…and not by sight. We have heard this Scripture before, but what does a life walking in faith really look like? How do we get the place of leaning fully into the strength of our Beloved and obeying His every word? How do we come to where we are fully surrendered to His love and where grace takes over causing us to never give up the fight against the enemy, to declare His word and stand firm on it? Where we are not tossed by the waves of the sea (emotions, other people’s words, lies from the enemy, etc.), and our gaze is fixated on the fire in His eyes…
I whole heartedly believe that God has begun a work to accomplish this very thing in us, in His Bride. In the last few months, I have noticed within myself that my flesh, mind, heart, and soul can be walking in opposition to what God says, yet my spirit is alive and binding itself to His Word, continuing to sing and declare the truth about Him, releasing light into the atmosphere. In the tumult of emotions and bombarding lies from the enemy, I find myself seeking His face, staring into the flames of love in His eyes, and securing a foothold on the truth. I’m not saying that I have entered into perfection and no longer become discouraged or sin, haha. What I am saying is that God is infusing me with His strength as I wait on Him, as I open myself more and more and let my trust go deeper in Him.
This past Friday night, during our service at the house of prayer, the Lord met with us. At first, He was gentle and kind, surrounding us with songs of deliverance. It was as though we were walking in the Garden of Eden with Him, in the cool of the night, communing with Him. Over the progression, it turned into being in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus, drinking from the same cup of ultimate suffering yer ultimate joy, and singing, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Beautiful, powerful, dangerous, and freeing all at once. Jesus is coming back, and He is in the midst of preparing a Bride who will stand on His Word, uncompromising and unwavering, regardless of what comes her way. She will be pure and holy, fully infused with the strength of her Beloved, her King…the King of Glory!
“There is an army rising up
Warriors of love, the Bride of Christ
Found standing on the Rock
Standing on the Word of God
Pour out Your Spirit, pour out Your mercy
No more compromise
Reveal the hidden iniquities
Let us desire fire, purity, holiness, righteousness, love
Not our will, but Yours be done
Surround us with light, fill us with light
A city on a hill, releasing Your glory” (Some of what was sung on Friday night.)
This transformation is not an over night event. Nor is it easy or painless. However, He is patient and He is kind. He is faithful to finish the work He has begun in us. Surrender and humility are the keys to being transformed into vessels of pure light that release His glory all over the earth! We die with Christ that we may live in Him and with Him. He is worthy of it all!
The Lord let me to this Scripture the other day, and I was greatly encouraged.
And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”
1 Samuel 2:1-2
I smile at my enemies because I rejoice in Your salvation. Nor is there any Rock like our God! In this, we walk by faith and not by what we see. God’s word is our reality. Eternity spent with Him in love is our HOPE.
During my worship devotional today, I began by singing the old hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. A song painting such a beautiful picture about how awesome, kind, and faithful God really is. How sunrise brings new mercies from our Father. I started there, and then let the Holy Spirit take over. What is written below is a mixture of Song of Solomon, Revelation, some of the Psalms, 1 Samuel, and some things I felt God was showing me. It went back and forth between the desire of my heart to be close to Him and a picture He showed me of the Bride of Christ. The Lord has already established in His Word how it will be when He returns. All we need do is yield to work of His hand.
Father, I pray that You would awaken us. Make us more aware of You and what You are doing. Prepare us for revival. Prepare us for persecution. Prepare us for Your return. We want to be the voice, we want to be the light, the bright and shining lamp, calling all who will listen and respond to You. Holy Spirit, remind us of the truth, of Jesus’ love and suffering, of the resurrection life and glory that resides in each one of us. You will have Your Bride. You will have Your inheritance. You will have Your glory. Lord, help us to be found faithful as You are faithful. Let us set our minds on things above, that Your peace would guard our hearts and the joy of walking with You would be our strength. Thank You, Father, for Your kindness that leads us to repentance, and for Your love that makes us holy. Do in us what only You can do. We love You, Abba. Amen.