The Ways of Righteousness {Moments with God}

{singing to the Lord} Take Your place in the center of my heart. I welcome You, welcome Your ways. I desire to pursue You relentlessly that I might know You intimately. Deeper and deeper into Your mysteries I pursue. Higher and higher into the things of Your Spirit. More of You, Lord. More of You. I want to know You more.

{declaring} I will walk in the fullness of the freedom You sacrificed for me to have. I will not waste it, nor treat it lightly. I refuse to take Your place on the throne of my heart. It belongs to You and You alone. I yield to You and seek to walk in the way of righteousness that my life might be pleasing to You, my beloved Lord. Have Your way in me.

Psalm 119:45 (VOICE) And I will live a life of freedom because I pursue Your precepts.

I AM Listening

Psalm 77:1 (VOICE) I cry up to heaven, “My God, True God,” and He hears.

Beloved, when you cry out to Me, I always hear. No matter where you are or what you’ve done, I AM always listening. I do not turn a deaf ear to you in punishment or neglect. Those who know Me know that does not align with My character.

Just as an earthly parent uses wisdom in granting their children’s requests, so do I. In the moments I don’t respond the way you expected, know that is not a sign of My neglect, but rather of your inappropriate expectations. I’m not a genie in a bottle to call and command, so be sure that is not your expectation.

What I AM is El Chai – the Living God, and I love My children, and am mindful of their needs and their cries – of all things concerning them. So know that I AM present and listening. I will never leave you nor forsake you. So cry out to Me, beloved, for I AM listening.

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I Don’t Deal in Shame

Genesis 3:7, 10 (NLT) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness… “…I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

Beloved, I don’t deal in shame. I bring godly repentance. Shame comes from the enemy of your soul and is intended to bring separation from Me. Resist the urge to succumb to the temptation to embrace it. 

Instead trust Me. Trust My loving correction. Know that when I bring things into alignment, it is for your own good. Correction is not an indication that there is something wrong with you, for I chastened all My children. 

At every point, each of you can be improving. So refuse to receive My loving exhortations as indications of your worth. Instead, embrace growth and the corrections that bring it. Stand fast in the understanding that I do not expect perfection, but rather yieldedness, and a love for Me and the things of Me. Know that you are loved.  Continue reading “I Don’t Deal in Shame”

Press Through

Numbers 22:22 (VOICE) Nevertheless, God was angry that Balaam was going. He sent His own messenger as an adversary to stand in Balaam’s way, blocking the prophet’s path. Now Balaam was riding on his donkey, and he had two servants too.

Beloved, press through. Not in the sense of forcing something like a square peg in a round hole, but rather in resisting the urge to give up. I AM at work even when it seems like I’m not. Look for the way I have made for you.

Remember I will hedge your way with thorns, so if you’re not finding a way through, keep looking. I may be the one who has blocked your path. Be willing to turn around or go another direction. Trust Me to move. Trust Me to lead. Trust Me to have a plan and be walking you through it. The plans I have for you are good plans, beloved, so trust in Me. Continue reading “Press Through”

In My Presence is Peace

Isaiah 41:10 (VOICE) So don’t be afraid. I am here, with you; don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, help you. I am here with My right hand to make right and to hold you up.

Beloved, no matter how overwhelming the chaos of the world may feel, know that I AM with you. And I AM YHVH Shalom (the Lord your peace) – the Prince of Peace, so find your rest in Me. For I bring a peace no circumstance can steal, nor any storm shake. 

Beloved, in My presence is peace, so hover close to Me. Resist the urge to overthink your circumstance. Instead simply quiet your heart in the middle of wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, and intentionally yield to Me. I AM sovereign and I AM good. Rest in Me.

Embrace Eternity

Luke 1:33 (NKJV) “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Beloved, I AM ageless. I AM beyond time. To know Me and the things of Me, you must embrace eternity. Your time on earth may be fleeting, but eternity is everlasting. Embrace the joy of knowing Me, and dwell in My presence.

Look to Me in times of trial. Look to Me in times of joy. Trust that with your eyes on Me, your walk will be secure. I reign. Let Me help you stay Kingdom-minded. Yield to Me – let Me embrace you in My loving arms, for I AM Olam Zerowa – the Everlasting Arms.  Continue reading “Embrace Eternity”

Open Your Mouth and Let Me Fill It

Amos 3:8 (VOICE) The lion has roared; who is not afraid? The Eternal Lord has been heard; His prophets can’t help but prophesy.

Beloved, the Lamb was slain, but behold, the Lion of Judah is alive and roaring. My sound activating the earth – a cry to My beloved ones. So open your mouth and let Me fill it. Allow My life-giving flow to pour forth from your lips, an overflow from your heart.

Stand in holy reverence, beloved. Acknowledge Me as King. Give honor where honor is due, and may your life demonstrate “holiness to the Lord” that those around you would see and know I AM God.  Continue reading “Open Your Mouth and Let Me Fill It”

Be Saturated

Isaiah 58:11 (VOICE) The Eternal One will never leave you; He will lead you in the way that you should go. When you feel dried up and worthless, God will nourish you and give you strength. And you will grow like a garden lovingly tended; you will be like a spring whose water never runs out.

Beloved, let My love wash over you and soothe the broken, dry places. Be saturated in My presence – no longer dry and brittle, but supple and flexible. I AM the potter and you are the clay. When clay becomes dry and difficult to work with, water makes it pliable and easy to mold. 

So be saturated by My Spirit. Become fully yielded in My hands. In the same way dried clay can be broken, but supple, wet clay simply adapts and changes shape, so I have created you to flourish regardless of what comes your way. Saturate yourself in Me, and be whole. Continue reading “Be Saturated”

Entrust Your Heart to Me

Psalm 4:5 (VOICE) From this day forward, offer to God the right sacrifice from a heart made right by God. Entrust yourself to the Eternal.

Beloved, entrust your heart to Me. Resist the urge to hold back or try to protect yourself. You are safe with Me. I do not promise a life without trial, but I promise to give you the strength to endure. 

Hold on to Me, and honor Me with the offering I most desire: a surrendered heart. Yield your plans to Mine. Yield your will to Mine. Yield to Me, beloved. Yield. Entrust your heart to Me.

Yield and Wield

Luke 12:48 (VOICE) …If you are given much, much will be required of you. If much is entrusted to you, much will be expected of you.

Beloved, in order to wield My strength, you must yield to Me. Only My judgment is perfect, and My right hand wields much power. That power cannot be entrusted to those who operate from their own flawed sense of right, but rather those who yield to Me, will wield authority. 

Resist the urge to covet the authority you see others walk in, for you do not know the cost that was required. Rather focus on yourself, and on surrendering more and more fully to Me. Then trust I will move through you in My perfect timing. Yield and wield, beloved. Yield and wield.