July 21, 2015
I recently woke up with the thought from the Lord, “Prepare for Glory.” The same glory that shined upon the face of Moses is about to become visible upon God’s people. The process we are now enduring in this season of change will enable us to receive a greater measure of His Spirit. In the midst of the greatest darkness, the Lords’ light will shine even brighter upon a people that rise and shine with the light of His presence (Is. 60:1-3). It is time to prepare for God is now raising up a people who find their joy in loving and serving Him!
The present shaking taking place is for the purpose to cleanse everything that hinders a love for God and His people to accomplish His purpose (He. 12:26-29). As the Church fully returns to her first love we will see the Lord release wave after wave of miracles. We also will see the Lord pour out His Spirit in unprecedented measures that will bring in a harvest. Those who respond to the call and prepare will receive a greater measure of His Spirit with power.
Are you going through a shift? A change? The trials taking place may not be the enemy but God working in the midst of your life to fulfill His purpose. You may feel like you are dying and you are! Like a caterpillar going through a metamorphosis, the result of transformation reveals a butterfly that soars above the confines of the earth. The fruit of every fiery trial is not to burn you, but to enable you to emerge as carriers of His fire, “For He makes His ministers a flame of fire” (He. 1:7).
These messengers of fire will be used by the Lord to “shift” the body of Christ into a deeper relationship with Jesus. And from the place of His presence, reveal His glory on earth. The results will be a revived bride that releases revival to the world. While many are looking for an outpouring of glory, God is looking for those He can fill to overflowing to be the outpouring that reveals His glory.
Filled With the Fullness of God
A transformation takes place in our nature by the “Knowledge of Him,” for we are “partakes of His divine nature who has called us to glory” (1 Peter 1:3-4). His passion is for us to EXPERIENCE HIM to fill our hearts with His love. Because God is love, the more of His love we have, the greater our life shines with the light of His glory. The pathway to true spiritual growth leads to a greater infilling of His presence that “You might be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 4:18). Receiving the fullness of God comes from the expansion of His love in our innermost being.
The result of His love fills our spiritual pool with rivers of living water. These waters are rivers of love that flow from our inner most being. We are supernaturally created to be “like a spring of water, whose waters fail not”(Is. 58:11). This eternal supply of living water flows from the throne to our inner most being (Rev. 22:1-2, Ez. 47:12). To be filled with His Spirit we come before Him with adoration and praise and with open hearts, offer our love to Him. The key for the more abundant life that is ours in Christ is that of love. Because Jesus is life, there is life in His love.
Open the Gates
As we worship before the throne, God inhabits the praises of His people (Ps.22:3). True worship connects our heart with His for a “heart to heart” relationship. Here in His presence we receive rivers of His love. Because God is love, to be filled with His love is to be filled with His Spirit. It is His love that enables us to be on earth as He is in heaven – that of love (I John 4:16-17).
God is searching for those that will live life from the place of His presence. The heart is the gateway that connects us with the Father’s presence that reveals the light of His glory on earth. In turn we become a gateway in Christ to release His love from heaven throughout the earth to touch others with His life “Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us” (Ro. 5:5).
When King David proclaimed, “Lift up your head oh ye gates and the King of glory will come in” (Psalms 24:7-10) David revealed the love from our heart given to the Lord, is the umbilical cord that connects us with God’s heart to receive His love. Thus we become a gateway of heaven for the King of Glory to manifest His tangible presence in our midst with signs following those who believe.
A heart connected with the Father’s heart becomes a source to receive His perpetual life, His wisdom, knowledge, counsel and understanding. While the adversary attempts to harden hearts, God is healing hearts by the power of His love. His desire is to reveal His heart to others through a people that rise and shine with the light of His glory. To these God is entrusting a greater measure of His authority and anointing. God can only trust His power to those who walk in love with the maturity and humility to use His power wisely. The more we have of Him the brighter our light will shine, which requires a close walk with Him.
Jesus so loved the Father and the world that He did His Father’s will at all times. Even when it meant being tortured and dying upon the Cross- Jesus endured for the joy that was set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). The way of the cross leads to life. Life comes from death! As we embrace the Father’s will to fulfill His purpose and walk in obedience, we too shall do the works that Jesus did that arise from the unity with God’s heart that works by love. Wherever Gods love is, there is Jesus working in our midst. As His love increases in us, so does the life of His presence.
A remnant is emerging that has traversed through a period that required boldness, faith and endurance. Knowing they cannot do the same thing the old way, they have found a closer walk with Jesus. Partaking of God’s love as a son and daughter of the King, they rise and shine each day with newness of life. Jesus is life and their reward is His glory (Is. 58:8). Their passion and joy is to be one with the Lord to serve His purpose. With an increase of God’s love comes an increase of the light of His living presence that leads to greater unity with the Lord. This is addictive as there is nothing more life giving or desirable, nor should there be!
True unity does not come by everyone believing the same thing nor by everyone doing the same works. True unity arises from being properly connected with the heart of the Lord that makes us one with His Spirit “But He that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17). Thus, to live life from the place of His presence is to be joined in heart with the Lord to know His passion, His ways and His purpose. His presence is the unifying factor that makes us one with the Father and with one another, for “If we walk in the light (of His presence) as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another” (1 John 1:7).
God doesn’t need a multitude, a large congregation, or a big ministry in order to impact family, cities and the nations. All it takes is one person walking in love that carries the light of His glory. Jesus did that which He saw the Father doing and spoke the words He heard the Father speaking. Through this unity with His father, by the power of the Spirit He revealed the Kingdom of heaven on earth as it is in heaven (Luke 3:18). It took only one man to transform the course of history who told us that greater works will we do, because of the gift of the Holy Spirit “Who shall be with you and shall be in you” (John14:17).
We can minister in our gifts for the gifts and callings are without repentance. But those who are connected with the heart of the Father will minister the gifts of the Spirit from the place of His presence. In turn, they will usher in the Kingdom of God with signs and wonders that reveals the Lords glory and splendor. This is another level of operation in His Kingdom that God is revealing to His sons and daughters.
The Kingdom of God
Jesus said the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21). This is where the real transformation takes place – within. As our nature becomes saturated with the presence of Jesus, the nature of His Kingdom becomes our own nature. As King of His Kingdom, wherever He is, there is His presence. As we behold Him we are transformed into His likeness by the Spirit that enables us to go from glory, for it is “Christ in you the hope of Glory.” It is His Holy divine nature that has the power to transform our heart, mind and soul to be filed to overflowing with the life of His presence. Like a light bulb, Jesus is the power and we are the filaments that enable us to shine as a light in the darkness. As the Bible tells us, “The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord” (Proverbs 20:27). His light is greater than darkness. As living torches, we are to shine with the light of His presence as empowered messengers of fire.
And thus from the position of His presence, as we join our lights together in love, the light of His glory will shine brighter and brighter until His glory fills the earth. God is calling us to prepare today by joining our hearts to His. He is also connecting the hearts of those that abide in His love, with the heart of one another. Thus, from the realm of heaven as a unified people they will release the Kingdom of heaven with unprecedented power that will result in a great harvest.
God is giving keys to His people to unlock the Kingdom of God in others. There passion is to unlock the dreams and visions, the gifts and callings and the treasures that lie within God’s people. It is His manifest presence that gives us access to the realm of heaven. As gatekeepers of God’s love, we are to unlock the destiny and the call of others and lead them to the gates of Heaven. Having access to the Kingdom, our joy is to empower others to have access to the heavenly realm so they too, can partake of God’s love daily to “Rise and Shine” with the light of His glory.”
There is a fresh anointing that God is pouring out. Whether you are old or young, a new believer or a mature Christian, a refreshing is coming that will anoint God’s people with fresh oil. (Psalms 92:10). Despite the darkness of the times ahead when all else fails, God remains true and faithful.
Friends, its time to prepare for the glory for you are called for such as time as this. Seek His love and He will freely fill you to overflowing of His Spirit that will enable you to rise and shine with the light of His glory. As King David said,
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over (Psalms 23:5)
Todd Bentley shares a powerful teaching in the following article called “Heaven’s Gates – our access doors.
In His heart and love with joy – Roy Roden