TO YOUR RESTING PLACE
a few weeks ago when I sent out The Quickened Word with
three sentences in it?
all else fails...DON'T QUIT. Remember Moses. He was once
a basket case too. :)"
such a good time with that Word. It hit me between the
eyes when I first read it (on a magnetic sign.) I
laughed when I read it, then I laughed and laughed and
laughed. At the time I wondered and thought, "Me thinks
I laugh too quickly!"
must have struck a lot of people because I got more
responses from that "Word" than most. Some thought it
hilarious. Others wrote me thinking they had only
received three lines and wondered if I could please send
it again. That only made me laugh harder. :)
FORGOTTEN OUR RESTING PLACE
time now I have been hearing the Lord tell me, "You have
forgotten your resting place." I knew it was true. This
year I have identified a lot with Moses’
bouncing-baby-basket, riding the rough water in Egypt.
Lord speaking to me about this, and with my thinking
about writing this post, I walked down the hallway to go
to bed. I turned the corner to my room and literally
gasped. I saw the pillows, bedspread, blankets, sheets,
mattress pad, and foam pad scattered all over the floor!
(Sometimes God’s Words shout at us, if we will only
listen.) That morning when making the bed, I had decided
it was time for a new foam pad. My husband left to
purchase one and when he returned we had other errands
and I forgot about it until I turned that corner.
OF A MATTRESS AND THE LETTER E
early 80’s I had a vision where I was pacing back and
forth in front of my watchman’s window at night. I was
very anxious and striving about waiting for the promises
of the Lord and looking for Him to come to me. He told
me I was striving. I then saw the large letter E that
one sees on an eye chart when taking an eye exam. Then
the same letter was on its back in bed, with its focus
straight up in the air! I loved that vision and felt the
Lord was telling me to keep my same persistent focus on
Him as a watchman, but do it resting and not striving
with Him about His timing.
years later I had a second vision where I saw a bed
mattress upended. It was standing on its end, leaning
against a wall. In 1989 Grandma Anna also heard the Lord
say that our mattress had been upended and we were to
rest standing up. Little did I know we would be
"standing" in our rest in Him for 12 years. How does one
rest standing up? I am reminded of being in the eye of
the storm, where everything may be spinning around and
quite chaotic. But inside that eye is a place so secure
in the Lord, there is perfect peace and nothing can
steal our joy - our assurance. It’s a place where we
know we are safe, and we do not fear. It is also a place
where we do not give an inch to the enemy and allow him
any access to plunder our lives.
only recently that I remembered that Bobby Conner saw
the letter E in his Shepherd’s Rod 2001 and one of the
words he saw representing the letter E was examination.
[Quote page 32: "The Lord stated, I am offering an
Encounter that will bring about an Evaluation, that will
release an Examination, which will produce an
Endorsement that will bring about Evidence of My
Enabling and My Empowering, which will result in the
Emerging and Establishing of My kingdom."]
praying over this post and where we are in the time
line, I saw a large magnifying glass and remembered
seeing the same magnifying glass in years past. A
magnifying glass represents close scrutiny, or
examination. To my understanding it has been like a
school exam or "test." (Ouch)
TO EXAMINE OUR FOUNDATIONS
past twelve years the body of Christ has been through an
arduous testing like the trials of Job. Job had this to
say: "I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest;
instead, only trouble comes." (Job 3:26 NLT) "If I
think, `My bed will comfort me, and I will try to forget
my misery with sleep,' you shatter me with dreams. You
terrify me with visions." (Job 7:13-14 NLT and Job
17:13, 33:15, 19)
body we have been thoroughly tested the past 12 years.
For those of you in pain and woundings, I know that you
will agree the past two years have been very difficult,
and this year was worse, especially in the area of
infirmity. I personally believe this year has been the
grand finale and climaxing year of examination. In these
12 years, our lives have gradually become just like that
bed: stripped, upended, undone, and turned upside down.
The purpose was to get to our foundations in order to
discard the old and replace it with the new.
OF JOB’S STRIVING
end of Job’s story everything in his life had been
turned upside down. The Lord had allowed him to be
stripped of everything in order to reveal his
foundation. Job’s final words were: "I know that you can
do anything, and no one can stop you. You ask, `Who is
this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?' It
is I. And I was talking about things I did not
understand, things far too wonderful for me. "You said,
`Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.' "I had heard about you
before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take
back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to
show my repentance." (Job 42:2-6 NLT)
the Lord allowing to be stripped? One of the most famous
quotes in Job is: "Though he slay me, yet will I trust
in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."
(Job 13:15 KJV) Why this verse has been lifted up in the
church as a role model, I do not know. The New Living
Translation says it this way: "God might kill me, but I
cannot wait. I am going to ARGUE my case with him." (And
that is an accurate translation of the Hebrew phrase ‘I
final statement was not unlike Psalm 102 where it says,
"I eat ashes instead of my food. My tears run down into
my drink because of your anger and wrath.
have picked me up and thrown me out. My life passes as
swiftly as the evening shadows. I am withering like
grass. BUT YOU, O LORD, WILL RULE FOREVER. Your fame
will endure to every generation." (Ps 102:9-12 NLT)
those tested like Job are finally coming to grips with
the fact that God is totally Sovereign, totally
powerful, and He does what He wants, when He wants. When
we strive with God, we are arguing with Him.
one return to belief and thus their resting place? The
very bottom line is accepting that God is SOVEREIGN. He
created everything, He sees everything, He rules over
everything, thus giving permission for evil and also
using it for His own purpose. (Isa 45:4-13) He has and
is absolute power and authority. Nothing can challenge
that fact. He does and always will have the last Word on
everything. Every little detail in our life is governed
in and through His power and permission. Since we are
His children, everything He does and allows is for our
good. (Rom 8:28) And even if it is a painful spanking,
even if it is judgment, it is because He loves us
dearly. (Heb 12) If we have the foundation in our faith
that says that God is Sovereign over all good and evil,
then we can truly REST in His love, because we belong to
FULLNESS OF TIME HAS COME
scripture tells us that judgment first comes to the
house of God. (I Peter 4:17) And after that, the world
must go through its fiery furnace. Those who have
yielded their flesh and carnality to the Lord through
their fiery trials of the past 12 years, have been
undergoing preparation and will be delivered from their
fiery furnace as gold and silver. They will shine as a
light to the trembling and sifting nations. They will be
like a covering for those not yet in the storm. (Isa
DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR IS VITAL
vital that as this fiery transition from the church to
the world occurs, that we return to our resting place.
If we have our eyes on worldly circumstances and not on
the Lord, we will fear. The Lord wants to deliver His
church from all fear.
scripture says that He makes me lie down in green
pastures and leads me beside still waters. (Ps 23:2)
Sheep will not lie down if they are afraid. They must be
free from sudden, startling dangers and free from
tormenting pests. They are free when they see the
Shepherd with them and know His personal care.
FAITH IN THE DEVIL
Sometimes when we get wounded from startling events it
hurts a part of us that we can not touch, nor can we
mend ourselves and fear begins to creep in. Did you know
that fear is faith in the devil? And when we fear, we
become tormented. "There is no fear in love; but perfect
love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He
that feareth is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)
When someone is tormented, they are in a state of
unrest. Sheep can not rest when they are tormented.
Lord told me I had forgotten my resting place and I
started praying for Him to restore it, He revealed my
foundational need and led me to Hebrews chapter 4:
Unrest is unbelief. I do not have the space to quote
this wonderful passage on the rest of God. But it is the
promise left for us, to come into His rest for the
previous generation was in unrest because of their
DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR BESIDE PEACEFUL WATERS
I had an
unusual ministry experience recently and I felt it was a
sign from the Lord of what He is about to do for His
people in this area. During worship service I was
quickened to pray for a person. I prayed for the person
while playing keyboard, but did not have any personal
opportunity. After the service, this person was sitting
in a chair in the back. The Holy Spirit reminded me
(John 14:26) and I casually went over and laid hands on
her, and started singing my prayer over her.
I do not
have a great solo voice, it is more of a supporting alto
voice and this person is the last person I would have
thought of singing over, as she has the most awesome and
anointed voice! But the Holy Spirit was washing over me
as I started to sing, and so I continued to just sing my
prayer over her. It was not a real melody, nothing
rhymed, no rhythm, just wandering notes and very simple.
It was very peaceful and I just sang how He was
sovereign and asked that He give her the grace to lay
her burdens down and not carry them any more. I asked
that the blood of Jesus wash all over her, and just kind
of rambled on with melody and whatever came to my heart
to pray via song. It was no big deal. Finally she
crumpled back into her chair against the wall and looked
like she was out for a couple minutes. When she came
too, she had the most peaceful smile on her face. She
radiated the Lord’s peace and love. She was obviously
touched in her own little world so I said nothing and
left to put away my music equipment.
called me a few days later and told me what happened.
The Lord had told her that I was going to pray for her
that day and that she would never be the same. So she
had been waiting in that chair for me! Evidently for
years she always had a panic attack when she paid the
bills, and when she called me she had just paid the
bills without one. She was very excited! She had been
delivered from a spirit of fear!
OF GOD IS NO SWEAT
certainly surprised me, because all I did was sing my
prayer. I did not take authority, strive, sweat, or
carry on. I just sang my heart to the Lord about her in
a very simple manner. This made an impression upon me,
because the Lord had been telling me for many months
that His priests were sweating. In scripture the priests
of the Lord were not supposed to sweat. (Ez 44:18) I
felt like I had been sweating for a long time, carrying
music equipment back and forth, laboring in my prayers,
laboring in warfare, and just plain laboring in life.
"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest…" (Heb
4) And somewhere in all the labors, I had forgotten my
Mahesh Chavda say that he loves it when the anointing
shows up in a meeting. (For many years he has been used
overseas, in the miraculous.) He said things become so
easy that one could say "peanut butter and jelly" and
people might fall over and get healed and delivered!
That really "stuck" with me as I mediated on that one!
the Lord is just plain trusting in Him…. believing with
all our heart that He is sovereign and that He truly
loves us and uses everything for His purposes. When we
trust Him to that degree, we learn the secret of abiding
in His Presence and resting in His LOVE. With a personal
God that counts the very hairs on our head, why sweat,
why fear? (Matt 10:29,30; 6:25-34) He’s big enough to
handle every little detail.
PS - As
an update to this post, the Lord opened my eyes to the
fact that in the past several weeks I personally know of
6 beds (from 5 households) that have had an update in
their mattresses. In all of them but one, people are
VERY thrilled with their new foundation to their rest.
And while I was writing this post my husband was buying
some box springs and a frame for our son’s room at
college for $30. Thirty in scripture means redemption.
This was strongly quickened to me that the foundation
and resting place for the youth has been redeemed from
the fiery furnace and their place has been bought and
won for them!