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.


In Christ,
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Creative Expression – Holy Spirit – Leading, Directing, Guiding – Out And About

SparkHoly Spirit is quite controversial to most Christians. I hear little if anything spoken about Holy Spirit these days. Praying in tongues, prophesying, laying on of hands, true prophetic worship and definitely creative expression is omitted from most gatherings. John quite succinctly tells us that Jesus was quite specific when He says:

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-15 NKJV)

To paraphrase His words, Jesus is saying to us that If you want to know Him, then allow Holy Spirit to reveal Him to you – His ways, His Truth, His life AND to continue to walk in the Spirit as He continues to open up and reveal the person of Christ to us.

Yet, I continue to say and will keep saying that going into most Christian gatherings, I leave, sensing that I have not been touched with a revelation of the mystery of Christ. I leave thinking that I have been in a good gathering, but one that does not leave me breathless and awestruck in the beauty and glory of Christ. What is happening? It’s quite simple. All of us will have to give up control and enter into the beauty of intimacy with Christ and then walk in obedience to His wisdom in His clear directives. Holy Spirit requires that I put aside my agenda for His. I assure you that once I put aside this intense need to control and micromanage and ‘jump into’ the Spirit’s flow, this flow will lead us to Christ Jesus – His beauty, His glory, His magnificence.

The first year in my salvation, I simply believed that Holy Spirit would guide me into the truth of His way. My simplicity of belief and the beauty of intimate times of personal worship and prayer revealed His way in my life. His way, for me, led me into nations such as Italy and Ireland to pray. His way in Christ led me on a 10-day journey into Detroit where each day, a friend and I waited and prayed, and then moved out in Holy Spirit.

Is that possible? Yes of course. It is not only possible but it is the beauty of Christianity. But what if someone gets off base, you may say? What if someone thinks it is God leading the way but it isn’t? What if this is pure lunacy? What if? What if? Well, keep asking yourself these questions and you will live in the reality of the ‘what if’ and never walk on a foundation of faith and the glories of an expanding Christian walk in Christ.

Here’s another example of how a string of Holy Spirit led directives led me into and through a nation. I can’t be afraid of looking ridiculous for Christ. I believe in prophetic acts. Years ago, after a week of prayer, the Lord directed me to travel to Rome to pray throughout the city. I hardly needed any time to simply say ‘yes’ and before you know it, I was on my way. I also believe 100% that when God is ‘in’ the act, the finances are provided to lead the way.

Fingers TouchingOkay so here comes truth as to what I actually did there. Each day, two friends and I would pray in our hotel room. Then we set out for the day into the city. I had 7 smooth stones, upon which I wrote one of the 7 “I AM” statements from the book of John on a stone. Here they are:

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

“I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

“I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1

7 stones………with 7 “I AM” statements written on them placed at the Arch of Constantine, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s, the Catacombs, along the via Castro Pretorio, at the Jewish Synagogue near the Jewish Ghetto, and finally in the Termini Station. With each stone came intercession with defined Scripture verses that God gave us for each stone and each place. We did not openly gather to pray to draw attention to ourselves in any kind of loud manner. We were not led to do that by the Lord in any way on this trip. It was a hidden mission just to declare the goodness and grandeur of our God. And that we did!

I am  ready for adventure and risk. In fact, Marvin and I are both ready to venture forth again in Christ as pioneers. Perhaps, in reading this, you can’t see yourself doing what I have described above. That’s okay. This is my journey and God will give you one of your own. The point of the matter is simply to live and move and have your being in Christ, allowing Holy Spirit to break you out of a box of confinement into His glory and grace.

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.