We’re Gonna Make It!
By Robert Blackburn
I sang, “Take my houses, my lands.” He took them.
“Take my dreams and my plans.” He took those too.
I meant it, and He took me at my word. I posted that video here almost eight years ago now.
Never, never in my most fathomed
intent, would I know what would lie down the road. I had no idea, no clue, of the kind of suffering, pain and heartache that was in store for me. But, it seems God did.
I don’t want this to be about me; I want it to be about
Him, and about you. I want to share one story in all of this.
I had just returned home following septic shock and being in ICU, in a drug induced coma, on a breathing machine.
Needless to say, I was in a
terrible shape. Both of my hands were grossly edematous [swollen] from lack of circulation and there was a great deal of numbness and loss of sensation also.
It seems my brain had been damaged and my mind had been truly destroyed.
A couple of days later, I walked slowly by the piano and a voice spoke to me. It said to sit down and play a song for the LORD.
So, stiff and with unenduring pain in all my bones, I bent a knee at the piano bench
as I always do, before I sat down.
You see, some things about us, are not going to change, no matter what we go through.
We’ve paid too big a price for those gems and what the Spirit has taught us. The act of
our humbling ourselves before the LORD, has brought too much victory and too much revelation to forget about it very long.
So, I simply sat down at the piano and began to play. I did not even think about the fact that my hands were
too swollen to do so; I actually forgot about it.
The music that came forth, was beautiful; a talented and gifted musician that seemed to be playing better than ever before.
That same voice said, now sing a song unto
Him. I knew my throat was very sore from where a cold-hearted doctor had yanked the breathing tube out. But God wasn’t concerned about that; even if I was.
I just started singing. What came out, was a wonderful
voice of someone anointed of the Holy Ghost.
It was clear, powerful and a depth of real strength and reverb. This man, was singing better than He ever had before.
This voice and this ability to play, had been
preserved, for such a time as this. Oh, it’s not the first time I started singing right in the middle of some kind of terrible crisis or a deep bout of sickness. Tough times might be ahead, but the strength to make it had come.
Perhaps there is another message here.
God can use you, even if you are sick. Some of us are in the middle of the most rough trail we have walked yet.
We’re tired, feeble, weary
and even in pain and acute suffering. But our hearts are in places others may not be attuned to.
We still want to work for God and be used of Him; even after all of this time. We have set our heart on following the lead of
the Holy Ghost, and we have no intention of being deterred from that. Sickness or not.
Have I grown closer to God. Do I know places and things in the Spirit I had not seen or obtained before.
I am sure
of that. You hearing this message now, just know this. We are going to make it. We are. God meant for us to.
Why? I just came out of another bad setback. But just two days ago, the Holy Ghost moved
me to sit down and write something He wanted to say.
I was sure I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t, but He could.
I want to end with Geron’s song that has sung in my heart for days now. “I’m
Gonna Make It, He Already Said That I Would.”
By Robert Blackburn
Intimacy with the Lord
By Miss Shelly
one wants to accept the fact that maybe God may have a hand in all this, well frankly, pain and suffering we all go through. Whether it be a loss of a loved one, or suffering from sickness or disease like cancer, or betrayal and abuse from those closest to
you; we always wonder why God has “allowed” these things to happen. It doesn’t make any common sense! We say, “Your will be done . . . Thy kingdom come,” nonchalantly, but when it comes to suffering and affliction in our
bodies, or betrayal and abuse, or loss of a loved one, we are angry and don’t want to accept it! And, by all means, how dare God do or have anything to do with it! Our cry is “Why God?” “Why would a loving God allow this to happen?”
There is a suffering that comes with the consequences of our actions here on earth, and we must remember that there are always consequences for God is a God of Justice and Righteousness, which is the
foundation of His Throne. It’s one of the laws of the universe; whether we like it or not. God will have the last say . . .
There is a deeper meaning to our inconsequential sufferings, however.
So deep it can be hard to comprehend. It’s spiritual. It’s persecution in its purest form. It’s persecution directly from the enemy. It’s a stolen opportunity to abuse you. How can it be? The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy!
The truth is, we cannot live our lives here on this earth without the Lord!
Understand it very clearly, God did not do this . . . or did He? Why would a loving God allow this to happen! Remember
His ways are not our ways, and far more deeper than we can imagine! Let’s get out of the box!
It doesn’t matter that the outcome most likely will make you stronger and more compassionate.
It has served a purpose even though it doesn’t make any sense why a loving God would allow this. So in the midst of it all, you cry again, “Why God?”
We must remember that the horrible tormenting things that happened to Jesus served a purpose. Get a grasp of what this all about! They can’t get away with it! The pain and suffering will be turned to nothing but good. It’s
Isaiah 53:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Yet it pleased the Lord
to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
We always skip over the above. How can Father God want His son to suffer like that? It really doesn’t make any sense logically. This is the “elephant in the room”
no one wants to talk about! How can pain and suffering be “good?” “Turn the other cheek?” “What is that all about?”
the lie that once you receive Christ, everything will go great for you! No, you become a target, especially if you serve Him. We learn over the years, how to overcome the wiles of the devil through prayer and drawing close to the Lord. The Lord
will show us through His Word how to fight and win! We become “overcomers by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony!”
Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy
ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Like you beloved reader, Jesus suffered and was grieved by what He saw and what happened to Him. He ultimately died of a broken
heart. So He is the expert on a broken heart beloved. He was there when you suffered. You may not know it, but He was there. It may take a whole lifetime. We just have to give Him our burdens and trust Him each day. “Easier said than done!”
Isaiah 53:2-8 KJV
2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and
when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4Surely
he hath borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
So, are you despised by others and rejected? Are you a man or woman
of sorrows and acquainted with grief?
One morning, the Intercessor had a conversation with the Lord, but did not expect His response.
want so much to be intimate with You Lord!” the Intercessor proclaimed.
“You are my beloved.” He responded.
“Intimacy can mean suffering with Me in all your afflictions, in all your sufferings, and in all your betrayal that you have gone through.”
“How else will you have a taste of what I went through myself?” “We are intimate beloved!” “Can you see it?” Her thought soared back in the last almost 7 years.
Experiencing a little of what He went through and going through pain and suffering such as the loss of her husband 7+ years ago and experiencing the tremendous grief that comes with this kind of loss; wondering if it would ever end has
caused her to truly understand! The Intercessor was betrayed and abandoned like most widows. She went through so much loneliness and suffering from her broken heart. And, she almost died of a “broken heart syndrome.” But she heard the
Lord tell her to go to the cardiologist that morning. She already had a small hole in her heart. Well, then her heart failed and she collapsed in the doctor’s office and it just so happened that the hospital was right next-door.
Not only that, later, she found out that she had cancer!” How much could she take! Only those who hear the words, “you have breast cancer,” can understand what goes through your mind. She accepted her fate and
prepared herself to die just like her two sisters who have passed on, until she heard the Lord say, “I will receive all the glory!”
“But wait!” “Don’t
I have a right to say, ‘Time out!’” “This isn’t fair!” “I just lost my husband!” “Now here I am with breast cancer!” “What is going on?” “Why?” “Why me?” She cried
as self-pity crept in, as she opened the door for the snake to whisper in her ear, “How can a loving God do this?” She believed the lies.
Beyond natural reasoning, is when you must choose
to rise above the circumstances and see it from the approach of heaven, Lord willing. When you go through tremendous things yourself and then look at the cross, and His suffering, betrayal, abandonment and sorrow, you have a deeper compassion for Him,
and you realize in fact, you are indeed intimate with your Savior, the Lamb of God. It’s a different level of understanding and comprehension beloved reader. “Can you see it?”
can be a convergence of the natural with the spiritual. The Intercessor is seeing the Kingdom of Heaven, and the natural coming together and becoming one like it did when Elisha was here and he saw the myriads of angels to war on his behalf. Or when
Jesus was here on earth and Heaven came down, and He performed many miracles while He was here on earth. Heaven converged with Earth through the Holy Spirit, and miracles happened. It’s very strange.
you see the significance of every single drop of blood shed from His body?”
She heard her Lord speak. “There’s Life in the Blood.” The importance of the breaking
of His heart becomes revelation today, a convergence of 2000 years ago, with Heaven and with Earth. “Oh yes, beloved, He understands what you are going through!”
The veil is being
removed and revelation is coming as the Ancient of Days reveals it, because she is now having a vision!
Heaven opened wide it’s
gates. It’s an extremely somber atmosphere right now. Very humbling! In the presence of the King of kings, Lord of lords! Words cannot express the depths how this visit to the very throne of Grace and the embrace of the Love of God through
His presence, the words were heard throughout heaven and earth, “Holy . . . Holy . . . Holy! All anyone could do was try to get as low as they could in His presence! You are undone! The Intercessor WAS UNDONE! All around her she could feel His
Most Holy Presence! You will cry out for mercy and tremble, tremble, tremble as she did!
Oh if she could only get “lower.” Then you would cry for the coals on that alter to cleanse
your lips for you knew you were unclean; A woman of unclean lips! She felt so unworthy to be there! If she could sink deep into her bed she would. The Intercessor worshiped Him with all her being; with all that she had within her! He was and is everything
to her! She didn’t want to leave Heaven and live on earth without Him! Without Him she knew she was absolutely nothing but dust! “Let Heaven invade earth!” “Thy Kingdom come!”
Now she saw her Beloved stumbling in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, all bruised and bloody, carrying the cross to the hill of the skull. She heard His breathing heavily and almost felt the warm drips
of His blood fall on the ground, as He walked slowly toward Golgotha. She saw one drop and looked closely. It was filled with the universe. Another drop revealed chaos and destruction in the earth. The Blood that He shed was for the past,
the present, and the future people whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
The sounds of the people surrounding Him, as He stumbled were
muffled. Once and a while the words vehemently spewed out, “Crucify Him” would come forward, and take the stage for a brief moment; But for the most part, His tremendous suffering and pain stood out to her. She could tell that He was
in tremendous pain both physically and emotionally. She felt helpless! “How can He step forward?” She thought. He is carrying her sins and the sins of the world! All hell broke loose against her Beloved. The demonic world laughed
mockingly at the Son of God that day as He carried His cross! They believed their own deception that they would not have to deal with this “Man” ever again! Tears streamed down her cheeks in great compassion. She felt completely helpless.
The pain that He was feeling stood out with every Holy step. It was so painful to watch.
She recognized it. She closed her eyes as if that would help. They hated Him without reason.
She had been hated for no reason. She remembered this as a child and later as a princess at homecoming. Who was this “new” girl who was voted to be princess at her high school. She was so shy. She didn’t want all this attention.
The popular girls hated her. Oh and she “knew” rejection, when her daddy put her and her older sister in an orphanage when she was born.
The people surrounding her Lord had become
vessels of satan as they shrieked disdainfully, “Crucify Him!” He was unrecognizable as His body screamed out in pain in response to being beaten, bruised, chastised, and bleeding. His heart broken as He so much LOVED the ones screaming in
His ears, even those who beat and bruised Him. Have you been abused by a loved one? It doesn’t make sense to your brain, when they scream at you and . . . do the abuse. “I don’t want to talk about it!” But you
who have been abused know. We are damaged.
Then to her amazement, the Intercessor saw that there was a processional with dancing going before Him on the way to the Cross! “Huh?”
You could barely see them. They were almost invisible. It was “celebration” from another dimension!
“What?” People from Heaven were celebrating before the Lord on the
pathway to the cross! “How could this be?” She whispered.
Picture this; The Intercessor was back in Jerusalem as part of the crowd watching Jesus, her Beloved, carrying the
Cross-toward Golgotha 2000 years ago, yet at the same time Heaven had converged and celebrated this Great Event on the way to the cross! God wanted her to see that in reality the death, and resurrection of the Cross was a very good thing! For without this
event, she and the whole earth could not be reconciled back to the Father in Heaven and live with Him forever!
“It was so pleasing to the Father!” She heard.
Let me get this clear! It was like the celebration was here on earth. She saw worshippers dancing before His procession to the place of death from another dimension. Heaven on earth, celebrating the Cross! It was like what’s
going on now with what happened 2000 years ago for the world! A convergence of today and back then when He was so alone! All of Heaven was there! There is always a celebration in Heaven! It was the most significant event of the Universe!!!
The presence of the Lord was so strong! The Intercessor was shaking like a leaf trembling with her teeth chattering! She couldn’t control her body at this time! His Holy presence embracing
her was too much! It was the grief, the pain she saw, and His Presence all at once and she was undone! Could she even truly comprehend what was really happening?
It was like the procession
of crossing over the Jordan into the Promised Land beginning with the worshipers first! Jesus was crossing over from death to life everlasting taking the keys of death, hell and grave with Him! He was transformed when He rose from the dead! Oh death,
where is your sting? We are crossing over from death to life! “Oh God thank you for this revelation!” How could it be? The pain and the suffering that she went through! She felt the Truth pass by and grabbed her as she embraced it.
What a revelation!
“There is only One found worthy!” Yet, she was invited to intimacy with Him! She was His Bride! We are the Bride of Christ! She felt
completely accepted, forgiven and cleansed by the Blood shed for her at the Cross!