Dearest Ones, My heart is longing to share some things with you that will give you courage for the days ahead. A storm is coming, relentless in its fury [Ev. 199; 8 T 315], and we are now headed for that storm. As Captain of the Lord's host, I will protect, guide, and guard you, but you must look to me constantly, and swerve neither to the right nor to the left, or your footsteps will lead you into ways of peril. You must be completely dependent upon me for guidance, or you will surely fall into darkness and error. But as long as you look to me and trust in my guidance and protection, you will be safe from the plans of the evil one to destroy you. Now for the topic of today. It is "harmlessness." You may think this to be a strange topic, but you recall that I was said to be "holy, harmless, and undefiled." [Heb. 7:26.] I also said that my followers must be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. [Matt. 10:16. See also Phil. 2:15.] The word "harm" indicates a state of danger, aggression, violence, anger and retribution towards someone in reaction to a real or perceived threat. This is the state in which the whole world lives, for danger of some kind is always possible, and self-protection and self-preservation is believed to be a constant necessity for one's safety and happiness. Therefore the world is full of crime and violence, abuse and argumentation, for the fear of harm or loss of safety or possessions is an ever-present state of mind in a dangerous world. This is why drug abuse is at an all-time high because I am withdrawing my Holy Spirit from the earth, preparatory to the close of probation. So you can expect to see more fear, anxiety, anger, violence, crime, and various types of abuse throughout society. I have been loath to let go of the winds of strife because of the effect it will have upon my own people. But now the time has come to do all that I have said that I would do. Now the final thrust toward the end has begun, and although you will see the effects upon the earth and society, I will keep you in the covert of my protection [Ps. 61;1-4] as long as you follow me carefully and obey my directions in your life. So fear not the roar of the lion [1 Pet. 5:8] and the convulsions of nature and in society [Lu. 21:25, 26]. I am with you and will protect and guard you as the apple of my eye [Ps. 17:8]. This means that as long as you follow me and obey my guidance and instructions, you will walk in safety through the storm. But what does this have to do with harmlessness? Those who are accusatory, self-protective, critical, and physically, mentally, emotionally, and verbally abusive to those around them will take on the character of Satan, the accuser, and will share his fate. But for those of you who look to and follow me, I will take away your fears, anxieties, and stresses, and give you a peaceful spirit which will enable you to be a blessing to everyone around you so that when you are present, they will feel the influence of my Spirit as you become a channel of blessings to them. That is what it means to be harmless, for when my Spirit is flowing through you to others, the creative energy of the whole godhead is made available to create an atmosphere of love, joy, and peace, and all the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Now keep the peace of heaven in your heart, for every promise in the Scriptures belongs to my children who love me and follow me with joy, and trust in my leading in their lives. To these I give my all, just as I did on the cross of Calvary, and nothing will ever separate them from me, for they are my sheep and I am their Shepherd. Follow me today and I will give you my peace -- not as the world gives [John 14:27; 16:33], but as I only can give from the fountain of my blood that flows from Calvary, and was shed for you to take you from the captivity of the devil's lies and harassment. Enjoy your day today as you serve in my vineyard, and watch for the gifts that I will give you each day, before the day is over and the night begins. [John 9:4; 12:35.] Lovingly, Jesus.