Moments with Jesus
Today is a new day to allow the sunshine of my love and grace to shine into your hearts, to prepare you for the challenges that each day brings. My love for you is like the sun when it comes up in the morning and shines its beams upon the earth with all its brilliance and glory. It warms the earth and sustains it; it brings life to the plants and animals, and joy and productivity to mankind. So it is with my love and care for you each day. You may feel the dark clouds of fear and anxiety or sadness because of something that has happened in your life. But look up! For above the clouds the sun is shining, and if you look up to me, I will dispel the clouds and bring the radiance of my strength and healing to you today!
Now for the subject of today. It is "total abstinence." You may think this to be a strange subject. But as I look out upon the world today, I see a world full of addicted people. Without me the heart of man is full of unrest, and the soul is empty of peace. This began as soon as Adam and Eve sinned. What many people do not realize is that because I made man in the image of God, there can be no true peace without a living and vital connection with me, the source of life, joy, wisdom, and happiness. Mankind seeks constantly every day for something to fill the void in their lives, such as relationships, entertainment, work, food, acquirements, or whatever satisfies the soul's needs temporarily. But nothing truly satisfies the deep needs of the heart except a love/trust relationship with me, your Creator. Therefore, this is the foundation for addictions. They promise to deliver love, peace, happiness and satisfaction; but in fact, they make people into slaves of the lusts and passions of the body, soul, and spirit.
Are there some things in your life that could come under the category of an addiction? Do you feel empty and unhappy unless you have people around you? Do you crave certain foods that are eaten for taste only, or for an emotional lift? Do you use the media to combat loneliness or depression? Do you get angry, fearful, nervous, depressed or sad when troubles and trials assail you? These and other common feelings act as a barometer to tell you that there is some area of your life that needs to be cleansed and healed and filled by the Holy Spirit, and then kept clean by continual communion with me.
I walked the pathway of earthly life for you, and I know the needs of the human soul. Every felt need that you have is based upon something that I placed in you to draw you to me to find real happiness and satisfaction. But the great usurper has many ways of short-circuiting or circumventing your pure desires for a loving, trusting relationship with me, and replacing it with substitutes from his arsenal of lies which he has practiced over the centuries to capture the hearts and minds of people and fasten them in deception. Almost the whole world has now been taken captive by him. But I have a precious remnant who are refusing to be in disagreement with a law that never errs, and a love that never ends or ceases to satisfy the deepest needs of mankind.
This is where the goal of total abstinence comes in. If you love and crave the things of the world and try to be a child of mine at the same time, can you see how this confuses the mind and the emotions and keeps the love for your addictions alive? Just as in any other addictions, you must completely abstain from them to gain the victory and be free from the cravings they cause. I will not be taking anyone to heaven who retains addictions from earth, for they would be unhappy there without the things they crave. This is why the one test in the Garden of Eden was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because the combination of these two opposites is the root of all addictions. It is the mixture of good and evil that opens the door of the mind to the access of the evil one, and once he gains an access to your mind or emotions, he works to have full control of you, body, mind, and soul.
Can you see this by the history of the 6000 years of sin? Everyone who is saved will have overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, and the lusts of the flesh by which the devil has gained access. It is so clear, and yet many of my people who claim to be my followers want to be excused for their addictions now, and hope that the pleasures of heaven will erase the need or desire for their addictions. If that were true, Satan and a third of the angels would not have fallen, for they had everything, and yet they were still unsatisfied and wanted more to fill their lust for power.
So you see, only the pure, the humble, the patient, the self-sacrificing hearts who love me supremely and their neighbor as themselves will be happy in heaven, for that is the essence of unselfish love. So anyone who is addicted to the world and its pleasures and desires of the flesh would be in supreme agony among the happy inhabitants of my heavenly kingdom. That is why total abstinence from the lusts for what this world has to offer its citizens is the preparation that is needed to be happy in heaven.
"And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are those that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:12-17. Lovingly, Jesus.