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MaryJane
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  The Harness of the Lord

Greetings
This was shared with me this evening and I thought that I would pass it along here. It is a bit long but well worth the read. Really reminded me how vital it is for us to live our lives in submission to the Lord. IF our eyes are intently on Him then we will not stray to the right or the left but follow only His leading.
God Bless
Maryjane

The Harness of the Lord
Consider in story form the harnessing of our own
wills...

I SAW THE KING'S CARRIAGE

On a dirt road in the middle of a wide field stood a
beautiful carriage, something on the order of a stagecoach,
but all edged in gold and with beautiful carvings. It was
pulled by six large chestnut horses, two in the lead, two in
the middle and two in the rear. But they were not moving,
they were not pulling the carriage, and I wondered why.
Then I saw the driver underneath the carriage, on the
ground on his back, just behind the last two horses' heels,
working on something between the front wheels of the
carriage. I thought, "My, he is in a dangerous place; for if
one of those horses kicked or stepped back, they could kill
him. Or if they decided to go forward or got frightened
somehow, they would pull the carriage right over him."
But he didn't seem afraid, for he knew that those horses
were disciplined and would not move till he told them to
move. The horses were not stamping their feet nor acting
restless, and though there were bells on their feet, the bells
were not tinkling. There were pom-poms on their harness
over their heads, but the pom-poms were not moving. They
were simply standing still and quiet, waiting for the voice
of the Master.

THERE WERE TWO YOUNG COLTS IN THE FIELD

As I watched the harnessed horses, I noticed two
young colts coming out of the open field, and they
approached the carriage and seemed to say to the horses:
"Come and play with us; we have many fine games; we
will race with you, come and catch us." And with that the
colts kicked up their heels, flicked their tails and raced
across the open field. But when they looked back and saw
the horses were not following, they were puzzled. They
knew nothing of harnesses, and could not understand why
the horses did not want to play. So they called to them:
"Why do you not race with us? Are you tired? Are you too
weak? Do you not have strength to run? You are much
too solemn; you need more joy in life." But the horses
answered not a word, nor did they stamp their feet nor toss
their heads. But they stood, quiet and still, waiting for the
voice of the Master.

Again the colts called to them: "Why do you stand
so in the hot sun? Come over here in the shade of this nice
tree. See how green the grass is? You must be hungry;
come and feed with us, it is so green and good. You look
thirsty; come drink of one of our many streams of cool
clear water." But the horses answered them with not so
much as a glance, but stood still, waiting for the command
to go forward with the King.

COLTS IN THE MASTER'S CORRAL

And then the scene changed, and I saw lariat nooses
fall around the necks of the two colts, and they were led off
to the Master's corral for training and discipline. How sad
they were as the lovely green fields disappeared, and they
were brought into the confinement of the corral with its
brown dirt and high fence. The colts ran from fence to
fence, seeking freedom but found that they were confined
to this place of training. And then the Trainer began to
work on them with His Whip and His Bridle. What a death
for those who had been all their lives accustomed to such a
freedom! They could not understand the reason for this
torture, this terrible discipline. What great crime had they
done to deserve this? Little did they know of the
responsibility that was to be theirs when they had submitted
to the discipline, learned to perfectly obey the Master, and
finished their training. All they knew was that this
processing was the most horrible thing they had ever
known.

SUBMISSION AND REBELLION

One of the colts rebelled under the training, and
said, "This is not for me. I like my freedom, my green
hills, my flowing streams of fresh water. I will not take any
more of this confinement, this terrible training." So he
found a way out, jumped the fence and ran happily back to
the meadows of grass. And I was astonished that the
Master let him go, and went not after him. But he devoted
His attention to the remaining colt. This colt, though he
had the same opportunity to escape, decided to submit his
own will, and learn the ways of the Master. And the
training got harder than ever, but he was rapidly learning
more and more how to obey the slightest wish of the
Master, and to respond to even the quietness of His voice.
And I saw that had there been no training, no testing, there
would have been neither submission nor rebellion from
either of the colts. For in the field they did not have the
choice to rebel or submit; they were sinless in their
innocence. But when brought to the place of testing and
training and discipline, then was made manifest the
obedience of one and the rebellion that lay hidden in the
heart of the other. And though it seemed safer not to come
to the place of discipline because of the risk of being found
rebellious, yet I saw that without this there could be no
sharing of His glory, no Sonship.

INTO THE HARNESS

Finally this period of training was over. Was he
now rewarded with his freedom, and sent back to the
fields? Oh no. But a greater confinement than ever now
took place, as a harness dropped about his shoulders. Now
he found there was not even the freedom to turn about the
small corral, for in the harness he could only move where
and when His Master spoke. And unless the Master spoke,
he stood still.

The scene changed, and I saw the other colt
standing on the side of a hill, nibbling at some grass. Then
across the fields, down the road came the King's carriage,
drawn by six horses. With amazement he saw that in the
lead, on the right side, was his brother colt now made
strong and mature on the good corn in the Master's stable.
He saw the lovely pom-poms shaking in the wind, noticed
the glittering gold bordered harness about his brother, heard
the beautiful tinkling of the bells on his feet...and envy
came into his heart. Thus he complained to himself: "Why
has my brother been so honored, and I am neglected? They
have not put bells on my feet, nor pom-poms on my head.
The Master has not given me the wonderful responsibility
of pulling His carriage, nor put about me the golden
harness. Why have they chosen my brother instead of me?"
And by the Spirit the answer came back to me as I watched.
"Because one submitted to the will and discipline of the
Master, and one rebelled, --thus has one been chosen and
the other set aside."

A FAMINE IN THE LAND

Then I saw a great drought sweep across the
countryside, and the green grass became dead, dry, brown
and brittle. The little streams of water dried up, stopped
flowing, and there was only a small muddy puddle here
and there. I saw the little colt (I was amazed that it never
seemed to grow or mature) as he ran here and there, across
the fields looking for fresh streams and green pastures,
finding none. Still he ran, seemingly in circles, always
looking for something to feed his famished spirit. But there
was a famine in the land, and the rich green pastures and
flowing streams of yesterday were not to be had. And one
day the colt stood on the hillside on weak and wobbly legs,
wondering where to go to find food, and how to get
strength to go. Seemed like there was no use, and all the
efforts to find more food and flowing streams only taxed
his waning strength. Suddenly he saw the King's carriage
coming down the road, pulled by six great horses. And he
saw his brother, fat and strong, muscles rippling, sleek and
beautiful with much grooming. His heart was amazed and
perplexed, and he cried out: "My brother, where do you
find the food to keep you strong and fat in these days of
famine? I have run everywhere in my freedom, searching
for food, and I find none. Where do you, in your awful
confinement, find food in this time of drought? Tell me,
please, for I must know!" And then the answer came back
from a voice filled with victory and praise: "In my Master's
House, there is a secret place in the confining limitations
of His stables where He feeds me by His own hand, and His
granaries never run empty, and His well never runs dry."
And with this the Lord made me to know that in the time of
spiritual famine, that those who have lost their own wills,
and have come into the utter confinement of His perfect
will, shall have plenty of the corn of Heaven, and a never
ending flow of fresh streams of revelation by His Spirit.

PLENTY IN THE TIME OF FAMINE

For in the hour when famine sweeps the land, He
shall feed by His own 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 Spirit. When others
are weak and frail and fearful, there shall be those who
shall be strong in the power of His might, and shall lack for
no good thing. In the hour when the traditions of the
religious systems have proven false, and their streams have
dried up, then His Chosen ones shall speak forth with the
true Word of the Lord.

The fence which kept the colts in their own
meadows and their own pastures mean nothing to the team
in the harness, for the gates open to them, and they 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 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 dwelled
rebellion and 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
movings of His Spirit until at last we feel His harness drop
about us and hear His voice guiding us. Then there is
safety from the traps and pitfalls of sin, and then shall we
abide in His house forever!


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 your enemy. It is for your good, and for His glory,
so endure all things with praises and thanksgiving that He
has 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 that hour. Rejoice in
trials, in all tribulations, and glory in His cross, and in the
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 in 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 life,
and complain not at that which He brings to pass in your
life. Rejoice! Sons of God, that you have been chosen by
His grace for this great work in this last hour.


William Britton, 1963

 2009/4/17 22:59Profile
MaryJane
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 Re: The Harness of the Lord

Greetings
One of my younger sons read this article to and this morning he shared some of his thoughts Father has been showing him about it. He said that the part that really touched him was this part:

As I watched the harnessed horses, I noticed two
young colts coming out of the open field, and they
approached the carriage and seemed to say to the horses:
"Come and play with us; we have many fine games; we
will race with you, come and catch us." And with that the
colts kicked up their heels, flicked their tails and raced
across the open field.
___________________________
My son said this really reminded him of 1 Corinthians 13:11 "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
He said that the colts in the article are very much like many of us today both in the church and outside of the church. There are many who seem to never grow up, they behave like a child holding on to things or attitudes from their youth, they are only concerned with themselves and what is best for them.They never really seem to want to mature and become men. Just like the colts they are more concerned with their stuff, their time and themselves. He said that as he grows he wants to be before God to learn what it really means to be a servant, to care about others, and to walk in what the Lord has for Him daily, not just on a Sunday morning or when it fits into what he wants but in all things. This is what Father has put on his heart and I just thought I would share it here


God Bless
Maryjane

 2009/4/20 15:32Profile









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Quote:

MaryJane wrote:
Greetings
One of my younger sons read this article to and this morning he shared some of his thoughts Father has been showing him about it. He said that the part that really touched him was this part:

As I watched the harnessed horses, I noticed two
young colts coming out of the open field, and they
approached the carriage and seemed to say to the horses:
"Come and play with us; we have many fine games; we
will race with you, come and catch us." And with that the
colts kicked up their heels, flicked their tails and raced
across the open field.
___________________________
My son said this really reminded him of 1 Corinthians 13:11 "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
He said that the colts in the article are very much like many of us today both in the church and outside of the church. There are many who seem to never grow up, they behave like a child holding on to things or attitudes from their youth, they are only concerned with themselves and what is best for them.They never really seem to want to mature and become men. Just like the colts they are more concerned with their stuff, their time and themselves. He said that as he grows he wants to be before God to learn what it really means to be a servant, to care about others, and to walk in what the Lord has for Him daily, not just on a Sunday morning or when it fits into what he wants but in all things. This is what Father has put on his heart and I just thought I would share it here


God Bless
Maryjane


Wow, this is impressive Sis. How old is your son?

 2009/4/20 16:57
InTheLight
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 Re: The Harness of the Lord

This story, and a collection of other short stories like it, can be found in a DeVern Fromke book titled [i]Seeing God's Wisdom in His Ways[/i]. I have been reading this book and it's companion, [i]Seeing God's Purpose in Everything[/i], at family devotional times for many years. The stories grab the attention of the children and make for excellent discussions on biblical topics.

[url=http://www.fromkebooks.com/#]HERE[/url] is a link to a site that carries his books.

In Christ,

Ron


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Ron Halverson

 2009/4/20 20:37Profile





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