Who knew that Psalm 91:1 is all about us being IN authority (seated IN Christ in heavenly places) and UNDER authority (sheltered beneath His wings)???!!! I totally never saw this before, but it is being both in and under authority, like the Roman centurion, that provides all the benefits of provision and protection we see in Psalm 91. And yes, it’s all there in the original Hebrew. Verse 1 could be translated “you who sits enthroned under His shadow.” The Hebrew word there is yashab, and usually refers to one seated as royalty!
This is where we are on the map – maturing sons who are learning how to stand in our God-given authority, always in full submission to Him. It is THIS position that allows us to trample beneath our feet the demonic false trinity (lion, serpent, dragon) in verse 13.
Check out my twist on this passage we’ve probably all heard thousands of times. I’m blown away that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of its meaning!
“When you sit enthroned as royalty ‘in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6) while dwelling under the shadow and authority of Shaddai (God of the Mountain, God the Destroyer of Enemies, God the Self-Sufficient One, God the Nurturer of Babies, God the Almighty), you remain hidden in His strength. Being both ‘under authority and in authority’ (Matthew 8:9-10) provides this place of safety.
With God as my refuge and fortress, I will walk in faith, boldness and confidence. He will rescue you from every way the enemy tries to deceive you into coming into agreement with him so he can have power over you (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 6:11). He will protect you from poisoned arrows – those attacks aimed at causing you to be wounded and bitter. He will shield you from the effects of word curses, the power of slander and from physical infirmity. God will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will feel completely safe and secure. The only way the enemy can defeat you is to get you to believe his lies, so in this place of closeness and intimacy with God, He will reveal Truth to you. His Truth and faithfulness will shield you (Ephesians 6:14).
In this place of safety, you do not need to worry about evil attacking you at night or arrows wounding you during the day. You do not need to fear demonic assignments of disease. God will not allow the destroyer (Revelation 9:11) to devour you or to bring devastation during your time of blessing. Even during times when innumerable people are perishing around you, you will remain unharmed. You will see judgment released upon those who have chosen to partake in injustice and oppression.
Dwelling continually IN Yahweh prevents evil from wounding you and prevents disease from even approaching your home, because God gives His angels orders to watch over you and to protect you in all your ways. They will lift you to a higher place, so you do not stumble over low-level earth things.
Instead of being defeated by demonic forces, you will walk in your God-given authority over them, literally stepping upon the heads of the demonic false trinity: the lion, the serpent and the dragon (Genesis 3: 1; Mark 16:18; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:7-9)!
Yahweh said to me, ‘Because you have made me the object of your passion, I will deliver you from everything that would harm you. I have exalted you, seating you IN Me in heavenly places, “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1: 21-22). I am able to do this because you know Me, My reputation, My fame and My glory. When you inquire of Me, asking for help with anything, I will respond to you. You will know My reality and My presence, even in difficult times. I will rescue you and will release My justice on your behalf, honoring and promoting you. You will be fully satisfied with the LIFE that flows to you from Me. My deliverance, salvation, prosperity and victory will be plainly visible in your life, as you enjoy Me.’”
Sometimes we give up on the promises of God when they are delayed, because we believe the lie that we are under time. And time is a stubborn illusion.
The sun, moon and stars were created to divide day and night, for signs and seasons, for days and years (Genesis 1:14). The sun was created to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. And yet, His glory is above the heavens, and He has given us dominion over all that He has created (Psalm 8).
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be ended” –Isaiah 60:19-20
All of creation fell out of proper alignment when Adam sinned. But as mature sons of God, we are in proper alignment with Him – fully submitted, under authority yet in authority. From our place of dominion where we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:5-6), we are bringing all things back into alignment – all things are being restored!
When Jesus’ flesh was torn, the veil in the Temple was torn. The veil in the heavenlies – between the dimensions – was torn. The veil separating us from other dimensions and from God was removed. This is the unity that Adam walked in and that Jesus Christ gave us back.
So, through our oneness with Christ, we enter a higher dimension through the portal of praise, worship and intercession. In that place, we are outside of time. Led by the Spirit of God, we can bring alignment to the stars – the seasons, which in turn manifests in the time realm. By operating from a dimension higher than time, we can bring back seasons, time can be redeemed and our youth can be renewed (Psalm 103:5).
It is no coincidence that God took Abraham (a Chaldean, who understood the stars) outside to look at the stars when He made a covenant with him promising him descendants (Genesis 15:5). Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. And time passed – 13 years. God appeared to Abram again, reminded him of His promise to give him descendants, this time specifically mentioning that it would be through Sarai, “at this set timenext year.” God appeared to them again saying, “I will certainly returnto you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son” (Genesis 18:10) and “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed timeI will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14). Then, sure enough, the Lord visited Sarah exactly as He had promised, and “Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set timeof which God had spoken to him” (Genesis 21:2).
So, through faith we overcome the illusion of this world, this dimension and this created thing called time.
“And this is the victory that has overcome the world (this dimension) – our faith” –I John 5:4
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While praying in the Spirit, I heard “two-edged sword” and also “Justice and Judgment.” We are establishing His dominion (and, in submission to Him, our dominion) in the earth. There was a great emphasis on the word “establishing.” For ATR, I felt that it is time to build and that we now have an adequate foundation.
I saw heavenly beings swirling and then heard the phrase, “He walks on the wings of the wind.”
“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord, my God, You are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty. You are the One who covers Yourself with light as with a garment, who stretches out the heavens like a tent curtain, who lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds HIs chariot, WHO WALKS ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND, WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS SPIRITS, His ministers a flame of fire. He ESTABLISHED the earth on its FOUNDATION, SO THAT IT WILL NOT BE MOVED FOREVER AND EVER!” – Psalm 104: 1-5
Then during encounter time, I saw Father God as a Master Architect and Skilled Craftsman. His mind was truly beautiful, and in His brain were elaborate plans and thoughts toward us. Wisdom was His assistant, His “right hand man”- elegant, graceful, exuberant. The Father let me open His head like a door and peek inside. It was a rush of power that was way too intense for me. Swirling inside were galaxies, dimensions. I reached inside and picked up what looked like a tiny grain of sand and put it in my belly. Even that tiny grain caused me to feel like I would explode! I heard “strategies for establishing.” The a liquid gold honey lava-looking substance began flowing from my mind, mouth, eyes, ears and heart. It was the strategy for establishing His praise and dominion in the earth. Two large golden heavenly beings accompanied this flow of gold, one positioned on each side of its bank.
The Father said, “As you carry out My will, these two will accompany you. Beware of thinking too small, of limiting yourself by this natural realm or by what you see, hear, touch, feel and by what you are able to do.”
We are given freedom in Christ – not for ourselves, but so that we can be His bondservants, ones who voluntarily choose to serve and honor Him (I Peter 2:16, Romans 6:18-22, Galatians 5: & 13). We are free from sin so that we can obey Him. And when we are given freedom in worship, it is not for ourselves, but so that we are free to submit to Him and to do His pleasure. It’s not so the we can have a fun time – although we always do. It is so we can encounter Him, hitting the mark of all that is on His heart for us as individuals and as a corporate body.
As we continue to grow and mature, developing greater sensitivity both to His Spirit and to each other, we will become more and more synchronized to His purposes and to His heart – a precision operation, birthing heaven upon the earth.
Several years ago, I read the book “Ladies of Gold” by James Mahoney. He tells the remarkable story of a group of intercessors who, under the leadership of Francis Metcalf, prayed together 4 or 5 nights a week for about 50 years. Many had graduated from Amiee Simple Mcpherson’s Bible college, and the Lord asked them to lay down their aspirations for public ministry and to minister to Him in the Secret Place. They agreed.
First, they began getting glimpses of the Spirit realm through dreams and visions, words of knowledge, etc. (which Francis Metcalf called “raptures”). As they ministered to the Lord, He would give them downloads of prophetic songs that were in perfect meter and rhyme. Then, as they continued to faithfully steward these experiences, the Lord began to entrust them with more, and they literally began entering these dimensions in body. They would be translated to heaven (like Enoch, Jesus, Paul the Apostle & John the Revelator) and would come back with different clothes and with jewels from heaven. They would be transrelocated to different geographical places in the earth (like Philip when he ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch) and would lead people to Christ and would share the Gospel with unreached people groups, also coming back with tangible tokens of their journey.
Few knew what they were doing or that they even existed. And, though Francis released some of her revelation in teaching form, they did not speak openly of their encounters. As a young man, James Mahoney was invited into their meetings toward the end of their 50 years of faithful intercession. Only a few years ago, was he released by the Lord to share what he had seen. One of the things he had shared was that he later went back to the house where they gathered. He began looking for the door through which they often entered as they translated or transrelocated, only then realizing that it was not a physical but a spiritual door.
As I read this book, I felt the Lord encouraging me that these kinds of encounters are not for a special few, but are freely available, through the shed blood of Jesus, for all who have a YES in their heart and are willing to pay the price. We do not earn what has been freely given to us in Christ, but we do submit to the work of spiritual growth and maturity so that the Father can trust us with deeper revelation and greater manifested authority.
These kinds of encounters might be new to us, but they are the Ancient Paths that God is restoring to His church today. Acts 3:21 says that heaven must receive Jesus “…until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”
Here are some practical keys to help you rise above earthly limitations and live out of heaven’s supply today:
1. THESE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES ARE AVAILABLE TO ALL BELIEVERS THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. It’s not just for the “special few.”
When Jesus’ flesh was torn, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom, showing us that there is now no separation between us and the Father or between the dimensions.
2. WE ARE ALREADY SEATED WITH CHRIST: Ephesians 2:4-6 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,”
The word, ‘seated’ actually means this: ‘the right of admittance to such a space’. The work that Jesus did on the cross gives us the legal right to have admittance into our eternal homeland…the heavens. And this word is past tense. We (our spirits – the real us) are already there. Death is not the door to heaven. Jesus is the Door!
3. WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR GOD TO INITIATE ENCOUNTERS SOVEREIGNLY. WE ARE ALREADY THERE, AND ARE JUST BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF THAT REALITY.
4. WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN:
Philippians 3:20 says, “But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,”
The word ‘citizen’ means ‘an inhabitant of a place. A person entitled to the privileges and franchises of that place.’ What is in heaven? Everything! Everything you need to have life abundant is in the heavenly realms.
5. WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS WHO OCCASIONALLY HAVE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES. WE ARE SPIRIT BEINGS HAVING A HUMAN EXPERIENCE! THE SUPERNATURAL FEELS MORE NATURAL THAN WE THINK BECAUSE IT IS OUR NATURAL STATE!
II Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
We are created in the image of God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So we are 3-part beings: spirit, soul and body. So this verse is referring to our spirit man, the real “us.” At salvation, our spirit which, because of the fall, was “dead in sin” comes alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6 again). Everything that needs to be done in us is completed in our spirits at salvation. And now, that salvation must be “worked out with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). The process of spiritual growth and maturity is all about co-laboring with the Lord in the restoration of our soul (mind, will and emotions), so that what is already done in our spirit is worked out into our soul, into our body and into the earth.
When our salvation touches our soul, we are healed from trauma, lies we have believed are replaced with truth, our wills come under the government of God, and we are able to connect intimately with the Father in our minds, wills and emotions. When it is worked out into our bodies, we start having more tangible experiences and our entire being experiences SOZO – Divine order and complete wholeness. In John 7:38, Jesus said that out of our bellies would flow “living water.” So, when His life works its way out, “the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the water fills the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). Earth bows to heaven, as heaven fills earth through us, His gates. This is how His kingdom will come “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
This is why Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is WITHIN YOU” (Luke 17:21). Religion tries to work from the outside in, but encounter happens from the inside out.
6. WE ARE LEARNING TO BE WHO WE REALLY ARE. WE ARE LEARNING TO LIVE OUT OF THAT PLACE WHERE WE ARE SEATED WITH CHRIST IN HEAVENLY DIMENSIONS. WE RULE AND REIGN FROM HEAVEN INTO THE EARTH, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. AS SPIRIT BEINGS, WE ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS PHYSICAL REALM, BUT WE MUST EMBRACE THE RENEWING OF OUR MIND TO SHIFT THE WAYS WE HAVE BEEN CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD.
7. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES
Jesus says this while speaking to Nicodemus in John 3:12: “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
What is Jesus saying? He was telling Nicodemus, that He is here now on earth as a man, and while here on earth, He has also ascended into heaven as a man. On earth He was operating as a man, just like us. However, by the Spirit of God working inside of Him, He was enabled to ascend into heaven while here on earth. Jesus always paves the way for us! He was the first one to be seated in heavenly realms while still on earth (Ephesians 2:6). He does it first, and then we do what He did. The Spirit of God is part of the eternal realm where there is no time or distance, and He lives in us too, enabling us to ascend into heaven with Him. Jesus shows us what we as men in right relationship to God can accomplish by the Spirit of God.
JOHN THE BELOVED:
In Revelation 4:1-2, the apostle John records his experience: “After this I looked, and behold, a door open to heaven! And a voice came which I heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet. It said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future. At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood open in heaven, and One seated on the throne!”
John was a man, just like us, but he ascended into heaven.
In Exodus 24, Moses, Aaron and the 70 elders of Israel went up on Mount Horeb, saw God and ate and drank with Him. They went up to heaven in more than just their spirits – they went in body!
THE APOSTLE PAUL:
In II Corinthians 12: 1-4, Paul said that he was caught up into the 3rd heaven and wasn’t sure if he went in body or just in spirit. He said this twice, so he is reiterating that we can go in spirit or in body.
Both Moses and Paul saw the heavenly pattern and brought back with them what was necessary to create the earthly reflection here. Moses build the tabernacle and Paul helped to build the New Testament church, both of which are earthly pictures of a heavenly reality!
8. WHY LIVE OUT OF HEAVEN?
-BECAUSE INTERCEDING FROM THERE IS MORE EFFECTIVE. In that place, we are seated high above principalities, powers, rulers, thrones and dominions.
-BECAUSE WE HAVE ACCESS TO WHATEVER WE NEED
-BECAUSE EVERY PROMISE FROM GOD IS ALREADY DONE IN HEAVEN. THIS IS HOW WE CAUSE IT TO MANIFEST INSIDE OF TIME IN THE EARTH REALM.
9. PRACTICAL KEYS FOR LIVING OUT OF HEAVEN:
1. Keep a YES in your heart, even if you don’t fully grasp everything with your natural mind. Your spirit knows all things, and this revelation knowledge works its way out into our souls as we grow and mature.
2. Trust that you do hear from God. “My sheep know My voice” (John 19:27).
3. Embrace your thoughts and impressions with childlike faith. We must enter as a child (Matthew 18:3).
4. Use the gateway of the imagination. The enemy will either try to close this gate or to defile it because he knows that it is powerful tool.
We’re not actually ascending; we’re already there. We’re becoming conscious of the Spirit realm and of our true identity as spirit beings. When Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father doing, He was demonstrating that He was co-conscious of both realms simultaneously. Everything He did, He did in His humanity, showing us that it is possible for us, too – in Him
5. Access gateways of the Word, worship, prayer and thanksgiving. Don’t stop at the door.
6. Pray in the Spirit.
7. Journal. It will help you remain focused and will help you to remember encounters that flow through you quickly.
8. Ask the Father for a community of people who are also on this exciting journey and who can confirm and encourage.
9. Remember Luke 12:32: IT IS THE FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE US THE KINGDOM!!!
Anytime we worship is a good time, simply because He is worthy. Even when we feel nothing, it is an opportunity to trade, to pour out our love upon the One who IS Love. It’s even better when the heavens are open and everyone with a YES in their heart is encountering Him. But to me, the best corporate expression of worship is when a group of people have cultivated such sensitivity to Him and to each other that we hit the mark of exactly what is on the Father’s heart. I have been blessed to experience spiritual heights and depths in this type of setting several times. And though cultivating a healthy community has been one of the toughest assignments of my life, it is so worth it! Last night at ATR, as everyone stepped forward to bring the perfect piece at the perfect time, the Father unrolled a beautiful tapestry of healing, where He shattered false identities and wrapped us up in His name. It is true that “one can chase a thousand, but two puts then thousand to flight!” (Deuteronomy 32:30)