You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matt 10:29-31) For you were made in my image (Gen 1:27) I knew you even before you were conceived(Jer 1:4) I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11) And I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) You are not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:16) I determined when you would be born and where you would live (Acts 17:26) Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3) I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) For every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matt 7:11) Because I am the perfect Father (Matt 5:48) And I am the provider who meets all your needs (Matt 6:11-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jer 29:11) My thoughts toward you are as countless as the sands on the seashore (Psalm 139:17, 18) And I rejoice over you with singing (Zeph 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you (Jer 32:40) For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires (Phil 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Eph 3:20, 21) For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thess 2:16, 17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Cor 1:3, 4) When you are brokenhearted I am close to you (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe every tear from your eyes (Rev 21:3, 4)
What I call you to do, is beyond yourself to accomplish. As I will not bring forth anything that originates from you. Everything that I have called you to be, comes from Me, as I am the one who is birthed from within you. All that I have given you to do, comes from within Me, and then through you. Nothing happens to you by chance, but it is all affected by your choices. It is up to you to determine your path.
I call each of My children to become the vessels that I created them to be, but so few attain to that calling. So few choose to lay down their desires and wills, and to sincerely pick up Mine. That is why so few are chosen. They do not care for My ways and so end up working out their works, instead of walking out their true spiritual identity. That is why I have dealt with you ever so severely. I want you to fulfill your destiny in Me.
I want you to reflect Me perfectly, in every aspect and degree. I want you to become an even more transparent vessel for Me. You are given much understanding, but even more comes as you walk out your part. My People need the wisdom to go with the understanding that they have been getting. It is now that I am unlocking the barred revelatory doors, and much Truth will come to them, and it will put all the questions in their proper places. It is a time of Grace for you. Enter in even more.
You cannot accomplish anything apart from Me, this you know. Even more of Me is coming forth, so even more of you has to go. So that My complete work can be shown. Every step has been for your advancement and for your accomplishing My works within and through you. I have been at work, and the past struggles have now been removed, so that the new things I have been forming within you can be seen through you.
I specialize in visibility.
I will not hide what I am doing anymore, and I do not want My people to hide, but to shine.
It is time to rise. It is time to see what I am accomplishing through your obedience to Me. Many that have criticized your struggles and your mistakes will see that I have been at work and will be sorry for their presumptions. They only see your struggles as weakness, and do not see the strength that I have been forging and then tempering within you. Give Me your stress and your frustrations. Take on My Peace and My Rest. Then you can see clearly what you have been laboring for, and then it
can fully come forth. Then My Will is accomplished.
I am dealing with the attitudes of selfishness, pride, and arrogance amongst My own. No one will make it on their own, or being separated apart from the Body. The Body is a corporate reflection of Me. Without Me, you are nothing. I am the Life and the Light of My People. Without the Life and the Light being worked out through you, then the darkness within would be dark indeed. The hour is indeed dark and it is necessary to bring the Light forth, that the called ones may truly, finally, fully, enter in, and become the chosen ones. Only the chosen, can accomplish My Will, for they lay their wills down.
It is time to bring all of the fleshly soulish works to Me, and allow Me to transform them in My Works and into My Image. From that point I will be seen, and be glorified. When I am glorified then you have accomplished My will and I am then exalted. When I am exalted, then I am truly Lord.
You've wandered far from me my child,
In search of what you'd be.
But I've always followed close behind,
Turn around and look at me.
For all your struggle and your pain,
Just what have you achieved?
A life of worldly goods decayed,
Where nothing is believed?
I know it's hard to look at me,
Much like Adam in your sin;
But I call all children to my throne,
Not caring where you've been.
No, you weren't created perfect child,
And mistakes - you've made a few;
But my Son has borne them on the cross,
Do you doubt my word is true?
As He is mine eternally,
Through Him you are the same;
There is no need for fear or doubt,
No further need for shame.
Just cast your cares upon me,
And confess your sins complete;
That I may be our Father now,
And lift you to your feet.
Or is your pain so precious,
And the tears you've cried so sweet,
That you'd deny His wounded side,
The holes in His hands and feet?
By His blood you are made spotless,
By His body you're made free;
And My Love is waiting here My Child
Turn around now - reach for Me...
Two months prior to going to prayer mountain for the 3 day prayer and fast, the Lord told me to make a prayer shawl. I had never sewn one before so I had to do some research before I began to sew. I already had been given the vision to make it royal blue with gold borders stitched on each end, with gold material at each corner with the fringe attached at each corner. I was to hand tie fringe along the end borders also.
About a week before the trip, I heard the Lord tell me to finish the prayer shawl and take it with me to prayer mountain. He instructed me to wear it during our prayer times with the group. This meant that it would be worn in public view, which was NOT what I desired to happen. I obediently did as He asked me and finished.
When it was time to wear it in prayer, I was really embarrassed to wear it. My mind really gave me fits worrying that the ladies would see each flaw I had made. I knew were every flaw was and surly they would see them also and probably many more flaws besides. On top of worrying about the flaws that were in it, I had thoughts like, "What if they think I am being flashy or 'religious' or something". Even so, I very HUMBLY wore that prayer shawl as He instructed. I continued to hope no one was seeing all the flaws in it. I also hoped they had not judged me for wearing my prayer shawl for flashing the golden sheen and blue.
On Saturday night, May 20th, in prayer and wearing the shawl,
King Jesus suddenly stood right before me. He had a shining golden crown on His head. I didn't notice what He was wearing besides the crown, until He bent His head downwards looking at his apparel.
I realized he had on the prayer shawl I had made.
I was so surprised and before I could think, Jesus said to me as he smiled, "I like MY robe."
It had not occurred to me I was making that prayer shawl (robe-Jesus called it), for King Jesus!!! Then, I remembered how I had placed it around my shoulders. All the times I thought it was mine, It was on HIS SHOULDERS and It rightfully belong to Him and was HIS.
As I stood looking in awe upon Him, trying to soak all I could soak from this long awaited glorious visitation, He reached down to where "I knew" one of the flaws was located on His robe.
He brought that part of the garment to his lips right where the flaw was and still smiling at me, He kissed it. He continued in this manner, until He had kissed every flaw on the garment.
After this, Jesus pointed out the parts He thought especially pretty to Him. He bragged on my labors of love for Him.
The measuring I had done to put all the finishing work on it, He knew. He seemed to know all my pains taking efforts and thoughts on how to make the borders embroidery lovely. He discussed each thing leaving nothing unnoticed. He let me know the making of His robe was a wonderful accomplishment, and
He was most appreciative for all my labor then said, "Thank you for being obedient and making this robe for me. It means so much to me. I wear it proudly."
I was weeping by now, but tried to soak in all His actions, all His words, and everything about Him. He then stepped back a bit and extended what looked like a scepter to me. As I knelt, He anointed my head with oil and my hands with oil that had flowed out of this scepter. Then, He stood me back on my feet and looked me in the eyes. He told me that the Kingly anointing held authority. He taught me when words are spoken under a king's command, there is instruction that if heeded will bring about wonderful and good results. On the other hand, when words spoken under a Kingly anointing are disobeyed, this will bring about great punishment and loss for the person for their disobedience. There were other things He told me, but He cautioned me to be still until I see them come to past so the enemy will not hinder through wicked strategy what the Lord desires to do in the coming days.
I can tell you this about our King.
HE IS NOT SAD.
HE IS NOT DEPRESSED.
HE IS NOT WORRIED.
HE IS NOT MAD AT US AND OUR FAILURE TO BE PERFECT.
HE ONLY DESIRES WE LISTEN TO HIS INSTRUCTIONS AND OBEY.
THIS IS WHAT THE WORD IS FOR THE BODY.
EVEN WHEN WE DON'T UNDERSTAND THE OUTCOME,
WE CAN REST ASSURED
THE LORD HAS A PERFECT PLAN TO DO MIGHTY THINGS FOR US WE DON'T KNOW,
WHEN WE TRUST AND OBEY HIM
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1-2
(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need it
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains thing you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality whats minnie w/out mickey? whats tigger w/out pooh? whats patrick w/out sponge bob? whats me w/out YOU???
He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak. Even young people grow tired and become weary, and young men will stumble and fall. Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the LORD will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won't become weary. They will walk and won't grow tired.
But for us, "There is only one God, the Father. Everything came from him, and we live for him. There is only one Lord, Jesus Christ. Everything came into being through him, and we live because of him."
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance. Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything.
LORD, thankyou for the open air, the feel of wind blowing through my hair;
Just me alone upon my bike, the thrill of freedom's what I like.
To wind through country unexplored, not knowing what I'll see next LORD;
That's what I seek when off I ride,
I'm thankful that you're by my side.
If I should ride 'til morning's light, please keep me safe throughout the night;
And when I've come to journey's end, It's you I'll thank - protector, FRIEND
But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God's kindness that saved you.) God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God.
The Master was searching for a vessel to use;
On the shelf there were many - which one would He choose?
Take me, cried the gold one, I'm shiny and bright,
I'm of great value and I do things just right.
My beauty and luster will outshine the rest
And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!
The Master passed on with no word at all;
He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall;
I'll serve You, dear Master, I'll pour out Your wine
And I'll be at Your table whenever You dine,
My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true,
And my silver will always compliment You.
Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass,
It was wide mouthed and shallow, and polished like glass.
Here! Here! cried the vessel, I know I will do,
Place me on Your table for all men to view.
Look at me, called the goblet of crystal so clear,
My transparency shows my contents so dear,
Though fragile am I, I will serve You with pride,
And I'm sure I'll be happy in Your house to abide.
The Master came next to a vessel of wood,
Polished and carved, it solidly stood.
You may use me, dear Master, the wooden bowl said,
But I'd rather You used me for fruit, not for bread!
Then the Master looked down and saw a vessel of clay.
Empty and broken it helplessly lay.
No hope had the vessel that the Master might choose,
To cleanse and make whole, to fill and to use.
Ah! This is the vessel I've been hoping to find,
I will mend and use it and make it all Mine.
I need not the vessel with pride of its self;
Nor the one who is narrow to sit on the shelf;
Nor the one who is bigmouthed and shallow and loud;
Nor one who displays his contents so proud;
Not the one who thinks he can do all things just right;
But this plain earthy vessel filled with My power and might.
Then gently He lifted the vessel of clay.
Mended and cleansed it and filled it that day.
Spoke to it kindly. There's work you must do,
Just pour out to others as I pour into you.