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Depending on Him

Go gently through the day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence. I say gently, not only because it is the best way for you to cope with the demands of the day, but because I Myself am gentle—especially with those who are weak. You need to lean on someone, and I am definitely the most reliable Person you could ever find. I—the Lord of the universe—am always available to help you.

My availability is based on My commitment to you, which is deeper and stronger than even the most ardent wedding vows. No matter how passionately in love a bride and groom may be, their vows last only until one of them dies. My commitment, however, is absolutely unlimited. When you asked Me to be your Savior, I wed you for eternity. Neither death nor life, nor anything else in all creation, can separate you from My Love! 

I invite you to lean on Me as much as you like, but I also want you to enjoy Me. When you are weary, you find it easier to lean on Me than to enjoy My company. In an attempt to save energy, you tend to shut down emotionally. But it is possible for you to be joyful in Me—Your Savior—even in desperate circumstances. Remember that I am your strength. Rejoice in Me, and relax while I speak to you in gentle whispers.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
~ Romans 8:38–39 

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. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
~ Habakkuk 3:17–19 

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 
~ 1 Kings 19:12

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Right Living

I am your living Redeemer. Even after your skin has been destroyed, you will see Me in your flesh—with your own eyes. Before you knew Me, you were a slave to sin. In order to redeem you—to deliver you from this bondage—I paid the full penalty for your sins. The price was astronomical: the sacrifice of My own blood! So now you belong to Me, and you will live with Me throughout eternity.

Since you were bought at such an immeasurable price, I want you to glorify Me in your body and in your spirit. You glorify Me in your body by taking good care of yourself and abstaining from immorality. Your life is a precious gift from Me, and I want you to live it fully—in ways that bring Me Glory and give you healthy pleasure. You glorify Me in your spirit by delighting in Me above all else. This is a most joyful pursuit! The world contains much beauty and many sources of enjoyment, but I outshine them all. As you orient your spirit toward Me, I bless you with the Joy of My Presence. This pleasure is independent of your circumstances; it flows from the fountain of My eternal Love. Because you are My redeemed one, I take great delight in you. I quiet you with My Love; I rejoice over you with singing!

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes.
~ Job 19:25–27

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”
~ John 8:34

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:20

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

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Renewing Your Mind

People often consider thoughts to be fleeting and worthless, but yours are so precious to Me that I read each one. My ability to read your every thought may be disconcerting to you. You’re able to interact with other people while keeping your secret thoughts to yourself, but not so with Me! However, since secretiveness breeds loneliness, isn’t it a relief that there is Someone from whom you cannot hide? Moreover, the fact that I care about every aspect of you—even all your thoughts—demonstrates how important you are to Me.

I know how difficult it is for you to control what courses through your brain. Your mind is a battleground, and evil spirits work tirelessly to influence your thinking. Your own sinfulness also finds ample expression in your thought life. You need to stay alert and fight against evil! I fought and died for you, so remember who you are and Whose you are—putting on the helmet of salvation with confidence. This helmet not only protects your mind, it also reminds you of the victory I secured for you on the cross.

Because you are My treasure, I notice and rejoice as soon as your thinking turns My way. The more thoughts you bring to Me, the more you can share in My Joy. I disarm evil thoughts and render them powerless. Then I help you think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—excellent and praiseworthy things. Ponder these things while resting in the Peace of My Presence.

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
~ Psalm 139:1–2

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
~ Ephesians 6:17 

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 
~ Philippians 4:8

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Abiding in Him

I am your Strength and your Shield. When you trust in Me—My awesome strength and shielding protection—you are helped enormously. Weights of worry fall off you as you connect with Me through trust. The resulting lightness within you invites Joy to rush in, and you can bask in My merry Light. I have told you that whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life. An excellent way to stay near Me is to place your confidence fully in Me. A heart that trusts in Me can even leap for Joy!

Another good way to follow Me closely is to give thanks in every situation. One of the simplest—yet most effective—prayers is, “Thank You, Jesus.” I encourage you to express your thankfulness in a variety of ways: If you are artistic, you can express yourself through singing, dancing, painting, sculpting. If you’re verbally gifted, you can speak or write praises to Me. More profoundly, you can learn to worship Me in everything you do. Whatever you do, do it heartily—as to Me, your Lord. Devote yourself to thanking and praising Me; these delightful disciplines glorify Me and fill you with gladness.

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 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 
~ John 8:12

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. 
Colossians 3:23

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I meet you in the place of your deepest need. So come to Me just as you are, leaving pretense and performance behind. You are totally transparent to Me: I know everything about you. Yet because you are My own—redeemed by My blood—I have unlimited, unfailing Love for you.

Ask My Spirit to help you be honest and open with Me. Don’t be ashamed of your neediness; instead, use it to connect with Me in humble dependence. Invite Me to have My way in your life. Remember that I am the Potter, and you are the clay. The weakness you bring Me is malleable in My hands, and I use it to mold you according to My will.

Your deepest need is to lean on, trust in, and be confident in Me. Accepting your lack of strength helps you lean on Me in unashamed dependence. I am training you to trust Me with all your heart and mind—a lifelong endeavor. And the best way to not be afraid is to have confidence in Me, your Strength.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

—1 Peter 1:18–19

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

—Isaiah 64:8

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

—Proverbs 3:5

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.

—Isaiah 12:2

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Fear

I Myself go before you, opening up the way. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Therefore, you need not be afraid or discouraged. I realize, though, that feelings often fail to submit to logic. So don’t be surprised when your emotions rebel against your will. David, who was both a mighty warrior and a gifted poet, expressed fearfulness, trembling, and even overwhelming horror in one of his psalms. Yet his trust in Me was genuine and deep. His life and his writing demonstrate that fear does not “trump” trust: They can coexist. This is why David could proclaim, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

Trust is a relational word. It’s one of the prime ways you can draw near Me. When you are afraid, don’t blame yourself for having that very human emotion. Instead, acknowledge what you are feeling; then affirm your trust in Me—out loud or in a whisper. This affirmation protects you from the lie that feeling fearful means you don’t trust Me. Even better, it brings you consciously into My Presence, where you can find comfort and hope. The Light of My Presence illuminates the vast dimensions of My Love for you—empowering you to grasp how wide and long and high and deep My Love is, and to know this Love that surpasses knowledge.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
~ Deuteronomy 31:8

Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, and horror has overwhelmed me.
~ Psalm 55:5

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
~ Psalm 56:3

[I pray that you] may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

~ Ephesians 3:18–19