Men’s hearts are failing them for fear…as is now happening, terrified at what they see coming upon the Earth: for the Powers of Heaven shall be shaken. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your head, because your redemption is drawing near. This is all the more urgent, because you know that the time has come for you to wake up from your slumber. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work He began when you first believed! [Luke 21:26, 28; Rom 13:11-12]
Lord God Almighty…in You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them. They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed. For in the day of trouble You will keep me safe in Your dwelling; You will hide me in the shelter of Your tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Through the many victories You have given me, my glory is great! You have bestowed upon me splendor and majesty! Surely You have granted me eternal blessings, and have filled me with the unquenchable joy of Your Presence! For every child of the King trusts in You, Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High I will never be shaken! [Ps 22:4-5, 27:5; 21:5-7]
Agent of Worship: Holy Spirit
God has given the gift of the Holy Spirit, not only to dwell in me but also to be the Divine nature within me out of which I am to now live my life. I am no longer to live my life out of my natural, sin-enslaved, human nature. The indwelling Holy Spirit must:
1) BE ALL:
- a) Embracing the Life of Jesus:
1) Sacred Covenant Relationship.
2) Mirror of the Almighty.
- b) Embracing the death of Jesus:
1) Death to sin.
2) Death to self.
2) DO ALL:
- a) God’s workmanship.
- b) Works both to will and to do.
b) Embracing the death of Jesus: I am to embrace the death of my Lord Jesus that the Holy Spirit is Personally working out in me, conforming me ever more deeply into the likeness of His death…death to sin and death to self…in order that I may thereby attain, more and more, to the power of the resurrection life of Jesus out from the dead…the power to walk triumphantly through each day as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory.
For my determined purpose is that I may know Him…that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the sure hope that if possible I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while still in the body]. [Phil 3:10-11]
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors and have overwhelming victory through Christ, Who loved us! [Rom 8:35-37]
b:1) Death to sin: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your Earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. [Eph 4:21-24; Col 3:5-10]
For in Christ Jesus the whole fullness of Deity continues to dwell in bodily form, giving complete expression of His Divine nature. You are joined together with Him in a living union of oneness, and so in Him are filled with the Godhead…Father, Son and Holy Spirit… and reach full spiritual stature! And He is the Head of all rule and authority, of every angelic principality and power. In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a spiritual circumcision performed by Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts. Therefore, consider yourselves dead to sin and your relation to it broken, and alive to God, living in unbroken fellowship with Him in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore rule as king in your mortal bodies, to make you yield to its cravings and be subject to its lusts and evil passions. Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members and faculties to sin as instruments of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to perpetual life, and your bodily members and faculties to God, presenting them as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall no longer exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law as slaves, but under grace as subjects of God’s favor and mercy. [Col 2:9-11; Rom 6:11-14]
b:2) Death to self: If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Holy Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion…then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility let each regard the others as better than and superior to yourself, thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not merely your own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus; let Him be your example in humility. [Phil 2:1-5]
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” [Mark 10:42-45; Matt 23:11-12]
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: