My personal testimony is that when I want to remember events, I turn to my internal calendar, not dates. A person in the spirit has a path and an internal calendar. I want to challenge us to open this path in the inner man so that our inner calendar can work. Start your internal clock and activate your internal calendar.
David says, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” He marked events, which served the basis for him to call them “pleasant places”. We know that in David’s life there were many difficulties, battles. But he names his path that way.
With what kind of sight do we look at what we experience? This is not any auto-training, not any words that we repeat, this is an internal testimony. I want to inspire you to find your inner calendar. Red dates – holidays – must correspond to these lines – road marks.
Also, the inner man must have a clock. The calendar includes days, weeks, months. And the clock includes hours, minutes, seconds. Even the internal clock may have a second hand. Moments may remain in the memory much stronger than a whole month or even years.
Have you noticed that some months fly by completely without marks? And some seconds remain in memory forever. I remember some moments from my childhood that I can’t forget. They are always with me. I remember events in faith. I will not say that you need to mark seconds now, but I want to draw your attention to the fact that you can have such hours.
It gives me great pleasure when I enjoy the inner path. A part of me lives as a person – if I concentrate on negative feelings, then most likely I will find them. If I move my attention away from the light, I will have a different state.
If we learn to live walking in the Spirit, not in the flesh – to transfer our life into the spirit, then we will learn to overcome pain. A distorted face, wrinkles – any doctor will understand, see that a person is in pain. When a person concentrates on the negative, it is expressed even on his face.
But you can live with pain and enjoy life. Sometimes poverty brings a person into a humiliating position, and even relationships between people begin to suffer shocks. Therefore, the wisemen in the Word of God asked the Lord not to let him live in poverty, so that he may not say the name of the Lord in vain. But I think that those who consciously went into poverty overcame it. This is great glory and powerful wealth.
People are afraid of pain. But even with pain, you can learn to live.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob did not die of a disease. They died because they were saturated with life. It’s like getting up from the table – when you’re full, you get up and move on. Abraham lived in such a way that his bones were saturated with life. It is not written that he was ill. He was filled with life in all its fullness and went to his fathers. Jacob also put his feet on the bed himself, no one helped him, he left full of life. Not all people die from diseases.
And we have an internal calendar that is arranged by destiny. Someone said that destiny is what God does, and life is what people do to us. There is some truth in these words.
Find your internal calendar, focus on it. You will live according to it, and not according to what is written in the Gregorian calendar. Your springs and winters move differently there. Your summer, your youth, may return stronger than it was at that physical age. Youth can return. It’s all in our head and in our spirit.
Take depression: a young man can also be exposed to it. And an old man can be a very young man with a cheerful heart. Find that internal clock and put the second hand on it. Because on some watches there are no hands for seconds. It is important – because it means a moment. You can dream about something and be unhappy now, but – a second – you make a decision and can become happy now! Make a decision – enjoy this moment! I am among God’s people, I stand and communicate the Word of God, I stand on my own feet – why shouldn’t I enjoy it?!
Why don’t we enter into gratitude?! And then higher – step on the path of worship and glory.
Therefore, my second hand gives me a breakthrough in the portal. I make a decision – to have my watch and my calendar of the inner man! Be big! Enjoy this moment! Be grateful! Don’t be complainers! Enter gratitude!
Sometimes we sing at worship, but we don’t experience anything. Thoughts are not focused on God. But I make a decision: I will worship! And instantly I leap up and disappear from the body, I find myself in another space – where everything began to crush. And in the blink of an eye, everything was crushed. This martial arts of the spirit is a powerful thing when our inner man, like an Angel, has supernatural ability!
The lame shall be like a deer, he leaps up in the twinkling of an eye – and with strong legs he begins to gallop! And the dumb sing! And the poor preach the Gospel! And those who sit in the darkness of death shadow see a great light!
This is a supernatural crossing in space of all spheres (someone said that the apocalypse is a sphere) – and instantly, in the blink of an eye – find yourself in a different space. And then I accelerated even more and flew even higher, into even stronger pleasure – I told you more than once that the door is open. When I want, I can go there.
This is real spiritual life. This is the world that exists. This is the spiritual world of God Spirit. “And I saw an open door in heaven, and a voice saying to me: “Come up here, and I will show you what is soon to be.”
We often hear morality, words. But I want reality over thoughts. When our soul tries to understand God’s Word by our mind, it wanders. A wandering soul – from one thought to another. But when you see with your eyes the essence of the commandment, see the Lord of the Sabbath, it is better.
There is a stream of thoughts in our heads. Even now you can only understand 15-20 percent. Someone else is struggling with thoughts, feelings. This flow that goes with us all the time is a bad thing if you can’t direct and control it. Quiet! Let’s slow down! Don’t go ahead of God! We don’t even recognize this stream of thoughts, it just “keeps pressing” through us with “smoke”!
The second stream is worship that we launch from us to God. It’s not always pure. It is often associated with distraction, with a lack of concentration, we often give God singing and some thoughts. We are very weak inside. And the mind in God is very small.
The third stream is contemplation, when we receive attention from God and the stream of His feelings, the words that He inspires us with. This stream has to arise to Him and take delight in Him. Drink Him.
The Word of God says, “Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all miracle workers? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interprete? Be zealous for best gifts, and I will show you a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:29-31).
What are these “best” gifts that are not written about? Why are there other great gifts from Apostles to interpreters?
“Pursue love; be zealous for spiritual gifts, and especially for prophesying” (1 Corinthians 14:1).
“I wish you all spoke with tongues; but even more that you prophesied; For he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he speaks, so that the church may receive edification” (1 Corinthians 14:5).
“Therefore, let him who speaks in a tongue pray for the gift of interpretation” (1 Corinthians 14:13).
“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two, or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by; let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Corinthians 14:27-32).
I often meet people who have prophetic gifts – seers, dreamers, prophets who have revelation gifts. And when there is a strongly sealed parable-like revelation, they often don’t have an interpretation. It was not clear to me – why the one who sees or hears has no interpretation.
Some even argued that it was normal for a prophet to not understand what he was saying. And some prophets convey the message not quite clearly, as if the mind was also carried away along with the spirit into the dimension, they don’t understand what they are saying.
The Lord today wants us to understand what it means “he who prophesies is more excellent than he who speaks with tongues.” If you don’t prophesy yourself, but interpret, then you are equal to a prophet. This is one of the Scriptures that tells us about the gift of an interpreter.
I write in response to the prophecies I receive: “Give your interpretation.” I feel that God causes me to activate the gift of interpretation in people. Some lazy and sly ones don’t want to make efforts in their spirits to try to interpret.
“Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened from his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said: I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps that are on top of it. Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left. So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” Then the angel who talked me answered saying to me: “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:1-6).
The angel returned to Zechariah, who had previously cooperated with him in a certain situation. He woke him from his sleep. He had to wake up. To speak with a man, the Angel not only puts him to sleep – but the Angel pushes Zacharia. This is what Angels of awakening often do. Do not fall asleep to go to the Angel, wake up to meet the Angel!
When did you see an Angel ask? An Angel usually tells what to do. Here is another level of the prophet – Zechariah is a very high prophet. The revelations he is to receive are of the highest rank. Therefore, the prophet has to cooperate with the Angel according to the spirit of his mind.
Angel’s first question is: “What do you see?” The prophet answers and that is not the Word of God, those are the words of an unenlightened prophet. The prophet asks the Angel, and he asks him back another question: “Don’t you know?” The Angel doesn’t say anything, he only asks questions. What for? And when you don’t immediately answer a child, but ask leading questions, where are you taking him? – To make him think!
This is the first level of a prophet. When you speak what you see – but this is not a Word. This is a paraphrase and retelling. There is no interpretation – it is not yet a revelation. You just retold what you saw. There’s no life in it, because the Spirit hasn’t come upon the structure.
The Angel is not satisfied. He is waiting for an answer. It turns out that a seer sees a vision, but doesn’t know what he sees. Is he a prophet then? Good question. When we have a non-thinking spirit of the mind, a passive spirit, a spirit that doesn’t strive, doesn’t labor to think – a lazy spirit, a weakened spirit, that sees, but doesn’t even bother to comprehend.
When the Angel asks the prophet, he activates the interpretation, he wants the prophet to enter into the real ministry of the prophet, and not just “stare”. Just to see doesn’t mean to reach something.
And there comes the Word of the Lord.
“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, sayong: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things. For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth? (Zechariah 4:6-10)
It’s impossible to interpret! Prophecy upon prophecy is needed! He had to rise and push off.
The prophet was to prophesy! The great mountain – an obstacle in the way of God’s will – is just a plain! Only grace will destroy the mountains!
God began working through His servant, and He will bring it to completion through him. Zerubbabel started the House of God, he will complete the building! He will end his journey worthily. And he had to see and go further into the prophesying. It was Zechariah from whose mouth this Word should have flowed!
What you have seen doesn’t make you a prophet. What you comprehend through this and go further, that makes you a prophet. That’s why an interpreter goes higher than one who speaks in tongues.
The plumb line is in the hands of the builders, the plumb line is in the hands of the prophets and apostles, the truth of God’s Word is in the hands of the servant: rejoice the Lord, rejoice these seven eyes! He begins to prophesy to him: “Rejoice the eyes of the Lord with your faithfulness to the end!”
And the prophet goes: “And what do those two olive trees mean …”. It shouldn’t be out of curiosity. Penetration. And the third question of the Angel: “Don’t you know that?” The Angel doesn’t answer stupid questions, he asks again, and then prophesies.
Don’t answer, “I don’t know.” You have to strain and think, work to know when you don’t know. Activate, pray, think.
This is God’s view of revelation. We need to achieve an active spirit of mind. One must understand visions, revelations, the mysteries of God. Know the ways of God, not the works of God. Gain an active spirit of mind to penetrate into the mysteries of God. From thinking vanity to contemplating the flow of revelations of the mysteries of God.
There is an outer man and an inner man. Our spirit dwells in the body, and the soul is either in the flesh, in sin, or in the Holy Spirit, in the Spirit of God. Will we live in the Spirit or in the flesh? If we live in the flesh, we will die, but if we live in the Spirit, we will live. Your choice today is to live by the Spirit. If your outer man does the Apostolic work on earth, not paying attention to the internal – he burns out.
This discrepancy – when inside there is emptiness, lack and poverty, and outside there is vanity and works, then there is a discrepancy, like a bird with one wing. Our outer things must correspond to the inner man, who is to be rich, juicy, beautiful. The inner man is meant to be God-like. As it is written, “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to our likeness… So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1: 26-27)
Today I wish all of us – to go seeking! Enter into interpretation, work with your spirit to interpret the mysteries of God yourself, so that the spirit of God’s wisdom may be upon us. Apostle Paul prayed that “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you might know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17-18).