Lord, how restless I am to sit before Thee and wait for Your word. I find so many distractions to keep me busy as I seek to find purpose and meaning in this life, yet You are the source of all purpose and meaning. As I settle and sit before You for even a few moments, I feel Your presence wash over me and overtake all of my anxieties and reveal the vanity of my self-seeking efforts. You are the true vine and the source of the rivers of living water. How refreshed I am in Your presence.
When before I thought I didn’t have strength to carry on, Your power now overwhelms my feebleness. Even in a moment and I am made whole, my mind is renewed to take on Your perspective, and my heart is lightened. Where before I was overwhelmed, now I am standing in a strength that is not of man, but of Thee.
You are Beloved, Healer, Refresher. You go before and protect from behind. You are the lover of my soul, and as I turn to You my doubts are swallowed up in renewed faith. Bless Your name, O God, for You care for Your children.
Judge not your usefulness by man’s standards. Judge not My heart for you by what you see man do. I’ve called My children to be lights in the darkness. I will be your light. Do not look to the world to give you peace or a safe way, look to Me. Fear not for I have overcome the world.
Open your mind and reason with Me for what I desire to bring forth in your surroundings. I am unlimited by circumstance, for I can change a circumstance in a moment. I overcome evil with good. I bring light out of darkness. You live in a fallen world, but this is only this season in the story of eternity. My love, I died and rose on the cross so that man can know Me. As man chooses Me, his path is set to higher grounds. As man rejects me, his path leads to destruction.
I Am still God, so do not let your heart faint at all the evils in the world , but shed My light and love everlasting on those who do not deserve such mercies and grace. For did I not shed My blood for you when you did not deserve it? I taught you to love, so do not let self-righteousness blind you to the needs of those around you. Pour out My love upon them. When you feel empty and dry and discouraged, come to Me and let My limitless supply refresh you to greater feats of strength and manifest miracles from My presence residing in you.
You were called to more than you can see now. You were called to bring light in darkness. This means at times you may be in a place of darkness so My light can shine forth, so do not fear your surroundings. You are in the world, but not of it. Even if you were in a dark jungle with the sounds of chaos and screams of fear in the night, I Am with you. I lead you out to rescue those around you, to shed My brilliant light in the shadows and release the prisoner, open the blinded eyes, and bring forth that which man says is impossible.
Do not stop believing in Me. Do not judge My heart toward man by the look of circumstances. I paid the price once and for all on the cross, I took the beatings so you could be healed. I resurrected and even overcame death. Continue to echo this truth in the wilderness, for these who do not know Me need it, they need to know I love them. Show them My love for the world and I will walk with you. I will never leave or forsake you, even if man does.
I see your heart and willingness to give your all. I ask for obedience, not sacrifice. Were I to say give, you would give. Were I to say come, you would come. Were I to say stand where you are, blossom, and be fruitful, you would be willing to remain unmoved. This life is only the beginning, for we have eternity to share. I will reveal even more than you could possibly know on earth when your race is run here. Be encouraged, there is only My light ahead.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.”
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
Worship Song: At the Cross by Hillsong