Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hope and the Lord's Favor in This Day of Small Things

The work of decoding the Nexxus brand was used as a personal sign today in a parallel to what has been going on in the background here. Some of you may see this testimony as very relevant to what's going on in your own life today.

I had much of the Nexxus study already done before yesterday, when I finished and posted it to the blog. What that usually means when I post is that, unless I've determined to cut if off as one that will be continued, I'm done, and I move on. This morning, as I was waking up, the Lord was still opening things to me about the brand imagery as if I hadn't already posted it. Yesterday, I was done. Today, I'm not done. OK. That's unusual, but this is not the first time that has happened. What's going on? Was I too hasty? Was I posting it before I was really done with the work? While I was in the midst or writing the update to the post, I got a call from Aaron. Insight was forthcoming.

(For direction to find what's been updated; it pertains to the Hydra-Light ad and the meaning of the Nexxus over Hydra-Light imagery.)

An unexpected development in what's been going on was the cause of a season of praising the Lord for His timely provision. It was like George Muller's bread truck miracle, showing up with the Lord's provision not a moment too soon, or too late. (If you haven't read his bio, I recommend it highly. Both his autobiography and the biography by Basil Miller are very inspiring.) I can't explain more than that, at least not yet, but the Lord impressed upon me that this was a sign, one thing was like the other. I was done yesterday. But, then the work continued today because the Lord intended the work to be more than that. This is what I understood and what I shared with Aaron. He got it. The Lord's favor is upon us in this season, as it has been evident. We have been teamed up like horses in a harness and we are being trained to abide the bit more comfortably, to be more attentive to the Master's gentle commands. (THE HARNESS OF THE LORD - by Bill Britton) This was an evident witness of the Lord's favor. Aaron has done well.

I'm only occasionally led to write about what goes on in the background here. Aaron's occasional contribution to the content represents some of that. Lord willing, more will be forthcoming.

Aaron actual contribution is far greater than what you've seen in posting with attribution, as he is a vital yet mostly-silent partner in this work. Others of you who read here and pray or are benefactors in other ways make your own contributions to this work. I want to acknowledge you today. May the Lord's evident blessings be upon you.

This is a day of small things, as described in Zechariah 4:10. What all this work represents, in which some expend ourselves as the Lord extends to us this privilege and provision, is a significant investment. The crop begins with the plowing and preparation of the soil, then the planting and nurturing of a small seed. The investment, start to finish, is the Lord's own, and this manifests in His people. “The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.” And so it will be unto us according to our portions.

1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. ~ 2 Timothy 2:1-7

What an honor to be sharers together in a work with Paul and Timothy. What an honor to be found in this season building upon their labors as the harvest draws near!

Take comfort and encouragement, my friends, and continue steadfast, pressing in to all the Lord has for you in hope.

1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permits. 4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. 9 But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15 And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. ~ Hebrews 6

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