Over the years my writing has gone through several changes, or shifts as I’ve grown. It started out reallyArt Katz-like and now it fancies to read entirely differently as I find my own writing style. I think today that S.J. Hill would enjoy what I write way more than way back in the 00’s.
Some things I write are Biblical studies and very exegetical in nature, where I am trying to convey accuracy and application at the highest levels I am able to describe. Articles like this include theEphesians Study, Apostolic & Prophetic, and The Manifold Wisdom of God. Other things I write are straight thoughts and revelations. I tend not to edit them too much so that what I was given, I can give to you with the same feel and ambiance. Articles like this include Heaven and Earth, Prophetic Prodigies, and Eyes of Imagination. They are intended to create sparks that allow you to dream.
It is one thing to write a song from the heart and another to compose a symphony. As I find myself–if you follow my writings–you may have noticed the different subtleties along the way. Where will I find the marriage of the two when my book is finally written? The beauty is indeed in the mystery, as it is truly an adventure.
Why am I sharing this with you with cause of an explanation? I think a bit of realism can suffice to enhance and even equip us in our discoveries within the life that is knowing God. Are you a writer trying to find his niche? Then we are brothers. I can tell you that your niche is the deposits God has made in your heart. Find that and you will find yourself and develop a view through which you can see yourself as God sees you. If you are one who hungers for God, then we are companions sharing a journey together.
My hope in this exposition is to allow you to capture the essence of the mechanism from which I try to share my heart and vision with you as the articles pile and the podcast episodes stack up. So, read between the lines and capture the spirit behind what I am so diligently trying to articulate and then I think we can find a connection in the Spirit, if not face to face.
What do you see in the mirror? The past? The present? The future? Past failures, present calamities, or future promises? I hope to strike a cord within you that brings hope to the surface and you can see yourself as great.
The Pilgrim’s Progress is classic literature, and was used in the generation it was given, and I have been encouraged by it. It seems like it describes walking a tight rope, though. Is this the life God destined us to live. Yes it is a narrow path, but that is within the context of the freedom of an awesome relationship and life in God. We shouldn’t live scared.
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV)
I believe it was Austin Powers who said “Danger is my middle name.” I don’t think spies live within the confines of fear, although they do understand that they have a dangerous occupation. They have training, drive, and determination to fulfill the call. I think it’s safe to say that we are spies, and we understand the discipline needed to complete the mission.
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18)
Without vision, we lack the swagger to finish the task. I have been eager to reach the goals I know He has for me, however, the things I have learned in the last decade since Bible school are irrevocably invaluable to the paths on the higher peaks I am called to walk on. When we spy out the land we develop vision to take that land and the discipline required to fulfill our destinies.
Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel.
Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan.
And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large.”
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 1:2a; 17a: 27-28; 30)
They were sent to spy out something they were already given. One group understood this and one did not. We are spies in a world called to take land that has already been given to us. This attitude makes us victorious. As we discover God in this life, the light of Jesus shines through us taking earth for heaven by the Spirit of God.
For this reason, I shared part of my journey, and hopefully encouraged yours. Can I be real? I want to connect with those I am journeying with so we can find His face together. That is why this is obviously one of those straight-from-the-heart writings.