By Mary Lindow
Notice that the first Capital letter of each of those words means something.
You see beloved, 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.
"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 to Him.
He is wanting us to get to “Ground Zero.” Go into in 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 who walks blamelessly, he 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:
Wisdom Advancement and Reconciliation.
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 W.A.R.
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's 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 or deeply wounded them,
go to them... quickly and in great humility.
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.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Duplication and sharing of this message is welcomed provided that the complete message and website information for Mary Lindow is included.
Thank you. Copyright © 2011 " THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow www.marylindow.com
Do you or do you have friends who need prayer?
Please do not hesitate to send in your requests to"
GLOBAL PRAYER ROOMS
There are people of prayer ready to serve the Lord...
...waiting to help stand in prayer with you.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
As the days begin to change and the seasons take their course, so am I also beginning to adjust the path you have been treading out.
I have been keeping track of all of your sorrows,
Collecting them and all of your tears in a bottle.
I have written down your tearful sorrows in My journal
Many have passed you by on the road of sorrow that you have had to bear, too busy to stop and comfort, too concerned about what others might think of your condition. Others are only focused on their own forms of grief and have yet to learn to comfort others in their weariness and tiredness.
I have encouraged all of you when others are happy, be happy with them!
If they are sad, share their sorrow. (Romans 12:15) Even the Samaritan, one least likely to reach out, stopped and cared for the man battered, hurt, and sorrowful left on the road.
Many who claim spiritual piety and goodness turn their heads and hearts when they see another brother or sister aching in sorrow or tragedy. Let it not be heard about you my child in the heavenly realm, that you protected your own comforts or your own position and turned away from a brother or sister in their prolonged agony.
I have been testing the hearts of many who lay claim to a willingness to do anything I ask of them, but sadly then “pass on the other side" in order to avoid involvement with what "appears to be" one who is struggling or failing. As you do to others, so in your time of need will it be done to you!
I your faithful Redeemer have heard the heart wrenching cries from your prayers and I am even now giving you strength and empowerment to stay firm and continue to believe that I will restore all to you that has been shattered, stolen, or shamed!
"It is God who gives us, along with you,
the ability to stand firm for Christ has commissioned us,
He anointed us!"
2 Corinthians 1:21
I have anointed you even in this season of sorrow!
And I will bring a fresh and pure expression of Godly living and giving into the earth through those we who see that they are being prepared as good Samaritans and who themselves are also being cared for by others who require nothing in repayment.
Many are hearing my voice calling to them to bring relief
To those who have been faithful in obeying my voice,
But have been persecuted heavily for doing so!
Obey my command quickly! Act now!
Bless them, help them heal, providing for them like I would! You will be greatly rewarded for this effort.
As you give them even a cup of cold water in my name,
you have done it for Me!
As you have been faithful to believe that i have better plans and a better way than the schemes of men, very very soon I will wipe away your bitter tears and despair.
You have begun to understand what it is to fellowship with My sufferings!
In the days ahead, you will also share in the first fruits of harvest.
"God, who has called you into fellowship
with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."
1 Corinthians 1:9
COME JUST A LITTLE NEARER TO MY HEART NOW ...
... THE NIGHT IS NEARLY OVER.
You will see that the time of sorrow and weeping will pass, and a breaking through into the greater plan for you is in motion. I have been into the future for I AM all that you will need.
Your one simple act of obedience sets into motion waves of my redemptive grace and pure holy cleansing. The Nations are waiting for those who will only speak out of clean motives and pure hearts. I have prepared you for this time in the earth and I will fulfill all I have planned concerning you.
Enter in by humbling yourself further by doing simple acts of mercy and selfless giving.
… even in times of sorrow.
Duplication and sharing of this writing is welcomed provided that complete source and website information for Mary Lindow is included.
Copyright © 2011 " THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
By Mary Lindow
I would like to share with you…
… A few true and weird warnings that are out there!
A warning on an air conditioner – Avoid dropping air conditioners out of windows.
A warning on a blow dryer - Do not use while sleeping.
A warning on a Rowenta Iron – Never iron clothes on the body.
A warning on a vacuum cleaner – 1. Do not use to pick up gasoline or flammable liquids. 2. Do not use to pick up anything that is currently burning.
Here is a warning sign that reads – Ignore this sign.
Here is an obvious warning sign from Durango, Colorado – Warning: Do not hit this sign.
Here is a warning sign in South Carolina – Caution water on road during rain.
A chilling warning from Sony Trinitron – Caution: risk of electrical shock. Do not open.
I could go on-and-on with these warnings that are obvious, ridiculous, and yet, how many people feel that the warning is not for them? Many do and that is why there are so many warnings out there, so the company is not legally responsible when people do a stupid thing with their product!
In II Corinthians chapter 6 Paul opens his heart to the Corinthians, he shows his love for them, and he holds nothing back. And yet, they refuse to heed or listen to Paul’s warnings. They may not have liked the first letter they received from Paul that was full of correction and rebuke for their sin, but it was also sent in love. So, now they can’t get beyond it and Paul’s point is that they refuse to be open because of the limits they have made.
Also, the people they were hanging out with may have influenced them, and so Paul now moves into this very conflict-ridden and often disregarded portion of Scripture.
As I read through these verses I see serious thing that we need to listen to, and that we need to heed. My prayer and hope is that that we would not only understand these things, but we would then apply these things to our lives.
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM!
II CORINTHIANS 6:14-16b “Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends? How can Christ and Satan agree? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? We are the temple of the living God. God has said, "I will live with them. I will walk among them. I will be their God. And they will be my people."—(Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27)
Please know this has nothing to do with the worth of a person, the significance of a person, that one person is better than the other person. Paul is speaking of the nature of each person. Think about it, you would not put an ox and a donkey together with the same yoke, they have different natures, they would go in different directions, and it would be a mess.
HOW DOES THIS PLAY OUT IN OUR DAILY LIVES?
If you are dating an unsaved person you need to stop for you are not to marry, you are not to even date an unsaved person, someone who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is that? Isn’t that harsh? Isn’t there something called “missionary dating” where you date an unsaved person hoping to lead them to the Lord? I don’t know where that came from but it is not from the Word of God!
Again, we miss the point if you think these things are okay. You will be unequally yoked together and you will be going in different directions. And let me say this, chances are you are not going to affect them, but they will affect you and your relationship with the Lord.
Paul lays it all out for us as he puts side by side, the two natures. How can you have fellowship with a lack of control when your nature is honesty? You can’t!
How can light and darkness feel at one with each other? They can’t because light and darkness don’t mix! And if Christ is in you how can you be in agreement with the Devil? You can’t!
We need to understand that this does not just apply to marriage, it applies to business partnerships, close relationships, sharing an apartment or home together and-so-on. You may think you will influence them but the reality is, they will influence you and bring you down. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15:33, the following.
DO NOT BE TAKEN IN:
EVIL COMPANIONSHIP CORRUPTS GOOD EVERYDAY LIFE.
Or as The Amplified Bible puts it, “Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”
I know that some people still doubt that, and think you they are going to influence them, but most of the time, that is not the case, it is the other way around. Let me show you what I mean with this story:
H. A. Ironside tells of some boys who caught two chirping baby songbird finches. They decided to teach these birds to sing by placing them in a small cage and hanging it next to the cage of a pet canary. The canary, of course, sang beautifully, so the boys thought if the songbird finches were close to it they too would become good songbirds. Several weeks went by with no apparent results. Then one day the youngsters were startled by a strange sound coming from the canary’s cage. “Listen,” said one of them, “the canary is cheeping like a song bird finch.”
DANGER LIES AHEAD FOR THE CHRISTIAN…
…Who fellowships too often with irreverent people in the world. He will become like them. But worse than that, he will experience the disfavor of the Heavenly Father, whose will is that His children withdraw themselves from sin and evil.
The devil would have people believe that the life of sin is a very exciting life. It is a very exhilarating life. Yet the fact of the matter is - sin becomes a very boring and a very monotonous experience.
CELEBRITIES IN AMERICA AND THEIR LIFESTYLES
I was reading an article about the celebrities in America and their lifestyles. I saw that the average time of death of celebrities is 52.If they are going to live much they better live in a hurry because at age 52 that's when most of them die. The fast lane, very, very soon, becomes a rut. A lot of people who think they are living it up in sin are really not living.
If you really want to live and if you really want to have an exciting life, give your life to Jesus. There's never a dull moment when you know the Lord and when you live for the Lord. That's one of the lies of Satan - that sin is exciting and ooooh sooooo fulfilling!
OVER AND OVER AGIN WE READ THE LINE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
"The Children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. ”It seems as long as Israel could have some kind of outward restraint on them they would be fine. If they would have a spiritual leader, something on the outside they could hold things together, but the moment the outward restraints were gone they would go right back into sin and there would be another lapse into idolatry.
A lot of people are like that. Some Christians are like that. As long as they have the positive peer pressure of a fellowship of Christians around them they do okay. As long as they have some spiritual leader who is right there to stay on top of them and help them do right they do okay? But when the restraints are removed and all of those things are gone, if you aren't growing, if you are not maturing on the inside, then you aren't going to continue to live for the Lord.
WHERE ARE YOU IN THE MATURING PROCESS?
I would encourage you to get the measuring stick out and see where you are. Look to the Lord and ask Him to uncover any areas in your life where He doesn’t have complete and total influence. Like Paul, do away with childish things, and continue to grow in Christ. May each of us ”grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ.”
As I close this message I would like to take time to share with you, a few lingering "prophetic whispers" that the Lord has spoken clearly to me.
“Each day, upon waking, where does you hear and mind wander to?
Is it the plans and lists of things you must accomplish for the day? Is it the meal you are about to eat? Is it worry and the bracing yourself for another grinding day of dealing with the pressures of life?
Return to those early awakening moments where you and I share in the dialog of my plans for you. Each day you have to live and to give, you have been given the opportunity to impact someone and to do a kindness or act of training for another. Where has your thankful heart wandered? Without it, evidence of bitterness and drudgery will manifest and sour even the brightest flower of hope.
Return to the heart of the issue and clean away the rusty decay of treadmill thinking.
Each day can be a fresh adventure into Kingdom purpose or,
a continual repeating of dreary existence.
Choose ever so wisely.”
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
~ Hebrews 12:28
“When God prunes us, the result will be greater growth and sweeter fruit.”
“Pruning usually takes place when God uses situations, people, and circumstances to help mature us in our Christian disposition, attitude, and temperament.”
“The way we respond when we are pruned reveals our true level of spiritual maturity.”
~ P. B. Wilson
Duplication and sharing of this writing is welcomed
as long as complete source and website information for Mary Lindow is included.
Thank You! Copyright © 2011
" THE MESSENGER " ~ Mary Lindow www.marylindow.com