Stumps


Beloved,
This is a time of heart cleaning.
    Like spring cleaning
My desire is to meet with you.
Cobwebs are to be swept out.
Water is to be poured forth.
There will be:
    Newness,
        Old revealed.
Beloved
There has been much clearing done in your heart.
Now there are stumps left.
Most of the roots are dead.
But the stump remains.
    Unsightly,
        In the way,
            Something you have to navigate around.

Some stumps become, so you think, almost pretty.
They are used to set things upon.
But, Beloved, the stumps need to go in order for the land to be fully utilized.

You have seen a stump being removed.
There are several ways to do that.
You can tie chains to them and pull them up by brute force.
You can dig and dig and dig and finally dig them up.
Or, you can call in a stump grinder.
That is the fastest most efficient way.
It is painful at the time.
But in the end, when all the stump is gone.
The beauty shines so great, that you will know it was worth it all.

Come to Me.
Allow me to show you the hidden stumps.
Beloved, the stumps get in the way of your walk with Me.
Just as you once had huge walls and thought they were normal, so also do you have these stumps.
Others trip over them.
Some see the stumps and are fearful to approach.
Together we will meet,
 I will point out to you the stumps
We will apply My truth, the WORD and my love and they will be gone,
Then the land will be verdant and green and lighter.

          Possible Stumps
Thought patterns
Habitual ways/habits
Little sins
Ways we have misunderstood God or the Word
False ways of thinking about self, God others
Wrong expectations


# Hebrews 12:15
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Daniel 10:12
Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.

# Colossians 3:2
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Colossians 3:2
And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

Philippians 4:8
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

Mark 1:4
John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness (desert), preaching a baptism [ obligating] repentance ( a change of one's mind for the better, heartily amending one's ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) in order to obtain forgiveness of and release from sins.

Psalm 95:6-8 (Amplified Bible)
6O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication].

    7 For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice,(A)

    8 Harden not your hearts as at Meribah and as at
 in the day of temptation in the wilderness,

Psalm 100:3
Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]! We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

psalm 23




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