Category Archives: Occasional Thoughts

6/19/2018 The Beauty of the Cross

The cross is a place of torment and unimaginable pain, ugly and agonizing. The beauty of the cross is not the cross itself. I take no delight in your suffering any more than I delight in My own. The beauty of the cross is that it bears the marks of your suffering and acts as a witness to your pain, yet you gloriously stand in My resurrection power an overcomer!  Beauty comes when resurrection life reverberates in and through you – when your triumph is assured making your sufferings glow in the aftershocks of sacrifice. Just as My cross has become a symbol of My victory, so your cross can become the symbol of your own. Without the cross, there is no resurrection. Without the resurrection, there is no hope. To take up your cross and follow Me is to be led to the place where death and life collide, and resurrection life not only revives but makes all things new for you.  Matt. 16:24-25, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’” Phil. 3:10, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” NKJV

6/18/2018 My Pledge to You

My Beloved, My Bride, to you I pledge My unconditional, eternal love. My desire is that each morning you awaken with peace knowing that I will never leave or forsake you, and that I will provide for your every need; that each day you are filled with joy because I rejoice over you with singing. I pledge to you My patience when you are stubborn or are working through the hard issues I reveal, and to be kind when I reveal them. I pledge to walk next to you through all you experience, bringing good out of any evil meant to harm you, because I alone am good. I will be faithful to you alone. I will be gentle with you, holding your heart close to Mine, and when My patience is tried, or My heart is hurt or angered by you, I will be long-suffering with you and readily forgive. For I am your God, you are My people. I am your Groom, and you are My Bride. I freely give and pledge these gifts to you, My Beloved One. Gal. 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” ESV

6/15/2018 A Shaking

Your security and stability are found in Me. When things are shaking around you, make sure to be found in Me. The shaking is only going to get worse. It is a sign of the times, and you must be firmly established and grounded in My Word, which is never shaken. Allow that which needs to drop away to do so and trust My Word in you to bring you through the trials you face and the hardships yet to come, bringing you forth as gold. Trust the Spirit of God within you to lead you according to My Word and you will see that all you are experiencing is but a light affliction compared to the glory I will reveal. Heb. 12:27-29, “Now this ‘Yet once more’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” NKJV

6/14/2018 Truth brings Light

Truth brings light, and it is My desire that you know the truth of Me so that My light can shine on those areas in which darkness is still allowed to reign – those areas where emotions run deep and lies have held you bound. My light will reveal the hope you need to see salvation come into situations that have imprisoned you. It will also reveal the abundant magnificence of blessing I have for you as My child. Truth is not always easy to swallow if you are steeped in your own ideas. It will, however, bring freedom from falsity and sin, and you will understand My power to release you and raise you up from the darkest dungeon of the soul, leaving you free to soar in the Light. Eph. 1:17-19a, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.” NKJV

6/13/2018 The Rainbow of His Glory

Remain in the light, for as the rain of heaven falls upon the light the full spectrum of My glory is released. Any area where darkness remains in you cannot reflect the colors of My life. I did not create you to live in shades of grey, but in full, living color! Walk in the light, as I am in the light, and those around will be drawn to the color radiating from a life righteously lived – a true reflection of My glory. John 2:28-29, “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” Is. 45:8, “Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the LORD, have created it.” NKJV

6/12/2018 Thrive in the Waiting

Don’t hold your breath waiting. You are not designed that way – to merely survive while you wait. You were called to thrive in it! Are your trust and hope in Me? There are blessings that are in the waiting that you will not see if you choose to wait in survival mode, neither can you advance. Let your strength be renewed and rest in Me during this time. As we take one day at a time together, you will find that we have moved a significant distance forward and that you are stronger for having chosen to patiently wait in the walking. More is accomplished in waiting on Me in joy and peace, than striving without Me in bitterness and anger. Ps. 62:5-8, “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. SELAH” NKJV

6/11/2018 Cocooned in My Hand

Release your anxiety and know that I am God. You are precious in My sight, beloved of Me. The battles you are facing will not last forever, and though you feel besieged on every side you are cocooned in the palm of My hand. You may feel that the enemy is larger than yourself, yet he is significantly smaller than I. Do not worry or fear. You face him with the power of heaven behind you and I will give you victory. I did not deliver you from the enemy only to surrender you to him. You are Mine.  Trust in My goodness, trust in My love, trust that I will do all I said I would in your life because you are precious to Me. Deut. 20:1, 3b, “When you go out to fight your enemies and see horses, chariots and a force larger than yours, you are not to be afraid of them; because ADONAI your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you…don’t be alarmed or frightened by them; because ADONAI your God is going with you to fight on your behalf against your enemies and give you victory.” CJB

6/8/2018 Pouring Out My Spirit

In lovingkindness with great mercy, I will draw the prodigals and the outcasts unto Myself. I have not forgotten this current generation or the fatherless state of many. I will gather them to Me and I will be their Father. I have heard the prayers of the weeping mothers and families, and though this generation appears weak, I will make them strong. They will link arms in the power of My might and shall do mighty exploits. They will be moved by My Spirit and not by what they see. For I have seen their affliction, have looked on in love, and declared them Mine. Watch and see what I will do! Prepare yourselves as spiritual fathers and mothers, for many will come and I will use you as catapults of destiny in their lives. Yes, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh! Joel 2:28-29, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” NKJV

6/7/2018 Establish Testimony

Let My testimony become firmly established in you. Seek to know and understand it so that you may communicate fully what I have done for and in you. Those that understand My testimony and walk in it do not lack the spiritual gifts necessary to operate in the world but are enriched by it in every way. Your testimony requires a death to your own way of thinking and a turning away from the sin that so easily ensnares you, that you may comprehend the fullness of the Spirit at work in you. It is more than just verbal expression, it is a way of life. Establish your testimony that you may overcome.  I Cor. 1:4-7, “I always thank my God for you because of the God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, that by Him you were made rich in everything – in all speaking and all knowledge – as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you, so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12:11, “They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.” HCSB

6/6/2018 Surrender

Surrender the concerns of your heart to Me. I know their importance to you and all involved even better than you. If you will let go, I will take control and take care of all concerned. Holding on so tightly is not healthy for you, physically or emotionally. Throw the anxiety My way and be at peace. Give the pieces of your shattered heart to Me and allow Me to hold you together. There is more happening than you realize and fighting to control it rather than releasing it is preventing you from stepping into the fullness I have for You. It is a distraction at best. Let it go – I AM able! Ps. 55:22, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” NKJV