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The event was a Women’s Aglow Retreat. The year was approximately 1992.
The setting was Sonoma County in Northern California. That’s an area where the grape vineyards are grown in the flat land as well as along the sides of the golden hills about 30-40 miles inland. There are wineries in the area. The landscape changes to that of a Redwood forested area, heading west towards the Pacific Ocean.
The town was Occidental, California, in the forest about ten miles from the ocean. The Christian retreat center was Alliance Redwoods.
The fragrance of the forest and the fresh crisp air was so refreshing to breathe in. There was a sense of peace taking walks along the trails, sitting near the creek hearing a gentle waterfall, hearing the birds chirp and just enjoying God’s creation. The fellowship with others was sweet to my soul. That weekend I discovered a fellowship much sweeter than any earthly relationship, and breathed in a Heavenly fragrance much more beautiful than any other aroma on this earth.
How could it be that just a mere sweet fragrance could be so intoxicating where you don’t want the experience to end? How could it be that such a delightful fragrance could be so transforming to my soul and impact my life forever?
There was a tangible Presence of God or Anointing or Shekinah Glory in the perfume itself.
Why was the Glory of God shining on my countenance after that experience of just breathing in this fragrance?
At the end of the Saturday night service, a group of us ladies lingered at the Altar just worshipping, singing praises to His Name and adoring Him. After we had been waiting in the Lord’s Presence for a while, I was standing near the front and began to smell a very strong aroma.
It was the most beautiful fragrance I had ever breathed in. There was delight, life, physical strength, and the Glory of God in the fragrance.
It had the scent of a mixture of frankincense, myrrh, spikenard, cassia, cinnamon, roses and other spices and floral scents.
It was as if that fragrance would come and go. One minute the aroma would be so strong. Then it was as if it would slowly fade as if to be from a distance, then as it got closer again, the aroma got stronger.
Now as I look back, I know that Jesus was there in Person, walking among us, but was invisible.
I know this because when the fragrance was exceptionally strong I also felt a Presence standing next to me. Then I would feel the Presence walk away and felt a breeze as He walked back and forth among us.
Since this was a new experience for me, I didn’t say anything to anyone to see if they were experiencing the same thing.
A few moments later, the president of Aglow, who was standing on the stage, announced that the fragrance of the Lord was there. That was a confirmation to me that this experience was real and others were experiencing the same thing.
Several of us ladies just basked in God’s Presence for a while with that beautiful abiding fragrance and Presence walking in and out among us.
What we experienced was the Shekinah Glory of the Lord, or Jesus Himself.
One woman said she didn’t necessarily smell the Lord’s fragrance, but felt a wind blowing in the place (and the doors were closed). The Holy Spirit, and Jesus, also manifests as literal wind blowing like on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
After we had been saturating in the Glory for a while, one of the Aglow leaders came up to the podium, got the microphone and said something that forever changed my thinking.
She announced the simple statement: “The Presence of the Father is in this place.”
How could that one statement forever impact my life and shatter old religious mindsets?
Being Trinitarian, I separated the Father, Son and Holy Spirit TOO much. They are also one (yes in unity, but also literally).
Jesse Duplantis and Kat Kerr who have been to heaven and witnessed it for themselves both said the same thing. They testified that the Father and Son are two separate Beings, each having their own Throne.
The Holy Spirit also has a form of a human body, but more transparent like, and much taller, with rainbows issuing out.
However, Jesus can literally “step into” the Father and they literally become one (1) Being. Then when He steps out of the Father, they are two separate Beings again.
Several Scriptures say that the Holy Spirit is the Presence of the Father AND the Son. The Holy Spirit issues out of both the Father and the Son, and does their will. The Father and Son share the same Spirit.
John the Beloved said that Jesus comes from the bosom of the Father, and he meant it literally and not just figuratively.
I always thought of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as being so gentle and kind, and I had an easy time relating to them.
I grew up with a mindset that the Father was hard to please, a God of wrath and ready to punish you for any wrongdoing. I was afraid of the Father and lacked boldness to come before His Throne with confidence.
However, Jesus was approachable, and the Holy Spirit was my friend and Comforter.
I thought that if the Presence of the Father was present, that there would have been thunder and lightning, as He is so powerful.
This reminds me of the passage in 1 Kings 19:11-13 where Elijah heard God’s voice. God was not in the wind, earthquake or fire. His voice was a still, small, soft voice. The Living Bible says His voice was “the sound of a gentle whisper”.
I’ve learned that I need to be still before the Lord and become quiet to hear His Voice.
Religion does NOT believe that God is Good all the time.
I was always taught about the Old Testament passages where God poured out wrath and judgment on evil doers. However, I was mis-led by religion. God only poured out judgment and wrath on His enemies, and Satan, but not His children.
But if you take a closer look at those Scriptures, often God put off judgment for hundreds of years, giving people an opportunity to repent.
The Father is actually very merciful and kind. And technically He is no longer the Judge. The Bible says that the Father has entrusted all judgment to the Son.
I grew up with a father who was very mean, cruel and abusive. There was nothing I could do to please him or get him to love and accept me. He rejected and despised me even from the womb, because he didn’t want children, and then I came along. He always hated me and made sure that I knew that.
He was very jealous and angry with me because he wanted my mother all to himself, and resented the fact that my mother spent so much of her time taking care of me. And then 16 months after I arrived in this world, my brother was born. Then my mother now had a toddler and a newborn to take care of, plus her elderly sickly mother who lived with us.
He was abusive to the entire family and the dog, but especially targeted me for some reason. I had a very difficult time trusting the Heavenly Father and thought that maybe He felt the same way towards me that my earthly father did.
The Glory I felt that evening at the Aglow retreat was a very gentle Presence (and it was supposed to be the Presence of the Father).
The Presence was very nurturing, very tender, very sweet, very kind, very doting, very loving … almost like a loving mother who nurtures her young children, or a hen who gathers her chicks under her wings and protects them.
I received a whole new revelation that evening of the Father’s tender loving affection. I could never call God “Abba”. Abba was too affectionate … like calling Him daddy or papa.
The Presence of the Father walking among us and settling on us at the Altar after the Saturday night Aglow meeting in 1992 was the beginning of some major healing in my life, as well as the Lord calling me into ministry.
Progressively over the years, the Father has been giving me a deeper understanding of His Fatherhood. He said that He would be a Father to the fatherless.
After leaving the sanctuary that evening after the meeting, a group of us ladies went to the dining hall for a fruit snack before bedtime. While sitting at the table, the other ladies got their purses and Bibles, and headed back for their cabin.
I remained at the table by myself for a few minutes, and then suddenly that strong fragrance appeared out of nowhere and surrounded me. It seemed like I basked in that fragrance for a minute or two, then the fragrance faded away.
I got my purse and began to head back to my cabin for the night. On the way back to the cabin, I realized I had left my Bible on the dining room table. I went back to retrieve it.
When I went to pick up my Bible from off the table, that beautiful fragrance appeared again for a minute, and surrounded me, then faded away.
After returning to the cabin and climbing into bed, twice I smelled a faint aroma of Jesus’ perfume before falling off to sleep.
The next day, which was Sunday, the retreat ended around noon time and a group of us headed on home.
Later that evening, I attended the Care Group I was involved in at my church I attended at the time. I was still very excited about this new experience I had that weekend.
When I walked in the door, later on the leader in charge of the Care Group said that my face had a glow on it, and he knew that something transformational had happened. He knew I had been with Jesus.
At Care Group I shared what had happened and others were touched and seemed to express a hunger to experience God’s Glory as well.
Since that time, I have experienced breathing in the sweet perfume of the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit on several occasions.
Sometimes it happened in dreams which were Heavenly or Prophetic in nature. Other times it happened in waking life while worshipping with music.
A few times it happened in a church setting where people were soaking in God’s Presence, and a few times at Benny Hinn conferences when the Glory was strong or when watching his program on TV.
I wish it happened more often. It’s been several years since it last happened.
Besides coming to a new revelation of who the Father is (so tender, so sweet, so doting), this was also a time in my life of being introduced to the concept of intimacy with Jesus (in spirit and soul).
Prior to 1992-1993 I had often spent hours soaking in God’s Presence privately at home, and feeling God’s Glory, but had not necessarily received teaching on the subject of intimacy with God.
God used several key people in my life to introduce me to this level of relationship with the Lord. The first person to introduce this teaching on intimacy with Jesus was Rev. Pat Chen http://www.firstloveprayer.net/
Pat Chen’s passion for the Lord was very contagious, and it put a deep desire in my heart to know Jesus in that intimate way as well.
Kat Kerr, Jesse Duplantis and others who have been to heaven all say that all of Heaven is filled with this lovely fragrance I have shared about. They all say that this fragrance is the Glory of the Father, and the aroma permeates all of Heaven.
When you begin to breathe it in, it is so intoxicating in a positive way that you don’t want the experience to end. Just the fragrance itself infuses life and strength into your body, and fills your soul with joy, peace and great delight!
The fragrance contains the tangible Presence of God, Anointing, and Shekinah Glory itself.
Romans 8:15-17 NKJV
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of Adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Galatians 4:6 NKJV
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
Jeremiah 18:1-7 (NKJV)
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”
Verse 4 says that the clay was marred, so the Potter had to re-make the clay vessel. The Amplified version renders the word marred for “spoiled”. The Adam Clarke’s Commentary says that some gravel or a small stone was found embedded into the clay, thus causing a breach. The Potter had to begin again with fresh clay.
This parable of the Potter and Clay shows Israel’s dependence on God. As He is the Master and Creator, He can shape our destinies how He sees fit.
The Lord wants to make us into a better person. He wants you to be a better individual, wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, business person, minister, employee. He is not trying to take from us, but to add to our lives His goodness. He wants to refine us, so as to remove the dross, so that we come out as pure gold and silver vessels, which are vessels of honor fit for the Master’s use (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
Don’t be afraid to let Jesus be the Lord over all the kingdoms of your heart and life. Don’t resist the Holy Spirit’s dealings in your life. Just yield to the Lord and allow Him to have His way in your life. He wants to bring greater levels of peace and joy, and abundant life, to your life.
The Lord wants us to come into deeper levels of consecration and to walk in holiness. This is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.
There is an old song we used to sing, called “Have Thine Own Way”. It goes:
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the Potter
I am the Clay.
Mold me and make me
After Thy will
While I am waiting
Yielded and still.
Text: Adelaide A. Pollard, 1862-1934
Music: George C. Stebbins, 1846-1945
As we wait on the Lord and have an open heart before Him, then He can begin to move in our lives. He wants to do great things in and through us, if we will get in sync with Him.
The Lord is asking you today the question: “Can I have My way in your life, and mold you into My image and into the person I destined for You to become?” The Lord has good plans for our lives, to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
All vessels that the Potter makes are equally important, and all have a useful purpose and function. There are fancy vases, and there are dinner plates and water pitchers. What seems to be considered to be the lesser vessels (eating/drinking ware) is even more useful for day to day living.
In Heaven, everyone will have an assignment to do, but it will be what you enjoy doing and what you are naturally skilled and talented at doing. Some will be florists, some ministers, some musicians and singers, some that work in the court room of Heaven, and others who take care of children. All of these things are equally important, as we all have our placement in the Body of Christ. Everyone has at least one talent that they are gifted at.
Also, in Heaven our net worth is not based on dollars and cents, but on how many souls we have and will impact for the kingdom of God.
If we, the Clay, would allow the Potter (the Lord) to work on us, developing us into the vessel He ordained for us to be, then we will be able to be used by God more, and make a greater impact for the kingdom of God.
Can a Christian Go To Hell?
A Christian’s salvation is eternally secure as long as he or she does the will of the Father and lives in holiness, and bears good fruit in their lives.
Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
Some Christians have forfeited their eternal security in heaven by living a lifestyle of disobedience and lawlessness. Some examples include:
- Not walking in love; hatred; prejudice; murder; malice
- Abuse of any kind, and causing strife and discord
- Bitterness (which defiles many) and unforgiveness
- Any form of witchcraft, sorcery, horoscopes, etc.
- Any form of sexual immorality, including porn addiction
- Embezzlement, stealing, corruption, lying, deceit
- Pastors and leaders leading the flock astray through their teachings or being bad examples
- Demonstrating irreverence (through words and deeds) to the Holy Spirit and His Anointing and Anointed Ones
- Pride and rebellion
- Lifestyle of drunkenness, gambling, carousing, vices
The Lord said in His Word that those who practice such things cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a two-fold definition: 1. God’s system of doing things 2. Heaven.
Revelation 22:14-15 talks about those who will want to get into heaven, but the gates will be closed for them and they won’t be able to enter in.
Revelation 22:14-15 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Galatians 5:19-25 gives examples of the works of the flesh, and then says that they which live in such a way cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Then it lists the fruits of the Spirit, and encourages us as Believers to walk in the Spirit.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The thing that the majority of Christians struggle with is offense. People hurt you and did you wrong. Then it leads to anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness.
In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells us the story of the man who had an enormous debt and could not pay it back. He was facing prison time if he didn’t pay back the debt, and his children taken as slaves. He begged for mercy and the creditor had pity for him and canceled the debt owed.
However, there was a person who owed this man (who was forgiven of much) a very small debt and had no way to pay it off. The man who was forgiven of much had no mercy on the man who owed him a small debt and had the person put in prison. When the creditor found out about this man’s hypocrisy (he was forgiven of much, but failed to forgive someone else for something of lesser debt), he was filled with wrath. He had the man put in prison and turned over to the torturers.
When we fail to forgive others, then God cannot forgive us. And we need forgiveness in order to enter into Heaven, because we as Believers miss the mark quite often and need God’s grace. There are many Christians in Outer Darkness (a section of hell) today that are there due to unforgiveness and hatred.
The torturers speak of demons tormenting people. Usually offense is the door in which demons enter people’s lives to torment them. Also, every time people view internet porn, it releases scores of hideous demons into their lives and home, and these demons wreak havoc.
Strife in the household, church or work environment is another way demons wreak havoc, and the sheep are scattered.
In the Apostle John’s writings, his three key words he uses the most often are: love, life and light. These words are interconnected. If you walk in one, you will walk in all three.
John says that if we claim to love God, yet hate our brother, then we lie and the truth is not in us. He also says that those who do not walk in love are in the darkness, and cannot inherit eternal life.
For years I struggled with offense, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness towards some family members who had abused me for around 21 years. God gave me warnings through dreams that I was in trouble and headed for Outer Darkness in hell if I died at that time.
I had to turn the pain over to the Lord, and ask Him to put love in my heart and help me to forgive. For me, it’s been a process of healing that has taken many years. When people hurt me, I tend to internalize it, and I’m learning how to let go and turn people over to the Lord.
If you have a root of bitterness in your heart, the Word says it defiles people. However, the Holy Spirit can remove all bitterness from your soul and fill you with His love and compassion. No one is worth going to hell over. Let go of the offense. If not for their sake, do it to make sure you go to Heaven someday.
Years ago I heard the true story of the pastor in Africa who had gotten in an argument with his wife one morning, and then later on that day was killed in a car crash.
He talked about how he went to hell for 2 or 3 days. He saw fellow pastors there, and was shocked because he thought they were in heaven. One was there for stealing the tithes and offerings, and embezzlement. Others were there for adultery, not walking in love, failing to teach people the whole counsel of God and for other reasons. This pastor was there for being abusive to his wife.
After he was in hell for 2 or 3 days, he was transferred to heaven, and shared how glorious it was.
Meanwhile, after he was killed his wife held on to the Scripture in Hebrews 11:35 that says that women received their dead raised to life again. She, along with others, prayed and believed that he would come back to life. His body was even partially embalmed.
Where they live, there was a Rinehard Bonnke meeting going on. They took his body to the meeting, believing that he would be raised to life. They took him in the casket to the basement while the meetings were in session. His wife and brothers in the Lord were interceding for his rising from the dead. He did come back to life. And now he shares his testimony and warns Christians, and especially pastors and leaders, of the reality of hell if you don’t walk in holiness. Pastors, teachers and leaders are held in stricter judgment than others in the Body of Christ.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us the parable of the children of the kingdom. (The children of the kingdom are referring to Believers in Christ.) Some were cast into outer darkness and everlasting fire, while others received their reward and were granted to enter into Heaven. Jesus said that if you did it (ministered to) the least of these His brethren, you’ve done it unto Him. So therefore, there is a correlation between our works to help others, and receiving eternal life. We are not saved by works, but created UNTO good works (Ephesians 2:10).
In the parables right before this one in Matthew 25:1-30, are the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins. A virgin speaks of the Body of Christ, chaste like a virgin awaiting her bridegroom. Five of them made it into heaven, and five were turned away because when the Bridegroom came, they were unprepared.
Then there is the parable of servants given talents. All of the servants, except for one, invested their talents and had more to present at the end of their lives. They heard the words from Jesus: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. You were made ruler over a few things, now you will be ruler over many things.”
A talent refers to something we are capable of doing, a natural gifting God gives to us. He wants us to develop and use our gifts, and to end up at the end of our lives with even more gifts.
This one servant was given one talent, but he was afraid and buried it in the ground. When the Master came, he gave the talent back to the Master, but he had done nothing with his talent, nor had he invested it. He could of at least put it into a savings account to earn interest. This servant was called an unprofitable servant, and his talent was taken from him and given to the one who had ten talents, plus he was cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
These are strong words Jesus spoke, but they are eternal realities.
John 15 talks about abiding in the Vine. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him, and He abides in us, then we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. We can live fruitful lives if we will abide in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Also, abide in the Word of God, which renews the mind, transforms the soul, fills the hungry soul, and is like medicine.
Back to the subject of love, John said in 1 John 3:14-15:
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
It’s time to take an inventory of our soul. We need to ask God to highlight to us if there is any iniquity in our lives, so that we can have an opportunity to repent of it while we still have time on this earth.
Just pray this simple prayer, and begin to seek God with all of your heart.
“Dear Father God,
I come to Your Throne in the Name of Jesus. Show me if there is sin and iniquity in my life, and give me the grace to repent of it and forsake it. I am aware of this sin in my life _______ (and tell it to God what the sin is), and I need Your help to overcome it. I want to live for You. I want to spend eternity with You and my loved ones in Heaven. I want to get right with You. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive every sin. Wash me clean by Your Blood. I receive your forgiveness. Fill me with Your love and grace, and empower me to forgive others who have hurt me. I give You my whole heart. Sweet Holy Spirit, please fill me afresh with Your Presence. I need You in my life like never before.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen”
Dream: Seasons Are About To Change
I received this dream on the same night that Benny Hinn spoke on seasons changing.
In October of 2003, I attended a Benny Hinn crusade in Fresno, California. The Holy Spirit ministered to deep areas in my life.
The evening of October 16, 2003, after the service was over and I returned to my hotel, during the night the Lord gave me a prophetic dream concerning a change of seasons that’s coming. This spoke personally to situations in my life, and I believe that this dream was a word for many in the Corporate Body of Christ.
Perhaps this prophetic dream may speak to some situation in your life in which you are believing to see God bring about a breakthrough.
I shared this dream with a friend of mine, and it was a confirmation of what the Lord had been speaking to my friend’s life. Their situation was different, but God kept on saying to them: “New Season”.
Scene 1: Cloudy. Sky looks bleak. A storm has just passed. Clarity is impaired.
Scene 2: Clouds begin to dissipate as Sunshine peeks through. Eventually the clouds fade away, and there is full sunshine and clear blue skies.
Scene 3: Spring time. New blossoming takes place. Gentle rains.
You may be in a cloudy season right now in your life. Things may look bleak. But there is hope and assurance that this season will be short-lived, and the sun will come out.
You will not remain in your cloudy situation. God is bringing you out. Much sunshine is in store.
Where there was once confusion and difficulty in hearing God’s Voice and seeing in the Spirit with clarity, the clouds shall be parted and you will be able to see and hear clearly. The fog shall clear up.
Where there was sadness, mourning and depression—there shall be gladness and rejoicing. You shall again dance and play your tambourine with joy, like you did in your youth.
Where there was a heavy burden of stress and anxiety, the load will lift and lighten. The enemy of your soul tried to take you out, but God stepped in. The Lord breathed fresh life into those dry bones and gave the command, saying: “Hear the Word of the Lord, O dry bones, and live!” And revivification came.
Great fruitfulness and productivity is in store. Those delayed promises you are believing God for shall be answered and fulfilled. Abundance and blessings shall be yours. You shall blossom out and flourish. Complete health and healing shall be yours. You shall be lush and green like the tree. The gentle rains of the Glory of God shall descend upon your life, and the Spirit of God will bring refreshment and rejuvenation. A greater anointing is coming.
Spring is coming to your life. A resurrection of old, and dead, dreams shall take place. New life, and double restoration is coming. You shall possess your promised land. You shall have tremendous joy.
God has been working in your life so that you would produce good fruit (the fruit of the Spirit). The Lord has been at work ripening good fruit in you so that one day you would be able to feed others, and be used of God to harvest lost souls. God turned the past pain around in your life so that the day would come when you would be able to help others and minister God’s healing.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5). Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12). The Living Bible words it this way: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true at last, there is life and joy.”
The season has shifted. You have come out of your winter season and have entered into a new season of Springtime, where there will be blossoming, fruitfulness and growth. The promises of the Lord are coming to pass in your life. You will rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory! You will receive a double portion anointing, and double portion blessings and prosperity as your inheritance!
God bless you and keep you.
Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?
Today’s message is about us being ready to receive from God those things which He has promised us.
God has promised us many things in His Word. Also, many of us have prophetic promises that were spoken over our lives of what God desires to do. We want to receive our promise or healing. We KNOW that God will do it. But for some reason or another, many are not completely ready to receive their promise at this moment, right now.
For example, many people who are believing God for physical healing are delayed from receiving because they haven’t been ready to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle and nutritional habits. They may have to be willing to give up certain addictions that contribute to illness. Many people are miraculously healed, but then the sickness returns if they have not maintained their healing (i.e., if they go back to old bad nutritional and lifestyle habits, or allow doubt and unbelief to come in).
Many are in need of emotional healing. Complete healing comes when they are ready to forgive, ready to let go of their past, and ready to refuse to no longer be a victim.
Healing comes when they are ready to give their pain to the Lord. Healing comes when they refuse to no longer believe the devil’s lies that they are unlovable and unworthy. They have to be willing to refuse to no longer wallow in a spirit of rejection.
Some need deliverance from sexual addictions, but have to get to the place where they are totally ready to forsake it. Then God can bring about healing and freedom.
For some, God has promised to bless them financially, and He put business ideas into their spirit. But fear and uncertainty keep them from venturing out and entering into God’s promise. “What if I fail?” is the thought that plagues the mind.
For others, the Lord wants to bring healthy relationships that are God-ordained into their life. They want to receive but are having a struggle. There is a battle with feelings of fear, possible rejection, possible betrayal, and issues of trust and opening up to others. Perhaps painful experiences in relationships from the past, such as divorce, abuse, abandonment, disappointments, etc. causes one to be closed or have a very difficult time receiving.
Fear blocks faith from operating. Fear closes the door to receiving. Some are delayed from receiving their healing or promise because they have been a captive to the pain of their past, and living with a victim mentality for so long.
In John 5:5-9, Jesus came by the pool of Bethesda and found a lame man who had suffered with an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Rather than the man instantly saying “yes”, he gave Jesus the reasons why he hadn’t been healed in the past. And the man was also stuck in the mode of blaming others for his condition. When the man decided to take responsibility for his own life and stop blaming others and making excuses, then he was able to receive his healing.
Often times we do the same thing as this man. Often times we justify our actions by blaming others or blaming our past for our problems. Even though others may HAVE done us harm and we were victims, God doesn’t want us to remain in a victim mentality for the rest of our lives.
Pastor Paula White often says, “A victim says: ‘I cannot get out unless you let me out’”. That’s too much power to give to a mortal man or woman.
Another reason why some are blocked from receiving their healing is because they are looking more to man to be healed, than to Jesus. Man can’t do much for you. Man is only the vessel, the instrument, in which the healing power of God flows through. Only Jesus can heal. The focus must be on Him.
What is keeping you from receiving God’s promises right now? Fear? Doubt? Past hurts? Unforgiveness? Bitterness? Unresolved past issues? Blaming others? Not ready to let go of something that is blocking you from receiving? Focusing too much on your past? Your past doesn’t have to dictate your present or future. God is doing a new thing. Now it springs forth.
Another thing that keeps us from being totally ready to receive is because we are familiar with the old, as unhappy as it may be. It’s predictable and we know what to expect. The new is uncertain. We have not traveled on the path of new before. There are so many “what ifs?”.
Also, many times feelings of unworthiness get in the way of us receiving. “I am unworthy to receive ______ because ______.” Those unworthiness thoughts are not of God. The author of those thoughts is the devil (whose character is that of lying, deceiving, undermining, cheating, killing, robbing and destroying). Unworthiness thoughts remain when we view ourselves lower than how the Lord sees us. We need to come up higher and see ourselves the way God does. We are royal heirs and heiresses of God.
Feelings of shame also block us from receiving what God has promised. Whether feelings of shame are the result of something we did in the past, or a result of dishonor and disgrace brought upon us by the actions of someone else—we must give it over to the Lord and receive His cleansing and grace. Believe what God’s written Word says and receive it for your life.
If prophetic words were spoken over you and it bore witness with your spirit and is in agreement with the Bible, then trust God to perform His Word. If God spoke some rhema words into your spirit of things He’s promised He’s going to do in your life, then believe God to bring it to pass. When I say “rhema words”, I’m talking about when the Lord speaks to you a fresh, “right now”, word directly through Scriptures that seem to be highlighted and grab your attention.
Your part to acquiring God’s promises for your life is to cooperate with God by doing whatever He tells you to do and by opening up your heart to receive.
May we prepare our hearts to receive all God has for us. May we make whatever changes God tells us to make, so that we are ready to receive.
It’s time to cross over into our promised land and receive what we’ve been believing God for. May we not let fear, doubt and other issues get in the way of receiving our promise. May we be ready to receive. Amen.