These Are the Times That Will Try Men’s Souls

“These Are the Times That Will Try Men’s Souls”
– A Time for Directional Adjustment
(Prophetic Song of The Lord at End of Message)

My heart aches and yes, even trembles a bit at the broad measure of deception that has had a huge increase in these difficult days.

Spirits that imitate the voice of our Savior are cloaking themselves as Angels of light and also come masquerading as the Voice of the Holy Spirit in order to distract and lure believers away, slowly from sound convictions, godly warnings, and above all, THE still small Voice.

The Bible tells us that deception; doctrines of demons, and false prophets will increase.

The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some would depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

It feels as if those days are upon us and though we might try to withdraw or hide, we cannot escape them; we must overcome in the midst of them, for this is the will of God concerning us.

Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the passionate Christian than for the lukewarm and the self-satisfied.

“The seeker after God’s best things is eager to hear
Anyone who offers a way by which he can obtain them.”
~ A.W. Tozer

The type of person Mr. Tozer is speaking about, longs for some new experience, some superior view of truth, some operation of the Spirit that will raise him or her above the dead level of religious bumpiness they see all around them, and for this reason these people are ready to lean a concerned ear towards the “new and the amazing” in faith, first and foremost if it is presented by someone with an attractive personality and a reputation for “enhanced” saintliness.

HOWEVER, our Lord Jesus the great Shepherd of His sheep has not left His flock to the ruthlessness of the wolves.  He has given us the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit and yes, the natural ability of common sense watching, and He expects us to apply ourselves to their help all the time.

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” said Paul,”   1 Thessalonians 5:21.

“Beloved, believe not every spirit,” wrote John, “but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world,”   1 John 4:1.

“Beware of false prophets,” our Lord warned, “which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves,”   Matthew 7:15.


We are in much need of a directional adjustment as believers in the Body of Christ right now as the world 
turns itself upside down with malice, dictatorships, and political posturing.

need to be certain that nothing of the world and its behaviors are hidden in our own 
hearts.  We must hear that magnetic pulling voice of the Holy Spirit, and obey it 
without turning left or right.

“So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; 
 do not turn aside to the right or to the left,”   Deuteronomy 5:32.


If we are tempted to be conceited and to feel superior because we have had an incredible vision or a radical spiritual experience, or if we feel extraordinarily more well informed or gifted with educational pursuits and feel the need to inflict our “superior-ness” upon others, we should fall immediately to our knees and repent of the ugly and fleshly, self-serving thing! We have fallen and have been duped by the arrogant and self-deceived enemy of our souls, Lucifer.

“For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world,”   1 John 2:16.


When we walk in the way of surrender and tenderness with our ears tuned in towards the frequency of the 
”still small voice of God,” we actually walk in a safe haven or overshadowing safety of the Presence of God.

Training our spiritual ears to hear the voice of the 
Father creates and provides a lifetime “guarantee” of knowing when the storms or troubles will arise as well as intense persecution.   There 
is a promise for direction from a place of Divine Protection and direction whenever it’s 

“Therefore my heart is glad 
and my tongue rejoices; 
 my body also will rest secure,”   Psalm 16:9.


The man or woman with an honest heart will find no difficulty here.  It is the hardest thing the mind and body to do!  Learning to rest and wait when the world is 
screaming at a fevered pitch,


It is a hard 
learned yet reachable discipline if we will lean into it and ask for God’s help.

Yes, only HE can train us in this discipline of rest and waiting.  Our flesh will never give into it willingly.  Hear and then HEED the Voice of God calling you to enter into His rest.  It is a place of pleasant 
minimalism and uncluttered guidelines.  His Presence silences all of the noise of the day 
and noise of the Head.

Any real work of god in our heart…
Will tend to make us unable to enjoy world’s fellowship.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,”   1 John 2:15.

It can be declared clearly, that any spirit that allows “give and take” with the world… i s a deceiving spirit.


Dear Child of God! 
 There is no judgment or shame there.  
It is a restful place of learning to take up an easy yoke and a light burden.

Perhaps right now…. as you read this… you might need to get away from music in 
headphones or speakers, away from the ring tones on your new awesome phone with all of those cool new apps, and enter into 
the safe haven of God.

Lay down the weight of worry and frustration.  The anger at life all bottled up in 
rage and gloom!  All you need to take with you into the place of refuge is a willing and listening heart. 
Ready to trust the Divine Protector and Provider.

“May your unfailing love rest upon us, 
O LORD,  even as we put our hope in you,”   Psalm 33:22.



Spontaneous Prophetic Song of The Lord

There is a river of life; there is a river that flows
From the city of God, There is a river of life
There is an ocean, Deep and wide and strong
And there is a pathway, in the water wide and long

There is a Master, Captain, at the helm of life
And there is Someone standing,
Steering the course in the fog at night
Even though the times that you can’t see Me
Even though the times that you can’t hear Me
I am the echo in the night

There is an ocean deep and wide
And there is a river flowing by your side
And even though the darkness might come
Remember the promise I’ve given you
I will guide you in the storms of life

Come with Me a while and see, that I am He
The Captain at the helm
Come and see that I have a course now set
In the heavenly realms

There is a river, a place for you to flow
There is a river, there is something more, For you to know

Let me take control, let Me drift your life away
For in the darkness of night
You can hear Me better say

I am the Captain of your soul
And I am the Master of the storm
Remember when you can’t feel
Remember when you can’t set your sail
Remember when there’s no breezes
Remember there is a voice that pleases

There is a river, there is an ocean
There is a Captain at the helm

And though you might not see Me
And though you might not feel Me
I am still in the heavenly realm
I am still in the heavenly helm

Captain of the sea
Captain of the storm
Come and rest with Me.


In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©

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” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow

Mary Lindow imageMary 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.

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These Are the Times That Will Try Men’s Souls — 1 Comment

  1. Sister, I listened what you had to share with the world and the brothers and sisters. I heard your song, I read your words. Then I read again who you are, in the short explanation. Here your own description: “humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.” Your ministry has obviously an own studio. I do only have a small 100 dollar cell phone and a 5 year old 2nd phone, and with both I take pictures of GOD`s beautiful nature and record 4 or 5 most humbly unperfect songs in 7 years. My “ministry” is not only for churches and seminars, where all the flock feels so comfortable inside. My ministry is for those who are outside (and inside) the churches. It was growing unexpectadly fast and wide. Often the LORD told me to be a shining light in a confused world. Many good believers exhorted me not to stop, not to give up, though my life was in danger. Your articles speaks of REST. That`s good for all of us who are working for the LORD. I am sure you know the Scripture, that we must use the time, to save others, for the time is short. Ephesians 5:16 “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Do you still have a burning heart for others ? I know many, many Christians from different churches who enjoy Sunday service and then sit back in their expensive chairs, sofas and at their well fed tables. This is not evil, I know.
    You sound so smoothe, your song is beautiful, and there is nothing wrong. I just write to you to think about, if you in your heart accuse the work of those who are on the frontlines, who work hard for God`s Kingdom. To help many blind people to see what`s going on and to rescue them from hell. You mention luzifer. Yes, he seduces people, he went very far. He even seduced churches.
    I am a woman who dearly loves every hour of rest, allowed by God. Strong Christians know that they have to sound wake up calls, and they are attacked for doing God`s will. You song is about the One true Captain. If I wouldn`t have this ONE in my heart and soul, even in my body – for Whom I gave up all earthly success and lost even a Christian General – after all those years I do not regret that I opened my mouth and my heart for the truth. I have met too many proud and stubborn Christians. So called “unbelievers” are everywhere open for the Gospel. Pointing them to JESUS CHRIST and to good old hymns, also to new hymns, and showing the world some of the treasures of Holy Scriptures – oh I wish I could share much more of these treasures. I know that Muslims are touched by the Word of God, and GOD knows, that a single seed, many seeds have been planted and been multiplicated already. ALL FOR JESUS. Sister, you can`t imagine how often I desired to have such a place like many of you have. A place where no one enters into the flat, because the house owner feels to have this “right”. A place of rest where no one mocks or blocks. Even in Florida in November, my 1st 1 week “holidays” after 22 years, hidden people threw stones into a garden. Yes, real stones. 2017 is a year of restoration and victory, we all have read and heard everywhere now. If you love this sister who types here, please pray for me, that the hidden people stop their attacks against me. I was isolated long enough. I decide to continue my “homepage” daily as my LORD and SAVIOUR leads me. We are in the last days. I only have a small laptop and a cheap loudspeaker. That`s my enough equipment to reach broken-hearted people. All kind of people. GOD KNOWS. Do not judge or accuse proven brothers and sisters, for that you may not be found as false prophet. I have to send this message out now. GOD tells me: Do what in your heart is, to do. I am with you. This is also a Holy Word of GOD.