Love not the World

My Children,
     love not the world, neither the things that are in the world (I John 2:15). Remember Lot’s wife (Luke 17:32). If you turn back when I have called you forward, you shall share in her sins, you shall receive of her plagues (Revelation 18:4).
     Oh, My children, I have not called you to have a love affair with the world, its things, its illusions of success and its vanities; but I have called you to love Me, rapturously, passionately - for this is how I love thee.
     Some of you find this embarrassing, this intimacy with holiness. I warn you, you shall not be found in the arms of another who allures you with worldly passions. I am a jealous husband. I leave no room for compromise, and in My wrath its bed of false comforts I shall overturn.
     Rest in My love, My delicate bride, and let not your eyes be turned away from Me. My passion is a fire that consumes all loves that are not of Me. Dance into My arms, My beloved, and keep your back turned to the world. Your eyes then shall behold My life, and you shall never see destruction.

Put Away Your Idols

     I would ask of you the same thing I asked of the rich, young ruler when he came to Me seeking the way of eternal life; would you be willing to come to Me as a pauper? Am I truly all you need? Abraham, will you give Me your son? Peter, do you love Me more than these?
     Then feed My sheep.
     Child, do you love Me enough to let Me change you into the person I want you to be?
     Your hands are clinging to a string of clay beads. Do you love Me more than these? If you let them go, are you afraid that I would leave you empty? My precious child, you must trust Me. Give Me your beads of clay and believe that I will fill your hands with diamonds.
     Put away your idols. I want to be close to you. I want you to understand how much I cherish you. Do not be afraid to let Me touch you. Yes, I bring with Me the staff of correction; I shall carry it in one hand as I carry you in the other, and you shall learn to cherish the value of My chastening, for it is through My discipline that you draw nearer to My will and purpose for your life.
     Seek to do My will, child, and you shall see our garden blossom.

Copyright 2008 by H.D. Shively

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