With all the expectations for Christians, especially with anything ministry related and with all the hype there is out there, it is important to learn what GOD expects of you. Some are really good at having a long list of "rules" for you to go by, but they aren't always the Ten Commandments, or the Bible! Many try to do things to lock you into a local system or even a way of giving that may or may not be inspired for you. Now I am not trying to threaten, although I know some will read or feel it that way, but if our conversation with God is there and growing as it SHOULD - because Jesus said His sheep would hear His Voice - then there needs to be some liberty there as well.
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:2-7 God focused, faith-filled thoughts empower us to manifest the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of Christ. Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing in the realm of the spirit. When we behold as in a mirror the presence of God we will learn how to express, reflect and create or manifest what we see Father God doing in the Spirit. "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a (reflective)mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Revelation of Ezekiel's wheel within a wheel is a divine mystery to the body of Christ. There have been a number of commentators over the years that have given their best interpretations of this divine revelation, but the wheel has remained a mystery in the minds and hearts of most Christians. This is much like lifting a diamond into your line of sight, where you will see the glistening rays of light flash from many different angles. Each angle is unique, bringing new and more beautiful flashes of light, yet it is still one single entity just like the revelation of the wheel. Each ray of greater revelation makes up the wheel within the wheel. I humbly shine my bit of light on this powerful revelation.
Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. Acts 16:6–7 The more areas of your life you involve the Lord in, the more you can experience His protection. You can even ask the Lord to guide you in something as seemingly natural as your travel itinerary. In fact, read the passage above. The apostle Paul allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them at every step.
I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13 NIV We have entered a new season because there was a major spiritual shift at Pentecost (May 23, 2021). However, you might need to contend for your breakthrough. The Lord has given you everything you need to succeed but you will need to step up and take it, as the enemy is trying to war against you entering into this new time. The Lord is releasing a fresh drink of the Holy Spirit. We are being prepared for change in the spiritual atmosphere and the heavens are now open and ripe to encounter the Lord. To offset the attacks of Satan, the Lord is releasing visitations and encounters in dreams, visions and a deeper connection with the Father's heart.
Genesis 15:6 (AMP) says, "Then Abram believed in (affirmed, trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord; and He counted (credited) it to him as righteousness (doing right in regard to God and man)." Righteousness is also defined as being in right standing with God. Nelson's Bible Dictionary defines faith as a belief in or confident attitude toward God, involving commitment to his will for one's life. Nelson also says belief is to place one's trust in God's truth. A person who believes is one who takes God at his word and trusts in him for salvation. Additionally, one of Webster's definitions of believe is having a wholehearted persuasion! We are in challenging times! I should be worried, fearful and maybe even upset. Instead, I am embracing joy, peace and happiness. Does that make sense naturally? Nope!
Whether you realize it or not, every moment of your life you are in an unseen, invisible war between good and evil, darkness and light. The reason is that Satan and his kingdom of darkness, lies and destruction are continually coming against God and His kingdom of light, love and goodness. Friction and conflict occur in the spiritual realm as Satan comes to oppose God's prophecies and will for your life. There is a direct correlation between the natural and the spiritual realms. What happens in the spiritual realm occurs in the natural and the other way around.
I'll never forget the first time I experienced the prophetic anointing. I was a freshman in college. We were having a prayer meeting in one of the dorm rooms. As we were holding hands in a circle praying, it felt like someone threw a blanket over my head. The feeling was so real I opened my eyes. There was no blanket, but I still felt the sensation. I was experiencing a prophetic mantle for the first time. As I looked around the room, I knew things about each person. As I shared what God was showing me each one was deeply ministered to as God spoke to the secrets of their hearts.
We are living in a season that is pregnant with purpose and promise. In the days ahead we will see believers mantled with a powerful anointing and empowered to do all that Jesus has created them to do. In the midst of what appears to be a dark season of opposition, there will be a sudden shift in the spirit realm. We are coming into a time that we will experience supernatural miracles, astonishing breakthroughs and divine encounters. The Lord is not finished with His church. The Holy Spirit wants to invade your homes with His glory.
We all know people who are not open or receptive to God or us. I typically move on to people that are open, to buy time for the Holy Spirit to do His job and ripen the fruit. I think they can feel the abandonment in that attitude of leaving them behind. By contrast, Jesus opens hearts and minds, and I believe it is part of our calling as sons to do the same. There is a way to open hearts – It's purpose! Luke 24:32 – They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked of us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" NIV Luke 24:45 – Then he opened their minds (nous) so they could understand the Scriptures. NIV