Tuesday, October 7, 2008

There is a Door of Hope

"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there...as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." Hosea 2:14-15

The valley of Achor is a physical location but it offers us a wonderful spiritual lesson. Achor means trouble and disturbance. Do we trust that all these tribulations are destined to produce joyful confidence and eternal hope? Will we follow Him into the wilderness knowing that our only door of hope is a door of troubles and tribulations?

I see a bridal army that has been resuscitated by the Breath of God after receiving the kiss of life within their inner man. As we worship Him, warfare is taking place in the spirit. I see the silver sparkle of a sword as it swirls around the dance floor breaking through the opposition.

Worship is not your typical warfare, but it is an effective strategy and one the devil is hell-bent on destroying. I'm not talking about turning on some music. By definition, worship means to bow down, to prostrate oneself before a superior in homage. Worship is a weapon that has the power to change the atmosphere from hopeless to hopeful.

The above are excerpts from a word of God written by Tiffany Ann Lewis and posted to the Elijah List.
You can go and read the entire word if you like, but these were the parts that God highlighted to me...they have me thinking and looking a little more closely at this seemingly lengthy season of troubles and tribulations, (both personally and globally).

Sometimes, we can only see what we are going through as it seems on the surface...tiring, difficult even hopeless.
We often don't see what God is doing in us as we go THROUGH, (we go through these things, they are not us or our dwelling place) our personal wildernesses.
What we don't see, is what God is doing, not only in us, but through us as we bow down to Him and trust in Him worshipfully.
The Spiritual weapon we are becoming through this refinement.

These words and thoughts are a great encouragement to me today.

Hope some of you, find them to be as well!

1 comment:

Shaun and Holly said...

Beautiful Jenny.
"Through" really is a key word isn't it~not a place which you remain in.