He redeems your life from the pit, He compasses you around with lovingkindness and compassion. Psalm 103:4.
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God אלהים) says:
Jesus has redeemed you and set you free from the oppression of the devil. I have called you out of darkness into My own marvelous light. And you answered My call.
And in Jesus, I created you anew and you were born again from on High. You are now a citizen of My Kingdom, My child with full birth right, but there is an even greater grace here. In Jesus, you entered into Covenant with Me and I espoused you to Me forever in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and in faithfulness. Hosea 2:19-20.
I have compassed you, surrounded you, covered you with lovingkindness and compassion. In Christ I have forgiven you and sworn never to be angry with you again. You have given Me authority to act in your life, which I do not have until you invite Me into your heart and give Me the right to act on your behalf. You have put yourself under My protection and I am bound by Covenant to never leave you or forsake you, to provide for your needs, to defend you from harm, to fight against those who come against you and to protect you from the perils of this life.
Do you remember when Joshua and the elders of Israel made a covenant with the Gibeonites? They were then bound to protect them and fight for them when the other kings in the land came against the Gibeonites to destroy them. The Gibeonites sent Joshua the message of the attack and Joshua and the army of Israel had to come to fight for them because of their Covenant.
Covenant means far more than people realize in today’s society where commitments, even marriage, are so quickly abandoned. I have made of blood covenant with you in Christ, He sealed it with His own blood and gave you His body and blood as well. Covenant makes you one. Eve was bone of Adam’s bone and flesh of Adam’s flesh and they joined together as one—two distinct individuals joining by covenant as one.
Marriage of a man and a woman is a covenant of flesh limited to this life and ending in death. When I espouse you in My everlasting Covenant you become One Spirit with Me and spirit never dies. Once you enter Covenant with Me in Jesus, I am bound to care for you forever.
You were at one time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without Me in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is your peace, who made both groups into one.
Once you were not a people, but now you are My people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
And I have qualified you to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light and rescued you out of the realm of darkness and transferred you into the Kingdom of My beloved Son in whom you have redemption, the forgiveness of your sins.
You are in the family of the redeemed. A family that is in Covenant with Me and called by My Name. You are strangers and aliens no longer, you are not without Me in the world any longer. You are now My people, My own special treasure, and part of a family that abides in love.
Please understand what it means to be in Christ. When you take Him as your Lord and believe that I raised Him from the dead, which is your justification for it means I accepted His sacrifice as payment in full for all the sentence of death against you, you put yourself under the jurisdiction of My Kingdom and I transfer you there in spirit out of the realm of darkness, that is, Satan’s jurisdiction. His hold on you is gone for a government has no authority over those under another kingdom, it only has jurisdiction over those who are citizens and have submitted to that jurisdiction. Do not permit Satan to try to pull you back into his kingdom of darkness and the curse a second time, you are no longer under his jurisdiction but Mine.
And most people do not understand that and think they can refuse to accept Jesus and exclude Me from their government offices, schools, public places, and make laws contrary to Mine and then speak in judgment against Me because I did not stop a violent crime or other attack of Satan in their territory from which they have excluded Me. What they do not understand is when you have excluded Me I have no right to intrude. I would love to protect, heal, bless, and provide for everyone but I cannot since they are not in My jurisdiction, they are not My children, and they are not in covenant with Me. Not because I am excluding them but because they are excluding Me. Your nation cannot rush in and stop another nation from abusing their citizens. Your nation has no rights over the citizens of the other nation. You have no rights to step in and take authority over your neighbor’s children or spouse. Even if you feel they are not treating them as well as you would. You have no legal rights to intrude.
Jesus wanted to work miracles in Nazareth but he could not. They had excluded him so hard that they tried to throw Him over the cliff at the edge of their town to his death. There was no way He could bless or protect him when they had excluded Him.
Do you know what I have done for you who believe in Jesus? I have given you everything that is Mine and made total commitment to you. First, I make you citizens of My Kingdom and that gives you access to all the benefits and rights that entails. This includes rescue and protection by the army of the Kingdom, which is the Heavenly Host, that is the angels who serve you under Me, the LORD of Hosts.
Next, I make you My children, which gives you even greater rights and benefits than citizenship. I am responsible for everything that pertains to your health, provision, protection, education, growth, clothing and housing.
Next, I enter into Covenant with you in Jesus and espouse you to Me forever. This is a much different relationship than a parent and child relationship. This is the intimate union of two mature people and it is not one of discipline and training but fellowship and partnership on a whole new level. And this entails even a higher level of responsibility, faithfulness, and commitment, making everything I have and am available to you as jointly held with you and all that is in you as Mine.
And as both My child and My spouse, you receive the gift of My Holy Spirit joining with your spirit to dwell in you and be your counselor, guide, leader, teacher, and forever companion. In Him, I make you a partaker of My divine nature. You see Him here acting as father and spouse as well, teaching, correcting, disciplining and directed, as well as sharing My deepest thoughts with you in deep fellowship and partnership. There are things a child does not have the capacity to comprehend that a spouse does.
And My being in Covenant with you in Jesus makes Me responsible for all that pertains to you for life and godliness. It makes heaven incomplete without you. A parent’s legal responsibilities to care for their child stop when their child reaches majority but with a spouse it does not end until the marriage is severed or ends when one party dies. But My marriage to you will never be severed or end because spirit never dies. You are in Covenant with Me in Jesus forever. And that is why Jesus called it the new and everlasting Covenant.
For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15.
It starts with My great love for you and in My Covenant as I pour more and more of My love into your heart, your heart becomes knit with Mine and as well as with the hearts of other believers who are also in Covenant with Me and are of like mind with you in faith. I give you brothers and sisters in Christ. My lovingkindness and compassion surrounds you and I bring in others who will also surround you with lovingkindness and compassion as well. Believers who will encourage and cheer you on.
And Jesus told His disciples that all should know them as His by their love for one another. And He commanded you to love one another as He loved you.
When Peter was in prison about to be put to death by Herod, the church was praying fervently on his behalf. And I responded and sent My angel (remember, as citizens you have a right to protection and deliverance by the armed forces of Heaven, the Host) to set him free and bring him out. And when he came out, he could go to them and share his deliverance with them and they rejoiced. The world persecuted him but in the community of believers he was loved and honored. There he found fellowship with like-minded believers who were willing to go out of their way for him, treating his imprisonment and hardships as their own.
When Paul arrived in Rome, believers whom he had never personally met before already were there who loved him because he loved Me and came out to welcome him and see to his needs. And this gave him encouragement and comfort in the midst of the persecution he was facing.
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10.
And they did, for in his second letter to them, Paul wrote,
We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater. 2 Thessalonians 1:3.
I surround you who are in the Covenant of the redeemed with Me with lovingkindness and compassion. David, a Covenant man with Me under the Old Covenants of promise, knew of the great benefits of Covenant living and enforced it against Goliath who was not under My Covenant, jurisdiction, or protection, but he made the mistake of coming against and attacking one who was. It makes a huge difference whose jurisdiction you have submitted to.
And if you recall, the only reason I had the authority to come down and redeem My people from the slavery of Egypt was only because of the Covenant they had with Me.
God spoke further to Moses and said to him, “I am the LORD and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them. I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned. Furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I have remembered My covenant. Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel, ‘I am the LORD and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. Exodus 6:2-6.
And by My great love for you and the help of My grace I have freed you to love as well.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7.
Please understand this, however, the benefits of citizenship, sonship, and the spousal relationship are all there for you and are readily available, but if you choose not to receive them and live without them I will not violate that choice. If a child or a spouse moves out of the home to live away from the relationship and refuses to fellowship with the parent or spouse and receive the benefits of the relationship, I cannot force them on you. The Israelites could have called upon the Covenant those four hundred years of slavery, but when they finally remembered Me and did, I came immediately with all My Host. And the same with the prodigal son, he left the father and lived among those with no covenant with Me and acted just like them, but when his heart turned back to seek My house, all the benefits were still his right as My child. They were waiting for him. And it is the same for you. Is it not time our called upon your King, Father, and Spouse?
I love you. Only goodness and lovingkindness shall pursue you all the days of your life and you shall dwell in My house forever. Let Me overflow your cup and anoint your head with oil. You are Mine and I will always care for you if you let Me in. I stand at the door and knock. Family. The household of faith of the family of the redeemed.