January 28, 2013

Choosing to Really See

Being mindful of the things of Christ is to look past the obvious and see into the supernatural realm. The realm where the purposes of heaven take shape and reign. It is to make the choice to truly see, to take the time to look up to see farther than natural eyes can see. From the scripture passage we see that Peter chose to look through both supernatural eyes as well as physical eyes which resulted in two completely different responses from Jesus. The Lover of our soul is both pleased and blessed when we take the time to see outside the natural realm. To peer into the realm of heaven always brings a blessing. (vs. 17) However, to allow satan to use you and look with eyes of flesh is offensive to Christ thus resulting in a rebuke. (vs. 23).
While we are on earth we are always to be observing and responding not only to things we see in the natural but also using our eyes of faith to look past into the supernatural things of God. Jesus always did this when he lived on earth. We see examples of this many times in scripture. A quick glance at one chapter of Luke shows several examples. (Luke 8:27-33; 8:43-48; 8:51-56). Jesus was so accustomed to looking in the supernatural realm that we find He is talking to both Peter as well as Satan, who is using Peter, in Matt 16. Notice that when Jesus pronounced blessing on Peter for perceiving correctly, Jesus addresses him by his name, Peter. (vs.17) A little while later when Peter comes into agreement with the enemy and speaks the purposes of darkness, Jesus then addresses Satan, not Peter. So was Jesus pronouncing curse upon Peter and changing his name to Satan now? Of course not. I believe that Jesus was once again looking into the supernatural realm and seeing who was the real initiator of the offensive comment concerning Jesus upcoming death and resurrection that we see Peter making in vs. 22.
Jesus looked right past the natural, right past Peter and saw straight into the spirit realm to identify the source of the comment, then He addressed the being responsible for the comment. When Peter responded correctly by looking in to the supernatural realm of truth, Jesus addressed him by his name because this was the real Peter talking. Jesus saw the real Peter. The Peter, who is the born of God, walks with Jesus and sees truly. Later Jesus addresses satan, not Peter, because Jesus recognizes that the real Peter has stopped talking and because of fear has allowed the enemy to speak through him.
Clear precise seeing, knowing and perception!
Our Lord has left us with this same clear perception and ability to see into the supernatural realm. We see evidence of the things of this world ever fading and falling away into nothing. No matter how well-meaning our intensions may be, if we are not looking at Jesus and staying mindful of the things of God we have become mindful of the things of the enemy, satan. As we continue to travel with Jesus in this dark world let us ask Holy Spirit to keep our spiritual eyes open, our spiritual senses sharp and our spiritual perception unclouded.
It is the Lords great desire for His people that we will stay rightly connected to Him and not allow the things of earth to cloud us resulting in poor perception.

EIM- Purpose and Destiny- DEC 2012

Precious graduate receiving the word of the Lord

EIM - Prophetic Ministry- Dec 2012

Serving with Amanda Rich as prophetic ministers for graduates of Purpose and Destiny Class of December 2012.

Purpose and Destiny Prophetic Ministry - Dec 2012

Amanda Rich and I serving the precious ladies from Purpose and Destiny


Heard a chorus today. It went something like this,” I want to be one of those who live by faith. I want to be one of those who live according to your strength, Jesus” As I listened to the chorus being sung I couldn’t help but wonder, Is this what you really want?

Have you any idea how disruptive and intense your life will be if Jesus suddenly took you at your word and made every aspect of your life a supernatural faith journey.

Yes, it would be glorious, you would be able to see and hear things you have never dreamed of but the natural part of you may not be as excited. I thought I wanted this and began praying to have more supernatural experiences where Jesus would invade my life on multiple levels. He extended the invitation and I gladly accepted but quickly learned that this is not always a comfortable place to live and function. Many questions, doubts and much confusion surround a life lived in the supernatural faith realm.
I feel it is important to look at the full picture of walking out the supernatural lifestyle so that we don’t shrink back while on the journey due to not having some understanding that everything in your life will change!
As deep calls unto deep there are waves of emotions, thoughts, doubts and fears to conquer and progress through. The waves come as the supernatural realm invades the natural realm in your life. This is truly a glorious experience and filled with joy and excitement, in most cases, however there is the flip side of this that we forget. When our physical frame is encountered by the supernatural realm it can also cause intense emotional and physical reactions. Shaking, trembling, crying, uncontrollable laughter, and falling into trance like states are some many have heard of and perhaps even experienced. As wonderful as these experiences can be what happens if they were last longer than a few moments? In addition to those things just mentioned I also encountered intense intercession and broaden prophetic encountered and ministry. I was able to “see” things and events ahead of time. This is great but can be a bit overwhelming at times. I remember asking Jesus “What do I do with what you are showing me, Jesus?” I asked this a lot. I still do.
When Jesus encounters you in supernatural realms there are no natural answers to be had even though the natural mind will demand an answer. I have seen some who completely discredit the supernatural realm because the lack of being able to provide a natural answer to unnatural experiences becomes too much. Even though I strongly feel this is the wrong position to take for many reasons, I can understand the struggle that would cause some to take this position. It’s true. Natural reasoning has no place in the supernatural faith realm so if you are someone who needs to have tangible answers to any encounter you may have the place of the supernatural is not the place for you as there are just some things that will make no natural sense. Let me encourage you to take the journey anyway. When Jesus extends the invitation to come know Him in this way I would strongly, very strongly encourage you to say ‘Yes’! Even with all the changes and challenges I have encountered in the physical realm since accepting this invitation, it is still so worth it. So very worth it! Remember we are accepting an invitation to get to know more about our Lord, Jesus. He wants us to know Him in this way! The cry in our heart to know more of Him originates from Him, He is the initiator..we are the responder. There is nothing but gain in getting to know more of Him. The physical challenges will only last for a moment but the treasures that are gained will last a lifetime and even beyond. This is a new year. 2013 holds great opportunities. Begin this New Year by asking Jesus to extend the invitation to you. Be willing to conquer the challenges when they come THEN be prepared to reap. Be prepared to reap more of the reality of Jesus. He loves to lavish on those who give themselves to Him therefore you will see new things, experience divine encounters, hear and see with new clarity. In short, an opportunity to walk out the reality of His kingdom while still living on earth. Seeing His kingdom invade this earth to bring all things into agreement with Him.