Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Be Encouraged

"Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits."Song of Solomon 4:16

"We are going to experience difficult experiences that will break us, even as the alabaster box was broken to pour out that beautiful oil upon Jesus (Mk. 14:3). Unless the severe cold of the north wind comes, and we have those cold, harsh experiences, our fragrance is not going to flow out: the fragrance is only brought forth through the breaking and the suffering. Nevertheless, we must also have the south wind, for its gentle warmth restores our souls so we are not destroyed by the bitter north wind. Both experiences are essential for the fragrance of our lives to flow out, pleasing in the sight of our Beloved." 
~ The Bride, Dr. Brian J. Bailey

If you are going through that breaking experience today, remember, it is only for a season and if you feel you are close to the breaking point, the gentle warmth of the south wind is on its way. The Lord does not wish to destroy us, but to purify us.

So, regardless of what season you are going through today, be encouraged by the verse above and remember that you are in the Father's hand and when you come through your north wind experience you will have a fragrance that flows out with a beautiful aroma.

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

~ Psalm 66, KJV


  1. Oh how that quote from Pastor Bailey makes me miss him even more...
    Beautiful post, Ashley. Thanks for your email:)

  2. Definitely a beautiful reminder....thanks for sharing today!

  3. Thank you ladies.

    Sarah, it looks like you had a busy/fruitful time in San Salvador! Happy that you made it home safe and sound!