I was reading an article the other day in which the author was recounting a dream he had witnessed in the spirit. He was watching a field of wheat grow. As he watched, there appeared to be similar looking wheat growing alongside the first. As he looked more intently he realized that the second wheat were tares.
At this point he describes that he heard a grotesque noise that grew louder and louder, so much so that he had to cover his ears but as he did so he noticed with dismay that the tares were beating the wheat stalks into submission amidst howls of glee. Down and down the squashed wheat tumbled as the noise rose to shrieks.
As this point he was brought as if in a drone to fly over the field. As he did he noticed that the horrendous howling of a noise had been replaced with a more positive sound. As the camera zoomed in he realized that the bowed down wheat was fighting back and the tares were taking a severe beating.
We are only as strong and victorious in Christ as to how bowed down and humble we have allowed ourselves to become. To me as the New Year has begun with strong revelatory words from the Holy Spirit that this year will be the year of new directions and sudden happenings in the Lord; there is a caveat.
So many of us who call themselves disciples have forgotten that the salvation that has been bestowed upon us by the blood of Christ comes with covenant responsibilities.
All through the Old Testament we have the concept of Gods relationship with mankind and more particularly the Israelites is expressed in terms of a covenant.
'So you will be my people, and I will be your God.' Jer 30
This coming year, a year of the visitation of God coming into our house bringing his salvation to bestow on us, I encourage you to be ready with a humble heart and a bowed down spirit praying always, ready to press into his glory. Otherwise we will miss the suddenness of Gods visit for our heart and mind will be pre occupied with things of this world.
Do we long for victory? Do we wish to walk more in Gods will? Do we wish that our prayers had more power? Do we ache to be over comers? I suspect that we do. This year can I encourage you to pray through the word that God will give you, with a contrite and pure heart free from the pot holes of life? God is longing to do so much more this year with us ~ the body of Christ, his bride. Will we be ready for Gods visitation?
Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil.16they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them. Is. 33
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"This coming year, a year of the visitation of God coming into our house bringing his salvation to bestow on us, I encourage you to be ready with a humble heart and a bowed down spirit praying always, ready to press into his glory. Otherwise we will miss the suddenness of Gods visit for our heart and mind will be pre occupied with things of this world."
Wise advice from our beloved wmj -- our watchman!
Excellent blog from beginning to end.
"So many of us who call themselves disciples have forgotten that the salvation that has been bestowed upon us by the blood of Christ comes with covenant responsibilities."
Over the years I have heard many arguments that attempted to put us under the bondage of legalism and completely ignore God's love, mercy and grace OR go the opposite way and in essence argue that we are "lawless" meaning God's children can do whatever they want, indulge in all things regardless of what God's Word says. Why? Because we're under grace. Huh? So grace gives us a license to sin?
You have put it beautifully. The precious gift of salvation has been bestowed upon us because of God's grace. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness BUT with that comes covenant responsibilities. God does not want His children to misbehave anymore than we do and like any good parent, He will not tolerate their misbehavior. There is forgiveness but there are also expectations, responsibilities and consequences simply because He's a good father.
"We are only as strong and victorious in Christ as to how bowed down and humble we have allowed ourselves to become." - amen.
What you have written reminded me of the words of an old hymn:
"What can give us hope of triumph|
As we face the daily strife?|
Is it not in praying always,|
Keeping true in secret life?|
Jesus in that night of sorrow|
Wept and prayed for grace and power;|
Came an angel, strength imparting|
For that final, trying hour.|
In the garden, in the garden,| Lies defeat or victory.| Grant us, Lord, Thy keeping ever,| To be found awake by Thee."