Years ago, I walked into a restaurant and saw the presence of the Lord on a lady seated at a nearby table. I walked over to her and said, "You must be a prophet of the Lord!" That exchanged led to a fruitful ministry partnership and co-laboring to fulfill many Kingdom assignments.
Throughout the years, I have personally experienced the teaching and prophetic ministry of Dr. Kim Black. God has uniquely anointed her to pull on the heartstrings of His spiritual children and congregations by releasing the deep yearnings of the Father's heart for them.
God often uses her to express His divine design for His children through powerful, poetic revelation and imagery. (To Subscribe to the Elijah ListÂ subscribe here.)
The Bible shows us that the first miracle manifested through Christ was at the wedding of Cana. In this atmosphere filled with love and celebration, Jesus moved "before His time" and turned water into wine. As a result of this new wine, the wedding guests began to exclaim, "You saved the best wine for last!" The book of John adds that Jesus did this, the first of His signs, and it revealed His glory (John 2:11)! This first miracle of water to wine had unstoppable effects. The greatest of these effects was that the disciples began to believe in Him.
A new wine paradigm is emerging and has been heralded throughout the Body of Christ. This "new wine" truth is not just about new structures, patterns and systems, it is a call to return to, what I call, the "face place" of God in pure and abandoned worship of our Bridegroom. The Bride, surrendered in love, will encounter Christ in ways which ignite faith and action like never before.
Truly, Jesus saved the best for last. The revelation of the healing power of His love will ignite the nations with revival.
Our First Desire
I heard the Lord say, "I long to kiss My Bride."
The Song of Solomon 1:2 records the bride's first desire: "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is better than wine." Her sincere longing was to be kissed by the bridegroom with the kisses of his mouth. (Photo via Unsplash)
Between the Bridegroom, God, and us His Bride, this kiss isn't just a peck-on-the-head kiss or even a sweet cheek kiss. This kiss, the better-than-wine kiss of our lover, is a mouth-to-mouth kiss.
The cry of the Bride should be to experience this "face place" with God. His love is better than the effects of wine. Wine affects the mind and reason; it enters every part of the human body. However, it doesn't heal like Jesus' love can.
The Lord is releasing miracles to those who are "wedding ready." We need to celebrate His every kiss as better than wine. Each revelation, each understanding, each strategy, fills us with the joy and wisdom of God. Song of Solomon 8:5 reflects a picture of us, as the Bride, being awakened to life in His presence:
"'Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?' Beneath the apple tree I awakened you..."
Our lives begin in the love of God and are sustained through His love.
His Glory Revealed
In Numbers 12:8, we discover the secret of the intimate relationship between the Lord and Moses. The Lord spoke to the prophets in dark sayings and parables, but to Moses He spoke "face to face" or "mouth to mouth." The words used in Scripture and in the Hebrew language indicate mouths that touch. Bible scholars teach us that this indicates God touched the heart of Moses by pressing His mouth against Moses' mouth. This kiss translated volumes of life.
From the kisses of His mouth, His life, His desires, His heart and His ways were revealed to a nation. Moses knew the ways of God, where the children of Israel only witnessed His acts. These mouth-to-mouth or face-to-face encounters empowered him to endure and to persevere with an obstinate and rebellious people. This kiss, the glory kiss of His presence, caused Moses' face to shine.
We have just entered into this new year 5780, the year of the power of pey (mouth). It's time to be kissed and then use our mouths to decree and declare what the Lord says. Roar and speak Heaven into the earth with a new authority and confidence. It's not only the year to open our mouths to decree, it is a year to use our mouths to love on the Bridegroom!
Take a Deep Drink
Drink deeply of His love until your heart burns with fire. His love in us and upon us becomes wine. We don't have to search for the wine or buy it with money; the Lord gives us the wine.
Psalm 104:15 (TPT) says, "You provide sweet wine to gladden hearts. You give us daily bread to sustain life, giving us glowing health for our bodies." This new wine comes from the kisses of His mouth. (Photo via Unsplash)
It is through these intimate exchanges that transformation begins. His kisses alter our old mindsets and paradigms and bring about renewal. It is the new wine which brings the new paradigm in our thinking. The light and love of Christ shines in our hearts and minds so that we can understand our identity and authority. We can emerge from the King's chamber of love with an understanding of the authority we have as sons of God and the Bride of Christ.
Turning Our Faces
This kiss requires us to turn our faces toward our Bridegroom. We must turn toward Christ and away from idols and distractions. When the people of God turn their faces to Him, He promises to respond (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The turning of our faces represents the return of our whole hearts unto the Lord. As we seek His face, His face turns towards us with His kisses of life. As we choose Christ and acknowledge our dependency on Him, He then kisses and heals the land of our lives and our nations!
He has given us full access and invitation to His kisses. We must draw near enough to receive these kisses of wisdom, revelation and love. When we still ourselves in the bridal chamber, it will soon become a delivery room of purpose.
Ask for the kisses of His mouth. Be strengthened in His kiss. Come on, pray it with me, "Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth!" (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Kim Black Ministries
Kim BlackÂ is a prophet and itinerant speaker who has served, empowered and equipped the Body of Christ for over twenty years. Kim co-founded Dominion Ministries Hampton, Virginia, alongside her husband Apostle Sammie Black in 1990. She also developed Roar School of Prophetic Ministry and Brides in Boots. It is her desire to be known as God's "Bridal consultant," helping the Bride to make herself ready. She has authored three books which are life changing, Appointed for Abundance, Victory In the Morning, and This Visible Kingdom. She also works closely in ministry on of the prophetic team for Apostle Demontae Edmonds in Freedom for the Nations. She has earned a Doctorate in Theology, a Masters in Strategic Leadership, and a Bachelors in Christian Counseling and Psychology. She is a spiritual mother and mentor to many.
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