Friday, July 27, 2007
High Ground & Fortitude
For whatever reason- while i was up in High Country... i did get the sense i was surveying a battlefield and a pending one as well. I could see the present situations... seems the whole tribe has been battling something or another ... as we are all walking in some new territory. But- i was also sensing some of the next front... as i looked across the mountain range and could see 3 states.. it does help to be hanging round some of my gifted prophetic friends and it stirs the flame in me as well.
The one thing militarily i know is you NEVER- NEVER - NEVER - give up the High Ground. (ps that is why i'm emphatic about Israel NOT giving up the Golan's- never mind the best winery in Israel is there!!) Case in point, you can see the whole sea of Galilee from there, and could hit it with a missile in seconds... It's much easier to fight from a High Ground position. But to maintain a high ground position in the Spirit really requires staying in worship and praise- and to be honest, to kvetch is easier. Depression- apathy- ambivalence are always waiting for a sneak attack... and usually strife joins in just to stir the pot a little more.
So how do we maintain a High Ground position, what is needed in our spirit and character to Stand- and when having done all - Still Stand (according to the Word)
My friend Anna had a word from the Lord about Fortitude...and to pray for it... so she looked it up and to be honest, dang, i'm adding it to my prayer request for myself and for those already in the trenches- (emotionally, physically and spiritually.)
According to Noah Webster- Fortitude is: "Strength of mind to meet or endure unfalteringly pain, adversity, or peril; patience and constant courage. Is the strength or firmness of mind or soul to endure pain or adversity patiently and determinedly. it may be defined as "Still courage" or "enduring courage" it is that quality which is able not merely to endure pain or trial, but steadily to confront dangers that cannot be actively opposed, or against which one has no adequate defense; it takes courage to charge a trench but Fortitude to withstand an enemy's fire. Resolution is of the Mind; endurance is partly physical; it requires resolution to resist temptation, endurance to resist hunger and cold.
Wow that is full on and got some blue flame heat of revelation on it!
I guess if Faith is according to Hebrew 11:1
THE MESSAGE VERSION...
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
NEW AMERICAN STANDARD...
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation,]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
It does take strength and courage to step out in faith, but it also takes fortitude to stand unwaveringly, when all of hell is firing against you.
Lord, have mercy, grant us Faith- grace, strength, courage and FORTITUDE - align our will- heart, mind and spirit with yours, not only to Do Your will but Be your Heart extended - even when the battle is raging. In Jesus Mighty and Matchless name... amen.
Love you guys- deeply, cathryn