There comes a time in our Christian walk where we must go through trials, and those trials will allow us to embrace the depths of who Christ really is in our lives. The Lord said in Luke 22:31-32, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Allow these trials to convert you so you can shake back and strengthen the brethren
It’s a Hard Place but you’re coming out!!!
>God is giving a new beginning;
a new purpose;
that we night be a new people.
>God will visit you and speak to you in a hard place and in the midst of your adversity
>THERE IS A TIME LIMIT ON HOW LONG GOD WILL ALLOW YOU TO SUFFER!!!https://soundcloud.com/randommanna/gods-got-a-plan
While watching a movie about some really small people and a dragon that sleeps in gold treasure, I noticed something about this movie that frustrated me more than anything. When the movie was getting to the good part (meaning the dragon was ready to wreck havoc on the nearby town) it ended! When it ended, I just threw my hands up in the air and said, “I can’t believe this!! It’s over!! It cut off just like that!!” This is how our lives are when adversity comes our way. When things start to get tough in our lives, WE CUT OFF!! Proverbs 24:10 says, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Now the movie is a great movie and I look forward to seeing the end of it, but the expectation of the next scene, and the fact that it just stops is more frustrating than anything.
We have to portray a movie that is full of action to grasp the minds and attention of our viewers. We have to give them a little drama (and the drama in our life are the flaws that come up at that opportune time), so they can keep coming back and tuning in to see how things will pan out. We have to give them some romance, so our viewers can stay soft and pliable when it come to having hope in love. We have to give them some documentary, so they can learn from our testimony and get courage to fight for a purpose. And last but not least, we must give them a little horror. The horror is there to scare our viewers from the grasp of sin, so they can live.
Our lives are like a movie that people are watching. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:1-2 that we are compassed about with a great cloud of witnesses, and that we must run this race (paraphrase). We must also finish the race as well because the end of a thing is better than the beginning of it. There is closure when we can finish what God has started in us. There is a level of accomplishment and fulfillment knowing we made it to the end of that particular task which was set before us. Our lives cannot stop when adversity hits us. At the most crucial point of the movie, the credits began to role, and everyone was left hanging. We can’t allow the credits of our life to begin to role before our viewers when we have not completed the movie of our lives. We must press on and complete the work that has been started in us.
- When trials come our way, we cannot quit!
- When obstacles stand before us, we cannot quit!
- When persecution comes because of the WORD, we cannot quit!
- When we think we’re not worthy, we cannot quit!
- No matter how much the dragon (satan) talks, and blows his fiery smoke in our direction, we cannot quit!
The Lord has given the world a trailer of our lives, and many are coming out to see if the movie will get a standing ovation, or some boos. A good movie that finish well will normally get some claps and yells at the end because it finished well. But movies that do not finish well will be talked about for a long time. So, people of God, LET’S FINISH WELL, so the cloud of witnesses can be pleased with the movie of our lives, and this world will have a desire to see more of Christ in us.
PLEASE ENJOY THE VIDEO ON FINISHING THE RACE
As I was taking a walk during my lunch break, I saw a great deal of worms on the sidewalk all dried up. As I looked at them (and was in awe in the great number that were on this sidewalk, seeing that we have not had any rain in over a week) I began to think about the body of Christ. In Mark 4:6 the scripture says “But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.”
In order for a worm to live / survive it must have the earth (dirt) to maintain. Worms MUST stay moist to survive. If worms dry out, then they will suffocate. Worms have to stay moist because they absorb oxygen from the wet areas, and then they release carbon dioxide (just like humans). When we inhale oxygen we release carbon dioxide. If a worm is dried up by the sun (in our case if we are dried up by the cares of life, and the lack of communion with God) we will die because the exchange of gases can’t take place.
As a whole, the body of Christ is suffocating because we are not allowing the moisture of God’s anointing to saturate us. We are not allowing the refreshing from the Lord to keep us moist. We are not allowing the word to wash us and sanctify us continually (Ephesians 5:25-26).
We must inhale the life of God (oxygen) on a daily bases, so that we can release the workings of darkness (carbon dioxide) from within our lives. This famine (dryness) that so many of us are facing within our spirit is not in the physical land, not one of bread, nor is it one of water, but it is a famine (dryness) for the word of God.
We have to continually stay under the shower of God’s blessing (Ezekiel 34:26), so we can yield fruit for this world to eat from. We have to strive to get this outpouring of God’s Spirit mentioned in Joel chapter 2 and Acts chapter 2. The soil is our heart, and we keep it moist through repentance.
No ground can stay saturated with nutrients if there is no rain. We can substitute water from the plumbing system, and add miracle grow in an attempt to keep our fields from getting hard and callused, but the ground of our heart will not soften and grow until we get the pure rain from Heaven.
Let’s stay like a moist worms, so we can move through the soil keeping our hearts tender and pliable unto the Lord. No one can grow and survive in and on a hard surface, not even a worm.
3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you
Read Hebrews 12:5-11, John 15:1-2, and Revelation 3:19
The Golden Pathos are some of the easiest plants to take care of, so I heard. I was never born with a green thumb, so taking care of a plant, no matter how easy the maintenance, was never my strong suite. One night while teaching a Bible Study lesson about correction, the Lord gave me an example about a plant.
I had a plant that looked sadder than the eyes of a Basset Hound. The leaves were brown and dried out. The stems were yellow, and the dirt was dry. I didn’t water the plant properly, and when I would give it a little sun light, I would leave it outside too long, and the leaves would burn. I wasted time and money killing plants because I wouldn’t take the time to care for them properly.
Our lives are like a plant. We have to be tended to properly by receiving the proper amount of sunlight (Jesus), water (the word of God), and tilling of the dirt from time to time (repentance). Tending to a plant properly is a form of correction or chastening which is a process of tilling the ground. Our ground has to be tilled so the water can enter into our heart, instead of sitting on the topsoil, and drying up.
Once the ground of our heart is broken up, the Lord can drop seeds into us that will bring forth fruits of righteousness. One of the definitions for chasten is to purify. This means to clear from material defilement or imperfection. I learned in Agriculture, that in order for a plant to grow properly, it has to be pruned because the pruning process removes damaged or old foliage from a plant in order to strengthen it. Like a plant, we also have to allow the Lord to remove areas from our lives that have been damaged by sin, shame, hurt, embarrassment, abuse, neglect, rejection, and many other situations that has caused us to be wounded.
The Lord has to do away with the old things in our lives in order for us to receive the new wine. Now the pruning (chastening) seems like it take place in our lives when everything is working like a dried up axle (nothing is working for us at all), but I learned that the best time to prune a plant is in the winter season when the plant is dormant.
Dormant is a good stage of the plants life because it is not active but is able to become active. It seems like the Lord has forgotten you during this time, and everything has hit you, even the kitchen sink, but the Lord is preparing you for kingdom activity. The trials that help us to be pruned is the manure (fertilizer) that is being planted in your soil to help you grow.
The fertilizer is part of the repotting process. A plant has to be fertilized after pruning. Once the plant is fertilized, it has to be placed in a different position out of direct sunlight until it is able to recover from the pruning process. Once the plant has recovered from pruning and fertilization (and you identify this process by seeing more foliage beginning to grow in a rapid pace) you place the plant back in its original position.
Now the plant is strong enough to bring forth fruit. Each trial is strategically placed by our Heavenly Father because He desires to see much fruit in our lives. We cannot stay dry, dead, damaged, or diseased because plants that stay this way attract insects that will help destroy the plant even the more. Embrace the chastening of the Lord because, “no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11 Prayer: Lord, help me to receive your correction, so that you can bring forth more fruit in my life. I desire to abide in you because I am a branch that cannot bear fruit by my own strength. It may hurt my flesh to be chastened by you Lord, but I yield my spirit to the hand of my potter, and the Bishop of my soul. I receive your correction Lord for my life In Jesus Name, Amen.
attached link on the best time to prune a tree http://www.preservationtreecare.net/pdf/Winter%20is%20the%20best%20time%20of%20year%20to%20prune%20trees.pdf