Trust, Delight, Commit
Greetings Brethren in the name of our King who sits at the right hand of the throne making intercession for us.
We live in perilous times. The very foundations of our faith are being challenged. The principalities of Fear and Hopelessness are ever shouting their taunts that call into question the basis of what we have been taught.
Yesterday, at the Plaid Pantry, a young man came into the store while I was there. He pocketed a couple of treats and a bottle of 7-up and then went up to the cashier demanding money. The cashier obliged, giving him about $60. I said to the young man, “You don’t have to do this.” He turned to me and said, “Yes I do. I am tired of being hungry and cold.” Then, turning to the cashier said, “Please call the police, I’ll be outside waiting.”
In a short time a squad car arrived and the young man handed the officer the money and was handcuffed and put in the car. The cashier and I explained to the officer what had transpired. Then the officer left, driving off with the young man.
The desperation of it all! And yet I see the same desperation emerging from the body of Christ. Psalms 37:3-5 says, “Trust in the LORD and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it.”
Trust, delight, commit. But in verse 7 comes the hard part: “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for His way.” The voice of Fear rings without end from day to night. It whispers in your ears when you sleep and blares like a noisy horn throughout your waking day. Even gnawing at your defenses and calling into question your trust, your delight, and your commitment to God.
So how is it that we are to find this place of rest? Especially when your heart is panting and your strength is failing, and even the light of your eyes is ever growing dimmer. How? How can your afford to tarry? How can you afford to rest?
How? By the blood of Jesus the Christ. By donning the armor that the Father has given you: the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Belt of Truth. The Boots of Peace, the Shield of Faith which is able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the enemy (including his Captain Fear), and wielding the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And when you have done all of that, then you stand and pray, interceding for all the saints. Then in the standing, and with the armor is found the rest, and the patience needed as the Holy Spirit works.
As Jesus said, “Be of good cheer… for I have overcome the World.” Since we are His disciples, in Him we also have overcome the World.
Be blessed! Jeff “Faithwalker” Strong yms
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