Each encounter has been a building block or stepping-stone towards this ultimate purpose
— the coming forth of mature sons of God.
Over the past 20 years I have had a yearly encounter with The LORD on Rosh Ha Shanna, the Hebrew New Year.
This was not something I asked for nor at first did I really understand the plan and purpose of The LORD in these visitations. I cannot say I do even now.
As the years progressed and I recorded these visitations, I noticed a far greater meaning in the accumulated messages as a whole as well as the significance of each encounter on its own.
The overall theme I’ve recognized is the significance of the coming of age or maturation of the Body of Christ at the end of the age.
Each encounter has been a building block or stepping-stone towards this ultimate purpose – the coming forth of mature sons of God.
“For the concentrated and undivided expectation of the creation is assiduously and patiently awaiting the revelation of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not voluntarily, but on account of the One who put it under subjection upon the basis of the hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails together up to this moment, and not only, but we ourselves also who have the first- fruit of the Spirit, we ourselves also are groaning within ourselves, assiduously and patiently waiting the full realization of our adult sonship at the time of the redemption of our body. For we were saved in the sphere of hope. But hope that has been seen is not hope, for that which a person sees, why does he hope for it? But if that which we do not see, we hope for, through patience we expectantly wait for it. ”
Romans 8:19-25 (Wuest, K. S. (1961). The New Testament: an expanded translation (Romans 8:19– 25). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.)
This year during my time of prayer and waiting on The LORD I had a very interesting and weighty encounter, especially in light of all that is taking place in the world right now!
I found myself standing before Jesus. He smiled at me and gently reached out and touched my mouth. As He did so, I felt an intense tingling, as if my lips were on fire or numb for a moment. The sensation lingered throughout the whole experience.
The LORD turned and began to walk away. As He did, He turned and looked at me beckoning me to follow.
So, I started walking with Him. At first there was nothing to see, as if we were in a fog or mist. Jesus turned to me and put His finger to His mouth, as if saying Shhhhhh, don’t speak.
Immediately I understood that I was not to speak or say anything without the direct unction of The LORD.
I understood that I needed to set a watch before my mouth (Psalm 141:3) and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). I also understood I needed to control my actions (Galatians 5:22-24).
The LORD wanted me to fully yield to Him so that His power and blessings can be released in me.
If I yield to the inclinations of my flesh or the devil, I would receive a corresponding impartation from those sources and open myself to an even greater foothold of the flesh or the enemy into my life.
I continued to follow The LORD through the mist/ fog until suddenly it disappeared. What was before me were three men, all in various states of confusion, sickness and demonization.
As I stood there, The LORD turned to me and looked into me. I don’t know how else to describe this moment.
I was laid bare before Him in a way I had never experienced before. Although I had a peace from being in His presence, I also trembled under His gaze.
After a few moments that felt like an eternity The LORD smiled. He ‘spoke’ to me (heart to heart, thought to thought) and indicated I was to minister to the first individual.
As I walked toward the man and saw the terrible bondage he was under I immediately commanded, “In the name of Jesus, spirit of infirmity leave!”
Nothing happened! I was confused and turned to The LORD. He ‘spoke’ to me and indicated I was to move on to the second individual and minister to him.
So, in a little bit of confusion I move to the second man. I noticed there was a demon hanging on him, so I bound that spirit and commanded it to leave. Again, nothing happened!
Again, I was confused, and I turned to The LORD asking Him why nothing was happening. This is what He said, “When I released you to minister to those men, you did so with your own wisdom based upon what you have seen to be effective in the past.
I have had mercy upon those whom My People have ministered to because of My Love. However, in this hour, I require that My People fully understand the need for complete submission to Me as the hour is late and the enemy, knowing his time is short, is raging.
No longer will I allow my children to rest on past victories or past strategies to gain the victory and overcome in this hour.
As I stated in My Word that I could do nothing by myself but only what I saw the Father doing (John 5:19), so it is for my people now.
You must learn, and quickly, to be totally reliant upon my leading and my voice, doing NOTHING (He emphasized this) without clear direction from My Spirit.”
As I digested this and allowed His words to sink into my heart, something within me shifted. I had a new confidence and awareness of the importance of our union with Christ and our ability to hear His voice and respond immediately by faith.
As the confusion cleared The LORD once again looked into me. He smiled and indicated I was to minister to the last individual before me.
This time, as I approached the man, I turned my heart to The LORD and listened. The man was in terrible bondage and had spiritual chains wrapped around him. He was listless and hopeless. As I waited for my instruction from The LORD, a great sense of love and peace rose up within me for this individual.
It was at that moment that I heard The LORD telling me how to minister to the man. I immediately looked into the man’s eyes and said, “Jesus makes you free….”
Instantly the chains fell off him and he stood straight. His eyes overflowed with joy and thanksgiving and he went away singing and praising The LORD.
The LORD once again spoke and said, “What has worked in the past will no longer work as it did.
You have come to the last hour. The maturity I displayed to My Disciples while with them on the earth must now be displayed in My People.
Study the Gospels and learn from My Example. Trust Me to lead you to victory every day in all things.
As you look to Me, you will walk in victory. If you rest on what you think you know you will stumble.”
I’ve come away from this experience with a greater appreciation for what The LORD has been leading all of us to, the place of Christlikeness and maturity.
In this decade of the ‘פ‘ ‘pey’ (5780’s) which speaks of the mouth, we must be aware of the authority we have been invested with and the responsibility to walk in that authority as never before.
The word of God clearly states in Revelation 12:11,
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.”
The Blood of The Lamb speaks of the covenant by which Jesus redeemed and purchased us. This Covenant has given us access to all the promises of God and all the authority that Jesus walked in.
The Word of our Testimony indicates that we have a part to play in accessing the blessings of the covenant and the promises that are ours.
Each time you are faced with a challenge no matter what it is you can overcome, because Jesus has already given us everything that pertains to life and Godliness.
Our part is to speak forth by faith what He says about us and what the Word promises us!
If we no longer are moved or motivated by the things of the flesh, the natural realm and recognize our life is now in Christ, then we will no longer cling to this world, hence we are not loving this life, allowing it’s passions and desires to die.
It is time for us to be ‘strong in The LORD an in the power of His might, putting on the full armor of God!’ (Ephesians. 6:10-11).
This is what we were created for!
For his glory,
~ Bruce Allen
Dr. Bruce Allen, is the founder of Still Waters International Ministries, PO Box 1001 Chewelah WA, 99109 United States. It is Bruce’s passion to see the Body of Christ awaken to their destiny in this hour by equipping them to hear God’s voice and access the reality of the supernatural in every day life.