Romans 8:17
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

From the Place of Suffering

Some thoughts the Spirit was dropping into my heart today:

Behold, all I have given you is good.
The evil that befalls man has been the consequences of choices.
Free will always carries with it the responsibility of your decisions.
Those decisions do not affect you alone, but the lives of others as well.
The world lives under the tribulation and subjection of the god that mankind surrendered it too.
This also was the consequence of man’s choices.
My heart has always been to redeem you from all of those wrong choices.
Many want to blame Me for the consequences of sin in the world that is seen through sickness, corruption, disease, pestilence, wars, famine, drought, suffering and all of the evils that plague this world. Unless man sees and experiences what the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil produces, they will never fully appreciate the Tree of Life and the fruit that it produces.
Light is never fully appreciated till one has lived in the darkness or warmth, till one has experienced the cold, or health till one has experienced the pain of sickness.
That is why I came as the suffering savior to experience and take all of these sufferings upon Myself, not as the result of My sin, but yours. I did it that I might redeem you spirit, soul and body. I overcame it all and all of that victory is in Me and in you, if you are in Me.
I told you in the world you would have tribulation, but I also told you to be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. Your victory is not in avoiding all suffering, but in finding my strength and peace to overcome in all suffering. It is not the outward wholeness that reveals my righteousness it is the brokeness that releases My life. It is in your brokeness that My life makes you whole. It is from that place that you can minister My life into the broken lives of others.
Mary was willing to break the outward beauty of the vessel that contained the sweet perfume in order to anoint Me. She was breaking her own vessel of self-respect and dignity to pour out her love and lavish it upon Me. When you are willing to fully lose yourself and become broken, then are you best able minister to the death in others, the sweet perfume and fragrance of My life and salvation. Christianity and religion just dabs the perfume onto the humanity around them, but like Mary’s alabaster jar typified My body that was broken, so that the sweet fragrance of My blood and life could be spilled out upon humanity. You also must be willing to be broken, if you want to fully spill out My life in you. It means you meet people where they are at, not where you are. It means becoming all things to all men, if by any means you might win them for Me. It means that you are willing to die and be poured out that they may live through what I am releasing in you and through you. Christianity was never meant to be a life of glory, but the willingness to suffer along with Me that you might, through that death, be partakers of My glory. You are the sweet grapes, crushed under the feet of fallen humanity, much of it religious in nature. My purpose is make from those crushed grapes the sweetest wine that will make the hearts of men glad through their sacrificial message of good tidings.

Blessings,
kent

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Jeremiah 14:6
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture.”
7 Although our sins testify against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you. 8 O Hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night? 9 Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, O LORD, and we bear your name;
do not forsake us!

You are the Pastures of God’s Truth

This word of Jeremiah could well speak of the spiritual condition of our nation today. As a nation we have lost the spiritual vision of who we are. Our backsliding is great and many have forsaken the name of the Lord. As a result the pastures of spiritual provision have dried up for many. A spiritual famine has beset those who have gone in their own way and embraced the secular viewpoint of society today. There is a leanness of soul that has come upon many today. Many have become disillusioned with religion and the tele-evangelism of yesterday when they saw the greediness of men’s hearts revealed in the name of God.
There is a remnant that knows their God and who hold fast the faith. It is this remnant that has preserved this nation up to this hour. Their prayers and intercession have not gone unheard. God has been preparing a people for such a time as this that they may be the pasture in the midst of a spiritual wilderness. They are the streams of water that will provide the knowledge and life of God to those who are now seeking for real truth and meaning in their lives.
People of God prepare yourselves for all that the Lord has poured within you over the years. Those who are in spiritual famine He will move upon to bring them to drink from the wells of salvation. You are about to be poured out for a people that are hungry for the truth and who the Spirit of the Lord is drawing. There is a field ripe unto harvest and we are the laborers sent forth to gather in the harvest.
The Lord has not forsaken His name and He will show Himself mighty among those who hold it fast in their hearts. Come and refresh yourselves in the Lord for we are His people, called forth by His name to show the way of salvation and righteousness.

Blessings
kent

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