Abba Father…the leaders of our Nation rejected Your reproof and rejected Your counsel. They thought their own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding was superior to Yours; they thought they were so wise in their own eyes. And so now in Your most severe judgment, You have stricken their minds with idiocy, so that professing to be wise, they have become fools…utter morons. You have caused their thinking to become utterly confused, so that they actually believe they are acting in wisdom while they are in reality literally destroying the Nation. You have caused the Nation’s leaders to engage in self-destruction; we are destroying our own selves…just as You caused the Midianites to fight against and kill one another before Gideon. We are now watching it unfold as it plays out before our very eyes! The Lord will cause you to lose your mind in idiocy, and strike you with wild and helpless fear and panic; He will make you become blind and cause your minds and hearts to be confused. [Deut 28:28]
The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
Madness: so that the leaders of our Nation shall not know what to do.
Blindness: both physical and mental; destroying their eyes, and the judgments of God confounding their understandings.
Astonishment: stupidity and amazement. By the just judgments of God the leaders of our Nation are so completely confounded, so as not to be able to discern the means by which they might prevent or remove our calamities, and instead to adopt those which will lead directly to our ruin! How true is the ancient saying, Quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat! “Those whom God is determined to destroy, he first infatuates”…with their self-professed wisdom in all their counsels and measures. [Deut 28:28, from Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament]
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city and the people not be alarmed and tremble? Shall disaster or evil occur and the Lord has not caused it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing without warning you through His servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this. [Amos 3:6-7]
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken. When God spoke from Mount Sinai His voice shook the Earth, but now He makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the Earth but the heavens also.” This means that the things on Earth will be shaken, so that only eternal things will remain. When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. [Heb 12:26-27; Luke 21:26, 28]
These are the days of the separation of the wheat from the chaff. I [John] baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come One Who is more powerful than I, Whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.” [Matt 3:11-12; Mal 4:1-2]
What were once Christian Denominations and churches have slipped into Apostasy, their visible leaders and scholars having rejected the Divine inspiration and Supreme Authority of Scripture. These leaders and scholars proclaim: Our theologians have thoroughly and diligently studied, and have thoroughly and diligently considered doctrine and human conduct, in the light of state of the art human wisdom, knowledge, and understanding as well as in Scripture, and as a result we therefore pronounce the following decrees:
- Sexual activity of a man with another man [or a woman with a woman] is not sin;
- Gay and Lesbian unions are true Christian marriage before God;
- Jesus Christ is only one of many ways to obtain God’s salvation;
- , etc., etc. in their self-proclaimed “supreme authority” on all matters of doctrine and precepts of human conduct.
But also in those days there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves. They will subtly and cleverly teach their destructive heresies about God, even denying the Sovereign Lord Who bought them. Theirs will be a swift and terrible end. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of them, Christ and His true way will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies and cunning arguments to get hold of your money. With eyes full of adultery, their lust is never satisfied. They make a game of beguiling and luring unstable people into sin. They train themselves to be greedy; they are doomed and cursed. But God condemned them long ago, and their eternal misery is on the way. [2 Peter 2:1-3, 14]
The One Whose eyes are like blazing fire has long since removed their lampstand from its place. They are no longer churches belonging to Jesus Christ. They are merely social gatherings worshiping an idol of their own fabrication and construction that they call “Jesus”…but not the Jesus revealed in God’s Holy Word.
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]
That is why the Lord says: Turn to Me now, while there is still time. Give Me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Rend your hearts in your grief, and not your garments! Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish. Who knows? Perhaps He will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this curse. [Joel 2:12-14]
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. [2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; Mt 5:8]
Confession of sin and repentance:
Abba Father…I’ve come before Your Throne of Grace to acknowledge and confess the sins I have committed during the past 24 hours, since I last came before You. Let Your Holy Spirit bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my visible physical life…the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken or written that others have seen and/or heard.
Enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my unseen physical life… the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken that no one else was present to see or hear…especially while driving alone in my car, on the phone in conversation, at home alone, on the Internet, or anywhere or doing anything where no one else was present to witness it. You see the secret, most hidden things I do. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. [Ps 139:11-12]
And especially, enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my hidden life in my heart…in my mind, my thoughts…the wrong things I have done and said in my imagination that no one else will ever know about but You. You know the deepest, most secret thoughts of a person’s heart…and I am just as guilty of committing these sins within my heart as if I had actually and physically carried them out: Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [Matt 5:28]
I also acknowledge and confess all my sins that have not come to mind at the moment, on the basis that if they were to come to mind, there would be nothing there I know of to be sin but would like to be doing, would want to keep on doing it, and would refuse to give it up for You. Father…I know my heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked above all things; who, really, can know it…only You. And so if there is anything that my heart has hidden from me…let Your Holy Spirit convict me deeply of these sins, and make me painfully and consciously aware of them, so I can turn to You in repentance and ask for Your enabling grace to forsake these sins.
And I acknowledge and confess the sins of unrighteousness in the spiritual realm I have committed against You: my sins of unbelief resulting from a lack of faith… whereby I can not, or will not, trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust in all things; my sins of disobedience resulting from self-will…whereby I do not, or refuse to, obey Your will or accept Your will with an unquestioning child-like obedience; my sins of self-sufficiency resulting from self-reliance…whereby I believe in my heart that I am able to live my life in a manner that is well-pleasing to You through reliance upon the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature, refusing to acknowledge my absolute need to depend upon You with an unreserved child-like dependence in everything.
Father, I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, and I am deeply sorry for them… because whenever I sin against You, it thwarts the deepest desire of my heart to be holy as You are Holy, and to be perfect as You are perfect…for You have told Your children, “As the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy;'” and, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [1 Peter 1:15-16; Matt 5:48] In the power of Your enabling grace, I turn from my sins in repentance; in my heart, I turn from them. Father, forgive me; have mercy on me, a sinner.
Abba Father…thank You for Your promise, thank You for Your assurance, that whenever I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, You are faithful and just to forgive my sins. You are faithful in that You never fail to do so, and just to do so by virtue of the Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of my sins. And You are faithful and just to cleanse me of all unrighteousness…You have forgiven me of all I have done, and have blotted out the entire record of transgressions proven against me…erased the entire record of my sins. You removed my sins from me as far as the East is from the West, and have cast my sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them against me again. You have expunged all of my sins from the record; there is nothing written against my name in Your Book, just as if I had never sinned! And You have conferred upon me the status of eternal righteousness as an accomplished and finished fact. Sin can never again stain my soul and separate me from God, because the Blood of Christ Your Son envelopes my soul, and sin cannot penetrate it.
And thank You, Father, for washing my robes anew in the Blood of the Lamb…for continually washing my garments as they become soiled with sin and I bring them before You in confession and repentance, making them clean again…dazzling and white. Thank You for washing my feet with pure water…for washing the dust of sin off my feet, enabling me to stand before You, to abide here with You in the Holy Of Holies, in the inaccessible light of the glory of Your unclouded Presence, having been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, dressed in the white robes of His Righteousness, pure and holy now in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish. And thank You for giving me fine, radiant linen to wear…dazzling and white…which are the righteous acts that Your Holy Spirit has wrought in me as I have given Him free reign to do so…that my light would so shine before the souls of men that they would see the good deeds, righteous acts, and moral excellence wrought in me by Your Holy Spirit, and give glory to You, Father, in Heaven.
Thank You, Father, that at this moment in time, after all my years of sins and failure, mistakes and imperfections, I stand before You just as pure and innocent and helpless in Your sight as I was on the day I was born. The most intense desire of my heart going forward is to be pure, holy, and righteous in living out my everyday life…in living out my visible physical life, my unseen physical life, my life in the spiritual realm, and especially my hidden life in my heart…in my mind, my thoughts, my imagination.
Prayer for purity and holiness:
Blessed Jesus…You assured me, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” [Mt 5:6] Blessed, You said, are those who, in living out their everyday life, hunger and thirst for a purity, holiness, and righteousness of their own that comes from obedience to the Law. You assured me that my longing will be completely satisfied, and I will be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of Your unclouded Presence, a soul wholly filled and flooded with God Himself! I delight myself in You, Lord…and You promised to grant me the desires and secret petitions of my heart that are in agreement with Your will. You promised that if only I would just commit my way to You and trust in You, most assuredly You will do this: You will make my righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of my cause like the noonday sun! [Psalm 37:4-6]
Abba Father…create in me a pure heart. I hunger and thirst for a pure heart; my heart is inflamed with yearning…my heart aches and pines away with yearning…to have a purity, holiness, and righteousness of my own that comes from obedience to the Law. I hunger and thirst to be filled with Your holiness and righteousness in my everyday manner of living. The deepest, most intense longing of my heart is to be holy as You are holy; to be perfect as You are perfect. I insist upon it…not in order to gain anything, but because I already have everything. I am Your child, and You are my Father and my God. I already have the status of eternal righteousness before You…by virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, poured out on my behalf for the forgiveness of my sins. I am already pure and holy in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish, having been dressed in the white robes of His Own Righteousness. I already have Your acceptance; I already have Your approval; I already have Your affirmation; I already have Your affection. I already have everything by virtue of having been born into Your Family…born a second time; born again. I am Your child by birth and by blood, on that momentous day when Your Divine seed, planted in my heart, was fertilized by the consent of my will in making a solemn vow before You to be the bride of Christ, and an entirely new life was thereby conceived. I am an entirely new creation…a new being…and I bear the characteristics of God my Father; I have Your spiritual DNA. I am no longer the person I used to be…the old, former things have passed away, and all things from that point forward have become new. Father, let Your Holy Spirit continually work this sanctification within me. It is His work, not mine, and I acknowledge that I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do so through reliance upon my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts and strength. Your Holy Spirit alone is the One Who works in me both to will and to do.
Watch! Tis your Lord’s command; and while we speak, He’s near. Mark the first signal of His Hand, and ready all appear. O happy servant he, In such a pasture found! He shall his Lord with rapture see, and be with honor crowned!
Abba Father, I stand in the gap before You on behalf of my brothers and sisters who have failed to embrace the truth of Your eternal purpose for their existence, that relationship with God…deep, intimate, intensely personal…is Mankind’s missing crown of glory. Worship…in Spirit and in Truth…is the missing jewel in Christ Your Son’s Royal Diadem. These two foundational principles, the very underlying purposes for Your Creation, are missing…both in the lives of many of Your children, and in the life of many of Your Churches as well. Your Divine Son Jesus interceded before You, Father, on our behalf, in His High Priestly Prayer when He knew His hour had come, “that they all may be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us.” [John 17:21] Relationship between God and Man, whom You created in Your Own image and Glory, was purposed to be characterized by a soul’s living union of oneness with the Triune God…a oneness that mirrored Your Own relationship with One Another in Your Blessed Holy Trinity. Christ Jesus prayed for Your fulfillment of God’s original intended purpose for the souls of Man.
In our present times, Father, the lives of the vast majority of Your children characterize anything and everything but a living union of oneness with God. There is no concept of Divine marriage, no concept of Sacred Covenant relationship. Christ Jesus Your Son poured out His Own Precious Blood in payment of the price for our redemption, to purchase souls for God from every Tribe and Tongue and People and Nation. You Yourself, Father, did not spare Your Own Son, but gave Him up for us all. Yet we, for our part, are taught to put a few small coins in God’s gumball machine, turn the knob, and out comes our eternal salvation! We take our prize home, tuck it safely away in a drawer to remind us every now and again that we have “fulfilled our goal” of salvation, and proceed to get on with the enjoyment of our life in this world. And yes…we, of course, honor God with some tokens of our time, scheduling You into our otherwise busy worldly lifestyle. Like school-children dutifully going about doing their homework even though all the while their hearts are outside playing, even so we dutifully render to God whatever minimal time is necessary to appease our conscience and satisfy our sense of duty. Divine marriage? Shallow! Sacred Covenant relationship? Superficial! Jesus…our crown of glory? It is missing! God’s Love…so amazing, so Divine, that it demands my soul, my life, my ALL? There are only a small remnant of Your children wholly surrendered unto You, wholly given for the blessings and salvation of souls! Enable me, Father, by the Power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit, to fully embrace Your purposes and thereby be counted part of that remnant!
Abba Father, You have clearly exhorted Your children: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, My Own purchased, special people, that you may set forth My wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My Own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the Earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God. [1 Peter 2:9; Ex 19:5-6] My place in this Sacred Covenant relationship with our Triune God is to worship You, and enjoy You forever!
Your Divine Son Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman at the well, “The time is coming, and is already here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” [John 4:23] True worshipers such as You seek, Father, will worship You in Spirit and Truth. There is only a small remnant of Your children who long to live faithfully in that Sacred Covenant relationship with God for which purpose we were created, who seek to become the true worshipers that please You, Father…who desire to be the mirror of the Almighty we were created to be. Father…let Your Blessed Holy Spirit sweep over all Your children and work in each one of us both to will and to do by the Power of Your enabling grace to become part of that holy remnant!
To You, Father, Who sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb, be all praise and honor and Glory and Power, forever and ever, throughout the eternal ages! The four living beings shouted, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the Throne, and worshiped Him Who sits on the Throne and the Lamb! Hallelujah…for our Lord God Almighty reigns!
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: