Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | April 5, 2015

The INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

ALMOST TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO….there was a Man born contrary to the laws of life.  This Man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity.  He did not travel extensively.  Only once did he cross the boundary of the country in which He lived and that was during His childhood exile.

27120_474478885959332_341760986_nHe possessed neither wealth nor influence.  His relatives were inconspicuous, and He had neither training nor formal education. In infancy, He startled a king; in childhood, He puzzled doctors; in manhood, He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavement, and hushed the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service.  He never wrote a book, and yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him.

He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more than all the songwriters combined.  He never founded a college, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students.  He never practiced medicine, and yet He has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.  Every seventh day, the wheels of commerce cease their turning and multitudes find their way to worshiping assemblies to pay homage and respect to Him.

The names of the past proud statesman of Greece and Rome have come and gone.  The names of past scientists, philosophers, and theologians have come and gone; but the name of this Man abounds more and more.  Though time has spread two thousand years between the people of this generation, and the scene of His crucifixion, yet HE STILL LIVES!!!  Herod could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

He stands in Heavenly Glory, proclaimed of God, as the living personal Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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The Lord Jesus Christ is ALIVE and WELL and has everything under control!  There isn’t anything that can take God by surprise, so I encourage you to rest in Him and know that all is well!    The scriptures declare that there is 18417_10205678998728237_7566646539337316960_nno height high enough nor any depth deep enough that can separate us from the LOVE OF GOD which is IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!  He is all we need, and so be encouraged in the Lord and know that HE LOVES YOU and is ALIVE and WELL able to meet every need in your life.  Isaiah 49:13-16; Romans 8:39

As long as the Lord is in control of our lives, there shouldn’t be anything that should have us worrying or contemplating what our future holds.  The Apostle Paul says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain!”  I encourage you to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Don’t allow the news of this world to make you fear or worry about your future.  God has everything under control and is allowing His prophecies to come to pass right before our eyes!  Remember, Jesus said, when these things begin to come to pass (wars, persecutions, famines, etc.) then look up…and lift up your heads, for your redemption…even in the midst of such things….draws near!!!  Philippians 1:21; Luke 21:20-36

Be encouraged and know that God has not forgotten YOU.  He has given us the privilege to be the generation to see Him coming in the clouds of Heaven!  Rejoice in the Lord and never allow this world’s problems to make you forget about your eternal home.  This world and the problems associated with it are only temporary, but the world that is to come is one without problems and will last for all eternity!  Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; John 16:33

Looking ALWAYS to this JESUS!

Sandy

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 17, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 10, Tests and Trials, B

~  Continued from Part 9 A ….

Personally, I want to share with you that when the revelation of WAIT TRAINING first came to me…it was over 23 years ago.  I received it into my heart as a serious student of God’s Word, one who had answered His call to “humble myself, pray, and seek His Face” daily (2 Chronicles 7:14) as His child and follower…I had NO IDEA what the nature of the tests and trials I would face over those many years would be.  I received His Truth in my heart but because we live on a “fallen, sin filled planet” I, along with all others, went through the fires of hurt and pain, sickness and loss, discouragement and disappointment, relocation and change many times over the next 23 years.  There were many victories, much good , too…however I learned along the way that it was only as I applied this revelation recorded here that I would grow, develop, and mature as a Christian. 02f9628464ac6ca761970f13a5263120 I did not even attempt to write and preserve the words of this revelation for myself for about 10 years after first receiving it.  And yet…more WAIT TRAINING was in my next 13 years.  Proving one’s faith with patience….possessing our soul (mind, will, and emotions)  fully for God… is part of what a Christian faces living on this “fallen planet”.  And in living here…we will all be touched, tested and tried by the situations that arise in life. How we respond IN these situations…uncomfortable as they are…is what defines us as a follower of Jesus Christ!

Even currently, I am personally in the midst of several very serious situations that are “testing and trying” to my level of comfort…but I refuse for them, or the enemy of my soul, to steal my faith in our GOOD GOD who is ALMIGHTY and ABLE to direct and carry me and these situations to His ultimate plan and purpose for my life!  I make a CHOICE…day by day…to SERVE GOD ANYWAY….to  humble myself, pray, and seek Him in the midst of such tests and trials and OBEY HIS DIRECTIVES to me in the face of them!

Escaping such opportunities to exercise our faith….and to grow and develop the strength of God in our lives is a luxury none of us can afford.  To do so would leave us as spiritually weak, immature. and ineffective as followers of Jesus.  We are His people who are asked to call “His Kingdom to COME…and His Will to BE DONE on earth as it is in Heaven!”  Matthew 6:10  We are each called to be soldiers in the Army of the Lord in this critical hour.  Enlistment in His army calls us to not stay weak and “wimpy” for long.  That is simply not tolerated because of the serious work of reaching out to and serving others that we are called unto as His representatives.  Softness and luxury are not found in the experience of soldiers.  Duty and responsibility, which often require “waiting” and “watching” in a state of readiness no matter what the climate or weather or conditions around them is the order of the day…and night!

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus….ENDURE hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules!”  2 Timothy 2:1, 3-5 (NIV)

It is in the midst of tests and trials that He calls us to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand.  Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH, having put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of PEACE; above all, taking the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD;  PRAYING ALWAYS with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”  Ephesians 6:13-18

We need the STRENGTH of GOD to be able to wear this spiritual armor…and the scriptures teach us that the “JOY of the LORD IS…our STRENGTH!”  Nehemiah 8:10.  Therefore…we ARE to “count it all JOY” not if…not maybe…but WHEN we fall in to various trials.  KNOWING THIS…that the “testing of your faith” products PATIENCE!”  James 1:2-4.  There is no way to obtain patience…EXCEPT through experiencing these “test and trials”.  It is not an option!  So why are we trying to avoid them?  God has promised to be WITH US…IN them!  AND to see us THROUGH each and ever one of them!!!  Hallelujah!

ae2b25c33f69c6e4ca5537b87c9029a7PRAYER FOR STRENGTH

“Lord, we pray that our strength in You be made NEW!  We ask AND RECEIVE…for Your Divine strength in exchange for our fleshly weakness.  Through faith in Your ability, we yield to You, for You will enable us to mount up with wings and fly as eagles, soaring above any crushing circumstances and pressing situations that confront us.  Give us that stabilizing strength to stand and successfully fulfill all our responsibilities to You as we do our part in building Your Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.

“We ask AND RECEIVE the strength to STAND Lord, and having done all required in a situation, to STAND THEREFORE!  Especially if our stand requires WAITING.  Lord, thank You for Your Grace to stay and abide for the time limit and to be constantly in a position of readiness for any action You require of us.

“Lord, we ask that as we run the race You have appointed before us that when we are tempted to be weary in well doing, we will receive strength to continue on and not give up nor quit in our quest for spiritual maturity, thus bringing falling short in our experience of Your purpose in and through us.

“We continue to draw from Your strength, O Lord, to be able to walk in the Spirit daily with You and not faint by losing the COURAGE You have exhorted us to be strong in.  Lord, our desire is to truly BE STRONG in YOU, Lord and in the POWER of YOUR MIGHT!”

In Jesus’ Strong and Mighty Name, we pray!  Amen

Our Commanding Officer, Jesus Christ wants to preserve us.  He also wants to prepare and promote us, but that includes…YES…WAIT TRAINING! Waiting in the midst of a situation is “trying and testing” in nature.  It is not comfortable and is sometimes even painful….Nonetheless…let us put our training shoes on and boldly and fearlessly continue on in the will of God for our lives!  Eyes…straight ahead…UPON JESUS!

~ to be continued….

Looking unto Jesus,

Sandy

PURPOSEFUL:  Exercising determination to stay on track until the goal is achieved.  And that goal is spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus!

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 12, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 9, Tests and Trials (A)

Living under an ongoing program of “wait training”, we can sometimes expect certain things in our lives that will be “testing”, as well as,”trying” in nature!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith products patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect, (mature, strong in God’s strength) and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:2-4 NKJ

Spiritually, we are to “count it all joy” when we undergo a training program that is designed by 75cd33a11b8b3bcc9ec45e00b11618ccGod to activate patience in our lives. This patience is a force of consistency in us – “a holy and spiritual quality that is absolutely necessary in the Christian faith if we are to “endure to the end.”  Jesus spoke in Luke 21:19 saying “In your patience, possess your souls.”  Patience is a part of the strength of God that will enable us to be over-comers in this life.  This strength enables us to walk with an ability to bear trials without grumbling and complaining and to persevere in testing. It equips us to “Endure hardship as a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ!”  2 Timothy 2:3

Many times, hardship is a direct off-shoot of a time of waiting; but we are to remember that God’s kind of waiting has purpose within it!  Purpose is a key in the wait training process, and it is our personal responsibility to seek God concerning that purpose in each opportunity we are given to wait.  God’s purpose in each test and trial will be directly related somehow to that “goal set before us” that continually calls us “up higher” in Him.  We are to ever be found, “pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling that is in Christ Jesus!”  Philippians 3:14

We must know that this prize of the “high calling” that is in Christ Jesus is available and attainable to every child of God.  Our Holy God does not hold out things before us that are impossible to attain. They are all things that draw us closer to Him and conform us more to His likeness, in Spirit and in Truth. But to come “up higher” unto them, we must be willing and obedient to train ourselves in righteousness and exercise ourselves unto godliness through opportunities such as those in the following list.  As an individual in the process of spiritual development, each of us can expect these things:

  • Circumstances that will critically examine us and push to the limit those things which have already been developed and learned by each of us
  • Test and trials that will occasionally stretch and cause us to reach for deeper depths and higher heights in our walk with the Spirit of God.
  • Test and trials that will train us to remember that before each of us are finished, we will be expected to “count it all joy”
  • Workouts which we can only pass by not giving in to the temptation to freak out!  Instead, we are to TRUST GOD!
  • Subjection to the conditions in our lives that reveal and show the real character within each of us – good or bad, and be willing to make necessary adjustments through prayer and sincere repentance if need be.
  • Expect to be PROVEN!  God wants to prove to each of us and to the forces of evil that assail us, the genuineness of our character developed through our fellowship with Him.  Each must “study to show yourself as a workman who does not need to be ashamed…rightly dividing the word of truth!”  2 Timothy 2:15
  • Expect experiences that will give us an opportunity to show forth the genuineness of our faith in God in the face of any and all opposition, “for we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices!”  2 Corinthians 2:11

~ TEST and TRIALS to be Continued…..

Looking unto Jesus,

Sandy

PURPOSEFUL:  Exercising determination to stay on track until the goal is achieved.  And that goal is spiritual maturity in Christ Jesus!

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 9, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 8, Living in a Holding Pattern

There are times and seasons when we stay and abide for a limited time in a circumstance or situation that is “testing” in nature.  It seems as if we are in a “holding pattern”.  Free-Airplane-as-Background-White-Plane-in-Flight-Thick-Clouds-BeneathWe are to remain and patiently wait there for a definite purpose until our Master Trainer, Almighty God, moves us on to another exercise in our spiritual training.  Such times can be frustrating and even painful to us if we are restless, impatient, or strive with God in the midst of them. They may even be prolonged…for to move to the next level, we need to pass the tests of the current level.  Airplanes that hover over an airport waiting to land are said to be in a “holding pattern”.  They cannot “land” until they get clearance from the tower.  And often we cannot come out of situations that seem as though we, too, are in a “holding pattern”….waiting until we get clearance from Almighty God’s voice of authority.

These times reveal the level of God’s strength actually resident within us.  If we are weak in the area of spiritual strength, that will be revealed.  If we have little “staying power” to remain firm under pressure or distress, that will be evident, also.  Most importantly, in times such as these, we must realize our human weakness surfaces for the definite purpose of revealing to us our need for complete dependence upon God and our need to submit ourselves more surely unto Him and His strength.  This is part of our “wait training”.  Waiting in a fiery furnace can be hot and painful….and we do not want to have to remain there one moment longer than necessary.  These types of situations are such that we cannot rely upon our own strength for deliverance…but we must learn to look to Jesus and literally rely and rest on Him and His strength to endure until those uncomfortable times pass.

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia.  We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.  Indeed, in our hearts, we felt the sentence of death.  But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead!  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.  On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us as you help us by your prayers.  Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many!”  2 Corinthians 1:8-11 NIV

As we obediently follow Jesus through circumstances and situations which seem to force us to wait, His strength is being worked in us, and the Godly virtue of patience, a fruit of the Spirit, is being perfected within us also.  “Let patience have its perfect work…that you may be perfect (mature) and complete, lacking nothing,”  James 1:4.  In many times of impatience when we were young children, we were told to “Calm down.  It is worth the WAIT!”  Believe it or not…that was Godly advice!

397525_2850766744660_2049710353_nOn a regular basis, we find that the things which are some of the greatest temptations to distract us from a life of constantly walking in the Spirit with Jesus include seasons of “waiting”.  These may be times of waiting for a breakthrough in a circumstance.  They may include waiting for those that are in our lives to change so that we can continue on together in God’s plan.  There may even be periods of waiting in a personal level of growth as we continue in our study to “show ourselves approved to God, as a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed,” (2 Timothy 2:15).  We may literally have to wait upon God Himself to move in the unseen realm of the Spirit concerning a matter that touches our lives very significantly.

Feeling like we are living in a “holding pattern” is an actual reality; but we must learn to trust God in times like these, for their place in our lives is full of purpose!  There are many things about life in the Sprint we just have to accept until we can grow to understand the need for them.  God longs to lead us in paths of understanding more than we realize; but first, we must prove ourselves faithful to Him in time of waiting for His clearance to land and come out of the “holding pattern”.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths!”  Proverbs 3:5-6

~ to be continued…..TESTS and TRIALS

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

TRUST:  Believing completely and totally in God even in the place of waiting and enduring long

“JESUS CHRIST is the same….yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 4, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 7, Babes V.S Those of Full Age

At some point in the life of every born again child of God who is growing into the person God has ordained that they become, there will be occasions to participate in “wait training.”  The life we are called to requires it; for it is part of that maturing process which molds, strengthens, and perfects us.  None are excluded or excused!

We know, of course, there are many who have not yet reached maturity, for there are e2edfaa3c9a562e41f806d52a5ddd1c5new ones born daily into the Kingdom of God. We rejoice and give God praise for each one!  Obviously, some have not had time to enter into the growth and development process, for they are new babes in Christ as described in Hebrews 5:12-13, living upon the “sincere milk of the word.”

Each of us must develop one day, one step at a time, learning about life in the Spirit “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little,” Isaiah 28:10.  Our all-wise, loving God gives ample time and protection for those who are in that phase.  Babes in Christ Jesus are not yet ready to enter into the rigors of “wait training”.  Babes and young ones, must be fed on time, cleaned up and provided safe places to grow and develop and rest in the Lord. That is one of the primary responsibilities of the local church watched over by those with pastoral hearts. In small groups of believers and some local churches, they can be fed, tended, nurtured, trained, and taught those first principles of the faith and the elementary principles of Christ.

“But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.  Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrines of Christ, the Messiah, advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belongs to spiritual maturity…if indeed God permits, we will not proceed to advanced teaching!”  Hebrews 5:14-6:1 & 3 (Amplified Version).

Though the Word of God often refers to God’s followers as “children”, the passage in Hebrews speaks only of two stages:  those who are considered “babes” (newly born spiritually), and those who are “full age”, or mature.  In this last stage, we include those growing and developing ones who are obediently following on in the process where they are.  They are “mature”…for their spiritual age…just as a 4th grader is “mature” for his or her age…they are progressing on schedule…not drawing back from life at that stage.  So it is with believers in their study and progress in spiritual development in their knowledge and application of the Word of God and their personal relationship with God.

The study of “wait training” is not directed to the “babes” but to the obediently developing ones AND to the stubborn, rebellions, and spiritually lazy who need to repent and return to the life of running with “patient endurance and active persistence the course that is set before them” Hebrews 12:2 (AV).

There are a great number of spectators in the ranks of the church today who have lazily hidden behind the name of “babe” too long!  Their actual life practice reveals that they have not personally taken seriously the commands to develop – to change – to mature in process.  They show by their unchanging and on-going fleshly behavior their disobedience to walk in the sincere “fear of the Lord” and the true knowledge of Him.  Psalms 55:19 (NIV)

Most think that such a slip is not noticed, but in the serious end times in which we are living, God is watching for those who are producing the mature “fruit of His Spirit” in their lifestyle.  In the passage found in Matthew 7:19-23, this becomes more urgent and clear. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.  Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.  Away from me, you evil doers!”  (NIV)

06e1dca600620b17b1c739993590e3eaA sharp warning such as this is sobering to the sincere soldier or the cross!  God is long-suffering and full of mercy.  He has faithfully shown to all who have called upon His Name in truth that He is love, but He is not a man that HE should change or repent.  He has never changed from His purpose of having a “people made ready for His coming!”  He has never changed from His purpose of preparing His Bride to be ready for the Holy marriage that is to come!  He has purposed to have a mature Bride, one who is full grown and ready to enter eternity with Him.  One not only conformed to His image…but also to His likeness. He calls us to grow, develop, and be filled with all the fullness of God!”  Ephesians 3:19

Such a condition would be one of maturity…ready to be eternally betrothed to Jesus, the Bridegroom.  But to look at most in the church today, there is a preparation for transformation that must yet take place…..

~to be continued….LIVING IN A “HOLDING PATTERN”

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

RESPONSIBILITY:  Knowing and doing what is expected from one

OBEDIENCE:  Fulfilling instructions so that the one I am serving will be fully satisfied and pleased

FAITHFULNESS:  Being thorough in the performance of my duties;  being true to my words, promises and vows.

“JESUS CHRIST is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | February 28, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 6, Inward FIRE and Deepening DESIRE

There is no built-in motivation included in rules of law to affect real or lasting change!  The will to obey is not found anywhere in the law. The power to conform or call for lasting change…simply is not present in the law itself.   Rather, the motivating force that has the power to transform believers into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ is found in another realm…the realm of spirit…where eternal LOVE resides.  The impetus for an about-face change is found in a burning love for Jesus Christ and a wholehearted commitment and devotion to Him and His Kingdom.  striking-a-matchThese things strike the match that lights the inward fire and deepening desire to BE like Jesus!  For this only do we willingly submit ourselves to corrective training and make the necessary sacrifices that bring about real and lasting change and transformation in our character, behavior, and lives overall. This active passion for Jesus is fueled by daily times of prayer and fellowship in His Presence.  The fire of desire for progressive and continual change must be kept burning and alive in us!

We must willingly humble ourselves and yield ourselves to divine order and discipline to keep the fire of God burning in our lives.  Proper motivation from within must be regularly fueled so that the fire of desire to follow Jesus in spirit and in truth will not go out!  This is a Biblical principle we are not to overlook in our times of fellowship with the Lord; for it is a matter of urgency to Him, and one to which we must give priority.  Notice this principle recorded in the Book of Leviticus!

150943_430782643662290_288041493_n“The fire on the altar must be kept burning it must not go out!  Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.  The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously!  It must not go out!”  Leviticus 6:12-13 NIV

Such Old Testament examples remind us how seriously the priests of that day took the commands of God.  We dare not do any less, and must be careful to not neglect to great salvation as we have been provided by the holy sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our lives are the altar of God’s fire in this hour, and we are to be continuously burning with desire to live holy and pure lives for our Master.  Anything short of that is to not fulfill His purpose or to build the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in Heaven! ” Matthew 6:10

Testimony of burning hearts continued in the pages of Luke 24 when the two who walked with Him on the road to Emmaus spoke saying, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (verse 32)

Do not let the spiritual fire in your heart go out!  Do not even allow it to burn low…but rather fuel it daily by “adding the firewood of obedience” by being “doers of the Word of God“. (James 1:22).  Train yourselves to “wait upon the Lord” in all things!  “Be still and KNOW that He is God!”  Let the white hot love of God burn within your heart and allow it to be your motivation – the deepening desire that causes you to chose Jesus and His ways in all thing!

~ to be continued…..

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

PASSIONATE:  Having an intense, powerful or compelling emotion and feelings towards Almighty God – His Kingdom, His purpose and His plan

“JESUS CHRIST is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

Check out my daily pictorial blog on Facebook called 2 Chron714 Network, a page to call God’s People to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14 in our day and hour, so He can “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land!”

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | February 27, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 5, Order and Discipline

A lifestyle incorporating order and discipline is not the “brain-child” of man nor of popular gyms and exercise gurus of the day.  Such a program did not surface with the ancient armies of Greece and Rome as a result of their wisdom.  The regimen those soldiers of old exampled was simply a copy of the “original blueprint” for mankind which came from God, Who is, Himself, WISDOM!

free_weight_exercises_for_womenThe order and discipline that concerns the Christian is of a divine nature. It originates in the Spirit of God and is transferred, first, to the spirit of man before it is revealed in his outward behavior.  Divine order and discipline found within the disciple of Jesus Christ are the result of supernatural training.   Everything that God does is supernatural, so it follows that any training He does is, also.  It is beyond the natural scope of things that we can receive a definite exchange of our fleshly, carnal nature for a divinely ordered and disciplined one.  But resident within such a supernatural exchange is God’s power which is able to not only affect us internally, but also affect others in our realm of influence.

This training is designed by God to specifically bring about conformity to His will, purpose, and plan.  Being so equipped by Him, we can enter into His plan and purpose for our lives.  A Christ-like reflection will result, not only in right living, but also in right standing with God on a daily basis.  What a Heavenly privilege!

NO PAIN – NO GAIN

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it products a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it!”  Hebrews 12:11 NIV

By the nature of its painful demands, any form of discipline and training which corrects, molds, or perfects will bring out resistance.  Humans are naturally resistant to change…especially internal change.  The flesh nature of mankind has an uncanny capacity to resist any form of obedience to that which is designed to develop it into its most effective behavior.  The word CHANGE, by definition, means:  to alter by putting something else in the place of; to make different the form, nature, or future course of something; to become transformed, to become noticeably different!”  The flesh nature does not readily give up any territory that has been under its control.  It will fight back every time it is challenged. It will resist, withstand, repel, ward off, prevent, oppose, strive against, endeavor to counter-act, defeat, and frustrate any attempt to remove the control over which it was given rule at birth!

“For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the Holy Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are opposed to the flesh (Godless and disobedient human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other – continually withstanding and in conflict with each other – so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do!” Galatians 5:17 (Amplified Version).

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it!”  1 Corinthians 10:13 (AV)

Temptation is designed to destroy Jesus’ disciples; but praise God, He has given us a way of escape!  A faithful commitment to enter in daily to WAIT TRAINING is one of those “escape routes” we can take!  As we learn more about this provision of God, we shall see that it is purposeful and effective in its ability to keep us on the right track with Him!

“Remember that in a race, everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize.  www.pinterest.comYou also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control.  They do it to win a prize that will face away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So, I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.  I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.  I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.  Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others, I myself might be disqualified!”  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (New Living Translation)

Live life with a due sense of responsibility – not as men who do not know the meaning of life – but as those who do!”  Ephesians 5:16-17 (Phillips)

A lot of Biblical language is expressed in metaphor, comparing something natural to something spiritual, and as we seek God with a humble, surrendered heart, He will reveal those deeper meanings to each of us. In doing so, we will begin to sense God’s purpose in any kind of training He may have for us.  WAIT TRAINING – when we are trained and have come to yield to that ingrained training to “wait upon the Lord” in all things, will begin to take on more meaning, and we can enter into it with a greater sense of JOY!  As goals and visions begin to come into focus, we co-operate more readily with our Master Trainer.  We start to settle into our divinely ordered and disciplined lifestyle because we sense the strength of God working in us more consistently as we do.  A new fire begins to burn more brightly within our beings, and we begin to sense what spirit motivation truly is.

~ to be continued with ….INWARD FIRE AND DEEPENING DESIRE

Looking unto JESUS,                                                                                                                                                                     Sandy

DISCIPLINE:  Receiving instruction and correction in a positive way; maintaining and enforcing proper conduct in accordance with guidelines and rules

“Jesus Christ is the same….yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | February 25, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 4, Change and the Fear of the Lord

The words which God gives are always definite!  They are specific and exact.  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit always speak the same thing!  They always “say what they mean, and mean what they say!”  There is great comfort in such consistency.  This is completely characteristic of our Holy God who changes not! (Hebrews 13:8). Circumstance, time, and eternity – none of these things move Him!

162833342748006852_TAXR9O4O_fAn interesting and consistent command to us from our changeless God is that we are to change!  We are to be transformed from the flesh we are are…to the SPIRIT HE IS!  To make that vital transformation, we must undergo a process of training.  Part of that necessary training which causes “us to decrease and Him to increase” is something we cover in this study!  (John 3:30)  As God’s people, we need to understand the importance of the need for change in our lives.  It is not something God decided to do to make things hard for us; but rather in His love and wisdom, He realized the truth which some have yet to learn.  Our willingness to submit to necessary change in our lives is directly related to our “fear of the Lord!”

“God, Who is enthroned forever, will hear them and afflict them – men who never change their ways and have no fear of God!”  Psalms 55:19 (NIV)

To not “fear God” is, in itself, a death sentence!  Proverbs 1:7 clearly reveals that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”!  Psalms 111:10 adds that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom!”  If God’s people truly “perish for lack of knowledge”, as Hosea 4:6 declares; and if God’s command in Proverbs 4:5 is to “Get wisdom!  Get understanding!” still stands…then it seems clear that man’s obedience to CHANGE (to be spiritually transformed and develop progressively in the life of the spirit via obedience to His Word and purpose) is still the proper response of the one who lives life appropriately in the true “fear of the Lord!”

It is not God who is transformed…but rather, US!  Without change, we are of no spiritual use to the Master in this life. Without it, we will never truly “know Him” as the Apostle Paul cried out to be able to do in Philippians 3:8-12.  Without this progressive growth and development which is evidence of change from a life of being led by our flesh…to one of being led by out spirit, we prove in practice that we do not actually walk in the “fear of the Lord!”  If we truly hear and obey the Lord’s call to this, His appointed change will be evident in our “ways” – our behavior.  It would be loss enough to be sentenced to a life without God’s knowledge and wisdom; but the individual who hears of it and still refuses to yield to change, (or lazily neglects to do so), forfeits yet some other valuable Godly benefits.  Pay attention to the list which follows.

The “fear of the Lord’ is a familiar theme of David in the Psalms.  He has been described as “a man after God’s own heart”.  As David spoke of the fear of the Lord, he repeatedly told what one could expect as a result of living in this holy fear.  He said “the the fear of the Lord is clean.  The Lord honors them, is upon them, is with them and is round about them that fear the Lord.  There is no want or lack to them.  He is a banner over them, and the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to them that fear Him. He is a companion to and takes pleasure in those who fear Him, and He blesses them.  They will be glad that fear Him.  He even said that the SECRET of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He makes His covenant known to THEM!” (Psalms 19:9, 25:14, 33:18, 34:7 & 9, 60:4, 103:11, 115:13, 119:63 & 74, and 147:11).  What BENEFITS and PRIVILEGES!

This Godly fear is descriptive of the true worshiper who 129478558006631345_u50twnRU_c“worships Him in spirit and in truth” John 4:24.  Such worship is an awesome, holy respect for Almighty God, and it is life-giving and sanctifying.  It is representative of an attitude that hates wickedness and takes a firm stand amid the tide of evil that has been unleashed upon this earth.  The fear of the Lord stands out and results in a quality of heart that is decisively different from those who do not fear Him.  These God-fearers have submitted themselves unto God for a changed nature; and when they resist the enemy...he flees!!  James 4:7

Those who refuse or neglect to yield to God’s purpose and plan for change in their lives, plainly show by their behavior that they are not serious about following Him.  No amount of “confession” or using “holy language” can take the place of actual practice!  God is not only a God of His Word…but a God of ACTION!  We are called to be as He is in that respect, also.

We are realizing in the crucial, present times in which we are living that such an attitude is our responsibility and our duty before the Lord.  There is no room for escape from such a sobering exhortation.  It leaves no excuse for any lukewarm, lazy, sideline spectator who might find themselves in the company of true followers of the Lord!  Strong warning and implicit instruction to live a changed life are found throughout the Word of God.  Their primary intent is to make us a people “fit and ready” for such a time as this!

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come!”  1 Timothy 4:6 (NIV)

Any training done under the direction of the Master Trainer has specific purpose.  He does not waste our time or His.  He expects and gets results from His training purposes; and as we submit ourselves willingly to them, our lives begin to take on that characteristic order and discipline that is the hallmark of one who lives his or her life...in the Spirit!

~ to be continued….

Looking unto JESUS!

Sandy

FEAR OF THE LORD:  Having a sense of awe and respect for Almighty God which goes above and beyond awe and respect for anything or anyone else.

“Jesus Christ is the same….yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | February 23, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 3, We Must Make Preparation

God, alone, knows how we are to prepare to be made ready for the coming of the Lord!  If we want to know…we must present ourselves to Him, daily, and seek His Face to receive instruction that will show each of us not only how to be made ready for His coming…but also how we can allow Him to live in us day by day on this earth!

Why is it VITAL that we must follow through in obedience to the instructions we are given?  Exercise-pictures-original2Because to know what to do…and not do it, results in the same lack of preparation as the one who has not sought the Lord.  Yes, we are saved by the Blood of Jesus, but obedience to His Word of instruction in this life has always been and will always be a distinguishing characteristic of the true and faithful believer.

We must learn to “wait upon the Lord” with an “ear to hear what the Spirit is saying” to each of us as members of the Body of Christ.  He is  speaking today, and His instructions from the book of Hebrews concerning discipline and endurance and obedience are part of the “wait training” and preparation that is necessary to strengthen us and assure our successful run of the “appointed race” set before each of us.  We are specifically told to take personal responsibility in these things.  It is not the responsibility of those what are pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets, or evangelists to obey these things for us.  One individual cannot fulfill the obedience of another.  It is up to each of us personally.  We cannot sit passively in pews and “blame-shift” or even say “the devil made me do it” when we are disobedient.  No!  The responsibility truly lies at the feet of each individual person.

“Unnecessary weights, encumbrances, and sins which so easily entangle and ensnare us…” (Hebrews 12:1) are those personal habits, traits, and characteristics which hinder individual believers in their personal growth and development in the spirit.  This would include any ungodly, persistent attitudes, thoughts, words, or action that would separate us from fellowship with our Holy God…or His people.  The decision to deal with such things is a personal one because it is the individual who is held accountable before God!

As God’s people, we must identify ourselves with His character and resist the tendency to identify with the carnal, flesh nature…or the spirit of this world!  Laziness and slothfulness are characteristics of the flesh nature that draw back from preparation or disciplined training, and they are destroyers of the spiritual strength necessary to “run the race” with patient endurance and active persistence.  As God’s people, we have the capacity to stand in the “winner’s circle”…in a  life that is at peace with God and His Kingdom…IF we obediently do whatever it takes to mortify our flesh and be among the prepared ones!

exercise 2Jesus, our Banner and Standard before us, endured the Cross!  He was “trained” for this ability to endure…in times of daily, faithful prayer.  He was the first to “run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence!”  (verse 1)  He finished His race and WON because He, like His Father, remained firm in His purpose.  He also remained firm under suffering, bearing up patiently in all that was required of Him.  He is calling us to do the same…but we can do it only by His strength – by the power of the Holy Spirit and our willingness to be led by His Spirit.   The Holy Spirit is within us, but we must humble ourselves daily in obedience to “wait upon Him” and allow Him to “come upon us” to strengthen us to live this life in the manner He has called us to live.  If we continue in our carnal fleshly ways, this will be impossible; BUT if we will yield to Him in obedience to His Word, He will empower us to “run our race” and complete our course in righteousness as a witness and testimony to this world that Jesus still lives in His people, today!

~ to be continued…

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

CONSISTENCY:  Following constantly God’s principles, course, or form in all circumstances; holding together

“Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | February 22, 2015

WAIT TRAINING: Part 2, Understanding 5 Vital Terms

To make a spiritual beginning…one must be “born again”‘;  for Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3.  At birth and for a time thereafter, one is considered a “babe in Christ”.  “For though by this time, you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid foot, for everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” Hebrews 5:12-14.

46795283597746447_jzJHNdD7_fGrowth in the things of God’s Spirit takes some time and also many experiences whereby we develop being exercised in discerning the natural from the supernatural realm, good and evil, and dealings with God, as well as, the enemy of our souls, Satan. We  must learn to recognize the difference in the kingdom of this earth from the Kingdom of God (the King’s domain) and how to operate in both of them.

We “grow up” spiritually in stages.  When a baby is born, biologically, he has everything he needs for adulthood.  He just has to grow into it.  The same is true with our spiritual progress.  Godly growth is a providential journey of becoming what we already are. 1 John 2:12-14 refers to three stages of our spiritual state..”little children…young men…and fathers“. To move from one stage to the other, we must not only learn to test, try, and endure many things; but in doing so, we will undergo many periods of WAIT TRAINING!

To establish a guideline for this study, I want to share five terms and two versions of the same scripture to hold on to as we look at this vital subject of “WAIT TRAINING”…an activity prescribed by the Spirit of God…our Holy TRAINER!  You may want to print off this list of terms to refer to as we enter into a study of “wait training” so you will keep before you the outcomes the Lord is expecting of us as we grow and develop into a mature believer spiritually.

Hebrews 12:11 (NKJ) “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been TRAINED by it!”

(Amplified Version)  “For the time being, no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful, but afterwards it yields peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been TRAINED by it – a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness: that is: in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right standing with God!”

The terms we must apply and understand are these:  WAIT, TRAIN, DISCIPLINE, ENDURANCE, and STRENGTH!

WAIT:  to be in expectation or hope of something, to remain in readiness for action, to stay and abide for a limited time, to remain for a definite purpose.

TRAIN:  to lead or direct the growth of;  to form by instruction, discipline, drill;  to educate, rear, and teach so as to be fitted, qualified or proficient; to form habits or impart proficiency.

DISCIPLINE: training which corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects;  control gained by enforcing obedience or order as in a school or army;  orderly conduct and behavior;  system of rules effecting conduct or action;  to train in self-control or obedience.

ENDURANCE: to last, to stand;  to remain FIRM under suffering;  to continue on in purpose under hardship or distress.

STRENGTH:  power to remain FIRM under pressure and resistance;  power by reason of influence and authority;  courage, might, firmness;  effective force in resisting attack;  capacity to work and act effectively.

WALKING IN GOD’S STRENGTH is DIRECTLY RELATED to our OBEDIENCE to HIM, HIS WORD, and HIS WAYS!

The twelfth chapter of the book of Hebrews, quoted above, is a hallmark of endurance, MyCountenancetraining, and discipline through the perfect example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Its captivating exhortation and abiding instruction is that we are to “LOOK – away from all that will distract – UNTO JESUS, the Author and Finisher of our Faith!” (verse 2, Amplified Version).

The chapter boldly begins by commanding us, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, to take up our personal responsibility and duty.  As individual disciples, we must take some action that alters us inwardly and outwardly.  This exercise requires personal effort that must be executed with explicit attention to detail.  We cannot afford to “slumber and sleep” spiritually and be apathetic and complacent concerning the truth of God!

We are to obediently strip off and throw aside all things, in thought, word, or action, all which would separate us from close communion and fellowship with our Master.  To not do so is simply.…sin.  We are easily entangled when we fail to obey God in such things.  We trip up and are caused to fall…sometimes causing others to fall with us.  We are not being effective or fulfilling our purpose when we are “down”.  Strength is necessary for us to stand, and strength is directly related to our obedience.

God has not given us His Word to “consider” or to “mull over”, only relating to it in our minds in a theological manner; but He gave it for the purpose of our obedience and thus, our growth.  We must learn to patiently endure many things in this life, and NOTHING but obedience will perpetuate His plan and prepare a people to “be made ready for the coming of the Lord!”

~ to be continued….

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

PATIENCE: Willingness to confidently wait on the Lord…in all things!

“JESUS CHRIST is the same…yesterday, today, and forever!”  Hebrews 13:8

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