“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 NIV
Jesus, You want to sanctify me by your truth and Your Word is truth. What truth do you want to teach me today? In what area do I need to be sanctified by your Truth? By your Word?
“I LOVE YOU. I GET EXCITED WHEN YOU COME LISTEN TO ME. MY WORD IS TRUTH. TRUTH HEALS YOU AND GIVES YOU REST. GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE. MY WORD STILLS HUNGER IN YOU. MY WORD SATISFIES EVERY AND ANY NEED YOU HAVE. COME TO ME AND DRINK IN MY TRUTH AND YOU SHALL NEVER RUN DRY. MY WORD GROWS INSIDE OF YOU LIKE A TREE THAT THEN GROWS LEAVES AND FRUIT. MUCH FRUIT THAT WILL LAST. REMAIN IN MY WORD, REMAIN IN MY TRUTH. LOVE IS TRUTH. I AM LOVE. AND YOU REMAIN IN ME BY LOVING ME. AS YOU LOVE ME YOU RECEIVE MY TRUTH”.
Just added Memphis, Tennessee and Olive Branch, Mississippi to my List if cities (and countries) I’ve visited. Click to view list.
When I wrote the above linked blog post 2 years ago, I mentioned that maybe in a couple years, when we’d be empty nesters, we might go out again to the Nations! Seems that time is approaching fast. Can’t wait to visit new countries very soon, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This morning I was visiting with the Lord again, but this time I did not journal like I do normally. The 2 way converastion did not get typed up. I normally like to type it up as it is flowing because I can always re-read and remember later what He said. Since I didn’t this morning and still want to share, now I have to paraphrase and share the gist of it.
In a nutshell, the Lord was saying how roses are roses because He made them so. Roses don’t have to work at being roses. They don’t have to work to produce their fragrance. Or their color. He created them to be roses and so they are. Even if I go cut roses and put them in a vase, they are still roses. Even if I go transplant a rose bush, their flowers are still roses. Even if I killed off a rose bush, there are still other rose bushes elsewhere and it doesn’t make roses cease to exist. Even if a rose wilted and died, it is still called a rose. And that is because He made them roses and that is what they are. And the same with me. He made me and loves me and enjoys who I am because that is who He made me to be. I don’t have to strive to be whom He made me to be. I don’t have to accomplish great things to become whom He made me to be. Whether I live or die, I am whom He made me to be. And I can relax in that. He enjoys me like I enjoy roses and their frangrance. I can rest in that and don’t need to perform to become nor to be loved and enjoyed anymore by Him then what I am already.
I currently have a vase of roses on my glass table, they are starting to wilt and I was just thinking that it’s time to get rid of them, but even so, their frangrance is strong in the living room. Then the Lord used them to share truth with me today. I don’t know how long before performance will be broken off me.
I was amazed yesterday when a new friend I met here on WordPress, Jody Ross Vassallo, prayed for me over the distance and got a word from the Lord for me. The whole paragraph was right ON. But more amazingly… Part of the word was the Lord telling me to REST! That the work is His and He would do the work on my behalf. She even painted the picture below for me of the hammoc tied to two trees to represent “Rest In The Lord”. Made me remember this other Word I got months ago. Reblogging below.
This picture Jody painted for me. What an artist!! http://www.creatorscorner.ca/
I was talking to the Lord and telling Him how tired my brain was today. It hurts when your brain is tired and overworked. I don’t even understand how one meeting got my brain soooo tired. I needed the rest of the day to just rest. And He said…
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I TRULY WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS. THIS WAS NOT EASY FOR YOU TO DO. YOU KNOW YOUR FLESH HAS STRUGGLED WITH RESTING ALL ALONG. THIS HAS BEEN THE HARDEST LESSON FOR YOU TO LEARN AND AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT DONE LEARNING I WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH YOU INTO CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WILL FORCE YOU TO REST. NOT THAT YOU WERE DISSOBEDIENT TODAY WHICH LED ME TO PUT YOU ON REST AGAIN. I JUST WANT YOU TO REST. DID YOU GET THE PICTURE? REST. DID I SAY IT ENOUGH? REST. DID YOU UNDERSTAND? REST. AND WHEN YOU ARE DONE RESTING…
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“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (Hebrews 10:23, 35-39 NIV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him”. (Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6 NIV)
I love Your Word, Jesus. It give me life, hope, faith and confidence. I can move forward boldly knowing that You are He who speaks everything in existence. I believe you.
THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE I WANT YOU. IN CONFIDENCE. SOLELY UPON MY WORD. MY WORD ALONE IS ENOUGH TO HOLD THE STARS IN PLACE. I CAN KEEP YOU ALSO. MY WORD ALONE FORMED THE UNIVERSE. I CAN BUILD YOU UP ALSO. THIS IS WHERE I WANT YOU TO REMAIN. IN MY WORD. THAT IS YOUR ONLY CONFIDENCE.
In the last year or so I experience something weird that I don’t know what it is… I asked my husband and daughter if they experience the same thing, both said no. So I want to ask on here…
When I am about to wake up from my sleep, mostly when taking naps, I get this thing that starts rushing through my body. It’s like ripples. Best way to describe it. It starts like inside, maybe in my chest or belly (who knows)…. all I know is that it flows like ripple effect all the way into my limbs and all the way to my finger tips and my feet and the top of my head even. Very strong! Very strong. While I feel the ripples going though my whole being, I begin to become very alert. Very awake. And it only takes like 2-3 seconds. I am as alert as can be even if I lay there still with my eyes closed. Sometimes I am not ready to get up yet, I may doze off and sleep a little bit longer and there it comes again… a second time!! Then I just go… “ok, I better get up now”. This happens like maybe once a week or so. What is that????? Those ripples. Doesn’t quite feel like electricity because I don’t like the feeling of being electrecuted. But a rush through my whole body. Is this a medical thing or is it a spiritual thing? Hmmm. Who knows. But only as of recent, like in the last year or so.
In February of 2012 I was pondering these scriptures…
Psalm 25:12: “Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose”
Psalm 32:8, 9 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you”.
Isaiah 30:21: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” “
What would you like to say, Lord, about how You desire to instruct Your children and guide them?
“I am near to all who care to find Me. I am not far, but near. My heart desires to instruct those who fear Me. Without fear for My name, it is impossible to receive My instructions. Only those who truly fear Me come to hear instructions. Then I am never far off. The “wise” don’t need instructions because they consider to have already achieved. But the truly humble and those who fear Me come to wait upon instruction. I am with you from now and forever. Dare to come seek after My heart and I will instruct you morning by morning. I am never empty and My fountains never run dry. I love you”.
How should I wait upon instruction that comes from Your heart? What does that look like?
“I am the light of the world. Those who walk with Me do not walk anymore in darkness. Come find Me in your heart. I live inside of you through My Spirit. I truly am not far off. I am here. Seek Me, ask Me and I will answer you with My still small voice. I will make My ways known to you as you remain in Me. This is heart to heart connection. I want you connected to My heart. This is not difficult. You find My heart in the secret place as you open up your own heart. There My heart instructs yours. And thus we live together. Your heart feeds off Mine. This is how I want it to be. Stay with Me.”
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV)
Days, weeks, months… even years may go by. But once God spoke… It’s a done deal. Unless we do not hear His voice! That is why I love journaling… we can always recall what the Lord spoke in the past. We can always go back to His promises. And no matter how much time goes by, He will fulfill His Word. I remember being amazed the first time I studied the whole Bible Chronologically, realizing how many prophets prophesied Jesus’ birth for example. No one understood because when He finally came, they did not recognize Him. But though generations had gone by… He still fulfilled His Word.
We can tuck His Word into our hearts. The day will come. The hour will come. And in fact… the hour is now closer then when we first believed what He promised. Just hang in there, oh, my soul.
… and I sensed Him say… “YOU ARE RIGHT WHEN YOU SAY I DO NOT LIE. I AM NOT HUMAN THAT I SHOULD LIE. DISBELIEF IN YOUR HEART DOES NOT PLEASE ME. STAY CONNECTED TO MY WORD. IT GUIDES YOU. IT LEADS YOU TO LIFE EVERLASTING”.
I love you Lord…