Sometimes when God gives us prophetic words, He doesn't always give us the "go-ahead" to release those words until He says it's time. And so it is with this word, I had not had the "go-ahead" but even after nearly a year since the Holy Spirit gave this word to me, I find that its still just as relevant today as it was then.
As I pulled into the grocery store parking lot on this particular day, the Lord began to speak to me. I had only a few minutes before, asked Him a question. I had asked to know what was on His heart for this day?
So, as I looked for a place to park now, He answered me. “The innocent,” (not experinced worldly, naive, simple, those who have been so easily deceived and don‘t realize it) He said. “Those who are in spiritual ignorance (darkness.)” “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
2 Cor.4:4-6, “In whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them which believes not (saved and unsaved), lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5-For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves (we are) your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6-For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light (revelation) of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
The Lord continued, “I say to My people, I’m the Light of the world that has come. Come out of the darkness that you may see and understand. That you may better discern the times. Those who choose to remain in darkness will never see the realities of My glorious Light.”
“But Lord,” I said, “what about these people who don’t realize they’re in spiritual darkness?”
(I couldn’t help but wonder about blind spots in me that I don‘t know about).
The Lord answered, “That’s where I hold My minister’s responsible to tell them My truth and show them the falsity and the dangers of remaining in darkness. I hold My minister’s and leader’s more responsible because of the light (revelation) they’ve been given to bring these people into that same light. People must be presented with and confronted with choice. Choosing either the darkness over the light. Or choosing My light of truth over the darkness of deception. Some people will choose deception over truth.”
Even though I knew this was true, it was still incredible to me. “Lord, it just seems to me that people wouldn’t want to stay in deception. It just seems like to me that anybody had rather know the truth.”
He replied, “Not if that truth is going to be painful. Because people abhor pain, they choose to stay anesthetized by the darkness. It’s like Novocain. It has a numbing effect upon the flesh, much like being given Novocain when a tooth is pulled. People want that Novocain, as it were, whereby they remain dysfunctional spiritually.” (I asked how would this operate and He said, to compare it to a dysfunctional family in the natural. That it was much the same way in the Spiritual, that is, the body of Christ. Well, when a natural family is dysfunctional, it usually means, division and disunity. This is also true for the Church family, thus Jesus prayed that the world would be one as He and the Father are One.).
“People just naturally love the darkness. Remember how Adam ran from Me to hide in the darkness? (I knew it from His Word ). His fallen condition grieved My heart, and I wanted to embrace Him to My breast, but I couldn’t, lest he be consumed. I wanted to heal and restore My son.” (Adam was the first created son).
“Oh, Jesus.” I felt such compassion as He told me this.
“I sent My only begotten Son to the cross to shed His blood so I could embrace My sons (and daughters) again. So I could bring them out of the darkness of deception and into the light of My truth. The thing is, My light and My life is here in abundance for all people but they reject it. They reject Me and choose to stay hidden from Me in the darkness. I call them over and over, time and time again, to come out of hiding and come---run to Me. Run to the Light, but they continue to answer, ‘I’m afraid.’ (Who wouldn’t have to be honest and admit that we‘ve all been here at this place?)
“Do you understand?” The Lord asked me. “Do you understand My heart?”
I knew He wasn’t asking this question for His benefit, but rather for mine. And I didn’t have to think twice about my answer, “No, Lord. I don’t understand Your heart, but I want to. I desire to.”
Whatever fraction I might know, in this moment, I knew it was nothing compared to what He was talking about. In our presumptions, we often think we know so much more about God than we actually do. In times like these, He shows you just how little you really do know of His heart, and you’re humbled to ask, “Help me to understand better, Lord Jesus.”
He responded in a gentle voice, “I’ve given you a tiny fraction of it because you asked. Understand it.”
I was hit with what a tall order that is. But I also understood that my heavenly Father was asking Me to seek to understand His heart because He’s ready to reveal more of it to me. What an awesome and humbling, but very priviledged honor.
The Lord said, “Also, understand the pruning of a tree. Understand the burning of the field. I desire for My people to be prosperous. To be productive. To be a fruitful people, but I first have to deal with the causes in their lives that hinders their fruitfulness. And for that to take place, I have to first draw them into the light and bring exposure to those deceptive strongholds that keeps them hiding from Me in darkness. (know that whatever the Lord desires, He requires of you).
I’m the Great Physician Who brings healing and restoration to My people. Any spiritual surgery is going to bring some pain with it but that pain is moving you toward healing and restoration. It is bringing you out of the darkness and into the light. It will bring you to a new awareness of Me. And if you will choose it----if you will allow it, you will come to love the Light from out of a pure heart. (Jesus is the Light--John 8:12)
For those who have been crying out for spiritual heart surgery, understand what you’re asking of Me. Know that the surgical instrument of My Word is powerful and sharp, cutting to the dividing line of your spirit and soul.” (Heb.4:12, “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner [revealer] of the thoughts and intents [motives] of the heart).
“I will ruthlessly cut out the cancer of sin, dividing and separating you from the desires of the flesh and this world. I want you to understand that My Word is a fire that will burn off the land field (where we dump the garbage of anger, idolatry, unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, pride, etc.) of your heart---burning out your desire for other god’s (the god of self-worship, titles, positions, fame, money, ideas and ideal‘s, opinions).
Know that My Word is a hammer and with it, I will break to pieces the hardness of your hearts that are seeped in the darkness of unbelief. My Word is a light to your soul, exposing every nook and cranny where unconfessed sins lurk. My Word and the illuminating light of My Spirit will expose the intentions and motives of your heart, whether they be good or evil.
I want you to also know this, My children---even though My hand upon you in this last hour may seem ruthless, know that I am also the Lord Who heals you. I love you, and I will not leave you wounded and in pain. But I will gently apply the salve of My anointing to heal and bind up your wounds. I will restore you, and I will bring you into a fruitful place.
It is not My hearts desire to see your fields lie in desolation and barrenness. It’s My hearts desire to see you productive and multiplying My Word in the earth. (God’s Word is a seed). It’s My hearts desire for you to become and remain a fruitful people, not lacking in anything.
But remember this, your fields will not be fruitful until we deal with those things that caused it to be barren. Sin must always be cut out. It must be burned out by My purifying fire so you can grow up into the Light of My Glory”( being molded and matured in righteousness, purity and holiness--becoming more Christ like).
I had sat in my car, writing down everything I believe I heard the Lord saying. And even when I went on into the store, the Lord’s Word’s stayed in my mind with resounding clarity. It did so because I had come face to face with a decision myself. I knew that this Word was for me first of all. I knew I had to say, “yes, Lord,” to more of that burning and more of the hammering that would promote new growth in me and would temper me more into the image of Christ. To be holy as He is holy.
I cannot tell you that it was an easy thing to do because it was not. For a while, there was a battle going inside me. My spirit wanting to submit to the Lord’s words right this minute, while my flesh was having a screaming fit, protesting loudly, “No, it’s too painful!”
I knew I could not put off the decision, I had to make it now. And what's more, I knew I had to mean business when I did. I had to be serious because God was serious with me. This is where the Church is right now---decision time. And we don’t have months and years anymore to make up our minds whether we want to obey the Lord or not. Whether we want more of God, all the fullness of God, or just a little dab of God will do ya. He’s asking for the Church’s (each individual’s) all or nothing response to His Spirit now! In this hour.
As I got in my car to go home, the time of decision hit me again and I began to pray. Even that was hard to do, whereas a short while earlier, it had been the easiest thing in the world to do. Now, I could hardly form the words to speak. I kept starting and stopping, almost choking because I couldn’t get the words out.
I started praying again and I said, “Lord, I really do want to be filled with your light so that there's no darkness in me. I don’t want darkness in me. I want your light to fill all of me. And I know what I must do now...” I stopped praying again, knowing that I had to say out loud that I gave the Holy Spirit permission to do more of His purifying work in my heart. I had to say it out loud because the Holy Spirit is a gentleman and He doesn’t over-ride your will. And at this precise moment, I knew the Lord was waiting for me to speak it.
For a person who wanted to be totally filled with God’s light, I sure was having a hard time in saying a few words. This was a switch for someone who usually had a lot of words to say. I admitted to Father-God that I was having a hard time even getting the words out, although in my heart, to be filled more with His light of truth was truly what I wanted. Thank God for His grace because I was finally able to say, “Lord, I probably don’t understand to the fullest what I’m about to say, but I give you permission to do more spiritual heart surgery on me. Burn out what needs to be burned out because I don’t want it. I want to be filled with more of you. I want to be full of your light of truth. I want to be full of your glory”
The words were finally out, and I knew when I said them, I meant it. I’d been through some of the Holy Spirit’s purging but I knew this was going to be the most intense I would go through. But I said, “Lord, I’m going to be like Paul said, ‘forgetting those things that are behind me, I’m going to press on because I can see the other side of this, and it’s the glory. Like you told me once, press on through. And so, with your help, I am going even more for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus---the glory. Because you can’t have the glory without you, Lord.” You can’t separate God from His glory anymore than you can separate God from His Word. He IS the Word, and HE IS the glory.
Jesus is coming back to this earth very soon now. Yes, I know, there are people who continue to say, “Oh, I’ve heard that all my life and He still hasn’t come.” I’ve heard it all my life too, but I can promise you one thing, we’re a whole lot closer to His return today than we were yesterday. No, we don’t know the day or the hour, but you can count on one thing, God’s Word is true and if Jesus say’s He’s coming back (and He did in His Word), then He will come again.
But know this, Jesus is coming back for a Bride--the Church, without spot, wrinkle or blemish. He’s coming back for a holy people. A glorious Church. And if you’re a blood-washed born again Christian, then know this, we’re in that time now where the Holy Spirit---the Spirit of Holiness, is doing His purifying work in the body of Christ. We have one of two choices. We can choose to yield to the Holy Spirit’s purifying fire to bring us into righteousness, purity and holiness---getting us ready for Jesus‘ return. Or, we can choose to remain a “carnal christian” and run the risk of being left behind when Jesus comes back. Those left behind will go through the tribulation.
Matthew chapter 25 tells about the ten virgins---five were wise to keep their lamps full of oil, while the other five foolishly let their oil run out. They layed down and took a nap. In the meantime, the Bridegroom came at midnight. The five wise virgins went into the marriage supper with Him and the door was shut. When the five foolish virgins came knocking on the door they cried, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” Notice that the Bridegroom shut the door Himself. When He shuts a door, no man can open it. When He opens a door, no man can shut it. Verse 12 & 13, “But He answered and said, I know you not (I don’t recognize you as one of My own). 13-Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man (Jesus) comes.” Let us choose to yield to the Holy Spirit’s purifying work in our hearts, getting us, the Bride, ready for the return of the Bridegroom---Jesus Christ.