September 22

**        **, greatly beloved, for the joy set before Him…the joy of seeing sinners saved; the joy of reconciling sinners back to God; the joy of restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by sin; the joy of repairing that shattered mirror of the Almighty you were meant to be…Jesus willingly endured the cross with a joyful acceptance of My will, heedless of its shame. [Father God…Heb 12:2]

Beloved…the proof of faith is in living your life in accordance with, and in agreement with, what you say you believe.  There are many hundreds of verses in Scripture where I promise My sufficiency to meet every need you may encounter during your lifetime.  It is faith alone that embraces these promises, and makes them yours.  It is faith alone that enables you to live a tranquil, unruffled life, always living in My unclouded Presence.  Child of God!  Do you not believe My promises, which I Myself have spoken?

Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident!  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go. [Josh 1:9]  Do you believe what I, the Lord, have said…I am with you wherever you go?  Then why are you afraid?  Why are you discouraged?  You need to put aside fear and discouragement, become determined and confident, and live your life in accordance with what you say you believe.  That is the measure of your faith, beloved child!

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! [Isa 26:3]  Do you believe that I, your Father and your God, will keep you in perfect peace?  Then why don’t you have peace of mind?  Why are you so troubled and upset? You need to trust in Me, and turn your thoughts often…not just sometimes…to Me!  Trust in Me with an unwavering child-like trust, beloved child!

Precious child…you are My child, in whom I am well-pleased!  I love you with a fathomless love; you are the apple of My eye! I take great pleasure in you!  Abide with Me in the shelter of the Most High…here in the Holiest of All, in My unclouded Presence within the Heavenly Sanctuary…where you will find your home and resting place in the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered in My loving arms.  I am your Refuge and your Fortress, your God and Father, in Whom you may have an unwavering child-like trust and in Whom you may continually be at rest in an unruffled child-like rest…in My loving arms, **        **, where all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled!

Surely, **        **, I shall deliver you from the hidden traps and from deadly hazards.  I shall cover you with My pinions, and under My wings you shall abide with Me in an unwavering child-like trust and find refuge.  You will be safe in My care; My truth and My faithfulness will protect and defend you!

You need not be afraid of any terror of the night, nor the sudden evil attacks of the enemy during the day, nor of any dreaded diseases that stalk in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death of disasters that surprise and lay waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at your side, **         **, and ten thousand at your right hand…but these evils will not touch you!  Safe and secure in the secret place of the Most High, you will be only a spectator as you witness the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made Me your refuge, **        **, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your dwelling place.  For I give My angels special charge over you, to accompany, defend, and preserve you in all your ways of obedience and service.  They will steady you with their hands, and keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the pathway.  You can safely meet a lion or step on poisonous snakes; you will walk unharmed among them…yes, even trample them beneath your feet!

Because you have set your love upon Me, **       **, therefore will I deliver you.  I will set you on high, because you know and understand My Name through our deep and intimate Sacred Covenant relationship…knowing I will never, never leave you…I will never, ever forsake you…assuredly not!  You shall call upon Me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you.  With long life will I satisfy you and show you My salvation! [Ps 91:3-16]

Friends, brothers and sisters…

No one born into this world is automatically God’s child…only those who are born again by a conscious and deliberate decision of their own free will can become children of God. Jesus came into this world, and to all who will receive Him, to those who embrace the truth of Who He is and confidently put their trust in Him, He gave the right to become children of God. [John 1:10-13]  Jesus made that very clear to Nicodemus: 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. [John 3:3, 5-7]

Unless you are born again…born of the Holy Spirit…you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit.
You can only be born again by acknowledging that Jesus is the Christ, the Divine Son of the Triune God [Father, Son, Holy Spirit], the sacrificial Lamb of God Who came into this world to become the one only, all-sufficient, atoning Sacrifice through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, thereby securing forgiveness for your sins and restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by your sins.

And believing the above is not enough either. A person must also receive Jesus the Christ into their life as both Lord over their life and Savior of their soul.  That is done by making a solemn vow before God, giving yourself to become the bride of Christ in divine marriage.  Apart from what I have explained above, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God…you cannot be in Heaven.  And friend…there is only one other neighborhood available.

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…
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.”

The Lord is my Shepherd:

 

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