A Time Of…Connecting, Piecing, Focusing

Glory of Zion/Chuck Pierce had a dynamic message on Sunday. He said that it is time for:

Connecting the Dots
Putting the pieces together
Vision becomes clear
Two things becoming one
People see you differently

It is time. Time for seeing the Lord re-integrate our lives into wholeness. Time to re-member our lives into His purpose.

The enemy seeks to fragment us by attacking our identity and scattering our focus. Scripture tells us that he roars around seeking whom he may devour and that his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. This is still his plan today. And, for many of us, it has been a hard year, filled with attacks on our finances, health, families, marriages and more.

But God…….

God is going to re-integrate, re-member, and restore our lives to standing firm in the reality of our identity in Christ. How will He do this? It will be unique for each one of us. I believe in this word from Glory of Zion.  If you want to hear more of it just go to Glory of Zion and listen to Sunday morning’s message. I can sense that change is in the air. Here is how those points above relate to my life.

Connecting the DotsConnecting the Dots – There were times when I would try to form the picture from the very little I had. It did not work, at all. Many times I felt that my life was built on uncoordinated, out of sync pieces that would come together for a moment in time, never to be heard of again. Relationships that I truly felt were traveling with me into my future fell by the wayside. Ministry opportunities where I gave my all only to be put to the side when something or someone better came along disappeared into a vapor. The dots just drifted in space, each one holding substance but not yet integrally linked to see a picture. God will now connect some of these dots that seemed confusing at the time to show me that He was behind the scenes working in my life for a greater glory. Of course, not all will be revealed this side of heaven but that’s ok. I’ll take what I can get and more.

PuzzlePutting the pieces together – During this past year, in my frustration, I often mentioned to my husband that our lives felt like a puzzle, spread out in pieces on a kitchen table. The problem was that the pieces all appeared to be in the right color and form, ready to be put together but whenI tried, nothing happened. Over and over, I tried. It never worked. Why? Only God can piece it all together. All the mess, all the ups and downs, and all the in-betweens. They really are forming a great picture, called My Life and they all work for good.

EyeVision becomes clear & People see you differently – So much to say about this. This past year I have felt like this:

They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty–twenty focus (Mark 8:22-25 Message)

My desire: clear focus again, clear prophecy, clear spiritual vision. It’s happening. As for people seeing me differently, that would take a whole blog post so whey don’t you look at this one? And this one?

Two things becoming one – still thinking about this one so I will focus on just the above for now.

This prophetic word is life to me. How about you? Do any of these points connect with you?

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
Rivers of Eden Ministry
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Creative Expression – Invisible No More!

KiteI really enjoyed writing my last post on Invisible Women. Don’t you know that when we write with authenticity, we write from the depths of our heart, without pretense. Without trying to be anyone other than ourselves, we write with clarity and hope.

I can try to force myself into situations to be seen, and yet, still not be seen. I can talk and talk and talk and yet still not be heard. The problem is not ‘out there’ but ‘in here’. In me lies the problem and the solution. That is very good indeed. When I always put myself at the mercy of people’s opinions who are ‘out there’, I lose my focus and can get bogged down in the muck and mire of life, losing my way. I am then subject to a permeating lie.

This lie spoke to me consistently in times past. It said that people will hinder my destiny in Christ through their opinions about me. It said that others, by their actions, can prevent me from walking in the fullness of my identity. This lie consistently reminded me that I  lived in the now, constantly carrying baggage from my past, hindering me from walking in the fullness that awaited me in the future. What a lie! I came out from under that lie and I can breathe again.

I faded into nothingness over these past few years. I fought to be seen. Perhaps people saw my own deep insecurities and hopelessness and perhaps they did not. I saw it. I knew it. But, I was fearful of missing out, being disqualified in Christ. What a horrible feeling it was.

How often I would cry out to God that it would be better to strip me of any call, or destiny or purpose in Christ than to walk in the reality of always waiting or losing hope. It got that bad and the pain was deep. But, I don’t feel that way today. Supernaturally touched by God healed a season of deep disillusionment and fear. When God touches a heart, He can heal in a moment what one would think would take years of therapy.

My life is built in rest, moving in rest and trusting in Christ. How often I preached it but deep inside I did not always see it or believe it. Hope deferred in my life hindered my faith. I simply did not hope so I could not see my future. I saw only the grim reality of my present which seemed like I was going nowhere. When God healed, He touched my life. What does that mean? Well, I guess you can put it this way. Once I was blind, and now I see.

What do I see? Jesus Christ. When I gaze upon His beauty, I reflect and walk in His glory. I am renewed and refreshed again.

This is the year of the release of women. How? There will be many different ways as there are many different types of women. It is best to hold onto its reality as truth and walk where the reality of equality in the Body of Christ is not only talked but walked out in the reality of Christianity. That is why Marvin and I will not go to churches that do not believe in the equality of women. I tried that. I tried to change it. Now, I just go where I cam celebrated and not tolerated. I don’t look back. I am not angry. It opens up a wide field of possibility for my life. How about you?

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraPlease pray and consider having Rivers of Eden minister in your gathering, home group, conference or church in 2014. This is our year of release wherever and whenever God opens His doors bringing His grace and His glory through us to those to whom we are called in this season. You can contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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