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I think of Isaiah 60 as I read through John Belt's latest word for 2013. His word resonated in my spirit and I know will encourage many of you to walk in the Kingdom authority He has already given you.
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"Manifest the Brightness of Who He Is"
I really believe that God has good things in store this year. I'm a firm believer that when we put God first in our lives, making Him our true contentment, that everything falls into place. Many things that we've been seeking the Lord for and wanting to see happen I believe will begin to happen this year.
Songs of Victory
1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world ? our faith.
2013 is a year of victory. God is giving His people the opportunity to play a "Flying V" electric guitar. For those of you who are not familiar with the Flying V, it was an electric guitar that was designed in the 1950s. This electric was, in most cases, popularly associated with the roaring rock and roll sound. What I saw is that as we lift our voice up to God like the roar of a lion, victory would accompany our praise. When we do this, it will set new things in motion in our lives, break chains, and rock our world. We will soar, flying in victory, as we move aggressively into His Kingdom plans.
Coat of Many Colors
This year will be a new beginning of dreams being fulfilled. With every dream, every vision, and every promised land there is a challenge and call to overcome. The coat of many colors that was given to Joseph is a picture of what God gives to us to put on (see Genesis 37:3). God is a God of color, of diversity, of beauty, and of brightness. He takes us beyond the place of grey and dullness, calling us to dream beyond ourselves into a place that overflows and affects others.
Just as Joseph had the dream that God had given him, he also had to overcome many things to see those dreams come to pass. In a moment he inherited a kingdom. When the fullness of time comes for our dreams, God is faithful to see that they come to pass. Our faithfulness, commitment, and uncompromising heart is required to inherit the fullness of what God has for each of us. In order to inherit a promise, we must have a dream with the accompanying grace to overcome in the seasons of life that are packaged with these dreams.
Awakening To Throne Room Worship
Revelation 4:9-11 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him Who is seated on the throne, Who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the throne and worship Him Who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
"Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created."
When Jesus died on the Cross, not only was His sacrifice for the forgiveness, deliverance, and cleansing from sin, but the veil of His flesh was rent asunder as an entryway for us to come into His courts. The Throne Room of God is the most intimate place of worship for all Believers. Just as we see the types and shadows in the Old Testament as we look at the temple, how it resembles the areas of worship and sacrifice as a picture of the heavenly, so we can now move from the outer courts into the most holy place of God's sanctuary ? not to exclude how the Spirit inhabits us in the most holy place of our hearts.
There is a divine exchange that takes place when we have a heart that desires to experience that heavenly dwelling just as Paul did. Because of our desire for the heavenly dwelling, there is an equivalent blessing in our present lives on earth as He inhabits us by the glory of His Spirit. When we speak of "Christ in us the hope of glory," we are talking about the glory of God within us, our experiencing His Throne being set up in our hearts.
The Throne Room of God is the center point of Heaven. In the same way, the Throne Room of His Presence is set up at the most central place of our being. This year people will begin to better understand that it is mediocre at best to get stuck in a performance model of worship where intimacy with God is not central to the worship experience. Deep calls to deep. When we realize how deep that place is in us, we will ask God to fill that place with the depths of His Spirit. A deeper hunger will cause us to desire to be in His courts worshipping before His Throne.
Healing Power of the Spirit
Another thing that will happen this year is an exponential increase in power healing in the Body of Christ. Those things that have been broken will be healed in people's lives. This applies to physical healing, but also to those who need emotional healing. One of the main attributes that I've always noticed when healing anointing is present is that great joy accompanies it. There is a high level of faith and joy present as we release God's healing presence.
Part of what will help this to occur will be when we move into a place of greater dependency, true identity, and are intent in our hearts to really give God all the credit for His work. Self-exaltation, self-promotion, and all the associated things that go with this will have to be removed for those who really want to see true results. True faith is what God is looking for. This has a two-fold meaning. This means that the faith is pure in a way that is sincere. It also means that the substance of faith is in operation. This substance of faith will be such that it cuts through oppressive atmospheres to bring a substantial result in people's physical bodies.
Acts 10:38 ...how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Just as in the Book of Acts, Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were "oppressed" by the devil. There is a reason why "the devil" is mentioned here. We have to have discernment once again to recognize the adversary we are dealing with. Oppressive atmospheres are contrary to the atmosphere of Heaven. The anointing of the Spirit is what is needed to break into the lives of people in order that they may break out of oppressive prisons that the devil has bound them in.
Moving Away From Intellectual Dependency Toward Hunger For God
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
In this day we are living in, as it was in Jesus' day, there has always been the choice for people to live by the food of the intellect or the food of the Spirit. Those who live by the food of the intellect feed on the natural mind, theological worship, and all the things that support that system of thinking. It is obvious that we need a good doctrinal foundation, but once we have that, we are to move into the maturity of demonstrating the Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit is the Person that makes what we know in our minds effective, active, and penetrating in our actions. Our lives are not to consist of just words but a life that demonstrates God's power. Those who have found that the intellectual approach to seeking God has not produced any power to help others will turn to true hunger for God. Some are going to say, "Enough is enough!" They will seek God through fastings, prayers and worship, allowing themselves to be fed by the pure words of God in Scripture (by the Spirit), rather than the flattering words of seduction or the intellectual arguments of foolishness.
God is sounding a wake-up call to His Body to fully embrace a hunger pursuit of His presence and power, not for the sake of personal benefit but for the cause of displaying His glory and power throughout the earth.
It is due season for the Body of Christ to manifest the brightness of WHO HE IS.
Have a Blessed 2013!
John & Brandi Belt
Overflow Global Ministries
Overflow Global Ministries is the ministry of John & Brandi Belt. The heart of their message is that God's greatest desire is to indwell His people with His Presence. They believe that man was created to be inhabited by God through His Spirit. With a sincere devotion to God through the Holy Spirit, people can live in a place of overflow in His Presence. This overflow translates into touching the lives of others through living encounters with God. When John and Brandi minister, the intimate Presence of God is manifest – being accompanied with demonstrations of God's power to heal, revive and restore.