BY: GARY R. KANE
Hebrews 12: 1-2
1. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God helps me, and gives me his strength, when I am weak He is strong. I was blessed that the Holy Spirit once again reminded me of my humanity, and I have nothing in the natural, nothing in the flesh, to boast about before God. ..."For it is not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord God.." !
I was blessed to be encouraged once again today by the mercy and grace of my loving Jesus, that when I fall and when I am stupid, and when I really mess things up very very bad, that He is there to help me as long as I will keep running the race and NOT give up and fall back !
Hebrews 10: 35-39
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." (because with out Faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6) (emphasis mine.) 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
I can run the race by his strength. I can run the race by His Power. I can run the race by the love and mercy and grace and goodness of God and Him ALONE ! ..."Apart from Him I can do nothing..'! .."Through Him I can do all things, because He strengthens me ..." !
I want you to be encouraged to know that if you are in a fire, a trial, that Jesus in it with you "if your heart is tied to Him and seeking his love". If you are in pain and suffering, Jesus is there with you and for you, if you love him with all your heart, to bring you through it all, and he understands exactly what your going through. if you are going through something that you cannot understand, and have prayed and ask the Lord for answers only to feel the heavens as brass, and answers do not seem to come, and fire rages on, there is silence. In it all, there seems to be no answer. There is just a deep silence. I tell you God's silence in these times is so loud it is deafening ! But he is there and will bring you through everything, all of it, all your going through if you dearly love him and seek him with all your heart.
The blows are one upon another at times in your fires and trials as you seek to love the Lord with all your heart and be pleasing to him, but continue to press on and stay in sweet communion with Jesus, even if all you can do is weep ! If all you can do is whisper his precious name ! If all you have the strength to do is to fall on the floor before him, then at least fall down and cling to him and praise him, because He is your answer, and He will show up in your circumstance at just the right time in glorious power, and anoint you and bathe you in His glorious mercy and grace and healing love. He has NOT forgotten you, he hears every cry, he hears every earnest prayer. He may not speak a word to you at the moment in order to keep you in a place to have a helpless dependence upon him and him alone, and not trust any longer in your flesh, but lean upon him and wait upon him, and He will come to deliver you and walk you through the fire in his power and wisdom and strength. He is on his way to you right now ! Stand fast. Stay in the race. Do not give in to the lies of Satan, do not give up.
Beloved, God in his perfect timing, and in his perfect reasoning, and ways with you, has it all under control and there is no need to panic !
1 Peter 1: 3-9
3. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4. and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5. who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9. for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Verse 8 says."Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy
All though you do not see him now, you love him. Although you do not see your situation changing, although you do not see one thing seemingly go right, although you do not see one solid bit of evidence of any change in your situation, the word says, "you love him !" Although you do not see the hand of Christ moving in your behalf, he is there, and he is working it out, and he will take you through, if you have resigned to allow the Holy Spirit his way with you in every area. You do what you know to do, until God tells you what else to do, or takes you through likeJob with NO explanation what so ever ! But you love him! Because he is working in your behalf or in behalf of that loved one or family or church congregation answering your cries and prayers and petitions, and intercessions, he is working whether you see it or not, and if you will hold on to that way of looking at God, and stand by faith right there, then you will see the hand of God one day moving and healing and delivering, and bringing peace where there was none, and life where there was only death, and restoring to you all he has promised he would, and the best thing of all, is that like Job you can shout from the roof tops, "my ears have heard of you but now my eyes see him."
Like JOB.. In other words beloved. God seemed to put Job into a state of dereliction. Not understanding really why all these things had come upon him. It was a time for Job to place all his faith in God's wisdom and sovereignty and learn to love God for himself alone, for he had no other reason to love him. That is to say, no blessings no joy, no health no familyor material possessions. No reputation before men to brag about. No help, no answers. Nothing ! You see God never reveled the full story to Job. Job does not say in the end, "now I see it all clearly." No. He says in verse five, "Now I see God." He says now I know him, now my doubting and fear and unbelief and questioning God at every turn, and trying to seek my own way in and out, and around and through are vanished in the midst of the wonderful understanding of the love of God towards me. Hallelujah I have a different view, I am seeing through God's spectacles as it were.... What a liberty. What a freedom. What a glorious end to a fiery furnace. A trial that others tried to tell him was to his destruction. I trial that his flesh wanted to look for a way out of. But God had an eternal purpose for the sufferings that Job went through. To know him!
I tell you beloved. I do not know what you are going through today.I do know the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart a few moments ago and said to me:
There are many people on your email list that are hurting in some way or another very deeply. Some are suffering great loss. Some are in much pain. Some are in bondage to sin and some in bondage to great fears. Some are very fearful to trust me and take me at my word. Some I have called to preach my word but they have fallen into sin and not repented, and now they are afraid they can never come back. The devil has told them this lie. But I say, they can come back if they will call out, cry out to me and ask for forgiveness and truly repent and turn from their sin and trust me, I will heal their land, and be their God and they will be my people. Tell my people to stop walking in fear, but rather, trust in my name. They must understand that my ways are far higher than their ways, and I am not a man that can be figured out. I am God. I will have my way with my people when they surrender their whole heart to me, and stop trusting in other things and in other people. Stop trusting in their intellect, and education, and social status. Stop trusting in their position in my Church and even in their giftings and abilities through the Holy Spirit I have given to them. Nothing can save except my son Jesus. Everything that will be done in their lives will be through him and him alone. He is the only one to look to, the only one to rely upon, the only one to trust. I will bring swift justice to my people and heal their wounds, and answer their cry to me, all in my time. My mercy and my grace, and lovingkindness will prevail in the lives of those who stand firm and overcome to the end. This can only be done by my Spirit in them as they yield their lives as a living sacrifice to me holy and acceptable. Then they will know my true will for their life, and walk in it and I will bless those who love me with all their heart. They will know me, and I will lead them in the way they should go. Tell them, stay in prayer, stay in my Word, trust in my name, love righteousness, and obey me. My love for them will cast out all their fear as they receive my Love and walk in it."
Beloved, God bless you all. I have said what the Lord has directed me to say!
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