Paul Keith & Wanda Davis, & JoAnn McFatter
We at WhiteDove Ministries trust that the beginning of 2007 has already marked a significant shift in the Spirit for this coming season. For us, it was as though the Lord drew a line in the sand on December 31st, launching the Church into a new release of His grace.
Although there are clearly difficult issues ahead, it will also be a season of profound victories. A scripture was given to me for those who desperately desire to live on a higher plain with Him. It came from 1 Peter 4:2-3 saying,
that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles.
The time in our past is already sufficient for living according to the spirit of this world. We can now close the door on the past and proceed into the future and no longer live motivated by the will of the flesh, but for the will of God. There is a tangible grace that can be apprehended for this incredible mandate.
That is our prayer from WhiteDove Ministries and will constitute the essence of everything we do in this coming season. Let us press on to live the remainder of our days on this earth for the will of God and the Glory of His son Jesus.
Abundant blessings of favor and grace
Paul Keith & Wanda Davis and the WhiteDove Team
The Light of Favor
By Paul Keith Davis
In the course of ministering to His people, the Lord often allows tokens or expressions of His grace that helps identify individuals He desires to bless. This was initiated with me a couple of years ago. I discovered when I looked at certain people they seemed to stand out of the crowd in a specific way. It was as though their countenance shone more brilliantly, like a light of illumination around them.
Invariably I discovered these people were experiencing some measure of God’s dealings at that precise moment. On one occasion, the apostle Paul was ministering at Lystra and noticed a crippled man listening to his message. The Bible tells us that Paul looked intently at him and recognized Heaven’s virtue on the man and declared with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” The passage goes on to tell us that the man was instantly healed. (See Acts 14:8-10)
There was something imparted to Paul that allowed him to see an anointing of grace and favor sufficient for the man’s healing. I recall recognizing something similar on a young woman in an audience of 1600. I identified her and asked her to come forward and describe to the gathering what was taking place the moment I pointed to her.
Unexpectedly, my next thought turned to apprehension as something said to me, “what if she was thinking about going to McDonald’s for a hamburger at that precise moment.” Nevertheless, I knew that I recognized God’s anointing of light around her and believed that He was dealing with her.
Fortunately, this turned out well! She testified before the congregation that at that precise moment something surrounded her and reminded her of an experience she had many years before as a young girl when the Lord spoke to her about her personal destiny.
Grounded in the Word
Naturally, everything we do in a spiritual context needs to be grounded in God’s Word. When I began to articulate this unique anointing before God’s people, I desired a scripture to biblically highlight its reality. Inevitably, our enemy attempts to counterfeit everything God is doing and I wanted our confidence to be in the Lord and His Word.
I understood that the Bible clearly tells us that our God is the Father of lights. Furthermore, we are described as the “light” of the world and shine as a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. When filled with His Spirit, we are illuminated with His virtue. Though we may not always recognize it in the natural realm, it is nevertheless true.
When I asked the Lord for a scripture to further substantiate what I was seeing, He led me to a passage that was somewhat surprising, but incredibly encouraging.
Oh that I were as in months gone by, as in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone over my head, and by His light I walked through darkness; As I was in the prime of my days, when the friendship of God was over my tent; When the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me; When my steps were bathed in butter, and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!
— Job 29:2-6
The Lamp of God shines above our heads as an emblem of His favor and grace. The Holy Spirit emphasized this passage at the end of 2006 as a banner for 2007 and beyond. For those who are desperate to move deeper into the things of His spirit and live the life of one who overcomes, this season will be a time of grace for advancement.
This Scripture provides a word picture of someone living in God’s fellowship and favor. At the time of this proclamation, Job was experiencing a period of refinement and pruning that caused him to temporarily lose the awareness of God’s friendship and communion. It was only his comprehension that was suspended, not God’s love for him.
Perhaps this describes what many believers have been experiencing in this past season. Fortunately, we know that Job emerged from this undertaking with even greater measures of God’s blessing and Heavenly light resting upon him.
A Season of Light
The time has now arrived for the Body of Christ to be endowed with eyes of illumination that are flooded with Heaven’s light. That is, we are to begin to embody more fully the radiance and revelation of the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom. We are not merely to have the message of the Kingdom, but become the message.
We are to be living epistles and God’s Word incarnate if we are to meet the needs of this generation and become the army prophesied in Scripture. The lamp of God shining upon us is a symbolic representation of God’s favor for this purpose.
The steps of this company will be “bathed in butter” as a portrayal of the walk of those who overcome and live as “victorious ones.” This designation illustrates a divine orchestration that establishes the walk of the righteous and the fulfillment of Heavenly purposes.
Likewise, we are to demonstrate the message of healing and deliverance to a needy generation. That is the “butter” that bathes the path of the righteous and the “streams of oil” that prepare the way for those who are called the friends of God. The pathway of God’s people should be lined with miracles, signs and wonders to validate the message of the Kingdom and cultivate the souls of those who hear it.
Butter along with olive oil are two of the more perfect oils provided in nature. They are symbolically used to illustrate the favor and blessing placed upon God’s covenant people. The Lord has been prophetically releasing these emblems of His grace in this present season of the Spirit.
Favor for Victory
Divine favor is defined as God’s goodwill and acceptance that provides spiritual benefits that flow from Him. It was God’s favor that allowed Moses to understand His ways and ultimately ask to see His glory.
Without this endowment we simply cannot achieve the mandate placed upon us as God’s representation on earth. The arm of the flesh, no matter how articulate or gifted, is woefully inadequate to meet the demands of this needy generation. Only Christ in us, supernaturally doing through us what He did on the earth in human form, can meet the challenge.
That is the model we see demonstrated in the early church. It pleased the Lord to utilize illiterate fishermen by stepping into them and living through them to change the world.
Gods favor promised in this passage will do five things:
1. Provide God’s continual friendship and counsel in our homes and ministries.
2. Provide perpetual fellowship in His presence.
3. Our children will return to us and enter their destiny.
4. Our steps will be established with blessings and favor.
5. The Holy Spirit’s anointing will flow freely in our lives.
Butter on the Lips of God’s Priests
In Isaiah 7: 15 this expression is prophetically utilized to characterize the nature of the Lord’s life and ministry and a time of maturing; Butter and honey will He eat until He discovers the distinction between light and darkness and learns to refuse evil and choose good. This is the ministry of extraction and separation of the mature that we are presently being called to.
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil — Hebrews 5:14
This revelation is prophetically speaking of a people coming to spiritual maturity that experience God’s favor and light of revelation that provides a higher wisdom direct from Heaven’s Throne.
The Zadok Priesthood portrayed in Ezekiel 44 is also a representation of the Royal Priesthood presently emerging for this divine purpose. It will be their duty to begin to separate and extract the precious from the profane…the clean from the unclean.
Those who emerge in this hour according to the characteristics described in these passages will be the ones who have “butter” on their lips to convey Heavenly wisdom and live under the lamp of His favor.
Fireside Chat with Bob Jones
By Paul Keith Davis
Recently I heard Bob Jones share the testimony of a revelation he received from the Lord concerning our lack of the miraculous in the Western church. His revelation was that we in the West believe that all things are possible with God. Our problem, however, is with the issue of “doubt.”
To be honest, I struggled with this insight for sometime before the Lord helped me understand it more fully. Initially, it seems that his revelation is a contradiction. After all, having faith that God is a big God and can do all things is fundamental to our belief in the nature and character of God. Therefore, how is it that we continue to have doubt?
The answer was found in Mark 11:22-23,
Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.“
Careful examination of this passage reveals that the Lord Jesus was dealing with two realms: First the realm of belief that nothing is too difficult for God and then the realm of doubt that He will do miraculous things in response to us as individuals.
Believe and Doubt Not
The lesson our Lord was teaching His disciples and us, dealt with the supernatural arena of faith; faith so great that mountains could be removed. Those could be mountains of opposition or literal mountains of dirt and stone. There will be a place in God in this coming day that both will become reality.
The Lord made the proclamation for us to “have faith in God;” He then begins to apply the principal on an individual basis declaring, “I say to you.” He is now addressing us singularly and our personal place of faith in Him. Whichever one of us as individuals says to a mountain, “be removed” and does not doubt in his heart, but also believes that the sayings will come to pass, that person will have whatsoever he says.
Here you can see both dimensions; the realm of belief and the extraction of personal doubt. When the Lord began to talk to me about this principal He made me understand that many in the Western church believe that He is an all-powerful God. We believe that if He ever raised the dead, then He will always raise the dead.
We believe that He is the God of the miraculous and the God of multiplication. However, although we believe that God does all these things, we doubt that He will do them through us.
We believe that God heals and delivers through some great healing evangelist, but we doubt he will do it, “through little ol me.” Many Western Christians believe that God still does great things; they simply doubt that he will use them as individuals to accomplish the extraordinary. Therefore, it falls into the realm of revelation for us to see our individual role in this economy and engage ourselves in the supernatural dimension of God’s nature.
Why Not Here
In the course of interviewing various ministries who have seen miraculous things in Third World nations, we discovered something interesting. They related that people in these desperate nations simply do not have doubt. Once they are convinced of the reality of the Lord Jesus, they instantly see the miraculous because they have not been acclimated to the realm of doubt as we have in the West.
They are spiritually minded people, although most often it has been misappropriated on idolatry; once their belief system is rightly aligned with our Savior, then the miraculous flows freely. When they believe, they believe wholeheartedly that God will do for them what has been articulated by the missionaries.
The prophet once said, “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for you” — Jeremiah 32:17
Let us now in this generation began to appropriate our faith in this living reality without doubting His desire to do great things for each of us as individuals. As the apostle James once said,
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind— James 1:5-6
Kingdom of God Transition
By Joann McFatter
Transition………one of the most widely used words in the body of Christ these days; almost to the point of losing its impact. The transition for us all has seemingly been so drawn out that it’s become a way of life – one that produces a love/hate relationship with the very concept.
I remember hearing a man give the illustration of God closing one door with the promise of opening another; the tension being that He failed to mention just how long the hallway between those doors was. I groaned in response, as do many of you. Never did I dream at that time that the door that had been opened was connected by a vertical hallway rather than a horizontal one; Thus, our struggle with this otherworldly transition.
AFTER THIS I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A DOOR STANDING OPEN IN HEAVEN! AND THE FIRST VOICE WHICH I HAD HEARD ADDRESSING ME LIKE (THE CALLING OF) A WAR TRUMPET SAID, COME UP HERE, AND I WILL SHOW YOU WHAT MUST TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTURE. REVELATIONS 4: 1 (amplified version)
Interesting that it was the sound of a war trumpet because that is exactly what is happening in this “transition” that we have been called into. We must basically wage war with the old mindsets that keep us from “coming up” into this divine opportunity. It is an invitation to enter a heavenly door into the revelation that we need to “overcome” in this transition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the Earth.
That is the ultimate transition that we are a part of. That is why we struggle so when we view our experience as a horizontal one. Though we do have a personal walking out of it, the only way we will find our way is to first engage in the vertical transition that is taking place.
AND FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN THE BAPTIST UNTIL THE PRESENT TIME, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN HAS ENDURED VIOLENT ASSAULT, AND VIOLENT MEN SEIZE IT BY FORCE (AS A PRECIOUS PRIZE – A SHARE IN THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM IS SOUGHT WITH MOST ARDENT ZEAL AND INTENSE EXERTION). MATTHEW 11:12, (amplified version)
I propose that the naturally minded man, along with his traditions, has taken the Kingdom of God captive here on the Earth and therein lays the task before us. The problem is that we are our own worst enemy. This war must be waged within us if the Truth is to be manifest on the earth.
NOR WILL PEOPLE SAY, LOOK! HERE (IT IS) ! OR, SEE, (IT IS) THERE! FOR BEHOLD, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU (IN YOUR HEARTS) AND AMONG YOU (SURROUNDING YOU) LUKE 17:21 (amplified version)
Again, from this verse we see it is not horizontal, but vertical or inward that we must look. We must look up to receive the inward transformation that must take place. And I believe the first and foremost revelation that will bring us there is through that open door in Revelation 4.
Somewhere along the line in recent years we passed out of the church age into the Kingdom age. Unless we realize that the very nature of it is Spirit, we will continue to hit those walls, with which we are all too familiar, over and over and over. We must wage war with our dullness of spirit to press into the revelation of who He is in order to release the Kingdom of God in the Earth; it all centers around the very revelation of “Worthy is the Lamb !“ It is by this that we become overcomers of this realm. It is this very scripture that “the testimony of Jesus “is brought to fullness.
“WORTHY ARE YOU, OUR LORD AND GOD, TO RECEIVE THE GLORY AND THE HONOR AND DOMINION, FOR YOU CREATED ALL THINGS; BY YOUR WILL THEY WERE (BROUGHT INTO BEING) AND WERE CREATED. REVELATIONS 4:11 (amplified version)
Then we are brought even deeper into the revelation in the next chapter.
“AND I SAW LYING ON THE OPEN HAND OF HIM WHO WEAS SEATED ON THE THRONE A SCROLL (BOOK) WRITTEN WITHIN AND ON THE BACK, CLOSED AND SEALED WITH SEVEN SEALS; AND I SAW A STRONG ANGEL ANNOUNCING IN A LOUD VOICE, ‘ WHO IS WORTHY TO OPEN THE SCROLL? AND (WHO IS ENTITLED AND DESERVES AND IS MORALLY FIT) TO BREAK ITS SEALS ? ‘ AND ON ONE IN HEAVEN OR ON EARTH OR UNDER THE EARTH (IN THE REALM OF THE DEAD, HADES) WAS ABLE TO OPEN THE SCROLL OR TO TAKE A (SINGLE) LOOK AT IT CONTENTS. AND I WEPT AUDIBLY AND BITTERLY BECAUSE NO ONE WAS FOUND FIT TO OPEN THE SCROLL OR TO INSPECT IT. THEN ONE OF THE ELDERS (OF THE HEAVENLY SANHEDRIN) SAID TO ME, ‘ STOP WEEPING! SEE, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE ROOT (SOURCE) OF DAVID, HAS WON (HAS OVERCOME AND CONQUERED) ! HE CAN OPEN THE SCROLL AND BREAK ITS SEVEN SEALS ! REVELATIONS 5:1-5, (amplified version)
As the Lamb approaches, the scripture goes on to describe the scene and every creature’s response to This One who can do the act that no one else in all of creation can do. And we read on to the culmination of this revelation that He alone is worthy, with the resounding decree of “Worthy is the Lamb! “
My point in all of this is that as we struggle with the transition of the body of Christ at large, as well as our own personal transitions, that perhaps we look in the wrong direction for our ultimate destination. If we take care of His Kingdom manifestation within each of us, the natural outcome will be our horizontal transition being fulfilled.
BUT SEEK (AIM AT AND STRIVE AFTER) FIRST OF ALL HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS (HIS WAY OF DOING AND BEING RIGHT), AND THEN ALL THESE THINGS TAKEN TOGETHER WILL BE GIVEN YOU BESIDES. Matthew 6:33
We should learn from Solomon, who as a young man had already purposed in his heart that he would ask for wisdom, or as is can be understood in the original language “a perpetually hearing heart “toward the Lord.
Paul Keith Davis once had a vision of Solomon as a young man contemplating God’s promise to his father David. Solomon knew that one of David’s sons would follow him as Israel’s king.
In his vision, Paul Keith watched as Solomon withdrew to an isolated area and pondered in his heart if perhaps he could be the one. Though he recognized many of the more favorable natural attributes that existed in his brothers, Solomon concluded that if given the opportunity he would desire to have a “hearing heart” of understanding so that he could rule God’s people in righteousness and justice.
The Bible confirms that the Lord commended Solomon after his wise request by saying “because this was already in your heart.” Solomon received the desire of his heart and all the many things that he did not ask for, because he desired, more than anything else, to have the ability to hear God’s voice continually.
The admonition “He who has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying,” is so appropriate for us in this hour. We hear it so often and I pray that we do not allow the impact of its relevance escape us.
O that we would have that perpetually hearing heart that can recognize the Lord’s voice calling us to “Come up here “into the revelation of Jesus Christ. He is the only One who is worthy! In doing so, we truly can make the transition that we are experiencing to be made manifest as the sons of God in the Earth. Let Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in us as it is in Heaven; that we might truly see Your Kingdom come to life before our very eyes.