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24 November 2015

Posture Yourself

"Posture Yourself"  

Words I heard in a recent message that had such an effect on my heart that I wrote them down. I posted them where I would see them often. When I set up my new office, I rewrote them and placed the simple hand printed letters in a photo frame on my desk.

Every day I am reminded that I choose how, and for what, I posture myself.

There are seasons in life that the winds of adversity drive the freezing rain of disappointment deep into your flesh like an endless barrage of needles. 

You'd rather be crushed than endure another affliction. 

Perplexity gives way to despair, and persecution leaves a sense of being forsaken. 

The last hit knocked you down and left you wondering if there's anything left of you or your dream ~or has it all been destroyed?

How you "Posture Yourself" will determine your outcome in any season. How you Posture Yourself in the tough times is vital to your ability to overcome, and to be more than a conqueror.

At the heart of affliction, perplexity, persecution and assault, is accusation. The accuser of the brethren is playing the blame game, hoping you will take your place as the victim, in his deadly game. 

But, you have been given a position in Christ. You can take your seat in heavenly places, in Him. From there you can enjoy righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Posture Yourself for righteousness ~ and affliction will result in an increased understanding of who, and Whose, you are.

Perplexity gives way to wisdom when you posture for peace. 

In the face of persecution and assaults a posture of joy will cause you to rejoice that you have been counted worthy to suffer.

Like a quarterback postures himself to catch the ball, you can Posture Yourself to "catch" the good things of the Spirit of God. 

What kind of stance does that Posture require? First, it requires fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, perceiving the value of the blood He shed, and appropriating it in your life. 

Second, you must think on things that are good and true, recounting the testimonies of the goodness of our God in your life. 

Lastly, prefer others, considering them as more important than yourself ~ Their wants, their needs, their lives and their dreams. 

You see, we overcome the accuser of the brethren by the Blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony, and by not loving our own lives (or dreams) even when faced with death.

This week many in the US will sit down to a big meal with family and friends. May we remember that it is a tradition that we enjoy because so long ago, a group of people being persecuted for their faith, overcame by that same Blood of the Lamb, their testimonies and that they did not love their own lives even when faced with death. Instead they postured themselves in righteousness to deal with affliction. They took a posture of peace against the perplexities that faced them. And they postured for the joy of being counted worthy to suffer for the cause of Christ.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost as you POSTURE YOURSELF!