Isaiah 43:2 (VOICE) When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm; you will not be engulfed in raging rivers. If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs, keep going; you won’t be burned.
Beloved, refuse to walk in fear. No matter what you face, I face it with you. Your journey will always include hardships – for everyone’s does, but as you walk in confidence with Me at your side, you will prevail.
Resist the urge to be overwhelmed by troubles as they come. Instead look to Me for the path through the flames. I AM with you to guide you. So refuse to walk in fear because you walk with Me.
Matthew 3:17 (VOICE) Voice from Heaven: This is My Son, whom I love; this is the Apple of My eye; with Him I am well pleased.
Beloved, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to bless you. You are the apple of My eye – more precious to Me than words can express, such is the depth of My love for you. But I will not thoughtlessly give you that which will harm you.
So ask Me for what you will without reservation, but then trust Me to do what is best. Resist the urge to assign negative motives or heart intentions to My decisions, and instead remember that I see all and I know all, therefore My judgment is perfect. And above all, remember I move from love.
John 3:5-6 (TPT) Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm. For the natural realm can only give birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life!
Beloved, pursue Me. Seek hard after the things of heaven, and expect the wind of My Spirit to blow. Be intentional to cultivate your spiritual senses. That which you focus on, you make room for. If you want more of My Spirit, make room by focusing in, and hone your senses so that you might receive.
I AM always eager and ready to interact with My children. If you press into Me, I will press in to you. The depth of relationship available to you with Me is fathomless. So spread wide your arms and throw back your head, and allow My Spirit-wind to move you. Continue reading “Allow My Spirit-Wind to Move You”
Matthew 5:6 (GW) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God’s approval. They will be satisfied.
Beloved, when your heart is fixed on Me, nothing you say or do can pull you from My grasp. This is not to say you will be perfect, nor that you will be sinless, simply that if your heart is fixed on Me, My heart will stay fixed on you.
I’m not afraid of your imperfection. Your flawed choices don’t surprise Me or scare Me off. I AM for those who are for Me, and as you seek to yield your path to Me, I will lead you on. So cultivate your hunger, and stir up your thirst. Continually increase your pursuit of Me, and trust Me to light your way.
Hosea 6:1 (VOICE) Come on, let’s renew our loyalty to the Eternal One! He tore us like a lion, but He’ll heal us; He wounded us, but He’ll bandage us.
Beloved, My love for you never changes – no matter what you do or say. And I AM never cruel or unfeeling towards you. I will, however, allow hardships into your life to shape and mold you, and to build your character.
I do not do this to be unkind, though in the moment it may feel that way. The contrast of “bad” gives “good” a greater fullness. Just as the contrast of sorrow brings joy more depth. If a child is given everything they want and they experience no hardship, they will be spoiled and self-focused. I will not do that to My children, for My love for them is too great.
Therefore, I allow hardships and trials, but I walk through them with you. I AM present – ready to give support and strength as you reach for Me. Then as you come out the other side, I bring healing and restoration. And just as a scar strengthens the area where there has been a wound, I will strengthen you in the areas you’ve been tried.
So face the flames of testing unafraid, knowing I AM with you and will walk you through, knowing you will be stronger for doing so, and knowing challenges are simply part of life. And, beloved, life is worth embracing in all its fullness. Continue reading “Face the Flames”
Luke 11:8 (GW) I can guarantee that although he doesn’t want to get up to give you anything, he will get up and give you whatever you need because he is your friend and because you were so bold.
Beloved, ask boldly. For you know My throne of grace is there and approachable. You have but to come to Me and ask. I consider each and every request you bring. I give all of them the weight and consideration they deserve.
I will never disparage you or your thoughts, so have no fear. I never think your requests are below my notice. Nor do I find you audacious for dreaming big. I love to know everything that is on your heart. So don’t hold back. Ask, seek, and knock, and then eagerly expect the door to open.
John 16:24 (TPT) Until now you’ve not been bold enough to ask the Father for a single thing in my name, but now you can ask, and keep on asking him! And you can be sure that you’ll receive what you ask for, and your joy will have no limits!
Beloved, I AM a good Father who loves His children. Do you think a young child hesitates from asking their beloved earthly parent for anything their heart desires? Or that the parent of the cherished little one doesn’t weigh each request with reverence, desiring deeply to bless the child they love?
So beloved one, ask! Resist the urge to edit your requests, and instead pour out your heart’s desires to Me – trusting Me with those secret thoughts. If I withhold, it is not from a place of rejection or any lack of love, for My desire to bless you is beyond your comprehension. So take the limits off of Me and ask.
Proverbs 3:17-18 (TPT) The ways of wisdom are sweet, always drawing you into the place of wholeness. Seeking for her brings the discovery of untold blessings, for she is the healing tree of life to those who taste her fruits.
Beloved, seek fast after wisdom and ask Me for it, for I will not withhold it. But remember that seeking and having wisdom is only part of the journey. Implementing that wisdom and making decisions based on it is essential as well.
For as you walk in wisdom, blessing overtakes you. It draws you into a place of wholeness. And from that place of completeness, you are able to effectively pour out to others. So seek wisdom. Ask for it. Then walk in wisdom that you might be blessed and be a blessing. Continue reading “Walk in Wisdom”
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (AMP) For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the latter one an aroma from death to death [a fatal, offensive odor], but to the other an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is adequate and sufficiently qualified for these things?
Beloved, resist the urge to be offended when those who don’t know Me taunt and tease you. Remember the fragrance of your life is an offering to Me, it need not appeal to them nor is it likely to.
Your light reminds them that they are in darkness, and no matter how much they may have grown accustomed to the dark, I have placed a desire in each heart for My light. The longing for it can cause a jealous desire they themselves may not even recognize.
So refuse to allow yourself to be influenced by the unkind words of those around you. Instead be firmly rooted in who I say you are and walk in full confidence in your identity as a precious child of Mine. Continue reading “Walk in Full Confidence”
Leviticus 6:13 (JUB) The fire shall burn continuously upon the altar; it shall not be put out.
Beloved, there’s no wrong time to worship Me. When you’re feeling overwhelming gratitude, it’s the right time. When you’re overcome with sorrow, it’s the right time. When trials press in on all sides, it’s the right time. It’s always the right time.
Be intentional to let nothing steal your praise. Make time to lavish Me with your affections, and let Me do so in return. Keep the flame on the altar of your heart continuously burning – may it never go out.