This is a continuation of our series on the coming famine in the world, the fourth and final episode.
In this installment, we will talk more about the Lord's purpose and plan for this wilderness experience.
He is delivering the Body of Christ from the fear of man and into a fuller understanding of His lovingkindness.
In the coming weeks, we will examine famine, persecution, plague, and war. The Lord uses these to purify His people from the Babylonian impacts of this world. He is translating us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.
We pray you will keep joining us to receive deep insight for how you can seek the Lord and His righteousness during this unique age in which we live.
In this teaching, we are going to find great comfort in Psalm 107:33-43.
This is the Lord’s heart during famine.
"He turns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground;
A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it." Psalm 107:33-34 NKJV
In this coming famine in the land, the Lord will be tearing things away so we can rebuild in His image.
He wants everything we do to be done in His image, His style, His will, His design.
He is the foundation and the pillar and the walls and the roof of everything that should be erected on the earth.
Everything else is cursed.
He does promise to bless the humble, even in the midst of the wilderness.
His people will be satisfied!
"He turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.
There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease." Psalm 107:35-38 NKJV
The Lord will bring judgment on the wicked and desire for them to cry out and repent during this season.
And that is the point.
HE WANTS EVERYONE TO COME INTO GREATER KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HIS LOVE!
"Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord." Psalm 107:43 NKJV
Famine is like a wildfire.
The land is consumed and removed and everything is seemingly dead.
But underneath the surface, seeds that were sown long ago are awakened by the fire and they produce a brand new forest.
The Lord is seeking to create a forest of righteousness in the world.
He's seeking to burn away all that does not give Him glory in the Church and the world.
The Church will be forced to make a decision.
Follow the Lord with surrendered hearts, or face unnecessary consequences.
He wants our hearts bowed before Him so He can have uninterrupted and undefiled fellowship with us!
Humility brings grace.
The Church needs to be cleansed so we can be about our Father's business, building His altar in His house.
If we’re not building His house, we’re building something perverse and inspired by Satan.
The Tower of Babel shows our proclivity and our potential.
We have a proclivity for rebellion.
We have the potential to build great and mighty things in great error of judgment.
We are steeped in pride and need to be humbled.
Another reason why famine is developing - fear of man.
God wants to deliver us from the fear of man and into the fear of God.
“Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:5-10 NKJV (Emphasis Mine)
Those who fear the Lord will still be in the wilderness and in the drought, but they won't notice!!!
We will develop a healthy fear of God.
He is the Lord.
It's a healthy place for us to render to Him His reverence and glory.
We are not God. He is.
We need to also appreciate that He is a righteous judge and He will take vengeance on the wicked.
We are recipients of unfathomable grace, but we can't lose sight of His power to judge and render consequences.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 NKJV
This famine is to prepare us for evangelism in these last days.
This will prepare us to be and behave more like Jesus.
We will be the pure Bride Jesus gave His life for.
We are part of the joy that was before Him when He pursued the cross.
He's coming back to a spotless Bride.
May we embrace this famine as a soap that will wash us from the darkness that can so easily take space in our hearts.
May our affections be on Him above and not on ANY THING here below.
I am praying for your faith and patience.
"And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Hebrews 6:11-12 NKJV
God bless you,