Grow Strong in the Light of My Presence. Your weakness does not repel Me.
On the contrary, it attracts My Power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart.
Do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help.
Instead, come to Me with your gaping neediness; let the Light of My Love fill you.
A yielded heart does not whine or rebel when the going gets rough.
It musters the courage to thank Me even during hard times.
Yielding yourself to My will is ultimately an act of trust.
In quietness and trust is your strength.
Psalm 116:5-7 Ephesians 5:20 Isaiah 30:15
Jesus Calling by Sara Young
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
Happiness comes from the inside out.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the Lord is you strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]
The first word of the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed,” is sometimes translated “happy.” It refers not to fortunate circumstances nor momentary exhilaration, but to the inner state of those who are right…at the center of their being. Jesus had a profound joy which gave Him strength to endure the cross. He prayed that we might share it, for joyous Christians are strong Christians. Nehemiah had told his people many years before: “The joy of the Lord is you strength.”
“Blessed God, we have sometimes allowed self-centeredness, worry, and boredom to destroy our joy. Give us a quality of spirit in which such things cannot exist. Amen
*Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore
Devotional by Zoey 2017
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
My Comment: To imagine on a lone evening as Jesus knelt to pray this to his Father, it would reach across the lines of time to future generations yet to be lived. Even more so, we were in his heart before we were even a twinkle in our mother’s eye, so to speak. He prayed for all to be one, as he and the Father are one. Can we have the same prayer for those in our life? To be one; in unity as the body of Christ Jesus. Does our character reflect his character to the Father? And in the same line of thought, does our character reflect Jesus’ love through us to others. Being one is to be full of Jesus with the Father in one Spirit.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—
23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
My comment: There is a two-fold gain in Jesus prayer for the believer. The first is to preach the message that God so loved the WORLD he sent his son Jesus. The second is that those who believe are promised to have life eternal in His kingdom in heaven.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
My Comment: The promise has been kept. At his crucifixion, Jesus turned to the thief (alongside him) who confessed belief in Jesus as the son of God and said “today, you will be with me in paradise.” We are brought to complete unity on earth as it is in heaven by the Father’s good will towards those who are found in his son, Jesus. Each believer in Christ Jesus will see the glory of Jesus’ kingdom given him by his Father God.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
My Comment: No greater love has been exampled in human history than the life and death of Jesus Christ. None in any religion or belief systems throughout civilization can make the same claim as Jesus. He said to his disciples that they would be hated because of his name, Jesus. He said this to prepare them. It is that same name that also brought each of his Apostles to their greatest achievements in preaching the gospel and then to the ultimate reward…to stand in the presence of Jesus in his heavenly kingdom… reunited in Paradise. Complete unity Crowned in Glory. What love he gave. What hope we who believe to hold.
We are given all we need to live today, if we seek your kingdom first, Lord. We have what we ask for in your Name, Jesus, for your word is truth and life. Temper us with humility and the understanding to see where you are providing in our daily walk. Let us find the satisfaction in all things good and the fullness of joy abundantly.
How to be a good neighbor
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33
The Good Samaritan was practical in his neighborliness. He used the homely remedies at hand for first aid and the donkey for transportation. He carried the injured man to an inn where there were facilities for his care. He nursed him for one night and then left him to the care of the innkeeper. He did not leave a fortune, but estimated what was needed. In the promise to pay the balance was the hint of an audit. True neighborliness seeds practical means of doing needed service.
Dear God and Father of us all, we thank Thee for those who have been neighbors to us along life’s way. Enable us to keep their spirit alive in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Devotional: Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore
The sad truth about many longtime Christians is that they
have never understood the magnitude of God’s love. Some have
served Him for decades and not known His passion for them.
But I believe that He is going to make up for that lost time. We
need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overanalyzing
it or trying to strive for it.
God is going to come to us in this next season of time and
His love will almost be beyond our capacity to bear. It will be
the stuff of dreams, an unimaginable, monumental, incredible,
astonishing, marvelous, outrageous love. This language will
change the way you think about everything. God’s dream for
us is that we would be immersed in the majesty of everything
He feels for us.
His love will overwhelm us, leading us past logic, reason,
intellect, and into a place where our hearts will be touched as
they have never been touched before. This is a season of wonder
for us, and we will have to learn to live like a much-loved child.
Our journey now is to cultivate an expectancy for—and
interpret everything in—the love of God. God wants to root
and ground us in His love so deeply that we live there for the
rest of our days. This love will cause us to grow to be the men
and women God most wants us to be.
It’s exciting to think of how radically this love will change
our lives. We will experience the breadth, length, height, and
depth of God’s love for us. His language will wash over us, again
Love God and love our neighbor: it is our destiny and our
My Comment: Graham’s conclusion is profound. It is encapsulated for me beautifully in his closing statements. I agree that we need a “new season” were it is God who comes to us with wonder to fill our hearts… in the same manner as He gave Jesus to the world on that glorious night back in Bethlehem so many centuries ago. His promises will bring the expectancy to fruition , as it was in the old testament- where the promise of a Messiah was given and when Jesus was born ~ so it fulfilled the scriptures.
We need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overanalyzing it or trying to strive for it.
I will hold fast the grace of God’s word and nothing else will be cultivated in my life testimony. I will celebrate each day because I am assured through these promises that Christ Jesus is the keeper of my soul and by Him all things remain sure and true. This is our season of wonder-filled hope, peace and love. In His JOY be BLESSED.
vs 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Graham Cooke: pgs. 42-46
INHERITING THE PROMISE
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so
that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who
through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when
God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by
no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY
BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having
patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with
them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER
In the same way God, desiring even more to
show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness
of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two
unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement
to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope
we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and
steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where
Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a
high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)
At the heart of all God’s dealings with us, is the issue of
our inheritance in Christ. We are the Beloved of the Father, the
Bride of Christ, People of the Spirit.
Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a
blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose
that you might inherit a blessing.
(1 Peter 3:9 NASB)
We are called to inherit. It is what we demonstrate to the
Earth. We are people of promise. We have hope, an inheritance
and a language in which we communicate our confidence in the
Father. That language we learn from Heaven. The Holy Spirit
communicates the heart of the Father in such a powerful way
that we are radically changed by the conversation and the content.
We then communicate to others in exactly the way that
it was delivered to our heart.
To inherit we need two priceless things which we receive
from God in the process of our circumstances. These are faith
and patience. This is a wonderful contrast that is only learned
through process. Process is a series of steps designed to achieve
a particular goal or learning objective.
Faith speaks about immediacy and patience refers to eventuality.
Most Christians want the magic Midas touch of instantaneous
receiving from the Lord. Faith is a gift to be received but
also a disciplined confidence that must be learned. We cannot
go through life always requiring a gift of faith. God gives those
as He wills. He wants us to learn how to grow faith, increase in
it and walk by it. For this to occur we must attach patience to
our faith so that we walk on the path that God has provided.
Circumstances are often so intense that they seem to last for
ages. Primarily this is because we face them in our emotion
rather than our will. The will is the vehicle for faith to attain
the will of God.
The promise is secure. God does not lie. The issue is always
process. The path of God (process) is always about increasing
our confidence, enlarging expectation, learning to stand in
peace, being stretched in faith and being schooled in how to
see God and hold onto Him. His word is the anchor point for
process to be attained.
What is the gap between the promise and the provision
for you in your current situation? What is the process that is
designed to fit that space? What is the pathway that God has
chosen for you to develop greater confidence as well as receive
the provision? Meditate on these things and activate your will
towards the Lord. Learn what your current process is all about
and how you can cooperate with the Spirit. This is walking by
Faith is confident expectation, patience is calmness and
composure. The two combined produce a fortitude and consistency.
There is a serene persistence that allows us to keep God
in our sights and rejoice in Him. Serene persistence is anathema
to doubt, fear and unbelief.
God is unchanging and trustworthy, so is His word. When
promising Abraham a son, the Father took an oath in His own
name. The oath and God’s name are the same. God’s name and
His nature are equally the same. Because of Who He is, our
confident expectation (hope) is anchored in His personality.
His promises emanate from behind the curtain i.e. the division
that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
This is the place Jesus occupies as our High Priest. He is in God’s
Presence at all times, continuously interceding for us to be all
that the Father intends.
The promise may be fulfilled immediately because the Lord
may be showing you how to handle a gift of faith. The promise
will always be fulfilled eventually through the process of faith.
Give yourself to the Father of lights, from whom every gift
is given (James 1:17). He is the Unchanging One. We see Him
best when we are single minded (focused) about His goodness.
Double-minded people are always disappointed and eventually
Process is the key to walking by faith. Actively combining
your faith with patience gives a guarantee of inheritance. Serene
persistence…there is nothing more precious in a faith lifestyle.
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB) My Comment: There is so much more to the Christian lifestyle that develops after we find salvation and forgiveness. It is our beginning as a new creation, meaning the old sinner is gone and the heir of the promise is before us. Our journey begins with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Each step of faith measures our spiritual growth and maturity. Something beautiful begins as we watch God developing our story in a Christ Centered Faith. We read in scripture God desires for each believer to be heirs with His Son, Jesus. What a comfort to know we have Jesus as our high priest interceding on our behalf. These are the treasures of our inheritance; hope that anchors our soul, the promise of purpose, strong encouragement and God’s oath which is steadfast and sure. When we are instant in prayer, focused on his word– we are engaged and He is present with us. His Holy Spirit will comfort, guide in truth and speak the language of Heaven to our hearts, so in turn, we may speak the same to someone who needs to hear of the promise of His unchangeable Love.
This section speaks on a topic that is very dear to my heart – inheriting the promise. If I could slow down the speed of this section like a phonograph, in order to absorb the rich keys of wisdom, it would be to 33 1/3RPM, which (as I realize) is ironically the age of Jesus when his life came to the fullness of inheriting the promise from His Father. ~