Anchor for my Soul

Links in a Chain

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8,  Joshua 5,6

Things that challenge the heart  are the same today as it was in the days of old.  There is no new sin added from Genesis until now.

Promises given, promises deferred, promises not forgotten.

The process is not ended until the second coming of Christ.  He did not change His eternal purpose for us.  He wants the children of God to be a demonstration of His glory.

God gave a promise to Abraham that wherever you go you will inherit the land.  700 years later, Joshua went in.  That was an example of a promise deferred.   If God promises you something, it is then that He gives you the deed.“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord” Zechariah 4:6  The Israelites were irrationally outnumbered and out equipped.  Our instincts are to fight with what is familiar.  Each thing that happens are a link to what happens in the next generation.  We are not living an independent life.  We look and we will find ancestors or people praying for us.

We can labor in the field, but God gives the increase.  We don’t control the seasons, but we need to understand the seasons.  Certain crops take different kinds of care.  Everything around the world has its own season and God will use it for His purpose.  We need to conduct ourselves in the will of God.  God is in control of the seasons even if He doesn’t cause them to happen.  Things like ISIS or the stock market or troubling situations in our world want to disquiet us, but we need not to focus on trying to beat it, or control it.  We can profit from any season of adversity.  We are living in a sequence of time that links the chain…a result of the past and a vision of the future.  We have the ability to influence the season by being productive or dissonant. We make choices.  Out instincts cause us to operate out of fear, but the guarantee of God is to be with us in every season, to use it in accordance to His purposes.

We watch some people go through season or things which are difficult and we feel badly for them, but spiritually it is most productive.  God does not immunize us from bad things happening in our lives, but God promises that it will not overtake us.

There are seasons when some things terminate, we need to understand that it is just a season in life…there is a new link in the chain.   Some seasons are pleasant because we understand them but some are difficult because there is a part of us that doesn’t want to accept help. (pride)

The darker the night, the brighter the light.  The enemy wants to destroy.  We need to find a way to shine a light.  Our desire is to bring hope.  What Christ paid for was hope.  We need to be an oil lamp filled with fresh oil and our wick trimmed.  We need to keep our own devotion and relationship with Christ and our daily practices in every area of our life.

Sometimes we come in contact with a difficult someone and we cannot escape.  We come into a crucial time and have only one way to respond.  We are challenged in faith and character, but standing as God allows us to see ourselves.  These situations are a classroom to see what is out there in order to see what is in there.  We are strongest when we are weakest.  All these situations, layer by layer is building trust. Let us see these challenges as victories to be achieved.

He made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts.  Ecclesiates 3:11

How can anyone see beauty when we are in pain?  We need to not focus on getting over the problem but receiving the fruit of it.  Looking at a scar can retain the memory or the pain.  Don’t relish the memory of the pain.  The enemy will remind us of the past.  In the season of healing, keep the wound clean, keep infection out.  Guard ourselves, refuse to accept the spirit of fear for any mistakes we make. The disinfectant is the balm of Gilead, the Holy Spirit and the Word.  Keep it clean and the scar will be a victory sign.  When we have a song of hope, and glory and praise while we are crying, we are tearing down the enemies flag and raising the banner of Christ’s victory.  The situation is what I have for a season, hope is what I have for eternity.

How do we stay strong in the Lord?  We know the  character of God.  The biggest battle is within ourselves.  We need to be smart enough to pick our battles.  Joshua sent spies into Jericho before the battle and they overheard the people talk in fear about the reputation of what God has done for the Israelites. They obeyed the direction of the Lord and when the walls came down, the rubble became the bridge to go in to victory. Ai was their next battle but they lost due to disobedience and not seeking the Lord.

We need to learn how to declare war, to live in peace and to occupy the territory as God directs us.  The goal or agenda to the season is to learn how to adapt as situations change, to be fluid, and to allow the Holy Spirit to make up the difference.  If it is ever difficult to feel emotional about why being a Christian is so valuable, then ask yourself, “What would my life be without it?”  We don’t know the joy we have.  Without Jesus, we have no hope beyond ourselves.  But with Jesus…He made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts.  Ecclesiates 3:11