Written by His Grace ††††† January 02, 2003
By:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† Kevin K. OíConnor
Main Thought: To grow in our understanding of feeding the heartís desire to return to its source.
The Beginning and Ending
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.(Whole Chapter: Revelation 22 In context: Revelation 22:12-14)
1. 3:19 Or spirit
2. 3:21 Or Who knows the spirit of man, which rises upward, or the spirit of the animal, which
Every last one of us has that yearning to be joined back from the Source from which weíve come. Unfortunately, there is another force at work within Godís Glorious Creation and that is satan and his tools of pride and arrogance that we all are susceptible to. It seems that these forces work within each heart of man and, the force that we give our attention to will determine who we become.
The nature of God is to Give of Himself, The nature of satan is to take unto himself. Once this foul nature of satan appeared within Godís Glorious Creation, He had to allow it to run its course so that all of creation can see the consequences when the creation thinks that it is greater than the Creator. God still desires to give of Himself but now reserves the blessings of His Giving of Forgiveness and Eternal Life to those of us who will allow our proud nature given to us by our Mom & Dad Adam and Eve to be broken at the feet of His Son through our confession of our sin and acknowledgement of His Deity.
God never wanted pain and suffering to enter our lives but more than that, He never wanted sin or rebellion to Him/His Word to enter in either. Itís amazing how we learn to live under the loads that are placed on us instead of learning how to rise over them. Our Lord wants us to see beyond the physical hardships that are ours in this temporary world and overcome them by His Grace, Power, and Authority!
2 Corinthians 4:17-18† 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Also, our Lord desires us to be fighters but of Faith and not of the flesh Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
(Whole Chapter: Ephesians 6 In context: Ephesians 6:11-13)
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
So, having lived in this world, itís clear to see that we are in a battle. A battle for Faith, Hope, and Love and especially Love. And, itís also clear reading the above scriptures that our God has great rewards awaiting those who overcome. So, how do we overcome?! What I find interesting is how Heaven didnít put up with satan. For he was cast down to earth. Now, he is our problem and what are we doing about him? God has clearly told us how we too can have him cast down within this world as follows; Isaiah 14:11-13† 11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you. 12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 
Revelation 12:10-12† 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Note, how we shall overcome the evil one, ďthey overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Ē So, it is by His Blood and our testimony. A testimony that is more than mere lip service but the giving of all of ourselves even to the giving of our lives.† Merriam Websterís definition of a testimony is as follows; tes∑ti∑mo∑ny
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin testimonium Decalogue, from Latin, evidence, witness, from testis witness
Date: 14th century
1 a (1) : the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic law (2) : the ark containing the tablets b : a divine decree attested in the Scriptures
2 a : firsthand authentication of a fact : EVIDENCE b : an outward sign c : a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official
3 a :
an open acknowledgment b : a public profession of religious experience
Note that a testimony is an outward sign or an open acknowledgment. There are those who like to say that our words alone are what win the victory but I say that is shallow and has no depth of Godís Heart involved. Words of course are a part of it but a very small part. Our faith and its declaration by our lives speak far louder than our words. Especially when we lay them down when called to do so for the ones/especially the One we love.†
If youíve ever taken two magnets (north and south poles to each other) and began to move them closer to each other you can actually feel the pull get stronger as they get closer to each other.† So it is with our hearts. Those who havenít learned to grow in intimacy will not have the wherewithal to stand in the hour of adversity. Itís only those who have trained themselves to hunger and thirst for Him by being with Him who will have what it takes to stand even to the point of the giving of their own lives. We as Godís people need to exercise the inner desire of our hearts to be united with our source. For in so doing that pull gets stronger and stronger until we will stand with Him in Glory! The shedding of the last barrier that separates us, our flesh, will not only be accepted but most desired so that we may be even closer to Him.
May Our Lord ever teach our Hearts how to hunger and thirst for Him more and more each day He gives us the breath of Life to breathe. For In Drawing nearer and nearer to our Source we will have the wherewithal to stand in the day of adversity and bring Glory, Honor, and Praise to Him Ė Our Beginning and Ending!
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