FIRE BY NIGHT
By Glenn H. Jackson
"Reflections Upon Reflections" [of The Father's Heart]
...."You, in Your great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; The
pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way, or the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go".... Nehemiah 9:19 NASB
DO NOT LET ANYONE OR ANYTHING DISTRACT YOU
FROM THE PATH OF PERFECT LOVE
Words of Prophecy
* Human love [GK. phileo] cannot relate to divine Love [Gk. agape] because "human love" ALWAYS seeks its own - first
and foremost. Whereas, divine Love continually seeks My "best" [greatest Eternal benefit] for ALL those in their sphere of existence at ALL times - and at ALL cost to themselves.
...."Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and
does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it
endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]".... 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 The Amplified Translation
...."Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus - let Him be your example in humility - Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make
God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained; But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity] so as to assume the guise of a servant [slave], in that He became like men and was born a human being.
And after He had appeared in human form He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience [love] to the extreme of death, even the death of the Cross! Therefore [because He stooped so low], God
[the Father] has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in [at] the name of Jesus every knee should [must] bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and
acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father".... Philippians 2:5-11 Amplified Translation
...."Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered
at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange [unusual and alien to you and your position] were befalling you. But insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance
and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly]. If you are censured and suffer abuse [because you bear] the name of Christ, blessed [are you - happy, fortunate, to be envied, with life-joy, and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation,
regardless of your outward condition], because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified [Isa. 11:2]".... 1 Peter 4:12-14 The Amplified Translation
The main aspect of Satan's attack in this hour against all those who have faithfully held to their calling, and to the vision that the Father has given them, is to get them to depart from the "love walk"
[take offense in some way]. In one sense, the Enemy has all of his "eggs in one basket" and, thus, if one will "disregard" everything [every word and action that comes against them] in order to maintain a position of "abiding" in love - both he and his schemes
will be severely devastated.
These "disruptive" and distracting activities of the past little while in the lives of those who are truly seeking first the Kingdom [and to be righteously motivated in all
things] are simply a "smokescreen" to convince them that everything that the Father has prepared is now "out of reach" - which it most certainly is not! In fact, it is just coming into "view" - that place wherein the Eternal meets the physical realm. So hold
fast - you are doing just fine. You MUST realize that - as a handmaiden/bondservant of the Lord Jesus Christ you are walking in an esteemed position, and Satan will attempt ANYTHING he can to get you to believe his "lies" and, thus depart from the truth [revelation
of God's Word and Will].
NO MATTER HOW MUCH PROVOCATION, CONFUSION AND TURMOIL ATTEMPT
TO BREAK OUT AROUND US, OUR TASK IS TO SIMPLY WALK IN LOVE - AT ALL COST TO OURSELVES [AND PARTICULARLY OUR "THOUGHT LIFE" - BY CONTINUALLY BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO A REVELATION OF THE FATHER'S WILL] - KNOWING THAT THE SMOKE WILL EVENTUALLY CLEAR
AND THAT WE SHALL ALWAYS COME OUT FAR AHEAD. NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THOSE SEEKING THE WILL OF GOD CAN OR SHALL PROSPER AND, IN FACT, THE SCHEMES OF THE EVIL ONE ARE ALWAYS DEVASTATED TO THE GREATEST DEGREE WHEN WE SIMPLY HOLD TO A STEADFAST FAITH AND ENDURANCE
The experiences that we have in this life as Christians are ALWAYS synonymous with vast multitudes of others who are serving the Father with a heart
that is "wholly" given. We are all here for each other in whatever way the Holy Spirit fits each member together and, thus, we are NEVER alone [spiritually-speaking] - regardless of what we may go through. To walk in perfect love and forgiveness - regardless
of any and every difficult circumstance we face - is a very worthy goal indeed! One that we must strive [in and by the Holy Spirit - Who is the Spirit of Love] to attain to - on a continual basis.
Let us embrace the life of the Cross [faith, love and obedience through revelation - unto the death of the self-life] - KNOWING [maintaining a deep revelation of the spiritual reality] that it is a certain catalyst to a perfect entrance into the place of resurrection
power and the fullness of our authority in Christ. Let us also be diligent to cast aside [down] any word or action raised up against us to take a thought for ourselves - in order to provoke us to offense in this most critical hour. For as we refuse to allow
anything [or anyone] to provoke us or distract us from the path of perfect love it is certain that we shall see the Glory of God [and the fullness of His Will]manifesting all of our circumstances. Remember: Peter thought Jesus was being "too hard on Himself"
on the road to Gethsemane and Calvary [the Cross], and received the greatest rebuke of a disciple on record [Mark 8:27-37]. We only have to look at the magnificent fruit of the Cross to understand that the entrance into the fullness of true Kingdom-position
and destiny for each and every child of God begins there - and there alone.
...."For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and
it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. "Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith".... Habakkuk 2:3-4 NASB
Prayer of Proclamation:
Father, we thank You and praise You that You have raised us up a people who refuse to allow anything or anyone to "move"
us from the path and empowerment of Your Perfect Love. And we declare it DONE [on an ongoing basis], in the Name of Jesus - to Your greatest Glory. Amen.