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Wilderness Seasons

Throughout Biblical history, God has used the wilderness to test His servants in order to perfect His purposes within them. His goal is to speak to the independent heart that leans on its own understanding and call His Sons and Daughters into proper alignment with His Divine order (Hos 2:14).

The wilderness speaks of a barren and desolate area. It is a place where inner needs become intensified and there is no available resources to meet those needs. God seems to want to move us there at times to speak to us about the condition of our hearts.

Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved?” (Song of Solomon 8:5)

There is a heart quality about this “one” who is coming up from the wilderness that attracts the writers special attention. She is “leaning” upon her Beloved. This position of leaning demonstrates the fact that she has become completely dependent upon Him. Something has changed during her time of being in the wilderness which has resulted in her becoming submissively dependent upon the Lord.

This is the quality of Sonship that God is after in us and we must become aware that its the wilderness that produces this in our heart. How often have we murmured or complained about the wilderness experience only to find that there was increased glory as we emerged from this season.

We entered the wilderness season leaning on our own understanding and emerged leaning on our Beloved.

Shake off the fear of abandonment and draw near to the Father who speaks lovingly to His children. He wants to become the Promised Resource for our abundant life.

Recovering the Anointing

“The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27)

Now this seems like a unique Scripture, don’t you think? In some way there is teaching that happens without a physical teacher, no class and no books. The teaching which is referred to here is not man’s knowledge, it is the knowledge that comes only from the Holy Spirit who leads us in spiritual instruction.

  • The Apostle Paul spoke of Holy Spirit things, that the natural man could never wrap his mind around. (1 Cor 2:10)

When we have the presence of the Holy Spirit upon us, we have supernatural knowledge and do not need anybody to teach us, because we are flowing in His anointing. It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that teaches by navigating us (as our Guide) into and around the realms of the spirit world. No one knows how to navigate in the invisible realm of the spirit, like the Holy Spirit. It is a different kind of teaching, but it is even more significant than natural knowledge contained in books. I have heard people say things like, ”you just know it in your know-er”… like a knowing on the inside, in your heart of hearts.

The mind & supernatural life and peace. (Rom 8:6)

Let me caution… there are struggles with this kind of teaching and we must be careful to accurately follow our Shepherd. Some will question your sanity, or be critical of your perception and still others might dismiss your discernment completely. But God has given to each of us a “spirit man” on the inside to listen for His voice. Don’t be nervous. The Holy Spirit desires to speak to your spirit and nurture this knowledge of God; as well as, lead you into a comfortable reliance upon the anointing.

Training yourself to hear the voice of God is the key component! (Jn 10:4)

We can miss interpret God’s voice from time to time even when we have all the visible and invisible facts in front of us. If we get disconnected from His Word or get out of fellowship with His people, our hearing can be distracted by fears or worldly chatter.

Getting lost… even in familiar territory.

When we find ourselves in wilderness seasons or troubled by the volume of outside voices, the Bible gives us some great advice. “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10). God says He will be exalted among the nations and exalted in the Earth. Simply listen for where He is exalted and follow the sound of His praise. God declares that He will inhabit the praises of His people (Ps 22:3). These voices will draw us back to where our journey feels safe once again. His voice is clearest as you get closer to His heart.

The anointing is recovered in His heart!