I posted the mini version of some things the Lord has been speaking to us on June 24 and we continued to pray about whether we were to share the longer version I’d written ( summarizing what He’s been saying). We’ve received many precise confirmations ever since, and this past weekend were finally convinced the Lord was giving us permission to share. If you’ve seen previous posts, some of this will be repeat and some new, mixed together.
About two years ago the Lord sat down on (not in) the theological box we’d had in place for nearly a decade. He revealed aspects of His nature and character which we had come to believe were no longer His method of operation under the New Covenant, and He answered theological questions we’d had for eight years. He had tried to show us these things before, but our theology did not allow us to receive them. (For the record, it’s not good when you unwittingly end up rebuking God when He’s trying to correct you.) So for the second time in our lives (a decade apart), He revealed Himself in such a dramatic way that it changed our theological framework. (The first time was about the Holy Spirit.) Anyone who began seeing evidence of this dramatic shift more than a year and a half ago has likely recognized that the revelation He’s given us is not one that many are excited about; it certainly has not won us any popularity contests, but God convinced us beyond the shadow of all doubt that it is His Truth.
In the beginning of 2011, He convinced us He was asking us to lay down our lives and reputations to speak about some of the things He had showed us (in response to an extreme version of teaching which we thought we’d never hear). Though what we shared was not well received, the Lord was so manifest that He was more real to us than any opposition. He faithfully comforted and encouraged us, but it was what He said to comfort us that was shocking. He stunned us by saying, among other things, “It’s not you they are rejecting, but Me.” Knowing the consequences we’d experienced for obeying Him, the Lord asked me a question. He had asked this question of others before me, after delivering a challenging message to His followers that caused many to depart (John 6:60-69). I sensed grief in His voice. It was as though I could see Him looking at me with eyes full of love and sorrow when He said, “What about you? Do you want to leave too?” (Are you also offended by these truths about Me? Do you think the price to follow Me is too high?) It broke my heart. My cry was similar to the disciples ~ “To whom else could I go? You are the only true God ~ my Lord, my Savior, my life, my everything!”
When we truly love God, we will love Him and worship Him for ALL of who He is ~ for ALL aspects of His nature and character ~ not just those that make us feel happy and comfortable. And we will love His Truth regardless of whether it’s easy to hear. My heart was compelled to worship and love Him for the very facets of His nature and character that many people have rejected and denied in recent years. After all, whatever He does, I know Him well enough to know that He is good, right, righteous, just and holy in all His ways; there is no fault in Him. As posted last year ~ when we know God through only one facet of His nature, we are like a blind man who tries to know and describe an elephant by only one part; our understanding is error if it’s incomplete. He is Lamb and Lion; Merciful Savior and Master Lord; Smitten Bridegroom and Jealous Husband; Shepherd and Warrior; Comforter and Avenger; Healer and Refiner; Adoring Daddy and All-Consuming Fire. It was only after we received the revelation that the Lord gave us two years ago, about the more challenging side of His nature, that He told us our foundation was now complete. He told us we had to go backward before we could go forward in order to rediscover these things we’d once believed.
There’s a whole book of explanation behind these few statements and what’s to follow (literally), but I say this in order to preface the message that He is asking us to share at this time (a continuation of things He asked us to begin saying early in 2011). We are not gluttons for punishment. We were “crucified” for the things He asked us to say last year, so believe me when I say that the only reason we’re saying them again is because of His relentless love for His people that has not allowed us to give up after one attempt when so much is at stake.
As mentioned last year, there is an urgency on this message. The trumpet blast has sounded in heaven; the urgency remains. Though He asked us to be silent for nearly a year while He worked some things out, now after several months of constant words (beginning during the 40 days before Easter), He has once again convinced us with crystal clarity that He is calling us to speak. (If you read the posts from last year some of this will be repeat and some new, mixed together).
to be continued…