God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the Earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth. [Ps 46:1-3, 10]
Brothers and sisters in Christ…
The very essence of a blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God…an abiding life of faith in God…can be summed up in this one, all-encompassing, principle: Waiting upon God, with and unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence…for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, and a deeper revelation of Who He is…SO I MAY THEN 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.
Continually and unceasingly, day and night, my heart needs to breathe in that breath of life that comes from the Holy Spirit and sustains my spiritual life… just the same as my lungs need, continually and unceasingly, to breathe in that breath of life that comes from the outside air and sustains my physical life. This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God. Abba Father…since I have been raised with Christ Jesus Your Son into newness of life, I continually set my heart upon the rich eternal treasures that are above, in the Heavenly realms, where Your Divine Son Jesus is seated at Your right hand. I continually set my mind and my thoughts on the things of Heaven and the spiritual realm, not on the things of Earth and the physical realm. For I died in union with Christ Your Son, and have been raised up together with Him into newness of life; my new life is hidden now with Christ Jesus in You, Father. When Christ, Who is my life, appears, then I also shall appear with Him in glory. [Col 3:1-4]
In the confident assurance in God which faith gives, I am ever to remember one thing above all…to wait upon God. My chief need in waiting upon God, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that God will hear and help. I am waiting upon a God Who never could disappoint His people! In the utter insufficiency of all human strength, “Be strong and let thine heart take courage.” I am to let NOTHING in Heaven or Earth or Hell…let NOTHING keep me from waiting on my God in full assurance that it cannot be in vain!
GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself. [Acts 2:38-39 AMP]
Note: Verse 39 is an expansion on the theme of verse 38…implying that these benefits are the right not merely of the Jews, but of all those whom God calls. In the present context God’s promise refers to His promise regarding the Holy Spirit; and your children indicates not merely the children of the people who are listening, but all of their descendants as well. In place of the passive promise was made, one may have an active form, such as “God has promised you and your children.” (from the UBS New Testament Handbook Series. Copyright © 1961-1997, by United Bible Societies.)
Abba Father…Your children are continually being led by Your indwelling Holy Spirit. And so You have so lovingly assured me, Your child, that I needn’t be like a cowering, fearful slave in Your Presence…that I should freely act instead as Your very Own child, adopted by birth into the bosom of Your Family, crying out to You, “Abba, Father!” For Your Holy Spirit speaks to me deep in my heart, reassuring me that I indeed really am Your child! [Rom 8:14-16]
Abba Father…You have given me Your Holy Spirit to dwell in me…never to leave me, never to forsake me. Continually and unceasingly, day and night, I can breathe in that breath of life that comes from You, Blessed Holy Spirit, and sustains my life in the spiritual realm. You lead me and guide me in every detail of my everyday life, as I give You free reign to do so.
You speak to me clearly…I hear Your voice clearly and distinctly as a man speaking together with his friend…except that it is not audible, that someone standing along side me can also hear it. And Your voice startles me because it comes to me out of the clear blue…just as if someone had walked up behind me and I was not aware of it…and spoke something to me clearly and distinctly. It startles me, because I was not aware of someone being present. The words being spoken are not a flow of thoughts in my mind, not mere impressions, not intuitions, not impulses, not inclinations, not inferences, not perceptions, not feelings, not a felt sense, not assessments, not conclusions, not insights gained by reasoning, not the conclusions reached through human wisdom, knowledge, or understanding. No…it is the voice of a Person speaking to me…but not audible. Oftentimes…if not always…it is totally unconnected with what my mind is thinking or dwelling upon at that time…as if Someone were interrupting my thoughts…which makes it all the more startling.
Blessed Holy Spirit…I watch for You and wait before You, look off unto You and listen for Your voice. My antennas are always up, always being continually and unceasingly aware of Your indwelling Presence…always attuned to Your leadings, because I know…I have experienced many times… that obedience to Your leading always brings the blessings of God.
There are a number of ways by which You lead me:
- There are times when I hear Your voice speaking to me…clearly and distinctly, as a man speaking with his friend…except not in an audible voice, that someone standing next to me could also hear it. Oftentimes, when I hear Your voice behind me saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it,” it startles me…as if someone had come up behind me, and I was totally unaware of it, and suddenly spoke to me.
- There are times when You prompt me to move or act to do, or speak, or write something…quite clearly and distinctly, and not vague as if it were an intuition whereby “I think I should do this,” or a mindless sudden impulse to act.
- There are times when You strongly impress me in a compelling way to move or to act…quite clearly and distinctly, and not vague. It is not an impulse coming from my emotions to immediately act.
- There are times when You place thoughts in my mind to move or to act…clear and distinct thoughts. Why would I ever think you don’t lead me in this way, when Satan himself is continually interjecting evil and misleading thoughts into my mind?
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that very hour and moment you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. [Matt 10:19-20]
Blessed Holy Spirit…You lead me and guide continually in these various ways…placing me where I am to be, leading me where I am to go, showing me what I am to do, giving me the thoughts I am to think and present, the words I am to speak or to write. I am to have the same mind in me that was in 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]
I am able to do nothing from Myself independently, of My own accord…but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My Own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My Own aim, My Own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me. [John 5:29-30 AMP]
This is because I have never spoken on My Own authority or of My Own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. And I know that His commandment is (means) 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 12:48-50 AMP]
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” [Acts 5:19-20 NIV]
I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side, and your actions also reflect what you have heard and learned from your father. [John 8:38 AMP ]
The following are NOT the leading of the Holy Spirit:
- An impulse is a strong and sudden urging prompted by my emotions to immediately act, usually in response to something that has just touched my life.
- An intuition is a calculated leading of my mind to take a specific course of action…based on its evaluation of a situation currently touching my life that calls for making a decision…that it has concluded would be the best of all possible responses. Intuition is the conclusion reached by the mind in a purpose-driven life through living a result oriented life. It is a conclusion reached in a human spirit-led life rather than a Holy Spirit-led life.
- A thought is a sudden suggestion presented by my will to do a particular action, or pursue a particular course of action, as something that would be desirable or beneficial. Unfortunately, the source of thoughts that are influencing my will to call for a particular action are always and continually coming from Satan; they are characteristically self-serving, self-seeking, and appeal to my sin-enslaved human nature. Thoughts suggesting action that originate from the Holy Spirit never have self-serving motives, a self-seeking agenda, or a desire to gain something for myself. They come from a pure heart…a heart that only seeks to do the will of God, solely and only for His purposes and for His glory. Ever before acting on a thought, I must inquire of God whether the source is my human spirit, stirred up by Satan, or whether the source is the Holy Spirit and is His leading.
Brothers and sisters in Christ…
June 26, 2015 marks that infamous day when our once great Christian Nation officially became Post-Christian America.
January 7, 2021 marks that infamous day when our once great Constitutional Republic…The United States of America; the USA…officially became a Totalitarian Dictatorship…The Autonomous Socialist States of America; the ASSA. Our very foundational Constitution has been completely trampled over, shredded, and burned. There is no more United States of America. And now we have a President, a House, and a Senate…all 3 branches of our Government…in the control of a Socialist, Authoritarian regime.
The dismantling of our Constitutional Republic continues to escalate exponentially day after day! We are plunging into a deep and very dark abyss in American history, at warp speed!
- News article: Social media platform Parler goes dark after Amazon cloud suspension. CEO John Matze said the site will try to ‘get back online as quickly as possible.’
- News article: Liz Peek: Big Tech censors nation. This is about stifling dissent from all those who do not buy into the Left’s “woke” agenda [“woke” is an euphemistic slang word meaning “moron”… professing to be wise, they have become fools…utter morons (Rom 1:22)]. How dare Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg tell Americans they can no longer hear from their President on Twitter and Facebook? How dare they take down followers from scores of conservatives and suppress their voices? This is not about Big Tech “protecting” Americans; this is about stifling dissent from those who do not buy into the Left’s Socialist, Authoritarian agenda. It is a frightening and outrageous attack on free speech in this country, which was founded to protect just such freedoms.
- News article: Stripe stops processing payments for Trump campaign website. Financial-technology company’s move follows last week’s riot at the Capitol. Stripe Inc. will no longer process payments for President Trump’s campaign website following last week’s riot at the Capitol. The financial-technology company handles card payments for millions of online businesses and e-commerce platforms, including Mr. Trump’s campaign website and online fundraising apparatus. Stripe is cutting off the President’s campaign account for “violating its policies against encouraging violence.”
Once a great and respected Christian Nation, God has made us the laughingstock of the world. This is what the Sovereign Lord said to Moses concerning the Israelites, and our Nation’s founding fathers warned it would apply to America as well:
If you disobey the Lord your God and do not faithfully keep all His commands and laws that I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you in accordance with God’s solemn resolve to punish you as you deserve for disobeying Him. Cursed shall you be in the city and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall you be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out. The Lord will send upon you curses… calamitous events such as fires, floods, earthquakes, or pestilence that happen suddenly with a huge loss of life. He will bring confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking Him. [Deut 15-16, 19-20]
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. [1 Cor 10:11; Rom 15:4] For the time has arrived for judgment, and it must begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the Gospel of God? Since judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News! If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners? Behold, since the uncompromisingly righteous are rewarded on Earth, one can be certain that the wicked and the sinner will also receive what they deserve. [1 Peter 4:17-18; Prov 11:31]
See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears My Name; why, then, would you think you will escape punishment? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword upon all the inhabitants of the Earth, declares the Lord Almighty. Now prophesy all these words against them and say to them:
The Lord will roar from on high; He will thunder from His holy dwelling and roar mightily against His land. He will shout like those who tread the grapes, shout against all who live on the Earth. The tumult will resound to the ends of the Earth, for the Lord will bring charges against the nations; He will bring judgment on all mankind and put the wicked to the sword, declares the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty says: Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation; a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the Earth. [Jer 25:29-32]
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 and necessities…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.
God’s determined purpose for our Nation to be destroyed had nothing to do with who ultimately would win 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. God has determined by His Own Divine decree to destroy our Nation….and for obvious good reason!
Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath against your enemies has passed. For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity. The Earth 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.
We are in the Last Days; time is moving very quickly, and we are drawing near! God is calling a holy remnant to Himself…to personal revival…a holy 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 Personally walked and 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. 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]
Christians across our Nation are called to stand steadfast and immovable with Christ. We are called to pledge our allegiance to the Lamb…to be faithful and true no matter the cost. Jesus said, “When the Son of Man returns, will He find any with unwavering faith on the Earth?” [Luke 18:8] Let it be that we are among those counted part of the remnant that Jesus will turn to and say, “Yes…there is faith!”
Even so, we must not bow down to the tyrant’s golden image: Our God is able to deliver us from your fiery furnace, O king; but even if He chooses not to…even so, we will not serve your gods or bow down to the golden image you have set before us. [Dan 3:18]
We must not shrink back: My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. [Heb 10:38]
We must not compromise: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. [Josh 24:15]
Beloved…Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life in this world will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it for life eternal. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s Glory with the holy angels. [Matt 24:12-14, 6:24, 10:37-39; Mark 8:36-38]
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.
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him. Matt 24:36-39, 42-44
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 Sanctuary of My God. Never again will you leave it. I will write on you the name of My God and you will be a citizen in the city of My God…the new Jerusalem…which will come down out of Heaven from My God; 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.”