Time to Move Out Into Those Wide Open Spaces In Christ

5970202685_c187cfac72_zIt’s possible.

It’s impossible.

What do I believe?

Nothing is impossible with God. He delights in giving me dreams, visions and revelation that call me out from my safe comfortable existence. I share my hopes and dreams with those who dream big, who believe in walking in the possibilities of God in Christ Jesus. His purpose for me is kingdom oriented and supernaturally driven. It’s infused with eternal perspective that is my internal GPS system.

Each day I choose to believe God. I choose to believe His word.

For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

2017 is a year where my key words are possibility, faith, obedience and confidence.

Possibility brings me into wide-open spaces of exploration.

He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! Psalms 18:19

Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide-open spaces, he answered. God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? God’s my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; Far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities. Ps. 118:5-9

In a negative, chaotic world, I choose to believe in possibility, a wide-open space where Jesus takes my hand and Holy Spirit leads me into adventure. In this place, promises abound, hope is eternal, and destinies are walked out in purpose, contrary to the ways of the world. I refuse to live any other way now.

My dad was a negative person due to pain in his personal life. This atmosphere infused our home. Growing up believing that I will never measure up, I stood back, always observing, never engaging with life, never taking risks. Deliverance and healing came in Christ years ago when I received His salvation and His healing. Step by step He walked me out into total freedom into my life message of journey and adventure in the Holy Spirit. It keeps getting better and better each day.

PaintbrushPossibilities are real in the spiritual realm. I see them with eyes of faith and obey the Holy Spirit’s lead to walk them out in a broad place without fear or condemnation.

Timing of the manifestation of the promise is in God’s hands but once you see it in the Spirit, it is yours. Faith calls it forth and obedience walks it out. I partner with the Holy Spirit to manifest heaven on earth through my life in Christ.

Here’s how walk it all out in my life when I receive a promise from God.

Iceland is on my heart. God put it there. He’s a good God with a keen sense of humor. I see something about Iceland in commercials on TV, on the Internet, or while I am reading. It’s like He is saying, “There it is. What are you going to do about it?”

I know I’m called there so I’m putting it out there as an example of walking in faith in journey with Holy Spirit.

I can wait until someone contacts me or I can be proactive in the spirit and start where I am right now….believing in the possibilities that exist in His promise to me.

I take the visions or dreams that He gives me and I position myself in prayer. I prophesy to myself. I pray the vision out loud in declaration until I receive more vision. I thank God for this promise seeing myself there in this beautiful nation.

He then shows me a picture of a rock tumbler and rocks’ hitting against one another and I Google what a rock tumbler is. How does this picture spiritually reveal what God is saying about Iceland and its people? This is just a small part of one vision – walking out the now step by step into the future that is on the horizon.

My call – To motivate you to move in Christ into grand adventure in your Christian walk, believing nothing is impossible with Him. Keep walking this out with me………..

Possibility = adventure and journey in Christ Jesus

Faith = believe the promise at all times, even when you don’t quite see it

Obedience = walking out small steps day by day on this journey. Get moving!

Confidence = NOT in myself but in Jesus, who strengthens me, encourages me and leads me onward.

Debra

 

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Debra

Are You hungry? What are You Looking for?

Knives and ForksMy stomach growled as if I hadn’t eaten in a week. Where was this coming from? I just ate breakfast.

Sometimes God moves through our emotional or physical senses to show us what He is feeling for someone or some situation that day. We feel what He is feeling. Has that ever happened to you? It usually happens through my emotions. Sometimes I look at someone who I’m praying over and I feel intense joy. I don’t know the person but just feel such joy and peace for them. I can’t explain it other than its God’s joy over His child. Praying over the person in this revelation releases joy into their life.

This time it was pure hunger pains. I received them and asked Him what He wanted to show me.

“Deep hunger is growing in many.”

Let me say something here okay? If your Christianity is not filled with supernatural signs from the Lord, then ask Him to sync your life with heaven in Holy Spirit. You are already seated in heavenly places. Every spiritual blessing is yours in Christ. And, you are eternal beings in Christ. So shouldn’t our lives be in sync with eternity?

God is on an adventure and He calls us to walk with Him in the midst of journey. I never accepted my Christianity as just being a ‘go to church sit in a pew listen to a sermon and then carry on with the rest of my life” sort of thing. Jesus is my life so He lives His life through me and He never disappoints.

Fork and Knife on Napkin

Back to the hunger pains okay?

God speaks. I listen.

“There is an intense hunger growing in people, a hunger so strong it can’t be denied. Nothing but Jesus Christ can satisfy a hunger so deep.”

God creates the hunger and then gives divine satisfaction in the person of Jesus Christ.

Why the hunger?

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!’ Psalm 34:8

He speaks it loud and clear.

“Partake of life in my son, Jesus Christ. Taste and see that He is good.”

God stirs hunger and then brings divine satisfaction. Why? He seeks you with His heart of love. He calms the storms with eternal reality, the real stuff in Christ.

People are hungry so they search all over for things that satisfy. This runs the gamut from drugs, alcohol, sex, reputation, success, materialism, food…and on and on and on. Fear drives people to feel safe so they seek out anything to get their mind and their life off of the worry, chaos and anxiety in the earth today. Fear is on the loose magnified to the highest degree.

Fear of loss.
Fear of failure.
Fear of death.
Fear of lack.
Fear of sickness.
Fear, fear and more fear.
The list is endless.

God speaks clearly. “Are you hungry? Come to Me! Nothing else will satisfy. Nothing.”

Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last……I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. ” John 6:27, 35-37

Is this truth too hard to swallow? Pardon the pun.

It’s true. All He says is truth. And in this truth there is light and life to change your life so that you find peace, hope, mercy, and love…..so much love in Christ that you will wonder why you ever tried to find something else to satisfy this intense hunger in you.

Are you hungry? Taste and see that He is good. Nothing else will satisfy.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

What Is Truth?

cropped-cropped-istock_000026317800medium2.jpgWhat is truth? Great minds have thought about this for thousands of years. Can I make it simple? Jesus is truth. Not ‘a’ truth. Not one truth out of many. Jesus is truth – the person of Christ, the living Word.

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” John 14:6-7

Truth is simple. It’s a beautiful door waiting to be opened. Step across the threshold into a new world, a new paradigm where Holy Spirit activates spiritual senses to see and hear. Eyes are opened to see a way that opens up in Christ, challenging us to live beyond the natural chaos. It’s called kingdom and it’s my home, now.

When I look around and see all the chaos, I know that this is not my home. I physically live in this realm but over and over I remind myself that I am seated in heavenly places. In that truth, I move in a new reality in Christ. That is the heart of my message and how I live my life in Christ.

Holy Spirit is with me always, revealing Christ to me in different ways, at different times and in diverse places. Holy Spirit shows me how to navigate the waves that threaten to pull me under into the depths of confusion, fear and worry. I don’t go there. And, if the day starts out less than perfect, I remind myself through prophetic declaration that I live in another reality. I prophesy to myself. I speak life and truth to myself. I prophesy Jesus to ME, through ME and in ME. I don’t forget I am in the world but neither do I forget that I am not of the world.

I feel pain. I face fear. Through it all, my eyes are focused on the temporariness of this life and the eternal reality of my life in Christ. That gives me hope and a future despite what I see and feel around me at any given moment.

The Spirit reveals truth and that truth is Jesus Christ. He’s real and He’s alive. Truth is on the move in every corner of the world. He gives Holy Spirit to me so that I access truth in a world in chaos.

But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. 14 He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. 15 Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’ John 16:13-15

Darkness invades my thought life with so many ‘what ifs’. What if I lose my job? What if I have cancer? Fear surrounds me today on all sides and in every way possible. There are a million ways of attack, seeking to paralyze my life in the now instead of the eternal reality of life in Christ.

breaking chainsHowever darkness chooses to take form, there is truth in Christ.

Meditate on this truth.

Truth confronts darkness. Truth displaces darkness.

Almost daily, insecurity, obscurity, insignificance, terror, worry, anxiety or anger tries to invade the safety of my life. TV, social media, radio. The enemy is active. Jesus Himself said he is like a lion seeking whom he may devour. In Christ Jesus there is life and that life flows in direct contradiction to all evil tries to throw at me – security, hope, peace, and rest.

Truth builds strength within me. Christianity is not weak. It is strong. I lose my life to find my life in Christ.

Truth roots itself in and through my life, building a strong belief system. Weaving its way through my DNA forming an identity that rises above the darkness to live in eternal light. Even the smallest glimmer of light displaces the darkness that tries to encroach on my God ordained identity.

What is truth? The person of Christ Jesus. Not a formula, a doctrine, a belief system. A person – Jesus Christ.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

Pursue Spiritual Realities

Peace in ChristSeated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, my paradigm of life shifts, giving me clear spiritual vision. My position in heavenly places changes my earthly perspective. I learn to see a greater reality in the spirit than what I see with my natural eyes. In the midst of the world’s chaos, I live in the spirit, Holy Spirit. Spiritual realities contradict the world’s chaos. Where there is confusion, I have peace. Where there is fear, I have faith. Where there is anxiety and worry, I have hope – in Christ. I live from this place each moment of my life.

Live by impulses of the spirit – motivated to pursue spiritual realties. Romans 8:5 (Passion Translation)

Spiritual realities form the foundation of a life, flowing and living in the spirit – in the world but not of the world. Knowing that I am a spiritual being in Christ, my identity, purpose and destiny forms in another kingdom where Christ is King and Lord. I live, move and have my being in Him, outside of time and space, in the Spirit. Infused with life in Christ, I live in the earth, bringing His life and light to flow in my life while I am physically here. Eternal realities flow in and through me in Christ.

GlassesI am an eternal being in Christ. My life is hidden in Him. From that spiritual reality, I see with a new lens of spiritual sight. I am in time for such a time as this. I don’t escape the darkness of the world but I am not captured by its journey into deeper realms of chaos. My spiritual life is a way in Christ that I live, move and have my being right in the midst of it all.

Now, how does one pursue spiritual realities?

  • Listen to the voice of God. Above all, know that as a child of God, you can hear your Father speak to you. He sets your course in life. He takes you higher into purpose and destiny. His voice is right here, even in all the noise. Learn to listen.
  • Know that Christians are spiritual beings in Christ. Be aware and fully present in that reality, discerning not only the times but also the times in your day. Discern the spirits that are not Holy Spirit – fear, anxiety, or worry to name a few.
  • Live in the light of revelation and learn to discern the darkness so that when it attacks you know where it is coming from whether that is at work, at home or out and about in your day. Learn to pick up on what is going on in the spiritual realm at all times.
  • Ask Holy Spirit to fine-tune your spiritual senses. Talk to God. Pray in tongues. Learn to listen to Him as you are moving about your day so that you can move in prophesy, words of wisdom or knowledge. Be alert to know how to respond to people with words of hope and love. Also be alert to situations where darkness may escalate right before your eyes. The Spirit may quietly tell you to pray, to leave, or to take some sort of action.
  • Spend time with the Lord, times of worship and prayer. From these times of intimacy, glory saturates your life so that the light shines so bright that when moving throughout your day, the light of Christ penetrates the darkness and always overcomes it.
  • Discern, watch, and always listen with spiritual eyes and ears. Be contrary and contradictory in your Christian walk. How? Flow in an opposing spirit of humility, grace and love no matter what you face. This flow will bring down strongholds and barriers that present themselves along your path each day. The darkness cannot comprehend this type of heavenly strength and will flee, confused and dismantled.
  • Grow in wisdom and knowledge in the Lord through reading His word.

These are just a few thoughts for today. As a Christian,  learn to walk in a greater spiritual reality in Christ. Holy Spirit will teach you.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Beauty – Inside Out…A Prophetic Insight For All of Us

Beauty EyeBeauty in its outward form is always accepted, while beauty in its inward form is mostly rejected.

One is enhanced by the eternal. Do you know which one? Can you see?

Beauty flows out from an inner womb of transformation to BE….just to BE.

Yet, worldly heads turn with eyes open wide at what can easily be seen, their vision grafted into perverted perceptions and worldly distortions. They see but don’t see. They chase an illusion to try to obtain what is unobtainable. Ah, to be beautiful! To be seen! To be known is their cry.

I have another way for you today. Turn your focus in another direction with eyes of perception to see what can only be seen in Holy Spirit.

Holy…..Spirit. Not the spirit of the world. The Spirit of the Beautiful One – Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit orchestrates beauty as an inner reality in Christ. Inner lives adorned and transformed from the inside out. Gaze upon the One who is beauty – Jesus Christ.

Though outwardly rejected in His time, He inwardly reflected heaven’s glory for those who would truly see. A life ravished by the violent apprehension of the cross, beauty marred and distorted yet necessary to bring us into glory…into beauty as sons and daughters. Do you see?

Beauty in our identity in Christ, destined to also go through the sufferings of the world – its rejection, its provocation, its disdain, its contempt toward us. In ascribing its own definition of beauty, it fails to see what is right before their eyes. How often the world hurls insults at our lives in Christ.

But then our revelation of resurrection. There’s always a resurrection for those who desire to see and to be.

The inner revelation of our eternal beauty is worked out in the midst of darkness and oppression. We rise up right in the midst of this darkness as a Bride, clothed in glory with heaven’s beauty.

Now. Not someday. Now.

Beauty DistortionGetting past our own limitations and our own imaginations, we begin to truly see ourselves from within……in Christ. And in this, the world soon loses its hold on our identity. We see. We know.

Comprehend the beauty that lives within us. Understand the flow, form and function in our lives. Creative expression in Christ.

Look at the darkness. Look at it closely. It cannot comprehend this beauty, yet it is fearful of its reality. The darkness consistently tries to keep us in the shadows…away from the light that reveals who is inside, who we are…….in Christ.

So come out from the shadow today all you beautiful sons and daughters of the Most High God. Gaze upon His beauty. Reflect His glory. Now.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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Rivers of Eden Ministry