Explore in Christ – Journey in Grace!

It’s been a busy week – a wedding, traveling to preach in Northern California and then heading to Oklahoma for the week to preach in Cordell, OK. So thankful for these opportunities that have opened up for me in God’s timing and in His way.

My life verse, my ‘being verse’….

In Him

Just a reminder for me and you today. Wherever I go, I move in a broad place, a journey of steps that are ordered, ordained by God for me. There is no more wandering for me. I live in a broad place of grace in which there are doors ready to be opened as I set out in journey, enjoying the movement of faith, trusting in Jesus with all for He is all.

Listen by Holy Spirit.  In a broad place of grace, God lives in us, moves with us, and syncs us with His steps.

He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me
(Psalms 18:19 NKJVS)

It’s also said this way;

He stood me up on a wide–open field;
I stood there saved––surprised to be loved
(Psalms 18:19 Message)

My salvation is not restrictive but expansive in grace. This expanse, this broad place is flowing with an intense desire to know Christ, to know Him in His fullness. Why skirt the edges of salvation when I can run throughout the broad place of life, living, moving and having my being in Him?

Being in Christ has transformed any type of speaking, preaching and ministry for not only do I bring the message it seems that I am the message, imparting life, healing and freedom to those to whom I am sent. It’s a glorious feeling. It is life.

As a Christian, there is this wide open field to know and experience Christ. There is indeed joy in the journey. He’s all for me and all for you. All we have to do is stretch, move, get up, risk, adventure, journey – a bit, a little, something different, out of the ordinary.

Take a journal today and a pen………sometimes it’s best to get away from the computer. Sit and just think on Christ Jesus – meditate on Scripture and see where Holy Spirit takes you. Enjoy the journey. More blogging after Oklahoma.

DebraIn Christ,

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Preach Jesus – Revelation Flows!

Blue Flowing RiverTo preach Jesus in His love, grace and glory will allow the river of God to flow from His throne. The Father proclaims, “And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “ You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased. (Luke 3:22 NKJV) The pleasure and favor in the Father flows through exaltation of the Son – preaching, prophesying, singing, dancing manifested in a glorious way.

As Christians, we gather with expectation to allow Holy Spirit to flow. That is what we always expect when Rivers of Eden ministers. Is there any other way? Not for us. On this past Sunday, at Oak Valley Church in Oakdale CA, Holy Spirit flowed in freedom because leaders dropped their agendas and lined up with God’s way for that time.

I preach Christ, the center of my life, my all in all. He flows in revelation and it infiltrates every aspect of the service, in the atmosphere. I feel I am called to be a Holy Spirit conductor, following the flow of the Spirit, with wonderful effects in our midst. Prophetic songs flowed over people, over the congregation, bringing healing. When preached, the word was flowing with the sound of heaven imparting a kingdom dynamic in our midst.

Every minute detail of our Christian life, service, and our gatherings are to be centered and focused in Christ.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:15-18 NKJVS)

We preach Christ in unique creative ways as we gather. To preach means to proclaim openly with authority, words which must be listened to and obeyed. A river of divine love revealed Jesus and in the flow of this glorious grace, hearts turn and are healed and set free. Holy Spirit, I need you…how does anyone hold a service without Holy Spirit leading the way? You can’t but many do. Yet, I never will.

Little Girl with balloonRadical? It is simply obeying Holy Spirit flow. Over the years, it cost us many times of ministry as fear or control in leaders held us back from walking in freedom. But this weekend, Rivers of Eden was launched out in prophetic word over our lives and ministry from the leaders and in that there is such great joy in me.

The manifestation of the Spirit during this gathering:

Prophetic songs flowing over people and into the atmosphere with a dynamic worship leader that simply knew how to follow Holy Spirit.

Prophecy – corporate and over individuals brings life. I prophesy UP – seeing people’s destiny, their lives, through God’s eyes, no matter where they stand in the present. This gives them hope and healing, a horizon line to walk through as pastoral ministry brings them into healing and restoration.

Rivers of Eden is flowing. I preached about being “Off the Grid” for so many years, all props removed from my life, all locators removed until the only One I could gaze upon was Christ Jesus. His way was revealed to me by Holy Spirit placing me in diverse places where nothing was familiar to me, nothing I could lean upon. Perhaps I will write out the message…………………let’s see.

This blog is a declaration to myself. I prophesy and encourage myself that God is faithful in all things and in all ways. Fresh start. New day. New way. Doors that God shut over the years were unable to be opened by man or any of my efforts. Now God opens doors that no man can shut..

How did this happen? I wonder. Suddenly. Here it is. God’s timing. God’s way.

DebraIn Christ,

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Out of the Way – Off the Beaten Path – Sounds Like Holy Spirit

Blue Flowing RiverHoly Spirit loves to take us out of the way and off the beaten path where we discover the beauty of the journey and overwhelming joy in adventure. On those paths we meet Jesus in fresh new ways. He flows through our lives supernaturally. As a Christian, I am not called to walk in a rut, treading ground, looking down. No matter what the condition of my life right now or yours, we are seated in heavenly places, hidden in Christ, alive in Christ. Positionally? Yes. Experientially? Definitely yes.

…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Ephesians 2:6 NKJV)

Live out from this reality in knowing that in Christ we are eternal. Tune into the directives of heaven in Holy Spirit and life, as you know it will drastically change. Journey in Christ with Christ. Look at situations from an eternal perspective and engage with heaven’s call to walk in the Spirit right now, day by day. How we need Holy Spirit!

Live experientially from this reality. It’s called journey in Christ in Holy Spirit. Am I willing to be spontaneously shifted down an alternate path? Am I willing to take a road less traveled where I may be alone or find others just like me? The experiential outworking of our eternal reality, heaven’s directive, can completely wreck our life. Yet, what is the alternative? Living in the day to day, bored out of your mind, stuck in a rut. That is not Christianity, at least not to me.

Sunlight MarcoChristianity is a journey, creatively scripted for each one of us who are new creatures in Christ Jesus. My reality – I live, move and have my being in Christ. Holy Spirit directs my life, shifts my path, and moves me into different places all at the sound of the whisper of heaven, the voice of God. This is reality. This is spirituality. And, this is my call and my life. To challenge people to desire to know Holy Spirit.

Change for change sake is not what I want for I can shift my direction, follow new agendas, travel the world and still be dissatisfied unless the directives come from the Lord. That is real adventure.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “ Give Me a drink. (John 4:5-7 NKJVS)

The right place at the right time. Allow the Lord to lead you to people and then let the prophetic rise up in you to speak life to them. You never know what can happen.

Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “ Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship….(Acts 8:26-27 NKJVS)

Off the beaten path, led by heaven’s directive and there you have it…an encounter that changed a life. What comes next is even better….

Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea. (Acts 8:39-40 NKJVS)

Shifted in time and space…..reality? Yes for some people. It has not happened to me….yet….but this is reality for some of my friends, who by the way are 80 year old grandmas living on farms in Oklahoma, raised Baptist and touched by Holy Spirit. Adventure. Journey.

There is so much more – read Scripture. Christianity – alive, living, moving, flowing…….I was saved at 35 and when I saw Jesus, my life was never the same. I voraciously studied Scripture. I also hungered for what I realized was available to me – a supernatural life. I have it. Testimonies abound. And more are coming. Journey today. Expect Jesus to be real in your life, living and moving through your life.

DebraIn Christ,

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Subliminal Sounds – Constant Noise! Help Us Holy Spirit!

Have you noticed that there is an undercurrent of noise that constantly tries to invade our space, divert our attention and distract our focus? There are powerful subliminal messages that exist all around us. And, they don’t let up one bit.

Here are a few.

Stay in the mix!

Out of sight, out of mind!

Adhere to these statements from any subtle sense of insecurity and rejection and bam………you live by the flow of social media and current trends in a never-ending cycle of trying to BE on a journey of success, breakthrough or destiny.

Note to Self: You are EnoughMy life has taken this incredible turn today as a sense of ennui (that’s boredom and just plain weariness) settled on my life over the past week. Usually I would run from it. Stand up straight and head into the storm. Make it happen. Don’t quit.

But today…I am tired which has given me lots of time to simply BE in the presence of Jesus Christ where I discovered that I feel a bit lost in time.

If I succumb to the pressure of being in the mix and fearing that out of sight brings me out of mind which means that I will fall flat into oblivion and obscurity again, I will create my own flow helping me to be SEEN and HEARD. Heaven forbid! The pressure is unrelenting – blog more so you aren’t forgotten, tweet more so that you are out there, Facebook more posts to be a presence on line.

No more! I decide today, enough is enough. I decide rather than anyone else. I have my voice, a LANGUAGE OF BEING that flows from me like a river, Rivers of Eden to be exact.

All morning, I left the demands of a schedule and worshipped. In this beautiful process, there came intense Christ–discovery of the glorious one who is in me, Holy Spirit who syncs me with creativity and adventure, and Father who loves me. Selah. Selah. Selah.

Passion is overflow – contagious, resounding with words of life, attractive.

Self-promotion, trying to be in the mix – this leads to desperation and desperation is simply not attractive. Desperation seems to want to pull you, force you to listen.

My language of being…in Christ flows through me. I want to BE like Jesus when He said:

The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit–word, and so it is life–making. (John 6:63 Message)

 …the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)

It is appropriate that this happens right now at my release into preaching again. It allows me to rest in Me and in Christ in Me, giving what I know I have – His revelation flowing through me – a language of being with words of spirit and life.

What about you? Don’t follow trends or cutting edge concepts to BE something you are not. Flow in your language of being for God has created people out there waiting to hear you, not someone else speaking through you OR not a sound of desperation flowing from a place of insecurity or doubt that you are enough. You are enough….and so am I!

DebraIn Christ,

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

Alternate Routes – Walk This Way

PaintbrushAlternate routes – another way to go rather than the one currently traveled on in order to arrive at our destination.

I journey in Christ, His way, His path for my life. Often I get so set on the path that I forget about the journey. The journey in Christ is more important than a focus on destination. It is in the journey that I grow and mature in faith, hope and love.

What happens when I focus on the path, walking my way when I suddenly hear Holy Spirit whisper, “Alternate route. Change of plans.” What then?

Here’s what happened to Paul in the book of Acts:

They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. 7 So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. 8 Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas. 9 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans. (Acts 16:6-10 Message)

The Holy Spirit speaks words of life, often giving us a new directive from heaven. Sometimes we understand, Sometimes we don’t. Sensitivity to hearing His voice and obedience to His way is what is important at that moment. We often face alternate routes in life. Enjoy the journey

We hear, “Change of plans!”

Our mind immediately rushes in to rationalize the new directive. This is often just fear. Is this you, God?

Our wisdom kicks in to discard any notion of an alternate route, justifying all the hazards in changing plans at that moment.  This again is often just fear.

There are many logical reasons to not follow through on this new way. Yet I am not talking here about logic but about the voice of the Spirit. In these times, many think this is crazy to hear the voice of God yet alone to act on it. Others think it is too far out to respond to the whispers of God. Today I am talking to those who are in Christ, who have relationship and growth in maturity in our lives. Today I am challenging many that a change of plans may be coming our way.

Be still, know His voice, and then respond to a change of direction, an alternate route.

Perhaps it is a road less traveled…….less crowded……..follow Holy Spirit. There is a voice behind saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

One step out, then the next step and the next step…………it will be clearer and clearer with each step but if we don’t step out in faith, we don’t know.

DebraIn Christ,

I would love to speak at your conference, gathering, church or home group. Contact me here, on Facebook or on Twitter. Enjoy reading about Rivers of Eden and the Timeline of our Life!

I will be speaking in Oakdale CA on May 17 and Cordell, OK on May 31. Praising God for both of these opportunities.

Oakdale Meetings