Many people wonder why “the call on their life” is not being fulfilled but a fulfilled call begins with Christ making us holy. As the global body we need to rise in maturity, strap up and put our boots on. We must humbly ask the Father the difficult questions about our lives. Scripture writes that God does not change, He is faithful, and that Jesus will fulfill the call over us by making us holy. I believe one of the main reasons we don’t see destiny fulfilled is because the person has not yielded to the work of the Lord; they run from refiners fire, try to escape testing, avoid pruning and the like. Holiness is a requirement to fulfill the call in consecrated devotion, however holiness is not on your terms nor can you make yourself holy. “Now May the God of peace sanctify you”, His peace is found in the yielding and in the surrender. He is the potter, we are the clay. He is calling us higher friends, there is so much more though it requires a surrendered heart, will you trust Him and place your life in His hands?
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged—consecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 AMP
What can you fear when your eyes are gazing upon the One you love? Your reverence of Him, (fear of the Lord) is the beginning of wisdom, and that wisdom leads to covenant love. Within this covenant is a promise that you can not be forgotten or left behind. Who can hold you captive, when you are captivated by Love?
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 NKJV
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed and refreshed my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalms 23:5 AMP
Where are we going? We are returning to the heights from which we have fallen, reattaching to the heart of our Beloved. Fitting that the Holy Spirit would choose John the Beloved and Revelator to write to the Church of Ephesus this message from God the Father, delivered to him by an Angel, ““To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of the One who holds [firmly] the seven stars [which are the angels or messengers of the seven churches] in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands (the seven churches): ‘I know your deeds and your toil, and your patient endurance, and that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and have tested and critically appraised those who call themselves apostles (special messengers, personally chosen representatives, of Christ), and [in fact] are not, and have found them to be liars and impostors; and [I know that] you [who believe] are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and that you have not grown weary [of being faithful to the truth]. But I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me]. So remember the heights from which you have fallen, and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will] and do the works you did at first [when you first knew Me]; otherwise, I will visit you and remove your lampstand (the church, its impact) from its place—unless you repent. Yet you have this [to your credit], that you hate the works and corrupt teachings of the Nicolaitans [that mislead and delude the people], which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant [the privilege] to eat [the fruit] from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’” Revelation 2:1-7 AMP
Ephesus is a Greek word that can be translated as “desirable” or “darling” and one that a Greek bridegroom would use for a girl he desired to marry (footnotes TPT). Symbolically, the Church continues to be called higher, wooed by the Holy Spirit to arise and meet with her Beloved Bridegroom King. I believe the global Church is moving from “knowing” to “experiencing” in this next season. Recently while studying scripture, asking the Lord for a plumbline for my own experiences and inquiring about this next year, I heard in the Spirit “knowledge without experience is void of intimacy” (December 17, 2021). Experiencing what we know through encounter will set ablaze our hearts for this One who desires to marry us.
The call of the Bridegroom is beckoning each one of our hearts, “come up here”. When we repent – turn from facing idols and chasing foxes and all that hinders us from His fiery love we are restored to the highest heights that are reserved for devoted lovers of His presence. A place intended for all, but a climb few are willing to trek. Repent simply means turn and come back up to the pent house, be restored to the higher way of thinking and living. In both realms, spirit or natural a penthouse or mountain top will provide the best views, the most privacy, and the least amount of noise or distraction. In the natural penthouses are financially the most costly to own or rent. They are defined as an apartment or dwelling situated on the roof of a building, or top floor. Likewise, spiritually dwelling here is costly as well, as the Psalmist writes, ““Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah” Psalms 24:3-6 NKJV.
A life of yieldedness is costly, though as I often encourage it is in the yielding that we yield.PRODUCE defined is to give birth or rise to : YIELD ; to oversee the making of ; to cause to have existence or to happen: BRING ABOUT ; to give being, form, or shape to: MAKE ; the amount produced : YIELD ; agricultural products and especially fresh fruits and vegetables as distinguished from grain and other staple crops. You can only produce good and acceptable fruit from the seed of intimacy. The seed of intimacy is reserved for the devoted lovers, those who experience Who they know. Those who Know the Beloved by experience are the betrothed, and some are already married sons and daughters who have been overshadowed by the Almighty – these chosen ones are the continual dwellers of His presence and the keepers of covenant.
The spark must first be restored, and then we will experience the flames of first love – after “doing the works we did when we first knew Him”. November 16, 2021 in a prophetic dream the Lord showed me a new apostolic marriage movement marked by creative miracles, fire and glory. The dream began with myself wrapped in a single white sheet and walking over to a sleeping mat also with a white fitted and single sheet and pillow with case that was in the middle of the “family room”. I knew this is where I was going to sleep for one or more nights until this brief assignment was over. I asked the owner of the home who is also a respected and well-known Apostle in our current day if I could ask her a question. We then left her vacation home and she took me to a church that didn’t necessarily resemble church from the exterior and we entered from the outside from a lower level which was the foundation of the Church. People in attendance, (made up of many couples and some singles too) started to dance in a train line and made their way over to where I was sitting on the opposite side in the front of the church. After I was in the back in a slightly separate room with an open doorway to the sanctuary with several others waiting to go out and fully be part of this train movement (trains in the prophetic are symbolic of the apostolic). While we were waiting I was praying for couples and seeing creative miracles, things non-existent with the human eye become visible in the natural as I decreed and “drew in the air” with my left hand. The living substance that was released from my left hand was glowing, fiery, living and sparkly. Left handed in this instance represents the creative miracles as the right hemisphere of one’s brain coordinates the left side of the body, and performs tasks that have do with creativity and the arts. Fire and glory were also being released for this new end-time movement. The Lord is bringing us back to our foundations to purify us for the sanctified global Church rising. “You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20 AMPC.
It is not a coincidence that marriage and family will lead the end time revival movement with fire and glory. Why wouldn’t marriage lead when that is what Christ is returning for? Furthermore, Christ is returning for a pure and spotless Bride, one who has cleansed herself from the stains and sin of this world, therefore fire is necessary for continual purification at the foundation and also denotes passionate lovers who carry plenty of oil who burn brightly for their Bridegroom King. As the Deliverer-Prophet Moses boldly asked, “show me your glory” while atop the mountain, so is glory symbolic of intimate face to face encounter and a commitment to go only where the Lord would lead (Exodus 33). These presence people will be marked by fire around them and glory in their midst. “For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ ” Zechariah 2:5 NKJV. Before this movement can fully launch I believe the Lord is restoring the spark individually within hearts; between themselves and the Lord and secondly within marital relationships. Healing not yet imagined will transpire between men and women and will be so freeing that the true hearts “longing for the Beloved” will be tangibly and authentically expressed through purity in unity within marriage and with God.
Near the end of this dream I offered to pray for a woman sitting on the floor who happened to be wearing brown boots. She kept insisting “tomorrow”, though I knew in the dream it had to be then. The invitation for this radical impartation and transformation was a “now moment”, tomorrow would be too late. And sadly, she declined. Tomorrow may not come for some, and it is a critical hour to stay in step and heed the Spirit’s call. Respond and call back to the sound of His wooing voice. The brown boots represent walking in humility, but unfortunately they were not utilized. It is humility to allow the Spirit to lift you, we must not wait to be strong enough “get up on our own”. The Lord desires to strengthen you, for it is not by works but by grace you have been saved. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.” Jeremiah 33:3.
“Then suddenly, after I wrote down these messages, I saw a portal open into the heavenly realm, and the same trumpet-voice I heard speaking with me at the beginning said, “Ascend into this realm! I want to reveal to you what must happen after this.” Revelation 4:1 TPT
Can you hear the voice of your Bridegroom King calling? ‘My Darling, My desired one – the one I long to marry and who My soul loves – come now and change your mind, you have fallen from the heights and forgotten the depths of my unfailing love. Come up here my fair one, great and mighty things I have yet to show you. Unity with Me allows you to experience My love where you are wholly complete, secure, and transformed. You’ve been conditioning for the climb, will you come now and be with Me’?
“The one I love calls to me: Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come away with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one.” Song of Songs 2:10 TPT
The greatest gift you could give the Lord in 2022 (and forever will be) is your heart. We love the Lord with a devoted heart to Him through our obedience, as Jesus said, “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.” John 14:15 AMP.
Success in Heaven is measured by having lived a life of obedience to the Lord on earth. “So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him].” 2 Peter 3:14 AMP
The mind of the world focuses on who they know, while the mind of the Spirit focuses on knowing Him.
We were created to receive validation from knowing God, Adam’s eyes opened to see a loving Father admiring His created son. After the fall, most perpetually seek to be known to fulfill this need, but unfortunately the gaze is fixed in the wrong direction or the wrong Person. The system of this world is still striving to be known but by false gods; each other, people with influence, power, etc. These are false gods when the desire is greater to be known by one another than by the One who created you.
When you focus on who you know on this earth it gives a false validation and sense of identity and belonging that creates pride. It is humility to look to God, to be dependent upon Him, to know His ways, to believe Him, obey Him, and love Him.
“Does the Scripture mean nothing to you that says, “The Spirit that God breathed into our hearts is a jealous Lover who intensely desires to have more and more of us”? But he continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, “God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.”” James 4:5-6 TPT
Humility is the doorway to knowing and seeing God.
This attached photo is ”picture art” I made circa 2010 inspired from the humble door I photographed in Africa. So today I am adding an old edited photo with a newly written excerpt that has roots in an ageless message. A message chasing me in my lifetime since I can remember – and perhaps it’s chasing you too … Do you know Him?
When you know that you know that you know, but everything is coming up against what you know, go low. He is your great confidence in the storm, a humble heart the Lord will not deny, He is near to the broken hearted, a refuge and strength for those who put their trust in Him.
“But as for me, I will wait and hope continually, and I will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14
The full measure of the goodness of God can only be experienced while remaining in covenant with Him, and faithfulness in covenant is the key to lasting oneness with Him. You must cherish the Lord’s heart also; it is good for you to draw near to Him that you may first know Him, and then tell of His glorious works.
It is time for you to get your own oil, time for your own personal experience with Him. I see for some that you have had many personal experiences but have become satisfied with the distant flames of others. Second hand experiences and encounters are encouraging to hear and can build our faith, though I believe the Lord is asking for more – particularly in this hour. The Lord is asking more from each one of us, leading us into a greater depth of commitment and maturity. For some your fire in the camp has gone out and you continue to try and relight the fire and you are perplexed why you can not start the fire but the Lord would say it is time to move. Keep climbing higher up the mountian of the Lord, the Spirit will lead you and He will come closer still. 🔥
“But as for me, it is good for me to draw near to God; I have made the Lord God my refuge and placed my trust in Him, that I may tell of all Your works.” Psalm 73:28
For some of you this is that! This is “the time”, this is the vision that was seen, written of, and spoken about for a future time; you’ve perceived and even seen it physically though have been waiting on the full manifestation and it definitely feels delayed. You have been waiting and waiting and waiting, and nearly lost hope. But it’s your time, this is the season, and it shall come to pass! Step into the now reality by the Spirit with faith. No more delay!
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” Habakkuk 2:3 NLT
We need to know and understand the persons of the Godhead to love Jesus more; their roles, character and attributes will actually lead us to love Jesus.
Under the banner of Love (Song of Solomon 2:4) we are drawn by the Father, wooed by the Spirit, and received by Jesus.
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him [giving him the desire to come to Me].” John 6:44 AMP
Ask the Father to draw you nearer to His heart and His ways, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you Jesus, and ask Jesus to encounter you with Himself.
“Until now you have not asked [the Father] for anything in My name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.” John 16:24 AMP
““ Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 AMP
We must consider the weight and value we place on one another’s voices, is it higher than the ideas, truths, and Voice of the Lord? There is One Voice that ultimately marks us with approval.
“I have come in My Father’s name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [because your minds are closed]; but if another comes in his own name and with no authority or power except his own, you will receive him and give your approval to an imposter. How can you believe [in Me], when you [seek and] receive glory and approval from one another, and yet you do not seek the glory and approval which comes from the one and only God?” John 5:43-44 AMP
In all things we should imitate Christ, and most importantly where He received identity and where He did not. “I do not receive glory and approval from men” John 5:41.
These are perilous times and we are at a critical juncture in history when we can not afford to be led astray by even the slightest bit of human idea or opinion that would potentially deter us from the narrow path. We must eagerly await for the Bridegrooms Voice. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens to him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice.” John 3:29 Here in this friendship is your approval. May joy and peace be yours as you patiently stand by, and eagerly expect His Voice!