We are all carrying eternity. We are carrying an inheritance. We are carrying a lineage. We are part of a grand relay race that has led to this, and what might be, the final leg of the journey. We carry the witnesses with us and all the prayers that have led us and all of the things that have been accomplished, things that have been lost and stolen and all of that. God looks upon us and sees the fullness of our DNA, our divine set apart calling for God and for heaven and we see war. We see conflict. We see burnt gates and broken down walls and lost moments. We see the hell that has been over us and especially mothers.
The greatest war over mothers is where there will be the greatest release of promise in the earth.
I saw something in Matthew when we see the first chapter… I wanted to talk about Naomi and Ruth and Naomi seeing her journey as nothing but going from full to empty; going from pleasant to bitter and the fact that Ruth could come along side in a heart of love. You see, when we are bitter, and in grief and loss, we can’t see our inheritance that we carry. Others see it. But we don’t see it anymore.
It takes somebody who can see what we carry and that we no longer value what we have been given because we have lost so much to have it.
- You see, we don’t gain things in the kingdom by them being added upon flesh.
- They are gained in the kingdom by flesh being depleted.
- Loss is gain in the kingdom.
- Defeat is victory in the kingdom.
And all of the journey to perfection; completion is through this horrific journey. It really is just horrific.
I remember at Christmas time being amazed at the lineage. Boaz was actually the son of Rahab. Rahab was the harlot who had set down the scarlet cord in Jericho. She also had opened the door for Israel to breakthrough that land and began to open the Promised Land.
So at that time, I thought to myself, “Well of course Boaz would have compassion for a Moabite because he had grown up in the home of a mother being a foreign woman who had been adopted into Israel.
I went back to see this, because I wanted to verify what I had seen. The lineage of Jesus, in Matthew, I saw that there are only four women recorded. Each one of these women are women who went through extreme rejection, persecution, difficulty, conflict or warfare.
- The first was Tamar. She was given to one of Judah’s sons who died, then given to another son to carry on seed. That son refused that and died. She was then promised one of Judah’s other sons, then denied that. Therefore, Tamar dressed herself as a harlot and opened the door for Judah to come in to her. Judah was her father-in-law. She conceived and brought forth her son Perez. The bible continues by saying, “Judah who brought forth Perez by Tamar…”
- The next one was Boaz, who was brought forth by Rahab.
- Then the next one was Obed, who was brought forth by Boaz and Ruth.
- Then lastly is Solomon who was brought forth by the woman who was the wife of Uriah, which we know to be Bathsheba.
The only four women mentioned in the genealogy in Matthew chapter one, are all women who had gone through massive struggles, challenges, disconnects, shame, reproach. But, they kept pressing toward the call, toward the prize, toward the thing that kept them. They didn’t yield, but they pursued.
The other part of my message, after spending a week before the Lord in this is in Jeremiah 31.
God kept talking to me about the loss that has incurred, carrying Jesus. When we refuse to be comforted, we cannot then receive the reward that is coming from the loss. To those who carry promise, the hardest part of our journey is to allow the Comforter to come to us at the point of loss. Then to no longer deny Him access to our grief, our sorrow, our confusion, our betrayal, or our “What happened? How could this lead me here?”
The most important woman in the entire bible was Mary. She walked out this experience of carrying Jesus.
The first city that Jesus ever came to, within two years, they lost every male child two years and under. This is where it says,
Thus says the Lord: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more.”.” Jeremiah 31:15
This was the prophetic word, when Herod sent the army and slaughtered all of the innocents two years and younger, trying to kill Jesus.
We have all heard a lot of beautiful teachings lately, regarding, “A woman shall encompass a man”. If you read in Jeremiah, you will find that the whole dynamic of this, is that God was trying to speak to her, who is refusing to be comforted, to weep no more and step up into faith.
The point of the matter was “How long will you continue to wander about, you backsliding daughter? Get back on the path because something that’s never happened before is about to happen—A woman shall encompass a man.”
In the bible, and in the Kingdom, when anything important ever happens, it is always directed to the feminine side of humanity—A woman in travail, birthing the mature church—Mary carrying Jesus into the earth Sarah carrying the promise. There is something about this composite.
When Eve was taken out of Adam’s side, it was from the part that covered—the rib that covers the heart and the breath. When that part was removed and made into woman, it now gave a unique role to women to come along side man, whether in the husband/wife relationship and then in Bride/Bridegroom relationship of the church.
The Lord showed me something. What I saw was that humanity is birthing divinity. Humanity is coupling to bring forth the promise. There is something about when breached, broken, and bruised humanity steps up and worships and begins to say,
“You are so worthy. Your word is so perfect. You are so glorious. I offer to You my total agreement again in everything You’ve ever said and everything You’ve ever done. You are my King, my Lord.”
Humanity, woman, encompasses the Man, Jesus. The Church encompasses the Man, Jesus. As I was processing, and listening, the Lord says, “Turn to 1 Kings. It is the sound of authority that all of us will carry because it is not just for women. Many men also carry a Mother’s heart. In fact, Paul said that Apostles were the ones who carried mother’s hearts in Thessalonians. This is so huge. This is so prophetically for right now.
Now King David was old, advanced in years; and they put covers on him, but he could not get warm. 2 Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman, a virgin, be sought for our lord the king, and let her stand before the king, and let her care for him; and let her lie in your bosom, that our lord the king may be warm.” 3 So they sought for a lovely young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 The young woman was very lovely; and she cared for the king, and served him; but the king did not know her.
5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6 (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) 7 Then he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest, and they followed and helped Adonijah. 8 But Zadok the priest, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and the mighty men who belonged to David were not with Adonijah.9 And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fattened cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En Rogel; he also invited all his brothers, the king’s sons, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. 10 But he did not invite Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, or Solomon his brother. 1 Kings 1-10
Where I began to see the picture began in verse 11. The Lord said, “Let everybody know this”: What we see often as “Oh no! What is precious to God and precious to me is about to be taken by another and removed from my hand or from the future.” This is not because this is the course that it is taking. It is the course of separation.
God allowed this event to take place for King Solomon, to enter into his kingdom with a clear understanding of:
- Who was with him and who was not.
- Who was in the covenant and who was following the promises of Abraham
- Who had self-ambition and who had God-yielded lives
So, we are in a precarious moment. This man was setting himself up to be king. He was taking upon himself to set a kingdom in place, but it was not the promise God had given Solomon, King David, or Bathsheba. So Nathan the prophet. Today, in our Transfer Service, we read that the prophet spoke to Bathsheba, the mother, the woman to encompass a man…
11 So Nathan spoke to Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, “Have you not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith has become king, and David our lord does not know it? 12 Come, please, let me now give you advice, that you may save your own life and the life of your son Solomon. 13 Go immediately to King David and say to him, ‘Did you not, my lord, O king, swear to your maidservant, saying, “Assuredly your son Solomon shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne“? Why then has Adonijah become king?’ 14 Then, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”
15 So Bathsheba went into the chamber to the king. (Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) 16 And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said, “What is your wish?” 17 Then she said to him, “My lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know about it. 1 Kings 1:11-18
Pause a moment and think about intercession. Pause a moment and think what God is offering us to come before the throne of the King:
- To call forth,
- To point out what is wrong, or
- What is in disagreement with promise and
- And, to call forth promise that may almost be swept away.
14 Then, while you are still talking there with the king, I also will come in after you and confirm your words.”
15 So Bathsheba went into the chamber to the king. (Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) 16 And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said, “What is your wish?” 1 Kings 1:14-15
Do you understand this? We can’t worship someone when we are bitter at them. We can’t yield homage to someone we are angry with. We can’t come into union with someone we are disconnected from. We
have to let go. We have to let go when the Comforter comes to us in the present moment, so the relationship with our Lord is restored to the one that was brought into, in our marriage.
We let go of everything that has led us to this crisis moment. Because this crisis moment will not shift if we come in without the understanding, that He is Supreme King forever and ever. It does not matter what happened to any of us, or how it happened, or why it happened. It just matters that He is King and worthy of honor and worthy of worship. Something powerful happens there. The sorrow is put aside to give
worship. The hurt aside, the questions, the quandary, the contentions, the fighting, the reproaches, the anger, and the angst—all of it—we must put it aside that we might worship the King, our King! When that is there, conversations can happen.
16 And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said, “What is your wish?” 17 Then she said to him, “My lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.’ 18 So now, look! Adonijah has become king; and now, my lord the king, you do not know about it. 19 He has sacrificed oxen and fattened cattle and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the sons of the king, Abiathar the priest, and Joab the commander of the army; but Solomon your servant he has not invited. 1 Kings 1:16-19
This was a coup. It was a coup done in the form of a religious sanction that we were now establishing the next government to rule over Israel. It was done in every form that would hold. It would never have been challenged had not this first been discovered, then God uncovers it by the prophetic sound. Then all of a sudden, now David is given opportunity to arise and set back into place. This is because only King David could do what he had promised he would do.
Only Jesus can do what He promised each of us that He would do. Only Jesus can do what He promised. We cannot do it. We will lose. But, He can do. We must let go and come into this. Can any of us imagine Bathsheba? She knew that she was following the prophetic sound and went forward.
20 And as for you, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. 21 Otherwise it will happen, when my lord the king rests with his fathers, that I and my son Solomon will be counted as offenders.”
22 And just then, while she was still talking with the king, Nathan the prophet also came in. 23 So they told the king, saying, “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. 1 Kings 1:20-23
Even our prophetic words and prophetic promises need to bow down to the King. We don’t come dictating to Him, “This is what You said, therefore You do it the way I thought You should. I want You to restore it the way I want it…or I won’t go on. Nathan just deferred. Deference. Jesus is Supreme.
And Nathan said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Adonijah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and Abiathar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Adonijah. But me, even me thy servant, and Zadok the
priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and thy servant Solomon, hath he not called. Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him? Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba.
The intimacy that you hold with Jesus to be a part of the encompassing, the completion, the exchange, the transfer, is huge.
28 Then King David answered and said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 And the king took an oath and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, 30 just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ so I certainly will do this day.” 1 Kings 1:28-30
A latent promise, going dormant about to fall asleep with the last breath of a king, is awakened by:
- The move of the Spirit and
- The sound of the voice of God and
- The worship of the wife who carried the promise been given.
The deference and honor, God then rises up. King David moved from his bed of affliction, his no voice moment, and raised up and spoke from history – “God who has delivered me out of all my distresses”. Which was to say, “I’m going to see to it that the same God will do it today, and that which I swore to you will be today. And then listen to the sound of what he says”.
31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, “Let my lord King David live forever!” 32 And King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. 1 Kings 1:31-32
It does not matter what the devil has set up in our lives. It does not matter what order has been put in to become the false rule over our lives, or our future or lineage. It does not matter who’s in place and what sacrifices have been made, and what homage is being given, and what party is being thrown… IT DOES NOT MATTER!
If the Lord stands up, makes a decree and He calls true authority, and true priests, the true prophet, the true commander of the army, and the true mighty men, then it will not matter one iota what has been put in place. It is swallowed. This is what it means that death shall be swallowed up by life. This is when ashes become the life of beauty. This is glorious.
We can go before the Lord and stay in that worship posture. We can give Him total freedom. We don’t make God do what He does because He owes us. He owes us nothing. We move God’s heart when we worship Him and give Him freedom to do anything and say He can and will. However, we do not dictate how He should or shouldn’t.
When we are not saving our lives, we are yielding our lives. If it is that I be slain, then I be slain.
This is the day of decree. Today is the day of declaration. Today is the day of declaring and decreeing, this is what the Sovereign Lord will say! This is what He has promised. This is what He set in motion. I don’t care how it looks; we don’t have to do anything. We cannot do anything. It is He who shall do all things. He shall declare. He shall rise up!
33 The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. 34 There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 36 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! May the Lord God of my lord the king say so too. 37 As the Lord has been with my lord the king, even so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.” 1 Kings 1:33-37
There is no loss we have endured that will not be multiplied a hundred times greater than the loss.
There is no capacity of hell to transfer itself and put itself in place of rule over anything that God has given you, which God cannot bring. God will put it in such order, such divine delight, such rightness, goodness and beauty, that all of the earth begins to rejoice again.
The church is coming alive because Jesus Christ is rising up from His seat. He is making decrees over us. Making decrees! We are hearing the sound! Hallelujah!!
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 9am: The Father’s Heart Interns will be leading the service. I have a declaration that the Lord has given – the decree of the King – making all things new. There is a new sound growing in this generation a sound of liberation.
Sunday, 10:20am: Nations Prayer – 30 minutes of intense and vital intercession over the nations of the world. The kingdoms of our Lord.
Sunday, 11am: The Father’s Heart Interns, led by Ally Ferris, will be leading our service. I have a decree to release – Son-ship to Reigning – How this Generation is coming into their Destiny.
The Heart of the Father is burning toward this Generation. Our response? To know Him, love Him, love His body, and receive His love toward us.
Join us as we respond to His cry for us to come closer. We are inviting all those between the ages of 18-40 to journey with us in one of two ways:
The first is the Father’s Heart Internship (FHI). It is an invitation to step into our identity as sons and daughters, to build community with like minded people, and to step into a mentorship by the Senior Pastor. for more information on FHI.
The Second invitation is the Father’s Heart School of Leadership (FHSOL). This is a call to those who choose to be trained in leadership, are willing to step into their destinies, overcome fear, and learn how to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as we serve, in love. It is a discovery of the best leader that has ever walked the face of the earth, Jesus Christ. for more information on FHSOL.