Lonely Arms

My child, I tell you, My arms are lonely for you. I am weeping: for I have so much to give unto you! Why will you not receive it? I long for you to know the depths of My love.1 I am shedding tears of longing and desire over you. Do you think it strange that I would cry for you? I am immutable, and yet My fury can burn, and My sorrow can flow.

Even My blood has been shed for you!2 How much more can I tell you of My love? “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). If My very own blood was shed for you, why do you marvel that I would shed tears also? How can you say, “He does not care”?

I long to be longed for. I love to be loved. My arms are very lonely for you. Do you think this is a longing to get? Rather, it is a longing to give. Do you think that I have any lack? Rather, you have a very great lacking in your heart, one that only I can fill—one that I long to fill.

I am lonely for you because I have a wonderful new life for you. I have a life for you to enter that is better than all you can think or imagine.3 My dear, you say that I am your Savior—you confess the name of Jesus Christ, and you do well—yet why is it that do you not seek Me with all your heart?

Did I not, in a time ago, bring the children of Israel out of Egypt’s bondage so that I could give to them a much better land?4 I sought to be glorified in them. I sought to raise them up as a shining light before all nations. Did I free them only to wander the desert? They were free, yet they hardened their hearts, and chose out more bondage. They sought to return unto their safe-haven of Egyptian taskmasters: cruel slavery and sin had been their familiar habitation.5 Be not like them, for My promises were delayed and denied for an entire generation.6 Beloved, come into My promised land. Oh, how I call out to you! Come!

Why do you still cling to your old, sinful self-ways? Has not My blood cleansed you? Was not My body broken to make you whole? Why then do you desire always to return unto that Egypt of your soul? Why do you remain attached and loyal to your familiar safe-havens of sinfulness: your hometown, and your native country—your spiritual Sodom, and your spiritual Egypt: where Satan has in times past made you to serve with rigor?7 Why do you dig so deep and spread so wide your roots into the vile soil of this land?

“[T]hey were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” —Hebrews 11:13–16

Beloved, now is a great relocating in your heart. Now is a great moving day—an exodus of your soul. I call you to turn forever from that old land of sin, and, with all sincerity and desire, look unto My new promised land. I call you to carry not only your hands, but your heart also. Not only your leaves and branches, but your roots also. Come now, dear child, give Me your heart, and your hands will surely follow, for we are leaving this old land of bondage. It is moving day: be not anxious or fearful, but be of good courage, for I am with you to help you. Come, and I will take you to the city of God.

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 16:24–25

Do you think that in asking for this sacrifice I desire your old heart and ways of sin? I long for you to give them up to Me so that I may rather give you a new heart to love Me! Your old life is as an appendix ready to burst: let Me have it at once, for the time is short, and I have much work to do both in and through you. Shall I cherish your heart-gift? Truly, I will take your old life, and cast it forth: lo, as far as the east is from the west, so far will I separate you from your old patterns of sin that your soul shall abhor the vain pigsties where you once wallowed.8

I must transplant your heart, for how can you do the works of My heart with only your hands? Have I not called you to an impossible love? For I have said, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). How then can you fulfill this without My very own love, and with­out My very own heart? You are affectionate toward many people, and while your earthly love is good, could not sinners do the same? Where is My true, abiding, heavenly love? For there is a testimony still that speaks against you: you do not love Me. And truly, being alone with your natural love, still planted in Egypt, how can you? How will you?

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” —Psalm 14:2–3

I must transplant your heart, for how can you do the works of My heart with only your hands? Have I not called you to an impossible love? For again, I have said, “thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). How then can you fulfill this in your old self-heart? Your hands may reach toward My promised land, and your mouth may speak the same, but yet your heart abides in Egypt. All are gone aside, and there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Truly, it must be My own grace working and flowing through you as you are replanted into My heavenly country.

Beloved, I am the fulfillment of all your desires. Let Me wholly replant you into My good land, and you shall have access to the waters of My own Spirit. By Me you have life, and peace, and joy. By Me you love others as you ought. By Me you seek Me, and by Me you find Me. By Me you fulfill My greatest commandment: by Me you love Me. “[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love” (Galatians 5:22).

My arms are ever so lonely for you. Why will you not take My love? It is free. Have I not made you for Myself?9 Why will you not experience the fullness of your very Creator? It is only because your arms are filled with your own self, and your mind is encumbered with your own cares and worries.

Fear not, drop all before Me and I will catch your burdens. My love, it is too much for you. I will carry your weights. Drop your life, and give it up to Me. Walk away from that old land of Egypt, and turn not back: reckon it dead and lost.10 In losing you will find. In dying you will live. In hating you will love.

“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” —Luke 14:26

Delve Deeper:

  1. Ephesians 3:17-19
  2. 1 Peter 1:18-19
  3. Ephesians 3:20-21
  4. Deuteronomy 6:21-23
  5. Exodus 14:10-12
  6. Numbers 14:28-34
  7. Exodus 1:13-14
  8. Psalm 103:12
  9. Revelation 4:11
  10. Romans 6:10-11

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