“Be of Good Cheer”
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.
God, who will not reveal to us what’s coming next, but SAVES – because the enemy is here and looks always to the next minute that hasn’t yet ticked its way around the clock. For two reasons:
1) He is dead set on robbing anyone of the joy Adonai gives, moment by moment.
2) He lives in fear that the next moment may be his last.
We are not so, we need not live to reflect the enemy’s heart. But the One who holds more than minutes out to us every minute. God keeps the future in Heaven, away from the enemy. In so doing, He keeps US hidden in the safety of the moment. Every minute we are in contains the power of God to save – never doubt it! This is our choice in every minute – to doubt or trust. It WILL NOT be taken from us. God will encase that in His bosom – no pearls to swine.
Our ability to choose trust is the greatest gift He gave to us. This is among the many treasures in Heaven – which He stores up ONLY in Heaven, not here on earth. One moments trust floats up to Heaven and that moment is gone here on earth. But in Heaven it never passes away. Doubt, we may keep here on earth, it can not reach the highest Heaven. It can not live there. Trust was made for a place where earthen feet will never tread – only our spirits, souls, hearts – made in the Image of Him who trusted as we, of ourselves outside of His presence, never can, do, or will.
I choose to trust Yeshua ( Jesus ) then I am one with Him in every minute, yes eternity! The hallmarks of trust are:
these are the images we reflect in the Light of Him, always.
My feet touch this orb of earth now, but I trust am always in my heart, with my Father, my Savior and His Spirit – more here, now – than on earth. So when I take my last breath here in this earthen vessel – I will not be moved – I will always be home thanks be to Jesus, by the grace and will of the Father, and the direction moment by moment in the Spirit. What treasures of trust! I am free!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah to you…
Memorial Day has come and gone.
But still I remember… First the One who died for True Freedom. Without which, man would not know even the slightest concept. Jesus, The Messiah, Yeshua.
Second, all those who have given their lives for and in the Spirit and Character of His Name. So that I may live in the light of freedom’s shadow. To choose again, everyday, but now this moment especially…to choose to listen, obey, and know Him more everyday. Or to deafen to the Voice, still crying out in the wilderness, do nothing, becoming more dead and falling farther than that “first fall” – away from my Creator’s heart…and finding no freedom in the land of the living.
Every battle fought and yet being fought for freedom is only given strength by the Blood of the Lamb. It is the cure for the virus of sin. Flowing out from the broken heart of the Father, and what it pours out is Love. I will remember…
Choose you this day, Whom you will serve…
…and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. These words which I Am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and your are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your head, and write them on the door-frames of your house and ln your gates. **Deuteronomy 6:5-9
He who has ears let him hear…
May the grace and peace of the Messiah Yeshua be with you, as you walk with the Spirit to the glory of Himself and the Father.