Intro by Julie A. Smith:
God certainly knows how to confirm a word to me such as this word Luke Holter just sent in. Luke shares about an experience he had being broken and wounded, yet being released back into the Kingdom. God is releasing the broken and wounded to fly; their brokenness and wounds have prepared them for it.
What Luke didn't know is that I also had a similar experience of woundedness the previous week. Last week I was caught up at the throne. I saw Jesus as the Lion with a crown on His head. When people think of the Lion, I'm sure they think of Him all together and majestic, but I saw another side of that?the preparation of what brought Him to the throne.
I saw Him sitting on the throne as a bloody Lion?so many deep wounds gouging out of Him. He was sitting there like He was lifeless, taking His last breath, His mouth open, gasping for air; yet He wore the crown on His head and had His royal red robe on. It wasn't a picture I expected to see of the Lion on His throne. He turned to me and said, "My wounds prepared Me to be here. My wounds are what brought Me to the throne."
Then the scene drastically changes and I see Him now at the Crystal Sea. His appearance completely changed; He wasn't bloody any more, but was healed from His wounds. He was a fully majestic Lion, fearful in every way. The look in His eyes and the strength in His body were overwhelming.
He roared over the Crystal Sea and the echo from His voice was far reaching?it shook everything. He turned to me again and said, "The wounds of My friends are what prepared Me to roar."
My friend Jesus showed me several things through this experience. He showed me that He's about to roar on behalf of His wounded friends because He IS the God of Justice. He also showed me that our wounds prepare us for our destiny, just as His wounds did.
In his article Luke shares this word of the Lord, "You must know that I am releasing the broken to fly. All who are broken are going to take flight and soar high. All who have been left behind in their wounds and pain will be released by GOD!"
As true followers of Christ, we too will walk a path of brokenness which prepares us for the flight of our destiny...and it's time to fly!
"God is Releasing the Broken and Wounded to Fly in His Kingdom"
Endorsement by Shawn Bolz:
Luke Holter is quickly becoming a clear voice for this generation. Luke's unique perspective is like a bright shining light illuminating with clarity. I love watching friends of God emerge and take their place in the Kingdom, and that is exactly what God is doing with my new friend, Luke. He has been hearing the Lord very clearly in this season and has had understanding to help people position their hearts and faith.
Shawn Bolz, Senior Pastor
I have been speaking with lots of broken and hurting people as of late, which I think the Lord has been setting up. There are many hurting and wounded people, both in and out of the Church. I am at a place where I am saying Lord help me give the tangible love that Jesus had. Give me some breath of fresh air for those who feel like they are not needed. I then realized that there is a major breakthrough coming on behalf of the poor in spirit!
I was in a worship session recently when a member of an apostolic team came forward and starting speaking in tongues, opening a place of freedom in worship. I was suddenly taken into a vision with the Holy Spirit, which broke me and gave me so much hope for the broken?to be free and empowered!
The Vision: A Broken Baby Bird
In the vision I was hidden in darkness; it was so dark that I could not see my hand in front of my face. I felt no fear in this darkness. I could hear a great heartbeat, and I could hear what sounded like giant lungs breathing in and out. In this darkness the wall on my right was expanding and contracting and I could feel it moving as if it were alive. A small doorway of light begins to shine and I see myself as a baby bird with a broken wing. I realize I am under a wing and the wing is beginning to open ever so slightly.
As my eyes adjust to the light I can see a glimpse into Heaven. I can see the "Seraphim", and they are covered in translucent blue flames while singing out, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!" I can see the golden floor that is shining like tiny pieces of the sun, and in the distance I view a sea of glass, motionless, yet fully alive and active! I look to the right and see another angel much larger than the Seraphim, and this angel was swinging a large golden rod with a bowl on the end of it. I was aware that this bowl was being filled with smoke and prayers; I knew that I was seeing part of Revelation 8:3-5:
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
Out of fear I shrank back into the wing I was hiding in and the wing closed in, around me again. I was in a place of being hidden as a baby bird with a broken wing. I knew that I was in the wing of God and I thought of a section of Matthew 23:37, "?how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing."
"I Am Releasing the Broken to Fly"
When I was in this wing the Holy Spirit came up beside me and said, "You can't stay in this place because it's time to fly. You must not stay in here and struggle with the same broken wing." At that moment I could hear God's voice speak from outside the wing and say, "You can't stay in immaturity because you are hurt; you must come forth." At that moment the wing opened again and the Holy Spirit came up beside me and said, "You must know that I am releasing the broken to fly. All who are broken are going to take flight and soar high. All who have been left behind in their wounds and pain will be released by GOD!"
I began to fly out from under the wing of God and I started seeing again the landscape of Heaven. God showed me that He is releasing a special time and season for the Matthew 5:3 people: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
When I was flying I knew that I wasn't just being released into the Kingdom of Heaven, but I was being released back into the Kingdom on Earth! As I was feeling the warm wind of Heaven blowing on my face, I looked down and saw that I wasn't flying alone but had the help of an eagle. I asked the Holy Spirit, "Why is this eagle helping me fly?" He said, "Your wounded season was your Egypt and I am carrying you out of Egypt on eagles' wings." We get to learn to fly from the Father, and when we say Yes to moving out of our pain and wounded history, God carries us higher and higher.
There is now coming a time when those who have been broken and wounded are coming up and being released into supernatural things, as well as being released back into the Church with great acceleration, love and compassion!
"Those who have been broken and poor in spirit have the character I am looking for," says the Lord! They have no delusions about who their Provider is. They look up to the mountains and they know where their help comes from!
Prophetic Sheep Ministries
Luke Holter has ministered with Bobby Conner, Bill Johnson, Patricia King, Shawn Bolz, Rob Hotchkin, and LaVonne Chandler. As an expert in real life issues, Luke and his wife Grace are Apostolic Prophetic Leaders, and College Pastors. Luke is an author as well as being certified through the AACC (Association of Christian Counselors) as a Biblical Counselor. He and his wife Grace are currently leaders with Fairmont Christian Center in Houston, Texas. Bringing with him eight years of experience in prophetic leadership and life coaching, as well as a unique set of giftings, Luke's passion is to connect people's hearts and give language to take on their destiny. Luke and his team have also started a prophetic etiquette school called "Prophetic Etiquette 101."
Luke has just signed a three book deal with Destiny Image Publishing and his first book "A Beautiful Kind of Broken" will be available in June 2010. The book is about overcoming abuse and rejection through the power of relationship and forgiveness.