The Malkosh Showers is a self-service deliverance ministry that seeks to equip the saints to discreetly and personally pursue spiritual hygiene which involves allowing the Holy Spirit to wash us with His soul-cleansing counsel; our conviction of sin and righteousness; our forgiveness of others; our repentance and forgiveness; and a fresh resolve to incline our hearts to the One who shed His blood to set us free. He shows us the things that cast weights and shadows on our senses, and as we remove them, we are freed up to experience deeper intimacy with the Lord.
In your faith walk, you may have grown considerably in the knowledge of God and of His word. You are not the same person you were before Jesus found you. You may be able to display some fruits of the Spirit in many situations and may even move in His power and anointing (to some extent). However, when the stage lights are turned away from you and you turn your gaze inward, some things you find shock you. Oh, they are not ginormous. It’s not like you’re grovelling in any immorality – these little foxes do not stop you from doing church, or ministry things. You have credibility in those circles and some people look up to you. You would hate for these “little” foxes to be exposed to their scrutiny. Guess what? You are not alone! Most people who are active in church, ministry or Christian-living would hate for their thoughts, desires, emotions or motives to be exposed. A church elder and lay-minister once said to me,
“Iris, do you know how many of my pastor friends have told me that they still see images of past sinful sexual encounters flash before their eyes when they are preaching?”
There are often wells of jealousy, envy, self-centredness and the love of money and power within us which are the real driving forces behind many things we say and do but we camouflage them so well.
Why on earth do we live like this? The truth is, most of us do not know how to permanently get rid of these ugly things ourselves. Many have tried different things and one or two of them may have helped for a while but every so often, the little critters rear their ugly heads. To further compound matters, even when we handle things from the past, we often open up new doors to the enemy.
The office and responsibilities of positions we hold in the faith do not easily allow us the freedom of a public deliverance in church, even when we know there is a minister in the house that is equipped to help. This is completely understandable. Apart from infants and toddlers, our cleansing processes in the natural are confined to the privacy of the bathroom for a reason. This is no different spiritually. Jesus never aims to shame us, or expose us to open ridicule because of our weaknesses. However, the very fact that we shroud these things in secrecy without knowing how to handle them ourselves, allows them to fester. Spiritual burnout, back sliding, drought, stagnation, spiritual boredom, lack of intimacy and a moving away from our first love are all outward signs that seemingly little foxes have been allowed to multiply and destroy the vine. Without meaning to, we who claim to love God, aid the enemy in his work to kill our intimacy with Christ, destroy our witness and steal our fruits all driven by his hatred of God.
It’s time for soul-cleansing showers in the latter rain!
While the early rains fall softly on hardened dry ground, water the seed and allow them to begin their growth cycle, the latter rains (or Malkosh in Hebrew) are the last rains of the season which cause the stalks to be filled with grain. In the natural, these latter rains are stronger than earlier ones. They come when the crop has grown and developed roots that allow them to stand and bring forth the fruitfulness of a bountiful harvest. If they feal too early, they would cause destruction. Even though it may not seem like it, the latter rains are a necessity, not an extra.
Jesus said in John 13:10, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean… meaning, though you have been made completely clean through your baptism into His death and rising with Him to eternal life, you do need to cleanse the parts of you that get dirty as you walk. This allows you to continue to be fruitful in Him.
The Malkosh Showers blog is a place for you to get practical examples, exhortations and cleansing prayers designed to teach you how to deliver blows that effectively destroy pockets of darkness and evil hidden in the inner trenches of your soul. Inspiring testimonies help build your faith and candid questions in a non-threatening environment reinforce the fact that you are not alone in your struggles. Ultimately, the result is the freedom to walk in boldness and grow in intimacy with the Lord as you are released to drink in greater measures of the Holy Spirit. He fills your stalks with abundant grain – His abiding fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This transformation will be from the inside out.
The forum is rated a spiritual “R” for it’s content of naked and sometimes shocking truth. It is not intended for audience of all spiritual ages, but for saved, blood washed saints who have been active in their faith and are longing for deeper intimacy with Jesus so much that the truth will not offend them. Like the Canaanite woman who simply responded when Jesus likened her to a dog: “But Lord, even the dogs eat the crumbs under the table!”