Jesus Today

Be Joyful In Hope

BE JOYFUL IN HOPE. SOMETIMES THE CIRCUMSTANCES of your life (and the condition of this world) make it difficult for you to be joyful. When you're searching for Joy, where do you turn? One of the best places to find true Joy is in hope. I want you to know the hope to which I have called you—the riches of My glorious inheritance. Since you are a co-heir with Me, this blessing is definitely for you. When present circumstances are weighing you down, grasp onto hope for dear life! It will help you not only to survive but to thrive—to live joyously.

In some ways, hope is like a hot-air balloon. It is very buoyant, so it can lift you up above your troubles. It enables you to soar in the heavens with Me—helping you see things from a heightened, big-picture perspective. To embark on this heavenly journey, you must climb into the basket beneath the balloon—by trusting fully that your hope in Me will not let you down. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

[Romans 12:12]

[May God] give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.

[Ephesians 1:17–18]

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

[Proverbs 23:18]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Trust In Me Forever, For I Am The Rock

TRUST IN ME FOREVER, FOR I AM THE ROCK eternal. It is easy to trust Me for a while—especially when things are going well in your life. But I am calling you to trust in Me at all times, no matter what is happening. I understand what a difficult assignment this is, and I know that you will sometimes fail in this venture. But I continue to love you perfectly even when you don't succeed. Let this assurance of My unfailing Love draw you back to Me—back to trusting Me.

Though your trust is imperfect and unsteady, I am the Rock eternal—absolutely steady and unchanging. You can rely on Me! When your walk through this world feels wobbly, remember that I am your Rock. I always provide a stable place for you to stand. I can easily bear all your weight, including the weight of your problems. So come to Me when you are feeling heavy laden with worries. I invite you to lean on Me—trusting Me with all your heart and mind.

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. —

[Isaiah 26:4]

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

[Matthew 11:28]

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

[Proverbs 3:5]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Confess Your Sins To Me. Do Not Be Afraid

CONFESS YOUR SINS TO ME. DO NOT BE AFRAID to face yourself honestly—in My Presence. In this brilliant Light you can see many things that miss the mark of My perfect standard. Though this is uncomfortable, do not try to run away or shift blame. Instead, agree with Me about these matters, and leave them with Me. Rejoice because I have already paid the penalty—taken the whole punishment—for all your sins. Joyfully receive the forgiveness I bought for you with My own blood.

When I forgive you, I also cleanse you from all unrighteousness. I even clothe you in My own perfect righteousness. As you walk in the Light with Me, there is a continual cleansing work going on within you. This purifying work of My blood helps you stay close to Me and to others who walk in My Light.

Blessed are those who walk in the Light of My Presence. They rejoice in My Name all day long, exulting in My righteousness.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

[1 John 1:9]

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]

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

[1 John 1:7]

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]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Put Your Trust In Me, And I Will Keep You

PUT YOUR TRUST IN ME, AND I WILL KEEP YOU safe. There is a deep, deep yearning in your heart for safety and security. You can mask these longings with activity for a time, but only for a time. These feelings actually serve a very good purpose. Properly used, they can point you to Me and My sufficiency. I am the only One who can really, ultimately keep you safe.

Whenever you start to feel insecure—about anything—come to Me. Talk with Me about your fears and concerns; then affirm your trust in Me. Voicing your trust connects you with Me at a deep level. It also pushes back the darkness of deception. The evil one has been deceiving people ever since time began, since the Garden of Eden. Do not listen to his lies. Instead, put your trust in Me, for I am absolute Truth. As you come to know Me—the Truth—better and better, I make you increasingly free.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

[Proverbs 29:25]

The LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

[Genesis 3:13]

Jesus said to [Thomas], “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

[John 14:6]

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

[John 8:32]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

My Grace Is Sufficient For You

MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU. THIS GRACE is enough to get you through your toughest times. Do you believe this? It's one thing to believe it when circumstances are going your way. It's another thing altogether when you're struggling just to take the next step. Yet this is when My grace is the most precious and glorious— when you know you cannot go another step without it. Then it becomes the shining focus of your life.

I invite you to drink deeply from the exceeding riches of My grace—My favor, mercy, and lovingkindness. It is a free gift that opens the way for you into eternity. It also provides what you need to live now, in this fractured world. So come freely into My Presence and pour out your heart to Me. I do not always say yes to your petitions, but I do give you what you need. And I always give you Myself—My compassionate understanding, My unfailing Love.

Do not be ashamed of your weaknesses; boast about them! Through them you are learning to depend more on Me, so that My Power may dwell in you.

[The Lord] has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

[2 Corinthians 12:9]

[God] made us alive together with Christ . . . that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

[Ephesians 2:6–7]

“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 54:1]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Look The Right Way!

LOOK THE RIGHT WAY! IN THE WORLD AROUND you, there are vistas of bright beauty as well as dark, ugly wastelands. When you look the right way—toward what is true, noble, lovely—you are encouraged and strengthened. I created you with a great capacity to enjoy beauty and goodness. Your soul resonates with these blessings, drawing strength from them.

As you go through this day, you will encounter things that make you cringe, things that are wrong or ugly. Deal with these as you must, but do not let them become your focus. Remember that I am with you, and listen to Me. Hear Me saying time after time, “Look the right way.”

There is beauty not only in the visible world but also in what is unseen. This world in its fallen condition can never satisfy you fully. You yearn for perfection, and I am the fulfillment of that deep longing. I am perfect in every way, yet I am able to stay close to you as you walk through this sin-stained world. So look the right way—toward blessings, toward Me—and the Joy of My Presence will shine upon you.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

[Philippians 4:8]

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

[John 10:27]

The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

[Numbers 6:25]

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

[Psalm 16:11]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Trust Me Moment By Moment

TRUST ME MOMENT BY MOMENT. THIS IS ALL I require of you, and it is sufficient to keep you standing firm in the midst of fierce spiritual battles. Just getting through each day is a victory as long as you stay in communication with Me. Search for Me in your moments. Keeping your focus on My Presence is the best protection against self-pity and depression.

I am calling you to trust Me in deep darkness. Take one step at a time, clinging to My hand for help and guidance. I am always near you, and I know exactly how much you are struggling.

Though the battle is fierce and you are weak, your resources are unlimited. My Spirit is ever ready to help you; you have only to ask. Remember that this Holy Helper is infinitely powerful and infinitely loving. I also am eager to help you. Call upon My Name with confident trust, for My unfailing Love surrounds you.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

[Psalm 62:8]

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

[John 14:16–17]

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

[Psalm 32:10]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Christian Hope Is Strongly Linked To My Presence

CHRISTIAN HOPE IS STRONGLY LINKED TO MY Presence—which is with you now and throughout eternity. So the more aware you are of My Presence, the more hopeful you will feel. Even though you believe that I am with you always, there may be times when you feel distant from Me. This diminishes your hopefulness.

Do not hesitate to ask for My help. For instance, you can simply pray, “Jesus, keep me aware of You.” This prayer is so short and simple that you can use it as often as needed. Sometimes you limp through a day feeling empty and alone. But I say to you at such times, “You do not have because you do not ask.”

Hoping in Me is the most realistic way to live because of who I am. Since I am the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, nothing can thwart My promises. As you marvel at how great, glorious, and trustworthy I am, your praises will fill you with hope—and with rich awareness of My Presence.

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.

[Psalm 42:5]

“Go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

[Matthew 28:19–20]

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

[James 4:2]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

In Everything You Do, Put Me First

IN EVERYTHING YOU DO, PUT ME FIRST, AND I will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Putting Me first sounds so simple and straightforward. But the world, the flesh, and the devil war against your efforts to do this. You can easily justify letting other things creep into the space and time you had set aside for Me. If this happens only occasionally, it is just part of being human. However, if you see it becoming a pattern in your life, watch out! Your priorities may have been gradually shifting—until I am no longer your First Love.

Putting Me first is not an arbitrary rule; it is the way to live vibrantly, joyfully—close to Me. It is also the way to live purposefully, letting Me direct your steps. When I am your top priority, other things fall into their proper place. So delight yourself in Me first and foremost. As you walk in the Light of My Presence, I open up the path before you—and give you the desires of your heart.

In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

[Proverbs 3:6]

“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

[Revelation 2:4]

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

[Psalm 37:4]

If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

[1 John 1:7]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Am The Foundation And Focus Of Your Life

I AM THE FOUNDATION AND FOCUS OF YOUR life. I am a firm Foundation: one that will not be shaken. Before you knew Me as Savior, you had nothing to build your life upon. Every time you tried to create something meaningful, it would eventually collapse—like a house of cards. Without Me, everything is ultimately “Meaningless! Meaningless!” Ever since I became your Savior, you have been building on the Rock of My Presence. Some of the things you've worked on have flourished and others have not, but you always have a firm place to stand—on the foundation I've provided for you.

The key to steadiness in your life is to set Me always before you. When you make Me your Focus, you can walk steadily along your life-path. Many distractions will vie for your attention along the way, but I am the Guide who is continually before you. So keep looking ahead to Me. See Me beckoning you on—step by step by step—all the way to heaven.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”

[Ecclesiastes 1:2]

The LORD lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, the Rock of my salvation!

[2 Samuel 22:47]

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

[Psalm 40:2]

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

[Psalm 16:8]

~ Sarah Young ~