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Chapter 13: Manna From The Father

I’m Speaking — Always

“The time has come that I am no longer a ‘still, small voice.’ The time is short and the harvest is no lifetime away. My people must listen – I’m just on the other side of silence with so much love and wisdom. I’m speaking – always; My people don’t always listen.”

You are My Children

“You are My children, and I love you all the same. Not one of you is perfect. But I demand from My children the most they can give.

You ought to be the best you can. Perfection has no limit. Try and reach.  This covers every aspect of your life, every possible human and spiritual potential, every physical and intellectual move.

Just by being My children, you are responsible to live your lives to the fullest, the best you can.”

Love Your Neighbor

“Be with Me; let Me be with you in every step. People need to see Me. They need to know Me. They need to feel My touch…we are talking about Love.

Love your neighbor. You are witnessing unto him with your love, My love. Let people wonder what makes you so lovable – what is inside you that makes you have so much love and therefore peace.

And then you say, ‘It’s not what I have but what I have been given: Jesus, Sweet, Sweet Jesus.’ And I will take over from there.”

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

I Peter 3:15

“But do not love just some of My children and reject the ones you ‘feel’ you should not love. I have said, ‘Love them all – the good ones, the bad ones and all the ones in between.’ By choosing who to open your heart to, you are doing it ALL BY YOURSELF.”

Fear Not What You Have Learned

“Fear not what you have learned, and move according to My Word. Expect nothing, but let the hope and love from My Son give you everything. I will guide you through life to where I need you to be, and along the way, you will receive My blessings. You are with Me. From My height I watch you all. Sin will go with sinners, and you will come with My Son.”

“This, of course, is My will. And you are free to follow it. I do not give orders. I plant seeds to be cared for, cultivated by you. I will always talk; you should always listen. Read what I have said to you and enjoy it. I love you all.”

 

We Shall Be One

“…Father, just as you are in Me and I am in You, may they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.

I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are One: I in them and You in Me.

May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.”

John 17:20-23

Praise and honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise Him for His righteousness.

Praise Him for giving you the strength to be counted worthy of the wedding feast – worthy of the Lamb – you who are enduring to the end; you who are washed clean with a surrendered heart, an open mind, willing to be counted as a follower of Jesus; you who have embraced all His words and accepted His will for your life in all things.

You are a chosen one – one who loves Jesus with all your heart and earnestly perseveres to serve Him.

God knows you and knows that you will not turn back from His victory.

The door to heaven is open to you, and you fellowship with the Master and He fellowships with you.

You recognize His voice and listen and obey. Your suffering is for His glory – your righteousness is proven.

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

He who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. Never again will he leave it.

I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from My God; and I will also write on him My new name.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:11-13

Heavenly Father, may my every breath, every thought, every step, every word, every pleasure and every sorrow bring glory to You.

In Jesus’ name.

 

Chapter 12: Perfect Prayer

Everyone who receives the infilling of the Holy Spirit receives the gifts and authority that come with the infilling.

The most important of these gifts is the gift of praying in the Spirit or “tongues.” Everyone receives this gift with the infilling (baptism) of the Holy Spirit, but not everyone is able to release it. You may have to rebuke the spirit of disbelief.

Most difficulties are overcome with simple obedience. It is because for years every word that came out of your mouth first went through your brain. But the Spirit flows from the center of your being. You must disconnect the old pattern to allow the Spirit to flow.

Why pray in the Spirit?

Praying in the spirit it is the power to pray God’s perfect will!  It is perfect prayer!

The Holy Spirit Himself is praying through your prayer language and bringing it before the Father. It makes you an intercessor and a powerful “prayer warrior.” He empowers you to pray effectively for anyone, anywhere and for any need.

“…the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Romans 8:27

Praying only in your known language has great limitations. It’s like going into battle armed with a pocketknife, while your seven-foot, double-edged sword sits in a box!

Are you ready for spiritual warfare?

“…build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.”

Jude 1:20

“Father, I want to be ready – I want to walk in righteousness. Lord, Jesus, I want to be filled with the Spirit. Holy Spirit, come and fill me, come and guide me into all truth. I put my trust in You. I surrender all of my “self” and give you my life completely. Fill me with Your love and Your gifts. I receive them now. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11:24

 

Chapter 11: The Power of Fasting

Remember to include a daily private time for the Word of God – a time when He can minister to your inner man and where you can learn to stand in the “secret place of the Most High.” (Psalms 91:1)

And as you grow in knowledge and understanding, you will be able to add the power which “fasting” brings to the banquet.

There is a battle being waged between your flesh and your soul.

God has given us “fasting” as a powerful weapon to help speed our spiritual victory.

There is a trade-off. When you feed the flesh, you diminish the Spirit; when you starve the flesh, you manifest the Spirit.

God has given us secret weapons to fight the enemy. Fasting is one of them, and it is even more powerful when you keep it a secret from others.  It is a weapon of immense power.

Fasting gives you power to see in the Spirit, hear in the Spirit, and think in the Spirit. But the only way to discover that power is to do it! Like everything else that we are given, it must be acted upon in order to acquire the blessings and benefits that are promised.

God rewards this simple, and sometimes difficult and painful act of sacrifice with power in the Spirit when it is for His glory.

“…for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

II Corinthians 12:10

Commit to Live in His Word

Living in His Word is of eternal importance! If you do not “consume” Him, you will not “remain in Him.” And if you do not remain in Him, how can you “endure to the end and be saved”?

Ask the Father to give you an “eternal appetite” and the strength to overcome the evil of inertia – the evil of putting it off, the evil of your unwillingness to make changes in your routine and thinking. Ask Him for the wisdom to discern His will in your life. And thank Him and praise Him for it. Believe that he will give these things to you, and He will reward you with even more.

“My son, keep My words and store up My commands within you and you will live; guard My teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Proverbs 6:1-3

Chapter 10: Overcoming Your Self

I have learned that the soil on our feet and the pain of our walk are symbolic of our “contacts” with life. They represent things like resentments, hidden pride, secret lust, lack of love, impatience, intolerance, stubbornness, self-pity and unbelief. These impurities are washed from our feet – our life – as we walk through conviction and the humbling experience of acknowledgment, confession and repentance.

These impurities are washed from your feet as you grow; as you read God’s Word and live out His Word in your life; as you listen to and follow those who have secured the promises of the Lord. These are things that God makes obvious to others while they are obscured from your own vision.

Washing your feet gives you victory over the sins of “commission.”

We Need Each Other

Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and fellowships are there to help us grow and give us strength and comfort.

We need the help of others to see our error and make it known to us…to humble us when necessary!

God is speaking to you through those in close contact with your life.   He confirms His words in your conscience.  This is the bitter “water” of conviction – the hard “water” of humility.  But washing these things away in the “water” of truth is a requirement for all who want to enter the Kingdom of God. And though it is the “water” of affliction, it is much more the love, understanding and compassion of God Himself, speaking and working through others.

Salvation is like a bath that cleanses the body; but your feet – still connected to the soil of life – must be cleansed in order to be completely clean and remain clean… clean and shiny for the wedding of the Lamb.

“Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father…so, He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing and wrapped a towel around His waist.

After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him.”

John 13:1, 4, 5

“Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me. A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet.’”

John 13:8, 10

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

John 13:14, 17

Overcoming Your “Self”

Self is the sin nature you were born with, and it is the enemy of your spirit.  It works to please the natural man, the selfish nature.

Self is the obstacle in your path to eternal living because self blocks the flow of the Holy Spirit. Love is the key that opens the way!

Self cannot live in the presence of Jesus’ Love. As you spend time in His presence, as you rest in His Love, and as you embrace His words and begin to follow them, the self in you disappears.

Keep your eyes on Jesus. He will teach you about love, real love. He will help you see the world through His loving eyes. He will show you His gentle loving ways, free of your anger and bitterness. He will free you of your envy and anxiety and impatience.

The Holy Spirit will transform your old nature into Jesus’ nature as you keep your eyes fixed upon Him. Keep your eyes upon Jesus.

Be Open to God’s Correction

I wish I could say there is an easy way to change, but there just isn’t. If you are truly open to becoming all that God knows you can be and desire to “overcome” the “self” in your life, then trust Him.

The circumstances of life will give you every opportunity to grow into His likeness.

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:44-46, 48

God loves us all the same, but he doesn’t treat us all the same; He allows trials and hardships in answer to your desire to become His “son.”

He will discipline, but He will also have intimate fellowship with you. He will reward you for loving Him and serving Him.

“But God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.

Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

Hebrews 12:10, 11

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.”

Acts 14:22

This is what growing in Christ is all about. It is learning to trust and praise God in the midst of life’s “hard places” (His discipline). It is growing into the nature of Jesus – becoming “in” Jesus. It is learning to see as He sees and loving as He loves. It is living in the “fullness” of eternal life – glorifying the Father with a sanctified life. It is becoming the bride of Christ.

The Word of God

There is no substitute for feeding your spirit with the Word of God. The Word of God is the “flesh and blood” of our Lord Jesus Christ.

From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is Jesus. Feeding your spirit helps you overcome the sins of omission.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

John 1:1, 14

“I am the bread of life. I tell you the truth. Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him.”

John 6:48, 53-55

God has made a veritable banquet for the “believer” to feed upon. He is pouring out His Spirit in virtually every area of life.

If you are hungering and thirsting for the things of God you will have the desire to “eat” what is being poured out by the Spirit.

Feeding your spirit will transform your natural mind into the mind and heart of Christ. You will begin to walk in eternity and think in eternity.

Helping others, as well as giving a “tithe” of your income will soon become to you what they were meant to be: opportunities to love and serve the Father.

As you walk in these areas of obedience you will learn to be responsible in all things… and His blessings will flow. You will learn balance and self-control. You will learn to see the difference between “blessings” and just “things.”

When these areas are brought into the will of the Father there is true freedom.

“… Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

 

Chapter 9: The Bridal Garments

Jesus knew everything prophesied concerning the “last days” church, and He illustrated in parable what the Holy Spirit spoke through Jeremiah concerning the “bride.” That is why He used “virgins” to describe her.

Jesus uses the parable of the “ten virgins” to clarify the prophecies of Jeremiah.

“I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.”

Jeremiah 31:4

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

Isaiah 61:10

The virgin, that is to say the Bride of Christ, wears both the garments of salvation, which identifies being born again, and wears the robe of righteousness, which identifies being filled with the Spirit. And there is a connection between our garments and the anointing in a true revival service.

Do you know what is actually happening during a genuine revival service? People are entering the Kingdom of God! People are surrendering “self” and being set free. The garment of “self” is being disrobed, and the “robe of righteousness” is being placed upon them. They are being “filled” with the Holy Spirit. They are being clothed with power from on high.

For some it may be a first-time infilling or a refilling. For others it may be the surrender of areas that had yet been submitted to surrender.

How can you enter the Kingdom?

You must remove your “self” from your soul (your mind, will and emotions). You must step away, step out, disrobe and strip yourself naked from that veneer or pride and dignity that keeps you out and holds you back!

That is what dying to self is all about. The more room there is in you for Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the less room there is for self. The more room there is for God’s love to dwell in, the less room for evil! This is a choice everyone must make in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Self cannot enter the Kingdom of God!

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

John 8:36

Men and Women Shall be His Bride

Both men and women shall become the “bride” of Christ. In the truest sense of the Gospel, each one of us was born to become one in the Spirit with our Savior – one with Jesus – as a bride!

Furthermore, Jesus tells us that in the Kingdom of Heaven there is no male or female and we are not given in marriage. In Heaven we shall all be united as the bride of Christ!

I believe the Lord made the same curious statement through the prophet Jeremiah:

“O Virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities… for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth; a woman shall compass a man.”

Jeremiah 31:21, 22 KJV

The original Greek used here is cabab, which means to surround, be about on every side, change. It speaks to my spirit as the Lord prophesying the creation of His bride. For truly, the Lord is going to do a “new thing in the earth.” He is preparing a bride for Jesus. We are all part of mankind – man and woman – created to become the “bride” of Christ.

Are you ready? Are you beautiful? Are your garments of salvation bright and clean – are you “born again”? Are you wearing your robe of righteousness – are you “surrendered”? Are you ready for the wedding invitation?

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”

Revelation 22:12-14

Chapter 8: Becoming An Overcomer

Remember your first days when Jesus became real to you.  Your life was filled with joy and a real love for people. You were seeing through His eyes!

Remember when you felt the sorrow of seeing so many loved ones without hope, without the knowledge of the truth – a world without salvation and destined to live for eternity in hell!

He wants us to find that love again – He wants us to live in our “first love” as an overcomer.

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

Revelation 2:7

It is easy to look at life through the eyes of the flesh and miss what is really happening.

If you are enduring financial hardships or other afflictions in your walk with the Lord, it is not without His hand upon you, molding you, sculpting you into the image of His Son.  It is in these conditions that He can prepare you for the Kingdom of God – if you are willing – if you are growing! That is what counts! Endure it for the season and be open to the new doors which these circumstances will open.

The time of testing is only for a season.  If others, even Christians shame and judge you, endure it. Pray for them, for they have not entered into the fullness of the Spirit. They are actually being deceived and still following after their flesh – after the carnal mind. They are deceived by Satan.

Endure and persevere regardless of your circumstances. Your reward will be life, joy and power in the Holy Spirit. Endure regardless of the pain.

Press in! Press in until you reach the Holy of Holies. Press in until you experience the presence of the Lord Himself. Your reward will be life, joy and power in the Holy Spirit.

“He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.” (The second death is eternity in the burning lake of fire.)

Revelation 2:11

Do you embrace people and maintain relationships because of emotional and worldly benefits and overlook the spiritual yoking? Do you tolerate immoral and possession (idol) worshiping individuals because of their power, wealth or enjoyment?

“Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?”

I Corinthians 5:6

There can be very subtle areas of life where pleasures, places, things and sexual immorality are tolerated and should be eliminated.

What kind of friends do you have? What kind of movies do you watch? The excuses go something like this: “It’s all that was available,” or “They’re the only friends I’ve got.”

If compromise is making you a “lukewarm” believer, you must make some hard choices. Put on purity of mind in all things, and God will take pleasure in supplying all your needs; and that includes spiritual, financial and intimate fellowship needs as well. Overcome in your personal affairs and relationships, and watch how God miraculously fills the voids when you are obedient.

The sin of sexual immorality is one of Satan’s greatest enticements. Today, sexual pleasure has become a part of nearly every form of entertainment.

“Jezebel” can be the collective world of entertainment which we tolerate. It gets worse every year. Our world is like the frog who lived in a pot of heated water. Every year the heat of the water was increased by one degree. The frog never realized the increase in temperature because it was so small and so gradual. Eventually, the water reached the boiling point, and the frog was cooked to death.

Has the temperature in your moral standards increased? Have you been seduced into immoral sexual behavior?  Have you justified your pleasure with the sweet, seductive words of a “Jezebel”?

In I Kings, Ahab, king of Israel, married Jezebel, and she seduced him into the worship of the pagan god Baal.  Your “Jezebel” can be a boy, girl, man or woman.  “Jezebel” is the “seducing spirit” whose sweet words tantalize the flesh of the natural man and compromise the holiness of Jesus “in” you.

The Scriptures tell us:

“Judgment must begin at the house of God”

I Peter 4:17

Judgment is coming upon the “sleeping” church and the world as well. Those who refuse to wake up and repent and become holy towards the Lord God Almighty will endure the consequences. They will miss the wedding banquet of the Lamb!

“To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations – he will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery – just as I have received authority from My Father.

I will also give him the Morning Star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 2:26-29

Little things – many times little things done for little people are the greatest deeds accomplished for the Father.

Remember your loved ones. Pray for them. Bless them daily. They deserve all your love and understanding.

Overcome in the little things of life, and He will empower you with strength in the larger things as well.

“To whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:19

“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:5,6

The Consequence of Sin

Beloved, it is so easy to miss the truth of life when everything is falling into place – when your needs are met and life becomes comfortable.

Have you created a safe haven from people who challenge your understanding of salvation? Have you insulated yourself through your comforts and lifestyle? Have you insulated yourself from messages that challenge your heart and convict your conscience? If you have, you are playing “suicide” with your soul! If your spirit is not challenged and fed, it is dying a slow death!

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”

Matthew 16:24-26

God says, “Wake up before you can no longer hear the Spirit calling. Wake up and save yourself from the lie of the enemy. He deceives you with your comforts!”

Lay bare your self-righteous condition, and give title of all your possessions to Jesus – and He will save you and bless you for trusting Him.

Prepare yourself for the pain of growing. There is no escaping the discipline of the Lord if you are to be a son. There are no exceptions!

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Revelation 3:21-22

 

Chapter 7: Entering the Kingdom

The Father is preparing the “bride” for His Son and you must be ready — you must be filled with His Spirit.

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:15-16

“…Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy (righteous) and blameless.”

Ephesians 5:25-27

The Lord is showing this generation that you MUST be “born again” AND “filled with the Spirit” to be ready! The flesh (self) cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus said:

“I tell you the truth; no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

John 3:3

“I tell you the truth; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to Spirit.”

John 3:5-6

When you are “born again” (repent of your sins), you are introduced to Jesus, and you can SEE the Kingdom of God.  The Greek word used in the original text for see is I’do (to see, be aware of). Jesus was very careful to make the distinction between “seeing” and “entering” the Kingdom.  When you are “born of water and the Spirit,” you can ENTER the Kingdom.  

Jesus is the water – which is the Word. The Spirit is the Holy Spirit.  The Greek word used for water is hoo-dor (means water literally or figuratively). The Greek word for Spirit is pneuma (means Holy Spirit). The Greek for enter is ice-er-kom-ahee (to go in).  Jesus clarifies to us that the water He is referring to is the Word of God which is Jesus Himself. You must be born of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

The water is clearly identified as the Word (Jesus) in the fifth chapter of Ephesians:

“That He might sanctify and cleanse it (the church, the bride) with the washing of water by the Word.”

Ephesians 5:26

To be “born again” and not filled (baptized) with the Holy Spirit clearly falls short of entering the Kingdom. You must be filled with the Holy Spirit to be ready. Why? The reason is that self cannot and will not enter the Kingdom of God.

Every living soul up until this generation died!  The “self” nature went to the grave.  This generation of believers MUST enter the Kingdom BEFORE the trumpet sounds because we will still be alive – and self cannot enter.  Therefore, “self” must be surrendered and disrobed in order to be “clothed” with the “robe of righteousness” – the Holy Spirit.

As you die to “self” and become empowered by the Holy Spirit, you enter the Kingdom and are able to walk in obedience and victory.

“I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Luke 24:49

The key is surrender – dying to self!

Self cannot enter the Kingdom of God. Self (the spirit of the flesh) must be surrendered. As you surrender and die to self, you are symbolically removing the garment of self and allowing the Holy Spirit to come upon you, placing on you His “robe of righteousness.” This is the key that will open the doorway into the kingdom of God.  You have in your possession the “key” that will open that door – it is the key of surrender. It is your key to entering the Kingdom of God.

Many people repent and receive salvation but never make Jesus Lord of their lives by surrendering “self.” It is impossible to overcome sin in your life with self still in control. This is why we struggle with sin in our lives and wonder why we can’t overcome it. We must have the infilling or empowerment of the Holy Spirit to walk in righteousness.  The apostles received that same infilling power at Pentecost.

The Lord told the apostles to remain in the city until they had been clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). There is no set formula for receiving from the Lord. You can enter the Kingdom of God simply by repenting of your sins, surrendering your life completely to Jesus’ lordship. Tell the Lord you want all He has for you. Then remain open and ready for the infilling power of the Holy Spirit to manifest. God will do it if you are sincere. He will create or change the circumstances to make it happen.

The doorway of surrender is a great and mighty entryway through which you can enter into the fullness of the Spirit and literally enter the Kingdom of God. It is a doorway of praise and worship, of lifting holy hands – and a doorway of dancing unto the Lord!

For some people, self won’t truly praise and worship the Lord with a whole heart.  For others, self won’t lift hands to the Lord in a crowd of people. And for most, self won’t dance before the Lord in front of others.

To achieve the fullness of eternal life, to experience the full expression of your soul, you must shed the dignity of “self” and the inhibitions that hold you back. Once free of these “self-centered anchors,” you can then give full energy to your talents, your family and discover His will for your life. You will be truly glorifying the Lord when you “enter” His Kingdom.

The truth is Satan has built strongholds of dignity and pride in the areas of life that bring God the most glory. If you find yourself having difficulty entering into the fullness of the Spirit, then it is time to leave your “self” in the pew and lift those heavy hands in worship. And if that doesn’t free you and allow the Spirit to enter, then step out in faith and rejoice! Dance and give God the glory with your whole being. You will be set free!  You will enter the Kingdom.

The Secret Weapon

“But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance….’”

Matthew 11:16, 17 NKJV

The original Greek defines “Rejoice” as to jump up and spin around… in other words, dance!

Dancing gives glory to God! It demonstrates worship with your whole being. It humbles the natural man and helps usher the spirit man into the Kingdom of God. But more importantly, it delights the Father when His people praise Him with dancing. It is another “secret weapon” to conquer “self.”

Dancing is part of the wedding preparation… it is the self-surrendering act of glorifying God in the assembly of His saints.

Dancing before the Lord is worshiping God with your whole being! Dancing releases your “self” and brings total surrender.  When you dance before the Lord in the presence of others, you will be completely surrendered, and the garment of “self” will fall away. The Holy Spirit will clothe you with the “robe of righteousness.”

Dancing is the outward expression of the surrendered heart and spirit of a man.

King David sang these words:

“Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints… Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp… For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation.”

Psalm 149:1, 3, 4

Dancing and humility go hand in hand. We should desire to express our total worship of the Lord when the Holy Spirit presents the opportunity. Of course, not every worship environment is fitting for the ministry of dance.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

The wedding garments are not made with physical fabric but the substance of obedience and adoration for the Lamb and Father God. They are woven in our times of surrender and placed upon us as we enter into the fullness of the Spirit – as we enter into the Kingdom of God.

Our openness, willingness and heart’s desire to glorify Him is the real issue. You must be willing to dance – in your heart. Those who are the bride shall know the freedom of dancing before the Lord. It is the natural response of an “overcomer” who will be prepared as a bride for the coming of the Lord – one of the “wise virgins.” (Matthew 25:2)

God says in His Word through the prophet Jeremiah:

“Then shall the virgin (the bride) rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and I will comfort them (with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter) and make them rejoice from their sorrow.”

Jeremiah 31:13

We are the harvest generation—the “Bride of Christ”! We are being prepared for the “wedding of the Lamb.”

The Lord also says of the bride:

“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sounds of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained…and their community will be established before Me.”

Jeremiah 30:19, 20

A Man After God’s Own Heart

King David was a warrior, an artist, a poet, a mighty man of wealth and business – a king! He was also a man who fell to lust of the flesh with Bathsheba. And yet God still calls him “a man after his own heart.” Why? Because he was a humble man in whom pride had no place.

King David, whose life is chronicled in the book of Samuel and whose feelings are expressed in the book of Psalms, gave honor and glory to the Lord in every aspect of his life. He was fearless in battle and obedient in leadership. He glorified God in praise and worship and in dance! David danced before the Lord with all his strength.

“So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”

II Samuel 6:12-15

David personified the fullness of life – of eternal life! He had a fullness of heart for loving and giving; a fullness of mind for aspiring to great and mighty thoughts; a fullness of courage to overcome the enemy and achieve his destiny; and a fullness of faith to have fellowship with the Lord and attain his full measure of eternal life.

King David is a symbol of strength and freedom. You and I can find no better example to follow than God’s very best – God’s mighty king in whom He was so well pleased.

King David was a man after God’s own heart; he had no pride hindering his reverence of God. David’s wife, Michal however, was indignant with his uninhibited worship of God and ridiculed her husband for his behavior. Michal represents many, like friends and family members, whose pride of life and attitude of dignified “self” would attempt to humiliate you – hold you back – from entering into a holy worship.

King David, who danced before the Lord, expressed it this way to his wife, Michal:

“When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, ‘How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of slave girls of the servants as any vulgar fellow would!’

David said, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel – I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.  But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.’

And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”

II Samuel 6:20-23

David was saying that He didn’t care what other people thought about him. He was referring to the eyes of the natural man. He identifies the pride of life that holds back the natural from entering into true worship – the kind of worship God originally intended for His children.

God invented dance for His glory. That was its original purpose! Give glory to the Lord with your whole being. Love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole heart and your whole spirit and with your whole strength – and worship Him in DANCE! He is the Father! He is the Son! He is worthy! He is Lord!

The essence of surrender is this: The Lord is reminding us of why we are here – why He created us.

You and I were created to live for Him… to worship Him… to glorify Him!

 

Chapter 6: Wise & Foolish Virgins

While Jesus was speaking about the time of His return, He gave the parable of the ten virgins. When Jesus gave this parable, he was speaking about those who would still be alive when the trumpet sounded. He was speaking of the “last days” – the harvest generation – the days in which you and I are living right now!

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was long in coming, and they all slumbered and slept.”

“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him! Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’”

“’No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’”

“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I do not know you.’”

“Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”

Matthew 25:1-13

This is a parable of the harvest, and Jesus is speaking about BELIEVERS! He compares the five wise virgins with the five foolish virgins. He is not comparing five sheep with five goats! He is not comparing five bundles of wheat with five bundles of tares (weeds). No, Jesus is comparing five virgins with five virgins – ten forgiven, “born-again” believers. Jesus is speaking of those who know Him, those who know that He is the Bridegroom and that He is coming again for His bride.

All the virgins had lamps that were lit. They all had received Jesus as their Savior; they were all “born again.” Jesus is the lamp – the light of the world!

“The Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light.”

Revelation 21:23-24

At midnight, or when the world was at its moral darkness, the coming of our Lord is announced. The virgins then trimmed their lamps.  In the original Greek “trimmed” means to put in proper order.

All their lamps were lit before they had either slumbered or slept symbolizing that they all had experienced the “indwelling” of the Holy Spirit who comes at “new birth.”

Throughout the Scriptures, the oil is used as the symbol for the Holy Spirit. But only the wise had oil in their jars! Only the wise had received the “infilling” of the Holy Spirit. Only the wise ones hungered and thirsted for righteousness and were filled. They received the fullness of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the power to overcome the sin in their lives. The oil of the Holy Spirit makes the light in your life shine – makes your garments bright and shiny.

The foolish had none of the oil that comes from surrender of self. They did not replenish the oil of the Holy Spirit by hungering and thirsting for righteousness. They let the light of our Lord’s salvation – His gift of eternal life – dwindle to a “lukewarm” ember. They took for granted their “born again” experience.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.”

Revelation 3:16

Are you focused on the real life?

This parable describes those who had knowledge of the Bridegroom and an understanding of the coming “rapture” and the wedding feast. It describes those who were expecting to be a part of it! Jesus is talking about “believers” and the readiness of their lives. He is talking about you and me… the harvest generation.

The world is now in the midst of the great awakening! The truth of the harvest and the fullness of God’s Spirit is being revealed. The foolish are those who rebel and reject the move of the Spirit. The foolish stop watching for Him. The foolish let His awesome sacrifice, redemptive love and death on the cross – and impending judgment – fade from their daily lives. The foolish focus on the things of this world and do not seek the deeper things of the Holy Spirit. Their faith becomes cold and lifeless.

You must wake up! You must not let the comforts, pleasures and even hardships of this life deaden the real life, the spiritual life—the life we were given at “spirit birth.” You must not become foolish and forsake the oil for your lamp… the “infilling” of the Holy Spirit. Stand on the promise of Jesus:

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Are you making yourself ready? The wise virgins took oil so their lamps would shed light and show them the way. They made themselves ready!

If you yearn for all that God has to offer and listen for His voice – and seek to know Him more intimately – you will walk in the “infilling” of the Holy Spirit. You will walk in the “fullness” of eternal life, and you will know the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit… accordingly as they are given. You will have the heart and faith and strength to stand firm to the end to receive all the eternal rewards.

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Hebrews 3:12-14

The gift of eternal life

Eternal life is the gift God offers to everyone. It is free to all who will receive it. It produces a “peace” that passes all understanding. The gift is given to everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The gift is given without merit or works… it is your gift received by faith in the reality of Jesus and the price He paid for your sins. It is a gift given as you repent of your sins.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

The word “believe”

Do you know what it really means to believe in Jesus? The word “believe” has lost its meaning in our comfortable world. It has become an intellectual bookmark for ideas embraced with feelings and emotions. It has lost its original power.

You must put the words of the gospel in the context of the time in which it was written. In those days when people were asked if they believed that Jesus was the Son of God, they were actually committing their lives to that fact. Because to admit that fact meant they could actually be imprisoned or killed – just for believing in Jesus!  This is the true reality of the word “believe.”

Does this meaning describe your relationship with Jesus? Does your belief come forth from the core of your being? Is it the most important thought in your life? If not, you should go to Him in total surrender and repentance.

To “believe,” as Jesus means it, is to accept and act upon all His words and not just those we choose. If you truly believe in Jesus, you will not only love Him but you will strive to obey Him! And how can you possibly obey Him when every part of your carnal nature struggles to defeat you? It can only be done through the “infilling” of the Holy Spirit… giving you the “fullness” of eternal life.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”

Revelation 3:5

 

Chapter 5: Becoming In Him

The parable of the vine and the branches is a parable of mutual residency – the absolute necessity OF BEING ONE WITH JESUS. There must be room for Him to live in you, and you must likewise be dying to self in order to live in Him. Self cannot enter the kingdom of God.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; nor more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in Him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

“Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.”

John 15: 1-8

Who are the Branches?

There is a critical truth in this parable which must be brought to light. The question we must ask is, “Who are the branches?”

Jesus said that every branch in Me that does not bear fruit will be taken away and burned. Only a born again believer could consider himself to be “in” Christ. Only by personal repentance and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior could anyone consider themselves to be IN HIM – in the VINE.

So now you realize that Jesus is talking about born again believers. It is only the believer who is abiding – living in Him and He in them – that is able to bear the fruit of the Spirit. And what is the fruit that we bear?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

Galatians 5:22-25

Is your life full of His Fruit?

Is your Christian walk cluttered with sin? Is there unbelief, resentment and pride? These are evils that will not enter the kingdom of God. Your life must be cleaned – and you must be constantly cleaning your life in order to allow the fruit to grow. The Holy Spirit is your only answer. He is the One whom Jesus promised to send to give us power.

The Holy Spirit gives you power, not just power to do His miracles, but more importantly, power to overcome! He gives you power to conquer the sin nature which has been en-grained in our being for so many years. It is impossible to do it without His supernatural indwelling, infilling and anointing!

Living in Him is to live in His Word and obey His Word. His Word is our daily bread. Without it your spirit is unable to remain alive. And by living in His Word, our natural man – our human nature – is gradually put to death, and the Holy Spirit is given invitation to occupy all of our being.

If you haven’t made the Word of God part of your daily appetite, how can you remain in the vine?

Remember what Jesus said about washing your feet? “He that is clean (born again and washed in His blood) need only to wash his feet. Washing your feet symbolizes the complete separation between you and the world. Your feet represent the symbolic connection between you and your old way of life – between you and the world’s thoughts and ways.

In the parable of the vine and the branches, Jesus is saying that now that you are clean, you must ABIDE IN HIM. It’s another way of saying to you that you have to totally put off the old man and live completely in your new nature, which is His nature.

Jesus is showing you that THERE IS MORE TO YOUR SALVATION THAN A SINGLE STEP – A ONE-TIME FOR ALL-TIME DECISION. He is clearly showing you that it is only through a totally surrendered life – a life that “endures to the end” – that salvation is secured. The apostle James confirmed this when He wrote:

“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

James 2:24

Jesus is telling His believers, telling you, that unless you are totally surrendered to the Father’s will – and His Word – that you will not be able to live in Him nor will He be given a place to live in you. But what is an even greater consequence is that you will be in danger of being cut off from the Vine and thrown into the fire.

Your salvation experience has been given to you as a free gift. But it has been given with a price. And what is that price? The price is your appreciation and love for Him which can only be manifest through your surrender to His Word and His will. It is evidenced by your “hungering and thirsting for righteousness.” It is the evidence that the seed of your salvation was planted on “good soil.”

Chapter 4: The Greatest Gift

Jesus gave this parable of the talents while He was speaking about the time of His return. It is a parable that speaks of the harvest:

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also the man with two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gathered where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

Matthew 25:14-30

This parable is usually preached in reference to our personal talents, abilities and money. Valid as this may be, it does not identify the original intent of Jesus’ story.  The “talent” given to each servant, that is the gift that Jesus was symbolically illustrating in this parable, is the gift of eternal life.  Jesus is speaking about believers and what they do with their “talent” – the gift of eternal life. Salvation is truly a free gift. It is given even though we do not deserve it. But there is also a price to be paid as a part of our appreciation.

The man who squanders the Lord’s gift of eternal life and refuses to grow and share what has been given is placing himself in eternal danger. Our call is to grow into the likeness of Jesus… to become one with Jesus.

The servants who received five and two talents are like one who becomes “born again” – saved from great sin and trouble like drugs or prostitution or other self-destructive forces. This is one who is given so much – saved from so much – that he/she is eternally grateful and seeks to be obedient to God… because there is so much appreciation and love for Jesus.

The servant who received just one talent is like one who has lived a moral and good life and has had little difficulty. Yet he still comes to the reality and recognition of Jesus as Savior – becoming “born again.” These are those who have not been saved from great earthly trouble and must realize that they have purchased a “pearl of great price.” (Matthew 13:46)

It comes at a great cost, your life – fully surrendered – hungering and thirsting for righteousness! It means making Him Lord of your life, as well as Friend and Savior.

“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

Revelation 3:2,3

God knows everything about your life, even before you live it. He also knows if your salvation comes with a desire to live for Him. That is why every child and believer can be assured of God’s righteous reward regardless of age or maturity – regardless of premature death or longevity. God’s Word is for every moment of your living.

“Now is the appointed time of salvation.”

II Corinthians 6:2

We are continually saved from ourselves and the work of Satan.

“Work out your faith with fear and trembling.”

Philippians 2:12

God says if we endure to the end – the end of our days – we shall be saved. That is what makes you an OVERCOMER.

The Fullness of Eternal Life

The “fullness” is gained through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is the gift God gives to every believer who surrenders his/her complete life to Him… a complete surrender – everything, without holding anything back! If you truly love Jesus, you will do anything for Him; you will give your whole life to Him!

“…any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 14:33

Your total surrender will manifest the “fullness” of eternal life and give the Lord complete authority to bless you and direct you through the many ways He speaks.

God knows that living in your “self,” you can never love Him, obey Him or please Him. The “fullness” of eternal life enables you to love God and obey His will. The “fullness” of eternal life is living “in” Jesus, “in” the Holy Spirit, “in” the Father of Creation!

“This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”

I John 2:6

“Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves Me, He will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.”

John 14:23, 24

The “fullness” of eternal life is being open to the “gifts of the Spirit” like praying in God’s glorious Heavenly language (praying in “tongues”) or being receptive to the “word of knowledge” or praying for healing.

God is manifesting every one of the nine gifts of the Spirit in believers today! He wants to manifest His gifts in you as well. But God will do so as He chooses, to whom He chooses and when He chooses.

Our responsibility is to be open to them, pray for them and seek them. Why! Because they demonstrate the deity of Jesus and empower us to perform His will.

Spiritual Gifts

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.”

I Corinthians 12:4, 8-11

“The person who truly loves God is the one who is open to God’s knowledge.”

I Corinthians 8:3

“In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungoldy desires. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit (tongues). Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”

Jude 1:18, 20, 21

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.”

I Corinthians 14:1

“Behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you; I will make known My words to you.”

Proverbs 1:23

The “fullness” of eternal life is uniting your will with God’s love – a union that begins at “spirit birth.” But like a newborn child, there must be growth in order to achieve maturity. Every mother nurtures her newborn child until it grows and becomes able to properly care for itself. In the same way, God nurtures each one of us to maturity according to our ability to grow and receive. But our sinful, “self-willed” nature, encouraged by Satan and his demonic forces, is working against His nurturing.

So God therefore disciplines us in order to correct us. This is why every true “son of God” must endure suffering and difficulties in order to GROW.

“Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”

Deuteronomy 8:5

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with Him and he with Me.

“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Revelation 3:19-21

We are to overcome just as he overcame. Did He suffer? Did He surrender all for the sake of the gospel? Did He seek the will of His Father? Did He live a life focused on the real life – eternal life? Did His heart break for the souls of the world who are doomed to a horrible eternity in hell?

The “fullness” of eternal life is the painful, self-stripping transformation from a life lived for your “self” and controlled by your carnal nature to a life guided by Jesus, a life flowing with the peace of His indwelling presence, a divine fellowship with the Father through His Son.

“It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”

Galatians 2:20

The “fullness” of eternal life is the growing of your soul at God’s pace – a willing soul, unhindered by self-reliance and self-defiance and a soul enhanced by the heart’s desire to be all that God knows it can be. Try to be open.

Listen to His words. Look for His leadings – and go forward! Challenge your faith with action! He needs your willingness to help you grow.

Pray to become all that He sees you can be… and you will realize your potential in all things. God, the Father, desires to give you blessings beyond your imagination – blessings full of His love and creative goodness.

It is His heart’s desire for every one of His Children. But there are conditions. God says, “Just by being My children you are responsible to live your lives to the fullest using all the talents available.”

“Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Hebrews 6:12

“… man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 8:3

The “fullness” of eternal life is Jesus LIVING in you…Jesus LOVING in you – Jesus, IN YOU, uniting you with God, uniting you with your true Father. It is true freedom! It is true happiness!

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”

John 17:3

Jesus, making eternity a reality, brings everlasting joy. It is not enough to just accept Him as Savior – that is just His introduction! Jesus yearns to be your personal, confiding Friend. Eternal life is entering God’s kingdom and becoming a part of His kingdom – a living pillar in the House of the Lord.

“He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem.”

Revelation 3:12

God’s words are faithful and true. You can trust them. You can stand on His promises…He will be with you, guiding you through every step. Go forward and trust Him. He loves you and waits for you to enter. He waits for you to enter into the Kingdom of God—now, in this lifetime. Your entrance is for now—not when you die!