Refuse to be Silent

Acts 18:9 (TLB) One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t quit!

Beloved, refuse to shrink back. Refuse to be cowed. No ploy of the enemy or criticism of man is worth bowing to fear. I AM with you. My grace sustains you. You are worthy and beloved by Me – not for what you do, but for who you are. And yet stand fast, refuse to be moved. Refuse to allow your testimony to be tarnished or stolen. You are able to withstand. My grace is sufficient.

For I, even I, have put the words in your mouth. So let them flow forth – allowing them to flow unhindered – planting seeds and watering each in their season. And watch beloved, for I will surely plant them in fertile ground and that will yield beautiful fruit. Rich is the reward.

Sing Precious Songbird

Psalm 104:33 (TLB) I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath!

Beloved, break forth in song – refuse to be made silent. For your delight is a blessing to Me and brings glory to My name. It shifts the atmosphere and declares My goodness. It magnifies Me and brings honor to My name. So sing, precious songbird, sing!

Never discount the power of your song. The sound coming forth breaks chains and sets the captives free. The angels respond to your voice – even the armies of heaven move out on the notes carried by your breath. Your voice changes things. It shifts things in the unseen realm as well as the seen. Refuse to be silent anointed songbird, release what I have placed within you for it is lovely and more powerful than you know.

Burst Forth in Praise

Psalm 5:11 (TPT) But let them all be glad, those who turn aside to hide themselves in you. May they keep shouting for joy forever! Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice. Then every lover of your name will burst forth with endless joy.

Beloved, burst forth in praise! Like an excited child, refuse to restrain your exuberance for Me. As a good and loving father smiling over the zealous delight of their baby girl, so is My joy over you, My precious and cherished child. Stay hidden in Me.

Celebrate. Celebrate Me. Allow your joyful exuberance – your passionate praise – and your dedication to your faith to overflow in all you do. Your joy is contagious, drawing those around you closer. Stay unapologetically joyous, for it is pleasing to Me. I delight in you.

[Merriam-Webster’s Thesaurus defines “celebrate” as “to proclaim the glory of” and some of the synonyms and related words listed are “bless, praise, exalt, magnify, worship, adore.”]

Refuse to Relinquish Your Victory

Isaiah 53:5 (AMPC) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

Beloved, the price has already been paid. By the blood of the Lamb you have overcome. Refuse to relinquish your victory. The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but My Son came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.

Refuse to live in death and darkness. Though the cage door has been thrown wide open, only you can choose to walk through into the fullness of your freedom. Refuse to settle in any area. Know that I AM with you. My rod and My staff comfort you. The price has been paid, embrace the fullness of the victory.

Pursue Humility with Diligence

1 Peter 5:6 (CSB) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time,

Beloved, refuse to be concerned or dismayed in humbling seasons knowing I AM the one who lifts men up and makes men great. Glory and honor come from Me alone. So be not troubled in moments you feel overlooked, undervalued, or unseen – for I see you and am holding My hand over you to cover you. But beloved, in due season…

So pursue humility with diligence, allowing it to grow and refine you. Wear it like a mantle and be known for your selfless support of others. Love like I love – steadfastly believing the best – and continually align your vision with Mine. Trust that I AM at work and bringing things together for good. And trust that I know the perfect moment to make you shine.

Trust Me Unreservedly

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”

Unleash Your Passion

Philippians 2:13 (TPT) God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him.

Beloved, trust that I have equipped you for every task you’re given. I will not send you out unprepared, and I AM always with you – refreshing and revitalizing you. I have given you all you need.

Focus your passion and complete that which has been set before you. For I give you not just the strength and ability to succeed, but the passion and drive to do so. Unleash your passion and do that which is pleasing to Me. Focus your attentions on the Kingdom and My glory, and let your zeal be contagious and unfaltering.

Let Your Faith and Your Walk Testify

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.

Support My Plans

Philippians 2:4 (TPT) Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests.

Beloved, refuse to allow pride and self-interest to direct your actions. Intentionally choose to focus on others, seek to build them up and support the plans I have for them trusting that I will see to yours. Keep your eyes fixed on Me and My vision – support that in your words and actions, building up those around you in their faith even as I build your own.

I AM mindful of your every need. You are seen by Me. Nothing that concerns you is beyond My notice. So fix your attentions on where I have you now rather than where you want to be, trusting Me to lead and direct you in each step in My perfect timing.

Follow My Lead

Matthew 11:28-30 (GW) …Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me…

Beloved, partner with Me and follow My lead. Even when two oxen are yoked together, one is leading. If both tried to lead, there would be strife and confusion. If the one submitting falls behind or surges ahead, he pulls the team out of alignment, inhibits the progress, and alters the path.

In the same way, you must stay aligned with Me. Refuse to allow fear, doubt, or apathy to slow your progress. Refuse to indulge impatience by stepping ahead of Me. Refuse to fight Me for control. There is a time for everything under the earth, trust Me to know the times.

Matthew 11:28-30 (GW) “Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Place my yoke over your shoulders, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble. Then you will find rest for yourselves because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”