I couldn’t sleep and smelled a waft of rose perfume type smell. So got up to see if He wanted to talk, and it was 4:44 a.m. again [on 4-14-2004].
Tonight when I’d gotten home from a prayer meeting also, I had smelled roses as I sat down at the computer.
Tonight as I prayed for a friend, I saw a vision that I think applies to many in the body of Christ.
I saw a narrow dirt path with tall thorns and brambles lining it, and it led down to a place that finally opened up to a broader place, though the path was still narrow to green verdant fields with flowers.
Then down the path further was the LORD Jesus standing with arms open waiting to embrace His beloved friend and there were tears coming from his eyes.
As he reached the arms of the LORD, Jesus drew him to Himself and embraced him to His chest and then you could see bright light emanating all around the person. Glory had filled them and these little thorns, and stickers that had accrued along the path fell off them.
Then the LORD began to walk with him, not that He hadn’t walked with him before, but that now there was this greater intimacy. Immediately I thought of Enoch or Noah who had walked with God.
“Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God. [Genesis 5:21-24] But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that he is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek him [out],” Hebrews 11:5-6 AMP.
“And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with him],” [Hebrews 11:5] Genesis 5:24 AMP.
“But these men revile (scoff and sneer at) anything they do not happen to be acquainted with and do not understand; and whatever they do understand physically [that which they know by mere instinct], like irrational beasts – by these they corrupt themselves and are destroyed (perish). Woe to them! For they have run riotously in the way of Cain, and have abandoned themselves for the sake of gain [ it offers them, following ] the error of Balaam, and have perished in rebellion [like that] of Korah! [Genesis 4:3-8; Numbers 16:1; 22:1-24:25]
These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time – twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots; wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.
It was of these people, moreover, that Enoch in the seventh [generation] from Adam prophesied when he said, behold, the LORD comes with his myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of his saints) to execute judgment upon all and to convict all the impious (unholy ones) of all their unGodly deeds which they have committed [in such an] unGodly [way], and of all the severe (abusive, jarring) things which unGodly sinners have spoken against him.
These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [ of their lot in life], going after their own desires [ controlled by their passions ]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [ and they claim to ] admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions which were made by the apostles (the special messengers) of our LORD Jesus Christ (the messiah, the anointed one).
They told you beforehand, in the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own unGodly passions.
It is these who are [ agitators ] setting up distinctions and causing divisions – merely sensual [ creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people ], devoid of the [holy] spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the holy spirit; guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our LORD Jesus Christ (the messiah) – [which will bring you] unto life eternal.
And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt.
[ strive to ] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [ but ] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. [Zechariah 3:2-4]
Now to him who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of his glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight] – to the one only God, our savior through Jesus Christ our LORD, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it),” Jude 10-25 AMP.
[I felt the context of this passage important to look at…]
I have chosen you before the foundations of the earth to be in this army that will go forth through the earth. I AM going to transform you into the bride I want you to be. Those who do not desire this transformation will be disappointed.
Many who refuse to come to My heart, to be transformed by My glory, will become hostile to those who want to be changed. Many will be jealous when they see the fruit that you will bear, and the power that you will wield through intimacy with Me.
You will be hated for My name’s sake throughout the earth. But I will use you to do great and mighty things and to help reap a great harvest out of this earth. You will not be afraid of their faces, for you will be perfected in love as I pour out My Spirit on all flesh.
For devastation is coming. The destroyer is coming to try to counter this move of mine. But know that I will be with you. Nothing will snatch you out of My hand. Nothing will be able to stop what I want to do in you and through you.
I will accomplish all I set out to do. Harvest time is a season of intense reaping and much work to be done. Sheaves must be gathered, grains must be shucked and cleansed.
There is much work ahead. There is no need to compete for the work to be done is plentiful! Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
So stop thinking small. Stop thinking that you need to make a place for yourself. Caste off all competition.
I AM drawing you to myself to give you a greater vision for what is to be! That all selfish ambition will be annihilated. For it is I who will pour out My Spirit. It will not be because of you.
It will be because I have desire to see all who are called to come, to receive the truth of My love for them. My Spirit will be poured out on all flesh so that no one will be able to say, “it is because I did this, or I did that, that he has come.”
Though I AM pleased with your earnestness of prayers and fasting, it will not be because of them, that I pour out my love, for I have planned this from the beginning of time. It is I who led you to pray. It is I who led you to fast and gave you the grace to do it!
It is I who has empowered you to do My Will. You will not be able to boast among yourselves, except in Me.
Nothing will be able to quench what I want to do! No man or woman will be able to lord it over others, that they have done this, or done that!
It is I who brings the increase.
it is I who molds and equips the bride.
it is I who will pour out My Spirit and will reap a great harvest!
I AM the LORD of the harvest. I AM the LORD of Lords! I AM able to accomplish. It in My own doing if I so chose! So do not strive to make known your accomplishments! For it is I who have given you the strength and tools to do as I command.”
“Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him,” John 13:16 NKJV.
“Guard your hearts against the pride of life, for great power will be given to the humble. Honor Me, and I will honor you! I love you as no other loves you!
I AM doing all to accomplish my will in your life, that you may live out the call on your life to glorify Me.”
“Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world,” 1 Peter 5:5-10 NKJV.
“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion,” Romans 12:16 NKJV.
Origianly posted on 4-14-2004
by: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California www.upstreamca.org and www.blogtalkradio.com/Upstream Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to email@example.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278.