My Life's One Desire

For I »must« do the will of God, not my own will. ♥️John 6:38♥️

Friday, March 23, 2018

Conquering Through Suffering

“Love your enemies”

"But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them." 

“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." Luke 6:27-36

“Burn coals on your enemies head”

Romans 12:19-21

Cool twist we see here, overcoming suffering is not only resisting it, but accepting it by doing good nonetheless and this burns coals on the enemy's head. I think this is an important part of understanding overcoming and conquering suffering from the enemy.

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"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."


Peter had the chains fall off and he escaped the jail. He didn’t stay there, he didn’t remain there suffering but were able to escape! The soldiers guarding them were killed. (Acts 12:5-11; vs. 19)

Paul and Silas remained in the jail, they did not escape (to save the jailers life). I find it interesting how the guards in the previous story were not saved, however this man was saved and his whole family. We see by these two different stories, God leads differently each time. Sometimes He wants us to conquer by “singing through our suffering” and other times, resisting it, although both could be similar stories God leads each person, each time, so differently.

Thus said: seeking to discern when the Lord wants us to accept the suffering with joy and thanksgiving or escape from the trial, we ought to be listening very carefully. Because the Lord works in different ways and can use the singing through the storm for His mighty purpose, or He can enable us to escape for His purposes too. Each time though, whether we escape, or do good to those who treat us poorly, there is a battle going on.
The enemy tries to get us to complain through trials, but God can enable us to rejoice. Or, the Lord is fighting also for a way of escape and thus we can find a way to submit to God resist the enemy and he will flee!!

Thought it was interesting how you mentioned how the enemy knows our weaknesses and attacks there. And. What’s more, God allows him to!! He allows the enemy to attack us where we are weak.
The seeds falling on the trail, the “birds of the air came and ate them up.” (Jesus described later on in this verse the birds of the air is the enemy, see Mark 4:15.)
He’s trying to see, where is our heart at? Are we hungering for Him or is it after some other things? What kind of a heart do we have? One that is of good soil, or totally interested in other things? See Mark 4:16-17 about those who fall away on account of suffering. Each person is different, we can grow through our sufferings, or fall away. Nevertheless, He wants to strengthen us in our weaknesses Paul, for example was given a thorn in the flesh, a suffering of some kind from the enemy to torment him, but he was more than a conqueror. (See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)



God allows suffering in love, thus we ought to seek Him what He wants to teach us through each time. Where is He leading? We can easily forget, He wants us to seek Him first.

The Lord allows the enemy to attack us when we are weak that we would be made strong.
He who has suffered in his body is done with sin. Jesus learned obedience from His sufferings. These are suffering in the flesh, like denying oneself I think. I die daily, Paul says and this inward death produces life. We don’t stay dead so another victory one.

Consider suffering as discipline God is treating you as sons. He loves us and disciplines us. This produces a harvest of righteousness, another victory one.

Wow! So if we continually seek Him we will find that He brings suffering so when He does as we grow in depending on Him we will find His will through each one so that He might gain the victory and glory, that we may bear fruit! (John 15)

He allows suffering for He knows everything that we need. (Phil. 4:19) Surely He supply’s all our needs, even if that need is to go hungry so we learn to trust and give thanks and become more than a conqueror through whatever He allows, by His mighty power.

The widow is a good example for us, she had to depend on God and show such a great love for Him to give up all she had that day and trust God would supply her needs, even if it meant going hungry for Him. Or if He provided food. Somethings I see I need to grow a LOT in, being so willing like this woman to trust Him so completely!! Even amidst suffering, giving our all each day, seeking the Lord, He knows exactly what our “all” is each day and He can reveal it to our hearts that we might give our all in that day. He may give it back like Abraham was given back Isaac. The key is being willing, a willing heart. “Lord, what would you have me do now?” What battle is there to fight? Against these things that set themselves against God, see 2 Corinthians 10:1-6)

God gives wisdom, as we aren’t meant to be walked over, (turn the other cheek) but He does want us to be humble (see James 4:6-9) and He can provide the way of escape. But I think that war and battle won is definitely a spiritual war when Paul appealed to Rome and said he was a Roman. It was something the Lord was working at behind the scenes. He didn’t complain but stated the truth. Just like Peter escaped but Paul and Silas didn’t. God was glorified through both the hidden spiritual way and the outward way. He leads each child of His differently, and it isn't up to us to question Him which way He will lead us. (see John 21:22)

Trusting in faith about the spiritual battle, that God can move mountains. We can be in the middle of a suffering and if it’s His will and we ask and believe He will move mountains. (see Matthew 17:20)

I see how often there are stories of the Lord being upset (grieved) (angry at times) in the old and (more grieved) in New Testament, why do you still not be believe? It’s a doubt, a sin not to believe He cannot act. In fact EVEN what the enemy does for evil He turns for good. So if it “seems” Gods not coming through He’s testing our faith (James 1:1-4) and we ought to believe He still can come through that every battle is His and He can win each one! I see how I can often fail here even, the Lord has done so much for me, why can I not have such great faith? He is working though, and reminding me through the difficult times how He has lead in the past. Each time it will be different, but He will make a way, and He will come through conforming me more into His likeness. His ways are perfect, He will remind me.

In reading Joshua, the Israelites were defeating their enemies. It is interesting to see how the enemies were so terrified of the Israelites because God was on their side. So that means, the enemy can be afraid of us and we can conquer because of His great many promises. He will help us to conquer over these giants, maybe the giant of complaining and it doesn’t mean we don’t say the truth, but if the Lord had Paul fell the guards he was a Roman it wasn’t complaining but speaking what He was able to give him the words to speak. Just as He can give us the words to say and that, in itself can be conquering through suffering.

"Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass." Joshua 21:43-45



"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

As it is in Heaven










"But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know over what they stumble."
Proverbs 4:18-19

The Lord is so faithful and patient. He is able to make beautiful things come out of what seems so difficult. We must keep our eyes focused on Him and seeking to please Him, out of our love for Him. Even if what we see now is all hard and when it seems as though we are bumping into thorns, we can know they are His loving hand. He can make the flowers bloom » in His time. I must remember this while going through those hard moments. It’s in the moment His Holy Spirit can bring them to remembrance, as we fix our eyes on Him looking not to those seen things but to unseen, He is preparing, moulding us for something more. We are in need of endurance.

I love this promise, our path should be growing brighter and brighter every day. Are we finding His light shining into our hearts? He can fill our hearts with His light, as we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thus we can find true fellowship with Him, which will overflow to having fellowship with others as we are nothing and He becomes truly everything. We will find by fixing our eyes on Him, trusting in Him alone - He is able to keep our minds in perfect peace. Until we truly desire His will, to be done here on earth {in our lives} as it is in Heaven, until we truly trust Him, knowing He is greater than all our own ideas and plans, we will find it hard to be at peace. 

I was blessed by this also today, from Ann Voskamp:
"There are no interruptions in a day. There are only manifestations of Christ."

May His will be done in our lives, His Kingdom come in our lives - just as it is in Heaven. His glorious life overflowing for others to see in these hardships, those beautiful flowers blooming so others can see and glorify our Father. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seemingly Impossible




"For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:15-18

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

We have a lot of weaknesses don't we? A lot of...well we can doubt the Lord sometimes too, when it's really hard. I remembered when I learned that was a sin, for God is powerful, who are we to think He will not fulfill what He has promised? What a wonderful Father we have! Although the way seems impossible and we seem so small and weak, the Lord loves to take the smallest things and glorify Himself through them. He loves doing the impossible. We can take that with us through each day, and be encouraged! Our Lord can make us strong when we feel weak, He can cause us to follow Him when it seems hardest. We don't have to doubt Him, He is Almighty and more than capable and more desiring for us to please Him than we desire this ourselves. (wow)

The Lord wants us to grow in faith, He allows the enemy to bring in many trials which seem to contradicts the Lords promises and power. However, He is testing our faith. Will we trust Him even though the way seems so unclear? Will we keep trusting in His promises (knowing He will use even this to make us more like Christ)? It is seemingly impossible yet, will we have faith? Will we believe God is everything who He says He is?


 "And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord's hand shortened?
Now you shall see whether My Word will come true for you or not.
”"
Numbers 11:23

His Word  W I L L come true. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Desert



"On the day I called, you answered me;
    my strength of soul you increased."
Psalms 138:3

The desert. It's very warm, and uncomfortable at times, very long, it almost seems endless and the heights seem sooo far away. Lots of thorns, rocks and pain, nevertheless when we go through the valley, HE will be right there, with us, through it all — if we seek Him, desiring Him to fill all the dryness in our lives. He is faithful. He always knows what we need, even though He May allow us to be tested so strongly that everything seems to contradict what He has promised, He will lead us higher. In His time He makes everything beautiful. Psalms 138:3 Will we call? He will answer! These times are from Him, He will use them if we let Him, to conform us into His glorious likeness. Nothing is too hard for HIM. (I need this reminder often) He is patient to teach us even if we forget, He hasn’t and is working still.

"The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands."
Psalms 138:8

Saturday, December 16, 2017

His Ways are Truly Higher

The time will slip by
Before you know it, it will be so
Why didn’t you wait
And take Him at His word?
And you will look back
To wonder how little it was
How easy to wait
So small the test
Yet in the moment it seems greater
But our desire to please Him
Should surpass all else
Our ultimate goal, pressing onwards 
Leaving our self life behind
Entrusting His perfect plan for this moment
For here, no other time is given
To undergo this test, to take this cross 
If we let it go by, we will not have this chance again 
We get to please Him in this chance to die
It’s all out of love
For He planned this moment in care
He supplies our needs
Even hunger or plentiful 
He will use each moment to conform
Taking away, thus moulding us each day
more into His likeness 
That we broken and weak
May show His power Divine. 
Shall we not endure this time?
It will pass also, no longer to return
Will we make the most of our time?
He has given us precious promises.
His love goes beyond all
We get to please Him
Giving Him everything 
He will see us through 
Even in the darkest of nights
He is with us, through the storm
We ought not to let go
Of His loving hand
Thinking we know better
We will soon find the winds and waves
Crashing all around us
We must yield our self confidence 
And pride
Surrendering to His will
In joy, knowing His ways
Are truly Higher

Friday, November 24, 2017

Something New


It was one year ago He brought me through great affliction 
One year He began to teach me what faith is
To truly know He will use whatever He allows
For His great purposes
Since then He brought me through tests, trials too 
He formed and shaped me in the desert place
Where He began something new
Yet at the time I did not see nor understand 
The wonderful work which He began
He formed streams in the desert
His abundant life flowing forth
Giving joy even in hardship 
This desert place
He uses every moment still
Testing my faith and love in them
With those challenging moments 
He is in each one
Walking with me hand and hand 
Through them all
It’s never dull when I stop to seek
For His firm hand to hold fast
Listening to His voice 
“Don’t turn here, come this way instead”
Joy is found in Him alone
It’s nothing I have done,
His love goes beyond all understanding 

He gives me delight in desiring to please Him



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Praise the Lord


The other day, a sister in the Lord sent me a link to read about praising the Lord. I was so thankful for it, but little did I know the Lord would use it later on in the day.

I was on my way to town with my Mom as she was sharing a deep conversation with me. My mind was distracted. I was thinking more about what she was saying than what I was doing. When I saw the turn I thought I had to make, I signalled to get into the right lane. Behind me, was a car some distance a way yet, but still coming closer at a steady speed.

I hoped they would understand my need of getting into the right lane so I could turn but when I did they were upset and honked their horn several times and being too sensitive of a person I pulled into the turning lane to go left, but as I was turning another vehicle was there from the right. Overwhelmed, I didn't know what to do. The guy motioned with his hands for me to go, so I stepped on the gas, but I felt so silly and sad inside.

I didn’t feel like praising at all. The stories Mom had said were spinning in my head while I was feeling bad for cutting someone off. The tears came especially when I found out it wasn’t even the right turn. Praise God the tears didn’t last long but He allowed this to make me realize how weak I am. I didn’t feel like praising, I felt like crying, hoping Mom would feel sorry for me.

I wiped the little tears away and hurried into the store with Mom. The Lord helped me to see my weakness and I had a desire not to leave any room in my heart for the enemy, but I failed to look to Him for strength to be obedient and praise Him.

He reminded me then of the very link this sister had sent, and I knew I couldn't praise Him without His help, but I wanted to praise Him. The more I tried the more I realized I could not.

On our way back from the store we had been in, He gave me the strength to look to Him for strength and as I did, I was reminded of His goodness, His love, all that He has been doing in my heart.
Joy started bubbling up from within me like I could not imagine and I was so thankful. He brings us to breaking points to see our great need for Him and to help us turn to Him when nothing else would ever be able to help us.

I truly desire to grow in first time obedience and going to Him sooner for His strength and His kindness from now on. Why do I not obey sooner? I think it is because I still have my will and even though I see that I am weak I can still struggle, trying to do it on my own. As He allows these situations, He is showing me so clearly, I cannot make it without Him and must go to Him alone for strength and no one else. He doesn't want me to want strength from others to comfort me, but from Him alone. For then only, will I have true joy.

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice." -Philippians 4:4

It is a promise, He will fulfill it, if we earnestly seek Him, believing that it will be done according to His word.

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