It is important to the Lord that we, as His people, enter the promise He has made available to us. In this regard, we are predestined to entering the rest of God, which includes spiritual rest and is related to the seventh day, and this is of great importance (cf. Hebrews 4:1.6-10).
Hebrews 4:1.6-10:
1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. …
6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience,
7 God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today’. This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
The Accomplished Mission and the Rest of God
It is necessary that wherever we can recognize that our commission is fulfilled, we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into the rest of God. This involves a completion of a phase in time that is given to us by God.
In the context of God’s rest and the promise, let’s have a closer look into the Bible passage from 1 Samuel 1, which is about Hannah – ‘favoured.’ Hannah was the wife of the God-fearing man Elkanah – ‘God has obtained.’
Since Hannah’s womb was closed, she could not conceive children and was offended by the words of her rival Peninnah as often as they went up to the house of God in Shiloh – ‘rest in the form of safety’ (cf. 1 Samuel 1:1-3.6-7).
1 Samuel 1:1-3.6-7:
1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.
2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. …
6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.
7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
The Favor of Hannah and the First Love
Hannah had a preferred position from her husband Elkanah. This is apparent from the double portion given to her by him and his statement to her that she was worth more to him than ten sons. Nevertheless, Hannah was sad in her heart because of her barrenness (cf. 1 Samuel 1:5.8).
1 Samuel 1:5.8:
5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. …
8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, ‘Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?’
In spite of her barren condition, Hannah was under the blessing of the firstborn in the eyes of her husband, as is evident from the allotment of the double portion (cf. Deuteronomy 21:17).
Deuteronomy 21:17:
17 He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.
Since Hannah was not yet pregnant at this point, the emphasis is on the marriage covenant in the first love between Elkanah and her.
Based on this, we can learn that the LORD is first concerned with the love relationship between Him and us. We were meant to be with Him and made to enjoy His love as well as to love Him (cf. Matthew 22:37-40).
Matthew 22:37-40:
37 Jesus replied: ‘ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (cf. Deuteronomy 6:5).”
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself (cf. Leviticus 19:18).”
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’
The God-assigned Grace
If we take a closer look at the names Elkanah and Hanna, we can see the principle of God’s assigned grace revealed, which comes from Him alone because He is in possession of true grace. Grace is grace simply because it cannot be earned by someone.
In connection with Hanna and her sadness, the issue of the carnal understanding of grace is addressed in this story, which is related to our own drive and works to establish the promise of God from our own will. First, it is necessary that we be satisfied with His grace because His power is strong in the weak (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:9a).
2 Corinthians 12:9a:
9a But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ …
When we are satisfied with His grace and respond to His love with our undivided heart, the promise opens, which is equal to the blessing of the ‘firstborn’. It was important to Elkanah that Hannah was aware that he loved her completely, whether she bore children or not.
Hanna was already placed in the realm of the ‘firstborn blessing’ by Elkanah, which is why we can believe the LORD later answered Hanna’s prayer in the temple at Shiloh while Eli, the priest, was present and critically observing her.
When grace moves in the undeserved love of God which we are willing to receive, we are safe and therein not in danger of falling into a carnal pattern of grace to bring forth our promise by our own strength.
Grace and the Communication of the Spirit
From 1 Samuel 1:9ff. we can see that grace, represented by Hannah, went into the house of God and began to enter the communication of the Spirit, while the religious spirit, represented in this case by Eli, critically observed and interpreting from his perspective the spiritual birthing of grace in the form of prayer.
When we move forward and are active in the power of God’s grace, it is not left out that even from the religious camp a conclusion is made that indicates that it is about the presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 Samuel 1:9-14 i.c.w. Acts 2:3-8.12-13).
1 Samuel 1:9-14:
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house.
10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.
11 And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.’
12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.
13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, ‘How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.’
Acts 2:3-8.12-13:
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[1] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? …
12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’
The Giving of the First Fruit and the Tenth Part
Based on the blessing of Elkanah towards his wife Hannah and his statement we can learn that Hannah made herself one by faith with the realm of the ‘firstborn blessing’ and asked God in the spirit for the firstborn. She received a son from God, whom she named Samuel and consecrated him to the LORD in the form of a firstborn.
Hannah thus gave her firstborn son as a first fruit to the house of God, forming the spiritual tenth part (Note: one of ten sons; cf. 1 Samuel 1:8) of Elkanah’s statement.
Samuel became a great prophet and judge whose words carried weight from north to south (cf. 1 Samuel 3:19-21).
1 Samuel 3:19-21:
19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognised that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord.
21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
Therefore, as saints, let us remain focused on being satisfied with God’s grace in every circumstance. This means daily receiving His grace and wanting to go forward in the love relationship with Him with the right understanding to give.
We may live in this certainty that this will ultimately lead to extraordinary surprises from the LORD that will contribute to a great blessing for the Kingdom of God.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm

Based on the words of Romans 8:28, all circumstances must serve for the best for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Saul and the Witch of Endor
In connection with this, I would like to refer to the story of King Saul when he went to the witch of Endor.
Sometimes in our lives we encounter situations where laws passed that conform to the standard of God’s Word are broken even by government representatives who in the past stood behind these values protected by the law. They do not even keep their made promises.
King Saul acted in a similar manner, banning, and vehemently opposing any practice of sorcery and witchcraft according to the Word of God in the land during his reign. Nevertheless, after the prophet Samuel died, he decided to go undercover and hiding his face to a witch in Endor to ask her for guidance by spiritism (cf. 1 Samuel 28:7-9 i.c.w. Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
1 Samuel 28:7-9:
7 Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go and enquire of her.’ ‘There is one in Endor,’ they said.
8 So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. ‘Consult a spirit for me,’ he said, ‘and bring up for me the one I name.’
9 But the woman said to him, ‘Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?’
Leviticus 19:31:
31 ‘ “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God. …”
Deuteronomy 18:10-11:
10 Let no-one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practises divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
The Religious Spirit and the Spirit of Witchcraft
When looking at Saul’s kingship and the witch from a prophetic perspective, Saul represents the religious spirit, and the witch represents the spirit of witchcraft/sorcery whose influence was to manipulate relationships of people within their personal environment. This is evident from the location of ‘Endor’, which means ‘fountain of dwelling’.
It is necessary that we, as ecclesia – the Church, should not be intimidated by decisions of rulers and their alliance with the vehicle of false communication, such as different types of influence of media that manipulate the established values of the Word of God.
We should allow the Holy Spirit to rise with the prophetic presence in the moment of darkness and speak the revelatory truth into the situation. If we allow the Spirit of prophecy, which is the testimony of Jesus, to stand up in such moments in our lives, there will be a certain ‘shock situation’ or a terrible ‘outcry’ in the camp of darkness and its alliance.
It is this ‘outcry’ that is nothing else than the sound of the knowledge of truth revealed by the spirit of the prophet (cf. 1 Samuel 28:11-12 i.c.w. Revelation 19:10e).
1 Samuel 28:11-12:
11 Then the woman asked, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’ ‘Bring up Samuel,’ he said.
12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, ‘Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!’
Revelation 19:10e:
… 10e For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.’
The exposure involves recognition behind the disguise and fake that is insincerity, lies, and a corrupt attitude of heart.
Suddenly and unexpectedly, there is the exposure of the evil machinations and the influential personalities associated with them.
What has long been established with God is that their influence has already been taken away from them in the invisible world and they as well as their ‘sons’ are losing prestige in the world.
God does not allow Himself to be mocked, even if at present evil alliances have come about amid darkness, just as King Saul approached the witch of Endor (cf. Galatians 6:7).
Galatians 6:7:
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Rejoicing in the Triumph of Jesus
As the ecclesia – the Church, we may already rejoice in the triumph of Jesus, brought about on the cross of Calvary, over the exposure of the powers of darkness (cf. Colossians 2:15).
Colossians 2:15:
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
It is important that we as saints are encouraged to be watchful in prayer and observe how two ‘fleshly circumstances’ represented by Saul and the witch of Endor within temporary time, which is related to mortality, suddenly come into confrontation with the immortality of the spirit realm as represented by the prophet and judge Samuel, so that the light of eternity pierces into the alliance of darkness and brings destruction.
For this to happen, we need to focus on the eternal Word of God, which remains true in all circumstances and is God Himself, who appeared to mankind as truth in Christ and continues to reveal Himself to this day.
Accordingly, let us not be distracted by current developments which, in the wrong hands, spell disaster for mankind, when God’s Word exhorts us to clarity, sobriety and awareness as creatures of light (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6).
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6:
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel & Tina Glimm

In relation to the present time and its social impact on different levels, which increases more and more in wickedness and darkness, as Jesus Christ has announced in Matthew 24:3ff. that
  • seduction intensifies,
  • wars and rumours of wars increase,
  • one nation rises against another and one kingdom against another,
  • famines and earthquakes occur and even increase,
  • ‘power’ arises to oppose the righteous in Christ Jesus, so that betrayals occur,
  • the demonic direction in the form of the influence of false prophets increase (Note: e.g. mass media, social media propaganda),
  • injustice is rampant, and as a result, love is growing cold in many people’s hearts,
I recently received a dream that calls us as God’s people to go forward in this time in the vigilance of the spirit.
In this dream I saw a steamer cruising south on a river in warm temperatures and sunny weather. On the steamer I perceived a young man as a believer with his mother. The mother was at the helm of the steamer, steering it, and her son was in the middle part of that steamer.

In the background to the left of the steamer I saw a high mountain range. When the son saw the mountain range, he said to his mother, ‘Look at the big waves.’ to make sure that she discerned the circumstance correctly.

In response, the mother replied that it was a mountain range.

During the conversation, I perceived another ship, like a small cruise ship in grey colour, overtaking the steamer on the left side, with a Swiss flag attached to the stern, waving in the air.
When I saw the ship, I knew it was a transport vehicle carrying liquid faeces for disposal.

As the ship passed the steamer, I perceived that the steamer was going too far to the left in its channel and was in danger of colliding with the rudder with a section of the mountain range below the water.

Thereupon I heard the son calling loudly to his mother to immediately pull the rudder around to prevent a collision so that it could be averted. Then the dream ended.

Interpretation of the Dream
The dream is a call to the young and older generation within the ecclesia at this time to be vigilant in spirit as well as to walk in the spirit and not to be taken in by the challenges of society or to be led off course.
Driving south can be a call to recognize Christ in the facet as He is currently revealed as the Son of God. The reason is because associated with the south is the leading tribe of the second unit of the tribes of Israel, which is the tribe of Reuben and means ‘Behold a son!’.
A lack of vigilance can result in being too absorbed by social circumstances. As a result, we do not keep our primary focus on the Kingdom of God and thus fail to properly discern the presence of the Son of God (cf. Matthew 14:26-27).
Matthew 14:26-27:
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
The lack of spiritual alertness and the wrong focus can negatively affect the way we communicate so that we sadly even torpedo or block ourselves in the process of going deeper into our promise. The letter of James refers to the power of the tongue, among other things, which shapes our words and acts like the rudder of a ship to steer it (cf. James 3:4-5a).

James 3:4-5a:
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5a Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. …
Therefore, it is necessary that we first look into the spirit realm with the enlightened eyes of our heart through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, in order to align ourselves accordingly and pray (cf. Ephesians 1:17-18).
Ephesians 1:17-18:
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, …
Here the focus should not be on social circumstances first. It is important that we practice perseverance, as Jesus said, so that the gospel – the good news – continues to be spread like a beacon in the world (cf. Matthew 24:13-14).
Matthew 24:13-14:
… 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14 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.
As saints in Christ Jesus, we are not victims of social circumstances and emotions based on what is happening, but rather governors in Him (cf. Revelation 1:5-6).
Revelation 1:5-6:
… 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Furthermore, it is important that we continue to go forward in the Spirit with a humble and repentant heart, which leads us and others to spiritual quickening (cf. 1 Peter 5:5b i.c.w. 1 Kings 18:46; Jeremiah 12:5).
1 Peter 5:5b:
... 5b All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.’
1 Kings 18:46:
46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
Jeremiah 12:5:
5 ‘If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
The Challenge of Transition

So, as evident in the dream, the steamer was in the phase of a transition, which is associated with social challenge, where cruising on the river represents the temporary time, which is composed of past, present, and future.
Lance Wallnau, in his article ‘Keeping from Blocking One’s Transition’, writes the following in relation to the phase of transition:
=> One of the challenges of transition is to understand how to leave one phase or stage of life and enter the next. Jesus was also tested in the desert as He went into His ministry and more intensely in Gethsemane before giving His life for the sake of humankind on the cross.
It should be noted that one is very vulnerable in strategic times of transition.
If you are in times of transition, it is advisable to ask yourself the following questions:
In which facet of my God-given identity, in that I have never walked before, should I now walk?
What is the task I have to do that I have never done before?
And the last questions lead to the point with regard in which facet and how God appears in this context.
Who will be God to me in this time who He has never been to me before?

To which aspect(s) of God should we relate?

To answer these questions, the following points should assist us:

1. You should get to know parts of yourself that have never been developed before.
The moment you enter a transition, in which the phase of life changes, you should appear in a new way. This means that you should include everything you have ever learned and done. In this way we train new ‘muscles’ (in the sense of empowerment), a new consciousness and explore new areas. This process is the expansion of our own authentic self. It is the God-given identity on a whole new level.

In addition, we go to a new place where we have never been before. Therefore, during a transition, we cannot fail to feel challenged inwardly.

2. Furthermore, it is necessary to face the resistance of the spiritual forces in the midst of the transition. When entering the time of transition, the spiritual world will not fail to try to use old patterns against you in order to lock you up or block you. It is similar to the people of Israel, where the older generation tried to enter the Promised Land. There was a very real distinction between their whereabouts and the place of their destined Promised Land by God. Only after the people of Israel had completed the change (Note: of leadership and generation) a new beginning was to arise.
What was it that prevented this transition?
It was the old habits that did not die in the desert!
What was waiting for them?
A land of prophetic promises, their Promised Land.

How does the devil try to keep believers in Christ from the transition?

He does this by activating external resistance from some source directed toward his evil intent. This could be political, legal, or even occult. But this is not an easy option for the adversary and requires a lot of resources. It is Satan’s preferred goal that one disqualifies oneself. He will direct his arrows personally at you. He uses against you your own history, your old patterns, your old fears and your old sinful nature.
And in addition, it is precisely at such times of transition that it happens that people come across you who should be avoided in these phases.
Jesus warned His disciples ‘to watch’. This word ‘to watch’ means to observe what is coming out in us and also what is developing around us in our environment.
Jesus is full of mercy with us in our time of battle. This is the reason why He instructed His disciples to pray; for ‘the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak.’ (cf. Matthew 26:41)
Matthew 26:41:
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

This statement of Jesus can also be translated as: ‘Your spirit man wants to do the right thing but your emotions and untrained senses overwhelm your mind.
Your natural man is weak. If you neglect to pray (Note: to have true fellowship with the Heavenly Father), you will be anxious and intimidated, which leads you to want to run away from the circumstances.’

Therefore, it is wise not to be hindered by anything that concerns transition! Here the observation of what is happening in you personally and what is going on in your own environment has an important meaning.

Because of this we should ask ourselves the following questions personally:

Am I going into a new phase?
What tactics does the adversary use to keep me away from my promise?
What words of the Lord do I rely on to maintain my victory?
You may not have been clearly aware of the issue of transition until now, but now it is important to be open to the meaning of the time of transition. <= (Note: The text set in ‘=>’ is based on the article ‘The Preservation from Blocking Your Own Transition‘ by Lance Wallnau that got published on the 18’th of September 2019 on CRAZYCHRISTIANS.)
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm