On Friday, April 8th, 2016, I received a Word from the Lord. This began a series of messages received over the next few days, culminating in an open vision given the morning of Sunday, April 17th. I believe the message is for the Church, as it’s time to go out into the deep. Please pray and ask the Lord for interpretation and how it applies to you personally.
A good friend and I took a few days off work to attend a faith and healing gathering in Branson, Missouri. The week prior to leaving on the trip was especially hectic. With working, getting ready for the trip, and taking care of prior obligations with family and friends, the feeling of being spread too thin was weighing heavily on me. Leaving town, I felt like I’d let several people down, barely squeezing them into my schedule, and definitely not spending good quality time with them.
The second morning of the meeting, during a praise and worship service, my heart began to ach for all the people I love so dearly. My family and friends; each of their faces flashed across my mind. Oh, how I wanted to know each one on a much deeper level, to be able to invest more time, energy, and love into their lives. My eyes filled with tears as I realized I didn’t have it in me. I didn’t have enough to love all these people sufficiently – not the way I knew the Lord wanted them loved.
Initial Word/Vision from the Lord
As everyone was singing, I felt completely broken, and cried out (in my spirit – not audibly), “Lord, there’s not enough of me to go around!” Instantly, the Lord shouted back, “I AM More Than Enough!” I immediately felt His love flow into me. (It was as I described in a previous post, entitled, ‘A Glimpse of Glory.’)
As I stood there, His Love infused me. The Lord then flashed one of the scenes from the aforementioned dream before my eyes. I was walking towards the hurting people, and felt the love of the Lord descend upon me. Again, I felt filled to the point I was going to burst. The love began to flow out of me towards the people.
Suddenly, the vision disappeared and I was back in real time. As I looked around at the singing assembly of people, I realized what the Lord had just told me; It’s only as He fully indwells us that we’ll be able to fully love and minister to the people around us.
I now felt desperate to be filled to overflowing with the Love of God, so I could love as He loves. I realized I was utterly useless to Him and everyone around me in my current state. I had to be transformed – and NOW! But the Lord wasn’t finished with His message just yet, and had much more to show me in the days that followed…
Just a side-note before continuing: Prior to leaving town for the conference, my pastor back home had given a powerful message about the difference just one degree in temperature can make. Water at a temperature of 211° is extremely hot, but not boiling. However, if you turn the heat up by just 1 degree, to a temperature of 212°, that water will begin to boil. The composition of water then begins to change into steam – one of the most powerful forms of energy used by man – think nuclear power plant. He explained how the same principle works in a Christian when they go from just being hot – to boiling hot! When that steam starts to flow, look out!
So, here I am, sitting at a conference in another state, just after hearing the Lord say, “I AM More Than Enough” a few minutes earlier, when this speaker also begins to talk about the difference just one degree in temperature makes in bringing water to a boil! Suffice it to say, the hair stood up on my arms and my ears stood at attention.
At this point, I was aware that the Lord was answering several questions I’d recently asked Him. I knew in my current state, for some reason I didn’t have enough of Him in me to meet the needs of others, and the Lord had just told me He was more than enough. I’d received two detailed messages from anointed men of God about the need of Christians to raise their temperature to the next degree in order to walk in the greater power and anointing of the Lord. The following is what the Lord impressed upon my spirit:
Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God with all your being and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31). This is impossible to do without the Lord living in, and working through us.
If we have the gift of tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith, and even if we become a martyr, but don’t have Love, it profits us nothing. We are worthless to Him! God is Love. Whoever lives in Love lives in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16).
All the miracles, signs and wonders performed through the hands of His Saints; the healings and deliverances, come from Love flowing through us and out to others. This is Jesus in action, destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The Saints are to be doing the works of Jesus, and He said we’d do even greater works than He did! (John 14:12)
The Church will do these greater works when, and only when, we as His Body walk in the FULLNESS of Him who fills everything in every way (Eph. 1:22-23). We are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16).
The Lord needs us on fire for Him. In the Old Testament, the priests were to keep a perpetual fire going in the temple of the Lord. The fire was to be kept burning on the altar continuously (Leviticus 6:12-13). They were to continue refueling it. Paul says WE are to stir up the gift of God within us. Several translations say, “Fan into flame the gift of God…” (2 Timothy 1:6).
I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt for some time that the Church was in wait mode, just waiting on the Lord to rain down the end time anointing on His people – the former and later rains. While this is true, and the Lord’s given dreams and visions of that time and what it will be like to walk in the Glory, WE have to be in position to receive. It’s by stirring up the gift of God, by fanning the flame, and raising our temperature that crucial 1°, up to the boiling point, that we become the Holy Temple He may inhabit!
By Sunday morning, April 17th, I thought I’d received the full message of the Lord. I sat down to finish writing it out, but about 5 minutes into it, the Lord gave me the following open vision:
Second Vision / The Sparkly River
I was hovering below the clouds directly above a city. Suddenly, a flowing mass started coming from the heavens, breaking through the clouds. It was flowing like a river would, although it wasn’t water. It was more like a golden colored gas or steam and it was sparkling with golden flecks in it. As it flowed, I began to follow along with it.
The sparkling river began to go into different buildings where Christians were gathered together. In some of the gatherings, they were standing and worshipping the Lord, and in others they were sitting and listening to a pastor at the podium. In every building the sparkling river entered from the back of the building or auditorium and came down the aisle toward the front where the speakers were.
As the sparkling river began going down the aisles, the people were touched and transformed, like they suddenly became animated and on fire for the Lord. As it got to the front, the pastors also transformed and their preaching became very bold. (I do want to mention that not everyone was transformed, as some seemed untouched by the flow).
Then the sparkling river went down an aisle of a church I recognized. This was my church. I recognized the pastor at the front! But just before it reached the front of the church, the vision ended.
As I sat stunned, thinking about what the Lord had just shown me, the Lord said, “It’s Time!”
I began to shake with excitement. You see, I was originally shown this vision back in July, 2011! Thinking of it here and there, I’ve always been comforted in knowing a day was coming when the Holy Spirit would be poured out upon the Saints to quicken us in order to perform the mighty works of Jesus in this end time.
My brothers and sisters, it’s time to go to another level in the Lord! Even if our current temperature is very hot, if it’s not at 212°, we’re not walking in the full power and anointing the Lord intended for us to walk in. Turn the fire up! Get to the boiling point, and then keep the flame going.
Your family, your friends and neighbors, this world, is groaning in travail, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God! When the Lord releases that golden cloud, that sparkling river of Glory upon His people, let’s be ready to receive!
The Lord is saying, “It’s Time!”