BELIZE JOURNAL, PT. 2. And now for a word from Terri Westby, intercessor with the First Nazarene Church prayer team in Belize City. Like Neri Wade, she also believes that 2015 is the favorable year of the Lord. It is a year when our favor with God will shine and draw people to Him. We are to focus more on Him personally and what He is doing, than on what is happening in the world at this time. For “darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples, but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light” (Isa. 60:2-3). Our light will be His light.
We can empathize with people in darkness without going into the darkness ourselves. As long as we stay in the light, abiding in the Lord, people will be attracted to the light on us, and to the Lord in us. We will need more of the Lord the more we have contact with people in darkness. Otherwise we may be dragged down into darkness ourselves. We need to be covered in prayer. We need to keep a hedge of protection. We need to stay in the narrow way that leads to life. When we begin to veer from His way, we must turn back to Him. We must wait on Him until He brings us back into the sure and powerful flow of His Spirit.
For “those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Isa. 40:31). We will learn four speeds with the Lord: waiting, flying, running, and walking. This discipline is simply to recognize and do what He is doing. We will become weary if we are trying to walk when He is giving us grace to run. We will become weary if we are waiting for Him while He is giving us grace to mount up on wings and fly. We will become weary if we are trying to get away from Him while He wants us to be yoked with Him. He says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt. 11:28-30).
In a sense, the burden is His light that causes us to arise and shine. We must keep arising and growing in His light. If we are content to stay where we are and refuse to change, we will be overwhelmed by the growing darkness. When we connect with others who are growing in His light, His light on us will grow. Then more people who are in darkness will be attracted to His light shining upon us. It won’t be our glory. It will be the Lord’s.
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