"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."