EYES TO SEE
There is so much gold to be discovered. The earth is filled with His glory! (Isaiah 6:3) There is more of Jesus’ beauty to discover compared to the fleeting darkness of this age. Where are our eyes turned to?
The Lord is fine-tuning our spiritual eyes, so that we can see, spot, and properly discern, in bringing out the gold in others. Think about it. How many times did we miss out on the gold because we were too cautious, misguided by our own human intellect, or because it seemed to us like there was no hope or future in an opportunity? Our assumptions and presumptions will get us nowhere. We need the discernment of the Holy Spirit.
There are so many opportunities in this 21st century. There’s so much of God hidden all throughout the Earth. Let’s not miss out on the opportunities that are laid bare before us! The gold is waiting!
THE “GOLD” DIGGER ANOINTING
We are in a season where the Lord is anointing us to be Gold Diggers! That’s right; Gold Diggers! People who know how to dig. People who know where to dig. People who have the tenacity to dig. People who are willing to dig and bring out the best of the worst of situations!
God is raising up people to be gold diggers. We must dig to find the mantles, the anointiings, the things of God that are deep, hidden from the eyes of the public. Regular passerby’s may not see it, but because you’re a gold digger, you will recognize a goldmine when you see it. People may doubt and discredit you, but the Lord is giving you faith to believe for the goldmine, even in the most discouraging of places.
We must be willing to pay the price and to get down in the dumps, to find the true gold in peoples‘ lives. We must be willing to get down in the dirt, to find our greatest discoveries.
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:46 ESV)
As the disciple Phillip said to Nathaniel, it’s time for us to come and see!
THE CENTER OF DISCOVERY
Last week I went white-water-rafting for my first time, celebrating our friend’s bachelor’s party. Interestingly, we went white-water-rafting in the South Fork of the American River, which is near Lake Tahoe.
We started our rafts off at Discovery Center. This was the exact place where the first gold miners accidentally found gold! This was where a simple man named James W. Marshall, accidentally stumbled into discovering this precious gold! In fact, he tried with all of his abilities to keep it a secret because he was consumed with his vision to create a large agricultural business. However, the news of this gold discovery, soon spread fast. Very fast! And it changed everything!
Here I am, white-water-rafting for the first time, in the exact same place where gold was first discovered! Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so! And I thought I came to enjoy the scenery and the adventure of rafting, celebrating my friend’s upcoming venture in marriage. But here, the Lord begins ministering to me and speaking to me about finding the gold!
THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH!
The most famous quote during the boom of the Gold Rush was of a gentlemen named Brannan. He frantically scurried through the streets of San Francisco, holding a vile of gold, shouting “Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!” (Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1888), pp. 55–56.)
There is gold that is waiting to be found in the American river! There’s gold in the rivers of America! There is gold, waiting to be discovered in the rivers of the Holy Spirit! Where the rivers flow, the gold goes. Where the rivers flow, the gold and glory of God lies! The Lord is flooding the rivers of America. Every fifty states will be flooded with the rivers of God’s glory! The economy of Heaven is bursting forth through and through our entire nation! America, get ready! The rivers are about to flood gold!
Word spread quickly! Very quickly. I actually believe that this news spread supernaturally!
This finding of gold brought around 300,000 people to the state of California in the next few years! People came from all across the world! People left everything in the hopes and search of this American dream. People left all that they had to find what their eyes lusted for. Gold! Could it be true? Could it just be a tall-tale? Or could this discovery of gold become a possibility for them too?
The news articles and the good news of gold went across the oceans. People from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Latin America, China, Europe, and even Australia, came across the seven seas to find and try to discover this gold for themselves.
This sudden influx of gold and immigrants migrating to California, actually helped the whole economy of the United States! The United States began to prosper as California prospered.
The nations are coming to California! The nations are coming to find the gold and glory of God in this Golden State!
There are massive amounts of gold waiting to be discovered! People are waiting to travel for miles and distances to come and discover what is truly good and of God! People are waiting to hear God’s good news! When somebody finds and discovers something of incredible value, word will surely get around quickly!
You cannot stop the spreading of good news no matter how hard you try. It will travel far and fast. Good news will always travels fast! It is contagious and it can’t be stopped!
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. This gold is for everybody! The glory of God is for everybody! Christ’s riches are for everybody. Everybody and every nation is meant to have a part of this inheritance. This bursting of glory is meant to effect and prosper every single corner of the Earth. There is a rushing of gold!
DENSE GOLD IS FOUND IN THE DEPTHS
As we were rafting, our instructor shared how gold will fall to the very bottom of the river. Because gold is so dense, heavy, and weighty, it would naturally fall to the very bottom of the rivers. It wouldn’t and couldn’t be destroyed because of the density of the metal. That’s why gold is so valuable. It is the highest form of metal.
The heavier gold would fall into the bottom of the streams and rivers, which could only be dug up by bulldozers or heavy machinery. It takes heavy duty equipment for the greater gold to be dug up from the foundations of these rivers. Many times, it would take scuba divers to properly take out the gold from these low places.
There is greater gold that is waiting to be found in the depths of the rivers. The dense gold falls and sinks into the countless cracks and crevices of the river floors. Gold will settle into any rough or irregular bedrock surface. They become traps for gold, while smooth and polished surfaces don’t trap gold too well.
Potholes in the bedrock are the perfect traps for gold. Now isn’t that something? The greater glory is weightier and harder to find but is hidden in the depths of the traps and holes; the places of vulnerability, splits, breaks, and chips. It is in these places of weakness that the gold loves to fall into!
The cracks, holes, and crevices of our lives are the perfect setting of gold fillings! The places of insecurity, pain, and the battle scars of and war wounds of the soul, will be filled with the grace of God. It will be filled with God’s gold of perfection.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV)
SEASONS OF SUDDENLIES!
There are suddenlies that the Lord is releasing! He is releasing great suddenlies to the Church! Suddenly, the Pentecost glory of God came upon the Church in the Upper Room.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:1-2 NKJV)
Get ready for the suddenlies! Even as the Day and Feast of Pentecost is soon coming, get ready for the suddenly miracles! You may have been waiting for your whole life, but suddenly your breakthrough is arising. You may have been digging and digging for countless seasons of days and weeks, but suddenly, you will find the gold!
Don’t give up! Don’t give in! The suddenlies are happening! This season of suddenlies is going to shift everything!
BOOMTOWN SAN FRANCISCO!
San Francisco was a small settlement of barely 200 residents; but it quickly blew up to a thriving boomtown of 36,000 people by 1852! In a short span of six years, this little town became hustling and bustling with pioneers from all across the world! San Francisco became the apostolic core and center of the gold mining pioneers.
Roads, churches, schools, hospitals; establishments began to be built. Business and commerce began to flourish as people gathered around the discovery of gold. People will gather around the gold. People will camp and gather around the glory.
You see; whatever you discover, will bring hope to others. Your discovery, though it may seem small, minuscule, and insignificant, it may just be the treasure that will attract all the Earth. The gold on the inside of you and hidden on the inside of your communities, may just be what the world has been waiting for.
The Lord is wanting to build communities, thriving with commerce, camped around the Presence. The Lord is wanting to build sustainable cities which influence the nations. Sustainable cities that are thriving as a hub of trade of wealth, resources, and ideas. The Lord is building communities upon the child-like revelation of discovering the wow, wonder, and the awe of God.
The Lord is raising up communities who will find and dig up the gold out of individuals, families, and regions. The Lord is setting up apostolic boomtowns that will come together for seasons, to dig up the wells of revival and the rivers of gold. The Lord is establishing cities of commerce and Kingdom wealth because of the discoveries of what was once hidden.
These communities will speak and give life into a region. These communities will do all that they can to see the reality of grace burst up and over. Prosperity becomes a byproduct because of these discoveries. The gold is welling up. The gold is rising. The gold is rushing!
THE GENOCIDE DOWNSIDE
The sudden boom of the California Gold Rush wasn’t just all rainbows, fairies, and unicorns. There was much grievous horror and shame that came with it.
Tens of thousands of people were killed. Numerous amounts of people died because of hunger, starvation, sickness, and disease. There was a massive genocide of Native Americans, ranging up to 100,000 people being massacred, slaughtered, and chased out of their homelands. This gold rush also brought out a rushing of evil.
Finding the true gold shouldn’t create competition. It shouldn’t create enemies. However, the yuck and the muck many times manifest, whenever you do dig for the gold. You must many times deal with the negativity and the manifestations of the fallen nature, in order to get to the greater glory. This is the process of discovery. This is where the refining of the gold, purifies and perfects.
We must not try to gain success at the expense of others. People are not expendable. We must not try to destroy another in order to gain heights and accomplishments. We must love.
In midst of the increase, glory, and excitement, we must not neglect the lesser and the poor, but we must serve all with all diligence and show more honor, love, and respect to the nameless and the faceless. “Do not forget the least of these.” (Matthew 25)
God is raising up pioneers in this hour. Pioneers such as James W. Marshall, who is recognized as the original discoverer of gold at Sutter’s Mill, in Coloma, California.
God is raising up pioneers who will travel and travail across all distances of difficulty, pain, and ankle-staking trials, to reach their God-given destiny and destination.
God is raising up pioneers who won’t stop no matter what the cost. Pioneers who will blaze the trails and risk it all in the hopes of discovering the greatest finds of gold!
Pioneers will not rest until reach fully possess their Promise Land. They don’t sleep and they don’t stop, because they’ve become possessed with the vision and mission of the more. Pioneers are abnormal people because they are compelled by a drive and force that will kill them, if they don’t do anything about it.
CALIFORNIA THE GOLDEN STATE!
Many more are coming to transition to California because of the gold! I do whole-heartily believe that there is going to be massive new discoveries of gold in California! And not just gold, but also different types of metals and precious resources! This is a prophetic word that’s been spoken even recently in the past few years.
I also do believe that this gold is metaphorical and symbolic of the glory of God’s gifts, creativity, callings, and destinies within this state. There is a certain realm of glory within California, that is waiting to be dug up for Kingdom purposes. “Do it again in California like you did in the days of past oh Lord!”
There is a gold rush coming! There is a rushing wave of glory that’s about to sweep this state, nation, and the Earth once again. Let the gold rush in and on!
The Lord is releasing a pioneering Spirit, so that you can discover the gold and bring forth global transformation.
It’s time for you to discover your gold!
As Brannon spoke aloud through the streets of San Francisco, “Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!” (Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1888), pp. 55–56.)
Are you willing to dig? Are you willing to do your best, to find the gold in people and in your region? Be a gold digger. Be a pioneer of glory.
It’s time for you to discover.