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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All About Holy Spirit: Visions, Open Doors, Transformation

flowing blue waterLead the way Holy Spirit! This is my focus as I speak, minister, travel…..Holy Spirit guides me in the Way, Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is not some ethereal wispy wind, without form or function. Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ in directing my path. Holy Spirit reveals heaven’s direction,  guiding and leading me as I step out and move in what is revealed. Heaven manifesting on earth.

But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. 14 He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. 15 Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you. (John 16:13-15 Message)

When we travel. Holy Spirit sets our agenda, opening doors into nations, gatherings, or even small home groups. He makes the way in Christ before we even get there, preparing the hearts of the people to believe, receive and be transformed as we minister Christ.

Here is how Holy Spirit moved through a service in Poland on April 3, 2016.

At the Sunday service in Elblag, worship flowed in a strong sound, escalating up into the spiritual atmosphere. I received a vision in which I saw a tunnel open up in the middle of the sanctuary. This tunnel extended from heaven to earth. As I looked up with the eyes of the Spirit, I saw a great cloud of witnesses looking down at us. It seemed that they wanted to be invited into the service, to see heaven connect with earth in that service on that day.

From years of ministry experience, I know as Holy Spirit gives vision, it’s  best to wait on the Lord to receive direction in how to move in the Spirit based upon what is seen with the eyes of the spirit.

I then had another vision where I saw myself and 2 others on the worship team begin to sing together at the microphone. No words. Just a clear sound of harmony, voices blending together, an escalation of drawn out notes in strength and power. As I asked the pastor if it was okay to do this, he said yes so I obeyed the vision from the Lord.

cropped-cropped-istock_000026317800medium22.jpgAs we began to sing in harmony around one microphone, heaven continued to open up vision in others and myself. We saw the sound going out from the three of us as notes echoing up the tunnel into the heavenly realm. These notes bounced off the sides of the tunnel until they met the sound of heaven coming down with another sound. The two sounds mingled together and I could hear a heavenly chorus, loud and clear.

As these sounds increased, I saw in the Spirit, oil began to flow down the walls of the sanctuary. Oil signifies anointing. For that day, I knew that a healing anointing was present. I believed the Lord was present to heal in many different ways.

The Pastor came up to confirm the word by speaking about a heavenly chorus being released through worship. He then asked the worship team to sing a few more songs, which tied in with all that was going on. A beautiful anointing was present, a glorious story being played out, scripted by heaven itself.

As I began to preach. Holy Spirit then directed me to a new message, a time of storytelling to be exact. The story was about the woman with the alabaster box, facing a room of religious leaders, walking up to Jesus to anoint Him in a most timely and intimate manner with oil. It spoke of risking it all in the face of religious persecution to love Jesus.

The cry of the Lord this particular day sounded out through the word, through vision and worship and through the altar call. Healing – emotional healing for guilt, shame, deep roots of rejection. Physical healing of bodies. Spiritual healing to know that the love of God called many back to relationship with Jesus Christ.

This is flow. This is Holy Spirit who directs and scripts each gathering so that all glory honor and reverence goes to Jesus Christ. This is how Rivers of Eden ministers – in glory. I spend time worshipping in His presence, reading and studying the Word of God and then Holy Spirit flows from a deep well of Christ that is within my life. I am very excited about creativity expressed in Christ through Rivers of Eden in the days ahead.

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. (Colossians 1:15-18 Message)

Debra

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Deep Waters – Trembling in the Waves

WaveThe deep waters – our world trembles with each wave that washes over us. Our lives are disrupted.  We are being deconstructed. What was built up within us in religion is coming down. Jesus Himself is bringing it down. We are imploding from within. It seems we are unable to comprehend the simplicity in Christ. We want more. More of this and more of that – forever chasing new things, new revelation, forsaking the deep well of Jesus Christ.

So used to being hand fed on movements, we are not used to feeding ourselves, trusting Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the Way in Christ.

We got comfortable being in the mix, in the system, whether that system was a constant stream of prophetic conferences or a church/denomination that dictated a norm rather than show us the WAY – a way of adventure and creativity in Holy Spirit. The church at large is in a sad state. The solution? Return to Jesus. Many lost their first love. Jesus calls and woos them back to Him.

He watches. He waits and observes from the outside looking in. So few actually notice Him. He looks through the window with a desire to be our all in all. How much do we settle for so much less?

Some beautiful poetic expression below.

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes
leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall;
He is looking through the windows, gazing through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
(Song of Songs 2:8-10 NKJV)

This inner deconstruction of our lives brings down all our idols. And, there are many.

Why? So that our focus is purified to look into His eyes, to catch His gaze, to reflect His glory,. To BE the creative expression of Christ in the earth.

Debra

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Prophetic Soundings – Deep Deep Water

flowing blue waterIn my vision, I saw prophets in deep water, resting in its movements, not treading water or trying to resist the continual flow. These men and women knew God Himself brought them out to the deep. Ridiculed, persecuted, and many times labeled rebellious because they would not follow prophetic protocol laid down by the current trend of prophetic networks, they flowed out to the deep, guided by the hand of God. These prophets obeyed, risking rejection, facing loneliness and most of the time being misunderstood, labeled independent or not wanting to submit to the proper authority. Over time, humility worked its way deep within the heart of the prophet. Silence permeated their lives because God’s hand restrained them from speaking or even justifying why they found themselves alone in deep waters.

“You are mine!” says the Lord.

It was a time of diving into the depths of the ocean. Where else was there to go? With no land around, there was nowhere else to go but down, down, down into the depth of His being. Flowing within the currents of the Lord’s voice, it was a time of being set apart.

After a considerable length of time, words began to form close to the surface of the prophet’s life and one by one, many began to speak. Deep words of the reality of Christ Jesus, being in Christ. This message flowed from substance, flowed from transformation within the prophet’s being. This message is one that is released in the deep waters. To hear it, one must choose to come out into the deep, away from the shore. These are words of transformation engaging with the spirit of the listener. These are words of Spirit, life and truth. These are words of Christ, being in Christ flowing out in creative expression through the prophets of the deep that are learning to live, move and have their being in the person of Christ.

“I am yours and you are mine!”

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3 NKJV)

Wait, what is this that I see now? I look back towards the shoreline and see so many people splashing in the waves. From a distance, they seem to like the excitement of it all, lots of shouting, declarations and laughter. Lots of noise.

Visual representation of a soundwaveI listen closely and suddenly through the noise, I can make out distinct words like revival, breakthrough, acceleration, and so much more. Lots of prophetic catch words and phrases that sound like a remix of what has been said over and over through the years. Yet, it seems that the people really like it.

“I’ve heard it all before.”

The same promises, and the same sound for years on end. They sound out and because it’s so shallow at the shore, the sounds hit the bottom and rise up quickly, appealing to the soul and the emotions to those content to dwell at the shoreline. Individual lives, ministries, and churches rest in the shallows, hearing the sound of the shallow waters. These words seem to ebb and flow like the tide – going in, going out. I have heard these same words being spoken year after year after year.

For Christians to mature, we must respond to a sound declared from the deep. And that requires leaving the safety of the shore to listen and venture out by the hand of God.

SpeakingI will speak from the deep to the substance of Christ within people. I will speak to the spirit within a person. Words of truth and life – something that the church at large seems unable to receive or understand in its current state, where preaching to emotion and need transcends everything else.

Where do you find yourself today and in what kind of spiritual atmosphere? Something to think about. There is so much to say about this that I will just keep writing. I know some of you are thinking some deep thoughts so please feel free to comment. This path that I am now in while writing this is long and expansive. Lots to say. Our journey in Christ in the deep waters. Hear what I am saying by the Spirit okay? Find yourself in these posts.

Debra And Chloe

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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.

If there are those out there wanting to comment, please do. For others with deeper questions, please write me on the contact page.

In Christ,
Debra
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