Sunday, May 28, 2017

"SOWING SEEDS AND DEEDS OF GREATNESS" - MERCY





By Mary Lindow

Then he (Jesus) added,
"Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture:
'I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.'
For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous,
But those who know they are sinners."
Matthew 9:13

It has been said that after the French Revolution, a certain convict that was released on parole traveled the countryside in search of a new beginning. Being an ex-con, as you would expect, led to complications in this search, and he wound up at the gates of a clergyman who agreed to host him for the night.
The convict, as is well known, takes advantage of the bishop’s generosity: getting up early before dawn, he takes off with the bishop’s silver; his escape however is hindered by the local Police Inspector, who after seemingly catching him presents the presumed thief to the bishop for identification. The bishop, without missing a beat, covers for his sneaky guest and speaks such words of kindness over the convict’s past present and future, through releasing him even though caught red handed and deserving of further punishment.
His words? They were profound and dripped of Mercy.

"My friend, you forgot to take the candlesticks as well."

For those of you who are perhaps not familiar with the story about the convict/man and the priest I just spoke of, I am referring to Victor Hugo’s book “ Les Miserables.”
I think Victor Hugo shows something of the challenge of today’s Message of the Gospel that Jesus would want us each to hear and to act upon.
"Be merciful, as your Father is merciful." -Luke 6:36

NOBODY LIKES A BULLY OR TO BE TALKED DOWN TO.
Maybe it is easy for us to be merciful when we have the upper hand.  If someone comes begging for forgiveness, it becomes a show–of generosity of spirit, but a show nonetheless–that we are in some way better than that person. Picture elegant royals, who, moments before the execution of a criminal would decree their royal pardon, leaving a lasting impression of compassion upon those pleading for another chance.

THIS IS NOT THE WAY GODLY MERCY WORKS.
Oh how merciful is our Father! It’s not that our faults are not important to an immeasurable God. We have without a doubt deeply wounded the ties that bind us to him.
Yet he still holds out his hand, bloodied and deformed holes in them, created by the nails put in, even to his enemies.

TODAY JESUS INVITES US TO RE-EVALUATE OUR MERCY:
How deeply do I forgive those who offend me?
Do I pray for them, or allow my forgiveness to become a show of winning the upper hand?  (Another way of showing false humility.)
The forgiving priest not only forgave Jean Valjean’s theft, he created an excuse for him, and even gave away the last of his own treasure, in the hopes that Valjean would be able to start a new life, knowing that he was shown the purest of love and authentic mercy.

MERCY MEANS…
Empathy, pity, sympathy, understanding; favor, grace; benevolence, care, compassion, gentleness, goodness, goodwill, humaneness, kindliness, meekness, mildness, niceness, softness, tenderness; generosity, affection, devotion, love, worship

IT ALSO MEANS…
…Letting go of harshness, accusation, presuming you know better what others need in order for them to better serve God. When we act out like this, we become much like Javert the Police Inspector hounding and lording it over Jean Valjean, bent on making sure all deeds that do not measure up to our way of justice are fully dealt with.
He felt sure that God wanted him to be the individual who would measure out justice and harsh terms of punishment in order to break John Valejan, thus having him pay the price of his wickedness and perchance if once finally shattered and broken, he may perhaps have God look his way .

"DON'T GET MAD -- GET EVEN?”
This seems to be the usual way people view the world nowadays. We should be thankful that God takes a different view of things. Although the Bible makes it clear that God is the Great Judge who hates all evil doing, he is also the Merciful One, who forgives and accepts people who turn to him.
Occasionally God chooses not to grant us mercy; for the purpose of judgment, rebuke, discipline, or testing. Fortunately, for most of us, this is the exception, not the rule.  For the time being, God has shown incredible patience and mercy by withholding most of the effects of our sins.
I will have mercy, on whom I will have mercy,
And I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."
Rom 9:15
  
GOD IS NOT ALWAYS SCOLDING US!
"He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever."
Psalm 103:9
Could God find reasons to scold His children all the time? Indeed, He could! None of us are perfect. We could all do better.
However, as justified as scolding us would be, God realizes that we would easily be discouraged if all we ever heard was scolding.
When He scolds us He is correcting us so that we confess our sins and do better.
"The Lord All-Powerful says, “They belong to me; on that day they will be my very own. 
As a parent shows mercy to his child who serves him, I will show mercy to my people."
Malachi 3:17

ASK GOD FOR THE HELP YOU NEED TO OVERCOME SIN.
Face the reality that much of the suffering in our fallen world is caused by human sin.   But count on the fact that God is merciful toward all sinners. Whenever you recognize a situation in which some of your own sin has contributed to your suffering, pray for help, and God will give you the strength you need to overcome sin. Stop holding onto any sinful secrets that have been causing guilt, shame and bitterness in your soul. Confess your sins specifically, repent of them, accept the forgiveness that God offers you, and embrace the power that God gives you to move forward into a better life.

LISTEN FOR GOD SPEAKING IN THE SILENCE.
When your suffering becomes so painful that you can’t make any sense of it or figure out how to endure it, you may feel as if you’re trapped in silence, since nothing that other people say or do to try to help actually breaks through to you. But when you’re at the point where you don’t hear anything else, you can actually hear God best, since you’re less likely to get distracted by the world’s noise around you. In the silence, pour out your thoughts and feelings to God in prayer, and then listen to what He has to say to you. God won’t shout, but He will whisper, to encourage you to keep drawing closer to Him.

SUFFERING IS ALL AROUND YOU IN THIS FALLEN WORLD.
Sometimes it’s so tragic that it’s heartbreaking. Yet, God promises that He is loving and merciful. How can you reconcile these two realities that seem like they compete against each other?
The key is to look for God’s mercy, even when it seems like it can’t exist with the suffering you encounter. God’s mercy is a stronger force than even the worst suffering, and when you look for it, you’ll find it.
The spirit, which he sent to live in us, wants us for him alone.
James 4:5

WE ARE GOD’S OWN.
LET US NOT BE AFRAID TO BE LIKE OUR FATHER.

Let our hearts be conduits of God’s mercy, knowing that we ourselves have been forgiven so very much.
Let us communicate our thanks to Him by being overflowing vessels of kind and tender expression, showing God’s mercy to all.

The Lord is kind and shows mercy.
He does not become angry quickly
But is full of love.
Psalm 145:8

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

WHY DO WE FEAR THE FIRE OF GOD? - A Prophetic Word






By the Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow

In one of His most confrontational statements Jesus said, 
“I have come to bring fire on the earth.”

There are times in the Scripture in which fire is a symbol of judgment but in the great majority of references fire is used to point out God’s divine presence. His words make it clear that the meaning behind His words, “I have come to bring fire” refers to something more than a cozy flame to cuddle up to!

In this unique statement from Jesus the fire He is speaking of is not literally fire as in flames but a spiritual representation. He is speaking of the burning, exciting, dynamic presence of God in the lives of people. The fire that illuminates His incredible presence, produces unlimited power, burns away the dross and impurities and attracts people to Him.
That is the Fire of God.


THE FIRE OF GOD IS NOT GIVEN TO MAKE US COZY… 
…But holy, and to stir us up. 

When Moses saw the burning bush God first warned him that he was standing on holy ground, and then told him of the great thing He was about to do, to release Israel from the captivity of Pharaoh (Ex 3).

When Isaiah was in the temple and it filled with smoke of the burning holiness of God, his awareness of being unclean came first, before God equipped him to be His messenger. When God’s fire comes to the hearts of men and women their spirits are freed from the awful bondage of idolatry.

When God’s fire comes, the enemy will be destroyed. That is why we should pray,
“O, Lord -send the fire. Your fire. Send your consuming, changing, restoring, victorious fire!”


WE SING ABOUT THE FIRE OF GOD IN MANY OF OUR HYMNS. 

There is a song I have known for years that says,

“Oh, Lord, you’re beautiful. Your face is all I seek. 
For when your eyes are on this child, your grace abounds to me.

O Lord, please light the fire, which once burned bright and clear, 
Replace the lamp of my first love, that burned with holy fear.”

Lord, send your fire! 
May we sense and know Your burning, exciting, dynamic presence in our lives and among Your people.”


“OH HOW YOU FEAR THE FIRE!” - A PROPHETIC WORD

“It is as if you think that I might truly do something unloving to burn you or disfigure you!

I am a God of fire! Yes! But a HOLY fire! 
A fire that burns away wood, hay, and dead scraps lying around 
in your heart. They are littering the places that I want to bring My Glory into!

When My Fire pursues you it drives away any voice or lust or 
any other enemy of your soul!
You will come to a place where 
you no longer need to have the splash of fanfare or the 
rumblings of the earth to know that I Am in your presence!

Instead. 
The Fire brings you to a place just like it did Moses!
 He saw My Holy Fire in a bush on a hill.

I spoke to Him and told Him He was on HOLY ground!

"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, 
 
"And like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
 Jeremiah 23:29

I was a still, small voice, speaking out from inside of a fire!

Listen! 
I am calling out to you!
Be quiet! 
Silence the noise around you! 

Get quiet with Me. 
Put away the busyness that you get caught up into!

After the “Fire” a still small voice. 

1Kings19: 12


My Passion Fire is calling out to You!

I have things I want to whisper into your spirit-man!

I have words that will sustain you through all of the
 fiery trials and tests you will inevitably pass through!

“If this is so, 
 Then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials.” 
 
2 Peter 2:9

If you want the Fire of I the Living God to be evident
 in your ministry, whether it is in the marketplace, the home,
or abroad, Listen to My still small voice. 

It will in turn resound like a roaring ocean to those whom 
you will minister to.
“O Lord of hosts, 
 How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

Psalms 84: 12

Trust. 
The issue that everyone on earth deals with day in and day out. 

Putting your trust in things that last for only a season or a few years can be very risky and very disappointing.

I have told My people to trust in ME with ALL of their heart
 and I will make their paths straight.
Yet - continually they put
 their trust in people, and idols made of gold, positions of power, 
and in themselves and invented doctrines of seasonal passing!

Lasting blessings can only come from trusting in Me. 
 
The real issue is that you don’t really think that I will do
 what I say I will do! 
So... You take it into your own hands! When you finally lay down your need to control those all around you and trust in Me, then you will be blessed! Blessed with safety, peace of mind and above all, 
blessed by My pleasure in your resting in My plan.

“See to it that you do not refuse HIM who is speaking!” 
 
Hebrews 12:25

Oh how many times My people have said to Me, 
 “Later Lord! I will do it Later?” 

You exhort others to obey quickly and yet you will drag your
 feet and put Me off until you “feel” like following through!

“It is the LORD your God you must follow, 
and him you must revere. 

Keep his commands and obey him; 
serve him and hold fast to him.” 

Deuteronomy 13:4

Do not refuse Me when I speak to you when I send you to do
 something in My Name! 
You might fear for your own reputation, 
but a life could be hanging in the balance! 

You do not have the luxury of “denying your King!”

If you wish to be caught up into higher dimensions in My Spirit, 
and, if you long for the “deep that calls unto deep", be faithful 
to ACT when I give you a command!!”

Psalm 119:57
 "You are my portion, O LORD; 
 I have promised to obey your words."
Psalm 119:60
 "I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands."


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Friday, January 27, 2017

"LOT'S WIFE - A DIVIDED HEART" - THE WORLD TRAPPED BY PLEASURE, PAIN & POWER


By Mary Lindow

How can we explain this wave of the loss of spiritual discernment and power?  

How does the seductive darkness steal the very heart out of the Christian experience?

One thing is for 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 "oneupmanship" that they cannot let go in time. They will suffer with terrible and shocking consequences over the things which 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. 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 were going live through the final traumatic moments of earth's history. He is saying it to the believer ( you and I ) 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, then keep my commandments." 

Disobedience is worse than anything because it is an act of disloyalty in its very nature.
It says, "I can handle this. I'm clever and informed!" But that's not what being obedient requires. It's willingly and honestly walking away from anything that keeps you from allowing your heart to be "re-created" and cleaned. Don't risk the "look back" - upon the pleasures of being in the "vibe" of the humming world machine. The result will be the loss of the "homing device" of God's directional Voice, and the absence of the Holy Presence of the fullness of God's Spirit. 

Whisper this prayer and verse with me, into the ear of God. 

"Create, form in me a new, clean heart, O God, 
filled with clean thoughts and right desires. 
Don’t toss me aside, banished forever from your presence. 
Please! Don’t remove your Holy Spirit from me. 
Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 
AMEN

~Psalm 51:10-12

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

“THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT WILL TRY MEN’S SOULS” - A TIME FOR DIRECTIONAL ADJUSTMENT (Prophetic Song of The Lord at End of Message)






By Mary Lindow through the Holy Spirit


My heart aches and yes, even trembles a bit at the broad measure of deception that has had a huge increase in these difficult days.

Spirits that imitate the voice of our Savior are cloaking themselves as Angels of light and also come masquerading as the Voice of the Holy Spirit in order to distract and lure believers away, slowly from sound convictions, godly warnings, and above all, THE still small Voice.

The Bible tells us that deception; doctrines of demons, and false prophets will increase.

The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some would depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

It feels as if those days are upon us and though we might try to withdraw or hide, we cannot escape them; we must overcome in the midst of them, for this is the will of God concerning us.

Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the passionate Christian than for the lukewarm and the self-satisfied.


THE SEEKER AFTER GOD'S BEST THINGS IS EAGER TO HEAR 
ANYONE WHO OFFERS A WAY BY WHICH HE CAN OBTAIN THEM.”
~A.W. Tozer

The type of person Mr. Tozer is speaking about, longs for some new experience, some superior view of truth, some operation of the Spirit that will raise him or her above the dead level of religious bumpiness they see all around them, and for this reason these people are ready to lean a concerned ear towards the “new and the amazing” in faith, first and foremost if it is presented by someone with an attractive personality and a reputation for “enhanced” saintliness.

HOWEVER, our Lord Jesus the great Shepherd of His sheep has not left His flock to the ruthlessness of the wolves. He has given us the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit and yes, the natural ability of common sense watching, and He expects us to apply ourselves to their help all the time.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good," said Paul.
(I Thess. 5:21)

"Beloved, believe not every spirit," wrote John, "but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world"
I John 4:1

"Beware of false prophets," our Lord warned, "which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
Matt. 7:15


A TIME FOR DIRECTIONAL ADJUSTMENT

We are in much need of a directional adjustment as believers in the Body of Christ right now as the world 
turns itself upside down with malice, dictatorships, and political posturing. We 
need to be certain that nothing of the world and its behaviors are hidden in our own 
hearts. We must hear that magnetic pulling voice of the Holy Spirit, and obey it 
without turning left or right.



"So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; 
 
do not turn aside to the right or to the left."
Deuteronomy 5:32



NOTHING THAT COMES FROM GOD WILL MINISTER TO OUR PRIDE 
OR SELF-CENTEREDNESS

N O T H I N G!

If we are tempted to be conceited and to feel superior because we have had an incredible vision or a radical spiritual experience, or if we feel extraordinarily more well informed or gifted with educational pursuits and feel the need to inflict our “superior-ness” upon others, we should fall immediately to our knees and repent of the ugly and fleshly, self-serving thing! We have fallen and have been duped by the arrogant and self-deceived enemy of our souls, Lucifer.

“For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.” - 1 John 2:16

LOOKING FOR CONTINUAL SAFETY AND HELP?

When we walk in the way of surrender and tenderness with our ears tuned in towards the frequency of the 
”still small voice of God”, we actually walk in a safe haven or overshadowing safety of the Presence of God. Training our spiritual ears to hear the voice of the 
Father creates and provides a lifetime “guarantee” of knowing when the storms or troubles will arise as well as intense persecution.  There 
is a promise for direction from a place of Divine Protection and direction whenever it’s 
needed.

"Therefore my heart is glad 
and my tongue rejoices; 

My body also will rest secure.” - Psalm 16:9

REST AND WAITING IS CRUCIAL

The man or woman with an honest heart will find no difficulty here. It is the hardest thing the mind and body to do! Learning to rest and wait when the world is 
screaming at a fevered pitch, 
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?
It is a hard 
learned yet reachable discipline if we will lean into it and ask for God’s help.

Yes, only HE can train us in this discipline of rest and waiting. Our flesh will never give into it willingly. Hear and then HEED the Voice of God calling you to enter into His rest. It is a place of pleasant 
minimalism and uncluttered guidelines. His Presence silences all of the noise of the day 
and noise of the Head.

ANY REAL WORK OF GOD IN OUR HEART 
WILL TEND TO MAKE US UNABLE TO ENJOY WORLD'S FELLOWSHIP.

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
(I John 2:15)

It can be declared clearly, that any spirit that allows “give and take” with the world…

…Is a deceiving spirit.


GOD’S PRESENCE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY FOR THE WEARY

Dear Child of God! 
There is no judgment or shame there. 
It is a restful place of learning to take up an easy yoke and a light burden.

Perhaps right now…. as you read this…you might need to get away from music in 
headphones or speakers, away from the ring tones on your new awesome phone with all of those cool new apps, and enter into 
the safe haven of God.
Lay down the weight of worry and frustration. The anger at life all bottled up in 
rage and gloom! All you need to take with you into the place of refuge is a willing and listening heart. 
Ready to trust the Divine Protector and Provider.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, 
O LORD,
Even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 33:22

PLEASE SIT BACK AND LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING PROPHETIC SONG 
FROM THE SPIRIT OF GOD! 
IT WILL SING LIFE INTO YOUR WEARY SOUL! 

CAPTAIN OF YOUR SOUL ©
Spontaneous Prophetic Song of The Lord

There is a river of life; there is a river that flows
From the city of God, There is a river of life
There is an ocean, Deep and wide and strong
And there is a pathway, in the water wide and long

There is a Master, Captain, at the helm of life
And there is Someone standing,
Steering the course in the fog at night
Even though the times that you can't see Me
Even though the times that you can't hear Me
I am the echo in the night

There is an ocean deep and wide
And there is a river flowing by your side
And even though the darkness might come
Remember the promise I've given you
I will guide you in the storms of life

Come with Me a while and see, that I am He
The Captain at the helm
Come and see that I have a course now set
In the heavenly realms

There is a river, a place for you to flow
There is a river, there is something more
For you to know

Let me take control, let Me drift your life away
For in the darkness of night
You can hear Me better say

I am the Captain of your soul
And I am the Master of the storm
Remember when you can't feel
Remember when you can't set your sail
Remember when there's no breezes
Remember there is a voice that pleases

There is a river, there is an ocean
There is a Captain at the helm

And though you might not see Me
And though you might not feel Me
I am still in the heavenly realm
I am still in the heavenly helm

Captain of the sea
Captain of the storm
Come and rest with Me

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