Rejoice and be glad for the King is coming. Look forward to the days ahead. The only thing good about the past is my victory on the cross and My Spirit being poured out to My people. I am redeeming you in your humanness to become like Me.
In Your Name there is power.
Be still and know that I am God. Let your heart sense My Presence. Let My words fill your heart with life and truth. Replace the lies of the enemy with My Word.
Once upon a time, far, far away – this is how the lie of the enemy came and has been repeated over and over to those without sense or wisdom. I am near and not far away. I have existed since before eternity. I have made man in My image. I work to make those who seek Me to be more like Me, with My attributes, so that our fellowship can be meaningful and with much life. I love those I have made and I give them many gifts.
I am near, but where are you? Draw near, press in. I will never leave you or forsake you. I will not leave you as orphans, but I will send you my Spirit to be with you. He will teach you all that you need to know about Me. He is My gift to You.
I know and I care. Every trial has a purpose, but mostly to make you call upon Me. You are weak, but I am strong. You are limited, but I am unlimited.
What has happened in the past is a warning for those in the future, for those with discernment and wisdom. My Word teaches from the past, but is full of life for today and tomorrow. Your life experience can help someone else. Your testimony of how I helped you can be the key for someone else to pray in faith, to wait expectantly, to have hope for the answer. When you draw near, I can reveal the truth you need. Knowledge with wisdom brings life. I am your Source.
The Bible – the Holy Spirit teaches us to apply its truth
Godly counsel – from relationships with others of the faith, from Pastors, in sermons, in teachings, in LTGs, mentors, life group men
Prayer – seeking the Lord for answers and guidance
Circumstances – Holy Spirit wisdom to discern the signs from what is happening around us
Holy Spirit guidance – peace or no peace
Example of Paul’s desire to return to Jerusalem in spite of prophetic warnings – helped him get to Rome, gave him time to write his letters, gave him opportunity to be a witness before people, guards and kings, perhaps prolonged his life, trained others to minister in his place (Timothy, Titus), his life story passed on to us by Luke in Acts.
Example of Jesus – His relationship with the Father, times of prayer, revelation (word of knowledge and wisdom) from the Spirit as He ministered
Example of Noah – hearing God initially and in details of how to build the ark, gather the animals and make provisions, when to enter and when to leave the ark, his obedience and faith, his testimony and witness to an unbelieving and wicked generation.
Stepping out in faith is more than doing, it is believing in Me and reliance on Me, so that you can do immeasurably more than what you can do by yourself. Even the mundane act of service can be transformed into the supernatural with My power. Peter was presumptuous, but desperate to be in the protection and presence of the Lord, in spite of the circumstances. Witnessing the supernatural working of God is not enough. It’s when you try to do what you cannot do and will utterly fail without God, that’s when it goes deep into your soul that God is real and alive and wants to use you. My disciples witnessed My healing power, but when I sent them out, they came back with joy that they had power to cast out demons and heal the sick as I commanded them.
Everything I do is motivated by My love for you and those I have made. Just as a parent cares for his children, so do I and much more. What motivates you? You have separated yourself from some of the world and that is good for you to do. Now train yourself to focus on Me throughout the day. Allow My love to overwhelm you.