There’s No There………..There

3294247795_7a63d3d340_zHave you heard the expression – “There’s no there…there”? It captures an image in my mind of someone continually walking, but never arriving at his or her destination.

I see so many people waiting for something or someone to take them out of their current reality to whisk them away to their ‘THERE’. That place where all is settled nicely into place. That next breakthrough. That next prophetic word. That next something or other.

You know that word in Isaiah that says that those who wait upon the Lord will rise up with wings as eagles. Well, I know many who are still waiting and waiting and waiting. I used to be one of them, feeling somewhat self-righteous and smug in my spirituality. No more. It’s time to risk it all to follow the Lord – possibility, faith and obedience being the key words.

Christianity is about life in Christ. He is my life now. So for me there is no ‘there’ to move into to find Him for He is right here within me. That reality has changed how I approach life on a daily basis. How I can walk in adventure and journey, believing that He is all I need now. Jesus is capable of leading me where He wants me to go to do what He wants me to do.

Sound Waves From MouthWhen I prophesy into someone’s life or even write prophetically, I prophesy from the revelation of the finished work of Christ on the cross. I prophesy from a position of breakthrough, of being seated in heavenly places, of being a child of God NOW not somewhere out THERE.

That is who I am and that is who you are in Christ, as a Christian. Our identity is secure in Him, fully settled in His sacrifice. I no longer strive to achieve anything more to add to his finished work but live in rest, His live flowing in and through mine.

Prophecy that causes anyone to strive or to enter into performance to produce anything is not of God. Yet, there are so many words being given that project us into our future, while negating the reality of our now.

Now we are seated in heavenly places.

Now I am complete in Christ.

Now I am loved.

Now I am accepted.

Now all the promises of God are yes and amen in Christ.

Now every spiritual blessing is mine in Christ.

That’s where I begin to write and prophesy. Now is the day of your salvation. What will we do within it?

To constantly tell people breakthrough is coming, revival is coming, and healing is coming negates the reality of what is here for us in Christ. Breakthrough is mine. Revival is mine. Healing is mine. Believe it. That forms the foundation of a prophetic life. The manifestation of healing or breakthrough may not seem apparent right now but they are complete, nonetheless. When we enter into the rest of this reality, we live from a position of our fulfilled life in Christ, not always searching for something more.

I prophesy that Jesus Himself has secured a life of abundance and blessing in Him. In Him is key to our understanding. I don’t strive to get more. I allow Him to live His life through me, which is a promised life of righteousness, peace and joy. It is a life that I will encounter suffering and persecution but in that I am positioned in His blessing and in His abundant life.

There are times of increased warfare in our lives. But, we don’t withdraw from life, waiting for it to pass. We stand, with an intensity to fight off the enemy through declaration of identity, not through shouting and yelling or trying to press harder and harder and harder. Everything is ours in Christ so we walk in that truth– through the ups and downs of life, through all its trials and sufferings.

This reality has changing everything about my prophetic journey. I don’t strive but find peace in Christ to live my life in the Spirit. Rest produces peace and clarity of vision. Rest increases my trust to believe in the promises of God now and to walk in their reality, one step at a time, moving forward in faith.

CrossI prophesy life to each of you reading this, the life of Christ flowing in and through you for victory over any and every circumstance that you encounter. Our relationship with Jesus, with the Father, with Holy Spirit assures us that He will always be with us, in the midst of our life struggles.

For those who struggle with answers nowhere in sight, start by believing that He is a good Father who loves you and only wants what is best for you NOW. When darkness hits and tries to drag you down, remember that He is with you, never leaving or forsaking you NOW. No matter what storm what difficulty, don’t retreat but run to Him and He will see you through…no over or under but through and you will be stronger through it all.

There’s no there…there. He’s right here with everything you need for life.

More in a few days……………..

Debra

 

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Outsource – Prophetic Focus Outward Rather Than In Christ Alone

To Outsource: In place of an internal source.

How to say this concerning the prophetic? How many prophetic words OUTSOURCE their focus on external ways to get there, to break out, to break through, to walk in a certain way or to achieve a result? Outsourcing places the focus on something external to accomplish a task or to complete a project. In the prophetic we often ‘outsource,’ giving words with external focus on something out there to get us where we should be. How?

We chase revivals breaking out somewhere with someone so that we can get there to receive something – Why? He is in us.

Colossians 1:27 ….Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Financial miracles endlessly promised to us when we do something, go somewhere, etc.

Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

There are more but these are just two examples of how the focus is continually taken off of Christ when the Christ, Living Word has finished all on the cross for us….for us to know that reality in all we are, in how we live and move and have our being in Him. We stand in that reality and when we stand in that reality, its’ beauty and glory expands in our lives……….Holy Spirit leads us, directs us, guides us in the person of Christ, not the plan, program or agenda.

Love-And-Christian-Free-Wallpaper-Colossians-1-27-678x508This is just my personal observation. I was involved in the prophetic surge for so many years. I attended conferences because promises were made that breakthroughs would happen, lives would change, and more. I ran forward from a touch from the speaker. I bought the CD’s or the books. I fell under the power.

I did it all. I saw a lot. I experienced so much. I am not saying that it could or did not change me BUT we were often swept up in a focus that was outsourced – the apostle, the prophet, amazed at the manifestations, the flow of the gifts………….we were enraptured by it all. I was enraptured by it all. I am not that way anymore. Because of this, I find that I filter all through the reality of the finished work of the cross bringing all glory to Christ for He is the testimony of prophecy. Christ in me.

I am a ‘new creation’ in Christ –

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is IN CHRIST, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become NEW.

NEW = kainos – a new kind; novel; unprecedented; uncommon; not new in time, recent, but ‘new’ as to form or quality; of different nature.

I am the change the world needs to see. I flow in revival. I break out in opportunities led by Holy Spirit. I flow in Christ and His desires for me. I don’t outsource my life in any way as my first reality. He is in me. He is my reality.

Now that does not mean I don’t struggle or question His timing or His ways. I am human. But, if I get ‘off-center’ it is because I take my focus off of Jesus Christ. Does this sound too simplistic? Is grace that good? Yes it is. And, the prophetic needs to grow in this grace and glory and begin to prophecy from that reality. Great days are ahead of us.

2 Peter 1:4
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Divine – of Christ; of Holy Spirit; of the Father.

I am a partaker of the divine nature, seated in heavenly places, in Christ. The depth of that revelation continually grows in me every day. It affects my relationships. It forges my path as to what I want in a prophetic community or a place of fellowship. I am not looking for perfection. I am looking for Christ in a people, in a church, in a fellowship.

Okay let me just sit back for a minute and meditate on the glory of all this.

Why? Why? Why? Would I outsource my focus to receive something or achieve anything from anyone other than Jesus Christ Himself? Yes, Christ flows through people to give to us but mature leaders always bring glory to Christ alone. Why focus on anything less than Christ Himself? Why?

Yet, because of the immaturity of the Body of Christ at times, because of leaders that focus on meeting needs of people, or possibly because of a self-indulgent Western Church that quite often places themselves as the center of their own universe – because of this, we outsource to meet the needs of the people to receive something, to get something rather than focus on the eternal glory and beauty in Christ………..who is in me.

Each day I wake and each day I walk in a prophetic life that is exploding in a revelation of Jesus Christ who is my all in all. Through the anointing of Holy Spirit revealing Christ to me and through me and in me, I simply walk on a sure path in the way of the person of Christ. From that place, I receive financial breakthroughs, healing, miracles, prophetic paths, and more. It is all in Him.

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

Debra NapaRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.