DEEP WATERS

Thank you Lord, for leading me into deep waters. Thank you for dreams that are impossible, dreams that can only come through You. Thank you for the feelings of frustration that come from hope deferred, so that I can relate to those who are in like circumstances. Thank you for the hope that I have in You, a hope that has no reason, hope springing up from the deep waters of Your love.

Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.

I know that as I sink below the surface of my conscious experience and allow myself, my dreams to sink out of sight, that You Lord will resurrect them in the beauty of Your holiness. Thank you Lord for joy unspeakable and  full of glory, joy that is only found in Your presence. Thank you for Your grace that covers all my insufficiency. 

I am sufficient in You and in Your love I will trust.

8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children. 9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God. 10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, And be glad with her, all you who love her; Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her; 11 That you may feed and be satisfied With the consolation of her bosom, That you may drink deeply and be delighted With the abundance of her glory.” 12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; On her sides shall you be carried, And be dandled on her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”              Isaiah 66:8-13 (NKJV)

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9/10/13

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HARVEST, DANCING IN FIELDS OF GRACE

The harvest you have been waiting for is here.

Christ in you/me is the hope of glory. When we see Him, like looking into a mirror and seeing His image instead of our own, then we are in the position to receive all that heaven has been holding for us. When we understand that it is not something that we will or make happen, it is simply surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit and trusting in the grace of our Papa. When we trust in His love for us more than the perfection of our obedience, then we are in position to receive all that He desires to give us. All those dreams that you’ve been dreaming for as long as you can remember, they are probably rooted in your destiny calling. How are you looking at your life?

 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.  Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.  Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.  Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

Psalms 85:10-13

Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Jesus Christ has  brought reconciliation to humanity, the truth of our wasted lives has been overcome, by overwhelming righteousness. We have the peace of God that surpasses our understanding, guarding our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven. 

This world is all about truth, or at least the worldly perception of truth, but what does righteousness say about that view of truth?

There is a reason that Papa is laughing at the plans of the enemy, He knows truth, He is truth. I believe that His laughter is our weapon against the stronghold of deception. When I can laugh with my Father in the face of adversity, I know that it is a lie and I am setting myself in agreement with the righteous perspective of heaven. My agreement sets in motion angelic hosts to whom my Papa has already given assignment to watch over me and keep me in all my ways.

What is the outcome of this marvelous relationship?

Yes, the Lord will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.

When we live in Christ all of the resources of heaven are ours, that is really big, overflowing increase. That is bringing heaven to earth on a scale that will get the attention of the worldly and make them jealous for what we have. They will come to us with open hearts to receive the obvious goodness that Papa has poured out upon us.

Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

The knowledge of His righteousness carries His presence. His presence is heaven and all of heavens resources. When we live in the revelation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the truth that His righteousness is our righteousness, the atmosphere of heaven is established. The greater our revelation of this central truth of His grace, the greater the sphere of influence we will carry, to the point that His presence precedes us wherever we go and prepares the way before us.

His footsteps will become our pathway.

Growell©

9/10/13

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DON’T SWEAT THE DETAILS

I was reading my bible this morning. I flipped it open to the account of Joshua at Jericho, I know this story very well as do most believers. But this morning I saw something new. The Angel of the Lord told Joshua to have all the people follow the priests carrying the arc. He was instructed to have 7 priests carry 7 trumpets and they were to walk around the walls of Jericho once every day in silence for 6 days. On the seventh day they were to walk around 7 times and on the seventh the priests were to blow the trumpets and at their blast the people were to shout and the walls would collapse.

But Joshua had the priests blow the trumpets all the time they marched around the city. On the seventh day because the trumpets had been blasting the whole time, the people had to wait for Joshua to give the command to shout and attack.

Whats the difference? The walls still came down even though God’s instructions were not carried out perfectly.

When I read this it brought great comfort to me to know that God is the creator of infinite details so intricate that we cannot begin to comprehend the complexity of His work. But it is not so with us, no one obeys His word perfectly, only Jesus. And that is the whole thing, only Jesus has ever obeyed all of Papa’s instructions, but we are in Christ.

His grace covers our failures and insufficiency, our success is not dependent on absolute, perfect obedience. Our success is dependent on the finished work of Jesus Christ.

PAID IN FULL

How wonderfully sweet is the offering of My Son, He came as High Priest and offered His blood once for all of time at the mercy seat of Heaven.  The aroma of His burnt offering fills all of heaven and is fresh in My nostrils now.

          When His blood was offered I saw the chains of darkness fall from My children.  I saw the centuries of sin and pain washed away, never to stain and corrupt again.

          Now I look upon you, My Children, My Glorious ones, you are free to be without penalty of sin for eternity, free to show the world the Glory of My Son.

           They cannot look upon His face, they cannot bear the revelation of His Glory.  But you can show them, they can see you and His Glory that is upon you.  Oh how My heart beats with joy as you present Him in all of His Glory to those bound in darkness.  Heaven rejoices as the revelation of Jesus transforms their lives, His song rings eternal, paid in full, paid in full.

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PERCEPTION

Perspective determines perception, perception defines destiny.

The point from which we view something is our perspective. When you look at the negative circumstances around you, how are you seeing them?

From the perspective of heaven these negatives have already been dealt with at the ultimate positive, the cross. Don’t be misled into thinking that what is happening is somehow God’s will for us, He has given us our way through or over those situations, His name is Jesus. He is our model, Jesus went through some pretty tough situations. He was popular with many people, but the powers that be hated Him and sought to destroy Him from the beginning. Jesus constantly had to deal with the hard religious mindset that was totally opposed to His mission and was found even in His closest followers.

No one understood Him, NO ONE.

Some had a fragmented understanding of who He was, but nobody was in full agreement with Him. But in all these circumstances no physical harm came to Him, no government of earth had authority over Him, their armies couldn’t destroy Him or even touch Him. No mental harm came to Him, through all the rejection that He faced, even from His Mother and brothers, He kept His love on.

Jesus knew where He came from and knew what He came to do. He didn’t get stressed over anything, though He had constant opportunities—He was tempted in all things just as we are.

How did He do this? Jesus always took the time to fellowship with His Papa in heaven. It was His communion with Papa that kept His perspective clear.

No earthly authority could reign over Him because even as He was here on earth He maintained His heavenly perspective. Therefore His perception was clear, he could hear clearly the voice of the Spirit within Him. He knew what was in the hearts and minds of the men and women he met, and was able to deal correctly with those situations based on that inside information.

Because Jesus maintained His heavenly perspective, He perceived correctly. His perception extended into the future and defined His destiny. He knew He came to die on the cross and did not try to avoid it.

I believe that at the garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered beyond our understanding of the word. And that was because He took on Himself all the fears and emotional, mental trauma of us all. I believe that was the first time that Jesus allowed the troubles of us all to touch Him.

Even in that place, His perception of heaven remained, He knew He could avoid further pain. But looking beyond the pain He perceived His destiny as Savior of the world. He saw the countless generations that would enter into righteous relationship with Papa, if He did not faint. “Never the less, Your will be done”, Jesus submitted Himself completely to whatever His enemies desired to do to Him and went to the cross.

But He suffered so completely so that we wouldn’t have to.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”     John 16:33

Remain in Christ and maintain peace. He is seated at Papa’s right hand in heaven and we who are in Him are seated with Him. We should perceive everything from His perspective, then we will remain in His peace and avoid the tribulation of the world.

 We will face adversity, but don’t allow it to trouble you. Stay in Christ and walk over your trials, through your trials, totally disintegrate your trials before they can touch you. This is our inheritance—our dominion is to bring earth into alignment with heaven.

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BEYOND THE VEIL

I picked up my palette knife and looked at the canvas. A swath of color and I saw it, the cloak of deception pulled back, Holy Spirit revealing His kingdom, waiting beyond the veil.

I hear His voice urging me to continue and as I paint color upon color, separating darkness from light I sense His pleasure. Tingling fingers dancing upon the canvas, His breath upon my cheek, the beauty of His kingdom emerges from the canvas.

I hear His whisper in my soul, “now all can see, who choose to see the beautiful reality of Me in you and you in Me. Together we can untangle the twisted perception of their reality.”

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”      Psalms 70:4

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9/2/13

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THROUGH THE DOOR

I see myself looking through a door that is only partially open, I know this is a vision of the prophetic art room of heaven. I have looked and seen a small fragment of the potential of art as prophecy. Bob Jones said that art would talk and be alive, I have seen my paintings vibrate and heard them sing, but there is so much more.

I’m going into Papa’s prophetic art room, I’m not there yet, but I am going in.

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.    Romans 8:19

9/2/13

IT IS GOOD

Papa created earth for us to enjoy. The inherent beauty of our planet reflects the glory of our Creator. Look to His awesome creation and rejoice for He is also represented in humankind.

When we learn to participate with the Spirit and fellowship with our Lord we will know life as we have never known before. Jesus has made it so easy to know Him, just come and ask and He will reveal Himself to you and in you.

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5/13

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“THE CANDLE OF THE LORD”

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5

When I began to prophesy, I considered it as written in stone. It could not change or it wouldn’t be the word of God. But I have learned that prophesy is not scripture, it is birthed in our spirit and spoken out from the matrix of the Holy Spirit in us. Our soul colors the words that are spoken. God speaks through those words, even if they are not all entirely His words.

I think of it like the Word of God in creation. His Word went out and creation came into being and it will continue to come into being for eternity. God’s Word doesn’t stop going out.

So relative to my prophetic art, His Word is in it because He is in me and whatever I put my hands to will carry His presence / His Word. When I apply the prophesy to a painting, that is what I believe Papa is saying at that time. If I lock that in and refuse to let Him continue to speak, then I am forfeiting much of the blessing of the painting.

Because of this I have learned to hold on lightly to the prophetic word of each work and allow Papa to continue to speak. It’s like a painting, it’s never really done, I can go back and continue to work on it forever I suppose. It will never reach the perfection of the vision that inspired it.

Does this negate the value of the prophetic word? Absolutely not, Holy Spirit can speak through anything and anyone no matter how flawed the vessel or what flows from it. He is in the flow without losing any part of the power of His word.

It’s the grace of God that He uses us to proclaim His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Cor 13:9-13

If we stay in the perception of His love, seeing and operating from a heavenly perspective, we will not get to far off track. So I do the best I can and trust Holy Spirit to clean up any discrepancies.

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.         

Isaiah 55:10-11

“THE CANDLE OF THE LORD”

The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord, illuminating the inner depths of his heart.  Proverbs 20:27

Shielded within the protection of My hands, you live. As you trust in Me and allow My Spirit to direct your lives you will grow in wisdom and understanding.

The problems that seem to overwhelm you now will seem so petty when My solution is found within you.

I Am the Lord who heals you, I Am the solution to all of life’s problems, look to Me and My light will illuminate your whole being. Then you will see clearly and the light that you carry will reveal to those around you their place in My Kingdom.

Growell©

8/31/13

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