March 26

Lord God Almighty, when Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are even now, the people of the world learn righteousness.  Though God shows grace to the wicked, even so, they still do 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]

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them…do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish and be lost eternally.” [Luke 13:1-5]  …or those multitudes who die as a result of Coronavirus…do you think they are more guilty than all others?  I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish and be lost eternally.”  From that time when He had heard that John the Baptist had been put in prison, Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent…turn from your sins and turn to God…for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. [Matt 4:17].  My brothers and sisters…that is the message to the world from the Lord.

Lord, You establish peace for me; all that I have accomplished You Yourself have done by Your Power through me, with me, and in me.  O Lord, my God, others have ruled over me besides You, but Your Name alone do I honor! [Isa 26:12-13]

ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRITTwo Operating Systems

My beloved child…there are two operating principles out of which you can live your life… the power of the flesh, or the Power of the Spirit.  Those whose lives are under the guidance of the flesh…their sin-enslaved human nature…set their mind on and pursue what that nature desires; but those who live guided by the Holy Spirit set their mind on and seek after what My Spirit desires.

**        **, when you choose to live controlled by the power of the flesh, you live your everyday life in reliance upon your human capabilities and capacities, by your own efforts and in your own strength, according to your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.  Those who choose to live controlled by the Power of My Spirit live their everyday life in reliance upon His Divine capabilities and capacities, by His efforts and in His strength, according to His Divine Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding.  My child, have you yet to fully embrace His Divine Power that has given you everything you need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the One Who called you by His Own glory and goodness?  Through these He has given you His Own very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature now dwelling within you, and thereby escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  Living in the Power of the Spirit is a life of watching and waiting upon God, looking off unto Me and listening for My voice…for Me to place you where you are to be, lead you where you are to go, show you what you are to do to participate in My work, give you the thoughts to think and present, the words to speak or write.  This was the life of My Divine Son Jesus when He lived on this Earth.  You are to live your everyday life by the example set by Christ Jesus, Who said, “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak.”

Life in the power of the flesh, **        **, is characterized by trying rather than by trusting.  It is a life requiring your continual striving and struggling; all of your efforts, redoubled efforts, and strength; all of your commitments and resolutions; all of your pledges and promises.  Even then…the absolute weakness of your sin-enslaved human nature guarantees you will utterly fail!  My child…a life of trying in the power of your flesh ignores My Eternal provision for your living a holy and righteous life: the gift of My Holy Spirit given to dwell in you, and His eternal Power made available to you.  It disregards My command to keep on being continually filled with My Holy Spirit, giving Him free reign over the conduct of your everyday life.

Trying in the power of your flesh to do My work and My will presumes that you are fully capable of doing so, and do not need Me.  It is an assertion of your self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and that you have no need for dependence upon My Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding.  It is not well-pleasing to Me, **        **; it is a life of utter failure and spiritual bankruptcy!  Even just trying by your own efforts and in your own strength to live a holy and righteous life is in itself presumptuous…it presumes that you can actually do so, that you can be well-pleasing in My sight in the power of your sin-enslaved human nature.  The truth of the matter is…apart from Me you can do nothing that is good, or pleasing, or acceptable to God!

Beloved, life in the Power of My Spirit is characterized by trusting, and not by trying.  It is a life of unwavering child-like trust, prompting you to look to My Holy Spirit with an unreserved child-like dependence for His leading and guiding, to show you what you are to do and when, so that you may then respond with an unquestioning child-like obedience.  Continually and unceasingly throughout the day and night, your heart needs to breathe in that breath of life that comes from My Holy Spirit and sustains your spiritual life…just the same as your lungs need, continually and unceasingly, to breathe in that breath of life that comes from the outside air, and sustains your physical life!

Trusting implies that you know beyond the shadow of a doubt you cannot satisfy your spiritual needs trying by your own efforts and strength.  Trusting is a conscious decision to live your everyday life in reliance upon the Power of My indwelling Spirit.  It is an expression of death to self, and absolute reliance upon the sufficiency of God.  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…wait upon Me, look off unto Me, listen for My voice. I will lead you and guide you, I will show you what you are to do and when.  When you hear My voice, you need only respond and cooperate.  You respond in obedience; you cooperate with the power of My enabling grace.  My Spirit is at work in you, working in you both to will and to do.  My child…don’t run ahead of Me, or without Me!

**        **, the Power of My enabling grace can not…can never…be manifested and exercised in you by your sin-enslaved human nature!  Only My Holy Spirit can make My enabling grace effective in you.  Don’t you understand?  It is My work, not your work; your place is to cooperate and to respond.  You live a life of trust not by trying to do what I show you to do, but by cooperating with My enabling grace to do so.  You are not trying by your own efforts and in your own strength; you are cooperating with My strength, My wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, with My capabilities and capacities.  It is My work, not yours.

Your place in My work is to attentively and diligently look for the leading and guiding of My Holy Spirit in everything concerning your everyday life, and to cooperate with the power of His enabling grace to do all that He prompts you to do, or say, or think.  He is the One Who produces fruit in your life; you are simply to be a branch that bears His fruit!  You participate in My work by making the members of your body and all your faculties available to Me as instruments of righteousness, leading to holiness.  Offer yourself to God as a living sacrifice, a vessel dedicated for My honor and well-pleasing to Me.  This is your spiritual act of true worship, **        **!

Abba Father…I understand.  I am just the paint brush in the hand of the Master; the pen in the hand of the Author; the bow in the hand of the Master Violinist.  I am just the instrument of Your Righteousness…a vessel set apart for noble purposes, holy and consecrated to the Master, prepared and ready to be used for Your every good purpose. The all-prevailing, all pervading, atmosphere in which my soul lives and moves and has its very being is an unwavering child-like trust in You, Father.  The underlying foundation for my unwavering child-like trust is that in the very depths of my being I have embraced the reality of Your fathomless love for me, and Your absolute Sovereignty over all Creation.  Hallelujah!

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.” 

What a friend we have in Jesus:

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