The Lord has been speaking to me lately about the joy of suffering for Him. He said to me, “Look at the life of the disciples and of Jesus. They chose to let go of the things of this world, they chose to be broken, persecuted, and rejected. They choose this road because they knew the joy set before them far outweighed the sufferings they were enduring. They knew who they were, and why they had to be broken and pressed on every side. The disciples had a Heavenly perspective and felt honored to be chosen for My Glory.”
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. Romans 8:18-19 NKJV
The Holy Spirit kept prompting me all day to pick up my guitar and worship Him. While sitting at the dinner table He said to me, “Pick up your guitar and worship me, I have something to show you” As i was worshiping Him I went into a vision and saw myself surrounded by brilliant light. Then this light penetrated through me like white laser beams, and I saw a vase with big cracks in it. Through these cracks, these same brilliant white beams were shining through it.
The Lord was highlighting to me that through our brokenness He can truly emanate His fullness. Through our weakness, He can shine and reveal His Glory. It’s not about gifts. It’s about allowing Him to take over and shine through our weakness, so He gets the Glory.
From the beginning, God declared, “Let brilliant light shine out of the darkness.” He is the one who has cascaded His light into us—the brilliant dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into the face of Jesus Christ. We are like COMMON CLAY JARS that carry this glorious treasure within, so the extraordinary overflow of His power will be seen. NOT OURS. Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are PERSECUTED BY OTHERS, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 TPT
As I was pondering on these things He said to me, “I am choosing the least likely candidates to be My mouthpiece. In their weakness, I will shine forth so I get the Glory”
I was so undone as this word resounds in my spirit. I felt the joy Jesus felt as He endured great suffering. Holy Spirit started to flash images before my eyes of all the things people have endured throughout their life. As I saw these things, I felt such overwhelming joy that He has chosen the least likely ones to be His vessels for His Glory! He is going to use our sufferings to be a message of hope to a dying and lost world. This is why the disciples had uncircumstantial joy because they knew they were chosen. They knew the joy set before them, and the souls that would be won through their brokenness. Their pain had become their purpose. Their brokenness had become their message. Through their suffering, they experienced deep intimacy with the Father and was able to impart that to others.
But He answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. FOR MY WEAKNESS BECOMES A PORTAL FOR GOD’S POWER.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 TPT
The Lord showed me in a vision, a grave with hundreds of bright green stones that were emanating living light. These stones covered the top of the grave. The Lord said to me, “When My people choose to die to the things of this world and allow suffering to do its perfect work, then My Glory light shines forth to bring resurrection life.” So that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. 2 Corinthians 5:15 TPT
“THE LORD IS AWAKENING HIS BRIDE RIGHT NOW TO HEED THE CALL AND ALLOW SUFFERING TO DRAW YOU EVEN CLOSER TO HIS HEART. IF YOU HAVE ENDURED MUCH, TAKE COURAGE YOU ARE ONE OF HIS CHOSEN VESSELS. KEEP GOING YOUR PROMISE IS SOON APPROACHING!”