Walking in Fullness is Not Pain Free by Jorge Parrott
- Aug 01, 2006
Walking In Fullness Is Not Pain Free
by Jorge Par rott
May these words be an encouragement to you. Paul wrote in Ephesians 3, "to
make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery." In earlier times, Truth
was more of a mystery than today. Today, we have the mystery of often
feeling like failing Christians, tired and worn down by life in the fast
lane. Too often, we go too fast, unaware of the Father's immense, deep,
intense love. Too often many feel like they do not have any power against
the enemy. They are tired all the time.
Many have entered unawares a partnership with the enemy. The business of his
"busy-ness". Let this be your day of resignation from that nasty place of
strife and woe.
Jesus said "My yoke is easy, My burden is light". The Joy of the Lord is our
strength. Well, why do so many feel weary and burdened? We need a fresh
revelation of who we are and know we are not to al low the enemy to "bully"
us into condemnation. Be refreshed today resting in His renewing presence
and desire for you to know Him more fully.
We now have the Word, Old and New Testament. Western Christians often suffer
from physical, even spiritual obesity. That is, we, me included, take in
more "food" than we can utilize effectively, if we do not exercise. Our
spiritual and nutritional teaching intake, without the proper balance of
"walking" out our salvation with fear and trembling, with a servant's heart,
leads to early death.
As in the natural, we need to learn to change our eating "habits". Likewise,
in the spiritual, we need to exercise and expend what we have taken in so
that we do not get "spiritually fat". Being servant hearted, like Jesus
instructed and lived, keeps us fit, for His service. Many suffer from
self-centeredness, instead of "other-centeredn ess". For many, volunteering
is needed. Volunteers are the evidence of soon coming return of the Lord,
"in the beauty of His holiness". Are you volunteering? This could be the
very thing that keeps your prayers from being answered.
If we attune our hearts to the Heart of the Father we will see answered
prayer. One brave warrior, Mickey Bonner, once said, "the sign of a mature
walk is answered prayer." When we get lined up with God's will we know how
to pray according to His will, and then we see Him move. James 4:3 says,
"You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on
Many struggle today with a feeling of failure, due to our false
understanding of what walking in the fullness of God means. God's people
perish for lack of understanding. What the Word says about walking in
fullness and what the church says about walking in fullness often differ. In
all our getting let's get understanding, so, I desire to offer some points
to understanding that leads to freedom from condemnation, then to walking in
fullness and having the proper perspective on handling trials and
tribulation. *It is time to get free. It is time to pray in the way your
prayers will get answered*.
Jesus says in John 17:9 "I do not pray for the world, but for those whom You
have given Me, for they are Yours." In verse 13 Jesus continues, "But now I
come to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My
joy fulfilled in themselves". Vs. 18, "As You have sent Me into the world,
so I send them into the world." Wow, Jesus sent us. He would not send us
without provision of gifts, faith, and purpose to live a life of meaning,
substance, depth, and destiny.
Look at John 17:26, "And I have declared to them Your name,
and will declare it, that the love with which You love Me may be in them,
and I in them." Oh, listen! The love the Father loves Jesus with, is the
love He has for us. You are equally loved by the Father. We are joint heirs.
Accept the truth. You are of amazing value. Not for yourself, but to live a
life poured out, in service, humility and compassion.
We are told in James, "be anxious for nothing." Lord, help us believe the
way You intended us to believe. Lord, forgive us for thinking too much and
in the wrong way. Forgive our unbelief. May we experience a fresh touch of
Philippians 3:10 exhorts, "that I may know Him, and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His
death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead".
The western church ofte n has portrayed the Christian who has "arrived", as
one being free from troubles and trials. That is wrong. Let me say in a
different way; that is really wrong.
To think that a Christian who walks by faith, obedient to God, will not have
trouble, is an illusion. Find one incident in the Bible where that is true
and show me. Too many Christians have faced unnecessary disappointment and
sorrow by well meaning leaders who are more interested in that month's
income than in building mature disciples and overcomers.
Romans 5:1-5 says, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by
faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the
glory of God. And not only in that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulations produces perseverance; and perseverance,
character; and character, hope. Now, hope does not disappoint, because the
love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was
given to us".
God is well pleased with your maturity and wisdom, as you move in faith,
even if it looks like failure to you. He works all things together for good,
for those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. God said
it, believe it.
Your "failure" can be used by God to minister to others, even yourself, as
you gain wisdom from your faith steps. Your faithfulness may feel like
futility until that one life is touched by your steadfastness and is saved
from eternity separated from God. Your non-compromising attitude about the
Gospel may grow to appear irrelevant in the so-called "post Christian era",
but the tears you have shed in private travail, usher in the glory realms
over regions, even nations. Take joy in your trials, for you may suffer for
a greater purpose than y ou realize or feel comfortable with, as your life,
as a new creation, is not your own, right?.
Look at the events of the day in the news. We live in an 'upside down'
world. Our senses can get numb. Our discernment can be clouded, even by life
in the church, even by our own busy-ness if we do not build our relationship
with the Lord by investing time in eternity. Stillness before God shows Him
your desire for Him. Time in His presence sharpens our discernment and His
Spirit can fill us when we are empty.
Look at all the prophesies pointing to Jesus, and even, when He stood in
their midst, so many refused to accept that their Messiah had come. Our
relationship with the Lord, and our time, even one moment in His courts, in
His presence is better than a thousand days without Him. Desire His presence
enough to spend time with Him. If we truly love Him, we will obey Him.
The joy awaiti ng in the place Jesus has prepared for you and you alone,
will cause "these temporary light afflictions" to quickly fade. The weight
of His glory that He wants to give you, is there for you NOW! Breathe in the
Spirit that is pouring into you NOW! Take a step out of your comfort zone to
experience His fullness. You will get "addicted".
One of my favorite 'life' scriptures that really transformed my life is Mark
11:24, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,
believe that you receive them, and you will have them." If we believe, by
faith, according to His will, you can "take it to the bank", and don't let
go, like it says in James, "a double minded man achieves nothing."
But notice, right after that, in verse 25, "And whenever you stand praying,
if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in
heaven, may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive,
neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." So, let's stop
and examine our hearts and forgive everyone. I know, it is often harder to
do than to say. But, this is such a great key to Heaven, forgiveness. Is
there anyone today you need to forgive? This could be the very thing that
keeps your prayers from being answered.
May our hearts be healed, restored with passion and fire for God and may all
of our hearts experience a massive pouring into of the Holy Spirit, so that
we may be fulfilled in walking in the fullness and stature of Jesus Christ.
Look at Jesus' life, hanging on a cross, saying, "Father, forgive them, they
know not what they do." He is the Forerunner, suffering much, carrying heavy
weights that were not of His own making. As we read in Romans 12:2 "Looking
unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before
Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right
hand of the Father".
We each must endure our cross, daily, in fact, cognizant of the joy set
before us. Seeing beyond this life, our temporary home, that we have a
heavenly purpose, a calling, with all the gifts necessary to be overcomers,
by faith, and receive the joy of Jesus, that He spoke of in John 17.
See, you are not doing so badly, rejoice this day, really. He loves you so
very much. This life is training ground for an eternal life of reigning and
ruling with Him. Hang in there, it goes by fast. Don't be so hard on
yourself. Be encouraged in the Word and work at believing more and thinking
less, or at the least, wrong, negative thinking which hinders your walking
in fullness. *Just be still and know He is God and that walking in fullness
is not pain free.* He uses the pain to make us like Him.
Isn't it wonderful how in Revelations the Spirit speaks through John how
each of the seven churches who overcome will receive a special reward for
"he who overcomes"? Some will sit on the throne with Him, "as I also
overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne." Some "will be clothed
in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life;
but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."
We are in training to be overcomers. If you are going to be in Heaven, you
have to overcome something. How do we overcome? We overcome by the blood of
the Lamb and the word of our testimony. What's in your word?
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