The Great Assembling

A movement is underground.  Gentle and steady, a persistent rumbling that oft goes undetected even when barefoot.  Forces are moving us forward dear comrades.  We are being maneuvered by the Heavens into a Divine Constellation.

There are  many among us who have dreamed of such a time and then others still with only vague inklings.  Nonetheless, a handful of souls are being led to a new destination of living.  A mode of life that will manifest the Glory of God.  Whether in small communities or solitary dwellings, a Holy Fraternity will soon appear in ways extraordinary.

Are such stirrings in your heart?

When left to my own device, I dream of hair below my waist and growing organic okra.  Maybe it is for this reason that I become annoyingly exuberant when envisioning communal life.

The pull of harmonious coexistence with God, nature, and man has owned me for some time.  So much in fact that I once laid claim to a 20 acre sanctuary in rural America.  It was a torrid love affair and to this day I tear up in memory.  With a dream of one day offering it up as a refuge for world-weary Christians, it sadly was not meant to be.  The yearning endures, however; and is assuaged by the multitude of prophecies and signs pointing to the New Era community.  

This emergence does not sit well with everyone.  Hushed conversations in back hallways reveal a growing fear of Christian persecution.  Ignited with dread, many are scurrying off to stockpile blankets and canned beans to ensure survival while in hiding.

                                                                                      Please take heart.  

                                                                               The Lord will not fail us!

Truly our cultural exile is fully underway but our Comfort draws near.  Joyfully, some of us will be led to cooperative life amid the Faithful.  This is a time for great celebration as sharing bread and blanket with our brethren will become the norm.  These settlements will bring light to Jesus’ teachings on radical sharing and selfless love.

Ownership will be replaced by true kinship.

Let’s not assume who will be in such places of mercy and grace.  He Who Knows All will extend His Hand and place specific souls together at the proper hour.  As His Children, we need only be attentive and obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within our hearts.

Yet one thing is certain, such settlements will thrive despite the surrounding chaos and decay.  Prayer, fasting, and service to God and others will weave together in a unified rhythm.  The most mundane of tasks will be transformed into a daily, collective offering to Christ.

This is what awaits us sweet Remnant.  We are not to scatter, fleeing for higher ground.  Put your ear to the earth and listen intently for those whisperings that are meant for you and you alone.  Follow those promptings prayerfully and know that not one of us is to be lost or forgotten.

May we  find ourselves living as one in Him very soon.

Until that time, I remain your Comrade in Christ.

Cindy

Coping with the New Normal

'Soldier' photo (c) 2012, Moyan Brenn - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

As a Christian Soldier you know we are in funky times.  You may have walked with Christ for a long time or just recently committed to the Good Fight.  No matter.  You have enlisted in the Christian Army and you now work for the Remnant.  Yep.  That is right.  You have your ear to the ground and almost every day you see signs of the Great Battle emerging at both the personal and global front.  Possibly a dear friend or family member is attacking you or your finances are in a downward spiral.  You could be fighting some serious illness or your marriage is in the pits.  These  personal difficulties seem to dance in step with the increase in global shifts: natural disasters, war, random crime, and economic decay. Blah, blah, blah.  It just never stops.

So how do we cope with the new normal?

Chatting up other Christian Soldiers can validate our experience but we need more than that.   We need peace.  Without peace in your heart, you will struggle to cope with the spiritual battle that now surrounds you.  So take a deep breath, focus, and get back to basics.

Talk. Listen. Act.

Being on Active Duty for Christ requires continuous contact.  Remember Noah and the flood?  Noah talked to God, listened to Him, and then he obeyed.  It really was that simple.

First, keep your eyes on Jesus all day long.  Talk to Jesus about everything and I mean everything, offering up the good and the bad of your entire day.  Greet Our Lord as soon as your feet hit the floor.  Talk to him while you brush your teeth, shower, and decide what to wear.  Ask Him continually if you are doing what He wants you to do.  At night, make sure you chat Him up again and ask for protection while you sleep.  Sleeping soldiers are vulnerable to attack.  Never forget this. 

Secondly, listen to His Voice within your heart. Isn’t it amazing how hard this is sometimes?  Many of us will send up our joys and sorrows to Jesus but hearing Him talk back can be challenging.  Yet this is vital for the Remnant. How can you move forward in murky waters if you have no direction?  You can’t.  You will drown.  It won’t be pretty.  So set aside time for daily prayer and regular fasting.  Be patient and allow yourself to become quiet.  He will respond.  Every general communicates with his troops.  Persist and He will come.

Lastly, act on His Direction.  You might be guided to get into your Bible, go back to Church, pray a special prayer or devotion, ring up your preacher or priest, or simply calm down.  His communication will be highly personal to you and your need.  Not some generic stuff.  It is critical that you act upon His Direction as soon as possible.  Don’t put it off as Jesus is not messing around.  If what you hear seems weird, then pray deeply for discernment and get sound Christian counsel.  No solider fights a battle singlehandedly and the enemy will try to weasel his perverse voice into your mind.  Do not fret.  Typically when the enemy is badgering you that is proof you are on the right track.

As you practice reaching out to Jesus, listening to His voice, and acting upon His directives, you’ll get really good at handling your heavenly walkie-talkie.  Bottom line is that you can cope with anything if you are in constant contact with the Lord.  The new normal will still seem bizarre but you can handle it when you are literally walking with Christ.

Remember you are not alone.  Jesus and the heavenly realm is totally in your corner.

May Christ’s peace be with you always,

Cindy

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