Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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The Rock that is higher than ourselves. 11/10/08

Good Monday Morning, Dear Family,

KJV Deuteronomy 33:27a The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms...

How is it going today? It is going fine here because we know that the foundations of life are not based on feelings or emotions but rather upon that which is what God has said and done. From this reality flow our emotions, feelings, and desires, from believing absolute truth that the eternal God is our refuge, and we are held by his everlasting arms. The other day a brother mentioned the following verses from the book of Habbakuk:

KJV Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

Habbakuk trusted in the Lord even when outward circumstances were not in his favor, and rather than allowing his circumstances to get him down, determined to rejoice in the Lord which then yielded the emotion of joy in the Lord of his salvation!! He recognized that His strength was the Lord who is able to lift his mind and heart to look at life in the eternal perspective. Perhaps previous to "getting to this place" Habbakuk had been in desperation such as the Psalmist was when he cried unto the Lord:

KJV Psalm 61:2-3 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Recently while in Guatemala I was speaking to a farmer about the difficulty that he must have in planting corn by hand on the steep mountain, explaining to him that corn is planted on flat ground and through mechanical means here in Minnesota. As he listened for awhile, he then gave me an illustration of what it means not be affected by circumstances, but to use your circumstances to your advantage: "When I plant corn on the hillside, I do not have to bend over to plant it." Enough said................

KJV Romans 5:1-5 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 10 Nov 2008 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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