A Call to Rebuild God’s House

A Call to Rebuild God’s House

In this season God is highlighting the book of Haggai. Many prophetic voices are echoing the word of the Lord: It’s time for the rebuilding of God’s house.

BUT! Do we really understand how to apply this word in our day? I have heard many prophetic voices speak this word accurately, but then misapply what it means: They apply it to some man-made agenda or false teaching or the misapplied “new thing” prophecy.

The time has come, not only for this word, but also to align the prophetic voices to the Lord’s true intent for this word! What does it mean to rebuild His house? We cannot simply apply it to any agenda that we believe the Lord might have for this season. We have to look at the definitions, analogies and teachings the New Testament gives for His house and then apply it correctly to these teachings.

“Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people say,
“The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.”

Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”  Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!

 “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord. 

“You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.  Therefore, the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

~ Haggai 1: 2-9

Consider Your Ways
God’s house, His true New Testament church made up of living stones, lies in ruins. He is calling us to the work of rebuilding it. The complaint in the book of Haggai was that everyone was dwelling in their own panelled houses, while God’s house lay in ruins.

We must consider our ways. To consider something means to deeply think about it. To contemplate it. We need to consider and ask ourselves: “Are we really busy building God’s house the way He wants it? Or, are we building our own little kingdoms, what we call God’s house, built on man-made systems and institutions? “

We will touch on some of the elements of God’s true New Testament house in the last section of this blog.

The Funnel of Cleansing and Purification
A few months ago, I had a dream about the book of Haggai. In the dream, I looked at a piece of paper. The paper was torn on both sides. It was wide at the top and narrowed towards the bottom. It looked like a funnel.

The Words Haggai 2 was written in bold on the piece of paper three times: top, middle and towards the bottom. Promises of God were written underneath each heading.

When I read Haggai 2 after I woke up, I discovered the following promise:

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts.
‘And in this place, I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

~ Haggai 2:9

If we are willing to obey and rebuild God’s house the way He wants it, He promises that He will fill His house with His glory and that His peace will rest on it.

The context of this verse is very important. Before God will fill this latter temple with His glory, He will first shake the nations:

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 

~ Haggai 2:6-7

Before the glory falls, everything will be shaken.  This is where the FUNNEL features. The promises of God take us through the funnel. A funnel is wide at the top and extremely narrow at the bottom. In order to rebuild God’s house, we need to go through this funnel.

This speaks of a process of deep cleansing and purification. The narrow end of the funnel is PURE TRUTH where all human add-ons and mixed seed will be filtered out. God wants us to build His house exactly according to HIS blueprint and design. Before He can entrust anyone with this major responsibility, He will take us through the funnel (and the shaking), ensuring that the pure truth is cultivated in us first.

Going through the Funnel
Some time ago I had a very intense experience. I was busy praying for God’s house to be rebuilt and restored. The next moment I felt as if I was situated at the bottom end of a funnel, at the very narrow part. As I wanted to go through, I sensed the presence of an angelic messenger standing at the entrance of the last part of the funnel. The message I received was that I could not go through.

I asked God why I was not allowed to enter. In a vision, I saw that I had baggage. I saw a very small backpack on my back. It was preventing me from going through.

I wanted to take it off but I wasn’t able to. God showed me that it represented mindsets that I carried. These mindsets had roots and I saw that the roots of the backpack had grown into my brain.

Jesus then said to me that He is the only one able to remove it. I asked Him what these mindsets were and I repented as He revealed them to me.

After repenting, I felt my body being pushed through this narrow space. This went on for some time. Then I felt how I was pushed out on the other side! It felt like I was birthed into something new!

This message of the funnel is an extremely important one. As long as we hold on to ungodly and inaccurate mindsets and concepts, God will not allow us to be part of this promise: The promise of the rebuilding of His house and of being partakers of the glory of His latter house.

These mindsets can be so subtle that we are not even aware of them. Like the small backpack on my back that barely carried any weight. These are the very mindsets that will stop God’s house from being built among us and in the way He wants it.

We need to throw everything off and allow Him to take us through the narrow end of the funnel and cultivate PURE TRUTH in us. Do you have an open and teachable spirit?

Laying the Proper Foundation
The most crucial part of any building is the foundation. If the foundation is faulty in any way, it will cause much trouble and instability in the future.

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

 ~ 1 Cor 3: 9-11

A while ago God showed me in a vision that He is now busy laying proper foundations in the process of rebuilding His house. I saw each layer being laid with much care.

While the Ekklesia that I’m a part of were interceding for the laying of the foundations, we pondered on the physical process of how a foundation is laid.

Modern foundations are made out of concrete produced by a mixture of gravel and cement. The size of the gravel stones determines the strength of the concrete. Smaller gravel stones form stronger concrete. Gravel stones have to be under a certain size for them to be used in the foundation. If the stones are too large they will be thrown back into the crusher and crushed to the correct size.

The Lord revealed to us that this ties in with the concept of going through the funnel. If God is taking us through the funnel, to lay a proper foundation for His house, our self-regard needs to be the correct size.

A rock that is too large will not be able to fit through the funnel. God will take us back to the crusher to crush our pride so that we will be useful to Him in what He has called us to do. The crusher is the process of repentance through laying down fleshly mindsets and pride.

Back to the analogy: stones that are too hard to be crushed are thrown out. If we refuse to be crushed, God will not allow us to be part of the building of His house.

While we were praying, God also showed me a game of chess, in checkmate. I saw His Hands removing the pieces that are playing their own game and are not willing to submit and yield to His game plan.

We received confirmation of this word the following day, while we were at a conference. A man stood up and said that he heard a loud noise. The noise was the sound of foundations being laid. He saw people laying foundations and Jesus walking up to them with the building plans and asking them whether they were building according to His plans. This was such an amazing confirmation to us!

Elements of the Latter House
Please note that the following is only a summary of the main points. My husband plans to cover this topic in more detail in his booklet “The Household of GOD – Exploring the Vision of the Future City Church”, due to be released in March 2023. Make sure you are subscribed to this blog to not miss it.

  • The New Testament City Church did not divide into denominations nor separated themselves by different names. It was simply known as ‘THE CHURCH’ in that city (1 Co 1:2, 2 Co 1:1, 1 Th 1:1, Rev 1:11). The house that the Lord is rebuilding for Himself is a united household with believers who refuse to be known by any name other than followers of Jesus Christ – the Church.

  • They Gathered In Homes throughout the city (Rom 16:5, 1 Co 16:19, Col 4:15, Phm 1:2) and on occasion got together for bigger gatherings. But, all these smaller gatherings formed a greater network that functioned together for the benefit of all. They did not just see themselves as one body in the city theoretically. They shared resources and responsibilities practically in their daily lives (Act 6:1-3). They had shared elders, deacons and five-fold ministry equippers.

  • Keeping the Unity of the Spirit Despite Differences was part of their value system. They allowed for differences of conviction and opinion on non-essential matters (Rom 14). They did not force their convictions on others nor made it a requirement for fellowship. Jesus Christ through the bond of the Holy Spirit was their basis of unity, not any doctrine or institution. They received one another, just as Christ received them (Rom 15:7).

  • Thriving Under Persecution and Economic Instability was one of their distinguishing traits. It was an underground movement without easily recognisable buildings, large gatherings or easily restricted leadership structures. They also took care of one another economically and functioned under God’s supernatural love economy that was unaffected by earthly events (1 Cor 16:1–4; 2 Cor 8:1–9:15; Rom 15:14–32).

    The accusation God brought against His people in Haggai 1: 2-9 was that they were spending their resources on themselves,  instead of using it to build His house. In the New Testament, this means that we should invest our resources in helping to disciple believers, to spread the gospel and to develop and build God’s Kingdom on earth and not to build our own little empires.

  • They Gathered in Open Participatory Meetings were each member was a functioning priest that actively shared what they received without asking anyone’s permission (1 Cor 14:26-40). They were equipped by true Apostles to function under the direct headship of Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

There is much more that could be said on this topic, but I believe this gives a good overview. Remember to subscribe to be notified when the booklet is released.

I can almost hear some people say to themselves: “We know these things”. The question is not how well we know these things, but whether we are living them daily.

May the Lord rebuild His house that lies in ruins!

Surender Completely, Or Miss Out! – The Lehakwe Bridge

Surender Completely, Or Miss Out! – The Lehakwe Bridge

I had this strange and profound dream in 2018. It’s about this bridge called ‘The Lehakwe Bridge’. I strongly feel that this dream is very important for the body of Christ for the season we are in right now.

May our Lord Jesus Christ impart courage to you as you read this, so you can take the step of faith needed to enter into His fulness in this season.

In the dream, me and friends of mine were sitting at a restaurant enjoying a meal together. There were people around us eating, partying and dancing. We could feel the worldly atmosphere.

Then a man asked me to dance. I had an engagement ring on which was given to me by this man. I looked at the ring. It had a huge flashy diamond on it, but it was clearly fake.

While dancing with him I felt uneasy and decided to leave. Me and my friends took a long footpath through the woods. It was dark outside.

We were joined by a group of men. They were friendly but I sensed that they were trying to hook up with us.

We then entered a city. It was still dark and the air was thick with smoke. Some buildings caught fire and started burning down. I sensed a heaviness in the spirit realm and knew the end was drawing near.

The scene transitioned and I was now alone.  I felt an urgency to leave and walked in the direction of the Lesotho mountains. The Country of Lesotho is also known as the mountain kingdom.

As I approached the mountains there was a bridge. This bridge had to be “crossed” to enter the mountain kingdom. As I looked, I saw that this bridge wasn’t a bridge at all. It was a free fall! I stared at it in shock. It was extremely high and it was humanly impossible to “cross”.

A small group of people were standing at my right and I asked them if it is possible to cross this bridge. I could not comprehend how anyone could cross this. With confidence, they answered that it is possible and that there are people who have done it.

Just then a man on a motorcycle came and without hesitation went down the vertical free fall with his bike. I stared in amazement as he fell down and then at the bottom supernaturally got back on his bike where a transition formed at the bottom like a half-pipe so he could ride out onto the road.

As I looked at this, I felt that the risk was too great and I decided to go back to the city. When I got back it looked even worse than before. I came to this information desk where one of the men that accompanied us on the footpath sat.

I asked him if there was another way to go to the mountains. This time he was unfriendly and irritated because I wanted to leave. He told me there is another road but that the drive by car is an hour longer.

As I wanted to leave the city again it was closed off by booms. I had to beg the man at the information desk to open the boom for me and allow me to exit.

When I got back to the bridge, I knew I had only one option: I have to jump!

As I woke up, I repeatedly said aloud, “The Lehakwe bridge, the Lehakwe bridge, the Lehakwe bridge.”

Interpretation
The meal at the worldly restaurant serves as a warning for believers not to eat at the table of the world and to not seek satisfaction from worldly things.

A common theme in many of my dreams is false betrothals. In these dreams I symbolise the bride of Christ and the men in some of these dreams symbolise the spirit of this world sent to mesmerise us and to draw us into worldly, temporarily satisfactions.

As long as we indulge in worldly things we cannot walk in our destinies and be prepared as the spotless bride of Christ.

Just like the engagement ring was fake, the world cannot offer us anything valuable. We should not dance according to the beat of this world; we are called to dance with our bridegroom and our hearts must be in rhythm according to His desires.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

~ 1 John 2:16-17

The long walk at night in the woods speaks of the worldly mindsets that we need to exit. Trees in dreams often symbolise thought branches, strongholds and mindsets that need to be overcome. Worldly mindsets are always shrouded in darkness. The worldly people that share these mindsets don’t have pure motives. They seem like they are our friends, but when we want out, we find out that they are not really friends. They are just in it for selfish gain, like the group of men in the dream.

The city that started burning down symbolises the end of the age that is drawing near. As the day approaches, the Lord is calling His remnant people to His mountain Kingdom. This symbolises Mount Zion. This is His sacred place where His bride will rule with Him. To rule with Jesus requires for us to be fully surrendered and have a set-apart life.

Many are now being called by God to exit the worldly systems completely. He is calling the pioneers to discover His new godly systems according to His blueprints and patterns. These patterns and blueprints will be crucial for the times ahead. Our Father is busy revealing it on His mountain Kingdom. But only to those fully yielded ones that He can trust with His Kingdom assignments.

The only way to cross over to the mountain Kingdom is by complete surrender. This leap of faith will feel like a free fall, impossible for the human mind to comprehend! But with God it’s possible!

The word Lehakwe means precious gem or pearl in Sesotho. The crossing of the bridge will form pearl or precious stone in us as we completely surrender to His ways and will for our lives.

A pearl is formed when an oyster gets wounded or irritated by a foreign object like sand or a parasite. It then secretes a substance to protect itself. This is what forms the pearl. Precious stones on the other hand get formed by immense pressure under the earth.

Likewise, we will have to go through discomfort, pressure and suffering to enter His mountain Kingdom (2Co 4:17). The leap of faith and trust it will take for us to go through with what God expects of us in this season will look and feel like a complete freefall. It will require total surrender. What comes out on the other side however will be precious, unlike the fake diamond the world has to offer.

We need to take heed when standing before this bridge (this choice), to not lose heart and turn back to the city (the ways and systems of the world). Once we turn back it might be more difficult to return to the bridge, as our previous “friends” will turn into our enemies – making it difficult for us to leave.

There is another way, but it will take longer, meaning you stand the risk of missing God’s timing. When I shared this dream at a SPIRIT-GYM session a sister in the Lord said that as I shared, she saw lots of traffic jams on this road. Lots of people are taking the “more comfortable” option and in the end, it will cause spiritual delays for them. These people risk missing their destinies completely.

The importance of Timing and Alignment
Timing in God’s Kingdom is of utmost importance. As Paul said in Ephesians 5:15-16:

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

God taught me precious principles of timing in 2018 when He asked me to resign from my job. God gave me a specific time when to resign.

I was tempted to stay two months longer to receive my birthday bonus. That night I had two dreams: One indicating that our provision from the Lord will be cut off. Another where I climbed off at the wrong stop and there was a huge storm. That morning as I woke up, I repented as I realised the urgency of the matter.

God is a God of grace, but He is also a God of order and we need to obey His timing for things.  Looking back at that incident we (me and my husband) can now clearly see God’s wisdom. We are forever grateful that He lovingly warned us not to be disobedient to His Kingdom timing. We would have potentially landed in a lot of trouble. His timing was truly perfect.

What is Your Lehakwe Bridge?
The crossing of the Lehakwe bridge will mean different things for different people. For many, it will mean leaving behind some form of worldly security in order to follow the Lord.

I pray that He will reveal what this means to you personally and in which areas of your lives this applies.

I want to urge you to take this bold leap of faith, instead of turning back to the ways of the world or choosing the more comfortable option.

May we all jump into our destinies!

We THE PEOPLE of THE LIGHT

We THE PEOPLE of THE LIGHT

After a long time of silence, I felt the release to start writing again. As I was praying about what I should write first, the Holy Spirit reminded me of an experience I had in early 2020.

I feel like it is a foundational revelation that the Lord wants to lay in our lives. We need to start cultivating this principle as a habit.

Willingly Position Yourself in HIS light
In early 2020 we went away for a few days. Close to the place where we were staying was these beautiful woods with very tall trees. One morning I decided to go out into the woods to spend time with the Lord. As I sat down and looked up a beam of sunlight shone straight into my eyes.

I was about to move because it was uncomfortable. But, at that moment, I clearly heard the Holy Spirit saying, “Willingly position yourself in My light.” As I looked around, I realised that there was ample shade around me and I was seated directly under the only spot the sunlight came through.

That morning the Lord spoke to me about intentionally choosing to position myself in His light. To open up the dark and hidden places in my heart and to allow Him to shine His light into every dark corner. To purposefully bring the dark areas of my heart into His light so that He can purify and transform me into His image.

There are many dark areas in our lives:  sin, offence, broken relationships, unhealed wounds, unresolved issues, unforgiveness etc. To bring these things into the light isn’t always easy. To allow our issues to come to the surface is uncomfortable and often painful.

It takes courage and vulnerability. We need to allow ourselves to be vulnerable before Him. Vulnerability leads to freedom. He can only work with that which we bring into His light. The parts that remain in darkness will remain unfruitful and we will never gain victory in those areas.

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

~1 John 1:5-7

It’s All About Reflecting HIM
As I was seated in His light that morning, I felt that the Sun of righteousness with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2) will arise over me and that He is faithful, to not only purify me of my sin and unrighteousness but also to heal all my wounds.

It is in His light that He frees us of sin and binds up our wounds, so that we can become a victorious people, a pure bride! This is how we are transformed into His image.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

As we are being transformed into His image, we are becoming a transparent bride that reflects His nature.

If I choose to remain in the shadows, I cannot reflect His fullness.  The only way I can reflect Him is when I sit in His light and allow it to transform me into His image.

Christ our Inheritance
In 2019 I heard a beautiful teaching from a friend about bringing every part of ourselves into Christ. Every part of us that we bring into Christ will gain an inheritance. The parts that remain in darkness will gain nothing.

When I heard these words, I felt my spirit longing to become fully one with Christ. That every part of me is destined to be one with Him and that no part of my inheritance in Christ should be wasted!

This is what Jesus prayed in John 17. That we should be fully one with Him and His Father:

“That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.  And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

~ John 17: 21-23

This is the desire and prayer of our Lord: Oneness with Him, gaining the full inheritance that He paid for on the cross.

Preparing the Highway of Holiness
One day while I was praying, I saw a vision of people coming out of the woods and they went to stand on both sides of a road. I knew that these people coming out was going through a process of repentance and choosing to abide in His light.

As they were being transformed, they came out. As more people came out, they formed a line next to the road. It was like they were preparing a way for the return of the Messiah. I got the impression that the people were becoming a highway.

I then understood that as we repent, come out of darkness and are being transformed, we join to form part of the Highway of Holiness. The Highway of Holiness that will usher in the return of the Messiah.

“Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.”

~ Isaiah 40:3

”Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples! Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’” And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.”

~ Isaiah 62:10-12

This Highway of Holiness that we will be a part of, is a path of light! This path of light is so pure and so transparent that it only reflects the Son.

On the one hand, the Son of God is being revealed in us, for the world to see Him (Joh 17:21). On the other hand, it also stirs the Bridegroom to fetch His bride! Finally, after much purification, she will look like Him, a bride that reflects His image.

This bride will carry the gentleness and meekness of the lamb and the intensity and boldness of the Lion. Nothing will stop her from preparing herself for the One that values her the most. This is the hour she has been waiting for.

Let us align our hearts with Christ, let us push deeper into His presence, abiding in His Light. Let the cry of our heart be: LORD, REVEAL YOUR SON IN US!

“The Bride has made herself ready.”

~ Revelation 19:7

 

Get Ready for Race Day!

Get Ready for Race Day!

It’s been a while since I have posted. I am still finding my feet with our new baby and adjusting as a family of five. It has been a tremendous blessing, but as you can imagine, quite a busy time.

One thing that I have learned is that I cannot write without the Lord doing it through me! I am completely dependent on His leading since the purpose of this blog is to release Rhema words.

I’m also excited to announce the launch of my husband’s training and equipping course SPIRIT-GYM. The focus of this course is to get the body ‘harvest-ready’ and to get individuals trained to walk in their callings. You can get more info on the website at www.spirit-gym.com. Registration is open for one week only from the 1st to the 7th of February 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity!

While contemplating what the Lord wants me to write, the Spirit revealed the word limbo to my husband. The definition of the word limbo is: an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress (dictionary.cambridge.org).

As soon as I read the definition, I understood exactly where we as the Body of Christ are right now! We are in a state of limbo. An uncertain time where we need to WAIT on the Lord for instruction, but also where we need to start executing on what the Lord already revealed but we are unsure off.

As we are in this state of limbo, being very unsure what the world will look like in 2021, we need to be in this place of waiting and beginning to move. It is a place of STRATEGIC SILENCE and MOVING by FAITH.

It will require us to both wait on the Lord in silence and slowly starting to do what He already told us. If you feel like you don’t hear anything from the Lord, wait. If you feel you heard something but you are unsure, move by faith.

When the time is ready the Lord will whisper greater strategy into our inner ears. But only those who have waited on the Lord and who have been obedient with what He already said, they will be able to hear the strategy for 2021.

One thing my husband keeps hearing is: “start moving into the streets”. I believe this is the warm-up part. Whatever the greater strategy, I believe it has to do with bringing in the harvest.

We need to clearly differentiate between waiting upon the Lord and being paralysed. I am sensing a lot of Christians are currently feeling paralysed because of these unsure times we are facing. We are called to press into the presence of the Lord and wait upon Him, and as His Word promises us, He will renew our strength.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

~ Isaiah 40:31

Get Ready!

I received a word from a fellow believer a few weeks ago that blessed me tremendously. It was such a timely and spot-on word. I realised that this word was not only for me as an individual but is a revelation for the entire body of Christ.

In competitive sports, there is a time of resting before a big match or race, where no training takes place. During this time the athletes must rest and allow their bodies to be prepared for race day. There is not much they can do. Further exercise beyond a certain point will not be beneficial but will only harm their bodies. They need to rest. All the training and exercise has been done. They need to rest and prepare themselves mentally for the big day.

This word the fellow believer gave me is that we are in that time right now. That is what spiritual limbo is all about. 2020 was known as the year of preparation. 2020 has equipped and trained us. We had to endure difficulties and withstand testing, trials, and tribulations. Our faith has been strengthened.

I was an athlete myself. I remember always wondering if I have trained well enough and if I was ready to give my best on race day. The truth is that you never feel completely ready. You always think you could have trained harder. But it is essential to take a few days off before the race otherwise you will overburden yourself and will not be able to give your best. You have to TRUST that you are ready, whether you feel like it or not.

The same is true for our spiritual training and especially now in this state of limbo, where no one is sure what will happen next.

I want to emphasize again, that this time of waiting on the Lord is NOT to be a time where we are passive and complacent. We need to stay in tune with the Spirit and be in a state of warming up. Just like the athletes don’t do intense training just before the big race, they are, however, warming up. Their minds are focused and they physically warm their bodies up to be ready.  The same is true for us. We cannot lose focus in these crucial times.

But unlike physical sports, we have the best coach – Holy Spirit as our personal trainer! We have to TRUST that God is preparing us, that He is making us ready for what lies ahead. Especially in difficult seasons where we do not hear His voice as clearly as we are used to. Surrender and waiting are key ingredients for the times we are currently facing.

Strengthened by Joy
If you were to participate in one of the biggest sports events, maybe the Olympic games. What would you do if you knew the outcome beforehand, that you are already the winner? All you have to do is pitch up and give your best?

My husband shared this with me and his answer hit it home for me. He said, “I will enjoy it!” Amen on that! God wants us to ENJOY what is coming in 2021 and beyond. It sure won’t be easy, but Isaiah 60 states that when darkness covers the earth, and deep darkness the people, the Lord will arise over us, and His glory will be seen upon us. (Isaiah 60:2)

The Church is called to SHINE in this hour. To be the light that the unbelievers will be drawn to. To be a beacon of HOPE in a hopeless world.

The biggest strategy of the enemy in this hour is to remove hope from the earth, worse even, he plans to remove hope from the heart of the believers. We need to counter this attack and fix our eyes even more on the Lord Jesus, and follow His example as it is written in Hebrews 12: 1-2:

“Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Our JOY is that we receive Christ as our inheritance! And the best part is that we already KNOW the outcome of this race! We need to keep our focus on the imperishable crown. The moment we take our eyes off from our source of JOY and HOPE, the Lord Jesus, we will face much more difficulties. It will become unbearable. Do not look at what is going on in the world, the perishable realm, but lock eyes with your bridegroom!

“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

~ 1 Corinthians 9:25

In the next blog, I will continue with the Breaking the Silence Series…

Breaking the Silence! Part 1 – The Greater Separation

Breaking the Silence! Part 1 – The Greater Separation

We are in a new season and it is time to break the silence! In my 13 years of walking with the Lord, I have never experienced such a significant shift in the spirit like I am sensing right now. This really excites me – but I am fully aware that this MAJOR shift brings a great deal of responsibility too.

The Lord has blessed our family with a beautiful baby girl (which is also the reason why there hasn’t been a blog post in a while). When I was about 35 weeks pregnant the Lord instructed me to do a series of blog posts with the title – Breaking the Silence – once the baby is born.

Her birth has a significant story that ties into the shift in the spiritual realm and the breaking of the silence. If the Lord wills, I will share this amazing testimony sometime later. A few days after her birth I received a significant dream, which brings me to this first post of the Breaking the Silence Series.

Obtaining Good Victory!
In the dream, there was a bunch of students at a school. A teacher, with the name Eunice, gave us an assignment: we all had to write down what we think hell is like. We had a small piece of paper, so we could only write a short description of how we think hell should be defined. I wrote the following sentence down: “It is in this place where you will find out what you have wasted your life on.”

The dream pierced me like a sword and gave me chills all over! The answer I wrote is not really the type of thing that I would ever come up with by myself. I believe this was an answer from the Lord. The essence of the dream is about redefining eternal damnation. We are to be schooled on this topic. It is not just a place of eternal torment but even more so a place of REGRET.

Eunice means good victory. We are meant to obtain good victory over hell, or in other words, here on earth – we need to be victorious over sin, death, and the lusts of the flesh. Eunice, symbolizing good victory, is instructing us to REDEFINE eternal damnation, which implies that we also need a redefinition of what a victorious life really looks like.

While praying over the interpretation of the dream the Lord dropped the following scripture into my Spirit:

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

~ Colossians 3:4 -7

This scripture really hit it home for me. Who will appear with him in glory? You will only appear with Him and share in His glory IF CHRIST WAS YOUR LIFE!

We must ask ourselves: what does it really mean for Christ to be our life? This scripture brings a separation between the lukewarm Christian and those completely sold out for Christ and His purposes.

The lukewarm Christians are busy wasting their lives on other things, rather than “wasting” (or spending rather) it on Christ. Their time, resources and desires are being poured into the world and the systems of this world.

The ‘standards’ of Christianity has been dropped, way below the bar of what Jesus Himself set. We have become so lukewarm and blinded because we lay in bed with the world and as a result, have fallen into a deep slumber.

The trumpet is blowing to awaken us! Do not harden your heart if you hear His voice (Heb 3:15)!

I just want to clarify. I’m not implying that if you are still struggling in some area of your walk with the Lord that you are going to hell. No! But you will have invested some of your life, time, and resources into the pit of hell and WILL have suffered great loss.

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

~ Matthew 16:25 (NKJV)

“If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

~ 1 Corinthians 3:15 (NKJV)

Do not dwell by the Dark Stream
Within the past two years, I had a series of dreams that I would call ‘False Betrothals’. The essence of all these dreams is pretty much the same. It brings a stern warning – guard against false betrothals!

The enemy is alluring us into a snare. This snare looks very attractive and appealing. The Word of God warns us that Satan reveals himself as an angel of light. In all these dreams, two men were trying to win my hand. The one representing the Lord Jesus, our true and eternal Bridegroom, the other one representing the world.

Although there is much to these dreams, I am going to share only one of the dreams. In this particular dream, I was told to marry a certain man. My heart felt troubled because I knew he is not to be my husband. I had to choose between him and the other man whom I knew was the chosen one (of course symbolising the Lord Jesus).

When I woke up, I looked up the meaning of the man’s name and the meaning was dark stream. It can also be translated as dark river or dwelling by the dark river or stream.

God is telling us: DO NOT DWELL BY THE DARK STREAM! DO NOT DRINK FROM THE DARK RIVER. SEPARATE YOURSELVES FROM THE DARK WATERS OF THIS WORLD.

The first thing the Spirit made clear to me is the fact that this dark stream is NOT obvious sin! This handsome man is presenting himself to us not in the form of some sort of horrible sinful lifestyle because if he was, most Christians would run away as fast as they could.

No, he is presenting himself to us in the form of good things, innocent things, ‘things’ that most people do. So why then are these ‘things’ so wrong?  You see because if you give your hand to these things, you will end up wasting your life on them. Scripture is quite clear about this, and this is exactly where we have dropped the bar:

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

~ 1 John 2:15 – 17

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

~ 1 John 5: 19 – 21

We need to ask ourselves some tough questions: are we guilty of loving the world and the things of the world too much? Are we mixing the true gospel of Scripture with the worldly version called the prosperity gospel?

What are we wasting our lives on? If it is not on Jesus, we will regret it in the end. Maybe not losing our salvation, but surely losing our inheritance (1 Co 3:15)!

Honestly, the Lord did not allow me to type this word and sent it out, before first showing me where I am still dwelling by the dark stream and leading me to repent.

The TRUTH IS: any form of worldly system that I am still partaking in, and dwelling by, is according to the Word of God under the sway of the wicked one. As long as I am wrapped up, absorbed and preoccupied in that system I am dwelling by the dark stream. The more we dwell by this stream and drink of its water, the more we fall into a deep slumber.

It is essential to distinguish what it means that “we are in this world but not of this world”. This means that while we still have to function in and make use of the things and systems of this world, we do not rely on and get entrapped by it. As Paul said:

“and those who use the world as though they did not make full use of it. For this world in its current form is passing away.”

~ 1 Corinthians 7:31 (CSB)

“those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.”

~ 1 Corinthians 7:31 (NIV)

We are so easily deceived in this aspect. May the Lord reveal this to you.

Remnant, beloved bride of Christ – I implore you – stop wasting your lives on the things of this world, stop dwelling by the dark stream! Separate yourselves unto your Bridegroom, for he is enthralled by Your beauty.

IT IS TIME FOR THE GREATER SEPARATION… IT IS TIME TO BREAK THE SILENCE!

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