The LORD said to me “Lionhearted lovers!“
And asking Him what He wanted to say about this, this is what He said: “I AM drawing to Myself those who will love me with their whole heart, and whole soul, and whole mind and whole body!
I AM wanting lionhearted lovers who will be passionate in their pursuit of Me, and passionate in their obedience to My Will.”
Then this old song came to mind, “When somebody loves you, it’s no good unless they love you, ALLLLL the time!”
“The whole body of My Church as well as the nation, are sick from the head to the feet. And The Fear of Me is not in you. (Jeremiah 2:19)
I AM visiting My Church who is called by My name and I will restore to her all the locusts have eaten.
I will restore to those who are willing to BEND to My will, in their hearts, all the ground the enemy has taken in their hearts and souls.
I will have a spotless bride! I love you My sons and daughters and I will not allow this lack to go on!
I AM for you and not against you, but the threshing floors must be purged so that TRUE Shepherds will come forth to minister to My flocks.
I AM not slack as some count slack concerning My promises. But the wealth you have been used to in this nation is speedily coming to an end.
Be wise in your dealings and understand MY WORD! If you want love, you give love. If you want mercy, then give mercy. Whatever you want men to do to you, then treat them the same.
If you were homeless, would you want a can of food, or a fresh warm dinner?
If you had no clothes, would you like torn, worn, clothing, or would you like something new for your child, for example?
Give as you would like to be given to yourself!
Do not forget the poor, the widow, the fatherless, I’ve said, yet for years and years you have forgotten them and built your own kingdoms.
You have not taken in the poor to your homes, nor have many of you bandaged the wounds of the broken hearted.
So I AM coming to pour out MY LOVE that you would learn to love the way I have loved you! And to those who have taken time to bandage the wounds of the poor and lowly, the discarded and rejected, and tried to love them, I will give you MORE of all you’ve received, that you may steward the resources of heaven in the days ahead.
For the needs will be great in this nation. Changes are coming in the nations, and your hearts will be tested beyond anything you have imagined.
So I AM calling to you, wooing you, I have asked you to draw near, that you might be filled with MY strength and grace to endure what lies ahead.
Do not hesitate any longer. Do not be too busy to take time with ME. Any time you spend with ME is NOT WASTED!
Believe me when I say that you will be most thankful that you did as the time draws nearer to My coming!
Learn to live simply. Do not think I will not be watching who is generous and who is stingy with the things they have.
It is not wrong to have nice things My children, but when the things have you, there is a problem. Lay down your life and pick up MINE!
Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of man had no place to lay his head. Be aware that you may be entertaining angels in the days ahead.”
“There is the sound of wailing shepherds! For their glory is in ruins. There is the sound of roaring lions! For the pride of the Jordan is in ruins. Prophecy of the Shepherds — Thus says The LORD my God, “Feed the flock for slaughter, whose owners slaughter them and feel no guilt; those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be The LORD, for I am rich’; and their shepherds do not pity them,” Zechariah 11:3-5 NKJV.
“I will take those who are lionhearted lovers of the Most High and will keep them and place them in positions to feed My flocks and will provide all that is needed to do the work in this hour.
But know that what is required more than money is a heart like MINE. People can get through ANYTHING if they know they are loved and truly cared for!
The days of giving 5 minutes here and there are gone.
FEED MY SHEEP! SEARCH OUT THOSE THAT ARE LOST and scattered on every high hill and mountain, for I AM RESTORING the ancient foundations!
I will establish MY WILL and I will establish TRUTH again in those who are really Mine.
Do not think I desire unity at all costs. TRUTH is the dividing line My beloveds.
You must love the truth, and embrace the truth and live the truth! Do not call good evil and evil good any longer.
For now I AM coming with My terrible swift SWORD, and I will level the mountains of opposition to My will and TRUTH will prevail in the hearts of those who truly love Me.”
“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times,” Exodus 18:20-22 NKJV.
“Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yes, The LORD will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase,” Psalm 85:10-12 NKJV.
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name,” Psalm 86:11 NKJV.
“Praise The LORD! I will praise The LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation,” Psalm 111:1 NKJV.
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart!” Psalm 119:2 NKJVPs
“I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name,” Psalm 138:1-2 NKJV.
“Go and proclaim these words toward the north [where the ten tribes have been taken as captives] and say, Return, faithless Israel, says The LORD, and I will not cause My countenance to fall and look in anger upon you, for I am merciful, says The LORD; I will not keep My anger forever,” Jeremiah 3:12 AMP.
“And I will give them a heart to know (recognize, understand, and be acquainted with) Me, that I am The LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart,” Jeremiah 24:7 AMP.
4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded down with wickedness [with sin, with injustice, with wrongdoing], offspring of evildoers, sons who behave corruptly!
They have abandoned (rejected) The LORD, they have despised the Holy One of Israel [provoking Him to anger], they have turned away from Him.
5 Why should you be stricken and punished again [since no change results from it]? You [only] continue to rebel. The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint and sick.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing healthy in the nation’s body, only bruises, welts, and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil [as a remedy].
7 Your land lies desolate [because of your disobedience], your cities are burned with fire, your fields —strangers are devouring them in your very presence; it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 The Daughter of Zion (Jerusalem) is left like a [deserted] shelter in a vineyard, like a watchman’s hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city [isolated, surrounded by devastation].
9 If The LORD of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we would be like Sodom, we would be like Gomorrah.
God Has Had Enough
10 Hear the word of The LORD [rulers of Jerusalem], you rulers of [another] Sodom, listen to the law and instruction of our God, you people of [another] Gomorrah.
11 “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me [without your repentance]?” Says The LORD.
“I have had enough of [your] burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle [without your obedience]; and I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls or lambs or goats [offered without repentance].
12 “When you come to appear before Me, who requires this of you, this trampling of My [temple] courts [by your sinful feet]?
13 “Do not bring worthless offerings again, [Your] incense is repulsive to Me; [Your] New Moon and Sabbath [observances], the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] and [the squalor of] the festive assembly.
14 “I hate [the hypocrisy of] your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts. They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 “So when you spread out your hands [in prayer, pleading for My help], I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you offer many prayers, I will not be listening. your hands are full of blood!
16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; get your evil deeds out of My sight. Stop doing evil, 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice, rebuke the ruthless, defend the fatherless, plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court].
“Let Us Reason”
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says The LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the best of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of The LORD has spoken.
Zion Corrupted, to Be Redeemed
21 How the faithful city has become a prostitute [idolatrous, despicable], she who was full of justice! Right standing with God once lodged in her, but now murderers.
22 Your silver has turned to lead, your wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and chases after gifts. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the widow’s cause come before them [instead they delay or turn a deaf ear].
24 Therefore The LORD God of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah, I will be freed of My adversaries and avenge Myself on My enemies. 25 And I will turn My hand against you, and will [thoroughly] purge away your dross as with lye and remove all your tin (impurity).
26 “Then I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning; afterward you will be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”
27 Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will be crushed and destroyed together, and those who abandon (turn away from) The LORD will be consumed (perish). 29 For you will be ashamed [of the degradation] of the oaks in which you took [idolatrous] pleasure, and you will be ashamed of the gardens [of passion] which you have chosen [for pagan worship].
30 For you will be like an oak whose leaf withers and dies and like a garden that has no water.
31 The strong man will become tinder, and his work a spark. So both will burn together and there will be none to quench them,” Isaiah 1:4-31.
First published: June 25, 2004.
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.