I Myself have provided My promised rest for you. The way into My promised rest is so simple, a child can understand it. It is so simple that only a child can embrace it and enter in. Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. [Father God…Luke 18:16-17; Matt 18:3-4; 19:14]
My beloved child…Don’t you know? Don’t you understand? Without faith, it is impossible to please Me. Faith is not belief only; faith is a verb…an action word. Faith is the living out of your life in a manner that bears witness to the truth of what you say you believe. What you believe in your mind is not faith until you have acted in reliance upon that belief. Faith is an action that bears witness to your…
Unwavering child-like trust in Me;
Unreserved child-like dependence upon Me;
Unquestioning child-like obedience to do My will, and to accept My will.
** **, no matter how fierce the storms raging in your life may be, the confirmation in your spirit that you have genuine faith will be…
Your undaunted resting in Me with an unruffled child-like rest;
Your undaunted abiding in Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy.
Child of God! Genuine faith is the power that overcomes all obstacles, all adversities. There is an active power of faith that overcomes by securing deliverance from the adversity, when deliverance is in accordance with My will. And there is a passive power of faith that overcomes by enduring adversity, when deliverance is not My will. Genuine faith is triumphant both in its active power to victoriously overcome and conquer evil, and in its passive power to persevere and endure evil, even unto death. In one case, it conquers the enemy or the difficulty by securing its removal or destruction. In the other, there is no deliverance from the adversity, and yet faith conquers in the power it receives to endure, and to prove that its spirit is superior to all that men or devils can do.
My child…your “faith” is not proven to be genuine faith until it withstands the furnace of affliction… until it endures the fire. These testings have come in order that the genuineness of your faith, which faith is examined by testing for the purpose of being proven genuine…that approval being much more precious than the fire-testing of gold to prove its genuineness and which, even so, perishes…may be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise, glory, and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ. [1Pet 1:7]
What good is it, My beloved, if you claim to have faith but have no good works to show for it? Can such “faith” save your soul? Faith by itself, in the form of a stated belief but not accompanied by actions that bear witness to that stated belief, is destitute of power and dead. Someone may well say to you, “You claim to have faith, and I, for my part, have good works. Now prove to me your actual possession of the faith you claim to possess apart from any accompanying good works, and I by my actions that bear witness to my stated belief will prove to you my actual possession of faith.” Are you so slow to understand? You are pronounced righteous in My sight through what you do bearing witness to your stated belief, and not alone through a so called “faith” merely in the form of a verbally stated belief. For just as the body apart from the breath of life is dead, so also faith in the form of a stated belief , but not accompanied by deeds and actions of obedience to back it up, is destitute of power and dead. [James 2:14-26]
Abba Father…I understand; please help me by the power of Your enabling grace to fully embrace this! The all-prevailing, all pervading, atmosphere in which my soul lives and moves and has its very being is an unwavering child-like trust in You. It is the framework out of which everything in my life is determined…every action I take, every response to the things that touch my life, every word I speak, and every thought I think and present. Everything I am to do is filtered through an unwavering child-like trust in You, Father. No matter what circumstances, events, or things that take place to touch my life, they pass through this atmosphere of my unwavering child-like trust, and do not disturb my unruffled child-like rest. It simply prompts me to turn to Your Holy Spirit in an unreserved child-like dependence for His direction as to how I am to respond. In this all-prevailing, all-pervading, atmosphere of unwavering child-like trust, my soul is continually at rest in You, Father, with an unruffled child-like rest. Though the storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled! Hallelujah!
Leaning on the everlasting arms: