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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Dark Night

Beloved, I have gone before you to make crooked places straight and rough places smooth. It has been crooked and rough lately. It may not seem like it, but the fact is that it would be virtually impossible for you to navigate this spiritual terrain without My help. I am so bad about asking for help, even from my heavenly Father sometimes and He is pointing this out. He is allowing situations where there is nothing else to do, but ask for help, because I cannot do it on my own strength/ability. I am not surprised by the things that challenge you, nor am I worried that you will not come through, for I am with you to bring you to new heights. This is encouraging, because if I look at my feelings, I feel as if I will not come through, nor will the road get any higher. The path is narrow, and there is no other way to arrive at this level of spiritual maturity than the way you have come, says the Lord. Trust Me and keep pressing on." I trust you Lord, help me to trust you more. Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth.

We were driving home the other day and the sky was so dark and cloudy except a tiny stream of light coming through the clouds over the ocean . . . it was beautiful, the way it reflected and lit up the whole area around where it was shining through. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart . . . I know you feel like this that life is overtaken by the dark and cloudy and gloomy, but My light shines through. I allow you to see little bits so you have hope . . . just like the sun shining through the clouds and reflects on the water, lighting up all around it . . . just like the natural sun is still shining brightly above the clouds while not all of it reaches down below, so My light shines upon you. Come up here with Me and see it from My perspective.

The precious promise for the day was from Psalm 42:8 says "The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime and at night His song is with me, a prayer unto the God of my life." Night, that seems fitting - it feels like "night"/dark moment of my life lately. Night, meaning the "opposite of day" or "of gloom." The dark clouds were the gloom in my life . . . the stuff I see if I just look around in the natural. And His promise to me is that He will COMMAND his goodness, kindness, faithfulness (and He is zealous about me) in the day and in the gloom, the night, His song is with me - the mighty God who is my sustenance. And the good news is by living in in the spirit, I can rise above and and have peace and joy in Holy Spirit and then will I see His "sonlight" shining. He also promises that He is my lamp and when I acknowledge Him as my lamp, He will bring light to my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29 says For thou [art] my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness (secret place, misery, adversity, obscurity: condition of being unknown).

Romans 14:17 says "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in/by the Holy Spirit." The way to live a life of peace and joy - in and by the Holy Spirit.

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