Blessed Jesus…My soul shall forever be satisfied, as with the richest of foods! I feast on the abundance of Your house, Lord; You give me drink from Your River of delights! [Ps 63:5; 36:8]
6th: THE PILGRIM SPIRIT OF FAITH. Faith makes us pilgrims…strangers and sojourners here on Earth, because my heart is in the homeland which is Heaven.
Separation from the world
Separation from the world is essential to my life of faith. Adam’s fall took place as a result of the power and spirit of this visible world. Christ gave Himself that He might deliver me from this present evil world. The spirit of the world is utterly at variance with the Christ-like, Heavenly-minded spirit. The reason why there is such a failure for my growth in faith is, although there is a desire to live with Christ in the Holy of Holies, there is an unwillingness to utterly forsake the world. My flesh wants to live in both, and that is an impossibility! Until the Kingdom of Heaven in its Power, as it came down from the Throne of God in Heaven, becomes my one desire, and until I leave all and sell all for this pearl of great price, my faith cannot stand in the Power of God, or overcome the world. If it be not my one desire to live as those who are partakers of a Heavenly calling, partakers of Christ, as those who are pilgrims and strangers, and make it manifest that I am seeking after a country of my own, as those who desire a Heavenly country…no wonder if God is ashamed to be called my God, and my soul cannot taste the joy of a walk in His Presence! I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up your pretension and claim to My name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me! I wish you were either one or the other… make up your mind, would you, please! So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am thoroughly disgusted with you, and am about to spew you out of My mouth! You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and am in need of nothing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked! I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white garments to wear, to cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so your eyes would be opened and you can truly see! Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So, therefore, be earnest, and repent! [Rev 3:15-19]
Following in the steps of Christ
There is nothing so heart-searching as faith. Christ, our Leader and Forerunner, dedicated the new and living way into the Holy of Holies for me…the way of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self…that I might follow in His steps and live with Him there, ever in the Father’s Presence, here and now on Earth. As I give myself wholly to this, my faith will grow; I shall become a child of faith, marked by this one thing…a faith that lifts me into the Heavenly world, and makes me a pilgrim and stranger here on Earth.
What shall this man do?
There is no more subtle temptation to delay with what God calls me to do until I am first informed what others are to do, or what God is to do with the rest of the world. To every question, “And what shall this man do?” Christ’s answer is, “What is that to thee? Follow thou Me.” Then Jesus said to them all: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life for himself and his own interests will lose it, but whoever loses his self-life for My sake will save it. Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27] If I am to be led by Christ in the new and living way, to live with Him in the Holy of Holies, I must, like Him, live as a pilgrim and stranger here on Earth.
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 I want is You, Lord: