Separateness Precedes Glory

Everything has become common in our culture, therefore nothing is treated as sacred. This has brought about many more challenges then we realize. We now live in a culture that does not treat authority with respect, whether parents toward their children or citizens toward police. We have tolerated the common and not guarded the sacred, so people have sex at will, change their gender without long-term thought, and then wonder why they are miserable. When everything becomes common there is no standard, no plumbline, no measurement by which to know where we are off.

It took some pain to recognize this lack of sacredness in our society has not been all it was marketed to be. Real freedom has sacredness to it; real freedom comes with responsibility; real freedom not only sets us free but keeps us free. Culture has come to a measure of its senses and it is taking back the sacred and separating it from the common. Life is sacred, no one wants to die, why do you think people had such a fear of C-19? Why do you think people are “prepping”? Because innate within every human being is life, and no one wants to die.

The return of the sacred it going to penetrate and permeate every sector of society, the marriage bed is going to be kept pure again, children are going to honor their father and mother again, the sanctuary is going to become a place to meet with God again. But it is not going to stop there, people are going to actually realize they are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6). Leaders in the church are going to teach people the difference between the sacred and the profane, the consecrated and the common (Ezekiel 44).

It is already innate within us, we have “china” we only use on special occasions; we have foods we only eat on specific holidays, we know what the difference is and how important it is. As righteousness exalts the nation again, the demarcation between the sacred and the profane will be taught again. My friends the great awakening is happening, people are waking up to what has been stolen from them and they are taking it back. It is restoration time, the days of our captivity are over. If you can’t see the signs of it yet, you will very soon, as it is going to become the norm again to separate the sacred from the common. Because the glory of the Lord will only come to that which has been set apart.

Who Said?

Time has become a trouble maker in our lives. But how did this happen? When we were children we had no concept of time. When we were hungry we ate, when we were tired we slept, when we were awake we got up. We had no idea what time it was or even why it mattered. Time is a responsibility issue. We are responsible to keep our appointments by being there on time. Time is an accountability issue, if you want to gather with other believers you have to come to church at a certain time. But time is also a troublemaker.

Who said you have to be married by this time? Who told you, you can’t learn something new after this age? Who decided that at this age you can no longer have children? Time tortures us, taunts us, troubles us. We think of how much time we have left before we die as though death is the final act of our lives as spirit beings. Who said you have to retire at that age? Who said, who told you, who made time your enemy instead of your ally?

I was reading Mark 8 today and Jesus is speaking to His disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod. Then He says this, ““Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? HAVING EYES, DO YOU NOT SEE? AND HAVING EARS, DO YOU NOT HEAR? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They *said to Him, “Twelve.”

I was pondering how Jesus said, do you have a hardened heart, when I started thinking about how time hardens our hearts, for we have been told this or that must happen by this time. Who said? I don’t want a hard heart because I think too much time has passed so that relationship can’t be restored, or that ministry can’t manifest because I am this or that age. I want a heart that remembers the miracles of God so my heart is ready to receive every new miracle He is going to do, no matter who much time it took to come to pass.

Relationship Trumps Revelation

Intimacy is a relationship term. Danny Silk says intimacy means, into me you see. When I heard him say that, I never forgot it. Being someone who love the word of God, loves the prophetic, loves to preach and loves wisdom and revelation, it can feel like when God speaks in these ways it is intimacy. He opens His word and shows me things I could not have known; He teaches me things by the Spirit that I had no way of knowing. I feel so loved by God when He shows me things like this. But intimacy is multifaceted, intrinsic in detail and vibrant in sound. It is into me You see. I can’t see me the way God can see me. He knows things I need that I don’t even know. That is why I can never forget Psalm 139, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful I know that full well.

The same is true for you, I don’t know what your love language is, so I am not sure how God speaks to you so you can hear Him. For me it is words, that is why He speaks through His word so much to me. But He knows you so much, He will even share things with you in a way you did not see coming. It is intimacy. Into me You (Lord) see. He sees you, He is for you, He really does love you and He pursues relationally, us in ways that can catch us off guard and make our heart smile and our eyes water. He’s just that personal.

This morning my bible was in Exodus 15 as I was looking into Elim yesterday, and about two three days ago, I asked the Lord a question, now put the two together and the this morning, He answered the question I had about trees, yes trees. Not ministry, money, marriage, nothing major, just a question about trees. Then this morning, glancing at a passage in Exodus 15 He whispers, this is the answer to your question and it was a kiss of intimacy. No revelation came with it, nothing to preach came with it, just an answer to a question with a kiss from heaven. The Lord prioritizes relationship over revelation, teaching, preaching, prophesying, He loves being in a relationship with you.

A Mature Harvest

I was in prayer this morning then opened my bible to read in Mark 4 when I heard in the spirit the sound of mature believers crying out “Harvest me!” There was an ache almost in their sound as they cried, “Harvest me!” It was not a cry to be harvested to go to heaven, it was a cry to be harvested for they are mature and want to be bread for the hungry. The cry was identifiable, it was loud and I realized it was inside of me. I was saying with the others who are mature, “Harvest me!” Tears streamed down my face as I heard my voice with their voices. That is when I penned these words…

I hear the sound of a mature crop crying out “Harvest me!” I hear their voice saying, “I wasn’t matured to die in the field; I was matured to be made as food and served to those who are hungry.” I can hear their cry every time the sower comes with sickle in hand. Here comes the sower, can you hear the cry of the mature crop crying out, “harvest me”, or will he go yet again to the immature grain and harvest it? Has he not learned that the blade, nor the grain is ready to be food, if it is harvested prematurely it will not be able to feed the hungry. Does he not realize the answer is not to serve them something grain free hoping they say it tastes good? Will he hear the sound of the mature grain calling out, “harvest me?” If he doesn’t the Lord of the harvest will have to send out new laborers into his harvest field because the harvest is ready but the current workers can’t hear the cry of the crops saying, “harvest me!”

Mark 4:28-29 “The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Matthew 9:36-38 “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

The Floodgates Are About To Open

The church is about to experience a mass exodus, not out of Egypt but out of Babylon. It is not going to be a billion soul harvest of unbelievers, but of believers who have been locked into a Babylonian Christianity. I see so clearly, the Lord Jesus Christ leading the billion soul harvest of men and women out of Babylonian Christianity. It is going to be a mass exodus of the likes we have never seen before. Your title in Babylon will not matter, for many “titled” people are hearing the call to come out of her my people and they will not miss the opportunity to leave.

Babylon is a place of mixture, mingling, confusion and division of language. People are exhausted by this Babylonian Christianity, they have known the task master, and no matter what they do, say or pray, nothing seems to change. Babylonian Christianity has wearied the saints, lulled them to sleep, and has burned them out. The doors to Babylonian Christianity are going to open and a billion souls are going to come out. We have heard 2 Chronicles 7:14, if My people who are called by my name…but the Lord said, that is not the verse for now, the verse for now is come out of her my people. Come out, the doors, the gates, the windows are going to open and you are going to be lead out of her My people, by the Lord Himself, just like God used Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, God is using Jesus Christ to lead His people out of Babylonian Christianity.

We have seen a trickling of this, but we are about to see the floodgates open and the people are going to come out by the millions. Babylonian Christianity is over, it is about to fall once and for all and the people of God are about to enter the kingdom of God in a massive way. This is not an exodus from Egypt, this is an exodus from Babylonian Christianity. Those who came out ahead of time will train and equip those coming out in this mass exodus, to do the work of the ministry of the kingdom. A whole new world is about to unfold as the billion soul harvest comes out of Babylonian Chistianity into the kingdom of God of the likes we have never seen before.

The Pursuit Matters

The longer I live on earth the more I realize that which is tangible carries some value, but that which is intangible carries a value that cannot be measured with earthy elements. People spend their best years pursing the tangible. Gold, silver, diamonds, dollars, pearls, positions, power, but they were not born with this pursuit, they learned it. We were born humble, dependent, and we loved to learn. Our eyes opened and we wanted to see, our ears opened and we wanted to hear. We were so curious, so free, so fun to be around. People would ooh and ahh over us and we were just being us. How did we lose that? Who taught us to value tangible things which have no lasting value, no real significance?

The Lord has put many tangible things in the earth for our enjoyment, but they were not meant to become our gods, our pursuit, our distaction from the joy of living, really living. When the created gets more attention than the Creator, we lose our sense of awe and wonder, pursuit and passion, joy and enjoyment. Job 28 says it this way when it comes to what has real value, “Where then does wisdom come from? And where is the place of understanding? God understands its way, And He knows its place. And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.” Wisdom and understanding are intangibles that carry great value but you can’t buy them you are given them for departing from evil and living in obedience to the voice of God.

Wisdom and understanding, Proverbs tells us yield a return that is eternal, a joy that is undeniable and a peace that is unspeakable. People who are wise and understanding are not rushing here and there trying to make something happen, they are resting, rejoicing and pursing what is truly valuable, God Himself. Is it possible your challenges are because of your pursuit? It is never too late to change what you pursue for the sake of becoming childlike again.

This Too Shall Pass

We are a people who live moment to moment, not age to age. We are a people who speak as though the temporary is permanent, not as those who have eternity in our hearts. When something hurts right now, that is all we see, feel, hear. It is part of being human, but the Bible and most of its authors spoke to encourage people in momentary challenges and wanted them to know this too shall pass. Yes it is painful right now, yes it looks dark right now, yes you can feel the first fruits of shaking right now, but this is momentary, this is not eternal.

Job 20:4-5 says, “Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?” Selah!

When we can step out of our current feelings, situations and circumstances, lift up our eyes to the past victories God has won for His people, Biblically and earthly, and when we can see that we have a future and a hope, we realize, this current reality is going to pass too. My husband taught me early on in our marriage, that what I was making a big thing, was actually a small thing. Now 15 years later, I consider most things a small thing, not because they are insignificant or they don’t sting, but because in light of history with God and future destiny with God this moment, these gas prices, this shaking is only a small thing.

One area of growth we as believers need to grow in is realizing the moment is not forever. I tell people, the reason I don’t have tattoos is because I did not want to make a permanent decision in a temporary moment. If we can navigate the moment, we will find the storm did not last, the shaking subsided, the economy changed for the better and God who is sovereign sees it all and was there walking us though it, so we become stronger. Fear not my friends, this, whatever this is for you, is a small thing and it too shall pass.

It’s Celebration Time

On Sunday morning, I sat at my desk with my Bible open and I was ready to start reading a new book of the Bible and I said, Lord, where do you want me to read next? Immediately I heard “Job”. Now this is not a book I would think to read, and the next thing the Lord said was, “I have some things to show you in there.” This past three days of reading the book of Job, per the Lord’s direction has been amazing. I have read the book many times before, but with fresh eyes I am seeing things I never saw before.

Today, I am reading Job 8:20-22 and I was stopped in my tracks, for I believe it is a now word for the nations. Listen to this, “Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting. Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tent of the wicked will be no longer.” We can read this as a personal word, but as I read it I heard it as a corporate word For the nations. Many nations have been rejected by not being given access to basic needs, water, electricity, freedom, just to name a few things. God has not rejected them and He is about to show them HIs abundance.

Job goes on to say, God will not support evildoers, I think we need to remember this, no matter what you see and hear, God is not supporting evildoers, but He is about deal with the tent of the wicked and when He does we are going to have mouths filled with laughter and shouting. We have not known real celebration, national, nations celebrating what only God could do, but He will YET fill our mouths with laughter and shouting. Get ready get ready, the enemy has been defeated and God is about to throw a victory party of the likes we have never seen or heard of before. Don’t forget, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and all who dwell in it belong to Him. He hasn’t forgotten us, He remembers and He is about to celebrate with us.

Discipline Produces Joy

The mind of man has been so perverted, twisted in understanding of truth, that when we read the word of God it does not make sense to us. When we do not “agree” or “see” what the word of God is saying, we reject the help that will align us with truth and set us free from our misery. If we will accept, though we don’t understand, what God is saying and we allow Him to work in our lives, by being obedient to His voice, surrendered to His instructions, and committed to His process, we will find joy unspeakable, life abundant and glory indescribable in our lives. Plus people will say things about you, you don’t see in yourself, like you radiate joy; you have peace I don’t have; or you carry yourself with such confidence. Oh my friends, God knows what He is doing, trust Him.

As we look at the landscape of Christianity we see a culture that shuns discipline and embraces weakness. It is as though we don’t want people to be strong, resilient, corrected or directed, so we leave them to their own ways and wonder why they are miserable. The lack of joy in the body of Christ is directly related to the lack of discipline in the body of Christ. This is true of children in families as well. When parents don’t discipline their children, they will find they have kids who are not “happy”. Discipline is not fun to do nor to receive, but the Bible is very clear it is a great producer. Job 5:17 says, “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” Hebrews 12:5-6 says, “MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD, NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM; FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”

We would not tie discipline to joy or happiness, but God does. He knows when He disciplines us or uses others to discipline us, we are hearing the truth and the truth is setting us free and freedom is where joy is released from. So, when you see a truly joyful person, who exudes joy, it is not personality, it is the fruit that is produced when we are disciplined by the Lord and others and surrender to it. My friends, discipline is not fun, but it is a powerful producer of joy, and we in the body of Christ need to be disciplined for we lack joy.

When the Glory Comes

We have experienced the ministry of man but we have not experienced the glory of God, at least most people have not, yet. The glory of God is going to descend in such a way the ministers will not be able to minister. When the glory of the Lord enters the room, we will not need someone on a microphone telling us God is in the house. When God shows up, everyone is going to know it. The reason we have not experienced the glory of God is because men love to minister to people, they don’t know how to lead by just standing in the glory.

Ruth Heflin said, “Praise until the spirit of worship comes, worship until the glory falls, then stand in the glory.” Solomon said it this way in 2 Chroinicles 5 “in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”

The glory of God is going to come into houses of God with leaders who will stand in the glory of God and not need to minister to the people in those moments. The people of God will be directly ministered to by God when the glory comes. It will not be leader and laity when the glory comes, we will all be sons and daughters standing together in the glory of God. Will healing manifest, absolutely, for God is the healer; will deliverance take place, of course for the name of Jesus casts out devils; will breakthrough come, you bet it will, for the people of God will hear the voice of God. When God shows up, He alone can minister to His people, we all together lay down our titles and just stand in the glory. The King is coming and when He shows up, we all fall down!