“I praise you because I am fearfully
and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
STRANGE AND EXQUISITE CREATURES.
We can ache for God tremendously; yet find ourselves getting
nervous if God gets too close! After
all, the closer God gets, the more we hear the call to be “unpolluted”.
It is both exciting and frightening to hear that call!
A SHORT STORY
“Once upon a time
there was a little plant that was small and whose growth was stunted, for it
lived under the shade of a giant oak tree.
The little plant
valued the shade that covered it and highly enjoyed and relished the quiet rest
that it’s majestic friend provided. Yet there was a greater blessing prepared
for this little plant.
One day a lumberjack
entered the forest with a sharp ax and cut down the giant oak! The little plant
began to weep, crying out, “My shelter has been taken away”. Now every fierce
wind will blow on me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!”
The guardian angel of
the little plant responded, “NO! Now the sun will shine and showers will fall
on you more abundantly than ever before! Now your stunted form will spring up
into loveliness, and your flowers, which could never have grown to full
perfection in the shade, will laugh in the sunshine. Many will say, "Look how
that plant has grown. How gloriously beautiful it has become by removing that
which was it’s shade and comfort!"
TRAINING OF THE SPIRITUAL COMRADE
We need to see that the Lord wisely trains his soldiers by
calling them into difficult travels and service. He strengthens them through
wildernesses and mountains. God knows that spiritually armed Soldiers can only
be developed in battle and are not developed in times of calm.
We can only
become true seasoned soldiers of Christ when we train and serve in the
preparation time of the uninviting, and at times "unfriendly" surroundings.
It's all about trusting God in the end. Oh yes it is!
We often ask in the heat of difficult battles whether they
are mental battles, spiritual battles, and financial battles…”Will He REALLY
refresh us in this time of struggle?”
His Loving Word says so.
"For I satisfy the
And refresh everyone who languishes."
THE LORD IS PRODUCING STAMINA…
…WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT!
"Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;
For once he has been approved,
He will receive the crown of life,
Which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."
FATHER IS URGING US TO RUN TO HIM, TO CRY TO HIM!
He is there! Even in this fog of struggle, loss, anxiety, or even seeming success! He wants us to be desperate for Him and is training us to rely
on His voice. To make our decisions based on His plan for the whole earth!
TIE YOURSELF TO THE HAND OF GOD!
Get a "rope of
expectation" (the word of God) and tie yourself to it.
Hold on! The boding evil is nearly over!
"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness
And put on the armor of light."
PLACE OF COMMUNICATION
It would be a powerful opportunity for all of us to get on
our knees in an “intimate place of communication” with the Lord, and refresh
our commitment to purity and with a willing heart to yield to the bidding of
"They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course."
LET OUR HEARTS WILLINGLY...
…Give Him Room to Move Freely in our daily action in this
We do this by
clearing away or removing anything that feeds and pampers our flesh and our own
concepts of the Kingdom.
serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—
to please his commanding officer."
PREPARE HIM A PLACE
A throne in our hearts, from which He can reign and activate His anointing.
" As for you, the
anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to
But as HIS anointing teaches you about all things and as that
anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you,
Remain in him."
1 John 2:27
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