“Enter My Chambers!” Intimacy, Jesus style

“Enter My Chambers!”  Intimacy, Jesus style

Jesus said loudly and suddenly, “Get in Here! Get into my embrace!”  Immediately, I saw living light strands stretching from the ceiling down, from heaven to earth.  They were aqua-green, tube-looking things, and somehow I knew they were alive.  I saw someone that looked a little like Todd White inside of a bundle of these living light-tubes off to the left of where I was in the vision.  Off to the right I saw a brown horse.  It lunged at the man that looked like Todd White, teeth bared and menacing, trying to eat the tubes.  I knew the horse stood for the mundane things of life; those things that try to eat up our available time to spend with the Lord, eating up our time for the things of God.

Next I saw an open door in front of me, and a booming voice said, “When are you going to enter in? All you have to do is walk through!” So I did, and on the other side of the door was the most amazing CGI-looking perfection I’ve ever seen!  It was a perfect sky blue sky, sunflowers, green grass, and the door was just hanging open in the midst of the heavenlies.  I floated down through this sky blue perfection onto the green carpet of grass and looked around, amazed at all the utter beauty that surrounded me.  Looking up, the doorway still stood open in the heavens.  It did not close or disappear.

Then I heard, “Enter My Chambers!”  I pushed open the heavy, wooden door, and I walked into this antique, old French-country style bedroom.  I saw an amazing old wooden bed, with a huge headboard.  The bed cover was red velvet, plush and stunningly gorgeous.  I saw myself in the bed, with the covers pulled up almost to my shoulders, even though there was a fire in the fireplace.  I was young, with long brown hair, and a nightgown that was laced up to my chin, covering my entire neck.

Jesus climbed into the bed with me, and he was also similarly dressed, with a frilly 1700’s looking men’s night shirt that was laced all the way up to his neck as well.  He pulled me close, bed covers over our laps.  My head was on his shoulder, and we leaned into each other, cuddling, just snuggling in a non-sexual way, enjoying each other’s company.

Suddenly, He said, “You know you’re going to have to make love with me.”

Somehow, this did not shock me.  He said it in such a way that I knew it was coming; in fact, everything in my life had led up to this very moment in time!  It all led to this divine intersection in this encounter with Jesus.  He was not talking about any kind of sexual activity whatsoever.  He was talking about KNOWING his bride, who had entered into His bridal chambers.  He was calling for His bride to LOVE Him back – honestly, transparently, deeply, fully, totally engrossed in Him…to be naked before Him.

He was telling me, in essence, to make with Him a deeply fulfilling love relationship where one does not currently exist.  Although I love the Lord, he desires a deeper level of intimacy with me, and with His bride.  His desire was to lose all pretense and all forms of religiosity; to lose the masks and charades, to let all our defenses down; to drop our veils, walls and garments that we hide behind, and to LOVE Him as His bride in the bridal chambers.  His wish was for His bride to allow Him to know, and probe, and touch all those hurting, painful places. He was simply asking to allow Him, as our husband, to wipe away our tears and tear down our defenses, then to put the balm of Gilead on our wounds.  He wants to simply love us, the way that He wants to love us.

He wants us to MAKE LOVE with Him, because we are unable to make anything good or of any value ourselves, and because every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17).  We cannot create love ourselves, on our own, under our own power.  We are simply not capable of it.  Our idea of love does not even begin to compare with the intimacy and the levels of transparency that He desires.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Is. 55:9).

I believe that in seasons past His bride has sat in the bridal chamber, even crawled under the covers with Him, but refused to allow Him full access.  She has not bared herself to Him and become truly transparent, because then she (we) would lose control.  His Bride has refused to allow Him full knowledge of our hearts, our intents, and our actions.  We have refused Him full access to our plans; rather, we have concocted our own strategies, all for His glory, of course.

This is a picture of us in the bridal suite.  Yes, we are in His chambers, and some have even gotten to a deeper level of intimacy with Him: under the covers with the King.  Yet our nightgowns are still fully laced up to our chins and our comforters pulled up to our shoulders, even though there is a fire burning in the fireplace!

In order to birth anything, we must first be intimate; thus the need for intimacy, Jesus-style.  

“You know you’re going to have to make love with me.”  This He said, knowing exactly His bride’s heart and every single condition of her circumstances.  This time, he came closer, clothing shed; AGAIN, not in a sexual way, but fully transparent, revealing his intimate intentions with His bride, for the two to become one, with nothing to hide.

“…and the two will become one flesh,” (Gen. 2:24).

He touched His bride’s garment, the one she hides behind, her comfortable mask, and pulled it down, slowly, slowly.  All I could see was it slipping down her arm under that long brown hair.  In the vision, I felt this garment of despair being shed like an old skin!  My heart leapt inside the cavity of my rib cage, while tears rolled down my face, as the lover of my soul melted into His bride, as the two in the bridal chamber in my vision literally became one.  I actually lost sight of Him, and of her (of me), and only saw one mass of love.

“…and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh,” (Mark 10:8).

He wants us – all of us, and nothing less will do.  He wants our entire hearts, all our love with no reserve.  He wants our adoration, our time, our energy.  He wants our day-planners, our money, our emotions, our families…in short, He wants it all.  And He will get it.  He always gets what He wants.

In this time frame in history He wants intimacy with His bride that heretofore has been completely unknown in human terms.  We are going to learn, as His bride, corporately as a family unit, exactly what it means to MAKE LOVE with the King; to know Him, and be known by Him (Gal. 4:9).  This is where we are headed, because this is what He wants.

Isn’t that awesome?

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

Edie@KingdomPromoters.org

 

Itinerary:

October 13th-14th

Friday 7PM, doors open 6pm

Saturday, 11 AM and 2PM.  Free Author Seminar on Saturday 5PM

The Real You, with Victoria Boyson, Edie Bayer, Grace Cruz, Teresa Comparin and Michelle Bollom

22628 Kuykendahl Rd, Spring, TX  77387

More info: www.TheGloryHub.com/events

 

October 28th, 9a-5p

The Outpouring Women’s Conference

Edie Bayer, Grace Cruz, John Tenney,

Bayview Golf Course Banquet Room

45-285 Kaneohe Bay Dr. – Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

More info: www.eventbrite.com

 

November 11th, 10a, 2p, 7p

FLOW San Antonio!

Edie Bayer, Grace Cruz, Eddie and Yana Torregrosa, Michelle Ahlswede,

Teresa Comparin and William Dillon

New Beginnings Church,

12107 Topperwein Live Oak, TX. 78233

More info: www.EdieBayer.com/events

 

November 12th

5:30 PM, House meeting

Sherri and Mark Kirklin

708 Churchill Farms Dr

Georgetown TX  78626

(512) 417-6358

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Amos 9 – It’s Harvest Time!

cornucopiaGod has been speaking to me about fruit for quite some time now.  I have been in the book of Daniel for several days, but this morning the Lord said “Get out of the book of Daniel!”  The next book that I opened to was Amos, and the Lord said, “Yes, Amos 8.”  As we all know, 8 is the number of new beginnings, and not surprisingly, although I chuckled when I saw it, the first verse talks about ripe fruit, so I knew it was confirmation.

In that verse, Amos 8:1, God asked Amos a question, a simple question, which in turn Amos answered with what he saw – a basket of fruit … ripe, summer fruit.  The next thing the Lord says seems completely unconnected, which was, “The end has come upon My people Israel; I will not pass by and spare them anymore.”  Knowing that God would clear up the mystery and make His intentions known, I continued on.  I finished the remainder of Amos 8, and when my eyes fell upon Amos 9, I heard the Lord breathe, “THE HARVEST!”

Personally, I have been having a little difficulty hearing God for prophetic words, not one-on-one as in a conference setting and giving a personal prophetic word, but words like this one – a corporate word, one that is applicable to many people simultaneously.  It’s not that I can’t HEAR God, I can.  It’s just that there was a dry spell – i.e., a FAMINE – and as Amos 8:11 says, not a famine for food, but a famine “for hearing the words of the Lord”.  I desperately desired to hear a corporate word from God, yet there was not one forthcoming.

Why?

I believe that God was leading me to this place, the place of ripe, summer fruit – the place of HARVEST.  As a prophet, my fruit is the Word of the Lord, the prophetic word from the throne room of Grace.  I have been struggling to hear the Lord, and it was work, but work with no FRUIT – nothing was coming from the Great IAM.  It’s been going on for a while now, a couple of months and has been very frustrating.  Each time I opened the Word I asked Him for a word, yet, still nothing.  I believe that He allowed me to walk through this so that you will know that NOW is your Harvest Time, that even if it seemed as if the last little bit of time was so hard, so excruciatingly hard, that all new beginnings require work – in order to receive the HARVEST.

In this case, as a sign of DOUBLE HARVEST in Amos 9:9, the Lord says that He will sift you – me, us – as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet the least kernel shall not fall upon the earth and be lost from His sight.  Just this morning, as I was still asking Him for a prophetic word, I said, “Lord, if there is anything in me that is blocking your word, please show it to me!”  Believe me, that is a prayer that He wants to hear, and an answer that He wants to give to you!  In my case, he led me to Amos 8 and 9 – for YOU!

He has His eye on you!  He is allowing things to happen in this new season, but HE IS DOING IT.  It is not the enemy, it is the Lord.  The reason, my friends, is that He is watchful, because He says that, “ALL THE SINNERS OF MY PEOPLE shall die by the SWORD…(Amos 8:10)”  He is making your sins die by the word, His Word.  He is sifting the impurities out of your life, and causing your sins to die by the Sword – the Word of God!

Years ago I was an intercessor at a deliverance conference held at a local church here.  One morning of the conference, I arrived to see the building covered in vultures!  Literally hundreds of vultures had assembled themselves on the peaks and rooftop of the church building.  It was an awesome and eerie sight, and I have to admit, rather intimidating, causing a lot of people to be scared.  Many of us thought that something terrible was going to happen to us in the conference, and the vultures were there to eat our dead corpses!  Why else would there be hundreds of vultures waiting?

Leadership assembled us together and came to tell us that it was a SIGN — in the spirit, there were many dying spiritual deaths and many spirits had to leave.  The vultures were there to consume the spirits as they were leaving the building!

In the same way, you have and may still be undergoing a type of “spiritual death” in order for the Lord to release the HARVEST to you that He wants to release.  He is cleansing you, fine tuning you, removing the last little specks and wrinkles.

But Good News!  He says in Amos 9:13 that the plowman is overtaking the reaper!  ACCELERATION!  What would have taken years before is now happening in real time!  The Amplified says, “…(that is, everything heretofore barren and unfruitful shall overflow with spiritual blessing).   That, my friend, is where you are headed, to a time of unprecedented fruitfulness that is overflowing with goodness and blessing!  God promises in verse 15, “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be torn up out of their land which I gave them, says the Lord your God.”

Your land is here!  The promises of God are here!  Whether it is in business, ministry, relationships or whatever – it’s HERE!  It will be fruitful, and no man will be able to pluck you up out of it.  God is simply removing the last little bit of impurity so that you may experience it in its fullness, for His glory!

This also includes former endeavors that went sour.  As an example, I used to make a lot of money in business, but circumstances happened to cause me to lose my businesses.  Of course, that is how I wound up in ministry, so IAM sure that God orchestrated it!  Anyway, the Lord has been encouraging me to pick up that mantle again, the mantle of business, but this time to allow Him to operate it, using His ideas and His processes.  His ideas are different than mine were.  He has been showing me some things, building upon what I have already been doing for Him.  The Master builder is at it again!

Just like for me, he has plans to bless you and prosper you (Jer. 29:11)!  He is working in your life to bring you to that place of overflowing fruitfulness.  Allow Him work in your life and remove the last little bit of dross.  It will be well worth the effort!

 

Edie Bayer

www.KingdomPromoters.org

What happens BEFORE breakthrough?

mordecaiThe Lord has had me for a couple of weeks in Esther lately, specifically Esther 7, 8 and 9.  In fact He has given me a Word about this which I will shortly release.  However, this morning He put me in Esther 6, and said to me, “What happened before?”

My mind automatically thought He meant what happened before the banquet, what happened before the king said ‘yes’ to all of Esthers’ requests, that kind of thing.  I was thinking in the natural, as in, what led up to the events at the banquet table that night?  That was my mindset as I opened up my bible to Esther 6 and started to read.

Chapter 6:1-3 (Amp)

On that night the king could not sleep.  He ordered that the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, be brought and they were read before the king. 

And it was found written there how Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s attendants who guarded the door, who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 

And the King said, “What honor or distinction has been given Mordecai for this?”  Then the King’s servants who ministered to him said, Nothing has been done for him.

I find it interesting that the King had a book of chronicles, a book of memorable deeds.  In it he found You.  Yes, You, doing memorable deeds for the king.  He saw your life in front of him, written on the very pages of that book.  He saw your struggles, your minor victories, and all the situations that you have been in, leading up to this very day!  He has seen you just plugging along, doing your thing for the King, and it has all been recorded – every act, every deed, every word, every thought that you have had toward Him and for His people.

As I saw this, I suddenly realized what God was asking me — “WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE BREAKTHROUGH?”

We all know God is a planning God, a God of order and not of chaos.  So it would stand to reason that God would have a PLAN FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH.  Do you want to know what it is?

Esther 6 lays it all out perfectly!  Before the breakthrough with the death of the enemy, before the breakthrough of the victory of the Jews, before the breakthrough of Purim, there was a divine Plan for Breakthrough!

  1. God Remembers You

It’s not as if He ever forgot you, but now He remembers you – it’s Your Turn for BREAKTHROUGH!  I heard a speaker not too long ago define “remember” as an act of doing one a favor, or helping one out, as in God remembered Hannah.  It was her turn for a blessing, for a baby!  He remembered her!

In the same way, Esther’s King remembered Mordecai (and YOU!).  Nothing had as yet been done for him….but God!

Don’t forget, our king who never sleeps and never slumbers (Ps. 21:4), also never takes his eyes off YOU.  He knows your every move, your every action, but the only ones that are written down are the “memorable deeds”!  Not the ugly things we say or think or do.  God chooses to remember only our good deeds.  The rest are washed away under the blood!  Believe it!  Everything you do for the Kingdom of God is recorded for all of eternity in His book of memorable deeds!

It is Your Turn!  He  is remembering you now!

  1. HOW God can bless you

So, you have done memorable deeds for the King, and they are written in His book.  He NOW asks – “What honor or distinction has been given my son or daughter for this?”  The servants, His angels, must honestly answer – “NOTHING!”  This is because breakthrough has only just begun!   God is setting it into motion!  What do you NEED in your life?  It’s on its way!  Aren’t you excited that the Creator of the Universe, of everything that IS, now wants to create something to bless you into breakthrough?  I am!

2.  WHO God is using to bless you

In verse 4, the King now asks, “Who is in the court?”  God is looking for someone to bless you and bring breakthrough to pass in your life!  Who can He use to bless you?  God ALWAYS has a plan and purpose.  Sometimes the one in the court that would be the LEAST OBVIOUS, the LEAST LIKELY, the LAST POSSIBLE CHOICE to bless you is….your enemy.   NOT your friend, NOT your boss, NOT your spouse, NOT your Pastor….your enemy!  That’s crucial information for this season!  This time, for this season, for YOUR BREAKTHROUGH God is using the LEAST LIKELY CANDIDATE to turn your whole existence around!  That means that you probably won’t even see it coming!  Your blessings will come out of seemingly NOWHERE!  Out of the midst of your struggle will come your breakthrough!  Isn’t that encouraging?

Who is your enemy today?  Is it lack?  Is it sickness?  Is it marital problems?  Who is your enemy?  Whoever it is or Whatever it is, God is turning it around from your weakness into your strength!  What the enemy meant for harm God is turning it around for your good!

3.  WHAT God uses to bless You

Verse 6 says, “So Haman came in. And the king said to him, “What shall be done to the man whom the king delights to honor?”   WooHOO!  Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready!  When God lets the enemy in, all Heaven is going to break loose!  Because you see, God never lets the enemy in for no reason!  He ALWAYS has a better idea in place for YOU!

Jesus TROMPED the enemy at the cross!   He publicly humiliated him!  It was intentional!  God was showing up and showing off, for His own glory!  God is doing it again, this time using YOU!  If it seems like the enemy has been having his way in your life, it may be that God has let the enemy in for the purpose of a humiliating defeat — his!  God is turning it around – ALL THE WAY AROUND!

You will be clothed you in King’s clothes – his royal apparel, riding his royal horse and wearing a royal crown.  The goods will be delivered by the hand of one of the King’s most noble princes, and you will be paraded around the town square, while the enemy MUST proclaim, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the King delights to honor!”

Be sure, this is COMING!  For some of you it could be literal and you will be blessed beyond comprehension to have massive, major breakthrough in the financial realm.  For some of you it could be a spiritual breakthrough, as you ascend to the greatest heavenly heights and intimacy with the Father of your lifetime.  For some it will be familial salvations, coveted, long awaited and diligently interceded.  For others it may be breakthrough in your relationship with your children, as they “return home”, and you are finally esteemed in the manner of Proverbs 31 — your children shall rise up and call you blessed.

But you will know it was the hand of God that brought you the breakthrough!  You will see it with your own eyes in the land of the living!  It will be obvious not only to you, but to others as well!   It will be a public display!  The spotlight will be on what God is doing in your life!

5.  WHY God is Blessing You

Whatever it is, in whatever area you gain breakthrough, it is for God’s glory and for the greater good of the Kingdom!  It will be an intentional, in your face victory!  God is tromping the enemy again, and He is giving you breakthrough!  While the enemy goes home mourning, crying and limping to his house, you will once again return to the King’s gate, ready for the next breakthrough to come!

 

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The Mighty Umbilical Cord of God!

Umbilical.Cord I saw a photograph of a friend’s new born grandbaby, only a few hours old. I was enamored with the little nose and mouth, the shape of the face and from the resemblance to my friend it was obvious this was their offspring.

I was just enjoying this photo and thinking grandma thoughts when I saw the baby’s bellybutton. The baby is so new in this picture that the umbilical cord is still fresh and plump, even though it was clamped by the hospital.

It struck me that we as Christians are fed through our bellies! As I looked at that baby’s umbilical cord I suddenly had a quick vision and saw a RIVER of God’s Power and Provision, Grace and Kingdom Revelation Knowledge flowing through His heavenly umbilical cord into us!

Did that baby do anything at all to receive the Life-Giving nutrients from its mother?

NO!

The baby just was and Life flowed into her! She was simply a RECEIVER!!
In fact, she doesn’t even know she was a receiver of Life, she just took it!

EVERYTHING with God is a picture of Kingdom Life!

This is a WORD for you! God is sending His Grace, Knowledge and Power — along with EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED FOR THIS NEW SEASON — directly to you through His mighty umbilical cord straight into your heart!

There is nothing that you need to DO!!! Just be a Receiver! He is feeding you everything that you need to live and THRIVE in this next season! You need do nothing more!

Simply RECEIVE!

Just TAKE IT! Open up your hands, your eyes, your ears and most of all your HEART and take it all in! Everything that you need is being FED to you by our Lord, with no effort on your part!

Say AMEN and RECEIVE IT!!!

Go Forth! You are Blessed!

“Go Forth! You are Blessed!” — Noah and the New Year

God has had me in Genesis 6 for the last few days. I really haven’t studied out the story of the Ark, so it was interesting. When I realized that God was speaking to me prophetically about what He is doing right now, it took on a whole new meaning!

First of all, looking at the story as a parable, the Lord took the righteous in and covered them. He put them in a safe place and by His own hand, “shut him in and closed [the door] round about him (Gen. 6:16, AMP).”

Now, in the spiritual, you have been protected, and it was by the hand of the Lord. It has been raining, and the flood waters were rising, and there was death all around you, but you were safe and protected by God. Everything around you was changing, but God had his floatation device under you, and his own roof was pitched over you.

It may not have SEEMED like it. Life may have been kind of stressful for the last season. After all, Noah and his wife and his family were in very close quarters for over a year (a year and 10-days the Amplified says in Gen. 8:18!). Being with family for any extended amount of time can create some tension, can’t it? Have you had some family issues in the last season?

Noah and 7 of his closest relatives were living with a BUNCH of animals. Now, I live on a farm, and believe me I know what it’s like to be around a lot of animals. When the wind blows from just the right direction it can certainly get your attention! I have had baby chicks and bunnies running around in my laundry room. It can get very messy with chick feed and water and shavings and everything else. Around our house sometimes you really have to watch where you walk! I am sure that just as my animals are messy, it was the same in Noah’s world. Have you had to deal with a bunch of messes in the last season?

And let’s don’t forget the bible says there was a light. Yes, just one. One window. It was finished “…to a cubit… (Gen. 6:16, AMP.)” The Amplified says that is about 18-inches. I don’t know if that means it was 18-inches by 18-inches, or what that means exactly, but there was ONLY ONE. One window and a WHOLE bunch of animals. Not a lot of ventilation to air the place out. Can you imagine what THAT smelled like? Have you lived through some stink in the last season?

The Ark was covered with pitch inside and out (Gen. 6:14 AMP). Pitch is…well, it’s PITCH. BLACK. Like TAR. It was waterproofing. I have waterproofed foundations before, and it’s usually a very dark color. I know that tar is black, and it sucks in light. With only one window, there wasn’t a lot of natural light, and the pitch blackness of the tar sucked that little bit in. In this last season, have you felt like you have been just floating along in the dark with no sense of direction?

So, Noah and his family and a whole bunch of farm animals lived in close quarters on a three-story ship, covered in black tar inside and out with ONE WINDOW….for an entire YEAR, plus 10-days. DARK. STINKY, living with RELATIVES, and who knows how many times they got sea-sick!

Doesn’t sound like Favor at all to me! Have you felt like maybe God’s favor was NOT on you in this last season?

But IT WAS – and it IS. The Bible says, “But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord.” And so have YOU.

The messy, stinky, awful, dark season that you have been stuck in was because you have found FAVOR in the eyes of the Lord! It may not have seemed like it, but He purposely shut you away and closed the door behind you to keep you safe and protected! From what? I don’t know, but whatever it was, it was for your own good! And you’re still here! He kept you! For good reason, for good purpose, and now….the GOOD NEWS!

God is letting you out! In Genesis 8:15 the Bible says, “And God spoke to Noah, saying, ‘Go forth from the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives with you.’ ”

God is speaking directly to you! He says, GO FORTH! LEAVE THE ARK! LEAVE the PAST behind you! Get out of your mess! Get out of the darkness! Leave the nest! Open the doors and go!

Leave the quarrels with family behind! He is restoring your relationships in this new season!

Forget the darkness! He is revealing your Destiny now!

Even better, in Chapter 9 vs. 1, God pronounced a blessing on Noah and his sons and said to them, “BE FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY and fill the earth!” (emphasis mine)

You are BLESSED! He is COMMANDING you to be FRUITFUL! The word of the Lord NEVER returns back to Him void! It WILL FULFILL its purpose! You will be fruitful!

Freshness and newness of life, open WINDOWS! 5775, this is the YEAR of the open window! Where there was just ONE WINDOW before, God says there will be more, many more! MULTIPLICATION! FRUITFULNESS! It is the command of the Lord, His personal blessing on your life!

Not only is He telling you to go forth into your future, but that you are BLESSED to be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY! Fill the earth with the Glory of the Lord!

Do not be afraid! Go. Hear the Word of the Lord now, today —
“Go Forth! You are BLESSED!”

Acts 17 — AGAIN!

lincoln-memorial-flickr-Acts 17:16-32.  AGAIN, God has had me in Acts 17.  This time, with a different twist.  Read it from God’s point of view, as if instead of Paul, it’s God in the story.  See if you read it the way the Lord described it to me.  My (His) comments are in bold.

Acts 17:16-32

Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Now while Paul (God) was awaiting them at Athens (substitute AMERICA), his (His) spirit was grieved and roused to anger as he (He) saw that the city was full of idols. (American Idol!)

17 So he (He) reasoned and argued in the synagogue with the Jews and those who worshiped there, and in the marketplace [where assemblies are held] day after day with any who chanced to be there.

(Notice who He is reasoning and arguing with…the JEWS.  That is You and Me.  He is trying to get through to us.  Day after Day.  Every day.  And still….)

18 And some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him and began to engage in discussion. And some said, What is this babbler with his scrap-heap learning trying to say? Others said, He seems to be an announcer of foreign deities—because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.  (The Epicureans and the Stoics both had a philosophy of “self-love” through pleasure, although they differed in the method of getting there.  Sounds like us, America.) 

19 And they took hold of him and brought him to the [a]Areopagus [Mars Hill meeting place], saying, May we know what this novel (unheard of and unprecedented) teaching is which you are openly declaring?

20 For you set forth some startling things, foreign and strange to our ears; we wish to know therefore just what these things mean—

21 For the Athenians (Americans), all of them (and by extension, all of us), and the foreign residents (strangers in a strange land, in this world but not OF it) and visitors among them spent all their leisure time in nothing except telling or hearing something newer than the last— (TV.  Movies.  Video Games.  Tabloids.  Gossip.  Adultery.  Fornication.  Etc.  In a quick vision I saw people gossiping standing in church.  Hello!  This is US!)

22 So Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus [Mars Hill meeting place], said: Men of Athens (America), I perceive in every way [on every hand and with every turn I make] that you are most religious or very reverent to demons. (DEMONS!  Idol worship is satanic.)

23 For as I passed along and carefully observed YOUR objects of worship (God KNOWS what Our idols are, what we worship instead of Him), I came also upon an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. (I AM UNKNOWN to this people.)  Now what you are already worshiping as unknown, this I set forth to you.

(God goes on to describe Himself! This is truly awesome!)

24 The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

25 Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people].  (He doesn’t NEED us.  We NEED Him.)

26 And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes),

27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us.

28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.

29 Since then we are God’s offspring, we ought not to suppose that Deity (the Godhead) is like gold or silver or stone, [of the nature of] a representation by human art and imagination, or anything constructed or invented.

(This is where it gets heavy!)

30 Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now (NOW!) He charges all people everywhere to repent ([b]to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins), (This is where we still are, for the moment, but we are headed into the next paragraph QUICKLY!)

31 Because He has fixed a day when He will judge the world righteously (justly) by a Man Whom He has destined and appointed for that task, and He has made this credible and given conviction and assurance and evidence to everyone by raising Him from the dead.  (God talking about Himself!!)

32 Now when they had heard [that there had been] a resurrection from the dead, some scoffed (like always); but others said, We will hear you again about this matter (and joined with us, sided with us and joined our team).

Thank you Lord for revealing Yourself to us through Your Word.   Thank you Lord for opening our eyes and our ears.  We long to be closer to you, draw near to

Amen!

Lift up your heads, all ye …. SALT SHAKERS????

You are a Salt Shaker!Well, God is in the Answered-Prayer-Dreams-Coming-True place now.  This is a NOW season, a NEW season of favor.  Those things that God has put in your heart ARE coming true.  I don’t believe that it is a “maybe-someday-it-will-happen” time.  It is a NOW time.  NOW JERICHO.  NOW the walls come down. (Joshua 6)

Because of your obedience, God just reminded me.

In Psalm 91, the Lord tells us

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation.

Last night I was formally presented to the body of Christ as a PROPHETESS.  It was completely unexpected and took me by surprise.  A gift from Abba Father, the One I love.

My anointed, professional trumpet-playing husband was asked to minister from his soaking CD at a local ministry meeting here in the area.  I went with him, mostly to enjoy the teaching by the Pastor, but also to work the CD table for my husband.

Once we arrived, we hugged the Pastor’s neck.  I set up the CD table and was fellowshipping with those people that I know (and love!) when the Pastor approached me.  She spoke quietly to me, and said that her spiritual Mom would be prophesying and praying over the people in the room at the end of the meeting.  She went on to say that if I felt led to come up.

I was STUNNED!  This was an answered prayer!  I had only dreamed of being acknowledged as a Prophet in this place.  I had longed for it, actually … to be recognized as a Prophet of God.   I know it sounds selfish, but it’s God’s desire, too, to give us the desire of our hearts.  In fact, the Bible speaks about the earth groaning, waiting for the revealing of the Sons of God.

Initially, I wasn’t sure that I had heard her properly, because we all have a filter, and maybe my filter was set to “ALL ABOUT ME”.  But later, after she had brought the Word, she called me up to join the company of prophets at the front of the room.   We were to prophesy over the Pastor.

I was really nervous, as I stood in front of this room of Godly people, when the first prophet stepped up to the Pastor and started to speak.  The Word that this prophet brought was so timely, and it came in RHYME!  My jaw dropped.  How could I possibly follow THAT???

Then the second prophet took the microphone, the Pastor’s own spiritual MOTHER, and proceeded to prophesy over the Pastor.  I realized I had NOTHING.  No Word.  NOTHING.

Now I was REALLY on the spot!  I started praying – HARD!  “God, you better have something GOOD!”

This prophet kept going and I was praying fervently, when the Lord dropped into my spirit a Word that I had given about my eyeglasses that had gone missing, and I found them again later under the chicken coop.  I said, “Oh, that’s good, Lord!!  VISION!”  At least I had SOMETHING!

Then the Lord reminded me of the vision He had given me during praise and worship, of Christ on the Cross.  I only saw His spike-pierced hand and the blood running down His arm, with His arm nailed to the wood in the vision.  I felt, rather than heard, that Jesus was a carpenter.  He worked with wood and nails.  The Lord spoke to me in the vision that the enemy has a warped sense of irony.  He is so hateful, that he had used the very tools of Jesus’ trade to impale His hands and feet with nails to the wood.  But the Lord assured me in my vision that He could take THE most devastating hurts and turn them into something good, for His Glory.  After all, Jesus is still Lord, and He is STILL turning things around and saving souls.

I KNEW that was a Word for the Pastor.   Now I had TWO things!  I felt better.

So, when it was my turn to prophesy, the Pastor turned to me and asked if she could sit down!  I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be giving her the Word the Lord gave me, but to honor her, I said, “Of course!” and reached out to touch her arm, to help her to her seat.  But, it was when I TOUCHED her….

I KNEW in my spirit I absolutely had to give the Word the Lord had spoken.  So, I started to speak about VISION with my eyeglasses, vision being lost and then found.  Next, the vision of the Lord and the wood and the nails, and how God would take your most hurtfulest (that was the way He said it, HURTFUL-EST) pain and use it to turn it for His glory.

But the last one, the Lord waited until I had touched her to give me.  I looked at her, and I said, “Why do you think your name is Kari (carry)?”  I moved away from the microphone as I hugged her, and held onto her, and said quietly, in her ear, “Because you have to carry so many people with you.”

As I walked away to my seat, the Pastor spoke into her microphone and said, “Did you hear what she said?”  She repeated the last phrase, but she said, “Because I carry so many people.”

She received it.

I was so amazed that God had spoken to her, on such a personal, deep level, and had used me.  It was so profound, but with something seemingly as simple as her name.

In hindsight, really, what is closer to a person than his own name?  Doesn’t everyone wonder why they were named the name they have?  I know I have.  That is why there are so many books on the “meanings of names”.  But I believe that God is a picture God.  He speaks in pictures.  The Hebrew language is a pictorial language, something akin to hieroglyphics.  The Bible is a series of picture stories.  I believe that your name is a picture of something that He intends for your life.

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I am in my prayer time this morning, and had just read a message by Theresa Phillips (http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=12505)

I felt the weight of my mantle fall on me, the prophetic mantle, pressing down, the weightiness of it pouring over me like hot wax, filling and fitting every contour, down my head, onto my shoulders and down my arms.  A new skin, a second skin.  It made my ears hum, and my eyes blink.  The top of my head is still tingling, and my arms are a little chilled.

I was aware of angels in the room, on my left, in a semicircle in front of me, big angels.  No — BIG angels.  Think REALLY BIG ANGELS.  It is a BIG Assignment, I need BIG ANGELS.   And He has sent them to assist.  They are ministering servants.

“Lord”, I say, “I need to know.  You told me to command my angels.  I need to know, do I speak directly to them, or do I quote Your Word to them so that they act?”

“BOTH,” says the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Armies.  “Both.  Because one without the other is purposeless, useless.  They perform MY good will, MY good pleasure.  And I wish to give you the Kingdom.  They are here to perform that task, to help you obtain — to apprehend — the Kingdom.  So that you may pour it out as salt out of a salt shaker.    You are a salt shaker…as each salt shaker is different, some flow more freely than others, and some sprinkle just a little bit at a time, so are YOU (the generation of mankind).  You sprinkle salt on the earth in proportion to the amount of HOLES I give you.  More holes = more salt (flow).  My son was pierced through, and He is still pouring salt on the world.  So embrace your holes, for they allow my salt to pass through.  If you are clogged up, my Holy Spirit will clean you out.  He will clean up the clog so you may flow freely once more.”

I suddenly found myself become comfortable in the calling.  I realized I am exactly where I am supposed to be, that God will make all things possible, because His Will be done.  HIS WILL WILL be done.  It’s a not a question mark anymore, not a request.  It suddenly hit me that it WILL happen, and it’s HIS will.  He planned it.

Last night I was talking to a friend of mine, Colleen Bass.  In the course of the conversation, she said that “God reads my mail.”

I laughed, and said, “Reads it?  He WROTE IT!!!”

And He wrote YOUR mail, too.  So open up the love letter from God.  Read it, enjoy it.  You’re only getting one.

Amen!