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 Ask For the Rain!

‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,  ‘then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.  ‘And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’ Deuteronomy 11:13-15

Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain.  The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain,  Grass in the field for everyone.  For the idols speak delusion;  The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams;  They comfort in vain.  Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:1-2

What God’s people need most of all is the rain of the Spirit on their lives and land to change all things including their wilderness and desserts. They do not need more pastors and teachings and doctrine but showers of the Spirit from above, the early and latter rain that will change all things. For God’s word is unchanging:

Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,  And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.  Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.  The work of righteousness will be peace,  And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,  Though hail comes down on the forest, And the city is brought low in humiliation.  Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, Who send out freely the feet of the ox and the donkey. Isaiah 32:15-20

Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us;  He has stricken, but He will bind us up.  After two days He will revive us;  On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.  Let us know,  Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning;  He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth. Hosea 6:1-3

Just like in the natural a good rain makes quite a difference to the land, so does a good rain of the Spirit makes a great difference to the land of God’s people, especially a deluge of the mighty river from God. The river is the Holy Spirit and the flow of the river is the outpouring of the Spirit. When we get into the river  every need will be supplied and everything will become different. The River of the Spirit is a powerful source of energy but the origin of the River is God, Himself!

The Lord is the Mighty River! He is the Source of all truth! He is the Healer and He is  the Life! There is no other River quite like Him for He is the River of Life! His word is true:

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. Revelation 22:1-3

The River of God churns and swirls up a great wall of water from one end of the continent to the other. It is ever increasing and destroying all in its path. In the ever churning waters is the depths of truth and wisdom that comes from above but few ever learn their secrets. Few because they swim close to the surface and believe they have arrived by having simply jumped into the water.

The streams in the desert are for the hurt, lonely and lost. They are for all who thirst and desire a drink by quiet meadows. They are refreshment for the soul. They are renewal for the mind. They are strengthening for the body. The streams are for all who want more of God. The pastures are for the retired. The meadows are for the weary. The streams are for the thirsty. But, the mighty River is for the brave and the free! The River brings real abundant life. It brings the streams of the desert into one roaring torrent. The River sustains the Body and heals the deeply wounded. It sets the captives free from bondage and tradition. It shakes the very foundations of men’s beliefs and turns them upside down. O yes, the mighty River changes the course of history and rewrites men’s theology. For the River is the Source of Life and Truth.  When the waves flow over the banks of the river and the banks swell beyond their boundary lines, it is then that the greatest destruction occurs to the farms and outlying lands. The River of life is just like this. It flows beyond the boundaries of men’s limited thinking and controlling ways–beyond the hold of man.

Destruction comes to all who refuse to change their thinking with the River. They will not bend. They will not yield to the rushing beauty before them. They would rather “fight than switch” to their own demise. God has not desired their defeat or destruction but they have refused to comply.  So, the River will do her work. She will over flow her banks and bring the truth rushing into every stronghold and bastion of men’s devises.  He has the final say on everything that comes their way. The LORD is in the flood. He is in the Tornado.  He is in the hurricane. He is in the firestorm. He is in everything that brings their destruction. Suddenly and swiftly they are swept away. One moment there, the next moment gone, as simply as a flick of God’s Hand.  For they have chose to stand against God. They thought they could withstand Him. They thought they were right and they wrong. They thought but it was wrong. Thinking is wrong. It brings nothing but destruction and tribulation to men who claim to “Know the LORD.”

Knowing Lord is more than speaking His Name on occasion or even raising their hands to Him. Knowing Him is recognizing His Voice when He calls them. It means changing their plans because He asked them. It means surrendering their will to the LORD in spirit and truth. For God’s word is unchanging:

The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”

Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.  “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:19-24

Never so blind are those who chose not to “See!” They have chosen not to see God. They have chosen the lies men have told them. They have accepted as truth what was not truth. They have walked in their ways and expected Him to sanction them? But they are not to assume that God’s silence means acceptance. It does not! God refuses to accept what men have made of His church and His body. He has chosen to rearrange it with the Power of His Mighty Hand through His Holy Spirit and they will see it but never enjoy it. They will remain in their own desert by their own choice and He will help them to it. When cancer comes they are not to ask why for the answer is in their own disobedience.  For God’s word is unchanging:

Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.”

So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel?  “Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ “Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”

And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.”

Then Samuel said:  “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,  As in obeying the voice of the LORD?  Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,  And to heed than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,  He also has rejected you from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:16-23

Where the River is flowing so is the LORD. There men will find Him immersed in the deeps of the Holiest of Rivers and deep within themselves if they will find Him flowing through the depths of their being in that River. But the LORD never goes where He is not invited or remains where He is not wanted. He has come and gone in many people’s lives. They have felt His passing but they continued on their way without Him and wonder where He had gone?  He went where He was wanted and received and loved. He went where He was heeded. For He is in the River and He brings life everlasting to all who desire the purity of His Presence. This is a promise of One who does not lie. When the River is flowing it calls deep to deep and brings the healing Presence of the Lord down into men’s hearts. It heals the broken heart and sets the captives free. Such is the Presence of the Lord!

Let The River Flow
by Darrell Evans

Let the poor man say, “I am rich in Him”
Let the lost man say, “I am found in Him”
Oh let the river flow
Let the blind man say, “I can see again”
Let the dead man say, “I am born again”
Oh let the river flow, oh let the river flow

Let the river flow, let the river flow
Holy Spirit come, move in power
Let the river flow, let the river flow
Holy Spirit come, move in power
Let the river flow, let the river flow
Let the river flow

EXTRACT FROM All Things Are Yours
http://walthope.tripod.com/allthings.htm
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