I Am With You

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I AM WITH YOU IN ALL THAT YOU DO, even in the most menial task.  I am always aware of you, concerned with every detail of your life.  Nothing escapes My notice–not even the number of hairs on your head.  However, your awareness of My Presence falters and flickers; as a result, your life experience feels fragmented.  When your focus is broad enough to include Me in your thoughts, you feel safe and complete.  When your perception narrows so that problems or details fill your consciousness, you feel empty and incomplete.

Learn to look steadily at Me in all your moments and all your circumstances.  Though the world is unstable and in flux, you can experience continuity through your uninterrupted awareness of My Presence.  Fix your gaze on what is unseen, even as the visible world parades before your eyes.    

    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. ”    Matthew 10:29-31

  By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.  Hebrews 11:27

  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.   2 Corinthians 4:18

Prince Of Peace,

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I AM THE PRINCE OF PEACE.  As I said to My disciples, I say also to you:  Peace be with you.  Since I am your constant Companion, My Peace is steadfastly with you.  When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace.  Worship Me as King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace.

You need My Peace each moment to accomplish My purpose in your life.  Sometimes you are tempted to take shortcuts in order to reach your goal as quickly as possible.  But I the shortcut requires turning your back on My peaceful Presence, you must choose the longer route. Walk with Me along  paths of Peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence.

     For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6

    On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After He said this, He showed them His hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.  Again Jesus said, ” Peace be with you! As the father has sent me, I am sending you.”      John 20:19-21

    Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.  Psalm 25:4

I Love You

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I LOVE YOU with an everlasting Love, which flows out from the depths of eternity.  Before you were born, I knew you.  Ponder the awesome mystery of a Love that encompasses you from before birth to beyond the grave.

Modern man has lost the perspective of eternity.  To distract himself from the gaping jaws of death, he engages in ceaseless activity and amusement.  The practice of being still in My Presence in order to weather the storms of life.  During times of severe testing, even the best theology can fail you if it isn’t accompanied by experiential knowledge of Me.  The ultimate protection against sinking during life’s storms is devoting time to develop your friendship with Me.

    The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:  ” I have loved you with an  ever-lasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.  Jeremiah 31:3’s

Because of the LORD”S great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.   They are new every morning : great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”   The LORD
is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.   Lamentations 3:22-26

Problems Are A Part Of Life

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PROBLEMS ARE PART OF LIFE.  They are inescapable: woven into the very fabric of this fallen world.  You tend to go into problem-solving mode all too readily, acting as if you have the capacity to fix everything.  This is a habitual response , so automatic that it by-passes your conscious thinking. Not only does this habit frustrate you, it also distances you from Me.

Do not let fixing things be your top priority  You are ever so limited in your capacity to correct all that is wrong in the world around you.  Don’t weigh yourself down with responsibilities that are not your own Instead, make your relationship with Me your primary concern.  Talk with Me about whatever is on your mind, seeking My perspective on the situation.  Rather than trying to fix everything that comes to your attention , ask Me to show you what is truly important. Remember that you are en route to heaven, and let your problems fade in the Light of eternity.

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Psalm 32:8

  “Martha, Martha,”  the Lord answered, ” you are worried and upset about many  things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Psalm 32:8

   But 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

Let Me Infuse My Peace

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LET ME INFUSE MY PEACE into your innermost being.  As you sit quietly in the Light of My Presence, you can sense Peace growing within you.  This is not something that you accomplish through self-discipline and willpower; it is opening yourself to receive My blessing.

In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness.  However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me: placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident.  Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself.  you have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate  places.  You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work.  You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.

    “The LORD will guide you always:  He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well watered  garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. ”   Isaiah 58:11

He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.   Isaiah 40:11

Rest

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REST IN THE DEEP ASSURANCE of My Presence.  Release into My care any thing that is troubling you, so that you can focus your full attention on Me. Be awed the vast dimensions of My Love for you; wider, longer , higher, and deeper than anything you know.  Rejoice that this marvelous Love is yours forever!

The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness.  Every time you thank Me, you acknowledge that I am your Lord and Provider.  This is the proper stance for a child of God; receiving with thanksgiving.  Bring Me the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much I bless you.

Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

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  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power , together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpass knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16-17

Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men.  Let them sacrifice thank offering and tell of His works with songs of joy.   Psalm 107:21-22

Thankfulness

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LET THANKFULNESS RULE in you heart.   As you thank Me for blessings in  your life, a marvelous thing happens.  It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of My glorious riches.  With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from My treasure house.  Each time you receive one of My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praises to My Name.  ” Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart.

A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles.  Instead of trying to be in control, you focus on Me and what I am doing.  This is the power of praise: centering your entire being in Me.  This is how I created you to live for I made you in My own image.  Enjoy abundant life by overflowing with praise and thankfulness .

        Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts….And be thankful.
                             Colossians 3:15

    Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.  He got up and was baptized.   Acts 9:18

    And again they shouted:  “Hallelujah!….”  The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne.  And they cried: ” Amen, Hallelujah!”….Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our god all you   His servants, you who fear Him, both small ”  Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”  Revelations 19:3-6

   Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with Praise: give thanks to Him and praise His name.  Psalm 100:4

I Am Pleaded With You, My Child

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I AM PLEASED WITH YOU, MY CHILD.  Allow yourself to become fully aware of My pleasure shining upon you. You don’t have to perform well in order to receive My Love.  In fact, a performance focus will pull you away from Me, toward some sort of Pharisaism.   This can be a subtle form of idolatry: worshiping your own good works.  It can also be a source of deep discouragement when your works don’t measure up to your expectations.

Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant Presence.  The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of your feelings or behavior.  Your responsibility is to be receptive to this unconditional Love.  Thankfulness and trust are your primary receptors.  Thank Me for everything; trust in  Me at all times.  These simple disciplines will keep you open to My loving Presence.

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.   Ephesians 2:8-9

   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.  And I pray that you,  being rooted and established in love, may have power , together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Ephesians 3:16-19

  Trust in Him at all times.  O people; pour out your hearts to Him , for God is our refuge.
Psalm 62:8

Do Not Be Surprised

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DO NOT BE SURPRISED by the fiery attacks on your mind.  When you struggle to find Me and to live in My Peace, don’t let discouragement set in. You are engaged in massive warfare, spiritually speaking.  The evil one abhors your closeness to Me, and his demons underlings are determined to destroy our intimacy.  When you find yourself in the thick of battle, call upon My Name:  “Jesus, help me!”  At that instant, the battle becomes Mine; your role is simply to trust Me as I fight for you.

My Name, properly used, has unlimited Power to bless and protect.  At the end of time, every knee will bow (in heaven, on earth, and under the earth)  When My Name is proclaimed.  People who have used “Jesus” as a shoddy swear word will fall down in terror on that awesome day.  But all those who have drawn near Me through trustingly uttering My Name will be filled with inexpressible and glorious Joy.  This is your great hope, as you await My return.

      For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

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.  Philippians 2:9-10

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him: and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  1  Peter 1:8-9

Stay Ever So Close To Me

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STAY EVER SO CLOSE TO ME, and you will not deviate from the path I have prepared for you.  This is the most efficient way to stay on tracks; it is also the most enjoyable way.  Men tend to multiply duties in their observance of religion.  This practice enables them to give Me money, time, and work without yielding up to Me what I desire the most–their hearts.  Rules can be observed mechanically.  Once they become habitual, they can be followed with minimal effort and almost no thought.  These habit-forming rules provide a false sense of security, lulling the soul into a comatose condition.

What I search for in My children is an awakened soul that thrills to the Joy of My Presence!  I created mankind to glorify Me and enjoy Me forever.  I provide the Joy; your part is to glorify Me by living close to Me.

     Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  Deuteronomy 6:5

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

     You have made known to me the path of life;  You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.  Psalm 16:11