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I always look forward to reading Bob Hartley's series of articles on HOPE. Especially in this day we NEED to hear messages of hope. We are here, in this generation, to bring hope in our time. We were made for this day and to take on the challenges we face in our time – armed with great HOPE.
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Building Hopeful Places of His Presence
God's Overcoming Solutions for 2011-2020
In a series of encounters, the Lord has opened up His hopeful overcoming plans for His people for 2011-2020, in the midst of perceived waves and challenges that are coming upon the earth, and have already begun. Jesus has been intent on laying out His redemptive plans and a Royal Journey of Hope to equip us to become Hope Craftsmen – those skilled at bringing hope (the confident expectation of the goodness of God) into every arena of life. The solution to every circumstance and situation in the earth, and in our personal lives, can be found in HIM!
...seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3
The Lord has been equipping His people in many ways so that we can become a dwelling place for Him, in businesses, in education, and in our homes. Jesus has also been encouraging His people to choose the right battles this year, and to always remember to inquire of the Lord regarding those battles, as King David did. There are some battles He will call us to fight and some we are to let Him fight for us. For the full word about Fighting the Right Battles, click here.
Encounter: Places of His Presence and Houses of Hope
Over the last few months, Bob has had encounters where the Lord is offering us the choice of dwelling in "hopeful houses" or "hopeless houses." It is an invitation. In these encounters, a river that makes glad the city of our God (Psalm 16, Isaiah 33:21) was revealed to me, and this river was flowing through Kansas City and other cities of the earth like living water. This river was flowing by different houses, and the people in each house had a choice before them. They could choose to become a hopeful house and a place of His presence like Goshen was for the children of Israel in the midst of Egypt. The Lord said that this is a substantial time to choose which way we are to go.
At the time I had this encounter, a wave of challenge had just come crashing in against the economy in our nation and the market had dropped. The Lord said, "This is the age of restoration, as in Acts 3:20-21, and we are moving forward, not backward. The world is going to become a better place, with more salvations and more advancement in the different arenas of society. Just remember when you hear the reports of the economy being challenged, that today you hear more bad news in one day then your grandparents did in a whole lifetime because of the availability of information. You are continually hearing the negative being magnified in the news that is not My view or My perspective of things. If you heard the proper news of Me, your homes would become places like Bethel in Genesis 28:16-17: Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it...How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven!"
Then the Lord began to reveal a deeper, more substantial picture of what these "hopeful houses" would look like. I saw before me a house in Zimbabwe, in the shanty town of Soweto, that I had visited in the '80s. In this house there was a small African woman who had once lived in a "hopeless house," under the oppressor during apartheid, but she had visited a place by a river that was filled with the presence of God and there she had been transformed. There she had been freed from the antichrist spirit and had received an impartation of hope. After that encounter she planted her own "hopeful house." In this house there were four major distinctions that the Lord wants to release in this hour:
1) The Golden Presence of the Lord was there, and they were alerted and aware of how God was moving.
2) Golden Paradigms were released where people received the right sequence of truth, and the understanding that not all truth is created equal, for example, faith, hope and love; the Scriptures say that the greatest is love. I saw that the greatest truths will be revealed in these homes.
3) Golden People lived there, and minds and hearts became hungry for holy love and to see one other Biblically. Minds were renewed, and they aimed their thoughts toward being aware of the goodness of God moment by moment.
4) The Golden Prophetic was released there, which is the testimony of Jesus as in Revelation 19:10, and there was an understanding of the lessons of God and how to walk in what He's saying moment by moment.
As the encounter continued, I saw people gathering in this "hopeful house" in Soweto. As they did, the pieces of their lives began to make sense and their momentum was not only kept but even exponentially grown. This is what the Lord is inviting us all into. These are places of His presence. This is what the Lord is speaking right now; the Lord is saying, "Run into the places of the Most High," as in Psalm 27:5, where He will hide us, not from the world but IN Him:
"For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock."
He is sending out an invitation to live by the Spirit, which has limitless and wondrous life realities in the power of His presence, but we must be open to this new wave of the Spirit and to this new hope-filled nature of Christianity. When the Lord took me by these houses of hope, He showed me a taste from my own bucket of inheritance, from the past, present and future. I saw that each person has been given a measure of inheritance. The buckets are different for everyone. There are different portions and different destinies. God's in charge, and everyone gets a bucket from their spiritual and natural family.
What is your inheritance? The Lord said, "Look at the bucket in the house I gave you and really glean it, don't pass by it." The Lord also showed me other buckets of inheritance that were available in these hope homes. Some contained beauty, some lessons, another had graces, some had revelation, as well as love, joy, peace and all the fruits of the Spirit.
As we align ourselves in these houses, we will be endued with power and have the Genesis 28 experience, where angels will ascend and descend on our behalf bringing another level of supernatural life. God is bringing forth these centers of hope, not only in individual houses and dwelling places (which ultimately is the Believer as His temple), but there were also countries of hope coming forth that I saw in this encounter. The Supplier-God was revealed for whole nations, like Germany and South Korea. These nations will respond with an opposite spirit and will not buy into the doom and gloom of the day but will buy into Heaven's economy. I saw great victories this year. It will be an accelerated season of our Supplier-God coming forth in these houses and countries of hope.
The Lord is Doing a Great Work In and Through His People as In the Days of Joshua
The Lord said, "I am raising up the 'Early Arisers' (Adopters or Adapters) to what My voice is saying in hope about our future. The world is becoming a better place, and the Bride is becoming more complete as My return hastens. Yes, the darkness is increasing, but so is My light, and light is more powerful than darkness. There is an invitation to get 'ahead of time' miracles, to go after the promises. Do not fear or be dismayed, because I want to do a great work in and through My people as I did in the days of Joshua!"
...Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the sons of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and I will be with you. Deuteronomy 31:23
The Lord said to me, "There are great challenges, but I AM a 'greater than' God. Haven't I spoken to you since 1983 about cities and nations that would love Me well and invite Me in? Keep reaching, keep hoping, and keep believing! I desire that My people would remove doubt and fear from their hearts and become like the two spies versus the 10 in Numbers 13. My people must begin to see 'above the clouds' and get My perspective to see My promises for the land, instead of magnifying the evil in it. I am not slack concerning My promises."
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is giving understanding in this time, to remove fear and dismay. He wants to do a great work, with a greater grace to walk in to face the challenges by His presence. I saw these hope homes spreading to institutions and gatherings, buildings and people. Many would be led to create these radiant centers in strategic places that would change cities, and the greatest nets of harvest ever seen would be thrown out into these cities.
My heart became encouraged to reach for all that is available in Jesus in this hour, to not be afraid to take as much territory as the Lord would grant for the sake of His name. At His Counsel Table, the Lord started to speak about cities and homes that became radiant with the knowledge of who He is. He asked His Hope Craftsmen, "Can you believe for reformation, for places of My presence, that I can be Chief among the mountains in the nations like Isaiah and Micah prophesied?" (See Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1.)
Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. Isaiah 2:2 (see also Micah 4:1)
I cried out, "I believe! Lord, help my unbelief. I can believe for You to come forth as You did in the days of Samuel, as You did in Goshen and Obed Edom." I said it weakly, but the Lord honored my heart that was faint but pursuing Him. Then the Lord revealed even more what these "Places of His Presence" would look like. It's time now to put the Blood of the Lamb over our doorposts, symbolizing a new level of His presence to come forth. We need a new operating system to come forth, and we need a correct view of our future.
As the Lord revealed even more about these houses of hope, I saw that each one had their own unique ingredients based on their inheritance, but I also saw some common ingredients that were shared by all, which we will share later... Stay tuned!
In His hope,
Deeper Waters Ministry
About Bob Hartley: Bob Hartley is the founder of Hartley Institute/Deeper Waters Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri, inspired through a dream the Lord gave to Bob more than a decade ago, where the Lord spoke that "the youth of this nation are diving into 'shallow waters' of the knowledge of God, and it is killing them!" Bob's heart is to take this generation deep into the knowledge of God through hopeful, heartfelt prayer and intimacy with the Lord, and opening up their ability to hear from His heart and partner with the God of All of Life in every arena and season of the soul.
Bob served as a pastor at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle before entering the marketplace in 1983, with a vision to see the marketplace redeemed and cities established that value and love the person of Jesus. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Hartley Group, a "Hope Center" for the marketplace, consisting of Hartley's Executive Cleaning, Swift Chemicals & Supply, Prize Properties and H&H Management in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is a frequent speaker to youth, churches, businesses and national leaders throughout America and the world. His quest has been to bring the Kingdom of God into every arena of life and give spiritual tools and equipping to those seeking to know and love God in the midst of their everyday lives. Currently, Bob resides in Kansas City with his wife and four children.