Friday, April 22, 2005

Storm over Portland before the proclaimation

Sunday, April 17, 2005


Michael A. Danforth
Apr 14, 2005

There is a poetic generation that is coming forth in this present hour more than any other time in history. These poetic people carry detailed expressions of the Father's heart. They are interior decorators of the body of Christ. They have an enlarged heart that was given to them through the breath of God. This increase of breath enables them to broaden the understanding of those who still look upon the kingdom of God through a mirror ever so darkly.

Their visions come from the inside out. They speak from the secret places of the most high. They know what it is to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. They cry out with a high language that graphically details the Father's love toward his bride. To be a poet means that you are able to communicate with high beauty of thought or language. It means that you have enough detailed imagination to artistically manifest your thoughts creatively to those around you. The beauty of your words reveals the hidden treasures that lie beneath the shallowness of mediocre living.

As a poetic bride you are motivated with a passionate zeal that continually burns with a longing to be more like Him day by day. Your continual exposure to His glorious presence further clothes you with an eternal identity that was given you before the foundations of the world.

There are wonderful new sounds of the kingdom of God being declared in the earth right now. These sounds are ushering in a new paradigm of the glory of God. Our journey from glory to glory is taking us from hearers, to doers, to becomers. We hear for the purpose of doing and we do for the purpose of becoming. The hearing of others is for the soul purpose of getting you to hear for your self. Under the new covenant, the prophetic movement in the land was never meant to be a mediator between you and God. It was specifically designed to speak the heart of God with such force and accuracy that as a son or daughter you will not settle for anything less than hearing the voice of God for yourself.

The Bible tells us, "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith is not what you can't see but what you can see. In other words, when you hear the word of God, you receive an image of what you cannot see in the natural but can see by the spirit. This is not a new age concept but an old one. The action of your faith towards that which you are believing to manifest in the flesh, is the beginning of your doing. James tells us, "if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. (James 1:23-24) This word "doer", poites (poy-ay-tace'), means, performer, specifically a "poet".

This text of Scripture is really speaking about spiritual perception. If your primary reflection of yourself stems from the natural realm and not of the spirit then you will quickly loose sight of your true identity. Your identity goes much deeper than the outward shell of your existence. If all you see is the surface of what God is doing in your life, then you will quickly forget who or what you really look like. The poetry of a doer is much more detailed than the outward makeup of his or her surroundings. The character of a poet is one of careful examination recognizing the true value that lies beyond the natural perception of interpretation. One of the strongest characteristics of this present poetic generation is the need for self-examination.

David cried, "Examine me. O Lord, and try me; test my mind and my heart (Ps 26:2)." You cannot examine the affections of God's heart with out entering into the need to be examined as well. You know that the accuracy of description toward the one you love is totally reliant upon your own heart and mind being proved by God. This is where the poet goes from being a doer to a be-comer. On the basis of his deepest desire to search out the hidden things of God, he slowly becomes what he hears the Father speaking and doing.

This is the place where many things become one thing, one longing, and one desire. David said, "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple (Ps 27:4)." This poetic generation will lead the body of Christ into seeking after one thing, the beauty of the Lord. There are many things out there in the church and in the world, that are being sifted into one clear picture of what God has purposed for all of humanity. We seem to be busy at so many things without ever coming closer to the one thing that we were destined for, to behold Him in the beauty of His sanctuary.

Many are called, but few are chosen to be poets in this present generation. We are called to articulate a rhythm and rhyme by the spirit of God that reveals the kingdom of God on earth, just as it is in heaven.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The School of Intercession and Worship



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