The Believer’s Mantle part 2

Received during worship, Sunday, 11/23/2014. Please read this earlier word for context: The Believer’s Mantle

Two weeks after I received the word described in The Believer’s Mantle, again during worship, I saw the same room I saw before, again filled with believers receiving mantles, but this time my vision rose above the room, and as I looked down, the mantles became multicolored leaves falling down from a great tree. Beside the tree was a river and the thought came to me that this was the tree of life beside the river of life (Revelation 22:1-2).* In this case, He was telling me that each believer’s mantle is a leaf from the tree of life!

This led me to consider our future glory, and as I continued to look, I saw the tree of life turn white, just as the believers’ mantles turned white in my earlier vision. And this time, the white grew brighter and brighter, until it was far brighter than the sun.

On a seemingly separate subject, for much of the morning’s worship, the Lord worked on the motivations of my heart. And the morning’s sermon was right on target, where this was shared from the book of James:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double- minded and unstable in all they do.”

James 1:2-8

I was led to consider that faith (perseverance) as opposed to doublemindedness (worry and doubt) is the fruit of the maturity that comes by suffering and trials. Our sufferings are used by God to solidify our faith, and ground us in love.

Earlier, the Lord had been speaking to me about my struggle with seeking approval and attention from others. The Lord showed me that this was partly the voice of the accuser, and, most importantly, that the accuser only attacks what he perceives to be areas of weakness. He gave me the preamble to the Lord’s Prayer some time ago regarding this but He reminded me again:

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Matthew 6:6-8

The Lord has been calling me to die to my need for recognition and He is beginning to cleanse my prayer life of the need to sound spirit-filled or righteous. The root of this need for approval is pride and the fear of man.

In short, the Lord is working on my motives for speaking, sharing, praying and worshiping. This at the very same time that He is enlarging my vision of the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

Often, I am on my knees when the Lord lifts me highest!

*I would never suggest that the sole or primary meaning of the scripture quoted here is what the Lord showed me in this vision, because I don’t believe that that’s the point. However, as He often does, He used the scripture to explain what He was showing me.