A Word for 2013
A Renewed Vision of Jesus
A New Year! It is a wonderful gift and we must use every moment of this gift to bring glory to the Lord and so hasten the day of His return; Whom heaven must hold till the restoration of all things.
We are not like those in the world who walk in darkness; we who have His life have the opportunity to be escorted by His Spirit through each day in step with His perfect timetable. His plans are laid and shared through prophesies in the Word and today, with ‘now words’, as He shares His secrets with His prophets. We are those who should be able to read the signs of the times, surely we do have a measure of insight as the Lord always shares his secrets with His prophets.
The economy of heaven places responsibility upon God’s people to cooperate with Him to bring His will upon the earth. Therefore the most important requirement this year is a church that has ears that hear and a heart that obeys every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
That is easy to write but it is going to take a revolution in the church to bring us to this level of spiritual awareness, sense of calling and responsibility. The issue as always is obedience. The Lord does not waste words of direction upon a people who have not obeyed his direction in the past. Do the first works. Obey the first instruction and then we can walk with him into a daily purposeful involvement in His plans for the world, nations, cities, and individual lives. What a calling! It is huge and God wants us involved with him every step of the way. You were born for this; you are alive today for this purpose. This is where the fullness of satisfaction lies, right here where you choose His will over yours and purposely work with Him, pushing forward His will and Kingdom in your sphere of life.
Would you agree with me to pray that this year would see the revolution that would equip the church for the days ahead? The times demand a vital church that can stand against the rising opposition to the Lord Christ. A lukewarm church or one that fails to see its holy calling and the grand superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ, will not stand and is in danger of being deceived in these last days.
On Saturday December 15th last year at 4:40 AM, in my half-awake state I saw a vision in my mind and immediately woke up with the vision still perfectly clear. Before me was a very large picture in an ornate frame. The border to the frame was very impressive with a decorated gold pattern, about 6-7 inches wide. Strangely, I could only see the bottom half of the picture; a person wearing a long dark red garment down to the feet but the feet were not visible. The picture was cut off below the waist (as when a computer screen is too small to accommodate the picture.)
Immediately I knew the person was Jesus. As I looked, I was in anguish and said, ‘but your Head has been cut off!’ I asked, “Have I removed your head?” But the vision was not personal; the Lord showed me that the picture was the view the church has of the Lord Jesus Christ! They know His red robe, that represents his redemption and forgiveness of sins, but do not know His headship. They have cut off His head.
The Lord impressed upon my heart that the picture referred to Western Christianity, particularly the church in the US and UK. My attention was riveted upon the crimson garment – that was the picture. The Lord was interpreting the picture and directed my thoughts to His blood; Christians washed in His blood though they do not know, understand or obey His headship. They see the Blood but so little else. They do not know his lordship, glory, authority, or His sovereignty. I felt so sad and thought about a scripture in Revelations 19: 11-16 especially v13 that speaks of His red garments.
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
While looking intently at the picture of the lower part of the body I knew the whole picture was there though not seen. Again I felt grieved. I was trying to imagine the hidden part then I knew and saw in my spirit, the elaborate golden frame pulsating with glory around the Head.
The church does not know who He is, or who they are. The churches view of Christ is a picture, not the glorious risen, active, alive Lord Jesus Christ; the church has captured a cameo of Christ.
But, the days are here when He is going forth as a mighty warrior taking his redemption to the nations and He will increasingly be known as the Word of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords not only in the church but to His enemies also.
Here we are at the beginning of 2013. So many are prophesying calamities of all kind for this year, but if we the people of God, the ones who have the power to change the course of nations through our obedient prayer, would open our eyes and see Jesus the glorious Head of His church and ourselves as the overcomers we are in His name, instead of calamities we can have victories.
Let us hold fast to the Head. Let us walk each step this year in union with our Lord and may a revolution happen in the church that sets us on fire with passion for Jesus.