The Emperor’s New Clothes (or…Becoming Spiritually Elite)
Come on! Don’t get so offended! But read on…
I know you love the Lord and only desire to get closer and more intimate with Him. If your passion is Jesus then it only makes sense that you embrace all He has provided and learn to walk in those things and not just have a history lesson about His life and a religious tradition to observe once a week. I get it.
I mean I so get it that it is my passion to lead people into the deepest end and trust the Lord that they will learn to swim as He teaches them about the Kingdom Realm. It is my passion that those who desire it will learn to see the unseen to such a degree that they don’t wonder “Is this it?” My desire is that the angels around your life are not wispy images that you barely hold on to but rather are so overwhelmingly present that you fall over like Daniel or John, wondering desperately “Can I even handle this?” It is my desire that the things of Heaven so manifest in your life that it rains inside your house when you worship, complete with lightening storms and that angels literally turn the pages in your bible to something the Lord wants you to read. I could go on and on.
I am not anti-supernatural and I want to start out by telling you that. I believe in walking in the supernatural of God.
When God Doesn’t Measure up to Our Brilliance
I was sharing Christ with a young man who was into the New Age and telling him about the love of Jesus. H
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If you make Jesus your everything, you will walk in the supernatural.
It was about 5 am that I moved from my prayer chair to the bed. “Ok Lord, time for me to get a little sleep now.” Or maybe not… It seems that these times tend to be when the Lord visits us. It seems that it’s those times when you have prayed and waited and prayed and waited and finally “given up” for the night that the Lord says “Here I am.” I laid down on my bed and was caught into a dream that unfolded before me with someone narrating the dream to me as it went.
There were hundreds of people and even more angels standing at a transfer station on a river bank, next to a river that was quite wide, deep and flowing with a powerful current. I had a knowing that this river would take each person to their unique destination.. The voice was explaining that this was a new season, a new direction with a more powerful manifestation of God’s presence. The people were being directed into the flow and the angels were going in also. The power of the current meant that all we had to do was allow the current to take us.
I heard the voice say “This is a new move and you will need to pray new prayers. I had a sense that we had to pray “bigger” prayers that matched up with the flow we were in.
6 Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. 7–8 When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable. Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition? (James 1:6-8 TPT)
I knew the powerful current was the Holy Spirit. He was empowering this journey and the Heavenly host were encamped around us even as they flowed with us.
…'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord of Hosts." (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV)
One thing that stood out was that everyone was there for a purpose. No one had to be prompted to get into the river. They all knew what they were there for. This was a confirmation that those who had been given words from the Lord were ready to go. People were launching into the deep without hesitation.
Did I know where everyone was going? No, I did not. I knew that this was not an issue as long as we stayed in the flow of His spirit. His power would move us even as we yielded to it.
Are you ready? Let’s all step in!
Recently I had the great honor to spend a few days with a friend who is known for having powerful visitations from God. Just before retiring one night he encouraged me to go spend some time in his prayer chair. There was something about the way he said it that made me think that he knew something and I was about to find out
I finally made it to the chair about 12:20 am and spent some time talking to the Lord and expressing needs, and lifting up prayer requests, then I just sat silently waiting for the Lord to speak.
I’m not sure when exactly it happened but it wasn’t too long before I felt a powerful presence enter the room. It was an angel of the Lord and he was standing not more than seven or eight feet away. As he stood there before me I could feel his presence to the point where it was a little hard to take. In my mind I remembered a visitation I’d had once where I had literally crawled out of my prayer chair and ran from the room. I wasn’t really condemned over it but I felt sorry that I had not trusted the Lord more in that moment, and now, I was in a similar circumstance.
The power that was coming off of him increased and I heard the Lord speak to my spirit. “Are you going to run or will you stay and see what I have for you?” In my mind I answered the Lord that I would stay. As soon as I made that decision the power which felt very much like some kind of intense electrical field covered me. Again I heard “Do you want to run or will you stay?” In my heart I made my decision. Over the next several minutes the Lord pushed out the boundaries in various ways even more that would be hard for me to describe. With each and every increase of power released upon me I heard those words “Do you want to run or will you stay?”
I finally got to the point where I just told the Lord “I’m staying no matter what.” As soon as I had made that declaration the Lord caught me up into the Heavens and released revelation to me.
I was shown and taken into a map that seemed to be as big as the solar system. There was writing and notation hanging in the air kind of like what you might see in the movies where they have maps on glass with writing on them. I traveled through this map back down to a place on the earth where another angel of the Lord told me about a specific place upon the Earth that was a part of my destiny. After that angel had spoken, there was an explosion and another angel shielded the explosion with his body so there was no harm to anyone. I stood there waiting to see what was next or would be taken back to the chair.
As I stood there waiting, snow began to fall and I just enjoyed watching it. I have always loved snowfall as it reminds me of cleansing and a new start, I told the Lord “I’m here for anything you want to show me.” At that point I fell into the snow and lay there for at least five minutes. This was not overwhelming but was indeed strange to me and I wondered why the Lord is allowing me to just lay here in the snow. Suddenly however I began moving and within seconds was back in the chair and trying to process the whole experience.
The Lord told me that in this hour, I, as well as many others are going to be in that valley of decision. Will we run from the presence of the Lord or stay in His presence? He said because of the day we are in there will be an increase of power working in us, through us and with us. It may be more than uncomfortable in many different ways. I’m reminded of Daniel’s visitation from the angel of the Lord. The men with him ran away and Daniel fell down.
7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. (Daniel 10:7-8 KJV)
There are decisions to be made in this hour and not just whether you can stand in God’s presence but are you willing to accept what that means in your life? The Lord said that being taken up into Heaven was a revelation that we must live and move from our Heavenly position in Christ. The map signified strategies from Heaven that will direct us where to go and what to do as we yield to His plan. The explosion and the angel who shielded it with his body signified that perilous times will increase but we have divine protection as He has given His angels charge over us. (Psalm 91:11) The last part where I was laying in the snow I did not immediately understand but my friend told me “It’s sanctification. Greater power requires greater sanctification.”
In my own heart I am reminded of Joshua when he asked the angel of the Lord “Are you for us or against us?” The answer was “neither”
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? (Joshua 5:13-14 KJV)
This is a time where we must be about His business for His Kingdom and His purposes. The latter will be greater than the former and it’s happening now.
God bless you!
You are a seer. Or a seer in training. (as most are) It is an amazing thing to see the unseen realm. Never felt this alive before have you? It takes life and our life in Christ to a completely new place. That which was formerly known completely by faith, you actually see right before your eyes. It's one thing to know angels exist but something else entirely to have one stand before you and deliver a message. And then what happens? Someone wants to debate with you on whether angels exist. What? Which is kind of what this post is about.
The Luxury of Opinion
Consider this scenario. You have two people standing next to a car and one has their eyes opened and the other has their eyes closed, and they are disagreeing about the color of the car. The person with their eyes closed insists the car is yellow but the one with open eyes says it is blue. The person with closed eyes tells the other "You are closed minded! Why is your opinion more valid than mine!?" The person with open eyes says. "Opinion? I am looking right at the car and I can SEE that it is blue." This is your dilemma. For better or worse, as someone who sees, you have much less "opinion" to put forth. You see what it really is and that is that. Sure, sometimes there is interpretation but to those operating in this it isn't rocket science. They know.
On the plus side, you know what is going on around you. You see what spirits are at work, you know what kind of anointing someone is working under and you know the root causes of things going on in your life as well as the lives of others. Also, you don't have to wonder so much about what is or isn't the work of the enemy anymore. (to some this might be a negative) This seer thing brings a great deal of clarity about things on many levels.
On the negative side, because you actually see what is happening, people think you are closed-minded. Some will want to debate with you about what you see and whether it is real or not. They have liberty to have an opinion about certain things but you no longer do. It makes people angry. Even close friends get angry. "How dare you judge me?!" I'm not trying to judge you I'm trying to give you the inside scoop... to help you.
Seer and Prophet Bob Jones
One thing I have always loved about Bob Jones is that with great love, he always delivered the truth, very matter of fact, about what was or wasn't the enemy, how they operate and what it all looked like in the realm of the spirit. To me, he never sounded like he was trying to convince anyone, he was just telling it the way it was. Those who don't believe it? Then it's on them, but at least they were told.
This ability can really set you at odds with people at times... "Isn't that message straight from the Father?" "No, it isn't. There was an evil spirit speaking to him as he delivered it." Ouch! Sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised though. Once we sat in a service and watched as columns of angelic warriors that were clothed in fire entered the sanctuary. Gordana and I looked at each other with excitement at what God was doing. About ten minutes later, the pastor who wasn't someone who talked much about spiritual gifts stood up and told everyone about all the fire angels that just entered the place. That was a nice surprise! You don't always know which way things are going to go but I will say that there is seldom a dull moment.
If you see my Facebook page much you may have noticed that I almost never post about the topics people argue about. Politics, liberty to sin, morality and immorality , what is or isn't sin, etc. Why is this? Because there is very little gray area anymore. Most people will believe those things they want to believe and it doesn't matter that you see if they don't. I was once explaining to someone why a certain behavior was sin. When I told them an angel had explained it to me and shared what he had said, they responded "That's just his opinion." See what I mean? (no pun intended)
What can you do? This, as some of you know, is just something you are going to deal with from time to time. I don't argue anymore or spend countless hours trying to convince anyone. . I just spend a lot of time praying for their eyes to be opened. Once people can see, the truth is right there in front of them.
Should I obey God or disobey God so that people will approve of me? Well... when you put it like that it is a no-brainer. However we seldom if ever process things that way especially in the moment of decision. It's not like I have a desire to disobey God and I'm not overly concerned with what most people think about me. But then again, there are times...
Several years ago while at work, the Lord gave me a simple instruction to obey. I was standing in the middle of our shop with lots of people around, talking to a coworker about his foot injury. The Lord said "I want you to pray for his foot." I told the Lord I would and then began thinking of a time, perhaps lunch hour, where we could get by ourselves and I could pray for him. The Lord said "Do it now." The Lord then showed me a picture (in my imagination) of me kneeling down in the middle of the shop in front of everyone and praying for the man. The thought of being labeled a weirdo ran through my mind, but then again this group already thought I was a weirdo. (because of the extra large family bible on my workbench and the worship music I played all the time) I knelt down and prayed and the Lord healed him. Fear of the group was not much of an issue because I was already semi-rejected by them. No, they were not nasty to me but I was not one of them.
A couple of years later I had another situation come up where I had a similar decision to make. I heard through "the grapevine" there was a famous psychic who was saying good things about me and my teaching. He was placing his stamp of approval as it were upon me. I really did not like the idea of that at all. I thought "what do I do with this?" The things I talk about already challenge people about whether it's God, and now I'm getting endorsements from a psychic? You who are reading this probably already know this, but the majority of churches reject completely the things I talk about. Some churches are looking but skeptical, and others (a few) are already walking in the supernatural things of God. Unfortunately I began to think about my "credibility" with the church folks.
What made things even worse was the fact that the Lord told me one day "I want you to call him and tell him thank you for the kindness he has shown you." First off, I even questioned if it was the Lord's voice. Why in the world would the Lord tell me that?! But the thing is, I know His voice and it was Him. Did I obey? No, I reasoned. I reasoned every possible reason why I should not do that. "Lord I don't want to be connected to some guy who is from the other side!" It wouldn't be good for my testimony. I argued with the Lord every time He told me and guess what? He stopped asking me to do it. What was my real resistance? Fear of man. Fear of rejection from people who don't even know me. It is a sad time in my life looking back. Why?
A couple years later, after I had grown up a bit, I was asking the Lord about it (which is what I should have done to start with) and He sent me the answer. The man reaching out to me two years earlier was led of the Lord. He was going through a time in his life where he needed a miracle. He needed the power of God displayed and the Lord was answering his prayer. He did not need those who already surrounded him, he needed someone who could introduce him to the one true God who could give him his miracle. I found out the whole story later and the very sad truth is that he never did receive the miracle he needed.
I realized that I had been more afraid of the church people than the world's people. What I have come to see with more clarity is that you and I, especially those who really believe, are going to have to make these kinds of choices all the time. The religious hated Jesus, but we want them to love and accept us? It's not going to happen. The Lord has taught me through numerous examples I could share, that when He speaks, we must just obey. We can't reason and try to understand first or ask for a hundred confirmations. If we know it is the Lord, we must just obey.
Many times it's a matter of someone's salvation or healing or life and death. We must be free of fear in all it's forms. Love, perfect love, will act to save regardless of what the crowd says.
Stand apart from the crowd.
To Walk in Both Realms, You Have to Walk in Both Realms
I know it may sound strange to say it, but that is the reality. We make choices. Choose you this day who you will serve. Choose the spiritual realm and if you don’t have that kind of passion to choose it, ask God to give it to you.
My journey started out with passionate pursuit of God followed by seemingly random manifestations of God’s presence and power. I was being taught of the Lord but I still had to walk it out. I...t’s not like He told me something and then caused it to manifest immediately. The things that the Lord had shown me, I began to engage them and do them by faith. For instance, He told me about the spiritual veils that block our sight and had also shown them to me several times, but the Lord didn’t strip them away. I had to deal with them. I believe He did it this way so that I could share this process. The manifestations of those things were all over the map. I would go from powerful encounters with angels or transportations to nothing. Weeks of prayer and waiting on the Lord would seemingly yield little fruit. I did not realize at the time that the Lord was doing a greater work in me.
All the things I learned along the way I began to lay hold of…. By faith. All of the little “engagements” that I did were steps of faith that kept me focused on the spiritual realm.
To walk in the spiritual realm and I mean really walk in it you have to be engaged. It can’t be the occasional curious look, it has to be purposeful. It may be a no brainer to you but many don’t understand that. I have been told many times by people in ministry that they don’t have time to pursue God the way I talk about it. It’s not so much setting aside time to engage as it is not disengaging from the spiritual at all.
- excerpt from - Supernatural Transportation
Friday Morning Prayer Time
So... it's Friday morning and I'm looking forward to something exciting. I don't know what that might be, but I know I have to start the day in prayer. Really? Starting the day in prayer is exciting? Well, not for religious people it probably isn't but for Kingdom people it is an adventure! Much of the revelation and visitation I have had as well as other experiences of an otherworldly kind have been born out of prayer. I know that anything could happen, and for me that is exciting!
Somewhere in the midst of my prayer time, I found myself standing in a strange place. It was a place in the spirit realm, that I associate with regions or places of captivity of the soul. (If you don't know what that is, Ana Mendez has written a book on this subject and explains it very well.) But in a nutshell, it is a place where people are "captive" by the enemy for one reason or another and that captivity drastically influences their every day lives in the natural realm..
As I stood there at the entrance of this vast spiritual place, I saw many people who had various problems . Some people had sicknesses and others traumas or other bondages holding them. Among the group, I saw someone in there that I knew. I could see what it was that was afflicting him and I knew this to be true. I myself have been captive in such places and there is nothing like freedom from them. I decided I was going to go in and rescue him. I felt a holy anger rise up in me and I started to enter this place.
As I came into the entrance, an angel stood there before me. I looked at him questioning what his appearance was all about. He said "You can't go in there." Now I have spoken to a few angels and some have given me instruction or rebuke as the situations called for, so you think I would know enough by now to listen when they speak. I looked at him and said "Really? I can't go in there? Watch me." I know that sounds really bad but I was not trying to be difficult. I was passionately moved to try to help someone and my passion overcame my good sense.
The angel did not rebuke me or prevent me from going in. He immediately turned to another angel and said "Go with him." It was not apparent to me why this other angel was sent in with me, but as I found myself getting stuck in dead-ends in this place, he was always there to open a door for me to go through or make a way for me to get out. I encountered many strange things in this place and in the end, I was brought out and shown that the man I was concerned about would be delivered by the Lord. The Lord had it all under control. Thank you Jesus!
God is faithful like that. The angels knew that I was not needed in that place, but God in His mercy allows us to navigate through situations like this so that we can grow up. We need to grow up into spiritual things and not be ignorant about the unseen realm.
To many, this will sound like a fantasy. Many have no idea that a spirit realm even exists and those that do often believe that we are supposed to remain ignorant about such things until we die. Then at death, we will see and experience that spiritual realm. The Lord Jesus talks a bit about this in the book of Matthew.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. (Matthew 23:13)
Let's take Jesus' word on this. Let's just step into all we are supposed to be in Christ and run with it!