Thlipsis

“I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation……….” Rev.1:9

My heart aches for all the dear precious believers who are sad and in great personal distress, or confused and upset, because they see the intense infiltration of satanic power and activity, into the religion of Christianity. (“Mourn with those who mourn.”) My heart aches for those who are waiting and waiting for “revival” or hoping for it all to just go away. But this is prophetic, this is scriptural, as we know. It will not go away. Christianity the religion will not be “reformed” or “revived” or “purified”………. the only revival in official (State approved) Christianity is a satanic revival. There is intense spiritual warfare in these last days. Yet this apostacy and all the delusions, are judgment from God for those in Christianity who love not the truth (who love not Christ Jesus, but love the flesh and the world and take pleasure in unrighteousness).

He is using this judgment to separate out the sheep unto Himself. But this separation process hurts. Oh how it hurts! There is intense pressure, a pressing, a hard squeezing, anguish, almost likened unto childbirth, it hurts so much. It hurts watching the destruction. It hurts watching the falling away from the faith. It hurts being rejected because of Christ. It hurts being hated. It hurts separating unto Christ. It hurts being removed from “the world and all that is in the world.” It hurts being separated from the false (apostate) Christianity. It hurts being mocked, scorned, reviled and verbally crucified. It hurts proclaiming the truth. It hurts being called crazy, stupid, divisive, lone ranger, negative, heretic, hater, unloving, and blasphemer.

Those on the wide path are not feeling the pressure of these sufferings. Their way and path feels soooo good and fun and pleasing to the flesh.

The way is narrow. The path is narrow. For those walking on the narrow path, walking in the narrow way, there is separation, intense pressure, a hard squeezing, distress, affliction, suffering… mental, social, spiritual and relational anguish and pain. One cannot remain in the narrow way and on the narrow path without going through this thlipsis.

This is all a part of the tribulation.

You are not alone as you partake in it.

Lord Have Mercy on Me

Playing Mercy with Jesus
By: Tyler Kenney

When I was a kid I would sometimes play a game called “Mercy.” A friend and I would interlock hands and try to put each other into painful, inescapable positions. When one of us couldn’t handle any more we would cry “Mercy!” and the game would be over.

Stupid game, huh? But reading in Luke 18 recently I noticed a similar theme in Jesus’ parables and practice.

First, he tells the story of a widow who was seeking justice. Even though the judge was unrighteous, he heard the widow’s case because of her persistence. Jesus applies the parable, saying, “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?”

Next, he talks about the Pharisee and the tax collector who both prayed in the temple. Unlike the Pharisee, the tax collector went home justified, because he recognized his unworthiness and cried out, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

The chapter ends with Jesus’ encounter with a blind beggar who would not quit calling out “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Others were telling him to be quiet, but Jesus stopped and asked the man, “What do you want me to do for you?” At the man’s request, Jesus restored his sight.

In each of these instances the Lord answered prayer—prayer of a certain type: a cry for mercy, desperate and persistent. And this is how he still deals with his people.

The Lord is pleased to help us in our distress, but he doesn’t always answer us right away. Sometimes it feels like we’re playing Mercy with him and he’s going to twist us until all that’s left is for us to beg for help.

Read the rest of the article here.