40 DAY PRAYER JOURNEY
March 6th is the launch date of your 40 Day Prayer Journey. What is it that you are asking the Lord to do for you? What are the specific blessings you are praying for?
Personal revival. Revival begins in one’s own heart. The prayer journey is a consecration of my heart to God, pleading with Him to bring revival, and to begin with me:
- Longing for God…an ever deeper, more intimate, personal relationship with Him.
- Hunger and thirst for personal holiness in my heart, manifested in living out my everyday life.
- Seeking to keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
This is the entire focus for the prayer journey over the next forty days. It is intensely personal in nature, a heart-cry to God to touch my life by His Spirit, and work a deep change in me. You may have this blessed assurance: you will never be the same again!
The hour in worship and prayer each day is not a time for intercession for family members, friends, co-workers, or church family. Do that at another time, and/or come to the prayer meeting on Tuesday nights for that purpose. If you get lost in intercession for others during this hour of prayer, you will have lost the reason for, and purpose of, this prayer journey. My heart longs to be inflamed with yearning for God alone…to pour out my soul, my life, my all for Him!
I plan to send out some encouragements by E-mail from time to time over the next 40 days as the Holy Spirit leads me to do so. I trust in the Lord they will be a blessing to you.
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Reflections: Day Two
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…who desire to be pure in heart; they will be completely satisfied! [Mt 5:6]
- Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God…He will show you His glory! [Mt 5:8]
- Blessed are those who seek to keep on being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. You will experience the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life, singing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs and making melody in your heart to God. You will experience prayer, in accordance with God’s will, moving the hand of God, and you will experience the blessings that come from obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. God will show you His Glory; you will see it with your own eyes, and you will have occasion to testify to His great Name and mighty Power…that the Name of Jesus would thereby receive glory, honor, and praise!
Why Do I Exist?
The starting point for this prayer journey is to understand, and to fully embrace in my heart, why the Eternal God of the Universe Personally formed me in my mother’s womb and brought me into existence at this time and in this place on Earth. It is so simple a child can understand it; yet it is so simple that only a child can embrace it. I need to reflect before the Lord on God’s..
A] Eternal Reason: Love. I have loved you with an everlasting Love.
B] Eternal Purpose: Relationship. I made you for Myself…in My Own image and likeness…to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness… the very crown jewels of My creation, and that, as a mirror of the Almighty, you would reflect My glory to the created universe.
C] Eternal Plan: I know the plans I have for you; you are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do the good works I have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My Book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe.
D] Eternal Promise: I have prepared a promised rest for My children. 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.
E] 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 your sins…past, present, and future. Christ My Son has conferred upon you the status of eternal righteousness in My sight. The Gift of My Holy Spirit, given to dwell in you…never to leave you, never to forsake you…to be the Divine Power abiding in you Who 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.
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Reflections: Day Three
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP:
God created Humankind for Himself, Divinely crafted in His Own image and likeness with the capability and capacity of having a deep and intimate personal relationship with Him…to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship, a living union of oneness. This sets us apart from every other created being.
Abba Father…You created mankind with a free will…free to choose to enter into this Sacred Covenant relationship with You, embracing Your Eternal Purpose for creating me. And free to choose to reject or ignore this relationship and Your Eternal Purpose…to do whatever I want, whatever I desire; free to go my own way, to do my own thing; free to pursue my own goals, my own desires, my own purposes; free to spend my time on whatsoever I will. You laid aside Your Sovereignty as my Creator to determine the course of my life, and gave me absolute sovereignty to determine the course of my own life.
Therefore, Father…I understand. The only act of worship on my part that is acceptable to You, that is pleasing to You…which must be first of all before any other worship or sacrificial offering…is to take the free will You have given me and freely, of my own free will, lay it on the altar of sacrifice in absolute surrender, and say from my heart, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.” Apart from that, I cannot truly worship You…I can not worship You in Spirit and in truth. Giving my free will back to God is the only thing I can give You, Father, that You don’t already have…because You had freely given it to me in the first place in Creation.
Blessed Holy Spirit…I freely lay my life on the altar of sacrifice, giving You free reign over the course and direction of my life on Earth. As such, I no longer have any possessions of my own; all that I have belongs to You. I have no plans of my own; I am here to do Your will. I have no privileges, no expectations, no rights, no honor; I am Your bond-servant. My time belongs entirely to You, I have no desires of my own heart, no purposes of my own for my life. You are Lord of my life, and I live wholly surrendered to Your plans, Your purposes, Your will. All of my motives, my attitudes, my dispositions are subservient to You. Blessed Jesus…I have no attractions to the people of this world, nor the things this world has to offer, that compete with my attraction to You. You are the choicest, most precious treasure of my heart. I have no affections for the people of this world, nor the things this world has to offer, that compete with my affections for You. I have reserved for You alone my sweetest, most tender affections. I am wholly Yours, and You are wholly mine…wholly surrendered unto God, wholly given for the blessing and salvation of souls.
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Reflections: Day Six
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP:
Abba Father…You made me for Yourself, in Your Own image and in Your Own likeness, to be joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a living union of oneness…a very crown jewel in Your Creation, and that as a mirror of the Almighty, I would reflect Your Glory to the created Universe. In our Sacred Covenant relationship, Father, I treasure my unique relationship with each Person of the Triune Godhead.
God the Father is my Father; I am Your child…the apple of Your eye. You have adopted me into Your Royal Family through my being born again of the Spirit in a new birth. Father…I have freely given myself to You to be Your child, now and forever…a child of the Most High God. My place in our relationship is to be an obedient and compliant child… trusting in You with an unwavering child-like trust; depending upon You with an unreserved child-like dependence; setting my heart to obey Your will, and accept Your will, with an unquestioning child-like obedience…all the days of my life on Earth, and together with You in Heaven for all eternity.
God the Son…Christ Jesus…is my Husband; I am Your spiritual bride…the bride of Christ, sealed with solemn marriage vows to You [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/]. I am joined together with You, Lord Jesus, in Divine marriage, flesh of Your flesh and bone of Your bones, such that the two of us have become one in spirit. I am eternally grateful that You are also my Savior, my Lord, and my brother. Blessed Jesus…I have freely given myself to You in Divine marriage, joined inseparably together with You in an eternal living union of oneness. My place in our relationship is to be a faithful wife… faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ…
- promising to honor and obey You as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul;
- to have and to hold You, above all others and above all else this world has to offer, as the choicest, most precious treasure of my heart;
- to love and to cherish You, above all others and above all else this world has to offer, reserving for You alone my sweetest, most tender affections;
- for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of my life, until death of this body brings me to be together with You in Heaven for all eternity.
God the Holy Spirit is my Master. I am Your servant…a bond-slave of the Most High God. You reign King on the throne of my life. You are the One Who places me where I am to be, leads me where I am to go, shows me what I am to do to participate in Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me. You give me the thoughts I am to think and to present, the words I am to speak or to write. Blessed Holy Spirit…I have freely given myself to You to be Your bond-slave, wholly surrendered unto You, wholly given all the days of my life for the blessing and salvation of souls. In our relationship, I am to be an obedient and faithful servant…to watch for You and wait before You, look off unto You and listen for Your voice, available to hear Your voice calling me to participate in Your work as Your messenger, Your ministering spirit, Your watchman…whenever and wherever You lead me to do so.
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Reflections: Day Seven
There are a number of you who need to hear this…because you had never experienced in your Earthly father anything like your Heavenly Father’s relationship with His children.
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP:
The Heart of God My Father For His Child:
Abba Father…Here am I, Your little boy/girl. I’ve come running to You, with a reckless abandon, as I just climb up on Your lap, curl up in Your loving arms, and rest my weary head against Your bosom…as You embrace me, kiss me, and hold me close to Your bosom, reassuring me so lovingly, so tenderly, so affectionately…
(your first name), honey…I love you. You are My child, My little boy/girl, and I am your Father and your God. I take great pleasure in you, honey; you’re the apple of My eye. So be comforted, be reassured, of My unfailing love for you. I rejoice over you with singing. My heart delights in you, and I long to fill you with all My fullness…with all the fullness of God. I long to pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, to have this intimate fellowship with you that we have, and to become ever more one with you, just as We are One with One Another in Our Blessed Holy Trinity. You are a good boy/girl, __________, and I am well-pleased with you…not because you are without sins and failures, without mistakes and imperfections. No, honey, I know you are but a child… laden with sins and failures, laden with mistakes and imperfections. Even so, you are a good boy/girl in My sight and I am well-pleased with you…because you have set your little heart to trust in Me with an unwavering trust; you have set your little heart to depend upon Me with an unreserved child-like dependence; you have set your little heart to obey My will, and to accept My will, with an unquestioning child-like obedience. These are the things that define you as a good boy/girl, and make you to be well-pleasing to Me. Don’t you understand, honey? A child melts his/her Father’s heart…you melt My heart…when you just come to Me, climb up on My lap, curl up in My arms, and rest your little head against My bosom. That melts a Father’s heart, because it is a child’s way of expressing absolute trust, absolute dependence, unquestioning obedience. It is all that a Father would ever need, or want, or desire of His child…of His little boy/girl.
And so, honey…rest your little head against My bosom, and close your little eyes. Drift off to sleep here in My arms in an unruffled child-like rest. Abide here with Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy. Don’t you worry, don’t you fret. Don’t be anxious or afraid. Trust in Me with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Watch for Me and wait before Me; look off unto Me and listen for My voice. Acknowledge Me in this way, and I will lead you and guide you by My Holy Spirit. He will place you where you are to be, lead you where you are to go, show you what you are to do to participate in My plans, My purposes, My will for you. He will give you the thoughts you are to think and to present, the words you are to speak or to write. He will direct your paths…if you would only trust your little heart to Me. I will watch over that little heart of yours and keep it safe, if only you would just trust Me with it. So don’t be disappointed, don’t be discouraged; don’t be disheartened or disillusioned. Don’t be downcast, down-trodden, distraught, dismayed, or distressed. Don’t lament over the past, or be anguished about the present, or agonize over the future. You needn’t be angry, upset, frustrated, irritated, or annoyed. And don’t become impatient, or grow weary of waiting. I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do good works…works that I Myself have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe. So be still, and know that I AM your Father and your God.
Reflections: Day Eight
A] ETERNAL REASON: LOVE:
I Have Loved You With An Everlasting Love
Beloved…You are My child; I am Your Father and Your God. I have loved you with an everlasting Love. I knew you by name, in eternity past, before I created the world. I knew every thought you would ever think, I heard every word you would ever speak, I saw everything you would ever do. I knew what your every motive for doing things would be, your every attitude about doing them, your every feeling. I considered all these things about you and then, with full knowledge of all you would ever think or say or do, I consciously and deliberately chose to love you. My Eternal reason for creating you is that I love you; the desire of My heart was to bring you into existence. My child…I made you for Myself, in My Own image and My Own likeness.
My love for you is unconditional…there are no conditions on My love for you. I love you because of Who I am, not because of who you are…or what you do, or what you refrain from doing. My love for you is not a response to anything in you; I initiate my Love toward you. God is Love; I am Love. Love is My very nature, Love is My very essence, Love is the very core of My Being, and I love you because of Who I am. My love for you is completely outside of your sphere of influence. You have no influence over My love for you, no impact on My love for you. Just as time, as an illustration of what I am speaking about, ticks relentlessly by, completely undaunted by anything you can possibly do to hinder its unceasing march, so My love flows unceasingly toward you, undaunted by anything you could possibly think, or say, or do to hinder it. Though you may trample every clock in existence, you have had no effect on time itself, having trampled only the measure of time. Though you may trample every expression of My love toward you, you have had no effect on My love, having trampled only the measure of My infinite love for you.
There is nothing you can do to cause Me to love you more; My love for you is already infinite. There is nothing you can do that would cause Me to love you less…because I already knew, in eternity past, everything you would ever think or say or do. Nothing you have ever done, or will ever do, is a surprise to me, or something I didn’t already know. No matter for how long, how many, many years you have sinned against Me; no matter how often, how very often; no matter how deeply, how very deep; I already had full knowledge of these things in eternity past, considered them, and consciously and deliberately, with full knowledge, chose to love you.
I love you with an fathomless love; yes, the very reason I created you was so that I could pour all of My blessedness, all of His goodness into you! The very purpose for your having been created, and created in My very own image and likeness, was so that I could have a deep and intimate Personal relationship with you, could be one with you in heart, mind and spirit…even as We are One with One Another in Our Blessed Holy Trinity! I made you for Myself…an empty vessel so that I Myself could Personally work in you all that you were created to be! I created you as an empty vessel so that I could Personally satisfy your every need, every want, every desire! I created you as an empty vessel so that I could Personally invite you into this living, loving relationship with Me, that you may be filled to overflowing with the immeasurable fullness of God!
My love for you is unfailing; it will never fail. You may fail Me; often do. But I will never fail you; I abide faithful! My love for you is unchanging. At this moment in time…after all your years of sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections…I love you the same as I did on the day you were born, when you were so pure, so innocent, and so helpless. My love for you is the same…yesterday, today, and forever. And I love you with an unending love…eternal and everlasting. My love for you will never perish or spoil or fade. If only you would know in the depths of your soul, if only you would just fully embrace, the greatness of My love I have lavished upon you…that you are named as My Own child!
Reflections: Day Nine
A] ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST:
Genuine Faith Leads into My Promised Rest
My beloved child…Don’t you know? Don’t you understand? Without faith, it is impossible to please Me. 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. Faith is an action that bears witness to your…
- Unwavering child-like trust in Me;
- Unreserved child-like dependence upon Me;
- Unquestioning child-like obedience to do My will, and to accept My will.
No matter how fierce the storms raging in your life may be, the confirmation in your spirit that you have genuine faith will be…
- Your undaunted resting in Me with an unruffled child-like rest;
- Your undaunted abiding in Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy.
Genuine faith is the power that overcomes all obstacles, all adversities. There is an active power of faith that overcomes by securing deliverance from the adversity, when deliverance is in accordance with My will. And there is a passive power of faith that overcomes by enduring adversity, when deliverance is not My will. Genuine faith is triumphant both in its active power to victoriously overcome and conquer evil, and in its passive power to persevere and endure evil, even unto death. In one case, it conquers the enemy or the difficulty by securing its removal or destruction. In the other, there is no deliverance from the adversity, and yet faith conquers in the power it receives to endure, and to prove that its spirit is superior to all that men or devils can do.
My child…your “faith” is not proven to be genuine faith until it withstands the furnace of affliction… until it endures the fire. These testings have come in order that the genuineness 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 genuineness and which, even so, perishes…may be found, after scrutiny, to result in praise, glory, and honor at the time of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
What good is it, My beloved, if you claim to have faith but have no good works to show for it? Can such “faith” save your 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 to you, “You claim to have faith, and I, for my part, 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.” Are you so slow to understand? You are pronounced righteous in My sight through what you do bearing witness to your stated belief, and not alone through a so called “faith” merely in the form of a stated belief. 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.
Abba Father…I understand; please help me by the power of Your enabling grace to fully embrace this! The all-prevailing, all pervading, atmosphere in which my soul lives and moves and has its very being is an unwavering child-like trust in You. It is the framework out of which everything in my life is determined…every action I take, every response to the things that touch my life, every word I speak, and every thought I think and present. Everything I am to do is filtered through an unwavering child-like trust in You, Father. No matter what circumstances, events, or things that take place to touch my life, they pass through this atmosphere of my unwavering child-like trust, and do not disturb my unruffled child-like rest. It simply prompts me to turn to Your Holy Spirit in an unreserved child-like dependence for His direction as to how I am to respond. In this all-prevailing, all-pervading, atmosphere of unwavering child-like trust, my soul is continually at rest in You, Father, with an unruffled child-like rest. Though the 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! Hallelujah!
Reflections: Day Ten
E] ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF YOUR SON:
Abiding in the HOLY OF HOLIES
Abba Father…Thank You for bringing me into Your inner circle…the Holy of Holies… where I gratefully take a seat in the last place at Your banqueting table. And even though I am just on the inner fringe of Your inner circle, seated in the last place at Your table… my heart is very content with the incomprehensible gifts and blessings You have given me! My heart is very content…knowing full well I do not deserve to be here, nor have I earned the right to be here; I have done nothing to warrant or merit being here; I am not worthy to be here. I am here solely and only because of Your boundless Mercy, Your infinite Grace, Your unconditional Love.
Abba Father…This is why I weep and my eyes are filled with tears of sorrow, as I bury my face in Your bosom, my head bowed down, unable even to lift up my eyes to Heaven: I remember my many, many sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections, throughout the years gone by and even the days gone by. I remember how I have sinned against You for so long…for so many, many years; how I have sinned against You so often…so very often; how I have sinned against You so deeply…so very deeply.
With my hand I cover my mouth in hushed silence on account of my shame, because You have freely forgiven me of all I have done, and have blotted out the entire record of charges proven against me. You have expunged the entire record of my sins; there is nothing written against my name in Your Book, just as if they had never occurred! You have removed my sins from me as far as the East is from the West! You have cast all my sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them against me again! Though I am overwhelmed by my sins, You forgive them all. Blessed, and filled with joy, are those whom You choose, whom You bring to live in Your Heavenly Sanctuary! I shall forever be satisfied with the good things of Your house, the eternal blessings of Your sacred Temple! My soul shall forever be satisfied, Father…as with the richest of foods!
I have been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, dressed in the white robes of Christ Jesus Your Son’s Own Righteousness, pure and holy now in Your sight…without spot or wrinkle or blemish. My felt sense of shame is not just because of my many sins, and the fact that You have freely forgiven me of all I have done…but even more so because I have been so reluctant to spare my own self-life and my self-interests, even though You did not spare Your Own Son but freely gave Him up for me. I cover my mouth in hushed silence on account of my shame, because I have been so reluctant to lay down my own life on the altar of sacrifice, even though Your Divine Son Jesus voluntarily lay down His Own life for me, and stretched out His arms on a cross unto death on my behalf.
Abba Father…You purchased my soul, by Yourself and for Yourself, with the precious and priceless blood of Your Divine Son Jesus! By virtue of the Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of His Blood, poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of my sins, I am eternally released from the penalty of sin, and the power of sin over me is forever broken! Your fathomless love, Father…so amazing, so Divine… inflames my heart with yearning to pour out my soul, my life, my all, for You!
Blessed Jesus…How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. I feast on the abundance of Your house, Lord; You give me drink from Your river of delights! For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light I am able to see the light. Pleasing is the fragrance of Your perfumes; Your Name, O Lord, is like perfume…poured out! No wonder I, Your bride, love you! Hurry, my King; let’s hurry! Take me into Your house! I rejoice and delight in You; I will praise Your love more than wine! How right it is for me to adore You! Hallelujah!
Reflections: Day Thirteen
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP:
I Am A Child of God By Birth
Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless he is 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.” Life begins at conception…both my physical life, and then my spiritual life at such time when I am born-again.
My human life began at conception…at that moment of fertilization at which time I was conceived from the human seed planted in my mother’s womb and fertilized through union with her female ovum. At that point in time, a new, genetically unique cell, a genetically distinct living organism…a human being…came into existence. Then the process of growth began. Abba Father…You formed all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when You wove me together in secrecy, and intricately fashioned me in utter seclusion in the depths of the womb. Your eyes saw my unformed body before I was born. You saw every day of my life, and recorded them in Your book, before I ever began to breathe. In the fullness of time, You brought me forth from my mother’s womb and I was born into the physical realm…a newborn baby! My child, I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I chose you and set you apart for My Own purposes. I appointed you to participate in My work according to My intentions concerning what I have planned to do.
My spiritual life also began at conception. Your Divine seed, Father…the Word of God… has within itself the capacity to start a new life. When it is planted in the heart of a human being, it has the potential to bring a new life into existence. Your Divine seed in itself, however, lies dormant; it cannot bring forth a new life on its own. Fertilization must take place within my heart through the consent of my will…at which time a new life is conceived through the Power of the Holy Spirit. At that moment of fertilization… when I made a solemn vow before You, Father, in giving myself to be the bride of Christ Your Son [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], receiving Jesus the Christ into my life in divine marriage, promising to honor and obey Him as both Lord over my life and Savior of my soul…a distinct and uniquely new life came into existence. I was born again, this time into the spiritual realm…born into the Family of God in the Kingdom of God, a child belonging to the Royal Family of God… through the regeneration wrought in me by the Holy Spirit! Abba Father…I am Your child by birth! Hallelujah!
My spiritual birth is not a mental or a theological concept; it is as literal and real a new birth as was my physical birth. A person is born into physical life through human parents, but is born into spiritual life in the Kingdom of God through the regeneration wrought by the Holy Spirit. I am a uniquely new-born creation; God Himself is my Father! I am no longer the same person I formerly was…my previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, a fresh, new life has begun!
I who was conceived and born into Your Family, Father, no longer deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practice sin, for Your Divine nature abides in me. Your principle of life, the Divine sperm, remains permanently within me. I bear in my soul my Father’s Divine DNA! I cannot carelessly, complacently, and indifferently practice sinning during the course of my everyday manner of living, because I am born into new life, I am a new-born creation…I am a born again child of God! I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that all those born into God’s Family are thereby regenerated individuals and do not make a habitual practice of committing sin. The Son of God carefully watches over and protects me…Christ’s indwelling Divine Presence preserves me against the evil one…and the Devil cannot lay hold of me!
Blessed Jesus…my heart hungers and thirsts for purity, holiness, and righteousness in living out my everyday life. As such, I continually look to Your Holy Spirit to guard my heart, that there be nothing in my life I am aware of that I know to be sin…but like doing it, want to keep on doing it, and refuse to give it up for You. Blessed Holy Spirit…the Power of Your indwelling Presence continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and my Father’s unclouded Presence in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
Reflections: Day Fourteen
B] ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRIT
Living in the Power of the Indwelling Holy Spirit
Blessed Jesus…You assured me, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be fully satisfied. Abba Father…this is the most intense desire of my heart, above everything else: my heart is inflamed with yearning to be holy as You are Holy, to be perfect as You are Perfect.
Father, I understand; I realize and acknowledge: I cannot literally be holy and perfect as You are. It is not humanly possible while I am still living in this body of flesh, and subject to the insistent desires of my sin-enslaved human nature. In the power of my sin-enslaved human nature, I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to stand against the onslaught of temptations and sins…or to free myself from these sins. The overriding characteristic of my sin-enslaved human nature is that it is enslaved by sin. Why would I ever think that the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature would voluntarily choose to deny its own self and put forth effort to give the Holy Spirit free reign over the conduct of my life? That is absolutely contradictory to my self-serving human nature! It not only does not have the power to do this…but in no way does it even want to! My human nature is held captive by sin, imprisoned by sin, in bondage to sin, enslaved by sin…and it has no desire whatsoever to be free of sin. It likes sin, wants to continue living in sin, and refuses to give it up for You! And it can’t be fixed; it must be crucified.
Abba Father, I know I can never attain righteousness by trying, by my own efforts and in my own strength…that any efforts on my part only serve to hinder Your Spirit from working righteousness in me. Sanctification is the work of Your Holy Spirit, not mine. My place is to hate sin, love righteousness, and cooperate with the work of Your Indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is the One Who works in me both the desire to obey Your will and the Power to do Your will. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.
My beloved child, I counsel you to live your everyday manner of life in the Power and under the guidance of My Holy Spirit; then you will not gratify the desires of your sin-enslaved human nature. Your heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked…your sin-enslaved human nature has a strong desire for its own will to be done and so to suppress My Holy Spirit, and My Spirit constantly has a strong desire for God’s will to be done and so to suppress your sin-enslaved human nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are hindered by your sin-enslaved human nature from freely doing what you desire to do in obedience to My will. But if you are living your life guided by My Holy Spirit, your life is no longer under the guidance of the demands of the Law, which has no power to suppress the desires of your sin-enslaved human nature. For the Law of the Spirit of life in My Divine Son Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and its resultant death. The fruit produced by My Holy Spirit dwelling within you is love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no Law prohibiting such things as these…rather, they fully satisfy the demands of My Law. Those who belong to Christ My Son have nailed the passions and desires of their sin-enslaved human nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since you earnestly desire to live your everyday manner of life under the guidance of My Holy Spirit, be careful, then, to follow the Spirit’s guidance in every part of your life.
My child, your heart can be perfect; the ultimate standard for purity of heart is perfection of heart. Purity, holiness, and righteousness…first of all and above all…is a matter of your heart. It is in your hidden life within your heart…in your mind, your thoughts, your imagination…where a pure, holy, and righteous life has its roots. True Christianity lies in the heart; the only righteousness acceptable to Me is purity of heart. Without that purity, your physical life makes no difference. My Divine evaluation takes place in your heart. I judge the source and origin of sin, not its manifestation or lack of manifestation in your actual physical life.
Those who are truly My children will be motivated to purity. The deepest desire of the redeemed child of God is for holiness, even when sin hinders the perfect fulfillment of that desire. If you, for example, earnestly desire to commit an evil, but cannot, because I put time, place, and opportunity out of your power to do so, you are nevertheless fully chargeable with the iniquity of the act, for I search and judge the heart. In the same way, if you earnestly desire to be righteous, which at times you fail to perform and commit sin, your desire is credited to you as righteousness, because I take the earnest desire of your heart for the deed. Then, when you confesses your sins, I am faithful and just to forgive your sins, and I am faithful and just to cleanse you of all unrighteousness.
Reflections: Day Fifteen
B] ETERNAL PURPOSE: RELATIONSHIP
Jesus Alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life
For so long…so many, many, years…I had sinned against God. I had sinned against Him so often, so very often, and so deeply, so very deeply. Up to that point, for the 13 years of my adult life, I had tried everything to fill my felt sense of emptiness…a void, a relentless aching in the depths of my soul for something, I knew not what, that was missing. Nothing satisfied that emptiness; nothing filled that void. Having been raised Catholic, I came to the conclusion that it must be God that I was missing. But how do I find God was the pressing question of my heart. Who am I that God would care about me, or have any concern for me? I wasn’t somebody important or significant that God should have any thoughts about me. That was my mindset in those years.
Even so, I set out on an intense, consuming search to find God…a relentless search that would continue over the next six years. I didn’t really know what “finding God” actually meant; I just knew that whatever it meant, I needed to find Him. I went to different priests and asked them, “How do I find God?” They were not able to help; actually, they didn’t really know the answer. Sometimes they would point me to a book to read, written by a priest. I would read the book, and a number of times I made an appointment to meet with the author of the book…traveling even out of State! Still…even they had no answer.
Meanwhile, my life was spiraling downward at warp speed. By October 1981, in absolute desperation, I reluctantly accepted a suggestion to meet with a local Baptist minister. For a Catholic, this was absolute rock bottom; a Catholic would not be caught dead talking to a Baptist minister, let alone meeting with one! On Saturday morning, October 17, 1981, I poured out my heart in Lester’s office concerning my desperate, yet fruitless, search to find God. He patiently listened, and when I had finished, presented…so simply a child could understand…what I had spent six long, intense years searching for. He asked if I would like to follow him in a prayer to accept Jesus as Lord of my life and Savior of my soul, and enter into a personal relationship with Him. As we prayed, there were no flashing lights…no sound of bells and whistles…just a deep satisfying sense in the depths of my soul that now, at last, I had found God…or rather, more accurately, that God had found me. On that day this Scripture verse became true for me: You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. [Full testimony: https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/05/14/divine-father/]
My life was never again the same…a wonderful journey into the depths of God ever since! This Scripture became a literal reality: Therefore, beloved, since you are joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus My Son, you are a new creation. You are no longer the same person you formerly were…your previous moral and spiritual condition has passed away. Behold, a fresh, new life has begun!
Blessed Jesus…for all those years leading up to that momentous day October 17, 1981, I lay in the gutter of sin, wallowing in its muck and mire, utterly destitute, hopeless and helpless, without hope and without God. On that wonderful day, You reached out Your nail-pierced hand to me, and with eyes of compassion, invited me, saying, My child…come with Me. I have prepared a place for You in My Father’s house. The moment I reached up and took hold of Your hand, You drew me to Your Bosom and embraced me. You removed the filthy rags of sin that clothed me, and immersed my body and my soul in Your precious and priceless Blood…to soak there in Your Blood. You soaked away all the filth that was caked up on my soul…all the sin, all the wretchedness, all the degradation. You bathed my body and my soul in Your Own Blood…washed me, cleansed me, and made me clean. Then You dressed me in the white robes of Your Own Righteousness, and presented me before the Father. As I stood there before the Father…washed in the Blood of the Lamb, dressed in the white robes of Your Own Righteousness, pure and holy now in His sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish, accepted now in the Beloved…I heard, with ecstatic wonder, the Father say, My child…this day I have adopted you through birth into My Family. You are now and forevermore My child, and I am your Father and your God.
Abba Father…thank You for Personally taking me by the hand and leading me into Your inner circle…the Holy of Holies. Although I am just on the inner fringe…and everyone else in Your inner circle is so much closer to you I can barely make them out with my naked eye; and still others so much closer than that, I can barely make them out with a pair of binoculars…my heart is very content. Over these now 35 years I continually meet with You in our trysting place in those early hours of the morning well before daybreak, just to be alone together with You to commune. You have shown me many of the rich eternal treasures of the spiritual realm hidden from those who don’t make time to linger in Your Presence, just sitting at Your feet. You have seated me at Your banqueting table… and even though I am in the last seat, and everyone else is seated so much closer to You, my heart is very content. I am eternally grateful, because I realize I do not deserve to be here; I have done nothing to earn being here; there is nothing about me that warrants or merits my being here; I am not worthy to be here. I am here solely and only because of Your boundless Mercy, Your infinite Grace, Your Unconditional Love. You gave Your Divine Son Jesus to become the sacrificial Lamb of God Who came into this world to become the One only all-sufficient atoning sacrifice that brought forgiveness of my sins and restored my relationship with God. And then You dressed me in the appropriate wedding garment…the white robes of His Own Righteousness, enabling me to be worthy to be seated here at Your banqueting table!
Blessed Jesus…I rejoice and shout triumphantly for joy! I celebrate and ascribe to You glory and honor, for the marriage of the Lamb draws near, and Your bride, the Universal Church, has been preparing herself! She has been permitted to dress in fine radiant linen, dazzling and white…for the fine linen is the righteousness manifested by good deeds, godly living, and moral excellence of the saints…God’s holy people. Then the angel said to me, Write this down: Blessed are those summoned to the marriage banquet of the Lamb…all true believers who are members of His Universal Church. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with Power and great Glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect…God’s holy people…from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. And he said to me further, “These are the True Words of God.”
Reflections: Day Sixteen
D] ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST
Embracing God’s Promised Rest
Beloved child…My eternal purpose for your existence is for you to be joined together with Me in a Sacred Covenant relationship…a deep and intimate personal relationship. This is the deepest desire of My heart. Your highest privilege as a soul created in My image and likeness is to enter into this relationship and become My son/daughter…a child of the Most High God! You enter into My eternal purpose for you through being born into the spiritual realm by supernatural means…that is, by being born anew of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit comes upon you, and the Power of the Most High overshadows you. You are thereby born again of the Spirit, and become a child of the Most High God: [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/]. I Myself am your Father.
You have entirely fulfilled My purpose for your existence by coming away with Me to our trysting place faithfully every day, where we can just be alone to commune together. The most intense desire of My heart is that you would look forward with an unclouded child-like carefree joy to spending this time together with Me. It is there during our times together that I pour all of My Blessedness and all of My Goodness into you, where we have intimate fellowship together, where I reveal Myself ever more deeply to you and become ever more one with you, even as We are One with One Another in Our Blessed Holy Trinity. My desire is that you abide with Me in My unclouded Presence throughout all the days of your life on Earth, and thereafter with Me in Heaven for all eternity.
My child…I Myself have prepared a promised rest for you. 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 your birth-right as My son/daughter. The Eternal Power of the Blood of My Divine Son Jesus has guaranteed and secured your eternal access into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies…into My unclouded Presence and My promised rest. The way into My promised rest is so simple, a child can understand it. It is so simple, though, that only a child can embrace it and enter in. Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Christ Jesus My Son has dedicated the way, by Personal example, for you to follow in His footsteps into My promised rest. You must walk along the Path He walked; it is the Path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. It is there in Gethsemane’s Garden that you find the Path that leads up to the Gate, which opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies…into My unclouded Presence. It is the only Path that leads up to the Gate, which bears on its header the inscription THY WILL BE DONE. No one can pass through until they first surrender their own free will there to the Gate-keeper. Beloved…you walk along that Path and enter through that Gate solely and only by faith. The way into My promised rest is through your unwavering child-like trust in Me, your unreserved child-like dependence upon Me, and your unquestioning child-like obedience to, and acceptance of, My will.
My promised rest is there for you to enter, but your ancestors who first heard this good news failed to enter because of their unbelief. When God swore in His wrath and indignation, “They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest”…of whom was He speaking? He was speaking of those whom Moses led out of Egypt and then rebelled. We see, then, that they were not able to enter the land, because they did not believe. God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because of their unbelief. So God set another time for entering His rest, and that time is Today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.” There is a special rest still waiting for My children. My deepest desire is for you to enter into My promised rest; do not fail as they did because of their lack of faith.
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?”
Wherefore, My beloved child, having now boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the Blood of Christ Jesus My Son, by the way which He dedicated for you, a new and living way to God through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of your flesh…do not hesitate then to draw nigh in fullness of faith; continually abide here with Me in the fullness of faith. Those who abide in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Reflections: Day Seventeen
D] ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST
Embracing God’s Promised Rest II
My beloved child…Do you not know? Have you never understood? I am the Sovereign All-Ruler over all things, over all creation…Sovereign over the heavens and all that’s in it, Sovereign over the Earth and all that’s on it, Sovereign over the spirit world and all that’s in it, Sovereign over everything that touches your life. I exercise My Sovereignty perfectly over all things…immediately, completely, and continually over all things; I am not a God Who is careless, complacent, or indifferent. Nothing takes place on the face of this Earth, nothing takes place in the heavens above, nothing takes place in the spirit world, and nothing can touch your life, apart from My having either Personally caused it to happen, or My having specifically, consciously, and deliberately allowed it to happen. And all to accomplish My Own good purpose. All that I do is necessarily the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be. And although oftentimes you may not understand…yet, even so, you can trust in My Sovereignty with an unwavering child-like trust. For I make all things work together for your good.
You are My child; I am Your Father and your God. My love for you is unconditional; it is not a response to who you are or what you do. I initiate My love for you. My love for you is unfailing. You may fail Me, often do…but I will never fail you. I abide faithful. My love for you is unchanging; I love you today the same as I did on the day you were born. My love is the same…yesterday, today, and forever. My love for you is unending; it is eternal and everlasting. It will never perish, spoil, or fade. You can trust in My fathomless love for you with an unwavering child-like trust.
So why do you worry, why do you fret? Why are you anxious, afraid? Let the words of My Divine Son Jesus to His disciples on their boat, when they had lost all hope in the midst of a fierce storm, ring in your own heart: Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by the cares, concerns, and responsibilities of life. Cast the whole of your care…all your anxieties and distress, all your fears and worries, all your concerns and burdens, once and for all…upon Me, for I care for you affectionately and care about you watchfully.
Why do you become disappointed, discouraged; disheartened, disillusioned over results, outcomes, and conclusions of the work you are doing? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by results, outcomes, conclusions. Results belong to Me; it is My work, not yours. And no one can thwart My plans, or hinder My purposes, or override My will.
Why are you downcast, down-trodden, distraught, dismayed, distressed? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by circumstances, events, and things that touch your life. There are no such things as random occurrences, accidental happenings, or incidental incidences. I have either allowed them, or caused them, to touch your life…for My Own good purposes.
Why do you lament over the past; why are you anguished about the present, and agonize over the future? Do you still have no faith? Yesterday is gone; it is unchangeable, unalterable, irreversible. Remain undaunted by your sins and failures, mistakes and imperfections. I am well able to restore the years the locusts have eaten. Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before you, press on toward the mark for the prize of My high calling in Christ Jesus My Son. And do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Seek first My Kingdom and My Righteousness, and all necessary things will be provided for you as well. As for the present, My child…today is the day the Lord has made, so rejoice and be glad in it.
Why are you angry, upset, frustrated, irritated, annoyed? Do you still have no faith? Remain undaunted by what people think or say or do. I, the Lord, am your helper; you needn’t be afraid. What can man do to you? Who shall separate you from the love of Christ My Son? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution, famine, nakedness, danger or sword? No, in all these things you are more than a conqueror through Him Who loved you.
Why do you become impatient, or grow weary of waiting? Do you still have no faith? I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You are My workmanship, created in Christ Jesus My Son to do good works…works that I Myself have planned in advance for you to do. Every day of your life was recorded in My book before you were born…before you ever began to breathe. So be still, and know that I AM your Father and your God.
Abba Father…forgive me for my lack of faith, and enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to trust in Your absolute Sovereignty over all creation, and Your jealous love for Your child. You have placed me like a seal over Your heart, like a seal on Your arm; Your love for me is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns within You like blazing fire, like a mighty flame! 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! You make my feet like hinds feet; You give me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility.
My beloved child…abide with Me in the Holiest of All, in My unclouded Presence. If you will only just abide in My promised rest, you will be continually at rest in an unruffled child-like rest, and you will enjoy being with Me with an unclouded child-like carefree joy. **(your name)**, it is unbelief that keeps you from entering into My promised rest, and prevents you from remaining in My promised rest. No matter how great your pressures and trials, how anxious your thoughts; no matter how hopeless your situation, how clouded your future; no matter how sad your loss, how deep the agony of your soul; no matter how weary or burdened…come to Me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest! Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly, gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Reflections: Day Twenty
D] ETERNAL PROMISE: MY PROMISED REST
Embracing God’s Promised Rest III
My beloved child…are you sorely troubled and vexed by various pressures, trials and afflictions that worry and weary a human soul? You must follow the example of Christ My Son and go into the Garden, there to walk along the same Path that He walked…the Path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self. Only the Power of My Holy Spirit will enable you to walk along that Path, and enter through the Gate that bears on its header the inscription THY WILL BE DONE, that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies. The power of your flesh is hopelessly helpless to do so; there is no way it would even want to! My Spirit alone works in you both to will and to do. **your name**, if only you would enter into My promised rest and abide there, your soul need never remain vexed.
Whenever an adversity touches your life, the first thing you need to acknowledge, and embrace in your heart, is that it comes from My loving hand. Nothing can touch your life apart from My having either Personally allowed it to happen, or having caused it to do so…and all for My Own good purpose. When I allow an adversity to touch your life, it is because I have a special blessing laid aside for you I want you to have…a blessing that can only be appropriated by your patiently enduring the particular adversity I have allowed to touch your life. I assure you…My blessings that come through suffering are the richest of rewards your faith can win!
Have you considered My Divine Son Jesus? Although He was a Son, in the character of His human nature He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. In bringing My many children into their glorious inheritance, it was appropriate for Me…for Whom and through Whom all Creation exists…to make My Divine Son Jesus, the Leader of your salvation, perfect through suffering.
In the Garden that night, Christ My Son was filled with terror and shuddering awe, “My soul is crushed with anguish and dread to the point of death.” He asked, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for You. If it is possible, within the framework of Your plans, Your purposes, Your will, may this cup of suffering be taken from Me.” My Divine Son Jesus was tempted by Satan to desire His Own will rather than the will of God in that which He was to suffer. He won the victory over Himself in the Garden that night, setting an example for you to follow, saying, “Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, then not My will, but Thy will be done.”
My beloved child, you need to embrace the mind-set of My Divine Son Jesus…for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, heedless of its shame. The joy that was set before Him was the great and special blessing that I had laid aside for Him, that He could only appropriate as His Own by patiently enduring the adversity that I allowed…the suffering of the cross. For the joy set before Him…the joy of seeing sinners saved; the joy of reconciling sinners back to God; the joy of restoring your relationship with God that had been severed by sin; the joy of repairing that shattered mirror of the Almighty you were meant to be…Jesus willingly endured the cross on your behalf with a joyful acceptance of My will, heedless of its shame.
His joy was not in the anguish and suffering He was to endure, as if it were something pleasant to Him. No…My Son Jesus accepted the cross, even welcoming it, as the necessary and only means through which He could appropriate the wonderful and eternal blessings I had set aside for Him. His joy was a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation, in the blessings that were to be His…and with His heart fixed on those blessings, He patiently endured the adversity necessary to appropriate those blessings… the cross, heedless of its shame. My Son Jesus said in His heart: Father, if it is not possible for this cup of suffering to pass from Me unless I drink it…if this cup of suffering is the only means through which I can appropriate the blessings You have laid aside for Me…then not My will, but Your will be done. I will gladly accept the suffering of the cross I must endure, heedless of its shame. My child, let this same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus My Son. For the joy of the special blessings I have laid aside and desire for you to have, set your heart to patiently endure the suffering of the necessary afflictions I have allowed, heedless of their vexation.
**your name**, listen to the exhortation of My Son Jesus: “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life for himself and his own interests will lose it, but whoever loses his self-life for My sake will save it. Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” Therefore, beloved, since Christ My Son has suffered in the flesh, arm yourself also with the same purpose, because whoever has suffered in the flesh has turned his back on sin, and no longer has any desire to keep on sinning. From now on, then, you must live the rest of your Earthly life controlled by My will and not by human desires.
My child…don’t become discouraged and lose heart! For your light and momentary troubles during this life are achieving for you an eternal glory beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! Since you are My child, then you are also an heir… an heir of God and co-heir with Christ My Son, if indeed you share in His sufferings in order that you may also share in His glory. I assure you…your present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in you!
So do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be distressed or dismayed, for I am your Father and your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Beloved…because you have set your love upon Me, therefore I will deliver you. I will set you on high, because you trust in My name. When you call upon Me, I will answer you. I will be with you in trouble; I will rescue you and honor you. I will reward you with long life and show you My salvation.
Abba Father…I understand. For the joy of the great and special blessings You have reserved for me and are to be mine, that can only be appropriated by my patiently enduring the particular adversities You have allowed to touch my life, I willingly and gladly bear the suffering of my cross, heedless of its vexation. I want to know Jesus, ever more deeply, ever more intimately. I want to know Him in the Power of His resurrection and in the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed ever more deeply into the likeness of His death…death to sin and death to self…in order that I may thereby attain, more and more, to the Power of His resurrection life out from the dead.