Seventeen

IN TIMES OF DARKNESS

I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him. [Isa 8:17]

My beloved child…the privilege of waiting upon God is one that brings great responsibility. Even as My Divine Son Jesus, when He entered My Presence, at once used His place of privilege and honor as an intercessor. So you, no less, if you know what it is really to enter in and wait upon God, must use your access into My Presence for your less favored brethren. It is Christ…Who also maketh intercession for us. Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. [Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25]

**        **, I have a controversy with many of My children! Don’t you know; don’t you understand? I made you for Myself, in My Own image and in My Own 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! I purchased you, by Myself and for Myself, with the precious and priceless Blood of My Divine Son Jesus, that you would declare My praises…the praises of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light! I made you to be a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God…consecrated and set apart to worship Me! But no… instead, you are like an unfaithful, adulterous wife, having intimacy and love affairs with the world and thereby breaking your marriage vows to God! Your sweetest, most tender affections are not reserved for Me! I am not the choicest, most precious treasure of your heart! You have no longing to linger in My Presence, just sitting at My feet! Yes, I know that you honor Me with your lips…but your heart is far from Me! I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up your pretension and claim to My Name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me! I wish you were either one or the other…make up your mind, would you, please! So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am thoroughly disgusted with you, and am about to spew you out of My mouth! You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and am in need of nothing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked! I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white garments to wear, to cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so your eyes would be opened and you can truly see! Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So, therefore, be earnest, and repent! [Rev 3:15-19]

My child…you are called, with a tender heart, to think of the sad estate of your brothers and sisters, and to wait upon God on their behalf. It may be a Church congregation, where there is not the spiritual life or joy either in the preaching or in the fellowship; it may be a Christian work, in which the feebleness of My Spirit’s working appears to indicate that I, the Lord God Almighty, am hiding My Face; it may be the present state of whole Church denominations or countries, with the millions that belong to them. You are to realize your calling to wait upon God on their behalf. Instead of the tone of judgment or condemnation, you are to let the Spirit of the prophet come into you, and set yourself to wait upon God on behalf of My erring children. The deeper their darkness, **        **, the greater the need of your appealing on their behalf to the One only Deliverer. The greater the self-confidence in the power of the flesh of your brothers and sisters around you, who know not they are poor and wretched and blind, the more urgent the call on you who professes to see the evil and to have access to Me Who alone can help, to be at your post waiting upon God.

You are to take time and wait upon Me in this exercise. You are called to wait upon God in tender, loving intercession for all My children, your beloved brothers and sisters, however wrong their lives or their teaching may appear. You must wait upon God in faith and expectation, until I show you that I will hear. You are to wait upon God, with the simple offering of yourself to Myself, and the earnest prayer that I would send you to your brothers and sisters as a ministering spirit to them.  You are to wait upon God, and give Me no rest till I make Zion a joy in the Earth.  I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and my hope is in His Word. My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than the watchers wait for the morning, more than the watchers wait for the morning.

Abba Father, I stand in the gap before You on behalf of my brothers and sisters who have failed to embrace the truth of Your eternal purpose for their existence, that relationship with God…deep, intimate, intensely personal…is Mankind’s missing crown of glory. Worship…in Spirit and in Truth…is the missing jewel in Christ Your Son’s Royal Diadem. These two foundational principles, the very underlying purposes for Your creation, are missing…both in the lives of many of Your children, and in the life of many of Your Churches as well. Your Divine Son Jesus interceded before You, Father, on our behalf, in His High Priestly Prayer when He knew His hour had come, “that they all may be one, just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us.” [John 17:21] Relationship between God and Man, whom You created in Your Own image and Glory, was purposed to be characterized by a soul’s living union of oneness with the Triune God…a oneness that mirrored Your Own relationship with One Another in Your Blessed Holy Trinity. Christ Jesus prayed for Your fulfillment of God’s original intended purpose for the souls of Man.

In our present times, Father, the lives of the vast majority of Your children characterize anything and everything but a living union of oneness with God. There is no concept of Divine marriage, no concept of Sacred Covenant relationship.  Christ Jesus Your Son poured out His Own Precious Blood in payment of the price for our redemption, to purchase souls for God from every Tribe and Tongue and People and Nation. You Yourself, Father, did not spare Your Own Son, but gave Him up for us all. Yet we, for our part, are taught to put a few small coins in God’s gumball machine, turn the knob, and out comes our eternal salvation! We take our prize home, tuck it safely away in a drawer to remind us every now and again that we have “fulfilled our goal” of salvation, and proceed to get on with the enjoyment of our life in this world. And yes…we, of course, honor God with some tokens of our time, scheduling You into our otherwise busy worldly lifestyle. Like school-children dutifully going about their homework even though all the while their hearts are outside playing, even so we dutifully render to God whatever minimal time is necessary to appease our conscience and satisfy our sense of duty. Divine marriage? Shallow! Sacred Covenant relationship? Superficial! Jesus…our crown of glory? It is missing! God’s Love…so amazing, so Divine, that it demands my soul, my life, my ALL? There are only a small remnant of Your children wholly surrendered unto You, wholly given for the blessings and salvation of souls! Enable me, Father, by the Power of Your indwelling Holy Spirit, to fully embrace Your purposes and thereby be counted part of that remnant!

Abba Father, You have clearly exhorted Your children: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, My Own purchased, special people, that you may set forth My wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of the One Who called you out of darkness into My marvelous light. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My Own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the Earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, consecrated and set apart to the worship of God. [1 Peter 2:9; Ex 19:5-6]  My place in this Sacred Covenant relationship with our Triune God is to worship You, and enjoy You forever!

Lamentably, Father, worship is the missing jewel in Christ Your Son’s crown of Glory… both in the vast majority of Your churches and in the lives of a vast majority of those who call themselves by Your name. Sunday “worship services” at most churches are merely humanly ordained programs and rigid orders of service that exclude the rule and authority of the Holy Spirit, rather than inviting and welcoming Your reigning Presence. If there are any true worshipers there such as You seek, Father, they merely become frustrated as the Spirit within them that longs to worship God is being quenched. There are very few of Your churches with mid-week prayer services, where Your children gather solely to worship God, and then to call on Your great Name and mighty Power in prayer. Many churches have discontinued these prayer meetings altogether, because only a handful of people show up…if any at all. In stark contrast, tens of thousands are drawn to attend a sporting event, filled with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation…but Jesus the Christ, Who is Glorious in His Majesty, Majestic in Holiness, Awesome in Power, our wonder-working God…does not draw!

Your Divine Son Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman at the well, “The time is coming, and is already here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” [John 4:23]  True worshipers such as You seek, Father, will worship You in Spirit and Truth. There is only a small remnant of Your children who long to live faithfully in that Sacred Covenant relationship with God for which purpose we were created, who seek to become the true worshipers that please You, Father…who desire to be the mirror of the Almighty we were created to be. Father…let Your Blessed Holy Spirit sweep over all Your children and work in each one of us both to will and to do by the Power of Your enabling grace to become part of that holy remnant!

To You, Father, Who sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb, be all praise and honor and Glory and Power, for ever and ever, throughout the eternal ages! The four living beings shouted, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell prostrate before the Throne, and worshiped Him Who sits on the Throne and the Lamb! Hallelujah…for our Lord God Almighty reigns!

Abba Father…my part in our Sacred Covenant relationship…the chief end of Man…is to worship God and to enjoy You forever.  Although this is my very place in our relationship, and I am consecrated and set apart to worship God, I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless in the power of my sin-enslaved human nature to live my life in a manner that is good and pleasing and acceptable to You. In the power of my flesh…the totality of my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts and in my own strength, according to my own wisdom, knowledge and understanding…I cannot worship God as You really are, nor offer You the true worship that You want. Therefore, Father, the deepest desire of my heart is that You enable me by the Power of Your enabling grace to embrace this blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation… for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.

My soul, wait thou only upon God! [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/05/10/waiting-upon-god/]

 

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