March 2

BLESSINGS OF FAITH

Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…

  • I will give the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life that grows in the Garden paradise of God.
  • will in no way be harmed by the second death.  Therefore, remain faithful, even to the point of death, and I will reward you with the crown of life.
  • I will give to eat some of the hidden manna of Heaven.  I will also give you a white stone with a new name engraved on it, known only to the one who receives it.
  • and remains obedient to My will to the very end, I will give authority and power over the nations.  Your authority and power over them shall be like that which I Myself have received from My Father.
  • will walk in fellowship with Me, arrayed in garments dazzling and white.  I will never blot out your name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge you as Mine, and openly confess your name in the Presence of My Father and His angels.
  • I will make a pillar in the Temple of My God.  Never again will you leave it.  I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God… the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; I will also write on you My Own new name.
  • I will give the privilege to sit beside Me on My Throne, just as I Myself overcame and am now seated beside My Father on His Throne.

WHY DO I EXIST?
Because there is an Eternal God Who exists.  In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.  The Heavens continually declare the magnificent majesty and Glory of God; their measureless expanse continually displays the awesome wisdom and power of His handiwork.  Day after day their silent speech is heard unceasingly throughout the farthest reaches of the Earth; night after night they unveil the fathomless knowledge of the Almighty.

IS THERE A GOD?
Ever since God created the world, His invisible qualities…both His Eternal Power and His Divine Nature…have been clearly seen.  They are perceived and understood in the majesty and Glory of God’s breathtaking Creation handiwork!  So those people who do not believe there is a God have no excuse at all for their blind unbelief.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH?
Anyone who lives their life believing in Me, though dying a physical death like everyone else, will never actually die at all but will rise to an eternal life together with Me in Heaven. Do you believe this?  Yes, Lord, Martha replied, I do believe that You are Christ the Messiah, the Son of God, Whom God promised was to come into the world, fulfilling Your promised coming the world has long awaited.

IS THERE ANY PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE?
The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb.  It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can fully embrace it: Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

God’s framework in creating MankindThere are 5 foundational principles underlying human existence…5 principles determined and ordained by God that are the framework for human existence.  If you know and understand these 5 principles, you will understand why you exist, what the purpose is for your life, and where you are going, both now and for all eternity.

A]  Eternal Reason: Love.  I have loved you with an everlasting Love.

B]  Eternal Purpose: Relationship.  I made you for Myself…in My Own image and likeness…Divinely crafted with the capabilities and capacity to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…the very crown jewels of My creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My Glory to the created universe.

Since the Eternal Purpose for my existence is to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship, how do I enter into this relationship?  Jesus answered that question in His response to Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council: I tell you the truth, unless one is born again, he cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  How can a grown man be born again, Nicodemus asked?  He certainly cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time!  Jesus replied, I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless he is 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.

Beloved…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.”

C]  Eternal Plan: I know the plans I have for you; you are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do the good works I have planned in advance for you to do.  Every day of your life was recorded in My Book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe.

D]  Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children.  No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled.  In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul.

E]  Eternal Provision:

The Gift of My Son.  I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the Precious and Priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus.  By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary, I have forgiven all the sins of those who will receive Him and believe in His Name.  Christ My Son has thereby conferred upon those the judicial status of eternal righteousness in My sight.

Jesus has clearly stated, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The only way to the Father is through Me.  Jesus said to Martha, I Myself am the Resurrection and the Life.

Now this is eternal life: knowing You, Father, the One True Living God, and knowing Jesus Christ Your Son, the Messiah Whom You have sent.  God Himself has given this testimony concerning His Son: I have granted you eternal life, and this life is given through union with My Divine Son Jesus.  Whoever is joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness possesses that life; whoever is not joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness does not possess that life.  I have written this to you so that you who place your trust in Christ My Son will know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that you do now indeed have eternal life.

The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never forsake you… to be the Divine Nature abiding in you Whose Power continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life: faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ My Son; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.  

God’s Reason for Creating: LOVE

God’s reason for creating the Universe, and all that is in it, was Divine Love.  God is Love.  Love is His very nature; Love is His very essence; Love is the very core of His Being…and He loves because of Who He is.  God had no need to create…anything.  From Eternity Past He was always perfect and complete, and in need of nothing.  He consciously and deliberately chose to create, because love always desires to pour all of its Blessedness, all of its Goodness, into the beloved.  And so God brought into existence all of the objects of His love…all of creation…so as to manifest His love to them, with them, and in them.  Everything that was brought into existence is in its very nature an expression, and a reflection, of His infinite Love.  God made the heavens…even the highest heavens and all their starry host…the Earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, the spirit world and all that is in it. He gives life to everything, and the multitudes of Heaven worship Him!  For by Him all things were created: things in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, animate and inanimate…whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities…all things were created by Him and for Him and for His Glory.

God’s motive in Creation has been ascribed by doctrinal writers to be the free operation of God’s love…His “bonitas communicativa.”  He was not affected by any compulsion or selfish desire.  In the essence and volition of Divine love, all the much-discussed antagonism between freedom and necessity is canceled.  The necessity in which God created the Universe is the definitiveness of His Own will, His self-determination which He possesses by virtue of His Own Divine character.  It is not an external compulsion, but an interior impulse of the Divine nature to manifest itself; a necessity of God’s Love to communicate itself.  The Creation which He brought into being was the only one to which He was moved by the deep inner Love of His infinite Divine character.  The aim which God had in view was not His Own Glory exclusively.  He was not impelled by a purely egotistical power, but by Eternal Love.  He desired the good of His creatures, and it was only as He wished His Creation to be pure that He desired to be glorified by that purity.  All created beings are not solely means for an end, but they have been created for their own sake, that they might receive the communications of God and be permeated by His Goodness…not that they might subsequently be absorbed in Him, but rest eternally happy in and with Him. (from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia)

In the beginning, when God purposed to create the Universe, the Earth was formless and desolate.  The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Power of God was moving over the water.  When He had completed His Creation, God looked at everything He had made, and He was very pleased.  Evening passed and morning came…that was the sixth day, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them.  And so the whole Universe was completed.  By the seventh day God finished what He had been doing and stopped working.  He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day He had completed His Creation and stopped working.  And that is how the Universe was created. [Gen 1:1-2, 31; 2:4; Ex 20:11a]

The heavens proclaim the Glory of God!  The skies continually display the work of His hands; from the very beginning the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy!  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known.  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message has gone throughout the Earth, and their words to all the world! [Ps 19:1-4; Job 37:7]

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!  Give thanks to the God of gods; His love endures forever!  Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever! To Him Who alone does great wonders; His love endures forever!  Who by His understanding made the heavens; His love endures forever!  Who spread out the Earth upon the waters; His love endures forever!  Who made the great lights; His love endures forever!  The sun to govern the day; His love endures forever!  The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever!  Who gives food to every creature; His love endures forever!  Give thanks to the God of Heaven; His love endures forever!  The eyes of all look to You, Lord, and You give them their food at the proper time.  You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing!  Hallelujah! [Ps 136:1-9, 25-26;145:15-16]

Our God is an Awesome God:

 

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