LIVING THE SUPERNATURAL LIFE IN FAITH
The Position of Greatness
Matt. 18:3-4
Do you ever wonder why Jesus compares being like a child to being great in His kingdom? On the surface it would be easy to say it is due to the vulnerability and openness of children. Children are very trusting by nature. This is true but I feel it is far deeper than that. One thing that has been brought to my attention lately is the spirit of adventure that is in the nature of a child. Children love to find out new things! They love to explore and make things happen. Doing the ‘same ole, same ole’ is not in the nature of a child. When you watch children you see them touching everything thing, running to check out things and wanting to know how things work. They have endless questions as they are always interested to learn and find out what the limits are. I see that in the life in my grandson, Jonathan. He is such a fun little guy! All of 3 years old he is truly an inspiration! I get energized by being with him. Everything is new! Each day is a new adventure waiting to happen!
That is exactly how we, as Believers, have to be in order to be great in the kingdom of Heaven. We have to be just as vulnerable, unafraid and hungry to know the things Heaven as a child in order to ever attain to what Jesus provided for us. He came, lived and died in order that we may be able to live a life of supernatural faith. To do the works that He did while living here plus more. (John 14:11-14) I also see that just like a child we are to be completely and totally dependent on Jesus for protection, comfort and provision. Just like a child we are to have complete trust in all the Jesus takes us through, provides for us and the timing of everything we need. We must daily challenge our tendency to lean on what we think we know about our lives, needs and life in order to be qualified to walk out the life of faith He has for each one of us.
The Supernatural lifestyle of faith is not tangible in the natural realm of living. You won’t see it the “greater works shall he do” acts take place while living life in the day to day sameness of the natural/material world. To see and do the supernatural acts that have been promised to us changes will need to take place in your life.
There must be dissatisfaction with this life in the natural realm. There must be a desire for more! In short, a hunger for more than natural senses can satisfy. Only then are you ready to move into the lifestyle of faith offered through the supernatural realm. The limitless, vast world where anything and everything is possible is available today for any who will accept its reality and pursue it with energy and faith of a child.
I encourage all who read this article to begin to take those steps today. Jesus desires to take us all into deeper places in Him. His kingdom will not be found in the natural realm but in the supernatural realms that only He can take us into. He is ever watchful for those who will choose to take the first step leading to greatness. He wants to unfold so much to those who will choose to see and respond.
Make the decision to walk out the greatness that is your birthright as a Believer in Christ. Glorious encounters await you!
ENJOY THE JOURNEY.
Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia International Ministries

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THE BEAUTY OF TRANSITION

March 26, 2013

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

Recently I was observing the life cycle of the butterfly. It is considered one of the “advanced insects” in that it has a complete life cycle. This basically means that the butterfly has four separate stages, each of which looks completely different and serves a different purpose in the life of the insect. There is one stage that the butterfly goes through in which it goes through major transformation just before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. Seems right before it reaches its ‘glory stage’ it goes into hiding where little seems to be going on from the outside. Even though nothing seems to be going on during what is called the Chrysalis stage, there are in fact major transformations going on within the enclosure that caterpillar rests in while the transformations are taking place.

That got me to thinking how this so much parallels the life of those who love and obey Christ. Believers who love Jesus will experience seasons when nothing seems to be going on when seen from the natural view. Many promises the Lord gave are still waiting to be fulfilled. Things in the natural realm don’t seem to be happening as fast as you would like. Seems you are ‘on hold’ about some major things that need to take place in your life. A needed career change, your life mate, a family move to another city, a promotion at work. These are just some of the things you may find yourself to be in transition about. Each one presents its own set of challenges. The most challenging of all is the desire to move forward but having been hemmed in, you must now to wait on the Lord for His timing in order to move forward.

As Believers, we may find ourselves in this ‘Chrysalis’ stage many times. It seems to be part of the normal ‘life cycle of the follower of Jesus while living on this earth. Personally, I have never found this transition stage in the ‘life cycle’ of the each Believer to be a comfortable place. You are no longer content where you were but not yet completely set in place where you are going. The Lord showed me that just like with the caterpillar that has come to rest itself in this small enclosed place called the Chrysalis or pupa stage so we must also rest ourselves in Him during times of waiting. We are being transformed for the next season to come.

Our Great Shepherd knows that we cannot move to new areas of Him with the ‘old clothes’ our souls and spirits may be clothed in so He arranges for times of transition, hemming in, so we can have the necessary changes made in order to get us ready for what is to come in the next season or cycle of the journey with Him. Truly, there is no such thing as ‘idle time” in Him. Jesus uses every single thing we go through for His glory and our good. Knowing this does help but here are some ‘tools of waiting’ I have found to be helpful during this time:

 Stay Close to Jesus. Extend your prayer time so as to keep your spirit sharp for each shift in the Spirit realm.

 Use the waiting time to start or complete those things He has been speaking to you to do but you have not had time.

 Journal your time. You will find it helpful as you move forward. Keeping a ‘book of remberance’ can be a tool to encourage your faith when other challenges come in the journey ahead. It testifies that Jesus is faithful in every season!

 Get some rest! This is your season to rest and get yourself ready for the next season which will be a ‘new journey’. This new leg of the journey will require new energy, stamina and endurance to complete.

 Remember Jesus is using this time to make major changes in you and in around you. Don’t allow what you see in the natural realm distract you. Things are happening whether you can sense them or not.

 Ask Jesus for ‘Spirit Pictures’. I have learned to ask Jesus to show me glimpses of what is taking place in the spirit realm so I can continue to stay at peace and wait in belief.

These are just a few things I have found to be of help during the seasons of transition. No doubt as you walk through these seasons you will find tools of waiting of your own. The major key is to wait with a heart of faith and focus on Jesus. His desires and purposes for you are great.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

Venetia Carpenter, Founder
Ecclesia International Ministries

WALKING IN THE INHERITANCE
Living in the Abundance of Those Who Have Gone Before
Galatians 3

Have you ever heard or read of someone who received an great inheritance from a distant relative? In some cases the person receiving the inheritance may not have even met the relative that was now leaving them this vast source of wealth. To be honest, each time I hear of something like this taking place I immediately, almost involuntarily, think, “Wow, that must be nice. I wish that was me receiving that.”

Ever been there?

To wake up one day to find that you have suddenly inherited a fortune simply from having been born into your family is probably everyone’s dream. Who wouldn’t be overjoyed to find that you can now partake of wealth and riches beyond anything you could have dreamed of all for just being who you are?

Guess what? Great News!

Those of us who know Jesus and make the decision to walk by faith in Him alone have such an inheritance! It is the blessings Jesus purchased for us through His life, sacrifice, death and resurrection. It is contained in salvation, which is awesome in itself. If it was just salvation that was purchased that would truly be more than we could ever hope to have gained in our sinful state. But wait… there is more! We not only gain salvation but we have also gained full access to all the blessings of Abraham, our distant relative.
We see in scripture that Jesus redeemed us so that we can now receive all the blessings of Abraham’s seed. (Vs. 13-14)That means each of us who have chosen to live in the faith realm are now privy to ALL the blessings of Abraham. Jesus opened the door for ‘whosoever will’ to be able to receive the promises that the seed of Abraham have access to.

It is important to remember that just like an earthly inheritance, there are conditions or requirements the recipient must fulfill in order to gain the wealth that is available.
For the ‘Faith Child’ (Believer) the requirement is simple…turn away from all forms of living after the flesh and live completely submitted to the Holy Spirit by Faith. (Vs.5-9) Commit yourself to live in all Jesus shows you to do…even when it seems scary. Remember the ‘the just shall live by faith’ (Rom1:17). Those that believe and walk out this truth now have full access to all the promised of Abraham. (Vs. 26-29) The promises of Abraham are great. We have been give great riches (Gen.13:2); vast lands (Gen. 15:18); Fruitfulness in every area of life (Gen. 17:2-9). Truly, there is no earthly inheritance that can compare with great inheritance that our Savior and gracious Lord have purchased for us. So very awesome!!
This Easter season as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It is a time to reflect on not just His life and death but, most importantly, His defeat of the grave and all that this brought for those who will believe. I encourage you to take this time to reflect on how much of the inheritance you are currently walking in. There is still opportunity to walk in more! Use this as a time to purpose to walk in all the blessings brought for you through so great a victory.

LIVING A LIFE OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH WILL YEILD SUPERNATURAL RESULTS.

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

EMBRACING OUR EXPECTATIONS

February 22, 2013

EMBRACING OUR EXPECTATIONS
(Job 22:26-28, Mark 11:22-24)
I saw a church sign recently that read, “How to give up your expectations”. The sign was posting what the next sermon topic was going to feature. As I read the sign something about the statement immediately hit me the wrong way. There was a sadness that came over my spirit to think that as Believers we have to give up our godly expectations. I am convinced that we are not a people called to give up our expectations but to have our desires, dreams and hopes brought to Jesus so that He can give us strategies as to see them come to pass. (Jer. 33:3 Acts 17:26-27).
Jesus desires to use us in partnership to see His will be done and His kingdom come on earth today. He chooses to use us in partnership. We are called to be His ambassadors, which mean we represent Him, here on this earth. Therefore, anything He wants to have done on earth He chooses and will use us (His people) to accomplish. This includes our expectations.
Those who are in right communion with Jesus will find that He places His desires for our future within us, then He calls us into fellowship and partnership with Him in order to see these desires come to pass. (Jer. 29:11; Ps. 62:5)
We are a people who are to expect to see the glory of the Lord come forth in all that is around us. We commune with Him, He place His desires in us, then we partner with Him in intercession, prophetic declarations and prophetic acts to see His kingdom come forth on earth.
This is not ‘wishful thinking’ or hope that is grounded in our own fleshly desires but expectations that have been breathed into our spirit from heaven. Please don’t misunderstand, any expectations that are birthed in anything outside of God should be given up BUT for those in Christ we must remember that when we commune with Jesus He births desires into us. These desires are godly and there should be an expectation to see them come to pass. These seeds of change called expectations are to be carried forth and fought for.
As we embrace our dreams and expect to see them come forth we will see great and glorious things come forth in our lives as well as the lives of others. I have some desires and dreams that Jesus has given to me so have begun to make prophetic declarations over those things daily! Since doing this I am already seeing results come forth in the natural realm. I am finding that what I speak into the spirit realm sets things in motion in the natural. It can for you also!
Dream, Expect, Embrace and See!

Venetia Carpenter
Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

SUPERNATURAL PERCEPTION

January 28, 2013

SUPERNATURAL PERCEPTION
Choosing to Really See
Matt.16:13-23

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.

WHEN THE SUPERNATURAL MEETS THE NATURAL

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.

START THE JOURNEY, TAKE THE CHALLENGE, WIN THE GREATEST PRIZE OF ALL, JESUS