The Remnant Is Rising!
The Lord has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple. (Isaiah 50:4 NASB)
Recently, the Lord has been waking me up in the early hours and giving revelation of what is to come. He continues to reveal many things so that we may be ready.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Are you ready for what is to come? This is not something that you can just read about. It is about relationship with the One True Living God, and that requires spending time with Him in reading His Word, worshiping, and prayer. It is a relationship of love. This love is only known if you begin to know Him, and then you understand who you are. There is no other way.
Often, there are times that I bring many things (worries, concerns) before Him during my quiet time with the Lord, and He takes me off to something else that is upon His heart, and those concerns that I thought were so important on my list become almost insignificant on my list of priorities. We live in a world that is so caught up with all that is going on around us. It reminds me of when I read about the Israelites coming out of Egypt. They were so caught up with the things in their world, that it seemed easier for them to go back to Egypt than to pursue the promises of God.
This is the same today. We often find ourselves in many crisis situations; whether it is family, friends, work, finances or even a sudden death. It is during these times that we make choices on how we deal with these things. For me, crisis is how I began my relationship with God. As a child, I experienced many abusive circumstances. I decided that I needed Jesus in my life because of all the shame that this brought in my life. But I did not have anyone to disciple or mentor me. As I experienced more situations, I began to hold un-forgiveness and bitterness and anger within my heart. It was the only thing that I felt I had any control over. This is one of the biggest lies that we can believe.
When I encountered more trials in my life, my anger and un-forgiveness escalated to the extent that I became so stressed out over the littlest of situations, and I was overwhelmed with life. This took me to a place of becoming depressed, as I was no longer able to handle anything. Continuing to live with anger and un-forgiveness kept me in that place of a prison that I was no longer able get out. I had locked myself up and threw away the key, and it was everybody else's fault. What I didn't understand was that I was trying to get everyone else and myself to pay the price that Jesus Christ already paid when He died on the cross for our sins. When He said it was finished, it was done. Do you ever go to the store and pay for something twice? Why would you? As I cried out to the Lord, a vision of a HUGE cross came at me, almost like a slap in the face, and I heard the Lord say, "I have forgiven you, why haven't you forgiven yourself?"
When I rededicated my life to Jesus, I began to understand the concept of true forgiveness, and I opened my heart to Him, allowing Him to bring healing and restoration in my life. The key is surrendering everything to Him. He already knows our hearts better than we know our own. Why not let Him in, completely? The pain is so much less, and love pours into you and overflows to others. There is no other place that I would rather be than with Him. He brings healing and truth and revelation.
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:31NASB)
It is time for the remnant to rise up and let go of everything that we "know" and allow the Lord to transform and awaken our hearts to beat as one with His. It is then that we may know that we have made ourselves ready as the bride!
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride made herself ready." It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God."
Are you ready?