“When you live fully in the truth, you become untouchable. Those of you who are deep students of the life of Jesus realize that there is a place that is available to you that cannot be invaded by the world and its distractions. It is a place that is unavailable to the surface follower, and misunderstood by those who see little value in drawing deeper with Me. Most of the church has never experienced the kind of freedom that comes with a total death of fleshly power and full surrender to My Holy Spirit power. It is not a place that serves the flesh in any way, so few choose to enter in when I am removing everything that cannot be brought with them. It is the same price that was paid by Jesus at the cross. Most give up because the price is too high.
"For many years now, and for many seasons in times past, I have called my zealous children to an intimacy unknown by those around them. To the others, the invitation of intimacy appeared as the opposite of what it really was. My wooing was not one of offering power, fame, and success. It was a call of sacrifice and presented a path strewn with trials, crushing pressures, and a complete loss of any reputation and appearance of worth to the world and the church. While others prospered, those of you who were functioning in this call on your life appeared as if you could do nothing right. Often, I would lead you to places, knowing your desire to be obedient, only to have you appear as if you had missed My direction altogether. I would then have it appear as if I had left you completely. This was the consuming fire of My love.
"Now, however, that you understand that when there is nothing else, Jesus is all that you need, nothing can touch you. When everything is hopeless, He is hope. When there is no way out, He is the door of peace. Nobody can touch you because of the life that I have given you. The world and most of the church have considered you dead, but I am about to show them My kind of life through you. Because you have submitted to My heavy hand of refining on your life, I will now be able to trust you. When I am all that there is, all that is worthwhile in your life, the temptations of the world fall away. You are free to be used by Me.”
Acts 12:6 NIV
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.
Romans 4:18-21 NIV
18) Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
19) Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.
20) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,
21) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 5:1-5 NIV
1) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2) through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3) Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4) perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5) And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
There is a place that is available in the Lord that most of you who are receiving these messages know of. It is a place of unexplainable anguish and absolute poverty, a place absent of any answers. When there, your mind wonders how you could possibly have gotten there in the first place. Retracing your steps, you find nothing that should have gotten you in such a desperate place.
While there, there is nothing that you can do to help yourself. In fact, anything that you try to do to relieve the pressure of the situation only deepens the trial.
Usually, you look like a fool to everyone else. More often than not, most of those who had once been by your side are nowhere to be found, having joined the ranks of those who are filled with advice, but little compassion and understanding.
If you react as I often have, the first several times the Lord takes you there, you panic, struggle, and invent any and all ways to remove yourself. You attempt to remain strong and do what is necessary to look like everyone else.
Soon, however, you realize that your precious Lord has purposely placed you in His kind of helplessness, so that He becomes your only trusted helper. Eventually, this place becomes a comfortable friend, because you understand that it is the Father Himself Who is dealing with your flesh and invigorating your spirit by His Holy Spirit. You delight in the training, even rest in His presence, while enduring the pain of the trial.
As some of you know, an amazing thing happens each time you emerge from this special place with our Father. You find that fewer of the fears and pressures of the world have access to you. In fact, after several of these training sessions, those temptations that once controlled you no longer have access to you. Carnal desires and the things that the world calls important have little value; in fact, they become worthless in your eyes. You are free, more trustworthy, and have a clearer vision of your Father’s plan.
If you are in this kind of trial at present, take heart, Your Lord is with you. You will make it. You will be stronger, more devoted to your Lord, and eventually become untouchable by the world. It is worth every pain. Be encouraged; the Lord loves you and is removing anything that He will not allow in His presence.
Thank You for Your kind of love, Lord,