And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And she [Anna, a prophetess] coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spoke of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. [Luke 2:25, 38]

My beloved child…here you have the defining characteristics of My children who are waiting upon their Father and God amid surrounding formalism and worldliness… righteous in all your conduct, ever walking as in God’s Presence, devoted to Me, looking for the fulfillment of My promises, filled with the Holy Spiritblameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of Life. [Phil 2:15-16] And what is it that you are waiting for? You wait in the full power of the redemption for its full revelation in you…the work of My indwelling Holy Spirit in the everyday living out of your life.

**        **, you wait in the strength of the full power of Christ My Son’s redemption…in Him you now have continual access to Me, your Father. How sure, therefore, may it now be that your waiting cannot be in vain! Your waiting upon God may now be in the wonderful consciousness, wrought and maintained by My Holy Spirit within you, that you are indeed in blessed reality joined together in a living union of oneness with Christ Jesus My Son…flesh of His flesh, bone of His bones. You are, therefore, accepted in the Beloved; the Love that rests on Him rests on you, My precious child, and you are living in that love, in the very nearness and Presence and sight of God…”blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Child of God! You wait for the full revelation within you of Christ My Son’s redemption… Christ in you, as the highest mystery of redeeming Love. As you maintain your place in My Divine Son Jesus day by day, I wait to reveal Christ My Son in you, in such a way that He is formed within you, that His mind and disposition and likeness acquire form and substance in you, so that by each of My children it can in truth be said, “Christ liveth in me.” The more your waiting upon God is marked by a living faith, “I in Christ,” the more your heart thirsts for and claims Christ My Son in you. And your waiting upon God, which began with special needs and prayer, will increasingly be concentrated, as far as your personal life is concerned, on this one thing: “Lord, reveal Thy redemption fully in me; let Christ live more fully in me. I wait upon You, Lord, from Whom alone is my expectation.”

The revelation of Christ My Son in each and every one of My children, and the daily revelation of this truth in your heart, step by step and moment by moment, is as much the work of My Omnipotence as was the birth and resurrection of Christ My Son. Both the redemption and its revelation within you are God’s work, not yours; you can do absolutely nothing but wait with an unwavering child-like trust. The secret thought that you have to work out the application of Christ My Son’s redemption in detail in your own life is the source of your feebleness and continual failure.  The sense of utter and complete helplessness, the confidence that God can, God will, be ALL and do ALL…these must be the marks of your waiting, in the assurance that your waiting will most certainly not be in vain.

My brothers and sisters in Christ…our God and Father has given us the eternal gift of His Holy Spirit to dwell in each one of us…never to leave me, never to forsake me: Because you are My child, I have given you the Spirit of My Son to dwell in your heart, and He continually cries out, “Abba, Father!” All who are indeed My children are continually led by My indwelling Holy Spirit!  He is the Power of the Most High God Who places me where I am to be, leads me where I am to go, shows me what I am to do to participate together with Him in His work, gives me the thoughts I am to think and to present, gives me the words I am to speak or to write, and gives me Divine tokens of my Father’s Love for me. The Holy Spirit Himself testifies together with my own human spirit, assuring me that I am indeed God’s child! Whenever God’s children respond with an unquestioning child-like obedience to the leading of the Spirit, His anointing rests upon us!

As a result of the Holy Spirit Personally placing me where I was to be, in this case as President of our Condominium Association, His anointing has indeed been upon me; over the past 12 years as President He has blessed everything He has directed my hands to touch!  The Lord has faithfully honored over and over again His Word Personally given to me as His appointed leader over the affairs of the Condominium: Trust in Me with an unwavering child-like trust that in My will for your life and in the work I have given you to do…in the ministries I have given to you and their responsibilities…My indwelling Spirit will indeed enable you to fulfill your responsibilities in accordance with My plans, purposes, and will, and in a manner that is well-pleasing in My sight.

I want to continue sharing a personal testimony I began yesterday to illustrate how during the course of our ordinary and practical everyday life as children of the Most High God, obedience to the leading of the Spirit always brings the blessings of God, and prayer, in agreement with God’s will, moves the hand of God.  Through obedience to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit over the past 12 years, our Association has spent over $300,000 in excess of our annual budget on various projects [4 times our annual operating budget], with no increase in quarterly maintenance fees and no assessments! The quarterly maintenance fees today are the same as they were in 2006!  This is what the Spirit of the Lord has done…all in accordance with His specific leading and guiding:

  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to an insurance agency specializing in Condominium policies, who not only maintained our current coverages and deductibles but also added coverages we did not have…while reducing out annual premiums 50% from $30,000 to $15,000Let the Name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to various maintenance providers to replace those we had [lawn, elevator, pool, pest control], at significant cost savings in each case, while greatly improving quality of service! For example, we obtained a new landscaper as a result of the Spirit prompting me one day to “Look out from your balcony”…and there in front of me was a landscaper’s truck with phone number, who would then become our new landscaper!  Now, our God, I give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He enabled me through these various cost savings to increase our budgeted contributions to Reserves from $6,000 per year to $27,500 annually…with no increase in our Condo owner’s quarterly maintenance fees!  I will extol You, Lord, at all times; Your praise will always be on my lips!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to a contractor to completely refurbish our pool and put in new tile for $6,000 vs quotes up to $15,000! As you might have suspected…this small local contractor was a family owned business of Christian brothers!  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to a local elevator company to completely refurbish our passenger elevator…brand new mechanics, cab interior, and exterior landing stations…for $60,000 vs the $100,000+ quotes from the three major elevator companies! All of the quotes were for the exact same scope of work.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to a roofing company that made available a ten year semi-annual roof replacement/roof maintenance program for $5,600 per year…vs quotes for complete roof replacement, all in the $110,000 range! Under the terms of our contract, they will replace 15% of our roof each year, resulting in a completely new roof over a period of 6 ½ years!  Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; His love endures forever!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to a quality balcony concrete restoration contractor, and balcony screen enclosure contractor, to completely repair and refurbish our twenty four balconies at a cost of $110,000… paid for entirely out of Reserves, with no assessmentBlessed be Your glorious Name; may Your Name be exalted above all blessing and praise!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to a plant nursery from whom to purchase, and plant, 150 feet of border hedges at 1/3 the cost of our other quotesBlessed be the Name of the Lord!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to have our landscaper design and install a beautiful garden atrium and decorative flowing water fountain, which has become our Condominium centerpiece, paid for entirely out of ReservesI will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your Name for ever and ever!
  • While waiting upon the Holy Spirit for counsel, He led me to quality and cost effective contractors for numerous other projects, including painting our buildings, walkways, and pool deck; parking lot resurfacing; LED security lighting; LED overhead walkway lights; pool plumbing system refurbishing; various landscaping enhancements…all without assessments or increases to quarterly maintenance fees! I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live!

Our Condominium has been blessed beyond measure…according to the Lord’s promise in Scripture applied to our own present day experiences: If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on Earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God [Deut 28:1-14]:

  • You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
  • The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
  • The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.
  • The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as He promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all the peoples on Earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.
  • The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity in the land He swore to your forefathers to give you. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
  • The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

I don’t know whether in the depths of your heart you really believe there is a God in Heaven Who is intimately involved in the lives of His children, but this I do know…He continually leads me by His Holy Spirit, and my obedience to His leading has continually brought the boundless blessings of God!  I proclaim to you Christ Jesus… the One Who existed from the beginning, from Eternity Past, Whom I have heard with the ears of my own inner being, and have seen with my own spiritual eyes. I have gazed upon Him and have spiritually touched Him with my own hands. He is the Word of Life. His Life is continually being revealed to me; I have seen it and testify to it, and I proclaim to you that He is the One Who is Eternal Life. He always existed with the Father, and is now continually being manifested afresh and anew to me. I proclaim to you what I have personally seen and heard in the depths of my soul, so that you also may enjoy this same fellowship together with us. The fellowship I continually enjoy is with the Father and with His Son, Christ Jesus. I am writing these things so that you also may fully share together with me in this fullness of joy. [1 John 1:1-4]  It is our birth-right as a children of the Most High God!

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! []


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