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.
James 3:2-10 (NIV) We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
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.
Matthew 26:41 (AMP) Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Beloved, refuse to allow weakness, distraction, or apathy to keep you from responding to My Spirit’s direction. Knowing that you are susceptible to distraction, be all the more alert for My gentle direction.
Regardless of the weakness of your flesh, those whose hearts are fixed on Me have willing spirits; therefore, you are more than able to stay ready to respond to My leading. So move past your acknowledgment of weakness, and rather focus on the strength that comes from Me. Then yield, and allow Me to move mightily through My yielded vessel.
Psalm 36:7 (VOICE) Your strong love, O True God, is precious. All people run for shelter under the shadow of Your wings.
Beloved, I wait – with outstretched arms that you might hide in the shadow of My wings. Like a mother bird shelters her chicks, I AM always here to shelter you in My strong love.
It isn’t a question of whether you are worth protecting or if I’m willing, I AM always ready and waiting for you. So come and rest in Me. Refuse to try to “maintain” in your own strength because I AM here for you, beloved, always. So cast your cares on Me.
Run to Me, and cling fast. I AM ready, willing, and able. I AM your comfort and your place of refuge, so find rest and refreshing in Me. I AM El Tsur – God your strength, so find what you need as you rest in Me.
Hebrews 12:28-29 (VOICE) Therefore, let us all be thankful that we are a part of an unshakable Kingdom and offer to God worship that pleases Him and reflects the awe and reverence we have toward Him, for He is like a fierce fire that consumes everything.
Beloved, I AM unshakable. My Kingdom knows no end. I AM a fierce and mighty warrior – a blazing fire and a roaring lion, shaking all that can be shaken so that what may stand firm will remain.
As you are tested in the fires, you need not be afraid. In the valley of the shadow of death, I AM with you – you have nothing to fear. Join forces with Me. Stay by My side and trust Me, for I AM unshakable. Continue reading “I AM Unshakable”
Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV) So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
Beloved, as you rightly see Me, you cannot help but be humbled. It is not a bad thing to be completely wrecked in My presence. You are safe with me, so be undone. Let the trappings of the world disappear and see rightly, for from that place truth comes forth.
Beloved, I break that I might heal – and I strengthen you in the healing. I prepare you for the times ahead. Trust yourself to Me, and be undone in My presence. Then let me bring strength and restoration as I commission you for the road ahead. Continue reading “Be Undone”
Joshua 1:9 (VOICE) This is My command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.
Beloved, be at peace. Rest in the knowledge that I AM your God. I AM the Eternal One, and I AM always with you. Where can you go from My presence? What can you do to alienate the Lover of your soul? Not a thing, for I AM wholly steadfast, so rest in Me.
So, beloved, be strong and courageous, and face down your fears. Stir up your strength and walk forth boldly. You have been prepared for this moment, and I will not leave you helpless. Look forward with anticipation for what I will bring and what you will learn. Indeed, embrace the journey.
Psalm 91:1 (TPT) When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai, you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
Beloved, I AM ever with you – in every moment and any circumstance, I AM YHVH Shammah (the Lord is present). What can touch you as you hide under My wing? What harm can come when you are in My care? Indeed, rest in Me – the Maker of heaven and earth, for I AM God.
So rest, enthroned with Me and under My covering. Take your place of authority and influence even as you dwell with Me. Reflect Me. Hide in Me. Be strengthened in Me, for I AM El Shaddai – the all-sufficient One, find what you need in Me. I AM good and I AM able, so trust your care to Me. Hide in My strength, and draw your strength from Me. Continue reading “Be Strengthened in Me”
Psalm 18:17 (TPT) When I was at my weakest, my enemies attacked— but the Lord held on to me.
Beloved, I AM YHVH Tsur – the Lord your Strength, and I will not leave you weak and alone. I AM with you – ever by your side to comfort and protect. No enemy is too strong for Me for I AM strength itself.
So, beloved, grab hold of Me and nothing will be able to rend you from My grip. Take joy in Me, for that joy will be your strength. I will pour My blessing over you just as you pour your love upon Me. So trust My strength, beloved; it will not fail.
Proverbs 3:5 (VOICE) Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
Beloved, spread wide your arms and trust in Me. Take your hands off your circumstances and throw your head back and give praise to the One who is worthy. Know that I have you covered, so release it all to Me.
I AM all you need. Let Me lift you in My love, and strengthen you by My Spirit. Let me give you true vision, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear can see and know the things not of the earthly realm. Embrace the things of heaven, and trust in Me. Continue reading “Embrace the Things of Heaven”