Weeds of Discouragement

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Dear Child,

Do not be deceived for I and My Word are not mocked, whatever you sow, you will reap in due season, whether it be good fruit or evil fruit.

Do not wait until harvest time, the choice is made at sowing time. You know the principle well from your own garden, sow what you want to reap. Weeds from this fallen world may grow and try to choke the harvest, be consistent in tending your crop, take care of it, sow only in good soil where I am working. Do not let weeds of discouragement choke and zap the life from the crop. When you see a weed appear, pull it up from the root, don’t just pull the head off,  you must get to the root, that the crop will not be hindered but flourish!

Of all the weeds in the garden of your life, discouragement is the most destructive. Pull it up, and sprinkle your garden with a doze of faith. Weeds of discouragement belong to the family of doubt and cannot survive in a garden of faith.

Weeds of discouragement bear the fruit of low self- esteem, procrastination, depression, lack of focus, apathy, doubt and will eventually extinguish your passion, suffocate your faith, thereby strangle that precious crop.

Attend not only to your physical  flower garden but also the spiritual garden of your life, for the devil is like a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour. 

                                                                   Thus saith Papa

Galatians 6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Hebrews 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Challenge: Are you feeding and pampering those weeds of discouragement or are you putting the ax to their root by encouraging yourself in the Lord?

 

The Power of the Resurrection

This is the glorious day of the resurrection and victory over death!
I Corinthians 15:54 -55 “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?”
I want to paint a picture of this victory through the window of typology.
The story takes place in Pharaoh’s palace where Aaron obeys the Lord and casts down his rod to see it miraculously become a serpent. Pharaoh calls for his sorcerers who through their enchantments do the same thing. But what a victory over the enemy! Exodus 7:12 “For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”
A rod represents authority, and Aaron’s rod represented delegated authority from God, which swallowed up the sorcerers’ power from their false gods. This beautifully confirms how the Lord Jesus lay down His rod i.e. His authority to become the brazen serpent for us, to swallow up death that we might rejoice in the reality and victory of Calvary.
I Corinthians 15:54-55 “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?” After the victory of His glorious resurrection, Jesus declares in Matthew 28 : 18 “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” This power He delegates to His church in Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

A Thought Provoking Meditation for Holy Week

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Becoming a believer will cost you nothing but becoming a mature disciple may cost you everything, since whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27. There is no painless path to maturity, the flesh must be crucified by daily taking up the cross. 

We will never learn obedience without daily taking up our cross. 

We will never mature without obedience. 

We will never be conformed to His image without maturity.

Excerpt from “Developing A Secret History With God” page 187

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Purge the Sediment of My Life.

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Dear Father,

Thank you for refining my life as you faithfully “pour me out” season to season, and love me enough, not to let me rest on my “lees”, but continually “pour me out” to rid my life of bitterness, that you may gain pleasure from my life. Help me be that vessel of honor, and to rely on You, and not on my works and treasures but only on my confidence in My relationship with You. My trust is in Your faithfulness, a rock that cannot be moved. Help me have spiritual insight to know the reason of the “pouring out” that I might know the bitterness you are purging, and even if I don’t see the “whys” may I just trust your workings is for my good.

Dear Child, 

Each time I “pour you out” you trust Me more, because your faith grows in that valley! Your faith in My sovereign working is more precious than gold.

Do not kick against My workings, yield, submit and rest in My workings, and you will find rest for your soul.

This is the rest you will enter into, relying on and trusting My workings, as you present yourself a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable in My sight.

Have a humble heart and quiet confidence.

                                                  Thus saith Papa

Jeremiah 48:11  Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. 

The imagery of this verse needs explaining. In wine that is settling on its lees (that which settles during fermentation), stationary and still, the upper level becomes clear; but beneath is a bitter sediment that will muddy it again if shaken. Before the days of filters, to clear the wine it was emptied carefully from one vessel to another, but however skillfully this was done some of the lees would get across. So the process must be repeated again and again to rid it of its unwelcome taste. Moab, Israel’s natural cousins, had escaped that treatment; had not as Israel had, been sifted and purified through afflictions, with the result, God says, that her bitter taste still clung. There is thus value in God’s discipline of us, a little today and a little more tomorrow. The goal is a savor in us, a character that meets with His approval and delights His heart.

Moab remained in the old state because Moab was not purified through afflictions.

1Peter1:6-7 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

CHALLENGE: Even through the fiery furnace of trials as we see His hand pouring us out, may we understand that His loving purpose is to refine us rather than letting us rest on our “lees” and remain in our old fallen state

Have You Left Your First Love?

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  Dear Child,

 It is a higher calling to minister unto to me ! than to minister unto the world! It requires much more dedication, more sacrifice and more separation from the world. You must leave the ¹Outer Court to minister to me, at the ³Candlestick the place of anointing, at the ³Table of Shewbread the place of fellowship with me, and at the ³Golden Altar the place to offer your sacrifice of praise!

Then when you leave the ²Holy Place to be a witness in the ¹Outer Court, you take with you my anointing, my fellowship and the fragrance of your sacrifice of praise!

You are now redeeming your time by spending it with me, because now your ministry to the world will be so much more fruitful. You know my heart by fellowshipping with me, and are now working in the world where you see me working. Be the hands and feet of my workings. Working in the world without knowing where I am working is working in the flesh and will cause sweat and will not bear fruit that is everlasting. Sow seed only where you see me plow the ground  and then it will take root and grow.

The more time you spend with me in secret, the more the anointing, discernment of my will and fragrance there will be from your life! Many work in the ¹Outer Court to be seen of man and for the praise of man, instead of just to please me. When the praise of man and approval of man doesn’t come, they become burned out, but they that wait upon and serve me and do it as only unto me, shall renew their strength, for their joy is full, because they rejoice in pleasing me.

Burn out also comes where man, not discerning my heart for they haven’t spent time with me, try to sow seed  where I have not plowed and prepared hearts, by drawing them unto me! Child, know my heart, work only where I am working, work only the fields I send you to.

                                                                  Thus Saith Papa

¹The Outer Court of the Tabernacle is a type of the world where we minister to others.

²The Holy Place is a type of the church where we minister to the Lord.

³The Candlestick, Table of Shewbread and Altar of Incense were the pieces of furniture in the Holy Place where the believer ministers unto the Lord.

Col. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Eph. 6:6-7  Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

CHALLENGE: If all our labor is out of a desire to please God who is our Audience of One, that desire will be the guard of the motivation of our hearts. Take a moment to reflect on the source of your motivation.

For further study see Chapter Two “Intimacy through the tabernacle” in my book “Developing a Secret History with God”

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