September 26

My beloved child…are you sorely troubled and vexed by various pressures, trials and afflictions that worry and weary a human soul?  You must follow the example of Christ My Son and go into the Garden, there to walk along the same path that He walked…the pathway of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. [Father God…Phil 3:10; Mark 8:34]

**        **, greatly 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 peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled life, always abiding in My unclouded Presence in the Holy of Holies.  Child of God! Do you not believe My promises, which I Myself have spoken?

Precious child…do you still believe that I love you unconditionally?  That you are being led by My Holy Spirit?  That I bottle every tear you shed?  Do you still believe all things work together for good to them that love Me?  That I hear your prayers, even when you have no audible voice to express them?  Even when all seems dark and you are overwhelmed?  Even when fear lays hold of your mind and soul?  Even when it seems I have shut the heavens to you?  Do you still believe…even when death comes to your loved ones?  Do you still believe that I give comfort and strength to face even the grave? Do you still believe you are in the palm of My hand…that you are the apple of my eye? That eternal life is your future…that there is no power that can pluck you out of My hand?  That I am still touched by every infirmity and affliction you endure?  Do you still believe these things are true?

O my soul, bless God!  With all that is within me, I bless Your Holy Name!  O my soul, bless God!  Abba Father, I don’t forget a single one of Your many blessings!  You forgive my sins…every one!  You have freely forgiven me of all I have done, and have blotted out the entire record of charges proven against me…erased the entire record of my sins!  You have expunged the entire record of my sins; there is nothing written against my name in Your Book, just as if they had never occurred!  You heal the spiritual diseases of my sin-sick soul, continually working sanctification through Your Holy Spirit within me!  You have redeemed me from Hell…saved me unto eternal life!  You crown me with love and mercy…a Paradise crown!  You satisfy my desires with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  You wrap me in goodness… beauty eternal.  You renew my youth…I am always young in the inaccessible Light of the Glory of Your unclouded Presence!

Abba Father, You work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.  You make everything come out right, and put victims back on their feet.  You made known Your ways to Moses, Your deeds to the people of Israel.  You showed Moses how you went about Your work, and opened up Your plans to all Israel.  Lord God Almighty, You are sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered and rich in love.  You don’t endlessly nag and scold, nor harbor Your anger forever.  You don’t treat me as my sins deserve, nor pay me back in full for my wrongs.  As high as Heaven is over the Earth, so strong is Your love to those who behold You with an awe-filled regard and bow before You with the utmost reverence and respect.  And as far as sunrise is from sunset, You have separated me from my sins.  As a father has compassion on his children, even so, Abba Father, You have compassion on those who behold You with the honor and respect due You as their Father.  For You know me inside and out, and You keep in mind that I am but dust.

Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom.  But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here.  Even so, Your love, Father, is ever and always, eternally present to all who behold You with an awe-filled regard and bow before You with the utmost reverence and respect…making everything right for them and their children as they follow Your Covenant ways and remember to obey Your commandments.

You have set Your Throne in Heaven; You rule over us all!  You are the King of Glory!; Sovereign All-Ruler over all Creation!

So bless God, you angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His Word.  Bless God, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever He wills!  Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are…everything and everyone made by God!  And you, O my soul…bless God! [Ps 103]

Well then, My beloved child…if you say you believe these things, even every Word that comes from the mouth of God, the proof that your faith is genuine will be visible in your everyday life bearing witness to these beliefs. 

Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief. [Mark 9:24]

Friends, brothers and sisters…

Jesus’ purpose for unveiling Himself [in the Book of Revelation] is to show His servants beforehand what must soon take place during the forthcoming administration of His role and reign on Earth, so that they may make proper and diligent preparations for His imminent return, and for their invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb. On that glorious Day of His return, I, John, heard what sounded like the shout of a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah!  For our Lord God, Sovereign All-Ruler, reigns!  Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him Glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.  The finest linen, dazzling and white, was given her to wear.  Then the angel said to me, “Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage banquet of the Lamb!” [John…Rev 1:1-3; 19:6-9; Luke 14:15-23]

In that Day, Blessed Jesus, this is Your counsel to the children of God: At that time the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and did not take extra oil with them.  The wise, however, took extra oil in jars along with their lamps, and so were ready for his coming. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. [Jesus…Matt 25:1-13]

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, [], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

When I survey the wondrous cross:

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