Jesus Always

All things are possible with Me! Let these powerful words light up your mind and encourage your heart. Refuse to be intimidated by the way things look at the moment. I am training you to live by faith, not by sight.

The sense of sight is a spectacular gift from Me, to be used joyfully and gratefully. However, it’s easy to be mesmerized by all the visual stimulation surrounding you—and forget about Me. Faith is a type of vision that connects you to Me. Instead of being so focused on the visible world, dare to trust in Me and My promises.

Live close to Me, your Savior and Friend, but remember: I am also infinite God. When I lived on your planet, My miraculous signs revealed My Glory, and My disciples put their faith in Me. I continue to do miracles in your world, according to My will and purposes. Seek to align your will with Mine and to see things from My perspective. Exert your faith to ask for big things, and watch in hope for Me to work.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
~ Mark 10:27 [ESV]

We live by faith, not by sight.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
~ John 2:11

As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

~Micah 7:7

Jesus Always

The more often you turn your thoughts to Me, the more you will enjoy My perfect Peace. This is a challenging goal, but it is also a glorious gift. I, the Shepherd of your soul, am always accessible to you.

You can train your mind to turn from other things and focus on Me. When you experience something beautiful, thank Me for it. When a loved one brings you joy, remember that I am the Source of this pleasure. Post reminders of My Presence in your home or car or office. It’s also wise to memorize Scripture since it is ultimately about Me.

Turning your thoughts to Me demonstrates your trust in Me. Even undesired things such as pain and problems can be reminders to communicate with Me. Focusing on My Presence protects you from getting stuck on problems—going over and over them in your mind without making any progress. Be creative in finding new ways to turn your thoughts toward Me. Thus you can enjoy the wondrous gift of My Peace.

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!
~ Isaiah 26:3 [TLB]

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
~ 1 Peter 2:25 [NASB]

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 minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6–7

Jesus Always

Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! As you begin a fresh year, rejoice that I am continually working newness into your life. Don’t let recent disappointments and failures define you or dampen your expectations. This is the time to make a fresh start! I am a God of unlimited creativity; expect Me to do surprising things in this year that stretches out before you.

Today is a precious gift. The present moment is where I meet with you, beloved. So seek My Face throughout this day that I have made. I have carefully prepared it for you—with tender attention to every detail. I want you to rejoice and be glad in it.

Search for signs of My loving Presence as you journey along the path of Life. Look for the little pleasures I have strewn alongside your pathway—sometimes in surprising places—and thank Me for each one. Your thankfulness will keep you close to Me and help you find Joy in your journey.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
~ Isaiah 43:18–19 

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 [ESV]

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
~ Psalm 16:11 [NKJV]

Jesus Always

I am the greatest Gift imaginable! When you have Me, you have everything you need—for this life and the next. I have promised to meet all your needs according to My glorious riches. Yet My loved ones sometimes fail to enjoy the riches I provide because of an ungrateful attitude. Instead of rejoicing in all that they have, they long for what they do not have. As a result, they become discontented.

I’m training you to practice the sacrifice of thanksgiving—thanking Me in all circumstances. First, give thanks for the blessings you can see in your life. Then stop and ponder the awesome gift of knowing Me. I am your living God, your loving Savior, your constant Companion. No matter how much or how little you have in this world, your relationship with Me makes you immeasurably rich. So whenever you are counting your blessings, be sure to include the infinite wealth you have in Me. Add Me into the equation, and your gratitude will grow exponentially. Whatever you have + Me = an incalculable fortune!

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19 

I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.
~ Psalm 116:17 [NKJV]

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Jesus Always

Sing for Joy to Me, your Strength. Christmas music is one of the best blessings of the season, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. You can sing the carols at church or in the privacy of your home—or even in your car. As you are making a joyful noise, pay close attention to the words. They are all about Me and My miraculous entrance into your world through the virgin birth. Singing from your heart increases both your Joy and your energy. It also blesses Me. 

I created you to glorify Me and enjoy Me forever. So it’s not surprising that you feel more fully alive when you glorify Me through song. I want you to learn to enjoy Me in more and more aspects of your life. Before you arise from your bed each morning, try to become aware of My Presence with you. Say to yourself: “Surely the Lord is in this place.” This will awaken your awareness to the wonders of My continual nearness. I will fill you with Joy in My Presence.

Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
~ Psalm 81:1

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
~ Psalm 5:11 [NLT]

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
~ Genesis 28:16

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
~ Acts 2:28

Jesus Always

As you journey through life with Me, see the hope of heaven shining on your path—lighting up your perspective. Remember that you are one of My chosen people, belonging to Me. I called you out of darkness into My wonderful Light. Savor the richness of these concepts: I chose you before the creation of the world, so nothing can separate you from Me. You belong to Me forever! I drew you out of the darkness of sin and death into the exquisite Light of eternal Life.

The brightness of My Presence helps you in multiple ways. The closer to Me you live, the more clearly you can see the way forward. As you soak in this Love-drenched Light, I give you strength and bless you with Peace. My radiance blesses not only you but also other people as it permeates your whole being. This time spent focusing on Me helps you become more like Me, enabling you to shine into the lives of others. I’m continually drawing My loved ones out of darkness into My glorious Light.

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
~ 1 Peter 2:9

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
~ Ephesians 1:4

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
~ Romans 8:2 [ESV]

The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.
~ Psalm 29:11 [NKJV]

Jesus Always

To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of Life. Drink deeply from this spring so that I can live abundantly in you. Let the water of Life soak into the depths of your being, refreshing and renewing you. Since this Life-water is free, you can have as much of it as you want—as much of Me as you want. I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory!

I long for you to thirst for Me, your God, more and more. Thirst is a very powerful appetite; this is necessary because drinking sustains life even more than eating. Pure water is a much healthier choice than canned drinks full of sugar or chemicals. Similarly, thirsting for Me first and foremost is crucial for your spiritual health. Though other things may seem to satisfy you for a while, they will not slake the thirst of your soul. 

Rejoice that what you need most is free of charge! Joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.

He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life.”
~ Revelation 21:6 [NET]

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
~ Colossians 1:27

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
~ Psalm 63:1 [ESV]

Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.
~ Isaiah 12:3 [NASB]