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By Mary Lindow
The Lord has prepared us for this season.
He wants us to focus on the path ahead of us.
The refining is painful but brings correction and is beautiful at the end.
Psalm 16: 11 says
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
You have tried my heart;
You have visited me by night;
You have tested me and You find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
THE LORD WANTS US TO KNEEL
...Before him in repentance, for it rids us of our self-focus. Light comes when we are delivered from ourselves!
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light
THE LORD WANTS US TO PAY ATTENTION
...To our “eye gates.” What we look at.
Our hearts need to be locked into His gates.
He says, “Look to me!”
And His arms are the gates that are holding us.
Psalm 118 Vs 19
Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD
HE WANTS US TO STAY IN THE INNER COURT
...And minister Him. He is wanting us to get to “Ground Zero.”
Go into it and let all things of the flesh melt.
My eyes shall [look with favor]
upon the faithful of the land,
that they may dwell with me;
He/she who walks blamelessly,
He/she shall minister to me.
HE WANTS US TO BE DELIVERED
...From disappointments or the feeling of being unworthy
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
You see, it is fear that holds us back and fear that causes us to to feel paralyzed or paranoid and so we are not able to move ahead in:
THE LORD IS CALLING US OUT TO RISK.
He will not fail us!
He will not cause us to stumble, but He will cause us to grow and mature into the saint that will cause people out in the world to want to listen to what we have to share.
If we act ashamed of the Gospel and we act religious, then people are not interested in what we have to say. Whatever “fresh thing” we think that we are bringing.
But when we have the sweet presence of God flowing out of our lives, when we have His grace and abundance, and mercy and kindness is expressed in actions and deeds of tremendous forgiveness, then the world is drawn to something tender and sweet. And it answers the hollowness of their own lives.
THE LORD WANTS US TO BE RESTING
He is using His “holy sandpaper” to get down to the beauty of the true wood in our lives.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
My salvation comes from him.
Psalm 62: 5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
My hope comes from him.
Dear Child of God.
I encourage you to understand that the pressure that you are under or perhaps even the sorrow or suffering that seems so unbearable, is not something that you need to consider as a punishment from the Lord.
It is He, driving us into a place where we are dependent upon Him only.
He allows the sorrows in order for us to find out just how weak we are in our own abilities, and how strong He is to deliver us.
I encourage you today to move into today what is known as WAR.
Knowing just what really is the Wisdom of God.
To seek it out and find it.
What does it mean to move ahead into the deeper things of God? Usually, it means dying to our own pleasure, our own self, which seems to be a bit of a paradox compared to what we like to do. Thinking that if we produce more, we move ahead more. But the Lord says, “ He that humbles himself in My sight, I WILL raise up at the right time.
The Lord desires for each of us that we would have a season of reconciliation. He desires that we would be brought back to a place of rest with those whom we may have been in strife with.
I encourage you that if there is anyone that you need to reconcile with or ask if you have in anyway offended them, go to them.
If they do not receive you well, know that the Lord will continue to work on your behalf deep within their heart.
LET US COME INTO A HOLY PLACE
...As this season of the Lord moves across the earth.
He is drawing His saints together to lay down their religious strongholds and opinions as well as judgments of one another. Choosing instead, to bend their knees humbly and cry out to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords to reveal Himself in all of His grace and Mercy to them.
Let us, be some of the very first people to bow our knees, to pray for one another, to ask the Father that He would again touch the planet Earth one more time with a great fiery move of His Spirit. That those that are lost, broken and deceived would have their eyes opened and their understanding made clear that the Son of God has come and redeemed them from the curse.
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THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow
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