August 23

My beloved child…Do not love the world or the things it has to offer.  In so doing, you show no real love for Me.  For the things this world appeals to…your sinful desires, your desire to have everything you see, your foolish pride…do not come from Me but from the world.  The world and its desires shall pass away, but the one who does My will shall live forever! [Father God…1 John 2:15-17]

Precious child…I will dwell in you and walk with you, and I will be your God, and you will be My child.  Walk away from the corruption and compromise of this world; separate yourself from these things.  Don’t link up with those who will lead you into pollution, and I Myself will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you will be My son/daughter.  Do not call anyone on Earth “father,” for you have one Father, and He is in Heaven!  I Myself said, “How gladly would I treat you like sons and daughters, and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.  I thought you would call Me ‘Father’ and not turn away from following Me!  A child honors his father, and a servant his master.  If I am your Father, where is the honor due Me?  If I am your Master, where is the respect due Me?” says the Lord Almighty. [2 Cor 6:17-18; Matt 23:9; Jer 3:19; Mal 1:6]

**        **, greatly beloved, My servant Paul lovingly reminded you, “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy.  I promised you to one Husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.”  In that day, declares the Lord, You will call Me “my Husband;” you will no longer call Me “my Master.”  I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.  I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.  For your Maker is your Husband…the Lord of hosts is His Name…and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole Earth He is called. [2 Cor 11:2; [Hos 2:16, 19-20; Isa 54:5]

Child of God!  I made you for Myself, in My Own image and in My Own likeness, to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness… the very crown jewels of My creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created Universe!  I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the precious and priceless blood of My Divine Son Jesus, that you would declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light!  I made you to be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God…consecrated and set apart to worship Me!

But no…instead, you are like an unfaithful, adulterous wife, having intimacy and love affairs with the world and thereby breaking your marriage vows to God!  Your sweetest, most tender affections are not reserved for Me!  I am not the choicest, most precious treasure of your heart!  You have no longing to linger in My Presence, just sitting at My feet!  Yes, I know that you honor Me with your lips…but your heart is far from Me!  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up your pretension and claim to My Name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me!  I wish you were either one or the other…make up your mind, would you, please!  So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am thoroughly disgusted with you and am about to spew you out of My mouth!  You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and am in need of nothing.”  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked!  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white garments to wear, to cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so your eyes would be opened and you can truly see! [Rev 3:15-18]

O My children…surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me!  O, spiritual adulteresses, untrue to God your husband…do you not know that your friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore would desire after mature consideration to be a friend of the world is thereby constituted an enemy of God!  Or, do you think that the Scripture says in an empty manner and to no purpose, “The Holy Spirit Who has been caused to make His permanent home in you has a passionate desire to control you to the point of envy of any control indwelling sin may have over you?”  But you have played the harlot against Me with many lovers…yet do you even think to return to Me?  Lift up your eyes to the bare heights and see.  Where have you not been adulterously lain with?  By the wayside you have sat waiting for lovers, eager for idolatry, like an Arabian desert tribesman who waits to plunder in the wilderness!  You have polluted the land with your vile harlotry, and with your wickedness, unfaithfulness, and disobedience to God! [Jer 3:20; James 4:4-5; Jer 3:1b-2]

**        **, those whom I love I rebuke and discipline!  So, therefore, be earnest, and repent!  You have forsaken your first love!  Remember the height from which you have fallen!  Repent and do the things you did at first!  Come now, let us reason together, beloved child!  Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  If only you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land! [Rev 3:19, 2:4-5; Isa 1:18-19]

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling:

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