Hebrews 10:34 (TPT) You sympathized with those in prison and when all your belongings were confiscated you accepted that violation with joy; convinced that you possess a treasure growing in heaven that could never be taken from you.
Beloved, have mercy. Extend grace and compassion in every circumstance. For you never know when things will shift, and you yourself will be in need of mercy, grace, and compassion. Therefore, sow liberally from a heart full of generous humility and love.
Keep your heart fixed on the things of heaven. For your treasures in heaven cannot be stolen by human hands, destroyed by natural disaster, or negated by human interference. So love well. Bear much fruit. Sow kindness without restraint. Cultivate your heavenly rewards, for they are the ones which will last.
Hebrews 11:1 (VOICE) Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.
Beloved, believe in Me with absolute conviction. Have utter faith and confidence in Me and in My Word. I AM fully steadfast and completely faithful. So rest in Me.
Faith is believing even without “proof.” It is trusting in an understanding that transcends the natural mind. For believing that which is fact requires no trust and no belief in anything greater than yourself.
True faith requires humility because it is rooted in hope and undergirded by a childlike belief. It cannot be proved in the way logic would demand, and yet it has strength that surpasses logic. So walk in that radical faith and believe with absolute conviction.
Hebrews 11:6 (AMP) But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
Beloved, believe and obey. Mere faith is not enough. Your faith must prompt you to action, and that action must be righteous and pleasing. It must prompt you to obedience. For faith without works is dead. Indeed, it is a useless faith.
And in the same way you know a tree is good by the good fruit it bears, so your faith is proved good by the sweet fruit it produces. And may your motivation for action not be to gain the rewards that come from Me (though they will surely come), but rather from a heart so full of love for Me that you cannot NOT act.
So beloved, let your faith take form, and act in a way that brings joy and pleasure to Me. And may you relentlessly pursue Me that you might accurately know what that looks like. Continue reading “Believe and Obey”
Psalm 92:12 (VOICE) Those who are devoted to God will flourish like budding date-palm trees; they will grow strong and tall like cedars in Lebanon.
Beloved, devote yourself to Me – not because of promised blessings, but simply because you love Me. But trust that blessings will come forth. For I AM, and I AM a rewarder of those who seek Me wholeheartedly.
How can I not want to lavish those I love with blessing? Resist the urge to look with avaricious eyes – only looking for blessing in finances or material things. Realize instead that I bless in a multitude of ways that are far less tangible.
I bless with peace, joy, favor, and so many other ways. So simply devote yourself to Me without focus on what you may gain. But then watch with keen eyes as My blessings abound around you. Continue reading “Devote Yourself to Me”
Hebrews 13:15 (TPT) So we no longer offer up a steady stream of blood sacrifices, but through Jesus, we will offer up to God a steady stream of praise sacrifices—these are “the lambs” we offer from our lips that celebrate his name!
Beloved, may the fruit of your lips pour forth in praise to the One who is worthy. You have a choice of whether or not you bring forth fruit, and what kind of fruit it is. Will you withhold that which I AM worthy of? Or will you give it to another?
Surely as you nurture a heart full of gratitude, you will find yourself unable to hold back your praise. So cultivate a heart of thanksgiving and release your song of joy and love that the fruit of your lips might be sweet. Continue reading “Fruit of Your Lips”
Hebrews 10:23 (AMP) Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];
I AM faithful from generation to generation. My Word is solid and true. My character is unimpeachable. Every promise I have given will come to pass as surely as the sun rises day after day (and in fact even more reliably).
And in the same way you would not beg the sun to rise, but rather simply wait in confidence for it to do so, so you can simply wait on My promises to come to pass without beseeching Me for them to happen. If I have said it, it is so. My word is bedrock.
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.
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Beloved, My Word reveals truth. By equipping you with truth, not only does My Word protect you from lies others would attempt to pass off as truth, but it keeps you from deceiving yourself as well.
In the light of My Word, you cannot hide. You are naked and welcome to be unashamed, for, beloved, I do not give revelation to bring you shame, but rather to heal you and make you whole.
Just as impurities must come to the surface of a wound and be cleaned away so complete healing may come, so must you release the falsehoods you’ve embraced as truth. See yourself rightly. Discern My love for you accurately.
Allow My living breathing Word to bring life and make you whole. My Spirit quickening the truths to your heart, and My immense love for you revealing itself page after page.
Hebrews 10:30 (AMPC) For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people.
Beloved, I AM the righteous judge. I AM Elohim Mishpat (God of Judgment/Justice). Leave exercising judgment in My capable hands and simply focus your attentions on Me. Trust Me to know your causes and see the injustices done and to address them rightly. I see fullness of every situation and the intentions of each heart. I understand why each choice and action is made. I know when to extend grace and when to bring correction (and how to do so most effectively), trust My judgment.
Yielding to My judgment in no way gives a pass to those perpetrating injustice, it simply indicates your understanding that only I know how best to address it and that you trust Me to do so. Simply taking that stand is powerful warfare, for in doing so you declare I AM trustworthy and righteous, and you acknowledge My sovereignty. This both leads others by example and sends a powerful message to the kingdom of darkness making you a warrior of light – beautiful and trusting your King.
Matthew 7:11 (NLT) So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Beloved, I love to lavish My children with good gifts. I AM YHVH Bore, the Lord your Creator. I know how I’ve made you and the details of how I’ve wired you. I know your desires and the things that bring you joy. I know you even better than you know yourself. Trust that I know what will fulfill you.
Yield to Me. Ask Me for the good gifts I would have you have rather than persistently petitioning your wants. There will definitely be times those two things align, but I see things from a vantage point you don’t (and indeed cannot), so there are things I know will bless you beyond measure that are not even in your purview.
Trust Me and trust My heart for you. I AM and I AM the rewarder of those who diligently seek Me. Open your hands and heart to receive the blessings and gifts I have for you. Continue reading “Trust Me to Know You”