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Suffering and the gates of Zion

30 Sep

There is untold suffering in this life, and it’s the way this is viewed that makes all the difference. When we look at our circumstances and say I’m suffering because ________ did this to me, or because this _________ happened to me, we will loose the true value of our suffering. When we can see that whatever has happened in our lives is a result of Adam, and our nature/spirit that Adam expresses, we are on our way to wisdom.

It’s with this in mind that we can come before our Father and open our hearts, and with fervent desire seek His healing, His comfort, and correction. The depths of our misunderstandings require the surgical expertise of our Father. He will separate us from the fallen spirit, crush our fallen concepts of our identity and restore us in Spirit and Truth. This is all for the intent of bringing forth His Son, and our becoming a son. There is no greater purpose in life than this, our nature becoming in Spirit and Truth like our Fathers.

This work of the cross is accomplished in Zion, and be seen as the threshing floor of Ornan. We sojourn to the gates of Zion, and through these gates, this is the Lords heart, and His perfect will. Here He sifts us doing the deep work in and through the Word. The Word becomes alive within us in a way we have not experienced before. In Zion we find the great paradox of death and life, of deep sorrow, and great joy. Here we find the safety and security of our true family, those gathered in Zion, and those lead by the Spirit that speaks in the nature of Christ. This threshing floor is the shaking of all we are, of all that we hold near and dear. It’s where we see through the Lord His need for grace. For we see as Paul saw.

“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin”
Rom. 7:24,25

This work of reconciliation, restoration and renewal is the work of the cross, and in this we are subjected to our Fathers Spirit, and the discipline that He uses to bring us into oneness of Spirit. It can be likened to coming from an abusive marriage, where deep damage has been incurred to our hearts. This is then followed by true love, a partner that sees us as we truly are and in word and deed loves us. And bold enough to speak the truth in love, even when it hurts for a season. If we can see this in the natural, then lift this to the 3rd heaven we can see our Lords heart. His desire for us to be prepared washed clean and enters His marriage covenant. From this we can see that our soul must respond to the lead of His Spirit, as is intended in a true marriage. From this we learn the precious lessons of obedience, and the intertwining of His nature in our soul.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh–

for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Rom. 8:11~18

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in Heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape, those who refused him that spoke on earth, much more we shall not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from Heaven,

whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will not only shake the earth, but also the heavens.”

And this word, “Yet once more,” signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, so that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear,

for also, “Our God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:22~29

But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; And the Most High Himself will establish her.  Psa. 87:5

Zion is a place where we walk together with other sons, and we feast upon the Word, and His grace. Zion is where we learn to Love the Lord our God with our whole hearts, and to Love others as we have been Loved with a pure heart and in Spirit and Truth.

 
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2 responses to “Suffering and the gates of Zion

  1. jimpuntney

    September 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    “For, though we are still living in the world, it is no worldly warfare that we are waging.
    The weapons with which we fight are not human weapons, but are mighty for God in overthrowing strong fortresses.
    For we overthrow arrogant ‘reckonings,’ and every stronghold that towers high in defiance of the knowledge of God, and we carry off every thought as if into slavery–into subjection to Christ;
    while we hold ourselves in readiness to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as ever you as a Church have fully shown your obedience.” 2 Cor 10:3~6

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  2. jimpuntney

    September 30, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    There lives within each of us vain imaginations, and these imaginations are often considered to be true, yet in Light of the Living Word they are seen for what they are…vain imaginations.

    “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Heb. 4;12,13

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