Empowered for the Unprecedented
Paul Keith Davis
In our day of destiny, we will see the Glory of God. But in order to see, we must believe.
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” —John 11:40
No one could have anticipated Jesus’ strategy as He tarried before proceeding to Bethany and raising Lazarus from the dead. That was an unprecedented display of His power and authority. It stretched the faith of Mary and Martha and prepared their eyes to behold God’s glory.
Fresh and exceptional things are about to take place in the Church around the world. It will stretch our faith, but it will uniquely prepare us for an awesome demonstration of God’s glory. The Bible foretells that the spirit of this generation will be as it was during the days of Noah. The Scriptures portray Noah as one who found favor in God’s sight.
Through a divine visitation, God specifically prepared Noah for unprecedented events that unfolded in his generation. No human reasoning or natural wisdom could have provided the necessary insight and strategic blueprint for survival. Noah prevailed only by the Spirit of Revelation and obedience to the spoken word of the Lord.
Only in the supernatural realm can we receive the provision for our generation. This spiritual reality requires a far greater faith than we presently possess on a corporate level. Therefore, we must set our faith in order to access God’s end-time promises to the Church. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life and He desires to display His resurrection power and life, so we may behold God’s glory.
Long Foreseen Promises
Many aspects of His divine life have not yet been discovered. The God-empowered life is wholly supernatural. It is profoundly prophetic and embodies unfathomable depths of wisdom and knowledge. The prophets and patriarchs of old foresaw the promises given to the end-time Generation; they longed to see this manifestation of God’s glory on the earth. They foresaw God’s plan and marveled at the resources of Heaven reserved for this coming appointment with destiny.
As expressions of God’s grace, windows and doors of opportunity will be granted to many of us, granting access to the supernatural dimension of faith. For many decades, we have implemented our various programs and organizational strategies to evangelize the world. Although we are thankful for all who have been touched by this means, it has not produced the bountiful harvest foretold and described in the Scriptures.
Strictly by the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and His power will such a harvest be realized! As we stand on the threshold of the new millennium and the dawning of a new day for the Church, we would be well served to examine our heritage and comprehend more clearly our future. Many Scriptures outline the pattern by which the Lord established His Apostolic Church. However, the book of Hebrews records some characteristics of God’s Kingdom:
God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. —Hebrews 2:4
In reality, this passage is forthright and underscores the cooperation between Heaven and earth in presenting the gospel. Such pointed language as this requires no interpretation, only our faith to believe it. To attempt to explain away this supernatural dimension of our heritage would provide a refuge for cold formal religion and a hiding place for unbelief.
The Great Commission
Examining Jesus’ commission to bring light to this dark world and to evangelize the nations leaves little room for doubt that the supernatural realms of Heaven are essential in accomplishing His divine mandate. The overall superior strength and abilities of many in the world leave most in the Church feeling inadequate when it comes to natural capabilities and proficiency.
However, when united with the assistance of Heaven and the impartation of the supernatural dimension, we can confidently press ahead, generously equipped for the rich demands placed upon participants in the end-time army. Scripture indicates that God chooses to transform base and common things to confound the wise. Our confidence cannot be drawn from our own strength, but from His. Presently, the Holy Spirit is looking for the qualifications of a broken and contrite spirit and those who “tremble at His Word.”
In no way does this imply an endorsement of ignorance or a lack of excellence. Quite the contrary! God does not intend that we approach the world on its own terms. Our standard is a representation of Heaven according to the perfect model established by Jesus and emulated by the early apostles. Like the apostle Paul, our gospel cannot rest upon superiority of speech and human wisdom but rather, by demonstration of the Spirit and His supernatural power.
Those who approach this Great Commission without the undergirding of true supernatural power and authority from Heaven will most likely return without lasting fruit. For it is Christ in us who is the hope of glory and the fulfillment of the assignment placed upon this unique generation!
God of the Impossible
We cannot approach impossible tasks without being equipped by the God of the impossible. Through Him, we can boldly proclaim that all things are possible. Our only opportunity for victory is to be clothed with Christ and make no provision for the flesh or for human arguments that would deny the power of Heaven.
Many of us have endured much anguish and hardship during our sanctification process that prepares us to share in the harvest and walk in union with God. Great value exists in understanding the purpose for seasons of oppression and privation—they assist in the lofty endeavor of discovering God’s rest and experiencing supernatural faith in God’s Son. The refining process has as its goal the perfecting of our faith and preparation for divine encounters with our Teacher.
Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to them, “Be gone!” –Isaiah 30:20-22
It is also through experiencing various trials that we discover the fullness and magnitude of our own weaknesses as well as our great dependency upon Him—Christ in us, our hope of glory. Any form of self-reliance ultimately works counter to God’s higher purposes. That is the lesson Peter learned in the three days following the Lord’s crucifixion. His sifting experience was an integral part of establishing him for his phenomenal on the Day of Pentecost.
The Living Word
Around the earth today, the Holy Spirit is releasing fresh dimensions of enlightenment regarding His Word, His desires, and His strategies. They are for a mature body of believers to access and disseminate, allowing them to operate more fully in the power and revelatory realms of Heaven.
Throughout history, when God’s people walked before Him in truthfulness and faithfulness, He made known His presence through visible signs, visions, and displays of His might. A reverential fear of the Lord arises from such demonstrations of God’s virtue. That is the quest for this generation.
Presently an opportunity exists for our spiritual eyes and ears to be illumined, thereby birthing truthful and faithful hearts. As A. W. Tozer once expressed it: “My thoughts aren’t adequate, Lord, to enable me to lead Your people through the quagmire of today’s society. Nor are the thoughts of the writers, the teachers, the preachers, and the psychologists that bombard me from the pages and the airways. I’m only going to be effective as a spiritual leader as I learn to think God’s thoughts.”
Scripture instructs us that where there is no vision, people perish. Discouragement and unbelief—resulting from deferred hope and seemingly unfulfilled promises—will be overcome as the Church apprehends the revelatory realm of Heaven and secures the thoughts and ways of God. That is our biblical promise and spiritual mandate for our generation.
Come to the Waters
By Jason Hooper
We are rapidly approaching a threshold whereby we are about to step out of what’s been and into the times we have believed for and prophesied would be. For several months, the Lord has been speaking to me about how we can posture ourselves to both recognize and be active participants in the coming outpouring of His Spirit.
The Lord has been downloading practical and spiritual preparations in the form of spiritual encounters where He has shared with me about Becoming the Wave, Preparing for Rain, and now He is inviting us to “Come to the Waters” while growing in our spiritual thirst that we would be those who live from a place of overflow.
It’s a time where the Lord desires to meet with us in a way that is far deeper and exponentially greater than we or any other people group have had the privilege to experience in times past. Stepping into this season will require a new level of faith that can only be found in our individual hearing of the Lord’s voice and taking to heart the invitation that is being given in this hour.
An Invitation To Abundant Life
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)”
In most versions of the Bible, this passage is titled “An Invitation to Abundant Life.” Historically, this invitation was recognized as both a “call to” and a “call to come out from.”
Isaiah brought this word as a call to those who had found themselves in a place of Babylonian captivity to come out from the worldly influences and idolatry that pervaded the society in which they lived. Although we might not be living in a day where we find ourselves in a natural form of captivity, many of our brothers and sisters have found themselves distracted from their true purpose by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and desires for other things that have entered in to choke the word, causing it to become unfruitful in their lives (see Mark 4:19).
This is one area of “agreement” that Paul was referencing in 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 when He addressed being unequally yoked with unbelievers and those practicing lawlessness and darkness.
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
If we properly recognize this pronounced season of coming personal visitation and respond accordingly to the grace that is being given I believe that we could be poised to see the literal fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Many have recently walked through a process of purification by fire and the washing of water with the Word in which the dross of these influences along with the scars of our past have been extracted from our DNA that we might be fully conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (see Proverbs 25:4, Ephesians 5:26-27 and Romans 8:29). Coming out of this season of refinement, those who have walked through His fire will be able to say with the Lord, “for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30).
Everyone Who Thirsts
This invitation, however, is not given to everyone, but is specifically given to everyone who “thirsts” and to “you who have no money.” That being said, these qualities when properly understood can be cultivated in each of us.
Thirst is a defining quality in our spiritual life. Thirst has a way of making the things we need the most, the most important thing to us. As we see in Psalm 63:1-2, David had this type of thirst:
“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”
Thirst dictates direction and brings with it a grace for radical sacrifice, as our pursuit of God’s presence and the intimacy it brings becomes our highest priority. It was David’s thirst that brought him into the place where he found the loving kindness, mercy and favor of the Lord to be far better than anything this world could ever offer.
This encounter and the revelation it brings is where true praise comes from (see Psalm 63:3). When we taste and see that the Lord is good, we can’t help but praise Him (see Psalm 34:8)!
Last month we looked at how the grace of hunger can transform a barren wilderness into a place of fruitful harvest (see Psalm 107:35-37). In the same way that hunger brings revelation and transformation (see Deuteronomy 8:2-3), thirst initiates visitation. In short, hunger draws God to us while thirst draws us to Him.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God (Psalm 42:2)?”
Come to Me and Drink
Jesus identified thirst as the necessary condition of those who would come to Him as the fountain of living waters (see Jeremiah 2:13 and Revelation 21:6).
On the last day, that great day of the feast (of Tabernacles), Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-38).”
First we must be thirsty, second we come to Him and third we must drink…we freely and fully receive what He is pouring into us. It is in our coming to Him and in our “receiving” from Him that our “becoming” begins to take shape and we are transformed.
We see in John’s account of Christ commissioning of His disciples in John 20:22: “He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It was not enough for Him to breathe on them, they had to partner with what He was pouring out by receiving and breathing it in until His breath and His life became theirs, just as God breathed His life into Adam in the beginning.
Just about every one of us today have the luxury of indoor plumbing and running water. However, for some they can remember the days of having to go outside to draw their water from a well with a hand pump. To effectively draw water from one of these wells, the pump had to first be primed by pouring a cup of water from another water source into the opening of the pump.
The same is true for us. Before the fountain of living water is activated and awakened in us, we must first have our pumps primed. This was the truth that Jesus presented to the Samaritan woman in John 4:14.
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life (John 4:14).”
The Living Water that Jesus gives doesn’t only give life; it becomes in us a producer of everlasting and abundant life! It is a well of Salvation, Healing, Deliverance and Prosperity that we joyously draw from (see Isaiah 12:3).
God’s Blessings on Thirst
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring; (Isaiah 44:3)
In this passage Isaiah identifies four promised blessings that are accessed and activated from a place of thirst. Let’s take a look.
The Hebrew word used in this passage for “pour” is yatsaq, which is typically only used in terms of the pouring out of anointing oil when anointing someone for ministerial or governmental service. Therefore, the first blessing in this verse speaks of receiving a new level of personal anointing.
The second blessing is a corporate promise of revival and outpouring. This works in conjunction with the hunger of Psalm 107:35-36 that changes a wilderness into a pool of water and a dry land into springs of water.
An Outpouring Among the Youth
The third promise contained in this verse is to our sons, daughters and the generations to come. God promises to those who are thirsty, that He will pour out His spirit down throughout our family line.
Our thirst and resolve to see God move has the power to bring heavens’ rain in such a way as to transform entire cities. This was part of the truth that can be drawn from looking at what God did through Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival.
It was said of Roberts that he had a “thirst for spiritual things from an early age.”
His thirst was contagious! This grace that was on him fell also onto the young people that he was leading and the result was fervent prayer and passionate praise that not only transformed their city through the floods of revival but also sent a ripple effect throughout the world.
Many ask, can and will God do it again? I believe the answer lies within the chambers of our own hearts. If we will say, yes to Him in the deepest part of who we are, He will say yes to us from the deepest part of Who He is.
Joel prophesied that when we turn to the Lord in repentance, the Lord responds by delivering and refreshing the land in a way that would restore all that the locust had eaten. An outpouring of His Spirit would follow this restoration that would awaken the ears of our sons and daughters to prophesy and the eyes of our young men to see visions (see Joel 2:12-30).
Many of the spiritual graces that we enjoy today are the result of the thirst and devotion of those who have gone before us, leaving an inherited blessing for us to experience today!
Our Children Will Be Blessed
The fourth and final promise found in this verse is that the blessing of God would be on our children. The word Hebrew word for blessing can also be translated “pools of prosperity.”
Often times we think of prosperity as financial success and while that is a component of prosperity it is only a part. True prosperity is simply success in every area of our life.
I don’t know about you, but I want a fresh new level of anointing! I want to be continually revived and always live in a place of revelation that brings acceleration in my life! I want to see my city flooded with the goodness of God! I want my children and grandchildren to be anointed by the Spirit of God and I want them to be prosperous and have good success in every area of their life.
Everyone Who Asks Receives
The Lord’s desire to give good gifts to His children is outlined throughout the entire Bible (see John 3:16, Luke 11:9-13, Luke 12:32, etc). I can think of few “gifts” greater than that of thirst.
James pointed out that many of us do not have the things we truly desire in life because we simply do not ask for them (see James 4:2). James goes on to encourage us that when we come to God in faith believing for what only God can give while asking according to His will, not only does He give it to us, but He gives liberally!
So, let’s take a moment right now and ask the Lord for His gift of thirst in our lives. Even if you would classify yourself as thirsting after God, I would encourage you to ask for more.
You Who Have No Money
In addition to inviting “everyone who thirsts” to “come to the waters,” the Lord is also inviting you “who have no money, Come buy and eat.” Although at face value, this invitation would appear to be related to your socioeconomic status, it really is much deeper than that.
There are several truths we can draw from this, the first being don’t measure your ability or your grace to be used greatly in this season by what you have to offer in the natural. Secondly, the root word of the Hebrew word that was translated “money” in this passage can also be understood to mean fear.
The Hebrew word for “money” in this verse is “keceph” (Hb #3701 in the Strongs Concordance). The word “Keceph” was used to identify silver currency, because of its pale color or lack of color.
“Keceph” was derived from the Hebrew word “Kacaph” (Hb # 3700 in the Strongs Concordance). “Kacaph” means to become pale, to pine after or to fear.
When Isaiah identified those “who have no money”, he was speaking more so to the condition of one’s heart than their financial means. As we see in the following passages from Hebrews and Romans, coming to God in faith is essential to receiving from Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
…whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23b).
With this understanding, we recognize the Lord is not identifying those who could buy wine, milk and bread by the currency they possess in the natural. Rather, He is calling to those who have placed their faith firmly in Him and His heart for them.
Eat What Is Good
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance (Isaiah 55:2).”
The word “spend” means to “weigh out.” We must be watchful not to squander our precious spiritual currency by fearfully weighing out worst case images and “what if” scenarios as opposed to feeding ourselves with every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (See Matthew 4:4).
This new season that we are entering into requires that we position ourselves as John the Beloved did in John 13:23-25, leaning upon the breast of the Lord while listening to the very heartbeat of God. Peter recognized that John had been granted greater access into the mysteries of God as a result of the relationship that He had cultivated in response to the love of the Lord toward Him.
We, too must do all that we can to incline our ear, and come to Him (see Isaiah 55:3a) that He might manifest Himself to us and make His home with us (see John 14:21 and 23). Just as Peter looked to John, all of the world and much of the church is looking to us to see and hear the Words of Jesus. Let’s give them heaven!