Until the Day Break, and the Shadows Flee Away Part 2

August 31, 2012

Yesterday,I wrote a blog on Song of Solomon 2:17 “Until the Day Break and the Shadows flee away.” This blog speaks about how you may be sitting in the dark circumstances of life but the Lord promises the Day Break is coming. I encourage you to read part 1. Part 2 talks about “what shall we do until the day breaks and the shadows flee away?” Enjoy      

And so it is with the state of church today and the world. Spurgeon writes, “The old spirit, and the old fire that once burned in the midst of the saints of God, is still there, but it burns very low at present. We want- I cannot say how much we want a revival of undefiled religion in this our day. Will it come? Why should it not come? If we long for it, if we pray for it, and prepare for it, it will certainly come. The day will break and the shadows will flee away. When others think our Lord to be dead and buried, yet resurrection power rolled the stone away. And that same Christ in whom our fathers trusted, the Christ of Luther and of Calvin, of Whitefield and of Wesley, that same Christ shall be among us yet in the fullness and the glory of His power by the working of the Holy Ghost upon the hearts of myriads of men. Let us never despair; but on the contrary, let us brush the tears from our eyes, and begin to look for the light of the morning, “for the morning cometh” and the day will break, and the shadows will flee away.”

       For you who have believed and prayed and sowed upon the hearts of men that you wondered if were made of stone. To those who have cast your bread upon the water for many days… To you who have walked the dark path with no sign of light, to those whose shadows of the past seem to chase and not relent…. To you I say, It is He who turns the heart of stone into one of flesh,  He that caused the tide that brought your seed to a bottomless ocean, it is He who shall doubtless return it multiplied once again. To those that stumble in the dark, He promises to be the light that brightens the path on which your feet tread. And to those whose shadows haunt and scare…. He is always shining at High noon blinding the phantoms of the past, for He is the shadow that turns not. And what great comfort we share knowing our Master promises to come at midnight and as Master William Bridge says, “…he certainly will come very soon, for it cannot be darker than it now is.” For when the Bridegroom comes and appears in glory, then shall the day break and the shadows flee away. And I just love how old Spurgeon says, “I seem to hear his horse’s hoofs even now.”

    “So what shall we do until the day breaks and the shadows flee away?  We are to be like soldiers on guard waiting for the dawn. He who has called you to this service knew it would be nighttime, and he has called you to night duty; and being put upon the night watch, keep your post…. Keep your eyes towards the East and look for the first sign of the coming morning. Watch! Look for every sign of His appearing, and be ever listening for the sound of His chariot wheels. Keep the candle burning in the window to let Him see that you are awake. Keep the door on the latch, that when He comes you may quickly open to Him. Hopefully watch until the day breaks and the shadows flee away.” CS

    Secondly, encourage also those who walk in the dark with you and cannot see Him. Let them know that He sees us and He knows all about us, and if they look closely enough they just might see Him “walking on the stormy waters in the middle of the watch of the night when their little boat seems ready to sink beneath the waves of the boisterous waves.” He is there looking to pass by you, to show you His glory and to stretch out his mighty hand. And then you might just find yourself on the sandy seashore seated at a banqueting table prepared just for you. Eating a feast prepared by the Master’s own hands.

   And finally what shall we do until the day breaks and the shadows flee away?  Pray that He comes, comes like He promised. This same Jesus, which was taken up into heaven, will in like manner come again. And when He comes the day will break one last time and the shadows will flee never to return and so shall we be with our Beloved and the mountains of separation shall be no more, for He who is the sun shall come and the night of uncertainty will flee never to return.

Until the Day Break, and the Shadows Flee away PART 1

August 31, 2012

August 30, 2012

 

“Until the daybreaks, and the shadows flee away….” Song of Solomon 2:17

 

    It is Thursday, August 30, 2012, and we are at the tail end of Hurricane Isaac. It is early in the morning just before dawn and I find myself sitting with my 80 year old

mother in a hospital in Covington battling a life threatening illness. I have been here since Tuesday before the storm, when I checked in for my shift at 11:00 a.m. At 3:00 p.m. that same day the hospital locked all doors, no one in and no one out until the storm was over… This morning me and now my new found friends (the nursing staff here at the Hospital)  are still feeling the last effects of Isaac.  My husband and son however are sitting in the dark in Madisonville listening to the howling sounds of the relentless south winds bringing in the morning tide that promises a yet another rise in an already deep-water situation. The hurricane has dissipated and by now I would have thought the situation would have turned and the sun would be shining. Instead I am still in the hospital at my post this early morning, it is still overcast, the floodwaters are rising and I am in lockdown. “Lord, what are you saying?”

 

“Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn my beloved and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.” Song of Solomon 2:17

 

       Even children of the light find themselves sitting in the dark sometimes. Spurgeon writes in his collection of sermons on the Song of Solomon on this verse, “some days are bright with clear sunshine and others are overcast.”  One moment you are full of faith and confident of His promises and at other times you find yourself questioning His ways. Yet in this text which talks about night seasons…. Most assuredly the same text promises the dawn… “Until the day break, and the shadows flee away.”   So here I sit content to wait blessed and happy, filled with the sweet joy that even “Isaac” the promised one has brought.  The Lord said,  “Lo I am with you always” and He here walks once again into this room. The nights haven’t seemed so long, because of He infuses strength to endure all that the darkness brings.

      One of the joys of my job is to be able to pray for and tell the helpless about Jesus and promise of His commitment to be with us through all situations. Through the years I have come across many who have joined together to pray and believe and yet for awhile the situation remained the same… But time after time I have seen one consistent pattern of those who continued in the faith…. Listen to the way Spurgeon puts it “for those who endure, change will come and they soon will find themselves singing the praises of our Lord for He shall surely deliver those who trust in Him … And the reason for this great change you may ask?  Because you still cling to Christ even when it seemed no use to cling. You had a venturesome faith; when it seemed a risky thing even to believe, and you kept on believing, and now the day has dawned for you, and the shadows have fled away. Well, shall it be to all who are in like case if they will but trust in the Lord, and stay themselves upon our God. Though they walk in darkness, and see no light, yet by and by the day shall break for them also.”

    Perhaps someone you love is sick or you yourself are not well, maybe your business has slacked or like us who have been impacted by Isaac the waters are still rising and the damage is yet to be assessed. I say to you today, “deliverance is promised and the appointed day has been set, the joy of new birth is eminent, even though the night is still  upon us, the day shall surely break for those who trust in Him.”  For He who promises is faithful. Spurgeon continues “Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shall be fed.” “I have been young”, says David “and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken.” …“Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Mark that; you know that part of the verse is true, and so is the rest of it: “but the Lord has delivered us out of them all.”…. “In the world you shall have tribulation” you know that is true. “Be of good cheer,” says Christ, “I have overcome the world.” Therefore expect that you also will overcome through your conquering Lord. Yes in the darkness of all human sorrows, there is the glad prospect that the day will break, and the shadows will flee away.”

To be continued see Part 2

 

THE OILY MARK

March 6, 2011

THE OILY MARK

And of Asher he said: “Asher is most blessed of sons; Let him be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil.  Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. Deuteronomy 33:24,25

Recently  I came across this Scripture of Moses’ blessing over the tribe of Asher and I decided I would claim his blessing over my life. Now Asher was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and his mom was Zilpah, Leah’s maid… Really when you talk about the sons of Jacob- Judah, Joseph, or Benjamin may come to mind, but never Asher… He was not one of the more notable sons.  There isn’t much to say about him… after all he was the maids son and the way his father received his fortune, well lets just say there is a story behind that one. …

But Asher means “Happy” and from what we can learn from the above Scripture he was blessed, yes blessed indeed. The Bible says,  “that Asher was most blessed of sons…”  In the King James version it says, “Let Asher be blessed with children.” So here is the first of the “four-part blessing” that he received… He was to be fruitful. I don’t know about you but I want my house not only filled with my own children and my children’s children, I also want my home to be filled with spiritual children as well, “for he who wins souls is wise.” And secondly, he was favored. How many want to be surrounded by favor in every area of their lives? I know I do. And third, “his sandals shall be iron and bronze, as your days, so shall your strength be.” Charles Spurgeon writes about this part, “The strength of thy old age shall be like that of thy youth; thou shalt not feel a decay,  but shalt renew thy youth; as if not thy shoes only, but thy bones, were iron and brass.’’ What this is saying is when I get old, I will feel like I did when I was young, just like iron shoes will not wear out , I won’t wear out but will be strong enough to accomplish His plan for my life.  Now that is a BLESSING we all would like to claim…

But the part I really like  is when it says “and let him dip his foot in oil..” Oh to dip my foot in oil, so wherever I go I leave an oily mark. Everywhere I go, to leave the mark of the anointing of God. I heard it once said, “what a tragedy it would be to live ones life, yet having died, not to have made a difference.”  Many strive hard to leave some kind of legacy upon this earth, but in all reality their striving is in vain, for in a few short years no matter how hard he tries, he soon will be forgotten. But if you are wise, your highest goal should be, and what will make you eternally satisfied  and happy, is to live your life so saturated with oil received from heaven, that the legacy you leave will be a heavenly one. I do not know about you but I want to leave a mark on this generation. But let it not be my mark, but the mark of the Holy Spirit.  The only way to accomplish this high calling of God is to keep my branch  so connected to the Vine that His sap oozes out of me. I want to be so connected to the “TWO OILY ONES” standing on the right and left of the Father in heaven, that the continuous, endless supply of oil from heaven permeates, penetrates and pervades every fiber of my being, and so much so that everywhere I walk I can’t help but leave a puddle of oil… .

Oh to be like Asher , happy, blessed among sons, fruitful, surrounded with favor and that my strength in my old age will be like my youth. But most of all, let me dip my foot in oil, but not just my foot Lord, but every part of me saturated in that oily substance and supply that never runs dry.

He See’s YOU!!!

April 21, 2010

Recently , I taught a Bible Study on the story of the widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-17. Nain , which means beauty, was about 25 miles from Capernaum. Perhaps years before the woman had lost her husband and on this particular day she would bury her only son. She and a band of mourners would walk down the road to the rock hewned burial caves, while at the same time Jesus, His disciples and a large crowd with Him just happened to be passing by. The widow of Nain  is just one of the nameless, faceless women of the Bible. She is a woman perhaps like you at times overcome with devastation, loss and despair. Her last precious possession now gone, her hope for the future now lost in a sea of uncertainty…. She isn’t looking for a Savior, she isn’t looking for a miracle- those days are past… But the Bible says, but yet….. “when the LORD saw her, He had compassion on her.” She wasn’t looking for Him but HE was looking for her. On that day the procession of death intersected with the procession of life and everything changed. When the two collided, the woman’s life would never be the same. Not only was the dead son brought back to life, but her hope was restored. Maybe you need a divine intersection, a divine intervention….  Maybe you today have lost all hope, but the story of this woman says to you HE SEE’S YOU!!!!! He is concerned about the things that concern you. He still is the God of the impossible. Those things that you thought died and all hope of restoration has past, He can shake the ground once more and cause dead things to come alive again.

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. Ps. 34:15

The Great Awakening

March 18, 2010

“now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11

There is nothing I love to do more than to go to church on Sunday morning and then to come home, to sit on my back porch and take an afternoon nap. With the winter fast closing and the spring here, the cool crisp breeze and a light blanket is all I need to fall fast asleep. And really there is nothing wrong with physical sleep, we all need our rest. But if we were honest with ourselves as women, many of us are asleep or half-asleep at best.

Oh yes, we busy ourselves with the kids, work and the cooking and cleaning. Yet no man lives to himself or was ever meant to. But somehow we have drawn a small circle around our lives and we have allowed ourselves to be lulled asleep with the mundane things of this world. The sins and sorrows of those around us abound yet it has not caused us any sleepless nights. “You have been eating the fat and drinking the sweet, but have you fed the hungry? Have you brought in the wandering?”

Sisters the multitudes are perishing, shall we not give them something to eat?…. We need a “GREAT AWAKENING” in our personal lives- for our salvation is nearer than when we first believed!

Wake Up! Wake Up!

There is a crown to receive, a feast to partake of and a King to please.

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March 18, 2010

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