Clare de Bois: The Lord’s wisdom and blessing is with us, Heartdwellers.
JESUS: Your flesh has been with you since conception and has a will to survive of its own. It has its own knee jerk reactions to perceived threats. Hunger, cold, violence, criticism. Oh, there is no way to explain to you the power the flesh has over your members. The Spirit has a much different agenda: seeking love, affirmation and a purpose. It's when the two get mixed up or one overpowers the other that the trouble begins. There is a constant struggle for supremacy as long as one is not dominated by the other. Once a soul settles into their flesh, well, the battle is over. The flesh has won. From time to time, glimpses of what could have been bubble up into your consciousness but are quickly put down by the pleasures of the moment and the perceived inconvenience of reaching for your dreams.
“When a soul is born again, and I am given complete access to the desire nature, I begin to turn that arrangement upside down. By My Spirit you become aware of something greater than survival and pleasures of the moment, you begin to long for your Heavenly homeland and the freedom you will have there. You begin to remember key moments when I presented you with a dream or vision or even a word of prophecy. And something within stirs. At that point, I begin to take your hand and lift you up from your bed of indifference and failure, lost purposes, and impossible dreams.
“Then the struggle is on. There are some so self-disciplined that this seems a very little issue to them. On the other hand, much of what motivated them before their conversion has to do with the world, power, influence, fame and glory. Yes, there is still corruption in those who are converted who seem to show remarkable self-control and accomplishment. There are still things that are there, deep down, almost unrecognizable, that tend to influence their decisions.That, too, is the flesh. Although it seems not to be carnal, it's just as carnal as gluttony.
“All of you are still a work under construction. None has arrived. And the moment you perceive that about yourself, I will quickly come to your rescue with a lesson in humility, lest you perish through pride and presumption.
“It is a very rare soul that immediately puts to death all of their flesh and empties themselves to give Me supremacy in their lives. And to this I say, even you who have done this thing, still have only Me to thank, for I gave you that disposition and grace.
“In the end Clare, all have fallen short of the glory and perfection of God.”
So, why did you bring this up Lord?
“I want all of you to know that each of you are on the very same rungs of the ladder as the soul next to you. Forget this idea of being ahead of anyone in sanctity, it is a false notion all together. You see, what gives the appearance of a soul being ahead of others is pure grace-and grace is My possession not theirs. So, were I to remove all grace, you would fall back to the bottom rung again. Grace allows you to cooperate, grace strengthens you in perseverance, grace holds you in place when you would have collapsed and run away. Grace fills you with understanding, grace instructs you about the outcome of your decisions. Grace moves your conscience to behave in obedience to My known will. Remove grace, and you have nothing of any value left. Period. Because then the flesh takes over. Then that squat, determined, self-‐willed flesh begins to make your decisions.
“You see, this perspective is sadly lacking from ministers who are trained and graduate seminaries. They learn to conquer the world, not conquer themselves. I would rather have one raw diamond that is onto his flesh, than ten finely faceted gems that don't have a clue.
“This is another reason why people are leaving the churches-‐they are not being taught how to conquer their flesh. In fact, they are being taught how to have the appearance of holiness on the outside without having the capability to conquer their own particular passions.
“My People, as you rise up to serve Me, be particularly careful about the inner man. Know yourself well and rely totally on My all sufficient grace, or you will fail. If you lift yourself up above others, you are still lacking in understanding. When you see that all that is good comes from My grace, you will walk humbly before Me and before men and seek Me everyday for the way to go and the power to accomplish it.”
Oh Lord, forgive me, I feel like I am putting these thoughts in my head, not You.
“Perhaps you feel that way because I am continually feeding these thoughts to you, Clare. Truly, each day, your mind gets filled with more and more of My thinking, that's just natural by association. That's normal. You begin to act, look and think like the one you spend the most time with. Do not fear, Clare, you are not making this up. Look at Me.”
I changed my focus from the computer to Him, and His face became ever so clear and tender. He looks so much like Ray Downing’s paintings of Jesus. So much. His expression was tender and almost plaintive...are you going to doubt Me, too?
I'm sorry Lord, I am my own worst enemy, as You said.
“Well, to your credit, if you didn't test the spirits you would not be a good example to others. You do have to be careful. But understand, when the gate of virtue has been abandoned, that is when the devils enter.
“Meekness, humility, awareness of your frailty and complete dependence on Me: those are the hinges on the gate of virtue that will protect you‐even from yourself,the worst adversary.
“But do not fear. With each new day, as you grow in awareness and obedience, it becomes easier and easier to know without a doubt I am your source of strength, your One and Only Source.”
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