8/01/16 Extreme Training
“Do not become weary because of the trials that I am taking you through. Do not harden your heart because I am showing you all that is out of order in you and around you. Do not think that I have forgotten you because your prayers don’t seem to be answered. You are in school. You are in My extreme training course, because you have said that you wanted Me to be your everything. I am building the compassion of Jesus in you. I am placing mercy for others in your heart, which before that held judgment. I am placing the warrior spirit of Jesus in you and removing the warring spirit of the world.
"In this time of training, come to Me often. Apply My Word to your life. Commune with Jesus. Speak regularly to those of the same mind and heart. Remember that you had strength for all things when you functioned in the first-love qualities of Jesus. Get to know Him again. Lose sight of those things that seem urgent and regain the vision for the things that I consider important. Be strong in the power of My mighty power.”
Eph 4:12-13 AMP
12) His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church),
13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and the completeness found in Him.
Phil 4:13 AMP
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
Inspired by the wonderful book, In His Steps, there was a trend a while back that flowed throughout the body of Christ, and even touched the secular market. It was the phrase, “WWJD - What would Jesus do?” As wonderful as that phrase is, and even though the thought gave much to those who chose to follow it, it lacked something very essential. It lacked intimacy.
We, as followers of Christ, have been given an astounding gift. We have the privilege of communicating and communing with the Savior of the World, the Master of All Things – Jesus! As with every trend, someone came up with a modification of the original idea. In this case, the modification is more accurate than the original. Have you ever seen the bracelet, “WWYDJ - What Would You Do, Jesus?” The intimacy of asking our Lord how He would deal with any situation is far better than studying His actions from a distance. Our ability to communicate with Him has been won for us at the cross. Sharing time with Jesus gives us everything we need to overcome anything we face, as we are being trained to be like Him. We also get to know Him when we talk to Him, as well as through reading the Word and following hard after Him.
Thank You for walking with me, Lord,