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"Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. (Isaiah 55:3; NLT)"
All of us face difficulties in life from time to time. We may even have to struggle to find the time and inspiration to write. With hindsight, we would realise that when we are in a bad situation everything does seem to crumble around us. But, we also know by experience that this is truly the time for us to brace ourselves and remain in Christ Jesus; and come to Him, who is our Hiding Place.
It’s time to devote ourselves fully to Him, and let His Presence and Mind captivates us and put our tasks on the backburner.For as surely as the rain and snow come down to water the earth, joy comes in the morning, and spring will not be far off when winter is here. We need to know God’s way. More than that, we need to know God’s character and be fully persuaded that He will keep what we have committed to Him until that Day.
In his book, “The Stronghold of God”, Rev. Francis Frangipane wrote, “The Lord insists that our success not originate from our strength but from our union with Him. Our time of desolation, brokenness, and disappointment becomes a tool in His hand where He works within us a deeper dependency upon His strength.” Moses was alone with God on Mount Horeb when He made all His goodness passed before him. We need to come back to the heart of worship where He becomes the centre of our focus. Our tasks are not meant to exceed our devotions to our Lord Himself.
When Jesus died, Peter was aggrieved and felt at a loss to keep the vision which Christ had given to him. Peter and some of the other disciples of Christ went back to fishing. However, when he encountered the resurrected Christ, his hope was restored. John records for us that, “… When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.” (John 21:7b) On the shore Jesus had prepared breakfast for them. The Lord was concerned that they obtain nourishment and refreshment just as God was concerned for Elijah after his momentous duel with the prophets of Baal and his fleeing from the threat of Jezebel.
The Lord did not chide Peter for his failing, but restored him to Himself. He accepts Peter for his great attitude and weakness. Peter affirmed his love for Jesus thrice to annul his three denials of Him (and His vision for him) and yielded that He knows everything about him --- that he spoke the truth and nothing can be hidden from Him. Jesus revealed to Peter what was uppermost in His mind when He said: “Feed My lambs.”; “Tend My sheep.”; and “Feed My sheep.”
As sheep in God’s green pasture, we need to feed on His word and thirst for the Holy Spirit, who teaches us God’s word and gives us the power to be a witness for Christ. It’s time to tend the garden of our hearts, break the fallow ground, and sow the seeds God’s word for a harvest. Read, listen to a compact disc, and fill up our inner man with the word of God --- the power of God unto salvation and the sword of the Spirit.
We are blessed beyond measure when we remain in Him. Thus says the Lord, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7) “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:3)
Let’s stay close to God. Listen to Him, and He will keep us and our writing in good shape. He will make us fruitful in due time even though we may grow weary but for a time and a season. JESUS IS OUR EVERYTHING!
(All Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982, by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)
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