“Lord, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.”
Psalms 141:1-4 NKJV
Fear and trembling
I am in a time of preparation. As this world progresses toward those things to come, I find it of great urgency to be ready. We are in a time when one cannot take for granted what a given day may hold. Each one comes with opportunities and potential disasters, as the evil one is on the move and is doing everything he can to bring about the destruction of the testimonies of the people of God.
I read Psalm 141 as a cry from my heart this morning. Even in my relative seclusion, I feel the pressure, as the evil one pushes against me, buffeting my mind with negative feelings and memories of past deeds. As an intercessor, I am under great oppression, and am thankful for those knowing prayer partners who regularly lift me up.
It has become easier for me to run to the Lord, as I work out my salvation, or sanctification, with fear and trembling. I am acutely aware that each conversation I have in the world has eternal implications. I must always remember that I am an ambassador of Jesus, a liaison between earth and Heaven.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
Ephesians 4:29-30 NKJV
As a follower of Jesus, I am set apart from the world, secluded by Spirit, with values that do not reflect those of the flesh. I am to be in the world, but not of the world. Likewise, I must by my actions, testify to the power and sovereignty of God to accomplish the supernatural. The tendency for the natural man is to resort to earth bound methods to deal with issues, but we are called to believe in higher things as the disciples of Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, we are nearing the zero hour, when the Lord will return and complete the work He started at His first coming. Jesus came to earth and laid aside His glory to take on human flesh. He paid the ultimate price that we be saved. It is on us to show great reverence for what was done on our behalf. Our attitude toward God, His word and the mission He has given us should be of utmost importance.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV
In the days to come, it will be essential that each of us be about the edification of the saints. Let us build each other up, yet, let us also hold each other accountable, offering gentle correction as needed. In being corrected, let us have a heart made humble, receiving all with grace.
“Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.”
Psalms 141:5 NKJV
As we are corrected, we are further transformed to become effective witnesses of the glory of God, and bright lights standing in increasing darkness. Souls needing salvation are plentiful, and time is quickly passing. Let us seek to be the best we can be, representing Jesus, bringing His love and grace to people who have been so damaged by the sin of this world.
Let us strive for the best finish, as the people of God, made perfect, or mature, pressing on. Even in eternity there is a higher calling for the follower of Jesus, who shedding the things of this world, embraces every great promise on God. Let us have the heart of Paul:
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV
Have a Fabulous Friday!