January 8

Abba Father…surely, I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving, and come into Your courts with praise…singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, and making music in my heart to You, Lord! [Ps 100:4; Eph 5:19; Ps 150]

ABRAHAM: THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH

Obedience is the very life of faith, and the only way into a deep and intimate personal relationship with God.  It is impossible to receive God without also receiving His will.

God alone the choicest, most precious treasure of my heart

Man stands between the visible material world and the invisible spiritual world.  His sin and fall consisted in his having turned from God to the world.  My redemption from the power of sin could only be found in my giving up the world and setting my whole heart upon God.  Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,” says the Lord!  O, spiritual adulteresses, untrue to God your husband, do you not know that your friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore would desire after mature consideration to be a friend of the world is thereby constituted an enemy of God!  Or, do you think that the Scripture says in an empty manner and to no purpose, “The Holy Spirit Who has been caused to make His permanent home in us has a passionate desire to control us to the point of envy of any control indwelling sin may have over us?” [Jer 3:20; James 4:4-5]

In the world, but not of the world

One of the root principles of God’s will is His call for me to come out and be separate, and give myself to walk with Him whithersoever He leads.  It is the Spirit of God, dwelling within me, Who places me where I am to be, leads me where I am to go, shows me what I am to do to participate with Him in His work, gives me the thoughts I am to think and present, and the words I am to speak or to write.  My place is continually waiting upon God…listening for His voice, watching and waiting for His direction.  Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves Me.  “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.” [John 12:26, Luke 9:23-24; 14:27]

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.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:

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