Staying in Position, Keeping Your Joy

A few couple of weeks ago during our Sunday services, I felt prompted to ask Elder Wilson Rose to share his heart with CRCC.  I'm so glad he did!  I was so moved by what he said I asked him to jot down his thoughts for me to post.  This is what he sent me.  Thank the Lord for good leaders!


Staying in Position

From time to time if you listen to the Holy Sprit He will ask you, "Where are you?" He is not asking for your physical location but rather where are you as it relates to your relationship with the Father. When He asks this it normally means you are out of position or you are starting to get out of position. For me personally it normally means I am not spending the time with him that is required for my spiritual development. He wants you to actually answer the question by looking at your relationship with Him and began to peel it apart.

For example: I would say; Lord I have not been reading and praying like I should. I have not been meditating on your word and I am not trusting You like I should. If you assess yourself honestly and repent to the Lord He will help you to quickly get back into position. IF you do not answer the question you will find yourself drifting further and further from the Lord. When this happens you are taking off the covering that He has on you for your protection and substituting it for something that cannot cover you. When you are not covered you become subject to attack from the enemy in areas that you normally are strong in. You are now in a weakened state; and if you are weak you are unable to engage in spiritual warfare.

At that point you get tired of getting beat up and began to get discouraged. After discouragement sets in you will start to go back to things that you were delivered from (Egypt). We were delivered from sin and every time we sin something dies because the wages of sin is death. If you cut off a branch from its vine it does not appear to be any immediate change to the branch but if you monitor it over the course of a few days you will began to visually see the impact of the brach being separated from its source of life. Sometimes the drama we experience is a direct result of us stepping outside of Gods covering and try to do thing our own way.

Do not grow weary in doing good. Stay in the Word even when you feel like it’s not making a difference. It is important to read the Word of God everyday. Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. Keep praying even if you feel like God is not listening.

Stay in position!

Keeping your Joy

Our joy in the Lord is essential to a productive Christian life on the earth. The enemy’s goal is to kill, steal and to destroy anything that looks and acts like God. His goal is to get you to define joy as your square footage, the car you drive and so on. Although it is nothing directly wrong with having these things you cannot allow them to compete with your relationship with the Father.

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

If you have allowed the enemy to deceive you and you have lost your joy;ask the Lord to restore to you the joy his salvation and uphold you with a willing spirit. Repent to the Lord and ask him to help you to thirst and hunger for righteousness again. Although this may seem like very basic knowledge to the average Christian this is exactly where the enemy operates. While you are so focused on what may be the big issues he is operating in the background sifting you slowly.

--Elder Wilson Rose, CRCC

Early Persecutions, Foxe's Book of Martyrs

I'm just fascinated by this period of church history.  Here is an excerpt from Foxe's Book of Martyrs:


The First Persecution, Under Nero, A.D. 67

The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome. This monarch reigned for the space of five years, with tolerable credit to himself, but then gave way to the greatest extravagancy of temper, and to the most atrocious barbarities. Among other diabolical whims, he ordered that the city of Rome should be set on fire, which order was executed by his officers, guards, and servants. While the imperial city was in flames, he went up to the tower of Macaenas, played upon his harp, sung the song of the burning of Troy, and openly declared that 'he wished the ruin of all things before his death.' Besides the noble pile, called the Circus, many other palaces and houses were consumed; several thousands perished in the flames, were smothered in the smoke, or buried beneath the ruins.

This dreadful conflagration continued nine days; when Nero, finding that his conduct was greatly blamed, and a severe odium cast upon him, determined to lay the whole upon the Christians, at once to excuse himself, and have an opportunity of glutting his sight with new cruelties. This was the occasion of the first persecution; and the barbarities exercised on the Christians were such as even excited the commiseration of the Romans themselves. Nero even refined upon cruelty, and contrived all manner of punishments for the Christians that the most infernal imagination could design. In particular, he had some sewed up in skins of wild beasts, and then worried by dogs until they expired; and others dressed in shirts made stiff with wax, fixed to axletrees, and set on fire in his gardens, in order to illuminate them. This persecution was general throughout the whole Roman Empire; but it rather increased than diminished the spirit of Christianity. In the course of it, St. Paul and St. Peter were martyred.

To their names may be added, Erastus, chamberlain of Corinth; Aristarchus, the Macedonian, and Trophimus, an Ephesians, converted by St. Paul, and fellow-laborer with him, Joseph, commonly called Barsabas, and Ananias, bishop of Damascus; each of the Seventy.

The Second Persecution, Under Domitian, A.D. 81

The emperor Domitian, who was naturally inclined to cruelty, first slew his brother, and then raised the second persecution against the Christians. In his rage he put to death some of the Roman senators, some through malice; and others to confiscate their estates. He then commanded all the lineage of David be put to death.

Among the numerous martyrs that suffered during this persecution was Simeon, bishop of Jerusalem, who was crucified; and St. John, who was boiled in oil, and afterward banished to Patmos. Flavia, the daughter of a Roman senator, was likewise banished to Pontus; and a law was made, "That no Christian, once brought before the tribunal, should be exempted from punishment without renouncing his religion."

A variety of fabricated tales were, during this reign, composed in order to injure the Christians. Such was the infatuation of the pagans, that, if famine, pestilence, or earthquakes afflicted any of the Roman provinces, it was laid upon the Christians. These persecutions among the Christians increased the number of informers and many, for the sake of gain, swore away the lives of the innocent.

Another hardship was, that, when any Christians were brought before the magistrates, a test oath was proposed, when, if they refused to take it, death was pronounced against them; and if they confessed themselves Christians, the sentence was the same.

The following were the most remarkable among the numerous martyrs who suffered during this persecution.

Dionysius, the Areopagite, was an Athenian by birth, and educated in all the useful and ornamental literature of Greece. He then travelled to Egypt to study astronomy, and made very particular observations on the great and supernatural eclipse, which happened at the time of our Savior's crucifixion.

The sanctity of his conversation and the purity of his manners recommended him so strongly to the Christians in general, that he was appointed bishop of Athens.

Nicodemus, a benevolent Christian of some distinction, suffered at Rome during the rage of Domitian's persecution.

Protasius and Gervasius were martyred at Milan.

Timothy was the celebrated disciple of St. Paul, and bishop of Ephesus, where he zealously governed the Church until A.D. 97. At this period, as the pagans were about to celebrate a feast called Catagogion, Timothy, meeting the procession, severely reproved them for their ridiculous idolatry, which so exasperated the people that they fell upon him with their clubs, and beat him in so dreadful a manner that he expired of the bruises two days later.

America the Beautiful!

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties, Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea!

Yeah...I'm feeling a bit patriotic this morning. LOL.  I hope this isn't a sin or something, but I love my country!  A Christian first and foremost...then my family, then the church...and then the good ol US of A.  I was honored to fight for her in the United States military, and I'm still honored fight for her as she slides further into immorality.

Lord, please bless our Nation. Please continue to heal the wounds of those who lost loved ones on this day, twelve years ago. But also Lord, please heal our backslidings, our immorality, and our idolatry.

Please protect our Nation. Cause us to repent. Protect those who protect us...our military, law enforcement, fire-fighters, and medical professionals. And please protect the church...its pastors and people.

In Jesus Name.