Written August 23, 2011 – the day we had an earthquake right after I wrote this!
I am feeling especially sensitive in the Spirit today. And I don’t feel that I am alone in that. In seeking the Lord, I sense He is saying that He is drawing near to His Church to deal with it, it is a season for that. If He does not deal with the Church, He cannot logically and righteously deal with the world…
He is drawing near to deal with our issues, if we will let Him. We can turn and run away, we can act distracted or put a wall up, but if we let Him in, He will help us and even change us. He is dealing with us for at least two reasons.
One, He is a Good Father and He knows we need discipling. That involves teaching and correcting. Secondly, He is preparing us for what lies ahead. We are also approaching the Shepherd’s Rod season, I don’t know the exact date of that at the moment, but the Spiritually sensitive will sense it approaching in the degree of their sensitivity.
The Shepherd’s Rod is where the sheep come under the Shepherd’s staff for inspection. The Shepherd then deals with the issues that the sheep has. The Good Shepherd cares for the sheep.
What I hear the Lord saying is that LOVE is approaching us, and He is examining us, every part of us, for what is coming, things that will be required of us. He is a good Father and He wants us to be prepared. He may adjust some things that are very sensitive to us but if we allow it we will really be better for it in the future. It will alleviate some problems and make us stronger.
God is going to deal with America, and some of those dealings will be hard. America has had the Light, it has had the Word and even those who want to criticize preachers will have no excuse for they have had access to His Word to do it better. Since some seem to know better, then they should DO IT!
God holds us responsible for rightly dividing His Word of Truth. That means if “another way” comes along, we may check it out, but if it is not fruit bearing in the Lord, but fruit limiting, then we should look for the better way. God EXPECTS US to understand things by the Spirit, because He has poured out His Spirit and if we take another path, that is not His fault!!! He has revealed Himself.
Jesus said, “God is Spirit, and they that worship Him worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” That means there is much that we understand in two dimensions. We have our intellect where we process things through our soul, or our mind, will and emotions AND we hear, see and understand also via our spirit by His Spirit! We mature in both areas, but a spirit that is in His Spirit will never die. We are responsible for our body, soul and spirit in this life.
If we fall sway to another man’s way and God has given us His Light, it is up to us to get ourselves corrected. God wants to come with blessings for His people but if they do not allow themselves to become corrected, they will reap the judgments and corrections of those who follow the world.
When we have the Light, God expects us to ADVANCE with the Light. It is not just to sit in our little corners and enjoy ourselves. Things are expected of us!!! Sometimes we inspect our blessings for too long. We fail to see the needy and the lost and the dying. When we do that, it disqualifies us from the next event.
And if God has called us to shepherd, then we need to be first in allowing His dealings. WHO ARE those ministers who weep between the porch and the altar? Do you understand THEIR SIGNIFICANCE???
I have been weeping this morning. I feel weepy now. Too many want to put the burden on the shepherd(s) when the Shepherd is working to train THEM to shepherd! When we realize our responsibilities, we will not put undue adulation or responsibilities on the shepherds we see and that have been given to us.
When WE are about our Father’s business, we will be more concerned for our sins than another’s. Our concern for them will be that travail of Love that they get it right. We will not judge. When WE are about our Father’s business, we will sense the weight and gravity of His call upon our lives. We will realize that WE are held accountable for this calling. And we will be judged for it!
It’s a serious thing. When we realize that, we will put all our focus and efforts on pleasing Him. We won’t have time to look at the specks in our brother’s eyes, we will see the log in our own. And God is not in the condemnation business! We so need to learn that. We will realize that we are not seeing and doing all that God wants us to see and do. We will cry to wash that log out! Then we will be able to gently pull the splinter out of our brother’s eye.
As we mature we will find God’s uniqueness in dealing with us. As young ones we all need the basics of doctrine and even Spirit understanding. But as we mature into our “missions,” we will find we are not all the same in our callings. This means we have to adjust to the uniqueness of our callings and our assignments. It takes maturity in God to even understand it.
We have to learn how to get along with each other and we have to learn how to accept each other, even when we are different. We are also called to minister to one another, and support the work of God’s developments in the lives of others. We are not to hinder God’s works.
We honor each other with respect to their callings. We are not to monitor and judge it, but to work to see how we can receive or bless it. Along the way we will find these “fits” where “every joint supplies.” But even these need to be flexible. As we know, God can prune! But it is for our good and greater and healthy growth. This is the reason we need to discern with the Spirit and with Truth.
We don’t have to accept every “word” that comes our way but we do have to make every effort to discern and discover His Way. We will make some mistakes but some errors are even allowed for greater truth revelation. When we can accept that, we will not condemn ourselves but put more of our trust in Him.
When we work with Him, we will come to discover more and more that He is Good and His intention and end for us is good. That will build our confidence and make us even better as ministers. We will understand how He works through grace and has a great redemptive Plan.
We will need His “Cross Examinations” to prosper in our individual paths of Life.