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We Are Not Forsaken

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Not Forsaken

To our fellow sojourner’s in the faith of Christ,

The Lord does not lie and will be faithful to fulfill all of His promises.  His faithfulness ensures that the Lord absolutely and positively will finish the good work He starts.  The result will be salvation as Christ is formed within us.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

This promise to finish the work and not abandon it is more than just a verse of Scripture; it is the heart of the Gospel and a most precious promise given to His people.  Being faithful is who He is, and He has never changed.

Deu 7:9  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised

It matters not how shaky our faith may be in a moment or how much or far we have fallen.  The Lord is the one doing the work and cannot fail for His name’s sake.

2Ti 2:13  If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 

1Sa 12:22  For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

Holding dear to His promise and character sees us through the tough times necessary for salvation.

Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust  

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 

Like our Lord, we all are being perfected on this third day, which is our appointed day of the Lord.  Losing one’s life in the carnally minded world is difficult to endure but necessary to be remade into the image of God.  Times do come upon us when we feel forsaken by the Lord and cry out to Him.  As He is, so are we.

 Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?  that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 

Being crucified for Christ brings these feelings of being forsaken, albeit only for a short moment.  Lord willing, during these seemingly unbearable times, we can hold tight to the precious promises of the Lord.  The mercy of the Lord triumphs over judgment, and in due time peaceable fruit of righteousness shoots forth.

Isa 54:7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 

Isa 54:8  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. 

Peter admonishes us to hasten the coming of the Lord within by striving to be holy as our heavenly Father is holy.  The Lord is manifesting our every thought, including any feelings of abandonment.  These acts of God are for the greater good of our salvation, specifically to turn our hearts and focus back on Him and His voice.

Deu 4:30  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 

Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. 

“Being Forsaken” For Correction: 

The absolute truth is that the Lord never forsakes us.  The Lord does, however, seemingly abandon us to regain our attention when we forsake Him.   There is always a purpose for good in the ways of the Lord.

2Ch 15:2  The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 

Jos 24:20  If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 

Israel (you and me) is taught this lesson many times to establish the Lord in our hearts.  Experiencing a temporary “separation” from the Lord is part of maturing and the salvation journey.  The Lord uses this for correction, to teach us obedience by things we are given to suffer.  But through all of this, His faithfulness to His people remains steadfast.

Psa 89:30  If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; 

Psa 89:31  If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 

Psa 89:32  Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 

Psa 89:33  Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. 

Despite verses that by themselves say the Lord forsakes the disobedient, the sum of the Word promises us that this shall never happen.  The Lord never leaves us, even in our times of sin and rebellion.  As clay in His hands, we are never far from the Lord; He is always right there.

Psa 139:7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit?  or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 

Psa 139:8  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 

If we feel abandoned or forsaken by the Lord, we should know that the Lord has given us this trial to turn our hearts back to Him.  We are promised to find Him and live if we seek Him.

Psa 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 

Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

Psa 9:10  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. 

The Lord promises to give us anything we genuinely need (not want) if we seek Him first, which means putting our trust in Him.  Nothing will be withheld from what we need.

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Psa 84:11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

When weaker in faith, we think the Lord has forsaken us and forgotten all about us and His promises.  Nothing seems to be in our favor.  Everything we do or are involved with is problem-plagued and frustrates our very existence.   This may revolve around anything: our health, finances, job, family, house, neighbors, and acquaintances; the list is endless.    We, as Zion, cry out to the Lord.

Isa 49:14  But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me

The Lord is always working in our lives, including every minute detail for the counsel of His will.  In due time, we will learn to trust in Him and be assured that He has not and will not forget His own children and creation.

Isa 49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?  yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 

Isa 49:16  Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 

While the world and carnally minded are definitely rejecting us, the Lord will not leave us except for those moments needed to correct.  No matter how hot the fire [living hell] becomes in our day of the Lord, trust in the Lord and know the Lord is faithful to His children.

Act 2:27  Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Whatever place we find ourselves ultimately gives way to a time of peace as we enter into His rest.   We endure many struggles and wait for the Lord to complete His work and find peace.  The trouble we face can come from many sides, yet all of it works for good in the end.  We are being saved by our hope in the promises of the Faithful One.

2Co 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 

2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 

2Co 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 

We are learning to take comfort and solace in whatever the Lord is working in our heavens and earth as we walk only by faith and not sight.  By seeking Him, we know the Lord is with us and is providing everything we need for holiness and righteousness.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

The true Israel is the apple of God’s eyes.  We are the Lord’s people, created and now being remade into His own image.  He will not fail and is right on schedule with His plan in your life.

May these words bring comfort and encouragement to those who can hear them.

 

Pete & Ronel

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The Purpose and Application of God’s Wrath

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Who Avoids the Wrath of God?

As the Lord’s chosen people, we are the first to fulfill the Scriptures and live by every word God spoke.  It is a blessing when we can read with God-given eyes to see and also hear with God-given ears to hear.  Then a time comes when we reap the ultimate blessing of the Lord when we begin to actually live out or keep the prophecy of the sayings written about in the Bible.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand

Prophecy is mostly understood in the here and now. The time is at hand and it is at that time that we will be given to comprehend we are fulfilling the Scriptures.  This blessing is our salvation and the making of the new man.  To fulfill the Scriptures, we will endure many trials including bearing the wrath of our holy Father as he accomplishes His purposes in us.

This article will address a specific error that many believe that says God’s people (i.e. the Elect) do not experience the wrath of God.  It is important to get this right as a day will come when one’s faith will be tested from the pressure and intensity of being in the winepress of God’s judgments.  In this day of the Lord’s wrath, we will be tried mightily, and our lives and carnal mind will endure the fiery wrath of the Lord.  Lest we forget, we must die this death to our carnal mind to come alive with Christ.  This necessary destruction of our carnal mind and old man must take place and happens by going through this appointed season of wrath.  Enduring this process is the faith and patience of His saints.

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 

The Lord won’t try us beyond what we can bear and we will have been prepared to stand and give thanks for all the Lord is doing in our life.  If we are Christ’s we will be gathered to Christ in our appointed times.

Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 

Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. 

The Process of Reformation

The first step in our being reformed is coming to see our sins.  The way problem fixing works in the natural is the same as it works in the Spirit.  Awareness is the start of our walk with the Lord and that is the purpose of the law in bringing us to Christ.  As we are given to see our sins His sword will never depart our house.  It will be there to accomplish salvation in us.  David learned this and we too in our appointed time.

2Sa 12:10  Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 

What is the sword of the Lord?  Sure, it’s the word of God but it is even bigger than that.  The Lord is not limited to words in a book, His sword includes even the wicked within and without us.  The Lord stirs up other people and causes events to happen in our lives to bring hardship and ultimately correction as a result of His wrath.

Psa 17:13  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 

Seeing salvation for us and salvation for everyone else as two processes, with two sets of rewards and punishments between the Elect and the others is an error.  The two rewards and punishments doctrine is another variation of the eternal hell doctrine or even the rapture doctrine.  Both false doctrines have God’s Elect bypassing His wrath and all the others being burned in hell forever or enduring the great tribulation.  All men, including the very Elect, must go thru it and that tribulation very much includes the wrath of God.

Rev 7:14  And I say unto him, My lord, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they that come out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 

The sum of the word shows us that this great tribulation is the same as our enduring the wrath of God against our rebellious and disobedient ways.

All who DO NOT BELIEVE, which is all of us for a very long time, shall have the wrath of God abiding upon us. Our faith/belief only grows as we endure the trials that include God’s wrath.  As that wrath accomplishes its purposes, more of the promised land within is subjected to the Lord in faith and the fiery trials goes out on that portion.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. 

Every part of us will be made a believer thru the process.  It is how we are being saved, it is the way of salvation.

Everyone’s ungodliness and unrighteousness is addressed in due time.  The Elect don’t get a pass, they just experience in this age if they are so blessed.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 

We are being made holy and blameless by being judged by a vengeful, jealous and wrathful God that is thankfully merciful as well.  King David earlier had called for the Lord’s wrath to come deliver him from his enemies within and without which comes only by the judgment of God.

Psa 7:6  Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 

God makes His power known to us and mankind only comes to know He is the Lord by experiencing His wrath in the whirlwind of His judgments.  This learning is what causes us to obey Him in due time.  This is the process by which the potter destroys the old man (marred clay in His hand) and reforms us into the new man in His image.   A key passage of truth.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Without experiencing His wrath, we will not know the true power of the Lord and won’t know Him nor will we have learned the fear of the Lord.

Psa 90:11  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. 

Pro 16:6  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. 

We all are by nature children of wrath, that is our destiny, and are going to have to go thru it.  That indeed is the only way to be quickened with Christ and raised in newness of life (dying to death, having our carnal way of life destroyed).

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 

Our spiritual day of wrath is also our day of the Lord which is our time of judgment that comes first to the household of God.

Rom 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 

When Christ comes to us for salvation apart from sin, He is smiting the inward nations and ruling us with a rod of iron that is saving us.  This is how Christ is “revealed” to us.

 Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

 Eze 7:9  And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth. 

But this wrath, the smiting, the judgment, however it is described is the best blessing we can ever get.  It is the very thing that is saving us and for that, we are taught to give thanks for all things the Lord works, even His wrath.

Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 

These experiences are also the wonderful works of men to God’s children as Psalm 107 describes which bring us to our wits end and usher in salvation.  All the fury and storms that bring us to our wits end are good as they are part of God’s favor and mercy.  This is redeeming us from our bondage to the enemies of God within.

 Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 

There is no other way to be saved and find Christ.  No man enters into Christ ANY OTHER WAY.  Every man, must fulfill the seven plagues of wrath… all God’s judgment to enter into Christ and be at rest.   Here is a powerful testimony to never forget.

Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. 

Appointed to Salvation not Wrath

It will help to address a specific verse that confuses many as almost all professing Christians are taught the lie.  By itself this one verse seems to say we don’t experience the wrath of the Lord.  But that is not what this verse actually means.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

It is true, we are not appointed to wrath but rather to salvation.  So Paul’s words here do not contradict the scores of other witnesses that say we do go thru His wrath to be saved.  They harmonize it.  Enduring our Father’s wrath is for a purpose, which is to bring salvation and the resulting overcoming/obedience.   That is the purpose of God’s wrath, it is not to kill us or discourage us.  That is why Paul adds in the verse reminding us to encourage one another during these very difficult times.

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 

When we know the Lord’s purpose and our part in the Book, with the requisite faith we will be able to stand. This is how the gold and fine jewels in the temple of God that we are, are being made.  With this problem verse now clear we can look at further details of the Lord’s methods.

The Rod of The Lord

We have a whole set of verses that speak to this using another symbol, the rod of God our Father.  Thankfully the Lord does not spare us of His rod, we endure all of it and that is what teaches us righteousness.  These Proverbs are true in the natural to our physical sons but also to us as the sons of God.

Pro 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. 

Pro 23:13  Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die [in fact it bring newness of life!]

Pro 23:14  Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. 

The Elect don’t get a pass on this.  They are the first to experience the chastening and disciplining of our Father.  This will bring us to lament of our sins and wickedness which in the end accomplishes the Lord’s work in us.

Lam 3:1  I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 

The purpose of the “rod of His wrath” is to save us and separate us into a people holy and undefiled.  All things that defile need to be removed to enter into the Holy City and thus our sanctification is the purpose of God’s wrath.  This is how we are brought into the new covenant [saved] with the Lord.

Eze 20:37  And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 

Eze 20:38  And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 

We outwardly can see what happens when the rod is withheld by looking at the children of today and how the carnal world has changed with its “modern thinking”.  The world with its false definition of love has in the name of “love” demonized disciplining of children and even the punishing of criminal lawbreakers.   The result is more rebellion, lawlessness, and dysfunction in the nations.  The Lord knows what He is doing and enduring wrath and punishment for our mistakes is the way we are learning to be like Him.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 

The Lessons of Wrath Upon Israel

And we have many witnesses showing God’s wrath very much applies to His Chosen people of Israel.  Flesh Israel symbolizes God’s Elect and all those things written were examples for us to learn thereby.  Many a carnal man has argued that the OT prophecies have no application to those that walk by faith today.  That is an error as all of these OT prophecies were experienced and written down in the Bible for our edification today as God’s Elect.  These words remain examples for us to live and learn by and are very applicable to us today.

1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 

Let’s be reminded of some of these events, events that we will live by in our time.  The Lord gets angry and wrathful with His people when we disobey Him.  Yet that wrath stops and the Lord repents of that evil when the discipline accomplishes its purpose.  That is the function of fiery grace and when we are living in that day, the grace will always prevail.

We see in the OT what happens when we take the things of God and make our own image of God and worship that instead of the true God. Here is the consequence of disobedience to the law by making a golden calf in the Lord’s name.  We all do this at first which requires God’s wrath to correct.

Exo 32:10  Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation

Exo 32:11  And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

Notice the good that comes about from the wrath.  God works the evil in us but the purpose is to make a great holy nation in the end.

The Lord’s wrath is not forever and does not deny that He is merciful in His judgments.  Still, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God and you will know it when it happens to you.  We should take such experiences as a token sign of our salvation as the work of God will not be in vain for those that believe.

His wrath is not kindled against those unbelieving Philistines out there as the false doctrines of Babylon teach.  No, God’s wrath is poured out against His own house and is part of the righteous judgment of God necessary to be saved.  Some more examples of things we live out in fulfilling the Scriptures.

Num 11:33  And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague. 

Num 16:46  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 

The grace of God (His favor) includes both the blessing and the curses.  His wrath is used to discipline us and bring us back into subjection.    It accomplishes His purposes in precise proportions.

Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 

Deu 11:17  And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. 

We provoke the Lord to wrath by our disobedience.  It is the same as any physical father would get angry and wrathful to disobedient children.  Don’t make the mistake of trying to wordsmith words to make wrath different from anger and chastening; they are one and the same. Here are just some examples showing they are interconnected.

2Ki 23:26  Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.

2Ch 34:25  Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched.

Jer 32:37  Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath, and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:  Jer 32:38  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God: 

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 

In simpler New Testament speak this is the scourging and chastening of a loving Father wanting to correct His sons and teach them righteousness.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth

The purpose of this wrath on Israel is always the same, it is for the salvation of Israel.  This is how sin is destroyed and the chosen and faithful are made into a great and holy nation.  Those in the truth know the Lord causes even our disobedience as He seeks provocations to bring judgment to His people and thus advance them towards salvation.

Until we begin to live through the Lord’s wrath, we won’t really understand.  We are not given to know the details ahead of time as the thunders are sealed and not written about [Rev 10:4].

When our time has come, the Lord removes the hedge of protection and sends forth evil [fire from heaven within and without] to wreak havoc.  Then we will begin to understand as we live in our day of the Lord.  Many things in our lives will seemingly go wrong and the Lord will spoil our pursuits and separate us from brethren and acquaintances. Job’s experience is ours!

Job 19:11  He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 

Job 19:12  His troops come together [The Lord’s Sword – Psa 17:13], and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle. 

Job 19:13  He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 

God is no respecter of persons and has ordained ONE process that will come alike to every man in their appointed time.

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we [the Elect, chosen of God now] shall be saved, even as they. 

Now knowing the truth about the wrath of God makes us no better than anyone else.  What it should do, is humble us and awaken us to what is going on in our lives.  The Lord is not slack, He is doing nothing by happenstance.  Through all things, He is speaking with us but we have been dull of hearing.  We should take heed of the Lord’s voice thru these events so we may learn our lessons and hasten His coming within us.

Psa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. 

Psa 2:12  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. 

It is far better to suffer for righteousness’ sake and doing Christ’s commands than for any of our unrighteousness.  Our goal is always to be holy and obedient people as our Lord and Father is holy [1Pe 1:16].  The sooner the better is our aim and struggle.  Lord willing, with this truth on the wrath of God clearer in our heavens; our attitude and thanksgiving to the Lord will be markedly improved.  Believing in Him and His promises can give us the strength to endure difficult periods of suffering.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Sincere questions are always welcome.  if we can be helpers of your joy, please let us know.

Pete

 

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Dying to Death – The Second Death

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The issues of life and death, like all Scriptures and truths of the Lord, are hidden from those not yet given the gift of faith and the accompanying eyes to see and ears to hear.  Becoming grounded on some basic principles, such as the topic of death,  is essential to growing in understanding.  May these words help those few the Lord may lead to read them.

Pete & Ronel

Dying to Death

All men are PURPOSEFULLY born in marred vessels of clay so the Lord can remake us into a new mold in His image on His timeline.   Nothing we experience is wasted, it is all the work of the potter.

Jer 18:3  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 

Jer 18:5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

Jer 18:6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 

We are born into sin and thus begin the lives of every man.  As clay in the potter’s hand, the false doctrine of free will is readily destroyed by the truth.

Psa 51:5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

We will naturally remain this way until our time of reformation comes and we begin our transformation into the image of God.  This is the process of salvation and the same said as being “our journey from death unto life”.  Paul’s words of the helplessness of Romans 7, expressing every man’s journey to be righteous under their own strength (i.e the law) segues into the freedom and new life described in Romans 8.  Abiding in death, stuck in a prison, and bound to the law we first await Christ.

Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 

When Christ comes He delivers us and sets us free from the law and the death that the law of sin and death (carnal mindedness) brings.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death

The law of sin and death is the same as the law of Moses and also the same as the law of the Gentiles.  Simply put, this law is what all carnally minded people are under.  Yet do not despair because all mankind is ignorant and oblivious to their plight until the Lord comes and sets them free from the resulting bondage that is also spiritual death.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 

We begin to be transformed from death and having the mind of our father the devil, unto newness of life, having the mind of Christ.  This is our salvation and takes a three-day spiritual journey to complete.  The last enemy to be destroyed to complete the transformation is death.  This is the death of our carnal mind that has kept us in bondage all our lives.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

1Co 15:25-26  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

The Lord who holds the keys to life and death, considers physical death to be the same as sleeping [Joh 11:11, Dan 12:2, etc].  The Lord’s words are Spirit and life and speak to great mysteries that only few are given to understand.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

Our dying to the Lord is our dying to death.  This is subjecting our carnal mind to the will of God and following the Spirit by the law of faith.  That is how newness of life is found and how we are being raised with Christ in the resurrection.  Christ speaks and acts in parables but most like Martha are only able to see the physical or outward application.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 

Joh 11:26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 

Dying to death is also known as the “second death” which every man will fulfill in their appointed time.  We experience and fulfill all the Scriptures, living by every word.  All those experiences are indeed ours [1Cor 3:21] to fulfill and many err by taking things out of the book as not applicable to them.  Dying to death comes to a head in our day of the Lord, when the Lord comes a second time for judgment and salvation.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The consummation of salvation is our being given our crowns which is the mind of Christ that is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  When the Lord first comes to us, we will be found dead in our sins and trespasses. This is the fate of all men naturally born in marred bodies of flesh that cannot help but sin.  The Lord has His ways to correct us and remake us through the fiery experience of His judgments.

Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. 

In our day of the Lord, the new man is brought forth as the old man and our carnal way of thinking dies under the fire of God’s jealousies.  All men have sinned without exceptions and thus are blotted out from spiritual life until their appointed time comes.    The time comes for our day of the Lord when we find ourselves in the lake of fire, experience the second death, and thus are being saved!

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life[i.e. all who sin who have been blotted out at first] was cast into the lake of fire. 

The second death and our resurrection are one in the same event we experience.  Think of a two-sided coin and know that the Scriptures are speaking about His two witnesses which are the old man and the new man.  Both the carnal old man and the spiritual new man are clay in the potter’s hands.  He is molding and shaping us on His schedule and by this process, we die to death at the same time newness of life is brought forth.

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

In this consuming fire [Heb 12:29] that is the Lord, we are being quickened and in due time are overcoming our flesh.  As we progress, we are able to look behind ourselves and see our deliverance from the ways of the world which is ruled by the spirit of Satan or said another way carnal mindedness.

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 

Our flesh does not go willingly to its death.  It resists the ways of the Spirit until it is brought into subjection.  The Lord prevails when our time has come and we are freed from the law of sin and death and separated from the carnally minded by our faith.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

Gal 5:18  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 

We should earnestly pray that we grow in the faith.  The challenges of living in this carnal world but not being of it, get bigger the further we walk, yet the Lord will equip us with the faith and temperament to bear it.

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Blessed is the Man

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Blessed is the Man

 To the brethren in Christ who share our precious faith,

As the Lord’s chosen people, we are being blessed with innumerable spiritual blessings that further the Lord’s work.  Our flesh does not appreciate the Lord’s blessings, yet the blessings are to make us holy and blameless in His sight.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 

Like Job experienced, we all experience miserable comforters [within and without], who have no spiritual vision, telling us we are anything but blessed based on the seemingly endless trials we endure.  Walking by faith, we ignore the wisdom of this world and rather stand on the promises of the Lord and the power of God.

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 

1Co 1:19  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 

The true blessings of the Lord are the experiences that are molding and reshaping us into holy people in His likeness.  As we grow into maturity, we do forget and at times grow weary not feeling blessed.  It is in these hard trials, that we learn to walk by faith and not by sight.  As we mature in the Lord’s timeline, we are able to bring it all back to faith and learn to be thankful for the spiritual blessings He has and is providing.

1Th 5:18  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Eph 5:20  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The blessings of God are always centered around our sanctification which is the process that is making us pure and holy.  We only get there through the work of the Lord, it is His circumcision done by His hands.   Yet we are admonished that the work of the Lord can be hastened which is a godly pursuit we should pursue with vigor.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

This is especially true when we are in great trials in our day of the Lord.  Christ, our able minister and High Priest, are there to bless us and bring what is needed (comfort, mercy, peace, strength, healing).  The Lord is not ever going to leave or forsake us.  The ways of Jesus Christ have never changed, even in our latter day’s tribulations,  as the OT shadow via the law declares.

Deu 4:29  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. 

Deu 4:30  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

Deu 4:31  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them

In our day of the Lord, we are being taught to pray for anything according to His will and we shall receive it.  The key part is being according to His will.

1Jn 5:14  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 

1Jn 5:15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 

The Lord wants to bless us richly as it brings about His will and glorifies the Father.  We should therefore have full assurance He will provide what we ask, therefore we should be asking rightly according to His will.

2Co 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 

These blessings are the exercise of our faith that in time enable us to stand thru the trials, to have our faith proven, and see the remaking progress. If we hearken unto His voice and commands then many blessings are poured out and we are advanced in His kingdom.

Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 

Deu 28:3  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 

Deu 28:4  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 

Deu 28:5  Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. .

Deu 28:6  Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 

The Lord’s blessings are unlikely to be what our flesh desires.  Anyone with anything such as good health, sufficient money, a good job, a nice home, a wife, a skill, knowledge, etc.; has received a blessing from the Lord [Php 4:19, Mat 6:33].  But these are not the blessings of God reserved for His chosen people in their day of the Lord.  Some are blessed in the physical realm but that is not His purpose when our day of reformation has arrived. It is not about the flesh being profited when the Lord is guiding us towards life.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

The Lord’s purpose in saving us is not to make us comfortable in this world.  Instead, He is further calling us out of this world to become a set-apart people unto Himself.  Thus it is through our faith we can both rejoice knowing the Lord’s plan yet at the same time we can mourn as we endure the hardships the Lord has given us which are advancing His work.

1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 

It is illogical to the carnal mind yet the hardships we face in this life are one and the same the blessings of God.  Thinking of them as God sees them will help us identify and take captive an ungrateful or complaining spirit within ourselves.  Let’s remind ourselves whom the Scriptures show are the blessed people of God.  This should raise our spirits and comfort us in our trials.

The chosen few are the blessed people of God

Anyone blessed of God has become so not because of anything they did but solely because they have been chosen for salvation and caused by the Lord to dwell in His courts of judgment.  It is in His courts where spiritual fruit is being established within us and grown unto maturity.

Psa 65:4  Blessed is the man whom thou (The Lord) choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 

Our zeal to know and follow the ways of the Lord comes when the Lord gives us that desire and then fills that desire in our appointed times.

Mat 5:6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

Our blessing brings the certainty of persecution

The true church is called out separated from the world and its carnal ways.  This brings swift rejection and persecution upon those who do not follow after their traditions and way of thinking. With time, we learn to rejoice in our rejection and see it as confirmation of the Lord’s presence working in our lives.

Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 

Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

Being divided from and rejected by the entire carnal world is a blessing that is necessary for us to be mature in Christ.  This variance with others is to be expected and we will grow to see it as a huge blessing.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

This isolation is painful at first yet the man of faith is learning to rejoice and count our worldly rejection as the blessing it is.  Being separated from the world, we are not partaking in their activities and think way differently per the law of faith. The Lord rewards those who believe and do what is right in due time.

Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Those who fear God are blessed

We learn the fear of the Lord by the favor [grace] of the Lord which is put upon us.  Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more.  This is the wonderful work of the Lord to the children of men as we learn obedience by the things we are given to suffer.

Psa 112:1  Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 

Psa 112:2  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 

 It is by experiencing the wrath of God that we come to trust the Lord while being shown firsthand the power of God unto salvation.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 

Taught by our experiences, the fear of the Lord becomes a foundational anchor, a spiritual treasure (blessing) to those chosen in this age.

Isa 33:6  Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure

Following the Lord by faith is only for the blessed

We are reaping what we sow in the walk of faith.  Give and it is given back unto us.  The man with the ten talents was given even more because he was faithful with what he had been given.  The Lord truly rewards those who diligently seek Him and act upon their given measure of faith.

Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Jer 17:7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 

As our faith grows and overcoming increases, lasting spiritual fruit comes.  We are learning patience and endurance trusting in the promises not yet manifest in our walk.  Here is the due reward of the Lord’s blessing just a few verses later.

Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Jer 17:8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 

The blessed have their sins forgiven and not imputed

Those of the spiritual household of faith grow in maturity to know that our sins are forgiven and the Lord is no longer imputing them against us.  Those sins are part of His good work that is, was, and will be perfecting us.

Rom 4:7 Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 

Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Thus, the promises of the New Covenant are being fulfilled in our lives!

Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

By our mistakes and sins, the Lord is humbling us, turning our hearts to Him and teaching us to forgive others and to extend those that do us wrong mercy rather than wrath.  The Lord teaches us to be merciful by showing us just how much mercy we need.

Mat 5:7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 

He who loves much is forgiven much.  Anytime we stray and treat others with wrath and condemnation, the Lord brings a trial to us putting us in need of His mercy. Carnal Pharisees fail to get this, trusting in their own righteousness until they learn what we have learned.  We are blessed as our sins are forgiven as we sit at Christ’s feet.  We shall believe the Lord.

Luk 7:47  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 

Luk 7:48  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven

Pursuers of peace are the blessed of God

We learn by trial and error to become men of peace knowing the Lord is working all aspects in the lives of everyone else.  When we pursue peace with all men and do not judge another man’s servant, Jesus Christ and the fruit of righteousness is growing within us.

Heb 12:14  Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 

Being humbled and having our carnal reasoning (vengeance, an eye for eye mentality) burned away, we will reap peace the more we can sow it. With Christ leading, the Prince of Peace, we will be striving to live peaceably with all men and learn to stop contending with what the Lord is doing in others.  The sons of God will be peacemakers and not engaged in fighting with the carnal and blind world that does not know the Lord.

Mat 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 

The Poor in Spirit are blessed, coming in the Lord’s name

We truly have become blessed men and women, set apart from the billions of others that walked before us on this earth.  Through the trials of faith, the Lord is breaking our own spirit, having us to sell all and follow Him in full assurance of faith.  As our own spirit is decreased, we become poor in spirit which makes us rich in the heavenly realm as Christ within us is strong.  Such we become the blessed of the Lord and given the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

When Christ is leading us in all things, we are coming in the Lord’s name.  All of us who previously rejected Christ, become the blessed sons of God now being led by the Spirit of God.

Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

We are promised a most wonderful blessing, an unlimited one if we are able to give the entirety of our lives over to the Lord.  This is the true tithe that comes with a gigantic promise of blessing.

Mal 3:10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Seeing ourselves in the Scriptures, in the hands of a living God

The revelation of Jesus Christ within us comes only when we are given to live out … i.e. keep those things written and said another way to fulfill the sayings of the prophecy of the Book.  When the Lord comes into our lives and begins to work His work in us, the time is henceforth at hand and we are blessed indeed.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

David tells us the judgments of the Lord are more desirable than fine gold and sweeter than honey; being a rare blessing given to a chosen few.

Psa 19:9  …. the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 

Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

When we see ourselves living by every word, the Word has come alive (the Living Word), judgment has come to our house and we are the blessed of God.  Thus, Christ in us, is exalted and we are filled with judgments that are teaching us righteousness.

Isa 33:5  The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. 

Luk 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. 

Our Chastening are Blessings

Our chastening is a huge spiritual blessing we should be thankful for not one we should despise.  In due time we shall see truly believe it.

Psa 94:12  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

To those given faith, it proves the Lord loves you as a son.

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

The trials of faith are how we are being transformed, exercise our spiritual senses, and grow into mature adults having the mind of Christ.  There is no better blessing than this in the final analysis.

Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation [trials]: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Our beastly nature is tamed by the Lord’s chastening.  This is how we learn to submit unto the Lord and are being taught obedience.  Gaining dominion over sin, little by little, we are inheriting the earth and standing upon the sea that represents our flesh and its many temptations.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek (those submitted unto the Lord): for they shall inherit the earth. 

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 

There is no other way for us to learn righteousness except by coming through the throes of judgment [Isa 26:3].  We are getting better at rejoicing in the Lord and seeing the good in all of our experiences.

Those attentive to the things of the Lord are the blessed

Our obedience pays off in more blessings and growth in our measure of faith.  Like building a muscle, our faith once exercised will grow as we endure and overcome the trials the Lord puts us through.  Watching and guarding our gates taking all things captive contrary to the Lord’s commands.

Pro 8:34  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 

Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Being watchful is a daily battle in which we rest from our works but always work the work of God which is our faith (John 6:29). When we are being sanctified, we see the Lord in us increase and we decrease and that is truly a blessing we seek.

Mat 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 

Blessed are those that mourn who will be comforted

Our chastening involves much tribulation and will have us to mourn and lament.  We suffer many losses in the flesh and the emotional pain we are appointed to experience is a necessary part of the Lord’s plan.  Eventually, we mature to look behind ourselves and rejoice in those sufferings.  Losing our old way of life is going to be uncomfortable and painful at times.  Being weak in the flesh, we will mourn and lament for a season.  Yet the promise of this blessing is that we are being comforted, and a great joy, the joy of the Lord will return.

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 

Jas 4:9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Our temporary weeping will be replaced by great joy as the Lord’s blessings and judgments manifest in our life.

Psa 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. 

Patience Is Required

None of us know the future or the timeline of the Lord to finish His work in us.  We must strive daily to endure and overcome knowing it’s all up to Him.   Nobody has arrived at their destination, we are only on the way.  Those blessed of the Lord will know there is more work to be done in the kingdom of God and heed the admonishments of the Apostle Paul.

Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

We, like a farmer, do all we can to stand every day, striving to be perfect.  Yet we are at the mercy of the Lord to bring the necessary rain to grow the spiritual crop He planted within us.  We learn to be patient in waiting on the Lord.

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 

Jas 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 

Even the sower Himself tells us it will take patience to bring home the crop.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Our job Lord willing is to believe [Joh 6:29] that we are being saved. May we have the faith to see our trials as the blessings of the Lord and the patience to endure those trials unto the end.  As the Lord’s people, we are the blessed ones!

Psa 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 

 

Pete & Ronel

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