THE VISION

"(In My Vision) The Child Was Instantly Healed. His Swollen Belly Reduced to Normal Proportions and He Was Immediately Healed from All The Effects Of Long-Term Starvation"

by Catherine Brown

"'My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death...Abba, Father,' He said, 'everything is possible for you. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.'"Mark 14:34, 35-36

THE VISION

In June 2005, I had the pleasure of hosting Heidi Baker and Patricia King at our Gatekeepers "Bless" Conference in Scotland. Towards the end of the conference, Heidi prayed for those of us who were called as full-time missionaries. At that time I had a vision of the harvest fields.

In the vision, I saw a small, emaciated African child walking through a field that was devoid of any kind of crops or fruit. The little one was in the final process of starvation, with his belly swollen beyond belief. Jesus asked me to look at the harvest fields through His eyes, and He gave me a different perspective by changing my viewpoint in the vision.

In an instant, I was standing above the Cross and looking down into the same field with the child as before, however, this time I was looking from the vantage point of the Cross. From where I was positioned, I could only see the field by looking at it through the spaces between the crown of thorns that pierced the Lord's head. When I looked at the field through His crown of thorns, my vision took on a whole new perspective and the scene before me changed dramatically.

The Cross overshadowed the field, and as the Cross touched it, the child was instantly healed. His swollen belly reduced to normal proportions and he was immediately healed from all the effects of long-term starvation. Not only was the child fully restored, but the field was also instantly transformed.

The power of the Cross turned an unproductive field into a harvest field that was ripe and ready to be harvested, whilst at the same time releasing miracle-healing anointing on the needy.

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Whilst in California ministering this last week or two, the Lord reminded me of the vision from 2005. I was preparing to minister with the homeless the next day when Jesus took me back to the harvest field vision. As I contemplated this, I saw a new vision of people in a western setting and they all had swollen bellies as though they were suffering from starvation. I knew immediately that it was not a physical hunger that had been revealed, but that the swollen bellies of the people represented the effects of spiritual starvation.

The Lord said to me, "My children are starving." I began to weep before the Lord, touched to the depth of my being by the awful condition of spiritual starvation that God had opened my eyes to see. When I was able to compose myself, I enquired of the Lord as to why the people were starving.

He responded, "My child, so many of My children fill themselves up with everything but Me. I long to fill them with the fullness of who I Am. I drank every drop of the cup of suffering so that you might all share in the fullness of My love and My glory."

Time turned into a melting place between my own small heart and the magnificent heart of our Father as I wept for the children of God who turn from His bountiful "nutritious spiritual manna" and instead fill themselves up with "junk food" in the world. We must make room for the Master to fill our lives with His goodness, or the only thing we become full of is ourselves and our sin.

Jesus spoke to me concerning His Bride and said, "I do not need your works, I long only for your worship. I do not need your activities, I long only for your adoration. I gave everything I am for you. All I ask for is your whole heart."

I fell asleep with swollen eyelids and my heart full of a desire to bring the manna of Christ (i.e. His life-giving words) to the congregation the next day. We met in the park where my friend holds church for the homeless every week. We worshipped our Savior and I earnestly shared the message of the Cross and the call to be full of His love. In tenderness, the Holy Spirit led us in a time of repentance for rejecting the Lord's fullness.

One by one, I had the joy and privilege of laying hands on the congregation - some who were Believers and some who were not. I held the face of one dear homeless man for the longest time and simply whispered the words, "He loves you. Jesus loves you with all of His heart; receive His love." The man wept as his soul was washed in Christ's agape. It is amazing how quickly a hungry heart can receive the Lord's fullness. All that is required is to trust and surrender.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE CROSS

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34

When Jesus asked Father to forgive us, He sealed this prayer with His blood-sacrifice, becoming the Mediator of the new covenant of Grace. Through His sacrificial death and resurrection, the Lord offers us total forgiveness. There is nothing that is out with or beyond His saving grace and divine influence of mercy. All are welcome in the Father's house to partake of His glorious grace. We have every reason to be free and to become full of His presence.

"'Dear woman, here is your son...Here is your mother.' From that time on, this disciple took her into his home."
John 19:26-27

Jesus showed a deep concern for His mother, Mary, on the Cross and made sure that she would be cared for by the disciple John; the provision of care was not a peripheral one. John was mandated to love Mary as though she were his own mother and to welcome her into his home. No matter what our family situation or background may be, Jesus has made provision for us that we might all have a place of complete belonging in His family.

"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Matthew 27:46b

Jesus was rejected so that we might experience the fullness of the Father's love and acceptance. As children of God we are adopted and accepted into God's family. We are legitimate sons and heirs because of Christ. Hallelujah - we are called to walk as kings and priests! He wore a crown of thorns that we might receive a crown of salvation glory.

When we see that He drank the last drop of the cup of suffering, we will receive a revelation of His love, which will miraculously transform our situations and circumstances. He fills us to the fullness of Himself if we will permit Him to gain access to the secret places of our hearts. Fullness comes from being in His presence.

COME, BE FILLED

"I am thirsty." John 19:28

As the Son of Man, Jesus thirsted for fellowship with God; as the Son of God, Jesus thirsted for fellowship with mankind. Jesus empathizes with us in our thirst and He is the only One who can truly quench our spiritual thirst and give us holy satisfaction. He will become life-giving streams of living water within us by His Spirit if we accede to His will. God can and does quench our every thirst!

The book of Revelation contains the heart-stirring cry, "The Spirit and Bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life." Revelation 22:17

"It is finished." John 19:30

Thank God that there is nothing we can add to or detract from the finished intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. The salvation that Jesus purchased for us by His blood is without spot or blemish and is an eternal salvation. Eternal means there is nothing missing and nothing can be eroded or corrupted.

Our salvation in Christ is perfectly perfect and completely complete, therefore it is able to fill every area of our need and longing - emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

COMMITTING OUR WAY, TODAY

"Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit." Luke 23:46

With His last breath Jesus gave us His breath of Life, giving Himself up as a love offering to save us. All the way from Gethsemane to Golgotha, Jesus walked as an obedient Son serving His Father. When the Lord died, the temple curtain was torn in two, and in the tearing the Way was made open for all mankind to be reconciled to the Father.

Jesus is the only Way, the Truth and the Life and He leads us as lambs to receive the Father's embrace. We can fully commit all that we are to Him and trust that He will perfectly execute the Father's purposes and plans in our lives.

We must let go of any and all hindrances that would hold us back from receiving this blessing and walking as a holy priesthood. Sometimes we hold on to pain; other times we are reluctant to let go of habits or lifestyle patterns of sin or self-harming practices (such as overeating, sexual addiction, lying, etc).

We must commit our entire life to the Lord, including what we do with our spare time, our talents, our resources, our gifts and our calling. If we do not, we will remain in a condition of "spiritual starvation" in desperate need of Christ. Christian men and women are required to live a lifestyle that lines up with the message they profess and preach.

"I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise." Luke 23:43

There on the Cross, two robbers hung on each side of Christ; both of them were spiritually "starving," but only one of them chose to respond to Heaven's invitation to be filled. That very day, Jesus promised that the humble, confessing man would experience the riches of glory in Christ.

There is only really one day in the Lord's vocabulary for salvation and that is TODAY! This promise still stands true for all who will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beloved, let Him breathe His life-giving breath on you afresh today. Surrender all that would hold you back from receiving God's fullness and allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart. Jesus loves our works of faith, but He seeks our worship not our works. Faith without works is dead, but works without the intimacy of a faith-filled relationship with Christ is tantamount to spiritual suicide.

Yours till we all fall down in the glory