Jesus Lives

Depending on Him

I have called you out of darkness into My marvelous Light. I brought you not only out of darkness but also into My royal family. I clothed you with My own robe of righteousness—making you fit for My kingdom. You are one of My own special people: You belong to Me, and I delight in you.

I have chosen to use imperfect ones like you to proclaim My praises. I know you cannot do this as well as you would like. The truth is, without My help you can’t do it at all. This gap between My call on your life and your ability to respond is part of My plan. It heightens your awareness of your utter insufficiency. Because you are Mine, I allow you to connect your deep inadequacy to My boundless sufficiency. Instead of focusing on your imperfection, make every effort to stay connected with Me. The more you depend on My resources, the more you can celebrate My Majesty. In whatever you do, consciously rely on My help—living in the joyous wonder of self-forgetfulness. As you look to Me continually for all you need, your face will reflect the Light of My surpassing Glory.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
~ 1 Peter 2:9

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
~ Isaiah 61:10

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
~ John 15:5

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

Jesus Always

You are ready for anything and equal to anything through your living relationship with Me. Rest in My Presence while I infuse inner strength into you. Because you are a child of the King of kings, you are capable of so much more than you realize. To benefit fully from your privileged position, however, you need to spend ample time with Me. As you relax in My Presence—delighting in Me and opening your heart to Me—I fill you with inner strength. This time spent together is not only pleasurable, it is empowering.

When there is much to do, it’s tempting to rush through your time with Me and dive into the activities of the day. But just as eating a healthy breakfast helps you function at your best, so does feeding your soul a healthy diet of Me. Bask in My Word, asking My Spirit to make it come alive to you. Savor these words of Life! Your living relationship with Me helps you approach each new day with confidence—ready for anything that comes your way.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

—Philippians 4:13

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

—Psalm 5:3

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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

Dear Jesus

Instead of single-mindedly pursuing a goal, talk with Me about it. Let the Light of My Presence shine on this pursuit, so you can see it from My perspective.

Dear Jesus,

Pursuing goals comes almost as naturally to me as breathing. When a goal grabs my attention, my instinct is to go for it, without really thinking it through. I may invest a lot of time and energy in something, only to realize later that it was the wrong pursuit. When I take the time to first discuss matters with You, my life is much more satisfying.

Beloved, there are many benefits to talking with Me—before, during, and after pursuing a goal. The Light of My Presence illuminates your pursuit, so you can see it more clearly. As you talk it over with Me, you gain a new perspective on the endeavor. The most important change in your perspective is a growing desire to please Me. This desire produces benefits far beyond the task at hand: It deepens your relationship with Me.

If you discern that your goal accords with My will, then you can pursue it confidently. As you work collaboratively with Me, continue to communicate about what you are doing. When the goal has been reached, thank Me for My help and guidance. Rejoice in what we have accomplished together!

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.

~ Psalm 89:15–16

There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

~ Proverbs 19:21

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. 

~ Psalm 37:5 

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 

~Philippians 4:13

Jesus Always

I rejoice over you with singing. Open wide your heart, mind, and spirit to receive My richest blessings. Because you are My blood-bought child, My Love for you flows continuously from the throne of grace. Look up and receive all that I have for you. Listen and hear Me singing songs of Joy because of My great delight in you. You can approach Me boldly—with confidence—trusting that you are indeed the one I love.

The world teaches you that love is conditional: based on performance, appearance, and status. Even though you don’t believe this lie, the constant onslaught of this message in the media can penetrate your thinking. That’s why it is so important to spend time focusing on Me—soaking in My Presence, absorbing My Word.

Setting aside time to be alone with Me is countercultural, so this practice requires discipline and determination. However, it is well worth the effort. Living close to Me brightens your life immeasurably. With Me is the fountain of Life; in My Light you see Light.

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

— Zephaniah 3:17

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

—Hebrews 4:16

About Benjamin he said: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”

—Deuteronomy 33:12

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

—Psalm 36:9

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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