September 7, 1992
Most desert saints, for all their awareness of false human control through others, are not aware of the depth of false personal control they exercise over their own lives. Their vision of Jezebel in the church has stirred their willpower to escape and keep pure. Yet that very willpower by which they escape and maintain self-control carries the same strain of jezebellic stronghold as that from which they have escaped.
Desert saints are blind to this internal stronghold because it hides as a tare behind the wheat of Spirit-motivation that leads them to resist evil. Yet it is this same force of willpower by which these saints come under the legalism of executing their own prophetic vision of the Church, and the fear, condemnation, and self-judgment of failing to fulfil their vision—a judgment that leads to inhibition of personality, family control and "protectionism," deadness of fellowship together, and chronic joylessness.
This hidden self-control sets up a force field around the lives of desert saints that makes them seem unapproachable. This force field actually contributes to the reaction against them in a church when they obey the Spirit to take a stand against false human control in church leadership. That they are moved by God's Spirit is not in doubt. But because their confrontation is tainted with self-control through willpower, it leaves them open to victimization by the jezebellic force they are resisting. The resulting excommunication is partly due to that willpower.
God uses excommunication to help purge prophetic saints of the self-control tied to their vision. As they learn to yield up that control and become vulnerable to their enemies, the Spirit of God actually becomes their shield when the Father leads them to submit afresh to church structures still tainted with false control.
What their vision was unable to accomplish through the taint of willpower leading to attack and excommunication, God now accomplishes through a quiet meekness. Their vision is no less, but now the Presence of God replaces their willpower as their force field.
That force not only repels jezebellic attacks, but stops the mouths of men and lions. It silences those who would oppose them in the church. Where need be, it actually removes men from power who would seek to remove them. The force of God surrounding a vulnerable will-broken "David" is what dethrones the "Sauls" who retain their grips over the churches.
The innumerable Sauls who have excommunicated the Davids of God will bear their punishment. But the focus for Davids is not the judgment of the Sauls, but submission to the dealing of God for the exposure and purging of self-protection and control over their own souls.
As prophets learn to stay centred on their own need for deliverance rather than on the false control in others which God calls them to expose and flee, they will see great victory as God moves men and mountains to establish their place in the congregation of the saints.
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written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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