Psalm 149:5 (TPT) His godly lovers triumph in the glory of God, and their joyful praises will rise even while others sleep.
Beloved, let your praises rise. Let them rise both in triumph and in the expectation of it. Let it rise at all times. Your steadfast, joyful praise is an audible banner lifted high – a clear reminder to all of Who I AM: I AM God, the Lord of Hosts, the Mighty One, and I reign.
Refuse to be silent. Refuse to be distracted. Let your joyful praise come forth like refreshing waters encouraging yourself and all those around you. You know who you are because you know Who I AM. Walk boldly in your identity as a child of Mine. Continue reading “Praises Rise”
Hosea 2:6 (CSB) Therefore, this is what I will do: I will block her way with thorns; I will enclose her with a wall, so that she cannot find her paths.
Beloved, I will not make it easy for you to walk away from Me, nor will I make the road to sin smooth. Like a good father putting up child gates and closing doors, I will block the way that takes you from My will. I will add roadblocks and inconveniences to block your way in an effort to make you pause and see what you’re doing.
Yes, you have free will, and I would never take that from you, but I love you too much to make the path to things that hurt you an easy one to choose. I will do all I can to encourage you to change your mind and choose wisely.
So if you find yourself hindered in every direction, beloved, give pause and look to Me. Don’t assume the enemy is blocking your path because sometimes it is Me. Continue reading “Roadblocks and Inconveniences”
Psalm 126:5 (TLB) Those who sow tears shall reap joy.
Beloved, I have promised and I will deliver. I AM good to My word. Rest in a place of joyful expectation, even when the night is long and the sky looks dark, know that I AM with you, My angels surround you, and I AM faithful. I watch over My word to perform it. Stand fast and believe. Let joyful expectation be your mien.
Dance, beloved – as in your mourning you expect your morning, dance, for the dawn is coming. Worship as you wait, knowing I AM faithful. Knowing I AM good. Knowing I AM with you. And knowing I AM worthy. Give praise, and give it freely and without reserve. Bring forth your mourning dance that it might become your morning dance. Continue reading “Morning Dance”
Psalm 107:28-29 (TPT) Then we cried out, “Lord, help us! Rescue us!” And he did! God stilled the storm, calmed the waves, and he hushed the hurricane winds to only a whisper.
Beloved, I do not turn a blind eye nor are My ears closed to your cries. I AM ever aware of your needs – mindful of each and every one. Like a father standing beside a tearful child, ready and waiting to pull them into his arms the moment the child reaches his way, so I AM with you, ready and waiting.
Call to Me and I will answer. Raise your voice in faith, trusting that I will respond. I AM a good Father. And I AM God Most Able and God Most High. Nothing is too hard for Me.
Luke 15:21 (VOICE) The son said, “Father, I have done a terrible wrong in God’s sight and in your sight too. I have forfeited any right to be treated as your son.”
Beloved, no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, when you run to Me, I will receive you. There is nothing you can do that would cause Me to turn My back when you approach Me with a contrite heart filled with repentance. You are Mine and I love you.
You are not too dirty for Me, nor too messy. I haven’t given up hope on you. I never stop cheering you on. Refuse to allow yourself to believe that anything could cause Me to demote you to a position of lower standing in My heart. You are My beloved and I AM faithful until the end.
Psalm 55:1 (TPT) God, listen to my prayer! Don’t hide your heart from me when I cry out to you!
Beloved, I hear you. Your heart and thoughts are precious to Me. You don’t need to fight for My attention, you have it. My gaze is fixed on you. I can’t get enough. What matters to you, matters to Me.
So cry out knowing I AM listening. Cry out knowing I AM there with you. Pour out your thoughts and fears, your heart and tears, I want it all – the fullness of you.
Then listen, beloved, for My whispered words as I share My heart with you. As you give Me your heart, I hold Mine there for you beckoning you closer still. So come, beloved, come. Closer still.
Psalm 54:4 (NIV) Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Beloved, I uphold you. I give you life. Receive from Me and breathe in deeply that which I AM offering. Refuse to align or agree with the enemy of your soul, the one who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, instead intentionally choosing to fix your gaze on Me, the author and finisher of your faith.
I AM your very present help in times of trouble. No matter what comes your way; if it matters to you, it matters to Me. Nothing is below My notice, for you are My beloved one. So look to Me. In every circumstance, lean on Me.
Romans 8:14-16 (TPT) …And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough…
Beloved, My love is not conditional. I don’t withhold it when you are “bad” or make poor choices, nor do I bestow more because you have somehow “earned” it. My love simply is. And it runs deep and true. I AM faithful and true.
I do not use My love as a weapon nor as a tool of manipulation to get you to do, say, or be what I want. Rather I love you unconditionally, and the fruit of that love pours out in response. Yes, you will choose obedience out of love, but My love is not conditional on your obedience. Rather your love for Me becomes so true you would never choose to create distance in our relationship by choosing that which separates you from Me.
So resist the urge to try to earn My love. It’s like trying to fight to get into a room you are already in. Simply receive My love and allow that love to be life-changing. Continue reading “Receive My Life-Changing Love”
Psalm 84:11 (TPT) For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping himself around me like a shield, he is so generous with his gifts of grace and glory. Those who walk along his paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for he provides it all!
Beloved, My glory fills the heavens and the earth, what can stand against Me? I AM your protector – the lifter of your head – nothing will I withhold from those who love Me and walk in accordance with My word. I give grace to the humble, joy to the weary, and rest to the heavy-laden. Find your strength in Me.
Look to Me. I AM where your help comes from. I breathe life into dry bones and bring the waters of refreshing by My Spirit. Nothing is too hard for Me. I AM the great I AM. Find your strength in Me. I AM the great I AM. Find safety in My wings. Continue reading “The Great I AM”
Psalm 144:1 (JUB) Blessed be the LORD my strength, who trains my hands for the battle and my fingers for the war:
Beloved, I will never send you into battle unarmed, unequipped, or unprepared. Behold I know the plans I have for you, and they are good. I prepare each step – both the easy and the difficult, the joyous and the trying – I prepare them all and each has purpose.
Each step builds upon the last and each step prepares you for what lies ahead. Resist the urge to rush. Resist the urge to tarry. Stay in My flow and trust My timing. Trust My leading. Trust Me to prepare you. And know I AM your strength. Continue reading “YHVH Tsur (the Lord my Strength)”