Devotions

June 14

I HAVE LOVED YOU with an everlasting Love.  Before time began, I knew you.  For years you swam around in a sea of meaninglessness, searching for Love, hoping for hope.  All that time I was pursuing you, aching to embrace you in My compassionate arms. 

When time was right, I revealed Myself to you.  I lifted you out of that sea of despair and set you down on a firm foundation.  Sometimes you felt naked—exposed to the revealing Light of My Presence.  I wrapped an ermine robe around you:  My robe of righteousness.  I sang you a Love song, whose beginning and end are veiled in eternity.  I infused meaning into your mind and harmony into your heart.  Join Me in singing My song.  Together we will draw others out of darkness into My marvelous Light.

Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 61:10; 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

June 15

WHEN YOU APPROACH ME in stillness and in trust, you are strengthened.  You need a buffer zone of silence around you in order to focus on things that are unseen.  Since I am invisible, you must not let your senses dominate your thinking.  The curse of this age is overstimulation of the senses, which blocks out awareness of the unseen world. 

The tangible world still reflects My Glory, to those who have eyes that see and ears that hear.  Spending time alone with Me is the best way to develop seeing eyes and hearing ears.  The goal is to be aware of unseen things as you live out your life in the visible world.

2 Corinthians 4:18; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 130:5

June 16

STAY ON THE HIGH ROAD WITH ME.  Many voices clamor for your attention, trying to divert you to another path.  But I have called you to walk ever so closely with Me, soaking in My Presence. Living in My Peace.  This is My unique design for you, planned before the world began. 

I have called each of My children to a different path, distinctly designed for that one.  Do not let anyone convince you that his path is the only right way.  And be careful not to extol your path as superior to another’s way.  What I require of you is to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Me—wherever I lead.

Ephesians 2:10; Micah 6:8

June 17

LEARN TO LAUGH at yourself more freely.  Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously.  Relax and know that I am God with you.  When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening.  Stop trying to monitor My responsibilities—things that are beyond your control.  Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain. 

Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into heavenly places.  Your laughter rises to heaven and blends with angelic melodies of praise.  Just as parents delight in the laughter of their children, so I delight in hearing My children laugh.  I rejoice when you trust Me enough to enjoy your life lightheartedly. 

Do not miss the Joy of My Presence by carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.  Rather, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me.  My yoke is comfortable and pleasant; My burden is light and easily borne.

Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 31:25; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 11:28-30(AMP)

June 18

YOU ARE MY BELOVED CHILD.  I chose you before the foundation of the world, to walk with Me along paths designed uniquely for you.  Concentrate on keeping I step with Me, instead of trying to anticipate My plans for you.  If you trust that My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, you can relax and enjoy the present moment. 

Your hope and your future are rooted in heaven, where eternal ecstasy awaits you. Nothing can rob you of your inheritance of unimaginable riches and well-being. Sometimes I grant you glimpses of your glorious future, to encourage you and spur you on.  But your main focus should be staying close to Me.  I set the pace in keeping with your needs and My purposes.

Ephesians 1:4(NASB); Proverbs 16:9; Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 1:13-14

June 19

I AM THE FIRM FOUNDATION on which you can dance and sing and celebrate My Presence.  This is My high and holy calling for you; receive it as a precious gift.  Glorifying and enjoying Me is a higher priority than maintaining a tidy, structured life.  Give up your striving to keep everything under control—an impossible task and a waste of precious energy. 

My guidance for each of My children is unique.  That’s why listening to Me is so vital for your well-being.  Let me prepare you for the day that awaits you and point you in the right direction.  I am with you continually, so don’t be intimidated by fear.  Though it stalks you, it cannot harm you, as long as you cling to My hand.  Keep your eyes on Me, enjoying Peace in My Presence.

Psalm 5:11; Ephesians 3:20-21; Jude 24-25; Joshua 1:5

June 20

I SPEAK TO YOU CONTINUALLY.  My nature is to communicate, though not always in words.  I fling glorious sunsets across the sky, day after day after day.  I speak in the faces and voices of loved ones.  I caress you with a gentle breeze that refreshes and delights you.  I speak softly in the depths of your spirit, where I have taken up residence. 

You can find Me in each moment, when you have eyes that see and ears that hear.  Ask My Spirit to sharpen your spiritual eyesight and hearing.  I rejoice each time you discover My Presence.  Practice looking and listening for Me during quiet intervals.  Gradually you will find Me in more and more of your moments.  You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me above all else.

Psalm 8:1-4; Psalm 19:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Jeremiah 29:13

June 21

WAIT PATIENTLY WITH ME while I bless you.  Don’t rush into My Presence with time-consciousness gnawing at your mind.  I dwell in timelessness:  I am, I was, I will always be.  For you, time is a protection; you’re a frail creature who can handle only twenty-four-hour segments of life.  Time can also be a tyrant, ticking away relentlessly in your mind.  Learn to master time, or it will be your master. 

Though you are a time-bound creature, seek to meet Me in timelessness.  As you focus on My Presence, the demands of time and tasks will diminish.  I will bless you and keep you, making My Face shine upon you graciously, giving you Peace.

Micah 7:7; Revelation 1:8; Numbers 6:24-26

June 22

THANK ME for the very things that are troubling you.  You are on the brink of rebellion, precariously close to shaking your fist in My Face.  You are tempted to indulge in just a little complaining about My treatment of you.  But once you step over that line, torrents of rage and self-pity can sweep you away.  The best protection against this indulgence is thanksgiving.  It is impossible to thank Me and curse Me at the same time. 

Thanking Me for trials will feel awkward and contrived at first.  But if you persist, your thankful words, prayed in faith, will eventually make a difference in your heart.  Thankfulness awakens you to My Presence, which overshadows all your problems.

 

Psalm 116:17(NKJV); Philippians 4:4-6

June 23

LET MY LOVE STREAM THROUGH YOU, washing away fear and distrust.  A trusting response includes Me in your thoughts as you consider strategies to deal with a situation.  My continual Presence is a promise, guaranteeing that you never have to face anything alone.  My children teethe on the truth that I am always with them, yet they stumble around in a stupor, unaware of My loving Presence all around them.  How that grieves Me! 

When you walk through a day in trusting dependence on Me, My aching heart is soothed.  Gently bring your attention back to Me whenever it wanders away.  I look for [persistence—rather than perfection—in your walk with Me.

Psalm 52:8; Deuteronomy 31:6; Ephesians 4:30

June 24

HOLD MY HAND—AND TRUST.  So long as you are conscious of My Presence with you, all is well.  It is virtually impossible to stumble while walking in the Light with Me.  I designed you to enjoy Me above all else.  You find the deepest fulfillment of your heart in Me alone. 

Fearful, anxious thoughts melt away in the Light of My Presence.  When you turn away from Me, you are vulnerable to the darkness that is always at work in the world.  Don’t be surprised by how easily you sin when you forget to cling to My hand.  In the world, dependency is seen as immaturity.  But in My kingdom, dependence on Me is a prime measure of maturity.

Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 62:5-6

June 25

OPEN YOUR HANDS and your heart to receive this day as a precious gift from Me.   I begin each day with a sunrise, announcing My radiant Presence.  By the time you rise from your bed, I have already prepared the way before you.  I eagerly await your first conscious thought.  I rejoice when you glance My way. 

Bring Me the gift of thanksgiving, which opens your heart to rich communion with Me.  Because I am God, from whom all blessings flow, thankfulness is the best way to draw near Me.  Sing praise songs to Me; tell of My wondrous works.  Remember that I take great delight in you; I rejoice over you with singing.

Psalm 118:24; Psalm 95:2; Zephaniah 3:17

June 26

STAY CALMLY conscious of Me today, no matter what.  Remember that I go before you as well as with you into the day.  Nothing takes Me by surprise.  I will not allow circumstances to overwhelm you, so long as you look to Me.  I will help you cope with whatever the moment presents.  Collaborating with Me brings blessings that far outweigh all your troubles.  Awareness of My Presence contains Joy that can endure all eventualities.

Psalm 23:1-4(NKJV); 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

June 27

REST WITH ME A WHILE.  You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days.  The way ahead is shrouded in uncertainty.  Look neither behind you nor before you.  Instead, focus your attention on Me, your constant Companion.  Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey. 

I designed time to be a protection for you.  You couldn’t bear to see all your life at once.  Though I am unlimited by time, it is in the present moment that I meet you.  Refresh yourself in My company, breathing deep draughts of My Presence.  The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment.  I am with you, watching over you wherever you go.

Psalm 143:8; Genesis 28:15

June 28

TASTE AND SEE THAT I AM GOOD.  This command contains an invitation to experience My living Presence.  It also contains a promise.  The more you experience Me, the more convinced you become of My goodness.  This knowledge is essential to your faith-walk.  When adversities strike, the human instinct is to doubt My goodness.  My ways are mysterious, even to those who know Me intimately.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts higher than your ways and thoughts.  Do not try to fathom My ways.  Instead, spend time enjoying Me and experiencing My goodness.

Psalm 34:8; Isaiah 55:8-9

June 29

AS YOU GET OUT OF BED in the morning, be aware of My Presence with you.  You may not be thinking clearly yet, but I am.  Your early morning thoughts tend to be anxious ones until you get connected with Me.  Invite Me into your thoughts by whispering My Name.  Suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly.  You cannot dread a day that is vibrant with My Presence. 

You gain confidence through knowing that I am with you—that you face nothing alone.  Anxiety stems from asking the wrong question:  “If such and such happens, can I handle it?”  The true question is not whether you can cope with whatever happens, but whether you and I together can handle anything that occurs.  It is this you-and-I-together factor that gives you confidence to face the day cheerfully.

Psalm 5:3; Psalm 73:1(NKJV); Philippians 4:13

June 30

I AM THE TRUGH:  the One who came to set you free.  As the Holy Spirit controls your mind and actions more fully, you become free in Me.  You are increasingly released to become the one I created you to be.  This is a work that I do in you as you yield to My Spirit.  I can do My best handiwork when you sit in the stillness of My Presence, focusing your entire being on Me. 

Let My thoughts burst freely upon your consciousness, stimulating abundant Life.  I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  As you follow Me, I lead you along paths of newness:  ways you have never imagined.  Don’t worry about what is on the road up ahead.  I want you to find your security in knowing Me, the One who died to set you free.

John 8:32; Philippians 2:13; John 14:6

 


 

 

 

 (Taken from "Jesus Calling" Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young - An Inspirational Dayspring Daybrightner)