Men’s hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming upon the Earth: for the Powers of Heaven shall be shaken. Lord God Almighty, When Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are now, the people of the world learn righteousness. Though God showed grace to the wicked, even so, they still did not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord. [Luke 21:26; Isa 26:10]
Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain, to have ascribed unto You all blessing and honor, all Glory and Power, all riches and wisdom and strength! Then I heard every creature in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, crying out together: To Him Who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and Glory and Power, for ever and ever! [John…Rev 5:12-13]
ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST. Four Levels of Faith
My beloved child…without faith, it is impossible to please Me. Genuine Faith is the only means of entry into My Promised Rest. Even so, it is so simple a child can understand it. It is so simple, though, that only a child can embrace it and enter in. Faith is the living out of your life in a manner that bears witness to the truth of what you say you believe; it is an action that bears witness to your…
- Unwavering child-like trust in Me;
- Unreserved child-like dependence upon Me;
- Unquestioning child-like obedience to do My will, and to accept My will.
No matter how fierce the storms raging in your life may be, the confirmation in your spirit that you have genuine faith will always be…
- Resting in Me with an unruffled child-like rest;
- Abiding in Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy.
Genuine faith is triumphant in its power to overcome all obstacles, all adversities. There is an active power of faith that victoriously overcomes and conquerors by securing deliverance from the evil, when deliverance is in accordance with My will. And there is a passive power of faith that overcomes by persevering and enduring evil, even unto death, when deliverance is not My will.
My beloved child…there are four stages of faith you need to understand in order to finally attain to the perfected faith exhibited by My Divine Son Jesus which characterized His life on Earth. The lowest level of faith…phase 1…is the faith that seeks your human nature’s preference. This is the “my will be done” phase. When you are in the furnace of affliction, all you can think of is crying and moaning for Me to get you out of the fire. There is nothing wrong with asking Me to remove a cup of suffering from you; My Divine Son Jesus did so, for several hours, in the Garden that night. What is wrong is that you are consumed with being “healed, restored, delivered;” you never get to the place as He did, “Not My will, but Thy will be done.” As a result, you never cooperate with My will for you [it wasn’t healing]; you never embrace My plans and purposes for allowing you to be in the fire. You never become what I wanted you to become, nor do what I wanted you to do, nor learn what I intended for you to learn. You are simply stuck in Phase 1… whining, moaning, and complaining.
The second level of faith…Phase 2…is a determined resignation to do My will. This is the “grin and bear it” phase; with a determined resignation, you acknowledge that if this is My will, you will bear it. Although you are immersed in intense suffering, you smile whenever in the presence of other Christians so as to appear “more spiritual”…but you are not smiling at all when alone; there is no joy.
The third level of faith…Phase 3…is a joyful acceptance of My will “in spite of” the suffering. There is no connection between the suffering and the joy; the two simply exist side by side. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God my Saviour…in spite of the adverse circumstances, events, and things touching my life.
The fourth level of faith…the highest and well-pleasing to Me, is Phase 4: a joyful acceptance of My will “because of” the suffering. Here is the highest level of response… a godly response to trials and suffering. There is joy because of the suffering. The joy is in knowing that I am working and accomplishing a special blessing through You, with you, and in you…through the suffering I have willed for you. You understand, and fully embrace, that there is a direct connection between the suffering and the joy…a connection of cause and effect: because of this suffering that I have willed for you to experience [cause], you are filled with joy [effect]…a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation of the blessing I am working through you, with you, in you. Your present suffering is the means through which you will receive a great blessing; in other words… no suffering, no blessing. You have fully embraced the truth that the particular blessing I have for you can only be appropriated through the particular suffering I have ordained for you. For the joy set before Christ My Son…the joy of seeing sinners saved; the joy of reconciling sinners back to God; the joy of restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by sin; the joy of repairing that mirror of the Almighty that God intended for you to be, that had been shattered by sin…He willingly endured the cross with a joyful acceptance because of the Father’s will [not just a determined resignation to do the Father’s will], heedless of its shame.
In the Garden that night, Christ My Son entreated Me, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. If it is possible, within the framework of Your plans, Your purposes, Your will, may this cup of suffering be taken from Me.” He was being tempted by Satan to desire His Own will rather than the will of God: Since He Himself was tempted to desire His Own will rather than the will of God in that which He has suffered, He is thereby able to come to the aid of those who are likewise tempted. He wins the victory in Gethsemane over the self-will that characterizes human nature, and then, for the joy set before Him, He can endure the cross, despising its shame: Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, then not My will, but Thy will be done. When My Son Jesus said, “Not My will, but Thy will be done,” these words were much more than a determined resignation [as in grit your teeth and bear it] or a joyful acceptance “in spite of” to do the will of God. It is a joyful acceptance ‘because of” the will of God, as the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be… knowing that My Father purposes to make all things work together for My good.
My beloved child, these words “not my will, but Thy will be done” involve a change of preference…no longer a preference for your natural human desire, but a preference now for the will of God…whatever it is. This change of preference is not something merely verbal, or just in your thoughts. It is a real change, in the heart, that can truly say before Me, and know that you actually mean it, “It no longer matters to me whether You take this cup of suffering from me or not…what matters to me is that You keep my heart lovingly and joyfully joined with Your will…whatever it is.” Whatever the prospect of hardship or suffering, My Divine Son Jesus entrusted Himself to Me, His Father. My will was what He lived by and died by; it was all My Son Jesus ever considered.
Abba Father, I understand…but this level of faith is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot attain to it. I need the Power of Your Holy Spirit to enable me to fully embrace this truth and to live out my everyday life in a manner that bears witness to this truth! For the joy of the great and special blessings You have set aside for me and are to be mine…that can only be appropriated by my patiently enduring the particular adversities You have allowed to touch my life…I willingly and gladly bear the suffering of my cross, heedless of its vexation.
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.”
Come Thou fount of every blessing: