As long as there are a people who feel they have their “ticket stamped” to go to a “much better place,” there will be no reform of what they deem to be merely an exit platform (cf.Jn.20:21;Lk.9:2;Jn.16:7). If the departure platform is somewhat rickety, people will just try to stand still and hope the train out of there arrives soon. With such a view, no one reforms or rebuilds the platform; they simply grip what is available to grip and hope to be off of it as soon as possible. The emphasis today upon the sudden coming of the Lord isn’t about Him, it is about us. The religious pundits pounding their pulpits exclaiming the quick return of our Lord are getting hearty (and well financed) “Amens!” in response to their promises of sudden escape from disappointments, rudely jostled comfort zones and nerve-racking prognostication. We have been taught by pop-theology to use faith for immediate relief, not long-term endurance, not long-term results (Heb.11:13 does not figure into Esau’s demands for immediate relief). The Esau mindset of blowing off the coming generations and spending what you’ve got on relief for the present generation flies well in today’s skies. Joseph did not get immediate results (or relief) after his prophetic dream and prophetic pronouncement. He and Daniel and Esther were sent ahead to “preserve a posterity,” “continue a remnant” and “save lives.” (Gen.45:7 Amplified) Joseph stood and stood and took ground “until the Word of the Lord proved him” and he was not proven to guarantee him plenty of airtime and notoriety but for the survival of a nation (Ps.105:18). He was not dealt the luxurious right of faith for immediate relief or escape. But the result was the salvation of a nation and its being propelled into the future of its destiny for Jehovah’s purposes and Name’s sake.
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It takes faith to realize that our purpose is essential in the plans of God. If we try to measure the success of our lives, we step out of the protection of faith and trust in the Lord. God has the Grace we need to fulfill what we were born to do! So, let’s just do it. And may we never stop just because we can’t see its effect or success. Don’t stop being faithful daily just because you feel you can accomplish little or nothing. The purpose and plans of God will out last your weaknesses and mistakes and disappointments. Don’t stop because you are tired. Lean into His rest. Don’t stop because you are discouraged. Lean into His courage. God is faithful to guard His purpose in us because His purpose is bigger than us. (Twelfth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
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Another thing that can distract us from mandate is disappointment. Disappointments can distract us from purpose. I think some of our greatest battles start with disappointments, and disappointments come most often because we have erroneous expectations or misbeliefs. For example: if we believe God’s will is for us to live trouble-free, then we set our expectations accordingly. That’s a misbelief and mis-expectation. It will never happen. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.” The only way out of tribulation is to be out of the world. Misbeliefs, even if they sound like truth, will lead us down a dead-end road into a downward spiral. If we believe that God’s will is to have trouble-free lives, when there is trouble we will come to one of three dead ends: 1) Accusing God of falling short on His side of covenant, leaving us to live in anger and a sense of betrayal; 2) accusing self of doing something wrong and missing God’s will and smothering ourselves with self-examination and self-judgment; or 3) accusing the devil of singling us out so that we live in the torment of self-pity and believe we are a helpless victim. That view of ourselves actually positions us to be a victim and invites more trouble. God’s will is not being trouble-free. He would have never allowed the snake in the garden if that were the case. God’s will is that we step on trouble and overcome it every time it rears its head!
(This is the fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Rebuilding Our Temple-Part 2“ which was published in SEEC Magazine [Marty and Kathy’s ministry magazine]. More excerpts will be posted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previous excerpts may be read by scrolling down this page.)
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