Strength of the Ox By Roberts Liardon
By Roberts Liardon
It is time for each of us to put
our hands to the plough.
Proverbs 14:4 Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox
for a large harvest.
The ox is not a beautiful animal
but it is hardy. Where a horse might be susceptible to sickness and disease the
ox will be more likely to overcome. A horse used for riding needs to be shod
but the ox does not because his hooves are far stronger. Our feet are shod with
the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Like the ox, there is no ground over
which we cannot travel - no place we cannot go. The favored animal used by the
pioneers in America, the Voortrekkers in Africa, the Romans in Europe and the
Chinese in Asia was always the ox.
Being Strong in Character
The ox speaks of being stable and
persevering. We need to have the same spirit.
When things get tough we give up instead of setting our backs to the wheel
and pushing through or being stable and standing for what we believe. The ox is
strong in character and very tolerant. As
Christians so many of us are quick to jump and point fingers when we should be
more tolerant. It is a good thing that God is the judge and not us.
Oxen are always used in pairs and
trained to work together in unity. If we, as the Body of Christ were jealous
for God's glory and we worked together to achieve that, the task would be so much
easier but so often we are jealous for our own glory. The ox has always been associated with power
and strength and in the days of ancient Israel represented service and production
and increase in wealth. For us it represents our service before God and man and
the increase in souls (the harvest) for the Kingdom.
Roberts Liardon.....on the Cutting Edge
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By Roberts Liardon
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Acts 10:38 (KJV) If Jesus had to be anointed, then you and I need to be anointed too! As Christians, there is already an anointing within us, but our goal should be to get that anointing to increase. We want to experience more than a visitation, we want the anointing to abide continually and increase over our lives. In order for the anointing to increase, we have to have understanding. Many times we don't obtain fresh anointings because we don't know how to reach for them and pull them into our lives by faith.
Colossians 1:9 (Amplified) "..we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things]."
We must understand the importance of the verse above. The writer of this epistle makes it clear he prays for one goal in every believer. Spiritual understanding, discernment and insight all point to this one word: accuracy. Today as never before, there is such a need for accuracy in the body of Christ. Goodhearted works and intentions can't produce it. Even willing, zealous believers without accuracy cannot be productive.
If you obey God, persecution, offense and slander wars will come. Jesus said they would, especially during the last days of this dispensation. Expect that everything you stand for will be tested. How real are your convictions?
All persecution, including slander, comes with the purpose of causing you to withdraw from your position. We don't believe in withdrawal or retreat. We only have charges. NO retreat allowed! Remember you are neither the first nor the last to be persecuted, just the next one. You are in good company.