Be glad, O children of Zion; rejoice in the Lord your God! For I will give you the former autumn rains; a Teacher of Righteousness…Christ the Messiah. He will train you in right living, pouring down for you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten! [Triune God…Joel 2:23, 25]
Lord God Almighty…Who is there like unto You? Who can be compared with You? Who is Your equal? Who was there when You formed the Heavens and all their starry hosts, and You called them out, each one, by name? [Isa 40:25-26; Ps 147:4]
STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE
Wait on the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait thou on the LORD! [Ps 27:14]
My beloved child..in the confident assurance in God which faith gives, you are ever to remember one thing above all…to wait upon God. Your chief need in waiting upon Me, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that I, your God and Father, will hear and help. You are waiting upon a God Who never would disappoint My people. In the utter insufficiency of all human strength, “Be strong and let thine heart take courage.” You are to let NOTHING in Heaven or Earth or Hell…let NOTHING keep you from waiting upon your God in full assurance that it most assuredly will not be in vain.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. [Josh 1:9] The one lesson that I would have you learn from My Words of encouragement, ** **, is this: that when you set yourself to wait upon God, you ought beforehand to resolve that it shall be with a joyful expectation, an excited expectation…that nothing was ever so sure…of My meeting and blessing you with untold and unexpected blessings. Remember above all else…My blessings oftentimes cannot at first be discerned by what you see or feel; you are to persevere in waiting upon Me with an unwavering child-like trust in the spirit of abounding hopefulness, for it is God in My Glory…in My Power, in My Love longing to bless you…that you are waiting upon. Oh, do learn this lesson, My child: there is nothing in you that warrants or merits God’s blessings; yet, I long to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you because of Who I AM…not because of who, or what, you are. God is Love…and My Love is nothing less than My delight to impart Myself and My Blessedness to My child. I long to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, to have intimate fellowship with you, and to become ever more one with you…even as We are One with One Another in our Blessed Holy Trinity. You are not to wait on yourself to see what you feel, or what changes come to you. No…you are to wait upon God, to know first Who I AM, and then, after that, what I will do. The whole responsibility and blessedness of waiting upon God has its root in this…that I am such a Blessed Being, full, to overflowing, of Goodness and Power and Life and Joy, that you, however wretched, cannot for any time come into contact with Me without My Life and Power secretly, silently, beginning to enter into you and blessing you.
Have you never understood, My beloved child? 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 your sins…past, present, and future. Christ My Son has conferred upon you the status of eternal righteousness in My sight. And I have given you the Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you, never to leave you, never to forsake you…to be the Divine Power abiding in you Who continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ My Son, and faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
Are you tempted, ** **, because you are not feeling or seeing any special blessing or changes in you in your waiting upon God, to fear that you do not wait aright or that your faith is too feeble, that your desire is not as upright or as earnest as it should be or your surrender perhaps not complete? Come…however feeble you feel, however fearful, however parched and dry and thirsty, with all that is cold and dark in you. “Come…all you who believe in Me, come to Me and drink; ever coming, ever drinking, continually satisfied. The Water I give will become a fountain within you, welling up, flooding your soul with torrents of Living Water…ever flowing, continually overflowing, spilling over, touching even the lives of everyone with whom you come into contact. Come…whoever is thirsty, let him come and take the free gift of the Water of Life. Come…all you who are thirsty, come to the Waters; come, buy and eat, without money and without cost.” Come, My child, and sit and wait in the sunshine of Your Father’s Holy, Omnipotent Love, and trust Me fully…I will most assuredly impart Myself and My Blessedness to you! God is Love! That is the one only and all-sufficient warrant of your expectation. Amidst all the causes of fear or doubt or thirst…be comforted, be blessed, to hear your Father’s words of encouragement and assurance to My child: “Wait on the LORD! Be strong, and let your heart take courage! Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Yea, wait thou on the LORD!“
Abba Father…You have taken me by my hand, and Personally brought me into the Heavenly Sanctuary, through the veil that had been rent in two from top to bottom upon the sacrificial death of Your Divine Son Jesus, and into the Holy of Holies…resplendent with the rich eternal treasures of the Heavenly realms! I am overwhelmed with awe that I, once a child of the street, once homeless and a beggar, should be ushered into Your inner circle to be amongst Your children who are closest to You, who are far, far more deserving, far more worthy, to be here than I. Although I know this is the privilege and birth-right of all of the children in Your Royal Family, the inner circle within the Holy of Holies is reserved for those who have once and for all laid their own free will on the altar of sacrifice, and are inflamed with yearning for a pure heart. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are you who have denied your own self-life and self-interests for My sake, for you will find a rich, abundant, eternally satisfying life in Me. Father, You Personally seated me at Your banqueting table; and although I am seated in the last seat, my heart is very content, as I realize there is nothing in me that warrants or merits my being here. With my hand I cover my mouth in hushed silence on account of my shame, as the incomprehensible truth fully dawns upon me that You have forgiven me of ALL I have ever done, and have blotted out the ENTIRE record of transgressions proven against me! You have removed my sins from me as far as the East is from the West; You have cast my sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them against me again! There is no longer anything recorded in Your Book against my name…just as if I had never sinned! I stand before You dressed in the white robes of the Righteousness of Your Divine Son Jesus, pure and holy now in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish! I have been granted the judicial status of eternal righteousness before You as an accomplished and finished fact! My soul shall forever be satisfied…as with the richest of foods…here at Your banqueting table, as I feast on the abundance of Your House, and You give me drink from Your River of Delights! Hallelujah!
Abba Father…I know that the Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus has guaranteed and secured that the Holy Spirit was indeed given as Your eternal gift to dwell in me…never to leave me, never to forsake me, and that I am to live my everyday life out of the Power of the Holy Spirit and not out of the power of my sin-enslaved human nature. I acknowledge I am to give Him free reign to place me where I am to be, lead me where I am to go, show me what I am to do to participate with Him in His work, give me the thoughts I am to think and present, the words I am to speak or write. Father…I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that if my proceeding with a ministration is the result of an unwavering child-like trust in Your will for me, an unreserved child-like dependence upon the Power of Your Holy Spirit, and an unquestioning child-like obedience to the leading of the Spirit…the confirmation of the truth that it is indeed Your work and not mine will be an unruffled child-like rest and an unclouded child-like carefree joy. My soul will be peaceful and calm, tranquil and unruffled.
My beloved child…you will know by an unmistakable confirmation in your own spirit, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that My Spirit is leading and guiding you in a particular ministration as My messenger, My ministering spirit, My watchman. My Holy Spirit will open doors for you that no man can shut, and the waters will be parted before you to open the way through. You will have the anointing of My Holy Spirit upon you, giving you capabilities and capacities beyond what you physically have. It will be so evident that you will exclaim in wonder, “Whoa, Lord; this is not me, this is You!” You will hear the voice of the Lord behind you, or sense My leading, saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it.” You will experience that what I call you to do, I will also enable you to do. The Holy Spirit will give you Divine wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. You will be filled with the Holy Spirit and experience an exuberant joy in the Lord, testifying to My Name and speaking the Word of God boldly. You will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life…singing songs, hymns, spiritual songs, and making melody in your heart to God. You will experience prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and you will experience the blessings that come from obedience to the leading of My Spirit in your life. I will show you My Glory; you will see it with your own eyes, and you will have occasion to testify to My great Name and mighty Power.
Abba Father…my soul glorifies You; my spirit rejoices in my Father and my God! I am Your child, now and forever; may it be unto me according to all You have planned for me! This is surely the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. Blessed Holy Spirit…You are the Divine Nature dwelling in me, Whose Power in me continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and the unclouded Presence of my Father in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
My soul, wait thou only upon God!