O Lord My God, how Wonderful You Are? Glorious, Mighty, Everlasting King of kings. Blessed be Thy Name. Father, You decree a thing and comes into being. Who can say a thing when God has not said nor utter what He has said.
Beloved, whatsoever that represents a mountain in your life, today, the Lord is pulling it down for your sake in Jesus Name. God will shock your foes by the miracles that is coming your way. All those who laugh at you will come celebrating with you in Jesus Name.
It does not matter where you are today, He will do that beyond your imagination. Your tribulation is marking its end today in Jesus Name. You are getting back your health today. Your lost home is being restored right now. Your wayward child is coming back home now. That unfaithful spouse is loose today in Jesus Name. Whatever be your own case the Lord is addressing it now, in Jesus Name
Beloved, the Lord needs you to perfect this act; only believe and be of good cheers:
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
My Lord’s words are true as to the tribulation. I have my share of it beyond all doubt. The flail is not hung up out of the way, nor can I hope that it will be laid aside so long as I lie upon the threshing floor. How can I look to be at home in the enemy’s country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer. My experience tallies with my Lord’s words.
I note how He bids me “be of good cheer.” Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast. My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my Lord bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.
What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood. Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again.
Therefore am I of good cheer, and sing unto my conquering Lord. Come along with me to the field my beloved to discover more about your beloved:
“Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field… let us see if the vine flourish.” Song 7:11,12
The church was about to engage in earnest labour, and desired her Lord’s company in it. She does not say, “I will go,” but “let us go.” It is blessed working when Jesus is at our side! It is the business of God’s people to be trimmers of God’s vines. Like our first parents, we are put into the garden of the Lord for usefulness; let us therefore go forth into the field.
Observe that the church, when she is in her right mind, in all her many labours desires to enjoy communion with Christ. Some imagine that they cannot serve Christ actively, and yet have fellowship with Him: they are mistaken. Doubtless it is very easy to fritter away our inward life in outward exercises, and come to complain with the spouse, “They made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept:” but there is no reason why this should be the case except our own folly and neglect.
Certain is it that a professor may do nothing, and yet grow quite as lifeless in spiritual things as those who are most busy. Mary was not praised for sitting still; but for her sitting at Jesus’ feet. Even so, Christians are not to be praised for neglecting duties under the pretence of having secret fellowship with Jesus: it is not sitting, but sitting at Jesus’ feet which is commendable.
Do not think that activity is in itself an evil: it is a great blessing, and a means of grace to us. Paul called it a grace given to him to be allowed to preach; and every form of Christian service may become a personal blessing to those engaged in it. Those who have most fellowship with Christ are not recluses or hermits, who have much time to spare, but indefatigable labourers who are toiling for Jesus, and who, in their toil, have Him side by side with them, so that they are workers together with God.
Let us remember then, in anything we have to do for Jesus, that we can do it, and should do it in close communion with Him. Please I refer you back to our Friday devotion “Are of Caleb Caliber”? Don’t sit around doing nothing for Christ. In that place you are, seek out a soul to disciple for Him and He will reward you according.
Remain blessed in the Lord.