Friday, March 11, 2016

The Lull Before Breakthrough by Lonnie Mackley

While in prayer I saw a picture of someone on a ship that had been through a very long journey and many devastating storms where everything around them looked very weathered, broken, and spent. Then, as the view zoomed in on the person there you could see that they were in perfect peace and their view was fixed upon the horizon and the great light that was now visible and getting closer and closer to them. Their eyes, although weary and creased welled up with tears of great joy and relief as the land they had sought for so long finally came into view. Then the Lord began to speak to me.
Many of you are reaching the end of your long spiritual transition to maturity, and things are finally beginning to calm down and stabilize as the tormentors are backed off and we are able to catch our spiritual breath. But for some people we have entered a strange lull where it feels like everything is just kind of dead and empty, and even God feels very far away and undetectable. If this is you then be encouraged because you have entered the lull before breakthrough, and soon things are going to burst open as the Light of Jesus leads you all the way to the place of true oneness that you seek.
PS 131:2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.
You see, God has brought us to a place of fuller emptiness and surrender where we are no longer thrashing or grumbling like we did when we were in the thick of it. Now our souls are settling down and trusting the Lord more just because He loves us, and we love Him. Now we are simply seeking Him and His presence, rather than seeking relief from trials, or for new things to happen that we’ve been pulling on Him for. And although this state may feel a bit miserable and bleak, it is actually a place of peace and acceptance where we can now just focus on seeking to abide in His love alone.
JER 24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.
Know too, everything we do up ahead must rest upon God’s word and His abiding presence as we abide in consistent holiness and simple moment by moment trust in Him. We have been returned to our first love, and our First Love is returning to us in a greater way than we have experienced before. All that has happened has been to prepare you so that the Lord could save, heal, and deliver many people through you. So get ready for the main event now, and take this time to reflect upon all that God has given you on this tough journey. Enjoy your short lull, and expect real breakthrough soon!
R 23:18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

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