Understanding The Times: A Season To Heal & Know Him

Understanding the Times: Part 11- A Season To Heal & Know Him

This “prophetic” post (PLEASE remember prophecy is the heart, mind and will of God revealed) will probably be delivered with more intimacy than any other I have  shared outside my immediate fellowship that Maija and I gather alongside.  Like so many of the things I share, it is challenging. Love IS challenging. Jesus challenged during His Earth walk. He challenges us through the written record of His ministry.  He continues to challenge us all through the Spirit that moves powerfully within the Church. This is just one expression of His Love.

The Spirit is moving. Spiritual thrones are continuing to uproot and be replaced.

I have often taught that to the degree the Body of Christ understands and moves in agreement with what the Spirit of God is doing, the easier our spiritual walk can manifest Christ in our daily life.

The last couple of years have been seasons of re-alignment and re-positioning. Due to the immense amount of confusion and hurt that still exits within much of the Body, a great deal of Jesus moving things around within the Church and nation has been by sovereign grace. Although this is always a blessing, it is not our highest calling, or Father’s greatest desire. The Church ideally, is meant to carry out the Father’s will through exercising the authority of Jesus on behalf of Father’s will. This comes through deep intimacy and the Church putting all personal ambition and desires on the altar to be burned. 

Deep wounds, scars, and pains within the children of God have been tools that Satan has taken advantage of to hinder this generation’s calling. This is being expressed through self-seeking and self-validation within the Church. When this happens, “Plan B” comes into action. “Plan B” is sovereign grace. The season of Sovereign Grace is shifting now. Father is looking to move upon the hearts of those willing to enter into a time to heal and mature. A younger generation is being prepared who are, at present, learning what “identity in Christ” means. Personal gain, notoriety, followers, and post-modern church status will not be on the heart and minds of these children of God.  These saints’ longings are only for what is on Father’s heart. God will use these men and women to heal others from the bondages mentioned above.

Much of the older generation that have pretty far reaching platforms have been talking about a group of Elijah’s and John the Baptists that are coming, but they are still not welcome. While those outside the traditional system are jostling for validation that was never given while within the system, those within it are still trying to accept the new wine in the old wine skins… and all the while still heralding the ones who will bring the “new wine.”

Likewise, the inception of social media in all its varied forms (including blogs and internet radio) was meant to be utilized by the Body to do what institutional church refused to: namely the letting go of control and self-worth being derived from our calling, gifts and abilities. It was meant to  be a venue to offer real discipleship, healing, and true mutual submission to Christ. However, much of the Body (though certainly not all) has instead turned to these outlets to bolster self-worth and identity.

We are still trying to find validation with one another, instead of healing and walking out the process of resting in the unconditional love and acceptance that comes from our Lord and Savior alone.

Praise God, the Spirit is moving once again to offer us a season to heal. It is an amazing and wonderful table He is setting before us all, filled with love and joy and healing and intimacy… and true freedom.

Many years ago, when I first begun questioning how the Church functions in relation to Father’s heart, mind and will, He began to show me an end-time Body that would sweep over the world with the fire that comes from a healed soul, and deep communion with Jesus. He showed me the small part  I would play as a member of this Body. Timelines are now beginning to shift, however. I have begin to ask Father if the promises He gave me, though, unconditional, would no longer be seen by me. I wonder if I will now only be a witness to the promise. I have been contemplating the spiritual principle of Hebrews 11:13. He is dealing with me in this regard and I could use prayer from all of you. He is also correcting some rebellion within me.

Those of you who have gotten to know me, through personal contact,  teachings and blogs know I laugh a lot and I cry a lot. I can add one thing to this: God’s grace sustains us all, and I know we shall all see the goodness of God manifested in the land of the living… if not the way I once had anticipated. 

I have no weekly prophetic word for you. I seldom have a word from Father’s heart that does not carry with it both the God-side and the man-side in this most amazing NEW covenant relationship. I am not supported by sponsors or tithes or fund-me tabs that can make it challenging to speak the full counsel of Father’s heart in love to the Body.  In this regard, I am “free.” But… I am not free from feeling Father-God’s heart for His most precious and beloved children, and unless I finally submit to Satan’s constant nagging to forget all this “church pain” … I never will be. We all have a cost to count. I am no different, am I? 

There is time. There is grace. There is always His sovereign Hand. Above this, however, is the greatest of all. His immense Love. He calls to this generation as He has called to every one prior that has led us to this point in man’s eternal redemptive plan. He wants you and you alone. He wants all of you without compromise. He wants all of me. I am trying…

Please begin to ask Father how you can come into even greater alignment with His heart. What is your role? Where are we to disciple? In what areas do we need some true discipling ourselves at the same time? Where does greater healing and alignment need to take place in our thinking; in the way we chose to relate to each other, the lost, and above all, Father-God? I am right there in the crucible as well.  This is a season to heal. A season to get to know Him more fully.  

A season to enter into the maturity of Eph 4:11-14 and Hebrews 5:12-14 is upon us.

Joy AND sober-mindedness are not contradictions to the mature believers. Let us agree with Him that, above all things,  we once again seek to lay hold of that which laid hold of us.

All my love and prayers and faithfulness, Family. 

Always your brother~

David

Understanding The Times: Part 10- The Full Picture Of Mercy

My beloved Body of Christ,

I am going to share some things the Father spoke to me about these last couple of months before these storms manifested in the physical realm. My desire is to help point us all to His heart and in that, greater intimacy with Him.

There is not much teaching on the different ways  His hand of loving mercy is expressed. Fear, erroneous teachings, and others who were meant to nurture and mature us into Christ, but instead wounded us deeply, incline our heart to embrace extremes. Wisdom cries out in this hour… we need to have the courage to walk in His heart and not the excessive ditches of immaturity.

Come, let us reason together. Let us join in the counsel of the Lord and walk in more of His mind and heart.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Satan destroys. God gives life. The cross has satisfied the wrath of God. Period. (Rom 5:9)

Jesus took it all. What remains is the sharing of the good news.  A pure and holy Church is meant to display His love, power, and goodness when the “lost” run farther and farther away from the Father. We, members of the Body, are the Good News manifested to the lost.

We have been made ambassadors of His nature and His Name. When we begin to drift from that, we stop walking in our authority. When this occurs, worldliness fills the void. First in the heart of the Church. When the fire and purity of a living and thriving relationship with our Lord grows a bit dull and backslidden, the spiritual atmosphere of heaven stops reaching as far as it once did. The Church forfeits the impact and authority she was commissioned to carry forth.

Wickedness begins to manifest in the land. The Lost begin to have the greater say on what “truths” govern a land. Laws are overturned. Ungodly ones replace them. The earth begins to groan.

When a nation begins to drift from His nature, Divine protection will continue to remain upon that people and land… for a season.

Then it begins to lift.  Little by little. This is one form of mercy. This is not wrath. I implore all of us to realize the greatest mercy our Father offers is to escape hell.

Everything we meditate on must be seen from His ETERNAL desire.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Heb 12:11

The vain fury of Satan and the groanings of the earth are permitted in order to wake us up to seek His heart and come into alignment with His desire. Those desires are:

#1. The Great Commission

#2. Great intimacy

All events must be viewed from this kingdom reality.

We who are parents have no problem whatsoever in applying this biblical principle with our own children. Why do we rage so hard against His mercy and love when it manifests in a season of allowing a land to reap what was sown?  

Are we not His children? Is this not the greatest mercy toward His lost who wait for the power of the gospel to come through His Church that has made a course adjustment in her heart?  Is this not love? Is the greatest mercy possible not to save us from the wages of sin? Do we allow, our own children, in the name of “mercy,” to never be corrected? Is this truly the heart of the Father? Guys, this thinking is in direct contradiction to what intense and mature love looks like.   

Let me stop here. GOD DOES NOT SEND DEATH.  Discipline comes in the form of a people being left without the full protection of His Divine hand.

“Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Heb 12:6

Perfect love casts out all fear.  If the Word says discipline is love, and we are afraid to embrace it, we are resisting the embrace of His heart in areas of our thinking and walk.  

What wounds do we need to ask Him to heal in order for us to stop contending with His heart in this area?

Calamity (whether these recent/present hurricanes or any other form) represents an exposure in our flanks…. Why are our flanks exposed? Only the Church has true authority. The lost have NO authority. They only have the salt and the light of the Church. Where is that salt, my dear family?

Questions the Father is inviting us to come before Him with:

“Father”

  • “What are You doing in this very hour?”
  • “What does that look like?”
  • “How is the Church meant to come into alignment with what You are doing?”

The lesser mercy of protection is pretty useless from an eternal reality if we, the Church, do not know how to partner with the Holy Spirit to extend the greater mercy, namely Salvation. If the Church is focused on mercy without that mercy pointing to the greatest mercy: the need for atonement offered through Jesus Christ, we are out of balance. We are still on milk. We are immature in our thinking. (Heb 5:12)

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Heb 12:11

There are more things to come. This is not wrath, and we should not be afraid. Nor is it the Hand of God falling upon us. It is just the opposite. He partners with holiness. He partners with humility and a contrite heart. He loves us… just the way we are. But… He wants all of us, and He wants His lost children to come to salvation.

A couple of years ago I was permitted to share about some things that will come to pass if we do not make some course adjustments (see link: Things To Come: 2015)

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE:  

Some events that take place will be the natural consequences of a spiritual Church that truly, deep down, struggles with making Jesus her First Love.

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Some events will be from the Accuser that must pass by His  *throne-room  with a nod. Those will be permitted in order to help drive us to His heart, without compromise.

 

Father is calling our hearts. God is love. “Prophetic” people and elders of the Body… He implores you, stop being afraid to share the deeper things that are on His heart. We cannot mature without the full counsel of God, and the lost will not be reached the way they are meant to be.

Was this really so hard to accept? If so, why?  Father longs for us to ask Him these questions.

Why is a defeated enemy able to destroy in a land of thriving Christians and a Church flourishing in power and authority?

Storms die as do the memories by those who did not suffer much.  There is a deeper dialogue Father wants us to enter into. We are not meant to dust ourselves off and get back to our broken and fearful lives. During this challenging time for many, I am praying protection over this land, and above all, His heart revealed to His Church during this season.

Let me be crystal clear. The wrath of God was satisfied on His Son, who died for us. In all of this calamity (which will fade very quickly, and be forgotten if we are not careful to understand the times), Father is calling to us from the Garden of His Heart.

“My Beloved. Do you know all the things  I long to share with you?”

In Love,

David

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* (For those who engage in courtroom intercession, have you asked Him yet to show you the courts that govern over the people of a land? Have we even considered the courtrooms of the Lost? They are very real…

There are more to court-rooms than merely for claiming our own inheritance. What is permitted to preside over a land that we need to take to heaven? Are we willing to hear what He says about that matter?  If any of this speaks to your spirit, reach out to me via email or Facebook. There is much to talk about 🙂 )

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land …” Ezek 22:30

 

 

 

 

Understanding the Times: Part 7- Accepting His Invitations

The body of Christ is at a crossroads here in The United States.

Grow deeper in Him… or grow cold.

Dad has been dismantling me these days. Even as I have been praying for and encouraging those around me who are allowing Father-God to move His church deeper into Himself, so too have I been, shall we say…a “mess.”  This is more than fine with me. What else is there if there is no deep communion with my God? To whom shall I go to instead?

As odd as it may sound on the surface, the pain, angst and “dying” I am experiencing is due to primarily one thing: I recently accepted a beautiful invitation from my Lord.

Now, here is what I find even more humorous. When I opened the invitation it read like this:

“My dearest son, David, I want you to know the reality of my love for you in a much deeper way. I am desperately desiring to radically change your walk in Me. It’s time for much greater intimacy. I want you to walk with me amongst the fiery coals of my presence and holiness.  A bi-product of this is that I will flow through you in greater power and Love to those around you. I want others to be touched by Me through you. Would you like to do this with me?”

“Wooo-Ho!!!!!!!  Awesome, Father. Amazing! Thank you. Let’s do this.”

Hmmmmm. Really…?

We live in the generation where words such as pruning, grooming, disciplining, refining, purging, judgement, chastisement, or  holiness  ( to name a few) are stricken from the pulpit. I will take this reality a step forward and expose the true condition of our lopsided dogmas to say that those who dare to speak of the heart of God in regard to these areas of His nature are labeled as “fear mongering.”  This is simply a result of an exchange rate we have come to favor in the world economy of the church.

We prefer convenience to communion.

Rules in exchange for relationship.

Not surprisingly, two extremes result due to this American apathy toward seeking the heart of our Father.

  1. We avoid standing apart from the world  because we live in fear
  2. We attempt to stand out… but with no authority behind it… because we live in fear

Properly exercising authority comes as a result of knowing who our Lord is, and then who we are as His child. Authority comes as a result of intimacy. The closer we draw to our Dad’s heart the more we understand who we are and Who lives inside us. This distills down to knowing He loves you.

Here is the real urgency with this illness in the American Church for this hour: the time is upon us where those who do not know how to exercise His kingdom authority and His will on the earth will be in great danger of falling away.

The scriptures are warning us of this. The greatest manifestation of His authority is Love. If we are not connected intimately with His love in us, for us and through us… our love will grow cold.

Now, here is the crux.

Light exposes darkness. When we commune it will expose the areas we are not living in agreement to His nature and His nature expressed through His word. His presence exposes our fears, lies, insecurities and demonic pacts we have made (agreement with the world is a demonic pact brothers and sisters- see Rom 8:7, 2 Cor 10:5, Gal 6:8, 2 Cor 4:4 as a warm up exercise).

What will we do when that moment comes?

“Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.As the ark of the Lord  was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord , she despised him in her heart.

….When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord , who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord people Israel–I will celebrate before the Lord .

I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”  (2 Samuel 6)

David did not need to build up courage to toss aside his royal garments and while he was half naked, dance in joy, love and humility before the Lord. He couldn’t care less. David had, by this time already learned who he was as a child of the Living God. He learned this in the lonely pastures while guarding his sheep… alone.

Raising a knife high above a tied up son, lion dens, fiery furnaces, wet fleeces, bears, snowy pits… … The lives we live publicly can be traced back to the invitation we accepted (or rejected) privately from the Lord to enter into deeper communion with Him. Said another way, the life we live publicly will reveal the life we live In Him privately. I am not referring to how we “behave.” That is what christian masks are for. A great many church fellowships sell them at the pulpit, retail stores, and book-stands at the back of the building next to the tithe and offering plates. They even come with detailed instructions. These masks have no kingdom power. No, I am referring to the degree of  Kingdom life that emanates through us without any thought or intention, will be directly related to the depth of our communion in Him.

These invitations are often not recognized because we do not see past the trial. Said another way, we will not recognize the invitations, much less accept them, if our hearts are not properly aligned with Him during the difficulties we are walking through.

Please remember this: the revelation of His love and His nature is revealed in the secret places within your trials, disciplines and experiences. They are done most often (though not always) in solitude and seclusion.

What is secretly reaped during those lonely times of sowing are eventually revealed in public. Do you know of someone who openly displays the nature of Christ? Find out what his/her secret story is. I assure you… that person has many personal accounts to tell of interactions with his King.

The mind of Christ cannot be offended and knows no fear. Please hear me. This is not about us, … it’s about Him.. if we simply surrender and are willing to die. This can be gained or lost at any time. We must learn to live in Him every moment. His invitations are constantly being sent out to the darkest, most timid areas of our bruised and broken hearts. Fear manifests in His children in many, many different way. Timidity, boldness, apathy, constant movement, despair, self-reliance, insecurity, relationship dynamics… it’s endless…  The root is the same however. We are either doing what we do as an outflow of His life expressed in us… or we are living that area of our heart apart from Him.

“He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.” Psalm 40:2-3

Our Dad is extending invitations in this season that require us to stare down that fear until it gives way to the revelation of Jesus Christ revealed more deeply in our heart. Don’t focus on how you are performing. This leads to dead religion and worse still… a relationship based on trying to earn something that we already have, namely His love and acceptance.

Instead, look to Him. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Pull back the grave clothes from around our soul and let Him begin to write His words on the heart of His redeemed. His words, revealed through revelation of Him, bring forth eternal life within us in greater and greater measure… if we just… go to Him…

Ask Him to send you an invitation…. He will keep sending them.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 

What will we do when that moment comes?

“Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

Shalom

The Egypt Within…

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – Jesus

Can we truly handle the Truth though? That is another question altogether. Only one Person can ask that, really. Our Lord. In His fierce jealousy for communion, He will ask me that very question from time to time.

I have been to Egypt. Twice actually. Well… sort of.

I dreamed about the place, to be perhaps..more accurate.  I’ll be brief here… and perhaps a bit uncharacteristically shallow on emotion (we all need our breathers at times, right?) So…

I was standing outside a large open area, lush and green and enjoying the intense heat baking my skin coupled with a warm offshore breeze. I had a turbin-like covering on my head and I wore the robes and attire of a prince. I strolled along to a large recessed rectangular pool area. One would step down the very steep stairs , look into the water, and see a dozen crocodiles frenzying about in spasmatic gestures. One moment perfectly still, then a lighting fast twitch, then still again.

Peering more intently, I suddenly understood the cause of this type of movement. You see, they were all jostling for position. It was feeding time.  And tiny children were of course, the meal.

I looked up and over to my left to see an Egyptian soldier toss a few more babies into the pool and the frenzy would start all over again. Someone came beside me, looked casually at the event, and asked if I would join them for a walk …

My stomach lurched.  My mind went on tilt and I began to cry and heave. Everything around me faded and all I was aware of was the anguish of utter torment at the loss of these innocent ones. Eternity seemed to pass before me as I shrieked and wailed. At some point, I realized I was doing this in my bed. The turbin I had clawed over my face was now the pillow cover, still tangled about my head.  

In a similar fashion today, the lost are not capable of understanding what they are doing. They are blinded and their hearts are calloused. We, the church, are their only guide, only compass, and only hope.

What are we doing about all this, my dear friends and family?

“You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, how shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” Matt 5:13

It was several days before I could eat again after that “dream.” I can still recall it as if I had just woken up from it moments ago and sat to type.  Something inside me died that day… yet another dirge of sorts. A burning ship filled with the gold and wealth of this world was set aflame on my own personal viking funeral within my heart.

Life became a bit more simple. That tiny suffering left me with a deeper, more passionate longing to see His goodness revealed to His lost. What gave birth was more revelation of… Him.

He is calling His church to pick up His burden, His heart, His love. 

As for me? Well let’s just say that dream has not yet completed the work in me that is required.. but Dad is doing something about that.

There are more “Egypts” to visit. Of that I am quite certain. I also am quite OK with it. It’s the dead, Egypt within; that decrepit carnal-minded man we died to that needs more purging from me. Above all things though, His interactions with His children, however they come, reveal and release something else within… something far greater than any pain we will ever need to endure…

They release His Love.

With this in mind, I submit the following topical study and how it applies to the church in America right now. Be blessed.. and know you are blessed.

RELATED STUDY CLICK HERE Understanding The Times: Revival

From The Mouth of Babes…

It seems that lately I prefer things that are laying within childrens’ reach to be without many moving parts. Moving parts tend to get dismantled by the rather inquisitive little fingers of my children.

This past week I entered my bedroom and was greeted with a rather Gabriel-esque proclamation from my 5 year old, Daniel. An open lid glass jar filled with pennies lay on the floor. Instantly, that jar represented only one thing to me: a prophecy not yet fulfilled in the form of coins spewed everywhere.

Rachel broke the lid to the penny jar, Dad. You need to fix it.”

Having just arrived home from a long work day, it was just about the time to help round up the herd for the night. I was hungry, tired and a bit irritated we missed a deadline at work… and someone emailed me asking prayer for a nephew with terminal cancer.  That was on my mind a teeny bit as well…

So… the timing for this “issue” was not necessarily bad.. I mean if ya think about it, when is it ever really inopportune to divert your time in order to fix an unexpected problem one had no intention of investing energies into? On top if that, is it really such a “bad thing” to attempt to fix something that makes me feel as though I just got a haircut and haven’t showered yet? I mean, is clawing my eyes out really such a bad idea? This form of stress relief is a good thing, right? Who needs eyesight?

So here I am, jar lid in hand, trying to envision how all these “extraneous” parts are to be utilized. Do I really need a penny jar? Will my 3 year old, Rachel.. really miss it? Why did man invent the penny anyway…? May the Lord call that person to task on the great day of Reckoning.. yes I shall pray for that poor soul…

After several minutes I decided my self-worth, and humbly I must confess, Rachel’s pleasure in this penny jar, was not in any way being called upon to determine the future outcome of this problem, and I announced defeat. Daniel, thumb in mouth, with what seemed like a very casual demeanor while lying on my bed, was watching me silently the whole time.

“I can’t fix this Daniel. It’s broken. I need to throw all this out. “

I got off the floor and began to wash my hands. Thumb still in mouth, Daniel called out in a muffled voice.

“Dad, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Look at that. My son learned a scripture verse. He is letting me know he memorized something. How sweet. I was so frustrated and wanting to just settle the kids in bed, I had made no connection as to why he was telling me this… at all.

“That’s right Daniel!!” I proclaimed. “That’s in Philippians… Chapter 4…. I think.”

“Philippians 4:13, Dad. So what you just said is a lie.”

I didn’t lie, Daniel. It is time to go to bed. I never lie.. Ever. You know that.”

At this point, Daniel popped his thumb out of his mouth, which I knew meant business of some sorts.

“Dad, you just said you cannot fix that jar. That is a lie.”

Completely blind-sided to the build up of my son’s declaration, I had nothing to say except confess I was wrong. I then admitted aloud my sin to the Lord in front of Daniel. Before leaving the room I declared to him,  “Daniel.. I will fix this tomorrow. Thank you.”

And so it goes… that from the mouths of children His truth will be proclaimed.  

In a similar fashion, God is raising up those who will bring fresh insight and offer truth and encouragement to the body. If those who are supposed to be the ones speaking truth and wisdom are not in alignment with The Lord’s word.. He will speak it through someone else. The Lord used my son to remind me of an invaluable principle: 

We must never allow circumstances to lead us into contending with God’s truth.

This is never more true in this hour than for those who are our elders within the body.

(PLEASE CLICK HERE- for the Continuation of this Study- “Understanding The Times: Part 5- FEAR”)

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have ordained strength,” (Psalm 8:2)

Shalom,

David