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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