Resting in Him

Jesus Calling (March 29):

“Stop trying to work things out before their times have come. Accept the limitations of living one day at a time. When something comes to your attention, ask Me whether or not it is part of today’s agenda. If it isn’t, release it into My care and go on about today’s duties. When you follow this practice, there will be a beautiful simplicity about your life: a time for everything, and everything in its time.

A life lived close to Me is not complicated or cluttered. When your focus is on My Presence, many things that once troubled you lose their power over you. Though the world around you is messy and confusing, remember that I have overcome the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have Peace.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1; John 16:33)

Love the little reminders in this word! Here is a list to help you through the week!

1. Try to focus on one day at a time instead of worrying what tomorrow will bring

2. Remember His timing is the “perfect” time

3. Release your cares to Him as you go about your day

4. Meditate on His promises to you

5. Make time to sit in His presence as often as you can

6. Know that HE has overcome the world and He will give a peace that the world can’t give you

Praying for you this week!

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Trusting God with ALL of Your Heart

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.Proverbs 3:5-6

Are you trusting God today with ALL your heart and mind or are you relying upon your own understanding? These scriptures in Proverbs tells you that if you will lean on and be confident in Him , He will direct you in every decision and set your feet on the right paths.

Pray this with me:

Lord, Thank you that You know what is best for me. Help me to surrender my ideas and plans to You and renew my thinking to line up with Your will. I know You have good plans for me. I will trust You today for wisdom and insight concerning my life and call. I believe that You are directing my footsteps, in Jesus name!

Pray with Confidence

I John 5:14-15

And this is the confidence, (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him; we are sure that if we ask anything according to His will and in agreement to His own plan, He will listen to and hear us.

And if we positively know that he listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know with settled and absolute knowledge that we have the requests made of Him.

Thank You Lord that I can have confidence in You today knowing that whatever I ask according to Your will and plan, You will listen to me. And, because I know You listen to me, I know You will grant my requests. Amen!

Are you waiting on the Lord?

But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up close to God as eagles mount up to the sun, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31

As you wait in confident expectation and hope for God to answer your prayer or move in your situation, He will renew your strength.He will lift you up (close to God) like eagles wings.You will run and not be weary. You will walk and not faint.

Waiting in faith brings a spiritual transformation and a power to those who trust in Him.

His presence and His promises are worth waiting for!

Thank You Lord that You are renewing the strength of Your people today as they wait in “hopeful expectation” of what You are going to do in their lives!!

Words of Wisdom

I read this in a little book called “Words of Wisdom” that someone special gave me on Mother’s Day a long time ago. I just believe that someone needs to read this today!

BELIEVE

Believe in the power of believing. Say I believe and believe it. Believe in fairy tales for what they can teach you about real life. believe in happy endings, and believe that they don’t always happen. Believe in something, anything, that gives you the courage and strength to continue on when it would be so easy to give up. Believe it when a friend says you’re beautiful. Believe it when you hear the words You deserve to be happy. When someone tells you something, believe the parts that feel right, that resonate in your belly, and discard the rest. Believe that you have choices and that you can choose wisely. Believe your own instincts above anyone else’s. Believe that you can do more with your life than you are doing, and then do it. Above all, believe in yourself. When something seems truly unbelievable, it may be worth believing.

Can you believe that?

Let me pray for you. Thank you Lord that this is reaching the hearts of your people today that just need to be encouraged to Believe! Thank you that they do begin to believe these things but most of all, they will believe in You. Help them to believe in Your Love, Mercy and Grace. Give them the courage they need to keep going forward. Help them to believe and know that You love them with an everlasting love! Amen!

He will Never Leave You

March 24 – “JESUS CALLING” devotional By Sarah Young

This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go: of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the Light of My Love. As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.
You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence. The One who never leaves you is the same One who never changes: I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.

Is this you, my friend? Are there some things you need to surrender today? Pray this with me today.

Lord, Help me to “Let Go’ of the things that are weighing heavy on my heart today. Thank You that I can rest knowing that You are in control and working things out for my good and Your Glory! Thank You that You never leave me and that You are the same yesterday, today and forever1 Amen!

God of Abundance

Jesus Calling (Devotional) March 23

I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.

Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources. Abundance is at the very heart of who I AM. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need–and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.

This is such an encouraging word! God is good ALL the time. Pray this prayer with me and get ready to receive!!

Lord, Thank You that I can trust You with the details of my life.You take pleasure in hearing and answering my prayers. Thank You that You are a God of abundance. You delight in showering blessings upon my life. I open my hands ready to receive all that You have for me today. Amen.

New Word for 2015

The Holy Spirit quickened these words to me for 2015. (in this order) Reflect, Repent, Release, Renew, Revive, Restore, and Rejoice.

A Year of Reflection.

Reflect – to think deeply or carefully about. To reflect purposely. Revive, contemplate or meditate on.

As you think back over the past year, take inventory of the good as well as the bad. It has been a very hard year for some (including me) When you are in the midst of the battle it is hard to see the victory. We tend to see only the circumstances that surround us. But, as we look back, we will begin to see how God brought us through those difficult times. You will see that He was there all along. He is forever faithful. Faithfulness IS an essential part of Him. (Ps. 89:8.)

He can use those hard times in our lives to bring growth if we will let Him. As we look back we will see some growth but we may also see areas that still need work.

For example: Did you learn to trust Him in all situations? Did you learn to be instant in season? What about forgiveness? Maybe you are in a waiting period – can you now be content with where you are and wait for God’s timing? Do you feel spiritually stronger?

Sometimes looking back is needed in order to move forward. Facing it head on with honesty and openness. You will see growth in some areas. Take that apply it to your life and gifts. You will also see other areas that still need improvement. Ask Him to show you these things. They will be important this year in moving forward.


A Year to Repent and Release.

Don’t take any unnecessary baggage with you into this new year. No guilt, no shame, no regrets, etc. Baggage will only drag you down and keep you stuck in the same place unable to move.

Deal with it and as the new popular Disney song says, Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go!

Repent of any areas of disobedience or sin the Holy Spirit brings to mind that has kept you from moving forward. He says, Release it and LET IT GO!

A Year of Renewal.

Renew – Resume an activity after an interruption. To take up again. To make new again. Restore to freshness.

If you started something last year that you didn’t finish – the Lord says , try it again! Its never too late! Maybe you had an interruption, a set back or just became discouraged in whatever it was you felt led to do. He says, try it again and let ME breathe new life into it!

A Year of Revival.

Revive means to regain life. To give new strength or energy to. Ex. Revive a drooping plant by watering it often. Activate. Set in motion.

Some of you have felt like a dead, dry drooping plant.You don’t have the strength to move forward. He says, Get back in the Word and I will begin to water those dry places in your life. You will be revived and will begin to move in a new direction. As you begin to step out in obedience, you will gain the strength you need to move forward or begin again.

Isaiah 58:11 I will always guide you and give you strength in the desert. You will be like a well watered garden and a spring that never runs dry.

Just like a drooping plant – As you begin to water it, it begins to be revived and brought back to life. So, as you step out in faith and obedience, your gift will be activated and set in motion this year. Just keep moving forward!

A year of Restoration.

Restore – To reinstate. Repair. Renovate. To return to former condition, place or position. Re-establish. To restore order.

To receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition.

Just as you thought it was over, done. Jesus says, I’m going to restore those barren, dead dry places. I will restore those things you thought were lost. I am the God of restoration! He says, what I restore will be greater than the original!


A Year to Rejoice.

To rejoice. To experience joy and gladness in a high degree.

Phil. 4:4-7) Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. Do not fret or have anxiety about anything, BUT in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. V.7) AND God’s peace SHALL BE YOURS!!

He says, rejoice in ALL things knowing that I will work ALL things together for your good and MY Glory! Eph. 1:11

Martha
February 2015

He is Faithful

Thinking about God’s faithfulness this morning as I read Psalm 89.

I will sing of Your mercy and loving-kindness forever and with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation.

Thank You, Lord, that You have established Your faithfulness in the heavens. It’s unchangeable and perpetual. O Lord, who is a mighty one like You! Your faithfulness is an essential part of You at ALL times! Even in the midst of our storms – You rule the raging of the sea. When it’s waves arise, You still them. Yes, the heavens are Yours and the earth also, the world and ALL that is in it – You have founded them. You have a mighty arm and strong is Your hand. Your right hand is soaring high. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. Mercy, loving-kindness and truth go before Your face.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound,. A people who understands and appreciates the spiritual blessings. They will walk in the light and favor of Your countenance! In Your name they will rejoice all the day and in Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength and by Your favor their horn is exalted (to exalt the horn of the people means to give them power and eventual triumph) AND they will walk with uplifted faces for our shield belongs to the Lord and our king.

Thank You Lord that today we know the JOYFUL sound! We recognize and are thankful of your blessings in our lives! We will walk in Your favor! You are our strength! You exalt us and give us power that leads to VICTORY! We will walk in confidence and security today because our shield belongs to You! Amen!

Psalm 89: 1-18 (amplified)

In the Midst of the Battle

I’ve been reading 2 Chronicles 20 this week over & over again. It really spoke volumes to me and has been a huge encouragement. Praying that He opens your spiritual eyes and ears to hear what He is speaking to you today! Be blessed!

In the Midst of the Battle

In 2 Chronicles 20 King Jehosaphat was told that there was a great mulititude coming against him. When he heard this it caused fear to rise in his heart. He quickly set himself to seek the Lord as he called others to fast and pray with him. When they all gathered together (in verses 6-11) Jehosaphat stood and begin to lead the assembly in prayer. He acknowleded God for who He is and recalled His care for His people, and His past victories. He then said, in verse 11, even the ones that you protected have turned on us, driving us out of Your possession which you’ve given us to inherit. He said they are driving us out of Your presence (away from Your peace) which is our inheritance. They were beginning to lose their peace in the midst of the battle.This is what happens if we lose our focus – we lose our peace. In v.12 he begin to see that they had no power to stand against their enemies. He said, we don’t know what to do but our eyes are on You.

This is exactly where God wanted Jehosaphat. He wanted him to surrender everything to Him. As he surrendered God answered his prayer and spoke through the Prophet Jehaziel. He said, The Lord says to you, Be not afraid of this great multitude for the battle is not yours but God’s.

He then gave him specific instructions.He said to go before your enemies and he told him where to find them. The prophet then gave a command to stand and believe. He said, You will not need to fight this battle, take your positions, stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord who is with you! Go out tomorrow. The Lord IS with you.

So Jehosaphat bowed his head to the ground and begin to worship the Lord. The people also fell down to worship and praise the Lord with a loud voice.

They rose early in the morning and went down to the wilderness and as they went out, Jehosaphat stood before the people and said, Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established. believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.

Believe means to except as true. To expect. To have firm faith. To trust what one has heard.

So as they made preparations for the battle, Jehosaphat reminded them of what the prophet had spoken, encouraged them to have faith and expected them to believe it. He appointed singers (a choir) dressed in robes to march ahead of the troops singing, Give thanks to the Lord for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever! This was definitely a prophetic act showing that they trusted what God had spoken to them.

As they began to sing the Lord set ambushments against the people and they turned and destroyed each other. The great mulitude had fallen and none escaped. The Lord had kept His word and fought the battle for them. Their enemies were destroyed as they begin to sing praises to God.

Sometimes that is the last thing we want to do, is to sing praises in the midst of our battle, BUT as we do this, we are giving it all to HIM, an act of surrender and trust.

Jehosaphat and his people were three days gathering the spoil from the enemies camp. Like Jehosaphat we can glean much from the spoils or the “spiriutal riches” that we gathered from this experience. Allow your trials to produce a new level of faith in you.

It says in v. 27 they returned with joy, for the Lord made them to rejoice over their enemies. v. 30) The realm of Jehosaphat was quiet, for His God gave him rest round about.

Maybe you’ve been in a battle lately and are tired of fighting with no results. The Lord says to you, surrender this battle to me and I will fight for you! This battle is mine not yours. Stand still and see the how I will deliver you! And, as I deliver you, you will find the peace that you have longed for.

Isaiah 26:3 – You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You because he commits himself to You, leans on You and hopes confidently in You.

What to do in the Midst of the Battle

1) Seek the Lord
2) Pray
3) Surrender your battle to Him
4) Expect Him to speak to you about your situation
5) Believe what He has spoken to you
6) Praise Him in advance
7) See your deliverance
8) Celebrate the Victory