December 31

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

Beloved child…do you believe this?  Are you living in God’s promised rest?  The proof that you do believe and are abiding there…is your everyday experience of resting in Him with an unruffled child-like rest and abiding with Him with an unclouded child-like carefree joy.  No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled.  In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul.  This is the only way of entrance into the promised rest I have prepared for My children: you have set your heart to trust in Me with an unwavering trust; you have set your heart to depend upon Me with an unreserved child-like dependence; you have set your heart to obey My will, and to accept My will, with an unquestioning child-like obedience.

**        **, greatly beloved, faith is not belief only; faith is a verb…an action word.  Faith is the living out of your life in a manner that bears witness to the truth of what you say you believe.  What you believe in your mind is not faith until you have acted in reliance upon that belief.

Don’t you fully understand yet?  “Faith” is not genuine faith until it withstands the furnace of affliction…until it endures the fire.  A “faith” that has not been tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.  These testings have come in order that the genuiness of your faith, which faith is examined by testing for the purpose of being proven genuine…that approval being much more precious than the fire-testing of gold to prove its genuiness and which, even so, perishes…may be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise and glory and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ.  [1 Peter 1:7-8]

What good is it, My child, if a person claims to have faith but has no good works to show for it?  Can such faith save his soul?  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.  Someone may well say, “You claim you have faith, and I have good works.  Now prove to me your actual possession of the faith you claim to possess apart from any accompanying good works, and I by my actions that bear witness to my stated belief will prove to you my actual possession of faith.  You believe that there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that…and shudder!  For just as the body apart from the breath of life is dead, so also faith in the form of a stated belief but not accompanied by deeds and actions of obedience to back it up, is destitute of power and dead.  [James 2:14, 17-19, 26]  

Are you willing to be shown proof, you foolish, spiritually deficient fellow, that faith apart from good works is inactive, ineffective and worthless?  Was not our forefather Abraham shown to be justified and made acceptable to God by his works when he brought to the altar as an offering his own son Isaac?  You see that his faith was cooperating with his works, and his faith was completed and reached its supreme expression when he implemented it by good works.  And so the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed, trusted in, and relied upon God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.  You see that a man is justified…pronounced righteous before God…through what he does bearing witness to a stated belief and not alone through “faith” merely in the form of a stated belief.  So also with Rahab the harlot…was she not shown to be justified…pronounced righteous before God…by good deeds when she took in the spies and sent them away by a different route? [James 2:20-25]

FAITH THAT BEARS WITNESS

The proof of faith is in living your life in accordance with, or in agreement with, what you say you believe.  There are many hundreds of verses in the Bible where God promises His sufficiency to meet every need we may encounter during our lifetime.  It is faith alone that embraces these promises, and makes them ours.  It is faith alone that enables us to live a tranquil, unruffled life, always living in the Presence of the Lord.  “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord…I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign Lord is my strength.  He makes my feet like hinds feet; He gives me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility.” [Hab 3:17-19]

Do you believe what the Lord has said:

 Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident!  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” [Josh 1:9]  Do you believe what the Lord has said…“I am with you wherever you go?”  Then why are you afraid?  Why are you discouraged?  You need to put aside fear and discouragement, become determined and confident, and live your life in accordance with what you say you believe.  That is the measure of your faith.

For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep and to guard that which I have entrusted unto Him against that day. [2 Tim 1:12]  Do you believe this?  Have you entrusted the people and the things that are important to you into His hands?  Then why are you fearful of suffering loss?  Is He not both willing and able to keep and to guard all that you have entrusted unto Him?

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! [Isa 26:3]  Do you believe that the Lord will keep you in perfect peace?  Then why don’t you have peace of mind?  Why are you so troubled and upset?  You need to trust in Him, and turn your thoughts often… not just sometimes…to Him.

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. [Phil 4:19-20]  Do you believe that God will supply all your need?  Then why are your finances always a worry?  Why do you worry about how you will be able to acquire the necessities of life?

So then, those who suffer because it is God’s will for them, should by their good actions trust themselves completely to their Creator, Who always keeps His promise. [1 Peter 4:19]  Do you believe that God, Who created us, always keeps His promises?  Then why do your physical infirmities leave you depressed?  Why do you feel that God doesn’t hear your prayers, or that He has abandoned you?  Perhaps you are suffering because it is God’s will for you…you need to trust His plans, purposes and will for you, and that He is making these things work together for your good.  You may not understand… oftentimes we don’t…but you can trust.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  You will keep on guiding me all my life, Lord, with Your wisdom and counsel, and afterwards receive me into the glories of Heaven! [Ps 32:8; Ps 73:24]  Do you believe that God will faithfully instruct and teach and guide you all the days of your life as He promised He would?  Then why don’t you turn to Him and inquire of Him concerning where to go or what to do?  Why do you keep on trying to figure things out according to your own wisdom, knowledge and understanding?

It is a time to celebrate with a hearty meal and to send presents to those in need, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  You must not be dejected and sad!” [Neh 8:10]  Do you believe that the joy of the Lord is your strength?  Then why don’t you just spend time with the Lord, just sitting at His feet?  Why do you remain unhappy, dejected and sad?  Why aren’t you filled with joy in the Lord, regardless of your current circumstances?  Take time to celebrate the Lord’s goodness with a hearty meal, and send presents to those in need!

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting. [James 1:5-6]  Do you believe that God will give wisdom to all who ask in faith?  Then why do you continue trying to solve your difficulties through your human capabilities and capacities, by your own efforts and in your own strength, according to your own wisdom, knowledge and understanding?  Why haven’t you turned to the Lord and asked Him to lead and guide you by His Spirit?  The Lord promised to give generously and without reproach to all who ask in faith.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. [Isa 40:31]  Do you believe that God will renew your strength as you wait upon Him?  Are you weary, heavy laden, and losing heart?  Why, then, have you not sat before the Lord and waited upon Him; He promised to renew your strength, didn’t He?

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us…they help us learn to be patient.  And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. [Rom 5:3-4]  Do you believe that problems and trials are good for us, helping us to develop patience, character, and a deeper trust in God?  Then why haven’t you put aside your impatience and inquired of God as to what He would have you learn through your difficulties?  Why haven’t you learned to rejoice in your problems and trials, knowing that God is going to make those things work together for your good…that there is a blessing God has for you that can only be appropriated by going through the particular difficulty He has allowed to touch your life?

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  What a wonderful God we have…He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the One Who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. [Ps 34:18,
Ps 147:3; 2 Cor 1:3]
  Do you believe that God both comforts and strengthens us as we go through the difficulties of life?  Then why do you dwell in your sorrows and refuse to be comforted?  Why do you grow weary and lose heart?

Don’t worry about things…food, drink, and clothes.  For you already have life and a body… and they are far more important than what to eat and wear.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you, O men of little faith?  So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing.  Why be like the heathen?  For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them.  But your Heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and He will give them to you if you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.  So don’t be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too.  Live one day at a time. [Matt 6:25, 30-34]  Do you believe what God has so clearly said here?  Then why do you worry about having sufficient finances to purchase necessary food and clothing?  Why are you anxious today about tomorrow’s problem’s and difficulties?  Does not our Father know perfectly well what we need?  Will He not provide all that we need?  Will He not take care of tomorrow’s problems as well?

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. [1 Cor 10:13]  Actually, the Greek word used here does not mean just temptations to sin, but includes every kind of testings and trials.  A more accurate translation is as follows: Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people.  But God keeps His promise, and He will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. [1 Cor 10:13]  Do you believe that God is the Sovereign All-Ruler over all things, and that He will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability to deal with it?  Then why do you feel so overwhelmed and depressed by the difficulties and pressures in your life?  Why wouldn’t you look to God to give you the strength to endure it as He has promised?

Do not be afraid…I will save you.  I have called you by name…you are Mine.  When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you.  When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, the God Who saves you. [Isa 43:1-3]  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He Who promised is faithful. [Heb 10:23]  Do you believe the incredible assurances God has given you in these two Scriptures, and have you embraced them as your own?  Then why are you despairing and giving up hope in your troubles and hard trials, and why are you so depressed?  Why do you think God has abandoned you, and does not hear your prayers?  Is He not the God Who saves you?

Jesus and His disciples were in their boat, heading across to the other side of the lake.  Suddenly, a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water.  Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with His head on a pillow.  The disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are about to die?”  Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!”  And He said to the waves, “Be still!”  The wind died down, and there was a great calm.  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Why are you frightened?  Do you still have no faith?” [Mark 4:35-40]  Would our Lord admonish you in this same way for the way you have reacted, and are even now reacting, to the storms He has allowed to touch your life?

Jesus says to each one of us, “Do you still believe that I love you unconditionally?  That you are being led by My Holy Spirit?  That I bottle every tear you shed?  Do you still believe all things work together for good to them that love Me?  That I hear your prayers, even when you have no audible voice to express them?  Even when all seems dark and you are overwhelmed?  Even when fear lays hold of your mind and soul?  Even when it seems I have shut the heavens to you?  Do you still believe…even when death comes to your loved ones?  Do you still believe that I give comfort and strength to face even the grave?  Do you still believe you are in the palm of My hand…that you are the apple of my eye?  That eternal life is your future… that there is no power that can pluck you out of My hand?  That I am still touched by every infirmity and affliction you endure?  Do you still believe these things are true?” [David Wilkerson]

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

This is where I stand.  I don’t know why God has been exhorting me to continually warn the brethren to be prepared with a supply of food, necessities, and provisions…but I am not giving up my own provisions at this point in time.  I am holding on, and I will wait and see what takes place.  And so I continue to encourage you…make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself [refer to https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/02/26/brace-yourself-prepare/].  A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep on going, and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]
The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm.  Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by a severe scarcity of goods, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!
You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life. [Phil 2:14-16]  We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this! 

I still hold to the Spirit’s words of warning: “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things.  Ready or not, Nation, here it comes!  Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength.  Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm!  Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.” 

But if the watchman sees the danger coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of even one of them, that one will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood. [Ezek 33:6]
Lord God Almighty, as Your watchman I have been solemnly fulfilling the responsibility You have given me in sounding the alarm to warn Your people; there will be no blood on my hands.

BRACE YOURSELF

Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath has passed by.  For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity.  The Earth also will disclose the blood shed upon her, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been murdered…63 million unborn children slaughtered in cold-blooded murder…and conceal her guilt.  They will be brought out for all to see. [Isa 26:20-21]
We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

PREPARE YOURSELF

There is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in this Last Day of the Lord…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 obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial…to walk along the path that Christ Jesus dedicated for us, and to follow in His footsteps as our forerunner. You cannot become part of My holy remnant without being willing to  sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own. 

Friends, brothers and sisters, this is our Lord’s exhortation…

Arise My bride, and prepare to pray:

  • Pray to strengthen the backbone of the Church.  The current ongoing persecution of the Church and of Christians is going to escalate exponentially; it is going to get MUCH WORSE.
  • Pray for the cleansing of the corruption in the Church.  God is going to expose and purge corruption within His Church, and separate the wheat from the chaff…separate His True church from the apostate churches that no longer belong to Him.  He is going to expose false prophets and teachers, and wolves dressed in sheep clothing pretending to be shepherds.
  •  Pray for a Great Harvest:  It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere; God will use His holy remnant to seek and to save the lost.  There will be a great harvest of souls in these Last Days.  Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere.  With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47] 
    And now, Lord God Almighty…bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6]
      Hallelujah!

Arise My bride, and prepare for battle.  There is going to be severe Satanic, demonic attacks against God’s holy remnant of committed, uncompromising, steadfast Christians, pastors, and leaders [not the lukewarm], and against marriages, families, and children in these coming days!  There is going to be severe attacks and intense persecution coming from pretending “Christians” within the church, against pastors who preach the uncompromised Word of God.  For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something self-pleasing and gratifying, they will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  [2 Tim 4:3-5] 
Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. [Rev 12:12]  

Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face.  Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
“Behold”, says the Lord Jesus in His last warning for the last opportunity offered to mankind to be among His redeemed, “I come for the last time like a thief in the night to gather those who would be among the elect!  Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, in watchfulness, prayer and readiness for the summons when it comes, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed, eternally without remedy.”

ENDURE TO THE END

I am coming quickly.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown.  Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will make a pillar in the Temple of My God.  Never again will you leave it,
**__________**.  I will write on you the Name of My God and the name of the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which is coming down out of Heaven from My God.  And I will also write on you My Own new Name.  

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.”

Holy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcx2O9WXvn8&feature=youtu.be

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