I praise You that from everlasting to everlasting You are God. You have been our dwelling place through all generations. Please grant me grace to speak Your Words regarding the frailty of worldly life and the eternal mind/heartset that you are calling us to have. Please continue to instill the eternal perspective in all of us so that we may love one another in Your eternal Covenant of love, willingly undergo persecution, walk in Your holiness, receive Your strength, and be relieved of our fear of man. You are the faithful One who is able to do it.
In Jesus Christ's Name,
25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12
2 Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will express my riddle on the harp.
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
6 Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
7 No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
9 That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
12 But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
And of those after them who approve their words.Selah.
14 As sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for Sheol to consume
So that they have no habitation.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me. Selah.
When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he congratulates himself—
And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.
20 Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the beasts that perish.Ps 49
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3
Who rides the heavens to your help,
And through the skies in His majesty.
27 “ The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’Deut 33
The people of God at the moment of belief are raised up with Christ. Their souls are made new to desire the glory of God and eternal virtues of love, worship of God, and sacrifice on behalf of Christ. Their deepest desire becomes the pursuit of eternal Life in the knowledge of Christ. And where is Christ to be found? He is found seated at the right Hand of God. They are eternal and anyone who seeks to know Him possesses a mind and a heart that are given over to the eternal realms. They are no longer possessed with the heart that succumbs to worldliness or the mind that is buried in dust of the fading earth. For the Kingdom of Christ cannot be found in the temporary realms. As Christ proclaimed, "My Kingdom is not of this world" and "My Kingdom is not of this realm" (John 18:36). In order to follow the eternal Savior, one must set their hearts and minds in the eternal realms rather than the earthly realms.
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”Micah 5
Furthermore, the saint is dead to the old self that had sought to establish an earthly kingdom. He is dead to every carnal desire that had been contrary to the will of God. Every evil inclination in the heart of mankind is based on the love of the temporary realms which will soon be destroyed. Only with acknowledgement of the eternal God could the saint behold the eternal glory and walk in obedience to Christ. The saint's life is hidden in Christ as he has faith in the Eternal Word. The saint has called the eternal Life of Christ as his own life and when this Life of Christ is revealed, he is revealed with Him in glory!
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.Col 3
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
So that you may know and believe Me
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
11 “I, even I, am the Lord,
And there is no savior besides Me.
12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed,
And there was no strange god among you;
So you are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And I am God.
13 “Even from eternity I am He,
And there is none who can deliver out of My hand;
I act and who can reverse it?”Is 43
We know that because His eternal plan involves turns and directions that we could never derive on our own, in our dependence on His guidance, we do the work of believing in Him. We do not strive on our own to commit acts of righteousness, but work to continue in grace. But through our belief in Christ, we are walking in the Spirit, and the Spirit will surely lead and counsel us. "Those who are led by the Spirit are Sons of God" (Rom 8:14). As we walk in His grace, we "put to death the misdeeds of the body so that we may live" (Rom 8:13). And in the process of this death to self we are certainly bringing forth fruit in the world. A man who does nothing more than die to his own flesh as he believes in the Gospel of Christ does more for the world than the man who conquers the world as he walks in his own schemes of self-righteousness.
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.Ps 9
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. Heb 12
As we behold the eternal souls of one another, our fear of man is removed. God will use us greatly for His Kingdom as our fear of man is removed. Those who have been taught by the Spirit to fear God and no man are granted great freedom in their lives to speak and to act according to the Truth. When we acknowledge that one day, all of the people of God will be unified and worship God for all eternity, and that all of God's enemies will reside in torment, there is no one left to fear but God Himself.
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Tim 1
Message about these Writings: These writings are a gift of grace to me from the Spirit for the encouragement of the people of God. The broad theme of each week's message is usually given to me at the beginning of the week. Through-out the week, God will reveal Truths by the Spirit, the Word, other people, dreams, and events. The important aspect is that regardless of how the message is conveyed to me, it must always fit perfectly with the Word of God, and conveys to you nothing more than what has already been proclaimed in the Word. At the end of the week I write the letter which takes about 2-5hrs and I thoroughly delight in this process. The prayer and introduction summarizes the letter. I ask for your forgiveness for my frequent typos and am praying that God helps me to be more diligent. I believe that when I write the letters, my mind is given over to the Spirit for much of the time. I trust that His grace has covered all of my typos and that you have understood the meaning of what was written. God consistently reveals His heart and mind to me as an act of gracious love because He knows that this is how I sense His love. I feel that in His grace, my love for you [the people of God] has increased over time. Because the Truths described here are from the Spirit's teaching of the eternal Word, I am accountable to the response of my heart to Them. And He is changing me through His teaching.