Behold! The Lord is about to destroy the Earth and make it a vast wasteland! He devastates the surface of the Earth and scatters the people. Priests and lay people, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors…none will be spared. The Earth will be completely emptied and looted. The Lord has spoken this word. The Earth dries up and withers; the world languishes and withers. Even the greatest people on Earth waste away. The Earth suffers for the sins of its people; they have disobeyed His laws, violated His statutes, and broken His everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the land and the Earth, and they who dwell in it must bear the punishment of their guilt. Therefore the inhabitants of the land and the Earth are scorched and parched under the curse of God’s wrath, and few people are left. The wasted city of emptiness and confusion is broken down; every home is locked to keep out intruders. Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has turned to gloom. Gladness has been banished from the land. The city is left in ruins, its gates battered down and destroyed. So will it be on the Earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest. Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the Earth! Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the Earth shake. The Earth reels like a drunkard, It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy. On that day the Lord will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on Earth. [Isa 24:1-6, 10-13, 17-18, 20-21]
And all those upon the Earth who never knew You…the rich as well as the poor; the kings and princes and rulers of this world, as well as their subjects and slaves; the famous and the well-known, as well as the unknown and the obscure…all of these alike will run to the hills and to the mountains in abject terror, to hide in caves and to cry out for the rocks to fall upon them…just to hide them from the face of the Lamb and Your terrible Majesty. [Rev 6:15-17; Isa 2:19-21]
Gather together…yes, unbend yourselves in submission and see if there is no sense of shame and no consciousness of sin left in you, O shameless nation! The time for repentance is speeding by like chaff whirled before the wind! Therefore consider, before God’s decree brings forth a curse upon you, before the time to repent is gone like the drifting chaff, before the fierce fury of the Lord comes upon you…yes, before the terrible day of the wrath of the Lord comes upon you! Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land who have acted in compliance with His revealed will and have kept His commandments. Seek righteousness; seek to do what is right and to live humbly! Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you from His anger on that day of destruction! [Zeph 2:1-3]
ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRIT. Two 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 with Me 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 My Son, 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.”
He walks with me and He talks with me: