Faith and Quiet Confidence first, if you have not already. It seemed that it would be a short article, when the Lord put 'paradigm shift' in my spirit some days back, but it seems not. He is Sovereign. This is the first part.
Paradigm Shift - Part 1
Can you still trust Me when you seemingly have no outward joy in life, faint hope and trials that seem never-ending? Will you wait upon Me and wait for Me, when I am silent?
Have you been in hiding or gone into hiding, just as Elijah was in hiding in a cave by Brook of Cherith? Yes, David hid in caves as well. Do you feel cut off from the world and everything worldly? Do you feel cut off by others who have called themselves by My name?
Do you feel bound, hand and foot – desiring to go where I will send you, but unable to yet go, for I have not said where, when or how? Do your hands feel inactive – desiring to do more, to do greater works, to be more empowered by My Holy Spirit?
Do you feel that I have passed you over? Do you wonder what you have done for Me that has pleased Me or been of any real significance? Do you search your heart and weep because you seem so far from where you desire to be, or think you should be, yet you know that I have brought you far from where you once were?
Have you covered your mouth at times, unsure if you should speak forth that which is burning deep within? Do you feel that when you do speak, it seems as though no one listens and those that do are few? Is your spirit heavy; are you struggling to speak life over the aching of your shattered heart? Do you feel at times as if your light is hidden under a bushel?
Does it seem at times like your candle has been put out or very weak at best? In a moment of weakness, do you feel as though your holiness is defiled? Do you feel burnt out; sifted as wheat; misunderstood, unappreciated, profaned or weak? Do you struggle within, desiring for it all to end? Do you feel close to death or do you desire that your time here ends soon? You have cried out like Job, like Elijah …
Let My people go, I spoke through Moses. Unbind him and let him go, My Son Jesus/Y’shua spoke about Lazarus when he came forth from the grave. Come out; come out from amongst them.
I have spoken to My people, come out of the tombs of the dead churches. I have said to come out of Babylon; come out of Egypt; come out from the world; touch no unclean thing. Be ye separate, for you are in the world, but not of this world.
As Lazarus, My people could not see ahead at first, nor were their steps sure. Unbind them and let them go, I have said to the tormenting spirits. Death must come, death to the old and you shall see My resurrection power in the new.
Shake off your heaviness and your multitude of sorrows, for I have not finished with My mercies towards you. I shall be glorified. When you bring forth in lamentation, sorrow and great labor, I shall give you rest, and ease your labor.
I shall strengthen you. When you go into the field, laced by the woods, it is a place of solitude, yea, but you shall be shut in with Me. Do not be afraid, nor let your heart be troubled. I AM with you.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. [Is 55: 12]
Travail and bring forth, for from the labor (great pain), miraculous victory is birthed.
Gethsemane and the Death Cry
In the days of His flesh, Y’shua offered up prayers and supplications with blood, sweat and strong tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death. He was heard because of His reverence toward Me, His Father (Heb 5:7).
In Rev 12: 1, 5-6, you read where the woman flees to the wilderness, where she has a place prepared for her. Cry out in your spirit, or even in your flesh and lament. I shall be with you to bring you over to the promise; to bring you through to victory. It is time.
There is a void in the hearts of the sufferers, there is a death cry that rises up from the lips of their spirit, yea, but I AM the God of salvation. Sacrifice up the voice of praise and thanksgiving. Yea, death is a lone journey, as is birth. When turning from sin to repentance, there is a deathly groaning, a cry that comes forth from deep within a man’s soul, a horror in his flesh, as he enters the valley of death.
I AM He who will comfort you in your suffering. In death, there is inward travail and outward conflict – so it is in birthing, there is inward travail and outward conflict, as a great shift takes place. Satan comes to destroy the victory. He can appear as a pharaoh, as he did in Egypt with Moses.
He can appear as a Pontius Pilate, doing as Pilate did with Y’shua, as he washed his hands, endeavoring to cleanse himself outwardly of any responsibility and guilt. Can you comprehend that satan is resisting your victory? He will oppose it to the limit of his power, for his power is limited by what I allow.
Weep, Lament, Travail
Like as a woman with child, that draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and cries out in her pangs (outward conflict); so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. [Is 26: 17, 18]
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (*note-compare with Rom 8:28)
A woman when she is in travail (inward travail) has sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. [Jn 16: 20,21]
Y’shua/ Jesus travailed with My plan of salvation, for He knew the work, the suffering and the sacrifice that only He could and would make. The Garden of Gethsemane (oil press) was the beginning of His labor, the beginning of His crushing; the beginning of His ‘pouring out’.
Yea, travail is pain. You must go through it all, in dying to self, yet I AM with you. Only through travail and labor can new life be birthed; a vision becomes reality!
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
[Is 66: 7-9]
Be in pain and labor awhile longer, you who are faint in spirit and weary of the pain. Now you shall come forth, as Lazarus. You shall dwell for a time in the field, amongst the trees… a place of solitude, yet the time of solitude is nearly over. (think upon Job, Joseph, David)
Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shall you go forth out of the city, and you shall dwell in the field, and you shall go even to Babylon; there shall you be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
This is My Will
Are you greatly vexed in your spirit? Are you brought very low? Do you feel so very alone? Have you come to the end of yourself? I looked upon your misery and considered your distress. I answer your prayers. Have you not prayed, ‘Not my will but Thy will, Father?’
Hold fast and pray, for the day comes when you shall say, ‘It is finished’. If you are full of heaviness, greatly humbled, mourning sorely, full of lamentation, let your lamentation be heard on high. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. [Ps 22:11]
Bring forth with labor, for this victory is birthed after great sorrow. Are you feeling very weary? Bear up with good courage for that which has befallen you. This is My will concerning you. Arise and do! Go through for joy comes in the morning.
Remember Joseph who had been given two dreams with a great vision, yet everything seemingly (outwardly)went [appeared] wrong in his life from his youth until well into manhood, before the vision was birthed. It was birthed after great sorrow and laboring as a prisoner. Having been hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, poorly treated, yet oddly respected ('his God is with him'), falsely accused of trying to seduce Potiphar’s wife and wrongfully imprisoned.
He was seemingly forgotten by the king’s cupbearer, who promised to say a good word to the king on Joseph’s behalf. To many, it seemed as though he were forsaken by Me.
This is war, from the time of man’s fall, and there are endless battles, but I am the Lord of the battle. Is the altar of your heart broken down? Does it seem that your temple has been destroyed and defiled by man (people)? Does the inner place seem laid waste? Is the music and the song of your heart put to silence?
Does your rejoicing seem to be put to an end? Is your candle put out, or flickering faintly, with barely any strength? Do you feel your holiness has been defiled by the things you are exposed to in the world; things you hear and things that pass before your eyes? Yes, this is My perfect will for you, for I AM the Alpha and Omega; He who knows the end result from the beginning.
- End Part 1 – Paradigm Shift
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