Saturday, April 25, 2009

Now is the time to hold on and don't let go!

I have an urgency in my spirit to let the Body of Christ know that now is the time to hold on and don't let go, maybe you have had the same urgency and this is just confirmation but nevertheless I am exhorting all to hang on!


Through out scriptures I read passages that exhort us to endure, be steadfast, hang on, don't give up, stay confident. This can be really hard to do when it seems like all hell is breaking loose in our lives. We grow weary and exhausted. Affliction and suffering can come in like a flood pulling us under it's currents and we struggle trying to get a breath. Sorrow hits our hearts like heavy anvils, making us feel abandoned and lonely. We find ourselves growing weary don't we?
At this point we can give up or take hold of faith. I choose to take hold of faith and hang on! The scripture's read that after we have endured for a while we have need of patience and then the promised reward comes, so pick up the shield of faith and quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and stand strong in God's promises, and in confidence proclaim them. The sufferings here is nothing to be compared with the glory and joy that we will behold in the presence of Christ Jesus for all eternity.
God is not slack concerning his promise, but He wants none to perish, so now is not the time to begin back peddling, now is the time to move forward in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. Now is the time to rise-up and lift up our eyes for our redemption draweth near. Now is the time to lift the banner, speak the Word and be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! We must not look around but look up! Now is the time to embrace hope, faith and love. Now is the time to walk in the fullness of God. We must look to Him and set our face like a flint for the glory of the Lord has risen upon us!
I have heard it said that when you find yourself at the end of your rope tie a knot in it and hang on. When you have stood and done all that you know to do then keep STANDING and stand strong. God is Faithful, His Word is True. When everything else perishes God's Word will stand sure and that is what we want to be standing on when everything else collapses for that is our Hope and our Faith!
Now is the time to make sure that we have on the full armor of God and hold on and don't let go!

35 comments:

Jody said...

Tamela,
I love this illustration of how God holds onto us. I came across two verses in Ezra and one in Psalms . Ezra 7:6, 8:22b and
"Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand." Psalm 73:23 I love this one. Have a God filled Lord's Day.

Lori said...

Tamela, You're just so full of encouragement! Yeah, I think this post is a confirmation to me. You know, this ol' body is sooo tired. The devil has been whispering in my ear, and then I hear "I still believe" by Jeremy Camp (I think you're familiar with him-not sure). After hearing that, I'm kicking that devil away and I'm standing victorious in Jesus!
Good post! God bless!

Billy Coffey said...

Oh how I needed this tonight.

Thanks for posting it for me!

Warren Baldwin said...

I like the biblical phrase, "Patient endurance." That's what you very ably described here, thanks.

Nitewrit said...

Tamela,

I have been looking each day to your posts. I've need that encouragement this week and today there it is.

One thing I will hold tight to is His Word and I know from His Word he will faithfully hold me up.

Thank you for prividing just what I need today.

Larry E.

Greg said...

Amen, Tamela! As Paul exhorts us, only he that endures until the end shall be saved. Keep pressing forward! :)

conarnold said...

How wonderful to discover your site, Tammy! I have been reading through your posts and find them so encouraging and inspiring! Thank you for your sweet comment on Simply4God.
Connie

valerie lynn said...

I to have been feeling this in my spirit. Hold on tightly to God and don't let go. I just feel something is about to happen which will have a lot of people holding on tightly to their faith in God and not letting go. I hope I am wrong, but your post confirms that we need to hold on tight. Thanks my friend for this most powerful post. May all who read it Hold on Tight! AMEN!

thekingpin68 said...

'The sufferings here is nothing to be compared with the glory and joy that we will behold in the presence of Christ Jesus for all eternity.'

Agreed, the blessings of everlasting life outweigh the sufferings of this temporal one.

In the meantime we need to study Scripture and related, fellowship within the Church, and pray often, asking the Lord to purify us as we repent.

Russ:)

Gigi said...

Beautifully written Tamela! I'm holding tight! Holding on for all I'm worth, actually...

Jeff said...

Excellent article and advice, Tamela!

I've been unemployed for over a week now. I have suddenly acquired a large credit card debt. Someone tried to kick in my front door late at night. There is bird flu and swine flu, both of which could possibly become pandemic. There is global economic crisis, the possibility of the dollar falling greatly in value, plus many other things which are happening and will happen.

Yes, it is time to hang on to the Lord, to trust in Him, to know that He will never fail us, and to REJOICE that (those of us who have been regenerated in Christ) our name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and we have a better home to look forward to! So, because of Christ, no matter what happens to us here on this earth, we are invincible, because we have a happy ending.

Scott McQueen said...

I don't know why, but I get the same feeling of urgency. And as crazy as the world seems to be getting, I am at peace with it. But the work is not done! We gotta keep on keepin on and spread the hope!

p.s. Thanks for coming by my blog! Great wedding pictures of all of you! Hope all is going good with you and your family.

God Bless!

capturedbygod said...

Thank you for your encouragement. Its just what I need to hear. And yes, I agree, we are so much better sticking with Him when we are struggling, even when it is hard, then trying to do it without Him. That would be misery!

Love, Jenny

Tamela's Place said...

Jody,

That is an awesome scripture that offers so much encouragement from our Lord!

Tamela's Place said...

Lori,

Amen we stand victorious in Christ Jesus no matter what happens we have the victory in the Lord!

Tamela's Place said...

Billy,

I am thankful that this post has encouraged you may all of us continue to pray for one another. We don't know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow and we know who holds us!

Tamela's Place said...

Warren,

Yep that can be a toughy for sure but by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit in us we can do it!

To God be all the glory!

Tamela's Place said...

Larry,

Amen Larry i am with you God's word means everything and is something that we can take to the bank so to speak. You are welcome i am thankful that the Lord has impressed that upon my Spirit, i knew it was for me as well as the body of Christ!

God bless you!

Tamela's Place said...

Greg,

Pressing forward, how true is that it is not a matter of just casually moving forward but PRESSING!

Tamela's Place said...

Hello Connie,

Thankyou for your comment i will stop by and visit with you!

God bless you i love your poems!

Tamela's Place said...

Valerie,

Amen sis! may our faith be strong!

Tamela's Place said...

Amen brother Russ!

Tamela's Place said...

Gigi,

You are for sure doing that sis, and you have been a blessed example of hanging on to the Lord!

Tamela's Place said...

Jeff,

So, because of Christ, no matter what happens to us here on this earth, we are invincible, because we have a happy ending.


Now there are some powerful and encouraging words Jeff!

God bless you Jeff

Tamela's Place said...

Scott,

Hello Scott thanks for visiting Tamela's place and for your kind comments. Our family is doing very well thankyou for asking.

Yes, may we continue to spread his hope and be an example of God's peace in our lives come what may!

Tamela's Place said...

Jenny,

Yes that would be misery, i know because i have tried on my own and found myself in a state of great misery. So I have learned to never try on my own again.. Hard lessons learned but glad the Lord taught me!

girlforgod said...

Amen to everything you said Tamela! People need to stop living in fear and start fearing their God who they shoud be trusitng in COMPLETELY!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Sweet Sistah!!!
(((Hugz))) it was so good to see you when you dropped by, I have not been feeling well and the meds I'm on are causing some dicomforting side effects (sigh) say a lil prayer for me. I love this post, it reminded me when I was going through chemo and all my sistahs at Pc Crafter sent me a saying that said.. Hold on sistah Lorie.. we are not letting go!!! just what I needed to read and hear again. and Yes!!! I will hang on and not let go with all my might. I will also direct a couple of my friends here to read this post because they really really need to hear your words of encouragement.

Hugz Lorie

Tamela's Place said...

girlforgod,

Amen! you preach it girlfriend!

Tamela's Place said...

Hey Lori,

I will pray for you right now. Father God i pray that you would touch Lori's body and bring it back in order You are her Jehovah Rappha the God who heals and by the stripes of Jesus she is healed so i come in agreement with my sister Lori that she will be made whole in Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

Andrew Clarke said...

You're right, Tamela. It IS a time to hang on. It's a time of trial, and they are never 'fun' but they can be an essential part of our walk in the Lord. I've just offered up a prayer for you and all yours, that you will be upheld and have peace. May all good things of the Lord Jesus be with you, your family and friends.

Tamela's Place said...

Thank you so much Andrew how kind of you to say a prayer for our family we can always use prayer, i likewise will do the same for you and your family. God bless you Andrew and thankyou again :)

Warren Baldwin said...

Haven't heard from you in a while ... just checking to see if you had written anything lately.

Tamela's Place said...

Hello Warren,

Thanks for checking in, i will be visiting again soon.

God bless you :)

Farrah said...

Amen! Don't give up! It's not about just running in the race, it's about finishing it!

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