The first time that I got knocked out under the power of Holy Spirit was a life changing experience. The presence of God overshadowed me and I could not move, all I could feel in my body was intense heat in my left hand. As I lay there surrounded on all sides by other laid down lovers, also slain and experiencing wonders unspeakable, a vision began. I saw a very big city next to a body of water. It wasn’t an ocean, more like a bay or a river. I asked God to show me more of the city once Holy Spirit reminded my spirit that this was gonna be important. He changed the view of the city. This time, I was above the city looking at all of the buildings from an aerial view. As I’m being shown the rooftops of this city, my spirit began to look for the twin towers and I don’t know why. At this point, I had no idea what city this could be and the feeling of looking for the twin towers left me confused for a second because they are gone. God changed the scene again. Next, I was flying and seeing in between buildings very high up. Then I saw Spider-man in front of me and he was swinging from one building to another and in my heart I felt a heavy realization fall on me. I hoped that this was the city that I had been dreaming about for almost a year and had no idea why. Then I heard the voice of the Lord say “DO YOU WANT NEW YORK CITY?” (it really did feel like he said it in all caps honestly all i could do was scream after i heard this).
This is why I am going. God asked me if I wanted a city so the next step is for Him to give it to me, I assume. Is this arrogance to say that God is giving me a city? No, I don’t believe that it is. I am reminded of Heidi Baker’s testimony from when her and Rolland visited Toronto and God asked her if she wanted the country of Mozambique. Also I am reminded of her earlier testimony of when she was young and at a college service and the man preaching was talking about how God was giving him a city. Heidi thought the man was being arrogant and dismissed his claims. Then an angel appeared to her, in the middle of her fake smiling and bitter thoughts, pointed right at her and said "This man is telling the truth. Listen to him.".
She then proceeded to weep and worship for hours and hours at the sight of this angel and the rebuke. If God was gonna give this man a city then she wanted a nation!
I believe that this is the beginning of something huge. God is giving me a city and I am ready to co-labor with Him to see His Kingdom come into the lives of the people there. After this, along with this, in the midst of this, I don’t really know yet, but I believe that one day God will be asking me if I want nations. Gotta start somewhere, why not the largest and most influential city in the USA? I want to be able to bring cities and nations to Him. I want it for Him. I know who I am now and there is no pressure. This should be overwhelming but it is in all of the good ways. I am overwhelmingly thankful, hopeful, and excited for all that is to come.
In four days I will be there. As I look back to the time when I had that vision, I would never have thought that I would actually be getting on a plane to go there. God is faithful. All is for His glory.
Understanding this prayer (the Lord’s prayer) helps us to realize the intended goal of all prayer - that the Lordship of Jesus would be seen in all circumstances of life. As the Kingdom of God confronts sin, forgiveness is given and change comes to the nature that had only known how to sin. When His rule collides with disease, people are healed. When it runs into the demonized, they are set free. The Kingdom message’s nature provides salvation for the whole man - spirit, soul, and body. That is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
—Bill Johnson (via claimedbylove)
Unbelief is actually faith in something other than God. He is jealous over our hearts. The one whose primary trust is in another grieves the Holy Spirit.
God just … is. This universe is his and all in it is smaller than he is. He is who holds everything together. He is. Of course nature reflects God, it’s his. Of course you are the image bearer of God, you’re His treasured creation with his very breath in you. Of course Jesus wants us to share everything with us, because in him are all things. He is endless. He is uncreated. He just is.
It’s amazing how the things I’ve been taught my whole life start to really sink in and completely change me in seconds. Let Jesus be your foundation and everything else just falls into place and revelation comes. Be grounded in love because He is love. Love is our foundation. Love is holding together the fibers of our being. I’m so glad God is love and not who I grew up thinking Him to be.
just like faith without works is dead, so is love without expression
There is so much more to the “overflow” than I could have ever imagined.
Being called to a place or people group has more to do with receiving the love of Jesus and diving deeper into this endless ocean of grace than it does “ministering” to them. The purpose is always intimacy. These encounters for the kingdom do happen but they happen because Jesus is right there speaking to your heart like “I LOVE THEM, SHOW THEM”. Happy missionaries are in love with God. My perspectives have been shifted before and they are still being shifted. The voice of God trumps all theology or preconceptions about Him we decide to believe.
The future is bright and I am going to sleep in peace tonight.