Monday, August 1, 2016

The Time is Now - The Promise Awaits



You can do this. I am not a covenant-breaker. My people are. In My judgment, I remember mercy.  This is why I must bring My people through the fires. This is where I shape and mold, purge and refine. I purify My vessels. 

A cooling always takes place after the fire, as in the waters. It is the sword, pounded and shapen in intense fires, then cooled to harden in the waters.

Everything that may abide the fire, you shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abide not the fire, you shall make go through the water. [Num 31:23]
It is the hardened sword, once proven, that is chosen by the skilled warrior as worthy for any battle.

If one walks away for a season, or falls under the weight of the trial, I am longsuffering and understanding, especially when pain is the reason for the unsurety. Yet there comes a time for repentance; a time for an about-face.

How often have I told you, once My will is fully accomplished in you, things will turn around at an incredible pace. All I have told you is true - I will fully deliver, heal and restore, when all comes into alignment. [there are those the Lord has spoken this into their spirit by His Spirit, is what I understand. BP]
Lay it all down now, for obedience has its rewards.The waiting also has been for a reason. I too have waited - I have waited patiently for you to fully let go of fear and unbelief, for when you do, you shall let go of the past and move forward into your destiny (future).

Yet, if you remain in rebellion in refusing to let go, then My heart will grieve, for you shall die in the wilderness, rather than live in My promises. This is where covenants (personal promises) once forged, are either strong or broken (not by God but by us - this is what I understood in my spirit). All things have an appointed time.

Though it may seem to tarry, it does not, for it has a time appointed.  It must be now that you lay your past down, dying to self. Only when there is a death can the glory of My resurrection power be revealed. 

Choose wisely, for there comes a time where the point of no return occurs. There comes a time when it will be too late (as happened to the unbelieving Israelites, who died in the desert wilderness, never seeing the Promised Land). There comes a time when the door closes, a time when the bar can no longer be lifted; no access of entry gained.

I counsel you - lay down fear and unbelief through the courage of faith, trust and obedience. Then watch amazed (in awe) of My anointing power, as My Spirit manifests My glory.  For My Word is true; I am not man that I should lie. So shall My word be that goes forth, it shall not return void, for it shall do that which I please and accomplish that for which I send it. [Is 55:11]

Now is the time There can be no turning or looking back once the hand is set to the plow, or you are found unfit for the kingdom - past must be let go of.  Go forward. Rise up and go forward, for from the beginning, I told you that you can and must do this. Cross -

I have been with you in every valley, in every turbulent storm, in every sorrow of heart and in every weakness of flesh. I am He who raises up; He who calms the storm; He who walks with you through the fire. I am He who comforts your soul when there is no comfort, and He who turns your weakness into a strength.

Hold fast to that which is good. Set your face as a flint. Gird up your loins like a man and trust Me wholly. Now is the time. When one faces backward, unable to let go of the past, they cannot go forward to receive the gift offered in the future.

Do you not see how close you are to victory, or do you only see defeat? The world is moving quickly toward destruction. Chaos and confusion is round about (and shall increase). 
Hold fast to Me. Focus on the cross. Focus on Me, for through it all, I AM with you, never leaving or forsaking you. This battle has not been without reason, for I have given victory before the end result. In this, I am glorified.

The horse is prepared for the day of the battle, but victory belongs to the Lord. [Prov 21:31]

Faithful is He who called you, who also will do it.  [1Thess 5:24]

But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [1Cor 15:57]

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak (hastens to the end), and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it, for it will surely come; it will not tarry   [Hab 2:3]




4 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds like God is giving us a "do or die" choice. Either we trust Him above all we see, hear and feel or...we don't. Tough times are here. Father give us the faith we need to overcome all we encounter in this wilderness that leads to the promised land. Amen thank you Jesus.

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  2. Bonita,
    Great post. Very encouraging. He is truly on our side when we go thru storms. I have been stuggling with having faith in promises that the Father gave me three and a half years ago regarding my future. He led to a long term temp job that eventually came to an end in July 2015. Much like Elijah at the brook Cherith, the water dried up. I expected to have provision awaiting for me as it dried up but nothing materialized. I have struggled with a lack of faith in his promises until a few months back when I realized that I had to repent. And have to God and others. In His mercy, He has blessed my me through my wife who has had a very productive year at work, making more money than she had in previous years.

    As I deeply reflected on this post and what the Father has allowed (and directed) in my life, I was led to Mark 4:35-40. Never realized just how powerful this passage was, nor what a deep parable it was either.

    Mar 4:35 And on that day, when even was come, he saith unto them (his disciples), "Let us go over unto the other side."

    This is Jesus' way/method. He tells his "disciples" that He is going to go with them (traverse, walk, travel, pass thru, etc) to the other side (through, across, over, etc). The promise has been given. Jesus says "Let us go..." and then gives the promise about the destination, "unto the other side". The disciples could either accept or decline his invitation, but since Jesus was going, why not go too?

    How many of us have willingly obeyed in a journey that we have been given a promise that He would walk with us AND get us to our destinations? Seems safe right?

    Mar 4:36 And leaving the multitude, they take him with them, even as he was, in the boat. And other boats were with him.

    "And leaving the multitude" is a phrase that suggests that this journey is only for the disciples. And again, "they take Him with them". Jesus was there.

    Mar 4:37 And there ariseth a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, insomuch that the boat was now filling.

    "Wait, what? A storm?"

    Mar 4:38 And he himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion: and they awake him, and say unto him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?

    This isn't what I expected! Why would He allow a storm to occur? Maybe I misunderstood Him? Maybe I did something to upset Him and He is trying to destroy me. Why is He so quiet? He used to encourage me when I first started this journey but now He is silent? What happened? His Words MUST NOT be reliable. Or they must be for everyone else but me? A flood of fear and unbelief....

    Mar 4:39 And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
    Mar 4:40 And he said unto them, Why are ye fearful? (timid, cowardly) have ye not yet faith?

    Jesus basically tells his disciples that they are cowards/timid. Wow! He expected them to remember that He said "Let us go over unto the other side". Jesus hadn't given them idle words. They were just as powerful in the midst of the storm as they were in the beginning. Oh to be able believe this!

    Oh to be able to believe these words in the most furious storm. Oh to able to say "Jesus is here and said He'd take us to the other side". I can trust Him. I won't struggle with fear and unbelief...I will have peace because His words ARE TRUE.

    Like Elijah who waited faithfully for God's voice for direction as the brook Cherith had dried up, I want to FAITHFULLY continue to grasp the promises that Jesus has given me for my future. They are only entered into by banishing fear and doubt.

    Again thanks for your faithfulness in writing these words and your blogs. I am faithfully looking for His promises to be fulfilled in my life.

    Darrell

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    1. Darrell, you have encouraged many by your words. The Spirit of our Lord spoke through you I believe. I had some server issues, but began next post about the 2nd or 3rd of August. Ah but Father had me WAIT.

      You will see how spot-on you are; bless our Father. Thank you also for the scriptures you shared and commentary. We learn from each other. Every part of the Body of Christ so crucial, and so needed.
      Thank you brother Darrell for your timely and anointed post. Lord bless you and your beloved wife.
      Bonita

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  3. Donna,
    Just as an earthly father gives fair warning to a child, so does our heavenly Father. Keep in mind how very longsuffering (40 years) He was with the Israelites. He is very fair in His dealings and gives plenty of advance warning as scripture indicates.

    But yes, judgment begins and it began some time ago in the Father's own house. Bless you sister...

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