Communication Steps

communications-607298God’s Kingdom revolves around relationship and relationship revolves around communication.

But how is Kingdom, or spirit realm communication received?  What do we need to “look” for?

Truth be told and understood, the process of natural communication is not that much different that the basic principles of communication that’s from the spiritual realm. 

Unfortunately, we’ve tended to make “hearing” the Lord speak too mystical.   But let me explain:

A Parallel To Listening For God’s Voice

I was on my way to the hospital today to be with a friend.  I had gotten up early and my wife was still in bed.  She was still in bed as I was leaving.  I looked over at her to see if she was awake before speaking good bye and I love you.

As I was looking at her, I suddenly had an impression that felt like it was God’s whisper to me.  It was focusing on something I had been doing for some time.  I made the connection that this same way of
“checking on my wife” paralleled listening for God’s “voice.”

Maybe it’s because at our age in life we are more aware of death.  I don’t know.  It’s not a fear or morbid thing.  It’s just a love motivation.

Very often first thing in the morning I do one of three things to make sure she is “with me.”  I know.  I know.  That may sound weird, but….whatever.  That’s what I often do if she seems very still.

What I Look For

I draw my mind to focus on one of three things:

  1.  Watching For Movement (Do I see physical movement)
  2.  Listening For Breathing (Do I hear the sound of breathing)
  3.  Feeling For Warmth (When I touch her, is there warmth)

Now let’s apply this to paying attention – focusing – for the purpose of perceiving communication from the Lord.

The key is that it “feels” the same as focus on a wife, or baby, or anything you are attempting to pay very close attention for.

The same focus is employed when a person is listening very closely to detect anything they are trying to perceive.  Have you ever heard a noise in your house at night and suddenly you attention was very focused to see if you could sense anything else?  It’s the same sensation when you are focusing to hear/perceive the inner voice.

Watching For Movement

Close your eyes (to eliminate natural distraction) and look for an image to appear on the screen of your minds eye.  Pay close attention.  Give it some time.  Does movement appear in your imagination in a visible color, or image of something?  Movement can also include physical sensations that are suddenly in your body that aren’t  normal to you.  Most times these kinds of physical impressions come in real time during a meeting.  However, they also can be felt in advance when you are focusing to hear what God may reveal for later.  It’s also interesting to note that physical “words” like these normally go away once they are identified for another person.

Listen For Breathing

A spontaneous thought occurs to you.  It doesn’t shout.  The thought presents itself as gently as breath that could easily be dismissed.  When “breath thoughts” occur to us about something we haven’t been already thinking about, it’s important not to critique them.  We miss many of God’s words by assuming they will come with a booming, authoritative voice.  However, we receive many of God’s thoughts as light “suggestions” that come and quickly go.  However, if we “catch” the thought and pay attention to it, that thought often begins to stand out in a way that is not easily dismissed.

Feeling For Warmth

This is a word from the Lord that comes as an emotional response that you feel.  It could be the feeling of peace, or joy, etc. that you spontaneously feel.  Although it could also be a more negative feeling like depression, anger, stress, or confusion that comes over you for no reason.  I remember the true story of a man who suddenly felt like he wanted to commit suicide.  He knew there was no reason for himself, personally, to be feeling that.  As it turned out, it was a word of knowledge about someone that was in the meeting who had those feelings.  The good news is that, once discovered, the person that actually wanted to end their own life was set free.

There are so many ways the Lord can speak His heart for others to us.  But, these three can help refine the way we receive.  We often make it too mystical when, in fact, hear God speak is naturally supernatural.

Words of God’s knowledge are powerful tools that reveal God’s heart.  I personally do not believe they are “optional equipment” for special people.  They are standard operating equipment for all believers who desire to show the God’s kingdom real and relevant.  We simply need to take it seriously and practice.  In so doing, we become more effective with use.  Most people are not converted by right doctrine, but instead by righteous demonstration. 

Let’s get practicing!






Practical Faith Activation

90830d4d416563a3ed597771a3093caaGod’s Kingdom is manifested in the earth through the spiritual realm.  The Holy Spirit is the Source of the manifold graces.  However we – His sons and daughters – are the activators and administrators.  We are His partners in the earth and without our cooperation, His wisdom, love, and power remain inactive.  As someone once said, “God’s Kingdom is at hand.  My Hand.”

Communications Infrastructure

Prayer was never intended by God to be a religious ritual.  Prayer is simply a word that is used to describe the communications infrastructure of God’s Kingdom.  It is the active connection between the visible and the invisible.  Truth be told, without clear lines of communication naturally or spiritually, everything comes to a standstill be it the nurture of relationship or for the purpose of wisdom and strategy.

Prayer Information Gathering

The purpose of this post is for those who already have a basic understanding and belief that the Holy Spirit works through us in the earth through the vehicles of what we often term, “The Spiritual Gifts.”  God desires that mankind would know and experience His great love for them.  The Spiritual Gift Manifestations through His sons and daughters are given for the purpose that individuals would open their hearts and experience His love.

So, for this article, let’s talk about activating (making active) the Spiritual gift manifestation of Words of Knowledge.

Words of Knowledge/Pieces of God’s Knowledge (not of the intellect but by spiritual understanding) is one of the most powerful ways to get an individuals attention – skeptic and believer alike.  When one’s attention is retained, the door of faith begins to open.

For far too long, Christians have attempted to rationally argue people into faith.  It won’t work for a skeptic, and frankly doesn’t really work for those already of the “household of faith.”

However, when personal names, addresses, specific physical conditions, etc. that would not have been naturally known  them,  something powerful in God’s Kingdom begins to happen.

Myth Buster

Before I list some specific ways to receive Words/Pieces of God’s Knowledge for ministry purposes, I must say that it is a myth that only the experts and specially gifted can and do function in the spiritual gift manifestations.  Although, as Christians, our goal is to always be holy and righteous in our lives, it is a myth that God only uses the most holy and righteous to manifest His grace.  If you can hear God’s “voice,” you can gather supernaturally known information.  And the more you relax rather than strive about receiving, the simpler it is.

Start With Submission and a Pen and Paper

Be someplace without outward distraction.   Then say,

“Lord, you want to use me and I submit my pride and fear to you now.  Please use me as a son/daughter that You use to communicate your love.”

(Take a deep, slow breath and relax)

After a little time of being at peace, “put up your antennae” in the same way a mother listens to sense the sound of her baby.

Do not attempt to make your mind blank

Attempting to “empty one’s mind” is a New Age approach to “listening.”

Slowly, and one at a time, fill your mind with questions like.

  1.  Holy Spirit, do you have a name for me (that I know or don’t know)?
  2.  Holy Spirit, what emotional conditions or situations would you like to address?
  3.  Holy Spirit, what physical conditions would you like to heal?
  4.  Holy Spirit, what other questions should I ask?

With all of these, His response may be

a. An intuitive thought that is more like a “sensing.”
b. A picture in your mind’s eye,
c. A sensation in your body that is not normal  d. An emotional response that you weren’t feeling before you asked.
e.  Words that arise spontaneously as you are asking.
f.  Color of clothing being worn.

The more specific, the better.  If you get a word of a physical condition, for example, ask to see if you can narrow down the location of the condition (unless it is a physical sensation in your body.  Then you already know).
Another question to help specify for greater faith release, is when did this happen.  (Possible answer impression)  “Sports injury.”  “Car accident.”
“3 years ago.”

Write Down What You Receive


Share with Appropriate People in an Appropriate Setting.

You can also do this before you go to work.  Ask the Holy Spirit to share some specifics about your work place that you can pray for or minister to.








Kingdom BFF

bff_main_image_44c923d6-7e49-499b-a3ce-ff44f531648b_1024x1024I’m increasingly awakening to the reality that the heart of the Kingdom of God message is about our friendship with Him.  Him who?

“Him” the Three in One (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

This gets unfortunately confusing and distracting from the real goal.

Don’t Get Hung Up On Which Personality

Probably most people best relate to the idea of friendship with “Jesus” because it’s easier to imagine.

And, yes.  I know there are theologically different aspects and truths to each person.

However, as important as good theology and doctrine is, relationship is about personal interaction between personalities.   What I’ve discovered is the multi-faceted reality of the words of Jesus…

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”   (John 15:15)

With that statement, Jesus introduced fresh light to His disciples (then and now) on the truth of servant-hood and friendship:

The servant that Jesus first speaks of is a functionary.  He/she is a person who performs the will of the master to get the master’s desire accomplished.  End of story.  No personal intimacy of friendship.  On the other hand, best friends serve each other all the time.  In fact, if they don’t have a reciprocal relationship, the friendship is questionable.

The BFF always has the well-being of his or her counterpart in mind.  A BFF is each other’s biggest fan and supporter. 

God’s Kingdom Is A BFF Kingdom

The BFF relationship (starting with Jesus) is – in my opinion – the missing link of revelation that has stunted our growth and maturity in God’s design and desire for His sons and daughters.

The religion of it all has produced sons and daughters who have not grown beyond “doing the will of God” as a slave…just because He said so. 

We’ve been limited to the false mentality thatGod wants our obedience…just because.” 

I, too, believe in obeying without having to know every reason.  Responding to a close friend doesn’t mean you always know every reason behind what’s happening. 

Close friendship is motivated, not by the rules of proper response, but by the care we have for each other.  The invisible glue.

Where we’ve fallen short of the “glory” of God’s Kingdom life is living long on a slave mentality and short on “BFF-ness” with Jesus.

How do you start?

  1.  Know it will be a process.  Un-learning and re-learning is not done well in a microwave.
  2.  Reserve 15 minutes a day (or any amount) where you can just “settle down.”
  3. During those intentional times, practice relaxing, breathing slowly, and asking the Holy Spirit to help you “see” and “sense” Jesus in the way that will best relate to you as a Best Friend.
  4. Keep presenting yourself in this way day to day.
  5. Choose “moments” where you turn your thoughts to His personalized revelation of Himself whenever it comes to mind.

Let the Kingdom Friendship begin!!







Feeling Anointed As A Stick

Moses RodIf you are a normal son or daughter of God, you sometimes feel as “anointed as a stick.”  I’ve said that a few times when I’ve been sharing about our spiritual abilities and how it doesn’t have anything to do with how we feel emotionally at the moment.

I was writing a note of encouragement to a friend today and was expressing an experience where the Lord was talking with me and I said, “At the time the conversation started, I felt as anointed as a stick.”

Immediately the impression of Moses’ rod came to my thoughts.

Moses rod/stick – given to and empowered by God – became miraculously anointed.

I had never made that connection before, but God was making it for me as He spoke in my heart/spirit.

Under challenge Moses trusted the Almighty One.  It’s clear that Moses was given to strong emotions, so I’m sure he was feeling the stress.  But…He chose to put confidence in His God and throw down his rod.

To me, that can be taken as a metaphor for worship unto the Lord.  Casting down self confidence as an action of faith in God.  When He did so, God took it from there.

We see many examples of Moses rod and how God anointed it for the task at hand.  So, the next time you feel “as anointed as a stick” remember Moses and his rod.  On the outside it was just a stick.  In God’s hand that stick was the rod of God.


Awakening To His “Voice”

Hearing-God-400x400Awakening to God’s Kingdom is awakening to the idea that He actually speaks to us.

God is not a dictator.  He is our Heavenly Father.  You may quickly agree with that…as a statement.  However, a great many Christians have more of a dictator relationship with Him, than a Father relationship.

A Relationship

When I was growing up, it was common to hear the question, “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus.”  And yet, what was actually meant was, “Have you prayed the sinners prayer so that when you die you will go to heaven instead of hell.”

Trusting Jesus work on the Cross on our behalf is vitally important.  But it is not the substance of a relationship.  Forgiveness is the doorway we have to go through to get to a relationship.  It is not the relationship, itself.

Communication Is Key

Healthy communication is key to a healthy, growing relationship.  That is not only true in human relationships;  but it is an absolute in your relationship with God.   Without communication, there is no relationship.  The most severe punishment of all in a prison system is solitary confinement.  In a human relationship, the way spouses or friends punish each other is to “freeze each other out.”   Stop talking.  Stop communicating.

If You Want a Relationship With God

If your desire is to come awake to God’s Kingdom, then you first have to come awake to God, Himself.  He knows you.  Everything about you.  He wants to communicate with you on a regular basis.  That is not something that is reserved for special people.

Engage yourself in learning to hear Him through the variety of ways He speaks today.

It is quite amazing how that desire will actually attract His voice to you.  But first, you must determine that daily, personal, two-way communication with God is intensely important.

Seek as your highest priority the Kingdom of God by making your highest priority the desire to communicate with Him.

Don’t assume any longer it’s for the select few when the fact is that hearing, knowing, and enjoying Him is for YOU!

Not just hearing about Him.  But, actually hearing Him…for yourself!


Enjoying God’s Kingdom

Man-Enjoying-the-MomentThe Lord asked me a question this morning, “Do you think you can enjoy Me?”

Now, that’s an interesting question and concept isn’t it?  Can we enjoy … I mean really enjoy God…while still living here in the earth?

God’s Kingdom Is An Expression Of Himself

We often think of God’s Kingdom in the earth as rules we follow.  Right ways of thinking and acting that aligns with doctrinal expressions of His rule.

However, may I submit to you that God’s Kingdom is a living, breathing place of relationship and release?

One of the ways that Jesus described God’s Kingdom could be expressed in His words, “Abundant Life.”

A good friend of mine (who happens to be a member of my church) has suffered for a very long time with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) with it’s flares of pain and sapping of energy.  Her testimony is that she knew that God wanted her to have joy in life.  And she knew that she would experience it as soon as she received her promised healing.  Then, one day she decided that she had it backwards.  She chose to have joy BEFORE she received healing.

What do you suppose  happened?  She woke up one morning with an incredible measure of healing.  Over the space of several weeks she has not had any flares.  Her energy is greatly increased.

Let me quickly say that this happened very quickly after her new choice.  The quick timing is not the main issue.  Her choice was not a magic wand.  And, she still experiences some stiffness.  However, the harsh flares and low energy have not returned.

I tell this testimony, not as a doctrinal expectation or teaching.  I’m simply making the point that the qualities of God are our rightful first choice, and many natural things will begin to fall into place.

Important Unlearning

We are very well versed in the natural conditions of this world.  God made us as earthly physical beings…but let me let you in on a secret:

The physical (natural) condition mankind was originally created with is not the same as we experience today in a sin infected fallen world.

We know how things rationally work in our fallen world.  But…is it’s God’s purpose that we are completely subject to the natural conditions emotionally and physically?

Or do we have some unlearning to do?  Maybe a whole truck load (of the 18 wheel variety) to unlearn.

How God Desired And Designed It

It is of utmost importance that we unlearn but then relearn.  To enjoy God and His Kingdom on earth, we must begin the journey of relearning who He is, What He is, and What His desire and design is for us.

To Know God Is To Enjoy God.  To Know Know God’s Kingdom Is To Enjoy God’s Kingdom. 

Where Do I Start?

We start by giving proper importance to what He says.

I Quickly Add:

Jesus said (Matt. 4:4 NIV), “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Not came, but “that comes.”  The tense of the verb indicates that His Words are continuing to be spoken by Him.   So, we have two primary sources:

(1)  The Scriptures
(2)  Spiritual Gifts

Many Christians today know the importance of the Bible, but they’ve greatly undervalued the place and power of His voice that is speaking today.

As I have pursued the “whole package,” I’ve been discovering increasing levels of enjoying God and His Kingdom.

Your turn!




Kingdom Power

powerThe “Power Lines” of God’s Kingdom in this earth are the Graces of God.

Many Believers believe that God’s grace is His graciousness of attitude.  What they normally have in mind is actually his Mercy.

Faith Is Not The Power

Faith, in itself, is not what does the supernatural work of God’s Kingdom.  The supernatural work that transforms natural things is the power of God’s grace.   Faith is the action that connects us to the grace needed.

“For BY GRACE are we saved (rescued, made whole, prospered, and delivered) THROUGH (by means of, or on account of) FAITH…”

We’ve heard and quoted that verse in Ephesians 2:8 so many times and, yet, have not actually understood it.  Paul tells the Ephesian church that it’s the power of God’s GRACE (supernatural, transformational power) that changes things.  Faith is the power.  It’s the intentional receiver or connection to God’s power of transformation.

Paul also gave the Corinthian church in his second letter to them this promise:

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in every way, always, having all sufficiency, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8)

ALL, EVERY= Every kind of

Everytime you see the word “all” or “every” in that verse, it means every kind of SUFFICIENCY, GRACE, GOOD WORK.

There is a manifestation of God’s Grace (Transformational Power) for every kind of need.  It would be accurate to say that God’s grace is multi layered, or that there are many kinds of grace.  Whichever is clearer to you.

Grace is graciousness, but most of the time it has the idea of God’s transformational power, or His supernatural abilities.   When we have faith in God, it’s very helpful to be more focused on the nature of God that we are connecting to in confidence and therefore acting upon.

Practice intentionally focusing on placing your faith in the kind of grace that you need for each daily circumstance.  You’ll find it more effective and productive than simply attempting to place faith in God’s general greatness. 

To attempt having faith in God without specifically asking for and receiving His grace is like a bird trying to fly with one wing.





If My People

Appeal to heavenProphets of God have been stirring the earthly representatives of God’s Kingdom (the Church) to prayer for their nation.  Since this blog is read in several countries, the same truth applies, even though I’m writing from The United States of America.

There Are Great Signs of The Church Responding

When I say, “the church responding,” I’m referring to large gatherings, as well as small and including individuals on their own.

My Appeal To Each Of Us

The Holy Spirit penetrated my own heart a few weeks ago.  He showed me that I would call people to pray, but that I wasn’t praying much (if at all) for our nation.  Mostly, “my lips to God’s ears” was mostly muttering about the evils of society.  The spirit of my words were flavored with, “well this is the end times, anyway.”  “So, Lord,help us as the s%#t hits the fan.”   And, those prayers were heavily filtered through my own end time doctrinal understanding/opinions.

My appeal to each of us is that we lift our eyes off of the circumstances and allow the Holy Spirit to give us His Heavenly Perspective.  And, in so doing, pray that way….as if we actually have the prayer power we say we have 🙂






Question:  Is it possible that our perspective on this verse is influenced by Western “micro wave” understanding?

God inspired the exhortation, “If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.”

The typical interpretation that I’ve always heard…

Once God determines that enough of His people have prayed, then He will wave His hand and everything will, once again, be as it should be.

Here’s what I believe that verse is saying…

If God’s people, as individuals as well as corporately will bow before God and each other with uncritical hearts of humility good things will happen as a result:

  1.  They will lift their hearts and heads in recognition of the reality that Heaven’s plans, purposes, and wisdom is their only source of truth.  Therefore their daily modus operendi will be intentional covenant connection as their motivation of life. (Prayer in all it’s flavors)
  2. There will be a turning from their wicked ways.   It must be understood that He is not talking simply about obvious sinful behavior.  He’s talking about the words of our mouth and meditations of our heart.
  3. He will hear from heaven.  From a New Covenant perspective the implication is that two way communication will be the norm.
  4. And heal their land.   Our land will begin to function under the principles and practices of God’s Kingdom.

Two Thoughts:

  1.  It is the Western microwave philosophy that leads us to believe that there will be quick righteous changes in government.  First of all, revival doesn’t come from the seat of political power.  It comes through the church to the seat of political power (Washington D.C. in the USA).
  2. In Genesis, God gave mankind the command to take dominion in the earth.  The best understanding of that command is “to guide something to produce what it wouldn’t produce on its own without the guidance.”  I believe that the healing to our land will come from a change of heart in God’s people to live their lives appealing to heaven.  In so doing, their areas of calling and talents will come into alignment with – and therefore the productivity of – God’s Kingdom life.

It’s not that I don’t believe that the revival spoken of in 2 Chron. 7:14 will include a fresh hunger of salvation and righteousness.  I believe it does.  In fact, I rejoice in the evidence I see of that taking place in these days.

However, I believe (You may consider this heresy) it’s very possible that the new heaven and new earth is yet a long way off.  Nobody can honestly tell you for sure.  Eschatology opinions flourish.  Of course, everybody thinks their opinion is biblical.  But…obviously only one (or none currently) is correct.  We must live like we are intent on leaving a heavenly legacy for our children, grand children, and great grandchildren.

One More Emphasis on Wicked Ways That Applies To Everyone

In the past few weeks, there has been an increase of clarity and strength in my own area of words of knowledge, wisdom, and prophecy.

The Holy Spirit said that if I wanted to continue to increase into a very powerful anointing that He intends, I had to protect my mind and my mouth from wickedness.  In other words, if it isn’t about what God is doing, and talking to us about, I had to keep it out of my mind and mouth.  Especially right now in this most crazy political season.

The problem:  All of the “mud” makes the clarity of the “water” murky.  It’s not that I’m not aware of contrary information and opinions.  And it’s not that I am pure, as yet.  But, it’s my strong intention.

This includes attitudes toward people, etc, etc.  Complaining…it has to be a thing of the past.

Talking against the parts of the church I don’t agree with.  The Lord’s word to me on that is, “What is that to you?”

If I don’t have direct responsibility and potential influence, it’s off limits for my mind and my mouth.

You have no authority over that which you don’t love.


Seven Kingdom Pillars


The Pillars of God’s Kingdom in the Earth

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.  In recent years Lance Wallnau has promoted the strategy initiated by Bright, Cunningham, and Schaeffer.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

The Heart of the Matter

To many who are aware of the 7 mountain strategy to exercise dominion in the earth think in terms of strategies for conquering those realms of society.

But, it must be understood that a Kingdom of God mindset is not fueled by attitudes of conquering or dominating as seen from an earthly, natural, perspective.

The heartbeat of God’s Kingdom is the transformational power of love.  “The 7 Mountains” will be transformed by those who are energized by love for those pillars of influence.  The leadership and people of those mountains.

The Primary and Most Important Strategy

The first “strategy” appeal to God must be, “Fill my heart with an all consuming love for (whichever pillars of influence that you feel called to invade).

First let God’s heart of love invade your heart of love until that very love consumes you with a passion for your mountain(s) and its people.

Kingdom love transforms, first, your heart.  Once you heart is transformed, supernatural Kingdom transformation invades the mountain.  No love produces fruit…of the plastic kind.




Heart Shaped Kingdom

Long-Distance-Relationship-TellsGod’s Kingdom on earth and after this earth is heart shaped. 

Understanding that fact, is crucial in understanding the way God’s Kingdom breaths and produces life.

The Heart Is The Only Lens That Is Operational

Western society attempts to thrive through rationally produced understandings of truth. Not that the intellectual part of mankind is not important.  But, the “rationalist” ideology has taken the place of kingship in the western world.  Both spiritual and so called “secular.”  The truth of the matter is that the idea of a spiritual secular divide is wholly non biblical and non kingdom….but that’s for another discussion.

God’s Kingdom Often Seems Non-Ratoional

I heard someone say that if you are looking for a religion that makes sense, then authentic Christianity is not for you.  You need to look somewhere else.  Again…it’s not about “dumbing everything down” and checking one’s brains at the door when they enter God’s Kingdom.  The intellect is a useful tool when used properly.   It’s about what is in control…reason or heart.  It’s, therefore, also about learning the language the heart speaks.  It’s not the same language as intellectual rationality.

God Speaks Heart Language

It’s vital to learn how to function with one’s heart because it is the language God speaks and it is the source of the power that changes issues and people from lesser to better.

Your heart is God’s “transformer room.”   Therefore, the power to change into God’s Kingdom image is by giving attention to …

Heart Issues.

Instead of seeking the Kingdom of God to rationally understand Him and His life truths as well as solutions for life challenges…

Seek God’s Kingdom for the purpose of increasing intimacy with Him.  That’s the root.  Intimacy in all it’s many splendored facets.   When the root is intimacy with God, the fruit is like unto what God gave Adam and Eve.  A garden full of trees to enjoy.