Sleeping Through The Storm

Posted on September 2, 2007. Filed under: faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Where to take it from here……

When you’re prepared, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God.

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LIVING ON BORROWED TIME!

Posted on August 27, 2007. Filed under: christianity, devotions | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

appletree.jpg    Living on Borrowed Time!

We need to be cognizant of the times we are living in. Truly it is the last days. We have heard this said from days of old and many have grown immune to the clarion call to be aware of the times. Twice we see in scripture a story concerning the usefulness of the fig tree. 


First we see Him Matthew 21:18-19

 

“Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.

And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing

on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.”

 Immediately the fig tree withered away.”

In verse 19  Jesus cursed the tree. Why would He do this? The scripture gives no explanation of this. However, it is a fact that a fig tree should have figs by the time the leaves are evident. The fig tree actually produces green figs before the leaves appear and if no figs are produced by that time, then that tree will not have any figs that year. Therefore, this fig tree was professing something that it didn’t have even though it was still too early for figs.

And again in Luke 13:6-9

 6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that[a] you can cut it down.”  

The fig tree represents the nation of Israel. The Lord planted the nation to bring forth the fruits of righteousness unto Him (Mt. 7:16-20), but they had been barren. The whole nation was worthy of judgment (“cut it down”–Lk. 13:7) just as we would cut down an unproductive tree and replace it with a good one. However, Jesus, who is represented by the dresser of the vineyard, interceded for the nation and gained an extension of God’s mercy to see if the nation would bring forth the fruits of repentance (Mt. 3:8). They did not and therefore were “cut down” in A.D. 70 when the Roman army under Titus destroyed Jerusalem.

WHAT IS THE LESSON?:Let us take a lesson from the children of Israel yet once again.  Note that at the end of Luke 12, Jesus reminded his disciples to always be ready and live with a sense of urgency about his return. Jesus began the next chapter by calling on people to repent. Now Jesus is basically reminding us that we are on borrowed time. We need to repent now.

We’ve been extended a season of grace to become fruitful, so we’ve got to be fruitful. No more playing “church”. It’s time to BE the CHURCH! No more hypocritical living. No more operating in dead works. No more religious talk without living spiritual. He said to walk in the light as He is in the light. It’s time to put up or shut up! And I am talking about producing fruit unto righteousness, not unto unrighteousness.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, Please help us to bear fruit unto righteousness. Please let it be fruit that remains. Prick our hearts by your Holy Spirit to be cognizant of the time and to live lives that are laid down for you. Let passion burn in our hearts for the things of you. Let our souls be set on fire for those that do not know you. Today let us not harden our hearts to Your voice but hearken unto your call when you say “come up hither.” We want to be sold out for you and not concerned about the trappings of this world. Help us to not procrastinate but do all for you with a sense of urgency knowing our time is short and there a more souls to be saved.This we ask in the precious name of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach.

Amen.

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Birthing The Wind

Posted on August 22, 2007. Filed under: christianity, faith | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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“As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O Lord.  We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind.” (Isaiah 26:17-18, NIV).

Has God given you a spiritual vision that you seem to not be able to bring forth? While talking with Marilynn Griffith yesterday on Today’s Breathing Room I was reminded of my opening text. We were discussing among other things, people who were trying to make their visions come forth before time. 

There are a lot of people that are keenly aware of the vision but yet in still are not able to execute the vision God has given them. God wants to give each of us a spiritual vision. He not only wants to give the vision but the purpose and objectives of it. He doesn’t stop there but also wants to reveal the plan on how to bring it to past. First you have to become pregnant with vision and it follows a natural process just like child birth. As you experience the “birth of a vision” you will become a co-creator with Him instead of a spectator. The natural birthing process which brings a human baby into the world is similar to the process of the birth of a vision in the spirit world. You will experience the following stages as you give birth to spiritual vision.

  

“Conception” means to create. A spiritual vision is first created in your spirit by God.

When we first receive a spiritual vision, it is in “embryo” stage. Remember the embryo is a basic cell of life. God develops our spiritual vision as we grow in Him, just like the development of the human embryo. The basic cell of life in the human baby is the embryo, from it all the basic human features are developed. If you try to change the embryo, deformity or death can occur to the child. The same as in the spirit.

  

The vision will grow and develop as you mature spiritually. Its features will not be the same as yesterday, last week, or last month. The same as the child growing within the mother.  However never forget the basic vision which is the divine purpose for which you are called.  As the body of a pregnant woman stretches in the natural, so does your spirit house the vision .

If the vision does not develop within you it will die.  The vision is with you constantly. It becomes a vital, living part of you. It draws from your own life source as well as from the divine source which conceived it. There are certain things a pregnant woman will deny herself of. These are things that would be detrimental to the development of her child. So to must you do the same as your vision develops. You may have to deny yourself of your own plans and ambitions. You will have to sacrifice time to fast and pray.

  

Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business.”  The meaning of the word “multitude” is great. “Business”, according to one Hebrew meaning, is travail [difficulty]. So a dream or vision can be seen to come through “great travail.” In natural birth there are facts about travail that parallel the spiritual travail which births a vision. Natural travail is a time of intense, concentrated effort to birth the child. This time of travail is also called “labor.”  As in the delivery of a child, a spiritual vision is birthed by intense mental, physical, and spiritual concentration.

  

As you are reading this concentrate on what God wants to birth in your spirit.I remember with my middle child I was so tired of being pregnant. It was August, the hottest month of the year. I wanted Bryant out by any means necessary! I started thinking like a crazy woman! I created all kinds of scenarios in my mind of how I can get him out NOW! The craziest thought I had was to throw myself down the stairs and that would surely make him come.  I told my doctor what I was thinking and she wanted me to be treated for depression. She said plenty of women fell into a depressed state when they were only weeks away from giving birth.

So too are we when the vision the Father has given us is taking to long. By any means necessary becomes our motto. We start rehearsing in our minds ways to bring it to past because we are tired. We know that physically forcing the child into the birth canal before it opens can kill the child.  The same is true in the spirit world. Let God take control of your life. If you try to birth the vision in your own strength it will abort the plan of God. 

Everything within you may cry out to push and bring the spiritual vision forth with natural abilities. But by self-effort you can destroy the vision. Peter cried out to Christ, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man,” (Luke 5:8, NIV) when he realized what Christ was calling him to do. He knew the vision was too great for him to fulfill by his natural strength and abilities. 

The Time of Transition

In the natural birth process there is a time during labor known as the time of “transition.” It is the most difficult time of travail right before the birth canal is open to permit the birth of the child.  Also when God births in you a spiritual vision you will experience a time of transition. All transition means is change. The vision God gives you is going to require change in your life.  It will call for new commitment and dedication. It will call for strength and fortitude.  During this time you must remember where your help comes from. We know that it comes from the Lord.   

Why should you remember this? Because you will experience pressure in every area of your life. The heat will be turned up 7 times hotter. Everything within you may cry out for relief from the spiritual birth pangs of what God is bringing forth. This is the point where many fail to receive the vision. Over and over again God has brought His people to the time of transition to birth His vision within them. But because this transition was too difficult many have turned back.  They just couldn’t take the pressure. The heat was on! It required changes in their thought patterns and lifestyle, which they were not willing to make. They could not abandon self-effort and the traditional way of doing things. They could not set aside their own ambitions and desires to embrace the plan of God. This is the same thing that happened to the nation of Israel in my opening text.  
 

We are told in Isaiah 53:11 that God witnessed the travail of Jesus Christ and was satisfied. A vision was fulfilled that day on Calvary … a vision that had been promised since the fall of man into sin (Genesis 3:15). Through travail, the vision of redemption from sin became a reality.

  

Travail is a painful experience, but it is only through travail that the vision can be birthed: “… yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.  Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? Says the Lord.  Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery? Says your God?” (Isaiah 66:8-9, NIV).

The Birth

The end of the travail is birth. We must guard against going into labor prematurely as well as a delayed birth. Both of which can result in death, Both in the natural birth process and in the birth of spiritual vision.  After birth in the natural world the child continues to grow and develop. After the birth of your spiritual vision it will continue to grow and develop. It will have new features and form, but they all must develop from that basic cell of spiritual life which is called the vision.

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