Why Does the Holy Spirit Speak in Mysteries?

Have you ever wondered why the Holy Spirit rarely speaks in plain language?

He communicates to us in dreams, visions and prophecy (Acts 2:17), in unknown tongues (1 Cor 14:2), and in light, spontaneous impressions. His messages—especially in dreams and visions—are often symbolic in nature. And many times, His communications are brief and fragmented, as though He is leaving us a clue to follow.

Why does God communicate to us in this way? After all, wouldn’t it be easier if He spoke in clear, easy to understand speech?


6 Biblical Insights on Why the Holy Spirit Speaks in Mysteries

1. Mysteries are a Sign of the Kingdom

It is not surprising that the Holy Spirit speaks in mysteries, given that Jesus also taught in parables, stories and metaphors (symbolic pictures) that needed interpretation in order to be understood.

Unlock the parable, and profound Kingdom truths are broken open.

When Jesus’ disciples asked why He spoke to the crowds in parables, His response was: “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Matt 13:11-12) Jesus also said, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables” (Mark 4:11)


2. Mysteries create Seekers

When God communicates in mysteries, it separates the seekers from the skeptics. A mystery has a meaning to uncover, one that is available to those who pursue it. Those who are being drawn by the Holy Spirit have a thirst to discover that meaning.

When the Holy Spirit speaks in a picture, a fragment or a mystery, He is inviting you to go on a journey with Him. The heart of God longs for those who will seek after and pursue Him.

‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jer 29:13)

Humanity has always been fascinated with mysteries, dreams and symbols. It is something God has placed deep in the DNA of people, to cause us to hunger for Him.

Interpreting dreams is one significant way that we can reach those who do not know God.

Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that ‘there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’ (Dan 2:28) After Daniel gave the interpretation of the King’s prophetic dream, King Nebuchadnezzar reflected back to him, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” (Dan 2:47)


3. Mysteries Require Intimacy with God to Understand

God longs for relationship with His sons and daughters.

Mysteries invite us into relationship and intimacy with God, as we seek Him for further revelation.

The Greek word translated ‘mysteries’ in the New Testament is ‘musterion’ (Strongs G3466). It also means ‘secret.’ The Vines Concordance has this to say about it: ‘In the NT [mystery] denotes…that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit’ [1].

A mystery cannot be understood by natural means. But we can discover the meaning of a mystery with the help of the Holy Spirit, in our intimate relationship with God.


4. Mysteries are Comprehended as we Study God’s Word

Mysteries from the Holy Spirit send us to the Scriptures for further insight. The Bible should be the first place we go to understand dreams, visions, words and stories from the Holy Spirit.

Mysteries of the Kingdom are grasped as we study God’s Word. Jesus said to the Sadducees, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matt 22:29)

It is not enough to be acquainted with God’s power, we must also be full of God’s Word.

Your knowledge of the Bible is a storehouse that the Holy Spirit draws from as He leads you towards the meaning of a vision, dream or prophetic insight.


5. Mysteries Foster Humility

‘For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.’ (1 Cor 1:25)

Being a recipient of a mystery fosters humility and perseverance in us.

Many people do not understand, and skeptics may scorn. But in spite of the opinions of others, you determine to pursue God and His revelation.

‘For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.’ (1 Cor 14:2) When we pray in the Spirit using the gift of tongues, we are praying heaven’s secrets—things that haven’t been revealed in the earth realm yet. ‘We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.’ (Rom 8:27)

It takes humility to enter that place of fellowship with the Holy Spirit where the mysteries of God are birthed into reality through prayer. And it takes humility to bring prophetic insights received in that secret place into the light of community, where they can be weighed up and tested.


6. Mysteries are Unfolded in Community

How can we be sure we have interpreted a mystery from the Holy Spirit accurately? Mysteries are best understood in the place of community. (1 Cor 12-14) It is in the church body that the gifts needed to steward a word from God are present. For example:

  • Discernment, to ensure that the mystery (revelation / prophetic insight) is truly from the Holy Spirit
  • Wisdom, to know what to do, how and when as we respond to a prophetic insight
  • Pastoral oversight to bring godly direction
  • Others with prophetic gifts to help weigh up what God is saying

And, it is in community that Jesus’ command to love one another is obeyed.

‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.’ (1 Cor 13:2-3)


Notes:

[1] Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.


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Don’t Let Personal Weakness Stop Your Calling

I regularly hear from people who are struggling with some aspect of personal weakness. With all their hearts, they long to respond fully to God and be used by Him in their prophetic calling, but something is tripping them up.

Today, I believe God is bringing hope and healing to those who are struggling with private brokenness, sin or other issues in their personal life.


The Parable of the Pipe

Flow of the Holy SpiritOne day, I turned on my tap (faucet) and instead of the clear, pure water I was expecting, brown dirty water flowed out. I phoned my local water supplier, who let me know that a pipe had been repaired down the road.

During the repair, mud had entered the pipeline. They told me to turn on my outside tap for 10 minutes to give the water time to clear.

Later when I was preparing for some prophetic training, the Holy Spirit brought this illustration to mind.

A prophetic insight or other spiritual gift may be pure and of the Holy Spirit at its source. But if our ability to love has been damaged, our brokenness can affect the way we share that gift with others.

Sin that is not acknowledged and dealt with, will taint the flow of our ministry—whether that ministry is prophecy, healing, discernment, prayer, or another calling.


Just Because Something is Hidden, Does not Mean it Isn’t Affecting our Gift

A weakness or issue in our lives may be hidden. It may not seem to directly involve or impact others. However, that does not mean that our ministry is not being affected by it.

Fear can cause us to hold back from fully releasing our gift, or to modify the way we share an insight from God. Intimidation may hold us back from sharing, giving or praying at all.

Hurt that has not been healed can result in wounding, bitterness, judgment or a negative attitude. These things taint a prophetic ministry, affecting the way we interpret or share a prophetic insight.

Jealousy and insecurity affect our ability to reach our full potential and be authentic—others miss out on God’s best through us.

Just because lust or pornography is ‘secret’, does not mean that it is not affecting a person’s ministry.

  • It hinders the pure impartation of the Holy Spirit.
  • It breaks trust with those being ministered to, who have opened up their hearts to the person ministering (believing them to have integrity) and to God in that moment of receiving.
  • It affects one’s mind and imagination, directly affecting the ability to see in the Spirit and operate in visions and dreams

‘I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.’  (Ps 101:2b-3a)


Cracks can only be Healed as they are Exposed to the Light

‘And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.’ (Eph 5:11-13, NKJV)

Just as the dirt and earth needs to be dug out from around a break or crack in a pipe in order for the pipe to be fixed, brokenness in our lives is healed when it is exposed and brought to the light.

This firstly means opening up to God, receiving His healing and forgiveness.

Know that your Heavenly Father delights to release forgiveness and freedom to you. As His Word says, ‘He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.’ (Ps 147:3)


Finding a Safe Person to Share with

‘Bringing into the light’ also means that there is power in confessing to another person: ‘Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.’ (James 5:16, NIV)

There are times when we need someone to trust our pain or brokenness with, or to be accountable to. That may be a friend, prayer partner, mentor, leader or even a counselor. [1]

A ‘safe person’ is not someone who is emotionally involved, may be biased, or who could be negatively impacted by what we are sharing. We need to use wisdom and discretion about whom we choose to share any problems with.

Certain issues need greater expertise and care.

It took a plumber—someone who was skilled and equipped, to fix the problem with our local water pipe. There are times when we need to approach those who are especially gifted and equipped for help with a struggle we are facing.

‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’ (Gal 6:2)


Being Honest About Issues of Sin

In the matter of sin and the Christian, there is a Scriptural tension of two contrasting truths. We become imbalanced when we focus only on one aspect of truth and neglect the other.

On one hand, it is true that God has dealt with sin and our old sin nature once and for all on the cross. We are a ‘new creation’ made righteous in Jesus Christ. This is the reality we live by: ‘For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’ (2 Cor 5:21)

The revelation of your righteousness in Christ may be the very thing needed to set you free today.

On the other hand, the New Testament also makes clear that we should be honest before God and others about the times we trip up, make mistakes, ‘miss the mark’ and sin. The following passage was addressed to Christians:  ‘… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…’ (Heb 12:1 NKJV)

The Greek word translated, ‘lay aside’, means to lay aside, cast off, to put away. [2]  This speaks of awareness, intention and action.

Keeping a struggle with temptation secret, gives it power—especially when the issue is an ongoing or repeated one.

Finding an accountability partner—sharing with someone whenever an issue arises—provides an opportunity to affirm God’s grace and forgiveness. The act of ‘always’ being accountable when a line is crossed (such as viewing pornography), is not only a healthy discipline, it disarms the power of temptation and helps break the cycle of sin and shame.

As Paul wrote to Timothy, ‘Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’  (2 Tim 2:22) ‘Fleeing’ is active. Joseph fled from Potiphar’s wife when she attempted to seduce him. (Gen 39)

Fleeing temptation caused Joseph short term pain and persecution, but his long term prophetic calling was assured by the action he took.


A Weakness may call for Strengthening

Many times, a weakness is not sin, or something that is broken that needs to be fixed. The weakness may be something that was broken in the past and healed—but a scar or ‘limp’ remains. God may be speaking to you today about a weakness that does not require healing, but His desire is to further strengthen you in that area. I will share more about this in a follow-up article.


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Notes:

[1] I have been asked, ‘Why suggest counseling, when God’s Word and prayer in Jesus’ Name should be enough?’  This is a great question. Following is my answer:

When someone has a serious disease or illness, we should always pray for healing in Jesus’ Name. We believe in the truth of Scripture concerning healing. We pray and release the Spirit’s power to heal. We also believe that God has given to us gifts of medicine, doctors, surgeons and so forth, to participate in His work of healing. We honour God when we value the expertise He has given to us through people and medical care in the earth today.
Likewise, when there is severe damage to the souls of people through abuse or trauma, we also turn to the truth of God’s Word and apply the ministry of the Spirit through prayer. In addition to this, God has also given gifts of people to us—those in the church body who apply the ministry of pastoral care, gifts of wisdom, discernment, mercy and help us heal. (1 Cor 12)
The more serious the trauma, the more care is needed. For example, someone who is severely injured physically needs the care of a surgeon. Some people have taken their God-given gifts of wisdom and counsel, and been equipped, so that they can give expert care and help to those in need.
If you are stuck and believe that counseling, medical assistance or prayer ministry* (deliverance) may help, don’t ever allow anyone to make you feel bad or condemned for seeking the help you need, and that your Heavenly Father has provided.

*See my notes on prayer ministry here: Prayer Ministry Ideas and Guidelines

[2] Strongs ref G659: apotithemi


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How You Can Have Intimate Fellowship With The Holy Spirit

Fellowship_with_the_Holy_SpiritDoes your heart yearn to know the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and to discover what that means at its deepest level? Do you long for greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit?

As prophetic people, we are wired for a close relationship with God. This is the place where we become acquainted with Him, His ways and His voice.

That drawing and pull you feel towards Him, is a gift from your Heavenly Father; it is your invitation to fellowship with Him.

The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth closes with this word of blessing (2 Cor 13:14):

‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’

Our first clue to what the ‘fellowship of the Holy Spirit’ means, comes from the Greek word translated ‘fellowship’ in this Scripture verse. It is ‘koinonia’, which means: communion, partnership and participation. [1]

There is a meaning, inherent in this verse, that the Holy Spirit is commonly shared among all believers. On a personal level, to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to commune with Him. It is to be actively engaged in relationship with Him. It is to partner with Him.

Following are 3 keys to help you have intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and go deeper in your relationship with Him.


1. Fellowship with the Holy Spirit by Appreciating Him as a Person

Have you ever noticed how many movies portray ordinary people, who have supernatural powers? It is interesting that science fiction writers point to some physical, impersonal thing, like radiation or a mutant gene, as the source of a superpower.

At Pentecost, the believers were not waiting for a power, a radiation or an ability—they were waiting for a Person. The power came with the Person of the Holy Spirit—someone with Whom they could fellowship and do life, ministry and mission together.

‘And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.’ (John 14:16-17, NKJV)

When Jesus said ‘another’, the Greek word ‘allos’ meant ‘another the same as’; ‘the same sort’. [2] He went on to say, ‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.’ (John 14:18) Jesus was saying, ‘the Holy Spirit will be with you just as I have been with you.’

Throughout the Book of Acts, we see the Person of the Holy Spirit actively present—leading, speaking, and manifesting.

‘And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’ (Eph 4:30)

The Holy Spirit has a mind, will, emotions, and a voice. The Holy Spirit is God, up close and personal. And we can have a relationship with Him.


2. You can Fellowship with the Holy Spirit Because of What Jesus has Done

‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’ (2 Cor 13:14)

Here are three contexts to help us experience the fellowship of the Holy Spirit:

A. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of God is a Holy Spirit. The reason He can dwell in us is because Jesus has sanctified us (made us holy) through His sacrifice on the cross. (see 1 Cor 6:11, Heb 10:29)

This is great news! Your worthiness to fellowship with the Holy Spirit is not because of what you have done. Righteousness is yours through the grace of Jesus, and what He has accomplished.

However, your ability to enjoy the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, will be determined by your confidence in the power of Jesus’ sacrifice, and His shed blood, as it relates personally to you.

We do not have to be ruled by temptation, or live conscious of sin. We can live every day aware of, and rejoicing in, our righteousness in Christ. (Romans 8:1-14)

B. The love of God (the Father).

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Rom 8:15)

The Holy Spirit is a gift to you from your loving Father, just as Jesus was sent from the Father (Luke 24:49, John 3:16). As the Spirit of adoption, the Holy Spirit is not only God’s expression of love, He is the One who continually reveals the Father to you.

C. Shared Experience with Others.

It is important to note that the context of this verse is also corporate. ‘…be with you all.’ We are not meant to live a lonely spiritual walk. The grace, love and fellowship of God is not only a personal experience; it is also a rich shared experience with others in the church, the body of Christ.


3. To Fellowship with the Holy Spirit Means to Share with Him

As we fellowship with the Spirit, there is a mingling of our lives with His life. Remember, the Greek word translated ‘fellowship’, ‘koinonia,’ means communion, partnership and participation.

Among the things the Holy Spirit shares with us are His companionship, His gifts, access to the resources of Heaven, His guidance and help, His anointing and power.

What does the Holy Spirit desire to give to you, that you can can simply receive from Him right now?

True fellowship (communion) goes both ways. We in turn give the Holy Spirit our love and honour. His interests become our interests. In order to receive the Spirit’s help and comfort, we must surrender our weakness and need to Him.

  • We surrender our wills in order to receive His guidance.
  • We yield our tongues in order for Him to pray and speak through us.
  • We give Him our bodies to express the love of the Father and grace of Jesus through us.

Is the Holy Spirit putting His finger on something, that you need to yield to Him at this time?

Today, allow the Holy Spirit to draw you closer into fellowship With Him. Meditate on this study, and the Scriptures mentioned. Journal and ask,‘Lord, how can I experience more fellowship with You?’


Notes:

[1] Strongs G2842 See http://biblehub.com/greek/2842.htm
[2] Strongs G243 See http://biblehub.com/greek/243.htm


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How to Develop Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

Do you want to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, His leading and His desires? Is your prayer, ‘Lord help me to see what You see, and to feel what You feel?’

Many prophetic people have a great hunger for the Presence of the Holy Spirit—it is how we are wired.

Sensitivity to the Holy SpiritGod’s desire is that all of His people to develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him.

The skilled sailor of a yacht is alert, aware of every shift of the wind, adjusting the sails accordingly. We can be like the sailor—expectant, positioned and ready to adjust to the moving of the Holy Spirit.


How to Develop Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

Here are 2 significant keys to developing sensitivity to the Holy Spirit:

1. The Key of Compatibility with the Holy Spirit

”…those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.’ (Rom 8:5)

The most important place to begin developing sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is with what Prophet David McCracken calls, ‘Compatibility with the Holy Spirit’.

If we want to live constantly in touch with the Holy Spirit, then our hearts and our lifestyle need to be compatible with Him. We need to be in harmony with Him.

This is not about a ‘performance’ of dos and don’ts and obeying rules. It is about having a love relationship with Him; one in which you don’t want to do anything that would bring Him hurt or displeasure.

‘Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? (James 4:5 NKJV)

We live from a foundation of grace, not of ‘works.’ And yet the fruit of a grace and relationship-based life should naturally be holiness, and purity of heart and lifestyle.

We hear our Father say, ‘You are my beloved son, my beloved daughter. I am well pleased with you.’ Our heart’s response is the desire to please Him. And that overflows into everything we think, say and do, in what we choose to cast our eyes upon, and in every attitude of our heart.

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:14-15)


2. The Key of Obedience to the Holy Spirit

Obedience is about responding to the Holy Spirit when He indicates something to you.

The more you respond to the Holy Spirit, the more sensitive you become to His leadings, His prompts and His desires.

Jesus said, ‘Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me’. (Matt 11:29) In Bible times, two oxen were joined together with a wooden yoke so that they could work together in harness, in unison. Jesus’ yoke is one of grace—it is light. However, we get to choose whether or not to be sensitive to where He is leading. We choose to stay in sync with him.

Our desire should be to respond to His lightest movement. When we are in harmony with the Spirit of God, miracles will take place! As we grow in our experience of responding to Him, our sensitivity to Him will increase.

Conversely, when we refuse to respond to Him, or ignore Him, our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit becomes dulled.


Pull With the Holy Spirit, or Away from Him?

In Exodus 33, God speaks to Moses and He says these distressing words: “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.”

A whole nation has experienced the manifest Presence of God in the fire and the cloud. God’s Presence is the most valuable thing they have—and now God says because they are ‘stiff-necked’, they will lose His Presence.

Being ‘stiff-necked’ in Scripture, is a metaphor for being stubborn and willful. One Bible encyclopaedia suggests that the metaphor relates to the driver directing the oxen, as they pulled the carts. [1] A goad—a long pole with a sharp end—was used to direct them. A touch to the neck would indicate the direction the driver wanted the ox to take. However, a stubborn ox would not respond to the touch of the goad—in which case a sharper jab would be required. [2]

This stirs my heart—and I pray it stirs yours.

One man, one hungry heart is contending for the Presence of God. Because Moses would not settle for less, God’s manifest Presence remained with Israel. We can be the contender for the Presence of God for our own lives, as well as our families, our workplaces, our churches and ministries, our towns, cities and regions.

I love the metaphor of the yoke, because it is a vivid picture of how we can respond to the direction of the Spirit. Will we respond to His lightest touch? Will we be sensitive to His desires? Or will we pull against Him?

When you respond to His lightest touch—are faithful to obey Him—you will develop sensitivity to His Spirit. And when you miss it, simply repent, tell Him how sorry you are, and don’t linger in that place of remorse. God’s arms are always open for you to return to that place of communion with Him.


Note:

[1] See http://biblehub.com/topical/s/stiff-necked.htm

[2] In Acts 26:14, Paul relates Jesus’ words to him: ‘We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ This relates to a Greek proverb—if the ox resists being directed, it has the sharp prick of the goad pressed into it. [See http://biblehub.com/commentaries/acts/9-5.htm]


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Release The Warrior Anointing of the Holy Spirit

It can be easy to slide wearily into the end of the year. This is especially true in Australia, where Christmas begins our extended summer vacation.

In spite of this gravitational pull, the Holy Spirit is stirring me today with this prophetic insight:

‘It’s time to release the ‘roar’ of the Lord that is inside of you, towards the opposition that has been coming against you.’

Lion Prophetic RoarDon’t wait until next year to contend for what God is giving to you now. Don’t wait for the tide of circumstances to turn.

Let the Holy Spirit rise up within you, breathe, speak, and stir you into action. Let Him do through you whatever it takes, to pursue the prize of what your Father has promised you for this year

‘You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.’ (Psalm 65:11)


The Dove is a Warrior

When the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus at His baptism, He descended in the form of a dove. [1] This was not a statement concerning the gentleness of the Spirit’s personality. Look at what happened next:

The ‘dove’ thrust Jesus out into the wilderness to face hardship and to confront the enemy.

‘Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.’ (Mark 1:12-13)

The Greek word translated ‘drove’ is ekballo. [2] It implies a compelling force and is the same verb used when Jesus cast out (ekballo) demons.

‘The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.’ (Ex 15:3)

The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of conquest and warfare. He is bold and fearless in confronting the works of darkness.

The Holy Spirit has the face of a Lover towards people, and the face of a Warrior towards sin, sickness and demons.

It is time to give full expression to the Person of the Holy Spirit as both Lover and Warrior. Love seeks the conquest of the Kingdom and the rule of the Father’s desire.

‘…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.’ (Acts 10:38)


Do You Find Yourself in the Midst of Conflict?

On a storm front, two different densities of air collide, creating turbulence.

Inevitably, your stand for the Kingdom of God has taken you into that space of collision. You may find yourself and your loved ones in a zone of conflict, shift and change.

You face a choice—contend for the ground that God has given to you through His Word of promise, or hold back. Don’t allow fear or hesitancy to prevent you from stepping up in the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is time to press through and fight for families, marriages, churches, communities and nations.

Don’t settle for less than what Jesus has paid for. Don’t put up with less than what Your Father has appointed for you. It is time to stand upon both His written Word of Scripture and His personal, prophetic ‘now’ word to you.


Healing, Deliverance and Miracles.

I believe God is speaking to those of you who desire to see a greater measure of healing, deliverance and miracles. As you look at Who Jesus is, you see reflected in Him your own DNA and destiny:

‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.’ (1 John 3:3b NKJV)

Your passionate desire to see the works of God, and the power of God, leads you back to the Person of Jesus. He is saying, ‘There is more to Me, that you are yet to encounter.’

Hunger for God’s power inevitably draws us in pursuit of His Person. And He is both Lover and Warrior.

There may also be a revelation of Jesus that you have had in the past that the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on. That experience of Him needs to be refreshed. You discover again that He is Saviour, Healer, Redeemer, Deliverer, King, and Lion of the Tribe of Judah. (Rev 5:5)

‘It’s time to release the ‘roar’ of the Lord that is inside of you, towards the opposition that has been coming against you.’


Notes:

[1] The Scriptural symbol of the dove speaks of the pure, meek nature of Jesus and of His anointing for sacrifice. Ref note on Matt 3:16 in HAYFORD, J W, Ed. The Spirit-Filled Life Bible.  1991.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Lev 12:6, 14:22. (Noah’s dove in Gen 8:11 is used in our culture today as a symbol of peace. We must not confuse the two).

[2] Strongs reference G1544


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12 Signs of Spiritual Warfare

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