My beloved child…don’t become discouraged and lose heart! For your light and momentary troubles during this life are achieving for you an eternal glory beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! [Father God…2 Cor 4:16-18]
** **, greatly beloved, faith alone is able to endure suffering. It is in the little common trials of daily life that My children can follow in the footsteps of My great heroes of faith, in the footsteps of the great Leader of your salvation. By faith alone you are called to, and are able to, bear the suffering of your daily cross, great or small, to God’s glory or your own welfare. Then Jesus said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life for himself and his own interests will lose it, but whoever loses his self-life for My sake will save it. Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. Now if we are children, then we are heirs…heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. [Luke 9:23-24, 14:27; Rom 8:17-18]
My child, don’t you know? Don’t you understand? Faith that endures suffering acknowledges and embraces God as Sovereign All-Ruler over all Creation. Faith sees Me as Sovereign All-Ruler over all things…in Heaven, on Earth, in the spirit world…and that nothing takes place apart from My having Personally caused it to happen, or having specifically, consciously, and deliberately allowed it to happen. And all to accomplish My Own good purpose. Faith sees your loving God and Father as a refiner watching over your purging and perfecting in the fire, burning out all the dross, that you would emerge as pure gold. Faith sees that to be made partaker of My holiness, to have the humility and meekness and gentleness of the Lamb of God My Son inwrought into you, and like Him to be made perfect in suffering, is the spirit of Heaven…and it counts nothing too great to gain this treasure. By faith alone, but by faith most surely, you can, in the midst of the deepest suffering, be more than a conqueror. See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For My Own sake, for My Own sake, I do this. [Isa 48:10-11]
** **, faith sees suffering as God does, in My light. It is as you long to be led into the Holy of Holies, and tarry there in God’s Presence, seeking above everything to walk in the new and living way of the will of God and My Holiness…of the obedience and self-sacrifice and death of Christ Jesus My Son…that you shall begin to see things as God does, and regard suffering in My light. Would you please God, would you conquer sin and the world, would you be holy and perfect, would you live as the heir of Heaven and eternity…live as a child of faith. Meet every trial, every adversity, every Providence, everything that touches your life, in the spirit of a joyful faith in God. I want to know Jesus…ever more deeply, ever more intimately; I want to know Him in the Power of His resurrection, and in the fellowship of His sufferings, being continually conformed ever more deeply into the likeness of His death…death to sin and death to self…in order that I may thereby attain, more and more, to the Power of His resurrection life out from the dead…the Power to walk triumphantly through each and every day, as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory. [Phil 3:10-11]
Then Job’s wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we indeed welcome and accept only blessings from the hand of God and not also accept the misfortune and adversity He allows? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” [Job 2:9-10; Lam 3:38]
** **, greatly beloved, have you never understood? Long-suffering is a fruit of My Holy Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. [Gal 5:22-23] My children are commanded to emulate the patience exhibited by My Divine Son Jesus. As those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, they are to put on a heart of… patience (Col 3:12), especially with fellow believers, showing forbearance to one another in love.
My child who is long-suffering will not avenge yourself or wish difficulties on those who oppose you. You can be kind and gentle, even with the most offensive, and will sow goodness where others sow evil. Human nature can never do this on its own; only My indwelling Holy Spirit can do this.
Long-suffering bears with the frailties and provocations of others, from the consideration that God has borne long with yours, ** **. Long-suffering also bears up through all the troubles and difficulties of life without murmuring or complaining; submitting cheerfully to every dispensation of God’s Providence, and thus deriving benefit from every occurrence.
Long-suffering is manifested in slowness to anger or passion, patient endurance, forbearance. It is opposed to haste; to passionate expressions and thoughts, and to irritability. It reflects a state of mind which can BEAR LONG when oppressed, provoked, maliciously slurred, and when one seeks to injure you.
Long-suffering is that quality which enables My child to bear adversity, injury, reproach, and makes you patient to wait for the improvement of those who have done you wrong. When the devil finds that he cannot overcome certain persons by force, he tries to overcome you in the long run. He knows that you are weak and cannot stand anything for long. Therefore he repeats his temptation time and again until he succeeds. To withstand his continued assaults, you must be long-suffering and patiently wait for the devil to get tired of his game.
Abba Father…because the Sovereign Lord is my help, I will not be dismayed. Therefore I have set my face like flint to do Your will, Father, and I know that I will most assuredly triumph! Many are the afflictions of the righteous…but You, O Lord, deliver me out from them all! [Isa 50:7; Ps 34:19] Hallelujah!
Friends, brothers and sisters…
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 you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the
truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are 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.”
Creation Sings the Father’s song: