December 1

My beloved child…a life of trying in the power of your flesh ignores My Eternal provision for your living a holy and righteous life: the gift of My Holy Spirit given to dwell in you, and His Eternal Power made available to you.  It disregards My command to keep on being continually filled with My Holy Spirit, giving Him free reign over the conduct of your everyday life. [Father God…Eph 5:18-20]

**        **, greatly beloved, faith is not belief only; faith is a verb…an action word. Faith is the living out of your life in a manner that bears witness to the truth of what you say you believe. What you believe in your mind is not faith until you have acted in reliance upon that belief.

Don’t you fully understand yet?  “Faith” is not genuine faith until it withstands the furnace of affliction…until it endures the fire.  A “faith” that has not been tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.  These testings have come in order that the genuiness of your faith, which faith is examined by testing for the purpose of being proven genuine…that approval being much more precious than the fire-testing of gold to prove its genuiness and which, even so, perishes…may be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise and glory and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ. [1 Peter 1:7-8]

What good is it, My child, if a person claims to have faith but has no good works to show for it?  Can such faith save his soul?  Faith by itself, in the form of a stated belief but not accompanied by actions that bear witness to that stated belief, is destitute of power and dead.  Someone may well say, “You claim you have faith, and I have good works.  Now prove to me your actual possession of the faith you claim to possess apart from any accompanying good works, and I by my actions that bear witness to my stated belief will prove to you my actual possession of faith.  You believe that there is one God. Good!  Even the demons believe that…and shudder!  For just as the body apart from the breath of life is dead, so also faith in the form of a stated belief but not accompanied by deeds and actions of obedience to back it up, is destitute of power and dead. [James 2:14, 17-19, 26]

Are you willing to be shown proof, you foolish, spiritually deficient fellow, that faith apart from good works is inactive, ineffective and worthless?  Was not our forefather Abraham shown to be justified and made acceptable to God by his works when he brought to the altar as an offering his own son Isaac?  You see that his faith was cooperating with his works, and his faith was completed and reached its supreme expression when he implemented it by good works.  And so the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed trusted in and relied upon God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.  You see that a man is justified…pronounced righteous before God…through what he does bearing witness to a stated belief and not alone through “faith” merely in the form of a stated belief.  So also with Rahab the harlot…was she not shown to be justified…pronounced righteous before God…by good deeds when she took in the spies and sent them away by a different route? [James 2:20-25]

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

Lord Of Every Heart:

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