What Is Truth?

cropped-cropped-istock_000026317800medium2.jpgWhat is truth? Great minds have thought about this for thousands of years. Can I make it simple? Jesus is truth. Not ‘a’ truth. Not one truth out of many. Jesus is truth – the person of Christ, the living Word.

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” John 14:6-7

Truth is simple. It’s a beautiful door waiting to be opened. Step across the threshold into a new world, a new paradigm where Holy Spirit activates spiritual senses to see and hear. Eyes are opened to see a way that opens up in Christ, challenging us to live beyond the natural chaos. It’s called kingdom and it’s my home, now.

When I look around and see all the chaos, I know that this is not my home. I physically live in this realm but over and over I remind myself that I am seated in heavenly places. In that truth, I move in a new reality in Christ. That is the heart of my message and how I live my life in Christ.

Holy Spirit is with me always, revealing Christ to me in different ways, at different times and in diverse places. Holy Spirit shows me how to navigate the waves that threaten to pull me under into the depths of confusion, fear and worry. I don’t go there. And, if the day starts out less than perfect, I remind myself through prophetic declaration that I live in another reality. I prophesy to myself. I speak life and truth to myself. I prophesy Jesus to ME, through ME and in ME. I don’t forget I am in the world but neither do I forget that I am not of the world.

I feel pain. I face fear. Through it all, my eyes are focused on the temporariness of this life and the eternal reality of my life in Christ. That gives me hope and a future despite what I see and feel around me at any given moment.

The Spirit reveals truth and that truth is Jesus Christ. He’s real and He’s alive. Truth is on the move in every corner of the world. He gives Holy Spirit to me so that I access truth in a world in chaos.

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

Darkness invades my thought life with so many ‘what ifs’. What if I lose my job? What if I have cancer? Fear surrounds me today on all sides and in every way possible. There are a million ways of attack, seeking to paralyze my life in the now instead of the eternal reality of life in Christ.

breaking chainsHowever darkness chooses to take form, there is truth in Christ.

Meditate on this truth.

Truth confronts darkness. Truth displaces darkness.

Almost daily, insecurity, obscurity, insignificance, terror, worry, anxiety or anger tries to invade the safety of my life. TV, social media, radio. The enemy is active. Jesus Himself said he is like a lion seeking whom he may devour. In Christ Jesus there is life and that life flows in direct contradiction to all evil tries to throw at me – security, hope, peace, and rest.

Truth builds strength within me. Christianity is not weak. It is strong. I lose my life to find my life in Christ.

Truth roots itself in and through my life, building a strong belief system. Weaving its way through my DNA forming an identity that rises above the darkness to live in eternal light. Even the smallest glimmer of light displaces the darkness that tries to encroach on my God ordained identity.

What is truth? The person of Christ Jesus. Not a formula, a doctrine, a belief system. A person – Jesus Christ.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

In Sync With Your Spiritual Senses – Part 3

Holy Spirit GiftsChristianity is supernatural – the Word and the Spirit. I walk in a natural world in a supernatural bent. To live in sync with my spiritual senses, I am not ‘on call’ as if I have to strive to BE spiritual. A lot can be learned from mentors, books, and conferences but the greatest teacher is Holy Spirit who reveals Christ in me, to me, and through me. I do not fragment or separate my spirituality into a section of time on my calendar as if it is external to me. He is my life and my outflow of supernatural life flows from this reality. I only have to learn, by Holy Spirit, to BE. From that being flows a glory of doing. This is where I am right now as visions and supernatural words are increasing in my life.

John 16:13-15
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.

Living and moving from a position of being seated in heavenly places does not take a concerted effort as if one would learn some new technique or skill. God ordained that we would learn to BE from times of intimacy with Him. I didn’t always sit at the feet of mentors, hoping to catch what they had and have it miraculously imparted to me. I had to learn, be teachable and then move out. To move in Christ, one has to walk more than sit – one has to move in faith, seeing what can’t always be seen and hearing what is being spoken from heaven. Walking in the spirit, for me, simply means that through times of intimacy (prayer, worship, meditation in His Word) there comes an outflow of life. All the rest flows in this river without giving much thought to it at times. From being in His presence, being in union in Christ, we flow in Holy Spirit wherever we are. I practice the presence of God.

When there are days when I find myself ‘out of sync’ with Him, I only have to stop, breathe and relationship is restored in the blink of an eye. It only feels like we have been ‘out of sync’ with Him, perhaps due to the world’s noise or daily interruptions. He never leaves us or forsakes us.

As I move in my day, I am learning to see and hear what Holy Spirit is saying to me, whether I am in worship in my office or at Costco. Some holy moments have occurred in my life in Costco.

Christ in YouWhile in Costco one day, my eyes were drawn supernaturally to a young woman, checking out, with a baby-sitting in her basket. The baby seemed to have some sort of problem but I could not discern at the time. I only knew that all I was doing was checking out in the aisle next to her when my spiritual eyes opened and God simply nudged me, “Do you see her? I want you to encourage her today.” I was present in the moment, not distracted by external noise – present in the moment in Christ.

There always comes a bit of trepidation and fear as God tells you to jump out of the boat. I have been walking in this way for years and my heart still beast faster as I step out in faith.  After all, who wants someone to come up to you and say, “God has a word for you”. I have also had people look at me as if I should be locked up. So, over the years, I learned to change my delivery to being naturally supernatural.

I had to wait outside Costco that day because her line was a bit slower than mine. Eventually she came outside. What to do? In a split second one decides to move in faith or stand in fear. I am a lion at heart and for the most part, I don’t mind looking like a fool. I gently stopped her and began to prophesy over her child and her.

The words, to me, seemed quite simple and gentle, but within her, they resounded like an earthquake. She stood, eyes wide open, with tears welling up. I can’t remember exactly every word I said,  but it had to do with what she was facing with her baby who, I believe had some type of challenge, whether autism or something like that. She began to cry and immediately said to me, “Come with me.” We moved over a few feet.  She then asked me to keep an eye on her baby while she called her mom. She began speaking to her mom about what I had just said to her and then promptly handed the phone to me.

As I took the phone, the woman on the other end began crying and laughing at the same time. She began to tell me that she had been praying for her daughter for years about all they had walked through as a family. Her daughter, so touched that God truly saw her, told her mom on the phone that a woman, sent by God in Costco, just spoke directly to her heart.

There was lots of joy that day on both parts. I never saw the woman again but I did not need to. I only needed to be obedient to Holy Spirit so that a life would be changed. I only pray that someone would do the same for me.

This is a simple story. Many of you have done this and more in your life. Bravo!! And many of you long to move out of a comfortable place of religion to walk in life. Be brave and courageous in Christ. Let’s let Holy Spirit breathe and flow again with spontaneity and surrender. Life is beautiful this way.

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Debra

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In Sync With Your Spiritual Senses– Part 1

KeyholeWe are created to operate with our natural senses and our spiritual senses – to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. As a visual learner, I pick up on things quickly if it is shown to me visually, as opposed to being spoken to me. Pictures, visions, or images given to me by God open up revelation that allows me to see in the Spirit that which may not be visible in the natural. God gifts me this way to discern what is going on in the Spirit in order to pray, give a word of wisdom or knowledge or just to know, to be aware.

I am learning that the increase of this supernatural anointing flows through grace and humility. In other words, God looks for those with whom He can share His heart. The purity of a heart, filled with love for Christ and people, clears the eyes and opens the ears to clearly see and hear and then, perhaps, to speak. To see through a lens of pride, arrogance, or judgment only serves to weaken this gift of life. Then what use is it to any of us?

What about hearing a supernatural sound? This is a new path for me, one that opens up year by year. For instance, I remember the first time I traveled through Finland in 2002; I heard the sound of rushing water. I had no idea at the time how to interpret this supernatural occurrence let alone what to do with what I was hearing.

What I heard, and heard quite often, was a prophetic sound of release that God desired for this nation. Soon the sound of the water accompanied a vision from Holy Spirit. I saw rushing water, flowing down from the north of Finland to the south. I would encourage you NOT to do what I did in my earlier years.

Instead of rushing along with some premature interpretation, sensing you may know what the sound and the vision may convey – wait and be still, knowing that He is God. He will reveal, in His time, what He so freely shows His children. God gifts His children with an ease of grace because He desires to enhance our Christian walk with His life and His light. Christianity is founded in a supernatural movement as we live, move and have our being in Him.

The sound, the vision – as I waited on God to speak concerning the meaning of it all, He did.

As water rushes down from the north to the south, flowing in power and strength, so is the heart of God for the nation of Finland. That He may flow from the high places to the low places, bringing with it, healing, deliverance and freedom from years of captivity that has been imposed upon this land. Establishing courage within a people who are indeed long-suffering, God sees them and knows them to be a people who will stand when others fade away from the pressures of life. This water, continually released from the throne of God, will flow, increasing in intensity in God’s timing and in His way. One need only watch to see the flow of the water indicated the faithfulness and love for this nation.

He is a good Father, teaching us as we go along, walking in sync with Him. Developing our spiritual senses is necessary in a world filled with chaos. Our eyes are flooded with visual media and our ears are accosted with noise on a daily basis. Desire now to see how heaven is moving in the earth today. Long to hear what God is saying. It is your inheritance in Christ.

John 10:27-30
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.

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Debra

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