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Repentance That Restores God’s Presence

In Psalm 51 David teaches us how to repent. Repentance is not about cleansing ourselves through sacrifice and works. God is the One who cleanses and washes clean. David cared about and focused on his relationship with the Lord. He didn’t want God to walk away from the relationship. “Do not cast me away from Your presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:11).

Moses had the same heart as David. God was going to send an angel to bring Moses and the Israelites into the promised land, but Moses responded, “If You don’t go with us, don’t send us.” In that same way, we are not a people motivated by the fulfillment of promises. The only thing that matters is having God’s presence with us. Our repentance is about maintaining our relationship and closeness with God that allows Him to be near us. This Word lifts us out of an old way of repentance and brings us into the joy of our salvation.

This message titled “Repentance That Restores God’s Presence” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

You Will Be Shaken As God Executes His Will

As a school of prophets, we must have the same relationship with the Father that Jesus had: we must be so open to receive His love that He is able to work His will in us and create us into His expression in the earth. How do we get there when our thoughts and paradigms are so contrary to His? The disciples’ response to God sending Jesus to the cross was dramatic and emotional. They were sad, troubled, fearful, grieved, unbelieving, and scattered. But that didn’t stop God; it was time to execute His will in bringing salvation to man, so He did. The disciples were forced to catch up after the fact. It required repentance, weeping, and waiting on the Lord. God shook them free from their walls and paradigms. Through the devastation that shattered them, they were open on the day of Pentecost to receive the outpouring of the Spirit. They were strengthened with power and equipped to be ambassadors of His will.

We are living in the days when God is moving and preparing to establish His Kingdom. It will be as dramatic as when Christ went to the cross. God’s moving will shake all things. Prepare your heart; ask Him into your life. Allow Him to shake you free from your walls and paradigms that block you from receiving His love and becoming His expression and will in the earth. Allow His love to change your life.

This message titled “You Will Be Shaken As God Executes His Will” came at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Love Enables Us To Embrace God’s Will

The Lord has been speaking to us out of John 14 where Jesus challenges His disciples to love Him and not resist the will of the Father. Jesus loved the Father, and that love not only motivated Jesus but also equipped Him to do the will of the Father. Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word ” (John 14:23). Love connects us to the Father and enables us to embrace His will and do it.

Jesus is sending us into the world to do the will of the Father. We will not accomplish His will by our own effort and energy, but by loving Him. Love will transport us into His will. This is another key to release the power of the school of prophets. God is opening a fantastic door for us, and we need to take the next step and love Him so we can embrace His will and execute it.

This message titled “Love Enables Us To Embrace God’s Will” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Driven By Love, We Become His Spotless Bride

When Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross, He instructed His disciples, saying, “If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced.” Love would have caused them to think differently, because love controls how you think and takes you where He is.

Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her that He might sanctify her and present to Himself a bride without spot or wrinkle. He died for us to be His virgin bride—a virgin in mind, heart, spirit, attitude, and memory. We will not enter into a marriage relationship with Him carrying baggage from our past. God is bringing us out of one way of life into another. We are being washed clean and born again without blemish.

The Apostle Paul talked about the love of God controlling us, and he labored to present the Church to Christ as a pure virgin. This love is the key of the Kingdom; it will drive us, control us, and take us where Christ wants us to be. We can’t work this up in ourselves. We draw His love for us. Christ wants a virgin bride and an eternal relationship. We press into this experience and believe we can be among those who stand without spot or wrinkle.

This message titled “Driven By Love, We Become His Spotless Bride” came at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Happy Birthday, Marilyn!

Today is a special Sabbath to me – Marilyn’s birthday! It is a perfect occasion to remember and honor this amazing woman of God and spiritual mother to so many worldwide.

Marilyn lived with an unwavering drive to serve the Lord. With the unselfish love of a spiritual mother, she travailed over each person with the expectation that we would become vessels of God’s Word. Every day she prayed the Lord’s prayer: Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. She was—and is—an example of unrelenting intercession. Throughout this travail, she expressed God’s love to all of us in a simple yet powerful way.

On her birthday today, we celebrate her faith by entering into the Sabbath rest and celebrating God’s presence. Thank you, Marilyn, for drawing us into a deeper relationship with our Father. We honor you by staying true to all that you imparted to us.

If You Love Me, Everything Will Change

To grasp what God is doing in the circumstances of our lives, we must see that He is always working towards His eternal purpose for us. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. So we have to move from where we are and be where He is.

Isaiah 55 tells us to seek the Lord while He may be found. The way to seek Him, the way to return to Him, is to love Him with all of your heart. God loves you and is working in your life to bring you into an eternal relationship with Him.

He has many things to tell us, but like the early disciples, we’re not able to bear them. The Scriptures tell us that love bears all things. Love brings us into the place where we can hear what He is saying. Bring down every wall to the power and force of God’s love. Open up to His love for you and return that love with all of your heart.

This message titled “If You Love Me, Everything Will Change” came at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Take Me Where I Would Not Go

We are in the middle of a deep experience where God is driven to get rid of the duplicity in our hearts that disapproves of and crosses out His will.

Peter was a dramatic example of being praised for his revelation one minute, and in the next minute being in total opposition of what Christ was saying (Matthew 16). Just because you have a revelation doesn’t mean you want His will. Peter was focused on himself and how Christ going to the cross would affect him, instead of being focused on how it would affect the Kingdom of God.

We come before You, Lord, and open our hearts. We repent by surrendering to You, stretching out our hands and asking You to take us where we would not go. We reach into a love that will carry us through until we agree with, embrace, and love Your will. Then we will be the force to manifest it to the earth.

This message titled “Take Me Where I Would Not Go” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Driven Into An Eternal Relationship Of Oneness

As Christ prepared for His death on the cross, He used the sorrow and grief of His disciples to drive them into a new relationship with Him. He connected them into the same oneness that He Himself already had with the Father: “because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” (John 14:19-20).

In His earthly state, Christ was separated from the Father; yet He could see and hear the Father (John 5:19). This is the mystical relationship of communication and oneness that Christ wanted the disciples to enter into. In that relationship, He would continue to mature them to rule and reign with Him in His Father’s Kingdom.

In the joy of our salvation experience, we lose the impact of what the disciples were experiencing at the time of Christ’s departure. However, all that Christ was imparting to the disciples in their time of sorrow and grief must be our experience. We open our hearts to His impartation that delivers us into a greater relationship of oneness with Him. This is the relationship that matures us to rule and reign with Him.

This message titled “Driven Into An Eternal Relationship Of Oneness” came at Anuhea, Maui, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

An Impartation From John Stevens’ Word

The Lord is speaking to my heart through this message, “Lonely? Run After Him!” God has one purpose in all the circumstances and experiences we go through: to draw us closer to Him, to get us to open our heart to Him more and more, and to teach us to trust Him and love Him. He is drawing us into the higher level He has prepared for us. In this message, John Stevens talks about how God, in His love for us, is constantly drawing us into a greater revelation and awareness of Him in everything we go through.

The impartation in John Stevens’ message opened up a meeting with the Lord that is deeply changing me and this fellowship. I talk about this personal experience in a message I brought this past Sunday titled “If You Love Me, You Will Rejoice.” I encourage you to hear both messages. Let us continue to seek the Lord with all our hearts, knowing that His purpose is to draw us into a greater oneness with Him.

If You Love Me, You Will Rejoice

The Lord said to His disciples: “If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I ” (John 14:28). This admonition from Christ to the disciples was difficult for them to accept because they were so absorbed in their own sorrow and grief over His departure. Christ was weaning them away from relating to Him on a level that would not make it into the Kingdom of God. He was drawing them into a new and greater relationship of oneness with Him and with the Father.

This was a deep, life-changing experience for the disciples. From their perspective, Christ was leaving them. However, from God’s perspective, He was opening up a day of the greater works and connecting them into the realm of spirit through the power of the oneness that He wanted to have with them.

We, too, have to experience this transition in our relationship with Him. Our present hardships are only a moment in our eternity. From God’s perspective, He has plans for welfare and not for calamity to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). As we pray, “Thy Kingdom come,” we cannot be rejecting His will and His ways. Instead, melt in love towards Him and He will draw us to where He is and show us what He is doing.

This Word culminates a time of seeking God for a meeting with Him in the days surrounding the 2nd anniversary of Marilyn’s passing. We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. We will not let our hearts be troubled but we will trust the Lord and His plan for us.

This message titled “If You Love Me, You Will Rejoice” came at Grace Chapel in Honolulu, Hawaii. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.