Thursday, January 7, 2010

A word on and to the Body of Christ

I found this prophetic vision for the Body of Christ, the Church and Believers. It lines up with the word the Lord gave me at the end of 2010. Looks like the Lord is on the move. This is an excerpt. You can read the whole prophecy at the link.

From Mary Lindow


The Holy Spirit impressed me the week prior to Christmas of 2009 with this statement. Shaken AND Stirred. My mind said, "You Mean, shaken not stirred!"
Again a little while later the same statement was impressed into my spirit man again.
Shaken AND stirred!

As I pondered this and then began to realize that the Holy Spirit wanted to impart insights prophetically, combined as well with the word of God, regarding what His role in working within the hearts of believers looks like at this juncture in time.

We have heard much about the slumbering, sleepy bride. A somewhat overgrown, youthful, well-fed bride. Oh! How she LOVES the candlelight, the romantic spirituality that feeds the soul and emotional longings of one yet to experience the commitment to a marriage! Everything has the beauty and sparkle of a fairyland or Disney type of fantasy and fireworks!

Surrounding this young maiden are gifts and beautiful tangible items reminding her of this youthful celebration of a pledge. The pledge to honor the one she loves. The gifts that have been given come from those who know that these will be needed to assist them in their life of growing together towards becoming one heart, one flesh, a single expression of their own family unit.

There are similar parallels to be fearlessly looked at regarding where and how the corporate bride of Christ has behaved on many levels. There has been a new term or word phrase created to address what would often be called a petulant, whiny, overindulged young woman who is in preparation for the big blowout wedding day event. The name for this is "Bridezilla”!

The basic picture is until she gets what she wants the way she wants it when she wants it, anything or anyone in her way gets demolished if it does not satisfy her need to be fully noticed and celebrated in all of her self planned and applied concepts as to what a wedding should look like.

The problem is, in real life - the wedding and festivities are only a brief glimpse of what an actual joining of two in marriage looks like for the long haul.

And so when the party is over and the hard work begins, and yes it's hard work, the little rifts and storm clouds come to buffet and shape the couple into maturity.

But if the bride does not want to mature, and desires to be treated like a young princess, much like the central character in a children's story, "The princess and the Pea" then no matter how others attempt to cajole or ease her discomfort, eventually she becomes demanding and unsatisfied regardless of what is offered to her.

And so the current state of the bride of Christ in it’s majority is one of a moody, discomforted and unfulfilled mate, waiting for her bridegroom to do for her the things that she would rather not do for herself, and bring her the comforts that she needs without having to labor herself.

There are although - those who have paid a devastating and costly price to shake off slumber and self indulgence, and have stepped out as pathfinders, and herald loudly the warning about remaining a child and not maturing to the fullness of God's plan.


Imagine the shock, the total disbelief of the five virgins (Matthew 25) who slumbered and gambled with their futures so flippantly when in their drowsy and moody state missed the sound that the bridegroom announced, calling them to come, to travel the road now well lit to a prepared place.

They were shaken! Shaken to the core and in total disbelief that things had changed and been shaken in their existence so quickly!

They were warned to be ready, but figured just as always they would somehow be able to manipulate their surroundings and discomforts and find a way to get their way!

So has it been in the body of Christ the past few years, even though the voice of The Beloved has warned and shouted out. He has sent prophetic voice after prophetic voice, teacher after teacher, evangelist after evangelist with a reoccurring message,

"You prepare the way!
You make the crooked ways straight!
Build up a pathway that you may walk upon to a holy place!

And it will be said:
"Build up, build up, prepare the road!
Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
Isaiah 57:14

And yet, the bride went on her merry way expecting to be rescued from her slumber and folly.


And, shaken and shaken until she awakes from her slumber and selfish ambition, to arise and become the mature one who walks with her beloved as her leader and Lord, not as simply a provider of pleasures, fleshly sustenance, and entertainment.

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? AT THAT TIME HIS VOICE SHOOK THE EARTH, but now he has promised, "Once more I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH BUT ALSO THE HEAVENS."

The words "once more" indicate THE REMOVING OF WHAT CAN BE SHAKEN

That is, created things—SO THAT WHAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN MAY REMAIN. Hebrews 12 25-27


Indeed, when one is shaken awake from a deep sleep, the adrenaline begins to pump throughout the body and there is a keen and heightened alertness that begins to stir the senses.

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God, which is in you! For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:6-8

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