Submitted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston
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, graduate.
I have blessed you, graduate, 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.
You have reached a big milestone in your life and are looking ahead into your future with hope and excitement because you understand that the foundation of your life that you have received through your parents and family, 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.
In your early years of Sunday school, you learned the basics about who I am. One of the first things that you learned is 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 letter to you, that I have made a decision for you through 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 together with my Son Jesus.
Graduate, 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, I warn you against those things that would cause your devotion to Me to be divided, so that you and I would no longer be one in My love.
My dear child, if you lack wisdom, ask Me for it, and I will give it to you, for I give it generously and I never rebuke anyone who asks Me for My wisdom. But remember to ask in faith, don’t doubt Me, for when you doubt Me, you will be like a wave in the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind.
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 knowledge 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, graduate, 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, dear graduate, 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, graduate, 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, graduate, for that is like putting on the belt of truth each day. Vow to walk in truth as you begin a new day in Me.
Then, consider putting on the breastplate which means that you will be covered by the righteousness of My Son, Jesus Christ. Do not forget, graduate, that My Son was tempted in all points by sin, but He never sinned. His perfection is yours, Graduate. 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, the Bible.
In your understanding of life, much of your feelings of self-worth are connected to your accomplishments, your outward appearance, your status, and so forth. 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 life 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 Christ. Never, never, never forget that!!
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. He is your Peace and your Stability.
Then, grasp the shield of faith in your left hand 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. He does not want to you believe that forgiveness is a gift, but that it is something that you have to earn. That is not right, graduate, for I have given you the greatest gift ever, for My Son took your sin and guilt and gave you forgiveness and life. Always believe that message, always believe it and never doubt it!
As you place the shield over your head so that your mind would be protected from ungodly thoughts that tend to creep into our minds, know that by thinking on the things of God your mind will be protected as well as it will be disciplined to grow to be more like the mind of Christ.
Lastly, before you head out the door to face the new day, I ask you to pick up the only offensive weapon of your armor, My Word. With this sword of the Spirit you will be able to address any questions that would come before you in your day. You will be able to ward off any attack that might come against you.
As you leave the room, do so in the continued spirit of prayer as you step into the light of a new day, for having put on My entire armor, you are now prepared to share my love with all that you come in contact with on the new day. As you step into the sunshine of My new day, perhaps you could say something like this: “Lord, Here I am, reporting for duty.”
We love you, we are in you and you are one in us; let’s go love My people.
God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit