No More Regrets – Great Video!

FaithSomeone posted this video on Facebook today and I immediately knew it is my message of the day. I learn to see in Holy Spirit what the Father is saying to His children. God speaks in a variety of ways and creative outlets. He is speaking through this video. I am simply making the connection between the regret that people sense in their lives and the ONE who heals and restores and makes new. Jesus Christ.

No more regrets – for any of us. So many, as you will see when you watch this, are dealing with lost vision, opportunities, dreams, etc. etc. etc.

Regret leaves us standing in a prison behind a locked door. Feeling trapped and isolated, unable to see any possible way from fulfilling what is deep in our heart, we feel dead inside, going through the motions, limited and dormant. Eyes well up with tears simply because deep inside we know that we know we are created for more……….the more being a deep passion to fulfill a purpose inside that is from eternity and bathed in creativity.

Jesus comes and gives us a clean slate – day by day, moment by moment. In the midst of our mistakes, our failures and our losses, our hearts turn and repent (to think differently, to change one’s mind for the better, to reconsider).

We stand and gaze upon His beauty, see His glory and see ourselves in Christ. His mercies are new every morning. His goodness abounds to us in our weakness.

We not only stand in the imparted revelation of His goodness and grace, we move in faith to start today with new vision, birthed from the throne of God. In other words, it is NEVER too late, unless you make it so. Believe this is so for it is not cliché but reality in Christ.

He wipes the slate clean. Every good and perfect thing comes down from the Father of lights. Knowing each of us before we were even born, our lives are hidden in Christ as He is Lord of our lives. He forms us, knows us and empowers us to live a renewed, holy life through the power of His resurrection. Enjoy!

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Heavenly Minded

Epiphany – a moment of sudden revelation or insight, manifestation, appearance.

Like Mary.

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth 27 to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. 28 Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her:

Good morning!
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you
(Luke 1:26-28 Message)

Like Paul.

When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. 4 As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice:”Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?”5 He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. 6 I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next. (Acts 9:3-6 Message)

Here are just two examples that crossed my mind today about sudden flashes of light, bringing with them change, revelation, and an angelic appearance. With an epiphany comes a purity in awe and wonder, rushing over a person in a divine exchange between heaven and earth.

I believe that we need epiphanies in our lives – divine interactions of the supernatural kind. Normal Christianity. We need to be awed again on a consistent basis, or at least I do. I desire that sense of wonder, filled with child-like faith.

New CreationThe essence of life can be dull and crusty in the day-to-day, as we all know and experience. As adults, we file our days away into categories or to-do lists that deal with the reality of life as we know it. We speak in clichés because it’s easier than to speak from the depths of our being as we encounter Jesus Christ.

How about being so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good at times? After all, we are already seated in heavenly places in Christ so why not learn to move in that realm, live in that place right now, today.

I believe what I am feeling today is what C.S. Lewis so beautifully said:

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

Have you ever felt like this? I believe this is deeply experienced by those who have turned themselves over to the Lordship of Christ Jesus. That sense that all is so shallow compared to the express longing to know Him in deeper and more profound ways.

Perhaps that is what a longing for holiness is all about. Not retreating into law and trying to find the right rules, regulations or declarations to draw close to God but throwing oneself headlong into grace. A grace that transforms us in the midst of our humanness. A grace that brings us into glory, a deeper revelation of Christ in me. A grace that transcends living in this world while we are living in this world.

To know Him. To see Him. To be like Him. To be transformed in His glory to walk in the light as He is in the light. To allow that light to permeate from the depths of our being so that we are walking light-bearers, filled with the glory of God. Perhaps it all starts with an epiphany that come purposely to destroy our sense of normalcy and set us on fire again.

Debra

 

In Christ and In Process,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Whirlwinds of Glory

Tunnel_Of_LoveFor those ready to receive this, I want to put this out there. This vision is for those expecting to move into an abounding revelation and experience of God’s glory.

While in worship, I saw a woman wrapped in a swirling white whirlwind. The whirlwind was delicate, filmy, and translucent. As the whirlwind moved in a circular motion, there were living colors shooting out from the whirlwind. Reds, deep pinks, purples, orange and blue. These colors seemed to have a life of their own as they flowed out in all directions from the movement of the whirlwind.

What does one do with this vision? I can tell you what not to do with this. Don’t try to quickly understand it, package it and file it away on some shelf of our lives where there is order and balance. Don’t say “Oh that’s sweet!” or “What a great vision!”

Gaze upon it. Wait upon it to unfold in the power of Holy Spirit. Hold it ever so close to your heart knowing that what was seen will be revealed in its time. This is not a vision to comprehend through natural eyes but through eyes that gaze upon Christ so that His glory may be revealed in and through us.

Does your heart bear witness of this vision? Then take it and wait upon its unfolding revelation to your own life. I take it for my life and the outflow of the ministry of Rivers of Eden. That which is birthed in heavenly places manifests on the earth – thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. There is a great weight of glory that will flow through people that flow in  the creativity of Jesus Christ in His glory so that atmospheres change, lives are healed and people are set free.

It is a vision that celebrates ministers of glory, those willing to wait on God and to experience a divine shift in the spiritual atmosphere during any gathering where heaven manifests on earth. It is time to BE spiritual everyone. Why? Because we are spiritual. We are eternal beings in Christ here and now, living in the world but not of the world.

Heart on Fire for GodThe indwelling of the Spirit of Christ in us quickens us in many different ways to experience shifts in faith to believe and then to see His glory revealed in greater measure flowing through our lives. (Faith to faith, glory to glory.) This whirlwind is a shift in how we see, experience and interpret the spiritual atmosphere as God ushers in His glory through our lives. There is creativity in a glory atmosphere that cannot be controlled to fit into man’s understanding and wisdom.

This post? Well it speaks in a spiritual language to those who have ears to hear by and in the Spirit. Holy Spirit searches out the deep things of God and reveals them to us and through us. Those with ears to hear can take this vision and run with it, wait on it and see how it touches your life. These are words of spirit and life, not so much a teaching or a prophecy but words that can reach in and touch your heart. Are you in the whirlwind?

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In Christ
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

A New You! Jesus Is Not An Add-On

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it. (2 Corinthians 5:17 Message)

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We are NEW creations. Never revealed in time but new creations in the earth with Christ in us. New – I buy a new car, an upgrade from my previous model. I call it new because it is new to me in time. But it really is still a car so how new is that? Same basic characteristics – tires, steering wheel, engine. It looks different from my old car but it is a car. Drive a Tesla and people may look your way but basically a Tesla will still serve the purpose of a VW in getting you where you want to go.

This new that Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians is a totally new ‘new”. It’s the Greek word Kainos which, when we actually think about it and look at it closely is quite an awesome revelation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJVS)

Kainos – New – new in quality; unique; novel; unusual; innovative.

According to Crowder in the book Mystical Union:

“God didn’t just add the new you on top of the old you. He replaced the old version with a totally new version.”

TeslaThink about this. When we come on the scene, we are new. People should not look at us as simply an upgrade in an earthly life with the add-on of Jesus. If that is the case, why bother? If Jesus is only an add-on there is little power or purpose in that. If I’m poor, down and out and win a Tesla driving it through the streets of LA, people may look at me because of this expensive car but the person inside driving is still the same – nothing’s changed but the addition of the Tesla.

A new creation in Christ – it’s not an add-on. We are new creations able to be in Christ and to do all that Jesus says we can do. Lay hands on people in the power of heaven and see the lame walk, the dead raised and the blind see? Yes. Operate as eternal beings in heavenly wisdom, seeing what others can’t see and knowing what others don’t know? Yes. How about transcending time and space and stretching out in that place in the Spirit, truly exploring places in the Spirit led by Holy Spirit in faith. Yes. But that is something to explore at another time.

2470168022_1fc91cce26_z (1)Think about this. We are new creations operating out of a new eternal order, in Christ, never seen before. Christ is in us, Holy Spirit leads and guides us, Father loves us – our connection in heavenly places is secure. This is new, and not seen anywhere until the infilling of the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended to heaven. Remember, He told us He would never leave or forsake. He told us that He would send us Holy Spirit. Jesus kept all those promises and waits for us to know that we are new.

So now what? How to see this? What to do with this? First of all this revelation has to be securely planted in the foundation of our lives. Once we get it and truly know it we realize that we are citizens of another kingdom. In the world but not of the world. We can search out the deep things of God in the Spirit. That is ours in Christ.

But what if you feel so earthly today that searching out the deep things actually is not that appealing because, let’s face it, life is dealing you some harsh blows. Children out of control. Depression setting in. Not enough money to pay the bills. Discord. Confusion. Disunity. A long list of life’s realities follows you wherever you go.

Despite all of this, you are still a new creation. Feel like it? No? Just believe it in faith. So many of us have been taught this verse with religious connotations. We have the knowledge of the verse in our heads but no experience how to rise up in our hearts. We can give lip service to quote this verse but the reality of its true meaning in our hearts is simply not there when life hits us with all its chaos.

Here’s reality about being new:

Fear no longer grips us and holds us. Anxiety no longer rules and reigns in our lives alongside worry. They may be reality but there is a higher reality in which we have righteousness, peace and joy in life despite outward circumstances.

Purpose and destiny calls to us from the heavenly realm to walk in this world with a new focus to flow through our new lives. It is heavenly centered manifesting on earth. Through the power of Holy Spirit we connect as eternal beings in Christ fully formed in our identity as being from another world.

This does not deny the fact that we still feel pain, still encounter trials and persecution. We are in Christ. We have to operate in revelation with the aid of new spiritual senses –how to live in the earth with eternal perspective. Our spiritual senses consistently reveal to us how to operate in another realm while in the earth. That is how I live my life in the power of Holy Spirit. I am a new creation. In Christ, you are a new creation. There truly is so much to say about this. But, let’s start here.

In Christ, you are spiritual. I am spiritual. It’s time to be so heavenly minded that the kingdom flows through us in power, bringing life into dry places. Bringing hope to the lost. Bringing joy to the depressed. Living eternal in Christ right now, bringing healing wherever we go. It starts with me and it starts with you right now. New…..in Christ. Spend some time in the presence of the Lord and ask Him to reveal this to you day by day.

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In Christ
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Look No More – You’re In!

No Place Like HomeSo often we look for a home, a place to settle, somewhere to fit in, to be seen……totally unseeing that as a Christian, we are IN Christ. He is our abiding place.

People rush here, there and everywhere trying to fit in and be part of something that will identify their purpose. Many seek associations of various kinds to justify their life and their call.

Look no further than Jesus and you will find the WAY in the Spirit that He calls us to walk. No matter where we go or visit, the simple realization is that no man calls us, promotes us, or sustains us in life. It is Jesus alone. So often we wait for the right ministry, network or person to give us some measure of affirmation and it is basically a waste of time. One can get what they desire if they cry out long enough, don’t we? We may find that we get what we really don’t want.

Our identity, purpose, calling…everything is In Christ. From that point Holy Spirit leads us in relationships with others to affirm and to form community with, often flowing forth in ministry.

I don’t identify my life, my being by any outward alignment but by an inward alignment – first in Christ and then with people He connects us with. It is becoming quite simple to me day by day by day.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry