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He’s Leading Us Into the Darkness ~ Wanda Alger

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I heard Him praying for me as I followed Him. Though I couldn’t hear His words, He was intently interceding for my journey. His head was bowed as He led me to an opening alongside a rocky mountain. As I continued to follow close behind, He led me down some stone steps into a small cave.

Then, He kneels in front of me in prayer, head bowed down as His hands cradle my feet. He is still interceding and praying for this journey. Knowing it is HIM, I long to see His face. I reach out and pull Him to His feet so I can look. As He stands before me, I am struck by His small stature. He is not noticeably tall or large. He is a simple man with dark hair and medium build. It is too dark to see His face clearly, yet I see His eyes. They are dark and piercing, yet looking at mine with a longing and earnest desire for me to know what this means.  

I always wondered what it would be like the first time I saw Jesus. Though I have interacted with angels in my dreams and heard the voice of the Lord, I have not seen Jesus face to face. I had always imagined seeing Him as others have described – in light and glory and majesty. Yet, in my encounter, He did not appear as I had supposed. He did not reveal Himself in His glory, but in His humanity. Though I was expecting a demonstration of His kingship and authority, He took the form of a Servant. Where I was hoping for an invitation to His throne, He was inviting me into the darkness.

“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7 NIV)


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Even as many believers have been praying for heaven to come to earth, it is evident that Jesus is calling us into the darkness to deliver those who are in bondage and captivity. Where we might think the fullness of His love is seen in His glory, perhaps it is best seen in what He left in order to reach us. He is not fixated on His equality with God (Philippians 2:6-8). His heart is fixated on those He loves and passionately longs to be with. It is because of this that He calls us to go where He would go and reach those who have not yet heard. Our only qualification is to serve, not to be served. It is the humble heart of a servant that will have the most authority to overcome the works of the enemy.

I was not intending to go into the darkness. I was simply following Him. I was close enough to hear His prayers and to feel the burning in His heart. This is critical in our walk because He alone knows where we need to go. Even as He led me down the steps, a part of the stone railing had come off and He reached out to fix it so I could get a handle to where I was going. For many of us, the places of darkness that need to be reached will not be familiar nor understood. Yet, He will give us a handle on what we need to grasp in order to take the necessary steps. It is His love within us that will compel us to follow His lead into those places of captivity so we can bring the lost into the light.

I never realized the intensity of Jesus’ intercession for us. Romans 8:34 states He is sitting at the right hand of His Father praying for us. Hebrews 7:25 says He lives to make intercession for us. We may be longing for HIM, but HE is longing for us. His love is what consumes His heart and He will not rest until all have heard of the power and victory He secured for us through His death and resurrection. He invites us to join the journey and to follow Him; ever more closely with ever increasing faith.

Glory will come soon enough. Until then, let’s take His hand and follow Him into the darkness.

 

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"I’M GOING TO REFRESH YOU ON A BREEZE!"

by Jo Ellen Stevens

Hello Spirit Fuel Readers. I wanted tell you a story about something that happened to me a few years ago in a Summer not unlike many Summers that My husband and I had for many years of learning God’s provision. This particular Summer it had been very hot and humid and truly it seemed like one of the leanest Summers that we had in a long time.

OUR TIME OF NEED

We were Pastoring a small church at the time and we both had been working at the school for many years and each Summer we had no jobs and had to trust God for the provision for how we were going to live through that few month period. This summer was no different. At the end of the year I would always start getting this feeling of almost panic wondering how we were going to make it that Summer. This particular Summer when that panic hit me, God said “ I want you to take the money that you have in your purse and send it to a particular ministry. I was like “but God that is all that I have and it may have to last….”

THE NEW BREEZE

Being Obedient, I went on-line and sent the money that He told me to. A few weeks later, I was outside in what seemed like the hottest day of the year. There was not a breeze to be felt, when suddenly, this little cool breeze came across me and I said out loud.,“THANK YOU GOD FOR THAT BREEZE!” He spoke to me that day as I said that and said. “I AM GOING TO REFRESH YOU ON A BREEZE DAUGHTER.” I thought, “what could this mean? I got up from there and went into the house that day and no sooner did I get in there until the phone rang. It was a member of our church and the woman on the other end said “my husband and I want to buy you a new car! We were looking at a couple of them and saw a particular one and it was called a “PLYMOUTH BREEZE!” That night we went to get the BRAND NEW RED BREEZE and we drove around and around that town in it, feeling like millionaires. The Lord at one point told me to look at the new car next to me and said, “see that car” and I said, “yes Lord!” he said, “the blessing of the Lord it makes rich and he adds no sorrow with it!” I said, “What do you mean Lord?” He said. Well, you have a new beautiful car and so do they but, they have a payment book and you do not!"  

You see, what it’s all about is obedience! Obedience and thanking God for the small things like the little breeze that came over me that day and obedience even in the small things. I didn’t think my small offering that day would do anything, but in my obedience we reaped a great harvest and refreshing!” Not only that, God let me know that year that he saw and he heard my plight! This is why when God says sow a seed, he has bigger plans for it than you can imagine or think. My friends, obedience is key! I want to encourage you, that if you are reading this and feel led to sow a seed into this ministry, that God is faithful to refresh you and show himself strong in your time of need! Not only that, He always gives back, pressed down, shaken together and running over!” He wants to show you His faithfulness in your life and wants you to know that you know that it came from Him!

Arise Shine! Jo Ellen Stevens

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