Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Famine, is A God Thing
When you begin to hear repeatedly the same thing, it might just be God?!
I want to share some recent thoughts from others that are registering within me, much like what the scientists are still trying to figure out regarding the abnormal behaviour in some animals that they know are inwardly picking (registering) up the initial signals of an impending tsunami or earth quake.
This is from a friend/brother Ravi, something specifically he sensed Father speaking to his heart.
Satisfied on the Day of Famine
"They will be satisfied on the day of famine"! I felt the Lord speaking this to my heart as I was seeking Him for directions in this coming new season. I felt the Spirit of the Lord saying that even in the midst of uncertainties, calamities and disasters; the Lord will supernaturally sustain those that lean upon Him. If He feeds the bird of the air and clothes the grass of the fields, He can and will do much more for His people. What is needed is faith...SUPERNATURAL FAITH! Supernatural faith not of the individual, but of Christ Himself! When we unlearn the conditioning of religion, which teaches us self-motivation instead of pure faith and inputs guilt upon us for lack of faith, when the supposed 'promise' does not come to pass; and understand that we are simply the branches and that He is the vine that sustains the branches, we will prosper, even in times of famine.
John the apostle says that we shall prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers. There is a greater famine than the famine of material things. That is the famine of the soul. I felt the Spirit of the Lord speaking to my heart that many of the people who love Him are experiencing this famine in the soul. They experience this famine for they have substituted the Rivers of Living Waters, for a stagnant pool. I hear the Spirit saying realize that the famine of the soul is so because you have allowed these counterfeit waters to water your soul. And because it is not good waters, instead of creating life, it has created death. You shall prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers. To proper in this season of famine, our soul first needs to prosper; and we need the Rivers of Living Waters, the Word of God who is Christ Jesus Himself, to cause our soul to prosper.
In this new season, the Spirit will give many that love Him a major discernment. A discernment to understand the subtle counterfeit; a discernment to realize the substitutes. And even as we are made aware of this substitutes and counterfeits, the Lord will call us to make a choice to choose the real stuff. The choices may call for difficult decisions. But when we trust Him enough to make these difficult choices, the Lord shall surely cause us to prosper in this season of famine for the world.
I have often quoted this as I see it is a “God thing,” that He lovingly brings into our lives.
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.”
For the longest time the best that most of us have seen operating, better yet masquerading as His life is but the remnants of the first Adam. To better highlight what I am fumbling with in trying to illustrate this, please read the following from Os Chambers.
"And Every Virtue We Possess"
“All my fresh springs shall be in Thee.”
Our Lord never patches up our natural virtues, He re-makes the whole man on the inside. "Put on the new man," i.e., see that your natural human life puts on the garb that is in keeping with the new life. The life God plants in us develops its own virtues, not the virtues of Adam but of Jesus Christ. Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and in any power you have, until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through a drying-up experience!
The sign that God is at work in us is that He corrupts confidence in the natural virtues, because they are not promises of what we are going to be, but remnants of what God created man to be. We will cling to the natural virtues, while all the time God is trying to get us into contact with the life of Jesus Christ which can never be described in terms of the natural virtues. It is the saddest thing to see people in the service of God depending on that which the grace of God never gave them, depending on what they have by the accident of heredity. God does not build up our natural virtues and transfigure them, because our natural virtues can never come anywhere near what Jesus Christ wants. No natural love, no natural patience, no natural purity can ever come up to His demands. But as we bring every bit of our bodily life into harmony with the new life which God has put in us, He will exhibit in us the virtues that were characteristic of the Lord Jesus.
"And every virtue we possess
Is His alone."
Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and in any power you have, until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus. Thank God if you are going through a drying-up experience!