Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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I Have Chosen You
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Glory City, Heaven.

To my dear child....

I am thankful for you and I joy in you. I have great pleasure in your being and I pour out my favor upon you this day through my Son Jesus in the Holy Spirit. I am love and therefore I love you.

I has blessed you, with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. I made a decision for you for Myself before the foundation of the world, that you should be holy and blameless before Me through Jesus, in love. I chose My path for you by adopting you through Jesus Christ, because that is what I wanted to do, so that My Name would be made great through you in Christ Jesus. For my greatest desire for you, my dear child, is that you would know and experience the blessings of My grace and mercy: The forgiveness of your sins, a blessed and fruitful life here on earth in the midst of the sinful and fallen world and eternity with me and all those who are Mine.

You have today confirmed in your faith in Me, which is your response to what I have done for and in you, and you are looking ahead into your future with hope and excitement. You know and believe that the foundation of your life that you have received through your parents and extended family and that you have received through your church and through your godly friends is built upon my Son, the Solid Rock as revealed in the Bible. And you know that the plans and future I have for you are of hope and of expectation, a future which ultimately will be in heaven with Me. I want you to know that before me you are perfect, because I view you through the perfection of My Son, Jesus, who took your punishment on the cross, who died, but rose on Easter morning and in so doing proclaimed victory over death, over sin and over the devil!!!

In being loved unconditionally by your parents and family and through your early years of Sunday School you learned the basics of who I am. It is important, my dear child, that you always remember and know that I am for you and not against you. From the First Commandment comes this beautiful affirmation of My love for you: "I am the Lord your God, Thou shalt not have any other gods before me."

What I am saying in this Commandment is the same thought that is included in the second paragraph of my love letter to you, in that I have made a decision for you through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ because that is what I wanted to do for you. You were lost and I found you. I love you and want to have an exclusive relationship with you of love and truth through my Son Jesus through My Spirit who lives in you. I am not looking down from heaven to see if you mess up and looking punish you in my anger, but rather I am looking down in love and wanting to protect you from those influences and actions that would cause you to doubt my love. You are my child and I love you more than you will ever know.

My dear child, I love you so much that I do not want anything to come between us in our relationship that would cause us to be separated in our love. I am for you, not against you. Because I love you, at times I will caution you against anything that could cause your devotion to Me to be divided, so that you and I would no longer be one in My love and truth. I am jealous for our relationship, but it is not a jealousy that is threatened by others for our relationship is securely based upon My Word and Spirit.

If you ever get in a pickle and do not know what to do, ask Me about, and I will give you of My wisdom, for I give it generously and I never rebuke anyone who asks Me for My wisdom. I love to pour out My wisdom to those who ask Me for it, for I am a real liberal when it comes to passing out wisdom to those who want it.

I have left you with a wonderful book of wisdom, called Proverbs which will teach you, along with the rest of My Word, how to live your everyday life. Please remember that My wisdom is lived out by applying My teachings into your everyday life. I have given you a ready made reading plan for reading the book of Proverbs as there are 31 chapters in this book. Once you get into a rhythm of reading the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds with the day's date, you will find that over time you will look forward to hearing of wisdom from Me daily. This will help you immensely to be able to discern that which is good from that which is evil. Stand on those things that I say, my dear child, and you will have a blessed life and one that will be a blessing to others around you. I have blessed you so that you may be a blessing to others. Stand firm on those things that I share with you from My love letter to you, the Bible.

Perhaps each morning, my dear child, when you arise from a night's sleep, consider putting on My armor, one piece at a time. Beginning with your heart and mind turned heavenward in a spirit of prayer, first wrap around you the belt of truth onto which all other parts of My armor will be fastened. This is where reading my Word comes in, my beloved, for that is like putting on the belt of truth each day. Vow to walk in truth as you begin each new day in Me.

Then consider putting on the breastplate of righteousness, which means that you are covered by the righteousness of My Son, Jesus Christ. Do not forget, dear one, that My Son was tempted in all points by sin, but He never sinned. Through your believing in Him, His perfection is your perfection, never never forget that, for your entire existence is based upon this truth. That is why I invite you to first put on the belt of truth, for all of your beliefs and convictions must be connected to My Word of Truth, Jesus Christ as He is revealed through the Bible.

As you go through life, you may be tempted to believe that your identity as a person is based on what others think or say about you, about your past life, about your accomplishments or about the lack of them, about your relationships and so on. But that is not how I place value upon you, for you are priceless in my sight because I created you in My image. Even though you fell into sin along with the entire human race, My Son has given you a new identity by dying in your place for your sin, experiencing death for you, and then arising from the dead on Easter morning. You died in Him and were also raised in Him. You now exist in Him and through Him you are a new creation in Him. Never, never, never forget that!! You do not belong to the world, to the Deceiver or to your own estimation of yourself. You are Mine and I am yours.

As you slip into the shoes of peace, know that they will be able to keep your feet firmly planted on the promises of God as you began to walk the new day in Him. They will not only keep you from slipping, but they will also give you a sense of peace as you live in the peace that He gave you and a peace that the world cannot ever take away from you. It is a peace that you will be able to demonstrate before others and a peace that you will at times speak of to those who come across your path. You will be able to tell them that Jesus is your peace and safety in all the storms of life and as a result of Him being your peace, you will be able to invite them to learn of and to experience His peace.

Then grasp the shield of faith in one of your hands by which you are able to move from position to position to ward off the darts of accusation that you know the devil will throw at you in the new day as he tries to take away the peace that you have, my dear one. The Deceiver does not want to you believe that forgiveness is a gift, but that it is something that you have to earn or something which you deserve. That is not right, for I have given you the greatest gift ever, for My Son took your sin and guilt and gave you forgiveness and life through the Gospel. Always believe that message, always believe it and never doubt it!

As you place the helmet of salvation over your head so that your mind would be protected from wrong thoughts that tend to creep into your mind, know that by thinking on the things of God your mind will be protected as well as it will be transformed and disciplined to grow to be more like the mind of Christ. This helmet also keeps your hope and joy burning in the midst of the difficulties that you may find yourself in as you go through life on your way to heaven.

Lastly before you head out the door to face the new day, I ask you to pick up one of the two offensive weapons of your armor, My Word. With this sword of the Spirit you will be able to stand firmly in my Truth, which will enable and empower you to address any questions that would come before you in your day. You will be able to ward off any spiritual attack that might come against you. As you leave your home, do so with the other offensive weapon, prayer, by being in active prayer as you step into the light of a new day. For having put on My entire armor, you are now prepared to walk in my truth in love and to demonstrate through your attitudes, words and actions of who you are in My Son, Jesus Christ.

I love you, my dear child.

God, your Father in heaven..

June 2016

Posted on 19 Jun 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Truth and Freedom
Dear friend,

KJV 1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

The Son has made us free and we are free indeed.

Freedom is defined as the ability to do as one desires, without the fear of outward restraint. The difficulty with freedom is that unless it is understood and experienced in its Truth, freedom itself can be the greatest enemy of freedom. How so? If freedom is understood and practiced only for our own selfish ends independent of love for our neighbor, inevitably we as humans will use others for our selfish purposes, for our sinful pleasures or to build our power base of influence or control.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, by which all slaves of the Confederacy were freed from slavery. Heralded as the savior of the Union, President Lincoln actually considered the Emancipation Proclamation to be the most important aspect of his legacy. €œI never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper,€ he declared. €œIf my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it."

God established another Emancipation Proclamation as is recorded in the last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In both cases, freedom had been won, but the enacting of it and the sustaining of it was quite another matter, as history has shown to us. In the scriptures that we want to spend a little time upon today, the all important aspect of freedom is front and center.

Christ has won our freedom.
KJV Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We are to continue living in this freedom.
KJV Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

In this freedom, we to serve one another by love.
KJV Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

From history we know that many slaves were treated very well and their living and working conditions were fine. But many were kept under slavery through very deliberate and calculated ways. Some years back I read a short account of the life and of the reflections of the life of some slaves, and through that which I read some distinctives remain imprinted in my mind. I believe the reason why they remain there is that they are the same methods that the devil (yes, the devil) uses to keep people under spiritual slavery.

There are three points that I recall which I will list here, from the testimony of slaves.

1. Our master continually keeps us from seeing what the outside world is like and tells us that life will never be any better than it is as a slave.

2. Our master keeps us in fear by threatening to beat us, take away our food or our family.

3. Our master (a Frances Burton) took away our names and instead we are referred to as his property: For example, My name before was James Johnson, but now I am referred to as France's Burton's slave.

The Gospel alone has the power to bring people into the True Freedom that is in Christ Jesus. We are granted freedom from the penalty of sin, we have given freedom from the power of sin and one day will be free from the presence of sin. We are not slaves to Satan, but we are sons of God.

We must fight against the evil one in prayer and in standing for and on the Truth that is in Christ Jesus. We must resist the devil who cannot change that which has been done by Christ for freedom's sake.. All he can do is to propagate the lie to us of what freedom really is. He will try to convince us that freedom is freedom to live for self and that anyone who opposes "our" definition of freedom is an enemy. We need to tell him that the Emancipation Proclamation has been signed with the blood of Christ and we need to tell people that they have been freed.

Dear friend, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Take Him at His Word and believe your sins forgiven today because of His atoning sacrifice on the cross. He has made us free through His sacrificial offering, a freedom which moves us to serve one another in love.

Swim in the depths of God's grace today, my dear friend..

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 29 May 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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