Secrets Of The Overcomer

Secrets Of The Overcomer

While spending time with the Lord in prayer these past few weeks I’ve come to a place of rest and resolve. Rest because I have learned, and I am learning how to place all my plans, purposes and pursuits as well as all my struggles and cares upon Him.

Resolve because I know in this season of transition into the Kingdom age and Great awakening that is upon us, there is a greater need for sensitivity and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit then ever before. I do not want to try and coast to the finish line in this life through the belief that the end of all things is near and the coming of the Lord draws ever closer. No, as Paul said, if we want to win the prize we must train and exercise constantly that we might win, just as any athlete who wants to excel at his sport will work and strive for excellence in his pursuit of a championship. You don’t quit, you don’t let down until the final whistle!

As a young man my sport was distance running. I loved the mile and two-mile races. We would train for days and weeks, even months, preparing for the challenge of winning the title and trophy at the end of the season for the best team. Each race you would have to set a pace that would keep you on the edge of what you were capable of with the thought of going beyond into territory that you had never crossed before. Each lap was building towards a final lap, the leg of the race that would determine who had trained and prepared, who would endure and find the strength to dig ever deeper to be the first across that finish line.

When that final lap came, somehow you would dig deeper into yourself for that last ounce of strength and determination, that last spurt of power that would carry you across that line. And when all of that training and hard work paid off; when you won that race, the joy of being the winner made all those months and even years of training and preparation worth it!

As the challenge of each day comes I am faced with a decision: will I live this day to its upmost and strive for the excellence of conformity to Christ, or will I meander through the day without a thought of the greater calling of God to all His people in this hour – to be a light in the midst of the ever increasing darkness.

The Lord has been challenging me through His word; asking me questions and causing me to contend in a greater measure for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ. I want to give you just a couple of examples of what this looks like in my life and how I am encouraged by the Spirit of God to position myself for the days ahead. I believe each one of us will be challenged in our own way by the Spirit of the Lord to move toward this ever-increasing place in God, however if you are struggling and in need a starting place, this may help you.

In Luke 8:27-29 we read, “Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?”
So, they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

As I read this scripture the Lord spoke to my heart and asked me, “Who do YOU say that I am?” At first, I was a little bit taken aback at such an obvious question. But the Lord who is gracious to me when I seem to be missing the point rephrased the question for me. He said, “Who do you say that I am to you today?”

As I thought about this question, I realized that as I faced each day with its new challenges, I had the opportunity of seeing different facets and varying degrees of the Lord’s involvement in my life based upon the need of the moment. Say for instance I’m challenged with the need for strength to continue on, it is in my recognition of Jesus as the Strength of My life that helps me to persevere (Phil 4:13). So, at that point, I say, “Lord, you are my strength!”.

If I am not feeling well, I then say, “Lord, you are my healer!”. Each day, every moment of the day I can choose to recognize who He is to me at any given moment.

Let me go a little bit further. When Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am” only Peter responded. He made a declaration based upon the revelation that was given him, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Here is where we oft times miss the Lord. We speak without revelation and it has no impact in our lives because it does not have the life or light of the Spirit of God who gives us understanding and insight. As the Lord said to me many years ago, “Until it is life in you, it can never be released as life through you”, speaking of the word.

We need to grow in our relationship with the Lord and His word and take the time to truly know Him. We must move past the menial and mundane ‘church experience’ of that which is portrayed as Christianity today and into the realm of intimacy with the Lord so when we speak, we are speaking from experience, from our position of intimacy and knowledge of Him; from having walked with him as the very heart and center of our lives. We must get to the place where what we say about who He is in our lives becomes that declaration via revelation that brings life!

This is the place of victory! This is the place of overcoming! It is beyond the ordinary and is communicated with insight and authority because the light and life of revelation has dawned in our hearts, and now we have something to share of Kingdom value.

In the same way, the Lord challenged me with an oft quoted scripture, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Rev 12:11).

He said, “The blue print for victory in every challenge you have throughout your day is found in this verse.”

I said, “What do you mean Lord?”

He said, “Because of the covenant of my blood you have redemption and access to all the promises and all the benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven. You access them by what you say in any given situation; by your testimony.”

Immediately I understood. My testimony is not just that backward look about the trials Jesus has brought me through, but more importantly about what I am facing now! What am I saying when I am faced by the challenges that come my way each and every day? What do I speak while in the midst of these tests and challenges? My ‘testimony’, my ‘declaration spoken through the life-giving revelation of the Spirit of God’ is what gives me the victory!

In the midst of the storm do I cry out, “Lord help me, I’m drowning! Don’t you care?” Or do I say, “Peace, be still?”

We have come to a time where the Body of Christ is being challenged to step into their Kingdom Authority and to shine the light of God’s Glory wherever we go and in any circumstance we find ourselves in. There is a culling taking place. The ‘varsity team’ if you will is being selected in this hour to begin this final phase of the Kingdom of Heaven on the earth. As professional athletes they have trained long and hard with a focus and intent to be the best and to win the crown. Their lamps are trimmed!

Those who have neglected the time and effort to ‘train’, to participate in this season will find themselves struggling to keep up. I’m not talking about the works of your flesh nor am I speaking of any religious protocol. I am talking about a meaningful and passionate relationship with the Lord. This yearning for Him causes you to spend time in prayer, fasting and the studying of His word that you might know Him! This process of sanctification and consecration has been going forth for many years now.

We are right now in the valley of decision. Will you pick up your cross today and follow Him? Are you prepared and willing to lay aside every weight that so easily besets you and to run the race set before you? Your coach, your helper, Holy Spirit is here right now to get you ‘up to speed’ for the final race – if you are willing.

Bruce Allen
Still Waters International Missions

2018 And Beyond

To say that this year has been a whirlwind of ministry and adventure is a gross understatement. So far this has been the busiest year of ministry and life as a whole that we’ve had. From moving to a new home to ministering in nations we’ve never been before and traveling over 100,000 miles, publishing our latest books and witnessing the changing of the prophetic season and hurling towards a biblical conclusion of this age.

Throughout this hectic schedule we have not neglected our precious alone time with the Lord as that is the foundation of our life. A number of the encounters I’ve had this year indicate a move of God is quickly approaching and the end time harvest is soon to follow.

In July of this year I had an encounter with the Lord. I was taken in the spirit to stand before the Lord’s throne and receive an audience with the King. Standing behind Him on His right side was a company of angels dressed in a way I’d not seen before. They were wearing what looked like work clothes; a blend of many cultural styles. What really stood out and captured my interest where what looked like cycles in their hands.

I immediately asked the Lord what the purpose of these angels were and what it was they were to harvest. He responded to me that they were harvesting angels and were prepared to harvest the earth. Their ‘crop’ was to be the tares of the earth. (Matt 13:36-40)

Again, I saw on Jesus’ left side a company of angels dressed in bright shining white linen. I asked Him who these angels were and what was their purpose. Jesus once again responded to me that they were His harvesting angels ready to be sent forth to harvest the earth.

Immediately I realized that we are in a season of culling and cleansing as well as harvest. I was excited and at the same time I was filled with a dread I could not explain. I recognize in that moment that a time had come where those who have been sowing wickedness and poison were about to reap the fruit of what they had done.

Scripture teaches us that the Lord’s purposes are first revealed in the natural then the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:46). In the United States we see an unfolding of this very thing as corruption and lawlessness is being uncovered and revealed in the highest levels of government. The tares are being exposed and removed.

Next will be the exposing of the tares within the church. You may argue that ‘judgment begins in the house of God’ and you are correct, however we are not talking about judgment here. This is a natural process and result of that which has been sown (tares in this case) coming to maturity. Biblical principle according to the scripture is that once the tares reach maturity the Lord sends forth His angels to cull out the false and leave the true standing.

As I was standing before the Lord, having had my questions answered, the Lord looked over His right shoulder and spoke to the group of angels with the cycles; “Go!”
Immediately those angels vanished and dispersed throughout the earth to begin their task. Again, the Lord looked over His left shoulder and said, “Prepare!” Instantly that company of angels stood to attention.

Jesus then looked back at me with a burning fire in His eyes; a fire of passion and purpose, of love and purpose, of holiness and purity. I stood trembling and in awe as I was once again returned to my natural senses.

On Rosh Ha Shanna of this year, the 9th of September, in the evening when I was praying and seeking the Lord, Jesus appeared to me in my Prayer Room. He was wearing a red robe over His white garments. There was no conversation, however instinctively I felt to embrace Him. He held me for a time (meaningless in that realm). I was being infused with His love and strength, His peace and a great assurance.

As I basked in His love, a verse from Song of Solomon came to mind, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5)
The next instance I found myself standing beside the Lord and we were looking into Heaven, or the Paradise of God.

This is what I understood from this visitation: In this New Year, 5779, we are entering into a time of ever-increasing intimacy with the Lord. Because of this intimacy we will be greatly comforted in the days ahead, infused with His love, strength, wisdom, power, knowledge and understanding. As part of this increase, we will have greater access into the Heavenly Realms on a regular basis.

On the second evening of Rosh Ha Shanna, the 10th of September 2018, I was again in my prayer room with my wife this time. As we were worshiping the Lord, I had an encounter in which I saw vast multitudes of the saints as well as the angelic host standing and looking at the earth. Jesus Himself stood among them. It was as if they were awaiting a signal or command.

There was also a chariot of fire there and I recognized an old friend, a being that looks like a white horse. I walked up to him and gave him a hug and said, “I’ve missed you friend.”

I felt the warmth of his love and acceptance of my display of affection for him. He said, “Shortly now.”

When he communicated that to me, I instantly knew that the final harvest is about to be released and all of heaven will be participating – the angelic host, the cloud of witnesses and Jesus Himself.

My question for all of us at this time is have we prepared our hearts and minds for the day that has now come upon us? Have we positioned ourselves in Him to fulfill our end time destiny – to be part of a large company, both in heaven and on the earth, that have a unique mandate at the end of the age – to bring in this final harvest?

If you’ve not considered this question before I urge you to do so now. We are on the brink of the greatest move of God this world will ever know. The shift we have all been sensing throughout this year is the preparation and leadup time to the commencement of this final great awakening.

From this fall (in the Northern Hemisphere) forward we will begin to witness an increase in the move of the Spirit of the Lord in ways we’ve never seen before. Spontaneous outbreaks of His glory and revival will begin to take place in the most unlikely of places as the Lord’s heavenly host once again interacts with the earth to cultivate and reap a final harvest. Joel 2:28 will become an experiential reality to many that never even asked for an encounter with the Lord as He visits His body upon the earth.

Long forgotten dreams and prophetic destiny’s will be renewed and released as that for which you have been created for will now spring forth. Nations will be swept into the Kingdom as this move of God sweeps the earth and an unprecedented release of extraordinary signs, wonders and miracles begin to impact our communities.
Visitations of the heavenly host will be seen and experienced by large gatherings of the saints and the merging of the church in heaven and upon the earth becomes a living, tangible reality in this time.

This up-swelling of heavenly manifestations will begin slowly but at an appointed time will sweep the earth quickly as the Lord visits His people once again as He did in the gospels after His resurrection. The powers of the age to come will be displayed among the faithful as the Lord releases these powers to effectively confirm the preaching of the Kingdom of Heaven.

I encourage all of you to seek the Lord now so you are ready at a moment’s notice for this spiritual “deployment” and end time assignment. THIS is what you have been sensing and longing for! This is your destiny!

2018 And Beyond
The Finish Line Is In Sight

The Finish Line Is In Sight

We are in the final lap of a cosmic race that began before the foundation of the world. The baton has been passed to this final generation as we are tasked with completing this race and crossing the finish line. Each one of us has the great privilege of being a participator in this race rather than a spectator.

There is a question that must now be asked to those who desire to run this race: are you willing to lay down your life to win the prize?

Each proceeding generation had to wrestle with this question and from every nation, from every generation, there were those who carried this baton and finished their course. This generation is unique. We will see the culmination, the climax of all that the Lord began from the foundation of the world.

With that in mind, what must we do to prepare ourselves for this race?

I know form experience as a younger man some of the preparation that it takes to run in a race. My sport was distance running with an emphasis on the mile and two mile events. I knew to pace myself so I would not expend most of my energy at the beginning of the race. That didn’t mean I was to coast and take it easy – no I had to challenge myself to push the limits of my endurance to keep an acceptable pace and to stay in the pack. However, the time came when we entered into the last lap, in particular the last 220 (half a lap) that it was time to dig deep and give it everything we had. The finish line was in sight. Only one would be the winner in this race so with all that was within you would push yourself to the point of collapse to win.

We must realize that to cross this finish line, the status quo of the Christian life and experience is not enough. We must choose the consecrated life – a life of discipline, sanctification and holiness in order to fulfill our destiny in this hour.

Let me give you an example. Often times while traveling and ministering I will have individuals come to me wanting to know the ‘secret’ of moving deeper into the things of God. They want a quick one off solution to walking in the spirit.

While this does show a measure of hunger and passion, there is a flaw that has pervaded the church as a whole and that is the concept that everything scripture has to offer should be given with no effort on the individuals’ part. This is not accurate nor biblical.

While Jesus paid the price for our redemption He clearly states in His word that we are to ‘work out our own salvation’. What does that mean? I thought it was all paid for on the cross and I’m a completed work! Yes and no.

In John 1:12-13 it states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Notice it says that those who receive Him (salvation), to them He gives the right or the privilege or the power, to become children of God. Salvation is the starting point. Maturity is a process of the development of Christ like character.

Every day each one of us is faced with challenges. In each challenge throughout the day we have an opportunity to make a choice of whether or not we will respond by the spirit or react in a fleshly way. The simplest example that most of us are familiar with is the road rage test! How do you react/respond when someone cuts you off on the road or is so slow that the artic ice shelf moves faster then them? Do we react by cursing them and shouting or do we respond by praying for them?

The choice was ours. Though you are saved – you are still in a process of becoming more and more like Jesus. Just like Paul – we must learn to ‘die daily’ to the works of our flesh that we may model the life of Christ.

Some years ago the Lord spoke to me over the New Year Holiday and said He wanted me to study the word ‘name’ in scripture. I had never even thought of studying a word such as that in scripture and was intrigued so I agreed to spend the year studying and meditating on what I was discovering. It changed my life forever!

In the Old Testament the word ‘name’ in every instance but two speaks of ‘character, honor and authority’. In the New Testament the word ‘name’ means ‘character and authority.’

In Proverbs 18:10 it says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Let me define that for you based upon our understanding of the word ‘name’.

The CHARACTER of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous are conformed to it and are safe!

Now, that’s an amplification based upon study of the original Hebrew but it is accurate. It is conformity to His character that brings us into a realm of relationship and intimacy that so many want! Not only that but without this conformity we will never fulfill our destiny!

In Genesis 17 we recognize the ongoing story of Abram as he travels from his home land to a country and destiny that only the Lord understands. But by faith he obeys the voice of the Lord. He is given a promise that his descendants will be as numerous as the sand of the seashore and the stars of heaven. I love this depiction as it gives us an amazing revelation of what we as individuals are to do with the promises the Lord has given us for our lives.

Every day while wandering in the wilderness of the middle east Abram would look before him and see sand! Every night as he would sit by his dwelling place and gaze into the heavens he would see stars! Day and night – the promise of the Lord for his life was continually before his face!

We are to keep His promises for our life continually before our eyes so that day or night, we are looking at His promises not our circumstances!

Now we come to Genesis 17:5-8 “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Abram had a promise and a destiny for his life. However, he was unable to see the fulfillment of that destiny with his current name/character! The Lord was basically telling him that he needed to submit to a change of character in order to see the fulfillment of the destiny God had pronounced over his life!

Abram means ‘exalted father.’ Abraham means ‘father of a multitude.’

You see this change of character/name many times throughout scripture. Sarai which means ‘princess’ was changed to Sarah which means ‘princess of a multitude.’

Jacob at Jabbok in Genesis 32:22-28 is a very graphic example of this process of conformity to Godly Character. Jacob, whose name means ‘heal catcher, deceiver, supplanter’ was a man with a profound destiny. Throughout his life however he continually tried to see that destiny accomplished through his own manipulations and strength.

Finally, after years of struggle he comes to a moment of crisis and decision; a dark night of the soul experience. He is left alone at Jabbok to wrestle with God. Jabbok means, ‘to be poured forth, to become transparently empty.’ It speaks of a transition from the life of the flesh to a life in the spirit.

In this dark place he is wrestling with the messenger of the Lord (most scholars agree this was a manifestation of the pre-incarnate Christ) until the breaking of the day. He is desperate for a touch and blessing from the Lord. So the Lord blesses him! At once his hip is put out of joint! (vs 25).

Now, I don’t know about you but when I read this I thought, “What kind of blessing is this?” Well, if you understand true biblical prosperity this would make perfect sense. From that day forward Jacob was no longer able to rely upon his own strength to get him where he wanted to go. He became utterly dependent upon the Lord to lead him!

Still, Jacob persists and will not let this messenger go. He wants another blessing! Now pay attention to this messengers answer: vs 27 “So He said to him, ‘What is your name?’

Here’s the blessing! Vs 28 “And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled/wrestled with God and with men, and have prevailed.’

Did you get that? The blessing was a change of character! What is your name/character? I’m going to give you a new character – a new name!

Jacob went from being a man of deception to a man whose character was ‘prince with God’ or ‘one who rules as God.’

In order to fulfill his destiny there was a deeper work of sanctification that was necessary!

We are all in a race – we are encouraged to run that we may obtain the prize! To move towards the end of the age without contending with the Lord for our character being conformed to Christ is the surest way to not winning that prize!

In the New Testament we see some profound truths as we look at some well known scriptures with this understanding about the word ‘name.’

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawelessness!’”

Many today believe they are doing great things in the name of the Lord yet when you examine their lives you find there is nothing that shows them walking in Christ-like character. There is a deficit. They may have exercised their gifts to the point of being proficient in them, but there was not a yieldedness to God in the exercising of those gifts.

Many ministries while professing an intimate walk with the Lord still fall short of submission to His will. They know they have a call and so in an effort to see that destiny fulfilled they embrace many of the ideals of the world to become more visible and “successful.” After all, they state, we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We have to be culturally relevant.

Allow me to make an observation – the bible is culturally relevant and has set the standard for human conduct for generations. We do not change the word to fit the culture! We conform the culture to the word! We are not call upon to embrace worldly standards of success to ministry. We are not encouraged to enact Madison Avenue marketing techniques to help us become more visible and successful.

We are called to be LIKE HIM! When His light shines in us, the world will come to that light. When we try and look like the world we become ineffective! We are doing our own works and not His.

John 2:23 states, “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did.”

Jesus’ works were an outward display of His character! His works did not define His character, His character defined His works. In John 5:19 He said that He only did what He saw the Father doing. In other words – He only did what the Father told Him to do – not what He thought was right or what He wanted to do. Not what the Denomination or the current Theology said should be done. He did what the Father told Him to do!

We as a final generation are called to walk as Jesus walked – in total submission to the voice of the Spirit of God. Forsaking what we think we know for the challenge of obedience to Jesus and His word. Conformity to Christ-like character is a must for those who desire to walk in the deeper mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven in this hour!

In John 14:13 we see a profound truth in regards to the word ‘name’. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Whatever we ask for with Christ-like character He will do! So many have difficulty in the arena of seeing their prayers answered. I’ve seen so many give up in despair because it seems as if the heavens are brass. Is it possible we have been coming to His throne of Grace without an understanding of what He is looking for?

If we come to the Father in Jesus’ name/character then the Father sees Jesus! He sees an exact representation of His Son Jesus because we have been conformed to His character! Now He will answer in full confidence that we are not coming to Him with the idea of seeing our own lusts being fulfilled and our flesh being enlarged!

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name (character) of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Are you seeing this? Am I making sense? If we are to take the baton and win this race then we must choose this lane/path of sanctification and conformity to Christ. If we are willing to do ‘anything’ to walk in the supernatural realm and to experience the powers of the age to come we must understand the process of maturity that is necessary for us to become like Him.

If we want victory in every area of our lives this is the key! At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess He is Lord!

As His character of developed in us we will realize a startling truth. When we walk into any circumstance or challenge – immediately we will see the manifestation of the power and presence of the Lord then we must walk in His Character!

It is very telling throughout scripture when a demonized individual was brought into the presence of Jesus they would immediately bow their knee and confess He was the Son of God. That is dominion authority and power! My wife and I have witnessed this on a number of occasions since we have received this revelation and are conformed daily! Demons manifest without us saying a thing! Healings take place instantly! The atmosphere of heaven invades earth!

We continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! We strive daily to enter this rest! We choose to die daily to the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

We are on a quest to run this last lap and win that prize! The choice is ours to make! The choice is yours!

For His Glory,

Bruce Allen

It’s Time To Overcome

At a time when the Church should be walking in it’s greatest victories and releasing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth we find many believers still struggling with the basics of our Christian life. One of these simple truths that makes us more than overcomers is that we are told repeatedly in scripture to be led by the spirit.

Let’s take a look at just one instance in scripture that portrays this simple yet profound truth. It is an example most of us are familiar with but perhaps we’ve not seen it in this light.

Luke 5:1-11 “So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, (They pressed in – there was expectation and anticipation – that is the posture of those who are ready to receive) 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. (Their ministries were idle – they had done what they knew to do and it was unfruitful) 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the
net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” 9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid.
From now on you will catch men.” 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.”

The first thing that really stands out in this scripture is that passion/hunger plus expectation prepares our heart to submit to His authority willingly. The Lord always responds to anyone who passionately and with expectation seeks Him. It is seldom according to our timing that He does so, but He will always respond.

Jesus sees two boats sitting idle and He enters into Simeon’s boat, sits down and begins to minister.

This is a very telling picture! Jesus was at rest while ministering to the people! He could stay in rest because He had the word of the Lord and knew exactly what He was supposed to do. How you may ask? John 5:19 states He could do nothing of Himself and He only did what He saw the Father doing. Utter dependence on the Lord and a clear picture of being led of the Spirit! He did not have a program! He was led of the Spirit. Let me say that again; Jesus was led of the Spirit in all that He did! Can we do anything less?

This is not a popular message as most people are comfortable in the
familiar religious practices they’ve learned over a lifetime of church attendance. This made Jesus very unpopular with the religious system of His day.

We must fully realize that obedience to God and His word is not an option and it does not come without pain and cost!

We sing “Trust and Obey” but what we really mean is “use common sense and do what all the other christians are doing.”

We tend to spiritualize the Lord’s commands and re-interpert His directives until all pain and discomfort is gone and we are left with “Comfortable obedience.” We obey as long as it doesn’t hurt, it’s convenient and it doesn’t rock the boat.

The life of Jesus cuts right across our phony excuses. It cost Him all that he was as God to become man and it cost all that He was as a man to obey the Father.

Philippians 2:7-8 “But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

2 Cor 12:10 show’s the cost and consolation of obedience! “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

May the Lord forgive all over-zealous ministers who are saying it is easy, fun and prosperous to be followers of Jesus. “Comfortable obedience” has never been an option for the serious follower of Christ!

Jesus practiced something we forget: the response of obedience separates a man from all others and stands him alone before God to say “yes” or “no”.

1 John 2:4 “He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Our obedience, not our pious witness or spiritual camouflage is evidence we really belong to Him.

How much am I doing simply because I am expected to do it? How much
am I doing out of habit or routine? How much does tradition or custom guide me and how much does the Spirit guide me? How much of my time is filled with (or wasted on) all kinds of christian activities simply because I suppose this is what God wants? How much am I doing or not doing because of the pressure of people’s opinions or my own desires?

Most of us would have to answer these questions by admitting too much of our lives are filled with activities done under the general assumption “this is what God wants” or “this is what is expected.”

This is not obedience – it’s independence!

Luke 6:46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house
was great.”

The Lord is looking for radical followers in this hour to take up their cross and follow Him, having counted the cost and realizing that because of His love working in and through us there really is no other option.

The most glorious days of the church are upon us – follow in His footsteps!

Bruce Allen

It’s Time To Overcome
A new day is dawning

A new day is dawning

A new day is dawning

On August 21st, 2017 there was a complete solar eclipse that crossed 10 states in the United States. It started at 10:15am Pacific Time at Government Point, Oregon and ended at Key Bay South Carolina at 4:06pm that afternoon.

33 days later, on September 23rd, 2017 there was another powerful heavenly phenomena that took place over Israel in direct fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2.

For many in the church, these heavenly signs hold no significance as the vast majority of the modern day church has failed to grasp the importance of these heavenly “voices” and relegates them to the fringe mindset within the Body of Christ.

Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above1 proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their kvoice2 goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world…” (ESV)

While I agree that we can over-emphasize anything in our Christian walk, I also know that the Lord Himself speaks through these heavenly signs to give us encouragement as well as warning. In Genesis 1:14 it is made perfectly clear why the Lord created these heavenly luminaries:

Genesis 1:14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be forsignsand seasons, and for days and years”

The ‘sign’ of Revelation 12:1-2 is a clarion call to this generation that we have transitioned into a profound season – a final season, before the return of our Master. It falls upon one of the most important feast seasons in Israel; Rosh Ha Shanna, the Feast of Trumpets. To not acknowledge the significance and importance of this hour in which we live is gross negligence at best and willful ignorance at worst.

Rev 12:1-2 “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”

Without going into great detail let me also share another ‘sign’ that holds tremendous significance for us in this hour. In Genesis 6:3 the Lord spoke to Noah and said, “And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

In our Western understanding of this scripture we extrapolate the idea of believing the Lord for 120 years of life lived on this earth. While there is nothing wrong with believing the Lord for a long life, this is not fully what was intended by this scripture according to the Hebraic interpretation of this verse.

According to them, this scripture was talking about Jubilee cycles. Or in other words, 120 years of Jubilee cycles which is 50 years each for a total of 6000 years! According to the rabbis the first Adam was given a 6000 year stewardship on this earth!This particular Rosh Ha Shanna, 23 September 2017, is the culmination of the 120th Jubilee!

If this were not enough to encourage you to study the Scriptures a little more ardently, let me share a testimony we just received from some friends of ours. Their son, a 9 year old whom I will leave nameless for the sake of privacy, had an amazing encounter on this very night! September 23rd, 2017.

At 4:00am he was awakened by a loud trumpet blast that so startled him he got up. He noticed the light was on in his mothers’ study. He went there and broke in upon her prayer time and said to her, “Do you hear that!”

She replied, “No, hear what?”

He said, “The Loud trumpet blasting!”

She again said she did not hear anything. However, knowing her son is given to visions and visitations of the Lord asked him, “Who is blowing the horn?”

He said, “Gabriel is! And he keeps saying, ‘Time is short, Jesus is returning very soon!’”

Coupling these celestial events with biblical prophecies and historical occurrences involving the nation of Israel, the odds are high that the Great Tribulation, or Jacob’s Trouble, may begin this fall. Other celestial phenomenon may be visible in the heavens during this time too. It is a great time to be alive if we are armed with the Truth. We are children of the day and are not to be asleep.

It’s time we became like the Sons’ of Issachar – understanding times and seasons so we will be found busy about the Master’s work when He comes!

Signs And Wonders

Third Day Signs

“During our yearly ‘Rending The Heavens’ Conference the 28th of December through the 31st in 2002 I was caught away by the Spirit of the Lord. During this experience I was aware of the presence of the Lord next to me although I could not see Him. I was taken above the earth over Europe. It was night time there and I was carried to a city in the nation of Latvia. (I asked the Lord what country I was seeing and He told me). I came down through the clouds and into a group of apartment flats in front of flat 212. As I was about to knock on the door I heard crying in the apartment. I opened the door and made my way to the back of the apartment to a bedroom where a little girl, Natalya was on her knees beside the bed crying and praying to the Lord. I asked her why she was crying and she told me that she and her parents were hungry and cold and that they could not find any work. I was led of the Lord to comfort and encourage her and pray with her. Once I was finished praying with her I was immediately back in our conference and continued ministering.

This picture was taken during the time I was caught away in the spirit. It has been untouched and un-edited. It was taken with a digital camera. You will notice some movement in my upper torso, however there is no movement at all in my lower extremities. This is a supernatural manifestation caught on film.
Truly the Lord is releasing signs, wonders and miracles in this hour.”

When Jesus Visited

In November I was speaking in a conference in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The conference was held from the 17th of November through the 21st with a break on the Monday evening. During this conference I shared with Pastor’s Collin and Marie Gordon my desire to have Jesus literally step into the room for all to see. On the surface, this sounds rather odd. However, the Lord had been sharing revelation with us for the past couple of years that He was coming in the same fashion in which He had left. Let me explain:
Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

From early in the morning on resurrection day until His ascension at Bethany, Jesus appeared to virtually 90% of the then known Church in resurrected bodily form.
1 Corinthians 15:4-8 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.”
This does not even include the ladies in the Garden Tomb on that morning.
All over the world multiplied millions of individuals have been having encounters with the resurrected Jesus Christ as He appears to them and proclaims that He is the ‘way, the truth and the life’ and that they should follow Him. Many of these reports are documented and the vast majority of them are coming from Muslim nations.
Knowing this, my heart’s cry has been that Jesus would appear to myself and those we minister to also.
In Luke 24 we read the story of the two disciples who, early in the morning on the third day, are on a journey to Emmaus discussing all that had just transpired in Jerusalem when Jesus Himself comes alongside and begins to ask them what they are conversing about.
Verse 21 gives us the clue as to why they did not recognize who He was:
Luke 24:21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.”
The key is this – they had a preconceived idea about how Messiah was to come and establish His Kingdom and redeem Israel from Rome. It was this mindset of trying to conform the Lord into their ‘doctrine’ or ‘traditional understanding’ that blinded them to the reality of God’s plan.
In the same way, we missed Him on the night He visited us! On the night of our visitation, I was on the platform ministering when the following happened:
Outside at the entrance to the Church (all Churches in Malaysia or in office buildings and complexes because it is a Muslim nation and Church’s are not allowed to be built) a man came up to the ushers and asked, “May I come in?” He was soaking wet from an ongoing downpour.
The ushers’ answered yes, and said they would get him something dry to wear.
They took him up in the elevator to the floor the Church offices were located on and led him into a restroom. They then instructed him that he should enter the first stall and take his wet shirt off and dry off a little bit while they went to get him some dry clothes.
He said to them that he did not want to enter the first stall because it was filthy, but that he would go to the stall at the end of the room because it was clean. This confused the ushers. However when they checked the first stall it was as he had said, and when they checked the last stall it was clean, again, just as he told them. (How did he know???)

As the ushers were heading out of the restroom to fetch some dry clothes, the man said, “I thirst”. (This is a curious expression, even in the Malaysian tongue.)
Note: During this encounter this individual spoke fluent Malay, fluent Mandarin Chinese, fluent Tamil (an Indian Dialect) and fluent English.
When they returned they handed the man a black t-shirt, to which he replied, “I don’t wear black.” They handed him a cup of coffee thinking it would help with the chill of being soaking wet, and he replied, “I don’t drink coffee.”
When asked what he would like to drink the man responded, “Water.” When they returned the brought him his water and a red t-shirt this time. Upon seeing the red t-shirt the man hugged it to his chest and said, “I love red”. Once he took off his wet shirt the ushers noticed that the man had scars all over his body as if he had just been whipped! Not only that, he had a wound in his side and wounds in each wrist! Along his forehead were marks as if something sharp had pierced his brow, and when he walked it was stooped over as if he were carrying a heavy burden.
He was ushered into the service and sat down near the front of the Church. Pastor Collin asked one of his elders, a medical doctor, to go and examine this man so that they could pray for him with greater clarity.
When the doctor examined him he was shocked at this mans condition with all the scars and wounds.
As the ushers were bringing him to Pastor Collin for prayer, the pastor noticed the stooped over way in which this man was walking and said, “In the name of Jesus, rise and be healed.”
Immediately the man, with a grin on his face, stood erect and appeared to be healed!
After the service, the ushers asked what they should do with this man. Pastor Collin handed him some money to go and buy a nice meal and he replied, “Thank you, I don’t need your money.”
Again, a women moved by compassion, came from the back of the Church and offered this man some money and again he replied, “No thank you, I don’t need your money.” He then showed them two thousand dollars in fresh bills, each thousand rolled up and held together by rubber bands.
They were more amazed because it looked like this man had been mugged or beaten just before he had come to the Church, and yet here he was with $2000.00 in his pockets!
Pastor Collin then told the ushers to take him downstairs and call a taxi for him. When the ushers called the taxi, as they were instructing the taxi driver to take the stranger wherever he wanted to go, he vanished.
The Bible says to be careful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Was this Jesus? In retrospect all the signs would indicate that we were visited ‘unawares’ by the Lord Himself. There was a great peace and serenity about this man. He had a grace about him that was unusual. His ability to ‘know’ which stall in the bathroom was clean was unusual as nobody there had ever seen him before. His manner of speaking was unusual and his fluency in the languages of all the people there was highly unusual for someone who was a supposed ‘beggar’. The scars from a lashing, the wounds in his wrists, the piercing in his forehead, the hole in his side, all of these pointed to Jesus, and yet, our ‘understanding was blinded’ until after he left.
The most telling aspect of this was as Pastor’s Collin and Marie Gordon were driving home that evening (before they had heard that this man had ‘vanished’) was this: Pastor Collin was praying and asking the Lord, “Lord, what happened? We were believing for you to show up tonight and you didn’t.”
Immediately the Lord responded, “I did”, and with that, this strangers’ face flashed before his eyes.

Truly the Lord is amazing!

Signs And Wonders


Healing testimony

“I had a shoulder problem for about two years from sports, (Swimming, Volleyball, and Cheerleading) and no matter how much physical therapy I did, it never seemed to get better.

The doctors did 2 MRIs to see if I tore it, but there wasn’t any tear. The only thing they could think of was I damaged my long thorasic nerve, and there was nothing they could do about it.
My doctor was somebody my family has known for a long time, and is a really strong christian, and he said that God is the only one that could heal it, because no medicine or therapy is going to was just that kind of injury.

After hearing this I was kind of depressed for a while, and angry at God. No matter how much I prayed it never seemed like anything happened or I got an answer back. After a while I just didn’t care anymore..I wanted to be done with God but I knew that wouldn’t be right, just to walk away like that.

I wanted him to talk back to me and when he didn’t it made me doubt him even more, so I just stopped praying and trying. I was tired of living in pain.
Then one day, on my own, I decided to get prayer from Bruce Allen at a confrence at my church, because I had a little bit of hope that maybe God would do something. That day my shoulder was really sore from sports, and after he prayed almost instantly I realized the pain was gone, I could move my shoulder in the ways it hurt to before, and even the soreness was gone! After this, I just felt like I was filled with something, and I began to cry because I was so happy that it was over, I was finally healed.

Right after this I told Bruce what had happened, and then I was in tears almost the rest of the night. I was filled with so much joy that replaced a lot of the anger I had in me, and that day I was the happiest I have ever been, and I wanted to tell everyone what God did for me.

Not only did God heal my shoulder, he changed my heart, and now I have no more doubts, and I know he is there. He’s made me want to seek him more. Everytime I think about what God did for me that night makes me so happy, my shoulder could never have healed on it’s own.”
-Tiana Martin.

Jesus appeared to me…

Hello Pastors Bruce, and Reshma,
I wanted to share with you what I saw during the afternoon session when you had us all close our eyes. Jesus appeared to me as He came the first thing I saw was his robe which was deep blue. It was as if he stood before me as I lay prostate, although in the natural I was standing. I saw the hem of the robe, and I lifted my eyes upward and as I did I stood, the top of his garment was white- the shoulders and sleeves. As I stood very close to him and looked at his face I looked at his beard. He said you may touch my beard. I started to reach out to touch it, but then stopped, and asked him “Lord, they pulled out your beard, but it is whole.” He said “yes, but when I was resurrected even my beard was restored. Go ahead and touch it.” So I did and it was smooth but course under my fingers. Then He put his arm around my shoulders and drew me to his chest to hear his heartbeat. At first I thought this was all sort of odd, but this AM as I read something I learned that blue is the color of revelation.
In my spirit I realized that what He is telling me is that He is going to reveal His heart to me in an even greater way. I so appreciated the conference, this past w/e.
I came away so refreshed and affirmed. For sometime I have been told to be quiet and not share what the Lord has revealed to me (by pastors), or been told that God wouldn’t say that, or had others imply that I must be crazy for believing things, that He has revealed to me.
I am so grateful to have been led to Commandment 1, and to have been there to receive impartation from you.
Thank you.
-Constantly Abiding with the Lover of my Soul, Myra

The Year of Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, Shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.”

This year of 2016 is fraught with prophetic fulfillment as no other year has been.  On the horizon, within sight we are seeing the aligning of nations in preparation of the Psalm 83 war.  We are seeing the threat of terrorism rear it’s ugly head within nations that once thought they were well insulated from such diabolical deeds.  We are seeing the failure of leadership in our governments and the wholesale selling out to the spirit of perversion and apostasy at an astonishing speed.

In the face of this, the year began with falling markets throughout the world which has only increased since the beginning of the year.  Banks are warning investors to pull their monies out of markets because a crash is coming.  The once thriving international market of trade and consumerism has come to a screeching halt as people are fearful of what they sense coming.  For the first time in history over 85% of all cargo ships are sitting empty and anchored offshore – carrying no goods to the nations.

If it sounds like I’m painting a bleak picture – I am – for the world!  As believers in covenant with Messiah we are about to see the most astonishing demonstration and manifestation of the presence and glory of God that has ever been witnessed in human history.

We have been clearly hearing that in the midst of judgment His glory will be revealed and the Spirit of the Lord is saying that for those who are endeavoring to walk in intimacy with Him, this is the year of Isaiah 60 coming to reality in their lives!

Too often in todays lukewarm seeker sensitive approach to the gospel christians refuse to believe that the Lord is a covenant keeping God and that actions have consequences.  They devoutly state that a loving God would not bring judgment and that His only purpose is to release blessing and prosperity.

The sad truth is this spirit of delusion has set up a large majority of the church for a very rude awakening!  Scripture has always portrayed a righteous holy God that judges rebellion and sin.  Yes, He is merciful, and yes, He is loving, and it is because of this very fact that judgment comes – to bring us back to our senses and to the standard of His holiness.

Profound insights that will challenge religious paradigms will be released in this hour – with the full understanding of what “as it is in heaven so shall it be on earth” really means!  There is a unique synergy that is taking place between heaven and earth and that interaction will manifest as God’s people move into the revelation of His glory this year.  We are about to see our light coming and His glory resting upon us to such an extent that the nations will take note of this unusual manifestation of the coming forth of the mature sons of God.

Now is the time for all who have been standing in faith for that “new thing” that has been so elusive to be realized.  The Spirit of the Lord is saying, “No longer shall it tarry, but now it shall spring forth.”

I want to encourage all who have grown weary and discouraged in hoping and standing to see the fulfillment of their promises – this is the hour of your promise springing forth!

Bruce D Allen

Still Waters International Missions

The Year of Isaiah 60