July 18

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

God is calling you, and desires to anoint you, to be part of His holy remnant.  Whether you are a pastor, a Christian leader, or a member of the congregation…this is what the Lord says: To the pastors I have placed in charge of My churches concerning your congregation and each individual member, write: This is the last call.  I have wooed you so many times.  This time, I say to you, in great love…there is a cost to an anointing; this is not a light, frivolous matter.  The anointing is not cheap.  If you say in your heart, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it,” if you pay the cost of the anointing, I’ll open doors for you, I’ll speak through you, and I’ll use you again like you have never conceived.  The church and any members of the congregation embracing My call will move in the Power of My Holy Spirit, and bring great glory to God!  The time of being pumped up is over.  I am tired of your solemn assembly’s, I’m tired of your sacrifices…they’re not from the heart.  Don’t miss what God is about to do.  The time has come; I need you, and I love you…but if you ignore this trumpet call…if you say in your heart, “We will not listen,” I am going to take your anointing.  You’re not going to have anything to say to anybody; you’re going to be dry.  You are going into the desert…I will love you there, and I will keep you in My care, but you can’t go with Me, and I won’t go with you.  Let My Holy Spirit open your heart, and say from the depths of your being, “God, once again, use Your church; use Your child.  Now…not another time…tonight, let something in my heart respond to Your call.”

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 life of self-sacrifice and self-denial.  You cannot become My holy remnant without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own.  Obedience is what characterizes the life of My child… obedience continually and unceasingly day and night.  You are called to a life of obedience.   Obedience is better than sacrifice; rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as evil as worshiping idols. [1 Sam 15:22,23]

Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin.  Anoint him leader over My people Israel; he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines.”  When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern My people.”  Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?  The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.  Go down ahead of me to Gilgal.  I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” [1 Sam 9:15-10:8]

What have you done?” asked Samuel.  Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.  So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

You acted foolishly,” Samuel said.  You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.  But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader of His people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” [1 Sam 13:11-14]

On another occasion, Samuel said to Saul, I am the one whom the Lord sent to anoint you king of His people Israel.  Now listen to this message from the Lord.  This is what the Lord Almighty says.  He is going to punish the people of Amalek because their ancestors opposed the Israelites when they were coming from Egypt.  Go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have.  Don’t leave anything alive.”  Saul defeated the Amalekites.  But Saul and his men spared Agag’s life and did not kill the best sheep and cattle, the best calves and lambs, or anything else that was good; they destroyed only what was useless or worthless.  The Lord said to Samuel, “I am sorry that I made Saul king; he has turned away from Me and disobeyed My commands.”

Samuel confronted Saul, asking why he did not obey the Lord’s command.  Saul answered, “My men took the cattle and sheep from the Amalekites.  They kept the best sheep and cattle to offer as a sacrifice to the Lord your God, and the rest we have destroyed completely.”  “Stop,” Samuel ordered, “and I will tell you what the Lord said to me last nightThe Lord anointed you king of Israel, and He sent you out with orders to destroy those wicked people of Amalek.  He told you to fight until you had killed them all.  Why, then, did you not obey Him?  Why did you rush to grab the loot, and so do what displeases the Lord?  Which does the Lord prefer: obedience or offerings and sacrifices?  It is better to obey Him than to sacrifice the best sheep to Him.  Rebellion against Him is as bad as witchcraft, and arrogance is as sinful as idolatry.  Because you rejected the Lord’s command, He has rejected you as king.” [1 Sam 15:1-23]  Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him. [1 Sam 16:14]

God’s holy remnant is called to life of self-sacrifice and self-denial.  “I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies.  If it does die, then it produces many grains.  If anyone would come after Me, he must sacrifice and deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  Whoever has no regard for his physical life here on Earth…has no possessive love for this world, neither cherishes the things this world has to offer, but willingly and voluntarily lays it all aside…as a result stores up for himself the treasure of an eternal life in Heaven.  If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow me and cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying.  Wherever I am, there will My servant also be.  If anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him.” [Luke 9:23-24; 14:27; John 12:24-26]

You cannot have the Lord’s anointing and be part of His holy remnant if the life you are living out is: Not Thy will, but my will be done.  You are doing the things you enjoy in this world, things that give you pleasure.  And then you justify it by saying it is a platform that enables me to minister the Lord to others as the occasion arises.  For some it is fishing and/or boating on the weekends.  For others it is routinely playing golf; bowling in a league; playing tennis; engaged in a hobby; playing mindless video games; going to the gym; watching sports on television or going to sports events; working a job you enjoy, not because you need the money for the necessities of life; watching favorite television shows/movies; etc., etc., etc.  If you are married, where is your family while you are engaged in these self-pleasing activities?  If you have no marital commitments, why aren’t you wholly surrendered unto God, wholly given for the blessings and salvation of souls?  Why aren’t you sold out for Christ as were the Lord’s disciples, who walked with Him each and every day and were with Him wherever He went?  If the Lord called you into His Presence, to meet with Him face to face, and asked you, My child, what have you done this past week with the allotted time I have given you?  Would you be embarrassed to tell Him how you have spent some of your time…a good portion of your time?  Would you be able to say to Him Who sees even the secret most hidden things you do, and knows the deepest most hidden thoughts of your heart, I have faithfully inquired of Your Holy Spirit, and I have gone only where He has led me to go; I have been engaged in doing only what He has shown me to do to participate together with Him in His work.  As Andrew Murray has said, Bearing fruit is not just a part of a Christian’s life; bearing fruit IS my life. 

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 any 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 together 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.

Revelation 21:1-27

Then I saw a new heaven and a new Earth…the final redemption of our Earth and race, the restitution of all things accomplished…for the first heaven and the first Earth with all its damages, disorders and spoilations that were the result of sin had passed away.  And, likewise, there was no longer any vestige of the first sea, but rather a new, regenerated and eternal, sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband, and prepared for the Bride…the Lamb’s wife…for her eternal blessednessthe very crown of the redeemed world!  And I heard a loud voice from the Throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live and walk with them as He once did with Adam, in sublime and intimate fellowship.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God, and this union and intercommunion with Him, and possession of Him, will be the very crown of human blessedness and glory!  He Himself in loving Almightiness will wipe every tear from their eyes, drying up all of the many springs of sorrow that now break human hearts.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain with their thousandfold heartaches and griefs which now beset and torment the children of men, for the old order of things has passed away, and all things are made new by the great regeneration of God.”

5He who was seated on the Throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

6He said to me: “It is done!  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the Water of Life…ever refreshing, ever renewing, ever satisfying!  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son/daughter…all who have been washed and made new in the Blood of the Lamb, from Adam to the last Martyr under the Antichrist.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars…their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.”

9One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, (It is called the Bride, because it embraces the Bride…the wife of the Lamb…and because it is the Bride’s everlasting home and residence) coming down out of Heaven from God, arrayed in all the magnificence of her eternal glorythe very fulfillment of Abraham’s anticipation of faith, for he waited for the City which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”28  It shone with the Glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal!  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.  On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.  The wall of the City had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the City, its gates and its walls.  The City was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide.  He measured the City with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia (1,500 miles) in length, and as wide and high as it is long…a magnificent solid cube of golden construction!  He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits (216 feet) in height (“thick”, in the NIV), by man’s measurement, which the angel was using.  The wall was made of jasper, and the City of pure gold, as pure and crystal clear as the finest, most perfect glass!  The foundations of the City walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone!  The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl!  The great street of the City was of pure gold, pure like the finest, most perfect transparent glass!

22I did not see a temple in the City, because the unveiled Presence of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are Themselves its Temple, and the glorious worshipers there hold direct communion with His manifested Glory, which encompasses them and all their City alike!  The City does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the Glory of God gives it light…magnificently pure, and bright, and soft…and the Lamb Himself is its lamp, illuminating the very homes, hearts, and understandings of His glorified saints!  The nations of the Earth will all walk by its light…the very light of truth and righteousness, and the light of life for all needs…personal, social, and national…in the redeemed family of man…and the kings of the Earth will bring their splendor into it!  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.  The glory and honor of all the nations, comprising unglorified but now immortal humanity, will be brought into it, in honor of, and in homage to, the glorious Lamb of God!  Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names, through faith in the cleansing Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sanctification of the Blessed Holy Spirit, are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life!

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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