Because in the last days there will come times of difficulty. Because people will be lovers of self. Proud and arrogant. And because the desire of the Father is for His children to “know Him” and to reflect the Son. Due to the lawlessness and the rejection of God Christian’s will be persecuted in places which at one time did not see persecution. In order for the Bride of Christ to be purified. To be refined and made more into the image of the Son takes fire. For the dross to be burnt off takes trial and persecution. I am convinced that only through suffering and persecution will there come a separation within the Church and a purifying from the things of this world. The time is near. What I see now is confusion within the Church. A blending of true and false teaching. And I see deception. And in order for truth to come to light and the lies to be exposed and for surrender to come it will require persecution in order that those who know God to draw near and for those who have been on the fence to make a decision and for the Church to be purified of its idols and weeds and all the things which compete for the place of First Love. Some will fall away, some will harden their hearts. Because the Word of God says that will happen. Therefore today…if you hear His voice…DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEART.
Truly, the only way to not be deceived in these days Christian, is to KNOW your Father. Seek His face, search your heart, allow the Spirit to dig deep, be true, be authentic, do not hide. Spend time in the Word, learn His voice, pray, pray often, be watchful, be alert, warn, and be ready. Finally, throw off what hinders and seek His face. Amen
On the other hand, "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him" (Rom 8:16-17)
"The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful" (2 Tim 2:11-13) And so, may we hear: "well done". May we hear today, well done! Do you know the pleasure of your Father, child? It is His pleasure to honor those who honor Him, and to glorify those who glorify Him. To know the smile of your Dad and the testimony of Jesus throughout your day. Though the living testimony of Jesus is suffering and persecution from the world, you are blessed and share in the joy, peace, and hope that satisfies and does not disappoint. To walk under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 91:1) is truly the only secure place in this world. So, throw off what hinders and enjoy the presence and pleasure of your God! Amen