All Scripture Is God-Breathed

ALL SCRIPTURE IS GOD-BREATHED AND IS USEFUL FOR TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING AND TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
(2 Timothy 3:16).

All Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness; however, you need the Breath of the Almighty to make it come alive in your heart.  In other words, do not separate Scripture from your relationship with God.

YOU DILIGENTLY STUDY THE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT BY THEM YOU POSSESS ETERNAL LIFE.  THESE ARE THE SCRIPTURES THAT TESTIFY ABOUT ME, YET YOU REFUSE TO COME TO ME TO HAVE LIFE
(John 5:39-40).

Study the Scriptures diligently, beautiful Child, because they are useful for teaching, but do not use them as a substitute for your fellowship with ME, Jesus. Remember, I came to be your Wisdom from God.  Know that the Scriptures are useful for training in righteousness, but do not use them as a substitute for ME, your Righteousness from Heaven. Use the Scriptures for correction, but do not forget that you are solely dependent on ME for Redemption and Sanctification.

BUT OF HIM ARE YE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO OF GOD IS MADE UNTO US WISDOM, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SANCTIFICATION, AND REDEMPTION
(1Corinthians 1:30).

Celebrate that the Scriptures testify about Truth—I am the Truth. Only My personal touch can turn the accusatory beliefs of condemnation, shame, rejection, and abandonment in your mind into Truth.  Know that the Scriptures testify about Love—I am Love. Only My Love in your heart can change you.  Understand that the Scriptures testify about Hope—I am Hope. Only I, Jesus, can turn your hopelessness into Hope.

Therefore, Child, read the Scriptures with the goal to connect with Me, so I may give you Life. Study the Word in order to invite Me—Love, Hope, and Truth—into your heart. Read the Bible, not only to know ABOUT Me, but to know ME, personally. I will breathe divine Revelation into your spirit, soul, and body through My Word.

What are your expectations when you read the Scriptures: to know ABOUT God, or to draw near to the Lord Jesus, so you may experience HIM in your life, through His Word?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, meet with me when I read Your Word, so I may connect with YOU, personally.

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Know that you cannot be a friend of the Light and be a friend of darkness, at the same time. Darkness and Light do not mix. They are incompatible. You are either in the dark, or in the light.

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Fruit That Will Last

I committed my life to the Lord Jesus and asked Him to do everything in my life He had planned to do. Although I knew He would start something good in my life, I was afraid that the Fruit would not last.  I was wrong!  Every time I thought my Fruit had dried up and I had come to the end of the road,  I discovered MORE FRUIT.  The GOODNESS that Jesus launched in me years ago, persevered.  The FAITH that Jesus initiated in me long ago, stayed.  The PATIENCE that Jesus planted in my heart a while back, lasted.  In fact, not only did the Fruit last, but it also multiplied. It multiplied because of its Source.

 YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT—FRUIT THAT WILL LAST
(John 15:16).

Blessed Child, recognize that I appointed you to BEAR MUCH FRUIT: much Kindness, much Goodness, much Patience, much Faithfulness, much Gentleness, much Self-control, much Forgiveness, much Hope, much Faith, and much Love. Know that I chose you to BEAR FRUIT THAT WILL LAST: Fruit that will outlive the lies of the father-of-lies, Fruit that will hold up in the dark dungeons of despair, and Fruit that will persist when everything else has failed. All this Fruit will be established in you, permanently, if you stop trying to be the vine, but allow yourself to become a branch on MY Vine.

I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES.  IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT
(John 15:5).

I urge you to become a branch on the Vine of Jesus; then, His Abundant Life will flow through your veins.  Place your abandonment in His hands so He may plant His Love in your heart. Place your sins on His shoulders so that His Righteousness may be established in your being.  Bring your darkness into the circle of His Presence so His Light may show you the way. Place your shame on His cross so He may crucify it. Invite Him to remove your guilt so He may lift it off your shoulders. Show Him your condemnation so He may show you His Heart.

Know that if Jesus has started producing Fruit in your life, He will continue. However, you must yield each branch to Him, moment-by-moment, so He may prune it according to His Will.

THIS IS TO MY FATHER’S GLORY, THAT YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT
(John 15:8).

If your fruit is not lasting, you are growing it from the wrong vine. Invite the Lord Jesus to become Your Vine. Then, receive the Life, Love, and Light that flow from His being, every day…forever and ever.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, become my Vine—the Source of my Fruit—so they may last, forever.

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And after we have sucked others empty and they have nothing more to give, we turn to distraction and destruction to ease the excruciating pain that oozes from our hearts…because we still believe we do not matter.

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Baptized into Life

GOD MADE HIM WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
(2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Lord Jesus had no sin, but then He took our sin upon His own body. He did not take our sinful reactions on Himself, but the cause of our sinful reactions—the OLD MAN body of sin. After He took the OLD MAN—the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies—upon His own body, He was crucified. Thus, the OLD MAN body of sin was crucified with Him and in Him. After three days the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father…without the OLD MAN body of sin. During His death, an exchange had taken place in Him—the OLD MAN body of sin was replaced with the NEW MAN body of Righteousness. He became sin for us…and then He became our Righteousness.

KNOW YE NOT, THAT SO MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH? THEREFORE WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH: THAT LIKE AS CHRIST WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. FOR IF WE HAVE BEEN PLANTED TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, WE SHALL BE ALSO IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION: KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, THAT HENCEFORTH WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN
(Romans 6:3-6).

When we are baptized, we enter into the exchange that took place in the Lord Jesus.  While we are submerged in the baptismal water, we are placed in a spiritual realm where we merge with the Lord Jesus, in death, to undergo a replacement of life. In this spiritual medium, the transaction that took place during the death and rising of the Lord Jesus is transferred to us. Under the water, our OLD MAN body of sin is crucified with the Lord Jesus and exchanged for the NEW MAN body of Righteousness. The OLD is taken off and the NEW is put on. Thus, we rise with the Lord Jesus to walk in newness of Life.

AND IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS; HEIRS OF GOD, AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; IF SO BE THAT WE SUFFER WITH HIM, THAT WE MAY BE ALSO GLORIFIED TOGETHER
(Romans 8:7).

You are ready to be baptized when you are tired of living a life of sinfully reacting to the OLD MAN–the negative, destructive beliefs deposited in your mind by the father-of-lies. During your baptism, your OLD MAN is crucified with the Lord Jesus. Thus, you are offered a new Life—the very Life of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in your body, soul, and spirit.

PRAYER: “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2-5).

Maintain an Awareness

When your heart hurts, both the Lord Jesus and the father-of-lies stand ready to lead you out of that pain to a solution.

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The Last Shall Be First

SO THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST, AND THE FIRST LAST: FOR MANY BE CALLED, BUT FEW CHOSEN
(Matthew 20:16).

The other day, I relived a memory: I was five years old. My family was at a festival where they invited all five-year old children to enter a race. My daddy registered me to run in this race.

When the whistle blew I hardly knew in which direction to run, but the little boys and girls to the right and left of me shot forward like bullets aimed at a target and ran with all their might. I came in last.

The other day, this same memory was triggered when I looked around me at all the people who were running the race of success, acclaim, and accolades. I could not keep up with them. Time after time I came in last. Feeling forsaken and forgotten, I submitted my defeat to God: “Save me, Lord Jesus. I am tired of running the race of success. I am always last.”

Suddenly, I was five years old again, running the race at the festival, trying in vain to keep up with my fast and furious competitors. Then, with the eyes of my heart, I spotted Him—the Lord Jesus. He was sitting next to the race track, beckoning me to quit the race and come to Him, instead. When I reached Him, He placed me on His knee. Then He whispered lovingly, “Beloved Child, I love you so much. I am so proud of you for WHO YOU ARE. You do not have to prove yourself to Me by WHAT YOU DO. I already know you. Only do the things I tell you to do. That is all I want from you. In the world’s eyes, you might not be important, but in My eyes, those who are last will be first.”

Then, for the first time, I saw that the Lord Jesus was sitting with His back to the finish line. He was not at all interested in the winners that were competing for accolades and acclaim. In fact, He did not even know who was first, because He was not even looking. He was only interested in a relationship with me.

How have you fared in the race for accolades and acclaim, so far? Are you first, or have you been coming in last, most of the time?

I urge you to bring your needy heart to the Lord Jesus—the needy heart that causes you to want to be first all the time. Find the oppressing beliefs from the father-of-lies that are causing you to look for accolades and acclaim. Then, ask Jesus to exchange these beliefs for His Love.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I am tired of trying to prove myself to You and to the world, over and over again. Help me to quit the race for accolades and acclaim, to come and sit by You, instead. Meet me on the race track, so I may know that You love me just the way I am.

Maintain an Awareness

It is very important that you understand that it is not so much what happened to you during your childhood that affected you the most, BUT WHAT YOU CAME TO BELIEVE ABOUT YOUR SELF, OTHERS, AND GOD, IN RESPONSE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES (facts) of your childhood life.

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The Desire to Please

DON’T YOU KNOW THAT WHEN YOU OFFER YOURSELVES TO SOMEONE TO OBEY HIM AS SLAVES, YOU ARE SLAVES TO THE ONE WHOM YOU OBEY—WHETHER YOU ARE SLAVES TO SIN, WHICH LEADS TO DEATH, OR TO OBEDIENCE, WHICH LEADS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS?
(Romans 6:16).

Have you ever heard someone say, “You are only doing this or that to please God, but God cannot be pleased since He is already pleased”?

It is true that God is already pleased through the Life of His Son, Jesus; however, God wants the Life of His Son to live in YOU as well. God furnished you with the desire to please, so you would allow His Son to please Him through YOUR spirit, YOUR soul, and YOUR body. On the other hand, the father-of-lies has seized your desire to please for his own purpose—to live his oppressing life in you and through you.

BUT NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD, THE BENEFIT YOU REAP LEADS TO HOLINESS, AND THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE
(Romans 6:22).

In other words, whom you please during this joyous season depends on the spirit that inhabits and controls your life—the Spirit of Jesus…or the spirit of the father-of-lies. Know that if you offer your life to God as His property, bound to Him in servitude, the Lord Jesus will live His Holy Life in you and through you. He will please the Perfect Father through you.

BUT YOU KNOW THAT HE APPEARED SO THAT HE MIGHT TAKE AWAY OUR SINS. AND IN HIM IS NO SIN.  NO ONE WHO LIVES IN HIM KEEPS ON SINNING. NO ONE WHO CONTINUES TO SIN HAS EITHER SEEN HIM OR KNOWN HIM
(1 John 3:5-6).

Whom do you live to please—the Perfect Father or the father-of-lies?

To whom have you offered your life as a means to inhabit and control, this Christmas season—the Lord Jesus or the OLD MAN? What benefits do you reap, daily, from your choice?

PRAYER: Perfect Father, I desire to please You, during this holiday season. Therefore, I offer my life to You as a sacrifice, Lord Jesus. Come and live Your holy Life in my mind, heart, and spirit to please the Perfect Father through me.

Maintain an Awareness

Our relationship with God is not just one-sided—us praying to God. When we pray, God also needs to talk to us…and He WANTS to.

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Awaken to Righteousness

WOE TO THE REBELLIOUS CHILDREN, SAITH THE LORD, THAT TAKE COUNSEL, BUT NOT OF ME; AND THAT COVER WITH A COVERING, BUT NOT OF MY SPIRIT, THAT THEY MAY ADD SIN TO SIN
(Isaiah 30:1).

There were times during past Christmas seasons when I had been ashamed of myself.  I felt ashamed of my actions: saying certain things I should not have said…doing certain things I should not have done.  I said and did these things to cover the pain of the nagging voices in my heart that accused me of being unacceptable, unloved, and unimportant.  Reacting to the OLD MAN, the set of destructive beliefs instilled in me by the father-of-lies, I covered my pain with a covering that was not of God’s Spirit.  I sinned.

Sometimes, we run in circles, chasing our own tails.  The OLD MAN beliefs in our minds accuse us of being unacceptable, unloved, and unimportant, which calls for sinful behavior to cover this pain, which causes us to be ashamed for being rebellious. We received and obeyed counsel that was not from God; therefore, our own misdeeds turned around and bit us in the heel.

IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
(1 John 1:9).

I bless you to believe that the Perfect Father sent you His Son to forgive you your sins.  But, that is not all–He did MORE.  He sent His Son to reverse the cycle of sin; He awakened you to a new covering—His Righteousness.

AWAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SIN NOT
(1 Corinthians 15:34).

Therefore, I remind you, this Christmas season, of your obligation—to take your counsel from the Spirit of Truth instead of from the father-of-lies.  Next time you feel accused of being unworthy, unacceptable, or unimportant, surrender these OLD MAN beliefs to the Lord Jesus. Do not take cover under a covering that is not from God; instead, ask Him for His Truth. When you do this, you allow the Lord Jesus to cover you with His own Righteousness.

With what sinful defense coverings do you cover the negative, destructive beliefs of feeling unimportant, unloved, and unacceptable?

What would it take for you to confess these coverings to the Lord Jesus, and ask Him to cover you with His Righteousness, instead?

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that You came to reverse the cycle of sin in me by awakening me to a new covering—Your Righteousness.

Maintain an Awareness

We have all eaten from the fruit of deception—believing and accepting negative, destructive beliefs about ourselves, God, and others that are not true.

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The Kingdom of Light

 

IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT, LEST THE LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST, WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD, SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM
(2 Corinthians 4:4).

The father-of-lies is keeping many things hidden from you: God’s Truth, God’s Righteousness, and God’s Redemption.  It is the father-of-lies’ goal to keep you in darkness—to keep you meditating on his negative, destructive beliefs of abandonment, shame, rejection, and condemnation—so you would not share in the Kingdom of Light.  He hides everything God has to offer you, lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ should shine on you this Christmas season.

GIVING THANKS TO THE FATHER, WHO HAS QUALIFIED YOU TO SHARE IN THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS IN THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT.  FOR HE HAS RESCUED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON HE LOVES
(Colossians 1:12-13 NLT).

The Perfect Father sent the Light of His Son to shine in your heart during this season of Glory; therefore, you do not have to live in darkness anymore. He has qualified you to share in the Kingdom of Light.

LIVING IN THE LIGHT, AS GOD IS IN THE LIGHT
(1 John 1:7).

Do you want to be rescued from the darkness that has been surrounding you? Then, it is your responsibility to stop having fellowship with the darkness. The darkness will not leave as long as you nurture the father-of-lies’ negative, destructive beliefs of abandonment, shame, rejection, and condemnation in your heart. But, if you expose these beliefs to the Light, you will see what the father-of-lies does not want you to see: God’s Truth, God’s Righteousness, and God’s Redemption.

How often do you have fellowship with the darkness—meditating on the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies?

Come and live in the Light, as God is in the Light. Come and share in the inheritance of the saints. Then, you will be rescued from the dominion of darkness.

PRAYER: Thank you Father that You have qualified me to share in the Kingdom of Light—the Kingdom of Your Son. Remind me, every day, that I do not have to live according to the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies, for You have rescued me from the dominion of darkness.

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Therefore, do not despair of the evil done against you: the insincerity…the depravity…the immorality.  They might have meant evil against you; BUT GOD will cancel the effects of any evil done against you, in the past, in the present, and in the future, if you submit to His discipline.

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To Be Approved

THEREFORE DO NOT LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR MORTAL BODY SO THAT YOU OBEY ITS EVIL DESIRES. DO NOT OFFER ANY PART OF YOURSELF TO SIN AS AN INSTRUMENT OF WICKEDNESS, BUT RATHER OFFER YOURSELVES TO GOD AS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FROM DEATH TO LIFE; AND OFFER EVERY PART OF YOURSELF TO HIM AS AN INSTRUMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
(Romans 6:11-14).

There have been times in my life when I felt extremely ashamed of myself.  I WAS ASHAMED OF MY REACTIONS—for how I behaved when other people accused me, abused me, or attacked me. Because of what others did to me, I allowed the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies—the origin of sin—to reign in my thoughts and in my emotions; then, to carry over to my deeds. I offered my spirit, soul, and body to the father-of-lies as an instrument of wickedness. I did to others what was wrong, because others did to me what was wrong.

DO YOUR BEST TO PRESENT YOURSELF TO GOD AS ONE APPROVED, A WORKER WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED AND WHO CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF TRUTH
(2 Timothy 2:15).

How relieved I was when I discovered that God sent His Son into my world to overcome the principle of sin—the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies and their effects on my thoughts, emotions, and deeds. However, in order to become an instrument of His Righteousness, I had to choose Him as the Master of my thoughts, my emotions, and my subsequent deeds, moment-by-moment. Each time I chose the right Master, I was able to present myself to God as one approved, someone who does to others what is right, after others did to me what was wrong.

BE NOT OVERCOME OF EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD
(Romans 12:21).

I bless you to overcome evil with good, during this Christmas season, even when someone accuses you, abuses you, or attacks you. Do not offer your thoughts, your emotions, and your deeds to the father-of-lies as an instrument of wickedness to obey his evil desires, but offer every part of yourself to God to be used as an instrument of His Righteousness. Do this, so that you do not have to be ashamed of your deeds, but be someone who is approved, all the time.

Who is your moment-by-moment master? Who reigns in your thoughts, emotions, and deeds, this Christmas season?

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming into my world to overcome the principle of sin in my life. Because of what You have done for me, I now have the choice to be an instrument of Your Righteousness.

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What a consolation to discover that God has never left us. He NEVER forsook us, even though we forsook HIM.

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Start Where You Are

NOW THE MIND OF THE FLESH [WHICH IS SENSE AND REASON WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT] IS DEATH [DEATH THAT COMPRISES ALL THE MISERIES ARISING FROM SIN, BOTH HERE AND HEREAFTER]. BUT THE MIND OF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT IS LIFE AND [SOUL] PEACE [BOTH NOW AND FOREVER]
(Romans 8:6 AMP).

Capture that the human mind loves to reason without the Holy Spirit.  However, reasoning without the Holy Spirit leads to sin and death, both here and hereafter.  Reasoning without the Holy Spirit causes us to reject God’s intimate Presence and Participation in the innermost parts of our beings.

The Father lived IN the Lord Jesus, while He was here on earth. They shared the intimate Glory of Oneness. And then the Lord Jesus passed this Glory of Oneness on to us—to live in us and through us, while the Father lives in Him and through Him. Imagine that! The very same Oneness that Jesus enjoyed with His Father has been made available to us. To receive this Oneness, all you need to do is invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your daily, moment-by-moment tasks, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME, AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US…AND THE GLORY WHICH THOU GAVEST ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM; THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE
(John 17:20-22).

Blessed One, cultivate Oneness with Me. Start where you are.  Do not go and look for something big or different to do for Me.  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into the conclusions of your current situations and problems.  Do you have a child?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your frustration, when your child becomes irritable, during your Christmas shopping.  Do you have a husband or friend?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of abandonment, when your husband or friend ignores you, during this busy time of the year.  Do you have a co-worker?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of shame and condemnation, when your co-worker ridicules you for your mistakes.  Do you have an enemy?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of rejection, when your enemy accuses you.  You will find that this is no easy task.  But, this cultivates ONENESS WITH ME. This allows Jesus to live HIS LIFE in you, while I, the Father, live in Him.

THIS IS HOW GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE AMONG US: HE SENT HIS ONE AND ONLY SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM
(1 John 4:9).

How does this message of ONENESS with God challenge and change your thinking, this Christmas season?

PRAYER: Lord God, I want to receive Your Gift of Oneness; therefore, I lay down my own reasoning to allow the reasoning of Your Holy Spirit in me and through me, this Christmas season.

Maintain an Awareness

We need to make sure that we expect Truth from the Spirit of Truth, who goes out from the Perfect Father, and not try to come up with our own counterfeit truth by logically trying to reason things out for ourselves.

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Allow the Veil to Lift

NOW THE MIND OF THE FLESH [WHICH IS SENSE AND REASON WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT] IS DEATH [DEATH THAT COMPRISES ALL THE MISERIES ARISING FROM SIN, BOTH HERE AND HEREAFTER]. BUT THE MIND OF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT IS LIFE AND [SOUL] PEACE [BOTH NOW AND FOREVER]
(Romans 8:6 AMP).

Capture that the human mind loves to reason without the Holy Spirit.  However, reasoning without the Holy Spirit leads to sin and death, both here and hereafter.  Reasoning without the Holy Spirit causes your mind to grow dull, hard, and calloused, so that you lose the power of understanding—of knowing the Truth. It causes a veil to cover your heart, so that you become trapped in your own perturbing perceptions of abandonment, shame, rejection, and condemnation.

IN FACT, THEIR MINDS WERE GROWN HARD AND CALLOUSED [THEY HAD BECOME DULL AND HAD LOST THE POWER OF UNDERSTANDING]; FOR UNTIL THIS PRESENT DAY, WHEN THE OLD TESTAMENT (THE OLD COVENANT) IS BEING READ, THAT SAME VEIL STILL LIES [ON THEIR HEARTS]
(2 Corinthians 3:14 AMP).

Dearest Child, how often have you wanted to save yourself from feeling forsaken, but you could not carry it out? How often have you wanted to rescue yourself from feeling condemned, but you could not perform it? How often have you wanted to free yourself from shame, but you could not succeed?

Know that you could not save yourself, because you were not able to experience My Presence. You were unable to perceive My Love for you. You could not see the Truth. Reasoning without the Holy Spirit places you in the grip of the OLD MAN deception—under the management of the father-of-lies.

THAT SAME VEIL STILL LIES [ON THEIR HEARTS] NOT BEING LIFTED [TO REVEAL] THAT IN CHRIST IT IS MADE VOID AND DONE AWAY. BUT WHENEVER A PERSON TURNS [IN REPENTANCE] TO THE LORD, THE VEIL IS STRIPPED OFF AND TAKEN AWAY
(2 Corinthians 3:14, 16 AMP).

But, there is a way out, Child. Whenever you turn to Me, Jesus Christ, when your heart feels forsaken, shamed, rejected, or condemned, the veil that covers your heart will lift. Whenever you turn to the reasoning of the Holy Spirit, the veil of deception—of not knowing the Truth—is stripped off and taken away.  During this moment, you will have a window through which you will experience My Presence and perceive My Love for you. You will know the Truth.

Will you allow the veil to lift from your heart, during this glorious season?

PRAYER: Savior, I wish to turn to You, this Christmas season, whenever I feel forsaken, shamed, rejected, or condemned, so You could lift the veil that covers my heart and dulls my understanding. May I look at myself, my family, and my circumstances, during this season, through Your window of Truth—through the reasoning of Your Holy Spirit.

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Many of these untrue childhood conclusions grouped together to raise a spirit of defilement in us—the OLD MAN mentality that duped us into thinking we were doomed and damned, for life.

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