Sunday, July 16, 2017
Strength In The Struggle
I have said it before and I will say it again, Bro. Jonathan Walker is one of my favorite preachers. Today he had a message from the Lord. The anointing was upon him and I saw a mighty man standing behind the pulpit delivering a word from the Lord today. His message was regarding, "Strength In The Struggle". His main text was taken from Chronicles 32:7-8. There is strength in the struggle. This is no time for the church to get comfortable in Zion. There is a spiritual realm today, we are in a battle of a spiritual war. You must have the full armor of God on. We are not wrestling with each other, we are wrestling against rulers of darkness in this world and wickedness in high places. It's been said, when you are in a new level, you face a new devil. However, greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. We are in the last days and we need to be ready to fight against the spirits of darkness. There is a remnant of people! Do not mistake grace, it's not a get out of jail free card. Grace and Mercy is great, but we also we need teaching too. There was a song that used to be sung in Sunday School. "I'm In The Lord's Army". You can hear it here. Are we in the same army or are we in a pillow fight? Many people think the gospel ship is cruise ship, it's not, it's a battle ship. We signed up to take up our cross and follow Jesus. We are not just in it for the blessings, but we are also going to have times of battle. Light can dispel darkness, it does not co-exist with darkness. We are to be a city set up on a hill. Bro. Walker then referred to the recent lessons by Pastor Davis on being Apostolic, Pentecostal and a Christian. You can not serve two masters and survive. A double minded person is unstable in all ways of life. Why should you halt between two opinions. We don't need fence sitters, we need fire starters. The way of man is right in his own eyes, we rationalize everything, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Jesus knows where we are. If you truly love the Lord, you will be obedient to him and his word. If you are singing it and reading God's word and not obeying it, then what are you doing? Satan is looking for pushovers and God is looking for Pioneers. There must be something in our spirit that says we will not bow when the pressure comes to conform. How can you know God and willingly turn back to bondage? Bro. Walkers' dad has a phrase, "Eagles don't hang out with Turkeys. Both are birds, but one was destined to fly and soar, the other was not". No one wants to be a part of Sodom and Gomorrah, why do they set up camp in the cities near it? Just being near it, they were destroyed too. If you are too close, you will get burned too. Everyone goes through a season of struggle. There are two types. The first is a season you brought upon yourself by your own doing. The other is not directly from a decision you have made in your life. Job is an example of this, however it all worked out for Job's good. Victory starts with the struggle in the battle. If the victory doesn't start in the battle, how can you have the courage to climb the mountain? Strength can come in the midst of your struggle. The pain of all you are going through will help reveal your purpose in this life. There is something that will be birthed. Rejoice in the struggle, the spirit of God will come into your life. God will give you strength to help you get through the season. God is making something out of you during this time. Don't allow the devil to tempt you so much during the struggle that you become depressed. God will give you strength in the struggle. Just as the process of the butterfly. It starts out as a caterpillar that crawls on the ground. It has to go through the struggle of the cocoon before it can emerge as a butterfly, and fly. Researchers wanted to see what happened during the cocoon process. They discovered some butterflies took longer than others to go through the cocoon process. The struggle took longer, but it was necessary for the ink to travel to every part of the wing. If the researches tried to help the butterfly and took out of the cocoon, the butterfly would be fully formed, but not able to fly. Don't resist your season of struggle. If you will trust the Lord and hold his hand through the struggle, God will give you strength and power will come into your life. God will give you strength in the struggle. Bro. Walker mentioned a song that minister to him. You can listen to it here. God is good.