Psalm 40:2 (VOICE) He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay. With a gentle hand, He pulled me out To set me down safely on a warm rock; He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.
Beloved, I AM Elohim Azar – God your Helper, and I will not leave you helpless. So in that moment you feel lost and afraid, reach for Me with full confidence, for I AM present. I AM YHVH Shammah – the Lord is present, and I AM with you to sustain you.
Have faith in Me for I AM El Aman – the faithful God, and I will not desert My children. So when you find yourself in the darkness and when you feel pressed on all sides, rest in Me for I AM able – fully able, to help you in your time of need. I AM Elohim Yakol – God most able, so trust in Me.
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”
Daniel 3:25 (VOICE) Nebuchadnezzar: Then why do I see four men, completely unbound, walking around in the middle of the fire? They don’t appear to be hurt at all…
Beloved, the fiery trials the enemy meant for evil, I will use for your good. I bring freedom from bondage and liberty from the chains that hold you down. The faith and strength you need to withstand are found within the flames when you choose to wholly trust in Me.
I AM Palet, your deliverer, and I AM mighty to save. So reach for Me, and hold fast. Face the flames with boldness, and embrace the fiery trials of testing knowing you will walk away free and refined – blessed rather than injured. For I will meet you in the fire, and I will make you whole.
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”
Psalm 23:4 (VOICE) Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted.
Beloved, there is nothing I will not walk through with you. So in your darkest moments when you struggle to believe I’m there, rest in the knowledge I AM by your side and will not ever leave.
So press into Me. Allow Me to sustain you and be your strength, for I AM able and I AM willing, and I AM greater than you know. Be comforted by My right hand, and guided by My eye. Trust in Me, and rest assured.
Psalm 89:21 (VOICE) My strong hand will stay with him and sustain him, regardless of trial or foe. My mighty arm will be his strength and shield.
Beloved, be not concerned for the battle ahead, for victory is assured. The trials – though not easy – are surmountable with Me. Strength and character are honed in the fight, and singlemindedness of purpose.
Embrace these blessings rather than simply longing for it to be over, which only seems to drag out the process. Trust that I AM sustaining you and My hand is at work for good, and that we will win the day.
Psalm 2:12 (VOICE) …blessings await all who trust in Him. They will find God a gentle refuge.
Beloved, regardless of who may have hurt you in days past, I’m not them. I AM faithful and true, and I fiercely guard My children. Rest in Me and trust Me to have you’re best interests at heart – even when you cannot see it.
Those who trust in Me will not be put to shame, for I cover them with My blessings and walk with them through each trial. The presence of hardships in your life does not mean I’m not faithful, for character and faith are built in those moments. But know I AM with you – sustaining you through your darkest hours, and I promise joy comes in the morning. So trust in Me.
Matthew 6:13 (KJV) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…
Beloved, you can always ask that I not lead you into temptation, but know when the times of testing come, it is simply an opportunity for your character to grow. I AM with you in the midst of every trial, and nothing is too hard for Me.
So look to Me, in seasons of trial and temptation as well as season of rest and blessing, for I AM God in them all. I AM the deliverer, YHVH Sabaoth – the Lord of Hosts, the One who walks in victory. And as you stand with Me, you walk in victory too. Continue reading “Walk in Victory”
Revelation 21:4 (AMPC) God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
Beloved, resist the urge to get swept up in the cares and pains of this world. Remember that your time on earth is like the blink of an eye, while My Kingdom is everlasting. Sorrow may last for a night, but remember to embrace the joy of the new day – for it always comes.
The griefs and trials of today will pass, so be intentional to look ahead and align with eternity. Grieve, but don’t be overcome with grief. Trust My heart. Trust My plan. Allow My Spirit to comfort and encourage you. Rest in Me. Rely on Me. Hide yourself in Me. And look ahead. Continue reading “Look Ahead”
Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV) For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry.
Beloved, resist the urge to be frustrated when promises seem to be delayed, for you know that I AM good to My word and I will bring all that I have promised to pass. I watch over My word to perform it.
So allow such moments of seeming holdup to stretch your faith, and yield to My growing process. I do all things with purpose and intention, and I AM using all things for good. So embrace the trials of waiting with joy knowing My hand is at work.