Human beings live in two realities, we live in the physical reality of which most people are aware of, but we also live in a spiritual reality of which many are either uncomfortable with, unfamiliar with or unaware of. The physical world is where our five senses operate and from which we make decisions based on those senses. But the spiritual world is a realm from which we have our authority. Many people are unaware of the authority of the spirit world and how it operates, but the apostle Paul said, “Don’t you realize that you can choose your own master? You can choose sin (with death) or else obedience (with acquittal). The one to whom you offer yourself—he will take you and be your master, and you will be his slave” (Romans 6:16). So we get to choose our spiritual master, but once we make that decision, we then become a portal for that master’s operation in our life and in the physical world in which we live.
A portal is defined as a doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and elaborate one. In Psalm 24:9 it says, “Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” The Psalmist is inviting us to be a portal for the King of Glory, He will not beat down the door, He must be invited in, we see this in Revelation 3:20 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” The Bible uses imagery, symbolism and word pictures to describe our lives and so when it is said, people are portals, this is a biblical idea, not a humanistic one.
As a portal you are given the authority to determine what has access into your life and through your life. We cannot control other people’s access that they grant in and through themselves, but we can control our own. Being able to discern what spirit world we are allowing to flow through us is critical. The Lord, the King of Kings, He wants to access us so He can release His glory through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says we are ambassadors for Christ, we represent His kingdom here on the earth, but there is another master that is seeking to use your life as an access point for his operation. His mission is clearly laid out in John 10:10, where it states, the devil comes ONLY to steal, kill and destroy. As people when we allow our lives to be a portal for the enemy’s activity we see an increase of this threefold plan in operation on the earth.
Many people are seeing the destruction of the nations, the rise of enemies we had not known before and the increase of wickedness in our world, but very few know what the solution to these problems are. Some would suggest gun laws, others would say we need to build a wall, still others think a different President is the answer, but what is the real solution, what can you do, what can I do? I believe the solution is you, the solution is me, Psalm 68:1 says, “May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him.” As we let God arise in us, as we open our gates to Him, as we become a portal for His presence, power and promises on earth, the enemy will scatter, the darkness will flee. We are partners in the advancing of the kingdom of God on earth, we are the access point God uses to accomplish His will, so open up your life and remember people are portals.
As someone who is not tech saavy, nor am I a product ambassador, but I am an observer of culture, systems, and organizations. Kris Vallaton of Bethel Church in Redding, CA recently said, prophetic people are not as concerned about the what, but they are very concerned about the why. I guess there is some prophetic giftings in me, for I love to know why something works. My friends will tell you that I am constantly analyzing the church and seeking to understand why so many people are leaving the church, are done with the system, but are still lovers of God and people. This question, that resonates in my spirit and mind on a daily basis, was illuminated in a powerful way when I entered the Apple Store in my city.
I walked into this store, that is only identifiable by a symbol of an Apple with a bite taken out of it. This alone is genius, to be known for something as simple as a symbol and to have it represent so many different thoughts, emotions, ideas and opinions is fascinating to me. Then we walk through the door and the Apple experience begins, we are immediately greeted and ushered to the place we need to be for maximum service. Then once checked in, we are invited to explore the store, which is very hands on, you can touch anything, ask anything, engage with anything in the store. My son, is immediately drawn to the new iPhone, me, I sit down and people watch in utter amazement.
Old and young, rich and poor, white, black, Asian and every other color is in this store. I immediately ask, how did they do this, how did they create a company that brings every race, every color, ever gender, every socio-economical status and every age together under one roof, while keeping everyone engaged? I then want to know, how they created something that people are willing to pay so much money for. I sat across from an older woman who was buying an upgrade as her phone was out of date, to my left there was an elderly couple getting educated by a young millennial man on the ins and outs of their new iPad, and right next to me was a middle aged business man transferring all his information from his iPad 2 to his iPad Pro.
There was a buzz in this store, people were laughing, information sharing, complaining, communicating and all under one roof. It was electric from start to finish. One of the things I noticed was the flow from the front door to the back wall, there was no hierarchy noticeable, but there was incredible organizational synergy and order. I sat there, watching all of this go on and I thought, this is what the first century church must have been like. It would have been electric with the excitement about the innovative teachings that Jesus brought about the kingdom of God, it would have been touching every race, age and gender. My experience in the Apple Store reminded me of what church is supposed to be like. Here are some things I think Apple has that the church needs to rediscover…
- Innovative, forward thinking that keeps people excited and interested in what God is about to do next.
- A hands on experience for everyone.
- A Person that evokes a willingness to sacrifice for because of the high value He carries.
- An organization that is not hierarchal, but synergistic, organized and highly effective in its execution.
- The simplicity of the Kingdom of God and the message of the gospel.
If we are willing to open our eyes, ears and minds to the limitless world in which we live, we will be able to see, hear, sense the kingdom of God in operation in some of the seemingly most unlikely places like an Apple store in Leawood, KS. I sat there and imagined what the church could learn from Apple and I got excited at the possibilities that are before us.
Proverbs 12:15 “A fool is in love with his own opinion, but wisdom means being teachable.”
Proverbs 12:1 “To learn the truth you must long to be teachable, or you can despise correction and remain ignorant.”
One of the things I love about being a woman is other women. As women we love to ask each other their thoughts about how we look in this outfit or those shoes. One thing I love about men is that they tend to say what we want to hear when it comes to how we look in an outfit we may not be confident in. Men are amazing cheerleaders for women’s confidence and women are amazing companions in the process of exploration and discovery of what works and what doesn’t. When we as people seek out each other’s thoughts, advice or counsel, we are at our most attractive state.
One of the gifts the Lord has given humanity is the ability to make things beautiful. We paint, we write, we create, we build, we design, we communicate, all expressions of beauty in a world that can be very ugly at times. One of the enemies tactics that goes undetected by many is his desire to destroy beauty. The bible says that Lucifer was the most beautiful of all the angels, until pride was found in his heart. It is no wonder that the enemy uses pride as a way to make a beautiful marriage, a beautiful job, a beautiful family, a beautiful church, a beautiful career ugly.
Pride is many things, but at the core it is the thought that I know too much for you to teach me anything else. Pride is a way of protecting ourselves from feeling stupid, from letting others see our weakness, and pride tells us we must be at the top, be the head, be the senior, be the place where the buck stops. Pride creates a dog eat dog world, where competition is the highest value, where individuality reigns supreme, where we puff our chest out so others can see our greatness. Pride is ugly, it doesn’t look good on anyone, but very few people are willing to say it doesn’t look good on you, and even less people recognize in themselves.
The key to our success in every area of life as people is wisdom, but to obtain wisdom you must be teachable and to be teachable you must be humble. Humility makes the world beautiful, makes people attractive, it makes us our best selves. I wonder what we could do together if we were not afraid of admitting we don’t know, we need help, or we want to do it with you. Humility is tied to vulnerability, for you have to let people see you if you want to be humble. Vulnerability is a swear word to most people, so we struggle, fight and work at alone, rather than allow others to come alongside of us and make us great.
Humility is attractive because it is not about you, it’s about what you bring to a situation that can bless others and what others bring to you that can bless you. Imagine how powerful marriage would be if men let women be their helpmate? Imagine how powerful companies would be if we didn’t allow our title to make us think we know so much? Imagine how much of an impact we could make on the world if the church was not a hierarchy but a body of which Christ alone was the head? Pride is destructive to ever part of society, but humility is attractive and humility is being teachable and humility looks good on you!
One of the signs of the times we live in is that we as believers in Jesus the Christ have become comfortable with contradictions. We believe you can be homosexual and Christian; we think it is okay to be having sex outside of marriage and still believe we are on fire for God; we can go to movies about zombies and attend bible school; we can preach about and pray for revival, but never die to ourselves or make room for God in our services; all with no thought that these things may be contradictions that we are comfortable with, but God is not.
Revelation 3:14-19 says, “Write this letter to the leader of the church in Laodicea: “This message is from the one who stands firm, the faithful and true Witness of all that is or was or evermore shall be, the primeval source of God’s creation: “I know you well—you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth! “You say, ‘I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. “My advice to you is to buy pure gold from me, gold purified by fire—only then will you truly be rich. And to purchase from me white garments, clean and pure, so you won’t be naked and ashamed; and to get medicine from me to heal your eyes and give you back your sight. I continually discipline and punish everyone I love; so I must punish you unless you turn from your indifference and become enthusiastic about the things of God.” (TLB Translation)
William Branham a well-known healing revivalist says, the seven churches in the book of Revelation are seven church ages and he believes, we are living the seventh church age (the church of Laodecia). Many known and unknown prophets today are declaring there is a remnant of people, who are entering into the promised land of the kingdom age, according to Branham this would be the Revelation 4 age, where His voice is like the sound of many waters. This aligns with the many prophetic words that have been seen and spoken about as a TIDAL WAVE of God’s glory that is coming to the United States and the World. It also confirms what I have seen as a much needed reformation in the body of Christ.
Many are comfortable with contradictions; but some are ready to move into the unknown with Jesus as the head. They have learned obedience through suffering, they have met with Jesus outside the city gates, they have been tested and tried in the fires of affliction and they are still standing. Many have been stripped of everything they once thought valuable, only to find the pearl of great price. They have a fierce love for God and people, but zero tolerance for lukewarm Christianity; they may not be understood, but they have understanding; they live with mystery, because they have a history with God. These ones are not comfortable with contradictions, both obvious and obscure. They have learned to discern the wheat from the chaff; the light from the darkness; the truth from a lie. They are not popular, but they are faithful and they are ready to cross over.
Saul and the army of Israel was comfortable with the contradiction of being dressed like soldiers, but scared of a short sighted man named Goliath. Samson was comfortable with contradictions, so he lost his vision when the enemy poked out his eyes. Solomon was comfortable with contradictions, because he was the wisest man on the earth at that time, but fell prey to the lust of foreign women. If these once mighty men of God could go from humble, hungry and teachable, to comfortable with contradictions and not recognize it, how come we think we can’t become the same and not recognize it.
Paul wrote a strong letter to the church in Corinth, confronting them for being comfortable with contradictions, this is not anything new, but it is just as dangerous. I am pleading with you, because the time is very near for God to sweep across the earth with His glory and for some it is going to be a day of weeping (repentance), while for others it will be a day of rejoicing (rewards), and you decide what kind of a day it will be for you. As for me and my house, we will not be comfortable with contradictions, no matter how unpopular it is.