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September 8, 2003

Sympathetic Criticism

Tim Glendenning

Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thess. 5:19-21

The first beginnings of any movement are always fraught with great possibilities in either direction; when all are swept along in a floodtide of enthusiasm, when plans are conceived and foundations laid for the developments of the future. It was such a time in the history of the Early Christian Church at Thessalonica to which the missionary apostle sent his Epistles to the Thessalonians. These two brief writings are most revealing as throwing floods of light on the actual life-situation of typical new Christian churches of the first century. They are intensely human writings. There were discords and party division, an occasional instance of unseemly conduct, tendencies to idleness in anticipation of the looked-for return of Christ and the coming end of the age. The situation was not ideal. But it had the redeeming merit of spontaneity, sincerity, and a certain lively quality such as the Church was never able to recapture when once the congealing process had set in. They were spirit-filled groups in whom the domination of the Spirit was all-pervasive. It occasionally led to excesses of enthusiasm. But the wise Apostle recognized that the dangers of excessive enthusiasm were less than the perils incidental to an attitude of conventional luke-warmness. Hence his counsel to the Thessalonian Church: 'Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.' He was supremely concerned with the preservation of the life of the Spirit; above all else he desired that it should not be stifled.

St. Paul's phrase---'Quench not the Spirit'---carries a notable suggestion. These vehement motions are as the flames, which leap upwards in wild freedom while fuel and air are given. They are flames kindled from no earthly hearth, but from the altar of heaven.

When we endeavor to find some counterpart in our own experience to these extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, perhaps we may accept some such version of St. Paul's language as this: ' Do not be hasty to stamp out what is novel and alarming, lest you suppress the free movement of genius, and disallow the unconventional methods of enthusiasm.' There is an element of Divine power in genius and enthusiasm, and it is not fitting that men who believe in an inspiring Holy Spirit, ruling in the affairs of men and wondrously guiding His chosen instruments towards the ends of His providence, should be eager to stamp out movements which may be the effects of His presence.

When writing to the Church in Rome, Paul, though he did not exhort them 'Quench not the Spirit,' yet put the command positively, 'Be fervent in spirit'---after the example of Apollos. Put quite literally, this command would read 'boiling in spirit,' suggesting that as the fire under the vessel causes the water to boil, so the Spirit burning within the believer's heart should heat his powers to ardor and enthusiasm. 'Where the Spirit is He burns.'

St. Paul passes to another and different manifestation of the Spirit. ' Despise not prophesyings.' In the Epistle to the Corinthians we find a striking comparison instituted by the Apostle between the 'gift of tongues' and the 'gift of prophecy.' The one is private, enriching the spiritual life of the individual Christian; the other is public, bringing advantages to the whole assembly of Christians. "He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth edifieth the Church.'

If we may paraphrase the Apostle's language, his counsel would run somewhat thus: 'Take care that, in the enthusiasm of a religious movement, you do not despise and depress the intellectual activity of the Church. At the moment, indeed, zeal and eloquence may seem to carry all before them, and there needs nothing more than the 'multitude of preachers' and the fervor of crowded assemblies to conquer the world, but churches cannot really afford to despise intelligence and to neglect learning. The 'understanding' has its place in the religion of Christ, as well as the emotions, though these are not to be crushed, and the imagination, though this is not to be disallowed.

'Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings'---the two commands should not be disconnected by full stops as in the A.V., and need not be separated by semi-colons as in the R.V.; commas would better mark the relation they bar to each other. Dr. Findlay thus punctuates and comments: 'Quench not the Spirit,' despise not prophesyings; but test everything.' From this carefully balanced warning we gather that the false fire mingled with the true caused the more skeptical minds in the Pauline churches to distrust prophetic gifts, while the ardent and credulous fell into the opposite mistake---the uncritical acceptance of anything that looked like prophecy.

As the Apostle declares, the right way to handle all religious phenomena is not to quench but test, to bring our own mind to bear on whatsoever we are asked to approve, to make nothing at its own valuation but to give a fresh and deliberate application of intelligence to the problems of Christian duty. 'Prove or test all things.'

And this deliberate, responsible, free exertion of our own private judgment must always be conditioned by two broad considerations. On the one hand, we must distinguish, disentangle, and refuse to abandon the sound cord [if there be any] of every movement and every proposal which claims our support. On the other hand, we must be quite relentless against any tampering with Christian principles, and set our face as a rock against any course, however seemingly expedient, which we can clearly see is at bottom morally indefensible. 'Hold fast that which is good.'

Such then, is the advise which St. Paul gives to the Thessolonians at a time of great perplexity, when 'the fountains of the great deep were being broken up,' and the most blessed and permanent of all reformations was beginning to make its presence felt among men. It may not be thought extravagant if we claim for our age some striking similarity with the age which witnessed the first preaching of the gospel.

Both in the ancient and in the modern world 'the powers of heaven are shaken,' and men are restless and perplexed, looking for some better solution of the problems of human life than any that the established institutions and hereditary wisdom of society can offer. Both then and now 'the Spirit of God moves on the face of the waters,' and the tokens of His motion are visible in many directions. Ideas are visiting men's minds; change is in the air; movements, religious, and social, are many and perplexing.

To be sympathetic with new ideas, to be just to new movements, and yet never to underrate the wisdom of the past or to suffer the clear workings of intelligence to be tampered with by emotion and sentiment; to uphold before the mind, as the governing principle of a true independence, loyalty to every element of truth and right---this is to carry into all Christian service the honorable name of Christ.

Therefore 'never quench the fire of the Spirit, never disdain prophetic revelations but test them all, retaining what is good and abstaining from whatever kind is evil.'

In Christ, timothy.


Beyond The Externals

Shirley Craft

It is time! This is a new season! Spring marks the beginning of new life, new beginnings. I say it is time to move out of the ordinary into the extraordinary. I Am shutting the door of the past for many during this season. Many will feel displaced; many will try to hold onto the old familiar things, the old ways, because they are comfortable and feel safe in that place. But I say, turn loose of those things, for they are a hindrance in this new season.

There is much activity taking place in the heavenly realm. Even now I Am checking hearts to see if My people are willing to totally submit to My sovereign rule. I look beyond the externals; I'm looking for a people who will abandon their agendas, their comforts, their traditional ways of doing things. I Am bringing many out of their wilderness season for they have allowed My Spirit to do His work in their lives. It has been a painful and stressful time for many--with broken relationships, loss of loved ones, losing jobs, financial problems, ministries shutting down, and illnesses. But yet I was right there beside you to encourage, to comfort, and fill you with My love, My peace and sustaining power. During this time I hid you in the shelter of the Most High God. Come now and forget the former things, for now I Am doing a new thing. Be willing to be propelled out during this season.

Come before Me now, I want to fill your heart with the desires of My heart. I want to fill your mind with new strategies and equip you with new mantles for the battles that lay ahead for each of you. Don't be afraid to pick up your individual mantles--remember, My yoke is easy. No one else can wear your mantle, it is only for you. If you do not pick it up for fear of the battle, you will be defeated by the enemy, for the battle will come anyway--that is inevitable.

Satan will come with his own mantle--which is the mantle of fear. He will try every trick he knows that has worked in your life in the past. I say, "The devil is a liar"!! My mantle will strengthen you to be victorious during this season. Be strong and courageous--you are My mighty warriors. Pick up your mantles My people, and hold onto it tightly. Again I say, be strong and courageous.

A People Poised At the Threshold

Olivia Long

I am raising up a people - A People Poised At The Threshold ... A new DAY is dawning and I am opening a new door, a door that no-one can shut.

But even within My own, the separating is being completed. A final call being given to awaken any from their slumber... For those who remain caught up in their own world of material pursuits... For those who want the credit for what they do... For those wanting their own glory.... For those who seek to elevate themselves... For those who seek to fleece the people for monitary rewards... For those concerned over "their ministry". These shall hang their heads in shame for I shall pass them by. The days of ignorance amongst My own is over and no longer can any of My own choose what portion of Me they will receive or not receive. Through My great Mercy and Compassion I have given these the chance 'to see' and make adjustments for I wish to make Myself strong on their behalfs, but be warned, I am not a God who will be mocked, the necessary adjustments MUST be made!

I am raising up A People, a people after My own heart, those who will walk in humility and obedience for you will abdicate the 'throne' of your own lives - your own strength - your own ambitions and plans , confessing that ALL POWER IS MINE!!! Through this final dying process, you have refused to touch the glory and NOW .... MY GLORY SHALL TOUCH YOU!!!!

My Beloved, you are standing at the threshold but beware. DO NOT allow "old-order" brethren to rob you by stealing your hope - DO NOT allow any person to rob you of your inheritance. These are the final moments before your emergence, do not allow any-one to steal this from you for this is the last ditch scheme and snare of the enemy to rob you of your destiny.

Beloved, I AM the Lord of the Harvest and I will NOT be robbed of My harvest and you will see that literally overnight My Faithful Ones will arise and the Glory of the Lord shall fill the earth. A world shaking ministry and army is standing on the threshold to be endured with MY Power and Glory. To many of you at this point everything seems almost unbearable and the waiting intolerable but I say unto you, the DAY IS dawning and the Glory of the Lord shall arise ... in A People Poised At the Threshold.

I Am about to move in a new way - in a new work upon the earth and My Glory will arise in relatively unknown people who have been prepared by My hand in the wilderness and the furnace of affliction. This will be an incredible DAY for I will move in such unprecedented Power that entire nations will be swept into My Kingdom. This is the event for which all creation has been groaning, an event that will overshadow all former manifestations. The greatest event of All times is poised and ready at the threshold. And hear ME well, this is much closer than anyone can imagine.

A new DAY is dawning, the DAY that My chosen have been anticipating, a DAY of prophetic fulfillments that will both shock and astound . My Beloved, the world has no clue of your "true stature and destiny", but you are poised at the threshold and the world shall see Me in My chosen ones and what I shall do will get the attention of all and ultimately the world. Yes, I have a people, A People Poised At The Threshold ready to be released and now all the sick and infirmed will be healed, the dead shall rise and MY WORD will be spoken by rich and poor, great and small, through A People now Poised At the Threshold.

Faithbuilders Ministries
Cuero, TX

You Will Pass This Test Also

Ras Robinson

I have seen your trial taking place. It has not been easy. The enemy has lied to you again and again. And after a while the lies began to sound like the truth and so you believed them. This has allowed you to become puffed up and full of pride. You saw yourself as invincible. And the enemy engineered it that no one could test you. You are now learning that humility is the better way over pride. I say unto you be careful when people place you on a pedestal. It makes you unapproachable and thereby cuts you off from the everyday sharpening you need from those I have placed around you. Idolatry is such a temptation for my people. But it is still true that I must destroy all idols from my presence. You are a mere man. But you are my man. You will pass this test also.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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What Patrick Henry Really Said!

Cliff Hodnett

Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.

It is the same Congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, '"Give me liberty or give me death."' But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he actually said: '"An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."'

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this '"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."'

Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible: '"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator "' He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, '"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."'

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, '"The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country."'

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: '"The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."'

William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until 1963. President Lincoln called him the '"Schoolmaster of the Nation."' Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: '"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. >From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."'

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures: '"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3;......."

Today, we are asking God to bless America. But, how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him? Prior to September 11, He was not welcome in America. Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country's Christian roots.

You are encouraged to share with others, so that the truth of our nation's history will be told.

-Cliff Hodnett,
In God We Trust.

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Signs In the Heavens and Wonders In the Earth

Patsy Shelton

Signs in the heavens, wonders in the earth. Oh, My remnant I still have a remnant that have washed their garments in the Blood of the Lamb, and they will do wonders in the earth. All that I am doing is to draw mankind into relationship with Me, and all that I have said about the glory, the signs and the wonders is still to be revealed and manifested.

All things have been coordinated to come together at this time. It is in a time of crisis that even those with the hardest of hearts cry out My name, and bow their knees. And it is in a time of crisis that there is the greatest need for signs and wonders. If there was not sickness, there would be no need for a healer. If there was not famine in the land there would be no need of divine provision. Through all that I am about to do, I am going to draw those unto Me that would never have come another way.

Even the earth is defiled under the inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the everlasting covenant.

And I have a people, a remnant, that will show forth My glory, and signs and wonders will follow them. As you look back can you not see that all that I have done will now culminate in this hour and in this time? I have with very fine precision aligned all things for this hour. Plucking up, tearing down, so that I could build. The church of yesterday could not handle the harvest that will come forth today.

I have sat down brutish pastors and hirelings and I have raised up those that will be a refuge and a safe haven for the hurting hearts that now will turn to Me. I have raised up those with healing in their hands, not only for the physical healings, but also for the broken emotions of those that will call upon My name in this hour.

I have raised up those that have been trained and prepared specifically for this hour that will teach and preach My Word in purity and in truth. They will not water down My gospel, twist and turn it to tickle the ears of man. And the truth that they will teach and preach will be a two-edged sword, and it will divide the soul from the spirit. And it will change the lives of those that hear, and they will be taught the Holy things, and they will be taught the fear of their Lord.

My Son's blood will not longer be something that is used to cover things, but the depth of understanding that I have imparted to My remnant will even cause there to be a deep cleansing in the hearts of people. They will learn that only this Holy blood can wash away their shame, guilt, and embarrassment, the stain of sin. It will be as it was in the days of Hezekiah when the nation of Israel returned to Me again. The doors of the temple were sung wide, and the filthiness therein was taken out.

It will be a day of concentration and purification of the Priests and Ministers, and holiness will be befitting them. Even the earth is defiled under the inhabitants because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the everlasting covenants. And I will make My Law honorable again, and My Ways will be taught in the earth, and a people from the north, south, east and west will walk in the Ways of their God. They will not turn again. But they will by My people and I will be there God.

Everything that I do is from a heart of love. I chasten those that I love because I love them too much to leave them the way that they are. And in the days ahead, My remnant will cry out, "turn ye, turn ye, turn ye" from you wicked ways. Some will hear and others will have a deaf ear. Some I will turn having compassion on their souls, and other I will turn by fear. And their will be wailing and weeping, but there will also be joy unspeakable and full of glory.

How great will My Glory be as it shines for in the darkness that is to come upon the earth? How terrible My presence will be as it is manifested in and through My remnant as never before. And I have stood up and said, "No more," And now My remnant will stand up, go forth, abiding under the shadow of My wing, shine forth with My Glory, and manifest signs and wonders in the land.

Look back and take account of all that I have said through the Prophets, and you will see that just as different streams of a river flow from one head, that I am bringing all that I have done and said to flow forth in this new season. In the previous season I brought these to completion, that they might show forth the glory of their God, in the midnight hour. To bring them forth into this hour of divine judgment.

Preparation, it has all been preparation for this season. Even their faith has grown in leaps and bounds, and they now can believe Me for the impossible. All the trials and tribulations have increased their faith, and even caused them to be able now to go from glory to glory. Realms of My Glory are open to them now.

So many of My people cringe when they hear the word judgment, but when you see it from My perspective it should bring joy to their hearts, and praises to their mouths. And the song of their hearts should be "Our God reigns." For in this season of divine judgment I will reign as God Eternal, and I will reign with a rod of correction in My hand. Does not My word say, "spare the rod, and spoil the child?" I will take My rod of correction to the peoples of the earth, but I will never remove My loving kindness.

How do you stand when there are judgments in the earth? Glorify ye the name of the Lord, even the Lord God of Israel and sing, "Our God Omnipotent Reigns on High."

Kingdom Positions

Shelly Mathis

Note – Although the members of our church congregation were the “players” in this vision, I believe that it applies to all whose hearts are absolutely devoted to the Lord and have heeded the call to come up to Mount Zion.

Vision: During the course of a recent church service, I was suddenly taken up into the spirit realm where I was given the supernatural ability to see the members of our congregation standing in their kingdom positions. I saw them in their homes, with their families, at work, in church, and in the various places they go to carry out their lives, viz. the grocery store, the post office, restaurants, etc. And then I beheld a sudden and glorious site: each one exploded into - what I can only describe as – a star. The physical form of each person disappeared as the purest, whitest light radiated from each ball of fire. Wherever the stars went, the white-hot rays of light shone brightly and touched all those who came in their vicinity.

As I sought the Lord for understanding, I suddenly heard the Father’s voice herald this loud decree: No longer shall Moses hide his face and conceal My glory!

I speak to those, who in the likeness of Moses, answered My call, ascended the heights, and presented yourself before My face. Through this process of communion, I have inscribed My word upon your hearts. You have allowed it to circumcise your flesh and wash away all defilement. You have submitted to the purifying work of the baptism of fire and entered into My heart. Here, My voice has thundered forth the preceding word to equip you. Here, My lightning has set you afire with My power to carry forth the Great Commission.

And now… now, you are primed and ready for explosion – like a dense mass that submits to heat and pressure until it finally explodes into a star. The light, the power, and the glory of the Lord will radiate through you, and will not be mistaken for the counterfeit glory of self. Rather, you will fulfill the commandment of My Son to be the light of the world, so that all men may see My manifest presence and glorify Me in heaven.

To those who receive this word by faith, prepare for explosion. And do not – I say again – do not hide My glory behind a veil. For now is the time to shine.

Shelly Mathis

A Heart To Overcome

Yolanda Ballard

Every blood-bought believer in Christ needs to make the decision once and for all who they are going to serve to the maximum potential that they are able. No holding back, no compromise, no selfish and prideful motives, but out of a heart that wants to please the Father. Watch and pray for the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking all that he can devour, but I have prayed for you that you would hold fast to the end.

I have continually watched over you and counted the times when the enemy has tried to rob and steal from you, and I AM ready to restore unto you a hundred fold all that belongs to you. The enemy has no right to you. He cannot do anything without My allowing it. All attempts from the wicked one will only work out for your good and to bring glory to My name.

So draw close to Me in the secret place and wait patiently upon Me. I will restore. I will heal. I will prosper you in all ways. I only want your heart. Cry out to Me for more grace that I will change you from glory to glory. Be concerned over the areas you fall short in and commit them to Me. Watch Me take away those desires that you have for that of the world. Watch Me fill your heart with a burning desire for holiness and righteousness beyond measure.

This is the day to admit that you cannot make it on your own, but do not settle for less than the best. I have promised you freedom in all areas. I will set you free to live the abundant life. Cry out to Me, and I will take away the hardness of heart and give you a heart of compassion and love for the brethren. I will pour out My burden of intercession if you are willing. I will stir up My gifts within you if you believe.

Now step out and be all I called you to be. Let Me live My life through you. This is the day to rejoice for you have the victory for I have called you and raised you up as a mighty army of warring overcomers tearing down the strongholds over the land and releasing those of captivity. Rise up and march and take the land for this is the day to rejoice.

Open up your mouth and let Me fill it with My grace and truth. Let My trumpet blow through you. Let Me even roar through you. Step out of the way and let Me take over for I AM the Mighty Lion of Judah, and nothing will stand in My way. No power can stand against the Sword and the Shield I have given you. Keep covered from head to toe with My armor of light which is My glory upon you.

March on and take the land. Do not retreat no matter what you face in the way of giants for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Rise up and be victorious for this is the time of Jubilee, says your Lord and King.

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As It Was In the Days Of Noah

Bill Burns

The Lord spoke to me and He said, "It will be as it was in the days of Noah", and I immediately began to think, boy that's not a pretty sight. But then He changed the picture for me. He began to show me that in the days of Noah there was a preacher of righteousness who preached in the land. He's bringing his people to preach in that same Spirit of righteousness. And He also said that "there will be an ark built for His people to come into." We know that the Ark symbolically represents the heart of God. He said, "that symbol is becoming alive for my people in these days because there were eight that entered in it in those days.

Eight is the sign of new beginnings." The Lord said, "as you come into the Ark my people I will close the door behind you and I will seal the door for you so that the enemy cannot come against you; cannot spoil what I have given unto you.

And you will notice then the that the rain begins to fall and even as it has been given in this place, in this season, as a sign of the former and the latter rain, the rain will fall upon my people. And the rain will form and the floods will come and my people shall be lifted up above this earth; for the water of My glory shall sustain them and lift them.

But, I urge you today to forget not this one thing, there is a window in the ark that is ever looking to the heavenlies and as you fix your eyes upon that window surely I will come and I will speak to you. For do you not know and do you not understand it was from that window that the dove of My Holy Spirit was released to go forth into all the land and to bring My Spirit to all of those who would desire to live in that presence and in that power, says the Lord.

So I urge you today, and I call to you, and I beckon to you and I say, come into the ark, come into the heart of the Father, for soon the door of this season will be closed and the manifest presence of My rain shall come even as it is written and you know the scriptures cannot be broken," says the Lord.


Jane Larsen

When dark forces come against you, fight them in prayer. When the way seems long and you are weary, do not give up, wrestle in prayer. Ask. Ask and you shall receive. There is nothing I will withhold from those who ask, and there is nothing that I cannot change for those who seek it. Do not walk with your head bent low for then you will not see what I am doing in front of you. I am working all things to the good. Though the way may seem hard and the walk may seem long and slow, everything will change in but a moment. Seek Me in prayer.

Seek Me first. Whether it is a small thing or a big thing, My hand can move across it. I can change it. I can turn what the enemy meant for bad, into good. Seek Me in prayer. Wrestle in prayer. Hold on to that which is good, which is delightful, hold on to My promises and plant them in your heart. The enemy will run from you as My promises take root and your feet, your thoughts, your spirit, your mind, are planted firmly in Me.

Do not be distracted. Do not look to the left or the right, for I am the one beside you making your way through this desert. You do not understand it now. You cannot. For it is on the earth you live, but you will come through it because you have stood firm in Me and sought Me in prayer. You reach Me when you pray. My ears are hearing your cries, your laughter, your petitions. Day and night I am working in your favor, My precious one. Seek Me always. Come to Me first.

Nothing can harm you for am I not with you? Holding your hand and making the way before you is your Mighty God. Remember Me. When you are scared, when you are ill, when you struggle with temptations, when all doors are closing around you, just come to Me. There is a reason. You do not need to understand it, you just need to stand firm in Me and trust that I will deliver you. I will and I can.

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