Our ministry is a Christian church-based ministry and missionary society.
We have our headquarters at Chileka, Blantyre where our main team is based.
Our work is based on a vision given by the Lord to Pastor Mary Pascoe in 1995.
Revival in the church in general and transformation of the nation are our main aims.
Restoration of the individual, spirit, soul and body, to achieve their destiny, chosen by God, is a key part of our work also.
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The picture shows a vision given to Apostle Mary Pascoe by the Lord in 1995. She was anointed by the Holy Spirit to begin a new ministry of apostolic nature which is now Royal Priesthood Ministries International, Malawi. The Lord added the Scripture in John 3: 16 to convey His love for His people. He also gave her Isaiah 61 as a prophetic Scripture to underpin the work. Besides the name of the ministry the Lord also gave her the name "El-Shaddai" to be used for properties such as for Care Homes for the elderly.

The vision itself shows three main parts:-

1. The triangle. The triangle represents the Trinitry and the rainbow colours the glory of God. Only a revival where God's glory would touch His people would be sufficient to fulfil the purpose of God.

2. The surrounding stars. These indicate the Lord's desire to see His people reaching their full potential in Christ, changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. They would then become sons of God in power, truth and love, fulfilling the vision originally given to Abraham.

3. The central dark letters. These the Lord called "aggravations" or spiritual powers of darkness hindering His people reaching their destiny in Christ. Here was the revelation of the authority needed through Christ to engage with these demonic powers by spiritual warfare in order to change the environment so revival could be established and maintained, seeing Christ's authority ruling in the "land".

The vision lead us to understand that the Lord wanted to bring the church into a worthy condition before the Second Coming of Christ. Also, as the Scriptures reveal, there will be increasing persecution of the church, that its members become strong enough to endure to the end.


The ministry began in October, 2008 starting with five pastors. The ministry was based on the concept of leaders stated in Ephesians 4: 11 :-
"It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ."

A base was set up in Chileka, Blantyre, as the Lord previously indicated. It has the advantage of being close to the International Airport. We are situated behind the Roman Catholic church on the main Chileka Road about 1 km from the roundabout.

Full registration was gained in July, 2011.

Churches are now established in Blantyre, East Bank(Chikwawa), Fatima (Chikwawa), Mchinji. We also support other churches in Bangula, Luchenza and Thyolo.

The team actively engages with other pastors and their churches at combined meetings. This includes a strong work with the elderly in several places in Blantyre.

A great part of the work is intercession. Eventually we hope to establish 24 hour intercession for the work. Intercession is the main tool to revival, we believe.

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Outline of the ministry from a spiritual viewpoint

The focus for this ministry starts with the vision given to Apostle Mary Pascoe in 1995.  As with any new strategic work of God it has both a spiritual revelation and a foundational Scripture, i.e., Isaiah 61. Both bring their own dimension of understanding. The context in which this ministry has begun is also important to understand. The signs of the times strongly reveal we are in the last days before the Second Coming of Jesus.

As the leadership have prayed into all these concepts the key understanding the Lord has given is restoration of the Body of Christ that it may become a worthy “Bride” for Christ when He appears. The increase of demonic activity in recent times and the state of the Body of Christ currently show there is much to be done. The Bible is very clear that in the Last Days there will be an “increase of wickedness” (Matt. 24: 12). Prophetically, the Lord is nevertheless revealing His grace will also increase with increasing manifestations of His glory. The devil seeks to increase his activity to achieve an exalted and more powerful kingdom endeavouring to subdue the work of the Spirit-filled sons of God as much as possible. He comes with new strategies which are complicated and powerful. They are designed at producing deception, division and letting the “flesh” be encouraged without Christians realising it. This way Christians would be their own enemies because of the subtlety used. These strategies should not be underestimated. They are designed to build on the false divisions of traditions already in place and to encourage domination amongst leaders rather than a servant heart which the Bible teaches. Wherever this happens “the love of most grow cold” as cold criticism and the ploy for self-exalting power are clearly the work the devil desires but grieves the Spirit of God. What we tend to see today is still a picture of the weeds growing with the wheat in many churches (Matt.13:24-30). The true yet sad assessment of the situation is that many “are destroyed because of lack of knowledge.” This makes Satan happy. Nevertheless, it is not an irreversible situation.

Revival has always shown the fruit of dramatic sanctification of the people touched by the Holy Spirit and significant numbers of those who are called to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Revival which I will define as God coming by His Spirit bringing a great measure of heaven on earth (which answers the prayer Jesus taught His first disciples) has been a counter to the supernatural work of the devil. Whereas in the past revival has not been understood but usually thought of as a chance happening, this lack of clarity no longer remains. The Lord Himself has given Scriptural understanding in this matter so to encourage His people to seek Him for it. Ministries such as “Partnership Ministries” and “the Sentinel Group” are two examples which the Lord is using to propagate His teaching and to further encourage research in this realm. Revival is the only form of restoration in the church which achieves the level of change needed to create the impact and impetus needed to reach the final goal of transformation of society or Biblically stated, “to heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14) This intervening act of God enables Christians to live as sons of God in the full authority and power granted to them by the Holy Spirit to make them effective witnesses for Christ achieving a lifestyle reflecting the character of Christ. Thus although teaching is vital for understanding it is not in and of itself the way to change. Truly we speak of a radical intervention of the Holy Spirit. This is best understood by what happened on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit first saturated (or filled) the 12 original disciples of Jesus. See Acts 2:1-40.

Other ministries such “IHOP” and “In Christ’s Likeness” show from their teaching the Lord is seeking to take the initiative again in order to bring His people to the place He desires. As always it requires a response as the Lord does not override the freewill of His people. We believe that the founding of Royal Priesthood M I in Malawi is part of this new work of God. The Lord has given the leadership faith and anointing to work deeply in the spiritual realm through His Holy Spirit to facilitate revival right up to the national level. This has needed a deep sanctifying, transforming work in those He has chosen and a level of understanding to make the tools of intercession and spiritual warfare effective. On the other hand the pastors of the team have also found the usual means of Christian ministry ineffective to produce any real development at all. (Quite an interesting contrast!) 

The desire in the hearts of the leadership is to provide an example of true Biblical Christianity in the churches it establishes, orthodox in theology but totally Spirit led with Jesus as our focus. Also the leadership seeks to encourage a coming together of church leaders who will submit to Christ to increase their mutual support and effectiveness of their churches. The ministry itself sees that a combined leadership as described in Ephesians 4:11,12 is paramount to achieving the goals. Although the ministry does have and will have its own churches, it is not primarily a church planting ministry. As already stated restoration of the existing Body of Christ is the concept for its work. The ultimate goal must be to see the true “Bride of Christ” develop for the great Day of the Lord.

There is another aspect which the Lord has revealed. Persecution is another growing phenomenon in the Last Days. The church needs to be strong spiritually with members who are restored individuals in order to face the challenges of this generation. “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13) is part of the teaching of Jesus on the Last Days. “To him who overcomes” is the repeated note given to the churches at the beginning of the book of Revelation. It is clear that the first disciples fled at the final persecution of Jesus but after they were filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost they were no longer fearful and able to courageously face their persecutions, even when it cost them their lives. Royal Priesthood M I therefore seeks to encourage and teach the work of the Holy Spirit for healing and deliverance within churches for this reason. For believers to become restored, mature and clear regarding their identity in Christ is therefore another foundational goal.

To conclude, it can be seen that all of the above also facilitates the final “harvest” (Rev. 14:15) as the church becomes more effective. Here is the promise fulfilled from Scripture regarding the “latter rain” (Hos. 6:1-3 & Zech. 10:1[KJV]) Yes, the Lord will reveal Himself increasingly on the earth of which He is Lord. Our God is greater than he is called the prince of the power of the air. The church of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will be victorious through the blood covenant made by the Father, enabled by the Holy Spirit. God has committed Himself to us in this generation more than ever seen before by His supernatural and glorious works. He has not changed but we must.

a. To  be an independent ministry for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ and     His Kingdom only. To develop and restore joining churches, and plant new churches for communities. The churches will minister to all age groups and all sections of the community.  

b. To  develop a fully functioning church base in Chileka, Blantyre to which all other arms of the ministry will relate.  

c. To offer assistance to individuals and families, of any background, for their spiritual restoration, that they may have dignity in the sight of man and favour with God.  

d.  To provide assistance, both spiritual and practical, for orphans and unsupported elderly people in Malawi. The main focus is to provide caring homes for elderly people. (Well trained staff will be provided.)

e. To provide resources and training to give young people skills in order to provide for themselves.  

f. To  visit those in prison and to show compassion to their relatives, that they may receive the full benefit of God’s word and love.   

g. To provide Christian-based Primary and secondary education to enable students to achieve recognised certification for their future higher education or advancement of their careers. 

h. To provide nursery facilities to assist single mothers so that they can attend a place of work.   

i. To pray for Malawi and other nations for their restoration, development and up-building in every way, especially that they may seek the LORD themselves and live according to all the commandments stated in the Bible.   

j. To evangelise the people of Malawi that they may benefit from the love and blessings that come to all those who respond to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

k. To work in co-operation with like-minded organisations to build and restore the Kingdom of God in Malawi and in other nations. 

l. To  create missionary assistance to help individuals build and restore Christ’s church in other nations. This will include sending individuals and teams of workers to preach, teach and minister in Christ’s Name to other nations. 

m. To be a faith ministry supported by the finances of God’s people as He encourages and moves them to give. 

n. To  accomplish everything revealed in the vision given to Apostle Mary Pascoe. The preceding items commence that fulfilment.



Apostle Mary is Ministry Founder and Apostle Pastor Keith is Chief Administrator, Head Teacher and Chairman of Trustees.



Pastor Geoffrey is Senior Pastor for our Base Church at Chileka, Blantyre. He is also a Trustee.

We are found 500 metres from the Malonda hardware turnoff on Chileka Road, which is the road to the airport. This is about 2 kilometres from Kameza Roundabout, Blantyre.

Newsletter at 26th June 2023

 Dear Friends,

The first half of this year has been most interesting for us. It really started with some shaking by the Lord. We said goodbye to some members including a pastor. We then needed to make up lost ground we felt and begin to re-establish some parts of the work at the base church. At the same time it was wonderful to see new development amongst the youth. A worship dance group was formed and at Easter made its first performance at the base church. We also baptised about 30 people during the Easter gathering. Praise God! A young boy was born-again during the Communion Service Easter morning too! Hallelujah! 

The base church has certainly needed to be our focus. The Lord has started to bring in significant new people too. They are strongly supporting the leadership for which we are grateful to the Lord. This is a time for new expansion after the shaking. There is a sense of the Holy Spirit giving us “New Wine”! We are so encouraged to have been part of the Malawi Repentance Crusade following through the prayer during May and going into the crusade this month. It is a real answer to prayer for the need of this nation. To see more than a thousand pastors coming to participate in Blantyre alone has been overwhelming. Repentance must precede revival. Revival is what we are here for, of course. 

The Lord is showing us we are right on course for what He wants to do. More significant events are upcoming which we believe the Lord will use to increase the spiritual hunger we all need at such a time as this.

 I expect to bring more good news as the year goes on.

 God bless you,

 Pastor Keith Pascoe


Dear Friends,

Having This month I am going to do something different. I felt it was time again to talk specifically about our ministry vision. This was given to my wife, Apostle Mary Pascoe, in 1995. God’s purposes are often long term rather than short term. I don’t know of any other vision like this vision! It is fully described on our website. It has 3 main components; the triangle in rainbow colours, the stars and the large back letters in the middle. It is a prophetic description which does not describe a usual Christian ministry.

The most important message the vision brought is that God has chosen to reveal Himself in full display of His glory. A rainbow has an infinite number of colours and His glory can uniquely touch an infinite number of people. That does not usually happen in church! It requires a full ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. We forget that this did not happen when the Saviour was here on earth. He clearly stated it was to happen:-

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 

Jn 16:7.

John the Baptist defined this best of all:-

John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but one who is more powerful than I am is coming. I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Lk 3:16.

Later, on the day of Pentecost, 50 days after the feast of the Passover when Jesus was crucified then resurrected, the Holy Spirit visited the people in Jerusalem both believer and non-believer alike. The non-believers felt the fire of God when they heard the gospel message and were in pain in their innermost being and were bewildered not knowing what to do. The Apostle Peter told then to repent and be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ and they too would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit though they had no idea what that meant. The spiritual fruit on that day was remarkable; 3,000 people became believers in Christ. They received a full separation from the world and its powers coming fully under the new authority of the kingdom of heaven through Christ.

In our day we know little of such an experience. Most church people have one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of heaven. Pastors have a hard job trying to put things properly in place for God’s people making them fully separated to Christ, knowing the fear of the Lord as well as the love of God. Yes, we need both.

So, what I am revealing is that the Lord is not happy with this state of affairs. He wants His church to be a radiant, spotless bride for Christ. (Ephesians 5:27). The Lord has chosen to come Himself afresh like the early church experienced. For us it has meant much preparation mostly through prayer and intercession. The black letters in the vision represent powers of darkness over nations which are holding people back in their walk with the Lord. As we are praying for Malawi our first agenda is spiritual warfare under the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ to remove the sin of the land and the rights gained by these demonic powers. Recently churches everywhere have started to come on board through the Revival School repentance campaign. That has been so encouraging a development to seeing our vision fulfilled. This paves the way for the Holy Spirit to come. When He fully comes the atmosphere changes and the Lord can powerfully touch people’s lives to dramatically change them like never before.

The stars represent the end result; Christians reaching their full potential in Christ, each one unique in their make-up playing their part in the Body of Christ. It reminds us of the vision given by the Lord to Abraham regarding his descendants. So numerous and beautiful. This is the will of God. A holy nation for God.

This type of experience which we call “revival” or “an awakening” is not new. There have been even in our generation national and church revivals. Perhaps the Toronto revival is the most famous. In 1994 on 20th January the Holy Spirit came upon the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, a Vineyard denominational church of 120 people. Soon thousands were visiting the church every day. My wife and I went to that church in 2015 and the founder estimated that they had had about 3 to 4 million people though their doors. The impact has been worldwide.  You should find out about it. God has not changed. What happened on the day of Pentecost is still happening and that is why Royal Priesthood is here. We are here to see the favour of God in Malawi in the most overwhelming way. Nobody in Christ will be disappointed. The Lord is also speaking about a global revival in this generation so we expect to see many nations receiving a great visitation of the Holy Spirit and many, many people reaped into the kingdom of heaven.

Despite the wars and rumours of wars currently, which Jesus Himself predicted, God has a more wonderful life-giving agenda to bring about in the world which cannot be stopped. Yes, the kingdom of heaven is advancing.

God bless you,

Pastor Keith Pascoe

The photograph of our Registration Certificate is to to show we are legally registered as a Christian Ministry here in Malawi.
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Isaiah 61:9 (ANIV) “Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed." 

Isaiah 61 is the main prophetic Scripture for our ministry. The latter section of this chapter describes the fruit of a restored people. But what is revival? My best description is simply when God comes to stay with continuing revelation of His glory. That, of course, has many effects upon the people present and those who will also come seeking His favour. Where there is a revival presence of God there is a work of the Holy Spirit far beyond the experience of God through a usual church service as most of us are accustomed to. There is an acceleration of the Spirit’s work to refine and sanctify in individuals. The Lord is creating quality of Christian character in the lives of many people which is the first intention. Secondly, there is a direct effect to produce quantity, in terms of converts, as people are then better equipped and in closer relationship to the Lord so it will be Him more than them. Truly, the Lord is taking the initiative in many parts of the world to bring about revival so that the end-time “harvest” is brought in before Jesus returns again.

Nothing satisfies our hearts like the Presence of God. There is no blessing like the blessing which is imparted in revival. Isaiah mentions a “double blessing” and “everlasting joy” to show the extra grace given. There will be miracles but these are not the focus. What God does is to create better godly order in our spiritual being so we can grow into our full spiritual potential. That in itself will be an incredible and complicated work of the Holy Spirit performed in a remarkably short space of time for some people. When we are so changed we have a greater capacity for the Holy Spirit within us. Our relationship with the Lord can thus go deeper and deeper. As I quoted in verse 9 at the beginning this change cannot be hidden. The light of Christ shines ever more brightly out of us and affect “all who see them”.Such blessed people can make unbelievers very uncomfortable, yet many will want what we have got. The good thing is that many will get it! This was the case in the early church as we read in Acts 5:13,14 :-

“No-one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.”

So what is a transformed person really like? Holiness is the real explanation. Holiness is beautiful; it is not religious unreality and extreme behaviour. It is God’s reward for those who will seek Him. It is the place where we are blessed, not for a day but continually. We come to abide in the knowledge of God all the time. We learn how to trust God better; obey God better; appreciate God better. It leads us to a place of humility and thus to be more like Jesus. We say “goodbye” to worldly treasures and pleasures as they lose their previous significance. We become content with what we have and uncomplaining about our circumstances because Jesus is Lord of both of these. We learn to give willingly and in humility to receive also. Our faith gets stretched out as God will stretch it out through trials and tests. That is for our good also. Love emerges as never before. Love becomes a powerful motivation both before the Presence of God and in our relationships. Marriages get better. The love which covers a multitude of sins grows within us. Through Christ we can love our enemies even when we are persecuted. Yes, persecutions will come also. Whenever the Presence of God is attracted so will the activity of the devil. We will keep casting him out but he never gives up! Despite this trouble God will still make it to work for our good so long as we trust Him.

When the Holy Spirit came empowering the first church, the season could be described as “the year of the Lord’s favour” (verse 2). The history of the church started this way and the Lord has shown it is His prophetic purpose to bring back the same degree of favour in the last days before Jesus returns. Let’s consider some verses from the prophet Joel:- 

Joel 2:18 (ANIV) "Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people."
Joel 2:28-29 (ANIV)  "And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days."

An “outpouring” of the Spirit of God begins revival as we have described.

Let me say a little more about character. Verse 10 describes clearly the dignity God has given us. The Lord sees the image of Himself in us when He made us. The Lord wants us to see this for ourselves too and realise that this is what He wants to achieve as He restores us. We are to be so much like Christ, our King and High Priest. We have to learn how we should exercise dominion on the earth which is ours by God-given right. Sin took it away but Christ got it back again for us. We should have a prayer life which is a blessing to the Lord through worship and thanksgiving, and an intercessory side which changes the spiritual realm for others as we pray. Yes, we should be seen to have dignity without pride but love working through humility. When that develops from God transforming us, God can turn the world upside down using us.
Revival is for all. It is God’s best.



Acts 15:16-18 (ANIV)

 "After this I will return and rebuild David's fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things” that have been known for ages.

What a wonderful prophetic word quoting Amos 9: 11-12 from James, one of the first apostles. It was part of a reply brought in the Jerusalem council of leaders. They were considering an issue brought up by many Jewish believers, viz.,whether circumcision, part of the Abrahamic covenant should be applied to the new gentile believers as a mark of separation to Christ. Their decision dismissed this notion and a few simple rules were stated instead as the Holy Spirit directed them.

This prophecy was applicable to Jew and gentile alike as there was little activity advancing the kingdom of God to be found anywhere before the day of Pentecost when revival began in Jerusalem. The first church was a church without walls, fully the initiative of the Lord. Revival is always God’s initiative, “I will return….. I will rebuild… I will restore…that…men may seek the Lord.” In the last 30 years God has been so active in doing these things though not everyone has seen it or been aware of it. Yet, there is a build-up of the work of God increasing in many parts of the world such as never experienced before. It has become clear to many that the Lord wants to uplift His church out of the ordinary and more into His supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit. Many have recognised the signs of the times which Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24: 4-8. But this not all the picture. Surely Jesus was adding to the prophecies already given which tell us there is more to understand about these days. 

Let us consider also Joel 2:26-28 (ANIV) :-

“You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed. 

"And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

Here is a prophecy fully about restoration and especially a greater experience of the Holy Spirit as a general and normal experience for God’s people. Let us keep in mind the restoration of the Jews to their own land. After 2,000 years in 1948 they became a nation again on their own land too. Having seen a great dispersion of the Jews up to then the Lord acted miraculously to begin to restore the Jewish nation. This is so clearly prophesied as is found in Ezekiel 36 which is such a clear account of the whole issue. As we were considering at the beginning restoration is for both Jew and gentile. Thus just as this Scripture applies to Israel it applies to the church which has fallen from the sparkling example in Jerusalem which we read of in the book of Acts. In Revelation 22:17 we see the church referred to as “the bride”. The Scriptures refer to Jesus as “the Bridegroom” in several places in the Gospels, e.g., Mark 2:19, John 3: 29. Without doubt the Father wants His Son’s “Bride” to be fully blessed and fully functioning before that great day of the Second Coming of Jesus. It is still true we have not been left “orphans”. The Holy Spirit has never left us but there is more and God is thus keen for us to have that “more”. Revival is certainly about this and creates the place where God can reveal His glory upon His people again. It is not about blessings and miracles particularly. It is about creating a holy committed people able to work WITH God because they are in deeper relationship with Him, secure in His love AND filled with His Spirit. So, what we are experiencing in our days is that the Lord is bringing about many more revivals for this purpose. Another aspect is that the Lord wants many, many people all over the world to become Christians, the fulfilment of Jesus’ prophesy:

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14 (ANIV))

So the church began with a spiritual harvest at the beginning! 3,000 people brought into the kingdom of God in Jerusalem on one day. The Holy Spirit brought the spiritual reign of the Lord back into His chosen people Israel after 400 years of spiritual barrenness. Now we will see, as in the beginning, in our day, the spiritual reign of the Lord increasing in Israel and the church together. Another harvest of souls indeed!

Royal Priesthood Ministries International in Malawi is part of the establishing the kingdom of God in this way. Our vision is for revival as described. It is wonderful to work WITH God in His purposes. God has not changed and loves His people so much to bring about an empowered church gloriously displaying who He is.


Song of Songs Chapter 4: 6 (Passion Translation)
“I’ve made up my mind.
Until the darkness disappears and the dawn has fully come,
In spite of shadows and fears,
I will go to the mountaintop with you.……..Yes, I will be your bride.”

God’s love for us as his people is first recognised as “compassion”. He shows us mercy through His Son so we may be “saved” and change from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His own dear Son; totally different. We perhaps did not understand God’s “passion” for those whom He created in our mother’s womb as a Father bereft. “God so loved the world….”(John 3:16) has both components of truth. The Song of Songs, very skillfully and appropriately re-translated by Brian Simmons into the Passion Translation, really does bring us into the realm of God’s “passion” for His people.
It is a new concept for many that the Father is preparing the church, sometimes referred to as the “Body of Christ”, to become the “Bride of Christ”. This is a clear concept in the Book of Revelation but a verse helpfully translated in the N.L.T, is also helpful:-

2 Corinthians 11:2 (NLT)
 “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.”

After 3+ chapters of deep, affectionate, heart-reaching, passionate loving words to the young lady, (here called the Shulamite), given by the “Bridegroom-King” (or Jesus), she responds with the reply in the verse we began with above. Nothing less than love with deeply felt meaning that was surely enough to cause her to say “I’ve made up my mind”. It was an invitation into the unknown for sure. To be what? “Yes, I will be your bride.” How amazing!

It was an upward call to go to highest mountain peak with Jesus. Verse 8 tells us more:- 

“Now you are ready, bride of the mountains,
To come with me as we climb
The highest peaks together.
Come with me through the archway of trust.
We will look down
From the crest of the glistening mounts
And from the summit of our sublime sanctuary.”

It was the journey to the throne room of heaven, “the sublime sanctuary”. What we begin to see is a spiritual journey not found in our earthly realm at all. In verse 6 we see the young lady was clear about her lack of holiness or sanctification; yet, she truly could see Jesus, who has placed His righteousness within us, absolutely wants us to “come” fully accepted just as we are – “In spite of shadows and fears”.

Jesus is the “way” to the Father fully to be known in His supernatural realm. Did not Jesus say we would be those who would worship differently?

John 4:23-24 (ANIV)
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

Our idea of what “in spirit” means is often far too vague and lean. I like what the prophet Isaiah writes about it:-

Isaiah 32:3-4 (ANIV)
 “Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.”

Here are the 3 main spiritual senses: to see, to hear and to “know” (perceive) and understand. We need to realise that this spiritual, or supernatural realm, is not a new understanding about the Lord. Who did Peter quote at the Pentecost feast? Yes, the prophet Joel:-

Acts 2:17 (ANIV)
 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

Doesn’t that mean the Lord wants us to be able to use our spiritual senses? Well, it may take prayer, even a lot of prayer from the heart, to reach God’s heart. But Jesus promises to be the “way”. He will lead us up that spiritual climb, so to speak. Will you make up your mind to do just that? Another promise from the prophet Jeremiah:-

Jeremiah 29:13 (ANIV)
 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

If the best is in the supernatural spiritual realm is taking us to find “ ….the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 (ANIV)), surely we must go there. Jesus was on earth receiving His instructions in His heart and mind from the Father in the throne room of heaven. Was He expecting us to follow Him doing less? I think not. How else could we become “… more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 (ANIV)) 

The “Bride of Christ” is not meant to be a weak partner to a ruling powerful King; not at all. What did Jesus say?:-
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you..." (Acts 1:8 (ANIV))

The people in the early church turned the world upside-down because they lived in this way. They knew the passion of God’s love and the power of God’s Holy Spirit working through them because of this supernatural oneness.
Perhaps you would like to discover more too by reading the “Song of Songs”, preferably in the “Passion Translation”.

(Also, recommended reading ~ “The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence” by James Goll)


Psalm 27:4 (ANIV) 

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

David, who wrote this psalm, did so in the middle of many troubles. What is so clear from all the psalms, is that his many troubles made him to keep focus on the Lord. This is always our need. We must keep Jesus in focus day by day, whether the day be difficult or easy. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and wants us to walk in the knowledge of His Presence more and more. Truly, He wants us to know His help and blessing in every situation. We may be well educated and talented, but there is nothing like the wisdom and understanding of the Lord.

Some people think that we are called to work for God. That suggests we are left to our limited devices and ideas, with limited results. No, we must work in God, by the power of the Holy Spirit. That way God can take the lead whenever He wants, leading us in the right path. Jesus still wants to build His church today as ever before as He stated in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

But how does this really happen? The simple answer is fellowship with the Lord in prayer. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit to be in fellowship with the Lord. In the quiet secret place we meet with the Lord and as we mature we find we can wonderfully “gaze on the beauty of the Lord” with the eyes of faith and enjoy being in His Presence. Here is a deep knowing of the Saviour and the encounter of His love in the most intimate way. Here we meet with the Father with great acceptance, care and love in the Holy Place. This is a place you always want to be and changes our concept of prayer. When the Lord is everything to us He can come and be everything through us too. This is where we are empowered as He imparts His will within us.

It remains a place of intercession and supplication. “To seek Him in His temple” implies this. We draw near to God to know His heart in each matter. We speak heart to heart honestly and openly. It is not religiosity but relationship. The Lord can put His Word and will into our hearts as we wait upon Him. It is the answer to the teaching of Jesus, “Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. It is giving the Lord time and opportunity to speak and share with us. It may be from there we have a platform to intercede also.

So we recognise this was David’s priority above everything else. Here was the “one thing” he wanted from the Lord. His great success was based on this desire I believe. It kept him abiding in the Lord, taking him through every trial and difficulty, and made him such an outstanding king in service for the Lord and in exercising justice for the people. Through the Lord he had learnt how to overcome, delighting and depending on the Lord.

Do you have “One Thing” you desire of the Lord like this?

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