August 1

Son of man, when a land sins against Me by committing a trespass, and I stretch out My hand against it and break its staff of bread and send famine upon it and cut off from it man and beast…or suppose I were to pour out my fury by sending a plague into the land as is happening even now worldwide, and the disease killed people and animals alike.  As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, they wouldn’t be able to save their own sons or daughters!  They alone would be saved by their own righteousness. [Ezek 14:13, 19, 20]  

Abba Father…therefore, let all the godly pray to You while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.  For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.  You surround me with songs of deliverance.  The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will counsel you and watch over you.” [Ps 32:6-8]

Professing to be wise, they have become fools…utter morons. [Rom 1:22]  God’s determined purpose for our Nation to be destroyed has nothing to do with who wins the upcoming Presidential election.  If our current President is re-elected, the self-destruction will play out more slowly as it has been doing all along, and if there is a new President, the self-destruction will be immediate and swift.  Brothers & sisters…with that in mind, I want to share several following video clips with you…one from Tucker Carlson and the other from Laura Ingraham, both Christian Fox News commentators.

America is witnessing a brazen power grab
School children caught up in political agenda

There is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in these Last Days…a Godly remnant 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 My holy remnant without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you ownAnd you can’t be part of My holy remnant without the anointing of promise.  You can not serve as My messenger, My ministering spirit, My watchman with boldness, freedom, and confidence, with spiritual power and authority, unless you have My anointing.  The anointing of promise is the full blessing of Pentecost…and it is only granted to those who hunger and thirst for it…to those who are wholly surrendered unto God, wholly given for the blessing and salvation of souls…to those who by faith abide in the Holy of Holies in the unclouded Presence of the Father.  Blessed Jesus, You assured me: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…a purity, holiness, and righteousness of my own in living out my everyday life.  You assured me that I will be filled…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! [Mt 5:6]  That is the anointing of promise!  And even more beyond that… Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. [Mt 5:8]  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]

Abba Father…I hunger and thirst for purity, holiness, and righteousness in my hidden life in my heart, and Blessed Jesus, You assured me I will be filled to overflowing with all the fullness of God.  Purity, holiness, and righteousness begins in my hidden life in my heart…the anointing of promise is in my heart.

And all those upon the Earth who never knew You…the rich as well as the poor; the kings and princes and rulers of this world, as well as their subjects and slaves; the famous and the well-known, as well as the unknown and the obscure…all of these alike will run to the hills and to the mountains in abject terror, to hide in caves and to cry out for the rocks to fall upon them… just to hide them from the face of the Lamb and Your terrible Majesty. [Rev 6:15-17; Isa 2:19-21]

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.

Since the Eternal Purpose for my existence is to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship, how do I enter into this relationship?  Jesus answered that question in His response to Nicodemus, I tell you the truth, unless one is born again, he cannot be in God’s Kingdom. 

Jesus has clearly stated, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The only way to the Father is through Me.  Jesus said to Martha, I Myself am the Resurrection and the Life.  Anyone who lives their life believing in Me, though dying a physical death like everyone else, will never actually die at all but will rise to an eternal life together with Me in Heaven.  Do you believe this?  Yes, Lord, she replied, I do believe that You are Christ the Messiah, the Son of God, Whom God promised was to come into the world, fulfilling Your promised coming the world has long awaited.

Now this is eternal life: knowing You, Father, the One True Living God, and knowing Jesus Christ Your Son, the Messiah Whom You have sent.  God Himself has given this testimony concerning His Son: I have granted you eternal life, and this life is given through union with My Divine Son Jesus.  Whoever is joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness possesses that life; whoever is not joined together with My Son in a living union of oneness does not possess that life.  I have written this to you so that you who place your trust in Christ My Son will know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that you do now indeed have eternal life.

We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which He has given about His Son.  Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.  Anyone who does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about His Son.  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. [1 John 5:9-14]

After Jesus said this, He looked toward Heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.  For You granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.  I have brought You glory on Earth by completing the work You gave Me to do.  And now, Father, glorify Me in Your Presence with the Glory I had with You before the world began.  I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world.  They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your Word.  Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You.  For I gave them the words you gave Me and they accepted them.  They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.  I pray for them.  I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they are Yours.  All I have is Yours, and all You have is Mine.  And glory has come to Me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You.  Holy Father, protect them by the Power of Your name…the name You gave Me…so that they may be one as We are One.  While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name You gave Me.  None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.  I am coming to You now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.  I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” [John 17:1-19]

Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 
and provide for those who grieve in Zion…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor. [Isa 61:1-3]
In your own life, or in the lives of your loved ones, has your faith been tested, and is your faith now being tested, in the furnace of affliction?

  • Are there the chains of bondage to addictions and habits…addictions to recreation, hobbies, video games, sight-seeing, and a myriad of other activities and pursuits that the world has to offer that cause one to spent their allotted time on things that have no eternal value nor eternal worth?
  • Are there the chains of affections for the people of this world, and for the things this world has to offer, that compete with your affection for our Lord?
  • Are there the chains of attractions to the people of this world, and to the things this world has to offer, that compete with your attraction to our Lord?
  • Are there the chains of desires within our heart that compete with God’s desires for you?
  • Are there the chains of purposes for your life that compete with God’s purposes for your life?
  • Are there the chains of ungodly motives, bad attitudes, a sour disposition?
  • Are there the chains of sin that bind the lost and hold them prisoner; chains of sin that bind the backsliden and hold them captive?
  • Are there the chains of physical infirmities…of physical disorders, diseases, and illnesses…that bind the body and render it unfit?
  • Are there the chains of broken relationships…of strained relationships… relationships between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters and family members; between friends and neighbors, between brothers and sisters in the Family of God?
  • Are there the chains of bondage to debilitating addictions and habits…addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography; addictions to food, tobacco, television?
  • Are there the chains of financial bondage, emotional bondage, social bondage, spiritual bondage?
  • Are there the chains of depression, discouragement, disappointment; chains that bind the disheartened and the disillusioned?
  • Are there the chains that bind the downcast, downtrodden, distraught, dismayed, and distressed?
  • Are there the chains of discord, disharmony, disunity, dissension and division?

These testings have come, in our own lives and/or in the lives of those who are near and dear to us, in order that the genuiness of your faith, which faith is examined by testing for the purpose of being proven genuinemay be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise and glory and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Do the things that you do, the words that you speak, the thoughts that you think, bear witness to your faith in God and what He has said in His Word concerning these afflictions?  Faith by itself, in the form of a stated belief but not accompanied by actions that bear witness to that stated belief, is destitute of power and dead.  Let the Spirit of God convict you deeply, if needs be, and work in you, both to will and to do, a response that reflects a child-like trust in God, a child-like dependence upon God, and an unquestioning child-like obedience to the will of God.

My heart rejoices in You, Father!  In You my horn is lifted high!  My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in Your deliverance!  There is no one Holy like You, Father!  There is no one besides You!  There is no rock like You, Father!  Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for my Father is a God Who knows, and by Him deeds are weighed!  The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumble are armed with strength!  Those who are full hire themselves out for food, but those who are hungry hunger no more!  She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away!  Precious Father, You bring death and You bring life!  You bring down to the grave and You raise up!  You send both poverty and wealth!  You both humble and exalt…You raise the poor from the dust and lift the needy from the ash heap!  You seat them with princes and have them inherit a throne of honor!  For the foundations of the Earth are Yours, Father; upon them You have set the world!  You guard the feet of Your saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness!  It is not by strength that one prevails!  Those who oppose You, Father, will be shattered!  You will thunder against them from Heaven!  You will judge the ends of the Earth!  You give strength to Your king and exalt the horn of Your anointed!
All praise to You, Father!  Although You were angry with me, Your anger has now turned away and You comfort me!  Surely, You are my salvation!  I will trust You and not be afraid!  Precious Lord, my Father, You are my strength and my song!  You are my salvation!  With joy I draw water from Your wells of salvation!  How I thank You, Father; I call on Your Holy Name!  I make known among the peoples what You have done, and proclaim that Your Name is exalted!  I sing to You, Father, for You do glorious things!  Let this be known to all the world!  Shout aloud and sing for joy, children of the Most High God, for great is the Holy One of Israel among us!
I remember Your deeds, Father; yes, I remember Your miracles of long ago!  I meditate on all Your works and consider all Your mighty deeds!  Your ways are Holy, Father!  What “god” is so great as You?!  You are the God who performs miracles!  You display Your power among the peoples!

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, [], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Touch Me Lord: Parachute Band


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