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.

If there are those out there wanting to comment, please do. For others with deeper questions, please write me on the contact page.

In Christ,
Debra
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A Clear Sound – Do You Hear Yourself Talk?

Sound Waves From MouthWhen I speak, sound moves out with the intent of coming into contact with some thing. Words travel with intent, or at least they should. Ears pick up the vibration as my words move out from within me. They’re looking for a place to land whether that is the human spirit or the deep areas of the heart. I want to speak with intent and purpose, bringing life and light to anyone within the sound of my voice. Whether that be the written word sent out via the Internet or the spoken word as I prophesy/preach/teach, words hold substance. But, the question that always confronts us is quite simple.

Is anyone listening? As the last blog post points out, sometimes our sound can’t be heard at the place where we find ourselves, whether that is a physical location or a spiritual place of transition.

These blog posts are for those waiting to be heard. This is not for those making a way for themselves, pushing out with repetitive prophecies that seem to be a remix of everything that has already been said, over and over and over. I am not talking to those wanting to hit center stage to make a name for themselves. I am not advocating group speak that often happens when we immerse ourselves in a network or denomination of like-minded people who all use the same tribal language.

I am talking to those who hold a deep burning passion within to speak words of life, life and truth in Christ Jesus. You know who you are. You walk in humility and grace. Learning much along the way, you’ve made lots of mistakes and even find yourselves greatly disturbed by what you see and hear around you in Christian arenas. Rather than speak out at the drop of a hat, you choose to remain silent, restrained by the hand of God. There is a deep knowing in you that your words, when spoken, have no place to land. So you wait and wait, sometimes in frustration and sometimes in submission.

There is a time to speak and a time to be silent. We are on a learning curve in our training. I believe there are many ready to be released to speak out what has been entrusted to them while in the hidden places in these past years.

We shall be a people who are intentional. The words that we speak will be words of change – changing atmospheres, changing hearts. Words will go out in power and not return void, doing the work that they are created to do. Intentional words spoken in God’s timing to a people ready to hear.

Words Words WordsBut right now? Are people listening? No, not really. At least that is my take on things. Too much noise. Too much distraction. People always going to the next thing, and the next thing and the next thing, not willing to meditate and think a bit. Not willing to be silent and to wait on God to get His take on things. Many words coming forth in anger, presumption, fear and judgment. Words need a place to land in order to impact an individual, group of people, a city a nation………….

Right now, so many words sounding forth floating about, spiritually speaking. Words dispersing in the spiritual atmosphere, not carrying any great weight of glory. They are light, airy, without much substance.

Sometimes I read or listen to a message and the word burns deep within me, so strong, so powerful that I want to burst inside, waiting to just release it. But…there is this sense that something is lacking. Where is it? There’s nothing lacking in Christ so the issue must be me. What is this? What do I need?

Deep clarity and understanding of a person – Christ in me. Revelation of the person, the Living Word, within me before I actually speak. Alive in me, He speaks to me before He speaks through me. There is no short cut here…………..intimacy in Christ, with Christ.

I hold words that are in process right now, growing in understanding, wisdom, grace. So many words out there. Many find themselves silent as I said above in order to  purify our language to form substance, to impart His person and His glory.

If they are released prematurely, they will disperse in mid-air never hitting the mark. Words of spirit and truth, life and light – They need a place to land. In the wrong timing, they may hit a person’s heart only to languish on the surface because the person is not prepared. They fall off because the ground is not ready. We are being prepared but so are the people/cities/nations to which we are being sent.

Words move out. They land flat. People don’t receive them, can’t receive them, don’t understand them, or any other number of reasons. What’s the problem? Is it that people are rebellious? Maybe. Are they ignorant of what I am saying? Perhaps. Are they tuning me out due to distraction? Yes, many times they are. There can be many reasons why we’re not heard. I just want to simplify it all right now. Looking at the Lord, keeping my eyes on Him and off of people, I realize something.

I believe that the Lord is restraining many of us from speaking. Why? To impart deep within us simplicity of language that focuses on Jesus Christ.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 NKJV)

There has to come a deep knowing before life-giving words come forth in power and anointing. To know Christ and to speak Christ.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63 NKJV)

More to come…………………

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Gazing….Hearing the Voice of God

HeartAs a Christian, we hear the voice of our Lord. We heard His voice draw us into salvation but it does not stop there. We hear Him in an ongoing relationship through Holy Spirit who dwells within us to lead, guide, teach and comfort. So let’s establish this fact: we hear His voice.

Is there the opportunity to make mistakes? To not actually hear correctly? Of course there is. But, that should not by any means stop us from seeking to hear Him speak into our lives through every means possible – the written Word of God, the rhema Word of God breathed into us by the Holy Spirit in revelation, dreams, visions, trances, quiet times and not so quiet times, words dropped into our spirits, and through prophetic acts. The possibilities to commune with God are as creative and unique and diverse as God is in His being.  There are many different ways He can talk to us. It is all centered on relationship. Intimacy with the Lord develops a relationship where we are in sync with Him. In Christ…..we are in Christ.

Today I want to talk about gazing upon His face in the power of Holy Spirit in times of meditation. Times where we meet with Him, set everything else aside. Times where we place everything else on hold and label it “Nonessential” or “Unimportant”. Times where we sit down and gaze upon His beauty in order to reflect His glory in and through our lives. This is not some feminine act or some girly thing. It is Scripture and may I remind us that a man first spoke about gazing on the beauty of the Lord. David.

One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
(Psalms 27:4-5 NKJV)

I also love The Message for devotional times.

I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.
5 That’s the only quiet, secure place
in a noisy world,
The perfect getaway,
far from the buzz of traffic
(Psalms 27:4-5 Message)

In my early years of being a Christian, I was initially a ‘doing’ Christian before I realized that ‘being’ Christian moved me along in revelation and intimacy with Jesus. What do I mean? I spent time as often as I could in worship, with the Bible, and a journal. I went to a variety of places to quiet down and to enter into “being” spiritual, “being” in Christ, and realizing that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places – on earth and in heaven. I asked Holy Spirit to teach me His ways, the ways of the Kingdom. I wrote conversations with the Lord in my journal, dialoging back and forth. May I be bold enough to say that you can’t bypass spending time with Jesus, no matter how busy your schedule is? He can download so much into our lives when we give Him our time. We get more done giving Him our lives to lead and guide as He sees fit. Try it. I assure it that it is awesome.

Some thoughts from a book I am currently reading.

The Cave by Joseph Shrewsbury

“Beholding is simply sitting quietly in the presence of Jesus and seeing Him there.”

“The point of beholding is not to get anything more than simply being in His presence.”

It is in beholding that as we gaze we are transformed in the Spirit, being in Christ. There is a divine exchange that takes place in these times. Can I say it like this? More of you, Lord. Less of me. This is a rare form of Christianity in the West but there is no other way to learn His ways and to be transformed by His Spirit, being conformed into His image. We impact the world, our cities, nations, friends, families……through being transformed in His presence.

The point of gazing is to enter into the reality that being ‘in Christ’ means we are in Christ. I don’t leave. I am always in Christ. He seems to have all of me while at the same time, I get distracted, get busy so I have to pull my being into the revelation that He is my all in all.

There are so many great books to read on this.

Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

Wade Taylor……anything by Wade Taylor. Wade is deceased now but his legacy lives on in His revelation and His love for His Lord.

A few more thoughts from The Cave.

“Moving into mediation, especially the type of mediation that is often called ‘beholding’ requires us to stop talking. In fact, it frequently doesn’t even involve us listening either. When we begin beholding Him, we typically make a deliberate effort to do so, and then we stop beholding and go about our business……..eventually we can maintain a state of continual beholding which is having the awareness of Christ in you and you in Him constantly before you. It is superimposed over your daily activities and you find that having the awareness of Him in you makes your day a day of power in the Spirit.”

So I encourage each and everyone one of you to take time to BE with the Lord.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

We will be ministering in Poland (Gdansk and Elblag Area) from April 1-11. Would love to meet any of you who live in that part of the world.