My Child, in your grief and concern you have wondered where I have been. Do you not hear Me whispering your name? Though you have not recognized Me, I am standing beside you, resurrected and triumphant. Let My strength sustain you in your weakness, and My life resurrect what you feel is dead. You have not been left behind. No, I am aware of all that concerns you and am even now interceding on your behalf. Faithfully you’ve chosen to sow amid your pain, and so I have chosen to bring forth a harvest that has been watered by your tears. Dry your tears, take courage, and allow faith to rise at the mention of your name on My lips! John 20:11-16, “But Miryam stood outside crying. As she cried, she bent down, peered into the tomb, and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Yeshua had been, one at the head and one at the feet. ‘Why are you crying?’ they asked her. ‘They took my Lord,’ she said to them, ‘and I don’t know where they have put Him.’ As she said this, she turned around and saw Yeshua standing there, but she didn’t know it was He. Yeshua said to her, ‘Lady, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?’ Thinking He was the gardener, she said to Him, ‘Sir, if you’re the one who carried Him away, just tell me where you put Him; and I’ll go and get Him myself.’ Yeshua said to her, ‘Miryam!’ Turning, she cried out to Him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbani!’ (that is, ‘Teacher!’)” CJB Ps. 126:5-6, “Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy. He who goes out weeping as he carries his sack of seed will come home with cries of joy as he carries his sheaves of grain.” CJB
For those who choose to persevere and endure, the taunts of the enemy will become your triumphs. Just as I did for Joseph, that the enemy and others intended for evil, I will make good. Many are inundated with lies, and the enemy has sought to overwhelm you with fear. Stand fast in My love, clinging to the truth. Align yourself with Me and obey My Word as you stand against him, and he will flee – he abhors My presence in you. Your victory is assured when you abide in Me. Yes, though he taunts, you shall triumph! James 4:7, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” NKJV Ps. 56:3-4, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I will put My trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” NKJV Ps. 94:19-23, “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, have fellowship with You? They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. But the LORD has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the LORD our God shall cut them off.” NKJV
Your senses and emotions have no part of faith. They are fickle and will lead you into fear if you allow it. I am God, and My abilities are not contingent upon whether you feel or see Me at work in your life. You walk by faith, not by sight. Trust that I AM. I continuously work things for good for those who love Me, and the work I do is according to My will. Learn to align your will with Mine and trust that what comes forth will be of advantage to yourself and My kingdom. I am always your ever-present help, despite the lies that come against you. Trust Me to always speak truth over you! Ps. 46:1b-5, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. SELAH. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” NKJV
My child, do not despair. I have surrounded you with My lovingkindness. I delight in doing what is right and just. The enemy has attempted to defraud My people; however, I’ve given you all that pertains to life and godliness. They are gifts I’ve bestowed, and the enemy cannot have them unless you willingly relinquish them in unbelief. Do not allow condemnation to weigh you down, instead set aside every weight and hold fast to My promises in faith. I am the God of both righteousness and justice. Trust that I am for you. What more can I do to prove this? While you were still in your sin, I died for you! Let the cross be proof of My love and the resurrection the promise of a future to those who will believe! Ps. 103:1-6, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” NKJV Rom. 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” NKJV
As Christians, our prayers are often directed toward seeing the manifest presence of God in our midst – during our services, at home, and in the workplace. That is all well and good, but are our prayers compromised when we refuse to walk in personal holiness, making light the Lord’s commands? I emphatically declare, “YES!” In John chapter fourteen, verse twenty-one, Jesus states, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (NKJV). So many today want to focus on love, and indeed, it is the reason why God gave His only Son (John 3:16). That being said, the Lord’s standard of love is far higher than our own (Is. 55:8-9), and if we are going to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and then love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:34-40), it cannot happen outside of holiness. According to Christ, holiness is the proof of our love.
This is reinforced by Peter when he admonishes us as believers, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy for I am holy.’ And if you call on the Father who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pt. 1:13-19). Our lifestyle is evidence of our love for the Lord; it is our testimony. We cannot claim love for the Lord without having a testimony that backs it up!
It is relatively easy to put on the façade of holiness in church on a Sunday morning, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:1-5). However, what of the countless hours spent in front of the television, where we invite death into our home by observing murders, adultery, and fornication of all kind? What of our attitudes when we don’t get our way? How many have compromised personal holiness for the sake of being “a witness,” all the while never realizing that holiness is not only proof of your love, it is your witness? This was the whole point of Christ’s death. It took a perfect witness’s blood to redeem us. Christ could have claimed to be God all He wanted, yet if He had sinned, it would have made His testimony invalid. Does your life invalidate your witness or confirm it? Jesus explained it this way, “If someone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will to him and make our home with him. Someone who doesn’t love Me doesn’t keep My words – and the word you are hearing is not My own but that of the Father who sent Me” (CJB).
This is the question we, as the church, must answer at this time. Are we to be a soiled bride who has prostituted herself to the world by aligning our lifestyle with it, or will we choose to become a bride without spot or wrinkle; a bride in whom the Lord delights (Eph. 5:25-27)? After all, we are to be crucified with Christ, not make ourselves transgressors by entering into what He died to destroy in us. Nor can we invalidate His grace which works in us to overcome sin (Gal. 2:18-21).
My fellow Christians, I appeal to you to live your life, holy unto the Lord. It is to those who keep His commands that Christ promises to reveal Himself. The promises of the Lord are to the church who will overcome (Rev. 2-3; Rev. 12:11). Our nation needs an awakening. The world needs to see the manifest presence of Christ in our lives. Will we bow in repentance and live holy lives that reflect God’s character and nature, as living stones offering to God what is acceptable (I Pt. 2:4-5)? Just as personal holiness is evidence of our love for the Lord, so, too, our corporate holiness corroborates our corporate love. Let your lifestyle attest to your love. Never fear…they will still know us by our love. It’s just that our love will look more like Jesus, and that is the best thing – to be transformed into the image of His likeness (Rom. 8:28-39)! Let’s give the world what they’ve been hungering for – a love that transcends their definitions; a love that nothing can divide or separate! A love that is proven by holiness and enjoys the manifest presence of God in every facet of our lives!
My greatest miracles were performed around the tombs of the dead. Even though you sit in a place of mourning, I can resurrect what has been lost. Many of you have hopelessly prayed for children and grandchildren that have not just strayed but abandoned themselves to the power of death. Some have anguished over the lost dreams that I gave to you and have written them off, burying them in places only I can see. In your despair, My child, choose to believe. It matters not the stench associated with any of it; I ask for a confession of belief and then faith that grants Me access to all concerning your situation. I want to reveal My glory through your children and circumstances as much as you want to see true life restored. Even now, I am interceding before the Father for them and creating divine appointments. Yes, many prodigals have already heard the sound of My call and are awaiting release from their graveclothes; many dreams are being revived. Only believe! Luke 11:1-ff, verse 25-26, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life! Whoever puts his trust in Me will live, even if he dies; and everyone living and trusting in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” Verse 32-45, “When Miryam came to where Yeshua was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and said to Him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Yeshua saw her crying, and also the Judeans who came with her crying, He was deeply moved and also troubled. He said, ‘Where have you buried him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Yeshua cried; so the Judeans there said, ‘See how He loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘He opened the bind man’s eyes. Couldn’t He have kept this one from dying?’ Yeshua, again deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying in front of the entrance. Yeshua said, ‘Take the stone away!’ Marta, the sister of the dead man, said to Yeshua, ‘By now his body must smell, for it has been four days since he died!’ Yeshua said to her, ‘Didn’t I tell you that if you keep trusting, you will see the glory of God?’ So they removed the stone. Yeshua looked upward and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I Myself know that You always hear Me, but I say this because of the crowd standing around, so that they may believe that You have sent Me.’ Having said this, He shouted, ‘El’azar! Come out!’ The man who had been dead came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen and his face covered with a cloth. Yeshua said to them, ‘Unwrap him, and let him go!’ At this, many of the Judeans who had come to visit Miryam, and had seen what Yeshua had done, trusted in Him.” CJB
Once more, I am urgently calling out My people to repent. I tire of the gods you have set up before Me. They must come down! You attempt to use My grace against Me, justifying your sin. You try to cover it with good deeds and rituals that mean nothing to Me coming from an impure heart. My blood alone justifies! Don’t you know you are to be the temple of the Holy Ghost; holy as I am holy? Still, you continue in your ways, daily choosing what is profane over what is holy, not only in your own homes but in Mine, some joined by those whom I called to lead My sheep! Repent and return! I am the long-suffering God who forgives, looking to fill the righteous with good things and revealing Myself to the pure in heart. My heart is for you! However, I will not force your hand. I am the God who holds time in His hands, and time is short. Today is the day of salvation. Either you bow repentant before Me, embracing life or stand proudly against Me, choosing death. 2 Kings 23:6-7, regarding Josiah’s actions against false gods in God’s house, “He took the asherah from the house of ADONAI to Vadi Kidron outside Jerusalem and burned it in Vadi Kidron, stamped the ashes to powder and threw the powder onto the burial-ground for the common people. He smashed the houses of the cult prostitutes that were in the house of ADONAI, where the women also wove garments for the asherah.” CJB 2 Cor. 5:20-6:2, “Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making His appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, ‘Be reconciled to God! God made this sinless man to be a sin offering on our behalf, so that in union with Him we might fully share in God’s righteousness.’ As God’s fellow-workers we also urge you not to receive His grace and then do nothing with it. For He says, ‘At the acceptable time I heard you; In the day of salvation I helped you.’” CJB Job 12:10, “In His hand is the life of every living thing and the spirit of every human being.” CJB
Firmly I heard the Lord say that many are operating from a position of past pain rather than from a place of present power in Him. God desires to heal your pain and see you walk in victory. Don’t resist this process but embrace it. God’s tender love and kindness are at work in you, so that you can walk as an overcomer. Abide in Him and triumph through Him. The ache may remain for a while, but, through your God you shall do valiantly! Eph. 2:4-7, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” NKJV Ps. 60:12, “Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” NKJV
I am calling out those who claim to be called by My Name – you who seek My focused attention, but will not give Me your ear; you who want Me to move in response to your tears, held in the bottle of heaven, but purposefully turn away from Mine, allowing them to fall unobserved or write them off as insignificant. I am calling you out! I desire those who seek Me wholeheartedly, those who will stand in the gap. I sicken of those who speak right things with their mouths, but their hearts are turned far from Me. I desire hearts that reflect My own; those who will fast, choosing to have their hearts torn on behalf of those lost and weep with Me for the unsaved who have become of no consequence to My church, more concerned with the opinions of men rather than their souls. I am calling for you to turn and take notice of your God and your fellow man! I am calling for repentance from self-centeredness and a preoccupation with things that have no eternal value. I am calling for more than a Sunday morning sacrifice. I am calling for a life-long total surrender and a laying down of excuses. I will hear them no more. I am calling you into right relationship with Me. Joel 2:12-14, “’Yet even now,’ says ADONAI, ‘turn to Me with all your heart with fasting, weeping, and lamenting.’ Tear your heart, not your garments; and turn to ADONAI your God. For He is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in grace, and willing to change His mind about disaster. Who knows? He may turn, change His mind and leave a blessing behind Him, [enough for] grain offerings and drink offerings to present to ADONAI your God.” CJB Matt. 15:7-9, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” NKJV Ps. 17:15, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” NKJV
I’ve been thinking about when Jesus walked the earth how vastly different His responses were from our own. Take, for instance, the Pharisees and temple guards who argued over Christ’s teachings. They were all full of opinions, very few for, most against, Him. Rather than seek God, they chose to abandon all discourse regarding the person of Christ and went home. They gave up and just walked away! Their problem would keep for another day. But Jesus. Ah, there’s that Name! Jesus removed Himself from the people and went up to the Mount of Olives. He went to a place where He wept, He prayed, and His anointing was invigorated to minister to those who saw Him as the problem.
Where do you go when the questions keep coming and the continual onslaught of trials show no indication of letting up? Do you go home, or do you go up to the mountain? Too often our weariness leads us to where we are most comfortable, but if we will but ascend to the hill of the Lord, we will find our strength restored, and we are once more empowered as Christ was to step into all required of us. For the religious, the problems remain come morning. Home is just a brief respite from their trouble. However, the mountain was Christ’s place of victory, and it can be ours, as well! It’s where His challenges disappeared in the light of renewed purpose. It is on the mountain where we, too, are assured that our greatest trials are transformed into triumphs, even as it was and will be for Christ. The mountain is a place of promise!
No one ever said getting there was easy. Walking up a rocky incline when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders isn’t preferable to a soft bed where self reigns supreme. However, the battle is fought and won on the mountain as we prostrate ourselves before the One who is always faithful, the Great I AM! Trouble always tempts you to keep it around, but victory is seized when you decide to confront it in prayer! Be like Jesus – ascend the mountain, even at your most weary. Be like Jesus, and be victorious! John 7:53-8:1, “Then they all left, each one to his own home. But Yeshua went to the Mount of Olives.” CJB Matt. 6:34, “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” NKJV