Feed My Sheep Series -Winter Time Let The Roots Grow

In winter roots grow very deep, growth is always taking place. The trees may look barren, dead, but they are taking deep root. Collecting herbs in winter we look for the roots. The root is the true -life source, it later produces the leaves, fruit, and more. Fruit is born in affliction, trial, hardship, a winter. The sky is not blue, the cold is blasting, esp this year, but the fruit is being born in secret underground and this is the remnant saints.

Our Lord has set all this up for a reason, our Lord knows all the affairs of this evil world, but in such a time great glory, grace, and renewal is taking place.

Never think for a moment God is mean, mad, against you, He is at work, we must allow this work, as he is the potter we are the clay. This is a time of personal deep renewal, it is not televised or spoken of, it's deep and its real.

Beloved today the remnant is taking root, it is bearing fruit and we are being prepared in secret for the day the Lord says, 'its time to stand and take ground I have given you, take your home, city, state, a nation for Jesus'.

I see in my spirit the remnant, I see people weeping, praying and seeking the Lord with all their heart, I see distractions trying to take their time away from the lord.

Do not let current events do not let anything, take your time away from the secret place, the prayer chamber of grace, the holy of holies. I see all of heaven rejoicing because saints today are making their stand. Many know the hour we are in and many are in spiritual preparation this is number one, all else is sinking sand, all else is our thinking, our thoughts hinder our faith as we try and rationalize every move. Do not be foolish, but do the work you are called to do. 

PROPHECY-SHORT EXHORTATION AND COMFORT 

The Lord says, "I am with you I am not against you, I will give you wisdom, strength, and endurance, I will fill you with a fresh anointing, I am waiting for you and I am looking for you, so I can love you and show you I am your GOD.'

I will close this message with Sparks devotion, this devotion is what produced this message, read it slowly, re-read it. Sparks writes very deep and it takes a couple reads to get all he has in his writings.

/And the remnant... shall again take root downward, and bear fruit
upward. (Isaiah 37:31)/

The Lord must have something which cannot be carried away, which
cannot be removed, cannot be shaken, and certainly, something which
cannot be rooted up.

That is His remnant. That, He must have for His
own glory, and, that being so, He will take every measure with His
remnant to have them after that kind, with roots downward. Of course,
unto fruit upward.

We speak much about the upward side of things, life
in the heavenlies, sitting in the heavenlies, and our warfare and work
- the fruitfulness of our life in union with the Lord. That is only
possible as our roots are downward. In order that that might be so, we
have to get into a place of unshakeableness where the roots have got
such a grip that nothing can overthrow. And I believe that explains a
very great deal of what the Lord is doing with His own spiritual
people in these days.

It is true that the true children of God are going through a time of
intense trial and testing spiritually in these days; everywhere it is
so. Why? Because the Lord must have something against which hell is
impotent and by which He demonstrates to the universe that strength of
His might which causes to stand and withstand, and having done all to
stand.

If one were asked what the last issue for the Church in this
age is, I would say that it stands, and that is saying a tremendous
thing. Oh, you say, that is surely limiting things, are you not
expecting much more than that? Progress, advance, sweeping movements?

The Church will have all its work cut out in the end to stand, but its
standing will be its victory. Just to be able, through testing, trial,
when everything is blowing around you like a blizzard; when everything
is dark, mysterious, and even God seems far away and unreal, and faith
is tested and you are being assailed on the right hand and on the
left, and there is every reason outwardly for your moving, giving up,
falling down, surrendering, lowering your standard, just to stand and
not be moved in your faith is the greatest possible victory....

We are
passing through deep experiences, the enemy is doing it and the Lord
is not preventing him, but we are coming to a fuller knowledge of the
power of our God and a deeper rooting beyond all previous
shakeable ness. And the Lord is seeking to have a people who cannot be
shaken, against whom hell with all its demonstration of arrogance and
pride, is impotent. “/And the remnant... shall again take root
downward./” That is what the Lord needs.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Rooted and Grounded


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