1 Peter 2:5 (VOICE) Like living stones, let yourselves be assembled into a spiritual house, a holy order of priests who offer up spiritual sacrifices that will be acceptable to God through Jesus the Anointed.
Beloved, I know that cultivating harmony comes at a cost. It requires laying down your pride and walking in humility. It means setting aside your agenda and being patient. It means resisting the urge for frustration or anger and instead being long-suffering and kind.
Laying down your fleshly responses in favor of ones that please Me are sacrifices I take note of. They are pleasing to Me. They show your willingness to align with My priorities instead of your own, and that is beautiful to Me. Offerings such as these are sweet spiritual sacrifices, and they are wholly pleasing to Me. Continue reading “Sweet Spiritual Sacrifices”
James 3:7-8 (CSB) Every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish is tamed and has been tamed by humankind, but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Beloved, without My help, taming your tongue would be an arduous and ultimately unsuccessful task. But with Me all things are possible. Surrender your voice to Me. Ask Me to fill your mouth. For I AM fully able to strengthen you to walk in humility.
When you care more for Me than the thoughts and opinions of man, holding your tongue simply becomes a gift and an offering to Me, and I find it most pleasing. So walk in that humble strength, for it is beautiful. Continue reading “Humble Strength”
1 Peter 3:8 (NIV) Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Beloved, My love knows no bounds. I do not discriminate or withhold My love from any who reach for Me. I love all of My creation – those who know Me, and those who don’t. I bring rain and sun on both the righteous and the unrighteous. I AM generous with My goodness.
If you are made in My image and are called to be like Me, then you also should love without restraint. It is beautiful to see My children love without bias or discrimination – for them to love unconditionally without judgment. For the world knows much of judgment, but not enough of love and mercy.
Therefore, extend it to all – give it as though it is a gift for Me, because it is. Your generosity of spirit is a sweet offering before My throne because I love to see My children love like Me.
Note: this Prophetic Nugget was featured on a Lunchtime Live on the Dyed4you Ministries Facebook page. You can watch a recording of the livestream by visiting: Lunchtime Live: Deliberate Unity
Psalm 51:17 (NKJV) The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.
Beloved, when you come to Me with all your precious, broken pieces, I make you whole. So resist the urge to continue seeing yourself as somehow less than what you are, for you are no longer the same. You have changed. By My Spirit you are strengthened and made whole.
And as you submit your yielded heart to Me, that is an offering most pleasing. And then together, My beloved one, we can be a force as you move in My strength and authority on behalf of the Kingdom. Know who you are in Me.
1 Peter 2:5 (TPT) Come and be his “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ.
Beloved, present yourself as a living offering. Be part of My holy temple – a dwelling place for My Spirit. Welcome Me, even as I welcome you into My presence – that we might be one. United in thought and purpose.
And from this place of unity, work in unison with Me and act on My behalf. Be prompted by My Spirit – a holy priest, ordained by Me. To effectively and rightly represent Me, you must first know Me and be known by Me. So dwell in My presence, and be indwelt by Me.
Psalm 121:4 (TPT) He will never slumber nor sleep; he is the Guardian-God for his people, Israel.
Beloved, I AM awake day and night. Alert. Not one thing escapes My notice. I hear each prayer and petition, each offering on the altar of praise – day and night, night and day. I do not grow weary of My children, nor do I grow callus to your pleas. You are My heart’s desire, and I’m attentive for eternity.
Refuse to let your flame grow dim, or to let your passion cool. My love for you is steadfast and ardent, unshakable and true. So as you lift your hands in worship and sing your words of praise, know I receive your sweet offerings – and will do so all My days.
Leviticus 6:13 (VOICE) The fire on the altar must burn continually; it must not be allowed to go out.
Revelation 4:10-11 (AMP) the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they exist, and were created and brought into being.”
Beloved, I AM worthy to receive. So just as the elders cast their crowns before Me, surrender that which you hold dear – that which brings you glory, and give it as an offering to Me. Your accomplishments achieved with talents and wisdom I gave you, in those acknowledge Me. Your creations executed with inspiration from My Spirit, in those give glory to Me. Your positions granted with favor and success that comes from Me, in those honor and exalt Me.
All that you are and all that you have is from Me. Give honor where honor is due, for I will receive those sacrifices and offerings. They are a sweet fragrance before My throne. For it is exquisitely precious to be acknowledged by a good and grateful steward making the most with what he has been given.
Hosea 6:6 (NASB) For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Beloved, as sweet as offerings may be, the sweetest gift you can bring besides your heart is faithful obedience. And really, the two go hand in hand. For if your desire is to indulge your flesh, align with the world, or follow your own ideals – have you truly given Me your heart?
When you sense resistance to My ways and My Word, pause and seek out the root of resistance. Is what you’re resistant to really Me? Or perhaps a false view of Me that has somehow been instilled? Or does fear hold you back because you struggle to receive My perfect love?
Yield, beloved. My love for you is limitless and unconditional. Allow it to saturate your heart and mind that you function from the overflow. Trust in Me. Not a conditional trust that promises to follow if I do what you think I should, but one that truly trusts My heart and then waits to see Me move. Rest in Me, for I AM all in all.
Hosea 6:6 (NET) For I delight in faithfulness, not simply in sacrifice; I delight in acknowledging God, not simply in whole burnt offerings.
Psalm 68:4 (CJB) But let the righteous rejoice and be glad in God’s presence; yes, let them exult and rejoice.
Beloved, may I be praised throughout the nations. May the sounds of rejoicing and exultation resound, for I AM worthy of all praise. So bring forth your unreserved, sincere offerings from a heart overflowing with gratitude and love.
Lift your voice and lift your hands – praise offerings before your King. Dance before My throne – unhindered and unashamed – in complete abandon, hold nothing back. For I AM worthy of your all, and I find pleasure in your offering.
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.