Without meekness we cannot be given more territory in God. We could not be trusted with inheriting the land, for without meekness it is all about “me” or “us” and not about the Lord or about others.
Have we shown meekness in the face of restrictions or fought and disregarded them arrogantly as though such things were for lesser people than me or “us”? “I” or “we” are above law, above authority, above being told what to do, a favoured exception to the rules.
Well, if this is from the Lord…
A propheticky thing that seemed to drop on my spirit with a great thud: “I have been searching the hearts of my people for meekness.”
I believe this is a word from the Lord. It may not be the sort of word we want to hear or receive.
Only those who treasure and practice daily meekness will be part of the Lord’s advance: “In your majesty ride forth victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness…” (Psalm 45 verse 4.)
Without meekness, no revival, no matter how passionately we pray. How can we expect God to come in blessing of our hearts are defiant and rebellious?
That defiance of rules in Lockdown may be insignificant to you or to me. It may even be a laughing matter, or something of which we feel proud! Time to realise the Lord is not laughing and repent? Such are the things that show we are ready for the “more” of God, and truly desire that more, however much our pride must be humbled. The alternative is to be passed by when God moves in a day of His power, our prayers disregarded as they were not true prayer, but an insistence on our will, a cross border adventure into witchcraft to manipulate God in the direction of our will.
Could add comment but keeping quiet! Perhaps non christian related generational Police background has served to cultivate an observance of the law not only for the good of one personally but for the greater good to society.
*11* I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and *with* fire: *12* Whose fan *is* in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Indeed. Those of us with libertarian proclivities have found the new de facto authoritarianism difficult to deal with, much like the Israelites taken into captivity in Babylon but included the righteous remnant also forced to suffer the same indignities of severely reduced freedoms.
The result? – Daniel and his cohorts continued in their faithfulness and created their own internal ‘Heavens on Earths’, meaning geographical dislocation and restrictions on public worship weren’t going to hinder their continuing experience of the Kingdom of God.
But of course we also now weep alongside our own ‘Rivers of Babylon’ and fondly remember our Zions lost, while having to remain captive until the appointed time when our own Cyrus’s will issue a decree to return and rebuild afresh that which we formerly took so much for granted.
except that, under the New Covenant, we are free by the Spirit, freed by the Son, to worship God in spirit and in truth, whatever our surroundings, if only we will stop to give thanks, even for our light and momentary troubles if they bring us nearer the cross. We must decrease, He must increase. Our servant King.
When I hear talk of the ‘righteous remnant’ I am reminded of the voice of singing that Moses heard in the camp Ex.32,18, -the sound of idolatrous worship.
I took this as a warning that Scotland must be careful to repent of spiritual pride, as we long for revival.
Should I submit this? I hesitate. I leave it to Kenny’s editorial discretion. Thank you.
Indeed Catriona! Sometimes I allow things I do not agree with to show the thoughts and attitudes that are out there. It may show where the battle lines are. At times it can be quite shocking. It is no wonder Revival tarries…
By the way, to avoid any misunderstanding of my reply, I love what you wrote here, Catriona. Thanks for taking the time to do so. Kenny