Good Morning from England! Today we have sunshine. Our motto should be changed to "Make hay while the sun's shine for tomorrow there is rain" (and the next day, and probably the following day too!)...Remember long ago when I said it had begun raining in October last year, and has hardly stopped to take a breath since? God said to me, "It's Judgement." I told someone this very thing yesterday--that God said the rain is Judgement." They answered, "Oh I don't know about that." I said lightly, "Well, He said it and He's never wrong." Then I asked if they had seen the recent prediction by Science that because of the climate change, they are now predicting :rain and lots of rain in Britain along with those now oh-so-familiar flash floods. I added, "It's just as God says." They had nothing to say to this. After all, Science said it. Scientists are mostly wrong, of course, but Science is the world. They speak world-speak and the ones of the world hear them every time. So here I am with another Word from the Lord, though it has nothing to do with natural rain, but spiritual rain, so open your ears, and put away your umbrellas. Blessings, PK x

CONVERSATION WITH THE LORD~22 April 2014

“He Who Endures, Wins”

When I requested the theme for today, the Lord instructed, “We are still on stedfast today. I want you to learn it.”

To be stedfast is to be: Constant. Dedicated. Dependable. Established. Faithful. Fast. Fixed. Persevering. Singleminded. Unflinching. Unwavering. Committed.

To be stedfast is to trust in the Lord so much that I don’t even say “ouch” when a fiery dart hits me. This is what I’m shooting for. This is my goal.

Then the Lord Jesus spoke the following words to me,
“Your ministry will be known for it’s commitment. And I will bless you greatly. I will heap upon you blessing upon blessing. You will know great pain. You will know great joy. You will know My love like it’s never been known before (The love He has for you and me--the love His Word often talks about. The love Paul understood so well.) You will stand against the greatest evil ever known, and you will persevere because you will be centered in Me. Look to the God of your Salvation, and I will deliver you (Psalm 91). Look to your God. Keep your eyes on Me. Be constant. Persevere. Run the race that is set before you. Run the race and win.”

My thoughts turned briefly to the trip God has granted me--that trip to America so I can see my family. Knowing my thoughts, the Father said, “When you are ready. When you are ready, Paula, you will go.”

“I receive your word, Lord.” I answered. “You said the same thing about laying hands on “N”: when I am ready, I will go.”

Often when I pray, I am sometimes kneeling, and other times bowing, on the bottom steps of His great white throne, but when the Lord teaches me the Word, I see myself before Him, at His feet. I mean literally. I’m right at the top of those steps, sitting cross legged on the floor in front of Him.

Our lessons are relaxed. He is the great King, my Father, and I am His daughter. I see His flowing, regal robe of spun gold over a gown of the purest white. I have never seen His face,although I look Him in the face, I only see the brightness of His glory. His glory is so bright, I can’t look past it, but often, so very often, I experience the intensity of His love. The love He demonstrated when He died for us, for the entire world, on that tree.

The Words flow easily between us. He teaches, I learn. The Father reveals and He listens. This is the mark of a great teacher, the ability to listen, to be genuinely interested in what we have to say. At these moments, I know I am truly free, and I ask many questions, confident that He will answer me, because He promises this in His Word. I especially like how He expresses this unfailing promise in Jeremiah 33:3 and I am often reminding Him of these words.
“Call on Me and I will answer you, and show you great and marvellous things, the things you do not know, the things that are fenced and hidden.”

This morning we go for a stroll through the short book of I John, centering mostly on the 2nd and 4th chapters.The Words of John speak to me as never before. This is the one thing that sets the Bible apart from any other book. Each and every time we read it’s words, they are always new and fresh, even that scripture we‘ve read a million times before and don’t believe we can learn anything new from it. Become as a fool before Him, set aside your mental wisdom, and He will teach you things you did not know, great and mighty things, the things fenced and hidden. Then you‘ll say, ”Wow, why didn‘t I ever see that before.”

Always, without fail, God has the ability to make profound things simple, and the simple things profound. Get before Him, and make it often, and you will see this for yourself.

“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (I John 2:3)

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us...” (I John 4:16)

“The one saying ‘I have known Him,’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and in this man the truth is not...”(I John 2:4)

“But whoever keeps the Word of Him, truly this man has the love of God been perfected: hereby we know that we are in Him.” (I John 2:5)

I sorted through the key verses He had given me. I’m a verbal person, and I sort through things OUTLOUD. I talk about them. This is why the Lord God and I spend so much time in conversation.

Call me a bouncy person. At those precious study times, I bounce His own Word off Him outloud, and when my words bounce off Him, they come back to me new and fresh as an evening primrose blooming at the end of a Spring day.

The love of God is In us. And when we remain, when we stay, and continue to walk in His love, we remain in Him and God remains in us.

See what I mean?

“The [one] saying ‘In Him I remain’ ought to walk as this one [Christ Jesus] walked.” (I John 2:6)

If we don’t walk as He walked, if we don’t keep His commandments the same way He kept the Father’s then we have never come to know Him at all.

Can we walk perfectly, just like Jesus every single moment? We can learn to. This is all part of growing up. To just sit immersed in the world and all of it’s things, living in sins just like you did before you received Jesus as your Savior is death. The sting of death is sin. So God tells us in His Word what is sin and what is good. And He instructs us in His great “How To” book, how to grow up, becoming more and more shaped into the image of Jesus, the Holy One.

It is not an overnight thing. It’s a process that takes practice, practice, practice. But we must make the effort every single day to walk as He Himself walked. We must be constant, not sitting in sin saying, “I’m saved! I’m saved!” But standing in Christ Jesus, in His strength, and mastering sin, saying , “O death where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” (I Corinthians 15:56)

In Christ Jesus we are free from that law. Ephesians 2 expresses this truth so beautifully, more beautifully than I can.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after flesh, but after the spirit. For the SPIRIT OF THE LAW OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS has made me FREE from THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH.” (Ephesians 2:1-2)

Two Spiritual laws. One gives Life and freedom; the other offers sin and death.

We are not to wear the freedom we have, the freedom Jesus died to give us, as a cloak to keep on sinning. Jesus has made us free. So let’s be free to walk as He walked.

I remember when I was barely six years of age, way before the days when I considered myself to be wise but was actually rebellious toward God. In those days, I was a friend to everyone with one exception. Just the one. There was a girl in my class that hated me with a passion. She used to take a crayon, one of those big fat ones that are said to be easier for a child to hold, and each time the teacher’s back was turned, she would reach over and make a great big ugly mark on my desk. Usually in red, if she could find one, because a girl we knew would eat every single red crayon she could find. Didn’t matter if it was hers or yours. So red was more precious than other colours. One day a rare thing happened. A new girl showed up. And my enemy presented me with a challenge. Which of us could make friends with this new girl first? I was an “I’ll bet I can before you can” kind of challenge. Well, I was up for it, so I agreed.

At lunch hour that day, seeing the new girl nearby, I broke away from my close circle of friends, and walked over to her. My invitation was simple. I introduced myself, and I asked her her name. Then, pointing out my waiting friends, I asked her to come and play with us. It was easy. Child’s play, as they say. Her face lit up and she jumped at the chance.

This sounds like triumph, doesn’t it? I had won the challenge. But then I looked across the playground, and there was my enemy all by herself. With her head down in defeat, she walked all alone. And suddenly a knife hit my heart and twisted. My victory was hollow like those chocolate Easter eggs that look so good until you bite into it and find it is nothing but an empty shell of air. My victory was just as hollow as an air-filled egg.

No matter how much this girl tormented me, I couldn’t bear to see her alone, but I knew she hated me and would never join my group of friends. So I turned to Jesus and asked, “What would you do, Jesus, if you were me? What would you do?” Then I realised that I didn’t need to win. I had plenty of friends. She had none.

In the next instant, I turned to the new girl and pointing out my enemy to her, I’ll never forget my words, “Do you see that girl over there? She doesn’t have anyone. She’s all alone. She needs a friend. Will you go over and play with her? I know she’d like that so much.” I watched as the new girl walked over to her. I kept on watching until I saw the enemy smile and the two of them went off together, hand in hand, to play. Then, I turned back to my own group of friends.

“What would you do, Jesus, if you were me? What would you do?” Eventually I quit asking this question. I closed up my heart. But these days I ask it again and again, “What would you do, Jesus, if you were me? What would you have me do?” Be like this six year old girl from long ago. How had He instructed me? According to His Word. “Love thine enemy as thyself...Treat others as you want to be treated...Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving others and God in Christ has forgiven you.” The more you dwell in His Word, the more you will be able to hear His instructions and follow Him.

To be stedfast is to be: Constant. Dedicated. Dependable. Established. Faithful. Fast. Fixed. Persevering. Singleminded. Unflinching. Unwavering. Committed.

Remain in Him. Remain in His Word. Remain in His love.

Trust Him so much that you don’t even say ouch. Trust Him so much you forget to say ouch.

My eyes flitted across to His Words in I John 3:24. And being the bouncy kind that I am, I spoke them out, “This is the whole theme of I John: remaining in you. Stedfast. Constant. Fixed. Standing fast, while the enemy tries to strike us out of the game. He’s aware of one huge truth. Unless he can knock us out of faith (trust) and draw us away from God, he hasn’t a prayer. He cannot touch us. We keep ourselves, as John says. In love. In His Word. By faith. In Him. In you,Jesus.”

Jesus did the same. He remained in the Father. We are to remain In Jesus. Walking as He, Christ Jesus walked. Following after Jesus, our finest example. Following after perfection in order to become perfect ourselves. “For as He is so are we in this world.” Saying with Paul, “Brethren, I count not to have apprehended (I’m not perfected yet), but I follow after. And this one thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind, and reaching forth unto the things which are before, I press toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

I’m not perfected yet. But I pursue. I follow after.

How do we do this? How do we remain in Him? How do we follow after? Like Paul, we leave the former life behind, along with all the weights. You know, the things of the world, those things that are so hypnotic to us that when we see them we can only say, “Shiny, shiny, shiny!” We gave up these things when made our commitment to Christ Jesus. It’s called denying Self, picking up our cross DAILY and following Him. These things and the sin that so easily besets us becomes dead to us, and we become dead to them. See them as dead. See yourself as dead to them, but alive unto God.

We get out of the world. We get out and we stay out. We cannot have both Jesus and be of the world at the same time.

Jesus tells us it’s impossible to serve two masters or we will love one and hate the other. The things of God and the things the world says and offers are opposites, that of two opposing magnetic forces that cannot come together. They conflict. They repel. They never attract.

Jesus sacrificed His life to set us free. Now this is our sacrifice to Him. We spend the rest of our lives living for Him, and no longer serving Self. Selfless not Selfish. This is our goal for this is perfect love. Like Jesus. Being conformed to His image. Conformed to the image of Jesus, instead of satan’s.

Again, how do we do it?

We remain in Him.

We remain in His word.

We do what He says.

We turn from sin and do good.

We look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We set our affection on the things that are above: heavenly things, and not on the things on the earth. Do these things. Follow these instructions and something big will take shape: You will become perfected. In Christ. In love.

We turn. We pursue Life, not death. And where is our Life? No longer here on earth.

“And when Christ (the Messiah), who is our Life, shall appear, we shall be with Him in glory.”

Christ Jesus is Life. Christ Jesus is my Life. Christ Jesus is your Life. I don’t care who you are or where you’ve been. Either you have Life in Him or you’re walking in death. It’s your choice. We can’t have both. It’s a matter of Life or Death.

Choose Life only He can give. What did He do for His enemy? More than that little six year old girl from long ago. He died for you.

So follow Him, not man, not Self, but Him. Look to Him. Look to Jesus, and walk as He walked. We know the Way. Jesus is the Way. “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes unto the Father except through Me.”

Follow Him. Persevere. Stand. Be constant. Be stedfast. Be committed. And don’t say ouch. For thus saith the Lord, “ I will bless you greatly....And I will bless you greatly.”