Thursday, June 9, 2016

The End of Struggle

UV 1778/10000 The End of Struggle
Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
2 Samuel 7 v 10

Struggles are inevitable in life. We struggle to be born, struggle to grow, struggle to mature, struggle to be re-born in the spirit, struggle to bear fruit for the glory of God. But in all our struggles, we are assured of victory as the Lord is with us. The struggles that are due to our separation from God due to sin and rebellion will cease. The Lord has appointed a place and time for us to live, to work and to flourish. He has planted us as a gardener plants a precious sapling. He has watered us daily with His blessings and enabled us to grow to our full potential. He has endowed us with a place of our own and put a strong fencing around us. Our foes, the children of wickedness cannot launch their predatory attacks on us.

The uni-verse is a wonderful promise as we are assured of a place of our own where we can dwell undisturbed. Since the sovereign Lord has planted us there, no one can uproot us, no one can displace us. We have complete security and assurance of protection, provision and salvation. We will be enabled to grow to our full potential. The reference to children of wickedness is an indication that the Lord values our character over our abilities or our achievements. The Holy Spirit will enable us to manifest love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, faithfulness and self control for these are the marks or distinguishing characteristics of the children of light, the children of God. Love joins us to others, joy lifts up our spirits, peace anchors us, patience strengthens us from within. Kindness and goodness enables us to do good deeds for the glory of God. Humility keeps us from becoming spiritually proud or feel superior. Faithfulness equips us to remain true to our commitment to the Lord at all times, in good times and bad. Self control that comes from a surrender of all our faculties to the Holy Spirit prevents us from crossing the line and from yielding to our former lusts.

The world is divided into children of light and children of darkness, children of God and the children of the enemy, children begotten supernaturally by the word of truth of the gospel and children begotten naturally, the children of righteousness and the children of wickedness. The latter cannot oppress or suppress the former and prevent them from reaching their potential and fulfilling their eternal purpose. The Lord pits His strength on the side of the righteous, those who fear as well as love Him for His justice and mercy. This is a promise not only to the people of Israel but all those who are grafted onto Israel by faith in Jesus. We win not by might or by power but by the spirit of the Lord.

Prateep V Philip

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