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By Mary Lindow

Last year on December 21st 2020 (which was the 1st Day of Winter) Steve and I drove to pick up salads for our dinner. It had been a challenging month having just had his Mother pass into heaven while in WuhanCovid-19 lockdowns in a nursing facility. 

 

To be honest, we were a little weary and tender in heart, and still had preparations to do for our Family Christmas Day dinner and celebration with our Son Joel and his wife Angela and our 4 Grandchildren. Our youngest son Tim and his wife Liz were in Texas with her family. This had also been during the most severe time of lockdowns and restrictions in our State.

Everything felt hard, and dark, and mean.

 

As we were driving away after picking up salads,

my sister texted and asked if we were going to look for

the  “Christmas Star”,

Or, the two planet convergence taking place that evening at dusk. I had wanted to see this and had forgotten! So we aimed the car West and watched the sky!

 

We live at an altitude of 5290 feet above sea level and have a glorious view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At this specific time of year the sun sits at a very low angle in the western sky and when it dips behind the mountains, there is an almost greenish-aqua reflective light, and at 5:15 MDST we saw the "Christmas Star" or two planets very closely spaced together (to human eyes) start to take shape in the Western sky.

 

We quickly drove to a favorite hilltop location, not too far from our home where we often go to walk and enjoy a complete 360-degree view of our surrounding area and state. We thought that at night and away from city lights we’d have a great place to see this phenomenon and view it away from too many people. This event marked the first time since 1623 that the two planets Saturn and Jupiter have passed this close to one another and also marked the nearly 800 years since the planets aligned at night. As a result, some have referred to the planetary alignment as forming a "Christmas star," in reference to the Star of Bethlehem, since the event falls only a few days before Christmas.

 

As we drove in thinking we’d take the dirt road up to the hill where there was a parking area, all around us there were HUNDREDS of people parked on the dirt driveway up the hill and on the side streets of the neighborhood surrounding it!

 

HUNDREDS of people were standing on the hill, looking Westward and upward, looking for the "Christmas Star".

The most unusual thing was taking place though.

There was a hushed "awe" in this big crowd.

 

People were either talking low or they were whispering, as if this was a sacred moment not to be disrespected by loud noises. No one was talking on his or her cell phones! WOW!

 

You could feel the questions and the cries and thoughts of those standing there watching and looking up into the sky.  You could sense the desperation of many wanting to know what to do in such and strange and dark time on planet earth and wondering why this event was taking place at this time!

 

We drove around the entirety of the hill's lower neighborhood road,

looking in amazement at all of the people, and a sudden wave

of what I would call "travail" moved me to tears and prayer.

 

Steve and I began to cry out the Father to touch the souls of those looking up into the sky, knowing that all of them are fully aware of the troubled days that they were living in. We prayed that they would risk and speak from their weary hearts to the God who hung those radiant planets that were glowing in the sky, just for them, just at this very moment in time.

 

God SO Loves the World!

He sent his Son...

…So the world might know His full expression of deep commitment to the people He created with the tips of His fingers and the breath of His being.

 

We saw more than just the "Star" that night!  We saw people, engaging in wonder!

 

Of course we know it wasn’t "THE" Christmas Star shining so very brightly in the sky, on the longest and darkest day/night of the year! (The Winter Solstice), but doesn't the Lord create things that would show signs and wonders in the heavenlies?

 

WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN THAT NIGHT,

DURING THE CUSTOMARY SEASON ON EARTH WHERE PEOPLE CELEBRATE

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, WHEN THE EARTH WAS IN SUCH TURMOIL?

(And still is!)

 

Because He knows that if He can use something to draw people to himself,

He will do it! 

 

Psalm 57:10-11 says,

“Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens;
your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky!

Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens.
May your shining glory be shown in the skies!
Let it be seen high above all the earth!”

 

Of course it’s was not the actual date of the birth of Jesus Christ in December,

nor was this the actual star that was seen by the shepherds and Wise men.

But God knows mankind knows the stories and that there was a Star to guide them, so, He wastes nothing in order to draw all men to himself.

 "This is what I will do in the last days— I will pour out  MY Spirit on everybody

and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions

and your old men will experience dreams from God. 

The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants,

men and women alike, and they will prophesy

I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above,

and mighty miracles on the earth below.  - Acts 2:17 -19

 

These planets would be closest to each other in the sky on Dec. 21, appearing only a tenth of a degree apart but they would remain in close alignment for a few days and would be easily visible to the naked eye when looking toward the slight southwest west just after sunset on first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

NOW! THIS IS THE PART WHERE THE KINDNESS

AND SUPERNATURAL TOUCH OF GOD,

TOOK PLACE FOR STEVE AND I!

 

We had had a very intense and sad family upset with some stressed out relatives the night before and had done a bit of damage control and counseling of everyone, but our hearts were hurting over words that had been spoken and the pain that they had caused for many. (Holidays can often bring out the dysfunctions and anger in some people who tend to not address personal issues.) We gently but firmly coached a few involved to see things more accurately and to go and correct there bad choice of words and apologize. They did, but the upset left everyone feeling grieved and raw.

 

On Christmas Eve we like to take a tray of home baked treats to a few of our neighbors and wish them a Joyful Christmas. I had asked Steve to run a final tray across the street to some neighbors who hadn’t been home earlier.  As I was standing at the kitchen sink rinsing out a bowl that had held cookie dough, I was talking to the Lord and sharing my heart and sadness with Him about missing my precious Mother in Law, the strangeness of the dark world of a bio-terror weapon that was causing such fear and sickness, and the grief I felt after the tense family situation. 

I asked Him to pour over Steve and I, his holiness and peace and I asked him to receive an offering of praise out of this sorrow, thanking him for coming to earth as a Savior in such a dark and wicked world.

 

I then had a thought that reminded me, that the “Christmas Star was still visible in the sky on that night and I realized the timing right then would be perfect to view from our front porch. We have this unusual glow in the West in the winter months when the sun is setting and I could see the hue as I walked toward our front door, which has glass in it. 

As I stepped out onto the porch I could see the two stars, which were a bit more separated at this point, but absolutely clear.

 

What took place next was something I have no explanation

as to where it came from, but the timing of it

was so precise and overwhelming

that I just stood there in awe, and wept.

 

A CHORUS OF VOICES BEGAN SINGING SILENT NIGHT, Holy Night, Son of God, Loves Pure Light, Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of Redeeming Grace, Jesus Lord at thy birth, Jesus Lord at Thy Birth.

There were no instruments accompanying the voices and it wasn’t coming from a house or car nearby. It was out in the open air and reverberating over our street, softly and simply.

 

Steve was coming back across the street about the time the voices began to sing and we stood there on our lawn looking at the stars growing brighter as the sky grew darker, and marveled at this singing.

It was just one song. Then no more. 

(We wondered if there was an outdoor service somewhere and maybe the sound was travelling, but the words were very clear and understandable.)

 

THE MOMENT WAS AS IF WE WERE SUSPENDED IN TIME, and the Presence of God softly fell on us and around us, and soothed our weary souls. 

We felt His Rest come upon us, and understood the awe that the shepherds must have experienced on that first real nativity night when, “Suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”  

-Luke 2:13-14

 

ALL I CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THESE EVENTS IS THAT GOD ALMIGHTY

SEES AND KNOWS EVERY MINUTE DETAIL OF OUR EVERY DAY.

He sees our struggles and our sorrows and our love for Him as well!

 

WE ARE IN A TIME LIKE NO OTHER TIME BEFORE ON EARTH, and yet the history of evil men and women attempting to stop the power of the Savior and the King of Heaven moving on earth among His people, has been a non-stop war since time began.

 

We are to be expecting HIS evidence in the earth with great exploits

and moves of His Dynamic Force.

 

He is not unaware of our great need for His Help and Protection from filthy and evil men and women who are given over to demonic possession.

 

We live in day and age where it will take Divine Intervention

to shake the lukewarm believer out of passivity,

and for the world to know that God is Sovereign.

 

BE READY AND EXPECT SIGNS AND WONDERS.

Test them. Be alert.

Be Ready to tell of the Wonders of His Love.

 

LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM!

AND

LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING OF THE WONDERS OF HIS LOVE!

 

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A TIME LIKE NO OTHER TIME - WALKING ON THE EDGE OF THE PRECIPICE LIVING ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY - An Urgent Prophetic Exhortation

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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)  - Proverbs 16:18

 

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?)

 - Mark 13:12-13.

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 THE SLUMBERING, 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, overindulged 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 a 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 indulgence 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 overindulgence, 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 may be 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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By Mary Lindow

 "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  -Psalm 139:14

 

WE ARE STRANGE AND EXQUISITE CREATURES.

We can ache for God tremendously; yet find ourselves getting nervous if God gets too close! After all, the closer God gets, the more we hear the call to be unpolluted. It's both exciting and frightening to hear that call!

A STORY: Once upon a time there was a little plant that was small and whose growth was stunted, for it lived under the shade of a giant oak tree. The little plant valued the shade that covered it and highly enjoyed and lavished the quiet rest that its majestic friend provided. Yet there was a greater blessing prepared for this little plant.

One day a lumberjack entered the forest with a sharp ax and cut down the giant oak! The little plant began to weep, crying out, "My shelter has been taken away! Now every fierce wind will blow on me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!"

The guardian angel of the little plant responded, "NO! Now the sun will shine and showers will fall on you more abundantly than ever before! Now your stunted form will spring up into loveliness, and your flowers, which could never have grown to full perfection in the shade, will laugh in the sunshine. Many will say, look how that plant has grown. How gloriously beautiful it has become by removing that which was its shade and comfort!"

THE TRAINING OF A SPIRITUAL COMRADE

We need to see that the Lord wisely trains his soldiers by calling them to difficult travels and service. He strengthens them through wildernesses and mountains. God knows that spiritually armed Soldiers can only be developed in battle and are not developed in times of calm. We can only become true seasoned soldiers of Christ when we train and serve in the preparation time of the inhospitable surroundings.

TRUST FOR A SEASON!

It's all about trusting God in the end. Oh yes it is! We often ask in the heat of difficult battles whether they are mental battles, spiritual battles, and financial battles. "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

 

THE LORD IS PRODUCING STAMINA! 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, TO CRY TO HIM!

He is there! Even in this fog of struggle, loss, anxiety, or seeming success! He wants us to be desperate for Him and is training us to rely on His voice.

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

TIE YOURSELF TO THE HAND OF GOD!

Get a "rope of expectation"(the word of God) and tie yourself to it. Hold on! The boding evil is nearly over! The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness And put on the armor of light." -Romans 13:12

INTIMATE PLACE OF COMMUNICATION

It would be a powerful opportunity for all of us to get on our knees in an intimate place of communication with the Lord, and refresh our commitment to purity, and with a willing heart to yield to the bidding of the Father.

"They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers.

They all march in line, not swerving from their course." -Joel 2:7

LET OUR HEARTS WILLINGLY Give Him Room to Move Freely ...

...in our daily actions in this Life.

We do this by clearing away or removing anything that feeds and pampers our flesh and our own concepts of the Kingdom.

WE PREPARE HIM A PLACE

A throne in our hearts from which He can reign and activate His anointing.

"No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs.

He wants to please his commanding officer." -2 Timothy 2:4 1

"As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeits just as it has taught you, remain in him." -John 2:27 

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By the Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow

 

"Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, 

and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, 

though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him."

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

 

PULLED AND TESTED, STRETCHED AND RESTRAINED


In all of our lives as believers, we face times and settings where there is a feeling of being pulled and tested, stretched and restrained.

Often, during these excruciating events, those who avoid personal character development tend to give unrestrained advice, spiritualized platitudes, and often, trumped up words of so-called prophetic inspiration to help us not suffer so!

As we begin to see the Lord's plan in all of this we also come to
understand that if we are not first hearing His voice, His heart, His word in the matters that are straining us, nothing any man or woman says can bring the ultimate light of clarity and release! 


 

WINTER SPRING SUMMER AND FALL
 

We all face seasons of change that correspond much like the four seasons we observe yearly.

Nothing is more surprising than to have an interruption of what we presume to be what is "normal" for an earthly expectation, in one of those seasons.

When a sudden ice storm blows in unexpected in the late spring and encrusts the tender blooms on fruit trees and garden plants, we are devastated by the loss of not only the blooms, but also the fruit it could have produced. It appears as if there has been a cruel storm sent to cause crop failure.

  

THIS CURRENT SEASON OF DIVINE TENSION

For many reading this Message, you feel as if you have experienced a "Crop failure", perhaps several, and just cannot take one more aching disappointment. Many hearts have passed their tender agonies to me on paper, in emails and through the telephone.

ANGUISH HAS ITS OWN PERFUME 

I too have heard the whispers of the voices of darkness try to entice,with wearisome words of worry, paranoia and doubting!

"Give up!" they say! "What good is this time of shaking doing?"

"What possible good can come out of believing that there is something occurring that will bring a fresh advancement when all seems to have stalled or strained?"

And yet, another set of voices would tempt with words of esteem whispering;

"Make it happen! 

Proclaim mighty deeds and things to come with fervor, flair and well honed words of impact!"

"Use it or lose it!"

"Promote, push, and publish! It is all yours for the taking!"

Both of these voices come from the subtleties of the soul and well oiled spiritual voices trained by the prince of lies and fleshly impulse.

But.

In the midst of these strains and attempts to distract comes a clear undeniable "Divine Tension" that pulls and stretches the heart of the humbled believer.

It calls simply, firmly, and does not lack a depth of confidence and direction.

This “Presence” causes a clash with all that seems to be "the way of man" and will not relent.

 

THE EARTH IN TURMOIL


It doesn't take much to understand that the earth is in upheaval, rivalry, and chaos wherever we look. There is a tangible and penetrating "tension" in the events we are seeing unfold every day. Parallel to this explosion of pure evil and lulling to sleep of many, there is a Divine Course being laid out for those who have come to the end of themselves.

ETERNITY IS IN THE SIGHTS OF THOSE LOOKING TO A KINGDOM YET UNSEEN


The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been preparing a bride. This is done only through the shaping tools of heavenly choice.

The chisel and hammer have been at times brutal and unflinching, yet, when the soft hand of The Almighty begins to apply the oil of polishing, He does it with His own hand as well.

He makes it beautiful in His own timing, even though the “Divine Tension” seems as if it might cause us to "snap" under the pressure of His hand, smoothing away the roughness of our thoughts and soul's intentions.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;

Yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

  

HEARING, REFINING, HEEDING
 

The King of all Glory is training those who have been thrust on the altar of fire to hear from Him as one who strains to catch the song of a bird in distant meadow.

It takes the "spiritual ear" and training it to identify even the slightest note or sound, however distant, and to learn to silence the sounds and voices of distraction until the  "honing in" on the sound, the glorious sound of peace, finally directs and sustains us with all that we hear.

And then, having drunk deeply of the Voice of the Beloved and Divine Counselor, quickly, without mental filing way of instructions, we move and heed His mapping out of plans for this appointed time.

 

RISING FROM THE ASHES OF THE REFINING OF GOD


So! Unto those who hear this word from heaven, claiming you are one of Heaven's very own, know that you are being formed and fashioned into sober, clean containers, prepared for infilling.

My Spirit will fall upon those who are not seeking to lay claim to My voice, but instead HEED My voice and SEEK My face. 

They shall be examples of purity in My Kingdom and will not strive among the self-promoting and "wordy".

The broken will be safe in the arms of these who have passed through the current season of being pulled and tested, stretched and restrained and they will restore the devastated.

My "faithful hearts" will not be compelled to build agendas for Me and My Presence, because I will BE the Presence that creates the Manifestations of Glory and Might in the earth, without the fanfares of men.

You have been reduced to desperation in order that I might restore you to Inspired living, in full fellowship with ME.

 

Isaiah 61

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,

Because the LORD has anointed me

To preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim freedom for the captives

And release from darkness for the prisoners,

 

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor

And the day of vengeance of our God,

To comfort all who mourn,

 

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion

To bestow on them a crown of beauty

Instead of ashes,

The oil of gladness

Instead of mourning,

And a garment of praise

Instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

A planting of the LORD

For the display of his splendor.

 

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" THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow 2014 ©

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If you have been impressed by the Holy Spirit to assist and bless the needs that Mary has when asked to travel and minister in different nations and to different people groups, as well as helping her to meet other administrative needs, 

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with Spirit-led Love gifts or regular support: 

Please send your gift in the form of: 


Personal Checks

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