The Mirroring – From the Series “Love Has Enemies”

This morning I see a wide, open space. Everything is of the same color: white, light pink and purple – the colors of sunrise. It is surreal, as if I was standing in the clouds. My feet touch a white floor but even the floor is slightly covered by mist. 

I sense no limit here, I am free here; I love the colors. I start to dance.

‘What is this place?’

My memory turns to the pages two days ago when I was sitting in a café with Him. I asked Him what He was doing.

“I am speaking your language,” He said.

Funny God, what did He mean by that? Did I have my own language?

“You’re funny, too” He said. “I love the way you talk – the gestures you make, the smile on your face. … the emotions you touch, the thoughts you have.”

Weird God. I feel largely inadequate when it comes to my thoughts, how can He say that? He tells me I have His thoughts. I turn my head because I feel embarrassed but He smiles at me, and I smile back at Him.

“So, what exactly are you speaking?”, I continued.

“You!”

I burst out laughing. “What does that mean?”, I asked.

“That I accept you.”

“That’s an interesting concept, God.” It reminded me of something I had read in the past. “That’s like when parents mirror their children’s emotions to make them feel loved and accepted.”

“Exactly.”

He said He does that all the time. “My child,” He said, “My precious, precious daughter! My darling, the apple of my eye! How I love you!”

I turn the pages back to this morning. ‘What is this place?’ Now I know. It is my heart. It is quiet and at peace. These colors are my favorite colors. I love this sense of freedom, the intimacy of just me and Him.

My perspective then widens: I am in Him and He is in me. ‘Cause as the scene grows thin, I see myself dancing there, on the palms of His hands, Him pulling His hands closer to His heart as if He wants to treasure this memory of me. And I cry because I know it’s Him. This is the One I love!

LOVERS OF GOD 2. “The Grateful Ones” (On 2. Timothy 3)

Welcome to Part 2!

Narrow is the way that leads to life (Matthew 7:14) and God is the one who helps us remain on this path. Today I want to highlight one characteristic of people mentioned in 2. Timothy 3:2, which we are going to encounter increasingly more in the future, even in the Body of Christ.

First read the following verses!

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people”

2. Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

The word God highlighted to me this time is “ungrateful”. In the last days, people will be ungrateful. Let me share a vision God gave me last week to help me understand the meaning of this truth to me.

In this vision, I saw myself as a beggar on the street. I was almost dying of thirst. A noble man noticed me, got me a bowl of clean water and kneeled down to help me drink. It was a very short vision but I knew instantly who the noble man was. One could not miss the compassionate eyes and the graciousness of this man.

How does this vision speak to you? I felt tears running down my face as I realized who I was and what God had done for me. When you love God, you don’t forget about His mercy. You don’t forget how He saved you with His Living Water.

His invitation is still open today:

Come, all you who are thirsty.”

Isaiah 55:1 NIV

Will you come? If you have, will you remember and give thanks to Him?

Wächter, Kämpft um Eure Berufung!

Ein Stöhnen kehrt zurück, eine Tiefe in Fürbitte. Oh, ich habe es vermisst! Wächter/-innen verstehen, was ich meine.

Ich hatte es geschafft. Ich stand da und wollte erst gar nicht sehen, wie dreckig ich war. Er war auch da und saß am Flussufer, wo wir uns sonst immer sehen. Als ich hereinkam, stand er mit einem besorgten Gesichtsausdruck auf und eilte zu mir, um mich zu umarmen. Er hatte die ganze Zeit auf mich gewartet. Ich war dankbar für diesen Moment, aber mein Herz war immer noch trocken und ich ging so schnell, wie ich gekommen war. Ich hatte noch zu viele Dinge, die unsere Beziehung störten; zu viele kleine Füchse in unserem Garten, die ich zuließ (Das Hohelied 2,15).

Dann, etwa einen Tag später, versuchte ich es erneut. Diesmal hatte ich etwas mehr Mut, jetzt, wo ich am Tag zuvor sein besorgtes Gesicht gesehen hatte. Ich war noch verzweifelter nach seiner Gnade. Er kam und kniete nieder, um mein Gesicht, das vor Ihm auf dem Boden lag, zu berühren. Dann zeigte Er mir trockene Gebeine, die zwischen uns begraben waren – auf den Knochen blühten Blumen in verschiedenen Farben. Ich war überrascht und fragte Ihn, was das bedeutete. Er sagte, dass ich dort begraben liege und dass wir neu beginnen werden. Die Knochen repräsentierten all meine Verzweiflung und Entmutigung; all die Hoffnungslosigkeit und den Unglauben des letzten Monats. Ja, wir müssen all unsere Entmutigungen zu Jesu Füßen bringen!

Ich hatte dann eine Reihe von wichtigen Träumen, durch die Gott mir half, zu erkennen, was in der unsichtbaren Welt gerade in meinem Leben vorgeht. In einem Traum sah ich zum Beispiel einen riesigen Löwen, der mir Dinge ins Ohr flüsterte und versuchte, mich wütend zu machen und ihm hinterherzulaufen, anstatt bei Jesus zu bleiben (1. Petrus 5,8). Ich erzähle das, um uns daran zu erinnern, dass der Feind wie ein Löwe umherstreift und versucht, jede Gelegenheit zu ergreifen, um unsere intime Beziehung mit Gott zu zerstören. Hüten wir uns vor schleichenden Versuchungen!

Ich bete, dass viele wieder Hunger und Durst nach einer Liebesbegegnung mit Jesus haben! Schlag immer wieder die Bibel auf und such fleißig nach Ihm! Ich bete, dass du dem Herrn nicht länger widerstehst, sondern Seine Gnade empfängst, jedes Loch in deinem Herzen auszufüllen. Seine Gnade reicht aus für dich. Ich bete, dass du mit Feuer in deinen Augen aufstehen kannst, wieder für den Herrn brennend und deine Augen auf Ihn gerichtet. Ich bete, dass du wieder anfangen kannst, auf dem Wasser zu gehen.

Da sprach Gott zu mir: »Du Mensch, ruf den Lebensgeist und befiehl ihm in meinem Namen: Komm, Lebensgeist, aus den vier Himmelsrichtungen und hauche diese toten Menschen an, damit sie wieder zum Leben erwachen!« Ich tat, was Gott mir befohlen hatte. Da erfüllte der Lebensgeist die toten Körper, sie wurden lebendig und standen auf. Sie waren so zahlreich wie ein unüberschaubares Heer. Da sprach Gott zu mir: »Du Mensch, die Israeliten gleichen diesen verdorrten Gebeinen. Du weißt, wie sie klagen: ›Wir sind völlig ausgezehrt und haben keine Hoffnung mehr, uns bleibt nur der Tod!‹ Darum richte ihnen diese Botschaft von mir aus: Ich, Gott, der HERR, öffne eure Gräber und hole euch heraus, denn ihr seid doch mein Volk! Ich bringe euch heim ins Land Israel. Wenn ich euch wieder lebendig mache, werdet ihr erkennen, dass ich der HERR bin. Ich erfülle euch mit meinem Geist, schenke euch noch einmal das Leben und lasse euch wieder in eurem Land wohnen. Ihr werdet sehen, dass ich meine Versprechen halte. Mein Wort gilt!«

Hesekiel 37,9-14 HFA

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Watchmen, Fight For Your Calling!

The groan is returning. A sense of desperation to cry out in intercession for the nations. Oh, how I have missed this! It had been such a long time! When you are called to be a watchman, you will know what I mean.

I had made it. I was standing there and I didn’t want to look down to see how I was looking. He was there, too, sitting at the riverside where we usually meet. When I came in, He immediately stood up with a worried look on His face and rushed forward to hug me. He had been waiting for me the whole time. However, my heart was still dry and I was grateful for that moment, but I left as quick as I came. I still had too many things threatening our relationship, too many little foxes in our garden that I was permitting (Song of Solomon 2:15).

Then, about a day later, I tried again. This time I had a little bit more courage and frankly, now that I had seen His worried face the day before, I was even more desperate for His grace. He came and knelt down to lift up my face which was on the ground before Him. He then showed me a set of dry bones buried right in between us – there were flowers of different colors blooming on top of the bones. I was surprised and I asked Him what it meant. He said that I lay buried there and that we are starting afresh. The bones represented all my despair and discouragement; all the hopelessness and faithlessness of the past month. See, you have to surrender ALL your discouragement and leave it at Jesus’ feet!

I then had a series of groundbreaking dreams through which God helped me discern what is going on in the spirit realm in my life. In one dream, for example, I had a massive lion whispering things into my ear and trying to make me angry and run after him instead of staying with Jesus (1. Peter 5:8). I am sharing this to remind you that the enemy prowls around like a lion, trying to catch every opportunity to destroy your intimacy with God. Beware of cunning temptations!I pray that you will hunger and thirst for a love encounter with Jesus again! Keep opening up the Bible and be diligent in seeking Him!

I pray that you will be no longer resist the Lord but receive His grace to fill up every empty void in your heart. His grace is sufficient for you. I pray that you will rise up with fire in your eyes, burning once again for the Lord and keeping your eyes fixed on Him as you walk on the water!

“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

Ezekiel 37:9-14

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