September 17

**        **, greatly beloved…have you considered My Divine Son Jesus?  Although He was a Son, in the character of His human nature He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. [Father God…Heb 5:8-9]

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 and your undaunted abiding in Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy. 

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. [1 Pet 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 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 2:14-25]

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!

Friends, brothers and sisters in Christ…

Is God literally Your Father, and are you literally His child…a child of the Most High God, born by means of a second birth into the Family of God?  Jesus Himself made it perfectly clear, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  I Myself am the Resurrection and the Life.  Anyone who believes in Me, though dying a physical death like everyone else, will rise again to an eternal life with Me in Heaven.” [John 14:6, 11:25-26]  There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless one is born again, he cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.” 

Come Thou fount of every blessing:

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