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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All About Holy Spirit: Visions, Open Doors, Transformation

flowing blue waterLead the way Holy Spirit! This is my focus as I speak, minister, travel…..Holy Spirit guides me in the Way, Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is not some ethereal wispy wind, without form or function. Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ in directing my path. Holy Spirit reveals heaven’s direction,  guiding and leading me as I step out and move in what is revealed. Heaven manifesting on earth.

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 Message)

When we travel. Holy Spirit sets our agenda, opening doors into nations, gatherings, or even small home groups. He makes the way in Christ before we even get there, preparing the hearts of the people to believe, receive and be transformed as we minister Christ.

Here is how Holy Spirit moved through a service in Poland on April 3, 2016.

At the Sunday service in Elblag, worship flowed in a strong sound, escalating up into the spiritual atmosphere. I received a vision in which I saw a tunnel open up in the middle of the sanctuary. This tunnel extended from heaven to earth. As I looked up with the eyes of the Spirit, I saw a great cloud of witnesses looking down at us. It seemed that they wanted to be invited into the service, to see heaven connect with earth in that service on that day.

From years of ministry experience, I know as Holy Spirit gives vision, it’s  best to wait on the Lord to receive direction in how to move in the Spirit based upon what is seen with the eyes of the spirit.

I then had another vision where I saw myself and 2 others on the worship team begin to sing together at the microphone. No words. Just a clear sound of harmony, voices blending together, an escalation of drawn out notes in strength and power. As I asked the pastor if it was okay to do this, he said yes so I obeyed the vision from the Lord.

cropped-cropped-istock_000026317800medium22.jpgAs we began to sing in harmony around one microphone, heaven continued to open up vision in others and myself. We saw the sound going out from the three of us as notes echoing up the tunnel into the heavenly realm. These notes bounced off the sides of the tunnel until they met the sound of heaven coming down with another sound. The two sounds mingled together and I could hear a heavenly chorus, loud and clear.

As these sounds increased, I saw in the Spirit, oil began to flow down the walls of the sanctuary. Oil signifies anointing. For that day, I knew that a healing anointing was present. I believed the Lord was present to heal in many different ways.

The Pastor came up to confirm the word by speaking about a heavenly chorus being released through worship. He then asked the worship team to sing a few more songs, which tied in with all that was going on. A beautiful anointing was present, a glorious story being played out, scripted by heaven itself.

As I began to preach. Holy Spirit then directed me to a new message, a time of storytelling to be exact. The story was about the woman with the alabaster box, facing a room of religious leaders, walking up to Jesus to anoint Him in a most timely and intimate manner with oil. It spoke of risking it all in the face of religious persecution to love Jesus.

The cry of the Lord this particular day sounded out through the word, through vision and worship and through the altar call. Healing – emotional healing for guilt, shame, deep roots of rejection. Physical healing of bodies. Spiritual healing to know that the love of God called many back to relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is flow. This is Holy Spirit who directs and scripts each gathering so that all glory honor and reverence goes to Jesus Christ. This is how Rivers of Eden ministers – in glory. I spend time worshipping in His presence, reading and studying the Word of God and then Holy Spirit flows from a deep well of Christ that is within my life. I am very excited about creativity expressed in Christ through Rivers of Eden in the days ahead.

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. 16 For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels––everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. 17 He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. 18 And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body. He was supreme in the beginning and––leading the resurrection parade––he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. (Colossians 1:15-18 Message)

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Deep Waters – Trembling in the Waves

WaveThe deep waters – our world trembles with each wave that washes over us. Our lives are disrupted.  We are being deconstructed. What was built up within us in religion is coming down. Jesus Himself is bringing it down. We are imploding from within. It seems we are unable to comprehend the simplicity in Christ. We want more. More of this and more of that – forever chasing new things, new revelation, forsaking the deep well of Jesus Christ.

So used to being hand fed on movements, we are not used to feeding ourselves, trusting Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the Way in Christ.

We got comfortable being in the mix, in the system, whether that system was a constant stream of prophetic conferences or a church/denomination that dictated a norm rather than show us the WAY – a way of adventure and creativity in Holy Spirit. The church at large is in a sad state. The solution? Return to Jesus. Many lost their first love. Jesus calls and woos them back to Him.

He watches. He waits and observes from the outside looking in. So few actually notice Him. He looks through the window with a desire to be our all in all. How much do we settle for so much less?

Some beautiful poetic expression below.

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes
leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
(Song of Songs 2:8-10 NKJV)

This inner deconstruction of our lives brings down all our idols. And, there are many.

Why? So that our focus is purified to look into His eyes, to catch His gaze, to reflect His glory,. To BE the creative expression of Christ in the earth.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Prophesy From the Depths of Christ in You

Sound Waves From MouthWords that are prophetically sounding out in the shallow waters travel quickly and often penetrate the individual in the emotions, whereby they quickly react to the word but it does not go deep. Words that are prophetically sounding out in the deep waters travel slowly down, down, down into the spirit where truth impacts and causes inner transformation of the individual. The deep waters – that’s our focus. Here’s the first post in this journey – Prophets in the Deep.

Here’s a bit of science? In the natural, sound travels faster in water than air because the atoms are closer together so it can jump from atom to atom quicker. The distance that sound waves travel through water is dependent on ocean temperature and pressure. The speed of sound decreases with increasing depth. At some point, they reach the bottom and the speed of sound increases and the waves refract back up.

Spiritually speaking, prophetic words spoken in the shallows travel fast. Prophetic words in the deep travel much slower until they reach a point of deep contact within an individual and then are refracted back up. Those words resounding in the depths of a person impact at a much greater level but they take time to meditate on in times of intimacy with the Lord.

Ladder to skyIt’s a great analogy for us who are called to speak through prophetic call on our lives. We desire to see life change not just a constant stream of words going out. It’s important to sound out from the deep, to raise up a mature prophetic people. Remember, the deep is our union with and in Christ Jesus. We speak from that depth of our living, moving and having our being in Christ to those whom God sends to us – words of spirit, life, and truth.

But, look around. There are not many people out here with us but there should be. What should that tell us? It’s time for the prophetic to rise up and mature. In our maturity, we speak out to others from our abiding place of union in Christ. This imparts words of the spirit to change people from within the depths of their being.

I am tired and weary of hearing the same remix of words over and over and over. I looked online to see how prophetic words have evolved over the past few years. Well, they really haven’t. The same things were being said one year ago, two years ago that are being said today. God is looking for quality and depth today. This is a sound of maturity flowing from within a prophetic community.

It seems that the current stream of prophetic words keep many anchored to the shallow waters rather than calling them out deeper. Why? There could be a lot of various reasons. Many seem to want to make a name for themselves and the quickest way to do that is to post a prophetic word that promises everything but the kitchen sink, capturing the emotions but doing little in the way of Holy Spirit. Others want to play it safe to keep the people dependent on their word or ministry, not Jesus, the living Word. There are a lot of reasons but anything that takes our focus off of Christ is idolatry.

Jesus was a man of enigma, mystery and truth. He spoke to the spirit not the mind of the individual. He did not appeal to the emotions. He spoke within the resonance of heaven’s directional call. As the words sounded out, He called a people into deep union with Him. He did not aim for shallow understanding but inner transformation. He spoke from His own union with the Father. Without a revelation of our union in Christ, we speak from the shallows, not the depths of our being. There are no short cuts to this. It is about intimacy with Christ.

I and My Father are one. (John 10:30 NKJV)

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)

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In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry