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Striving

To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. Grasping and controlling are your means of trying to feel safe. However, such an approach actually hurts you and works against you: The more you manipulate and maneuver for control, the more anxious you become.

Rather than striving for peace of mind through these means, abandon yourself to Me. My hand is the only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul. Let Me help you open your hands and receive all that I have for you.

What you do with your body can help or hinder what goes on in your soul. When you realize you are grasping for control, become aware of your body language. Intentionally open your hands, releasing your concerns to Me and inviting Me to take charge. Open your heart and mind as well, as you lift your hands to Me. You are now in a good position to receive My many blessings, not the least of which is awareness of My Presence.

Enjoy the Peace that flows out from Me while you bask in the Light of My Love. Then, when you move back into your activities, consciously grasp My hand in childlike dependence. For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”

I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
~ 1 Timothy 2:8

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
~ John 20:19 

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
~ Matthew 18:4

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
~ Isaiah 41:13

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Trials

With Me all things are possible. When you bump into massive difficulties on your life-path, I want you to consider it pure Joy. As you bounce off these “impossibilities,” My everlasting arms are wide open—ready to catch you, calm you, and help you do what does not seem possible. You can be joyful in the midst of perplexing problems because I am God your Savior. I have already accomplished the greatest miracle—saving you from your sins. If you keep looking to Me, your resurrected Lord and King, your pessimism will eventually yield to courage. Though you are an earthbound creature in many ways, your soul shares in My eternal victory.

Since I am infinite, “impossibilities” are My specialty. I delight in them because they display My Glory so vividly. They also help you live the way I intended: in joyful, trusting dependence on Me. The next time you face an “impossible” situation, turn to Me immediately with a hopeful heart. Acknowledge your total inadequacy, and cling to Me—relying on My infinite sufficiency. All things are possible with Me!

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 
~ Matthew 19:26 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 
~ James 1:2–3

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. 
~ Deuteronomy 33:27

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. 
~ Habakkuk 3:17–18

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I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This promise provides a feast of encouragement—offering you prosperity, hope, and a blessed future. Because the world is so fractured and full of pain, people tend to think dark thoughts and feel hopeless about the future. Unless you stay alert, you are vulnerable to such thoughts and feelings too. This makes you easy prey for your adversary, the devil, who prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. I gave My body on the cross to provide eternal nourishment for you, but the evil one wants to devour you! The contrast is crystal-clear, and the stakes are immeasurably high.

Mankind has a voracious appetite for finding out what the future will bring. Astrologers and fortunetellers capitalize on this lust to peer into secret things—things that belong to Me. However, to feast on Me you must live in the present moment. This is where you can encounter Me and enjoy My Presence. As you come to the table of My delights, be sure to bring your fork of trust and your spoon of thankfulness. Take plenty of time enjoying Me, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 
~ 1 Peter 5:8

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

~ Deuteronomy 29:29

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”

~ Isaiah 55:2

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His Sufficiency

I am teaching you the secret of being content in any and every situation. This secret is all about Me—who I am and what I offer you. I am your Creator and King, your Savior and Shepherd. I offer you Myself in all My Power and Glory. I am the only One who can empower you to find contentment in all circumstances. 

I have promised to supply all your need according to My riches in Glory. The greater your need, the more I invite you into the mysterious depths of My Being. Intimacy with Me gives you strength; it also fills you with transcendent Joy.

Some of My followers are comfortable with being in need but struggle with having plenty. When I supply abundantly, they feel unworthy—even guilty. How this grieves Me! Imagine a wealthy parent giving a desired, expensive gift to his beloved child. The expected response would be pleasure and gratitude. If instead the child felt unworthy of this extravagant gift, the generous parent would feel deeply disappointed and hurt. That is how I feel when My children balk at receiving abundance from Me. The secret of being content is childlike trust in Me: My infinite riches and generous Love. Do not expect to understand My ways with you. Remember that My ways and thoughts are higher than yours—as the heavens are higher than the earth.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 
~ Philippians 4:12–13

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
~ Philippians 4:19

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 
~ Isaiah 55:8–9

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Attitude

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Most people prefer to live peacefully with others, but when there are conflicts, many wait for the other person to make the first move. Problems inevitably arise when both parties wait for the other to take the first step. That’s why the apostle Paul instructs each offended person to move toward the other. If even one of the two follows this teaching, there is hope for restoring the relationship.

Paul’s teaching reflects My own: Reconciling with an offended brother or sister should be done before offering your gift at the altar. In other words, restoring peace in your relationships—as far as it depends on you—is a prerequisite for participating in worship. Paul’s command includes an important qualifying phrase: if it is possible. You might do all the right things without achieving reconciliation. In that case, you are free—to live and love and worship with a clear conscience.

To live at peace with everyone, you need to control not only what you say and do but also what you think. It’s common to assume that your thoughts about others don’t matter much, as long as you keep them to yourself. However, I am fully aware of all your thoughts. When you indulge in negative thinking about someone, your relationship with that person is damaged. Those hurtful thoughts also affect your relationship with Me, and they may have a depressive effect on you. The remedy lies in turning to Me and seeking My forgiveness. Then, ask My Spirit to control your mind and help you think My thoughts. This is the way of Life and Peace.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
~ Romans 12:18 

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” 
~Matthew 5:23–24 

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. 
~ Romans 8:6

Jesus Always

My Love chases after you every day of your life. So look for signs of My tender Presence as you go through this day. I disclose Myself to you in a vast variety of ways—words of Scripture just when you need them, helpful words spoken through other people, “coincidences” orchestrated by My Spirit, nature’s beauty, and so on. My Love for you is not passive; it actively chases after you and leaps into your life. Invite Me to open the eyes of your heart so you can “see” Me blessing you in myriad ways—both small and great.

I want you not only to receive My bountiful blessings but to take careful note of them. Treasure them and ponder them in your heart. Thank Me for these ways I show up in your life; write some of them down so you can enjoy them again and again. These signs of My Presence strengthen you and prepare you for difficulties on the road ahead. Remember that nothing in all creation can separate you from My Love.

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

~ Psalm 23:6

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

~ Psalm 119:11

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

~ Luke 2:19

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 8:39

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I have saved you to the uttermost—perfectly, totally, for all eternity! So your salvation is absolutely assured. I want you to live in the freedom that flows from this indescribable gift. That is why I came into the world: to set you free from sin and bondage. Let the glorious truth of the gospel soak into your innermost being, and you will grow increasingly free.

I am the ideal Intercessor for you, because I understand you completely. I lived as a Man in your world for thirty-three years, and I know firsthand how hard it is to resist temptation. I was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil for forty days and nights, with nothing to eat. Throughout my life on earth I endured one temptation after the other. When I was being crucified, people taunted Me mercilessly—saying they would believe in Me if I came down from the cross. I was fully capable of performing this miracle, which made the temptation all the more agonizing.

Now I live to make intercession for you. Since I am infinite in all My ways, I am never too busy: I am always available to help you. When you languish in the shadows, feeling bad about yourself, I wait for you. When you come freely into My bright Presence, seeking My help, I joyfully respond to your needs. Remember that I am the One who understands you perfectly and loves you eternally.

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

~ Hebrews 7:25

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

~ John 8:32

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

~ Matthew 4:1–2

“Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

~ Mark 15:32