Puzzling Processes

Do you have a heavenly vision on your heart?  Something specific that you know God has put on your heart?  If your answer to that question is yes, you might be interested in what I’m sharing here.  We have to learn how to steward our visions.

I have God given life vision, or dream, and I’ve spent some times in prayer and study of the why’s and wherefore’s of  seeing vision become reality. We learn that a process takes us from a point of beginning all the way through to the manifestation of the end. We enter into a process of coming out of our old nature, ignorant of divine truth, and being supernaturally transformed into the new nature of Christ.

First, how do we know a vision is really God ordained?  A couple of examples from the word help us to understand better. In King David’s story personal words were spoken by the voice of the Lord through an anointed  servant, a prophet.  Samuel spoke the word of God over David; about God’s vision to make him a king. In Joseph’s case his heavenly plan came in a dream like vision.

When a prophetic word comes it’s a seed planted. It’s purpose is to bring a heavenly dream to birth.  A lot like the story of Mary, but not exactly. Now, we are in reality to give birth to a vision of God to produce many sons and daughters to him in Christ’s image. And just like natural childbirth, the seed is being nurtured and an invisible process has begun. We need to be aware that the word just begins a long journey of process, but our God is with us all the way. It unfolds as the will of God directs.  We are aware of it always but it’s like a gigantic puzzle.  My daughter loves picture puzzles and she is very good at putting them together. These kinds of puzzles have a picture you can see before you start out. Then you have to add a piece at a time. puzzleGod knows the end from the beginning, but we don’t know how to get there. We’re to yield and learn how to follow his directions. He has all the pieces and we’re only allowed to see a few at a time. It’s a lengthy journey process of waiting for His right times to be revealed. We see him adding a few little pieces here and there and a rough picture somewhat resembling what we thought He said is emerging.

Then we begin to get in a hurry, excited, thinking  “Wow, I’m finally getting it!” And we get so excited that we decide the time has arrived.   We begin adding our own little plan puzzle pieces that look like they should fit. But then when we try them we discover we were wrong, it’s still too disorderly, unclean and unclear. We are secretly saying “OK, Father, I think I can take it from here:” And we get in the flesh, trying to make things happen. Disorder happens. Our peace is troubled and  our frustrations begin to rise up.

However, take heart, because we are not lost!  We’re actually being stretched with lessons in overcoming ourselves.  Our way and our own righteousness. If we keep the faith and not let discouragement bring is down we’re soon rescued by Holy Spirit, our ever present help in any trouble. A welcome word of correction comes and we’re made to realize we’re out of His time. Thankfully, we grow as we learn and adjust. We’re being  educated. We seek to stay in the flow of His river. We’ve begun to see the greatness of His divine plan clearly enough to know for sure that this thing is impossible for us to do. It’s mind boggling! We seen the truth. We can only fulfill this work through the skills of the Holy Spirit.

Slowly but surely our passion to see the details of the vision become real is replaced by a passion to know the giver of the vision better.  We fall in love with he who loved us first. Wrapped up in His tender mercies and strong love we submit to a deeper surrender. And He keeps refilling us with a fresh resolve and a new patience. 

In our new found intimacy with Him we rejoice at His delights in us as we’re beginning to more closely resemble His Son.  We’ve made it through many messes we’ve made coming through the middle seasons of construction. We’ve learned how to recover and let him clean up our messes.  Now we delight in our assurance of His goodness over us. We KNOW him. We’ve discovered that there is a deep, deep joy in the journey with Him.

 The puzzle pieces now all fit together and we see the full picture.  In hindsight we will see that all of the trials along our way were used for our good. We’ve come to full term  and we’ve given birth to our baby.  We will find that the discomfort of carrying the vision and the labor pains to deliver are all worth it in the end.  We live with our Beloved in the land of purpose and destiny. Kingdom citizen; the pillar and ground of the truth. Jesus is  Lord.  He is our all in all and we are a part of his corporate body. We are now equipped to live life as He has planned it. This begins a new beginning. There will always be new places and new phases beyond.

Isaiah 58: 8 Then shall thy light break forth as the dawn, and thy health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee, the glory of Jehovah shall be thy rearguard. 9 Then shalt thou call, and Jehovah will answer; thou shalt cry, and he will say, Here I am.

12 And they [that come] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations [that have remained] from generation to generation; and thou shalt be called, Repairer of the breaches, restorer of paths to dwell in.


Wilderness Worshippers

We’re taught by the words of Jesus that Father God is seeking men who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. For quite some time I’ve wondered what that means exactly. And lately I’ve been led to take a deeper look into what the word of God says about it.

I was drawn today to Psalms 4 and noted verses 7-8 especially. The Psalmist talks about a favor that rested on him “More than in the time when their corn and wine increased. ” I thought that over. That’s a harvest time! I wondered at that. He is comparing his harvest to the harvest of others. Isn’t it very good to be grateful for the abundant harvest of what we’ve labored for?  I thought it was but I saw a deeper truth. The Psalmist is thinking and thanking God that he is blessed differently than some others.  The verse speaks of some whose testimony was “Who will show us any good?”…  Hmmm. they sounded to me like some of Job’s friends. Negative.  it was made clear that the favored one stood in awe of God. He had realized that his source of joy and peace was the Lord, who alone made him dwell in safety. His contentment was in his comfort from and intimacy with His God.

Psalms 4:

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. 5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. 7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Then I was led to the Isaiah 9 word below that confirms those thoughts.  It began to make sense. Many worship in spirit, but it seems that some are only able to rejoice and celebrate when they see the results of their labor. The harvest and the spoils.

Isaiah 9:3

Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Soon the Lord took me to the beautiful passage of scripture we love in Habukkuk. This describes the  worship God is looking for. To know that God is our source and is our strength even in a dry season, when there is nothing to show for our faith except our joy and peace in Him. We are in a right position in Him when we realize that He Himself is our great reward.

Habakkuk 3:

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Worship in truth is the place where the apostle Paul dwelt when he talked about when he said …

Philippians 4:12

I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am initiated both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer privation.

This has all led me back to a truth I had thought on for years. Godliness with contentment is great gain. I wondered “What is godliness in God’s eyes?”  I saw that Abraham’s life and the life of many others in scripture were models of godliness.

Genesis 15:1

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

All of this seems to answer these questions I asked myself. I had thought so much and heard so much about the slumbering church, and I knew I had to set out to find out how I could find my way to the personal walk of worship in spirit and in truth.  That is my quest. My soul finds rest in God alone. In any circumstance I am safe, joyful and content in my Father’s presence. From this position I believe we can learn how to sow healthy productive gardens for his glory. He is the husbandman and only he knows the right way.

God is great and merciful to all who call upon him. But he calls to us to rise up into a right relationship of consecrated love in Him. A going where he leads in a walk with him in times when we can’t see a thing but Him. A trust in his guidance in times of lack or whatever we’re walking through. To set our whole hearts to pleasing him above all.

We all start out as learners and seekers but we have to rise up and become true worshippers and doers of the word. The bottom line truth is that we are deceiving men when we promise them peace and safety when their focus is still set what they want and what they need. He is our greatest need and hearts that are hardened against the purity of worship will suffer.  As leaders of others, it is only when we walk by faith and not by sight that we are safe and protected from influences of the dark kingdom. As consecrated and mature saints we can walk with God in an unfeigned faith, in spirit and in truth.. be a rich blessing wherever Father God wants to place us.

1 Timothy 1:5   Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned

Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, Oh God, forever..Amen..

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