July 16

Just as God raised up a remnant of just 1% of all the men Gideon had marshaled to fight against the Midianites, even so there is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in these Last Days…a Godly remnant of the 1% of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes.  God’s holy remnant is called to a life of self-sacrifice and self-denial.  You cannot become a disciple of Christ without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own.  Obedience is what characterizes the life of God’s child…obedience continually and unceasingly day and night.  I am called to a life of unquestioning child-like obedience.  All who are indeed children of the Most High God are continually led by His indwelling Holy Spirit!                              

Abba Father…Your children are continually being led by Your indwelling Holy Spirit.  And You have so lovingly assured me, Your child, that I needn’t be like a cowering, fearful slave in Your Presence.  Your Holy Spirit, God’s eternal gift, doesn’t make cowards out of us.  He endues me with power and love and a sound mind…that I should freely abide with You as Your very Own child, adopted by birth into the bosom of Your Family, crying out unashamedly without reservation to You, “Abba, Father!”  For Your Holy Spirit speaks to me deep in my heart, reassuring me that indeed I really am Your child! [Rom 8:14-17; 2 Tim 1:7]

Abba Father…I came into this world naked and without possessions from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked and without possessions when I depart this world.  There is one precious gift, however, given to every soul born into this world.  When You brought me into existence, You gave me…and to every soul…a very specific and fixed allotment of time to live my physical life on the face of the Earth, known only by You.  You had determined the span of the physical life of my body.  You had set the day and the hour for my birth as well as the day and the hour of the death of my physical body.  Abba Father…there is absolutely nothing…no person or living being; no circumstance, event, or thing…on the face of this Earth, or in the heavens above, or in the spirit realm that can alter that day and hour set by You, or thwart Your plans, hinder Your purposes, or override Your will for me.

The allotment of time given me was for the purpose of my being engaged in the specific plans You had determined and formulated for me in eternity past…an Eternal Plan for my life in the physical realm, plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future…the allotment of time necessary for me to be engaged in the plans you ordained for me to do the good works You have planned in advance for me to do.  And then a body You prepared for me suitable to be engaged in those plans and to fulfill those purposes.  You Personally knit me together in my mother’s womb with the necessary capabilities, capacities, and faculties…talents…that would be necessary for me to perform the work You had ordained for me.  I was custom made, tailor-made!  Every day of my life was recorded in Your Book before I was born…before I ever began to breathe!  I am indeed Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus Your Son to do the good works You have planned in advance for me to do!

Abba Father…the 2 gifts You have given me are: time and talents.  In whatever I am engaged in doing…in whatever I am spending my time on and my talents on…whether physical activity, speaking, or writing…this is the question of eternal importance:

  • Is Your Holy Spirit engaged in doing this work and has He called me to participate together with Him in this work;
  • Is this a responsibility needed to sustain my physical life and that of my family…to provide food, clothing, and shelter…and/or to nurture their spiritual life.

I am to be careful to spend my time and my talents solely and only in these 2 ways; the first way is the ministration of the Holy Spirit, the second is the responsibility to provide the physical and spiritual necessities of life for myself and my family.

Abba Father…Time is the most precious gift You have given me.  I don’t ever want to have to stand before You, Father, and be ashamed to tell You how I have spent in a frivolous manner even one hour of my time.  I don’t want to spend my time on my self-life…satisfying my self-interests, engaged in doing things having selfish motives, having a self-serving agenda, or to gain something for myself.  I don’t want to spend my time engaged in doing any work that Your Holy Spirit is not engaged in doing.  I don’t want to spend my time engaged in doing any work that Your Holy Spirit has not specifically called me to do to participate with Him in His work.  I don’t want to spend my time on anything that does not contribute to the physical and spiritual well-being of my family.  I want to know there is an eternal purpose for what I am doing, that how I am spending my time has eternal value and eternal worth.

Abba Father… It doesn’t matter, then, whether I live or whether I die.  All that really matters is that You keep my heart lovingly and joyfully joined with Your will…because You know the specific plans You have for me and the good works You have planned in advance for me to do.  I am going to exist forever.  It doesn’t matter to me whether I continue to live in the physical realm at this moment in time, or whether my physical body dies and my life in the spiritual realm begins.  That is rather for You to consider than for me.  The death of my physical body is certain…whether now or later.  Even so, I fulfill the Eternal Purpose You have for my existence solely and only by wholly embracing in my heart: NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE…in everything.  This is the defining characteristic of my life…the life of a child of the Most High God!  Abba Father…I am to be only where You place me to be; I only go where You lead me to go; I only do what You show me to do; I only present the thoughts You give me to present, and I only speak or write the words You give me to speak or write.  That is how I worship You in Spirit and in Truth.  Abba Father…the supreme act of worship is: Not my will, but Thy will be done…in EVERYTHING.  The supreme expression of worship is spending my allotted time solely and only, wholly and always, on things that have eternal value, eternal worth, eternal purpose.  If I don’t worship You in this manner, then none of my “worship” is good or pleasing or acceptable to You.  I would be guilty of honoring You with my lips, but my heart is far from You; it is a stench in Your nostrils.

Revelation 20:1-15

And I saw an angel coming down out of Heaven…the Angel of Yahweh…the Lord Jesus Christ Himself…having the key to the Abyss and holding in His hand a great chain.  He seized the Dragon, that ancient Serpent, who is the Devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss…that prison in which evil spirits are detained prior to their final judgment…and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.  After that, he must be set free for a short time.

4I saw thrones on which were seated all those resurrected saints who are His called, chosen and faithful followers…those who had been assembled together to form the armies of Heaven, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean…His glorious bride…who had now been given authority to judge and to shepherdize the nations along with Him as He had promised: “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.”26  And I saw among them the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God.  They had not worshiped the Beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands.  They were especially noteworthy among those who came to resurrection life and now reigned as kings and priests over the nations along with Christ for a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead…those who are not among His called, chosen and faithful followers…did not come to resurrection life until the thousand years were ended).  This is the completion of the period of the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy are those who alone have part in the first resurrection…a resurrection out from the dead, and a translation of those still living, who belong to Christ…His glorious bride!  The second death has no power over them, but they will be unerring and immortal kings and priests of God and of Christ, shepherdizing the nationsruling over them to direct, instruct, and feed them with all the loving care of angels, but shall rule them with a rod of iron27 in their hands to enforce docility, obedience, and unreserved surrender to all the laws and requirements of the Lord God Almighty…and they will reign with Him for a thousand years!

7When the thousand years are over, the loyalty and devotion of the nations, who had now experienced a heavenly life of peace and prosperity under the blessed shepherdizing of the Lord Jesus and His immortal co-regents, are again to be tested.  Satan will be released from his prison and will go out once again, for the last time, to deceive the nations in the most remote four corners of the Earth…Gog and Magog…to gather them together for battle, believing the lie that they can overthrow the rule and authority of the Lord’s immortal and glorified saints.  In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the Earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the City He loves.  But fire came down from Heaven and instantly, utterly, devoured them.  And the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the Beast and the False Prophet had been thrown a thousand years before, to be imprisoned there forever and ever, where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever, without end.  Thus ends the last rebellion ever seen upon this planet…the last sin, and the last deaths, that ever occur in this dwelling-place of man. 

11Then I saw a great white Throne, awe-filled with immeasurable power, and of pure, complete, unmingled, and invincible justice, and Him who was unnamable, indescribable, and Eternal Godhead seated on it.  Earth and sky seemed to have fled into an insignificant nothingness from the overwhelming Almightiness of His Presence, and there seemingly was no place for them!  And I saw the resurrection of damnation of the rest of the dead, those who did not have part in the first resurrection, both the great and small, standing before the Throne, brought forth from all the depositories of the souls and bodies of the unholy dead, and books were opened wherein were fully recorded every thought, every word, every deed, every attitude, every motive, every secret and most hidden thing, of every person who ever breathed Earth’s atmosphere.  Included therein also were the deeds of goodness and morality of those who thought to stand before God on their own merit…who never felt the need of atonement by the propitiation of a crucified Savior, and who thus disdained to build on the merit and righteousness of the one only Mediator as the sole hope of a guilty and diseased humanity.  Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life… the roll-book of the regenerate in Christ Jesus…the register of the washed and sanctified through faith in His redeeming blood.  The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged and condemned according to, and in proportion to, the degree of sinfulness of what he had done.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire, as had been the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Devil before them.  The lake of fire is the second death…an eternal living-death of unimaginable woe, pain, and dreadful torment of both body and spirit, day and night, unceasing, forever and ever.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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:

 

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