Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Theif and the Servant

Not much as changed since I wrote this fall of 2009. Life has gotten busy with my four precious girls. I've been yearning to write for some time now but the quiet moments are few. I've been in Revelation since the fall and it has been hard to find the time to write. I've missed my moments on the blog and hope to have more time to write in the weeks to come.
I've been holding onto every moment with Jocelyn, knowing how fast the infant stage goes by, while managing the lives of an 8, 6, and 4 year old. I'm not organized so this can be quite challenging at times. My girls are fun and loud. The Lord did not bless me with wallflowers.
Our house is loud and more often than I would like to admit, chaotic. We are the family that doesn't sneak in anywhere and most of the time, someone is missing a jacket or a shoe. Thank goodness Jocelyn doesn't wear shoes. Check her out. She looks like an angel but screams like a banshee. She is one spunky monkey, following in the footsteps of our Gray.

I want to re post this due to the continuing signs of His glorious appearing. It brings my heart joy to hear from you and to read your blogs. I can not tell you how my heart swells at the thought of meeting each one of you one day in the eternal Kingdom where our Christ will reign. He Was and Is and Is to come. From Everlasting and to Everlasting, He reigns.

It's been awhile, hasn't it? Life has gotten busy and in the midst of the busyness I have lost my footing and focus. I've allowed everyday life to soak up my creativity and steal away precious moments with my God. Life has gotten louder and in the brief moments of silence my fears have screamed at me.
I've been honest with you in previous posts that I struggle with fear. A fear of things unseen. I've also mentioned in the post, Fear of Things Unseen, that fear is a form of worship, for what we fear will be what we will eventually bow down to. If it is a fear of the spirit world, I will give the enemy power over my life that is not due him. And if I'm fearing all the evil in the world than I am in fact denying that, He who lives in me is greater than he who is in the world, I am worshiping and giving power to the enemy of the Living God.
If it's fear of pain, which I also struggle, then I will keep myself from situations that will result in me feeling uncomfortable or pain. I will build up a wall around my heart to keep from feeling anything at all. I am praying about writing more about this in the weeks to come in a post entitled, Tearing Down the Walls.
I want to share with you what I have been wrestling with so that you can be encouraged to stand firm on the promises of God in the midst of all we see taking place within our country and in the world. I personally feel a sense of urgency and a call to repentance. I believe our Salvation is about to break forth like the dawn but just as the darkest hour of night is right before dawn, I feel like our darkest hour is yet to come.
As believers in Christ, there are three things I believe we need to be praying for as we see the signs of His coming, these signs are recording in Matthew 24.
First of all, we need to be praying for strength to endure the darkest hour of night. Secondly, that we will not fear man but will fear God. Third, for the persecuted church around the world. I personally feel the need to be diligent in praying against the temptation of allowing my spiritual house to be broken into by the philosophies and distractions of the world. The darkest hour of the night will bring with it distractions and temptations. It is my prayer that when the thief comes I will be found faithful and sensible. For Jesus' words in Matthew 24:42-46 are to both the expecting and the unsuspecting servants, "Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes."
What is the coming of Christ compared to? The coming of Christ is compared to a thief that comes in the night. A thief that comes to the expecting and the unsuspecting. A thief that comes in the darkest hour of night when mockers are mocking and following after their own lusts. 2 Peter 3:3. An hour when the faithful are working and watching for His glorious appearing.
Who is the faithful servant? The faithful servant, according to Jesus, is the servant who is watching and waiting. A servant whom is feeding the household of God with spiritual food and nourishment. It is also the servant who goes into the dark places and allows the Lord's brilliant light of Salvation to break forth like the dawn to people who are walking in darkness. We must have a heart to bring the light of the world into the dark places of humanity and not be ashamed of the gospel and of Him who opens eyes that are blind and ears so that they can hear. It is only in the name of Jesus that the light breaks forth like the dawn. It is during the darkest hour of night that our light shines the brightest. It is the light of Christ that exposes sin for the sake of freedom and brings people out of the darkness and into His glorious light.
I'm watching and waiting...

1 comment:

Emily Clark said...

Amen, sister.

Have you heard of Beni Johnson (from Bethel church in Redding, CA)?
She wrote a book, the happy intercessor, that i'm currently reading.
I'd like to send it to you, if you haven't already enjoyed it.:)