When difficulties come into our lives, instead of being anxious and ultimately slain by them, let faith well up from deep within, knowing without a doubt that this is not a trouble unto death, but rather a Call to Arms.
Trouble is a call to unity within my own tent so that my arms can be linked to another, free to hold on because I am holding nothing but the power of God in my life.
It is a Call to Arms within the Body – to weep with those who weep and to rejoice with those who rejoice; to cover the back of a fellow servant, to intercede, to strengthen and do our part in protecting them.
The Call to Arms is the Call to Unity. Jesus longs for us to be one as he and the Father are one.
Our unity comes at the cost of obedience, letting go of pride and allowing God to establish us through difficult circumstances so we can sing of his great love and how he has turned our mourning into dancing.
For how else shall we dance with joy and hopeful exultation unless we have known despair? How shall we have beauty for ashes, save for the fire of refinement?
“Fear not, be of good courage.” These are not just words of encouragement but commands by which we are to live our daily lives. Our lives are lived moment by moment, one action at a time, and we must live them specifically and focused on the only thing that brings life, light and clarity to our souls.
Jesus can be seen, if you look, with arms wide open without a worry or care, and yet, as the one who carries us, his intercession is constant and sure.
When the disciples had been out fishing all night without catching anything, they were discouraged. When Jesus appeared and told them to cast their nets out on the right side of the boat, he was also instructing them to do away with their weary discouragement and obey him. Jesus had seen them toiling unsuccessfully, and as he sat on the beach cooking a breakfast of fish for them, his heart longed for the time when all men would walk in steadfast truth and obedient faith.Our sins have been covered, gone forever in the sea of God’s forgiveness and forgetfulness. If we would learn to heave and cast with enthusiasm our cares upon him, our aim would become sure to never miss the mark. Right at this moment, in our time, in our world, God is perfecting all those things that concern us. God is fashioning and forming the things that whittle away at our peace into something that will ultimately bring him praise, honor and glory.
The month of March has seen us go through some times that are beyond challenging, beyond anything I thought I would be able to bear. I am constantly aware that my mindset needs to refocus its gaze so that I have all my hope in God’s Word. I am also acutely aware that without the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I would be having an extremely difficult time standing in faith today. I thank you from the depth of my heart.
Where have you been seeing improvement since you began to be more serious about applying God’s Word to weak areas of your life? Begin making a list of all the way God has shown you that you are in the palm of His hand. Think of tough times and record how God cared for you.
Psalm 119:88 Revive me according to your loving kindness so that I may keep the testimony of your mouth.
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