Standing As Sovereign

David Karchere

This is the Day of Pentecost.

The word Pentecost is from a Greek word for fiftieth. It is a holiday that comes fifty days after Passover. It was a Jewish harvest holiday referred to as the Festival of Weeks.

Here in Colorado, we are harvesting produce from our greenhouses. But not so much from outside. Israel has a different climate, so there was an early harvest time in late spring.

In the biblical story, the Day of Pentecost occurred not long after the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus. His disciples gathered in Jerusalem in an upper room. Many people associate that with an elevated state of consciousness.

The experience portrayed in the story is the basis for the Pentecostal Church.

This is from the story:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1)

With one accord, in one place. The readers of this blog are not in one place physically. But we could be with one accord, for sure. And we could be in one place vibrationally, in one body of energy that we share.

Thinking of the portal of heaven as I have written about it previously in this blog, you might have your portal, and I might have mine. It is an individual matter. But for something to come through all of us together, we have to be in one accord in one place, with one body of energy and one portal we are creating together. This collective endeavor becomes real as we reach out to each other energetically, with open hearts. We attune upward, and then we attune between us to hold heaven’s portal with one accord, in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2

The Pew Research Center reports that about half of the U.S. population has had a religious or mystical experience, which the Center defines as a “moment of sudden religious insight or awakening.” Have you had such an experience? I imagine you have. And among the readership of this blog, it is likely that far more than 50% of us have had such an experience.

If you have, how would you describe it?

By their very nature, such experiences are hard to define or describe. They are not “of this world.” How do you describe something imperceptible to the outer senses?

And so, people resort to some kind of poetry—a description that utilizes symbols from our physical world to describe something that isn’t physical. The author of Acts described the experience on the Day of Pentecost as “a rushing mighty wind” and “cloven tongues of fire.”

There was an intensified experience of spiritual outpouring that was felt by many.

A profound spiritual experience often involves some kind of emotional excitement. Human hearts melt when they touch something mystical and awe-inspiring. Yet I don’t think we get the impression that the experience portrayed in the Book of Acts is only emotional. While emotion can accompany a spiritual experience and even facilitate it, emotion, of itself, isn’t the cause of a profound spiritual experience. The cause is an invisible reality we touch through the portal of heaven.

To put it simply, a spiritual outpouring brings heat. But it also brings light. It tells us things. It guides us. It is specifically related to the elements of human experience. It has relevance to our life.

The kind of outpouring I am interested in has intelligence, not just emotionality. To receive that intelligence, we have to be open to the specificity of the spiritual urge. It is not just one giant, mighty rushing wind but an intelligent outpouring that calls us to be something beyond just emotional. It calls us to be wildly intelligent about all the details of a human life and what we are capable of as human beings.

If we have a spiritual experience, its calling urges us to respond. How does that happen without the essence of spirit working us? Is that not your experience, that you get worked?

Pay attention over here and do this! Be up for this! Stop dragging your feet. Open up! Open heaven’s portal for this part of your life. 

The story tells of how people gathered from around the known world—from Crete, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia, and many other places. They were astounded that they could understand each other.

And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. (Acts 2:12,13) 

They are drunk! That was the accusation. 

But Peter, standing up with the eleven [the other disciples], lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:14-17)

We are here to dream dreams and see visions inspired by what moves through heaven’s portal. If a person is not having that experience, and they observe someone who is, what do they see? They don’t see cloven tongues of fire. They don’t hear a mighty rushing wind. They don’t see the Holy Ghost. All they see are people who are experiencing those things. And how much fun is it to be a bystander at a spiritual event?

Perhaps they’re drunk.

What is this spiritual outpouring all about for those who are experiencing it? Yes, it is emotionally moving and perhaps life-changing for the person. But is there no more significant purpose for it than that?

Perhaps a spiritual intensification, such as the one told of on the Day of Pentecost long ago, is only the initiation of something. Perhaps it is an opening of heaven’s portal that allows what is in heaven to pour through.

While today is the Day of Pentecost, celebrated by people worldwide, it is also the last day of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, honoring her 70 years as monarch. Might there be a relationship between these two commemorations?

The patriotic song I Vow to Thee, My Country was played numerous times during this jubilee period. The song is from a 1921 poem by Sir Cecil Spring Rice, which went by two names: Urbs Dei (“The City of God”) or The Two Fatherlands. 

Here is the last verse:

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

The song honors both love and loyalty given to one’s nation and to the inner kingdom on the other side of heaven’s portal—the kingdom of heaven. This is referred to in the song as “another country.”

Queen Elizabeth II represents a sovereign presence to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth of Nations, and to people around the world. I am not claiming perfection for the Queen, nor am I nominating her for sainthood. I am simply acknowledging what she means to many people. Her sovereignty does not dominate with worldly power. For the United Kingdom, most of that is held by the Prime Minister, the Parliament, and the people themselves. And yet, as the Queen, she represents to her people the sovereignty they each have for their own lives and for their fields of service.

It is the role of the sovereign of any land, any people, or any group to stand in heaven’s portal as the connection between the outer kingdom and the inner kingdom—the kingdom of heaven. A true sovereign knows both countries and allows the presence and power of the kingdom within to come into the outer world.

That presence and power comes through the outpouring of the holy spirit through heaven’s portal. The sovereign presence of a human being standing in the portal allows that to happen.

So, a spiritual outpouring is not just a personal gratification or fulfillment. It is a sovereign act. This is how the true sovereign governs. As the angel said, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. A spiritual intensification, such as the one pictured in the story of the Day of Pentecost, initiates someone into their sovereignty if they allow it to do so.

How do we unite the world of possibility we know within ourselves with the world outside us—the world in which we live? Is it not because we stand in heaven’s portal as sovereign? We stand as sovereign in our world in the name of Divine Presence, not claiming that for ourselves as a human being, but nonetheless expressing it and embodying it and bringing the authority of heaven.

How is that authority brought? By an outpouring of the holy spirit. No outpouring, no authority. The authority we are speaking of is spiritual in nature. We are not talking about worldly authority. And how else would spiritual authority be brought? Not by might, nor by power, as it is said, but by my spirit—the spirit of Divine Presence, and the outpouring of it because we are present.

That outpouring is the outpouring of love, wisdom, and care in the living of life, day to day. There are those occasions when we leave the usual activities of our life to let a spiritual intensification occur. And still, spiritual authority is present in our world because we are sovereign, standing in heaven’s portal in the daily living of life.

The frequent view of sovereignty—or of any kind of leadership—is, It’s all glamor. The outer fineness associated with the royal family in the United Kingdom is on show. And nobody does pomp and circumstance better than the British. What many do not recognize is that Queen Elizabeth II has been a hardworking woman for 70 years, carrying on public appearances, official meetings, and the business of the monarchy into her 90s.

And so it is with any authentic leadership. Any glamor is obvious enough. What is not so apparent to some is the devotion, the loyalty, the selflessness, and the fortitude.

So, I celebrate how this grand woman who, after having come through the Second World War with her country and having chosen to be there for her people, has stood in her sovereignty. May each of us do the same.

May we stand in heaven’s portal as sovereign, letting the presence and power of the kingdom within flow into the world.

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June 13, 2022 10:34 pm

If you have, how would you describe it? Each one has shifted my life from one form of Service to another. All Service is good service – however, the variety has been a gift and one may not have any idea what will come next – but Spirit leads the way.

Fiona Gawronsky
Fiona Gawronsky
June 11, 2022 8:08 am

Acts 2.1 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues as of a fire, and it sat upon each of them.

In Oriental symbolism there are dragons, the symbol of high-rank and Emperors. In poetic terms, if you had to describe something that was strange and dynamic, which was obvious from the description of those assembled in the Upper Room at Pentecost, a dragon might well-fit a depiction of the moment in which the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Much is on the move in these days, in the world dynamic. Could we even imagine a cosmic download?

Certainly, a brave, new world awaits, wherever we are. Are we able to use our imagination to envisage the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven? It may be a very different experience from the signs and symbols of the world we currently inhabit. How will we experience and describe, even record. its coming? What is our language of redemption, praise, thanksgiving, awe and wonderment? Let us abide at the centre of all things; The stillpoint of the turning world, as T S Eliot put it.

Kari Bye
Kari Bye
June 11, 2022 7:01 am

“Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil,” said Thoreau. And thank you, David Karchere, for your words of Standing as Sovereign!

Karen Pritchard
Karen Pritchard
June 9, 2022 11:31 am

Heavenly invention, dreaming or manifesting it to becoming a reality is harnessing the creative connection between heaven and earth. Loving that imaginative gift so intensely it becomes real here amongst us. Be careful what you dream of and what potential it may bring, others may warn. Yet the creative chaos which brings order and supreme manifestation is everything we see, feel, smell, touch and experience now and is what we have loved most of all into being.

Maybe Our Queen Elizabeth dreamed so lovingly and deeply of becoming Queen. Her heritage has provided the historical connection for the possibility for her to step into that role – she was loving that role to actually embrace it with all the love she had. She’s become one of the Greatest Queens this World has ever seen. She Loved that experience into being.

Maybe we all dream ourselves into what we are to become and it’s our inner most desire to be that being.

I know I dreamed my life into being whether that’s a spiritual outpouring of sober drunkenness I’ll never know and yet all I wanted and needed was Loved into becoming my real. Good, great, bad, mad or horrific it all came – and yet isn’t it our truest learning too.

I dreamed I lived on holiday, each dream I had was in a holiday destination or a holiday adventure … I now live by the sea in a holiday village. I dreamed so much I desired to be a Yoga Teacher so much the path opened up before me with all the right teachers and experiences. I dreamed of working creatively as a very, very young child I became a graphic designer. I wanted to give birth to a boy and a girl and that would be my ultimate blessing in life – I had them in that order too.

I have expressed my Love for humanity so much and yes I’ve been asked if I were drunk – sadly. It felt horrific being accused of that and yet it’s my learning too.

I’ve ignored the gift of intuition and it’s affects are horrific too, that’s my learning.

If we dare to be humble, soulful and sovereign to the gifts of heavenly connectivity wouldn’t that create a cradle for humanity to feel safely held in ? And yet we test it to the very hilt don’t we – well I do.

It is the Sovereign Gift we are all born with to honour what we dare to dream of and allow it to become real. It is a Gift from God and the desire that it is supplied it’s not magic it’s there deep inside us all – ask and you shall receive… it is as simple as that. Whether unconsciously or consciously, while awake or sleeping our dreams will be answered.

Belief in that is Trust – Loving that essence of being and allowing it to Form, Become and Be.

The Queen became our global sovereign because she believed it to be so – whatever chaos manifested it – it happened.

Jesus must have loved his dream of becoming a Teacher and so he eventually became one. Through the chaos of its manifestation he believed it to happen and it did as short lived as it was. Though it created a magnificent gateway for others to follow His gentle life and still His simple messages.

So many have opened their star-gates to manifest their greatest desires and dreams … non of them drunk or mad – most of them highly creative and in love with their dreams letting them go with almighty trust and allowing it to Be. Isn’t it that way we create our Life here on earth which is what we perceive our physical heaven to be?

It’s not a “Secret”, anyone can do it, most do who dare to let go and LOVE so much they cannot hide it. They Love so much they glow and blind others with their creative substance. It all becomes real for all to see, feel, smell, touch and experience. Isn’t Life on Earth a Lovely Heavenly thing when we truly dive into it All – and dive into it All in Love.

Dorian Black
Dorian Black
June 8, 2022 9:59 pm

The Invisible Sovereign – only aware in one’s own reality. Lovely!

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