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 I shared a series of prophetic encounters from the Lord regarding the years and beyond. From the porch swing of Heaven, Jesus showed me that there would be five Great Waves of Challenge in this year..BUT GOD! The Lord had greater "hope" solutions that would take what was intended for evil and turn it into good. I saw "Hope Craftsmen" that the Lord was raising up in this time, ones that are skilled in bringing hope and confidence in the goodness of God in all of life.

The Encounter About the "Class of Useful Information"

In a second encounter, the Lord showed me that the "Hope Craftsmen" had been stripped of the necessary tools at the top of the mountains of influence in society, and they had been left vulnerable...BUT GOD! He had a solution! In this encounter, the Hope Craftsmen stood outside of a classroom that read, "The Class of Useful Information." In this classroom, lessons were being taught from the "Book of Hope" that would equip them with the necessary hope building blocks for this season. Jesus was accepting students, not because they were qualified but because they were WILLING. No one has turned away that had a willing heart! 

The Lord began to reveal to me the first several chapters of the "Book of Hope" used in "The Class of Useful Information." Each chapter of the book addressed the hope building blocks that the Hope Craftsmen needed in order to succeed and advance in hope where there had once been only hopelessness. The Lord wanted to give hope craftsmen new "eyeglasses" (the ability to see Him rightly through face to face prayer with Him), new "hearing aids" (the ability to hear His heart) and new "body armor" (the ability to build true community and marvelous camaraderie with others).

Chapter One in the "Book of Hope":
The Right "Eyeglasses"

The first chapter of the "Book of Hope" addressed the need for the right "eyeglasses" that would restore vision to see God rightly in everyday life. Without the proper eyeglasses to see God, the Hope Craftsmen were left visionless and vulnerable. They needed the right perspective. I thought of Proverbs 29:18: "Where there is no vision, the people perish," and the Lord said, "My people must have a right vision of who I am in this hour to succeed and thrive in the days to come."

The Lord showed me that the answer to this need for the right "eyeglasses" was "face to face" prayer or adoration. Face to face prayer with God would begin to restore people's view of Him. This type of prayer is the most intimate kind of prayer as it is a choice to love and magnify God above all else in every circumstance and season of life. Where the Hope Craftsmen had only brought to Him their challenges, I saw that they would be able to draw near to Him simply for the sake of loving Him and developing a friendship with Him through adoration. They would begin to enter His presence with deep thanksgiving and praise and this would heal their perspective of God and life.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.—Psalm 100:5

From Hearing at a Distance to Seeing Him with the Right "Eyeglasses"

In the first chapter of the "Book of Hope," there was a call to all Hope Craftsmen to experience true prayer and communion with God where one begins to see Him rightly. The Lord compared many in the Body of Christ to Job, who attempted to live morally and according to God's principles, however walking with Him and living in nearness to Him were not the norm in everyday life. When many trials came to Job, he turned to the Lord and petitioned for His help. When the Lord responded to Job, He revealed His greatness and the true knowledge of Himself (see Job 38). Job was left stunned by the greatness of God, and in Job 42:5 he exclaims, "I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you."

A distant hearing of the Lord only allows for a certain revelation of who He is in the midst of challenges like those that Job faced, but God longs to open up a seeing of the eye where a true knowledge of Him is revealed.

As I continued to read the "Book of Hope," I began to recall many prophecies that I had heard or given myself. The Lord started asking me the question, "Did you SEE Me when I spoke to you what was coming ahead?" He said, "You prophesied the problem but not the solution in Me because you could not see My hopeful eyes as I was speaking to you."

The Lord continued to ask me, "Could you SEE Me when I said, 'Children, in this world, you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world'?" (John 16:33). I was reminded of Psalm 32:8: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye." I realized that "face to face" prayer and communion with God is an invitation to see Him with the seeing of the eye through intimate devotion.

Seeing His Supreme Value

As I myself began to wear these new "eyeglasses," I began to see that Jesus is all that is to be considered in this hour. At the core, my perspective was shifted to see the pure worthiness of God and the supreme value of Jesus and was challenged to see His greatness valued in every arena of life. I was instantly aware that this visitation was not about people and purposes but was all about Him and our ability to focus on seeing His glory.

I saw the ZEAL of the Father for the Bride of His Son to stop looking to circumstances and challenges first, becoming tossed about like a boat on a stormy sea, but that she would look into the eyes of Jesus, her heavenly, passionate Bridegroom who has overcome the world (John 16:33). Only then could His Bride begin to see who He really is and His supreme value above all, thus building her foundation on the Rock (Matthew 7:25).

These Eyeglasses Allow Us to See the Supremacy and Depth of His All-Consuming Value

In this encounter, I heard the Father shouting 1 Corinthians 8:6 to the Body of Christ: "For [you] there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom [you] live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom [you] live. My Son is All in All."

Then through these eyeglasses, I saw the Lord Jesus standing by His throne, and in the palm of His hand, everything on the earth was resting. All of the weighty issues of the earth, the nations, the economy, governments, elections, natural disasters, and terrorism, etc., were held there. They were all big to me, but so little to Him. Suddenly, all these things began to shrink until they fit into the palm of His hand. Then I saw every person on the earth also in His hand. All of their weighty concerns, issues, tragedies, relationships, decisions, needs, etc. And they too began to shrink until they all fit into the palm of His hand. Then I saw the entire universe, the stars, and the galaxies, and they too shrank until they fit into the palm of His hand.

Through these eyeglasses, my focus shifted to angelic messengers that were terrifying in their stature. But even they were less than one millionth of His glory! These angels began to declare facts about the Lord, but the greatest truth of who He was emanated from the Lord Himself in a way I could not describe. Jesus was the focal point of all the heavenly realm and I received a totally captivating view of His all-consuming value and worth.

Through these eyeglasses, I could see the power of the Lord and knew that He was the supreme authority on the earth. He just "WAS"...and in His being, all authority and power belonged to Him. The Lord was transcendent before my eyes and appeared in a manner beyond description. It was stunning, just as in Job 42:5 where Job was struck by the goodness and greatness of God and began to truly see Him.

The Lord repeated over and over to me that the true knowledge of God and seeing Him rightly was all that the nations needed. I was reminded of Hosea 4:6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge [of God]," and 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." Our battle is the true knowledge of God!

These Eyeglasses Show Us the Total Love and Care of the Lord in the Midst of the Fire

Next, through these eyeglasses, I was taken into Daniel 3 and I watched as the scene unfolded before me. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had refused to worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and the king commanded that they are thrown into a furnace that was heated seven times hotter than normal. My heart raced as the three men were thrown bound into the midst of the fiery inferno.

As I continued to watch these three figures huddled in the flames, a fourth figure appeared with them. Jesus came into the fire and held the hands of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I realized that Jesus could have come with His angels and with His glory and thundered into the fire, but instead He chose to come in quietly and stand WITH them in the midst of their tribulation. The very fire that was meant to consume them instead burned away their bonds. Even more remarkably, I saw that Daniel 3:27 was true, that "the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them."

This is a kairos time! I saw that we are all in the fire; we are all on this planet and arrows are flying every which way, but with the right "eyeglasses" on, with the right view and understanding of who He is, we become acutely aware that He is right there in the fire with us! And He will use the very flames that were meant to consume us to burn away our chains of fear, hopelessness, performance mentalities, need for approval and misperceptions about God that keep us in bondage. He desires to give everybody a sign that He is good to them – their own personal sign in the fire so that His nature is not misunderstood in the midst of the catastrophes of life.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33

What does He want to speak to us in the fire? In this encounter, Jesus shared with me that He longs to hold our hands and whisper His promises to us in the midst of the fire. He wants to tell us how He is going to overcome the challenges with us. He wants to tell us His truth so that we awe at Him and His goodness. He wants to tell us how He is partnering with us and has partnered with us in the past. He wants to tell us how He desires to heal the land through us. He wants to give us enough compassion not to "duck and hide" but to move out of love from His heart. He is a good and forgiving God in the fire!

These Eyeglasses Also Reveal that All of Life is a Test of How We Respond to His Value and His Will

It was clear to me that all of life is a test of our response to Him: I saw that we often look at our desires and our circumstances versus Him and His will. God is beyond fear; He is the fact. These angelic messengers were "seemingly surprised" by how humans were tripping in a level place by magnifying their problems and fears, thus confining themselves to prisons of their own making. They had done it to themselves! I saw that God would leave them in their prisons until they responded to Him. He never wanted them to be too afraid, looking at the waves, that they did not step out onto the water as Peter had. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, versus the waves, we will not sink. It was their choice. All that was needed was to look at Him.

And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?"—Matthew 14:29-31

A New View of God

With these new "eyeglasses," I saw that face-to-face prayer restores a healed view of God where He had been misunderstood and misrepresented, revealing Him as a good Father, and the one who is "All in All." We are being called to a mandate to totally, utterly and uniquely set our eyes upon the Lord, considering His ways and His greatness above all else.

The Lord said to me, "There are so many questions being posed across the nations that challenge the goodness of My nature. But adoration settles everything. As trials and tragedies mount up, your view of Me can become dimmer and dimmer. You MUST see Me rightly! I am preparing My children for all kinds of challenges by awakening them to the true knowledge of who I am. I am the captain of the Host of Heaven, and if you peer into MY eyes, I will give you the solutions...it's ME!"

I started to magnify the greatness of God in His heart as I continued to read the Book of Hope. The transformation in my heart was remarkable. As I stared into the face of God, it was impossible to keep staring at the challenges. I became more impressed with God than with the circumstances. As I experienced the wondrous beauty and hopefulness of the Lord, it caused me to realize the value of His heart to a greater magnitude. I began to see that not only would God answer our questions regarding the waves of challenges coming in the new year, but most importantly...HE IS OUR ANSWER.

As I continued in friendship with God through adoration prayer, the peace that passed my understanding began to settle around me. I knew that many of the Hope Craftsmen still lived with turmoil and fear, and I was shocked by the level of contentment and rest available to the Hope Craftsmen through this "face to face" prayer. I began to experience God as the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23, and as I looked to my Good Shepherd, my soul was restored; I had no lack and no fear, even through the valley of a challenge.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:7

Next Steps for "Hope Craftsmen" in This Time

"Face to Face" prayer was the most foundational step in "The Class of Useful Information." I saw that as people began to love and honor the Lord rightly through face to face prayer and adoration, they received a healed view of Him and "an unshakeable hope in God." They would not be moved by the circumstances but filled with confidence as they stared at the beauty of God.

I saw that they would receive a healed view of themselves. The hearts of many Hope Craftsmen were coming alive as they began to see what God sees about them. They had confidence and hope in their identity in Him again.

Once they looked at Him enough to receive a proper perspective of His hopefulness and goodness, they were able to have a healed view of their past and future as well. They saw how God was moving on their behalf in their past and how committed He was to their future. Jesus is the fairest of ten thousand, ten million, ten billion! He wants to be recognized! And all of our lives are to be lived to adore Him!

Please join us as we look to the Lord to reveal more regarding the new "eyeglasses" (the ability to see Him rightly through face to face prayer with Him), new "hearing aids" (the ability to hear His heart) and new "body armor" (the ability to build true community and marvelous camaraderie with others). We are committed to seeing you receive the tools necessary to succeed as Hope Craftsmen! Please contact us for more information.

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I will keep my eyes on you Jesus

Praise God for another Spirit Filled lesson.As I sit here in my Daycare Center monitoring all the children with the youngest one which is 6 months on my lap I think about How God is giving all of His Children special attention. And they all want something different.In between watching all the children I'm Thinking about getting new glasses the kind you can see the Glory of God in. and getting my new hearing aid that you can hear the voice of God with. I know when I go to an Eye doctor The doctor examining checks every portion of my eyes to make sure I'm able to see clearly and then prescribe the correct lens for each eye then fit me for the glasses but I thank God for the Holy Spirit who's my Spiritual Eye doctor.We can’t change our eyes and what we see but…God wants to change your ‘spiritual lenses’. In doing so, you allow God to change the same old things, people and situations and see them with brand new eyes.  The human eye is what sends signals to our brain which then results in understanding what it is that we see. Without eyesight or even poor eyesight, our brain could not properly distinguish or process any images that may or may not be perceived.Eyesight allows you and I to see the world around us. From colors to shapes, to the very people that are within our vicinity  To be spiritually blind is to be unaware of one’s spiritual condition, unaware of God and His presence, unaware of our enemy who is satan, and unaware of the world around us. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says that the ‘god of this age’ has blinded many from the light of Christ. Without Jesus Christ, we are all spiritually blind.When you and I are enlightened, we are then aware of what God desires of us and we begin to see what He sees. One way that spiritual enlightenment occurs is through God’s Word. Psalms 119:105 says the following: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” God’s word being the very thing that gives us the ability to see in darkness. When I think about our world what comes to mind Is the chaos and confusion sometimes I think of the world that is in a mess in all phases. However, the Word of God is a light to a dark path. Discerning of spirits is a true gift of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12. Seeing in the spirit is just one way that discerning of spirits functions. Seers are those that typically function in a high level of discerning of spirits, usually through spiritual sight.But praise God in order to even see in the spirit  I would still need my Spiritual Glasses to see the things of God. In the natural realm, it doesn’t do me  any good to have my eyes open if  I'm in a pitch-black room. Without light, there is nothing to see. The same goes for the spiritual realm. It wouldn’t do me  any good to have my eyes open if you I'm living in darkness.We cannot open our own spiritual eyes. All we can do is come to Christ the Healer and humbly cry out for His awakening of our spiritual eyes. Repentance is a gift from God (Acts 5:31), so we can’t successfully do it in our own strength. Only Jesus can open your spiritual eyes, so make Him the center of your life in all things. Whenever it seems that you can’t see spiritually, talk to Him about it. He wants to open your eyes.The Lord asked me recently, “How does faith come?” I immediately said “By hearing Lord.”  The Lord asked: “So then how does hearing come?”  (By the way, anytime the Lord engages you in conversation, know this: He is wanting you to pursue HIM, to engage Him in relationship, The common teaching is that faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing etc. And there is absolute validity to that line of thought. The thing that has not been taught is that there are different ways to hear and there is a difference between natural hearing and spiritual hearing..And i never really analyzed the difference between the natural and the Spiritual hearing. But i know there's definitely a big difference Throughout the bible, it is the disobedient and rebellious people who “had ears but could not hear.”If you do not act on what you have heard, the bible says you are deceiving yourself. If you hear the word and do nothing about it you are spiritually deaf and disqualify yourself from the blessing of God. To have ears to hear takes action. Once action is taken concerning the Word of God, a wonderful cycle of growth and revelation begins. Acting on the word gives life to your faith and develops your ability to hear from the Lord, which in turn opens you up to hear more, which gives you more opportunity to act on what you hear, which gives life to your faith And the cycle goes on.  It is called spiritual growth  If the Lord has spoken to you in any way, through His word, through a still small voice, or just an unction of peace, obey that word. THIS IS FAITH! This pleases and opens your spirit up to hear more. This is His desire. This brings peace with God. This is relationship. I thank God for this Double dose of the Holy Ghost a very good lesson on our Spiritual Senses.....

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