The heart behind this e-newsletter is edifying love in Jesus! A care package from the Lord’s heart and many of us here at Fire Ministries that have been laboring over the past month to get this ready for you! One special “package” in this e-newsletter is an audio book based on Esther narrated by my sister Jenny. I believe you will be touched by the Lord in a special way through this audio story. Jenny's colorful narration coupled with Lindsey's sound effects will capture your heart in an unexpected way as you listen to this poem/story that the Lord gave several years ago. Another gift in this care package is a song recorded while sheltering in place that is meant for those who want to pour over Jesus. We have also included some current classes recorded in the past couple of weeks from my living room, as well as a few other things.
Isn’t it amazing that “deep can cry out unto deep” from the limitations we may find ourselves in throughout this season? Our spirits are not limited or contained, but rather are being expanded by God Himself for more of Jesus. And yet the trials that bring this expansion can be overwhelming at times … Oh, how we desire to stand with one another in love and cry out together from these difficulties,“Lord, be my Life in new and real ways! We need You!”
Well, let’s do it! Let’s stand together and bring forth Christ, fulfilling our true and eternal purpose! My love, faith, prayers, heart and hands are with you all in His tender care.
Yours in the fellowship of His Spirit,
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Esther audio book - enjoy!
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How wonderful to know that we are standing as one in love and faith as Christ is forming and growing in us. We are together in this process, and I hope that knowledge comforts your heart in knowing that you are not alone. This sweet spirit of “togetherness in bringing forth Jesus” is found in Genesis 35:17-18: “And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing (for she died), that she called his name Benoni (son of my sorrow), but his father called him Benjamin (son of my right hand).” In this passage Rachel is bringing forth her son in sorrow. It was not an easy time in her life. Her travail becomes so great that her soul departed and she died. How true this is in the life of anyone who brings forth Christ! The trials and tribulations we go through have hope if we travail to bring forth the Son in the midst of them! We must lose our life to bring Him forth, for only when our soul departs and we die to self can we finally release the Life of Christ from deep within. The whole process can seem confusing, discouraging, and fearful until we realize the great joy that lies ahead when we finally bring forth Christ (John 16:21)!
In the same place that Benjamin was born, Rachel died and was buried. As Rachel died and Benjamin was birthed, her midwife strengthened her and helped her. She told her not to fear and encouraged her that she was going to bring forth this son. What a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ. We can be together in the process of bringing forth Christ. We can hold to each other and strengthen each other to keep pushing, keep believing, and keep dying to self until our soul departs and Christ comes forth. Instead of being critical and standing afar off from one another during those seasons of “hard labor,” we can nurse each other through the process as members one of another. We can let the love of Jesus flow as our faith strengthens those who are pressing in to know Christ and are allowing the Cross to cut deep. In fact, Genesis 35:20 says that Jacob set up a pillar over Rachel’s grave that remains to this day. We would think that the memorial would be over the life that came forth, which is Benjamin. But God honored the place where the Body of Christ stood together and helped each other bring forth the Son. He set the pillar over the grave, the place of her dying. Not only can our testimony be the coming of Christ from us, but also the spirit of His love that works between us in the process of bringing Him forth. When this spirit works between us it is beautiful and honored in the eyes of the Lord. The reality that He must increase and we must decrease can be something we press into together as His one Body. We are standing with you as you embrace Christ and press in to know Him and bring Him forth. Fear not! You shall have this Son also! Know that you are not alone, but surrounded by the Body of Christ!