January 20

You are crying out to Me from the depths of your soul. Others see you as secure and happy. I know your soul and it cries to Me of pain and fear.

Dear one, don’t you know I have conquered all? Don’t you know I have you in the palm of My hand?  

I know what you are going through. I have been there with you every step of the way.

Do not fear. I will help you through this.  

In the Bible, Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named the stone Ebenezer. He said, “Thus Far the Lord has helped us.”

Find your own “thus far” rock and keep it in a place where you can look at it, or come to it often to remember how I have led you safely “thus far” through seemingly impossible waters, and that I will continue to lead you until you are safely in My arms. 

“Thus far”, beloved, and thus forever in My love, My grace and My care.

I Samuel 7:12 New King James Version:

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.””

January 19

Let Me fill you up today with the fullness of My love. Let it overflow from your pores, spreading out to those around you.

Close your eyes and feel My presence. I am your Daddy, yet I am your God. Do not disobey what I have commanded you to do.

As the winter winds flow around you in a fierce manner, like a firm young tree, you will stand strong and tall. My Word will protect you. My words will shield you.

Study and know the verses and be able to bring them to mind when you are troubled, for these promises from Me will calm the fierce winds and you will safely nestle in My love and care.

Oh, dear one, stay connected. Choose Me, for I have chosen you.

Psalms 91:14-15 The Passion Translation:

“For here is what the Lord has spoken to me: “Because you loved Me, delighted in Me, and have been loyal to My name, I will greatly protect you. I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will feel My presence in your time of trouble. I will deliver you and bring you honor.”

January 18

Thank you for rising up to come to Me. Breathe Me in deeply into your soul. 

You are in My favor, dear one. I will answer your heartfelt desires and prayers.

How I love watching you! I watch your every move. From the time you arise to stretch on the side of the bed; as you walk sleepily into the bathroom and start the day, My eyes are on you.

Did you rise early enough to spend time with Me? Did you dedicate your life to Me the first thing?

Do you ever think of My needs, the all-powerful God Who always loves and takes care of you? It is such joy to Me when you seek Me, when you tell Me of your love for Me, when you express your devotion to Me by reaching out to others. I created you to love and serve Me. I am a jealous God who wants and needs His children close beside Him.

Yes, there are many others who feel good when they help others. There are many people who work long and hard to improve the lives of others without knowing The Reason behind their drive other than that they “feel good”.

But you and I have a bond that ties us to each other now and throughout all eternity.

Just take one step at a time. I will lead you there.

John 17:11 The Passion Translation:

“Holy Father, I am about to leave this world to return and be with You, but My disciples will remain here. Holy Father, each one that You have given Me, keep them in Your name so that they will be united as one, even as We are one.”

January 17

Do you wish to say eloquent words, My love? I don’t need eloquent. I need only words of love and hope to a dying world.  

The world is hard and cynical. Things are happening quickly. 

Stay close to Me and spread My love to a generation of people aching inside. So many of them are full of pain from the hurts that are escalating all around as evil and the maker of it abounds.

There is one message of the gospel: Christ and Him crucified. One Savior, One Message. I have been preparing you to share it with others. Nothing else matters. 

Christ in that message is love so acute the world cannot hold it.

There are many different religions, theologies and world views, but one way to Me:  Christ and Him crucified. That is your message.

Let the theologians of the world pick the intricacies of the gospel. They may make it complicated and yet it is so simple because it all boils down to love. Love so intense and so personal, and so real between you and Me.

Let others know, dear one. Let them know.

1 Corinthians 2:1, 4, 5 The Passion Translation:

“My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sway you with persuasive arguments but to prove to you the almighty power of God’s Holy Spirit. God intended that your faith not be established on man’s wisdom but by trusting in his almighty power.”

January 16

Was I disappointed in you when you were thinking about your own accomplishments and your own worth?

I am saddened when I see your rejection of the simple life I offer you and when I watch you grasping for the things of this earth: the glitz, the noise, the attention.  

Yet, I put you there to see how you would react. Are you ready to be part of the world again? Or, do you feel a need to spend time with Me again?

I have put you here for a reason. As My child, you are My emissary to bring My light and My love to others. Were you ready to be back in the world or do you need to come apart awhile longer, steeping yourself in My love?

I need you, dear one. You are one of My chosen soldiers. Take whatever time you need to be fully charged again with the ammunitions of love and light. Then, when you are ready, don My armor.

I will be with you wherever you are. We have a work to do, beloved one. Don’t let go of My hand.

1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 The Passion Translation:

“But since we belong to the day, we must stay alert and clearheaded by placing the breastplate of faith and love over our hearts, and a helmet of the hope of salvation over our thoughts. For God has not destined us for wrath but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.”

January 15

I am here beside you now.

Sometimes you doubt that, but My presence is as real as the fingers on your hand. 

Close your eyes and think of Me. Earthly pictures will come into your mind, pictures artists have penned through the years. The image in your mind is not what matters. It is the comfort you draw from being able to envision My nearness in a real way.

If you saw Me in My full glory, you would not be able to look or even to stand. Envision Me as I walked with the disciples.

What I want you to take away from this is the reality of a loving Savior tenderly watching over you.  Keep the image real, and when you call My name, imagine being able to look at Me.

One day you will be able to, beloved one. I can only give you glimpses in your mind to hang on to, but soon we will be together.  

Until then, close your eyes and know, really know, that I am beside you now.

You are never alone.

Philippians 2:1 The Passion Translation:

“Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy.”

January 14

By now you are aware of My movement in your life, movement in small waves.  

I am ready to start moving heavily in your life. 

A true commitment to Me, a total surrender, enables you to move into a union with Me very few Christians have experienced.

Come and see the joy of walking with Me. Everything you do now will be considered by the light of the knowledge of My presence.

Things will seem clearer now. You will sense doors opening or closing, you will be more aware of My gentle urges towards something, or away from it.

Surrender fully, dear one. Let Me guide you to the life I have planned for you, one where you will walk with Me.

John 10:27-28 The Passion Translation:

“My own sheep will hear my voice and I know each one, and they will follow me. I give to them the gift of eternal life and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch them out of my hands.”

January 13

How a light shines on a hill when the night is clear! That is how your light should shine to others in need.

Who are those in need? Those closest to you. God has put those around you in your path for your own personal ministry.

You  don’t have to be a pastor to have a ministry! I have put you right where you are for a reason.  Don’t wait until I send you out before many to save others. Start right where you are!

Reach out with a phone call, or a hug, or a small gift you made or purchased, just to let them know they are loved and thought about.

The world’s greatest need is to be loved.

I have shown you My love so you may share it with others. You are My light on a hill. Come and let Me permeate your soul anew so you have a clearer understanding of the mission.

Yes, I will use you for great things, but great things start right in front of you, right around you.  

Reach out now. I will be beside you, and will guide and direct you. Share My love, beloved one.

Ephesians 4:15 The Passion Translation:

“But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the anointed Head of his body, the church.”

January 12

January 12

Lasso your thoughts. Bring them in. Do not wander over past evil and pain in your life. 

Yes, you have sinned and others have sinned against you, but do not let these thoughts permeate your being.

You have been saved, cleansed, and washed by the blood of Jesus. He alone was able to give you this gift by the terrible sacrifice on the cross.

Embrace it in every way. Move forward, not backwards. Your past life is your testimony to help others, not the years that mark your life. It is the story of how Christ has triumphed in you, bringing you to joy and salvation!!

Let love overflow from your veins as you minister to others who have caused you past pain. It is over and done because you have left it at the cross and your life is fresh and new in Me every day.

Only those who walk with Me will understand. They like you, have experienced love that knows no regret, no past scars, only the pure testimony of lives transformed.

Share this love, dear one. It is your joy, and Mine.

1 Peter 1:22-23 The Passion Translation:

“Now, because of your obedience to the truth, you have purified your very souls, and this empowers you to be full of love for your fellow believers. So express this sincere love toward one another passionately and with a pure heart. For through the eternal and living Word of God you have been born again.”

January 11

Have I not already accepted you as one of My own? Why do I ask you to renew your life to Me daily, to say “I CHOOSE YOU” over and over?

Beloved one, I chose you before the foundation of the world. I knew you and loved you, yet there is an evil presence lurking about, looking to devour My own.

When you start the day by committing it to Me, I am able to surround you with a wall of protection. Satan is kept at bay.

Repeat the words throughout the day when you feel weak, tempted or scared. Call out My name.  You will immediately be surrounded by a heavenly host much more powerful than the evil one lurking about, desperately trying to get My chosen ones to falter. He knows he only has a short time left and he is trying as hard as he can.

Rest safely in the security of My love and care for you. Read over the promises in the Bible. 

You never need fear, dear one, when you open the day saying, “I choose You!”, or just by calling out My Name.  

You are safely in My fold, dear one. Now and forevermore.

Philippians 1:9-11 The Passion Translation:

“I continue to pray for your love to grow and increase beyond measure, bringing you into the rich revelation of spiritual insight in all things. This will enable you to choose the most excellent way of all —becoming pure and without offense until the unveiling of Christ. And you will be filled completely with the fruits of righteousness that are found in Jesus, the Anointed One—bringing great praise and glory to God!”