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Deliverance from all Terror is God’s Gift to You

God is thinking of you. The question I have for you is, “Are you thinking of Him?” Ecclesiastes 3:11b NLT says, “God has planted eternity in the human heart…” To speed this along a little bit, I’d like to share with you that God says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

In contrast to this, 1Thessalonians 5:3 says, “For when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them as, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” By this we can see that there is an imaginary peace and also an abuse of peace but we have the Prince of Peace in our life. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee.”

As I have mentioned elsewhere, I recently went through a very stressful and difficult time. I did not think it would ever end but God sent His word and healed me. It was this simple. I heard a sermon where the speaker (Matthew Hagee) said if we are going through a difficult and stressful time we are looking at the wrong thing.

Jim Durkin who headed up Gospel Outreach once said in a sermon, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Jonah 2:8) We all sat there wondering what that meant until he told us that in this case lying vanities facing Jonah, who was swallowed by a big fish, consisted of the seaweed and the vomit, digestive gases and the stench inside the fish’s stomach. In general the lying vanities means our focusing on our circumstances instead of being in the Spirit.

We weren’t made to focus on lying vanities. We were made to give thanks continually. We were created to enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. (Psalms 100:4a) We are instructed to, “Rejoice evermore,” and we must walk in the Spirit and be led of the Spirit if we are going to do that. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6) Many translations say the mind set on the spirit is peace.

When one of these shakings hits your life you may think that peace is promised to Christ’s followers, therefore somehow you must have gotten out of the will of God but unless you know you have committed some terrible sin of omission or commission, the chances are you are doing finer than you thought and look at this promise of God. In Isaiah 9:7a, the scripture records, “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” No end! Isaiah 26:12 says, “Lord, thou will ordain peace for us: for thou also has wrought all our works in us.” If you keep your eyes on God, peace will overtake you with its companion joy because as the New American Standard says, “Lord, you will establish peace for us, since you have also performed for us all our works.” He is the Prince of Peace. If we have sinned God says in Isaiah 48:18 in God’s Word translation, “If only you had listened to my commands! Your peace would be like a river that never runs dry. Your righteousness would be like waves on the sea.” 1John 2:1 tells us, “My little children, these things write I unto you that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1John 5:16b in God’s Word Translation says, “There is a sin that leads to death. I’m not telling you to pray about that.”

God knows where practicing a life of sin may lead and sometimes He sees it necessary to remove sinning Christians from the earth. This does not necessarily indicate they have lost their salvation even though he had to remove them. If a sinning Christian doesn’t repent God knows what He must do. Death isn’t the end of something it’s the beginning. Jesus said, “O grave where is your victory, O death where is your sting.” (1Corinthians 15:55) Paul knows what he is talking about because the one he followed changed his life after Jesus had risen from the dead.

If you are an Avatar follower you will see how the bible exceeds that movie’s expectations. Not only are we getting a new body but we were made for that new body, this one is only our momentary body. Death is a process that brings us to our heavenly body. 2Corinthians 5:4-5 says, “While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sign, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this very thing and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.”

Think of this, we were made for these eternal bodies. Death doesn’t really have a lot of control once we get our new bodies. God doesn’t look at death at all the way we do. Once I was afraid of getting immunizing shots because it seemed like it hurt too much. Then one day I discovered that it was just a little sting. But death doesn’t even have that kind of a punch. Look at what the angel said when the angels came to announce the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds that watched their flocks by night. “And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.’” Fear is the opposite of faith and without faith it is impossible to please God. We must believe that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) The question here is do you actually know that God exists? He is the God who dwells in great glory. This means great manifestation. Until God has revealed Himself to you, you can’t say that you know that God exists. No man can come to God unless the spirit draws him so it is a matter of God choosing you, not you choosing God, but reading the scripture can help you to enter the process of being drawn. There is no one who God does not love enough to fail to draw if only they will listen, if only they will open their eyes spiritually and have thusly “eyes to see and ears to hear.”

We may see death as an unnecessary and fearful thing but God sees it partially as merely a change of houses from temporary to permanent, from one who waits for to see an open door to one who makes a door where there isn’t any. (John 20:19)

If God does not restore your peace most likely this is because you have chosen to stay focused on the material, carnal and visible world instead of eternity, but before you consider either praying to have your peace restored and your focus turned to things that are eternal i.e. the spirit or death (one or the other), you need to realize that what you’re going through may be merely the trial of your faith. We have gone through the importance of keeping our mind and our focus set on the spirit. We have gone through the transition of death and putting on our new bodies and enjoying heaven itself. Now we must look at the possibility that our trauma and terror is caused by the testing of our faith.

Would God do such a thing? The answer is most certainly yes. Here are a few verses which exemplify the use of the word “prove” in the scriptures and the fact that God does try us and prove us which is one of the reasons he left the children of Israel to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. They are: Exodus 16:4, 20:20; Deuteronomy 8:2; Psalms 26:2; John 6:6; 2Corinthians 8:8; 1Thessolonians 5:21. The Old Testament meaning of “prove” is “to test.” And the New Testament verses containing “prove” mean the same.

These are some of the situations where we looked up “try:” Judges 7:4; 2Chronicles 32:21; Psalms 11:4, 26:2, 139:23; Jeremiah 6:27, 9:7, 17:10; Zechariah 13:9; 1Corinthians 3:13.The word “try” in the Old Testament cases mean either “to test” or “to refine. In the New Testament it means “to test” or “to approve.”

There is a great deal of literature having to do with this action of God on humankind. So much so, in fact, that 1Peter 4:12 cautions and advises us to, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you.” So you can conclude that either God is transitioning you about which Paul says, “I am in a strait between two (living and dying), having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; which is far better or to abide in the flesh which is more needful for you.” (Philippians 1:23) Sometimes this testing involves suffering, real or imagined. Jesus says in Romans 8:17, “And if children, (we be) then heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”

So, we are neither children of God or manifested sons of God if we do not accept suffering. In order to be manifested (glorified) with Him we must also embrace suffering with Him. This does not mean any of us will like suffering. In fact the very word implies that we won’t like it at all. We need to do those things which please God and glorify Him and not necessarily the things which we enjoy and glorify us. Sometimes these things also require suffering. I recently read a communication from a young lady stating that she would not tolerate suffering. I felt very sad for her. God destroyed the Harlot of Babylon in Revelation 18 because she loved sales people and stuff too much, she loved fascination with drugs which the bible calls sorcery and she loved comfort over what matters. (Revelation 18:3,7,9)

I have nothing to boast about but a testimony. My test was most frightening and seemingly enduring and there is no guarantee that it is over yet but the terrible part of it is in the past, because Jesus was satisfied that God has control of my heart and He turned it which ever way He would. God be thanked at the bottom of me was a river flowing peaceably. I have found as I watch the next generation that the reason that many of Jesus’ followers end their letters or begin them with the words “Peace and Mercy” or “Mercy and Peace” ensure us of what is in our spirit when it is joined to the Lord for they that are joined to the Lord are one spirit.

It seems that God wishes not only to hear our confession and our testimony but also to show us any evidence that what we say is what we do and to demonstrate such to Him although He can see the future. Psalms 57:2 says, “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performs all things for me.” All I can say is that God be thanked and that “Great peace have they which love thy precept: and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalms 119:165)

Finally, you might acknowledge that you don’t have all the wisdom and knowledge needed and it is simply a practical error and not a spiritual one that is plaguing your life. I went blind a few years ago and suddenly so. My balance is no good because of this. To begin farming I bought a tractor and the complimentary equipment not knowing that my farmer neighbors knew how to work on their tractor and farm machinery. People that I know that owned yachts called them a hole in the water into which you throw money. I discovered a farmer cannot afford to have machinery and a tractor they cannot work on themselves, therefore, I suffered that experience out of ignorance because I am not a mechanic. Such cases as mine may have nothing to do with spiritual matters, but are merely lessons in living practically in this earth. In any case you who are troubled, rest in the Lord whether you live, die, are being tested or have temporarily focused on the circumstances instead of Jesus Christ our solution. (2Thessalonians 1:7)

Peace be with you that are in Christ Jesus. David Prather, Your brother in Christ.

 

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