We’ve just finished our 30 Days of Praying for families, and what a blessing it was! A big “Thank YOU!” for everyone who joined and agreed with me in prayer. I am excited to hear the testimony and praise reports in response to the cries we lifted to heaven!
This endeavor was not only a blessing, but it also a fantastic journey with God. If you ever are in a place where you feel stuck, or feel as if you aren’t hearing from God, begin to press in for others. I can assure you that you will start hearing like you’ve never heard before, and you will never run out of things to pray for! Every day I was blessed to be given another part of the family to pray for, and I’m sure my journey is not finished yet – I get the feeling I have only scratched the surface, LOL!
I also want to encourage you to join my Facebook page. I tend to post some of the prophetic words I hear from the Lord there, as well as share encouraging items! Today, however, I will share with you the things the Lord downloaded this morning – hope you have your coffee, reading glasses (if you need them) and time, LOL!
Here’s the first word for today:
I heard the Lord say “Behold, I am doing a new thing. Do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed, you think I do not see Your struggle, you think I am not there, but I tell you I am with you and I am working things out in the secret place. I have seen your struggle, I have felt your pain, these are necessary to complete the work I have started in you. This may feel too much to bear, but tap into My grace for it carries all the sufficiency you need to press through. This new thing will bring My glory into your circumstances, and My Mighty Hand will deliver. Do not be discouraged, do not be dismayed for I AM with you.”
I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:8-9 NKJV)
Today’s word is “root”. I heard the Lord say “Roots are necessary, but what roots have you allowed to spring up? Because you are grafted into My vine, you have holy and solid roots; but you also have the roots of other things that have no place in my vineyard. I am the vinedresser and I am pruning not only your branches for fruitfulness, but I am digging out the roots of the things in the world you have allowed to seed and grow. This will not be a painless process, for some of these seedlings have grown for a number of years and you have become accustomed to having them around, but remember, it is because I love you and desire your growth to fulfill the purpose I have for you that I do this. Apart from Me, you can do nothing, but in Me all things are possible. Grant Me permission to do this work in you and do not strive against Me because it hurts, for in this process you are taken from strength to strength and glory to glory!”
And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10 NKJV).
I heard the Lord say “Perfect love casts out fear. My love for you is perfect and within My love is the foundation for all the things you need to grow and flourish. I am Spirit but I am also Love, and it is this Love which I pour out upon you. When you allow fear to grip your hand, you allow it to paralyze you. When you take My hand and hold tight, My Love chases fear away and it cannot take hold of you again. My hand is there for your taking, all you have to do is take it.”
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18 NKJV).
One of my favorite poems is The Walrus and the Carpenter from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”. I was thinking about it this morning (there I go, thinking again!) and I realized how much like the oysters we can be if we are not careful.
… “If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?”
“I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.
“O Oysters, come and walk with us!”
The Walrus did beseech.
“A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.”
The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head–
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat–
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn’t any feet.
Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more–
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
“But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
“Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!”
“No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
As humans, we like to talk. Some of us like to talk more than others, and some of us simply talk because silence is not an option. Some of us are very charismatic when we talk and we are quite convincing. We could sell ice to Eskimos, you could say. Others of us become so enamored with the things we hear that we don’t pay attention to the actual message. This is where the enemy does his best work. Remember, he comes to steal, kill and destroy and he is the father of all lies. He mixes a little truth in with his lies to deceive, and it’s become one of his weapons of choice.
God often uses things I wouldn’t imagine using to make His point, and today is no different. See, we can often be like the oysters in the poem, blindly following people without discerning their motives. These traps and pitfalls happen because we don’t stay prayed up, or we become complacent and comfortable in our spiritual place, or we simply are too lazy to stay connected to God. Sometimes, it can be because we are new in our faith and bombarded with different directions (or doctrines) to follow.
“A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,
“Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed–
Now if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.”
“But not on us!” the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
“After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!”
“The night is fine,” the Walrus said.
“Do you admire the view?
Great salesman are people who you don’t even realize are selling you something. They paint word pictures very skillfully, and they are often seemingly painted with you in mind. Before you know it, you’ve got your checkbook out and have given them the payment they were looking for. It isn’t until after the purchase that you question whether or not you actually needed it.
“It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf–
I’ve had to ask you twice!”
“It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”
Then, there are the cunning con artists, who use verbal illusion to distract you from what they are really doing. Such is the case with the Walrus and the Carpenter – they are eating, yet they are distracting the oysters with talk of the night and the ocean view.
“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.
To avoid ending up like the oysters, we must be ever watchful for the tactics of the enemy because if not, we will not realize when we have fallen into his trap. We must test every spirit and we must operate with discernment, prayerfully seeking God before every decision. Watch the words others speak to convince you of something, and listen carefully to what the Holy Spirit tells you.
May your day be blessed, may you be filled with Love, and may the Holy Spirit remind you of the song the Lord joyfully sings over you.