Everyone living or visiting in the area of Nelspruit, South Africa is most welcome!
THE UPWARD CALL
I sense that there is currently such an excitement in heaven over those who are heeding the call of the Spirit to come up, with thirsty and willing hearts – yet higher and higher into new dimensions of the Spirit. God is waiting to be gracious over us, but He is also waiting for us to leave our issues at the altar of surrender, trusting Him to take control over our lives. He wants to meet those who are humble enough to realize that they can do nothing in their own strength and who have a compelling desire for the Lord Himself.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come! And let him who hears say, Come! And let him who is thirsty come; let him who wills take the water of life freely”. – Rev. 22:17
Leaving the old BEHIND for the “upward” call “…
“…..but one thing I do: Forgetting the things which are behind and stretching forward to the things which are before, I pursue towards the goal for the prize to which God in Christ Jesus has called me upward” – Phil.3:14
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness – and ALL ELSE shall be added unto you……… Pause and meditate on that!
The Chamber of His Presence
I want to encourage you to know that in these days of uncertainty there is one place of provision for all your needs of protection, empowering, wisdom, strength and ALL else: That place is the chamber of His Presence. The Psalmist longed for this place of comfort and safety where he knew he would be hidden from his enemies, enjoying the victory with songs of praise and shouts of joy! Yes, in His Presence is fullness of joy! So, are you weary and heavy laden? Come to Him, hand over your cares to Him and find rest! There is a tent in the middle of the wilderness where we can have communion with the King of kings and Lord of lords, where He will lift up our heads above the noise of the enemy and bring us into a place where we will shout His praises with joy!
“ One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.” Ps 27:4-6
Have you ever rejoiced and shouted on the inside in the middle of a group of people who might be busy talking about “serious” negative matters, simply because you are overflowing with love for Jesus and His Presence and as you acknowledge Him, the joy just bubbles up? This is the result of living in the Kingdom of God – righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, remember? In this place in His Presence nothing can keep you down, no bad report, no misery of someone else’s self-pity and gloom, no threat of the enemy, no fears or doubts that the devil slings at you, for you are having communion with the King! What a place of glory to abide in! And who would choose any other place? The most glamorous palaces and earthly luxuries cannot compare with the glory of God’s Presence!
So it’s all about what reigns in your consciousness, what and who you look at and what you meditate on. Pause and calmly think about that! (Selah!) The problem is that the mouth overflows with the content of the heart. Hmmmm! When you start checking your thoughts and listening to yourself, you will quickly find the foxes that spoil your vineyard. Bad news is that in the process you are losing the anointing and your peace and joy already left out of the window. Every time you reiterate the negative, you actually empower the voice of the enemy, prophesying doom and gloom and exactly what you do not want or need in your life. But what are you going to do with these foxes that devour your harvest? Sometimes we get so used to thinking (and inevitably speaking) the negative pictures that the enemy paints for us, that we do not even realize that we are entertaining his plans for destruction and thievery in our lives, enforcing it by our agreement in our negative contemplations and speech. Let’s take an objective look at how we perceive ourselves, the people around our life’s circumstances and us. If it is not bathed in the certainty of His divine love, saturated in the River of Life, dependent on His mercy and grace, we will have no peace of mind, but constant turmoil. If the waters in our soul are troubled, it simply spells out the need for His Presence, but often we are so busy trying to sort out our lives with all its issues by ourselves, that there is no time to come into His Presence. Yet, He is yearning for a love relationship with us.
When we come into the Presence of God’s holiness, the first thing we realize, just like Joshua (Is. 6), is that we have unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips. The change comes when we come to the realization of our own helplessness and make the choice to be purified by His fire at the altar of surrender. The Angel of the Lord is quick to respond with a living coal from the altar and the next surprise is an invitation coming from the Lord to go to work in His harvest. There is work to be done all around us, but God needs holy vessels of mercy (having received His mercy-pardon themselves), filled with the riches of His glory, to be dispensed where He wants to pour them out. Yes, it is time that we dish out His mercy, grace, loving-kindness, goodness and truth, coming from the inside of the Love-chamber – out of our communion with the King.
I want to encourage you to come up higher than your circumstances, come into His Presence in worship and come and hear and to see beyond your earthly limitations into what He has prepared for you in glory. Come, be renewed in the spirit of your mind by being absorbed in the River of life to be filled to overflowing with His Word of Life – then simply release it by faith and wait for the shift into victory.
God bless you with new height in the Spirit
THE RAIN OF HIS GRACE
HE REVEALS HIMSELF TO LOVERS in the MORNING WATCH
A fresh wind of the Spirit is blowing in the morning watch and those who are love-sick for Him, seeking His face, will find Him (just like Mary Magdalene) in His resurrection glory with a fresh revelation of Who He is. The sound of those intimate encounters will be spilled over into your day and empower you for the days to come – carrying the light and glory of His person and the “Now”-Word with you in liberating power, inspiring others to seek Him too. Many in the body of Christ are experiencing very trying situations for which, in the natural, we have no answers. Focusing on these problematic issues will wear you out, bringing strain and stress and even despair and a sense of hopelessness. But God has the answers and they are found in the secret place where we come to Him in dependence and humility and in faith that He will answer when we call! Jeremiah 33:3 is very relevant in these days: “Call unto Me, and I will answer you and show you great and might things which you do not know”. “GIRD UP your loins with this truth and Come away, My Beloved, Come away!” If we would position ourselves in the early hours of our day, HUNGRY for fresh encounters with the Holy Spirit, we are going to be blessed beyond our wildest imaginations. Old unfruitful and stale patterns of thoughts and habits AND EVEN PRAYERS (in the same refrain) need to be discarded for a fresh resolve to be in hot pursuit of the Lord of glory Himself, for fresh revelation of Himself in order to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and of His desires. He has all the answers, and the recipe is simple, “Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asks, receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.”(Matt.7: 7-8) God’s Word does not lie, and therefore calls for deliberate and purposeful action:
PURSUE HIM UNTIL HIS MANIFEST PRESENCE COMES
As we come to worship Him for Himself, He always surprises us in fresh ways, flooding our spirits with His glory-Presence and opening our understanding with the light of His truth in unexpected ways with the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding. Visions and revelations abound in this place of ascension (far above the limited consciousness of the earthly, and above powers and principalities and might and dominion and every name that is named). Here we suddenly see with His eyes and we receive the light of His understanding into difficult situations, which we cannot fathom with our finite mind, and limited understanding. “How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; And Thou shall make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures. For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light shall we see light.” Ps. 36: 7-9 When we intercede in the spirit and DECLARE forth what He discloses to us back into the glory over people and situations, it will manifest – sometimes immediately. This will not be pre-meditated, but in the flow of the Holy Spirit in the abiding Presence, and pure Word. “If ye abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” – John 15:7 This is an art to develop by discipline of the mind. Keep a check on those runaway thoughts that tend to dwell on the negative circumstances in your natural eyesight. Lift your eyes to focus on the Lord and start declaring His faithfulness. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith! Now let your mind’s eyes and your AWARENESS be filled with the revelation which you have received from the unseen realms and carry that sound of His GLORY in your consciousness (by prayerfully meditating on it), and particularly in your mouth – taking it into every situation, declaring it forth for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thus we speak forth the oracles of God and become His strong sound in the earth – a clear trumpet! In the early morning hours the Lord woke me up and as I was praying in the Spirit, I suddenly experienced the rain falling over me – I knew by the Spirit it was the rain of GRACE, being poured out from heaven. Then I had a vision of the Lord Jesus, the Lord of grace, clothed in brilliant white, with His right hand stretched out as in blessing. Scriptures about His grace flooded me and I simply declared it in the glory over everything and everybody that came to my remembrance by the Spirit., while worshiping the Lord of grace. The one Scripture that really connected with my spirit was II Cor.12:9: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Let us drink into the provision of His grace and glorify the God of grace! All day long I have been releasing the grace-rain of the Lord into difficult situations in the lives of those around me, over people’s hearts and over nations by prophetic declaration.
DECLARATION: I AM A CO-LABORER WITH YOU IN THE GLORY, LORD –WORSHIPING YOU, THEN RECEIVING THE GLORY LIGHT-FLASHES OF REVELATION, INTERCEDING WITH IT AND RELEASING IT OVER SITUATIONS, PEOPLE, REGIONS AND COUNTRIES IN YOUR GLORY–PRESENCE AND IT IS DONE! LET YOU GRACE RAIN OVER US, LORD, THE FIRST RAIN AND THE LATTER RAIN – IN OVERFLOWING MEASURES!
To those of you who are weary and heavy-laden:
Come to the Lord of Grace once again in total lowliness of mind, casting your cares on Him. He will give you rest and He will also give you a future and a hope. Come again, do not despair, but put your trust in Him once again, calling on His mercy and grace and expect Him to do far above what you can pray or think. He will come in surprising ways and you will praise His Name.
DO NOT LISTEN to the voice of the tempter, but open your heart for the Lord of glory to come in and take command over your circumstances. Put your hope in Him once again and do not give up! You are on the verge of a breakthrough!
Expect your MIRACLE for God is FAITHFUL and He is the Author and Finisher of your faith.
So rise up and call on His Grace and declare your VICTORY in Christ!
Then send us your praise reports!
Our journey on earth consists of seasons and when we can discern what season we are in, it makes it easy to let the Lord do what He wants to do during that season. Many are in a transitioning between seasons, but because they lack discernment, they do not enjoy the full benefit of God’s Presence in their lives in the present. Therefore they are either stuck in the regrets of the past or in confusion about the fears of the unknown future.
Transitioning in the spirit could be defined as a bridging time, connecting two different seasons or dimensions. It is a time where we have to position ourselves for His greater purposes to fulfill our destiny.
Many times a shift or change catches people by surprise and that’s why it is very difficult for some. However, remember that the change of season does not change your calling or your gifts, but it fine-tunes your character and exposes your weaknesses; thus the time of transition is a time of re-positioning and preparation.
The first thing to recognize is that you cannot move into your next season if you are not willing to let go of the former one. We tend to wander in circles around the “familiar” and because “change” implies a challenge to our perceptions, we often opt for the comfort of the “known”. This will rob you of expansion and impair your vision.
Take note of your character flaws and identify “same-old” patterns. Then willingly choose to break out of it and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you into the image of Christ. If you refuse, the transition period will be prolonged until you die to your self and your own ideas and desires. The storm of fear, insecurity and confusion inside of you will cease the moment you make peace with the fact that God is bigger than your situation and that He will work out the details of your future in glorious ways, far above what you can think or pray IF you put your trust fully in Him. Now give Him the reigns and let go of your control over your life and future. Do not try to rush this time to get it over with and miss the opportunity for God to do a work of refining in you to empower you with fresh anointing for the new dimension He is preparing you for. Invite His Presence into this period and you will be surprised at the joy you experience and the ease in which things move into place.
Transition always gives us an opportunity for pruning, cleansing, stripping away of the old (in us) in order to be endowed with a fresh anointing from above, coming into new levels of the glory with fruit that shall remain. It is important to release what is behind you in order to SEE your future and move on into your next opportunity. Ask Him to enlighten the eyes of your understanding by the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and expect to “see” anew, like He sees with perspective from above.
Our attitude in this time is of utmost importance: Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and be adamant not to take offense, rejection or bitterness. Let go of all regrets, disappointments, questioning and reasoning and simply make peace with it that God speaks through His Word and through Prophetic revelation, visions, dreams and such and when you look for His will in your life above your own desires, He will make it known to you. Simply ask, seek and knock (Mat. 7:7) until you hear His voice and have the “knowing without a doubt” on the inside. Then you won’t need another “confirmation”. If His answer (not someone else’s ideas or opinions) is different from what you have expected, be sure that He has something new in store for you.
Acknowledge Him in ALL your ways, and He will make your path straight. This implies the bow of worship of the heart in full dependence on Him.
Be willing for CHANGE, RESTING in Him in absolute contentment and know that the Holy Ghost will lead you in all truth (one step at a time) as you stay in the WAITING mode for His “kairos” (opportune time). As you obey His instructions, receive correction and shine His glory, you are making progress and you will grow in the knowledge and stature of Christ. You do not have to try and figure it out how He is going do things and it is important that you do not go before Him. Moses is our example in saying, “if Your presence go not with me, carry us not up from here.” God has everything in His hands and will work it out in His way and in His timing if you will simply LISTEN, BELIEVE and follow the Holy Ghost!
The assignments of the enemy against your assignment for the Kingdom
Every time you move into a new dimension, there will be a time of great assault of the enemy to distract you in order to pull your attention out of focus. If you give in to his ploys, you will in the end be disempowered so that you cannot fulfill your call. His assignment is against your anointing and if you do not have spare oil for your lamp, you are going to be left out of the banquet! Remember it is the anointing that breaks the yoke; so get filled up in His Presence, full of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost!
When Jesus was baptized and affirmed by the Father as His beloved Son, He was full of the Holy Spirit and led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit.
Often we think the wilderness is brought upon us by the devil, but no, it is our testing ground. This is the framework for your opportunity to build some character (like patience and perseverance) and know your identity in Christ, as well as your authority over the devil. Jesus countered the devil’s temptations every time with the written Word. The devil knew that He believed what He said and could not be deceived; then left Him alone; then Jesus came out of the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit and immediately started moving in signs, wonders and miracles!
Are you getting that? The Holy Spirit wants to use your wilderness to hone you into a vessel of honor, filled with the surety of the Word and the knowledge of your identity as a son of God so that He can invest His power in you to show forth God’s glory! Hallelujah!
This is a time to have a good look at the things that can move you.
1) The affections of the soul
One of these things that few people understand or ever deal with, is to loose themselves from emotional control by others due to the affections of the soul. We need to enthrone God in every choice and to fix our hearts on Him, fully trusting Him to work out the details of our lives according to His good pleasure. His Word is the plumb line to which everything will have to align. Note that our enemies will also use the Word to deceive us to succumb to their flesh and to lure us into controversy, strife and contention with lies, deception and twisting of the Word. We will be tested as to whether we know the Word, “It is also written”…and then have the boldness to speak the truth in love, even though it might cost us the “favor” of those who are against us. Remember, our fight is not against flesh and blood, therefore we can say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”, because they are in the flesh, which gives the devil an open doorway to use them against us! It is our choice whether we will listen to their words and opinions or to “The Word”, which will become a two-edged sword in our mouths to bring truth and light into darkness. If your affections are focused on people, you might find yourself in idolatry. God does not reward double-mindedness; so let’s make sure that we are not doing lip service when we say that we love Him above all!
The cost of discipleship is very high. It costs you your very life.
Our affections have to be put on things above, not on the earth. That does not mean that we should stop loving our family and friends, but that we should be prepared to speak the Word of Truth in love and follow the call of God above the demands of the flesh. The very things that can still “affect” us emotionally and “move” us to get entangled in the earthly things are those which have to do with the affections of the soul and which are rooted in the fear of rejection. Will we be man pleasers or make choices according to God’s will to please Him above all?
We have been given the authority to trample upon snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm us. (Luke 10:19). Remember your seating together with Christ in heavenly places where you have subduing power in Him with the enemy under your feet!
“I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope.” Acts 2:25
This obviously speaks of face-to-face encounters as friends of God. Moses knew Him like this and so did David, but do we walk like that in constant communion-union, acknowledging His Presence?
2) Insecurity vs. being OVERSHADOWED by THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
In this time of transition, while you might even have to do geographical changes, find your “dwelling place” IN HIM (in the secret place of the Most High) and abide under His shadow. (Ps.91) There is perfect safety and protection, deliverance, security, victory, angelic protection, promotion, fellowship, honor, salvation and He fills every need.
The big problem with many is the money issue, but “DID GOD SPEAK” is a bigger question. It is very simple and something I am thankful that I heard and received by faith early in my walk with the Lord:
“Where God leads you, His grace is sufficient to KEEP you (supplying in every need)”.
When you are in the center of His will, there will always be sufficient supply, but if you are not sure that you have heard His voice, there will always be doubt and fear of lack. So do the calculation!
Recently I understood for the first time that the Israelites walked under an open heaven of provision, miracles, signs and wonders in the middle of the wilderness, but they were too blind to see it. They had everything they needed (because God brought them there). They had the Presence of God (the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night), they had manna and meat (quails) and water supernaturally. There clothing did not wear out and they walked in perfect health. The problem though was that they did not see their blessings, they only looked at what they did not have. The wilderness was meant for their place of transitioning, which should have taken them no more than 14 days before they could get to the Jordan, but it took them 40 years and only the next generation entered in to the Promised Land, together with two people who were of a different spirit. The reason why they missed out on the Promised Land was through unbelief, murmuring, complaining and idolatry and they were not thankful!
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened”. (Rom 1:21)
The problem with many is that they are so anxious to get their own desires fulfilled so that they can look good in the eyes of others, that they cannot be content with His Provision in Christ alone. They either yearn for the fleshpots of their former bondage or they strive for the grass that looks greener on the “other” side. They fail to enjoy the abundant life of His Presence under an open heaven in the NOW and look for temporary blessings, comparing themselves with what others “have” in the natural.
What reigns in your consciousness will determine the degree of light you walk in. If you ponder on anything negative or engage with the flesh, it will deplete the degree of light you walk in and bring “dark light”. It is a strategy of the enemy to steal our gaze so that our focus is distorted and we stare at the problem, which becomes a wall of obstruction. Choose to look “away” into the Light of His countenance and all else will fade “away” until you only behold His Presence and thus live in the consciousness of the extended senses!
Look away from self, others and issues and BEHOLD HIM, conscious only of His PRESENCE, filled with a joy exceedingly, full of glory!
WAITING ON GOD
In a time of transitioning we need to simply become still before the Lord (“Be still and know that I am God”), spending much time in the Word, prayer and worship and incline your ear to hear His Voice with clear perspective on His agenda for your next season. The problem with many is that they are so anxious to get to their “promised land” of blessings so that they can look good in the eyes of others, that they cannot be content with His Provision in Christ alone. They fail to enjoy the abundant life of His Presence under an open heaven and look for temporary blessings, comparing themselves with what others “have” in the natural.
Many people are in transition at the moment and this is a time to review the Prophetic Words that were spoken over your life and position yourself in worship and quietness before the Lord, decreeing your future and your destiny in Him through those Prophetic Words. (Study Is.64: 4-6). As you MEDITATE on His Word and on your Prophecies, praying much in the Spirit, things will become clear to you and He will lead you step by step into the new. Hallelujah!
When you sing in the spirit, waiting on His Presence, the Holy Spirit will quicken His Word to your understanding. Then, as you sing and declare this fresh Rhema Word back to Him in agreement, angels are sent on assignment to fulfill His Word and you will see it manifested. So simply make yourself available for the Lord to sing or dance unto Him in pure worship and pour out your love to Him. Be a fragrant offering unto the Lord, breaking your alabaster vase before Him, loving Him and then go out loving all around you.
Be encouraged to know that the Lord has great plans for you to give you a future and a hope. REJOICE IN IT and CALL IT FORTH and you will WALK in it, giving Him all the glory due His Name!!!
The Word of the Lord came to me in a powerful encounter on Friday, June 15th, 2012 while having lunch with a co-minister. This encounter lasted for over an hour and the Spirit ministered powerfully to us with accompanying visions and personal Words.
This is the part that I feel led to share with the body of Christ: Continue reading “Spirit Strength”
The Lord is pouring out His Spirit in dreams and visions and for those who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying, pay heed to the prophetic instructions.
BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
I recently saw in a dream how a helicopter was being fueled with a pipeline disappearing into the heavenlies. The Word of the Lord came to me clearly, saying, Continue reading “Faith and Power”
April started off with the baptism of three college students in the ocean. Friends and family gathered and we had a spontaneous meeting on the beach afterwards. Everyone testified of the impact that the baptism had on them personally and everyone was touched. Someone brought a guitar and there we sang the Lord’s praises in perfect unity of Caucasians, Asians and Black children of the Lord.
THIS IS MY IDEA OF CHURCH!
THE LORD IS STILL THE SAME – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVERMORE! HE SAVES, HEALS AND DELIVERS!
While ministering in Montana for two weeks, we watched to Lord manifesting His glory:
Here are some reports:
The blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk! GLORY TO GOD ALONE! Jesus is receiving the rewards of His suffering on the cross that we can walk in the abundant life in wholeness!
A lady’s eyes were opened who couldn’t see for 35 years!
Another lady, who had a kind of “veil” hanging over her one eye, was healed.
3 people received their hearing back.
Many received healing in their backs, legs, knees, feet, arms with the testimony that all pain left and many legs grew out.
PRAISE THE LORD!
One lady who was walking with great difficulty and a cane because she had no feeling in her feet (even when prodded with needles at Mayo Clinic), was healed, received full sensitivity back in her feet and her balance was restored. She could walk freely without support. Glory to God!
Another lady who had voice and lung problems and was sleeping most of the day, was delivered of a curse of witchcraft. She can now breathe freely and is alert and well – completely new! Praise the Lord!
A lady received her healing in her foot sovereignly while watching as others were prayed for. All pain and discomfort was gone! Glory to God! I love it!
Many people received deep inner healing and deliverance of hurt, grief and sorrow by the healing power of the Blood of Jesus!
Three students gave their hearts to the Lord in a Coffee Shop after the one young man received healing of his leg (which grew out and the pain was gone after recent surgery).
The Moravians had a cry, “May the Lamb of God receive the reward for His sufferings!” HALLELUJAH TO THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN FOR US!
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I sense that the Lord is putting a fresh emphasis on the importance of the centrality of the cross and the power of His precious Blood!
After sharing in an evening meeting about the glorious power of the Blood of Jesus that wrought the victory for us on the Cross, the Holy Spirit was revelating to me right through the night that many of God’s people are living in bondage and under oppression of the enemy simply because they do not have a revelation of what Jesus has done for us on the cross.
The Lord is still the same – yesterday, today and forever. He is a miracle-working God, who will give us the victory in every situation if we simply believe and trust Him!
All our needs have been met at Calvary’s Cross through the price that Jesus Christ paid with His precious blood, whether it be forgiveness for our sins, healing, deliverance, comfort or anything else. He shed His blood for our griefs and our sorrows, our transgressions, iniquities and every sickness and disease that can be named.
He blotted out the handwriting of ordinances against us and nailed it to the cross, having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them. In Christ we have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. The Blood of Jesus even cleanses our consciences from dead works of the past. But the best part is that the Blood of Jesus rent the veil so that we have free entrance into His Presence in the glory! Hallelujah!
“Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;
and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
The enemy is blinding the eyes of many through fear so that they cannot SEE what the Lord has accomplished for them by His shed Blood. Therefore many keep on struggling and reasoning, trying to surrender over and over, but through fear they are kept under oppression of the devil. That is why few ever live the abundant life that Jesus so dearly paid for.
What a grief this must be to the Holy Spirit!
We need to come to come and stand still at Calvary and LOOK again to see what the Lord has done for us, asking the Lord to give us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and enlightened eyes of our understanding to grasp the power of the Cross and the Blood! He made full provision for our every need so that we can walk in peace and live the abundant life in spite of circumstances around us.
Why would we walk under oppression of the enemy? Jesus paid with His precious Blood for our freedom and liberty in the Spirit and fullness of joy in His Presence!
It is at the foot of the cross that we can simply surrender our own wisdom and control, laying down our hurts, our sorrows, our despair, our fears, stress and worries and especially the reasoning of our minds to receive the liberty that He paid for with His blood.
The struggle of man to come to the cross, giving himself to the Lord as a burnt offering, is a contest between the wisdom of man (the reasoning of self) and the Wisdom of God; between the flesh and the life in the Spirit (living from the Breath of God – the CREATIVE WORD).
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” 1 Cor. 3:19
We have to come to the cross to lay our self-life down, once and for all and let the Blood of Jesus wash our past away before we can pass over death into the resurrection life of the Holy Spirit and have permanent victory.
We want to do a quick job of surrender, because we have so much to do, but the characteristics of the Adamic nature need to be buried in the tomb together with a deep reckoning with the forces of self where darkness can get a foothold (Rom.6:11). Then only can we rise up in the third- day anointing of the resurrection power of the Spirit, knowing our identity and authority in Christ (seated together with Him in heavenly places in ascension) stepping into the “seemingly” impossible of the supernatural lifestyle, where the supernatural will become natural by His power working through us so that His Kingdom can be established and His Name be glorified.
The DAILY taking up of the Cross to follow Jesus
After our initial surrender, we need to come to the cross daily in a fresh surrender of any new issues that may arise (to rule in the mind, will and emotions) and learn to live the surrendered life-style of REST in Him and His Almighty power, abiding in the secret place of His Presence under the shadow of His wings.
THE CROSS IS A PLACE TO LAY DOWN OUR BURDENS, BUT ALSO THE PLACE OF GOD’S WISDOM AND POWER! Only when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, will we be exalted!
When the Father of glory graces us with the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of the Christ, we suddenly understand that His ways are not our ways. His humility brought Him the highest honor, His Servanthood made Him great, His lowliness and meekness was a state of His heart, not a show. The Wisdom of God is foolishness with men. The way “up” in the Kingdom is “down” where we bow low in true surrender of our will to His Lordship in every area of our lives.
When we receive the enlightened eyes of our understanding to see that His desire for us is to be transformed into His image, we will abhor the audacity of self and human wisdom with self-power.
Many want to be “used” by the Lord for the greater works, but God tests the hearts for the true motives thereof. He will not compete with us for the glory, so those who want to be seen and heard and complimented will stay on the shelf until they have become willing to be a continual burnt offering “That no flesh should glory in His Presence” (1 Cor. 1:29).
“Then, according as it is written, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” – 1 Cor.1:31
Let us come into the bow of true worship so that His Presence can manifest the miracles of salvation, healing and deliverance, while we stand in awe of adoration before His majesty and power and goodness and grace!
Let the Name of the Lord be magnified! Hallelujah!
Now let’s pray:
Father, Your will be done – not mine! I hand over the reigns to You in every situation and circumstance of my life and I put my trust in You! As You have pre-ordained it in heaven for my life, so let it be – so that Your Name is glorified, and Your Kingdom be made manifest in my life.
Show me the way through Your Word and Your Spirit that I can walk in it to please You and deliver me from every evil assignment.
Lord, and help me to walk before you in righteousness with a pure heart so that I can be a true worshiper to worship You in Spirit and in Truth – in Jesus’ Name.
Let’s take communion as often as possible, remembering the finished work on the Cross, drinking the cup of the Covenant, partaking and celebrating His life. Then plead the blood over yourself, your family, your ministry and business, your finances and everything else and WORSHIP HIM!
“For the Life of the flesh is in the Blood” – Lev.17:11
Let us find our safety in the Chamber of His Presence!