A Cry for New Intimacy Between the Bride and the Spirit by Russell Durose
By Russell Durose
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By Connie V. Scott
And there was given to me a thorn in my flesh… 2 Corinthians 12.
There are many schools of thought about what was Paul's thorn. What is clear is that it was a messenger of Satan.
The purpose was so that he would not be conceited about his revelations in God.
Paul wrote this to a people who were confused about an apparent contradiction in the life of Paul. He moved in great revelation and miraculous power. But it seems that he was buffeted violently by something, which threatened all what was revealed and the miracles. This something was a messenger from Satan. He was given permission by God to afflict Paul.
There was a lesson to be learned. He could not rely on his revelation in God nor the miracle he performed to get success. He must never forget that it is only by Grace.
Living Moment by Moment
And what that means is that he must live moment by moment depending on the enabling of God to keep going. At that level of ministry God must refine and cause us to walk humbly and dependent on Him alone.
For one reality we can be stood in God and for one attitude we can fall like Satan who fell like lightning. So who better to try Paul than he who was conceited and fell like lightning? And in resisting this fallen conceited being Paul could come into a greater realm of overcoming.
When God says that His Grace is sufficient He means that Paul needed to look to grace as his source of overcoming.
I write this message today as this is a personal message to demonstrate that today I am in the same place. The revelations and ministry come with a price and I'm feeling it today. I'm in a struggle. I am being sifted and Jesus has prayed for me that my faith not fail.
Would appreciate your prayers also.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 KJV The call of John into the wilderness is a demarcation in forsaking family duty, what is expected and what the Law determines. John is the son of a priest. As sons, it is predetermined that they follow the course. The Scripture in Isaiah 40 represents some unheard of movement of the Lord. It represents an apparent break with conformity for the objective of bringing about the greatest prophetic task ever undertaken until Jesus.
We continue our series of some time ago. We have seen Yeshua as our Priest, as our Prophet, and now as our King. In John 14 Yeshua introduces to the disciples that He is going away. He is returning to the Father. This should not strike fear, but joy. Yeshua would send someone who would bring Him ever present in every moment. The Ascension account in Acts 1 is very striking because He is lifted up as two angels are present to the disciples. They remind the disciples that as they see Him go up they would see Him descend to rule all nations in the same manner.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah 6:3 KJV We continue to study our theme, which is of being great encouragement within the discipline of meditation. We need to remember that Isaiah was a priestly prophet. He was well acquainted with the workings of the temple duties from the sacrifices in the outer courts, to the altar of incense in the holy place, the maintenance of the lampstand, and the most holy place where the Glory resides. So this vision is not far removed to Isaiah's knowledge of what can happen in that dedicated temple. It is essentially the place where God meets with His ordained priests to minister atonement and covering for sin.