Courage Needed – Heads Up In The Darkness

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It is required now and in the days ahead. Light in Christ flowing through our lives into the intense darkness all around us. This requires courage and conviction to rise up in Kingdom Reality.

To KNOW that we are in Christ and He has overcome death and the grave.

To BE Christ in the darkness knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.

To MOVE in Him with intentionality and purpose, not shirking back in fear.

Wherever there is darkness, the smallest bit of light will overcome it. Truth brings light into the darkness. Do we know this deep within us? Or do we adapt to the shifting shadows in the hope that no confrontation or challenge will come our way? The days ahead will challenge our beliefs on many different levels and this will require courage on our part to rise above the chaos.

The simplest things will provoke provocation and anger in those around us.

To stand up in the reality that Jesus Himself said:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

This is a radical statement, and one that will be contested on every side. Many will proclaim our arrogance in even saying it. Many will say that we are outrageously presumptuous to even think it. Yet, the fact remains……Jesus said it and it is truth.

Living it out. Walking it out. We fear neither death nor shirk from life itself. Life moves us out in courage and boldness. We know that we ARE seated in heavenly places. We ARE hidden in Christ. He has overcome death and the grave. That makes us courageous.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

To know Him – that sets a path in the darkness. No need to fear. No need to worry. There is a light there as we walk in faith. His glory is increasing throughout the earth.

For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you………..Is. 60:1-2

Wherever you are today, rise up in the knowing that He is Lord. Be still and know this to navigate the waters of persecution or mockery you may be facing. Be still and know this to go through times of chaos that challenges your faith, hoping to pull you under or knock you out of the race. Be still and know He is Lord. It’s about to get real folks!

Debra And Chloe

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Prophetic Words – Quality Not Quantity

2091419-Paul-the-Apostle-Quote-For-to-me-to-live-is-Christ-and-to-die-isThe testimony of Jesus flows through prophecy. The essence of prophecy is Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. Every prophetic word I receive take up residence in my heart.  I watch it form in me as the life of Christ grows and expands within me.

In the beginning, I grabbed each word and rushed with them, believing that the time was always NOW for its manifestation. I took no interest in them forming my character….I wanted them now and rushed forward prematurely into the reality of the words without the Reality of the WORD, Jesus Christ.

God is not so much interested in prophetic word after prophetic word released into our lives.  He is watching the forming of Christ in us, the Living Word to flow through the words we are given. With each word comes a responsibility to watch Christ form His life in and through us. Each true prophetic word we are given allows the life of Christ to be formed in us. And before true life comes, there is a death. Death always comes before true resurrection power flows.

That means we see something begin to happen within as we release ourselves to Him.

To live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phillipians 1:21

Each true prophetic word miraculously causes a death within us before a life in the word begins to bloom. The Father is intent on seeing the Son glorified – not man, not the prophetic, not the gifts. To live is Christ and to die is gain.

We don’t orchestrate our own death. You can’t choose to die. You are already dead. Now the choice is to live…..to live in Christ. That naturally comes along with a submission to His will and His ways.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God..Colossians 3:3

We died in Christ and our life is not our own. Therefore a true prophetic word is not our own but has been orchestrated in heaven to be deposited in our lives, worked through our lives as we humble ourselves before our Lord, and flows through our lives over time.

With each prophetic words comes a greater death to our desires, our will, our ways………so before we jump on every word that comes our way…….realize that each one comes with an invitation……more of Him……less of me.

Debra

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Moving Out Upon A Prophetic Word

I Drove A Lonely RoadMove out upon prophetic words in faith, but that requires walking in sync with Holy Spirit. Respond to the sound of the word and take it in. If it is true, it is settled in heaven and its manifestation requires the timing of the Lord. Sometimes a day and sometimes years.

Move in sync with Holy Spirit as the word is formed in you. Just because you receive a word does not mean that it is formed in you. The forming takes place as the life of Christ works its way through the word in humility, grace, truth……

The word does not unfold in our timing. The unfolding is revealed step by step in intimacy with the Lord. So many receive word upon word upon word but it is not quantity that counts. It is the quality of the unfolding of each true prophetic word in Christ working its way through our lives. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. All prophecy and all prophetic lives flowing from the word given give glory to the Son.

Debra

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Sonic Boom – Voices of Truth

1203783516_19b903a715_zI heard the Lord speak something to me many years ago that still rings true in my Spirit today. He said: “Sonic Boom”.

So what’s a sonic boom for those who may never have heard one?

When an airplane travels through the air, it produces sound waves. If the plane is traveling slower than the speed of sound (the speed of sound varies, but 700 mph is typical through air), then sound waves can propagate ahead of the plane. If the plane breaks the sound barrier and flies faster than the speed of sound, it produces a sonic boom when it flies past. The boom is the “wake” of the plane’s sound waves. All of the sound waves that would have normally propagated ahead of the plane are combined together so at first you hear nothing, and then you hear the boom they create. (www.howstuffworks.com)

The plane is moving through the air traveling faster than the speed of sound. This plane breaks the sound barrier and produces a boom when it flies past it. The boom is the evidence of the effect of the plane breaking the sound barrier. This sound is loud and penetrating. You cannot avoid hearing it.

As a little girl, growing up in Chicago, there were many summer days when I heard a sonic boom pierce the atmosphere above us and shake our house. I still vividly remember it, so much so that God brought the memory back to me today.

There’s prophetic insight here is we look close enough.

Sound Waves From MouthWhen voices of truth are sent forth by God, their words will flow from the heavenly realm, imbued with an eternal weight of glory. These words are light accompanied by sound, which will break the sound barrier here on earth and cause a sonic boom in the Spirit, which will impact the natural. These words won’t gather up before us, perpetually waiting for us to catch up. Instead, they will be energized with heavenly glory to move fast and furious into the earth realm so as to break through the natural course of events to impact the earthly with an eternal sound, an eternal reality.

As a company of people rise up to speak God’s words, words that are spirit and life, these words will be sent for a purpose from the eternal realm. According to Jeremiah, God watches over His word to perform it. It also says this in Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. NKJV

Like that airplane, our words of truth in Christ break the sound barrier of the natural realm and fly faster than the speed of sound and produce a sonic boom in the spirit. When one voice is speaking, there is power. When a company of people called to speak truth in Christ speak, truth will shake, and agitate and dismantle whatever is in its path.

We often see a myriad of voices in the Body of Christ today bringing forth a sound that is birthed on earth and carries very little impact in the spirit. Words compete for attention and actually hit up against each other constantly in debate and argument. Words flow forth to defend positions and to enforce doctrine. Words also flow forth that are nebulous and vague with little substance.

God will empower our words more than we can imagine if we listen more than we speak.  (Read the Vision).  We are learning. We are listening. We are waiting to hear and speak words that hold wisdom, grace, authority, and life. I believe that I am in these waters with many of you, counting the cost to follow Jesus Christ obediently and wholeheartedly with all love and passion. Speaking the truth in Christ or saying nothing at all!

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Debra
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Words Get In The Way – Spiritual Words, Spiritual Language

shhWords are powerful, able to build up or let down, rise up or fall flat, empower or demean. Jesus spoke with an ear to heaven while walking on the earth.

In Christ, we speak as a new creation, eternity flowing from our lips, resonating with the Father’s eternal heart. We speak as heaven downloads revelation to our Spirits.

Jesus 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 (MSG)

This goes beyond the typical message that exhorts us to watch our words or guard what and how we say things. That is part of it but there is so much more. We wait on the Lord for the right words at the right time. At the moment they are spoken they create and bring the eternal realm into the natural.

Let’s remember when God said, “Let there be light.” His voice traveled with sound and light to create order out of chaos. The earth was without form and the word of God brought order and substance into existence.

It’s time to speak the creative language of eternity, a heavenly language that will propel us into a new direction and dimension. We speak by the Spirit with a sound that resonates with eternity now, ushering in the innovation of the Kingdom, full of dynamic potential to create on earth that which is already in heaven. We speak into the darkness, into the void and create life.

talking headsWords are flowing in abundance right now. There is very little reprieve from the constant noise no matter where we go or what we turn to. It is time to be still for in the stillness our spirits take the time to align with the sound of heaven, allowing that sound to form within and flow from our lips with creative words of healing, deliverance, restoration…and so much more.

Our words are getting in the way right now. All of heaven cries out “Listen. Be still.”

We live in Christ, have our being in Him and move in Him. Out of our belly flows rivers of living water and that often takes the form of words. It’s how we communicate and express ideas and concepts, innovative thoughts downloaded from heaven. Spiritual words in a spiritual language.

Over the years, many pressed around me constantly telling me to make it practical. As I preached on what I saw by the Spirit, I looked at their faces, which often looked a bit quizzical, not understanding.

I tried to bring it down, to make it practical. Oh how I tried but found out that in doing this, I lost the mystery of glory flowing through my words and through my life. As I look carefully at the words of Jesus, I see glory flowing from His life, words filled with grace and power, not always understood, but filled with eternal creativity.

As a people, it’s time to mature and speak words of eternity, filled with the creativity of heaven. Once spoken, people can work them out in their own life in a practical way with Holy Spirit. But first, right now, people must get used to a heavenly sound that is birthing a new order. Listen by the Spirit. Ask Holy Spirit to give you understanding and wisdom.

Spiritual words bring spiritual reality. Don’t rush this. Take time to think and meditate on things as they are given, slowly, bit by bit. This will form the foundation of your spiritual life, strong and sure. Little by little God will give more and more and more.

The temptation for me over the years is to write so that immediately people say, “I get it” or “That works”.

Now I much prefer mentoring people into the depths of Christ where there is so much more on a journey of discovery and adventure in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps in doing this I am a bit selfish in the fact that I also receive from the overflow of people’s lives flowing in the river of God as they passionately seek Him with their whole hearts.

Now having said this, the tide is turning on this blog. With our recent Spirit-led move to North Carolina, doors are opening, relationships are forming and I could not be happier. With that has come a distinct peace and a deep settling into ME and who God has created me to be. In this continual process, I will impart to others what God gives to me. I long to see this Millennial generation (and everyone else) fall in love with Jesus and live a Spirit led life here and now. Enjoy this journey with me. Share your journey with me in the comments below. Also keep in touch. Speaking opportunities are rising and perhaps I may meet some of you.

In Christ,
Debra
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