Twenty-nine

CONTINUALLY

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually. [Hos 12:6]

My beloved child…Waiting on God is the essence of true religion; this disposition and habit of your soul must be there unchangeably and uninterruptedly, and the spirit of entire and unreserved child-like dependence must be continuous. God wants you to be, and I Myself wait to make you…you want to be, and you wait upon Me to make you… every moment all I created you to be, and what is well-pleasing in My sight.

**        **, this waiting continually on God must be the longing of your heart; it is an active matter of your heart, not of your mind…and what your heart is full of and occupies it, even when your thoughts are otherwise engaged. You will know it is indeed the longing of your heart when your mind, after being occupied and engaged in various responsibilities, always gravitates back to an intense desire for more of God. When your heart has learned how entirely powerless it is for even one moment to keep itself or bring forth any good, when it has learned how surely and truly God will keep it, when it has, in despair of itself, accepted My promise to do for you the impossible, then you will learn to rest in Me, and in the midst of occupation and temptation you will be enabled to wait uninterruptedly upon Me.

Child of God…My commands throughout My Word are all enablings…all revelations of what your God and Father will do for you. God, Who calls you to wait upon Me, sees your feeble efforts, and I Myself work it in you. Your spiritual life is in no respect your own work; as little as you began it, can you continue it. It is My Holy Spirit Who has begun the work in you of waiting upon God; He Himself will then enable you to wait continually. Your part in the work I am doing is to actively cooperate with His grace and respond to the leading of My Spirit; He is the One who enables you to do all things, as He works in you continually both to will and to do.

If you would only just understand, My child, your efforts in waiting continuously will be met and rewarded by God Myself working continually in you. I ever do work unceasingly, but your experience of it is hindered by unbelief. Yet I Who by My Spirit teaches you to wait unceasingly, will bring you to experience also how, as the Everlasting One, My work is never-ceasing. In the love and the life and the work of God there can be no break, no interruption. God, by My very nature, as the only Giver of Life, cannot otherwise than every moment work in My child. You may fail…often do… yet I abide faithful! God works always and continually, unfailingly; every moment you may, you must, wait on Me, continually.  As faith’s vision sees your God working unceasingly in you, without one moment’s intermission, in the fullness of trust and joy the holy habit of your soul will become, “On Thee do I wait all the day!”

Blessed Holy Spirit…continually and unceasingly, day and night, I need to breathe in the breath of life that comes from You 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. You are the Power of the Most High God, given to me by my Father and sent by the Son to dwell in me…never to leave me, never to forsake me. It is Your Power in me that guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ the Son, and to live my everyday life faithfully within the Holy of Holies, in the inaccessible Light of the Glory of my Father’s unclouded Presence…which is my birth-right as a child of the Most High God. Spirit of the Living God, day by day, moment by moment, You Personally live out the life of Christ Jesus the Son in me…a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, as I give You free reign to do so. And You Personally work out the death of Jesus in me, conforming me 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…the power to walk through each and every day as more than a conqueror and with overwhelming victory. I fully understand and my heart is inflamed with yearning to know Jesus in the Power of His Resurrection, which can only be attained through the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings. For my determined purpose is that I may know Jesus…that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly…and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over God’s children, and that I may so share in the fellowship of His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, that I may attain to the spiritual and moral resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while still in the body. [Phil 3:9-11]

Blessed Holy Spirit…You alone are the Divine source of strength that works in me both the desire and the power to walk along the path that Jesus walked in the Garden that night…the only path leading up to the Gate that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary wherein lies the Holy of Holies. It is the path of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial, death to sin and death to self…the way that Jesus dedicated for me… the new and living way to God, through the veil, the veil of my flesh that hangs in front of the entrance into the Holy of Holies and forbids access into the unclouded Presence of my Father. Wherefore, brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us…a new and living way to God through the veil…that is to say, through the veil of His flesh. [Heb 10:19-20]  The path that Jesus dedicated for me…the path He Personally walked as my Forerunner…leads up to the Gate that bears on its header the inscription THY WILL BE DONE.  No one can pass through the Gate and enter into the Heavenly Sanctuary, wherein lies the Holy of Holies, until I first surrender my own free will there to the Gate-keeper. Jesus Himself, by virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of His Blood poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary, rent the veil in two, from top to bottom…that veil that hung in front of the entrance into the Holy of Holies prohibiting entrance into the Presence of God, under penalty of death. By virtue of the rent veil of His Own flesh… the offering of His will unto death on the altar of sacrifice in obedience to the Father… He guaranteed and secured my eternal access into the Holy of Holies and the inaccessible Light of the Glory of my Father’s unclouded Presence, as my birth-right.  And having taken upon Himself a human nature, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death…even death on a cross! [Phil 2:8]

My beloved child…consider My Divine Son Jesus, the Author and perfecter of your faith, Who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, heedless of its shame. He is your preeminent example of faith; He lived the supreme life of faith. He was tempted in all things as you are, **        **, yet without sin. When Satan tempted Him in the wilderness, Jesus’ reply each time was the expression of trust in His Father and My Word. Jesus would not bypass My will just to get food, or to test My protection or Lordship. He waited until I Myself supplied or protected or directed. He trusted Me implicitly, for everything and in everything.

My Divine Son Jesus, in the character of His human nature, was made perfect through suffering.  In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for Whom and through Whom everything exists, should make the Author of their salvation perfect through suffering.  He learned obedience through suffering.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.  Jesus My Son was totally obedient to God His Father…the very point of Adam’s failure and sin…even unto death, a death on the cross! And having taken upon Himself a human nature, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death…even death on a cross! He also set for you the pattern for sufferingand to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. Therefore, precious child, since Christ My Son has suffered in the flesh, arm yourself also with the same purpose, because he who 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 God’s will and not by your human desires.

Child of God! My Divine Son Jesus, being consecrated and perfected through suffering, has consecrated the way of suffering for all My children to pass through unto Glory. Have you never understood and fully embraced the truth that the sufferings I allow to touch your life are not only necessary and unavoidable…they are hereby made honorable, useful, and your same pathway to Glory as My Own beloved Son? Now if we are children, then we are heirs…heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

My beloved child…it is fitting that My children must follow the same route and receive the same reward that My Divine Son Jesus did.  In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for Whom and through Whom everything exists, should make the Author of our salvation perfect through suffering. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.

Beloved…you walk along that Path and enter through that Gate that opens into the Heavenly Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies 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.  What was it that enabled My Divine Son Jesus to endure the cross? It was His faith that enabled Him to endure. Have this same mind, then, in you that was in Christ Jesus My Son: 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 mirror of the Almighty that God intended for you to be, that had been shattered by sin…He willingly endured the cross with a joyful acceptance of the Father’s will [not just a determined resignation to do the Father’s will], heedless of its shame. [Heb 12:2]

My beloved child…why are you bewildered by the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though some strange thing has happened to you? Don’t you yet understand that I Myself have Personally allowed it to touch your life…and for My Own good purpose? Knowing that I have Personally allowed these adversities to touch your life…why, then, are you frightened? Why are you downcast; why so vexed? Do you still have no faith? Are you still unwilling to trust with an unwavering child-like trust in My unfailing Love for you, and in My absolute Sovereignty over all Creation?

Consider it pure joy, my child, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Moreover, be full of joy even now; exult and triumph in your troubles and rejoice in your sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith…of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire…may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Christ Jesus My Son is revealed. Therefore, do not become discouraged and lose heart. Though your outer man is progressively decaying and wasting away, yet your inner self is being progressively renewed day after day. For your light, momentary afflictions…these slight distresses of the passing hour… are ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for you an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent Glory and blessedness never to cease! Therefore, fix your attention, not on things of the physical realm that are seen, but on things of the spiritual realm that are unseen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

So then, **        **, whenever you suffer because it is God’s will for you, should by your good actions trust yourself completely to your Creator, for I always keep My promise. You are regarded favorably in the sight of God if you endure the pain of unjust suffering. After all, what kind of glory is there in it if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering which results when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God. For even to this were you called. Christ My Son also suffered for you, leaving you His Personal example, so that you should follow in His footsteps. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when you have stood the test, you will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Me. This, then, is to be your attitude…the same that was in Christ Jesus My Son…in any of the trials I allow you to face: Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET WILL I REJOICE IN THE LORD…I WILL BE JOYFUL IN GOD MY SAVIOR. The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like hinds feet; He gives me strength and courage, enabling me to walk upon my high places…places of trouble and suffering and responsibility.

My precious child…it is well-pleasing to Me when you have a joyful acceptance of My will because of suffering. Your joy is in knowing that I am working and accomplishing a special blessing through You, with you, and in you…through the suffering I have allowed to touch your life. You need to understand, and fully embrace, that there is a direct connection between the suffering and the joy…a connection of cause and effect: because of this suffering that I have willed for you to experience [cause], you are filled with joy [effect]…a joyful expectation, an excited anticipation of the blessing I have laid aside for you. Your present suffering is the means through which you will receive a great blessing; in other words…no suffering, no blessing. You need to fully embrace the truth that the particular blessing I have for you can only be appropriated through the particular suffering I have ordained for you.

Abba Father, You have lovingly encouraged me, as well as all of Your children: Trust in Me with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; but in all your ways…watch for Me and wait before Me, look off unto Me and listen for My voice; acknowledge Me in this way, and I will most assuredly direct your paths…I will most assuredly lead you and guide you by My indwelling Holy Spirit. I have laid aside the blessings of obedience for My children!  Father, this is surely the 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.  Hallelujah!

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

 

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