There’s a well nearby. You’ve probably seen it. It’s in a dusty abandoned town. You wonder who used to live here and why they all left.

Many people have traveled by this well on their journeys through life, but either didn’t notice it, decided not to check it out, or tried it but left for some reason. It doesn’t appear that the well has been used in a long time. You are not even sure if the water is good. The top of the water looks unappetizing . . . . disgusting actually – covered in dust, dirt, germs, bugs and grime. Who would even want to use this well or drink its water? You dip your finger in to just taste it anyways as you realize how thirsty you are, but you only taste the stuff on top. Yuck. You’re not drinking that! But your thirst remains.

You decide to move on. . . . to find something more appealing . . . more appetizing . . . more eye-catching and tasty. You heard there was something better down the road. So you turn your back to the well and head off.

I urge you to come back.

Things are not always what they seem.

There is more to this well than the casual observer and wanderer will ever know.

Let me help you draw up the DEEP water from the well. That is where the best water resides – where the cooler, refreshing, life-giving water is. It is not tainted by the dirt, dust, germs or bugs on top of the water. Nothing has touched this deep water except the bucket and cisterns that are allowed to draw deep into it.

Are you that kind of cistern or vessel?

Are you ready to go deep?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Faith & the Eyes (tears) of the Lord

Many times, as I am waking up (right when my alarm clock goes off) - I will hear something being said - in my dreams, in my spirit, in my mind. Today it was clear as can be - "Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1). Initially this caused me to think "oh no. What is God going to take away or have me do that will require a lot of faith?!" But then I decided to ask my Daddy above instead! . . . He didn't really tell me . . . nothing specific anyways. But later in my time with Him, He did tell me some other things - and now I see the connection!! :) God is so cool! :)

I wanted to share with you what He showed me - as it's not just for me - but for the church - for His bride. He is calling us to a deeper level of holiness - of purity - of simplicity even. I thought that word - Simplify - was just for me for 2010 - but I have been hearing it all over for the last couple weeks - from other prophetic people and ministers. This message wasn't just given to me - but to many of God's kids who were listening. He wants you to know it to!

I know it looks long - but please read it. I tend to hear God through pictures - and the best way to capture that is to write out what I see as I see it. :)

G – Stop for a minute Lori and look at me. Look into my eyes. What do you see?

L – I see water – an ocean? Water – covering half of your eyes – kind of like peering out a porthole in a ship – with the water half-way up – moving and flowing – bobbing up and down – alive. Almost like tears welling up in your eyes as well. I see a drop from each eye leak out – onto your cheeks – slowly rolling down and dripping off your chin/face. But you catch the tears. You catch them and put them in your mouth. You don’t want them to fall to the ground – you don’t want them to reach the ground – to be wasted. They were not meant for the ground – but for people – for other things. So you put them back in you – in your mouth – to be digested and made back into tears. You are eating/drinking your tears. I see more and more flowing out – filling up your hands – as you cup them to hold all the tears – and then drink them back up. Why are you doing this? Why are you crying and why are you drinking your tears? These don't seem like tears of sadness - but more of an overflow of what's inside of you. Why don’t you want the tears to fall on the ground – to be noticed by the world below you?

G – These tears are for my people. These tears are for you. These tears are for others. But the world is not ready for my tears. They would find them an “inconvenience” – kind of like a rainstorm when they don’t want it. They want the rain when they are in need – but right now – they don’t think they are in need. They have been saturated – not with my tears – but with other things – that have taken the place of my tears. They feel satisfied – they feel full – filled up – so they would not find my tears refreshing or needed – but an inconvenience. I cannot afford to let them feel these tears right now – not because I don’t want them to have them – but I’m protecting them (the people) – loving them. I do not want to push them away from me any more than they are.

But I do want them to have these tears – I do want them to have them. What they don’t know is what is in these tears! They are so much better than what they have been filling their lives with. These tears are salty – just like real tears. But the salt is not there to dry things out – but to preserve things. The tears are refreshing – fragrant actually – and will not only preserve things – but bring new life. There is life within these tears – like little microorganisms, floating in the water – and by introducing my tears onto the soil of earth – into the lives of my people – NEW things will be introduced – things not of earth – but things of heaven – things of ME – that are a part of me – part of my DNA. That is what is in those tears.

I WANT to shed them and allow them to fall onto earth – but my people are not ready for them. They don’t even know that the tears exist – they are not even getting ready or looking for the tears to come. I need them to. There are 2 ways that will cause my people to become ready. . . .either they start preparing and cleaning out the “junk” in their life – the substitutes for these tears – and making room for my tears to come – or there will come a drought – a dry spell – a time that will clean out the junk in their lives for them – in a way that will not be pleasant – that will be very difficult. Either way – the end result will be that my tears will come – that I will be able to pour them out on the earth and introduce new growth, new things in the earth. But which will they choose?

It’s like what you are doing now Lori. You can choose to go through your “things” and decide for yourself to get rid of them, and feel good about making those decisions – or a fire can come along and just burn up everything in your house for you. Either way – you don’t have your “stuff” anymore – but one way is definitely more painful than the other – AND you lose more “stuff” with the second way.

L – I understand. What do you want me to do with this information? I see your heart. I see what you are wanting to do – release more of heaven – more of YOU onto this earth in a powerful, creative, life-giving way . . . and I do know that your people are not ready. Some are. Some are preparing. Some have seen the tears welling up in your eyes and are getting ready – clearing out a spot – clearing out as much as they can – because they know that the more they clear out – the more they will be able to hold when the tears/water/rain falls! If they only clear out a little – they get a little. I want to clear out a lot Lord!

I then see others who do see the tears coming – they’ve heard the “weather reports” – and have said “hmm . . . sounds interesting. I’ll believe it when I see it. For now – I’ll just carry around an umbrella. I’m not sure if I want any of these tears/rain right now. I’ll see what it does in other people’s yards/lives first. Then – we’ll see.” Oh God – my heart aches for those people. They will miss it! They will miss the rain. They think it will remain – but it will be a downpour! By the time they have put their umbrella away and tried to clear out space in their life/yard – it will be almost too late. Some will catch the tail end – and get a little of the rain – but others – will get nothing. The sun will come out/return (the “son” will return?) and they will be left with nothing – left high and dry - everything will be dry . . . no growth – but they will be surrounded by green growth – in everyone else’s yards that chose to clear a way before the rains came.

Lord – I want to clear a way – for me – and help others – before the rain comes. Let us feel some of your tears now (as we clear out) like a mist before the rains come. I do see the downpour Lord – I do see the downpour. It is heavy – it is hard – it can do damage to those that are trying to protect themselves – to cover themselves up. It will demolish any type of umbrella or covering they try to put up. Lord help them! Get ahold of them now! Show me how to help them Lord. Show me how.

G – You have seen correctly Lori. There is a time coming soon . . . very soon – when I will release these tears on the land – enveloping the earth like a huge faucet pouring out water – a tidal wave – it will cover the whole earth. But my people are not ready or prepared. I have called many others to help prepare the way – I have people doing it already – getting ready. I want YOU to get ready Lori – get your family ready – get your house ready – get your life ready. I have so much more to pour out – it is coming Lori. So get ready!

L – How do I get ready? Practically speaking – what do you want me to do?

G – Keep cleaning out your junk – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. Watch what you put before your eyes, before your ears. Watch your gates. Keep them pure – keep them sanctified – keep them cleaned out. Detach yourself from things Lori. They are just things. I can always replace them. Detach. Give them to me. Let me use them for my glory. Everything. I can always give you more. It will be so freeing. Let them go. Let go of everything and anything you hold tightly and dearly to – and give them to me. Don’t I have big hands? Don’t you see how all of your things, all of your relationships, all of your dreams and so much more fits into my hands – with a TON of room leftover?! All that space leftover is where I am going to add all MY stuff, relationships, dreams and more! :) And then give them back to you! Are you ready? Are you getting ready? Do you want it?

Are YOU ready? Are you getting ready? Do YOU want it?

I was curious as to why God would use an image of tears? Why tears? Why not just rain or water? Look what I found out!

Tears provide five functions:

  1. Keeping the epithelium moist, thereby protecting the outer covering of the eye from damage because of dryness
  2. Creating a smooth optical surface on the front of the cornea (which would help you see more clearly)
  3. Acting as the main supplier of oxygen and other nutrients to the cornea
  4. Carrying waste products away from the cornea
  5. Providing enzymes that destroy bacteria that can harm the eye

Normal tears that cover the corneal surface comprise three layers:

  • the lipid, or oil layer, which is the outer layer of the tear film and helps prevent the lacrimal layer beneath it from evaporating or overflowing the lower eyelid
  • the lacrimal, or watery layer, which is the middle layer and contains salts, proteins, and an enzyme called lysozyme that actually protect and nourish the eye
  • the mucoid, or mucus layer, which is the bottom layer of tears. It contains cells called goblet cells that cause the tears to adhere to the eye.

All three layers of tears are necessary for proper lubrication.

Can you see any similarities? Can you see why God would use HIS tears - to pour out on us? To protect, keep moist (from "drying out"), help us "see" clearly, nourish (supply w/ "oxygen" - that which sustains our lives), help get rid of "junk", and fight off the "enemies"! And all THREE layers are needed - oil, water, mucus. (The goblet cells are quite interesting! They actually react to irritants instead of hormones - and the mucus within them is so very dense - that upon secretion it expands almost instantaneously and tremendously (up to 500-fold in 20 miliseconds!). Mucus is there to protect - but in the case of tears - to also help the tears to "stick" to the eyes!

"Eyes" are very important. The Bible is full of references to eyes. It was Adam and Eve's eyes that were "opened" when they ate of the forbidden fruit and sinned. There are many scriptures about finding "favor in the eyes of the Lord". Psalm 33:18 says - "But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love". I could go on and on. There are 509 verses in the NIV that contain the word "eyes"! Do you suppose God is trying to say something about eyes - about HIS eyes - about OUR eyes? Yes! And where do tears come from? Eyes!

I would challenge you to do a word study on "eyes" today. Ask God to show you what He is saying to you about His eyes - about your eyes - and more! As for the verse in the beginning about Faith . . .

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for - certain of what we do not see." - Think about this verse in light of what God said. Are you going to be like one of those "wait and see" people? Or will you take His word (in the Word of God - not just this conversation I'm sharing with you) - believe it - in Faith - and act on it - even though you may not see what you are hoping for or what God has said will happen, etc?! God's truth will ALWAYS trump facts, circumstances, or feelings! Always! :) Yay for that!!!

Get ready bride of Christ! Make your preparations. The wedding is coming! You don't want to be caught off guard!

God is going to be releasing more of Himself (His power, love, miracles, creativity, etc) in the "days" to come! Don't be caught with an umbrella in hand . . . .Get ready to receive ALL He wants to pour on you! You won't regret it! :)

Get ready for the downpour!

L :)


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