Behold I Will Do a
Dr Richard Forde
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring
forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way
in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" Isa 43:19.
This begins when our spirit bursts forth into full bloom
with a new effulgence of His presence and desire toward us.
It is when the awareness of this love of our Lord Jesus for
us permeates our very being, when the abiding of His presence
no longer has to be "practiced" but becomes a constant
It is when the up springing of His grace becomes as a fountain
flowing at full strength, not as the tide which ebbs and then
rushes in. It is where He gives us songs in the night, and
even our dreams are reminders of Him.
It is the adjusting of our time to spend hours alone with
Him, with the jealous guarding of the precious things He whispers
into our ear.
It is the sound of His voice, and the hitherto unknown fragrance
of His garments as a result of our close contact with Him
- even the perfume of the frankincense, myrrh, and cassia,
mingled with the bitter aloes of suffering; a joyous willingness
to know the fellowship of His sufferings, where even pain
It is the forward urge of the gifts which He has placed within
us; that they might come forth in their full strength and
effectiveness, yet in complete rest in His presence with full
knowledge of His guidance.
It is realization that "the preparations of the heart
in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord"
(Prov 16:1). For our ear is ever keen, listening should He
say, "Who will go?" And our tongue prepared to answer,
"Here am I, send me" (Isaiah 6:8).
Have you gone through the fiery furnace of a Job experience?
If so, wonder not. It is but His way of preparation for the
anointing upon your words and the enlarging of your spiritual
vision. Rest in full confidence in Him, for He knows how hot
the fires must be to consume the dross and refine the gold.
Even now, the reality of this level of relationship is unfolding
before us. Therefore, we must quickly put down our umbrellas
- those things that hinder the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
falling upon us and open our vessels toward heaven that we
might receive the overflow. "For ... the great rain of
His strength" is at hand (Job 37:6).
This "new thing" speaks of our final preparation
in becoming His Bride, that we might enter the marriage banquet,
leaning upon the arm of our Heavenly Bridegroom.
"And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which
called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb" Rev 19:9.