The question a friend asked me after reading, “Children and Their ‘Abiding Place’ before conception,” Led to this blog’s creation. This is her comment:
“ahhhhhhh I got goosebumps!!!!! You shared some of this with me about my Josh –
as I would see Him watching angels as a baby. This stirred me up
Priscilla, parents of young ones would love a writing on this from both your wisdom, insight and your personal journey with your kids and others.
I would love some examples of how to make room
The questions to ask that would take them there
Holy Spirit will show us – but def would love more on this topic
It stirs up excitement and faith and reminds us, moms, to stay in that place in the spirit.”
This is my response to her:
“Tina, I recall a lot of our conversations and love that you have revisited them.
I think I’m about to scribe for you a chapter (lol)… Because others will be reading,
I’ll add some things you already have cultivated. Tina, please feel free to share this with those moms you are speaking of. My brief response to your above processing and questions of, “How to make room” is this.”:
My husband and I are the teachers of our children. Regarding the Kingdom of God, they hunger to learn it from us. You know that the same goes for you. For single parented homes, the grace is the same. Our children will have many voices training them in different facets of life, but there will only be two voices of God-given parents within the home. We have all been given an incredible gift to train up our children in the way they should go. No matter what hardship they will encounter in their future, they will come back (in Jesus’ beautiful name), because the ‘anchor has been dropped into deep waters.’ Wow, I love that.
Proverbs 22:6 instructs us in this:
“Train up a child in the way he should go,
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Let’s talk about hospitality as the key word here. Hospitality and facilitating go together. As people who are hospitable; it takes practice to learn and to perfect this gift. We tend to take the time necessary to learn what the actions of that word ‘hospitable’ really means, and carry it out, yes? So simply put, what would it look like to ‘host’ the spirit, soul, and body of our child as one who has been created within the hands of The Loving God? Just think about that for a minute. Our children AND US were within the hands and Spirit of our loving God. (pause and visualize) That’s large. So, how do we desire to host such gifts? And better yet, “How do we daily lead our child to Christ?” Jesus said,
“And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me;
do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
A true host prepares the house for those who are coming; creating an ambiance that is comfortable for those present, sets a table and serves the platters to their guests, etc. If there is physical room in the house, the host/hostess sets up different places of viewing meaningful things, places to relax, be part of activities, etc.. making the time together a mosaic of fun.
For children, this is true also. Fun, creative, structural, free-flowing, loving space, filled with readiness for them to create relaxes them. For us, within this space, to cultivate a place where they can meet with Jesus is an honor. (Tina, you are fabulous at parties for your kids. Yes, I’m thinking about that! Every holiday a joy ride at your place. I love it.)
Adding to that the privilege and joy of sharing with them snippets of our experiences with God (at their pace/speed), is part of the ‘becoming’. After all, God directed us to “remember the mighty acts and to recall them to our children.” Making room for them to create and glean through touch, hearing, tasting, discerning, and seeing is to bring Jesus to their visual world.
“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14
[Regarding the pace and speed issue: they have just come from the presence of God and their natural mind rpm’s are running much slower than adults who have become influenced by the speed of daily life’s movements. Their slower speed enables them to connect to their spirit which is still heightened because of their most recent dwelling place. They can often align easier to the Lord and see thru the door into the Spirit realm. Our minds, as adults (if not yet trained), runs too fast, closing the gate of the seer’s realm. So to slow down with our children is a gift for us as well.]
All of us moms remember at least one incident while walking with our children. Hand in hand we recognized how slow our child was walking. Much slower then our schedule allowed. “Hurry up.” I would say. Their little feet scooted along to catch up. Remember? Well, honestly I did that alot with Tori and Jon. But with Malakey, once I learned the rpm reality, I did not do that. The goal was to train him in keeping his rpm’s at a pace that he could hear and see his Creator. He was already there, why close that gate on him?
Oh, I can hear the questions… “How will he survive in the real world?” Actually he is in the ‘real’ world, but I’ll answer the question anyway. He is doing just fine. 4.0 in school, social life is thriving, life is full of good challenges, walk with God is daily filled with God’s mercy and grace, and he continues to pursue the Lord’s voice and ways. ALL by the grace of God! Do all children stay steadfast? “No, not necessarily.” Will they come back? “In the name of Jesus, Yes!” Is this training worth it? “Yes, it is life.”
Back to the prepping. Once we acknowledge and respect one another’s “coming from the presence of God,” we tend to slow down and take time to meet the “spirit” — the person (our child) – eye to eye, heart to heart, and Spirit to spirit. You are right, this challenges moms and dads to work on sculpting the reality of “staying in the place of Spirit.” Yes, a life of learning, “how to dwell.” This is the beginning of the ‘safe place’ taking root.
I do not believe in formulas, but I do believe in learning who God has revealed Himself to be in our families, our personal lives, for our children, etc. There is grace. We work/build according to who He has revealed Himself to be, right? So wherever we are with the Lord, from that place we “look” and begin to facilitate a place for the Lord and for our children to meet.
STAYING OPEN to gleaning more of who He is through the moments that our children begin to share their hearts is key. For where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty, and where there is liberty there will be a flow of gentle revelation. He presents Himself. Both in knowledge and in visitations. Seen or unseen. These treasured moments, to be kept hidden within our families building stones. For it is our generations which are being built through these moments.
“Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 1:3
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy. It is wisdom to access these traits as building foundation stones in the place our children will thrive in.
David wrote in Psalm 89:14 that “Lovingkindness and Truth go before the Lord.” To me, these two attributes facilitated from a place of freedom and creativity can be considered to be the DNA of a safe place for children’s learnings of God and His Spirit.
Engaging every child is different, as you know. Here is what I find to be the main “door opener.” Watch them. Listen to what they are saying. When we watch and listen by the Spirit of God, we can “hear” if there is more behind their words. You can tell when they are in a deeper place, and unable to ‘say it.’ It is in those times that we can take them through the door into His presence. (I don’t know why, but I’m seeing you in your front yard playing catch with one of your boys, while you drop little nuggets of truth to him, based on his conversation with you.) They do not need to know we are watching but can engage conversation in those moments. Jesus’ voice directs us.
One of my children thrives on hearing stories of our generations. He thrives on hearing stories of God’s movements in our family’s history; as well as, current happenings. Telling him stories where the truth of God resides sends him into his own private place with God. I can ‘see’ his spirit activate during those moments as he “disappears for seconds.” He comes back stronger.
What do we do when they seem far away? We pray. We call them back. We love them. We speak hope. We pray.
For us involved in ministry I tend, through learned mistakes of the past, to want to hide my children’s anointings from the public eye until it is time for their revealing. I would rather ask them to help me prepare a project where they will learn something about Jesus … in our “space,” thus enabling them to grow solidly without the sound of hundreds of hearts reverberation around them. This way they learn who God is within them. Jesus wasn’t released into the ministry until He was 30. Not at all saying that public ministry is wrong, but the public is not the place of personal cultivation. The former apart from the latter will not last and can delay proper growth.
So for now, here are a few of my ramblings. “Host the spirit of the one who was gifted into the family. Honor the Lord who created them. Welcome the spirit of the son or daughter who came. Listen to the Lord’s prodding, as He guides you into continuing the “creating” of your child. Listen to the heart of the child. Respond accordingly to both. Create an atmosphere of love, clarity, and freedom. Recognize when the Spirit of God is resting on something. Slow down and work according to the speed of God in them. Trust God. And love the fact that every human and family is unique in the eyes of God. The Bible is our manuscript. Holy Spirit is our Guide.
With much love,
“Remember your Creator in the day of your youth.” Ecclesiastes 12:1
The goal of this writing is to expound on the theme of the above scripture and to add a few intriguing stories . Let’s break apart the scripture first.
The instruction found in Ecclesiastes is to ‘remember’ our Creator while we are still young. In the original language (Hebrew) this word, “remember” is ‘zkr’ or ‘zekhor,’ and carries the meaning of, ‘to recall information or events and to respond in an appropriate fashion’.
Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, continues and highlights one of the attributes of God as ‘Creator.’ We know that God has many names. For example, He is “I Am” and within this declaration can be found His reality in His entirety. God chose Solomon to decree the Creator side of Himself. Solomon did not choose God’s name of Shepherd or Strong Tower, in this passage. So, we must ask ourselves why he chose to guide us to this attribute of God.
The conclusion is within the sentence itself. He affirms that humankind is a created being (not evolved). However, his main point is that he wanted us to ‘call to mind’ our time in the presence of God, witnessing Him “in action” while He was creating. Solomon continues and defines whose Creator is addressed. He states, “Your Creator.” This means that Solomon wanted us to recognize God as Creator of our personal human structure, and to bring back to memory those moments.
Furthermore, when scripture is guiding us into an action this means that we are able to carry out that instruction. God would never instruct us to remember something if we had never experienced it before. This denotes the fact that yes, we were created by God and our spirit, soul, and body are capable of remembering the moments of our beginnings through the power of the Spirit. This means that we were in Creator’s presence, His thoughts, His plans, His hands–with Him where He dwells before we were brought to earth and placed in our mother’s womb.
“Thus declares the Lord, who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.” Zechariah 12:1
About fifteen years ago, while volunteering as the Bible Department head for a private school, I was privileged to assist in organizing weekend trips for young people who showed interest in travel, public speaking, listening for the voice of God, the functions of ministry, and excited to learn about the scriptures. This upcoming trip was no different. Anyone from the age of six to eighteen could request to travel with us. The only criteria were that they would need to have listened, heard, processed, and written the conversation they had with the Lord.
Right before one of these trips, a young six-year-old Chancellor found me right outside of the main school glass doors. “Mrs. Z.” He said. “I need to go with you this Sunday.” “Well, do you have something to share?” I responded, hiding my joy as I recognized his confidence. It’s not going to be easy to forget his little body standing there with such determination. He was ready with an answer. “Yes, I had an experience with God, and I need to share it with the adults. They need encouragement and this message will encourage them.” “Would you please share this with me first?” I asked. “Yes, I can.” He responded.
Making the shape of a piece of paper with his hands, he began to tell me his story. “I was sitting in class trying to follow the instructions my teacher gave the class. She wanted us to have some alone time with Jesus. I was trying to concentrate but I couldn’t because I was restless and distracted. I didn’t know what to do. Then I heard Jesus tell me to draw a door on the piece of paper that was laying on my desk. So I did. When I finished I heard Jesus say, “Go through the door.” “Chancellor, what did you do?” “I went through the door he said,” with absolutely no hesitation.
[Training children requires a critical guideline. When a child is describing their encounter with God, it is not wise to give them multiple choice options for what it is they really saw. This adds confusion to the purity of their experience. It is best to wait until they have completed their description and genuine thoughts. If they are needing help getting the experience out, the Lord always guides the parent or teacher with structural questions which assists them without reshaping their genuine holy moment. Our options can downplay what they really saw or exaggerate the experience. We do not want to create room for either. These encounters are theirs given to them by God. He knows their age and where they are at with Him. It is up to Holy Spirit to assist them in coming to the depth of the conclusion intended. We as the authority in their lives can ask God for sensitivity in how to help them interpret these “guidepost encounters” given to them along their life’s path. The topic of interpretation is an entirely different subject, we can touch on that at a later day.]
To the question, “What happened after you went through the door?” Chancellor continued by saying that he was taken into the throne room of God, and found himself standing before the Lord. “I saw a throne but it wasn’t a normal throne. It looked like it was made of stone, but it wasn’t stone it was made of bright white light. There was a man sitting on the throne, but He wasn’t a man He was God. He was made of pure white bright light. It was hard to see Him through all of that Light.” “Is that your experience today?” I asked. “No, that is not all.”
Chancellor continued describing his encounter. “Behind this Light (the One on the Throne was God), there was a huge angel. He too was very bright. He did not talk to me though. Behind the big angel on the left and right side, there were houses. These houses were made of stone but it was not really stone, they were made of light. In both houses, there were openings for doors, but these doors were always opened. I saw these old men coming out of the house on the left. They were wearing white robes and their beards were long white beards. The house on the right was different. There were these creatures that had wings and were flying, but they were not birds. I didn’t know what they were. Then I heard a voice ask me, “Do you know what they are?” I answered, “No.” He said to me, “These are the spirits of the children who have yet not been placed in their mother’s womb.”
Chancellor was so excited about this experience. He continued to tell me that he needed to share this experience with adults so that they would be encouraged to continue life with excitement. That they were sent to the earth with a purpose, and that they should no longer be discouraged.
Yes, Chancellor traveled with us that weekend and shared his story.
“Furthermore, we had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of our spirits and live?” Hebrews 12:9
It wasn’t too long ago (well maybe a little bit ago) when I wanted to test this out with our youngest. His life was a miracle and there was no question that God wanted him born. His first few months were spent in intentional worship with me at home. I learned that children remembered God for the first four years, and from then on they would begin to forget; as their surroundings and minds became filled with all that they are learning, and busy with everyday occurrences. My intention was to see if we could prolong the “forgetting” part of this beautiful reality. Without pressuring him at all, I asked Malakey. “Malakey, where did you come to us from?” Malakey’s response over and over again was, “I came from Jesus. I was in heaven.” This was his response with no prodding or teaching from any of us. He was aware from where he came, and that God intentionally sent him with purpose. He remembered details until he was around seven.
Many days were spent worshipping with Malakey. I remember day after day holding him cradled in my arms as we worshipped the Lord eye to eye. He was too young to speak, but his eyes were speaking to me beautifully. As his mom, I could see his spirit talk to me through his beautiful eyes. He was aware of my acknowledgment of his body, soul, and spirit. He understood our silent conversation. He was welcomed to this earth, to learn and follow His Creator. He was welcomed to have fun, and learn through every experience in life. He was welcomed as a unique individual sent to the earth with a purpose.
At Malakey’s three-month mile marker, he was really weepy. For a baby who rarely cried, this was unusual. All my attempts to calm him were not successful. It was at that point that I felt like I heard the Lord say to me, “He misses Me. His atmosphere is beginning to change and he isn’t recognizing Me in the changes. Comfort him.” Taking Malakey back to our bedroom, I cradled him again and began to speak to him audibly and eye to eye. “Malakey, are you missing Jesus?” I caught his attention. His eyes were telling me what I needed to know. “Malakey, it is okay. Jesus is right here with you. He has not left. You will learn to see Him here on earth. You are okay. I speak peace to your body and remind you that you are welcome to this earth to grow into the beauty of who you are. God will not leave you. He sent you here to us, and He will always be near.” Yes, Malakey immediately stopped crying.
In three month intervals Malakey experienced the same distraught feelings of loneliness, longing for his Creator, and each time I would walk him through the process of acknowledging the reality of the change. It worked. This cycle stopped when he turned one year old. From one year old on he was now able to verbally communicate, and dialogue continued with lots of questions initiated by both.
“How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love.” Ephesians 1:3-4
A friend of mine is a mother to daughters, and when her fourth was born, the older sister was leaning over her cradle. The one leaning over the cradle was four years old. Momma had left her alone with her sister for a just a moment. The older sister was talking with baby sister. The momma of the girls came closer and stood in the doorframe of the room and listened to the one-sided conversation. This is what she heard, “I know you were just with Him. Can you remind me of what God looks like? I’m starting to forget.”
Whether we can mentally recollect our time with Creator God, there is no doubt that God is God and we are His creation. Beautifully designed through the love of man and wife–mother and father. Yes, generations extend forth as love multiplies.
King David wrote in Psalms 139: 14,
“For You have formed my inward parts, You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works and my soul knows it very well.”
Let’s take a moment to recollect our childhood. Do you remember those moments of silence playing alone in nature or in our bedrooms? How about riding in the back seat of a car or standing alone at the playground at school? In your silence, did you have that “knowing” that you did not just evolve into this form of “a person” but there was a sense that you had come from someone who was greater than you? Our soul knew that our Creator was connected to us and is with us.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Generations are the result of love multiplied. The earth is hosting five to six generations of descendants at one given time. Time and activity advance through the energy expelled by these generations–families. Life happens and time passes. Moments of celebration; as well as, moments of pain occur to every man and woman. Moments of justice and injustice — where we learn to flex our muscles towards a winning result. Life fills our timeline; and for some, we have forgotten the experience of being in the presence of our Creator God. The promising challenge is this, it is never too late to slow down and ask God to remind us of our time with Him. The silent longing we have in the depth of our soul (some call that place “the empty place” unable to be filled) is the hunger to reconnect with the One whose hands held us as He formed us with a divine design of love, identity, and destiny.
Go ahead, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.” He remembers you.
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God,
to receive glory and honor and power;
for You created all things,
and because of Your will,
they existed and were created. ”
Remembering our Creator today,
ps. the photo is used with permission. This is my friend. Her name is Jesura.
“Who said victories present themselves dignified?” Not one champion crossed the finished line dressed in an Armani silk suit with polished leather Jimmy Choo shoes. That came later.
A champion’s true portrait of dignified (at the moment of “the win”) is more like well-worn athletic shoes, hair disheveled from the game, out of breath, “big baby” tears, and drenched in fowl smelling sweat.
Yesterday while looking for the “mental posture” needed to deal with a rough morning, I came across this verse.
“He offered prayers and supplications with vehement cries (forcible, valiant, tumult, grief) and tears to Him who is able to save Him ….” Hebrews 5:7
If Jesus our champion was willing to lose the cultural definition of “dignified” in time to win the greatest battle ever fought, I too can lose my inner restraints.
Facing off (confronting) with an inner dark moment can only be won through the courage of confession, and allowing the provision of Jesus Christ (who is Light) to be our guide into breakthrough.
Let your voice be heard in the neighborhood–ROAR (Well maybe into your pillow)
Dance in celebration of the victory!!
written by briskilla
photo by rmac8oppo
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field
which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman,
“Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?”
Surrendering to greatness:
While listening to Don Potter’s rendition of “I Surrender All,” I again asked the Lord, “What does it really mean to do greater works than You?” Jesus is the One who gave this promise and commanded it. This secret can be found in John 14:12-14. The surrender God was bringing to the forefront was not only the surrender of will but also the willingness to rule with Him while yet on this earth.
The invitation to dare advance into a place of Kingdom governing authority; hence, bringing nations into their highest potential was extended to the human race from the days of Adam and Eve. This invitation did not stop with them, but was meant to and has extended through to the book of Revelation, where John saw and scribed not only,
“The Kingdoms of this world
will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and Christ,
and He will reign forever and ever,”
but he also described the depth of our identity resurrected. He included the details of ‘earth’s revolution,’ triggered by The Lamb’s weighty blood poured out, pulverizing and abolishing sin.
“To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood,
He has made us to be a Kingdom,
priests to His God and Father
to Him be the glory and the dominion
forever and ever.”
John also spoke of God transforming us into rulers who would choose to reign with Trinity upon this earth.
“Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection;
over these the second death has no power,
but they will be priests of God and of Christ and
will reign with Him for a thousand years.”
From the time of the first creation:
As the question of “greater works” was being pondered, my thoughts turned to the chronological order of some of the main events occurring from the time of the First Creation.
Four events to be exact:
1. The gross corruption of God’s earth and skies through the fallen cherub lucifer.
2. The six days of the creation and alignment, including all God had given Adam and Eve to partake of and have dominion over.
3. Jesus coming to earth abolishing the results of the eaten fruit of the tree of good and evil. This having instigated man-made religious systems.
4. Christ commissioning His followers; disciples becoming Apostles and followers becoming evangelists, all harvesting the harvest as the Angels gathered. This known as the first world wide harvesting of nations. Truly, a family was coming into the palaces of Father.
Golden Harvest Field:
Wow, I can see it now. Around 65A.D was it? The spirits of mankind were awakening to their true place in royalty–learning about their true identity. Can you see the marble floors of the courtyards of heaven. So beautiful. There souls were so hungry to learn of this Way–The way, the truth, and the life. I can see fields in Asia Minor, one particular. There is a young man, in this vision, who is listening to one of the evanglizers, with such a hungry, internally excited, inquisitive expression. He has just learned of this Kingdom of Heaven and of the King who loves. He has just learned of the invitation to become part of this family. His entire being is realizing that he is a son to the Living God. His entire being is being transformed out of darkness and coming into the Light of the House of God. He has now entered and desires the “knowing” of “how to walk out his daily life”. He standing in the midst of such a beautiful field of golden wheat, ready for His “becoming.”
With just these four briefly shared chronological dimensions of change upon the earth, what would the fifth sphere–stretching of the tent include? Where are we now? Is it possible that promotions to rule and reign governmentally with Him among the nations, is in the inauguration stages now ? Taking ownership not only to live a holy life, not only to preach and teach the TRUE Word of God, not only to succeed in impacting the economy of currency, but also stewarding the true wealth of earth and heart itself (the land and her raw materials). The Golden Age?
The wealth of an individual and nation is not only the dollar bills invested in banks and in home hidden vaults but, genuine wealth is the commodities found in the earth. This may already be a late article in the scope of how the nations are responding to the ownership of natural resources within their own borders (Africa, a true example of the earth’s wealth being bought out by other nations who are comprehending the value). But, it’s not too late, neither for the four to five generations alive today nor for the generations to come. There is always room for growth, transformation, multiplication, redemption, resurrection, and hope within every generation . God is God of Life, not of a dwindling down kingdom system.
As a Watchmen/woman and/or marketplace cultivator, it is our responsibility to know who owns the natural resources found in our nation. To know with whom our nation’s have contracted the wealth of national raw materials is important. In the years to come these partnerships must be wisely formed for the success of our nation politically, it’s governing powers, economic growth, and the well being of those whom we share citizenship with. The Babylonian system will be overcome as creation’s value within a nation is honored and cared for.
King David and Solomon stewarded wealth, it’s value unmatched today. Their wealth was based on the metals, minerals, and other raw materials mined from the earth. Tudor Bizmark taught us years ago that David’s tithe would take at least 2 buildings filled to capacity of gold bars. The church today has yet not reached the wealth standard which God has emulated for us through King David and His reign.
The womb that was kidnapped to seed the bankruptcy of bondage:
So, why would I talk about the serpent next? Follow along … Almost there…🏁🚙 The crafty serpent of Genesis intended to flatten-smooth out the flourishing vegetation and land wealth which God had created for His family. This reptilian creature chose to cause grief by instigating the questioning of, “the truth of God’s boundaries,” making bare the ‘heartland’ of Eve and Adam from golden fiery glory to the wastelands of doubt. He knew that if he could deplete the ‘heartland’ of those given dominion (those created for love, communion with God, and dominion in the earth), the serpent could then attempt to transfer his own personal demise (hell’s wilderness) into the earth. The only way that he this jealous conniver could accomplish such hate is by enslaving Eve to join him. For if she did she would unknowingly give him the womb he needed to seed into her the bankruptcy of bondage.
Coffee with Emil & dialogue-ing’s together:
If God didn’t’ drive Adam and Even out of the garden of Eden after sin entered their hearts, they would have remained and touched the tree of life. Once they made contact with LIFE itself the transference of it’s fruit would have caused them to live forever, becoming like God. This would have occurred while they were still in their state of disobedience. They would not have been able to partake of Redemption. It was God’s grace to remove them from eternities atmosphere.
Satan’s wrath, manipulations, jealousies, and fear of ‘forever damnation’ demanded his conniving powers to destroy Christ’s younger brother and sister. He thought he won. He thought his actions of spewing his fiery anguish into a strategy of ‘flattening humanities potential to that from the banqueting tables of heaven to the floor of “eating the dust” of the wilderness’, won. Because satan’s temporary “win,” was lodged in Adam and Eve’s mind, God sent them out to cultivate the soil of the earth. From earth they came. They would now choose the invitation to govern and cultivate not only the soil of their hearts, but also the soil of the earth, from whence they came.
From the traumatizing exit from Eden until the entrance of the Rescuer Christ Jesus Himself, the redemption story was working it’s way into the earth. Jesus would come pulverizing sin into dust; washing it away for all mankind. He would provide them with the Living Tree of Life to eat of.
The manufacturer of sin himself will find no food to eat except the dust of iniquity itself. His tormenting movements along the floor of his manufacturing fields called ‘hells wilderness,’ would provide him with the ashes of sins torments. Reptiles lick the dust of such a place resigned to darkness’s demise. He will find no food nor entrance onto the highway of holiness which leads to the families terraces. “It is Finished!”
Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s sacrificial blood pouring out for all mankind and for the earth’s redemption has FOREVER separated us from the ploy of sin and death. Now, all we need to do is believe and act on the delivered invitation.
The fruitfulness of our heartland affects the natural land around us. The earth can sense when people have given their hearts to God. Their actions of loving their God, and caring for the earth has an effect on the land. Paul scribed to the church in Rome, Italy saying,
” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly
for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly,
but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption
into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and
suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons,
the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8: 16-23
Sons and daughters of God have responded to the invitation, and allowed the placement of His Seal to set them apart, and are receiving the fire of His Holy Spirit’s character. They have said, “No” to the conniver. They have consecrated their lives for reigning with the King of Heaven’s Kingdom, through choosing union with Christ and tasting of His sufferings. Both sons and daughters of God are being formed by their Teacher, Holy Spirit Himself. Through the Grace and Mercy of God, craftiness of the serpent will not able to win the war with these fiery ones.
The places of barrenness, are being swept out of their minds–dissolved by the living testimony which shouts, “cultivated by His love.” Within the heartland of these who have chosen the path of the Garden of God hidden prosperity will bloom . Spirit led repentance through the powerful currents of Christ’s blood is often pursued, and within His forgiveness the ‘revealing of His sons and daughters’ will be testified of by the restoration of earth’s soil.
What was a subtle deception alive in the wilderness of the heart, has lost it’s sting and God continues to search for those who will walk with Him in the cool of the day; not only refreshing their walk with Him, but bringing healing back into the soil of their nations. There are those who will take the land seriously enough to consider, refocus, and engage the wealth of the earth. The sustaining force of their determination will come from the truth that the heartland of one’s spirit is the place of immunity; a garden large enough for two, us and He who walks in the cool of the day.
“If you address as Father the One
who impartially judges according to each one’s work,
conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;
knowing that you were not redeemed
with perishable things like silver or gold
from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
but with precious blood,
as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:17-19
The Middle East in all of this:
Because these biblical events took place in the Middle East, the ‘first mentions’ of the Middle East’s geographies and topographical conditions are important to follow. The progression of earth’s story can be found in these lands. Representation of earth’s health and the symbolism of what these regions represent are important to understand. This, for the true comprehension of what is taking place within current affairs today. His story is written from these lands and involved these regions.
As we look throughout scripture it is clear that the middle eastern nations depict the fulfillment of biblical prophecies and can be understood through the lens that God has created. Instead of allowing the world’s media to impact our viewing lense, it is an act of honoring God, man, and self to perceive and act upon God’s opinion rather then manmade assumptions.
He created a strong people who are called to overcome the dust of the wilderness and to steward the land as God places water in the deserts, flowers and trees in regions once known for their desolation. He formed, named, and loved a people group who would overcome the wall of the “reptilian” accusers. It is a hard place to live. It is an endeavor which takes courage (word of their testimony), humility, submission to God’s life and love (blood of the Lamb) to overcome the strength of the one who crawls along hell’s floor.
The larger story is that the courageous royal tribes found in the deserts of Arabia will in their redeemed chieftain state return their lands to God, stewarding the earth and also their personal heartlands. The gold of Sheba will return and come into the House of God. The Rams of Nebaioth (Ishmael’s first born and descendents) will ascend onto the altar of God. The provisions of the Arab family (dromedaries) will be offered as an incredible gift to God, and at that time God will choose to glorify His House. Isaiah 60
The saying is “even as Israel goes, so goes the church.” I want to add to this. “Even as the Arab nations go, so goes the harvest and it’s progression.” Israel and the Arab nations will always live next to each other. They will always hold similarities and a contrast. BUT, those who cross over into the HARVEST, will become TOGETHER, THE ONE NEW MAN!! Brothers having conquered, through the gift of Messiah’s sacrifice, the iniquities found in the wilderness of hell and have crossed over into the promised land of God’s heart.
Signed, Emil & Briskilla
written on 23 of August 2016. revised on 30 of July 2018
… but a beginning description we will create …
“Who is Holy Spirit?”
He is the Breath and Spirit of God.
He is the empowering force of heaven.
When the earth was formless,
Holy Spirit was the “womb;” encompassing and keeping it secure until the Godhead was ready to reveal creation again.
He is our Teacher, and Comforter.
He proclaims the mighty acts of God.
He is the One who seals within us the identity of God.
He is God.
He was from the beginning and will be into and throughout all of eternity.
He is the Great ‘I Am’.
He is One with the Father and Son; They the One True God.
He is The Spirit of Holiness.
He manifests as Fire, Water, and Breath.
His sound is the highway releasing heaven to earth.
Through Him the supernatural is delivered, transforming that which is natural.
He is not measurable; He is beyond time, space, and matter.
He is Spirit.
He is the character of God.
He convicts the conscience.
He is the mantle of God on us;
bestowing wisdom, counsel, strength, understanding, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord.
He delivers our life blueprints designed by God to us.
His winds move throughout the heavens and earth delivering the thoughts and plans of God.
His waters carry the breakthrough,
His winds deliver ministering spirits to equip us,
His Fire purifies us.
He carries the emotion of God’s love towards us; surrounding us with the love of God,
for God is love.
Faith in God and believing who He says He is, is important. This opens the opportunity for us (humanity) to love Him and to exercise Isaiah 61 in “real time.” His Holy Spirit enables us to steward what He has given us. Cultivating this in our spirit until we see the reality of “demonstrations of power” active in our daily lives, is the journey. Isaiah 61 is a picture of what He has enabled us to do through His Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace—a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—and to comfort all who mourn.
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.
Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory.
They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new.
You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks and foreigners to work your fields, But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,” honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory.
Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. “Because I, God, love fair dealing and hate thievery and crime, I’ll pay your wages on time and in full, and establish my eternal covenant with you.
Your descendants will become well-known all over. Your children in foreign countries Will be recognized at once as the people I have blessed.”
I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara.
For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.”
(Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Is 61:1–11). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.)
When Christ instructed us to be “as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves,” in the presence of wolves (false teachers and prophets), He was affirming our identity as sons and daughters. The confidence to walk this instruction out is rooted and built through one on one studies with the Dove. He equips His own. (Matthew 10:16)To be shrewd implies the ability to make future decisions and to carry out plans based on wisdom. This wisdom is activated through the wholeness of soul (the mind, emotions and will) and spirit. Historically the word shrewd related to and was expressed through the “seat of intellectual and spiritual activity. The diaphragm was known to determine the nature and strength of the breath and hence also the human spirit and its emotions.”
The Lord is asking us to be shrewd: To be infants in evil, but to grow up into maturity in our thinking. (1 Corinthians 14:20)
The outlook on life is not meant to be decided based on human nature (flesh). A healthy outlook on life and decisions are formed when my mind is set on the Holy Spirit. The outcome will be life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
This means that Spirit (God) to spirit (me) interaction will produce incredible life! It is by and through Him that wholeness will become a reality within. He is in the business of restoring us – building us up to be beyond what we could ever think or imagine. There is only One God. He has created us to be pretty incredible people (1 Corinthians 2 – meditate on this).
Wolves in the New Testament represented false teachers and false prophets. The aim is to break down and diminish truth by sharp “teeth bites” penetrating the flesh. Enough of those penetrated bites will rip a lamb to shreds. Our ability to discern truth will come from time well spent in the presence of our Supernatural Teacher – God and His Holy Spirit. It is through determined time spent with God that our hearts will heal, our intellect will mature, and our decisions will be wise. This wisdom gained is the “shrewdness” needed to withstand an attempted battle of biting lies.
Consider marking up your calendar with appointments with God. Slotted time with Him is critical. Even more important than slotted times for gardening, manicures, conference calls, dinners out, work outs, and etc… Yes, yes all those things are wonderful and necessary BUT consider your spirit and soul well being. AND consider that He is our #1 Teacher, all other mentors, Kingdom mothers and fathers, coaches, etc etc fall second to the One who “alighted on us” as Dove. THE Dove is in the business of producing doves. We are those doves made in His image.
(New American Standard Bible and Theological Dictionary of the New Testament used)
Photo credits are imprinted
A Moment of Cheerleading
Sarah Guppy of the late 18th century and early 19th century was a 15 times over inventor during a period in time when female inventors were rare. She invented the coffee maker which used the access steam to boil eggs; as well as, to reheat toast.
Rebekah, wife of Isaac, agreed to marry a man she had never met.
Leah, struggled with eye sight and wasn’t 1st choice as wife. She became one of Israel’s founding mothers.
Zelophahad’s 5 daughters lost their father, and became bold enough to change the women’s inheritance laws of the land.
Rahab, lived in a town surrounded by war and a people who trusted in stone and wooden gods. Her shrewd ways saved her family from great loss and even more, death.
Ruth, lost her first husband to sickness and drought. She was courageous enough to leave a region where stone images were bowed to, while cheering of the killing of children was common practice. She became a mother in the generational line of Christ.
Deborah, lived in a village where life was boring (described in the Bible as “ceased). She was prophetess and judge of her nation. She preferred to be titled, “Mother of Israel.” She led her nation into battle and won.
Abigail lived a life of misery married to a wealthy drunkard. Her great wisdom and gift of peacemaking made a way for her to become wife to the King.
Rizpah, wife of Jonathan, bore a son whom later had a painful accident becoming crippled for life; he was invited to eat at the Kings table and for his entire life time was cared for by King David.
Hadassah, an orphan, became Queen of Persia.
Magdalena was possessed with seven demons. She was delivered of this torment by Jesus becoming one of Christ’s best friends. Being 1st to see Him post resurrection, she became one of the leading ladies in evangelizing nations after His ascension.
Joan of Arc, born into poverty and an illiterate teenage became a warrior and military leader.
The list goes on …..
There is no lock powerful enough to keep doors sealed shut which God has opened for His daughters. Let’s make a difference wherever we find ourselves.
Uniqueness is found in a woman who is courageous enough to be who she is meant to be in the face of opposition. Be yourself and give yourself permission to become, fail, and to get up again.
God is worthy of witnessing the fabulous display of His Glory shining from within His daughters. He is in love with us. Make Him proud!!
Jesus received “God infusions” from His Father daily (at 3am) which reminded Him of His identity, refreshed and strengthened Him, and revealed His daily assignments. Anything He needed to know for that days work was given to Him then….. I can just imagine the love which flowed from His Father into Him – that alone would give anyone the sustainability to run up the Himalayan Mountains.
This was the place and time where He had access to the ONE who IS. Above ALL things He IS!
Humanity was created to exemplify the life of Christ. The cultivation of our identity is important to us, God, and impacts everyone around us. If we have not gone to God to find out who we are, and to receive all that is necessary to succeed in life, where do we find our identity and confidence?
If we have placed the defining of who we are into the hands of humankind than we have set ourselves on an unseen roller coaster ride ready be tossed daily by the opinion of voices.
Consider this. Respect yourself (if you haven’t already) and honor God, for He made you. Honor Him by accepting the appointment time with Him. Find your “3am hour” whether it is noon, 4pm, or 8 and enjoy the interactions awaiting you.
God embedded in you will reveal the most beautiful image. God’s identity, exemplified through us is unshakeable. The only thing that shakes off is the counterfeit which has held on long enough …. If this is for you … We look forward to meeting YOU – the real YOU!
Remember, we become unstoppable at each revealing of our “real You in Him.”
Let’s bring up Deborah for a moment…
The biography written about Deborah’s glorious feat places her as a citizen of a people living in 20 years of oppression. The King at the time was an intimidator, using 900 iron chariots to keep the people of Israel subservient to his rule. Deborah, known as a prophetess and judge sat under a Palm Tree where men would stand before her; seeking wisdom and a just verdict.
This “normal” everyday woman found unbelievable courage because of her communion with Her Creator. She believed in His existence. She engaged Him daily. She yielded to His best for her. She allowed Him to form her beauty; and in so doing, she as ordinary yielded to the revealing of the depth of her extraordinary reality…
If Deborah had not cultivated her times with God, she would of never been able to carry through the resistance and be used of God to bring those 20 years of a hellish existence to a stop. It is honor to God and self to invest in cultivating a “daily pattern” of drawing away from the noise and speed of “man-made time,” receiving from God His opinion and Holy Spirit infused identity. Deborah’s cultivated identity as a deliverer was used to deliver her people into freedom. Let’s receive the awesome reality of God. He loves to adorn His daughters for the Victory!
[I found this photo: This is on Mount Tabor. This arab village man and I are overlooking the village of Deborah. This mountain is where Deborah instructed the General of her army to come and meet with her before the war of victory. (ps. my friend took 5 of us up here to spend the day…a nice memory]
Oh my goodness!
If I could obtain a copy of the Bible in scroll format it would find a healthy home right next to my bed. It would be the last thing I touched every night, and first thing I looked at every morning. (I hope that doesn’t offend anyone. I know the traditional and honorable thing to do is to keep the Scrolls in a special cabinet. I guess that could be done.) Anyway
God gave us the antidote for the tough questions and answers in life, and for those found etched within the scrolls of His Word…. He said, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the honor of kings to search it out.” Hunting time is all year long when it comes to searching for the hidden treasures.
As we remain committed to learning of His ways, we will realize that even as “the Word of God is pure, like the seven fold refining of silver; so too we will have learned seven dimensions of the depth of understanding for each truth found in scripture. Which dimension are you at? I think I’m on the first. Maybe 2nd on some truths…maybe?
Persistence is key. There is nothing boring about Christianity nor about “the gift of the hunt.” So keep those hunting boots on and dig deep for the gold infused stones used for building the foundations of His Kingdom.
Psalms 12: 6 says,
“The Words of the Lord are pure words.
As silver tried in the furnace on the earth,
purified seven times”
You and I can trust God and His ways. It takes a champion to embrace the truth. He has us covered. We are all champions, if we dare to tap into that part of our DNA. After all, we are all created in His image.
Psalms 18:30 says,
As for God, His way is blameless.
The Word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all those who take refuge in Him.”
His written scrolls are the shield which we need for life. So lets get behind our shields and run the race with confident celebration that He has given us all we need to exercise the right to turn on the search light and hunt for truth.
scribed by briskilla