Five-Fold Today - Christ-Mass - Transition From Second Day to Third Day - Testing Faithfulness - Reflections in the River - The Day Of My Judgment Is At Hand - Living The Victorious Life - Multiplied Grace! - Love Warriors

December 24, 2000

CHRIST-MASS by Doug Fortune

Mass is generally thought of in reference to physical substance; size, weight, density of a body of substance... mass is something real with substance that manifests in this natural realm. The Holy Spirit, the Ruach of Elohim (Breath or Spirit of God) that we read of brooding over the deep in the book of Genesis is the ESSENCE of Who God is. Jesus was the bodily substance manifestation or the MASS (in this natural realm) of CHRIST which is the spiritual substance of God in a BODY... He was CHRIST-MASS. Christ is literally the ONENESS of God and man... in other words, the Ruach (Breath or Spirit) whose essence is SPIRITUAL, manifesting in a MASS, a PHYSICAL body. Christ is also the collision and marriage of the spiritual realm - the dwelling place of God, and this natural realm of MASS. Jesus walked in both realms simultaneously... we find some examples in John chapters 14 and 17. John 14:3 says, '... I go and make ready a place for you... that where I AM (present tense) you may be also...', well He was sitting right in their midst, yet He was in another realm also. John 17:11 says 'And now I am no more IN the world, but these are in the world...', once again, He was right there in their midst praying for the disciples, but in another realm also. Most Christians have no problem attributing these things to Jesus, however this same Jesus the Christ has some interesting things to say concerning US.

As we keep reading in John 17, verse 14 He says, '... THEY are not OF the world, just as I am not OF the world.'. Again in verse 16 He says the exact same thing. Now back up to verse 15 and He says, 'I do NOT ask that You take them OUT of the world...' and in verse 18, '...I also have sent them INTO the world'. So many in the church are looking for a rapture to take them OUT of the world, when in fact He wants to take the world OUT OF the church!... we are HERE in this world for a PURPOSE! Now if perhaps you think this was just for those disciples then, go on to verse 20, 'Neither for these alone do I pray, but also for ALL those who will EVER come to believe in Me...'. And what exactly IS the PURPOSE?... the answer lies in verses 21 through 26: '...that they all may be ONE, just as You Father are in Me and I in You, that they also may be ONE IN US... I have given to them the glory and honor (likeness) which You have given Me, that they may be ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become ONE and perfectly united... I desire that they also may be with Me WHERE I AM (two realms at once) so that they My see My glory... I revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will CONTINUE to make You known... that I Myself may be IN THEM...' (Amplified Bible). THIS is our PURPOSE, to manifest Christ, to be a CHRIST-MASS in the earth!... to manifest the ONENESS of God and man that is provided through the cross. When Jesus went to the cross, He prepared a place where God and man can be ONE, and that place of dwelling in ONENESS is CHRIST. It is the place where you and I DIE and are resurrected, NOT to OUR life and this natural realm only; but resurrected as He lives HIS LIFE THROUGH US... Christ taking on MASS... a CHRIST-MASS manifesting to the world.

I believe that just as the 'celebration of Christmas' with its pagan origin seems to have taken over the world with all of its commercialized materialistic negative impact, the day is soon coming when the CHRIST-MASS will take over the world as the kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdom of the Lord and His Christ... These will be those who walk in the same ONENESS as Jesus the Christ; those who are walking in both the spiritual and the natural realm just as Jesus the Christ. I also believe that this many membered CHRIST-MASS is being birthed into the earth even now... Just as Jesus was formed in secret in the womb of a virgin, even so is this CHRIST-MASS being secretly formed in the womb of a 'Virgin Church' and is now pressing into the birth canal. Don't look for spectacle though, for just as Jesus the Christ was born in humility and obscurity, so shall this CHRIST-MASS be born... no big names and glitzy ministry facades. If your life and ministry seem to be stuck in an obscure 'barn' off the beaten path while the 'Churchianity Inn' is running at full capacity, don't worry about it, there is a purpose.

Don't get me wrong... I'm NOT saying that this CHRIST-MASS I speak of is not manifesting at all now, or that we ought to 'wait' on something. It IS for the PRESENT, and we should walk in the measure that is revealed, but we are only seeing a measure now... the 'fullness of the FULLNESS' is yet to come. I am enjoying CHRIST-MASS now, and I am looking forward to the CHRIST-MASS to come.

May CHRIST-MASS be a reality in your life and may you have a blessed Christmas also.

Transition From Second Day to Third Day

Rev. George G. Delo

"Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped" (Numbers 9:17,18). The cloud of God is moving and taking us to a new place. The Lord is bringing His church into the third day, from Pentecost to Tabernacles. It is a time of transition from one day to another, and the church is commanded to arise and move with God or be left out of this next day move. The Lord has been speaking from every corner of the earth that the time is upon us.

Some of the significant scriptures concerning the third day and what it is bringing to the body of Christ are as follows: "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day" (Genesis 1:12,13). "Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, 'Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you'" (Genesis 22:4,5).

"And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people" (Exodus 19:11).

"Now the temple was finished on the third day of the month of Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius" (Ezra 6:15). "Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter" (Esther 5:1,2). "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 6:2,3).

"From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day" (Matthew 16:21). "On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there" (John 2:1).

For some of these scriptures you have to go back and read the whole passage, but as we look at these we see a picture of the third day church and what the Lord is even now bringing forth in the midst of His people. The third day represents fruitfulness, both in a great harvest of souls but also as Isaiah 54 tells us in the coming end of barrenness in the lives of His people. It is a time of sacrificial giving to meet the needs of God's loved ones. It represents divine visitation in powerful ways as God ascends in the midst of His people. The third day brings about the restoration and completion of God's temple as a holy habitation of His glory. The third day brings divine favor and empowerment for the people of God. There is a release of blessing and power as the doors of heaven are being opened to enable the purposes of God to be carried out. The third day is a day of restoration and resurrection power as the former and latter rains are released for harvest and revival. It is time of resurrection life with signs and wonders being released in the heavens and the earth. And as we see in John 2, the third day is a day of new wine and rejoicing. God is turning the water into wine.

The third day church will be a church of glory as God is revealed as never before through a holy church without spot or blemish. The Holy Spirit is brooding over the body of Christ to bring God's divine order and government for the coming forth of His bride of splendor. Many are seeing this and proclaiming it to the body of Christ. Many are hearing the word and are being stirred in their spirits to rise up to the challenge. But change is a very difficult time for anyone. Transition always comes with a price. Many in the body of Christ are coming up to this place but having great difficulty going through. Some are fighting it; some are dismissing it altogether; and others are struggling to find the way. When God brought transition to Israel from law to grace through Jesus Christ, the Jews struggled with this change also and in the same ways. Paul put it this way:

"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: 'Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame'" (Romans 9:30-33).

The church has been much like the Jews: we have been pursuing the righteousness of God through the law - self effort, works of the law, rather than by faith. We too have stumbled over the Stumbling Stone of Christ. The only way to go from the second day to the third day is by the only Way - faith in Christ. Either we will fall on the Stone in humility and surrender or the Stone will fall on us to bring us to humility and surrender. In order to understand the transition from second day to third day we must first understand the second day which prepares us for the third day.

"Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so" (Genesis 1:7) Before there could be fruitfulness on the third day, there first had to be separation on the second day. The word of God comes to divide the soul and spirit. Because of the contention in the house, Ishmael and the bondwoman had to be put out so that Isaac, the son of promise could be the sole heir of the inheritance. The second day is a time of separation.

"Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, 'Abraham!' And he said, 'Here I am'" (Genesis 22:1). The second day is a day of testing. There has to be first a willingness of obedience to God. This included the willingness of sacrifice. Until we are truly willing, God cannot move us into the next day. We must be willing to walk in obedience, even the obedience of death as we trust God with our very lives.

"Then the LORD said to Moses, 'Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes'" (Exodus 19:10). The second day is a time of consecration and cleansing. No flesh shall glory in the presence of God. God comes to a people who are already prepared, sanctified, having been washed with the washing of water by the word. Ezra, Haggai, Zachariah. The temple was completed only after the people considered their ways and submitted themselves to the prophetic word and returned to the priorities of God to build His temple instead of their own houses. Much of the church has been busy building their own houses, kingdoms, comforts, etc. rather than being focused on the temple within lying in ruins.

"Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" (Esther 4:16). The second day is a time of fasting and seeking the Lord in humility and surrender, willing to obey even if it means death. We prepare ourselves for the visitation of the King by coming apart from all fleshly desires and putting His desires first and foremost.

"I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. 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" (Hosea 5:15-6:2). The second day is a time of return to the Lord from our selfish ways of idolatry and sin. It is a time of healing and deliverance, restoration of covenant relationship with the Lord. "From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day" (Matthew 16:21). Before there can be resurrection, there must first be a death. The way to resurrection life is the way of sharing in the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone. The second day is a time of dying to ourselves, being purified through the sufferings of the flesh.

"When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom" (John 2:9). You cannot pour new wine into old wineskins. The second day represents the new wineskins. We must be prepared for the new wine or it will be spilled and ruined.

Whole sermons could be written on these second day scriptures, but the point that needs to be seen is that of preparation - the transition from the second day to the third day requires preparation on our part. This preparation will take place as we become the generation that seeks the Lord wholeheartedly. It is through the revelation truth of God's word that we will be led into the third day glory of God. The Psalmist put it this way: "Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God" (Psalm 43:3,4). The revealed truth will lead us to God's holy hill where we will become willing to go upon His altar of sacrifice off of which we will be raised up into His joy.

The Feast of Tabernacles was divided into three parts. The first part was the blowing of the trumpets. This was a call to a holy convocation, a time of affliction and repentance. As can be seen from the scriptures above concerning the second day, it is a time of coming apart in humility and surrender, rending our hearts and not our garments, weeping and mourning over our sinfulness, crying out to God with a willing heart and mind even though we know it means death, the death of the cross. None are exempt. All must come to this holy convocation and submit to the Lord. As we cry out to the Lord in brokenness, with a desire for Him alone, with a willingness to abandon everything of this life, the Holy Spirit will prepare us for the second step in this work. All we have to offer, all we are capable of doing, all God requires us to do, is to be willing. And even if you're not willing, ask God to help you in this and He will do that too. It is pure grace and mercy.

As we seek the Lord with fasting and mourning, humility and repentance, the Lord brings us to the second part of Tabernacles, the Day of Atonement. As Paul put it, 'when the Lord sees fit and is pleased to reveal Christ in us', then suddenly He will come into this temple made without hands, and He will sit as a refiner, a purifier of the sons of Levi, and He will sit and sit until He sees the work is finished, every defilement washed away.

"For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:13,14). The Lord our Sanctifier puts to death our old man, circumcises our hearts, crucifies the sin nature, and then resurrects us into the new man in divine union with Himself. We are resurrected from the second day into the third day, dead to the power of sin and alive to God as new creatures to live in His sight in holiness and righteousness and ultimately eternal life.

"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin" (Romans 6:5,6).

If the church is to become the third day church, it must fall on the Stone, be washed in the cleansing blood of Christ, identify with the death of Christ, and be raised up with Him in the newness of life. As a work of grace it requires faith. Faith comes by hearing the word. Like Isaiah, we must seek the Lord through prayer and His word until we come face to face with the depravity of our fallen natures in light of the glory of God in His holiness, so that we will repent and rise up in faith to the promise of Christ to cleanse and sanctify us. Abiding in the word will bring forth the truth that will set us free. God will remove the stony heart and give us a new heart that will obey Him. And when our temple is a holy temple, God will come in His fullness, His peace, His joy, His love, and all that His nature represents. We can grow in grace, grow in the knowledge of the Lord, be conformed to the image of Christ, and be the witnesses God called us to be. We can now prepare to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

Paul said there will be some that will enter this place of rest in Christ. These are the willing in the day of His power. These are the company of overcomers being birthed out of the womb of the morning in holy array. The Lord of Hosts, mighty in battle, is standing ready to do this work. For those who will yearningly lift their heads unto Him, He is ready to come in, the King of Glory, to sever the cords of sin and turn the captivity of His people. Let the third day church come forth!

Submitted by Rev. George G. Delo Power For Today Prophetic Ministries

Testing Faithfulness

Joan Coyle

I heard the Lord ask: "What kind of soldier are you?"

Are you willing to wait, stand, pray, and watch? Keep vigil at all cost; when there seems to be no intervention from Me, do you ask what have you done wrong; where are you Lord? When the gifts are still and My voice seems silent, do you search in other places? Do you seek the grass that looks greener on the other side? Did Gideon's army know they were being tested as they drank? Did Moses know he was being tested in the wilderness? That I Am at this moment testing the strength of each to see who will enter into the battlefield. Those who will not look for ease or comfort; but will focus on the goal. To keep your eyes, like flint, on Me. I carry my troops into battle. The victory is already won. Will you hold steady at this time. Allow me to prepare you for battle and victory?

Reflections in the River

Excerpt, by Randy Clark

The Kingdom of God does not advance so much through the labors of church councils, committees, or denominational plans as it does through the dedicated lives of chosen leaders who are visionary people who know they have been called, chosen by God for the work they are doing. They know they have a heavenly mandate, a vision from God to fulfill, and because of this heavenly vision they burn with passion to fulfill it. They know they are "sent", the basic meaning of the word "apostolic". These "sent ones" these consecrated ones who are burning with the passion of God are the most effective means of advancing the Kingdom of God. They accomplish so much more than the other faithful saints of God who are called, but whose sense of being sent, and whose awareness of the burning power of God within them are not as great. Thank God for His "sent ones".

Randy Clark in Kiev, Ukraine Submitted by New Wine News

The Day Of My Judgment Is At Hand


Do not be deceived by the spirit of the season. These are indeed perilous times. You have been warned time and again to be found in safe habitations. Do not risk all that you have been prepared to receive by leaving your heart unguarded. I have prepared you for such a time as this, for in My judgment, that which will be poured out is great blessings for those who have prepared their hearts to receive. It has been by your obedience in the small things that you have prepared your heart. Like the widow and her two mites.

Mark 12: 41 And Jesus sat opposite the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury. And many who were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And He called unto Him His disciples and said unto them, "Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in than all they that have cast into the treasury; 44 for they all cast in of their abundance, but she of her want cast in all that she had, even all her living."

Giving out of your abundance is not giving at all. Yet it is a matter of the heart. When you have given all that is in your heart unto the Lord holding no good thing back, then you will be prepared to receive. I am looking for vessels that have been emptied of all selfish ambitions. These are the vessels that will be filled to overflowing, by My Spirit will I cause all manner of blessings to come unto those who have been faithful in the small things. Be not surprised as you see those who have humbled themselves before the Lord exalted and promoted. Even as you will see those who have exalted themselves before men humbled before the Lord.

My children lay down that which has no eternal value; it has become a heavy burden and you cannot walk with it. You have been slowed down to a crawl. Look up, get up, and walk again with your Lord. The Day of your salvation is nearer to you than it has ever been.

Living The Victorious Life

Mike Forest

God has given us many wonderful promises as His Children, and one of these promises is victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is the normal Christian life to live in victory over sin, but yet it is so often our testimony that the victory that we desire often time alludes us.

So what is the answer? Will victory come through more self effort? Is victory something that we do? The answer to these questions can be found in the Word of God. "But thanks be to God, which GIVES us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor.15:57). True victory is not something that we work for and achieve as a reward, but true victory is a gift that is given unto us.

Jesus Christ is our victory. He is the one that has overcome the evil one in all things, and now He has given us Himself to be our victory over every attack of the enemy. "For it is by grace that you are saved by faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Eph. 3:8). Grace is something that God does for us. Work is something that I do for myself. Just as salvation can only be obtained by believing and receiving the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ, living victoriously can only be obtained by receiving Christ as our victory. Victory is a gift and can only be obtained by grace. It is God that gives us the victory, and He gives us the victory by giving us Himself to live in us as our victory.

"For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but under grace." (Romans 6:14). Sin shall not have dominion over the child of God because "the law of the Spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2). When I am living the Christian life by grace, then there is a power that is working on the inside of me, that is setting me free from every work of darkness. Living by grace means that I am living by the life of God that is on the inside of me. The true Christian life is an overcoming life, because the true Christian life is "Christ in me, the hope of glory." (Col. 1:27). The true Christian life is a victorious life because "it is no longer I that lives but Christ lives in me." (Gal. 2: 20). Just as it is impossible for Jesus Christ to sin, it is equally impossible for His resurrection life that is resident on the inside of us to fail.

"For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." (1 John 5:4). It is the one that is born of God that overcomes the world, because the one that is born of God has "the greater One" dwelling within him. The apostle Paul said "for me to live is Christ." When Christ becomes our very life then our Christian experience will be one of sustained victory. The true Christian life is an exchanged life. Just as Jesus Christ was our substitute through death bearing our sin and shame upon the cross, now the risen Christ is living His life within us by the Holy Spirit.

Our part in all this is yielding and believing. We are to yield our whole being unto God as a living sacrifice, and believe that God is working within us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. The Christian is not the defeated that is trying to get the victory. No, the Christian that is in Christ, seated in heavenly places is the victorious one, that the enemy is attempting to deceive and bring into bondage. As long as we abide in Christ, we are victorious. Outside of Christ there is no victory, because "in our flesh dwells no good thing."

"Jesus Christ has been made unto us, wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." (1 Cor. 1:30). God has made Himself personally responsible for us. The salvation that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided is much more than us going to heaven when we die. We have not only been delivered from the penalty of sin, but from the power of sin.

In His Love, Mike Forest


Homer Owen

...."May grace and peace be multiplied for you." (1 Peter 1:2)

Have you ever been in a meeting where the Lord was moving among His people to bless them with His sweet presence? A few years back my wife and I were privileged to be in a meeting like this and I couldnąt believe what I heard the minister doing towards these folks. It is hard to describe what was happening but let me try. These folks had some how come to a place that they had abandoned themselves to the sweetness of Jesus and some were crying and some were laughing and some were doing other things. But what stood out to me was what the minister was doing. He would come up to one of these folks and simply begin to holler: łMore Lord, More, give them more Lord. Donąt hold back Lord, give them more.˛ And the more they cried or laughed or what ever they were doing the more the minister asked the Lord to give them more.

When I was first baptized in the Holy Spirit I cried a great deal and it seemed that I could hear the angels encouraging the Lord to touch me more. Can you imagine what it must have been for Saul that day on the way to Damascus when suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him and he fell to the ground blinded by the light and had to be led into town. He was blind three days and wasnąt able to eat or drink. Through out the ministry of Paul we find him going back to this encounter with Jesus.

"I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:2-5)

My prayer for all of us is that His grace will be multiplied to each of us. We all need more and more of Him. My great desire is to know Him more. I want to know Him as a friend that doesnąt need anything but just wants to hang out together with Him.

I have four wonderful sons that are all grown men. I will always be a father to them, but my desire now is to be friends with them. Jesus will always be our savior, but His real desire is to be our friend. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do what I instruct you. No longer do I call you slaves; for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you." Friends trust one another with everything. I cherish my friendship with the one that laid His life down for me.

This is coming to you from Homer Owen in Waco, Texas. My home page is:

Love Warriors

Linda Evans

Mike Bickle has said...
"It is so easy to get your heart wounded in the heat of the battle. But romanced warriors' hearts are protected and empowered because they carry their primary reward (which is the power to be exhilarated in love and fascinated with beauty) within their hearts."

Dear Saints of God,
Praise God for those who are willing to be humbled by Love! To become awakened, needing, longing Lovers of God... yet know also that with the Love comes the Suffering. The two Love+Suffering go hand in hand... for with the Love shall come the piercing.

The reason romanced warrior's hearts are protected is because there has been a great death to love... to human love. 'Our' love is not Kingdom Love... our carnal human love was but a shadow of LOVE... and our love is not adequate, nor complete. Our love is not what the world needs -- the hurting and the lost, the captives need the Agape of God! As in all things of this Heavenly Kingdom we must die to the old -- in order to live to the New. Love is no different. We think to "add on" His Love to 'our' love -- but this shall never be. We must allow the crucifixion of 'our love' in order to be resurrected into His Love. Our love is flesh, His LOVE is Spirit.

To those warriors who are coming through the transformation in Love -- this crucifixion is a spiritual reality. They know this aspect of the Divine Transforming work. All those who have traveled this path ahead of us, have spoken to us of this -- and yet, until it is our turn, we do not fully understand. Suffering is a word we think we understand, until our hearts are fully made vulnerable and transparent ... this is the spear to the heart which we must receive upon the Cross.

Romanced Warrior's Heart ARE protected and empowered because they receive His Heart in this death.... then they do indeed carry their primary reward! AMEN!!! "HIS HEART", "HIS LOVE", "HIS COMPASSION".... and there is no longer any power on earth which can cause "This Love" to fail... for it is Agape.

May we faint not, nor fall away at the time of the piercing... for it must come. May we stand in faith and love, holding onto one another as all must come through this intense time of conformity to the Image of Christ. Even as we look upon Mary, as a type and firstfruit in the Divine Transforming Work of Agape, a type of the Warrior-Bride, we see she too was warned of this piercing-identification with Her Beloved Son... From the very beginning it was told to her: "And Simeon blessed them and said unto Mary, His Mother, 'behold this [child] is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against: (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:34-35

These called and chosen and set-apart for Love-ones shall become Christ's surrendered-instruments of revelation for the sake of others. These "Lambs of Love" shall go forth -- and Love with His Love -- they shall be rejected, mocked, slandered, reviled -- forces of evil shall be allowed to come fully against them -- yet undaunted, they shall continue to LOVE with His Love and the Divine Nature, JESUS who is LOVE in them, shall reveal the deepest lack in the hearts of others. Love which continues to love no matter what the opposition is, shall be the means of a great repentance to come upon the earth... for the thoughts of many hearts shall be revealed.

Everything which is hidden, shall be revealed... and AGAPE reveals all.

Yet... may we each be prepared for the day "a sword shall pierce through thy soul also."

your sister, Linda the Beguine
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