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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.

 

Duplication and sharing of this message is welcomed provided that

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" THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow 2014 ©

www.globalprayerrooms.com

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, 

or 

if you have a desire to bless her service 

with Spirit-led Love gifts or regular support: 

Please send your gift in the form of: 


Personal Checks

Business Checks

Money Orders

Cashiers Checks 


To:

His Beloved Ministries Inc.


PO Box 1253

Denver  Colorado 80614

USA


 OR


If you have no problem using your 

cards responsibly, feel free to use

 our account with 

Pay Pal


Under the name of

His Beloved Ministries Inc.


ALL gifts are tax deductible under

His Beloved Ministries 5013c non-profit status.


We are financially accountable and have been in full compliance since 1985 with Clergy Financial Advantage.

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