IT IS TIME for THEE, LORD, to WORK! by Hollie L. Moody

The Lord asked me a question a while ago that at the time I
thought was a bit strange. He asked me if I would have liked John
the Baptist if I had met him in person? After thinking about this
question for a while, I had to honestly admit I probably would not
have cared too much for John the Baptist if I had met him in
person. He was not a diplomatic person. He did not seem to be
very gentle or loving. He was uncouth, rough in his manner of
speech and dress. His appearance most likely was as off-putting
as his manner of speech was.

Yet, the people of his day flocked to hear him preach. I had to ask
myself, “Why?” What was it the people went out into the
wilderness to see and hear?

There are a people whom the Lord has been preparing in the
wilderness. They will shortly be appearing upon the religious and
spiritual scene. And, for the most part, they will be as John the
Baptist may have been: uncouth, undiplomatic, and rough in their
manner of speech and dress. They will not be well liked.

Jesus Himself asked the people what they went into the wilderness
to see when they went to hear John the Baptist. “A reed shaken
with the wind? A man clothed in soft raiment?” No, Jesus testified
of John. The people went into the wilderness to see and to hear a
prophet. (Matthew 11:7-15.)

There has been much talk for years about spiritual wildernesses.
After a season of glory, for many of God´s children, they appeared
to be driven into a wilderness setting spiritually. Jesus Himself
was driven into the wilderness by the Spirit immediately after a
voice from heaven testified of Who He was.

What transpired to Jesus while He was in the wilderness?
Temptation. Testing. Aloneness. And, eventually, victory over His
flesh and His will. After Jesus successfully withstood the
temptations of the devil, and only then, angels came and
ministered unto Him.

For those who have felt driven by the Spirit into a spiritual
wilderness, they have learned while in the wilderness that the Lord
is still with them. God has still been sustaining and feeding them
spiritually. They have been given spiritual manna to feast upon.

However, I feel led to caution those who have been feasting upon
spiritual manna in the wilderness that the time to come out of the
wilderness has arrived. The Lord will no longer be providing spiritual
manna in the wilderness. To continue to try and be sustained by
this spiritual manna, to remain in the wilderness, will now only
bring about rottenness and spiritual death.

There is the sound of voices crying out in the wilderness. Those
who hear the sound of these voices, will live spiritually.

John 1:23 ~~ “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the
wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”

There are two groups of people who will emerge from the wilderness.

The first group who will withdraw from their spiritual wildernesses
will do so with little to none recognition of their having done so by
those around them. These are the ones who have become prayer
warriors in the wilderness. They have been completely stripped of
all fleshly desires for the recognition and/or approval of man.

In the wilderness, they have learned the importance of the Body of
Christ. All that they will do, will be for the greater health and
maturity of the Church. They will not be known. They will not be
recognized. They will not have the approval of others. They will
suffer, and do so in silence as they pray forth a great outpouring
of God´s glory.

             Matthew 6:6 ~~ “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into
thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall
reward thee openly.”

The second group of people to emerge from the wilderness will
have the prayers of the first group as their foundation. This second
group will be used to bring forth a miraculous and mighty move of
God´s Spirit.  Unbelief will hinder some from being a part of this
miraculous move of God´s Spirit. The stone of unbelief must be
removed in order for us to behold this miraculous move of God´s Spirit.

Luke 4:14, 18, 19 ~~  “{14} And Jesus returned in the power of the
Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the
region roundabout. {18} The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he
hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to
the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised, {19} To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Romans 15:19 ~~ “Through mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round
about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.”

Yet there is a danger to this mighty move of the miraculous. Satan
will seek to imitate it. He will first do this by seeking to focus the
attention of others on the miraculous and upon individuals instead
of upon a foundation of Truth for the miraculous to be built upon.

Satan will attempt to do this by silencing the prayers of the first
group of people to emerge from the wilderness. He will use
whatever he is able to use to accomplish this. Mainly: feelings of
alienation, isolation, depression, aloneness and weariness. And
also through physical infirmities and afflictions.

Next, Satan will seek to have pride and deception enter into the
hearts and minds of those being used to bring forth a miraculous
the move of God´s Spirit.

When the Gospel is being set aside to give place to only the
miraculous, know that this move of God is beginning to be compromised.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 ~~ “{9} Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
{10} And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved. {11} And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”

This miraculous move of God will be of short duration. Yet, it will
burn brightly and fiercely until Satan succeeds in compromising it.
While this miraculous move is occurring, it is our duty and our
privilege to work to bring others into the Truth…

The wilderness was a time of preparation for those driven into it to
be stripped of the desire for personal glory, fame and recognition.
It was also a place to learn to listen to the heartbeat of the Lord.
The heartbeat of the Lord is salvation and restoration.

Luke 19:10 ~~ “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save
that which was lost.”

God´s people have felt hopeless and fragmented. The Lord desires
to restore hope unto them, as well as to build them back into a
healthy Body.

Since this is such a very critical time for God´s Body, there will be
numerous attacks from the enemy to abort this move. It is not a
time for any of God´s children to be alone or to try and stand alone.
We must be joined one to another. We must also seek to gather
together and to bring together those who are out of alignment with
the Body.  Distrust, despair, feelings of hopelessness and apathy,
etc., must be pushed forcibly aside.

For those who find themselves unable to allow themselves to
come back into alignment with others in the Body; they must be
actively and compassionately wooed back to the Body. Leave the
ninety-nine who are healthy, if need be, in order to passionately
pursue and woo back into the Body the one outside of fellowship
with the Body.

Cries have gone up unto the Lord for a while now to see Him work
a miraculous work in our midst. May this cry for salvation and
restoration continue and be answered; for ~~

Psalm 119:126 ~~ “It is time for thee, LORD, to work…”

~ Hollie L. Moody

 

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