Prophetic Focus in New Covenant Reality

Writing about prophetic transformation and the need for the prophetic to focus on Christ alone. In doing this, I am waiting, meditating and thinking. I took a week ‘blog breather’ to focus on what I sense God is speaking to me. I don’t want my words to come across as self-righteous. I want to speak what God is showing me, even when it cuts across the grain of prophetic words that I see “out there” – on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Even when it cuts across the grain of what established prophetic ministers are currently speaking.

The internal process and tension within me to shed this wineskin that forms my paradigm is becoming apparent to me day by day. I simply can’t go back into the old. At the same time, I feel as a pioneer in grace. Along with many others, I am walking into the new without actually seeing everything. I know that a sure foundation is being laid under our feet in Christ in the reality of the finished work of the cross. I am learning and in process.

This tension will be apparent as I continue to write and blog, mainly speaking to myself and the way I want my life in Christ to flow from this point forward. My heart desires to mentor prophetic people. Through the years, I see that this kind of mentoring is caught more than taught – Jesus being the perfect example with His own disciples.

There is a simplicity of focus needed in the prophetic at-large – the simplicity of Christ. For me to prophesy in the Spirit I feel that I must shift to a grace centered; finished work prophetic language that focuses on present truth in the New Covenant. In other words, I don’t want to hear the same things over and over and over that point to mixture of the two covenants.

For instance, why would I desire the mantle of Elijah when I am a daughter of God, Christ in me, the hope of glory? And, why would I feel the necessity to run to catch an anointing when the Spirit of God in me is all I need to teach, lead and direct me into an ever-expanding revelation of Christ? And, why would I hunger and cry out for an open heaven when the heavens have already been opened, the veil has been rent and I am seated in heavenly places?

I will blog more about this and much else over the next few weeks. My ‘blog breather’ was mainly to call to task the fear I felt of going against the grain and hitting at sacred cows. I should have done this awhile back but there is no better time than the present.

Over the past week, I filled my journal with thoughts that challenged me and filled me with hope and enthusiasm. Despite the current mundane condition of the church at large, God IS moving in ways that cannot be perceived through an old wineskin or through an old lens.

Mantles? New anointing? Open heavens? These, along with many other things are prophesied as entities in and of themselves, often devoid of focus on Christ in New Covenant reality. I am not judging or criticizing the prophetic but I see its need to change its focus and language reflecting this New Covenant reality. Perhaps others have tackled this before but for me, the path is opening for me to walk forward right now. Many prophetic terms are centered on Old Covenant principles, as if they are the focus of we who are now in a New Covenant reality. I want to stress that my own focus is a love of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit. I love the miraculous and life in the Spirit. But, I need to align my focus in Christ alone and prophesy from this position.

I guess the best place to start is to show something about the differences between the Old and New Covenant and then along will come the next blog. Let’s get this foundation right. Here are just a few examples for you to consider.

Law/Grace
Sinners/Saints
Slaves to sin/ Slaves to righteousness
Need to ask forgiveness/ Already forgiven
Self-sacrifice; human work/ Rest in Jesus work and sacrifice
Do Work – have to/ Do work – get to
Crying out for ‘More”/ Have everything we need
Hunger and Thirst for Him/ Satisfied in Him
Go to temples/ Are His temple; perfect union
Searching for open heaven/ Living under an open heaven
Searching for revival/ Live in revival
Destroys sinners on account of sin/ Destroyed sin in the body of Jesus
Follow signs & wonders/ Signs and wonders follow us
Performs these randomly/ Perform through His power in us
God is in a bad mood/ God is outrageously in a good mood

In Christ
Debra Westbrook

Debra NapaRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to live a prophetic 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 August 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 if you would like us to minister in grace and glory.

Creative Expression – Restrained Vision

That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. (Luke 24:13-16 Message)

As I walk on the road of my own preconceived notions or my sublime presumptions, Jesus often draws near to me, in the midst of it all. When life’s events have placed more questions in my mind than answers, Jesus draws near – just to walk with me and talk with me.

Light on a PathThese two men were walking towards Emmaus, talking about Jesus’ crucifixion. Their minds were ablaze with questions. Their hopes– what could have been, should have been, and yet was not- seemed dashed to pieces as they faced the reality of His death. What now? What exactly happened?

Jesus enters into the midst of it all, just like He does for me. When He draws near, I often find myself in the midst of thinking, a process of questions. Why did this happen? What now? He walks besides me and sees my limited restrained vision, just as these two men on the road that day. Vision that is restrained by the power of presumption or assumption inhibits me from truly seeing, just like these two guys. Vision that is held in the power of its own process limits and restrains me from truly seeing.

He draws alongside, never forcing His way into my process, at least not at first. Like these men, I may continue to explain the events taking place through my ‘restrained vision’. He probably can’t help but shake His head as He listens to my words, just as He listened to the words of these men that day. At the right moment, in my own tension, He speaks. Here is how He spoke to these men that day. And sometimes, this is how He speaks to me.

Then he said to them, “So thick–headed! So slow–hearted! Why can’t you simply believe all that the prophets said? Don’t you see that these things had to happen, that the Messiah had to suffer and only then enter into his glory?” Then he started at the beginning, with the Books of Moses, and went on through all the Prophets, pointing out everything in the Scriptures that referred to him. (Luke 24:25-27 Message)

listen.520In other words, His words silence me, just as it did for these two guys, catapulting me into a greater reality, past my restrained vision and limited understanding. I find His confrontations into my life as wonderful as His gently flowing words of affirmation and love. Both show me His intense love for me. Both ways open my eyes to see past the nose on my own fact. My pain often restrains my vision. I need a shaking down some days that forces me to rise above my own self-pity and introspection. It’s good for me. He’s always good for me.

They came to the edge of the village where they were headed. He acted as if he were going on but they pressed him: “Stay and have supper with us. It’s nearly evening; the day is done.” So he went in with them. And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open–eyed, wide–eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared. Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us. (Luke 24:28-32 Message)

Jesus stops me in the midst of my forward momentum many times. My eyes open to see, to truly see things that have been hidden from me. I get so excited at times at the revelation of truth, which lifts my spirit, that I want to detain Him at that point of revelation to sit with me, talk more with me, dine with me at my table. Yet, I have noticed, that just like these men, at the point of received revelation, sitting at a table of intimacy, He often is quickly up and away. Why is this?

There is more to say, more to see, and greater things to encounter. Being totally human, I may self-centeredly keep Him at that place at my table, receiving and receiving and receiving. Yet, He is up and away and now my choice is to follow Him with all that He has revealed to me, moving and living and having my being in Him. I can’t stay at this place of comfort. I now move in what I have received and take it out.

Yes, there will come another time when my presumptions will get the best of me again. That is only human. And on that day, He will draw near again to show me my shortcomings in truly understanding His greatness, His majesty and His being. That is called life. I go from glory to glory to glory, from faith to faith to faith. I walk on the road of life, wondering, asking questions, and thinking. He draws near, listens and even brings correction to me.

Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NKJV)

Christ in me is still revealing Himself to me as I live my life in union with Him. I am enjoying the journey.