And…Action

“What does it mean to see a picture in your “mind’s eye”? This is like a screen inside your head where you see pictures of things all the time… God gave you an imagination so you could experience His love for you…You were created in God’s image and He gave you your imagination for a purpose.”  Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

While exploring the Kingdom language of pictures and images you might one day find yourself getting more than just an image, impression or word. You may actually discover that what you are seeing is a mini film. It could happen while praying for someone, during times of soaking, meditation, or even while driving down the road.

In some cases the film or mental video you see might be about a single event, series of events, or an entire lifetime. It could be as mundane as someone crossing the road or as intricate as an army of brides dressed in combat boots, flying giant eagles and welding swords of fire. But whether simple or complex the imagery is still moving rather than stationary.

More often than not this type of imagery is what is called an open vision’ and is usually seen with the eyes wide open (though some people do experience it with their eyes closed). Sometimes the information being shared is about yourself, at other times it’s about someone or something else. It can last as little as a few seconds or as long as several hours (occasionally more), it all depends on the type and quantity of information Holy Spirit wants to share.

“A truly prophetic voice is very in tune with the heart of God. Our role in the earth is to proclaim His love, seeing people as God sees them – not how we see them in the natural.”*

But whether the experience is brief or lengthy, personal or informational, the purpose is still the same; to bring you into a deeper more intimate knowledge of the heart and mind of God. An invitation for you to become more than just a casual bystander, to be a partner with whatever it is that Abba is doing and saying.

The Spirit of truth will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. The Spirit has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. That is the reason I am confident He will care for My own and reveal the path to you.” – John 16:13-15 (VOICE)

*Pg. 12; “Approaching the Heart of Prophecy”: Graham Cooke 2006; Punch Press; Winston-Salem, NC


Activation

In Paul’s letter to believing Jews he reminded them that mature believers need to exercise the gifts God has given them to become proficient at using them (Heb. 5:12-14), and learning to discern the pictorial language of the Kingdom of God is one of those gifts.

If you are already beginning to get pictures, images, and or impression during your soaking time take a step of faith and ask Holy Spirit if there is more. If you haven’t received any of these types of pictorial images or are not sure whether what you are seeing is from God, ask Holy Spirit to begin teaching you the pictographic language of the Kingdom.

For those who are already knowledgeable with this form of communication but have never experienced an open vision or even dreams, it may be time for you to go deeper, to have your personal intimacy of the Father’s heart enlarged. And for those who are already experiencing this depth of intimacy it might be time for you to have your gift broadened to include more than just yourself. It might be time to beginning sharing Abba’s heart for communities, cities and nations.

Remember, whether you’re just beginning the journey of understanding the pictorial language of the Kingdom or know its roads and byways intimately, the level of understanding you have with the Father has no destination or end. And because it has no destination or end it also has no limitations as to how high, wide, deep, or long it can grow. So never get discouraged that you don’t know very much, nor complacent that you do. The Father adores you exactly where you are but has plans for more.

Be sure to write down your experiences so that you can discuss them later with Abba.

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

“What does it mean to see a picture in your “mind’s eye”? This is like a screen inside your head where you see pictures of things all the time. If I ask you what your house or your car looks like you will probably picture it in your mind’s eye. This is also called your imagination. God gave you an imagination so you could experience His love for you.”  Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

We’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”, right? So wouldn’t it make sense that part of the language of the Kingdom of God would be in pictures as well?

Jesus seemed to think so. How many times did He describe the Kingdom of God with images and stories that the average person could understand? Well, according to John the Elder it would take more books than the world could contain to tell about all the things He said and did.

“To live in Christ is to live in the prophetic nature of God.”*

All throughout history God has chosen to speak to us in images, metaphors, dreams, visions and out-of- mind experiences. In the garden He created snakes that could actually talk. When He spoke to His friend Abraham He said that his children would be like the stars in the sky and the sand in the ocean. In the desert He used a burning bush to speak to Moses, a staff that could eat up snakes, and snakes that would heal the sick.

When Jesus taught the people about the Kingdom of God, instead of reading from the Torah He told them stories that used imagery like buried treasure, pearls, grapevines, storms, coins, little children and weddings. He also used similes such as, “The Kingdom of God is like….” or “A man went out….” to help them understand.

A new language for a new way of thinking about and seeing God.

Just as Jesus knew how important it was for the children of Israel to learn a new language in order to understand this new way of experiencing intimacy with He and His Father, so Holy Spirit knows how important it is for you and I to learn the same lessons today.

*Approaching the Heart of Prophecy: Graham Cooke 2006; Punch Press, Winston-Salem, NC. pg. 5

Activation

Your heavenly Father wants you to experience everything there is about love, intimacy, and what it means to be the Beloved. And sometimes the best way to do that is to give you pictures or images instead of words. Why? Because there are times when words will only touch your intellect and not your emotions. As though pictures and images are the keys that unlock that part of you that is best able to experience Abba’s love, affection, and embrace.

On our last blog we had you practice letting Holy Spirit speak to you from pictures you found in magazines or on the internet. For today’s exercise, after spending time soaking in Abba’s love, take out your box or bag of pictures and chose a new one. But this time, instead of just seeing the overall picture be more specific. Spend time looking at details such as the colors, images, and shapes.

What was it about the picture that caught your attention, inspired you to cut it out or save its image? Was it the image itself or did it remind you of something or someone? Did it make you feel happy or sad, safe or afraid? When you look at it does it seem full of light or does it feel as if it has shadows or darkness about it?

Sometimes a picture will speak to you about a time of loneliness, confusion, fear or hidden longing. At other times it will remind you of family, friendships, or spark another picture from a different time. Whatever it is that the picture you are meditating on invokes, give Holy Spirit time to speak to you about it. Often the very things that keep us from experiencing Abba’s love and affection can be discovered in a picture. Be sure to write everything down.

Seeing With The Eyes of Your Heart

“What does it mean to experience your God pictures? It is simply allowing yourself to feel all the emotions these pictures evoke… For example, if you see a picture of yourself as a child on Daddy God’s lap, then you experience it by feeling His arms around you. Feel all the security, love, and contentment of being in that position with Him.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

Let Me take you away, My love, let Me take you into the pictures of My heart. I love you, My beloved….Jesus.”*

Many times when Holy Spirit gives us pictures or images we see them in our mind; what many call ‘Seeing with the eyes of your heart’. It doesn’t mean your heart has suddenly grown eyes, only that the images you see are things you may only be able to see or have strong internal impressions of when you close them. Or you may suddenly ‘know’ something, even if your physical eyes haven’t seen it.

Often the impression is no stronger than the touch of a feather, or the barest whisper of a breeze. At other times it can be so powerful it will affect you physically, making your body jerk or elicit sudden groans or ‘OH’s’. The first manifestation may make you wonder whether it even happened whereas the second may leave you feeling awkward or embarrassed, especially if you are the only one experiencing the phenomenon.

Just as Holy Spirit loves to speak to your mind and heart through Scripture or the words of others, He also loves to speak to you in whispers and physical manifestations. Why? Because He loves to speak and move with intimate intentionality in order to draw us into even deeper fellowship with Abba and Jesus.

*Page 88; Excerpt taken from “Intimate Life Lessons: How to Develop the Intimacy with God You Already Have”; Linda Boone, Kindle; Morris Publishing; Edition 1 (March 2011) available @eBay

Activation

This week ask Holy Spirit to speak to you about everyday situations with pictures, words, images or even physical phenomena. Ask Him to give you pictures or feelings about yourself and others. Write them down what you see or feel, then  take what you’ve written back to your God Place so that while you are soaking in Abba’s presence you can ask Him to tell you about them.

Activating Your Imagination

 “God desires to have intimate experiences with you and for you to have intimate experiences with Him. Since He cannot be here in the flesh for you to experience, He will at times show you a picture of your relationship with Him in your “mind’s eye.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

Not everyone that awakens to the message of Jesus and the Father’s love does so experiencing dreams, seeing pictures, or hearing a voice telling them what to do or say, whether to go or stay. Most begin this new journey totally unaware that there is an entire language of the Kingdom of God that is made up completely of mental images, pictures, videos, dreams, impressions and open visions.

“Let me show you My pictures—for I want you to see how I see you, how I see our relationship.*

And if you are one of those who have not yet experienced this kind of phenomena but have heard stories from those who do, you may find yourself experiencing feelings of inadequacy or insignificance. As if those who hear this other language of the Kingdom do so because they are special or more favored by the Father than you are.

But the truth is, learning the pictorial language of heaven is very much like learning to speak another language, it simply takes time and practice. For some it comes quickly and easily, for others it may take a little longer. But be assured, just as the Father has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-5), so He has given you, through the ministry of Holy Spirit, everything you need to learn and operate in this new language of His kingdom.

Your ears will hear sweet words behind you: “Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go” whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left. Isaiah 30:21 (VOICE)

*Page 88; Excerpt taken from “Intimate Life Lessons: How to Develop the Intimacy with God You Already Have”; Linda Boone, Kindle; Morris Publishing; Edition 1 (March 2011) available @eBay

Activation:

Sometimes the first part of learning this language of the Kingdom of God is understanding that it is neither earned nor withheld. It is simply the heritage of every child of God. Whatever has been given to the Son has been given to you; and the Father has given Jesus everything, including the language of dreams, visions and images.

The second thing to understand is that this other language of the Kingdom can be different for every person. Some people get images, while others get complete video downloads. There are those who are frequent dreamers and others who may only dream occasionally. And then there are people who don’t get pictures, videos, or dreams but words; either scripture or phrases or complete paragraphs. None has more authority, power, or measure of favor than the other. It is simply the way Holy Spirit chooses to speak to that person in that moment.

The third thing to realize is that just like a well often has to be primed in order for it to begin bringing up water from within the earth, so your imagination may need priming to begin bringing up the language of the Kingdom as well.

Here are a few ways you can begin. Go to your God Place and put on your favorite soaking music. Once you feel yourself resting in Abba’s love ask Holy Spirit to activate your imagination, to either give you pictures, images, or videos, or help you to recognize the ones He already has.

Another way to prime the pump is to put together a group of random pictures. You can cut them out of magazines or find them on the internet. Try and look for things that are interesting, images that may not make sense or may even invoke certain longings in your heart. Now put them in a shoe box or paper sack, somewhere that you can’t see into. Now just as with the first exercise, after resting in Abba’s love, reach into the shoe box or paper sack and take out one picture. Once you have your picture spend a few minutes looking at it, then put it down and ask Holy Spirit to talk to you about it.

Be sure and journal what Holy Spirit tells or shows you.

Rules of Engagement

“A truly prophetic voice is very in tune with the heart of God. Our role in the earth is to proclaim His love, seeing people as God sees them – not how we see them in the natural.

“Prophets speak to the all-sufficiency of Christ for people. We represent who God is in word and deed. We are not subject to judgment because God has already judged Jesus. We are in a prophetic season of grace.”Graham Cooke*

Seeing something and knowing what to do with it are two very different things. You might have begun receiving pictures or prophetic imagery from Holy Spirit but understanding what it is you’re to do with them is even more important.

In times past Christians have used an Old Testament model of prophecy to tell them how to respond to something seen, heard or experienced spiritually and as a result may have incorrectly discerned the right way to convey what it was God either wanted to do or say. It hasn’t been until more recently that the revelation of the prophetic ministry of Jesus and the message of the Father heart of God have come together to give the Body of Christ a clearer picture of what it means to be a community of prophetic people sharing the ministry of God’s love.

Whenever Holy Spirit shows you something about a person, place or event, it’s important to remember that you’ve been given an ‘invitation’ to participate in a discussion, usually involving something to do with the name of Jesus and the heart of the Father. Even if what you’ve seen, heard or felt seems to imply an event or behavior less than Christlike you still have only a piece of the puzzle, not the puzzle in its entirety, and any action you take prior to first seeking the heart of God could result in a misrepresentation of either the Father’s heart or the redemptive power of Christ.

*Pg. 12; “Approaching the Heart of Prophecy”: Graham Cooke 2006; Punch Press, Winston-Salem, NC

Activation:

Here a few simple rules of engagement to remember:

1.  Take everything to God in prayer. It doesn’t matter how big or small, how dark or how light, you and I only see in part and without Holy Spirit’s guidance anything we may or may not do is simply presumption on our part.

2.  Ask if what you’ve been shown is for you or the other person. There are times when Holy Spirit will show you something simply because Father wants you to be part of the dialog. And that dialog could be about you and not the person or thing He’s shown you. (For instance you may unknowingly be biased against women leaders and Holy Spirit has shown you something about a woman leader because He wants to talk to you about your issue, not theirs.)

3.  All sin was judged in Christ so instead of looking for sin we want to ask Abba what it is about the ministry of Jesus that is missing from the person’s life or situation, then ask how to speak or pray the heart of the Father and the ministry of Christ into that.

4.  Very seldom does Holy Spirit show us something that is ‘right now’. Meaning there is always time to go before Abba and let God speak to you about whatever it is He’s shown you. Remember, prophetic imagery is more than just knowing something. It is also one of the many ways Holy Spirit uses to grow you up in Christ and mature you in Abba’s love.

5.  Love wins – hands down. Holy Spirit will never invite you into anything that is not grounded and rooted in the love of God. So if you’ve completed the first 4 steps and you don’t sense the overwhelming love of the Father, go back and repeat them until you do. Only then will you be a true witness to the gospel of Jesus and the heart of the Father.

It’s All Shook Up

‎”Life in Christ has radiance so bright that all the dark shadows of negativity become sunspots of brilliance. Our ministry is to learn the beauty of exchange, firstly for ourselves, then to apply those truths to others so that they can be set free.” – Graham Cooke

Have you ever watched a documentary or a movie about making movies? The set or shoot is full of actors following a script written specifically for whatever it is the director wants to film for that day. But did you realize that movies are seldom if ever filmed in chronological order? Most are filmed in segments that are later pieced together in an editing room with the objective of creating a whole out of the parts.

That is often what it’s like when Holy Spirit invites you and I to ‘come up’ and see life or events from Heaven’s perspective. As creatures whose present existence lies within the confines of ‘Time’ we tend to think all of life, even that in the spirit, is acted out on a linear plane. As if everything sat on the back of an arrow and moves on a straight line.

But the realm of imagery, dreams, visions and impressions may or may not be that way. God, in whom all things exist simultaneously, including time, is not bound by those rules or that limitation of thought, action or deed. And because He’s not He sees both today, yesterday and the day after from any point of view He wants or needs to. This is yet another reason why it’s vital you and I understand that no matter how sensitive we may be to this language of the Kingdom we will only see in part. And even then what we’ve been shown could be anywhere within the limitless realm of Holy Spirit’s perspective.

Seeing through a lens or mirror darkly is not just about the glory of God in you and I as individuals, but it is also about how much of the picture Father wants Holy Spirit to show us at any given time. Sometimes it is our immaturity that limits our vision. At others it might be that He only wants to talk about one aspect of what’s going on so Holy Spirit may take you to the middle of the event rather than its beginning or end. Never assume that what you see is all there is to it. It is always better to err on the side of ignorance than arrogance.

But whatever it is you can rest assured that the Father of lights, in whom there is no darkness or turning away, has brought you to this place, time or event to reveal His love and light.

Activation

A little exercise that sometimes helps people to feel comfortable with being given the whole picture is to take a picture (a large one works best) and cut it up into at least six different pieces. Now take all the pieces and put them in a paper bag or box where you can put your hand in without seeing what it is you’re grabbing hold of.

Take the box or bag with you to your God place and after you’ve spent some time soaking in Abba’s love reach in and take out just one piece of the picture you cut up. Now ask Holy Spirit to talk to you about just that piece. As He does, try to imagine that He’s talking to you about just one piece of an event or person’s life and that at that very moment it is the most important part of the story. Now do the same thing everyday until all the pieces are gone.

When you’ve finished dialoging with Holy Spirit about all the pieces of the picture realize that God will always talk to you about what is important, when it’s important. And sometimes what’s important may not have anything to do with the when or the what you think it does. In other words, there are times when the answer isn’t found in the beginning but rather in the middle.

Calibrating God’s Love

“What does it mean to see a picture in your “mind’s eye”? This is like a screen inside your head where you see pictures of things all the time. If I ask you what your house or your car looks like you will probably picture it in your mind’s eye. This is also called your imagination. God gave you an imagination so you could experience His love for you.” Linda Boone; Intimate Life Lessons: developing the intimacy with God you already have.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that God’s love is immeasurable, unfathomable, incomprehensible etc. Fact is, you might have even read in it in one of our blogs. But if God’s love was never measurable, fathomable or able to be comprehended then how can you or I, who live in a measurable, fathomable, comprehensible world, ever know or understand it? Where would be our sense of security or confidence? How could we ever know for certain that we haven’t done something or said something that didn’t cause Him to withhold it?

Interesting that the Father created every person to have a unique ‘love language’. A certain way of expressing or receiving love and affirmation that is entirely unique to them. For some it is words. For others it is acts of selfless service, while still others find love by giving and receiving gifts.

“Your heart is a giant canvas, God’s love for you is the paint; give the King of heaven permission to create a ‘masterpiece of love’ upon your heart. For we all want to love, but we can only truly do that when we let God fully love us first.” Mick Mooney

The same truth can be found in the language of imagery, impressions or visions. Often Holy Spirit will assure, confirm and affirm the Father’s love to you by giving you pictures, images, videos, words or acts that your heart recognizes as Abba’s demonstrations of love.

For example you may be struggling with an addiction of some sort and every time you give into its temptation you find yourself in the cycle of guilt, shame and condemnation. Which in turn often causes you to believe that the Father has withdrawn from you and is waiting for you to ‘fix’ yourself so that He can restore the fellowship. But the reality is, it was you, not the Father who withdrew and it will take the Father to restore you. And one of the ways He does this is by giving you words, pictures, images, videos or impressions of His love and what you mean to Him. In other words He gives you things that are measurable, calibrated and easily fathomed.

Now it is rare to find someone willing to die for an upright person, although it’s possible that someone may give up his life for one who is truly good. But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.” Romans 5:7-8 (VOICE)

Activation:

Do you know what your love language is? The way you are best convinced that someone truly cares for you? One way to know is to think about how it is you yourself like to inspire, encourage and affirm others of your love and affection. Now take that same idea back to the Father and as you spend time in your God place, soaking in Abba’s love and affection, think about the time when you have felt the closest to Him, when you have known that you know that you are absolutely loved. Very often you’ll discover that it was when Abba spoke, acted or responded to you in the same way that you yourself love to relate and respond to others.

Be sure to journal what you discover so that in the days ahead when you’re struggling or not sure about where you are with Him, you can go back and read how He’s designed you to give and receive, and then meditate on all the ways He has been doing just that with you.