So my lovely wife and I were out on a date last night and we were talking about the supernatural and kinda dreaming big for our community and church family. Is it ok to dream big, I think so – depending on what the potential the dream has in the outcome?
We were talking about how people fly all over the world to go to conferences to get an impartation or healing, miracle or just to soak in His presence. I have no issue with this if there is a balance in your walk – meaning that you do not become a“conference junky” and your life is still in chaos. Purpose of the conference is to equip, heal and set free the saints.
So I was talking about my desire and ongoing vision I have for our community and church. Right now our Pastors wife is at Global Awaking school of ministry where they are teaching on the power, influence and how to move within the supernatural. Our Pastor has a hunger to see the Church walk in the true model of the New Testament Church found in the book of Acts. We have people interceding for our meetings,community and those that are lost in this darkness. We have people beginning to understand their purpose / calling in the body. We have had a transition in our Worship ministry – that has opened doors for others to step into their role – as the former ones are walking in theirs helping another body. Also we have had witnessed numerous words of knowledge that led to people being healed.
As I think about this – I can imagine we are at the verge of renewal to come upon our fellowship. There is a buzz going around that people are starting to come looking for something different then what they are use to. We have a few families that have joined in our meetings that are totally on board on the direction we are heading. The last thing that is so exciting and interesting is the Lord spoke to our body that we have been trusted to spiritually govern a 50 mile radius around our church building. Do we totally know what that means, not yet –but we are praying for a true understanding.
So what does this have to do with the supernatural? I believe the first point is – we as a body and through the leading of the Holy Spirit have seen change in different areas within the “government of the church”. As I have mentioned in the last to parts – the supernatural is evident when the Holy Spirit has freedom to move. This starts from the governing body that guides the Church.
I can see that we are shifting from a “pastoral government”to an “apostolic” government – in a nutshell – going from caring for the peoples concerns to making the shift to caring for the will of the Father – in which covers the people and their needs, but it is lead by His spirit. Caring for the people being lead by the Holy Spirit will have more of an impact then someone trying to do this through their own understanding.
The Lord is revealing within the church the gifts that have been given to help equip the saints – also He is revealing spiritual gifts within people – as they move in them; it creates an atmosphere for Heaven to touch earth.
I think this is a very important step – we are building relationships among the congregation. This is a much needed step for trust, credibility and openness to be within our family. We are asking for each member at some time to go through a discipleship class – so needed in the church. When the supernatural becomes part of our culture – we will need solid men and women to help guide and disciple others.
We have a created a “healing Room” ministry. Does this have to be implemented in a church to have the supernatural? No, but it creates a “safe haven” for those that are sick to come and get ministered too –as they get healed and testify – it creates faith that our God is still healing today – and stirs up the body to receive prayer. Healing is part of the supernatural move oft he Lord – we need to be open and willing every opportunity to pray for the sick.
As I stated – we have had a change in worship – we are looking to the Lord to release His song over us – someway / somehow that will stir the hearts of the congregation to go deeper in the praise unto Jesus that invites His presence. Worship is a key that opens the heart and spirit that allows the Holy Spirit freedom.
There is a hunger among the congregation to hear the Lord speak and release it prophetically. Hunger is a key – it shows that we are dependent on the Lord. For some reason the Lord uses man to release His will, purpose, healing, miracles, signs and wonders – we need to be that open conduit to allow such a movement.
So…to tie all this together – I believe without the six steps we are achieving in our church culture – we would not be at what ‘I feel”on the edge of a breakthrough. Such a break through that will lead to renewal of the body that sets the stage for revival in our community. We want to be known for a body that does not speak persuasive words – but one that comes in the demonstration of His power!
The supernatural is released through co-laboring with Heaven– not fighting against it. As we progress in wisdom and knowledge – the more we will see the unfolding of His purpose in our Land. God is a God of order – and He is looking for those to walk in such an order – and it usually will not be in an order that we have been taught or thought.
I felt like I needed to spell out in simple terms why and how we are beginning to see His hand move – I feel like the Lord would have this written to stir up others, to give hope and assurance that He sees and hears the hearts of His people – whether you are in our home church or another– seek for His love to shine that will bring forth the fruits of the supernatural.
Each church family has its own identity - we are beginning to understand ours - my prayer is that your church will walk in theirs to the measure given to them...
It is so exciting to see the Lord move upon those that believe – but what about those that do not believe and then – Boom! The Lord blows them away in His love and compassion for their soul. Heals, restores, sets a fire in their spirit and releases them in His Name – That’s the Jesus that I know and Love!
We must have openness to those that do not believe. When we read through the New Testament many were not followers of Jesus at the time they were healed or witnessed a sign or wonder. Will God heal someone that isn’t saved?
Why wouldn’t He heal an unbeliever? I believe that He will do anything to gain the attention of someone that is heading to Hell. His compassion through love is a key that releases the supernatural atmosphere – we must have an attitude of love at all times – in that love, it creates a place of ministry that allows the Holy Spirit to move freely.
As I mentioned in Part 1 – the supernatural is more then a healing. I believe we can walk in this lifestyle and be the culture of our Church. It depends on our posture and alignment in the Spirit to the will and purpose of God. Is it His will to Heal,release miracles, for men and women to have visions and dreams, to move in the gifts of the spirit and to have the gifts that He has given to the Church moving in their role to equip the saints? This is the lifestyle and culture that I seek, need and understand that it is still His heart to move in this way today upon the earth we walk on!
As I was lying in bed last night, I questioned myself in this role. Les, how many people has the Lord healed through your ministry? I began to think, hmm – I can only remember one person that walked out of a wheelchair – then I heard the Lord speak to me – how about those that had body aches, those that had headaches, those that had pain and I took it away. How about those that have had emotional pain or spiritual battles and they found victory through the prayer and wisdom given…
I think many times we may miss the supernatural due to the fact that we are looking for that “big – wow, oh my goodness” experience – and we discredit the working of the Lord on the daily basis. If we pray for someone and they are different afterwards – then they had and encounter with Heaven!
Yes, I have seen many upon many people touched, healed and set free through the years of ministry that I find myself walking in – am I looking for it to be on a daily basis – absolutely! Why? Why not? Imagine living a lifestyle that brings Heaven to the for front where ever you go – think about it – the Holy Spirit is already on the scene with you – for He lives in you! Let Him out!
Am I zealous for the supernatural – I want to be no more or no less then the supernatural being I was created to be on the day of my conception – period. I do not want someone else’s ministry nor could I accomplish my purpose if I am trying to model someone else – the same is for you. We should read, study and go to places that are experiencing such breakthroughs – take the impartation and walk in it through the personality that God created you with – not theirs –you will go further in the spirit if you walk in who god created you to be.
Do I believe there are “open heaven” atmospheres in certain churches? I do, due to the fact that they are becoming who God created that church family to be and to cultivate such a culture that allows the Holy Spirit free reign. The supernatural is for all – we just need to run after it and cultivate such an atmosphere that is not led by man by Jesus. If Jesus is the true center –then we are on the right path for the supernatural to be witnessed.
The supernatural should be a common experience and not a rarity. Its time to have an invasion of Heaven today!
Hmmm…let’s see, are you or any one in your church sick? Do you know any one that needs a miracle? Do you know anyone that needs a word of wisdom or a word on knowledge? Just to get started!
What is the supernatural? In a nutshell – it is the Lord moving through people by the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill His purpose on Earth. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit – with that being said, we are all called to be a vessel that will allow Heaven to invade the Earth with signs,wonders, healing and miracles.
I believe as we move in the supernatural – The only glory that can be given is unto the Lord Jesus. Only Heaven can perform such things – but He is looking for a people that will say. Here I am – work through me! There is no question when the supernatural is present. Man can not make up such things, nor can any man perform a genuine healing or miracle without the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Paul sets the model –
1 Corinthians 2:4
4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
I never want to minister in persuasive words of wisdom – because they come out of my flesh and not the leading of His spirit – but I do want to minister in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power!
We as a body must realize that we are in a partnership with Heaven. Both Heaven and I have a role to play. To work with one another to bring a demonstration of His spirit and power may be seen that the faith of man will rest on the power of God.
The supernatural takes the focus off a man or woman and leads the one ministering too the foot of the Cross. We must realize that God set it up so that you and I would be a conduit for Heaven to be shown through the earth. Many fear this, because it is out of their comfort box they established for Jesus to stay in. It is shameful that the New Testament church has been around for over 2000 years and we stay struggle in allowing the Holy Spirit in…
You may walk in the supernatural today and do not even realize it…it is not just about healing and miracles. The Supernatural is all the workings of the Holy Spirit. If you move in any of the gifts that are spelled out in Romans or Corinthians, well my friends then you are walking in the power of the supernatural.
Many struggle with the word“supernatural” just think about how you encourage someone in the spirit, or you move in the gift of helps, or have the gift of leadership, or move in the gift of hospitality or so on, you can not fulfill such a gift without the anointing of the supernatural, period! You are co-laboring with God almighty and walking in His presence to meet the needs of those around you, today.
So why do we need the supernatural? Easy, many times you will see in the Word as the New Testament church was being established, they preached and signs, wonders, healing or miracles followed. Those men were open to the Holy Spirit. They were untrained. Meaning they did not have a four year program to go through, but on the spot training governed by the Holy Spirit?
Please don’t take it the wrong way,I believe in the school training if you feel led and there are good teachers out there that want to impart what the Lord has – but we must stay focused why we are going to school and not lose the goal – to win souls and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way.
May point is, God is looking to use anyone that is open and willing to be led by His spirit. It doesn’t matter what degree or the lack there of that one attains, the degree is granted when the heart is truly opened.
The need of the supernatural is so needed today. Think about all the sick,dying, hurting lost people – just around your life, now think about in your community, your reign, now your state…
Imagine a breakout in your church that brings and invasion of Heaven to earth that has healing and miracles –wouldn’t that take the reward of man and the Glory given to God?
Think about this, just a thought I had while writing this – “think about the power, glory and money that is given each year to the pharmaceutical companies – how that compares to the amount of Glory given to the Lord in your home and Church?”
Which one is on top? In many cases – the pharmaceutical companies– to many Christians put stock in them before going before Heaven to seek a supernatural touch – I am not against doctors at all – but we need to have are focus on who is the true Healer. My wife and I try to instill in our children who are 5 and 3 years old – that we go to Jesus before we go get any medicine – we have seen the Lord heal our kids– does it happen every time – no, but more often then not and that is why I keep pressing in – My God should be first…
Do you ever think, I wish they would just speak in a way I can understand what they are talking about when it comes to the Bible, or while you are reading it for your self?
I want to do that today – just speak from my heart on what I feel the Lord has for us.
So many of us are running around in the hustle and bustle of the day, going here, doing that, taking care of this and so on – in that time,how do we stay focused on Jesus and how do we become a conduit for Heaven to invade our surroundings?
I truly believe it comes out of a strong relationship with Jesus. We know in the Bible talks about going and praying in your prayer closet – meaning we are to have a prayer life outside of a prayer group or meeting at a church – it is your time alone with the Lord praying in the Name of Jesus that we may be empowered by His Holy Spirit!
In that time, we need to gain a understanding of the Fathers heart for our community – do you realize that your prayers are not in vein when you step out in faith and speak over your community – that salvation, joy,hope, faith, freedom, love be known in the streets and that Jesus is the way to heaven.
You do not need to stand on a street corner (unless the Lord directs you to) to do this. You community is your land – my question is what team is running it? Team Jesus and His saints (you and I) or Team Hell (those that are not saved, yet)?
I want to encourage you today that you have the power through the Holy Spirit to break down the walls the enemy has put up. If you are tired of drug addition,drunkenness, prostitution, laziness, hopelessness, abuse, corruption or whatever you can list – you, as a Christian are called to move in the supernatural. We are able to police the atmosphere we walk in.
In Corinthians 1 it talks about the Jews wanted signs and the Greeks wanted wisdom – the wild part is that the Lord said that both can be saved – We need wisdom on how to move in the Holy Spirit to release Signs and wonders in the streets of our cities!
I want to see a people so on fire for the Lord to move spiritual mountains that have been holding back the outpouring of His spirit. A people that pray and believe that they can move in healing. A group of people that call and put a demand on Heaven to release prophetic words of wisdom and knowledge that set a standard for their church. A group of people that will not back down from the truth; put stand in the chaos to preach the good news. A group of people that will move in the gifts of helps and hospitality to meet the needs of their community. A group of people that will move in faith;have eyes and ears to see and discern the spirit that is operating in their mist.
This is the body working together to be in unity and the will and purpose of our Father. Can you imagine if a group would break out in your community, today?
Friends, I want to encourage you, YOU are called to be in that group. Some of you may be in the front, leading – some may be in that back – following. It doesn’t matter – just as long as you are in the group. In the eyes of the Lord,both positions are just as important and the pay is the same!
There needs to be an excitement in the church in regards of whom and what the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit really want to do through us. It’s not enough to just become a“Christian” by to take responsibility in that role and allow Heaven to invade the Earth through you!
It is time to shake off the dust, stop allowing your surroundings to hold you back – but push through them to fulfill your calling /purpose in Christ. Some may have sinned and feel unworthy – Repentance clears the page of guilt – Romans says that we are not condemned if we are in Christ Jesus – also your gift and calling, the Lord does not take away because you sinned. Being in a sinful nature will hinder your walk in turn stifles your gifts…
So I hope that you are encouraged, motivated and stirred up to go and be a conduit for Heaven to invade your surroundings today. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct you in what you do for the Kingdom!
There is a lot of talk within the Church about the "next" movement of God, or revival. At times it seems like we are missing the mark in our intercession. I do not have a problem praying for God to rain down, or move upon His people. My issue would be, that the church has her eyes on "key" people that have some type of platform. Now if that platform has been given to them from God, then so be it...
My point is this...God is in the business to use all His children. We should be praying, God us me! Why should there be prayers like...God send your servant to bring revival? You are a servant of the Most High...
Do not take me the wrong way, I know that some have a call/gifting to stir the body...I am all for that, but what i want to do, is to stir you up to realize that you are no different then the other person...
We need to have a change in our view of who we are. You are an ambassador of Christ! You are the Beloved...He has your name written in the palm of His hand...He knows your name...you are a friend of the King!
If we think about just those few titles, why wouldn't the Lord be able to use you right where you are? The Lord is looking for a group of people that are saying, here I am, use me!
A major part of having the Fire of God in your church is due to the cry in the heart of the people. Yes, God can send someone there to start the fire, but who will keep it burning?
Take a look at your prayer life today...what is it echoing? Send someone Lord...or use me Father?
When we think about those in the front line..Pastors, Evangelists, Teachers...Yes I am going to say it...Apostles and Prophets...there is one part of the Body that really does not get noticed or appreciated as much...
We need these men/women on a weekly basis to help the Church operate, but most church members do not view their role as important. Who are we talking about...The servant...one that has the gift of hospitality...These men/women serve with a cheerful heart and never look for a reward...
I think some of them have come to a place of realizing that they are the reward is in Heaven. To serve without looking to gain anything, but the Love of their Father...
Some might be thinking, what does this have to do with getting the Church on Fire? If the Church doesn't embrace these men/women and revival breaks out...who will be there to serve the hurting, dying, drunk or full of addictions?
All true servants have the heart of the Father...Its okay to not be in the spotlight. To Jesus, whether you are in the spotlight or in the back ground, are you fully showing the Love of Jesus? That is the key in all ministry...
We should support and encourage those that are in the "helps" ministry today...they are there to be used and not "abused"...
Words of Knowledge – what is the purpose and how do they help the body?
In this brief blog, I want to share on the power of words of knowledge and why does God reveal such things. We know that Corinthians 12 it states that it is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives at will.
So what is the purpose – this is in a nutshell – so it will not be long or deep!
A word of knowledge is something that is revealed by the Holy Spirit that contains information about a situation or circumstance within someone’s life. It could be in the present or something that has taken place years ago. It usually will be something that has meaning in their heart or triggers them to remember something that took place in their life.
For me personally, I receive words of Knowledge for people I do not know – I think this is part of the Father extending His love, grace and hope to the person getting ministered too. I believe this happens to build credibility and acceptance and prepares their heart to receive what the Lord has for them.
Why do I get them for people I do not know?
Word of knowledge is to stir the person up to receive – If I know something about them and state it as a “word of knowledge” what is there to gain – nothing – I am moving in the flesh and not hearing from God.It is a gift that builds faith both in me (from hearing correctly) and in the person I am ministering too – (2 Corinthians 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.)
The power of this gift is to grab the attention of the one you are ministering too. One the Lord has their attention it is a lot easier for them to receive the prophetic word!
Just because we receive a word of knowledge – that is not totally the prophetic word – the word of Knowledge is like a “forward” of a book – you read this part first before you get into the information that is in the book – same with this gift – it sets the atmosphere to receive!
When we receive a word of knowledge we show ask the Lord – Ok, what’s next? What is the message you are trying to covey to this person –
Have you heard the saying – give me the meat and potatoes? Many times,the word of Knowledge is the potatoes and the prophetic word, is the meat…Both come through the anointing and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
A few little examples!
A few days ago – my pastor asked if I would pray with Him and some friends for a Missionary – I did not know this man, I did not know his name nor where he lived. I said, of course –since I love hearing from God that can change the heart of men, or give them strength and direction!
So the day came, Me. Pastor and our friend Jon where there in the office speaking with this man via the phone. I love the challenge – there is no way to feel or see his reaction – many times people fall into relying of body language – I think this is a snare and can lead you out of the presence of God. How so? We try to align our self and word to their reaction – I always tell people – we do not prophecy by emotion – but by His leading!
Ok – off to the fun stuff!
I was asked to lead – so my first word of knowledge was that His favorite book in the Bible was Philippians and the Lord has five revelations that He was going to reveal to him through this book.
Word of Knowledge
He loves the book of Philippians
The Lord was going to reveal 5revelations to him through this book
He agreed that it is “his” book and he quotes and prays verses out of it!
Our friend Jon had a word of Knowledge
This man had a sick brother and was heavy on his heart – the missionary said that was correct and we go to pray for him.
This was a big step for our brother Jon – and it was great to see him step out!
Is there more – yes – we had numerous words of wisdom,knowledge and guidance as the night went on here are a few more…
I had a word – and this is what I heard as I was driving to he church – I asked the Lord if He had anything to say to this man…I hear “14years”…Ok, what the heck does that mean?
I couldn’t get away from it – so I began to tell this man about it – and as I was speaking I began to say it was something that is on heart and mind for the last 14 years and it’s a prayer that he so wants to see answered and the Lord said that He was going to answer it in a way that was different then what this man was thinking…
Word of Knowledge
A prayer he has had for 14 years…
The Lord was going to answer in a way that was different then what he was thinking…
This was the missionary’s words – I have been married for 15years, and for 14 years I have been praying to be able to be a daddy – I wanted to be like other men and raise children – but they were not able to conceive…
Remember – God reveals the secrets of the heart of men – God hears this mans cry and was letting him know that his answer was coming…
The man went on to say, just the other day, I went down to the big brother, big sister program to see if he could join and be a “big brother” to a young boy!
There were many more – but for time sake – I will end –remember there is a purpose to words of knowledge, not for us to “look or sound” spiritual – but to build faith so they can receive what the Lord would have to say!
We know the old saying “there are two sides to a coin” – so true in certain respects to the Word and we see that in the following passage – it is so important to read word for word to understand the true meaning of what the writer was trying to say…This little blog is about gathering knowledge and understanding and how the co-labor together! It is not enough to have one without the other!
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God?
I was reading this passage because I felt the Lord spoke to me about someone I was asked to go and minister to…I never met the person but that how awesome our God is – if we ask,He will give within His will and timing – so anyway I figured I would read the passage I kept getting to see what the Lord was saying – So in doing so, I thought, wow this is a good passage to blog about!
My attention was drawn to verse 9-10. There are four major points we need to grasp as we read this and they are clearly defined!
1. He states – I Pray – we need to have a prayer life that is outside of our needs. We should be praying for others that are ministering, growing, caring for others and so on – The Fathers Heart is bigger then our needs – we are called to be a family – walk in unity – what better place to start then praying for each other!
2. What was he praying for –That their love would overflow – We know that the Bible states – “they should know us by the way we love each other” Love is a powerful, attractive and explosive attribute of Heaven – How is it seen on earth? Through the lifestyle we are called to walk in through the Name of Jesus. Kevin Prosch– Once sang ‘Love is the key that sets the captives free, so we worship you Lord, for the Freedom” This was back in the late 1990’s and to this day – I can still hear that line in my mind…Love is a Key – Its time to use it!
3. Knowledge – there is a huge difference between earthly knowledge and retaining knowledge about Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Heart of the Father – we are called to gain such knowledge– the Bible says “be ready in and out of season” We need to able to witness,share, pray and direct the hurting to the Cross to move in repentance and acceptance of Jesus. It’s not enough to have such knowledge, but knowing how to apply it is the true test.
4. Understanding – How do we gain understanding? Spending time with Jesus – Through worship, hanging with other believers, watching how the Lord may use His gifting – true knowledge and understanding is revealed as we walk in our true personality that is aligned to His will. We should have a passion to understand how the Holy Spirit wants to minister – what I mean is – the understanding comes as you say – Ok Lord, use me, I want to be used in your gifts, to bring salvation to the lost, to have signs and wonders follow the knowledge I speak of…
I encourage you to read this passage again – ask the Lord to help you walk in the fullness of these four points, Prayer, expressing His Love, gaining knowledge of who He is and walking in such understanding!
Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My lover is like a swift gazelle or a young stag, Look; there he is behind the wall,looking through the window, peering into the room.10 My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling!Come away with me, my fair one! 11 Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. 12 The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. 13 The fig trees are forming young fruit,and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!”
Ok we are on the second part of verse11 “and the rains are over and gone”.
So what does that is mean to us? Well remember we just went through the“winter” season – where this can be a time of bareness…what does a fruit tree need to survive? Water –
“At the Westbury Community Garden, there is a team that has a watering schedule for the fruit tree orchard. They watered twice a week during the drought, and each time let a lot of water soak in. A slow running hose left for 10 minutes allows water to soak deep down where the roots are. The trees in the orchard show no signs of damage from the drought, and in fact look really good, and the fruit from the year old figs was exceptional.”
We are called to bare spiritual fruit – in doing so, we need to be watered. What is the water – being in a season that we soak in Gods presence –waiting, listening and being lead by the Holy Spirit?
It’s a season that births new life and natures attributes of God that may have been in a season of “drought” – Not being uses or recognized. As we move in this season – we need to posture our self before the Cross in worship – out of this – we stir our self up to be in His will and purpose to faction in the call and mandate that was birthed in us as we were in the womb.
It states – and the rains have come and gone – did you see the word “rains”? Meaning more then one encounter – I think this is interesting and we do not want to miss it. Stay in this season of soaking until you know that you know it is time to move on. Do not under estimate the potential of being in His presence soaking in the movement of His spirit. Do not rush any season – even though we would like to get out of the “winter”.
May the Lord rain upon those that are in this season – May you feel His refreshing presence that sparks a desire for new adventures in Christ! We need the Holy Spirit to penetrate deep in the soil of our Heart to bring freedom that is so needed.
Hello friends! Hope you are feeling the Love of Jesus today. So we are going to continue on with part 2 of “New Season”. Part 1 began the journey and we are about to go through verse 11!
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.
9 My lover is like a swift gazelle or a young stag, Look; there he is behind the wall,looking through the window, peering into the room.10 My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling!Come away with me, my fair one! 11 Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. 12 The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come,
and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. 13 The fig trees are forming young fruit,and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!”
In this brief blog, it is my desire to show that we all go through seasons and all of us are at different places within a given season in our walk with Jesus. I love how the Word of God can bring hope, clarity and motivation anytime we dive in to see what the Spirit of the Lord is saying!
Ok. Verse 11 – the beginning to realize you are in a season! That’s the first step. Many times we hear people saying, why the Lord isn’t speaking, must be a season…hmm…
Look,the winter is past
LOOK – so often we read to fast and miss important words that bring awareness to what the writer is actually trying to stress. What does the word “Look” mean? To turn your eyes to see!
We need to see where we stand to make a difference. It not enough to say this is a season, but to see around you what season you are in. Look the winter is past.
What is the winter season – of course it can change due to a person – but mainly the winter season is a season of bareness. No fruit. A time where we need to be examining our heart – seeking after the goodness of God.
Winter is a symbol of spiritual climate. To survive in such a climate, we need a source of fire to produce heat to stay warm. I believe this is a time that the Lord does a work in our heart, mind and spirit to get us ready and prepared to go into the next season.
Also this season could be a state of heaviness. Someone carrying burdens that they need to be leave at the Cross. Snow is very pretty to look at (but it can be heavy, as it accumulates it gets weighty and puts a structure to a stress test) – meaning many walk around with a smile and ask as though things are well – in reality they are hurting inside from the burdens that are carrying.
How do we get beyond this season? We must come to the point of saying – Not by my understanding but by His. There may need to be repentance to begin to take away the burdens. Seeking forgiveness is different then repenting – later blog!
We must seek help in the body – lets look at the snow analogy again – say you are not able to go out and shovel the snow to make a path to walk. You seek help, correct? If one part of the Body suffers, the whole Body suffers. We are created to help each other in the Body of Christ. You hurt yourself even more, if you don’t seek help. At times, not seeking help will keep you in that season longer.
There are times where we need the body to support, encourage and pray with us. Never become a loner –in prayer the Lord can speak to someone a word of Wisdom to bring you to a place of freedom for the winter season.
Worship is another key to help “melt” the coldness around our heart. Our worship has the potential to ignite a fire in our heart that sets us free.
I do want to say, in every season – we should seek the Lord for His will and what is there to gain at this time. He doesn’t have seasons for us to walk in without making us stronger more powerful and stable then we were before we entered into that time. Don’t go through a season without reaping its benefits!
Part 3 we will look at the second part of verse 11. I don’t want to rush through nor have too much to read in each blog!
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Song of Solomon. There is so much we can gain out of this book on how we react in a love affair with our Lord. This is an amazing picture of two lovers and how they pursue one another.
I want to share a little on how we go from one place to another in the spirit of God. Many times we call this “a season” and then we grow and mature into another attribute of our Father as we take on the image of Christ
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Ah, I hear my lover coming! He is leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills.9 My lover is like a swift gazelle or a young stag, Look; there he is behind the wall,looking through the window, peering into the room.10 My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling!Come away with me, my fair one! 11 Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. 12 The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. 13 The fig trees are forming young fruit,and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!”
Let’s break this down into a way we can understand it “laymen’s” terms and apply it in our walk…
“Ah,I hear my lover coming” Wow – I love that; she hears her lover coming. This is symbolic to us being the bride and Christ as the bridegroom. How do we hear our lover coming?
1. Posture in prayer –are we seeking to hear His voice, to see His movement?
2. What is occupying your heart and mind? Things of God – help us to hear clearly – things of the world will cloud our perception of His movement and voice.
3. Do you sense His presence, do you hunger to be in that atmosphere – a passion of Love towards Jesus.
“He is leaping over the mountains” another sign that Jesus does not allow things to stop Him from showing up (He is so willing to move at any meeting we have, but we create an atmosphere that ushers in His presence)– the flip side is – He comes leaping and we don’t give way to His movement. He is for us, not against us – He sees past the “mountains” we have in our walk, for He is the one that gives us strength to move such mountains.
“Bounding over the Hills” – we need to understand that our sinfulness doesn’t stop His love for us – repentance is the key to be free – don’t allow the enemy or yourself keep you bound from the presence of God. We need to get in His presence to repent! This passage speaks of His ability, Love, Grace and Mercy towards us to bring us to a place of freedom – the hills are our stumbling blocks – He a bounds over them to get to your heart –Wow, now that is a lover!
“There he is behind the wall,looking through the window, peering into the room” – many times in our walk, we may hear “The Holy Spirit is a gentleman” – Here is a perfect picture of that. Peering into the room – to me, speaks about our heart – Yes, He sees what is in there and still says “Rise up my Lover, come away with me, my darling”. Are you getting this! He sees what we think we are able to hide from Him and He still calls us away with Him. Talk about one that loves unconditionally!
He is not going to bust into the scene most cases, unless we ask. He gives us an open invitation to always go away with Him – it is up to us to accept it.
I am going to do this passage in two parts – so we can take in what is being said in this blog and passage of scripture so we can position our hearts to move into the “next season” of our walk in Christ! It is going to be fun to share the next part – come with an open heart to receive what the Lord has for you!