Are you listening? I have something to say…I love you! You are the apple of My eye, the affection of My heart, the one I desire to be with, to talk to, to share what’s on My mind and make known to you the mysteries of heaven. Mainly I want you to know, and understand, how much I love you; it has nothing to do with performance, how good you are, or what you give, I love you just as you are, for who you are.
I was going to post something different today but was impressed to share the following.
Someone is listening (reading) and needs to hear how loved they are. The world has beaten you down and hope is fading. You need to know that God is the God of hope who you can turn to, call out to, and share the deepest hurts, anguish, and feelings with, don’t hold them in; it is like a ticking time bomb, a pressure cooker, waiting to explode. As you release it to Him the pressure, the weights, you carry will also be released. He (God) is not the cause but He is the help.
There was a scripture John 4:26 “Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
This refers to John 4:25, where Jesus is having a conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well – “The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
To add my own comment, the Lord knows who you are, right where you are and the circumstances. He loves you unconditionally and is reaching out to you, do not be afraid or ashamed of anything, take Him up on his offer.
To those who have ears – listen, I was not born yesterday and am unaware of what you face or is going on in the world. I am fully aware of all things, including your specific individual situation. I know all things and the way you should go, trust in Me. When you think no one listens or cares, I do. When your heart is heave and burdened, weighed down under the cares of life and you want to unload – give them to Me. In those times you feel you are walking alone, look beside you – there I am; look ahead – I have gone before you; look behind – I have you covered, there is no where you can go where I am not. I would like to be more than a silent presence – include Me in the everyday happenings of your life, minor, mundane, and major, I’m here for you through it all.
Do not be so hard on yourself that you push Me away. Know that I love you, accept my forgiveness, come receive of My mercy and grace. Come closer, do not stand afar off, come – come near and receive My love, feel the warmth of My presence and know that I am for you; come, come even closer.
What do you wait for, is it Me? Those who wait on Me do not wait in vain. How long will you wait to hear Me or see the move of My hand? You do not wait in vain; wait with an expectancy, full of faith unwavering, and you shall surely see My glory.
It’s a new day and I’m right here, don’t leave Me on the shelf as you walk out the door; I’ll do you no good left there. Let’s do this day together, I’ve got great plans. Ready?
Storms come in many forms; what is a storm for one may be a rainy day for another and vice versa. But storms…they do come.
When it’s dark with the winds of adversities howling and beating against us – fear nips at our heals trying to shake our foundation. When we feel we can barely stand another moment there seems to be a still small voice saying “My little one, listen to the sound of My voice, I will safely guide you through”. In that moment a glimmer of hope begins to dawn, casting a glance heavenward in surrender we tune our ears to hear more; tenderly He says “Come, My child, come closer, let Me hold you and comfort your distressed heart. My peace I give to you, don’t let circumstances rattle you; I have promised to always be with you in the good and difficult times. There is nothing you can’t handle when you are holding My hand”. Though storms continue to rage around a peace warms us, starting from within, as we hold onto His words.
When we gain our bearing one might ask, Lord, why did you not speak sooner when I was trying so hard to hear you? He gently replies “Why do you strive so hard in your mind – by your will, to hear Me, listen and hear with your heart. A cluttered mind has difficulty hearing, as does a spirit in unrest. Let My peace fill you, in the quiet place you can hear Me better”. When we try to make the Lord speak by an act of our will we become anxious and at unrest.
When we consider King David, a mighty warrior, he never said he was unafraid but that “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear…” Ps 56:3-4. We need to consider what we are thinking about, are we thinking and speaking in fear or faith. Is our words lining up with His words. Is our mind dwelling on all the past victories and times the Lord has seen us through hard situations or, are we listening to peoples horror stories and dwelling on worst case scenarios instead of praying in faith, and for grace to see us through. Many burdens are too heavy to carry alone, we are invited to “give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” Ps 55:22.
I pray that when the storms rage that, like Jesus, we will be filled with peace and can rest in the tossing boat, secure and confident in our heavenly Father to see us through; that our ears will be open to hear His still small voice; his words of comfort, encouragement, hope, and promises. And, in faith, say to the storm – peace be still.
Listen little one to the sound of My voice and I will safely guide you through.
Come My child, come closer, let Me hold you and comfort your distressed heart. My peace I give to you, don’t let circumstances rattle you, I have promised to always be with you in the good and difficult times. There is nothing you can’t handle when you are holding My hand.
I have a headache, too much reading me thinks. I had thought of writing how Easter or Resurrection Sunday fell this year on April 1st
, April Fool’s Day, but that what Jesus did on the cross was no joke. I wanted to give perspective of how Easter itself came to be, so I googled “what does Easter mean”, to my surprise the first answer given was “the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
”; Well, that is not what I expected, I was expecting bunnies, eggs, a pagan fertility goddess, etc. Then I was further surprised to find “Easter” is in the Bible, in the King James version to be exact, Acts 12:4 “…intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people
”, speaking of Peter. I might have thought the word to be in more modern versions, not King James. I looked at a variety of translations including the New King James Version; they all used the word “Passover” instead of Easter; Easter may be found in other translations, just not the ones I looked at. I started looking into the pagan origins of the bunny and other customs associated with Easter but didn’t want to get too far off the topic of Jesus. Jesus is the reason we acknowledge Resurrection Sunday, after all He is the one who died and was resurrected, not the bunny.
When getting into Christ’s death and resurrection Romans 6:3-5 AMP tells us, “…the fact that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We have therefore been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory and power of the Father, we too might walk habitually in newness of life [abandoning our old ways]. For if we have become one with Him [permanently united] in the likeness of His death, we will also certainly be [one with Him and share fully] in the likeness of His resurrection”. To me it sounds like we have something to celebrate every day, the great hope we have in our new life in Jesus.
Yes, there are pagan influences tied with some Easter traditions; how we observe the day, as with all things, is best covered in prayer and led by the Lord. We need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the dirty bath water. Let’s consider the opportunity we have to share the true message of Jesus Christ and how to do it without compromising biblical truth. Jesus was the master story teller using everyday things in life to give thought provoking and life changing spiritual object lessons.
What Jesus did that famous Passover is no joke, He did not shed his blood for no reason; the question is how will we, you and I, present it as relevant for our culture today?