I Peter 1:5″You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”
We are spiritual stones being built up into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit. He has promised that if we abide in Him we will bear much fruit for His Glory.
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation”
I. A Glorious Spiritual City
I had a vision and saw a most crystalline city of God arising in the Spirit in this region. (specifically the tri-county Ohio region) But I believe God is raising this city of His glory throughout the world. It was so beautiful and sparkling, resplendent with light shining forth and dispelling the darkness. If we can see with spiritual eyes this is what God is raising up. (Eph. 1:18) It has form in the Spirit but is not a natural man-made structure. It is a fearsome thing to the enemy. But it is a glorious thing to the sons and daughters of God! It was composed of crystal, but again it is a spiritual reality. It is a picture of God replicating on earth what is already in heaven. (Luke 11:2) The spiritual realities of the Kingdom of God are being built and established at this time. This city is not of human hands but is made up of spiritual stones in Jesus Christ. He, being the foundation stone, a glorious stone that holds all things together.
II. Walk in the Light
As we walk in the light as He is in the Light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Christ washes us from all sin. (I John 1:7) It is in this place that we are able to be part of this City of Light that God is raising up. We now walk with Him, in communion with Him, just as Adam walked with God in the garden before the fall but in even deeper measures because God now dwells inside us as we are living tabernacles of the glory of Christ.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
He has opened the door of heaven to us that we may come in and go out finding true spiritual food, true riches, dwelling with him in the place prepared for us before the foundation of the world. (Luke 16:11)
As we learn to value the anointing of His Spirit that He has given us we are able to abide in Him and He in us. With this His light will permeate us and shine through us.
III. High Praises of God & 2-Edged Sword
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment–
This honor have all His saints.
Praise the LORD!
What are the high praises of God? The high praises are those praises that take us to a different place of experience with Him. These are the praises that God inhabits and in turn deposits within us the glory substance of the Kingdom of Heaven. These praises lift our feet to be like hinds feet on His high places. As we praise Him He lifts our feet to these high places.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your right hand has held me up,
Your gentleness has made me great.
You enlarged my path under me;
So my feet did not slip.
I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them.
He causes us to experience the spiritual reality that we are seated with Him in the heavenly places far above all darkness, hindrance and demonic activity. The high praises take us upward and cause us to experience ascension in our spirit connecting us with the heart of God. This spiritual revelation becomes reality to us and we realize all things are under our feet just as they are already under His feet. These praises also cleanse the heart and the atmosphere surrounding us ushering in the Prince of Peace to come and rule over us. (Isaiah 9:6) It is here that we find the power of the double-edged sword.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
In this place with Him we are no longer just quoting scriptures. The Word of God is now activated within our spirits because we have entered into a unity dynamic with the Lord. Our hearts become one with Him in this place. This is where authority and dominion over all spiritual opposition is made manifest in us. With this light the double-edged sword of the Word of God now cuts through the darkness releasing a binding execution on the enemy. This is an honor that all of His saints have access to!
IV. Faith & Patience
It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12) This is our destiny. And faith with patience is the means by which His promises are obtained. The characteristics that embody faith and patience are required to see promises manifested in our lives. These characteristics are expressed and released through our mouths and our actions. Complaining is not one of these characteristics, but rather thanksgiving.
As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Doubt is not one either, but rather believing to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:39) If a man can be wise in his words, he is like a perfect man and the body will fall in line with our words. Our faith comes into the equation. (James 3:2) As Jesus said so many times, “Your faith has made you well, whole and etc” (Matt. 15:28, Mark 10:52, Luke 8:25) Jesus did not recognize confession as much as a spiritual reality that was manifesting from the hearts of men and women who were desperate for His touch.
Faith being released from the heart and by the spoken word is an asset that God has given to us having been created in the image of God. We should wisely speak so that none of our words fall to the ground. (I Sam. 3:19) It is not that our faith needs increased as much as we need to use what we already have, even though we continue to sow these seeds of faith in our hearts. Return will come as we use what we have already received.
Our faith is also not to be lifeless confession without any depth of intimate communion with God. The Lord does not want robots. He desires people who are intimately connected to the life stream of His heart.
V. Cities of Light
The City of Light is made up of the people of the Light. As we learn to walk in the Light, we shall see spiritual houses and cities raised up in every place and region of the earth. As we follow the Lamb wherever He goes, not man, we will see His Kingdom established in the earth and His Name made known.
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
Our unity will be established before His Throne. Unity is never because we agree on everything but because we have sought after God have found Him and have lost sight of ourselves in the glory of His Presence. (Psalm 133:1) Of course the foundations of what we believe are intact. But when we are before Him, seeing His face, we forget about trivial matters and opinions. He becomes magnified over everything else. This is where we are one in Him. It is only as we abide in His words and are caught up before Him that He is found in us and we discover His love in our hearts for one another. (John 15:5-8) It is here that we discover the destiny our place in the glorious shining city of Light that He is raising up in this time.