My child, I love to teach you as we walk together, side by side, day after day; and I will continue to for all of eternity. I AM training you to use the eyes of your heart more than your natural eyes. Follow the leading of My Spirit, and you will gain deeper clarity into the hidden truths of My Word. Think of it as a treasure hunt we play – there are hidden treasures to seek out and search for and as you uncover each one, you are filled with joy and delight! I love to watch you ponder and wonder and meditate upon what I show you – keep asking, My child, for it will be given to you; keep seeking and you will find; keep knocking, for I will open doors of revelation to you that you cannot imagine right now.
It is My glory to conceal a matter and the glory of My sons and daughters to search it out. When you come with the curiosity of a small child, you will find all you are looking for and more on top of that! These are days of grace, and I have much grace for you in this process of learning and discovering the depths of who I AM and long to be for you – have fun with it, My love, for I take pleasure in teaching you and seeing you blossom and grow! You are Mine!
My child, you were made to know by experience the height, depth, length and width of My love for you – to bask in it, feast on it, revel in it all the days of your life and throughout all eternity. You were made for My pleasure and it is My good pleasure to lavish My extravagant love upon you. It gives Me even greater pleasure when you respond by enjoying and desiring My love and pouring it back upon Me. I AM indeed jealous for your heart, your affection, your devotion, and your passion – I long continually for your attention, for My attention is continually upon you.
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My child, you have come far in your growth, and though you are not where you want to be or think you ought to be, I AM nevertheless well pleased with where you are and how you are growing. I AM patient and kind toward you even in your struggles, immaturity, and insecurity for I see where I AM taking you and I have declared over you – “It is finished.” Rest in My promise that I will complete the good work I have begun in you and you will come forth as pure gold.
Even now, you are altogether lovely to Me, for you look like Me much more than you are able to realize. All is well; you are growing as you should be and your desire to do so is perfectly in line with My will and intentions for you, therefore, it will come to pass. Rest in My love, for you are My beloved.
My child, you are Mine and I AM yours and I have chosen you for such a time as this. I took great delight in choosing you and making Myself known to you. There are wonders yet to be seen and you will rejoice in all that I will reveal as you continue coming to know Me more.
I love to unfold My Word to you as you continue to come and eat from My banqueting table. Each day I will give you fresh meat and fresh bread and you will eat and be satisfied. You will then turn and feed others and they too will be filled and will come to know Me, the Lover of their souls, through our intimacy. So keep feasting upon My Word for I AM the Word made flesh, and you will be both blessed and a blessing to many hungry souls who have not yet learned to partake for themselves.
In union with Him, through the shedding of His blood, we are set free – our sins are forgiven; this accords with the wealth of the grace He has lavished on us. In all His wisdom and insight He has made known to us His secret plan, which by His own will He designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah, and will put into effect when the time is ripe – His plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship. (Eph. 1:7-10)
We who are believers and followers of Jesus are one with Him – in union with Him – because of the willing sacrifice of His life and His blood. As a result, we are set free from the power of sin; free to live for Him rather than for ourselves – and free from its consequences which are death and hell; eternal separation from God. He no longer looks at or counts our sins against us; we are free from guilt, shame, blame, condemnation and accusation – free from punishment, for Jesus took it in our place.
This incredible gift He has given us is both in keeping with and an indication of the super abundant amount of grace He has given, or lavished on us. These words are an attempt to describe the overflowing, abundant, excessiveness of God’s love and grace for us; it is more than we can even comprehend! This is just one of the blessings that make up the “every spiritual blessing” list that we have in and through Him.
He has and is all wisdom and insight, and it was His unlimited wisdom and insight to choose to reveal His plan to us – His secret plan. This plan was devised by the Triune God beforehand – before creation ever came to be. God’s ultimate plan is to bring all of creation into submission to the leadership and Lordship of Jesus. He reveals His will and plans to us not just so we understand what He is doing and why He is doing it, but also so we can cooperate with His plans and thus hasten the day of their fulfillment rather than resist them.
Mankind, being the last of God’s creation, will be the first to be brought under His Lordship as spoken of in Romans 8:19, for creation itself is longing for the manifestation of the sons of God. As we understand and step into our identity as His sons and daughters, walking in the authority He has given us, we will in turn spread His dominion throughout the earth, establishing His kingdom here as it is in heaven where He already rules and reigns as Lord over all. The complete consummation of this plan will take effect once Jesus returns to earth, but began with the birth of the ekklesia.
He determined in advance that through Yeshua the Messiah we would be His sons – in keeping with His pleasure and purpose – so that we would bring Him praise commensurate with the glory of the grace He gave us through the Beloved One. (Eph. 1:5-6)
God decided before creation that He wanted a family; it was His purpose all along and it was His pleasure to follow through with His purpose even though He knew what our choice would be in choosing sin, and what it would cost Him because of that. Now that is love! He would have to accomplish His plan through Jesus – through His death, the shedding of His blood; through the cross… He decided we were worth it all!
God not only desires a family – His desire is for a family that gives praise to Him equal to the glory of the grace He has given us through Jesus. That praise, I believe, could be in two different forms – one being the adoration and worship we give Him in and through our daily lives as we surrender to His Lordship. The other form, I feel, could come through others who see Him in and through us, and give glory to His name because of our witness.
The grace He gives us has its own glory – it is glorious because of who He is and who we are – we were nothing and yet He gave us great honor and worth by choosing us and laying down His life for us. Now we are something – sons and daughters of the most High God, the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords – and that is completely amazing and astonishing!
Now, we bestow that glory because of what He has done for us. He gave it to us, meaning it was a gift, and it was free to us; not to Him; and it is something we cannot earn, but simply receive with gratitude and awe.
Jesus is the Beloved One – beloved by the Father for who He is and what He accomplished. Beloved by us for the awesome demonstration of love He bestowed upon us and for us. He gave ALL that He could possibly give for love… He is worthy of all praise and honor and glory!
You will not fear the terrors at night or the arrow that flies by day, or the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc at noon. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it won’t come near you. Only keep your eyes open, and you will see how the wicked are punished. (Ps. 91:5-8)
Whether it’s things that happen under the cover of night, or battles that take place in broad daylight, it matters not – there will be no fear in the one who lives in Him for they are protected. This reminds me of 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love…” Since He is love, if I am dwelling in Him I will have no fear for if He is for me, who can be against me?
For the one who is dwelling, living, abiding in Him, there is no fear, either of disease or any type of destruction. My times are in His hands; nothing can snatch me away from Him or separate me from His love. I will lie down and sleep, and no one or nothing shall make me afraid. If God is for me, and He is, who can be against me? No one that matters!
Many will fall, some will even be those that are closest to me – at my right hand. But His promise is that it won’t come near me. Even if the ones who are close to me fall it won’t come near me if I remain in Him, looking to Him and not people to be my covering and protection. I will remain immovable if I am trusting and seeking refuge in Him. I must keep my eyes on Him, not on others, for He is the only One who can keep me from falling.
Psalm 37:23-24 says the righteous may stumble, but they will not fall, for God upholds them with His hand. God will have vengeance on His enemies; the wicked will be punished, though it often seems they get away with their evil ways. His promise here is that they will get what they deserve and if I am paying attention I will see it when it happens. He will be faithful to those who make Him their hiding place.
How has God proved His faithfulness to you in times of trial?
written January 26, 2009