Devotions

May 23

APPROACH EACH NEW DAY with desire to find Me.  Before you get out of bed, I have already been working to prepare the path that will get you through this day.  There are hidden treasures strategically placed along the way.  Some of the treasures are trials, designed to shake you free from earth-shackles.  Others are blessings that reveal My Presence:  sunshine, flowers, birds, friendships, answered prayer.  I have not abandoned this sin-wracked world; I am still richly present in it. 

Search for deep treasures as you go through this day.  You will find Me all along the way.

Colossians 2:2-3; Isaiah 33:6

May 24

BRING ME YOUR MIND for rest and renewal.  Let Me infuse My Presence into your thoughts.  As your mind stops racing, your body relaxes and you regain awareness of Me.  This awareness is vital to your spiritual well-being; it is your lifeline, spiritually speaking. 

There are actually more than four dimensions in this world where you live.  In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence.  This dimension transcends the others, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside on earth.  This was part of My original design for mankind.  Adam and Eve used to walk with Me in the garden, before their expulsion from Eden.  I want you to walk with Me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up permanent residence.

Genesis 3:8; Psalm 89:15

May 25

THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH YOU, My child.  Your mind leaps from problem to problem to problem, tangling your thoughts in anxious knots.  When you think like that, you leave Me out of your world-view and your mind becomes darkened.  Though I yearn to help, I will not violate your freedom.  I stand silently in the background of your mind, waiting for you to remember that I am with you. 

When you turn from your problems to My Presence, your load is immediately lighter.  Circumstances may not have changed, but we carry your burdens together.  Your compulsion to “fix” everything gives way to deep, satisfying connection with Me.  Together we can handle whatever this day brings.

Isaiah 41:10; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 34:19

May 26

IN A WORLD of unrelenting changes, I am the One who never changes.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Find in Me the stability for which you have yearned. 

I created a beautifully ordered world:  one that reflected My perfection.  Now, however, the world is under the bondage of sin and evil.  Every person on the planet faces gaping jaws of uncertainty.  The only antidote to this poisonous threat is drawing closer to Me.  In My Presence you can face uncertainty wit perfect Peace.

Revelation 22:13; John 16:33(AMP)

May 27

SEEK MY FACE at the beginning of your day.  This practice enables you to “put Me on” and “wear Me” throughout the day.  Most people put on clothes soon after arising from bed.  Similarly, the sooner you “put Me on” by communicating with Me, the better prepared you are for whatever comes your way. 

To “wear Me” is essentially to have My mind:  to think My thoughts.  Ask the Holy Spirit to control your thinking; be transformed by this renewal within you.  Thus you are well equipped to face whatever people and situations I bring your way.  Clothing your mind in Me is your best preparation for each day.  This discipline brings Joy and Peace to you and those around you.

Psalm 27:8(NKJV); Romans 13:14; Colossians 3:12

May 28

LET ME ANOINT YOU with My Presence.  I am King of kings, and Lord of lords, dwelling in unapproachable Light.  When you draw near to Me, I respond by coming closer to you.  As My Presence envelops you, you may feel overwhelmed by My Power and Glory.  This is a form of worship:  sensing your smallness in comparison to My Greatness. 

Man has tended to make himself the measure of all things.  But man’s measure is too tiny to comprehend My majestic vastness.  That is why most people do not see Me at all, even though they live and move and have their being in Me. 

Enjoy the radiant beauty of My Presence.  Declare My glorious Being to the world!

1 Timothy 6:15-16; James 4:8; Acts 17:28; Psalm 145:3-6

May 29

I AM WITH YOU, watching over you constantly.  I am Emmanuel (God with you); My Presence enfolds you in radiant Love.  Nothing, including the brightest blessings and the darkest trials, can separate you from Me.  Some of My children find Me more readily during dark times, when difficulties force then to depend on Me.  Others feel closer to Me when their lives are filled with good things.  They respond with thanksgiving and praise, thus opening wide the door to My Presence. 

I know precisely what you need to draw nearer to Me.  Go through each day looking for what I have prepared for you.  Accept every event as My hand-tailored provision for your needs.  When you view your life this way, the most reasonable response is to be thankful.  Do not reject any of My gifts; find Me in every situation.

Matthew 1:23; Colossians 2:6-7

May 30

TIME WITH ME cannot be rushed.  When you are in a hurry, your mind flitters back and forth between Me and the tasks ahead of you.  Push back the demands pressing in on you; create a safe space around you, a haven in which you can rest with Me.  I also desire this time of focused attention and I use it to bless you, strengthening and equipping you for the day ahead.  Thus, spending time with Me is a wise investment. 

Bring Me the sacrifice of your precious time.  This creates sacred space around you—space permeated with My Presence and My Peace.

Psalm 119:27; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Hebrews 13:15(NKJV)

May 31

THE PEACE THAT I GIVE YOU transcends your intellect.  When most of your mental energy goes into efforts to figure things out, you are unable to receive this glorious gift.  I look into your mind and see thoughts spinning round and round:  going nowhere, accomplishing nothing.  All the while, My Peace hovers over you, searching for a place to land. 

Be still in My Presence, inviting Me to control your thoughts.  Let My Light soak into your mind and heart, until you are aglow with My very Being.  This is the most effective way to receive My Peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16; Job 22:21

 


 

 

 

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