Many many believers have been passing through a very strained and anguishing time of loss, unfair accusations and realignment for well over the past six or seven years. I have personally heard so many tenderhearted stories and devastations as broken hearted and heavily tested saints share of their journeys and dusty parched roads of sorrow, And often, unfair treatment.
WHAT CAN SUSTAIN US IN TIMES OF AWFUL DESPAIR?
And why does it seem that others who need eminent control and positions of power, in order to fulfill their needs for significance and potency, heavily use and abuse some of the loveliest people? The story has been rewritten again and again in the lives of God's people for ages and will continue to be added onto until Jesus finally wipes away all of our tears.
I HAVE NOT BEEN IMMUNE TO THE ABUSES OF MEN AND WOMEN who posture out of arrogance, suspicion, and also personal weakness. At times the losses of financial stability and emotional strength have been so overwhelming that I have had simply only a small "pinhole of light" to focus on in the places of despair, betrayal, and loss.
BUT! THAT PINHOLE OF LIGHT DREW ME.
It was the source in the darkness that radiated hope, life, and promise. It was the light of God's word penetrating the torment of evil and it's attempts to silence me as well as many others who have been in a long season of preparation for use in the Kingdom and in the hand of its Glorious Redeemer.
HOW MUCH LIGHT DOES ONE NEED WHEN PRESSED UNDER BY EVIL pressures and nightmarish reoccurring losses? Only a pinhole. One pinhole of Godly light is stronger than a universe of darkness. It is enough for a surrendered believer to cling to and depend on when all else has failed.
"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD."
WHEN WE FOCUS UPON THE LIGHT
of God's enduring and endearing Presence, all darkness will eventually be swallowed up into the Light of His Fountain of light. His Light is victorious over the darkness.
"For with you is the fountain of life; In your light we see light."
WE ALONE CANNOT BATTLE THE DARKNESS.
Our strength is not enough.
Accept that and know that God's light comes to dispel darkness. His strength and Righteous arm smashes dark deeds, enemies, and deceivers and He will bring out into the light the things men think that they have hidden or have "justified" away.
"You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins are in the light of your presence."
WHEN YOU FEEL BLIND AND LOST IN A DARKENED SEASON.
Just as a caterpillar in a cocoon must experience a time of confinement and seeming darkness, there comes a time when it is lead out of darkness into light to stretch its newly found wings of liberty and gracefulness to soar and express resurrection power to those who gaze upon its beauty. Few will fully understand the pain of this difficult process, unless they too pass through it.
"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."
"WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS DEEDS"
There are those who do acts of benevolence and kindness whose aim is gain personal gratification and a sense of power when they "stoop" to help others in times of distress and sorrow. Often times, folks with this fleshly behavior, although claiming a form of godliness, "test" those whom they share with. This can be either in monetary gifts, spiritual gifts, or in counsel. This is NOT a Worker of A Righteous deed. This is a form of selfish ambition and control.
TO BE RIGHTEOUS MEANS TO BE:
A RIGHTEOUS DEED IS ONE DONE WITH THE INTENT OF IMITATING THE NATURE OF GOD'S MERCY AND GOODNESS.
It does not expect performance or groveling in return. Nor does it hold others accountable for their actions in regards to the "act" of Righteousness.
IMAGINE IF JESUS HELD US ALL ACCOUNTABLE
to the acts of His goodness towards us and how often we have failed and disrespected His grace. Yet…He continues in love, and acts of Righteousness.
I HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST AND EVEN AS RECENTLY AS THE PAST FEW WEEKS, OVERWHELMING ACTS OF BLESSING, KINDNESS AND SACRIFICE FROM THOSE WHOM I KNOW GOD MUST CALL HIS WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS DEEDS.
The common thread I see among all of these beloved Righteous givers of grace and care is that they have all, experienced a time of great loss, depravation, near death, or sorrow, and…they understand the need for a pinhole of light.
"But let him who boasts- boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD."
WHEN TORMENT AND LYING SPIRITS DECEIVE OTHERS
and they foolishly accuse you; know that there are others whom God will place in your life that will bring sober and Godly counsel, as well as loving kindness and help.
"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel."
DO NOT STOP IN YOUR KINDNESS AND IN YOUR CARE FOR OTHERS!
The testing in this hour of the hearts of men & women will only grow more intense as the Lord examines the intentions of the hearts of those who call Him Lord.
IF YOU HAVE CAUSED TRAGEDY, DESTRUCTION OR SHAME
to fall upon any of your Family in Christ and have yet to openly apologize and make the situation you were a part of rightly corrected, also know that the risk of a deep darkness of the soul is reserved for those who choose to walk in self-deception. Quickly while you have time, humble yourself in the sight and the light of the Lord and HE will lift you out of your darkness.
"After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities."
"AN ABUNDANCE OF JOY FOR WORKERS OF RIGHTEOUS DEEDS"
"You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."
"Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him."
HOLD ON! HOLD FAST! REACH OUT! - A PROPHETIC WORD
"I the Redeemer of those who cry out to Me day and night compel you to hold on to My hand of Faithfulness and Light. Keep your eyes on the light I provide for you in the darkness. Hold fast to it and I will stir the hearts of the Righteous and faithful in me to reach out a hand of compassion and they will obey Me with acts of blessing, restoration, and supply. They will do this willingly for they have tasted of sorrow and know the secret of My abundant Joy! They have gone out weeping themselves. Sowing seeds they didn't understand, growing up in compassion, only to produce a harvest, abundant in Joy.
"He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him."
I the Lord have tasted sorrow, loss, torment, and death. Yet in one act of Righteousness, mankind was brought the opportunity for the fullness of Joy and the open door from darkness into light, when they too, choose call upon My salvation, cleansing, and light.
Quickly. Cleanse your hearts of any act of unkindness, false humility, and the use of a heavy hand over your brothers. The pinhole of light...My Light. Is drawing you into a New Day."
"Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man."
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