Jesus Today

I Am In Your Midst, And I Am Mighty!

I AM IN YOUR MIDST, AND I AM MIGHTY! JUST as the sun is at the center of the solar system, so I am at the center of your entire being—physical, emotional, and spiritual. I, the Mighty One who created the universe, live inside you! Let this amazing truth reverberate in your mind and soak into your innermost being.

Ponder what it means to have so much Power dwelling inside you. One implication is that you don't need to worry about your lack of strength. In fact, my Power shows itself most effective in your weakness.

Remind yourself frequently that I live inside you and I am mighty! Let your awareness of My indwelling Presence drive out discouragement and fill you with great Joy. As My Life flows into yours, you are strengthened with divine might.

The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.

[Zephaniah 3:17]

[The Lord] said to me, My grace (My favor and lovingkindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

[2 Corinthians 12:9]

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 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

I Am The Lord Of Peace. I Give You Peace

I AM THE LORD OF PEACE. I GIVE YOU PEACE at all times and in every way. There is a deep, gaping hole within you that can be filled only by My peaceful Presence. People who don't know Me try to fill that emptiness in many different ways, or they simply pretend it isn't there. Even My children often fail to recognize the full extent of their need: at all timesand in every situation. But recognizing your neediness is only half the battle. The other half is to believe I can—and will—supply all you need.

Shortly before My death, I promised Peace to My disciples—and to all who would become My followers. I made it clear that this is a gift: something I provide freely and lovingly. So your responsibility is to receive this glorious gift, acknowledging to Me not only your need but also your desire. Then wait expectantly in My Presence, ready to receive My Peace in full measure. If you like, you can express your openness by saying, “Jesus, I receive Your Peace.”

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

[2 Thessalonians 3:16]

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

[Philippians 4:19]

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]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

I Am Training You In The Discipline Of Perseverance

I AM TRAINING YOU IN THE DISCIPLINE OF perseverance. You are on a long uphill journey, and sometimes it seems endless to you. Looking back, you can see some times of ease and refreshment. Looking ahead, however, you see only a continuing ascent. The top of the mountain you are climbing is nowhere in sight. I know how hard it is for you to keep going day after day. So I say to you, “Do not become weary and discouraged in your soul.”

You live in a culture dedicated to entertainment and pleasure-seeking. In such a climate, a life of struggle feels alien. If you are not careful, you will succumb to self-pity, a sinful snare. To avoid falling into this trap, remember that I am Sovereign and I am lovingly present with you. Your ongoing struggle is not a mistake or a punishment. Try to view it, instead, as a rich opportunity: Your uphill journey keeps you aware of your neediness, so you look to Me for help. The difficulties in your life make your heavenly home more precious and real to you. Even now, as you trustingly whisper My Name, I embrace you in everlasting Love.

Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

[Hebrews 12:3]

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”

[Isaiah 61:1]

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

[Philippians 3:20–21]

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

[Jeremiah 31:3]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Todsy

I Am The Light That Shines On In The Darkness

I AM THE LIGHT THAT SHINES ON IN THE darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it—and it never will! When multiple problems are closing in on you, the Light of My Presence may seem like a dim memory. If you are feeling distant from Me, it's time for you to stop everything and pour out your heart to Me. Carve out some time and space to talk with Me about your problems and your feelings. Let Me help you carry your burdens and show you the way forward.

No matter how much darkness you see in the world around you, My Light continues to shine on, for it is infinitely more powerful! Because you are My child, this Light shines not only upon you but also within you. You live in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, and this is the perfect backdrop for you to shine as light in the world. Take time to bask in My radiant Presence. Let My boundless energy recharge your strength so you can blaze boldly in the darkness around you.

The Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

[John 1:5]

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

[Psalm 62:8]

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

[Philippians 2:14–15]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

I Have Come So That You May Have Life

I HAVE COME SO THAT YOU MAY HAVE LIFE— and have it more abundantly. The chief purpose of My incarnation was to secure eternal Life for you. However, I also want you to live abundantly today—and all your days. To do this, you need to remember Whose you are and who you are. You belong to Me, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. And you are My beloved child, adopted into My royal family. Adoption is a forever-transaction: I have not hired you as My employee. I have made you a permanent member of My family.

Don't let the familiarity of these truths lull you into sleepwalking through your days. I, your faithful Guide, am more vibrantly alive than you can fathom! As you stay close to Me, some of My Life “rubs off” on you—awakening your heart so you can live more fully. This helps you see that you are on an adventurous journey with Me— where you make a difference, where your choices significantly impact the world. And I, your God, will be your Guide even to the end.

Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

[John 10:7–10]

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

[Romans 8:16]

This God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

[Psalm 48:14]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Direct Your Thoughts To Me More And More

DIRECT YOUR THOUGHTS TO ME MORE AND more. When you are working on a challenging project, you tend to seek My Face and My help frequently. This pleases Me—and it enhances the work you are doing. There is a delightful rhythm about this: You look to Me in a listening mode; then you act with the help of My Spirit. This is repeated over and over as you and I collaborate on the project. Being attentive to Me takes sustained effort, but this collaborative way of doing things does not drain you.

I encourage you to live more and more of your life in this way. When the task before you is less challenging, you tend to be less attentive to Me. You may even forget about Me for a while as your mind slips toward neutral. You forget that you live in a world at war—with an enemy that never rests. This is why the apostle Paul admonishes Christians to be alert and always keep on praying.

The more you direct your thoughts to Me, the more alive you will feel. This prayer-privilege is not a chore. It's a joyous lifeline!

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Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

[Psalm 105:3]

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”

[John 10:27–28]

A cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.

[Mark 9:7–8]

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

[Ephesians 6:18]


~ Sarah Young ~