"... in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)


'... If We Faint Not'

Diane Dew

What a neat thing the Lord did yesterday. For two years I've been riding the city buses, standing on street corners in the rain and cold -- an hour and a half EACH WAY to work -- because I did not have a car. With six weeks' DAILY radiation coming up, it would be three hours to and from work PLUS over an hour EACH WAY to the hospital for treatments -- 4 HOURS per DAY just commuting! Being more susceptible to getting sick, after months of chemo, becoming anemic after surgery, and winter here in Wisconsin just around the corner -- well, let's just say it wuz TIME for GOD to come through!

Yesterday a compassionate soul bought me a car! And someone else offered to pay the car insurance! So I have wheels now to drive directly to dr. appts and to work -- no more roundabout trips, standing on street corners in the dark, getting soaked in the rain, freezing in winter, etc. Thank you, Jesus!

It's 10 year old with some rust, of course (this IS Wisconsin), but I'm told the previous owner was a mechanic, so it should be in good working order.

God is good to me. He has proven over and over, He knows exactly where I am and what I'm going through.

I did sense that a breakthrough was on the horizon. One day while in prayer, Ithought of how God set limits on Satan with Job -- that it wuz just a Big Test, & when he was proven, things turned around. "He knoweth the way that I take and when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." (Job 23:10)

The verses i kept getting for a few days were:

"The God of peace shall put Satan under your feet SHORTLY" (Rom 16:20)

"But the God of all grace..., AFTER THAT YE HAVE SUFFERED A WHILE, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." (1 Pet 5:10)

"... FOR A SEASON, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations" (1 Pet 1:6)

"For ye have need of patience, that, AFTER ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." (Heb 10:36 )

There's always that time element: "shortly"... "after" ... Everything God does is "in the fullness of time..."

We all like to skip the "while" of suffering and bask in the blessings, the "times of refreshing" (Acts 3:19) -- but both are necessary: "There is a season" (Eccl. 3:1) for everything. The seed must be dried and in the dark, before it can take root and grow.

I'm impressed, again and again, how essential Endurance is in the Christian walk: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, IF WE faint not." (Gal 6:9)

Even Satan's efforts are limted to the "seasons" God allows:

"And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season." (Luk 4:13)

"... he (Satan) must be loosed a little season." (Rev 20:3)

But Jesus reigns Forever and Ever! Amen!

God is fully aware of everything that touches our lives. We just "have need of PATIENCE, that, AFTER ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." (Heb 10:36)

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." (Jas 1:3)

"That ye be ... followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." (Heb 6:12 )

"...let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb 12:1)

"Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience" (Jas 5:10)

"So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure" (2 Th 1:4)

"But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses" (2 Cor 6:4)

Hey, there are LOTS more verses on this.....


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