DIFFERENT

Chapter 16

WHEN? THE TIME IS NOW!

Part 1

REDIRECTING PAIN, CASTING OUT FEAR

 

Matthew 7:7-12

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

 

There comes a time in our lives, when the Lord must place us on the battlefield, in the heat of the battle, in hope that we come to better know our weaknesses, while at the same time we come to know our strengths, as well as our worth.

 

 

After He has brought us through the battle, it is never easy to return to that which we've known. There is a disorienting feeling and a feeling of unfamiliarity and displacement. One senses the feeling of no longer knowing where they belong. Although, you may be surrounded by loved ones and perhaps an all too familiar environment you've always called home, a part of you is castaway and trying to find it's way back. You have changed. Experiences have changed you, but, if you  surrender yourself to God, then, you too can change for the better.

 

 

We may return changed by battle scars that have been deeply carved into our flesh, constantly reminding us of the trauma and pain from battle, wounding our hearts again and again. However, these scars also serve to remind us of God's Grace, Mercy, and Love for us. We must not see the scars as only a reminder of pain and sorrow, but, as a reminder that GOD IS and it is HE who has spared us for reasons to live out our purpose. He is able to heal our wounded heart.

 

 

I am often reminded of people who feel that they have no purpose and may even feel that they have become useless. For the benefit of others, we must illuminate the error in this line of thinking. It is a lie that we must dispel to live in Truth.

 

 

GOD DOES NOT CREATE ANYTHING OR ANYONE WITHOUT A PURPOSE.  

 

No one and nothing can label you as useless or a failure. You are born with a purpose. When you are Born Again through God's Holy Spirit, you become One with the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God shines the Light upon the path you should take. He opens and closes doors, and prepares you for the journey to live out your purpose. 


No, it isn't as simple as it sounds, because of our resistance. We must often go through a process of humbling ourselves, surrendering our will, and dying to our flesh to daily live and walk in the spirit. We must abandon our preconceptions, misconceptions, and let go of our unrealistic and self-serving expectations, in order to begin walking by faith and not by sight. Each day and each moment, we must make a conscious effort to choose Holiness and Righteousness. Each day we must choose to be filled with the love of God, and His Holy Spirit. Everyday, we must choose to serve God, alone.


Throughout our journey, our beliefs and faith are tested as our relationship with God is strengthened. At times, we may find ourselves painfully growing and maturing; for to follow Jesus is also to bear His cross and be crucified with Him.  The pain the world inflicts upon us may cause us to become too preoccupied with pain in our lives and the suffering and anguish around us. These distractions prevent us from recognizing the growth that has taken place within us and perhaps, even around us. Like Jesus, our journey involves having a relationship with our Father which will test us and help us to grow and move into the fullness of our purpose. God prepared Jesus. God strengthened Him. God never left Him and He will do the same for us.


Yes, on our journey, we too carry the cross of Jesus. Yet, has Jesus not told us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light? How can  what feels, at times, like the weight of the world upon our shoulders become light and effortless? --Through prayer, humbling ourselves, seeking God's face and His Kingdom; for to grow into one's purpose is to: 

Matthew 7:7(KJV)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:,

God wants to use us to help others, but, we expect that when God opens doors, we will be inundated and showered with blessings and gifts we desire; forgetting that first, God only wants what is best for us. God's best for us is to make us more like Him, where we can love unconditionally. Therefore, He must tear us away from the love of the world and love of the flesh to lead us down the path to Holiness and Righteousness.

 

 

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

We have been purposed, yet, to function within our purpose as GOD would have us function, we must be Holy. This is why most often, people trying to find their purpose are not ready to accept their purpose. Hence, God must allow them to wander in the wilderness and go through the trials and temptations of life. 


Sometimes, after battle, we find ourselves lost and confused and fail to fully set our eyes upon the Kingdom of Heaven. To preserve what we used to know, to preserve what we used to be, we begin to cling to the flesh and earthly things.


We cradle our pain and keep it close to us, not wanting to let it go. In our mind, we believe that being in pain is the only way to deal with the bad memories and trauma. The hurt and pain has been imprinted in our minds along with the memories as a natural reaction. Yet, can our mind, body, and spirit sustain this reaction? What affect does it have on our mental, physical, and spiritual health?


When you possess and rest in the Mind of Christ, those painful memories are replaced with peace, understanding, and love. Christ is our peace. He and God's Holy Spirit give us understanding and love. When we understand that God allowed the pain and brought us through the pain, we can understand that He can take the pain away.

 

 

PAIN AND FEAR

 

Pain goes hand in hand with fear. We continue to have pain in our hearts because of what we fear. Perfect Love casts out fear. God is Perfect Love (Unconditional Love).

 

As Jesus went through the agony of the cross, He asked His Father to forgive those who had condemned Him, because He possessed Perfect Love, God's love. --Love that understands and forgives, thereby, letting go of pain and having cast out fear.

 

Darkness uses pain to trick our minds into believing we are still hurting from what happened to us and goes as far as to make us believe it is still happening, or, it will happen again. Who will you believe, my friends? Will you believe God who can cast out darkness and bring peace, comfort, and Light? --Or will darkness become your friend, helping you to remain in fear and pain?

1 John 4:18 (KJV)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

Knowing that God did not bring us this far just to leave us, as He never ceases to watch over our going out and coming in, we must realize that He is still in control. The disorienting feelings we have from time to time, come from our unrealistic expectations and belief that we must have complete control over our life. The inconsistencies that we encounter, stem from our unrealistic expectations and unreasonable rationale that our life, our heart and mind must  remain in our comfort zone. This being so, we hinder ourselves and allow our minds to be filled with doubt, fear, and insecurity, causing us to stray from the path of Holiness and Righteousness. 


If we are to thwart the evils of the world and conquer the world and Jesus did, then we must fill our hearts and minds with that which evil cannot withstand---The Word of God and God's Holy Ghost, who come to live within us, when we are Born Again.

 

Yes, the yoke can be easy and the burden light. It depends upon us. Shall we continue to brood and complain in self, grieving the Holy Spirit and forsaking our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus?

 

It is within our resistance to Holiness, where our dark experiences and earth-shattering horrors, having created unholy images, or an  unrecognizable part of ourselves,  can lead us to try to hide them or bury them deep within the shadows of our mind, instead of giving them to God. Our trials and tribulations cannot be separated from us. The memories remain. We have lived them and they are part of us, but, they do not define us or our purpose. 

When we let negative things define and control us, it is then that we start to carry extra weight, mentally, physically, and spiritually.


Jesus told His disciples to wipe their feet and move on when they encountered adversity. In other words, "Cleanse yourself of this darkness for you have work to do." There is a much broader spectrum you must see, a picture that connects us all together. All of these experiences are brought to light within the tie that binds us to God.

 

Still, man is used to taking his life into his own hands, which is why we struggle; why we feel overwhelmed, weighed down, and burdened. We refuse to see that everything we experience relates back to God. God allowed it. God ordained it. God sanctioned it. However, the end result is always the glorification of God and His Kingdom. These things that stand in our way and try to obstruct our purpose are a culmination of things, circumstances, heavy burdens, trials and temptations that God turns into good that shall endure forever! Jesus's suffering, death, and resurrection glorified God!

Think about it. You have endured because of God! Your pain and suffering are not in vain, if you allow them to give God Glory!

 

If we allow God to take the load off of our shoulders, if we wipe our feet and move on, having been cleansed by His Word and comforted by His Grace, which is sufficientthen....then His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

 

 

Although darkness falls upon us, there is an eternal shining Light which God invites us to be a part of, so that our living (pain, sickness, grieving, suffering, agony, happiness, joy, love, giving, sharing, caring, etc.) will not be in vain. We may carry guilt, shame, fear, disgust, frustration, feelings of worthlessness, or, hatred from the things we have done while covered in darkness with an unclean heart, or, while commissioned to fight the enemy. These are the unseen scars that only by abiding in Jesus can we be healed and cleansed, having sin and darkness washed away; for again I must say, He is our peace. By the cleansing power of His blood, we are made free from sin.

 

When we take on the weight of the world, from hatred, lies, abuse, drugs, violence, corruption, disease, etc., we aide Satan in defeating our purpose. We must focus on what God has told us to do during our time upon this earth. Humbly, do as much good in the world as we are able to do, within the will of God, without expecting reward, recognition, or expecting things to change to satisfy our desires.

 

 
 

If you feel you can no longer do good in the world or that all is hopeless and despair, then you fail to acknowledge and accept the power of God, because you are consumed and distracted by fear and pain. If you feel you are unworthy of Him or that He has abandoned you, then, your fear and pain reveal that you are still putting yourself above God, by believing to know better and more than God, Himself. God loves unconditionally. Your fractured heart needs His Love to heal.

 

Who will call God a liar, when He has said that He will never leave us or forsake us; when He wishes no one to perish; and when He so loved the world that He sacrificed His only begotten Son, so that we may be saved from sin to have abundant life and life everlasting? Again, the answer to man's confusion is to humble himself and surrender all to God.

 

WHEN? THE TIME IS NOW!

 

 

 

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Related Scripture

 

 

John 16:32 (KJV)

Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

 

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Revelation 14:15 (KJV)

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

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Matthew 7 (KJV)

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

 

 

 

Published by Mishael T