Camping Out in the Woodshed
Joshua 1:8; Psalms 16:11; Ezekiel 13:22
Lo, I see a new crop of Pharisees springing up in My Church, lading even the youngest, tenderest lambs with the burden of having to prove their spiritual value through glad endurance of suffering. The emphasis is removed ever so subtly from MY worthiness and the merits of MY blood to what the believer is able to endure. Little or no resistance is put up to the evil forces attacking a believer who is discipled under the ministers of Suffering Theology, because every ache, every pain, every heart-rending tragedy is warmly embraced as a gift from My hand. Satan is having a field day deceiving millions with false spirituality that ministers defeat and death instead of life.
In a great mansion there are many rooms. There is the music room, where the piano and other instruments of music are kept and the family sings together. There is the dining room, where delicious meals are served at various seasons of the night or day. There is the parlor, where the family relaxes to engage in close-knit conversation. There are rooms to rest in, there are rooms to work in. In former days the woodshed out back would not only stored the wood for heating, but sometimes naughty children would be taken out there, out of sight of the family, to be disciplined.
But now the woodshed, a sad necessity, has been brought from the outside into My House of Glory and elevated to be the one and only important place on My estate. Exalted far above the music room where I sing with My children, even above the dining room where I sup with My beloved, the place where whippings and rebukes are meted out has been showcased as the primary place of meeting between Me and My Beloved children. This warped concept is taking place in so-called “deeper” ministries which exalt failure over success, tears over triumph, and pain over pleasures which proceed from My blessing. Although I must discipline unruly believers, it is written that at My right hand there are pleasures forevermore, not just in the afterlife but NOW! And any truly consecrated believer will find it a joy to walk with Me in the light of My Word, not a drudgery to be endured.
Even in the Old Testament, a far inferior Covenant, I promised My children good success in that which I had called them to do. I am not glorified in repeated setbacks and failures. If that happens, seek My face and see if there might be some hindrance to your progress, or if spiritual warfare might be needed to prevail over hindering spirits sent from the enemy. The blood of Jesus can be pleaded over your situation. Fervent prayer in the Spirit, along with any needful repentance and prayer support of others are key ways to gain the victory. And if you are shown by My Spirit that you are on the wrong path, I am able to correct your journey by gently leading you. A good shepherd doesn’t always have to beat the daylights out of his sheep to set him back on the right path. Gentle persuasion is My preferred method. Any shepherd who takes pleasure in inflicting needless pain on his sheep is a failure in my sight, not a spiritual superhero!
Beward of sour-faced suffering addicts who will try to “disciple” you out of the abundant joy I have promised you.