It can sometimes be a trying journey to the place where the Father needs to get us to in order for him to trust us. We all come forth into each day looking to hear the answer to the question, are we there yet? Are we where yet? Are we “HERE” yet, at the place where the Father can trust his grace to be sufficient for us. And do not take getting to this place lightly, for this is not our light weight spiritual work. We do not just wake up, and decide that this is the day, that we get to the place where Father can trust us. We will come to this place somewhere along the path as the process of gaining the trust of the Father is at work. Oh don’t think for one minute that the Father is not a student of his own truth: 1 Thessalonians 5:12, “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.” So the Father will get to know us real good before he will trust us to be all that he wants us to be: it’s for our own good. Plus the Father needs to know if he really does know us in order to insure that he does have our backs. For example, suppose we have a circumstance to come up in which we find ourselves in a little hot water. Who are we going to call? No, we are not going to call Ghost Busters (lol), neither are we going to call on the Holy Ghost to come bail us out of this particular matter. We are however, and I ‘m just receiving this straight from the top, continuing with the example started; that there will be no additional help on the way to aide us in dealing with our little hot water. Now how can the Father do this at this moment of need, and not come and deal with our little hot water? The reason that he can do this, and still have our backs, is because he has gotten to know that he can trust us: he now knows from getting to know us along the way in the process to to this place call “HERE,” that his grace is indeed sufficient enough for us if he leaves us in the little hot water to allow him to finish another part of the forest currently at hand. The Father will need for us to deal with our tree issues from time to time, in order for him to move us to another “THERE” place in the forest; and only because we can trust his grace to be sufficient for us in this place call “HERE.” Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
So how do we get to the place called “HERE;” and better yet, how do we even recognize it when we are in its neighborhood? Now that is a very necessary question to have an answer to if we want to arrive at our destination called “Here.” And I really like how the writer in me is using the term “Here” to speak about being “THERE” yet. The writer in me is the best thing that I love about being a writer on the Kingdom’s staff. The Spiritual writer for this piece already knows what the Will of God wants to have written; therefore, the Spiritual writer really only needs a natural body available to have the word made flesh. Now, I have heard that phrase used before, “the Word was made flesh”, um-hum. Well, let me stay focused, and stick to how we get to a place called “HERE. The Father told me that I was able to get to “HERE” as a writer because of the pieces in which he uses me for with the Spiritual writer. The Father said that I’ve shown him that his grace was indeed sufficient for me in the circumstances that produced those pieces about which to write. It is not an easy matter in writing pieces in which the qualifier is that the grace of God, even unto the Father, be sufficient for the writer in that circumstance. So let’s call in some famous, and legendary pioneer giants of Christianity to help us recognize by example, when we are in the neighborhood of “HERE:” the place where God’s grace is sufficient. Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
The first of the pioneer giants of Christianity to be called on first will be non other than the Apostle Paul. Calling on the Apostle Paul first has nothing to do with rankings, for we know who ranks first, and who was first as the Head of the Church. This has to do with the scripture in which the Apostle Paul received from the Lord himself as Paul was dealing with his arrival to the neighborhood of “HERE.” So what was the Apostle Paul up to when he first ran into the qualifier of being “HERE?” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” So as we can clearly see from the Apostle’s Paul’s experience is that the first thing to recognize when you are in the neighborhood of “HERE.” What is it that is coming up over and over again, and up to this point you have found no peace with it. This is a good indication that you are not just in the neighborhood, but that you are possibly at the place of “HERE.” Once Paul was told by the Lord that this “thorn in the flesh” is not going to be removed, and that his grace would be sufficient; then the Apostle had to live with that reality if he was going to move on to “THERE.” Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
Let’s take a quick look at our next pioneer giant of Christianity, and the only begotten Son of God; and of course that would be non other than Jesus, the established head of the Church by all accounts. And this account of Jesus’ experience to the place called “HERE,” did not come unto the latter stages right before it was time for Jesus to go to a place called “THERE.” It was a little different experience for Jesus in that he could operate in all power as a man; and there was not much that required him to hang on the grace of God to be his sufficiency since he was the grace of God. However, the hour did come when Jesus would be required to do that in which there was no grace for; and that would be the hour to die would soon be at hand. Once that hour was at hand, Jesus found himself not just in the neighborhood, but at the place of “HERE.” The time to go to the place called “THERE,” required the one full of grace, to now trust his Father in spirit and in truth: his Father had told him that he would be raised from the dead, and now Jesus would have to be at the place of “HERE” in peace in order to go “THERE.” We all the know the story, and we know that Jesus was anything but at peace when it came his time to accept the place of “HERE” in order to go to the place of “THERE.” Matthew 26:38, “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.” Jesus was not at peace in his soul, for his soul was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: Jesus is in the Neighborhood, and he is at “HERE.” It is the death thing that finally comes up to try Jesus, over and over and over; and Jesus will have to receive it “HERE,” in order to get over to “THERE.” Matthew 26:42-44, “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.” So yes, Jesus had to give it over to the truth of the Father; and by doing this. the Father could have his back because it was only going to be the Father’s way, or no way. The Father can not have our back if he does not know for sure that we will accept that his grace is sufficient in those times when we may want and desire heavily another way out; and he is not going to give it. Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
Now I have my final pioneer giant of Christianity, and he was in the words of Jesus, “blessed art thou:” Matthew 16:16-17, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Yeah, I can’t really fault Peter. Man, or woman, you get a revelation from the Father himself matched only by Jesus, and possibly John the Baptist at this time. Then you have Jesus tell you that you are the rock, upon which I will build my Church. Peter has to be feeling pretty good about his spiritual experience right about now. I can remember when the Big Bishop gave me some edification for what the Lord was doing with me back when I was first starting to roll in the Lord. You know timing is everything, and Peter would have been just fine if Jesus Time to go to the cross had tarried for a while. If Peter could have had more time to arrive at the place of “HERE,” then he would not have tried to run to the place over “THERE” first. It is no way to jump over being at “HERE” where grace is sufficient, to get “THERE” to the purpose because one can’t be fulfilled without the other. We know the story with Peter and the cock crowing three times, but poor Peter was not given the time to accept formally, and at the place of “HERE” that he was the rock that the Church would be build on. He had heard it, but he hadn’t been given the entrance into the neighborhood of “HERE” in order to receive it and be good with it by the grace of God. This is why over and over, depicted by the cock crowing, Peter would keep denying that in which he would now be leading. And in order to go to the place of “THERE,” where grace is sufficient as the leader, Peter would have needed to arrive at the place of “HERE” first to accept that he could only do this by the grace of God. Plus Peter was always ready to cut off ears, and to lead by ways that were not part of the plan. Jesus was able to restore Peter, but Peter would still need time to show God that he could be trusted to receive his grace to be sufficient. Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
We all will be brought to the place of “HERE,” where God will want to know if we are willing for his grace to be sufficient at times. The Father is not going to move us over to “THERE” until we show him that he can have our backs. This means that the plan of God will not line up with how we see it; and we will need to say as Jesus said, not my will, but thine will be done. The Father is not going to put us in places where we are not able to use his greatest power, and that is his grace. So look around the spiritual neighborhood, and look for the thing that keeps coming up over and over; and you might have found your place of “HERE:” the place where the Father wants you to show him that his grace is sufficient for you. If this reoccurring thing keeps coming, just ask yourself how have you been winning this battle up to now? And if your answer is by the grace God only, then you know that this is indeed your “HERE;” therefore, go ahead and stamp it as a grace sufficient project only, so God can go ahead and put you down as one in whom he can trust. Now get ready to move to over “THERE!” Father Says “Here” Is Where I Can Trust You.
The Father Still Does Love To Do The Body Good.