Between the Lines, Between the sheets, Between the pages, Between a rock and a hard place, BETWEEN TIMES…
Much of our lives are spent in a certain kind of mind-set, and experience. it is often necessary to learn the skill to be able to enjoy the times of our lives. How many of us are living between promise and accomplishments, between being told it’s coming and the arrival. the Scriptures are filled with this, are they not? We read the accounts and stories and miss one fundamental tool in Gods equipment, that is, a word comes but the distance between the utterance of the word and the arrival of that word, can be soooo looong! take even the promise of the Messiah 100’s of years, and if you include the promise to Adam and Eve of the “crushed head” of the garden experience, 1000’s of years. yet the words and the promises are no less relevant and potent, it is the skill of staying in and holding on, or better said it is learning to live in the BETWEEN TIMES. we are all, if loving God, between the times people, actually all of humanity are living between the times when it comes to Gods love and promise fulfilled, along with his intent and cause arriving.
There is a skill for between the times, the learned skill of trust, of continuing, of setting your face like flint when that which comes towards you looks different from the promise. stay with the times by fully encountering the between times.
A classic picture of this is Acts 1, having lost, the Christ gone, and being told to wait , setting in order the loss and appointment of Matthias, yet they were between times, were they not. Christ had ascended and the Holy Spirit had not come, the fulfilment of Old Testament promise. Living with each other while between times. who would not say that’s enough, or I’m not sure if its true, let’s get out of here, long enough, certainly we miss heard, did God say?
Acts 1 is the story of 120 people in a room waiting for release along with arrival, it’s a skill of attitude and keeping faith, how many give up and change their theology because it’s not come quick enough, or even come as we determined it, between times are dangerous times and empowering times. we have heard many expound the ‘Kiros’ moments, the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment) and direct it to a particular event, i would suggest to you that we live in constant ‘kiros’ moments, dangers and opportunity, always between the times – danger and opportunity
The dangers of when we see nothing happening, in these between times we try to make it happen, Abraham did it with the promise of a child, he tried to make it happen in the between times. I wonder about the appointment of Matthias, was that God breathed or were they also simply trying to make things happen. You can not say that, well it is interesting that we hear nothing of him from that moment on? be careful in ‘In between times’, if the command is wait, then wait, hold to the promise don’t let it go by trying to make it happen with your own with effort.
The lessons of between times must be, when God speaks, when simple direction is given, take hold of it with both hands and live in it, not in another moment or event, simple really, between times is a time to keep to the directions given. this opens up the reality when nothing is happening and there is a God creating between times. it is the Fathers problem not ours, hold to Him.
Like many at the beginning of any new year the question of what God is saying comes up and the pressure to say something of significance comes upon us, let us thank and celebrate the workings of the Holy Spirit in our world. Lets stop being CSI Christians, scientifically looking into more and more detail of where God has been, and oh yes honour the past, but the past is surely for the future, learn to live in the light of the promise, so that we can say where God will be and not where he has been, a truly prophet people. I read recently some 1.2 million communities – families – churches have been established with 250 million people coming to Christ in the last 6 years World wide WOW wonderful testimonies of God at work, yet in all that if I compare with whats happening to whats coming it is still a drop in the ocean, as Christ fills all things and the church moves towards its goal of Christ everywhere with creation transformed to be like heaven here and now, restoration to Fathers first intent, there is so much more to come. As the old saying goes, made famous by a USA president “you ain’t seen nothing yet” we are between times! The awakening, the times of refreshing, revivals that will bring the Season of Restoration is still breaking in on us, it is happening but we are still between times. So what do I do, just do what i have been directed, keep it simple, do what God has said, get on with it and nothing more, keep my thoughts, don’t try to make it happen and loose. live and enjoy the in between the times, help others to live and welcome the promises fully with both hands and with excitement.
Some might say, well I am going to get it now, i trust you will, but the bible narrative is too full of lessons of having to hold the promises, just as Mary did with Jesus in hearing the coming promise of a son she learnt not only to say “be it unto me” but also to “ponder it in your heart” and make it living, there giving room for the promise to be cultivated and grow. It is important this year ahead, I believe much will come to pass this year, people are believing, faith is raising and much will break forth, but we have to live between the times, to see the promises of God come to pass in our ‘kiros’ day. Are you willing to put your trust in God… even when nothing is happening?
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