TESTIMONIES of THE WILDERNESS - Powerful WHITEDOVE wrote- "Very good point about the desert being able to swallow you whole if you arent clinging to Jesus. My wilderness is 11 years and counting. The last few months Ive tried to go to sleep and ignore things, be inactive, and just sit down and play in the dirt til Jesus comes because Im tired and sad. But this has only served to make me more tired and more sad, and very parched. She who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives is what comes to mind. Thank you for this timely word to warn, but also to encourage and show that this pain has a great purpose." SARAH wrote- "I have been in extreme darkness and earthly loneliness for 19yrs now. I don`t hope to come out some famous kind of person, but my hope is that the world around me will know and see Christ in me. My face is set hard towards Him, because He is my only Hope. He has been everything to me over these years. My mother, father, sister,brother, uncle, aunt, grandma, cousin, best friend ..He has been the anchor of my soul and my Rock who causes me to be steadfast. I encourage every child of His to begin every day as if looking from the grave, then we can come to some kind of true eternal perspective. It`s because of Him that I am able to be more than a conqueror in this world. Even in this `desert His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It`s the glory and the agony. Amen!" SIGMUND wrote- "I was especially encouraged by some of the last words, hang on to Jesus. Be active, be praying, be prepared. Dont become passive and let the desert swallow you whole Dig down and plant your feet firmly on the Rock. Humble yourself before the Lord cling to Him. What I felt this winter (just before leaving the prophetic movement here in Norway) was that a lot of stuff/material under my feet vanished, and so my feet came to touch the solid ground, the Rock, Jesus Christ, and I got to experience Gods grace. So thats something I can relate to. Cling to Him has been some of the most important Bible words for me even though I cant seem to fix it. But its true what you just wrote, that our self-reliance becomes shattered and is to be replaced by a total reliance in God " SERAPHAH wrote- "While 40 years may be on the long end of the wilderness time scale, it is certain that it is longer than 6 months. It seems so many preachers (Todd Bentley comes to mind) were barely saved before they exploded on the scene with their anointing. And when these preachers get caught in sin, six months to a year and you can recover from anything from adultery to homosexuality and be back leading the flock. Is it any wonder that they are leading people into deception?? How many cults were started by people who suddenly went from saved to prophet in six months or less?? And hundreds, maybe even thousands of people follow them, because they are not rooted and grounded in the WORD." THERESE wrote- "Its very strengthening to know this is the normal experience for any believer wanting to move on from maturity to holiness, God is not picking on any of us in fact the highway of holiness is found in the wilderness. In answer to the question, how important is the wilderness, I would say there is no way around it, some kind of wilderness is really the cross whereby we are conformed increasingly into the image of our Saviour as we bear His reproach. My wilderness began about 23 years ago and seems at different seasons it has had layer upon layer added to it, wish I could say I have suffered nobly, but no, I have just suffered as messily as suffering always is. Lately Ive been getting somewhat resigned and its worrying me a little whether this is a normal phase or if Im getting passive as you mentioned in the article, or maybe just older! For sure Im more at rest in the Lord than Ive ever been, trusting in His sovereignty, but Ive experienced the death of my dreams and visions and am having to encourage myself that the Lord will resurrect what is of Him. How I pray for all the precious believers here, that the Lord will uphold, encourage and strengthen and be near to all who are suffering according to His perfect will may the Lord bless you all!" LUCILLE wrote- "Yes, 'tis true, when God gives a vision, He will take a saint through the three stages of it: birth, death and supernatural fulfillment. Abram, Joseph, Moses, even the apostles had to go through the stages. To me, the problem seems to be the waiting, not knowing when. Abram did not know he had to wait 25 years for the son of promise Isaac; Joseph did not know he would go into a pit, prison, before his dreams realized, let alone see his father again after 22 years in Egypt. Even the apostles did not know if Jesus would resurrect, even though He told them that He would. They could not see the Messiah dying. Most of the O.T. prophets portrayed the Messiah in his glory. They could not see the church. She was hidden. I guess faith is the key. Without faith, it is impossible to please him; ..(Hebrews 11:6) Even the apostle Paul was in the desert/ wilderness of Arabia for 3 years, God straightening out his theology. but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. (Galatians 1:17) Christ was tested in the wilderness. All the while we are waiting for God, Satan will try to get us to fulfill the vision with human effort. Prime example: Hagar, the Egyptian maid bore Ishmael. But the wilderness is a lonely place. I can attest." TENNEY wrote- "In this American culture of youth, the maturation process and the years required for the growth of wisdom is often disparaged. People do not want to wait, and they fear old age. But God used Moses when he was 80 to lead a congregation of over 3 million; God used Caleb at 80 to conquer the Promised Land. Others were mightily used of God in older ages, so we can see that waiting in the wilderness brings increase in many areas, including patience, wisdom, longsuffering, endurance, and humility. Now that Im 70, having spent years in the desert, literally taking care of cows and sheep, God is allowing me to travel and minister in foreign lands, in ways Id often dreamed about, but was not free to follow. He knows our days, He is our strength, and the time in the wilderness is important for our eventual testimony. Thanks... for the words of encouragement." -You can read more of these testimonies at our website below. Also, please comment yourself if you can. Here is the link- http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/ God bless you all.