I have been walking these last few months in a very deep place. I have been walking with a friend in the “valley of the shadow of death”. Ian is my friend. Ian is dying. Ian has come to terms with his own mortality. More than this, Ian has rediscovered the God he knew in his boyhood. Ian has made peace with God, and in so doing, God has enabled him to make peace with his adult children, of whom he had been estranged for years. Miracle after miracle has occurred. Ian saw and experienced the blessing of God in this reconciliation with his family. Ian has been so blessed that he has embraced the Lord and His grace and mercy. Where before he accepted our prayers and love, we discovered as we prayed, he verbally expressed his heart to the Lord and to us. He was changing from the inside out.
We have walked with Ian and Dale (his spouse) these months in very real and intense place. We have seen the Lord by His Spirit touch lives, without our having to try to do anything.
Lori and I have focussed on the Lord and asked Him for what breaks His heart, and for His compassion. The Lord has continually just called us to walk with our friends in this difficult place and to love them. I am amazed what God has done in Ian and his family and in Dale and in ourselves. A whole new paradigm is taking place.
The paradigm is simply to love Jesus, embracing the place He has us in at this time, seeking His grace and His power for what lies ahead and asking for discernment for what we need to ask for and need to do in this place. John 5:19 speaks of Jesus only doing what He saw the Father doing, and Jesus not being able to do anything apart from the will of the Father. We are seeing that we need this attitude in our own lives, so that we will be able to do the same works of Jesus.
So brothers and sisters, embrace the Lord and the hard place, for He is in that hard place, seek His love, grace and wisdom, wait and pray, and then move in faith, doing the works of Jesus, tearing down the strongholds of the enemy, releasing life, and extending the Kingdom, one healing, one miracle, one sign at a time, one person at a time in one place at a time.
Remember the very words of Jesus….”Greater works than these shall you do in My name…” Isn’t it about time we were were doing greater works than these!!!