Hello, Brothers and Sisters and Heartdwellers Family. May you all receive the grace of patience as the Lord matures us.
This morning after prayer, Jesus literally stopped me in my tracks. I had finished receiving the Lord in Holy Communion, and I honestly, didn’t give him much time to speak to me. I was outside praying in the forest and wanted to hurriedly get back so I could get some ministry work done before I had to go to work in the kitchen. As I was walking back, I could feel the Holy Spirit tug on my heart, to stop, because the Lord wanted to speak to me. I had taken my laptop with me in case he gave me a message. I was in the middle of a dirt road, but I stopped, plopped myself down in the dirt, and opened my computer to hear what the Lord had to say.
Jesus immediately began speaking,
“My beloved little one, hold tight, the winds of change are coming.”
I stopped, thinking, “Is this me or the Lord? Because that is what he’d said, in an old message”, but I continued to write anyway.
Jesus of course answered my thoughts,
“My beloved one, don’t you repeat yourself when you’re trying to make a point, and someone doesn’t seem to get it? So why can’t I repeat myself to you and all who are still doubting?”
I thought, “Dang, the Lord is good!” (laugh). He knows our thoughts, huh?” Because I have been carrying a little doubt concerning restoration coming to some of his promises. And yet again, he read the thoughts of my heart.
“Patience can only be mastered with opportunities to wait and trust in Me. My people, I am forever growing you in the virtue of patience. That is one of the foundational virtues, besides charity, and obedience. From it springs forth faith, perseverance, meekness, and self-control, which are foundational in building up your character.“
Romans 5:3-5, Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
“That is what I want to talk about to you and my brides, the building of your character. Thank Me for all that I allowed and all that I am doing because it has been building you up for the times ahead. A good character in these times you are living in is foreign to many, and many more have not been taught or raised with proper instructions to form a good conscience which in turn, forms a good character.
It is the difference between Saul and David. Saul was raised in a home, in a family that desired honor and status. He was continuously trying to live up to his family name but was extremely insecure. That is why he hid from Samuel when he was called out.“
1 Samuel 10: 21- 23, Thus, Samuel, had all the tribes of Israel come forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected. Then he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward by its clans, and the clan of Matri was selected. Finally, Saul son of Kish was selected. But when they looked for him, they could not find him. So again they inquired of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the LORD replied, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” So they ran and brought Saul, and when he stood among the people, he was a head taller than any of the others.”
“Although in stature he looked the part, inwardly he was always trying to play the part of what pleased everyone else. Hence, he easily fell into the snare “of the fear of men” which led to his demise. Being king gave him an opportunity to have the approval and honor he always desired, but not being perfected in patience, contentment, and his true identity in Me, caused him always to covet what he didn’t have which led him to his death.
My servant David, on the other hand, grew up in a family that had Me as their foundation and center. He was taught in my ways. And from such a noble family of honor, he learned meekness by serving and herding sheep. There, he learned to love the audience of one and lived for my approval alone and he longed for and loved my presence. It was when I allowed him to be most forgotten, deemed insignificant, and made of no account that he tasted the sweetness of my presence and grew in the confidence of my strength in his weakness, and turned his heart to mine making him a man after my own heart.”
As an aside, this scripture comes to my mind when Samuel sought Jesse’s sons to anoint one of them as king. Samuel immediately perceived it would be one of David’s brothers, who looked the part, but the Lord, knowing Samuel’s thoughts, told him immediately that He rejected him.
1 Samuel 16:7, But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
“A good character doesn’t mean you have no weaknesses, it means that you live by My moral compass and you choose not to live with duplicity in your heart, saying one thing but doing another. You stand in the light of My mirror in purity, seeking to do My will, and are easily convicted when you offend Me. These things cannot be given but have to be formed in a soul through much trial and testing and that is what I have been doing, my beloved brides. I need my brides to be men, women, and children of good character who have been tried through the fiery furnace of affliction and have come out wanting and lacking nothing.
Every time you have persevered, endured, and have not run from difficult situations that you know were My will, and patiently were steadfast, it built your character in Me. I am about to pour out the new wine and I could not entrust this great treasure to souls who were immature and lacking in their character. Too many minister’s church ministries have fallen that way because of the lack of the integrity of the vessel. Satan will be fierce in his attack because the anointing will be great, but to those who have allowed Me to build their character, you will be unshaken and unmoved by his attempts to completely knock you down, and you will not be easily influenced by the praise of men or their approval but will do only my will. So thank me for all your trials, heartaches, and afflictions. Thank me for this season that is upon you and the fire I used to harden you off so your character would be likened to the house that was built on a solid rock, when the winds came, and the storm raged it stood firm.
Matthew 7:24-25, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
That was the end of Jesus’ message.
Wow, what a beautiful message! I’m glad I stopped literally….I’m glad I stopped and sat in the dirt for this one (laugh). This was given to me a couple of days ago and today I just pulled this rhema, which I feel is so telling of the message, and it says
“May God preserve us from bestowing empty praise and flattery or doing anything to win the esteem or support of someone: do a great deal for the Love of God and pay no attention to the esteem of men, work for their salvation without worrying about what they say”. – St. Vincent De Paul
You think he is trying to get my attention or what? “Thank you, Lord, for this amazing insight, and thank you for the trials”. I know I don’t thank him enough and I tend to grumble and complain in my heart a lot. “Please Jesus, forgive me! Thank you for the foundation you have built in our characters by your hand”.
God bless you guys until the next message.