Devotions

December 11

I AM WORKING ON YOUR BEHALF.  Bring Me all your concerns, including your dreams.  Talk with Me about everything, letting the Light of My Presence shine on your hopes and plans.  Spend time allowing My Light to infuse your dreams with life, gradually transforming them into reality.  This is a very practical way of collaborating with Me.  I, the Creator of the universe, have deigned to co-create with you.  Do not try to hurry this process.  If you want to work with Me, you have to accept My time frame.  Hurry is not in My nature.  Abraham and Sarah had to wait many years for the fulfillment of My promise, a son.  How their long wait intensified their enjoyment of this child!  Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.

Psalm 36:9; Genesis 21:1-7; Hebrews 11:1(AMP)

December 12

I AM TAKING CARE OF YOU.  Feel the warmth and security of being enveloped in My loving Presence.  Every detail of your life is under My control.  Moreover, everything fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me and are called according to My design and purpose. 

Because the world is in an abnormal, fallen condition, people tend to think that chance governs the universe.  Events may seem to occur randomly, with little or no meaning.  People who view the world this way have overlooked one basic fact:  the limitations of human understanding.  What you know of the world you inhabit is only the tip of the iceberg.  Submerged beneath the surface of the visible world are mysteries too vast for you to comprehend.  If you could only see how close I am to you and how constantly I work on your behalf, you would never again doubt that I am wonderfully caring for you.  This is why you must live by faith, not by sight; trusting in My mysterious, majestic Presence.

Romans 8:28(AMP); Job 42:1-3; 1 Peter 5:7; 2 Corinthians 5:7

December 13

TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY.  The word holy does not mean goody-goody; it means set apart for sacred use.  That is what these quiet moments in My Presence are accomplishing within you.  As you focus your mind and heart on Me, you are being transformed:  re-created into the one I designed you to be.  This process requires blocks of time set aside for communion with Me. 

The benefits of this practice are limitless.  Emotional and physical healing are enhanced by your soaking in the Light of My Presence.  You experience a nearness to Me that strengthens your faith and fills you with Peace.  You open yourself up to receive the many blessings that I have prepared for you.  You become a cleansed temple of My Holy Spirit, who is able to do in and through you immeasurably more than you ask or imagine.  These are just some of the benefits of being still in My Presence.

2 Thessalonians 1:10; Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 3:20

December 14

REST IN ME, MY CHILD, forgetting about the worries of the world.  Focus on Me—Emmanuel—and let My living Presence envelop you in Peace.  Tune in to My eternal security, for I am the same yesterday, today, and forever.  If you live on the surface of life by focusing on ever-changing phenomena, you will find yourself echoing the words of Solomon:  “Meaningless!  Meaningless!  Everything is meaningless!” 

Living in collaboration with Me is the way to instill meaning into your days.  Begin each day alone with Me, so that you can experience the reality of My Presence.  As you spend time with Me, the way before you opens up step by step.  Arise from the stillness of our communion, and gradually begin your journey through the day.  Hold My hand in deliberate dependence on Me, and I will smooth out the path before you.

Hebrews 13:8; Ecclesiastes 1:2; Proverbs 3:6

December 15

YOUR LONGING FOR HEAVEN IS GOOD, because it is an extension of your yearning for Me.  The hope of heaven is meant to strengthen and encourage you, filling you with wondrous Joy.  Many Christians have misunderstood this word hope, believing that it denotes wishful thinking.  Nothing could be farther from the truth!  As soon as I became your Savior, heaven became your ultimate destination.  The phrase hope of heaven highlights the benefits you can enjoy even while remaining on earth.  This hope keeps you spiritually alive during dark times of adversity; it brightens your path and heightens your awareness of My Presence.  My desire is that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:23-25; Hebrews 6:18-20; Romans 15:13

 

 

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