by Edie Bayer, Houston, TX
While on an airplane recently, as usual at the beginning of the flight, the flight attendants went through their little safety-spiel; telling us about oxygen masks and exit signs. I have heard it so many times that I really just watch and listen out of courtesy. As I listened, I looked around the cabin and couldn’t help but notice that very few people, other than me, were paying attention. I thought to myself, “God help us if anything happens! I hope they can open the exit door!”
It was then I heard the Lord ask me, “Are you prepared?”
I call God a “picture-God.” He speaks through pictures and parables. He gives us prophetic words, dreams and visions and shows us the things that are to come (see John 16:13). Even the Hebrew aleph-bet started out as pictures! Naturally, He began to talk to me about the pictures He had just visually shown me.
It is in the airplane pretty much as it is on the earth today – hardly anybody is paying attention to His instructions! However, the remnant, the elect – the hand-selected heirs of the Kingdom of God – are under additional scrutiny and pressure by the Almighty because He is depending on us to finish out His end-time plan. He has given us instructions and fully expects us to pay attention.
The Safety Instructions
- The Lord said that we must obey instructions because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. The safety instruction card is right in front of us on “the plane” (a word-play on “His plan“). He says the instructions are right in front of us, as close as our hands – both in our Bible and our open hands raised and ready to receive from Him! “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17 KJV).
- The Lord spoke to me about the oxygen masks dropping down in front of us from overhead. What is in the masks? Oxygen! Air – Pneuma – Ruach – Holy Spirit! Where does it come from? Overhead, from Him, and it’s in front of us, not behind! When the cabin pressure drops or, in our upside down kingdom when the pressure is on due to some unforeseen circumstance or calamity – the Holy Spirit is on the job! His name in Hebrew is Ruach HaKodesh – Breath, Life and Spirit. He is the air we breathe!
Breathe in the Holy Spirit!
Instead of breathing in “panic” breathe in peace. Instead of breathing in “anger” breathe in forgiveness! Breathe Him in deeply. Rest in Him! Interestingly, even if the bag doesn’t inflate, the oxygen is still flowing. This means that although it may seem that nothing has changed, know that the Holy Spirit is flowing, and continue to breathe Him in!
- He talked to me about our seat belts. We must stay buckled up for this next segment of our journey. The flight attendant said to keep the seat belt on whenever we are seated, even if the captain has turned off the “fasten seat belt” light. I believe the Lord is saying that He wants us to stay put, seated in heavenly places with Him. “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians 2:6 KJV).
Don’t get out of your seat! It is the adversary’s goal to get you up out of your heavenly seat, to get you out of position. Don’t do it! Use your seat belt, keep it buckled up, and stay seated with God in heavenly places!
- That brings us to the exit doors. I always check to see where the nearest exit doors are once I board the aircraft. Why? In case of emergency! I want to know how to get out of a bad situation, should one arise. “Diverse trials” (see James 1:2) happen, but God has given us some really good news: Jesus is the door! He is our exit door, our entrance door, and the gatekeeper. He is the Way! He is the Truth! He is the Life! No man comes to the Father except through Him!
…I say unto you, I am the door…” (John 10:7). “I am the door… (John 10:9).” “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus is the Light to Your Path
If you look at the floor of the aircraft you can see the lighted strips that direct you to the exit door; even if visibility is poor, even in the dark, even in the midst of the storm, even in smoke and flames! That sure speaks to me! God will light the way! He will direct your path!
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
He gives you a map and a strategy – follow Me (see Matthew 4:19)! He will lead you by any means necessary to guide you to the exit door – straight to Jesus! He will make sure you can find your way to Him; to help, to life and life more abundantly (see John 10:10).
He is also our portal, our entrance into the heavenly realm. He invites us to “…come up here” (Revelation 4:1) and to “…go in and out (the door) and find pasture” (John 10:9).
I believe that in this next segment in time, He will be working on the remnant to grow with Him in even more intimate ways. These are our instructions. Are you prepared? I want to urge you to do a “safety check” and look at the instructions He has given us all.
He gives us the instruction manual: the Bible. He gives us our own personal line of communication with Him, a “hot-line” (speaking in tongues); He gives us His own Holy Spirit; He seats us in heavenly places with Him and even shows us the exit door from diverse trials!
He does all of this in order to prepare us for this life and more particularly, for what is coming in our immediate futures.
(This safety message is brought to you by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.)
Blessings and abundance as you fly into this next phase of your journey!
(Sourced from the Elijah List go here.)