Behold, I am coming quickly! My reward is with Me, and I will render to everyone according to what his work merits. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to enter through the gates into the city and eat the fruit from the Tree of Life. [Jesus…Rev 22:12-14, 2:7; John 10:7-9]
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.”
Embracing the Life of Jesus
Jesus took upon Himself a human nature [except as to sin…He never sinned], being born into this world to live the life of a human being just as we do. The life He lived was exactly and perfectly what God had intended for Mankind to live when He created Adam. In the power of our sin-enslaved human nature, however, we are hopelessly helpless to live this life. It is the work of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in me to Personally live out the Life of my Lord Jesus in me; it is my place as a child of God to give Him free reign to do so. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ the Messiah lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Jesus assured me, “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name to act on My behalf, will teach you all things. He will cause you to recall (will bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” [Gal 2:20; John 14:26]
Sacred Covenant Relationship
The life of my Lord Jesus being lived out in me by the Holy Spirit…to the extent I have given Him free reign to do so…is a life faithful to my Sacred Covenant relationship with God. Jesus Himself by His Own life was my example of how this life of relationship is to be lived. He spent much time alone in communion with the Father, waiting on God for His plans, purposes and will. Jesus’ will was totally surrendered to God; He did only the things the Father showed Him to do, and spoke only the words the Father gave Him to speak. He was totally obedient to the Father…the very point of Adam’s failure and sin… even unto death, a death on the cross! It was for this very reason that, in the character of His human nature as perfect Man, God exalted Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name that is above every name. It is my place as a child of God to wholeheartedly embrace this life of my Lord Jesus that the Holy Spirit Personally desires to live out in me…a life of waiting before God for His plans, purposes and will, and a child-like obedience to His direction for my life.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Other times, after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. Some of those days, Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray and spent the night in prayer to God. [Mark 1:35; Matt 14:23; Luke 6:12]
Jesus Himself emphatically stated, “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me. My food,” said Jesus, “Is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to finish His work. I am able to do nothing independently, of My Own accord, but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. Even as I hear, I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision, for I did not speak on My Own authority of My Own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying exactly what My Father has told Me to say, and in accordance with His instructions.” [John 14:31; 4:34-35 ; 5:30; 12:49-50]
My cooperating and responding
What is the reason why I am waiting upon God? What is the purpose of my waiting upon God? Here is the consummation of all this watching and waiting and listening… the fulfillment of my waiting upon God and His revealing to me is…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND. All is for naught if I fail to respond, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. It is not necessary for me to understand; I am to respond with an unquestioning child-like obedience. And, it is absolutely fundamental…the difference between success and failure…that I do not try to respond in the power of my flesh…which is in reliance upon my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts or in my own strength, according to my own wisdom or knowledge or understanding. I am to respond in the Power of the Spirit, cooperating with His enabling grace as He Himself works in me both to will and to do…both the desire to obey my Father’s will, and the power to do His will.
Jesus saith to them, “My food is, that I may do the will of Him Who sent Me, and may finish His work.” [John 4:34]
“I do as the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know that I love the Father and that I do only what the Father has instructed Me to do. [I act in full agreement with His orders.]” [John 14:31]
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” [John 14:26]
Not in your own strength…for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to do for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. [Phil 2:13]
One of my greatest needs, therefore, is to give the Holy Spirit free reign to rage through my heart like a consuming fire, and burn out every desire within me, until only one desire remains, and I can say truthfully to my Lord, “I desire only to do Your will, O God.” I am to live by the example set by Christ Jesus, Who said, “I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak.”
“As for Myself, I am not able to be doing even one thing by Myself. Even as I hear, I judge. And the judgment which is Mine is a just one, because I am not seeking the desire which is Mine but the desire of the One Who sent Me. As for Myself, not from Myself as a source did I speak, but He Who sent Me, the Father Himself, has given Me a commandment what I should say and what I should speak. And I know with a positive knowledge that His commandment is life eternal. Therefore, the things which I am speaking, just as the Father has spoken to Me, thus do I speak.” [John 5:30; 12:49-50 Wuest]
“But in order that the world may come to know experientially that I love the Father, and even as the Father commanded Me, thus I am doing. My food is to be doing the will of Him who sent Me and to carry His work to completion.” [John 14:31; 4:34 Wuest]
“Abba, Father,” He said, “Everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death…even death on a cross! Therefore, in the character of His human nature, God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the Name that is above every Name. [Mark 14:36; Phil 2:8-9]
Is that so difficult to understand, precious child? Why do you make your life so complicated, trying to live in the power of your flesh, your human nature…living 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? Your new life is hidden now with My Divine Son Jesus in Me. So continually set your heart upon the rich eternal treasures that are above, in the Heavenly realms, where Christ Jesus My Son is seated at My right hand. Beloved child… continually set your mind and your thoughts on the things of Heaven and the spiritual realm, not on the things of Earth and the physical realm. For you died in union with Christ My Son, and have been raised up together with Him into newness of life. Your new life is hidden now with Christ Jesus in Me, ** **. When Christ, Who is your life, appears, then you also shall appear with Him in glory. Have you never embraced 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.
** **, have this same mind in you that was in Christ Jesus My Son; wholeheartedly embrace the example He set for you, and follow in His footsteps: You prepared a body for Me; here I am…it is written about Me in the scroll…I have come to do Your will, O God. I only do what My Father shows Me to do; I only speak the words My Father gives Me to speak. I do as the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know that I love the Father and that I do only what the Father has instructed Me to do. My food is to do the will of My Father Who sent Me, and to carry His work to completion.
My beloved child…this is what the Lord says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you what is best for you, Who directs you in the way you should go. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it.” I, the Lord, will guide you always; I will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land, and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail!
So set your heart to watch for Me and wait before Me; look off unto Me, and listen for My voice. That is the purpose for which you are joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship. I made you for My Own purposes…that you would be continually available to Me as My messenger, My ministering spirit, My watchman..to do My work and My will. The purpose for your existence is so simple…a child can understand it. It is so simple, though, that only a child can embrace it. Listen for My voice behind you saying, “This is the way, My child; walk ye in it.” Your only responsibility is to obey My voice, and embrace My will for you, with an unquestioning child-like obedience. I am your Father and your God; you are My beloved child. You need only be a compliant and obedient child, faithfully and wholeheartedly doing what I give you to do. My Holy Spirit is your Master, you are His servant. Your only responsibility is to be an obedient and faithful servant. My Divine Son Jesus is your husband, you are His bride. Your only responsibility is to be an obedient and faithful wife in living out your everyday life, honoring your solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ.
Abba Father…I praise You, the One Who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me! My soul waits for You, Father…more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning! Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust! I know, Father, that my life is not my own; it is not for me to direct my steps. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Show me the way I should go, Father, for to You I lift up my soul. For You have brought me into existence not to do my own will and purpose, but to do the will and purpose of my God Who created me. Hallelujah!
A great and wondrous sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the brilliant light of the sun, robed with its purity and magnificently radiant, with the moon…that symbol of the powers of darkness…under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head befitting her celestial royalty and dominion…already enthroned, judging human beings and judging angels...Yahweh’s Queen! None other than the visible Church of the Living God on Earth throughout all ages and in all places is the precious bride symbolically portrayed by this glorious woman, fashioned out of Christ by the hand and Spirit of God from that deep sleep of His for the sins of the world, bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh…as woman was fashioned out of Adam from the deep sleep that fell upon him for that purpose… and in whom all its highest excellencies and chief characteristics are summed up from the beginning even unto the great consummation! She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth to her royal children, who have therein been begotten, nourished, and borne throughout the ages, now to be brought forth in her birth-hour as lords and princes of the eternal realm.
Then another sign appeared in Heaven: an enormous, fierce and malignant, fiery blood-red dragon with seven heads and ten horns…a symbol of none other than that ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan who, with cunning and genius unsurpassed only by that of the Eternal Uncreated Mind, leads the whole world astray. And he had seven crowns on his heads, denoting his usurped control over the entirety of sovereign governments, over the universal secular dominion of this world, throughout all ages and in all places, continually using their power as instruments to accomplish his murderous and malignant purposes to harm, wound and afflict; to oppress, injure and destroy; to bring about misery, sorrow and suffering. His tail swept away a third of the stars of the Heaven…those beautiful and gloriously created angelic hosts, swept out of the sky-regions as a result of their allegiance to him in his rebellion…and flung them to the lowly earth-regions below to meet the same fate as his; plucked out and thrown down from their lofty setting as bright morning stars, debased and dethroned forever, reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the Great Day.10 The Dragon stood ready in front of the Woman who was about to give birth to her royal seed, with rage inflamed, intent upon annihilation, so that he might devour her child…the symbolic representation of the entire regenerated purchase of the Savior’s Blood…the moment it was born, thereby to carry out his malignant will to destroy God’s Kingdom. She gave birth to a son, a male child… symbolic of the genuine children of God, begotten of the Holy Spirit, whose characteristics are yet hidden, who are only to be manifested by their resurrection and translation at that Great Day, and for whom all the Creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.11 It is these royal children who will rule over all the nations of the world with an iron scepter, governing, disciplining and controlling all the peoples of the Earth with absolute, irresistible, authority and power…as a shepherd presides over his flock. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other;12 and so her child, new-born into immortality and eternal life, was snatched up to God and to His Throne and granted, as promised by the Lord Jesus, “To sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Throne.”13 The Woman…Yahweh’s Queen…fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
7And there was a monumental war in Heaven over the birth and coronation of this male child…these royal seed as lords and princes of the eternal realm. The issue at stake is this glorious exaltation of the saints that the Devil and his angels have ever exerted all their subtlety and power throughout the ages to defeat. Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon and his angels fought back. But the Dragon was not nearly strong enough, and they lost forever their place in Heaven. Foiled at every point, he stands revealed to all Heaven in all the devilish baseness of his true character, and all his hosts as the ministers and abettors of Satanic falsehood and the most hellish malignity. The great Dragon was thus hurled down…that ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the Earth below, and all his angels swept out of the sky-regions along with him; henceforward neither he nor his angels are ever anymore to have the liberty of the heavenly spaces. How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!14
10Then, all Heaven is filled with rejoicing, and I heard a loud voice in Heaven say, even as in mighty volume the triumphal song rings out: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night…claiming that these people are not fit for and not worthy of such honors; that God disowns His holiness, and casts dishonor on His Throne by awarding to such people such a portion and such a destiny; that all reasonable being and intelligence is set at naught and outraged by such a proceeding… has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…whose meritorious blood, weighed in all the strictness of eternal right, covers the whole amplitude of their deficiencies, and cleanses away all account of their sins…and by the word of their testimony, and by the fact that they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the Earth and the sea, because the Devil has gone down to you! He is filled with unwonted rage and fury, because he knows that his time is short; that but a few brief years remain until his reign is over and the Abyss is his prison-house.”
13When the Dragon saw that he had been hurled to the Earth, he pursued the Woman who had given birth to the male child. Under the dominion of his appointed ruler, the Beast…who receives his power, his throne, and his great authority from the Devil…the remaining members of the visible church on Earth are persecuted as never before. There will be no living under him without accepting him in place of God and of Christ. The Woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly swiftly and out of reach of her adversary to the place prepared for her in the desert…just as in the days when Israel fled into the wilderness of Sinai to escape the wrath of Egypt…where she would be taken care of, nourished, and strengthened for a time, times and half a time, out of the Serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the Serpent spewed water like a river…a host of armed forces sent forth from his agent the Beast…to overtake the Woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the Earth at God’s command miraculously helped the Woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river of soldiers that the Dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the Dragon, completely thwarted and frustrated in his malignant will to destroy, was enraged at the Woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring…those yet remaining on the Earth who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
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: