Evening Devotional 

Jesus Calling

COME TO ME with your plans held in abeyance. Worship Me in spirit and in truth, allowing My Glory to permeate your entire being. Trust Me enough to let Me guide you through this day, accomplishing My purposes in My timing. Subordinate your myriad plans to My Master Plan. I am sovereign over every aspect of your life!

The challenge continually before you is to trust Me and search for My way through each day. Do not blindly follow your habitual route, or you will miss what I have prepared for you. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” 

[JOHN 4:24]

The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. 

[ISAIAH 50:4]

“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]

 

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

I Am Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory

I AM CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. THE Messiah—the Savior of the world—lives in you! This promise is for all who have faith in Me: I dwell in your hearts through faith. This amazing blessing is a work of My Spirit in your inner being. The more you trust Me, the more you can enjoy My indwelling Presence—and the more effectively I can live through you.

In a world that may seem increasingly hopeless, remember that I am the hope of Glory. This hope is ultimately about heaven, where you will live with Me forever. But the Light of heaven's Glory is so brilliant that some of its rays can reach you even in the present— no matter how dark your circumstances may appear. I am the Light that shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. As you follow Me along your life-path, clothed in My righteousness, this Light shines brighter and brighter until full day.

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]

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

[Ephesians 3:16–17]

The Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it].

[John 1:5]

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

[Proverbs 4:18]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Calling

SPENDING TIME alone with Me is essential for your well-being. It is not a luxury or an option; it is a necessity. Therefore, do not feel guilty about taking time to be with Me. Remember that Satan is the accuser of believers. He delights in heaping guilt feelings upon you, especially when you are enjoying My Presence. When you feel Satan’s arrows of accusation, you are probably on the right track. Use your shield of faith to protect yourself from him. Talk with Me about what you are experiencing, and ask Me to show you the way forward. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to Me, and I will come near to you.

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]



In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

[EPHESIANS 6:16]



Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 

[JAMES 4:7–8]


~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Calling

LEARN TO RELATE to others through My Love rather than yours. Your human love is ever so limited, full of flaws and manipulation. My loving Presence, which always enfolds you, is available to bless others as well as you. Instead of trying harder to help people through your own paltry supplies, become aware of My unlimited supply, which is accessible to you continually. Let My Love envelop your outreach to other people.

Many of My precious children have fallen prey to burnout. A better description of their condition might be “drainout.” Countless interactions with needy people have drained them, without their conscious awareness. You are among these weary ones, who are like wounded soldiers needing R & R. Take time to rest in the Love-Light of My Presence. I will gradually restore to you the energy that you have lost over the years. Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and you will find rest for your souls.

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 

[PSALM 36:5]

The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 

[EXODUS 33:14]

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” 

[MATTHEW 11:28–29]

~ Sarah Young ~

Dear Jesus

In a world of unrelenting change, I am the One who never changes. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Find in Me the stability for which you have yearned.

Dear Jesus, 

Sometimes my head spins with all the changes going on in the world around me. The more I focus on them, the more unsteady I feel. I long for stability, for permanence of some sort, but the world provides only ever-increasing rates of change. So I look to You, to provide what this world cannot.

Beloved, your yearning for permanence is good, because it is a longing for eternal, invisible reality. That reality is primarily about Me, and I draw near in response to your seeking heart. I am able to give you a firm place to stand, setting your feet on a rock. You may wonder where such a place can be found. It also is invisible. I am your Rock, your Fortress, your Stronghold. Take refuge in Me, and you will find Me sufficient.

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]

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

[1 Timothy 1:17]

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and give me a firm place to stand.

[Psalm 40:2]

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 

[Psalm 18:2]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Calling

DO NOT LONG FOR THE ABSENCE of problems in your life. That is an unrealistic goal since in this world you will have trouble. You have an eternity of problem-free living reserved for you in heaven. Rejoice in that inheritance, which no one can take away from you, but do not seek your heaven on earth.
Begin each day anticipating problems, asking Me to equip you for whatever difficulties you will encounter. The best equipping is My living Presence, My hand that never lets go of yours. Discuss everything with Me. Take a lighthearted view of trouble, seeing it as a challenge that you and I together can handle. Remember that I am on your side, and I have overcome the world.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

[JOHN 16:33]

“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]

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. 

[PHILIPPIANS 4:13]

Dear Jesus

To receive My Peace, you must change your grasping, controlling stance to one of openness and trust. The only thing you can grasp without damaging your soul is My hand.

Dear Jesus,

Grasping and controlling are ways I try to feel safe. However, I’ve come to realize they are hurtful ways that are actually counterproductive. The more I manipulate and grasp for control, the more anxious I become. Even if I succeed through these means, I know the success may be only temporary. Since I am the one who made things happen, I have to patrol the situation vigilantly—or risk losing the ground I’ve gained. Help me open my grasping hands to You, Lord, trustfully receiving all that You have for me.

Beloved, 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 the matter to Me and inviting Me to take charge. Open your heart and mind also, as you lift your hands to Me. You are now in a good position to receive many blessings from Me, 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. 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]

~ Sarah Young ~