My niece, Tiffany had sent me a row of pictures of Imogen (my 6 month old grandniece). I haven’t seen her much because of the pandemic but how much I love her already and pleased to be called grand aunt and to play a role in her life and be part of her family.
As I looked at the pictures I felt the Holy Spirit turning over my mind, I thought how much, as a species , we love to celebrate our children, be proud about how they relate to us, and put their pictures on our mantel piece, in our albums – even the mantel piece and albums of our hearts.
Straight away as I was thinking this (and this was in the early hours of the morning), the Lord gave me a word in the way He often does and said tell their parents this :
We are born in sin and shapened in iniquity, even the innocent babe. He impressed that until we accept the Lord Jesus Christ, what actually is the reality is that our pictures, our identity and that of our innocent loved ones, sits on the mantle piece of the enemy of soul, Satan – (the god of this world) who currently rules and reign over lives.
Why Aunty Linda they might ask? Why such a serious word ?
Because time is short . Because you need to know that Satan was given authority for all when Adam sinned. Whilst the foolish action of giving up birthright (which Adam and Eve did) is still in process . The reversal process (to right all wrongs) started with the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross now some 2,000 years ago. In the meantime there is something the individual has to do not to fall foul of eternal damnation but to make a choice. I now not only speak to both the parents, but those other individuals inside my own family and for those outside.
Let me explain further by using the imagery Father gave me to use. How He loves to speak to me in pictures and parables..!!
What makes the difference is when someone accepts the Lord Jesus Christ, their identity is in his both in Christ and in Jehovah God and if you like, their photo and their beautiful smiles sits on His mantelpiece. When we have said yes (believed in our hearts , repented of our known sins and confessed with our mouths), we are immediately adopted in Him. We now belong to Him and he owns us. He is proud of us and proud to show us off. He knows our name because we know His and have called on Him.
The life here on earth is the chance we all get to make a choice ie whom will we serve and to firm up identity . God is not wanting any one to perish and without having the opportunity to receive the free gift of salvation and to change identity.
Remember my first word, ‘we are born in sin and ‘shapened in inquity’ but we don’t have to remain framed by the god of this world. None can escape the necessary process. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be baptised for the remissions (washing away permanently) of your sins (inherited, past and future sins).
Let me be clear, for babies and those not reaching the age of consent or competence or those dying at birth or in the womb, the scriptures are silent, but I believe God will judge sovereignly and will be merciful. However for the mature ie those who have heard and have the opportunity ‘today’ to say where their little image or picture will sit or be framed….. to say to whom they belong , there won’t be a second chance.
Don’t be too smart for your own good either…. thinking that not to choose protects you. By default (and by not choosing), you are in fact choosing to stay in the way of the sin nature in the fallen ‘adamic identity’ in which you/we were all born and with the eternal ie never ending consequences.
Our Father has no desire to see you cut off nor to see you damned. He has no joy in the death of a sinner making provision through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ . For , ‘for this very purpose was the son of man manifested to destroy the works, cunning and plans of the enemy’ (1John 3:8 my emphasis added) . Satan intended for you (from Adam down), to lose identity and the inheritance.
Our Father, by his Blessed Holy Spirit , is speaking expressly and again today. He wants to give you life, assurance and a correct identity, in Him. Ask yourself : Where is my picture sitting? On whose mantlepiece have I been framed ? With whom do I identify ? And even more pressing : Where will I be spending eternity?
Let me say again:
Today, is the day of salvation,
Today is the acceptable time.
If you hear his voice today (and through the voice of one of his servants ) harden not your heart.
God bless you and lead you aright as you contemplate the word.
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Evangelist Linda J UK
7th December 2021