There are three areas that I want to share about today where having the supernatural grace of God upon your life will open up new realms of life and living for you. I want you to operate in knowledge and authority in the area of the gifts of the spirit, the fruit of the spirit and in his blessings for your life.
My prayer for you today is that the truth of Hebrews 12:22 will come to life for you. It says, "But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”
In your new life in Christ you have come to a realm that is much different than the realm that you lived in before salvation. In Christ you have come to the place where the supernatural is entangled ever so eloquently with the natural realm. Where one realm begins and the other ends is so subtle that you couldn’t be blamed for forgetting that the things that you have in Christ were born of spirit and not of the earth. Although you may not be aware you inherited everything that God wanted you to inherit the moment you came to Christ. Your new life began and the fullness of your entire future came to life in that moment. Awareness of the fulness is not a necessity to inheriting it.
Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him.” This salvation is life everlasting which begins in the moment that you accept Christ. Salvation is for now and for eternity. Christ wants to save you so that your life here is filled with his glory. We don’t have to wait for it. It will come in the moment that you accept him.
The Holy Spirit is our empowerer (John 14:26). He comes to us through Baptism or immersion (Acts 1;4-5). We become one spirit with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17). Once he is in us he begins to change us (2 Corinthians 3:16-18). We go from strength to strength and glory to glory (Psalm 84:7). Paul was brought out into the desert where he received revelations by the Holy Spirit and this is how he came into the fulness of what God had for him (Galatians 1:12-18). Just like Paul God wants to reveal his son to you and he will do it by the Holy Spirit and through revelation. This can come by the small still voice, by angels speaking through dreams and visions. It comes when you set your heart toward studying the word of God. As you seek him you will find him when you seek him with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
In seeking him you will find revelations about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes upon us the grace of God begins to operate in us in such a way that we begin to do things we may have never done before. When I came to Christ I began to know things about people, the future and my own life that I would have never known if I didn’t know Christ. I began to operate in the gift of knowledge, wisdom, understanding and by discernment. It was as if the light came on. I began to see prophetically over many lives. Just like many of you reading now.
I understood this to be the power of God operating in my life. I became a conduit through which supernatural power did flow. This my no work of my own but by the grace of God. Many who have heard me speak have heard story after story of how I encountered the power of God and saw many people lives touched by that power even when I didn’t want it to happen.
I saw many people healed. I saw many people saved and also filled with the Holy Spirit. I saw entire groups of peoples in towns I had never been to before become excited about the Lord and they in turn saw their towns touched by God.
When you operate in the Holy Spirit you know that the power that is going through you is not your own, but comes from on high. It is he who deserves all the glory and honor for the miracles, signs and wonders that happen through our lives.
The Fruit of the Spirit
In seeking him your will find that his character begins to enter into you and that you begin to operate with a grace that you never knew was in you. There have been times that I have been touched by heaven and I know that I am never going to be the same again.
I have had dozens of encounters where God’s spirit touches me in such a way that his character begins to change me so that I operate in his character. I wasn’t quite loving before Christ but after his love flowed more easily. I wasn’t quite bold but in Christ his boldness came forth. I wasn’t gentle, peaceful or filled with joy, but now these things operate in my life. When the Holy Spirit fills you the atmosphere and character of heaven begins to operate through you.
Each day we encounter his Spirit we are changed. What you need is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. The fire of God comes and consumes all that is not of him. Just like the three Hebrew children when we are in the fire we meet him there. The only thing that the children had in the fire was Christ. When we experience that same fire He begins to shift us from the old nature into the new. The new is much nicer. This is the grace of God. He comes when we don’t even deserve it and begins to change us from glory to glory. His peace begins to fill our lives in such a way that we are never the same again.
The Blessings of God
In seeking him his blessings come upon my life. These blessings also come by Grace. I have written on all these things before. My attempt today is not to list every blessing that we are afforded in Christ but just to let you know that they are available. He doesn’t want you to remain under the curse. In Christ there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. We have eternity with him but that doesn’t mean we have to wait till heaven to receive the goodness of the Lord.
We can experience is bounty and blessings now. I declare that you will have prosperity of Spirit and you will walk in abundant life. I declare that your bodies will be healed and that you will have more than enough to share. I even declare increase on you in this season.
Many years ago I learned of God’s grace for blessing. He even sends his angels to help prosper his people (Genesis 24:9-10). He will prosper you even when famine comes upon the land (Genesis 26:12). He will even prosper you when others try to connive and steal your resources from you (Genesis 25:30-43).
This is often hard for Christians to accept, but blessings on your life is more about God than you anyway. Psalm 67 says that God will bless his people and the ends of the earth will know it and fear him. You should desire to be blessed so that others know that he is God. I always say to people what is the use serving a God who cannot bless.
There is someone out there saying what about when bad things happen to Christians. Even Joseph was blessed as a slave and while in prison. God will allow the blessing to operate in us no matter the conditions we face. I declare this over your life as well.
All these things come by the grace of God and through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. I know what it is like to not be blessed and I know what it is like to be blessed. The blessed life is my better. The life filled with the Holy Spirit and with power and fruitfulness does not compare to any other life. I pray that you will inherit the fulness that God has for you. Be bless and highly favored.
About a week ago I was in Louisiana at my friend Mike Barnett’s house. While sitting with him, in his little cabin on the water where the sun had just set over the lake. an angel flashed through the room like a bright light. I then saw him sitting on the couch. He wasn’t very tall, and he looked like an old man with a long beard and white gown. He reminded me of the image I saw in my youth of father time.
As I was watching him he stood up and ran faster than a young man. He went like light out through the window and onto the lake and then to the stars.
I said, “Holy Spirit what is his name?”
And I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Acceleration.” I know what acceleration means, but I thought I would look up the meaning online so that I can accurately depict what this angel came to declare.
‘Acceleration,’ according to dictionary.com, means the act of accelerating; increase of speed or velocity, or a change in velocity, or (as in Mechanics) the time rate of change of velocity with respect to magnitude or direction; the derivative of velocity with respect to time.
It is the last meaning that I find the most interesting. It relates acceleration to velocity and time. To me this is very prophetic in that God is saying that he is about to bring velocity to destiny and people are going to move quickly into the promises that he has made to them, or another way of saying it, get ready the things that you have been years waiting for are about to come to pass. You are about to ACCELERATE into destiny.
I was in California about five days ago. I was with my friend Gayle Arthur-Walti. The first morning I was there I had written on my Facebook page about the encounter with the angel I mentioned above. When I came out of my room at Gayle’s house she said to me, “I feel like something happened on November 1. She said, “I believe we have entered a season of acceleration. What do you think?” I was amazed and told her to go read my Facebook update.
I am not sure if you knew this about me or not, but I am also a prophetic artist. I love painting and have been doing so for about 15 years. In fact, I have painted close to 1200 paintings at this point. I have no idea where most of them are located. I have sold them all over the world. Like you I have promises attached to my life that God spoke many years ago. One such promise was related to my art.
I go to a little country church in Canada called the Oasis. It is located on a farm just outside of Ottawa in a little hamlet called Kinburn. Our church is the first church that was planted in Canada after Azuza street. We are now about 106 years old. I had the opportunity while in Los Angeles to go to Bonnie Brae House where the meetings started before they got to big that they had to moved to Azuza. It was a great honor to be there.
The man that started our church was named Robert E. McAlister. He was the first recorded person to have traveled to the Azuza Street Revival from Canada. The story goes that he left Canada by train around 1909 to go to LA. He traveled for four days across the continent. As soon as he got off the train he went to Azuza and got filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues. Without hesitation he got right back on the train (the same day) and came back to our valley where he went to his church in Cobden and immediately got kicked out. There were three ladies praying together in Kinburn. He went to them and they started a church. Revival meetings have been occurring there ever since for almost 100 years.
It was outside of this little church that a promise came from God to me. I was standing with a man who was coming to our church for a season. He loved art and was talking to me about my art. Apparently, there was an artist in the Ottawa Valley that he really liked that he mentioned to me. That is when the Holy Spirit spoke to me through this man. He was talking about another artist, but his words were also for me.
The man said, “There is an artist in the Ottawa Valley whose paintings sale for thousands of dollars.” As he was saying this from across the street and over the corn field it was as if a wind came carrying the voice of God and I heard, “THAT ARTIST IS YOU.” I was filled to overflowing on the spot. Up to that point the most I made on one of my paintings was a few hundred dollars. I believed this word and have been confessing it ever since.
Many times since then I have made good money on my art. There have been days that I have made thousands on my paintings but never for one painting. I would make thousands on 10 paintings. I am not complaining at all. It is an honor for me to be able to travel and paint and make money doing it. I feel very spoiled in life. This is the favor of God.
However after the ANGEL OF ACCELERATION appeared last week something shifted. I got home from my 10 days away in Louisiana and California and there was a message in my inbox on my Facebook ministry page. There was a woman from Melbourne who had connected to my ministry in July testifying to how she ahs been touched over and over by my daily prophetic words and how she really enjoys my art. She said I want to commission a piece of art from you for $2222.00 USD which in Canadian was $2700 or more importantly thousands of dollars. The word that I had heard 6 or 7 years ago was in acceleration and now had come to pass quickly after that angel appeared.
2222 is a very interesting number to me. When I see it, I think of Isaiah 22:22 which says, “I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” I believe there is acceleration coming to open doors for you that have been shut for a long time. God is about to do it. The Holy Spirit is about to whisper your name into many ears and you are about to enter into the things that have been long promised.
The key to all of this is to listen and obey and to trust. We can’t please God without faith. Everything you and I will enter will be only by faith. There is no other key but faith that unlocks all other keys.
I declare faith over you today. I declare that you will be known for your great acts of boldness for Christ. He is the center of our faith and the only reason we exist. May all your ways please him and may his face always shine upon you.
Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
I was thinking today how wonderful It is to here the voice of God. I was listening to a Ricky Skaggs song called “Reasons to hang on.” The female artist singing declares that we want to hear the voice of God because he will tell us to hang on. And that is the main thing that I love to hear God tell me. He always says, “you are going to be fine, just hold on, just believe, you can do it.”
Our God is the greatest cheer leader. He believes in you and he believes in his destiny for your life. We need to hear his voice because he will tell us all about ourselves. As a prophetic person in ministry I have people come to me all of the time asking me if I can pray for them. Essentially, they are wanting to hear God say that everything is going to be fine in their lives, with their jobs, health, finances and that their family is going to enter into Christ and his blessings. They want to hear that in Christ their lives are going to be fine.
The essence of Christianity is that God is going to give his peace to us through the work of Jesus Christ. His abiding peace is the desire of all our lives. Whether we realise it or not the gospel of peace is what all of us (the great and the small, the rich and the poor) are searching for. The peace that we want in the earth is the peace that we want in our heart, but do not have. In Christ he has made a way for all of us to enter rest. It is by faith in God and in Jesus Christ.
I have learned to activate the rest of God in the moments of my greatest trials. When fear comes upon us and it most certainly will we have a choice to make. Will we trust God during the trial and connect to his rest or will we let the waves of hopelessness and despair overwhelm us and wash us into negativity.
We really do have a choice. We can connect to thoughts of God or to the thoughts of fear. I often find myself amid a trial seeking God’s presence. I will say something like “God where are you right now?” I will then pause and wait upon him. Inevitably he comes like a wave of peace into my heart and I know this means I will be fine, or that this trial will come to an end.
It doesn’t matter how great the storm seems to be it really isn’t anything for our God. I have met people who should have spent their lives in prison because of the things that they did when they were young. And yet, God kept them out and they went on to live very fruitful lives, many of them becoming ministers of the Gospel leading others into the wells of God’s abiding rest.
He has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Our job is to believe this. And when the trials come to continue to believe.
We have to live thankful in all things. When bad things come we must thank God. When my body is not feeling well I thank God that at least I am alive. I am thankful for the breath that I breath. I am not saying that I don’t wish to be healed or to be healthier but at least my God is with me even in my poor condition.
My mother told me a great story today. She talked about a woman that she works with who is dying in her group home. My mother has worked for almost thirty years with person that are disabled – autistic, brain damage or down syndrome. She has great compassion for them and has lead many of them to Jesus and their families.
My mother asked this dying lady if she had Jesus in her heart. The little woman said yes, and that she was at peace. The lady really encouraged my mother and said that she had the rest of God in her heart. This ladies family are professing agnostics and atheist. My mother went to them and told them of the conversation that she had with their dying sister.
The agnostics began to cry and took great solace and comfort in the words of my mother. The very next day one of the ladies brought my mother their mom’s bible for my mom to read to this lady upon her bed.
Our God is the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Just rest in God today. I pray for you and ask the Lord to help you to enter into his peace. His peace comes supernaturally just like any miracle that he sends our way. I declare that you shall have that peace and that you shall become a man or woman of peace. Many will seek you out for the peace that is in you and you will minister that peace to them all.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning