Jesus Today

I Am Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory

I AM CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. THE Messiah—the Savior of the world—lives in you! This promise is for all who have faith in Me: I dwell in your hearts through faith. This amazing blessing is a work of My Spirit in your inner being. The more you trust Me, the more you can enjoy My indwelling Presence—and the more effectively I can live through you.

In a world that may seem increasingly hopeless, remember that I am the hope of Glory. This hope is ultimately about heaven, where you will live with Me forever. But the Light of heaven's Glory is so brilliant that some of its rays can reach you even in the present— no matter how dark your circumstances may appear. I am the Light that shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. As you follow Me along your life-path, clothed in My righteousness, this Light shines brighter and brighter until full day.

God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

[Colossians 1:27]

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.

[Ephesians 3:16–17]

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

[John 1:5]

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

[Proverbs 4:18]

Jesus Today

I Am Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory

I AM CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY. THE Messiah—the Savior of the world—lives in you! This promise is for all who have faith in Me: I dwell in your hearts through faith. This amazing blessing is a work of My Spirit in your inner being. The more you trust Me, the more you can enjoy My indwelling Presence—and the more effectively I can live through you.

In a world that may seem increasingly hopeless, remember that I am the hope of Glory. This hope is ultimately about heaven, where you will live with Me forever. But the Light of heaven's Glory is so brilliant that some of its rays can reach you even in the present— no matter how dark your circumstances may appear. I am the Light that shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. As you follow Me along your life-path, clothed in My righteousness, this Light shines brighter and brighter until full day.

God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

[Colossians 1:27]

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.

[Ephesians 3:16–17]

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

[John 1:5]

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

[Proverbs 4:18]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED BY your circumstances, take time to listen to Me. Hear Me saying, “Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.”

Listening to Me when you're feeling stressed requires discipline and trust. Your racing thoughts make it hard to hear My gentle whisper. Ask the Holy Spirit to calm your mind so that you can hear My voice. Remember that I—the Prince of Peace—am with you at all times.

I am not only with you; I am also in your circumstances. Moreover, I am in control of everything that happens to you. Although I am never the author of evil, I am fully able to use bad things for good. This does not remove your suffering, but it does redeem it—infusing it with meaning. So if you are in a storm of difficulties, I say to you, “Take courage. It is I.” Search for signs of My abiding Presence in your current situation. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.”

[Matthew 14:27]

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

[1 Kings 19:12]

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

[Isaiah 9:6]

You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

[Jeremiah 29:13]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Your Life Can Be Good

YOUR LIFE CAN BE GOOD EVEN WHEN MANY things are not going as you would like. You yearn to feel more in control of your life, but this is not My way for you. I want you to learn to relax more in My sovereignty, receiving each day as a good gift from Me—no matter what it contains. Remember that you are not responsible for things beyond your control. Accept the limitations of being a finite person and keep turning toward Me. Cease striving and know that I am God. Awareness of My Face shining upon you can instill Joy into the most difficult day.

Let Me guide you step by step through this day. Because you are My follower, you live in the midst of fierce spiritual battles. Even your most routine day will have some minor spiritual skirmishes. So be on the alert as you follow Me along your life-path. Use your shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Recognize and reject the demonic lies that assault you day and night. Rest in the truth of who you really are: My beloved child in whom I delight.

Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

[Psalm 46:10]

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

[Numbers 6:25]

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

[1 Peter 5:8]

Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

[Ephesians 6:16]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Humble Yourself Under My Mighty Hand

HUMBLE YOURSELF UNDER MY MIGHTY HAND. You are well aware of My powerful hand working in your life experiences. Sometimes you feel weighed down by My Sovereign will—trapped by circumstances you cannot change. The temptation at such times is to grow impatient with Me and My ways. But this will only frustrate you further, and your negative feelings will pull you down. Your impatience will also alienate you from Me.

When you are feeling weighed down by your circumstances, change your perspective by looking up to Me. Muster the courage to say, “Lord, I humble myself under Your mighty hand.” Submit to Me and My ways in your life, even though you long to break free. This protects you from fighting against Me – the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Instead of engaging in this battle you cannot win, use your energy to cope with the situation and learn from it. Trust that I will lift you up—relieve your suffering – in My perfect, wisely appointed time.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

[1 Peter 5:6]

He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

[Micah 6:8]

[God] gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” . . . Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

[James 4:6, 10]

~ Sarah Young ~

Jesus Today

Be Strong And Courageous

BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. DO NOT BE discouraged, for I will be with you wherever you go. You can choose to be strong and courageous even when you are feeling very weak. However, the weaker you feel, the more effort it takes to choose to be strong. It all depends on where you look. If you gaze at yourself and your problems, your courage will melt away. The choice to be bold rests on your confidence that I am with you and for you. Through eyes of faith, see Me on the path before you, beckoning you on, one step at a time. Looking to Me consistently will increase your strength and valor.

When everything seems to be going wrong, refuse to get discouraged. Remember that I am a God of surprises: I am not limited by the way things are or by the paltry possibilities you can see. I am infinitely creative and powerful. With Me all things are possible! The longer you wait for your prayers to be answered, the closer you are to a breakthrough. Meanwhile, waiting for Me—aware of My loving Presence—is a blessed way to live. I am good to those who wait for Me.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

[Joshua 1:9]

Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

[Matthew 19:26]

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

[Lamentations 3:25–26]

~ Sarah Young ~

 

Jesus Today

You Belong To Me. I Have Chosen You

YOU BELONG TO ME. I HAVE CHOSEN YOU AND called you out of darkness into My marvelous Light. The fact that you belong to Me—now and forever—provides a firm foundation for your life. This connection with Me can protect you from feeling cut off or adrift in your ever-changing world. Many people attach themselves to hurtful people or harmful things because they yearn to escape their aloneness. But you are never alone, for you are Mine. I chose you before the creation of the world, and you are a permanent member of My royal family.

You used to walk in spiritual darkness before you trusted Me as Savior. I personally brought you out of that darkness into My Light—so that you might proclaim My praises. This is a delightful privilege and responsibility. I have entrusted you with the task of telling others about My awesome qualities. To carry out this assignment effectively, you need to delve into the riches of who I am by studying My Word. You also need to delight yourself in Me. Then the Joy of My Presence will shine from your face as you tell others about Me.

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

[1 Peter 2:9]

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

[Ephesians 1:3–4]

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

[Psalm 37:4]

~ Sarah Young ~