Face the Storm with Boldness

Proverbs 1:27 (VOICE) When panic comes like a stormy blast, when misfortune sweeps in like a whirlwind, when sorrow and anguish weigh you down.

Beloved, listen for Me in the winds and in the rain and thunder. Though the storms may come and rock, My presence never leaves you. So face the storm with boldness and strength knowing that I AM with you. I strengthen you and lift you up, the waves will not overtake you. 

So rest, beloved, in My waiting arms and let nothing trouble you. I AM waiting here right by your side – cling to Me for I AM steadfast. So breathe, beloved, and refuse to let the darkness overshadow you, for My light’s strong rays banish the dark so let their warmth embrace you. 

Breathe Me In {Moments with God}

{my heart cries} Father, why do You feel so far away. Where are You as the waves of grief and sadness crash over me seeking to crush my very soul? I know that You are YHVH Shammah – You are present. Intellectually, I know You’re here, probably even holding Me in Your loving embrace – so why can’t I feel Your touch?

{my heart reaches out, like a hand extending, seeking the Father’s heart – asking Him to tighten His grip that I might feel Him}

{He gently replies} Shift your focus, beloved. Stop looking at the grief and focusing on the pain. I’m right here with you – holding you so tight. I’m capturing each tear and counting each hair on your head – every part of you and every thought and concern of your heart of the utmost importance to Me. Yes, beloved, pause and shift your focus to Me. Reach out to Me and feel My grip. I AM here. I AM present. I will never leave you. Stand fast and breathe. Breathe Me in. Be comforted by the wind of My Spirit – refreshing, renewing, bringing hope. Breathe Me in, for I AM here to strengthen you. You are the apple of My eye and I love you. Be still and let Me saturate you with My love. Just breathe. 

Psalm 10:1 (VOICE) Why, O Eternal One, are You so far away? Why can’t You be found during troubling times?

Boldness Empowered by Faith

Proverbs 30:30 (VOICE) The lion, which is the strongest of the animals, does not back down from any other creature;

Beloved, be bold without apology. Standing fast may not be popular, but consider whose approval you seek. I will sustain you in trials, and embolden you in times of resistance. “Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves.”

Be like a courageous lion, undaunted by opposition and fully confident. My Spirit within you will sustain you. In the same way that courage doesn’t have to come from a place of fearlessness, but rather a willingness to act regardless of fear, so godly boldness is empowered by faith, not perfection or human chutzpah.

Simply be firmly rooted in Me. Be tuned into My Holy Spirit for direction. And trust My leading enough to step out when directed. In the end, the opinions of man are meaningless, so focus yourself on the things of the Kingdom, which are everlasting.

Matthew 10:16 (ESV) “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Refuse to Cower

Ephesians 3:12 (AMP) in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him [that is, our faith gives us sufficient courage to freely and openly approach God through Christ].

Beloved, refuse to cower. I love My children and welcome them in My presence. There is no reason to cower or hesitate when you know who you are in Me. So refuse to allow guilt, fear, shame, the opinions of men, or any other force to convince you that you are unworthy. For those thoughts do not align with Mine.

Instead, may the truth of your identity find its foundation in My thoughts of you. May your truth align firmly with My Word. And may you walk in boldness rooted in Me. You are the child of the King, so refuse to cower, beloved, and walk in the boldness of your true identity.

Love Without Reservation

Revelation 22:12 (AMP) “Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness).

Beloved, lay up rewards in heaven. In comparison to eternity, life on earth is but a wisp – the blink of an eye. And yet so much time and focus is put on needs and comforts in this earthly realm. Be intentional to be mindful of both. 

Make choices based on eternity. Love is what will remain, so love well. Resist the urge to hold back or protect your heart, but rather trust Me to protect it, or heal it when you’re hurt. Take those moments of injury as opportunities to identify with My heart, which has been betrayed, falsely accused, and deeply wounded too. 

Love like Me – without reservation. My love is sacrificial, and it is limitless. There are no conditions to My love, and yet love does not facilitate actions that harm their recipient. Seek My heart that you might learn to best reflect Me.

YHVH Cela (the Lord your Rock)

Psalm 18:19 (TPT) His love broke open the way and he brought me into a beautiful broad place. He rescued me—because his delight is in me!

Beloved, I AM YHVH Cela – the Lord your Rock, and I have made your feet secure. I have given you a firm foundation on which you can stand in safety. I take care of My children – the ones whom I love. 

Know that I delight in you. You are the apple of My eye. I have redeemed you because it is My good pleasure. I AM the Lord of the breakthrough. So look to Me and trust your care in My capable hands. 

Healing Oil

Jeremiah 8:22 (NET) There is still medicinal ointment available in Gilead! There is still a physician there! Why then have my dear people not been restored to health?

Beloved, press into Me – the Great Physician, and I will make you whole. Press into Me, YHVH Rapha – the Lord your healer, and I will give you rest. Look to Me as I pour out My healing oil – anointing you and bringing new life. 

Stand fast and refuse to receive anything less than My best. Press in and remain expectant. And as you wait, remember My grace is sufficient for you. I AM with you, and I AM the One who heals. 

Face the Flames

Hosea 6:1 (VOICE) Come on, let’s renew our loyalty to the Eternal One! He tore us like a lion, but He’ll heal us; He wounded us, but He’ll bandage us.

Beloved, My love for you never changes – no matter what you do or say. And I AM never cruel or unfeeling towards you. I will, however, allow hardships into your life to shape and mold you, and to build your character. 

I do not do this to be unkind, though in the moment it may feel that way. The contrast of “bad” gives “good” a greater fullness. Just as the contrast of sorrow brings joy more depth. If a child is given everything they want and they experience no hardship, they will be spoiled and self-focused. I will not do that to My children, for My love for them is too great. 

Therefore, I allow hardships and trials, but I walk through them with you. I AM present – ready to give support and strength as you reach for Me. Then as you come out the other side, I bring healing and restoration. And just as a scar strengthens the area where there has been a wound, I will strengthen you in the areas you’ve been tried. 

So face the flames of testing unafraid, knowing I AM with you and will walk you through, knowing you will be stronger for doing so, and knowing challenges are simply part of life. And, beloved, life is worth embracing in all its fullness.  Continue reading “Face the Flames”

El Olam (the Everlasting God)

Isaiah 46:4 (NLT) I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

Beloved, I AM El Olam, the everlasting God, and I love you with an everlasting love. I love you as a squalling child and I love you with the gray hairs of wisdom, and everything in between and beyond. I AM your God. 

Rest in your faith, and know that I AM always with you. And in that day when you join Me in heaven, I will love you still. It is My joy to hold you through every season of your life, whether on earth or in heaven. Beloved, you are Mine.

The Pleasure of Knowing Me

Psalm 105:3 (VOICE) Revel in His holy name. May the hearts of the people who seek the Eternal celebrate and experience great joy.

Beloved, take great pleasure in knowing who I AM – in knowing My character, in knowing My name. I AM steadfast and everlasting – unchanging and fully reliable. I AM your true north – the One who gives you both stability and direction, so look to Me.

Seek Me with great fervor, and understand My worth. Take joy in both the pursuit and the times of intimacy. Remember the whole of the journey is of value, not simply the destination points along the way. Take time to experience the great joy of relationship with Me.