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His Faithfulness

My compassions never fail; they are new every morning. You can begin each day confidently, knowing that My vast reservoir of blessings is full—to the brim. This knowledge helps you wait for Me, entrusting your long-unanswered prayers into My care and keeping. I assure you that not one of your prayers has slipped past Me, unnoticed. I want you to drink deeply from My fountain of limitless Love and unfailing compassion. As you wait in My Presence, these divine nutrients are freely available. You may drink without cost from the spring of the water of Life.

Although many of your prayers remain unanswered, you can trust in My great faithfulness: I keep all My promises in My perfect way and timing. Among other things, I have promised to give you Peace that displaces the trouble and fear in your heart. 

If you become weary of waiting for answers to your prayers, remember that I also wait: so that I may be gracious to you and have mercy on you. I wait till you are ready to receive the things I have lovingly prepared for you. Blessed are all those who wait for Me—expectantly, longingly, trustingly.

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. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
~ Lamentations 3:22–24 

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
~ Revelation 21:6

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Heavenly

Lift up your eyes to Me, and see Me shining brightly on your future. Your body—especially when it is weak and weary—can exert a strong downward pull on your thinking. This is very natural, but you are not limited to natural abilities. When your thoughts are on a downhill path, you need to access supernatural resources. Ask Me to help you think My thoughts. Refuse to entertain a gloomy view of the future. Reject such imagery as unreal, because that is what it is. Any future-view that does not include Me is simply false! I am the most important ingredient in the mix of your life. The more of Me you include, the better your outlook will be.

Do not be overly focused on the condition of your body, since it is temporary. Instead, rejoice that your inner being—the eternal part of you—is being renewed day by day. You can even glean some good from the progressive wasting away of your outer self. As your natural strengths and abilities wane, you become more aware of your need to rely on Me. This can create a relaxed intimacy between us as you include Me in more and more of your moments. Not only does this increase your Joy in the present, it also prepares you for an eternal future face to Face with Me. This is the true view of your future, and it is glorious! So, fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 121:1–2 [NKJV]

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16–18

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His Presence

I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe. Usually, you’re not conscious of being enveloped in air because it is invisible and constantly available to you. Similarly, My unseen Presence is a constant in your life, but you often fail to recognize Me. This leaves you vulnerable to loneliness. If you could always recognize My Presence, you would never feel lonely again.

I deeply desire for you to experience My nearness—and the peaceful contentment it brings—more consistently. There is a close connection between feeling lonely and being unaware of My Presence. This is an age-old problem: When the patriarch Jacob was in a barren place—far from his family—he was quite conscious of his isolation. However, I poured out My Presence upon him in the form of a glorious dream. When Jacob awoke, he responded, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”

Awareness of My abiding Presence will protect you from loneliness. Not only am I constantly with you, but I am also within you: in the inner recesses of your heart and mind. My knowledge of you is picture-perfect, and it is framed in unconditional Love.

Let feelings of loneliness remind you of your need to seek My Face. Come to Me with your ever-so-human emptiness, and My divine Presence will fill you with Life to the full!

In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.
~ Psalm 41:12 

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 
~ Genesis 28:16

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 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” 
~ John 10:10

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I am the perfect Savior—100 percent God and 100 percent man. I came to earth in a physical body so I could bear all the punishment for your sins. Because you are Mine, you are indeed holy in My sight, without blemish and free from accusation. I know you sometimes feel blemished and accused, but this is not your true identity. Now that you’re My redeemed follower, a good word to describe you is “blameless.” Since I paid the penalty through death for all your sins, you are utterly free from blame. There is no condemnation for those who are united with Me through faith!

Although you are forever free from accusation, you have a persistent adversary. Satan is a relentless accuser of Christians; he accuses them day and night. His demonic underlings, who seek to deceive and destroy My followers, rely heavily on this tactic. These evil spirits attack your mind with a mixture of lies and truth. To counteract their attacks, try writing down the accusing thoughts so you can pick out the distortions and outright lies. Once you have done this, the most effective response is straightforward: Reject the lies and distortions; repent of any actual sin. Remember, though, that the bottom line is not what you do but what I have already done—redeemed you fully so you can live with Me eternally. When the Son makes you free, you are free indeed!

But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
~ Colossians 1:22

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
~ Romans 8:1 [NASB]

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
~ Revelation 12:10

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
~ John 8:36 [NKJV]

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Abiding in Him

You live by the Spirit: He is the very source of your eternal life. When you were dead in trespasses and sins, it was impossible for you to receive Me as Savior. The Holy Spirit had to make you alive before you could respond to Me. So you do quite literally live by the Spirit.

I want you to go forward along your life-path in step with the Spirit. He will not help you go backward, so beware of seeking refuge in the past. You need to keep moving forward and also to walk in the direction I choose. Moreover, it’s vital to pace yourself according to My timing: neither dashing ahead nor lagging behind. The Spirit will help you in all these matters, as you live in reliance on Him. You can engage His help any time, any place—simply by asking. If you find yourself anxiously rushing, pray, “Slow me down, Holy Spirit.” If you’re uncertain about your direction, ask Him to show you the way. When you don’t know how to pray as you should, cry out, “Help me, Holy Spirit!” He will intercede for you with groanings too deep for words.

The more you seek My Spirit’s help and yield to His loving guidance, the better your life will be. As you keep in step with the Spirit, you find yourself walking close to Me.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
~ Galatians 5:25 

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world.
~ Ephesians 2:1–2 [NKJV]

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 

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
~ Romans 8:26 NASB

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Rest in the assurance of My sheltering Presence that keeps you safe. Let My promises of protection strengthen and comfort you—like huge heavenly bells pealing out ancient, changeless truth. I want you to take refuge in My Shaddai-shadow more and more, by placing your trust fully in Me. It is tempting to take shelter in people, money, success, good health. These are blessings from Me, but you must not rely on them. Any or all of them could vanish instantly. The unending protection I offer—refuge in the shadow of My wings—is available to both high and low among men. In addition, I freely give you the priceless gift of My unfailing Love!

Since I offer you so much, it makes sense to put your trust in Me above all else. Listen to the psalmist’s proclamation: It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Solomon, the wisest of all men, wrote: He who trusts in his riches will fall. Whenever you start to feel anxious, let these feelings serve as a warning that you’re putting your trust in the wrong place. You need to stop listening to your worry-thoughts, and instead tell yourself the truth—that I am totally trustworthy. Then turn your attention to Me, saying: “Lord, You’re my refuge. I trust in You and I’m safe!”

You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!”
~ Psalm 91:1–2 [MSG]

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

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
~ Psalm 118:8–9 

He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage. 
~ Proverbs 11:28 [NKJV]

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Control

I am your intimate Friend, but I am also unfathomable and mysterious; infinitely great and glorious! I want you to contemplate Me in My Glory so you can worship Me exuberantly. Sometimes, though, you struggle with My unsearchable decisions and untraceable ways—seeking to control Me rather than abandoning yourself to Me in worship. You need to recognize “control” for what it is: an idol. I created you in My image and endowed you with free will. I gave you amazing linguistic abilities so you could communicate richly with Me. Instead of using these gifts in manipulative ways—trying to control Me—devote them to worshiping Me in spirit and truth.

I encourage you to pray freely: Ask and it will be given to you. Nonetheless, when you bring Me your petitions, you need to keep in mind the depth of My wisdom and knowledge. This will protect you from being presumptuous or manipulative. I never fail to hear your prayers and answer them wisely, but I do not always grant your petitions—no matter how heartfelt they may be and how utterly right they may seem. If it becomes clear that My will differs from what you have requested, the best response is to say simply, “Yes, Jesus.” This will draw you closer to Me, even in the midst of your disappointment. Though My ways—My methods, My paths—may be mysterious from your perspective, I assure you they are good.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!
~ Romans 11:33 [AMP] 

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4:24 [NJKV] 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
~ Matthew 7:7