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God tells you and I at this time to put HIM
between yourself and the enemies!
 
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By Mary Lindow  - Through The Holy Spirit
 

The Father in heaven has an exclusive responsibility towards His people and He cries out to them through the Holy Spirit,  that just as he moved on behalf of Asa and his men when surrounded by a vast army and 300 chariots, so will He move again on behalf of those who are obedient to His voice and commands.

 

He tells you and I at this time

to put HIM between yourself and the enemy.

 

When Asa realized his lack of strength, THEN he saw Jehovah God crush the Cushites.

They were “Crushed before the Lord and their foes.”

-2 Chronicles 14:13

 

Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said,

"LORD, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O LORD our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude.

O LORD, You are our God; let not man prevail against You! "

-2 Chronicles 14:11 

  

THE “BUGLE” TO BE “FRUGAL” 

There will be several “invented” crisis settings in the next months that will cause many to choose to hoard and stockpile for themselves. They will be quickly exposed as moneymaking schemes and a tool to inflate prices.

On the other side of this there will be those who have very little with which to live and eat due to job losses and cutbacks.

Those around them, if not filled with the fruits of Grace and Mercy, will become indifferent to the cry of their needs, for there will be many. 

 

“Share your food with the hungry and give shelter to the homeless.

Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” -Isaiah 58:7 

 

The Lord would have me share that He is indeed watching to see if the heart of the Apostolic move of God can again be modeled as when the people brought what they had to trusted and integral teams of leaders, (Like In the Book Of Acts, it was Peter) who then distributed with prayer and wisdom to all, and none had any lack.

We are at a time where the Body of Christ must share resources willingly, and fairly and we are not to justify personal restraints that we think should apply to others, but not to ourselves. The hoarding of resources is a clear indicator of greed.

 

HERE IS A SCRIPTURAL MEASURING STICK OR PLUMBLINE

TO USE TO OBSERVE THE TRUE APOSTOLIC HEART AND LEADER. 

 

They share freely and give generously to those in need.

Their good deeds will be remembered forever.

They will have influence and honor. 

Psalm 112:9

 

Before I move into Delivering  the Prophetic Words and Insights that the Lord has impressed me with for the  United Kingdom - Ireland – France Germany and  Canada

I would like to share the brief but potent following thoughts and soul stirring words came from Reverend Linda Brown in Perth, Australia while she was   partaking in a Kingdom Community Zoom Session. They resonate with truth and prophetic depth.

 

“Revelation or Decimation?”

Will we operate from The Spirit of Revelation in the coming days to ensure the Kingdom of God is able to operate fully as God intends in the years that lie ahead?

Or will we see the church grow weaker because of our lack of foresight and action?

This is a challenge for us all as Apostolic/Prophetic people.

 

Meaning of decimation :

 -a drastic reduction in the strength or effectiveness of something."

I honor those insights and believe they are words for the Holy Spirit to leaders at this time.

 

PROPHETIC WORDS FOR

THE UNITED KINGDOM - IRELAND – FRANCE – GERMANY – CANADA

 

“Then I was told, You are to make a fresh prophecy

concerning many peoples and races and nations,

And languages and kings.”

-Revelation 10:11

 

The United Kingdom: 

There will be a ROAR of Prayer heard from desperate hearts in the UK.

Prayer will be a way of life in many small Hamlets and Villages, and many homes will become chapels of healing and miracles. The prostitution red light districts in Central London will have an epic move of God as He sends in intercessors in tandem with relevant and fiery Revivalists who will have such a strong presence of God, with the Power of Holy Spirit bringing conviction, that even the hardest atheist observing it all will be made to run away in terror at the potent power of God falling upon the filth of prostitution.

 

“And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten--the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, my great army, which I sent among you.- Joel 2:25 

 

Houses of hope and care will spring up in smaller surrounding areas, where these whom have once been bound will be cared for and restored. 

 

BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. - Galatians 6:1

 

 Ireland: 

There are many hidden and faithful leaders who have weathered political and spiritual storms for decades who are now well prepared and ready for the Father’s divine plan for their lives.

Ireland will begin to export teams of Apostolic and Prophetic missionaries into the USA and Europe. These people will have a razor-sharp ability to cast out religious spirits hindering moves of God. They will bring with them the fresh songs of praise and worship now ready for the hungry ears of the true worshiper.

 The “cynical” Irishman will now become the grand believer declaring – “With God all things are possible”! There will be a spotlight on Ireland with new technologies being developed and mined there. With it, doors will open for many to travel to Ireland and find Fathering and Mothering Mentors ready to restore, train, and release. 

 

France and Germany: 

The Father calls France, “A nation now in chaos”. 

But, as an underground stream flows swiftly and quietly, so do those who have determined to pray and intercede with heart wrenching pleas for the Father to move within their land.

A spiritual passivity will begin to be addressed and shaken off of the hearts of fearful and hidden believers in France and Germany.

There will begin to be a few strong and ethical governmental leaders rise up who will begin to risk addressing the rapidly encroaching militant attacks against the people of France and its outlying regions. There will be community of vigils of prayer in local churches and the repenting of passiveness and elitist thinking. 

 

German and French Believers will begin to view one another in a Kingdom perspective and join in prayer and service to one another, creating a groundswell of food pantries with farmers and dairies that will create

CO-OPs. 

 

The key to breaking the spiritual stagnation in France says the Lord, will be the humbling of hearts before the Throne of God and reaching out beyond its own borders. 

 

“For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony).

He has made us both] one body), and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us. - Ephesians 2: 14

 

Germany:

Germany will have a large revolt and uprising from among the youth as the economy continues to stress and bend. Looting and stealing and selling of automobiles will become a raging epidemic. 

For when the world with all its earthly wisdom failed to perceive and recognize and know God by means of its own philosophy, God in His wisdom was pleased through the foolishness of preaching [salvation, brought on by Christ and to be had through Him], to save those who believed (who clung to and trusted in and relied on Him). -1 Corinthians 1:21 

Simultaneously, Young street evangelists who have been well trained as well as educated will be commissioned to reach out to those rioting and manifesting.

Government leaders will not know what to do with the uproar, and sanctions against open religious expressions will be put in place.

Nevertheless, young Paul’s and Silas’s will not fear what man can do to them and will continue to flow in the power of Evangelism, seeing the hand of God spare the lives of many. 

 

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry out to it the preaching that I tell you.” -Jonah 3:2

 

The Lord is going to give Words of Wisdom and Words of Knowledge and messages to the young men and women of God who are going to rise up and speak in Germany!

They will be full of the Power of the Holy Spirit, and they will cause the wave of the move of God to move across many villages and there will be an uprising of broken hearts, crying out for help, and there will be literal street revivals and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. It will NOT be stopped!  

 

CANADA: 

Canada will experience one of its most prosperous seasons ever known, for a short season.

The Lord would have Canada know that they must deal fairly with the wealth that they will produce and pay back the First Native families, and with Godly equity. If this is not addressed with wisdom and integrity, Canada will have to pass through the sorrows of disobedience.

Canadian Intercessors are being awakened and called up to stand in the place of prayer for its leaders and tribes.

Now is the time for soberness, It is not the time for silliness and laughter. 

It is a sober day, with a command for sober prayers. 

"Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect)". - 1 Thessalonians 5:6 

“So Get up! Stand UP! Be Purposeful,” says the Lord!

How do you not know that through your borders I can bring a North American Wave of Justice and Restoration?” 

“So brace up your minds; be sober (morally alert), set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (with is the Divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed. -1 Peter 1:13

  

IN CLOSING, I BLESS YOU AS YOU HAVE LISTENED OR HAVE READ THESE PROPHETIC INSIGHTS IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

 

May His word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path!

 

“Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said,

“No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you,

and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus,

 Worship only God." -2 Peter 1:21

 

 “For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus ”

 -Revelation 19:10

 

I want you to know that we are not to be elevating, or exalting men or women of God because of the revelation or the edification that they are giving to the Body of Christ right now.

YES! We do listen to voices that the Lord puts among us, but we do not worship them, nor do we make them our direct contact for hearing things from the Lord on our own.

 

I ENCOURAGE YOU GET INTO A QUIET PLACE, ALONE WITH THE LORD  AND JUST BE STILL!

HE WILL COMMUNICATE DIVINE THINGS TO YOU, THROUGH HIS SPIRIT.

  

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THIS MESSAGE IN PODCAST FORM IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES WHAT IS WEIGHING HEAVILY ON MOST OF OUR HEARTS, AND IS MOST LIKELY ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE ARE ALL PROBABLY QUESTIONING AND PONDERING AT THIS TIME.

 

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

THIS MESSAGE IN PODCAST FORM IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES WHAT IS WEIGHING HEAVILY ON MOST OF OUR HEARTS, AND IS MOST LIKELY ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE ARE ALL

PROBABLY QUESTIONING AND PONDERING AT THIS TIME.

 

There is going to be a time of ministering prophetic words at the end of this message, but the message itself is a prophetic “now timing” word that is burning in my heart.

I will share that with you that it is prophetic and has warnings from the Lord as well as encouraging words and insights regarding what we need to be preparing for at this time.

  

WHAT THE LORD IMPRESSED ME WITH THROUGH THIS PROPHETIC INSIGHT/TEACHING IS THIS,

Whenever there is a fresh wave or move of God’s Plan in the earth in regard to the redeeming of souls, there is also a counter movement at work among the "religious" and also the prideful “elite” intellectuals of the day.

These situations are brought on through the influence of evil spirits who have been assigned to try and destroy the future generations of passionate and unspoiled servants of grace that God would plan to use in the earth. The “Sons and Daughters" of the King. 

 

AS WE BEGIN TO SEE THE DAWNING OF THE PROMISED WAVE OF GOD’S GREATEST HARVEST EVENT EVER KNOWN TO MAN SINCE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST JESUS, THE LORD IS GOING TO ALLOW THE "HEROD TYPE OF ATTITUDES" TO BE JUSTLY ADDRESSED.

There are those who were once deeply a part of what God was doing and have “lost" that so called advantage to either the aging process, transition in ministry, or through focusing strictly on their own ministry advancement and the love for “public applause” and popularity.

 

HONESTLY! YOU WOULD THINK THAT AS WE ARE SEEING BIOLOGICAL GLOBAL WAR AND INFILTRATION TAKING PLACE,that the Body of Christ would stop all programs and plans, and be sober!

Sober, Repenting for Passivity and Indifference to God’s warning voice, and then be literally having every meeting or gathering focused on strong prayer, strong worship, lifted up to the God of all creation, which is a massive weapon of warfare against the evil shroud attempting to suffocate the planet.  

 

HOW CAN WE EXPLAIN THIS WAVE OF THE LOSS OF SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT AND POWER? 

HOW DOES THE DEVIL STEAL THE VERY HEART OUT OF THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE?

 

One thing is certain.

It doesn't happen suddenly or overnight.

 

PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LOVE FOR THE TRUTH BY DEGREES. Little by little, they lower their standards and compromise their faith, until nothing remains except a dead, empty, angry and bitter form.

 

SOME, LIKE LOT'S WIFE, will be so married to the world, so enmeshed in its delicious intellectual and sociological "one-upmanship" that they cannot let go in time.

They will have to suffer with terrible and shocking consequences over the things that they loved more than they loved God.

 

OTHERS LIKE LOT, will awaken just in time to choose very quickly and decisively. Without taking a backward glance, they will move out in complete obedience to the will of God.

My friends. This is the choice everyone faces.

 

LOT'S WIFE SUFFERED TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES WHEN SHE PLAYED WITH THE WORD OF A HOLY GOD.

She was dragging her feet and resented having to leave the life she had grown to adore in every way.

The offense of looking back upon the luxury, sensual and "modernized" lifestyle that she had grown to love, exposed her divided will.

It also revealed the fact that her heart was still bound up with the affairs of a corrupt and condemned social order.

 

TWO VOICES WERE COMPETING FOR HER FAITHFULNESS AND STEADFASTNESS IN THE FACE OF TEMPTATION. 

 The Voice of heaven – the Voice of God, calling her to liberty, purity, and salvation.

And the other voice?

The voice of the darkness – the voice of popularity and pleasure, the voice of Sodom.

Slowly the voice from beneath gained a foothold in a badly bent conscience…

… and Lot's wife stands as a tragic example of a divided heart.

 

JESUS SAID, "REMEMBER LOT'S WIFE," AND HE SAID IT TO THOSE WHO WOULD LIVE THROUGH THE FINAL TRAUMATIC MOMENTS OF EARTH'S HISTORY.

He is saying it to the believer right now–"Remember Lot's wife."

We need to hear it again and again.

The message that says,

"Obedience is better than anything else in revealing our love."

Jesus said so. "If you love me, keep my commandments."

 

FRIENDS.

DISOBEDIENCE IS WORSE THAN ANYTHING

BECAUSE IT IS AN ACT OF DISLOYALTY IN ITS VERY NATURE.

 

THERE IS A STATEMENT I ONCE HEARD THAT SAID,

“PEOPLE BECOME LIKE THE GOD THEY SERVE.”

Now think about that statement.

And then think about the current world system and those attempting to encroach upon every human being until they are worn down.

 

Science without the Supreme Being God Almighty, the Creator, worships the counterfeit god. Lucifer.

 

God:  He is a Super Dynamic Creative.

He Created Colors, Light, Air, Weather Systems of perfection, Land, Minerals, Water (salt and not salty), plants of all sorts/ medicinal, edible, sheltering, and some simply for beauty.

God Delighted in the creation and nurturing of perfectly formed humans, whom He loves.

 

Lucifer:  The counter fitter, is super destructive, destroys colors, loves grey and darkness, thrives on destroying land, Minerals, waters, abusing plants and delights in torturing and confusing humans for revenge against God Almighty.  He loves false power and graft.

 

Do you see those or know those who laugh at or who don’t believe in a living active God? Well, they are trapped in a bitter heart narrative by the limited god of only this world.

Lucifer.

They have become like him.

Bitter, abusive, angry that they can’t dictate to God and change his plans, and they are filled with doubts and rage.

Because that’s what Lucifer does to humans.

He lies to them and traps their minds, and weakens them to keep them from encountering and embracing the Father of their very own, forever.

 

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

-2 Corinthians 11:14

 

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God the Father.”

-2 Corinthians 4:4

 

SOME OF THE EVIL SPIRITS LUCIFER USES,

COME AND TAUNT THOSE WITH OLD RELIGIOUS RESIDUAL MINDSETS. 

Those who feel that there is a "deserved" spiritual hierarchy, in the ranks of the King.

Many have assumed that because they have labored and have paved the pathway with their life's blood for the next wave of the King, that they “deserve a place of special recognition” and a form of "holding onto the leash" of those they have coming up “underneath” them. 

If this is not humbly acknowledged and repented of, this can cause what the scripture calls, “exasperating your children" to occur.

Colossians. 3:21 says,

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, 

That they may not lose heart.” 

This creates an atmosphere of shame and pushes many into a place of frustration in not wanting to dishonor their mentors, but feel that they will be watched in their every move and smugly, with an “accusing raising of the eyebrows" be "discussed" in demeaning terms, as they too try to reach their destinies and calling in the Way of the Lord. 

 

THE LORD HAS RECENTLY BEEN IMPRESSING ME ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO NOT ALLOW OTHERS TO BE PROMOTED OR TO RISE ABOVE THEM IN ANY AREA THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE EITHER AT ONE TIME HELD INFLUENCE IN OR WHO ARE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME, THE LEAD OR MAIN VOICE OR AN ORGANIZATION, A MINISTRY, OR INSTITUTION.

 

This can occur in a business situation, or in ministry settings where only after you have jumped through certain hoops of performance or other "tests” you will possibly then be esteemed of “useful” value and perhaps be allowed a place of input or respect among the “hierarchy of the day”.

  

THE LORD IS LOVINGLY ALLOWING PAINFUL TRAVAIL TO OCCUR, in order for the current generation of Fathers and Mothers in the faith to see that through releasing and affirming the sons and daughters in their care, or… who are now, (due to the season) moving past them in influence or in special anointing, that they too WILL once again, run hard and multiply themselves through Imparting and sending out the new wave of the King’s regiments! 

  

ARE WE OR HINDERING OR HARVESTING?

The hidden prophetic and travailing element of individuals who are being shaped into the fabric of God's own weaving are currently being made ready for a swift and dynamic change of pace.

What was once long and hard will become shortened and filled with rest. Release of God’s grace and abundant mercy is coming into fulfillment as you end your course of instructions for this season. But you are not done running the race by a long stretch!

 

MANY OF YOU ARE IN YOUR LATE 40'S TO YOUR MID 60'S.

You have not had the pleasure of faithful mentoring.

So. With some of you, the Lord has instead, made your life one of mentoring and preparing others.

Look now at the pathway the Lord has allowed you to pave, and one that others might walk upon when they too experience times of darkness and difficulty.

Your lives have a Divine Radiance that has prepared a “footing" for them in Christ, so that they may not stumble and fail.

Lay down the insecure need to control anything that you are afraid might not go the way that YOU think God should be moving.

It’s really not up to us to maneuver or manipulate how God will choose to break out in power in conviction and in exposing the darkness in men’s hearts.

Let’s begin with letting Him create clean hearts in us first.

 

THE FATHER IN HEAVEN INTENTIONALLY STRIPPED HIMSELF OF HIS GREATEST GLORY. HIS SON, in order that the wave of redemption needed in the earth might be brought forth through the Son.

In doing so, the Father was glorified, exalted, and further honored by allowing this Son to fulfill His part of the Triune plan. 

Why is this not modeled by more of those who are calling themselves, Leaders, “Bishops”  - Apostles, or even now the newly developed term, “Super Apostles”?

 

THIS IS A SPIRIT ON THE LOOSE FROM HELL! 

It is nothing more than a "mimic" of the spirit of pride that Lucifer operated in, and it operates in many others now.

It has been working hard to invade the minds of many who at one time were in the forefront of specific moves of God or who were key leaders in areas of ministry building in the past.

 

THIS SPIRIT OPERATES MUCH LIKE HOW HEROD THE GREAT DID DURING THE TIME WHEN THE SAVIOR WAS ABOUT TO BE BORN IN THE EARTH. Herod was so terribly afraid that someone would "snuff him out" or would "out do" him that he lived in paranoia, and he constantly manipulated and curried favor in order to gain influence or access to whatever he needed to keep his stronghold of power intact.

 

THIS IS OCCURRING ON NATURAL WORLD GOVERNMENTAL STAGES AND PARALLELED IN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD AS WELL.

Let's read in the Word about this first. In Matthew 2:1-6 is says,

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,

"Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." 

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.

"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:  

“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.

 

HEROD WAS A MAN WHO EXPECTED OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE WAS THE ONE WHO HELD ALL COMMAND. 

There was no room at the table for those who would not sway his way!

He used smooth talk with other "Kings" and influential leaders to obtain information and tasty morsels of gossip to plan his next move in order to keep his position intact.

As the Chief Priest and keepers of the law were called together, (they walked on eggshells around Herod,) the WORD of God spoke about this humble little town where a new ruler was to be “raised up"  (NOTE THIS STATEMENT) —> and would care for the people, causing a wave of Spiritual “Sonic Booms” that would forever shake and change the world!

 

HEROD DIDN'T CARE FOR PEOPLE! 

They were supposed to care for him and fear him! And grovel!

He had worked hard and had jousted and manipulated constantly to gain all of this power and honor!

Matthew Ch. 2: 7-8  says,

"Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  

He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child.  As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

 

NOTICE THAT HEROD GATHERED THE 3 KINGS INTO HIS CHAMBERS “SECRETLY”… 

...To hide his plan from the Priests and lawmakers and with a "slimy" oozing, well-cultivated and deceptive tongue, tried to appear ever so interested in the new "child" that was in his way. He acted out in false humility, and used it to try to obtain information as to where his "upstart enemy" might be located.

He wanted to "at least" honor him and worship him too! 

In all reality, Herod wanted to go and scope out where this new king might live, and see what he had to compete with…

… and then, KILL HIM.

 

But! God had planned that the next wave of his power on the earth must come through a childlike and poor son.

One who would not get stuck in traditional posturing or in the trends of the era.

One who would not manipulate with intellect, cunningness, or through lofty ambition.

 

GOD HAD GIVEN OF HIS SEED…

…HIS living prepared pathway. 

He gave it ALL into the next "generation of His Presence" and the move of His glory in the earth. 

Into a SON… 

…Who had lived in the very Presence of God and was one with Him.

 

Now! About Those, ”THREE WISE MEN."

"After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was." -Matthew 2:9 

 

These three Kings had "heard the true intentions" of King Herod's "heart".

They were discerning men, and realized that after having been "hauled off" by Herod to a very secretive meeting to inquire about this new "ministry" and possible challenger of Herod's rule, something was a little off beat!

Herod had left a very "Saccharine" aftertaste in the mouths of the Wise men and, wisely, they still stayed on the course that God had led them on and met the TRUE KING OF GLORY.

He was lowly,

He was innocent and pure,

and

He radiated the pure light and presence of God Himself. 

 

THESE MEN DIDN’T NEED POMP OR STRONG-ARMED, PRIDEFUL LEADERSHIP to cause them to bow down and give honor to this tiny King!

No! The simple humility of the "Promise to come" was enough to cause them to bow their knees and worship the King of heaven.

Their reward was to have a visitation in their dreams to not return, nor to converse with Herod about the new wave of glory that would be coming through this child.

Matthew 2:12

“And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” 

 

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A PROPHETIC WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT NOW.

SOMETHING THAT I FEEL THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS GIVEN TO ME AS A PROPHETIC WORD OR UTTERANCE.

  

“For I the Lord have prodded, whispered, shouted, and commanded many to assist you in paving the way.

If you are weary of waiting for releases and the fulfilled promise, take what you now have and in reckless abandonment cast it upon the water.

I will see to it that you will not be left with empty hands.  

I bless what is little if it is given in humility and obedience, rather than much given in false humility and personal safety.

Come to the place of safety! Under My shadowed wing.  

Anguish has been your companion too long as well as the gaping ache for friends that stick closer than a brother.

 I have begun building relationships among you that stem from brokenness in each of you, and also where you have learned the value of discretion.

See Me fulfill and direct your path. 

Watch the answers dawn upon your list of asked, and yet unanswered questions. 

 

I see the cunning liars in the world, laying in wait to trap and break the hearts of humanity!

But I have called you to be bold and brave and filled with courage.

I call you to stand again and stand against the raging seas of evil and watch me open up a way that leads you into safety and my very purposes for the world needing healing and deliverance.

Stop all you can in the natural way of achievements and moving forward with your own way and plans.

Call for days and nights of prayer. Father, Mother, Youth, Children! Older and Younger!  

Intercede for those mocking the very Jesus they once loved.

Intercede for the ignorant that are being chained to systems of great fear and bondage.

Weep and pray and trust!

Your bond to me will either hold you safe, or your resistance to me will feed fear and resentment.

See ME as the One who can move upon the hearts of those who quickly obey when I touch their inner-man with compassion and spiritual insights. 

I have a few in the earth who live...  

...To obey Me, Promptly." 

 

I also sense in the Spirit that there are those in ministry who are listening, who have had “secret - almost affairs", in their office with other women, and some who have, and you have hidden it from your wife and have banished these people from your fellowship.

The Lord sees it and the Lord knows about it.

There are some who have been “absconding with money” and some that have been gambling with cash. They have a gambling addiction and the Father is saying that He is giving them a chance to come clean and to tell the truth now, because everything in your life that can be shaken, will be shaken.

There are also those who are mocking and making fun of the Spirit of God, saying that it has become “an old thing” and they are ashamed of the gifts of the Spirit. They no longer allow the flowing of the gifts of the Spirit unless it comes through one person.

The Father wants you to know that when you restrain the Spirit of God, when you restrain His voice, that he will scatter the sheep and send them where there is freedom.

The Lord is encouraging me to share that there are some at this point who are seeking money instead of the goodness of the people in their fellowship.

They are more concerned about money and power and keeping their own bank account stoked rather that taking care of the Orphans and Widows and those who are in distress around them.

The Lord wants you to know that this funding that you have in your pocket can get a hole in it just as quickly as it has come in, but, as you cast your bread, as you share, that you must humble yourself and release the spirit of fear in you that thinks that God will not financially provide in another way, or you are going to mess it up, you will bring tragedy on the call of God on your life. 

I want to speak to those Mothers who are suffering right now and Fathers with children who seem to have gone AWOL from the Lord.

That they have become literally “verbal activists” for darkness. 

 

As parents, you have been questioning,

“What did we do? What did we say?

Were we too stern? Were we too soft?

Were we too “spiritual” or were we not spiritual enough?

Were we blind?”

 

The Lord wants you to know that if you have repented of everything that you know to do, and have attempted to talk these things out with your children, that He does not hold you accountable for their sins or for their disobedience.

Your job is to stand and pray, and stand and pray, and stand and pray some more and watch God do the work.

You cannot project what you think that He is going to do.

Your job is to PRAY.

His job is to do what He sees best to keep them from giving in, to the total darkness that is trying to suck them in.

  

I KNOW THAT THIS WAS A STRONG TEACHING AND HAD WORDS THAT WERE UNCOMFORTABLE,

BUT WE ARE LIVING IN TREACHEROUS AND DIFFICULT TIMES.

However, we need to be integral with what the Lord shares with us whether people like us, or not.

 

Father we take these words and we ponder and chew on them.

We discern them and go over them with your word.

We pray about them. And, we will obey the Spirit promptly and make things right with those we need to, in order to not deflect these warnings and words and be trapped by the enemy. Satan is good at betrayal and slandering and will find a way to expose mankind and point a finger and mock the sons of God.

Lord! We need you more than we have ever needed you before!

 

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

For many weeks now, just as I was about to fall into a good deep sleep, I have heard in my spirit the words, “The Winter of our Malcontent”. Trying to reconcile those words in my own thinking, I would then say to myself, “You mean the winter of our discontent don’t you?" (I was thinking about the fact that Shakespeare wrote this and put into print in Richard III,1594.)

Again and again the same event would take place until I was made aware of what the Lord would have me write and share with those - who may have ears to hear. For you see, the subject can be one that many FEAR.

Malcontent; definition

Disappointed, disenchanted, disillusioned, frustrated, unfulfilled; disquieted, disturbed, perturbed, upset; dejected, depressed, despairing, despondent

THE WRINGING OF HANDS AND HEART

For some, it is easier to simply live in a shell of denial or self concocted false spiritual bliss than to look soberly and head on at the turmoil and drama that the world is rapidly spinning and bobbing in.

It will not easily or wishfully go away, and at this time we are and will be, facing severe repercussions for wicked choices made by governments, banking systems and yes religious institutions.

All three can do good things, but many currently have chosen the ways of corruption, selfish ambition, deceptive story telling and above all, the giving away of their heart and minds to the god of this world. A god who traps its victims with promises of greater power, influence, and an adoring mass of lesser gifted humans who are expected to give homage without asking questions.

These pressures and practices can tear at the soul of the discerning hearts who see more than the handwriting on the wall.  They know, regardless of a solid stance of Faith in Gods providence and care - that something is very very wrong and, it is escalating.

THE FEAR AND HOLLOW ACHE WITHIN YOUR HEART 

Many are panicking and poring over every website and news bulletin to see if there are falsities that they can catch and prove in the wrong, or truths that they can exploit. Neither of these will help.

And, the fear mongers believe that we all must be totally obsessed and baptized in fear by pouring it out to their audiences.

They will feed the panic and give power to the spirit of terror that is looming large and with insidious precision.

Where do apparent Bible believers get reliable information to nourish their fears? From you and me. We do it to each other all the time.

Why do we deliver information to our brother or sister that will feed his or her fears?

THE FIRST CAUSE OF FEAR IS THE FEAR OF LOSING PLAYTHINGS AND SAFETY.

We believe that "my God shall supply all your needs," but our old nature cannot believe that, especially when we hear news from worldly sources telling us someone is trying to take our toys and life resources away from us. When we give place to fear, and feast on it, feed it, and pass it on to other people, we are boldly denying that Christ will be our supplier.

If you have a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind that has no hope, no light, and you have the Church headed straight into a train wreck instead of looking at the light at the end of the tunnel, you are WICKED.

If all you do is sit around and talk with wide-eyed terror about the New World Order, the crash of the banks, the collapse of the dollar, and the concentration camps and micro chips getting ready for us you’re not only feeding fear, you also are a promoter and preacher of it.

Harsh words? No.

Honest words intended to get you to shake off morbid living and to decide to truly serve the LIVING GOD or serve - Fear.

 

WHAT FEAR IS

Fear is a harsh and wicked taskmaster.

Fear will not let you sleep well at night.

Fear brings condemnation and shame.

Fear causes hoarding and secret self-protections.

Fear will make you betray others to hide and protect your way of living and your opinions.

Fear will join with accusation and destroy safe relationships, by isolating you.

Fear is a liar and gathers clusters of other tormenting spirits to join with it.

Fear creates excitement for those who use it as a tool to gain attention or - control.

 

JESUS HAS TAKEN CARE OF HIS BRIDE FOR OVER 2000 YEARS

He is still doing so, and will never ever stop!

Know this! The light of Christ that shines in very dark times is the ONLY light that is available. I say this because this light is on "until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts." The light of prophecy is the light at the end of the tunnel of human history, and that light is a person:

“ I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you, these things in the churches.I AM the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Revelation 22:16

So, the darker it is, the more blessed that light is.

The stars shine at night, not during the daylight.

Light a candle in a room that has many lamps on, and no one will notice, but strike the smallest match you can find in a totally blacked out room, and EVERY EYE WILL BE ON THAT LIGHT!

 

WHY ARE OUR EYES, AND MOUTH FIXATED WITH HOW EXCEEDINGLY DARK IT IS?

1 Thessalonians 5 says

You are all the children of light, And the children of the day.

We are not of the night, Nor of darkness.”

 

WHAT TO DO NOW

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tell me, what good is it to obsess or prepare to survive the coming crash or doom if you end up living a stressed and tormented life over it?

You’re afraid because you don’t think God can handle your situation.

You’re afraid you are going to die, you are afraid you’re going to get sick, you’re afraid your kids are going to get hurt, you’re afraid the roof is going to fall in, you’re afraid the demons are going to get you!

Whatever it is, it comes from two things.

Number one: 

You have a guilty conscience.

 

Number two: 

You have weak faith in God.

 

You can deal with both of those. 

Have a guilty conscience?  

Confess your sin and get it all cleaned out.

Weak faith? 

Get your Bible open and read what God says about Himself and learn to trust Him.... And pray.

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit, which God has given us, Is not a spirit of cowardice.

But one of power and of love and of sound judgment.

 

FAITH OBEYS GOD IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES OR CONSEQUENCES

Fear can creep into the hearts of the young and the old, the rich and the poor, the most educated and the least educated, the powerful and the powerless.

What can one do to be freed of fear?

Faith is not afraid of what others may say or do.

An Elijah complex can rob you of power and joy, so beware! Elijah went from victory to defeat because he started walking by sight and not by faith. He believed the wicked queen Jezebel's words but not God’s word, and he forgot how God had cared for him for three and a half years. Fear replaced faith, and he ran for his life. We need to obey the words

 

Do not be afraid; only believe (Mark 5:36).

Faith and fear are opposites, and yet, strange to say, they are often found dwelling within the same person; but where one is forceful the other is undeveloped. The constant attitude of the Christian must and needs to be,

“Behold, God is my salvation, 

I will trust and not be afraid; 

For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, 

And He has become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:2

 

WHAT OUGHT TO BE, AND WHAT ACTUALLY IS

ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 

Psalm 56:3

However, when the grace of faith is in practice, its verbal communication will be:

One thing that must be addressed as well is the situation where there are believers who are currently in trauma, loss, or who are persevering through very difficult and possibly harrowing situations. Very often those who have a shallow development of the fruit of Mercy and attributes of discernment are often found to spout out well rehearsed “shotgun lines” of scripture at those who are in the throws of battle and sorrow.

THIS IS NOT OK! It shows a great lack of genuine Christian Character and even worse, a lack of the nature of Christ. The following verse will clear up any religious sputtering about this, and hopefully bring a nice bit of conviction to the legalistic and hardhearted.

So those of us who have a strong [faith] must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose [faith] is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves.

Romans 15:1

Jesus Stood up in the Storm and spoke PEACE.

He did not scold and hammer away at the frighten men in the boat with him. He did not shame them with a tone of superiority or condescending blather when he said,  “Why do you struggle with trusting Me (faith) to take care of you?”  He used moments of doubt and fearfulness all throughout the bible as teaching moments, to disciple His beloved children. We too - Can learn from this. It will be much needed in the days ahead.

LET’S PRAY TOGETHER AND BE FREE FROM FEAR

Dear Jesus Christ,

I know that all power and authority on Heaven and Earth belongs to You alone. I come to You today, asking for supernatural divine deliverance from fear.

I am facing numerous issues that are scaring me, sometimes tormenting me! 

I ask you right now Jesus, in faith and with all of my existence, please, please deliver me from all fear. I gave You my soul when I became a Christian.

So right now, I choose to symbolically, hand literally hand you my problems, my fears. 

I pray, Jesus take these fears, and strengthen me against them! Protect me from every lie of the enemy that has come my way trying to deceive me.

You have told me:

"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27.

Right now, I give it all to You Jesus. Please deal with these fears for me. 

In the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God almighty, I renounce satan and all of his lies that are trying to make me afraid!

I pray that you Lord would bind every enemy and spirit of fear attempting to operate in my life and rebuke it! Protect me from it!

Lord Jesus, please also help me recognize if there is something that I am doing to allow fear to manipulate me. Please let me know if there is something wrong that needs to change. Please let me know if there is something in my environment or home, that is causing my mind to have fearful reactions.

Help us, O Heavenly Father, to dwell not on our fears, but on who you are. We can conqueror our fears only by focusing on you. Then no matter what is the cause of our fears, they will dissipate like the morning fog.

This we ask in the name of Him who overcame all of His fears by fixing his eyes on You and You alone. Amen

Thank You! Amen!

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By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit

 Dear Believer,

GOD IS CRYING OUT, “I AM FOR YOU!”

I am not against you! I am with you! I am not far away from you! 

I am more real, more alive, and more at work in this world, than you can sometimes believe!”

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, 

can’t you see and discern it, perceive it? 

I will make a way in the wilderness 

and rivers in the desert.” 

-Isaiah 43:19

We all know and can relate to a bible story or parable that begins with a voice of mercy and compassion crying out in the wilderness in those strange and desert-like, dangerous places where we least expect it but most need it.

A MAN WAS TRAVELING DOWN A WILDERNESS ROAD that was so dangerous that it was sometimes called “the way of blood” or “the bloody pass.” And there out in the wilderness, the man fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, leaving him half dead on the side of the road.

As the man lay on the roadside, somewhere between Jerusalem and Jericho, somewhere between life and death, wanting to live, but also maybe wanting to die, he is ignored by two religious leaders who are also traveling down the same road.

GOD ONLY KNOWS WHY THESE MEN WHO YOU WOULD EXPECT TO STOP AND HELP, BLATANTLY IGNORED THE MAN. Maybe the were afraid of being defiled by touching a bloody corpse, thinking it might be a dead man, and heaven forbid they break with religious practices and protocols! Perhaps they thought the robbers were still nearby, or maybe they thought the man lying on ground was only pretending, playing some sort of trick so that when they came near him he could beat and rob them. For whatever reason, they believed it was much too risky for them to stop and risk care and extend compassion.

 THEN ALONG CAME THIS OTHER MAN. Luke calls him a Samaritan, which means this was someone who was despised and rejected by the religious establishment, someone who was often misunderstood and rarely respected, someone who knew something about pain and brokenness, betrayal and abandonment, God-forsakenness.  Someone who had spent many days and nights in the wilderness, himself being tempted and tried.

THIS ONE MAN WHO WAS THE LEAST AMONG THEM in their ability to see and perceive, never expected to stop and help, saw the man. He saw the man’s wounds, saw the man’s fear, saw the man’s despair and was moved with mercy and compassion. And there in the wilderness he risked his own life as he sacrificially came to him, selflessly bent himself down to the ground, and joined the man.

The man did not have to do anything to make this one come to him. Out of pure love, unconditional and unreserved, this one just came.

He then touched the man where the man most needed healing, pouring oil and wine on the man’s wounds and bandaging them. He then picked the man up and safely carried him out of the wilderness. He stayed with him, at his side through the darkness of the night. When morning came, he paid for the man’s debts, and made the promise: “I will come back. I will return.”

CAN YOU NOW UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS GOD SEEING ONE LYING IN THE WILDERNESS IN THEIR WEAKEST, MOST BROKEN STATE? Seeing one in their most desperate, most vulnerable need, and it is God being moved with mercy and compassion for that one? 

It is a voice crying out from the heavens into the wilderness:

“I am for you, not against you, I am with you, not away from you.

I am Emmanuel! (God WITH you!)  

I will risk my own life for you. 

I will give my all to take care of your wounds and to pick you up, 

to forgive all of your debts. 

And when you are ready, I will come back, and I will take you unto myself, so that where I am, you will also be.”

 

COMPASSION AND HUMBLE SERVICE IN THIS SEASON. 

Yes, right now in this very time, begins a move and season with God for those willing to STOP on their pathways of purpose and planning and to be a voice crying out in the wilderness in those places where we may least expect it, but where it’s needed the most.

YOU AND I ARE TO GOING TO COME UPON WOUNDED PEOPLE along our paths as we journey. Their wounds are not bloody and gaping holes on the outside. Instead, their hearts are broken. They have forgotten how to smile, for real, from the inside. They are insecure, lonely, and they wish they could trust again.

THEY CARRY UNSEEN LOADS OF GUILT, SHAME, AND SELF-LOATHING. They never feel comfortable in their own skin. They feel different although they don't quite know what 'normal' is. Broken hearts, oppressed spirits, mangled emotions, and tormented thoughts. Lying along the path you just happen to be traveling.

IF YOU'VE MET CHRIST, THEN YOU'VE MET THE HEALER. The One who makes all things new, a perfect Redeemer, has touched you. You are sealed with His Spirit. Spirit-filled believer you are a stream of living water that these people need to be saved, healed, and restored. The Spirit of God is often signified in the Old Testament Scriptures as holy anointing oil, and indicated in the New Testament Scriptures to be like a heart-gladdening new wine. 

BELIEVER! DRAW OUT AND POUR IN THE OIL AND WINE TO THE HURTING AND BROKEN.

Your tongue is the ladle, and your words the stream!

Speak kind words.

Speak healing words.

Proclaim truth.

Share the absolute truth of Jesus Christ.

Pray and intercede with faith.

 

YOU AND I ARE MEANT TO BE MORE THAN AN OCCASIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN.               We are always on duty,  as an ambassador of Jesus Christ and a minister of reconciliation                  (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). You are drawing on a never-ending supply!

SO GO ON! Pour out the oil and the wine.  

A PROPHETIC INSIGHT

“It’s The Season and Time, To Pour Out The Oil and Wine”

“When I the Spirit of Grace and Compassion look down upon mankind, I do not see as man sees. No! I see each situation, hear each conversation and discern what is good and evil in each life.

My Oil, My Holy vibrant Spirit is available to overflowing for those who would willingly look with the eyes of my compassion and eyes of discernment. It will flow out and into the driest of people, working loose the cemented stones of the hardened heart. It will soothe and soften the scarred and scabbed marks of a hard life, and refresh.

It is a risky thing to go and search out those fallen by the roadside where there are so many other routes of safety to do good works. But remember, I was the One who poured out the wine, my life’s blood, so that you might live and be cleansed.

I was a man, despised and rejected, yet I obeyed and took the road, the path, which was set in front of me. And I found you, broken and bruised, lost and confused, looking for help when others abused, robbed and broke your heart and mind.

Take my oil, take the power of the wine, and use it in this hour.  Anoint and bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted, teaching those captive how to be free. From your well of compassion I will pour out upon the darkness of mankind. 

It’s time, to pour out My Oil and My wine and to create places of rest in worship and peace for those who need a resting place and haven from the battered and violent landscape of the world and it’s dangerous paths that lead to harm.

Pour! Pour! Pour!

I will do exploits as you physically and spiritually pour out the oil and the wine among my people and into the lives of those whom I will send you to.

You have been filled up with the Oil of The Holy Spirit to BURN brightly and to spill over into your generation!

 Declare it to the world! Speak it to the darkness-you have been filled and you are continuously infused with a perpetual well of power, a prophetic declaration is on your lips as the oil runs through you and you have the eyes of Christ, who has baptized you with this oil of power and anointing-to see with His discernment!

GO in power; make your proclamation and feed that vision Sons and Daughters, who pour out the Fresh Oil and Fresh wine in My name! PROCLAIM THE WORD OF LIFE!

It’s not by ability, nor by power but BY MY SPIRIT SAYS THE LORD!

And You Shall Be My Witnesses along all of the pathways that you travel! You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." - Acts 1:8

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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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