The Last Quarter

The year 2018 is winding down. We are in the last quarter.

As we march toward the new year, I am drawn to look through my journal at the year in its entirety.

I was given a word by God to live under for 2018. It was “sustain.”

That was an important word for me. It kept me balanced as fierce, oppositional winds raged against our family. But God was faithful and made a way when we didn’t see a way. We bent but we didn’t bow! Glory to God!

In this last quarter, the first day of October, God gave me a very clear word to continue what he began in January.

The word is STAND.

This time though I am sensing, not to just hold, but to hold and move out.

I heard him say, Stand for Righteousness! Stand between & Stand against! STAND!

I received 2 confirmations, immediately, within minutes from writing down the word Stand for, Stand between, and Stand against. He told me exactly what I was to stand for, between and against.

Stand for righteousness:

Self- explanatory!

Stand Between:

I must pray, believe, and encourage myself and other believers, that God’s word and promises belong to us.

Faith, healing, abundant life, belong to us through salvation. This is very important truth!

The between times is what gets most people! Its the hardest in the between time, where you receive the promise by faith, and the final manifestation of the actual evidence.

Faith can be like the shot on the starting line of a race!

We are believing in faith at the beginning, and it’s all good, if it’s a short race to the finished line!

But what happens if it’s a marathon? What happens when stamina is needed and we aren’t prepared?

What happens in the ‘between,’ of seeing and getting the promised thing? When we can’t see the finish line and the obstacle course pops up?

We need prayer and encouragement to keep our eyes on God. He cannot lie! If he said he will do it, he will. We can’t give up!

We must be prepared to stand in the between times!

Clarity is needed! Clarity comes from Renewing your mind!

Clarity comes from Putting on faith glasses, and keeping them on!

To Stand against:

I actually got a email with the words,’Stand Against,’ in the title, within minutes of the understanding of ‘stand between.’

Stand against:

It was concerning standing against wickedness! Against unrighteousness in our nation!

As I thought about it, I realized we must stand against apathy!

We must stand against Anti- Christ activity.

We stand against compromise. Com-promise is anti promise.

I have been giving a word in the last quarter to Stand.

Stand for righteousness. Stand in between the promise and the fulfillment. Stand against unbelief.

I’m putting on my faith glasses. Putting on my armor. Setting my face like a flint.

John 2:15 He made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle, he scattered the coins of the money changers, and overturned their tables.

Think on that!

Time to stand! As for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

Unexplainable Glory

Part 2: I can’t do it without him!

Christ is the basis of everything, because he is the underlying foundation. He supplies the relationship by which salvation is received.

If we receive salvation without pursuing daily relationship with God,we lose the joy associated with life in Christ.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.

If we accept the gift of salvation without embracing and moving forward in our new life, we miss the opportunity to bear much fruit!

Life without fruit can exist, but it’s not very enjoyable.

Can a flower be called a flower, without flowers?

It would still be alive, but it would be called a stem. The stem can be healthy, but without the flowers, there is no beauty or fragrance to enjoy.

The sun is light and we need it to live, but without it bringing warmth, we would enjoy it less.

Jesus is the vine, and he is life. We are the branches. If we don’t branch out and grow, we will wither.

Verse 6-8 If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into fire, and they are burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. Herein, is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples.

Unfortunately, it happens in many followers of Christ. We believe for salvation but we veer of course, before we ever get the chance to enter the joy of our salvation.

If we don’t stay in the new man life, we branch out, or should I say we launch out from the vine.

When we launch out from our salvation and attempt to do life alone, that is when men, ( the natural man, those without new life) will gather us, casting us in the fire and we will be burned.

Think about that! Relationships usually cause the most pain in our lives. It’s not even the other persons fault, it’s ours because relationship with Jesus is the foundation.

We cannot do life without Jesus!

It’s somewhat like being born as infants, and not receiving the proper care.

Infants cannot care for themselves.

The ideal situation is when they have loving parents, or caretakers, that have knowledge of caring for the infant.

Love is the most important thing the new born needs. If that is in place , then meeting the basic needs is a joy.

Most babies accept this love and care without resistance. The result is that they will grow into adulthood with continual love and guidance.

Those who handle life the best, are the ones who remain in relationship and do not resist training. They bring joy to their parents.

Remain in the vine.

When speaking of having new life in Christ, we understand Christ provided all we need to live on earth, as it is in heaven. And if that wasn’t enough, He gave us Holy Spirit as our comforter.

Why then, can’t we accept his love and care?

Why do we move out on our own?

Is it because we are worldly? Maybe, it’s because we resist the faith?

Faith is the system of principals Jesus authored for believers to follow daily.

If we stay in relationship, relying on his written word for guidance, the daily process works to keep justification flowing in our lives.

Justification is ” just as we never sinned.”

If we stay in justification and do not resist the Holy Spirit, we will grow in the love of Christ and bear much fruit. We will bring glory to our father in heaven.

Romans 5:1 THEREFORE BEING justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

By Him:

We have access into grace.

By Him:

We stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

By Him:

We glory in tribulations!

Tribulations will work patience in us.

Tribulation can be seen as growth spurts. In the natural, when children grow quickly, we call them growing pains. Maybe we should see tribulations as “growing pains.”

Growing pains are a part of life, in both the physical and the spiritual. If we aren’t aware of that fact, we may become fearful that something is wrong.

When my son was about 14 years of age, he had severe cramps in his legs due to severe growing pains. Without parental guidance he naturally would have feared he was dying.

When things go wrong in our lives, we have to be determined to look twice at something before going off the deep end, so to speak. We must trust that we will not die physically. And, be willing to kill off natural mindsets.

We leave Romans 5 for a moment, to talk about patience.

Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay or trouble without getting angry, offended or upset.

Getting angry, offended, upset can cause one to move out of the faith required to remain in trust.

James 1:3-4 Know this, the trying of your faith works patience. But, let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

I like the sound of that!

We must let patience have her perfect work that we may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Patience then, has a job to do for us. It’s like the saying, “work smarter not harder.”

The word perfect in Christ centered living means to ‘align,’ with God fully. It’s not you being perfect. That’s probably not going to happen. I’m smiling….

If we develop patience it works for us to align us with the wholeness that will supply all our needs in Christ Jesus.

Because God’s supplies liberally when we ask in faith nothing wavering.

His glory is unexplainable in that his love is unconditional. Most of us don’t understand unconditional love.

Nevertheless, we must accept His salvation through his unconditional love of His Son Jesus Christ.

I’m living the dream!