To the Least of These My Brethren…

I’ve really had this phrase on my heart over the last few days…

To “the least of these My brethren” (Matthew 25:40b KJV)…

The Lord is not calling us to go to the proud, the Lord is not calling us to go to the arrogant, the Lord isn’t calling us to go to the self assured, He is calling us to go to the least of these My Brethren…

How do we know when we have found one of these “the least of these My brethren”?

We know it because they are crushed in spirit…

They are meek and they are lowly…

They are not proud, they are not self assured, they are not playing power games, they are not playing celebrity games, they are not jockeying for position, they are not putting other people down but they are like the tax-collector who stood afar off saying, “God be merciful to me, the sinner”…

He called himself, “the sinner”, he was not lifted up, he was not exalted, he was not high in his own estimation, He was “the sinner”…

God is waiting until we take the place of “the sinner” in His Kingdom…

This is what, “If My People, who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”, means…

We, God’s People, need to humble ourselves, we need to call ourselves, “the sinner”, even though we know that God has forgiven our sins, we are to take that humble place before the Lord where we know and daily experience that “apart from Me you can do nothing”, where we have a growing appreciation of just how much more of the rotting flesh remains in us and as He comes nearer and the spotlight of His Righteousness shines on us we bow our heads with tears in our eyes and we say, “God have mercy on me, the sinner”…

God have mercy on me the sinner, yes Lord, I have been proud, I have been arrogant, I have not placed myself underneath and held up, I have been guilty of being arrogant against Your Church and against my brothers and sisters in the faith…

Burn in me Lord a desire to humble myself and go to the least of these Your brethren, to the meek and to the lowly and to those crushed and be You to these ones for the Glory of Your Name…

Not seeking a name for myself, not seeking acceptance or notoriety but seeking the Heart of God and feeling the pain which these ones are going through as You bring them low and crush them as You crushed Your own Son…

“But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:10-11 NASB)

As a result of the anguish of our souls we too will bear fruit for God…

As the grapes are placed in the wine press so are we placed in God’s wine press and crushed until the juice flows freely from our lives…

The juice, the fruit of the Holy Spirit which has come through the anguish of our souls comes to the Glory of God…

Let me be one (and let us be ones) who picks (pick) up and bears (bear) up those who have been crushed by the Lord and let me also be there (and let us be there) to cry with those who are afflicted because of Righteousness Sake in their lives…

Holy Father, You are Lord, You are Awesome, I stand in awe of You Lord as I type this I am in awe of You, You truly are Beautiful Beyond Description and To Marvellous for Words as the song says, To Wonderful for Comprehension Like Nothing Ever Seen or Heard, You are Awesome Lord and we Your Church will see of the travail of our souls as You will see of the travail of Your soul and will be satisfied with others coming to brokenness in You, brokenness before each other and lifting each other up knowing that we are – by the Sovereign Grace of God – of One Family and One Father and One Lord and One Holy Spirit, One Lord Jesus Christ, One Fellowship with the Father, with the Son and with the Holy Spirit and One Blessed Assurance of our future with You in heaven…

This is what we have – we have You and we have each other – those of us who have been and are being crushed by You to the place where we know and are increasing in this knowledge that we are nothing and You are Worthy of all Praise and Honour and Glory through our lives…

O Lord, bring us to this place deeper and deeper and deeper – never ending – in the Mighty Name of Jesus and let the Unity of Your Body be seen on earth for all the earth to see the Glory and Majesty of our God…

In the Mighty Name of Jesus,

Thank You Lord, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Father, Thank You Holy Spirit,

Thank You Jesus, Glorify Your Name in all the earth…

Amen…

About andrew james horton

Hi, my name is Andrew James Horton... I am a Kiwi (New Zealander), born in Christchurch (05 September 1971), now in my late-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Principal Structural Engineer, Director working in Christchurch, New Zealand... I am passionate about prophetic intercession and about revival both in New Zealand and throughout the world... I am passionate to pray that the Church, the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, will be all that He - the Lord Jesus Christ - desires her to be in our generation... I felt that the Lord gave me the name of this blog site, "a house of prayer for the nations - prophetic intercession for worldwide revival" and wanted me to "put it out there" and start recording the prayers which are on my heart to pray in the hope that others would also be encouraged to share the prayers which are on their hearts to pray and that in the unity of the Spirit we could participate together in this activity in different locations around the world as He leads us... If the Lord leads you, let's join in prayer for the Lord's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven in our generation... Love in the Lord, Andrew
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16 Responses to To the Least of These My Brethren…

  1. V says:

    Amen :,)

    ‘Let me be one who picks up and bears up those who have been crushed by the Lord and let me also be there to cry with those who are afflicted because of Righteousness Sake in their lives…’

    That is fellowship.

    Lord move on Your church. Please forgive us for all the words between ourselves :,( For when all our pride is broken down, there we will be in eachother’s presence in silence, with only an awareness of You… Side by side.. Oh Lord there is nothing to say, apart from what the Spirit motions through us. Please help us to hold our tongue. The treasure with people is only amongst the lowly and meek. Please forgive us for talking amongst the indulged. Please take our reputations away, and identify us with the meek and the lowly. They are so much more than us. Please forgive us for not being faithful with what we’ve been given – You’ve given us so much.

    Use us dear Lord. Spare all Your people. Have mercy on all Your people. Take all of our reputations and nail them to the cross. Let us glory in You and in the cross, and let it be by our scars that others are healed.

    Use us dear Lord. Forgive me please I pray :,(

    • Amen sister Varienne, We are in agreement on this – that we want to die and to continue to die more and more and more – and let the Glory of the Lord shine through our lives as – in humility – we reach out to more and more and more people who are crushed before the Lord and are aware of their state before Him…

      Let us never be found high before You Lord but always crushed and aware of our standing before You because of Your Blood – there is no pride in humility, there is no arrogance in brokenness – there is no boasting in realising that all we are is as a result of what You have done in our lives – You can speak through any of us Lord – as our sister Varienne has shared and only in that crushed and silent state will we be able to hear all the gems You want to share through those who have been crushed by You…

      Remove the wall of fear and anxiety and self preservation which causes our ears to be closed to the words which You bring from those which we do not recognise – because they are hidden by the cloak of humility which You have placed over them…

      Hide us Lord, hide us all Your Church – I am thinking specifically of Rick Joyner as I type this Lord, hide our brother in You Father and remind him with fresh power from Your Holy Spirit what he has heard in Your Presence – remind us all Lord what it means or perhaps for the first time show us all what it means to walk in humility before You and to speak as our sister Varienne says, when You tell us to speak and to remain silent otherwise…

      You will speak when we cease speaking…

      If we will not cease speaking then You will bring us to a place where we will so that You can then – in the silence – speak through us…

      The brokenness must come…

      Let our words be few but let all of our words be inspired by You…

      Thank You Jesus…

      Yes Lord…

      You are Worthy…

      Magnify the Blood…

      And the Sovereign Love of God…

      Let the Love of God reign in the heavens and be felt upon the earth in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Thank You Lord…

      Establish it in the earth Lord in the Mighty Name of Jesus, bring Unity to Your Body as is Your Plan for this generation, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, I pray in the power and in the authority of the Holy Spirit for the Glory of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen and Amen…

      You are an Awesome God Lord and Your Name is the Lord…

      Lift up our sister Varienne Lord in the authority which You have for her in this position of brokenness and may she begin to make declarations for the Glory of God – let declarations start to flow forth from her Lord for the Glory of God – sure, strong and powerful declarations for the Glory of God which You place on her heart and which come out of her mouth as You give her utterance Lord, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, the Lord will use you sister – as He already is – to make declarations for His Name – it will just happen and you will speak them forth with boldness and full assurance of faith in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Thank You Jesus, This is powerful, Powerful declarations uttered in faith, “It is finished” type declarations in the Mighty Name of Jesus, As the Holy Spirit makes the utterance through you, through your redeemed heart, you will know and you will testify, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Love in the Lord sister, and in between more brokenness 🙂 (same for me :-)) Andrew

  2. V says:

    Oh my dear brother, I am so encouraged in this fellowship with you.

    The tears can’t help but flow as I read. The words ‘crushed’ and ‘brokeness’ are so deeply filled with the Holy Spirit, I can’t bear to ‘be’ anywhere else.

    I love Your presence so much Lord, that it is almost unbearable to be diverted from it. Oh Jesus, please give us more grace to walk this cross. It must have been agony for You to leave just being in the Father’s presence, and to walk amongst unbelief.

    Oh gracious Saviour, be glorified in us. More of You and less of us, please.

    Let God arise and His enemies be scattered in Andrew’s life!

    The anointing will make a way for you brother Andrew. The Holy Spirit will be upon you and you shall speak the word of the Lord that will cause the dam walls to break. Whether the authority be spoken in prayer, or to people, it will break down the dam wall, and the Holy Spirit will flow. And boy, let not anything resist Him! The power of God will move… There shall not be a dry eye. No flesh will be able to glory in it. Let revival break forth Father. Rend the heavens and come down. We can’t bear things as they are. We want You! Crush us all with Your holy, beautiful presence. Break down all that exalts itself above You. Visit us. Help us dear God, to prepare the way for You to come. Help us to make a place for You. You deserve the glory, You deserve the honour, You deserve our devoted attention and for every life to surrender to You.

    Andrew, here is a link to snippets taken from different revivals that I believe will minister to you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz2EYJlCSFY – (part 1 of 5)

    There are some anointed moments that will touch your burden. I sometimes put this on in the background as I do household chores and just weep and pray….

    Oh come Lord Jesus, come and be glorified. I’m jealous for Your place. Take it. Help us to take it for You.

    Varienne :,)

  3. The death that we are dying is precious in the sight of the Lord…

    All will die this death – all who know Him – will die this death and be set free from being in control of their own lives…

    Thank you sister Varienne for your word above, I believe that the Lord will use any surrendered vessel who has committed to the death process…

    Let us die more Father, the more I see the more I see of unredeemed flesh – all around me and within me – unredeemed flesh – flesh which needs to be destroyed with the Fire of Your Presence…

    Destroy me Lord and live through me for the Glory of Your Name, even if someone were to kill me Lord let me not flinch an inch but stay in that quiet place of surrender to You as You did Jesus when they whipped and beat You and abused You and railed down accusations upon You, let me experience this Father for the Glory of Your Name and let me die…

    For the Glory of Your Name Father kill me, I want to die, I want to be filled with Your Spirit, filled with Your Presence, filled with Your Love, filled to overflowing with Your Fragrance and with Your Glory, like a flowing stream proceeding out of my heart, let my heart be filled with the Holy Spirit…

    Let the Heart of the Church be filled with the Holy Spirit – let there be submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ found in the Heart of the Church…

    Let there be death to self found in the Heart of the Church – let there be Unity between the Lord Jesus Christ and His Bride found in the Church on earth…

    Let there be brokenness and let there be pain but let the pain produce Righteousness in the Heart of the Church on earth…

    Let the excuses cease and brokenness spread and the realisation that it is alright to throw it all open before the Lord as He alone knows our hearts and no one else understands us except Him and anyone to whom He gives revelation and insight…

    We will be despised and rejected by men, we will be men and women of sorrow and aquainted with grief, our lives will not make sense to those around us or to those in our sphere of influence unless they are given insight by the Lord…

    We will be misunderstood, we will be maligned and persecuted and mis-represented…

    We will be hated by all men on account of His Name…

    But as He crushes us, we will know Him, talking with us and walking with us and assuring us that even as He was smitten and beaten and afflicted for us so are we being smitten and beaten and afflicted for Him – “I want to know Him and the power of His Resurrection and the Fellowship of sharing in His sufferings becoming like Him in His death, in the hope that I might attain to the resurrection from the dead”…

    This is our path, this is our destiny, all hell stands against us but there is no other path, no other reason to live, I will walk this path Father and I will walk it until I die either practically or continually to the flesh until I reach my final dwelling place with You in heaven…

    Let all who see this be encouraged in You, let them see You carrying them and let them see that “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints”…

    Love in the Lord to you sister and to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ with a pure heart…

    May we be pleasing in His Sight for the Glory of His Name…

    Andrew

  4. cindy says:

    The message on this page is so beautiful, I was only able to skim the responses after reading the message, but the very heart of life for us is through the death of us in and through Him. So true, the more I know of Him, the less I realize I know, yet His love and faithfulness are holding us in His hand happy to breath His life into this soul of death. Yes, for Him to increase in us we must decrease and how I pray I will die through and through as the fire of His Glory courses through me and the Body of Christ, His Beloved…

    Bless you Andrew and Varianne

  5. There must be a breaking, there must be a release of the Holy Spirit, there must be a submission to the Holy Spirit, things can not go on as they are, there is an intensity to the Heart of God which is so strong as to cause unending grief and pain which can not be endured…

    He is grieving and He is in pain…

    He cannot tolerate or stand the state which we His People are in on this earth – there are pockets of faith but He desires an entire canvas of faith like little fires springing up on the stretched canvas which cause holes to form and the flame to spread from these individual pockets of fires until the whole canvas is consumed with His Fire…

    Let the Fire of God fall on the Church of God throughout this world Father and let the Fire of the Holy Spirit fill the Church worldwide…

    Let the Truth of the Holy Spirit – the Truth of the Living God who is the Truth – fill the souls and the minds and emotions and wills of the Church of the Living God on this earth…

    Let evil be banished from the Church…

    Let control be banished from the Church…

    Let ego be banished from the Church…

    Let self-seeking be banished from the Church…

    Let every lying and deceiving spirit be banished from the Church…

    Let every proud, arrogant and abusive spirit be banished from the Church…

    Let the Spirit of the Living God be welcomed again in His Church…

    Let the Spirit of the Living God cease to be grieved with the meetings of the Saints of God throughout this world…

    Let the Spirit of God be welcomed in the meetings of the Saints…

    Let the Spirit of the Living God be reverenced in the meetings of the Saints…

    Let the Spirit of the Living God be released to complete the work which only He can complete in the Church of the Living God…

    Let the Spirit of the Living and Holy God take His Place in the Church of the Living God…

    Father in Jesus Name I stand in the gap on behalf of the Church of the Living God and I repent for our rejection of the Spirit of God in our lives and in our meetings…

    We have not believed Your word that apart from You – apart from Your Spirit Lord Jesus living within us – we can do nothing…

    We have resisted the Holy Spirit…

    If we had not resisted the Holy Spirit we would be seeing signs and wonders and miracles and salvation spreading throughout the earth…

    If we had not resisted the Holy Spirit we would see the Church of the Living God functioning like the Church functioned following the Day of Pentecost…

    We are guilty Lord of resisting Your Holy Spirit, we are guilty of forming kingdoms and empires for our own glory and for our own purposes…

    We are guilty Lord of disunity and schism in Your Body…

    We are guilty Lord of not forgiving our brothers and sisters and we are guilty of attacking our own flesh and blood – members of Your Body Lord Jesus – who we have taken offense at because they are more “successful” or “anointed” or “used” or “elevated” or “received” than we are…

    We are sorry Lord for our sin, we have “jockeyed for position” in Your Church, we have set ourselves up as celebrities in Your Kingdom and You are grieved at our – at my – behaviour…

    We are sorry Lord, we are sorry and I repent on behalf of myself and on behalf of Your Church throughout the world for our behaviour…

    We have been rebellious and disobedient children…

    We are not worthy to be called by Your Name…

    We are not worthy of Your favour or of Your Grace…

    We are not worthy of any good thing from Your Hand…

    You are justified in any way that You choose to treat us…

    Have mercy Lord on us Your Church on this earth…

    I welcome You Lord to return to Your Church – on behalf of Your Church on earth Father I join my brothers and sisters who are crying out before You day and night and I welcome You to return…

    Return to me Lord, fill me Lord, Glorify Your Name through me Lord, Glorify Your Name through any whom You have given me responsibility for, i.e. my wife, my children and my grandchildren and anyone who You have given me responsibility for in the spiritual realm – you know who they are Lord…

    There is no “Plan B” Lord, I stand before You empty asking You to fill me, I have nowhere else to go, You are my only hope, I stand here until I die, I am nothing without You, I am crying out from a depth of pain and emptiness which I have never before experienced and I am asking for reality in my own life of Your Life and Power and a reality in the life of the Church throughout the world of Your Life and Power and I am asking for a Unity of Your Body throughout the earth which will change our talking and jockeying for position into action for the Glory of Your Name…

    I am disgusted at what I see Lord in my own life and in the lives of my brothers and sisters which shows so much indulgence in the lusts of the flesh – the pride at what we have and do – we are so filled with pride it is just not funny…

    Pride has had the ascendancy in the Church of God – the Church of the Living God has been controlled by pride not humility as You have planned…

    We are caressed by pride into a false sense of security that all is well when all is not well…

    All is very sick and about to die…

    Have mercy on me Lord, remove pride from me, have mercy on Your Church Lord, remove pride from us all…

    Whatever You have to do to cause pride to be dethroned in me and in Your Church worldwide Lord, do it for the sake of Your Name so that we can cry out to You from a pure heart for Your Glory to be revealed throughout this earth – the Glory which sent Jesus to the cross – the Glory which is Your Holy Love for this world – for every inhabitant of this world – and Your desire for every inhabitant in this world to be saved in the Mighty Name of Jesus…

    I stop Lord, and I wait in silence for You to fill me – Baptise me in Your Holy Spirit and with Fire – I have prayed this before and I pray it again – until I am filled with the Fire which Jesus was filled with when He walked this earth…

    Nothing less will do – fill me with Your Holy Fire…

    Exterminate me Father and live through me for Your Glory…

    I do not want to exist in any shape or form, in any determination or in any application from this day forward until I go to meet with You – I want to die – I hate myself – my old self – and I want to be filled with Your Holy Spirit – I am not satisfied with my present understanding and relationship with You or my present experience of Your Everlasting Life – where is the Power? where is the miraculous? where are the signs and wonders? where is the salvation and the turning towards You from those who come in contact with me? where is the vibrant Power of the Holy Spirit in my life? where is the evidence of the supernatural outworking of Your Indescribable Gift in my life?

    Where is the power of the Holy Spirit in my life? Where is the Power of the Holy Spirit in the Church of the Living God?

    How can this be?

    How can it be that the Church of the Living God – the Almighty, the All-powerful, the Indescribably Almighty and Omniscient God – the God who knows everything, who created everything, who owns everything, who upholds everything, who sustains everything, who can heal and who can deliver and who can release and who can save and deliver from the bondage of sin and slavery to the devil and to his ways, why can I not see this power being demonstrated in my own life and in the life of the Church of the Living God?

    Why can I not see the outworking of the power of the Holy Spirit in my own life and in the life of the Church?

    Why Lord have You not filled us? We are crying out to You to fill us? I know that You cannot fill a proud vessel – search my heart Lord and destroy pride in me – do whatever You have to do – and after You have done this I will ask again – where is the Power of Your Presence?…

    I cling to You Lord like Jacob clung to You and for the Glory of Your Own Name I adjure You by the Name of the Living God – why do I not see the Manifest Power of God flowing through my life and through the life of the Church of the Living God?

    You have promised that the Grace of God will be Manifest to the humble – to those who seek You with their whole hearts – where is the Grace of God Lord for me and for Your Church?

    Lord Your Saints have been seeking You, they have been seeking Your Face in tears and in contrition and You have ordained this – when Lord? how long will it be until the Fire ignites and as on the Day of Pentecost the Spirit of the Living God falls upon the Unified Intercessors who have been waiting for Your Power to be poured out from on High?

    How long Lord, until You make Your Name a Praise in all the earth?

    You have promised me Lord that You will make Your Name a Praise in all the earth…

    How long until You keep Your Promise Lord?

    How long?

    I am grieving in my spirit and my grief grows from day to day…

    No one seems to understand Your will Lord – I am not speaking of Your Intercessors here Lord but I am speaking of Your Church – no one seems to understand Your will Lord and no one seems to have a burden for Your Heart – we are all so self obsessed – we are all so self-focussed – where is the abandonment to Your will Father? where is the Laying down of our lives for Your will? where is that Divinely inspired “other-centredness” which doesn’t care for our own lives but only cares for the Glory of Your Name? Where is it Lord?

    How pale Your Church is Lord – how pale and poor a reflection of Your Glory we have become…

    We are useless Lord, it would be better to just pull the plug and remove us all from Your Presence…

    I am feeling deep pain as I type this and I beg You to have mercy on Your Church…

    Have mercy on us Lord…

    We are undone…

    My heart grieves…

    If the salt should lose its saltiness how can it be made salty again?

    Have we lost our saltiness Lord?

    Can we be made salty again?

    We do not know from what height we have fallen…

    Raise up a generation of Intercessors who will cry and weep and claim and not let go of You – like Jacob – until You bless us…

    You have made promises that You give grace to the humble…

    Where is the Grace that You have given to those of us who have humbled ourselves before You?

    Where is the outpouring of Your Glory upon those who have humbled themselves before You?

    You are duty bound Lord to answer the prayers of those who cry out to You day and night for Your own Glory that You would rain down Righteousness upon us…

    We did not initiate the prayer – You did – You placed this burden on our hearts – not us – we did not think this up, that it would be a great idea to pray for Revival, to pray for the Unity of Your Body, to pray that Righteousness would “drip down from heaven” – we did not have a bright idea to come into Your Presence and petition You on behalf of the Church and on behalf of our nations and our cities and our villages and territories – You did…

    You told us to do this in Your word – You made promises in Your word that You would bless us and rebuke the devourer for us when we took You seriously…

    I have taken You seriously Lord and I have laid down my life for You in this work of Intercession and Revival…

    I am asking You today Lord, how long before You make Your Name a Praise in all the earth? How long before Revival breaks out in this city which is called by Your Name? How long before Revival breaks out in other cities which are called by Your Name in other nations of the earth? Cities with a Prophetic Destiny which Prophetic words have been spoken over making them “called by Your Name” – how long Lord?

    Rebuke me for asking Lord but I will not let go of You – like Jacob before me – until You bless me…

    I will not let go of You until You kill me or bless me…

    I am determined to see Your Name made a Praise in all the earth…

    If I can not see Revival and see the Manifest Presence of God – the Manifest Power of God – bring Revival and bring Unity to the Church of the Living God, if I cannot see those whom You have chosen added to the Church of the Living God from every nation, tribe and tongue and people group on the face of this earth, then I would rather be dead…

    This is my passion, this is my desire, this is my call, this is my destiny, I will not let go of You Lord until You give me my birthright, until You give me what You have promised me and until You give me what You have told me You have created me for…

    Rebuke me, kill me if You will but I will not let go until You bring Revival to the face of this earth…

  6. What I am seeing is that the depth of Revival will depend on the depth of death which is completed in the Intercessor (or Intercessors) who is (or are) burdened by the Lord to pray for Revival…

    I have been seeing that once Revival commences the Revival will only endure if the Saints of God who have prayed for the Revival to commence, continue to pray with ever increasing burden for the Revival to continue…

    There is always more in our death to sin…

    There is always more to our death to self…

    There is always more in our death to the demonic…

    We do not always see the things which operate through us although those around us do see these things, these entities which operate through us…

    It is the Kindness of the Lord to reveal these things to us…

    The Intercessors job never ends…

    Even once Revival “sparks” and continues to spread, even when it appears that it is at its height, it is at this specific time that the Intercessors should re-double their efforts – as led by the Holy Spirit – to go deeper into the Lord and humble themselves further before the Lord and open themselves up to other Intercessors and Prophetic People who they trust to reveal to them any “hidden” things in them that might be hindering the Anointing of God on their lives…

    The Anointing is the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit will not bless or fill – in all His depth and Power – a vessel which still has demonic bondage or selfish conceit or fleshly functioning or indulgence of any sort – the fullness of the Holy Spirit is for those who have been fully broken…

    There is no reputation left in being broken, every ugly secret about who we are will be exposed for all to see, there is no reputation in being “destroyed” by the Lord…

    He is not interested in our “flesh’s” reputation, He is not interested in our feelings or in our sensibilities, He is only interested in accomplishing a fully surrendered vessel which He can live through for His Own Glory and for our greater good and for the greater good of His Body on earth…

    We will look stupid before men, this is part of our call…

    We will need to trust that the Holy Spirit will show those who need to know the truth about what is going on in our lives and encourage them to stand by us and uphold us – as we uphold them as He reveals the truth about them to us – in the purpose of establishing the deepest depth of death that can possibly be established in our lives…

    “For their sakes I sanctify Myself so that they themselves also may be sanctified in the truth” said Jesus and how much more is this true for us who actually have a flesh which needs to die – He was already perfect and did what He did as an example for us to follow – having been made in all things “like unto His brethren” that He might be shown to be a Faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God that He might receive the Glory in all things…

    Praise His Holy Name…

    The death is not pleasant, the death is painful, the death is not understood, the death is not broadcast before men, the death is private and painful – although sometimes the death might become public and shame endeavours to overwhelm the Intercessor as he or she “buries their face in the dust for there may yet be hope” as the scripture says…

    It is worth dying the death – there is no shortcut to Power with God – the secret of the Lord is for those who seek Him (Psalm 25:14 says “fear Him” – I take these to be synonomous) – we must seek Him with all our hearts, He is the Pearl of Great Price and we need to “sell everything we possess” (as He reveals these areas to us) before we gain Him in the practical sense of His Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit taking up practical residence – in the sense of actually living through us every moment of every day – for the Glory of His Kindgom…

    If there is a lack of Power there is a lack of surrender…

    Yes, it might be true that there is no lack of surrender but we are in an “incubation period” but long term if there is a lack of Power and the Lord has not told us that we are in “waiting mode” then there is a lack of surrender and we need to go before the Lord and say, “Search me O God and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting”…

    For those of you who read here I would like to ask you, has the Lord shown you anything about me, which I cannot see which He wants to “cut off” in me? anything which once removed would enable me to bear “more fruit” for Him? I am happy for you to post these thoughts on this thread if you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to do so and I will take them before the Lord…

    I want to die, I am seeing the necessity of death for the Life of God to be able to flow through me as He has planned, I want to see what I cannot see – the flaws in me that others see clearly but which are hidden from my own eyes, I want to see the things which are hindering the Power of God being demonstrated through me for the Glory of His Name – He will get the Glory – there is nothing stopping Him from Manifesting His Presence through us except our own unwillingness to yield to Him – this unwillingness may be unconscious – or may be conscious but unknown in terms of source or what exactly it is or how to get rid of it…

    Let Him rid from each one of us who reads here everything which remains of the flesh in our own personal lives…

    He showed me the other morning that as Intercessors are in agreement – I was thinking of Cindy, Judith, Varienne & I – that we will impart to each other – it will just come out of us – the release which we have each personally experienced from the Lord so that instead of that release just being ours it becomes shared with all who we are “in agreement” with – seeking the Lord with in this act of Intercession (if that is making sense) and what I saw was that the “surrender” becomes corporate – amongst that group of “unified” Intercessors and shared in the sense that we all benefit from the impartation of the surrender of the individual Intercessors who make up that unity – in this sense the Power grows – more people are surrendered in more ways – we have power to impart deliverance to others in every area where the Lord has imparted deliverance to us – Holy Power in the Name of Jesus – and this “fellowship” in Intercession is a blessing both to us and to everyone else who we are Interceding for in terms of Revival…

    We can not impart deliverance to anyone which we have not first experienced ourselves – this is what I believe (the Lord might show me differently but this is what I believe), any time we have experienced deliverance we have Power in the Lord to impart this deliverance to others when the Lord specifically leads us to do so – not just when we think of it or might want to but when He specifically leads us to complete this…

    This is what I have been learning…

    There is great power in corporate agreement in this issue of Intercession – the Power greatly increases in corporate agreement – the more unified Intercessors there are the more the deliverance amongst them can spread and the more the deliverance amongst those they are praying for spreads…

    Only the Holy Spirit can produce this kind of intimacy or unity in Intercession where each one feels that the hearts of the others are being knit together in love before the Lord…

    There is a deep respect which comes with this kind of unity where you just know that those ones are standing with you in prayer and that you are One in purpose and One in the Presence of God – the vision I’ve seen (not a real vision but more like a picture) is like a kneeling figure or a group of kneeling figures and the Power of God being shared between them – free transmission of the Power of God between the Intercessors as we all kneel before God and present our petitions before Him – this is very Powerful…

    I sense our brother Gary is also linked to this unity…

    Establish Your Unity Lord in our hearts and let us demonstrate Your Passion here on earth – the tears which You shed when You were on earth – the deep cries and groans which You uttered when You were here on earth – let these tears and let these cries and these groans – these “birthings” be experienced by us in increasing measure and let the Kingdom of God be born in us and through us to every single soul who God has chosen for salvation in this generation…

    Please let me know anything which the Lord shows you regarding me…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  7. Hephzi says:

    Andrew, your opening post and your last comment caused much thanksgiving!
    “There is no reputation left in being broken, every ugly secret about who we are will be exposed for all to see, there is no reputation in being “destroyed” by the Lord…
    He is not interested in our “flesh’s” reputation, He is not interested in our feelings or in our sensibilities, He is only interested in accomplishing a fully surrendered vessel which He can live through for His Own Glory and for our greater good and for the greater good of His Body on earth…”
    Amen!

  8. Hi Hephzi,

    I believe the Lord is calling us to a depth of Intercession which we have not previously known…

    I’m seeing this quite clearly…

    Everything we do – spending time with our children, grandchilden, going to work, interacting with other people, we do all this and as we do it the Holy Spirit is still at work in us through every day creating the place of Intercession which He is working on at that point in time…

    When we are alone He seems to come strongly on us at various points in the day and the “birthing” seems to take over and the rejection or eviction of evil forces seems to occur…

    We really don’t know the depths of the depravity which we were in before He saved us…

    He brings it all up as we lose control of trying to suppress anything within us or lie to ourselves that the things we experience are just the outside influences of the evil one – yes we do suffer from the outside influences of the evil one but the Holy Spirit does convict us to know the difference…

    As He releases us we are free and we find prayers coming out of our heart – they just come out, we can’t stop them and they are coming from our core – right from our heart – and we know they are not coming from us but from the Holy Spirit Himself…

    When we are in His Presence we say things and we utter things which we know – at that point in time – are from Him and we speak them forward with great authority…

    After His Presence leaves or recedes would be a better word we sometimes have doubts as to what He has said but there is a deep abiding peace behind all that to know that He will do what He has said and that what we have heard Him say will surely come to pass…

    When He has spoken in love…

    I see this receding of His Presence to be necessary to expose the remainder of flesh within us…

    If His Presence was always strongly on us we would be like a bright shining light and the temptation would be for us to glory in ourselves so the Lord withdraws to allow further redemptive surgery to take place and for us to stay “grounded” in our understanding of who He is and who we are and what we are becoming in a practical sense…

    The one thing which holds us like an anchor to our souls is that He loves us and that He will never let us go and that it is His work and not ours…

    He is the One who wants to sanctify us entirely so that our “whole body and soul and spirit may be preserved complete, blameless at the coming” as the scripture says, “of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who called you and He also will bring it to pass”…

    We will experience increasing sanctification, refining and further refining and further refining until the day we see Him face to Face…

    He will never let us go, He loves us and He has committed Himself to us and for us there is no other path but that of submission to His Refining Work in our hearts…

    Time doesn’t seem to be important to Him – He seems to take a long term view – although at other times He seems quite intent on things being completed “right now” before we can continue…

    Even in this place He provides the Grace to confront those things “right now” and enable us to move on…

    God is around you, You are a beautiful sister in the Lord to the Lord, the glimpse I’ve had of your heart is that it is pure in it’s desire to please Him – you have a depth to your heart which you do not yet know – there is great depth in you sister Hephzi – you are precious in His Sight – precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints – Love in the Lord sister, He is carrying you, relax in the process, He will bring you forth as gold, Your pure heart will be a blessing to many that He brings into your sphere of influence, Be encouraged, Love in the Lord sister, It’s all worth it… 🙂

    Andrew

  9. Today has been a hard day for me…

    The Lord has been taking me through lessons on forgiveness…

    I thought I had understood forgiveness and applied it but as I had something happen to me this week which appeared to be an unprovoked attack from someone who the Lord has called me to pursue unity with and although at the time I “stood my ground” and “took it” and forgave – as the days passed I found a real hatred welling up inside me towards this particular person and a remembrance of other times when this particular person had treated me in – what appeared to me to be – the same way…

    The Lord was bringing me to a place where I could wish this particular person well and also commit to “love always trusts” towards this particular person treating this particular person in a way which did not remember anything which this particular person had done to me in the past…

    I saw in myself a level of self protection towards this particular person which I had never seen before – I have not been suppressing any of my emotions today but just “letting them out” – and as I’ve “let them out” I’ve seen clearly how different it is to forgive someone and then “distance” yourself from them – in some way, shape or form – and to forgive someone who you know – or really believe – has “despitefully used you” and yet commit to them again to love them as if they’d never done anything to you at all – “love always trusts” – because you believe this is what the Lord is calling you to do…

    “Seventy times seven” came to my mind today as I thought about this particular person and I had the sense that the pain which I’ve endured so far in endeavouring to come to unity with this particular person is probably only around twenty percent of the pain which I need to endure with this particular person before the breakthrough occurs and I actually reach unity with this particular person…

    I would honestly – and expressed this to the Lord today – rather be able to just “walk away” from any further endeavour to come to unity with this particular person but the Lord is not allowing me to do this…

    As I poured out my heart before Him in much pain – and saw that much greater pain awaits me – I felt His Spirit praying through me and surrendering to continue…

    I can take no credit for this – I wasn’t trying and I was calling God all sorts of “names” for the pain which He has put me through to date with respect to coming to unity with this particular person – but I know that He will endure and He was showing me that He does not give up on any of His Own but that no matter how painful it is for Him to “put up with us” – me, you, anyone else, who are His Own – He will put up with us and His Divine Power is what will enable us to overcome (what appear to us to be) “superhuman” odds to keep “putting up” with others who cause great grief to our hearts and lives as we endeavour to come to unity with them…

    Why am I sharing this?

    We are talking about going to the least of these My Brethren…

    How do we become the least of these My Brethren?

    We become this through suffering and through forgiveness…

    We do not harden our hearts because He enables us to keep offering our hearts back to Him and keep allowing Him to “punish” or “scourge” us “over and over” through the “wrath of man” – Jesus was crushed by the Father through the wrath of the power of darkness and sinful men…

    We say to ourselves, how could this be God doing this to me? but when we look at what happened to Jesus – basically all hell was unleashed against him, “this is your hour and the power of darkness” but the Lord was behind it, “it pleased the Lord to crush Him putting Him to grief” – we see the vast mystery to the Purposes of God and we marvel at our Saviour and at our Salvation…

    No one would think of doing it that way which makes us even more surer that it is the Lord, our Saviour, who is with us…

    To forgive someone when you know – or believe to the best of your knowledge – that they have “despitefully used you” is an amazing thing – only the Lord can do that – it happened to me today – I did not want to do it – but the Lord pulled me through as I poured out my “toxic waste” before Him 🙂 and He came through with a surrender from my heart without any effort on my part…

    I have told the Lord that I will not put in any effort to the work that He is doing in me – cos I won’t be able to keep it up and it puts to much pressure on me – He has been faithful that as I pour out my heart before Him – the good, the bad and the ugly 🙂 – that He hears my heart and answers my cries…

    He is a Good God…

    He is a Loving God…

    He needs to break us but He does not enjoy causing us grief – the only grief He causes us is what is essential for our growth in Him…

    I love Him and I love the fact that there are even greater depths in Intercession which I know nothing of but I know that He will take me into in His time…

    Carry us Lord, we surrender to You, Carry us to our destination in You…

    Thank You Jesus,

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

    • V says:

      Dear Andrew,

      I have been thinking of you so much, and even had a dream last night that you only lived down the road! : )

      More than once now, you’ve asked to be let known about things that might be seen by others in you, yet it is so evident that your will is unconditionally surrendered to the Lord, giving Him permission to be working out the fellowship of His sufferings in your life.

      “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)

      Jesus gave out of His own need. It’s easy to give when being given to, but there is no glory in that. Unconditional love towards ones who are crucifying us, ones who have deserted us, is our place of healing.

      You are right about forgiveness. It’s not about moving on from someone, or just not holding something against someone, but about a true desire for restoration… Of having a vision for someone, of having hope for them to be outworked in their anointing.

      I’ve been consoled by the Lord showing me that my position towards ones who have hurt me, is key to the desires of my heart. In fact, they have become the desires of my heart. I need for them to make it more than me. I feel responsible to pray the way clear for them, to find hope for them, otherwise someone else will have to do it, and more will be hurt by them.

      “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3:2-3)

      Amen. We have this hope Andrew : ) To be like Him.

      Oh Jesus, love others through us as only You can, precious Saviour. Take all our toxic waste and replace it with Love… glorious Love.

      I pray Father, that You would meet Andrew’s need. Fill him with your Holy Spirit. Enlarge his heart. Let him take Your presence wherever he goes, broken and spilled out, for the love of You. In Jesus holy name, amen.

      Love Varienne

    • V says:

      Oh hallelujah… :,)

      Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered!

      Jesus defeated ALL by His walk of the cross…

      Let Love win! Let Love reign! The trusting, hoping, waiting, patient, gracious, forgiving, enduring, merciful, un-ending, sweet, kind, strong, authoritative, saving, delivering, compassionate LOVE reign!

      : )

  10. I’d never seen that before sister Varienne,

    “I feel responsible to pray the way clear for them, to find hope for them, otherwise someone else will have to do it, and more will be hurt by them.”

    That is real motivation to pray…

    That has really blessed me – being part of the solution…

    Getting underneath and lifting up – the Lord has showed me that previously but it’s a matter of practically applying it now – thank you so much for your insights… 🙂

    It’s amazing how much support and closeness we feel to our fellow brothers and sisters when we have “fellowship” with them in prayer…

    This is – I believe what your dream meant – there is closeness in prayer where God knits our hearts together in Him where we really feel a part of each other and of Him – as we pour out our hearts before Him and in fellowship with our brothers and sisters…

    I just had a very encouraging conversation with another brother in another city in New Zealand and he has been going through similar things to me and it was so encouraging to hear him share what the Lord has been showing him…

    I’m heading up to his city in less than two weeks and we’ll meet which is really encouraging to me…

    It’s amazing how we’re all so different and yet the Lord teaches us the same things…

    I went downstairs and played the piano for the first time in a while and felt the Lord’s Presence…

    He shared that the leviathan spirit tried to stop communication between brothers and sisters in the Lord – I hadn’t heard that before – but I’m impressed by that – it sounds right to me…

    My wife also mentioned the leviathan spirit to me the other day – twice in less than a week – so maybe there’s something in that for me to look into – I know it’s mentioned in scripture – I need to understand it further…

    There’s a strength that comes from being crushed – I’m experiencing this – and a freedom to speak your mind not worrying what people will think… 🙂

    Be blessed sister, thanks for your prayers headed my way… 🙂

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

    Ps. I just went back and read again the following statement,

    “Jesus gave out of His own need. It’s easy to give when being given to, but there is no glory in that. Unconditional love towards ones who are crucifying us, ones who have deserted us, is our place of healing.”

    I say a hearty Amen! to what you have shared there sister – this is from the Lord…

    Again, I am challenged to go into these unchartered waters and confront hatred with love as led by the Lord…

    Knowing that He is with me and that this is what He did for me – while I was still a sinner and at emnity with Him He died for me…

    I will go to those whom I am called to go to and lay down my life for them so that they can experience His Unconditional Love – bless you sister…

    Love in the Lord,

    Andrew

  11. V says:

    Haven’t quite worked out how to respond yet obviously 😀

    (Post was supposed to be after yours, Andrew)

    Oh, and this is missing:

    \o/

    : )

    also:

    \o/ (to your piano-playing)

    :,)

  12. I’m not quite sure what happened there Varienne, the dates are definitely “in order” and my comment should have been between your comments but not to worry the Lord knows what He’s doing, Love in the Lord, Andrew 🙂

    Spiritual attacks are something we don’t often see coming until we’re “out the other end” but we see once we are as our whole “mood” changes – I was reminded of that when I talked to the brother I mentioned yesterday evening – it’s just encouraging when more than one person is going through something at one time as it gives us courage and motivation to endure, Love in the Lord, Andrew 🙂

  13. Father, in Jesus Name, I pray that You would break down the barriers in understanding, the spiritual barriers set up by spiritual entities over peoples lives and over the lives of nations which inhibit people understanding each other in the way which You intended them to understand each other…

    I am not talking about the language barrier here Lord, I am talking about the cultural conditioning – not just from our national cultures – but from our generations and from the way our ancestors have related to certain events and choices they have made which have just become a part of us and a part of how we sub-consciously view life – from a “skewed” perspective instead of being able to accurately read another’s heart the way You intended between Your Children…

    O God, how can this wall – this dividing wall – of people not understanding our hearts be broken down so that unity can come in Your Body?

    I am crying out here…

    I have a real life example before me of how there is a blockage to someone I know being able to understand my heart…

    You know Lord of whom I speak…

    How Lord can this blockage be removed?

    It can’t be with words, it can’t be with attempts which I make to “bring” understanding…

    It can’t be with good intentions or trying to “bend over backwards” to try to “get inside” the other person’s head…

    It can only happen via Your Spirit?

    Am I right Lord?

    Only Your Spirit can show me what is going on inside the heart of another one of Your children – only Your Spirit can show one of Your children what is going on in my heart – vica versa…

    Is this correct Lord?

    I believe it is but please show me if I am wrong…

    I just lay down and say, “Lord, I want all who are Your Children to be able to understand me so that I can be in unity with them – both of us knowing that we love the Lord and desire Him above all things – and I desire to be able to understand each of Your children Lord and not to ‘write off’ any who are Your children but to believe in them and accept them and lift them up before You”…

    Father in Jesus Name, I am confused with certain ones who call themselves Your children and yet I do not get a witness in my spirit that they are Your children – how do I relate to them, Lord?

    How do I related to those who I don’t get a witness for that they really belong to You?

    Yes, I love them, yes I desire them to come to know You but do I “love always trusts” with them and just trust them that they do know You when I don’t get an inner witness in my spirit that they do?

    I am confused on this one Lord…

    What is Your truth on this?

    I want to be One with every single one of Your Children on earth – You knew that Judas was a devil – I want to know this too – and be able to treat these ones as You treated Judas – however that was…

    I really don’t know how that was…

    Yes, I want to love them, yes, I want to seek their salvation, but no I can’t believe the lie that they know You if they don’t actually know You, You know what I’m meaning don’t You Lord?

    I’m seeking understanding on this, cos I’m wondering about how it fits in to the death that I’m presently dying…

    Show me the ones who know You Lord, like our brother was sharing with me last night, “As much as it depends on you, live at peace with all men”…

    As much as it depends on you…

    I want to do this Lord and I want to live in peace with all men – especially those who know You – how do I live in peace with those who say they know You but You don’t give me a witness in my spirit that they do truly know You?

    I’m just pouring out my heart here Lord…

    Thank You for listening…

    Give us all understanding Lord – those of us who do know You – of Your Presence in our brothers and sisters in the Lord – and never let us despise Your Presence in any of our brothers and sisters but instead Honour Your Presence in each of our brothers and sisters…

    Help us to know the difference between true brothers and sisters in the Lord – and break down the dividing wall between true brothers and sisters in the Lord – and those who don’t know You but expect us to believe that they do – almost demand that we believe that they do…

    Is it just me Lord? or do others feel the same way with certain people who come across our paths? there’s just a certain feeling with certain people that they are just not “legit” – is that feeling from You Lord or is that part of these “cultural” barriers which I’m mentioning above?

    Thank You Lord that I can pour out my heart before You…

    Establish a “rock solid” knowing in those of us who do know You – like the “My Sheep hear My Voice and they follow Me and a stranger they simply will not follow because they do not know the voice of strangers” sort of knowing – that this, this and this one is our brother and sister and give us a deep and abiding love to all our brothers and sisters throughout the world…

    Whatever our brothers and sisters do Lord – no matter how strange that may appear to us to be – give us that remembrance that You established that “knowing” in us that they were our brothers and sisters so when they are going through trials or valleys or deep places we are secure in our support of them and what they are going through knowing in our hearts that they belong to You…

    I want to be faithful to each of Your Own – because You are Faithful to each of Your Own…

    No matter how much one of Your Own has hurt me or abused me or darkened my life – or how much I have hurt or abused or darkened the life of one of Your Own – forgive me Lord – I want to be One with these ones and commit to them for life – as You do Lord Jesus…

    I commit to each and every one of Your Children worldwide for life in Jesus Name to love them with the Love with which You Love me and to give to them everything which You give me and to forgive them in the way in which You forgive me…

    And to always seek their good and their welfare as You seek their good and their welfare and as You Love them even as the Father has Loved You…

    I Love You Lord Jesus…

    I Love You Father, I Love You Holy Spirit…

    I Love You Lord…

    Thank You for being my Friend, help me to be like You…

    I want to understand people – all people the way You understand them – only You understand what is in all men – all people – only You understand what is in their hearts – this too is what I want to understand – what is in people’s hearts – so that I can respond to them the way You would respond to them were You on earth Lord Jesus…

    Help me and help us all to be a walking, talking demonstration of Yourself to all we come into contact with – I am not “there yet” but I desire to be there in Your Purposes and in Your Plans…

    I want to be One with everyone who You have appointed me to be One with – make the way open Lord for this to occur – I receive it in Jesus Name…

    I receive it…

    Thank You Lord…

    Remove all perfomance from me Lord and bring reality to my heart and to my life I do not want to be like a performer on a stage – I want to be real – like a real demonstration of who You are – if You shake me hard enough all kinds of rotten fruit comes falling out of my tree – I want You to shake me so hard that all the rotten fruit comes falling out of my tree and there is none left – I am not asking You to lead me into temptation but I am putting myself at Your disposal Lord to shake my tree and remove all rotten fruit from me – all flawed thinking – all flawed understanding – all pretense – and make me like You – “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens” – I Love You Lord, make me like You…

    “The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.” (Hebrews 7:23-28 NASB)

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