Waiting in the Wings

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

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Renewing Our Focus

“Be Still” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Psalm 46:10 (VOICE) “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.

When we are yoked with our Creator, there are moments when we’re not going at the same speed that He is. When we are out of alignment with Him, we can feel it as tug upon our soul. Sometimes that tug is gentle, and at other times—when we are insistent in our striving—that tug is much more firm. “Stop striving,” He beckons. “Stop pulling against My yoke. It’s time to come and sit at My feet and just rest. It’s time to remind yourself of Who is leading.” 

This call is reminiscent of Psalm 46:10, where God tells us to “be still and know” that He is God. When we dig deeper into the Hebrew of this text, there is beautiful insight into what God is asking us to do in the moments when we feel that tug upon our souls. The command “be still” in Hebrew is raphah (Strong’s H7503), which means “to sink, relax, sink down, let drop, be disheartened.” One definition according to the Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon is “to leave off anything, e.g. a work begun, Neh. 6:8… Psalm 46:11 ‘leave off your own attempts and know.’” 

Think of a field hand diligently working the soil in a field. His supervisor suddenly calls out to stop work and take a break. So the field hand immediately stops, lets go of the tool in his hand, and walks away to take that break. In much the same way, when God tells us to “be still,” He’s calling us to stop striving over a matter in our lives and come into a place of rest.

Yet there’s a second layer to this call. God asks us to “be still and know” that He is God. Not only must we stop striving, but we must also be intentional to realign our focus on God. In Psalm 46:10, the Hebrew word for “know” is yada (H3045). Yada alludes to a type of knowledge that involves an intimate perception of something. Yada is also used euphemistically for the intimacy between spouses. (Genesis 4:1 says that Adam “knew” his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore their son Cain.) When we really comprehend a person or matter, we obtain intimate knowledge. We gain a unique clarity of perception.

In 1 Corinthians 13:11-12, Paul says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (NKJV). When we feel the call to “be still and know,” God is calling us to realign our focus in that moment. This is a precious gift, an opportunity for us to enter the Holy of Holies and have a “face to face” moment with Him. This is a call to reconnect with the Source of Love.

When we are striving, there is a misalignment in our spiritual vision and our misperception of love concerning a particular matter. Clarity can only be found when we’re seeing the matters of life the way that God sees them. By the flesh, we have a cloudy, distant perception of life, but with God, we have access to a full level of disclosure. 

Are you anxious and afraid over a matter? Do you feel alone and without answers or help? Or perhaps, you feel exhausted and weak, facing a challenge in your life to which you feel at a disadvantage. It’s time to “be still and know.” It’s time to reconnect with your Creator and remember that He has everything under control. Let His love and peace wash over you, and allow Him to give you fresh revelation for the road ahead.

That Men May Marvel

“Shine Unafraid” by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Matthew 15:31 (TPT) And the crowds marveled with rapture and amazement, astounded over the things they were witnessing with their own eyes! The lame were walking, the mute were speaking, the crippled were made well, and the blind could see. For three days everyone celebrated the miracles as they exalted and praised the God of Israel!

Deep intimacy with God is guaranteed to release the depths of our anointing in the Holy Spirit. We become like Moses who soaked in God’s presence upon Mount Sinai, and whose deep intimacy caused his face to shine with the glory. Yet very much like Moses, those who reach this kind of depth with God can often struggle with stepping out into the spotlight to show the world how God has transformed them. This kind of person is what the Jewish people call a tzaddik—a righteous one. A tzaddik is quite humble yet so deep in the flow of the Spirit that they become the very extension of God. Miracles abound in their midst and the kingdom of heaven is seen upon the earth. Of course, Yeshua our Messiah, became the chief tzaddik, shining with God’s love and glory that all might see.

The Scriptures say that the crowds that gathered around Yeshua marveled at the works He performed. He stepped into the spotlight, became an extension of the Father in heaven, and challenged what humanity thought to be possible. Not only did great miracles occur, but a remnant believed through the Messiah; they opened their hearts to also become extensions of the Father and received miracle-working power. This is because when the kingdom of heaven (the power of God) is seen, it makes room for the kingdom of heaven to be received in the hearts of humanity.

Therefore, it is well worth the risk to cast off fear and insecurity in order to “arise and shine.” Take what God has cultivated within you in the secret place and let it be seen before men. Perhaps, God has given you prophetic insight, scriptural revelation, emotional healing, or unique wisdom for walking through life. Or perhaps, you have experienced personal miracles and know that God is calling you to become a catalyst for miracles with others. Therefore, arise and shine! Allow God’s light to be seen upon you! Do so that men may marvel in who our God is, and that the kingdom of heaven may be received upon earth.

Isaiah 60:1 (VOICE) Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you.

Explore With Me

Isaiah 45:3 (VOICE) I will give you hidden treasures and wealth tucked away in secret places; I will reveal them to you. Then you will know that I am the Eternal, the God of Israel, who calls you by name.

Beloved, I have so much more for you – things below the surface, outside your immediate natural understanding – will you go deep with Me? Will you allow Me to give you revelation? Will you choose to take the time – make the time – for us to be together?

Seek Me as you would immeasurable riches, for I AM more worthy and considerably more satisfying than such. Explore with Me. Together let us plumb the depths of My mysteries that I may share with you and teach you as I have promised.

Proverbs 3:13-15 (ESV) Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Make Room for My Kingdom Reign

 

Matthew 6:9-10 (TPT) Pray like this: ‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name be the center on which our lives turn. Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.

Beloved, you know well the importance of intercession. You have seen the fruit that comes from taking every matter before Me so that I might move on behalf of yourself or others. Yet even now, I am calling you to a higher level. I call you to pray with a heart that is set on drawing the Kingdom of Heaven upon the earth. Pray and be open to hearing My swift response.

Just as a construction worker cannot build without plans from the architect, neither can My Body build the Kingdom without the plans that come from My mouth. Pray and keep your ears open for those plans. I will pour out Kingdom directives in response to your petitions—and at times, I will speak before your prayer has even left your mouth. My plans will surprise you, beloved. I will respond in ways and with instructions you have never considered before. Therefore, make room in your heart for what has previously been unknown. Pray and make room for My Kingdom Reign.

Truly, intercession is part of the Keys to the Kingdom. In order for you to know what to loose and bind on earth, you must maintain a receptive connection to heaven. Therefore, lean into My Spirit, for it will guide you in how you ought to pray. Live your life as a house of prayer, keeping the lines of communications open with Me always. Remember, prayer was never meant to be one way—it is an open conversation between you and I. As you make room for a constant and robust dialogue between heaven and earth, you will see My Kingdom manifest in surprising and joyous ways.

Isaiah 65:24 (NKJV) It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (VOICE) But as the Scriptures say, No eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard and it has never occurred to the human heart All the things God prepared for those who love Him.

Dive Deep

“Currents of His Love {Water}” – by Meghan Williams, Dyed4you Art

Jeremiah 1:5 (AMPC) Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Beloved, I created you that I might know you. I brought you forth that you might explore the depths of who I am. I am love and it is My good pleasure that you would live forever immersed in Me. My love is endless and fathomless, far deeper than the oceans. I am worth knowing, and I take great joy when you pursue Me with all of your being.

In your encounters with Me, you will sense the depths of My nature, a world without end that beckons you to dive deeper and deeper. When you sense these depths, resist the urge to give into the fear of losing yourself in Me. Be a bold explorer of My heart, knowing that as you lose yourself in the waves of My love you will truly find yourself there. You will inevitably soak in more and more of My nature until you resonate with the sound of My voice. Dive deep, beloved, and let yourself be overwhelmed. In your pursuit of Me, allow yourself to be transformed into an instrument of My Love.

Let My Voice Roar Through You

Matthew 10:27 (NKJV) Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.

Beloved, you are one who continually sits at My feet. You eat from My hand and are eager to soak in every word that I say. As a result, you know My voice. Even more, your persistence in maintaining intimacy with Me means that you know My heart. The result of your intimacy and choice to seek Me above all else means that My voice now bubbles up from within you continually. I have rubbed off on you and there is no turning back, My love!

When I call you to step forward and speak on My behalf, do not be surprised when you are met by a storm of contrary voices. As you know, a servant is not greater than his master. If the world spoke lies against Me and tried to silence Me, then do not be surprised or alarmed that the world desires to do the same to you. Whether this storm of voices are echoes from your past or part of your present, resist the urge to come into agreement with them. For I have not called you to back down. Instead, make an effort to still yourself and find My voice again. You will know it because it roars above the rest! I speak in love and truth and faithfully declare that you are ever the apple of My eye.

Remember that your voice carries weight, beloved—on heaven and on earth. Like a musical instrument that has been shaped to bring forth a unique sound, you have been shaped and refined to speak with authority, to bring forth fresh revelation of My Word, and to release My will into the earth. I have called you by name and it is My will to see you prosper in your role as a king and priest—as My most beloved Bride who stands by My side. Resist the urge to allow fear, shame, or guilt to cause you to hold back from walking in your calling and speaking on My behalf. These things belong to the old man that was crucified, and I have raised you to newness of life. If you remain silent, then My unique message and fresh revelation through you will remain unheard. Therefore, speak the words you hear from My heart, and do not be afraid. Let My voice roar through you.

Matthew 16:19 (NKJV) And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Love Will Lift Us

I wanted to share some encouragement and insight from God’s heart that I received last night. We are certainly in a season of transition where many in the Body of Christ are crossing over into their personal Promised Land. Something I have been seeing echoed by different prophetic voices is the fact that, as we cross over we need to position ourselves to receive revelation concerning that which lies ahead. A recent word by prophet Lana Vawser is a prime example of what others in the Body have been seeing and sensing.

In recent years, I have personally been experiencing much persecution in preparation to cross over into my personal Promised Land. Recently, through a close friend and sister in Christ, the Lord reminded me of Rick Joyner’s The Torch and Sword. In his book, an important key demonstrated for coming through the enemy’s ranks and to Christ’s stream of living, refreshing water is looking for the weakest point to come through. One of those points is the division of the army called “ridicule.” That has certainly been the division I’ve been walking through!

Last night, I laid down and was thoroughly exhausted from another day in this part of the journey. Still feeling the sting of the arrows of ridicule and with no place to go where I could openly seek the Lord to worship and cry, I was too grieved to fall asleep. Yet Christ blessed me greatly in this moment. He reached between the veil of heaven and earth, and I felt Him grab me and hold me! Miracle of miracles, I cried softly in this world yet, in the Spirit, perfect love held me in His arms!

I relaxed a little and rested a bit more with His comfort. After a few minutes, I heard in the Spirit, “What’s the rush? Exhilarating.” Then over and over, I kept feeling this rush of wind and energy over my entire being going from head to toe. I felt like I was on Star Trek, and I was being “beamed up” or “energized”—literally energized! With wave after wave, I felt lighter and lighter. Then in the Spirit, I saw angels dancing around me in a circle. I have been seeing this for several days now. Angels will just appear around me in a circle, hemming me in. I knew this represented God’s whirlwind as well as His hedge of protection surrounding me.

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