Ephesians 3:12 (AMP) in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ].
Beloved, refuse to cower. I love My children and welcome them in My presence. There is no reason to cower or hesitate when you know who you are in Me. So refuse to allow guilt, fear, shame, the opinions of men, or any other force to convince you that you are unworthy. For those thoughts do not align with Mine.
Instead, may the truth of your identity find its foundation in My thoughts of you. May your truth align firmly with My Word. And may you walk in boldness rooted in Me. You are the child of the King, so refuse to cower, beloved, and walk in the boldness of your true identity. Continue reading “Refuse to Cower”
2 Timothy 3:16 (VOICE) All of Scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right
Beloved, not one word of My Word is wasted. Its depths you can spend a lifetime plumbing. There is wisdom and insight and instruction throughout. Ask Me for revelation. Ask Me to bring forth the intricacies, and share with you the wisdom of the ages.
Remember the study of My Word is no light, inconsequential matter. It takes time and dedication. So be intentional, beloved. Build on your understanding of My Word day after day, word after word. Be nourished, sustained, and become fruitful as you feast extravagantly on My Word.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 (GW) God will certainly judge everything that is done. This includes every secret thing, whether it is good or bad.
Beloved, I’m not hovering, waiting for you to mess up so I can smite you. Nor am I eagerly awaiting seeing you stumble or fall. But the fact remains, I see all and I AM righteous. I AM the righteous judge and I don’t grade on a curve. Yet I AM slow to anger and rich in mercy.
What this means is don’t simply do your best – deciding for yourself what seems right or wrong, but rather know My Word that you might understand what is expected and the measure by which all is judged. Then look to Me to help you walk out My will.
I AM a good father. I AM patient and kind. Let Me help and let My Spirit teach you. And in the moments you fall short, don’t delay in repenting and realigning with My heart. Put your hand in Mine and walk with Me in righteousness.
Job 25:2 (AMP) Dominion and awe belong to God; He establishes peace and order in His high places.
Beloved, I AM sovereign, and My rule brings peace and justice. For I AM the righteous judge, Elohim Mishpat – God of Justice. I do what is right and establish righteousness in My Kingdom. Align yourself with Me.
If you claim to yield to Me, but persist in walking in unrighteousness, you are deceiving yourself. Those who truly know Me walk in truth. So immerse yourself in My Word, beloved, that you might fully understand that which is good and perfect and true, and then you can walk in it. Then you will be a child of justice just as I AM the God thereof.
1 John 5:3 (VOICE) You see, to love God means that we keep His commands, and His commands don’t weigh us down.
Beloved, choose to walk in obedience not because you fear punishment, but rather because your love for Me is so great and your honor for Me goes so deep you’d never want to choose differently. You want to choose My blessings – the ones that come by obedience. Just as a good earthly father rewards good behavior, so do I. But even so, resist the urge to obey simply for My rewards.
Instead just love Me so much that you want to obey My instructions with a joyous heart to demonstrate your love for Me. You know if I’ve said it, it must be important – even if you don’t understand. Choose obedience above understanding. Beloved, obeying My Word is not a burden, it is where true joy and blessing are found.
Ephesians 5:26 (VOICE) …He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word.
Beloved, allow My Word to wash over you. Take the time to soak in it. Meditate and saturate. Be washed clean, refreshed, and renewed. Allow it to hydrate and soften you, let it remove and restructure areas that are dry and brittle.
And in the same way water refuses to be held back – managing to find cracks and crevices, and then over time changing the shape of even the hardest surfaces, yield to the life-changing flow and be transformed.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (VOICE) I want you to know that the Eternal your God is the only true God. He’s the faithful God who keeps His covenants and shows loyal love for a thousand generations to those who in return love Him and keep His commands.
Beloved, will you be faithful? Will you write My Word upon your heart and act from its overflow? Will you choose to love sacrificially for Me? Will you put keeping My commands above the opinions of man and your own flawed judgment? I AM righteous. I AM holy. I AM worthy of your unbridled devotion. So choose Me. I AM your God.
I AM faithful and I AM true. I remember My promises and act upon them with perfect accuracy. I remember My faithful ones long after they have left the earth, and repay their faithfulness from generation to generation. I AM a good God. I AM the only true God, and I AM yours. Be intentional in your devotion to Me.
Numbers 23:19 (VOICE) God is not a man—He doesn’t lie. God isn’t the son of a man to want to take back what He’s said, Or say something and not follow through, or speak and not act on it.
Beloved, My Word is irrevocable. It is unchanging and firm. It is dependable and steadfast. It is unwavering and life-altering. For I AM God. I AM not one to let you down nor one to forget your needs – you are precious to Me and ever on My mind. I AM not a man who might lie, nor do I change My mind – what I have said, will come to pass.
Be intentional to align with My Word, and to stand in unalterable expectation of its fulfillment, for it is surer than the coming sunrise. Nothing can stand against Me and remain. If I AM for you, none can stand against you. So stand with Me and refuse to be moved.
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.
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Beloved, My Word reveals truth. By equipping you with truth, not only does My Word protect you from lies others would attempt to pass off as truth, but it keeps you from deceiving yourself as well.
In the light of My Word, you cannot hide. You are naked and welcome to be unashamed, for, beloved, I do not give revelation to bring you shame, but rather to heal you and make you whole.
Just as impurities must come to the surface of a wound and be cleaned away so complete healing may come, so must you release the falsehoods you’ve embraced as truth. See yourself rightly. Discern My love for you accurately.
Allow My living breathing Word to bring life and make you whole. My Spirit quickening the truths to your heart, and My immense love for you revealing itself page after page.