Vision and Word:
As we enter this holy week and celebrate in varying traditions, I was compelled to send this word and vision to you. The vision occurred while on a strategic prayer journey to Mt. Ararat in Turkey last week. The vision was as follows:
I saw a mountain (like Ararat) with the upper half of Christ's body coming out of the mountain. In His hand was Matzah bread. His hands crushed the Matzah into fine flour. As He opened His hand, the flour fell to the ground. Outstretched hands from the earth below received the fine flour and as they did, a loaf of bread was formed and lifted back to Him. The aroma of the bread caught His attention and was pleasing to His nostrils. Jesus reached down, and picked up the bread. As He did so, the bread became a giant key in His hands.
As we enter this holy week, no matter what tradition you celebrate, there is a real remembrance of the suffering the Lord took upon Himself for the sins of the world. Matzah is a symbol of man's humanity. In this vision, there was a distinct crushing of man's humanity.
Many are crying for "more fire, more of His Presence, more of Him in our lives." In this vision, it was through the crushing that we became a pleasing aroma to Him. It was through the crushing, becoming like flour in His hands, that manna fell to the ground. It was through our praise with uplifted hands receiving the crushing and manna, that transformed us into fresh bread. Will we allow Him to crush us to make room for more of Him in our lives. Will our praise push us beyond our circumstances, even beyond our wins, beyond our weariness, beyond complacency, beyond doubts and fears, beyond our weaknesses, difficulties, and strongholds. Will we allow Him to crush even past successes so that a new freshness can arise within us. In this time of crushing and resurrection, can we review our ministries and approach to our calling, is there something new that He wants to do?
It is through the crushing, whatever the circumstances, that makes way for more of Him in our lives, the fresh bread that releases the aroma of Christ. It is this fresh bread that becomes a key. It is this key that opens new doors, and releases His life-giving authority. Whatever is crushed, lift up your hands in praise and receive the manna of heaven.
"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phil 3:8-13
In our weaknesses...He is made strong. May the beauty and aroma of Christ be released through you in this most holy week.