Matthew 11:6 (TPT) And tell John that the blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in me — no matter what happens!
Beloved, resist the temptation to judge My ways. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are My ways your ways. My thoughts are higher, and you need not understand to obey. Faith is trust. The foundation of your life is your faith; therefore, stand fast in your trust of Me regardless of your understanding (or lack thereof), and walk in obedience.
Move in the good work I have set before you. I will reveal each step in its time, so simply trust My Holy Spirit to lead. I AM more capable of leading than you are of messing up, so trust that as you keep your heart tender toward Me, I will always find a way to direct you. Your faith is sufficient for Me, so remain steadfast and trust Me unreservedly. Continue reading “Trust Me Unreservedly”
Revelation 12:11 (VOICE) By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witnesses, they have become victorious over him, For they did not hold on to their lives, even under threat of death.
Beloved, refuse to allow even the strongest of threats to silence your voice or to shift your feet from the path I’ve set before you. Be obedient to My prompting regardless of the potential outcomes trusting that I AM sovereign. I have a plan and your role in that plan is good.
Yield to Me. Surrendering your plans and hopes and dreams to Me. Trust that My thoughts and plans are good, far better even than you could imagine yourself. Declare My goodness without a word through your obedience and underscore it with the word of your testimony. Let your faith and your walk declare who I AM.
Matthew 14:14 (AMP) When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt [profound] compassion for them and healed their sick.
Beloved, I AM a God of deep compassion. My eyes are not blind nor My heart closed, I AM moved by the trials of My people. I love My children. I AM YHVH Rapha, the Lord your healer. I love to heal My children! Ask Me to do so and ask in faith knowing I AM able and willing.
But beloved, if your healing is delayed, refuse to take on doubt or self-condemnation, know it is not a result of Me not caring or not loving you. Refuse to believe the lies the enemy would tempt you with. Refuse to be offended by My decisions trusting I AM at work in the lives of my children who I deeply love. Blessed are those who are not offended by Me.
And even if your healing has been long-awaited and hope has begun to fade, refuse to stop asking and standing in faith for it to come. I AM a miracle-working God, and I love to move on behalf of My children. Continue reading “I AM YHVH Rapha (Healer)”
Matthew 26:39 (TPT) Then he walked a short distance away, and overcome with grief, he threw himself facedown on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if there is any way you can deliver me from this suffering, please take it from me. Yet what I want is not important, for I only desire to fulfill your plan for me.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to strengthen him.
Beloved, refuse to try to contain Me or to put conditions on your trust in Me. I see what you do not and am weaving a greater picture together than the piece you are in. And yet your piece is precious to Me – each of My children are so important to Me – so know that I AM working all things together for good.
As you trust Me unconditionally, I will strengthen you. I will minister to you even with My angels for I AM keenly aware of your thoughts and needs. Put your faith in Me and leave it there. Resist the urge to put restrictions or conditions on it, and simply trust Me unconditionally. Continue reading “Unconditional Trust”
Daniel 3:17-18 (NIV) If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”
Beloved, trust in Me and leave the outcome in My hands. Be expectant in Me without having expectations for specific results. For My ways are not your ways nor are My thoughts your thoughts, so My course of action may not make sense to you, but trust Me enough to know that even if you don’t “get” it and even if it isn’t what you thought or hoped for I AM always good.
Expect Me to be good without trying to mandate what that looks like. I AM the Righteous One, the Faithful God, trust Me to know what is best. Keep your heart in a place of gratitude and praise and be steadfast in it. Refuse to let circumstances shake or confuse you, and simply rest in Me. Continue reading “Trust without Expectations”
1 John 1:1 (TPT) We saw him with our very own eyes. We gazed upon him and heard him speak. Our hands actually touched him, the one who was from the beginning, the Living Expression of God.
Beloved, My disciples testified from a place of personal experience. Your faith isn’t built on fairy tales or urban legends, but on fact, truth, and experience. And though your physical eyes may not have rested on the Anointed One, His presence is clearly manifest in your life and the world around you. Therein rests your faith.
Stand fast in your belief. Refuse to be shaken by circumstance, or cast into a place of doubt by lies, arguments, and twisted truth. Know Me – in every facet – for I belong to you, beloved, just as you belong to Me. Continue reading “Foundation of Your Faith”
Leviticus 6:13 (AMP) The fire shall be burning continually on the altar; it shall not [be allowed to] go out.
Beloved, it is your responsibility to maintain and nurture the flame of worship in your heart. I cannot nor will not attempt to force you into a place of intimacy with Me. I simply invite you in. The onus rests on you to cultivate a heart that burns for Me.
So stir up the flames, beloved. Resist the pull towards complacency and choose instead to press in for more of Me. Refuse to settle for second best, for cheap counterfeits that will leave you unsatisfied and unfulfilled. I AM all you need. Choose to burn for Me.
John 15:14 (MSG) You are my friends when you do the things I command you.
Beloved, be obedient to My voice. Regardless of your maturity or lack thereof, I can work with whatever you’ll give Me as you yield to My direction and follow My flow to the best of your ability trusting Me to make up the difference.
There will be times you don’t understand, and times you think I have “missed it” because you mistakenly thought you knew where I was headed – all that is fine and even expected – but refuse to allow it to harden your heart towards Me.
Trust Me to lead. Trust that you don’t need all the details to successfully execute My plans for you. Simply be open to the next step, and the next – on and on until suddenly you realize you know Me better than you thought because you’ve yielded and watched Me move, seen Me follow through, seen Me be faithful, and even seen Me have surprising and unexpected solutions.
Trust that I AM bigger than your failings, bigger than any human shortsightedness or insecurities, imperfections, or presumptions. I AM enough, rest in Me.
1 Timothy 5:18 (AMP) For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain [to keep it from eating],” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages [he deserves fair compensation].”
Beloved, refuse the temptation to operate in a poverty mindset – constantly trying to get something for nothing. Surely you remember that the silver and gold are Mine? When you’re living a lifestyle submitted to Me, you can rest in the knowledge that that which I desire you to have, I will provide for.
So rather than trying to cheapen the value I have placed on someone’s work or by trying to rob them of their wages, be excited about the opportunity to sow into their lives, trusting that fertile soil will bear fruit and rejoicing that you get to have some small part in it.
Be wise with whatever I’ve entrusted you with – be it great or small. This means being obedient to use it in the ways I direct you, not working so hard to stretch it that you’re actively cheating others (whether intentionally or not). Remember I love a cheerful giver, I love a generous heart. Refuse to have that stolen by a fear of lack, or be tempted into greed or envy – constantly desiring that which I have not provided for.
Trust Me. Trust that I have reasons for what I’ve provided for and what I have not, and that those reasons have nothing to do with whether I love you or not – for that is never in question. Be thankful for what you have and find contentment there.
Rest in Me and look to Me. Trust Me to provide for your needs. Refusing to accuse Me of shortchanging you, regardless of circumstance. I AM faithful, and I love you – always. Stand fast in your belief that I AM good.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (TPT) …Love never stops loving…
Beloved, I never stop loving you. Regardless of your choices, actions, thoughts and all the moments you fall short, My love remains the same. My hope for you is steadfast, and I find you inherently worthy of love no matter the decisions you make or whether other people seem to find you so. My love for you is eternal and unconditional, and you are made in My image.
You were created not just to be loved, but to love – without reserve. You may hate choices or be disappointed in situations, but refuse to let your love – based on the inherent nature of each person and the way I created them – to change. Be steadfast. Hold to the truth of who I made them. Expect that, prophesy it. Be relentless in prayer, and lavish love – and do so without strings or contingencies. Love like that is life-changing. Continue reading “Life-Changing Love”