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Hope

I am your risen, living Savior! Through My resurrection you have been born again to an ever-living hope. It is vital for you to remain hopeful, no matter what is going on in your life. People put their hope in a variety of things—wealth, power, health, medical treatments—but these are all insufficient. When storms break upon your life, you can find only one adequate source of help—Me! The hope I provide is an anchor for your soul, firm and secure even in the most tempestuous waters. A good way to remain anchored in Me is to whisper as often as needed: “Jesus, You are my Hope.” This affirmation strengthens you and keeps you connected to Me.

I am constantly working to transform your life. You need My help continually to keep your hope alive. I stand ready to help you at all times—during stormy episodes as well as times of smooth sailing. I am not only ever-living but also more abundantly alive than you can possibly imagine. There are no limits to what My great Power and Glory can accomplish! I can change the most “hopeless” situation into outright victory. Moreover, as you affirm your trust in Me—no matter how difficult your circumstances—I am able to transform you: gradually, lovingly. Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.

Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

~ 1 Peter 1:3 [AMP]

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever.

~ Hebrews 6:19 [NJKV]

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 

~ Mark 13:26

“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

~ Isaiah 49:23

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Wisdom

All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Me. So I am relevant to absolutely everything! The world is such a fragmented place, with many voices calling out to you—claiming to have answers. When you are learning or experiencing new things, it is vital to stay in communication with Me. I can help you understand things from My perspective: drawing on My magnificent wisdom. I want you to examine everything in the Light of biblical truth.

If you keep Me central in your thoughts, you can discern order and design in a seemingly chaotic world. There will continue to be things you cannot comprehend, because you live in a broken world and think with a fallen, finite mind. So you must leave ample room for mystery in your thinking. Acknowledging the limits of your understanding opens the way to profound worship. You can exult in Me, the mysterious Messiah who is infinite and good in every way. This will encourage your heart as well as the hearts of your fellow worshipers. To worship Me well, your hearts must be united in love—woven into a beautiful Love-tapestry. As you worship, thus united, you can enjoy My majestic Presence together in ways that transcend your individual experience. This enables you to venture further and further into My vast hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 
~ Colossians 2:2–3 

All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom. 
~ Isaiah 28:29 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 
~ Proverbs 9:10

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His Sufficiently

In union with Me you are complete. In closeness to Me you are transformed more and more into the one I designed you to be. 

I know that you often feel incomplete, as if some vital part of you is missing. When this is just a feeling, not a conscious thought, you respond in many unproductive ways: comforting yourself with food, seeking entertainment, searching for yourself in the mirror, and so on. All the while I am with you, patiently waiting for you to remember Me. If you continue to go your own way—seeking satisfaction where there is none—you become increasingly frustrated. Your agitated condition makes it hard for you to turn back to Me, the only One who can complete you. But it is never too late to cry out, “Help me, Jesus!”

When a child of Mine calls out to Me, I never fail to respond. I may not provide instant relief, as if I were a genie, but I go to work immediately, setting in motion the conditions you need. I help you gain awareness of what you have been doing: seeking fulfillment in worldly ways. In response to your neediness, I offer you My glorious riches. When you have settled down enough to think clearly, I invite you to come near Me, where you can find completeness.

As you center your attention on Me—resting in the rarified air of My Presence—I bless you with My Peace. Though you are just a jar of clay, I fill you with My treasure: the Light of the knowledge of My Glory. This divine Light fills you to the brim—making you complete. It also transforms you, bit by bit, into the masterpiece I designed you to be.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
~ James 1:4 

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
~ Psalm 145:19

Come near to God and he will come near to you.
~ James 4:8

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6–7

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Trust

I will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. I have perfect knowledge of your body’s condition. Your frame was not hidden from Me when you were made in secret. I handcrafted you Myself; you are fearfully and wonderfully made! 

I am the Gardener, and you are My garden. Even when you are enduring sun-scorching trials I can satisfy your needs and keep you well watered, like a spring whose waters never fail. To receive My unfailing provisions, you need to trust Me and thank Me—no matter what.

I, your sovereign Lord, will guide you always. I delight in watching over you and helping you walk in My ways. Remember, though, that you also have responsibility: to follow the guidance I provide. It is essential to study My Word, for I am vibrantly present in it. The closer you live to Me, the easier it is to find and follow My path for you. This way of living is not only for guidance but also for matchless enjoyment. I will show you the path of Life; in My Presence is fullness of Joy; at My right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 
~ Isaiah 58:11 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 
~ Psalm 139:14–15

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. 
~ Psalm 119:105 

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

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Trials

Though I bring grief, I will show compassion. No matter what trials you are enduring, you can count on My Love and My compassion—neither of which will ever fail. I can bring good out of everything I allow in your life, but much of what I do is far beyond your understanding. My children often misinterpret My ways with them. When adversity strikes, they tend to feel as if I’m displeased with them. They don’t realize that My most devoted followers are especially targeted in spiritual warfare. The devil and his demonic underlings delight in tormenting those who live close to Me. When you are suffering and your troubles seem endless, remember I am tenderly present in your afflictions. Instead of lamenting the way things are, search for Me in the wreckage of adversity. You will not fail to find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

I want you to experience more fully the greatness of My overflowing Love. As you open yourself to My compassionate Presence, this Love flows into you more freely. Like new wine, My Love expands within you, increasing your capacity for Me. Another way to expand this capacity is to let My Love flow from you to others. I am so pleased when you do this that I flood you with more of My living Presence. As you continue this blessed adventure with Me, I fill you with ever-increasing volumes of unfailing Love.

Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
~ Lamentations 3:32

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 
~ Lamentations 3:22–23 

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord. 
~ Jeremiah 29:13–14

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Worry

As you give yourself more and more to a life of constant communication with Me, you will find that you simply have no time for worry. You may be skeptical about this statement. It seems you always find time for worrying; it’s a beast you’ve been battling in your own strength for years! This has been counterproductive: The more you’ve tried not to worry, the more anxious you’ve become. So now you’re worrying about worrying!

You definitely need My help in this battle. Your best strategy is to stop focusing on the problem and put more energy into communicating more with Me. This approach will help you achieve freedom from all sorts of negative tendencies, including worry. The idea is to replace hurtful, self-defeating behavior with something wondrously positive—communicating with your Creator and Savior. 

Because I designed you, I know how you function best: in rich communion with Me. As your Savior, I also know how you function worst. But remember: I died for every one of your sins. Don’t just talk to Me; listen to Me as well. I speak to you through My Word, My Spirit, My creation. As you discipline yourself to communicate more with Me—praying perseveringly—you will find your worry-time vanishing.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” 
~ Luke 12:25–26 

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. 
~ Proverbs 12:25 

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 
~ Psalm 25:4–5 

Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]. 
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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ASSURANCE

Bring your attention gently back to Me whenever it starts to wander. Find relief in the truth that I look for persistence—rather than perfection—in your walk with Me.

Are you amazed at how quickly and how far your mind can wander from Me? When you recognize this has happened, don’t be shattered by disappointment or distracted by discouragement. Instead, simply return your attention to Me and to the truth that I accept you in all your imperfection.

Not only do I accept you as you are, I love you as you are. I died a criminal’s death so I could adorn you with My own perfection. That’s why bringing your thoughts to Me is so important: It is My perfect righteousness that saves you, and it will never be taken away from you! 

You can easily fall prey to self-rejection if you have unrealistic expectations for yourself. When you fail, I want you to bring your focus back to Me gently, without judging yourself. Instead of doing further harm by putting yourself down, persist in setting your sights on Me. I always welcome you back with unfailing Love.

But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
~ Hebrews 10:12–14 

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” 
~ Luke 10:41–42

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. 
~ Psalm 36:7