We stand by revelation, God who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God called me through grace to reveal His Son in me.
Gal 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
How are we going to be made to stand, to be established?
How is this endurance going to be put in us?
By knowing the Lord Jesus in this inward way, by revelation.
The people who are going to stand are those in whom this thing has become a living revelation; "God hath shined in our hearts," this is one side.
The other is, "pressed on every side, perplexed, pursued, smitten down... yet not unto despair" - 2 Cor. 4:6-10.
We are troubled and pressed down...why? "That the LIFE of JESUS might be made manifest in our mortal bodies" - 2 Cor. 4:11.
Is not that endurance? Pressed on every side yet not strangled!
In pressure Thou hast enlarged me
Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1
What was meant to be "pressed down," God has made for enlargement.
Cast down, yet a wonderful rising up. Why? How?
It is "God who hath shined in our hearts...in the face of Jesus Christ," therefore you can go through and survive.
Nothing can carry us through but the revelation of the Lord Jesus by the Holy Spirit in our hearts; an inside knowledge of Him - not mental assent to a creed or a doctrine, but a living, vital reality in our very being.
For strength to overcome and press on, only a revelation by the Holy Spirit in us can suffice - but it can!
A revelation that is within one's spirit and not a mental appreciation of truth even though it is truth about God.
Oh, the power to be able to say "I KNOW," not I have heard or read, but "I KNOW".
It is an experience nothing can rob us of.
It is absolutely essential to have this revelation by the Holy Spirit because we have to meet forces of evil against which nothing can stand save that which is of God.
In pressure Thou hast enlarged me. How? Because of the constant uprising of THE LIFE within.
Trouble, trial, sorrow...we are subject to these things, they are common to all men, but we rise above them through the strength of His might within.
We are strong because of the Light given in the knowledge of God.
The enemy mightily withstands revelation; to mar or hinder that, he'll stop at nothing!
Light and Strength go together; endurance is by revelation, "I know".
Establishment in the truth by revelation of the truth, this brings an impact on Satan and his hosts; light leading to might.
When the Lord opens eyes you see what happens, "the eyes of your heart being enlightened, that ye may know" this is the result of opened eyes.
2Co 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
I send thee to open their eyes, that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God.
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Paul was sent by the Lord Jesus with a message to open the eyes of the people that would turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to their inheritance in God; this, the inheritance of eyes being opened.
Sovereignty follows opened eyes.
~T. Austin Sparks~