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God is Listening

God is listening

Let the new song arise!

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” (1 Sam 16:12-13)

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As the young teenage boy looked out on the flock of sheep he was tending, his heart was filled with pain. Once again, they had rejected him. The great Prophet Samuel was coming to their home, and he was the only family member not to be invited.

“Why do they hate me so much?” he whispered to himself. “Am I really that different? It’s not my fault that I had a different mother from the rest of them.” Pain and lonely seasons were nothing new to this young man, but he was about to enter a new season.

New songs lead to new seasons, God is listening.

After drying his tears, he picked up his instrument and began to worship. It was music like no one had heard before; it was different because it touched both the heart of God and man. As David played, the familiar presence of God began to wash over his being. Words he had never heard before began to flow out of his mouth and he lost himself in the love of God… where there was nothing rejecting him. His melodies of worship were interrupted by the searching cries of one of the household servants.

“David!” the servant yelled, “Come quickly! The prophet is asking for you! He has told your father he will not leave until he meets you.”

“Why does he want me?” David asked breathlessly.

As he ran toward home, the servant who was now watching his sheep yelled one last thing: “None of your brothers have been chosen.”

Its a story like no other, as a shepherd boy takes his first steps toward a throne… from a deserted place to a king’s palace. He would be nurtured along by an anointing; this touch of power from God, would birth courage, favor and honor.

Because God is listening!

So the next time you are considering the path which leads back into the deserted place, remind yourself that its the sound of praise that brings the chosen child to the prophetic call…

Where God is listening.

Seeing and Hearing

The Mysteries of the Kingdom

Reading the Bible is a challenge in our busy lifestyles. There’s no guarantee that we will understand what we have been reading, because Truth is revealed by the Holy Spirit. But as disciples, we are invited into a search for revelation! Hearing and seeing are active in nature… they require something beyond our casual observation. I would encourage every student of the Word of God to become a student of the heart of God! Wait in the moments that follow your reading and hear what the Holy Spirit will whisper into your spiritual ears. Good revelation fills the understanding and allows the Kingdom of God to find a place to rule in our mind and renew our thinking. The “heart” is the seedbed for spiritual understanding, so until Truth gets embedded to that level, it will never produce the fruit we are after… wait for it!

(Mt 13:1-18)

“On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaAnd great multitudes were gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat down; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.  Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.  But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

“ And the disciples came and said to Him, Why do you speak to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; or assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

Asking – “Why?” …just feels better sometimes, because it requires no responsibility! But the Blessing of God emerges in our spiritual seeing and hearing!

Then Jesus makes this statement: (Verse 18) “Therefore, hear the parable of the sower!”

Flow of Destiny

“You will decree a thing and it shall be established for you!”  (Job 22:28)

God is asking us to respond everyday through the eyes of faith… to see spiritually. One of the most unique things happened the Sunday prior to my first invitation into Africa. I preached a prophetic message that became significant to us all. The message was about promotion and it followed with a supernatural declaration…

“Today is Your Promotion Day!”

In my spirit I could sense the Holy Spirit saying, we were entering a season of promotion and the fellowship would see itself through different eyes after this moment. Boom! - A Holy Spirit transition was released!

Declare Something:

Sometimes you just need to declare something… something that is in the heart of God and part of your own personal mission in life. God’s word is already settled in heaven (Psa. 119:89), but you need to establish it in the earth where you have authority. Everything changes after that moment of prophetic declaration and everyone in the fellowship this particular Sunday, felt the shift that took place.

The Effect:

That Monday, one family was offered a promotion into a ministry position they had been looking into for two years, another individual received three new clients and on Wednesday I was invited by a prominent pastor to preach in East Africa. There was more, but suffice to say – assignments were being handed out and everyone in the place who believed for their destiny to advance… received!

This was no ordinary promotion, it carried a Divine flow of destiny. The Holy Spirit had been brooding over this fellowship for over a year, waiting for the Word of the Lord to shift the alignment of people’s vision. God, Himself was declaring a New Thing and we were engaged to receive. There was no time spent questioning the validity of God’s heart, only a surrender of our plans. 

Remind yourself, at the same time a shift is taking place in your destiny, a brooding Holy Spirit is preparing a people for breakthrough somewhere else in the world.

Giving Us Glory

“And the Glory which You gave Me I have given them that they may be one just as We are one: I in them and You in Me. That they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (Jn 17:22-24)

All who believe in the Gospel of the Kingdom are included in this prayer. We are being invited to experience the supernatural fellowship that transforms the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. Jesus prays here that we would be one just like He and His Father are one. The Father is in Him and He is in the Father. He invites us to be in Him as evidence, so that the world would believe in Him. This fellowship is the best testimony any of us could have and its available by way of His Glory. Listen carefully to what Jesus said:

“I have given them the Glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.”

I always thought that unity came from all of us coming together and working at getting along, pretending to like each other in the name of Jesus. We just have to put our differences aside and unite around a common cause. Isn’t that what the world describes as unity? However, Jesus makes it clear that it’s the Glory that can change us and draw us together in Him. Its the Glory that creates the oneness He is after. 

Glory Causes Unity:

He gave us His Glory so that we would reflect His perfect oneness and as a result we would be united with each other. I want to propose that there is something about experiencing God’s Glory together that knits our hearts in spiritual unity. The closer we get to the fullness of God’s Presence, the more God’s Glory begins to manifest and the easier it is for us to become one in the Body of Christ. This is what makes Church – Church.

Beholding the Glory: 

Amazingly, Jesus asks His Father to bring us to where He is so that we could behold the Glory, God gave to Him. In the Old Testament, we see that the people of Israel would not even come close to God’s Glory, but now we see Jesus asking His Father to show us the Glory! God allowed Moses to see His Glory, but only as he was able to catch a glimpse of His backside. He would see God’s Goodness from the cleft of a rock (Ex 33:18-23). A protected place. Yet now as soon as we find our fellowship in Christ, we are given access to behold Glory and reflect perfect oneness!

Yearning for God’s Glory:

My heart has been stretched beyond its ability to return to its original shape. There is something about the tangible Presence of God that clothes us and transforms our vision, passion and unity. The Body of Christ is only the “Body” as it beholds and reflects this mystery of the Glory. It was designed to be clothed in Glory and yearn jealously for this covering, so all the world would know what makes us one (Jms 4:5). Human effort is insufficient to make us one. Its found in the Father giving us His Glory… the habitation of God by His Spirit (Eph 2:22).

Sing Over Me

Have you ever heard a really great verse and somehow forgot its promise when you needed it? A former pastor of mine had a favorite verse from Zephaniah 3:17, and as I read it today again for the first time in a long time I recalled how much I loved it and it blew me away! Here it is:

 “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

 I love every part of this verse, each phrase is packed with comforting promise. I remind myself that God will do these things and that its not based on what I do or don’t do. He does them because of His loving character. God chooses to include time spent thinking about me, looking for me and being with me.

 The last line is my favorite and it’s awesome to try and picture… God takes such pleasure in me that He sings over me. Wow, who am I that the God of the Universe would “sing over me”? What does that look like and why should I have that kind of attention from Him? It blows my mind!

 I often feel that God has better things to do or that He would be too busy for my needs. Yet His character rules His behavior and what cannot be tamed about God is His passion for us. One Bible version says that, “He will exult (leap for joy, be extremely joyful) over you with loud singing”. Wow, I love trying to imagine that! God knows me and yet He likes me. That is such a tremendous Truth.

 It’s so easy to try and find our worth in things and through people. My hope would be that this verse makes you feel as special and important to God as it does me. He has invited us to hear the song of His heart.

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