Greetings in the name of the LORD.
I would like to begin today finishing where I left off yesturday, as I was unable to finish what I had started.
I am daily learning how to suffer with the LORD; and I have my share of moments when not only is my faith being radically tested, but my loyalty, and faithfulness as well. Do I struggle? Yes!
I find myself relating as well with our brother Paul, who cried out loudly in the midst of his own frustration saying:
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law thst it is good. But now, it is no longer I who who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
I thank God-through Jesus Christ our LORD!
So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:14-25
The LORD spoke to me in the midst of one of these great battles that was visciously waging war in my mind, and I heard Him saying:
Do not become ensnared again, from that which I set you free!
It took away for the Holy Spirit to lead me into the truth of what He meant.
Heaven or hell is a state of thought as well as being; and we have learned that the battlefield lies in our minds, which is exactly why Paul went on to command us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ later on in 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Just when you think you have it all under control, when you begin to feel comfortable again, you should brace yourself for a mighty onslaught from the adversary. We must never let our guard down even for a second, for our adversary roams around as a lion seeking whom he may devour.
We must exercise discernment, and and we must arise and be willing to go from victory to victory and glory to glory, to the glory of the LORD of hosts, amen, amen.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For our weapons of warfare are not carnal but are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6.
The key word here is "obedience" and the wisdom revealed to us in this glorious passage is, "when your obedience is fulfilled."
Holy Spirit is bringing forth to my remembrance Proverbs 16:32 which declares that,
" he who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city."
In Philippians 2:5 we are instructed to:
"let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made of Himself no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
And to the persecuted church whom the Book of Revelation reveals, these things says The First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
"I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
"Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."
The faithful church
"These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens":
"I know your works. See I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie-indeed I will make them come and worship at your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will also keep you from the hour of the trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
It is my prayer, that the LORD open the eyes of your hearts understanding, and open your ears to hear even the softest whisper of His voice. I thank the LORD for leading you here today, and through the power of His Spirit I pray that He brings us into one accord, just as the Holy Spirit begins to lead us into all truth, as He makes known unto us the deep and hidden things of God our Father. I pray that the spirit in you bears witness with mine that indeed we are the children of the Father of lights. We are the sons of God that have awakened and are rising to the glory of our Bright and morning star who has risen from our hearts to shine sevenfold to the glory of God His Father. Amen.
I am going to wrap up for now and let the Spirit move across the earth as He begins to knit us together one by one. I am expecting to hear from you very soon. Till then may the LORD bless you and keep you. May the LORD make His face to shine upon you and give you His peace. I bless you my brethren, in the name of Jesus, for you are the saints of God.
April 15, 2010 6:30pm