Jesus Today

I Am Calling You To Live In Joyful Dependence On Me

I AM CALLING YOU TO LIVE IN JOYFUL dependence on Me. Many people view dependence as a despicable condition, so they strive to be as self-sufficient as possible. This is not My way for you! I designed you to need Me continually—and to delight in that neediness. When you live in harmony with your Creator's intentions for you, you can maximize your potential and enjoy your life more.

The apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be joyful always and to pray continually. There is always Joy to be found in My Presence, and I have promised I will not leave you or forsake you. So you can speak to Me at all times, knowing that I hear and I care. Praying continually is a way of demonstrating your deliberate dependence on Me—the One to whom you pray. Another powerful way of relying on Me is studying My Word, asking Me to use it to transform you through and through. These delightful disciplines help you live in joyful dependence on Me. Delight yourself in Me more and more; this increases your Joy and glorifies Me.

Be joyful always; pray continually.

[1 Thessalonians 5:16–17]

The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.

[Deuteronomy 31:8]

With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes.

[Psalm 119:10–12]

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

[Psalm 37:4]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

WALK IN THE LIGHT OF MY PRESENCE

WALK IN THE LIGHT OF MY PRESENCE— rejoicing in My Name all day long, exulting in My righteousness. This world is increasingly dark, but the Light of My Presence is as bright as ever. In fact, My Glory shines more vividly against the dark backdrop of evil. When Christlike goodness collides with worldly vileness, be on the lookout for miracles! This collision of spiritual opposites creates atmospheric conditions that are conducive to My powerful interventions.

No matter how difficult your circumstances may be, you can still rejoice in My Name. The essence of all that I am is distilled into this one word: Jesus. You can use My Name as a whispered prayer, as a praise, as a protection— and it never loses its potency. Even in the darkest situations, you can exult—rejoice jubilantly—in My righteousness! Nothing can tarnish this righteousness, which I have woven into shining garments of salvation for you to wear forever. This is how you walk in My Light: by making full use of My holy Name and by wearing the robe of righteousness joyfully.

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]

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

[Philippians 2:9–11]

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

[Isaiah 61:10]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

I Call You To Lead The Life That I Have Assigned To You

I CALL YOU TO LEAD THE LIFE THAT I HAVE assigned to you, and to be content. Beware of comparing your situation with that of someone else—and feeling dissatisfied because of the comparison. It is also harmful to compare your circumstances with what they used to be or with fantasies that bear little resemblance to reality. Instead, make every effort to accept as your calling the life I have assigned to you. This perspective helps take the sting out of even the harshest circumstances. If I have called you to a situation, I will give you everything you need to endure it—and even to find Joy in the midst of it.

Learning to be content is both a discipline and an art: You train your mind to trust My sovereign ways with you—bowing before My mysterious, infinite intelligence. You search for Me in the details of your day, all the while looking for good to emerge from trouble and confusion. You accept the way things are without losing hope for a better future. And you rejoice in the hope of heaven, knowing that indescribably joyful Life is your ultimate calling!

Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. —1 Corinthians 7:17

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. —Philippians 4:12

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! —Romans 11:33–36

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

I Give Strength To My People

I GIVE STRENGTH TO MY PEOPLE; I BLESS MY people with Peace. “My people” are all those who trust Me as their Savior-God. My death on the cross for your sins was sufficient to provide everlasting Life because I am truly God. So rest assured that the One who provides eternal Life will also give you strength.

When you are feeling weak, don't waste energy worrying about whether you can cope with the challenges you face. I know better than you what is on the path before you, and I stand ready to help—every step of the way. Having bought you with My own blood, I have a huge vested interest in you.

Because you are Mine, I want to bless you with My Peace. The Peace I give you is not as the world gives; it can coexist with the most difficult situations because it is transcendent. It rises above both your circumstances and your understanding—and it can lift you up too!

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

[Psalm 29:11]

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

[John 3:16]

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

[John 14:27]

The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

[Philippians 4:7]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

You Are On An Adventurous Trail

YOU ARE ON AN ADVENTUROUS TRAIL WITH Me. This is not an easy time, but it is nonetheless good—full of blessings as well as struggles. Be open to learning all that I want to teach you as you journey through challenging terrain. And be willing to let go of familiar comforts so you can say a wholehearted “Yes!” to this adventure.

I will give you everything you need to cope with the challenges you face. Don't waste energy projecting yourself into the future—trying to walk through those “not yet” times in your mind. This is a form of unbelief. I have unlimited resources to provide what you need, including a vast army of angels at My beck and call.

Pray continually as you make decisions about this journey. I can help you make wise choices because I know everything—including what lies ahead on your path. Your mind makes various plans about your way, but I am the One who directs your steps and makes them sure.

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

[Deuteronomy 29:29]

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

[Psalm 91:11–12]

Pray continually.

[1 Thessalonians 5:17]

A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.

[Proverbs 16:9]

~ Sarah Young ~

 

Jesus Today

Keep Returning Your Focus To Me!

KEEP RETURNING YOUR FOCUS TO ME! I AM always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. You, however, are only human, and you will lose sight of Me at times. I know how hard it is for you to stay focused on Me, especially when you are feeling weak or weary. So give yourself grace whenever you realize your mind and heart have wandered from Me. And waste no time in returning to Me by praising Me in thought, word, or song. Even whispering My Name—reverently, lovingly— can be worship.

Let Me have all your worries and cares. This may sound easy, but it is not; you are accustomed to worry-thoughts roaming freely in your brain. So you must train yourself to bring all your cares into My Presence, trusting Me to help you. Remember that you are never alone in your struggles: I am always aware of you and your circumstances. I can help you because I have all authority in heaven and on earth. As you come into My Presence, let go of your worries and cares—so you can cling to Me in childlike trust.

Let [God] have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

[1 Peter 5:7]

Jesus came and spoke to [the disciples], saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

[Matthew 28:18]

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

[Matthew 18:1–4]

~ Srah Young ~

 

Jesus Today

My Unfailing Love Is Your “Fuel”

MY UNFAILING LOVE IS YOUR “FUEL” ~ THE best source of energy for you. This glorious source of strength is limitless, so it is always abundantly available. You tend to get quite focused on your health and energy. There is a place for such concerns, but they can occupy more and more of your thoughts. When you are preoccupied with the condition of your body, I slip from the center of your mind to the periphery. At such times, you are unable to receive much help from Me. The remedy is to repent quickly, turning away from obsessive thinking and turning wholeheartedly toward Me.

The more you focus on Me, the more access you have to My unfailing Love. This supernatural source of energy flows through you freely as you look to Me in trust. Not only does this increase your energy level; it also provides a pathway for Me to love other people through you. So let My limitless Love energize and empower you as you walk along your life-path close to Me.

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

[Psalm 33:5]

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

[Philippians 4:4]

To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.

[Colossians 1:29]

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

[1 John 4:15–16]

~ Sarah Young ~