BECOMING THE SONS OF GOD
has been speaking very clearly to me lately about His desire for His people to "Grow Up!" The verse he gave me is Galatians 4:1,
"Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a
slave, though he is master of all."
God is saying that it is time for the seeds that have been planted from heaven to grow and mature and produce fruit. Who are these seeds of heaven? The seeds are you and me! At the
time of your salvation experience you were born again of the Spirit and the seed of heaven was conceived within you. I recently wrote an article on "Birthing Manifestations of the Realm of Heaven on Earth" where I spoke
about Jesus being conceived within us at the moment of salvation and our calling to "bring forth" the Son of God just as Mary brought forth the Son into this world. Right after completing this word the Lord gave me
another encounter and released the word you are reading now. Let me tell you what happened:
I entered the realm of the spirit and found myself in a forest covered with a gray substance, like ash. It seemed as if the entire
land was dead. When I looked at myself, all I saw was a nasty gray color. In the distance, I saw one single ball of brilliant light floating in the air. I walked towards the light. As I got closer, the light began to move away from
me as if it was beckoning me to follow. The ball of light approached a wall and passed right through it. I examined the wall where the light passed through and discovered a door. However, this door was like no other door I've ever
seen. This door was very narrow and only about waist high. I got down on my knees to open the door and I passed through to the other side. The next thing I saw was a portal-like opening in the wall. I passed through it and entered
back into, the land of gray. I looked totally different than I had before. I was covered in the most brilliant, shimmering, golden light from head to toe. The light emanating from my being lit up the entire forest. I watched as
people raised their heads to look upon the light and began to walk towards me. The encounter was over.
The Lord immediately began to reveal to me the prophetic symbolism and meaning of the vision. The dead land is this
natural realm and the gray ash is the spirit of this world trying to cover up and suffocate the life of the people. The ball of light was a seed from heaven coming as the voice of God and beckoning me to come into His realm. The
short and narrow door was a prophetic picture of the posture that is required to enter the realm of the Kingdom and dwell in the Lord's presence. Entering the door on my knees was symbolic of entering the Lord's presence with
humility and reverence. By spending time "on the other side", in the realm of the Kingdom, the seed of heaven grew until the deposit of heaven within me became the atmosphere I carried around me. I then "became"
the portal, or door, between the two worlds and walking back into this fallen world, as a person full of light, attracted the unbelievers still living in darkness.
v This vision was a message from the Lord's heart inviting us
as believers to experience everything that is offered to us. The Body of Christ is being called to grow up and begin to live in and function in our inheritance. What is our inheritance? To experience the Lord the way Adam and Eve
experienced Him in the Garden of Eden. God wants His people to be restored to that place of intimate friendship once again. It is those who have an intimate friendship with God who will be used as instruments for God's glory!
How do we come to this place of divine exchange with the Lord? Well, first we must realize that we are already complete in Him.
WE ARE COMPLETE IN HIM
Colossians 1:27 speaks of the mystery of Christ in us the
Hope of Glory: "To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Colossians 2:9-10 says:
"For in Him dwells
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power."
At the moment of our salvation we received within our spirits the most complete and perfect
impartation from heaven ever given to man: Jesus Himself. Everything God is ever going to do for us was already done and completed when he imparted Himself within us. How could we ever receive anything better or more complete than
God Himself? All the power, anointing, revelation and glory of heaven now reside within you and me. Even more than that, we are now a direct link, or gateway, for heaven to touch earth. Because not only is Christ seated within us
but He is also seated at the right hand of the Father in Heavenly places and we are seated there with Him (Eph. 2). The portal from heaven to earth is God's people.
So if we are complete in Him then why are we not seeing
the manifestations of heaven on earth in our everyday lives? Because the seed of heaven within us must grow and consume every soulish and fleshly area of our lives until we are totally yielded to the Holy Spirit in every way. The
natural process for bringing life into the world is first for conception to take place, then the growth of the baby, and then birth. Jesus was conceived in the womb of Mary but growth still had to take place before birth.
MOVING FROM SPIRITUAL BABES TO MATURE HEIRS
When you are born again, no matter what age you are physically, you are a spiritual baby. You are most definitely a son of God and you are most definitely a co-heir, but still a
"Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all."
Let me put this is in words that directly relate to our lives at
this time. We, as believers, are sons of God and co-heirs with Christ. We are "masters of all", just as the scripture states above, but if we are still children then it is as if we are slaves. In a kingdom you can be the
son of a King and everyone knows that everything in that kingdom belongs to you but you don't begin to operate as a ruler in that kingdom until you come of age and mature to be a man. Once you grow up and mature then you begin to
operate in your inheritance and rule in the kingdom.
It is exactly the same in God's Kingdom. The reason we don't have more of His glory and power manifesting through our lives is because many of the Body of Christ are
still babes in the spirit. Look at these scriptures with me:
"For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you
have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use
have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
"And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and
not with solid food; for until now you are not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere
If we want our inheritance than we have to grow up. What is our inheritance? Our inheritance is to eat of the solid food of heaven; divine and secret mysteries, great power and anointing from the Holy Spirit, and
the very glory of God as our own atmosphere!
WE ARE GOD'S FIELD, GOD'S BUILDING AND GOD'S BODY
The analogy given to us in scripture is that the kingdom of heaven is planted within us as a seed and it is intended to
grow and expand within us and on the earth. In 1 Corinthians 3:9 it says that "you are God's field, you are God's building." Just up from this verse it talks about how men of God planted and watered but God gives the
increase to our lives. Just after this verse it talks about believers being the temple of the Holy Spirit.
God has given us the five-fold ministry so that the body of Christ might grow into a mature man with the fullness of
Christ and no longer be children.
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no
longer be children."
Over the last several decades the Lord has worked diligently to restore the five-fold ministry within the church. Now it's time for the body to be equipped, mature into a man, operating in the
fullness of Christ, and no longer be children!
Another great example from scripture about seeds and growth is Isaiah 55. There is an invitation to come to the waters and drink freely. This chapter talks about not wasting
our money (time, energy, attention, etc…) on things that do not satisfy but rather we should come and drink of the waters by listening to the Lord and hearing His words. If we will be a people that listen to Him then we will be
leaders and commanders, and nations we do not know will run to us because of the Lord's glory upon us. The passage then goes on to talk about something very interesting.
"For My thoughts are not your
thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down from, and the snow from heaven,
and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it
shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
This passage tells us that God's words that come from His mouth are actually seeds that are planted and sent with a purpose to
accomplish on the earth.
John 6:63 says: "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life."
The very words from the mouth of God are
impartations of life to us! And what is the purpose of hearing God as a friend?
"For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing
before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an
everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
We are to be unto the Lord for a name. When we experience intimacy with the Lord and hear the intimate words of His mouth, conception takes place, and fruit comes forth!
Instead of thorns and briers coming up in our life we will have the cypress (strength) and the myrtle tree (victory).
THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM IS TO EXPAND AND HAVE DOMINION ON THE EARTH
The Bible says that the
Kingdom of Heaven is within you. We know from scripture that the nature of the Kingdom is to grow and dominate. Look at Mark 4:30-32;
"To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture
it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots our large branches, so that the birds of
the air may nest under its shade."
Likewise, the kingdom is sown within us at salvation and it must grow into a fruitful tree!
Look at Daniel 2:35b, 44:
"And the stone that struck the image became a
great mountain and filled the whole earth. Vs. 44: And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces
and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
The Kingdom of God is meant to expand and have dominion over all other kingdoms. The Garden of Eden was a prophetic symbol, or picture, of God's Kingdom and
government. God's original intention for the garden was for it to be tended by Adam and Eve, its borders to be expanded and its government to cover the earth!
We are now God's garden, God's field, God's building, and God's
body and we are called to bring the Kingdom of heaven to earth with mighty demonstrations of dominion and authority! But first that garden within us must grow and take dominion over every lesser kingdom that remains in our lives.
GROWING IN FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN
Did you know that Jesus, Himself, actually grew in favor with His Father? God's love is not partial because He loves everyone the same, no matter what our accomplishments are.
However, God is partial with His favor upon man. An example of this is the fact that there are some who are manifesting more of the Kingdom of God in their lives than others around them. In going back to the analogy of the heir as
a child within his father's kingdom, we will realize that the Father loves his son just as much when he's a child as when he is an adult. However, the father will give him more favor when the child becomes a man and the King
promotes him to a place of rulership in the Kingdom. Look at the second chapter of Luke:
"And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him (vs.40)."
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (vs.52)."
Jesus grew strong in spirit and therefore became someone capable of receiving solid food from heaven. We are created from two
different realms. Genesis 2:7, says that we are created from the combination of the dust of the ground (natural realm) and the breath of life (spiritual realm) and we became a living being or soul. It's possible for us to be quite
old physically and still be a baby spiritually. We as believers need to exercise our spiritual senses, become more familiar with the spiritual realm through intimacy with God, and become mature spiritual people full of His
Peter came to a place of such fullness that he carried a healing atmosphere all around him in Acts 5:15:
"so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least
the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a great multitude gathered from around the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all
THE LORD'S HEART FOR THIS HOUR!
Let's not limit how much of God we can have and express. It's time for the Body of Christ to GROW UP and move from babes to mature sons of God and the spotless bride of
I sincerely believe that the Lord is issuing a clear notice to the Body of Christ that it is time to mature and begin to operate in nothing less than our full inheritance. Part of our inheritance is to carry the
realm of heaven within us, upon us, and around us. Let's get serious with God and go after Him like never before. Let's begin to allow that seed of incredible potential within us to be released and display the Glory of God to the
"Father, I pray for every person reading this that you would speak to them so clearly about their own lives. Stir up the Body of Christ to maturity. Overshadow us with your Spirit and cause Your Kingdom within
us to grow and expand and have dominion over every area of our lives. I pray that mighty demonstrations of Your character, Your Glory, and Your power would begin to spring forth from Your people! In Jesus Name."