fredag 13 april 2012



Finland-October 2004

By Debra Westbrook

It has been over 2 weeks since I returned from a wonderful month of ministry in Finland. Marvin joined me for the first 10 days and then had to return home while I stayed on. Daily, I have sought the Lord as to how to write an update as to all that transpired while we were there so daily I have sought His face as to what to bring was only this morning that the Lord gave me some thoughts to speak to this glorious nation. This is not an update exactly for it is impossible to tell of all that God did in that month. Our hearts are entwined with the people of this nation and we look forward to going back in the spring of 2005. Once again, Rivers of Eden goes where God directs us and by His Spirit, He connects us in covenant with His plans and His purposes for His people. We are simply obedient vessels that look wholeheartedly to our Lord.

As Rivers of Eden went forth this time, I kept hearing ONE WORD resonate in my spirit the whole month that I was in Finland.


It is NOW time for Finland to arise and take its place in God's endtime harvest.

That is a great word to preach but who is going to stand up to this mandate so that freedom and liberty may come to this great nation? God is looking and His eyes are searching to and fro for ordinary people to step out to do extraordinary things for God.

God is looking for the Finnish people to build their nation from within and to stand up and be counted among God's army in these end times.

I kept being directed to the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Here was an ordinary man, chosen to be king, anointed to be extraordinary for God. We all know the story too well but perhaps we know it so well, that we fail to see that God is talking about US, about YOU and about ME.

At this time, this word is directed toward Finland. The Spirit of God hovers over this nation waiting for a people to arise who will walk in their God given destiny and purpose, growing up into the full stature and measure of Christ, putting the past behind, letting God out of the box, and being doers of the Word and not only hearers of the Word.

Goliath had been taunting the armies of God with his great strength and his fame as a champion of the Philistine army. Specifically, He challenges them with these words:

1 Samuel 17:7-11
8 Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, "Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us." 10 And the Philistine said, "I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together." 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. NKJV

The situation looked hopeless and the armies with Saul were greatly afraid but then along comes David. And in this great nation of Finland, God is indeed looking again for the Davidic order to and women with a heart sold out for God, ready to undertake the impossible NOW for their God. People who will look past their own personal fears and failures to embrace all that God wants to do rather than listen to what others say is impossible. What is impossible to man is ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO GOD.

David, with eyes of faith and not fear, looks at the situation and says this:

1 Samuel 17:26
26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, "What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?"NKJV

Immediately, David is harassed by his elder brother, Eliab, but continues to ignore what is seen in the natural and again speaks these words:

1 Samuel 17:28-29
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger was aroused against David, and he said, "Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle." 29 And David said, "What have I done now? Is there not a cause?" NKJV

Where are the David's in the nation of Finland that are willing to look beyond fear and see with the eyes of faith into the realm of the supernatural and the impossible and see with the eyes of God - His destiny, His purpose and His plan for the nation of Finland. I know that there are many Godly men and women who are undertaking great exploits for God in this nation and are paying a heavy price to step out for their Lord.......but God is wanting to raise up many others in the remnant at this time to step out and be counted.

Just like David, you are unable to wear Saul's armor as we see in 1 Samuel 17:39, for that armor won't fit. Saul represents the religious system who functions under form and structure but is unwilling to seek fellowship, relationship and true intimacy with God. They know a lot about God, but don't really KNOW God. This armor simply won't fit David. It can't fit David for David is a man after God's own heart and David won't be boxed in by a religious system that indeed keeps God in a box.

The David's, both men and women, must arise in this nation to wholeheartedly pursue and follow the Lord, no matter what the cost. They are being called out of dead tradition to LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS, wholehearted abandonment and passion to love the Lord Jesus with their whole being. In their hearts beats a desire, strong and firm......................Is there not a cause? Does not someone want to step out of complacency and apathy to live life and to live it abundantly in  Christ Jesus?

Shed the armor that belongs to Saul because it does not fit you.  Shed all old beliefs and traditions that lead you to a shallow knowledge of Jesus and step out of the boat and launch out into the deep into astounding revelation of your Lord. Let God lead us out of the past, out of previous struggles and into the great unknown. No one ever said it would be easy but God is so looking for someone to step out of the box and to step into the miraculous and into the supernatural.....forsaking all reputation, all honor, and all need for affirmation to follow Him.

Will it be easy? NO

Will it be worth it? YES

NOW is the time and now is the hour..............................

Rom 13:11-14
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. NKJV

Luke 8:10
10 And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that
'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.'  NKJV

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  NKJV

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