Friday, December 23, 2011
By Mary Lindow
As I sit here on a pre-Christmas evening with candles flickering and the wafting a pine and spicy scent all around the room, I am stirred to write the last message for the year 2011 that I feel the Father would have me share.
I know that it is a very busy time for most of you who are either listening to this as a podcast or reading the message. However, I believe that if you would take a few minutes to receive what the Lord has for you I this last posting of the year, you will be not only ministered to, but also, deeply touched.
I have often wondered what it was like to hear the first utterances of Jesus as an infant. Most likely, he cried out just like all children do when they enter earth's bright, cold and harsh world, leaving the warmth and protection of a mother’s womb.
I can imagine the entire Kingdom of heaven bending its ear to hear the “sound” of Hope and promise as Jesus cried out after taking in his first breath. All of creation knew that this cry was the voice of salvation. Heaven was once again, wedded to earth! The “second” Adam…. Was here.
When our first son Joel was born,
my first thought when I heard him begin to cry was that he sounded like a baby lamb “bleating” for his mother. And that sound caused my heart to soar into a moment of overwhelming elation. I was a Mother!! And “life” had cried out from the new being, birthed from my own body.
When our second son Timothy was born,
I was even more aware than my first birth, of the supernatural event, taking place. I was being entrusted by God to raise up children to be “voices of His promise” in the earth.
I desire to share with you the gift of that “sound” or the legacy of a generational sound being passed down through three generations. The next part of this message will be, just that.
… I was preparing a podcast and our Grandson James-David who is seven years old was listening to me edit the audio. His Daddy, (Joel) is a gifted musician and vocalist as well, and has sung and played for this little boy since he was born.
When I had finished recording the message that I was preparing I then asked little James if he would like to hear some music I had been working on for a potential new recording project I was starting to put together. I played the musical piece for him off of my computer where I had been working on it. When it finished, he said to me, “Grandma? That music sounds like God music. It made me feel so happy in my heart!”
Of course, it made me just burst inside of my own heart with great tenderness to this perceptive child! Then, he told me that he would like to make a podcast too, just like I did! I asked him what would he want to say and to whom if he “did a podcast.
His words were,
“Grandma. I want to speak to the people who are sad and feel alone and tell them God is there and He loves them.”
And so… I let him tell me what he wanted to say,
…And I recorded him speaking it, as the music that I wrote, played along with his message. Little did I know, that God had timed the music and that little child’s heartfelt prayer to match in not only timing, but in melody and beauty. The music ended just as he did, and he sang out all on his own at the end, without any of my prompting. He had heard the music only twice.
I will not tell you much more…
…But rather let you hear for yourself, the “Heart cry” of a child, and the spontaneous expression of praise that came out of this moment. I have played it for a few other friends, and the presence of God fell upon them, and there was weeping and a stunned amazement at not only the impact of the message, but also the reality of
“ A little child shall lead them” type of truth hitting them right between the eyes!
(And… into the very middle of their hearts.)
May the “Voice” of God speak to you and move you to worship as He ministers to you through this pure and simple child’s message and prayer. It is God’s gift to the weary, the lonely, and those who hunger for more of a simpler and holy life hidden in the Palm of His hand, saturated in His word.
“Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.”
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Perhaps you might know of someone who needs to hear the “Voice of God” speaking to them in innocence and pure Grace.” Pass this on to them as a gift, from Heaven.
Have a very Blessed and Meaningful Christmas. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
In His Shadow,
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Friday, November 18, 2011
By The Holy Spirit through Mary Lindow
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CHILD OF MY DIVINE PLAN
The coming darkness will cause you no fear.
My perfect love for you will cast out ALL fear!
I will hold your hand and lead you in a way like no other.
I will give you eyes that can see in the dark, but I will also hold your hand and lead you through the darkness. For you, this present darkness will be an opportunity to help bring in the great harvest.
I will give you eyes that can see in the dark, but I will also hold your hand and lead you through the darkness. For you, this present darkness will be an opportunity to help bring in the great harvest.
I AM the Lord of the Harvest, and I will usher in a mighty and uncountable harvest!
Don’t’ try to count these souls don’t try to count them!
They will be coming from all directions and places and in many numbers.
Those that are sitting in darkness are going to get up and run toward the light, those who are engulfed in darkness will clamor for the light.
My Chosen ones will shine bright in the darkness and they will point the way to Me. You will be like a lighthouse and a beacon in the dark and stormy seas.
YOU WILL REJOICE THAT YOU WERE CHOSEN...
...FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
Yes My Chosen Ones, this will be a time of Great Harvest!
You have been prepared for this great day!
You are fit and ready, now, for service.
I promise, you were chosen…
…For such a time as this!
CHILD DO NOT FEAR OR DREAD THE COMING DARKNESS!
Welcome it as necessary for a part of the things I have planned!
You will not listen to the voice of the enemy or fall into the deceits and the deceptions of his lies if you are walking in My truth.
You will be free indeed!
There is great peace and security in truth.
It will save you from the entanglements, and snares and traps of the enemy.
So recognize, know and embrace the truth of My Word!
It is a Gift of My love for you.
When you have My wisdom to rely upon, you see with the eyes of faith into the unknown. My child, the truth will set you free from the fear of failure. For when I am leading, I will never lead you to fail, but I will lead you to be victorious.
I WILL SET YOU FREE FROM THE FEAR OF MAN
For when I am on your side tell me –
Who can rise up against you?
Who dares come against My child when I the Defender and I their Protector is present? My love and my loving care are a protective shield around about them.
So stand up and shine!
ARISE CLOTHED IN LIGHT!
I THE LORD SHINE UPON YOU!
Arise from the depression in which circumstance have kept you!
Rise to a new life!
Be radiant with the Glory of My presence!
For the Glory is upon you!
Even though darkness shall cover earth, and darkness and deep gloom
will cover the people of the world, but I the Lord, will rise upon you!
Though thick dark clouds shroud the nations, your new day is dawning.
People will see my glory around you!
So! Arise and be Glad!
The Eternal Light- Shines upon YOU!
I The LORD shall preserve you from all evil:
I shall preserve your soul.
I The LORD shall preserve your going out,
And your coming in from this time forth,
And even for evermore.
Psalm 121:7- 8
I AM YOUR LIGHT AND YOUR SALVATION
So why should you be afraid?
I AM your fortress, protecting you from danger,
So why should you tremble?
When evil people come to devour you,
When your enemies and foes attack,
They will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds you,
Your heart will not be afraid.
Even if you are attacked,
You will remain confident.
JUST ASK OF ME - ONLY ONE THING.
Let it be the thing you seek most—
To live in the house of the Lord all the days of your life,
Delighting in My perfect ways and meditating in My Secret Place.
For I will conceal you there when troubles come;
I will hide you in My sanctuary.
I will place you out of reach on a high rock.
You will hold your head high above the enemies
who surround you.
"In my Secret Place,
You will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
Singing and praising ME, the Lord of Glory - with music."
Psalm 27: 1-6
I CONTROL HUMAN EVENTS -
I GIVE RULERS THEIR POWER…
… AND I CAN TAKE IT AWAY
My name will be praised forever and forever.
I AM all-powerful, and I know everything.
And I am the source of wisdom and knowledge.
"I reveal Deep and Secret things.
I know what is in the darkness."
MY CHILD! MOVE INTO A SIMPLER LIFESTYLE
Move nearer to My fire and My Presence where the pillar warms in the night seasons and the cloud shields from peril during the day!
When you are so consumed by My glory and presence that you must do
everything you can to live in it and near it, you will be a blessed person!
Blessed is the man who longs for more of Me.
To flourish in My Presence means to have no other love focus but My will!
And. No secret agendas or hope of personal greatness in reward for your efforts!
Blessed are your when you persevere under trial,
because you have stood the test,
You will receive the crown of life,
That I the Lord have promised to those who love Me.
WISDOM COMES FROM GOD ABOVE
Intelligence comes from man’s own efforts.
A Godly Character reflects inclusiveness of others, compassion, patience,
brutal self-examination and honesty.
Charisma is one with flair, influence, and human wit.
It draws others into a web of hope and promise...
...but rarely sacrifices it’s own agenda and comfort.
Child, bow down in a holy fear of My Almighty ability to “scan your inner thoughts” and ask Me to truly renew in you a clean heart, clean motives, and clear pathways.
TO KNOW OF MY WAYS, YOU MUST KNOW ME!
To Know Me, you must spend time with ME.
To spend time with Me, you must purpose, to put aside the lists of things you have to do before you can spend time with Me."
"ORDER YOUR DAYS FIRST IN MY PRESENCE,
and watch the desires of your heart be fulfilled.
Man and his counsel will always fall short of the full truth of My Wisdom.
I have blueprints and a Master plan for so many things yet to build upon in your life."
"COME. LET US WALK AGAIN TOGETHER."
"You are the temple, the house of My Holy Spirit.
I desire to build you up in spiritual strength as you walk in prayer and conversations WITH ME.
"I will fulfill your longing for peace and direction as you step up again
into a heavenly trust and rest."
"PEOPLE WILL CHANGE, MAN WILL FAIL YOU,
Friends will turn, if they are not seeking My Voice above the clamor of the day. And you My child will fail others, if you listen to your own voice of reason and intelligence.
As you turn to Me, you will see My compassion poured out upon you and you will then have My power of pure godly compassion and Wisdom-driven grace to pour out on others."
Seek For Me...
..With all of your heart, your longings, your heartaches, your dreams.
And I will be there with arms of strength to rescue you from despair.
You will seek me and find me-
When you seek me with all your heart.
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Friday, October 28, 2011
~ By Mary Lindow
Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck;
I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground;
I am out in deep water,
And the waves are about to drown me.
I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching.
I have strained my eyes, looking for your help.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON…
…IN THE HEARTS OF GOD'S PEOPLE
Many believers have gone through pain and devastation because of betrayal and disappointment in those with whom they have at one time “walked with” in the Lord.
“For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one that hates me
who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God among the people.”
LEVELS OF SEPARATION AND DECEPTION
Church leaders and members or friends often separate.
Their unresolved issues and wounds infect others around them. With their tongue and pen, (and Facebook posts) their resentment and bitterness spread in uncontrollable proportions.
Christians in other ministries and relationships receive the bad report and often, they don't even know the people involved but - because they have leaned their ears to hear the suggested and well-placed evil reports, the conversation poisons them like toxic waste in their soul. If unchecked, this becomes a hideous, malignant cancer-like cell eventually damaging their mind and above all, their spiritual discernment.
“Who is wise? He will realize these things.
Who is discerning? He will understand them.”
“The ways of the LORD are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But the rebellious stumble in them.”
The age-old serpent, the ultimate enemy of our souls, has not lost the art of deception even after centuries! He, even now, can cause God's people, including the sincere ones, to miss the mark if they are willing to only hear one side of a story!
THE GREAT “OCCUPY SOMETHING” MOVEMENT
The “frenzied entitlement culture” we are seeing hold their protests as a result of selfishness and feeding upon fear, have begun to reach a newly fevered pitch.
People are “herding” their way into public venues to protest
Whatever they may be angry at in the moment, and mostly remaining ignorant as to what or who is really driving and orchestrating the events, reflects the hardness of heart and disrespect for the needs and lives of those around them,
This type of behavior is a prime example of even how believers have become “selectively “ hard of hearing when it comes to serving one another, or encouraging one another, or having patience with one another!
One moment we are asking for forgiveness and prayer, and in nearly the next breath, slanderous retorts are spoken out in anger and those driving the malicious train, mean to use others as their well placed pawns of destruction.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger,
Fighting and slander,
Along with every form of nastiness.
Once bitter words are spoken or written, they cannot be retracted.
Sadly, those who often shout the loudest about being maligned are often the perpetrators of assassinating the characters of those whom have been in disagreement with them or who have possibly warned them about a need for a course correction.
“He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.”
TODAY MANY THINGS HAVE DEGENERATED INTO BLURRED INSIGNIFICANCE AND UNCERTAINTY.
The beauty of what God's purpose in His people really is meant to passionately reflect is - missing. Things that are now being said and done do not mean what they did mean originally in His Word.
Twisting of truth to fits one’s own idea of God’s will has become acceptable and is often left unchallenged.
So many spiritual and scriptural terms are put into motion, but they are not in the same dimension and point of view, which are in the Divine plan!
The tragedy is that so many well-meaning believers have gone on with the outward appearance of searching for the will of the Lord, and yet they fail to see that the power of His radiant life is missing!
The Apostle Paul warned us in his letter to Timothy about this….
" This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come...
...Having the form of godliness (true religion)
but denying the power there of. "
MY HEART IS BROKEN TO SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE HAPPENING ALL AROUND US
So much is falling short of its original blueprint. There is so much labor and "rallying" being pumped out there into the minds and hearts of people and it is being poured into the “Self Promotion Machine" more than any time in the history of God's people! Yet the toil is ending in heartbreaking disappointment!
Saints, only those devoted to humility and honor can be saved from this deadly poison that lulls those longing to be entertained and pampered into apathy and spiritual powerlessness!
God's faithful people in this hour should seek Him and that which is upon His heart.
What the Lord is doing in this era is so different …
…and we should be sensitive to Him!
He is looking for His “People of the Secret Place” in which the power of resurrection may freely function.
The Apostle Paul said "according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20b).
These “People” will have to be men and women who have “seen”! They shall be like "a voice in the wilderness".
IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY CLEAR
THAT GOD MUST DO A FRESH THING WITH HIS FOLLOWERS.
And that actual “thing” is that He is drawing them to seek the Lord Himself and His recognizable presence! Away from the throng,
nearer to the Word, bowed in repentance and prayer.
The Psalmist said,
"When You said oh Lord, Seek My face;
My heart said unto You, Your face, Lord will I seek."
WILL YOU SET YOUR HEART TO SEEK HIM?
Oh that God may find His Davids in this crucial hour that will set their faces towards Him at the command of His voice!
Without it, the Human race will continue its fall and decline into further confusion, tragedy, and self-preservation.
“Man’s goings are of the LORD;
How can a man then understand his own way?”
~ Proverbs 20:2
It’s easy to say, “give your cares to the Lord and trust Him” when everything in life seems to be going well. It’s easy to say, “I trust you Lord with everything I own” when bills are paid on time and when you just got a promotion at work.
However, if God striped you of everything you own; If God told you to leave the very job that’s paying your bills, will you trust the Lord enough to do it? Will you trust God even when you don’t understand; even when life hurts?
If God told you to leave the familiar and enter the unfamiliar,
will you trust Him?
For many of you, God has done just that.
He has taken you from what’s “oh so familiar” and redirected your paths into the unfamiliar. You don’t understand what’s happening in your life; what to do or where to go. The only thing you know is that the Lord gave you a word (instruction, a promise, vision, etc.) and the only thing you have to hold on to is that word.
I understand the feeling; you’re not alone.
THERE IS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU TODAY
Many things happen in our lives that we will never be able to explain or understand because God is orchestrating the events of our lives “behind the scenes” (read Job 1-2). Moreover, we cannot detect God physically (through our senses) and we cannot comprehend His plans.
“But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father
in spirit and in truth:
For the Father seeks such to worship him.
God is a Spirit:
And they that worship him must worship him,
In spirit and in truth.”
~ John 4:23-24
Therefore, since we cannot rely on our perception or our reasoning we must turn to something else that is more reliable if we are going to be able to remain calm in the midst of turmoil, to find rest during the storms of life we must rely on God’s knowledge instead of our own.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
Neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways,
And my thoughts than your thoughts.”
~ Isaiah 55:8-9
LET US RUN RIGHT NOW…
… TO THE THRONE OF GRACE AND MERCY!
While our hearts are freshly tenderized and troubled over the recent events in the earth!
Here is something to remember.
Man is fallible; we fall short and at times we’re unable to keep our promises. Man can give you instructions that are misleading and imperfect.
With God, none of these things are possible. God keeps His promises, God gives you right instructions according to His perfect will and He won’t mislead you.
No matter how much you don’t understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don’t give up. If God is with you - the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world -is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you.
CONSIDER THE SOURCE…
… AND SEEK TO BE OBEDIENT TO THE LORD
Even when you don t understand what God is doing in your life; don’t worry about “this or that” because God has provisions for you.
There is the safe voice of the Father calling us.
Let us respond with ears to Hear and hearts that obey.
“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
By Mary Lindow
I am by far not an expert on the subject of plumb lines and righteousness, so take what I say in the light of one who at time gropes like a child in the dark, ever reaching for
the hand of the ONE to lead me into a safe place filled with His Hope, His Mercy, His Light and Life.
WE LIVE IN A CORRUPT WORLD
And therefore, have the effects and affects of that corruption ever influencing, ever tainting and ever wooing the flesh.
Plumb line (Definition): a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is
perfectly vertical or in alignment) A plumb line is a simple but accurate tool used for determining whether or not something is perfectly vertical i.e. upright
The Lord also used, and uses, a “plumbline,” His Word, to determine how upright His people truly are in His sight. How upright they think they are, or how upright they
proclaim themselves to be, means nothing to God.
“Behold, I WILL set a plumbline in the midst of My people”Amos 7:7
A Plumb line set out by the Hand of God is one that we can anchor our hearts to. It will always, always, ALWAYS, direct us to the truth in a matter; even if it requires pain,
loss, persecution and perhaps death in areas we feel we may well have rights to. It will also be a shield, a balm, a comfort and a teacher to those who will yield to the
directive positioning of the Master.
“I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;” Isaiah 28:17
LIFE – DISTRESS - AND PERSECUTION
I have found that in my life, distress and persecution do not feel like God’s care being poured out on me. My heart is not immediately drawn to thanksgiving and
gratefulness for the faithfulness of God on display as I cling to the battered pieces that look like potential “rafts” of hope, only to find out that many of them have gaping
holes or slow leaks in them. Rather, it feels like yet another hurt is being permanently woven into my tattered and war-torn soul. It seems as if another mound of questions
are piling up and just waiting for an answer and a true solid REAL anchor of hope.
I CAN REALLY CONNECT TO THE WRITER OF PSALM 42
He said “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” It’s at those very times that the words of the Savior are so important. When we are
down and in turmoil. But, how do we connect the dots between what we know is true about God’s faithfulness and what our hearts feel? When flipped and flung around by
the waves, weary from crying and when no answer seems at hand, what is the answer? When my circumstances show many foes and tyrants rising up against me and my
heart is prone to wander and fear, what hope is there of peace? When my feelings start controlling my thoughts, how can I rest in God’s promises?
AT THIS POINT… I HEAR THE “GASPS” …
…And perhaps shocked comments of a few who are amazed that someone who appears to walk so fervently and intimately with the Lord would have such difficulties!
Well! Guess what?
I do struggle, I do hurt, and yes I do doubt when I have been side swiped or “rammed” by skilled cons and those who, although may have the
appearance of godliness and offered friendship or fellowship, end up having private and evil agendas behind their well placed and planned schemes. And boy oh boy! Those
skilled players know the wicked art of wounding the heart and causing people to reel in pain!
BUT…. THERE IS ONE WHO FULLY SEES IT ALL
The main skill in the issue of dealing with life as a spiritual person, is to know how to handle yourself when things not only crush and grind your heart, but what to do with the
anguish and toll of their aftermath.
We have to get ourselves into a place where we hear clearly again. We need have to address ourselves, preach to ourselves, and ask questions about ourselves. We must
say to our soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’–Why are you so anxious and lacking in peace? We must urge ourselves, and say ‘Hope thou in God’–instead of remaining in this
paralyzed, aching state!”
AND THEN WE MUST TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER.
We must go on to remind ourselves just “Who “God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has promised that he Himself said that He would do. Having
done that we can stand up and sing out strongly, defying the torment of the soul, and resist other people’s wicked tongues and arrogance, and refuse to go along with the
devil and the whole world, and say: ‘Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
The hope and promise of the fairness of God’s justice when dealing with the hurtful things and presumptions of others gives me the confidence to know that God will never
turn away from me in my need.
No matter how they seem to prosper in the short term, wicked men and women will ultimately pay for their sins, in this life or the next. Jesus died to meet my greatest
hardships and sorrows for me, and I need to preach this to myself every day. His power is greater than my weariness and suffering. The comforting and instruction that
comes from simply running to feed upon His word instead of the toxic poison of the replaying of trauma reminds me that what Jesus has done is strong enough for my soul
to rejoice in and to be set into a place where it can rest and regroup, gaining a healthy perspective about what to give out to others and what is simply…
…. To be enjoyed by the Lord Himself.
THE NATURAL IMPULSES OF MANKIND ARE SINFUL AND DECEITFUL,
And human willpower alone will never be able to change this. We need God’s help to truly change our hearts. REMEMBER. You cannot change the heart of
anyone else either. If you try to…. …you will feel the bite of stinging venom or be laughed out of a room. Only the power of the conviction of the Holy Spirit can permeate
and get around the jam-packed hardhearted egos of the self sufficient and bitter.
Jeremiah 17:9 says that the human heart is deceitful in all things and is even beyond cure.
We must be cautious and wise in reproving and warning such types of people about their bad behaviors and wicked actions where there seems to be no appearance or hope
of change and where there is danger of experiencing great and heart wrecking retaliation and slander. These types trample the warnings and urging for repentance and
humbling of the heart under their feet, and turn again and slash at you, despising the warnings that are “tearfully and fearfully” given, and often hurt the persons who give
them, either by words or deeds.
“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.
Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!
They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”
GIVE ME THE FACTS MA’AM JUST THE FACTS”
I remember that phrase from a TV show called “Dragnet”. The detective would not allow the details of the case to be skewed by any assumptions or pontificating from those
he interviewed. He stoically and firmly demanded only the facts.
And so, Here are the “facts” about the heart of a good man or woman
1.) The good man or woman: Brings good things out of the good stored up in his/her heart.
And the facts about an evil man or woman.
2.) The evil man/woman brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his/her heart.
For out of the overflow of his or her heart his or her mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
THE FRAILTY, BRIEFNESS, AND INSECURITY OF LIFE
The frailty, briefness, and insecurity of life, should hold down the vanity and presumptuous confidence of all of our projects and boasting about future greatness and
We are always to depend on the will and leading of God. Our times are not in our own hands, but are instead in the timing of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and
plans for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Divine intervention often throws our plans into bewilderment.
All we have in mind, and all we do, should be with a humble and deep dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of trendy “latest happening” things and
prospective projects, and it will bring great disappointment and will prove destructive to relationships and meaningful help to others in the end.
1 John 2:16 “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure,
a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.
These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”
LISTEN KINDLY - BEFORE SPEAKING YOUR THOUGHTS
People don’t need a lecture on the meaning of suffering or to have a barrage of scriptures “machine-gunned” at them as a reprimand for sharing their moment of grief or
struggle! Especially when their hearts are breaking, weary of the battle and if they are fatigued. Job could have done without some of the self-righteous answers that came
from his “well-meaning” friends. All of the answers could have even been true, but Job didn’t need to hear any of them. He needed their love, not their value judgments. In
fact, it appears as if God judged THEM for trying to offer simple solutions to things that were beyond their comprehension. They had never walked in the loss he was in
WHEN WE SUFFER UNJUSTLY WE HAVE A MAJOR CHOICE TO MAKE.
How will we respond? We can feel sorry for ourselves (and understandably so, for a while), become bitter and cynical, get drawn into a war of words, or even become mixed
up in a major conflict. On the other hand, we can take our suffering to the cross and allow our pain to draw us into a deeper place of understanding of what Jesus went
though in his sufferings. This does not remove the pain, but does help us to know what to do with our hurt. This is the ‘fellowship of his sufferings’ (Philippians 3:10), one of
the gateways to closeness with God and the release of his power in our lives.
The weight of heartbreak shared with a loving friend cuts it in half. When the burden is shared with many friends, we can cope with almost anything. We never feel more
revitalized than when a friend loves us enough to walk with us in our pain. Not lecture us. The apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Corinth:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God”
(1 Corinthians 1.3-4).
SOMETIMES GOD GETS INVOLVED WITH DIRECT MIRACLES,
…Giving supernatural strength to those in need. But for the most part, he depends on us, his people, to do his work in the world.
We love each other, work for healing, and suffer with those who suffer.
The next time you see a friend who is suffering, Jesus may just invite you to be the warm embrace! We comfort each other with the comfort we have received in Christ. And
when we do, we become the Body of Christ and he receives the glory!
THE BIBLE IS CLEAR
We are to bear one another’s burdens.
We are to comfort others as Christ has given comfort to us.
Your hard time becomes my hard time. We join hands in the journey.
When you succeed, I succeed.
When you suffer, I suffer.
But we do it together. We share it together.
And we do it, not so much in our wisdom or our words, but in our availability, our understanding, and through our presence.
THAT’S WHAT FELLOWSHIP IS ALL ABOUT,
But not “bland” fellowship. It is CHRISTIAN fellowship. It is the business of burden bearing. Authentic CHRISTIAN fellowship says that when you need me . . . I’ll be there.
Support in suffering is at the core of what it means to share life together in Christ.
The word for “comfort” is the same root word as the name Jesus used to describe one of the functions of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Paraclete). “I will be a comforter, one
who comes alongside to give help.” And so as God comes alongside you, now you are able to come alongside another. As the Comforter is at work within you, so you also
can be of comfort to those around you.
WE ARE CALLED TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS.
To mourn with those who mourn. To be a follower of Jesus means to come alongside people who are hurting and find ways to help them walk even through the valley of the
shadow of death.
We are called…
… To do this.
As the word of God and care of God is shared with the intention of stirring, plowing up hardened hearts, creating a place for repentance and challenging saints to hope again,
I know and believe that as we learn again as believers, to care, to truly listen and to hope fully again, that the sweet and heavy weight of HIS Glory will be made known and
will manifest in unfettered and uncontrolled waves of worship and spontaneous adoration of the King of Heaven.
He really does know what He wants. Let’s focus on bowing low and seeking His heart, and plans in what matters to Him.
Indeed… HE is the Plumb line.
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