March 13, 2013 - [o3.13.2013]
A Trial like Never Before
I know you seek answers. You will soon have them. Fear not. Remember that you war not against flesh and blood. I comfort My people when they look to Me. Believe Me for the things I speak to you. You must trust Me. Keep looking to My promise, not swaying, as surely as you believed in the past.
What I have promised, I AM well able to perform.
He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. [Rom 4:20, 21]
I will not fail you. Your obedience shall be rewarded. This fire must be, this water of separation, most necessary. Fear not; neither be dismayed. I have not lied to you. I AM not man that I should lie. All is in My hands.
Every thing 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 abides not the fire you shall make go through the water. [Num 31:33]
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: has He said, and shall not do it? or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? [Num 23:19]
Each obedient step you take is one more step towards victory, and one step further away from defeat. Continue to praise and worship.
I know and realize how difficult this is. Many of My people are going through this difficult, sometimes painful process. The entire body of Christ shall go through - this trial of your faith is to purify and strengthen My people for that which is coming.
Evil of immeasurable proportions is almost here, yet so are the long-awaited miracles. Hold fast to Me, so you will not fall away! I will not work around unbelief. Faith pleases Me.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. [2Thess 2:3]
And all wept, and bewailed her: but He said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps. And they laughed (unbelief) Him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
And He put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and He commanded to give her meat. [Lk 8:52-55]
And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief. [Mat 13:58]
And He marveled because of their unbelief. And He went around about the village teaching. [Mk 6:6]
It is a battle over you - against My true children; fear not for you will come out and through victorious, as you cleave to My Son, as you trust in Me.
Do not look around in and fear. See the fire in My eyes and know that I AM walking with you, though the flames in this furnace of affliction are intense. Fear not. I AM not a cruel Father, yet this is a necessary process - the perfecting of your faith. Trust Me. Know Me and rest - knowing that all things work together for good, to those who love Me and are the called, according to My purpose. Speak My word. Stand on it and believe. Fear not.
I understand the challenges and struggles of the flesh. Trust Me. No matter what report you see or hear, know that your victory is in My hand, as you willingly obey and follow My instructions.
Continue on in the dying to self, for after you have completed that which I ask of you, I shall call you forth, just as Lazarus was called forth, and all shall marvel at My resurrection power.
Go thru, go thru, go thru - it is almost time. Finish the course - I AM with you. It is only for a little longer. Though the vision seem to tarry, it shall not tarry. It shall be right on time and as suddenly as things were in the past. You must have faith to believe that you can overcome - overcome the enemy and the flesh. For if the enemy overcomes you; you shall over come him at the last.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
For they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and loved not their lives unto death. [Jn 16:33;Rev 12:11]
Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. [Gen 49:19]
You must come to the place where you truly believe the unbelievable and trust Me for the impossible. Again I say, this trial is for the perfecting of your faith - My people shall walk by faith and not by sight.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. [1Pet 5:9]
Against hope, believe in hope. I have been waiting for you to obey Me in all things, no matter how trivial it may seem to be.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he (Abraham) might become the father of
many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall your
descendants be. [Rom 4:18]
Man always has so many questions. When one question is answered, more present themselves. all My people struggle within themselves in one way or another - even the proud. [Gal 5:16, 17]
Are you willing to do that which I ask of you? Will you take it from head knowledge, which says, 'Not my will, but Your will be done...', to heart service, which does perform that which I ask of you?
How many times have I told you that flesh will fight you? When the adversary sees you walking in obedience, humbling your flesh, he will come at you. If Satan came to My Son Jesus in the desert wilderness, as He humbled himself with fasting, shall he ignore you in your moments of humility and weakness?
When Satan spoke My words, twisting them in order to cause My Son to sin, shall he not use My words against you, to cause you to sin, to doubt, to fear? You must cling to Christ Jesus, My Son and be grounded in My word. Fear not.
You are believing for a promise as impossible to you, as My promise to Abraham seemed impossible to him. Yes, he struggled; yes, he had doubts. Abraham and Sarah had no internet to research miracles and testimonies. They could not pick up a phone and ask for prayer. They did not have a book that contained My written word.
They had My spoken word. They had each other - they looked to Me, yet they still went through struggles. Ishmael was the result of struggle and doubt, as well as impatience in waiting for Me to fulfill My promise.
Do what I ask of you. Time is short - all know it. I desire to perfect your faith and bring this chapter to a close with the fruition (manifestation) of My promise to you.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers (various) temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. [Jam 1:2-4]
My people are positioned globally; they are also strategically positioned. I have not brought you this far to let you go now, but do as I ask. Lay down your life, in order to gain it. Lo! I AM with you. Selah
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones. [Prov 3;5-8]
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. [Rom 4:20]
And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. [Mk 10:27]
After I wrote the above, I was looking for something and came across a sermon by David Wilkerson. Below, David Wilkerson said: (emphasis is mine - BP)
We are facing in the Church of Jesus Christ a crisis of faith. The
hardest part of faith is the last half hour and just before the victory;
we give up, turning away from God with a evil heart of unbelief.
lead us into places where we are shut up and nothing short of a miracle
will get us out of the situation. It is in these places of hopeless
crisis that God will come through to glorify His name.
We must stand on
the promises of God with a heart full of faith declaring that God is
faithful. Our faith will be tried, as by fire. Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils [1Tim 1:1]
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: [1Pet 1:5-7]
The Lord never ceases to amaze me! He led me to this sermon by brother Wilkerson. I include a link here, with the hope it encourages and strengthens those who listen. The Lord is faithful and is encouraging us in these dark days. Bless His holy name! All glory to God and His Christ alone! Hallelujah ~
Crisis of Faith (Saul, Samson and Solomon - 3 men who failed in the crisis of faith) - David Wilkerson
This is a very sobering sermon - tremble at the word of God; the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I am so grateful to the Lord because it lines up so well with this word - that alone is GOD. Praise the Lord.
for His glory alone