This morning I had a vision (dream) of a little girl… perhaps about 5 or 6 years old: Innocent. She reminded me very much of my oldest daughter when she was that age, in that she was so pure and innocent, and she had blond curly hair. This poor precious child though, was not at all like my child had been. I never heard her speak and I never actually saw her “do” anything, but I was infused with the understanding that this precious little girl was one way on the “outside” but she was USED for unspeakable things that I cannot comprehend. This was not her will. Her own will had been completely removed from her and she was a counterfeit of the real. As I looked at her and understood the things that she was doing, I knew it was not “her” doing them. That which had become her “master” and controlled her was doing these things. In my heart, I still perceived her as the beautiful, pure and innocent little girl; Her “real self” was so separated from that which the outward self was forced to do… it was like she was simply a “cover” over the hand of the one who worked the deeds. I cannot describe the things the “Thing” that used her made her do, but I know I was stunned and astounded and filled with anger and compassion at the same time. There was such a division between her real nature and what she was used for! I argued to my reasoning, “This cannot be…”
Then I heard the voice of my Holy Father speaking through His Spirit…
“This child is no more culpable for what she is used for, than the horse with a bit and whip applied to his back.
It is not the will of the horse that he be ridden in a brutal insane frenzy,
and it is not the will of the child.
The greater evil is against the child,
due to her position as being created in the image of her heavenly Father.
All who violate the innocence of children, do so for the purpose of desecrating the image and likeness of their Creator!
This is why the enemy preys on the innocence of children!
That is also why the Lord God looks to the heart to see what is in the heart of the child and the man.
If it is NOT according to the heart of the child to do evil, but rather it is imposed and informed upon them, then it is the ones who impose their will upon the child to do their acts of evil, that are culpable for the acts of the child.
And the man, who on the outside does works that look good to the eyes of man, if his heart is unclean and filled with dark intent and motives, their works are defiled as well.
—The LORD tries the reins of the heart!
What is driving the actions?
What is holding the reins of the actions of the man or child?
Again, I see the motives and intentions of the heart!
Is the motive mercy and kindness, or is it self gratification and gain?
Is it against the will that they act, or is it according to their will?
I Am a perfect and just judge.
That is why you are to pray for those who persecute you!
You do not know their motives!
You do not see their heart!
The motive of the actions of Paul (Saul) were to serve and to please Me with his zeal for Me!
The actions of Judas were to benefit himself and his greed for recognition and profit.
IN their end, their true natures were made known.
The works of Judas shall not last.
The works of Paul are forever.
The one is a betrayer of the Son of God, and the other went out into the world, teaching and preaching the truths of My Kingdom.
This he did free of charge, delighting in not accepting what was his to receive; —That he should receive his living from his labor in My field.
But that he gave as an offering to Me.
Knowing full well, the priest is supported by the people he serves, Paul looked to Me and delighted in receiving his living, not from the ones he served, but from humbling himself and becoming a tent-maker, and looking to Me.
This he did not do with pride, but with humility and joy as he would not lay any burden upon the tender lambs of My flock.
Do not judge according to what you see.
Do not judge according to what you hear.
Do not judge according to the flesh, but lift up your enemies to Me and I will be glorified as I set the prisoners free and trip up the “free” to show their true nature!
Things are not as they appear in this material world.
This is a realm of many, many slaves and prisoners, and few there are who are indeed free!
Pray for the freedom of all!
Those who are not Mine are to be separated from those who belong to Me.
I will have all My children!
Behold, many look like the enemy but they are not!
Many look like My children, but they are not!
I behold the hearts, and I know My Children and they know Me!“
I see this as a natural struggle, as there appears to be ever more exploitation and corrupting of our children by the world. This is such a comforting Word that assures us that the Lord discerns our hearts! He knows our inner struggles. He knows if our love is for Him or not, no matter what our outer life shows. There are many who are trapped into lives they did not choose for themselves.
Some time ago, my dear friend shared with me the story of a woman she had met. She was described as “beautiful, with a radiant light that shined through her eyes: She was a lover of her Lord God and follower of Jesus Christ.” Her life story though, was astonishing: She had grown up in a brothel. From an early age, she was forced to surrender her body to defilement while her soul longed for freedom! I do not remember how old she was when she learned of her Savior, except that she was still young. Year after year, decade after decade she endured, and held onto her love and trust in her Lord. Finally, when she was 50 years old, and no longer as profitable to her owners, she was turned out onto the streets. She was finally free! My friend met this beautiful, gracious woman years later and was equally astonished that she appeared to bear no bitterness or outward indications of her former life, except a profound joy and appreciation of her freedom. She was now free to live according to her hearts desire for her Lord, who preserved her through the difficulty of her life.
Why do some people have to suffer like this when they love the Lord? Because the world hates innocence and goodness, and the beauty of the Lord is insufferable to them. But would she be as incredibly powerful in her witness in her testimony of His faithfulness in and through all things if she had not endured what she did? Would the beauty of her grace be as striking and her internal light be as bright in any other way? Would her treasure and reward in heaven be as great by any other path?
I would have to suppose that she came to know the Lord Jesus in a way that very few ever would! And, I would have to believe that she developed a faith far beyond what any, who had not walked a similar path of suffering could know. Understanding that Faith is the currency that pleases our Lord and Father, and she is rich in it… I am reminded that Jesus said the Lord had made the poor to be rich in faith! And without Faith it is impossible to please God! Oh my goodness!! What an incredible testimony!
The other application of this vision from the Lord is in the spiritual. Our own personal struggles with sin in our members as the Apostle Paul put it! We do not necessarily need to be enslaved as this woman was physically, we are all born slaves to sin! Reading from my Passion Translation, Romans 7:14-25 illustrates this perfectly! —” For we know that the law is divinely inspired and comes from the spiritual realm, but I am a human being made of flesh and trafficked as a slave under sin’s authority. 15 I’m a mystery to myself; for I want to do what is right but end up doing what my moral instincts condemn. 16 And if my behavior is not in line with my desire, my conscience still confirms the excellence of the law. 17 And now I realize that it is no longer my true self doing it, but the unwelcome intruder of sin in my humanity. 18 For I know that nothing good lives within the flesh of my fallen humanity. The longings to do what is right are within me, but willpower is not enough to accomplish it. 19. My lofty desires to do what is good are dashed when I do the things I want to avoid. 20. So if my behavior contradicts my desire to do good, I must conclude that it’s not my true identity doing, but the unwelcome intruder of sin hindering me from being who I really am. 21 Through my experience of this principle, I discover that even when I want to do good, evil is ready to sabotage me. 22 Truly, deep within my true identity, I love to do what pleases God. 23 But I discern another power operating in my humanity, waging a war against the moral principles of my conscience and bringing me into captivity as a prisoner to the “law” of sin–this unwelcome intruder in my humanity. 24 What an agonizing situation I am in! So who has the power to rescue this miserable man from the unwelcome intruder of sin and death? 25 I give all my thanks to God, for his mighty power has finally provided a way out through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed one! so if left to myself, the flesh is aligned with the law of sin, but now my renewed mind is tied on and submitted to God’s righteous principles.”
I LOVE what follows!! Romans 8:1, 2 ” So now the case is closed! There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. 2 For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death.”
Glory to the Lord! HE sees your heart! He discerns what is in our heart! He knows our struggles against our flesh… and the battle to do what our love for Him yearns to do! He has eyes to see what we are struggling against and He love us! He loves us in and through all our struggles. His grace flows abundantly when our flesh is the weakest! Didn’t Paul say that the Lord said when we are weak, then He is strong! His Grace is enough for us! This is extraordinary grace!
This Grace of the Lord is the beauty and innocence I saw in the child in the vision. I did not see the things she had done in the body… only her innocence with a knowledge of the deeds against her will. And this is also the beauty of the woman who had lived the life she was forced to live, yet never forsaking in her heart, her love and trust in her Lord. The resulting grace and beauty of this trust was evident in her face and countenance when she was finally freed. His Grace covers us!
We are covered by Grace! When He looks upon His beloved children, He sees through His covering of Grace! He sees beauty and love and innocence. He sees His precious children!
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples; And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free… If therefore the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.”
John 8: 31,32, 36