Jesus Always

Refuse to worry, My cherished one. Displace those worry-thoughts with trusting and thankful thoughts. Affirm your faith in Me while praising Me for all that I am and all I have done. This combination of praise and trust is potent. It drives away anxiety and powers of darkness. Also, it strengthens your relationship with Me. You may still have legitimate concerns to deal with, but I will help you with them. As you become more peaceful, you can look at your problems in the Light of My Presence and seek My counsel. Let Scripture inform your thinking so that I can communicate with you more clearly. Take time to thank Me for the many good things in your life. I want you to express gratefulness in your prayers, in your conversations with others, and in your private thoughts. I read your thoughts continually, and I rejoice when they contain gratitude. You can thank Me even for things you wish were different. This act of faith helps you break free from negative thinking. In everything give thanks; this is My will for you. 

Psalm 31:14; Psalm 32:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 [NKJV]

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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.

Ephesians 4:22–24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:2 ; Psalm 89:15

Jesus Always

Thank Me for the glorious gift of forgiveness. I am your Savior-God, and I alone can give you this blessing. I went to exorbitant expense to procure this gift for you. You receive forgiveness and become My child by receiving Me and believing in My Name. This Name, Jesus, means the Lord saves. To receive this gift of salvation, you need to trust Me as your only Hope ~ the One who delivers you from all your sins.

There is no condemnation for those who are in Me. I want you to enjoy the wonder of walking through your life as My follower, totally forgiven! The best response to this wondrous gift is to live in gratitude, seeking to please Me above all else. You don’t need to do good things to secure My Love, because it’s already yours. Just let your desire to please Me flow readily out of your grateful heart. Thanking Me frequently will help you stay close to Me, ready to follow wherever I lead. Rejoice, beloved, for through Me the law of the Spirit of Life has set you free!

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
~ John 1:12 

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
~ Acts 4:12 [NASB]

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
~ Romans 8:1–2

Jesus Always

No matter how inadequate you may feel, you can always look to Me for help. You don’t need to go to a special place or assume a certain posture to seek My Face. Nor do you need to use elegant language or work to win My favor. I always look favorably on you because I see you clothed in My righteousness. I am alive in you, and I understand your thoughts perfectly. So a simple glance at Me—made in faith—is enough to connect you to My help.

You tend to waste energy trying to determine whether your resources are adequate for the day. You keep checking your “power gauge” instead of looking to Me for My provision. How much better to simply acknowledge your insufficiency when you awaken! This frees you to rely on My boundless sufficiency. If you stay in touch with Me, I will place enough Power at your disposal to meet your needs as they arise. Keep turning toward Me, your ever-present Help, and your strength will be equal to the demands of your day.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
~ Psalm 105:4 

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 [NKJV]

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

The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.
~ Deuteronomy 33:25

Jesus Always

Don’t think of prayer as a chore. Instead, view it as communicating with the One you adore. Delight yourself in Me; this will draw you irresistibly into communion with Me. Remember all that I am to you, all I have done for you. I love you with perfect, everlasting Love, and I take great delight in you. Let My tenderness embrace you, convincing you that you are indeed My beloved. Rejoice in the One who will never let you go!

Often the easiest way to start talking with Me is to thank Me for being your Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. You can also give thanks for things that are happening in your life, your family, your church, and beyond. These grateful prayers connect you with Me and ease the way into other prayers. 

You can talk freely with Me since I know everything about you and your circumstances. I never reject you because the penalty for your sins has been paid in full with My blood. Trust Me enough to pour out your heart to Me, for I am your Refuge.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
~ Psalm 37:4 

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
~ Zephaniah 3:17

You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
~ Psalm 118:28–29 [NKJV]

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
~ Psalm 62:8

Jesus Always

I am the Lord of Peace—the only source of genuine Peace. I give you this gift, not as something separate from Myself, but as part of who I am. You cannot just grab this blessing on the run. You need to set aside time for focusing on Me and enjoying My Presence. 

You live in the midst of intense spiritual warfare, and My Peace is an essential part of your armor. To stay on your feet during the battles, you must wear sturdy combat boots—the Gospel of Peace. This good news assures you that I love you and I am for you.

Many of My followers forfeit Peace because they think I am always scrutinizing them through critical eyes. On the contrary, I gaze at you through eyes of perfect Love. Instead of punishing yourself when you’ve failed, remember that My death on the cross covers all your sins. I love you with unfailing Love—simply because you’re Mine! Rejoice in this Gospel-Peace; it is yours to enjoy at all times and in every way.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16 

. . . And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
~ Ephesians 6:15 [AMP]

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
~ Romans 8:31 [NLT]

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 
~ Psalm 90:14

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