Today’s devotional is a very special devotional. I believe it will be encouraging, and for some of you it will have great significance. At the same time the topic is heartbreaking. I would like to first paint a bit of a backdrop to this devotional and the word I received from Father that goes with it.
I gave my life to the Lord when I was 14 years old. It was a very bumpy ride from there as I went through typical teenage years of rebellion right up until I turned about 21 years old. Round about this time, I decided once and for all that I was not going to play Christian anymore, but commit with all my heart to His ways. It was also then that He gave me the scripture that would be the very process that He would take me through. Little did I know at what cost, which at that stage I probably would not have agreed to it. But He was faithful all these years to fulfill this scripture in my life. Much of it I thought was not necessarily applicable to my life, only to find out that it was, as my life went on. When I read it, it always overwhelms me to see His faithfulness towards me through all these years. That scripture is Isaiah 54. I am aware that many out there may have received the same scripture for their life. And for this reason I would like to say that it does not necessarily mean that what is written in this devotional, will necessarily be for you, nor am I saying that it will not. You will have to do your due diligence and wait on Him. At the same time, should you not have received Isaiah 54 from the Lord as a personal scripture for your life, this too does not disqualify you. The only reason I mention this scripture is because of its significance to my life. I am only reading some of the verses applicable to this topic, but you may of course read the whole chapter at your own time if you should feel so.
Let’s read Isaiah 54
1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
You will notice that this scripture starts with a promise of many children. I have a daughter and we were unable to have any more children. So for me I thought this meant that we would adopt children. But things just did not work out quite that way. All the doors closed. We moved to a little town in Moorreesburg, in the West Coast of South Africa, known for its beautiful wheat fields. My house overlooks these golden wheat fields, surrounded by beautiful blue mountains. This also meant that I was away from all my city friends. But there was one thing that caught my attention, an orphanage walking distance from our home. I decided to introduce myself to them and offered to help them by specifically focusing on the children who had learning abilities and disorders with regard to their homework. They were desperate as they just did not have enough staff to help out with this as well. The need was great. However, this door closed too, not because of the need met, but it somehow got placed in “file 13” so to speak. I was also not going to force my way in, as Father alone knew whether this was the children He promised me.
Five years after this I went to stay on my Aunt’s farm just to get away and to seek the Lord earnestly. I have gone through an almost 12 year period where I have been hidden. During this time He turned my whole life around and changed just about everything about me. During the second half of these 12 years, was the time I went to my Aunt’s farm. The Spirit started to awake in me a longing for children, but spiritual children. He told me that He would bring them to me. I was so ready to be used by Him. I remember being next to the bed on my knees as I cried out to Him, reminding Him of His promise to me that I would have many children. In fact, I told Him that as my Husband who have promised me children I was looking to Him for these children. That as my Husband, I long to give Him offspring. It was a strange and different encounter with the Lord, very much like Hanna, crying out to the Lord for a son, being barren. That is how I felt. Barren. I was angry, I was sad, and my heart was breaking to give Him these children. The next morning I got up to make myself some coffee and went to sit in the morning sun, just talking to my aunt. She did not know the reason why I came to the farm and also did not ask me about it. She is a lovely Child of God and have been there for me in so many ways. I love her dearly. At one point during our conversation, she stopped abruptly and said, “Pietra, I do not know what it is, but it is as if you are highly pregnant in the spirit!” Well, that did it for me. I just burst into tears and started telling her about my prayer.
From that time on, Father started bringing people to me to whom I could minister to and slowly but surely a steady stream was flowing in the dry desert of my life. New life has come after many years of great drought. And it has not stopped. All over the world people started contacting me and Father has used me to speak into their lives. This is the wonder of Him. None of this is to toot my own horn, my boast is in the Lord. For I know that I am nothing.
As of late I have been reading about and watching information about child trafficking. I will be honest, I obviously felt very heart broken over these poor children all over the world. Everybody knows about these children, unless you have been living under a rock. But, even knowing about them did not disrupt my life. I was sad about it, even prayed about it, but not as one outraged. Almost like all those hungry children in Ethiopia. Our hearts go out to them, but we feel powerless to really do something about it. The inclination is to go on with your life in spite of this horrible reality. It was just not something I chose to get the details of, not willing to be devastated by that which I could not possibly change. But of late, I have been doing research and watching documentaries. I really do not know why I started doing this again.
Friday evening I was watching a movie, just to relax a bit, obviously not the same topic. Right in the middle of the movie the Holy Spirit brought an immense sadness over me. I am used to this, because this is the Spirit of Intercession, which is His drawing me to come away alone with Him to pray. I never know what He wants me to pray about when this happens, so I pray in tongues. This sadness will only part from me once I have prayed it through. I stopped the movie I was watching and started to pray. The sadness started to overwhelm me and in an instance, I knew the Holy Spirit was praying for these children that are so abused and murdered. It went on for a while and when it stopped, a resoluteness came over me that was never there before. I prayed that He would, once the escape (rapture) has taken place, use me as a worker specifically to rescue these children. That He would send me in this time all over this world into the deep underground facilities and every other area where they are held captive, to bring them to Him. To bring His children home. Many people believe that the Lord will take the children under the age of accountability home once the escape takes place. I believe this is true for the children of the saved, but not the unsaved. It seems cruel and contrary to our view of our loving Father, but the reality is that He is still the same God. The same God that told the Israelites to utterly destroy Canaan, which included every living thing, child and beast. However, this does not mean that He is heartless towards these children, because He is well aware that they are victims of society and also born into different cultures that do not worship Him. And for this reason, He will come and save them.
Word I received 3rd April 2021
BRING MY LITTLE ONES HOME
I will send you out to the highways and bi-ways, into the alleys clothed in darkness, in the prisons filled with children. I will send you to answer the cry of my little ones. Those who cry from someone to defend them. Those destitute and alone. Those who have been tormented and searching. Those who have not tasted of My love and have not been comforted. For is this not why I have come and have been anointed for? To preach good tidings to those who are in prisons and to set the captives free? To comfort those who mourn and to heal the broken hearted. To say to those without hope, “Behold I come to save you”. For this you will be My hands to take up the broken and bruised. Those raped by society, those torn in despair. For I see all things and vengeance is Mine. I will surely repay. Nothing passes My all seeing eye. I see and I watch over them. At the right time I will send you. So be not slack in your focus. Do not be as those who drink with both hands in the river, forgetting their shield and sword. For even right now the enemy will advance, for he knows that his time is short. But I will do a quick work through you, to hasten their deliverance. For this I have prepared you. For this My valiant warrior, to go out and save the lost. To go out and declare My word so that those who are in darkness may live. Surely as your heart breaks, it breaks in Me, for I long to take those little lambs into My arms. To anoint them, to bless them and make My face shine down on them. I will not leave them destitute. Tell them I come, tell them I love them. Tell them peace, be still.
Behold, I will have a company assigned for this purpose. There will be gladness and rejoicing in My Kingdom over these little ones. Behold, where there were sorrow and mourning, a new song will be sung and rejoicing in My Kingdom. Because unto such is the Kingdom of God. To such as these. Indeed it would be better for those to have tied a millstone around their necks and be thrown into the sea, than to harm one of these little ones. I will repay. For as I have assigned unto the little ones My Kingdom, so I have assigned unto those everlasting damnation and fire. There will be gnashing of teeth and with strong crying they will cry, but no one will hear.
Therefore, know that I have called you, prepared you and will fill you for this purpose…to bring my little ones home.
I am forever changed by this word. I feel as if the children are enscribed on my heart and that I will never be able to forget them. Not because of what I have seen, but because of what He has done in my heart. I know my assignment now, at least this assignment. For this, He has prepared me.
Jeremiah 31: 1 - 17
1At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.