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. Lord God Almighty, When Your judgments come upon the Earth…as they are even now, the people of the world learn righteousness. Though God shows grace to the wicked, even so, they still do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they continue going on doing evil, and regard not the Majesty of the Lord. They cursed the name of God, Who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him. [Luke 21:26; Isa 26:10; Rev 16:9]
Brothers and sisters…Christians and Christian churches are being continually and increasingly persecuted across our Nation, and it is going to get much worse. Here is an article posted by Todd Starnes [Christian radio commentator] concerning the persecution of the Church in California:
Pastor John MacArthur to Defy Church Ban; Authorities Threaten to Cut Power
On July 13, Newsom [Governor, California] announced new restrictions requiring churches in a number of counties to cease holding indoor services. He had previously ordered all churches to stop singing hymns and worship songs. Pastor John MacArthur and the elders of Grace Community Church say they plan on defying Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order banning indoor worship. And their prayer is that other congregations across California will join their cause. “Christ, not Caesar is the head of the church,” the pastor and elders declared in a lengthy statement posted on the church’s website. Here is a link to the article: https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/john-macarthur-to-defy-church-ban-authorities-threaten-to-cut-power/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug&fbclid=IwAR0sD_JIRw4tEqLmCAMiyzg6vU8TrK0LzO2oyTMlbhuuABGbH21zDIh7wvM
I stand in awe of the Sacrificial Lamb of God, Who came into this world clothed in meekness, lowliness and humility; You loved me with an everlasting love, and You voluntarily lay down Your life for me, even unto death; You stretched out Your arms on a cross on my behalf, and declared, “It is finished.” [John 1:29; 10:17-18; 19:30]
WHY DO I EXIST? Because there is an Eternal God Who exists.
The framework for understanding our existence begins with fully embracing in my heart why the Eternal God of the universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb.
God’s framework in creating Mankind:
- Eternal Reason: I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
- Eternal Purpose: I made you for Myself.
- Eternal Plan: I know the plans I have for you.
- Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children.
- Eternal Provision: The Gift of My Son; The Gift of My Holy Spirit.
Eternal Provision: The Gift of My Son. I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the Precious and Priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus. By virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on your behalf on that cross at Calvary, I have forgiven all the sins of those who will receive Him and believe in His Name. Christ My Son has thereby conferred upon those the judicial status of eternal righteousness in My sight.
Eternal Provision: The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never forsake you…to be the Divine Nature abiding in you Whose Power continually guarantees and secures your capability to live your everyday life: faithful to your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ My Son; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and My unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God. [Ezek 36:25-29]
His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him Who called us by His Own Glory and Goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. [2 Peter 1:3-4]
Abba Father…All praise belongs to You! With all my heart, I extol You in the council of the upright and in the assembly! Your works are great, Father; they are pondered by all who delight in them! Glorious and majestic are Your deeds, and Your righteousness endures forever! You cause Your wonders to be remembered! You are gracious and compassionate, Father! You provide food for those who reverence You; You remember Your covenant forever! The works of Your hand are faithful and just; all Your precepts are trustworthy! They are steadfast for ever and ever…done in faithfulness and uprightness! You provide redemption for Your people; You ordained Your Covenant forever! Holy and awesome is Your Name! Awe-filled regard for You with the utmost reverence and respect is the beginning of wisdom, Father; all who follow Your precepts have good understanding! To You belongs eternal praise! Hallelujah!
You reign forever, Father; let the nations tremble! All praise belongs to Your Great and Awesome Name, for You are Holy! I exalt You, Father, my Lord and my God, and worship at Your footstool, for You are Holy! I exalt You, Father, my Lord and God, and worship at Your Holy mountain, for You are Holy!
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy! You are awesome, Father…the Lord Most High! You are the great King over all the Earth! You have ascended amidst shouts of joy, Father…the Lord amidst the sounding of trumpets! I sing praises to You; I sing praises! I sing praises to my King; I sing praises! For You are the King over all the Earth, Father; I sing to You a psalm of praise! You reign over the peoples; You are seated on Your holy Throne! The kings of the Earth belong to You, Father! You are greatly exalted!
I exalt You, my God and King; I praise Your Holy Name forever and ever! Father, You are great and most worthy of praise! Your greatness no one can fathom! One generation commends Your work to another; they tell of Your mighty acts! I speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and I meditate on Your wonderful works! I tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I proclaim Your great deeds! I celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness! You are gracious and compassionate, Father, slow to anger and rich in love! You are good to all; You have compassion on all You have made! All You have made praise You, Father; Your saints extol You! I tell of the glory of Your Kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all men may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom! Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations! You are faithful to all Your promises, Father, and loving to all You have made! You are near to all who call on You, to all who call on You in truth! You fulfill the desires of all who hold an awe-filled regard for You with the utmost reverence and respect! You hear their cry and save them! You watch over all who love You, but the wicked You will destroy! My mouth speaks in praise of You, Father! Let every creature praise Your Holy Name forever and ever!
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.”