Fellowship on the Holy Hill of God

Before the break of day, I was in the throne room of God seeking Him about many things pressed upon my heart. As I lay still with my eyes shut simply mumbling my prayers to the Lord (not wanting to wake my husband), I saw a vision of the sky appear before me. This was about 4am and it was quite naturally dark but within the confines of this vision, the sky appeared as bright as the noon day. As I glared into its brightness, a door appeared. It seemed to be an old wooden door and as I watched, the door opened revealing a brightness behind it. I emerged from the vision and resumed my prayers.

About three hours later as I started work for the day, I felt an unusual hunger in my spirit. It literally felt like a gnawing hunger. I brewed a cup of coffee to alleviate the hunger because I am not normally an early eater but I noticed that the hunger would not dissipate. I perceived that this was not a physical hunger but a spiritual one. I prayed, “Lord, I sense You want to teach me something. Lead me to the source of my lesson for today.” Moments later, Holy Spirit led me to a discovery of the source and I immediately postured my spirit to listen intently.

When we are petitioning the Lord for a thing, it is human for us to draw up some sort of conclusion of how we imagine the Lord will respond. We envision a person or a situation that will bring us the answer but I learned this morning in a renewed manner that God’s ways are unlike ours. Not only did I receive the answer for the matters I presented unto the Lord but I walked away with profound understanding and insight. I also walked away with renewed vision for the purpose wherewith I am called.

The Lord completely frustrated and dismantled my train of thinking and transported me to a place of comprehension. It was a moment of enlightenment and illumination that can only comes from spending time in His presence. There is a confidence He gave that I needed in a certain area along with the reassurance that the portals of Heaven are indeed open to the cries of the righteous. He answered questions I had been pondering over for weeks and He taught me plainly as a child what to do and how to get it done. No man’s advice or counsel could come close to what I received in the Presence and the peace of mind it brings is refreshing.

I feel as if the Lord wants to invite you also to an intimate fellowship with Him. You have been mentally embattled over some things that the Lord wants to clarify for you. He has the answers and if you would take the time to pull away from the cares of this life and press into His holy quietness, He will comfort you. He will teach you how to navigate through this season of your life and He will confirm His promises to you despite what you are currently facing. If you would do this and continue to do this, you are going to find a confidence in who you are that you have never known to exist before. The Lord says, “Call to Me and I will answer. I will answer out of My holy hill. I will sup with you and make My abode with you. I will show you things to come and give you understanding of things present. Walk me as a child with his Parent and I will lead you into ways everlasting.”

Won’t you accept that invite today? I did.

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Three Levels of Intimacy in Friendship

It is essential to have friends. In Christianity, we mostly view one another as sister or brother and though those handles are fine, there is still the need for friendship. One can be a sister and not be a friend; likewise, one can be a brother and not a friend. How many natural siblings do you have whom you don’t communicate with on a regular basis yet you are still related? The same applies in the Body of Christ; there are siblings and there are siblings and friends. Why is it important to foster friendship? God answers that question by stating that is not good for man to be alone. In other words, the Lord created us with a need for companionship.
You are not alone bearing a testimony of being hurt by a friend. We all have experienced it and some of are walking in that corridor of pain right now.  The enemy of our destiny will use the hurt and betrayal of friendship to his advantage. He will amplify those negative feelings and lure us away into seclusion that we shy away from trusting a friend ever again. What we must realize is that we will have moments in our lives when we want to back away from friendships and for certain friendships, yes those seasons will end; however, that is not to say that we will never enjoy the intimacy of friendship again.
With a friendship should come an understanding that you we are still dealing with man. All of mankind is subject to fail. Each of us is subject to error; therefore, even in our friendships, the wholeness of our trust and confidence should be in the Lord, not in our friend. Could it be also that we place too much of a demand on a friend whereas that demand should be placed upon the Lord? Whenever you expect too much from a person, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.  Strong friendships thrive when there is an understanding of accepting the person for who they are. You must accept their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Some of us can’t handle another person’s weaknesses yet we celebrate their strengths.  When we expect a person to show strength all the time, we are placing too high of an expectation of them for even Jesus had moments of weakness.
Jesus demonstrated three levels of intimacy in relationship. He had the three (His inner circle), the twelve (those He mentored), and the multitudes (those who came to listen but were distant in relationship with Him). We can infer from His example that even in our friendships that there three levels of intimacy; those whom we refer to as our best friends, those whom we refer to as close friends, and others who are associates, distant friends. Once we categorize our friendships, it gives each group a distinction that helps us to identify how we proceed. There are things you can share with one group that you may not be able to share with another. There are things you can expect from one group that you may cannot from another because the levels of intimacy are different.
Here is what I hear the Lord to us as it pertains to our friendships.

We all need friends but friendship requires sacrifice as in any relationship. We should not expect from a friend what we are unwilling to give in exchange for friendships are mutual and not one sided. He that desires friends must show himself friendly. Open your heart to friendship but remember to give your whole heart to the Lord. Friendship, as in any relationship, bears certain risks, but know that you were created for companionship. God will empower you for friendship and deliver you when it comes time for separation. Don’t shy away from making friends for each person God brings in your life serves a purpose. When you withdraw yourself from making friends based on past hurts, you rob yourself of a fulfillment that your new friend can offer you. The Lord will show you who to accept as friend and in which category they will fit. Listen to Him and follow His directives. Give your friends permission to be human and forgive them when they sin against you whether the sin was intentional or not. The same mercy you show them will be returned to you in your time of despair. Enjoy the beauty this life has to offer and enjoy it with friends who will come to you from all walks of life.

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Your Certain Place

A mentally embattled Jacob, weary from wondering about the intentions of his estranged brother Esau, found a place to rest. It wasn’t a Sealy posturepedic mattress where he rested but a rock. He rested his head (thoughts) upon a rock (Christ) and there the heavens opened. Not only did the heavens open unto Jacob but the Lord allowed him to see into the spiritual realm the activity of angels on assignment with regard to his life. Jacob’s life was about to change forever and when he found a ‘certain place’ to rest in the Lord, access was granted to him to literally see what was taking place concerning him.

What is the Lord saying about you? I feel as if there are some of who are literally between a ‘rock’ and a hard place. I assure you that even though this may be a most miserable place, it is actually the best place you can be. Why? Because after your futile attempts to figure out what is happening, you will eventually find yourself resting in the Lord. When you can get to that place of rest, you will see the Lord reveal things to you that will help you understand where you are and what you are facing. You will be able to boldly and confidently face the ‘morrow and you will know beyond a surety that the Lord is with you.

Rest in the Lord, dear friend, and know that though you may experience a whirlwind in your situation, find that certain place. Lay your head on the Lord and let Him ease your burden. Look up in faith and know that you have a heavenly host working with you and for you under direct orders from the God of your salvation. You will face your Esau and you will emerge unscathed.

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Don’t Beat Your Donkey

Most of us know the story of Balaam and his donkey. As we read through that account in the Word of God found in Numbers 22:21-39, we find that the very thing that offended Balaam was in fact trying to keep him alive.

We all have our donkeys. Your donkey may be a traffic jam that was designed by God to spare you from a vehicle accident a mile away. Or your donkey may be a broken friendship which was the Lord’s way of saving you from being caught up in a situation with them that may destroy you. Donkeys are sent into our lives not to befriend us; rather, they are sent to warn us, protect us, and guard us from dangers to come.

What do I hear the Lord saying? I hear Him saying that instead of becoming frustrated over things when they don’t go your way, try accepting God’s will. Thank Him for the donkey that is causing a God-delay in your life; the circumstance which causes a thing or person to not work for you as you suppose. On the contrary, that thing, the donkey, is working things out in your favor. Don’t beat your donkey.