The Harness of the Lord

  Here is an interpretation of a vision about horses. I feel it fits with what we have been teaching on becoming His Bride and about not settling for only gifts and anointing’s, as well as dying to self.  Some who chose to run free in the good green pastures and remain there for life, and some who after eating in the pastures, voluntarily chose to then go into the stables of the Lord,or chose to go in deeper with Christ. I feel I have been harnessed by the Lord for almost 2 years and I now understand why better than I ever did. I last sent this out 6 months ago but felt led to send it out again. I cannot say it any better than this. Let there be no condemnation come from reading this word.  I truly hope and pray that is ministers deep into your souls and nourishes you. Love Mark and Cathy
   Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that read it. Hab. 2:2 “Harness the horses: and get up, you horsemen (Jer. 46:4).”
  Let me make it plain. Being born into the Family of God, feeding in the green pastures and drinking of the many streams of the unfolding revelation of His purposes is fine and wonderful. But it is not enough.
   While we were children, young, undisciplined, limited only by the outer fence of the Law that ran around the limits of the pastures (that kept us from getting into the dark pastures of poison weed), He was content to watch us develop and grow into young manhood, spiritually speaking. But the time came to those who fed in His pastures, and drank at His streams, when they were to be brought into discipline or “child-training” for the purpose of making them mature Sons.
   Many of the children today cannot get excited by the many religious games and the playful antics of the immature, (or by playing church). They wonder why the disciplined ones run not after every new revelation or feed on every opportunity to engage in seemingly “good and profitable” religious activities. They wonder why some will not race with them in their frantic efforts to build great works and great and notable ministries. They cannot understand the simple fact that this Company of saints is waiting for the voice of the Master, and they do not hear God in all this “outward” activity.
   They will move in their time, when the Master speaks. But not before, though many temptations come to the playful colts. And the colts cannot understand why those who seemingly appear to have great abilities and strength are not putting it to good use. “Get the carriage on the road,” they say, but the disciplined ones, those who in God’s harness, know better than to move before they hear the voice of the Master. They will move in their time, with great purpose and great responsibility.
   And the Lord made me to know that there are many whom He had brought into training who had rebelled against the discipline, the chastening of the Father. And they could not be trusted with the great responsibility of mature Son-ship, so He let them go back to their freedom, back to their religious activities and revelations and gifts. They are still His people, still feeding in His pastures but He has set them aside from the great purposes for the end age. So they revel in their freedom, feeling that they are the Chosen ones with the many streams of living water, not knowing that they have been set aside as unfit for His great work in this end of the Age. (We are coming to the end of the church age).
   And He showed me that though the chastening seems grievous for the time, and the discipline hard to endure, yet the result with all the glory of Son-ship is worth it all, and the glory to follow far exceeds the suffering we endure. And though some even lose their lives in the training, yet they will share alike in the glory of His eternal purposes. So faint not, saints of God, for it is the Lord that does bring you into confinement, and not the enemy. It is for your good, and for His glory. so endure all things with praises and thanksgiving that He has counted you worthy to share His glory!
   Fear not the whip in His hand, for it is not to punish you, but to correct and train you, that you might come into submission to His will, and be found in His “likeness” in that Hour. Rejoice in your trials, in all your tribulations, and glory in His cross, and in the confining limitations of His harness, for He has chosen you, and He has taken upon Himself the responsibility of keeping you strong and well fed. so lean upon Him, and trust not in your own ability and your own understanding.(It is time to put away all self-reliance)
   So you shall be fed, and His hand shall be upon you and His glory shall overshadow you and shall flow through you as it goes forth to cover the earth. Glory be to God! Bless the Lord, He’s wonderful! Let Him be Lord of your life, friends, and complain not at that which He brings to pass in your life. For in this hour when famine sweeps the land,(natural famine is coming), He shall feed by His own hand those who are submitted to His perfect will and who dwell in the secret place of the Most High. (His Bride)
   When terror stalks the land, those in the His harness shall not be afraid, for they shall feel His bit and bridle and know the guidance of His Spirit. When others are weak and frail and fearful, there shall be those who shall be strong in the power of His might and shall lack no good thing. In the hour when the traditions of the religious systems have proven false and their streams have dried up, then His Chosen ones shall speak forth with the true Word of the Lord. So rejoice, Sons of God, that you have been chosen by His grace for this great work in this last hour.( Many are called, few are chosen)
   The fence which kept the colts in their own meadows and their own pastures mean nothing to the team in the harness, for the gates open to them and they go forth pulling the King’s carriage into many strange and wonderful places. They do not stop to eat the poison weeds of sin,(or apathy or things of this world) for they feed only in the Master’s stable. These fields they trample under their feet as they go forth on the King’s business. And so to those who are brought into absolute subjection to His will, there is no Law. For they move in the Grace of God, led only by His Spirit where all things are lawful but not all things are expedient.
   This is a dangerous realm for the undisciplined and many have perished in sin as they leaped over the fence without His harness and His bridle. Some have thought of themselves as being completely harnessed and submissive to Him, only to find that in some avenue of their life they dwelled in rebellion and self-will. Let us wait before Him “until” He puts His noose around us and draws us to His place of training. And let us learn of the dealings of God and the moving’s of His Spirit until at last we feel His harness drop about us, and hear His voice guiding us. Then there is safety from the traps and pitfalls of sin, and then shall we abide in His house forever!
                                                                                                                              Bill Britton
   Here is a song that I like to pray that fits ever so lovely with this prophetic word. Our friend Linda Morris wrote it and I love it and it is also the cry of my heart.
   Holy Spirit, overshadow me.
 Take me by the corners of my soul and shake me.
 Speak to me, Holy Spirit, I am listening with all my heart.
 what a love!!! You’ve been waiting.
   To break me wide open, to carry Your heart.
  Speak to me, Holy Spirit, I am Yours.
   Oh, my Jesus, draw near to me, consume me.
  I want to know You, only You, my Jesus.
  Break me wide open, I surrender to You.
  I want to know You, everything about You, more and more.
  Only You.
   In this secret place I find You.
  All I wanna do is to lose myself in You.
  In the stillness You are there.
  Lean back in Your arms and just let go.
   I let go.
  Your Kingdom come, in my life.
  Your will be done.
  Your will be done.
   All I wanna do, is lose myself in You.
  Lean back into Your arms and just let go.
  Just let go.
  Just let go.
  Just let go………..
                                        Love Mark and Cathy

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