The Shadow in the Valley

April 9, 2013 at 3:28 am (Mile Stones) (, , , , , , )

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Psalms 23:3-4

He restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths for the sake of His own name.
Even if I pass through death-dark ravines, I will fear no disaster; for You are with me;
Your rod and staff reassure me.

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger can share its joy.

I love how a string of events, readings, times; minutes and hours that get lived; fall into one single drop of revelation. This happens all the time. Its almost Gods signature of fulfilling His purpose.

I recently read in a book, a comparison to the Valley of the Shadow of Death to the scripture in Proverbs 14:10. Or rather how they are one in the same.

Then at coffee with a dear sister and friend; we spoke of how desperately we hate our “flesh”. With tears and often lacking adequate words to describe how the “chain of events” and movements of Yeshua (Jesus) inside has brought “suffering” into the bitterness of the me/self; with the purpose of escorting it out to make room for His joy.

These two things in conjunction with readings for devotion, scripture, prayer, and the speaking of His voice during duties during the day; all “zoomed in” to the fine point. These two passages of scripture, unveiled and revealing more than the “eyes” can see.

Indeed the bitterness of the heart, the root of it; is our struggle to die to ourselves. This is the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Evil will do its best to convince us this “death” is final, insane, absurd, even ungodly. Yet David in Psalms 23 shows plainly “the work” we do there.

I will fear no disaster…

The working of the will to fear not. And the hope and reason follows.

For You are with me; Your rod and staff reassure me.

Because He, the Shepherd – Yeshua is with me, His correction and sure guidance a promise for eternity!! Proof of or evidence of this follows as I follow the minutes leading up to this one…He is with me and helping “me” to die! His correction a.k.a. perspective changing/vision correction; His staff of defence and provision evident with each new life breath I take…shows fear to the door and swiftly kicks it into “no-man’s land”!!

Then the second part of Proverbs 14:10 jumps out!!

…and no stranger can share its joy.

Adonai is no stranger to my heart…in its bitterness or its joys! This is a mighty promise! Joy comes only from His hand in the bitterness of my inner-person. No one else can trade in such a “market”. Bitterness and joy are Abba’s passion…making beauty for ashes…strength for despair…gladness for mourning. These are the hallmarks of the pathways to peace…beyond understanding.

The hardest work of the Kingdom of God is done inside where we learn to bend our will into His. Submission to a type of “slavery” to often not knowing our knee from our elbow! Just leaping into action out of trust in Him and all He is teaching, showing, leading, guiding us to do, say and think. I really do die everyday when I take His voice and apply it as the melody to the song He is Singing in and over me…this thing called “my” life. Stooping down in those death-dark ravines, and drinking of the waters that seem dark, murky and less than “fit for consumption”…I drink trusting the Hands that turn water into wine!

Oh the deep deep Love of Jesus!

Reminding us always…for those who make Him their refuge…death is only a shadow, with no substance!

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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7 Comments

  1. Rob Barkman said,

    “The hardest work of the Kingdom of God is done inside where we learn to bend our will into His. Submission to a type of “slavery” to often not knowing our knee from our elbow! Just leaping into action out of trust in Him and all He is teaching, showing, leading, guiding us to do, say and think.” very very well said. This is the great need of Christians today. Lord bless you my friend.

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Unto to Him who is able to keep our feet from falling, holding us in the center of safety in His will! Blessings to you Brother Barkman! 🙂

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  2. The Shadow in the Valley | sevv61's Blog said,

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  3. Steve Rebus said,

    Fantastic post, thank you for sharing your wisdom with me this morning! 😀 God bless you.

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