Have you ever been so overcome with the intimate love of Jesus that you feel totally undone?
While in this trial, however, as I went to pray, before the words were out, I clearly heard Him say to me:
.He knew my prayer and already answered it before I asked and spoke it back to me! How awesome is that?
“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” (Isaiah 65:24)
This was one time I wasn’t doing all the talking…I shut up and listened.
He then began speaking to me about the present situation and told me that He was actively involved in the outcome and that, “He had this.” Every single time I started to fear and take the anxiety back, I clearly heard Him say to me,
Or I should say– He found me there.
And there He was, ready to lead me into a world unknown to me then, but I found it was just the beginning of a new season of my life with Him… before I taught about Him…now I really know Him–intimately.
… And you know that He knows the secrets of your heart and nothing is hidden from Him,
Do you desire this kind of relationship? Believe me, if I can find Him in these places, then so can you. Would love to hear from you about your walk into His secret place…
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38)
A client recently said to me, “I wonder sometimes why others look at me and think I have it so together. They say ‘You lead a wonderful life!’ They confided that they could assure me that they are far from wonderful. Walk a few days in my shoes, they say.”
I can relate to the fear that weighs you down at the whisperings of your enemy that it might always be this way.
You want to know what I want?
I want to sit there in my lack, holding my basket, and watch Jesus fill it to overflowing.
I want to step out of my boat, and skim across the water to Jesus!
But, not so, with Jesus, my friends.
If we want to be mighty warriors we have to learn how to fight the mighty battles. Sometimes it might just be with only a lantern and a horn.
And sometimes He says to fight the battle by being still and waiting.
Most times it is believing what I cannot see; and always ever learning that it is Him that will fight for me.
And I have resisted so. I hate waiting, don’t you? Sometimes I have allowed circumstances to be my dictator. And then I am loaded down with despair.
Do you just sometimes want to stop the struggle and surrender? Surrender is exactly what He wants. Just to let go once and for all.
We get tired in our own strength, don’t we?
I see Him approaching me with such love and desire on His face I come totally undone. Once again, I am totally sold out to Him, no matter what is going on around me.
I don’t want my own concerns to obliterate the heavy loads others carry. I want to see their hearts and their fears and help them get to the root of their pain and see it disappear as the light comes in and dispels the darkness. I can’t do that as long as I am fighting for air myself. So, I continue to hold myself to that standard of faith, to not look at my own issues, but the issues of others.
To love Jesus is about taking the risk to stand on the mountaintop with lightening striking all around me. We can’t out love God. To take a step towards Him means that He takes five steps toward you. We were created for relationship with Him.
I hate to say it but if I were so secure in my earthly life, with all that I needed, and I knew where I was going every day, would I really continue pressing into an intimate relationship with Him? Would I be motivated enough?
I do wonder.
And I pray we remember these times of molding on the potter’s wheel, always.
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
Matthew 6:31-34 (NKJV)
Therefore do not worry, saying “What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or what shall we wear?” for after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about its own. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
You talk about a passage that hits us right where we live. This is it. You’re about to hear one explained in this PODCAST!
The operative word in this passage? Jesus said it three times: “Worry!” As in, “Do not worry!”
I can even summarize Jesus’ message even more concisely than that. How about just one word? “Relax.”
Jesus assured the precious people on that hillside that day (and us!) that when it comes to the pressures and problems of life, they and we CAN Relax! As if to say, “I’ve got your back. I’ve got it covered. I can handle it. I will handle it.”
His message, as explained in this podcast, reverberates with a blazing bright message of hope and encouragement.
Allow Jesus to dispel your dark clouds of worry, and to replace them with His matchless peace.
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