False Labor

May 21, 2012

Isaiah 26:16-18
Lord, they came to you in their distress; when you disciplined them,
they could barely whisper a prayer.  As a woman with child and about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, O Lord.
We were with child, we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to wind.
We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.

False Labor

It you have ever been pregnant there may have been a time or times near toward the end of your term when you had what they call Braxton Hicks contractions or false labor.  It certainly felt like the real thing with the pains and the contractions.  In this hour we so long to bring forth the man-child, the fullness of that Christ-within.  We have been pressing in, laboring, travailing to bring forth. Our desire and expectation is so great.  We so long and yearn for the fullness of our inheritance.
What I have been hearing the Spirit showing me this morning is that when the time comes it won’t be because of our labor.  It will be because it is the fullness of time and then nothing can prevent it.  Just as a baby has a natural time for its delivery, so the spiritual man-child has its God ordained day of birthing.  It doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced the legitimate pains of birth.  It doesn’t mean that the day is not coming, but it is all in Father’s time and not ours.
Some may be asking what birth are you talking about?  Romans 8:18-24 gives us insight into the birth that we long for.  “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
For now, we patiently wait in hope, but with continued expectancy and faith as we are being accelerated into this later period of pregnancy.  Just know that there are times of false labor and that our efforts can not produce the real thing, but when it is time, nothing can stop it.
I’m sure this isn’t a popular word and one that I am reluctant to speak, for I, as well, long to see the full adoption as sons and the full redemption of our bodies.
The Lord says, “continue to nurture the child, prepare for the birth and anticipate with gladness its arrival, but know that false labors will not produce it, lest you be disappointed when you don’t see your desire and lose hope.  “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  These current labor pains are the preparation of that which is to come.


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