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By Mary Lindow

THE WORDS “HELP ME!” ARE THE DEEPEST CRY OF EVERY HUMAN HEART. It perfectly describes the anguish of the soul, that agony in need to hear God lovingly respond with redemptive help.

He answers as the very person and the very place of help through His son Jesus Christ, providing help for the helpless, a Father to the fatherless, and Hope for the hopeless.

One of the most amazing things about of God and so very precious to the humble needs of we humans is that he is actually the very BEING, the very exact place, where we find help.

Nothing and no one else is so truly and so really, THE place and person from who help comes like he is.

Our need for help is more accurately termed “rescue” when it’s expressed in the fullest sense, and only Jesus himself can provide it!

He rescues us from our daily “sneaky and self gratifying” sins and he rescues us from our falling and our faults, and he rescues us from our helplessness and hopelessness!

 

JESUS ALONE IS THE PLACE OF RESCUE.

He is the ultimate single person of help and we can find no one else to fill that break in the bridge of life! There is no one else, and when we come to this place we realize we need no other fixer!

Now, this doesn’t mean that we don’t need one another as brothers and sisters in Christ and as friends. But unless those brothers and sisters and friends are walking in the light and brokenness of the Lord, they really aren’t much help anyway.

 

SOME PEOPLE RESIST AND PROLONG THE INEVITABLE, and will resist you when you are going through times of struggle and difficulty. There is a certain “ugly distain” in an individual who does not want to admit that they are infallible.

These individuals still feel that they can control the environment around them through their education, their income, and their attitude.

 

OFTEN, THESE KINDS OF INDIVIDUALS CAN CREATE PAINFUL DARKNESS in the lives of others, because instead of extending mercy and compassion, they have a lot of advice that comes out of simple textbook reading, rather than out of any real experience in dealing with their own darkness and personal places of being stuck in dysfunction.

 

SAD AS IT MAY SEEM, MANY PEOPLE APPLAUD THEIR OWN DYSFUNCTIONS, claiming that they are actually “just fine”, and they will pretty much verbally “whack anyone else in the head” that dares to challenge them!

 

THESE ARE THE FRIENDS THAT JOB HAD, AND THESE ARE NOT REAL FRIENDS. They will never understand the life of the disciple of dear Jesus, being refined in the fire, in order to come out of that fire more radiant, and expressing the hope and light of Christ without a lot of pompous preaching or fanfare.

 

The way to the fulfillment of all of life‘s highest peaks and deepest longings is in knowing the depths of the love of the Rescuer,

Lord Jesus Christ himself.

It’s not a quick process by the way!

 

 

HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES A PERSON NEED WHEN PRESSED UNDER by evil pressures, nightmarish reoccurring losses and disjointed, painful relationships? 

Only a very tiny pinhole of light, if it is the Light that comes from God.

 

ONE PINHOLE OF GODLY LIGHT

IS STRONGER THAN A UNIVERSE OF DARKNESS. 

 

It is enough for a surrendered and determined believer to cling to and depend on when all else has failed.

 

Psalm 89:15 says,

“Blessed are those who have learned to give praise and honor to you,

Who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.”

 

When we focus upon the Light of God's enduring and endearing Presence, all darkness will eventually be swallowed up into the Light of His Fountain of light. His Light is victorious over the darkness. ALL OF IT.

 

Psalm 36:9 says,

“For with you is the fountain of life; In your light we see light.”

 

WE ALONE CANNOT BATTLE THE DARKNESS.

Our strength is not enough.

Accept that and know that God’s light comes to dispel darkness.

His strength and Righteous arm smashes dark deeds, enemies, and deceivers and He will bring out into the light the things men think that they have hidden or have justified away.

 

Psalm 90:8 says,

You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and see them all.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING WHEN YOU FEEL BLIND AND LOST IN A DARKENED SEASON? Just as a caterpillar in a cocoon must experience a time of confinement and seeming darkness, there comes a time when it is lead out of darkness into light to stretch its newly found wings of liberty and gracefulness to soar and express Resurrection power, to those who gaze upon its beauty.

Few will fully understand the pain of this difficult process, unless they too pass through it.

 

Isaiah 42:16 says,

Along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; 

I will turn the darkness into light before them

And make the rough places smooth.

These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

 

 

SO! WHO ARE THE GENUINE WORKERS OF GOOD AND HONEST DEEDS?

Now, there are those who do acts of benevolence and kindness whose aim is to only gain personal gratification and a sense of power when they “stoop to help others” in times of distress and sorrow.  

Often times, folks with this fleshly and condescending behavior, (although claiming to have some spiritual godliness) will test those whom they share with. This can be either in monetary gifts, acts of service, spiritual gifts, or in counsel.

 

In basic terms, it’s set up.

You better perform up to the standard they expect!

Because it’s their reputation on the line if you fail!

(Imagine if Jesus held us all accountable to the acts of His goodness towards us!)

This is NOT a Worker of A Righteous or Good and Honest deed.

This is a form of selfish ambition, entrapment and control.

 

A RIGHTEOUS DEED OR ACT OF GOODNESS IS DONE WITH THE

INTENT OF IMITATING THE NATURE OF GOD’S MERCY AND KINDESS.

It does not expect performance or groveling in return.

It never holds others over the fire with a critical eye, expecting perfection.

 

Often we have failed and disrespected His grace.

Yet He continues in love, and Redemptive acts towards us.

Because He has, no insecurities whatsoever.

 

TO BE RIGHTEOUS OR “DOING WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE EYES OF GOD” MEANS TO BE:

VIRTUOUS  - MORAL - GOOD  - JUSTICE LOVING

HONORABLE  - HONEST - RESPECTABLE - DECENT

 

I HAVE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST AND EVEN AS RECENTLY AS THE PAST FEW WEEKS, OVERWHELMING ACTS OF KINDNESS AND PATIENCE FROM THOSE WHOM I KNOW, GOD MUST CALL HIS WORKERS OF HONORABLE AND KIND DEEDS.

 

THE COMMON THREAD I SEE AMONG ALL OF THESE BELOVED GIVERS OF GRACE and care is that they have all experienced a time of great loss, depravation, near death, or sorrow.

 A Ray of Hope.

A beam of light that draws you out of the darkness that attempts to tow you under in despair or fear.

 

I JUST LOST ONE OF MY SEVEN BROTHERS.

Sudden liver failure and organ failure. He was 63.

He was brilliant, funny and kind.

 

I LOST ANOTHER FRIEND A WEEK LATER. 

One moment a successful surgery, moments later a clot was formed and a stroke took place.

Gone in a moment. She was 62.

A giver, an artist and lover of God.

 

I HAD A VERY DEAR FAMILY MEMBER THAT I LOVE, TURN ON ME SUDDENLY and share privileged information with others who are not considered safe or wise people.

Trust was shattered!

 

ALL THREE OF THESE EVENTS WERE AND ARE PAINFUL!

All three events were and are out of my ability to control!

And friends, grief and loss and betrayal are very, very real, and they are very painful events in our lives.

 

YET, GOD SEND US OTHERS INTO OUR SPIRAL OF PAIN AND LOSS, who "get it", because not only have they been through similar events, they learned that hard won growth can come out of pain and loss, or, you can choose to grow isolated, insulated, and bitter.

 

Jeremiah 9:24 says,

But let him who boasts- boast about this: 

That he understands and knows Me,

That I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,

justice and righteousness on earth,

for in these I delight," declares the LORD.

 

WHEN TORMENT AND LYING SPIRITS DECEIVE OTHERS  and they foolishly accuse you; know that there are others whom God will place in your life that will bring sober and Godly counsel, as well as loving kindness and help.

 

Proverbs 27:9 says,

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend, springs from his earnest counsel.

 

DO NOT STOP IN YOUR KINDNESS AND IN YOUR CARE FOR OTHERS!

The testing in this hour of the hearts of men and women will only grow more intense as the Lord examines the intentions of the hearts of those who call Him Lord.

 

The hoarding of comfort and help can’t ever be allowed  

in the life of a follower of Jesus.

 

Your comfort, is not number one!

 

SOMETIMES, WE PUT ASIDE OUR OWN NEEDS AND COMFORTS AND SECURITY, AND FORGE THROUGH THE DARKNESS TO BRING HOPE AND RELIEF TO THOSE BEING BATTERED BY A RELENTLESS STORM!

We speak peace to them IN the storm.

Jesus did it! So He gives us the courage and strength to do the same!

 

IF YOU HAVE PERSONALLY CAUSED TRAGEDY, DESTRUCTION OR SHAME to fall upon any of your Family in Christ, and have yet to openly apologize and make the situation you were a part of “right”, know that the risk of a deep darkness of the soul is reserved for those who choose to walk in self-deception and who cloak their denial in passivity.

 

QUICKLY WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TIME, HUMBLE YOURSELF in the sight and the light of the Lord and HE will lift you out of your darkness.

Be humble enough to apologize specifically, for the harm you have done to someone.

Own it, apologize, and ask for their forgiveness.

 

Then, Light will come again into your soul, and so will a flooding peace that cleanses you from shame and the claw of bitterness that demons use to torment and immobilize you with.

 

Philippians 2:3 says,

Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.

Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

 

DEAR BELIEVER!

THERE IS THE OPEN OFFER OF AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY FOR

WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS AND HUMBLE, HONORABLE DEEDS!

 

Psalm 45:7 says,

You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointing you with the oil of joy.

 

Psalm 33:1 says,

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous

it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

 

NOW, I’M GOING TO SHARE A PROPHETIC WORD FROM THE LORD THAT DOES ADDRESS SOME OF THIS AND IT’S IN AN ACTIVE AND VOCAL WAY THAT THE LORD WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO US, TO PUT A TYPE OF SEAL ON THIS MESSAGE.

 

“HOLD ON! HOLD FAST! REACH OUT!”

 - A PROPHETIC WORD -

 

"I the Redeemer of those who cry out to Me day and night, compel you to hold on to My hand of Faithfulness and Light.

Keep your eyes on the light I provide for you in the darkness. 

Hold fast to it and I will stir the hearts of the Righteous and faithful in me, to reach out a hand of compassion and they will obey Me with acts of blessing, restoration, and supply.

They will do this willingly, for they have tasted of sorrow and know the secret of My abundant Joy!

They have gone out weeping themselves, sowing seeds when they didn’t understand, all now growing up in compassion, only to produce a harvest, abundant in Joy.

Psalm 126:6 says,

Those who weep as they walk and plant with sighs

Will return singing with joy, when they bring home the harvest.

 

I the Lord have tasted sorrow, loss, torment, and death.

Yet in one Redemptive act, mankind was brought the opportunity for the fullness of Joy and the open door from darkness into light, when they too, choose to call upon My salvation, cleansing, and light.

Quickly. Cleanse your hearts of any act of unkindness, false humility, and the use of a heavy hand over your brothers or sisters, or your children.

The pinhole of light...

...My Light, Is drawing you into a New Day.

 

For Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

for the gracious and compassionate

and for those in right standing with God.

Psalm 112:4

 

 

Dear Believer! I encourage you to chew on this message.

Let us all bow before the Lord. Get low and sit at the feet of Jesus.

Ask Him to wash you clean of fear and weariness and feeling displaced.

 

This is a different type of warfare that we are experiencing right now!

It’s not one that a lot of us have experienced on this level of pressure.

Ask the Lord to show you that single pinhole of light.

From that light, God shows us He is there with us.

 

Be strong in the Lord

And in the POWER of His Might.

 

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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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for Mary Lindow is included. 

Thank You! Copyright © 2015 

"The Messenger " ~ Mary Lindow 

www.marylindow.com

www.globalprayerrooms.com 

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