Saturday, February 16, 2019

Languages of Heaven

I believe the Lord wants us to learn the languages of heaven to a greater extent than we have. We've been limited in our understanding of how He speaks to us, partially because we haven't expanded our thinking to seek out all His ways of communication.

We know He speaks to us through His Word--both written and verbal--and this is an important method of communication. Through His Word we can judge all the other methods of communication.
Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Word of God judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. We also read that He upholds all things by the Word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3). The Word of God is the primary and basic way He speaks to us. It keeps us in check. We align any other way He speaks to us with it and judge it according to His Word. His Word is powerful and truth rests in His Word. His Word is truth (John 17:17). With a solid acceptance of His Word, we move on to explore the other ways He communicates with us--the other languages.

When you think of a baby learning a language, you know that he must first be able to physically hear the words spoken to him. This is how verbal communication,both understanding and speaking, begins. He must first be able to hear. However, a baby may repeat what you say before he understands what it means. We don't want to settle for that--just repeating what we hear from the Lord. We want to understand it and absorb it into our spirit so when we speak it comes from our heart. We receive His communication as the input, and we want the output to be from our heart which is incorporated with His heart.

This is true for written communication too. We don't want to read His Word and not understand it. We don't want to just re-write or copy what we read without it having gone into our hearts and taken root. We see in the Bible where they were told to eat the book, or scroll (Ezekiel 3:1, Revelation 10:9-10).
God's Word needs to become a part of us internally. We want the output--what we speak, what we do, and what our presence carries--to be a creative expression of the Spirit of God and our spirit being one, not just a regurgitation of what He is communicating with us. When God gets through to us in whatever language He is using to communicate, and we receive it in our heart, then our "output" expressions will be the result of our spirit mingled with His and it will be good, It will bring life and truth around us. 

This is why He wants us to learn the many languages of heaven. Many have been limited to thinking He only communicates to us through the Word. But there are other personal, local ways He speaks to us. We have got to learn these languages. How is He speaking to us here in Waterford? We thank Him for the written and spoken Word, but there is more we must understand.

Beyond using words, He will speak to us in images, pictures, dreams. Dreams or visions may have pictures, non-verbal sounds, and/or experiences. These are all ways He communicates with us--dreams, visions, images, non-verbal sounds (like trains, wind, music etc). We have to have proper understanding of those pictures and sounds. We have to properly interpret and understand those images and sounds just like we need to properly understand His written and spoken communications.

However, I think there is another way He desires to communicate with His people that we need to understand to a much greater degree than we have. That is through His presence. He communicates to us through His presence alone. Have  you ever noticed that if you sit with someone you have a close bond with, you can share a moment with them without anyone speaking? There is a bonding, a communication going on just by being in each other's presence. It's the same way in God's presence. There is communication going on when we are in His presence and open our heart to His communication. It may be an impartation, a revelation, or a degree of understanding we can't experience any other way. Its not seen, or heard, its felt. And our understanding of it will grow from that moment on.

So at times we might see--either physically or spiritually, and we may hear--physically or spiritually--but we also may feel something in His presence that is a powerful touch from Him. We need to become more aware of this "presence" communication. Communication through His presence. We need to know what it means.

When we are in His presence, we don't always have to prophesy, give a verbal interpretation of what's going on, share what we see etc. Although all those things are good and have a very important part of what we do. But sometimes we just need to sit in His presence. He may do things, things may occur, that can't happen any other way (Romans 1:11).

As congregations, families, or any other small groups we need to learn to just sit in His presence and be aware of Him. We need to learn to receive from whatever He's doing, inputting into us. Your mind will object. It will want a word or picture, but sometimes it won't happen. We are missing out if we do not receive this communication of His presence.

Luke 5:17 talks about when the power of the Lord was present to heal. When He is present, His power is present. When He's there, He's there in all of his fullness. Where two or three are gathered in His name, He is in the midst. (Matthew 18:20). We need to be aware of His presence when we gather in His name, and receive the communication He brings. There is something going on when we are in His presence. When we get this we'll have a greater grasp and understanding of who He is and all the other forms of communication will become more clear as well. The words, images, sounds etc. will become more clear to us and our expression of them will be more accurate, truthful, and powerful.

Father God, we pay that You do this in Waterford, Oakland County, southeastern Michigan, and beyond. That You help Your people understand and get this presence communication so we better understand the languages of heaven. So we learn Your languages. So we learn all of the ways You are speaking to us. We thank You for Your word, both written and spoken. We thank You for prophetic words, for pictures, images, symbolism, and sounds that are non verbal. We love all the ways You speak to us. We want these forms of communication and more of it. More understanding of them. We want our hearts to be absorbed with Yours so when we speak, create, act, or output in any way, it is in alignment with You and Your heart. We want to understand Your communications to us--Your revelations to us through Your beautiful presence. We ask for it, seek it, and cry out for it. Give us this presence communication. Teach us how to communicate with You this way. We ask it for us and for unbelievers. That the unbelievers develop an awareness of Your presence. That they seek it out and ask what it is they are feeling, and that You answer their prayer. That Your people will be able to answer them and teach them because they will be experienced in it first. We need to understand it ourselves so we can explain it to those who ask us about it--about what they are feeling--Your drawing by your Spirit. 

Wake up Your church to all of the ways You communicate with her. We press in to learn the languages of heaven. We desire this, and we press in and seek a better understanding of Your communications to us. There are other ways You speak to us and we want to know those too--through nature or creation etc.--so we can have a greater grasp of who You are, absorb that into our spirit, align ourselves with You, and express ourselves in a life-giving way. Thank you for your presence. You are so good to us.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Oiled, Anointed, and Smeared Sent Ones

32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
33 But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.
John 12:32-33
35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9:35-38
How do we lift up Jesus up in this community? Well, He was already lifted up when He died on the cross so this is the message that needs to be preached--that He has been lifted up--crucified--for the sins of all people. As we preach this lifted up message people will be drawn to Him, but they must hear the message.
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?15 How will they preach unless they are sent?...                                                      Romans 10:14-15
First, we see that the Lord was lifted up (crucified) on the cross to die for our sins, and He went to hell for three days. Then He was lifted up (resurrected) from the grave, showing the price for our sin was fully paid for, and He walked on the earth for forty days. Then He was lifted up (ascended) into heaven as went up in a cloud from the earth. He is glorified now and brings us to be seated in heavenly places with Him as we believe in Him. As we preach these "lifting up" messages, others are drawn to Him so they too can believe.

Second, we are to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the field. Again, how can they believe if they don't hear, how can they hear unless they are sent? So we want to pray for those to be sent, and also pray for these sent ones as they go and preach the Gospel of the kingdom--the lifting up gospel--the message that will draw people to Jesus. He is drawing them now, but the message will give an answer to the drawing that they feel.

Father God, we pray that You send laborers into the harvest field. Here in Waterford, Oakland County, Southeast Michigan, and all of Michigan. Send these laborers into the harvest field. We pray that these sent ones preach the message of the Gospel of Jesus, of the kingdom. Fill their mouth with the proper words. Give them the parrésia anointing. Release the Word of God in power in such a way that it penetrates the ears, minds, and hearts of the hearers. Raise up these sent ones, the laborers, send them into the churches.

This message needs to be preached in the churches. There are churches, people in churches, that need to be saved. There are those who have sometimes looked down on those who preach the salvation message over and over thinking they need to move on, but the message of Jesus Christ is the most important and powerful message of all. He is the Word of God and every scriptural message preached is about Him in some way. The message of the cross is not a shallow message, there is depth to it that no one has reached yet. It's not an "immature" message. 

We need evangelists in our churches and our christian homes to teach the children and solidify our own salvation. We need laborers in the churches, because we need to continue to hear the salvation message to solidify and strengthen our salvation and relationship with Jesus. We need to continue to hear what He did and what He is doing. We also need to hear from Him prophetically, but whether you have been saved a long time or are a brand new Christian, we all need to hear the message of Jesus. We need to lift Him up. We need to preach the lifting up messages. That He died for our sins, paid the full price--there is nothing else to be done to pay for our sins--and He has raised us up with Him to be seated in the heavenly place. This is what baptism represents--our dying with Him and being resurrected with Him.

Father, we release this message into Waterford. Let the angelic host of heaven help carry this message to the preachers and teachers throughout this region so they will preach the message of Jesus Christ throughout this area. Last time we prayed for the people of this area to hunger for the revelation of Jesus Christ themselves and not simply settle for listening to other people's revelation. Now, let this message of Jesus be preached and taught. That He is lifted up, and people are drawn to Him.

Let the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the parrésia anointing, be on these words so they go out and penetrate. Penetrate and touch the hearts of the ministers, teachers, preachers, moms and dads, those teaching children, new believers, old believers, so they preach the true Gospel. Send out the laborers, the sent ones, that the anointing of the Holy Spirit is on their words. The anointing that breaks through every yoke of bondage, all of the plans, schemes, deception, and darkness of the enemy. Let these words go out in power in Jesus' Name. Let them go out as light that shines and penetrates the darkness. Let the chains of the enemy, the deception and facades be broken and shattered. We shatter the deception, bondage, and the compartmentalization the enemy uses to try and keep the Gospel from flowing. We break the barriers that would keep the Gospel from being preached in Waterford, Oakland County, southeast Michigan, and all of Michigan. We break these barriers that as the Word of God goes forth it does not return void, it accomplishes what is was sent to do. (Isaiah 55:11). Nothing can stand against the Word of God. No weapon formed against this Word shall prosper. 

We loose the Word of God and the Gospel of kingdom to be preached in this region in Jesus' Name.
We loose the teaching and preaching of the anointed Gospel of Jesus and the anointed Gospel of the kingdom. We release it to be taught with the anointing that causes it to break through the barriers, any barriers, the enemy tries to put up. It doesn't matter if they are legal barriers, persecution barriers, unbelief barriers, deception barriers, fear, preaching out of wrong motive--anger or pride. We break down these barriers and shatter them so the Gospel of the kingdom, the message of Jesus can be freely preached, freely heard, and freely reach the ears, minds, and hearts of the people. Nothing shall stop it in Jesus' Name.

Holy Father, we thank You for listening and for honoring our prayers, and for loosing the angels to help bring it to pass, to bring it to pass in the precious teachers and preachers of Your word, so that the barriers are broken down. We thank You for giving us the ability to speak and proclaim Your Word and to loose on earth.

Light overcomes the darkness. We release Your Word as a light that shines. penetrating the darkness, into the hearts of the people so they can believe and be saved. That the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus shines in their heart so they can believe and be saved. Their minds no longer blinded. (2 Corinthians 4:3-6). I pray for an aligning to come. An aligning of priorities amongst the believers and unbelievers. A desire to align their lives with the truth. We loose this desire for people to want to align their lives with the truth. Release the desire for their lives to align with the truth. We release it now into Waterford, Oakland County, southeast Michigan, and all of Michigan. The north, south, east, and west, above and below. We release this desire to align their lives with the truth. Send out the laborers, the preachers and teachers of Your Word. Loose your heavenly host. 

The parrésia anointing is an anointing that goes out and breaks down barriers. After they were persecuted and threatened, the apostles prayed that they would preach the Word with all boldness (Acts 4). It's a penetrating anointing. It means freedom of speech. Not just a legal freedom, but a spiritual one, in the sense that the Word of God freely and powerfully goes forth breaking through all barriers. This anointing breaks down the barriers, not just what the enemy does to try and stop it, but also whatever would stop the hearers from hearing it. So when we pray for the laborers to go into the field, we need to pray that they have this parrésia anointing that breaks the barriers and penetrates to the heart. We don't want them to go out without this anointing of the Spirit. Not just with enticing words of man's wisdom, but the demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

Lord we pray that this Word doesn't go out with just the enticing words of man's wisdom, but that it goes out in demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power and went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). This anointing upon the preachers will break through the barriers of the enemy. We pray for this anointing to rise upon the preachers, even if its within the churches and families, or christian communities, we still need the anointed Word of God to go out in power, to break barriers. We pray for a fresh anointing, fresh oil, to be poured out in this region. Pour out this fresh oil of the Spirit. Smear it all over the state. Let it be smeared so the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached in the power and boldness of the Holy Spirit, and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. 

That it's not a watered down gospel which makes it not the Gospel. That it's not a gospel preached for profit which makes it not the Gospel. That it's not a gospel preached out of pride or arrogance or people pleasing which makes it not the Gospel. Loose this anointing, prepare the vessels, raise them up. Fill up those who have prepared themselves to contain Your oil to be new wineskins. They've prepared themselves so that they can contain it. Fill them up Lord, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Fill these vessels up so the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be preached throughout this state as You desire in Jesus' holy mighty Name. 

It doesn't matter if these anointed ones are traditional preachers or teachers. They might be in the workplace, in the schools, government, courts, law enforcement. They might be in the homes, the churches, or the businesses, but wherever they are, those who have prepared themselves to teach and preach Your Word with anointing, and carry Your Holy Spirit, fill them up Lord and send them out with Your anointing. 

Send the heavenly host to work with them so the true Gospel is preached. The one that penetrates and breaks through every barrier. We release it now and loose it in Jesus' Name. We thank You for filling those who love Your truth and those who have prepared themselves to carry Your Spirit. The anointed Word of God will rise up and no devil or demon in hell can stop it. It will penetrate into the hearts of the people in Jesus' Name.

Thank You for the blood of Jesus. We pray for protection of all who will be preaching Your Word. We pray for their safety, health, provision, clarity of vision, so they can stay the course and stay focused on what You've called them to do, and work with the angelic host of heaven sent to work with them. Send Your encouragement Lord. Let them have encounters with You and the angelic beings so they are encouraged and strengthened. we release encouragement and strength so they have clear vision and focus. These are the oiled ones. The sent ones. The anointed ones. Smear them.

I pray they have a way to gather and connect with each other. That there is a way for them to meet, to conference or connect. Make the connections Lord. The divine appointments.

Here am I Lord, send me!

Read the parrésia anointing blogs HERE and HERE.

Listen to the recording of this prayer HERE.