God Whispers – Don’t Run With It Just Yet – Take Time To Be Still

Man in SunlightDiscernment – to be still,to know. God whispers. Something is revealed to you by the Father. God whispers glorious truths to us as we spend time with Him as any Father/Child would do.

How to value the words, the whispers? Sometimes speaking and sometimes not speaking what has been shown to you.

What God has revealed to us sometimes should just stay with us rather than sounding it forth. So many premature revelations sound forth without the appropriate time to settle, stir, grow, and expand within us. Everyone seems to be talking, talking talking. I do believe we all need a divine selah to pause and reflect. In this, wisdom grows in timing and grace so that when we speak, our words sound forth with authenticity, grace and power.

DebraIn Christ
Debra

Present Moments, Future Promises – The Now & The Not Yet

Life is experienced within a divine tension between where I stand right now and where I want to be in the future, my not yet. Living in this tension is not always easy and sometimes in deep frustration I may want to escape from my own life. Over the past 10 years, while trying to build a ministry, I continually focused on my not yet times, discounting the beauty waiting to be revealed in the moments that were right before me.

This cost me friendships, unique life experiences that were right before me. But, I was driven, seeking a passionate pursuit of promises in my not yet future. Rather than waiting on God, enjoying the journey, I often disregarded my day, focusing ahead, in a hurry to get there. Looking back, I was filled with regret over what could have been that I simply did not see. There were moments hidden in my day to day that I bypassed looking for more important endeavors.

FlickrWhile I lived in Abu Dhabi, I focused on Finland. When I was in Finland, I focused on Abu Dhabi. When I was in the States close to my family, I was always thinking about something else. God revealed to me how often I was not in the moment. I was present but my mind was captivated by something else, always. I am very thankful that God does indeed redeem the time, making all things new, with fresh starts instead of false starts.

All along this journey, people kept giving me the same prophetic word, over and over, in various ways, through various people at various times.

Rest.

Debra, God says to rest.

Holy Spirit is teaching you to rest.

Those words became a thorn in my flesh because my flesh was concentrating on making ministry happen. I almost disdained that word – rest. Why? Because it hit my heart at a place I needed healing and I didn’t want to deal with it. It’s the same sad story for many of us. Trying to please God. Performing to prove ourselves to others and to God. Trying to win His approval. I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to this constant pursuit to be accepted by God for how you perform.

Little Guy With PostitsI wanted to build, to grow a ministry, to find my place in time, to access my destiny. Along the way, there were many false starts as you can read from the previous blog post. I lived looking ahead, constantly. When God finally saw fit to shut it all down, I struggled with rejection, feeling abandoned and deep regret. Then guilt also set in trying to make it right. What a mess!

Rest, trust, abiding. I get it……….now.

Life is short on this earth. Keep the main thing the main thing. Never forget it. Life is filled with moments of hidden potential. Yet, they are lost if we continually focus and fill our time with the not yet in the future. Our focused pursuit of this not yet trying to make it happen or trying to get ahead leaves us completely bankrupt. Sadly, we don’t see it until some future point that we strive to get to achieve what we think we want. We find it only leaves us empty.

I thank God that each day is filled anew with His mercy and grace. I thank Him that there are second chances, third chances, fourth chances…..

All God’s promises will come to pass, in His timing and In His way. By faith I access the not yet future through spiritual vision. I walk day by day, looking at my horizon line, knowing God knows the way. Through visions, prophetic words, and dreams, God reveals to me great and glorious things for me to do now and in the not yet future. I walk. I live. I trust. Life is a continual journey, one to be explored, a great adventure. My life in Christ flows in sync with eternity’s divine rhythm while living on earth. That is Christianity at its finest.

Each day holds beauty, moments filled with astonishing revelation of His abounding grace. I accept the now times of my life, living each day to the fullest. I don’t discount the day, no matter how routine or boring life may appear to be. Life’s mundane routines hold the glory of Christ. There are moments in each day, which hold keys to hidden doors, waiting to be opened into wide places of opportunity. I open my eyes to see, right now.

The future is realized through walking in sync with God in my now. I don’t have to run to get there. It will unfold right before my eyes as I focus on intimacy with the Lord. I am learning to be content and in that there is great wisdom.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Time To Engage!

It is time to discern between a voice and an echo. An echo repeats, copies or imitates. A voice speaks what has been given to it in the secret place, hidden in Christ. This is a place where discernment to hear accompanied by wisdom to do, kicks in to sound out what is seen…and what is seen in the spirit often runs contrary to what is seen in the natural realm. Chaos in the earth – peace in Christ. Confusion abounds – clarity of vision hidden in Christ in heavenly places. There is truth in the secret place.

The spiritual takes precedence at all times over the natural. It is my reality. I look through the lens of Christ to truly see. What is seen in heavenly places helps me engage accurately in what is taking place on earth, giving me passion and purpose to walk out my faith, believing in Christ Jesus. It’s time to engage in Christ and speak!

This seems to lead into what is on my heart today. I am going round about to get to my point. Have you noticed some people drone on and on and on, talking, talking, completely oblivious to you? Words flow forth in quantity, yet hold very little quality. Here’s my Facebook post about it.

In this day and age, it is not wise to give credence to any sound. In fact it is very detrimental to our well-being to give affirmation to just any sound. People are talking, and talking, and talking. I pass over so much of the echoing noise to find the voices, those speaking light into dark places, speaking life into places filled with chaos and death.

People all around seem to be demanding attention to be heard. It’s hard to engage with this endless talk and that is why this statement struck me so hard.

“People drone on and on about things they’ve done even when they are normal things the rest of us do all the time.”

I am not obliged to listen anymore and my discernment level is up as to what I actually want to spend my time on. I do not presume to think that everyone will want to hang onto every word I say but I do know that I am called to be a voice and those with ears to hear me, to engage in what I am saying, will walk alongside me as I will listen and walk alongside them. It is not a time to gather the masses. Since when have true voices even gathered the masses? It is a time to gather those of quality, not quantity. And it is a time to gather people in the reality of Christ Jesus.

I weigh my words carefully but I was not always like that in times past. Like the Facebook post, I actually learned this while living quite a long time in Finland – the value of silence. Silence in Finland can be quite wonderful or quite intimidating. This is a place where words, unless they are of value, are not presumed upon to be spoken into the atmosphere just because one is able. There is an unwritten rule of conduct in Finland. One is not allowed to invade another’s space randomly or haphazardly. There are positives and negatives about this but I want to focus on the positives. I learned to just BE without the need to talk and talk and talk, which is basically seen as an inalienable right to most Americans. That is not always a good thing. We tend to talk and drone on but our listening skills and our ability to communicate are immature at times, many times.

Visual representation of a soundwave

“A time to tear and a time to sow. A time to keep silent and a time to speak.” Proverbs 3:7 (NKJV)

“The more talk, the less truth. The wise measure their words.” Proverbs 10:19 (Message)

“Even a fool is counted wise when he holds peace. When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Proverbs 17:28 (NKJV)

I am not against conversation, fellowship or just being with friends, talking and laughing. God, we truly need that. I am talking about a necessary need in these times to weigh what we say carefully, neither to let fear or arrogant presumption guide us as we speak. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent. It is wisdom to know the difference.

This whole blog developed because over the past few years, as I talk to people, I see how much I am changing as I listen to hear what is being said and what isn’t being said through observation of actions. As I sat through telephone conversations where people did not even give me a chance to break in, or meeting people who asked to get to know me only to spend the majority of the time talking about themselves, or meeting people who interrupt, talk over and demand to be heard.

Silence learned in Finland and also in my times spent in the wilderness, God taught me and is teaching me to know the value in true conversation and the importance of voices bringing forth a true sound in this day and age. Let’s learn the difference.

The tables are turning and many that find themselves coming out, so to speak, after years of wilderness training and alone times with God, will have an aversion to sounds that do not speak truth with clarity, flowing in light and life. My ears are being trained to hear beyond the lying spirits of this age. My ears are being attuned to that which is an illusion or a deception. I have quieted down amidst the ever-invasive noise of culture at large to seek to not only see but to hear. Be still and know. It is a process that requires discipline on my part – turn off the TV (except for Downton Abbey of course), read (yes readers are leaders as TD Jakes quotes), meditate on Scripture, pray, listen and spend time with the Lord.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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What If?

whatifWhat if my next step, in faith, is totally unrelated to anything that has brought me to this exact place in which I now stand? What I mean by that is quit simple. Sometimes I find that we are trained to believe to ‘go forth’ or to ‘step out’ or to ‘breakthrough’ somehow are related to what has gone before us. I tend to look for the same signposts that indicate a change is coming or a breakthrough is near. Kind of like going to the store by the same road you usually follow. You pass by one street, then a familiar park, and then perhaps a certain restaurant and before you know it, sometimes without being engaged in the whole process, you arrive at your destination. It can be methodical, day-by-day, moment-by-moment.

Yet what about those moments when God wants to break into the mundane and take me in a totally new direction? Will I accept the signposts in the road that may look different and lead me out on a new path? What if it all seems totally out of sync in the way that I am used to hearing His voice? What then?

You may want to start this journey with me in some previous blogs to gain some understanding here. Or you can read this one.

That is what I believe I am going through right now. Lease is up August 31. Still no place to live. Again, this may sound strange but there are a variety of variables working against us at times in renting something here in the LA area. They are too numerous to mention here. At the risk of making it all sound like some massive spiritual attack, what if it is God? What if He is behind this resistance because I have neglected to see the signposts in the road that indicates a new way to go?

Haven’t I been the one espousing this quote?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

This is my ‘what if’ blog post? If I did not write it, I may not be writing for some time because I don’t have anything to concretely tell you or show you that suddenly, all the pieces just fell into place. We search day by day for a place to live in this hot hot fast-moving LA rental market and turn up empty-handed most of the time or else we are moved out of position by someone who gets there faster than us.

What if our ‘next step’ is actually coming from left field, out of my focused field of vision? What if? What if there is no point of reference, absolutely none, to connect us to this next step other than Holy Spirit saying ‘This is it” or “Go left” or Go right”. What if?

fbe0c2ade21431a88d45790c2bbabffcHere’s what I think God is doing for many of us in some ways – subtle or more overt – but God all the same. As I am going about my day-to-day, I am keyed into hearing God in ways that I am familiar with hearing God. He is not speaking that way. I can say that for sure. Yet all the while I hear this whisper near my ear at times. Sometimes it’s so quiet and so indistinct that I have to wonder if it is me or it is God.

Then sometimes I have this knowing come over me that in the stillness, greater clarity and light will be brought into our position in the natural. You see along with the whisper I see something. Perhaps not so clear, a bit nebulous but I cannot deny its presence and its subtle influences upon my spiritual vision.

I see a door, a door that is hidden, perhaps a bit small, hidden behind foliage or some obstruction. Yet it is a door. I can make it out but I can’t tell you for sure anything more than that. It is a door, that when opened, will lead into a wide-open place, a new vista. But for now it is a bit unseen at times to me. It is before me at some distance. That is all I know in the spirit.

What if I ignore it and proceed along a better-designed path that provides me some comfort and a lot less stress? What if I do that? But I can’t. I can’t ignore the subtle moving of Holy Spirit, teaching me to flow in the reality of Christ in me.

Christ in me.

Sometimes fear creeps in a bit because I wonder, “What if I miss it? What if I don’t hear? Is your grace able to keep me moving forward even when I am unaware of your presence?”

Will His love and grace and mercy keep me moving despite myself and my need for surety and comfort? When I don’t know it, feel it, sense it, hear it, and when silence surrounds me on all sides, will I simply trust and not jump into what is before me? Will I wait in response to the whisper of His voice and the vision that drifts into and out of my spiritual vision?

Aha……….perhaps this is really being led by Holy Spirit – revealing Christ in me, the hope of glory. You see, in times past, I heard more clearly and saw more clearly. Perhaps it was God’s grace teaching me in the midst of my own growth and immaturity. Jesus is now leading me in fresh intimate ways that are contrary to the incessant noise of the world today.

Psalm 46:10
Be STILL and KNOW that I AM God.

Right now, in our search, I would feel out of sync if I just moved on what I sensed was out there in the natural, just picking some place to live that seemed right but is it really? Trust me in this. I would not choose to go this way at this time – so much is unclear, many variables, many loose ends BUT day by day I continually sense there is something I am not fully seeing, not yet. I only have small pieces of the picture and I cannot make any assumptions as to how it will all turn out. What a journey!

Perhaps I feel a bit like this man.

Mark 8:22-26
A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida – Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “ Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

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