“1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” Ephesians 1:1-10.
“How do you live in the world and not be influenced by it? You are bombarded on every side by the news and the events of every day. There are things in this world that are always happening around you. Every day the images and sounds of this news comes across your TV screens and radio. But you my beloved, are called to be in this world, but not “of it.”
Because I’ve called you to live beyond what you hear around you. You are called to live in heavenly places with Me. You live in a fragile world; you live in a world of sin and destruction. And everything that you see is actually not how “it is.”
Rise above this world; lift up your spirits and come and soar with Me in the heavenlies. I want to take you to places where you will see this world from my point of view. Then the noise and clamor of this world will dissipate. You will be able to face your struggles with a greater strength. You will know that you are known by Me. The sun will still rise and set again, day will pass into night, the world will go on as it always has, but you will have gathered strength for each and every new day. My light will be shed upon you, and the spirit realm will be opened to you.
For there are things that are hidden; there are spiritual forces at work around you, and this world is but a shell; it is but a layer, and beneath this layer is the real world where my kingdom resides.
There promises are given. There chains are broken. There the battle of the ages unfolds every day. For when you work with Me, and you know that you are involved with these spiritual forces, then you will surely know that what you bind on this earth is bound in heaven, and what you loose on this earth is loosed in heaven.
There the seeds that are sown in your hearts work together into fertile soil or they fall by the wayside and the birds and cares of this world choke them out. And those seeds that are sown in good soil will in time reap a bountiful harvest.
The heart is deceit above all measure; who can know it? And yet with your heart you believe in Me. I’ve called many of you to live by faith in this hour. And your faith has been tested and tried. And some have been refined by gold and you are ready. I say you are ready. You are ready for the days ahead. For I have beheld that work in you and I say that the refining work has paid off. For a new man emerges.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?