April 2011

Paul Keith & Wanda Davis, JoAnn McFatter, & Natalie Davis

Hidden Champions

Paul Keith Davis

“I have many hidden champions living quietly in obscurity who have Heaven’s attention.” That is a statement I heard from the Lord in a dream while in Tucson, Arizona during our, “Sons, Taught of the Lord” conference.

On the second morning of our conference I had a powerfully vivid dream that provided a very encouraging message. In it, I found myself in a horse stable with the great racing champion, Secretariat. I was thrilled to observe firsthand Secretariat’s beauty and strength; his mere presence was awe-inspiring.

While admiring this incredible champion I was also reminded of the revelatory messages I have brought since 2002 involving Secretariat as a prophetic picture of God’s last day champions; men and women of valor with enlarged heart’s for God and increased capacity for His Kingdom. I’ve written about this in, “Books of Destiny” and shared it in numerous spoken messages.

At that moment a gentleman walked into the stable that I intuitively recognized as the foremost authority on horses. He watched for a moment as I admired Secretariat, then spoke saying, “Secretariat was a great champion—but there were many more just as great as he was who also had enlarged hearts and great capacity.” I was somewhat startled at that statement and argued slightly saying, “Secretariat was the single greatest champion ever. There was no horse greater than Secretariat.”

With that statement the man gently stated that he begged to differ. He went on to explain there were many great champions just like Secretariat who also had enlarged hearts and great capacity, but they lived in secret and in obscurity. I then realized that I was not speaking with a mere authority on horses, it was the Lord! I was receiving a much-needed lesson on a Kingdom mystery.

Many More Hidden

The Lord was letting me know for every celebrated champion known in a public forum, there are also many others just as great who are satisfied to live covertly and never widely known. Even so, they have Heaven’s attention and win great victories in His name and release considerable authority in the Earth.

Our Great Redeemer is going to touch His people and amplify our desperation for Him and His Spirit. We will be so filled with Kingdom there will simply be no room for anything else such as doubt, unbelief or the spirit of this world.

The end-of-the-age Bridal Company/Sons of the Kingdom will have increased capacity for God. The eternal truth of 2 Chronicles 16:9 is directly applicable saying:

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His….

He let me know that many of these will experience profound increase and expansion and be given a public forum and ministry with various media outlets to promote the Kingdom’s message; but for every one of those there are many others that are strategically hidden. I knew that was a message for this hour.

Special Grace for the Hidden

There is a grace and anointing for those living in secret places whose “life is hidden with Christ in God. “ Maybe they do not have a public platform, but there are many grandmas, grandpas, stay at home moms and others who have great capacity for God with vital roles in His plan. There is going to be a pronounced grace and favor placed upon their intercession and revelation that will have considerable Kingdom impact.

While sharing that in Tucson I was also reminded of another experience. It was the instance of having received a profound revelation that I had never read in a book nor heard someone preach. A revelation dealing with divine justice and it’s relevance in the last days.

I felt the Lord had perhaps extended His scepter to me and had directly given me this wonderful breakthrough revelation of Biblical truth. However, sometime after that I went into a vision and I watched a little granny who lived alone spending her hours interceding and praying for the revelation of the Kingdom. She literally bombarded Heaven with her prayers until the Heavens opened. It was as though she came directly before the Lord Himself and He extended His scepter to her like Esther. I watched as the Lord gave her the very revelation that I had subsequently received. I then watched as she began to decree and proclaim that revelation.

I was experiencing a parabolic picture of how revelatory insight is often gathered and released in the Earth. As she prophesied the revelation it was as though that message went forth from her mouth and broadcasted into the Spirit realm. It was a scene similar to that in Isaiah 51:16 saying:

I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are My people.

She did not prophesy it to a crowd of people nor a corporate body, but privately under a powerful canopy of God’s anointing. I watched that message go forth from her mouth into the heavenly realm like a radio signal. I then observed myself enter my prayer closet and put up my “revelatory antenna” and spiritually discern or tune into the very revelation she had received and decreed into the Spirit. I then began to formulate that truth into written and spoken messages. I saw how the orchestration of heaven involves us all in His plans and purposes and the fruit goes into all our heavenly accounts accordingly.

She actually received the breakthrough revelation and prophesied it into the Spirit. There are many key individuals who do not have a public forum or a large platform to share their revelation, but that is the way the Lord intended it. There are the “Simeon’s and Anna’s” that we discover in Luke 2 that live in obscurity but with a promise from God.

The Anna’s & Simeon’s

The prophetess Anna spent the vast majority of her adult life in the Temple praying, fasting and waiting for the Redemption of Israel. Simeon had an individual promise from God that he would not taste death until he had seen the “Consolation of Israel.” There you have these two individuals living in obscurity but with God’s promises.

They were satisfied to live hidden while contending for the realization of the promise. It was given to them with an incredible fulfillment by holding in their hands the Salvation of Israel, the Messiah, and Redeemer of the world. What a privilege!

The prophetic message and word of encouragement for these hidden champions is that grace is being granted for you to go into that place of prayer, intercession and birthing. The Lord has shown me these are humble and contrite individuals that do not demand a lot of attention or a large platform, but are satisfied having God’s attention; saints who know God and when they pray the heavens shake.

I want to encourage you in that destiny and responsibility. Continue to prophesy your revelations into Spirit realm. Though you may not be required to stand before a company of people, many of the most profound decrees and proclamations will go forth in a very intimate setting. Even so, that word will go into the realm of the Spirit and will not return void without accomplishing its purpose; that is, to make way for the Kingdom of Heaven to bring forth a Bridal Company/Sons of the Kingdom that will transform this generation.

O! THAT WE WOULD SEE JESUS!

JoAnn McFatter

Just as all creation groans for the manifestation of the sons of God, there is a groaning in union with the cry of “OHHHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” The unsung song of creation has yet to be expressed in sweet relief
at His appearing in the earth. As the sons of God emerge in the power of unadulterated Love moving across the earth to truly bring the Kingdom of God and heaven to the earth, I believe we will begin to hear and even see creation altering its sound. This isn’t just about humanity; it’s about all of creation. This earth and heaven will be replaced by a new heaven and earth as the way is made for perfect Love to take up residence once again as
referenced in Revelation 21:1,

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

It’s about the restoration of Love and all things that have bowed to Him resonating in unity with Him, the Personhood of perfect love – Jesus Christ. “OHHHHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!”

Perhaps it will take disaster, hardship, economic crisis, etc to awaken us to Love. One of my all-time favorite verses has been. Romans 13:11-14:

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

The awakening to Love is at hand. One way or another, we will awaken to the meaninglessness of a life not lived as one being ‘born from above’.

NOW THERE was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (a leader, an authority) among the Jews, Who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know and are certain that You have
come from God [as] a Teacher; for no one can do these signs (these wonderworks, these miracles–and produce the proofs) that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you,
that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.

One of the ways God is turning evil into good in our lives is the stripping away of all that keeps us distracted. We are being forced to see what is important and in the process we choose to allow Love to rise to the top. It
is an invitation motivated by Love. We choose whether or not we behold with “eyes that see the goodness of our God in the land of the living” even in the hardship that may very well be coming our way.

Years ago when God came in a dream and said to me, “I’m going to teach you to love”, I was very excited that He had visited me —– until the event that was to be the catalyst for my lesson in Love happened a few days later.
And yes, as you can imagine, it was the most devastating loss, betrayal, and bottomless pit of pain I had ever experienced. I quickly came to the realization that I was incapable of rising to the occasion with Love on my own
and would only accomplish it by His grace. I cried out for grace. I was not even at a place to cry out for love — only the grace to survive the journey to Love.

I believe that is what being ‘born from above’ is made of. John knew about Love beyond any of the others. He experienced it as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. We have to truly experience being loved by Him in order to know love in order to become Love. Ultimately, it is a state of being that overrides any other response to any given situation. I love being around the rare individual who is deep into the journey to becoming Love. There is a safety and a lack of judgment that resides no matter what is going on. That’s not to say anything goes or that there is no standard in God. As Paul would say:

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 certainly not!……….” Romans 6:1-2a

We should, however, desire to walk in this perfect Love that casts out fear, so that His kindness would lead us to repentance. Most of us have not been raised in this understanding and our filter is tainted. We tend to hear and see through our belief systems that are crippled by the lack of experience with true Love. Again, the cry rises, “OHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” This and this alone will be our salvation and solution.

Never in all of my life have I been so in touch with the need to see Him face to face. There is a groaning deep within us to encounter Him for ourselves, and not just to read someone’s interpretation of His words or to
listen to yet another opinion that is held by others. In all that we ponder, study and pray into there is nothing that can replace an encounter with Him. I’m talking about a face to face that is not our imagination, or a vision, but a ‘pinch me I’m real’ visitation with the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.

As the Spirit and Bride continue to cry, “Come!”, let it be face to face, AND the reflection of Love personified in the earth through ones who have experienced Him. Even let it be Love that casts out all fear and heals all diseases moving in and through us. The following is a verse from a song I wrote during that period of time in my life…

Cast Your shadow over me, shine Your Light upon my soul For in Your presence darkness fades from my sight
And all things disappear in the shadow of You

He told me we were ‘trapped light’ and left me with the impression that the more “one” we become with Him the more we are swallowed up by His love, the more this light would come to the surface and shine. We were originally created in God’s image. God calls Himself Light and Love. Let all things disappear in the shadow of You……….

“OHHHHHH! That we would see Jesus!” —- Face to face and at work in and through each of us in the days to come. The power of Love made manifest in the healing of hearts and diseases. The resonance of Love in and through us that results in demons recognizing the authority of the sound of Love in our voice, causing them to flee. Could it be that they will know we are Christians by our love?

Set Free By the Grace of God—My Story

Natalie Victoria Davis

On March 12, 2010, The Lord made a significant change in my life. When I was at the darkest place in my life, living with complete hopelessness, the Lord did something that I thought was impossible; He gave me a hope when there was no hope, He gave me peace when I was covered in anger, bitterness, and self-pity. The Lord gave me grace when I deserved judgment. Ezra 9:8 says:

And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

The freedom that I received had already taken place at the cross, but it was my decision to allow that manifestation to overtake me. The Lord gives us the choice to live our life in our own will, or to allow Him to provide that will for us. He already has a set plan and destiny for us, but He gives us the freedom to make the decision of living our life for ourselves or for Him.

I accepted the Lord as my Christ and Savior at the age of 6, and I always loved the Lord and believed in the word. However, at the age of 15 I was in an automobile accident that was very minor at the time. After the accident I began having severe back problems that led to years of physical therapy, injections, and weekly visits at the chiropractor. At the age of 18 I had my first surgery that provided a few years of comfort. I went on with college and work, but when I was 20 I had an experience with an evil spirit.

I was aware of the demonic realm, but never really took seriously the affect it can have on someone not living for Christ. I began to experience more health problems after that day. I experience jaw problems, stomach problems, and began to have back problems again. I was in considerable pain and discomfort everyday.

When I returned to the doctor they told me the disc had become herniated. A few months later I had my second back surgery, which was not a success. Six months later, after my third surgery, I became very angry and bitter. I did not understand why I had to be going through this pain. I began to blame everyone around me including the doctors, and even Jesus. I did not want help from anyone; I wanted to have self-pity because my thoughts were that no one knew what I was going through.

I was smothering with anger, depression, and complete hopelessness. I had allowed the enemy to fill my thoughts and ways with sin. I began to turn to things of this world to cover my pain. I became oblivious to what I was allowing to enter my soul, and did not even realize the damage that I was bringing on myself. I became addicted to prescription medication; the only thing I wanted was to be numb from the pain I was experiencing.

I was trying to hide my problems with the drugs, when in reality I was causing my problems to grow. I had become someone I knew I was not; I became what I think was like a silent zombie. I had no conscience, no emotion, no care, and no hope. I was as far away from the Lord as one could be, completely living in darkness. I was so hopeless that I would tell the Lord take me now, if this is how I am going to have to live for the rest of my life then take me now. I felt I had no reason for living, no purpose, because I was so blinded by the lies of the enemy.

For years I would go back and forth between Mississippi and Alabama. I would begin to get things in order with my life, and as soon as I started pulling things together the enemy would suck me back into my old ways. However March of last year my sister was getting married, and I knew that something had to change or else I could lose my life.

The night after Annah’s wedding the Lord gave me a dream where Annah was speaking to an angel. The angel told her that I was going to have one more fall, but that she had the choice to give me a second chance or to end it right there. She told the angel I want her to have another chance so I can see her shine as bright as the morning star. At that moment I did not know what that term meant. I did not think that fall would have been 3 days later, but I am thankful that it happened when it did and that it was revealed and dealt with at that moment.

On March 12 my dad sat me down and told me that I had to make a choice; that I could not live like that anymore. I had been hearing my family and friends telling me this for years, but at the moment when I looked into my dad’s eyes I saw the pain that I was not only causing him but that I was causing my Father in heaven as well. At that moment I like to think of it as I got my heart back.

The Lord shattered the coldness that had been built up around my heart. I made my decision right then that I knew if I continued going the way I was that it would soon lead to misery or death. I said to the Lord, “Lord, I am done living my life in my own will and way, I cannot do this on my own, I give you my life.”

That is all it took for me to say, because that freedom had already happened at Calvary, it was just me agreeing with that and having the faith to receive that healing. That day the Lord healed me of all pain and sickness. Every ulcer in my mouth and stomach was healed. The pain that I had been experiencing for 8 years was completely gone, and has been since that day; and since the Lord is so good He also healed me of allergies that I had since I was a little girl just because He loves me so.

He delivered me from every addiction that I was living in; I did not even experience withdrawals, nor did I have one urge from that moment to ever take pills again. I received the freedom that took place when the Lord sacrificed Himself for us. Even when we mock and abuse and blame the Lord, He still loves us and waits for us, never turning His back on us.

We tend to blame the Lord for the trials of this world, but the Lord wants to face the trials for us. We do not have to wait until we get to heaven to have everlasting life, we can have it now if we will just allow the Lord to crucify us with Him. We are to be Christ-like and have the power because of His blood to overcome the sins of this world. 1 Peter 4:1-2 states:

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil desires but rather for the will of God.

After this Sunday afternoon I would lock myself away in my room and fellowship with the Lord. I was getting to know the Lord all over again, I was so hungry for Him and finding the truth that comes from Him. I began to deal with the issues that I had been hiding around with sins of this world. The Lord was so gracious with me; it was hard but also very easy at the same time because I had Jesus to help me. He comforted me with His presence and love.

I would sit in my room for hours and read the bible and other books. I received a desire to read, which I struggled with all during my school years. The first book I read was my dad’s, Thrones of Our Souls, and it was as if that book was written just for me because every day the Lord would reveal an issue I had and would help me overcome it. The Lord then blessed me with such an amazing opportunity to travel all over the world this past year. The Lord had me on such an acceleration of redemption. Joel 2:25 says:

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

This is what the Lord has done and is still doing in me. He allowed the enemy to plunder my life, and He saw me make that wrong decision before I was even born; but God made a way for me. Even though I had years stolen from me, the Lord has redeemed those years within months. I have gained so much strength and confidence in who I am in Christ that the enemy would have been better off to leave me alone.

I thank the Lord every day for the life that He has given me, for the healing and the sacrifice He made for us. The Lord has given me true happiness; He has showed me what true love feels like. God is love; He is the love that sacrificed Himself for us even when we hated Him. He laid down His life for us even when we blamed Him for the trials of this world.

We are always going to face the things of this world, but I now do it with a different perspective, I see it from another view. I see it with hope and love for His people. I now have a reason to live, and that reason is to see Jesus receive the fullness of His reward for that sacrifice. As tough as situations may get, and as hard as things may seem, they are never to be big nor too small for Jesus. I have found such peace in Him every day.

The Lord blessed me with an opportunity to go to Africa this summer. That experience was me stepping out on my own and experiencing the love God has for us. When I went to Africa I knew that I was going to see things that would change my life forever, and I did; but the love I experienced there is what really changed my heart.

These African people who have nothing; no water, no electricity, no TV’s, internet, or phones, all they have are their relationship with Jesus. They were the happiest, most joyful people I have ever been around. They were not drenched with the things of this world, but they were filled with the joy of the Lord. It is such a sobering thing to experience. When I returned home I was in complete shock, to go from having nothing of this world to only things of this world was difficult to work through. That is when we have to find that place in Christ where we are always in His presence, to not allow distractions into us, to put our complete focus on the Lord. We are to completely yield ourselves to Him and made to be like Him.

Pastor Steven Shelley said something that has been glued to my spirit. He said that our identity is to be the reflection of His character, power, and image. That is my daily prayer, to love like He loves, to think like He thinks, to speak like He speaks. It is our decision how we live our life. The destiny of our life has already been written, but it is our choice to come into agreement with the Lord and allow Him to occupy us so that the destiny He has for us can be fulfilled.

My prayer now is that people who are smothering in addictions, hopelessness, depression, anger, bitterness, pain, self-pity, and all the lies from the enemy can experience the presence of the Lord the way I did. Just one moment with Him, one touch from Him can change your life forever. One encounter with God and I have never been the same.

It is my desire to bring hope to those who feel that they have lost it all. I went through 8 years of feeling like things were only going to get worse, to now everyday knowing that things are only going to get better. Every day I grow more in the Lord, and I experience more of His love. There is no reason to feel such emptiness when the Lord has already taken that pain from us. He made that sacrifice for us so that we could experience everlasting life, here, now on earth.. We just have to believe in Him and have the faith to know it is done. The victory has been won; the freedom is there for us to embrace. Revelation 12:11 says:

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

That is my prayer today that the people of this world can too overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, everyone can overcome. I give all the glory to the Lord for the healing of my body, the deliverance of my sins, the freedom of all chains that were holding me down, and the redeeming of the time that was stolen from me. I will now live not for my name, but for His name, and to bring glory to His name every day for the rest of my life.