In the Valley I have walked mostly scared and all alone,
narily I found myself escaping all the grasps of the enemy that wanted me for their own.
I searched and I wrangled and looked beyond to find the peace I needed,
A place where the enemy could not carry on where demons tried to weaken me.
but no where could I look,
no place could be found until I tarried here on this hallowed ground.
While snakes and vipers coveted me, and harm surely came my way...
nothing but God could rescue me or keep the enemy at bay.
His devotion often waited while I caught my breath,
His hand of peace it comforted me, so that for the moment I could rest.
Life on the inside rarely seems to show...
the covenant my Father gave me when at my weakest I came to know,
His blessed arms around me, and feathers white as snow.
His loving peace surrounded, and eyes so deep a flow.
This is the living water I thought, this is the final ground.
That I would know His saving grace, each morning my feet hit the ground.
Deliver us Dear Jesus. Help us find our strength in thee.
Cover us in your heart, and make our journey complete.
Oh High and lifted up, Is your song to me...
The one I call my own just to stand near you in a crowd,
Beloved I adore you and this my solemn vow.
Let my life's journey be a song that sings of you most HIGH,
let it wonder on the valley's low and mountains HIGH.
Let it reach unto the snow capped ranges of my Father's shores,
Let my eyes forever survey this lovely land that you now call yours.
Lead me to the waters, of your ever faithful sea.
and let me be the one you harbor, in your rivers peace.
Journey is the one that captures all I am,
So Father make in me the one who rivers sing of the great I AM.
Soldier me on my way Lord, as your sea billows roll,
and bring me to my final resting place with Joy & Love, Peace & Hope.
Dawn Brown 2/2019
* I wrote this after reading Psalms 23! It was a quick reminder that I lack NOTHING!
If I fight my battles from the vantage point I cannot loose! NOTHING can compete with the things of God in my life! AMEN!
I trained my heart,
I trained my mind...
and all in good time.
I wondered near,
I wondered far...
and always in a line.
I made it work,
I made it fit...
I made everything look right.
When all I wanted ,
was you to admit...
I had a voice of my own sometimes.
I held your hand,
I sang your songs...
I changed the key in the lock.
I wrote a poem,
lost my nerve...
then I lost my heart.
who do you guess I would become?
after all is over,
said and done.
Who is looking directly at me?
but the voice I silenced
and couldn't free.
I limited my light to please someone else.
I limited my joy and hoped "someday" would come by itself.
No river can flow in a dark endless cavern.
so lost was my voice, I just don't know what happened.
Still, there was a sparkle
oh, something up ahead.
a dream, maybe...
but those were long since dead.
A random quote,
One I used to know.
A gentle breeze that,
lead to an open rainbow.
and a small shy voice,
that had big Ideas
rose up through my heart,
the one I'd left for years.
It was a mumble at first
what do you think?
Dry and humble...
hard to speak.
But deep within,
was my light.
Oh, it begged to open up
and do what's right.
Begged to show you and all the world
Begged to harvest what she had grown
now night was light
and night was Morn'
now, all things come inside out.
Destiny is a way maker, should you have any doubt.
So I stand here wishing
I had done this long ago
and maybe I would have, indeed.
If it wasn't for the signature of the silence maker,
by Dawn Brown
In a closed vision, I saw a battle for as far as the eye could see... through the smoke and defeated men the background was filled with orange and red, the blood and fire rich upon the land. Suddenly, I saw myself laid out on the ground face down in full knights armor ...not hurt so much as worn out. Devastated by the battle I had just waged, but still having a sword in hand. Near me, people of the same disposition riddled and piled over each other to my left.
These people were not dead, just utterly exhausted from the fight.
As soon as I saw my body and the landscape, I was transformed into it.
I looked up from my face down position on the ground. I knew someone was standing there but couldn't see them, with no image before me, I heard a voice "Get up! They will see you." I didn't understand and struggled to realize what the voice meant. I slowly put my left hand with the sword under me and willed myself to push up, but I was slow oh, so slow. I managed to get a knee under me. Looking around, I saw no one was moving. I instantly knew the voice was meant only for me.
NO ONE else heard it!
The others on the ground looked at me like they couldn't believe I still had the energy to get up.
Then I knew... it didn't seem to be a voice anymore, so much as a thought that entered my head.
"If you don't get up, they will die here!"
I knew my body was tired, I knew it didn't want to co-operate with what I was given to understand, but it was so compelling. I had to get up! There the vision stopped. I opened my eyes and knew God was telling me something, but putting it into context was another story.
The whole scenario stuck with me. My heart pondered the reason why I was laying on the ground. In what place in my life would this view of myself apply?
Today, as I praised the Lord to the song above I realized, it was a mountain climbing song. In the melody you can hear the ascension of your climb. As I closed my eyes to feel the full force of what God was saying in and through it. I saw myself. Once again in Knights armor, I was climbing up a mountain.
Alone, but knowing I was heading up the mountain to be with God. As I climbed the dark, slick rock, I suddenly knew there was someone behind me. I was instantly given a view of the whole mountain. There WERE people behind me. As the first came up behind me, they brought two with them, and the next did as well, until all I could see was a pyramid of people that were inline behind me to take the path going up the mountain I had embarked on myself.
I raised my sword and in one cry of unity we all began to climb together. About a third of the way up the mountain the terrain changed, it was green and full of vines. My sword sliced through the vines and began to create a way. Suddenly, I knew these were vines that were deep and thick, but with them carried New Wine. As I stepped into the green lush vineyard, the wine already created began to wrap around and through me like a ribbon. The wine when it had wrapped itself around me began to reach out to the people behind me. It flowed light and easy around the ones that followed. It moved like honey. I saw the first couple of rows of people get wrapped in the New Wine and then I opened my eyes, knowing this wine would not stop there but required that the people ascend up the mountain.
The people needed to reach the vineyard. I needed to push further. I had a quite a bit more to go and it wouldn't be easy but, I knew that I wouldn't be doing this for myself. I had to breakthrough.
I had to find my way to HIM! My way to my beautiful Father. Wherever, I stopped they all would stop.
We are just beginning, family of the most High God! His strength is pulling us on and HE knows no limits, no boundaries where He can take us. We have so much more to obtain in this life with HIM.
Get up! Rise up! Make your way up the mountain! Do NOT let the enemy defeat your purpose on this planet HERE and NOW! There is a generation of HOPE coming and they will ride your coat tails to the Father! What you can do, they can do better! God is shepherding the great manifested sons and daughters we have seen on this earth YET! We must not falter in our endeavor to reach for the Father. His hand is on us! His burden is light and our steps are sure!
DO NOT GIVE UP NOW ... THEY WILL SEE YOU!
This mighty vision was given to me to encourage those who have run their race and are tired from top to bottom. They believe that God could no longer use the valiant in the day of the storm, but that is not what God is saying. He has created His greatest warriors for NOW! The time is NOW!
GET UP Generation of warriors show the redeemed who you are!
GET UP Generation X have a care for who your FATHER is, and who HE represents.
YOUR TIME IS NOW! Raise your sword and persevere like no other generation has...THIS IS YOUR PLACE AND YOUR TIME TO RISE OUT OF THE ASHES AND LEARN WHO YOU HAVE TRULY BEEN CALLED TO BE!
OUR FATHER IS WITH YOU, IN THE CLIMB, IN THE BATTLE. Your journey has been long but it has not been for nothing! Take your sword and make your way up the mountain! He is waiting. He sees your heart and knows your disbelief but, HE also knows what He carried you for till now.
DO NOT BE AFRAID. GOD has brought you this far, He will carry you the rest of the way.
Your dreams are HIS dreams. Your beautiful life a courageous brink of the sign of the times to come.
God knows the creative heart that He has manifested inside you. GET UP! BE VIGILANT. HONORABLE. COURAGEOUS, EVEN IN THE FACE OF TOTAL DARKNESS. His light is coming to wrap himself around an unsuspecting world.
This is my word to you. This is my word to the world.
GET UP! YOUR TIME HAS COME!
It is para mount that you hear me now, for I won't say this much longer.
Have ears to hear and climb to the top of the mountain where you should be as a child of God!
Endeavor to be Free! You cannot lead the wind but you can lead their hearts to the wind.
At the top of the Mountain the winds of the Holy Spirit blow round about and they rejoice as each man, woman, boy and girl find their way through pilgrimage and hardship to this place of rest. He is counting on you to arrive at the meeting place!
Keep your eyes on the Father, He has way more than this planned for all of us!
I heard Holy Spirit say...
"When you sit on Mountains, you see everything!"
Ephesian 2:6 and He raised us together and caused us to sit down together in the Heavenlies with Messiah Y'shua! -ONMB
We are seated in Heavenly places!
Did you catch that from the scripture? One of the things God unpacked to me in the last couple of weeks is when we realize we are seated in Heavenly places we will know longer look at our battles as "TO BIG, TO MUCH or OVERWHELMING".
IT IS A LIE! (I can't emphasize that enough)
JESUS causes us to see the truth of the battle!
2 Kings 6:17 and Elisha prayed and said, Lord, now please, open his eyes so he can see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw and there the mountain was FULL of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. - ONMB
God is bidding us to come up HIGHER! To realize WHO in fact lives inside you that breaks off yokes and bears your burdens!
Matthew 11:29 says this;
"Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you'll discover that I'm gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me! - TPT
How often, I have NOT done that and the burden overwhelmed my heart and my soul carried the burden of it for far to long!
God strikes out at the enemy by giving us peace to rest in!
Ps. 23:4 says this;
"Lord, even when your path takes me through the Valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have"
I had an encounter with God one day as I was writing and he showed me a picture where
The KING of KINGS was moving into Me! He literally had the angels carrying bags and bags of golden luggage into HIS room in my heart. There was a sense of "KINGship" about HIM. I was in awe of who He was and the Expectation filled the atmosphere of what the KING would accept... with that, I knew my days of operating in my "own understanding" were over. I would now be operating from a KINGDOM perspective. This was a powerful to my heart and mind! No longer was I allowed to live my life in the Valley but from the perspective of being seated in Heavenly places!
We don't understand as a people group, who and what we have access to, do you know that God actually said to me... "Your thinking is to small for me, if you cannot do it, I will find another!" God didn't want me moving in my own natural cautiousness, He wanted me to obey NOW!
We have a to get rid of the small mindedness that keeps us anchored to the Valley and begin to see from a Heavenly perspective! God is calling us to this kind of thinking here and now! You must bend the religious "rule book" and begin to listen to the spirit of the MOST HIGH GOD calling you to COME UP!
Some of us are so naturally strategic in our thinking that we refuse to allow God to open up our hearts and minds to the Spirit of the Most High God telling us... SCREAMING at us to get out of our own way! I have heard Holy Spirit more than once tell me to "MOVE!"
There is no excuse for hanging back and allowing the enemy to beat you up! God is watching closely all those that will rise when He says rise!
Be a man or woman with a GREAT MISSION and GREAT CALLING, because you are called to come up NOW!
Lord, please open our eyes to the truth of the battle! Humble our hearts in such away that we will finally see that Kingdom living is the ONLY way we can live in these days upon the earth.
Thank you Jesus, for saving our souls and our time with you!
Thank you for the truth that set men and captives free!
Love ... was the answer to my question.
I honestly didn't realize I was questioning God until the answer came.
I began this journey over 4 years ago. By trial and error and loosing my way a couple of times It is finally starting to make sense.
Do you ever feel just uncertain about what steps are in front of you?
Well, I do and did ... I knew what God had told me, but none of that seem to make a difference in the face of what was before me in the natural.
What I did do was listen. Everytime the Holy Spirit would reveal something, I kept it and pondered it in my heart for what I knew would be another day!
I knew God was talking to me about my future. He likes to discuss those things with me, and I enjoy it!
I sat down to write out my story but nothing would come! I didn't understand what the hold up was with God. I felt him say this was a season of "pressing in" with Him but I wasn't sure what that something was that I was supposed to "press in" for...
The atmosphere around me seemed off somehow as though there wasn't direct instruction from the Holy Spirit! (I knew there had been) I felt as though somehow I was walking through weeds of some sort to get to what He wanted me to know.
Today, I woke up feeling once again I was in a place of misalignment in the spirit. Just a general feeling of not driving on the right road. If Holy Spirit was on the bridge, I was on the feeder road! Now I can still hear Him and see what He is doing but, I wasn't following him in the same lane like I had been all this time.
How many of us know that God puts us in difficult situations to see if what he has built in us has been rooting and growing in us properly. This is not a test by God's standards. It is simply a look at the work He is doing in you! If your a creative person, you know that you will get to a certain point in the process of your art, song, writing, choreography, etc... and look to see if what you are creating is part of the vision!
I didn't have language for it at the time but, God was telling me that I had gotten off track somewhere!
Not in a mean way... He just wanted me to see things from his perspective.
I haven't spent years in ministry school, I don't know my way around this FULL environment of Church Family, God has given me. So, when God said let what your doing in the natural go (my job) and begin to focus on ministry. I knew my family wasn't in a place to do that... so, I said "ok, Lord" and then went about the business of going back to work in the natural to provide for myself and my family the best way I knew how.
This was NOT what God had told me to do. Suffice it to say, I worked 6 months on my plan and not where God wanted me! Yes, there were indicators that said "I (Holy Spirit) don't want you here" but, of course I ignored them to do my plan. Not really even realizing I was doing MY PLAN. My thoughts were " Surely, God doesn't want us to starve!" I rationalized that God would tell me (Speak really loud at me) if He didn't want me somewhere. Well, HE told me, I just wouldn't listen! I also told myself it was irresponsible of me to quit knowing my family needed the money to keep going. I had NO grid for what God was asking me to do.
Finally, in one moment it all stopped.
No car, No job... I instantly thought I am failing my family. My oversized responsibility to my family kicked in ... instead of letting God be the Leader, I had decided to lead! Who was this person that had once committed herself to God in such a Big way? Who did I think I was? ... at this point, I wasn't sure.
For the longest time, I thought that everything inside me was God's ... He had discussed with me IN DEPTH about dying to myself! So I KNEW that I had given HIM everything! I mean we had spent the better part of the last two years letting go of a lot of stuff! He has even reminded me when the occasion called for it... "Dead people, don't get offended!" He (Holy Spirit) is very focused on what we are to achieve, and don't get in His way! At least that is what I thought!
In April of this last year, He asked me to quit a job I had been working at for over a year.
He told me He was protecting me. That was confirmed when I went to a ladies meeting at church and one of the ladies told me the same thing. (knowing nothing about my situation) I was relieved I had heard God properly.
I set about to find another job, which I did within just a couple of months but by that time the finances were in trouble to say the least. I felt it was my duty to get back to work, as soon as possible.
The job was great and didn't need a lot of guess work. I committed myself to it's success and began listening to preaching all day, while working. Additionally, I would engage in worship on the way to work and on the way back. It only took about 3 or 4 weeks for the enemy to attack me physically while at work. So badly I almost passed out one day at work. The scary part was that my boss had gone home for the day and so NO ONE KNEW WHO I WAS! The thought of me laying on some cold bathroom floor with no one to know who I was ... was a bit unnerving. I called the dr. but they gave no real reason for my physical issues. I continued to go to work. I was working from home one day and the Holy Spirit spoke to me ... " I am releasing you to ministry" ... I thought "AWESOME, I would love that"... and then he told me to quit my job. I remember the physical attacks were getting worse and worse. I began to think they had something to do with some spiritual issues within the confines of my job. I welcomed the "out" sort a speak, and I walked away easily.
A week later, (out of the blue) I got a call from another job. They wanted me to start in a week, which any responsible adult would tell you, you should take! The pay was great and closer to home.
Not exactly the job I saw myself in but it would work, right? NOPE! They let me go after 3 months.
I did my best, gave 100% but it just wasn't working. By the next week, I had another job!
Suddenly, I was driving downtown spending 2 hours in the morning and 2 in the evening for a commute plus an 8 hour day for 1/2 the money. Even I knew this was a bit upside down, but God didn't tell me to leave... right? So, I did it. I didn't see my family... I was exhausted but I wasn't giving up!
Then suddenly, my car was gone. Can't get to work ... there goes the job, too!
I felt sideswiped! For a couple of days I questioned how I got to this point.
I wasn't feeling sorry for myself but I really didn't understand!
The Lord is faithful in all that he does though. When I began this last position I felt increasingly like I needed more training where I was getting prophetic words for people. That somehow I wasn't in the right place in my heart when I ministered His words. I either needed something more or I was deficient somewhere, either way I wasn't where I needed to be. What was the answer? Where was the key? I didn't know but I was about to find out.
How many of us know that if you are looking at a work of creative flow there really is no right or wrong but how it compares to the vision in your head? God was comparing me to the vision in His head! ... with all the correction and guidance I had experienced the last few years... The question was what direction was I taking? Being teachable means that you get corrected and you get revelation. He doesn't sit you on the bench of some invisible sideline and tell you when your ready to play. No we play ... in season and out. Some seasons are for revelation and some seasons are for restructuring, so for God to say your sitting out this season didn't seem right, but that is exactly what He was telling me ... and for 90 days!
When God does this, He always attaches a promise to it!
He gave me the example of Abraham and Sarah. "He was "shutting me up" for a birthing to come!"
I thought well "praise God!" Then He told me, "my time was not yet." (disappointing to say the least)
He showed me the example in the bible when Mary asked Jesus to make wine for the wedding.
He told her "My appointed time has not yet come!" (John 2: 4) It's not that Jesus couldn't do what Mary asked of Him. The ability was always there but, when would the perfect time for God to be glorified in Jesus' ministry on the earth. Jesus did it because God gave him the green light for this one time, to show the promise that Jesus would later become.
I had my promise from God several times over about what He wanted to do in my life. How many of us know there is always a processing before the work God does in us? A baptism... Jesus stepped into baptism and in the next breath stepped into full blown ministry. It was Heavenly! Evangelist and Prophets often talk about the moment they knew they had been called. It is often defining in their lives. For me it will be this time with God. A time that he shuts me up as we await the birthing together.
A few days ago, I saw a water color vision in my mind. As Holy Spirit gave me the impression, I knew the water colors spliced together was me. It was a beautiful rainbow of purples and gold and blues and finally teal on the outside edges. In the center he began to etch out in deep black lines through out the watercolors an image of me. The line of that image looked so deep that what used to be undefined in my life had no choice but to know and understand exactly where it should be. Once the line was formed it wasn't changing. I can't express enough the depth of the line as it made it's way around the watercolors. Have you ever seen someone burn writing into wood. If you mess that up, you have to start over, Sand it down, turn it over, something. There were no mistakes in this drawing. It was a perfectly steady hand doing the drawing. I knew it must be the Holy Spirit!
Last night, I watched as Bill Johnson formed in me a picture of Abraham and Sarah and how in Hebrew 11:11 God formed a picture of the faithfulness of Sarah. When the backstory (OLD Testament) said she laughed at the thought of another child and then lied to God saying she didn't laugh. I always think to myself "man you gotta have some guts to laugh at God!" But isn't that what we do when we first practice to disobey the Holy Spirit.
Based on previous experience, I am not in the habit of not doing what God asks of me or, even questioning what He asks. So, when God said I couldn't give out a word that I desperately wanted to give last night and He said "NO." I argued, "Lord even Abraham and Sarah had to write stuff down for their servants!" He said "Exactly!"
This season of shutting up was two fold. 1. I didn't believe that ministry could come from me. (not really) I walked in unbelief, as soon as He told me I was set apart for the ministry... because I didn't think he could provide for me and my family if He didn't do it through me physically getting a job. (SUPER UNBELIEF!) It wasn't a conscientious decision, but none the less there I was. I was being a bit of a Jonah and Sarah at the same time! 2. This is a season of "writing it down." He will define me more as a writer (and whatever else He wants) and we will continue the deep things of God in me, together. Waiting, for the birthing...
Habakkuk 2:1-3 states this;
1. I shall stand my watch and set myself on the tower and will watch to see what He will say to me and what I will answer when I am reproved. 2. And the LORD* answered me and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, so he who reads it can run. 3. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak and not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
So, God does refine and define us and he makes us quiet for a season so that he can birth in us what is for an appointed time that which would glorify His name in the best season and hour!
There are several other things with regard to spiritual and natural harvest that He has discussed with me and has had me pray over the last few months.
...but what I didn't know is yet to come!
I got in the car today, and as usual I began to speak with God. (This is good quiet time with Him, if you don't know.) During this time, I complained a little about feeling unbalanced (again). I asked Him what is going on? Why have I been feeling this way in my spirit? He gave me this example;
The first thing he said to me was that my spiritual vessel had been enlarged! (hmmm, ok?) Then he said look at it like it's a silo of sorts. You have a 1/3 of it filled up with all the things you have asked for and I have given you. (Your storehouse is full in that respect) What you don't have enough of is LOVE.
My love activates and fertilizes everything in that storehouse! Most of you know, I have a huge heart for people, but it wasn't my love He was asking me to fill the silo with ... It was HIS!
Matt. 19: 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I had all the tools I would need except enough of HIS love to manifest the activation of all that I had stored up. Holy Spirit said it like this ... if 1/3rd of your storehouse is full then you need 2/3rds of that silo to be filled with the manifested love of Jesus! Love is the Power that unlocks it all!
I am currently asking for much more of HIS love in my life!
What about you?
1 Corinthians 13:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
I pray you find the love of God that intentionally expands and writes everything down but through that love you write a story of redemption for each and every person you encounter!
Amen and Hallelujah!
Writer, Author and Minister of Birthing!
"FIRST COMES UNITY"
Exodus 19: 1-8
In the third month, after the children of Israel had gone forth out of the land of Egypt, that same day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. 2. For they had left Refidim and had come to the desert of Sinai and pitched in the wilderness. And Israel camped there before the mountain. 3. And Moses went up to God. And the LORD* called to him out of the mountain saying, “Thus will you say to the House of Jacob and tell the children of Israel. 4. You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. 5. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant , then you will be a peculiar treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine. 6. And you will be a kingdom of priest to me and a Holy nation. These are the words you will speak to the children of Israel. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people and laid before them all these words which the LORD* commanded him.
8. And all the people answered together and said,
“All that the LORD* has spoken we will do...”
EXODUS 19: 8-20
And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD*. 9. And the LORD* said to Moses, “See, I AM coming to you in a thick cloud, so the people can hear when I speak with you and believe you forever.” And Moses told the words of the people to the LORD*. 10. And the LORD* said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow and let them wash their clothes 11. and be ready on the third day, for the third day the LORD* will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12. And you will set bounds for the people all around saying, Take heed for yourselves, do not go on the mountain or touch its border. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death: their will not a hand touch it, but he will surely be stoned or shot through, whether it is beast or man it will not live. When the horn sounds long, they will come to the mountain."
14. And Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people and they washed their clothes. 15. And he said to the people, “Be ready by the third day: do not come near a woman.” 16. And it was on the third day in the morning that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and the sound of the shofar was exceedingly loud, so that all the people in the camp trembled. 17. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God and they stood at the base of the mountain . 18. And Mount Sinai was altogether in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 19. And when the sound of the shofar sounded long and grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him audibly. 20. And the LORD* came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
After these things I looked and there was a door opened in heaven , and the first voice which I heard was like a shofar saying "You must come up here and I will show you what must happen after these things." 2. I immediately was in the spirit ...
ENCOUNTER WITH THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Much is said in these previous verses about the presence of God.
Growth and Maturity are the Key to the presence of God.
We must come to the place that Moses did and allow God to expose the things about us
that the Spirit of the Lord needs to destroy. For me it is the fear of speaking to people.
For you it might be disappointment, loss, pain... it is honestly, anything the enemy can use.
You must purpose yourself to get into His presence daily, to understand His ways.
To refresh yourself in his spirit.
The Jews were able to refresh their hearts and souls every day.
If they weren't covered in the glory cloud, the Fire was there to warm them.
and still the enemy was able to work in their midst,
as they tried to serve idols more than the Almighty God.
How much more must we become a church
that is purposefully pursuing the will of the Father in Unity.
It drives out the enemy and creates a mountain
of Fire, Thunder and Lightening ,
as the Glory comes to cover us in anointing ... all things are possible in the Lord!
The first sentence came like a blast to my very weary heart...
"Exposure is an outward manifestation of an inward work"
What? I took a minute to absorb what the Holy Spirit was saying.
Whatever, it was ... I felt it deep in my soul! "What does this mean I thought?"
Then the next sentence came like a shot of lightening;
"Exposure is a mantle, it is fitted to help you understand how it feels
when God exposes other people in front of you"
... it was difficult to conceive of a God that would "expose" me.
He had always been so loving so understanding in his counsel with me. As a confirmation I asked God where was this in the bible?
I instantly remembered Isaiah.
Is 20: 2
At the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off your loins and put off your sandal from your foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Now God was not asking me to walk naked in the streets for 3 years to prove a point to a nation.
But he WAS telling me, was that he uses exposure to do his will and his way often!
When God exposes your heart, it is ALWAYS for a deeper purpose in HIM.
Its not to make you feel worse but to hopefully challenge you,
to let God decide what is right and justified in your soul and spirit.
Exposure is about being ready (stripped and cleansed) and ready to receive the Lord!
How did that apply to me now? I sensed he was not exposing the junk in me, as much as he was the good. This "exposure" he was talking about had a balance to it... How could I let go of the God I knew, (the loving, grace and mercy filled God)... and dig into this side of God with Grace and Fortitude?
As I listen to what was being said, with out interference... just listening intently to the next sentence that would flow from HIS heart to mine.
My heart racing, I am thinking in the back of my mind...
Out of that thought, I here Him say this;
"Exposure is connective tissue from you to the Father.
It grants Him 'all access' and leaves you none.
This is what exposure lives and breathes and does through the Holy Spirit.
You are a living, breathing, walking corpse."
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
What seems less powerful but just as potent to me was a picture,
God gave me some months ago regarding my growth with Him.
It was a picture of a butterfly...
I was asking Him specifically when do I get to move in my calling?
He had shown me a few things about my life a few years ago and they had not happened yet.
Even though I felt truly that they were coming, I prayed and asked God why I had not seen those things occur. At that moment, He showed me a picture of a butterfly and stated to me that I was still forming in the chrysalis. Satisfied with the answer, I allowed God to continue His work in me.
...Now several months later, He reminds me again of the butterfly.
Except this time, I see that I am breaking through the hard berrier around me and breathing my first breaths but instead of enjoying the outside world... I am feeling exposed! I need air but I am happy and content in my pod away from the world. Suddenly, the air around that is supposed to bring instant refreshment doesn't do that at all... I am choking on the air that is suppose to be supporting my growth, "my exposure"
I feel with all my heart that I am meant to FLY... much as any butterfly in the natural senses it is their nature.
but the air/world exposes my need to hide instead of my will to fly, and yet it is time to come to terms with the exposure I am about to crest into...
"I see it Lord, I can feel the state of who I am, reluctant to show the world what God has given me... yet dying to see it through! "
God, not willing to leave the conversation at just that,
and he continues his discussion regarding exposure with me.
" ... your hands are not your own! I have transitioned and transformed you into 'a being', I can use."
MANTLES OF GREATNESS
(there are levels of mantles) ... mantles God uses...
Exposure is RADICAL, FUN and DELIBERATE! The Holy Spirit uses exposure only on special occasions on the world! (not just us individual souls) The Holy Spirit is calling for RADICAL, Deliberate, Fun Exposure!
It makes us whole, but keeps us week and weary and ready for divine encounter and interaction with the Father God, because He is our Mason and our Carpenter and He makes our way FUN!
He decides the deliberateness of our walk!
Suddenly the Lord says this ...
"Exposure is a platform God can use... WHO will walk exposed!
(wow, didn't see that coming!)
"Exposure means to be tender and broken before the Lord.
He is revealing what is in the darkness.
If you allow him to expose you, He can use you in greater measure!
This is the life you've asked for, this is the divine calling on your heart.
To be exposed to a nation is no small thing.
People will dig and find out the worst things about you but, you my daughter will shine.
Shine with the Glory that I have placed on your mantle.
I WILL DO THIS, NO ONE ELSE BUT ME!
Your exposure will be great, but my love will be greater!
It will wreck and satisfy all those who encounter it.
My love for you is great, my heart for you is greater!
So you have come to me in your private time,
and I have exposed the gentle creature that you are for the goodness of God and for his Glory.
This is what exposure means to me, to take something frail and make it a beautiful thing. ( i.e. butterfly) "
This is where God pauses and I questioned. " When does the deep vulnerability stop?"
To explain, a few weeks ago I began to feel just complete uncomfortableness as I did anything the Holy Spirit asked me to do. I would love the presence of the Lord in the moment but soon afterward I would get super self conscientious and feel like I was being stupid and I shouldn't be displaying myself like that in front of people. It would last a while and just about the time I would feel better I would go to church and feel it all over again, because of course I would do what the Lord asked of me.
So to be clear, that was the "deep vulnerability" I was referring to in my question to God.
After a moment or two, I heard God say this;
" It will subside but you were built for intimacy with me so it will not go away all together,
but now you have language for what it is and what I see it as. "
& warring in the Spirit.
After that, God began to discuss with me what guarding looks like to HIM.
So, my (me, myself) nature is to GUARD. Guard my heart, guard my family against anything
that would harm us... and as any parent knows you can be fierce when it comes to your family.
BUT hear me...God doesn't need to be guarded in this world!
He WANTS to be exposed to a world that would have HIM!
He wants to fill us with His goodness and transparency.
How do we not see this!?
The next thing HE said was this;
"PROTECTION COMES AT A PRICE!"
The enemy will charge us (the price we pay) for every protection that we afford ourselves,
because it involves partnership with him and he KNOWS IT!
We on the other hand, DON'T have a clue!
Guarding yourselves and others can only be done through Christ Jesus! ONLY HE enables and empowers us. What many of us do not know is that God provides for this protection when we seek it in HIS word.
He will cover you in his feathers and under His wings, you will find refuge.
His truth will be your shield and buckler.
Now if that is not protection, I don't know what is.
The Holy Spirit then said this;
"You will personally risk it all to be HIS...
but most of us won't even risk asking a person if they know Jesus Christ ... The easiest question.
A WORK IN PROGRESS
"So in conclusion, Let me walk in my Father and HE in me.
For I can do nothing without HIM and yet I can do the impossible with HIM!
We must LOVE, LOVE, LOVE as the Father does ... NOT for the Father's sake but for our own!
It is a governing practice, that we REPEAL (revoke or annul) the enemy,
and sit seated in heavenly places that we could not have done ourselves
but with JESUS ALONE are we able to find our consecrated seat.
God is so good that he reaches into our hearts, calls us blessed and sanctified
and we have done nothing to incur it...
Exposure in this context makes it beautiful!"
The distance God puts between me and the devil is astounding.
Once distance is established, it His way that HE will move in our lives.
He creates a dwelling place, a space, for the Almighty God in our lives
and makes it HIS home. At this level, we are at home in HIM and HE in us.
We must understand as a people that Jesus came to die for us YES, but HE also came to live... in us!
A habitation, neither party can ignore.
FEAR HAS NO PLACE HERE!
Exodus 20: 12-18
15. And all the people saw the thunderings and the lightnings, and the noise of the shofar, and the mountain smoking. And when the people saw it, they stood afar off. 16. And they said to Moses, “Speak with us and we will hear, but do not let God speak with us, lest we die.” 17. And Moses said to the people. “Do not be in awe! 6 God has come to prove you, and that His awe may be before your faces, so that you will not sin.” 18. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.
Moses said He did this to prove to you that you could be close to HIM ... so you would understand who loves you and you wouldn't sin against him. Still people were to afraid to see that it wasn't the wrath of God in front of them but the Goodness.
Our hearts get distracted by the Countenance & Power of God and we don't perceive his goodness.
He wants us to come willingly to the throne but He is a Mighty God and so loving.
"God is not man that He should lie." -Numbers 23:19
To me this verse reveals two things... God doesn't lie... pretty simple. The other is that we are literally dealing with a creator that is unlike ourselves in that HE doesn't think like us. The word literally says that God is NOT man! His ways and His will are not our ways and will!
When God declares himself to you (as he did with the Jews in Exodus)
don't shy away and say God you are to great.
All he wants to do is have you close to himself,
to reveal himself and have you still understand that HE is ALMIGHTY GOD!
How satan likes to trick us into believing we are some how so mortal (fragile) in God's mind.
Yet, God created our spirit not our bodies first!
Zephaniah 3: 14-20
14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy:
the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee:
and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out;
and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you:
for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth,
when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.
(THIS IS YOU HE IS TALK ING ABOUT IN THIS VERSE!)
Zephaniah 3: 14-20 is fast becoming one of my most loved verses.
It plainly displays how God loves his people!
Who will love him as He loved us?
Who will linger with him, in rest and peace Yes,
but also so exposed ... it is there, the enemy has nothing to gain.
No hope that he (satan) will be able to master a willing people.
Are you the willing vessel HE can show Himself to and not be dismayed by the Glory God inhabits?
It is my hope that He will expose every part of me stripping away ALL.
So that I might be the completed version of myself,
before a great and mighty God when HE comes to visit HIS bride.
"In these last days, we will hear the sound of the trumpet and know that God approaches."
Who will wait with me?
Who will hear the voice of Yeshua and know His countenance
and not be afraid of his robes as they brush past us.
I have seen the robes of the Lord and they are completely covered in the faces of the people he loves.
Your destiny is to be part of the multitude that will love HIM and hold HIM in great majesty!
This is my walk, and I hope it is yours, as well.
Father, may you find your people!
A people that will sit at your feet and enjoy the sovereign unpolluted air of the Father
and not be awed by YOUR presence but walk into it as Moses & Aaron did.
They intentionally hid in and understood the Glory of the Lord around them.
Let our praise be made worthy of you O Lord God in Heaven!
"We are on our way to Fire Mountain, says the Lord."
"Apostolic arising in the atmosphere!" Let God hear your voice! Sound the Alarm! EVERYONE in unison! Give God the Glory! Know, that HIS armies are behind you to overwhelm the enemy! This is WHO YOU ARE IN THE SPIRIT... A GENERAL... called to be a General in HIS army! Called to be the one who releases and sets the captives FREE! SOLID AS A ROCK YOU STAND!"
I received this word earlier this week from the Lord. Super powerful in it's nature. So much declaration on the enemy! Blessed be the King of Heaven! Blessed be His heart toward us! Oh Heavenly hand that moves on our behalf... there is no one and nothing like you! Blessed be the Rock, our King!
He has so much for us, that we have no idea! We are in this beautiful place of GRACE and movement in the heavenlies! Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
By Dawn Brown © 7/2018
I heard the Holy Spirit say this morning;
”There are walls I want broken down. They aren’t just family walls, they are every wall that the Lord sees fit to strategize over. These are “harry” walls and they do not come down easily.”
(I saw walls that looked like the great wall of China with Black hair on all sides of them)
“…Pits of despair and agony are shoring up these walls in whole regions!”
”I AM FOR BREAKING THESE WALLS DOWN!”
They are in the midst of controlling all that I have built!
(I saw the nations HE created, not resisting the power of the enemy, which is their right to do so)
“This is not what I meant them for, they should not be controlled but be the CONTROLLER.”
“They should be waging a war of “MANY COLORS” (points to who you are) over crooked and cruel death and deep pain should disappear at the mention of their name (you & I)
…this is the army I have created! Yet, they struggle to even know their Identity and who they are as a member of God’s army.
This is no joke, No Laughing matter! Get on your weapons of STRENGTH and NOT POVERTY!
For I have not called you to such a time as this, for you to manifest for the enemy! We are stronger in numbers and the peace of God rests on HIS warriors!
Go and fight the good fight and DO NOT let the enemy win!
Remember, his (satan’s) place is in the pit! There is no encampment to great that you cannot overcome with one wave of your fist!
Jesus has already done the overcoming!
We must defend our right standing with GOD to the death! he (satan) has no place here, or anywhere… except in the pit of despair!
“Blessed is he that will go out in my name and transform a nation for my sake!”
"Good Morning Holy Spirit, what are we doing today"
That is not always what comes out in the morning but, it happens more often than not.
I want to hear from God. His heart His soul and the matters He cares about and wants to effect in this world. It is not a hard statement, but it goes along with, as we put others before ourselves, in the same respect we also put God before our day. So, that HE may coordinate the steps of a righteous man. He does this by showing us what he wants to do that day and as we line up with His purposes and His plans, we find that they line up our day in just the right order.
Did you see that?!
"When WE line up with HIS purposes and plans, it sets up our day for success!"
God is a genius at this!
Many times, while I am seeking HIS face about the day or an issue I am facing, I hear a song. Usually, one I have heard before, but this time it just pops out of nowhere and begins singing in my head. It is usually a praise and worship song. Most people attribute this to random thought, but I know it is God singing to me and He wants to hear it back! He is so precious that HE sings to us and over us! (it is HIS way!)
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I am blessed each day that I hear that sweet tone of love washing over my heart! I know instantly that the Holy Spirit is teaching me, talking to me and soothing the spirit and soul inside of me with this song. Sometimes, the song has a meaning ... maybe for a future issue I haven't yet encountered. Sometimes, it is because He would like to enter into a deep communion with me. Did you know that God longs for that time with you? A time when you are not battling for survival but just a sweet moment with you when you think about him and his good nature with you. A place and time when He can offer Himself to you. I cannot tell you how many times the dread of the day has melted away when I just came into complete rest with HIM.
When we refocus on Christ, It is to our benefit. God has written many blessings into our natural wardrobe but praise and worship has to be the brightest of all the jewels. It burns the enemy in such a way, that they don't run, they crawl away. They find a whole and crawl into it. It is torture to the enemy and it keeps them at bay. Praise and Prayer are a two fold sword the enemy cannot destroy. It is intangible to the realm of the enemy. They have no warfare strategy that can come against it... nothing to own within prayer and praise they can subject you to... it is yours and God's alone.
Oh, the moment my heart cry's out to HIM, is the very moment I am saved... for the enemy must step back! Reduce his attack, and wait until the spirit of God has completed HIS good work in me. The moment I am done with one or the other, the next round comes. As prayer and/or praise ring out, they are like bullets firing out in the spirit realm. A spray of artillery, warning the enemy his time is coming. Praise becomes a song that simultaneously harms the enemy and pushes back the darkness to the place they came from... now, they can and do attack again, but it is at this point we begin to see we have a choice to partner or not to partner with them... To allow a leveled attack, or to say "not today satan".
I have found that simple praise can ward off the biggest of satan's crew. Simple heart felt praise, great or small, demands an account of the enemies lies to you. Do not discount this act of submission before God, but raise the anti as it were... and defy the odds of the battle with your praise.
Your heart and mind will thank you as you move forward giving your heart to the one who loves you. The enemies thoughts will simply be revealed as hokum! Genius isn't it. God never designs anything so great we can't accomplish the overcoming of it, simply by believing God can and will do it! This is a life long lesson, that has availed much for me. I hope you will take advantage of its strategy, and have faith that it will accomplish all things to your good. Keep your eyes on God, and it will be well with your soul.
They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The [a]angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.
May the Lord be your guide through all the works of the enemy great and small.
May He labor at your right hand with goodness always prevailing over you.
May His staff and rod be your comforter, all the days of your life.
...and when stormy winds may come, may his shield and buckler always cover you.
This is not a war but and all out retaliation of the enemy to subvert the kingdom of heaven for your lives and the lives of your children.
"but the "Battle is the Lords", is it not"
1 Sam. 17:47
Then all this assembly shall know
that the Lord does not save with sword and spear;
for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
I hear the Holy Spirit say;
"There is a room of solitude and hope, that no creature great or small may enter into except you and the spirit of God. No man great or small may counter its weight, or subject you to the noise of the hustle and bustle of (the enemies) creatures around you, that would ingest your very nature if it weren't for the will of the Father, "BUT KNOW THIS ... His kingdom come, HIS will must be done". There is value in this statement much more than man has considered, and continues to devalue."
"We (the armies of the Lord) have come to stomp the enemy out and to save the people of God from great humiliation and degradation. This is an honor", says the Lord God. "To be considered for this type of weaponry" (praise with prayer).
Our song and our heart, is not just to keep the coals of fire burning, but of GREAT ADMINISTRATION to the body of Christ.
I hear the Holy Spirit say;
"WHO TOLD YOU, YOU WERE NOT ALL THAT I HAVE SAID YOU ARE"
... Answer; nothing, but the enemy.
(Gen. 3:11 ...And he said, Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you that you should not eat?)
I hear the Holy Spirit saying;
"They have stood round about you in devils armory and taken what you would not give and strive to displease the Lord your God. Well, I say NO MORE! We will take back the people of God first and then war so heavily against the band of Hell itself, it will diminish before the eyes of God. Do NOT be carried away by what satan has said or done, but by the very lips of my Father God, who will restore you to your rightful place in Heaven and on Earth. This is a simple gesture by the almighty God, but weighty in the world of 'the committed".
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, it is written,
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
I hear the Holy Spirit say;
"This song you sing is heavens song, and it will carry us all into battle, and wrap our garments in the praises of HIS name. He is saving your voices (praise) and will release a great harvest of sound... for the Father has requested it before His battle is announced. We are the Kings, my Father has foretold of... that will rock and demolish the world of the castrated fools that would come against the Warrior King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is not only filled with the blood of the Goodness, Kindness and Mercy, but with Great wrath on the enemy, in this day!
"These are my people! Great and Small and you (satan) will not ravage what is mine," sayeth the Lord. "This was to be a peaceable day, in the light of my Love. I will have it so", says the Lord of Host.
Dawn Brown ©