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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First Steps Are Important – What Are You Waiting For?

Raleigh At NightSettled in Raleigh for such a time as this. The journey to get here has been one wild ride, filled with excitement along with a bit of healthy fear mixed in. Change and transition, even when you know it is God’s direction, is still a bit crazy when you move into an area that you don’t really know.

Unfolding before me is a year filled with many exciting opportunities, writing, speaking and travel. So before I start blogging again let me give you a run down of these past 6 months. When I write it out, it gives me a perspective on God’s story for my life and how He and I are writing it out together.

Awhile back, during those weeks prior to actually stepping out in faith to come to Raleigh, God whispered to me, “In this next season, I call you to be a Travel Scribe.”

My response, “What is that?”

His reply, “Just follow me. I’ll show you.”

I stepped out in faith, allowing Him to reveal His plans for me. He directed me into several new venues, some of which took me by surprise.

This past May, Women In Ministry Network led by Patricia King ordained me and 16 other glorious women at the Women On The Frontlines Conference in Phoenix. This act of obedience catapulted me into a new realm of spiritual sight and active faith. Connections were made and it suddenly occurred to me that I found my tribe. This act of obedience connected me locally with other women, their churches and other God ordained apostolic-prophetic networks

Then through God’s leading, I joined a Scribal Prophet group led by Apostle Theresa Harvard. (Now if you have an aversion to titles or that God calls women into this, get over it. No debating here. Women are rising up in this hour.) Along with several conferences and a mentoring group, I will branch out in writing prophetically with more boldness and courage. Connections are growing and flourishing. And it is all a confirmation of the call to be a Travel Scribe.

But, there’s more. It’s time to connect with writers who are serious about their craft so I joined Jeff Goins Tribe Writers. So far, so wonderful. It’s 9 month of webinars, mentoring, writing, relationships……….

Apex Community PartAll these venues, along with a few others, came on the heels of a simple act of obedience to move to Raleigh when God said to move. We never really know what doors will open until we take that first step.

I want to expand my reach and extend my path in courage because I believe I have something to say to a prophetic generation that is rising throughout the earth. My life reveals that I carry God’s message, unique to me, as I walk it out in creative adventurous ways. I find this to be very important because it encourages people to know Holy Spirit, leading us on a grand adventure in Christ. If you love religion, you won’t like these posts. In fact, you will probably ignore them because you are satisfied with things being done in a predictable manner. That’s not me. From the moment, I encountered Jesus, I realized He was looking for me all along. When He called me to be a Travel Scribe, it resonated in my spirit before I could really grasp the reality of that call.

Add it all up->

Travel + Speaking + Writing + Photography + Adventure + Passion for Jesus + Love Holy Spirit + Spontaneity + Creativity = Debra

Who could ask for anything more? Don’t you want to be you? Ask God to lead you on His adventure to reveal His life through you.

Debra

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God Weaves His Story Through Your Life

Enjoy the JourneySo often we can lose ourselves in the “Big Picture”, gazing at the horizon of what could be, what may be, or what will come. In doing that, we lose a sense of our purpose in the moment, in the now – discouragement or disillusionment sets in quickly.

Our lives are works of art, created in Christ, loved by the Father and walked out in Holy Spirit.

Look at your life. Look at the story God is weaving through all your experiences, good and bad. There is a picture God wants to show you so that Christ can live His life through you, uniquely and creatively. We are the story and we are the message of our life in Christ.

Take time to get alone to simply BE and allow the Spirit to minister to you and Jesus to speak to you.

What I was as a child, I am now – creative, spontaneous, loving adventure……….Jesus says that we are to be like children in our faith. To believe that we walk out the mysteries of His love and grace day by day.

As adults, we lose this sense of wonder along the way due to life’s pressures along with many other things that come against us and try to destroy our wonder and innocence in the beauty of Jesus.

Childlike faith moves out in simplicity and trust as Holy Spirit leads the way. I think perhaps we need to look back upon our lives as children, not to focus on all the pain, wounds or our negative feelings about what our parents did or did not do……….forgive and then allow the Lord to reveal to you how you are made, who you are, and why you are in such a time as this……….what was taken away due to life’s ongoing pressure is now coming alive in Christ. What’s your story? Look carefully and see all the little things that make you…….YOU.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…Jeremiah 1:5

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…..Psalm 139:13-14

Living with Passion and Purpose……..In Christ,
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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