Devotions

September 12

RECEIVE MY PEACE. It is My continual gift to you.  The best way to receive this gift is to sit quietly in y Presence, trusting Me in every area of your life.  Quietness and trust accomplish far more than you can imagine:  not only in you, but also on earth and in heaven.  When you trust Me in a given area, you release that problem or person into My care. 

Spending time alone with Me can be a difficult discipline, because it goes against the activity addiction of this age.  You may appear to be doing nothing, but actually you are participating in battles going on within spiritual realms.  You are waging war—not with the weapons of the world, but with heavenly weapons, which have divine power to demolish strongholds.  Living close to Me is a sure defense against evil.

John 14:27; Isaiah 30:15; 2 Corinthians 10:4

September 13

COME TO ME AND REST.  Give your mind a break from its habitual judging.  You form judgments about this situation, that situation, this person, that person, yourself, even the weather—as if judging were your main function in life.  But I created you first and foremost to know Me and to live in rich communication with Me.  When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role. 

Relate to Me as creature to Creator, sheep to Shepherd, subject to King, clay to Potter.  Allow Me to have My way in your life.  Rather than evaluating My ways with you, accept them thankfully.  The intimacy I offer you is not an invitation to act as if you were My equal.  Worship Me as King of kings while walking hand in hand with Me down the path of Life.

Matthew 7:1; John 17:3; Romans 9:20-21; 1 Timothy 6:35

September 14

WORSHIP ME by living close to Me.  This was My original design for man, into whom I breathed My very breath of Life.  This is My desire for you:  that you stay near Me as you walk along your life-path.  Each day is an important part of that journey.  Although you may feel as if you are going nowhere in this world, your spiritual journey is another matter altogether, taking you along steep, treacherous paths of adventure.  That is why walking in the Light of My Presence is essential to keep you from stumbling.  By staying close to Me, you present yourself as a living sacrifice.  Even the most routine part of your day can be a spiritual act of worship, holy and pleasing to Me.

Genesis 2:7; Psalm 89:15; Romans 12:1-2

September 15

REST IN ME, MY CHILD.  This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful.  You don’t have to perform in order to receive My Love.  I have boundless, unconditional Love for you.  How it grieves Me to see My children working for Love:  trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved. 

Be careful that you devotion to Me does not become another form of works.  I want you to come into My Presence joyfully and confidently.  You have nothing to fear, for you wear My own righteousness.  Gaze into My eyes, and you will see no condemnation, only Love and delight in the one I see.  Be blessed as My Face shines radiantly upon you, giving you Peace.

John 15:13; Zephaniah 3:17; Numbers 6:25-26

September 16

I DESIGNED YOU to live in union with Me.  This union does not negate who you are; it actually makes you more fully yourself.  When you try to live independently of Me, you experience emptiness and dissatisfaction.  You may gain the whole world and yet lose everything that really counts. 

Find fulfillment through living close to Me, yielding to My purposes for you.  Though I may lead you along paths that feel alien to you, trust that I know what I am doing.  If you follow Me wholeheartedly, you will discover facets of yourself that were previously hidden.  I know you intimately—far better than you know yourself.  In union with Me, you are complete.  In closeness to Me, you are transformed more and more into the one I designed you to be.

Mark 8:36; Psalm 139:13-16; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18

September 17

YOU WILL NOT FIND MY PEACE by engaging in excessive planning:  attempting to control what will happen to you in the future.  That is a commonly practiced form of unbelief.  When your mind spins with multiple plans, Peace may sometimes seem to be within your grasp; yet it always eludes you.  Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion. 

I did not design the human mind to figure out the future.  That is beyond your capability.  I crafted your mind for continual communication with Me.  Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears.  Commit everything into My care.  Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace.

1 Peter 5:6-7; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 37:5(NKJV)

September 18

SEEK TO PLEASE ME above all else.  Let that goal be your focal point as you go through this day.  Such a mind-set will protect you from scattering your energy to the winds.  The free will I bestowed on you comes with awesome responsibility.  Each day presents you with choice after choice.  Many of these decisions you ignore and thus make by default.  Without a focal point to guide you, you can easily lose your way.  That’s why it is so important to stay in communication with Me, living in thankful awareness of My Presence. 

You inhabit a fallen, disjointed world, where things are constantly unraveling around the edges.  Only a vibrant relationship with Me can keep you from coming unraveled too.

Matthew 6:33; John 8:29; Colossians 3:23-24

September 19

THERE IS A MIGHT BATTLE going on for control of your mind.  Heaven and earth intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking.  I created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven.  When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly realms.  This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My Face.  Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me.  As you concentrate on Me, My Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace. 

The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts.  Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism.  When you face these things, pray for protection and discernment.  Stay in continual communication with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world.  Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weight you down and block awareness of My Presence.  Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind.  Look forward to an eternity of strife-free living, reserved for you in heaven.

Ephesians 2:6; Psalm 27:8; Romans 8:6; 1 John 2:15-17

September 20

TRY TO SEE THINGS more and more from My perspective.  Let the Light of My Presence so fully fill your mind that you view the world through Me.  When little things don’t go as you had hoped, look to Me lightheartedly and say, “Oh well.”  This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustration.  If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery:  You realize that most of the things that worry you are not important.  If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Me, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart.  When serious problems come your way, you will have more reserves for dealing with them.  You will not have squandered your energy on petty problems.  You may even reach the point where you can agree with the apostle Paul that all your troubles are light and momentary, compared with the eternal glory being achieved by them.

Proverbs 20:24; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

September 21

WAIT QUIETLY IN MY PRESENCE while My thoughts form silently in the depths of your being.  Do not try to rush this process, because hurry keeps your heart earthbound.  I am the Creator of the entire universe, yet I choose to make My humble home in your heart.  It is there where you know Me most intimately; it is there where I speak to you in holy whispers.   Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can hear My still, small voice within you.  I am speaking to you continually:  words of Life….Peace….Love.  Tune your heart to receive these messages of abundant blessing.  Lay your requests before Me and wait in expectation.

1 Kings 19:12(NKJV); Psalm 5:3

September 22

TRUST ME AND REFUSE TO WORRY, for I am your Strength and Song.  You are feeling wobbly this morning, looking at difficult times looming ahead, measuring them against your own strength.  However, they are not today’s tasks—or even tomorrow’s. So leave them in the future and come home to the present, where you will find Me waiting for you.  Since I am your Strength, I can empower you to handle each tasks as it comes.  Because I am your Song, I can give you Joy as you work alongside Me. 

Keep bringing your mind back to the present moment.  Among all My creatures, only humans can anticipate future events.  This ability is a blessing, but it becomes a curse whenever it is misused.  If you use your magnificent mind to worry about tomorrow, you cloak yourself in dark unbelief.  However, when the hope of heaven fills your thoughts, the Light of My Presence envelops you.  Though heaven is future, it is also present tense.  As you walk in the Light with Me, you have one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.

Exodus 15:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 10:23

September 23

WALK WITH ME in the freedom of forgiveness.  The path we follow together is sometimes steep and slippery.  If you carry a burden of guilt on your back, you are more likely to stumble and fall.  At your request, I will remove the heavy load from you and bury it at the foot of the cross.  When I unburden you, you are undeniably free!  Stand up straight and tall in My Presence, so that no one can place more burdens on your back.  Look into My Face and feel the warmth of My Love-Light shining upon you.  It is this unconditional Love that frees you from both fears and sins.  Spend time basking in the Light of My Presence.  As you come to know Me more and more intimately, you grow increasingly free.

Psalm 68:19; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 John 4:18

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)