Knowing Jesus as our Personal Friend And Constant Companion
Dearest Ones, I am so pleased with all of you today because of your spirit of love and devotion to me and our cause together to get the work finished so that my coming may be hastened. The burden of my heart to share with you today is that you may know me as your personal friend and constant companion. This is just as important now as it was when I walked upon earth with my disciples and followers. Because I was with them in all the activities of daily life, they learned to know me personally. We ate together, rested together, walked and talked together about everything that was upon my heart and theirs, and ministered to the needs of the people together. Because of this intimacy of relationship, our hearts were so bonded that it carried them through the rest of their lives, even unto martyrdom. Because they knew me so well, they could sense my presence with them, either in person, or through the Holy Spirit. In certain ways, our relationship was even closer after I went back to heaven, because the presence of the Holy Spirit could live within them and produce the same works in them that he produced in me, and as my representative, He could be not only with them, but in them. And so I want to be with each of you. That is why I am sending these personal messages to you each day. I want you to have the same intimacy and connection with me that I had with the disciples, for you are about to go through the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. And you will be going through this experience without my mediatorial work for you in the heavenly Sanctuary. Some people think rather glibly about this, not realizing that it will take more of a personal, intimate relationship with me than they now possess. So I am taking it upon myself to open up communication with me through the messages that I am sending to you and to all who wish to avail themselves of this opportunity to get to know me more intimately. You can ask me anything you wish, and if I deem it appropriate, I will answer you, both in the messages and in your private devotions. Remember my promise: "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." [Matt. 7:7.] Asking is extremely important, because there were many things I would have liked to have revealed to my disciples, but they did not ask me. So it is with you. The more you ask, the more I will reveal to you. That is because asking indicates that your heart is open to receive, and that you are responding to the Holy Spirit's influence to prompt you to ask something that I am waiting and desiring to reveal to you. But if you harden your heart, I will pass by, and you will be left without the light that you could have had to shine upon your pathway and cheer your heart and bring you into a closer relationship with me. But I have a caution to share with you here. To every truth there is a counterfeit. Satan loves to stir up people's minds to ask questions or seek to know things that it is not meant for them to know. This is where the devil steps in to counterfeit the communication that I alone should have with you. Like Eve at the tree of forbidden fruit, you will be drawn into spurious revelations of so-called truth, if you do not study diligently to know and understand the truth that I have already revealed in my Word and the writings of Ellen White. New light from me is always based upon the bedrock of truth that I have already revealed. Like an anchor and a sure foundation, I have specifically put in Scripture the body of truth that will guide you safely through the dangerous errors that will come into the world and even the church as we come to the close of earth's history. But you need not fear shipwreck, for I am still at the helm, and I will see you safely through the dangerous waters that are still ahead. But now back to the subject of new light. New light is always based upon the blessed truths that are already a part of the casket of truth. But new light is specifically designed to advance truths that are essential for you to know and understand what you are going through now, and what you will need to know to walk safely in the days ahead. Since this is now the time of the latter rain, the sealing, and the blotting out of the sins of my people from the books of heaven, you must have the light that is necessary to understand how to cooperate with me in preparing for and receiving the blessings and benefits of this experience. But again you must ask in order to receive this light, and therefore be able to cooperate with me at this crucial time, for the light will go out for those who do not recognize that the appointed time has come. "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord until he comes and showers righteousness on you." Hosea 10:12. "Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to everyone grass in the field." Zechariah 10:1, KJV. Do not be afraid to ask me for every blessing that you need, physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially, etc. If you are asking amiss, I will let you know as I did for Paul when he asked for the healing of his eyesight. But I knew he needed this thorn in the flesh to keep him humble and submissive to me. The better you learn to know me and love and trust me, the more eager you will be to know my will and receive the deep movings of my Spirit. And just remember this: only those who receive the light that I have for you now will be strengthened and prepared to be among my 144,000 who go through the end by my side. You must know me intimately to be able to trust me enough to go through that experience together. And that is why I am spending so much time with you and revealing my thoughts and plans to you. I want you by my side, for you are my Bride, and I want to go through this experience together with you! Now go to the activities of your day, but just remember that I am with you, even though I am unseen, and I will counsel and guide you through my Spirit if you will allow me that privilege. My love for you is constant and everlasting, and you can never worry me or cause me to be upset or angry with you. That is a lie of the devil. If there is a break in our communion, I will wait longingly for you to restore it by simply turning to me and asking. Do you see now why I am sending you these daily messages? It is to keep you close to me so that you will trust and love and know me, for the time is short until I come. Do you see what I am allowing to happen in the world? These are signs of the imminence of my return. But do not concentrate unnecessarily on these things. Look to me and let not your heart be troubled for I am by your side. Rejoice today in my presence with you and your burdens will be light, for I will carry them for you. Lovingly, Jesus.