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Times of Refreshing

August 16, 2008

Psalm 63:5-8 “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”

It goes without saying that we are living in unusual times. A time that Jesus told us would be unlike any other insofar as the upheaval that will engulf the world prior to his return. And yet, despite an ambience so chaotic that mens hearts will literally fail them for fear, the true saints; those who are 100% persueded that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, will have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. The definition-evading joy, and confidence that we have in Christ will abide; even when it seems that all the forces of hell have us in the crosshairs. The rivers of living water springing up from within are completely independant of the physical manifestation and completely dependant upon our abiding in Jesus, the True Vine.

Times when we come before the Lord and within moments our entire perspective is adjusted; much like seeing a fuzzy image suddenly come into clear focus. (Psalm 73:16-17) It’s a senario that plays out repeatedly. We can become over-consumed by the affairs of daily responsibilities and allow apprehension creep in concerning issues that have yet to play out. We can go nutty unto sin (anything that is not of faith is sin) as uncertainty concerning various outcomes fills our minds with fear. Yet when we find a place to be with the Lord; be it while driving, working, or even in the shower, it doesn’t take long for those fears to dissipate. We are reminded of who God is, his love for us which is so immense that it defies capture by words, and just how temporal this world is. Suddenly the towering mountains become as ant hills as we place them into the context of the everlasting and we praise God who satisfies always.   

The reverse can happen also if we’re not careful. We can be on a mountaintop when thoughts of an unresolved situation will bring us down in a moment. Last week it happened to me at work. The first part of the day I was rejoicing in the Lord and just having an awesome time. Then around 1:30pm, a potential financial disaster came to mind. I began to think about it wonder if a certain event had taken place that would be physically devastating. Before long I was in a state of worry and even anger over something that was not in my control. (Note: God holds the breath of life in his hand so the truth is that we’re really not in control of anything here) Later on, the concern was eleviated and it was obvious that I had become out of sorts over “thoughts.” Three hours of worry instead of rejoicing in the Lord, praying for others, and being ready to give answer to any who would ask of the hope that is in me. Three hours that are gone forever.

In both instances, the question always arises “why do I do it?” When we get so close to Jesus that all the world is a million miles away we ask “why do I allow things here to rattle me?” Likewise, following instances where we allow ourslves to become rattled, we ultimately will ask “why did I let that get to me?” If we’re focused on this world, the least little sign of uncertainty can keep us awake at night. If we’re looking to Jesus, we will be filled to overflowing; even if everything familiar has been removed. While we all probably wrestle with this to one degree or another, the truth is that we should be continuously looking to Jesus and be continuously refreshed. One particular Monday morning, a brother at work asked me “didn’t you get reenergized at church yesterday?” While I understood the point, the truth is that we should be in a place with the Lord where we are continuously being energized. Here, once again, is the most quoted passage on this blog:

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him at perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

We’re in times when we need a continual refreshing if we’re to not be overcome by astonishment over the events taking place on the earth. To walk close to Jesus daily; ever striving to draw closer. Ever listening; continuously examining ourselves to ensure that we’ve moved beyond simply professing words of truth and are embracing the truth relayed by the words. In other words, if we’re worried about our ability to provide food for our families this winter when the shortages become manifest, then our belief of Matthew 6:25-34 hasn’t truly progressed beyond the arena of theological rhetoric. If we REALLY believe it, and we’re walking in obediance, we’ll not be shaken by even the most dire of appearances in the natural. I pray that the Lord would plant this deep into our heart of heart; to trust him so completely that “nothing” shakes our confidence. That we will “know” that he can rain manna down from heaven, if need be, to sustain us.

As stated previously, we’re in unusual times. The days are coming to an end where a professing saint can get into a comfort zone and simply partake of the motionology that dominates most fellowships with little desire to dive deep into the things of God. We need to get as spiritual as we can as fast as we can. Last week as we learned of the unfolding situation in Georgia (the country) I “knew” in my spirit that this is just the beginning of many sorrows to come. I listened to our leaders address the situation and it became obvious that they have “no clue” as to what’s really taking place. I remembered a prophecy that I read a few years ago which stated that one form of judgment to come upon this nation would be that of political leaders making really bad decisions. When I read it, I knew in my heart that this would be so and it would appear that this is comng to pass before our eyes. (from every political faction; it’s not a donkey versus elephants game)

Judgment is in the land; even as we place our thoughts in this blogosphere for all of the globalists to monitor.  It’s heartbreaking to see and to know why it’s coming to pass, but it shouldn’t make us fearful. As events unfold, we will need continual refreshing from on high if we’re to stand and not faint. To place “all” of our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, have no confidence in the chariots of Egypt, and love not our lives in this world. For months it’s been really impressed upon me the importance of loving not our lives in this world, but to love God wholeheartedly and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Well, it’s been a long time since I posted in the middle of the night. I was wanting to call the Peraltas tonight, but it’s too late even with the three hour difference in time. It’s late physically, but more importantly its late prophetically. The world as we knew it a mere ten years ago is gone forever and soon a ruler will come on the scene and be wondered after by those who know not God. He will change times and seasons, make war with the saints and prevail against them. The saints will overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony, and they will love not their lives unto the death. Sorry for placing so many scripture fragments together, but such is the hour in which we live. Understanding this should cause us to desire, all the more, to get as close to the Lord Jesus as we can. To be filled to overflowing with the Spirit and to be a city set on a hill as the final stragglers enter into the ark of safety.

At some point, the final soul is going to come to Jesus and be saved.

 

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2 comments

  1. You are so right, Brother.
    The new testament is filled with exhortations for brothers and sisters to encourage, exhort, and build one another up in the Lord.
    The Lords design was such that this should be happening on a regular basis….even daily, and from ‘house to house’.

    I believe that ‘house to house’ can also mean cell phone to cell phone, computer to computer, mailbox to mailbox, etc….
    but my point is that we, as brothers and sisters in the Lord, NEED one another in a most fundamental way.

    To assume that we can simply ‘get reenergized’ once or twice a week by attending church services while ignoring this basic scriptural reality is naive at best.

    Although I, personally, have to be very careful as to how much time I spend in the ‘Virtual Church’, I do realize it’s positive side and potential as an avenue for both expressing and experiencing the Word and work of God.

    I appreciate you Brother, and I want to RE-mind you of this:
    Your sins have been purged by the blood of the Lamb and you are even now seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus our Lord, loved and accepted IN the Beloved.

    Peace and New Life to your Soul in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    ~J


  2. Hi Bro Johnny. It’s great to hear from you. I’m always fascinated when foks use Hebrews 10:25 to suggest that if we’re not partaking of their schedule, we’re in sin. (I’ve been through it.) If we love Jesus, we’ll naturally desire fellowship with those who love him also and this is in any setting. A good example of this takes place daily at work. As I’m heading out, I usually stop by Reibers department as he “really loves the Lord Jesus.” To be honest, ten minutes of talking with Reiber is more edifying than two hours in my local fellowship.

    The brother (not Reiber) who asked me “didn’t you get energized yesterday” caught me off guard with the question. I mean, I get energized while running the welder. I call them “joy-spikes;” those times when something just hits you and, in a public setting, you have to consciously keep your reaction subdued, lest the unlearned think that you’ve gone nutty. The joy of the Lord doesn’t rely on a particular street address or a certain time frame.

    Thanks again for stopping by. Have a blessed weekend in Jesus.



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