From The Pastors Heart

Are we seeking relief or victory? 

  'And he (Antichrist) will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law…’ Dan.7:25 (NASB77)   In Daniel’s portent of the End of the Age, the Antichrist strategizes to “wear down the saints” via “alterations of times” (delays) and “in law” (compromise of God’s Word). The Dragon causes every battle to “drag-on” and erode the vitality of God’s promises and plans. Conflicts arise with children, spouses, friends, and associates and the divisions stretch out for months and years. We battle physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual resistance at every turn, until a quiet, but weighty, oppression rests on our souls. Our Enemy persists till we wear out, give up, and quit praying. Fifty-eight times in our Bibles the phrase “How long?” is echoed by those who grew weary with waiting and battling. Have you been there? I wish someone would have told me at the beginning that "we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). I would have prepared differently.  Never forget this: What we become is more important to God than what we do for Him. Our struggles with people and situations change us. In worldly terms, our characters are deepened. In spiritual words, our souls are transformed. Maintaining our standards when pressed, finding grace when stretched, staying with it when we’d rather quit, makes us true men and women of God. Every delay, every “How long, O Lord?”, every weapon or strategy formed against us God blesses to the ripening of our souls! God looks at our character, forged in the fire of overpowering delays and battle, and says, “Good, this is what I was waiting for.”  Beloved, don’t think it strange when you encounter trails and delays. Don’t spend your prayers seeking relief, pursue victory! Seek honor for Christ’s sake. Win the crown that you may lay it at His feet. It is in the fight to overcome evil with good that you become Christ’s fully devoted disciple. “Press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold” of you (Philippians 3:12).  Give the Lord the chance to say of you this week, “Good, this is what I was waiting for.”  Pastor Gary