But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isa 40:31)~~ Many of us say we are WAITING on the Lord… because we call it faith in Him. So we sit and we wait… and we sit and we wait…and we sit and we wait so long that we get tired of waiting! Now we’re tired and weak and weary… and what has happened to our faith? Now we’re discouraged because in all our faithful waiting, it seems that our blessing never came; but my friend, faith without works is dead! Not the kind of work that proves your faith, but the kind of work BY your faith. Isaiah says they that wait on The Lord RENEW their strength… that strength is also is replenised; relentless; tireless; to be USED to MOUNT UP with the wings of Eagles – that make you to GET UP and take you high above any circumstance; to RUN the race set before us and to WALK in the paths of His righteousness! I mean really, why would God give us all of this for us to just sit around waiting for something to happen only to faint in adversity and stress out in hopelessness and depression while not going anywhere in life??? We are given all these things that we may PROSPER, PROGRESS and PERSEVERE and have that life more abundantly like Jesus promised (John 10:10)! Christ has healed our spiritual diseases, that we may GET UP and GO wherever He sends us, and TAKE UP whatever He lays upon us. The proof of our spiritual cure is not just our belief, but our ACTIONS of MOUNTING UP and SOARING in that belief; in Him! C’mon Eagle- MOUNT UP and let’s GO in Faith!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper (Ps 1:2-3)~ Getting to KNOW the Lord is not done by just going to church on Sunday and reciting our prayers over meals and at bedtime. But the person who studies the Word “day and night” is the person that knows the benefit of having the Word in them. As surely as we need food for our bodies, and air for our lungs, we need the Word constantly feeding and giving refreshing breath to our souls. To focus on the Word is to focus on God; is to focus on becoming what He purposes for us. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1), so to study and know the Word and meditate on it is to do so with God and he who meditates (thinks deeply) on the Word (God) has that Word (God) become part of Him…For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Prov 23:7). This person knows that without the Word (God) they have no provision and in the Word (God) they live, move and have being! Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me (John15:4). There are those that think of you as some “strange being, wierdo or freak” for spending so much time in God but they clearly don’t understand or haven’t experienced the benefit of abiding in the Word, and having it abide in them. I see people all the time complaining about how their relationships are failing. But then I see them doing all kinds of things apart from the ‘relationship’ – claiming they need to ‘get away’ and spend time with themselves or their friends or doing other things!! Ponder the question: if you’re married but you spend all of your time doing everything but putting into that marriage, how can that marriage thrive?? If you had an interest in a significant other, wouldn’t you spend time with them, getting to know them better each day; to have a good relationship with them? Then why not God from whom all good things flow? You feel like you need to get closer to God so you plan on going to church Sunday – # of days from now! What about praying today? What about studying the Word now? What about turning off rap and reality TV and spending time in Revelation? The point? That I may KNOW Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead (Phil 3:10-11). You know who God is and you believe in Him and even love Him, but do you KNOW Him?
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5)~ God has given you authority over every aspect of your life, including your own mind. But you have to USE the Word for it to work! Every day you will have the opportunity to go back to old ways of thinking. From your interactions with others, to personal decisions, you will have to choose God’s thoughts over your own. Wrong thoughts don’t have to rule your life. Make a consistent effort to keep wrong thoughts of your past out of your mind. Learn from your mistakes and press forward. Get rid of “stinking thinking” and fill your mind with the truth of the Word by studying and meditating on the Word daily. Guard your mind by being careful about what you look at, listen to and talk about with others. God isn’t going to defend your mind for you; it’s YOUR responsibility. Want the Word to work? Choose the Word and Work the Word!!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Prov 3:5)~ It doesn’t matter how much a thing is engrained in us. No matter how long things have been a certain way and how strong the evidence is to support it, a word, an action, any event to the contrary, no matter how insignificant, can inject the smallest of thoughts, that can change the way we see it; We may believe in a thing all our lives and even have proof of its truths, but a simple alternative notion can sometimes be enough to shake our faith in what we know; turn our world upside down… and eventually alter the course of our walk.
DOUBT!!! This is the master craft of the enemy. As surely as the Word says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matt 17:20), the enemy’s tactic is to put “just enough” doubt in your mind that your faith might waiver! Wavering faith means that your trust in The Lord is now ‘not’ with ALL your heart… Because you are now starting to focus on what you see going on around you. Your doubt and worry and unbelief are growing in your mind from their little-bitty “seeds” and that is where our minds eventually make that doubt larger than what we had already ‘rooted’ in faith.
But friend, remember, the devil is a LIE! The devil has been a LIE since the Garden of Eden and he has never changed! This is where faith in what we KNOW; our ROOTS; is so important. You have to know what you know that you know! God said His Word would not return to Him void, but would go out to accomplish what He purposed (Isa 55:11). Jesus said He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly.. (John 10:10). He said that He would give His sheep eternal life and that NOTHING would take them from His hand (John 10:28). Regardless of what we see, and what it makes us think about, we can’t let it spiral into something that hasn’t even happened. It’s very likely as a matter of fact that a lot of that WOULDN’T happen if we hadn’t started thinking about it and walking in the ’sight’ of our minds!
We must believe in what we KNOW of Him to have promised, For we walk by FAITH (in what we KNOW), not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Cor 1:20) – If God said it, then it IS – every promise that God has ever made started with what He spoke – THAT is the power of His Word! You must never take your ‘eyes’ off of Him and never doubt what He said! Remember, even Peter, when the Lord said ‘come’, he believed he could come and he, with faith and focus on the Lord, walked on water until he looked around and saw the waves (of doubt) and then believed in his doubt! Jesus is saying to you as you walk through this storm: “Eyes on ME”! Friend, He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him; because you trust in Him!
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Eph 6:12-13)~~ Seems like people can be experts at pushing your buttons. They can say or do just the right things to get your mind going and your blood boiling! Don’t let people get to you! The combat we often find ourselves in is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us through random thoughts in our minds, simple words said by people, through the things that belong to our souls; and they labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. Once evil has gained it’s stronghold, it succeeds in keeping you from God’s purpose in your life. The devil can’t harm you but he is a master at getting you to harm yourself. He can’t take you out but if only he could turn you away from God…gotcha! We must resolve by God’s grace, not to yield to Satan. Give no place to the devil! Resist him, and he will flee. If we react, we give way, and he will get ground. If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armour, we give the enemy an advantage. May you pray and receive when antagonized, the fruit of the Spirit…Self Control.
…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Phil 3:13); He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19)~~ Life is full of change – every fraction of every moment is a change from the last. Like the goals and hopes and dreams we all look forward to, everything about everything…has some form of change. Sometimes we embrace it, many times we fight it. All in all, we must look at change as moving forward. This change is not always a transformation, but it is a moving on from what has been to what is and what is to come. The greatest part of it all is that God also was, is and is to come…so we never have to go through “change” alone or in a hopeless state. There is something about change that we must learn to accept if we are to be better about the commandments of Christ to love God and love our neighbors (Matt 22:37,39). We must realize and accept the fact that people change – people move on. In fact, people change more than we think. Unfortunately most of the time we don’t see the change in people because we’re too busy looking at what they used to be and how they used to do. Here we are in a new day with new mercies but we continue to hold on to those things of yesterday! The light has changed, but we are sitting there looking in the rear view mirror. We can learn a good lesson from the Lord in that once we say we have forgiven and we say we have moved on that those things that offended us in the past should be left in the past and not allowed to be brought back up into our lives as an excuse for holding onto anger. Not that what was done is suddenly okay but that if we have truly forgiven a person it should mean that thing is thrown into the sea of forgetfulness and we should honor the no fishing sign posted at the shore. You can probably think of a place in your life where you’ve claimed and even truly intended to have moved on, but there is that someone that seems to always know and remember who and what you were and what you did back then! Oh how you would love to have them move on as you have rather than always remind you of the past! Just as you’d rather they move on, you must do the same! Put that grudge down! Indeed one of the biggest adversaries of our mind is our memory of the past. Forgiveness indeed places a responsibility on us. Just as we would expect a person who repents to honor their repentance, we are expected to honor our forgiveness of them. If we stop judging a person by looking at the past just long enough, we might just see the change that we so eagerly looked for in them. Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old…Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it (Isa 43:18-19). You will not see the new things God has for you if you keep focusing on the old things! Yesterday’s blessings and mercies were for yesterday – God’s mercies are NEW every morning (Lam 3:23). Yesterday’s angers, faults and troubles need to be left in yesterday – be ye angry and sin not; let the sun not set on your anger (Eph 4:26) – Forgive and move on – REALLY!!! …Harbored Hatred Hinders Healing!
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company (Ps 55:12-14)~~ No wickedness so distresses us, as that which is from those who are closest to us; those who profess the loyalties of relationship with us. But we must expect trials from those with whom we have been united; and this will be very painful; but by looking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ was betrayed by Judas, a close companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembled Ahithophel (against King David – II Samuel 15:31–37; 16:20–17:23) in his crimes and doom. The thing to remember from this friend, is that in the cases of Judas and Ahithophel – rather than being met with wrathful retaliation, both were speedily overtaken by Divine vengeance. Let this be your conscience and comfort, that as much as even your closest loved ones and friends may hurt you; as much as you would seek a greater vengeance than against your worst enemy; this is an exaltation privy only to the Lord and His justice IS justice. Your wrath cannot bring about God’s righteousness; your act of sin, though seemingly justified only gratifies your fleshly anger. Your prayer and trust in God though, calls on that fruit of the spirit: self control, and yields to Him the respect to His glory! It’s not your battle – it’s the Lord’s!