Jesus Calling [Morning]

POUR ALL OF YOUR ENERGY into trusting Me. It is through trust that you stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence. Every step on your life-journey can be a step of faith. Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you can take them with almost unconscious ease. Giant steps are another matter altogether: leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me.

Each of My children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness, and life experiences. Something that is a baby step for you may be a giant step for another person, and vice versa. Only I know the difficulty or ease of each segment of your journey. Beware of trying to impress others by acting as if your giant steps are only baby ones. Do not judge others who hesitate in trembling fear before an act that would be easy for you. If each of My children would seek to please Me above all else, fear of others’ judgments would vanish, as would attempts to impress others. Focus your attention on the path just ahead of you and on the One who never leaves your side.

PSALM 23:4; MATTHEW 7:1–2; PROVERBS 29:25

Jesus Calling

TRUST ME AND REFUSE TO WORRY, for I am your Strength and Song. You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength. However, they are not today’s tasks—or even tomorrow’s. So leave them in the future and come home to the present, where you will find Me waiting for you. Since I am your Strength, I can empower you to handle each task as it comes. Because I am your Song, I can give you Joy as you work alongside Me.

Keep bringing your mind back to the present moment. Among all My creatures, only humans can anticipate future events. This ability is a blessing, but it becomes a curse whenever it is misused. If you use your magnificent mind to worry about tomorrow, you cloak yourself in dark unbelief. However, when the hope of heaven fills your thoughts, the Light of My Presence envelops you. Though heaven is future, it is also present tense. As you walk in the Light with Me, you have one foot on earth and one foot in heaven. 

EXODUS 15:2; 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5; HEBREWS 10:23

Jesus Calling

THERE IS A MIGHTY BATTLE going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. I created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven. When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly realms. This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My Face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me. As you concentrate on Me, My Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace.

The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts. Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism. When you face these things, pray for protection and discernment. Stay in continual communication with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world. Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of My Presence. Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind. Look forward to an eternity of strife-free living, reserved for you in heaven.

~ EPHESIANS 2:6; ROMANS 8:6; 1 JOHN 2:15, 17

Jesus Calling

YOU AND I LIVE not just with each other but also in each other. Every step you take, every word you speak, every breath you breathe—all is done in My watchful, embracing Presence. The more aware of Me you are, the more alive and complete you will feel.

“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

—JOHN 14:20

“For in [God] we live and move and have our being.” As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.”

—ACTS 17:28 Also read: COLOSSIANS 1:27 NKJV; EPHESIANS 3:17, 19 AMP

Before You Turn Out the Light Commit to start living in awareness of My divine Presence.                 

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 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 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.