Jesus Teaches On Growing In Union With Him.
Still Small Voice
Today’s Message Part One: Have You Felt Stripped and Fruitless?
August 25, 2018
Jesus, we thank you for giving us a history of holy men and women who, living in the Cloud now, are cheering us on as we discover their saintly examples. Thank you so much, Lord, for this beautiful gift.
Well, dear ones, in the thick of difficulties and heavy intercessory burdens, I wondered: ‘What possible good could come from the many losses some have been suffering?’
I looked at my husband, who was up and about working on music, and felt badly for all the weight he had lost. Even though he is now gaining weight, he also lost a lot of hair and has aged a good 10-15 years. I wondered, ‘Lord, he looks so weak and beaten down. Will he ever have glowing health again?’ And of course, not knowing what kind of mountains were being moved for our President, I wondered: ‘Is there any fruit from all this suffering?’ And I struggled, growing very weary of insurmountable difficulties every day, making it impossible for me to get to the keyboard or sing. I’m sure you guys can relate.
It was about three days ago that I picked up one of my ancient rhema cards…something I had written on an index card over 20 years ago. It was on the mountain in the wilderness with us for six years, and wherever we went, we took our Rhema cards. And that day the Lord brought it forth—three days ago. But before I tell you what it said, I want to share this little story from the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
Francis traveled to Rieti to bring the Gospel to the people. And as he approached the city, a great multitude of people came forth to meet him, so that he was not able to enter. So, he went to a church that was two miles from town, instead. When the citizens heard that he was at the church, they ran to catch up with him in such numbers that the vineyard of the church was utterly despoiled and all the grapes were plucked.
When the priest saw that, he was sorely grieved in his heart, and repented that he had received St. Francis in his church. Now, as he was thinking these things, his thoughts were being revealed by God to St. Francis, who called him aside and said, “Dearest father. How many measure of wine does this yield in a year when the yield is at its highest?” The priest answered, “Twelve measures.” St Francis replied, “Please, father, suffer me patiently to come here for a few days, for I find much rest here; and for the love of God and of me—poor little one, let every man gather grapes from your vineyard and I promise you, in the Name of My Lord Jesus Christ, that every year your vineyard shall yield twenty measures of wine.”
And St. Francis tarried there, because of the great harvest of souls gathered from the folk that came to see him. Many departed inebriated with divine love and forsook the world. The priest had faith in the promise of St. Francis, and surrendered the vineyard freely to those who came, and it was all wasted and stripped so that barely a bunch of grapes remained.
Marvelous to tell, the vintage season came, and the priest gathered the few bunches that were left and cast them into the wine press and treaded them. And according to the promise of St. Francis, he harvested twenty measures of excellent wine. Christian folk, barren of virtue through sin, repented and abounded in good fruit, through the teaching of St. Francis.
And that’s the end of the story.
It is a coorperative venture.
My hands work through yours hands. My feet work through your feet. My heart beats through your heart and all that is Godly and seems impossible to you come into fruition. All that has previoiusy been out of your reach is now a natural fact, flowing out to others souls who are hungry and thirsty for Me.
That is why perseverance is so very necessary. When you labor with Me, you will not always see results immediately, but you will feel a deep satisfation that together we have plowed and planted and by faith there will be a harvest.
Okay, now He is addressing my present state of mind.
“Each day is a new opportunity to co-labour with Me. It is your unflagging Love for Me that keeps you coming back, day after day, to apply the fertilizer, cultivate the ground. Expect the harvest, knowing that nothing you do for Me is in vain, all will bring forth fruit in its season.
“So don’t grow weary. Even at this late hour, expect the joyful harvest, expect the plump grapes and fine wine. All these are coming if you continue in your appointed jobs and do not grow weary with the task at hand”.
Jesus began, “One more thing I would like My Brides to know, I have honored you prayers for Clare. I have layed up for you a storehours of rewards for ligting her up so she could keep going. Whenever you, pray for a minister, in Heaven you will reap that minister’s rewards.
You will say to Me, Where did that come from, I didn’t do that? And I will say to you, You prayed for that servat, and therefore you share in the reward. It is a mystery, but not one thought, not one intention goes unrewarded before Me.
I see the hidden things of the heart. I see the love and the care. and I reward you for what I see. “I bless you, My Brides, with the abundant life of My presence, My perceptible presence in your midst. It is My joy to be with you and even a greater joy when you recongnize My workings in your life midst.
We are as One!