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Persevere in Prayer, November 1, 2015
"Faithfulness. Even when it's a long dry desert walk with not even a drink in sight.”
...13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;... Philipians 3:13-‐15
“This is what I require of My Bride. That she be steadfast, enduring and persistent. This is what I require and will reward with fresh graces from Heaven. Dear Ones, I do not wish to make it difficult for you, but your mettle must be purified to carry the graces I wish to give you.
“Your will to attain to the high calling...must be strong and persevering in the midst of all kinds of obstacles. This is how your faith is revealed.
”Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:6-‐7
“Just as the wise farmer plants so as to challenge the roots to go deeper, so do I delight in seeing you persevere when the living waters are not readily available on the surface. Deeper and deeper I call you, My Love. Will you not make that effort to seek Me out and vigilantly await My coming?”
Lord, what is there to do that is more important? Nothing, to me, nothing is more important than finding You.
“That's what I like to hear and that heart attitude I will bless. This attribute of perseverance is of key importance and spills over on every aspect of your lives. Once you have mastered it in one sphere, it is easier to master it in another and another until you've made it a way of life. So many quit way before the finish line.”
Oh Lord, lately I've been feeling that way.
“It's nothing more than laziness, Clare. I know you don't want to hear it, but it is. You know Me well enough that when you can't find me immediately, and you search for me diligently, you will find Me...or shall I say, I will find you. This is a way in which you honor Me. You are not willing to give up, I'm just too important to you.
“And for you all, My Brides, this attribute is absolutely necessary if you want to cultivate a relationship with Me. Those who won't take 'no' for an answer, I simply cannot turn down. You will see in your relationship with Me, that from time to time I will seemingly disappear and you won't hear or see Me. But that is only to cultivate grace and virtue in you. It is not a punishment, it is an exercise.
“Other times I will come to you readily, because your heart is broken or hurting. Yes, then My Beloved, I come and wrap My arms around you and warm the chill of sorrow that has taken hold of your heart. I know that at those times you need Me more, so I come to you more readily.
“Even now I am standing by with the graces you are all seeking to be empowered with. But I like to see you rise up and meet Me half way, that I may shower greater and greater abundance on you. Virtue begets virtue.
“Just remember, My Precious Ones, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Eventually I will come and reward your efforts and your faith shall shine brighter and brighter for it.”
“I bless you now with the grace of perseverance. Take hold of it and apply it to every area of your life. But especially –Our relationship.”
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Source: Heart Dwellers