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Strategic Foe, Strategic God, part III

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Yes and Amen!

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (II Corinthians 1:20, NKJV).”

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:17-18, NAS).”

Though we are pressed on every side, though we experience sorrows and disappointments of various kinds, we will not be distressed because we know we are one with a God who will not be mocked. God’s wisdom as stated in James 3 allows us to remain at peace in the innermost part of our being. I heard such peace likened unto a deep well. The various storms such as hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and blizzards will cause ripples, even waves, at the top of the well’s water, but in it’s deepest part, its core, it knows nothing of the storm.

The heart of the well is the same as our peace that passes all understanding. Though the storms of life cause topical tossing and turning, turbulence and wounds, our spirit, our inner man, remains undisturbed. Knowing the nature of our amazing God and walking in His wisdom allows such untouchable peace.

From the beginning, God strategically planned every move He made from materializing the physical from the spiritual, creating Lucifer knowing he would defect, creating Adam and Eve knowing they would fall prey to temptation, all the way to your present situation and beyond. He knows who will die young, who will faithfully remain in the Vine, who will fall away like an exposed seed in the hot sun, and who will flourish in the Earth expanding the Kingdom of God through faith and obedience.

God’s strategy is for you to know His plans through knowing His heart for (the opposite of against) you. You may not always know specifically what He’s doing, but you can trust that, whatever it is, no matter how difficult the situation, He is for you, always and forever. Operating in God’s wisdom will always conquer fiery black hole experiences no matter the external damage they may inflict. Stand in the promises in the evil day and, having done all, stand (Ephesians 6:13). This is core (Spirit to spirit) instruction. God’s heavenly wisdom is a crucial element in the armor of God. His promises are YES and AMEN!

Navigating the Fiery Black Holes of Life, chp 2, part 3

to be released fall of 2016

Alexys V. Wolf, author

www.thefierysword.com

thefierysword@windstream.net

 

Suffering: Black Hole Experiences

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“…exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-6 (NAS)

 “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (James 1:12, NAS).”

 Definition of Exult: to rejoice greatly; be jubilant or triumphant

Definition of Black hole: a region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape

 There is no one exempt from having what I loving call black hole experiences. Black holes of life can be in conjunction with money, family, friends, enemies, death, illness, addictions; international, national, state, county, city and neighborhood governmental issues and countless others. All too often these black hole experiences cause one to miss God, deny God, turn away from God, or on the contrary, cause someone to dive right into the very heart of God. The latter, which is God’s intention, are people who have sought and experienced the hand of God in the worst of the worst times of life. Because the world’s system is under Satan’s corrupt management, these black holes come in different forms in different stages throughout life.

The only genuine resolve anyone can have during these times is surrendering to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. In such surrender, God is readily able and willing to turn what Satan meant for evil into good. The only requirement for God to turn evil to good is to love Him. Of course, to truly love Him, you will believe, submit, repent, be baptized in the Spirit and obey the Spirit of God. Simple enough, eh? Yet, in this simply stated command of God to love Him, we miss it time and time and time again; hence, many are decimated or nearly so under the weight of earthly conundrums.

God instructs His bride to “exult in tribulation” as stated in Romans but this does not mean that we are to conjure tribulations for the sake of tribulations, extend trials to appear humble or godly, revel in them as though we are godlier because of them, milk them for sympathy or attention, or reject times of solitude and calm. The way to rejoice greatly in suffering is to trust with absolute faith that, as we walk in accordance to the will of God, the Lord will be honored and glorified when He shows Himself mightier than the situation. With His glory manifesting, you will also benefit; it’s a guarantee. Yeshua (restorer) promises to turn everything Satan means against you for evil into good if you love Him.

The “love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” section that is reiterated throughout the whole of the Bible is not optional; such love for God causes obedience through love instead of law. In order for His promises to be perpetually active in your life, you must purpose to love Him; this is not the same as living according to staunch law as your motivation to do what is right. Both Romans and James above notate this fact: reciprocating God’s love is key. The entirety of the Word of God and this book center around love: God first loving us and, in return, through reciprocated love toward God, we are to surrender ourselves as dead so as to receive His life of eternal love. In such submission, Jesus becomes our life and He will always be obedient to the Father and at peace just as He was in the boat during the terrible storm.

 We are to rejoice in trials (not enjoy) by fully trusting God and, in that unwavering faith, God will be glorified and your trial will turn into something far greater than what you knew prior. Trials are to build endurance, perseverance and hope in the King and His kingdom, yet most just want God to get us out ASAP never considering the Kingdom ramifications of getting out too quickly as the lesson is not yet or not fully learned. The Lord will allow some “thorns in your side” to remain throughout your lifetime and others but for a brief period. Either way, all trials are supposed to be teaching tools so as to lead you into deeper levels of humility and refine you so that Holy Spirit becomes your only resource versus any self-reliance. I know people on both ends of the proverbial spectrum:

 

  1. Those in Christ who think that all life is to be filled with tragedy and trials because they think it makes them “closer to God.”
  2. Those who reject all suffering; they won’t even speak the Scriptures pertaining to suffering because everything should be “fixed” the moment they bind it away in the name of Jesus.

 

From everything I’ve read in the Word, seen and experienced, neither is correct. There must be balance in everything as there is a season for everything. Seek God’s heart, wisdom, revelation, and understanding of how to properly apply His Word and you’ll find balance. Most assuredly, it takes the entirety of this brief life to come into perfect balance.

As for the former, it leaves one missing the blessing of true peace because, in the calm, they’re panicked that they must be in sin since no trial is present, therefore they seek one. True peace is not about circumstances, but trusting God no matter the circumstances.

 With the latter, it leaves one missing deeper levels of humility because trials do indeed humble a person. When these folks have one, they always look only for the “why me” or “what have I done wrong?” They tend to drive themselves to madness when things don’t “fix” promptly. It perpetuates either pride in assuming, “it must be Satan attacking me because I’m in the right,” or condemnation because, “I must be doing something wrong.”

 Both groups lead people to fall away from the Lord or to stay constantly frustrated since no one wants perpetual trials and no one in this fallen world can live up to never having a trial. Rejoice, ladies and gentlemen of God, rejoice in the Lord, our Sovereign! In your black hole experiences, it is definitely prudent to seek God’s face to reveal the “why” of it. If you are in sin, stop, repent, and go and sin no more. If it’s demonic, take authority over the demon(s) in the name of Jesus. If it’s a thorn in your side that God will not remove, come to terms with it, allow God to utilize it for the good of the Kingdom of Heaven, and be at peace instead of angry at God. He always has a better plan. No matter the root of your testing, until God reveals it, rest and trust Him knowing that the grace of God is upon the obedient and those who love Him. God is faithful always.

 Chapter 1, Navigating the Black Holes of Life

Alexys V. Wolf

http://www.thefierysword.com

Joy and Gladness, part III

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I have you in my heart…how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus…I pray that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment…TO WRITE THE SAME THINGS AGAIN IS NO TROUBLE TO ME…(Philippians 1:7, 8, 9; 2:20, 26; 3:1; 4:1, 17, NAS)

May I plainly state that this is difficult – the whole “do not speak against one another”? However, when I really begin to understand how God operates in love at all times, you and I will be better equipped spiritually to administer the Word of God without a judgmental or impatient spirit. We must all begin seeing ourselves for just how lowly and forgiven we are personally. It is when we have an opinion of ourselves that is higher than it ought to be that we begin to judge others and grow weary and impatient. I heard a saying while ministering in prison: I’m no one’s judge since I haven’t a heaven or hell to place them. What a simple and brilliant thing to say and understand!

Jesus and His true followers who have gone on before us delivering the message of the Kingdom of God were simply called to walk in and reveal love and truth to the people. Their job was not to force people to get it. Some will receive and some will not. Our concern should not be the outcome, but rather we conduct ourselves in obedience in love. This way, our level of joy will not so easily fluctuate. Our joy will be grounded completely in the Instructor instead the instruction or the instructed and their reception or rejection of it.

What I mean is that, often times, when a person is obedient in speaking a word from the Lord with joy and zeal and a person receives, we rejoice as if we ourselves have accomplished something. Our zeal is through the roof! On the other hand, when a person is obedient to speak a word from God and a person rejects the word, the level of joy plummets to sub-zero. We seem to take it personally as though they have rejected us, when in fact they have rejected God. Our level of joy should not be moved either way. Happiness is emotional and it comes and goes due to circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is based on faith in who God is and not what goes on around us. The outcome of how people respond for or against us not our concern – it is God’s alone.

Jesus and those who imitated Him walked in pure, joyous love, which kept them balanced; although this does not mean they were necessarily “happy” in every circumstance. Paul said he repeated the word as many times as necessary so that the people would be safeguarded; his concern was for the people and their walk with Yahweh. When we get angry when others don’t receive the word of God we’ve delivered, it is pride in us that brings the irritation. It is us having the poor attitude that they should do as we say, and if they don’t, they aren’t as good as we.

Maintain humility, and our only goal will be to deliver the Word whether people receive or not. We are to keep our eye on being obedient to glorifying Christ. True love does not puff itself. True love is always humble and courteous.

 

“Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins” (Lamentations 3:39, NAS).

 “Do all things without grumbling and complaining” (Philippians 2:14, NAS).

Love, peace, blessings, and Merry Christmas!

Alexys V. Wolf

www.thefierysword.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251

https://thefierysword.wordpress.com/

Joy and Gladness, Part II

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I have you in my heart…how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus…I pray that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment…who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare…longing for you all…TO WRITE THE SAME THINGS AGAIN IS NO TROUBLE TO ME…my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown…not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. (Philippians 1:7, 8, 9; 2:20, 26; 3:1; 4:1, 17, NAS)

Paul’s objective was always that God be glorified, and that the people were able to grow in Christ. When the people sent him a gift, he was glad simply because it would go to their spiritual account, not for his own selfish gain. He patiently delivered the Word of God repeating himself as necessary. Because Paul’s focus was that of the Kingdom of God, he was supernaturally equipped to be selflessness, hence maintaining joy as well as persuading others to rejoice in all things. It was this very joy that strengthened him in his endeavors. The whole book of Philippians reveals Paul’s continuous joy.

Paul did not allow adversity of life and ministry or the shortcomings of others to rob him of his joy. He understood the very nature and heart of God. As he was forgiven much, he was able to see through the eye of forgiveness and extend it perpetually toward others. God not only spared Paul’s life after he had tormented and killed God’s people, but God went further and anointed Paul to speak for Him! This confounded both the godly and the ungodly revealing that God not only forgives all, but that anyone can receive such forgiveness as well as become anything God desires of them without limitation! Simply astounding is the heart of God –how could any of us not rejoice always? Likewise, how could anyone forgiven so much ever turn and complain against someone else in their frailties and failures?

“Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor” (James 2:11-12, NAS).

May I plainly state that this is difficult – the whole “do not speak against one another”? I know for me that I can do really well with that until a person or group of people seriously push me repeatedly. However, when I remind myself of how God operates in love at all times, I am better equipped spiritually to administer the Word of God without a judgmental, critical, irritated or impatient spirit. We must all begin seeing ourselves for just how lowly and forgiven we are personally. It is when we have an opinion of ourselves that is higher than it ought to be that we begin to judge others and grow weary and impatient.

“Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins” (Lamentations 3:39, NAS).

“Do all things without grumbling and complaining” (Philippians 2:14, NAS).

Hope you’ll stay tuned for the continuation of this topic of joy and gladness!

Love, peace, and blessings!

Alexys V. Wolf

http://www.thefierysword.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fiery-Sword-Global-Ministries/185299884822251
https://thefierysword.wordpress.com/