When I allure you into the desert, I have one primary purpose at work. I desire to become your only lover. In the desert you will discover the depth and the desperation of your thirst like never before. And yet, you will come to be satisfied to the measure of all My fullness.
Though you may be lonely, though you may be in deep pain, though you may be utterly shattered in your outer nature, you will come to know Me. And to know Me is to know My love for you. One taste of My love in your deep, dry thirst will change your cold and crusty heart forever.
Little by little, My love poured out upon and within you will change you. It is My love that draws you out from the temptations of the world and draws you into the fire of the desert. A man or woman comes face to face with his or her self in the desert. And you must face yourself, if you want to truly come to know Me. Knowing Me in My thoughts, in My words, and in My deeds is one thing, but knowing Me in My heart is another!
Love which springs from your own desires and your own convenience is a stronghold.
If this goal is accomplished in you, then you will be able to love others with the love that is in My heart. My desire is that you will see the love that is in your heart in relation to the love that is in Mine. Love which springs from your own desires and your own convenience is a stronghold you must be delivered from. This love is a poor imitation of My holy, agape love.
But you must also know this: I only keep you in the desert if you desire to embrace the fire that My judgments bring to all that is not holy within you. If you want out, I will let you out. But such an aborted release will not bring the fullness of celebration that it was intended to bring. My purpose is to make you ONE with Me in the desert, to bring you into a union that will consecrate yourself onto My will, and to decree certain changes that will forever be within the marrow of your soul.
Ah — then I will delight in bringing other desert-lovers to you. Desert-lovers are those who have made the core of their being and the foundation of their purpose to be ministry to Me. They will come to Me for no other reason than to lavish their love upon Me, knowing that this is why they were created. They will not come to receive anything — not even My glory or My presence. They will come to lay all that is within them at any particular moment at My feet.
Do you desire to be My desert-lover? Bring me your all, wanting nothing in return. Knowing Who I am, knowing who you are: this is the union that I desire to have with you, My beloved.
“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her … In that day,” declared the Lord,” you will call Me ‘my Husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my Master.’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked … I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.” (Hosea 2:14, 16-17, 19-20, NIV)
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.” (Ezekiel 36:25-27, NIV)
©2005 Masterpiece of the Wilderness, Deanna Deering