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"You Are a Trumpet!" - John Belt

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August 2010

God has given us powerful weapons of warfare that are mighty through His Spirit. He made us with the power to speak, shout and make sound that tears down the powers of darkness. When our lives are lived with pure hearts in His presence there is nothing that can stand against the glory of God released through us.

Creative Power


Everything God has made in creation is original and diverse in it's own way. We can look at everything He made and see the beauty in it both individually and as a whole. If all the things He made looked the same it would be very boring picture. But God knows what He is doing. He is the author and creator of life making all things good by the power of voice. The Voice of the Lord is powerful bringing all things into existence.

Being created in the image of God we too have creative power. We hold the ability to transform atmospheres, speak things into existence and cause life to come forth by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within us. Our tongue is one of the most powerful forces that we have in our human make-up.

James 3:6

"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell."

The human tongue is a "world of iniquity". But we know that was not the case with Jesus. When Jesus spoke it was releasing the "world of glory". When Jesus spoke the glory realm of God was released and caused life to come forth in every place He spoke. Our tongue is a powerful force the devil has no ability to contradict. Just as John states, "When God spoke light was released and the darkness could not comprehend it." The powers of darkness cannot compete with the "world of glory" that is released through abandoned vessels of the Kingdom of God! He who is in us is much, much greater than he who is in this world. The power of the Glory of God wipes out every resistance and leaves the enemy whimpering on the floor.

Clean Vessels


Understanding the power of our tongue we need to realize how important it is for us to be in alignment with the right kingdom. If God's people are speaking foolishness, gossip and talking about other behind their backs they are empowering darkness and in sin as well bringing themselves into bondage. The goal of the enemy is to bring division in the Body of Christ. There is no excuse for speaking about others in a negative manner. Our call is to honor others. This does not mean we agree on everything, but we need to have enough decency to keep our mouths silent. If anyone has been caught in this trespass then the cure is "be quick to repent". Repentance is more powerful than apology. We can say we are sorry all day long. It is better to just change directions. This is the fruit of our repentance. We are to be in line with Jesus who ever lives to intercede for all the saints

Hebrews 7:25

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

The Priestly Life


It is our priestly responsibility to stay pure without compromise before the Lord. We are a kingdom of priests that must wear the golden band across our minds that says, "HOLINESS TO THE LORD". It has not changed. It is this dedication, commitment and integrity that will cause the substance of His power to be released in us and through us.


It is His grace that makes us His priests. It is our purity that enables us to carry His glory and release that glory of His presence in the longevity of time. We must go higher and deeper. A tree will only last so long if grows high and it's roots are shallow. That tree will come falling down dead. It is the same way with His glory. If our roots don't go deeper into Him while our experiences take us into the heavens we will come crashing down. Integrity, purity and selfless devotion are not an option for us. They are mandatory. Jesus could do nothing apart from the Father. His devotion to Him was pure and lacked nothing.

You Are a Trumpet!


Numbers 10:8-9

"And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies."

The priests were commanded to blow the trumpets in battle. Through this the Lord would grant them victory. There is power in the priestly life where we can release our voice like a trumpet and see the Lord wipe out our enemies. Our bodies are created much like a speaker cabinet. We have a bass woofer and a tweeter. The power comes from the bass woofer, the belly & chest area. The tweeter is our nasal area. Not a lot of power in the nasals. Still, a little goes a long way and it is needed. But from deep within our spirit we can release a sound that breaks the power of darkness.

Psalms 149:6

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

Lifting the high praise is like blowing the trumpet of your being. When are our hearts and motives are pure there is a glorious release that can occur as we lift our voices like trumpets! See your enemy, see your resistance, see the thing that you need to overcome, see the breakthrough that you need and begin to lift your voice as a trumpet in praise to God over these things!


Live Loud For God Without Apology!



July 22, 2010 - Ears to Hear ...

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 29, 2010 at 4:38 AM Comments comments (0)

July 22, 2010 

Ears to Hear

Good Morning,

The Spirit of the Lord says;

My beloved, those who are weak and have little strength, I Am increasing your might and power. I know that there were times that you felt as though all you had to hold onto was My promises to you and your love for Me. You thought that you had let Me down, instead I Am well pleased with you, for you kept My name. You did not go in search of another lover, you remained faithful and true to Me. I know the motives and intents of your heart My true worshiper and I Am delighted with you. In those times of solitude and moments of despair and encouragement, you began to bud and bloom, right there in the desert places. Like a river, I will begin to pour upon you in this season a gentle anointing that will expand with each step you take. So, my beloved, in this stretch of quietness, and duration of obscurity, know that I have not overlooked you. Instead, I have been refining and clarifying your purpose and calling. You will now sense a new joy bubbling up inside you and a new radiance will be seen from you. Your desires to draw closer to Me will be the propellant for greater revelation and an open heaven over you.

Comfort, you cry for comfort and peace. I Am your Comforter and your Peace. In the midst of struggles, you must learn to rest in Me, by keeping your mind stayed on those eternal things, not on temporal. Shut the doors and all openings to the enemy, by simple obedience to My Word. You will find yourself in the hiding place that I provide for all who fear Me. There I will infuse you with renewed hope. The impossible will be possible to you, you will be alive and abounding in the greater works of the Kingdom. The process is to bring you up higher and to produce greater fruit bearing. Iron is sharpening iron, making you strong and immovable through every condition and environment. This is just a preparational season to mature you and to temper you. Causing your face to be set like a flint. This is only the beginning of the awe-inspiring you that I Am transforming. So stay strong in order to be equipped to persevere and be the fire in the days ahead. Keep your eyes looking right on and stay on the narrow way!


The Priests of the Lord

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (0)



The Priests of the Lord

Chip Brogden

What does it mean to be the Lord's minister? What is ministry? According to the popular definition of ministry I have actually been "in the ministry" for many years. I have always been in a state of either preparing for the ministry or performing ministry as I understood it. Of course, that means I have either been pastoring a church, teaching a class, or operating some kind of evangelistic or missionary outreach.

This is what comes to mind when most people think of the word "ministry". It is the working definition I operated from for the majority of my life. Through a series of painful experiences the Lord brought me to a deeper understanding of what ministry to Him is. In this writing I would like to explain this deeper ministry. I have referred to it a number of times in other writings and in my spoken messages, but by the grace of the Lord I would like to take some time here and expound a bit on this perspective of ministry.

This ministry actually existed before anything else came into being, so it is not new at all, but it is certainly rare, so it may be new to us, though it is old. Simply defined, this is ministry that is directed TO THE LORD. Whereas typical ministry is directed TO man and FOR man, the ministry of which I am speaking is directed TO the Lord and FOR the Lord. There is a place for ministry to the saints, yet there are many instances and examples of ministry to the saints, and very few instances of ministry TO THE LORD ALONE. I understand that most people minister to men "for the Lord's sake" and see it as one and the same; nevertheless, I am speaking of a kind of ministry that is WHOLLY for the Lord, and not for man at all. Ministry to men is commonplace, but ministry to the Lord is on the verge of extinction.

Even as I write these words I realize that not everyone will understand or accept what has to be said. I am not trying to convince anyone to change anything. But I believe the Lord has always reserved for Himself people who will minister TO HIM, especially at this time when the Lord's need is so urgent. With a little light thrown on the subject you may at last hear the confirmation you need to be released into this fullness. So those who are meant to hear this will hear it, and you know who you are. The rest of you may take it as another "interesting study" and go along as before. But it is my prayer that as we consider the Scriptures together the Lord will use this to confirm what He has been saying to many of you already. He is indeed drawing many saints into this ministry. So let us explore it together with open hearts and open minds to see what the Lord is saying to us.


"This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:32)."

Before we go any further we need to stop and explain what is meant by "The Lord's Need". Some hear it for the first time and think we are suggesting that the Lord has some kind of a lack that makes Him incomplete, and thus, not all-powerful. That is not what we are saying at all.

We have to think about the Lord's Need, not in terms of His ability or omnipotence, but in terms of His heart's desire. I do not "need" my wife. I can dress myself, feed myself, and take care of myself just fine. I can exist apart from her. But in another sense I do need my wife, and I do not want to exist apart from her. From a relationship standpoint, from a love perspective, I need her. In the same way, God is God with us or without us. But from the point of view of a love relationship, God has a Purpose, a Desire, and yes, a Need. There is something that will satisfy His heart that only we can provide, and that something is beyond description, except to say it has to do with love. It has to do with our response to His overtures towards us. Proverbs tells us that love is too wonderful to understand or explain (Proverbs 30:18,19). In fact, the only reason why God continued beyond the creation of angels and animals, towards something closer to His own image, was to have someone with whom He could love (and be loved) on the same level as Himself, and that is only possible when He is able to fill that person completely. In other words, they must be made in His image, and they must be changed into His likeness.

It is all about relationship! Look at how Eve came forth from Adam. First, there was a need. "It is not good for Adam to be alone." Then, all the animals are brought to Adam, but a suitable help-meet was not found among them. Then, Eve is created out of Adam, and at last the need is met, for "she is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh" (cf. Genesis 2). Paul says this explains the mystery of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:30-32). How so? It is a pattern of the heavenly relationship. First, if we may boldly say, the Lord decided it was not good for Him to be alone anymore! We will have to explain that further as we go along. In any event, the angels and animals are created, but a suitable help-meet was not found among them. If they were suitable then He would have stopped there, but they did not and could not fully meet His Need or satisfy His Desire. Instead, God took something of Himself and created Man in His own image - someone who would be a little below the angels and a little above the animals. Now, we are "members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones (Ephesians 5:30)."

Did not Christ, the pre-existent Son, satisfy God's heart? Indeed. But if we look at the language of Genesis, we see, "Let US make man in OUR own image (Genesis 1:26a)." God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit together desired for companionship and communion with someone other than themselves. Hence, it was agreed to proceed with the creation of a being that would have the capacity for giving and receiving love in a way that is quite beyond the reach of animals or angels. And so we have the creation of Man. If we look back over the history of mankind we see the tremendous energy and exertion put forth by the Godhead to create Man, then redeem him after he sinned, in order to restore this rocky relationship. What a tremendous cost was involved! What an awesome price was to be paid! What plausible explanation is there to justify all the time, effort, trouble, and longsuffering God has had to endure in His dealings with Man? How are we to understand the willingness of Christ to die for us? The only thing which makes sense is totally illogical, yet understandable. Only someone IN LOVE would put themselves through such trouble. So in God's case it is LOVE, deeper than we can fathom, that motivates Him. Therefore, to meet the Lord's Need is to satisfy His heart's desire for communion and fellowship on a level that is beyond our own abilities. How then can we do it? Such communion can only truly occur when Christ has the preeminence in us, for He is the only One Who, AS A MAN, has ever completely met the Lord's Need and satisfied His heart. Others have come close.

"You cannot truly love until you know God, for God is love (I John 4:8)."

Imagine, if you can, what it must be like to have so much to give, so much to share, so much love to pour out, but no one around who can receive it, appreciate it, benefit from it, or even know that such love exists. God IS love. Can we imagine what it must be like to BE love, but have no one to love? An omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal God Who is Love is in some unimaginable sense incomplete without someone who can represent the object of His love, adoration, tender mercies, and personal care. We talk about a God-shaped vacuum in every man's heart that only God can fill. Is it too much to imagine that perhaps there is a man-shaped vacuum in God's heart that only man can fill? If this is so, then union with God is as much about meeting GOD's need as it is about meeting MAN'S need.

If this seems far-fetched, consider God's initial reaction to mankind as a whole when it became clear that sin had consumed them all. Scripture says that when God saw that every imagination and thought of man was only towards evil continually, He was grieved in His heart (Genesis 6:6). The Hebrew word "grieved" here is a rich, full word which carries with it many emotions, including worry, anger, grief, and (here is what I want us to see) HURT. God was brokenhearted! From whence comes this flood of emotion? Of course, there is the obvious fact that men have fallen into sin and are killing one another. "God hates sin!" the preachers scream. Everyone knows that God hates sin - but WHY does He hate sin?

Here is a picture of what Sin really is. The Lord comes down to commune with the man in the cool of the day, as usual. But this time the man is nowhere to be found. So the Lord begins to call out, "Where are you?" The man, shaking and trembling in the bushes, is too afraid to come out and commune with God as before (cf. Genesis 3). The man has lost something priceless - but can you not see the Lord has lost just as much? Friends, THAT is what makes sin such a hateful thing to God. It makes people hide from God, so that God is left by Himself, calling out to people who are too afraid to respond. There are billions of people on the earth today, and most of them are hiding in the bushes while God calls out to them. Is this not a pitiful situation? Then what truly grieves God the most? That the ONE BEING in all of creation with whom He may have a close relationship does not have Him in their thoughts at all; indeed, they are running in the opposite direction, quite oblivious to the Lord, quite apathetic to His desire towards them, quite complacent to seeking Him at all, quite afraid to even respond if they knew how.

If there is anything worse than having no one to love, it would have to be loving someone and seeing that love ignored altogether. This brings us to a very important characteristic of love: whenever we love someone, we essentially give them the power to hurt us. If you ask a parent what is their greatest source of pleasure and pain they will say it is their kids. If we dare to love someone, or care for them, or watch over them, or if we dare take responsibility for bringing life into the world, then we are making ourselves vulnerable to being hurt by the very thing we love. This explains why some people swear never to love again once they have been hurt by a relationship. If love is that painful, why love at all? Because love is so great that it is better to love with the chance of being hurt than to not love at all. It underscores just how risky love can be.

"We love Him, because He first loved us (I John 4:19)."

The problems of free moral agency and sin came into being precisely because of this love. In order for man to love God he must have the freedom to choose this relationship. If it is forced upon him in an involuntary way then it is not true love. In other words, I cannot "make" my wife love me. Any attempt on my part to force her to love me will result in something that is not love. When we fall in love with someone we cannot be absolutely sure that they will fall in love with us. So man must be free to love God or to not love God - again, one of the risks that love takes. With this freedom there is the possibility that man will choose to walk his own path away from God and fall into sin. As we all know this is exactly what happened.

So God took a huge risk in wanting us as the object of His affection, and from the very beginning we have failed Him. Of course, He already knew that we would fail, which is why He made provision for our sin before we ever sinned. But why pay such a high price? Why does He continue to love us? Why not just give up? Because unlike our best attempts at love, He is Perfect Love, and this Love eventually wins. This Love never fails. He cannot stop trying. If we would read the Bible, especially the prophetic Scriptures, and treat it as a love letter from a husband to an unfaithful wife, or a frustrated parent to a wayward child, we would begin to understand the Lord's heart. For six thousand years of human history the Lord has spoken, pleaded, argued, grieved, wooed, reprimanded, remonstrated, and reasoned with man in order to have what He has wanted all along - a relationship, a companionship, a camaraderie, a communion with those made in His image.

With all of this background, let us digress a bit now and observe how the gospel is presented to people today. This "gospel" only provides people with half of the story: the half that benefits them. How much effort is made to show people what the Lord has lost, and what the Lord stands to gain, by sinners coming to Christ, and by Christians growing up into the full-knowledge (epignosis) of Him? Very little attention is given to ministering to the Lord or meeting the Lord's Need (most have never heard about the Lord's Need, and those who have are still questioning it; we have a long way to go). Instead, the Gospel as it is presented today is primarily concerned with man and how to meet his needs - how to escape hell, go to heaven, be healed, be blessed, be victorious, be prosperous, be fulfilled, be happy, be anointed, etc. etc. ad infinitum. This has, of course, created a paradigm in which we see God as being there to meet our needs, minister to us, guide us through the difficulties of life, and prepare a place for us to go when we die. It is no wonder that few have ears to hear when we discuss ministering to the Lord. It represents something totally foreign to the Christian experience as they have known it and seen it up until now.

As "advanced" as our Western culture seems to be, this kind of one-way, egocentric, "what can I get out of it" relationship is not too unlike the relationship that pagans and heathens have with their animistic gods and idols. They keep their gods appeased, not because they love them, but because they have some self-serving need they want met, whether it is health, prosperity, rain, or protection from their enemies. How is this much different than the Gospel according to Churchianity? We pay tithes, apply the Blood, dispatch the angels, pray the Prayer of Jabez, and get the "Anointing" so things will go well with us, too. It falls way, way short of the mark. The model we give to people of "a personal relationship with Christ" is so dysfunctional and self-centered it would not keep a human marriage together for a week; so why do we keep relating to Him this way? "We LOVE Him," the Scriptures declare, "BECAUSE He first loved us." Real communion, real worship, real fellowship, real relationship with God is based upon meeting His Need, i.e., providing Him with heart-satisfaction by responding in kind to His overtures of love towards us. It says in effect, "How can I help but love Him, now that I see how much He loves me? How can I ignore Him any longer?" This is followed by, "You love me so much, You have done so much for me, that I am content with You, and I desire nothing else but You. You have satisfied my heart; now how can I satisfy Your Heart? How can I minister to You? What is Your Desire? Not my will, but Your Will. I love you, Lord!" Thus, we minister to Him, and after an eternity of waiting the Lord has finally broken through and gained the relationship He has for so long sought you out for. How refreshing, how delightful, how wonderful this kind of relationship is! Is there anyone who has ever lived liked this? YES! Let us look at some of them right now.


"And the child Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days, and there was no revelation (I Samuel 3:1)."

The third chapter of First Samuel is so rich. If we want to talk about prophetic integrity, prophetic calling, and prophetic formation then there is no better place to go. In the beginning of the chapter we see that a true word from the Lord was rare in those days. We see Samuel ministering to the Lord as a child, and the Lord calling out to Samuel. After some initial confusion Samuel received the word of the Lord. There is the reluctance to give it, and finally the obedience of telling Eli "every whit" of what the Lord had shown him. By the end of the chapter the prophetic calling of Samuel is established, his words never fall to the ground, and the Lord reveals Himself to Samuel completely.

Can you see the progression here? We begin with no revelation, and we end with the Lord revealing Himself. We begin with the Lord closed off from man, and end with the Lord opening Himself up to a man, and by extension, to the rest of the nation through this man. We begin with a child, and end with a prophet. Let us look at the last verse of chapter three and quote it together with the first verse of chapter four: "And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel... (I Samuel 3:21-4:1a)."

Notice the word of the Lord came to Samuel, then the word of Samuel came to Israel. I wonder if we can grasp the significance of this! The Lord has committed Himself to a man, and the man has committed himself to the Lord. Thus, the word of the Lord to Samuel becomes the word of Samuel to Israel. The Lord did not speak to Israel directly, but He spoke to Samuel, who then spoke in the name of the Lord to Israel. My point is this: what is the foundation upon which this close relationship is built? How did it get its start? "The child Samuel ministered to the Lord." Who is the friend of God? Who knows God? Who hears from God? Who speaks for God? The one who ministers to Him, who seeks His face, who is aligned with His desire, who seeks His satisfaction, who meets His need.

In every respect the times in which we live are comparable to I Samuel 3. A genuine word from God is rare, and there is no open vision. In other words, most of the people who see something do not have revelation to really know what they are seeing - hence, it remains closed, or worse, it is misinterpreted and becomes a delusion. There is an abundance of words, dreams, visions, and prophecies today, but I repeat: a GENUINE word from God is rare, and there is little REVELATION. Do you understand my meaning? And the priesthood as represented by Eli is old, fat, and blind: operating as always, still standing in the place of the priest, but already under judgment. What is the problem? No one ministers to the Lord. Everyone is for themselves. Except for one child who ministers to the Lord - and THAT is the one to whom the Lord revealed Himself. There is no revelation apart from relationship. I learned this the hard way.


"The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart (I Samuel 13:14ff)."

"And the Lord said to Samuel, 'Why do you keep mourning over Saul? I have rejected him from ruling Israel! Now get up, take your oil, and go. I am sending you to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have found Me a king among his sons... for the Lord sees not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but I look upon the heart (I Samuel 16:1,7b)."

Samuel is significant because the Lord uses him to locate and call forth another one who, better than anyone else, represents what it means to minister to the Lord. This man, David, was so determined to minister to the Lord that he invented musical instruments to worship God with. He wrote songs to the Lord on these instruments and was a zealous worshipper, and we still have a record of his writings in the Book of Psalms, revered by the Christian and Jew alike.

What I want us to see here is that the Lord is seeking out David just as much as David is seeking out the Lord. "The Lord has sought for Himself..." The Lord's Need is expressed very succinctly in this phrase. We should not imagine a passive God who sits benignly in the heavens, waiting to see if anyone is going to worship Him or not. This is a proactive God, Who seeks Spirit-and-Truth worshippers, Who seeks people after His own heart, Who draws people to Himself, Who reveals Himself insofar as we will allow Him, Who is ready to speak insofar as we will listen. What a mighty God! What an awesome thing this is: "I have sought for Myself a man, someone who will want Me for Who I am, someone who seeks what I seek, who will obey Me fully, who will love Me unreservedly, who will follow Me wholeheartedly, so that I can give Myself completely to him in return."

And what could be better than this? "I have found Me a king." The Lord has sought for Himself a man, and has found for Himself a king. The Lord has found what He is looking for, and as we follow David's path we find that David, too, has found a King. Look at the sensitivity of David in II Samuel 7. He wants to build a house for God, and God says He will instead build a house for David. As David ponders this we learn from the Psalms that the House is the Church, and the Son Who will reign forever is not Solomon, but Christ. Peter calls David a prophet who saw the resurrection of Christ (Acts 2:29,30). In fact, David clearly saw the incarnation (Psalms 8), the crucifixion (Psalms 22), the death (Psalms 88), the ascension (Psalms 68), the resurrection (Psalms 16), and the reign of Christ (Psalms 2). How deep was his revelation! How vast was his vision! The one who seeks the heart of God will see as God sees. Write it down and underline it: no relationship, no revelation.


"And there was one Anna, a prophetess... a widow eighty-four years old, who never left the Temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day (Luke 2:36,37)."

While we have a full account of King David's life, we know very little about Anna. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, and lived with her husband only seven years before she became a widow. Now she is eighty-four years old. Perhaps the experience of losing her husband after such a brief time together helped forge the character of this prophetess. We have no way of knowing.

We have no record of any prophetic words or visions or dreams. How can you have a prophet who does not prophesy? Quite simply, because the prophetic ministry is something more vast than being able to give out a few "words" from God. The only thing we know about Anna's ministry is that it is primarily devoted to ministering to the Lord with unceasing fasting and prayers. We might consider this monastic, yet the Bible considers this prophetic. We are not suggesting that to minister to the Lord means to neglect people altogether. There is no need to force such an unnecessary dichotomy. But we maintain that there can be no real Spirit-and-Truth ministry to people until and unless we have first ministered to the Lord. For one thing, we cannot be motivated by man's need, but by God's Need, because often the two are in conflict. And, we cannot speak Life except by revelation, and this we can only receive from God. Unless we have invested a great deal of time in our secret ministry to the Lord then the shallowness of our public ministry will be very evident. Today it is abundantly clear that not enough time is spent ministering to the Lord, and way too much time is spent ministering to people; hence, most of what is done in the name of ministry is performed in a fleshly, human way which never bears any lasting fruit.

There in the Temple, Anna ministered to the Lord. She never wrote a book, never had a website, never conducted a meeting that we can tell. All in all it seems to be a very passive existence, the sort of "waste" that makes us want to criticize her for not being more useful. Anna the prophetess should be "doing" something. But how many of us consider prayer and fasting to be serving God? We cannot repeat often enough that for too many people, prayer and fasting is a way to serve THEMSELVES, or to get God involved in THEIR cause. We have a need, so we pray, and if the need is critical and we become desperate, then we will fast. This may be appropriate in some situations, but it is not serving the LORD. It may be done to bring about OUR will, but it is not necessarily motivated by a desire to minister to the Lord, to see His heart satisfied, and to see His Need met.

Now it is no coincidence that, in verse 38, Anna came "in that instant" and met Simeon, Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus in the Temple, and recognized Him to be the Christ. In response, she "gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem." Jesus is only a few days old here. There are no angelic choirs singing Hosannas, no shepherds bowing down to worship, no star blazing overhead. All the outward signs have disappeared, and this Baby seems to be no different in outward appearance than the dozens of other Jewish babies being dedicated in the Temple that day. But Anna knew the difference because she devoted her life to ministering to the Lord. What seems like a waste turns out to be the very thing that put her in the right place at the right time, while the more useful busybodies missed the entire event. Again, we find that prophetic things, revelatory things, are inescapably linked to ministering to the Lord. No relationship, no revelation.


"And Jesus ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach (Mark 3:14)."

I taught from this passage of Scripture at a minister's retreat once in order to demonstrate to them that whatever they thought their ministry was, be it as an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher, their first calling was not to be with people at all, but to be with Jesus. How simple this is. Twelve men are ordained, or set apart, or selected. For what? To preach? Eventually, but not immediately. To save sinners? Eventually, but not immediately. To work miracles? Eventually, but not immediately.

The immediate Need was for those who would just BE WITH THE LORD. They were set apart to be with Him; their being sent forth (apostello) was of secondary concern. It would follow, but it was not the most important thing. The most important thing was that they BE WITH THE LORD. Where has "the ministry" failed? In putting people before the Lord, in making the work of the Lord more important than the Lord of the work, in being so busy with preaching and visitation and building programs and church administration and a thousand and one things that there is no time to BE WITH THE LORD.

I learned many years ago that it does not matter how busy I am for God, or how many things I am doing in the Name of Jesus, or how much I am able to bless other people, if I am not "with Jesus" on a continual basis. How easy it is to be absorbed, obsessed, and consumed with our little ministry, our little work, our little church, and forget that the whole reason we are called in the first place is to minister to the Lord, to be with Him, to love Him. Are we in love with the Lord, or are we in love with the Lord's work? Are we motivated by the Lord's Need, or by man's need? If the Lord told us to come aside for a year, leave our ministry alone, and just be with Him, would it bring us great joy or would we argue that we are engaged in such an important work that we cannot stop?

Is it possible that long ago we became so entrenched in the work of the Lord that He is no longer involved in what we are doing? Could it be that we are now proceeding in our own strength, in our own name, according to flesh and blood? The fruit of our labor (or the lack thereof) tells the whole story. If spiritual fruit is defined by how many people are saved, how many churches are planted, how many sermons are preached, then we can bring forth that kind of fruit and never involve the Lord at all. But if spiritual fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control, then we must be with Jesus in order to bring forth this fruit, and no amount of WORKING for God can make up for a lack of simply BEING with Him.


"There were in the church at Antioch certain prophets and teachers... and as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, "Separate for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to do (Acts 13:1a,2)."

There is much to be gleaned from this passage of Scripture. The first thing that strikes us is that the prophets and teachers were gathered together to minister to the Lord. How seldom we see this today! In the first place, prophets and teachers are rarely able to get together regarding anything. The prophet thinks the teacher is too intellectual, and the teacher thinks the prophet is too ethereal. The prophet favors inspiration and revelation, while the teacher favors illumination and study. The two seem to naturally be at odds, and this is probably necessary to keep everyone balanced. The prophet needs the teacher, and the teacher needs the prophet.

But here we see that everyone has come together, not to have a prophets and teachers conference, but to minister to the Lord. They have not lost their first love! Prophetic things have their place, but there is a time when prophetic things must be put on hold. Teaching and instruction have their place, but there is a time when no one should be teaching or saying anything. There is a time when the saints should gather together for the purpose of ministering to the Lord.

The Greek word for "ministered" here is "leitourgeo", and we get our English word "liturgy" from it. It meant the performance of priestly or ministerial functions. Interestingly enough, it could only be used in connection with the Temple, since that was the only valid place a priest or minister could perform the functions. In Acts 13 we see the word used to describe the Church in Antioch. What does this mean? Simply this: we are the temple of the living God, a house of living stones, offering up ourselves as the sacrifices, ministering to the Lord as a holy nation, as a royal priesthood. Hence, we need no earthly temple or priest to represent us to God. We worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

The fact that the Holy Spirit moved and revealed the Lord's Need while they were ministering to the Lord is significant. How can we know the Lord's Need unless we have ministered to Him? Perhaps there were a dozen or so missions that might be done, and they could have fulfilled any number of needs and been considered good Christians. But the issue is not how many needs can we meet, but is the Lord's Need met? What if we meet everyone's need but the Lord's Need is not satisfied? Let us meet the Lord's Need first, and give Him His portion; then we are fit to stand before people and minister to them. This is the motivation for ministering to the Lord. People with no patience for these things will forge ahead on their own, see a need, and move at once to meet it, just like a good business person will do. But the Kingdom is not based on business principles. Our foremost concern is satisfying the Lord's heart, being with Him, meeting His Need. Ministry to men is founded upon ministry to the Lord.


"...Mary Magdalene... Joanna... Susanna, and many others, which ministered to Him of their substance (Luke 8:2,3ff)."

When the saints are gathered together, wherever such gathering may take place, there are two types of people represented. One type is there to receive, and the other type is there to give. Most people attend a meeting to receive something - a prophetic word, some encouragement, fellowship (e.g., social interaction with spiritual overtones), teaching, the laying on of hands, etc. This explains why meetings can be so dead and lifeless. Everyone is there to receive, and few are there to give. Hence, there is little Life.

But we have learned there is an additional thing to be noted when the saints are gathered together, and that is this: most of the receiving, and what little giving is done, is performed on a horizontal level. In other words, most are coming to receive, a handful are coming to give, but it is still, by and large, focused on meeting man's need. There is little vertical expression towards God, and what little vertical expression there is centers mainly around receiving. We may give Him some praise or some worship or make some prayer requests - we might even ask Him to bless our time together - but for the most part we have not penetrated any higher than the top of our heads. Praise, worship, and prayer must be part of the meeting for tradition's sake, but they are largely perfunctory, with no more spiritual import than reading the announcements. The meeting is, generally speaking, all about us. We are not saying man's needs should not be met in a meeting; we are saying that meeting man's needs ought not to be the highest aspiration we have when meeting together.

Without a doubt, Jesus wants to minister to you and to meet your needs. His earthly ministry demonstrates His desire to shepherd the sheep, to heal their diseases, and to bring them joy. We should never minimize that. But we should not overemphasize it either. When it came time to die on the cross, what happened to all those people who were healed and delivered and filled with joy by His presence? People will run to the altar when they have a need, then will disappear for six months - until they have another need, and there they are again, crying out to God as before. How quickly we fall away when we are trusting in the Lord for things.

It is clear from the Scriptures that there are two kinds of adoration. There is a mass of people waiting for Jesus to come and minister to THEM, and there is a smaller group of people who have devoted themselves to minister to HIM. We are not suggesting that it must be either one or the other, but we are definitely saying it should be both, and of the two, ministry to Him is the more important one. Perhaps it is acceptable to begin by seeking the Lord for what the Lord has, but we will never have a strong foundation if that is the only depth we know, and if we remain there for too long it demonstrates an immaturity in our relationship with God.


"I beg you brothers, by God's mercy, to give up your bodies as a living sacrifice that is holy and well-pleasing to God, for that is your reasonable service (Romans 12:1)."

Since the Lord Jesus has completed His earthly ministry, we cannot minister to Him "of our substance" as Mary, Joanna, and Susanna. It is not money, food, clothing, or shelter that He wants from us. So how do we minister to the Lord today? Paul says as a nation of priests, we are to offer up our own selves as living sacrifices. God does not want our things, and in a very real sense He does not want our works. The Lord wants US. If He has US, does He not possess all our things and all our works? An alternative rendering of the verse above, instead of "reasonable service", is "intelligent worship." This is so important that I believe I must quote from Spiros Zodhiates on the word "reasonable", which is translated from "logikos" (logical):

"In Romans 12:1 the reasonable service or worship is to be understood as the service to God which implies intelligent meditation or reflection without the heathen practices intimated in I Corinthians 12:2 and without the Old Testament cultic worship which had become mere thoughtless habit."

In other words, "Spirit and Truth" worship permeates the Church that Jesus is building and characterizes the relationship that He longs to have with us. "Thoughtless habit" better describes much of what we see in Churchianity. Over 150 years ago, Soren Kierkegaard wrote: "By ceasing to take part in the public worship of God, as it now is (with the claim that it is the Christianity of the New Testament), thou hast constantly one guilt the less, and that a great one: thou dost not take part in treating God as a fool." How much more is this true today?

I seldom quote from others, so I think the point should be made that those who truly see these things have learned them in the crucible of their own experience, and not because they read about it somewhere. We do not need a Greek theologian or a Danish philosopher to tell us what we already know: they simply confirm what has already cut us to the heart. So what do we do about this? Is there anything that can be done? Thankfully, God is raising up more Samuels, Davids, Annas, Marys, and "Acts 13" believers who are determined to minister to the Lord. In addition to the living examples of those who sought to meet the Lord's Need, there is a prophetic and historical precedent for what we are sharing. As we move into part two of the series, we will examine this precedent and demonstrate its applicability to us today. May the Lord quicken this message to all who hunger and thirst for Him. 

Part 2

"They shall enter into My sanctuary and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge (Ezekiel 44:16)." In the first half of this series we established that the Lord has sought to secure for Himself individuals who will enter into a love relationship with Him on an intimate level. We described how the Lord has a "need" for man just as man has a need for the Lord, a void which is only satisfied when the two become one. We also touched upon the general failure of our current system of organized worship to truly satisfy the heart of God, and how the offering up of ourselves as living sacrifices constitutes ministering to the Lord in Spirit and Truth.

We saw that anyone who has ever been close to fulfilling God's desire or satisfying His heart has specialized in ministering to Him. We looked at some individuals whose lives are characterized by the fact that they ministered to the Lord, and we saw that the Lord revealed Himself to them in a mighty way. We even made the statement that apart from an intimate relationship with God, founded upon ministering to the Lord, there can be no revelation, no prophetic sense, no depth of knowing Him.

If we could sum up everything said thus far, it would read like this: you were created to love Him, and to be loved by Him. It is all about Him, and not about you or your needs. We are not the center of the universe, He is. He was not created for us, we were created for Him. This is the heart of the matter. When the Lord began to draw me even deeper into this ministry to Him, these are the words He spoke to me: "You were created to love Me, you were created to be loved by Me." This is such a holy, personal thing that I am reluctant to share it, but I believe it is an open invitation to everyone, not a special invitation for me alone. Even so, why does God want "me" to minister to Him? Who am I? What can I give the Lord? And how does this relate to everything else I am doing for God? I know what it means to teach and write and pray for people and pastor a church; I can get my hands on that, and I used to think that was quite enough. But this thing of ministering to the Lord is a depth that few know anything about. I know so little about it myself. But I do know this much: there is an ocean of difference between ministering FOR the Lord and ministering TO the Lord.

There are a handful of people who are being stirred up to minister TO the Lord. Please understand that WE are not calling forth a remnant of people who are to be more spiritual than the rest. We are simply acknowledging the fact that although many are called by God, few respond; thus, few are chosen. There is a reason why the sons of Zadok were permitted into the Holy Place to minister to the Lord, while the other Levites were to remain in the outer court to minister to the people. This is not happenstance. Some, even now, are hearing the call of the Lord and are leaving the outer court, pressing into the Holy Place to minister to the Lord. We need to understand why. We need to look at the outer court and compare it to the sanctuary. We need to compare the ministry to the people with the ministry to the Lord. The Lord has shared some of the greatest things with me when I simply asked, "Why?" If we know "what" then we know His Will; but if we know "why" then we know His Ways. His Will is His Desire, His Ways are how He goes about to secure His desire. We need to know both if we are to cooperate with Him. So let us examine His Will and His Ways together.


"And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from Me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them (Ezekiel 44:10,11)."

The vision of Ezekiel's temple is symbolic of the Church. It is beyond the scope of our study to go through and develop that thought into detail, but I mention it so that we understand there is something here which is applicable to us today. If it is only applicable to the Israelites then it has little relevance to us today, but it is, in fact, highly relevant.

There is an outer court, and there is an inner court. There are those who primarily minister to the people, and there are those who primarily minister to the Lord. To begin with, we must look at the outer court so we can understand the inner court. So what is the outer court? It represents ministry to the people, the offering up of sacrifices. It is visible and public, full of action. Its ministers are in plain view and easily identified. There is much work to be done. Because it is public, everyone has access to it. This is where all the activity is. The Levites stand in the outer court to minister to the people.

But read our text again. Who is serving in this outer court? The Levites who went astray and worshipped idols. Part of "bearing their iniquity" is that they are forbidden from drawing near to the Lord in the inner court. They are forever bound to the outer court, the ministry to the people. They are not permitted to go any deeper. Is this not a tragedy? "They shall not come near unto Me, to do the office of a priest unto Me, nor to come near to any of My holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed (v.13)."

Here is the greatest single problem with Organized Religion: it cannot bring people any deeper into God than it can go itself. Its people are destined to remain in the outer court. Technically speaking, they are "in the sanctuary", but they are far from God, and cannot draw near to Him. It is better to be out of "church" and "in God" that to be "in church" and "away from God". How nice it would be to have both, but the reality is that God and "church" often contradict one another. Many have come to realize that they have to choose between the two. The ministers of the outer court are in love with their ministry to the people, with the elements and instruments of the work, and with their status and position in the outer court. They cannot lead us where they are unwilling to go. Of course, I am speaking generally. I think it is wrong to assume that anyone who pastors a church is part of this group. That would be incorrect. We are talking about an inward thing. I am not saying you must leave the outer court in order to obey God. But I will say this: if you are not willing to forsake the ministry of the outer court then you cannot minister in the inner court. You cannot stand in both courts at the same time.


"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and they honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me (Isaiah 12a)."

Let me get right to the heart of the matter. What is it about Organized Religion that grieves me the most? I think it is this: the impression it gives that there is no inner court at all, that the outer court is all that there is. Everything centers around ministry to the people, and the ministry to the Lord is forgotten, or worse, is done in such a way that it deceives the people into thinking they are ministering to the Lord when they are not.

I wish a pastor could get up in front of the congregation and say, "It is good for us to be here, and it is right for us to fellowship, but you must understand that this is only the outer court. Everything we are doing is for ourselves. We have yet to touch God. There is an inner court in which we stop ministering to one another, and must minister to the Lord. That is where we are going. We cannot be satisfied until the Lord is satisfied." If this is the pastor's heart then praise God for it! But how many pastors have you heard say that? And how many, having said it and begun to practice it, would remain in the pastorate for long?

The ministry of the outer court is important, but we have made it important for the wrong reasons. Instead of seeing it as the means through which we enter the inner court, we have made it the entire focus. We are more interested in "curb appeal", making the outer court look good to visitors and meaningful for those seeking a "worship experience", while the Lord Himself stands in the inner court, forgotten and ignored. How we feel about the service and whether or not we got anything out of it has become more important than whether or not the Lord's Need is met. Can you not see how far we have fallen?

May I say frankly that the Lord WILL NOT come forth out of the inner court, out of the Holy Place, to meet you in the outer court, no matter how devoted, sincere, or zealous you are. The way is open in Christ, but you must go to Him, and to do so you must pass through the outer court to get to where He is in the inner court. Now just observe how we do the exact opposite. We gather together in the outer court and pray, shout, sing, worship, and expect the Lord to shower us with His presence or move upon us in a tangible way, i.e., "fall upon us" or "visit us" or "show up". From start to finish this process takes about thirty minutes to an hour, and sure enough, there is some kind of "manifestation" produced so as to make everyone believe that the Lord responded to them. Nonsense! He will not meet you in the shallowness of the outer court once a week for an hour or so at a time convenient to you and your schedule. You must enter the Holy Place of the inner court to draw near to God. The lesser approaches the Greater, not the other way around.

It may be helpful to go back to the time in my life when the Lord first began to deal with me about ministering to the Lord. Many people believe I had a falling out with the church, and have developed my particular philosophy since then. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Lord began to deal with me and show me things while I was still very much a part of Churchianity. Eventually, my decision to live according to the Truth caused me to have a falling out with the church. So the falling out was the end result of where the revelation brought me, and not the by-product of having been "hurt" or disillusioned (and I always have to emphasize that one can never have a falling out with the True Church, the Body of Christ, because that is not the same thing as Churchianity).

I was occupying my usual place in the church one Sunday morning, singing and worshipping the Lord, just as I had done for countless Sunday mornings my entire life. Nothing unusual or out of the ordinary was going on. It is difficult to describe what I perceived next, but I can only say that a sense of deep loneliness came over me, a sort of grief. Soon I stopped singing altogether and just listened to those around me. Then I opened my eyes and looked around. I had no reason to feel lonely; I perceived that this sensation was not mine, but the Lord was allowing me to share something which was coming from Him.

I realized that we were singing ABOUT the Lord, but not TO the Lord. We were talking ABOUT the Lord, but not TO the Lord. We have seen people do this with senior citizens, talking about them as if they were not present, thinking they do not know the difference, while they silently suffer the humility of being treated as if they are not even there. It was then that I understood that we treat the Lord the same way.

It was not as if this was a particularly bad service. I have been in bad services, and this one was pretty good! But that made it even worse. The better "our" service, the more the Lord seemed to be left out. It was like having a birthday party for someone and getting so excited about the food and the drinks and the music and our new clothes and the presents that we did not notice the person having the birthday is sitting over in the corner, alone. I saw that "our" service really was "ours" - for us, and not for the Lord. The singing, the praying, the preaching, the offering, everything was for us, and WHETHER THE LORD WAS SATISFIED OR NOT we would be there the next Sunday doing the exact same thing BECAUSE IT SATISFIED US.

I was so affected by what had been revealed to me that I sat down, took out a piece of paper, and wrote down these words so I would not forget that moment: "It is not what *I* need or what *I* want. I am come before you, Lord, to meet YOUR Need, to satisfy YOUR Want, to yield to YOUR Desire. I am not come to RECEIVE a single thing from You, but rather to GIVE all that I have and all that I am." I still have this piece of paper today. In some small way I felt that the Lord was satisfied with this simple surrender; indeed, satisfied and pleased in a way that could not be equaled with all the singing and praying and giving and preaching that we were doing. According to outward appearance, we were "on fire" and "alive", but I had seen things the way the Lord saw them: "You have a name that you are living, but you are dead (Revelation 3:1b)."

When we see things as God sees them it is a critical moment in our walk with Him. We can easily dismiss the experience and continued on as before. We can argue against it, rationalize it away, or forget about the whole thing. I am convinced that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who go through the same experience on Sunday morning but they choose to ignore it. The reality is too painful to deal with, too upsetting to question.

But as I continued to ponder this experience I realized that if what I had seen was true then much of what I had been doing in the Name of Jesus was a waste of time, was not pleasing to God, was not acceptable to God, and did nothing to meet His Need or satisfy His heart. It did, of course, meet MY needs and satisfy MY heart. How wonderful to be in front of the people as they listened to me preach and teach and lead worship! Sunday was the best day of the week, for it was then that everyone could appreciate just what an anointed man of God I really was! They were happy to let me lead them, and I was happy to be their leader, and so everyone was happy. Everyone, it seems, but the Lord, Who called to us from within the inner court while we played "church" in the outer court.

I learned that even something as spiritual-sounding as "wanting His presence" is tainted by the egocentricity of the outer-court worshipper. We want the "presence" so bad that we are willing to manufacture it and give the Lord credit for something which is fleshly and profane. What we really seek is not the "presence", but the "presents". As such, we have lost the ability to discern the difference between God and man, between Spirit and flesh, between holy and common. Every new thing which comes along sweeps us right off our feet, and later we wonder how we could have been so deceived, and why we feel so empty inside. We are chasing fantasies and illusions, meetings and manifestations, not the living God of the inner court.


"But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near to Me to minister unto Me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord God: they shall enter into My sanctuary, and they shall come near to My table, to minister unto Me, and they shall keep My charge (Ezekiel 44:15,16)."

Now that we have sufficiently identified the ministry of the outer court we turn our attention to the ministry of the inner court. Keep in mind that this is Ezekiel's temple, not the Tabernacle, and not the Temple of Solomon. It is different from all others. But we are not trying to identify each individual room or item, we are simply taking note of the difference between the outer and the inner. The outer court is comprised of many things, as is the inner court. But we are more interested in the ministry itself, and how the ministry to people is compared to the ministry to the Lord. These two are NOT the same.

What is significant about the sons of Zadok, and how is it applicable to us today? The sons of Zadok were selected to minister to the Lord because they "kept the charge" of the sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from the Lord and worshipped idols. In plain l

The Strength of Seeing

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (2)


The Strength of Seeing

by Chip Brogden

"And when the servant of [Elisha] was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, 'Alas, my master! How shall we do?' And he answered, 'Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them'. And Elisha prayed, and said, 'Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see'. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha" (II Kings 6:15-17).


"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4).


We look at the world and we see many things which hinder and distract. We look at the Church and we see many things which disturb us. We look at our own circumstances and become frightened, depressed, and anxious. We see the enemy coming to kill, steal, and destroy. We see angels of light presenting themselves as the servants of the Lord when they are, in fact, messengers of satan. We see many false visions, many false words, many false teachers and teachings. Alas! What can we do about it all?


From our point of view, these things seem like huge issues. It takes a considerable amount of effort to stand against these things. At times it seems we are sinking under the weight of so many burdens and things coming against us. We wonder if perhaps we will be completely swallowed up and overwhelmed by it all. When we look at the facts of the situation it does appear that we are hopelessly outnumbered and surrounded.





There is a secret to overcoming, and the secret is seeing. If we can only see, then we will overcome. Living follows seeing. We cannot live as overcomers until we see it. But once we see it, living it becomes natural. Doing follows being.


The problem is not "out there". The issue is not the great host which has surrounded us. We would like to make that the issue, but the size of the army is irrelevant. I do not have to know what the enemy is doing in your life, because it does not matter. I only have to know what you see. When you look out from where you are, what do you see? If you see correctly, then nothing can defeat you. If you do not see correctly, the tiniest thing will quickly subdue you. The difference between victory and defeat is not in what the devil is doing or the direction this world is going, but in what we see when we look.


Most people look out and see themselves surrounded by an enemy. That is why they live their lives in desperation and fear of what may happen next. They see the devil everywhere they look. They are full of stories about what the devil is doing to them (or what he might be doing). But the overcomers look around them and see something different. They do not see as other people see. That is why they overcome.


To be an overcomer does not mean that we deny the existence of the enemy. We are not going to overcome by pretending we are not really surrounded. Denying the existence of the adversary will not make him disappear. We acknowledge and admit that there is a real enemy, a real spirit of Antichrist, that is out to destroy the Remnant and hinder the Testimony of Jesus. We also acknowledge and admit that more often than not, this spirit of Antichrist seems to get the advantage over us.


Even so, the issue is not the enemy. We may look at the enemy, study him, and build an entire movement around different ways to fight him. We can write books and hold seminars on "spiritual warfare". But when we look out from the mountain, what do we really see? Here is the difference between those who overcome and those who are defeated: it is not in their ability to fight, but in their ability to SEE, and this seeing is not of themselves, but is of God.





Now Elisha's servant looks out, sees a great host about to attack them, and cries out, "Alas! How shall we do?" Elisha looks out, sees a great host about to attack them, and says, "Fear not." What a study of contrasts. Everywhere it seems people are crying, "Alas, alas, what shall we do, where shall we go, what's to become of us", etc. etc. Where are the ones who can say, "Fear not"?


I hope you will understand that the problem OUT THERE did not change. Both men faced the same army, both men faced the same circumstance, but one man said, "Alas!" and one man said, "Fear not."


How is it that two people, looking at the exact same situation, can reach two completely different conclusions? The difference is in what they saw when they looked.


Some people become upset with me because they think I make it sound so "easy". "But you don't understand what I'm going through..." Brothers and sisters, maybe no one can understand what you are going through, and you may never understand what I am going through, but that does not matter. What matters is whether or not our eyes are opened. We should not spend time studying the problem when the Solution is right in front of us.


I can offer you nothing more than what Elisha offered, and that is, clarity of vision. "Lord, open his eyes that he may see." Now the difference is just here: some people have had their eyes opened to see, and some people have not. It is quite easy to tell the difference. The first group is saying, "Alas!" while the second group is saying, "Fear not." Now that is not a condemnation or a criticism, just a statement of fact. All of us are blind until someone prays, "Lord, open their eyes". One day we will ALL see, and we look forward to that day when everything is made clear.


What must we do? How long does it take? It is not a question of spiritual growth, maturity, wisdom, or gifting. Elisha's servant did not gradually begin to see more clearly. He did not study the situation for many months and finally hit upon the truth. No, one moment his eyes were closed, and the next moment they were opened. Either your eyes have been opened or they have not. If they are open then you can pray for the Lord to open the eyes of others. If they are closed, you can pray to have your own eyes opened.


People sometimes ask me what they have to do to obtain this great revelation of Christ. They think it is God's way of rewarding us for a lot of hard work. Nothing could be further from the truth. To have one's eyes opened is simply an act of grace, and God alone can do it, and will do it, if we will only ask Him. At the risk of making it sound "too easy", I dare not make it any more difficult than that!


When the servant's eyes were opened, he saw what Elisha saw. When Elisha said, "The ones with us are greater than the ones with them" it must have sounded like lunacy. It cannot be understood with words alone: the eyes must be opened. If words were enough then Elisha would not have prayed for the eyes to be opened. We should spend less time trying to understand "words" and more time praying for God to open our eyes. When our eyes are opened, then the words will make sense. Until then, words are like hieroglyphics - we know there is something significant there, but we cannot understand what it means.


Thirty seconds of seeing is worth thirty years of studying and listening to teachers. Five words of revelation are worth more than ten thousand words gathered from flesh-and-blood.


Someone asked me if I know "everything". The answer is no, but I have seen enough to know what I am talking about. Testimony follows revelation, and the testimony consists of what we have seen and heard, not what we "think" we know, but what we KNOW we know.


It is the illumination of the heart that brings forth the knowing. It's when we finally "get it" and we can say, "Oh, NOW I see it!" We do not mean, of course, that we actually had a vision, but we mean that what was previously hidden from us has now been made known to us. This is not reserved for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The Holy Spirit leads every disciple into "all truth" (John 16:13,14).


Elisha did not argue with his servant, or try to convince him at all. He just prayed for God to open his eyes. What a relief it is to know that it is not my duty to "defend the faith" or convince everyone of what I know to be true. I can just pray for their eyes to be opened, and God will reveal. It is so much better that way!





I want us to see that in this particular instance Elisha did not pray for protection. He did not pray for victory. He did not ask God to supply him with an arsenal of weapons. Why not? Because he saw that he was already surrounded by the chariots of fire and the hosts of heaven. When the victory is ours already we do not have to pray for victory. That would be like trying to enter into a room in which we are already sitting. No, if victory is mine then all I need is to have my eyes opened to it. If I have already OBTAINED it, I do not have to ATTAIN it.


How would our lives and our individual testimonies be different if we really saw into the heavenlies? Do you think it would change our words? Do you think it would change our actions? Do you think it would change our thoughts? Do you think it would have an effect on our surroundings?


Do you see yourself seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6)? Paul saw it, and prayed the Ephesians would see it. When the Lord showed me that I was raised together with Christ and was made to sit (past tense) in the heavenly places with Christ, do you think it changed the way I saw the world? Absolutely! No more was I looking at things from "ground level", but from the heavenly realm. Things look decidedly different when viewed from above.


Elijah saw differently, and so he thought, spoke, and behaved differently. So often we try to adopt a certain way of thinking, speaking, and acting in hopes of becoming victorious. If this is your intention then you are already defeated. If victory lies in something you must do then you will never be able to do enough. "Acting spiritual" does not produce victory, for victory is not what I do or do not do: Victory is Christ.





We who are the Lord's Body are told, "Greater is He that is within you, than he that is in the world." This is practically the same thing Elisha said to his servant: "The ones that be with us are greater than the ones that be with them."


The situation is the same. The apostle John says a great deal about Antichrist, false doctrines, and false teachers. He sees the Church is surrounded by a great host of wolves who want to gain access to the flock and tear them to pieces. But he also sees what Elisha sees, that is, the One within us is greater than the one in the world.


John declares that no matter what comes against us, the One within us is Greater. It does not matter what you feel like, what you see, what you hear, what people say, or what the devil does. It does not matter if Lazarus is dead for four days and is beginning to stink. It does not matter if the girl dies before Jesus can get there. It does not matter if the waves are about to capsize the boat. It does not matter if Paul is stoned and left for dead. Lazarus will be raised, the girl will be brought back to life, and the storm will be silenced, and Paul will preach again.


The Greater is always Greater, and the Lesser is always Lesser. We only have a problem when see everything else as "greater" and see Christ as "lesser". Remember, the difference between "Alas!" and "Fear not!" is in having our eyes opened. When you look, what do you see? May the Lord open our eyes to see Him as He is!


Being Refined for His Glory

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (0)




God is in hot pursuit of us! God wants us to burn with the fire of His presence in every area of our lives. May we choose to forgive. May we choose to lay down all our disappointments. Choose to lay down all our discouragements. Choose to expect God's goodness and fiery presence to awaken us afresh.


He wants us to be totally free from everything that has hindered. May we choose today to align our will with His. Choose to live God's presence in JESUS CHRIST and receive fresh hope, fresh encouragement, fresh vision, fresh energy, and fresh oil for this season!


In refining silver, a silversmith holds a piece of silver over a hot fire and lets it heat up. The silver must be kept in the middle of the fire where the flames are the hottest inorder to burn away all the impurities.


The silversmith must sit in front of the fire the whole time of the refining, keeping a close watch on the silver as it is heated up. If the silver were to be left a moment too long in the heat, it would be destroyed.


One silversmith was asked how do you know the moment when the silver is fully refined.? He answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'


When we feel the heat of the fire... may we remember that God has his eye on us and is watching over us.


Psalm 12:6 "The words of the LORD are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." May we trust in them, always.


God is in hot pursuit of us! God wants us to burn with the fire of His presence in every area of our lives. May we choose to forgive. May we choose to lay down all our disappointments. Choose to lay down all our discouragements. Choose to expect God's goodness and fiery presence to awaken us afresh.


He wants us to be totally free from everything that has hindered. May we choose today to align our will with His. Choose to live God's presence in JESUS CHRIST and receive fresh hope, fresh encouragement, fresh vision, fresh energy, and fresh oil for this season!


In refining silver, a silversmith holds a piece of silver over a hot fire and lets it heat up. The silver must be kept in the middle of the fire where the flames are the hottest inorder to burn away all the impurities.


The silversmith must sit in front of the fire the whole time of the refining, keeping a close watch on the silver as it is heated up. If the silver were to be left a moment too long in the heat, it would be destroyed.


One silversmith was asked how do you know the moment when the silver is fully refined.? He answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'


When we feel the heat of the fire... may we remember that God has his eye on us and is watching over us.


Psalm 12:6 "The words of the LORD are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." May we trust in them, always.


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Romans 12:1-3

1. I hereby declare that yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. Behold, Lord You have made all things new! (2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 21:5)

2. I declare that I am not the same person I was yesterday. I am better because Jesus Christ is alive inside of me (Galatians 2:20) and He is changing me in His image daily (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:26-27).


3. I declare that I am willing to be made willing to do Your will Lord, (Luke 22:42; Philippians 2:13) and to do it your way, not my way (Genesis 4:3-7; Isaiah 30:1). I desire to take Your yoke upon me (Matthew 11:25-30; I Corinthians 9:20-23).

4. Today I choose to be about My Father’s business, the business of the Kingdom (Luke 2:49).


5. I choose to walk away from evil. 

(Colossians 3:1-3; Galatians 5:16-26;

I Corinthians 9:24-27; Psalm 101:3), especially the evil of unforgiveness toward others and also toward myself, and toward God, lest satan gain advantage over me (2 Corinthians 2:11), and take authority over a piece of my

heart (Ephesians 4:26-27), and develop a root of bitterness that defiles me (Hebrews 12:15). Thus I will be zealous and repent (Revelation 3:19) at every opportunity.

6. Lord Jesus, You Are My First Love (Revelation 2:1-5). I commune with You daily. (Revelation 3:19-21; Jeremiah 33:3; John 10:27; Psalm 100; Revelation 2:1-7; Hebrews 3:7-4:16). I will posture my heart to hear and obey Your still small voice, and learn to live by every word that proceeds out of Your mouth to me today (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:1-3; I Samuel 15:22-23; Deuteronomy 28:1-15; Hebrews 12:24-29).

7. Lord, I declare that today I can and I will do the works that You did and even greater (John 14:12; Philippians 4:13,19; Acts 2:22). You honor faith, not my mere Christian knowledge (Mark 16:14-20; James 2:17-26; Hebrews 11:6).

8. I eagerly look forward to seeing You face to face Lord! It could be today, and I will live my life with expectation that it could be at any moment

(Hebrews 9:28; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Titus 2:13-14).




© 2005 Paul D. Norcross, Kingdom Faith Ministries


Watchfulness ("Take heed...")

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

" watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. But the end of all things is at hand." 2 Timothy 4:5


"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8


Watch out for deceptions


“ Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘ I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." Matthew 24:4-6


"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:8


"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works." 2 Corinthians 11:12-15


"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5


Watch your thoughts, words and actions.


"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” Luke 11:35


“ ... take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36


"Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” Luke 11:35


"Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is." Mark 13:33


"You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?" Luke 12:56-57


"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written,

"Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:13-15


"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13


“Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6


"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven j their angels always k see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost." Matthew 18:10-11


“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15


"Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, d rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.” Luke 17:3




"...therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for 'love will cover a multitude of sins.'" 1 Peter 4:7-8


"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7



My Shekinah Glory

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Oh, My children, I would say unto you, that you are in the inner recesses of My heart, and that I am in the inner recesses of your hearts. I want you to remember the complete victory of the Cross. From a place of Ultimate suffering, sprang spiritual gold, and springs of living water, gold, silver, rubies and diamonds, precious stones, everlasting life, all in the Spirit. These priceless gifts came from My heart of love for you, for you, for you. Know, know, know, that on that day--don’t forget--that the veil in the temple in Jerusalem was rent from top to bottom by My Father, signifying the salvation of My Son, Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Before I rent the veil, there was no access to My Presence for all mankind. You were without, because of your sin. Now you are one new man in Christ Jesus, the Lord, through faith in Him.


This truth is extremely important for you to know and remember. By the Blood of the Lamb, you can come into the Holy of Holies, and, O, now that the price is paid, everyone who will, whosoever will, can come into the holy of holies with Me, where the Way has been opened by My Son. And do not forget My children, My precious children, that I have also come into the inner recesses of your heart. You are the temple of the Holy Ghost. You are now where the Shekinah glory of My Father dwells. The hearts of all, who have been born again by the Blood of My Son, make up the holy of holies, by My indwelling glory, in My family, both in heaven and in earth.


You have been cleansed, and your hearts have been re-created by the New Birth.

You are a suitable temple now, by the Blood of the Lamb, a temple, a house in which I dwell, a house of lively stones, with whom I have built Myself a habitation of the Holy Spirit. Moses’ temple and Solomon’s temple were pictures of what I was going to do in you and for you. Now the holy of holies is in your heart by the Holy Spirit. I am underscoring this, and you may feel that I’m saying this more times than is necessary. But it’s necessary, lest you forget, it’s necessary that you know that you know that you know that I dwell in you and you dwell in Me. You must know this with your heart, you must know it with your heart, not just with your head. Ask Me, and I will reveal this truth to your heart. I will lead you into all truth by the Holy Spirit. I will write My Word upon your heart. You will walk in places where you have never walked before, when you understand this revelation with your heart. You will walk on the King’s Highway, you will walk with Me, not up and down, in and out, but you will walk with Me, even as Enoch did. You will desire the secret place with Me, and I will meet you there.




Scripture References:


Genesis 15:7-21; Exodus 25:21-22; Exodus 40; 2 Chronicles 7; Ezekiel 36:25-38; John 14:16-20, 26; John 15:4-5; John 16:5-15; John 17; Ephesians 1; Ephesians 2; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 1; 1 Peter 2:1-10; 12 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Cor. 4:1-7


Holy Place

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on July 2, 2010 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (1)

Luke 10:39-42

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."


The Holy Place


How precious is the Holy Place with God in our lives? How easily distracted are we to so quickly leave that place before God. When we are in the middle of communion with God do we allow things to easily pull us away from that place? Martha was distracted with much serving and many things to do. Because of this she becomes the vehicle that the devil used to try to pull Mary out of that secret place with God. Can you see it? The Lord was physically there to correct Martha and defend Mary’s position before Him. We must now see Him doing that with us as we are spending that time before Him. The Lord loves it when we just want to sit at His feet and hear His words. These are those holy times that we have before Him. It is not for us to allow anything to distract us from this place.

Psalm 27:4

One thing I have desired of the LORD,

That will I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the LORD

All the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the LORD,

And to inquire in His temple.


There must be an honor given to the Lord when we are in this place of holy communication with Him. Just like you would not allow anyone to cut off your conversation that you are having with someone else. There is a wholly necessary need to honor our communication with the Lord, not to be distracted into other things and miss the good words that He eagerly desires to speak to us. This world is full of distractions and noise that tries to clog our hearing of the voice of the Lord. So it is essential that we make room for Him continually.


Isaiah 32:17-18

The work of righteousness will be peace,

And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.

18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,

In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.


Always take time to quiet things down. Don’t get into a busybody ministry mindset. God is not hyped up about what you are going to do for Him. Although He is expectant about what He can do through you when you lay your life down at His feet spending time with Him. This means allowing Him to fill us up with His Spirit, wisdom and revelation. Busyness does not equal productivity. The most productive place is on your face before Him! Constant connectivity is what He is after. Every day is new and we must start off fresh each day with Him. Then we maintain that connection throughout the day. It is a life of devotion. The simplicity of devotion to Jesus Christ is maintained by continually drawing from the wells of salvation.


2 Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.


A symptom of a deprived time with the Lord is that a person is troubled and worried about many things. The things of this world are choking the words of God out of that person. They are choking the time with God out of that person. Jesus says, “Don’t worry”. But a worry-free life won’t become a reality for anyone who does not spend quality time with the Lord experiencing the grace of being truly one of those who “abides” in Him.


John 15:3-8

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.


It is the abiding in Him that makes the difference. Apart from Him we can do nothing.

It is the dwelling and abiding that produces the worry-free life. It is when we find that our life is hidden with God in Christ that the things of this world lose hold on us. When we can turn our minds heavenward and desire the things of heaven, being more conscious of the things of heaven, then we can move into a place of faith and expectancy of good. God is good. If our earthly fathers give good gifts then how much more will He give the best gifts to us? Faith is a full expectancy of God’s goodness to be manifest in our lives and in the earth. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. So becoming a person of His Presence is primary to walk in a place that brings Him pleasure. Time in His Presence cannot be taken from you. The eternal reward is there being place in your spirit and being stored up for you in heaven. Make a commitment to spend that time with Him in full devotion to His heart.

@Live in HisPresence ministries

The Throne of Grace

Posted by My Beloved's Worship Garden on June 28, 2010 at 2:58 AM Comments comments (0)

The Throne of Grace

John Belt


Hebrews 4:15-16

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


Father's Love

When we have are having a difficult time, are in need or are found wanting in some area of life we should always approach the Throne of Grace. The Father has no desire to condemn us or make us feel abandoned. He has adopted us into His family and only desires us to know His love and grow as His children. We cannot be hard on ourselves when we fail. He is not hard on us. He is gentle with us. How we treat ourselves is how we will treat others. If we are hard on ourselves we will be hard on others. Just as we would extend grace and mercy to our own children we must extend the same measure to ourselves. This can be difficult to do. We become so aware of our shortcomings and weaknesses. Sometimes they can seem so big. But just like everything with God, it is a very small matter for Him to take care of. These are the very places He longs to come and fill. All it requires is simple yeildedness and a heart that can receive His love and sufficiency in simple faith. He desires to restore us with His love so that He can bring us back to a place where He can fill us and cause His love to flow through us.


His Faithfulness

Understand that when we come to the Lord with a transparent heart desiring to know and follow His will, He is faithful to reveal what is needed to bring us into a place of peace and rest in our spirit. There is no one as good as our God. There is no one as patient, kind, gracious and loving as Him. He is the impossible dream come true! He has made every provision for us to come boldly before His throne of grace. Why is it a “throne of grace”? It is because we need help. Thank the Lord it is not a throne of judgment. There will be a Day for that. But the throne of grace is where we live right now. This is where He meets us. This is the glory of His cross. This is why He paid the price. He desired to give us access to His Most Holy Place so we could come to Him for help in time of need.


We have need of Him. He is a merciful God, full of compassion. He really cares about us. He really desires to touch us in the deepest place of our hearts. He is there to lift us up and bring us close in His arms. There is no shifting with Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. On the cross He stretched His arms open wide to show how much He really loves us. There is no limitation to the love He will show to us. He has no stopping point. The Lord never gives up on us. He is always knocking, always waiting, always there looking for an opportunity to reveal Himself in a fresh way to us.


The Alpha & Omega

God knows the number of our days. He knows the beginning from the end. I had a dream recently where I was looking at a bridge that crossed over a large river of water. As I began to walk across the bridge the Lord was standing there. When I got to the other side of the bridge I was amazed to see that He was standing on that side as well. He was waiting for me. As I saw this scene I immediately understood that He was the Beginning and the End, the Author and the Finisher of our faith and nothing takes Him by surprize. He knows our Beginning and our End. We are amazed because of all the things we go through, the difficulties, hardships, challenges and shortcomings. It is beyond our comprehension that He can know all these things and yet create a perfect tapestry out of our lives as we continually turn to Him as our source and help. He is our Restorer. He makes the wrong right and will work our weakness into His glory. It is always encouraging to know that He never used a perfect person. We see this mercy aspect of God that covers us in our weakness. Most all of the “bible saints” struggled, blew it and were restored because they had perfect hearts toward Him. They knew where to turn. In our knowings, the most profound and essential knowing is to know Him.


This was quite an amazing revelation experience because just recently I wrote a song called “Eternal One”. I later discovered the exact meaning of “Alpha and Omega” is “The Eternal One”. An wonderful thing to note in the revelation of who God is as the Eternal One is that He first of all “IS”.



I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.


So the Lord desires us to know firstly that HE IS. We need to know that God is in the NOW. This is where He works. Although He’s sees the beginning and the end simultaneously He communicates to us NOW. It is in the present-tense that God is desiring to reveal Himself to us.

Here are the words to the song. I


In His Everlasting Love,






You are the Eternal One

You are the Holy One

You are the Only One who changes me!


You are Eternal Fire

My heart’s one desire

You are the Blazing Fire who changes me!


Who changes me, who changes me

Set’s me free! Makes me free!