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There cause Your mighty ones to descend, O Jehovah!

The mighty ones, the overcomers, realize there is a state of war in the universe. They understand the necessity of spiritual warfare. They realize that spiritual warfare is based on the victory of Christ. The mighty ones, the overcomers, are “empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength.” They conquer the satanic chaos in the old creation and carry out the divine economy for the new creation. They are victorious over the attack of death. The mighty ones, the overcomers, are the victory of the overcoming Christ. They are “as beautiful…as Tirzah,/ As lovely as Jerusalem,/ As terrible as an army with banners.” And finally, the mighty ones, the overcomers, fight the battle in the Body. (a summary/ paraphrase of the roman numerals from message six outline)

After the previous messages, had you made up your mind to be not merely in human history but also in the divine history? Did you realize that meant you chose to be a “mighty one”? The above are only a few of their characteristics. Are you discouraged yet?

Trust me, there is no way I can adequately convey the heart and burden of this message, which out of the first six most deeply has spoken to and touched the core of my inner being, but I shall attempt to nonetheless. (It is my blog after all.)

I shall begin with the rewording of the question I left you with after message five.

how do you intend to live out the remainder of your allotted time on the earth?

Making the choice to be a mighty one, an overcomer, that is to not live a life merely in the human history altogether having our orientation set on human history but to cling to our divine, golden history does not mean purposing or promising to be all of these characteristics. But this choice, this decision is to allow the Lord, our older Brother who has already overcome to duplicate Himself in us. That’s right, I can’t do it, I can’t be it, I can’t take it, I can’t make it, but He did, He has, and if we allow Him, He will again!

Well, I think we make that decision, I made it years ago, but I must confess it seems every year I go further and further downhill, and then immediately we want to go into the heart of the battle. But we are too young in growth and too muddied in vision. And so we pray to be empowered in the Lord and the might of His strength, and instead we find ourselves weaker than ever before. There is no life of ease, but chaos upon chaos, and then finally broken, discouraged, distraught spiritually, soulishly, physically, we want to retreat. Have you felt this way? (I must confess, the arrow hit the bullseye.) Maybe, our brother uttered, the Lord is saying, “You prayed to be empowered, but did you ever think this is My way of answering your prayer?” Confer with Paul’s experience in 2 Cor. 12:10, 13:4.

So here we are, or I am at least, not looking back at a distressing past, not looking forward to an unattainable future, feeling weak, heartbroken, discouraged, the Lord seems too far away, uncaring, unseeing, and I am listening to this message about overcoming. Something strikes me from our brother’s words:

Stay in love with the Beloved for only lovers can be mighty.

Stay in love. Only lovers can be mighty.
For it is in Song of Songs that we see how these mighty ones are produced.

Our love affair with the Lord begins in the chaos of our life, in the depths of anguish and despair, in rebellion, and death. Even when we don’t think He is there anymore, when we feel He has forsaken us or when we’ve decided to forsake Him. After thousands of seemingly unanswered prayers, He opens up His being and wave after wave of love is poured out from His being. A mighty, all-conquering tidal wave of love. When this happens, what are you going to do?

Lord, Thou hast won, at length I yield; My heart by mighty grace compelled Surrenders all to Thee; Against Thy terrors long I strove, But who can stand against Thy love? Love conquers even me.

As we allow His love to conquer us, we return His love, we become His duplication and we, like the Shulamite in Song of Songs, become as beautiful as Tirzah, as lovely as Jerusalem. Eventually we are those who love the Lord above everything else, even our own soul life and this, this frail creature, so dependent on her Beloved, so one with His will, so completely given to His purpose and for His satisfaction is the mighty ones, the overcomers, the bridal army terrifying to the enemy, who will defeat Antichrist, and crush the great human image becoming a great, universal mountain and the New Jerusalem, God and man’s mutual rest and satisfaction for eternity.

Saints, may we “give ourselves to love the Lord, for no other way is so rich, so safe, and so full of enjoyment.”

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