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May 2024

May 1
I know your questions about managing the things I have placed before you. Do not try to make something happen with partial understanding. You learned to listen to me…to my recorded words and to my impressions upon your mind. You have found me clear, and, as you acted upon my instructions, you have experienced my favor, love, and power. Have you not found the simplicity of following me to be the key to an effective and productive life? Be still and continue to listen carefully. I am revealing the next steps. Follow expectantly in faith. I will bring the opportunity to you.     
Psalm 63:11-12 
God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times.  Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Proverbs 4:25-27 
Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

May 2
You know my promise. You saw it fulfilled. You heard the description of my act of restoration. Allow my Spirit to deepen your belief in these moments of reflection. I made a way where there seemed to be no way. I honored the obedient prayer of my people. I forgave their sin. I healed and restored as part of a purpose you cannot fully comprehend. Be still, and know that I am God and that I will be exalted in the world. 
Psalm 46:10 
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

May 3      From 2019.05.03
Be assured that I am leading you, I know where I am going, and I know how to get there. Do not be anxious about where -- that question arises from your will to control things. Your job is to follow and to respond as I direct. I will make each step clear by the urging of my Spirit within you, translating my instruction into your conscious thought. Stay close. Listen with intentionality and responsiveness. I have the rest.     
Isaiah 11:2
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Galatians 2:2 
I went there because God revealed to me that I should go…

 

May 4
Focus on my reality. It is important that you do so, for when your thoughts are upon me and who I am, you invite the expansion of my Spirit within you, and I draw you closer to me. Think of my nature…I am the Creator, Master, and Commander of all that is. Confess it. Think of my mission…I saved you from the consequence of sin. Confess it. Think of my love…it is without limit or condition. Confess it. Think of my reality…I am with you right now. Confess it. By that simple thought process, you remain in my presence even as you attend to the day's responsibilities.
Colossians 3:1-3
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

 

May 5

Your mind is still this morning. Good. It is my peace in you, just as I promised. Many things swirl around you...needs, expectations of others, your own desires...each pulls at you for a solution. But keep your mind upon me. I am your peace. I am your shelter. I am the source of each solution-thought and the provision of resources to meet each need. I am your guide in the storm of issues. I am the victory you seek. Wait quietly, close to me.
Psalms 62:1-2
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 

May 6
Raise your eyes from the demanding mechanisms of the world around you and fix them upon me and my purpose. You are my masterpiece. I created you anew in relation to me so you can do the good things I planned long ago. I took residence in you by my Spirit and am the source of all necessary to fulfill my plans. Seek understanding of me with all your love, all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. Surrender yourself into my unimaginable love and remain there. You will find the rattling mechanisms that pull at you have become ordered and pliable as you engage your responsibilities.        
Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Mark 12:30
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
John 15:4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

 

May 7
I have much more to teach you about living life my way and about what awaits you afterward. It is important to remember what has already occurred. When you arrived at the point of unreserved belief in me -- my life, my death in payment of your sin, and my resurrection as proof -- I birthed you again spiritually. My Spirit took residence in you. You were made new -- a new life, a new way of thinking, a new approach to responsibilities and solutions. Your interests and desires shifted to me and my way, to questions about my Book and its contents, fresh awareness, and the ability to frame experiences through what you continue to learn about me. After all this time, you are still discovering the reality of my presence and my peace. It is real. Trust me...there is much more.         
Colossians 3:1-3
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
Isaiah 26:3
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

May 8
You are learning to know me. It is a process that will continue throughout your life. You have gained much experience with me, and you know to seek me as challenges loom. You also know that I hear your prayer and respond. I chose you and appointed you to the current task. I am guiding you in its performance. I am constantly teaching you how to engage with my Spirit and character – with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. I carry you through the challenge as I teach you. And I will establish you as my own in the process.
Colossians 3:10
Put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Colossians 3:12-13
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 

May 9
I speak of filling you with my story. It is the purpose of my Spirit in you. I intend that you be so full of me that there is no room or tolerance in you for anything apart from me. That prompts your question, “How am I to fulfill my responsibilities if I am to think only of you?” Do not worry. I designed you to be most effective in the performance of my assignment as you focus on me. From the fullness will flow wisdom and counsel to benefit others. From the fullness will come praise and thanks. From the fullness will come effective representation of me and my way in a culture largely absent of that knowledge. Yes…let my story, in all its richness, fill your life.  
Colossians 3:16-17
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

 

May 10
It is a matter of trusting me with your fear. I made it clear that I love you without limits or conditions and expect you to love me with all your being and follow me in surrendered responsive obedience. Yes, it is radical. In that singular and radical bond, I am working in you to establish and expand your desire and power to do what pleases me. Part of you rebels at that notion, claiming your right to independent thought and action. That is your fear of losing control. Have I not taught you that if you try to hold onto your life, you will lose it; but, if you give up your life for my sake, you will gain it fully? Trust me with your fear. Ask me. I will remove it and demonstrate my trustworthiness.       
Philippians 2:12-13
…obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Luke 9:24
If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

 

May 11
Think about those through whom I have brought blessings to your life…those who have gone before and those currently touching your life. Each is on his or her own journey with me and, by my design, has intersected with you. Dwell upon that thought. Allow my Spirit to bring their faces to mind. Recall the warmth of blessing you have received and give me thanks. Pray for each, seeking my blessing in their lives. In so doing, you gain insight into my character as I build it in you.  
Philippians 1:3-4
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy.

 

May 12
This journey is based on your faith in me. When you accepted my terms by faith, I filled in the blanks, and you experienced the ultimate paradox. To experience fullness of meaning and purpose, you must continually die to yourself, surrendering everything that defines you into my hands. It is contrary to everything you learned about effectiveness and success. I challenge the natural definitions of those terms and how they are attained and offer you the daily opportunity to follow me on my terms, according to my purpose, in the power of my promise, supplied at every turn by my grace. It is the offer of life and heaven. All you had to do was accept it. I have been guiding you each moment since and will see you all the way home.
John 12:24 
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
Romans 6:4 
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

 

May 13
You asked how to live effectively. I responded with instruction to surrender your way to mine. You asked for wisdom. My response was the same: surrender. You asked for discernment. My response remains. Your requests are motivated by your hope for significance. My response requires that your hope be surrendered to me as the only way to experience its fulfillment. Seek me and my way. My promise is real. You will realize your hope. Just ask me.
John 14:15-17
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Isaiah 11:2
And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
Proverbs 8:12, 14
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.

 

May 14
Yield your thinking to my Spirit. Ask me to take the controls. You will find that the peace and joy you are missing will reemerge rather quickly. With peace and joy will come the sharpness of mind and confidence with which you are familiar. I will establish your thoughts and empower your action. The light and warmth of my favor will envelop your every step, and you will know that I am near. Just ask.
Romans 8:6 
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

 

May 15
Upon your belief, I made you into a new man. I died to kill sin. I rose to life to kill death. Your belief in that fact ties you to my life and freedom from the power of sin and death. Live with me. Learn of me. Release the lie that holds you to old ways of thinking and acting. Speak that freedom. Claim it aloud. Let my Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes and lead you to effective living in every area of responsibility. I will dress you in a new nature designed specifically for you. And you will know that I have made you into a new man.
Romans 6:6-8 
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ, we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.
Ephesians 4:21-24
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

 

May 16
I continue showing you more of who I am and all I intend. Expect me to test what you think you know about me and the comfortable sense of what must be so in your life to which you hold so tightly. There is always more for one who follows on my terms…a turn in the journey, an unexpected assignment, a challenge to easy faith, my clear leading to something beyond your understanding and ability. Expect me to press humility, surrender, and dependence upon you as you learn to understand my eternal promises and directions that reach beyond this temporary experience you know as life.  
2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

 

May 17
In the press of the storm, confess my promise. Speak it aloud. Invite my Spirit to prove the soundness of your belief and the surety of your faith. Receive my strength freshly this morning. Know the peace and confidence of my presence. Experience the comfort of my protection. I am sheltering you even as I guide you. Expect my wisdom. Expect to see the way forward. Trust me, for I am your God. 
Psalms 31:14
But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!”
Psalm 31:19-20 
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.

 

May 18
I am here, watching, between you and the threat, directing your steps, and lifting you where you cannot go on your own. Relax in my arms. The difficulty that seems so close will not touch you. You have faith, but it holds at the extent of your sight. Allow my Spirit to conduct your faith beyond knowledge or imagination. I am the Lord, your God, your Savior.   
Mark 4:37-41
But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
Isaiah 43:2-3 
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

May 19
You know your need for me, and you have my favor. However, you do not always feel favored. It is because of your will to control, even though you understand my requirement to release control to me. It is a matter of your will not yielding to mine, and it rises at the expectations of others and your sense of responsibility to those expectations. We have important work to do. I stand ready to direct and bless the work and the results, but I wait for you to relax into my hands. I have this…always have. Pray into my presence, and rest there.
Matthew 5:3
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

May 20
Listening to me to understand my way and obey is beyond simply knowing about me. Listening implies desire and intent…surrendering your will and shifting your agenda to invest time in understanding and conforming your thoughts to mine. Acknowledging me is casual, done in passing, and costs you nothing, but listening to me requires that you consciously turn attention to me and remain in my presence. Come and learn how to listen. I will show you the wonder of living with me. 
Luke 10:39 
Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.

 

May 21
I instructed you to pray as an exercise in obedience and faith. Ask that my will be done and acknowledge my sovereignty and wisdom. Open yourself to receive my guidance and strength, knowing that I am building my way into you for your benefit. If I add time to my work in you, if I withhold the response for which you hope, if I allow difficulty to challenge your faith, I am still working for good. Persist with me. I have purpose in the manner of my response to your prayer. Linger in my presence and allow my Spirit to teach you my way. Trust me. I know what I am doing.
Matthew 6:10
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
1 John 5:15
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
Luke 18:1
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
Luke 11:9-10 
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

 

May 22
Persist in prayer. Keep asking. Keep seeking me on the matter of concern. I am here, and I hear you. I intend to increase your knowledge of me and build your faith so that you can follow obediently as I direct. These present circumstances pull and sorely distract you. Even in the trial of difficulty, my Spirit takes over to intercede for you according to my will, and you know my will is being enacted that all will work to good because of my sovereign purpose. Here is your confidence. I hear you and am at work on your behalf. Even when you cannot see it, you know it.
Romans 8:26-28
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

 

May 23
My love and provision for you is no less than it was for others that I rescued in times past. I separated you from unholy claims that sought to draw you away from me. I protected you along the way as I provided for the needs of life…fed you, clothed you, opened opportunities for you, grew you in the grace and knowledge of my way, and developed you into my representative. I have been your only Source all this time and I continue to be. This journey requires that you remain fixed upon me. Thereby you experience all that I have purposed for you. And this is the confidence that you have toward me, that as you ask anything according to my will, I hear you. And because of that, you know that you have the requests that you have asked of me.
1 Corinthians 10:1-4 
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

 

April 2024

April 1
You must have a clear understanding of my meeting with Peter several days after my resurrection. I wanted the meeting to be in a place familiar to Peter…his hometown, reconnected with family and old friends, having returned to his former occupation, surrounded by that which once defined his life.
In that comfortable place so well known to Peter, the trauma of my crucifixion and his denial still fresh and raw, uncertain of my purpose in being there, he and I needed to reconcile. His work was about to begin in earnest. Though I knew the stature of his heart, in those moments he did not. The topic of that private meeting was the tension that existed between the call of his past and my call for his future. I purposely addressed him by the name of his past, Simon. My question was simple. “Do you love me?” He had a decision to make that would define the rest of his life. Peter’s answer and all that followed is known to the world. What is yours?   
John 21:17
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

April 2
Because of the agony of my death and the wonder of my resurrection, because of my sacrificial act to defeat sin and death, and because I know you believe the fact of both, you have life eternal and fulfillment in life now. My presence defines you. You need not fear anything in this life or its continuation into eternity because I purchased your freedom to stand before me. Walk in courage today with the precious reality of my gift. Keep it foremost in your mind as you engage responsibilities. Life, love, confidence, peace, wisdom, understanding, faith, hope, vision, trust, patience, knowledge…all yours by my grace. 
John 21:17
…He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
John 20:31
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
Romans 5:21
So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

April 3
Allow me to bring faces and names to your mind…those touched by your influence. Some you know well, others less so, some not at all. I have entrusted them to you along with the responsibility to guard influence carefully and use it as I direct. You communicate to each of them in various ways and times unknown to you. They see you at a distance, read your words, or hear you speak, and at each encounter, each interprets what they experience drawing a conclusion about themselves and you. You always represent me. My Spirit will raise your awareness of such influence and guide you in its use. Follow me closely in this great responsibility.     
1 Peter 5:2
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
John 21:16
Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

 

April 4
My question to Peter was pointed and required him to weigh his answer. “Do you love me more than these familiar things around you, these elements that define your life?” I ask you the same question. It is the most important question I will ever ask…and the most difficult. I know your heart, and I know you want the answer to be yes, yet you assign primacy elsewhere. You correctly understand that I ask you to surrender to me that which you most fear losing. It is the challenge faced by everyone who desires to follow me. It is a question of belief, faith, and trust. At the core of the challenge is the desire of your heart, not your ability to comply. I will provide the wherewithal for compliance, but I await your decision.       
John 21:15a
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Philippians 3:7-8 
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him…

 

April 5
Gather the dusty rough-edged stones and the splintered timbers that so frustrate you and bring them all to me. Quietly lay them down before me and release them. I know how to handle such things. I delight in making things of beauty from rough materials. Truly, I am the only one who can. Though you naturally focus on the rough edges and splinters, I see diamonds and fine threads of gold and silver. Wait quietly in my presence. Trust me. You will be amazed at my work.
Psalms 62:1-2
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 

April 6
Know this and place your full weight upon it as you start the day. I hear and answer your call for help. I keep you safe from harm. I help and strengthen you. I know your heart’s tenderness for me and favor it. I shape your desires and grant them. I lead you to effectiveness and accomplishment. I am the source of your success. I answer your prayer. I love you more than you can imagine. I am the Lord, your God. Hold fast to these facts and step into the day with confidence, not in your ability, but in mine.
Psalm 20:1-3
In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
Psalm 20:4-5
May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers.

 

April 7 
When I make an assignment, I do so with purpose. The incidence of reluctance or discomfort among others or even in yourself is not necessarily an indication that you have misunderstood me. Use that discomfort as an opportunity to get closer to me...to clarify your understanding of my direction. To that point, be sure that you check the validity of my assignment with me rather than with those who show reluctance with me and my way in things. Trust me. I will accomplish what I intend. You will find all the freshness and strength needed, and my influence will be expanded.
Isaiah 40:28-31
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Nehemiah 6:9
They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.
Nehemiah 6:15-16
So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.

 

April 8
I know your heart…that unique element of my creation that bridges your will, your mind, and your spirit. I monitor it continually, for that is where my Spirit dwells. The life and promises I offer require that your will conform to mine. I urge it so, but I will not force it. To do so would violate my creation. I call. I invite. I press. I wait for you to decide what you believe about me and to discover the wonder of surrender to my faithful promise. I watch for the instant of yield and foster it by my Spirit. Thereby will you know the fullness of all I offer. You try so hard to do my will your way. It just will not work. I will teach you. Pay attention to my urging.  
Psalms 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

 

April 9
I preserved the record of my instructions, decrees, and commandments and placed it in your hands. I placed my Spirit in you to guide your understanding. Open my book. Read it. Meditate upon it. Absorb it. I built you with a need for significance and for that need to be fulfilled in a relationship with me. But you explore so many other ways to meet that need seeking the approval of those around you while ignoring the powerful set of my instructions in your hand. Even as you struggle to grasp the allurements of your way, you sense my Spirit drawing you to my Word. Consider what I offer…revival and freshening of your being, wisdom in all things, unmistakable joy, insight for effective living. Just ask. I will give you a desire for my way and guide you in it.
Psalm 19:7-8
The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.
John 16:13
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

 

April 10
I am extreme. Nothing compares to me. No human concept will come close to grasping my holiness and majesty. Only when you accept that fact will you experience the bridge that I built into your heart. You will understand reverence for me, and you will embrace all that is meant by the phrase, the fear of the Lord. You will treasure my Words and requirements. They will come alive in your heart, and you will desire them more than anything else in your life. You will know that I am extreme; that I have extreme expectations and make extreme promises; that I lavish extreme love upon you both in this life and that to come; and that I have set an extreme reward for you that will last forever. Come…lean into my extreme nature and know my love.
Psalm 19: 9-11 
Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.

 

April 11
I know your heart and your desire to follow me. I know the distractions that pull at you and place my Spirit between you and those things. Incline your thoughts to me…explore the truth of my expectations and promises with confidence that I am present and leading you. Keep your spirit-eyes upon me and rest the full weight of your life and responsibility in my hands. I am your source and safety.
Psalms 25:1, 4-5
O LORD, I give my life to you.
Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
John 21:17
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

 

April 12 
I brought you to this place in our journey with purpose. Yes...it does look like it is an impossible passage forward. That is exactly what I want you to understand. Were you alone, it would be quite impossible to go on. But you are not alone, nor have you arrived here by your power. Do you not remember the impossibilities already succeeded on our way? Your distress is due to the object of your focus. You are looking at the mountain to be scaled, yet I have taught you to look at me...to invest faith in me, in my ability, in my power, in my knowledge, in my strength. In me, nothing is impossible.
Matthew 17:20
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

 

April 13
Pull your eyes off the swirling dust and turn to me. Ignore the wind and seek me. I am here, reaching for you. Come close and know my comfort and my counsel. In the moment, wait patiently with confidence and courage. There is an effective way forward that I will show you. Wait for my instructions and prepare to act. Incline yourself to me. I will cause you to know what to do and when to do it.  
Psalms 27:7-8
Hear me as I pray, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me. And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.
Psalms 27:11
Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
Psalms 27:14
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

 

April 14
I am freshening you this morning. My Spirit wraps you in my strength and renews your hope. I resharpen your vision and restore your confidence. I bring to your mind the experience of our journey and the unmistakable points of my provision. You sense the load lift, and you know that you are in my presence. Linger here with me and allow my restoration to continue. In these moments you know that I will show you exactly how to proceed, that it will be crystal clear, and once again you realize deep trust in me that shatters every shadow of doubt. 
Psalms 143:8
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Psalms 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.

 

April 15
Allow David’s progression of thought to inform yours. In the middle of great difficulty, I caused him to recall the many times I acted miraculously to rescue my people. Specifically, I brought him to the story of Moses and the sea. As David dwelt upon the power of that occurrence, his mind moved from distress to recall to confession of my holiness and power to the obvious conclusion…My road led through the sea! It was a pathway no one knew was there. I chose not to reveal the conclusion to David until he went through the process of remembering and confessing. I designed a similar conclusion to rescue David that day. In the experience of difficulty and challenge, humble yourself, linger in my presence, seek me diligently, and confess sin as I reveal it. Just as with Moses and David, I hear, forgive, and restore. Sometimes my path of restoration is the one you least expect.
Psalms 77:11
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
Psalms 77:13
O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?
Psalms 77:19
Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!

 

April 16
You have my gift of salvation for eternity, and you are secure. Give no thought to your legacy. Your significance is in me. Focus on fostering my love and my way in your children and their children. There is the ripple effect of influence best sought. As you incline your will to me, to all that is included with surrender to me, I bring favor upon you and carry the influence of my love into the generations of your family. Tombstones slowly turn to sand and names fade from memory, but my love remains forever in the hearts of those who are faithful to me from generation to generation. 
Psalm 103:15-18 
Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here. But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

 

April 17
My Spirit guards your heart for it contains your will and the exercise of your mind. From the inclination of your heart emerges behavior and words…things that, once out, cannot be recalled. You are my representative, and I jealously tend to the rightness of your heart and the rightness of action, working within you, guiding you to truth, and empowering your action. You will know my intent, for my Spirit in you will make it clear. You will experience my power and find that I accomplish infinitely more than you can even imagine.   
Psalms 84:11
For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
John 16:13 
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Ephesians 3:20
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

April 18
The fight is being conducted in the spiritual realm, but the battleground is the world. Because you declare me as God, there will be no avoiding the conflict. You will be put upon, but you will not be defeated because I am in you and around you. I am both your shield and your inner strength. Stand firm in the confidence I provide. Be strong in your faith. I am the one who holds your head high. I am the one who answered your call. I am the one who awakened you in safety this morning. I am the one watching over you.
1 Peter 5:8-9 
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith…
1 John 4:4
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
Psalm 3:3-4 
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.

 

April 19 
You heard me accurately. I called. Come and talk with me. I know the thing that is on your mind and the concern you carry about it. I have chosen to keep it before you, and I will lead you through it. Come into my presence today and ask me about it. Remain in my presence. Reject the common distractions of your busyness. Listen to my thoughts and receive my instructions. Follow closely as I lead you.
Psalms 27:7-8
Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

 

April 20
Ask me to increase your belief and your faith. I will build these treasures in you refreshing your mind, giving you resolute hope, accurate insight, and clear understanding. Stand upon belief. Hold to faith. Trust the surety of my promises. Act obediently to the urging of my Spirit with the unshakable conviction that I am imparting my will for good on your behalf and that my way forward will be revealed at exactly the right moment according to my purpose. 
Psalms 77:19
Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

April 22
Our relationship and my action to refine it is always about the condition of your heart…that unique combination of will, thought, belief, faith, and their unrestricted tuning to me. I am using this time to purify what I saw to be an encumbered heart. As you stomp your boot upon a rock to knock off dried mud, so I have used these circumstances to shake off layers of pride, self-indulgence, and complacency that I saw accruing around what must always be a pure, yielded, and responsive heart. You are aware of the trial presented by my refining process and the troubling emotions it engenders. Embrace it. You will survive intact, and you will find that following me is easier without the drag.       
Proverbs 17:3
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.
Zechariah 13:9
I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘“These are my people,” and they will say, “The Lord is our God.”
1 Peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

 

April 22
Closer…come closer. You have my promise, and it will never end or fail. I will never stop loving you and providing for you. Thoughts of the assignment have distracted you, your desire to worship me has cooled, and you have drifted out of position. Turn your mind to me and release the tasks into my hands. I will rekindle your desire, worship will emerge, and the tasks that have seemed so tiresome will unfold easily before you. Following me is all about closeness.  
Jeremiah 32:40 
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
Isaiah 43:13
From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.
Isaiah 43:18-19
But forget all that (the past evidence of my promise and power) — it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

 

April 23
You asked about the opportunity that I placed before you. You doubt your ability to handle it properly, yet it meets all the criteria by which you have tested it. I have not yet assigned it to you, so testing and talking to me about it is exactly the right thing to do. Should I direct you to accept it, I will make it clear. There will be no doubt. Your next act is to stand up and go...even if you do not fully understand my purpose in it. Know this, I will have already created in you the ability to do the work.  
Luke 5:24-25
So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.

 

April 24
The future belongs to me as do you. Dwell upon my goodness and mercy and power. These virtues are stored up and lavished upon you in response to your unreserved trust and dependence upon me. Have I not provided? Have I not affirmed you before others? You looked away and were shaken by the unknown. Bring your attention back to me and confess your dependence. Your job is here and now. The responsibility to represent me properly is significant and the source of so doing is me in you. I am providing all you need and will continue to do so. Remain in my presence and follow me as I have taught you. Trust me with the future.   
Psalm 31:19 
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
Matthew 6:33 
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
2 Corinthians 9:8 
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Psalm 37:25-26 
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.

 

April 25
I am demonstrating faithfulness to my promises. You are watching it happen, but you do not fully understand all that I am doing. Remember and enjoy the richness of my presence and protection. I am doing exactly what I said I would do. Hold tightly to this and apply what you see to other questions in your life. I Am and I see to the care of the righteous who humble themselves and follow me as I direct. Trust me.  
Psalms 23:3
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Psalms 23:5
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
2 Chronicles 7:14b-15
…I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.

 

April 26
I am unfailing. You know that as a fact upon which you have learned to place your full dependence. Once again, I am testing your faith in a matter. In the face of that challenge, speak of my power. Confess my unfailing love. Rehearse the times that I have been your safe refuge. Recall the exercise of my strength in you and through you. As this day dawns, once again fix yourself in my presence and follow me as I prove the worth of your faith.    
Psalm 59:16-17 
But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

 

April 27
You call for justice. I respond with forgiveness. Do you understand? In my kingdom, repentance and forgiveness are part of my justice. I do not ignore sin, and unrepented sin will have just consequences. By my sacrifice, I defeated sin. By my resurrection, I defeated death. By my living presence, I offer forgiveness and restoration to those who repent. Therein is true justice. Your call for justice is a plea for the rise of truth, my reward of righteousness, and relief from the pain of evil. I have not ignored it. You will see all those things on the other side of forgiveness. Humble yourself. Enter my presence. Seek my definition of justice. Turn from your way and embrace forgiveness.   
Matthew 6:12-15
…and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

April 28
Nearness to me will produce change according to my purpose. I may alter circumstances or meet physical needs, but my first attention is to restore the wounded spirit within circumstances. Belief refined within need and hope supersedes difficulty and becomes a tool of influence. Faith in the face of seeming impossibility gains my favor and strength. Move closer to me. Bring your belief, your hope, and your faith as sacrificial gifts before me. Experience the restoration of spirit I have promised.  
Matthew 15:31 
The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn’t been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel.

 

April 29
I made you free when you surrendered to me. Your experience in freedom expanded as you devoted yourself to understanding and applying my teachings. Now, with freedom and understanding, have I not amazed you with a breadth of influence and opportunity? In all this, my provision has met and exceeded your needs. Do not be distracted with worry about how I will manage the future. Rather, delight in me. Meditate on my teaching. Lean in, and trust what you have discovered. I will handle everything else.    
Psalm 119:45 
I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. I will speak to kings about your laws, and I will not be ashamed. How I delight in your commands! How I love them!  I honor and love your commands.  I meditate on your decrees.

 

April 30
I have assigned you. Yet, you worry about your limitations…time, money, ability, understanding, wisdom. It is true, for I have specifically purposed those limitations in you so that you might learn of me and speak of my ways. Accepting your limitations is the first step in experiencing my unlimited provision of love and power in your life. Transferring trust from yourself to me is the next step. Confess your limitations and your responsibilities. Surrender control and remain in my presence. Watch as I demonstrate my purpose.     
Matthew 14:16-30 
But Jesus said, “…you feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
“Bring them here,” he said. 
Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

March 2024

March 1
The issue is with those who refuse to seek me, who arrogantly claim to have no sin or remain unrepentant of known sin…those who intentionally avoid me and keep me out of their lives. When carried long, the avoidance pattern is inherited by their children and spread into successive generations. That explains what you see in the culture now surrounding you. A claim to be without sin is a claim that I and my sacrifice are unnecessary. It is a foolish generational death sentence. But my promise of forgiveness stands. One who seeks me in surrendered agreement that I AM, confessing and turning from sin, will find me faithful and just to forgive and thoroughly clean out the infection of sin. When the infection is remedied, darkness and fear evaporate, and life fills that place. I stand ready to change the end of every story. 
Exodus 34:7
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.”
1 John 1:8-9
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

March 2
It is easy for you to doubt…to look at the task ahead and focus on the elements that you do not know how to approach. To do so is natural, but you have learned not to depend upon what is natural. You know me and my promise. You remember so many experiences of my provision. Allow my Spirit to bring those memories to your mind and be encouraged. Truly you know the goodness I have stored up for you because of your faith and dependence. As always, I am ready to lavish it on you and bless you before the watching world. So be strong and move with me confidently. For you have placed your hope in me. 
Psalms 31:19
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
Psalms 31:24
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!

 

March 3
As I did with another of my other followers in the past, I lifted the fog and enabled you to see clearly how I have guided you safely for so long, provided for you in ways beyond your means, and empowered you with abilities and influence that you may not yet fully comprehend. This morning, take a deep breath in my presence and in the awareness that I have granted you. Be confident that just as I have done before, I will continue to guide and support you in your journey. Move forward with me today with a sense of assurance.
1 Chronicles 17:16
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
1 Chronicles 17:18-20

“What more can I say to you about the way you have honored me?  You know what your servant is really like.  For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known.  O Lord, there is no one like you...”

 

March 4
My hand is open; take it. Come near and remain in my presence. Know the satisfaction that is reserved for you. Trust my way; it is always right and fulfilling. Wash in my kindness; it is unending. Call my name; I am here. I brought you all this way and there remains much more to show you. I will clear the way forward and guide you in it. Trust me and move. 
Psalm 145:16-18 
When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.

 

March 5
Lift your eyes to me. Listen to my voice with your spirit. Experience the freshness and confidence I provide. I have already charted your steps through the challenge that emerged. Trust me with this as you have with so many others. Thank me for what I know when you cannot yet see through the fog. In all this be grateful and honor my love and unlimited ability, believing the reality of that to which I directed your faith.
Psalm 40:2-3 
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.

 

March 6
The needs and expectations that press upon you are real, but they are not apart from my authority. Follow me into an examination and invite my Spirit to sort through the patterns and priorities that you hold. I will reveal the source of needs and expectations and a course of correction you may embrace that will lessen their impact upon you. As you agree with me, turning from things not consistent with my purpose for you, I will replace them with a desire for Me and my way. You will experience a growing desire for my authority to be worked out in your life. The priority of my purpose will rise, and you will discover the effectiveness for which you long. You will then know that I am enough.
Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Matthew 6:33
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Psalms 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

March 7
I know the challenge that arises from my instruction and how far out of your reach it is. Though your heart is willing, you see no way to proceed. Remember, it is your heart that I watch and will honor. Confess that I AM your Source and will meet your needs. Receive my peace. Invite my Spirit to examine and order your thoughts, reveal the resources at hand, and open your mind to faith that I can infinitely bring about what I direct. In faith wait and trust and watch. I will reveal the way when there seems to be no way. 
Psalms 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Mark 6:37-38, 41-43 
But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”
“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”
They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.

 

March 8
I am your resource. There is no need of which I am unaware or which I will not meet. The issue is that you desire what you do not yet need, and your focus is fixed on the desire rather than upon me. Your first responsibility is to me. Adjust to it accordingly and know my favor and my peace. Fix upon the reality that I AM; that I am the Everlasting Creator of all that is; that I am ever present and ever able. Bring your concern to me in the context of your belief and your faith. Ask me. I will show you how. I AM. Expect me to be so. 
Psalms 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Isaiah 40:28
Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
Isaiah 40:31
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

 

March 9
Remember how I have cared for you all these years. You have always had what you need. As you think back, you cannot recall a gap. As I led, I provided. Look around you. You are surrounded by evidence of my provision. Allow the memories to encourage you with my constancy and dwell upon that fact as you consider the future and how it will play out according to my purpose for you. Select a piece of that evidence and keep it near you as a reminder that I AM and always will be. 
Psalms 23:1
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Exodus 16:11-12, 35
Then the LORD said to Moses, “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God.’ ”
So the people of Israel ate manna for forty years until they arrived at the land where they would settle. They ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
Exodus 16:33
Moses said to Aaron, “Get a jar and fill it with two quarts of manna. Then put it in a sacred place before the LORD to preserve it for all future generations.”

 

March 10 
The constancy of prayer and faith are essential in the things I have placed before you. It is easy for you to focus on the desired result of your faith, prayer, and work, for you are outcome-oriented. Such is part of your effort to control things. Yet, my emphasis is on the process. I know the outcome. You are processing toward it. I desire your un-wavering faith in my authority to do as I purpose in the process and in your faithful responsiveness to my leading. The key to understanding my meaning when I speak of faith and moving mountains is discovered in the concept of total surrender. Do not try to learn about mountain moving. Focus upon surrender. I will take care of the rest.
Matthew 21:21 
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.  You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

 

March 11
I am leading you and teaching you as we move. Often, I carried you past areas that I knew would have unduly distracted or challenged. You were unaware of it, but you recall the unusual peace you experienced. Those were the moments I was holding you most tightly. It was I who renewed your strength and restored your confidence. I am teaching you my ways so that you may enjoy my favor. Even though you strain to run ahead trying to prove yourself to me, I hold you that you may learn to desire the stillness as much as you desire to run. Trust me. I know what I am doing. 
Psalms 23:3
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Isaiah 40:11
He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Exodus 33:13
If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”

 

March 12
Consider the faith of my friend Ezra to whom I gave an essential assignment. He was to organize and conduct a large group of my people from Babylon to Jerusalem. I caused the powerful head of Babylon’s government, a king who did not know me, to endorse and fund the assignment. Ezra openly proclaimed his faith in my ability to accomplish what I directed. On the eve of departure, he gathered the people for final instructions. Though the king would have provided an armed guard for the trip, Ezra declined. He trusted me to protect and lead. He was intent on bringing honor to my name before the people and the pagan leadership. Ezra led the people to fast and pray, asking me to take care of them. I heard their prayer and conducted them safely to Jerusalem.  
Learn from this story. I am guiding and protecting you. See that I am honored in your own heart and before those who watch.  
Psalms 23:3
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Ezra 8:21-23
And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled. For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to accompany us and protect us from enemies along the way. After all, we had told the king, “Our God’s hand of protection is on all who worship him, but his fierce anger rages against those who abandon him.” So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer.

 

March 13
I AM your strength and your guide. As I led David and later Elijah, so I am leading you. Each of those men understood how to honor me and did so intentionally, demonstrating over and again humility and a deep desire to know and perform my will. When others watched their acts and heard their words, they found Me. When others sought Me, they found David or Elijah. The distance remained thin between each of these men and Me. I knew I could trust them with unusual authority and power to accomplish that to which I assigned them. And each knew I was the source of that ability. Truly, they were My men. I desire it so with you.    
Psalms 23:3
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
1 Kings 18:36
At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command.
1 Kings 18:37
O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”

 

March 14
You have held the old offense much too long. You found no way to resolve the matter and pushed it out of your mind long ago. But upon being reminded, you are surprised at the emotion that remains attached to it. It is time to stop replaying the matter and clear it. Confess the lack of resolution to me. The offender is gone and cannot be faced. You must actively trust me to guide you to fo
rgiveness of the offender and to my forgiveness of you. Follow the model I left for you…humble yourself and pray. Seek me intentionally. Agree with each point I raise, confess it, and turn from it. I will forgive and restore your heart.   
Psalms 32:1
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Mark 11:25 
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
1 John 1:9 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

March 15
David had his own rod and staff. I provided him with high-quality tools in his early work as a shepherd. He knew how to use them effectively to rescue foolish sheep and to fend off predators. But he did not refer to his tools in this song. He knew their limits. He sang about My tools. A very capable man intentionally humbled himself into the role of a dependent and shifted trust to My presence and My tools. David trusted My limitless ability. The comfort he experienced became the lyric of his song, "I will not fear because You are with me."
Consider that as you think through the flow of this day. Know the humble Spirit-formed confidence of David. Shift your trust to My limitless ability. 
Psalms 23:4
…I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Isaiah 12:2
Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”

 

March 16
Your nearness to me yields faith; your faith yields obedience, your obedience yields trust, your trust brings you ever closer, and your faith increases. It is a way of living that I favor for I know your heart and can trust you with assignments that expand my influence among people. In my presence, there is no fear. My assignment will seem extreme, but with it is the calm assurance of my grace. Peace and confidence mark my favor and blessing. And you will respond in obedience knowing that you move in my strength, ability, protection, and provision.  
Psalms 23:4
…I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Hebrews 11:8
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.

 

March 17
I reveal truth to you. It is sometimes painful to learn. You run fast on the road to which I have assigned you, so fast that you often run past me...and opportunities. You missed things I would have directed you to do...important things. Some saw you pass who longed for your attention and with whom I had planned to use you. So, I have caused you to stop and allowed the pain of missed opportunity to reside in you. We will move again, but a pain-scar will remain in you as a reminder. Keep your eyes on me so I can use you as I intend.
Psalms 69:5-6
O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you.  Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me...
Joshua 5:14
...At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”

 

March 18
I am here just as I promised. I live in you and you in me.  Speak it. Know it. Trust it. I will never leave you alone. In the calm or the wind. When you wander or when you run ahead, I am there watching, protecting, calling. Ask me for wisdom and instruction. I give it freely. The sense in your spirit that this decision or that direction is right is my Spirit urging to my purpose. Keep your mind on me and trust my leadership. I am always here.
Psalms 23:4
…I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me...
1 John 4:15
All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.

 

March 19
I own time and will order it for you. Just ask. I am the source of strength and will freshen you with it. Just ask. I am the compass for your life and daily movement and will mark a clear path for you. Just ask. I appointed you to the assignment that remains before you. It awaits your firm grip and your strong knees. I will restore your energy and sharpen your mind. Just ask. Return to position once again and know my ability, my awareness, my discernment, my encouragement. I renew your strength and I guide you along the right path. 
Psalms 23:3
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths…
Hebrews 12:12-13
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
Isaiah 35:3
With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.

March 20
Your experience amid the swirling circumstances is like a banquet of my presence surrounded by gifts of confidence and peace. Others watch with limited understanding as you dwell in my presence sustained by our communion. You know the threat of rising and falling issues. You also know your need for me. It is a present and constant reality in which you have come to trust my provision of wisdom, courage, knowledge, discernment, direction, resources…of everything necessary to act effectively in the performance of my will. I AM and that is enough. 
Psalms 23:5
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies...
Matthew 5:3
God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
John 6:35
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

 

March 21
My anointing, my power, and my blessing are quite real. You have experienced all three, yet they are a mystery and will remain so in this era of your life. Seek me diligently knowing that the fullness of my revelation cannot occur within the limits of your physical being. There will come a time when you understand fully. For now, I will allow you glimpses of my glory and power, and you will marvel at the mystery. Even those brief moments of glory are powerful beyond your imagination. Press to know and experience what I have allowed. Leave nothing unexplored. Know the overflow of my blessing and represent me well to those who watch.  
Psalms 23:5
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
1 Corinthians 2:9
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Psalms 31:19
How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

 

March 22
I direct you to seek me intently, persistently, to come to know me, my love for you, and the way I have selected for you. As you seek me, I pursue you…every day and night, always present, always loving, always guiding you to deeper understanding and higher reaches of faith. I am the fulfillment you desire. I am the source of your effectiveness. I Am, and that is more than enough.  
Psalms 23:6
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life…
2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
Colossians 1:10
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

 

March 23
As you rest in my presence, in communion with me, I invite you to an advanced condition of closeness…to seek my face. As a child naturally moves into his father’s lap and arms, looking up into his face, so I invite you to that intimate face-to-face experience. It is a place of unmistakable clarity as everything that may naturally come between us is removed, and you rest in the cover of my Holy Spirit. There is where you begin to understand the mysteries of my love and forgiveness, of prayer and authority, of assignment and provision. Yes, come humbly into communion with me and seek my face. I will make the way clear.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Psalms 91:1
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Luke 1:35
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you...

March 24
It is my privilege each year to remember each day of the week leading to Easter Sunday, to walk through the week with Jesus. I invite you to walk with us. 

Sunday was the first day of the week in those days. The Jewish observance of Passover was just five days away, and Jerusalem was full of people from around the country. You wondered if I knew what would occur. Yes. I told my men exactly what to expect on the way up to Jerusalem. I knew what would happen and when. The Passover celebration observes the night my people were released from slavery in Egypt many years ago. That night the people were instructed to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and sprinkle the lamb’s blood on their front doors to indicate their obedience and belief that I would rescue them. Now, on the Friday of the Passover remembrance, I would become the lamb sacrificed for the sin of all mankind. This is my purpose in moving from Heaven to live on earth. My death, my shed blood applied to you upon your belief in me, ensured your safety from the consequence of sin. My resurrection on Sunday would prove it.    
Matthew 20:17-19
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside privately and told them what was going to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

 

March 25
As I entered Jerusalem on that Monday, I saw a fruit tree that had no fruit. I caused it to wither and die as an example to my men and you that I expect there always to be fruit in the representation of me. A fruit tree without fruit is mere pretense. So it is with one who claims to be my follower and is not obedient to my direction. It is not my intent that you undertake obedience in your own power. You will fail. I constantly teach you to rely upon me to empower obedience by the investment of faith and confidence in my ability…even in the face of that which seems impossible. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.
Matthew 21:18-22 
In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry, and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up. 
The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

March 26
By Tuesday morning, the religious leaders had contrived a way to have me arrested for violation of Roman law. They sent spies to question me regarding payment of taxes to the Roman government intending to trap me. My response applies to you as you prepare to settle your tax obligation. Your obedience to me must be primary. I hold you responsible for obeying just laws of human government so that your influence for me remains unhindered. Therein lies an opportunity to shape government from within the system, something in which I will guide you. However, should your obedience to me place you in conflict with human law, you may suffer. I will provide the grace and strength to guide you in that suffering. Remember, I did not enter the city that week to reform government. I was there to provide salvation for you in an eternal relationship with me. That fact remains always.   
Luke 20:20-26 
Watching for their opportunity, the leaders sent spies pretending to be honest men. They tried to get Jesus to say something that could be reported to the Roman governor so he would arrest Jesus. 
“Teacher,” they said, “we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully.  Now tell us—is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
He saw through their trickery and said, “Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
So they failed to trap him by what he said in front of the people. Instead, they were amazed by his answer, and they became silent.

 

March 27
On Wednesday of that last week, as I was teaching the people who gathered at the temple, I watched wealthy individuals drop their gifts in the collection box. A woman I knew to be widowed and poor came and dropped in two small coins. I was moved, for while the rich gave poorly from surplus, the poor woman gave richly from little…everything she had. That is my point to you today. I created you. I fostered you. I bought you back from sin and death. I appointed you. I resource you. I guide you. I encourage you. I protect you. You are rich by my grace. That poor woman is your example. I expect you to tender title and control of all that you have and are into my hands for my purpose. That becomes a challenge of trust for you.  Nevertheless, I wait.
Luke 21:1-4 
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.  Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”

 

March 28
It was Thursday of that last week. The religious leadership had determined to have me killed and were simply waiting for the right moment. It came late that night. I spent part of the day with friends in the Bethany neighborhood just outside of Jerusalem. While we were there, two individuals acted, one to honor me, and one to betray me. Each was among those closest to me. Read their stories carefully, for you are not terribly unlike either of them. In fact, you will choose to honor or betray our relationship today by your obedience or your disobedience. Prepare now,  for the moment of choice that will emerge. Take your position near me and lean into my strength. Keep your spiritual eyes upon me. I will carry you successfully through the moment.
Matthew 26:6-7 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
Matthew 26:14-15 
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.

 

March 29
That Friday, the religious leaders got what they wanted. I was arrested in an early morning raid, brutally beaten, ridiculed, subjected to a fixed trial, pronounced guilty, nailed to a cross, died, and was buried. At any moment through that ordeal, I could have simply called for the angels of heaven, and they would have rescued me. But I endured it for you. Sin can only be eliminated by death. That Friday, I took your place. You, once a prisoner of sin, are free from my judgment and from enslavement to sin because of my sacrificial death. Friday, in an exercise of love and grace beyond your ability to fully grasp, I…your Creator, the Master and Commander of all eternity…purchased your freedom. On Friday, with my shed blood and expended life, I paid the price of your sin. But that was only Friday…the story was not yet over.       
John 18:12
So the soldiers, their commanding officer, and the Temple guards arrested Jesus and tied him up.
John 18:22 
Then one of the Temple guards standing nearby slapped Jesus across the face.
John 19:1
Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip.
John 19:17-18 
Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross.
John 19:34 
One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear…
John 19:42 
…the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Ephesians 1:7 
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

 

March 30
Saturday was a day of deep grief and struggle with unbelief. Though I told my followers what to expect, they had become fixed upon their design of the next part of our journey. On that Saturday, they had no frame into which my death and absence would fit. Grief, confusion, and incomprehension flooded their minds. Their immediate reality was that I was gone; the story was ended; hope was shredded; light was extinguished. Saturdays can be crushingly dark…you are familiar with such days. Yet, Saturday is but one day passing, and it can be endured. I did not leave them, and I will never leave you. Yes, Saturday, though dark, is but one day passing. Hope lies with Sunday, and Sunday is coming.     
John 16:19 
Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again. I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.
Lamentations 5:21 
Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had. Or have you utterly rejected us?

 

March 31  Easter Sunday
I am alive and present with you. That is the message of Sunday. That is the message of the ages. By the power of my resurrection, I defeated death, I broke the chains of sin, and I claimed you based on your confession of who I am and your belief in what I did. You need never fear or doubt. My promise is secure. The hope of heaven at the end of our journey is real. Between now and then, I am right beside you. Live this day and all that follow surrounded by Sunday morning power. The story is real.  
John 20:1 
Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.
John 20:19 
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5 
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen… 
Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

February 2024

February 1
There is always more to learn and experience with me. The fullness of that process is ahead with me in heaven for eternity. For now, seek me…intentionally, continually. Make this focused seeking the context in which of all other elements in your life are conducted. You have already discovered the power and wonder of that practice as I reveal insight and understanding that had been beyond your grasp until I gifted it to you. You have also experienced the effectiveness, confidence, and peace that occur when you surrender to my way. This is the way life is best lived. Trust me. I have this.
2 Peter 1:2
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

February 2
Consider the matter of delighting in me, of experiencing from me complete fullness of satisfaction and lightness of spirit included in the concept of delight. Note the promise that flows from delighting in me…innocence, freedom from sin and guilt, awareness that you are free of any accusation, declared not guilty and known for freedom so refined that the rightness of your claim is unquestioned, peace and confidence in the conduct of life’s responsibilities. All this as you commit everything you do…every desire, every need, every hope, every decision, every determination…unreclaimable, surrendered, entrusted to me. So, you must consider my offer by faith, its extreme requirement, and its extreme result. That is the question before you. I await your answer.
Psalm 37:4-6 
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

 

February 3
I see that you are searching. What is it for which you look, that which seems is so elusive? Is it me or something you want? I know you and I know the answer. Your search, in fact, is for significance, and it carries you to a succession of false peaks none of which satisfies. It is driven by the oldest of human motivations, self-serving pride. It cannot fulfill you because self-interest is contrary to your core design. I designed you to experience significance, complete fulfillment, satisfaction, peace, contentment, and effectiveness in a union with me and my way. So, your fruitless search, no matter how desperate, for anything other than me pulls you farther away from what you seek. Turn your energy to seeking me. You will find my promise true…seek me and you will find me. In that finding is the calm fulfillment that has been so elusive.
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Deuteronomy 4:29
But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.
Matthew 7:7-8 
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

 

February 4
Yes, seek me and you will find me. But know of my expectation as you seek. It is extreme and beyond your ability to meet though not impossible to attain. To be in my presence and to participate in my glory, you must be perfectly clear of every shred of sin. Because you cannot purify yourself to that perfect extent, I have done it for you. I took your sin upon myself and, by my death killed sin and gained purity for you. By my resurrection, I sealed your option to claim it. My part of the transaction is on the table. The next step is yours. You must act intentionally to exercise your option, for it will not occur automatically. Humble yourself, confess your belief that I am God, and you are not. Surrender title to your life and all it contains to my rightful ownership. Agree and confess that I cleared your sin by my death and resurrection. By faith, receive my offered gift of eternity in heaven and active relationship with me now with all its benefits. Extreme love, extreme benefits, extreme commitment. I accept nothing less. The option is before you. I await your answer.
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Psalm 24:3-6 
Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.
They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.
Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Romans 5:11 
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

 

February 5 
Your heart is in tune with mine and speaks clearly in these moments. Your desire to lead well in the meeting today is appropriate and important, for the topic is of a critical nature. I have gone before you and am preparing the spirit-ears of those who will gather. You must keep your attention upon me. I am now establishing your thoughts and words. Speak as I direct. The thoughts will be there. You will represent truth, rightness, justice, fairness, and love...all parts of my character. I am your source. I am your insight. I am your wisdom. Stay close...so close that when the people gather to hear you, they will hear me.
Psalms 36:7-10
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!  All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.  You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights.  For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.  Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts.

 

February 6
The workings of your mind, your thoughts and that upon which you allow yourself to dwell in thought are powerful elements for good in this journey. They are also vulnerable to distraction and temptation and must be guarded. Open this day by turning your thought to me. My Spirit is in you and will guide and empower you. Ask me to clarify and guard your mind. You will find your thoughts gain focus and life. You will discover the rise of effectiveness in sorting through your responsibilities. In so doing, you will have precluded distraction. Even so, your human nature will seek and dwell upon things around you. That is where vulnerability opens to powerful distraction and distraction to temptation. In those moments, My Spirit will prompt your awareness to turn back to me, will dissolve the power, and will settle you back into position. Surrender to My Holy Spirit. Commit your thought to me as this day begins. 
Romans 8:5-6 
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

February 7
You seek to know my will…my plan for you. That is commendable but it stops short of my directive to seek Me face to face, the intimate surrender of worship. To seek Me is to give close attention to my Word, to expose your mind to it purposefully so that its precepts and promises are increasingly present in your daily thought and are influencers of your behavior. The accrual of my Word in your mind raised to consciousness and empowered by my Spirit will bring you into my presence. To know my Word is to know Me. Do not neglect it, for the completeness and effectiveness you desire is dependent upon its authority in your mind.
Psalm 119:11
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

February 8
I desire communion with you, that you linger in my presence and experience me personally in surrendered worship within a living relationship, not apart from it. That is the uncommon nature of my instruction. Common religion prescribes man’s separation and observation of me. But I prescribe the closeness of a trusted relationship within honor and worship. My friends Moses and David are your examples, not lifeless forms of a religious culture. Challenge the patterns of your life that keep you apart from me. Ask me to show you My way in the matter of seeking my face. I will unfold it for you and give you understanding. Therein is found the effectiveness you seek.
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Exodus 33:11
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend…
Psalms 27:8
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Psalms 63:1
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

 

February 9
This is personal. I am personally with you as we go. I am personally teaching you my ways so that you may more fully understand my intent and my favor. I am personally protecting you, guiding you, providing for you, strengthening you. I am personally attending to your needs, ushering you forward according to my will and purpose for you. As I was with my friends Moses and David, so I am with you. Yes…this is personal. I am here.   
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Exodus 33:13
…let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor…
Exodus 33:14
The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”
Psalms 23:2-3
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

 

February 10
You asked to understand my instruction to seek my face. It is my desire and urging that you not settle for anything less than to know me intimately and personally. I opened the way for you by my sacrifice and resurrection that removed the barrier of your impurity. When you came to honestly believe that fact, the way to me opened and, with it, the opportunity to speak with me one to one, face to face. I invite you to come, not passively around me, but intentionally before me…humble, open, unguarded, seeking, inquiring, with gratitude and awe, listening, learning, trusting, laughing, praising, crying, hoping…as you would with a trusted friend who knows you as no other ever will and loves you without limit. I know you by name. I watch for you. Come and experience all that I have planned for you. Yes…seek my face.
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Exodus 33:11
Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend…
Exodus 33:17
The LORD replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.”
Exodus 33:14
The LORD replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.”
Psalms 139:1
O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.

 

February 11 
Difficult circumstances easily distract and discourage you. You are faced with a decision. Will you turn into the intimidation of circumstance to battle with your limited capability, or will you turn into me trusting my instruction and the history of our journey together? The decision must be made before I show you a solution. The fact that the question arises is evidence that you drifted out of your assigned position. Move back into position in the shadow of my presence. My answer will become clear. But the longer you waver between the two decisions increases the possibility that the circumstances will overwhelm you.
Nehemiah 6:9
They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination.
Psalms 18:1-2
I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.  He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
1 Kings 18:21
Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.

 

February 12
I made clear my assignment to you long ago. As you aged and matured in faith and experience, I directed changes in the way you carried it out, but the assignment has not changed. You heard, then learned, then realized, then trusted, then experienced that My Spirit in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. For now, you live in the world and are impacted by its ways. But you belong to me, and you listen to me. As we journey together, sometimes uphill and against the wind, you know my strength prevails and that you have already won. So, enter the day with me one more time. I know the way.    
1 John 4:4-6 
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

 

February 13
I watch for your intentionality, your desire for me, your drive to know me and to dwell in my presence. You are created with a need for significance and fulfillment that can only be satisfied in close communion with me. Though you experimented with lesser resources, you discovered the reality of which my friend David wrote. He learned, as are you, that the foundation for confidence, peace, and security is to consciously live in my presence…to delight in the continual press to know me and my way. I am your Source of purpose, action, and effectiveness.
Psalms 27:4
The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…

 

February 14
My instruction to seek my face refers to the primary desire of your heart…the integrated assembly of your mind, will, and spirit each tuned to me with such conscious intent to experience me personally and with such reality as to describe it as being face-to-face with me. That height of desire is established by my Spirit in you at the point of your humility and surrender…the emptying of yourself in favor of finding me. To seek my face on my terms is to know my power and glory and to realize my unfailing love as superior to any other part of life. Ask me to guide you into my presence. Know the unmatched wonder of following me on my terms. 
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Psalms 63:1-3
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
Psalms 84:2
I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

 

February 15
Turn from your ways. Humble yourself. Seek me personally. Bitterness rises when you depend upon variables, but I am your unchanging anchor and strength. You belong to me. I have you by the hand and I am actively guiding you. Your destination is secure, and every step is by my design. Stop looking around for the nods of others. Look to me. Follow my eyes. Look where I look. I will cause you to see clearly and your heart will be strong.  
2 Chronicles 7:14
… humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways…
Psalm 73:21-26 
Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

 

February 16
You asked to know what happens when you pray. My Spirit acts to bridge between your human limits and my holy unlimitedness. Your prayer, even in those face-to-face moments when the distance between us is thin, are shadowed by needs and desires that are imperfect. I welcome your honesty and desire that you know my perfect will in all things. My Spirit is the Conductor of your prayer; the Advocate for your needs; the Transformer of your will to mine; the Communicator of my will to you; and the Comforter who assures you so that you know that I cause all things to work together for good according to my purpose. 
Romans 8:26-28 
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

 

February 17 
Circumstances of a day or even of a season do not alter the surety and the constancy of my promises. However, that most likely to change under the stress of difficulty is the object of your focus. Hard realities can be distracting. Even so, I am here with you right now. I am your protector. The distracting realities are near, but they will not overwhelm you. Turn your attention fully to me with the surety that I will guard what you have entrusted to me and hold tightly to what I have taught you. Follow me. I will get you home.   
2 Timothy 1:12-13
...I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus.

February 18
From the day you came to know me, I have continually shaped you according to the stage of our journey and my purpose in it. You can look back and see the points of transition. Now these many years later, I still look at you and say, “You are...but, you shall be.” Trust me. I will prepare you perfectly for my purpose in you and through you each step of the way.
John 1:42
Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter” the rock).

 

February 19
You remember the moment and what you asked of me. When you looked around in the gathering, you saw many of those for whom I directed you to pray. I am working out my purpose in each of them, and my influence is strengthening in and through each as they learn to follow me. You were their age when you first asked to understand my way and my power. You have been seeing that prayer answered ever since. There is more before you…unanswered questions and complex issues. Be encouraged by what I showed you. Lean in closer. Listen carefully. Follow me, for I am answering your prayer.    
Ephesians 3:20 
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

 

February 20
When I assigned you, did I not teach you to shift your dependence from your efforts to my promise? It is among the most challenging of my expectations because in the face of real need for provision in matters of life, it is easy to view faith as less than sufficient. Even so, I have not failed my promise. Look back. You find my provision every step along our way. I seek your active faithful dependence upon my ability…to live each day knowing that I direct your efforts and provide your needs in every arena of life and responsibility. Seek me in these matters. Trust that, even in the face of that which seems impossible, I AM.   
Mark 6:7-8 
And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money.
Matthew 6:31-33 
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

February 21
I am referred to far too casually among my people. You are to keep my name reserved as most holy. It is not to be used to amplify an exclamation or as leverage in a sworn promise. Guard your mind and your speech so that any reference to me is made with uncompromised deference to who I am…Creator, Master, Commander, Owner, Holy Lord of all that is or ever will be. Casual use of my name devalues that fact and is offensive to me. Your integrity is to be such that your unqualified “yes” or “no” is always sufficient. 
Matthew 6:9
Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
Matthew 5:37
Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

 

February 22
You are my follower and my representative. Lean to me and receive my strength of discipline. Your natural reactions leave a wake of confusion into which doubt grows and integrity is questioned. You will communicate far more in quietness than in unruly speech. Search me asking for honest love, calm spirit, right words, and the time to speak. You will leave no confusion of meaning or care.
Psalms 39:1
I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
James 1:19
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

 

February 23
Ask me for that coming day. Seek me to know my benefits to the city of your home. Watch for the emergence of those who are faithful to me into places of honor and influence. Fix your thoughts upon me and know my peace. Trust me in these things for you already sense my movement around you. Yes, trust me always. I AM the Lord God. I Am your Eternal Rock. Place your full dependence upon that fact.
Isaiah 26:1-4
In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song:
Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation. Open the gates to all who are righteous; allow the faithful to enter. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.

 

 February 24
It is easy for you to dwell upon your weakness. You do so to the point of solidifying its place in your day, defining your thoughts, shadowing your hope, and limiting your reach. Consider my promise of oversight, provision, strength, and guidance. Dwell upon my nearness, care, and forgiveness. Accept my strength. Seek my direction. Walk in my confidence. Trust my promise. It is your experience and your hope. I am the illumination of your life.  
Psalms 23:1, 3
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

 

February 25 
My promises are not idle. When I assign, I equip. As it was with Moses, so it was with Joshua and David. So it is now with individuals who know me and who seek to honor me, whose belief is unshakable even when they cannot see the end, who trust my presence and lean into my strength when the way is uphill and against the wind. The tracks of leaders that I established and recorded for your benefit are not descriptors of that which is easy. They describe effectiveness in purpose. The common denominators in each of those stories and in you are belief, faith, and trust. For, I personally go ahead of you, and I will not fail you nor abandon you.
Deuteronomy 31:6
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Joshua 1:9
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
1 Samuel 18:14
David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord was with him.

February 26 
I am at work in you and around you. Recall the recent moments that you sensed my nearness…when the distance between us was thin. In the moment, you were warmed and now you think of it with confidence and gratitude. You know I was there then, and I am with you now. The events of your life and the provision you receive are not luck or coincidence. They are exercises of my purpose being worked out in the context of your humility and surrender as you seek me and learn to conform to my way. True and in real time…I satisfy your need with my best. It is a spiritual transaction that is realized as fact.
Psalms 107:8-9
Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

 

February 27
Your responsibilities require countless decisions. Some are seemingly ordinary in nature. Others weigh heavily and have far-reaching impact. Each decision will emerge from the culture in which you dwell and will produce outcomes that replicate and enforce that culture. Take care that you are living in my culture, in the position I directed…humbly surrendered to me, lingering in my presence, seeking me and my way intently, confessing and repenting of sin that I reveal. I will bless and enable keen awareness of My Way, and your decisions will be experienced as wise and effective by those around you.   
2 Chronicles 18:4
Then Jehoshaphat added, “But first let’s find out what the LORD says.”
Psalms 145:18
The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.
Romans 8:6
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

 

February 28
You know my promise of restoration. You have read the accounts. Which is too hard for you to believe, to restore a man plagued by demons or to restore a family or a city or a nation equally plagued? Why are you willing to tolerate the enemy’s quiet tampering around you? Invite me to interfere with the callused patterns that so easily mask desperation. Ask me to interfere with men who grow uncomfortably quiet at the mention of my name. Ask me to interfere with wayward hearts. Ask me to restore. Trust my promise.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.
Luke 8:27-29, 35
As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in a cemetery outside the town.
As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God…”
For Jesus had already commanded the evil spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man…
People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.
Jeremiah 3:22
“My wayward children,” says the LORD, “come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.”
“Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the LORD our God.

 

February 29
You must raise your awareness of me, your awareness of belief, to a fresh new level. It is far too easy for you to pass the day with no thought of me or my way. You desire my favor, my promise of provision, my gift of wisdom. Now you must desire me, to know me, to weld your being with mine, to seek me as a starving man seeks bread or as a man dying of thirst seeks water. I AM your resource for life and eternity. When I become your highest priority, everything else will find proper order. I will set it so. You seek me. 
John 6:26
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs.
John 6:28-29 
They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:35
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

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