Our Consolation During Times of Darkness
by Paul Keith Davis
Historically times of spiritual darkness in the world also mark a time of incredible opportunity to develop intimate relationship with the Lord as “friend.” Those who embrace this opportunity will be known as “disciples” (instructed ones) and partakers of His divine nature. It is through His Holy character that divine power is granted to us that provides everything we need “pertaining to life and Godliness.”
The Scripture points out we have received His precious and magnificent promises by which we become partakers of His divine nature having escaped the corruption of this world and its lusts –
Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and Godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. -2 Peter 1:3-4
A friend is known as a close companion or comrade; those having a reciprocal relationship or mutual exchange one with another. According to Exodus 33:11, the Lord spoke to Moses face-to-face as a friend speaks to a friend!
The Lord’s friends can also be trusted. We must come to a place of trustworthy stewardship of His revelation and His glory. The apostle Paul admonishes us in I Corinthians 4:1-2 to not only become carriers of the mysteries and power of God, but to also be trustworthy stewards.
The friends of the bride-groom assist in the planning and arranging of the soon coming marriage. The Lord must be able to trust His friends with His power and this divine message that is going to be delivered to His people for this purpose. Those who are mature and virtuous will perceive this to be a season of visitation and camaraderie with the Lord. Even with storms raging all around us we can say, “all is well
with my soul… as long as Jesus is my friend.” These will not care anything about the famine, the pestilence, and the storms as long as they have Jesus for their friend.
Restoration and Recovery
The friends of Christ will initiate a season of spiritual and natural restoration.
Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; this very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you. For I will bend Judah as My bow, I will fill the bow with Ephraim. And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece; and I will make you like a warrior’s sword. -Zechariah 9:12 13
Our enemy, whose desire is to steal, kill and destroy, has successfully plundered the inheritance of God’s people throughout the centuries. Nevertheless, divine justice requires recompense. This includes not only our spiritual heritage but also natural resources rightfully belonging to God’s people. This will be a major source of resolution for the Church during economic crisis.
Past relationships that the devil has destroyed will also begin to be reconciled. Relationships destroyed by rumors, gossip, and propaganda will supernaturally be mended by the Lord if we petition heaven through prayer and supplication. This is something important to the Lord that we must contend for.
The restorer of the breach will recondition us by the Spirit of Truth and a new wall of protection will be constructed to surround the Bride of Christ. The Lord is the restorer of the breach and the repairer of the broken walls…He is the restorer of former streets and dwellings and the One who un-stops old wells. According to Isaiah 58:12:
And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.
The Lord’s ultimate desire for His people is to restore and renew the breach between Heaven and earth and impart to them a spirit of valor and courage; then we will carry the battle to the enemy gates and plunder his camp by aiding and directing those who once failed to find their rightful place in the body of Christ. We will begin to find those of our brethren living in fear and seclusion and rejuvenate them into a new walk with Christ.
Many people are experiencing fear on multiple levels. Fear of failure imprisons countless Christians by inhibiting them from exercising their spiritual gifts and walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Others are overcome with feelings of dread concerning their marriage and/or the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of their children. Still others are struggling with insecurity concerning their financial well-being and future. All of these are legitimate concerns that we can and must transfer to the Lord for His care and oversight. 1 Peter 5:6-7 declares:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Several years ago I wrote an article with Bob Jones derived from an experience he had with the Lord showing our anointing to deal with the “spirit of fear.” The revelation portrayed and typified our spiritual adversaries by “Goliah” and like David, the young champion of Israel, God’s people were being anointed to deal with the relevant issues of our generation with hearts of valor.
Clearly, spiritual giants are once again raising their ugly heads in a desperate attempt to keep God’s people from our promises. Even so, impartation of grace and favor will see us through with the emergence of some of the greatest champions the Church has ever seen.
In this experience Bob was shown that one of the “Goliaths” of the last day generation is the spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 promises:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Fear is defined as, an emotion characterized by alarm, anxiety, and tension, often caused by an expectation of danger or pain; it is a dread birthed through anxiety and tension, whether real or imagined, producing timidity and fearfulness.
The “spirit of fear” is a form of bondage and spiritual slavery. It is a ruthless taskmaster attempting to steal the seeds of destiny and purposes being awakened within the hearts of God’s people. The Lord knew us before the foundation of the world. Those who belong to Him were in Him before creation was fashioned. He foreknew all who would desperately search for Him and to those He deposited divine seeds of Kingdom design and destiny. Those seeds are now being awakened and activated within many and it is our adversaries determined desire to prohibit that from coming into full fruition. We are on the threshold of another AGreat Awakening.@ @
The Debilitating Fruit of Fear
In these revelations, we were shown that there are many debilitating spirits that feed off of fear that will circumvent our calling and destiny. Awareness of this plot is mandatory so that we can embrace God’s provision to overcome.
The first revealed fruit of fear is “insanity and mental instability.” The desire of the adversary is to create such fear in the hearts of people that he would actually cause impairment in our thinking that opens the door to various forms of delusion, depression and anxiety.
Insanity is birthed from a root of fear. A lack of sound judgment provides options that we would ordinarily shun or not even consider, such as drugs and alcohol.
This is just one expression of “spiritual insanity.” There can be many including unhealthy relationships, financial irresponsibility or the excessive pursuit of entertainment or the squandering of precious time that we need to redeem for His Kingdom.
The second spirit accompanying the “spirit of fear” was “fear of sickness and infirmity.” It is the plan of our adversary to create such insecurity and anxiety involving reports of sickness and disease that we would not pursue our divine destiny and Heavenly purpose with determination and faith. This could certainly be the case with the numerous outbreaks of the bird flu, swine flu and other epidemics. The Church will come to know more ardently that by His strips we are healed and greater is He within us than he that is in the world.
The final adversary revealed in the experience birthed out of the “spirit of fear” was “fear of financial failure.” Clearly, our nation is experiencing notable financial difficulties. Economic analyst and experts have openly acknowledged that this downfall is further fueled by public fear and misconceptions.
That instability has also been facilitated by reports of corporate abuse and unscrupulous business leaders and poor political decisions. We believe it is still the Lord’s intent to use our nation to help facilitate the birthing of divine purposes and stand in strong support of Israel. Clearly, there are issues of repentance and a return to righteousness that must be realized within the Church which will release times of refreshing from His Presence. (Acts 3.19)
The Enemy’s Plans
Unresolved Afear” will give place to one or all three companions that travel with it. These spirits attempt to defile the righteous and hinder the Church from entering her place of anointing and fruitfulness.
The first step in overcoming the designs of the enemy is to bring them out darkness and obscurity into light. The enemy hates for his plans to be exposed. This was explicitly demonstrated in 2 Kings 6:11-12. By obtaining a clear comprehension of his schemes we are more amply able to fortify ourselves through the Word of Truth and appropriate it through prayer and proclamation.
When Israel heard Goliath they trembled and when they saw him they fled. This analogy is given to portray our adversaries plan and purpose. It is the grace of God to allow us to understand these things so that we can take our position through faith and prayer to overcome.
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. (Rom 8:15 17)
Champions in the Order of David
There will be a company of people who arise from the wilderness having conquered the “lion” and the “bear” with confidence in God’s anointing and willingness to overcome His enemies. The future “David’s” will be both worshipers and warriors who have discovered the Lords Voice in the wilderness.
The spirit of “fear” functions as captain of Satan’s host. Like David, we are insufficient in our own strength to overtake this adversary. However, we do not come in our own name nor in our strength but in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom he has taunted. (1 Samuel 17.45)
The Smooth Stone of Apostolic Authority
When we function in God’s government through genuine apostolic authority we will then destroy this antagonist and plunder the enemy’s camp. David was able to bravely stand before “Goliath” because he knew his promise and to Whom he belonged.
Likewise, he recognized the seed of corruption and ungodliness from which Goliath came. The clear distinctions between the two are going to become apparent in the coming season. No longer will the line be blurred separating those who belong to the Lord Jesus and those who have yielded to ungodliness and corruption.
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go on BEFORE THE LORD TO PREPARE HIS WAYS; — Luke 1:74 76
There is presently a challenge coming to the forefront to confront the intimidations and trepidations many are experiencing concerning their ministries, health, finances and families.
Although the brothers of David witnessed the anointing oil poured upon him by the prophet Samuel, yet they were the very ones who chastised David for his willingness to confront the champion of the enemy army. Nonetheless, that did not deter him from fulfilling his destiny and demonstrating the Lords victory.
We cannot allow the chastisement from within our own camp to hinder us from this commission and purpose. The demonstration of the Lords mantle as Warrior and Captain of the Heavenly Host, will overcome “Goliath” and release the armies of God to plunder the camp of the enemy. Many of our brethren are held captive by the forces of the adversary. It is the Lords desire and intent to free them. Hebrews 12:28 29 declares:
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
Presently, we are being given a choice— Faith or Fear. Faith works through love but anger and disillusionment is the offspring of fear.
Walking By the Spirit, Part I
By JoAnn McFatter
It is our privilege and delight as the body of Christ to pursue the mystery of the knowledge of our God. Most are in agreement that this is a time of acceleration where the things of the Spirit are concerned. As a God-driven hunger for Spirit and Truth increases in our hearts, we are finding ourselves hitting a wall again and again as we attempt to understand the things of the spirit via the mind of man. We seem to have a problem in this present age of comprehending what it means to have the mind of Christ. We must seek God to find just what it means to live by the Spirit.
FOR WHO HAS KNOWN OR UNDERSTOOD THE MIND (THE COUNSELS AND PURPOSES) OF THE LORD SO AS TO GUIDE AND INSTRUCT HIM AND GIVE HIM KNOWLEDGE? BUT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (THE MESSIAH) AND DO HOLD THE THOUGHTS (FEELINGS AND PURPOSES) OF HIS HEART. 1 COR. 2:16, AMPLIFIED
We’ve lost the fullness of just what it means to be a new creature in Christ at our conversion to the truth that Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, shed His Blood that we might be freed from the curse that was pronounced upon mankind when sin entered through the first Adam. If, indeed, Adam and Eve lived outside of the curse before they sinned, why then are we, though redeemed by the blood of the Lamb who bore sin on our behalf, still living as though nothing happened to negate it’s hold on us?
I can’t imagine the world that Adam and Eve lived in before all of this happened. God walked with Adam in the cool of the day, so His glory had to have filled the atmosphere. I’ve heard stories of people who have been in the kind of glory cloud that was so thick you couldn’t see the person next to you! It was described as breathing pure oxygen that was absolutely exhilarating. I believe the speed of light was different in the garden before the fall, as that would have made the atmosphere to contain a different level of oxygen, etc. that would have sustained their bodies in a different way. There minds would have been much more alert. Breathing a different level of oxygen increases everything in our bodies.
I imagine that they had use of a much larger capacity of their brain. If the curse has been broken, shouldn’t we, at the bear minimum, be living as they did in the garden before the fall? What I ponder these days is just why we are not living in that same environment because as God was with them in the garden, He is IN us at our conversion. It seems that the atmosphere they were surrounded in would be the very atmosphere that we should be carrying inside of us – the very glory of God! Christ IN us, the hope of glory!
CHRIST PURCHASED OUR FREEDOM ( REDEEMING US ) FROM THE CURSE ( DOOM ) OF THE LAW ( AND ITS CONDEMNATION ) BY ( HIMSELF ) BECOMING A CURSE FOR US, FOR IT IS WRITTEN ( IN THE SCRIPTURES ), CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE ( IS CRUCIFIED ). GAL 3:13 AMP
THEREFORE, IF ANY PERSON IS ( INGRAFTED ) IN CHRIST ( THE MESSIAH ) HE IS A NEW CREATURE ( A NEW CREATURE ALTOGETHER ); THE OLD ( PREVIOUS MORAL AND SPIRITUAL CONDITION ) HAS PASSED AWAY. BEHOLD, THE FRESH AND NEW HAS COME! 2 COR 5:17 AMP
The old has passed and the fresh and new has come. We can now walk in His manifest glory right here and right now. When Moses was in the presence of God’s glory, his face shined so that he had to wear a veil over it. Something happened to him as he beheld the measure of glory the Lord allowed to pass by him as Moses hid himself in the cleft of the rock. Should not that glory reside in us today? Should we not be ‘leaking light’ as we become more one with Him, by our spirit communing with His spirit?
As we become born again by the Spirit of God and we become one with Him, we come into alignment with who we were created to be – one who is made in the image of God. As we walk on this earth we are to navigate by allowing our mind and body to follow our own spirit man as we are led by His Spirit. I’m afraid we have no idea how to do that! We have so navigated for centuries by the mind of man, that even when we think we are being led by the Spirit we are still following our linear, rational, left-brained, Greek/western thought processes.
JESUS ANSWERED ( NICODEMUS ), I ASSURE YOU, MOST SOLEMNLY I TELL YOU, UNLESS A MAN IS BORN OF WATER AND ( EVEN ) THE SPIRIT, HE CANNOT ( EVER ) ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHAT IS BORN ( FROM ) THE FLESH IS FLESH ( OF THE PHYSICAL IS PHYSICAL ); AND WHAT IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT. MARVEL NOT ( DO NOT BE SURPRISED, ASTONISHED ) AT MY TELLING YOU, YOU MUST BE BORN ANEW ( FROM ABOVE ). THE WIND BLOWS ( BREATHES ) WHERE IT WILLS; AND THOUGH YOU HEAR ITS SOUND, YET YOU NEITHER KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM, NOR WHERE IT IS GOING. SO IT IS WITH EVERYONE WHO IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT. JOHN 3:5-8 AMP
IF I HAVE TOLD YOU OF THINGS THAT HAPPEN RIGHT HERE ON THE EARTH AND YET NONE OF YOU BELIEVES ME, HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE ( TRUST ME, ADHERE TO ME, RELY ON ME ) IF I TELL YOU OF HEAVENLY THINGS? AND YET NO ONE HAS EVER GONE UP TO HEAVEN, BUT THERE IS ONE WHO HAS COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN – THE SON OF MAN ( HIMSELF ), WHO IS ( DWELLS, HAS HIS HOME ) IN HEAVEN.
JOHN 12-13 AMP
Notice that Jesus says about Himself that He is in heaven. He’s standing there on the earth, telling the Nicodemas that He is in heaven. We are seated with Him in heavenly places. He didn’t say we would be seated, He said we ARE seated. That would mean present tense. The ability to be in two realms at the same time is something we need to grasp as we let our own way of thinking fall away and take on the mind of Christ. If it were not ours to have, He would not have put it in front of us the way He continually does in scripture.
We have rationalized the life out of what Jesus really said until there is no Spirit left in it – just the mind of man in his small box of what is possible and acceptable by our limited thinking and understanding, not to mention our religious ways of processing His words.
I believe God is going to illuminate our minds as we give way to His Spirit communing with out spirit man. It is a time in history when the sciences, the arts, and spirituality are coming to a shift as He allows us to see the fullness of how He put this world together for us to live in, both in the physical realm as well as the eternal realm — AT THE SAME TIME! As we meditate on Him and His Word, He is going to help us to get our heads wrapped around these things of the Spirit.
He’s going to help us step into and take on the mind of Christ. It would behoove us to ask Him to reveal just how He meant for us to live on this earth. Again I say, we need to ask Him just what was in His heart when He created man in the very beginning to commune with Him. It would be good for us to ask Him how to walk with Him, truly as a new creature in Christ, one with His Spirit, with Christ in us, living through us, with our spirit man taking the lead. It’s time to break out of the limitations we have walked in for the past decades upon decades! The choice is ours as to just how deep we go into the mind of Christ.
Is. 40:13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him?†
Words of Encouragement
Nancy Wieland has been leading WhiteDove young adults in a study of “The Sound of God.” I have been thoroughly impressed with the various insights given to these young champions through this study. My daughter Annah wrote this brief article taken from this subject. It was a great encouragement to me and I trust a blessing to you as well. Paul Keith Davis
The Sound of God
by Annah Davis
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. -Revelation 4:11
Oh, my children open your ears.
What is the Sound of God? I recently asked the Lord this question. As I did, I heard the word “creation.” When I first heard this, I really didn’t understand the correlation between the “Sound of God” and His Creation. As I thought about this longer, it became apparent to me what the Lord was communicating.
The Lord revealed the interesting reality that He can speak to His creation in a variety of unique and creative ways, and He can even speaks through His creation. He is God, and we are His creation. Not only are we, as human beings, His creation, but also every animal, each element in nature or on this Earth, and every part of Heaven above as well.
God miraculously fashioned all of creation to emit certain sound vibrations. These sound vibrations affect their surroundings in a very powerful way. Can you imagine how God made all things unique in their own sound? This revelation made me realize how important it is to be in harmony with God’s sound so that we can affect our surrounding positively. However, this truth also showed me that the magnitude of God’s love for us is absolutely immeasurable.
There are many examples that prove God’s loves for us. It amazes me how God allows each person to hear and sense His presence in their own unique style. I know people who hear God’s voice most often when they are outside, in nature, or near the ocean. There are others who hear God’s voice best as they are serving others. Some people hear God as they drive and others as they create music, fashion or art. Some sense God more in the morning, some at night, some in public, and some in solitude.
I believe we all have the capacity to hear God anytime and anywhere. But, it’s so interesting to me that God knows each one of us so well, and He desires to meet us right smack in the middle of our passion. After all, He is the one who put those passions in our heart in the first place, and He did so for a purpose. It makes me happy to know that God sings over each one of our bodies and hearts.
My desire is that the Lord would be the one who plays the strings of my heart so I will be in one accord with Him and His perfect timing. I want the master creator to own my heart, and guide my life accordingly.
Five Senses …
God gave us the ability to hear as one of the five senses because He wanted to communicate with us. These five senses are God-given and can put us in tune with His presence if we are directed and lead by the Holy Spirit. God so desperately wants to speak to you; He wants to speak to you through His creation and in so many ways.
Ask Him to speak, He will… Ask Him to open your eyes and ears, He will…Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.”
I love to witness God moving through one person to help or encourage another. When God puts a hopeful or uplifting word or thought into your spirit for someone, don’t hold back. He wants to use you. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.”
Words have the power to change a life, a bad work situation, a home, and nation, and even the world. Never underestimate the power of a positive thought or word.
When God leads you to worship, dance, move, draw, paint, write, or whatever it may be….Do it. He wants to use you, I can’t say it enough. God is in love with you! When you become saturated with the love of God and learn to spend time with Him and in His Word; His thoughts will become your thoughts, His words will become your words, and His songs will become your songs. Think about how much this truth can affect our emotions, our walk with God, and our relationship with others.
Our Thought Life
Our relationship with other people reflects our relationship with the Lord. Our thought life is so important because what we think is what we will say and ultimately who we will become. God cannot use your words to help others if your thoughts/words are negative and full of stress that comes from the world.
On the other hand, when we are in tune with God, we will have His thoughts towards other people; therefore, we will have His words to speak to others as well. The Bible say in Proverbs 3:27 “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
You will sooner or later become what you think. If you allow yourself to think negative, worried, fearful thoughts, then you will become a negative, worried, fearful person. For example, expect the best to happen in your relationships, your job, and in your home if you want the best to happen in those areas. Don’t except defeat in the area of addictions, sickness, rejection, insecurities, heartache or pain. You’ve got to be extremely thoughtful about where you allow your mind to wonder, and declare and except by faith the good things the Lord has promised to give you.
Fear is a force just like faith is a force. When a person gives in to fear (the enemy) or any fear based emotion or even begins to dwell on that emotion, this can cause the very thing which is being feared to really happen. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think on the things that are pure and honest and of a good report. Things that build you up not tear you down. Think on all the great things God has done for you.
Start by dwelling on the positive things in your life instead of the negative. Write a list of all the things you do have, and don’t focus so much on what you do not have. Yes, our problems and issues may be big, but, you know what, our God really is much bigger. When you look in the mirror, make yourself find a positive trait instead of looking at the wrinkles, sun spots, or love handles.
In Ephesians 6: 11-12. Paul says, “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”
The enemy definitely uses our mind as a tactic to draw us away from God. By thinking negatively, we are opening a doorway for the enemy to come in and draw us away from a close relationship with the Lord and with others. I want to learn to be grateful for all the good and beautiful people God has placed in my life. I pledge to stop worrying, complaining, and focusing on the negative. Why don’t we do this together in honor of the Kingdom of God, and in an effort to bring God’s glory and presence to a world full of turmoil and distress? May the sound that radiates from our beings be the “sound of God?”
God loves us extravagantly. We are his creation, and He desires to have true communion with His people. He created us for worship, relationship, and oneness with his Spirit.
It’s time to tune our ear to Him, obey His sound, and get rid of anything and everything that is keeping us from accurately hearing His voice. Let us see and hear His voice in everyday events. Let us hear His voice in Nature. Let us die to self and selfish desires and run away with Him as His heartbeat becomes ours.
By John Wesley Mcwhorter
Rustling through the trees
Brushing against my face
Sunshine soothing my back
salty air, humid
I feel Him
No voice. Nature
Clouds racing through
Shading my eyes
Cooling my neck
I breathe deep
Colors fade with the sun
Wisdom is passed
As creation recognizes
God is present
God is here
Open your ears
Rub your eyes
God is here
Sound is relevant
Never the same, unique
Nature the sight of the creator
Smelling awfully sweet
God is here