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Father travels with Holy Spirit to pray for son

9 Jan

Stories to Inspire

It is my happy conviction that God has opened up a great ‘door’ of revelation to help transport us into our rightful and Biblical place ‘in the Heavenlies’… not merely as a theology, but as an experiential reality.  Plenty could be said to validate that truth in Scripture… but I suggest that you read some of my past blog posts, here.

A new level of liberation is taking place.  We are getting freed up from being merely ‘terra-firm-ites’… earthlings.  Our greater reality is our Heavenly likeness, Heavenly location, Heavenly citizenship, etc.  Check this out!  Stupendous! 

See yourselves co-raised with Christ!  Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in him.  Relocate yourselves mentally!  Engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand. – Col 3:1 Mirror Bible Translation

My confidence is that as we learn to “live and move and have our being” IN Him and IN the Heavenlies, we will find our 1) spirit man acknowledged and liberated… our 2) soul man inspired and empowered… and our 3) body experiencing super-natural things we never ever imagined… not to mention, being 4) more effective as men and women of God

Just one of those avenues leading toward more effectiveness will be in prayer.  As we find our place in the Heavens, we’ll not posture or perceive ourselves as weak plaintiff humans, but rather, as righteous and highly favored sons who are actually partnering with God in co-rulership.  Think of it: not praying TO God… but WITH God. 

Try it out sometime… like my good friend did.  I’ll keep him anonymous in the following story.


Father travels with Holy Spirit to pray for son

Recently I got a phone call from a very good and longtime friend.  He’s heard some of the stories of our Ascended Life Community experiences. 

Years ago one of his adult sons separated himself from family and friends.  Internal struggles led him to drug addiction, homelessness, and living on the street in his car.  No phone, no address and a drifting lifestyle made it impossible to be contacted.  So, the last time my friend was able to talk with his son was nearly 2 ½ years ago. 

A few days ago, my friend’s heart was especially moved with compassion and tender care for his son.  In prayer, he said, “I’m going to do that thing that Mark does where he goes with the Holy Spirit to the place where he is praying for… and then he prays in that place.”  So in prayer, my friend activated his mind and heart to go with Holy Spirit to his son.  After engaging in this mode for a time, he fell asleep… and woke up later, without experiencing anything unusual.

But, a couple of days later he received a phone call and the operator asked if he would accept a collect call from his son.  Of course, he said, “Yes.”  My friend, his wife and their son had a cordial conversation.  It was a relief to their hearts to hear in his voice that he was doing better than the last time they had talked with him. 

I have followed this story with my friend and prayed into this story for many years.  So when he called to tell me the latest in his story, my tears quickly flowed.  My father heart joined with his father-heart as we both rejoiced that they had at least talked… but we still felt the pain of his son’s separation and brokenness.  Your prayers are appreciated. 

By the way: He attributes the call from his son to a more effective way of praying for his son.


Encouragement from the cloud of witnesses

6 Oct

Stories to Inspire

Heaven is getting so much more real… and so much more NOW… and so much more accessible!  I’ve recently been listening to and reading so many fresh things that it’s almost overwhelming to think of the limitless possibilities available to us as we learn to live in the “Heavenly places” (Eph 2:6).  I feel like I’m having to ‘gear-up’ to play ‘catch-up’.  It’s so much fun!

As you know, one of the areas we’ve been exploring is the idea of engaging all of Heaven’s resources which our awesome Father has made available to us.  Angels, saints… and other entities that we won’t go into right now.  I mean, if Heb 12 says, “We HAVE (past tense) come to this mountain” full of various Heavenly hosts, then I believe that it’s only natural to believe that we can and should have access to these hosts, as rich assets for growing into our full New Creation identity in Christ.  O, boy!  That’s feel like a boost of nitro!  😊

In a recent gathering, we applied ourselves to enter the “Heavenly places”.  A very dear friend had a very impacting encounter which touched her deeply and answered a troubling need in her heart.  I think you’ll be encouraged as you hear her story.

For more regarding engaging with the cloud of witnesses, try these passages:  Heb 11:39-40, Heb 12:1; 22-23, Lk 9:30-31; Acts 1:10-11; Gen 18:2, etc  

Encouragement from the cloud of witnesses

“Recently, we were going ‘up to heaven’ as a group.  I heard Mark talk about all of us being in the Throne room with the Father and Jesus.  At that moment I felt the warm feeling of friendship and fellowship among us all as we gathered and experienced such enjoyment being in the presence of Father and Jesus!”

“At one point, I “happened” to look between some people in our group and beyond them into the Throne room, and saw my Aunt and Uncle who had passed away years ago.  She was waving wildly and had the biggest smile.  When they saw me looking, they started dancing!  It was like they were serenading me with the kinds of dances that make you laugh… and at one point they did a dance train like we do in worship sometimes.  I was vaguely aware of two other uncles or family members joining them.  After that, my aunt was suddenly beside me – loving on me.  Although there were no words between us, when she looked into my eyes, the exchange in the spirit left me feeling strengthened and encouraged.”

Cloud of witnesses

“In their earthly lives my aunt and three of my uncles were confined to a wheelchair because they had muscular dystrophy (a degenerative disease for which there is no cure).  I had given them personal care for many years.”

“This encounter was very special because I had recently been fighting through a period of pretty deep depression.  I couldn’t hear or feel God like I was used to, which frankly, had been frightening for me.  This experience was especially dear to me because God’s tender presence… and my heightened spiritual awareness… and Heaven’s powerful realities… all became so real.  Thank you, God, for Your very personal way of touching and healing my heart!” – EM


Quote: Thinking From the Throne

29 Oct


God is inviting us into Biblical Throne-room thinking
When Jesus raised from the dead He didn’t do it FOR you, He did it AS you.
You can have a million dollars in the bank and still starve?
We must learn to tap into our inheritance
Faith explores what revelation provides
You can’t enjoy what you haven’t explored
God wants to re-illustrate who this Jesus is… through us.
God’s intention is that we would re-present Jesus in the earth
Col 3:1-4 You’re dead (to earthly things). Stop acting like you’re not dead
Set your mind on where you are now!!!
‘Heavenly places’ is NOW our home… everything else is a field trip.
Abiding in this ASCENDED life is the invitation to every believer.
The Lord’s prayer: Recreate Heaven’s culture ON earth
It’s a lot easier to ASK… rather than to begin to learn to RULE.
Rulership – Biblical definition: rule over to protect and come under to empower.
When you’ve tasted of supernatural supply you’ve lost the right to begin any thought process with what you don’t have.
Usually, we live under the kingdom that we think the most about.
Many people try to earn what He’s already paid for… forgiveness, sickness, provision…
He died AS you and me!!! It has ALL been paid for.
The mind is a better follower than a teacher… It was made to follow our spirit man.
The Lord is longing to live on earth again, through yielded people who re-present Him without defiling or compromising the inheritance He’s given them.
Rms 5:17 “Reign in life” means there is nothing that comes against you in life that you don’t have authority over.

by Bill Johnson – Bethel Church (from Sunday AM sermon – 6/9/13)

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