Cultivating Faith

All day long everyday I walk through whatever comes my way while trusting in Jesus to guide me. And he does guide me. But some days he has to guide me through some uncomfortable things. Now I know that I’m in school and he is teaching me as I walk. I’ve learned that his purpose is that I might learn how to rest in his comforts at all times, whatever is happening. I struggle mostly with my own inexperience as I seek to learn a more godly response to each experience. When hearts go into territory where they’ve never been things we’ve never realized were there will surface. These things have to be uprooted.

I’m sure now that He is always for me and never against me. I do give it my all and do as well I’m able while dealing with things that are way beyond my ability to understand. Or enjoy. My flesh tries to trouble me but my God is reassuring me that his refining processes are for my good. I think my fears and insecurities are proof that my flesh is weak. Yet I’ve learned where my help comes from and I run quickly to seek it. I find new proof daily of his excellent perfections over my imperfections. My fear of messing up sometimes keeps me quiet and I find that silence really is golden at times. Some communications often take me down emotional trails I don’t need to travel. Yet He calms me as I suffer through and my doubts and fears are purged and a new and stronger me emerges. I’m thankful that He is faithful to bring course corrections when there is a need to. Self control is a fruit of the spirit that grows gradually and we have to learn to cultivate it and keep it healthy. Just as we would a house plant.

If you go through times like this, know that you are not alone. We are in a process of going through to come through. And as we go we are being refined for our ministry of advancing his kingdom and prosperity for our future. We are being stretched and we are growing. Walk in the spirit and we will not obey the lusts of the flesh.

“As we behold the glory of the Lord we are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord” Jude 24

Seasons And Times

“The seasons come, the seasons go, we get a little sunshine, rain and snow. Just the way that it was planned to be.”

Isn’t that a profound and true to life statement? It’s the first verse in a song I loved as a very young lady. To me the song contains a good reminder that the wisdom of God can be found in unusual places. The phrase reminds me a lot of a similar truth found in scripture …

Ecclesiastes 3:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Do you see that “time” is very important?  And now, because we are in a shift of times and seasons there’s a need to seek deeper. The path is narrowing, we have need to pray and listen closely.

From the beginning of time God set the order of the seasons in place and it has never changed. The world goes on as he allows, but the spiritual man learns kingdom times and seasons. And seeks to know the game changer and season changer.

Personally, I’ve lived a long life and I’ve lived through many season changes. Of course I’m talking about in the natural order, but also in life season cycles. The troubles and trials of life come upon all of us. And just as troubles come, there are sweet times of joy and wonderful cycles of life to celebrate. Times to mourn through and times to dance through. Times to hate the bad and times to love the good. We gain and then we lose. We keep and we cast away. And no human being can escape this natural order of life. I think we’re all a lot alike. There are some things I like better in one season than I like in another. We welcome the new season in and then after awhile we tire of the imperfections in the current season and we’re ready to welcome in a new one. This is the natural God orchestrated rule of the seasons of the earth and weather patterns.

However, very often season changes are ushered in by drastic life changes.  Some season changes are not to our liking, we’ve enjoyed a time to laugh and suddenly we’ve encountered a new season which is not so laughable. In fact, there’s a time for weeping upon us.  We have to bow low and confess that we are poor and naked and needy of his enabling wonders. We need deep grace and time to adjust. Grace me for this new place, Lord!

Purity of thought is needed so that we can know and follow Jesus only.  Some have a zeal for God but “not according to knowledge.” We don’t want to follow some who are headed for ditches.

Therefore, we have a need to seek a new fire and a deeper walk as we go, because  as God’s people we’re blessed with the heavenly privilege of access to the knowledge of God. He wants to teach us wisdom to follow his times and seasons.

Isaiah 28:
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

If we will learn deep and cultivate hearing ears and willing hearts we will in time become a refuge to others. We will realize the reality of life in the flow of his river of love.

Isaiah 30:18
And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

He is our Almighty God and He has all power over the depth and duration of hard seasons. His desire is to work with us so that we can learn how to co-operate with him. As we seek His counsel he will build wisdom and endurance and we can walk through our sufferings with grace. The word talks about “long suffering with joyfulness”  And as we grow in Him soon the difficult times of trials will become stepping stones into a more abundant life. As we grow bolder in God we can even laugh our way through.

There’s just no end to the wonders available to us in God! For the sincere disciple there’s no end to our hope. It keeps increasing more and more. He is always near and waiting for us to respond to his love with our willing and submissive prayers..”Yes, Lord, show me your way everlasting. Help me to delight in doing your will.”

 “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”…Revelation 5:12-13

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