So many thoughts cross my mind that I would prefer not be there. I waste so much time focusing on things that I ought not to. God loves us so much that he has literally stepped into our homes (no matter how messy or unlovely they are), and has come down to reason with us on our level (even though we are as dumb as sheep), and made a home with us who seek him in truth. This is Love! So even when my mind strays and I have thoughts I wish I hadn’t, and I focus on cares I shouldn’t, and with every mistake I make- God has me covered! Psalms 91:1 explains to us that those who dwell in the shelter of the most high, will rest in the shadow of the almighty. He’s got you covered! You can rest! Have peace! For his love shelters me and makes me complete. I have no want for anything (Psalm 23:1) for the Lord is my Shepherd! He’s got you covered, hallelujah you are so good to us God. Thank you for loving me, my Savior and my Lord! My prince of peace. I will surely sing of your love forever for your love in unending.
Every once in a while I might go about my day and not feel God’s presence. This is alarming to me. Not that this is a new experience, and it surely is an experience that most Christians complain about at one time or another, however lately I’ve been reading in the old testament about how severely God had punished his children when they angered him. Often times this resulted in deaths. How many times had I transgressed knowingly against my God and still lived? So when I am reading about God’s wrath and I don’t sense his presence I start to wonder, why God? What did I do? Is it because I was too harsh on my kids today? Was it because I ate too much food today? Was it because of… something I did or did not do Lord? So I have asked him, and last night he responded with his tender counsel, he told me that he considers me like a child. He told me that just as I am working to take care of my own children, seeking to take care of their needs even when they have not asked me, but just because I care about them and want them to be happy, that he is doing the same thing for me. He reminded me of my little children who trespass against my rules every single day, and how I have to correct them, however I would never abandon them or forsake them, but rather their failures is to be expected. This entire time as a grown woman who is parenting her own children the best way that she is able to, is still but a little infant in the eyes of God. Now since he had shown me how he sees me, and how patient and kind he is with me, I also am convicted that I need to treat my little ones with the same mercy and patience that my heavenly father has shown me. Thank you my heavenly Father or your tender counsel for not leaving me orphaned.
The only thing that is ever needed is God’s approval. It doesn’t matter what others say. It doesn’t matter what the news says. It doesn’t matter what circumstances say. It doesn’t matter what the statistics say. It doesn’t matter what our weaknesses say. Only one thing is needed, and that is what God has to say. To leave the limitations of our own human understanding, no matter how advanced that understanding has become, is to really soar in realms above. To follow God’s voice is to soar on wings like eagles above the storm, God’s spirit is the eye of the storm, and his word is the air beneath our wings that let’s us soar above every earthly force that seeks to pull us down and distort the truth. No man or woman will ever trump the voice and knowledge of God. Those who are led by the Spirit are his sons. Only on thing is needed. God’s approval. Think of Simon Peter who tried to tell God what was clean, and that he would not touch what God now told him was clean. Who created the clean and the unclean? Who made everything? Who made the law? Who allowed the storm? Who made the universe, only to rest on the 7th day and call it good? He gives, and he can take away. Do we now look to the created over the one who created it? God speaks into existence. God can change it. Only one thing is needed. That is to hear one word from God and have his approval. God, I love your voice. I love the presence of your spirit. When you speak, I want to stop and listen so I can hear it. What will you say now? You have said to me, “be still, and know that I am God”. Whom shall I fear? Who’s judgement shall stand ? Who is he who condemns? It is God who’s judgement will stand. I have been favored and loved though I didn’t do anything to deserve it. I have been called, chosen, justified, and now glorified as you see fit. You have done this. You truly are my bridegroom. No one trumps you. No one is stronger than you. No one knows me and protects me like you do. Who can best my God? No one will ever come close, my glorious King. I long for you. Praise to the God who stays. Praise to the one who made me. Thank You!
This is the good news. That God loves me and you. It wasn’t until I began to receive deep revelations of the love he had for me that I started truly overcoming fear. He says, “there is nothing that can separate my love from you” (Romans 8:38-39), absolutely nothing. When I wake up in the morning and I sense his presence and hear his voice in my spirit, I feel loved. When I am convicted, I feel loved. His rod and his staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4), and when I even think about doing what is right and am upset about doing what is wrong, I feel loved. Nothing can separate me, no judgement spoken against me will make God condemn me. He is always for me, never against me. When You truly understand that there is nothing that can separate you from his love, it will rid you of all fear. Thank you Father for your perfect love that casts out fear.
Where can I go that you that you won’t be there? Why do I act as if I have to get your attention when you are already there? I don’t have to attract you, you pursued me before I even knew who you were. What can I do that would separate me from your love? Can anything separate me from your love? My only limitation has been my own lack of understanding, but since you are everywhere, then why do I have to be limited? If I need your help, I only have to ask. You are there. Everywhere I go, you are there. You are near me, you are not far. You know how many hairs I have on my head, and you have designed me to have many. What is wrong inside of me Lord? Find that thing. Whatever it is that seeks to pervert my idea of you, or get in between my understanding of you, please seek it and destroy it Jesus. Bring every thought within me and around me into the submission of your will and stoke the Holy Ghost fire. Every time something is sent to distract me Lord, please use it as tinder to cause a bigger blaze of fire. Oh my soul, why ever be downcast within me, Jesus is greater than he who is in the world. When he hung on the cross at Calvary and rose again to take his rightful place on the throne of my soul he rested from his work and said it was done. The final touches that were needed to seal the deal of my salvation were done when for the pardon of my iniquities he died on that cross. Thoughts come against my very sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Bullets have always been aimed at my head to steal my light. People, even God fearing people want to help Satan to try to dim the natural light within my soul without even knowing it. Lord, you have made my enemies stepping stones and tinder for the fire that you meant to burn so bright. My enemies kneel down and help me step up, up and up until I truly am a city on a hill so that I can magnify you over the entire earth. Who can put out this Holy flame? I am the bride of Christ.
I am chosen. I feel so loved. When I reflect on snippets of my life, I see how God orchestrated me coming into his kingdom and to be used for his purposes. Even now everyday I hear him speak to me and remind me that he loves me, and that I am his, because he chose me. It doesn’t matter if another understands me or not, because he does. It doesn’t matter if another chooses me or rejects me, because what they don’t know is that he orchestrates all of it. Those who “chose” me do so because he works in their hearts to, and those who reject me are his way of guiding me into other areas of prosperity that doesn’t include them. I am “chosen” by those friends who I have been given, even the ones who love me the most. I hear more than once from a couple of them, who say to me, “I chose you” to make it clear to me that they chose me first, it wasn’t the other way around. The same is true with God. We think we have chosen him, but the truth is that no one can come to him unless he draws them to himself. He chose me, he created me with a destiny and has orchestrated all my circumstances to lead me to that very purpose. How does it feel to be chosen AND designed by God? This means that I can no longer put myself down in a way that says I am garbage, because I am not, rather I am chosen and special. I am chosen because he loves me and wants me to be with him in heaven. I am chosen because he wants me to love him as much as he loves me. I am chosen so I am special. Who is greater than my heavenly creator and king? Who can court me and ask me to marry them that would be a better mate than the lover of my soul? Only the best for his children. Thank you for choosing me Lord, I love you and I am blessed. Please help me fulfill your high calling you know the needs of my heart help me accomplish them. Thank you Jesus for everything. I love you.
Today I heard you tell me you were pleased with me, and that you are going to make everything in my life work out for my favor as you prepare a table before me with its luscious feast. I stopped and asked myself, “wait, did I even pray today?”. Yes, of course I always pray but today was not one of those days that I felt overly spiritual. I’ve made some attempts to press in yesterday but was met with meditation on things you were doing in my life instead. So I asked myself, what did I do? I searched my memory for what I did to please you and earn your reward of making everything turn out the way I have always hoped. I had a few ideas, but I heard you say, “just keep leaning on my word”. On my commute home today I felt your love again, you told me that you were very pleased with me and that you love me. I pondered about this some more. Even though I myself preach grace and love not works, I myself have an underlying tendency to try to earn your love and approval. It is human instinct? Or maybe just experience of growing up in a desert with little love. I always want to know, what did I do so that I can do it more. I don’t want to lose this love, I don’t want to lose this favor. Of course I want everything in my life to work for my favor. Of course I want the greatest riches I can have, which is having you close to my heart. And then it occurred to me…. I have done nothing to earn this love. You love me because you made me, and I was made to be intimate with you. You are not a formula that is a result of combining ingredients. You are not a riddle to be solved. You love me because I am yours and you chose me. You sought me, you knew me before I was ever born and had me in mind when you died on the cross for me. You did that for me. You came to earth in the form of a man to be despised and tempted like a man, and to be hurt, ridiculed, and broken like a man, because you thought about me. We error when we think that we have chosen you and that we have earned you, no you chose us and you bought us with your blood. You paid the bride price with human sacrifice. You know you, you made me to know you so that I can praise you all the rest of my life. What have I done except to be given the title of the bride of Christ, the child of the most high God. Thank you for being a permanent fixture in my life. I have not chosen wrong.