Angel encounters come in many different ways and in order to understand these encounters we have to consider Hebrews 1:14 which states “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
This morning I was sitting in my office in the cozy chair and nodded off to sleep for a few moments. When I did I heard an angel singing nearby. He started to sing very beautifully the old hymn “Great is thy Faithfulness.” Being raised in the church I was very familiar with this old song, but sometimes when God is highlighting it is as if you are hearing it for the first time.
The words to this tune are beautifully written.
Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided--
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
There is such comfort in these words. I don’t know about you but comfort from God is invaluable. There is nothing like hearing from heaven that my situation and my life is known by God and that things are going to be fine. This is the benefit of the Christian life. We have a God who sees us, understands and speaks Comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
I remember one time I was eating breakfast at a restaurant in Ottawa. The behavior of the waitress was very distracting. She wasn’t working as good as she likely worked day after day. I heard the Lord say, “Tell her that I am the God of all Comfort.”
I did just that and to my great surprise she started crying in her hands. My mother was there with me and she hugged this dear lady. We found out that the word was so very timely because just the day before her grandfather had passed away. God knows us. He knows what we are going through and he wants us to feel his comfort and love even during the pain.
I don’t know what you are going through today, but I want you to know that God is with you and his plan for your life shall be fulfilled. He will not allow you to go without his abiding presence. Whatever storm you see on the horizon. Whatever storm that you may be in God is there. He will silence every enemy. He will block every arrow. He has you. He know you. He loves you.
I pray for you today. I ask the Lord to send his comfort even on the backs of angels’ wings. May you experience heaven today and may you know the voice of the one who comforts. Holy Spirit move in each life I pray.
Unto You I lift up my eyes,
O You who dwell in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!
For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
Our soul is exceedingly filled
With the scorn of those who are at ease,
With the contempt of the proud.
It’s a 123 season. Many times, I have seen this number combination on a clock, billboard, or license plate. Every time I see it there is an excitement as if something fresh was about to begin. For me 123 is the essence of Get Ready, Get Set, and Go. This word from the Lord to me comes with an expectation that something new is about to begin - like a new door is going to open or a new feeling in my life is about to emerge. It is a springtime number or a new beginnings number.
Many of us have been prophesying for a long time that there is coming a revival to the nations that will be unprecedented. The Prophet Bob Jones died in the 1970’s and had an encounter with heaven before the Lord sent him back to his body. While he was in heaven, the Lord told him that He was sending Bob back to the earth so he could help prepare the generation that He would use to bring in the ONE BILLION SOUL HARVEST.
It seems that the Christian voice is the minority voice in North America, so to prophesy reformation and revival in the face of the Antichrist spirit of our time can be draining, (especially since many of us have been doing so for more than 20 years). There are times when I stand and a spirit of prophesy comes upon me and I begin to declare that REFORMATION IS COMING. If I am to be honest with you, (and I know no other way) sometimes I feel conflicted doing this. This prophecy, which I declare and form by faith, over the dry bones of modern man, doesn’t seem to be coming to pass. I feel like a motorcyclist who is using the kick start but it doesn’t seem to be working.
But God has convinced me that he is real. He has convinced me that he can do anything he says that he is going to do. When God speaks what he says will come to pass. Even though we may grow frustrated we just have to continue to wait upon the master’s hand.
Psalm 123 (written above) is very interesting to me. It seems to be about the merging of anticipation and waiting. The servant may have to wait a long time but the master is the master. The servant’s function is to serve. He/she has no choice but to wait. That is their job; and just because the servant is waiting, doesn’t mean the master will move any more quickly. The master moves when he wishes. We must be there when he wishes us to serve.
It is in the waiting, that we truly become servants. The servant must serve when the master is present and when he isn’t present. The promise is that because we are servants, we will always have something precious to do for the King. However, the servant that grows weary and leaves his/her post, isn’t a good servant, because sometimes service is more about waiting than anything else.
We are not the masters of our own fate or the captain of our own destinies. This function in our lives belongs to the King. He is gracious and loving, and brings us into fullness, but we must wait for our times and seasons.
The generation that we live in will not be passed by. Yet we, who are born to intercede and declare, must continue to do so until we see the harvest. I want to be found faithful like Anna, the prophetess.
“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”
Virgins were often married at about 15 or 16 years of age in Ancient Israel. Some say that they were betrothed (or promised in marriage) as early as 12 years of age, although they would wait longer to consummate the marriage.
If Anna was married at 16, she would have been a widow by 23. For over 60 years, she potentially fasted and prayed for the coming of the Messiah. The Lord impressed upon her that she would actually see his coming. She did not give up, although one wonders if she ever waivered in her longing.
The infant child in her arms was the consummation of Anna’s longing. She held him in her oldest years. She only held the promise. She most likely did not see him become a man. She did not likely see him on the cross or his resurrection. She beheld the promise and believed in heart.
There is something about the word of the Lord in our heart that keeps us from wavering in the waiting. When we have heard his voice, it convinces us of the truth of that which is spoken. And so, even while we wait for the consummation of the promise, we do so because he convinces us that what he said would happen.
When God speaks, what he says is done in his mind. God has all of time in his hands. There is no wrestling within the mind of God with what is in the beginning and what is in the end. When he says that it will come to pass, it is like he is saying “IT HAS COME TO PASS.” His gaze just stretches a little further along than our own.
Perhaps you have heard him speak a promise. Maybe you have even heard that revival is coming to the nations. I declare that in the waiting, you shall be refreshed. He will speak again. You will be found faithful in the temple when he appears. You are stronger than you think. Keep going, keep pursuing, keep the faith.
Acts 1:7-8 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Are you tired of hearing all the prophecies that say how the world is about to end? On September 23, 2017, according to David Meade, an asteroid named Nibiru was supposed to collide with Earth. I met a guy on one of my trips this past spring who was trying to get me ready for this date. He even added that NASA was hiding something that the world needed to hear about this asteroid.
You probably don’t remember the name Harold Camping, but many years ago he prophesied that the earth was supposed to end on May 21, 2011. When that day came and passed, he changed his mind and told the press that he got his math wrong; and that the date was actually October 21, 2011. If you are reading this you are aware that those days also came and went.
When people ask me what I think about the prediction of dates, I always tell them what the Bible says, “"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36).”
I don’t see the point in trying to predict what the scripture says that God will not reveal. However, others think very differently. Acts 1:7 says, “It is not for us to know the times or periods.” What does this mean? It means simply that! However, Matthew 24:7 says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man…” As you know from that story, the flood took that generation completely unaware. There was only one family that was saved from that storm no matter how much creative license Hollywood likes to afford itself. Luke 17:7 says, “People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”
If scripture teaches us anything, it is that we should live in a state of mind where Christ can return at any moment. To me, this is the essence of the story of the Five Wise Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). They had their lamps trimmed and had plenty of oil as they waited for the bridegroom to come to them before the wedding banquet. The five unwise were not ready and had to go to get more oil, and when they returned, they missed the bridegroom’s arrival.
If it is not for us to know the days or times of his coming, then what should we focus on? We need to focus on exactly what Christ told us to focus on. We should preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. As we do this, we are preparing the way of the Lord. Mark 13:10 says, “ And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” The Lord told us there would be wars, earthquakes, famines and sorrows. He told us there would be persecutions as we witnessed, but the gospel had to be preached. As we focus on the good news of Christ, and preach him boldly everywhere, we go we are doing as Christ would have us do.
Stop worrying about extraneous things like dates and times. You will have your hour with the Lord. We will all appear before his judgement seat. I want to be judged for my fruitfulness, not for making things up and confusing the people. We can even make ourselves a mockery to the world by predicting things that don’t come to pass. Let’s focus on Christ, the author and the finisher of our faith.
The world will end. The Bible says it. But it won’t be when we are aware. It will come and we will be transformed. In the twinkling of an eye we will be changed. We will be with him as he is. What a promise that is! But until that day, keep shining for the world to see. Keep showing them what Christ does to a life that is changed by him.
I pray that you will be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. I pray that you will valiantly preach the gospel wherever you may be found. God be with you and make his face shine upon you.
When I began to see miracles, one of the things I really didn’t expect was the negative reaction from the church. I was very excited when miracles started to occur. I would see gemstones, feathers, gold, and oil appear in meetings and in my home. I remember when I started to show other people what God was doing, some of the reactions were frightening. People would literally manifest and get angry when they happened.
Psalm 68:13 says, “Though you have slept among the sheepfolds, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.” To me, this miracle hints at what is occurring when gold dust appears on people’s hands. I have seen this occur thousands of times. The scripture itself is an allegory pointing to the miracle of the transformed life. It could mean many things. It could speak of the refinement of the human character washed in the blood of the lamb. To me this is sensible. All God’s miracles point to something greater than the miracle itself. The miracle is just a reflection of the divine.
Jesus’ first miracle (described in John 2:1-11) is an incredible story that fascinates the Christian mind. Why would Jesus perform such a wonder for his first miracle? At first glance, it seems almost reckless for the God man to transform water (which the earth has in abundance) into an intoxicating substance that could harm those who drink it in excess. Isn’t this what this miracle is about? I don’t think so. For me there is a deeper meaning.
I believe the water into wine miracle is an allegory of what Christ came to do in the earth. One must consider the different components of the miracle for moment. Why is this Jesus’ first miracle? Why did he use the ceremonial cleansing pots? Why they emphasize on it being the best wine for last?
As I began to think about the symbols surrounding the miracle, a deeper revelation began to unfold to me. I began to see something about the mission of Christ in the earth. He came into the earth to transform the lowly nature of man into his higher nature. He came to give us heaven’s character, to change us from the sinner into saint. There is nothing that a man can do to escape sin in his own strength. He needs something outside of himself to come and reprogram him. This is what Christ did on the cross.
The jar that Christ used for the miracle was a ceremonial cleansing pot. It could hold up to 400 to 550 bottles of our modern wine. Now multiply that by six and you have potentially enough wine for thousands of people. This was a crazy miracle. F. F. Bruce said, “Christ (is) changing the water of Jewish purification into the wine of the new age.”
The cleansing pots were used by the Jews to ceremonially cleanse themselves before a feast. The pots represent humanity in its broken state. The water inside represents the fallen nature of man. When Christ transforms the water into the best wine, a divine transformation is taking place. The fallen earth man is now going to be filled with the love, joy and peace of heaven. Old things are passing away and all things are becoming new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
For me, that is what I love about miracles. They always speak about something greater than what is happening, than the miracle itself. They are a testimony of the life of Christ in the earth. They are speaking about his nature, and his power to transform. They testify of his glory and his majesty. They speak about his power above the laws of the earth. He has come to make all things new. He has come to transform and empower. Just like him we also will be (Romans 6:4).
Gold dust appearing is a sign. Though we lay down in the sheep pen (which was considered a lowly estate) we shall be covered in silver and gold. Though we were of this world in its fallen humanity (where we see humans destroying other humans out of hate, lust and anger); we shall be like him and love like he loves. We shall be empowered by heaven to safe life and to give life. We shall be filled with the joy of heaven. We shall be covered with the riches that come from above and not below. We will have a new nature refined like silver and gold.
You may not understand the miracles of God, but they are his gifts to the world; so before you dismiss them, ask him what he might be saying through them. I have had a lot of people tell me that the miracles I see are of the devil, even when I preach the gospel of Jesus Christ with all my passion and heart. This isn’t the doctrine of demons. Demons don’t point to Jesus and the cross.
I pray for you today. May you have child-likeness to receive like a child, but may you have wisdom and discernment to understand what is from above. I pray that you will walk in miracles, and that you will become a worker of miracles. May people be transformed by the power of Christ working through you.
There was this one time that I was at a French bakery in downtown Ottawa enjoying a cup of coffee, and a chocolate almond croissant, when I heard God say pull your Bible out to read it. I don’t generally like to read my bible in public, but the Lord prompted me to do so. I couldn’t shake the thought, so I obeyed and did as he was nudging me to do.
After five minutes a dear woman walked up to me as I was reading and asked me if I was a “Brother.” I had no idea what she meant by this statement. My mind wandered to what the term might mean. I thought that perhaps she was asking me if I was a monk, but no, apparently she thought that because I was reading a bible that I must be an elder in the Jehovah’s Witness church. “No,” I said, “I am not a brother, but I am an Evangelical Minister.” It sounded so brass coming out of my mouth. I cringed and she jumped back.
I looked at her for a moment and realised that God wanted me to speak to her, and so I let my defences come down and asked her if she would like to sit. She said that she would like to but only had about five minutes. I said, “It is amazing what God can do in five minutes.” I started by saying that I believed she was a good person and that God loved her very much. This opened a safe door for her to speak with me. She began to tell me that she had been in the Jehovah’s Witness church for about fifteen years and that before this she had been a member of a number of mainline denominational churches, but that she had grown up particularly in the Anglican Church. After a few moments of conversation, I felt prompted to prophesy. I said to her, “I believe that you have been struggling with depression and anxiety.” She was very surprised and said that just the day before she had been diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. I told her that I believed that God wanted her to know that he was going to bring healing to her spirit. Such peace moved into her spirit after hearing this that her face began to glow with the Holy Spirit.
She looked at me in wonder and I could feel the Spirit so strongly. We talked for a number of more minutes and I prophesied some other things over her life. I told her that I believed that she knew the Lord and that she was safe in his hands. I said that I felt that God had gifted her with a spirit of helps. She wasn’t so impressed with this statement because in our conversation she had mentioned that she had a sick friend that she was about to cook soup for. She felt that I had said this because of that. And there is something to be learned by this reaction of hers. As I prophesized over her the words about depression, anxiety and being set free by God astounded her and so likely they came from God, but when I started on the other stuff it might have come from my own spirit. She recognized this and so received what was from the Lord and the stuff that was from me she rejected.
I don’t remember if I prayed with this woman or not. I do remember leaving a woman who looked much different than when I first encountered her. Her disposition had changed. She was touched by God. My spirit was uplifted and I rejoiced in knowing that my obedience resulted in a woman being touched by the Lord.
This is an excerpt from Darren’s book Fire Script, published by Good News Fellowship Ministries, Macon GA. To read your own e-copy, please contact us at email@example.com. Many of Darren’s books are also available on Amazon. Bless you!
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
I have gone through seasons in my life when it seems like the promotion will never come. I have gone through times when it seems like I have cried out to God and he has not heard my cry. There are times when the desert seems too hot and there is no oasis in sight. There are times when the thing that I hope for seems as distant as the sun, moon and stars. There are times that I have felt I was going to step forward and I actually stepped backward. These times are like misery to my soul.
And yet, my hope is in the Lord alone. His word over my life is faithful and true. He does not disappoint, but refreshes me like he promised. Even today I found myself crying out to God asking him when a promise that he made to me would come to pass. I found myself disillusioned by everything in my path. I didn’t want to talk to anyone in case the heaviness that was on my heart would become the heaviness of their hearts.
I just wanted to hide and wait for a new day to come. But my hope is in the Lord alone. I can feel his mighty presence and his embrace. He is my mighty tower and refuge. I will wait for God to honor his word in my life. I will wait until the gate to the Promised Land is opened. There is nothing we can do to hurry God’s plan for our lives or to pressure him to move more quickly. As the time passes between when a promise is spoken, and when it is fulfilled, there are valleys so quiet they can seem haunting to the soul. But we
must walk through those valleys still. When the fire seems to be consuming us and when we find ourselves crying out to the Lord, just remember his promise for our lives will be fulfilled and the rains will yet fall.
It is good to remember the dryness of the desert. It is good to allow the desert to purge us of all that it was meant to purge. We must die to our own way and let God birth his plan in the way he has determined. I have had many words come to pass, but very few were like I imagined. Very few were with the people that I thought I would be with. You see for some things to come to pass you must wait for the circumstances to arise for the destiny to be unleashed. You will cross the Jordan but the Jordan may still be a distance away.
Don’t grow impatient with God in the waiting, but learn to wait patiently. Continue to pursue God with abandon. Continue to allow him to heal your brokenness. Call out to him to be used by him. Ask him to fulfill your dreams. Ask him to align you to the people that will help fulfil your destiny. But most of all just call out to him and ask him to show you how real he is.
This is an excerpt from Darren’s book Ancient Grace Interior, published by Good News Fellowship Ministries, Macon GA.
While 2017 may be a season of increase and blessing, there are still those who are going through a desert season personally. Don’t worry – God is still with you in the waiting. He has you and has not forgotten you. This is a time to lean on him as he teaches you trust. To read your own e-copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of Darren’s books (paper copies) are also available on Amazon. Bless you!
When the Lord speaks, sometimes it can be very strange to hear. He will often speak to you through things you know and understand, but when you tell others about it, they might think it very strange. For instance, last night the Lord appeared to me in a dream as Captain Kirk from the Star Trek series from years ago. It was just like I was in the room with him.
Kirk in the dream was more than a captain. He was a captain of captains. I came to understand that he represented the captain of the Lord’s army that appeared to Joshua in Joshua 5:13. He came to Joshua to instruct him with the strategy of marching around Jericho seven times in order to destroy the city. The Captain of the Lord’s army came to me with a gift. It was a small box like a jewelry box. Inside of it was another stripe for my military uniform. Apparently, I was being promoted from Commander to a Captain of a ship.
There was another man there who was also was receiving a promotion. He was being promoted from Lieutenant to Commander. When he was putting the stripe on his lapel one of his other stripes was lost. He asked what the price would be so he could replace it. We found out that the Captain had paid an extremely large price for the pin. He the dream I heard that he had paid 7,000.00 talons for it.
We knew that this was a lot of money in the dream and we knew that the Captain sacrificed to pay it, but he was filled with so much joy at giving it to us. It didn’t seem to bother him that he had to pay so much for our promotions.
When I woke up from the dream, I was curious to know if talon was a currency that was featured in the Star Trek world, and sure enough it was. Apparently, it was one of the currencies of the Klingon Empire. For those not familiar with this, I am sorry. In the Star Trek world, the Earth is part of the Federation of Planets. In the 23rd century, one of the arch enemies of the Federation is the Klingons. To me, this is very interesting, given that the Captain chose to pay for our promotion with the currency of the enemy. He took what was of the enemy and gave it to us.
The fact that he paid $7,000 is also very interesting. 7 x 1000 = 7000. The number 7 is linked to divine completion or rest, as in on the 7th day the Lord rested from his labours after he created the heavens and the earth. And the number 1,000 is about the ultimate glory of God being realised in the earth. Jesus shall return and reign for 1,000 years. So when I see these two numbers together I get a sense that God is about to do something significant in the earth.
We can rest in the assurance that he has paid the cost and his plan is unfolding in the manner that he has ordained. Nothing will separate us from the love of Jesus. He is has made a way for us to succeed. By the shed blood of Jesus, we rule and reign in the earth with him (2 Timothy 2:12). We have authority because he has given us authority to trample on the heads of snakes and scorpions (Luke 10:19). He has given us power of darkness. We can heal the sick and cast out demons. We can raise the dead (Matthew 10:8).
I declare that you shall walk in this authority in your life; this is a new season – you will walk in a way you have never done before. I get a sense that God is about to touch people’s lives who have been living a religious lifestyle, but have not yet walked in their authority and power.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, there was the Charismatic Renewal that took place in traditional churches (Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran etc.). The gifts of the Holy Spirit began to operate there in much the same way they had been operating in Pentecostal Churches from the turn of the twentieth century: when the fire came down at Azusa Street under William Seymour.
I declare that we are going to see this again. Many tribes, tongues and nations shall be touched by the power of God. His spirit is going to move across the earth. Let’s pray for renewal. Let’s pray for new unity and fire to fall on the church. Let’s pray that many prodigals will turn to him and learn to walk in their God given authority in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, and he still continues to touch people’s lives 2000 years later. He still finds willing vessels that receive the glory of God and then walk in it. I declare that you and your families will be touched in the same way. You will have sons and daughters like Peter and Paul rise up out of your own houses and they will bring in a harvest of souls worldwide.
Father we ask you to make it so.
About nine months ago, the Lord said to me that 2017 would be a year of increase and advance. He told me that this was a season when His dreams for us would come to pass. Even though you may not know where all your provision is coming from, you need to understand that he always provides for his dreams in our lives. Just start to walk toward the dream he has given you, and then watch the provision come to help fulfill it.
Many of you have been hearing from the Lord. He has been speaking to you about a new day and a new time. He has told you that he has new things in store for your life. Some of you are believing for new houses, or new vehicles, and new jobs. Others are believing for a Godly spouse and children. God is the one who blesses us with these things in our lives. He has a ministry for you. He has a business for you. He has possessions for you.
I will probably have people angry with me now: because I have mentioned all these things; and it might sound a little too much like prosperity teaching. Some may unfollow my ministry, because I dared to say God has great things in store. A poverty mindset cannot see the blessings of God. It only sees what it lacks. Lack is not from God. Want is not from God. Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” If you are living in want you are not in God. Psalm 34:10 says, “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” When we are in Christ we will not lack.
When we live in the shelter of God’s presence, his blessing comes upon our lives. Blessing includes everything that you need to live a good life. It isn’t the blessing to live in sickness, poverty or without hope. God wants to inspire you. He wants to give you a vision, so that you will live an abundant life.
So many of you have dreams in your heart. Many of those dreams come from God. However, you may not know how to get from A to B. You don’t know how to move from the idea that was planted in you to the actual fulfilment of the dream. God knows how to do it. You can seek him for the answer. God wants to prosper you from the work of your hands. He doesn’t want you to live in poverty. He wants you to live in the fulfillment of your dreams.
Another problem that many face is their ungodly beliefs and confessions. I met a man yesterday who told me that he could never afford to travel internationally with his wife on a ministry trip. They have been together for 25 years, and this belief has stopped them from doing what might have been something very special in their lives. When you live believing that you can’t, then don’t be surprised when you don’t. This man was a minister and said that this meant that he was to be poor. I am also a minister, but I refuse to be poor. Poverty is a spirit that I will not come into agreement with. Poverty is the limitation of man. Prosperity is the atmosphere of heaven.
We must have our thoughts renewed. We can’t allow the way our old nature thinks to influence the blessings that God wants to give to us. The Israelites were told by God (when they entered the Promised Land), that they would live in cities and houses they did not build, and that they would have a rich stock of goods that they did not earn. God was going to give it to them (Deuteronomy 6:11).
This is the thought that you must get into your mind. The poverty mindset that has limited you receiving what God has for you must end. Your God can make all grace abound in your life. He can prosper you and give you a bright future. He can give you houses and stock them with the finest goods. If you say this doesn’t really matter well I would think that 99% of the world disagrees with you.
I met an angel in England last February. I asked him his name. He said, “Edified to do anything!” This was not just a name but an impartation. He was telling me that the dreams that God has for me were possible, because nothing was impossible with God. He was telling me that God was empowering me to enter the greatest dreams that He has for my life. It strengthened me to hear heaven speak.
God wants to give you a bright future too. He doesn’t want you to toil under the curse of this life. You are a son or a daughter of the Most High God. He wants to bless you with every blessing that comes in Christ Jesus. These are spiritual blessings and there are natural blessings. When your heart is renewed in Christ and your thoughts are transformed God positions you to receive more than you ever did before.
My deepest prayer for you today is that you will prosper in every way that God wants you to prosper. I pray for all mindsets that are not from God to fall from your life. I pray that you will learn to receive what God has in store for you. I declare the blessing of the Lord will make you rich and add no sorrow to it.
I have been boastful in my life about the blessings that God has given me. Some may even think that I have been intolerably boastful. My heart was not to offend. I have always felt that these boastings will lead others to the cross, and to the one true God who can also bless their lives. God is no respecter of persons. The blessings that he gives to one he will give to another. My motivation in boasting in the blessings of my God was only to lead others to him.
I will also say that even if God chooses not to bless my life, I will still serve him. There is nowhere else to turn but to him. He is my only peace. I have tried many times in my life to find peace outside of God. It never worked. He is the only peace I have ever known. I will serve him forever just to remain in his peace.
I didn’t grow up wealthy. In fact, it was just the opposite. I know what it is like to live in houses that are not beautiful and not sought after. I know what it is like to feel like an adopted son of a richer family, and to see others in that family receive inheritances, when I received nothing. I know what it is like to have my inheritance taken from me repeatedly. I have had a lot stolen from my life.
The problem with everything I just wrote, in the last paragraph, is that these beliefs are a manufactured lie of the enemy. These thoughts have power within me because I came into agreement with them. The devil whispered them, and they became bitter morsels that I rolled around in my mouth; and then I swallowed them, which produced almost like an acid within my heart. These thoughts would have killed me in the end, if I had not repented of them.
You see the truth is: our inheritance only comes from the Father, and he is never going to take it from us. He leads us to repentance and forgiveness. If our eyes are upon him, he will bring us out of every storm. The enemy will come but we will be strong. Each storm brings us to a new level of faith. Each crisis that we overcome leads us to higher thinking, and higher ground.
For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
When God’s hand is upon our life, it is to show him as the God of our life. Every benefit that comes from serving him, will be seen upon you too. He is our rock in the storm. He is the shelter and the Most High. Every blessing in my life comes from obedience to him. Even when he chooses not to bless me it is for my benefit.
Last night in a dream I saw the rock of Gibraltar. I was standing on the east side looking out at the Mediterranean boasting to those around me that this was not the first time I had been there. For those who don’t know the history of Gibraltar, it is a little piece of land that sits at the mouth of the Mediterranean as a gateway to the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It has been a strategic military place for thousands of years. It is currently a British Protected territory. It is a miracle that the British have held it for as long as they have. Many have tried to wrestle it from them but they have failed over and over.
You and I are protected in the rock who is Christ. When we are in Christ, whatever comes against us will fail. Every argument, and every strategy of the enemy will fail. God within us will rise to our defence, and he will show us every root of lies that binds our hearts to the old man. He will deliver us from the fowler’s snare, and all traps of the enemy. We overcome because Christ overcame.
The enemy has tried to keep me bound to poverty most of my life, and he spoken a thousand lies that tried to keep me there. I have always been waiting for an earthly person to give me my inheritance, but our inheritance only comes from the Father. In one moment, he can change things, but we must let him into the issues of our heart.
In the same dream, I saw the lie that I was entangled in. I saw the people who had adopted me when I was young. They were prospering in the dream, but I was not. I felt like they owed me something. As I repented of the lie that I was owed an inheritance by man, I placed myself within the shelter of God. I placed myself in the zone of God’s protection. If you and I repent of the things that are wrong, he will bless us every time.
The lies of the enemy are the shrapnel and the bullets that come against us. The truth that comes from God is the rock that protects from the enemies’ charge. We overcome by the truth, and it sets us free. And God reveals this truth freely. He dismantles the lies by his own choice – not because I beg or scream. He loves me and wants to set me free, and so he comes and does just that.
When we do repent, it sets in motion the advocates of heaven. Angels are released on assignment to help restore the things that were stolen from us. In a second dream last night, I saw an angel go into hell and get back what the enemy had stolen. The angel could even see where the enemy was hiding what was stolen from me. I made mistakes, but God freely restored to me what was stolen because I repented of the lies I agreed with.
He will do the same for you! Just turn to him today. He wants to bless your life. He has plans for you that outnumber the stars. Each plan is good and will fulfill your life. I pray that you will have courage in the face of the opposition that comes to you and may you live a life of great blessing.
(left) Darren by the Rock of Gibraltar in May 2016 (right) Darren's painting of row houses in Gibraltar
I recently had a vision of hell. Other Christians have been given this experience, and when they have it, they are given a fresh sense of urgency to tell people about the gift of salvation. Others have said that they don’t believe in hell – but I assure you that it is real. I have seen it three or four times in visions. I will do my best to share this experience.
When the dream began, I stood underneath a big rig. I don’t know what its purpose was in this place, but the rig looked to be about the size of a giant crane. We prepared it for service by securing it in place. While I was there, I noticed an eerie tunnel off to the left. There was a noise of what sounded like a thousand voices singing coming from the tunnel. This song was not a pleasant sound; yet it was very melodic. It sounded like a mournful song sung in harmony. This song was the soundtrack to the entire time I saw hell.
As I walked inside, I noticed an elaborate tunnel system, so I kept walking. There were tunnels in tunnels. There were so many tunnels that as soon as you walked through the entrance, you felt completely lost. There was no way to get out. I looked to my side and there were 15 or 20 tunnels one way, and to the other side 25 to 30 more. I chose a tunnel straight ahead, but when I went into it, there were hundreds of more tunnels each looking the same; and each haunted with the sound of the same music.
These tunnels looked like sandstone tunnels and they were lit by fire. The air was very parched. It was like a desert, but only much hotter. The tunnels were all illuminated in the same orange light and those voices kept on singing.
Before you know it, I was so deep into hell that I knew there was no way out; but then I looked back towards where I came from, and there was an angel following me. He was there to get me out. He was only as tall as a man and was dressed in a very modern suit with long blond hair that reached just below his shoulders. He had a sparkling complexion and seemed very content and happy. He didn’t look like a physically strong man, but he was very strong emotionally. Even though he was in this place, he knew that he was there on a mission, and was not going to stay. He looked at the beings that were in this place as the miserable ones they were. He offered no pity and left them in the condition that he found them.
When I saw this angel, I suddenly became aware of the other beings that were in the tunnels. These, unlike my heavenly friend, were miserable wretches. I don’t understand how this occurred, but two of them stood in front of me with a shopping cart; and in it, there were items that they had stolen from me. Don’t ask me to explain how they did this, because I don’t know, but the angel that was with me understood implicitly that these items belonged to me and he was there to get them back.
The hellish being stood in front of me, and the same ghostly tune was coming from his heart. This tune was coming from every being that I saw; and although their mouths were not singing, the song was coming from inside of them. It is the sound that a being makes when it realises that it is trapped eternally, with no hope of a new tomorrow. It is the song that is sung when you have to fight for water and can no longer enjoy your bread.
One of the beings moved as if to hide something in that cart. The angel glanced knowingly, as if he could see the item that was being hidden, and he reached in to get it. The being was holding my bottle of Canadian maple syrup. I knew it was mine as soon as I saw it. The angel was there to retrieve me and my things.
I was thirsty, and so I grabbed the bottle of water that I had, and drank some. The being in front of me was also longing for a drink, so I thought I would give him some. When I went to offer him the water, it exploded in the air and disappeared. He didn’t even get to enjoy one drop. Then the angel grabbed me by the arm and began to lead me out.
I believe the angel that I encountered was one of the angels that was sent to lead Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah. My angel was as unflinching in the face of evil as were the angels described in that account.
As we were walking out of the tunnels, I looked back and saw a group of twelve to fifteen of those beings gathered around. They were about to roast something for food. It was the top half of a man. All his hair was gone and his eye balls were missing. They had his body attached to wood and were about to lay him in that same fire. This was going to be their portion for supper. There was nothing else to eat in this place. Everything that God had provided for food on earth was gone and now these beings were resorting to eating themselves.
As I continued to follow the angel, I was thankful that I was not going to be staying in this place. I could hear that song louder than ever. It was coming from the corruption in each of these being’s hearts. And that is when the dream ended.
Friends, be aware that there are people around us who don’t know the love of the Lord. They don’t know the hope and peace that Jesus brings, and the salvation that sets us free from entering eternity in hell. Please, let’s pray for them. Please seek the Lord how he may use you in a divine appointment to reach them.
Lord, give us a heart after the lost, and to fill us with your love to spill out to them. We also pray for all who have been oppressed by the enemy; and where what they need has been stolen from them. We decree that restoration will come as we seek you. Thank you for restoration of the prodigals to you, for restoration of the promises you’ve given us, and we proclaim that you are Lord.
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