Prophets – In Deep Waters

Ocean WaveHere I am in deep waters, far away from any sign of land. Waves surge up and down, settling me briefly into watery valleys that hinder my vision. I hope to see some glimpse of land, some reference point that would lead me up and away from the deep waters into the shallows of what is familiar and comfortable. Yet, each time I rise up, the view is the same – more waves and a vast expanse of sky that causes me to feel a spiritual vertigo. If I look too long without anything to focus on, I feel a bit dizzy in this new place.

How did I get here? Well, I cried out a simple prayer, “More Lord.” When that prayer reached a crescendo, rising into the ears of God, He lifted me up and brought me out into the deep to call me unto Himself.

Despite my disdain for religion and my dislike for the mundane, at least the shallow waters lent themselves to some sort of fellowship and preaching. Out here there’s nothing. No distractions. It’s just the sound of the waves as the wind swirls around me.

To stay afloat, I can tread water but that gets tiring over time. How long will that keep me afloat anyway?

Nothing to lean on. Nowhere to go. It’s just me and the wind and the waves. What purpose does this serve? How does this fit into God’s mighty plan for my life?

I knew it would come to this. After all, when I cried out “More Lord” what did I expect? To be drawn up in the midst of churchianity or to be drawn out into the deep?

For years, a discontent grew within my whole being whenever I entertained the thought of church – business as usual, mundane boring programs, performance driven worship teams or leadership that micromanaged everything down to the last minute. This discontent almost killed me. It was at this point that God whispered into my being. “If you want to go deeper, you have to be drawn into the deep waters.”

Water flowingWhen it first happens, loneliness sets in along with a penchant to stay alive by any means possible. You know what I’m talking about if you are following along with this by the Spirit. Thinking that this won’t last too long or that God will let me go back to the safety of the shoreline. You get that right?

But as the waves come and go, I realize that it’s impossible to have both – sanctimonious religion and God ordained, Spirit led, Jesus loving relationship. It’s impossible for desire and passion to grow in environments self-serving to man’s agenda without any regard to precious Holy Spirit.

When drawn into the deep by the hand of God, there is only one thing to do. Release, let go and allow Him to pull you down into His depths. There is no returning to normalcy after that. When I release myself to the hand of God and He pulls me under, I have only one recourse of action left in my life.

Release everything to Him. Trust Him.

What’s the alternative? Catching a wave back into shore, splashing around in the shallows with those who want nothing more from God than the latest conference or next trendy worship CD. There are no options left for me.

I release myself into the depths of my Lord.

Over time, I discover a new paradigm takes over. What was focused years ago on external Christianity in the realm of performance, agenda and works is now focused on being in union with Christ, so that my life flows in Christ………..as He is, so am I in the world. This reality infuses my life with His life. It is Christ in me. Christ in me.

It is in the depths, the deep waters, that I find truth, the person of Christ in the depths of His love, His grace and His mercy flowing into my life.

God calls prophets into the deep waters for seasons of increased revelation, growth and maturity. It is a pulling aside, going deeper, intimate times with God apart from the routine and ritual that religious Christianity brings.

Prophets in deep waters love God and love His people. The deep is necessary to strengthen the message that will resonate through every fiber of our being. It is a call to love God wholeheartedly with our whole mind, body and soul, forsaking anything the world offers that tries to take the place of God. Our message is fine-tuned here, uncompromised, not conforming to standard or ritual.

What is the message you may ask? Is it some mysterious revelation that sets us apart? Is it some new teaching that will draw others to us, eyes wide open, gazing in admiration at us and our anointing?

It’s quite simple. It is the centrality of Christ; Jesus being all in all with every prophetic utterance issuing forth a revelation of the preeminence and glory, in the person of Christ.

In the deep, He forms the hearts before He fashions the words coming from our lives. Each word has its beginning and ending in the person of Jesus Christ. Our lives are changed. He is our all in all.

The deep brings a reality that forms in us and lives through us in Christ. We may be called back into the shallows and back onto land but the revelation imparted here will be the foundation of our lives. Radical prophets submitted to God, loving people and challenging the very nature of the church, as we know it.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 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. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 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

Debra

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Prophets in the Deep

cropped-cropped-photo2.jpgProphets in the deep. What does that mean?  I”ll need a few blog posts to write about this revelation that is forming within the depths of my heart.

Instead of starting at the beginning of how I received this word and work my way forward to a clear conclusion, I will do just the opposite. I will start with my conclusion and over the next few posts work my way back into the revelation in seed form. This will take you back to its conception and help you birth something within you as you listen with the ears of Holy Spirit.   And…it will take a few posts. (I will break some rules of blogging that say I should keep it short, sweet, attractive and conclusive, giving answers in 10 steps how to conquer, rule and be successful.) I hope and pray that you follow along and that it ministers greatly to each of you this week.

Prophets of the deep. Those in the deep waters, far away from any point of reference except Holy Spirit. Sometimes I can’t see any land and I am a bit lonely and tired. Time wears me down and the message forming within me is going nowhere except to the skies above and the water below. So, I don’t want to wait anymore. No one can hear me out here. What to do?

I catch a wave into shore, hoping to join in the flow of the latest prophetic conference, movement or network. I convince myself that I got it wrong by being ‘out there’ and the current cutting edge ‘thing’ is where I need to be – to belong, to be covered. That is where the action is. So I go.

In doing this, I don’t see it yet but I am ignoring my own inner witness encouraging me to just stay just where I am…..in the deep.

Yet here I am in the midst of the action. Meeting after meeting. Conferences and more. Yet I look inside myself and long for the deep. My heart can’t relate to what I hear or what I see in the organized gathering. I miss the deep. Did I make a mistake? Yes, but thank God for His grace.

This is actually where I find myself right now and those who have ears to hear the Spirit will understand this. I came back to shore thinking that the deep lasted too long, was too lonely and was without constant affirmation. So I caught the wave back to shore and find myself here, in a place that I thought I needed. Yet, God graces me and shows me my mistake and calls me back out…again. He is forever patient with me.

Rivers of Eden GlobeHow did I find myself in the deep waters to begin with? Well, by the hand of God (though I know that I know many would disagree with me about this, believing that it circumvents the rules of proper prophetic protocol, encourages lone rangers, and a few other things). But I will say again something I strongly believe. There are prophets in deep waters, loving God, loving God’s people, yet unable to sync with the current atmosphere of the church regarding prophets, networks, words and more words, etc. etc.

Prophets of the deep find that there is no way to stay afloat for very long…out there. Treading water can be tiring at times. There comes a choice to go back into shore and accept the status quo or stay in the deep and be drawn down into the reality of the deep waters. I opted out and came back to shore to join up. Mistake. Now I see and I release myself to the deep with greater passion, purpose and humility.

What exactly is the deep?

Is it some mysterious message or revelation that sets us apart? Is it some new teaching that will draw others to us, eyes wide open, gazing in admiration at us and our anointing? Is it a place that is temporary while we wait to be drawn back into the mix where we can also build conferences and write books about the deep?  It is none of that.

The deep is my abiding place in Christ. The joining together of the true church into its center, Jesus Christ. It is the gathering of people within the deep waters where we step out and away from the current format of church as we know it, and go beyond into the uncharted waters of Holy Spirit, gathering with one another in community within a new form that cuts deep into our hearts.

That which draws us into the depths of the waters, is actually not a new revelation or a new teaching. It is actually something greatly missing from the current expression of church. And it is not some ‘thing’. It is actually a person and that person is Jesus Christ in full revelation of the New Covenant and all its glorious realities.

Every prophetic word brought forth from the prophets of the deep finds its source in the preeminence, glory, and revelation of the person of Christ. These sounds are sourced in Christ Jesus. He forms the hearts and fashions the words so that what is sounded forth draws its beginning in Christ and its ending in bringing glory to the Son of God. In the process, these words of the deep bring us into an awakening….a deep awakening. Not the catchwords of revival, breakthrough, acceleration…but the glory of being In Christ. He is who forms us, knows us and it is He that we speak in words of spirit, life and truth.

For those with ears to hear, I am turning the ship slowly back into the deep waters to write for those with ears to hear and hearts to understand. Something awakened within me this weekend after years of writing and seeking and trying to find…..it’s like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Those red shoes have always been able to take me where I wanted to go. But, I did not see it and kept searching, endlessly searching.

Christ in me – enough, more than enough.

If I wanted to, I could go back and delete or rewrite some blog posts but why bother? They serve as a way of looking at my journey out of movements and methods and churches that subscribe to prophetic words that make me feel like I have to strive to reach and to grasp something to get to the next step. He awakens me to His reality and it seems to have taken a long time. But…that’s okay. Stick with me okay? I am seeking a community of believers that are formed or perhaps we will form (Marvin and I) that will focus solely on Jesus Christ and go deep into His revelation. More coming. These words don’t even scratch the surface of my heart today so I pray with every fiber of my being that you are understanding what I am saying in this process……..freedom yet now we face the great unknown.

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Debra
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