GOD IS ALWAYS LOVE

YOU MAY NOT BE LOVE BY OTHERS.  BUT YOU ARE SURELY LOVE BY GOD

 

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Day 17 verses continue

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Revelation 21:5‭-‬6 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rev.21.5-6.NIV

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Matthew 18:19‭-‬20 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.18.19-20.NIV

Day 17 verses

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.4.1.NIV

My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord , among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 108:1‭-‬5 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.108.1-5.NIV

“In Jesus Name” – Day 17

In Pursuit

My bookshelves are lined with journals in every imaginable size and shape. Some are in three ring-binders, some leather bound and some covered in fancy fabric, each with a special beauty of its own. The pages are highlighted, tear-stained, scripted in longhand, scribbled in print and written in cursive. Some pages have thoughts written in the margins and other pages are empty, waiting for responses or words left unsaid. These journals are like dear, old friends … friends who’ve kept secrets, laughed and cried with me, and believed the best even in the worst of times. These journals, like soldiers reporting for duty, retell battles of days past. Inside each is the unfolding story of my relationship and partnership with God.

Some of the greatest chronicles of prayer and worship are preserved forever in the Bible. Accounts of a man after God’s own heart, the Psalms are an up-close and personal look at David’s relationship and partnership with God. They are filled with both celebration and lament and detail the heights and depths of a man’s experiences as he seeks after the face and hand of God. We share in his battles, adversities and conversations with God. David’s psalms are transparent, raw and authentic. They include worship, passion, repentance and a pursuit of God.

The prayers of the prophets show us the heart of God in the quest of man, but David’s psalms reveal the heart of a man in quest of God. “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1). His psalms also give us insight into a praying man. In Psalm 22:1, David cries out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” And just 21 verses later he declares, “You have answered me. I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You” (Psalm 22:21–22). From these two verses we see how he begins crying out from a place of desperation and ends by victoriously declaring God’s praises! This should be a measuring rod for our own prayers.

For more than 3,000 years, the Psalms have been a source of great inspiration, strength, direction, comfort and counsel as God’s people pursue a relationship with a faithful, loving Father. Begin your personal journey afresh with a lifestyle of prayer mentored by the Psalms, echoed by Jesus and inspired by the Holy Spirit. As your own faithful prayer journals start to take shape, fill them with raw emotions and prayers to the Father. These journals that document your desperation and His declaration will be a testament to His glory.

Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul.
~ Hannah More

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me David as an example of how to write from the emptiness of my soul and the fullness of my spirit. Like David, You welcome and cherish our time together. Help me to see the beautiful tapestry of my life as I allow Your hand to move in and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Activation

  • Start a declaration journal by writing the Psalms and inserting your name, or the names of those you are praying for, into each verse. On one page, write what you are praying. On the other, write what God is saying in response. Move your journaling from desperation to declaration!
  • Write down your heartfelt cries, your deepest moments of worship, your times of repentance and your times of joy. And like the Psalms are for us, let them be something that you and future generations can go back through and see how the hand of God worked in your life.
  • Search out a psalm that reflects what you’re praying about. Are you fearful? Hopeful? Regretful? Shameful? Worshipful? Joyful? The possibilities are endless. Once you have found a psalm, begin praying it out loud. You will move from praying it in your mind to praying it from your heart.

Memory Verse

“If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:19–20 (NKJ)

Day 16 verses

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.11.28-30.NIV

All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
Deuteronomy 28:2 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/deu.28.2.NIV

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.6.NIV

“In Jesus Name” – Day 16

Rhythm of the Holy Spirit

The steady beat of a metronome sitting on the windowsill softly resonates throughout my prayer room. I often find myself captivated by its consistent rhythm. It quiets my mind, soul and spirit and ushers in a gentle peace to the place where I enter into prayer.

A metronome is described as “a rhythm trainer to maintain a constant tempo; used to measure and regulate.” As I thought about this, I noticed a weight on the arm of the metronome that can be raised or lowered to adjust the tempo, the pace. At that moment, I heard God whisper to me, “The Holy Spirit is your metronome. He teaches you to measure and pace your life to My rhythm. Your pace should accelerate or slow down depending on what He says.” After this realization, my prayer became a declaration and a promise to tune my ear to God in order to live in His perfect, unforced rhythm.

We all need the Holy Spirit’s flawless rhythm. Many of us—whether a teenager, college student, young married, professional, parent or grandparent—find ourselves in a race against the clock. We’re limited to 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week, and often that doesn’t seem like enough. We become increasingly busy; we multitask; we overcommit. It’s a lifestyle that leads to stress and ends with us at His feet again, crying out for help and begging Him to slow life’s pace.

Just like our lives today, there were many times during Jesus’ ministry that He needed to be alone. He needed to step away from crowds of people and the hectic pace of life to spend time with God. Luke 5:16 (MSG) says, “As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.” He needed to realign Himself with the Father, quiet His spirit and hear from God.

Finding your place to retreat could be as simple as closing your eyes and focusing in on Him. It could be in your car or closet. It’s any physical or spiritual “place” where you can get with God in the midst of your busy life. As you begin to step away, you’ll begin to experience new ways of hearing God’s voice. And as you align yourself with God, you’ll begin to move at His pace.

Life may be busy and seemingly unmanageable, but with the Holy Spirit as our guide, we can set aside moments to be alone with God. These moments make all the difference. Once you sync your rhythm with His, you’ll find the Holy Spirit stopping you during your everyday life. In the middle of a busy day, you’ll retreat into His presence and emerge refreshed and ready. Just listen to the steady tick, tick, tick of His metronome.

I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.
~ John Wesley

Prayer

Lord, I know that Your pace is the perfect pace. I know that the only way I can keep up with my hectic schedule is to spend time with You. Help me to find the Holy Spirit’s rhythm for my life. Stop my day-to-day activities, remind me of Your power, and let me find that place where I can live freely with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Activation

Pray for the rhythm of God in your life. Retreat to your place with God. Record your impression. God may give you a picture, scripture, word or direction. Write it down. Respond whenever God speaks.

Memory Verse

The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJ)

Day 15 verses continue

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.8.15.NIV

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38‭-‬39 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.8.38-39.NIV

Day 15 verses

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/zep.3.17.NIV

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.2.10.NIV

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.3.12.NIV

“In Jesus Name” – Day 15

I Enjoy You

“I enjoy you!” Those words settled in my spirit as I nestled in my writing cubicle armed with my favorite markers, colored tabs, anointing oil, water, journals and Bibles. I looked at all my personal little idiosyncrasies, and it made me laugh. But in the midst of laughing at myself, I heard the Father say, “I enjoy you.” The very One I pray to finds me enjoyable? The God who allows me to enter His throne room with all my fears, failures, hopes, dreams, wants, needs and desires is telling me that He enjoys me? Then I heard Him speak into my spirit, saying, “This will be a year that I express My delight for My children. I will sing over them as a Father Who is filled with delight. This is how I see you, and I want you to receive like a child would receive and to believe like a child would believe. This is the year of My delight!”

One of God’s greatest desires is to have a close relationship with His children—He wants us to spend time with Him, talk to Him and listen for His voice. It doesn’t mean minimizing the glory, honor, power and majesty of the One we bow to, serve and obey. It means understanding, knowing and accepting that we are His beloved. His love and affection for us are that of a Father, but many of His children don’t know how much He loves them or understand who they are in Christ, and it affects their relationship with Him. Galatians 4:4–7 (MSG) tells us the Father sent His Son to make it possible for us to be His children and that we have the privilege of having intimate conversations with our Father. Your Father enjoys you, enjoys being with you and enjoys everything about you. This is His unconditional love for you! The more you grasp it, the deeper your relationship with Him will be!

His desire is for you to hear and believe Him when He says, “I love you, and I enjoy you.” He knows when you embrace His love for you, you can stand strong no matter what lies the Enemy may throw at you. Rejection, failure or unworthiness are no longer accepted as truth. You are an heir and have been given all the benefits and privileges of being His child. He gives you direct access to His throne and wants you to share your heart about your life and the needs of others because He enjoys you coming to talk with Him. From His throne you are given wisdom, understanding, vision, insight, counsel and above all, a Christlike love for yourself and those you’re interceding for. You can always have confidence in Him and pour out your heart before Him (Psalm 62:8, AMP).

Allow His light to shine on you and His delight to be showered over you. He’s singing over you with love and joy, and He wants you to experience a new and fresh revelation of His love this year so that you can enter His presence with an understanding of who you are—His delight!

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.
~ Brother Lawrence

Prayer

Father, I pray today You would show me that my uniqueness is a gift from You. I thank You that as I draw closer to You that I will be able to hear You speaking and singing over me. Help me to believe that each word and prayer I share with You is a priceless gem to Your ears. Show me today, Father, how to more fully enter into Your presence and enjoy You as much as You enjoy me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Activation

  • Designate a special place, separate from all distractions, that you can come to and meet with your Father.
  • Enter into His presence with thanksgiving; enter His courts with praise. Listen to worship music that speaks of His love for you. For example, “You Are For Me” and “My Beloved” by Kari Jobe.
  • Search the Word for scriptures that will personally show you just how much the Father loves and enjoys you.
  • Talk with God as a child to a Father. Tell Him your hurts, your triumphs, what most excited you about the day, what you didn’t understand, etc. As you do this more and more, you’ll begin praying with more confidence.

Memory Verse

The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJ)

Day 14 verses continue

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.
Matthew 17:20‭, ‬22 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.17.20-22.NIV