Listening to the Father's Heart - July 8
Son, there are times when I draw my sons and daughters aside in order to chisel my nature deeper into each one. I speak tenderly in these places of solitude. The devil thought he placed my son Paul in prison cells, but it was there he wrote many letters for my people. It was there he preached from a different pulpit. He passed the test of isolation. Some simply cannot pass this test. They fear it, and rush about to avoid the confrontation of quietness and isolation. They have succumbed to B.U.S.Y. - Being Under Satan's Yoke. I want you to notice how my son signed his name to his letters—not as the prisoner of Festus, nor of Caesar, and not as a victim of the Sanhedrin, but as "a prisoner for the Lord" (Eph 4:1). True faith is to see all the events in your life through my discerning filter. Paul's place of bondage inspired some of the most encouraging and helpful truths on Christian liberty. Profound messages of light came from the dark shadows of his captivity. Sometimes isolation brings out the best in my sons and daughters. Be still before me, son. Let me work in you. Let me use you as I choose.
He took him aside, away from the crowd. Mark 7:33
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Isaiah 55.3