Prepare Yourself in Him

Be Still” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

{hearing} You can’t be prepared for all of it, so, prepare yourself in Me.

With the way our world is and our current reality, there is a lot of fear, a lot of worrying, a lot of opinions floating around, a ton of emotions, incredible division, and a lot of speculation as to what is happening from a biblical perspective. There is no way for us to really look ahead and prepare for what is to come. I think it’s fair to say there is no telling what on earth is ahead.  Continue reading “Prepare Yourself in Him”

Sit with Me

“Come Away” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Put down the phone, the TV remote, and put the games way. Block out the distractions, and sit with Me. Just sit with Me and hear all I have to say to you. I want to tell you how much I love you, and I want to tell you all about the plans I have for you. However, you are always so busy, and sometimes you are busy doing nothing. Continue reading “Sit with Me”

Don’t Strive, Just Come: A Love Letter From Abba

“Come to the River” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

My beloved,

I’m writing you this love letter because it’s important for you to understand My heart. I created you in the secret place. I knit you together. I numbered every hair on your head. I mapped out the journey which would become your life. I know where you’re headed and how long it’s going to take you to get there. I know every detour you will take; some will be Mine and some will be yours. I know every word you will speak and the context of those words. I know every intention, inclination, and temptation you face in your life…every…single…day. Continue reading “Don’t Strive, Just Come: A Love Letter From Abba”

Fear My Name, I Have Redeemed You

“Fathomless God” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

The Fear of the Lord has many characteristics, promises, variations, and benefits. The awe of giving your reverence, honor, and full attention to the Savior King Jesus is just beautiful. The benefits of surrendering to a Holy God is mind-blowing. There is truly no other God besides Him.

Submit your thoughts and spend time in adoration and fear (awe and wonder) of His name. Listen to Him, and turn your affections to loving and obeying Him. Stand fast by placing your full trust and assurance in Him.

Allow your faith to be strengthened in fearing the name of the Lord —regardless of what you see. Live and walk according to the Spirit in repentance and humility. Fear His Name. Live in One Accord with the mind of Christ, forgiving one another and staying away from all evil. Obey His commandments.

“You are My witnesses I have chosen you. I Am with you. I’m doing a new thing. There is no God beside Me. My blessings are you and your offspring. Take delight in Me as I delight in you. I have called you by My name, and you are mine.

Isaiah 44:6-8 (NKJV) “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them. Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’ ”

“I renew and strengthen you with My righteous right hand. When you seek Me, you find Me. When you pray, I listen and answer in My perfect timing. You are named the priests and servants of God. You are a chosen kingdom of royalty.

“My promise is: instead of shame, I will pour double honor. I will replace confusion with the promise of rejoicing in your portion. In your land, you will possess double. I clothe My children with garments of salvation and robes of righteousness. I cause things that are sown to spring forth a spiritual harvest that is fruitful in due season.

Isaiah 61:6-8 (NKJV) But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Isaiah 43:1 (NKJV) But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

“My people are a crown of glory in My hand, a royal diadem. I rejoice over you, and My rewards are plentiful.”

God delights in us and will be married to our God. He rejoices over us, as we rejoice with him too. His rewards are with him. We are the Redeemed, rescued, people of The Most High God!

Isaiah 62:3-5 (NKJV) You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the Lord, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For-the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.

Isaiah 59:19-20 (NKJV) So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord.

 Proverbs 19:23 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 22:4 (NKJV) By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life. 

Psalm 33:8-9 (NKJV) Let all the earth fear the Lord let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him for he spoke, and it was done he commanded, and it stood fast. 

Psalms 33:18 (NKJV) Behold, the Eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in his mercy. 

by Sara Trog

Trust Me to Lead the Way

“Quest for Wisdom” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Beloved, at times the way forward may appear a bit foggy. Remember, you’re not alone. Take My hand, trust Me to lead the way. As your eyes begin to focus on Me, you look beyond your ability—fear is removed as joy takes its place. 

Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” 

 

He Makes the Darkness Tremble

by Jessica Smith Art

Below is a journal entry I wrote a few years ago after a great victory against demonic attack… 

Darkness parts like the Red Sea before the name of Jesus. His name sung in praise is like a sword of piercing light that severs the darkness before us. The power of that name lays flat every principality that stands in our way.

I keep having this same vision of me singing the name of Jesus against the enemy of my soul. I’m standing in the midst of thick demonic darkness. It’s surrounding me, blocking my way, suffocating me, pressing me on every side… trying to destroy me. This darkness is the poison of fear, anxiety, demonic manifestation, spirits of witchcraft, and death. And in this vision, I stand against it with one weapon… the weapon of the name of Jesus.

As I stand there with that darkness surrounding me I sing the name of Jesus. I take my eyes off the enemy, off what he’s doing against my life, off the threats of death, off the scary faces of doom and gloom, and I put my eyes on Jesus, and I sing that name. Then the song “Tremble” comes out, and I sing that song in my own way. “Jesus, Jesus, you make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus, you part the darkened sea. Jesus, Jesus, you make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus, you come and rescue me.” 

And as I sing, I see what happens as I sing… I see Jesus fight my battle. I see Jesus standing before me with lightning flashing from His wounded hands. Resurrection power destroying every demon and all the darkness that had been pressing in on me, tormenting me, it begins to tremble and shake until it completely disperses in terror of my God.

by Jessica Smith

A Father’s Love

“Unbroken Identity” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

She takes a glance in the bathroom mirror, she smiles. She’s in awe of how much she has grown in loving herself. Through her smile she whispers these words, “Papa, thank You for the beauty of Your love.”

A Father’s love has power. When a father is present and healthy, his love for his little girl speaks volumes in her life. She grows up with a healthy view of herself. She does not base how she sees herself on the lies of culture or people’s opinions. Instead, she is able to view herself through the eyes of her loving father.

1 John 3:1 (TPT) Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children.

Lately, my opinion of myself has changed. I didn’t lose weight. I’m not wearing makeup. I haven’t done anything different to change my natural appearance. I started accepting my Father’s love. When I hear His words of acceptance, love, and affirmation I receive every word. I no longer shrink back or deny who He says I am. I can see the truth of who I am through the eyes of my loving Papa.

A few years ago Papa said, “I am healing you from the abuse you suffered, and I will restore your innocence.”

{Visual} I see myself at five-years-old. I picture myself with curly ponytails, a cute little pink checkered dress, twirling around freely being me. 

Thank you, Papa, for loving me. Your love for me has opened my eyes, permitting me to freely love me.

[ “A Father’s Love” originally posted on Live Life Free, reposted in its entirety with permission.]

Favored One: Known One, Loved One

“Forever Bloom” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

Ephesians 3:14-21 (TPT) Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Now we offer up to God all the glorious praise that rises from every church in every generation through Jesus Christ—and all that will yet be manifest through time and eternity. Amen!

You are known and loved. Every hidden desire, need, want, shame, disappointment, and fear are known by God and He loves every part of you. He wants you to know that He delights in you and that you are valued, treasured, and cherished. You are His child. You are His heart. He created you to be known and loved by Him.

The word “know” can have many meanings when it comes to the Hebrew or Greek context. Ultimately, it means that God knows every single part of you and loves it all, and He is calling you to know Him in the same way. Yes, there are times He may be disappointed in your choices but, oh, how many more times there are when He is ecstatic over the steps you are taking and the progress you are making to become more like Him. 

He delights in you, His Child, and He is constantly whispering in your ear, “Well done, my child, well done!” He is so proud of you and is constantly saying of you, “Here is my child, who I love beyond words and am so pleased and delighted in!” This delight and pride is revealed in the favor you receive as you walk on the path He has planned and appointed you for. Receive this love and favor and know how much your Abba Daddy delights in you and rejoices over you in every way. 

{Hearing} You were born for an appointed time. Your design, your creation was highly favored by Me. You were created for a purpose and that purpose is to be My child, My Favored One. Nothing you do, no direction you go in, no decision you make will separate you from My love. Do I have ordained plans for you? Yes, I do. Yet no matter whether you choose to follow the path I have for you or not, I love you. (Romans 8:38-39 [AMP])

Favored One: An Appointed One for an Appointed Time

“Infinite Possibilities” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

During prayer time one day, God highlighted the name “Seth” to me, and below are revelations and the prophetic download I received as I pursued God’s heart. 

Genesis 5:3 (AMP) [emphasis mine] When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. 

The name of “Seth” can mean “appointed.” 

Definition of Appointed: to name or assign to a position, an office, or the like; designate: to appoint a new treasurer; to appoint a judge to the bench. to determine by authority or agreement; fix; set: to appoint a time for the meeting. (Definition found at Dictionary.com)

{vision} Saw a hand reaching down from heaven and the impression was from the verse Matthew 3:17 (AMP), “And behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!’”

2 Peter 1:17 (TPT) Yes, Father God lavished upon him radiant glory and honor when his distinct voice spoke out of the realm of majestic glory, endorsing him with these words: This is my cherished Son, marked by my love. All my delight is found in him!

Dear Favored One, for such a time as this, you have been selected. You were created before the foundations of the earth to fulfill My purpose. My purpose is this: to be loved by Me and take that love to others. That is it. You are My child, created in My image. I am Love, so, therefore, you are created to reflect that love, to be that love. In order to do that, you must receive My love. You are My child, My Favored One. 

So, come and crawl into My lap. I am your captive audience. I want to hear all you have to say. I want to see all that you have to show Me. Allow Me in. My desire is for you. I want to show you all My wonders. I want you to come create with Me. You were created by Me at this appointed time to be with Me. Only you can fulfill that space in My heart. Only you can partner with Me and create with Me the beautiful things that I have planned for us to do together. Only you! I love you, My child—My Favored One. I love you. {Sensing a tender, gentle voice soothing the pain and removing all doubts and unbelief, healing the broken heart and mind and removing weapons of wounding, replacing and transforming all misgivings and lies with truth and love.}

How Do I Hear God’s Voice?

“Peace Like a River” by Meghan Williams of Dyed4you Art

1 Kings 19:12 (NIV) After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

One of the questions I get asked the most is, “How do you know you’re hearing God and are in His will?”

I remember personally asking this question so often, and for some reason, nobody could truly answer it. Now I can say I’m so thankful for my own personal journey with Papa and the amazing people He brought into my life that have shown and taught me so much. Regardless of what you’re facing at the moment, allow me to reassure you that you will appreciate the experience later, no matter how painful and difficult it may be. God is using every single situation to teach us and grow us closer to Him.

Now, how do I know I hear God? Peace! That is the answer to everything. It’s really that simple. Unfortunately, as humans, we love to overcomplicate things. Simply put, we have to step out of our comfort zone and trust God to guide us and lead us on the path He’s called us to. When we have that thirsty desire to please God and do His will, we have to take chances. It’s OK to make mistakes, however, we’re also responsible to own up to them and not make excuses or try to defend our actions. Learning how to hear God does mean making mistakes.

A small whisper, a gut feeling, an unexplained knowing—all of this followed by peace is God speaking! Be confident in who you are in the Lord. Don’t listen to the enemy’s lies. He’s the father of lies but we are the righteousness of God through Christ. Refresh your memory with what your true identity is in the Lord. Know that you hear Him. Know that He lives in you and that He will never leave you or forsake you.

John 16:33(NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

[“How Do I Hear God’s Voice?” originally posted on Larisa-Chirila.com, reposted in its entirety with permission.]