For will I not raise up and move when even one cries out to Me, when even one believes My word and proclaims My heart over a situation and stands in faith in Me. You have felt My heart over this place and were willing to lay down your life here. I have seen every sacrifice, every offering, every effort. None have been missed by Me. I Am your great reward.
You have recognized, though you have wrestled, that you are not your own, but Mine. As you make any effort to take up My cross and follow Me by putting to death your own desires, I impart strength and grace and mercy. I fill up what lacks in you and cover over mistakes of the past. I refine you into a useful vessel that upholds righteousness. I see your courageous heart, for have I not made it to be thus.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Heavenly lights. I give you good gifts – both to pour out upon others that originate from within you and blessings to overtake you from without. Oh, My young lion, continue to roar to Me for I will surely fill you with good things.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”