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28th March 2020

The Wilderness or Isolation Dilemma

Greg Simnor

Where does one turn to for life in the wilderness - isolation?

Does one look to create life or turn to the One of Life, who has His very existence in the wilderness- isolation?

To create life or turn to Eternal Life?

This is the dilemma right now for everyone around the globe!

We all have an opportunity of a lifetime right now, but there is a war between self and spirit for life in this period of isolation, the wilderness.

Where will you turn?

What will you do?

What are you turning to?

How will you cope?

Can you be still?

Will you create your own life or look to Eternal Life for life?

Being put in the wilderness - isolation, exposes and reveals what is or isn’t in us.

What people see as abundance - “self”, one’s ability to create is absolute lack and a substitute or a replacement for real life.

When the illusion of abundance “self” is put into the wilderness - isolation, it gets exposed for what it truly is - lack.

It is made aware of what it truly has - nothing. It doesn’t know where to turn or look, because there is no self in the wilderness-isolation.

The wilderness-isolation has nothing that is man made in it. It is stripped of anything fleshly and anything created by man for his sensual pleasures.

The wilderness is a barren and desolate place when viewed through the lens of self, the flesh.

But wait.......There is incredibly good news to be found here.

There are 3 things that exist in the wilderness-isolation.

  1. God
  2. Those followers whose habitation is the wilderness
  3. The enemy.

Self-isolation, being placed into the wilderness is an absolute gift by God right now to discover Him as our FIRST.

It is also an opportunity to be in Fellowship with those who know Him as their FIRST as well. They are waiting for you.

Will we gather and be found discovering Him and one another in the wilderness at this time, in what the scriptures declare as true Fellowship and not companionship?

Will we use this time to be transformed and realise the people of God inhabit and have their being in isolation, the wilderness?

This has NEVER happened before in NZ’s history and the time we have been given right now is an absolute blessing.

We see the enemy from scripture is also in the wilderness. What is he doing in the wilderness?

The enemy’s role is to tempt us away from the Life that is concealed for us in the wilderness.

He looks for any flesh that is in the wilderness with him to Lie to, to Deceive and to Tempt into thinking there is NOTHING of Life there, and he whispers to us, that we must CREATE our own life, if we want life in the wilderness - isolation, as a temporary measure until we can return to the way things were.

On the other hand, God tests us, by placing us in the wilderness - isolation, to see if we will TURN to Him and those in Him in the wilderness, for LIFE, and be SET FREE from self and self’s ways, that attempt to create life for itself, through its own strengths.

What will self/flesh do?

Will it allow the voice of the enemy to tempt it to try to create life in the wilderness- isolation, or will it recognise and acknowledge its absolute lack and complete inability to create Eternal Life.

Will it acknowledge its absolute need for dependency on Him for Eternal Life and find true spiritual repentance, not remorse but repentance and turn towards the One who is Life for Life.

The isolation will expose us for our abundance or our lack. Self-isolation is an absolute gift by God right now to discover Him as our FIRST.

This has NEVER happened before in NZ’s history!!!!!!

For those in abundance it’s an opportunity for more. For those in lack it’s an opportunity to turn and start afresh.

May we ALL take this opportunity we have been given NOW!

Encourage those around you in abundance and lack, to take this gift with both hands and allow it to propel you into His Presence where His Power resides.

It’s His power that creates the abundance Eternal Life in us - not man’s wisdom - temporal life.

God’s power creates an Eternal Life in us. Man’s wisdom creates a temporal life in us.

Which one do we desire and seek?

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore, I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10