and then 16 to 19 - "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
I sense that God is saying that the background work is complete (it was in fact 2000 years ago) and His desire for us now is to have a fresh revelation of His love, to be transformed by this love and to experience the fullness of God – the key element being that we have to let go of those things that have kept us in place (not necessarily bad things), be cleansed and renewed in the living water and move into a new era of faith and love.
In individuals - the tide has been washing over us gently, we have been fed and established on the 'rock' (strengthened in our inner being) - but it is time to be prized out of our comfort zones (like the mussel on the rock) and be opened by Gods spirit (sword) - in love - to come into that fullness of God and to become what we are intended to be for kingdom purposes. What comes to mind as well is 'hiddeness' - many, many believers are being prepared 'on the rock' and have felt the gentle stirring of the waves of the Holy Spirit. I however sense a new 'wave' of the spirit will dislodge us from our comfort zone - this wave will bring an increase of faith and a revelation of Gods love that will release the individual into the fullness of God and all He has prepared for us.
On a practical note - thinking about the mussel - there is a significant physical difference between the 'shell' on the rock and the flesh one eats. This in our lives is the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and instead of being rooted in denominations/doctrine/church structures/mind-sets – we will be rooted in faith and love. The rock speaks of the work of God that started before the foundation of the world. It is foundational, it is solid - Christ is the Rock - and it has involved the work of those who have gone before (and I daresay, even us who are here now and ready – until the appointed time.)
The final picture relates to coming into the fullness of God – as believers start to take hold of the love that God has for them, they will be transformed. The dust of the world will be washed off us (changing hues and colours of the stones) – this transformation will create a synergy and an increase in faith which will allow the free flow of Gods love which in turn will bring us into the fullness of God, both as individually and collectively. The water signifies, Jesus, cleansing, holiness, blessing, replenishment and new life.
Series of three visions/pictures
No.1. I was taken into a deep dark dank place, with many arches, almost like an underground cloister of some sort - the Father showed me I was in a set up of 'catacombs' - each catacomb had been carved by prayer or work for a particular project. I then heard rushing water - almost deafening - I sensed in my spirit the Father saying that under each catacomb (well)? was a subterranean cavern of water waiting to be released.
No 2. - whilst meditating after an Alpha course evening had a vision where I saw a shore line covered in mussels (edible type) and that they were all embedded in hard rock - a gentle tide kept washing over them. I asked the Father what this was about and I felt in my spirit the response was that the mussel serves no purpose whilst in this state - it is fed and kept alive by the water - however to see the food within - the mussel needs to be prized or plucked off the rock and then forced open to reveal the flesh inside.
Taking on board what has come to mind whilst meditating on this word in Ephesians I sense that what has been released in heaven (the heavenly realms) is starting to show/flow in the physical realm - this flow will appear initially in corporate areas where the 'soil' has been prepared - both by works and prayer - the 'church' however needs to embed and take hold of the inheritance of the work of Christ to come into a new confidence before the throne of the Father. We and the saints before us have carved out works/churches/projects that need this heavenly release to see the fruit - which is people coming to Christ in a new way. Its almost as if the ‘tap’ in heaven has been opened.