‘God is looking for men and women of maturity…
But there is no maturity because there is no birth.
There is no birth because there is no pregnancy.
There is no pregnancy because there is no conception.
There is no conception because there is no intimate relationship.
There is no intimate relationship because we busy ourselves seeking satisfaction apart from God.’
David Ravenhill 
I have kept an early edition of the Morningstar journal in my shelf for many years, for the value of the single paragraph above.
It speaks truth to something deep inside of me—a truth I find myself returning to regularly in my quest for spiritual renewal.
And that is, that at the heart of life-giving prophetic ministry—or any ministry, and even life itself—is intimacy with Jesus.
Face To Face—God’s Purpose from Beginning to End
We are created for a FACE TO FACE relationship with God. We see this at the outset—from the very moment of creation.
Genesis 2 V 7 says:
‘The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’
Every other creature was created by the word of God, but God fashioned Adam from the ground and breathed life into him,
And from the moment of that very first FACE TO FACE encounter, Adam lived.
After Adam and Eve sin, in Genesis chapter 3, you see God walking in the garden in the cool of the day. It has evidently been His custom to walk and talk with Adam & Eve… FACE TO FACE, but now Adam and Eve have hidden their faces in shame from God
And you see throughout the whole of the remainder of Scripture, God is working, through His plan of redemption, to restore that FACE TO FACE relationship that was lost.
He accomplishes it by sending Jesus to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin. And there on the cross, in one eternal moment, THE FATHER TURNS HIS FACE AWAY from Jesus.
Jesus bore our sin, and the punishment of separation from God that was due to us, in order that our own FACE TO FACE relationship with God might be restored.
And even now, that process of restoration continues until the final fulfillment will take place when we enter eternity…
The Apostle Paul explains it like this in 1 Corinthians 13V12:
‘Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see FACE TO FACE. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’
Even though the ultimate fulfillment of our FACE TO FACE relationship with God is in ETERNITY, God WANTS to share a close relationship with us now.
- It is the purpose He created us
- It is the reason Jesus went to the cross
And this being the case, I want to know what a FACE TO FACE relationship with God means. In the certain knowledge that I have yet more to discover, I also want to know what I am missing out on.
Responding To God
We cannot meditate on this truth without considering our own personal response. For me, right now, that is twofold:
1. Soaking—Taking time to Worship and to be Refilled.
When Jesus was resurrected, He met with His disciples and FACE TO FACE, He breathed on them, saying ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’
Receiving His breath, His Spirit, His life, into us is an integral part of having a FACE TO FACE relationship with God.
For me that means spending time with God, with no other agenda apart from being with Him, receiving His Spirit, enjoying His Presence.
2. Conversing—Intimate Conversation with God
I am personally being challenged that God wants to speak to me FACE TO FACE a whole lot more than I have imagined He does. I recognise that doubts and fears have stopped up the flow of His voice, His revelation, to me.
So I will be digging into some journaling this week—with a specific focus.
Here are some ideas for how to do this, if you would like to join me:
- Start your journal with the words ‘Lord what do you want to say to me today?’
- A thought or idea may come to you immediately—in which case, start to write. But if not, wait for the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation—a picture/vision, a Bible verse or story, a word, feeling or idea. Write what you see or what comes to mind and also what you believe God is saying to you.
- Write your response to Him. You may even want to ask another question. It is your conversation with God.
Remember to weigh up carefully any revelation you receive. Keep up your regular Bible reading and always reflect on what you are receiving in the light of what God says in His Word.
 The Morningstar Journal Vol. 3 No.4 1993, ‘The Birthing of a Ministry, David Ravenhill.
© Helen Calder Enliven Publishing