Jesus Always

I want you to live close to Me, open to Me—aware of, attentive to, trusting, and thanking Me. I am always near you, so open yourself fully—heart, mind, and spirit—to My living Presence. Feel free to ask the Holy Spirit to help you in this endeavor. 

Seek to stay aware of Me as you follow your path through this day. There is never a moment when I am not fully aware of you. Attentiveness involves being alert, listening carefully, and observing closely. I encourage you to be attentive not only to Me but to the people I bring into your life. Listening to others with full, prayerful attention blesses both them and you.

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”—Revelation 1:18

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
~ James 1:19 

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
~ Mark 9:24 [NLT]

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
~ Psalm 28:7

Jesus Always

Learn to lean on Me more and more. I know the full extent of your weakness, and that is where My powerful Presence meets you! My strength and your weakness fit together perfectly—in a wonderful synergy designed long before your birth. Actually, My Power is most effective in weakness. This is counterintuitive and mysterious, yet it is true. 

It’s important to lean on Me when you’re feeling inadequate or overwhelmed. Remind yourself that you and I together are more than adequate. To sense my nearness, try closing your hand as if you’re holding onto Mine. For I take hold of your right hand and say to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

I want you to depend on Me even when you feel competent to handle things yourself. This requires awareness of both My Presence and your neediness. I am infinitely wise, so let Me guide your thinking as you make plans and decisions. Leaning on Me produces warm intimacy with Me—the One who will never leave you or forsake you.

But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 [AMP]

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13 [NKJV]

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
~ Isaiah 41:13 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6

Jesus Always

I will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in My truth. This promise is full of blessing and encouragement. It means that someday evil will be judged; My perfect justice will finally—and forever—prevail! Because you are My follower, clothed in My own righteousness, you have nothing to fear. But those who refuse to trust Me as Savior have everything to fear. Someday time will run out, and My wrath will be terrifying to all who persist in unbelief. They will even call to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”

I will judge everyone in My truth. The concept of absolute truth is widely opposed, yet it is nonetheless rock-solid reality. Unbelievers will eventually bump up against this certainty whether they believe in it or not. For you—and all believers—My truth is a firm foundation on which you can live and work, play and praise. This is good reason to sing for Joy!

They will sing before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.—
~ Psalm 96:13 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
~ Isaiah 61:10  

They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”
~ Revelation 6:16 

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
~ Psalm 95:1

Jesus Always

To all who receive Me, to those who believe in My Name, I give the right to become children of God. There is a close connection between receiving Me and believing in My Name—the essence of who I am. Receiving a gift requires some measure of openness, and I am the best Gift imaginable! Recognizing Me as your Savior-God, you can believe that My offer of everlasting Life is real—and that it is for you.

Being a child of God is indescribably glorious! I am both your Savior and your constant Companion. As you journey through life in this dark world, I am with you each step of the way. I provide Light not only for your path but also for your mind and heart. I delight in giving you Joy—now and throughout eternity. Your brightest moment on earth will one day look very dark in comparison with the Glory-Light of heaven! There you will see My Face in its brilliant splendor, and you will be satisfied with endless oceans of Love.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
~ John 1:10–12 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
~ John 3:16

And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
~ Psalm 17:15

Jesus Always

You are a letter from Me, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—on the tablet of your heart. Because you are one of My followers, the Holy Spirit is in you. He equips and empowers you to do far more than you could ever do on your own. So don’t be intimidated by challenging circumstances or tough times. The third Person of the Godhead lives inside you! Ponder the implications of this glorious truth. You can do much more than you think possible when you walk in My ways, asking the Helper to strengthen you as you go step by step with Me.

The Spirit writes on the tablet of your heart not only to bless you but also to draw others to Me. When you are with people who don’t know Me, He can make you a living letter from Me. One of the shortest but most effective prayers is: “Help me, Holy Spirit.” Use this prayer as often as you need, inviting Him to bring gospel truths alive through you.

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

~ 2 Corinthians 3:3

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

~ Romans 8:9

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

~ John 15:26

Jesus Always

I delight in those who fear Me, who put their hope in My unfailing Love. “Fear of the Lord” is often misunderstood, but it is the foundation of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. It consists of reverential awe, adoration, and submission to My will. You submit to Me by exchanging your attitudes and goals for Mine. Since I am your Creator, aligning yourself with Me is the best way to live. When your lifestyle exhibits this biblical fear, I take delight in you. Seek to feel My pleasure shining on you at such times. 

Living according to My will is not easy; there will be many ups and downs as you journey with Me. But no matter what is happening, you can find hope in My unfailing Love. In your world today, many people are feeling desperate. They’ve become disillusioned and cynical because they put their confidence in the wrong thing. But My steadfast Love will never let you down—it will never let you go! Cling to hope, beloved. It’s a golden cord connecting you to Me.

The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
~ Psalm 147:11 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
~ Proverbs 1:7

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
~ Lamentations 3:22–23 

Jesus Always

Your life is a precious gift from Me. Open your hands and your heart to receive this day gratefully. Relate to Me as your Savior and Friend, but remember I am also your Creator-God: All things were created by Me. As you go through this day that I’ve gifted to you, look for signs of My abiding Presence. I am with you, watching over you continually. On bright, joyful days, speak to Me about the pleasures I provide; as you thank Me for them, your Joy will expand abundantly. On dark, difficult days, grasp My hand in trusting dependence. I will help you, beloved.

Your physical life is an amazing gift, but your spiritual life is a treasure of infinite value! People who don’t know Me as Savior will spend an eternity in terrible separation from Me. But because you belong to Me, you will live with Me forever, enjoying a glorified body that will never get sick or tired. Since I have saved you by grace through faith, let thankfulness for this indescribable gift fill you with overflowing Joy!

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
~ Colossians 1:16 

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
~ Genesis 28:15

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
~ Isaiah 41:13 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
~ Ephesians 2:8