Yesterday, most Christian churches around the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday. I hope and pray that you had a powerful Pentecostal experience in the Lord yesterday. I prayed for a deeper baptism in the Holy Spirit, more of His fire, increased spiritual gifts, and more fruit of the Spirit. Last night as I got under my Sukkah (large prayer shawl), I prayed for wisdom, revelation, counsel, might, understanding and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) as we enter this new season in the Kingdom of God. I prayed to understand what the Lord wants me to do in this new season and for what He wants all of us to do as we spread the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world. As I prayed, the room suddenly filled with the fragrance of baking bread. It was a very powerful fragrance and my spirit was filled with joy as I connected with it.
Then my thoughts went back to a passage of scripture I read early in the morning yesterday – John 6:48-58. In this passage, Jesus announced that He is the Bread of Life, the Living Bread, and the true Bread which came down from Heaven. As I read that passage, I counted seven times in which the Lord spoke of eating this bread which is His flesh. The number seven really spoke to me about the completeness of His work on the cross. He is what we need and He is all we need.
This morning, I went over the passage again and counted eight occurrences of this declaration. I got excited because this really spoke to me about new beginnings. I believe this is the season of fresh bread from Heaven for all of us. He doesn’t give stale bread from the past. He always gives fresh bread to nurture our spirits, souls, and bodies. I am ready for it. How about you? I want fresh bread from Heaven every day! I am so hungry for more of Him.
I am so thirsty for some of the fresh wine of the Kingdom. I am ready to drink deeply from what He is pouring out in this season. I want to experience more and more of His kind of life and the key is still in the bread and the wine. Good News: He is still distributing it to those willing to receive it. When He spoke this in Capernaum, many of His disciples stopped following Him. It was too difficult for them to receive it. I pray that we will never stop following Him no matter how challenging His words may be! Amen?
I was suddenly given a beautiful vision from the Lord. I was standing at the top of a hill in a beautifully manicured garden like those behind the mansions of very wealthy people. Suddenly, I realized that this is exactly what I was seeing – the garden behind our mansion in Heaven which the Lord has prepared for all those who belong to Him. It was amazing to look at this beautiful place and all the flowers and shrubs which were perfectly manicured. In front of me were some stone steps which took me down to the next level. I looked further down the hill and counted seven levels in the garden. I knew this was speaking to the book the Lord gave me to write: “Seven Levels of Glory.”
At each level there was so much to see and understand. Several people were standing on each level and I moved to join a group on this new level I had just entered. I didn’t hear voices, but I realized in my spirit that we were sharing testimonies about what Jesus had done in our lives, families, and ministries. It was so wonderful to be with people of like mind and spirit. We could just stay together and share more and more. I wanted to linger longer, but felt compelled to move to the next level and join a different group.
As I moved to the next level, I saw a few people who were just going from level to level without stopping. They seemed to be in a great rush to get to a new place, but they were missing so much of what each level had for them. I wanted to rush to the prize also, but I felt a stronger urge to get all I could from this level before moving to the next.
This is not a season to rush to our own goals. It is a season to receive all He has for us so that we can be better prepared for what is coming next. Then I realized that right now I am on the “Bread of Heaven” level. I want to tarry a little while and savor the fragrance and flavor of the Fresh Bread. I want to linger a little longer and savor the wonderful fragrance of Christ so that my spirit and soul will be fed and made ready for what the Lord will release in the next season. I sensed in my spirit that many of us need to slow down and get back to the basics. We need to get back to the body and blood of Jesus. We are not placed here to constantly chase after new ideas or even signs and wonders but to seek Him. We are here to seek His face! When we seek first the Kingdom of God, all these other things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33).
“Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! (Psalm 105:1-4, 1 Chronicles 16:9-11)
Date: May 20, 2013