Tell Me, What do you see?

Revelation 4:1 – “Then I looked, and, oh! – a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, ‘Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.'”

Genesis 29:12-13a – Jacob “had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  There above it stood the LORD, and he said: ‘I am the LORD…'”

Zech 5:5 – “Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, ‘Look up and see what this is that is appearing.'”

The Bible is filled with examples of those who peer into the heavenly realms.  They are known in the Old Testament as “seers.”  The New Testament has examples of seers as well.  Jesus was a seer and released a seeing anointing in His people (Matthew 3:16, Matthew 17:2, Luke 10:18, John 1:48, and Acts 7:55 ).  The entire book of Revelation was a Seer’s Glory-Encounter. 

Acts 2:17 tells us that when the Spirit of God was poured out on a people, the young men would see visions and the old men would dream dreams.  The outpouring of the Holy Spirit 2,000 years ago released the ability into Jesus’ followers to see beyond the natural world and into the spiritual world.  It is a part of the believer’s right to see into the heavenly realm, to see beyond natural circumstances and peer directly into the heavens, to see the 2nd heaven realm of angelic, demonic, Holy Spirit, and other being’s activities.  We can see into the 3rd heaven to even begin to gain revelation and insight into the very Throne Room’s activities.  God wants to show us what angels are doing around us, God wants to show us what demons are doing, so that we can intercede and speak God’s Word in order to implement Jesus’ already won victory over the enemy.

How do we see in the spirit?

Faith+The Word of God+Your “imagination” = seeing in the spirit.  Your imagination is not fantasy.  I’ll prove it to you – close your eyes and imagine yourself at work or at home.  You’ve been to those places, and you can see yourself there.  When you’ve been somewhere, and you see yourself in that environment, it’s not fantasy, it’s memory and it’s very real.

When you’ve been in the Word of God, you begin to see yourself and the things around you in the spirit because the Word of God transforms your soul and aligns it with the Mind of Christ.  The more you exercise Biblical meditation and faith, you will begin to “see” the visions and dreams God wants to reveal to you.  You will SEE that angels are real, so your faith gets applied to seeing angels at work in your life and the lives of others, and suddenly, your soul’s perceptions shift toward the spirit realm and you begin to open up to authentic SUPERNATURAL, Holy Spirit-directed visions and dreams.  When you’ve been in the Word of God, you begin to see in the Spirit.  For example, yesterday, twice, I saw in the spirit two angels come along side of me.  Both experiences were so strong that I actually jumped with a start and looked around thinking someone had walked up to me in the natural.  My meditation in the Word brought me to a place where I am EXPECTING TO SEE so much so that my natural eyes are actually getting involved.  I am seeing in the spirit in a whole new level because the Word of God is working on my perceptions.

Asking, Warfare, and Seeing into the Spirit Realm – 2 Kings 6:17

In 2 Kings 6, the people of God were about to go to war.  Elisha said, “open the eyes of my servant so that he can see.”  When God opened the servant’s eyes, he saw angels and fire ready to do war on their behalf.  How exciting.  Elisha simply asked God to let him see.  We can learn a lot from that one statement.  We can ask God to let us see. 

When God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes, he saw angels standing, ready to fight on their behalf.  We need to open our spiritual eyes and see what God is doing all around us. 

What are some examples of things we need to see?

  • The Holy Spirit is always at work to reveal more of Jesus to us
  • Angels are fighting for us
  • Demons are at work to build strongholds all around us
  • People’s needs that aren’t readily visible in the natural

These are all examples of things we need to be able to see in order to work more and more effectively for the Kingdom of God.  When our spiritual eyes are opened, nothing ever looks the same again.  We see beyond the circumstance, and we see what is truly happening beyond the natural eye’s ability to see.

Let’s pray today, “Father, open my eyes to see.  According to Eph. 1:18, I pray that my eyes, my spiritual eyes, are flooded with light, so that I can see what it is you are doing around me and through me.  Show me the things of the Spirit in Jesus name.  Amen”

Church – OUT OF THE BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, if you’re like me (BR), the word “church” creates certain images.  The very, very first image it creates for me is when I was 7-8 years old, we had a home-coming meeting in Tennessee.  I still remember the outdoor, open air area and tables where massive amounts of food was served.  I remember the music, the exuberance, the preaching, the food, the laughter, etc.  Church for me was an exciting, renewing experience, revivalistic in nature.

New Covenant is so unique in that it has captured a revivalistic power, love and exuberance that not many churches experience, and we say that with great reverential fear and humilty.  We’re not sure what has created that dynamic except for the Grace and Mercy of God, the passion of the members for God and Holiness, and the uncompromising position on the Word of God.  We are so blessed, and we are so thankful for all that God is doing.

Now, it’s time for all of us, NCCA and CN churches and ministries to stretch ourselves.  The enemy, Satan, loves to get people weary, offended, hurt, angry, tired, feeling fruitless and useless, etc.  However, regardless of the cries of the enemy and/or our flesh, we have to step up and begin to stretch.  We hear things like “Revival,” “Apostolic,” “Prophetic,” “Sponteneous Worship,” “Breaker Anointings,” “Passion,” “Presence Ministry,” “Manifestations,” “Warfare” etc, and we get excited, but have we pushed through to actually “PRACTICE” those things?  To step out and move in those anointings and experiences?

We’ve begun a new season – even though it’s not 2012, yet; it is the beginning of our new year.  It’s time for us to step forward and begin to flow, we must learn how to “surf the waves of God’s Glory,” learning how to move with each ebb and flow of His Presence, being sensitive to what He desires from us day-to-day and in our corporate assemblies.  What will all of this look like?????  We’re NOT COMPLETELY SURE!!!!!!!!!!! But we do know this, church for us is obliterating institutionalism and pattern-orientations (stand up sit down, do this, do that all by 12:30).  We are becoming more and more “Laboratory-like” – trying things, listening, being willing to step out in faith and try new things, being ready to receive correction and cultivation and all the while seeking, passionately seeking after the pleasure of our King, all while in alignment and submission to spiritual authority that God has set in place. 

Recently, a “new thing” has been the shifting from home groups to midweek service, temporarily.  Wow, what a moment!!!  This past Wednesday people experienced the overwhelming Presence of God, some spoke in tongues and released sounds they’ve never uttered before in God’s Presence.  This is an example of breaking out of comfort zones and trying new things.  A good question to ask is “how have I responded to this temporary shift? and how can I learn from this to respond more powerfully to future permanant shifts in other areas of my life and walk with God? Am I passing God’s tests when He’s changing me from glory-to-glory to become more like Him?”

Shiftings are exciting, stepping out for the first time in any area is a little scary but also very, very exciting.  We want to challenge everyone at NCCA and CN churches to start gathering around the altar at the beginning of service, begin praying, begin worshipping, begin warring for more and more of God, place a petition to God, ask Him to begin to show us more of Himself, to reveal more of His power, more of His Presence, more of His Prophetic Power and giftings, more healings, miracles, salvations, etc.  Let a new sound come out and start thinking of “Church – OUT OF THE BOX!!!!”  STTTTTTREEEEETCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Sound of Rejoicing … Could be Heard Far Away – Neh. 12:43

What an amazing sound it must have been.  In Nehemiah, the people of God had restored the walls and gates of the city as well as the temple of God.  They were so elated they let out a sound that could be heard far away.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if the people of God today could recapture that cry-that sound of rejoicing?  It is possible!!!  Several things led up to the restoration in Nehemiah, and I want to share those things with you:

  • They heard, LOVED, and responded to The Word of God (Neh. 8:1-9)

Read chapter 8, from start to finish, the honored subject is the Word of God being read to the people.  Interestingly enough, reading chapter 8 of Nehemiah reminds me of our weekly church services.  There was worship, preaching, fellowship, and response, a whole ordered service.  The Word of God was the priority – hearing what God had revealed, sharing it, and responding to it.  The modern church, LGBT-affirming church, must recapture a passion and love for the Word of God.  There will be NO SOUND OF REJOICING WITHOUT IT.  The Word gives us cause to rejoice, so we must always have a passion for it.

  • They confessed their sins, repented, and separated themselves from sin (Neh. 9:2)

When they heard the Word, they realized that in order to have God’s Presence and the Restoration of their lives, they had to repent of anything they had been doing that may have grieved God.  Sin and worldliness grieve God.  The people of God even separated themselves from the practices around them (v. 2).  There will be NO SOUND OF REJOICING UNTIL WE LEARN THE POWER OF REPENTANCE.  God loves us and because of that love, He convicts us of sin.  Thank God for His Precious Spirit’s convicting power.  Today, if there is any sin in your life, repent.  Ask Him to forgive you.  And as you do, you are one step closer to hearing the sound of rejoicing!!!

  • They worshipped (Neh. 11:23; 12:27-31)

Worship IS THE SOUND OF REJOICING!  The Bible tells us that “in His presence is the fullness of joy” (Psa. 16:11), and He inhabits the praises of His people (Psa. 22:3).  So, in order for us to release the sound of rejoicing, we need His presence, and His Presence is drawn to the sound of worship.  It is time to release the sound of worship!

  • They committed themselves to God (Neh. 10)

Nehemiah 10 is about a nation of people going before God and signing a covenant that basically said, “whatever it takes…”  God wants a people who will covenant with Him to do whatever it takes.  He wants Abrahamic people who are willing to give up that which is most precious for the cause of the Kingdom; He wants Estheric people who are willing to risk everything so that some might be saved; He wants Nehemaic people who will release a sound of rejoicing so loud that it can be heard far away.  This level of committment isn’t easy.  One must be willing to give up comfort, traditions, dignity…  Salvation is free, but a certain sound, a sound of rejoicing is costly.

Today, I encourage you, give your life to Jesus, get your heart right before Him, and let a sound of rejoicing be heard so loud that it can be heard through your day-to-day actions, let a spiritual sound be released that is so loud that family and friends hear it, and that it is a witness to all around you, THAT YOU SERVE A RESTORING, REBUILDING KING

The Word of God Can Set Things Right

God’s Word is pregnant with world-overcoming power.  We can have increase in every area of our lives by the power of the Word of God.  His Word has amazing, life-changing power

In the beginning, the earth was formless and void (See Genesis 1:1,2).  God created and brought things into order by His Word (again, see Genesis 1 and John 1).  He said, “Let there be light… and then there was light” (Genesis 1:3).  God said, “Let there be…” and everything He said became a reality.  We learn from the very first chapter of the Bible that “God’s Word has CREATIVE power.” 

Acts 19:20 and Acts 12:24 both tell us that the “Word of God has ‘PREVAILING, GROWING, MULTIPLYING’ power.”  God’s Word is pregnant with world-overcoming power.  We can have increase in every area of our lives by the power of the Word of God.  His Word has amazing, life-changing power. 

The Word has repairing, restoring, mending, fitting, and arranging power in it, and we have the Word available to us, every single day of our lives

We read in Hebrews 11:3 that God “framed the worlds with His Word.”  And we learn that everything is “held together by His (Mighty) Word of His Power” (Hebrews 1:3).  I particularly like the passage in Hebrews 11:3 that says that God “framed the worlds with His Word.”  The Greek word for “framed” is “katartizo,” which means “to fit, to complete, arrange, set up, repair, mend, and to restore/reconnect.”  God used His Word to do all of these things in creation.  The Word has repairing, restoring, mending, fitting, and arranging power in it, and we have the Word available to us, every single day of our lives.

When God speaks, He “with a word, makes something out of nothing” (Romans 4:17b MSG).  He calls forth things; He speaks, and things happen.  Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be imitators of God as dear children.  We can use God’s Word, and we can act like our Father by talking like our Father and calling things that be not as though they were.  

We have God’s very creative thoughts and power available to us as believers in Jesus Christ through the Word of God.  He gave us authority, and that authority is accessible when we begin to CONFESS what God has already said.  Confess is the Greek word “homologeo,” which means “to say the same thing.”  We can “say the very same things God is saying.”  In order to talk like God, we must get in the Word, find out what God is saying, and then say those things. 

It is time for us to utilize God’s Word to change our lives, the lives of others, and the lives of our community, city, and world.  By speaking God’s Word, we can use God’s Word (katartizo) to shine the light of God’s love, healing power, and authority into the lives of others.  

Here are a couple of examples of how to utilize God’s Word to release His Will on earth as it is in heaven: 

The LGBT Community desperately needs revival.  We can begin to say what God has already said about this.  We can stand in our living rooms, in our churches, wherever and boldly prophesy what God has already said.  We can say:

“In the Name of Jesus, the LGBT community in my city is, right now, experiencing conviction, repentance, revival, and the Spirit of God is being poured out upon all people.  LGBT sons and daughters are prophesying, speaking in tongues, being healed, and hearing and receiving the Word of God.  The hearts of our people are good ground upon which the seed of the Word of God is falling.  In the Name of Jesus, I declare Satan’s authority is bound; he has no authority over our people.  I declare to the North, South, East, and West, GIVE UP OUR PEOPLE and LGBT sons and daughters, come home, in the Name of Jesus.” Acts 2:17 / Joel 2:28 / John 16:8 / Proverbs 1:23 / Matthew 18:18 / Mark 4:15-25 / Isaiah 60:1-9

People need healing and wholeness.  We can begin to say what God has already said about this:

“In the Name of Jesus, I declare _________ is whole and healed.  Jesus was beaten with whips in order to purchase _______’s healing.  I declare that Jesus took infirmities upon Himself, so in the Name of Jesus, I rebuke sickness and disease, right now.  I also declare that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.”  Isaiah 53:5 / Matthew 8:17 / 2 Timothy 1:7

Individually, we need to have a healthy self image of ourselves, and see ourselves the way God sees us.  We can begin to say what God has already said about us:

“I am a child of God.  I am righteous because of the Blood of Jesus.  All my needs are met according to God’s riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.  I have authority over the devil because I am seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places.  I have a holy boldness that rises in me to do what I need to do for the Kingdom.  I am more than a conquorer.  I am victorious today.  I have the mind of Christ.  And I boldly declare that all plots, plans, and devices of the enemy are thwarted even now.  No weapons formed against me shall prosper.  I walk in the spirit today, and I do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.  I am anointed, and every person I come in contact with today will have burdens removed and yokes destroyed from of their lives because I am anointed and the Spirit of God flows free through me to touch the lives of others, In the Name of Jesus.” 1 John 3:2 / 2 Cor. 5;21 / Phil. 4:19 / Romans 8:37 / 1 John 5:4 / Phil. 2:5 / Luke 10:19 / Isaiah 54:17 / Gal. 5:16 / Isa. 10:27 / Luke 4:18

Can you see how speaking the Word of God is done? 

When we begin to talk like our Father with hearts of faith, we get our Father’s results.  This is how we learn to rule and reign with Him, so let’s take His Word, and begin to speak His Word over every situation.

The Power of The Word of God

Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]? (Jeremiah 23:29).

So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isa. 55:11 AMP).

God’s Word, has creative power that will change situations and lives, but itself can not be overcome.  The Word of God, when applied by faith to situations, will change those situations.  The Word of God, when applied by faith, will change spiritual and natural atmospheres.  Today, as I’ve been meditating on the Word of God and listening to the Word of God being preached, for the past several hours, my faith has been stirred in the Power of the Word of God. 

I’ve heard many people over the past few months struggling, emotionally, financially, relationally, etc.  As I’ve listened, I’ve gone before the Lord over-and-over again.  I’ve asked Him, “What is the solution?”  Everytime, I hear the same answer, without fail, “MY WORD.”  When I’ve prayed for those who struggle financially, I hear Him say, “I shall supply all of the needs according to my riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).  When I’ve prayed for those who struggle emotionally, I hear Him say, “I give them a ‘peace that passes all understanding,’ and I “will keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed upon Me'” (Isa. 26:3 and Phil. 4:7).  When I pray for those who are stuggling with their jobs, I hear the Lord say, “I surround them with favor, and by my favor, they will receive promotion, in my timing.”

 The more I pray for needs, the more I realize, it’s time for us to anchor ourselves, once again, to God’s Unchanging, Precious Word

The more I pray for needs, the more I realize, it’s time for us to anchor ourselves, once again, to God’s Unchanging, Precious Word.  No apostle, no prophet, no pastor, teacher, or evangelist can truly supply what all that is NEEDED.  We can EQUIP with revelation knowledge on “how to get what is needed,” and the only authentic equipping is based on the power of the Word of God.  The Word of God, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit will cause a life to flourish with direction, revelation knowledge, and power for living a full, extrodinary, supernatural lifestyle that is constantly flooded with personal strength and revival.

I encourage everyone, today, set the Word of God as a high priority in your life.  Take what you read and speak it, pray it, sing it, and celebrate it.  As you do, your faith will rise, and God will demonstrate powerfully on your behalf.

Speak this out loud today:

I meditate in the Word of God day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).  My mind is renewed by the Word of God (Eph. 4:23 / Romans 12:2).  The Word of God brings health to my body (Proverbs 4:20-23).  Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Living Word who lives in me (John 1:1-5, 14).  Lord, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path, giving me direction, insight, and favor (Psalm 119:105)

Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank you that the Holy Spirit teaches me, instructs me, and gives me insight, daily into the Word of Truth.  Amen.

The Voice of the Lord

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings (Proverbs 25:2 NIV).

God conceals (hides) these matters until He speaks them into our lives.  Why does God conceal matters that He wants to reveal and speak to us?  He will not cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6).  What does that mean?  He will not give that which is precious to those who can’t or won’t discern its value.   

Regardless of what you have been through in your life, no matter how you feel, you are important to God, and He wants to give you direction, teach you revelation knowledge, give you insights, reveal mysteries, and pour out His Love.  He does all those things by speaking them into your spirit.  God conceals (hides) these matters until He speaks them into our lives.  Why does God conceal matters that He wants to reveal and speak to us?  He will not cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6).  What does that mean?  He will not give that which is precious to those who can’t or won’t discern its value.  We’re KINGS NOT SWINE, and the defining difference between the two is that we discern the value of the mysteries of God; that we seek out those mysteries and push to HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD.  As kings and priests, each of us is called to walk in the honor of Kingship, which is to search out hearing the Voice of God.  Today, if you want to hear the voice of God, before you even begin listening for Him, decide that His Word is PRECIOUS to your heart, and that when He does speak, you will write it down, compare it to the written Word of God (the Bible), and incorporate truth into your life.  This will demonstrate a heart that considers the Word of God precious, and God will trust you with more.

God’s Voice can change your life.  When God created the universe, He did so by SPEAKING IT.  When God wants to create (or re-create) your life, He does so by SPEAKING.  You access that recreated life by hearing what He is saying and responding.  Throughout the Word of God, when a prophet prophesied, when Jesus spoke the Word, when the disciples spoke the Word, lives changed.  The Word has within it the ability to CHANGE YOUR LIFE.  Do you need some life changes?  The Voice of the Lord, the Word of God, has within it the ability to create and/or recreate your life – emotionally, financially, relationally, etc. 

Today, it is time to listen for the voice of the Lord.  If you are ready, here is how you can move yourself into the stream of hearing His Voice:

  1. Set aside time.  God speaks in His own time, not necessarily ours.  You may want to set aside 15-20 minutes for just listening and waiting on God everyday – outside of your normal prayer and devotional time.  Making requests known is very important, but if all we are doing is talking TO God, then we’re missing out on the blessing of hearing FROM God.
  2. Go before the Lord with worship.  Worship will activate the Voice of the Lord (Acts 13:1-3 and 2 Kings 3:11-16).
  3. Have a Bible to read.  When God speaks, He will often give impressions, images, words, etc.  Having a Bible close by will help you study as God begins to speak.  Look up the images, the Words, etc when you receive them from the Lord and then study them out.
  4. Journal.  Have a journal of some kind, so that you can write out what God says to you as He says it. 
  5. Pray the Words back to God.  When God speaks to you, whatever He has said, speak those words to God. For example, if God says to you, “I love you,” then when you have finished writing out what God has said, pray it back by simply saying something like this, “God, you have said that you love me, thank you for loving me.”  God responds to His Word and sees His Word on your lips as you treasuring His Word.

Listening to the Voice of the Lord will transform your life.  Treasuring His Word will carry you to higher places in Him.  Set aside time today to listen to the Voice of the Lord.

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