Thursday, April 30, 2020
Many people do not understand why their hope fails, yet in reality, their concept of hope is wrong. That’s why it is of utmost importance to know what true hope is. Christian hope is not dependent on another person, place or thing, but rather dependent on the Lord alone.
It’s not wishful thinking, vague longing, or trying to fulfill a dream, but rather is assured, unchangeable, and absolute.
It’s not determined by circumstances, surroundings, events, or abilities, but rather by what is already secure and promised. And it is not dependent on the stars, luck, or chance but has already been determined and settled in the heart and mind of God for our good and because of His unfailing love for us.
No human being or situation can fulfill all your deepest needs. Both people and situations change throughout our lives.
You may have days of feeling satisfied, but the satisfaction is temporary, the glimmer of hope fleeting. Only God can provide you with the love, acceptance, and security that at the end of the day is at the root of what our hearts are longing for. And God stands ready to meet your deepest inner needs. This is where our true source of hope is. This is His promise to us – Jesus the Anchor of our soul firm and steadfast. He will meet our deepest needs.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
What giants are you facing today?
Would it make any difference if you just stopped...got still with God...and considered that your conflict is not against flesh or things seen, but against spiritual wickedness in high places?
Would you get on your knees in obedience...align your will with His...and surrender it to The LORD of Hosts, Jehovah-Sabaoth?
Why place your faith or trust in something less than the All-seeing, All-knowing, Almighty Creator? Why take on the battle without The Lord when there is so much power in His Name alone?
Do not fear. Do not be dismayed or discouraged. Stand firm in your faith at the feet of Jesus. He is always with you and will NEVER leave or forsake you!
HE IS RULER OVER ALL principalities and powers, seen and unseen. He is bigger than any giants we will ever face. And the battle belongs to Him!
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
2 Chronicles 20:15(b)
...Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze.
1 Samuel 17:47
And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
1 Samuel 17:45
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Our greatest need is for love. In order to love we must be carriers of it. Oswald Chambers said “No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God first.”
Only the love of God satisfies. If you are desperately trying to get your need for love met in anyone or anything outside of God, then you will live in constant disappointment. But, the love of God never disappoints. Run to Jesus and let Him fill you with His love - perfect, satisfying, unfailing - the bond of perfection.
1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:16
And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.
1 Corinthians 13:8(a)
Love never fails.
Monday, April 27, 2020
Your problems or your God?
What's bigger? A relationship that parted ways or the God who parted the Red Sea?
What's bigger? The people that are cursing you and throwing stones at you or the God who slayed a giant with a single pebble?
What's bigger? The fiery trial you are in or the God who when called on scorched His enemies with blazing flames from Heaven?
His word is full of revelation of His greatness and majesty. When we have the ability to see Him in His fullness, everything else seems to fade away. When you call on the magnified, glorified King of Kings and Lord of lords, the Alpha and the Omega...then everything else looks a whole lot smaller. Magnify Him, let Him exalt Himself on High in your life, let Him display His power and glory and move you to Awe! Through the revelation of His character in His word and the manifestation of His presence and power in your life!
"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours"- 1 Chronicles 29:11
Go ahead...call on Him... "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know"-Jeremiah 33:3
Friday, April 24, 2020
Run to and rest in the open, eternal arms of our loving Father. Release all your burdens to Him and take His yoke instead.
Resign yourself to the will of God and seek His Holy counsel. He will sustain you and uphold you with His righteous hand. .
Be still in His loving care while He refreshes you with Living Waters...as you find rest and repose for your weary soul.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
to whom he said, 'This is the resting place, let the weary rest,' and, 'This is the place of repose...'
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
What is greater...Your problems, or your God? A relationship that has parted ways, or the God who parted the Red Sea? The people cursing you and throwing stones at you, or the God who slayed a giant with a single pebble? The fiery trial you are in, or the God who, when called upon, scorched His enemies with blazing flames from Heaven?
His Word is full of revelations of His greatness, majesty, faithfulness, and omniscience. When we see even a glimpse of Him in His fullness, everything we face fades and appears oh so small. When we call on the King of kings, LORD of hosts, Alpha and the Omega, Creator of all things, Holiest of holies, and the One who has defied death, our perspective drastically changes.
Invite Him to exalt Himself in your life! Ask Him to rest His strength on your weaknesses; to display His glory and move you to awe! Get into His Word; pray for revelation of His character and essence. Love Him, praise Him, and seek to know Him intimately. Call upon Him...and experience the manifestation of His presence and power in your life!
"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood fast.
You alone are the LORD. You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all things, and the heavenly host worships You.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Tonight I went on my evening walk at the wetlands and I saw this guy crouched down next to his bike on the trail. I thought maybe he was taking a photo or something... and as I shifted away from him I saw... he wasn’t taking a photo. He was praying. On his hands and knees praying.
It was such a beautiful photo that I had to come home and draw it so I would never forget it. This is what this person chose to do as I chose to listen to an interview on the virus.... and my perspective was quickly changed.
May we find peace in the solitude.
May we find hope in the silence.
May we find love silently covering us in ways we never thought it would before.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27
Friday, April 17, 2020
Just close your eyes and picture for a moment...
Your tears cascading as precious jewels and being meticulously collected by the Abba Father as He watches you from Heaven on His Magnificent Throne...His heart grieving with you, mourning each and every tear with you...tenderly cleansing, healing and sanctifying you through each and every drop.
Could David's impression of our Lord be accurate? I believe so! This is in His Word for a reason! He longs for us to know the measure of His Love for us! He desires great intimacy and involvement in all areas of our lives; we just have to turn it over to Him.
When I read this, I am reminded and comforted that, through His Mercy and Love, He does not waste a single, solitary drop of our suffering. Through our trials and by His Grace, we can gain compassion, strength of character and revelation...if we partner with Him, we become more diverse in ways He can utilize us for His Glory!
Friends, I once cried for myself and my pitiful life, until I actually reached a point where I was so hardened that I could not cry at all. In His Mercy, He took my hand and showed me that He had collected and cried every tear with me. The tears came once again, this time in the form of renewal. And through all my unworthiness, He increased my compassion and love for Him, myself and humanity.
Take heed friends...He knows and feels your sorrow. Cry out to The Lord and ask Him to sanctify and restore you! And one day, He will wipe away ALL our tears...That is a promise! (Rev. 21:4)
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Some of us are natural warriors. Through our experiences and temperament, it is ingrained into our very fiber to fight when faced with adversity. Others choose to retreat...bury the feeling and run. Interestingly, these responses even mimic the physiologic design our Elohim created in us, known as “fight or flight.” Thus, whether it is a learned belief system or an involuntary response, when faced with fear we tend to either fight or run. However, The LORD has told us repeatedly to fear not...and fearlessness is achievable only if we are dependent upon Him.
For those who fight, we have to remember The LORD is the mightiest of warriors. We think we’ve made it through some “stuff” and pride ourselves on being a strong person. But, this in itself is a weakness and a struggle. Self-reliance is not trusting God, and it prevents Him from pouring His fullness into us. HIS power is made perfect in our weakness. HE is the source of our strength. We are only conquerors through Christ! When we are dependent on God, Christ’s power will rest upon us. Living in self-reliance-warrior-mode is exhausting because we are fighting a battle we cannot win alone. The war, the battle, and the victory is His!
Likewise, if we tend to bury and retreat, we never face the very things we are afraid of...so we continue to run. Nothing ever gets fully resolved. In essence, we never process through anything with Jesus, never receive healing, and never fully experience Grace. We should instead run to our Strong Tower of Strength, seek His refuge, and allow Him to cover us with His wing. We must retreat into His presence, not into ourselves, or (especially) into our own thinking. If we are not willing to confront issues with Jesus, like the “fighter,” we are self-reliant in carrying our burdens. We grow weary, exhausted, and debilitated as the weight accumulates. We become a prisoner in our own mind and never experience peace. The task is to take His yoke, hold our thoughts captive in Christ, and invite Him in to repair the wounds we have neglected due to fear.
Rejoice, for Jesus is the Prince of peace! Perfect love casts away all fear.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
We praise You for the promise of Your refuge and the covering of Your comfort...for the promise of Your balm on the broken hearted and crushed in spirit.
Lord, we claim the victory that we are never alone, never orphans...that You have prepared a way for us to dwell with You eternally...and we pray for Your guidance and protection in our temporary dwelling place.
Lord, we praise You that You are always near, and we call upon You in truth for healing in our hearts...in our homes...in our communities...in our world.
Lead us by still waters and bless us with strength and endurance; keep us on Your ordained and anointed path of light and love...and we praise You that because of Your plan, we have purpose!
Jesus, we need You every minute of every day! We pray for Your Kingdom...for You to remove all sorrow and wipe the tears from our eyes...for the day when every knee bows to You, Almighty Father God! For You are worthy!
Thank You, Lord, for deliverance and for making Your home in our hearts. Cleanse and purify us, according to Your will.
In The Name of Jesus Christ, our precious Savior, we praise You and pray these things,
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
It is written: "As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God."
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Faith is not a feeling or emotion and often defies all human logic or reasoning. But, through faith, we gain understanding and Everlasting Truth.
Faith is choosing to take God at His Word....though unseen, the evidence of God and what He accomplishes through His command is all around us.
When we chose to take Him at His Word, we need to get into The Word...bring God into the situation and align our emotions with His Truth.
Having faith in Him and trusting His Truth brings an unchanging, unwavering, unlimited resource and reality into our circumstances.
When we choose to walk in faith and are obedient to The Will of God, we have created a partnership with an unmatched Leader and Lord over all, who loves us and longs for our good...who created us in His image...desires to transform us and bring us from faith to faith...from glory to glory. Let us walk in obedient faith and be blessed by His reward for our devotion...for our Father is faithful...and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
"By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3)
Sunday, April 12, 2020
This is our unending hope of eternal life...our priceless, undefiled and promised inheritance:
Jesus Christ was resurrected on the third day by our Holy, Heavenly Father that we too may live.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your precious gift! Thank You for reconciling us to The Father...for our rescue and redemption...for covering us with the seal of Your eternal promise! Hallelujah!
1 John 3:3
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
1 Peter 1:21
Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 Corinthians 6:14
By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
Friday, April 10, 2020
As humans in a fallen world, it is inevitable that we will all face some form of rejection, abandonment, temptation and persecution in our lives.
But, we can take heart that God took human form as Jesus Christ and was also rejected, abandoned and persecuted. He suffered in ways far beyond what any of us will ever face or can possibly comprehend. He completely knows and understands our pain and suffering. After all, the burden of sin...OF ALL MANKIND...rested on our unblemished Christ Jesus...alone.
Yet, He loved and sacrificed...He showed mercy, grace, forgiveness and compassion, regardless of the tumultuous circumstances He faced.
To put on the attitude of Christ is to respond in love to those who persecute and spitefully use us...to forgive and pray for them, in spite of the struggle.
A Godly response...one rooted in His Truth and Grace casts Light into the darkness...soothes the sting...removes the strongholds...binds up our wounds...and heals us with His Truth and Eternal Love.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.
Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
My heart is heavy. I feel like I have to carry the burden alone. Words like overwhelmed, distraught, exhausted seem to describe where I am. I am not sure how to let you carry my heavy load, so please show me how. Take it from me. Let me rest and be refreshed so that my heart won't be so heavy in the morning.
In Jesus name. Amen.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
"When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His
voice." Deuteronomy 4:30
"For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock." Psalm 27:5
"In the day of my trouble, I shall call upon You, For You will answer me." Psalm 86:7
"When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him." Psalm 91:15
"In my distress, I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came
into His ears." Psalm 18:6
"About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly
a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.… "Acts 16:25
"When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand." Psalm 37:24
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation." Psalm 68:19
"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." Romans 8:37
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Let us not be fearful of the snares of man, because that leads to the trap of an unholy path.
Let us instead pray for God's hand of protection over us in the midst of rejection, ridicule and persecution.
Let us instead pray for patience, courage and strength of endurance...reacting as children of The Living God.
Let us rejoice that He called us out of darkness and pray for those who do not know The Father...remembering that we love and forgive because He first loved and forgave us.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!
1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
1 John 3:13
So do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you.
By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.
If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
But they will treat you like this on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His garments by casting lots.
1 John 4:10
And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Speak these promises of Truth over your life if, for even just a moment, you feel hopeless, unwanted, unworthy, worn down, or uncertain. Remember to Whom you belong, and cling to The Father’s Truth concerning who you truly are:
You are God’s treasured possession; the praise of His glory!
You are adopted by The Father as one with The Son!
You are promised the imperishable crown of eternal life!
You are a citizen of Heaven!
You have received an inheritance that will never perish, spoil or fade!
Your purpose has been anointed, ordained, and secured!
You are sealed and blessed with the covenant of Grace and Eternity!
You are rescued, ransomed, redeemed, renewed, sanctified, and more fully transformed into The Lord’s image with each passing moment!
You are chosen, holy, special - a royal priesthood - called out of the dark and into the marvelous Light of the Living God! And on the day He appears, you also will appear with Him in glory!
"They will be Mine," says the LORD of Hosts, "on the day when I prepare My treasured possession. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.
He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,
who is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession, to the praise of His glory.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--
And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ--if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.
1 Peter 1:4
and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
Friday, April 3, 2020
Absolutely nothing can separate you from God’s love.
No matter where you are, where you have been, what you have done or what's been done to you. No matter the trial, circumstances, past or present sins, failures or hurts, you are covered in His grace. You are loved!
You are not unwanted. You are chosen. You were to die for. You are not alone! You are His!
Don't let the enemy lie to you. None of those things define you. You belong to Jesus. You are a child of the living God - precious, cherished and adored!
Let the Balm of Gilead heal your heart so you can walk in victory anchored in the truth of who you are in Him.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
How comforting it is to know that applying Scripture enables us to thwart temptation! There is power in the Name of Jesus and He is the Good Portion! By seeking Jesus and aligning our emotions with God’s Truth, we gain eternal perspective and partner with an unparalleled, unmatched, all-powerful, omniscient resource; YAHWEH is His Name!
Thank You today and every day for Your spiritual and emotional provision and protection. Lead us, LORD, to follow the example of Your precious Son when faced with temptation and the lies of the enemy. In The Name of Jesus, we take every stray thought captive to the obedience of Christ! LORD, we seek and serve only You; remind us always of the power in Jesus’ Name! Lead us to patience and pursuits of the Spirit; give us eyes and ears that discern only Your Truth, Father, and bless us with Your everlasting peace and joy. LORD, strengthen our hearts’ resolve and guide our minds to things above as we walk with You. We praise You for the promise of Eternity and the glorious riches made possible through the priceless, precious Blood of Your beloved Son, and we give You all the glory!
In The Name of Jesus we pray,
“I am the bread of life.” John 4:14
“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life." Lamentations 3:24
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
When we find our identity in Christ, we need to fully embrace God's marvelous grace and let go of the guilt and shame accumulated in our wanderings.
In His family, we are able to achieve a whole, healed identity...an enriched life blessed with freedom, peace, and joy. With our salvation, we have an opportunity for an abundant and fruitful life, which results from receiving His unconditional love.
Let us cling to this picture of His acceptance and forgiveness; His desire and capacity to save the lost and hurting! Let us rejoice that He deems us worthy!
And may we envelop ourselves in His mercy and grace, given freely by The Living God to His precious children in Christ.
1 Timothy 1:14-15
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. .
Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.