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.

PSALM 36:5; EXODUS 33:14; MATTHEW 11:28–29

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ME is so saturated in grace that the two are forever inseparable. I want you to rest in the perfection of your salvation. My glorious grace makes you holy and blameless in My sight, so nothing you do or fail to do can ever separate you from My Love. For by grace you have been saved through faith.

~ EPHESIANS 2:8 [NKJV]

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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 8:38 – 39, EPHESIANS 2:8 [NKJV]

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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 8:38 – 39

Dear Jesus

Quiet your mind in My Presence. Then you will be able to hear Me bestowing the resurrection blessing: “Peace be with you.”

Dear Jesus, Quieting my mind is quite a challenge. My thoughts tend to go off in many directions at once. I really want to hear Your benediction of Peace. Teach me how to slow down my thinking, so I can experience Your peaceful Presence more fully.

Beloved, you are already doing the most important thing: communicating with Me about your problem. It is also vital to find a place where you can sit quietly, letting your body relax. It’s much easier to tone down your thinking when your body is still for a time, since mind and body are so intricately connected. As you slow down your breathing, you will find your thoughts becoming more manageable. This makes it possible to focus those thoughts on Me. While you do so, your entire being will become increasingly relaxed.

Ponder the wonder of My Presence with you. Refresh yourself in My promises: I will counsel you and watch over you. I will supply every need of yours according to My riches in Glory. Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give you. 

Though My Peace is a forever-promise, you need frequent reminders. When your mind becomes quiet enough, listen for My resurrection blessing: “Peace be with you.”

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
~ John 20:26 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 
~ Psalm 32:8

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:19 [NASB] 

“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

Jesus Always

You are a child of God. Someday you will see Me as I am—you will be face to Face with Me in Glory. Until then, I am training you to be made new in the attitude of your mind, to put on the new self. Although your new self is being conformed to My image, this process doesn’t erase the essence of who you are. Instead, the more you become like Me, the more you develop into the unique person I designed you to be.

You have been a member of My royal family since you first trusted Me as Savior. Thus you’re a fellow heir with Me—sharing My inheritance. However, you must share My suffering if you are to share My Glory. When you encounter hard times, search for Me in the midst of your struggles. Ask Me to help you suffer well, in a manner worthy of the King’s household. Everything you endure can help you become more like Me. Remember the ultimate goal: You will see My Face in righteousness—and be satisfied!

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
~ 1 John 3:2 [NKJV]

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:22–24

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
~ 1 John 3:2 [NKJV]

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:22–24

Jesus Lives

Transformation

You are a child of God, and you are Mine forever. Someday you will see Me as I am, face to Face in Glory. You have been a member of My royal family since the moment you trusted Me as Savior. I am training you in the ways of My kingdom: to be made new in the attitude of your mind; to put on the new self, created to be like Me. Although your new self is being conformed to My image, this process does not erase the essence of who you are. On the contrary, the more you become like Me, the more you develop into the unique person I designed you to be.

Since you are part of My royal family, you’re a fellow heir with Me, sharing My inheritance. However, you must share My suffering if you are to share My Glory. You don’t need to search for ways to suffer. Living in this broken world provides ample opportunity to experience pain of many kinds. When adversity comes your way, search for Me in the midst of your struggles. Ask Me to help you suffer well, in a manner worthy of royalty. Everything you endure can help you become more like Me. Remember the ultimate goal: You will see My Face in righteousness, and be satisfied!

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
~ 1 John 3:2 [NKJV]

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, . . . to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
~ Ephesians 4:22–24

And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
~ Romans 8:17 [AMP]

As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
~ Psalm 17:15 [NKJV]

Jesus Calling

YOU KNOW THAT YOU FALL SHORT of My holy standard every single day; nonetheless, in My sight you are gloriously righteous. Your redemption, the forgiveness of sins, was accomplished through My blood—poured out freely because I love you. How wide and long and high and deep is this vast ocean of Love I have for you.

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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
~ EPHESIANS 3:16 ~ 3:19

Before You Turn Out the Light 

Try to absorb these words of blessing: You are holy and blameless in My sight.

Dear Jesus

My deep desire is that you learn to depend on Me in every situation. I move heaven and earth to accomplish this purpose, but you must collaborate with Me in this training.

Dear Jesus,

I love depending on You—afterward! When the task before me is too challenging for me to handle confidently, I almost instinctively turn to You for help. These are times when I am painfully aware of my inadequacy: my need to depend on Someone far greater than I. They are scary moments—times of having to act on my belief that You will not let me down. These occasions of stepping out in faith feel very much like jumping off a cliff into open space, trusting You to catch me in mid-air. And You do! That is when I feel jubilantafter I’ve just experienced Your intervention: rescuing me and enabling me to accomplish things I could never do alone.

Beloved, it is good that you have experienced My intervening help many times. Had you refused to “jump off the cliff,” you would not have had those thrilling experiences. I hope your feelings of fear will diminish as I prove My faithfulness to you time after time. Let Me suggest a technique that can help: When you face an event that unnerves you, take time to affirm your trust in Me—repeatedly, if need be. This takes your attention off yourself and your fear, helping you focus on Me and My great faithfulness.

Though I’m pleased by your willingness to depend on Me in tough situations, I desire much more from you. I want you to rely on Me even when you feel competent to handle a situation yourself. I have given you talents and abilities. When you utilize them, remember to do so thankfully, asking Me to help you use them wisely: according to My will. This collaborative way of doing things will not only help you accomplish more; it will also keep you close to Me ~ communing with Me, delighting in Me, enjoying Me.

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].
~ Philippians 4:13 [AMP]

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
~ Lamentations 3:22–23

Jesus Always

This day of life is a precious gift from Me. Treat it as the treasure it is by prayerfully prioritizing. As you look into the day that stretches out before you, seek My Face to help you discern what is most important. Set priorities according to My will, and use them to guide you as you go along your pathway. This practice will help you make good choices about the use of your time and energy. When you reach the end of the day, you can feel at peace about the things you have done—and also the things you have not done.

I encourage you to invite Me into everything you do. The briefest prayer, “Help me, Lord,” is sufficient to involve Me in your activities. I delight in your acknowledgment that you need Me continually. And I want you to delight in your neediness, for it is a strong link to My radiant Presence. Although living in a dependent mode is countercultural, it is a blessed way to live—rejoicing in the Glory of My Presence.

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 [NKJV]

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:10–11 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
~ John 15:5

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy . . . 
~ Jude v. 24