Wednesday, November 14, 2007

“Longing for Freshness in Spiritual things”


ARE YOU LONGING FOR?
Freshness in spiritual things from the throne of Grace?

ARE YOU IN A PLACE WHERE?
You will risk laying down what might cost you your past history and
which will create a new and fresh beginning in the walk of the saint on
earth?

ARE YOU ASKING THE QUESTION?
"Why is it that the Lord in this seems to be taking longer to fulfill
His Promises of so many heart's desires of those now crying out?"

THE FATHER IS LOOKING ACROSS THE LAND
for those who are not creating agendas and programs to attempt to have
an "edge" during this long season of transitioning.
He is allowing the breaking and "coming to the end of ones' self" to
continue.

Few have stepped over the line into the abandonment He desires from
those who claim that their lives are for His use. The Lord is not
requiring acts of greatness and weighty gatherings to bring glory to His
plans.

THE LORD SAYS THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO DESIRE TO HEAR:

"The sacrifice I want is a broken spirit.
A broken and repentant heart,
This my bride, I will not despise.
(Psalm 51:17)

"IT IS NOT ABOUT THE END RESULT…
It is about the obedience to do the simple, at times mundane acts of
silencing your fleshly need for action and comfort."

"Are you pressed in on every side child? Are you seeing that no one
will hear you cry for love, support, comfort and kindness?"

Their insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
If only one person would show some pity;
If only one would turn and comfort me."
(Psalm 69:20)

"Realize that only I, God, can be the full and well-trusted Redeemer and
Rescuer in your situation right now!"

"I your Lord am testing each heart that calls me Master and I am
allowing a Divine dissatisfaction and holy irritation to stir up all
hearts until they begin to wail out loud,
"Father! Why am I not filled with the peace and delight I need?
Why are you not hearing and answering me?"

"My reply to you child is quite plain:
I have said these words and have spoken them to you each in the way I
know you will hear me." Sometimes I am silent until you become
silent enough for ME to speak into your situation."

"Have you repented of shutting out my voice when I have commanded you to
give from the treasures you now possess? It could be tangible worldly
goods you could give to share as a release for another to be
filled with awe at the goodness of my hand of blessing.
It could be that you know of those now suffering for having stood for
truth and having paid an enormous earthly price, need your heart to
be a good Samaritan, one who will assist and bring rest and healing
and support until they find their way again."

IS THE LORD SHOWING YOU YOUR TENDENCY
TO BE TIGHT WITH GENEROUS HEART RELEASING GIVING?
Not just in "monetary" love gifts. No! In your times of patient
listening to those in anguish. In your time of prayer, in your sharing
of simple treasures from fresh garden flowers, produce,
extra clothing. Generous living and giving of all we have surplus of!

And…often, in the form of a sacrificial offering to the Lord as an
indicator that "things" or possessiveness do not own us!

BELIEVERS SHARE THEIR POSSESSIONS
"All the believers were one in heart and mind.
No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
But they shared everything they had."
Acts 4:32

THE LORD IS BREAKING YOU AND I!
If you wonder why there is such a limited level of joy and rest in your
heart, It is because until you must have a heart that is broken,
and repentant for assuming you are allowed to call the shots
in your decision making in this life…He will not expose you to
His full measure of glory!

WHEN WE OBEY…
…HE WILL RETURN WITH HIS FRESH AND SWEET ANOINTED PRESENCE!

Oh, give me back my joy again!
You have broken me-- now let me rejoice.
Psalm 51:8

MANY WHO ARE NOW UNSEEN,
and yes, beat down, tested, ridiculed, and seemingly forgotten- will
shortly and soon pass through the open door of new beginnings and the
start of a vast Kingdom advance.

Those who choose to hear the Lord's voice telling them to assist and
nurture and support those who have been in the fiery furnaces of
preparation, will be filled with the joy of knowing that they too,
have passed the test of brokenness and repentance.

Those of you who are in the stages of rising from the concealed place
where you have been struggling to grow in wisdom, understanding,
and dying to self-love, it may seem as if you cannot find the foot holds you were once accustomed to.

Don't be fearful. The Lord has placed you in a fresh place of total
dependency upon His Voice, His Direction, and His Purpose.

WALKING WITHOUT THE SHACKLES OF THE PAST
will feel awkward and at times weightless. Your time in the place of
"soulical death" has freed you from the things that weighed you down
in past years.

GOD TRAINS HIS SONS
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles, And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

INCREASE IN ENCOURAGEMENT!
What does it cost you to share encouraging words and a time of prayer
with one who is momentarily suffering weakness, heartache, or despair?
It costs you time.

But when you do this, it increases a bond of unity among the Family of
God whom you and I are saved into through Jesus, who was the
ultimate encourager!

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
Give you a spirit of unity among yourselves
As you follow Christ Jesus,
Romans 15:5

HOLD ON TO HOPE AND FAITH!
Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 31:24

And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:5

THE LORD OF PROMISE AND COMPASSION IS COMING NEAR TO YOU…
…WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS!

He heals the brokenhearted,
Binding up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3

He himself will bind up everything broken in your heart,your dreams,
and your reputation, with his own hand, and he will restore your joy.

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1 comment:

Wendy J said...

Thank you, Mary, for posting this information. Although I had been raised in a conservative mainstream denomination, held a Master's degree from a theological seminary, and had been employed in the mental health field for many years, I became involved with a member of a Bible-based cult for seven years.

In a class on cults during my seminary days, the defining point of whether a group should be labeled a cult was its doctrinal beliefs. With Bible-based cults, the practices or behavior is what is problematic.

My husband and I have been out of our cult for seven years and now have a passion to minister to others who have been in similar situations. We had the opportunity last month to speak at a conference for former Bible-based cult members. It was so rewarding!

You are so right about the importance of understanding cultic and spiritual abuse. It is far more rampant that most Christians believe. As believers, it is imperative that we embrace those who have come out of those types of situations and gently help them find their way back to God.

Wendy J. Duncan
Author: I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult
http://www.dallascult.com