August 1

Abba Father…I hunger and thirst for holiness and righteousness to be an actual ongoing experience during the course of my everyday manner of life.  I hunger and thirst to manifest holiness and righteousness as an actual ongoing reality in my everyday manner of living…in all that I think, all that I say, all that I do.  It is the most intense desire of my heart. [Matt 5:6, 6:33; Isa 51:1-6]

Blessed Jesus…You assured me, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” [Mt 5:6]  Blessed, You said, are those who, in living out their everyday life, hunger and thirst for a purity, holiness, and righteousness of their own that comes from obedience to the Law.  You assured me that my longing will be completely satisfied, and I will be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of Your unclouded Presence, a soul wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!  I delight myself in You, Lord…and You promised to grant me the desires and secret petitions of my heart that are in agreement with Your will.  You promised that if only I would just commit my way to You and trust in You, most assuredly You will do this: You will make my righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of my cause like the noonday sun! [Psalm 37:4-6]

My beloved child, if the cry from the depths of your soul is that I create a pure heart within you…a heart that is inflamed with yearning to live out your everyday life in a purity, holiness, and righteousness of your own that comes from obedience to My Law; if the deepest desire of your heart is to be holy as I am Holy, to be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect…you can fully expect Me to lovingly and graciously grant this desire of your heart.  I will make you miserable over sin in your life that you have heretofore been careless, complacent, and indifferent about, and I will make you painfully and consciously aware of sins that your heart…being deceitful and desperately wicked that it is…has hidden from you.  I will reprove you, My child, “Wash your hands, you sinner, and purify your heart, you double-minded!”  I will cause you to “Grieve, mourn and wail over your sins, and in true repentance change your laughter to tears of sorrow and your mirth to deep sadness as you grieve over your disloyalty!”  And I will lovingly urge you, “Humble yourself before Me, and I will lift you up, encourage you, and help you!” [James 4:8-10]  I will lead you to confession and true repentance, and to have the same desire for purity, holiness, and righteousness in your life that I desire for all My children: “As the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living.  For it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am Holy;'” and, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [1 Peter 1:15-16; Mt 5:48]  I will indeed grant you the desire of your heart for purity, holiness, and righteousness, because My Divine Son Jesus assured you, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” [Mt 5:6]  He has assured you that your longing will be completely satisfied, and you will be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of My unclouded Presence, a soul wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!

O Lord, You’re beautiful:

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