December 2

My beloved child…the only way to live your everyday life in the Power of My Spirit is to trust Me to do this in you.  With an unwavering child-like trust…watch for Me and wait upon Me, look off unto Me and listen for My voice.  I will lead you and guide you, I will show you what you are to do and when.  Don’t run ahead of Me, or without Me! [Father God…Prov 3:5-6; Isa 30:21]

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

In your own life, or in the lives of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, brothers and sisters in Christ…has your faith been tested, and is your faith now being tested, in the furnace of affliction?  Are there the chains of sin that bind the lost and hold them prisoner; chains of sin that bind the backsliden and hold them captive?  Are there the chains of physical infirmities…of physical disorders, diseases, and illnesses… that bind the body and render it unfit?  Are there the chains of broken relationships, of strained relationships…relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters and family members; between friends and neighbors, between brothers and sisters in the Family of God?  Are there the chains of bondage to addictions and habits…addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography; addictions to food, tobacco, television?  Are there the chains of financial bondage, emotional bondage, social bondage, spiritual bondage?  Are there the chains of depression, discouragement, disappointment; chains that bind the disheartened and the disillusioned?  Are there the chains that hold captive the downcast, downtrodden, distraught, dismayed, and distressed?  Are there the chains of discord, disharmony, disunity, dissension and division?  Are there the chains of affections for the people of this world, and for the things this world has to offer, that compete with your affection for Christ Jesus our Lord? Are there the chains of attractions to the people of this world, and to the things this world has to offer, that compete with your attraction to our Lord Jesus?  Are there the chains of desires within your heart that compete with God’s desires for you?  Are there the chains of purposes for your life that compete with God’s purposes for your life?  Are there the chains of ungodly motives, bad attitudes, a sour disposition?  These testings have come, in your own life and/or in the lives of those who are near and dear to you, in order that the genuiness of your faith, which faith is examined by testing for the purpose of being proven genuine…may be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise and glory and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Spend some time before the Lord…just sitting at His feet…and inquire of Him concerning your reactions and responses to these testings that touch your life, both past and present. Do the things that you do, the words you speak, the thoughts you think…bear witness to your faith in God and what He has said in His Word concerning these afflictions?  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.  Let the Spirit of God convict you deeply, if needs be, and work in you, both to will and to do, a response that reflects an unwavering child-like trust in God, an unreserved child-like dependence upon God, and an unquestioning child-like obedience to both do the will of God and to accept the will of God in the circumstances, events, and things He allows to touch your life.

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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