It’s pretty obvious that this world is RAPIDLY Changing, and I know that for me, it will require a different strategy to handle this and that I must be not only willing, but above all, be able to walk out the days ahead wisely and with good discernment.
It seems as if I identify with the prophet Jeremiah more often now than ever before. And so, I am CHOOSING to adjust the way of delivering my portion of what the Spirit of God would give me, as He leads me. Daily.
Like Jeremiah, I am in often in wordless, tear-streaming grief over the rapid forms of meditation, eastern mysticism, bizarre sexual morphing and acceptance of this as “normal”, as well the hellish exploitation of children taking place.
Add to this kind of sorrow (for a Christian), the competitive daily trendy “prophetic” articles/words (advertisements!) – and outright fear mongering one moment and then “hysterical” any moment breakthrough messages, both which recycle over and over, that are sweeping into the Body of Christ.
“We’ve got the new paradigm! The SHIFT!! The Crowd! The Hip! Out With Old School-In With Eco Church!” UGH…..
There are Facebook posts loaded like a buttered baked potato with a big scoop of sour cream, that belch out sarcasm, shaming, smug and rude “thumbing the nose” at any warnings or loving corrections, and the devouring and public slandering has become unbearable.
When people refuse to let God be the judge of good and evil, when they inject their own standards to oppose His, these people who are “usurping” assume a sovereignty or power that belongs only to God.
They choose to undermine God’s order, in order to demand their own, and in doing this, they hope to avoid the pinpricks of their conscience. After all, “if it’s legal” then it must be right! Right?”
No. God’s law is not so easily escaped or fanned away as an old dusty list of metaphors.
Conceit and pride are the greatest enemies to spiritual growth!
Newly “acquired knowledge” or notoriety often leads to pride rather than wisdom. There is no more certain way to fall into sin and self deception than to allow pride to lead us into putting confidence in ourselves rather than God.
This kind of pride always leads to destruction, because it robs us of God’s power to stand against temptation!
What we accomplish as members of the Kingdom of God is done by the power of God.
Knowledge can be mistaken for maturity. True knowledge is designed to bring us TO maturity.
When we parade our so called freedom before others in an effort to reveal how much we know, we reveal our immaturity and are treading on dangerous ground! Knowledge put on PUBLIC display leads to heartbreak and divisive scattering.
The Western Style “First World Church” is caught up in so many identity crises
and with pushing movements and meetings, that the voices crying out and weeping in the places of preparation (the wilderness) saying, “You! Yes YOU! Prepare the Way of the LORD! Straighten out those crooked, twisted paths!”
They are suddenly being told to step back into a place of silence and travailing prayer, determined to lean in closer to THE Voice that is small, still, and sure.
Only time spent with the LORD, like a dear dear friend, will fill the gaping ache you have. He will speak, He will comfort, and He will show you what is true and what is false in the days ahead if you will return to that Place of companionship with Him.
Away from the opinions of men and the noise of this life. And also… silence the sound of your OWN voice.
As you turn your heart and hopes towards him you will see compassion poured out over your exhaustion and you will then have his power of pure godly compassion and “wisdom driven grace” to pour out on others.
Speak to Him with all of your heart, your longings, your heartaches, your dreams. And He will be there with arms of strength to rescue you from Despair.
“It is necessary for Him to increase and for me to decrease,” John 3:30.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.