Mary Lindow ~ The Messenger Podcast
Listen with your heart
Monday May 16, 2022
Monday May 16, 2022
By Mary Lindow
I am by far not an expert on the subject of plumblines and righteousness, so take what I say in the light of one who at time gropes like a child in the dark, ever reaching for the hand of the ONE to lead me into a safe place filled with His Hope, His Mercy, His Light and Life.
WE LIVE IN A CORRUPT WORLD and therefore, have the “effects and affects” of that corruption ever influencing, ever tainting and ever wooing the flesh.
Plumbline: a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical or in alignment)
A plumbline is a simple but accurate tool used for determining whether or not something is perfectly vertical or upright. The Lord also used, and uses, a "plumbline," His Word, to determine how upright His people truly are in His sight.
How upright they think they are, or how upright they proclaim themselves to be, means nothing to God.
"Behold, I WILL set a plumbline in the midst of My people".
A PLUMBLINE SET OUT BY THE HAND OF GOD IS ONE THAT WE CAN ANCHOR OUR HEARTS TO.
It will always, always, ALWAYS, direct us to the truth in a matter; even if it requires pain, loss, persecution and perhaps death in areas we feel we may well have rights to.
It will also be a shield, a balm, a comfort and a teacher to those who will yield to the directive positioning of the Master.
“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumbline.” -Isaiah 28:17
LIFE – DISTRESS - AND PERSECUTION
I have found that in my life, distress and persecution do not feel like God’s care being poured out on me. My heart is not immediately drawn to thanksgiving and gratefulness for the faithfulness of God on display as I cling to the battered pieces that look like potential “rafts” of hope, only to find out that many of them have gaping holes or slow leaks in them.
Rather, it feels like yet another hurt is being permanently woven into my tattered and war-torn soul. It seems as if another mound of questions are piling up and just waiting for an answer and a true solid REAL anchor of hope.
I CAN REALLY CONNECT TO THE WRITER OF PSALM 42
He said “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” It’s at those very times that the words of the Savior are so important. When we are down and in turmoil.
But, how do we connect the dots between what we know is true about God’s faithfulness and what our hearts feel? When flipped and flung around by the waves, weary from crying and when no answer seems at hand, what is the answer?
When my circumstances show many foes and tyrants rising up against me and my heart is prone to wander and fear, what hope is there of peace?
When my feelings start controlling my thoughts, how can I rest in God’s promises?
AT THIS POINT… I HEAR THE “GASPS” …
…And perhaps shocked comments of a few who are amazed that someone who appears to walk so fervently and intimately with the Lord would have such difficulties!
Well! Guess what?
I do struggle, I do hurt, and yes I do doubt when I have been side swiped or “rammed” by skilled cons and those who, although may have the appearance of godliness and offered friendship or fellowship, end up having private and evil agendas behind their well placed and planned schemes.
And boy oh boy! Those skilled players know the wicked art of wounding the heart and causing people to reel in pain!
BUT, THERE IS ONE WHO FULLY SEES IT ALL
The main skill in the issue of dealing with life as a spiritual person, is to know how to handle yourself when things not only crush and grind your heart, but what to do with the anguish and toll of their aftermath.
We have to get ourselves into a place where we hear clearly again.
We need have to address ourselves, preach to ourselves, and ask questions about ourselves.
We must say to our soul: "Why are you cast down –Why are you so anxious and lacking in peace?"
We must urge ourselves, and say ‘Hope in God’–instead of remaining in this paralyzed, aching state!”
AND THEN WE MUST TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER
We must go on to remind ourselves just “Who “God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has promised that he Himself said that He would do.
Having done that we can stand up and sing out strongly, defying the torment of the soul, and resist other people’s wicked tongues and arrogance, and refuse to go along with the devil and the whole world, and say: ‘Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
The hope and promise of the fairness of God’s justice when dealing with the hurtful things and presumptions of others gives me the confidence to know that God will never turn away from me in my need. No matter how they seem to prosper in the short term, wicked men and women will ultimately pay for their sins, in this life or the next. Jesus died to meet my greatest hardships and sorrows for me, and I need to preach this to myself every day.
His power is greater than my weariness and suffering.
The comforting and instruction that comes from simply running to feed upon His word instead of the toxic poison of the replaying of trauma reminds me that what Jesus has done is strong enough for my soul to rejoice in and to be set into a place where it can rest and regroup, gaining a healthy perspective about what to give out to others and what is simply…
…. To be enjoyed by the Lord Himself.
THE NATURAL IMPULSES OF MANKIND ARE SINFUL AND DECEITFUL!
Human willpower alone will never be able to change this.
We need God's help to truly change our hearts.
REMEMBER. You cannot change the heart of anyone else either.
If you try to, you will feel the bite of stinging venom or be laughed out of a room. Only the power of the conviction of the Holy Spirit can permeate and get around the jam-packed hardhearted egos of the self sufficient and bitter.
Jeremiah 17:9 says that the human heart is deceitful in all things and is even beyond cure!
We must be cautious and wise in reproving and warning such types of people about their bad behaviors and wicked actions where there seems to be no appearance or hope of change and where there is danger of experiencing great and heart wrecking retaliation and slander.
These types trample the warnings and urging for repentance and humbling of the heart under their feet, and turn again and slash at you, despising the warnings that are “tearfully and fearfully” given, and often hurt the persons who give them, either by words or deeds.
"Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholy.
Don't throw your pearls to pigs!
They will trample the pearls,
then turn and attack you.”
"GIVE ME THE FACTS MA’AM JUST THE FACTS”
I remember that phrase from a TV show called “Dragnet”. The detective would not allow the details of the case to be skewed by any assumptions or pontificating from those he interviewed. He stoically and firmly demanded only the facts.
And so, here are the “facts” about the heart of a good man or woman.
1.) The good man or woman: Brings good things out of the good stored up in his/her heart. And the facts about an evil man or woman.
2.) The evil man/woman brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his/her heart. For out of the overflow of his or her heart his or her mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
THE FRAILTY, BRIEFNESS, AND INSECURITY OF LIFE
The frailty, briefness, and insecurity of life should hold down the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all of our projects and boasting about future greatness and bragging rights! We are always to depend on the will and leading of God.
OUR TIMES ARE NOT IN OUR OWN HANDS, BUT ARE INSTEAD IN THE TIMING OF GOD. Our heads may be filled with cares and plans for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Divine intervention often throws our plans into bewilderment. All we have in mind, and all we do, should be with a humble and deep dependence on God.
It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of trendy “latest happening” things and prospective projects, and it will bring great disappointment and will prove destructive to relationships and meaningful help to others in the end.
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
-1 John 2:16
LISTEN KINDLY - BEFORE SPEAKING YOUR THOUGHTS
People don't need a lecture on the meaning of suffering or to have a barrage of scriptures “machine-gunned” at them as a reprimand for sharing their moment of grief or struggle! (Especially when their hearts are breaking, weary of the battle and if they are fatigued.)
Job could have done without some of the self-righteous answers that came from his “well-meaning” friends. All of the answers could have even been true, but Job didn't need to hear any of them.
He needed their love, not their value judgments.
In fact, it appears as if God judged THEM for trying to offer simple solutions to things that were beyond their comprehension. They had never walked in the loss he was in anguish over.
WHEN WE SUFFER UNJUSTLY WE HAVE A MAJOR CHOICE TO MAKE
How will we respond? We can feel sorry for ourselves (and understandably so, for a while), become bitter and cynical, get drawn into a war of words, or even become mixed up in a major conflict.
On the other hand, we can take our suffering to the cross and allow our pain to draw us into a deeper place of understanding of what Jesus went though in his sufferings. This does not remove the pain, but does help us to know what to do with our hurt.
This is the 'fellowship of his sufferings' (Philippians 3:10), one of the gateways to closeness with God and the release of his power in our lives. The weight of heartbreak shared with a loving friend cuts it in half. When the burden is shared with many friends, we can cope with almost anything.
We never feel more revitalized than when a friend loves us enough to walk with us in our pain. Not lecture us.
The apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Corinth:
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God". -1 Corinthians 1.3-4
SOMETIMES GOD GETS INVOLVED WITH DIRECT MIRACLES, Giving supernatural strength to those in need. But for the most part, he depends on us, his people, to do his work in the world. We love each other, work for healing, and suffer with those who suffer.
The next time you see a friend who is suffering, Jesus may just invite you to be the warm embrace! We comfort each other with the comfort we have received in Christ. And when we do, we become the Body of Christ and he receives the glory!
THE BIBLE IS CLEAR!
We are to bear one another's burdens.
We are to comfort others as Christ has given comfort to us.
Your hard time becomes my hard time.
We join hands in the journey.
When you succeed, I succeed.
When you suffer, I suffer. But we do it together. We share it together.
And we do it, not so much in our wisdom or our words, but in our availability, our understanding, and through our presence.
THAT'S WHAT FELLOWSHIP IS ALL ABOUT!
But not “bland” fellowship.
It is CHRISTIAN fellowship. It is the business of burden bearing.
Authentic CHRISTIAN fellowship says that when you need me . . . I'll be there.
Support in suffering is at the core of what it means to share life together in Christ. The word for "comfort” is the same root word as the name Jesus used to describe one of the functions of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Paraclete). “I will be a comforter, one who comes alongside to give help.” And so as God comes alongside you, now you are able to come alongside another. As the Comforter is at work within you, so you also can be of comfort to those around you.
WE ARE CALLED TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER'S BURDENS.
To mourn with those who mourn.
To be a follower of Jesus means to come alongside people who are hurting and find ways to help them walk even through the valley of the shadow of death. We are called to do this, as the word of God and care of God is shared with the intention of stirring, plowing up hardened hearts, creating a place for repentance and challenging saints to hope again, I know and believe that as we learn again as believers, to care, to truly listen and to hope fully again, that the sweet and heavy weight of HIS Glory will be made known and will manifest in unfettered and uncontrolled waves of worship and spontaneous adoration of the King of Heaven.
HE REALLY DOES KNOW WHAT HE WANTS
Let's focus on bowing low and seeking His heart and plans in what matters to Him.
Indeed, HE is the Plumbline.
God, I ask in Jesus' name, that you comfort, strengthen and encourage all who are hurting deeply right now and are going through so much pain and heartache.
Don't allow them to give up in the heat of the battle.
Let them feel your arms wrapping around them and your love overflowing and filling them up. Lord, I will pray often and I know that you will hear my voice, even when I speak to You in my silent thoughts.
To You, I am crying out and my prayers are now before You.
Father, I give to You my problems, I do not want them.
Father, please restore them to You. I know that you have compassion for your children. Father, show them your ways and teach them your paths. Lead them in your truth and teach them you are the God of our salvation and on you we will wait.
Protect them from the evils of this life and guide them through all of their days. Father, thank You for hearing my prayer Father and for considering and for having compassion on all who hear and read these words, and all who hurt, in this troubled world we live in.
Keep them in the center of Your love.
In Jesus’ Name
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Sunday Aug 18, 2019
Sunday Aug 18, 2019
By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit
PLEASE TURN UP VOLUME ON THE PLAYER PROVIDED HERE!
While spending time preparing to share and minister, I was impressed to have the recording equipment running when I went to the keyboard to minister unto the Lord and then to people attending the meeting. As we worshipped and waited upon the LORD In His Presence, this recording was captured unedited and was recorded ‘live”.
It is a timely word to the Body of Christ right now as we are all sensing major events and many changes ahead. There is also a glorious time of adoration and worship right after the prophetic song in response to the LORD’s words sung over His people.
The flow and adoration and boiling of Praise and honor was so beautiful and unusual.
I think that you might just want to sit back and use this message and music
as a time to enter into the Glory of His Hand!
“HEAVEN IS WAITING TO POUR OUT MY GLORY”
Spontaneous Song of the LORD and Music
by Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit
Heaven is calling you child
It’s opening up, the eyes of glory.
Heaven is calling out to all
Who long to hear My voice
And I speak a word of truth in an hour
when darkness seems to rule.
Even though the world is lost in pain and grief.
Open up your eyes and see My face,
I’m looking for a people of My grace.
Heaven is waiting to pour out my glory
As I roll back the veils of ancient time
But first I need to see; your love is just for Me.
And not simply of, the things I do through you.
It is a time – To look into the Master’s eyes.
It is a time – To look into the glorious skies of hope
So listen with your spirit man!
LISTEN with your spirit man
And raise up lives, holy to My Cause.
It’s not a time for dreams and wishes
No it’s not a time for that.
The time is now for those who will arise!
It is the season of MY dreams
It is the season of MY Destiny as King!
So look for the Glory, in each salvation story
That’s where I’ll manifest, My Hand.
I’ll manifest across the land
Come into the Glory! Come into the Glory!
Come into the Presence of My Hand!
Come into the Glory! Come into the Glory!
Come, into the glory of My Hand!
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Thursday Mar 02, 2017
Thursday Mar 02, 2017
By the Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow
In one of His most confrontational statements Jesus said, “I have come to bring fire on the earth.”
There are times in the Scripture in which fire is a symbol of judgment but in the great majority of references fire is used to point out God’s divine presence. His words make it clear that the meaning behind His words, “I have come to bring fire” refers to something more than a cozy flame to cuddle up to!
In this unique statement from Jesus the fire He is speaking of is not literally fire as in flames but a spiritual representation. He is speaking of the burning, exciting, dynamic presence of God in the lives of people. The fire that illuminates His incredible presence, produces unlimited power, burns away the dross and impurities and attracts people to Him. That is the Fire of God.
THE FIRE OF GOD IS NOT GIVEN TO MAKE US COZY…
…But holy, and to stir us up.
When Moses saw the burning bush God first warned him that he was standing on holy ground, and then told him of the great thing He was about to do, to release Israel from the captivity of Pharaoh (Ex 3). When Isaiah was in the temple and it filled with smoke of the burning holiness of God, his awareness of being unclean came first, before God equipped him to be His messenger. When God’s fire comes to the hearts of men and women their spirits are freed from the awful bondage of idolatry. When God’s fire comes, the enemy will be destroyed. That is why we should pray, “O, Lord -send the fire. Your fire. Send your consuming, changing, restoring, victorious fire!”
WE SING ABOUT THE FIRE OF GOD IN MANY OF OUR HYMNS.
There is a song I have known for years that says,
“Oh, Lord, you’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek.
For when your eyes are on this child, your grace abounds to me.
O Lord, please light the fire, which once burned bright and clear,
Replace the lamp of my first love, that burned with holy fear.”
OH, MAY OUR PRAYER BE HEARD!
“Lord, send your fire! May we sense and know Your burning, exciting, dynamic presence in our lives and among Your people.”
“OH HOW YOU FEAR THE FIRE!” - A PROPHETIC WORD
“It is as if you think that I might truly do something unloving to burn you or disfigure you!
I am a God of fire! Yes! But a HOLY fire! A fire that burns away wood, hay, and dead scraps lying around in your heart. They are littering the places that I want to bring My Glory into!
When My Fire pursues you it drives away any voice or lust or any other enemy of your soul!
You will come to a place where you no longer need to have the splash of fanfare or the rumblings of the earth to know that I Am in your presence!
Instead. The Fire brings you to a place just like it did Moses ! He saw My Holy Fire in a bush on a hill. I spoke to Him and told Him He was on HOLY ground!
"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD,
"And like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29
I was a still, small voice, speaking out from inside of a fire!
Listen! I am calling out to you!
Be quiet! Silence the noise around you!
Get quiet with Me. Put away the busyness that you get caught up into!
After the “Fire” a still small voice.
My Passion Fire is calling out to You!
I have things I want to whisper into your spirit-man!
I have words that will sustain you through all of the fiery trials and tests you will inevitably pass through!
“If this is so, Then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.”
2 Peter 2:9
If you want the Fire of I the Living God to be evident in your ministry, whether it is in the marketplace, the home, or abroad, Listen to My still small voice.
It will in turn resound like a roaring ocean to those whom you will minister to.
“O Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
Psalms 84: 12
Trust. The issue that everyone on earth deals with day in and day out.
Putting your trust in things that last for only a season or a few years can be very risky and very disappointing.
I have told My people to trust in ME with ALL of their heart and I will make their paths straight.
Yet - continually they put their trust in people, and idols made of gold, positions of power, and in themselves and invented doctrines of seasonal passing!
Lasting blessings can only come from trusting in Me.
The real issue is that you don’t really think that I will do what I say I will do!
So... You take it into your own hands! When you finally lay down your need to control those all around you and trust in Me, then you will be blessed! Blessed with safety, peace of mind and above all, blessed by My pleasure in your resting in My plan.
“See to it that you do not refuse HIM who is speaking!”
Oh how many times My people have said to Me, “Later Lord! I will do it Later?”
You exhort others to obey quickly and yet you will drag your feet and put Me off until you “feel” like following through!
“It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere.
Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”
Do not refuse Me when I speak to you when I send you to do something in My Name!
You might fear for your own reputation, but a life could be hanging in the balance!
You do not have the luxury of “denying your King!”
If you wish to be caught up into higher dimensions in My Spirit, and, if you long for the “deep that calls unto deep", be faithful to ACT when I give you a command!!”
Psalm 119:57 "You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words."
Psalm 119:60 "I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands."
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