Jesus Always

Trust Me to lead you step by step through this day. I provide sufficient Light for only one day at a time. If you try to look into the future, you will find yourself peering into darkness. My Face shines upon you only in the present! This is where you find My unfailing, unquenchable Love. My Love for you is even stronger than the bond between a mother and her baby. Though she may forget the baby at her breast, I will not forget you! You are so precious to Me that I have engraved you on the palms of My hands. Forgetting you is out of the question.

I want you to really come to know—practically, through experience—My Love, which far surpasses mere knowledge. The Holy Spirit, who lives in your innermost being, will help you. Ask Him to fill you up completely with My fullness so that you may have the richest measure of the divine Presence: becoming a body wholly filled and flooded with Me! Thus you can experience My Love in full measure.

“The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.”
~ Numbers 6:25 [NKJV]

Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.
~ Song of Songs 8:7 [NKJV]

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
~ Isaiah 49:15–16

[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
~ Ephesians 3:19 [AMP]

Jesus Always

Trust in My unfailing Love ~ thanking Me for the good you do not see. When evil seems to be flourishing in the world around you, it can look as if things are spinning out of control. But rest assured: I’m not wringing My hands helplessly, wondering what to do next. I am still in control, and there is behind-the-scenes goodness in the midst of the turmoil. So I urge you to thank Me not only for the blessings you can see but for the ones you cannot see.

My wisdom and knowledge are deeper and richer than words can express. My judgments are unsearchable, and My paths beyond tracing out! This is why trusting Me at all times is so crucial. You must not let confusing circumstances shake your faith in Me. When your world feels unsteady, the disciplines of trusting and thanking Me serve to stabilize you. Remember: I am always with you. I guide you with My counsel, and afterward I will take you into Glory. Let this hidden treasure ~ your heavenly inheritance ~ lead you into joyous thanksgiving!

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
~ Isaiah 54:10 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
~ Romans 11:33

Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
~ Psalm 62:8 [NJKV]

 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
~ Psalm 73:23–24

Jesus Always

I am your Strength and your Shield. I continually work—sometimes in wondrous ways—to invigorate you and protect you. The more fully you trust in Me, the more your heart can leap for Joy! 

I want you to trust Me wholeheartedly—resting in My sovereign control over the universe. When circumstances seem to be spinning out of control, grab onto Me, believing that I know what I’m doing. I orchestrate every event of your life to benefit you in this world and the next.

While you are in the throes of adversity, your greatest challenge is to keep on trusting that I am both sovereign and good. Do not expect to understand My ways; for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts higher than yours. When you respond to trouble with thanksgiving—convinced that I can bring good out of the most difficult situations—I am pleased. This act of faith encourages you and glorifies Me. I rejoice when My struggling children give thanks to Me in song!

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 

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

~ Psalm 18:1–2

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

~ Isaiah 55:9

Jesus Always

I can smooth out all the tangled-up places, including those in your mind and heart. So come to Me just as you are, with all your knotty problems and loose ends. Many of your difficulties are complicated by other people’s perplexities. It can be hard to sort out how much of the mess is yours and how much is theirs. Be willing to take responsibility for your own mistakes and sin without feeling responsible for the sinful failures of others. I am here to help you untangle your complex problems and find the best way to go forward.

Christianity is all about transformation—a lifelong process. Some of the knots from your past are hard to untie, especially when they involve people who continue to hurt you. Beware of getting stuck in introspection or obsessing about how to fix things. Instead, keep turning toward Me, seeking My Face and My will. Wait with Me, trusting in My timing for unscrambling things and making your way clear. Be willing to live with unresolved problems, but don’t let them be your focus. My Presence in the present is your portion—and your boundless blessing.

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:10–11 

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
~ Lamentations 3:24

Jesus Always

I am your Treasure. I am immeasurably more valuable than anything you can see, hear, or touch. Knowing Me is the Prize above every other prize.

Earthly treasures are frequently hoarded, insured, worried over, or hidden for safekeeping. But the riches you have in Me can never be lost or stolen or damaged. On the contrary, as you freely share Me with others, you gain more of Me. Since I am infinite, there will always be more of Me to discover—and to love.

Your world often feels fragmented, with countless things—both large and small—vying for your attention. So much “stuff” keeps getting in the way of enjoying My Presence. You are worried and troubled about many things, but only one thing is needed. When you make Me that one thing, you choose what will never be taken away from you. Rejoice in My continual nearness, and let your knowledge of Me put everything else in perspective. I am the Treasure that can brighten all your moments!

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
~ Philippians 3:10 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
~ Matthew 6:19

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
~ Luke 10:41–42 [NKJV]

Jesus Always

When you bump into massive difficulties on your life-path, I want you to consider it pure Joy. As you bounce off these “impossibilities,” My everlasting arms are wide open—ready to catch you, calm you, and help you do what does not seem possible. You can be joyful in the midst of perplexing problems because I am God your Savior—and I have already accomplished the greatest miracle in your life: saving you from your sins. If you keep looking to Me, your resurrected Lord and King, your pessimism will eventually give way to courage. Though you are an earthbound creature, your soul shares in My eternal victory.

I have infinite Power, so “impossibilities” are My specialty. I delight in them because they display My Glory so vividly. They also help you live the way I intended: in joyful, trusting dependence on Me. The next time you face an “impossible” situation, turn to Me immediately with a hopeful heart. Acknowledge your total inadequacy and cling to Me—relying on My infinite sufficiency. All things are possible with Me!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
~ James 1:2–3 

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, “Destroy!”
~ Deuteronomy 33:27 [NKJV]

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
~ Habakkuk 3:17–18 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
~ Matthew 19:26

Jesus Always

You have received new birth into a living hope through My resurrection from the dead. I died on the cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all My followers. However, if I had remained dead, your faith would be useless and you would forever be spiritually dead—still guilty of your sins. Of course, it was impossible for My death to be permanent because I am God! As I stated clearly to those who questioned Me, I and My Father are One. 

My resurrection is an extremely well-documented historical fact. This miraculous event opened the way for you to experience new birth. By confessing your sinfulness and trusting Me as your Savior, you have become one of My own—walking along a pathway to heaven. Because I am your living Savior, you walk along a way of living hope! The Light of My loving Presence shines upon you always, even in your darkest, most difficult moments. Look up to Me, beloved. Let My brilliant Love-Light pierce the darkness and fill your heart with Joy.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
~ 1 Peter 1:3 

And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.
~ 1 Corinthians 15:17 [NLT]

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.
~ Ephesians 2:1 

“I and My Father are one.”
~ John 10:30 [NKJV]

Jesus Always

Sometimes you need help even to ask for My help. As you try to do several things at once, you find yourself moving faster and faster—interrupting one thing to do another. If your phone rings at such a time, your stress level rises even higher. The best way out of this turmoil is to STOP everything. Take a few deep breaths and whisper My Name. Acknowledge your need for My guidance through the moments of this day. I will lovingly lead you along paths of righteousness—for My Name’s sake.

When you are preparing to do something challenging, you usually take time to enlist My help. But when you’re facing everyday tasks, you tend to dive in unassisted—as if you can handle these matters alone. How much better it is to approach everything in humble dependence on Me! Whenever you find yourself in “diving” mode, ask Me to help you stop and seek Me—letting Me show you the way to go forward. I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.

The Lord] restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
~ Psalm 23:3 

God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
~ Acts 17:27

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
~ Psalm 32:8 [NLT]

Jesus Always

 I am making you new in the attitude of your mind. Living close to Me is all about newness and change. I am transforming you by the entire renewal of your mind. This is a massive undertaking; you will be under construction till the day you die. However, unlike the inanimate materials that builders use to construct houses, you are living, breathing “material.” I have given you the amazing ability to think things out and make important choices. I want you to use this godlike ability to cooperate with Me as I transform you. This involves putting off your old self—your old way of thinking and doing things—and putting on the new self.

To make good, godly choices, you need to know Me as I truly am. Search for Me in My Word; ask My Spirit to illuminate it—shining His Light so that Scripture comes alive to you. The more you choose to live according to My will, the more you will become like Me, and the more you can enjoy walking in the Light of My Presence.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:22–24 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
~ Romans 12:2 [AMP]

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord.
~ Psalm 89:15

Jesus Always

If I am for you, who can be against you? Beloved, I most assuredly am for you since you are My follower. Of course, this doesn’t mean that no one will ever oppose you. It means that having Me on your side is the most important fact of your existence. Regardless of what happens in your life, you are on the winning side! I already won the victory through My death and resurrection. I am the eternal Victor, and you share in My triumph, no matter how much adversity you encounter on your journey to heaven. Ultimately, nothing and no one can prevail against you because you belong to Me forever.

Knowing that your future is utterly secure can change your perspective dramatically. Instead of living in defensive mode, trying desperately to protect yourself from suffering, you learn to follow Me boldly, wherever I lead. I am training you not only to seek My Face and follow My lead but to enjoy this adventure of abandoning yourself to Me. Remember: I am your ever-present Help in trouble.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31 

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
~ Psalm 27:8 [NKJV]

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
~ Psalm 46:1