BE PREPARED TO SHINE
By Dan Luehrs
Recently the fire of Godís glory coverd me for many hours and He spoke this word to me, "Now is the time for My glory to be revealed through My people, be prepared to shine." I was recieving revelation on how the Lord wants us not only to shine with Him, but also how we are to be His voice in the earth even as Jesus was. Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" John 11:40 (NAS) The question is, will we believe God to shine forth from us or will we doudt Him?
In 1996 I had a vision of a preacher being set on fire. I saw him preaching in a service and he was like a walking matchstick, like in the TV commercial for Match Light Charcoal. This match had arms and legs with just its head on fire. Then suddenly, the whole matchstick, along with the head, became a flame of fire! Not just a little fire, but like fire that comes out of jet fighter when it takes off. I said to the Lord, "What was that all about?" He gave me Hebrews 1:7, "I am making My ministers a flame of fire!"
THE LIGHT SHONE
When the Lord spoke this word to me about shining I asked Him for a sign that I was really hearing from Him, a day or so later these two signs came.
On 2/15/2013 a meteorite hit the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the Ural mountains and injured over one thousand people and did millions of dollars of damage. This was recorded on video in the day light hours with a large sonic blast and a very bright light. In 1993 I was one of the first Westerners to ever be in this city because it was closed off for over fifty years to all outsides under Soviet rule. I feel the Lord has given me a word on what this means for us.
"This sound heard around the world is a sign of demarcation (separation) of the spiritual and the natural things (Light and darkness). Now is the time of the last battle, Chelyabinsk is a city of the Russian militarily power and manufacturing. The darkness will now increase greatly upon the earth, but so will the light and it will prevail. This is where heaven meets earth as the meteor overwhelmed the natural light, so will My light and power tear down all facades."
Just days before this meteor hit Pope Benedict XVI resigned his position as Pontif, which has not happened in 600 years! On the same day that Pope resigned the sky became black and it thundered loudly over the Vatican Church with lightning striking the cross on the roof which was photographed and video taped at about 6:00 o'clock in the evening. Again this was seen and heard across the world. Six is the number of man and I believe what the Lord is saying is just this, "The order of man is finished in the church!"
Propheticly lightning represents revelation coming to earth from heaven and thunder gets attention so that everyone can hear it. A prophetic word came forth a few years ago that said, "Watch the signs in the sky, for My coming is soon!" To Him who has ears let him hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the church!
THEREíS FIRE IN THAT BUSH
"And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed." Ex 3:2 (NAS)
God could have spoken to Moses through many different avenues but He chose a bush. Now the question is why a bush and not a person, angel, or an animal? I believe it was to show Moses that the fire of God could come on a dry bush and it would not be consumed. Now he would not have the fear of being burnt to a crisp when the fire of God was to come on him to deliver a nation from bondage. This was the fire that would deliver nations! When the fire of God was upon Mount Sinai Moses boldly went up into the flames of fire while most of the people stood at a far distance and trembled and asked that God would not speak to them.
All of Israel was called into the fire of Godís presence on the mountain, but only Moses and a few others went into the fire because they trusted God and passed His tests in the wilderness. Almost all of Israel murmured and complained in the wilderness and flunked Godís tests and were unprepared to go into the fire of God. Our trials are the fires [tests] that prepares us for His glorious fire that is coming, and yet most Christians are unprepared because that have not passed His tests. There are no short cuts; there are no favored ones that get a pass, we all must go through the fire and the flame in order to burn with Him.
"So Moses said, "I must turn aside now, and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." Ex 3:3 (NAS)
Moses had to take off his shoes to prepare himself for the fire of God, which means, he had to give up his walk and lifestyle for Godís will and path for his life. When an oil lamp is prepared to shine the burnt ends of the wick have to be trimmed so that the oil can burn brightly and no nauseous smoke will fill the room. Which represents the works of our flesh being cut off. If we will prepare ourselves for what is coming we will not have to fear the fire of God because we will already have been set on fire as I saw in my vision in 1996. Only his head was on fire, which worked like a pilot light on a burner to explode into a flame of fire when the gas valve is fully opened. When God opens the valve to the Holy Spiritís power we will explode with such glory that great signs and wonders will be preformed! The fire that burned on the heads of the people on the day of Pentecost was only a pilot light for the church compared to what is coming, but soon the flame of fire is about to come and all will be astonished; even us! When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thess 1:10 (NKJV)
We will not have to announce this fire; people will just come to watch us burn with Jesus! This is the baptism of fire that we all have been waiting for. Jesus promised us that we would be baptized with fire, our Fatherís life is the fire that will now consume us! We have come to know the way, [Jesus] and we have come to know the truth [Holy Spirit], but now we are about to know and experience, the life [The Father].
God will burn all the wood and hay out of our lives and those who are purified will do the greater works of Jesus Christ. Psalms 104:4 says, He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers. Just as the bush burned and was not consumed, so also we will burn with the fire of God and not be consumed because our sin will have been burnt out of our lives through our trials of fire. The fires of God have only purified us so that we can draw closer to the flame of God just as Moses was purified in his desert tribulations.
THE FIRE HAS A VOICE
The voice of God called Moses to draw near to the place of fire (V. 4-5). Have you heard this voice, have you felt His flame as you drew near? This is where the commissioning of God went forth to Moses and this is where His servant got a heart to seek hard after Him. Because once you have seen Him and felt His love and peace, all you want to do is get closer to Him and get more of Him! Have you been there, have you felt Him drawing you closer to show you your destiny and purpose in Him?
The commissioning of Moses was not just to go to deliver His people, but to go as the voice of God. Even as the flame of God in the bush had a voice, so would the man of God carrying the fire of deliverance. Even though Moses argued with God about his speaking abilities in public, but God won the argument when He sent Aaron to be his mouthpiece.
"And you are to speak to him (Aaron) and put the words in his mouth; and I, even I, will be with your mouth and his mouth, and I will teach you what you are to do. Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and it shall come about that he shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be as God to him." Ex 4:15-16 (NAS)
God had two witnesses to be His voice of deliverance to the people of Israel and Egypt and the voice of judgment to those who would not repent from their sins. Just like now, Jesus is our Moses and we are His voice (prophet) to the church and the world to call them to repentance.
THE VOICE FROM THE TEMPLE
"Then the Temple of God in heaven was opened, and the Ark of the Covenant (Presence) was seen in his Temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake and violent hail." Rev 11:19 (CJB)
The word [temple] means the dwelling place of God and for a few short minutes the burning bush was the dwelling place of God that He spoke from. But now in the book of Revelation He speaks from His temple! Now I ask you, who is the temple of God? We are! His glory and power is not only seen in the temple, but heard. When the temple is opened there is lightning [revelations from the throne], voices of worship, loud thunder that gets attention, an earthquake that shakes peoples lives that are not living for God. And words that fall hard like a violent hailstorm that destroys all the works of the flesh.
Once the temple is opened for all to see the glory of God in the midst of the church she arises and shines and begins to know who and what she is, in her calling and destiny of power. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have comeÖ Rev 12:10a (NKJV).
There is an overcoming people known as the bride, the sons of God, the man-child, and the 144,000 overcomers. These are described as those who sit with Jesus on His throne to rule and reign with Him because they have His authority and voice to reign.
"Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth." Rev 14:1-3 (NKJV)
Notice the voice from heaven is coming from the throne, as many waters that sounded powerful like loud thunder. This is the body of Christ whoís sound is as many waters when they worship their king. Let that be us Lord!
TIME TO SHINE
"The Israelites saw the face of Moses, how the skin of it shone; and Moses put the veil on his face again until he went in to speak with God." Ex 34:35 (AMP)
According to 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 the church has a surpassing glory of that which Moses had, and it will not fade away, but will only increase as we draw nearer to God! We are told in Isaiah 60 that there will be a people that will shine so much that the nations will come to our brightness and find deliverance.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. "For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. "And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isa 60:1-3 (NAS)
I once wondered if we would really shine as Moses did or if it is just typology, but after reading all these verses I really believe that there will be times that we will visibly shine with the glory of God as Jesus did bodily on the mountain. According to Hebrews our God is a consuming fire. So if we are becoming like Him we also will burn with His likeness and glory because we are seated with Him on the throne.
ENROLLED IN HEAVEN
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect. Heb 12:22-23 (NAS).
Right now we are the spiritual people that have come to the city of God and are enrolled in the heavenlies with our spirit man dwelling with Jesus, angels, and righteous men and women who are made perfect. Much like what Lucifer (light bearer) once was, the Bible tells us that he once walked with God in the midst of fiery stones on the mountain of God but was cast out because sin was found in him. (See Ez 28) Let this not be our story, but let us walk in all the fire and glory that the Father will give us until we have the complete likeness of Jesus.
To be enrolled in heaven means that we are citizens of that realm much like we are citizens of a country that we live in and have legal rights. We are to occupy heaven now, that means we are to inhabit or abide in and out of that realm and not just when we leave this body in death. We must receive Godís life daily from this realm that we are living in as our God given right. Another word for citizen is inhabitant, one who lives out of that realm or vicinity. We are a heavenly people! Jesus said that we are to occupy till He comes. Are we occupying [living, abiding, dwelling] in the heavenlies with Him? If not, you will not be prepared to shine with Him when He comes in glory. We prepare ourselves by spending time with Him and drinking in His presence daily.
The founding Fathers of America wrote this into the Declaration of Independence for its citizens. "They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." What this means for us as Americanís is, God has given each citizen of this country rights that cannot be taken away! If an earthly government can give us such rights as Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness how much more can a heavenly one give us?
Our right as heavenly citizens is the presence of our God! If you are not taking advantage of this daily right now, you are living far below your God given rights. For this alone will bring heaven on earth in your life. The Bible is our constitution and it is our God given right that we ask and believe by faith for all that He has promised us.
"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." Phil 3:20-21 (NAS)
This is one of the greatest promises given to us in the entire Bible, as citizens of this kingdom we are given the right to be transformed. This means that we will go through a time of metamorphosis and be abruptly changed into His glory. We as a community of saints are waiting in heavenly places for Jesus to be revealed from heaven in flaming fire to change our bodies of sin into the likeness of His glory. This is the blessed hope of the church! But this will not happen for those Christians who set their minds on earthly things and are not living with Jesus in heavenly places. This transformation will only happen for those who are taking their rightful place, seated in Him, because our rightful place is to be seated in heavenly places.
BEING CLOTHED WITH THE SUN
The greatest light in our galaxy is the sun. We cannot look at it for more that a few seconds without having to turn away from itís power or we will be blinded. I have some news for you; the glory that shines within you and soon through you is far greater than the sun and stars in the universe combined! Read these verses below and see how our Bridegroom shone and how His bride will shine in like glory with Him. Even as He is so shall we be 1 John 3:2!
"And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light." Matt 17:2 (NAS)
"And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength." Rev 1:16 (NAS)
"Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." Matt 13:43 (NAS)
"And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever." Dan 12:3-4 (NAS)
"And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman [the virgin church] clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." Rev 12:1 (NAS)
"Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper." Rev 21:9b-12 (NAS)
SEATED IN THE HEAVENS
Living in heavenly places was once a great mystery for me for many years until I realized that I am in Jesus and He is in me. That means that He is here with me on earth and I am there with Him in heavenly places. It is that easy to understand! Now with that understanding read Colossians 3:1-4, If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Jesus gave us many promises and one of my favorites is John 12:26, "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him." If we are lead by the Spirit of God, we are the sons of God, which means we move where He wants us to move, we say what He wants us to say, and we try to obey Him in all things. That is a follower of Jesus and is His disciple. I want this with all of my heart, donít you? God the Father will soon honor us with His glory and we will shine forth like the sun because we chose to follow His Son Jesus.
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