Jesus Calling

IT IS VITAL TO PLACE your hope ultimately in Me. Circumstances change all the time, but I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. Moreover, I love you with perfect, life-giving Love.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

—HEBREWS 13:8 NKJV

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

—PSALM 33:22

Also read: PSALM 62:5–6; DEUTERONOMY 33:12

Before You Turn Out the Light:

Make plans to nurture your hope, which comes from Me.

Jesus Lives

Do not worry about tomorrow. This is simple, straightforward teaching, but My followers rarely make it through even one day without breaking this command. It’s good that you recognize your inability to live according to this instruction. Your ongoing struggle protects you from self-righteous striving: trying to be good enough to deserve My Love. Nonetheless, I do want to help you with your tendency to worry.

Because your mind is in a fallen condition, it will sometimes wander across the timeline into tomorrow’s trouble. However, early intervention can minimize the damage. As soon as you realize you’re worrying about tomorrow, take action: Simply leave those thoughts where they are (in the unreality of the future), and come quickly back to the present. Since the future has such a strong pull on your mind, it’s helpful to direct your thoughts to something that appeals to you in the present—an interesting activity, beautiful weather, a dear friend or family member. At times when nothing about the present day seems appealing, My Presence lovingly awaits your attention. I am always near, so turning your thoughts to Me is an excellent option at all times. Come into My joyous Presence, and I will delight you with unmerited Love.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
~ Matthew 6:34

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 
Ephesians 2:4–5

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
~ Hebrews 3:1 

Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
~ Psalm 43:4

Jesus Calling

APREDICTABLE LIFESTYLE MAY FEEL safer, but it can shield you from what you need most of all—Me! When unexpected events shake up your routines, rejoice. This is exactly what you need to wake you up and point you toward Me.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

—1 JOHN 4:18

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

—PSALM 63:8

Also read: EPHESIANS 3:17–18

Before You Turn Out the Light

As we venture into tomorrow, prepare to cling tightly to My hand, every step of the way.

Jesus Lives

Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out. As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart. There are so many things you would like to be different: in yourself, in others, in the world. Your natural tendency is to brood over these matters rather than to talk them over with Me. The longer you focus on these negatives, the more likely you are to become disgruntled. Even when you control what you say out loud, your thoughts tend to be full of complaints. Let Me help you think My thoughts.

Trust Me by opening up to Me consistently. Don’t wait till you’re already discouraged to bring Me your concerns. As we talk about these matters, remember to thank Me. In spite of how you’re feeling, you can thank Me for listening and caring; also, for loving you enough to die for you. Your gratitude will provide a helpful framework for the things that concern you. As we talk about these things, let the Light of My Face shine upon you. Eventually, this heavenly Light will break through the fog in your mind, enabling you to see things from My perspective.

Your communion with Me will bless you in another way also: You will find in My Presence irrepressible Joy. Whether or not I change your circumstances, you will discover I have given you a new song—a hymn of praise.

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

[2 Corinthians 9:15]

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

[Numbers 6:25]

Jesus Calling

THE WORLD ABOUNDS WITH IDOLS—things you turn to when you want to feel better about yourself: eating, entertainment, exercise, mastery of something or someone. However, none of these things can slake the thirst of your soul, which yearns for Me alone. When you get that gnawing sensation around the edges of your soul, return to Me—your soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you . . . I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. —PSALM 63:1–5

Also read: ISAIAH 54:10; PSALM 46:10

Before You Turn Out the Light Retreat into My loving Presence while I refocus your thoughts and feelings on Me.

Jesus Lives

My Peace is such an all-encompassing gift that it is independent of circumstances. Though you lose everything else, if you gain My Peace you are rich indeed.

Let that be a deep comfort to you, especially amid the many aspects of your life over which you have no control! When you are feeling at the mercy of your circumstances, My all-encompassing Peace is exactly what you need, even though you sometimes feel unable to receive it. Perhaps that is because you cling to other things—your loved ones, your possessions, your reputation. It’s as if you are wrapping your fingers tightly around a small copper coin while I am offering you unlimited supplies of pure gold. My desire is to help you treasure My Peace above everything in the world—recognizing it as a supernatural gift, bequeathed to My followers shortly before My death.

A man who knows he will soon die wants to leave something precious with those he loves. Therefore, I “willed” My Peace to My disciples and all who would follow Me. I knew this was a difficult gift to accept, especially in the midst of adversity. So, after My resurrection, the first words I spoke to My disciples were “Peace be with you!” They needed this reassurance to reinforce what I taught them before I died. You also need to be reminded of the divine nature of this gift, for it is not the world’s peace I give you: It is Peace that transcends all understanding!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

[John 14:27]

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]

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 Lives

Find comfort in knowing I am perfectly good and infinitely strong. If I were good but lacking in strength, you would have no stronghold in times of trouble. If I were strong but not totally good, My massive strength could be terrifying. In fact, My Power is threatening to those who oppose Me. However, I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep, and My sheep know Me. Sheep have nothing to fear from a shepherd who is good. On the contrary, they feel safe in his protective presence. So it is with Me: You can feel safe and secure in My sheltering Presence.

The best way to avail yourself of My protection is to trust Me wholeheartedly. My unfailing Love surrounds all those who trust in Me. So your most important task as a sheep in My pasture is to keep on trusting Me—the perfect Shepherd of your soul. Find rest in Me alone, for I am a surrounding stronghold of unfailing Love.

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.

[Nahum 1:7]

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

[John 10:14]