Jesus Today

My Eyes Are On Those Whose Hope Is In My Unfailing Love

MY EYES ARE ON THOSE WHOSE HOPE IS IN MY unfailing Love. To enjoy abundant Life, it is essential for you to have hope. However, many people indulge in false hopes and find themselves increasingly disillusioned as the years go by. So I urge you to choose well the object of your hope. The best choice is: My unfailing Love. From the time you first trusted Me as Savior, nothing—including death, life, things present or things to come—can separate you from this Love.

When you follow My divine guidelines, you can enjoy the Peace of My Presence. I am everywhere and I see everything, but My eyes are especially on those who are putting their hope in Me. Such people are ever so precious to Me, and I watch over them vigilantly. This does not mean I shield them from all adversity. It means I bless them with My nearness in good times, in hard times—at all times.

So persevere in placing your hope in My perfect Love. Look up to Me in the midst of your moments, for My eyes are indeed on you!

The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.

[Psalm 33:18]

I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

[Romans 8:38–39]

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 3:1]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

You Are A Delight To Me!

YOU ARE A DELIGHT TO ME! I KNOW YOU FIND it difficult to receive this blessing. It is based on the unconditional Love I have for all of My followers. I love you more than you can begin to imagine, so just relax in the Light of My Presence—and take time to soak in this luminous Love. Relax with Me and listen while I rejoice over you with singing.

Living in a fallen world is a constant challenge. There is brokenness all around you, as well as within you. Each moment, you can choose to focus on what is wrong or to seek My Face and enjoy My approval. Even in the midst of important activities, you can breathe this short prayer: “I seek You, Jesus.”

Remember that My delight in you is based on My finished work on the cross. So don't fall into the trap of trying to earn My Love. Instead, live as the one you truly are—My beloved—and let your gratitude keep you close to Me, eager to follow wherever I lead. I delight in you!

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

[Zephaniah 3:17]

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

[Psalm 27:8]

The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; the Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).

[Numbers 6:25–26]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Hope In Me

HOPE IN ME, FOR YOU WILL AGAIN PRAISE Me for the help of My Presence. Sometimes—especially when you are feeling downcast or disturbed—it is hard to continue hoping in Me. At such times it's important to remember that Christian hope is much more than a feeling. It is confidence in Me: who I am (your Savior-God) and what I have promised to do (receive you into eternal Glory).

The help of My Presence is a constant in your life, but you are not always receptive to it. I am training you to exercise your trust and hope in Me by praising Me regardless of your feelings. The day will come when you will spontaneously burst into songs of worship— joyously praising Me for My glorious Presence! However, when you rejoice in Me during times of sadness, a marvelous thing happens: Your words of hope and trust in Me lift you above your circumstances. This sets your feet on an upward path of gratitude—where your Joy increases step by step. This sacrifice of praise is most pleasing to Me!

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]

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.

[Psalm 73:24]

As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses. . . . sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

[2 Corinthians 6:4, 10]

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.

[Hebrews 13:15]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

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

My Ways Are Higher Than Your Ways

MY WAYS ARE HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS, and My thoughts than your thoughts—as the heavens are higher than the earth. People are always trying to diminish Me: to cut Me down to a god who is understandable and predictable. When these attempts fail, they often respond by judging Me or denying My very existence.

You are not immune to such struggles. Leaning on your own understanding is your strong inclination, and this mind-set dies hard. But the truth is, you can no more understand the infinite wisdom of My ways than you can create something out of nothing. I made people in My image, and I have gifted some of them with remarkable creativity. However, every human creation is formed from substances that I made when I spoke the world into existence.

Whenever you find yourself struggling to accept My ways with you or My ways with the world, stop and remember who I AM. Bow your mind and heart before My infinite intelligence, and worship Me—the mysterious, majestic, holy One who suffered and died for you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

[Isaiah 55:6–9]

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

[Proverbs 3:5]

God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. . . . And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.

[Genesis 1:3, 9]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Make Me Your Primary Focus

MAKE ME YOUR PRIMARY FOCUS. I AM ALL around you—constantly aware of you. I take note of all your thoughts and prayers. Many, many things vie for your attention, but do not let them crowd Me out. Directing your mind toward Me requires very little energy and is imperceptible to others. Yet the more often you do this, the more fully I can live in you and through you.

Remember that I am present with you each moment of your life, watching over you with perfect Love. In fact, My unfailing Love surrounds the one who trusts in Me. I am training you to be increasingly aware of My loving Presence, even when other things demand your attention. I want to be the constant in your life that provides stability and direction in an unpredictable environment. Since I am the same yesterday, today, and forever, I can be the fixed point that helps you stay on course as you make your way through this ever-changing world. As you keep redirecting your thoughts to Me, I show you the way forward—and I give you My Peace.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber.

[Psalm 121:1–3]

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

[Psalm 32:10]

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

[Hebrews 13:8]

“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]

~ Sarah Young ~

 

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I Am Calling You To Live Joyfully

I AM CALLING YOU TO LIVE JOYFULLY IN THE midst of your struggles. You yearn for a freer, more independent way of life than you're currently experiencing. You pray fervently—and then wait hopefully for the changes you desire. When I don't answer your prayers according to your will, you sometimes get discouraged. It's easy for you to feel as if you're doing something wrong—as if you're missing out on what is best for you. When you think that way, you are forgetting a most important truth: that I am Sovereign. I am in control, and I am taking care of you.

I want you to accept your dependent way of living as a gift from Me. Moreover, I want you to receive this gift joyfully—with a glad and thankful heart. Actually, nothing will lift you out of the doldrums faster than thanking and praising Me. And nothing will help you enjoy My Presence more delightfully! Enter My gates with thanksgiving and My courts with praise.

The Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.

[Isaiah 40:10]

Indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”

[Romans 9:20]

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

[Psalm 100:4–5]

~ Sarah Young ~