Posted: 06/08/2011 at 12:51pm
Joy Comes in the Morning
By Ron McGatlin
The world is now experiencing a beginning of sorrows as spoken of by the Lord in Matthew 24. A time of great sorrows or tribulations coincides with the proclamation of the gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of God.
"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." ~ Paul
This is not religious theological talk. This is practical real life and death experience of this generation of called-out kingdom sons breaking through the thick crust of darkness that is upon the world with the powerful lightning strike message of the kingdom of God now coming forth on earth.
In this historical season of the manifesting of the kingdom of Christ from heaven on earth, the sons of God are again proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus and the first century apostles preached and demonstrated.
Sons of the kingdom have endured the pain of personal suffering maturing them into full sonship as elders to help lead others through the glorious and sometimes painful transition of Godís people.
Our light personal suffering begins with the breaking away of our own past lifestyle that was adjusted to self-focused worldly practices and false religious beliefs. Our growth continues as Christ manifests His life in us. We become a part of His sufferings as the world rejects and persecutes Christ in us.
1 Pet 2:19-21: For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
1 Pet 4:12-14: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
Death always precedes resurrection and the dark night of suffering is always followed by the glory that comes in the morning. The day of the dawning of His glorious government (kingdom) filling the earth is beyond the season of worldwide suffering of cleansing judgment. The pure and holy sons of God are arising from their dark night to thoroughly plant the seed of the kingdom in every heart of good soil and every nation and tribe that will receive and grow the Word of the Kingdom.
Sons are bonding together as brothers in a love that endures beyond differences. Natural ethnicity is overcome by the Spirit bonding us in the DNA of God. We are all of one Father and one Family in the glorious love of the kingdom.
On the other hand those of a different family with a different DNA cannot remain connected as one with Christ and one with the Family of God. The tares and the wheat have grown up together and were indistinguishable until the fruit began to manifest in the good grain. The fruitless look-alike tares will not abide with the maturing grain of Godís kingdom of pure holy sons. After the removal of the tares, the sons of the kingdom will shine forth as the sun lighting the world with the glorious kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Mat 13:41-43: "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit are the living reality of the kingdom within the maturing sons of God now, and will become the characteristics of the worldwide kingdom of God on earth. The supernatural strength of the maturing sons emanates from the righteousness, peace and joy of the Lord abiding within the sons of God. A popular snippet of scripture is the proclamation that ďthe joy of the LORD is your strength.Ē
We may momentarily experience a lack of joy that results in a lack of strength when personal adversities tear at our lives and especially as we see the demise of the contaminated systems of the old world. Many activities, works and things that we had thought of as good and natural will be passing away. Many people who continue to deny the Lordís kingdom will be passing away with the fallen systems of the world.
However, the maturing sons of God will arise from the ashes of the momentary lack of strength with hearts filled with the strength of the joy of the Lord. Rivers of living waters flowing from them will refresh the earth with righteousness, peace and joy of life everlasting. Abundance of powerful life-giving strength will fill our hearts to overflowing with the life of God reclaiming and renewing the world to the kingdom of heaven on earth.
Isa 9:6-7: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 06/10/2011 at 4:06pm