KEEPING HIS WAYS
Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land. [Ps 37:34]
My beloved child…when waiting on God, you need to be very careful that you keep My ways; out of these you never can expect to find Me: Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember Thee in Thy ways. [Isa 64:5] I am always most surely to be found, though, by the soul who walks in My ways [a heart that is consumed with a deep longing to live your everyday life in a manner that is good and pleasing and acceptable to Me], seeking and patiently waiting upon Me. Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee. [Ps 37:34]
** **, wait upon the Lord…that has to do with your worship and disposition; keep My ways…that has to do with your walk and work. Your inner life of waiting upon the Lord in worship and disposition must be the inspiration and strength of your outer life of walk and work; your manner of living during the course of your everyday life must reflect and be in harmony with the inner attitude of your heart of waiting upon the Lord in worship and surrender. Your surrender to a full obedience to all My will is the secret of full access to all the blessings of My fellowship. You need only obey what God asks you to do; I will do more than you can ask Me…or even think of asking. My child…do not give way to the fear: I do not have the strength to keep all Your ways. It is this will rob you of every confidence. However weak you feel, you are to keep carefully those for which you have received strength already, and surrender yourself willingly and trustingly to keep all My ways…willing to cooperate with the grace and strength I give you to respond to My Holy Spirit…and He Who has worked in you to be willing in the first place will also work in you the strength to do by His mighty Power at work in you. You need only just let your heart be consumed with a deep longing to live your everyday life keeping all My ways…as you know them in My Word; as nature teaches them, in always doing what appears to be right; as Providence points them out; as My Holy Spirit leads and guides you to do. I Myself will be ALL and do ALL in you; your responsibility is to actively cooperate with the grace I give you, and to actively respond to My Holy Spirit Who is at work in you.
Child of God! Your failure has been owing to only one thing: you sought to conquer and obey in your own strength. You must believe that in yourself, and all that nature can do, there is no true power; God alone can work anything that is good in you. The very starting point and groundwork of waiting upon God is the realization of your utter and absolute impotence to do anything good or pleasing or acceptable to your God and Father by your own will or in your own strength. You need only come with everything evil you feel in yourself, every memory of unwillingness, unwatchfulness, unfaithfulness, and all that causes such unceasing self-condemnation. You need only trust with an unwavering child-like trust in God’s Omnipotence, and find in waiting upon Me your deliverance. You need only be content to receive from God each moment the inworking of My mighty grace and life, and waiting upon God will become the renewal of your strength to run in My ways and not be weary, to walk in My paths and never faint! “Wait upon the Lord, and keep His ways” will be both command and promise in one! ** **, since you have these promises, My child, purify yourself from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. [2 Cor 7:1; Heb 12:14; Mt 5:8]
Abba Father…I come before Your Throne of Grace each day to acknowledge and confess the sins I have committed during the past 24 hours, since I last came before You. Let Your Holy Spirit bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my visible physical life…the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken or written that others have seen and/or heard.
Enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my unseen physical life… the wrong things I have done and the words I have spoken that no one else was present to see or hear…especially while driving alone in my car, on the phone in conversation, at home alone, on the Internet, or anywhere or doing anything where no one else was present to witness it. You see the secret, most hidden things I do. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You. [Ps 139:11-12]
And especially, Father, enable me to bring to mind how I have sinned against You in my hidden life in my heart…in my mind, my thoughts…the wrong things I have done and said in my imagination that no one else will ever know about but You. You know the deepest, most secret thoughts of a person’s heart…and I am just as guilty of committing these sins in my heart as if I had actually and physically carried them out: Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [Matt 5:28]
I also acknowledge and confess all my sins that have not come to mind at the moment, on the basis that if they were to come to mind, there would be nothing there that I know of that would be sin but that I would like to be doing it, would want to keep on doing it, and would refuse to give it up for You. Father…I know my heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked above all things; who, really, can know it…only You. And so if there is anything that my heart has hidden from me…let Your Holy Spirit convict me deeply of these sins, and make me painfully and consciously aware of them, so I can turn to You in repentance and ask for Your enabling grace to forsake these sins.
And I acknowledge and confess the sins of unrighteousness in the spiritual realm I have committed against You: my sins of unbelief resulting from a lack of faith…whereby I can not, or will not, trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust in all things; my sins of disobedience resulting from self-will…whereby I do not, or refuse to, obey Your will or accept Your will with an unquestioning child-like obedience; my sins of self- sufficiency resulting from self-reliance…whereby I believe in my heart that I am able to live my life in a manner that is well-pleasing to You through reliance upon the powers of my sin-enslaved human nature, refusing to acknowledge my absolute need to depend upon You with an unreserved child-like dependence in everything.
Father, I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, and I am deeply sorry for them… because whenever I sin against You, it thwarts the deepest desire of my heart to be holy as You are Holy, and to be perfect as You are perfect…for You have told Your children, “As the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy;'” and, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” [1 Peter 1:15-16; Matt 5:48] In the power of Your enabling grace, I turn from my sins in repentance; in my heart, I turn from them. Father, forgive me; have mercy on me, a sinner.
Abba Father…thank You for Your promise, thank You for Your assurance, that whenever I acknowledge and confess my sins to You, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins. You are faithful in that You never fail to do so, and just to do so, by virtue of the Eternal Power and Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, poured out on my behalf on that cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of my sins. And You are faithful and just to cleanse me of all unrighteousness…You have forgiven me of all I have done, and You have blotted out the entire record of transgressions proven against me…erased the entire record of my sins. You removed my sins from me as far as the East is from the West, and have cast my sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them against me again. You have expunged all of my sins from the record; there is nothing written against my name in Your Book, just as if I had never sinned! And You have conferred upon me the judicial status of eternal righteousness as an accomplished and finished fact. Sin can never again stain my soul and separate me from God, because the Blood of Christ Your Son envelopes my soul, and sin cannot penetrate it.
And thank You, Father, for washing my robes anew in the Blood of the Lamb…for continually washing my garments as they become soiled with sin and I bring them before You in confession and repentance, making them clean again…dazzling and white. Thank You for washing my feet with pure water…for washing the dust of sin off my feet, enabling me to stand before You, to abide here with You in the Holy Of Holies, in the inaccessible light of the Glory of Your unclouded Presence, having been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, dressed in the white robes of His Righteousness, pure and holy now in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish. And thank You for giving me fine, radiant linen to wear…dazzling and white…which are the righteous acts that Your Holy Spirit has wrought in me as I have given Him free reign to do so…that my light would so shine before the souls of men that they would see the good deeds, righteous acts, and moral excellence wrought in me by Your Holy Spirit, and thereby give glory to You, Father, in Heaven.
Thank You, Father, that at this moment in time, after all my years of sins and failure, mistakes and imperfections, I stand before You just as pure and innocent and helpless in Your sight as I was on the day I was born. The most intense desire of my heart going forward is to be pure, holy, and righteous in living out my every day life…in living out my visible physical life, my unseen physical life, and especially my hidden life in my heart… in my mind, my thoughts, my imagination.
Blessed Jesus…You assured me, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” [Mt 5:6] Blessed, You said, are those who, in living out their everyday life, hunger and thirst for a purity, holiness, and righteousness of their own that comes from obedience to the Law. You assured me that my longing will be completely satisfied, and I will be filled up to the measure of all the fullness of God…to the richest measure of Your unclouded Presence, a soul wholly filled and flooded with God Himself! I delight myself in You, Lord…and You promised to grant me the desires and secret petitions of my heart that are in agreement with Your will. You promised that if only I would just commit my way to You and trust in You, most assuredly You will do this: You will make my righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of my cause like the noonday sun! [Psalm 37:4-6]
Abba Father…create in me a pure heart. I hunger and thirst for a pure heart; my heart is inflamed with yearning…my heart aches and pines away with yearning…to have a purity, holiness, and righteousness of my own that comes from obedience to the Law. I hunger and thirst to be filled with Your holiness and righteousness in my everyday manner of living. The deepest, most intense longing of my heart is to be holy as You are holy; to be perfect as You are perfect. I insist upon it…not in order to gain anything, but because I already have everything. I am Your child, and You are my Father and my God. I already have the status of eternal righteousness before You…by virtue of the Eternal Power and the Eternal Worth of the Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, poured out on my behalf for the forgiveness of my sins. I am already pure and holy in Your sight, without spot or wrinkle or blemish, having been dressed in the white robes of His Own Righteousness. I already have Your acceptance; I already have Your approval; I already have Your affirmation; I already have Your affection. I already have everything by virtue of having been born into Your Family…born a second time; born again. I am Your child by birth and by Blood, on that momentous day when Your Divine seed, planted in my heart, was fertilized by the consent of my will in making a solemn vow before You to be the bride of Christ Your Son [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and an entirely new life was thereby conceived. I am an entirely new creation…a new being… and I bear the characteristics of God my Father; I have Your spiritual DNA. I am no longer the person I used to be…the old, former things have passed away, and all things from that point forward have become new. Father, let Your Holy Spirit continually work this sanctification within me. It is His work, not mine, and I acknowledge that I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless to do so through reliance upon my human capabilities and capacities, by my own efforts and strength. Your Holy Spirit alone is the One Who works in me both to will and to do.
Oh Father, I am eternally grateful to be Your child along with all Your other children… my brothers and sisters in Christ Your Son. I am eternally grateful that none of Your children conceived of God and born into God’s Family deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practice sin, for Your nature, Father, abides within me. Your principle of life, the Divine sperm, remains permanently within me; I cannot practice sinning, because I am born into new life…I am a born again child of God! [John 3:9] I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that everyone born into God’s Family is thereby a regenerated individual and does not make a practice of committing sin. How could I? God’s seed is deep within me, making me who I am. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. The Son of God carefully watches over and protects me… Christ Your Son’s indwelling Divine Presence preserves me against the evil one…and the Devil cannot lay hold of me. [1 John 5:16]
Abba Father…I fully embrace what was written in The Life Application Commentary: Some claimed to have a special relationship with God despite their sinful conduct. They assumed that their behavior did not matter to God. These teachings are refuted in John 1:5-7 and 2:1-6. To this second group of false teachers, John explained that sin was indeed very important to God. In fact, to keep sinning proves that they did not “live in God” at all: no one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him. True Christians seek to remain “sinless” in God’s eyes by continually confessing sin to God and repenting of it. But they do not “continue to sin,” meaning that they do not impose upon God’s forgiveness by taking it for granted in order to keep on living as they please. When they repent of sin, they truly desire to remain free of that sin.
Abba Father…my soul glorifies You; my spirit rejoices in my Father and my God! I am Your child, now and forever; may it be unto me according to all You have planned for me! 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. Blessed Holy Spirit…You are the Divine Nature dwelling in me, Whose Power in me 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 the unclouded Presence of my Father in our Sacred Covenant relationship.
My soul, wait thou only upon God! [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/05/10/waiting-upon-god/]