Prophets – In Deep Waters

Ocean WaveHere I am in deep waters, far away from any sign of land. Waves surge up and down, settling me briefly into watery valleys that hinder my vision. I hope to see some glimpse of land, some reference point that would lead me up and away from the deep waters into the shallows of what is familiar and comfortable. Yet, each time I rise up, the view is the same – more waves and a vast expanse of sky that causes me to feel a spiritual vertigo. If I look too long without anything to focus on, I feel a bit dizzy in this new place.

How did I get here? Well, I cried out a simple prayer, “More Lord.” When that prayer reached a crescendo, rising into the ears of God, He lifted me up and brought me out into the deep to call me unto Himself.

Despite my disdain for religion and my dislike for the mundane, at least the shallow waters lent themselves to some sort of fellowship and preaching. Out here there’s nothing. No distractions. It’s just the sound of the waves as the wind swirls around me.

To stay afloat, I can tread water but that gets tiring over time. How long will that keep me afloat anyway?

Nothing to lean on. Nowhere to go. It’s just me and the wind and the waves. What purpose does this serve? How does this fit into God’s mighty plan for my life?

I knew it would come to this. After all, when I cried out “More Lord” what did I expect? To be drawn up in the midst of churchianity or to be drawn out into the deep?

For years, a discontent grew within my whole being whenever I entertained the thought of church – business as usual, mundane boring programs, performance driven worship teams or leadership that micromanaged everything down to the last minute. This discontent almost killed me. It was at this point that God whispered into my being. “If you want to go deeper, you have to be drawn into the deep waters.”

Water flowingWhen it first happens, loneliness sets in along with a penchant to stay alive by any means possible. You know what I’m talking about if you are following along with this by the Spirit. Thinking that this won’t last too long or that God will let me go back to the safety of the shoreline. You get that right?

But as the waves come and go, I realize that it’s impossible to have both – sanctimonious religion and God ordained, Spirit led, Jesus loving relationship. It’s impossible for desire and passion to grow in environments self-serving to man’s agenda without any regard to precious Holy Spirit.

When drawn into the deep by the hand of God, there is only one thing to do. Release, let go and allow Him to pull you down into His depths. There is no returning to normalcy after that. When I release myself to the hand of God and He pulls me under, I have only one recourse of action left in my life.

Release everything to Him. Trust Him.

What’s the alternative? Catching a wave back into shore, splashing around in the shallows with those who want nothing more from God than the latest conference or next trendy worship CD. There are no options left for me.

I release myself into the depths of my Lord.

Over time, I discover a new paradigm takes over. What was focused years ago on external Christianity in the realm of performance, agenda and works is now focused on being in union with Christ, so that my life flows in Christ………..as He is, so am I in the world. This reality infuses my life with His life. It is Christ in me. Christ in me.

It is in the depths, the deep waters, that I find truth, the person of Christ in the depths of His love, His grace and His mercy flowing into my life.

God calls prophets into the deep waters for seasons of increased revelation, growth and maturity. It is a pulling aside, going deeper, intimate times with God apart from the routine and ritual that religious Christianity brings.

Prophets in deep waters love God and love His people. The deep is necessary to strengthen the message that will resonate through every fiber of our being. It is a call to love God wholeheartedly with our whole mind, body and soul, forsaking anything the world offers that tries to take the place of God. Our message is fine-tuned here, uncompromised, not conforming to standard or ritual.

What is the message you may ask? Is it some mysterious revelation that sets us apart? Is it some new teaching that will draw others to us, eyes wide open, gazing in admiration at us and our anointing?

It’s quite simple. It is the centrality of Christ; Jesus being all in all with every prophetic utterance issuing forth a revelation of the preeminence and glory, in the person of Christ.

In the deep, He forms the hearts before He fashions the words coming from our lives. Each word has its beginning and ending in the person of Jesus Christ. Our lives are changed. He is our all in all.

The deep brings a reality that forms in us and lives through us in Christ. We may be called back into the shallows and back onto land but the revelation imparted here will be the foundation of our lives. Radical prophets submitted to God, loving people and challenging the very nature of the church, as we know it.

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:15-18

Debra

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Hope Revisited

Hope. I keep thinking about hope. I wrote about it in a previous blog post. Then a clear message of hope came out in the Creative Renaissance Conference I attended this past weekend at Upper Room Dallas.

Hope flowed out through several prophetic songs. A prophetic word declared hope in the midst of delay. It also wound its way through the preaching.

Hope in HandHope restored in our lives, singing it out or speaking it out or dancing it out, all implying the same thing – many need to hear a message of hope. God breathed hope throughout the weekend. He’s right here, within me, around me – He is faithful, no matter what it looks like.

Hope embeds itself in the foundation of my life so as to combat the lies when I think about delay. Tweet That

When fog encircles me with accusations of insignificance, telling me that I am forgotten and left behind, I stand on hope. At times, it is all I have because nothing in the natural realm indicates that God’s promises are near to being fulfilled. I contend for hope in personal warfare through worshipping Jesus and by standing firm in the reality that He is faithful.

There is a present delay in promises fulfilled in my life. Whether it is a long-standing need for restoration in a family situation or finances for the ministry, I need hope to keep going, to keep walking one step at a time. I keep looking up and out at the horizon when I can’t see any fulfillment in the present. At those times, when hopelessness seems to be right there, waiting to be acknowledged, He surrounds me with His presence and His unfailing love. I keep walking.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

How many times have I heard that over the years?

Hope Filled JournalHopelessness is a powerful tool in the hands of the accuser. The enemy (and hopefully, you all realize there is a devil) loves to stir up hopelessness to demean the goodness of God. See it for what it is. Delays come and go but He is faithful.

Hopelessness feels like I am walking through a field that is stripped bare, dry ground with no sign of life apparent upon first glance. But then I keep looking. I look down and around to notice any small burst of life in seedling form. Anything at all. One small glimpse of something green coming out reminds me that He is with me, not against me. I may not understand His ways but I understand His love that He is for me, not against me. My vision syncs with the One who is faithful and I rise up and keep on walking.

His ways are not our ways. Ever heard this from someone in the midst of the struggle? It’s so cliché at the time but it’s truth. God forms my life through His eternal lens. Timing is not as important to God as it is to me. I want it now. Why? Fulfillment implies favor and favor implies success, acceptance and affirmation. Delay makes me feel I am without favor and definitely without a sense of purpose, out of the mix, and forgotten. Delay……..it sucks.

But I choose to hope and I keep walking. I emphasize that I must keep walking towards the horizon. To stand still is paralysis and with that comes fear that erodes my faith. I hope at what can’t be seen but at the One who is faithful.

Any delays in your life right now? How do you walk through those times, keeping in your heart that God is faithful to complete that which He started in you.

Debra

 

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Prophets in the Deep

cropped-cropped-photo2.jpgProphets in the deep. What does that mean?  I”ll need a few blog posts to write about this revelation that is forming within the depths of my heart.

Instead of starting at the beginning of how I received this word and work my way forward to a clear conclusion, I will do just the opposite. I will start with my conclusion and over the next few posts work my way back into the revelation in seed form. This will take you back to its conception and help you birth something within you as you listen with the ears of Holy Spirit.   And…it will take a few posts. (I will break some rules of blogging that say I should keep it short, sweet, attractive and conclusive, giving answers in 10 steps how to conquer, rule and be successful.) I hope and pray that you follow along and that it ministers greatly to each of you this week.

Prophets of the deep. Those in the deep waters, far away from any point of reference except Holy Spirit. Sometimes I can’t see any land and I am a bit lonely and tired. Time wears me down and the message forming within me is going nowhere except to the skies above and the water below. So, I don’t want to wait anymore. No one can hear me out here. What to do?

I catch a wave into shore, hoping to join in the flow of the latest prophetic conference, movement or network. I convince myself that I got it wrong by being ‘out there’ and the current cutting edge ‘thing’ is where I need to be – to belong, to be covered. That is where the action is. So I go.

In doing this, I don’t see it yet but I am ignoring my own inner witness encouraging me to just stay just where I am…..in the deep.

Yet here I am in the midst of the action. Meeting after meeting. Conferences and more. Yet I look inside myself and long for the deep. My heart can’t relate to what I hear or what I see in the organized gathering. I miss the deep. Did I make a mistake? Yes, but thank God for His grace.

This is actually where I find myself right now and those who have ears to hear the Spirit will understand this. I came back to shore thinking that the deep lasted too long, was too lonely and was without constant affirmation. So I caught the wave back to shore and find myself here, in a place that I thought I needed. Yet, God graces me and shows me my mistake and calls me back out…again. He is forever patient with me.

Rivers of Eden GlobeHow did I find myself in the deep waters to begin with? Well, by the hand of God (though I know that I know many would disagree with me about this, believing that it circumvents the rules of proper prophetic protocol, encourages lone rangers, and a few other things). But I will say again something I strongly believe. There are prophets in deep waters, loving God, loving God’s people, yet unable to sync with the current atmosphere of the church regarding prophets, networks, words and more words, etc. etc.

Prophets of the deep find that there is no way to stay afloat for very long…out there. Treading water can be tiring at times. There comes a choice to go back into shore and accept the status quo or stay in the deep and be drawn down into the reality of the deep waters. I opted out and came back to shore to join up. Mistake. Now I see and I release myself to the deep with greater passion, purpose and humility.

What exactly is the deep?

Is it some mysterious message or revelation that sets us apart? Is it some new teaching that will draw others to us, eyes wide open, gazing in admiration at us and our anointing? Is it a place that is temporary while we wait to be drawn back into the mix where we can also build conferences and write books about the deep?  It is none of that.

The deep is my abiding place in Christ. The joining together of the true church into its center, Jesus Christ. It is the gathering of people within the deep waters where we step out and away from the current format of church as we know it, and go beyond into the uncharted waters of Holy Spirit, gathering with one another in community within a new form that cuts deep into our hearts.

That which draws us into the depths of the waters, is actually not a new revelation or a new teaching. It is actually something greatly missing from the current expression of church. And it is not some ‘thing’. It is actually a person and that person is Jesus Christ in full revelation of the New Covenant and all its glorious realities.

Every prophetic word brought forth from the prophets of the deep finds its source in the preeminence, glory, and revelation of the person of Christ. These sounds are sourced in Christ Jesus. He forms the hearts and fashions the words so that what is sounded forth draws its beginning in Christ and its ending in bringing glory to the Son of God. In the process, these words of the deep bring us into an awakening….a deep awakening. Not the catchwords of revival, breakthrough, acceleration…but the glory of being In Christ. He is who forms us, knows us and it is He that we speak in words of spirit, life and truth.

For those with ears to hear, I am turning the ship slowly back into the deep waters to write for those with ears to hear and hearts to understand. Something awakened within me this weekend after years of writing and seeking and trying to find…..it’s like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Those red shoes have always been able to take me where I wanted to go. But, I did not see it and kept searching, endlessly searching.

Christ in me – enough, more than enough.

If I wanted to, I could go back and delete or rewrite some blog posts but why bother? They serve as a way of looking at my journey out of movements and methods and churches that subscribe to prophetic words that make me feel like I have to strive to reach and to grasp something to get to the next step. He awakens me to His reality and it seems to have taken a long time. But…that’s okay. Stick with me okay? I am seeking a community of believers that are formed or perhaps we will form (Marvin and I) that will focus solely on Jesus Christ and go deep into His revelation. More coming. These words don’t even scratch the surface of my heart today so I pray with every fiber of my being that you are understanding what I am saying in this process……..freedom yet now we face the great unknown.

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In Christ,
Debra
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Truth Staggers Down The Street

Truth is lost in the midst of cultural noise and political correctness. Words blast their way into the atmosphere on a daily basis. They continually try to change our minds and destroy our thought processes from seeking what is real, what is true. Words are a vehicle by which truth is moved along so if you distort words, trying to change their meaning from what is originally intended, it is easier to control people through deception, dilution and distortion.

Words Words WordsThis is not a new thing. If fact it is an old thing and I only need look at a verse in the OT to speak truth into this very problem.

Justice is beaten back, Righteousness is banished to the sidelines, Truth staggers down the street, Honesty is nowhere to be found. (Isaiah 59:14 Message)

Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. (Isaiah 59:14 NKJVS)

There is an attack on truth through the use of words that seem to be ever changing, evolving to bolster man’s political agenda or partisan way of life. Look around if you can and find truth in the midst of chaos. It is lost amidst word mixtures and word distortions.

The only way to navigate the treacherous waters ahead is through the only truth that exists to be found. Christ Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6 NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. (John 14:6 Message)

Truth in Christ is true in any matter, under all circumstances in perfect reality. If one does not know Christ, one cannot comprehend truth. Truth in Christ in me is a life renewed with an excellent mind, able to perceive truth in the midst of deception. I am in union with Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit and in my life there is a perfect expression of Truth as I live, move and have my being in Him.

Many see Jesus as a lunatic for saying this pretentious statement in John 14:6. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says below.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity.

Truth Will Set You FreeA battle rages for truth. People desperately desire truth. Truth is in Christ. Truth is Christ Jesus. Truth is found in Christ and the outflow of His teachings, His person, and His oneness in the Father. That forms the simplicity of my life, the way this blog will flow and the prophetic nature of speaking forth hope into a chaotic future that exists in the world apart from Christ.

Prophetically speaking I would say that confusion rules the atmosphere in this present day. Yet that is not a reality for those hidden in Christ Jesus. We are able to see and to hear beyond what is being shown us and far beyond what is being said. We hear truth beyond words that seem to bolster political agendas or foster partisan belief. There is a sound behind the sound when one is discerning to truly hear. God will reveal His heart to us and through us in Christ.

Look no further than the simplicity that is found in Christ for the coming days will toss us back and forth on the winds of change if we are not anchored in the truth of the divine words of Scripture. Make no mistake, we desire to see hope restored and peace reign in our midst but this is an impossibility apart from Christ ruling and reigning in the power of His kingdom that dwells first in the heart of His people and flows out in its necessary power…..now and in the days ahead.

Hope is restored. Peace is maintained. Lives are lived contrary to the prevailing atmosphere of humanistic logic and wisdom. How can one find this? How can one live in direct opposition to fear, distress, and hopelessness? In Christ. Rise up and live above in heavenly places, where we are seated in Christ Jesus.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJVS)

This is a simple way to start the New Year prophetically speaking. We must disregard the extraneous things pulling on our lives on a daily basis.  They only seek to take us into a reality bound by fear and distress. There is a better way, a more excellent way and those who seek Him will find Him. The promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Start today. Spend time alone with the Lord. Learn to hear His voice and respond to His overtures of love to you. In this time set apart we will develop a hearing ear and discerning eyes to follow Him in the midst of the coming storms. We will walk in peace and hope and love despite anything that tries to come against us, uproot us or destroy us.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 13For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:1-3, 7, 13-14, 23-24 NKJVS)

Debra

 

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Debra
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Breaking of the Dawn

Waking up early to clear my mind and engage with the Lord. It has been a hellish 5 years for many of us but it is a new day and a new year. So I am going all out prophetic in this blog. For the past few years, I have gone one way and another way only to find myself full circle back to who I am – creatively prophetic moving in Holy Spirit engaging in the awesome adventure of Christianity, hoping to enlist a generation to join me along the way.

Man in rising sunFor many years, I listened to prophetic words come and go about breakthroughs and shifts but then came this year……..I can’t explain it nor do I want to but I sense deep in my spirit that God is going to do beyond what we can even imagine this year in our lives, our families, dreams, purpose destiny. It is a shift that has taken place in the Spirit and it is real, substantial and true.

A shift in the Spirit is just that………heaven manifesting on earth in Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus in fresh, new ways. Example: For many years, I developed a cynical attitude about anything prophetic. In doing that, I actually fought against my own DNA in whom God called me to be. Not good.

Cynicism cut my supply line to eternal reality. I kept writing it all out here on the blog as to what I deeply desired but living it lacked the spontaneity, adventure and love for Jesus that I so desperately needed in my daily life. Cynicism internally attached itself to everything and actually killed passion and hope in my life for a time. The antidote to cynicism is repent and believe again. I have done that. Passion is restored and hope sets a path of light in my life.

Each day as I wake up to the breaking of the dawn, I sit and worship, pray, read Scripture and wait on God to talk. And…..He does…. in glorious and marvelous ways. The word comes alive as I believe and I see small things begin to transpire in a new day.

EyeFor instance, I had 2 distinct, clear visions. One was of China where I stood in the land and walked the land, praying. I then saw myself taking a sheer scarf and waving it over the land in an intensity of prayer. This back up many prophetic  words from times past about a journey into China for ministry and intercession.

Truth: God is bringing back many things from our past (people, promises, dreams), placing them right in the present in order to open a door to the future.

The other vision involved an increased passionate heart for Europe where I saw a black veil being pulled over the nations. Yet I knew that when darkness increases, light increased so much more and His glory rules and reigns. The darkness is real. Yet there is coming resurrection power that will sweep through a remnant of people that will not bow their knee to that reality but will rise and shine in the power of light and sound to establish the Kingdom through Europe. Great days for Europe. Great days.

Shortly after getting these two visions, an invitation came to go back to Poland to minister prophetically. Here was the manifestation – heaven on earth.

Each day I wake up to something new taking place in my life…….small things, bigger things and everything in between. From this place of faith in the goodness and glory in Christ, I step into what God reveals and believe. From that place, He opens up more and more to me in the realm of connections, a few open doors and increasing revelation.

He is soooo good. Believe and receive…..let Him reveal Himself to you in ways that are awesome and true. Take steps of obedience, small at first, and He guides, leads provides and definitely surprises us along the way.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra
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