IHOP – Feast of Trumpets 2016

Iloilo House of Prayer is inviting everyone in the celebration of one of the Lord’s Feasts, Feast of Trumpets this Sunday | October 2, 2016 @ 2PM in the afternoon at Iloilo House of Prayer Sanctuary, Casa Plaza Bldg., General Luna St., Iloilo City… See you there!

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Blog Convergence – Who are the enemies of Revival?

This will be the concluding blog featured in Blog Convergence 2016 – EMPOWERMENT. As we are informed and taught to be empowered for the revival, let us not forget to deal with its enemies. Get a macro view of these enemies today!

The enemies of revival-min

Revival is at hand and is now! But the enemies of revival are also catching up on the great move of God in our generation. Identify these enemies today! – Read more…

 

Rest and Receive

Blessed day every one! Thank you for following us in this series. To anyone who missed to read the first and second blog sessions, I encourage you to read them. The Days of David Series, Invitation to Great and Scandal in the Palace were messages to reveal what God has gifted us and what the enemy is targeting in his hell breaking distractions day by day. We are now on our third blog session. Let’s start!


Rest and ReceiveAs a spiritual people, we don’t just live by the physical world. Growing up, we learn to understand the physical realm. But we also have to understand the spirit realm. And many of us live on a split world view or mentality. We forget to deal with the spirit realm. But how do we deal with it anyway?

It is through a revelation; a divine revelation from our Heavenly Father. I discussed deeper about the side of the Father as the Great Revelator in our ebook, Explosion of Glory (you can download it for free).

Today, we will discuss about the release of God’s revelation to us and how we receive it. We know that God is diversified in nature. We can’t just put Him and His processes in just one box. His beauty comes out much with wonder in the setup of diversity. However, in this discussion, let us look at this one in a macro view.

The first thing we have to do as we desire to receive a revelation from God is to just rest. We begin to quiet ourselves away from the noise of this world. We find a secret place in His presence where strength and endurance is being restored. It is where peace and joy is imparted. We have to find rest in Him.

Rest becomes the nest of God’s divine revelation to us.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalm 46:10

As we see in this verse, the knowledge of God comes after being still. Still is substantiated as a state of worry-free, calmness and serenity. We empty ourselves from the cares of this world. We move into the position of faith. As we begin to detox ourselves, we give space for God to fill us with His revelation.

We don’t labor hard to get a revelation from God. Why? It is part of the loving relationship we have with Him as Jesus calls us His friends in the beloved. What Jesus received from the Father, He reveals it to us. He makes it known to us.

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.                     – John 15:15

Quietness is the incubation of God’s revelation.

What do we do now in the process of resting?

  • Ready in a comfortable place and position.
  • Relax the body and mind.
  • Release all the tensions and worries about all things.
  • Respond to God’s presence in prayer and praise.
  • Receive from God as He puts His thoughts into our empty vessels being the partaker of the mind of Christ.

For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:16

What does God reveal as we lean in to rest and receive from Him?

  • Personhood – God reveals the mysteries on who He is in a more intimate and personal way.
  • Plans  – God reveals the mysteries on what He will do ahead of us.
  • Purpose – God reveals the mysteries on why He does things the way He does them.
  • Process – God reveals the mysteries on how He does things to meet His plans and purposes for our lives.

Remember!

The enemy can also give a revelation. Of course, it is not divine in nature. When Eve was tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the serpent gave a revelation.

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4 – 5

It was confirmed by God Himself in verse 22 of the same chapter.

Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”                         – Genesis 3:22

What the enemy meant for bad, God turned it around to make beauty out of ashes. It fulfilled what He prophesied during creation.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26

This is why we have to test the revelation we receive to prevent any damage at all.

How do we test if the revelation comes from God?

  • God’s revelation will not create fear. But it will feed us with hope.
  • God’s revelation will not bring us condemnation. But it will bring us into the place of repentance.
  • God’s revelation will not pull anyone down. It will edify and comfort us even in the manner of rebuke.
  • God’s revelation will not sow hatred. But it will cater and channel His love.
  • God’s revelation will not result to confusion. But it will produce peace and sound mind.

We can draw a whole lot more, but what was mentioned above are the basic guidelines in testing any revelation we receive. We must train ourselves to receive from God. Tap into His Spirit.

Looking back in Psalm 46:10, exalting God among the nations all over the earth comes after the state of stillness and the knowledge of Him. As we begin to rest and receive from God, we are being empowered to witness and declare the Lordship of our God among the nation! We begin to have an authentic declaration where both the spirit and physical realm align to accommodate what is being declared!

Let us begin to rest much and receive more! ARISE!


Thank you for joining us in the second blog session for ARISE! I pray we all had a bunch of divine revelation as we rest and receive from God . Join us again next week’s blog session!

blessings - Nile

 

The Gap Between Spiritual and Natural Influences

Many times in the Bible, there are changes and circumstances that were influenced and even halted by forces. Many will see it only from the natural eyes. But beyond what seems to be the source is a more complex and deep influencing factor mentioned in the Book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

We, as a people of a God who moves beyond the natural senses of man, should know how to deal with this. When God said in Isaiah that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways [1] , He was pointing out the limitation that a human mind can contain for the moment in time. But when we were born again under the influence of the Spirit of God, we became the partaker of God’s divine nature which includes His mind as revealed in Christ’s ministrations during his humanity. From here, as Paul said in the first Book of Corinthians, we have the mind of Christ [2].

Because we are a tripartite being [3], we become the contact point of the spiritual realm and natural realm [4]. And we have to live not only by the interactions within the natural realm, but ultimately the spiritual realm. There are parallel effects happening in between these realms as presented in the Book of Matthew about binding and loosing [5]. And understanding these realms and everything in between will require God’s gift of revelation. It is when God reveals this beyond human mind can handle that we gain full understanding on what is happening in a situation. I discussed a more deeper understanding  of God’s gift of revelation in Fire Brand’s first eBook, Explosion of Glory.

Understanding these realms is actually very crucial for us to bring and impose change and revival in a nation, church, family and personal life. It is because the natural realm, as seen mostly in the Bible, is dominated by the principles imposed in the spiritual realm. And these principles ultimately is followed across in between these realms. These principles and precepts are actually God’s way of revealing our safe zones.

Now, when we see interaction in these realms, we either apply these principles or not. And by this, there is a divine network being drawn across ourselves. It is because when principles and precepts are applied, we are aligning ourselves to a divine network.

What is a divine network?

It is a group of people aligned having the same purpose, position and portion. See Fire Brand’s first eBook, Explosion of Glory for a broader discussion. Within this network, God moves strongly in impartation. His revelation spreads across the group.

This is important because for a person especially those who are in position of influence, a divine network will somehow define the spiritual covering. A person will be defined by the company he is in because of the spiritual and natural influences.

What is a spiritual covering?

It is a dominant spirit taking full control in influencing a finite and visible being. Now Paul exhorted that every man should be under the headship of Christ as Christ to God. It is very difficult to say that one’s covering is Christ but the spirit’s manifestation is otherwise as presented in Psalm 91.

Psalm 91:1

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

A person abides where he dwells. The manifestation will define the source of ministration.

This is why we have to be very careful especially those who are influential in the natural sense such as politician, minister, celebrity and public figure. Whoever goes with a person will somehow affect the impartation and spiritual covering unto the influence carried in his personality. For human senses, the influential spirit will be very subtle until its manifestation is revealed in the natural. That is why we have to look beyond the natural and see the spiritual influences.

This is very important to every leader of every mountain of society (sphere of society). The society is now facing all kinds of shifts in the leadership. Now, we have to be aware of this. We have been releasing articles about shifts and other prophetic leaders around the globe are into this big change.

Yes! Revival is coming and is at hand. But when the spiritual corruption is not cut off, all other defiled spirits will be conjured easily because of the spiritual issues left unresolved over the land.

What happens when a person of influence is under God’s covering?

Let us look at Joseph and what his influence brought to Pharaoh and to all Egyptians in Genesis 41. I believe every Bible believing Christian knows the run of this biblical account.

Revelation Over Recession[6]

When Pharaoh had a dream in a series, it disturbed him and his senses and looked for someone to interpret the dream. And no one in the land, no magician and sorcerer can give an accurate interpretation until he found Joseph. Joseph gave his interpretation which was an economic shift about to hit the land. Pharaoh found it very convincing and convicting that he recognized the divine covering of Joseph [7]. Pharaoh chose to find other sources more than those who are already in his courts. He submitted to what God revealed to Joseph and that gave him the information to what is coming under his watch. Recession will be a negative impact on the governance. God will reveal information that will be necessary for a leader to act upon.

Protection Over Destruction

Because Pharaoh submitted to what God revealed to Joseph, as he follows what was spoken, he had a preventive action imposed in the land. Now, we can see here that influences over a person with position such as Pharaoh is very important in leadership. And because Pharaoh had Joseph as his influencing factor being a voice he personally chose to speak unto his life, position and decision, he was under the spiritual covering of Joseph as Joseph is under the Spirit of God. As he had some preventive measures implemented in the land, they were protected when the famine finally hits them.

Prosperity Over Poverty

As famine hits all other region, Egypt was very secured that they began to sell goods and crops to other inhabitants. This paved a way for prosperity to enter the land as they trade what they have for the survival of other regions. Prosperity is all over Egypt while turmoil and famine around them. All because the Pharaoh is under a divine spiritual covering by virtue of Joseph’s presence.

God is now both raising up Joshua who will move in leadership and Joseph moving as the voice of God.

Joshua will be used to lead everyone else to promise land of God. And God will be using prophetic voices around Joshua to cover him in the spiritual battle ahead, just like Joseph to Pharaoh.

What is the spiritual covering and influencer of our leaders and leaders-to-be?

God will release leaders who will move under the righteousness and truth. It is up to us how we can recognize them and their influencers. Because once these leaders are placed on the right positions, we will see the growing manifestation of the Spirit of God.

Three very essential aspects of society will be greatly affected by this leadership shift!

Revelatory Aspects

  • We will see a fast wide spread of the Word of God to unreached places because God is moving by Himself.
  • We will see more of God’s revelation of Himself moving in the natural realm across the media.
  • We will see knowledge on all branches of science to break out with new discoveries that are biblically anchored.
  • We will see a sudden progress on the quality of education being setup across the world.

Protective Aspects

  • We will see moral standards neutralized and raised back to God’s standard.
  • We will see peace and security over the face of the earth.
  • We will see the sudden drop of crime rates in records.
  • We will see wars being neutralized.
  • We will see life sentenced to die being extended; healing and all other miracles will be very visible.

Prosperity Aspects

  • We will see the rise of third world countries to a place of financial security.
  • We will see the downward spiral of poverty rates.
  • We will see an eradication of scarcity in all forms in every land.
  • We will see new businesses and job opportunities to arise across global scale.

 

One word to sum this up. REVIVAL!

  • Every barren and waste place will be revived in productivity.
  • Every life that was wasted will be revived in God.
  • Every household broken and divided will be revived in restoration.
  • Every hope lost in the circumstance will be revived.
  • Every peace that was buried down deep will be revived.
  • Every dream that was forgotten will be revived.
  • Every joy ran out will be revived.
  • Every purpose crushed into the ground will be revived.
  • Every nation, tribe and tongue will be revived.

Revival is coming and is at hand! Are we ready to stand?

 


We, especially those carrying a certain position and influence, should filter associations and voices that will speak and define our personhood, purpose, position and portion not for ourselves but for people who are under our care and responsibility because revival will start to pave from the top downward.


[1] Isaiah 55:8 – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

[2] 1 Corinthians 2:16 – “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

[3] Tripartite being means consisting of three parts namely: body, soul and spirit.

[4] Spiritual realm means the intangible environment and everything in it exclusively beyond the physical, mental and emotional aspects. Natural realm means the tangible environment and everything in it inclusively all physical, mental and emotional aspects of humanity.

[5] Matthew 18:18 – Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[f] in heaven.

[6] Recession is a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced

[7] Genesis 41:38 – And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”