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Prophetic Insights For The Year 2020

THE “REIGN” OF GRACE - AND THE “RAIN” OF GRACE 

MERCY FOR THE MERCIFUL

By The Holy Spirit transcribed through Mary Lindow

 

In 2020 the conviction of God will be strong to cleanse the heart of falsity, 

fear of man and the passivity of half repentance for works of the flesh. 

 

We can get all the people that we know around the globe to pray for us and to pray over us, but we cannot force out the devil and the darkness of our own unforgiveness and intentional blame-shifting. We give the enemy consistent access to our churches and our lives as long as we “lord it over others”, hiding our own sin, pretending that God does not see.

In order to have the times of refreshing we are crying out for and are desperate for as believers, we must learn to rule and reign with grace.

Refreshing rains will not fall, and cannot fall in full glory, when we refuse to lay down judgments, manipulations, and self invented spiritual “rules” that do not run parallel with the King of grace who is the ULTIMATE Mercy bringer.


Mercy.
It means to perform out of a desire to relieve suffering, and is motivated by compassion. The action of forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within
one's power to punish or harm. Mercy shown prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.


In 2020 THE SPIRIT OF GOD DESIRES EVERY BELIEVER 

TO DO THEMSELVES AN ETERNAL FAVOR. 

TELL THE TRUTH.

God will protect you more for doing this than any self-invented cover-up ever could. And, you just might regain relationships with those you have used as stepping-stones to your own deviant self-empowerment.

THE HEAVENLY KING OF GLORY  IS ALWAYS AND FOREVER CREATING NEWNESS OF LIFE

If we are indeed man or a woman of prayer, the test will come of that deep prayer life when your enemies surround you, accuse you, and often attempt to execute and silence you. Some will manifest in this next year as false friends who use and abuse your friendships and contacts in order to gain access to notoriety and power, over all of the things you are supposed be repairing for yourself. They will exhaust and weaken you until you once and for all put upon the altar of surrender, any need for someone else to carry you or promote you.  

A man or a woman of prayer in these days, right now, will learn to sweep out iniquity, falseness, slander, and “hierarchical pecking orders” through goodness and humility.

This is a time to trust, to depend upon, to lean upon, the goodness of the Lord. 

This is a time to trust in His sovereignty more than ever. 

It is His right to define what grace is. It is not man’s right. 

 

Prophetic Exhortation for 2020


“And so says the Lord, the Spirit of Grace,

the Voice of Wisdom, and the only Almighty One. 

As you cry out for times of refreshing, for a change in the hearts of men, for a move of my Spirit across the lands of Earth, my command to you is that you begin to create an atmosphere where I may speak My plans according to My Word and according to My prerogatives.


I will lead you and guide you with enough light each day as you come to that narrow place with me. I will strengthen your weakened spiritual muscles as you dialogue in honesty with me and repent of foolish choices and foolish actions that have caused many to be shattered and shamed because you spoke out of a calling, rather than out of following my voice.

Begin to dig ditches in prayer. 

Become entrenched and immersed in it, never ceasing.
Prepare places where my rain may fall and cause a fresh drinking place for those yet
to taste of my goodness, as well as for those who are thirsty within my Body.

 

Begin to dig ditches in prayer in dry places, with humility and goodness. 

Lean upon me, trust in me, do not lean upon your own understanding, for you have well seen that having done this in the past you have missed many opportunities to prepare a way of salvation for others.

 

“I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.” (Isaiah 48:10)

So comfort yourself, weary and tried believer with this thought.

Does not the word come like a soft shower, quieting the fury of the flame? 

Is it not a fireproof armor against the heat, which will then have no power? Whatever happens to you in this valley of weeping, know that I have chosen it for you.

 

If you still require an even greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of man with you in the valley. In that secret place with you.  

There He sits by your side, One whom you have not seen but whom you love, and whether you know it or not, this is the true friend who sticks closely by you.

I will never leave one whom I have chosen as my own.

 

Great grace. Great mercy. Great promise. 

All these are yours, extended from my hand, and for you to extend from your hand.

 

NOW IS THE TIME…

…to live out the heart and life of the servant as I lead you with the little light that you have at this time. 

It is all you need as long as it comes from me. 

It is a time to learn to march forward, to dig ditches, to prepare, so that others may also drink freely with no restraints.

When I come and speak to you and move among you, I express everything that is pure and lovely and has a good report, and sin and uncleanliness depart.

Peace also rains when I move with humble power.

Gentleness will be the result of my transforming power. 

Harmlessness will follow, for hearts that are touched by me are never exhibiting any feelings of superiority, self-assertiveness, or showiness.

 

My grace is sufficient for you, and you will find it if you will seek it, and above all if you will express it.

 

“Be strong in the grace that is in me.” (2 Timothy 2:1)


As a reservoir empties itself into pipes, so have I emptied out my grace for my
people in this next wave of My Heart. 

Of my fullness you have received grace for Grace. Grace is always available from me without price.

“Keep yourselves from overconfident, arrogant sins.” (Psalm 19:13)

You will certainly stumble if you look away from the One who is able to keep you from falling. Be very cautious about pushing yourself to the forefront of public gatherings and among the more visible.

If you are to be used in higher visibility, let it be Me who promotes you there. Some who drive themselves to the forefront will also have greater scrutiny and unfortunate exposure of hidden agendas and unholy transactions in 2020 and sadly will be brought low again because of their self presumption of importance. 

 

If your love is fervent, your faith constant, and your hope bright, continue
nonetheless to be on your guard and cry out, “Keep us from temptation!”

 

The  seasons revolve according to my Divine appointment and man cannot change their schedule. In the spiritual as in the natural realm, man’s power is limited.

I alone can remove the winter of spiritual death from an individual or from a church.


Let me hear you say, “Not my will but as you will oh Lord! 

As you yield to me my people, I will yield in return and bring the sweetness of my Holy Presence into your very homes, your gatherings, whether modest or larger numbers are attending. I look for honest, wisdom filled, and humble people to move among and to move through.  


Let it be, as I desire! As I will!  
Allow me to determine  what is the best for you. 

Be content to leave your prayer and your petitions in my hands.

I know when to give, how to give, what to give, and what to withhold.

As you visit me in the secret place of repentance and brokenness, as the path
becomes narrower, seeking me earnestly and often times pleading, with humility and resignation, you shall surely prevail.

I am the light on your pathway. And, I AM all you need.”

 

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THE DAYS OF TRANSFORMATION - “FROM FRAGILE TO FERVENT”

 

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

If you would ask the true "heart determined" believer in Christ today just what it is that they need now more than ever, it would be totally answered by the very raw words;

“I am need to have full clarity of mind and a fearless trust in the knowledge of how much God loves me.”

 

WE ARE IN ONE HOT REFINERS FIRE!

People are winding up in anger, disbelief and frustration over this "Unfair" season the Bride of Christ is in! It just isn't fair! We have been so good! We have laid down everything!

Why oh why are WE being singled out?

“I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched;

My eyes fail while I wait for my God.”

~ Psalm. 69:3

 

“ I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim,

I dissolve my couch with my tears.

~ Psalm. 6:6

Does this sound like you right now?

 

EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE TESTED SOMETIME!

The strongest impression I have received from the Father about the condition of His Bride is this. When things are going "fabulously" for her, when all of heaven is blessing, she wants to keep it that way! If she is not in a place of great humility and thankfulness for what the Lord is doing, she tends to assume that, “It’s about time folks knew just how long I've been waiting for them to see just how great this church, or ministry or intellectual skill I've been soooo blessed with is!”

 

Then comes the attitude that we have to keep it allotted to only a few “real winners” like ourselves, and we become exclusive and look for only high rollers to run with.

And then. AGAIN comes the TEST.

Persecution comes, mug slinging, attacks on personal integrity, character assassination, and again the fiery trial.........of our soul.

 

TO REMOVE IMPURITIES - GOD USES A HOT OVEN!

These trials as if by fire are only to test our faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-- and our faith is far more precious to God than mere gold.

“So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” ~ I Peter chapter 1: 7

 

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

The Lord is working the Bride overtime right now to deal with selfish ambition, personal comfort, and any other areas of personal agenda or presumption.

YES! Presumption.

We as Christians have often presumed that because we are Christians…

…we should never experience severe sorrow, grief, loss, or devastation.

This “fairy tale” stems from a huge level of denial and total self focus. It is also a very Western culture mindset.

 

A dear friend of mine who went to China and who was visiting a Chinese underground church group, had a reality check that shook her to the core of her faith.

She thought that she was coming to this group to “help and bless them.”

When they asked her what could they pray for the church in American about in order to bless them she was flummoxed! Her reply was, “We came to see how we might help you! ” How can we pray for you?”

The response back was, “Pray that we would not be fearful or silent about the gospel of Jesus we share when the authorities beat us or imprison us. Pray that we remain strong enough physically to endure the persecution we receive and not fear what man may do to us.”

SOBERING ISN’T IT!

When others around us are going through loss, trauma, or heart breaking circumstances, sadly, many believers turn away in disgust or even more disturbing, display an arrogant attitude of thinking they are more blessed by God because their lives are not so complex or “shattered” as those around them who must have done SOMETHING wrong to bring these things upon themselves.

Regrettably, some of the pain some saints are experiencing is due to the disobedience of those in the Body of Christ around them! They resist the hand of God and react against others in retaliation toward God bringing correction or exposure to their secret lifestyle of personal gain or need for power!

 

WE ARE NOT ALONE!

“For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners

against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.”

Heb. 12:3

 

Admit it! It is hard to not lose heart right now!

The world is in a tailspin and lukewarm Christians are showing their true colors! It's time to deal with this! It is NOT going to go away!

AGONY IS MORE SEVERE WHEN IT IS "ENHANCED" BY BETRAYAL!

Jesus went through it. Stephen went through it and so did hundreds of others! AND it hurts, and disillusions, and causes us to be so very very weary!

 

“You will be delivered up and betrayed even by parents and

brothers and relatives and friends, and [some] of you they will

put to death.

Luke 21:16

 

THE TRANSFORMATION FROM FRAGILE …

…TO FERVENT IS COMING!

“When?” You may ask…..

For my determined purpose is that I may know Him. That I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the hope…

… That if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead even while in the body.

Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do, it is my one aspiration, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the supreme and heavenly prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

_Philippians 3:10-14 (Amplified Bible)

 

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THE LORD WOULD REQUIRE:

1.) To gain HIS strength, we must relinquish our power or control

over what we think of others. We will be judged by the way we

judge others when they struggle. Pious and lofty lectures are not

the Kingdom language of healing and restoration. Loving-

kindness and Mercy reveal the heart of godly maturity in a

believer when dealing with the sorrows and anguish of others.

“Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,

Or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs

To a heavy heart.”

Proverbs 25:20

 

2.) Reach out in kindness to those under fire.

Encourage them to stand. Encourage them to seek the Lord.

Bless them and don't talk about them when they struggle!

"The Lord God has given me the tongue of disciples,

That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.

He awakens me morning by morning,

He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple."

Isaiah 50:4 3

 

3.) Get still. Stop organizing, planning, and pushing ahead into

oblivion! God really does have a plan!

“Though youths grow weary and tired,

And vigorous young men stumble badly,

Yet those who wait for the Lord, Will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become cynical. “

Is. 40:30 -31

 

4.) TRUST FOR A MOMENT!

It's all about trusting God in the end. Oh yes it is!

Will He REALLY refresh us in this time of struggle?

His Loving Word says so.

“For I satisfy the weary ones,

And refresh everyone who languishes."

Jer. 31:25 5

 

THE LORD IS PRODUCING ENDURANCE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT!

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;

For once he has been approved,

He will receive the crown of life,

Which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

James 1:12

 

THE FATHER IS URGING US TO RUN TO HIM.

He is there! Even in the fog of struggle, loss, anxiety, and also in seeming success.

He wants us to be desperate for Him and rely wholly on His voice.

To make all of our decisions based on His plan for the whole earth!

 

Seek Him.

Lean into His Voice.

Elevate Grace and Mercy…

…And lower your own opinion of yourself and your abilities to

“lecture” others into healing or restoration.

 

WALK SOBERLY IF YOU ARE LIVING IN ABUNDANCE AT THIS TIME, ON ANY LEVEL.

Keep the vigil of prayer you are keeping for others well lit by the reflecting memories of past times when you yourself needed the Merciful Hand of God to lift you from agony and redeem your life from the pit.

 

Let us be so devoted to the “One” who lavished and spilled out all He had, that we might repeat His actions, and in so doing, bring His Glory to it’s fullest measure and depth.

His Mercy….

…Endures.

Forever.

 

“Then will the lame leap like a deer,  And the mute tongue shout for joy.

Water will gush forth in the wilderness,  And streams in the desert.”

Isaiah 35:6

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit


Preface:

The Lord was tremendously intense with me about the preparation and study that went along with the prophetic insights and words intermingled with this message. I would like to encourage you to read it all thoroughly and to not only skim through it quickly.

This is an hour when the Word and the Spirit are being brought together to demonstrate the ultimate power of Christ!

In His Shadow, Mary 

 

 "A PLACE AT THE TABLE"

A PROMISE FOR THE DISPLACED AND BROKEN HEARTED"

A Prophetic Insight

By Mary Lindow

 

"Mephibosheth ate at David's table as one of the king's sons. 

Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate endlessly at the

King’s table, even though he was crippled in both feet."

- 2 Samuel 9 vs. 11b-13

 

Just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy and completed, to perfect her by the washing with water through the word, and to establish her to himself as an exultant church, without imperfection or wrinkle or any other defect, but holy and guiltless.

After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church for we are members of his body. This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.

Ephesians 5: 25b 32

MEPHIBOSHETH: MEANING "ONE WHO SUFFERS SHAME"

The name was a joining by two members of the family of Saul - his son and his grandson. Let's look at this man Mephibosheth.

His life is a picture of a life of disaster, disappointment, and anxiety.

You think you have troubles?

In reading the story we already know that Mephibosheth is motherless and fatherless, because he is under the care of a nurse.

2 Samuel 4:4 also says that at the age of five his father, Jonathan, David's best friend, was killed in battle along with Jonathan's father, King Saul. To add injury to insult, we are told that when Mephibosheth's nurse heard the news of the murder of Jonathan and Saul, she panicked as she ran from harm's way. And in her running, the nurse dropped the child - causing him to become crippled. So the baby prince who was in the line of succession to the throne became a crippled beggar living as an orphan in hiding.

What should have been a life of wealth became a life of misery, tragedy and heartbreak. While his family was being assassinated, murdered, and banished, his future, as a king would never be fulfilled.

AND MORE THAN THAT, MEPHIBOSHETH WAS PERMANENTLY SCARRED!

We can relate to Mephibosheth's being a victim of sad circumstance. Perhaps you can even testify to being victimized by other's mistakes for yourself. Like Mephibosheth who trusted his nurse, some of us can relate to being dropped by those in whom we've placed our trust.

We're living crippled lives because a person in whom we loved and gave our hearts to...has dropped us.

JUST LIKE MEPHIBOSHETH WE KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE DROPPED BY SOMEONE OR SOMETHING THAT WE'VE TRUSTED.

Our lives are still suffering from the crippling effects of those disappointments. Everyone has been "dropped" in some way. And if you haven't, you will be. Some are still so proud in heart that they never admit to any weakness and therefore shame those around them who stumble their way to the cross of redemption.

It's no wonder that we are afraid to trust againbecause we've been lied to or used as scapegoats for the escape of others who hide their sins and egos behind loud opinions about how others should behave or...might have done better in the way they have handled the things that have happened in their life's journey!

MANY ARE AFRAID TO TAKE CHANCES BECAUSE OF PAST FAILURES.

Many more are afraid to follow their heart because the plain idea of making one more mistake sends shivers through them. We can't handle another anguish. Sometimes it feels as though we are hanging on by a fine thread.

If God is a merciful God, we wonder when we're going to start seeing the mercy. Our words echo the psalmist as our soul cries out,

"Lord, have mercy on me!" "Have mercy on me, Lord"

BUT THE THING IS, THERE IS MERCY...  ...IF YOU WILL SEE IT.

If you will allow that mercy to saturate your soul. If you'll see that you have an important role to play in that mercy. In fact, "mercy" is really the only reason that you and I are existing today, whether you know that or not.

You are here today because at some level - consciously or subconsciously - you know that God has been and is merciful to you and you are expressing your appreciation for that mercy. You are here today because you know that despite the hurts that have been inflicted upon you, you want to trust, you want to go on, and you want to find hope.

THE TRUTH IS THAT THERE IS BOTH A BIT OF MEPHIBOSHETH AND 

A BIT OF KING DAVID IN ALL OF US.

And, perhaps a bit of King Saul's fear of the loss of power, position, and need for control and honor. That is, we have been hurt, but we have also been healed.

We have been helped, and we also have opportunity to help others. We really have received mercy, and we can offer mercy as well.

WHEN MEPHIBOSHETH WAS CALLED INTO DAVID'S PRESENCE, HE WAS TERRIFIED!

Why shouldn't he be? As the grandson of dead King Saul, Mephibosheth was an heir to the throne that David now possessed. So his first thought was that the king would kill him because he might see him as a threat.

Secondly, Mephibosheth has experienced little in his life that would make him believe that something good could happen to him, so he expected injury. His own words were, "What is your servant that you should look ona dead dog such as I?"

Then King David sent and brought him out of the house: Mephibosheth must have been terrified when messengers from David knocked at his door and demanded that he come with them to see the king. In the back of his mind he must have constantly anticipated the day when David would do as other kings did and murder every possible enemy to his throne.

UP TO THIS POINT MEPHIBOSHETH AND DAVID NEVER HAD A RELATIONSHIP AND IT WAS BECAUSE MEPHIBOSHETH WANTED IT THAT WAY.

HE AVOIDED DAVID OUT OF UNFOUNDED FEARS. BUT DAVID REMOVES THE FEARS OF MEPHIBOSHETH.

Verses (7-8) So David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually."

Then Mephibosheth bowed himself, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?

Mephibosheth didn't feel worthy of such generosity. He considered himself a dead dog, meaning a worthless and insignificant person.

All the years of hiding from the king and Living in fear and poverty made Mephibosheth thinks of himself as Worthless.

THE OFFER OF MERCY

David didn't want to add to Mephibosheth's Misery. David offered mercy.

Mephibosheth - in his amazement and skepticism - is restored.

No, he didn't retrieve the ability to walk. Mephibosheth's weakness did not vanish. The end of the scripture is clear about that. "He was crippled in both feet."

But he was given a place at the table of the king.

This goes far beyond giving Mephibosheth what was rightly his!

THE HONOR OF A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KING

David gave Mephibosheth the honor of a close relationship withthe king. The miserable, unfair, undeserved events of his past didn't change. But he was re-established within the kingdom and given an opportunity to live out the rest of his life with dignity.

Because David - the King - was merciful.

 

DAVID KNOWS THAT HE HAS BEEN AN OBJECT OF GOD'S MERCY IN HIS LIFE.

That he has already been delivered from extreme circumstances and from ...his own unpredictable behavior.

David is merciful, because he has received mercy - a melody that will continue throughout David's entire life, even when David didn't deserve mercy. And - on another level - David knows that, as he acts as the status of king - also by God's anointing, and not his own skill - that he must model the mercy of God within the kingdom.

BLEMISHES OF THE "CRIPPLED" BRIDE

Just like in Ephesians 5 are the blemishes of the "crippled" bride...she is much like Mephibosheth.

Hiding, fearful! And....the King of our souls, Jesus...restores and cleanses us...brings us to His table as His Bride, and covers our lameness, our disfigurement underneath the linens of the bridegroom's table where no one dare point out our imperfections.

We are perfected BY His Mercy! David knew that human beings and a society that exist without forgiveness and mercy are already doomed to self-destruction by their bitter doubt.

JESUS DIED FOR THIS VERY REASON. SO THAT WE MIGHT MODEL HIS KIND OF GUTSY FORGIVENESS AND MERCY.

AND SO THE STORY FALLS TO US AS EMERGING LEADERS IN THE KING'S KINGDOM!

We who are like Mephibosheth who have been injured by dreadful circumstances and by careless people; and we who are like David, have the opportunity to be instruments of mercy.

We who are like Mephibosheth and David who have received mercy; and we who must decide if we will live lives of resentment because of prejudiced facts or ...live lives of gratitude because of undeserved and unexpected mercy.   The story falls now to us.

BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE. 

AS WE HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED,

WE HAVE ALSO BEEN DELIVERED.

Remember, David - the King - had to decide if his kingdom would be one of dread or grace. David had to decide if his realm was going to be established on grounds of vengeance or the refinement of mercy. In being an instrument of grace, David is setting the stage for his great, great, great grandson Jesus, who will be the ultimate expression of mercy to all of us.

In the entire history of humanity no one was more misunderstood or viciously abused than David's ultimate successor, Jesus. Yet no person was ever more merciful.

AS HEIRS OF DAVID AND CHRIST IT IS NOW UP TO US TO PUT INTO PRACTICE THE VERY TREASURE THAT DAVID HONORED IN THIS STORY.

Loyalty, respect, unwavering love, and the well being of others.

Like David did for Mephibosheth, God has honored and blessedus with the promise of eternal life, inviting us to dine at His table, in His kingdom eternally. Also, God does this, not because of any goodness upon our part, but "because of Jesus."

THAT IS WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY 

AND WHY WE ARE PART OF THE BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST.

WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN BROKEN.

And because He has restored - and is restoring - US by His mercy, He invites us to His table, we MUST look around to see who else needs a place at the table, on His behalf! Not out of our great "earned reputations" or past accomplishments! No!

We as models of the Fatherly and Motherly compassion of a heavenly King invite others, to the table of "covering" and honor. We bring mercy, expressed with "tender hearts."

The best person to want to be like is not always the strongest or the best looking!! When we become like Mephibosheth, we can truly understand mercy and grace.

BEING LIKE MEPHIBOSHETH MEANS:

  1. Realizing that the king sought me out.
  2. Understanding what I deserved from the king.
  3. Acknowledging the ones who brought me to the king.
  4. Humbling myself in the sight of the king.
  5. Rejoicing in the words of the king.
  6. Accepting the provision of the king.
  7. Adjusting my life to the requests of the king.

Psalm 51:12

Restore to me again the joy of your salvation,

And make me willing to obey you.

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit 

It seems that with such prolific access to, web blogs and articles, many prophetic voices who are attempting to communicate spiritual metaphors and insights received from the heart of God to be shared and to hopefully soften the hearts of mankind, have perhaps been reduced to quick sound bites and what I would term "Scripture bites".  It’s absolutely essential in these twisted and upside-down days to not look for a quick fix for the turmoil and hard things that we are facing.

WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT WANT TO COMMUNICATE TO US ABOUT  - “WALKING ON THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE”
AND - “LIVING ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY”?

As I have searched this out knowing that the Lord was communicating something to me regarding these two statements, clear words of instruction, their potential,and warnings have begun to emerge. I share them from a trembling heart and an alert spirit.

And so first: 

WALKING ON THE EDGE OF A PRECIPICE” 

Precipice- a noun 

“A very steep rock face or Cliff, typically a tall one” 
Figurative – “the country is teetering on the precipice of political anarchy” 

The origin of the word comes from the late 16th century indicating a headlong fall. In the Latin it means abrupt descent. 

This word in a nutshell expresses an anguishing anticipation of what could be a devastating and shocking “out of control” spin into oblivion, tumbling headlong into an unknown space, fully out of control, not knowing when the descent will end, and if anything will remain once it hits the pull of gravity. 


“Pride goes before destruction, 
A haughty spirit before a fall.” 
(Off of a precipice) 
Proverbs16:18 


And Secondly:

“LIVING ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY”
Because we live on the edge of eternity, we must not lose our heads. We must get our heads on straight and think in harmony with divine revelation. We must not be oblivious to the times that we are living in, nor should we be frightened and "act out" in panic. Our clear-headedness makes us able to pray as we should, seeking divine wisdom, guidance and the power to live faithfully in difficult times.

Jesus told His disciples things would go from bad to worse as the end of all things approaches. There will be social and political upheaval and natural disasters. There will be an intensification of opposition toward Christians so that fellow Christians begin to turn on each other and family members betray one another.


"Brother will hand over brother to death; 
A father will hand over his child. 
Children will rebel against their parents and kill them. (Euthanasia?)


In such times of danger, love will fade and people will abandon the self-sacrifice of love, for the sake of self-preservation. 

SHAKEN AND STIRRED 
The Holy Spirit impressed me some time back with this statement.  “Shaken AND Stirred” 
My mind said, "You mean, shaken - not stirred!"  Again, a little while later, the same statement was impressed into my spirit one more time. “Shaken AND stirred”! 

As I thought about this I began to realize that the Holy Spirit wanted to show me a prophetic insight, combined with the word of God regarding what His role in working within the hearts of believers looks like at this juncture in time. 


WE HAVE HEARD MUCH ABOUT THESLUMBERING, SLEEPY BRIDE.  
A somewhat overgrown, youthful, well-fed bride. Oh! How she LOVES the candlelight, the romantic spirituality that feeds the soul and emotional longings of one yet to experience the commitment to a marriage! Everything has the beauty and sparkle of a fairyland or Disney type of fantasy and fireworks!

Surrounding this young maiden are gifts and beautiful tangible items reminding her of this youthful celebration of a pledge. The pledge to honor the one she loves. The gifts that have been given come from those who know that these will be needed to assist them in their life of growing together towards becoming one heart, one flesh, a single expression of their own family unit. 

There are similar parallels to be fearlessly looked at regarding where and how the corporate bride of Christ has behaved on many levels. There has been a new term or word phrase created to address what would often be called a petulant, whiny, over-indulged young woman who is in preparation for the big “blowout wedding day event”. The name for this is"Bridezilla”! 

The basic picture is until SHE gets what she wants, the way SHE wants it, WHEN she wants it, anything or anyone in her way gets demolished if it does not satisfy her need to be fully noticed, in control and lavishly celebrated in all of her self-planned and applied concepts as to what a wedding should look like. 

The problem is, in real life - the wedding and festivities are only a brief glimpse of what an actual joining of two in marriage looks like for the long haul. And so, when the party is over and the hard work begins, (and yes, it's hard work), the little rifts and storm clouds come to buffet and shape the couple into maturity. 


BUT! IF THE BRIDE DOES NOT WANT TO MATURE…
…And desires to be treated like a young princess, much like the central character in the children's story, "The Princess and the Pea" then no matter how others attempt to sweet-talk or ease her discomfort, eventually she becomes demanding and unsatisfied, regardless of what is offered to her. 

And so the current state for many who make up the bride of Christ in its majority, is one of a moody, discomforted and unfulfilled mate, waiting for her bridegroom to do FOR her, the things that she would rather not do for herself, and wants the bridegroom to bring her the comforts that she needs without having to labor, herself. 


THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE PAID AN OVERWHELMING 
AND COSTLY PRICE TO SHAKE OFF SLUMBER AND SELF INDULGENCE, 
AND HAVE STEPPED OUT AS PATHFINDERS.


They are boldly declaring a warning about remaining a child and not maturing to the fullness of God's plan. They have warned over and over of the things that we are now seeing happen.

SHAKEN! 
Imagine the shock, the total disbelief of the five virgins (Matthew 25) who slumbered and gambled with their futures so flippantly when in their drowsy and moody state missed the sound that the bridegroom announced, calling them to come, to travel the road now well lit, to a prepared place. 

They were shaken! Shaken to the core and in total disbelief that things had changed and had been shaken in their drowsy existence so quickly! They were warned to be ready, but figured just as always that they would somehow be able to manipulate their surroundings and discomforts and find a way to ... get their way! 

And so has it been with the body of Christ the past few years, even though the voice of “The Beloved” has warned and shouted out.  
He has sent prophetic voice after prophetic voice, teacher after teacher, evangelist after evangelist with a reoccurring message, 

You prepare the way! 
You make the crooked ways straight! 
Build up a pathway that you may walk upon to a holy place!

And it will be said: 

"Build up, build up, and prepare the road! 
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people." 
Isaiah 57:14 


And yet, the bride in many ways has gone on her merry way expecting to be rescued from her slumber and folly. Walking ON THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE and Living On The Edge of Eternity.

BECAUSE OF GOD'S MERCY…
…THE BRIDE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SHAKEN 
Shaken and shaken again, until she awakens from her slumber and admits to selfish ambition. She will be challenged to become the mature heart who walks with her beloved as her leader and Lord, not just simply as a provider of pleasures, fleshly sustenance, and entertainment. 

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. 

If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, 
how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 

AT THAT TIME HIS VOICE SHOOK THE EARTH, 
But now he has promised, 

"Once more I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH 
BUT ALSO THE HEAVENS.”
Hebrews 12 :25-27 

The words "once more" indicates THE REMOVING OF WHAT CAN BE SHAKEN, Meaning, created things—SO THAT WHAT CAN’T BE SHAKEN WILL REMAIN. 


… AND STIRRED 
When someone is shaken awake from a deep sleep, the adrenaline begins to pump throughout the body and there is a keen and heightened alertness that begins to stir the senses. 

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you! 
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” 
2 Timothy 1:6-8 


“DEEPER AND DEEPER STILL”!  SAYS THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT

It's no secret that the mainstream media has had a heyday with high profile personalities who have made claims to be devout Christians and then find them caught in the acts of extortion, embezzlement, infidelity, tax evasion, plagiarism and justification of personal indulgences at the expense of trusting donors. 

Deeper and deeper still will the exposing and dissecting sword of the Word of God separate what is of the flesh claiming to be God, and what is of the Spirit, that is of God. 

The folly and arrogance of those who minister with an elitist message will be brought to such public humiliation that even the hardest atheistic hearts will cringe at the ruthless mocking they will face.  As the Lord continues to "shake out and stir up" the dross in the life of each believer, there will be a corresponding stirring again to deep repentance. 

Believers will come out of their groggy existence and begin to allow the deep purging and removal of willful perceptions about whom God has blessed and whom God might use for his glory, and for His purposes. 


A TIME LIKE NO OTHER TIME
We are in a time like no other before.
There is a setting forth of a new and fresh openness to God's supreme directions. 
There is a shaking off of youthful folly and petty “scrapping” over who imparts the greatest message or anointing. 
Instead of well planned out speaking rosters for heavily and slickly advertised conference invitations, there will continue to be spontaneous and Divinely orchestrated gatherings throughout all nations. 

It has already begun in several unannounced assemblies of like-minded hearts. It is being lit and ignited by the very hand of a Sovereign and brilliantly strategic God. 


GATHERINGS LARGE AND SMALL, IN HALLS, HOMES, AND BARNS, HAVE BECOME A FOCUS OF GOD'S HEART.
He indeed has an agenda. It is to call the bride, His beloved, the one He lavishly spent all of His life's blood upon, to rise up from her slumber and be “shaken and stirred” to see that He is beckoning her deeper and yet deeper still to enter into a place of profound grace, mercy, and safety. 

As the cry of repentance from dead works, and foolish masterminding of plans and programs (that only led the bride into morbid obesity) is stirred in the hearts of those ailing and sickened by the results of such over indulgence, deeper and deeper still will the Spirit of God draw his people into a communion of body, Spirit, and soul with His plan and purpose. 


THOSE THAT WILL WAIT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD IN THEIR GATHERINGS…
 In their brokenness, in their humility, will begin to experience a hush of holiness falling upon their gatherings. The hovering presence of the pleasure of God will invade and flood the hearts of those who have come simply to fellowship in the power of His word and the Beauty of His Holiness. But! This cannot be a forced agenda or trend! This is not to be confused with what has been termed "The Anointing" or "The Holy Spirit Falling Upon God’s People." Not a whisper, not a sound, not a song, nor a shout will be needed to attract this majestic treasure.


COMING SOON: THE WEIGHT OF HIS GLORY 
I have been in meetings where believers who chose to enter into repentance and allowed the "dross work" of God to have full access to every corner of their souls, where, without warning or fanfare, the weight of God’s Glory invaded the room, the conference, and the meeting halls. It was as if a drenching, tangible mass of warmth and comfort wrapped itself around every human being present. It mattered not whether they were youthful or stooped over in the aging of their bodies. 

The weight of the very glory and magnificence of the Supreme Being, The Sovereign One, was unmistakable. 

Beautiful stillness and sweetness flowed in to and out of every soul present. All who were sitting or standing in this weight of glory did not need anyone to tell them the phenomenon that surpassed any of man's orchestrations was happening. 
It didn’t last 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 15 minutes. It came in waves and beckoned with the fragrance of mercy that only the “Still Small Voice” can infuse a room with. 


IT SEEMED THAT THE MORE WILLING THE HEARTS OF THOSE IN THESE GATHERINGS WHO WOULD SIMPLY SIT IN THE WEIGHT OF THIS GLORIOUS SILENCE, THE RICHER AND DEEPER THE PEACE BECAME. 
And then again, the Sweet song of the Lord would begin to sing out over the people and the people would begin to sing out the sweet song of repentance and devotion back unto the Lord. IT SURPASSED ETHNIC AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS, NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL EXPRESSIONS AND HUMAN LANGUAGES. 

Deeper and yet deeper still His presence, His glory, His weightiness would hover. In one such meeting, the waiting in His glory, in His presence, waiting upon Him, lasted for 45 minutes. No one wanted to leave, and no one had any agenda. 

“Be still!” the Lord said. “Be still and know, that I am God!” 


 HEART WRENCHING REPENTANCE -- SEASON OF REFRESHING 

“Repent, then, and turn to God, 
So that your sins may be wiped out, 
That times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 
Acts 3:19


There have been voices in the Body of Christ crying out that she must repent for her sluggishness, smugness, and presumption. These voices will be amplified and multiplied throughout the year. There will be required by the Lord, a setting apart in the heart of every believer. Deeper and deeper still will the call to shake off slumber, to once and for all lay down the sins and arrogance that easily traps and ensnares the life of the bride. 


THE GREATER THE SURRENDER - THE GREATER THE INCREASE OF HIS GLORY 
As each member of the body of Christ willingly steps in to the full scan of the Holy Spirit's convicting radiance, a fresh awakening of the empowering courage and strength of Christ as the glorious bridegroom will be brought to the forefront.
He will be the central focus and no longer will the bride lag behind in adolescent drudgery and laziness. 

Wave upon wave of adoration will be lifted up as a love sacrifice to the Beloved One. And the weight of His glory will shake and rock religious agendas and nations until they crumble and strip off the need for the noise and glitter that has cluttered and stifled the rightful honor due unto the King of glory. 

When with deliberate consideration, the weight of God’s glory is given full access to flow as it begins to invade and permeate, be prepared for unbelievers who maybe simply walking by a home gathering, a fellowship service, or a conference, to be drawn into your gatherings as if wooed or summoned by a fragrance or sound that they have had move them to go and seek out where it was coming from.

The Lord shall draw them and show them of His might, His presence, and you shall lead them to Him…
… And they shall find salvation. 


LAST INSIGHT AND WARNING 
Many are indeed "Walking on the Edge of the Precipice" and are "Living on the Edge of Eternity", not knowing where to turn or what to do, and will fall headlong into further disaster if they do not awaken from the hardness of heart, distractions and spiritual presumption that have become companions and corrupt habits. 

Today you have heard His heart; you have heard His voice, 
Harden not your heart, and instead quickly heed His voice. 

Allow the shaking! Willingly permit any condescension, elitism, control, manipulation, cowardly blame-shifting, hateful speech, competition, anger, mocking and vengeful and revengeful thoughts, to be once and for all purged out of your soul! 

Your very spiritual life depends on what you do when on the edge of a precipice!
You can, “Jump headlong into recklessness”

Or 

“Fall into the hands of the living breathing God”. 


“Take care, brethren,  That there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart 

That falls away (headlong off of a precipice) from the living God.” 

Hebrews 3:12 


THE “END” IS AT HAND FOR EACH AND EVERY GENERATION EVERY SINGLE DAY, 
and their response to the gospel in this life determines their eternal fate. 

Each generation is living on the edge of eternity, and there will always be an urgency to respond to the gospel, for your response to the gospel determines your eternal destiny.


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HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES ONE NEED WHEN PRESSED UNDER 
by evil pressures and nightmarish reoccurring losses? 
Only a pinhole. 
One pinhole of Godly light is stronger than a universe of darkness. 
It is enough for a surrendered believer to cling to and depend on when all
else has failed.

Psalm 89:15
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim 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.

Psalm 36:9
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
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins are in the light of your presence.


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
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.


WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS DEEDS

There are those who do acts of benevolence and kindness
whose aim is 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 behavior,
although claiming a form of godliness, test those whom
they share with. This can be either in monetary gifts,
spiritual gifts, or in counsel.
This is NOT a Worker of A Righteous deed.
This is a form of selfish ambition and control.

To be righteous means to be:

VIRTUOUS
MORAL
GOOD
JUST
BLAMELESS
UPRIGHT
HONORABLE
HONEST
RESPECTABLE
DECENT

A RIGHTEOUS DEED IS ONE DONE WITH THE
INTENT OF IMITATING THE NATURE OF GOD S
MERCY AND GOODNESS.

It does not expect performance or groveling in return. Nor
does it hold others accountable for their actions in regards to
the act of Righteousness. Imagine if Jesus held us all
accountable to the acts of His goodness towards us and how
often we have failed and disrespected His grace. Yet
He continues in love, and acts of Righteousness.

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


The common thread I see among all of these beloved
Righteous givers of grace and care is that they have all,
experienced a time of great loss, depravation, near death, or
sorrow, and they understand the need for a pinhole of light.

Jeremiah 9:24
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," de
clares 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
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 & women will
only grow more intense as the Lord examines the intentions
of the hearts of those who call Him Lord.

IF YOU HAVE 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 rightly corrected, also know that the risk of a
deep darkness of the soul is reserved for those who choose to
walk in self-deception. Quickly while you have time, humble
yourself in the sight and the light of the Lord and HE will lift
you out of your darkness.

Isaiah 53:11
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life
and be satisfied; by his knowledge My righteous servant will
justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY
FOR WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS DEEDS

Psalm 45:7
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
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.


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 they didn t
understand, growing up in compassion, only to
produce a harvest, abundant in Joy.

Psalm 126:6
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves
with him.


I the Lord have tasted sorrow, loss, torment, and
death. Yet in one act of Righteousness, mankind
was brought the opportunity for the fullness of
Joy and the open door from darkness into light,
when they too, choose 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.

The pinhole of light...My Light. Is drawing you into a New Day."

Psalm 112:4
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate
and for the righteous man.


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 - A PROPHETIC WORD -

“MANY WILL BE PURIFIED AND REFINED ...

… BUT THE WICKED WILL CONTINUE TO BE WICKED”


By the Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow 

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“How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,

And has not turned to the proud for worldly advice,

Nor to those who lapse into tale bearing.” 

Psalms 40:4



"My children. It is always amazing how people run to the power and strengths of man and to the voices of false hope. As if from these things they advise or promise might gain a place of security!

You can only be fully secure when you first come to ME!
I never break my promises to you! NEVER! 

I use every opportunity in your life to train you to be an honest and humble guide to lead others to my way of success.


If you hear a man or woman boasting about too many great things that they have done, you will eventually find out that they are masters of manipulation and "embellished" liars.

It's all to make themselves look more powerful in your eyes.
I do not deeply fellowship with this type of person.


“If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously.
Do not be afraid of them.”

Deuteronomy 18:22

"I only share My keys and treasures of victory and success with those who do not peddle pride and do not posture for an audience. False humility is obvious to Me even when others cannot discern it. Trusting Me means to really believe that I AM all you need to have a vision and a future.

Trust. Trust. Trust!
Trust ME!"



Be Quick To Listen,
Be Slow To Speak,
Be Slow to get Angry.

~James 1:19


"The real proof of your personal transformation in Me is in evidence
when you can practice this truthful insight without having to think about it too much!

In order to sincerely be a voice for Me - one who cries out into the wilderness of other people's lives, you must be able to hear My voice clearly! Speaking only what I tell you to speak, and to not REACT with anger when you have those who oppose My Voice, challenge you!

If you are suspicious of others motives and have secretly hidden the things of insecurity or entitlement in your own heart, you will be looking for a way to cast suspicion on others if you are the guilty or presumptuous party of some wrongdoing. This opens a door to a hardness of heart, which allows the pride of life and love for position to blind you from a life of brokenness, and personal, private integrity.

Clean living creates a pure and clear conscience.


"Keep me also from the sins I want to commit.
May they not be my master.
Then I will be without blame.
I will not be guilty of any great sin against your word."

Psalm 19:13


“I remained silent, like a lamb ready for slaughter!
When My time to speak came, it changed eternity!

It is finished! Father!
Into Your hands I willingly turn over everything!
My body, My soul, My spirit!

Can you also turn all you hold dear in this life over to the Father?
You will never be the same again!
And you also will mark out a statement in eternity!"


The Lord's promises are pure....
Psalm 12:6a


"I have no ulterior reasons to make a promise that has a hidden agenda!
I am the spotless Lamb of God! All that I have ever promised to you and to
those who love Me has always been with only good and blessing in mind!

Purity has it's own deep well of uniqueness to draw from.
It looks for fairness for all.
It only operates with absolute truthfulness.
Purity is a value that never wears thin.


When you minister or care for others, do all of it from only a pure motive to help, bless and restore.

Impurity always shows up with self-preservation, intimidation and a pompous sense of personal power and personal vision.

"We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

2 Corinthians 6:3-6

Purity.

It is only a refined vessel that can walk in the power of this attribute!"

“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”
Daniel 12:10



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 SUFFERING AND SORROW ARE A PART OF LIFE. 

Knowing this, however, doesn't make it any easier to cope when you find yourself in the midst of the deepest, darkest trials of faith, and mentally anguish and strain.

Don't you wish Christianity could make you exempt from suffering? That would be great, but as most of us have learned, following our faith doesn't give us a free ride. We catch as much trouble as unbelievers—often more. 


The difference, of course, is that we can turn to Jesus when things go wrong. Unbelievers might argue that we're only turning to our imagination, but we know better.

At some time in your life, however, suffering will hit you so hard that you won’t be able to do any of those things, and that dark time will probably visit you more than once.


 “Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright, 
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.” 
 Psalm 112:4 


 WE ALL WANT THINGS WE DON'T GET. 

Maybe it's a person you're sure would make a perfect spouse, and the relationship crumbles apart. Maybe it's a better job or promotion, and you don't make the cut.

Or it might be a goal you poured your time and energy into, and it doesn't come to pass or others sabotage it all.

All of us have prayed for the recovery of loved ones who were ill, but they died anyway. 


It takes real spiritual maturity to stay faithful when things go wrong, but severing our relationship with God punishes us, not him.

Its self-destructive behavior that can put us on the path to a miserable life. The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke15:11-32) teaches us that God always wants us to come back to him.


 Whether your problem is discouragement, illness or aging, sometimes all you have left is Jesus. When you're angry and bitter, you can still cling to Jesus in the midst of your tears.

You can grab onto him and refuse to let go until he brings you through it. You'll find, to your surprise that he holds on to you even tighter than you hold on to him. 



JESUS UNDERSTANDS SORROW. 

He knows about being hurt. He remembers the terrible moment on the cross when his Father was forced to abandon him, because he was filthyfrom taking on our sins. Jesus won't let you go.’

And as you age and start down the path from this life to the next, Jesus will take your hand to guide you. He appreciates all that you have done for him through the years, but what he has always wanted most is your love. 


So there you are in the middle of one of life's train-wrecks, dazed, wounded, wondering what shoe-or bomb-will be dropping next, and up walks Job's comforters.

We all remember Job from the Bible. A rich, powerful man, a great father and good in every way was Job. Then, in a series of overlapping upheavals, he lost everything and everybody except his wife-who turned out to be a whole lot less than sympathetic in her changed status.

Battered Job ends up sitting alone on a pile of dirt, scratching his boil-covered body with some broken pottery. 



WE CAN IDENTIFY WITH POOR JOB. 

Life drags us through some tough times of loss that make us feel every bit like Job. Caught in a vortex of pain, and wondering if we'll ever make it to safety. And, boy, do we recognize Job's so-called friends who showed up to by all accounts offer support and comfort. 

As they sat with Job in his misery, they took turns playing a self-centered, self-righteous, can-you-top-this game of knowing for certain that every bit of Job ‘s disaster had to be his own fault or a lack of trust in God.

They weren't sure how or why because Job seemed so decent, but deep down, they insisted, he just couldn't be all he pretended to be. 



THIS IS FAMILIAR TERRITORY. 

You get fired, and friends smirk knowingly when you try to explain the political nature of the event. Your child gets into difficulty-well; you know the kind of comfort you'll get from friends about that.     (It probably started sometime during potty training.)

Yet others try to “help” you with what I call “prayer lecturing.” While praying “for and with you” they let you (and God) know just how lucky you should be to even have running water, had a meal that day and more! Not really comforting in any way, and very very short on compassion. 


Yet, from the story, it's clear that Job was completely innocent. Dreadful things do happen to completely innocent people, good people.

Because of their opinion of Job's guilt, history has bestowed his friends-(and their current replicas) - the label, "Job's comforters." So-called friends who add to a suffering person's anguish by piling on false charges of blame and guilt and harsh reprimand for daring to show sadness or agony.

You may never have met anybody like Job, but you've met his comforters on more than one occasion. They seem to be everywhere. 



 WE CAN CHARGE SOME OF IT OFF TO JEALOUSY.
 
Job had everything a person could dream of wanting-and then some, so jealousy was never more than a stone's throw away. The green-eyed monster is a little more subtle with people living everyday, typical lives,but jealousy doesn't need much ground to take root and grow with vigor. 



WE DON’T WANT TO ADMIT BAD THINGS MAY HAPPEN TO US!
 
If bad things happen to people who don't deserve them, they could happen to anybody, including me. If I don't want bad things to happen to me, (who does?), I have to persuade myself and everybody around me that the victim's actions caused the problem. If blame can be assigned, then I'll be safe as long as I'm good.

In other words, if I can claim that the cause of your problem is something you do that I don't do, then what happened to you can't happen to me. 


There is, of course, no logic to this, but it brings some shaky comfort to frightened hearts.

We see this thinking at work when people stare numbly at adversity and ask, "What did I do to deserve this?" Sometimes the answer is, "nothing." 




HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF WHY ME? 

And it doesn’t have to be bad; you could be excited from something wonderful.

Most often then not I ask myself this after something I am looking forward to goes wrong.

Even at times when something goes wrong I lay awake at night and my thoughts wonder to what previously occurred. 


I am sure everyone does it at times, wishing for another try or chance.

You may lay awake thinking about your suffering, part of life’s suffering is misery’s shadow persisting/hanging on; not only do you suffer but you have to think about suffering.

I can’t prove this with statistics or find it any book I know of, yet I would say that more people either come to the faith or fall away because of this reason above all; the disturbance of suffering. 



 YOU SEE GOD USES TIMES OF SUFFERING… 
 … TO TEACH AND GROW US. 

If you allow yourself to recount your sufferings, did you not learn more about faith while suffering then any other time? It has been said that; “Blessings are God’s whispers, he speaks in our conscience,but shouts to us in our suffering.” 

 “O my Comforter in sorrow,

My heart is faint within me.” Jeremiah 8:18 


 Suffering becomes the only way to realize our hollow spiritual self. Pain is unmasked, and every person knows when something is not right when they are hurting. Pain insists upon being attended to.

So when you travel down this line of thought you come to the idea, why do I or someone else suffer when others don’t? 



 I KNOW SUFFERING IS EXHAUSTING AND PAIN HURTS. 

That is why it is called pain and suffering. If there were an escape. a person of great wisdom and insight would have done it already. Yet Discipleship demands such trials to compel us towards renewal. 

 Read Hebrews 2:10

“God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.” 



The real question is what to do when life has just punched us a good one, and Job's comforters show up at our door. Nobody says we have to let them in.

And certainly nobody says we have to entertain them. And, most positively, nobody says we have to believe them. 


 “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, 
So also through Christ our comfort overflows.” - 2 Corinthians 1:5 

We can sort out the who's-to-blame-for-what after we get some solid ground under our feet and a little energy back into our lives. 

 But we still won't want Job's comforters anywhere around us… 
… We will want people who care. 

 “Compassion “ 

To me not to be kind is evil of the mind.  
No need to pray or preach,  Let us our children teach 
With every fond caress  Pity and gentleness: 
So in the end may we, God's Kingdom cause to be.


~ By R.W. Service 

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"He has showed you, O man, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To do justly,

and to love kindness and mercy,

and to humble yourself

and walk humbly with your God."

(Micah 6:8)

ALTHOUGH I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A FRESH EXPRESSION OF THE HEART OF THE FATHER STIRRING IN THE EARTH, I also see that there is a lot of "bashing" regularly occurring due to the abuse others have exhibited in their places of calling, aimed at those who have been true to what the Lord has asked them to do in His name, and this has caused not just a little sorrow.

WE MUST CLEARLY SEE THAT CORRUPTION CAN RAPIDLY OCCUR IN ANY PERSON OR ANY GROUP, ORGANIZED, RELAXED, OR OTHERWISE, when the tendency to think that they have arrived at a new or deeper revelation about something more so than others who perhaps express the Lord's voice differently.

ARROGANCE IS THE ASSUMPTION THAT I, INDIVIDUALLY, OR SOME GROUP THAT I AM A PART OF, COLLECTIVELY, IS SOMEHOW SUPERIOR TO SOMEONE ELSE OR SOME OTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE.

At the heart of arrogance is self-centeredness. And self-centeredness is the foundation of human sin. I believe any serious attempt at self-examination by an honest person will reveal that we humans are sinful and flawed beyond measure.

MARK TWAIN ONCE SAID,

“MAN IS THE ONLY ANIMAL THAT BLUSHES—

OR [FOR THAT MATTER] NEEDS TO.”

Paul writes, “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand…Wretched man that I am! Who will save me from this body of death?”

Self consumes us. And every time we arrogantly place our own needs before others we are enslaved by sin.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

HOW SHOULD WE LIVE INSTEAD OF IN THAT ARROGANT MODE?

How about the words of Jesus?

What did he say?

"Everyone who exalts himself (for example, "Aren't I great? Aren't I right? Don't I always have the best opinion?") will be humbled.

But he who humbles himself (for example, "This is my opinion but it may not be right. I don't have a corner on the market of truth.") will be exalted."

THE LORD IS NOT SPEEDING UP THE DELIVERY OF ANY "FRESH THING" IN THE EARTH IN ORDER TO GET US TO HIS PURPOSES QUICKLY.

No. He is testing the hearts of men and women everywhere, looking for humility, selflessness, and honor, for those who although not perfect, have also served and pointed the way to salvation for many years previously.

THE LORD IS NOT GOING TO HONOR THE INDIVIDUAL WHO SHOUTS THAT "CHANGE IS NEEDED" OR THAT "CHANGE IS COMING" AND THEN SLASHES AND BURNS ANYTHING THAT DOESN'T EMBRACE THEIR VERSION OF IT.

THE LORD IS INTERESTED IN THE SOUND OF HUMILITY, THE HAND OF MERCY, AND THE VOICE OF GRACE.

These key character issues attract the pure and simple Presence of the Lord. Blessed are the PURE in heart...for they shall see God.

Until the Body of Christ that has been through many difficult and Shattering events and rids it of bitter and venomous words against one another and accepts that each one like sheep have gone astray and turned to what pleased them at the moment, there will be little evidence of much harvest.

THE LOST AND CONFUSED WORLD OUT THERE WATCHES CHRISTIANS TEAR EACH OTHER TO SHREDS DAILY AND WONDERS WHY WE ARE ASKING THEM TO JOIN US!

Remember Christ’s two great commandments—love God with all your being and love your neighbor as yourself.

Self-centeredness is the reversal of the great commandment.

Self-centeredness means to place ourselves first, in effect proclaiming our own form of self-government (not needing or wanting the advice or insight of others), therefore our neighbors become an afterthought, and God becomes simply a convenience to be considered only when it’s helpful to us. It is evident even in our language that self-centeredness is woven into the fabric of the human experience.

THE ONE TRUE SACRIFICIAL MODEL TOLD US THAT HE WOULD SEND THE VERY SPIRIT OF GOD IN ORDER TO CONVICT ALL PEOPLE OF SIN, TO COMFORT, TO GUIDE, AND TO SET THEM FREE.

Indeed. The very evidence of a redemptive type of life is in one who washes the feet of his/her brothers and his/her enemies in an act of cleansing the dirt from the road of life off of the pathway to the Truth.

May we truly hear the sound of the unmistakable heartbeat of a redemptive model rising up in clear resounding purity, personal

transparency, and in the covering of the multitude of sins by speaking and meditating only on those things that are noble, just, pure, and of a good report.

AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS NATIONS, THE ANTIDOTE TO ARROGANCE AND SELF-CENTEREDNESS IS A HEAVY DOSE OF HUMILITY.

That is; a profound willingness to recognize the value and respect the dignity of every human life. And, furthermore, a humble heart calls us to seek and serve Christ in ALL persons by giving of ourselves willingly for the welfare of other people.

THE LORD SAYS,

"Do not let a wise man brag about how wise he is.

Do not let a strong man boast about how strong he is.

Do not let a rich person brag about how rich he is.

But here is what the one who brags should boast about.

He should brag that he has understanding and knows me.

I want him to know that I am the Lord.

No matter what I do on earth, I am always kind, fair and right.

And I take delight in that," announces the Lord.

JEREMIAH 9:23-24 (New International Reader's Version)

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