My message for today is "fortitude." As the world and society is disintegrating before your eyes, so let your gaze be heavenward to connect with the real source of light, strength, and power to endure until the end. I have covenanted with you to never leave you nor forsake you [Heb. 13:5], and I will keep my Covenant promises to you as long as you keep the terms of my law, which is my Covenant of love with you. [Deut. 7:9, 12.] This does not mean that I will desert you if you make mistakes along the pathway of life, but if you repent and continue to be in agreement and harmony with my principles, you will be safe under the shadow of my wings. [Ps. 91; 32; 46.] But for those who are in disagreement with me and forsake my law and my principles, there will be only wrath and stumbling in the darkness of the wilderness of sin. This dichotomy between life and death will become more apparent in the days ahead, for to the measure that I withdraw my spirit, so the devils move into the places where I have left, and the hearts of men respond to the effects of the leader they have chosen.
So what does fortitude have to do with this? Fortitude is a character quality that I must have in those who will go through the end with me. I am never going to transform you into valiant soldiers of the Cross if you are languishing in Laodicea. There must be an alertness and the strong character quality of endurance in order to be among those who will go through the end of time. There will be no timid hearts who give in easily when the going is hard that will be among my final cleansed remnant. Only those who would rather die than sin will be among that number. By this you can see that I am not a respecter of persons, choosing favorites and leaving others behind. Those who go through will be those who pushed forward at all or any cost to themselves, or fear of the unknown future. They persevere because they know me and trust me and believe my promises and go by faith in my goodness and mercy and watchcare over them.
So it must be with you. You have been with me from the beginning of your lives, whether you realize it or not, because you have character qualities which, if refined, will fit you for a place in my kingdom and in the leadership of my people at the end of time. So now you can see that easy living will not prepare you for what is ahead. It is those who have had hard trials and persevered through them that will be among the called, chosen, and faithful who go with me wherever I go. [Rev. 17:14.]
So do you find yourself going through trials right now? Then look to me and ask me for the strength and perseverance to endure until the trial is past and the sunshine of my presence shines through the clouds. I promise you that if you persevere with me, you will see my glory and the perfect plan that I have for your life.
Now, go in peace; but fear not obstacles or discouragements of any kind that may come to you. You can go through nothing that I have not prepared you for. Trials are God's workman to burnish and polish your character to be a hewn and precious stone of great value in the casket of my jewels when I make up my kingdom. Ask me and I will show you great and mighty things of which you do not know yet [Jer.33:3], but you will understand as you walk with me to the kingdom of my Father. Look on each trial as a blessing, for it gives me a greater opportunity to reveal myself to you and my love and care for you, so that your character will grow into the similitude of a palace [Ps. 144:12], adorned to be a fit dwelling-place for the fullness of the outpouring of my Holy Spirit. This is the outcome of everyone who will go through the end of time and maintain the fortitude to persevere until my ministry in the Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary is finished. Then you will receive the prize of victory over every sin and weakness of the flesh, and wear the white robe of my perfect righteousness, and be a fit citizen for heaven. And I will give you the right to sit with me on my throne just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. [Rev. 3:21.] Lovingly, Jesus.