There is a place beyond the passionate desires of our flesh – lust, greed, anger, self-promotion, pride, feeling inadequate, discontent, impatience, unforgiveness, gluttony, hate, bitterness, and so much more manifestations of the flesh. There is a place beyond the look of circumstances. There is a place of beauty, even if we were working in the direst of circumstances. When the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we focus on Him, we are given a new perspective – the mind of Christ – in which we find the beauty in the situation. He makes all things beautiful.
In this place in Him, we are not bound by our own feelings and preferences. We are not offended. We are free to live and move and have our being in Him. Our rejoicing does not depend on what others say about us, for we are in Christ. Our identity is secure in who we are in Christ. Nothing man can say or do will ever change our standing in Him. In this oneness with Him, we feel His love. We only long and desire other worldly pleasures to satisfy if we have not fully known Him.
As we spend time with our Beloved we find that what used to bother us before no longer does. There is a patience and contentment that is not manufactured or based on sheer willful determination, but that comes up from within our spirits that are communing with Him. This is heaven on earth. When we’ve been with the Father, nothing else compares.
Lord, when I’m with You, I want nothing else.
Everything I’ve planned will come to pass. My timing does not depend upon men’s hearts, for I orchestrate and change and bring forth where there is even one crying out to Me. I bring you on to be light for Me, to set the captive free, to lift up the oppressed, to show My ways in all things. I will give you wisdom from above, far above man’s wisdom, to speak forth and awe the ears of the listeners. Have I not given you a heart that weeps for My people? The heart of an intercessor needs protection and a covering to stand. I give you My covering to bring light to the nations. Stay in fellowship with Me, abide in Me and I will give you insight into all things. How rich I make your counsel.
My love, you have looked here and there for the answer, for a way out, when I said I would make your way. I hem you in behind and before. How much you have sought to go your own way and I have need of you here. I had to make ready. How much effort you have expended to make a way that seems right to a man. How much you have desired to journey elsewhere to have an adventure when I want to build you up right where I have you. Learn this lesson and tell others that when you seek Me, I will make a way for you to walk through. I will open doors that have been shut. I will do all I have planned for you. Yours is only to follow Me, release your heart to Me, and say, “Yes, Lord.”
Each time you chose Me and not to go your own way or respond from your flesh, it will be as a fragrant offering poured out on My feet. Oh the smell will rise up to My nose and fill the whole house. Poured out, be poured out unto Me. I will break through chains, cut through bars, and soften men’s hearts. Only exude Me. I fill you to overflowing with Me. Where there is a stronghold or a blocked mindset, I will remove. Speak what I say and let Me do the rest.
I bring you from the depths of obscurity, where you could not conceive how or even why I would bring you forth. So many of My called ones who were refined on the back side of the desert have asked such of Me. I tell you what I told them: Because I have need of you, I have need of that special fragrance that permeates from yourself with Me in you. Each vessel has a different smell, and I need yours at such a time as this. Another would not be fit for this at this time, so I fashion into a pot that is useful and I pour out with this pot when all is made ready.
Hope, hope, you speak hope and life here. You speak no record of wrongs. You have received every wrong done to your face and behind your back. Who will stand and be light here? It seems so dark. Some lights are losing their flicker and are all but snuffed out. Oh, but I say, I have called you back from the dessert and light you to ignite all those flames who burned brightly for Me and those who have never been lit. Do I not use the most unlikely vessels to make the greatest moves? Because these have nothing to lose and everything to gain in Me.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.”