In 2012 God has been speaking to us about the promises of Isaiah 58:12, about seeing His face again as the Promise Keeper in our lives, and of the New Operating System based in rest that He is giving us in this time.
In the “New Hope Filled Operating System” the Lord revealed a new Operating System based in hope and rest that He is giving the Body of Christ for 2012 (to read this article click here). To enter into this New Operating System, the Lord revealed a series of rooms in a “Healthy Hope Center of Heaven” that we are invited to enter into together. The first room was the “Room of Rest.” He is the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23 and it is He who leads us to rest and to a hope filled future.
Exodus 33:14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Once we become centered in one focus in Him in the “Room of Rest,” we are ready to enter the second room, the “Patriarchal Love Room” where He restores the ‘ancient ruins’ of the true knowledge of God as the Promise Keeper and the Luke 15 Patriarchal Father. This was shared in the “God of Hope Who Keeps His Promises” (to read this article click here).
The God of Hope Who Keeps His Promises
Bob recently shared an encounter where the Lord began to reveal His face as the Promise Keeper once again to the Body of Christ. Bob saw in this dream that in 2012 God was opening the door to this part of His nature, to His face as the Promise Keeper once again. The Lord showed him that it is of great importance that we know this face of God as the Promise Keeper because it will keep us in a place of trust and rest vs. striving in our flesh to complete the promises. At His Counsel Table, the Lord began speaking promises over our lives and promises for 2012, out of Isaiah 58:12:
And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
The Lord shared that He will speak to us on each of the four parts of this verse, but He spoke first of “rebuilding the ancient ruins of the knowledge of Him,” not that He had been ruined, but rather that our perceptions of Him as the Promise Keeper had been devalued. He showed Bob that the Psalm 34:3-5 adoration was key to rebuilding His image in us in this time. Adoring the Lord together as the Promise Keeper and knowing the specific promises He has given us on all the mountains of life is the path of hope that leads us to deliverance, healing, and radiant hope that will shine bright on our faces for all to see.
Psalm 34:3-5 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.
God again is emphasizing Psalm 100:3-4 adoration, “entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise,” focusing on the way adoration brings forth a healed and expanded view of Him as the Promise Keeper.
Now as the Promise Keeper and Good Shepherd, He is speaking to us now about the third promise of Isaiah 58:12 – the promise of repairing the breach, which is restoring the hope of our calling within us. He is the Promise Keeper who brings forth His promises and now the good shepherds who feed people on the knowledge of God, which will be described in the encounter below.
The Encounter: Digging Up Good Shepherds/Repairing the Breach of the Hope of Our Calling
Bob has had repeated dreams, with a reoccurrence about a week ago, of digging up gold with the Lord and as they dug, the gold turned into Jeremiah 3:15 good shepherds who would feed people with the true knowledge of God in all of life. To truly enter His hope and promises, and walk into a New Hope Filled Operating System and the promises of Isaiah 58:12, God is digging up His good shepherds who will lead us to our fields and areas of promise in rest.
In the dream these good shepherds had to be unearthed, dug up. They had been buried in dirt and the dirt weighing them down had to be removed. As they were uncovered and raised up Bob saw these good shepherds restoring inheritance and repairing the breach in the hope of our calling in Him, which is the third promise of Isaiah 58:12. These good shepherds will feed people an expanded and healed view of God that will repair the breaches in our souls, fulfilling the promise that God, the Good Shepherd, will care for our souls. God is fulfilling specific promises for us in 2012 as we hope in Him and focus on His face as the redemptive, hopeful Promise Keeper in our lives. The good shepherds He is bringing forth, led by the true Good Shepherd will lead us from the Hosea 2:15 Valley of Achor through the door of hope, the hope of our calling in Him.
A New Hope Filled Narrative: In the dream the Lord has a different perspective, a new narrative for us. There is a new narrative of hope breaking forth across the horizon of our lives in this time. God is changing the identity of people in this hour, taking them into an Isaiah 60 “arising and shining” with the light that has come to restore the hope narrative of our lives as He did with Esther who was a powerless orphan that He made into a queen and David who was the least of his family that He made into a shepherd king, after God’s own heart. In the same way the Good Shepherd is restoring the hope filled narrative of our lives as well.
Daniel 12:3 Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of Heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
In this dream, Bob saw that God is giving the Body of Christ restored hopes, promises, and good shepherds who will not build their own kingdoms, but will build the Kingdom of God by building the kingdom of others unto Him. These good shepherds will not be those with a Nimrod Spirit who use people to build their own kingdom and actually steal the inheritance of the “hope of their calling” from others. These good shepherds will focus on repairing the breach of lost inheritance for others, and will not take their inheritance from them, but will enable them to walk into the fullness of the hope of their calling in Him.
Acceleration by Association: Building the Wall of the Knowledge of God Together
In this dream, good shepherds came together to repair the breach from Isaiah 58:12 and as they did, Bob saw that the Lord was giving back stones of people’s inheritance through these good shepherds. We, as the Body of Christ, began using these stones to build a hope filled wall, moving away from the holes in our own wall working together to build one solid wall by helping others fulfill the hope of their calling. Then Bob watched as the Body of Christ began to take off and accelerate in a whole new way!
God is giving us an “acceleration of the Kingdom through association,” an acceleration of our hope filled purposes and callings that will happen as we move away from isolation and into the “healthy happy hope centers of community” where our souls will be cared for by good shepherds and the Good Shepherd, Himself. This is like Genesis 29:1-8 where the sheep cannot be watered until the shepherds come together to roll away the stone that covers the well. There is a struggle, in this, between isolation and community that we all wrestle with – a struggle that God revealed to Bob clearly in a dream about 1 Kings 18 and19, where Bob felt he was walking out the experiences of Elijah in 1 Kings 19, challenges that we, as the Body of Christ, are facing now.
Dream of Elijah: In this dream, Bob had gone up the hill like Elijah in 1 Kings 18:20, to confront the Prophets of Baal on the top of Mount Carmel. There at the top of the hill in the dream, the Body of Christ had a breakthrough in the knowledge of God. Right after this breakthrough, 1 Kings 19 happens and in the dream adversaries from the enemy come to Bob and to the Body of Christ, like they did to Elijah, in an attempt to create irrational fears within us that are not connected with reality and threatening us, even with death, right after a great breakthrough! Bob saw that this can often lead us into isolation, as it did with Elijah.
Elijah Isolates Himself:1 Kings 19:2-3 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them (the prophets of Baal who died on Mt. Carmel) by tomorrow about this time.” And he (Elijah) was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
For Elijah, it was Jezebel’s threat that thrust him into a fear spiral where suddenly he wasn’t able to see hope at all. He had just come through a major victory in 1 Kings 18 that released a multigenerational blessing, but he was not able to see it. All he could see was the lie that he was alone. The truth is, there were 7,000 others like him who had not bowed the knee to Baal, a truth which God spoke to him in I Kings 19:18, but still Elijah doesn’t see it.
1 Kings 19:13-14 And a voice (of God) came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Then he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
The Prototype and New Come Together: For Bob, the adversary came with the threat of cancer while he was in Germany last year in an attempt to pound him into giving up, but God was showing Bob through this dream that he has a choice, as does the Body of Christ. We can choose to run and hide in a cave or we can choose associations of hope that build well together bringing about an acceleration of our purposes and a hope of our calling that does not stop short, but rather walks into the “riches of the glory of His inheritance” in our lives. We can choose the hopeful narrative for our lives as we choose to agree with the truth of God’s hopeful perspective.
Ephesians 1:18-19 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling; what are the riches, of the glory, of His inheritance, in the saints; and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, who believe.
• God is changing our identity in this hour, calling us forth as hope filled reformers.
•The Good Shepherd who cares for our souls will take us:
• from despair to hope,
•from isolation and fear to strong hope filled associations into communities full of hope,
•from hope deferred to promises fulfilled,
•from independence to good shepherds who step forth to feed people the expanded view of God as the Promise Keeper and as the Good Shepherd reveals His face within them.
• God is bringing forth good shepherds who are Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Hope, to tell the hope filled narrative that God has woven into their lives.
• Some are currently running on fumes, but as they declare their hope filled narratives and stories with one another, they will get stronger and stronger, feeding themselves and others on the hope of their calling and the testimony of His goodness.
By the end of the dream, Bob saw these ones filled with the strength of hope, carrying people who could not feed themselves into the presence of God, telling them how they have been set apart for a rich life. Bob saw the Hope Reformation coming forth in the presence of the Lord!
In Revelation 12:11 it says that:
They overcame him because of the Blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
Bob saw that we would overcome by the word of our testimony, by telling these hopeful narratives that God has woven into our lives, by speaking the word of hope and life to each other, and by seeing the hopeful story of God in our lives and in the lives of others. We are invited to be those door openers for others, to open the door into the hope of their calling for them. In the dream, Bob saw that we must choose to walk into this hope filled narrative. As we do, God will restore our story, for He is the Good Shepherd who cares for our souls, who is repairing the breach of the hope of our calling. He is the Good Shepherd who is digging up the good shepherds here on Earth, the good shepherds that many of us are becoming. He is the Good Shepherd who turns melancholy hearts into merry hearts, restoring childlike hearts of faith, and bringing a voice of joy and triumph across the cities and nations of the Earth.
1. ADORE His face as the Promise Keeper in your life! Adoration, proclaiming the goodness of God, will bring you into His Presence where you will see His face as the Promise Keeper and Good Shepherd!
2. ASSOCIATE with others, come into the community of hope and be ACCELERATED together!
3. BE A GOOD SHEPHERD who seeks to restore lost inheritance, who seeks to repair the Isaiah 58:12 breach in the hope of their calling for others.
4. SEE AND SPEAK THE HOPE NARRATIVE in your own life, sharing the word of your testimony with each other.
Deeper Waters Ministry
About Bob Hartley: Bob Hartley is the founder of Hartley Institute/Deeper Waters Ministry in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob served as a pastor at Metro Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle before entering the marketplace in 1983, with a vision to see the marketplace redeemed and cities established that value and love the person of Jesus. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Hartley Group, a “Hope Center” for the marketplace, consisting of Hartley’s Executive Cleaning, Swift Chemicals & Supply, Prize Properties and H&H Management in Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is a frequent speaker to youth, churches, businesses and national leaders throughout America and the world. His quest has been to bring the Kingdom of God into every arena of life and give spiritual tools and equipping to those seeking to know and love God in the midst of their everyday lives. Currently, Bob resides in Kansas City with his wife and four children.