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It IS a season to ascend. I had a dream myself that God is taking His people to the next level. John Mark Pool is a friend of ours and I appreciate his words and encounters that he shares here.
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A Season to Ascend!
Walk in the Spirit, Not in the Flesh
As the citizens of the Kingdom of the King of kings and Lord of lords, we are now moving into a new dimension in the supernatural. We are moving into a new season and a new setting with the Lord! The Lord has taken me into the Heavens and has shown me in a vision the way He wants us to dwell.
On this earth, we are now bombarded from all walks of life by the natural environment which screams, "No way out!" However, in our earthly setting, if you see it only as it physically appears, then you have viewed this by what is known as the "natural-minded" person. No, we are not ignorant to the physical signposts of our times, but we must not agree with the humanistic viewpoint as though it is the truth of God!
When "family of God" is born into this great eternal journey, they are birthed by the Spirit of God, not the flesh. Although we are flesh bodies, we must be more spirit than flesh to please God. That is what the Bible means when it says that we must walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh: That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6
Worship in Spirit and Truth
When the Lord took me into His heavenly realm, demonstrating the way He wants to commune, it was the scene of a huge "Praise and Worship Service" in Heaven! I thought, This is the best worship I have ever encountered! God told me it is because "They that worship Me must worship Me in spirit and in truth!"
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24 NASB
On the other hand, the devil does not like anyone to worship the Lord (because he lost his role as worshiper when sin was hatched), and he wants to rob all of your spirit-and-truth worship of God, your Father! He is a deceiver and hopes we will play into his plan to use "carnally-minded" man to keep us as Christians defeated through natural surroundings.
Remember, we have to purpose in our hearts to develop the habits of Heaven, not the schemes of man.
While I was observing this magnificent worship in Heaven, it appeared the worshiper's words all went into a huge bowl, and then spilling out of the huge bowl from Heaven into the earth's worshipers was every type of blessing for the hearts of those who spoke them! It was like the Lord had a perpetual "Worship in Spirit and Truth Bowl" that continually overflowed from the abundance of the hearts of His worshipers. As the bowl would continuously spill out the heart of the Spirit of God, it would take wings with the flight of angelic messengers and thus be delivered to those in the earth's atmosphere who were praising and worshipping their Lord in spirit and in truth!
Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "Give them the truth of presently abiding with Me as though they were already residing in Heaven!" This gave me a whole new appreciation for Jesus saying to us to pray "in earth as it is in Heaven"! It hit me so strong that it truly underscored the message of John 4:23-24 into my spirit-person! Immediately, the message fell into my heart from above to "Let My people know, they do not need to hold back at all but rather press into worship Me as though they currently resided in Heaven! Take your residence now, and you will be in the living room with God!"
Abiding is Residing, Not Hiding!
Then, as if a flash of brilliant light hit me in the chest, an angel of the Lord appeared next to me and said, "This is the word from the bowl: The Father wants you to remind His own to worship Him now from the Hill of the Lord, as if Heaven is from where they worship God!" As the messenger conveyed this to my spirit, I was overwhelmed with the presence of pure worship, and then the messenger said, "Those who abide do not hide from the enemy but reside in the secret place of the Father!"
Instantly, the messenger held open a scroll in front of my eyes to this verse:
He that dwelleth [abides] in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say [declare] of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Psalm 91:1-2 KJV
Again, immediately the Word of the Lord came to my spirit with this word: "Tell My people, that 'Abiding is residing, not hiding!'"
"Oh my God!" is exactly what flew out of my mouth, and then the messenger spoke abruptly, if not faster, back to me, "YES, that is Who gave this to you and Who sent you to bring them into a new security of abiding with God, not hiding from the enemy!"
Please receive this word of the Lord: You and I cannot live in the atmosphere of this lower environment of carnal-mindedness, evil influence, abuse, decay and depravity of unredeemed activities and offer hurting people an eternally life-changing word!
Yes, you may now receive the same message the angel of the Lord brought me that day! Although startled, I was also warmed in my inner person. The message seemed just too simple; even though I had already been decreeing this for our fellow Believers in part, it was not the depth of the revelation of the ascended abiding place! However simple this sounds, it does hold profound truths (although many already know this in their hearts), and it is the "Spirit's revelatory kairos" or Holy Spirit's highlighter on what we have been taught that causes us to have a "suddenly and timely" emphasis for this season!
Since the Spirit gave King David the 91st Psalm, it makes such sense that the Lord's messenger gave me that scroll from the worship bowl for our now moment. How simple yet profound that has been to my spirit, and I hope will be the same to yours: "Abiding is residing, not hiding!"
God's creation, who often groans without words which can be uttered, will begin to not allow the outward to affect the atmosphere of our spirit.
When we as true worshipers worship the Father in spirit that is when He, Papa God, loves to commune with us – in the spirit realm where He lives because He is Spirit! Consequently as we "ascend" upward in our spirit person to go into that "secret place" of Abba's heart, then He will commune from His living room (the throne room of Heaven) directly into our "abiding room," the secret place of the Most High; and it is precious communion in our spirit with Father's Spirit. Oh, did that lift my spirit for such a time as this, as I know it will yours!
Please know that it is not just about going to a great praise service, although that is incredibly awesome, but it is about finding that "sweet spot" with your spirit rising above the things of the flesh, the earth's mundane routines, the enemy's continual gnawing attacks, and the regular war of the flesh against the spirit. Now it is time to abide with your Father!
During our ascending, the Lord's Spirit is refreshing us while the praise flows through the saints around the throne, splashing out of that big, beautiful, golden bowl of God's goodness right into our worshipping hearts! Can you grasp what the Father is saying to us in this most pivotal time in the natural surroundings of our country? Look unto the Father, reside in the secret place of the Lord, and as you do more of this, the Word that is Light and Life from our Father will bathe your spirit into a new increase in refreshing and purpose. Our destiny will become crystal clear as we abide in His presence. In His presence is truly fullness of joy, and at His right hand indeed are pleasures forevermore!
Many have settled for so much less when God is calling us to abide with Him and grab hold of our best! Remember, Jesus gave us the keys to the Kingdom, so let's use them. Too often we have been guilty of allowing an atmosphere of doubt, unbelief, or even the natural surroundings to cause grief, when the Lord does not want us living in that lower stratosphere.
Let the Redeemed of the Lord Decree So!
The Lord clearly instructed me to bring the heart of the hurting world into the Light of God's glory by the message of the "redeemed decreeing it so!"
Let the redeemed of the Lord say [decree] so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary. Psalm 107:2 NASB
By abiding in the secret place of the Father, spirit to spirit, we will descend with a completely renewed vocabulary of the Spirit to transcend and transform the physical surroundings on earth! Therefore, as our spirit is renewed on wings as eagles, then this message of the redeemed will take on a "Spirit" voice of the Worship Bowl from Heaven as we declare into the spiritually deaf new hearing! The "ear wax" from the enemy will be burned out by the fire of God's breath through His redeemed messengers! Let the redeemed of the Lord decree so!
Believing is not physically seeing but decreeing new sights to the spiritually blind! We may not be completely freed from all the situations of our natural environment, but the devil will not be allowed to obstruct our spirit's vision and our destiny that God has already appropriated for each one before the foundations of this earth! We must now decree prophetic 20/20 vision over everyone (2 Chronicles 20:20):
"On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, 'Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.'"
Now as you are residing more in the "abiding zone" of Papa's "Living Room," you will take on a new "redeemed declaration" that makes the view from earth align with the message of Heaven as the enemy flees from your authority and God's presence! Yes, your presence from the Living Room of God will adjust the earth's climate for Heaven!
Determine now to focus upon the Father and the residence of our spirit-to-spirit living quarters, and don't take any more junk from your earthly atmosphere which wants to muffle the voice of the redeemed! This is the day of salvation for the voices of God's excellent glory to decree what our Father has already made provision for. He did this for everyone who will receive Him – actually, before we were formed! Reform the "lost" way of thinking! It is undeniably time for the redeemed of the Lord to decree so!
God Gave Us All Authority and His Kingdom Keys and Decrees
I decree today that all who hear His voice will be beckoned into the Secret Place of the Most High God and will abide in the shadow of His wings! I decree that those who read this word will begin to "say of the LORD, 'He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust" (Psalm 91:2).
God is speaking very clearly, and we must hear Him from the "Living Room" He gave us, not the news room where the enemy wants us stuck! Today, set out to worship God in spirit and in truth, which means we are still upon the earth in the flesh though living, but spiritually we abide in worship regardless of time and place in continual residence with the Spirit of God. Yes, let the worshiper's arise, and let God's children decree and declare the message of the redeemed! We indeed win! As the redeemed of the Lord, we will now decree, "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven!"
John Mark Pool
Word to the World Ministries