Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Promise in Times of Challenge


Who but I could be everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working on your behalf?

It amazes you that One so great as I would care about the many details of your life.

Yet I do!

When you ponder these glorious truths, you feel safe, knowing you are never alone.

When you don't keep these truths before you, you fall back into your default mode: straining and striving as if outcomes were totally up to you.

What you really need is to keep Me always before you—not just truths about Me.

It's so easy for My children to confuse knowledge of Me with knowing Me experientially.

The apostle Paul understood this distinction:

He wrote about needing Power, through My Spirit, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is My Love—Love that surpasses knowledge!

Knowing Me is so much more than an activity of the mind.

It is largely a matter of trusting Me.

Sometimes you are keenly aware of My Presence; at other times, this awareness is minimal—or even absent.

When you feel alone, you need to rely on your trust in Me.

Continue to live and communicate as if I am with you, because I am!

I have promised I will never leave you or forsake you.

Instead of running after other gods when you feel needy, concentrate on coming nearer to Me.

No matter what is happening, trusting Me and drawing close to Me are your best strategies for coping with life and living well.

From " Jesus Lives " by Sarah Young

Stay Strong!

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
PSALM 16:8

"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."

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." HEBREWS 13:5

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