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The long winter- The remnants roots

Posted by appolus on January 5, 2015

As I write this, we happen to be in the depths of winter. It is January and there are some dark days ahead of course. Spring seems like a long way away. I would like you to consider the tree in winter. It loses all of its foliage. It stands stark and naked and bare against the cold winter sky. There seems to be no life in it at all. Yet there it stands. All activity seems to be suspended yet the root system continues to grow as the ground temperature a few feet below the surface is warmer. In the depths of winter, the roots grow deeper. This is the season of the remnant. We are in the midst of a long winter which will only end with the return of Jesus. This long winter is by design. God is establishing a people who cannot be moved. He is allowing everything to be stripped away. All the foliage, all the pretty adornments that we have added over countless centuries are simply being stripped away. The traditions of men appeal to the world, it compensates for a lack of reality. Yet God has a remnant who simply must have Him. A people who, no matter what happens, will follow God and stand upon His Word. Stand firm brothers and sisters, be encouraged. You are not alone. Your trials, your tribulations your feelings of isolation are by design. God must have an end time people who will follow Him no matter how fierce the storm. His people must have deep roots and these roots must be developed. This is where we are, this is where you are. The article below by T.A.Sparks speaks well to our current state and why we must endure and overcome…….bro Frank

And the remnant… shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. (Isaiah 37:31)

The Lord must have something which cannot be carried away, which cannot be removed, cannot be shaken, and certainly something which cannot be rooted up. That is His remnant. That, He must have for His own glory, and, that being so, He will take every measure with His remnant to have them after that kind, with roots downward. Of course, unto fruit upward. We speak much about the upward side of things, life in the heavenlies, sitting in the heavenlies, and our warfare and work – the fruitfulness of our life in union with the Lord. That is only possible as our roots are downward. In order that that might be so, we have to get into a place of unshakeableness where the roots have got such a grip that nothing can overthrow. And I believe that explains a very great deal of what the Lord is doing with His own spiritual people in these days.

It is true that the true children of God are going through a time of intense trial and testing spiritually in these days; everywhere it is so. Why? Because the Lord must have something against which hell is impotent and by which He demonstrates to the universe that strength of His might which causes to stand and withstand, and having done all to stand. If one were asked what the last issue for the Church in this age is, I would say that it stands, and that is saying a tremendous thing. Oh, you say, that is surely limiting things, are you not expecting much more than that? Progress, advance, sweeping movements? The Church will have all its work cut out in the end to stand, but its standing will be its victory. Just to be able, through testing, trial, when everything is blowing round you like a blizzard; when everything is dark, mysterious, and even God seems far away and unreal, and faith is tested and you are being assailed on the right hand and on the left, and there is every reason outwardly for your moving, giving up, falling down, surrendering, lowering your standard, just to stand and not be moved in your faith is the greatest possible victory…. We are passing through deep experiences, the enemy is doing it and the Lord is not preventing him, but we are coming to a fuller knowledge of the power of our God and a deeper rooting beyond all previous shakeableness. And the Lord is seeking to have a people who cannot be shaken, against whom hell with all its demonstration of arrogance and pride, is impotent. “And the remnant… shall again take root downward.” That is what the Lord needs.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: Rooted and Grounded

14 Responses to “The long winter- The remnants roots”

  1. Excellent metaphor/analogy, Brother Frank. I appreciate how you understand life through spiritual eyes instead of the religious.

  2. JoAnn said

    What an excellent post!!!!!! I myself struggle in the winter time more than any other season. What a great reminder that God is using it to make His people stronger. Jesus is our firm foundation! Thanks for the encouragement, as we wait for spring and new life!

  3. Robert Taylor said

    Thanks brother Frank. I can’t think of a message that I need more than I needed this message at this particular point in my walk with God. Blessings from Mexico brother. Keep us in prayer down here, the violence has spiked again…..Robert

    • appolus said

      Dear Robert, I am so glad that the Lord has encouraged you today. I encourage all who read these posts to pray for Robert and his family, missionaries in Mexico, a place of much wickedness and darkness. Thank you brother for shining your light in the midst of great darkness……………………bro Frank

  4. Allan Halton said

    That is just what God says the Church shall be doing when all is said and done. Standing. “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all (or, overcome all), to stand” (Eph. 6:13).

  5. Brenda said

    Reblogged this on White Raiment.

  6. Brenda said

    Reblogged this on White Raiment.

  7. Loy said

    so beautifully written. thank you.

  8. Barbara said

    This was a very hard winter….in the natural…. for me, at least. But I sensed there was some spiritual purpose for the experience.

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