“For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage. For justice will return to the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:14-16 AMP.
“And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved images overlaid with silver and your molten images plated with gold; you will cast them away as a filthy bloodstained cloth, and you will say to them, Be gone! Then will He give you rain for the seed with which you sow the soil, and bread grain from the produce of the ground, and it will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures” Isaiah 30:20-23 AMP.
“He delivers the afflicted in their affliction and opens their ears [to His voice] in adversity” Job 36:15 AMP.
“I AM your Strengthener in the days of adversity. I will keep you in the palm of My hand.
Even in the midst of darkness you will be a bright shining light to all around you. Though darkness increases and though famine ensues, yet will I keep My own in the palm of My hands and deliver you from the hand of the beast. I am not slack concerning My promises.
But you must depend on ME, and not your own strength in the face of evil. You must have practiced listening for the still small voice and WAITING on ME in quietude.
When I tell you to move, to go, you must GO. When I tell you to stop you must STOP. When I tell you not to eat something, you must abstain from eating it. When I tell you to drink, then drink, and when I tell you to abandon everything and go this place or that, you MUST LISTEN TO ME. I AM Your PROVISION. I AM YOUR PEACE. I AM YOUR RESOURCE for all you need. SO LISTEN TO ME. Practice now, before the dawn of adversity comes to fruition in your life as it has for many around the world. You must learn to depend on ME oh Western Bride, for in this time, it is essential for LIFE.
Incomplete obedience is disobedience. Up till now you have learned hit and miss, and grace has covered you like a mantle. My grace will not abandon you, but you must become MATURE in your ability to OBEY. When I say GIVE, I MEAN GIVE. WHEN I SAY WITHHOLD, YOU MUST WITHHOLD. When I say speak, speak, and when I say stop, and wait, and refrain from speaking, then do so! You are all soldiers now, there is no AWOL in My army. You cannot afford to go AWOL in this hour. You must keep your focus single eyed, and single mindedly on ME.
Do you want to grow in responsibility? Do you want to grow in hearing My voice? Then LISTEN when I tell you to do something and obey, then you will be trusted with the next thing.
But if time after time, you don’t listen, and you go your own way instead of My way, then why should I talk to you? What good would it do if you aren’t interested in listening and obeying? Will you also learn to WORSHIP in the face of adversity? Will you learn to NOT complain when everything doesn’t go YOUR WAY? Will you lay down expectations of your own, and pick up MINE?
This is death to SELF beloveds – to do what I want, to consider what I want, as you would a mate, a husband or a wife. A good mate doesn’t just do what they want. They listen to their mate and take into consideration what the other wants. To do less is to rely on SELF. Self is the root of all evil. Yes, you heard me right. For mammon is not only love of money, but love of SELF. Put away ME, MYSELF and I, and take up your cross daily. Abandon your heart to ME. Believe me, I will NOT disappoint you, IF you are willing to lay everything down for ME.
For I tell you that arduous, terrible, and perilous times lie ahead. I have been gently preparing many, and others are in escalating preparation for I am about to shoot you off to nations and peoples, some to the streets here, and many overseas. Some are being hid away now, in preparation for what is to come. Others are being prepared for martyrdom, and persecution, because I do not use the mighty. I do not use the strong. Not many wise are chosen, but I delight in using the weak, and I delight in using those thought least capable!
Do not listen when men tell you, “you are incapable”! I AM THE GREAT RESOURCE for all those incapable. I USED FISHERMAN! THINK BELOVEDS! WERE THEY EDUCATED MEN? DID THEY HAVE SEMINARY DEGREES? Do I change?
Who will you believe? The one who relishes the money you give as tithe, or the influence he has over many, or that one who sat beside you and encouraged you despite their pain? Will you begin to sow in fields that have mercy and compassion? Will you OPEN UP YOUR EYES and ASK TO SEE AS I SEE? ASK TO HEAR AS I HEAR ! LOVE ONE ANOTHER, I SAID.
By THIS all men will know you belong to me! NOT BY YOUR COMPETITION AND GREED. NOT BY YOUR JUDGING AND HATRED FOR THE LOST AND THOSE BOUND IN DARKNESS, BUT BY YOUR LOVE for ME and for EACH OTHER. I said, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BE GOOD to those who hate you. It’s hard isn’t it ? It’s hard for you but if you lean on ME, it becomes easier.
Know this, My beloved BRIDE, YOU ARE MY HEART! You are precious to ME. You are not just some fleeting thought in My brain or heart. You are My TREASURE! You said YES to ME, and because you said “yes”, you belong to ME FOREVER! Because you said, yes, I never give up on you. I am committed to you more than you are committed to Me! I will see to it that you are molded and made into what I want you to be, just don’t kick at the goads beloveds. Ask for understanding. Ask for WISDOM! I will give it to you freely.
Know that nothing is too small or too great for ME to handle. Give me all the weight you keep carrying around. Give me all the expectations of yourself that you set way too high. My yoke is EASY and My burden is LIGHT. I said, Ask to UNDERSTAND MY GRACE!
For I am pouring out GREAT GRACE in these times for did I not say that where sin abounds, grace the more abounds?
“But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded” Romans 5:20 AMP.
I like to make a spectacle of the enemy, and so I will in this hour pour out magnificent grace to all willing to come and lay down at My feet. Know that much of what I do in this hour will SURPRISE many. SUDDENLY I will come and show up in the marketplace in the most surprising of ways, and I will use you to destroy the enemy in the lives of others.
Listen beloveds. Listen as you go about your daily tasks. Listen for the still small voice of your Adonai.”
“Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law, That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked” Psalm 94:12-13 AMP.
“If you faint in the day of adversity , your strength is small” Proverbs 24:10 AMP.
“The wind [of adversity ] shall pasture upon and consume all your shepherds (your princes and statesmen), and your lovers (allies) shall go into captivity. Surely then shall you be ashamed and confounded and dismayed because of all your wickedness. O inhabitant of Lebanon [Jerusalem, whose palaces are made of Lebanon’s trees], you who make your nest among the cedars, how you will groan and how pitiable you will be when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in childbirth!” Jeremiah 22:22-23 AMP [1 Kings 7:2].
“Is it not out of the mouth of the Most High that evil and good both proceed [adversity and prosperity, physical evil or misfortune and physical good or happiness]? Why does a living man sigh [one who is still in this life’s school of discipline]? [And why does] a man complain for the punishment of his sins?” Lamentations 3:38-39 AMP.
“Serving the Lord with all humility in tears and in the midst of adversity (affliction and trials) which befell me, due to the plots of the Jews [against me]; How I did not shrink from telling you anything that was for your benefit and teaching you in public meetings and from house to house, But constantly and earnestly I bore testimony both to Jews and Greeks, urging them to turn in repentance [that is due] to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ [that is due Him]” Acts 20:19-21 AMP.
God bless you,
by: PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN of Upstream Ministries, California www.upstreamca.org www.blogtalkradio.com/Upstream Email: goinupstream @hotmail.com Donate to Upstream: via secure paypal by sending as gift to goininupstream @hotmail.com Or send to Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 92780, USA.