What follows here was shared with me by a friend in Cranbrook. B.C. in whose home a few have been gathering several times a week for five or so years to pray and wait on God as they seek Him earnestly for the awakening so deeply needed in this hour. They pray not for their own group alone, but for the Church at large.
I felt to share here what he passed on to me; it is a timely exhortation that I think many others will appreciate.
A MID-SUMMER EXHORTATION: (Saturday July 27, 2019)
This morning in our prayer meeting the Lord put a word on my heart and I shared it and it birthed much participation and enlargement by others in the meeting.
In the last few days I had become aware of a weariness that had come into our midst. We are a small group and we consistently meet several times a week. It has literally been a miracle that a few have been able meet so often and not become weary of each other and of the way. But recently weariness suddenly came into our midst, but the Lord was faithful to quickly raise up a standard against it. The weariness was not on one or two that were spreading it to the others; it was like a cloud over all of us. There was no condemnation to anyone from the Lord, but an exhortation to all to rise above it.
Before sharing more on this morning’s meeting I would like first to share with you a word that was quickened to us within a few days of New Year’s 2019. It seemed to be prophetic of a continuing time of dryness for the coming year. Now here we are mid-summer 2019 and the word proves to have been a true word. We have known much dryness this year.
Here is what I shared at the beginning of the year:
A New Year’s (2019) Greeting To All Our “Companions”:
Companions?? That’s different!!
The Scriptures talk of companions in labours, companions in tribulation, companions in travel, etc. Many of us are also companions in prayer and in seeking the Lord, and in patience.
In our morning prayer time the song of Habakkuk 3:17 was quickened to us:
Though the fig tree does not blossom neither shall fruit be in the vines (not even the beginning signs of fruitfulness); the labour of the olive shall fail (no matter how often we faithfully meet or give Him no rest, we don’t seem able to penetrate that realm of ever-abiding anointing), and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock be cut off from the fold (even though our desire is to be flowing in the River of God with the Universal Body of Christ, true spiritual joinings and bondings are scarce), and there be no herd in the stalls (not many coming to the meetings, not a whole lot of demonstrated hunger).
What a bleak scenario.
But what is the prophet’s response to it?
Yet will I rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. (Hab. 3:18,19)
If you can identify with some of this we want to give you this encouragement for 2019. Don’t hang up your harps upon the willows as they did momentarily in Psalm 137. Or if you already have hung them up, take them down and start rejoicing no matter what your circumstances are (lest your tongue cleave to the roof of your mouth). Be like Paul and Silas who were in a brutal foreign land, so to speak, and yet after being beaten, sang praises to God at midnight and God answered with an earthquake and salvation was released to all that would receive it.
Back to Habakkuk:
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but in the end IT SHALL SPEAK, and NOT LIE, though it seems to tarry, and tarry, and tarry, wait for It; because it will surely come, it will not tarry! (Hab: 2:3)
Also this from Malachi:
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. (Mal: 3:1)
God bless all of you and your families and extended families in 2019 and forever. Remember the covenant is “A lamb for a house.” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
With Love, your companions… Terry & Susan
And Now Here We Are More Than Halfway Through 2019:
With that prophecy of Habakkuk’s about the desolation in the land, the Lord was preparing us for what this year held for us. Yet we have persevered, for He has encouraged us and sustained us all along with His word and promises. Yet as I said, a weariness suddenly came upon us. On Saturday morning July 27, as we addressed the weariness head on, the Lord gave us encouragement from Isaiah and Ezekiel.
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing: now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. (Isaiah 43: 18-21)
Wonderful promise from Isaiah. But it follows with this:
BUT THOU HAST NOT CALLED UPON ME, O JACOB; BUT THOU HAST BEEN WEARY OF ME O ISRAEL. (Isa. 43:22)
No Lord, we have not been weary of you, we are just weary of the meetings and of each other. But the Lord says no, you’re weary of the way. Does not the word say that “I am THE WAY”? Have I not called you to gather together, and given you grace to endure? You’ve become weary of Me.
Thankfully every heart bowed in repentance to His judgement and joy was restored.
God showed us clearly that He wants us to go deeper into His river, and He has a specific depth that He wants to take us to. “And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters…..” We see here that He is Lord, it is His will that is to be done. He is not calling us to enter into the river and find our comfort zone. He has a specific destination for us and it is our responsibility—and privilege—to follow Him.
We all felt that this is not a word just for our fellowship, but it is a word for the churches that have a desire for more in this hour. God sees our weariness with The Way in this hour and He is here now, with a line in His hand to take us all another thousand cubits into the river.
Mathew 6:27, 2 Corinthians 4:7, and John 15:4
And which one of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
We cannot add one cubit to our stature but HE can add a thousand cubits.
Thank you Allan. Good to read and good to get this little glimpse into your daily pilgrimage!
Thanks, Ron. May we all continue to tap into that “change” of strength that is the portion of those who wait upon the Lord, enabling us to mount up with wings as eagles, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint.
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I like that verse in Habakkuk 2:2-3 that you mentioned Terry, in the English Standard Version:
“For still the Vision awaits the appointed time; It Hastens to the end– it will not lie. If it seems slow, Wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
The Lord is certainly not offended by our weariness. I have never been aware of any child of God in Biblical or Church history that has not known times (and perhaps long times) of deep weariness; as long as we are able to hold fast the confidence and joy of hope firm to the appointed end! Nevertheless, The Vision itself has NEVER been stagnant! It has and IS even NOW hastening on to the appointed time, and is carrying with it all who have become vitally joined to it! (Or, to HIM!)
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Thank you for sharing, giving with a sweet transparency, and indeed such is Brother Allan’s fellowship. Off I go blessed.
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Thank you, Allen. I’m happy you were blessed. The brothers and sisters involved in this prayer gathering (about 300 km from me) are good friends. I know they will be blessed to know that you were blessed with what they shared.
Lifting you and fellowship to the throne.
Thank you, Allen