This morning it was on my heart to remind you of the importance of spending one on one time with God. Time in the secret place.
As I was praying, I had a picture of someone entering a house and Jesus greeted them at the door and as they walked in, Jesus placed a robe on them. If you are like me, you can often beat yourself up by looking at your short comings rather than who God says we are. As we spend time in secret with the Lord, he reminds us of who we are in Him. This is the place where scripture becomes revelation. This is also the place you will become more sensitive and more familiar with His voice.
I encourage you to spend time with Him today and remember all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ!
(See Ephesians 1 for a list of our spiritual blessings!)
This morning as I was praying, I saw a vision of someone hunched over trying to walk while a pile of bags were on their back weighing them down. The bags said “expectations. ”
Have you been feeling weighed down trying to please the people around you? Is there an expectation you keep trying to meet and you’ve been feeling like a constant failure? Today the Lord wants to release that from you and invites you to just sit with Him today in His presence allowing His words to wash away all lies you have been believing and all the pressures of this world. Ask Him today to reveal these things the enemy has been trying to keep hidden.
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
It was on my heart today to tell you that today is a new day. Maybe the past few days you feel you have been fighting an uphill battle. Maybe you have been fighting a feeling of emptiness, or depression. Today God wants to remind you that today is a NEW DAY. As you leave your house, run your errands, head to work, take a moment to notice the beauty all around you. Look up at the sky, the trees, the birds, even the people and be amazed at His creation. The Lord has filled the earth with His glory and His beauty. It is all around you. He has given us life as a gift and until we tune our minds into that, we will feel that we are always lacking.
Go about your day with a thankful heart and remember that this is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
“You have been experiencing confusion and your mind cannot find rest. There are many things you try to figure out and you spend so much effort trying to fix past mistakes. Do you know that I desire for you to walk in peace and be set free from this? The world has been looking for ways to deal with their anxiety and they do not see the true answer. They have searched many different ways to try and attain peace but they are only temporary fixes. I have come to bring you the gospel of peace. I am asking you to put down the walls on your heart and accept this gift I have come to give you. As you give way and let me direct you in your daily life, you will begin to relax and have peace. ”
Romans 5:10-11 The Message (MSG)
9-11 Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!
Today’s Prayer For You:
Heavenly Father, I release to you the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You-all my worries, all my fears.
Father, calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart, still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control. I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You.
I thank You for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping. Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Father, may Your will be done in my life, in Your time, and in Your way.
“I want you to stop looking at your performance, where you are lacking, and how far you need to go. I want you to change your focus and just look at Me. You have been battling a way of thinking that has been putting a weight on you. When you stare inwardly, you will never be satisfied. When you stare at anything that isn’t Me, you will become weary. As you set your gaze on Me, you will find contentment, direction and peace. ”
In Matthew 14, we see the example of Peter on the boat in a terrible storm. Jesus asks him to step out of the boat and as he did, Peter suddenly became afraid as he shifted his view from Jesus to his circumstance. This is something we can all can relate to. Jesus is asking for us to continue to gaze at Him, fully trusting Him, regardless of the storm that may surround us.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
“Today I am asking that you make time for me. Put aside your busy schedule and just sit with Me. Take time to listen and hear My voice. You have been putting a pressure on yourself that says ‘not good enough.’ This is a lie. Stop comparing yourselves to those around you and spend time with Me and allow Me to speak truth about who you are in Christ. Who you are through MY EYES. Did you know there is no comparison in the body of Christ? My grace and love is not just equal, it is unique and immeasurable to each one of my children. As you spend time with me, my love will wash away all the lies that have been weighing on you. Do this daily and see your life start to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. ”
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him
This morning as I prayed, the Lord put these words on my heart for you. I hope it blesses you today!
” Turn down the volume on the busyness that surrounds you today. I want to teach you how to have peace and rest through what may seem like the most chaotic of days. Look at the birds, the ocean, and listen to the wind. They all have their unique, powerful sound but yet when their sounds come together, we find it peaceful regardless of its loudness and activity. Did you know you can find that peace throughout your busy day as well? As you walk with Me, trusting Me fully, I will give you peace which transcends all understanding.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
This morning as I prayed I saw a picture of rain coming down onto a mountain. The mountain represented the Lord and the rain were tears. A little bit surprised by this vision, I asked the Lord “Why are there tears, Lord?!” and He said that so many people have forgotten that God is a God of emotion. They have forgotten that Jesus shed tears, showing us God’s sorrow in a very human way. One of the reasons that Jesus came to earth was to help us understand God.
Perhaps you have been through a really tough season. Maybe you are going through something right now. You had cried out to God and felt He had distanced Himself and this feeling has turned into a view of a God that shows very little interest or concern about your situation. Today God wants you to know He was with you, and IS with you. He sympathizes with your pain. He is moved with compassion for you.
“In all their suffering He also suffered, and He personally rescued them. In His love and mercy, He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.” (Isaiah 63:9 NLT)
This morning as I was praying for you, the readers, I had a picture of someone standing outside and they were surrounded by birds, trees, and God’s beauty was all around them. The picture was all in black and white. Everything they were looking at seemed dull and colourless. Suddenly there was a beautiful sound of voices singing and as the sound carried through the trees, everything around it started to light up and colours brightly filled each colourless area.
Perhaps you are having a hard time trying to see God’s beauty in the midst of a “dull” area of your life. Today God is calling you to be a true worshiper. To take a moment and remember how much God has blessed you. Look all around you and remember life is a gift and the Giver is GOOD. As you continue to make this outlook a habit, you will experience joy and contentment in every situation just like the apostle Paul who while in prison wrote this:
“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV).
Good morning, friends. This morning as I prayed for you, who ever may be reading, I felt God say this:
“I want you to to take a moment to reflect on your life starting at the time you were a child. Although there have been many up’s and down’s, take a moment today to reflect on the good memories. There were so many different events that brought excitement, joy and wonder. You may have separated Me from this part of your life but I want you to know I was there all along. I remember every detail that you may have forgotten and these memories brings me, the Father, so much joy. Did you know that I delight in you? Do you know that I cherish all these memories of your life because I cherish YOU? I created you for relationship. Sometimes you tend to separate me from your life and let me watch at the sidelines but I am asking you to let me into every part of your life. You were never meant to go through this journey alone. We were meant to go through this as a team. This was suppose to be a love relationship from the start. ”
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a Mighty Saviour.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”- Zephaniah 3:17
Today’s Prayer: Dear God, I need you. I am humbly calling out to you. I’m tired of doing this my way. Help me to start doing this your way. I invite you into my life to be my Lord and Saviour. Fill the emptiness in me with your Holy Spirit and make me whole. Lord, help me to trust you, help me to love you, help me to live for you. Help me to understand your grace, your mercy, and your peace. Amen.