In the beginning . . .

IHOP_Alabaster USA
4 min readApr 3, 2018


Revelation 22:1–7 “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”


Thank the Father for having sent His Son to save us all from our life of sin and darkness. Truly our eyes have been blind since the fall of man in the garden, but He has made a way. It is the redemptive act, the heart of the Father to reconcile all people to Himself. He sent His Son Jesus, for this very purpose, to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, through prayer and intercession — bringing the atmosphere of heaven into the earth. Like oil cannot mix with water, so the atmosphere of Heaven cannot mix with earth atmosphere. It supplants it, removes the air that you breathe and provides the rarified air of His Kingdom, which is His Breath.

In your prayers, ask God to reveal Himself to you in ways that you can see what He is doing, and then you can do likewise. Follow the steps of the Lord, walk humbly, bring joy and encouragement into every event. Have a heart for the people, letting your compassion overflow and entreat others to follow Jesus. Preach the Gospel of Peace, the life and death of our Lord, that all might know the sacrifice and try to understand the cost of their lives. Teach about the resurrection, letting all men and women know the power of the Holy Spirit. It was for this purpose that He sent the counselor, this friend of Christ, this Lord of Lords, so that power would be provided in the Word of God. No longer does He speak to you in parables, but in wisdom and strength, does He meet with you face to face.

If you have seen the Son of God, you have seen God. If you have touched the Hem of His Garment, you have touched the Face of God. You are enabled to preach, to go through the door(s) provided by Christ. Be assured that He will close any door, that is not of His Kingdom, not of His Will. But He will invite you to join Him in the ministry, to follow Him as a servant, and to function as His disciple, and to be the friend that is closer than a brother. Show yourself to Him, open your heart and hide nothing from Him. Confess readily anything that has taken a position in your thinking that is not of Him. Make yourself hungry and thirsty for more of Him and His Word. Be constant in your desire for His Love and to see His Kingdom come, today.

Lean on His Wisdom, His Teaching. Being filled, is not just your cup being filled to the top, but an overflowing. Become the overflow, the river that never stops flowing with Life. Feed the trees along the banks and shorelines, that their fruit might be great and their leaves for the healing of the nations. It is a relationship that He wants with you, to hold your hand and be the lifter of your head. Be the Bride, that is pure and spotless. Break free of fleshly holds on your heart, that bondage was finished at the Cross. And the empty tomb is the testimony of His mercy, not wanting any to perish — He had to die as the last sacrifice, torn and bloodied. His innocence was beyond compare, yet He became sin from your heart and took it all on, from the beginning to the end, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

He is God, and there is no other way to the Father, but through Him and Holy Spirit is here to help you overcome your doubt, and will release you into the freedom that you always needed, from the moment of conception. Yes, the moment of conception, He opened the door.