The same night I dreamt about the Lord’s bride (read the two posts here and here), I was given a word for His people. Before I dreamt the dream, I had been praying in the Spirit when all of sudden, I sensed the Lord’s presence near to me – very, very near. As I continued to pray, I sensed that spiritually a “door” was open. I didn’t know what door this was, but I knew the Spirit was revealing that a door was open. Suddenly I was in a spiritual place, and seeing in the Spirit, saw an open door and the Lord, dressed in white. He was not standing outside of the door, neither in the doorway, but He stood in the same place I was in. He was right there and came close, and continued to come closer. He just kept inching closer, and closer. Some doubts came to my mind then, saying that Jesus was not really there, that He wasn’t really that near. But I refused to believe them; I pressed into Jesus through prayer, believing He was there. He was there: He kept just coming closer, and closer, and closer until He was so near that it was as though He got inside me and then even still, He came closer.
Later on in the night, in between dreaming about the bride of Christ, I had woken up. Once more, the presence of the Lord was so strong and so close. Then once again, I saw in the Spirit that same open door, and this white place. Then I heard Him say, “Tell My people that it is not what they are feeling.” There were “feelings” that the Lord’s people were having; they felt that the Lord wasn’t really close by, wasn’t really there. The Spirit then said, “The door is open.” The Spirit continued to whisper encouraging things about Jesus, saying He was only a “breath away” and “closer than your skin”.
It’s Not What You’re Feeling
I believe this message is two-fold. One is the fact that the Lord’s people feel that He is not near them. In our day to day life, we believers go through discouraging circumstances. We have trials, afflictions, and sometimes so bad, that we cry to God in dismay, wondering why so much suffering. When He doesn’t answer right away; when the trials only intensifies, doubt plagues our mind. “Did He hear me? Why isn’t He answering?” Less we battle the lie through faith and stand on God’s Word to us, we begin to question if He is really there; we start to believe the lie that He’s off somewhere, unconcerned about our life and circumstance. Even when there is no trial or worry, we still struggle to believe that Jesus really is close to us on a daily basis. But beloved, the Lord’s nearness to us isn’t based on our feelings. Jesus’ presence is constant in our lives, even when we don’t “feel” He is there. He is always with us. No matter what happens, He is always there. Jesus said,
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18
“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Heb. 13:5
No matter what our trial is, Jesus promised He will come to us. No matter what our feelings say, Jesus promised He is with us. No matter what lie may come at us, Jesus promised never to leave us. We need to believe His Word, and refuse anything that says contrary to it. He is there – He is only a breath away, and closer than our skin! There is no blockage, no barrier – nothing can separate us from His love! (See Rom. 8:35-39)
Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary to India, wrote, “Our feelings do not affect God’s facts. They may blow up, like clouds, and cover the eternal things that we do most truly believe. We may not see the shining of the promises — BUT still they shine! And the strength of the hills that is His also is not for one moment less because of our human weakness. Heaven is no dream. Feelings go and come, like clouds. But the “hills” and “stars” abide.”*
The Door Is Open
The other side to this message is connected to the word I was given about the bride of Christ. If you read my post about the sleeping bride, then you know I spoke about the evil ministers who say that Jesus delays in His coming. We know that this is contrary to God’s Word, as He promised He’d return is soon (Rev. 22:20).
When I saw the open door in the vision; when I saw that Jesus was not standing outside the door, neither standing in the door way, but inside this place I was in and only coming closer, I believed it encouraged His quick coming. He is getting closer. And just as lots of doubts had flooded my mind about His nearness in the vision, so are there many lies that are being spoken to the bride that He isn’t coming soon; these feelings and doubts that He really isn’t coming soon. But He is; though lies come, they can never defy the truth of His promise. His return is near. The door is open, His return only a breath away! He’ll only continue to get closer until in one blessed moment, we’ll see Him face to face. We’ll be with Him forever.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess. 4:16-17
For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Heb. 10:37
Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. Rev. 3:11-12
Beloved, He is near. Don’t heed your feelings – He is always with you. Don’t believe the lie that He isn’t coming – He’s prepared a place for you, and is returning soon!
*quote from I Come Quietly to Meet You by Amy Carmichael