August 16

y beloved child…Everyone who sins is guilty of breaking God’s Law, because sin is a violating of My Law…whether by transgression or by neglect.  Whoever is a child of God does not deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practice sin as part of your everyday manner of life, for My nature abides in you.  You cannot live a life of sin because you are born of God! [Father God…1 John 3:4-6, 9]

Those who are truly My children will be motivated to purity.  The deepest desire of the redeemed child of God is for holiness, even when sin hinders the perfect fulfillment of that desire.  **        **, if the purity, holiness, and righteousness that people see in your everyday visible physical life is not a true reflection of an inner purity deep within your heart, then either you do not belong to Christ My Son, or you are living a double life in disobedience to Him.  Living a double life is deliberately, knowingly, and habitually living a covert secret sinful life that you keep hidden from others, purposefully giving them the impression that your life is pure and holy.  Even so…God sees the secret, most hidden things you do…just as if you were doing them in broad daylight.

Beloved child…living this same secret life in your imagination is also a life hidden from others and purposefully giving others the impression that your inner life is pure and holy…for who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s own spirit within him? [1 Cor 2:11].  Even so…I, your Father and your God, know the deepest, most secret thoughts and desires of your heart…and you are guilty before Me just the same as if you were actually physically doing it.

Abba Father…I understand.  Satan is continually engaged in presenting evil, impure thoughts and images to my mind in order to entice and bait me with these evil desires that lurk in the secret, most hidden depths of my heart…the evil desires of my sin-enslaved human nature…to draw me away from the safety and security of my home in the Holy of Holies.  When I linger in those thoughts and images, consider them, and dwell upon them in my imagination, he has succeeded in dragging me away; I am then already guilty of doing whatever sinful behavior my heart has been engaged with in my imagination…just the same as if I had actually physically done it.  In addition to the sin already committed in my heart, when these evil desires are fertilized by the conscious and deliberate consent of my will, they conceive and give birth to the physical act of sin as well.  And these physical acts of sin, when allowed to habitually continue until they become full-grown and mature, give birth to spiritual death! [James 1:14-15]

Child of God!  Obedience begins in your heart.  Many would abhor to commit one sinful external act that can be seen by the eyes of men, in a temple of stone; and yet they are not afraid to commit a multitude of such acts in the temple of their hearts, and in the sight of God!  Heinous in My sight are sinful thoughts and feelings willfully indulged in which may be forever concealed from the world!

My child, don’t you understand?  Your heart can be perfect; the ultimate standard for purity of heart is perfection of heart.  Purity, holiness, and righteousness…first of all and above all…is a matter of your heart.  It is in your hidden life within your heart…in your mind, your thoughts, your imagination…where a pure, holy, and righteous life has its roots.  True righteousness lies in the heart; the only righteousness acceptable to Me is purity of heart.  Without that purity, your physical life makes no difference.  My Divine evaluation takes place in your heart.  I judge the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation in your actual physical life.  Therefore beloved… no one conceived of God and born into God’s Family deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practices sin, for God’s nature abides within.  My principle of life, the Divine sperm, remains permanently within you; you cannot practice sinning, because you are born into new life… you are a born again child of God. [John 3:9]

Abba Father…I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that everyone born into God’s Family is thereby a regenerated individual and does not make a practice of committing sin.  How could I?  God’s seed is deep within me, making me who I am.  It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin.  The Son of God carefully watches over and protects me [Christ’s indwelling Divine Presence preserves me against the evil one], and the Devil cannot lay hold of me. [1 John 5:16]  By this it is made clear who takes their nature from God and are His children, and who takes their nature from the devil and are his children: those who do not practice righteousness [who do not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] are not children of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow believer in Christ). [1 John 3:9-10]  This does not imply, nor claim, sinless perfection…but represents the heart attitude of a child of God that, so far as I know, has no unconfessed sin in my life…has nothing between myself and my Lord Jesus…a child who is yielded habitually to the Holy Spirit and living in close fellowship with my Father.

Blessed Jesus…my heart hungers and thirsts for purity, holiness, and righteousness in living out my everyday life.  As such, I continually look to Your Holy Spirit to guard my heart, that there be nothing in my life I am aware of that I know to be sin…but like doing it, want to keep on doing it, and refuse to give it up for You.  Blessed Holy Spirit…the Power of Your indwelling Presence continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ []; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and my Father’s unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.

Holy Ground:


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