Jesus Always

All things are possible with Me! Let these powerful words light up your mind and encourage your heart. Refuse to be intimidated by the way things look at the moment. I am training you to live by faith, not by sight.

The sense of sight is a spectacular gift from Me, to be used joyfully and gratefully. However, it’s easy to be mesmerized by all the visual stimulation surrounding you—and forget about Me. Faith is a type of vision that connects you to Me. Instead of being so focused on the visible world, dare to trust in Me and My promises.

Live close to Me, your Savior and Friend, but remember: I am also infinite God. When I lived on your planet, My miraculous signs revealed My Glory, and My disciples put their faith in Me. I continue to do miracles in your world, according to My will and purposes. Seek to align your will with Mine and to see things from My perspective. Exert your faith to ask for big things, and watch in hope for Me to work.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
~ Mark 10:27 [ESV]

We live by faith, not by sight.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 

This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
~ John 2:11

As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

~Micah 7:7

Jesus Calling

BOTH MY WORDS AND MY WORKS testify to the truth: I performed countless miraculous signs so that the display of My Glory would confirm the truth of My teaching. My resurrection and ascension further verify that I am who I claim to be: the only true Savior-God. The more you build your life on the truth, the closer to Me you can live—enjoying Me, depending on Me, glorifying Me.

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right… . In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”
~ JOHN 18:37 

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
~ JOHN 20:30 – 31

Also read: JOHN 14:6; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:19

Before You Turn Out the Light

You can face the morning with confidence simply by dwelling in the truth—My truth—tonight.

Jesus Lives

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]

Dear Jesus

In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence. This one transcends the other four, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside on earth.

Dear Jesus,

I’m trying to wrap my mind around the concept of this fifth dimension — openness to Your Presence. It seems quite reasonable, because I know You transcend both space and time. However, I’m a time-bound creature: I can exist only in the present. Also, the world I see around me is decidedly three-dimensional. So, understanding this fifth dimension is a “stretch” for me — a stretch of faith.

Beloved, you are right on target. Openness to My Presence is all about faith: believing that though I am invisible, I am both Real and really with you. This is foundational to knowing Me. However, there is also an art to knowing Me. It is very personal, because each of My followers has a unique relationship with Me: comprised of all your communication with Me, your love for Me, your receptivity and responsiveness to Me.

Sometimes when you are seeking My Face, My Presence becomes more real to you than the space-time moment you occupy. The reality of My glorious Being outshines your current circumstances and lifts you above them. You feel free, and your spirit soars with Me. You rejoice in Me and are strengthened by that divine Joy. Thus, you enjoy glimpses of heaven while continuing to dwell on earth. 

Now Sometimes when you are seeking My Face, My Presence becomes more real to you than the space-time moment you occupy. The reality of My glorious Being outshines your current circumstances and lifts you above them. You feel free, and your spirit soars with Me. You rejoice in Me and are strengthened by that divine Joy. Thus, you enjoy glimpses of heaven while continuing to dwell on earth. 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 

~ Hebrews 11:1

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

~ John 11:40

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

~ Ephesians 2:6

Jesus Always

The more often you turn your thoughts to Me, the more you will enjoy My perfect Peace. This is a challenging goal, but it is also a glorious gift. I, the Shepherd of your soul, am always accessible to you.

You can train your mind to turn from other things and focus on Me. When you experience something beautiful, thank Me for it. When a loved one brings you joy, remember that I am the Source of this pleasure. Post reminders of My Presence in your home or car or office. It’s also wise to memorize Scripture since it is ultimately about Me.

Turning your thoughts to Me demonstrates your trust in Me. Even undesired things such as pain and problems can be reminders to communicate with Me. Focusing on My Presence protects you from getting stuck on problems—going over and over them in your mind without making any progress. Be creative in finding new ways to turn your thoughts toward Me. Thus you can enjoy the wondrous gift of My Peace.

He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!
~ Isaiah 26:3 [TLB]

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
~ 1 Peter 2:25 [NASB]

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6–7

Jesus Calling

DON’T TRY TO PRETEND that you have it all together or that you’re stronger than you really are. Instead, lean hard on Me, letting Me bear most of your weight. Rejoice in Me – your Strength – and worship Me.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

~ PROVERBS 18:24

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.

~ PSALM 59:16–17

[Also read: HEBREWS 11:21 NKJV]

Before You Turn Out the Light 

In your mind’s eye, do you see Me standing nearby with My strong arm extended toward you? I am offering you My help.

Jesus Lives

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