Steve Porter and his ministry is all about "drawing us closer to the Lord" and I really appreciate his messages!
We both had the same spiritual father, Wade Taylor, who sowed into us well just how important it is to have intimacy with the Lord...at all times.
In Song of Solomon 4:1, it says, "You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words. Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. Your hair falls in waves, like a flock of goats winding down the slopes of Gilead" (NLT). The eyes of doves are unique. A dove has singleness of vision, which means it can't look to the left or the right. A mule must wear blinders because it's distracted by everything, but a dove looks straight ahead.
When the bridegroom said to the bride, "Your eyes are like doves," he was saying, "You look right at me with a singleness of heart. You're not distracted by what's happening on the left or the right. You have a deep desire for me that I deeply appreciate. You have dove eyes."
Oh, that the Lord would softly say those words over us today—that we have dove eyes, because we're not cheating on Him, and we've put no other gods before Him. The truth is that He's jealous of us. This very day as I write this, I released a prophetic word about how the little foxes come to spoil the vineyard; they come in to steal, kill, and rob us of our relationship with the Lord.
"Don't stare at me because I am dark—the sun has darkened my skin. My brothers were angry with me; they forced me to care for their vineyards, so I couldn't care for myself—my own vineyard." (Song of Solomon 1:6 NLT)
"Can I trust you to develop a singular focus on Me alone so that you do not miss My best?"
"How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from the hills of Gilead." (Song of Solomon 4:1 NIV)
Tending to the Vineyard of Your Heart and Affections
Sometimes we feel forced to care for everyone else's vineyards, leaving us little time to manage our own assignments, which means we are distracted from the things we're supposed to do. However, the Lord is raising a mature Bride who has dove eyes and who keeps her gaze fixed on the goal. I want dove eyes, don't you?
"...within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats..." (Song of Solomon 4:1 KJV). Now, if I were to say that you have goat hair, you wouldn't take that as a compliment, would you? But, it was actually a compliment back in Biblical times. That phrase was symbolic, communicating a particular kind of beauty. The Bible says that when a woman has long hair, it's a glory to her. Long hair speaks of submission to authority.
When He said that her hair was like a flock of goats, he was saying: "You are My submitted Bride, without a hint of rebellion. You come to Me not out of obligation and duty but because you have singleness of vision. You come to Me because you love and submit to Me and that's the glory that covers you." I want to be a submitted lover of God! I want to have the eyes of the dove with a singleness of vision. Do you feel that way? Do you want dove eyes? He wants you to be His Bride who submits under His authority because when you are, you're exquisitely beautiful in His sight.
"Come Away with Me, My Fair One"
My dear friend, I feel a stirring in my spirit and want to release a prophetic word over you today. If this is for you, claim it as your own. (Photo via Steve Porter)
"My precious child; beloved, I am calling you to a much deeper relationship with Me – to focus your gaze on Me alone. Even as a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, unmoved by distractions, I want you to fix your gaze on Me alone, My 'love bird.'
"Do not be like a horse or a mule and be easily distracted by side-vision. It can only be kept on track by placing 'blinders' alongside each eye, and a bit in its teeth.
"Unlike the horse or mule, stubborn and easily distracted, I want you to be like that 'love bird,' with singular purpose, focusing dove eyes on Me so I can lead you according to My will.
"Love Me enough to be obedient. Allow your spirit to become ever more sensitive to My still, small voice. I will lead you to safety, shelter, and protection—only trust Me and allow Me to guide your steps. Stay close enough to Me to sense My will for you. With one tender glance I will send you in the right direction, where you will find favor and spiritual substance."
"Guiding You with My Eye"
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)
"As your 'doves' eyes' focus on Me, I will bring a greater awareness of My presence. I will begin to minister to you in a very personal way and lift you far above the pull of this evil world, giving you a new sensitivity to My Spirit.
"Oh, that the Lord would softly say those words over us today—that we have dove eyes, because we're not cheating on Him, and we've put no other gods before Him."
"How much do you love Me? Can I trust you to develop a singular focus on Me alone so that you do not miss My best? Will you gaze upon Me only, leaving behind all others and the things that so tantalize you now? Once you fall in love with My face, you'll no longer be satisfied to merely hear about Me. Rather, you'll yearn for My presence and be eager to be in My company where I will satisfy the deep longings inside you.
"With that 'singular gaze' will also come a change in your desires. I will quench your cravings for the things of this world and inspire you to come away with Me."
"...'Rise up, My love, My fair one, and come away.'" (Song of Solomon 2:10 NKJV)
"I yearn for you to have only one desire: To abide in My holy presence. I long for you to stay in My presence and never leave, no matter what else occupies your time.
"Cry out even as David: 'The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? ... One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple' (Psalm 27:1,4 NKJV).
"Seek Me in the Secret Place"
"As you let Me stir your passion for Me, getting back to your first love, I will supply every need, fill you to overflowing – far surpass your expectations – and finally give you that elusive abundant life." (Photo via Unsplash)
"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
"Today, I search earnestly for those who are willing to be doves with a singleness of vision. When I find them, it brings Me incredible joy, so that I can't help but declare: Behold, you are fair. You have doves' eyes (Song of Solomon 1:15).
"Once I know you love Me most—more than great wealth and more than any other. Once I have become to you a sought-after pearl of great value, I will be your fairest of ten thousand. I am altogether lovely, for I am your King of kings and Lord of lords; your All in all. Let Me bring you to the banqueting house where My banner over you is love!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Steve Porter and his wife Diane founded "Refuge Ministries." Steve is a regular contributor to many prophetic publications, including the Elijah List, Spirit Fuel, and the Identity Network. His writings have been read worldwide by hundreds of thousands of people. He has also been interviewed by the Trinity Broadcasting Network and other TV programs. Steve's books, articles, and videos have touched countless lives around the world. The Porters reside near Rochester, NY.
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