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Beloved one, get quiet, listen to this blessing, and hear the voice of love saying good things to you.


Hear God’s Word for you in Deuteronomy 33:12.

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”

Beloved one, get quiet, listen to this blessing, and hear the voice of love saying good things to you. You can rest in the full truth that you are your Father’s beloved. The voice of your loving Father resonates in you in a deep place. He called you his beloved from eternity. Taste deeply of love, of God, and of truth. Know the treasure you are to God. You are a chosen one, a special person, noticed in your uniqueness, eternally valued. You are priceless and irreplaceable, safe in his everlasting embrace, at rest in his non-comparing love.

Increasingly be aware of your belovedness. You are precious in your Father’s heart. Hear this so that you live with a stable, settled sense of true belonging. The good things you DO reveal what a beautiful person you ARE. Your real gift is not so much what you can DO as who you ARE.

Be blessed with your heavenly Father providing a safe, secure environment, without having to test him continually, fearfully asking the questions, such as “Are you still with me? Will you still be with me if…? Prove it by...” Be blessed to choose against the accuser’s lies about your adequacy, identity, legitimacy, your past, present, and future. Be blessed to know that you can never be rejected or abandoned by your Father. Your loving God never leaves you alone.

His love is your companion every step of the way. Be blessed with knowing his heart nurturing belonging, inclusion, and worth. Be blessed with healing of your soul’s rejection wounds and the spirit abandonment wound that is deeper.

Your Father calls you to become who you are in totality: spirit, soul, and body. All your life is an opportunity to become who you are, to affirm your own true spiritual nature, to claim your unique truth, and to say “Yes” to the one who calls you the beloved. God’s love is the core of your being. Discover more fully who God is and whose child you are. Your legitimacy is settled in him. Trust what he wants you to see and hear.

God has given you great gifts of inner peace, joy of living, sense of well-being, solidness and strength inside, and healing. Share your life in encouragement, hope, and trust. When you are secure, your presence is a joy to those who know you.

Receive and drive a stake in this blessing as the truth that shapes your daily life. Trust the voice of affirmation; it is persistent, strong, and deep. It will never let you go. Synchronize with the voice calling you chosen, and continually align yourself with your belovedness. Don’t be pulled out of your center in your belovedness. Be blessed to be attentively present to him to see his fingerprints and feel his closeness.

Be blessed in the life and in the name of the Chosen One (Luke 23:35).

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Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, into (my loved one’s) greatest need. Manifest the healing power of Jesus. Show (my loved one) You have forgiven his/her sins and are ready and have the power to heal his/her wounds. You are Jehovah-Rapha, the promise-keeping Healer. Let (my loved one) receive Your tender mercy in this time of need. In Your faithfulness, minister healing grace and love.

We bring (my loved one) under all the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus.

You are El Roi, God who sees these hurts, needs, and struggles. You have already made the Way of healing by the blood of Jesus. Heal all the woundings of childhood and more recently. Remove all the scars of rejection, shame, inferiority, guilt, fear, abuse, and (my loved one) (ask God to reveal others). Heal and remove all the barriers and hindrances in (my loved one’s) life that are keeping (my loved one) from being all Jesus died to make them to be. We bring the life of (my loved one) to the cross. Apply all the work of redemption to (my loved one’s) life for the transforming life of Christ to become theirs. We pray that (my loved one) will take everything to the cross, so that they can accept themselves as the new person in Jesus that they are.

Spirit of truth, Your truth shall set (my loved one) free.

Bring the truth of Jesus to counter the lies that (my loved one) has believed and to dispel the darkness and confusion caused by giving in to the lies. (My loved one) needs a work of your Spirit, because no amount of talking or teaching about this need will be effective.

Minister to (my loved one) these precious truths, that…

I am free from sin by my Savior.

I am free not to respond to the sins of others.

I am free not to be condemned by the sins of others.

I am free to express all my feelings to Father-God, without condemnation, secure in knowing that Jesus understands the feeling of my infirmities.

I am free to have Your truth as my truth, Your mind as my mind, Your freedom as my freedom, Your grace as my grace, Your love as my love, Your strength as my strength, Your holiness as my holiness, Your steadfastness as my steadfastness, and all the fullness of Jesus made real in my life.

I am free to receive all the new life Jesus gives me in exchange for my old life.

We thank You for heavenly Intercessors. Jesus is living in (my loved one) interceding. The Holy Spirit is agreeing with these prayers according to the will of the Father, and God of all comfort and Father of mercies is answering the prayers of His Son. Thank You for this three-fold cord of agreement that (my loved one’s) soul is being healed according to all Your perfect love, grace, and peace.

Thank You for the healing presence of Jesus the Son, God the Father, and God the Spirit, who ministers comfort, restoration, hope, trust, and rest, so that (my loved one) can live victoriously in the life of Jesus at all times. May (my loved one) receive complete wholeness from You, as (my loved one) practices Your presence each day and fixes their eyes on Jesus. Thank You that You keep (my loved one) in perfect peace as their mind is stayed on You, when they are confident in You (Isaiah 26:3), that You have begun a good work and will perfect Your work for Your glory in their lives (Philippians 1:6).

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A Prayer for Healing

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A Prayer for When you Feel Like you have Failed

A Prayer for When you are Fearful

Prayer for Strength during troubling times

A Prayer for Conflict Resolution

A Prayer for Those Carrying Heavy Burdens

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


You’ve blown it. You have really messed up this time. You have agreed with God that what you did was sin. You know that God heard your prayer asking forgiveness, and you really meant every word. You believe that Jesus died for you on the cross and that His sacrifice forgives all your sins. But you still feel guilt and condemnation. You know from the Bible that God has forgotten that sin. He has removed it from you as far as the east is from the west. But you still feel horrible! How do you get past that feeling?

We make life hard by blaming ourselves for things we did in the past. But God says through Paul,

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

What does that freedom really mean? It means that you are not saved from hell to be imprisoned in self-punishment. God has set you free. You are no longer a slave to self-hatred and self-condemnation. The Bible says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).”

 Forgiveness is not a feeling. You must choose to deny Satan the accuser and his plans to make you feel guilty and dirty because of sins in the past. When Satan tries to remind you of your past, do these things:

Meditate on the truth of who God is and who you are in Him.

  • Take into your heart and spirit scriptures about God’s forgiveness, mercy, grace, and love. Psalm 103 is a good place to start.
  • Take an objective view of your past to learn from your failure. What did you learn about yourself and God through this experience?
  • Allow God to expose the wound for His healing touch, and refuse the attempts of the accuser and destroyer to harass you anymore, because the King of glory stands as your Defender and Advocate.

Pray this prayer of commitment and begin enjoying the blessings of forgiveness and freedom.

Heavenly Father, thank You that you have never rejected me, and You never will. You have received me unconditionally. I am accepted in Jesus. My acceptance does not depend on anything but Jesus, His love, mercy, grace, sacrifice, and righteousness. I am not ashamed before You.

I repent of my sins in Jesus’ name. Thank You that I am completely forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I will not allow the enemy to harass me about the past. I choose to forgive myself and receive the full freedom of Your forgiveness.

Thank You that my body can function in Your peace, healed and whole. I choose to let Jesus cover past failures and struggles and enjoy Your love, Your thoughts, and Your ways so that my mind is at rest. What amazing grace that You remember my sins and iniquities no more! Jesus took them on Himself. They are nailed to His cross.

Because of the amazing forgiveness of Jesus, I can forgive others in His name. I choose to forgive all those who have hurt me, harmed me, or spoken against me. I free them in my thoughts and no longer hold their sins against them. Bless them in Your mercy. I do this by Your indwelling power.

Thank You that I am a brand new creation. All the old has passed away, and I stand clean in Your sight. I can settle this today with You. I choose to receive Your healing grace by the cleansing power of the Holy Spirit within me.

Thank You that You control me, not my emotions or what others say or do. I receive all Your blessings for my life and give You all praise, honor, and glory.  Amen.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

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“This is what the Lord says: Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?” Isaiah 66:1

God is looking for men and women who hear and obey when He speaks, who follow the truth He reveals and have a sweet, holy desire to please Him.

These lives become the holy dwelling places of God which He can bless with Himself in a special way.

Even in the midst of the storms of life our hearts can be at rest. How can it be? Our rest is not a state of mind, but the Person of Jesus.  Jesus is our Peace.  His invitation is simple and yet profound. Come to Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest.

This kind of rest is bigger than physical relaxation or absence of labor. It is not just “getting away.” This rest is “as you are going” wherever God has called you. In Exodus 33:14, God says, “I will go with you and give you rest...” in the midst. This rest is an exchange of our frenzy, frustration, hurry, care, and anxiety for all the Spirit of Jesus, His strength and unruffled peace. It is all of God, manifesting all of Himself, in all the details, showing Himself strong in spite of our weakness, pressures, or circumstances.

God has the keys to His perfect rest. We must first cease striving in the energy of the flesh (Psalm 46:10-11). Get a fresh glimpse of His love and authority to live in harmony with the Father. When you struggle, acknowledge it and repent, “The dove of the Spirit is not resting undisturbed on my spirit, my heart, my soul, my mind, will, and emotion.” When we trust, we have the rest of Jesus by entering into it. Jesus provided a key when He said, “Learn of me, and you will find rest for your soul.” He did not say learn facts about Me, but learn Me, learn My ways, learn to receive from Me.

Let Perfect Rest, the Lord of glory Himself, live uncontested in you and transform you by living His life through your spirit, from the inside out. Talk to him often about it, until you hear the dove of the Spirit, saying “You are my beloved son or daughter. I am well pleased with you.” God is seeking such intimacy and unhindered communion that He is the explanation for all our life, because we don’t depart from a conscious sense of His presence permeating us. This is “tabernacling” where the Spirit of God rests.

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Have you ever tried to walk up hill in snow?

Not an easy task, if you are the first one to attempt it. But if you find a path that someone has walked before you, the climb up the hill is made so much easier by walking in the footsteps of the one who came before.

Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

How often have we read that list as a check list and found ourselves lacking?

Love?
Depends on the person.
Joy? I am happy most of the time.
Peace? Sure, when things are going well.
Patience? I have some, until somebody makes me lose it!
Kindness? I am a pretty nice person.
Goodness? I am better than some people I know.
Faithfulness? I usually do what I promise most of the time.
Gentleness? Depends on how you define it.
Self-Control? There are areas where I could use some more. Doesn’t everybody?

Often reading this list leads to conviction and determination to work harder.  Quickly the burden of trying to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceful, more everything becomes overwhelming. It feels like trying to walk up hill in snow. We must put our feet in the nail-pierced footprints of Jesus, according to Galatians 5:24. “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there” (NLT). That’s our motivation and power. Galatians 5:25 tells us, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” What sweet relief comes from knowing that my job is not to produce the fruit but to keep in step with the Savior, in alignment with the Spirit who lives his life in me and who produces the fruit. We have all experienced glimpses of being in step with the Spirit. Think back to that situation when even you were impressed by the level of grace and love that was coming out of you in a certain tough situation because that wouldn’t have been your normal response. Rather than it being surprising, God wants it to be the norm, the natural flow of being in step with him.

Over the next nine weeks we will focus on a different fruit of the Spirit each week. For today I bless you to bring your spirit, soul, and body in step with the Spirit, so that your true beauty, the beauty of God’s Spirit living in you, may show forth. He has given you the good gift of himself in you. He makes you more like himself as you let him transform you into his image. The Holy Spirit reaches into the deep places of your inner being and expresses himself through you. “As this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our livesGalatians 5:25 (The Message). That’s what we will be pursuing in the next nine weeks: living today by the Holy Spirit and following his life in every part of our lives, bearing the fruit of the Vine.

I bless you to bear much fruit as you keep in step with the Spirit of all fruit… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

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What do you really want? 

I pray that my answer to that question would always bemore of Jesus.”

But we are often lured away from our first and true passion by other loves.  When is the last time you let Jesus invite you to want more of Him?  Picture encountering Jesus face-to-face. Imagine that He Himself asks you these two questions:

Who is it that you are seeking? Have I been among you so long and you don’t know Me?” (John 20:15b, 14:9).

Who are you seeking today? 

Do you want Jesus so passionately that you can’t imagine spending a day without him?  Do you know him so intimately that you come together with him in love, new life is conceived, and the fruit of love is coming forth?

The following guide is a call to the heart of God.  Give yourself the gift of time.  Slip away with the Lover of your soul for an hour, an afternoon, or a day and soak in this.

  1. Get still.  Sit before Him to communicate with Him.  Read Psalm 46:10; 2 Samuel 7:18; Revelations 3:20; Habakkuk. 2:20. Write your response to Him.

  2. Draw near His heart.  Read James 4:8; Psalm 42:1-2; Isaiah 55:1-3,6; Psalm 65:4, 73:28, 84:1-4,10.  Write your response to Him.

  3. Seek His face.  Read Matthew 7:7-8, Psalm 27:4,8; Psalm 63:1-8; Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 29:11-14.  Write your response to Him.

  4. Spend time in His presence.  Read Exodus 33:14-15; Psalm 16:11, 89:1; Isaiah 29:13, 63:9; Lamentations 2:19; Jude 24-25.  Write your response to Him.

  5. Spend time knowing Him better.  You cannot love someone you do not know.  Let Him teach you who He is through His names and attributes.  Each one reveals something about Him.  Encounter Him in His Word. Read Matthew 11:29; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Philippians 3:8,10.  Tell Jesus that knowing Him is the most important thing in all the world to you.  Write your response of adoration or sing Him a song.

  6. Tell Him all those things that you are willing to count as nothing compared with knowing Him and seeing His glory (Philippians 3:7-8): your ministry, your reputation, your personal strengths, your intellect, your pride, your self-sufficiency, your will, your ambition, your relationships, your job, your sins, your failures, etc.  Say, “I give it all. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing
    (1 Chronicles 21:23; 2 Samuel 24:24).”  Give all that you know, and then open yourself up for God to show you new “all’s.”  Write your response of surrender and commitment.


  7. Be overwhelmed with the awesome Person speaking to you.  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness (Jeremiah 31:3).”

Receive His unfailing love.  Let the Father hug you and pour His love into your heart by His Spirit.

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From Prayer Portions p. 41-43. © 1991, 1992, 1995 by Sylvia Gunter.
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“..the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name”  Ephesians  3:14-15


Spiritual blessings begin with a revelation of God as Abba Father. Be blessed with a love relationship with Him. He wants you to know Jesus personally and grow in Him. Be blessed to desire righteousness that conforms you to the will and ways of God. He wants to give you holy joy in abiding in Him.

Be blessed with emotional blessings. Jesus is your healer of emotions. He releases healing to remove rejection, failure, and shame. Choose forgiveness for yourself and others. Be blessed with peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew. 10:13) because God never fails. In Him you can have strong hope to believe Him for His promises.

Be blessed with knowing your personal value in Christ. You are of great worth to your heavenly Father. Let Him show you how He sees you in His Son. Receive His favor and His heart for you.

Be blessed with right relationships with others. Let God direct you to right loyalties and wholesome friendships that encourage your life with Him. May you live in healthy community with others.

Be blessed with mental blessing to remove blinders of deception from your mind, so that you will know the truth and have godly wisdom and discernment, knowing good and doing it.

Be blessed with God’s health and safety for all physical needs. Lean in to God’s strength and protection.

Be blessed in all your labors that God has authored. May your work or studies prosper in the provision of His hands. Acknowledge that He is your source and provider.

I pray blessings. I speak blessings. I choose to be a blessing.

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The psalmist gives words of command to his soul.


Listen as your Father directs you in Romans 12:12.

Be joyful in hope.”

Hope is a promise of God, a position in him, and a command.

The Greek word translated hope means desiring good and confidently expecting to obtain it. Hope that is seen is not hope. Your assurance is in your Father that he is Lord of everything, even your challenges, opposition, and suffering. He knows the mysteries of your life, he knows what he’s doing, and he has a purpose for everything. Therefore, you can rest in him. Sometimes he stands as your only hope, but even so, be blessed with joyful hope and encouragement that he is holding your future.

The psalmist gives words of command to his soul.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:5-8).

God commands hope in him, and what he commands, he provides for. Paul said,

Continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel” (Colossians 1:23).

In your circumstances that you can see, hope may fail you. That is the reason God gave you his Word and his promises.

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

Immerse yourself in his Word, like Hebrews 6:18-19.

By two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Be blessed as you take hold of God’s character, his unchangableness, and his promises with confidence. Be blessed with being sure that your Father cannot and will not lie to you, and he will never change his mind about you. Be blessed as you run to his firm hope as your strong and trustworthy anchor. Be blessed with continued faith in his goodness and with his great encouragement. In him you have the resources of the ages to press through walls of disappointment, self-protection, separation, and pain.

Be blessed with hope as God washes away disappointments with new vision and renewed God-directed “appointments” and expectation. God has appointed this season of refreshing and receiving for you. Receive his touch to restore the places that have been bruised, and broken, and shut down. Be blessed as you allow your Father to replace your burdens with his faith, your disappointments with his hope, and your doubts with his love.

Be blessed with the full purposes of God in re-forming and rebuilding you, which he planned before time to be released to you now. Be blessed to be saturated with renewed and restored life, so that hope deferred can no longer make you sick and hold you captive. Be blessed with all joy and peace in believing that God is doing this work by his Holy Spirit in you filling you with hope (Romans 15:13). Live in light that streams from the face of the God of hope. Be blessed as the light of his countenance shines the hope in him that does not disappoint. Receive the nurture, ministry, and full and abundant gifts of the God of hope.

Be blessed in the name of Christ Jesus, your hope
(Colossians 1:27; 1 Timothy 1:1; Psalm 71:15).

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room


You have prepared your gift list. You have begun preparing your house for the holidays. Take time to prepare your heart to make room for the One whose birthday we celebrate. My purpose in writing this devotional is to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).

Read Luke 2:1-20. Open your eyes anew to really see the Christmas story. Through these questions, meditate on its present-day personal applications. What does it say about God’s ways and your response? Ask God what he wants to reveal to you. You may want to do this meditation over a period of several days.

Luke 2:1-5 Examine the setting: Jesus came to a city. How would Jesus like to come to your city?

Luke 2:6 Compare this verse with Galatians 4:4-5, the Christmas story according to Paul. What does this say about God’s timing? Ask, What do I need to surrender to Your timing, Lord?

Luke 2:7 Reflect on the words “no room.” Where are your “no vacancy” signs?

Luke 2:8-9 Note that ordinary people were doing everyday things, and they saw the glory of God. Where do you need to see the glory of the Lord shine in your regular routine?

Luke 2:10 Fear not and joy no matter what! Ask yourself, How is this real for me?

Luke 2:11 Meditate on the third verse of “Silent Night.” How personal is the phrase “born for you?” Have you seen Him as Savior-babe as well as Christ the Lord?

Luke 2:7,12 Compare this description of Jesus with the one in Hebrews 1:2-3. What does this say about humility?

Luke 2:13 How can you praise God as a lifestyle?

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest and on earth- Have you ever seen the world vision in the Christmas story? What will it take for the glory of God to be seen in all the earth? What will it take for everything in your life to say “Glory in the highest?”

Luke 2:15,16a Instant obedience. The shepherds saw Jesus because they obeyed immediately. What has God shown you lately that calls for instant obedience?

Luke 2:16 Surrendered expectations. The King of the universe came into this world in a smelly stable! What expectations of how God is working do you need to surrender?

Luke 2:19 Do you have a “Mary heart“? Do you ponder God’s ways in your heart?
Let God prepare your heart with fresh joy, anticipation, renewed peace, vision… with whatever you need most.

As you sing “Joy to the World” this season, really hear the words. Don’t let the familiarity of this great carol lull you into neutral. Receive your King who has the right to rule in the hardest circumstances of your life. Submit, bow your knee to Him, and say,

Yes, King of my life, I prepare You room and receive You. Reign in the midst of the world’s temporary insanity of the season and beyond. Rule in my heart and my family with truth, grace, righteousness, wondrous love, and glory.

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Psalm 16

You are kept and protected by God for He is your refuge. Choose to put your trust in God and hide yourself in Him.

Be blessed to rejoice in your Lord. You have no good beside or beyond Him.

You are one of the saints of God.  You are excellent and glorious. You are the noble one in whom is all of God’s delight.

The Lord alone is your chosen and assigned portion and your cup. He holds and maintains your future.  Be blessed to rest in His security.

The boundary lines have fallen for you in pleasant places. Surely you have a delightful inheritance.

Be blessed to praise the Lord, who counsels you. Let your spirit receive His instruction even in the night seasons

May you always keep your eyes on the Lord. With God at your right hand, you will not be shaken or moved.

Because of His greatness may your soul be glad and your spirit rejoice. May your body rest and confidently dwell in safety.

Be blessed with assurance that God will not abandon you nor will He let you see decay.

Be filled with the joy of God’s presence. He will make known to you the path of life. At His right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

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So let’s ask the question: “What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Trust...”


Recently I read again what Jesus said in answer to the question of the disciples, “What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Believe... ” (John 6:28-29). That is our work. Paul wrote, “God’s work, which is by faith
(1 Timothy 1:4).

This is good news. My work for him is faith. I remembered that in the Complete Jewish Bible faith is always translated TRUST, for that’s what it means. That puts a different spin on it, doesn’t it? My work for him is TRUST.

Romans 1:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) “But the person who is righteous will live his life by trust.

Hebrews 11:6 (CJB) And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a rewarder to those who seek him out.

Ephesians 6:16 (CJB) Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (CJB) But for now, three things last – trust, hope, love...

So let’s return to the question: “What must we do to do the work of God?” Jesus replied, “Trust...”

God asks us to trust
that He loves us…
that He is with us this moment…
that He rewards those who seek Him…
that He will provide in the future as He has in the past…
that He is working all things together for our good…
that He is directing us and living His life through us…
that He continually gives the wisdom we need…
that He hears and answers our prayers.

Easy to say, harder sometimes for the heart to fully do.

Father, we want to trust you with all things today.

By Sylvia Gunter
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Who Is A God Like Ours?  Who is a God like me, says the Lord.


As you hear the daily news, it can sound rather hopeless. There are wars and rumors of more wars, global warming, major elections that could change everything, a failing economy, soaring gas prices, hurricanes, wildfires, the list could go. For some of you it is not the big global issues that have struck your heart with fear. It is the family member facing a disease, the broken relationship that seems irreconcilable, or the problem at work that seems too big to handle.

There is something nourishing about gazing into the night sky to enjoy the stars in their full splendor. But like many of you often I get wrapped up in the business of daily life and I forget. I forget that God is so mighty that he spoke this complex universe into existence. At the same time he is so intimate that he calls each star by name and not one of them is missing. If he knows and cares for the stars so well, how much more so does he care about what concerns us today? When was the last time you stopped to gaze up into the heavens and allow yourself to be struck with awe and ask the one question that you need to be asking. All of our other “Why? How come? and What if?” questions are answered in this one question.

Who Is A God Like Ours?

Who is a God like me, says the Lord.

Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. Isaiah 44:8

There is none like me, says the Lord.

Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but Me. I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:21-22, Acts 4:12

Who is a God like me, says the Holy One.

To whom will you compare Me? Who is My equal? Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? I bring out the starry host one by one and call them each by name. Because of My great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:25-2 6

I AM God and there is no other.

I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isaiah 46:9-10

Read this out loud as way of declaring your resolve to trust in the Rock who was before time began and the One who has the final say.

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Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to prayer.  What do we learn while we are waiting?


Waiting on God was one of David’s secrets of being a man after God’s own heart. David went in and sat before the Lord (2 Samuel 7:18). God was his confidence, and he trusted Him in every aspect of his life: for guidance and instruction (Psalm 25:5), for help and defense (Psalm 33:20), for victory over his enemies and vindication (Psalm 37:7,9,34; 52:9), for deliverance from trouble and destruction (Psalm 40:1, 59:9), for His refuge from treachery and oppression (Psalm 62:1,5), for His forgiving love (Psalm 130:5-6), and much more.

Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to prayer. Waiting tests our submission to Him as our trustworthy Authority. Waiting is not necessarily resignation from all activity; it is submission to God’s better idea. Waiting on God means that all of our life is brought under God’s umbrella of authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, we will be painfully chastened by turmoil, exhaustion, and failure. Taking matters in our own hands has ample instructive precedent in God’s Word. Think of Abraham with Ishmael, Saul’s usurping the role of a priest, Israel looking to Egypt for help (Isaiah 30:1-3), or walking in the light of our own fire (Isaiah. 50:11.)

What do we learn while we are waiting? We learn God Himself. God is revealing His perfections, His impeccable ability to be in charge of every detail. His timing is split-second. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omni-caring. He works all and in all. He gives confirmations of His ever-presentness. He gives us assurances of His real power over the enemy that is not seen. His Holy Spirit focuses us. We want proof, but faith is the substance (not the evidence) of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The Holy Spirit says, “I am giving you the substance of faith.” He gives the grace to await His purposes until the precise moment when He gives evidence that He was working all along. Without this faith, it is impossible to please Him, for all who come to God must believe that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

In community with other believers, as we humble ourselves and open up to receive from the body of Christ, we will be strengthened to see the full kaleidoscope of His plan and be encouraged in the grace of waiting.

How Do We Wait?

  • Prayerfully –  Psalm 25:4-5
  • With strength and courage –  Psalm 27:14, 31:24
  • Rejoicing and trusting in His holy name – Psalm 33:21
  • Based on the fear of the Lord and His unfailing love – Psalm 33:18,22
  • With hope –  Psalm 33:20, 39:7
  • Patiently –  Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Habakkuk 3:16, Romans 8:25, Hebrews 6:15
  • Obediently –  Psalm 37:34, 119:166; Isaiah 26:8-9;
  • Desiring Him –  Isaiah 26:8-9
  • Single-mindedly – Psalm 62:5
  • Expectantly – Psalm 123:2, Micah 7:7
  • Believing His Word – Psalm 130:5
  • Assured He is all we need, He is our portion – Lamentations 3:24
  • Quietly – Lamentations 3:26
  • Always – Hosea 12:6
  • In anticipation of joy – John 3:29
  • Eagerly – Romans 8:19,23

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You have something to give your world that no other person has. Your family and your community need the deposit of Himself that God has placed in your life…


And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”  2 Corinthians.. 3:8

God called you by name and created you to be a reflection of His glory. Be blessed as Jesus is reflected in your life. You are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory.

God created you for a purpose. You are an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor (Isaiah 61:3). You were created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).

Listen to your Father’s voice as He speaks your purpose as He sees it. Trust that He will provide all that is needed for you to fulfill His purposes. He has more resources than you can begin to imagine. He has connections to people you haven’t met yet.

Be true to the masterpiece that you are. The Lord your Maker crowns you with glory and honor (Isaiah 54:5; Psalms 8:5). Never apologize for being who God created you to be. Shine forth your unique display of His image in you.

You have something to give your world that no other person has. Your family and your community need the deposit of Himself that God has placed in your life…”Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27b).

You are of great worth.

You are a champion, a treasure.

Be blessed as you live from a heart fully alive, being who He made you to be and doing what you were born to do from the inside out.

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Be blessed in his name Rewarder of those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6


Listen to the Word of God and be blessed with the passionate cry of the psalmist in Psalm 63:1.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.”

And in Psalm 42:1.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

Be blessed to live from that deep cry of seeking God in your innermost being, longing for more of him, digging in to know him more intimately. Your Father desires constant communion of your spirit with his Spirit. Be blessed with directing the thirst of your soul to communion with him. Be blessed with getting out of your head and into your spirit, meeting God personally and profoundly.

Be blessed to know that God is who he said he is, and he can do and will do what he says he can do and will do, and he can presently do it in your life. He is the I Am to do it in you today. He is personal and powerful, and he alone satisfies. Jesus is standing and knocking at your heart’s door, waiting for you to open up to him for satisfying fellowship (Revelations 3:20). Jesus invites you to a table set for two. He wants your love, and he will be satisfied when you fulfill his heart by opening up to him.

Be blessed with knowing your covenant-keeping God of promise as you seek him and keep company with him in Spirit and in truth. Be blessed with more of his Spirit, not more how-to’s to make you feel guilty or more religious. Be blessed to discover him more as his Spirit lives in you to fulfill your deepest cries. Be blessed to encounter him in such dimensions that you feel as if you have never breathed spiritually before.

Be blessed in his name Rewarder of those who earnestly seek him.
(Hebrews 11:6).

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