October 23

Abba Father…I understand.  For the joy of the great and special blessings You have reserved for me and are to be mine, that can only be appropriated by my patiently enduring the particular adversities You have allowed to touch my life, I willingly and gladly bear the suffering of my cross, heedless of its vexation. [Heb 12:2]

Yes, My beloved child, faith is an action that bears witness to your child-like trust in God, your child-like dependence upon God, and your unquestioning child-like obedience to the will of God.  Child-like dependence upon God means you are to place no confidence in the power of the flesh, since in your sin-enslaved human nature you are hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do anything, or say anything, that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God.  It is we who have received the true circumcision…we who worship by the Power of the Spirit of God, who glory in our life union with Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh. [Phil 3:3]  In your life with Me, My child, you need to cease trying to conduct your everyday activities in the powers of your flesh…through your human capabilities and capacities, by your own efforts and in your own strength, according to your own wisdom, knowledge and understanding. You must live your everyday life in the Power of My indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is the One Who works in you both to will and to do.  You are to give My Holy Spirit free reign to BE ALL in you and to DO ALL in you…in everything, looking to Him not only to lead, guide, and direct you in the conduct of your everyday activities, but also in determining the overall course and direction for your life as well.

For we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about the affliction and oppressing distress which befell us in the Province of Asia, how we were so utterly and unbearably weighed down and crushed that we despaired even of life itself.  Indeed, we felt within ourselves that we had received the very sentence of death…but that was to keep us from trusting in and depending upon ourselves instead of on God Who raises the dead.  For it is He Who rescued and saved us from such a perilous death, and He will still rescue and save us; in and on Him we have set our hope…our joyful and confident expectation…that He will again deliver us from danger and destruction and draw us to Himself. [2 Cor 1:8-10]  This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.  But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. [Jer 17:5,7] 

**        **, greatly beloved…child-like dependence is an attitude of your heart wherein you look with a confident expectation to My Holy Spirit to BE ALL in you, and to DO ALL in you.  Look to My Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct your use of the powers of the flesh, but put no trust in their conclusions apart from the confirmation of the Spirit.  The Holy Spirit…through Whom you have been joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus My Son; the Spirit of God, Who dwells in you and has promised never to leave you, never to forsake you…He must BE ALL in you and DO ALL in you.  This attitude embraces My Word and makes it your own: “Apart from Me, you can do nothing that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God.” [John 15:5]  But we know about these things because God has sent His Spirit to tell us, and His Spirit searches out and shows us all of God’s deepest secrets.  No one can really know what anyone else is thinking or what he is really like except that person himself.  And no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s Own Spirit.  God has actually given us His Spirit…not the world’s spirit…to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.  In telling you about these gifts, we have even used the very words given to us by the Holy Spirit, not words that we as men might choose.  So we use the Holy Spirit’s words to explain the Holy Spirit’s facts.  But the man who isn’t God’s child can’t understand and can’t accept these thoughts from God, which the Holy Spirit teaches us.  They sound foolish to him, because only those who have the Holy Spirit within them can understand what the Holy Spirit means.  Others just can’t take it in.  But the spirit-filled man has insight into everything, and that bothers and baffles the man of the world, who can’t understand him at all.  How could he?  For certainly he has never been one to know the Lord’s thoughts, or to discuss them with Him, or to move the hands of God by prayer.  But, strange as it seems, we children of the Most High God actually do have within us a portion of the very thoughts and mind of Christ. [1 Cor 2:10-16]  The mind of sinful man, which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit, is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives within you, directing and controlling your everyday life.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God. [Rom 8:6, 9, 14]

Abba Father…Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of Your Throne; unfailing Love and Faithfulness go before You!  Blessed are those who have learned to worship Your Majesty, who walk in the inaccessible light of the Glory of Your Presence, Father!  I rejoice in Your Name all day long; I continually praise Your righteousness!  For You are my glory and my strength, and by Your favor I am more than a conqueror, with overwhelming victory! [Ps 89:14-17]  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.”

All hail the Lamb:

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