Refreshing Rest – Psalm 23 – Seraphim River Project

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Comfort > Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my anointing upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my anointing is easy to bear, and the mantle I give you is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Desert Streams > “See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.” (Isaiah 32:1-2 NIV)

Eternal Glory > Now the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. The dominion belongs to him forever, amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11)

Falling Rain > “May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.” (Psalm 72:5-7 NIV)

Morning Joy > LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me. LORD, you brought me up from Sheol; you spared me from among those going down to the Pit. Sing to Yahweh, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor, a lifetime. Sorrow may last for the night, but his joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:2-5)

Refreshment > The LORD is my Shepherd; he faithfully provides everything that I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; he guides me along the right paths for his name’s renown. (Psalm 23:1-3)

Rest > Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly God is my Rock and my Salvation; he is my Fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and honor depend upon God; he is my Mighty Rock, my Refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our Refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

Strength > Yahweh is my Strength and Shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me,  and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Yahweh gives his people strength. He is a Safe Fortress for his Anointed King. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a Shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever. (Psalm 28:7-9)

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Overflow Mission Week – Seraphim River Project

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Overflow Mission Prayer Focus

Prayer Focus Overview > This week’s prayer focus is about overflowing in the Holy Spirit, practicing being filled with the Holy Spirit as a lifestyle and culture rather than an event, truly being satisfied alone in Jesus Christ, identifying any and all footholds our adversary has in our hearts or lives and bringing those strongholds to him for deliverance, healing, and spiritual renewal, becoming spiritual gift givers to the nations through our prayers, friendship, and disciple making. Maranatha!

Open Rivers > The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41:17-20 NKJV)

Prayer Focus > forsaken places, forgotten lands, miraculous streams, diverse trees, new life in the desert, breathing on dry bones, living water wellsprings

Counterfeit Glory > There was no water for the people, so they came together against Moses & Aaron. They argued saying, “We should have died in front of the LORD as our brothers did. Why did you bring the LORD’s people into this desert? Are we and our animals to die here? Why did you bring us from Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain, figs, grapevines, or pomegranates, and there’s no water to drink!”

So Moses & Aaron left the people and went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. There they bowed facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. The LORD said to Moses, “Take your walking stick, and you and your brother Aaron should gather the people. Speak to that rock in front of them so that its water will flow from it. When you bring the water out from that rock, give it to the people and their animals.”

So Moses took the stick from in front of the LORD, as he had said. Moses & Aaron gathered the people in front of the rock, and Moses said, “Now listen to me, you who turn against God! Do you want us to bring water out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and hit the rock twice with his stick. Water began pouring out, and the people and their animals drank it.

But the LORD said to Moses & Aaron, “Because you did not believe me, and because you did not honor me as holy before the people, you will not lead them into the land I will give them.” (Numbers 20:1-12 NCV)

Prayer Focus > temptation to impatience, not raising ourselves up, trusting and waiting on God’s provision, quick to listen and slow to become frustrated, unconditional love for everyone

Holy Spirit Fountain > Jesus replied, “If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you – you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give to you living water.” The woman replied, “But sir, you don’t even have a bucket and this well is very deep. So where do you find this ‘living water’? Do you really think that you are greater than our ancestor Jacob who dug this well and drank from it himself, along with his children and livestock?”

Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy  Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”

The woman replied, “Let me drink that water so I’ll never be thirsty again and won’t have to come back here to draw water.” (John 4:10-15 TPT)

Prayer Focus > Jesus is the key, love God with all our hearts, discern worldly and heavenly waters, Holy Spirit “Thirst Quencher,” cultivate filling and overflowing Holy Spirit lifestyle

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Overflow Mission – Luke 6 – Barnabas Post Project

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Overflow Mission Letter

The Holy Spirit guided me recently to meditate on the Bible’s teaching about “overflow.” Overflow means flowing over the brim of a filled vessel; excess or surplus supply not able to be accommodated by an available space. Mission means an important assignment carried out with focused purpose; an ambitious calling to accomplish something great.

As sons & daughters of our Awesome Father, followers of Jesus Messiah, and temples of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are living water fountains of the spiritual wisdom and power of God’s kingdom. Paul described this life in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live; Jesus lives in me,” and 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Everyone in Christ is a new creation; the old is gone, behold the new is here,” and Romans 8:1, “There is now no condemnation for anyone in Jesus Christ, because through him we have life in the Holy Spirit who liberated us from the law of sin and the penalty of death.” 

Not only are we free, we are designed to flourish. Not only are we alive, we are shining brightly. Not only are we filled up, we are overflowing! Consider some places in Scripture that explain what our Overflow Mission looks like as a Maranatha generation:

Extraordinary Faith > Elijah said to the widow, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and cook that ‘last meal,’ but bake me a little loaf of bread first; and afterwards there will still be enough food for you and your son. For the Lord God of Israel says that there will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and they continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil as long at it was needed. (1 Kings 17:13-15 TLB)

Extraordinary means very unusual or remarkable; exceptionally great. Faith is trust and confidence in God. This widow and her son were starving to death. They had a handful of flour and a few drops of oil to share a last meal, then lay down and die. They had nowhere to go, and no hope for rescue. Into their lives walks Elijah who asks the widow to skip her last meal and give him the bread, to open the door to a future fountain of provision. Without question, she obeyed. Her actions demonstrate startling faith.

Generosity Fountain > Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over – will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38 HCSB)

Jesus is in the middle of sharing stories and teaching lessons about how indescribably radical the kingdom of heaven is compared to the kingdom of earth. In heaven, we love our enemies and pray for them. In heaven, we compassionately forgive anyone who has wronged or persecuted us. In heaven, we build our lives and leadership upon Jesus and his righteousness rather than the self-exalting, self-comforting pleasures of this world. In Christ, we are wellsprings of generosity: quick to love, quick to forgive, lavish in giving our time and resources wherever and to whomever the Holy Spirit directs us.

Sacrificial Giving > “Listen to me,” Jesus said. “This poor widow has given a larger offering than any of the wealthy. The rich only gave out of their surplus, but she sacrificed out of her poverty and gave to God all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4 TPT)

Sacrifice means to offer our lives in service to God as a virtue of worship. Giving means to freely hand over the ownership of something to someone else. Yet another widow is starving and has enough money for a few bites of bread, and what does she do? She goes to the temple to worship God and gives everything away, trusting God to provide even more for her needs. How often do we give to God in a way that we face a significant cost to our own lives and comfort? Let us become generosity rivers.

I heard the story recently of an Iranian church planter visiting the USA and speaking in different churches. After a brief season of traveling throughout our land, the missionary said, “Everyone here is asleep. There’s a great fog of deception overshadowing this land. We need to leave here and go home, because we cannot even breathe in this oppressive spiritual atmosphere. We will pray for this nation to awaken from her slumber.” 

We are not wired for comfort. We are not saved to soak in wealth and lay back in leisure. Sure, we are made to rest in God’s love and enjoy his presence, but we also have a clear directive from our Savior King: to make disciples of all nations, and to help those disciples make their own disciples, a growing host of Jesus followers who walk in the Holy Spirit.

Won’t you join me in the overflow? It’s not defined by great wealth or possessions, nor a list of righteous works or good deeds. This mission does not require any education or credentials, any track records or previous success. Overflow is the river of the Holy Spirit streaming from the third heaven where the Risen Lamb reigns over all the realms of the universe and filling the nations with the glory of God the Father.

Maranatha Prayer > Heavenly Father, we pause to celebrate your invitation to enjoy and serve within this overflow mission. You are worthy of our praise, you are worthy of our participation. You are our Trustworthy Father, our Redeeming Savior, our Wonderful Counselor. Holy Spirit, please help us to see you every day, to delight in your presence, listen to your voice, discern your Truth, and walk in your wisdom. Let your Church overflow with the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ, and may all peoples and languages rejoice in the Messiah’s salvation and become disciple makers in Jesus’ name and for his glory we pray, amen. Maranatha!

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Freedom Scriptures – Seraphim River Project

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Priceless Freedom

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Faithful Peacemaker > Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not laugh at those who speak for God. Test everything and do not let good things get away from you. Keep away from everything that even looks like sin. May the God of Peace set you apart for himself. May every part of you be set apart for God. May your spirit and your soul and your body be kept complete. May you be without blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. The One Who Called You is faithful and will do what he promised. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 NLV)

New Creation Life > For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status – they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us! (Colossians 3:10-11 TPT)

Restoration Mission > The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison. He has sent me to proclaim that the time has come when the LORD will save his people and defeat their enemies. He has sent me to comfort all who mourn, to give those who mourn in Zion joy and gladness instead of grief, a song of praise instead of sorrow. They will be like trees that the LORD himself has planted. They will all do what is right, and God will be praised for what he has done. They will rebuild cities that have long been in ruins. (Isaiah 61:1-4 GNT)

Revelation Spirit > There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, “The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:12-15 NLT)

Triumphant Love > So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph  over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us – no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! (Romans 8:38-39 TPT)

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Priceless Freedom Letter – Romans 8 – Barnabas Post Project

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Priceless Freedom Letter

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Freedom comes through a daily relationship with Jesus Christ, practicing our new life as sons and daughters in our Father’s love, and walking step by step with the Holy Spirit.

Our Lord led me to paraphrase a selection of one of the most renowned speeches about freedom in human history, and I pray that this fresh vision about what it looks like for our generation to stand in freedom, resist the enemy, and reach the nations will bless you.

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I have a dream today… I have a dream that one day every Death Shadow valley shall blaze with the glory of our Bright Morning Star, that every wicked principality and rebellious power shall be humbled and kneel at the feet of Jesus. I believe that the dangerous wilderness will become safe, and the arid desert will become fertile, and the prone-to-wander culture of our hearts will become righteous surrender and pure faith. 

And the glory of our Heavenly Father shall be revealed, and all the nations and peoples shall see his beauty and behold his majesty together as One Holy Kingdom. His faithful love is our hope. This unwavering hope is what lights fresh fires in our hearts as we face unceasing waves of trials and tribulations, sufferings and persecutions, painful sorrow and spiritual battles. Let the storms come, let the floods rise; we will not be shaken.

With this new creation faith, Jesus our Patient Potter shapes living stones of enduring joy out of the bedrock of Despair Mountain. With this faith in our Father’s love, we shall baptize the adversary’s threats in a beautiful symphony of perfect unity. With this faith in the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, we shall make disciples of all nations together and pray without ceasing in his presence. We shall welcome the suffering we must share with Jesus, our Master of Sorrows, for persecution’s bittersweet taste is the pathway to future glory.

With this faith in the return of our Beloved Christ, we shall endure the darkest night and most difficult days of any generation before us, and we shall face the end of this age with courage, standing firm upon Jesus Messiah: the Sure Foundation & Chief Cornerstone, the Author & Finisher of our faith, the Good Shepherd & Steadfast Overseer of our souls.

 We shall stand and resist the adversary whose power and influence is limited and temporary, and after all the battles are fought and all the wars are over, here we shall stand together in the priceless freedom of our Matchless Savior. In Christ, we are free!

[a paraphrased selection, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream speech]

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Faithful Peacemaker > Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit. Do not laugh at those who speak for God. Test everything and do not let good things get away from you. Keep away from everything that even looks like sin. May the God of Peace set you apart for himself. May every part of you be set apart for God. May your spirit and your soul and your body be kept complete. May you be without blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. The One Who Called You is faithful and will do what he promised. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 NLV)

New Creation Life > For you have acquired new creation life which is continually being renewed into the likeness of the One who created you; giving you the full revelation of God. In this new creation life, your nationality makes no difference, or your ethnicity, education, or economic status – they matter nothing. For it is Christ that means everything as he lives in every one of us! (Colossians 3:10-11 TPT)

Restoration Mission > The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison. He has sent me to proclaim that the time has come when the LORD will save his people and defeat their enemies. He has sent me to comfort all who mourn, to give those who mourn in Zion joy and gladness instead of grief, a song of praise instead of sorrow. They will be like trees that the LORD himself has planted. They will all do what is right, and God will be praised for what he has done. They will rebuild cities that have long been in ruins. (Isaiah 61:1-4 GNT)

Revelation Spirit > There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, “The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.” (John 16:12-15 NLT)

Triumphant Love > So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph  over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us – no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! (Romans 8:38-39 TPT)

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Generation Streams Vision – Destiny Dreams Project

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Generation Streams Vision

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Destiny Dreams Project

The Destiny Dreams project is an initiative of Blazing Trees, to innovate resources for dream and vision storytelling, interpretation, and discipleship.

As our Lord Jesus gives dreams and visions to our team through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are mapping them into visual art, storyteller videos, and discipleship lessons along with Scriptural interpretation and spontaneous prayer.

Vision Overview

James had this vision while praying with an Indian missionary friend visiting the USA in 2017. Jesus revealed this vision to help us understand the time and care it takes to cultivate spiritual awakening and sustainable disciple making relationships in any unreached people group. The key is to worship and enjoy the Lord every day, to be intentional to invest our lives into seeing Jesus’ kingdom come in every tribe, and to trust God’s sovereign timing.

Scenes & Scriptures

As you explore this vision, spend time reading through the Scripture passages and praying for understanding from the Holy Spirit. What next steps of faith does our Heavenly Father want you to take as his anointed son or daughter?

  • Desolate Wasteland – Jeremiah 25
  • Desert Streams – Isaiah 43
  • Glory Journey – Isaiah 41
  • Costly Mission – Matthew 16
  • Persevering Endurance – Hebrews 12
  • Generation Streams – John 4

Generation Streams Vision

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Desolate Wasteland

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Illustration – mountain range, dry wilderness, clouds, rain

Interpretation – The remaining unreached peoples and nations of the world are like a desolate wasteland, no resurrection life or living water. An empty desert, a hazardous place, a deadly valley. The rain is the prayers of God’s people preparing the land for fruitfulness and life.

Revelation – I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp. This whole country will become a desolate wasteland. (Jeremiah 25:10-11 NIV)

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Desert Streams

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Illustration – wilderness, rain, mountain summit, water pools, streams

Interpretation – At first, peoples and places without the gospel are like a thirsty desert. It takes significant time, patient prayer, and loving compassion to see the first fruits of a gospel mission. As we continue to love, care, pray, and go, these pools and new streams illustrate new believers who discover their new lives in Jesus and begin to fill up on the ways and wisdom of God’s kingdom.

Revelation – Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already – you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there. Even the wild animals will honor me; jackals and ostriches will praise me when I make rivers flow in the desert to give water to my chosen people. They are the people I made for myself, and they will sing my praises! (Isaiah 43:19-21 GNT)

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Glory Journey

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Illustration – mountain range, streams, rivers, forests, ocean

Interpretation – The long journey from a mountain summit to the ocean, the slow transformation from drops of rain to puddles to brooks to streams to rivers is a process of spiritual awakening and a journey of discovering our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High, participating in his glory, and being filled with his presence and power. The increase in size from a puddle to a river to an ocean illustrates spiritual growth of a new believer to an experienced disciple maker. The forest illustrates how we must trust God and the leaders he plants in our path to guide us towards dependence upon the Holy Spirit. The result is experiencing God’s love and glory every day.

Revelation – The poor and the needy seek water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I will answer them. I am the LORD, the God of Israel. I will not abandon them. I will open rivers on the barren heights, and springs in the middle of the plains. I will turn the desert into a pool and dry land into springs. (Isaiah 41:17-18 CSB)

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Costly Mission

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Illustration – same as scene three, adult fish at estuaries

Interpretation – Many breeds of fish, after becoming adults, return home to their breeding grounds in mountain streams to spawn the next generation. The fish gathered at the entrance to the river mouth illustrates the cost we must face as we make disciples, to reproduce our faith into others. We often bypass this cost and avoid discussing it or meditating on the hard sayings of Jesus. But to see true faith and authentic sustainability to mission, we must help our disciples to count the cost of following Jesus Christ, a cost that involves sharing in his rejection, suffering, and sorrow.

Revelation: Jesus said to his disciples, “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely reject and disown your own life. And you must be willing to share my cross and experience it as your own, as you continually surrender to my ways. For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life. But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.” (Matthew 16:24-25 TPT)

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Persevering Endurance

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Illustration: river, small waterfalls, adult fish jumping, bear hunting, river bed, forest, mountains

Interpretation: This picture is what it’s like for anyone who tries to make disciples according to Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. All of our adversaries focus their attacks around the destiny calling of every disciple to participate in King Jesus’ glorious return. So, we trust Jesus to give us persevering endurance as we make disciples and guide them to make their own disciples too.

Revelation: Therefore let us also (seeing that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses) lay away all that presses down, and the sin that hangs on, and let us run with patience to the battle that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him suffered the cross, disregarding its shame, and is seated on the right hand of the throne of God. Consider, therefore, how he endured such speaking against him of sinners, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. For you have not yet resisted to the point of bloodshed, striving against sin. (Hebrews 12:1-4 NMB)

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Generation Streams

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Illustration: mountain range, mountain lake, streams, river, riverbed, forest, clouds, rain

Interpretation: As we go on our own personal journey of discovering Jesus, following his leadership, walking with the Holy Spirit, we mature in our identity as sons and daughters of God. As we count the cost of participating in Jesus’ mission, decide to make disciples, and endure through great suffering and intense spiritual battles, we begin to see the fruits of Jesus’ resurrection life and spiritual gifts at work in our disciples’ lives. One of our greatest joys is witnessing our disciples make disciples.

Revelation: Many of the Samaritans from that town put their trust in Jesus because of the word of the woman testifying, “He told me everything I ever did!” So when the Samaritans came to him, they kept asking him to stay with them. He stayed there two days, and many more believed because of his word. They kept telling the woman, “It’s no longer because of your words that we believe. We’ve heard for ourselves! Now we know that this really is the Savior of the world!” (John 4:39-42 TLV)

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Protection Scriptures – Seraphim River Project

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Eternal Kingdom > “He will rule forever, and his kingdom will last for all time. He looks on the people of the earth as nothing; angels in heaven and people on earth are under his control. No one can oppose his will or question what he does.” (Daniel 4:34-35 GNT)

Glory Firewall > “The other angel said, “Hurry, and say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem will someday be so full of people and livestock that there won’t be room enough for everyone! Many will live outside the city walls. Then I, myself, will be a protective wall of fire around Jerusalem, says the Lord. And I will be the glory inside the city!’”” (Zechariah 2:4-5 NLT)

Help > “O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.” (Psalms 115:9-11 ESV)

Hope > He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV)

Hymn > “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalms 40:2-3 NLT)

Rushing Stream > “So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives. “And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 59:19-20 ESV)

Shield > But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in you. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalms 5:11-12 NKJV)

Steady Hands > Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under  him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. (Exodus 17:11-12 ESV)

Strength > “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. The LORD is their strength, And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.” (Psalms 28:7-8 NKJV)

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Safe Place – Psalm 23

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Barnabas Letters: Safe Place

Our Heavenly Father is a Safe Place for us. We have all experienced the ongoing challenge in life to find people and places where we are completely free to be ourselves and speak honestly about our struggles.

Sadly, all of us have been in situations where, even with fellow believers, we cannot speak the whole truth because those around us are not trustworthy, and they are not authentically available to listen or care.

For this reason, Jesus invites us not only to give lip service to walking with the Holy Spirit, but he takes his teaching further to say we are to practice his presence with every breath of our lives and to take each and every step with the Holy Spirit as our Wonderful Counselor.

“We must live in the Holy Spirit and follow after him.” (Galatians 5:25 TPT)

I have discovered in my journey the temptation to isolate God’s leadership in my life to a small amount of time each day that we typically call a “devotion.”

As I have counseled and coached missionaries around the world over the last decade of my life, I have witnessed a very common practice among disciples of Jesus: we make God a part of our lives, and we set apart special times to spend with him, but we do not remain with him.

Please look very carefully into the Shepherd Song with me for a moment and consider how our Beloved Abba presents himself as not only our Guide and Protector, but also the only One capable of giving us rest, peace, and spiritual renewal.

“Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of death’s shadow, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and staff comfort me.” (Psalm 23:1-4 TLV)

Do you see how completely desperate we are for our Good Shepherd’s presence and leadership? David wrote this song, and he understood what it meant to shepherd and protect sheep. He would need this song during his life journey, because many times he walked through this Death Shadow valley.

From King Saul wanting his head on a platter, to sleeping with one of his best friend’s wife, to ordering a census with the result of a deadly angelic massacre of Jerusalem’s citizens, David knew his life was meaningless and empty apart from resting without ceasing in our Shepherd’s arms.

Brothers and sisters, let us always rest and remain within the embrace of our Safe Place’s presence. 

“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my Salvation, my Stronghold; I will not be shaken. My salvation and glory depend on God; my Strong Rock, my Refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our Safe Place.” (Psalm 62:5-8 HCSB)

James Harvey, Blazing Trees CEO/Founder

@praytellstories

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Heaven Now – Isaiah 65

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Heaven Now

I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Heaven Now.” I have experienced a lot of spiritual struggles and fought many temptations over the last 24 years of following Jesus Christ. I’ve discovered in studying Scripture that the Bible is full of glimpses into what heaven will be like. I believe the Holy Spirit is asking us to press into what it can look like when Jesus’ Church practices a heaven now culture, where we live today as if what will be is already here.

Peaceful Eternity > “They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 65:22-25 NIV)

Eternity in heaven will be peaceful. In our times, we hear about a lot of violence and death, but not in heaven. In our times, we experience a lot of division and confusion, but not in heaven. We will live forever in peace, and predators will no longer hunt and kill.

Prayer > Father, thank you for creating a beautiful place for us in the future where death can never touch us. In this age, we are surrounded by pain, suffering, and sorrow. In your kingdom to come, we see perfected life and perpetual joy. Please help us Holy Spirit to be the first people of peace in our communities, and to share with our neighbors and all nations about the righteous paradise where we will dwell with you in tranquility forever.

Blessing Culture > Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons and daughters of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. (Matthew 5:3-10 CSB)

We will live forever in a place of total blessing immersion. Our experiences here in this life are cascading waves of blessings and curses, but not in heaven. The kingdom of heaven is a place free of temptation and sin. World peace will no longer be just a toast.

Prayer > Father, as we gaze into this holy blessing culture, we see very quickly how we fall short of your design for humanity. By the power and presence of your Holy Spirit, you have made a way for us to pursue and practice these blessings now. Please help each of us to be poor in spirit and mourn our sinfulness, to be humble and to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful and pure of heart, to be peacemakers and be prepared for persecution of our faith by our enemies. We are not afraid; we worship you, Jesus.

Immanuel’s City > Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing with water clear as crystal, continuously pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The river was flowing in the middle of the street of the city, and on either side of the river was the Tree of Life, with its twelve kinds of ripe fruit according to each month of the year. The leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing of the nations. And every curse will be broken and no longer exist, for the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there in the city. His loving servants will serve him; they will always see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Night will be no more. They will never need the light of the sun or a lamp, because the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever! (Revelation 22:1-5 TPT)

We know that through Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. He is always speaking to us about Jesus’ revelations from heaven. As we delight in him and listen, we perceive what he says and follow his guidance and counsel. But in heaven, we will see Jesus’ face, and we will fully experience the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together with all the heavenly hosts in a holy, royal society. What if we walked in the Holy Spirit now as Jesus’ designed this relationship to be from the beginning: delighting in God all day every day, and enjoying unceasing fellowship with our Creator through the Holy Spirit?

Prayer > Father, thank you for revealing to us our destiny to once again eat of the Tree of Life’s fruit, the fruit we lost access to when we listened to the devil and decided we would be make better gods than you. Thank you for sending the Lamb of Heaven for us to crucify, so that his death would pay our debt and crush our curse, and his resurrection would restore us to your family and open the door for the Holy Spirit to live within us. Father, all we desire and all we will ever need is you. Thank you for loving us, in Jesus’ name, amen. We are ready for you, Messiah King Jesus!

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