I knew you to be a hard man…

Was the Lord really a hard man?

Did the servant misunderstand who the Lord was?

I believe he did – the Lord’s response didn’t repeat the servant’s understanding of Him…

If we believe the Lord to be a hard man how does this affect our response to Him?

Have you ever met – on the internet or in real life – a person who gives you the impression that God is a hard man – you have to be so careful around God?

I have and there is no life in them – they are suckers up of the life that it is you and make you – if you hang around them for long enough – to doubt the freedom which Christ has brought you into…

It is for freedom that Christ set us free…

A God who just wants you to wait for Him to transform you and then “go with” His “moving” in you is not a hard man God…

His yoke is easy and His burden is light – this is the truth – He loves us that much…

If we have the hard man God mentality then unfortunately that is what we experience from Him – God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble – if we are proud and try to make ourselves suitable for Him before we do anything for Him – we are actually resisting Him and His work in our lives…

God calls us to serve Him even when we are not perfect…

Yes, if He wants us to reach a certain level of perfection before He releases us into a certain call then He will prepare us for this – and I believe in this – but there are other times when He asks us to do things when we don’t feel ready at all…

Moses experienced this – after being prepared for forty years in the desert he wasn’t ready (he wasn’t willing – I know this in my spirit) – and tried to fob God off – when the Lord told him to go and do the thing which the Lord had told him – and prepared for him – to do…

Why did Moses do this?

I don’t know…

But God’s anger burned against Moses when he wouldn’t believe what the Lord was telling him…

Why do you think God got so angry with Moses?

I think it was because the Lord had specifically said what he was to do and Moses didn’t just believe it – not trust in his present level of yieldedness – but just trust in the Lord…

Do you see what I’m saying?

We can’t wait until we believe we are ready to serve God – we must respond to when He calls us into His service – and when we are called we aren’t saying, “but I’m not ready” but we’re trusting in the Lord to lead us anyway…

Does this make sense?

I think it does…

The Lord has taken me through a few different seasons of waiting and I know He’s told me to do this but I know there’s a day coming when this will shift and He’ll say, “right, now we’re ready to go” and I’ll probably go, “well actually I’m not ready” – but I hope that doesn’t happen – I hope I respond, “yes Lord” and not worry about how He’s going to do it – I think He’s going to help me with this so I can “go with” Him in this…

I had an experience which is still on going – where I went ahead of the Lord and because of that I really struggled to “come up” to the surrenders which the Lord was calling me to…

When we “flow” with the Lord He is able to release to us at the time – the appropriate time – into the “level” which we need – so we’re kind of “flowing” along with Him not knowing what’s coming next and not knowing how we’ll handle it but having a peace from Him that we will – I’ve experienced this…

I’ve blogged on things which I know nothing about because He’s told me to and as I type the wisdom comes out of my fingers and I re-read what I write sometimes – quite a few times – at a time when I need to hear it – and then I see the Lord’s wisdom speaking through me – I know it at the time but don’t always understand – sometimes I learn later – or as I read it again later on down the track…

We must trust in the Lord and realise that He isn’t a hard man…

He’s not…

He wants us to succeed…

He’s not saying, “clean yourselves up before I can use you”…

He’s saying, “surrender to Me and I will make you capable of serving Me as I lead you”…

Yes, there are levels and you do have to have certain things established in you to walk in different levels but the Lord does this in you as you naturally “travel along” – you don’t have to go and hide away or live in a cave until you sort yourself out until you can be used by God…

I have seen this – observed this – and I know that it doesn’t work – it just doesn’t – time away from something doesn’t make it go away…

Absence makes the heart grow fonder – so if the root isn’t dealt with in your heart it will come back with a vengeance…

I’ve experienced this – it doesn’t matter how far down you “stuff it down” it will always come back – so what’s the point? – what’s the point of distancing yourself from the things which tempt you?  What’s the point?

Those who believe that the Lord is a hard man say, “do not taste, do not handle, do not touch”…

“Make sure you don’t do this, this and this”…

That is the hard man attitude…

What God actually says is to let go – to stop trying to improve ourselves and to let Him do it – when He does it, it works – it sticks – this is what He’s taught me – it is scary – you feel “exposed” but it works and it works faster than any other way (other ways don’t work at all)…

It doesn’t hurt to surrender to the Lord – yes, it hurts in terms of the fear factor that needs to be overcome but once that is overcome its not long term pain – it is often over very quickly – weeping may last for a night but joy comes in the morning – I’ve experienced this – He holds it over me so to speak and I can’t escape it but then after that pain, it’s over and I’m released – its very easy…

It freaks you out living this way but He is in control and at the end of the day its only important what He thinks of us…

What I’ve found is that He is the opposite of being a hard man…

He is so “easy” when we are surrendered to Him – sometimes He’s “hard” and that’s when we’re being proud – He’s “hard” to us when we’re proud as He’s trying to break this out of us…

That’s been my experience anyway – I know this is the way He works – but when He breaks through its precious – so free…

Up and down, up and down, surrender after surrender – with breaks in between – but we’re learning of Him – learning that we can trust Him and learning that He is patient – He is patient with us – He is – while we are patient with others – but I’ve also seen on the flip side – when I’m holding expectations over others then the Lord “turns” and starts doing the same to me…

Why?

He is reminding me of how it feels – I let go and He lets go of it over me…

That’s my experience…

I’m rambling…

All I want to say is that the Lord is not a hard man – He is so easy – He has so much more freedom than we’re aware of…

Like the other day where He showed me that I could be a father, brother and friend to any female on the planet – I was brought up to avoid females – avoid temptation – but it stuffed me up – it made me go all twisted inside and it’s only now as I let go that I see that I can do all these things and trust the Lord – the Lord – Jesus – was a friend of sinners…

He was a friend of prostitutes…

And yet He never sinned…

He didn’t cross the line into becoming involved with females or males in any other way than as a father, brother and friend…

Jesus wasn’t given a wife on earth – it wasn’t the Father’s will – it just wasn’t…

He wasn’t given any sexual desire because it wasn’t the Lord’s will for Him…

And never will be…

I feel free – the enemy would tell us not to associate with members of the opposite sex and he does this to keep us in fear – yes, we must flee fornication – we must – we can’t stand in the physical presence of sexual seduction – but our purity – worked in our hearts by the Lord by enjoying what He has freely given us – is enough to keep us pure in those situations and politely “draw the line” between friendship and sexual involvement – I am speaking plainly – I feel someone needs to speak out about this for those who are “trapped” or “reclused” by these Satanic lies…

I hope I’m “making sense”… 🙂

The Lord is able to help us in temptation – we don’t ask the Lord to lead us into temptation – but to the pure all things are pure – that is our promise – and as I blogged on here somewhere recently – even if we find in ourselves impurity then as we follow the Lord – and not bury our talent in the ground – He is able to make us stand…

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delighteth in his way, though he fall, though he fall he shall not be cast down for the Lord upholdeth him with His Hand – as the scripture in song song says…

Exciting stuff – so throw off those inhibitions – the Lord wants you to trust Him – He will always protect and hold your hand when you step out and trust Him – but if you shrink back His soul has no delight in you (even though when we are faithless He is still faithful – but this is a different experience – the shrinking back is refusal to trust in the Way and a rebellious decision to trust instead in ourselves – I’ve been there on both counts) – what pleases the Lord?

Faith – and without faith it is impossible to please God – what sort of faith?

Trust – trust in everything He says – obedience is trust in everything He says – whether that puts us outside our comfort zone or right in it – either is possible – and we must (should) trust Him for both – I don’t say should with a gun at your head – I’m just seeing that He is worthy of my trust – He is – and so I’m starting to want to trust Him – more and more and more…

Reveal Jesus to me…

Reveal Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit to me…

How can we surrender to Jesus when we don’t know Him?

When we know Him we will naturally want to be like Him…

He came to set us free – He was free – He was not miserable on earth – even though He knew sorrow and grief – He was not miserable…

Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty – Praise His Holy Name – remember this – anything else is of the devil…

So, taste and see that the Lord is good – how blessed is the man who trusts in Him – as the scripture says – Praise God – Love you all, Andrew

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 mid-forties (I feel so old saying that)... I am blessed to be married with five children and six grandchildren... :-) I am at present a Technical Director - Design, 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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