~ 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. 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!
“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,
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
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