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Saturday Jan 21, 2023


By the Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow
 
"Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, 
and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, 
though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him."
Ecclesiastes 8:5-6
 
NOTE: At the end of this podcast there is a short spontaneous song of the Lord that was recorded in a small studio several years ago. There were other wonderful and gifted percussionists and musicians joining in as the Holy Spirit moved through us all and gave me the beautiful melody and orchestral keyboard accompaniment. My hope is that it will stir your heart to worship and be even hungrier for the Presence of the Lord in your life.
In all of our lives as believers, we face times and settings where there is a feeling of being pulled and tested, stretched, and restrained. Often, during these excruciating events, those who avoid personal character development tend to give unrestrained advice, spiritualized platitudes, and often, trumped up words of so-called prophetic inspiration to help us not suffer so!
As we begin to see the Lord's plan in all of this we also come to understand that if we are not first hearing His voice, His heart, His word in the matters that are straining us, nothing any man or woman says can bring the ultimate light of clarity and release! 

 
WINTER SPRING SUMMER AND FALL
 
We all face seasons of change that correspond much like the four seasons we observe yearly. Nothing is more surprising than to have an interruption of what we presume to be what is "normal" for an earthly expectation, in one of those seasons.
When a sudden ice snow storm blows in unexpected in the late spring in the Colorado fruit growing regions and encrusts the tender blooms on fruit trees and garden plants, we are devastated by the loss of not only the blooms, but also the fruit it could have produced. It appears as if there has been a cruel storm sent to cause crop failure.
 
WHAT IS THIS CURRENT SEASON OF DIVINE TENSION ALL ABOUT?
For many who are hearing or reading this message, you feel as if you have experienced a "Crop failure," perhaps several, and just can’t take one more aching disappointment. Many hearts have passed their tender agonies to me on paper, in emails, texts, and through the telephone.
 
ANGUISH HAS ITS OWN PERFUME 
I too have heard the whispers of the voices of darkness try to entice, with wearisome words of worry, paranoia and doubting!
"Give up!" they say! "What good is this time of shaking doing?"
"What possible good can come out of believing that there is something occurring that will bring a fresh advancement when all seems to have stalled or strained?”
And yet, another set of voices would tempt with words of esteem whispering;
"Make it happen! 
Proclaim mighty deeds and things to come with fervor, flair and well-honed words of impact!
Use it or lose it!
Promote, push, and publish! It is all yours for the taking!"
 
BOTH OF THESE VOICES COME FROM THE SUBTLETIES OF THE SOUL AND WELL OILED SPIRITUAL VOICES TRAINED BY THE PRINCE OF LIES AND FLESHLY IMPULSE.
 
But.
In the midst of these strains and attempts to distract comes a clear undeniable "Divine Tension" that pulls and stretches the heart of the humbled believer.
It calls simply, firmly, and does not lack a depth of confidence and direction.
This “Presence” causes a clash with all that seems to be "the way of man" and will not relent.
 
THE EARTH IS IN TURMOIL

It doesn't take much to understand that the earth is in upheaval, rivalry, and chaos wherever we look. There is a tangible and penetrating "tension" in the events we are seeing unfold every day. Parallel to this explosion of pure evil and lulling to sleep of many, there is a Divine Course being laid out for those who have come to the end of them.
 
ETERNITY IS IN THE SIGHTS OF THOSE LOOKING TO A KINGDOM YET UNSEEN.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been preparing a bride. 
This is done only through the shaping tools of heavenly choice.
The chisel and hammer have been at times brutal and unflinching, yet, when the soft hand of The Almighty begins to apply the oil of polishing, He does it with His own hand as well.
He makes it beautiful in His own timing, even though the “Divine Tension” seems as if it might cause us to "snap" under the pressure of His hand, smoothing away the roughness of our thoughts and soul's intentions.
 
Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
 
HEARING, REFINING, HEEDING
 
The King of all Glory is training those who have been thrust on the altar of fire to hear from Him as one who strains to catch the song of a bird in distant meadow.
It takes the "spiritual ear" and training it to identify even the slightest note or sound, however distant, and to learn to silence the sounds and voices of distraction until the  "honing in" on the sound, the glorious sound of peace, finally directs and sustains us with all that we hear.
And then, having drunk deeply of the Voice of the Beloved and Divine Counselor, quickly, without mental filing way of instructions or overthinking, we move and heed His mapping out of plans for this appointed time.
 
RISING FROM THE ASHES OF THE REFINING OF GOD

So! Unto those who hear this word from heaven, claiming you are one of Heaven's very own, know that you are being formed and fashioned into sober, clean containers, prepared for infilling.
My Spirit will fall upon those who are not seeking to lay claim to My voice, but instead HEED My voice and SEEK My face. 
They shall be examples of purity in My Kingdom and will not strive among the self-promoting and “wordy". The broken will be safe in the arms of these who have passed through the current season of being pulled and tested, stretched and restrained and they will restore the devastated.
My "faithful hearts" will not be compelled to build agendas for Me and My Presence, because I will BE the Presence that creates the Manifestations of Glory and Might in the earth, without the fanfares of men.
YOU HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO DESPERATION IN ORDER THAT I MIGHT RESTORE YOU TO INSPIRED LIVING, IN FULL FELLOWSHIP WITH ME.
Isaiah 61
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
And release from darkness for the prisoners,
To proclaim the year of the Lords’ favor
And the day of vengeance of our God,
To comfort all who mourn, 
And provide for those who grieve in Zion
To bestow on them a crown of beauty
Instead of ashes, the oil of gladness,
Instead of mourning,
And a garment of praise, Instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
A planting of the LORD
For the display of his glory and splendor.
 
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Thank You! 2023
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Wednesday Mar 02, 2022


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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Thursday Apr 23, 2015

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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
 
By Mary LindowSo, 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
onemoment!”
 
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…

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