Let’s talk about pressure, hunger and worship! Shall we? I have been so excited to learn and put into words what we have been doing “supernaturally” by God’s spirit in worship and prayer. Because people around us always “caught” what we were doing but they didn’t necessary understand it. I remember a prophet called Dr. Sharon Stone come visit one of our meetings maybe 5 years ago and say about us “It is not easy to understand what they are doing, you have to experience it and catch it!”
Being in Germany forces me though to meet people’s minds as well, because here, things have to make sense and have to be understood before there is trust to catch it! Steep learning curve for the typical catcher/feeler but not without mind blowing excitement.
In our personal lives, when faced with a new challenge or impossible situation we have always come back to what we call “Our ABC” – our basic understanding of God. And so, when faced with anything good, bad or ugly we turn to God and look at him, not our impossibilities nor our challenges or even all that glitters and looks shiny. I have devoted my heart to love Jesus, to glorify Him and to see the manifestation of Ephesians 1: 22
“God placed all things under his (Jesus) feet and appointed him to be head over everything.”
In heaven, in the cosmos, God reigns over everything! I understand also from the consecutive chapters in Ephesians as well as Hebrews 2:8-9, as well as my own moments of doubt and bewilderment, that not everything on earth is being subjected under his feet.
“…now we do not yet see all things subjected to him (Jesus). But we do see…Jesus…”
That is powerful and important to understand. That is why we pray “Let your kingdom come, as in heaven so here on the earth!” It is clear to me that this is a prophetic process that is happening progressively on the earth and it can happen progressively only because it is already true in heaven.
There is a tension between the “now theology” and the “is to come reality”. And it is a good tension to be in. Because that is where we come in. We, the church, are the connecting part between heaven and earth now through the power of the Holy Spirit. This tension creates within us a pressure that needs to be released. It causes us to cry out “Come Jesus”, it causes us to groan with unexplainable groans, it causes us to declare and press into God and speak to the mountains that we face, to the injustices we see and the unrighteousness that seems to prevail. It causes us to stretch out our arms and heal the sick, to intercede and to declare God and his reign.
It is this pressing hunger, this pressing forward that creates that new sound that we have started to hear around the world. A sound of reckless praise, adoration, violent prayer that is released by those that have understood that as mature sons and daughters, we are heirs of the king, soldiers, warrior brides. We have understood that we fight, not with natural weapons but with spiritual weapons of war that have an effect.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6 :10-12
” the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of (lead) it.” Matthew 11:12 or to put it another way, that I heard and I say it with caution… “And …the Kingdom of Heaven ALLOWS forceful aggression, and only forceful men can establish it, and only by being aggressive.”
And so we not only praise and worship God for who he is and what he has done but we also press into Him for the reality and manifestation of what he is going to do in, for and through us right now. We do not only want to know that God can and will at some point put everything under the headship of Christ, we want to see our circumstances changed and bow to the name of Jesus now. And that takes a certain pressure to be applied to the natural. And that can be beautifully expressed with music and sounds.
I was so blessed yesterday as a stranger called Patty ( HI Patty!), listened to our songs on bandcamp and called all the way from Washington State to tell me “that the music is going around the world” and that she was so blessed by my sound and blog, she just had to call…
We all have a sound within us that needs to be expressed to those around us, causing mountains to be flattened, sickness to flee, justice to reign, heaven to come! Make some noise today and make way where you are. All of us where we are!
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Check out this beautiful video of Melissa Helser and Molly Skaggs releasing a sound of freedom and healing.