Thursday, August 6, 2015

Perception, Part 2

And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? -- Mark 8: 17-18

While at worship at Word Alive this past Sunday, we took communion.  As Kent spoke over the bread and cup, April kept hearing him say the word covenant.  I didn't notice.  She did because earlier in worship she saw in the Spirit rainbows, the sign of covenant.  She believes it was meant to be a reminder to her God has made promises to us.

Earlier in Kent's morning message, he said we should all get passports because we're to go to the nations.  In comparing notes, April and I both had the thought, on Sand Mountain, the nations will come to us.  This is a promise made to us (God's Salvation On This Holy Mountain, posted 7/20/15).  

Jesus' words to the disciples in Mark 8 challenged them to perceive and understand what was going on.  Are they paying attention or are their hearts hard?  Are their senses not functioning?  Are they not remembering?  

The gospel lesson in the Daily Office this past Sunday was from John 1:

Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  -- John 1: 50-51

I have a history with these verses that I've documented (Greater Things, posted 11/26/13).  We've tasted like an appetizer of the greater things, but the fullness hasn't manifested yet.  Due to the tasting, I perceive what the greater things could be.  I will not forget my encounter with the Holy when I read verse 50 ten or so years ago as if I'd never read it before.   Verse 51, angels ascending and descending, rings of what the portal on the farm will be.  I perceive what all this may mean while I accept the mystery incorporated.  Just the same, I trust God.

In worship Sunday morning at Word Alive, I was reminded in my spirit of 1 Timothy 1: 18-19 -  

I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

These verses were given to me while attending Forest Lake UMC in Tuscaloosa, 15 years ago (These Hallelujahs Be Multiplied (100th Post), posted 1/5/15).  These verses aid my perception of myself.  I've been given promises and prophecies.  While 15 years ago, I couldn't put my finger on any prophecies spoken over me, I couldn't say with certainty I'd been in any serious spiritual warfare, either.  Today, both are true.  I understand what these verses mean to me personally.  They were given to me 15 years ago by the Spirit as a promise I could trust.  The Lord sees the end from the beginning.  Selah.

Like King David in 2 Samuel 5, we may not catch all that we've experienced or heard when it occurred or spoken to us.  Like the disciples in the boat wondering if they had enough bread while they were sitting with the One who turns a kid's lunch into a feast for thousands, we can trust what we've experienced in the presence of our heavenly Father.  He's teaching us to perceive, understand what he's told us, what the Spirit has shared with us and what we've experienced that's revealed to us from his Kingdom in a snapshot.  

What we've heard and seen, experienced and understood from the Lord is never wasted.  All of it is setting us up for our destiny to bring heaven to earth, light into darkness, healing where there's only sickness, and life where only death is trusted.  The world is waiting for the revelation of the children of God stepping into their destinies.  I may not perceive everything he's shared with me, just the same, I can trust the Lord!  Alleluia!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Perception, Part 1

A few days ago, I read of King David perceiving, finally, who he really was.  God had already spoken to him of what his destiny was to be, and his circumstances had already dramatically shifted to his favor.  Regardless, his own understanding of who he was, his perception being enlightened of his true reality was crucial.

Three scriptures I read in the Daily Office (in the BCP) that day had a thread of perception or perceiving that spoke to me.  I was reminded to maintain my perception, my understanding of what the Lord has said to us regarding our destiny in him.

"For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” 
. . . David then perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.  -- 2 Samuel 5: 2, 12

But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. -- Mark 7: 28-30

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge,
    to tell of all your works. -- Psalm 73: 28

David was told what the Lord had said of his destiny.  His own perception of his destiny in God, to be king of all Israel, was the fulfillment of what God and all Israel had told him earlier. 

The woman knew her and the daughter's destinies were in Jesus at that moment.  This is what secured the daughter's deliverance.  The mother knew Jesus' heart.  David had been anointed king at Hebron, but he perceived his place as king after he captured Jerusalem.  The woman perceived who God was at that moment and would not relent.  

In Psalm 73, the psalmist was jealous of the wicked.  Later, the psalmist perceived his or her place in God.  He is our refuge.  I perceived myself, as the psalmist declares at the close of Psalm 73 - "to tell of all your works."  I am to write (Write, posted 2/25/14 & Psalm 102 In The Message - A Review, posted 1/16/15), as well as steward the space and portal for God's activities at the farm on Sand Mountain (God's Salvation On This Holy Mountain, posted 7/20/15).

The last verse of Mark 7, the witnesses of the healing of a deaf mute declare, "'He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.'" They perceived him accurately.

I began to recall afresh a couple days ago my brother-in-law's vision God gave him about us as he drove on Sand Mountain a year and half ago (Yes, Amen, So Be It!, posted 8/29/13).  We will be known as we minister on Sand Mountain.  All of it will be far beyond what we can think or imagine.  It will be beyond what we dream.

Our perceptions or understandings of who we are in God are shaped by the word of God that speaks to us, the declared promises and prophetic utterances given to us and the encounters we have with God.  The revelations, promises and encounters are all in relationship with the God that loves us so.  We have a future in him not only in eternity, but, also in this life as we have a role in bringing heaven to earth.  We're citizens of a new kingdom that is to be expressed and manifested on this earth in our lifetimes.  Bill Johnson says the Holy Spirit is in us for our sakes, but he rests upon us for the sake of the world.  We must perceive or understand our destinies in him.  

Sometimes understandings and perceptions get lost due to the difficulties of life. Other experiences or immediate responsibilities take our attention.  Its a comforting thing, however, when we're reminded of what we've been told or shown.  The memories and revelations and encounters come back and renew our hope that our future is rich with the promises of God.  We don't need to pour shame upon ourselves for forgetting and losing our perceptions for the time being.  God remains faithful.  He is the one that does not forget.

Our friend, Karen, sent us a second prophecy (Excerpts of the first prophecy appear in Nine O'clock, posted 7/25/15) from a prophet, Lana Vawser (www.lanavawser.com), that reminded her of us. Such spiritual utterances should be tested, no doubt. In this case, I trust the source and who shared it with us. This is what we can believe.

I had a vision where I saw the enemy releasing arrows with great force against forefront leaders and forerunners, but the enemy was specifically targeting areas of "gifting" and "ministry areas" where these ones are "anointed". . .  The purpose of these attacks was to knock the forefront leaders and forerunners off the front line, out of alignment, steal stability and momentum.

I then saw the Lord stand before these forefront leaders and forerunners and He spoke "It's time to link arms tighter than ever before." There was a call to unity, reaching out to those around you who can bring you support and stability, strength and encouragement through this time. . . This is not a battle to be fought alone, but to support, encourage and uplift one another. There is POWER 
in unity. . .

The enemy is attacking the very areas that the Lord is highlighting right now for powerful increase, greater release of His anointing, favor and promotion. These attacks of the enemy are actually an 'indicator' for where the Lord is about to release DOUBLE to these forefront leaders and forerunners. . . .

The Lord is turning things against you, around . . .  The Lord is not only restoring double, He is bringing forth redemption of circumstances and leading these ones into greater revelation and levels of authority. New levels of authority to see atmospheres shift, breakthrough's happen, the kingdom of darkness pushed back through you like you have never experienced before. . . .

There is a shift taking place in the spirit right now . . . .  Do not weary, do not faint, for things are about to suddenly change, and your giftings and ministry areas will be suddenly increased, favored and promoted by the hand of the Lord. Circumstances that have caused great trouble, are turning to platforms to receive DOUBLE. Where many of you have felt these "arrows" have knocked you into the "pit", you are now moving into the "palace". . . .  

Forerunners, forefront leaders, as you stay close to Him, stay positioned, stay aligned, don't give up. You are breaking through into new realms, new lands, new levels of breakthrough and manifestation of His promises greater than that you have ever seen before. You have been walking and pressing through the "narrow places" and it has been tough, the cost has been SO high, but you are about to be entrusted with more than you could have dreamed of. Refreshed in a way you cannot imagine, vindicated in a glorious way by the hand of our beautiful Papa God and restored to MORE than before.

You have not only broken ground for your own life, but for the body of Christ. Your faithfulness, your "YES" to Him is about to be rewarded (Yes, Amen, So Be It!, posted 8/29/13). Your tipping point has finally arrived. . . .

I perceive and understand what is occurring in the Spirit, right now, and I know we have our place in what God is doing worldwide.  While I understand, I know there is mystery, and we're just called to trust our Father, at this point.  So be it.  Selah.  Alleluia.