Independence Day Re-Visited 2022

I often ponder what I am, if at all, asked to share with my beloved family and body of the Living God.  I have no real desire to write for the sake of writing. “Likes”, shares, re-blogs…. these are dead to me unless birthed from Father’s heart ( and when they are.. they are a great blessing!).

July 4th- this day marks our fledgling nation’s (yes we are barely getting started compared to our historical counterparts) 246th year as a new Nation…  “Under God.”

But are we? Truly? Our spiritual forefather’s fought and died, in obedience to Him, to understand the times, and the dawning of a nation. They understood what Jesus was asking of them. They tore down their theologies in order to come into alignment with the Kingdom of Heaven.

Are we, who have been passed the torch for the this nation’s future, doing the same?

This county was created to be a world-wide missionary. It began with England, and the mantle was passed to the United States. It was joined with our sister, Australia. More than ever, the spirit of hatred and anger are moving forward to destroy the fabric of this nation’s calling.

NOTE!!

For the first time in our nation’s history, a generation of US citizens are being raised up to actually hate and look to destroy our constitution and origins. A generation is being raised up, with great demonic power, to pull down this nation’s calling.

They believe in what they are called to do!

These citizens are our future leaders. They are lost. They are the sheep Jesus wants to go after.

What is the Church doing about this? Do we even know what is going on? So long as the Body of Christ continues to forfeit her spiritual birthright to be living martyrs, we will look to political and carnal events to determine what is happening. This is a great folly.

Satanic influence was successful in twisting many in the Church to think the previous presidential administration was leading us to a great national rift. As if it began with man. Now… years later, we are spiraling into more hatred and national destruction than ever before. The hatred grows. Satan’s goal to remove Christ from all our history and all our calling is in full swing. It continues to move forward, largely unchecked by the Church. Where are our hearts and our treasures?

All things begin in the spirit realm. The fallout is visible only last, after it is all too late.  If we, the Body of Christ, continue to live for our own agendas and desire to find self-worth from this world, we will look down from Heaven and see our children living as slaves.

Make no mistake… they (our children) will be so hard pressed, they WILL speak the gospel with power. We will gnash our teeth. They WILL live as giants in the full calling of Hebrews chapter 11. We, as a whole, are not.

I having nothing else new from Father’s heart to share about Independence Day. What I wrote a few years ago still stands.

And so, will so many new, hungry brothers and sisters reaching out for encouragement and some perspective, I am re-blogging the message I shared back on July 3rd, 2015. More than ever I feel this same passion and Divine questions flowing from Our Commander in Chief being asked of us. The time is growing shorter.

Will all my love,

David

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“…And the Rockets’ Red Glare…”

I pray.

I pray a lot, actually. No, I am not super spiritual. I spend time with Him to keep my sanity. To be truthful, I find myself contending with what God says way more than a man who has chosen to walk out this life in Him should. But He is working on that too… and He is faithful.

These days there is a deep stirring in my spirit to pray for the body of Christ. When my soul is at rest in Him, I can feel His heart for His body.. and this nation. Our fates are intertwined to a large degree.

For those who know me well, as many of you do, it is no surprise to hear Independence Day is a funeral dirge to me. All week I have been praying for Him to help me sift through the heaviness of heart I feel as I see the national events unfolding around me in the newspapers and public marketplaces.

“Deep calls to deep” the word of God says. You are His child.. you are deep…

As you spend your time this weekend amidst the fireworks and other expressions of freedom, I humbly ask you invite the Lord in to speak to you about what is on His heart.. and what part you have to play in what He shares with you.

(He does speak to your spirit ya know? but that’s another story…)

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.

They lost their wives, their children, their homes, their property and status. They died in prisons. They were abused. They were deemed traitors. Those that escaped were hunted down like animals by the most regimented army in the world. Like the Son of Man, they too had no place to call their home. Most of them lost all they had.

But…

If you read the diaries and biographies of these and other leaders of the rebellion, they all had one thing that was never taken from them. While holding dead sons in arms, watching their homes and crops burn, and waving goodby in the form of blinking eyelids while their hands were tied behind their backs at the gallows…

This is the last stanza of our national Anthem written while Francis Scott Key was in prison. Few are aware these words were ever penned:

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto:In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Their eyes were fixed on a vision. A glorious vision birthed from God to see a nation that would be the light and the glory of His image unto the ends of the earth.

I beg you… as you look up at at least one bursting star this weekend, to look beyond it. Look beyond the glory of its splendor. See past its beauty and try to see the glory of His splendor for this country, and ask Him…

“Father… where did it go?”

Topical Study : Gateways  

Topical Study : Gateways  & Intimacy With God

“Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” Psalm 24:9

The regenerated child of God has the privilege and honor of walking in the spirit. Father-God created man as an incredibly powerful being, with free access to walk both in the spirit-realm in perfect union with His Creator, and the natural realm. We are spirit, we possess a soul, and are housed in our body. 

“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:27

In order to more fully understand what this verse means to us as an experiential reality, and not mere theological doctrine we need to understand positional and relational righteousness.

Positional righteousness The blood of Jesus forever clothed us in perfection. This is why we do not need a priest to perform “last rites” before we die. We are clothed in the perfection of Jesus in the sight of Father-God. This is Positional Righteousness. (Scriptures)

Relational Righteousness – When we accepted His gift of righteousness, our spirit entered into union with the Holy Spirit. Our soul (mind, will and emotions) however was not regenerated. The transformation of the soul occurs through choice. 

Through the Cross, Father once again gives us the choice to walk with Him, and in Him. How we relate to God (whether in Truth or by Satan’s lies)  determines the degree our relationship with Him actually looks, and feels, like Him. This is “relational righteousness.”  We have access to the different realms of the spirit, and we get to choose if we have both the desire and intention to walk in them. (Link)

Gateways & Doors

Simply put, these are points of access.

“The Spirit then lifted me up and brought me to the eastern gate of the Lord’s house,” Ezekiel 11:1

The bible is filled (and I mean filled!) with scriptures that talk about gateways that give us access. “Access to what?” one might ask. Well, for example, some spiritual gates lead to the throne-room, some to places of greater insight, others to deeper intimacy, etc… 

Here is an example:

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4

Do we want to enter into His courts? Has there been something you have been seeking to get from our Father who gives liberally, but you just cannot seem to get a breakthrough?

Here is a good place to start. How is your Praise-Life? Do you come to Him with gratitude and thankfulness to the point where your body is overcome with tears of joy? Try this: when we desire to ask Father for something, put the request down. Begin thanking and praising Him. Even if it starts out dry, the Holy Spirit will join with you and before long, your worship will be genuine and deep. Then, you will move through the gateway that accesses His courts. 

This is not hyperbole. This is how the kingdom works. This is scripture. Court access to Father is our positional right, and a relational choice to make it a spiritual reality. 

The more we learn about our Father’s kingdom and how it operates, the more deeply we can enter into experientially living “In Him” instead of it being a dry confession of what we call “faith.”

Here is another example:

“He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moses finished the work.” Ex 40:33

This is perhaps one of the most profound principles that goes missed by many. We could camp here all night on this verse alone. The veil hid the very Shekinah of God from everyone. The way was shut. No one saw the glory Of Jesus. Now, though, that veil is removed in Christ. 

Look at that verse again. That veil was placed at a gateway. 

The gateway that leads to the throne-room of God is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? Well, it doesn’t mean my golf game is going to get any better. But.. It does mean that in order to access the deepest realms of our Creator’s presence, we must acknowledge the blood of Jesus has cleansed us of all sin and unrighteousness.

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess…Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.” Heb 4:14,16

My heart grieves for the people I know who fervently desire to have greater intimacy with God, yet will not take the steps to begin to confess, walk out, and ultimately accept their self-worth is complete in Him. If we refuse to see ourselves the way He sees us, our own initiation to the Throne Of Grace becomes inaccessible, because we erect a veil of shame between our soul and His Shekinah Presence. We relate falsely to the Lord, and the gateway closes.

NOTE: False identity is defined as any thought or belief that runs contrary to what Jesus declares in the Living Word. (2 Cor 10:5)

I believe the number one reason so many struggle with walking by the spiritual senses we have, is that we refuse to let go of the condemnation and lies. We continue to hold onto the thought we must perform in order to deserve love and acceptance, and along with that lie, that we need to be validated by others.

Here is another very awesome kingdom reality. The more we practice these kingdom principles, the easier it becomes to engage them and ultimately abide “in Him” as a way of life. I am in this with you all. We are family. We need to have each others’ backs. 

The above are just two examples of gateways and how we apprehend the heart of God by faith. There are many.

I am often staring off into what appears to be nothing. The reason for this is that I am practicing accessing spiritual gateways. The kingdom of Heaven is all around us, and upon us. The spirit realm is more real than the natural realm. We simply must be deliberate with taking time to practice the ways we allow our soul to enter into the realm where our spirit-man already is 24/7.

“The old man” thinking wants to put it all on God. “Well, that’s a gift. Of course they can do that. I don’t have that gift.” 

The bible says we do not need gifts to experience the reality of His love and presence.

Jesus, speaking to those who had *already* accepted Him as Savior declared,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev 3:20

How do we open this particular door, or access point, to experiencing Jesus in a very deep, powerful way? This gateway is opened through our will. It comes with a cost. We must choose if we think it is worth it or not. Everything has a cost no matter what we choose. I shared about this gateway in more depth here.

“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”

Exod 33:11

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

2 Cor 3:18

It is not enough to look back at our spiritual heritage. It’s simply not good enough to read about it. We have a higher calling. We are being prepared for the ages to come. We have a greater birthright to lay claim to. One that no man, woman, or fallen-angel can steal without our permission.

There are greater and greater depths of intimacy available to us. Let us set ourselves at the gates to our Lord’s kingdom. Let us return to the ancient paths of intimacy.

As I type, a shoreline can be seen. A small coal fire grows brighter. There are fish being cooked over it. The sun slowly rises upon that sandy beach.

He is waiting there… for those whom He calls “friends.”

Understanding The Times : Recap & Some Blueprints for This Epoch



“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.” Deuteronomy 32:7

Hello, Family 🙂

I am going to preface this by saying there’s a lot of meat in here. A lot to take in. But, the season is upon us where many Christians across this nation are beginning to look around and ask questions. This blog is a response to this fledgling awakening. 

Many of you have been asking where I have been.  It has been a time for me to go into the caves with the Lord and dig deeper. All this while I have been in travail for the Church, the lost, and this nation. Thank you all who were led to pray for me and my family during this past year. It was an intense time of pain and breaking, that had brought great healing and a release of greater intimacy with Father-God. I am eternally grateful for all your prayers. 

It is a time to reflect, learn, discern and make some course corrections. So, without further delay, let’s dive right into this!

2 Years Past

Father-God has entered us into an interesting season these past 2 years. Most recently, the Church has experienced a drought of true prophetic insights. The nationally recognized voices within the church have just about concluded backtracking about their prophetic declarations that Trump would be re-elected. This has left much of the body of Christ, humbled, confused and floundering. What happened? What went wrong? What is next?

Some believe there is no point looking back. The reason many teach this is because we have not been taught to learn from our mistakes without those mistakes becoming a part of our identity. But, Jesus constantly referred to the history of man in regard to His eternal plan while on the earth. Until the Church learns from our mis-steps we will continue to repeat them and also pass along those same errors in theology, thinking, and action to our physical and spiritual children. That will never do. 🙂

What Happened? Let’s recap, then.

A Call To Reformation

During the past 2 years Father was entering His children into a new era where our thinking and belief systems would usher us into a level of true spiritual fellowship that we have not seen since the first century Church. We are being called to destroy all the man-made religion in our gatherings that attached itself to the Great Reformation. It was a call to deep introspection and reflection with Holy Spirit and, where needed, to change. We were meant to heal. I shared some of these spiritual movements in a blog called The New Wineskins: Part 1 – Paradigm Shift (Link) Sept 2019

By and large, we dragged our feet during this period of grace. During this time, there were some within the Body that began addressing the pride and fear that was corrupting the prophetic office in this generation (I offered a plea to repent of this in the blog Understanding The Times: A Call To The Australian Prophets 2019 (Link) ). On the whole, we did not repent of these fears, people-pleasing, and self-promotion. This choice led to some grievous loss for many of us less than 2 years later. 

A Second Call From The Throne Room

Just prior to Covid sweeping over the nation (and world) a call went forth to once again seek Jesus’ blueprint and align with Father’s heart. Much of the public platform within the Church was talking about revival and wealth. Jesus fervently wanted to correct our timing and motives in order to prepare for things to come. We needed to be prepared to move in step with Him or we would miss His timing and Eternal plans for this season. There was still time to realign and heal within our own hearts and with each other. During this time, I shared some of the insights I was getting in prayer-time. That blog was The New Wineskins: Part 2 –  Fleshing Out This New Season (Link) January, 2020

What went wrong?

For starters, many of us refused to step outside our comfort zones or risk personal loss for the sake of speaking out in love to either our brethren or the lost looking for Truth. In response, Father continued moving forward on our behalf despite our own agendas.

A Time of Incredible Mercy and Grace

Only a few months later, Covid shut everything down. The stage was now set. By and large, we would not change our thinking in regard to fellowship… so Father shut it down as many of us understood it. He made it very hard to continue in our own agendas. We would not press in to seek healing from our own hurts, angers and fears… so Father turned up the heat and shut us in to make it that much easier for us. It was a Divine mandate to enter into spiritual Sabbath rest. This season of Kingdom grace was unprecedented. Unprecedented… I shared on this season in a post titled Understanding The Times: Bits & Bridles & Covid-19 (Link) April, 2020

During this time another call was also being sent throughout the body of Christ from Heaven. This message was not permitted in many venues to be openly shared. The Church needed to  recognize the new Epoch we entered into. I shared a little on this: Understanding The Times: Obedience & Willingness (Link) September, 2020

Yet even with all this grace, so many of us refused to look at things Jesus was knocking on the door of our heart about. The Church was meant to come out of this shut-in with tremendous kingdom authority and power. During this time, however, much of the church looked pretty similar to the lost who were trying to blindly grope through this time. We would have seen great revival taking place all across this land and elections would have looked very differently. Some spiritual realities were shared openly in the post titled The New Wineskins: Part 3 – Elections and 2021 (Link) November, 2020

As mentioned above, many people, truly gifted prophetically (remember- “prophecy” simply means Father sharing His heart with His children) remained unwilling to risk their social media following and ministry income to speak the full counsel of the Lord. The result: we would not share what the Body of Christ already knew in our spirits but refused to acknowledge. Namely, that the grace and favor many of us had would diminish if we did not begin actively acknowledging our own sins and repenting and praying for this nation. 

There are a lot of interesting things heading our way under the current presidential cabinet. But this is not the true reality. The true reality is that we have allowed demonic principalities to hold seats of power, exercised over and through many people in many different leadership positions. 

So… what’s next?

Great things. Lots of wonderful stuff designed to set us free and bring that revival we thought we could just call down as if we were under the Old Covenant. The best is truly yet to come. Father loves us unconditionally and any shame we feel comes from Satan’s lies. We just need to align our hearts and sense of identity. 

For those who have been in step during this season…it gets even better for you as well 🙂

In the posts to come (Lord willing) I will share about the Kingdom recall of the unwelcomed John Baptists and Elijahs’as well as those coming who will move in the spirit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and will greatly humble the Church.

Until then, pray for me, my wife and our family. Pray we move in more and more wisdom and favor as we navigate both these Times and the challenges of being a light in NY. Pray for greater and greater signs following to confirm His Word and rescue His lost sheep. 

Parting Thoughts

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Col 2:8

There are brothers and sisters that want to speak up. They are looking for some solid spiritual understanding unpolluted by anger and personal agenda and man-made tradition. Share this with those the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. We desperately need to repent of the fear of man and finding acceptance from religious expectations. 

All my love, family.

David~

 

Broadcast : “Walking in Resurrection Power”

I have promised for a long time now that I would set up some kind of notification when I am honored to speak / share as a guest somewhere. 

A very dear brother in Christ, Frank Cox recently invited me on his YouTube channel program “Remnant Call Radio.” In that broadcast I share a little on what it means to enter into death, burial, AND THEN resurrected Life in Christ.

I hope it blesses my family.  One of these days I’ll get my act together and clean up the radio broadcast section here on “Zeal…”  In the meantime, I will do my best to post notifications via this method.  🙂 

Remnant Call Radio – Direct link : Walking In Resurrection Power (YouTube)

God bless you~

D

Topical Study: Understanding Hindrances To Healing

 

Topical Study: Recognizing Satan’s Attacks

“If there was anything to forgive– I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us, for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  2 Cor 1:10-11

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Prov 23:7

A major component of the season we are in is to heal from wounds that have distorted our understanding of who Father-God truly is (His nature, heart and view of us) and the wounds that have caused us to live in the fear of man. The Church is being prepared to once again represent the Light to the lost in the United States.  Overall, we are not doing this very well in the current condition we are in. 

Whether it is fear, shame, anger or a general restlessness within our soul, these are all hindrances that limit how deeply we will experience the burning love our Lord and Father have toward us.

This study will expose the basic plans on how Satan works to stop healing from coming to pass.

His plan is always to sow seeds of death in our belief system. Our heart, where the seat of how we relate to God, ourselves and others comes from. The enemy tries to grow bitter roots in our soul. 

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”  Heb 12:15

  1. Holiness– starts with our beliefs, (aka our thought life) and plays a vital role in the depth of intimacy with Father. 
  2. Bitterness defiles ourselves and others

NOTE:

the enemy can do nothing… nothing…. without our agreement. The battlefield takes place in the mind.

(2 Cor 10:5, Rom 12:2)

Satan’s Devices (plan of attack):

Let’s dig in. Satan’s attacks always come in the form of deception. Deception takes root in the areas of our beliefs that are not aligned with God’s Truths.  They may be broken down into 4 basic areas:

  • Rejecting God’s Blueprint
  • Unrepentant Anger 
  • Bitterness of Soul 
  • Getting Offended With God

Rejecting God’s Blueprint – 

It is very difficult to flow with what the Lord wants to do in one’s life without understanding what that plan is.  We often may think we do not understand what God is doing with us, but if we are honest, we might admit our soul just plain doesn’t like His plan very much.  This is rooted in a misperception of His nature, which always leads to a lack of trust.

Rejecting God’s plans starts out as sin, and if left unrepented, leads to rebellion. Rebellion left unrepented, leads to partnering with some nasty demonic principalities (whether we recognize them or not). This leads to all sorts of ailments spiritually, relationally, and in other areas of our life. 

Unrepentant Anger – 

When the Holy Spirit begins to speak to us about an area of our heart that is rooted in pain, fear, or cooperating with the enemy, etc… The first thing Satan will begin to do is remind us how we were wronged. 

Thoughts will float across our mind. These thoughts will be focused on “getting back” at that person, or odd as it may seem, anyone else that we can vent our anger on. Because this anger is rooted in hatred toward God and Love (His very nature), do not be surprised if thoughts come to mind about ways to hurt or wound a friend, family member,  or even a stranger that seems particularly kind or loving (it will start with fleeting daydreams, that if left unchecked will grow into meditating on them).  In fact, the more someone emanates Christ, the more you may feel buffeted to hurt such a person or wish them ill.

Please know: this is not you!! This is demonic in origin and seeks to gain a foothold through our current pain and hurt. 

Our accountability deals with what we will do when we are hit with these thoughts that evoke ungodly feelings. The purpose of this attack is to prevent you from choosing forgiveness and life. If Satan can keep us offended with our past, he gets us to partner with him; the accuser of the brethren. 

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Eph 4:27

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20

Unforgiveness blocks gateways to intimacy. It is in contradiction to the very nature of our Father and Savior. It grieves the Holy Spirit, and sows poison into our heart and walk. It breeds bitterness within us. Quite simply,  it kills. 

Bitterness of Soul-

If we make the choice to hold onto the offence (either real or perceived it doesn’t matter- it is a heart issue) we now have given footholds to Satan to buffet us further. We are now sowing to darkness through deliberate agreement with the Accuser. 

The Word is full of instruction about this law of sowing and reaping. Whatever we sow seeds of, will be reaped to varying degrees of multiplication (Mark 4:20, Matt 13:8, Gal 6:8).

“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”

Hosea 8:7

“What fruit did you reap at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? The outcome of those things is death.”

Romans 6:21

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap the fruit of righteousness.”

James 3:18

We know that positionally (meaning how God sees us) we have been made the Righteousness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, (2 Cor:5:17Col 1:19-22Eph 1:6). James 3 is referring to relational living. It is speaking of what kind of walk, fruit and degree of intimacy we will enjoy, or forfeit with our Heavenly-Father (Hebrews 10:14).

Getting Offended With God-

Once bitterness sets in, shame, self-pity and anger will take root. It is almost impossible to see the goodness and love of God from this perspective, because one is choosing to agree with outright demonic thoughts and beliefs. I have watched countless times this cycle take hold of many hurting brothers and sisters. It grieves my heart tremendously, and is horrific to witness. This is often the point where many believers actually decide to walk away from fellowship with each other, and even begin to reject God Himself.

Summary:

Engaging the enemy is not a battle as most of us have been trained to envision it. When we say “battle” we must frame it according to the reality of our authority and already having victory. I prefer to use the term “slaughter.” When we enter into a battle with the enemy, it is to lay waste on the battlefield… we decimate the enemy. This principle is outlined throughout the entire life of the judges, prophets and kings of the Old Testament.

Please remember, the only thing Satan and his minions have is the consent we give them. Consider taking some time to research the above points and ask Holy Spirit to show you what areas, if any, we have agreed with Satan’s lies. Then we repent and get into alignment with God’s Truth.

This of course, requires us to know His truth about His nature, our identity as sons and daughters, and of course, His heart. This is an investment that will without exaggeration change the course of your walk and level of intimacy forever. 

We are in a season of counting the cost. It is not about whether or not He will love us. He already loves us fully forever. This is about what kind of life we chose to live on this Earth. 

“I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.” 

Song of Solomon 7:10

He is calling for the hearts of His children… Will we answer the call?

Your brother,

The Son of Jesse~