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Receiving By Faith

Have you ever anointed yourself with oil as a prophetic act?

May be you should check out the significance of being anointed by oil in the Bible. Next time you spend time resting and communing with God, try anointing yourself with oil. Most edible, pure cooking oils in your kitchen would suffice. A dab of oil on your forehead will suffice. Go try it and see what happens.

Solitude with Father God is a great time to commune and dine with him. Have you ever shared a meal with God? Why not take one meal this week by yourself and set your attention on Holy Spirit. Invite him to come and dine with you. Set a place for him and engage in two way dialogue with him. Remember to listen as your conversation will be two way.

Afterwards, take a notepad or journal and write down the thoughts and dialogue you had between you.

If you find this difficult, maybe you need to become childlike again. Imagine you are just a couple of years old. In your childlike innocence, you might find this easier to do. Still need some help, go watch a friends child at play – you may well be inspired! Remember, they are learning in their creative play times, often taking risks and doing new things for the first time.

Set down your rational thinking and pick up your creativity. Don’t worry who is watching, as it’s just you and Holy Spirit.

As well as solitude, it’s highly beneficial to spend time together in God’s presence. Psalm 133 was probably sung as people ascended and went into the temple in Jerusalem. It’s important to enter his gates with thanksgiving in our hearts and with praise on our lips. Next time you meet up with others in a home group or church setting, come with praise on your lips. Bring a word of encouragement to speak into someone else’s life, one that will build them up and release hope into their life.

Psalm 133
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing — Life forevermore.

Bright and Radient

Human TorchHave you ever wanted to be a Superhero, with the ability to fly, swing between buildings or have some other supernatural ability?

The classic comic book hereos are defined by their own superhero suits. Clothed in carefully crafted outfits that help make them stand out from the crowd, they are recognised for who they are, their character values and what they do in the role of a superhero.

When Moses came down the mountain after being in God’s presence, he stood out from the crowd with his radient face, as an after affect of meeting with Father God. He was clothed with the glory of God.

Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai… that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. Exodus 34:29 NKJV

Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory. The glory of God literally shone out of Him, a beaming effulgence (the state of being bright and radiant) emanating from the glorious source of light – God himself – just like beams of the sun light. He is the exact representation of God made visible to man when He came to earth.

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:3 NKJV

As a child, I wanted to glow like those in the Ready Brek porridge tv adverts, though I disliked the taste of porridge oats. Eatting Ready Brek was supposed to set you up for the day, providing you with a warmth that radiated from within you, causing a supernatural glow around your body. There is a spiritual parralel here for us, in that we can taste of the bread of Heaven as we spend time in prayer and meditation before God. We can walk clothed in the glory of God as we return from mountain top encounters in his presence. Rather than relying on our own strength and skills, we come to trust and rely more on God, remembering we are spiritual beings living from of a different kingdom perspective.

God is not only covered with honor and majesty, but is clothed in light Ps 104:20, Himself being the Father of Lights Jam 1:17, providing us with every good and perfect gift from Heaven.

As Followers of Christ, spending intimate time with God results in us becoming more like Him. We are called to reflect His glory, radiate His love and carry His presence with us at all times through the Holy Spirit. As with Moses, spending time with our loving Heavenly Father, sees us transformed into His image. We are to progress from glory to glory. There is no turning back – only advancement of the Kingdom of God.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Cor 3:18 NKJV

A supernatural lifestyle, the normal one available to Christians, starts with close relationship with our Heavenly Father. As we boldly walk through our life, we should desire to re-present Jesus and reflect His glory and splendor.

We are called to do even greater things than He did while on earth. The early church were known as little Christs as they immitated the works they had seen and heard Jesus do.

We have a powerful record of many key healing, miracles, signs and wonders that Jesus did during His time on earth as man and yet fully God. They are both an inspiration and a prophetic sign of what is available to us. The testimony of Jesus is the gift of prophecy. As we testify to the works of Jesus Christ, whether from the Bible, previous or current history, we are releasing a declaration of His miraculous power and the potential for it to happen again in our day and through us.

We are called to a life of ever deepening relationship with God. To shine in the darkness, as we are the light of the world. We are not to hide away but are to shine brightly wherever we are and wherever we go. We are called to reveal the glory of God before all men so that we act as a sign, pointing to our loving Father so that all praise is given to Him. Matt 5.14-16

Jesus wants to shine through us. Have we brushed ourselves down from the dust we pick up in life, washed ourselves in His forgiveness and polished ourselves up to relect His glory? Are we content to conceal what he has given us and hide it in a box or will we let our light shine?

Every resource in Heaven is available to us to meet every need on earth. We are the only ones who can bring Heaven to Earth. Are we going to release the Kingdom of God? Do we realise that we are clothed in His righteousness and are called to reveal the Father to those around us?

Arise and Shine

Time to leak the supernatural power of Holy Spirit naturally. When this reservoir is full, it can do nothing but empty itself through this spill way. It leaks intentionally! So should we. Are we full and overflowing? Is our spillway open?

We are entering a season of moving by faith, not necessarily depending on what we feel. We will pray for people out of faith, not always feeling any particular anointing or power, yet they will be healed and set free. We’ll speak and release life, out of the supernatural life that is within us.

We have Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit. We just need to let Him out. He is involved in the time of our salvation. He awakens our spirit and dwells within us. His presence rests upon us through relationship and our pursuit of Him. By opening our mouth, extending our hands or just being in the presence of others, we can and will change the course of history.

We’ll see accidental, continuous, inspired miracles. Wherever we go, we are called not to just take Jesus with us but to demonstrate His love and power.  We will be a generation that makes people wonder, becoming a sign that points directly at Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

This is not a time for business as usual. It is not a time to follow our own agendas, because our destiny is in Him and His plan is where we should focus. It’s time to open our lives to allow Him to direct our steps and follow His path, letting all other distractions fall away into insignificance.

Jesus came to make natural people supernatural and return us to our normal state. He has restored relationship with us allowing us to walk with Him daily in Paradise. He is opening our eyes to see that we are seated with Him in Heavenly places.  As our spiritual eyes open, God wants our eyes to see the world and our community from a Kingdom perspective, not an earthly one.

We are unqualified for the things of God, yet God wants and chooses to use us.  We become qualified in Him as we become sanctified and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us as vessels.

In this coming season, He will use those who we think are too old, too young, those who have done things they shouldn’t have done, as well as those that didn’t do things they should have done!  In man’s eyes, they will seem unqualified or we will think that they have become disqualified, yet they will be the ones used by God as they seek to be used by Him.  Just look who He has before, both in Bible times and in the centuries since.

God is opening our hearts, our eyes and ears, revealing a tangible sense of what we are called to.  His desire is for us to be like Him, to be known as little Christs and yet His desire is for us to do even greater works than He did.

As we read His word daily and move by what we know the scriptures say, we will be successful, even though we might not feel qualified. We are qualified through Him, yet we try to disqualify ourselves by our lack of faith.  The enemy will try to tire you out, distract you and keep you busy, so you don’t advance in the supernatural lifestyle God has released in you.  It’s time to speak to your spirit and prophetically decree:

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. Isaiah 60:1-5

It’s time for a mental shift, taking your brain out of neutral or out of it’s natural automatic state and move in what we have been called and instructed to do.  It’s a mental, physical and spiritual shift into a supernatural lifestyle, which will become our natural way our living.  Our new automatic response will be to release Heaven on earth, seeing Gods Kingdom extended into this realm, where the impossible becomes possible through Christ Jesus. Where we realise we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

It’s time to become fully charged by the ways of the Spirit.  Through God’s word, through His rest, by His Spirit.  To take care of our physical body so that we are fully effective in our Spiritual body.

We are called to shift our minds to a position of belief.  To have confidence beyond what we feel and do what we know to be true.  To believe God’s word above all else.  To write His truth on our hearts and proclaim them wherever we go. To rise up in a profound revelation of faith.

We will put hands on people and they will recover.  We will speak and release supernatural wisdom, knowledge and prophesy to this generation.

God is calling us to make known His riches in glory.  That we will come to know a full revelation of the truth that Christ is in us, the hope of Glory. Col 1:27

We have the divine nature of God inside of us.  It’s time to fully believe and rise up in that faith, regardless of what and how you feel.  Time to become firmly fixed on the fact that He is inside of you.  Dwell on His promise, on His word and His truth.  That He is for us, therefore what can overcome us?   He his rising up a Company of Overcomers that will impact the world around us.  He is rising us up as His Apostolic church, one that moves in releasing remarkable kingdom authority and power in this day and at this time. A revolution is gathering pace that will transform nations.

It’s time to arise in His power, shine in His love and mercy, releasing the light of His truth in all that we do, everywhere that we go.