This is a very enlightening response that Ayo wrote to Diana Dyches about her Testimony.
Hi dear Diana,
I just finished reading your testimony and the other responses and I am thankful to you for your sharing of the work of God in you. I certainly do know you better in this clay now, and more significantly, the operation of the Lord when you were in the sea, and His ‘beating’ ‘pounding’ ‘stretching’ and ‘hammering’ and separating process of turning you into His dwelling place- you sure have tasted of His wrathful destruction in righteousness…filtering you from the sea and elevating you into the third Heaven – into a vessel of honour meet for His Kingdom. It has taken much of His devouring fire to make you a habitation for His Spirit to dwell in..this is the creation process of the Heavens…of which Lord willing you and I are part of, being ‘beaten’ down, in weariness and painfulness..often..stripes above measure to eventually humble you and me..and make us shine as His firmament..His glorious undefiled heavens. A three parts, two groups, One event of God gathering all to Himself!
Gen 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
Gen 1:8 And God called the firmament……Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
The firmament is Hebrew 7549 which is from 7554…
A primitive root; to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication to overlay (with thin sheets of metal): – beat, make broad, spread abroad (forth, over, out, into plates), stamp, stretch.
Reading your testimony reminded me exactly what the meaning or process of the creation of the Heaven is….
Like Peter in the days of his flesh, the pounding of the earth, its hammering, being beaten up into Godly shape and stretched above measure, is a process we first despise and see absolutely no need of when we are first told the Son of Man in us must suffer…and then be raised on the third day. We talked evil about what we understood not and many in the world still smooth talking…so many things the Lord put you through dear Diana and you still have to contend with and endure to the end..just so that at the end, you will know to the marrow of your bones, the Lord He is God, and there is none but Him, and will bring us all into His kingdom to seat with His Father. Now all the afflictions are turning, as the Lord told us, (Luke 21:13) into a testimony for you..to edify others like me to stay strong…to count it joy (in tribulation)…to look unto the suffering of Christ in Diana, and use that as an anchor to endure for us younger ones in the Body when times are weary..and be a shining as the firmament, the Heavens, to His Body..
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Your testimony will turn many to righteousness and inspire many to hold on like me..being made Kings and priests as Mike showed by scripture, is no cake and doughnuts, not for those who has not yet been fully salted with righteous fire. Christ has not entered into you and I to continue abominable idolatries and divers lusts, but into our defiled, black, heaven itself to purify it and use to testify of his Might. The Lord really does love you much, your trials and those beatings “often” is one manifest token He gives to everyone he is receiving unto His Truth. Talking about Kings and Priests..funny how your life is already written in Scripture, including the role Willard and Bettie and others in the Body played..look at the beginning of King Manasseh and how he was turned around with your testimony…
2Ch 33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2Ch 33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, [..our typical beginning and in your testimony] like unto the abominations of the heathen, [..what do those abominations include?] whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
2Ch 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
2Ch 33:9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
2Ch 33:10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken.
2Ch 33:11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.
2Ch 33:12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,
2Ch 33:13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh [..in Diana] knew that the LORD he was God.
2Ch 33:15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD, and in Jerusalem, and cast them out of the city.[..all our false Babylonish doctrines we carried from churches to churches infesting others also..]
2Ch 33:18 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the LORD God of Israel, [=…Mike, Willard, Bettie and others in the Body were/are such seers, old name for Prophets who now edify, exalt and comfort us…1Sam 9;9] behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel.
2Ch 33:19 His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers. [=The testimony of Christ in you!]
Thank you Diana, and I will continue to pray for you and your family, to comfort you in all your afflictions, and bring joy to you in all your tribulations which you suffer for His name sake. I was so happy to meet you at the conference and still love that accent of yours 🙂
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and Patience of our Lord,
You can read the Diana’s testimony here