Seven Steps to Revival Part 4 by Kay Keith Peebles

In Part 4 we reach the final step to revival. If you have missed the other three parts of Seven Steps to Revival: Step 1 Holy Dissatisfaction, Step 2 Holy Desperation, Step 3 Holy Separation, Step 4 Holy Consecration, Step 5 Holy Revelation, and Step 6 Holy Overwhelmed, you can find them in the archives on our website.

In 1990 I was invited to go on my first over-seas mission trip to Honduras. Prior to that trip I had been a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship but I had done no witnessing or prayed with anyone to receive Jesus in their heart. The thought of doing so terrified me.

When the call came inviting me to go, something leapt inside of me. I discussed it with my husband, and accepted the invitation. I did not know Spanish but a Spanish teacher in our church began offering classes at the same time I committed to the trip. In that 6-week period I was able to learn a few words and the basics of pronunciation. I received a Spanish/English New Testament with the Psalms from the Gideon Society. It would enable me to find a scripture in English so that I could read it to others in Spanish.

On that trip I gave my testimony for the first time which was translated into Spanish. I also received the courage to read a Bible tract to individuals and lead them to the Lord. My most challenging and exciting opportunity came when several of us were able to go inside a Honduran prison and witness to approximately 100 inmates who had committed major crimes including murder. Several of us gave a testimony and a pastor preached a message of grace to the men. I witnessed God touch these men, ignite them with His Holy Fire and fill them with His Holy Spirit. It was amazing. I was not only able to see the Gospel taking place before my eyes, I was privileged to participate and possibly make a difference in someone’s life. It was as if I had stepped into the book of Acts and was watching and participating as Paul addressed the crowds. It made the Bible valid; the Word and the power of God came to life as I saw true Christianity in action.

That trip opened my eyes toward the nations. I realized how blessed we are in America and I was educated about the conditions many people around the world face every day. It was humbling, but it also fueled the desire to reach out and help others less fortunate than myself.

My world view, my understanding of the Bible, and the Great Commission to which we are all called transformed my life. I could no longer be satisfied by focusing on what I wanted to do, living in a small world that revolved around me. I had to get involved beyond myself and touch other’s lives for Jesus. That trip gave me a “mini” revival!

Holy Dissatisfaction Step 1 causes us to contend for the faith by recognizing the discrepancies between Bible testimony and the actual life of the individual believer. It motivates us to be dissatisfied with “neutral” Christianity which produces no fruit for the Kingdom. Holy Desperation Step 2 motivates us further to steadfastly pursue the things of God, while weeding out the heaviness of the world’s influence.

Holy Separation Step 3 exposes those bad influences in our lives and gives us the grace to remove them, making more room for seeking the Lord and studying His Word and His Ways. Holy Consecration Step 4 opens our heart, cleanses it from the erosion of sin, and gives God a clean slate to work with.

The next two steps are the result of the Lord’s response to those who humble themselves before Him. By doing so, they express their desire to know Him more, to dwell daily in His presence, and to be positioned to build His Kingdom by influencing those around them wherever He may send them. Holy Revelation Step 5 opens our spiritual eyes to see the Lord in a way we have never personally experienced Him. Holy Overwhelmed Step 6 infuses us with His nature and His power which will enable us to represent Him in the earth.

Holy Transformation: Step 7

The word transform in Webster’s Dictionary means to change the form of, to change, as the natural disposition of, to be changed in form.

The Bible is filled with testimonies of people who loved the Lord and served Him all their lives. They were able to be strong, through the power of God, against those who are evil by doing mighty exploits by the power of God because of their obedience to His will. The Lord used simple human beings and worked miracles, signs and wonders through them to show the world Who He is, how powerful He is, and how great His love is for all people.

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he pervert by flatteries; but the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32.

In Step 6, Holy Overwhelmed, I included the example of Isaiah and his encounter with the Lord. It begins in Isaiah 6:1-13. Isaiah had the revelation of the Lord on His throne in heaven. He was completely overwhelmed by the revelation of the Lord to the degree that he repented for himself and the Israelite people. In that process, Isaiah’s encounter with the Lord transformed his life.

Knowing that the revelation impacted Isaiah, the Lord asked Isaiah a question, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? ” Isaiah’s eager response to the Lord was, “Here am I; send me.” Once Isaiah knew Who the Lord was/is, he was willing to participate in building His Kingdom in the earth. He could no longer be a bystander, it was now imperative for him to be a participant in what God was doing.

The Lord made him a prophet to the nation of Israel. He gave him instructions to warn the people of the consequences of their sin, and encourage them with promises of His protection and blessing when they repented and obeyed His Word.

It was the same for the Apostle Paul (Saul); once the Lord overwhelmed him on the road to Damascus, Saul became Paul and he, too asked a question of the Lord. “Then he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me [harassing, troubling, and molesting Me]? And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance]. Trembling and astonished he asked, Lord, what do You desire me to do? The Lord said to him, But arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (See Acts 9:1-31)

Once the Christians, who were well aware of Saul’s persecution of the saints, saw and heard Paul give his testimony, they were amazed at his transformation. He stood before the Jews he had served by persecuting the Christians, and preached Jesus as their Messiah fearlessly and boldly. The Apostle Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament giving the groundwork of understanding the Christian faith and how to apply it in our daily lives.

Knowing the Lord transforms our lives. His presence changes us from fearful to fearless, from sinful to righteous, from self-centered to God-centered, and from self-pity to compassion for all who are hurting and bound. Our eyes become open to the realms of God, our ears more clearly hear the voice of God, and our mouth declares the will of God. Rather than being passionate about worldly things, we become impassioned with the vision of God to bring His Kingdom down to earth. Rather than waiting for and expecting someone else to accomplish God’s will, we become believers who understand that He desires us to partner with Him to bring His will into the earthly realm.

Our plans become insignificant to His. Our small mindset of our “little corner of the world” is changed to His Holy agenda for building the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Possibilities become probabilities when nothing is impossible with God.

Holy Transformation causes us to become activated to do the work of the Lord. As the Lord instills in us His dreams and visions for His people, we become a vital component in their coming to pass. Revival is a life-long experience because we will never fully know all the depths and breadths of God, but we can dwell in His presence being sustained by wave after wave of His Glory as He continually changes and empowers us for greater things. “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude] so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you}.” Romans 12:2.

America is no longer a predominantly Christian nation. Many who call themselves Christians are trees with no fruit, no power and no Godly witness. The only hope we have is in God, but He can do nothing unless we become willing to be a part of the solution. “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Revival is a gift of God’s grace. There will be revival in our land and the world when the people of God turn from their worldly activities and seek Him in all humility and repentance, not just for our own sins but for the sins of our nation. When I compare myself with the world I appear righteous, but when I compare myself to the Lord Jesus, I can do nothing but fall on my face in repentance.
We have all been asleep on our watch and it is time to wake up and get going, but we must first be revived by the Spirit of God before He can activate us into His high calling. When Moses confronted the burning bush in the wilderness, all his excuses melted in the Glory of God’s presence. He was transformed to do a task to set the Israelites free from bondage.

Today, our generation is still included in the Lord’s mandate: “All authority (all power and rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you , and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).”

God is building His Kingdom in the earth today. The question is, will we rise up and take our place with His body of believers? Will we allow Him to revive us and our faith, increase our perspective to include the world, and allow Him to transform us to be His instruments in His glorious plan? Will we, like Isaiah, be willing to say, “Here am I Lord, send me”?

Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Larry W. Peebles

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When times were difficult in the family when I was growing up, my Dad would say he was caught between a rock and a hard place. Other times he would say “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.” He was feeling squeezed, caught or trapped between two hard and undesirable outcomes. Five of us (Mom, Dad and two brothers) grew up in a two bedroom, one bath house. Money was tight, so bills that came with the surprises of life (such as emergency auto repairs, doctor visits, or children that grew so fast clothes no longer fit) caused a panic until the next paycheck or the first of next month. Mom and Dad always seemed to figure a way out of the financial tough spot, the need was met, and life carried on. My Dad taught me to pay the bills on time, and to save for the future. Those lessons have paid off tremendously for my wife and me.

Mom has gone to be with the Lord, and Dad, at age 97, may not be far from taking that same journey. Looking back at those “times of crises”, I am reminded that the vast majority of them either went away, or they were somehow solved or minimized.   As someone said, statistically speaking, the end of the world does not come all that often. As I matured, and especially as I matured in my relationship with the Lord, I came to see that it was His hand that guided us through those tough times, and we were stronger for having gone through them. I am also more appreciative of my blessings for having gone through them. I do not want to trivialize or gloss over anyone’s crisis– financial, medical, relational or otherwise. I well understand any crisis may prove to be small, or it may prove to be a matter of great agony, even life or death. It is not fun to be caught in a tight place that seems to be choking off life itself.

Regardless of the nature or magnitude of the crisis, the Book of Exodus gives us a strong example to stand on when times of crisis have us feeling we are caught between a rock and a hard place. In Exodus 14, following a series of miraculous plagues intended to convince Pharaoh to free the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery, Moses had led the people on a freedom march to the bank of the Red Sea (v.2). However, Pharaoh had changed his mind about letting the slaves go free (v.5), and had led an army that included 600 of his best chariots, all his other chariots, and the officers over them in hot pursuit of the Israelites (v.7). The fastest moving part of the strongest army in the world at that time was furiously closing in on the rear of their march. The Egyptians were in an extreme rage, as the final plague had taken the first-born from among them (see Exodus Chapter 11). As the Israelites stood with their backs to the Red Sea, and looked at the rapidly approaching army of Pharaoh, courage melted like wax in the hot desert. They were terrified (v.10), and were sure of certain death. The people cried to Moses it would have been better to have stayed in Egypt as slaves (v.12). They were in a tight spot. There was nowhere to go, and no way out.

Moses may have also looked at the advancing Egyptian army. However, sensing the sea to his back, and full well knowing he was caught between a rock and a hard place, he lifted his eyes above the army and looked to the Lord. He did not focus on the problem, and he did not look into the eyes of the several million people watching him. In the most difficult position he had encountered to this point in the exodus, and in the strongest test yet of his leadership, He looked to the Lord. Then in verses 13-14, we read “Moses answered the people, Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians [the enemy] you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” [Emphasis mine.]

What a powerful declaration under the circumstances. Caught between two alternatives that presented certain death or surrender (back to slavery) as an outcome, Moses was able to predict yet a different outcome no one thought possible. The Egyptians did not have the Israelites right where they wanted them; God had the enemy right where He wanted them. They were full of rage and revenge, closing in on a massacre that would set back the Israelites’ hope for freedom for hundreds of years. But God sees things differently than does the human eye. A situation that seemed certain death or defeat for Moses and the children of God was about to miraculously turn on the enemy. Moses predicted specifically that they did not need to be afraid. The Lord would deliver them. They did not need to fight. The Lord would fight for them. They needed only to stand firm and stand still. Then he boldly challenged them to take one more look, because the enemy (Egyptian) they saw today, they would never see again. Not only would they not be harmed, the enemy would be totally annihilated. It was in fact the enemy that had placed themselves between a rock and a hard place, and they would suffer the consequences.

The conclusion of the story can be found in Exodus 14: 15-31. Movies have been made from the story. God parted the Red Sea, and dried the ground so the Israelites could cross safely. When the Egyptian army pursued, He released the waters held back by His hand, and the entire army was wiped away. Verse 28 says “Not one of them survived.”

Here are some encouraging takeaways, things to remember when caught between a rock and a hard place:

  1. Great leaders depend on Divine guidance. The framers of the Constitution of the United States and the signers of the Declaration of Independence were aware of the grave consequences of declaring freedom. They were totally dependent on Divine guidance for the courage and wisdom to take those steps that led to this United States of America. It is not a sign of weakness to pray for guidance. It is a sign of wisdom.
  2. When one looks around and sees problems on all sides, it is time to look up. Moses was able to accurately predict the outcome to the people because he had been talking to God.
  3. God, and only God, can produce some outrageously wonderful outcomes from the worst set of circumstances. The Israelites did not just slip away from the Egyptian army in the dark of night. They did not manage to cross the Red Sea at low tide and leave their enemy to deal with high tide. They did not run away from the enemy and leave the battle for another day or another generation. They proceeded safely, continued their march to freedom, and the Egyptian army was annihilated. Game over. Problem dealt with once and for all.
  4. The bigger army is not always the best defense. The Israelites had no army. They had been slaves for hundreds of years, and were not trained or prepared for war. They were being pursued by the best army in the world at that time. God is the best defense against the enemy. They were told they did not even have to fight. They were told to stand and look at the enemy one last time, because God was about to deal with him.
  5. This is a warning to the enemies of the children of God. It is also a warning to those who should be children of God but are not. The land these Israelites were marching toward was the same land God had promised to Abraham. God had promised Abraham He would bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed (or opposed) him. When Egypt enslaved the descendants of Abraham, God decided He would set them free, and would destroy their oppressor. This is a warning to all to choose sides now. Choose to be a child of God.

I have not counted personally, but have read that the Bible contains 365 times the phrase “do not be afraid”. That’s one for every day of the year. Not only is fear counter-productive, it does not reflect the fact that God is on our side if we have made Him Lord and Savior of our lives. I encourage you to make that choice today. Then ask Him to remove your fears. What you think is a spot between a rock and a hard place might be the trap for your enemies.

Seven Steps to Revival Part 3 by Kay Keith Peebles

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In Seven Steps to Revival Parts 1 and 2, I covered four steps, Holy Dissatisfaction, Holy Desperation, Holy Separation and Holy Consecration. These two articles are available in the archives on our website.

Holy Revelation: Step 5
Twenty years ago I was in a Sunday morning prayer group that interceded for the morning service. One Sunday I had a vision of the worship in heaven. I did not see the Lord, but I could hear the multitude in heaven repeating over and over again, “Holy, Holy, Holy…” Each time they repeated the word holy, they spoke with greater intensity, and at times, gasped as if seeing something they had never seen before. The worship was intense, vibrant and alive. I realized the multitude had existed for thousands of years, since the creation of man, and no one appeared bored or tired of the worship. I then saw an enormous, magnificent diamond on a rotating platform.  Colors beyond comprehension radiated all around it.  It had billions of facets surrounding it and a huge bright light continuously illumined a new facet as it rotated. I realized that the Lord was the diamond, and each facet revealed another glorious truth about His character. Through all eternity we would never be able to exhaust our worship of Him because of the unceasing revelation of Who He is. That vision caused me to become more excited to know Him and to experience His presence in heaven for all eternity.

Holy revelation is a gift of God’s grace. Through holy revelation we experience Jesus as we have never seen Him before, and acknowledge Him in that exalted position. When we pursue the Lord’s presence, seeking to know Him in greater depths, He will disclose to us yet another revelation of Who He is. Peter, James and John had been disciples for some time when they saw Jesus transfigured. They had grown comfortable with Him in human form and had seen many miraculous signs and wonders. Jesus allowed them to see Him in His glorified body and their perception of Him would never be the same. (See Mark 9:1-10).

When our searching causes us to find the Lord in a greater manifestation of glory than we have experienced before, we will learn to recognize who He really is and our whole life will be changed. Matthew 16:15-17 “He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.” (See also Matthew 14:27-33).

Holy revelation takes us from believing in the realms of the natural, to understanding in the realms of the Spirit. It is the place where nothing is impossible for our faith. It takes us beyond our natural eyesight and transforms our thinking, our believing, and our living to the realms of the Spirit of God. It changes our focus from what the enemy is doing, and opens our spiritual eyes to see what the Lord is doing. Our perspective is lifted to a heavenly realm where we can see beyond anything we have previously known.

The prophet Elisha prayed for his servant Gehazi’s eyes to be opened to see the chariots of God positioned and ready to defend them from the armies of man. (See 2 Kings 6:14-23). Our eyes will not only see, but believe the impossible coming to pass. 2 Kings 6:15-17 “When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, Alas, my master! What shall we do? [Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them. Then Elisha prayed, Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see, And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round Elisha.”

Our understanding of God is limited and we will never fully know the purposes of the Lord with our natural mind. When the Lord reveals Himself to us personally by His Spirit, we can then truly own the knowledge of Who He is. It is our experience with God that supplies the understanding we need, and not by merely studying His written Word.

The written Word can be limited by man’s interpretation. Personal experience, which affirms the Biblical testimony, carries the greater weight of explanation for the scriptures. It is impossible to tell someone who has had a true revelation through a personal experience with Jesus that He does not exist. The same is true for those who have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. Without a personal revelation, we are building our faith and trust on someone else’s testimony which will not hold under the scrutiny of pressure.

When the people of God experience revival, the revelation of God they receive increases their previous understanding of the Lord and His kingdom. The Spirit of Revelation ignites with their Spirit and they are raised to a whole new level of knowledge and authority. Holy Revelation inspires, invigorates, empowers and thrusts us into destiny!

Holy Overwhelmed: Step 6
Holy overwhelmed is the state of being immersed in the presence of the Lord to the degree it completely changes our focus. The prophet Isaiah had this kind of encounter with the Lord. Isaiah 6:1-4 “In the year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew. And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”

Isaiah was so overwhelmed by what he saw and heard in heaven, he felt ashamed of his humanity, way of living, and his view of life through his natural mind and senses. His response to the Lord was classic, “Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5).

An encounter with the Holiness of God exposes our nakedness and total lack of defense before Him. His purity and holiness confronts our petty attempts to be like Him and we find ourselves feeling wanton in comparison. Every false motive we have had, and lame excuse for laziness becomes futile. As painful and humiliating as it is to look upon our life through the lenses of His holiness and purity, it is just as glorious to see Him as He is. His grace becomes all the more powerful and amazing.

Saul (now known as the Apostle Paul) had the same type of experience as Isaiah did, while on the way to Damascus. (See Acts Chapter 9). As a Jew and a Pharisee (See Acts 23:6), Saul was zealous about serving God by exterminating the Christians. At the time, most of the Jewish hierarchy did not believe Jesus was their Messiah. Saul had acquired papers from the leadership in Damascus giving him authority to apprehend Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial. He was fervently on his mission when the Lord Jesus overwhelmed him.

The story continues in Acts 9:3-6, “Now as he traveled on, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him, And he fell on the ground, Then he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me [harassing, troubling, and molesting, Me]? And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance]. Trembling and astonished, he asked, Lord, what do you desire me to do? The Lord said to him, But arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

It is so easy for us to have a zeal for the Lord and think we are serving Him, yet find ourselves at odds with what He desires for us to do. By pursuing the Lord and His presence, we are positioned to be re-directed if our course does not line up with His plan. When He overwhelms us and we are confronted with His Holiness, Truth, and the Fear of the Lord, we gratefully lay down our plans in exchange for His, and rejoice that He intervened on our behalf!

Holy Overwhelmed, God has our undivided attention. All distractions are gone, excuses are repented, and resistance is quelled. Our only response left is, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” It is at this moment we are the purest we have ever been. This is the closest to Gethsemane we may ever come.

Holy Revelation and Holy Overwhelmed are the rewards of the first four steps of Holy Dissatisfaction, Holy Desperation, Holy Separation and Holy Consecration. The first four steps result in emptying ourselves of all fleshly desires and motivations, leaving a void for Him to fill.

Holy Revelation and Holy Overwhelmed fill that void with a greater revelation and understanding of our Lord and Who He is. The spiritual heavens have opened above us and we have been privileged to see the Diamond of heaven, and some of its facets have reflected into our heart. We have been forever changed and are now poised for the final Step to Revival.

Where Two Streams Run Together by Larry W. Peebles

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Land with water is better than dry land, and two streams are better than one.

This thought rolled in my head as I strolled along a clear mountain stream in the mountains of north Georgia. My wife and I were hiking along Wildcat Creek at its junction with Amicalola Creek. These two creeks come together only a mile or two below beautiful Amicalola Falls, a 729 ft. high cascading waterfall coming off the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   The Cherokee named it Amicalola, or “tumbling waters”, and it is the largest waterfall of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

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Where the two fast flowing creeks come together, one powerful river is formed. At the junction, the water of the two separate sources becomes indistinguishable. They flow as one, and together accomplish what neither could accomplish alone. The increased velocity and volume at the junction causes ripples and churning as it passes over the rocks. This injects new oxygen into the water. There is fresh life and energy at the junction, at a higher level than was present before they joined. Hickory nuts and berry vines grow along the banks. I wondered what it would have been like for the Cherokee Indians and early settlers to hunt, fish, and live in such a place. Many today only dream of living in such a beautiful place.

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Caleb’s daughter Acsah knew what she was doing when she urged her husband Othniel to ask Caleb (his father-in-law) for land with springs of water. In Judges 1: 12-15, Caleb had promised the hand of his daughter in marriage to the man who attacked and captured Debir. His nephew Othniel took the city, and in turn married Acsah. Othniel would later become not only the first judge, but one of the more prominent judges of Israel. From the captured lands, Acsah wanted the land with springs of water. She did not wait for her husband to ask; but neither did Caleb wait for his daughter to ask. He knew she needed something, so (v. 14) when she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” She replied (v.15), “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water. Then Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.” The Negev region is notably dry, but it is said today that these springs still water the farmland around Hebron.

This passage points to some interesting spiritual questions. If one is living in dry land where life is difficult and unproductive, should he ask for water? Is it possible to live in a land where there are two springs of water? Is our heavenly father so eager to provide such a place that He will act before we ask, or act immediately when we ask? What is the impact when the two streams run together? This land where the two streams run together might illustrate something other than real estate. Consider the following streams:

1. Natural /supernatural streams– Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female, he created them.” Because we are created in His image, we are supernatural beings, just as He is a supernatural being. Our spirit, the true essence of who we are, will live forever. We are born with an instinct for the supernatural, and if that instinct is not satisfied in a relationship with God, the One who created us, it can be perverted into seeking the supernatural through contact with the dark side in things such as witchcraft, devil worship, sorcery, and new age practices, to name a few. It is true we are born into a natural world in a natural body, and are given the five senses to help us navigate through life as we know it. However, we need to exercise and grow our sixth sense of the supernatural, so that walking and talking with God, and experiencing His miracles, wisdom and His divine presence becomes commonplace. Jeremiah 29: 13 reminds “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” We hear His voice as we walk out His plan for our lives. We realize He is the supernatural source of wisdom and favor in all we do. As we begin to experience this on a daily basis, we are living in that land where the natural and the supernatural streams are flowing together as one, mighty and powerful.

 

2. Visible/invisible streams—As we start to move in the supernatural realm, we realize we are also moving in the realm of the invisible. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:18-“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Just because the supernatural is largely unseen does not mean it does not exist. If a person has lived in south Florida their entire life, and has never seen snow, they might develop a false belief it does not exist. To the extent the unseen is eternal, just as is our spirit man, it is more real than the natural world around us. We must grow that sixth sense of the supernatural, or else we will spend our lives in a world of the five natural senses, all the while believing that must be all there is available to us. When we spend our day speaking and counseling with an invisible God, we are living in a land where the visible and the invisible streams flow together, full of new life and perspective.

3. Kingly/priestly streams—God created the role of the priest from the tribe of Levi. The role of the priest was first to minister to God, then to minister to the people. They were given a share of the offerings on which to live. The role of the king was to rule over the people, judge their causes, and control the land and financial resources in the kingdom. The priest was never given control over the people or the resources. The priest or the prophet was to be God’s voice to the king, as directed by Him. These two streams are flowing together when matters that concern the priest also concern the king, and vice versa. The spiritual influence available to the priest is used to assist the king, and the king and his resources are available to assist the priest. The widow, orphan, hungry and homeless are not just the concern of the priest or the king, they are the concern of both. The moral direction of the people is the concern of both, and that direction points to God. Separation of church and state is not important; rather, there is cooperation of church and state. When these two streams join instead of conflict, there is a fresh energy from the Holy Spirit. They can accomplish together what neither could accomplish alone.

4. Earthly/heavenly streams—When Jesus was asked how to pray, part of His answer in Matthew 6:10 was to pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The goal of this prayer is to see God’s kingdom in heaven manifest in the earth as it did at creation in the Garden of Eden. God is worshipped and obeyed in Heaven. His provision for our eternal life is beyond our imagination, although there are numerous accounts of the grandeur of Heaven from those who have had an experience there. There is no sickness, worry or poverty in Heaven. When these two streams join and flow as one, there is no distinguishing heaven from earth. The effect of sin is driven out of the earth, and God’s perfect will is done on the earth just as it is in Heaven.

I realize this is a lofty vision of life, but there are more examples of streams than I have discussed here. Without having lived in the Garden before sin, it is impossible to know what God’s original creation and intention was like before it was corrupted and polluted by sin. I think we have to assume it was Heaven on earth. We are told to pray that God’s perfect will would (again) be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We have a choice to continue to live in a dry land, or ask for water. If we are going to ask for water, why not ask and believe for two streams of water, flowing together right where we live? Then we should listen with our supernatural sense for the sound of the supernatural, invisible, and heavenly waters.