My greatest times with the Lord have been while I was in the pain of the wilderness. I’ve walked through many wilderness experiences and although I don’t enjoy the pain, the lessons learned and the word given during those times have helped me grow and mature as a Christian woman. Luke 3:2 “……….the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness.”
In my book Breaking Through to Higher Places I wrote, “When Jesus was led into the wilderness, it was by the Spirit. It was intentional. The word led is the Greek word anago, which means He was led up. To be led up is to be led in a more elevated position, as to climb to the top of a ladder. The wilderness is the higher place. We often enter the wilderness crying, angry, and with great dread thinking that this is the lowest form of punishment and testing. We start asking God, “Why me?” or “Why are You doing this to me?” I wonder what would happen if we started entering it with joy, great expectation, and started believing that God is going to meet us there. Yes, we will be tempted, but Jesus already went through it, will help us, and He knows how to tug on the strings of the Father’s heart. Every wilderness experience is an opportunity for change and a deeper intimacy with God. Can you think back to a time when you said you wanted to be like Jesus? Can you remember asking him to help you to treat people the way Jesus would have? Have you asked God for a deeper more intimate relationship with Him? Well, be careful of what you ask for because going through the wilderness will reveal who you really are. But then, when you see the truth and acknowledge it, God can release you from your captivity, the kind of captivity that keeps you from growing and deepening your relationship with Him.”
God talks to us in many ways and many forms but for me personally, I have received so much from Him during the hardest times in my life. The most important thing I have learned is to be willing to learn.
After the word of the Lord came to John His ministry took off full swing. He was preaching, exhorting, baptizing and teaching. If we are willing to listen and learn, God will also instruct us in the wilderness how to respond once we move out and move ahead.
Day 12 of my 21 day fast. I woke up in so much pain not due to the fast but I believe from what could be fibromyalgia but I remain in a state of joy and expectation. This pain is my wilderness experience so it stands to reason, today will be a day of hearing from the Lord!!! The fast so far has been so much easier then I thought it would be. I do miss a nice big slab of meat and the feeling of something being chewed between my teeth hahaahhaha. The Lord continues to speak and encourage me through His word and through His people. The biggest message is greater things are coming!