Sometimes it is so hard to stand firmly in this world we live in and we wish we were stronger. I have come to realize that the times I struggle the hardest are the times when I try to stand without connecting with Jesus. It comes when I try to do things on my own with no guidance from the Holy Spirit of our Living God. I lose the Fire of enthusiasm and trust. I lose courage. But wonderfully, the minute I turn to Him HE IS THERE. That does not mean I get magical answers all the time. It does not mean I do not suffer sometimes. But it does mean He is with me, a present help in times of need and that He has an answer as well as strength to help me face the battle.
A story comes to my mind, reiterated in the NewTestament. Jesus had walked with the disciples, taught them, performed miracles with them, but now they have come to a test, and failed. They now have questions. Why? And Jesus willingly takes them aside to teach them more. He wants to do the same for us when we fail. He came to save us, not let us fail.
The Remnant is empowered by Jesus. He baptizes us into His Spirit so He can work through us with Fire and intention and belief IN Him. We are sent with power and love and a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Mark 9:17-29 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. 19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Even though the disciples failed to cast out the devil, Jesus came and cast it out, showing that He was still available and that HIS power does not fail. And He also gave them the way to gain that power His way, which is prayer and fasting. Demonic activity is stopped by prayer, fasting and taking authority into the situation. The Name of Jesus breaks the power of the enemy. He grants His Remnant power. All too often we, in this generation, do not go the extra mile of prayer mixed with fasting for empowerment.
When we come into communion with Jesus, through prayer and fasting and listening He will grant us power that we need in the situations we face.
Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;
Acts 14:2-4 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
There will always be a battle between the Remnant and the followers of the enemy and this world and the flesh of evil man. But God grants His testimony to go out and to be backed by signs and wonders. We sometimes picture signs and wonders as some huge miracle. But often it is the daily needs in our lives being met that show His grace and faithfulness. Sometimes it will be in multiplying food, sometimes in finding lost keys for the car when a need arises to go forth, and sometimes it is huge like a person being delivered. Whatever the need He is everpresent in times of need.
Mark 6:1-7 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching. 7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Matt 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Sometimes, the hardest part of the Remnant going forth, is believing that we are actually given the power promised. It is when we step out and take action, that He has something to bless and show forth His presence and power and faithfulness. We must look to Him at all times and in all situations, lest we step back into the flesh.
We must not look at failures as a failure of our connection. We are still connected and other factors take place. Even Jesus could do few works in His own village because of the unbelief of those to which He went to minister.