Shame is Rooted in Fear

Genesis 3:7-8 (VOICE) Suddenly their eyes were opened to a reality previously unknown. For the first time, they sensed their vulnerability and rushed to hide their naked bodies, stitching fig leaves into crude loincloths. Then they heard the sound of the Eternal God walking in the cool misting shadows of the garden. The man and his wife took cover among the trees and hid from the Eternal God.

Beloved, shame is rooted in fear, but My perfect love casts out all fear. So draw near, and receive My love in full measure. Do so that you might know what it feels like to have the burden of shame removed. I never designed you to be weighted down by shame. 

Beloved, I long for you to walk in the fullness of your freedom – naked and unashamed – with no fear causing you to hide your face from Me. I desire fellowship with you. I know you, and I love you – in all your beautiful imperfection. I accept you as you are, and I call you My very own. So resist any temptation to allow fear and shame to take root, and instead allow My mercy, love, and grace to make you whole.

Beyond Measure

Psalm 46:10 (NASB) Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Beloved, cease striving. You don’t need to earn My love. It is freely given; and it is given in more abundance than you could begin to imagine. So freely receive, knowing that I love you beyond measure. My heart is steadfast toward you. My love is everlasting.

So function from a place of acceptance – knowing My love is yours. Nothing you do can earn more of My love, nor can any mistake cause you to lose it. I’m not fickle, nor am I easily distracted. My gaze is on you. My heart is fixed on you. So be saturated in My immeasurable love, and from that place be transformed. Continue reading “Beyond Measure”

Careless Words

Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

Beloved, there will always be those who don’t moderate their words, and their careless barbs may sting though they originate from thoughtlessness or ignorance. And though the words may hurt, they do not have the power to change the truth of who you are. Nor do they get to shift My perception of you, so refuse to let them change your perspective of yourself. 

You are My beloved one. If I have an area to correct you in, I will do so in love – just as a good Father always should. So stand firmly in your inherent identity, and refuse to be shaken. You are a child of the light and truth is your foundation.

Live from a Place of Love

John 15:18 (AMP) If the world hates you [and it does], know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

Beloved, when people reject you for your faith, remember they rejected me too. Their rejection is no reflection of your worth, but rather a reflection of their heart. So resist the urge to dwell in a place of hurt, and instead respond in love and understanding. 

Pray for the hearts of those who hurt and reject you. In doing so, you reflect My character and show My hand in your life. Live from a place of love, and trust that My love will heal any of your wounds. 

Penetrating Love

Psalm 4:6 (VOICE) Crowds of disheartened people ask, “Who can show us what is good?” Let Your brilliant face shine upon us, O Eternal One, that we may know the undeniable answer.

Beloved, feel the warmth of My love shining on you, and allow its fervency to mark you. Let it change your innermost being. Let it keep you from moments of discouragement and despair. For I AM good and I love My children. 

See Me as I AM, and know My heart toward you intimately. I don’t simply love you, I AM love. So receive My love and allow its penetrating intensity to change you to the depths of your soul. For you are Mine, beloved. I have accepted you. 

Dwell in My Beauty

Psalm 27:4 (VOICE) I am pleading with the Eternal for this one thing, my soul’s desire: To live with Him all of my days— in the shadow of His temple, To behold His beauty and ponder His ways in the company of His people.

Beloved, embrace the sweet privilege of unhindered access to Me. In the same way that you would deeply feel the honor of being invited to spend time with a president or king, even more so with the King of Kings. 

Resist the urge to allow the familiarity of unfettered access to breed a devaluing of the gift you’ve been given of intimate relationship with Me. Magnify Me. See Me as I AM. Sit in awe at the depth of love and favor I’ve bestowed upon you. Dwell in My beauty, beloved, and embrace the gift you’ve been given.  Continue reading “Dwell in My Beauty”

One Who Calms the Storms

Psalm 107:29 (TPT) God stilled the storm, calmed the waves, and he hushed the hurricane winds to only a whisper.

Beloved, surely you must know that no storm – physical or natural – is too much for Me to handle. I AM the great I AM, Lord of Hosts, Creator of heaven and earth – nothing is too hard for Me. I AM strong and I AM able. I AM the one who calms the storms.

And you are My child. I take great delight in you and love to cover and protect you. Rest in the fact that I AM for you, I love you and I chose you. I have no desire to hurt or destroy you. Choose to believe that I AM for you and stay under the shelter of My wings. Continue reading “One Who Calms the Storms”

Rest and Know You Are Mine

Psalm 68:6 (NLT) God places the lonely in families…

Beloved, you are not alone. I AM with you and I will never leave you. Though there may be times your earthly family lets you down, I will never leave you or forsake you. I have chosen you and will never let you go.

I hold you close in your times of need, and I send others to be a blessing on My behalf. Beloved, embrace those I put in your life. Allow those divine connections to nurture your spirit and build you up. Allow them to reflect My heart to you and speak life over you. Allow them to clearly reflect back to you the truth of who you are rather than a distorted perception.

But even in these special friendships that are a gift from Me, remember that though they may reflect Me and act on My behalf, they are not Me and cannot act as a replacement. I work through them, but ultimately the love you seek is found in Me.

I know the truth about you and believe it unwaveringly. I know that you are precious, you are worth knowing, and you are worth loving. You are beautiful, cherished, and My heart for you is steadfast. But most of all, I have claimed you and called you My own. So, beloved, rest and know that you are Mine.

Naked and Unashamed

Hebrews 4:13 (NLT) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Beloved, nothing is hidden from My sight. Everything is clear for Me to see – not just every action and word, but also every intention and thought. And yet I love you. And yet it was My pleasure to send My Son to die that you might be set free.

Be naked and unashamed. Trust My Word and My Spirit to bring to light the areas to work on (and in My timing), and allow yourself to receive My love in all your imperfections.

It is not for you to decide if you are worthy to receive My love, but rather it is up to Me to decide if I choose to give it. And I do. I choose you – imperfections and all. I love you.

Bold Expectancy

Psalm 55:2 (CSB) Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,

Beloved, David was a man after my own heart, and he was unafraid to express his needs and desires. Asking for My attention isn’t arrogant in My eyes, nor do I see it as presumptuous. Just like a child with loving parents has no hesitation yanking on his father’s arm and demanding attention, so should you approach Me with bold expectancy.

Expect that you are important enough for Me to give you My time. Because you are. Expect that I want you to come to Me – regardless of the reason. Because I do. You are My precious child, and for us to have true intimacy there must be an expectation of good – a trust that I will respond and a deep seated knowledge that you are precious to Me.

So believe with all your heart, beloved. Approach boldly, and do so with expectation. I AM here. I AM willing. And I AM waiting.