“The earth is mine and everything that is in it. I created it and I re-created it.
When I have to correct someone – when I have to eliminate or take away something from someone or withdraw from someone because they would not listen, it is very painful to me.
Just as it is painful for a parent sometimes to take away from a child something that could hurt them, even though they want it very much. You do what is best for that child.”
My own thoughts went back to this morning and part of yesterday to situation with my garden beds at my son’s home.
Last year on Father’s Day, I bought him an avocado tree, because he wanted trees across the back to not only have food, but to have a kind of a barrier taller than the wall a little bit.
The garden has been a real struggle for three years, even as the house at times. It was a fixer-upper and the people who lived there practiced witchcraft and the neighbor to the north also does and is still cursing us, as well as one across the street.
So there’s like a constant battle going on, and my son and daughter-in-law are not walking in the LORD…. YET.
We have had all kinds of bugs attack everything, and I’ve learned so much about trying to do natural gardening, versus using chemicals.
But challenge after challenge has come just like in the world, there’s warfare all around us.
I felt so defeated yesterday when I saw root rot on the avocado tree. It had been doing so well and there it was, with black tops on the branches and brown and black areas on the leaves.
It had only been a few days since I last saw it. The kids watered for me so I don’t have to be there every day. As I went out the door last night, I saw a bird’s feather laying on the mat at the back door and I just knew yeah, there is a curse again.
When I got home last night and even this morning, I felt so sad about the avocado tree and it seemed extraordinary really, because after three years of trying to work this garden, i’m used to disappointment and having to start over.
This morning, when I started praying and crying thinking about it, the LORD impressed upon me but that’s how He feels when He has to prune somebody’s life.
I felt the impression that God was saying, “This is how I feel when someone who is precious to me dies, or when I put so much work into someone, and their hope in Me dies.”
Also, when He gives a plan for a life and that person refuses it, or He has to do something painful to get someone’s attention, to bring correction.
Again the LORD spoke,
“I AM not slack as some count slackness. I AM not harsh as some think!
I AM a good father who gives good gifts to His children.
Every good and perfect gift comes from ME. Every blessing for the work of your hands and for your faithfulness to me comes from me.
If I withdrew My grace you, wouldn’t even be able to work.
Look at how many people have chronic illness or problems with being able to function in their lives, and still man thinks he does everything by his own efforts, and judges those who have less ability.
Where is the gratefulness?
So many are going on with their lives not caring about anybody else, very self focused, and all they can think about is what else they can buy.
Discontentment and resentment of those who work hard and are blessed is high.
Resentment exists even in My own for what other people have, because they don’t realize how much I love them.
Jealousy is cruel. There is even an intellectual jealousy, and much competition.
Job said, “The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the LORD!” Godliness with contentment, is great gain.
I redeem everything in your life, even though you might not see it for a long time, because I AM taking out all the pride in your life; all the dependence on you, instead of dependence on Me.
Remember how Paul said, “In my weakness, He is strong”?
Paul learned through My Grace what Grace really is! He learned he could fully trust in Me, when time after time I came through for him.
He suffered much for the sake of My Kingdom, yet My People in this hour think they don’t have to suffer.
There has been another gospel preached for some time, that you don’t have to suffer. Yet My Word decrees otherwise.
I said, all who are godly in Christ MUST suffer.
People have gotten away from reading My Words and taking in truth. Beloved, it says you must love the truth.
I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE. Do you somehow think that you are better than the other saints in the rest of the world, because you live here in the United States of America?
I tell you now, this is a great deception. Many of My True Saints know the truth, that it is only through many trials that you overcome and become whole.
So, come to Me and ask Me to remove all deception in your life.
If you love Me you’ll do this.
If you love yourself and your family, you must do this – you must care about truth.
I said in My Word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free . It is only the truth you understand and know that truly sets you free.
Truth you do not yet know, cannot yet set you free. So ask Me to speak truth to you.
Ask me to show you in the Word, to illuminate scripture for you so that you can understand truth you need to know!
I don’t get tired of you asking questions, nor do I ignore you. Keep asking and you will get the answers you need.
I can teach you anything. I can teach you how to paint. I can teach you how to cook. I can teach you about things in the earth and things in the heavens and things that you can’t see for there’s nothing that I don’t know.
I AM your Resource for everything you need, so come and spend time with Me, Beloved, for I want to spend time with you.
I AM waiting for you.
I don’t want you to be afraid of anything. Lay aside thoughts of unworthiness and all the things the enemy tries to torment you with.
Bring it to my feet, laying it at My Feet. Allow Me to wash over you with My love and kindness.
Rest in My arms of love. For the earth is Mine and I have ALL POWER and AUTHORITY AND I HAVE SHARED IT WITH YOU!
I have anointed you with the oil of gladness. I have anointed you with joy!
You are My anointed vessels on this earth and I have given you power to trample on serpents and scorpions, and ALL THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE!
Heaven is My THRONE! Earth is merely MY FOOTSTOOL! For those who have been so wounded I want you to come aside that you might receive the fullness of my love for you, that you would understand who you really are in My eyes!
Restoration is here for you. Completion, wholeness and blessings are here for you because you are mine.
You are bought and paid for with the blood of My Son.
My glory is invading the earth even as the sun is creating some weather tumult through bursts of energy, there is a parallel in the Spirit!
I will have a Bride without spot or wrinkle and she will be of My Making!
It is only by My Grace you will overcome as you rest in My Presence!”
“…for “the earth is the LORD’s and all its fullness,” 1 Corinthians 10:26 NKJV.
“Now therefore, if you will obey My Voice indeed, and keep My Covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure to Me above all people…” Exodus 19:5.
“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s your God, the earth also, with all that therein is,” Deuteronomy 10:14.
“Who has prevented me, that I should repay him? whatever is under the whole heaven is mine,” Job 41:11.
“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein,” Psalm 24:1.
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof,” Psalm 50:12.
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God…” 1 Timothy 6:17.
~ 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 email@example.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.