Ecclesiastes 4:11 (AMP) Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?
Beloved, I have created you for multiplication. Though yes, you can accomplish much alone, I have made you for connection, and for the power that is found there. Resist the urge to to avoid it, it is worth the effort.
It is worth the frustration in moments of misunderstanding, and worth the character building that occurs when you must operate in grace and humility to create unity. Though it takes work – without a doubt, it truly is worth it.
So resist the temptation to protect your heart by holding others away, and choose instead to love as if you’ll never get hurt. Trust your heart to me, and choose to walk in love and experience intertwined strength. Continue reading “Intertwined Strength”
1 Chronicles 16:27 (DBY) Majesty and splendour are before him; Strength and gladness in his place.
Beloved, rejoice for I AM good. Release a sound of praise as a call of victory, for strength is found in My presence and you abide with Me. Behold My majesty. Pause in awe of My grandeur. My glory is resplendent, let wonder fill your face.
Who is more deserving of your worship? Who is more worthy of your praise? I AM the God of the impossible. I AM the One who moves mountains and causes the dead to rise. My glory fills the heavens and all creation sings My praise.
Pour out your acceptable offering. Be filled with My joy and strength. I extend My hand in welcome, so let hesitation fall away. Refuse to feel unworthy, for I have chosen you, I long for you, and I love you more than words can say.
Numbers 23:20 (VOICE) Look here, I received a word of blessing, and He has spoken a blessing. I cannot take it back.
Beloved, My promises are yes and amen. I AM not capricious nor am I looking for reasons to change My mind. When I bless, I have blessed, and that blessing remains.
Resist the urge to be offended if the blessing is conditional, for I make the conditions known from the onset that you may choose rightly. Refuse to behave like a spoiled child who feels entitled to all life’s joys without care or responsibility.
What kind of Father would I be if I corrupted My children? I AM a good Father. So yes, some blessings come as a result of behavior, but also some come simply as a result of My generous love and desire to bless (like sunshine and rain).
So receive with gratitude all you have been given. Trust that I have reason for each thing I grant or withhold, release or delay. But you can rest assured that each decision is being made from a heart filled with love for you, and that even in the moments of trial I AM there. Continue reading “The Truth About Blessings”
Luke 8:17 (VOICE) Hidden things will always come out into the open. Secret things will come to light and be exposed.
Beloved, I AM not blind, nor do I hide My eyes from the things done in darkness. I AM the bringer of light because I AM light. I AM the revealer of mysteries and I expose the acts of wickedness and deception. I see and understand every motivation of every heart, and I shed light and bring truth that all will see and know and that every excuse is brought to naught.
For I AM holy, and I will not be mocked. Wickedness begets wickedness, and righteousness is born of truth. So hold fast to the truth and stay in the light. Walk rightly. My sheep know My voice and another’s they will not follow. Trust that I will bring forth truth, and fix your gaze on Me. Continue reading “Stay in the Light”
Psalm 3:5 (VOICE) I lie down at night and fall asleep. I awake in the morning— healthy, strong, vibrant —because the Eternal supports me.
Beloved, when you lie down I AM there, and when you rise up I AM there. I AM always with you, and My hand always upholds you. My support of you is steadfast, and in it you can find rest and peace. Dwell in Me. Allow yourself to feel My touch, for it is there – steadfast and sure, unchanging and steady, I AM there.
Knowing I AM with you and that I support you, look to Me. Look to Me in times of trouble. Look to Me for comfort. Look to Me for encouragement. Find in Me your joy. Whatever the need, look to Me.
Psalm 96:6 (NASB) Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Beloved, find your rest in Me. Behold the beauty of My presence. Allow the awe of My majesty to fill your heart and overflow. May that overflow pour forth as a pleasing offering before My throne.
Find strength and resolve in My presence. Allow your faith to be renewed. Recharge and refresh as you sit at My feet. Refuse to allow life to get in the way of finding time with Me, for I AM worthy and indeed your very heart cries out for Me – for the presence of the Living God.
Leviticus 23:3 (NLT) “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the LORD’s Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live.
Beloved, I created you and I know well your inner workings. Just as a car comes with a manual so you know how to take care of it in a way to keep it in the best condition, so I have instructed you in My Word about how you should live. I have not created this structure to exert needless control, but rather because having made you, I know what you need in order to be your best, and I have instructed you accordingly.
Resist the urge to neglect the rest you need. I have instructed you that six days you may work, but should set aside the seventh for rest. It is not wasteful to observe the sabbath. It is needful. Pause for times of refreshing in My presence. Pause for times of fellowship with the Body. Pause simply to rest. Make time for sabbath rest and see how you flourish.
Psalm 142:4 (GW) Look to my right and see that no one notices me. Escape is impossible for me. No one cares about me.
Beloved, though there may be times you feel overlooked, unseen, unimportant, and worthless, those feelings are not communicating truth to you. Refuse to take the bait. The enemy seeks to convince you of these things, but he is a liar and the father of lies.
Remember that David, a man after My own heart, a man quoted and beloved, a man still inspiring multitudes hundreds of years later felt the same way. You never know the full impact your life and actions have.
So keep your eyes and heart fixed on Me. Focus on obedience, and knowing and loving My Word. Abide with Me, and allow a life cultivated in that fertile soil to bear fruit and do so abundantly. Continue reading “Refuse to Take the Bait”
Job 28:28 (CSB) He said to mankind, “The fear of the LORD –that is wisdom. And to turn from evil is understanding.”
Beloved, as you see Me as I AM, you cannot help but be moved by My holiness and respond in kind. In reverential fear, choose to reject that which is evil and turn your back on sin. Resist temptation.
Allow your heart to be so tender that a gentle whisper from My Spirit brings conviction and change. Willingly yield to My Spirit, beloved, and choose to flow in the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord.
Exodus 31:3 (AMP) I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom and skill, in understanding and intelligence, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,
Beloved, I have gifted you not just with wisdom, but with an understanding of what to do with that wisdom. When I grant you insight, you understand what is to be done with it. When I gift you with an idea, you understand how to execute it. Acknowledge the source of that understanding, for it flows from Me alone.
Cherish the gift you have been given. Share it liberally with others in the Body. Simply because it comes easily to you does not mean it is of no value, it is a gift; therefore, recognize it as one. With reverence and honor flow in My Spirit of Understanding.
And, beloved, if you feel as though you lack understanding, ask Me for it. For you know I AM a generous God and I love to bless My children. So ask in faith and expectantly wait to receive.