Jesus Always

Find your security in Me. As the world you inhabit seems increasingly unsafe, turn your attention to Me more and more often. Remember that I am with you at all times, and I have already won the ultimate victory. Because I am in you and you are in Me, you have an eternity of perfect, stress-free life awaiting you. There will be no trace of fear or worry in heaven. Reverential worship of the King of Glory will flood you with unimaginable Joy!

Let this future hope strengthen and encourage you while you’re living in this deeply fallen world. When you start to feel anxious about something you have seen, heard, or thought, bring that concern to Me. Remind yourself that I am the One who makes you secure—in all circumstances! If you find your mind gravitating toward an idolatrous way of feeling safe, tell yourself: “That’s not what makes me safe.” Then look trustingly to Me, and think about who I am: the victorious Savior-God who is your Friend forever. In Me you are absolutely secure!

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”
~ John 14:20 

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
~Psalm 24:7

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
~ Proverbs 23:18

Jesus Lives

I am the God of divine reversals. I can glean good out of evil: My Master Plan brings victory out of apparent defeat. Come to Me just as you are—wounded from battle—and expose your wounds to My healing Light. You need to spend ample time with Me, opening yourself fully to My living Presence. Many people who are seriously ill have been successfully treated by being placed outdoors in sunlight and fresh air for hours at a time. Similarly, you need substantial amounts of time soaking in the Light of My Presence so I can heal your deep wounds.

When you experience a divine reversal in your life, you are thrilled to observe how masterfully I operate in the world. Your suffering gains meaning because you know I can—and do—bring good out of evil. Ultimately, My plans will not be thwarted. I have the last word! As you see how utterly beyond you are My wisdom and ways, you get a glimpse of My Glory. This inspires you to worship Me—bowing before My infinite intelligence and limitless Power. As you open your soul to Me in worship, you gain assurance of My unfailing Love. 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.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
~ Genesis 50:20 

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 
~ Isaiah 55:9

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. 
~ Psalm 33:22 

“For 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

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Resting in Him

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it. In order to walk in the good way, you need to be alert: praying in the Spirit on all occasions. With My Spirit’s help you can recognize a crossroads when you come upon it, instead of rushing past the choice-point without even noticing. If you are unsure which way to go, pause and wait with Me. Stay in communication with Me while you’re standing and looking. Trust Me to show you the way forward in My timing.

If you follow these instructions, you will not only walk in the good way; you will also find rest for your soul. I know how weary you are and how desperately you need soul-rest. Even when your body is still, your thoughts tend to go hither and yon. If you want My help in taming those thoughts, bring them to Me. I already know what you’re thinking, so you have nothing to hide. You need to wait in My Presence, giving Me time to help you think My thoughts. Though you may feel as if you’re wasting time, you are actually doing the opposite. Your steps will be fewer but you will accomplish much more, for you will be staying close to Me—the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No matter how strenuous your journey, you can find soul-rest in My company.

This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” 
~ Jeremiah 6:16

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 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” 
~ John 14:6

Jesus Lives

My followers must go through many hardships. Nonetheless, the gospel is amazingly good news, because My death as your substitute paid the full penalty for all your sins! At conversion you began a new life: one that is both an adventure and a Love-story. Adventure tales are never about predictable, easy situations. They invariably contain conflicts, adversity, defeats, and triumphs. Before I died, I warned My disciples about the tribulation, trials, distress, and frustration they would have in this world. Then I immediately reassured them: I have overcome the world; I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. In Me you are victorious!

Your new life is not only an adventure but also a Love-story. As you journey toward heaven, your eternal Lover never leaves your side. I share both your good times and your struggles. I embrace you in My everlasting arms, helping you extract good from adversity. I devise creative ways to reveal Myself to you, and I rejoice when you are attentive. While using My future-knowledge to prepare you for what is ahead, I train you to enjoy My Presence in the present. When you are struggling deeply, I offer you My Peace. At the end of your journey, you will be able to look back and see that hardships shared with Me are radiant treasures—full of Love and Glory.

They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. . . . “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 
~ Acts 14:21–22

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
~ John 16:33

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

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INTIMACY WITH HIM

Do not feel guilty about taking time to seek My Face; you are simply responding to the tugs of divinity within you. I made you in My image, and I hid heaven in your heart. 

Much of this world’s angst is actually a longing for the perfection of heaven. Blatant sin is often a misguided attempt to fill the emptiness created by that longing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they search for heaven in hellish ways: excesses and perversions of every kind. However, great sinners can be transformed into exceptional Christians when they turn their passionate appetites toward Me.

My Love and forgiveness satisfy soul-hunger as nothing else can, so it is good that you yearn for more than this world can provide. You were not designed to find total satisfaction in the here-and-now, because you were crafted in My image. 

Since heaven is My home, it is your ultimate home too, where all of your longings will be perfectly satisfied. I placed a bit of heavenly matter in your heart so you would seek Me even now for a taste of that eternal reality. Refuse to feel guilty about something that brings Me such pleasure! I delight in your seeking heart.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 
~ Psalm 105:4 

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 
~ 2 Corinthians 4:4 

“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

Jesus Lives

I designed you to be filled with heavenly contents: My Love, Joy, and peace. However, you are a frail earthen vessel, so these contents leak out of you. Unless you are refilled—over and over again—you become increasingly empty.

I am eager to pour out My abundance upon and within you, but this takes time: focused time with Me. Come to Me and linger in My Presence. Do not rush in, trying to grab as much blessing as you can before making a quick exit. Instead, stay with Me awhile, enjoying the awesome privilege of communing with your King. As you wait with Me, My very Life streams into you, filling you up with heavenly substance. I want you to be all Mine—overflowing with My Love, Joy, and Peace. Because these divine gifts leak out of you, you need Me continually for renewal. Your neediness is not a mistake or defect: It keeps you looking to Me, depending on Me, communicating with Me. Though you are a frail jar of clay, I have blessed you with the most precious treasure: the divine Light of the Gospel. Your human frailty is necessary to show that this exceedingly great Power is not from you but from Me.

I am Christ in you, the hope of Glory. As I fill you with My Glory-gifts, let My wondrous Light shine through you into other people’s lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

~ Galatians 5:22–23

However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:7

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 

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” 

~ Matthew 5:16

Jesus Always

Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me. When you look at Me, you see the One who sent Me. I came into the world not only to be your Savior but also to help you see the Father more clearly. He and I always work in perfect unity. As I proclaimed when I was teaching in the temple in Jerusalem: “I and My Father are one.” So when you strive to live close to Me—fixing your eyes on Me—you are by no means ignoring My Father.

The Trinity, comprised of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is a great gift to you; it is also a mystery far beyond your comprehension. This blessing of three Persons in one greatly enriches your prayer life. You can pray to the Father in My Name; you can also speak directly to Me. And the Holy Spirit is continually available to help you with your prayers. Do not be perturbed by mysteries of the Godhead. Instead, respond to these wonders with joyous praise and adoration!

Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.”
~ John 12:44–45 

“I and My Father are one.”
~ John 10:30

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:2

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
~ Psalm 150:6