Where are we finding ourselves now in these times as a child of God? I’ve been asking myself this question and seeking God’s heartbeat on where I am now and where He wants me to be. I sense God is maturing us all as His Bride, to be able to be ready to “stand” in these times, in great power and authority, until that day when He comes as our Bridegroom King to take us to Eternity!
Yet, many people are not understanding this process and are not realizing it is part of His preparation. Many are believing the lies of the enemy as he tries to rob us of our identity in Christ, which is one of our greatest weapons, knowing Who and Whose we are!
Do we REALLY understand maturity as Christians? God showed me something deep in this scripture!
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Soloman 8:5)
I saw something in this scripture that I had not seen before. The wilderness experience is part of what God uses to mature His sons and daughters!
Throughout the Bible, anyone who was ever used mightily by God went through some rough times! Even Jesus was not going to miss out on a very important part of His “process.” The Word says, “He learned obedience through the things He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)
“In the scripture above, it asks, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness?” The Word says Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, but He came out in the power of the Spirit! In that scripture, I see great maturity had come, as Jesus was walking in the POWER of the Holy Spirit!
But God showed me something about power! This power of the Holy Spirit is not always an outward manifestation. He reminded me the Holy Spirit is depicted often by a dove, which is a gentle bird. So often that power is like meekness, which is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which many people think is a weakness! Yet it is not!
Jesus had ALL the power of Heaven and all of Heaven’s angels available to Him, but He chose not to use it! So meekness is in essence, a great and mighty power, under God’s control. I realized again, this sounds somewhat like maturity?
Then in this scripture from Song of Solomon, we see a bride, and we are actually the Bride of Christ! (That includes guys) Yet, this Bride is being perfected by Love through the wilderness, and now, the quality MOST striking about her, is that she is DEPENDING upon her beloved for EVERY step! “leaning upon her beloved…”
Do you find yourself coming up from the wilderness leaning upon (your) beloved, leaning SO hard into Him because it feels like you just want to fall over because the battle has been so fierce and intense? Desperately depending ONLY on Him, for all else has failed to keep you standing, but His love? I know without a doubt, that is how I am feeling for sure.
Again God said to me, “The Kingdom of God suffers violence, but the violent take it by force.”
But what does that mean, I found myself asking? Must we all now go learn some new moves in kung fu or something? At that moment, He reminded me of a song we have been worshiping Him with, called “Fierce.” I feel led to search the lyrics and post them here:
“Before I call, before I ever cry
You answer me… from where the thunder hides,
I can’t outrun, this heart I’m tethered to
When every step I collide with You!
Like a tidal wave crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here!
Your love is fierce, like a hurricane,
That I can’t escape.
Tearing through the atmosphere!
Your love is fierce! You cannot fail
The only thing I’ve found, is through it all,
You never let me down!
You don’t hold back,
Relentless in pursuit
At every turn, I come face to face with You!
You chase me down! You seek me out!
How could I be lost, when You have called me found!”
I read that scripture again, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” (Song of Soloman 8:5) Now I see that experience taught her she needs Jesus’ help in EVERY area! So she leans AND clings to Him with DESPERATE dependence! And He said to me, “THIS is maturity!”
Whew! I am left speechless and undone. I never realized.
Author: Angie van Greuning
Angie van Greuning is a resident of South Africa and an ordained pastor and preacher. She ministers prophetically in word and song. She also gives hope, ministry practical guidance to those who are learning to cope with the very misunderstood “chronic, invisble” illness and has a heart to help others find victory in the pain, until the healing comes. This empathy and wisdom comes from having lived with pain everyday, as a result of a brain tumor since 1995. Angie has developed ways and coping mechanisms to be successful in her career and ministry, despite the pain. To see more of her posts, visit her Facebook page.
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