My beloved child…have you considered My servant Job? In his afflictions, his 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?” [Father God…Job 2:9-10]
** **, greatly beloved, this, then, is to be your attitude, your response…the same that was in Christ Jesus My Son…in any of the trials I allow or cause you to face: Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET WILL I REJOICE IN THE LORD…I WILL BE JOYFUL IN GOD MY SAVIOR. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like hinds feet; He gives me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility. [Hab 3:17-19]
This, then, is to be your attitude, My beloved child…the same that was in My Divine Son Jesus: 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 mirror of the Almighty that God intended for you to be, that had been shattered by sin…He willingly endured the cross with a joyful acceptance of His Father’s will…not just a determined resignation to do the Father’s will…heedless of its shame. [Heb 12:2]
Child of God! You are to embrace the same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus My Son, and joyfully exclaim from your innermost being: For the joy set before me…
the joy of having patient and unswerving endurance formed in me, I patiently endure pressure and affliction and hardship, heedless of the suffering. [Rom 5:3]
the joy of knowing that by many different kinds of testings, the genuineness of my faith may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor when Christ Your Son is revealed, I patiently endure suffering and sorrow, heedless of its pain. [1 Peter 1:6-7]
the joy of knowing that I am achieving an eternal weight of glory, I patiently endure my light and momentary afflictions, heedless of their temporal hardship. [2 Cor 4:17-18]
the joy of knowing that by whole-heartedly accepting His will for me and thereby becoming Christ’s disciple, I bear my cross daily, heedless of its distress. 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. [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27]
the joy of knowing that I am being prepared to share in Christ’s glory, I patiently endure my trying experiences of today, heedless of their sorrows. 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 my present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in me. [Rom 8:17-18] Even more, when I love Him, trust Him, and rejoice in Him as I share in His sufferings now, I experience the glory here and now!
the joy of knowing that suffering is part of God’s plans, purposes, and will for me, I patiently endure my afflictions, heedless of their anguish. So then, those who suffer because it is God’s will for them, should by their good actions trust themselves completely to their Creator, Who always keeps His promise. [1 Peter 4:19]
the joy of knowing I will be enabled to walk in the Power of Christ’s resurrection life… the power to walk triumphantly through each and every day, as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory…I willingly fellowship in Christ’s sufferings, heedless of its burden. 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]
the joy of knowing that God is the Sovereign All-Ruler over all things, and that nothing can touch my life apart from what He either Personally causes to happen, or specifically, consciously and deliberately allows to happen…and all to accomplish His Own good purpose…I patiently endure suffering as part of His plans, purposes, and will for me, heedless of its bitterness.
the joy of knowing that all God does is necessarily the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be, and that He is working out something good on my behalf…though I may not understand, yet, even so, I can trust My Father…I patiently endure my cross daily, heedless of its tribulation. And we know that God makes all things to work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are called according to His purpose. [Rom 8:28]
the joy of knowing that the Sovereign Lord is my strength, I patiently endure my cross daily, heedless of its pressure and trial. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like hinds feet; He gives me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility. [Hab 3:18-19]
Abba Father…All glory to our Most Holy, Most High God! You safeguard me from falling away, and bring me into the unspeakable joy of Your glorious Presence without spot or wrinkle or blemish! Blessed be the One True Living God, my Savior through Christ Jesus Your Son! You are worthy of all glory and majesty, dominion and power…from eternity past and throughout the eternal unfolding ages! [Jude 24-25] 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.”
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