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Renewing Your Mind

I redeem you from hell—crowning you with Love and mercy; I wrap you in goodness and renew your youth. I delight in giving you these marvelous gifts because I take pleasure in you. Let My delight in you sink into the depths of your being. This satisfies your soul as nothing else can. Although I see your sins and flaws, my perfect Love for you never wavers. I see you first and foremost as My redeemed one—wearing a paradise crown and wrapped in beauty eternal.

I want your identity as My beloved to be front and center in your mind. However, your thoughts often get stuck on trivial matters, especially when your mind is in neutral. This is why I urge you to be alert and always keep on praying. In fact, praying is one of the most effective ways to keep your mind well-focused. As you face your circumstances here and now, invite Me to enter into them. Bring Me whatever you are doing, thinking, feeling; stay in conversation with Me. This will help you focus not on trivial matters but on glorious realities. While you commune with Me, I will renew your strength. No matter how old you are in years, you’re always young in My Presence!

He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence. 
~ Psalm 103:4–5 [MSG]

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. 
~ Psalm 149:4 [NKJV]

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 
~ Ephesians 6:18 

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 
~ Isaiah 40:31 [NKJV]

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I am faithful: I will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. Find comfort and hope in this powerful promise. I know you sometimes feel as if you’re at the outer limits of your endurance. Nonetheless, I am present in the midst of your struggles—available to help you. 

Every trial that comes into your life can either strengthen you (if you keep on trusting in My care) or become a temptation to sin (if you choose instead to doubt Me and go your own way). Thus, any difficulty you face becomes a test of your faith. This faith of yours is much more precious than gold, and it grows deeper through the testing process. So your trials contain meaning and purpose.

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 

That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

~ 1 Peter 1:7 [NKJV]

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

~ Psalm 27:14 [NKJV]

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Listen to Me! Thus you can live in peace and safety, unafraid. Listening to Me is the way of wisdom. I make wisdom available to everyone who is willing to hear Me. Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares—proclaiming the truth openly. Those who ignore her message will cry out for mercy on the day of judgment, but it will be too late. Now is the time to listen!

It is vital for you to hear Me accurately and consistently. If you hear Me inaccurately, you may find yourself worshiping a false god: practicing idolatry. The best safeguard against this deadly deception is studying My Word and meditating on it. As you do so, Scripture takes root and flourishes within you—changing the way you think. My Word is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword—able to accomplish great things in you.

Listening to Me consistently is both a discipline and a matter of the heart. The more convinced you are of My Love for you, the more motivated you are to listen. I have deep, unfailing Love for all who know Me as Savior-God. Look up to Me through eyes of faith, and see My Face shining on you with loving approval. Listen to Me, for this is the way of Peace.

All who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.
~ Proverbs 1:33 [TLB]

Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; . . . in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: . . . “How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?”
~ Proverbs 1:20–22

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12 [NKJV]

Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
~ Psalm 31:16

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I want you to be all Mine. Your security rests in Me alone: not in other people, not in circumstances. However, you are not yet weaned from other dependencies: You want to depend on helpful people and favorable circumstances, as well as Me.

I am not asking you to become a hermit or otherwise isolate yourself from other people. On the contrary, I want My children to help and love one another. One of the main ways I bless people is through the loving acts of others. However, you need to remember that every good and perfect gift is ultimately from Me, even if it comes to you through human hands.

The main danger of misplaced dependence is that it can border on idolatry. If you let your basic well-being depend on another person’s behavior, you elevate that person to a position that only I should occupy. This is not only displeasing to Me, it is destructive. Because people are imperfect and unpredictable, your life may come to resemble a roller-coaster ride: subject to the whims and moods of another. Even worse, your intimacy with Me will be hindered by your preoccupation with someone else. I deserve first place in your heart!

I want you to rejoice in Me always, in all kinds of circumstances. You may ask freely for whatever you desire, bringing Me your petitions with thanksgiving. Regardless of how I answer your requests, this prayer-transaction comes with a promise: My Peace will guard your heart and your mind, keeping you close to Me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.

~ James 1:17

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”

~ Revelation 2:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. . . . 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 4:4, 6–7

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Transformation

There is no veil between your face and Mine. As you gaze upon My radiant perfection, you are being transformed into My likeness. Focusing on Me sounds like an easy assignment, but—as you know—it is not. The world, the flesh (fallen nature), and the devil all conspire to distract you from Me: Godless people seek to delete any reminders of Me from public places, from schools—even from Christmas! Your mind, already in a fallen condition, is relentlessly exposed to unbiblical media messages. At the root of all this opposition is your enemy, the devil. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

I understand your weakness and the fierceness of the battles you face. I rejoice in your desire to contemplate Me and reflect My Glory. Having planted that longing in your heart, I want to see it flourish. Take time, take time with Me. Refuse to be discouraged by distractions and the fickleness of your mind. Simply return your focus to Me whenever you realize it has wandered. As you wait persistently in My Presence, ask the Spirit to help you. Little by little, He will conform you to My likeness. You may be unaware of these changes, because self-forgetfulness grows through focusing on Me. Increasingly, though, My Glory will reflect from you—pointing others toward Me.

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

Resist him [your adversary the devil], steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
~ 1 Peter 5:9 [NKJV]

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
~ Lamentations 3:25–26

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
~ Romans 8:29

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VICTORIOUS LIVING 

 Receive My Glory-strength. When ongoing problems require you to stick it out over the long haul, your faith sometimes falters. That’s when you resort to grimly gritting your teeth—simply passing time in a negative frame of mind. This is not the way I want you to deal with difficulties. I am sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there are always opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities are so obvious you can’t miss seeing them. At other times—especially when the journey is hard and seems endless—you have to search for hidden treasure. Do not be like the man who hid his master’s talent in the ground because he was disgruntled with his circumstances. He gave up and took the easy way out: blaming his hard situation rather than making the most of his opportunity. The truth is, the more difficult your situation, the more treasure there is for you to discover in it.

I gladly give you Glory-strength; it is limitless and freely available to each of My followers. It is exceedingly potent, because the Spirit Himself empowers you—strengthening you with Power in your inner being. Moreover, Glory-strength enables you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this strength has no limits, there is more than enough of it to spill over into Joy!

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy. 
~ Colossians 1:11 [MSG]

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power . . . and his recompense accompanies him. 
~ Isaiah 40:10

And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” 
~ Matthew 25:25 [NKJV]

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
~ Ephesians 3:16

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I offer you inexpressible and glorious Joy, straight from heaven itself. This triumphant, heavenly Joy can be found only in Me. It is easy for you to slide, ever so gradually, from exulting in Me to living for the next spiritual “high.” Though I do grant you some heavenly pleasure while you still live on earth, this is mainly to whet your appetite for the next life. Do not underestimate the brokenness of the world where you live now. Your exuberant enjoyment of My Presence will always intermingle with the sorrows of living in this fallen world, until I take you into Glory.

Someday you will see Me face to Face, but for now you love Me without having seen Me. You believe in Me even though you do not see Me. This is a most blessed way to live, and it demonstrates your membership in My royal family. Your love for Me; My unseen Person is not irrational or whimsical. It is a response to My boundless Love for you, dramatically displayed on the cross and verified by My resurrection. You worship a risen, living Savior! Blessed are those who have not seen Me and yet have believed.

Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. 

~ 1 Peter 1:8 [AMP]

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

We love Him because He first loved us. 

~ 1 John 4:19 [NJKV]

Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

~ John 20:29 [NKJV]

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Look to Me and My strength; seek My Face always. While you are seeking Me, I want you to let your heart rejoice. This will strengthen our Love-relationship. Imagine an engaged couple who are passionately in love. When the man goes to visit his betrothed, she doesn’t open the door and say blandly, “Oh, it’s you.” Nor does he look past her as if she were invisible and say, “What do you have to eat?” Rather, their hearts rejoice because they are together. You are My betrothed, and I am the forever-Lover of your soul. When you seek My Face, take time to remember who I am—King of the universe—and rejoice in the astonishing Love I have for you. This will bring Power to your prayers as well as Joy to your heart.

I also want you to glory in My holy Name. My Name is holy because it represents Me and I am holy—perfect in all My ways. My Name is above every name, yet you may use it freely to commune with Me and worship Me joyously. You are indeed privileged to have such easy access to Me. Some people glory in their wealth, achievements, beauty, fame; but I invite you to glory in Me—your Savior, Lord, and intimate Friend. Glorifying Me will strengthen and delight you. Look to Me and My strength. Enjoy My loving Presence more and more.

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 am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ. 
~ 2 Corinthians 11:2 

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
~ John 15:13

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.

~ Philippians 2:9–10 [NKJV]

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Resting in Him

You are My beloved. Although you experience many difficulties in your life, I shield you all day long. You cannot imagine what your life would be like if I were not protecting you continually. The adversity I do allow you to experience is ultimately for your good and My Glory. You can rest secure by trusting that My protective Presence is with you always, no matter what trials you may be enduring.

You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are most assuredly the one the Lord loves! In fact, I love you so much that I carry you through your toughest times. Beloved, you can even rest between My shoulders like a lamb being tenderly carried by its shepherd.

In addition to being your Shepherd, I am also like an eagle caring for its young while they’re learning to fly. Though I stir up the nest—getting you out of your comfort zone—I watch over you constantly. When your strength fails as you are “flying” and you start to plummet, I spread My wings and catch you on them. I continue to carry you until you’re ready to fly again. The better you understand My constant, nurturing watch-care, the more you can rest secure in Me.

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
~ Deuteronomy 33:12

“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own . . . and I lay down My life for the sheep.”
~ John 10:14–15 [NKJV]

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions.
~ Deuteronomy 32:11 [NASB]

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HOPE

I give you hope—hope that the best part of your life is not behind you. Rather, it stretches out before you gloriously: into an eternity of experiences that will get better and better and better. For now, though, you inhabit a world of death, sorrow, crying, and pain. Let the hope of heaven empower you to live well in this broken world that is passing away. In heaven I will wipe away every tear from your eyes—permanently! 

If this world were all there is, it would be tragic beyond description. When the day of the Lord comes, I will destroy the entire universe as you know it. And I will replace it with a new universe where My followers will live forever in ceaseless ecstasy. Let this hope give you courage to keep holding your head up high as you endure suffering and sorrow.

The best part of your life lies ahead—stored up for you in heaven, awaiting your arrival. This is true for all Christians, both young and old. As you grow older and deal with infirmities, you may feel as if your life is closing in on you. Physically, your limitations do increase with age and illness. However, your spiritual life can open up ever wider as your soul grows strong in the nourishing Light of My Presence. When you “graduate” to heaven, your soul-Joy will instantly expand—exponentially! Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God. 

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. 
~ Revelation 21:4 [NKJV]

Alas for that day! For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 
~ Joel 1:15 

When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
~  Luke 14:15