|KHANDIE'S KORNER - April 25, 2004|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which re exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. (Heb 12:3-13)
It has been believed and preached (in so many words) by many, that upon ones acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ afterwards all would be perfect. Life would be free of misery, of pain, of heartache, of struggle, of trial and of tribulation. The Lord would be available at ones beck and call, a year round Santa Claus so to speak, where all one would need to do is hand Him their great wish list in the form of prayer and their desires would be granted. No matter how foolish and selfish the requests may be, he would delivered them all. The trouble with this speech is first, its all about SELF as an individual then accepts Christ out of the desire for things, and not out of the need for HIM! The other trouble is this speech is biblically INCORRECT for the Lord Himself said in this world we would have tribulation, thus for one to assume we would have a trouble free life after the acceptance of Christ is foolishness. Yet, many have believed this and when persecution and trials arose, because of the lack of spiritual preparation and understanding, theyve left the faith choosing the broader, easier road to walk upon in this life. Remember the Lord did not promise us peace (as we know it) in this world, ONLY INWARD PEACE WAS PROMISED and this we can obtain as our minds are stayed on him. Even in the midst of sorrow and struggle, we can have this peace as the word declares: Peace I leave with you, MY peace I give unto you: NOT as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John ) and again, Thou wilt keep him in PERFECT PEACE, whose mind is STAYED ON THEE: because he TRUSTETH in thee. (Is 26:3)
Although the road may be difficult, there are times given to rest as this walk is not all about sufferings and pain, but about GROWING SPIRITUALLY into SONS AND DAUGHTERS of God, being no longer CHILDREN tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. There is a difference of wisdom between a child whove yet to learn through the hardships of experience, as oppose to a man whove walked that road and have developed patience, endurance and even joy through his pain and suffering. It is the choice of the believer whether or not to accept this growth as one could CHOOSE to remain a babe, a child but remember that its not the child who receives the inheritance, but it will be those whove grown into full maturity. For even in the natural, a child cannot fully receive an inheritance until he/she becomes of LEGAL age. It is the same with the inheritance from our Father, we MUST become of spiritual age. To get to this place of spiritual maturity, EVERY Born Again Believer who professes Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their lives WILL suffer such persecution, chastisement, trials, tribulations, spiritual attacks, and the like. Some more than others, and the level of tribulation will depend upon how much of SELF has DIED and how much of CHRIST LIVES WITHIN! If there be any believers that declare to have a life free of suffering, I would then personally question (without judgment) his/her relationship with Christ and HOW MUCH of his/her life is truly surrendered to Him, and why the enemy would not find such a one to be a threat so much so that he would bypass them. You see, the enemy only attacks those who are speaking forth and living the TRUTH as the TRUTH exposes the LIE, however those who have believed and are living the lie are seemingly no threat, no hindrance to him and his work. Such are they who have one foot in the world and the other in the church. Who live their lives one day out of the week for the Lord, while the remaining time for themselves, apart from God. There is no other easier nor possible way for one to spiritually grow, unless he/she be tested and tried through the fire for one cannot adequately learn, without adequate experience. Jesus himself taught us this through HIS OWN sufferings.
Now, the sufferings are not pleasing to the flesh for during this process self dies, and all that is not of God is being stripped away and a wonderful transformation of spiritual growth and maturity begins to take place. Let us receive the help of the Holy Spirit to be patient during this time, for the blessed outcome will far outweigh the present sufferings. Yes, my brethren this is a difficult road we walk upon, but it is the ONLY road that leads to LIFE! During our walk we may find ourselves in desert land, dry and barren seeing no exits ahead, no end, no fork in the road, just barren land and we may become weary, tired, hungry and thirsty. So, let us stop for a moment, rest and feed upon the bread of LIFE, and drink upon the LIVING water that we may receive Spiritual Renewal. That we may INWARDLY be strengthened though our flesh may be tired and weak, and then, continuing onward beloved let us fight the GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH! For we know we ALREADY have the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord!
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matt -30)
I Love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
The Lord be with you this day and always! Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings) ..
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Holy, Holy, Holy
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and alwaysKhandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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