By Carron Lake @ www.thelightoftheword.org

Is Your Connection to GOD
Secured by HIS Covenant Word?


Preface
With all the reports of identities being stolen, and the cyber attacks, and even computer viruses in our technological age, if a computer technician were to tell you that you need not to protect your computer from these threats, would you question the reasoning behind his making such a statement? And if ministers of the gospel stand up at the pulpit in our churches, and boldly say to their congregations that GOD’S Ten Commandment Law has been abolished. And you need not to keep it. Would you not question their reasoning, and the side for whom they are ministering these words? Find out the real reason why the adversary would have the world believe that GOD’S Law has been abrogated.

Speaking of this beast power that deceives the whole world, it is written that, “…he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear” Revelation 13:6-9).

The day is soon to come, when Jesus said, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:22-24).

But many are saying today that The Sayings of Christ, Which have been written in stone with His Own finger, they are no longer binding to connect man to GOD, and men to their fellow men. And if His Words, Which are Life are no longer binding, then those, who are led not to build their house of dwelling upon His Words written in Stone, then they are not bound together in connection to Him--The Corner Stone, to abide in Him, and He in them, because of their iniquity of being separated from Him. I pray that my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ will not be among those, who will be surprised, to find that their names are not written in The Lamb’s Book of Life, but to examine their hearts to secure their connection to GOD by HIS Covenant Word of Promise.


Introduction
Some might think that because of today’s technological age, the study of The Scriptures is of no value in this global community, which is working towards becoming more of a one-world society, in which people think we are more civilized with each other, and are working towards peace and harmony with each other. And although men have great aspirations to be at peace and live in harmony with their neighbors from other cultures, there are still issues, which may conflict with the way a person, or a culture chooses to live, which others may not find agreeable. This conflict of interest tends to lead others to misconduct that drives away and keep communities apart by unresolved issues, which continue to push communities apart, rather than bring peace and harmony with each other.

In the days when Christ Jesus walked with His disciples on earth, and taught them of The Things of GOD, there were Spiritual Things of GOD that He made known to them through the simple things of nature. And although these simple things of nature were used to reveal the deep Spiritual Things of GOD in their day, today, in our time, The Spiritual Things of GOD can be understood even more clearly when we view These Spiritual Things, not only through nature, but also through the simple concepts that we use almost every day in our technological age, to describe concepts, which we take for granted that everyone understands what we are talking about when we use them.

In His connection with His disciples, Jesus Testified to them and said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:1-10).

Many have read these words before in their study of The Scriptures, but do they see the true value of what Jesus was saying by these words to His disciples in their time, and of the concepts that we deal with on a daily basis in our time? These concepts would have been way over the heads of the disciples, to understand what Jesus was saying to them. But through the simple illustrations of the vine and its’ branches, Jesus made known to them the concept of Him being connected to them and they to Him. And although these concepts can be illustrated today by the complicated networks of computers that connect communities through their connections, the understanding of these computers and the connections, which we deal with on a daily basis, reveal more to us today when we compare the concepts of The Scriptures that were understood by the disciples through the simple concepts that Christ Jesus revealed to them through His connection with them.

Many today have not made the connection of seeing clearly what Jesus is revealing to us through these concepts in our time. But when we apply the concepts of being secured, which is a word, which we take for granted and use almost daily in our technological age, we begin to see and understand this concept, and the value of what Jesus was saying to His disciples, when He said to them to abide in Him and He in them, to be secured by Him. Once we understand what Jesus was saying to His disciples by the concept of Him being The True Vine, and they being the branches, to bear fruit by Him, we must take what He is saying more seriously, because these words reveal to us far more Truths than what we have understood from the simple concepts of The True Vine abiding in the branches and the branches abiding in The True Vine.

In the words that were spoken to the disciples, Jesus said to them, “I am The True Vine”. He did not say only the words, I am The Vine, but rather included the word “True”, to also describe Himself, as The True Vine, which means that there is a difference between The True Vine and the false vine, which has no life abiding in it. With the twelve disciples that were different in personality from each other, and were all made one by their connection to The One True Vine, the same oneness can bring about the same result in the communities of our world, when our various cultures are made one in Christ Jesus, Who is The Source of peace to enable various cultures and communities of different personalities to live in harmony with each other. But because of conflict of interest, which tends to lead to misconduct, communities and people are kept apart from each other, because some choose to follow their own rules, which are not in agreement with GOD’S Will for man, which leads to disharmony between cultures, or personalities, who have alternative interest from GOD’S Will.

To help understand the value of what is being said in The Scriptures, we will look at some concepts that we use today, which we take for granted in almost all of our everyday interactions. And I will reflect on some events that led to the understanding of this study, which was from the result of someone, or a group of individuals, who has been working to shut down my ministry of sharing The Word of GOD to those, who desire to receive The Ministry of GOD’S Word through the various connections and branches of the Internet. But before I reflect on the events that led up to this misconduct, I will reflect on the concepts that we use today and apply them in the context, which Jesus used them in their time, when He spoke to His disciples of Himself as being The True Vine.


Comparing a Branch to a Network
The history of communication has been a long process of learning to send and receive thoughts from one person to another, and from one place to another over great distances by those, who learn and understood the means of communication, and have found ways of communicating even greater distances in less time than it took to communicate in previous ways. It was not too long ago when computers that worked together in a workgroup were all linked together by wires within a company, which connected each computer to a mainframe within the confines of the company. But with the expansion of companies in their branching out in many different areas, the connection of these workgroups grew and became known as networks to share information from one branch of the company to another. The systems of communication, which grew from smoke signals to Morse code by electrical wires, cut the time that it took to communicate great distances in less time than it took to create a fire to sent a message by a smoke signal, and to receive a response by the same means. By adding and sending sound waves to transmit the human voice through these electrical wires called telephones wires, which are still being used for communication today, the connection by wires in both homes and offices have progressed to the point where almost each person have the ability to have their own personal phone, not only in their homes, but also on their person.

The phone system grew from the simple connections of wires that crossed the country and around the world, to the use of satellite technology, which uses a wireless system to send and receive various signals from one place to the next around the world, not in hours, but in seconds. The communication has progressed to the point where there are some phones that we call cell phones, which make use of the wireless connection system, while the phones that remain connected by wires are called landline connections. The landline phones are connected using a system of wires that makes their connections from one location to another across the country and even around the world through a network of phone systems. They have progressed from the use of wires to fiber optics, which has increased the number of users on a line and maintain a clearer signal than what it was in the beginning when the communication on a phone line was filled with static noise, because of interference.

Without going into all the details of how the Internet was formed, which includes all kinds of services, which a person can choose from to meet their interest, the technology of computers and the phone systems have progressed to the point where both the computer and the phones have merged into what we now call smart phones. The systems and the technologies that are being used today, which includes satellite technology, and cell phone towers, to relay the phone signal from one location to the next; they could all be compared in our time to the telegraph system of the early years of communication through Morse Code, when we compared them to GOD’S wireless system of communication, which was already being used when GOD created man upon this earth. I am speaking here of GOD’S wireless system, which is called “Prayer”, which is much faster than today’s fastest DSL Internet connection, which has no need of a computer network to connect man to GOD, or GOD to man, because HE is connected to all, who are created to HIM through The Power of HIS Word.


Prayer, a Connection Faster than DSL
In speaking to one of His disciples named Thomas, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ--The Word of GOD, Who also became flesh like us, He has communicated to us that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life; and that no one can make connection to The Father without Him--The Word, Who makes the initial connection between GOD and man. No matter the distance around the world, or across light years of space, GOD is able to hear when we call on Him by HIS Word. For it is written that, “…it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).

Notice what is being said by these words, as we compare the communication that we use in today’s technological age. The Word is saying that before we think within our minds to initiate a call to communicate in prayer to GOD, HE is already answering our call in prayer. In other words, before we have completed the formulation of the thought to call upon GOD in prayer, HE is already answering the call before we have even initiated the call. And while we are yet speaking, HE is able to hear. We don’t need a wireless cell phone, or a landline phone to connect to GOD, because HIS Word reads and knows the very contents of our hearts. For it is written of Jesus that, “…many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all [men], And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man” (John 2:23-25).


The Wireless System of GOD’S Word
GOD’S wireless system is revealed to us in more that just the simple things of nature. HE has revealed The Truth that The True Vine of HIS Word of Life and Truth connects HIM to us, and we to HIM. The Father is The HUSBANDMAN, WHO from HIS location, manages and runs the whole kingdom of heaven by The Power of HIS Word. By HIS Word all things were made and do consist by Him, according to Colossians 1:16, 17. And by HIS Word, GOD has given us the ability to communicate to each other by HIS Word. Like a mainframe computer that manages all the interactions of a company through a network of wires, which connects the branches of a company together, GOD is PERSONALY connected to each person connected to HIM by The Vine of HIS Word, Who gives us The Gift of Life by Him; for it is written that He is The Light and Life of man, who lives by Him, according to John 1:4.

Christ Jesus has revealed that every branch in Him that bears not fruit HE--The Father takes away. But every branch that is connected to Him and bears fruit, HE--The Father purges that branch that it might bring forth more fruit. When we think in our technological age of the concept of the word “purge”, to bring forth more fruit, the word “purge” presents the concept of cleansing, to purify our hearts from our sinful ways, which can corrupt and affect others to be corrupted by those sinful ways, which are not cleansed from our hearts. In our technological age, the concept of purging our computers from viruses that can infect the system files and devices that are connect to the computer is called “scanning”, which is done by a scanning program that searches all the files on the computer, to detect, to quarantine, and to remove the virus and infected file from causing damage to the system and data files on the computer.

As it is unsafe to connect our computers to the Internet without proper protection against viruses, which can spread from one computer to the next, our hearts also need to be protected from the adversary, who works with his angels to lead men and women, to follow him in error. By rebelling, the adversary leads many to join with him against GOD and HIS Word of Light and Life, by turning from Life with GOD and HIS Word, to receive darkness and death. By disconnecting, or sinning against GOD and HIS Covenant Word of Life, men and women are led to choose darkness death. They do this, because their hard drives, which is their hearts have been so infected by the adversary that they do not know The Truth from the error, which is presented by the enemy, who works to spread his lies against The Word of GOD and The Truth of GOD. And because many work with the adversary in his network, to prevent other hearts from receiving The Word of Truth, they seek to shut down and destroy those, who work to help them to come to The Knowledge of The Truth by knowing The Only True GOD and HIS Son, Whom HE has sent.


GOD’S Protection System
Like an anti-virus protection program, which is stored on the hard drive to protect our computers against viruses, GOD’S Word is our Shield of protection when HIS Word abides in our hearts. For it is written of GOD by HIS Word, saying, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward” (Genesis 15:1). And according to these passages of Scripture in Deuteronomy 33:29, Psalms 91:4 and Psalms 119:114, and many more, The Word of GOD is our Shield of defense. For it is written that, “…the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 12:12, 13).

According to these words, GOD’S Word sees clearly the contents of our hearts. No one can hide anything from Him, for it is by The Word of GOD, Who discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts, when He searches our hearts to cleanse our thoughts from sin. As The Word says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:9, 10).

He cleanses our hearts and thoughts to be fitted for the dwelling place of heaven. But like some virus protection programs, which searches the files to detect the viruses on our computers, and gives the computer user, the option to remove the virus from the computer, some hearts, after having been shown the sin that is abiding in the heart, which goes against GOD’S Way and Will by HIS Word, the hearts of men and women choose to be in conflict of interest, by not confessing that it is sin, which leads to misconduct. By not confessing to the sin, men and women make The Word of GOD a liar, to keep the sin within the heart, to continue in error, even when The Word of GOD has brought the error to their attention, to receive approval to remove the error from their hearts. But if we confess to our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins, and to remove and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But there are those in our world, who do not like to hear, to see, or to receive The Knowledge of The Truth that they are living in sin and need their hearts cleansed from sin. They are in a state of denial and of being in conflict of interest with GOD and man. Christians are being attacked and persecuted around the world, because they have chosen to give their hearts to the One Person, Who can renew their hearts and make them brand new again, to be in harmony with GOD and man, by having GOD’S Word rewritten upon the hard drive of their hearts.

With The Word of GOD written upon their hearts, Christians are to reflect The Way, The Truth and The Life of Christ in their lives, which would place them in harmony with both GOD and man. But those, who attack Christians around the world, they would prefer that the hearts of men and women remain in a state of confusion of darkness, of not knowing The Way, The Truth of GOD’S Word, Who leads us to Life. By their actions, they are saying that if there is a virus on the hard drive of their hearts, which corrupts their process of thinking, they do not want to know about it. They do not want to confess to being in sin. They don’t want to hear The Truth, to be cleansed from sin. But they are also saying that they need not HIS Grace, Which is given to men to repent from sin.

In giving John a message to communicate to the church, The Word of GOD said, “…unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet [are] like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come” (Revelation 2:18-25). When The Word of GOD says, “…that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts”, He is like an anti-virus protection program that searches not only the hearts of every man, woman, boy and girl, but also the devices that are connected to our hearts, like the deeds that are done by the works of our hands; the works of charity, of service, and even our faith, and every thing that is implemented from the contents of the hard drive of our hearts.

Like the anti-virus protection program, which gives us the option to delete and remove the viruses from our computers, Christ Jesus--The Son of GOD searches the reins of our hearts, and gives us the option to allow Him to remove the sins from our hearts, that we might be cleansed from all sin. He has revealed that there are those, who teach and seduce His servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols, to caused them to sin against GOD and HIS Word. And He has given them space, or time to repent, but they have not repented. But there is a day coming when it would be to late to repent, because the hearts of men and women have not allowed The Word of GOD to cleansed their hearts. He makes us clean by rewriting the contents of our hearts with The Word of Truth, that we might implement the right actions from a pure clean heart. David, who experienced this cleansing of his heart by The Word of GOD said, “The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him” (Psalms 28:7).

Being The Word of GOD, Who discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart, He--Christ Jesus said to His disciples, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:3-5). Jesus made it clear that The Word that He spoke unto them is The Word that cleansed the hearts of His disciples. In a previous time, He said to them that, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life” (John 6:63). By His Own Spirit abiding in them and us, we are quickened by His Word of Light and Life, to live and bear His fruit of Righteousness by abiding and remaining in Him and He in us.


Eating of The Tree of Life
In the study that was presented on my website before my computer was shut down by hackers, who had already destroyed the hard drive of my laptop computer, and worked to implement the same deeds of the adversary, to shut down my desktop computer, the PDF study that deals with the question on “What is The Heart of The SIN Problem?” revealed in general that the root cause of sin has to do with the error of man’s understanding, or the problem of processing the information that is stored upon the hard drive of his heart. This error, which is communicated to the hearts of men and women by the adversary, who works to destroy both men and women, he has blinded these hackers to The Truth of GOD’S Word that he might do his bidding through them. They with him do not like The Truth of GOD’S Word being revealed to the hearts of men and women in this world.

Jesus used the simple concept in the illustration of Him being The True Vine, and all, who are connected to Him, they are the branches that bear His fruit by Him. This concept reveals to us far more than just the illustration of a vine that bears fruit by some branches, which are connected to The Vine. If The Word of GOD is The Source of Light and Life to everyone that comes into the world, according to John 1:9, then as it is written of Him, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. ... From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. John 6:63-69. To those who obey, the Word of God is the tree of life. It is the word of salvation, received unto eternal life. Those who follow its teachings eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God. On the effect which this word produces on us, depends our destiny for eternity. It possesses the elements necessary for the formation of a perfect character. The Christian is appointed to connect with God in such close relationship that his life is bound up with the life of Christ in the eternal life of God.” (This Day with God, Page 120)

Notice that there were many disciples, who were once followers of Christ Jesus in His ministry. But their hearts could not decipher the words that were being spoken to them by Him in His wireless system. It is written of that communication of Jesus, Who said, “As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” (John 6:57-60)

Even though Jesus spoke words that all, who had ears could hear, there were those, who heard the sound waves of His words, but they could not receive and process in their minds what He was saying to them. They could not understand The Truth of His Words, because they could not translate the meaning, or the codes of The Spiritual things by the physical things that were seen. Those, who have not GOD’S Word abiding within their hearts, are doing the same thing today.

It is also written in The Spirit of Prophecy that, “The Word of God is to be our guide. Have you given heed to the Word? The Testimonies are not by any means to take the place of the Word. They are to bring you to that neglected Word, that you may eat the words of Christ, that you may feed upon them, that by living faith you may be built up from that upon which you feed. If you live in obedience to Christ and His Word, you are eating the leaves of the tree of life, which are for the healing of the nations.--General Conference Bulletin, April 3, 1901.” (Ye Shall Receive Power, Page 231.4)

But many are hoping to wait until they get to heaven before they can begin to feed upon The Tree of Life, to live by The Word of GOD forever. But speaking to those Jews, who murmured at Him, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (John 6:47-51).


The Wireless Connection of The Power of GOD
Notice that we cannot live, or do nothing without The Spirit of Christ Life abiding in us, to bear His fruit of Righteousness. Like a computer that works to accomplish a task, we cannot do the things of GOD when we are disconnected from HIM, for Jesus said, “…without me ye can do nothing”, because He is The Source of our life. And like a computer without power, it cannot function, and can do nothing. As it was noted above about The Word of GOD in the beginning of this study, all things were made and do consist by Him, He is the means by Whom we live. When we look at trees that bear fruit, they may have many branches that are connected together by larger branches, which supports all the branches with both leaves and fruit. But none of these branches can produce fruit without the source of life flowing from the soil to the branches through their source of connection and support.

Like a computer that depends upon the electrical power to function and to accomplish a task, we depend upon The Power of GOD’S Word--The Source of Life flowing in us from GOD to give us The Gift of Life from Him. But because we see no connection ports through which The Source of Life from GOD’S Word sustains life in us, men believe that they are self-sustaining like GOD, WHO like HIS Son are Self-existing. Men assume that from the time they were disconnected from their mother’s womb they are self-sustaining, to be on their own. Yet, if they were not fed and nurtured by their parents, they would have ceased to exist. The only being, Who from birth is called a Quickening Spirit is The Son of GOD, Who from before all things, He inherited from His Father the characteristics that enabled Him to be like The Father--Eternal and Self-existing. Although The Son of GOD has inherited all the attributes and characteristics from His Father to be like His Father in every way, He is a separate individual from His Father, but remains one with HIM in having all the attributes and characteristics of The Father, to be The Only begotten Son, Who is of GOD.

Speaking of the uniqueness of The Son of GOD, Who came forth from The Father, it is written that, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be any after me." "I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you; therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." "That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me." (Signs of The Times, October 8, 1896, Witnessing for God)

As a witness to The Testimony of The Son of GOD, Jeremiah was given the privilege of bearing fruit and testifying of The Son of GOD, Who came unto him from GOD and made known through him The Testimony of GOD by HIS Word. In Jeremiah’s testimony of The Word of GOD, Who came unto him, he testified of The Father, WHO said to HIS Son, saying, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). The Son of GOD, Who is The Only begotten Son of GOD, He was known of GOD--The Father before He was formed in the womb, to be ordained as a Prophet unto the nations. He became also one with humanity to save us from our sin of being separated from GOD and Him, Who is GOD’S Gift of Eternal Life to man. And because man is created in GOD’S Image, we can reflect the character and Image of GOD only by The Spirit of Christ abiding in us, just like His Example of dwelling also in a body like us, to become The Son of Man, Who is also The Son of GOD.

Men see no problem with cell phones that can connect to other cell phones over great distances without wires, but find it hard to comprehend how GOD can communicate without wires with us by HIS Word from any where within HIS kingdom. For David said, “O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted [with] all my ways. For [there is] not a word in my tongue, [but], lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. [Such] knowledge [is] too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there]. [If] I take the wings of the morning, [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee].

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! [If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalms 139:1-18).

The Source of Life is The Word of GOD, Who gives us Life, and became also one with us that we might live by Him in following His Example as our Pattern. Jesus said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:6-10).


GOD’S Anti-Virus Protection Program
Although The Law of Love, Which is GOD’S Covenant Word of Love between GOD and man should be written and kept upon the hard drive of our hearts, to maintain a clean connection between GOD and man, many, who have been infected by sin believe that Christ died to save us in our sins. They do not want to hear any words about keeping the commandments of GOD. When The Word of GOD repeats and brings home the message to the hearts of men, to process and understand, to implement the writing of GOD’S Covenant agreement with HIM, by receiving HIS Covenant Word upon their hearts, they are led to reject GOD’S Word of Eternal Promise, to remain separated from GOD and man by their rejection of HIS Covenant Word of Life. They are quick to make agreements with companies that promise to maintain the services to their cell phones that they might continue to communicate with their friends and families, as long as they promise to continue to pay for their services.

But Christ Jesus has communicated through John that, “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:16-20).

The virus of deception has already infected the process of thinking in the hearts of many, to think that they are not in need of protection from the viruses of sin. Many Christians are being led to believe that we, as sinful being cannot keep The Commandments of GOD. And this is true, if HIS Covenant Word does not connect us to GOD in our hearts, to do GOD’S Will. But The Word of GOD says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:9, 10). Notice that if His Word is not in us, then we have sinned and have made Him a liar. Sin is the separation from The Covenant Word of Life. Therefore the ability to keep The Commandments of GOD comes only when The Spirit and the body are combined as one, which is what Adam and Eve had with GOD before sin.

If a person cannot, or will not keep The Commandments of GOD, it is like saying, because a computer is full of viruses, both on the hard drive and in the memory of the computer, it is impossible for the computer to be cleansed from all its’ viruses, to be made clean like bran new again, because it cannot keep, or receive the anti-virus program upon its’ hard drive. And if it is made clean from viruses, then there is no need to place the anti-virus protection system upon the hard drive. This form of thinking reveals that there is still a virus in the memory that controls the way a person responds to the placing of GOD’S Anti-virus Protection System upon the hard drive of their hearts. To reject the keeping of GOD Law of Love is to remain defenseless from further attacks from the adversary, to receive again more viruses upon the hard drive of the heart. Christ Jesus paid the debt, which we owed that we might receive GOD’S Gift of Life Eternal by His Spirit of Life abiding, not outside of our hearts, but in all of our hearts, minds and souls, to have His Strength to overcome the power of the adversary. But many are failing to see the value of The Gift GOD has given to men by HIS Word, Whom we must receive and keep in us.

Can a computer be cleansed from its’ viruses by placing the anti-virus program unloaded, outside, and next to the computer? If the anti-virus program is not loaded upon the hard drive of the computer, then can the program find and remove the infected files from the computer to make it secured and clean from viruses? GOD has given instructions and have communicated to us by HIS Word to keep HIS Commandments. For He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Yet, many with hearts infected by sin are expecting to enter heaven with infected hearts that love neither GOD nor their fellowmen, which is what GOD’S Covenant Law of Love is dealing with, to connect GOD and man together by a pure Covenant connection that deals with Love for GOD and Love for their fellowman by having GOD’S Word written upon their hearts.

The instruction given in GOD’S Word says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). But many want to rewrite GOD’S Covenant Word, to change The Code of Life in HIS Law of Love to fit their corrupt hearts. Yet, if their computer happens to become infected with a virus, which infects the system files, to make the computer function not, as it was intended, they are quick to run an anti-virus program, to scan, to detect and to remove any virus that has infected the system, to keep the proper workings of their computer from being hindered. But many see no problem with this view, of seeking to make a change in GOD’S Law, to keep only nine and fit them to their corrupted hearts. With hearts that are corrupted, they see not that it is their hearts that needs changing and not GOD’S Law.

It is written that, “The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward” (Psalms 19:7-11). Here in these words, we learn that there is great reward in keeping GOD’S Law. Yet, many wonder why our world has become so violent and full of intolerance to one another. It is the hard drive of their own hearts that have become infected by the virus of sin, to cause separation from both GOD and man, which caused death in more ways than one. Are they not willing to load and keep GOD’S Covenant Word within their hearts to search and detect and remove the things that can effect their hearts and others, to cause pain and even death?

Many pickup their wireless cell phones, and talk with no problems to their friends and family, near and far, as long as they maintain the agreement to their service provider, to pay for the services that they receive. But many seek to make a direct call to GOD by making connections to HIM in Prayer without The Wireless Connection of HIS Word, because they have no connection service with Him. They do not abide in Him and He in them. Through His servant Isaiah, The Word communicated through him and said, “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

“None calleth for justice, nor [any] pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works [are] works of iniquity, and the act of violence [is] in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts [are] thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction [are] in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and [there is] no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

“Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, [but] we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if [we had] no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; [we are] in desolate places as dead [men]. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but [there is] none; for salvation, [but] it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions [are] with us; and [as for] our iniquities, we know them; In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

“Yea, truth faileth; and he [that] departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw [it], and it displeased him that [there was] no judgment. And he saw that [there was] no man, and wondered that [there was] no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to [their] deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this [is] my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that [is] upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever” (Isaiah 59:1-21).

Notice that there were words spoken in these words by Isaiah that can reveal even more to us in our technological age, but if people spend more time feeding on the corrupt data that comes from the channels of television, then it is no wonder that their minds cannot decipher, or interpret The Judgment of GOD’S Word, to process right thoughts from the hard drives of their hearts, because GOD’S Judgment is turned away backward, and HIS justice stands afar off, because HIS Word of Truth is fallen in the street, and equity, or impartiality cannot enter into their hearts to receive HIS Covenant Word.


Made to dwell with Christ forever
Satan and his angels chose to reject GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, and they were expelled from heaven, because he led many of the angels with him to rebel against GOD and HIS Word. Do men and women in today’s society expect to enter heaven not keeping GOD’S Covenant Word of Life? They will not enter there unless their hearts have been first cleansed, and made pure here on earth. It is said, “Heaven is to begin on this earth. Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest. The Lord says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isa. 26:3. Our lives may seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to His own glory. And that character which expresses the glory--character --of Christ will be received into the Paradise of God. A renovated race shall walk with Him in white, for they are worthy.” (The Faith I Live By, Page 367)

Speaking of Israel as a goodly vine, GOD said by HIS Word, “Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes” (Isaiah 5:1, 2).

It is said that, “In the parable the dresser of the vineyard does not question the sentence that the tree, if it remained fruitless, should be cut down; but he knows and shares the owner's interest in that barren tree. Nothing could give him greater joy than to see its growth and fruitfulness. He responds to the desire of the owner, saying, "Let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it; and if it bear fruit, well." The gardener does not refuse to minister to so unpromising a plant. He stands ready to give it still greater care. He will make its surroundings most favorable, and will lavish upon it every attention.

“The owner and the dresser of the vineyard are one in their interest in the fig tree. So the Father and the Son were one in their love for the chosen people. Christ was saying to His hearers that increased opportunities would be given them. Every means that the love of God could devise would be put in operation that they might become trees of righteousness, bringing forth fruit for the blessing of the world.

“Jesus did not in the parable tell the result of the gardener's work. At that point His story was cut short. Its conclusion rested with the generation that heard His words. To them the solemn warning was given. "If not, then after that thou shalt cut it down." Upon them it depended whether the irrevocable words should be spoken. The day of wrath was near. In the calamities that had already befallen Israel, the owner of the vineyard was mercifully forewarning them of the destruction of the unfruitful tree.

“The warning sounds down along the line to us in this generation. Are you, O careless heart, a fruitless tree in the Lord's vineyard? Shall the words of doom erelong be spoken of you? How long have you received His gifts? How long has He watched and waited for a return of love? Planted in His vineyard, under the watchful care of the gardener, what privileges are yours! How often has the tender gospel message thrilled your heart! You have taken the name of Christ, you are outwardly a member of the church which is His body, and yet you are conscious of no living connection with the great heart of love. The tide of His life does not flow through you. The sweet graces of His character, "the fruits of the Spirit," are not seen in your life.” (Christ Object Lessons, Pages 215, 216)

As it was stated in the message given to John to the church age of Thyatria, the church was given space to repent, to cleanse their hearts from the error of their ways. But in this age like that time, many are not taking advantage of the time given them, to examine and cleanse their hearts from the corruptness of sin that in constantly being written to the hard drive of their hearts from corrupt sources. If The Word of GOD is not abiding within their hearts, to cleanse their hearts from sin, then they are not being protected and shielded from the corruptness of sin, which they are recording to the hard drive of their hearts on a daily basis. And they will continue to be infected by the works of the adversary, unless they can behold The Truth to be changed.


Unprotected from The Plagues
Like an anti-virus program that scans and detects to remove infected files from the computer, GOD gives us the choice of choosing our eternal destiny of being cleansed and remaining connected to HIM by HIS Word of Life, or remaining disconnected from HIM with the enemy of their souls, who will suffer eternal death in the end. As Jesus said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6). Many times we can see trees that reveal healthy branches that bear good fruit. But often times there are trees also that show branches that are dead, but are still attached to the tree until it falls off under its own weight to the ground, to decay and decompose, as it returns to the dust of the ground from where it came. The dead branch was cut off not from the outside of the tree, but from an inside separation from the healthy life of the tree, which continues to live.

GOD has given some messages to the world in the form of three angels, and John testified of what he saw, saying, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:6-12).

Notice that the first three angels presented messages of warning to the world to choose wisely by worshiping Him, Who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters, which are the people, who are created and recreated by The Creator, to worship Him by being fountains of His Spirit through them. In a world that is filled with idol worship of all kinds, GOD says by HIS Word through John, “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” They are HIS people, who keep the Ten Commandments and have the faith of Christ Jesus. But after the first three angels have presented their messages, there are seven angels that will pour out the contents of plagues upon the world.

For it is written by John, who said, “…I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

“And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:1-8).

Notice the reason that the plagues falls like viruses upon the earth. The Word by John has revealed that there are those, who had gotten the victory over the beast, over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name. They stand upon the sea of glass, having the harps of God singing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb. But those, who remain corrupted to worship the beast, to manifest his image and receive his mark and the number of his name, they have rejected The Truth given by GOD to worship HIM in Spirit and Truth. They receive what they preferred to have abiding in them.

The Word of GOD said, “Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed [are they that] keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed [is] the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:32-36).


Protected by GOD’S Firewall
Speaking of our “Eternal Security”, the servant of The Word of The LORD said, "The Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one" (Zechariah 14:9). "The great plan of redemption results in fully bringing back the world into God's favor. All that was lost by sin is restored. Not only man but the earth is redeemed, to be the eternal abode of the obedient. For six thousand years Satan has struggled to maintain possession of the earth. Now God's original purpose in its creation is accomplished. "The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever" (Dan. 7:18).

"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised" (Ps. 113:3). "In that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one." "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth" (Zech. 14:9). . . . "All His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever" (Ps. 111:7, 8). The sacred statutes which Satan has hated and sought to destroy, will be honored throughout a sinless universe.

"Through Christ's redeeming work the government of God stands justified. The Omnipotent One is made known as the God of love. Satan's charges are refuted, and his character unveiled. Rebellion can never again arise. Sin can never again enter the universe. Through eternal ages all are secure from apostasy. By love's self-sacrifice, the inhabitants of earth and heaven are bound to their Creator in bonds of indissoluble union. . . .

"In the place where sin abounded, God's grace much more abounds. The earth itself, the very field that Satan claims as his, is to be not only ransomed but exalted. Our little world, under the curse of sin the one dark blot in His glorious creation, will be honored above all other worlds in the universe of God. Here, where the Son of God tabernacled in humanity; where the King of glory lived and suffered and died--here, when He shall make all things new, the tabernacle of God shall be with men, "and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." And through endless ages as the redeemed walk in the light of the Lord, they will praise Him for His unspeakable Gift-- Immanuel, "God with us." (Maranatha, Page 372)

Some anti-virus programs have also a firewall of protection, to keep people protected from those, who would use the Internet to connect to people’s personal computers without their knowledge or approval. Many cyberstalkers and hackers can gain entrance into personal computers and search the computer files to retrieve personal information without the knowledge of the user knowing that they are even there. But there is Someone, Who knows every thing that is being done, because everything is open to His view, and there is nothing hid from his view. He knows and discerns the thoughts and intents of the hearts of men, even if they think that no one can see their actions. GOD knows every act whether it is good, or bad.

And the day is soon to come when the hearts of men, who refuse to be cleansed by GOD’S Word, to be protected and Shielded by HIS Word, they will deal with the viruses that HE now keeps from affecting the system files of the bodies of men and women. When the plagues are poured out upon the earth, GOD need only to simply remove HIS protection from those, who continue to reject The Covenant Protection and Promise of HIS Word. And even though men spend years doing research, to address and fight against viruses that are currently plaguing many within our technological age, they are unable to find a cure for many diseases, which can spread from one infected person to another.

Many countries are already being infected with the virus called the Ebola virus, which wrecks havoc to the body’s immune system, which is the firewall protection system for the body to keep from being infected. But when the plagues are poured out upon the earth there will be viruses that this world have not seen since the days of Egypt before the exodus of the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt.

When the Egyptian army pursued the children of Israel, to return them to bondage by force, they came within range to attack the children of Israel, but The LORD said by HIS Word, “…the Egyptians shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness [to them], but it gave light by night [to these]: so that the one came not near the other all the night” (Exodus 14:18-20).

The Angel of GOD, Who was in The Pillar of Cloud, He was before the camp of Israel leading them, as a Shepherd leads His sheep. But He removed from before the children of Israel, and went behind them, and stood as The Pillar of Cloud of darkness before the face of the Egyptians. And being between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel, He was as a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians in their camp, while He gave light by night to the camp of the children of Israel. And neither one came near the other all that night. On one side of The Pillar of Cloud, there was total darkness to the Egyptian army. But in the camp of Israel, which was on the other side of The Pillar of Cloud, The Angel of GOD gave light all that night. This gives us a view of what this world will be like for those, who choose to stand on the side with the adversary in a world of total darkness of death. But for those, who choose The Light of Truth, The Angel of The LORD will secure them in His Light of Life.


To Which Camp Do You Belong
David was blessed to speak of The Glory of The LORD when he said, “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad [thereof]. Clouds and darkness [are] round about him: righteousness and judgment [are] the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all [ye] gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. For thou, LORD, [art] high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness” (Psalms 97:1-12).

When in the days of Daniel, the king commanded that all the people that were in high positions of his kingdom were to bow down and pay homage, or worship to the image of the king. The command given by the king was in direct conflict with The Will of GOD by HIS Word. It was commanded by the king that, “…To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, [That] at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace” (Daniel 3:4-6).

But because Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were placed high in the province of Babylon by the king, men, who wanted their high positions brought them to the attention of the king, because of their refusal to bow down and worship the image of the king. They new that the conflict of interest would lead Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to either break GOD’S Covenant Word of Love, or break the king commands to be thrown into the fiery furnace to their death.

But when brought to the king, to answer for their refusal to worship the king’s image, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: [therefore] he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that [were] in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, [and] to cast [them] into the burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:16-20).

But after doing as the mighty men were commanded to do, it is written that, “…these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, [and] spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Daniel 3:23-25).

Looking down through the span of time, and seeing all that will take place from the results of sin, GOD has made it clear in the revealing of HIS Word to Jeremiah, saying, “For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee” (Jeremiah 1:15-19).

GOD has been with HIS Word in all things, from HIS work of creation to HIS work of redemption. And in order for us to be restored to that oneness again with GOD by HIS Word, we need to receive Him, according to John’s testimony of Him in John 1:11-13. For in speaking of GOD’S Covenant Word of Life, Paul wrote and said of Him that, “…through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:18-22).

Is your connection to GOD secured by HIS Word--The One Spirit, Who gives us access by Him unto the Father, and can bring us through The Firewall that goes before Him? Paul said, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:5-8). Amen

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