Christ All In All Flowing through the Prophetic

Though she be littleAgain, I want to reiterate that my purpose in writing this is quite simple. The Message says it so beautifully.

Colossians 1:15-20
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. 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. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. 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. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe––people and things, animals and atoms––get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross

To this end, I labor in writing this blog – so that Christ alone is glorified. It is quite evident to me that a birthing is taking place in my life. Without writing this, I could stay pregnant forever in my silence. That is something I simply will not and cannot do. So, I write and process as best as I can.

The simplicity of Christ and the preeminence of Christ are essential now and in the days ahead. Many can and do talk about God with nebulous words and phrases. Yet, God made it all real in Christ and joins us to Him in our salvation. It is to that end that we prophesy – to glorify the Son. So, let’s begin to set our sights on God’s eternal purpose in Christ and let prophecy flow from that reality.

On this journey writing about prophetic transformation, let’s talk about the word ‘revival’. This quote below pretty much sums it all up for me. All I can add to it is simply ‘Selah’.

What we have called revival, the New Testament calls Christianity. Jonathan Welton

How many times must I continue to hear that God is moving, God is shaking, and revival is stirring in specific locations and locales? Over the years I have frequently heard that THE hot-spot for revival will be Texas, California (south to north and south again), New York’s tidal wave tsunami flowing over the States, Florida, Alabama, Colorado, etc, etc. etc.

Why is it necessary to quantify the word ‘revival’ to add to its credibility? We feel we must name ‘names’ and speak of how many are flocking to these places, conveniently placing pictures on Facebook or Instagram of people slain in the spirit lying at altars.

Then, we additionally mention more iconic names that spark revival fever. In addition, we relay information about upcoming conference venues seeking to maintain this move of God. We just need to quantify a spiritual reality. Does anyone else think this is immature on our parts? It seems like a group of children showing off their new toys.

But we don’t stop there. We may even further quantify our statements by speaking in superlative tones, which exalt the manifestations of gold dust, angelic appearances, fire or wind. We again then quantify the number of healings and salvation. This leads me to believe that we think more is better, grander, highly favored. The masses then respond with awe and reverence at the event, the people, and the conference.

I can’t be silent. I want to write about a need for prophetic transformation – transformed in His glory, gazing upon the face of Christ and then speaking forth. In wisdom, I believe subtlety is better and displays wisdom in our Christianity. Why do we feel we need to always prove something when we have SOMEONE? Where two of three are gathered, He is in the midst and there is power, authority and even this thing call revival. I believe ‘revival’ has been almost deified in and of itself, taking the focus off of Christ. Not always, of course, but I am determined that we focus on Christ and Christ alone so that we may encounter the days ahead with authenticity, honor, grace and glory.

Let’s change our foundational belief. Revival is not ‘out there’. Revival is normal Christianity flowing through my life in the power of the Spirit. Christ is in me. What more do I need? I live, move and have my being in Him.

Then, let’s get rid of any quantitative, superlative language that seeks to hype up the emotions and lead people to believe something is the end all, be all – something they need and can’t live without. So in essence, we do not need revival outsourced and tied to our emotions to respond to some iconic ministry or conference. We simply need to believe what the quote says above.

Revival is New Testament Christianity, Christ in me, and my union with Christ – that is a consistent flowing of life from my belly in the power of the Spirit. All of us. Selah.

Though she be littleThere is so much more flowing from me regarding prophetic transformation. I am a little voice, as I heard someone so aptly say on Facebook the other day. Yet I remember what the jockey said in the movie Seabiscuit, one of my favorite movies. It’s a quote from Shakespeare.

 

 

In Christ
Debra Westbrook

cropped-10177248_755497004490453_3881209406351311543_n.jpgRivers 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.

Our Focal Point – Christ Jesus

ImageLet me say that I am on a journey in grace in Christ. Along the way, I process some things and then I write. I have not arrived for it is a journey but I have decided to keep my focal point, at all times, the reality of the person of Christ.

Many are saying today, and I have also done this, that we are suddenly coming into the revelation of grace. I have read that many, not all, say that grace has become real and alive to them over the past two years. I have also said this. Yet, grace has always been here in the person of Jesus Christ so I have not cornered the market on this revelation. So in humility, I accept the fact that many have gone before me in years past and will come after me, with eyes wide open to the glorious revelation of grace in the person of Christ. I enter the journey that did not start or will not stop with me. That puts a perspective on things to avoid any sort of self-righteousness that implies there are the ‘haves’ and the ‘have not’s’.

Let me say this. I am speaking from my own experience in this to gain a clearer perspective but you can apply it to your own life. Many in the prophetic, revival, charismatic, prayer ‘movements now and in years past moved along in a measure of self-righteousness, often walking in a way that showed we ‘had it’ – the gifts, vision, the revelation of the Holy Spirit, and more. We touted our superiority through conferences, books, internet sites and more. I saw this lauded over our brothers and sisters in other denominations or faith beliefs at times. It would be accurate to say that we believed our way was ‘THE way’. We often made them feel they were not as advanced as we were in our understanding of the Holy Spirit.  Revivals were held in large conference centers stating that they would usher in the next great move of God. So a tower was built in the midst of the movement that rose so high that it finally IMPLODED on itself for one reason – the foundation was cracking under the weight of the pressure of man’s pride. The main focus of Jesus Christ was usurped and overtaken by other ‘stuff’.  It’s easy to forget that all of prophecy rests on the testimony of Christ Jesus. (Revelation 19:10) He is the main focal point.

So now I am just wondering and observing and thinking and processing. In comes grace but in reality, grace has always been here in the person of Christ Jesus. Many before us have had it revealed to them, walking in it, and lived in union with Christ long before we ‘caught it’ over the past 2 years. So in grace, I believe that I am entering a journey that started long before me and will continue long after I am gone. I just want to stay clear of division, self-righteousness, or forming camps, as is naturally human nature. It is in us to be a bit self-righteous at times when we are on the forefront of what we perceive to be new and fresh and exciting.

Camps start forming, conferences flow, and books are written. It starts taking on a form of its own – grace, grace, and grace. A tower may be built to grace to emphasize this is a new movement. Look at it as it stands tall and strong. It promises freedom from guilt and condemnation. It flows along so clear and strong until, it also can implode on itself when the foundation starts to crack under the pressure of man’s wisdom and man’s desire for reputation and honor. The focal point of Jesus Christ is again usurped by man’s desire to be known and honored. Jesus is sidelined and man goes on again in the name of grace. Grace becomes the focus in and of itself. Here we go again. When Jesus is not our focal point, we are destined to fail. I want to remember this.

Why write this? Because this is how I see things and at the age I am at right now, I have seen things come and go over my years as a Christian. But only one thing remains – Jesus Christ. It is best to keep the main thing the main thing. I am not being negative or condemning but just challenging all who are having their eyes unveiled to the reality of grace to walk in grace, extend grace to others, and to focus on the reality of grace, Christ Jesus. Just some thoughts today to keep a right perspective on all of this.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.