The Harness of the Lord Part 3


“Write the vision and make it plan upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” (Hab. 2:2). “Harness the horses and get up, ye horseman.” (Jeremiah 46:4). I am sure that many of you who can hear what the Spirit saith to the Church have already seen what God was showing in the vision. But let me make it plain.

Being born into the Family of God feeding in the green pastures and drinking of the many streams of the unfolding revelation of His purpose is fine and wonderful. But, it is not enough. While we were children, young and undisciplined, limited only by the outer fence of the Law that ran around the limits of the pastures (that kept us from getting into the dark pastures of the poison weeds of sin), He was content to watch us develop and grow into young manhood, spiritually speaking. But the time came to those who fed in His pastures and drank from His streams, when they were to be brought into discipline or “child-training” for the purpose of making them mature sons. Many of the children today cannot understand why some of those who have put on the Harness of God cannot get excited by the many religious games and the playful antics of the immature. They wonder why the disciplined ones run not after every new revelation or feed on every opportunity to engage in seemingly 'good and profitable' religious activities. They wonder why some will not race with them in their frantic effort to build great works and great and notable ministries. They cannot understand the simple fact that this 'Company of Saints' is waiting for the Voice of the Master, and they do not hear God in all this outward activity. They will move in His time with purpose and great responsibility.

And, the Lord made me to know that there were many whom He had brought into training who had rebelled against the discipline, the chastising of the Father. They could not be trusted with the great responsibility of mature sonship, so He let them go back to their freedom, back to their religious activities and revelations and gifts. They are still His people, still feeding in His pastures, but He has set them aside from the great purposes for this End of the Age Ministry. So they revel in their freedom, feeling that they were the Chosen Ones with the many streams of living water, not knowing that they have been set aside as 'Unfit for the Kingdom' for His great work in this End of the Age.

He showed me that though the chastising seems grievous for the time and the discipline hard to endure, yet the result with all the glory of sonship is worth it all, and the glory to follow far exceeds the suffering we endure. And though some lose even their lives in this training, yet, they will share alike in the glory of His eternal purposes. So, faint not saints of God, for it is the Lord that brings you into confinement, and not thine enemy. It is for your good and for His endure all things with praises and thanksgiving that He hath counted you worthy to share His glory! Fear not the whip in His hand, for it is not to punish you but to correct and train you, that you might come into submission to His will and be found in His likeness 'In This Hour!' Rejoice though in your trials, in all your tribulations, and glory in His cross and in His confining limitations of His harness, for He has chosen you and He has taken upon Himself the responsibility of keeping you strong and well fed. So lean upon Him and trust not your own ability and your own understanding. So shall you be fed and His hand shall be upon you and His glory shall overshadow you and shall flow through you as it goes forth to cover the earth. Glory to God! Bless the Lord! He is wonderful!

Let Him be Lord of your Whole Life, friends, and complain not at that which He brings to pass in your life.

For in the hour when famine sweeps our land (which this time is at hand), those who are submitted to His perfect will and who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, when terror stalks the land, those in His harness shall not be afraid, for they shall feel His bit and bridle and know the guidance of His Holy Spirit. When others are weak ad frail and fearful, there shall be those who shall be strong in the Power of His Might and shall lack no good thing. In the hour when the 'Traditions of the Religious Systems' have been proven false and their streams have dried up, then His Chosen Ones shall speak forth with the True Word of the Lord. So, Rejoice, Sons of God, you have been chosen by His great grace for this 'Great Work' in this last hour.

The fence which kept the colts in their own church meadows and their own pastures will mean nothing to the team in the harness, for the gates are open to them, and they will go forth pulling the King's carriage into many strange and wonderful places. They do not stop to eat the poison weeds of sin, for they feed only in the Master's stable. These fields they trample under their feet as they go forth on the King's business. And, so, to those who are brought into 'absolute' subjection to His will, there is no law. For they move in the Grace of God led only by His Holy Spirit where all things are lawful but not all things are expedient. This is a dangerous realm for the undisciplined and many have perished in sin as they leaped over the fence without His harness and His bridle. Some have thought of themselves as being completely harnessed and submissive to Him only to find that in some avenue of their life there dwells rebellion and only self-will. Let us wait before Him until He puts His noose around us and draws us to His place of training. And, let us learn of the dealings of God and the moving of His Holy Spirit until at last we feel His harness drop about us and hear His Voice guiding us. Then, there will be safety from the traps and pitfalls of sin and then shall we 'abide in His House' forever!

Bill Britton, Springfield, Missouri

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