BODY ARMOR-BUILDING PLACES OF HIS PRESENCE & HOPE
GOD’S OVERCOMING SOLUTIONS
In a series of encounters, the Lord has opened up His overcoming plans for His people, in the midst of perceived waves and challenges that are coming upon the earth, and have already begun. Jesus has been intent on laying out a Royal Journey of Hope to equip us to become Hope Craftsmen, those skilled at bringing hope, the confident expectation of the goodness of God, into every arena of life. The solution to every circumstance and situation in the earth, and in our personal lives, can be found in HIM!
“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3
Jesus has also been encouraging His people to choose the right battles this year, and to always remember to inquire of the Lord regarding those battles, as King David did. There are some battles He will call us to fight and some we are to let Him fight for us.
ENCOUNTER: PLACES OF HIS PRESENCE
Recently on a plane, as Bob was inquiring of the Lord regarding the battles to fight this year, he asked the Lord about the cities and nations of the earth, and what was on the Lord’s heart for them. Since 1983, Bob has seen visions of cities and nations that would love God well and hope in Him. The burning desire to see these radiant cities and nations come forth has been burning on Bob’s heart ever since, because the Lord showed Him how much it is the Father’s desire to have a place to dwell on the earth and in all of life, with those He loves. So Bob began to inquire of the Lord regarding these ‘Places of His Presence.’ What would they look like? What were the distinctions of these places where the Kingdom of God would break forth on the earth?
In response to these questions, the Lord opened up a vision, as the bottom of the plane melted away and Bob begin to see these places of refuge and His presence springing up all across the earth. The Lord said, ‘I am raising up the “Early Arisers” to get ‘ahead of time’ miracles, who will go after the promises. Do not fear or be dismayed because I want to do a great work in and through My people as I did in the days of Joshua!’
…“ Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the sons of Israel into the land which I swore to them, and I will be with you.” Deuteronomy 31:23
The Lord said to Bob, “There are great challenges but there is a ‘greater than’ God. Haven’t I spoken to you since 1983 about cities and nations that would love Me well and invite me in? Keep reaching, keep hoping, and keep believing! I desire that My people would remove doubt and fear from their hearts and become like the 2 spies versus the 10 in Numbers 13. My people must begin to see ‘above the clouds’ and get My perspective to see the promises for the land, instead of magnifying the evil in it. I am not slack concerning My promises.”
2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’
Bob's heart became encouraged to reach for all that is available in Jesus in this hour, to not be afraid to take as much territory as the Lord would grant for the sake of His name. At His Counsel Table, the Lord started to speak about cities and homes that became radiant with the knowledge of who He is. He asked His Hope Craftsmen, “Can you believe for reformation, for places of My presence, that I can be Chief among the mountains in the nations like Isaiah and Micah prophesied? “ (Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1)
Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chiefof the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1
Bob cried out, “I believe! Lord, help my unbelief. I can believe for you to come forth as you did in the days of Samuel, as You did in Goshen and Obed Edom.” Bob said it weak on that plane, but the Lord honored His heart that was faint but pursuing, and the Lord began to show him what these ‘Places of His Presence’ would look like:
1ST DISTINCTION: THESE PLACES WOULD CALL DIFFERENT TRIBES TOGETHER
At the Counsel Table of the Lord, Bob saw that these ‘Places of His Presence’ would teach and open up the discoveries of God out of every tribe and tongue and out of many different wells. Bob saw how the Lord had given different pieces of His heart to different people groups and nations. The Lord instructed His Hope Craftsmen to ask, “Who are the communities in my area and across the earth that I’m to build with in this season that will bring a part of your heart that I don’t have on my own.”
The Lord emphasized again that we need the right “Body Armor” and that we really need each other. We must not forget the lessons learned in Acts 2:42-45 regarding the power of assembling together daily. As Heb 3:13 instructs, we need daily encouragement from one another! The Lord said, “I desire to help open your eyes to different kingdom callings, to see that the world is small and that there are millions of facets of Me to discover in different communities. I want to align you together and give you the gift of one another to strengthen you. Building this type of community and love will result in many wars being averted. “
2ND DISTINCTION: THESE PLACES WOULD BE FILLED WITH ANOINTED HOPEFUL ONES
Then at the Counsel Table of the Lord, Bob was shown the types of people that would bring forth and fill these “Places of His Presence.” Jesus wants to give us gifts this year of people who believe. He said, “Right now people feel like they are alone on an island, like Elijah did in 1 Kings 19:14-18. He thought he was the only one left who served the Lord, but I had saved 7000 who had not bowed their knee to Baal. My people, you need to engage in community continually and build together, so that you don’t walk weak and defeated simply surviving when you are meant to soar! I want to give you others that will continually believe for you when you can’t believe in yourself. They will bring continual encouragement for the hope of your calling, like those who deposit a blessing on a son.” God wants to give us the gift of these radiant hope-filled ones; they could be older, younger, husbands, or wives that are keepers of the promises for us. Bob saw the Lord releasing several different types of these anointed hopeful ones:
The Lord called many to be “Carriers of Destiny” for others.These ones would impart Vision to those who had forgotten their hopeful calling in Him. The “Carriers of Destiny” prophetically declared great love and launched others. They would leave the 99 to find the forgotten one and bring him back to the “fold” of community and destiny. They would be shepherds after His heart.
“Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.” Jer 3:15
“Artists of the Celebration” were called forth to bring the joy and laughter back into friendship and community. When life circumstances became overwhelming, these ones took the globe off of their shoulders and danced on it! They threw magnificent celebrations of one another and daily celebrated the goodness of God.
“Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, For I will turn their mourning into joy And will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.” Jer 31:13
There were ones especially gifted to “Believe the Best about Others.”These Marvelous Comrades refused to spread bad reports about others or focus on negativity. These ones made a confident choice to hope in people instead of becoming disappointed with them. These ones demonstrated the love described in I Corinthian 13:7,“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthian 13:7
There were “Joyful, Affectionate Givers,” within these ‘Places of His Presence.’ These Marvelous comrades would display the joy of benevolence and generosity. For these ones it was easy to give unto one another from the heart as the Lord instructs, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Corinthians 9:7)
The “Wise Patriarchs and Matriarchs” had the answers in Hope in God for difficult questions. These were the ones that people could run to for perspective in times of challenge and uncertainty. They would help the young ones understand the times and seasons and not be overwhelmed by circumstances. They were like the sons of Issachar in 1 Chronicles,
“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” 1 Chronicles 12:32
3RD DISTINCTION: THESE PLACES WOULD MEET WITH GOD AT HIS TABLE TO MAKE ANOINTED HOPE CHOICES RELATED TO LIFE
Then at the Counsel Table of the Lord, Bob saw whole communities coming together at His Table to inquire of His heart and gain wisdom for their community. At His Counsel Table, He released great building strategies and organizational structures that became containers for His presence in the midst of these cities and nations. God gave blueprints to government officials, business men and women, teachers, artists, housewives, laborers, all who came to His Table to seek His presence and inquire of His heart for daily choices. It was like Nehemiah’s day where families came together to rebuild the walls of the city,
“So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6
4TH DISTINCTION: THESE PLACES WOULD BE FILLED WITH ANOINTED HOPEFUL BUSINESSES
As Bob saw whole communities gathered together at His Counsel Table, he saw many communities of faith from diverse groups come forth that would believe for the marketplace day and night, those who are radiant about His promises and are going after divine destiny in Him. As Bob watched different ones walk into this reality, marketplace “Pioneers of His Presence” came who would believe He can come into all arenas of life. These “Pioneers of His Presence” saw more with their eyes closed than open and they walk out Psalm 105:24,
‘And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.’
No longer would the marketplace be led by the ‘fear and greed’ model, but Bob saw radiant hope-filled businesses springing forth where the presence of the Lord would reside and bring forth witty inventions and great resource for the sake of the vulnerable of the earth. The workplace became the ‘encounter’ place, where everyday miracles sprang forth and young ones were being mentored by shepherds after His heart. These businesses had God-centered vision, values, vehicles and processes that invited in the presence of the Lord, bringing forth transformation to their markets and spheres of influence. Young people would line up to get a job at these places, because God could be discovered there, as in Isaiah 2:2 and Micah 4:1.
Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1
Next Steps for You as Hope Craftsmen:
The Lord is inviting us to take the next steps towards building “Places of His Presence” across the earth in this time. Here are some next steps the Lord gave…
The Lord told us to ask Him to reveal any fear or doubt in our hearts so that we could see from His perspective like the 2 spies versus the 10.
The Lord told us to ask Him “Who are the communities in my area and across the earth that I’m to build within this season that will bring a part of your heart that I don’t have on my own.”
The Lord told us to ask Him “Who are the anointed hopeful ones you have placed around me to help encourage me in my calling, and how can I be an anointed hopeful one for others?”
The Lord told us to break the spirit of isolation and receive the Spirit of God for community so “Places of His Presence” can come forth through us!
Come together as a community (whether it be your family, business, home group, church, neighborhood, etc) and begin to inquire of His heart together at His Counsel Table.
The Lord told us to ask Him “What are the anointed businesses in my area that you are calling forth as ‘Places of His Presence’ and how can I be involved?”
As we move forward, we are committed to seeing our businesses become “Places of His Presence,” the Lord has begun to unveil a new operating system, according to His Holy Spirit, that is changing everything and creating a resting place for the Holy Spirit. We will share more on this new operating system as the Lord unveils continues to unveil His wisdom for the sake of the Body of Christ.