Month: January 2016

Treasures of the Heart

My child, keep away from anything that might take My place in your heart. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Even if your riches increase, don't depend on them.

 

(Don't be like those who) erect idols in their hearts and place obstacles leading to sin right in front of their faces! People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. The love of money causes all kinds of evil. 

 

(But) the fruit of My wisdom is better than the purest gold, and what it produces is better than choice silver! Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.  Take delight in Me, and I will give you your heart’s desires.

 

1 Jn 5:21; Col 3:2;  Ps 62:10; Ezek 14:3; 1 Tim 6:9,10; Prov 8:19; Mt 6:21; Ps 37:4
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Trustworthy

Trust in Me and you will be blessed. I will show you that I can be trusted.

 

I give true peace to those who depend on Me, because they trust Me. So trust Me always, because I am your Rock forever.  Let your soul wait in silence for Me alone, because your hope comes from Me. You know Me, the One in whom you have believed. (You can) be sure I am able to protect what I've trusted you with until that day.

 

Hope will never bring you shame. I've poured My love into your heart. I did it through My Spirit whom I've given to you. 

 

Know that I am the Lord; the one who waits for Me with hope won't be put to shame. I can't break My word, and because My word cannot change, My promise is likewise unchangeable. It's an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching...right to My very presence. 

 

Jer 17:7; Is 26:3,4; Ps 62:5; 2 Tim 1:12; Rom 5:5; Is 49:23; Heb 6:18,19

The Battle

You need to fight to keep your faith. Try as hard as you can to win that fight.  The weapons you use... are powerful weapons from Me... Take every thought captive so it is obedient to Me. Because I (Myself) experienced temptation when I suffered, I am able to help you when you are tempted.

 

 

My child, you must not be ruled by your sinful self...If you use My Spirit's help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, you will have true life.  The sinful self wants what is against My Spirit, and My Spirit wants what is against your sinful self.

 

(But remember), in all these things you have complete victory through Me, the One Who loves you! I give you strength for the battle. Your struggle isn't against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get My full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

 

So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and My Word as the sword which My Spirit gives you.

 

Don't be afraid, and don't panic. The battle isn't yours, but Mine!

 

1 Tim 6:12; 2 Cor 10:4,5; Heb 2:18; Rom 8:12,13; Gal 5:17; Rom 8:37; Ps 18:39; Eph 6:12, 1314-17; 2 Chr 20:15

Known

Your ways are in front of My eyes, and I weigh all your paths. I alone know when you sit down, and when you get up. I read your thoughts from far away. I watch you when you travel, and when you rest. I'm familiar with all your ways. 

 

In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered.

 

Where (do you suppose) you can run to get away from Me? If you were to climb upward on the rays of the morning sun or land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets, even there My hand would guide you and My right hand would hold on to you.

 

Your spirit wants to do what is right, but your body is weak. Who will save you from this body that brings you death? I will! I know how you were made; I remember that you are dust.  

Prov 5:21; Ps 139:2&3; Lk 12:7; Ps 139:79 &10; Mt 26:41; Rom 7:24 & 25Ps 103:14

Freedom

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me - I am gentle and humble in heart - and you will find rest for you soul. The teaching I ask you to accept is easy, and the load I give you to carry is light.

 

(Your own credentials) are nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Me, your Lord! The benefit of being freed from sin and enslaved to Me leads to sanctification, and the end is eternal life!

 

If you serve Me, you must continue to follow Me - to conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying...Serve Me, and My Father will honor you.

 

I call you My friend. You have freedom now, because I made you free. Stand strong in that freedom. Don't go back into slavery (of the law) again. But, don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want! Rather, use your freedom to serve others in love, for that's how freedom grows.

 

Mt 11:29 & 30; Phil 3:8; Rom 6:22; Jn 12:26; Jn 15:15; Gal 5:1; Gal 5:13

Fruitfulness

The fruit that My Spirit produces in a person's life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

 

I am kind and merciful. I am slow to become angry, full of great love, and I can be trusted. Live the way you should - I chose you to be Mine. Be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept others with love. Be kind and loving. Forgive others just as I forgave you.

 

I am working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases Me.

 

(So), don't get tired of doing good! You'll receive your harvest of eternal life in due time. Don't give up!  Look at the farmers. They have to be patient and wait for their valuable crop to grow...

 

Never stop hoping. I am coming again!!

 

Gal 5:22; Ex 34:6; Eph 4:1,2; Eph 4:32; Phil 2:13Gal 6:9; James 5:7,8

Always Present

I will show you the path where you should go, and point out the right road for you to walk.

 

I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.

 

I will lead you down the right paths for the sake of My reputation. Even when you must walk through the darkest valley, do not fear danger, for I am with you. 

 

I will always lead you and satisfy your needs. I'll strengthen you and make you like a well-watered garden, a spring that never runs dry. 

 

I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

Ps 25:4; Is 46:4; Ps 23:3,4; Is 58:11; Heb 13:8

The Only Way

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one goes to My Father except through Me. 

 

I came as a Chief Priest of the good things that are now here... I went into the most holy place and offered Myself as a sacrifice once and for all, to free you forever.

 

Beloved, because of My blood you can now confidently go into the holy place. I've opened a new and living way for you to go through the curtain.

 

There is one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and you:  ME.  I offered Myself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free.

 

If you confess with your mouth that I am Lord and believe in your heart that I was raised from the dead, you will be saved. Indeed, the "right time" is now. TODAY is the day of salvation. You don't know what may happen tomorrow.

 

Jn 14:6; Heb 9:11,12; Heb 10:19,20; 1 Tim 2:5; Rom 10:9; 2 Cor 6:2; Prov 27:1

 

Everlasting

Wait with hope for Me. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous.

 

Don't you remember? Haven't you heard? I am eternal, the Lord, Creator of the ends of the earth, and I don't get tired or weary. My understanding is beyond reach. I give power to the faint, and increase strength to the one who has no might.

 

Fear not - I am with you. Don't be dismayed - I am your God. I will strengthen, help, and uphold you with My righteous right hand. I am a protector for the poor and needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm, a shade from the heat.

 

Don't fling away your fearless confidence (in Me), for it has a glorious and great reward.

 

Ps 27:14Is 40:28,29;  Is 41:10;  Is 25:4;  Heb 10:35

 

 

Merciful

From generation to generation I show mercy to those who fear Me. I keep wonderful, good things for those who honor Me, and how securely I protect those who trust Me! I hide them in the safety of My presence from the plots of others.

 

Call out to Me and I will help - I'm a good Father that way. But don't forget, I'm also a responsible Father, and I won't let you get by with sloppy living. I am here, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.  I do what's best for those who fear Me - I hear them call out, and save them.

 

(Just as I did with King Josiah of Judah,) when you respond in humble repentance, I'll take you seriously. There is something I'm looking for: a person simple and plain, reverently responsive to what I say. If your heart is broken, you'll find Me right there.

 

Lk 1:50; Ps 31:19,20; 1 Pet 1:17; Ps 145:18, 19; 2 Kings 22:19; Is 66:2; Ps 34:18