“Tried, True and Tested”

Tried, true and tested; may this be your testimony! It may not be very pleasant. I can see that. Your hope may have been deferred or delayed but it is not over for you. The heart can grow weary. You may feel that going on is beginning to feel nearly impossible. Will you in faith dare to believe God?

In order to fulfill the story God has wrote and designed for you and I to walk out has required a season or seasons of preparation. Has it seemed difficult and quite challenging for months or perhaps even years?

I assure you you that you are not done nor are you alone. Your season of captivity that may have isolated you is coming to an end.

God desires to reassure us that “according to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a “living hope” through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” There is a process by which we must be resurrected from dead works in our lives; where in a sense He removes the “dead wood” and prunes us back so that new growth can come forth.

Some things must die in order for some things new to come forth. Why is this process so necessary?

You are being kept for an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you. This inheritance is not for after you physically die, but rather it is a season you are are about to or are are coming into.

“Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5) Yes, in the last days which we are certainly in.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. His revealing can come through necessary suffering of trial and process.

There are seasons you had to go through in order to become who God called you to be.
You must be strengthened for the times that are yet to come. Perhaps you may be one who has been permitted to be sifted as wheat by the adversary. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Seasons begin, endure and then they come to an end. This is a process of obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9) As you persevere and come through, then strengthen your brothers and sisters. Like precious faith multiplies into the greatest of reward. Be not weary in it! As you are strengthened, stand for the one to your left and to your right.

Now we enter a time of the removal of things that are shaken; that is, things that have been made, in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Yes, let us be grateful. Tried, true and tested. Prepared and purified. A process of perseverance.

Jesus is the same; yesterday, today and forever. We are to be in his likeness. We were created in his likeness. A divine weaving of Eternal fabric. It is time to let go of the temporal elements in our lives to make way for the the lasting and the remaining which comes through the fire. Remember what you are made of. Royal descent. A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession that you may proclaim and exhibit His excellence.

Are you keeping his Word alive within you? Whoever keeps his Word, in Him is the love of God perfected. If the love of God is being perfected in you then you will be “like him” for you will see him as He is. Seeing through eyes of faith His Promise; His Word received and engraved into your very being.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2,3) Maranatha, even so come Lord Jesus!

Without God’s active presence in your process, life will steal your true identity; who God says that you are. There is no battle that you find yourself in the midst of that you cannot be restored from. God creates always through His Word being spoken. He is speaking you into existence by His design. The breath of God is breathing new life into you through your wilderness or desert experience. Speak His Word as you receive it. “The shaking” is the process of the coming coming together of the tried, true and tested. Yes, you and I are to “live again”. You are a manifest Word of God! It is necessary to walk in our true identity then.

Are you truly “all in” when it comes to having received the work Jesus did at the Cross for you and I? Then rejoice that your name is written in heaven! Be exceedingly glad because He overcame this world already. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. Be true to your identity in Christ.

At The Father’s Table

If you are hungry then you eat that which has substance and it goes a long way. You eat that which will stay with you so that you may remain steadfast and endure the patience of accomplishing the work at hand.

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:27)

“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answers this, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Jesus said many a time that had meat to eat that was not understood among most. His meat was to do the will of the Father. So do what the Father shows you He is doing.

Does this sound too simple that it’s message is overlooked, passed over or simply dismissed? So we go looking for a sign to affirm. Wait a moment. Go back, for the already provided is the way, truth and life. (See John 14:26)

“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
(John 6;33)

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Seeing the unseen is unto Eternal value. By faith, are you rescued and secured through the grace of God. This is the gift of God, not of any work or effort of your own. Grasping and clinging to the temporal will not last as in it you grow weary and your strength does not get you to your destination.

Jesus said “all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. That which is Eternal is never lost.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

Jesus continues; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

“It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has actually seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. (Jesus)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.

Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Who came from God and became flesh and dwelt among men? Only one, that being Jesus. Who created the heavens and the earth? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

The Eternal living Words of God are the substance by which all things consist. This is Eternal substance. “For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:17)

Jesus states, “Whoever feeds on my substance and drinks from that which is secured in and by my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my substance is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my substance and drinks of my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.”
(John 6:63)

You have a standing invitation to the Father’s table. From what are you partaking in life?