Note 9 – Part 1 (Navigation forward and backward at bottom of screen)
NOT ONLY DOES THE WORLD NEED US NOW; GOD NEEDS US!
One of the themes emphasized in note 7 was that “the world needs us now!” But God has also been emphasizing that HE needs us too! During the time I was praying about whether He wanted us to post the “Dark of the Moon” notes, He brought multiple confirmations of “PILLARS,” emphasizing that He established this world on His Pillars (Word) and that He has called US to be His PILLARS!
Then the Lord said to me, Out of the north the evil [which the prophets had foretold as the result of national sin] shall disclose itself and break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, behold, I will call all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says the Lord; and they will come and set everyone his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls round about, and against all the cities of Judah [as God’s judicial act, a consequence of Judah’s wickedness]. And I will utter My judgments against them for all the wickedness of those who have forsaken Me, burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands [idols]. But you [Jeremiah], gird up your loins! Arise and tell them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed and break down at the sight of their faces, lest I confound you before them and permit you to be overcome. For I, behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an IRON PILLAR and bronze walls against the whole land—against the [successive] kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land [giving you divine strength which no hostile power can overcome]. And they shall fight against you, but they shall not [finally] prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you. Jeremiah 1:14-19
This PILLARS word brought back to mind all the previous words He’s given about how He wants His IRON to enter our souls so that we become IRONMEN/IRONWOMEN who are “immovable, unshakeable, unbreakable, unstoppable, unreachable (by the enemy), impenetrable, indomitable, indestructible,” etc (all the other key words He’s given).
Then the night of March 9, He asked us if we believe several things. I wasn’t having trouble believing a few of the things He asked about, but I was having a hard time fully wrapping my mind around one ~ His statement that He NEEDS us (initially presented as a personal word). The next day I told Him I was still having a hard time with that one. I can look back at my prayer journal and see how often I say “I NEED YOU!” to Him, but God, “Do You really NEED me/us ~ Do You need anything?” I asked that if He was really saying this, to please confirm it. Two days later, right after receiving another word about PILLARs, I received this word from Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems:
You Are One Of God’s PILLARS!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, UNMOVABLE, always abounding in the work of the Lord…. —1 Corinthians 15:58
… In First Corinthians 15:58, Paul writes, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord….” I want you to look at the word “steadfast” in this verse, because it illustrates what kind of person God considers to be a “rock” in His family. What does it mean to be steadfast? This word “steadfast” is the Greek word edraios, which has several meanings:
~ It means to be stationary, such as something that sits in one place for a long, long time.
~ It describes something that is firm and steady.
~ It was frequently used in connection with foundations or support structures in buildings.
~ It portrays something that is strong, unbendable, UNBREAKABLE, and permanent, such as a well-built foundation for a large building or a strong column that holds up a roof.
So when Paul urges us to be “steadfast,” he’s calling on us to be totally reliable…. We should be stationary in the roles God has called us to fulfill in the Body of Christ. We shouldn’t be quickly shaken or easily lured to some other place or some other task. We must be like PILLARS, foundations, or supports in the house of God.
…What is the purpose of a huge stone pillar in a building? Its purpose is to support the roof or some other important section of the building, correct? What would happen if you suddenly jerked that pillar out of its place? You’d find out very quickly that the pillar had been essential to holding up the place! Remove that pillar, and the entire building would collapse into a heap of rubble, creating a horrible, terrible mess! When God tells you to be “steadfast,” He is asking you to be a “rock” in His house — like a pillar that faithfully stands in its place and helps to hold things together. He wants you to be so dependable that people lean on you, counting on the fact that you’ll always be there to help keep things together. And when events occur that shake up everyone’s world a bit, God wants people to look to you as one who isn’t easily excited, shaken, or affected. …
Don’t view yourself as SMALL, INSIGNIFICANT, or UNIMPORTANT. GOD NEEDS YOU, and other people are depending on you. It’s time for you to realize that God meant for you to be a part of the foundation of the Body of Christ! You can be a “rock” in His family and a person on whom others can lean and depend. If you’re thinking differently than this, you need to change your thinking. Instead of focusing on how insignificant you are in God’s great plan for these last days, start focusing on becoming steadfast, IMMOVABLE, and always abounding in the work the Lord has assigned to you! (excerpts from Sparkling Gems, Copyright, Rick Renner Ministries)
This brought to mind a prophecy we’d received years ago (from Paula Kay) about being PILLARS in God’s house. I knew God was not only giving us a word about Pillars for the 2nd time that day to confirm that He wanted us to post the “Dark of the Moon” notes, but that He was also confirming His word through this message that HE NEEDS US! HE NEEDS ME and HE NEEDS YOU! Although it’s a corporate word, just as He spoke it to us as a very personal word, He wants each member of His Body to receive it as a personal word ~ recognizing our worth and value to Him and our significance to His plan. Yes, He needs His Body corporately in the earth to be about His business and to “occupy” until He comes ~ but He also needs each Body part, each of us individually, to get in the place He’s called us to be and to work together with the rest of the Body to fulfill our roles as His mouthpiece, His eyes, ears, hands, feet, and His PILLARS who Uphold His Truth. As Rick alluded to, even one pillar removed from its place and not fulfilling its purpose can make a significant difference! God needs each one of us individually to discover the specific place He’s called us to be and the special and unique role He chose and created us for when He knit us together in our mother’s womb. He needs us to get in that place and fulfill that role, working together with the rest of the Body to be His Salt, Light, and Pillars ~ to do our part to manifest His Glory and Splendor and to bring in the final harvest. ALL the parts of His body need to be functioning as they were created to in order for Him to fulfill His purpose in the earth through us to the maximum potential. God Needs Us!
This is where the other confirmation mentioned at the end of note 7 fits in (links to previous notes at end). As we were sitting in church the next Sunday, already amazed by some of the other confirmations we’d received for that note, suddenly, we heard our pastor say – “GOD NEEDS US!” “The world does not depend upon you, but yet the world’s depending on you! The Kingdom is not going to rise and fall on you or me, but we have to understand GOD NEEDS US working in the harvest.” We knew beyond the shadow of all doubt that God was confirming this message to us again, but He still wasn’t done! The next Thursday He gave us a third confirmation, through one of the dynamic ladies in leadership who felt she was supposed to prophesy over everyone on the worship team that night! Just the night before, Jesse and I had been discussing what it seemed God might be asking us to do based on all the words He’d been giving us about TOTAL SURRENDER, COMPLETE COMMITMENT, SACRIFICE, divesting ourselves of COMFORT and CONVENIENCE, LEAPS OF FAITH, and having the GUTS to get in the “CAR.” After we’d been asking Him specific questions and examining the words/confirmations we’d received, due to the ramifications of what it seemed He was saying, Jesse asked the Lord for an “audible” word of confirmation if this was truly what He meant. He gave us this the very next night through Ms. Barb as she prophesied over us!! In addition to that powerful confirmation, the message she gave us also contained another confirmation that God NEEDS us!!
to be continued… (see part 2 here)
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