He crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies – Ps.103:4

I woke up with this verse this morning and then was led to the commentary from the Treasury of David that says it all:

“Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. Our Lord does nothing by halves, he will not stay his hand till he has gone to the uttermost with his people. Cleansing, healing, redemption, are not enough, he must needs make them kings and crown them, and the crown must be far more precious than if it were made of corruptible things, such as silver and gold; it is studded with gems of grace and lined with the velvet of lovingkindness; it is decked with the jewels of mercy, but made soft for the head to wear by a lining of tenderness. Who is like unto thee, O Lord! God himself crowns the princes of his family, for their best things come from him directly and distinctly; they do not earn the crown, for it is of mercy not of merit; they feel their own unworthiness of it, therefore he deals with tenderness; but lie is resolved to bless them, and, therefore, he is ever crowning them, always surrounding their brows with coronets of mercy and compassion. He always crowns the edifice which he commences, and where he gives pardon he gives acceptance too. “Since thou wast precious in my sight thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee.” Our sin deprived us of all our honours, a bill of attainder was issued against us as traitors; but he who removed the sentence of death by redeeming us from destruction, restores to us more than all our former honours by crowning us anew. Shall God crown us and shall not we crown him? Up, my soul, and cast thy crown at his feet, and in lowliest reverence worship him, who has so greatly exalted thee, as to lift thee from the dunghill and set thee among princes.” – Treasury of David – Commentary.

Blockages in Hearing God’s Voice

1623675_653131284732697_1242633986_nBlockages in hearing God’s voice:

 

The spirit of the World

The more we lean towards materialism, covetousness and self-gratification, the more our minds become preoccupied with the desires of the flesh and the lust of the eye and before long pride sets in. The gravitational pull of the spirit of the world will prevent us from ascending in the spirit and we will not be able to hear God.  We need to guard against being influenced, guided and motivated by the things of the world in order to live from every Word that comes from our Father’s mouth.

          The Lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the greatness of life.

The enemy uses very subtle lures through the spirit of the world to draw us into the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the greatness of life.

It is so easy to give up our special time with the Lord to partake of the “delicacies” of the world and before you know it, you start cooling off and your love for the Lord and the things of the Lord grows cold.

We have to live a separated life style.  That doesn’t mean that we withdraw as a recluse, living a monastic life, because we are still in this world to be witnessed of His glory.  We are in the world but not of the world.  Hallelujah!

In order to hear God’s voice our focus has to be on the Lord and not on self and the desires of self.

God is a Spirit, and if we want to hear His voice, we need to be in the spirit, just as the Apostle John was on the Lord’s day in Revelation 1.

It is necessary to separate ourselves daily for a time of solitude where we can quiet the “noise” of the world and the static around us in order to become still to hear clearly from the Lord.  If we “skimp” on our time with Him, our hearing grows dim and our mind gets more and more occupied with the things of daily life, so that we start leaning on our own understanding, instead of on the wisdom of God.  A quick little prayer here and there will soothe our conscience for a while, but the longer we postpone to have true intimate fellowship with the Lord, simply to adore him and worship Him, the more dull our spiritual senses become until we are totally dry.

 

Self-centeredness

Self-love is the opposite of divine love.  If we are focused on the desires of the self, we will not be able to hear God, for His love is self-sacrificial.  The self has to be fully surrendered on the cross in order for the Spirit to rule and have the reign in our lives.

The widow of Zarephath is an example of someone who was so totally focused on herself and her needs, that she didn’t hear God, although He said He has commanded her to provide for Elijah.

She was also consumed by her pre-occupation with her negative circumstances and could only see death.

The Word tells us in Matt.6:33 to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you”.

This scripture follows directly; upon “Give no  thought for what you shall eat and what you shall drink (as the Gentiles).”  God looks after the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.

When your focus is on your self and your negative circumstances,  you will not be able to see what God is saying and you will lose hope, expecting the worse.

Worry and the Cares of the World

Worry will keep your mind so occupied with fear that you will totally be unable to hear God, being prone to take matters into your own hands in order to solve your problems, which of course will just grow worse, because God is not acknowledged when you lean on your own understanding and He doesn’t support our self power.

Our perception determines where our mind goes.  If our eyes are not turned to the Lord, we cannot hear His voice.

In Habakkuk 2 the prophet states that he will set himself on the watch tower to see what the Spirit is “saying”.  He knew the secret!  Isn’t that interesting?  The Holy Spirit wants our senses to be tuned to Him in full attention and then He will speak.

Likewise, when Moses “turned” to look at the burning bush, he heard God’s voice speaking from the bush to him.

John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, meaning that he was not even aware of his flesh and his surroundings and his emotional or physical needs.

Heb.12 tells us to look away unto Jesus (after throwing off the burdens and the sin which so easily encompass us), because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Faith will cause us to access the realm of God and rise up in the spirit to experience the heavenly dimensions.  From there, where we are seated together with Christ Jesus at the right hand of the Father, we will rule and reign together with Him over every assignment of the enemy.  Hallelujah!

From these insights we can clearly see that the attack of the enemy is very subtle to seduce our mind in pre-occupation with the things of the world, self, worry and the cares of the world.  Therefore our prayer should be that the Holy Spirit will hover us to make us very watchful and alert to keep our minds free from the infiltration of the influences of the world.

Hindering spirits in the form of Familiar Spirits 

These spirits can attach themselves to your life and destiny through emotional, familiar ties and need to be discerned and expelled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Fear, Jealousy, Pride and the Lying spirit

The above-mentioned evil spirits are all on assignment to get a hold of our flesh as a landing strip to operate from.  These also have to be exposed in the light of the Holy Spirit and expelled by His power.

Unforgiveness and refusal to repent of sin 

These two will cause you to be totally stuck, so that you will go nowhere, because God’s blessing cannot come on your life if these two things are present.

The Ascended Life-style

It is vital to ascend into the heavenliness to experience the realm of God’s glory and this can never happen while we allow the gravitational pull of the spirit of the world to infiltrate our senses.

A Life-style of attentive tuning to the Lord

As we develop a lifestyle of living in His Presence, practicing a living fellowship, communion-union with the Lord, having our minds set on things above, our spiritual senses will be sharpened and fine-tuned so that we will always know His perfect will and His living Word for the moment.  This is victorious living  – to see what our Father is doing and hear what He is saying, then simply obey our of love.

Our motivation in any decision should be the Spirit of the Lord.  If He is not breathing on our decisions, our actions are in vain and we will make costly mistakes.

Times of Separation

At times when we need replenishment and at crucial times in our lives when seasons shift and God intends to shift us into new dimensions, the Holy Spirit will woo us to “come away” with Him and then it is wise to separate yourself in unfamiliar surroundings for a period of time – far away from the things that can distract you, so that your entire focus can be on the Lord.

Jesus set the example for us, as recorded in Mark 1:35………..He often set Himself apart in a solitary place to pray and to “hear what the Father is saying” and that set the course for His day.

Let us examine ourselves in the light of His Word to bring ourselves in total alignment and fresh consecration to the Lord in order to live from His living Word and as we pursue Him, we will surely hear Him clearly.

In the light of HIs glory and grace we are transformed from one degree of glory to the next until we come to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  Hallelujah!

Blessings of transformation and growing intimacy with the Lord

Elsabe

 

“Seer” Anointing

The “Seer” Anointing – 1

 

Photo: The “Seer” Anointing – 1</p>
<p>Currently there is much emphasis on the eye and the visionary aspects in the prophetic stream and I have been led to discuss various kinds of visions and dreams in the following weeks.</p>
<p>The year 2014 is numerically the year 5774 in the Hebrew calendar, known as Ayin Dalet. Ayin refers to vision and Dalet to an open door.<br />
(see previous post on April 10). Since the beginning of this Hebraic Year there is a definite increase in visionary experiences, because we are in a time frame in which God wants to take us into higher realms of revelation and visitation.</p>
<p>We have both physical eyes and the eyes of our heart by which we “see” into the spiritual realm and understand spiritual truth.</p>
<p>To increase your ability to “see” into the spirit realm, I would recommend that you pray the prayer in Eph.1:17-20 on a regular basis. Be expectant to “see” what God is saying, because visions could also be called visible Word. God “speaks” to us through what He shows us.</p>
<p>As we are positioning ourselves to see more in the spirit, it is important to keep our natural eyes guarded from images of the world that are fleshly, violent and unclean. The heart is like a photographic plate, recording the images we see and as we want to behold the glory of the Lord, we need to fix our eyes on things above, not on the earth. (Col.3:3) </p>
<p>Most of us have had a moment where we said, “Oh now I see what you are saying”. It is like the light that comes on in a dark room, so the light of revelation will lit up your candle on the inside and understanding will come on a spiritual truth and you will receive insight on something that you couldn’t understand before. That is an apokalupsis-type experience.<br />
When you pray in the Spirit while you read your Bible, this will happen regularly.</p>
<p>Get yourself a new journal and start writing down what God is showing you and mark it as a dream, vision or revelation. You will stand surprised at how He “talks” to you.</p>
<p>Before you go to bed, ask the Lord to speak to you in your dreams. It is for everyone who asks and believes that he will receive.</p>
<p>King James 2000 Bible<br />
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17</p>
<p>Look at what is going on before the prophecies, dreams and visions: There is an outpouring of the Spirit. If we look at the instances in the Bible when prophets had visions and visitations, it is coupled with “being in the spirit” (like the Apostle John on Patmos) or in solitude (Moses and the burning bush) or in prayer (Daniel). </p>
<p>Therefore, if you desire increase in this area, do likewise, praying much in the Spirit, setting yourself apart in devotion and worship.</p>
<p>Prayer: Father of glory, I pray that You would give me the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. Open the eyes of my heart, so that I can see into the spirit realm what You want to show me. Dreams, visions, revelations and visitations are part of my inheritance in Christ and I trust You to enlarge my ability to see in the seer realm and to give me the wisdom and understanding to apply it rightly for Your glory – in Jesus’ Name. Amen. </p>
<p>Blessings<br />
Elsabe

Currently there is much emphasis on the eye and the visionary aspects in the prophetic stream and I have been led to discuss various kinds of visions and dreams in the following weeks. The year 2014 is numerically the year 5774 in the Hebrew calendar, known as Ayin Dalet. Ayin refers to vision and Dalet to an open door. (see previous post on April 10). Since the beginning of this Hebraic Year there is a definite increase in visionary experiences, because we are in a time frame in which God wants to take us into higher realms of revelation and visitation.

We have both physical eyes and the eyes of our heart by which we “see” into the spiritual realm and understand spiritual truth. To increase your ability to “see” into the spirit realm, I would recommend that you pray the prayer in Eph.1:17-20 on a regular basis. Be expectant to “see” what God is saying, because visions could also be called visible Word. God “speaks” to us through what He shows us. As we are positioning ourselves to see more in the spirit, it is important to keep our natural eyes guarded from images of the world that are fleshly, violent and unclean. The heart is like a photographic plate, recording the images we see and as we want to behold the glory of the Lord, we need to fix our eyes on things above, not on the earth. (Col.3:3)

Most of us have had a moment where we said, “Oh now I see what you are saying”. It is like the light that comes on in a dark room, so the light of revelation will lit up your candle on the inside and understanding will come on a spiritual truth and you will receive insight on something that you couldn’t understand before. That is an apokalupsis-type experience. When you pray in the Spirit while you read your Bible, this will happen regularly. Get yourself a new journal and start writing down what God is showing you and mark it as a dream, vision or revelation. You will stand surprised at how He “talks” to you. Before you go to bed, ask the Lord to speak to you in your dreams. It is for everyone who asks and believes that he will receive.

King James 2000 Bible “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17

Look at what is going on before the prophecies, dreams and visions: There is an outpouring of the Spirit. If we look at the instances in the Bible when prophets had visions and visitations, it is coupled with “being in the spirit” (like the Apostle John on Patmos) or in solitude (Moses and the burning bush) or in prayer (Daniel). Therefore, if you desire increase in this area, do likewise, praying much in the Spirit, setting yourself apart in devotion and worship.

Prayer: Father of glory, I pray that You would give me the Spirit of Wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. Open the eyes of my heart, so that I can see into the spirit realm what You want to show me. Dreams, visions, revelations and visitations are part of my inheritance in Christ and I trust You to enlarge my ability to see in the seer realm and to give me the wisdom and understanding to apply it rightly for Your glory – in Jesus’ Name. Amen. Blessings Elsabe

“Quickening”

HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US – 2

“QUICKENING ”

What on earth is the term “Quickening” in the prophetic understanding?
According to Strongs (#2227) is means to “make alive, give life or vitality.”

The Holy Spirit brings something to our understanding and a “quickening” takes place where the Word that God wants to convey to you becomes a “knowing” – like “I know that I know that I know”. It is not something that can be “worked up” or sought, but It is a work of the Spirit that causes your whole being to “come alive” with the knowing that
God “said”. It could be through a Word that you read in the Bible that just suddenly comes alive on the inside of you and “speaks” to you, or it can be by a revelation of the Spirit of a deep spiritual truth. It could be coupled with a vision, which I like to call a “glory-glimpse”, but the one thing that stands out is that in a mysterious way it brings a knowing that it supernaturally “fits” as a personal application in your life.

Now, how you respond to such a “quickening” is very important.

One day, as I was earnestly praying in tongues about a difficult situation in my life, I was meditating on Zech.4:6 and Mark 11:22-24 when a “quickening” of the Spirit made the Word come alive to me. K knew that God gave me the key for victory and I started warring with the revelation that God’s grace removes mountains and within a few hours the news came to me that the mountain was removed.

God wants up to co-operate with His “quickening” in our spirit to bring about His desired end in things that we pray about so that His Kingdom can be established in the earth.

Write it down, declare it, prophesy it into your life and call it forth in great rejoicing!

Recently, I was just about to switch off my bed light to go to sleep when I suddenly had a vision regarding something I have been praying for. There was such a quickening in my spirit through what I saw in the vision that I realized God had already done what I have asked for in the supernatural realm. I jumped out of bed and started declaring what I saw, praising the Lord for His goodness and grace.

Sometimes a prophetic Word can come up in your spirit just like that, perfectly fitting the picture that you have been praying about.

Enjoy these invigorating, life-giving experiences with the Holy Spirit and do not lose the impact of it, but agree with what God is saying in prophetic declaration and you will see the effect in reality.

Blessings,
Elsabe

Photo: HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US - 2

"QUICKENING "

What on earth is the term “Quickening” in the prophetic understanding?
According to Strongs (#2227) is means to “make alive, give life or vitality.” 

The Holy Spirit brings something to our understanding and a “quickening” takes place where the Word that God wants to convey to you becomes a “knowing” – like “I know that I know that I know”. It is not something that can be “worked up” or sought, but It is a work of the Spirit that causes your whole being to “come alive” with the knowing that
God “said”. It could be through a Word that you read in the Bible that just suddenly comes alive on the inside of you and “speaks” to you, or it can be by a revelation of the Spirit of a deep spiritual truth. It could be coupled with a vision, which I like to call a “glory-glimpse”, but the one thing that stands out is that in a mysterious way it brings a knowing that it supernaturally “fits” as a personal application in your life.

Now, how you respond to such a “quickening” is very important. 

One day, as I was earnestly praying in tongues about a difficult situation in my life, I was meditating on Zech.4:6 and Mark 11:22-24 when a “quickening” of the Spirit made the Word come alive to me. K knew that God gave me the key for victory and I started warring with the revelation that God’s grace removes mountains and within a few hours the news came to me that the mountain was removed.

God wants up to co-operate with His “quickening” in our spirit to bring about His desired end in things that we pray about so that His Kingdom can be established in the earth.

Write it down, declare it, prophesy it into your life and call it forth in great rejoicing!

Recently, I was just about to switch off my bed light to go to sleep when I suddenly had a vision regarding something I have been praying for. There was such a quickening in my spirit through what I saw in the vision that I realized God had already done what I have asked for in the supernatural realm. I jumped out of bed and started declaring what I saw, praising the Lord for His goodness and grace.

Sometimes a prophetic Word can come up in your spirit just like that, perfectly fitting the picture that you have been praying about. 

Enjoy these invigorating, life-giving experiences with the Holy Spirit and do not lose the impact of it, but agree with what God is saying in prophetic declaration and you will see the effect in reality.

Blessings,
Elsabe

How God Speaks To Us

HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US:

Photo: HOW GOD SPEAKS TO US:</p><br /><br />
<p>Information is coming from the Holy Spirit all the time, but we do not always recognize it, because we think it to be our own thoughts.  </p><br /><br />
<p>As we start taking note of the thoughts that come to us that are founded on the Word of God, we will stand amazed at how the Holy Spirit “talks” to us, giving us strategic Scriptures and military strategies against the enemy – especially when our minds are quiet before Him in the early morning hours when there are no distractions. </p><br /><br />
<p>Sometimes it might just be a single word or an idea as He is beaming in on something that lies ahead in our day or week.  Do not let it pass by, but jot it down and ask Him for more light on it.  He might remind you of a Scripture.  Look it up and start meditating on it, asking the Father for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to enlighten your understanding.</p><br /><br />
<p>Blessings<br /><br /><br />
Elsabe
Information is coming from the Holy Spirit all the time, but we do not always recognize it, because we think it to be our own thoughts.

As we start taking note of the thoughts that come to us that are founded on the Word of God, we will stand amazed at how the Holy Spirit “talks” to us, giving us strategic Scriptures and military strategies against the enemy – especially when our minds are quiet before Him in the early morning hours when there are no distractions.

Sometimes it might just be a single word or an idea as He is beaming in on something that lies ahead in our day or week. Do not let it pass by, but jot it down and ask Him for more light on it. He might remind you of a Scripture. Look it up and start meditating on it, asking the Father for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to enlighten your understanding.

Blessings
Elsabe