Friday, March 15, 2013

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

 I had sent this to a close friend of mine yesterday morning, but am led to share it here.

March 14, 2013 - [o3.14.2013] - 7:17 am

Make Your Calling and Election Sure


 
Now you understand the seriousness of obeying Me.  Did My Son not say that only those who DO My will, will enter into the kingdom of heaven?

Why call Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things I say?  Do you yourself not say that I AM a God of love, mercy and grace, but also a God of justice and judgment?


Do you desire to do My will, to be used as a vessel unto honor, while at the same time catering to the lusts of the flesh, just as the unsaved, refusing to die to self?  Fear and unbelief will rob you of faith and trust!  Make up your mind – choose this day whom you will serve.


Will you satisfy yourself as the enemy (your adversary) tempts you, or will you sacrifice unto Me – offering yourself, your life to Me?  Do you love your life more than Me?  Do you not understand that your very life is in My hands?


I have heard your prayers.  You have heard of My promises, yet you fear I take too long or that I AM capricious and change My mind as man does  - unbelief rides behind fear.

Repent and be holy.  Watch what I will do as you offer up your life and walk obediently.  You have heard all the stories of faith and believe them, yet can you not have faith to believe Me when it comes to you and your life?


I have told you, you are at the precipice.  Shall you fall away, however slowly, so that the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life shall be satisfied?  Or will you grab My steady hand, believing Me for what I have said, coming away from the precipice and entering in thru the strait gate that the narrow road leads to?

                     
Lay down your burdens; be rid of idols; lay down your life.  I give you yet another opportunity.  Do not trample on the blood of My Son.  Do not mock Me. 


The testing of faith is most difficult for My people, but those who know Me, believe Me, trust Me and obey,  reap the rewards of My promises victoriously.

 

I long to bring you into your destiny, but you have been stubborn and fearful.  Believe Me.  I will do (perform) all I promised only when you lay down your life and obey.  Shall My heart break as you stand before Me, only to hear, “Why call Me, Lord, Lord, and yet did not the things I said (asked)?"
 

Consider carefully.  You can do your will and I will not stop you, yet you alone will be responsible for the consequences.  If you were not My child (son), I would not chastise you, but the one whom I love and who is Mine, I chastise.
 

Will you walk into your destiny, healed and restored, doing the greater works, so that I shall be glorified through Christ in you?  Or shall you disobey and glorify yourself?  Selah – choose this day.
 

There is still hope, but only if you choose to die to self and obey.  That which has been approaching is almost here (great evil).  I love you, but I will not tolerate fear, unbelief and disobedience in you, any more than I did those who went before you.  Obey Me and watch how quickly I bring My promises to you to pass.
 

I will not fail you for I AM not man that I should lie.  Now will you listen, or will you shrug your shoulder, turn away your ear and continue on as you have been?  Only I can fill the void, heal you and bring you into your destiny.  Your efforts will fail you, just as they have so far.
 

There is a cost and you knew it.  Shall you lay your hand to the plow and look back – then you are not worthy of My kingdom.
 

Do not be as Samson who lost his life because of lust.  Do not be as Solomon, who, with all his wisdom fell away and was disobedient because of his lust.

Be as Joshua and trust Me, knowing that by My hand, you shall overcome the giants.  You either BELIEVE Me for the impossible or you only say that you do.  Your obedience in dying to self and following My instructions will prove that you not only believe Me, but that you truly do love Me with all your heart, soul and strength.
 

Choose this day!  Selah.  I love you!
 
For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  [Is 9:5, 6]

But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.  [Josh 22:5]
 
Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to passRest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.  
[Ps 35:5, 7]

Great evil is coming, be wise. 

According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.



And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:  [2Pet 1:3-10]


for His glory alone


Bonita                                   dovesofthevalleys4@gmail.com

7 comments:

  1. Hello Bonita,

    I tried to post a comment on “A Trial Like Never Before”, but it did not come up. So I will send it to you in an email and you can decide what to do with it.

    I agree with your posture and I am attempting to do what I should be doing at this hour, but it takes strength from above to persevere.

    Lately I have been wondering about the fortification of my house. I prayed and asked for wisdom and whether or not I should add to it. Such as reinforcing the doors and windows etc.

    I am already a security minded individual and very suspicious as well. I am always alert to my surroundings and sort of like on duty 24/7. Needless to say; I do not sleep very much.

    But the other night, I did sleep some and right before waking I had a dream and would like to share it with you.

    The dream:

    In my dream in the early part of the morning, I was asleep and the doorbell rang. It was around 3am in the dream and I awoke with my wife to see who rang the doorbell.

    I looked out the peep hole and saw a man dressed in black completely covered from head to toe with no eyes showing or any facial features at all.

    He was a stocky man breathing heavily and standing in front of the door looking very ominous.

    I immediately was not sure how to react, as I asked my wife if I should retrieve my weapon or call 911.

    At that point immediately in the dream the man in black was now in my basement and I could hear him and I was able to see that he was indeed inside and in the basement where all the major workings of the house are. In the belly so to speak.

    As I approached the cellar steps and attempted to turn the light on, it did not function. I was now left with the necessity to go down into the basement and confront this man.

    I was armed.

    I was able to see the entire basement from the top of the stairs in the dream, but in reality I cannot see the basement from the top of the stairs as there is a wall in the way.

    At the exact moment I was preparing myself to go down, I saw another man come into my basement and he was dressed regularly with brown flowing locks of hair and a mustache. A 30 something handsome medium build man.

    He was armed.

    He looked up at me and he placed his finger to his lips and said shhh. He also showed me a gold badge in his hand.

    Immediately the man in black slumped down against a wall and was unable to stand on his feet.

    The man with the badge had to help him up and escort the man in black out of the basement.

    The dream ended and I awoke.

    I believe the LORD is showing me through this dream that it is HE that will protect me in circumstances beyond my ability.

    I had been asking HIM what to do about the vulnerabilities of my home and how I should secure it. If I should make more fortifications.

    I believe this dream was HIS answer.

    Glory to the one and only GOD of creation that loves and protects HIS children and considers them precious.

    GOD bless you Bonita, keep up your writing and I hope you can get some better paying work. It seems like you work way too many hours for what you are paid.

    I keep you in my prayers daily sister. ….. Steve

    2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing this Steve! It reaffirms my own situation...

      Blessings,
      C. Dunamis

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  2. Thank you Steve. There have been problems with the blog site lately; I'm not sure if it's just my blog or if others on blogspot are encountering problems also.

    I had to post what you wrote in the email here.

    Your dream was intriguing. I had a couple of thoughts too, but yes, I agree with your summation.

    Obvious to anyone is that the man in black, with no eyes or facial features, was representative of the adversary.

    When you mentioned the basement, where all the MAJOR workings of the house are, I thought of the 'heart'. I remember when the Holy Spirit expounded on the adage, "The battlefield is the mind" and He added, "...but the target is the heart, for therein lies faith, hope, love and your will."

    Despite the darkness Steve, you had "eyes to see". The badge indicates 'authority' and the gold would definitely be indicative of "God's authority".

    Whether the Lord sent an angel or whether it was representative of Christ Jesus Himself, you were indeed protected by God, just as you stated.

    Since you said in your email that you would leave it up to me what to do with your comment, it seemed proper to share, as your dream may encourage or edify another. Thank you for sharing your dream, Steve. The Lord is glorified!

    I also agree with you that the dream was His answer to you, that you may rest in Him, knowing He's got you covered.

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  3. And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
    [1Cor 13:13]

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  4. Thanks for your obedience sister Bonita. I have been fasting and praying this past week about my job. I'm being led to leave my job that I have worked at for the past 13 yrs. The past month and a half has been me seeking the face of the Father for direction.

    Over and over He has shown me the same thing via scripture, dreams, happenstance etc: "It time for you to go. Trust me." Very frightening. I have no backup and have a family yet I know this is the way I am being led. I am walking alone here in the natural.

    Thanks for the encouragement as I know your previous and this post was yet another confirmation of His way. Same scripture, themes etc.. Please pray for courage. Its hard to walk away from a successful job under my own strength even when I know he is leading. Much easier to be fired. I desire to obey. God bless.
    Darrell

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  5. I agree Darrell, that laying it all down and trusting and obeying the Lord is frightening...to our flesh. There is not one person who would read your message and not understand your position.

    He will be your strength Darrell and He will not fail you. There are things that the Lord requests of us that must be done alone (without the aid of others), yet guaranteed, He will not leave you alone.

    He is bringing an incredible number of us through hard and painful things right now, but it will bring victory as we obey Him, and He alone will be glorified.

    He has brought me to a place of tough choices also at this time; so I would greatly appreciate your prayers also brother. If our desire is to obey, we will, at all costs. It is that dying to self that the flesh fights, but God (Yhwh) will strengthen us.

    My soul melts for heaviness: strengthen You me according unto Your word. [Ps 119:28]

    Fear you not; for I AM with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.
    [Is 41:10]

    Two more, Darrell:

    Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that HOPE in the LORD.
    [Ps 31:24 - also, Ps 27:14 says almost the same thing, but admonishes us to WAIT on the Lord and be of good courage]

    The last one is Prov 3:5,6 (I'm sure that right verses)
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean NOT to your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your steps.

    It's a necessary process He is bringing us through Darrell. His ways of building our faith and strengthening us may not be the ways we had expected, but when we are dead to self, it is always for our good, but for His glory!

    I do pray for your strength and trust Him for it. The arm of flesh will fail us, but His arm is not shortened - Watch and see what He will do as we obey Him, bringing everything into submission to Christ.
    He will not disappoint you and your testimony will bring Him the glory, honor and praise that He is worthy of. Hold fast to Him.

    I will be praying for you and your family Darrell.
    Bonita

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  6. Maranatha sister,
    Blogspot says that your comment is posted, but I do not see it here. I am uncertain why some people are not able to get their comments posted.

    I apologize - not sure why the glitches are occurring. Thank you for your comment and good words sister. Perhaps blogspot will yet post your comment, if not you could email me to post it.

    Your understanding is appreciated.
    Bonita

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