A couple of weeks ago during prayer, I suddenly had a strong feeling of an interior stretching. Something had taken place – in the spirit – that felt like an elongation. An enlargment. And yesterday while reading the Word, the significance of what had taken place was too important not to share as a testimony. It supports biblical tenets and it confirms the operations of the Holy Spirit during these latter days.
This interior stretching speaks of a transitional growth process that leads us to more mature stages of spiritual development in Christ. In other words, we as faithful Believers are growing into His stature. Those who have allowed this sanctification process to take place know that it is not always easy. And those who do the work of the Lord might feel this more on different levels because “much is expected from whom much is given.”
I am reminded of a vision from years ago in which angels were shown measuring me. From shoulder to shoulder. From the top of my head down the length of my back. The vision ended knowing that I had been fully measured. This was interpreted to mean that growing into the stature of Christ requires that we will meet conditions in life that will cause us to stretch and grow beyond our fleshly comfort zone. But those who abide in the Lord and persevere with faith; despite the complaints of the flesh, will be greatly blessed as declared by Luke in the following verse:
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Lk. 6:37)
Nothing goes by unnoticed by Jesus Christ, who is the head of the Church and the New Kingdom. Consider also the following verse:
“Then I (John) was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.” (Rev. 11:1)
When reading and contemplating this verse, I heard in the Spirit “en dernier” which means “in the end”. This means that we will, in the end and at the time of fulfillent, have to give account for everything done during our earthly lives. Every situation and every condition we successfully overcome in this lifetime is bearing fruit for the Kingdom of GOD in heaven. It is already manifesting in the spiritual Kingdom! If Believers could only see with their eyes the fruit of their labors, they would greatly rejoice even amidst earthly trials. And for those things in which we have sinned and fallen short, there is forgiveness in the blood of the Lamb for the contrite and repentant heart. We are being prepared to worship in the highest heavenly courts! We are being prepared for a final measurement! We are being measured to be custom-vested in a garment of the whitest fabric of righteousness that is befitting of the Bride of Christ. The glorified body! Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus!
In summation of this post, I leave you with the following Word “PERSEVERE”. It was a Word that was spoken to me many, many times. And it is still a word of encouragement that keeps this Believer pressing on in the Faith regardless of setbacks, conditions and situations. And sometimes when we feel that we have stretched as far as we can, more stretching might be needed. We are being stretched! But rest assured it is all for very good reason!
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, ill we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph.4:11-16)
“But we all, with uncovered face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.“
Keep the faith in the Lord’s Finished Works!