What Is The Wilderness?
You may ask, "What is this modern Christian wilderness experience thing?Will I have to go live in the desert, wear camel’s hair, and eat bugs for anumber of years?" Simply put, in the wilderness God takes away yournormal ability to manage your life, and He leads you into an intensive timeof purification, transformation, training, and inner-healing. In this modernwilderness, the wilderness comes to you, and your life as you know itends. It is the Holy Spirit helping the Bride to make Herself ready. It ishappening to many Christians right now. In this wilderness, the Holy Spirittransforms you from the inside out, and deals with all of your sin and painfrom the past. Your career, your church-life, your relationships, yourmarriage, your residence, your finances, your sanity, and everything elsegets "shaken" by the Lord. Whatever remains, will only be what is part of His new plan for your life.How Do I Know If I’m In It?Hopefully this list below will provide you with a simple guide to be able toclearly determine whether you are actually in the wilderness, or whetheryou are just having a bad decade. But if you are in fact in the wilderness,then the following signs and symptoms that I describe below should besomewhat familiar to you. These are the signs:1. Everything in your life suddenly seems like you've lost normal control of it. You might feel like there is an unseen force that is resisting or blockingyour usual efforts to make the regular decisions you used to be able tomake in your life without much of a problem. This includes where youwork, your relationships, where you live, what you own, what you can orcannot do, and what or whom you are normally responsible for. You mayfind yourself getting very frustrated, annoyed, and frightened during thistime as you are blocked from calling the normal shots in your life like youonce were able to easily do.2. The grace is gone. The normal grace (divine assistance) to succeed andprogress in your life is suddenly missing. It's like the car just ran out of gas, and the only way you can make it go forward is to push it yourself.Before, God may have allowed you to choose, and He gave you thestrength and ability to be part of that relationship, church, place of ministry, or job. But now you feel like a stranger, where before you usedto feel like you fit and had a place with that certain person or group.During this time, you may only have what or whom God wants in your lifebecause He wants as few distractions as possible while He is changing youin the wilderness.3. The old unhealed areas of pain, and sin problems you used to keepfairly buried or under control are suddenly coming to the surface fullforce. And you don't seem to have the usual ability you used to have toease the pain or keep yourself from sinning in that area. You may findyourself finally grieving over a loss, or traumatic event that you had long