Paul Keith & Wanda Davis, & JoAnn McFatter
For several weeks the Lord has emphasized the importance of the latter half of this year in order to set the tone for the coming year. Many things initiated during the last six months of 2009 will usher in much of what will transpire in 2010.
Repeatedly, the Spirit has stressed the importance of understanding and implementing truth that has been prophetically outlined over the last several years. Instead of giving fresh new revelation it seems He is highlighting prophetic strategies and outlines already given that need to be realized and appropriated. We must narrow the gap between what we believe and what we are experiencing.
As I have inquired of the Lord concerning the economy, our spiritual condition and our nation’s political challenges, I have been given the same answer to each question… “Prepare My Bride.” If the bride can become who she is called to be then we will be delegated the authority to speak into all of these circumstances and begin to influence the spiritual, economic and political climates. Revelations 2:26-29 declares:
And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
There is a present call to maturity and to live the life of one who “overcomes.” I have written many articles concerning the issue of the “overcomer” and will once again share some of those insights in our determination to respond to this call. The benefits and blessings given to those who overcome are secrets to our prosperity and ability to respond to the needs of our generation.
As has always been the case throughout history, key individuals are uniquely and strategically born and qualified at specific times to meet the needs and challenges of their generation. It is now time for those born for this purpose to emerge as overcomer’s and delegate that authority into our day.
Kindest regards and blessings,
Paul Keith &Wanda and the WhiteDove team
The Spirit to Overcome
By Paul Keith Davis
One of the great encouragements for this day is the grace being granted to fulfill biblical promises related to the unfolding and demonstration of God’s Kingdom dimension and His Kingly authority. There are candid and profound prophetic promises identified in the blueprint and strategy of Heaven foreseen by the prophets and foretold in Scripture. Many generations of prophets and seers employed their revelatory gifting to forecast a day identified with the “promise” of God being fully manifested through a body of consecrated people.
Throughout the Church Ages, there have been admonitions and promises given to those who overcome the “spirit of the age” and personal adversity to be sealed into the Kingdom and rewarded with significant spiritual blessings. “To those who overcome” is a noteworthy identification directing the destiny of a body of people who are victorious in the struggle with our adversary, who often counterfeits God’s plans and purposes.
Therefore, this incredibly important issue of “overcoming” is not as obvious as one may think. There is a way that seems right unto man but the end thereof is destruction. The Lord clearly warned in Matthew 24 that a form of religion would emerge that was so close to the authentic that it would deceive the very elect, if it were possible.
There is a counterfeit anointing stemming from a subtle form of deception that is linked to the fifth “I will” of Satan and his misguided desire to be “like the Most High!” (See Isaiah 14) This is his attempt to emulate as closely as possible through zealous religious activity and natural beauty, a form of religion that relates his wayward aspiration to steal the very life of God promised to His people.
Historically, this has been the case in each expression of revival and spiritual outpouring throughout the Church Ages. However, a day has now arrived in which the rewards of the “overcomers” will be delegated and experientially apprehended by those who are victorious in this struggle and clearly recognize the misleading attempt of the enemy to steal the birthright of God’s people.
One thing that has always been of particular significance to me personally is the promise made to the “overcomers” of the Pergamum church.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. -Revelations 2:17
There is something intriguing and inviting about receiving a new name and partaking of hidden secrets. They are only hidden from the wise and prudent but freely revealed to the Lord’s friends as He promised in John 15:15.
In Scripture, each time a new name was given to God’s people, it always represented a change of their character and an impartation of Heavenly virtue for a specific task. Likewise, “hidden manna” is set apart and reserved to spiritually nourish a body of people who are willing to access this privilege.
Qualifying as an Overcomer
One of the great revelations to emerge in this generation is the qualification to be identified as an “overcomer.” There is a message of truth that has been delegated to each of the Church Ages since the Day of Pentecost. It has been the Bread of Life for that generation coming from the Spirit of Truth to be embraced and experientially apprehended.
During the days of Martin Luther the manna for that generation was the message of justification by faith. This was fresh and unprecedented truth to the masses because of the religious structure of the day mandating association with an institution rather than the Savior.
Following that generation there emerged the message of sanctification coming from John Wesley, George Whitfield and many others of that day. It was another Heavenly release of manna in the progressive restoration of the spiritual birthright of the Church. With the turn of the 20th century there came the restoration of the “Charismata” with the gifts of the Spirit, speaking in tongues and the experience of the infilling.
There has been the Bread of Life given to each generation with an incentive or reward to those who overcome the religious structures of the day to embrace that message. We discover these incentives in the seven letters to the Churches of Asia written by the Apostle John in his heavenly experience. Those seven letters also depict a clear spiritual appreciation of the past 2000 years of Church history with the applicable corrections, encouragements and admonitions.
Manifesting Kingdom Reality
We are presently living in the transition from the Laodicean Church Age into the manifestation of Kingdom reality. There is a tremendous display of Truth coming as manna for this day to transform and prepare a body of people to fully engage the Kingdom realm of Heaven and manifest that reality in the earth.
Even during the dark ages when the written Word was inaccessible to the masses, the Living Word manifested Himself to those who were genuinely seeking Him from a pure heart with right motives. Many historical accounts are recorded to validate this reality.
The apostle Paul was granted a great privilege to be a messenger in his day to present the Bread of Life to his generation. As a reward for that place of leadership and sacrifice, he is given the honor of presenting the “overcomers” of his day to the Lord as a chaste virgin. 2 Corinthians 11:2 states:
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.
That same privilege is given to the messengers of each generation charged with the commission and mandate to present the manna of the day to God’s people. It will be the distinguished honor of God’s anointed governmental leaders to prepare and present a body of people as chaste virgins to the Lord to whom He is espoused.
There are messengers sent to each age with a divine mandate and deposit of Truth that is like fire locked up in their bones that must be expressed and demonstrated. These are the stars in the hand of the Lord to present the revelation of Heaven to the Church. This present day has been identified with the promise of an unprecedented release of Heavenly manna through many messengers to groom a people to bear the Lord’s likeness and nature. It will be a multiplication of the “light” given throughout the seven Church Ages. According to the Isaiah’s prophecy:
The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter like the light of seven days, on the day the LORD binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted.
Abraham’s loyal servant, Eleazar, will typify these messengers of God. Eleazar was sent with a message and with gifts to secure a chaste virgin for Isaac, the one who was heir of the promise. This future bride could not be just an ordinary woman; she had to be of the same heritage and lineage as Isaac to become bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.
This is the perfect typical scenario to be executed in this day as well. There are “Eleazars” emerging as loyal and faithful servants and trustworthy stewards of God’s mysteries and power to secure a radiant and passionate bride for the Bridegroom. They will be a body of people who live as “overcomers” and enjoy the benefits promised in Scripture.
WALKING BY THE SPIRIT, PART 2
by Joann McFatter
Knowing the Spirit of the Lord will first and foremost determine our ability to walk by the Spirit. Becoming familiar thru meditation and communion will enable us to become more and more one with Him as we become familiar with His ways, His voice and His way of moving upon, in and through us.
As we gain understanding in just how to go about building up our own spirit man in Him, we end up interfacing with His Spirit as often as possible thru meditation, speaking in tongues, worship, and studying the Word. Becoming more like Him in our thoughts will only be realized as we familiarize ourselves with Who He is and how He has presented Himself to us through all of scripture and His interaction with mankind throughout history.
In doing a study on the Spirit of the Lord, we find that when the Spirit comes upon an individual, they do what they cannot do in their own strength. The angel speaking to Zechariah summed it up beautifully.
‘So he answered and said to me; ” This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.’ Zech 4:6
AND it doesn’t matter what their gifting is, it is increased beyond what they could do on their own. Just by looking at the variety of people the Spirit of the Lord came upon in scripture and seeing the result we see He is not a respecter of persons from Gideon to Ezekiel to David to Jesus. The list is long but I want to mention a few in particular.
It is said of Bezalel the son of Uri, an artisan in the temple of the Lord:
‘And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship.’ Ex 31:3-5
The verses following these go on to speak of all the rest of the artisans who were bestowed with wisdom, a particular aspect of the Spirit of the Lord referenced in Isaiah 11 that enabled them to do more in the area of creativity and skill than they could do on their own.
‘The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.’ Isaiah 11:2-3
It’s interesting that not discerning with our natural eyes and ears go hand in hand with having the Spirit of the Lord resting upon us. Of course, we hear that all the time but we seem to be having a hard time actually navigating that way. I hate to say it again because I know I sound like a broken record, but it really gets down to that greek, western, linear mindset we are steeped in.
Scripture also speaks of the Spirit of the Lord that rested on Moses being imparted to his 70 leaders. This time it had to do with the ability to lead, which evidently the 70 did not have prior to the Spirit being placed upon them.
‘Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp.’ Num. 11: 25-26
Amazing circumstance in that the Spirit is not subject to time and space. Two who were listed didn’t come to the same location, for whatever reason, and yet the Spirit was released upon them in the very same fashion. I believe it is indicative not only of the Spirit bypassing the limits we would put on physical placement, but also showing us that what is released ‘in the cloud’, or in the temple of which the cloud was representative, is meant also for the marketplace. It was the same release with the same result. It was offensive to their mindset but, nevertheless, the mind of the Spirit was true to the purpose of God.
Evidently, the Spirit coming upon them was for a particular impartation – that of leadership. It did not, however, make them perfect in their motives as their indignation with the way of the Spirit was made obvious by their reaction to the two who received the same portion even though they were ‘ not at the meeting’ . That is why it is so very important to allow God to take us through the process of dying to our own selves to be able to embrace fully His ways. Being anointed with the Spirit is no guarantee of possessing the character needed to carry it. We must do our part to submit to becoming like Christ.
Walking by the Spirit is so much more than just moving in signs, wonders, miracles, leadership, gifting, prophecy, etc. It is not about what we do, but rather it is about who we are. We seem to be finally coming into the understanding that walking by the Spirit has as much to do with our heart as it does our abilities. Walking by the Spirit has been a rare thing in the church – a lost art for sure. What I am excited about is that I believe we have turned a corner in our understanding of just how we need to posture ourselves before the Lord to carry what He wants to pour out.
I urge you to do a study on the ones who scripture refers to as having the Spirit of the Lord placed upon, or in them. I can’t take the time to go through them all in this article but it certainly gives us something to ponder in our hearts as we position ourselves in Him for the outpouring that is coming. I would like in particular to highlight Daniel.
First of all, the king was looking for
‘young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.’ Daniel 1:4
We know as the story progresses the king wanted them fed and taught by the ways of man prevalent in that day, being given the best that the natural realm could provide. Daniel and his 3 companions heard something different from the Lord and dared to step into it, walking by the Spirit in their dispensation of time. Scripture says that he was given favor to even be able to test what he was hearing as it was drastically different from the instruction given. I believe favor accompanies us as we obey the voice of the Spirit.
Long story short,
‘As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.’ Daniel 1:17
What I want to draw our attention to is the phrase ‘ God gave them ‘ what they possessed. It was not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord that they were endowed. While the others followed the mind of man, they followed the wisdom of the Spirit and, as scripture states, they were ten times better than the others. Not only that, they defied the laws of physics when thrown into the fire. They possessed excellence of mind, body and spirit AND they moved in what we would call the supernatural. I believe it was simply a natural result of walking by the Spirit.
As a result, Daniel possessed all of the following. He was a supreme example of one who walks by the Spirit in that he possessed it all; body, mind, soul and spirit.
‘There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father – your father the king – made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.’ Daniel 5:11-12
The exciting thing is that no matter what you were created to do during this lifetime, choosing to walk by the Spirit will bring increase in the natural while you are jointly partaking of the delight of moving by the Spirit. God always meant for the two realms to uphold each other and I believe He created us in such a way that we can operate fully in both. That is the invitation as well as the challenge set before us. It is for us all, whether we be raising children at home, making discoveries in a science lab, preaching on the street or creating the next work of art that the world scrambles to see.
In the end, the masses will not be captured by might, nor by power, BUT by the Spirit of the Lord!