I just got out of the hospital on this sixth day of a stay, having had (yet again) pneumonia. As I am on a borrowed computer at this time, I will spare the details, but suffice it to say that although I was given a most negative report of a health matter completely unrelated to what I went in for (and a most serious diagnosis), the LORD is Sovereign and He took care of it.
When I was first given the diagnosis (and the severity of it), I truly thought my time on earth was over and suddenly everything seemed so different. Priorities change and my heart filled with gratitude for what the LORD has done for me all my life, even when I was not walking with Him. If there was fear, it was not so much about death as it was about deep reflection and searching my heart before GOD. I know that we all fall short…and believe me, I am well aware of all of my shortcomings and faults. I prayed about secret faults and presumptuous sins - I want none of it. That is where the Holy Spirit shines forth and does His work.
We can either be very tough on ourselves, showing no mercy, or we can justify all we think, say and do. It takes the most Holy Spirit to lead us and help us. So, I prayed many, many Psalms, such as:
Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from my secret faults. Keep back Thy servant from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: Then shall I be upright and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. [Ps19:12]
I spoke to the Lord about many, many things as I sat hour after hour in the hospital. I slept on a two inch mat used on stretchers; in Emergency Overflow - Ambulatory Care. How I thank the LORD for the medical help finally, as I have been fighting illness since my arrival back in Canada in late September. I spoke to the Lord of the stigmatism attached to homelessness and how I noticed different attitudes, comments and behaviours. I poured out my heart about many things, having pondered much. Having been seen by a doctor from Guatemala, and cared for by Philippino and Japanese nurses (among many others, of course), my heart considered the many nations of the world and the days ahead.
My heart ached for family, friends, brethren, the lost…amazing how we think when we believe we are on death's doorstep. I suppose that is when the real intent and condition of the heart is exposed. Perhaps…perhaps not. I am going to share what the LORD gave me in that dark hour, as I waited for the test results of the MRI and endoscopy. Even as the Holy Spirit gave me the words, I knew they were not just for me. I humbly share the words of the holy King -- it is for His glory alone.
Just a note -- when He spoke of reports, I knew He was speaking to me about 'medical' reports, yet I also was aware that it encompassed [personal] reports that others were going to receive, as well as reports that are coming (world events). Please take all things to the Lord; including this word.
Do not fear the reports. You have wondered at My silence, yet I say to you I speak not when I am listening and observing. You have gone through the emotions, as Job, as Jonah, as David and Jeremiah, as even Simon Peter -- as all the forerunners. Yet again, I say to you, through it all you have held fast to your faith, trusting Me and obeying. Which of My people did not go through emotions; tell Me if you can.
Today, even some of My own people long to sugarcoat My Word and serve it on a politically correct tray, dripping with the stench of pride and religion. Any emotion beyond calm and soft (gentle) is considered drama or aggressive.
Why were the prophets hated? Why was My own Son Y'shua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) of Nazareth scorned and crucified? Was Elijah gentle in his approach to Jezebel and her false prophets? Was Jeremiah gentle in his approach when speaking to his own people and authorities? Ah, yet there would be those who say that was before Christ. Yet, did the prophets I chose not speak through the power of My Spirit and did not those who did marvellous works not do so by My power, by My Spirit - or did they do such and speak such by their own power and righteousness?
What of John the Baptist, was he gentle in his approach to Herod? Was My Son gentle in His anger with the Pharisees and Sadducees? When Y'shua spoke with the multitudes regarding John, He asked them who they went out to see - a reed shaken in the wind? Or did they go to see a man clothed in soft raiment (fine clothes)? Yet, He went on to say that John was a messenger sent to prepare the way before Him. He further stated that among those born among women, there was none greater than John the Baptist, except he who was least in the kingdom is greater than him. [Mat 11:7-11]
Fear not what others think of you, for it is written that man looks upon the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart. [1Sam 16:7] Even My own people oft judge each other on their countenance (looks, beauty) and height (build). They judge one's position, gender, race, possessions, clothing, yet they will not believe a messenger of God would come to them disheveled, poorly dressed or even homeless, nor would they believe if I sent a mere child.
Rebuke when I move you to rebuke; show mercy when I move you to show mercy, but be not surprised at those who will not hear. Do your part and I will do Mine. I am the potter, you are the clay - so are they.
Remember the words written about the last generation and observe wisely. Many have warned for decades and the people sigh and say; "We've heard it all before - where is the promise of His coming?"
Keep strong in your faith, yet remember, you cannot do all in your own strength, for when you are weak, I am strong. Though many of My people are worn out and discouraged, beaten down by life, they hold fast to their faith.
Forgive those who wallow in pride and lack understanding. Remember that it is written: Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ [Phil 1:6] Only believe!
Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might [Eph 6:10]
Prepare, Watch and Pray
Reports will come, as they always do, but be not soon shaken (not by word, or by letter). All of this is preparation, to bring you to the place I would have you to be. Revival will come upon North America and many dry places globally. Healing miracles; restoration miracles (healing and restoration), salvation and deliverances coming in such volume upon multitudes that none shall be able to stop the reports (though they will try to).
Leave all up to Me. I guide My people (direction), as they trust in Me. Keep your focus on Me and watch and see what I will do. I shall make a way. Stand back and watch; hold fast and pray. Much is coming, but My people have been being prepared. The preparation has not been easy; it has been challenging, frustrating, difficult, yet My people will stand when others will fall away and others still will have failing hearts for fear.
Yea, I am the Sovereign God. Fear not. I am with you. I have chosen you as a vessel unto honour.
Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour and another unto dishonour? [Rom 9:21]
Let the beauty of the LORD our GOD be upon us: and establish You the work of our hands upon us: Yea, the work of our hands, establish it. [Ps 90:17 - Moses]
for His glory alone