Just as He sees us through the
trial of difficulty, He will see us through the victory…..victoriously.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, Holly Rise Upcontinues with this theme of breakthrough.
My unfailing and constant
love is ever-present in your life and has kept you safe as your enemy has
attempted to destroy you.
Continue to re-build your Temple and know that I
will not allow anyone to disturb this
re-building for it is My work taking place under My direction. Examine yourself and remember that it is My
will that you pass this ongoing test.
Stand for truth at all times.
Your enemy (satan) knows he
has little time left but he is defeated by Me and by your testimony [the words
you declare/the choices you make].
All of what has happened is
working together in your life to prepare the way for My coming in you and to
you. You have declared to Me that you
have surrendered your life as a burnt offering.
I have heard this and My heart is moved by this choice offering.
With My permission there will
be further sifting in your life as I purify you and leave only what is the true
and pure kernel of your faith in Me. Do
NOT be alarmed for I am with you. I will be your Defender and Vindicator. You will know My discipline [training to improve strength or
self-control or obedience] because this is My love, mercy, protection and
preparation. I am measuring you against My plumbline as I am doing with all
those who are Mine for your protection in the Day which is fast
You will call upon My name and I will answer you. I will say you are My son and I am the Lord
your God. You will be pleasing to Me and
I will display My holiness in you. I
will restore to you all that has been stolen.
Be courageous for I am with
you. My Spirit is with you and I will
Be on your guard; stand
firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16: 13
We’re all at various stages of experience with the spiritual battle in which each of
us are engaged. Some of you are generals
or commissioned officers with extraordinary campaigns in your war history. Others are in the ranks struggling with the
fatigue of long and arduous days of training or perhaps even a bit shell
shocked from the battles.
What each of us fight to varying degrees is fear. Fear of outcomes, fear of pain, fear of the
unknown….many things but perhaps the worst fear comes from our imaginings of
what might happen.
Over the weekend I felt almost compelled to watch two movies and this
morning I believe I understand why. The
first movie was Gettysburg and there was something said by General Robert E.
Lee that struck a chord:
“We did not seek out this war, it was thrust upon us.”
The second movie I watched was Gods and Generals (the prequel to Gettysburg)
and in that movie Stonewall Jackson was asked by a subordinate who was
surveying the carnage of Bull Run, “Sir, how is it that you can remain so
Jackson’s answer was,
“With God, I’m as safe in battle as I am in bed.”
And that, I believe, is the word the Lord has for some of you
battle-weary soldiers today.
Obedience to what you know the Lord has told you to do, or not do,
closes the doors the enemy uses to slip in and assault you with fear. Keep those doors closed and stay in the peace
and serenity of the Lord. Leave the
outcomes to Him for He has promised you deliverance and victory.
We were under great
pressure, far beyond our ability to endure,
so that we despaired of life
itself. Indeed, we felt we had received
the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not
rely on ourselves
but on God, who raises the dead.
delivered us from such a deadly peril,
and he will deliver us again. On him we
have set our hope
that he will continue to deliver us,
as you help us by your prayers. Then many
will give thanks
When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast,
and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
I heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her My people so that
you do not share in their sins, neither participate in her plagues.
I have separated a remnant for Myself, those who have been obedient to My will. My Overcomers, called out for My purpose. I have asked you not to just leave something, but to conquer it. But you found out it was not enough to just come out of it, you had to undergo the treatment of the Holy Spirit - to be cleansed from old religious ideas and influences - before you could understand what I Am doing. For those who chose to not remain standing due to the wilderness pressures, they are cut off from what I am doing.
I am anointing for service, priests and kings, to do great exploits and with power. I shall reveal My Sons of Glory to an amazed world. They will show power unspeakable and be full of glory. You wonder, will you be accepted or be rejected, as My Son was? Be assured of one thing, My Glorious Beloved, creation will welcome you with open arms. The world is about to see a ministry coming forth from the wilderness, bringing the restoration of holiness and truth AND a restoration of all that was lost.
Nothing shall stop My Chosen Ones. And nothing can stand before My judges, for once more I shall have judges in the land. You have wondered if you would ever leave this wilderness? You have My assurance that I have been working out everything for your good! I have a wonderful plan for the world and for you. Plans made in eternity! You shall discover that I have worked out everything in your life out to the tiniest detail.
I have taken out of them, a people for My Name. I will return again, the Tabernacle of David rebuilt - the fullness of My Glory in a people.
Yes, I have called out a people for My Name - delivering, purging, purifying and maturing them, slowly bringing them into the full stature of Jesus Christ. I am calling out My people, bearing My Name, My Nature, My Power and Authority throughout the earth. Kings and Priests after the order of Melchizidek to bring forth My Kingdom to pass on all the earth.
Stand firm, My wilderness people, stand firm - for My promises are sure! You are crossing into the promised land and you shall take the land and the enemy will be put under your feet.
Pentecost was the day the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples and they were empowered to go out to preach the good news. Once again you will hear the blowing of A Violent Wind coming from heaven and My remnant from 'every nation' shall be called forth.