For the most part, I think we are tired and are desperately in need of rest, wouldn’t you agree? There is a period of trying and failing that we must endure, until the Father hears us say, “I can’t do this anymore, I’m done.” For some reason, the wrong way teaches us. Adam and Eve ate of the wrong tree, and afterward, realized the other tree was the one to eat. We always learn that way. I know in my own life there were times I made a big mistake then learned to do things a different way. If you are like me, I don’t like getting it wrong. I would rather watch someone else and then see where I can make it better from there. I liked being the middle child in my family because I didn’t have to go first or last. However, I was observant in the areas of not repeating their mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of mistakes even now, because, well, that is what teaches us. This is what made the light come on for a few of the ladies tonight in jail.
I shared with them from I John 2:12-14 about the rest that comes after growing from a little child to a father. Rest comes from knowing the Father. I am talking about the kind of knowing that Genesis talks about Adam knew Eve and conceived a child. It’s an intimate knowing. I talked to a lady tonight who was shaken up about the verse that says, “Many will say to me that day, Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and in your name perform miracles. And then I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” I told her when we know who we are in Christ, then we know that He knows us.
I continued to share; first, we are justified, then we are unified and then we are intercessors. When we start out in the little child stage, we know our sins are forgiven. When trials come we ask, “Why is this happening to me?” The second stage is the young men; they know their sins are forgiven and they have overcome the enemy and are strong. They have victories under their belt. When trials come to them, they say, “What do I need to learn from this?” These are all necessary stages to go through, but the final stage is fatherhood. The fathers know Him who has been from the beginning. What does a father do? They reproduce. In this stage, it is no longer about you; it’s not about why this is happening to you, nor what it is you need to learn from this, but you say,” Who is this for?” Now, it is about the other person. That is what a father does; he is more concerned about the well being of others rather than himself. This is the place where you know you can find rest. It’s having a secure knowing, mature, getting settled, fixed and safe place for the Holy Spirit to dwell. I believe that is where we are all headed to through faith.
We have all made a gazillion mistakes and hopefully, all of them have brought us a little closer to Jesus. We wouldn’t yell at a two year old who is learning how to walk, but we would encourage them to get up, try again, and we would cheer them on. That is exactly what God does to us, if we would trust Him by faith and become the fathers He intends for us to be we can rest in Him, safe and secure.
Written by Tracey