GOD’S EDITORIALS

 

Lord God, as we approach this coming week
even the Day of the Celebration of Your Resurrection
I feel Your Spirit heavily upon me
and I know that You are preparing the land for Your "buildings" of Glory
but I tell you the Truth - I have no strength to go on
I believe that the foundation has been laid and the foundation is sure
but I hear Your words to me of the symbolism that I must perform
and I don't have the strength to do it

"NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER,
BUT BY MY SPIRIT"

DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE WORDS
FOR WHICH I SPOKE TO YOU IN THE BEGINNING?
NOTHING HAS CHANGED
YOU DID NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH TO DO ALL
THAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST
IT HAS ALL BEEN MY STRENGTH WITHIN YOU
I FILLED YOU, IN ORDER FOR YOU TO DO MY PERFECT WORK
THE SYSTEM STILL WORKS, CHILD
YOU'RE STILL THE ONE FOR THE JOB
FOR DON'T YOU KNOW . . .

"THE HANDS OF ZERUBBABEL HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION
OF THIS TEMPLE; HIS HANDS WILL ALSO COMPLETE IT"

DO YOU REMEMBER THE VERY FIRST TIME WHICH I READ THESE VERSES
TO YOU ON THE LAND WE LOVE?
I SIMPLY ASKED YOU TO TURN TO ZECHARIAH 4 AND READ
AS YOU READ
I STRUCK YOU TO THE GROUND AND SPOKE OF YOUR PURPOSE
THE BIBLE WENT FLYING FROM YOUR HANDS
AND YOU ROSE TO GATHER YOURSELF TOGETHER
I MADE YOU READ IT ONE MORE TIME
BUT PREPARED YOU WERE THIS TIME
AND THE IMPACT WAS NOT AS SEVERE
SURELY THE WORDS WILL FLY FROM YOU IN THE DAYS TO COME
TO ALL PEOPLE OF HOW TO BUILD THE TEMPLE
TO PLEASE ME

AND HOW DID YOU REACT WHEN YOU READ THE VERSES TODAY?

I cried because I don't have the will or the strength to do it

BUT YOU HAVE THE ANOINTING
YOU HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE ANOINTING SINCE THE DAY
YOU FIRST READ THE WORDS
NOW, STAND UP AND DO AS I SAY
I WILL BE WITH YOU
IT WILL NOT BE AS DIFFICULT AS YOU SUPPOSE
FOR I WILL SEND THE ONES WITH ANOINTING TO HELP YOU
YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THE BUILDING OF MY TEMPLE
YOU SERVE AS THE ARCHITECT BENEATH ME
BUT ALL THE WORKERS WILL COME
THEY WILL SURELY COME

AND WHAT IF YOU COULD BUILD MY TEMPLE IN YOUR OWN STRENGTH?
IT WOULD NOT BE SUPERNATURAL THEN, WOULD IT?

I guess not
Some days, like today, I just feel more human than I like to

AND THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE
FOR I AM THE STRENGTH WITHIN YOU
I AM THE LIFE WITHIN YOU
WE WILL GET THE JOB DONE
DON'T WORRY, LITTLE ONE
ALL IS ALREADY SET IN MOTION
ON THIS 20TH WEEK
THE WEEK OF MY RESURRECTION
THE WEEK OF MY BODY COMING TOGETHER IN THE SPIRIT
TO BUILD ME
HOUSES OF GLORY
IT WILL BE WILD
IT WILL BE REFRESHING
IT WILL BE ALTOGETHER MY WORK
DONE THROUGH THOSE SURRENDERED UNTO ME

ENJOY, CHILD
FOR THE STRENGTH WILL RISE UP WITHIN YOU EVEN TODAY
AND YOU WILL KNOW ONCE AGAIN THAT YOUR GOD
IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS
ALL THINGS

SHALOM
AND HERE IS MY PROMISE TO YOU
SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGH GOD
REACH OUT AND TOUCH IT
REACH OUT AND CLAIM IT

"BUT I WILL LEAVE WITHIN YOU THE MEEK AND THE HUMBLE,
WHO TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.
THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL WILL DO NO WRONG;
THEY WILL SPEAK NO LIES,
NOR WILL DECEIT BE FOUND IN THEIR MOUTHS.
THEY WILL EAT AND LIE DOWN AND NO ONE WILL MAKE THEM AFRAID.

SING, O DAUGHTER OF ZION;
SHOUT ALOUD, O ISRAEL!
BE GLAD AND REJOICE WITH ALL YOUR HEART,
O DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM!
THE LORD HAS TAKEN AWAY YOUR PUNISHMENT,
HE HAS TURNED BACK YOUR ENEMY.
THE LORD, THE KING OF ISRAEL, IS WITH YOU;
NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU FEAR ANY HARM.
ON THAT DAY THEY WILL SAY TO JERUSALEM,
'DO NOT FEAR, O ZION;
DO NOT LET YOUR HANDS HANG LIMP,
THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU,
HE IS MIGHTY TO SAVE.
HE WILL TAKE GREAT DELIGHT IN YOU,
HE WILL QUIET YOU WITH HIS LOVE,
HE WILL REJOICE OVER YOU WITH SINGING.

THE SORROWS FOR THE APPOINTED FEASTS
I WILL REMOVE FROM YOU;
THEY ARE A BURDEN AND A REPROACH TO YOU.
AT THAT TIME I WILL DEAL WITH ALL WHO OPPRESSED YOU;
I WILL RESCUE THE LAME AND GATHER THOSE
WHO HAVE BEEN SCATTERED.
I WILL GIVE THEM PRAISE AND HONOR IN EVERY LAND
WHERE THEY WERE PUT TO SHAME.
AT THAT TIME I WILL GATHER YOU;
AT THAT TIME I WILL BRING YOU HOME.
I WILL GIVE YOU HONOR AND PRAISE
AMONG ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE EARTH
WHEN I RESTORE YOUR FORTUNES
BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES,'
SAYS THE LORD."
New International Version Bible - Zephaniah 3

AMEN?

Indeed, amen
and I surrender once more, God, for only You know how very weak I am
I have nothing to offer You just as from the beginning
but I do LOVE You
and I will do all that You ask
in Your strength
Amen?

AMEN

May I sing to You a prayer - an offering - a cry:

"Lord, I come to You
Let my heart be changed - renewed
Flowing from the Grace that I've found in You
Lord, I've come to know the weaknesses I see in me
will be stripped away by the Power of Your Love
Hold me close
Let Your Love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
and as I wait I'll RISE UP like the Eagle
and I will SOAR with You
Your Spirit leads me on in the Power of Your Love"
"The Power of Your Love" - Geoff Bullock

AND I MAY I SING TO YOU . . .

"YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME
CAN'T YOU SEE?
YOU'RE EVERYTHING I'VE HOPED FOR
YOU'RE EVERYTHING I NEED
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME
SUCH JOY AND HAPPINESS YOU BRING
YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME . . . "

I am undone
As Your DAY draws near, may it truly be Your DAY
A DAY to celebrate a NEW DAWN of your RESURRECTION
Not just a taste of the NEW LIFE
but full-out RESURRECTION through Your people
The people will gather in buildings on Your DAY
but oh God, I pray that in the coming days
that You will be celebrated OUTSIDE the buildings
so that the people of the world will know that You
are to be celebrated with
GREAT JOY before ALL

I see and hear of new buildings
rising all the time in the name of religion
The buildings are getting larger and larger,
but something is truly amiss
I think it's YOU
God, may the new "buildings" which You build
be filled completely with Your Presence
If You are not there
there is no reason to gather
May this coming year bring forth Your Beautiful Bride
in a new dimension
A dimension that takes this world by storm
A dimension that proves what true LOVE is
A dimension that will truly Honor You
and Your ultimate sacrifice for us
I love You, You know

I KNOW
AND MAY YOU RISE UP, SERVANT OF THE MOST HIGH GOD
WITH A NEW CONFIDENCE IN MY WORK THROUGH YOU
MAY YOU RISE UP TO SOAR AS AN EAGLE OVER THIS WORLD
TO BRING FORTH ALL THE HOUSES OF GLORY WHICH I SPOKE TO YOU
FROM THE BEGINNING
MAY YOU ONE DAY - ONE DAY VERY SOON
KNOW WHY I CHOSE YOU
MAY YOU RECEIVE THE LOVE WHICH I WILL BRING TO YOU FROM MANY
MAY YOU RECEIVE IT DEEP INTO YOUR HEART AND SOUL
AND KNOW THAT IT IS TRULY A GIFT FROM ME
FOR YOUR UNDYING LOVE FOR ME
MAY YOU KNOW WITH ALL YOUR HEART
THAT I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR REJECT YOU
THOSE WERE THE FIRST WORDS WHICH I SPOKE TO YOU
AND NOW YOU MUST KNOW THAT THEY ARE TRUE
I HONOR YOU, CHILD
NOT AS I HAVE HONORED MOST
FOR YOUR LIFE IS DIFFERENT
IS RESERVED FOR ME AND MY JOY, ALONE
I KEEP YOU UNTO MYSELF ALMOST COMPLETELY
FOR YOU SERVE AT MY FEET
YOU SERVE ME NIGHT AND DAY WHEN SORROW COMES
YOU ARE THERE WHEN JOY I WANT TO SHARE
YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE PUTTING ME FIRST
ATTENDING TO MY EVERY NEED
YOU ARE THERE
AND I WILL NOT SHARE YOU WITH MANY IN THE DAYS TO COME
THEY WILL COME FOR ASSIGNMENTS
AND THEY WILL COME FOR COMMISSIONING
BUT AS TO YOUR TIME
IT IS ALWAYS ALL MINE

That's the way I like it!

May I ask You one question about the Resurrection?
How did You feel as You walked from the tomb in Your Resurrected form?

FREE
FREE FROM THIS WORLD'S RULES AND CONFINEMENTS
FREE TO DO AND SAY AS I CHOSE
WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
FREE TO RUN AND PLAY AND SHOUT AND DECREE
LIFE

BTW - THAT IS HOW YOU WILL FEEL IN THE COMING DAYS
FOR NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO TOUCH YOU TO HARM YOU
NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP YOU
NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO CALM YOU DOWN
NO ONE WILL ALTER MY PERFECT PURPOSE FOR YOU
YOU ARE FREE, CHILD
FREE FROM THE CONSTRAINTS AND FEARS OF THIS WORLD
FREE TO DECREE LIFE TO ALL
ENJOY!
***



GOOD FRIDAY

#134
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
RING THE BELLS!

"A father fell to his knees and kissed the grass on his son’s grave. A mother watched 13 white balloons soar into a brilliant blue sky over the cemetery where her son rests. And at 11:21 am, the moment two teen-agers opened
fire inside their high school on April 20, 1999, Coloradans quietly reflected
as a church bell tolled 13 times in memory of the victims of the
Columbine High School massacre.”
From wire reports

"A bell outside a new Branch Davidian church ran 82 times Wednesday, once for each person who died during the fire seven years ago that ended the government siege of the religious sect’s compound.”
The Associated Press

THE BELLS RANG
BUT FOR WHOM DID THEY RING?
THEY RANG FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED FROM LIFE TO DEATH
BUT I TELL YOU THE TRUTH
THE BELLS WILL NOW BEGIN TO RING
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE
READ ON . . .

RING THE BELLS!
SING THE SONG OF THE BRIDEGROOM
RING THE BELLS!

CALL FOR THE WEDDING FEAST TO BEGIN
RING THE BELLS!
MY BRIDE IS FULLY ADORNED AND READY
I COME INTO YOUR MIDST
AS ONE WHO HAS WAITED ANXIOUSLY FOR THIS DAY
YES, OH YES,
RING THE BELLS!!!
CELEBRATE THE NEWS
I COME
I COME TO PERFORM MY SOVEREIGN WILL AMONGST MY PEOPLE
MY FAITHFUL ONES

YES, THIS IS THE DAY
THIS IS TRULY THE HOUR
THE OIL LAMPS ARE FULL
NOT MANY HAVE COME FORTH
BUT IT IS ENOUGH TO BEGIN
SURELY IT IS
HOW WILL WE START?
WHAT WILL BRING FORTH THE AVALANCHE
OF THE MIRACULOUS?
WHAT, INDEED, WILL CAUSE THIS WORLD
TO STAND UP AND TAKE NOTICE?
YOU WILL SEE
YOU WILL SURELY SEE IN THE COMING DAYS
AS MY HAND REACHES FORTH AND MY POWER AND MY LIGHT
CONSUMES MY PEOPLE
YOU WILL SEE!

YOU WILL SEE CHRISTIANITY AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE
FULLY INDWELT PEOPLE SUCCUMBING TO MY WILL AND MY WAYS
OUT OF THEIR LOVE FOR ME
THERE WILL NOT BE THOSE
WHO DRAW ATTENTION TO THEMSELVES
THERE WILL NOT BE THOSE
WHO BEG FOR MONEY TO CONTINUE THE WORK
THERE WILL BE "OUTRAGEOUS" PEOPLE OF FAITH
WHO HAVE COUNTED EVERYTHING AS LOST TO KNOW ME
TO DO MY WILL

MY TROOPS ARE FORMED
ALL IS IN ALIGNMENT - ALL IS IN ORDER
THOSE WHO PROFESS TO KNOW ME AND HEAR MY VOICE
WILL MOVE OUT AS ONE UNIT UNDER MY DIRECT CONTROL
THOSE WHO PROFESS TO KNOW ME AND YET, LISTEN NOT
BUT FOLLOW THEIR OWN WAYS AND THEIR OWN IDEAS
WILL BE IN COMPLETE
CONFUSION FOLLOWED BY COMPLETE DESTRUCTION
THE "GOOD" FRUIT WILL NOW PROVE ITSELF
YOU WILL KNOW WHO IS ATTACHED TO THE "VINE" NOW
WE WILL MOVE AND WE WILL SURELY TAKE THIS WORLD BY STORM
THERE WILL NOT BE VIOLENCE
THERE WILL NOT BE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS, SHOUTS AND CRIES
BUT WHAT THERE WILL BE IS A UNIFIED VOICE
OF WORSHIP UNTO MY THRONE
YOU WILL TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE OTHERS
LET THEM "PLAY THEIR GAMES"
YOU WILL TAKE YOUR EYES EVEN OFF THE LOST FOR THIS SEASON
AND YOU WILL PLANT YOUR HEART, YOUR SOUL, YOUR VERY LIVES
INTO MY HEART AND MY WILL BY WORSHIPING ME
AND THEN WATCH WHAT I WILL DO

IN WORSHIP IS SURRENDER
IN WORSHIP ARE YOU MADE PURE
IN WORSHIP DO YOU SO HEAR MY COMMANDS CLEARLY
IN WORSHIP IS YOUR SPIRIT MADE ONE WITH MINE

I AM PROUD OF MY ARMY
THE OPEN HEAVEN IS ABOVE YOU AND YOU WILL ASK WHAT YOU WILL
ASK WHAT I TELL YOU TO CALL FORTH AND IT WILL BE YOURS
FOR THE GLORY OF MY KINGDOM
AND THEN THE WORLD WILL FINALLY ONCE AGAIN
SEE A KING WHO REIGNS
NOT TRULY OF THIS EARTH, BUT OF THE SPIRITUAL,
BRING DOMINION ONCE MORE TO THIS EARTH
MY PEOPLE WILL SPREAD FAR AND WIDE AND RETAKE AND RESTORE
THE DESOLATE INHERITANCES
MY PEOPLE WILL BRING FORTH MY RULE AND REIGN IN EVERY PLACE
WHERE THEY PLACE THEIR FEET

IS THIS TRULY STRANGE TO YOU
OR IS THIS WHAT I TOLD ADAM TO DO?
LET US RETURN THIS EARTH TO BEFORE THE CURSES
I MADE THE PROVISION
I DIED UPON THE CROSS
I DESTROYED THE CURSE OF SIN AND DEATH ONCE AND FOR ALL
LIVE AS THOUGH I AM KING AND YOU ARE TRULY REIGNING HEIRS
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE DEFEATED ANY LONGER
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SERVE SATAN
ONLY THAT FOR WHICH YOU HAVE NOT SURRENDERED TO ME
IS SATAN ALLOWED TO TOUCH

SURRENDER IT ALL

MAKE ME KING AND MY KINGDOM WILL SURELY EXPLODE
WHEREVER MY PEOPLE ARE
TAKE THE LAND
PLANT MY CHURCH
RISE UP AND LIVE THE RESURRECTED LIFE
BY DYING TO THIS WORLD

RISE UP, PEOPLE, RISE UP
AND
RING THE BELLS!!!

THE AVALANCHE STARTS THIS DAY
I WILL RELEASE UPON MY PEOPLE - MY TRUE PEOPLE
DREAMS AND VISIONS
REVELATIONS OF ALL THAT I HAVE PLANNED FOR THESE END-TIMES
THOSE WHO HEAR MY VOICE WILL RECEIVE ALL
THAT THEY NEED TO COMPLETE
THE MISSION IN FINANCES, STRENGTH, COURAGE, DOMINANCE
THIS IS THE TIME FOR ADVANCEMENT
THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE THE WORLD
THIS IS THE TIME!
LISTEN WELL
OBEY QUICKLY
STAY CLEAN AND SURRENDERED
STAY IN HUMILITY BEFORE EACH OTHER
COUNTING NOT ONE AS BETTER THAN ANOTHER
STAY IN THE "VINE"

WORSHIP - WORSHIP - WORSHIP
ME AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS


FIRE OF MY LOVE
SWEEP THIS WORLD

FIRE OF MY LIGHT
ENLIGHTENED THE DARK AREAS

FIRE OF MY COMPASSION
SET FREE THE CAPTIVES

FIRE OF MY STRENGTH
EMBODY MY PEOPLE TO DO THE SUPERNATURAL

FIRE OF MY LOVE
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE MASSES UNTO ME

I SPEAK TODAY, BUT NOT AS ONE
WHO HAS SEEN REVIVAL OF THIS SORT
I HAVE SENT REVIVAL IN TIMES PAST TO RENEW AND RESTORE
TO SAVE AND DELIVER
BUT I SAY TO YOU TODAY
THIS WILL BE DIFFERENT
THIS WILL COME WITH SUCH POWER
THAT EVEN THOSE WHO THINK THEY CAN
CONTAIN THE GLORY WILL BE SWEPT OFF THEIR FEET
IN HOLINESS AND POWER FROM ON HIGH
THIS WILL BE LIKE A WHIRLWIND
THIS WILL BE A STORM OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
WHICH THE WORLD NEEDS
DO NOT STOP ME OR YOU WILL TRULY BE SWEPT AWAY
DO NOT STOP MY ANOINTED ONES
OR YOU WILL BE COUNTED WITH THE LOST
AND TRULY THE EVIL ONES
DO NOT TRY TO STOP ANYTHING FOR WHICH I BRING FORTH
OR I WILL TRULY STOP YOU

THIS IS MY DAY
THIS IS MY TIME TO REIGN
THIS IS TRULY JUBILEE

RING THE BELLS!
RING THE BELLS!
RING THE BELLS!


AND SO I SPOKE THESE WORDS THROUGH MY SERVANT 2 YEARS AGO
TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO AT THAT TIME
FORMED THE ELITE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE "CHURCH" WORLD
BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
WHAT HAS THE CHURCH DONE WITH WHAT I HAVE SPOKEN?
IN DUE COURSE, MY SERVANT,
DUE TO THESE WORDS AND
OTHERS GIVEN
WAS CALLED A WITCH AND CAST OUT
WAS CAST FROM THE TABLE OF THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES
BUT IS THERE TRULY A LOSS?
NO, INDEED, NOT
FOR I SPEAK THESE WORDS ONCE MORE

THE BELL TOLLS
FOR THE "DEAD" WHO SAT AT THE TABLE

AND REFUSED MY WORDS

BUT THE BELL ALSO TOLLS FOR THOSE WHO WILL COME TO
THE NEW TABLE
THE TABLE OF THE RIGHTEOUS
THE TABLE OF THE HUMBLE
THE TABLE OF THOSE WHO LOVE THE TRUTH
THE TABLE OF MY FRIENDS
THE TABLE OF THE HONORED

TIME HAS PASSED AND THINGS HAVE CHANGED
BUT MY WORD NEVER CHANGES
I OFFER REVIVAL TO WHOEVER IS WORTHY TO CALL IT FORTH
I PRESENTED THE WORDS TO LEADERSHIP FIRST
BUT THEY WERE NOT WORTHY
WHO IS WORTHY?

COME TO THE TABLE
ON THIS SPECIAL DAY THAT COMMEMORATES MY DEATH
ON THE CROSS FOR YOU
WILL YOU COME TO THE TABLE OF TRUTH
AND SUP OF THE WORDS WHICH I DIED FOR?
I DIED BECAUSE I SPOKE THE TRUTH
BUT AS YOU SEE
I WAS NOT STOPPED
MY WORDS ARE STILL SPOKEN, BUT NOW FROM MY THRONE
TO ALL WHO WILL HEAR

I LOVE MY PEOPLE
AND I LONG FOR THEM TO DRAW NEAR
TO COME CLOSE AND LISTEN
THIS IS MY CRY
THIS IS MY PLEA
FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER THIS DAY

I SPEAK - I SPEAK - I SPEAK
NOT FROM THE CROSS
NOT FROM THE GRAVE
BUT FROM MY THRONE IN HEAVEN
WILL YOU LISTEN?


***
God, I have a burden to write what is truly on my heart
When You instructed me to bring out the former words "Ring The Bells"
I did not want to
They remind me of the times which I had of acceptance with the prophets
and then all too quickly - they censored the words which You gave me
Forgive me - but I do not forgive them for stopping Your words

NOR DO I
DO YOU NOT SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE?
DO YOU THINK THAT I FORGIVE THEM?
THEY WILL ONLY BE FORGIVEN WHEN THEY REPENT
AND THEY HAVE NOT DONE THAT
I DO NOT REQUIRE YOU TO OFFER FORGIVENESS
TO THOSE WHO HAVE BLASPHEMED ME
THEY STAND CONDEMNED
BUT WE WILL MOVE ON TO THOSE WHO ARE WORTHY
YOU STAND NOT IN A CROWD OF PEOPLE WHO SEEK TRUTH
THERE ARE NOT MANY
MORE WILL COME
BUT FOR THOSE WHO TRULY SEEK THE TRUTH
THEY WILL EXPERIENCE OPPOSITION AND MOST DO NOT HAVE THE
COURAGE OR CONVICTION TO STAND WHEN MAN DOES NOT PRAISE THEM
BUT I WILL ONLY HAVE THOSE ON MY SIDE
WHO ARE PEOPLE OF COURAGE AND CONVICTION

PEOPLE WHO HONOR THE TRUTH WITH THEIR LIVES LAID DOWN
PEOPLE WHO REALIZE THAT THE TRUTH COST ME MY LIFE

STAND TALL, SERVANT
YOUR HEART IS FREE AND CLEAR
YOU HAVE NOT DONE WRONG TO SPEAK THE TRUTH
OR TO DEFEND THE TRUTH
OR EVEN TO NOT FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE BLASPHEMED
STAND TALL, I REPEAT
FOR THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW ME WILL HATE WICKEDNESS
AS MUCH AS THEY LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS
ONE CANNOT TRULY LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS
UNLESS THEY ALSO PURELY HATE WICKEDNESS IN ALL PLACES
YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG
STAND TALL
STAND VERY, VERY TALL

AND IN THE COMING DAYS, I SPEAK TO YOU A RIDDLE, YOUNG ONE

"FOR THERE WAS ONCE A CHILD WHO GAVE HER BEST TOY AWAY
BUT THE ONE WHO CAME TO RECEIVE IT, DID NOT HONOR IT
AND TORE IT TO PIECES
TO ANOTHER SHE GAVE A TOY BUT TRIED TO HIDE HER HEART AS
SHE REMEMBERED WHAT THE FIRST ONE HAD DONE
THIS ONE, TOO, TOOK THE TOY AND RIPPED IT APART
YEARS LATER THE FIRST RECIPIENT RETURNED WITH THE TOY ALL MENDED
AND ASKED IF HE COULD OFFER IT TO THE CHILD
SHE RECEIVED IT WITH GREAT JOY AND QUICKLY FORGOT
THAT THE TOY HAD EVER BEEN TORN
THE SECOND ONE RETURNED BUT COULD NOT EVEN GLANCE TOWARD THE CHILD
FOR HE REMEMBERED HIS ACTIONS
HE DID NOT FEEL SHAME, BUT KNEW NOT TO LOOK TOWARD THE CHILD
FOR ALL THAT HE HAD EVER RECEIVED SINCE RECEIVING THE GIFT
FROM THE CHILD WAS TAKEN FROM HIM"

AND SO YOU SEE
SOME WILL REPENT IN FULL MEASURE
AND OTHERS WILL GO ON IN FULL JUDGMENT
IT IS NOT MERELY A RIDDLE AS YOU KNOW NOW
BUT TRUTH AND FACT

LET YOUR HEART GO FREE, YOUNG CHILD
FOR IN THE GIVING YOU GAVE OF YOUR HEART
LET YOUR HEART GO FREE
FOR YOUR GIFT WAS NOT TRULY UNTO THE RECIPIENT
BUT UNTO ME

AND I WILL GIVE BACK TO YOU IN TRUE MEASURE
ACCORDING TO YOUR HEART
AND AS YOU KNOW ALREADY
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTAIN IT ALL

LOVE NEVER GIVES WITHOUT RECEIVING
LOVE NEVER OFFERS WITHOUT HEAVEN SEEING
LOVE NEVER QUITS BECAUSE IT'S ALWAYS BELIEVING
THAT TRUE LOVE CONQUERS ALL

so be it
***


#135
THE THRESHOLD
TOGETHER WE WALK


"From the moment that I first laid eyes on him . . . ”
"Edge of Seventeen" - Stevie Nicks

FROM THE MOMENT THAT I FIRST LAID MY EYES
ON EACH ONE OF YOU
I KNEW THAT YOU WOULD MAKE IT THROUGH THE THRESHOLD
I KNOW MY PEOPLE
I KNOW THEM WELL
I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN THEM
DON'T LET SATAN TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE UNWORTHY

ON A DAY, NOT UNLIKE WHAT MANY HAVE,
MY SERVANT WROTE THESE WORDS

I see before me a THRESHOLD
but how to enter, I do not know
The Father speaks from the other side,
"Remove the extra baggage, child ---
Remove it all!"

I took off my backpack
placed my suitcase down
laid my agenda on the counter and stood there
"Is that enough?"  I asked, knowing that it wasn't
"I'm holding nothing in my hands - truly that's all
right, Father?"
"Lay down your heart, child
Lay down your hopes
Lay down your ambition
Lay down all that you are on the inside
Lay it all down"

Satan came to the THRESHOLD and spoke quickly,
"She is not worthy - look at her - you could never use her
She looks empty, worthless, hopeless"
I look at Satan and see his point
I've known all that for years
I turn slowly away from the THRESHOLD
as I hear Satan laugh,
"I told you so - she's worthless!"
I walk away with my head down, knowing that I tried
I truly tried,
but I just didn't quite make it
I turn back to see the Father's eyes
What is it that He saw in me that caused Him
to invite me to the THRESHOLD?
Was He really wrong or misguided to invite me?
Could it be that He truly didn't know
what a failure I would be?
Did He know that I would get this close
to His promises and then turn?
How could God have made such a mistake?
I looked in His eyes, hoping to find a glimmer of "hope" that
He may still have for me
He speaks softly,
"I am your God
I am the One who walks over the THRESHOLD
with you."

He stepped out and took my hand
We walked over the THRESHOLD
TOGETHER
Satan looks on and shouts curses,
but I can't hear him now
I've taken hold of God's Hand and I can only hear
HIS VOICE

We are so vulnerable when our hand is not in His Hand
All that He has asked us to do - we are meant to do
TOGETHER WITH HIM
HE IS OUR STRENGTH
OUR DIRECTION
OUR FREEDOM FROM THE OTHER VOICES
HE IS THE ONE WHO KNOWS WE WILL MAKE IT
ALL THE WAY!


ALL THE WAY, MY PEOPLE
COME ALL THE WAY WITH ME
COME THROUGH THE THRESHOLD WITH ME
EMBRACE THE CROSS
CROSS THE LINE OF NO RETURN WITH ME
AND COME FORTH
UNTO
THE
RESURRECTION!





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