Thursday, October 13, 2011

One Day Closer To The Kingdom

Well, here I am again.  I haven't written in a long time.  I injured my hand a couple of months ago and have been unable to type.  It's good to be back!

The Lord has been speaking to me lately about a couple of things and I'd like to share them with you. 

For nearly a year our family has been hit, slammed, trodden on, cast down, knocked, beaten up, well, you get the picture.  Consequently there have been many times that we have grown tired and weary.  Yet, what Paul told us in Galatians 6:9 keeps coming back to me:  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." 

I didn't understand.  Why have we been told not to be weary when we undergo so many trials, such heartache, pain and sorrow?  How can we not be weary? 

At the same time the Lord was speaking this to me, he was also consistently bringing to my mind Matthew 24, which says that unless the days be shortened, no flesh would be saved and even the very elect would be decieved.  

I began to comprehend what the Lord wanted me to understand.  I looked up the word decieved in my concordance.  The Hebrew word is planao, or plan-ah'-o; which means to (prop. cause to) roam (from safety, truth, or virtue):--go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way.  I began to see that the reason Paul tells us not to be weary is because we do get weary.  One danger of being weary is this: I'm so tired that I become decieved into thinking that this walk with God is not worth it, not worth going through all the trials and tribulation, the dying to sin and to my own will.  So tired that I want to give up.  Decieved into thinking I can't make it, I just cannot endure til' the end.  This causes me to want to sleep,  (spiritually speaking) slumber and fold my hands.  Just a little.  (Proverbs 24:33) 

I recalled driving down the highway a few weeks ago and being so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.  I kept thinking, "if I could just close my eyes.  Just for a few seconds.  It would be such relief."  Yet, I knew that if I did I would drive off the side of the highway and end up in a wreck.  The Lord showed me it is the same in the spiritual realm.  I began to realize that even just a little sleep, a little slumber and folding of the hands can wreck my spiritual life. 

I am like the souls under the mercy seat crying out from under the altar with a loud voice sayying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true?"  But, "white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season."  (Revelation 6:10-11) 

The Lord also put this song in my heart:

I'm one day closer to the kingdom
That makes everyday a little better than the day before.
I'm one day closer to the kingdom,
I'm one day closer to the shore.

Sometimes I feel like I can't take another step
And I want to stop and rest just a little while.
But something down in my heart makes me want to keep on walking,
Cuz' I'm one day closer every mile.