Words Get In The Way – Spiritual Words, Spiritual Language

shhWords are powerful, able to build up or let down, rise up or fall flat, empower or demean. Jesus spoke with an ear to heaven while walking on the earth.

In Christ, we speak as a new creation, eternity flowing from our lips, resonating with the Father’s eternal heart. We speak as heaven downloads revelation to our Spirits.

Jesus said: “The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making.” John 6:63 (MSG)

This goes beyond the typical message that exhorts us to watch our words or guard what and how we say things. That is part of it but there is so much more. We wait on the Lord for the right words at the right time. At the moment they are spoken they create and bring the eternal realm into the natural.

Let’s remember when God said, “Let there be light.” His voice traveled with sound and light to create order out of chaos. The earth was without form and the word of God brought order and substance into existence.

It’s time to speak the creative language of eternity, a heavenly language that will propel us into a new direction and dimension. We speak by the Spirit with a sound that resonates with eternity now, ushering in the innovation of the Kingdom, full of dynamic potential to create on earth that which is already in heaven. We speak into the darkness, into the void and create life.

talking headsWords are flowing in abundance right now. There is very little reprieve from the constant noise no matter where we go or what we turn to. It is time to be still for in the stillness our spirits take the time to align with the sound of heaven, allowing that sound to form within and flow from our lips with creative words of healing, deliverance, restoration…and so much more.

Our words are getting in the way right now. All of heaven cries out “Listen. Be still.”

We live in Christ, have our being in Him and move in Him. Out of our belly flows rivers of living water and that often takes the form of words. It’s how we communicate and express ideas and concepts, innovative thoughts downloaded from heaven. Spiritual words in a spiritual language.

Over the years, many pressed around me constantly telling me to make it practical. As I preached on what I saw by the Spirit, I looked at their faces, which often looked a bit quizzical, not understanding.

I tried to bring it down, to make it practical. Oh how I tried but found out that in doing this, I lost the mystery of glory flowing through my words and through my life. As I look carefully at the words of Jesus, I see glory flowing from His life, words filled with grace and power, not always understood, but filled with eternal creativity.

As a people, it’s time to mature and speak words of eternity, filled with the creativity of heaven. Once spoken, people can work them out in their own life in a practical way with Holy Spirit. But first, right now, people must get used to a heavenly sound that is birthing a new order. Listen by the Spirit. Ask Holy Spirit to give you understanding and wisdom.

Spiritual words bring spiritual reality. Don’t rush this. Take time to think and meditate on things as they are given, slowly, bit by bit. This will form the foundation of your spiritual life, strong and sure. Little by little God will give more and more and more.

The temptation for me over the years is to write so that immediately people say, “I get it” or “That works”.

Now I much prefer mentoring people into the depths of Christ where there is so much more on a journey of discovery and adventure in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps in doing this I am a bit selfish in the fact that I also receive from the overflow of people’s lives flowing in the river of God as they passionately seek Him with their whole hearts.

Now having said this, the tide is turning on this blog. With our recent Spirit-led move to North Carolina, doors are opening, relationships are forming and I could not be happier. With that has come a distinct peace and a deep settling into ME and who God has created me to be. In this continual process, I will impart to others what God gives to me. I long to see this Millennial generation (and everyone else) fall in love with Jesus and live a Spirit led life here and now. Enjoy this journey with me. Share your journey with me in the comments below. Also keep in touch. Speaking opportunities are rising and perhaps I may meet some of you.

In Christ,
Debra
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A New You! Jesus Is Not An Add-On

Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it. (2 Corinthians 5:17 Message)

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We are NEW creations. Never revealed in time but new creations in the earth with Christ in us. New – I buy a new car, an upgrade from my previous model. I call it new because it is new to me in time. But it really is still a car so how new is that? Same basic characteristics – tires, steering wheel, engine. It looks different from my old car but it is a car. Drive a Tesla and people may look your way but basically a Tesla will still serve the purpose of a VW in getting you where you want to go.

This new that Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians is a totally new ‘new”. It’s the Greek word Kainos which, when we actually think about it and look at it closely is quite an awesome revelation.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJVS)

Kainos – New – new in quality; unique; novel; unusual; innovative.

According to Crowder in the book Mystical Union:

“God didn’t just add the new you on top of the old you. He replaced the old version with a totally new version.”

TeslaThink about this. When we come on the scene, we are new. People should not look at us as simply an upgrade in an earthly life with the add-on of Jesus. If that is the case, why bother? If Jesus is only an add-on there is little power or purpose in that. If I’m poor, down and out and win a Tesla driving it through the streets of LA, people may look at me because of this expensive car but the person inside driving is still the same – nothing’s changed but the addition of the Tesla.

A new creation in Christ – it’s not an add-on. We are new creations able to be in Christ and to do all that Jesus says we can do. Lay hands on people in the power of heaven and see the lame walk, the dead raised and the blind see? Yes. Operate as eternal beings in heavenly wisdom, seeing what others can’t see and knowing what others don’t know? Yes. How about transcending time and space and stretching out in that place in the Spirit, truly exploring places in the Spirit led by Holy Spirit in faith. Yes. But that is something to explore at another time.

2470168022_1fc91cce26_z (1)Think about this. We are new creations operating out of a new eternal order, in Christ, never seen before. Christ is in us, Holy Spirit leads and guides us, Father loves us – our connection in heavenly places is secure. This is new, and not seen anywhere until the infilling of the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended to heaven. Remember, He told us He would never leave or forsake. He told us that He would send us Holy Spirit. Jesus kept all those promises and waits for us to know that we are new.

So now what? How to see this? What to do with this? First of all this revelation has to be securely planted in the foundation of our lives. Once we get it and truly know it we realize that we are citizens of another kingdom. In the world but not of the world. We can search out the deep things of God in the Spirit. That is ours in Christ.

But what if you feel so earthly today that searching out the deep things actually is not that appealing because, let’s face it, life is dealing you some harsh blows. Children out of control. Depression setting in. Not enough money to pay the bills. Discord. Confusion. Disunity. A long list of life’s realities follows you wherever you go.

Despite all of this, you are still a new creation. Feel like it? No? Just believe it in faith. So many of us have been taught this verse with religious connotations. We have the knowledge of the verse in our heads but no experience how to rise up in our hearts. We can give lip service to quote this verse but the reality of its true meaning in our hearts is simply not there when life hits us with all its chaos.

Here’s reality about being new:

Fear no longer grips us and holds us. Anxiety no longer rules and reigns in our lives alongside worry. They may be reality but there is a higher reality in which we have righteousness, peace and joy in life despite outward circumstances.

Purpose and destiny calls to us from the heavenly realm to walk in this world with a new focus to flow through our new lives. It is heavenly centered manifesting on earth. Through the power of Holy Spirit we connect as eternal beings in Christ fully formed in our identity as being from another world.

This does not deny the fact that we still feel pain, still encounter trials and persecution. We are in Christ. We have to operate in revelation with the aid of new spiritual senses –how to live in the earth with eternal perspective. Our spiritual senses consistently reveal to us how to operate in another realm while in the earth. That is how I live my life in the power of Holy Spirit. I am a new creation. In Christ, you are a new creation. There truly is so much to say about this. But, let’s start here.

In Christ, you are spiritual. I am spiritual. It’s time to be so heavenly minded that the kingdom flows through us in power, bringing life into dry places. Bringing hope to the lost. Bringing joy to the depressed. Living eternal in Christ right now, bringing healing wherever we go. It starts with me and it starts with you right now. New…..in Christ. Spend some time in the presence of the Lord and ask Him to reveal this to you day by day.

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In Christ
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Whirlwinds, Truth, Engaging Time

More great posts from 2015…….

A Whirlwind Obstructing Truth
Sometimes I feel there is a whirlwind in front of me. It blocks my vision of the truth of who I am in Christ, a new creation. Being a visual learner and seeing things in pictures, I sketch things out as I am thinking. So here’s my sketch to show you how I began to pray through this obstacle of feeling like a fraud at times. Read More……

flowing blue waterTime To Engage
It is time to discern between a voice and an echo. An echo repeats, copies or imitates. A voice speaks what has been given to it in the secret place, hidden in Christ. This is a place where discernment to hear accompanied by wisdom to do, kicks in to sound out what is seen…and what is seen in the spirit often runs contrary to what is seen in the natural realm. Chaos in the earth – peace in Christ. Confusion abounds – clarity of vision hidden in Christ in heavenly places. There is truth in the secret place. Read more…..

When Words Jump Off The Page
Have you ever been reading a book when suddenly you realize that you are so in sync with the book that it is as if every word resonates within you? The words hold life, move in your being and serve as a confirmation for you, deconstructing any hopelessness you may be feeling inside. Change comes at that moment and you can hope again. Read more…..

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
About Me
Rivers of Eden Ministry

Outsource – Prophetic Focus Outward Rather Than In Christ Alone

To Outsource: In place of an internal source.

How to say this concerning the prophetic? How many prophetic words OUTSOURCE their focus on external ways to get there, to break out, to break through, to walk in a certain way or to achieve a result? Outsourcing places the focus on something external to accomplish a task or to complete a project. In the prophetic we often ‘outsource,’ giving words with external focus on something out there to get us where we should be. How?

We chase revivals breaking out somewhere with someone so that we can get there to receive something – Why? He is in us.

Colossians 1:27 ….Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Financial miracles endlessly promised to us when we do something, go somewhere, etc.

Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

There are more but these are just two examples of how the focus is continually taken off of Christ when the Christ, Living Word has finished all on the cross for us….for us to know that reality in all we are, in how we live and move and have our being in Him. We stand in that reality and when we stand in that reality, its’ beauty and glory expands in our lives……….Holy Spirit leads us, directs us, guides us in the person of Christ, not the plan, program or agenda.

Love-And-Christian-Free-Wallpaper-Colossians-1-27-678x508This is just my personal observation. I was involved in the prophetic surge for so many years. I attended conferences because promises were made that breakthroughs would happen, lives would change, and more. I ran forward from a touch from the speaker. I bought the CD’s or the books. I fell under the power.

I did it all. I saw a lot. I experienced so much. I am not saying that it could or did not change me BUT we were often swept up in a focus that was outsourced – the apostle, the prophet, amazed at the manifestations, the flow of the gifts………….we were enraptured by it all. I was enraptured by it all. I am not that way anymore. Because of this, I find that I filter all through the reality of the finished work of the cross bringing all glory to Christ for He is the testimony of prophecy. Christ in me.

I am a ‘new creation’ in Christ –

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is IN CHRIST, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become NEW.

NEW = kainos – a new kind; novel; unprecedented; uncommon; not new in time, recent, but ‘new’ as to form or quality; of different nature.

I am the change the world needs to see. I flow in revival. I break out in opportunities led by Holy Spirit. I flow in Christ and His desires for me. I don’t outsource my life in any way as my first reality. He is in me. He is my reality.

Now that does not mean I don’t struggle or question His timing or His ways. I am human. But, if I get ‘off-center’ it is because I take my focus off of Jesus Christ. Does this sound too simplistic? Is grace that good? Yes it is. And, the prophetic needs to grow in this grace and glory and begin to prophecy from that reality. Great days are ahead of us.

2 Peter 1:4
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Divine – of Christ; of Holy Spirit; of the Father.

I am a partaker of the divine nature, seated in heavenly places, in Christ. The depth of that revelation continually grows in me every day. It affects my relationships. It forges my path as to what I want in a prophetic community or a place of fellowship. I am not looking for perfection. I am looking for Christ in a people, in a church, in a fellowship.

Okay let me just sit back for a minute and meditate on the glory of all this.

Why? Why? Why? Would I outsource my focus to receive something or achieve anything from anyone other than Jesus Christ Himself? Yes, Christ flows through people to give to us but mature leaders always bring glory to Christ alone. Why focus on anything less than Christ Himself? Why?

Yet, because of the immaturity of the Body of Christ at times, because of leaders that focus on meeting needs of people, or possibly because of a self-indulgent Western Church that quite often places themselves as the center of their own universe – because of this, we outsource to meet the needs of the people to receive something, to get something rather than focus on the eternal glory and beauty in Christ………..who is in me.

Each day I wake and each day I walk in a prophetic life that is exploding in a revelation of Jesus Christ who is my all in all. Through the anointing of Holy Spirit revealing Christ to me and through me and in me, I simply walk on a sure path in the way of the person of Christ. From that place, I receive financial breakthroughs, healing, miracles, prophetic paths, and more. It is all in Him.

In Christ,
Debra Westbrook

Debra NapaRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.