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HIS SUFFICIENCY

I understand you perfectly and love you eternally. It is your soul I love, rather than your appearance or performance. Sometimes you are so dissatisfied with both of these that they become your focus. To break free from this self-preoccupation, relax in My loving Presence and let the Light of My Love soak into your entire being. Rest deeply while I massage your thoughts and feelings, helping you change your focus from yourself to Me. Remember that I created you to know Me: to enjoy Me and center your life in Me. Cease striving and know that I am God.

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. Idolatrous substitutes may suppress your appetite for Me, mainly by distracting you, but they provide no satisfaction. 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.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

[Isaiah 54:10]

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

[Psalm 46:10]

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 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]

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TRANSFORMATION

Come to Me just as you are. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I am aware of the many little stones that mar the beauty of your heart. Trust Me to do what you are unable to do: remove the stony bits one by one. Do not expect this work in you to be painless. Heart surgery is serious, and it always involves pain. Many of the hard things you have experienced were, unknown to you, My skillful operations on your heart. When you are going through tough times, look up to Me with a wry smile and thank Me for the renewal I am working within you. This act of faith does not instantly stop your suffering, but it does lend meaning to your pain.

Marvel at the wonder of being a new creation, grafted into Me—the Messiah. You are forever set free from the condemning law of sin and death. You can rejoice in this glorious truth even while you are in the throes of suffering. Since I am the Creator of all that is, and you are made in My image, you have a wealth of creative powers within you. Strive to look at your circumstances from a fresh perspective: eager to collaborate with Me as I create newness within you—and through you. Though I am Lord of the universe, I desire to work in partnership with you. As you say yes to this sacred adventure, you become more fully the one I designed you to be.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

[Ezekiel 36:26]

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.

[2 Corinthians 5:17]

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

[Romans 8:1–2]

In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

[Hebrews 1:2]

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WORRY

Cast all your anxiety on Me. Unless you deal with it properly, anxiety can be toxic—both to you and to others. Simply releasing it is not sufficient. You need to project it vigorously away from yourself, toward Me. Consider the following illustration: If you accidentally pulled the pin out of a hand grenade, you would not hold onto the grenade or drop it near your feet. Nor would you pitch it to another person. You would throw it as far away as possible from yourself and others. When you cast your anxiety on Me, I remove it so far away that it cannot harm anyone. In fact, I delight in doing this very thing, because I care for you so compassionately.

Ever since the Fall, human emotions have been out of kilter. People often “act out” painful feelings without even realizing what is bothering them. Or they may bottle up their emotions and pretend everything is all right. I urge you to be self-controlled and alert so you can identify hurtful feelings and confess them to Me. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you with this. As you yield to His work within you, your anxious feelings will subside. My Spirit can accomplish holy changes in you—producing Love, Joy, Peace . . . and self-control.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert.

[1 Peter 5:7–8]

Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

[Isaiah 49:13]

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

[Galatians 5:22–23]

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TRIALS

Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials. You can consider something a joyful opportunity even when you are feeling quite joyless. Some definitions of “consider” are: “to think about seriously; to regard as; to believe after deliberation.” You may need to ponder your circumstances at length before you can view them in a positive light. You need to give yourself time for your feelings to settle down. It’s hard to think clearly with high levels of emotions surging through your brain. Once you have calmed down, you will be able to think seriously about your situation. Invite Me into this process of deliberation, and My Presence will improve your perspective: helping you see your trials in the Light of eternity.

As you look at your circumstances from My perspective, you come to understand that these multiple problems are testing your faith. This is both an opportunity (to strengthen your faith) and a temptation (to let your feelings “trump” your faith).

One of the hardest things about trials is the uncertainty about how long they will last. Usually, you can’t predict or control the unpleasant circumstances. You just have to live with them indefinitely. At times you may feel as if you can endure no more, but you can always reach out to Me for help. As you cling to Me moment by moment, I enable you to persevere. This produces in you not only endurance but also a harvest of righteousness and peace.

Consider it pure joy . . . whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

[James 1:2–3]

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

[Matthew 19:26]

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

[Hebrews 12:11]

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HEAVEN

My kingdom cannot be shaken! This present world seems to be shaking more and more, leaving you off balance much of the time. As you worship Me, however, your perspective changes and you regain your balance. To worship Me acceptably with reverence and awe, thankfulness is essential. I designed you to be thankful on a daily, moment-by-moment basis. You need to resist the temptation to grumble when things don’t go as you would like. Remember that I, your God, am a consuming fire. If you saw Me in all My Glory, you would be much too awestruck to venture even the tiniest complaint.

My unshakable kingdom is for all people who love Me, who know Me as Savior. This everlasting kingdom consists of things that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived. I have prepared infinite, wondrous delights for those who love Me. Moreover, at the end of the age I will come back and take you to be with Me so that you may be where I am. Let these precious promises ignite your thankfulness, till you are aglow with My living Presence—shining brightly in this dark world.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
[Hebrews 12:28–29]

The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.
[Exodus 24:17]

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
[1 Corinthians 2:9]

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
[John 14:3]

Jesus Calling

THE FUTURE IS ONE OF THOSE SECRET THINGS beyond your domain. Release it to Me, the rightful Owner. Refuse to worry about the future, and you will find your resources for today quite sufficient. Remember that I am part of those resources and nothing is impossible with Me!

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

[DEUTERONOMY 29:29]

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

[LUKE 1:37 Also read: ROMANS 8:28 AMP]

(Also read: ROMANS 8:28 AMP)

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DEPENDING ON HIM

Beware of dividing up your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require My help. The truth is, everything you do—even taking a breath—involves My assistance. I sustain all things by My powerful Word. So recognizing your utter dependence on Me builds a strong foundation on which you can do your work heartily—from the soul.

When you do routine tasks for Me, they gain meaning and even some sparkle. Your efforts become a way of expressing your love for Me. The more you love Me, the more you can enjoy doing tasks devoted to Me. I am less concerned about the outcome of your work than the attitude of your heart. When your deepest motive is to please Me, I deem your work good.

Your best efforts are those that emanate from your soul—where I live in intimate union with you. When you not only dedicate your efforts to Me but also keep looking to Me for help, your soul is fully engaged. You experience the thrill of seeing Me work through you. This collaborative way of doing things is effective and exciting; it is also deeply satisfying—to you and to Me.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

[Hebrews 1:3]

Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.

[Colossians 3:23]

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

[Colossians 1:10]

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.

[Joshua 22:5]