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“2022” - SQUEEZED, STRAIGHTENED AND A NARROWING PATHWAY - Insights and Words From The Holy Spirit

WE THINK THAT WE ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about our own needs and ourselves! But, more often than not, we are just opinionated and headstrong people! 
 
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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

 

WE THINK THAT WE ARE SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about our own needs and ourselves! But, more often than not, we are just opinionated and headstrong people! We refuse instructions from anyone who could tell us about the deeper things of the spirit, because “We know”, or… “Don’t want to know!” 

(How DARE you address this Mrs. Lindow)!!!

Hmmmm!  I think I will continue!! **smile**

 

We stumble along without anyone's help, and all the while we are overlooking that gnawing, “unsettled sense” inside of us, though if we paid attention to this we would see our true inner condition. It is in this way that we acclimate our souls to straggle along in a dark spiritual wilderness, and how we do ourselves so much harm.

 

MANY, MANY OTHER CHRISTIAN SOULS ARE JUST LIKE THIS.

They don't know how to do anything other than let their human senses guide them, and then one day, God intervenes. He arranges things so that one day when you are all alone, there will heave from within your heart a sudden surprising awareness of absolute emptiness. He may also cause you to have a feeling of complete emptiness, but an overwhelming sense of isolation from others, and a lot of loss.

“All of a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, 

But the LORD evaluates the motives.” -Proverbs 21:2

 

You see, there is nothing but a bottomless crater to look down into the deadness of our own souls if we are not fully committed to God. If you ever come to this place you will know how quickly your soul wants to run away and to rush to find something, anything at all, to "fill" itself up again with noise and activity.

Art! Food! Beautiful Clothing! The doing of generous deeds! Perfectionistic exercising and self-improvement to show your “Self” discipline! 

After all... PEOPLE are watching!

The reality of this is, So Is God.

 

VERY FEW SEE THIS BLEAK MOMENT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.     

It's a chance to see their need for something that is beyond themselves.

But my friend, this can be a moment where the soul can cross over from its own empty silence into an expected quiet that is alive with His presence.

It silences the anguish, the anxious restlessness into a calm and still place of peace. It's as if the soul finds that in this dark place, there is secret well of sweet water, and it springs up and overflows with light and life. 

Learning to pass into this place of the Spirit and allowing God to keep your soul in refreshing silent tranquility is a true act of the maturing believer.

 

ALL OF YOUR FLESHY SOUL WILL WANT TO RADICALLY FIGHT THIS

and it will do so by trying to analyze what's happening!

All of this kind of behavior will just weigh you down, and it'll pull you back from walking in the spirit, to walking simply in your own understanding. 

The choice we all must make is encapsulated in this statement made by John the Baptist.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”  -John 3:30

 

Another translation of this verse says it even more plainly.

“He must become more important

while I become less important."

WHEW!

 

HEAVEN CAN BE ENTERED ONLY THROUGH THE NARROW GATE! 

The pathway to hell is broad,

and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes that choose its easy way.  

But the Gateway to Life is small,

and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. –Matthew 7:13-14

 

THE WORD “WAY” TRANSLATED FROM THE GREEK WORD HODÓS LITERALLY MEANS “A NATURAL ROAD OR TRAVELED WAY”.  

It refers to a way of life or a way of thinking.

The word is used six times in the book of Acts as a substitute for Christianity itself.   We can quickly understand that the Christian faith is more than a one-time decision to accept Christ. It is a faith, which alters the very course of a life.

 

THE WORD “NARROW” COMES FROM THE GREEK VERB THLÍBO, WHICH MEANS TO PRESS OR CRUSH

AS A WORKER IN A VINEYARD MIGHT CRUSH GRAPES OR A CROWD OF PEOPLE MIGHT PRESS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. 

This word also means to experience trouble, difficulty, or affliction.

 

COMBINED WITH THE GREEK WORD HODÓS, IT INSINUATES A SQUEEZED, STRAITENED, OR NARROWING PATHWAY.

The cramped condition of the path seems to imply two valuable truths about the nature of the Christian life.

It is a way marked out by the will of God, and it is a way marked by difficulty and struggle.

Remember, when your soul discovers how to let the Holy Spirit bring it into this place of inner peace of learning to rest in this stillness, it’s only because God is carrying you in his arms and that you sense no toil or drive on your part.

Friends, this accomplishes much more than all of your own actions or works of performance, since God Himself, is at work inside of you.

 

“I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work in you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world.” -Philippians 1:6 (The Voice)

 

IF WE FACE “THE NARROWING”, THE CHALLENGE OF ALLOWING OUR SOUL,  OUR FLESH, TO BE FULLY HANDED OVER TO GOD’S PATHWAY,

HE WILL TEACH OUR SOUL HOW TO OVERCOME   

THREE OF THE MOST TOXIC OF SINS.

 

These sins are -  

Anger, Envy, and, an unwillingness to obey the Lord. 

 

These run wild through our stony and hardened hearts

and they eventually can crumble and ruin us.

 

YOU SEE, OUR SOULS DESIRE TO FIND COMPLETE HAPPINESS, BLISS, CONSOLATION AND SECURITY IN THIS WORLD, AND THIS CAN NEVER REALLY HAPPEN!

So, God has to show us our great darkness when our soul tries to find spiritual strength there, because there is no sweet and vibrant life when our soul is attached to the things of this world!  It’s a wide and gregarious path in the world, and the crowds on the pathway adore gratification and pleasure of every sort.

Our souls have a natural demand for wanting our own pleasure and achievement, and frustration causes these sins to grow, and they bring the very ugly fruit that is produced from them right into the light! OUCH!

 

THE LORD ALLOWS HIS TOOL OF DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES TO CRUSH AND TO CRACK OUR HARD SOULS.

He plants His word of light deep into our darkness. And He pours the living water of His spirit on our dryness and then we soften, as he uproots our old sluggish ways and our complaining about obeying God. Meaning, having to pass up our soothing comforts and pleasures.

 

NOW, I URGE YOU TO QUIET THE COMPLAINING OF YOUR SOUL, WITH ITS REBELLIONS.

We will naturally want to turn back to its pleasure and demands!  

But as the world goes further and further into broad deviations of every kind, you as a believer will face a fork in the road.

One of the most cunning temptations of the times that we live in right now for believers is the mindset that says,

I’m not going to get into any trouble! I can handle things as a Christian just fine!

I wont actually “touch the fire” I’ll just play around it!” 

 

WHAT IS THAT FIRE? 

It’s justifying and adapting God’s often narrow and absolute instructions about relationships, marriage, sex, self-indulgence, arrogance, “harmless" Occult involvement and lording over those whom you feel are less astute or affluent as you.

 

GOD WILL AND HE MUST BRING THIS DRYNESS OUT OF OUR SOULS AND KILL THESE DEADLY ROOTS!

Quiet the pathetic demands of your soul for soothing comforts and a right to be angry and judgmental!

When your path seems empty and silent and desert dry, put your soul’s concentration on God alone. You can hardly imagine the harvest of a lasting joy that comes to you, when you learn to be free of your soul’s whining. It's there that God can speak quiet words! 

They will be so sweet and tender, and he will speak of his great love to us.

 

KNOW THIS. DRYNESS WILL TRY TO COME AGAIN AND AGAIN.      

It wants to lead you to self-justification and an easy escape from the hammer and chisel of God shaping your being, turning it into a reservoir for His purposes. 

It will try to come back with greater strength each time you resist. So stand your ground and stand firm in the quietness of your brokenness.  

 

Focus upon His presence guiding you down the narrowing path. 

He will come to you and His fresh guidance will be more amazing than anything your natural mind can imagine.

 

A PROPHETIC WORD FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD

FOR THOSE FACING “THE NARROWING PATH”

 

“Darker and broader and louder come the shouts of world to draw you into its intricate webs.

These webs of deceit are spun with silken tongues and with the softness of the promise of an easier life.

 

There is a reckoning coming to those that sell lies and imprison those who buy their wares.  

But for those who are determined to not walk on a fence, trying to balance between their own thinking and me, there will be a “Divine Might” that will empower them to continue down the narrowing way.

Where does this narrowing journey lead? 

What is the payoff at the end?

 

As you become more determined and lay aside the things that have hindered you over and over again from fully entering into the deeper places with me, a lightness and freedom will propel you toward a place of Living Light. 

That Light is Me, and you will soon know Me in a different way than you have in past years and seasons.

 

My one warning to many is that they cannot argue that the path is “too narrow”. 

What mankind might call “rigid” I call “Straight and Direct”. 

If you choose to alter the plans that I have set down for your protection and safety, you will grieve my Spirit and allow a searing of your conscience to override the truths that you know deep in your heart.

 

“The path of those who do right is straight and smooth. 

I, who am upright, make the way of the righteous level.” -Isaiah 26:7

 

“The Narrowing” has begun to increase, and the love for it has decreased among those who choose to remain passive to conviction and pure living. 

Allow my Holy Spirit to move freely again.

I know what I must do, to break the constraints of man.

 Let me move!

Are you afraid that I might be ridiculed?

Or, are you more concerned for your image and patterns before men? 

 

“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies,

But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.”

-I Thessalonians 5:19-21

 

Choose the “Narrowing Way”.  For I, Am there. 

Choose the pathway of “rightness” with me, even when others scoff at your “narrow mindedness”.

When the days become darker and the world tilts and twists in further unrestrained darkness,

You will be the carrier of My Light, which can lead the lukewarm and lost down the narrow, but safe, and integral way, to Me.

 

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"The Messenger" ~ Mary Lindow

2022 © 

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AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MARY:

Dear Readers,

Again, I would lovingly encourage you to please choose to listen to this message in the free audio/podcast form since it was taught and shared in a conference where the Holy Spirit enhanced the message, as well as giving a prophetic dream to one of the Pastors the night before this service.

 A supernatural confirmation about what the Lord was about to have me teach was expressed in the dream and the Lord gave the Pastor a song to sing in the dream as well which further confirmed the message!

You will be tremendously blessed when you hear him (risk) and sing this song at the beginning of this conference session.

 

A Prophetic Teaching

“HANGING ON FOR DEAR LIFE”

The Lord Is The Friend Of Those Who Are In Despair


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By Mary Lindow


So, I went with him,

And when we were climbing the rocky steps up the cliffs…

…My beloved shepherd said to me,


"Oh my dove, while you are there

in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock,

in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff.

 

Let me see your face. Let me hear your voice.

For your voice is sweet. And your face is lovely.”

 ~Song of Solomon 2: 14

 

I am starting this message with a few references from portions of the book,  

“Free To Be You: Living From Your God-Given Design”

This was written by a precious, humble and brilliant woman by the name of Sylvia Gunther. You can find more reading and devotionals on her website,

The Father’s Business

 

ALL OF US HAVE DREAMS IN OUR HEARTS that seem too wild or unachievable. To pursue them could mean great gain, but it could mean great loss and pain.

So.

Much like a rushing river whose power cannot be fully harnessed, we build walls to contain it, often without even knowing we are building them. We go through life bumping up against things, like the expectations of others, fear, and rejection that lead us to quietly start laying bricks, just a few at time, until one day we wake up and realize we have walled ourselves off from our own heart. We are no longer living out of our true selves.

But like all walls built by man to contain what they cannot control, the levee breaks. The wall crumbles.

 

The Creator, the loving Artist who was so intricately involved in knitting you together in your mother's womb, is longing for you to discover the masterpiece of you.

 

He desires for you to discover the joy of living out of everything he has put in you for life and godliness. This journey requires you to take the time to take an honest look at your story. It will require peeling back some layers to get beyond what you do to why you do what you do.

 

TRUE FREEDOM IS WAITING when you cease striving to fit into everyone else's box or stop trying to make everyone fit into your box for them, and become exactly who God designed you to be — a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of art.

 

THE PEOPLE AROUND US SHAPE US ALL.

How has that affected you? 

How would you be different if you were assured of complete freedom and affirmation to be who you really are?

To answer these questions we have to look at a few levels, such as family, friends, church, and community — levels of expectations, behaviors that we have learned either by force or in order to please others, and what we’ve been taught to value.

Under all these layers of expectation, there lays the true you.

The Master Artist knew the precise colors, tones, and brush strokes he wanted to use when he painted the canvas of you.

Some of us have allowed others to paint over that creation with their own agenda of who they need us to be. Vivid colors have been dampened and hidden.

Here is the glorious news!

The original canvas is still there, and God delights to strip away all that was not in his plan and wants to restore the beauty of you.

 

THE MASTER ARTIST SMILED ON THE DAY YOU WERE CREATED.

He dances and rejoices over you with singing, wooing you to join him on a wild voyage of discovery.

Will you accept his invitation? 

Are you ready to take an honest look at your own life to discover your true heart?


IMAGINE THIS!

There you are, struggling and hanging on for dear life, trying to find a toehold or finger hold to grip and hang onto on a steep climb. The sun is beating down on you and your ropes are fraying.

 

LIFE IS SEEMINGLY GETTING HARDER,

the world around you is swirling and shouting out bad news about terrorist plots and Ebola outbreaks, your job is not producing any sense of delight, there are fights in the family, fights in the church, you are tired, thirsty, beat down and afraid…

… And you don’t dare look down for fear of falling, failing or perhaps giving in to gravitational pull and just letting go.

You are sweaty; you are exhausted, and feel as if you have little to offer.

 

AND THEN THE VOICE OF THE ONE...

...Climbing not too far away from you, dares to say:

“Oh my dear! While you are hanging there in the clefts and toeholds of these rocks, let me give you a bit of shade, a shelter here under a cliff.

Let me see your face! LET ME LOOK AT YOU!

Let me hear your voice, I WANT YOU TO TALK TO ME!  For your voice is sweet to ME and your face is so lovely right now.”

 

As you hang there…

…Stunned at these words coming at you during this desperate attempt to climb to higher ground and to find rest and safety, you are shocked, doubtful and almost angry!

 

“YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING LORD!

NOW? HERE?

“I am a desperate, weary, exhausted mess!”

This is the HONEST cry of a person who is in the midst of adversity that threatens to sweep them away.  

The reasons for broken heartedness are more numerous than I have time or space to address.

My intention is to show you that the Lord is the friend of those in despair.

 

THE LORD IS YOUR REFUGE DURING THIS TIME.

Do not be mislead into believing another human can address the healing needs of your soul, for only THE LORD can see the extent of the damage that has been done to you, and only He can truly heal your broken heart.

Continue to SPEAK OUT-LOUD to this companion on the CLIFF! Bring Him your wailings and suffering. I suggest you do so verbally, in the privacy of your room or a place you go to pray.

Many people are fearful of letting God see all that is going on within them as they wrestle and hurt. They think that God does not want to hear their moaning and that God will not understand their pain. 

They fear that to allow God to see all the emotions churning within them would cause God to be angry with them. They might look UGLY in their current desperate state. THAT THEY ARE WRETCHED UNBELIEVERS!

 

HE SAYS THIS TO YOU AND I TODAY!

“Be not afraid to let me see you.

To let me hear your voice — Your prayers and praises.

Your hopes, your sorrows.

 For sweet is your voice to ME.

You are Perfection in My Eyes.”

 

And then at the hardest place, where you are sweaty, barely able to hold on much longer Jesus relieves us from such discouraging thoughts.

In the holes of craggy and broken rocks, which resemble stairs, He, the one climbing alone with us speaks.

 

LET ME SEE YOU! FACE TO FACE!

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to look at me! Come boldly into my presence, and LET ME KNOW YOU, AND YOU – ME!

Sweet is YOUR voice, and YOUR face is comely; (no – It does not say HOMELY)!  Your face is lovely! YOU as an individual person are accepted by me, and are pleasant in my sight.

I know that we don't see Him as He really is all the time. There are times we’d rather run from Him rather than run “to” Him.

I think there are times I see Him as pointing fingers at me for my sins, rather than standing with open arms in love.

If we saw Jesus as He really is, I think we would be more likely to run to Him.

 

I ALSO WONDER IF WE ARE JUST SOMETIMES AFRAID TO BE DESPERATE FOR JESUS.

To be desperate for Him means that we would have to face our brokenness.

To see and admit our need for healing.

We would have to admit we are in need.

That we got off course.

That we are hanging on a rocky place and we are getting scared and weary of the exhaustion.

And we are all often, these things! We do need Jesus!

Of course we will be reminded, often by others who are masking pain and doubt, that desperation isn't attractive.

 

DESPERATE PEOPLE AREN'T PRETTY.

But this is who Jesus came for. He came for those who could acknowledge that they can't do life well on their own and for those who are empty and want the fullness that Jesus offers.

We must relinquish our unattractiveness and ugliness and be willing to run to Jesus!

It doesn't come easy either! Accepting the fact that we have bought the lies others have spoken over us is not easy!

 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN GOD CALLS YOUR NAME? 

Can you hear the tone in which He says your name?

Do you know what it feels like? 

Do you feel the brush of heaven’s breath coming near your very soul? 

Do you feel the warmth of it all?

 

AS HE CALLS EACH OF OUR NAMES, 

HE MAY SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. 

Sometimes, many times - as a matter of fact, He reminds me, 

“Let go of the past.  There is nothing there for you.  Go forward.  

Do not pause in the road I’ve laid before you and look back for one

moment!”

 

Close your eyes today and “hear” his voice as He speaks softly.  Listen with your heart.  Close out all the sounds.  The ticking time, the screaming laundry or dishes, the buzz of your phone demanding that you respond. 

Climb up under a shaded spot  - under his shadow, Right at His feet and soak in His presence on purpose.  Not by accident. 

 

LOOK AT HIM FACE TO FACE ON PURPOSE TODAY AND HE WILL MEET YOU THERE.

Listen to what He tells us in His word - at this very moment.

Isaiah 43:1-3 

Read it out loud.   Insert your name


But now,  _____(insert your name)

The LORD who created and formed you says:

“Do not be afraid, for I have rescued you.

I have called you by name; you are mine. 


When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!


When you walk through the fire of oppression, 

you will not be burned up.


The flames will not consume you. 

For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One,

Your Savior.

LOOK AT HIM! 

LET HIM HEAR YOUR VOICE!

HE LOVES TO BE WITH US!

HE LOVES TO SPEND TIME WITH US!

As you do this openly and humbly, 

your own heart and life will be restored. 


But you must listen when He calls your name…

… And ANSWER.


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as long as the complete message and website information 

for Mary Lindow is included. 

Thank You! Copyright © 2015 

"The Messenger " ~ Mary Lindow 

www.marylindow.com

www.globalprayerrooms.com 

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