The Garden Within and The Way of Peace

I sat on a stone bench underneath the shade of a sturdy tree with wide branches, dark green leaves and deep red fruit. I was in a garden protected by high walls, shaded by trees such as the one I sat under. The air was lush, cool, soothing. Paradise was rich peace, stillness, life.

I heard Holy Spirit moving beyond the trees, humming as He tended some part of the enclosed garden. Papa sat on the bench beside me as Jesus stood facing us, smiling. I could feel Holy Spirit listening in our conversation even as He worked beyond my line of sight. We were wonderfully shaded by the fragrant dark green leaves of the trees. I was in the presence of Perfect Love. The love that they had for me and the love that they had for each other. I felt so safe and loved.

Heaven has so many varieties of meadows, mountains and interesting places to explore, it can almost be described as a world filled with many worlds. Papa had shown me other gardens before but this was my first time in a small, enclosed garden with such high walls as the one I now found myself in. With love and laughter in His voice, Papa answered my unspoken wondering as His eyes glittered with affection, “You are in a garden within The Garden. This little, enclosed garden is a private place for only you and Us.”

Papa turned to the trees that were all around us. He appeared to be as connected to them as they were to Him. As He moved through the trees, a gentle wind moved with Him and the trees leaned their trunks and moved their branches in response. From where I followed, it looked like a dance between God, wind, and trees.

Turning to smile at me, He continued, “Eden, or what you call The Garden, is open to all who would believe and it is a vast open world that would take eternity to explore. There are private gardens within Eden. Each one is a secret place I have with each child of Mine, and every garden is unique and specially cultivated for its owner.”

As we wandered through the garden, I observed the trees here were different from the other fruit trees He had shown me before in another part of the Garden Eden. I wondered to myself why I had been brought here. Papa chuckled and said, “Come and see.”

A short walk from the stone bench, we came in sight of a river that ran through the garden and out of it. I can’t explain why, but the sight of that river caused such delight to bubble up within me. Its waters were so clear and refreshing, so alive it almost seemed like they danced and skipped over stones on the river bed, waving as they passed by us. The waters seemed to echo back Papa’s laugh as He said, “My River of Life and Delight flows from Me to you and all creation. My River waters everything. Life is sustained through it. Even in places where you can’t see evidence of this River, where it may be underground or blocked, always remember that My river is there because it flows through everything that lives!”

The River Of Life And Delight

While peace and joy remained wrapped around us, Papa’s face grew solemn. With compassion and understanding in His voice He said, “Drink from My River. Do nothing in survival mode. It is time to dream again, but many of My children have become discouraged because the enemy is rabidly determined to take them off their path. The enemy’s onslaught has been a strategic one because it targets what My children instinctively know deep in their hearts – the destiny I have created them for.

I have created them for their inheritance, but the enemy has sought to take them off My path by tempting them to make things happen on their own. Just as the enemy tried to tempt Jesus in the desert to make happen on His own what I had already made His, so too many of My children face that same temptation to take matters into their own hands by the same vicious enemy in this season. Many of them are feeling restless, frustrated, and discouraged. But I am calling them out of survival mode and into Life.

Just as Jesus entered and left the wilderness full of My Holy Spirit, so also My children need to remain filled with Holy Spirit. There is a River in the desert. Its waters never run dry and they must learn to drink continually from My River of Life and Delight. I am bringing them to where they will come out of the wilderness leaning on Me.

Wait. All you need to do is wait for Holy Spirit. Wait and trust for your dreams to be fulfilled in My time. Am I more important to you than the dreams I have given? Release the dreams that are from Me, to Me. Delight in Me. Tell My children to drink from My river; bathe in it and lay down in the soft grass beside it.

Rest in My peace. Those who drink from My River will not be thirsty and they will find deepest fulfillment. Then what they do will flow from their heart, not for their heart.”

Papa continued, “In My reality is Life and freedom. No more survival mode for My children because things that are built from that place will not thrive in this era of Eden. My Eden reality is about participating in that which My River of Life and Delight initiates. You need only participate. My River makes it grow.

This release is an important part of the Dream process. The dream has to die before it can bear much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing. In Me, everything comes to life. Surrender is the way to Life. In quietness and trust is your salvation.

Children, let Life breathe into your dreams. Only a dream that has been laid down can lead to My glory, life to others, and intimacy with Me. A dream manufactured by human hands corrupts and leads to strife, pride, greed, and death. As in the times of Noah, it is not yet time to leave the ark, but it is time to dream. Dream of the new frontier, then release those dreams to Me. Wait and trust that I make all things beautiful in My time.

The season of intense sifting has been to bring My children into Eden’s reality of rest and peace. My rest is not doing nothing. It is active participating in what I initiate. Let Me set the course. Trust in Me with all your heart; don’t lean on your own understanding. Pursue peace and remain in it. Don’t seek to fill your needs by yourself or others – that path only leads to futility, frustration and emptiness. Eat and drink from Me – it leads to life. My path is Life and fulfillment and grace.”

My heart was pierced as Papa shared His heart. How many times had I loved His gifts & destiny for me more than I loved Him? How often did I value experiences with Him more than I valued Him? I was so sorry for using Him in my survival mode more times than I probably realized. I was heartbroken as this scripture came to mind, “”My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the Spring of Living Water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13).

Papa put His arms around me as a subtle fragrance filled the cool garden air. I could feel His welcoming love and perfect forgiveness even before I apologized, but I was thankful that He waited for my words. Giving us space to apologize is one of God’s tender mercies. In making room for us to take ownership of our mistakes, He bestows back on us the dignity that sin has stolen. Asking for, and receiving, forgiveness gives us the experience of His River of Forgiveness flowing from Him to & through us. It is a cleansing, liberating, beautiful thing.

The fragrance of Myrrh increased till it hung heavy in the air. Papa enveloped me in a hug as we sat a few minutes with both hearts laid bare.

Follow The Way Of Peace

Papa began to speak, and I felt the words coming from deep within His heart, “I am establishing a Covenant of Peace and all are invited to it. Follow the way of Peace. I am making a people who are at rest; a people of Peace. Those who enter into My Covenant of Peace enter into Shalom, wholeness in every part of life.

This is why I have allowed situations to reveal areas of strife, unforgiveness, even bitterness, in My children’s hearts. I am challenging internal structures that have governed your way of living, Babylon which is led by fear, anger, self-preservation. Unforgiveness ties you to earth, unable to enter the rarified atmosphere of heaven. Forgiveness frees you, releases you into Eden.

Babylon taught you to fight for your space and defend your own rights. Babylon thrives on the lie that only the strong survive and you are on your own. But I am declaring, “No more survival mode. Come out of Babylon and let Me take Babylon out of you.” Come out of that tiny prison cell; step into the great wide world that is Eden, My reality. I want to show you that there is an abundance of space & safety for all.

Follow the way of Peace; do nothing where My Peace does not rest. Peace is never far from you. My peace never leaves, but sometimes you may walk away from it. You just need to feel around for it and you will find it; it is never far.

I am raising up a new breed of people who are led by Peace. This posture of rest, peace, and being in Me, is the only way they will be able to handle the influx of heavenly activity & blueprints I am releasing on earth. Apart from Me, you will explode from the sheer magnitude of creativity & innovation I am releasing. It is as I said through My prophet Isaiah, ‘You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.’ Creation follows those that are led by Peace.”

The Garden Within

In the days that followed, He began to show me the Way of Peace. He taught my heart how to “feel around” for the presence of peace and then follow it just as I had followed Him among the trees in our little garden. When responsibilities & to-do lists pulled me into survival mode, He reminded me to wait and let Him quiet me with His love. He guided me to do, say, and go only where Peace was. Life flourished in that Way of Peace. It was like being able to breathe again after years of holding my breath.

Then one day Papa asked me, “Do you know why I have taken you to visit our smaller private garden within The Garden Eden?”

He knew that I didn’t know, for He knows me more truly than I know myself. So I said, “Why?” because He enjoys the dance of back-and-forth conversation although He already knows all my thoughts.

His next gentle words entered my heart like a flash of light, “Thus far, you have experienced Eden around you. You have come up to heaven and explored Eden on earth as it is in heaven. And yet you do not believe that Eden is within you. It is easy for you to see heaven around you, but you have not seen heaven within you. All these years you have lived believing there is such darkness, brokenness and ugliness within you, and it has broken My heart because in rejecting your innermost being, you have rejected Me.

I took you to the little garden because that little garden is your heart. My River of Life and Delight flows in you. My Holy Spirit tends to the beautiful fruit that grows in you. My child, Eden is not just around you; it is first within you. Eden – Life – flourishes and expands within you. Your soul and body is filled with My Life, Light, Presence, and fruitfulness. You are good. You are very good. I take great delight in you.

Papa is preparing a people so at Peace, so at rest in Him. Eden is about being. Eden is both an external and internal reality because His River of Life and Delight runs through all of life. Eden grows within us and expands in & around us.

Holy Spirit our beloved helper and gardener works in our hearts to that end. He rips out decaying foundations of Babylon (strife, survival, rejection) and pours in His unbreakable foundation of Eden – Peace, Life, and the Love & Delight of God.

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Perceiving Eden Amidst Shifting Landscapes

Snippets from my journal, early 2020.

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I sat with Papa, His presence rich, warm, enveloping. All was calm and peaceful, the kind of quiet that vibrates with life & song. The air, like a weighted blanket, wrapped around me in a protective bubble.

As we sat in that peace, Papa said, “Landscapes are going to shift all over the world, and they will keep on shifting over the next few years. Do not be shaken by what you see & hear. In the shifting landscapes, I AM the only constant.” This was said with gravity and my spirit felt the desire in His heart for me to perceive the weight of what He was saying. As I absorbed His words, I saw before me a projector slideshow of snapshots that kept changing and changing and changing around the world. Huge change was coming, and more change after that. Although the words were grave, Papa’s tone and body posture was full of peace and assurance. I understood that He was telling me this to prepare and assure me in advance that no matter what happened next, He was in control of even the shifting & shaking that was to come on a global scale.

In the companionable silence that followed, I pondered the repercussions of these shifting landcapes. As Papa gazed at the nations, His feet were firmly planted and His arms ready for war. His face was serene, He exuded peace. He was ready for action but was not in a rush. He was not anxious or worried. It was as if Time measured itself to Him and everything that was to come was 100 percent in keeping with His pace.

He smiled at me and said, “Keep your heart at peace, full of awe and wonder like a child. Always look at Me and you will see as I see. Keep your focus on Me, not what’s happening around. Keep My perspective. I will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Me because they trust in Me (Isaiah 26:3). Those who keep their minds on Me will not be shaken. They will adapt & thrive in the shifts and shakings as they follow & flow with Me.

Do not be shaken by the news & what you see happening all around. Be rooted in Me, not the world. Those whose inner lives are rooted in Me will be marked by Steadfastness and Flexibility. They will not be moved by circumstances. They will be quick to move as I lead. Come up higher. Remain in the rarified air of heaven and you will see what I see. The pure atmosphere up here will slowly transform your eyes and make them glow, illuminated with the Light from within. The air of heaven will remake your eyes to see far and wide, to pierce through and see deeply, and to see in the darkness as if it were day.”

The months that followed were magical and wrapped in joy even as the world started to hum with one crisis after another. It was like there was a tear in fabric of the sky and I could see through it into the galaxy. It was beautiful.

One day as Papa and I sat together, He smiled and said, “Come and see.”

God Is Building Eden

In an instant, He lifted me up, up, up above the ground and we hovered there in the space between earth and clouds. Beneath me, I saw a circular enclosed city with tall towers very shiny and dark. The city looked strong and menacing, but as my spirit lifted higher and higher from the ground, I saw the panoramic view and it made the city look very, very small indeed. Outside of the city gates was the vast beautiful world of rolling hills, green grass, sparkling rivers, and flowers of so many colors & variety. From my bird’s eye view, the city was the size of a mere school compound compared to the whole world outside.

Papa began to explain, “The city is called The Way Of Living, or you may know it by its other name – Babylon. It is the way of living that people believe is the norm. It includes the systems you see in politics, the economy, families & society, the church, and even the internal structures within individuals that guide their perspectives, thoughts and motives. These systems are kind to the strong and cruel to the weak. This reality is one where man tries to do what man believes is best, and it’s never enough. Those who live in The Way Of Living, or Babylon, are governed by these internal and external systems. Many don’t even realize they’re being governed – this much has it already become the way of living for them.

What many think is their whole world or whole reality, is so small compared to the reality that I created them for – My reality.

The world you see outside is Eden. It is My reality, the truest reality, which readily welcomes anyone who is willing to leave the safety of the familiar in Babylon. Eden is vast and magnificent. Eden teems with new life, peace, and complete security. It’s the whole world where Babylon is a mere city. Eden is led by Me, and it is a leadership of love. Those who live in the reality of Eden know that there is a wide spacious place for them to run free. There is no need to jostle because everyone has more than enough. They are covered by Me and I am their safe place. Here is abundance, creativity, life and every good thing to satisfy.

How I long for My children to come out of their Way Of Living and enter into My reality.  This is what they were made for. My reality is a whole wide world outside that tiny city Babylon. I have established Eden, and I am building Eden in an ever-unfolding process.”

We’ve entered into a new age. God is building Eden reality which is very different from Babylon’s systems. He beckons us to come out and run free. Drink from the River and taste that its waters are so very good. But we cannot enter into the new using old ways. If we did, we would just end up building a new Babylon.

The new looks nothing like the old, and to perceive it we need the cages of old mindsets to be shattered. This is the reason for the shakings and shifting landscapes. God is revealing, shattering, systems that do not work to help us see that we have been drinking from “broken cisterns that hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). He is awakening us to see there’s a whole world outside our windows, and Babylon is collapsing. He is challenging our “normal lives” to remove anything that may prevent us from perceiving the new.

Our only participation? Willingness. Saying “Yes” to His process of revealing the broken structures we’ve been living in or have been living in us.

Perceiving HIm

The world has need of a Saviour. Will we perceive Him?

When Jesus came to earth, the Jews could not perceive Him because He looked nothing like what they thought Messiah would look like. They’d lived under foreign rulership for centuries, and their idea of Messiah had been developed within that framework. They were looking for a King who would be a strong military leader, a fighter. They could not comprehend Jesus when He came as a son. Jesus presented to them a new way of relating to God. They could not perceive Him even as He lived and walked amongst them because it was outside of their Way Of Living.

In Noah’s day, the people of earth could not perceive the ark even while it was being built before their very eyes. Until that time, the earth had been watered from the ground up. They could not see beyond that way of living, and could not perceive a coming flood by rain. The ark was an object of ridicule because they could not perceive its purpose outside of their Way Of Living.

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the Jews could not perceive what God was writing because it was outside their framework of Egypt. They wanted political, physical deliverance; God wanted total deliverance for them to be truly free of Egypt spirit, soul, and body. God wanted the Promised Land for them but they had lived in slavery for so long that they said to Moses, “We reject God’s invitation to go up the mountain to meet Him. Moses, you go. You have a relationship with God, then just come back and tell us what He wants us to do.” Thus revealing that they still thought & lived as slaves (“Tell us what to do”) instead of children of God (Relationship). They could not perceive the kind of freedom God wanted for them because it was outside of their Way Of Living.

I felt such a strong desire in Papa’s heart for all people to perceive what He is doing, so that no one will miss out.

He said, “We have moved into yet another new shift, and this one will be a marker in history as in the time of Jesus, Noah, and Moses. I am doing new things in new ways, and many of them will take you by surprise. They may even offend you. Will you trust Me and keep your heart open to perceive? Be still before Me, allow Me to reveal & remove old frameworks governing your life that will prevent you from perceiving. I am going to fulfill prophecies about this year and decade, but will My creation receive it if it looks very different from how they imagined?

I am doing new things in brand new ways that may offend the old ways. Just like the days of Jesus, Noah, and Moses, we have entered a time of disruption that will continue over the next few years, making way for a new age of innovation and a new way of life – the most ancient one of all, Eden!”

There was joy and shouting, a happy anticipation in the heavenlies. Angelic activity began to increase on earth. I saw many of His messenger angels traveling from heaven to earth carrying scrolls. These scrolls contained architectural blueprints from heaven itself, and were being delivered to individuals who would steward and release them on earth through divine creativity. There were blueprints for finance, commerce, nations, how to live life well, parenting, and so many more.

Seeing As He Sees

Papa said, “My weapons of warfare are different from that of the enemy’s. Tell My children not to fight like them. Don’t go down and fight at their level; you were made for higher things. Come up higher. See with My wisdom of the seven spirits which rest on Jesus (Isaiah 11; Rev 3, 4, 5).

The seven spirits can only be found before My throne, and that is where I long for My creation to remain. Only here will they see – perceive – as I do. Eden is unfurling, can you perceive it? Light grows brighter even as darkness gets darker, and those who would step into My reality will continue to live in the land of the living even while landscapes shift all around them.”

The Golden Eagle

An excerpt by Anna Rountree:

As I viewed the surrounding mountain range, a string of very large paper dolls floated by.

The great Eagle spoke, “So much of what is happening now in the body of Christ is like paper dolls — one copying the other.”

The paper dolls disappeared, and an eagle of pure gold flew by. “I am looking for an eagle of gold, Anna — rare beyond measure.” As He spoke, power like a surge of electricity ran all over the eagle of gold. It became pure white, like the great white Eagle. “The golden eagle becomes like Me,” He said.

Then a line of large, paper, cut-out eagles floated across the mountain range. They were hooked together as the floating paper dolls had been.

He continued, “There are many eagles, for I am generous with the gift of the Holy Spirit. But, Anna, I am giving you an invitation to become an eagle of gold.”

“You must fly the mountains and valleys of heaven, though, and you must eat from My hand. Do not seek that which the eagles below seek. They seek fresh meat [fresh revelation], but their game is earthbound, and so is their revelation – times, seasons, natural signs and consequences of sin. I have given them to see into these things, but all of it concerns revelation for the outer court. Most eagles labor there. But there are few golden eagles who fly in the holy place. They minister to Me more intimately. They fly among the branches of the golden lamp stand. They, like David, are in communion with My Son, eating the showbread. Their revelation is used to assist those who minister at the golden altar of incense. Fewer minister in the holy place.”

Suddenly I saw a rocket blast off from the earth and shoot into heaven. The great Eagle continued, “The golden eagle’s nest is in heaven. The golden eagle does not even eat earthly food. It feeds above. The paper doll eagles catch fish, kill snakes, chase rabbits; but the eagle of gold breathes the ether above. It does not seek after or eat carrion. The golden eagle eats from the hand of God until it looks and smells and is like Me – pure white. There are many that look like Me, but you must eat from the hand of God to be like Me.”

His eyes were aflame now. “Will you fly with Me, Anna, over streets of gold? Will you fly with Me over lakes so clear that the bottom is as the top? Leave the snakes, the bugs, the rabbits running rabbit trails. Come with Me and feed from the hand of God.”

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A New Era Of The Prophetic

Last year I shared about the new breed of generals that the Lord was raising up. I have loved meeting & running with these remnant the Lord has prepared. Recently, James Jordan said something that resonates and perfectly encapsulates that prophetic word. He said, “Don’t ever follow a leader who does not walk with a limp.” Yes!

Building on this foundation of brokenness and intimate dependence, our Father is raising up a new breed of prophets in this coming decade.

We have entered a new era of the prophetic, and God is raising up a new breed of prophets.

1. Everyone Will Hear God Themselves

We have sat at the feet of fathers of the prophetic movement and are always awed & inspired by their amazing stories. The early prophetic movement was marked by incredible displays, like calling out to a stranger sitting behind them and prophesying for an hour straight about their family, their lives, their bank account number, etc. It was incredible, and I used to tremble when sitting in the same room as prophet.

When I asked the Lord about it, He said to me:

It was necessary for such incredible displays to be demonstrated by the few, My forerunners of the prophetic movement. This was done so that people would believe, hearts opened, and I could begin to release the five-fold prophetic gift to My church.

The pioneers of the emerging prophetic movement faced incredible resistance, opposition, and sometimes even persecution. I allowed the few to wield such power because that’s what they needed for their particular battle. They fought with much blood, sweat, and tears. It was because of their sacrifice that the next generation of prophets were allowed to grow in safety and much more acceptance than their fathers had.

BUT to have forerunner prophets moving in such power was always only stage 1 of My masterplan. It has never been My heart to have the prophetic gift only belong to elite few.

Now that the the first wall of resistance has broken through, it is a new era for the prophetic movement. It is a new day where every person can hear from Me, and the prophet’s job is to confirm what they’ve already personally heard from Me.

This is what I meant when I spoke through My prophet Jeremiah, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

It is My great desire that every one of my children will hear from Me directly. I long for face-to-face and I resent needing a medium to have relationship with My child. They belong to Me and they will know My voice, as they are known by Me.

I am removing the middle man. I tolerate no third party in My relationship with My child.

Tell My people to stop relying on prophets and start relying on Me! Tell them to cease their endless running from one minister to the next, hoping to catch some crumbs from heaven. Tell them to run to Me, come sit at My table and lean on my chest! Call to Me and I will tell them great and unsearchable things they do not know…

From now on, My prophets’ role is to:

  • Live often in My Throne Room and model a life of intimacy with Me, showing that this is accessible to all My children
  • Equip My children to hear My voice for themselves
  • Confirm what I’m saying to My children
  • Remind My children of the direction I’ve given them

2. Prophets Will Be More Strategically Deployed

My prophets are greatly valued by Me. But their role is shifting in this new day, for they are being lifted up to a higher level. They are being called up higher and released from prophesying over individuals and dispensing words of knowledge.. because I need them in a more strategic position in these last days.

My prophets are not being taken out of a job. No, they are being released into a more strategic one!

When My church is able to hear Me and walk in step with Me by themselves, My prophets will be freed to come up higher for a broader & further field of vision.

Instead of being tied to earth, now My prophets can truly soar up higher and live often in My presence. Their senses will be so filled with the reality of heaven as their whole focus begins to shift heavenward.

If My church is a ship, My prophets are the sails. As their whole being begins to pull heavenward (they will often feel like they’re living in heaven on earth) with their position turned toward Me, as My Spirit blows they will set the course for My church to follow.

My prophets’ prophecies on earth will only make up a very tiny fraction of what they’ve seen & heard in heaven. As their role in My church changes, they will be given much more wisdom in what to say and what not to. The prophetic gift is well-developed, but now wisdom needs to develop. Much more wisdom – MY wisdom – is needed in the days to come.

My invitation comes with the grace – empowerment – to step into it.

Just as silver was as common as stone in the days of Solomon, so will hearing My voice be commonplace in the coming days when My glory will cover the earth.

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Idream of Eden. We were made for the Garden and the full pleasure of paradise. We got separated at Eden and we spend our whole lives searching for a way back into that secret paradise. All of life's pursuit + pain + questioning can be traced back to man's search for home. Our deepest instincts tell us that we are not home outside of this reality, and our souls will never stop searching until we return. Only there will we find rest and our true being. There, we begin to dream again the dreams that have laid asleep in our hearts all along.

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