Streams In The Desert


We are drawn to the water

We are drawn to the water

This book, Streams In The Desert by L.B. Cowman,is a book that I read almost daily. The Lord always has a word for me in this book.

I have used it over the years and marked in it  many times. It has ministered to me in countless ways and all of the scripture passages are divinely directed for each day.

When I am going through severe tribulation in my life, this book has spoken right into my circumstances. When I am at peace and full of joy, it has spoken to my spirit as well. How does it know? Well, the Holy Spirit knows the heart of all men. Whether a person is submitted to the Lord or not, He has a way of reaching us and speaking in a way that we can understand. He is always with us.

I went out to my mailbox one day last summer, when I was at the peak of my anxiety with my Post Traumatic Stress, and I found a dead iguana. It’s throat had been slit and eyes poked out. I was so alarmed as my ex-husband stood before me with my son; I pulled it out by the tail and said, “See?” I knew that my ex-husband had no idea of the level of spiritual battle I was involved in. I would battle in my prayers and the Lord constantly reminded me that worry and anxiety were not from Him. He gives us peace, and as He says, “perfect peace, unlike the world offers.” I knew I was not experiencing this perfect peace, because the enemy of my soul was bringing out the big guns from his arsenal and I was afraid.

After I threw this iguana in the trash and stopped trying to figure out what person was responsible for this atrocity, I brought the mail into the house.

This is when the Lord spoke to me. “Didn’t I tell you that you trample scorpions and serpents for my name sake? Didn’t I show you as an example that you are the Head not the Tail?” He reminded me of His love for me and “not to be afraid of those who can kill the body, but rather fear the one who can kill both body and soul.

Yes, now I am remembering His words to me, which are the words of Life. I looked down at my mail and right on top was the magazine that I have and it is also a message from the Lord. “Israel, my glory.” This iguana was laying right on top of it. The Lord had spoken to me long ago and told me that I am a picture of Israel to Him and should apply all of the same promises made to her, also to myself. He also reminded me that this was not a coincidence. Satan hates Israel and anyone who bears her name. The one whom the Lord has called and is in covenant is going to be the object of Satan’s hatred.  All believers in Christ, are considered part of this same covenant through Abraham.

He told me that I should remember all of these promises made by Him, my heavenly Father and He will never break them. As I looked at this writing, “Israel My Glory,” I felt as if He had just reached out of heaven and sent me a little love note. Something to remind me that I am “ruling and reigning with Him in heavenly places.” This little fear tactic by the enemy shall have no power over me, but I was reminded by the Lord to pray for anyone that is being used as a servant by these dark spirits. They are the ones that are in great peril.

Yes, I have suffered. Tremendously, however, as I read the passage from today, I saw such an interesting quote by a Roman soldier; When a Roman soldier was told by his  guide that if he insisted on taking a certain journey, it would probably be fatal, he answered, “It is necessary for me to go-it is not necessary for me to live.” (Streams in the Desert. September 10, Special TBN Edition)

The Lord can never use a person that is still holding onto themselves. This soldier showed a perfect example of a life lived for the purpose of his mission, whether his life is lost or not. “Whoever finds his life, will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” How many people have this conviction to follow the path to life? Not many, in fact scripture tells us this.

Check yourself; if you are on the road that speaks, “everyone is doing it.” Believe me, you are on the wide road and many travel on it. It is the road that is very narrow, with few traveling along, that you must find, if you are to attain life eternal. Then all of this suffering and efforts to reach some kind of worldly status, is unimportant. It will pale in comparison to the one who Has called you and the mission He has called you to.

If you are parched from this world and you’ve reached to top, and found, there’s nothing gratifying about any of this, it’s because you were following after the wrong things. Now you have asked, “Is this all there is? Why do I still feel empty?”

You are a desert. Jesus Christ is the Living Water, and once this desert has a drink of this Living Water, you will ” never thirst again.” Take it and drink it. He became a drink offering for all who thirst!”

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ruthe Sprowls
    May 19, 2011 @ 18:36:31

    Excellent post

    Reply

  2. Bill Bartmann
    Sep 21, 2009 @ 13:07:06

    This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read.. ..

    -Bill-Bartmann

    Reply

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