I had a powerful encounter recently with the heart of God that has left me broken with longing for Him in such a gloriously, deeper way. It was an encounter that moved me so deeply. Experiencing His heart at such a deep level, left me never the same. Hearing the longing from His heart so deeply awakened in me again, the deeper cry to lay down my life and everything to KNOW HIM! To minister to Him! To love Him! To worship Him! That my life would MOVE HIS HEART!
I heard this cry, this deep longing out of the heart of God, so deep, so yearning, it set me alight and yet hurt my heart so deeply. I heard Him saying, “Where Are Those Who Will Linger? Where Are Those Who Will Linger in My Presence in This Season of Acceleration?”
LINGER: Stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave. (Definition taken from Google)
I was left undone!!!! Hearing the heart of God in such deep longing for His people, such deep, deep yearning to know His people and for His people to enjoy His presence. To simply be with Him, to sit as two best friends sit together, even without words, just enjoying each other.
“For just one day of intimacy with you is like a thousand days of joy rolling into one! I’d rather stand at the threshold in front of the Gate Beautiful, ready to go in and worship my God, than to live my life without you in the most beautiful palace of the wicked.” (Psalm 84:10 – The Passion Translation)
The Lord spoke to me that in this season of acceleration there is a temptation to NOT LINGER, but actually in this season, the people of God must be EVEN MORE INTENTIONAL to LINGER in His presence!!!!!
“As My people say YES to Me in this season, waiting on Me, delighting in Me, sitting with Me, I will raise up a COMPANY OF THOSE WHO LINGER and they shall be the ones who KNOW the secrets and meditations of MY HEART!!!!!!!!”
The Lord showed me the danger of getting caught up in the ‘winds of acceleration’ and striving, self-promotion and ‘building your own kingdom’ in this season will all sprout forth from a life that does not linger. As the people of God LINGER in His presence, His Spirit is dealing with, breaking and healing those issues.
The PRIORITY in this season MUST BE “OUR LINGERING!!”
“You will know those who LINGER in My presence in this season as they will walk with a DEEP REST that is TANGIBLE and you will see the fire of the revelation secrets of My heart in their eyes. Those that linger will see the largest LIFT OFF of their lives in this season and it will be by the wind of My Spirit alone.
The season of acceleration does not mean “busier.” It means I am doing things faster. Breakthrough is happening with greater momentum and velocity. But the more the acceleration winds increase, the more you are to LINGER My people.”
The Lord then highlighted Joshua to me:
9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the Lord would speak with Moses.
10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent.
11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. (Exodus 33:9-11)
Joshua LINGERED!! Moses LINGERED!! Abraham LINGERED!! David LINGERED!!
There is such a deep and glorious invitation to LINGER in His presence in this season. The greatest joy is to know Him and carry His heart, to know what He is dreaming about, to know the secrets of His heart.
The Lord is PURSUING US and He is CALLING OUT THE PURSUERS!
“Where are those who will linger? Where are those who will linger in this season of acceleration?”
His eyes are roaming! His eyes are searching! He’s looking! Does that not cause you to be undone? The heart of Almighty God is looking for those who will LINGER. Why? So He can REVEAL His heart and fellowship with His people.
“There is a private place reserved for the lovers of God where they sit near Him and receive the revelation-secrets of His promises” – (Psalm 25:13 – The Passion Translation)
In the LINGERING there is a depth of His heart and rivers of the Spirit being entered into by the people of God that have never been experienced before.
There is NO END to discovering the heart of God and He’s inviting you and I in. Let us not take His invitation lightly! Let us not cast away His question. Let us cry out together, that His Spirit burn that question He is asking SO DEEP within us, that we are MOVED! We are shaken out of any areas of complacency and awakened to deeper intimacy and friendship with our Beloved. Let us be INTENTIONAL to INVITE His Spirit to CONVICT US!
In this season of acceleration, let our priority be to LINGER. Let His eyes fall upon us and our LIVES and POSITIONING be an answer to His question:
“Where Are Those Who Will Linger? Where Are Those Who Will Linger in My Presence in This Season of Acceleration?”
Author: Lana Vawser
Lana Vawser grew up in the Sutherland Shire, in NSW, Australia. She began her relationship with Christ in 1996, soon after which, she started to understand and grow in her prophetic gifting both to individuals and the greater body of Christ. Since then she has ministered in various roles in local churches, while posting prophetic messages through email lists or online. From 2014, Lana has been featured regularly on The Elijah List, The Australian Prophetic Council, and later Charisma Magazine.
Lana has a heart to encourage the body of Christ and individuals in their walks with Jesus; deeper intimacy with Him; and learning to hear His voice. Lana operates in the prophetic and loves to share the heart of God with others. In 2009, Lana wrote her first book titled “Desperately Deep – Developing Deep Devotion and Dialogue with Jesus”. She is a gifted prophet and teacher, and loves to see others grow in all that God has for them. She has her own blog site at Lana Vawser Ministries. She also has a Facebook page.
Lana has completed her Bachelor of Ministry through Tabor College, Sydney; and now resides in the Gold Coast Hinterlands, Queensland.
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