Devotions

September 24

LIVE FIRST AND FOREMOST in My Presence.  Gradually you will become more aware of Me than of people and places around you.  This awareness will not detract from your relationships with others.  Instead, it will increase your ability to give love and encouragement to them.  My Peace will permeate your words and demeanor.  You will be active in the world, yet one step removed from it.  You will not be easily shaken, because My enveloping Presence buffers the blow of problems. 

This is the path I have set before you.  As you follow it wholeheartedly, you experience abundant Life and Peace.

Psalm 89:15-16; Psalm 16:8; 2 Peter 1:2

September 25

POUR ALL OF YOUR ENERGY into trusting Me.  It is through trust that you stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence.  Every step on your life-journey can be a step of faith.  Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you can take them with almost unconscious ease.  Giant steps are another matter altogether:  leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death.  These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me. 

Ease of My children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness, and life experience.  Something that is a baby step for you may be a giant step for another person, and vice versa.  Only I know the difficulty or ease of each segment of your journey.  Beware of trying to impress others by acting as if your giant steps are only baby ones.  Do not judge others who hesitate, in trembling fear, before an act that would be easy for you.  If each of My children would seek to please Me above all else, fear of others’ judgments would vanish, as would attempts to impress others.  Focus your attention on the path just ahead of you and on the One who never leaves your side.

Psalm 23:4; Matthew 7:1-2; Proverbs 29:25

September 26

COME TO ME AND LISTEN! Attune yourself to My voice, and receive My richest blessings.  Marvel at the wonder of communing with the Creator of the universe while sitting in the comfort of your home.  Kings who reign on earth tend to make themselves inaccessible; ordinary people almost never gain an audience with them.  Even dignitaries must plow through red tape and protocol in order to speak with royalty. 

Though I am King of the universe, I am totally accessible to you.  I am with you wherever you are.  Nothing can separate you from My Presence!  When I cried out from the cross, “It is finished!” the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  This opened the way for you to meet Me face to Face, with no need of protocol or priests.  I, the King of kings, am your constant Companion.

Isaiah 50:4; Isaiah 55:2-3; John 19:30; Matthew 27: 50-51

September 27

RELAX IN MY EVERLASTING ARMS. Your weakness is an opportunity to grow strong in awareness of My Almighty Presence.  When your energy fails you, do not look inward and lament the lack you find there.  Look to Me and My sufficiency; rejoice in My radiant riches that are abundantly available to help you. 

Go gently through this day, leaning on Me and enjoying My Presence.  Thank Me for your neediness, which is building Trust-bonds between us.  If you look back on your journey thus far, you can see that days of extreme weakness have been some of your most precious times.  Memories of these days are richly interwoven with golden strands of My intimate Presence.

Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 27:13-14

September 28

OPEN YOUR MIND AND HEART—your entire being—to receive My Love in full measure.  So many of My children limp through their lives starved for Love, because they haven’t learned the art of receiving.  This is essentially an act of faith:  believing that I love you with boundless, everlasting Love.  The art of receiving is also a discipline:  training your mind to trust Me, coming close to Me with confidence. 

Remember that the evil one is the father of lies.  Learn to recognize his deceptive intrusions into your thoughts.  One of his favorite deceptions is to undermine your confidence in My unconditional Love.  Fight back against these lies@!  Do not let them go unchallenged.  Resist the devil in My Name, and he will slink away from you.  Draw near to Me, and My Presence will envelop you in Love.

Ephesians 3:16-19; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 8:44; James 4:7-8

September 29

I AM WITH YOU and all around you, encircling you in golden rays of Light.  I always behold you Face to face.  Not one of your thoughts escapes My notice.  Because I am infinite, I am able to love you as if you and I were the only ones in the universe. 

Walk with Me in intimate Love-steps, but do not lose sight of My Majesty.  I desire to be your closest Friend, yet I am also your sovereign Lord.  I created your brain with capacity to know Me as Friend and Lord simultaneously.  The human mind is the pinnacle of My creation, but as few use it for its primary purpose—knowing Me.  I communicate continually through My Spirit, My Word, and My creation.  Only humans are capable of receiving Me and responding to My Presence.  You are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made!

Psalm 34:4-7; 2 Peter 1:16-17; John 17:3; Psalm 139:14

September 30

I AM PERPETUALLY WITH YOU, taking care of you.  That is the most important fact of your existence.  I am not limited by time or space; My Presence with you is a forever-promise.  You need not fear the future, for I am already there.  When you make that quantum leap into eternity, you will find Me awaiting you in heaven.  Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow

I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do.  Don’t be distracted by future bu future concerns.  Leave them to Me!  Each day of life is a glorious gift, but so few people know how to live within the confines of today.  Much of their energy for abundant living spills over the time line into tomorrow’s worries or past regrets.  Their remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the full.  I am training you to keep your focus on My Presence in the present.  This is how to receive abundant Life, which flows freely from My throne of grace.

Matthew 6:34; John 10:10; James 4:13-15

 

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