May 1, 2006 – ONCE UPON A TIME!
MY CHILD “ONCE UPON A TIME” YOU LOVED ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND YOU LONGED TO BE IN MY PRESENCE. I PROMISED YOU AN ABUNDANT LIFE AND THAT I WOULD NEVER LEAVE YOU. I WAS YOUR DEAREST FRIEND AND COMPANION. YOU REVEALED YOUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND DESIRES AND WANTED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND ME BETTER. THE WORD WAS YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION AND PRAISE AND PRAYER YOUR AFFIRMATION. YOU KNEW THAT YOUR THOUGHTS WERE NOT MY THOUGHTS AND YOUR WAYS WERE NOT MY WAYS. YOU WANTED TO FOLLOW IN MY FOOTSTEPS AND BECOME LIKE ME. YOU SOUGHT TO BEAR MY IMAGE BEFORE THE WORLD AND YOU CARRIED MY MESSAGE OF “LOVE.” 2Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE BEEN IN MY HOUSE THAN IN ANY OTHER PLACE. YOU CHOSE YOUR FRIENDS FROM AMONG YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD. NOW I AM PUSHED ASIDE BY THE FRENZY OF YOUR LIFE THAT ONLY PARTIALLY INCLUDES ME. YOU HAVE ESTRANGED YOURSELF FROM ME. MY LOVE IS THE SAME AND I LONG FOR YOUR PRESENCE. YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION IS “LUKE WARM.” Revelations 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
IF YOUR TRIALS AND TESTS WERE MORE THAN YOU COULD BEAR, THEN YOU WOULD REMEMBER THE PIT AND HOW I LIFTED YOU OUT. Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Revelations 3:2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.
DO YOU REALIZE THAT THE WORDS, “THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” MEAN THAT YOU MUST TOTALLY SURRENDER YOUR “WILL” TO ME IN ORDER THAT MY “WILL” CAN BE DONE. Amos 3:3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? NEITHER CAN YOU SERVE TWO MASTERS; IT IS EITHER GOD’S WILL OR YOURS (DIRECTED BY SATAN). MY CHILD, MY GLORY CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED OR SEEN UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME. MY WILL AND PLANS CAN ACCOMPLISH MIRACULOUS RESULTS THAT WILL CAUSE YOU TO HAVE A VICTORIOUS TESTIMONY THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR FAITH. I WILL PUT A DESIRE IN YOU TO DO EVEN GREATER THINGS. YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER EFFECTIVELY PUBLISH THE “GOOD NEWS” WITHOUT BEING DIRECTED BY MY WILL. YOUR WORDS AND ACTIONS MUST FLOW FROM MY SPIRIT OF LOVE AND WISDOM IF THEY ARE TO GLORIFY ME. Mark 14:36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes, and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
YOU HAVE ROBBED ME OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP. I AM A JEALOUS GOD AND YOU HAVE PLACED NEW GODS BEFORE ME. YOUR DESIRES AND AMBITIONS HAVE TAKEN A NEW DIRECTION. YOU LONG TO BE HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR OWN EYES AND IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD. YOUR SATISFACTION IS IN “SELF.” THE “GOD OF SELF” HAS BECOME ALL IMPORTANT WITHOUT YOU EVEN REALIZING THE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP. YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM THE GOD OF YOUR SALVATION, BUT YOU HAVE REMOVED ME FROM BEING GOD OF ALL THAT YOU THINK AND DO. I DELIVERED YOU FROM YOUR ENEMIES, BUT NOW YOU ARE CONTENT TO DWELL ALONE IN THE PROMISED LAND I PROVIDED. Revelations 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. REV 3:3 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.
LET ME REMIND YOU THAT I TOLD YOU HOW TO PRAY! Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. HAVE YOU HALLOWED (MADE SACRED) MY NAME BEFORE THE WORLD? DO YOU TAKE MY NAME IN VAIN OR DISREGARD MY COMMANDMENTS THAT BRING LIGHT AND LIFE TO THE WORLD. I CREATED YOU IN MY IMAGE AND GAVE YOU THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 1Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. YOU ARE TO DO YOUR PART IN ESTABLISHING MY KINGDOM ON EARTH; INSTEAD YOU ARE ESTABLISHING YOUR OWN KINGDOM. YOU PRAY “YOUR KINGDOM COME” BUT ARE YOU LIVING YOUR LIFE AND RAISING YOUR VOICE TO HERALD MY KINGDOM ON EARTH? YOU ARE CREATED IN MY IMAGE AND YOU ARE MY VOICE AND MY HANDS AND FEET ON THE EARTH. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO INCREASE AND GLORIFY MY KINGDOM? Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
DO YOUR “FIRST THINGS” OVER. Revelations 2:5 Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place. Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
I CHASTISE THOSE I LOVE AND I CORRECT YOU TO PERFECT HOLINESS WITHIN YOU. Hebrews 12:10 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. 11 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. IT IS WITH MY EVERLASTING LOVE THAT I AM LEADING YOU BACK TO MY PERFECT WILL FOR YOUR LIFE. Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Proverbs 3:26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.