My child, you want something that only comes from hard work and much discipline. If you want to be good at something, you have to work at it. It will not just come naturally or fall in your lap. To master a craft it takes time, knowledge, discipline and practice. Too many people are taking the easy way. They want comfort over success, pleasure over hard work. Set your heart and mind on Me and I will lead you in the way you should go. Will it be easy? No, but it will be worth it. Do not grow weary in doing good My child, for in due time you will be rewarded.
My child, have I not called you to believe? Have I not told you what is true? Do not fear man. Hold fast and trust in Me. I am in control and your reward is with Me.
For most of us, the word judgment carries with it some pretty nasty overtones. Punishment being imposed for wrongdoing is usually what think of when we hear that word. But doesn’t it just as often result in a reward for doing right? Think of opposing parties in a court battle. The loser is indeed punished, but the winner ends up being rewarded.
Righteousness through Christ provides the pretext for positive judgment by God. The evil done in our former life doesn’t amount to a hill of beans when covered over by the extravagant grace God lavishes upon us. And His grace is not only bountiful, but inexhaustible What I mean to say is, it’s not only meant to cover our pre-redemptive sin, but our troubling shortcomings subsequent to our salvation as well. Good news? You bet! Thank God for judgment!
My child, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward in your work. Abide in Me and you will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. But with Me, all things are possible. Stay strong.
2 Chronicles 15:7 John 15:5 Matthew 19:26
Seek Me above everything else. Seek Me and not just what I can provide for you. I desire your whole heart and your complete surrender. Do not worry or fret about the future. Be strong, and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”
2 Chronicles 15: 2 & 7
Millions upon millions of Christians have been lulled into thinking that God’s purpose for us as His children boils down to not much more than enjoying a rewarding life here on earth while on our way to all the benefits of a heavenly reward later. And because of this mindset, it’s only natural for us to focus on what God can do for us here and now. But while this attitude neatly fits in with our human appetites and ambitions, it merely serves to derail our spiritual growth.
This clever deception of the evil one has been a blight on believers—probably down through the centuries, but certainly in this modern age of prosperity. Yet though many of our teachers attempt to make a biblical case for this philosophy, it clearly has little support when the entire context of Scripture is taken into account.
The Westminster Catechism says that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” So true, yet we need to recognize that a big part of God’s purpose also encompasses His enjoyment of man forever. As a result, He has put together a program which fosters the achievement of both goals very effectively. In what way, though, might God enjoy us as fully as we enjoy Him? By making us His very own sons and daughters. God has indeed fashioned us in the way He has to accomplish this very purpose.
Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself
Blessed are you My child, who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Blessed are you who are pure in heart and seek to know Me day and night. For My light will break through like the dawn and you will be led out with rejoicing and praise. You will be satisfied with good things because I delight in you. Do not fear when times get tough and days are dark. For I illumine your path. Walk in My light and truth. The days are getting darker and times are tougher, but I am in control. I am making My bride ready for My return. Don’t cling to earthly things. Keep your eyes focused on Me and Me alone. Delight in Me. I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me. Rev. 21:12