December 11

Abba Father…I understand.  I am just the paint brush in the hand of the Master; the pen in the hand of the Author; the bow in the hand of the Master Violinist.  I am just the instrument of your righteousness…a vessel set apart for noble purposes, holy and consecrated to the Master, prepared and ready to be used for Your every good purpose. [2 Tim 2:20-21]

Abba Father, I understand; enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to fully embrace and exercise genuine faith in my every day manner of living…in every circumstance, event, and thing that You allow to touch my life.  Thank You for showing me so clearly what genuine faith is…an action that bears witness to my child-like trust in God, my child-like dependence upon God, and my unquestioning child-like obedience to the will of God.  I am encouraged in my unquestioning child-like obedience in this assurance: because of Your steadfast love for me, Father, I know there is nothing You would ask of me…to be for You or to do for You, to learn of You or just, perhaps, to suffer because it is part of Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…that would be unreasonable, or too much to ask.  And so, it no longer matters to me where You place me, or how…whether in serious perplexity, or in positions of great difficulty, or in circumstances of great pressure and trial; whether You place me at all, or when; where You lead me to go, or what You show me to do.  That is rather for You to consider than for me.  For in the easiest position, still, You must give me Your grace, and in the most difficult, Your grace is more than sufficient.  It is enough for me, knowing that You know why You place me where I am…whether to do, or to learn, or just, perhaps, to suffer.  It no longer matters to me what I do or what I suffer.  All that matters is that You keep my heart lovingly and joyfully joined with Your will.  I know that if You place me in serious perplexity, You will give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength.  I have no concern that Your resources might prove to be unequal to the emergency…and Your resources are mine, for You are mine and are with me, and dwell in me, and have promised never, never to leave me, never, ever to forsake me… assuredly not.

Father, obedience is the very point at which Adam failed God…Adam’s disobedience severed our relationship with God and shattered the mirror of the Almighty intended for us to be.  Christ Jesus Your Son lived His life on Earth exactly and perfectly as God had intended Mankind to live…perfect Man.  By His perfect obedience to You, Father, He restored our relationship with God that had been severed by sin and repaired that mirror of the Almighty we were created to be.  I have covenanted in my sacred vows to Christ Your Son to honor and obey Him as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul. He is, first and foremost, Lord over my life.  He is Sovereign Lord over my life…not just some of my life or part of my life, but Lord over ALL my life.  I am to obey Your commands, Father, in every area of my life…without exception, following Christ Your Son’s example of faithfully obeying the Father’s commands during His life on Earth.
If anyone really loves Me, he will be careful to obey My teaching.  My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.  He who does not love Me will not care about obeying My teaching.  If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love.  This is true love for God: to obey His commands.  And His commands are not too hard for us, because every child of God is able to overcome the world.  And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. [John 14:23-24; 15:10; 1 John 5:3]

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.”

The Father’s Embrace:

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