I just left my permanent job with the Government of Canada. This is the second time in my life I left a job that was permanent to follow the Lord into what He had for my life. The first time was 12 years ago. When I left that time I had nothing except a promise from God that he would bless me. I didn’t have a ministry in those days and lived like a pauper but I had the greatest encounters of my life. God provided my needs during that time stretching my faith to believe for great things. That time is the foundation of who I am today.
Then 9 years ago the Lord led me back into the government of Canada once again. I needed a good job to take care of my new wife and family. Although I had ministry in my heart I didn’t have an income to take care of my household needs, so for 8 years I worked full time and did ministry in the evenings and on the weekends. I saw revival break out in many places including the offices that I worked in during that season.
In order to get to the place where I am today I had to learn to stretch my faith. Leaving my permanent job yesterday was a new step for me, but one that I am comfortable with. You see I have learned to walk in God’s voice and to trust him with the details of my life. As soon as my faith grows it grows again and I have been growing from faith to faith for many years now.
Through my life I have learned this - If you can't trust God to supply you the money for gas to go across town for a revival meeting then how do you expect to believe for airline tickets to go around the globe. You have to exercise your faith step by step. I chose many years ago to go where revival was happening in my town. There were times I would get out of my car to fill up the tank and the person filling up next to me offered to pay my gas. If God will do this for me then he will do it for you. He is no respecter of persons, however he does respect faith.
The last paragraph is very important to learn. I remember the day the Lord said to me “You will never worry about gas again because I am bringing you many places and I am paying for it.” Now it is one thing to hear that and another to live by it. When gas is cheap it can be easy to live by this word but when it is expensive your faith is challenged.
Last year I drove 25,000 km or more for the ministry all through the USA and Canada, and even in Europe. Money for gas has never been a problem. But there was a time in my life that I was afraid to fill my car tank up with gas because it seemed to expensive. I would put $10,00 to $15.00 in at a time because I felt that was all I could afford. This was a lie and I am thankful that I have learned to live past this thought.
I have people all the time tell me that they can’t afford to do work for the gospel. This is a lie. The truth is God takes care of the bill every time. You don’t have to worry about money at all. He will bring it to you as long as you live for him.
Matthew 10 is my compass for ministry. It says in verse 9 “When you go don’t take any money for your money belt – no gold, silver or copper coins.” I took this literally in my life.
There have been times that I have been on planes traveling thousands of miles from home that if the people where I was going didn’t give me anything then I might have been in trouble. All I had was money for ticket, not for food or even a place to stay, but God always provided. In fact there have been times that I have gone to places where I have had no money, and the people have given me no money but money still came to me by another source.
I have learned that God is the only source for money. I remember recently God sent me to a country that could not afford to bring me in. By the time I got home I sold three or four paintings through the internet and had a couple of donations so that all of our months bills were paid. The country I went to could not afford to buy my ticket but I went anyway because Matthew 10:9 is firmly in my heart. I don’t worry about gold and as a result I have traveled all over the world.
This didn’t start over night. I had to learn to believe for smaller things before greater, but if you will put your hand to God’s plow you will have the same testimony because what he has done for me he will do for you. You don’t have to worry one more day about money because God is the provider and will take care of you completely. Look to him alone. Worship him alone and you will have the same testimony as me.
There can be a dread that you live as you walk in the shoes of the Prophet. There are times that you can feel completely abandoned and alone. People who once supported you will look at you like you have ten heads. They will keep you at arm’s length calling you a friend when in reality you have just become a convenient contact.
There is real suffering in the life a Prophet. One of the things that you have to learn to do is forgive completely and try not to judge those that judge you. This is hard. I can preach this all day long but there are times when I run into the wall of judgement. I don’t even realize sometimes that I am doing it but I do. There are times when you will hunger for friendship and no friendship will be there. You will long for like-minded people to speak into your life but when you approach them they don’t make time for your life or worse yet they attack you.
You are left with only one option and that is cling to God. He is the only one that will never leave you nor forsake you. Some people will like you for a season but they can change. I have had them change against me many times. There are times that they will celebrate your life and then there are times that they will completely shun you.
You must not find your identity in them. You must clamor only toward God. You will never please man. Jesus knew what was in the heart of the people. You must find your identity in God alone. You must let his voice be your resting place.
However, that does not mean that you are to reject the people that abandon you or forsake you. Thankfully Jesus bore the cross even when we didn’t deserve it. His motivation was the mind of God and as a result his heart was filled with love for humanity.
I don’t love like Jesus. There are times that I feel the love of Jesus in me and there are times that I am just stubborn old me. There are times that I love those that hurt me and there are times when I can not love through my pain. In those hours I seek the Lord for healing.
I don’t want to be stopped by the rejection, the abandonment or the pain. I don’t want people’s bad attitudes toward me to define the steps that I take. I have to say that last year I go hurt really bad and I walked away from some people. I now realize that I was wrong. These people treated me badly but my reaction was one of judgment and now I have to make things right from my end. Judgement can keep you from entering into the promises or the fullness of God for your life. For my part I want to walk in the fullness so even when I am treated poorly I must find the grace to love even those that would hurt me.
Again I am not always successful with this, but by the power of Christ in me I will become more loving.
In truth the perfect love of Christ dwells in me and he is constantly shining through my life. That is the grace of God and yet my mind falls into darkness at times. I need the Holy Spirit to come in those moments to remind me that I am a son of God, redeemed and set free. I need the Holy Spirit to fill me with the presence of Jesus so that I can walk humbly in the world.
I love my God with all my heart and soul and mind. I know he loves me the same. So I will by His grace get to the places he has in store for me. It is already done through the power of the Cross.
I am very excited in the spirit about what God is about to do. This morning many of the prophetic images that I have had over the last while are colliding together and I am seeing a clearer picture. About two months ago or more I had a dream in which I was seeing revival meetings break out in Canada. I was not in the country when this was happening but as soon as I got back I joined in the meetings. One of my friends was there and when I went into the meeting I stood beside him.
The name of the speaker in these meetings was Victoria. She was dynamic and filled with the Holy Spirit. I remember seeing the glory lights fill the meeting space which happened to be taking place in a tent. A tent to me speaks of something temporary.
About a year ago I was with Doug Addison in Hamilton, Ontario when he began to prophesy that something big was going to take place in the Hamilton and the Greater Toronto region on May 20, 2016. In Canada the May 20 weekend is known as the Victoria Day long weekend. It is the celebration of Queen Victoria of England. So could this be the Victoria from my dream. I think it is the interpretation.
There are meetings starting this weekend May 27 to June 1 in Hamilton at the same church where Doug prophesied. These were not planned a year ago. Todd Bentley has been seeing major revival in Edmonton and decided he wanted to cross Canada and Joe Garcia’s Church the River International is where he is going. This was decided in the last week or so.
This morning as I was waking I saw a vision. In it there was a shepherd – a very healthy and spry looking shepherd who had a great stride and bounce in his step. He was carrying a walking step which he was using to guide the sheep. This was the sort of fellow I would have expected to see herding sheep in the high hills of Northern England and Scotland.
In the vision the sheep were walking beside him and they were running to keep up. He was determinedly guiding them to shelter.
And then there is another image that came to me also this morning. I saw a video on FaceBook of eagles gathering together fishing. Each in turn would leap from the air toward the ocean waters to gather a fish within its beak.
God is saying that something is about to happen in the Spirit. He is about to raise up the good shepherds who will bring in the sheep and catch the fish. There is an acceleration occurring in this moment for the harvest. I believe that we are going to see an increase in activity in the next while. We will also see the gathering of the prophets for harvest. Many will start coming together and in that place of association there will come an open heaven for what God is doing.
I believe that with the Victoria Day weekend here in Canada we actually crossed a window into a different place spiritually. We have entered into the harvest zone, so get ready to hear reports of increased activities for harvest. There will be more fires about to burn in new places.
I must stress that I really feel the Lord is saying that we must join together to see this harvest of souls. We must act as one body. We must gather and we must engage the enemy as one force. The enemy has taken out people in the past when they operate as lone rangers. I am seeing a picture of harvest in community with each other.
This is not only for the harvest but for your well-being. One of the great marks of revival is supernatural fellowship. I have seen this everywhere I go. People will even move from towns into new towns in order to be in the place where the spirit of God is moving in community. I saw that occur in the revival that I was a part of in Kinburn, Ontario under Mark Redner. People will move to hot spots in order to serve and to have divine fellowship. I believe that we will see this again in this season.
Todd Bentley has been seeing the Glory train a lot lately. The Glory train is an image that stays with me. It never leaves. I having been seeing it for 12 years ever since I came back to Christ. I once saw the glory train in a vision steaming up the valley that I live in. I knew it was a sign of revival and indeed that is what we experienced in those years.
Yesterday as I was praying into what God is doing in Hamilton I came to the decision in prayer that I was completely behind what God is going to do there even though physically I am going to be in Australia for the next two months carrying out revival services there. However, I decided that whatever I could do in social media to advance what God is doing there then I will do it.
As I ended my prayer which I prayed in my art studio I came into the house and began to write an endorsement for the meetings. I attached the poster that was developed for the meetings to what I had written which was a pic of a glory train and then I sent it out. I went into the kitchen where my kids had been painting all morning and my six year old son who is very prophetic came up to me with a picture he had done. First I was not paying attention to him but he was relentless and insisted that I look. Finanlly he said, “Dad, look I have painted the Glory train.”
I was shocked. I had no idea that he was painting it, and what is more, he even knew to call it the glory train. God is speaking if we will listen. God is about to move in power even in Canada once again.
It is time for something fresh in the spirit. It is time for the convocation of the eagles for harvest. Get ready for great gatherings to take place and for many to be brought into the kingdom as a result.
I pray that the enemy will not distract this move of the Holy Spirit and I pray that you will have eyes to see and a heart to embrace what God is doing. You may not be one hundred percent comfortable with the packages that God wants to use but I pray that will not stop you from stepping in. Some of you need to hear this as you step into what God is about to do your entire family is going to be saved. So I pray that you will be strengthened and softened to enter into what the spirit is doing.
Learning to rest in God has been challenging for me through the years. My natural speed is fast. I have always worked hard and fast. I am always trying to figure out another way to make an impact in this life. When I was young I didn’t know the Lord and worked hard to get myself educated. I would work 32 hours a week and go to University full time. This didn’t affect my grades at all. I ended up graduating at the top of my class.
Perhaps you are like me and you work too hard sometimes. It can be hard to rest. It can be hard to just set back and enjoy time. I can always see the next thing that can be done. The next article that can be written. The next painting to be painted. The next church to connect with. The next piece of the administrative puzzle that needs to be done to do what I do.
And yet, I feel God is strongly saying that he is calling us to learn to rest more in this hour.
I have a huge vision for revival in Canada, the USA and the world. I really believe we are going to see millions saved in large scale meetings around the world. God has shown me that I myself will see this, but right now I have no understanding on how to do it. If this is going to be a part of my life then I will have to enter into a different reality than what I am in right now.
In the last year I have ministered in 14 to 16 nations and prophesied over thousands of people and yet I have not seen nearly what I want to see.
God is preparing us. He is in the process of shifting the wineskins in order for us to enter into the place of greater move that is going to take place.
I was praying recently asking God if I will see this move that will take place. He said to me you will see it but you have to rest in my presence and stop worrying about the details. He pretty much said he doesn’t need me to sit around worrying about the salvations that are coming, but when the time is right I will enter into that time in my life.
Now for someone like me who is driven this kind of word is difficult because of part of me wrestles with the idea that there is nothing I can do to make this happen. But I had another dream. The Lord showed me that if I continued on the path that I am going, working as hard as I am working then I will burn out too young. As if these two words were not enough I heard another speaker that I admire say that she only works about 15 to 20 hours per week and the rest of the time she just hangs out with the ones she loves.
This is not my life, but I want it to become my life. I want to enter into the place of faith where I can do more in less time and feel more rested.
My heart is not to burn however unless the Lord intervenes and reveals the better way for me then that is what might happen. We need to hear his voice clearly and enter into this rest (Hebrews 4).
We need to practice the Sabbath Rest and we need to rest when God tells us to rest. One of the fears that rises in me is will God provide for my seasons of rest. In my mind know that he will but my behavior says otherwise. Therefore I must labor to enter into his rest trusting that he will provide for it.
If you remember the Israelite people were told to let the land lie follow one in seven years and God provided for them during that time (Exodus 23:11). So God will provide for us as we do as his word says. So we need to know the word. God must enter more fully into our primary thoughts and be at the forefront of our minds. As he has the precedence we will hear him more clearly and as we obey we will find more enjoyment in our work and in our rest.
I pray that God teaches us both the great blessing of the truths that I am trying to teach today. Pray for me as I pray for you.
Psalm 31:15 says, “My times are in your hands.” When I first came back to the Lord at the age of 32 I felt like an old man. I was sad about all the years of service that I felt I had loss during my years as an Atheist.
You don’t gain any strength in living in regret. We must find our strength in God’s word alone. When He speaks to our hearts it becomes the fuel to help us to enter into the destiny he has for our lives.
I didn’t spend much time worrying about the years I loss because I just began to serve him with the years that I had left. I read a book called “Confessions” by St. Augustine in which he talks about time. For him time was an invention of mankind that was useful in order to understand the span of one’s life – past, present and future. He believed there was no such thing as the past or future but only the moment that we live in.
When I read Augustine the idea of eternity in time began to take hold of me. I began understand that the moment that we live in is all we have and that from the moment I was born I was a part of the eternal moment. The only reason we believe there is time is because of our concept of death. Remove death and our concept would change. If our bodies were eternal and we did not suffer pain, sorrow or death our understanding of life would shift. Time would mean very little and this is what happened in Christ. He destroyed death and therefore destroyed time. We are now eternal.
As these thoughts began to take a hold of me I began to let go of regret. I realized that God had all my time in his hands and that he was able to make each moment fruitful. He began to lead me from place to place by his voice. There were times that his voice seemed to speak in the future to my very present. It was as if I was surrounded by his voice. I would think something and turn my head and see the very thought I just had on a wall, a sign or in a book.
This confused me very much in the beginning but I began to understand that time mattered little now and that death wasn’t even real. Because of what Jesus did on the cross I wouldn’t die at all. This body has a time table but in Christ I didn’t. I would be going from glory to glory for all of eternity.
My eternity began in the moment of my salvation. I am now a person of a different realm – an eternal realm. I may still live in both but I am more alive in the other. God is with me and I am with him for now and forevermore.
This concept of the ETERNAL NOW became alive within me and I began to let go of time. In fact I would say that because of letting go I have lived much longer than I would by clinging to it. I have experienced more in the last 10 years than I would have in 10 lifetimes. I experience more in one month than others would experience in a year. And this of course is a good thing.
God has a way of expanding our minds past time if we let him. We may live in this realm but our experience of it will be greater than the limitations of it because we are not bound to it. We can experience God through dreams and visions. There are times when I have had a dream and in it I can feel hours pass by, and yet, the dream only lasted a few minutes.
So in this case time was expanded and retracted in the same moment.
I know that this may seem deep but sometimes deepness is the best way to express what God is saying.
Describing time is not like describing a flower. A flower might be pretty. It might have white petals and a yellow button in the middle with a green stem. But time can't be described this way. Our experience of time is different.
Since Christ came into my heart just 12 years ago life is richer and fuller. I have done more in 12 years than I could have done in an entire lifetime outside of Christ. 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
The boundaries of time and fear have been destroyed. My normal life is now a life free from fear. There are things that I could never have accomplished if I remained in fear, but because of the life of Christ I have accomplished many things, therefore time does not have the same constraints as it once did.
I pray that God reveals what I am saying to you and that your sense of time will shift. There is no age in Christ because you are eternal. God has great things in store for you no matter where you are on the scale of earthly time. In fact I will say it again, there is no time. It is a creation of man to absorb his experience of decay. Once you remove death you live forevermore and temporal life is really just the beginning of eternal life.
I don't believe I will ever die. I am going from life to eternal life. Once my eyes shut on this hour there will be no more hour because I will be free in the eternal moment. I will be truly free.
I want to encourage you today not to give up on the Lord. In his time he will make all things new in your life. He will provide for you and he will heal your brokenness. I love my God so much because what I am saying here are not just words but I have come to know for certain that He is a good father.
There are times that I feel down about my own life. It happens when I begin to compare myself to others. Perhaps like you there are times that I just don’t feel my life is good enough. I am not happy enough or I am not rich enough, or I am not quite good looking enough. There are times that I feel that I am not as effective a minister as I could be and that others are more effective. When I come to this place in my heart I begin to seek God anew. You see these thoughts are not God’s thoughts for my life. When I begin to be overwhelmed with this negativity I ask Him to show me what he thinks about my life.
The key is to place yourself firmly in the Lord’s hands – to remain in the shelter of the Most High. To repent when he says repent and to forgive when he says forgive. We must keep ourselves in the place of humility. We must never be proud for long. We should ask God to help us stay within the place of His spirit and his presence. When we do times of great refreshing come to us (Acts 3:19).
You see when you are in Christ, then God’s voice has a way of elevating you from the problems of this world. A year ago I entered into full time ministry. The Lord specifically told me that he wanted me to operate my ministry not as a charity, but as a small business. This concerned me in the natural because I was worried about the amount of taxes I would have to pay.
But I knew this was the Lord’s voice for my life. So I began to ask God about paying taxes. I knew I always had to be honest because God would know if I was not. So that meant my taxes could be high if a lot of income came in.
As I sought him for this answer he spoke to me and said, “You are not of this world. You are my son and you represent a different realm. You will never have to worry about taxes again.” Now when I heard this I was concerned because I didn’t know God well enough to trust him with my taxes.
This year I spent a week doing my taxes. I made a lot more money than I expected last year. After going to 12 to 14 nations the expenses were high but the money that I made was higher. It was the first time since I started running my business that I made a profit. I was very surprised by my reaction. I was so excited because I knew in my heart that God blessed me last year and that the profit was a sign of his blessing.
The Lord had given me the scripture about Peter getting the gold coin out of the mouth of the fish to pay the temple tax for him and Jesus. That scripture always seemed so brazen to me. A part of me always felt like they should have earned the money in order to pay the taxes. But that is not what the essence of this story is about.
I believe that Jesus did this miracle to show us how easy it will be for us to satisfy the world’s system. We are not slaves to the world or its systems any longer but we are more than conquerors. I believe he was showing us this so that we wouldn’t live below the system but above it.
My tax bill this year was very big. In the natural it could have taken me a year to pay it. In fact I talked to my accountant and asked him what would happen if I couldn’t pay it. He said it probably wouldn’t be a good idea but you would pay interest.
I had that conversation with him on a Wednesday and by Friday I had 90% of the money given to me for the taxes. In another week we paid the tax bill in full without it even being a hardship at all.
I told you this story to show you how the Lord’s voice works. He said that I would not have a problem with taxes. When I heard this word first I was definitely refreshed because I actually knew in my heart that God spoke it. And the truth of the word was confirmed one year later when it was it happened in reality. I learned once again that no word from the Lord will ever fail (Luke 1:37).
I pray that God elevates you with his voice so that the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. I pray you will learn the walk of faith by hearing his voice so clearly.
I just had a vision of the older generation. I see that many of you that are in their 50’s and higher have been battling the thoughts of the enemy for a long time. Many of you have been gripped with chains of depression, anxiety and fear. Some of you resorted to drugs, alcohol and even medication in order to cope with the weight that came against you.
However, the battle in the mind is actually a battle in the spirit. You have been in the middle of an incredible battle and you have barely held your ground but you will hold your ground. You will be like David’s mighty man Shammah. 2 Samuel 23:11-13 says, “One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.”
There is a mighty valor that rises on the hearts of God’s people when they determine to stand their ground despite the coming onslaught before them. You may be going through a difficult time on the job. You may be facing persecution from family for your faith. You may not have enough money to get to the end of the week and the landlord is threatening to throw you out but if you stand your ground in faith none of these things will overcome you. You will triumph every time in Christ.
Just today I saw a vision a man’s head bursting through the iron clouds of darkness into the eternal realm of God’s light and love. I actually saw this amazing amber light glow as his head went into the realm of God's presence.
You see the victory for your breakthrough has already been established. When Jesus died on the cross your salvation was secure in him, but the battle lies in the thoughts. If the enemy can keep your mind on earthly things and bound to his lies then you will not overcome, but if you seek God he will fill you with his glorious thoughts and you will rule and reign in him.
I watched as this man’s head burst into the stratosphere of God’s blinding light and all darkness began to fall off of him. You need to continue to seek God until you find Him. There is no point in giving up. You have to stand up and fight another day.
Each morning when you wake ask God for his thought for the day. He will guide you and you will overcome. He has good treasures in store for your life. So many of them that you would never be able to imagine them let alone count them.
I know that many in the older generation have been pressing into the things of God for a long time, but they have learned to persevere as a result. I declare that if you are one of these then you will become some of the greatest dragon slayers of our time. The dragons are the thoughts that would destroy the minds of mankind. Once you have broken into the realm of God’s presence and glory you will help others do the same. You will become the greatest peacemakers and encouragers. You will become the lifters of broken hearts and minds.
When we get the victory in Jesus this victory becomes the potential victory for many others. I pray that you will continue to persevere so that you will become hardened to the enemies tactics butalive in the things of God. I pray that his great hope will awaken your senses so that you begin to fight like never before.
The truth is your greatest days are before you.
In a recent dream I was standing in an Ocean town that I am familiar with on Canada’s east coast. In the natural this town is absolutely stunning. There are views of the ocean from every angle. When I was a boy this town was known for being a tough town to live in. My friends and I feared the young people of this town because they had a reputation of being aggressive.
In this dream the Father stood beside me. He said, “Climb to the top of the road and you will be amazed at what you will see next.”
I started to go as soon as he said it because I knew in my heart if the Father was telling me that I was about to see something beautiful then that is exactly what I should expect.
I was amazed at how easy this hill was to climb. My expectation of what I was about to see was propelling to the top. I didn’t think the hill would take as long to climb as it did. I kept expecting to see what the Father had promised but there seemed to always be a little further to go.
Eventually however I reached the summit and what I saw was breathtakingly beautiful. On the other side of the hill was the ocean underneath the moonlight. White light radiated onto the waters. I could see for a great distance and the water was as calm as any waters I had ever seen in my life. It looked like ice but it was a summer’s day.
This reminds me of another vision that I had a few years ago. The vision also took place in this same province in Canada. In that vision I stood on the top of a great cleft looking out to sea. The cleft was a thousand feet high. In this part of the world there are many clefts like that.
As I stood there gazing there was a great city upon the waters. Some of the buildings rose higher than the clefts. There were people living in these buildings enjoying the great view all around them.
And the view was absolutely stunningly beautiful. These buildings were made of glass and were draped in the gold of the sun because it was setting. The waters were placid and splendid. There was a light cloud that formed over the waters. This place that was naturally very cold looked warmer than I had ever seen it before. The waters were more tropical than northern.
There are a few things that I want to point out from these visions to strengthen your thoughts of God. The moon reflects the light of the sun, but when it is full and shining brightly it baths everything in a soft and wonderful light. In fact, I have heard sailors talk about getting a tan from the moon and it can be just as bad as a tan from the sun. You see when the moon reflects the sun perfectly it can have the same affect on a lower scale to it.
You and I in Christ were born to reflect him to the world around us. That peace, joy and love that births inside of us because of the fire of Christ love become the reflection of Him to the world around us. The people we encounter should feel the power of his peace in us bringing a calm to their lives as well.
When we radiate Christ perfectly in has the ability to bring deep abiding peace into the lives of everyone we meet. In order to do this it means we must climb the hill of the Lord. The Hill of the Lord may seem foreboding but the father has given us an invitation to be there. He will strengthen us to walk strongly and as long as we don’t give up and continue to listen to the words of the father we will make it to the top and into the glory encounters of the living God.
The second dream use to confuse me very much because the building that I saw were located in a place that is known for great thundering waves after a major storm. When I saw those buildings there I thought to myself “Who in their right mind would choose willingly to live in a place like that?” Then the voice of the Lord came into my heart and he said, “The storm is over and the people will now live in the places where they once feared to dwell.”
Revelation 21:1 says, “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” One of the sad thoughts for me would be that there would be no more ocean in eternity. Although I have a healthy respect for the mighty oceans I love to look at them. I love how my eye can be extended into every direction and on a sunny day how all appears a deep blue. I could sit and watch the sea all day.
When I read this verse the first time I was a little concerned but then I had these visions. I think the meaning of these verses is that the storms of the sea will end. I think we will never seeing the raging waves again. Waves are a part of the groaning of creation for the revealing of the sons of men. When the storm ends the way we live will change.
We will be able to live in the places that once were inhabitable because God’s peace, joy and love will be everywhere. We cannot imagine a world within sin and violence. We cannot imagine a world where destruction did not take place, but that is exactly what we will inherit in the new heaven’s and the new earth. it will be a time of peace forever and ever. You will not even think about or imagine these former days. The Lord’s presence will be with you and you will be safe in his loving arms.
Whenever I encounter God’s amazing glory I am strengthened. I pray for you today that you too will have the strength to walk the hill of the Lord. By the way Psalm 24 says the hill of the Lord is for those who have clean hands and a pure heart. The good news for you is that Jesus died for exactly this. If you feel unworthy that is fine because it is Jesus who makes us worthy. When I confess with my lips that he is Lord and believe in my heart then I a saved (Romans 10:9).
May God bring you great hope today so that you will continue your climb into the realms of the Spirit and may your legs be strengthened to walk until you see the unfolding glory.
Recently I was in England ministering at a Methodist Church in Sheffield. The leader of that group has the people soak for an hour to anointed worship before the speaker gets up to share. It had been a while since I had laid down on the floor and waited upon the Lord. At first I didn’t think I would bother but then I thought why not?
I found a nice little spot where I could just lie down and wait upon the Lord. I remember years ago spending many hours soaking to the Holy Spirit and to anointed music. The revival that occurred in Toronto under John and Carol Arnott taught us to soak in God’s presence in order to hear his voice.
Well I was down on the floor for no longer than a few minutes when suddenly I went into a wonderful trance. I saw myself walking down a road and then I made a turn and what I saw was absolutely amazing. It was evening time and I was making a turn onto a street I had never been down before. The sun was setting and the light was filling up the entire street. The sun radiated off of the buildings up and down that road.
It was the glory of God. I could sense this incredible spirit of well-being as I made the turn. A new hope rose up in me as I began to walk down that road. In fact, I know that in the vision I had been walking for quite some time before I got to this turn but when I did it was as if my life and energy were renewed. I joyfully stepped into that new road and felt refreshing come strongly into my heart.
I do sense that we are entering into a new season starting in this very moment. I believe that many in the body are about to enter into some new thoughts that are going to liberate them to walk in a greater places for the Lord.
What I have come to realize recently is that anytime something new begins in our life it begins as a new thought. Our thoughts are the place where God speaks so that liberty will flow into our lives so that we will step into the things that he has in store for us.
Nothing that I have done for Chrsit was by accident. Every step that I have taken has started in my mind. Jesus provides direction to those who diligently seek and follow him. When you begin to seek Christ his thoughts begin to flow through your mind. It is one thing to have the thought but it is another to enter into it.
Many of the best ideas and thoughts that I have ever written or spoken began as a whisper in my ear. I have often waken with a pen in my hand to jot down the words that have entered into my heart through the night hours like a voice in my ear.
He makes us look good as we speak and as we obey his voice. There is a brilliance and a wisdom that only comes from the heart of God. His light within us is his wisdom and this understanding. In fact, all wisdom and understanding come from God. These are a part of the seven spirits of God. When we embrace that wisdom our path is illuminated and we begin to enter into the greater promises for our life.
I was in Berlin, Germany recently and had a wonderful encounter with the Lord at a street front church. As I was prophesying over the people I went into a vision and saw the candles of heaven descend upon the people of Berlin. There was such wonder in this encounter.
The Lord began to speak to me and say that Germany was about to enter it’s greatest hour for Christ. I saw that new ideas were about to enter into the minds of the next generation of philosophers and theologians that will break the power of darkness that came in the last century.
This will be a reformation in thought. These people will be filled with the seven spirits of God and they will be like lighthouses that shine their light so that all that enter into it will be rescued and saved.
There will be an unfolding of a new but ancient wisdom from God. It will be new in the sense that those that are of this generation will begin to hear God’s truth spoken to them in a way that they can understand.
I felt that Germany was to be a place where the candles burned brightly and where the angelic realm operated in a way that brought great deliverance to the minds of men. I saw that those that will operate in Germany underneath this reformation Spirit will become wise and remembered as reformers in their time.
This is the new turn that I believe we are all about to enter into. I fell strongly that there is coming a wave of the Presence to drive out all that is wrong in intellectualism in this hour. The philosophies that have entered into a generation and brought them far from the cross of Christ will be exposed as the heresies they are. Jesus will shine brightly and his wisdom will appear brilliant and simple at the same time.
I cannot emphasize enough the well being I felt as I saw these candles being revealed to the hearts of men. I could see the very chains begin to fall as they entered into these new and brilliant thoughts.
This path that is opening in this hour is going to be amazing. The light of God revealed to the hearts of men bringing freedom to all who embrace it.
I believe that before we enter into the great reformation there has to a shift in the thoughts of mankind. What God revealed in the past revivals was excellent and heavenly, but He wants to reveal more in this hour.
Who are the ones that will put themselves to the task to wait and listen to his voice. I sense the young men and women of this generation are about to rise.
I was in Howarth, England where a great revival took place under a couple of amazing reformers named John and Charles Wesley. I was told that as John spoke to a church in that town 2000 people were present inside of the church, and then there were 6000 more standing outside, some of them on scaffolding to hear what this amazing preacher had to say. I asked a friend why this revival took place and they said, “John Wesley was not afraid to preach the gospel even if it offended.” In fact, he once said, “Lord set me on fire for the entire world to see.”
That is the heart of the reformer. There is fearlessness within them. I pray that you will become like this and that God’s fire will begin to burn in you for the entire world to see.
Ten years ago I sat with a friend who was also a prophet and he was excited about our future in Christ. He sensed destiny in the early stages of my development in Christ and told me that I would travel the earth for Jesus Christ. He imagined that we would go around the world and come back to our little church time and time again and share stories about what God had done.
He quickly fell away from his destiny after that moment. He got tied up in this world and even found himself having to deal with the law in matters regarding his wife and family. He could have avoided this if he had continued in the Lord. I saw this in a vision and tried to communicate it to him but he would not listen. He was too proud.
I on the other hand took off like he envisioned and I ended up traveling around the world as he saw it. In the days when I first came back to Christ I was not sought after like I am today. I had so much time that I could sit for hours in a coffee shop studying the bible and writing my thoughts down on paper. I read so many books in those days. I had a lot of time to get fed in the things of the spirit. i attended conferences and I listened to a lot of preaching. I wanted my life to become the dream that my friend had seen and so I studied to show myself approved.
I even thought about going back to do a theology degree but in the end didn’t see much point because I already had 2 degrees plus 2 years of bible school. I learned that I had enough book knowledge and that what I really needed to do was go into the earth for the gospel sake and that he would meet me there and strengthen me to be a strength to many.
There are days now that I am so busy that I look back at that time as one of the greatest times in my life, but in those days I was so impatient. I guess I am writing this to encourage you that just because things do not seem to be happening now does not mean they will not be happening in the future.
If you put your hand to the plough for the Lord you will be used by him. There will be no end to the number of people that you might minister to. Just as soon as you think you have reached a peak in your ministry there is a peak higher still. and it doesn't take labor to fly to these peaks either. As you are obedient and pass the tests that God puts before you, then you go higher and higher.
This life is really not that long. I decided a long time ago that I would make all my days count in him and that I would obey him and that I would stay humble.
I learned to enter into his promises by learning to rest in his voice. I learn to trust in his promises and wait for his moments to promote me. In his voice I was confident because I learned to rest in his great peace and joy which became markers guiding my journey ahead.
I can even rest now when I am in the middle of a full blown spiritual attack. There are times when I am surrounded by darkness and great fear tries to take a hold of me but in his presence I feel nothing but peace. As I wait on his voice he strengthens me and I am brought to a new level of peace. I have learned that there are some tests that can only be passed by being 15,000 miles from home and all alone.
God is everywhere and this you can only learn by going. Many of the trips I have gone on have been about me learning to trust God with another facet of my life. Will I trust him to provide and protect my family. Will I trust him to heal my body and my mind. Will I trust him to take care of me in a country and land that is not my own and where I do not even speak the language or understand the laws. This will happen as you put your hand to the plough but my testimony is that I can trust him with all things.
The further that I go into the earth the further I want to go. I am a pilgrim on a journey bringing Christ to the nations but meeting Christ through the nations. This life is an adventure. I have learned to trust God now not just through books but by experiencing him in the midst of my own stories. He is there and he is real.
I pray that you to will experience him and learn to trust him to bring you to the nations. I ask the Lord to give you great courage and boldness to face the enemy and trials of many kinds.
One thing that I have learned in all of this is that the enemy is not the voice of my family or the face of any person that I meet, but the enemy is a spirit that wants to destroy everything about my life and yet I have learned not to fear him because my God is greater. You can become like David in the face of Goliath and do imaginably greater things that you ever imagined.
I pray for this great strength to come upon your life today.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning