"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith ...." Galatians 5 v 22 - Testimony
Abide in me and I shall abide in you. For those who do not take up the cross and follow Jesus Christ daily them shall not be his disciples. Truly many are called but few are chosen. Take the truth in when Jesus says I am the true Vine.
For those in Christ Jesus who suffer for his name this means to take up daily the cross of Jesus. Anything other than this belongs to this world. Jesus speaks quite plainly when he says that those who follow the desires of this world and its offerings do not belong to the Father and neither to Jesus.
I sense from the LORD Jesus Christ that many squirm to hide away from these truths which are all very plain and straight forward. Upon reading this verse I have seen in my christian walk the ahh factor of love, peace, joy, goodness, faith but in the heart of it, the centre which is no accident that it should be placed here is longsuffering! Now is the age of prosperity, wealth, lies and self-reliance which has now permeated completely the values of the church. It has no resemblance of the original church in Acts whereby they came together, shared everything and none were without.
Jesus warns time and time again in exhausting and exasperated simple ways to get past our dulled ears and blind sight that indeed His kingdom is not of this world! For this world will indeed pass away and it requires longsuffering, patience to endure until the end. The longsuffering cannot be skipped. The carrying of our cross daily cannot be denied for without this then the Spirit of the LORD cannot be upon you.
A tree does not bear fruit straightaway and even when it does start to bear the first fruits it has then to be pruned and cut back even further and then a time of fruit bearing.
When I was called by the LORD to take care of my mother back in 1993 I had been a christian for about 5 years. I had had a prophetic message given to me during yet another long-suffering period with my non-christian husband that I would indeed go through more fire. Indeed I did. I thought maybe I would be with my mother for 2 years maximum. It turned out to be 20 years although there was a gap of 5years when I had a breakdown myself.
Little did I know that these workings by the LORD have proved valueable in my walk with Jesus as further persecutions were to come and had I not been ready then surely if it wasn't for the mercy and goodness of the LORD I would surely have fallen. I thank the LORD that although I slumbered and fainted many a time He did not!
It was a very hard time, one of very many during my life. My mother was a cruel and hard taskmaster but finally the LORD released me after 20 years when she passed away. She repented not on her deathbed, but I had been obedient to the LORD and he saw and guided me with forgiveness and love right until the end.
Through this time also I lost my home 3 times and everything I owned. I also escaped an abusive marriage during this time too. I am just beginning to learn patience and sometimes I know I move in the flesh still but learning to wait upon the LORD and wait for his guidance and for the Spirit to move.
Painful yes, it seemed unending, merciless even yet learning to forgive someone who is cruel to you is the hardest thing. To forgive someone who forgives and loves back easily is no test. It has been a barren environment having to neglect my own health for many years. I honoured my mother unto her deathbed and could not have done it without the LORD. I had been abused by her since a child until 39 years of age.
Whatever circumstances, no matter how hard or painful the LORD is carrying you. Through those years of abuse from my husband and mother, bringing up a young daughter I had a breakdown. At this point my mother was well. I had been by her bedside at home and in hospital all the time. My mother in the end took my daughter from me and rejected me leaving me for dead on the street. I thank the LORD in his mercy he knew where I was to go next again through another series of abuses under the mental health system I can now see the LORD in all of this although painful at this time.
I still bear the marks physically and mentally but the LORD has brought me through every one of them. Praise be to His Glorious name!
When Jesus calls us it is to a path of long-suffering, not just suffering but long-suffering. There is a cost to following Jesus but the world offers nothing less than lies, deceit and ultimately the second death of hell everlasting. I have heard many lies from the devil in my life and one of the greatest ones has been that there is no hell. I was swayed by it for a time thinking that surely God has got it all wrong. But no it is there in Gods Word amidst the words long-suffering which many leave out. The time is at hand.... therefore repent turn to the LORD Jesus Christ and call out upon His Name and may he have mercy upon you.
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