December 16

My beloved child…trust Me with an unwavering child-like trust that in all things I allow to touch your life, My indwelling Spirit will indeed intervene in those affairs to Personally do whatever is beyond your human capabilities and capacities to do, in accordance with My Own plans, purposes, and will. [Father God…Josh 6:1-20; 2 Kings 18:17-19:35]

My brothers and sisters in Christ…

I encourage you to spend some before the Lord, just sitting at His feet.  Bring before Him all the things that are currently touching your life.  Are you dealing with them by your own efforts and in your own strength?  According to your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding?  Through your human capabilities and capacities?  You need to entrust all of these things into His hands, and then to wait upon the Spirit of God to lead you and guide you as to how, and when, to respond to these things.  You need to put into practice the secret of hearing the voice of God.  If you don’t get to the place of absolute surrender, and know that you really mean it…that it really doesn’t matter anymore what the Lord shows you to do…you will NEVER hear the voice of the Lord.  You will only hear the voice of your own heart giving you your preference, and deceiving you into believing it is the voice of the Lord.

A number of years ago there was a Chairman of the Deacons in the church I was attending whose wife wanted with all her heart to open a vegetable stand.  Her parents had been successfully operating one for many years.  Both the Pastor and myself counseled him not to do this…for many reasons that we could clearly see.  Making no headway, I told him that He needed to hear from God concerning this decision, and explained to him the principles behind hearing the voice of God.  He said, “Ok, I will do that.”  A week later, he got back to me, said he did what I had suggested, and that he heard the voice of God giving him the green light to go ahead.  He spent a tremendous amount of time and effort in reconstructing a leased space in addition to his full time job, a really large amount of money, and finally opened his small fresh produce store.  Four months later, after losing a lot of money every month, he realized he needed to close the store and hire a lawyer to get him out of the lease.  You see what really happened…a classic example of hearing the voice of your own heart giving you your preference, and deceiving you into believing it is the voice of the Lord.

And so it is with you…my brother, my sister.  We are to carefully and diligently lay aside all our human preferences, so we will be able to truly hear the voice of God.  Then we are to obey the voice of God with an unquestioning child-like obedience…no matter what He asks of us, no matter what the cost.

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.”

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