Moving in Truth or Anchored in Opinion

TruthWe can be enslaved by opinion or moved by truth. Opinion shifts and changes hourly or even by the minute, depending on how often we open up social media or glance at the news. What’s out there, perceived as truth, is often revealed to be opinion, coated in a fine layer of distortion back up by clouded facts.

Where do we find truth? Unshakeable yet moving. Firm yet fluid. Is that possible? Doesn’t’ that seem to be somewhat of a paradox? Can you have both or is truth stoic and immoveable?

Truth is on the move! Truth calls out to each of us to move along with Him and invade territory captured by lies and distortion. Can you see it? Chaos abounds all around. We question everything and hold onto nothing, shifting our beliefs with whatever is trending or whoever seems to make a case we can hold onto. I believe that we are desperate for truth but many don’t know where to find it. They turn to every conceivable thing to alleviate their fears or calm their nerves.

All along truth calls to us within the person of Christ Jesus. Who is He? A liar? A lunatic? OR is He really who He says He is? I believe He’s truth. That forms the basis of my writing. I point the way and you choose to receive and believe or keep searching. Trust me. I kept searching and searching for many years, looking for rest and peace yet rejecting the One who offered it me. Why? He loves me.

Way Truth LifeJesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ John 14:6

Jesus and the Father are one and He longs to reveal the Father to us. He cries out, “I am the way”. He speaks unashamed and without pretense. He has the audacity to say it, because it is true. I live, move and have my being in that reality. Truth moves and I move in sync with Him.

It’s not time to batten down the hatches or hide in our personal Christian fortresses, complete with lights, camera and action on a weekly basis. Don’t hide behind closed doors afraid of the world and its opinions of what a Christian looks like, sounds like or acts like. Get out there and be truth in a world of chaos. I don’t hide waiting for the Apocalypse. Where did the apostles ever do that?

Truth shapes my life in courage. I rise and stand tall in the reality of Jesus Christ. He moves – revealing, expanding and exploding on the scene of my life to show me who He is and who the Father is. This is a grand exciting journey, moving parallel to the fear in the world but destined to overtake the darkness with the light of Christ within me.

What is truth? Let me meditate on this today according to Scripture. More in the next blog.

As I said before, please join me on this journey as I write. I am not going to settle things in one blog post but they will form a journey into the heart of Jesus Christ, the Father and Holy Spirit.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

Wrong Turn – Get Back on the Right Road

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C.S. Lewis – “When you make a wrong turn the wrong road never turns into the right road. To get back on the right road you have to go back to where you missed the turn.”

There are times in life when I move ahead too quickly from a challenging situation or a hurtful encounter in order to avoid confronting any pain that exists within me. I just want to get through it. I don’t like do-overs or rehashing of things. I just want to get it done with and move on.

But, that doesn’t always work with God.

When  I realize that something is still stinging in me or when a person’s name comes up or I still feel that punch to my stomach inside if I think about a particular situation,  I realize there is an open wound still present. No closure within.

Solution? I go back to that place during times of worship and intimacy with Jesus and led by Holy Spirit, I walk it out again with Him. Usually, I am quick to ask forgiveness of those whom I hurt. But I often find that in forgiving others, I don’t forgive myself. I carry the weight for a long, long time and it affects me in many ways that I am not always aware of.

I walk back to that point and deal with the pain. I go back with the Lord to release something or someone so that I keep moving forward. I have no control over others so I’m not responsible for them. I have to look at me and see why this pain? What is the root of all of this?

He always tells me. It could be a time of rejection from a parent. Or how about a betrayal by a friend? There’s many different scenarios in our less than perfect lives.

Over the years, I have learned something. To go forward often requires going back. Holy Spirit will lead the way and if He is not showing you anything, don’t look for it. But, when He does take the time to come apart, worship and listen. You will be the better for it.

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Anchored In Deep Water – Prophesy!

15956556195_55a183cc36_zFloating in deep waters – my feet can’t touch bottom – the waves bring me up and down. My supernatural anchor, the core of my being, the focus of my life and ministry – Jesus Christ. He keeps me here. He is my divine anchor in deep waters. He anchors me to Himself so that I may know him and the power of His resurrection. Are you called to come out? Are you? Then catch the current and ride out to that place in Christ where He is your all in all. The depths of Christ call to you – explore and journey into His person.

Great quote by Frank Viola From Jesus Manifesto: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ

Christians have made the Gospel about so many things – things other than Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives it meaning. Without Him, all things lose their value. They are but detached pieces floating around in space. That includes your life.

The prophetic seems to disregard the finished work of the cross. Read some words that are floating around and listen to the current beneath the words. There seems to be striving to achieve something, pressing to get to somewhere, or surrendering to catch God’s attention. There is always a sense of movement into something to foster an atmosphere of pressing, pressing, pressing. It seems that during all this Jesus says, “Enter my rest.’ Yet all around the prophetic mantra seems to say, “Keep moving. Keep pressing. It’s here. It’s here.”

No more for me. I choose to anchor myself in the deep to the one and only – Jesus Christ. From that place of rest and peace, there forms within me a prophetic word of declaration of what is, the now of Jesus Christ. He forms my declarations. He fashions my prophetic being so that His testimony flows through me the spirit of prophecy is alive and flowing.

There is no lack in Christ; He finished it all on the cross. There is rest and peace in the midst of chaos. Therefore prophetic words should equip and challenge people to realize their identity in His person. In Christ we have all that we need so we simply draw upon that reality through the indwelling Holy Spirit and off we go into revelation that is centered, grounded and moving in Christ. The finished work of the cross is perfection in all ways. We enter into that perfection in Christ and prophesy from that perfection which greatly changes and transforms us.

As demonic assaults come and go, we rest in Christ. We counter every assault with reality – Jesus Christ – our High Priest, our Intercessor, the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world, our stronghold, our strength in time of need, our comfort, our healing, our restoration, our renewal, our power…and on into infinity. He is the well that never runs dry. I pray you catch this revelation. Turn your focus on Christ. That will be mine now and in the coming days.

Let prophetic words GO that are coated in striving, subtly keeping people focused on process –

You are getting there……….where?

Surrender, let go……..what?

Press in more and more and more……..how? To who?

What is the focus in all of this? Christ or the prophetic itself?

The sound of prophetic words spoken from the depths in Christ bring forth Person not Process.

Sound Waves From MouthListen by the Spirit to what I am saying……tune into this reality. I speak to the prophets, to the prophetic rising up in people, to the sound flowing in these times from the deep waters.

Meditate on Jesus Christ.

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. 19 So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. 20 Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe––people and things, animals and atoms––get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross. (Colossians 1:15-20 Message)

Leave the Old Testament for a while and meditate on the new – John, Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, Revelation. You can go back to it later when you are able to see Christ in it. We must perceive the reality of Christ in the Old Testament. He is the divine thread weaving His person from beginning to end.

I am currently reading Jesus: A Theography by Frank Viola. Wow! That’s all I can say. Everything else has been laid aside. When I hear the sound of any prophecy that does not anchor back to Jesus and the finished work, I simply move on and put it aside. There is a depth in Christ waiting to be explored so hold on…..it’s going to be glorious ride.

If you read Scripture in a way that doesn’t point to Christ, you don’t have Christianity, you have religion. Jesus is God’s language. When God wants to communicate, He does so through His son. Frank Viola

Off I go – into the flow of His revelation so that I may speak of His glory and grace to a generation ready, so very very ready to SEE Christ, to KNOW Christ and to be formed in Him. Nothing else but Christ and Christ alone……He is enough. One more quote:

If the church does not REORIENT and become Christological at its core, any steps taken will be backwards. Frank Viola

In other words, I will reorient my direction, in life, in ministry and recalibrate the reality of Christ being my anchor in deep waters in the power of Holy Spirit. So much more coming……

We leave in a few weeks to minister for 12 days in Poland – Gdansk, Elblag area. If you are reading this from anywhere near in Europe, I would love to meet you. And if you want us to speak at your gatherings, no matter how big or small, just ask, okay? We are going out in Christ to bring the Good News to those whom God has prepared beforehand for us.

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In Christ,
Debra
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My Words – Who I Am Will Always Come Out One Way Or Another

Out of the overflow or abundance of my heart, my mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

At some point, what goes in will come out.

When God began to deal with and heal anger in my life, He gave me free reign to say what I wanted anytime I wanted to. Since I didn’t respect those small inner promptings of Holy Spirit to watch my tongue, God basically said, “Go for it.” Then He stood back and watched as I spoke with passion (that’s what I called it). God called it anger, frustration, pain and control.

shhThere were more times than I care to remember when people close to me felt the sting of my words. Looking back, I saw it in their eyes as my verbal assault hit their hearts. I saw them reel back in hurt. My words formed a battlefield of provocation and destruction, warlike in their nature. Fighting the good fight of “No compromise” or being a “Defender of Truth”, I was a master at wounding others rather than face my own pain. I was in a war.

What war?

The war going on in my own soul – the constant battle trying to hold on to my broken life through the only weapon I had – my words.

Who was I at war with?

Myself. The overflow of my own pain formed its strategy; speaking words that hurt instead of heal. Let me say this again. God gave me total freedom to say what I wanted to say. It seemed to be the only way He could capture my attention.

As I lost friends and dismantled ministry opportunities, my eyes soon opened to actually see what I was doing. Now what?

God knows what is written in my book of destiny in heaven, my scroll.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them
(Psalms 139:15-16 NKJVS)

There was a definite disconnect inside of me between who God made me to be and how I lived in my pain. Not knowing His love and His kindness toward me, I constantly lived in the tension of confusion and loneliness, always trying to prove myself with words that flowed in anger as a defense mechanism against facing myself. This tension became a breeding ground of guilt, shame and regret. Always regret at lost time, lost friendships and who knows what else?

But, God knows. He always knows.

He knows I am called to speak words of spirit, truth and life. Out of the overflow of my heart, my mouth speaks. There’s that disconnect again. I am called to bring out powerful words of healing and restoration, words that challenge and confront. Instead I did just the opposite on a daily basis. I say daily basis because in the process of healing I actually was sick of hearing my own self-talk.

How many times did I leave situations where I wanted to kick myself for being so outrageously pompous and uncaring?

But, God knows. He always knows.

And, He is in the business of healing. Because He loves us. And He wants us to flow in life in His purpose. There are people waiting to hear our words, waiting to be healed and waiting to hear the love of Christ. There are many needing to be challenged with words of hope. Others need confrontational love to redirect them out of their addictions and misplaced passions with a strong word from a strong heart.

So where does it all start? With me. With you. Out of the overflow of my heart, my mouth speaks. Healing to my heart produces healing in my words. Words that are anointed with passion, wisdom and grace.

Where is all this going today? I remember in a blog post long ago, I said that these blogs would not always end with a firm grasp on conclusion but would rather challenge and grow in process so that you could read and see how your life may parallel some of these thoughts.

I am daily mediating on sound, voice, frequency, wavelength…………..and this is just the start of this particular blog journey. More coming.

Debra And Chloe

In Christ,
Debra
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Rivers of Eden Ministry

Transcendent Worship – Heaven’s Way

When worship becomes entertainment it ceases to be worship. Failing to engage the spirit, music then captures the soul realm, activating the emotions and falling far short of true worship. True worshippers worship in spirit and truth. How much of what goes on in churches today is true worship? I would surmise very little.

Tumult of LightTrue worship takes place in an atmosphere where control and manipulation is absent. There is no need to hype anything up. It is not a spectator sport where there is an audience taking it all in. True worship is where an exchange takes place and heaven manifests on earth. Leaders lay down their agenda and give full control to Holy Spirit.

True worship interacts with eternity. Worship flows from heaven to earth with accompanying signs and wonders, healing, restoration, renewal, and so much more. Worship is transcendent and flows in a transcendent sound.

Transcendent – to be above, independent of the universe and time; superior or supreme; going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing or exceeding; to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree

Worship is spiritual – in the spirit, of the spirit, through the spirit. Holy Spirit flows through people, ordinary people who submit their mind, will and emotions to a heavenly interchange taking place in their midst as people gather.

Worship is filled with sound. Sound is accompanied by light. They flow together – sound and light. A transcendent sound emanates from heaven flowing into the earth realm from the throne of God. This sound, accompanied with light, is filled with His glory.

Burst of Light in GreenWorship electrifies the spiritual atmosphere, pushing back the powers of darkness. There can be a violent upheaval in sound that brings deliverance. There can be soft, gentle whispers and tones that captivate the heart and bring inner healing.

An eternal sound can’t be duplicated or processed through fleshly striving or attempts at human perfection. As people worship, the atmosphere is pierced with light, life, and glory.

When I visit churches, I find myself asking, “Where is this sound? Where is heaven manifesting in our midst?” God keeps showing me to look at His people. His sound is being birthed through a people, not a program. It is being birthed through a people, not a program, but a people filled with His glory.

When people of like mind and like heart come together, they bring forth the very sound of the Lord, Christ in them, the hope of glory.

The Lord is bringing forth a people who desire to come into agreement with His heart and bring forth His sound in the earth. It is quite simple. It is not a manufactured sound. It is a sound of the heart’s cry to know their Lord. And it is a sound that will bring the movement of the kingdom into our midst in greater and more glorious ways than we can imagine up to this point.

True worship is here, right now, as Christ in each of us explodes through hearts on fire to know Him and to experience His life in creative and glorious ways. May the church catch up with this sound that is capturing a people to know their God. May there be an intense dissatisfaction with song services that engage the flesh but never touch eternity. May we each arise today with a song in our heart that flows through our mouths into the spiritual atmosphere, touching the heart of the Father. There is so much to say about this but this is just a nugget of prophetic truth for today.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

I will be speaking in Poland during the month of April. More details coming soon.