When You Need Sure Words of Truth

In a time when fear fills the hearts of men, women and children all over the land, we need sure words of truth to depend on.  The following words are from Psalms 12 – 15, written out to encourage you and strengthen your heart as you speak them out as your own prayer of confidence and trust in our unfailing, unchanging God.

The words of the Lord are pure words.  The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, pure like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times over.  The Lord keeps His word, He preserves them.

I will give thanks that He will guard and keep us from this evil generation forever.  He will actively guard and keep us and He has promised that He is with the generation of the uncompromisingly righteous; those upright and in right standing with Him.

Gladness leads us to repentance so we can be in right standing with the King of all the nations’ kings.  We choose to trust and not fear.  We choose to lean on and into the strength of Your mighty right arm, we choose to be confident of Your mercy and loving kindness.

Father, our hearts rejoice in Your unfailing goodness, we bless You for the fullness of our salvation.  We sing.  We sing Your praises, God in a fear filled, weary land and thank You for the bountiful way You have looked after us, and will continue to look after and care for us.  For the abundance of Your promise that will never fail.

We are Your people, Your sons and Your daughters and rise up and thank You that You are with us and Your presence with us is mighty to save.

We bow our knees, we cleanse our hearts.  We walk and live and have our very being in You.  We dwell with You.

We have hidden Your word of truth in our hearts and we are growing accustomed to thinking and speaking the truth over our lives.  Into the atmosphere and over circumstances that would fill our hearts with dread.

We trust You God to keep us.  Protect us God, for in You and You alone is there a refuge to be found.  In You, Lord God, I put my trust and hide myself .

Hidden with you beneath the shelter of His wings,

Jeannie

Gladness Leads us into the Presence of the King

Gladness Leads Us into the Presence of the King and oh! don’t you long to live in His Presence, in His glorious light? 2014-10-01 11.47.44

Today is the day the Lord has made and today, the Lord wants us to rejoice and be glad. Right now, this very second in time is the time to rejoice and be glad.

God does not want us to wait until our lives are all pretty and picture perfect.  He says ‘now’ for now is the time most important to Him.

Gladness and rejoicing (Psalm 45:15) are leading us into the presence of the King. Their voices cry out, ‘Behold your King!  Holy, righteous, all consuming fire of blazing holiness is He.’

Do we dare take the offered hand of Gladness? Do we dare?

Our God is righteous and holy. He loves righteousness and holiness.  He loves to see His people in right standing with His heart.

But, you say, He is a God who sees all and knows all and has full knowledge of the intent and motives of my hidden heart. He knows my every thought.  How can I come into His presence?

He knows your heart; He knows your every longing and desire for that elusive sense of inner wholeness. We crave a sense of peace and security in an unstable and scary world.

Listen! Your God, my God, our God has anointed us with the oil of gladness

Because

He hates sin. He hates unrighteousness; He cannot, and will not look upon it, no matter how deep His love for us is.

We want to be happy, but God wants fellowship, rich and sweet with us. He does not let us be satisfied with the momentary, fleeting feelings of happiness.

Gladness leads us into the presence of the King.

Gladness directs us to the door named repentance. It is here at this holy, blood stained altar where we confess our known sin and God, in His graciousness, forgives our sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.  (1John 1:9~ one of the first memory verses I learned!)

He strips away the sin and unrighteousness that brought unsteadiness into our lives and we become balanced and centered.  Psalm 119:113-120 has Samech as the Hebrew alphabet header.  It means balance point.  God loves a just and perfect weight.  The question is will we allow Him to strip us of the familiar comforts of the old?

The King sees us clothed in garments inwrought with gold; gold that has been refined and purified through the process of the fire. Oh, beloved, when we walk through the fires of life, may we allow ourselves to be subjected to the refining and purifying the trial offers.

There is a fire burning on the inside. The flames consume all that is not of Him.  Will we let it burn on the inside of us?  He is sifting and shaking anything that can be shaken; He is eliminating anything not from Him.  May we learn to build with gold, silver and precious stones on a foundation where Christ is the solid rock.

Repentance adorns us with a beauty the King desires. This place of intertwined beauty and sorrow is where Gladness leads us on our journey into the presence of the King.  We have heard Him say no one can see God without holiness.  Do not despair or lose heart.  God our Father, our Papa King will never cast aside His holiness to entertain us. What He does do is anoint us with the oil of gladness so we can bear the sorrow of repentance.

Gladness accompanies and encourages us to live our lives in service to the King. We serve Him by acknowledging our sin and unrighteousness and laying them down at the altar of repentance.  His blood has poured out and we are covered.  His blood has forgiven every past, present and future sin.  Can you be glad in that knowledge?

Beckoned by the King, we embark on a journey of joy, trial by fire and flood, overcoming all by the power of the blood.

We enter His gates with thanksgiving in our hearts because we know the joy of forgiveness. Our hearts are touched and moved to obedience to the King by the price of mercy. We choose submission to His word, choosing to honor Him even in the deepest recesses of our beings.  Every aspect of our lives is visible to Him and because of the blood, He sees us all glorious and radiant with the beauty of His holiness.  Our lives are a fragrant sacrificial offering and His delight in us in so great!  He is in the heavenly courts dancing and singing over us, rejoicing over our lives with a love song.

Will you take the offered hand and allow Gladness to lead you into the presence of the King?

With you in His palm,

with you in His palm

When we Need to Maintain Peace

2014-09-24 13.07.08  This is the last day of September, the last day of focusing on ‘peace’ in my journal.  I have many words unshared, many treasures from His word uncovered.

The most important and life changing thing I have learned in this one week is the difference between happiness and gladness.  This might be old hat to many of you, but for me?  Can’t even begin to describe the rush of joy that fills my heart!

I love how He shared with me that happiness is an orphan, a worldly imposter and stealer of joy and gladness.

‘Happy’ doesn’t want us to rejoice in the Lord, or delight and gladden ourselves in Him.  When we are delighting ourselves in Him, we are drinking from the Rivers of Living Water, from the well that never runs dry!

To maintain peace, maintain your focus on Me.  To run your race efficiently and well, you must maintain what your soul feeds upon so fear does not settle in your heart.

Maintain a life filled with seeking out the treasures in My word.  Allow the oil of Holy Spirit to flow in the ‘creaky, stiff places’.

I am good.  I am your strength and stronghold in the day of trouble.  I know you, I see you, I recognize you in your time of trouble and need and I wrap My arms of comfort and strength roundabout you as you take refuge in Me and trust Me.

Peace shall be yours without end as you recognize and acknowledge that My word is truth, a law of unending righteousness and love.

I will not hide My face from you, nor turn away in anger from My beloved.

I will help you and teach you My way and I will lead you in plain and even paths.  I will have compassion on you.

I will teach you and strengthen you as you wait and hope for Me.  You shall be brave and of good courage ~ your soul will be stayed on peace and bravery and courage are born.

Bravery and courage are a result of peace.  A result of trusting Me, of waiting upon Me and keeping your heart stirred by hope.

Hope endures the wait.  Hope builds tenacity, stoutness within the heart.

Hope gives hearts a mandate ‘to declare Your truth and faithfulness to men’.

If you give up hoping, you miss the blessing of My faithfulness.  You miss the truth of My promises fulfilled in your life.

…so I wait Father.  I wait for You with hope and expectation.  I wait trusting.  I wait knowing I can rely on You.  I wait with confidence knowing You are the Keeper of Promises.  I wait leaning hard into You, Jesus.  I wait with thanksgiving in my heart, with glad words on my lips as I experience the WOW!! of being encompassed about with Mercy and Loving Kindness.

How GREAT is Your goodness, Lord!  You continually inspire me to live in greater measures of peace.  Unmoved, feet planted deep upon the Rock of Ages.

I will rejoice and be glad in You!

With you in His palm,

Jeannie

The entrance and unfolding of His words give light.  Their unfolding gives understanding, discernment and comprehension to us.  What word is God unfolding in your heart and soul to bring about a deeper walk with Him?

A Heart Response to His Words

I was asked the other day what my secret place looks like.  Others had shared how they met with him by the waters, in green, grassy meadows or on long walks in the woods.  I wanted to have a place of beauty to describe too…but I couldn’t. 

Not because I don’t have a secret place, but rather that ‘place’ has been used for storage during house renos and a ‘room’ just doesn’t conjure up lovely images of walking hand in hand with Jesus and leaning against his breast in the cool of the day…

But truthfully, my secret place is at my desk with a pen and paper…and truthfully some more…years ago I used to have a fountain pen and I would write, filling journals with beautifully written words straight from the heart of my Father.  Many read them and confirmed these were not just ‘my’ words.  Blessings were given and received … at a low point in life I doubted these words and threw my journals away… yes  I did. 

And I haven’t picked up a fountain pen since… because I was scared… …I know I have words to share but not in the popular form of ‘well written personal stories’… and I have struggled to find my place and of course wonder if there is interest in what the Lord has put on my heart to share.  Many times discouragement comes and I have put my pen down.  But I feel called, compelled. Even now something is burning in my heart and of course that unending question ‘but will anyone really care?’ makes itself heard… I picked up the fountain pen Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  2014-09-24 13.08.26 2014-09-24 13.07.08

Words flowed, unbidden.  He is leading me beside the still waters, He is preparing my heart to teach me something new!

 

 

 

In the absence of fear there is total, absolute peace.  Fear still raises its ugly head and I must fight through the darkness, finding peace in the presence of the Prince of Peace. In looking back over the years, I know I have learned some important lessons.  

I have grown in my knowledge of God. I have grown closer to the Lord.  In that growing closer I am entering into the full, personal and intimate, precise and correct knowledge of God and of Jesus my Lord.

And Grace is being multiplied back to me. 

But what is Grace?  What kind of power does it have in our lives?

Grace is God’s favor and peace.  Grace works in us the state of perfect well being in our heart and soul.  Grace helps us to understand we have already received all necessary good, all we need for a life of godliness.  Grace helps us to walk in the spiritual prosperity that is God’s dream for us. Grace empowers us to live our lives with complete freedom from all fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts.  Grace is Peace.

As I grow in the knowledge of God, the promises of Grace are multiplied back to me.  Reason to rejoice! Reason to give thanks! My heart must give a response to his words of peace.

Father, thank you for the fulfillment and promise in your word.  You alone give us complete satisfaction, you alone we can trust to keep your word of promise.

You hold me by your mighty right hand and because you do I walk in peace.  I walk side by side with you, the Prince of Peace, the King of Righteousness, the Lord of Glory!

I trust you wholeheartedly, my heart is content to trust you! My heart is giddy with new found Gladness ~ busting out with joy it is in the knowledge you have shared with me.  You have set my heart free to love and praise your name forever!

I am yours, your Beloved, and you are mine and your banner over me is love, love, love. A life filled to overflowing with your blessings is a wonderful promise to hold onto, to hold out for.  You always keep your promises, you are so unlike us in that regard.  Thank you.

To have that overflowing life we must first step into the Ocean of your Love.  It begins as we stand upon the banks of your River of Delight.

Reveling in your word, loving time spent with you. Coming away with you to learn from you. 

To lend our hearts, eyes and ears for the filling of knowledge of the Holy One.  Forever I am changed.

You promise us a rich, full personal knowledge as you reveal yourself to us.  We are called to take part of your glory and excellence and your divine power works in us and moves us into a place where we receive all we need to live a life that brings you glory and pleasure.

Knowing who you are makes all the difference in how we choose to live.  You are the soon coming King, the King who chose to wear a crown of thorns, to shed your blood so that my voice of praise and thanksgiving could be heard in your courts.

The whole purpose of your promises is so I might become a sharer, partaker in your Divine Nature. Truly, there is nothing too hard for you!

How is God working in your heart to bring all of who you are into a place of union with Him?  I know He is working and drawing you closer to His heart, know He is creating in you a heart of love and obedience, yielded to his every word.  will you share in the comments?

With you in his palm,

Jeannie

 

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Words of Peace for your Soul

Are you thankful for the comfort His word gives you?  Those words resting in your soul and you aren’t even fully aware of the strength, power and peace they bring?

Are you thankful for the Life, the full, rich life that His word is brimming with, actively giving you peace?

Will you receive His peace?  Right now, will you accept the activity of the working of His word in your heart and soul?

There is a Voice crying louder than the shouts of fear clamoring to be heard.

There is a Voice of Encouragement, Help and Wisdom crying out.

Strengthen those hands that are weak, make firm your feeble knees.

Using these words, speak out to those who are fearful-hearted:

Be strong!  Be courageous!

Do not fear!  Keep your eyes focused on the Lord your God

Behold your King!

He comes with vengeance and with the passion of Love

He will come and save you!

Fear not, fear not, fear not!

Be strengthened by these words of truth and exhortation.

Your knees shall not be weakened by fear.

Your eyes shall be opened to behold your King.

Your ears shall be opened wide to hear My slightest whisper.

You shall no more have lameness in your knees, you shall leap like a deer upon the hard and difficult places.

Oh, and you shall sing, sing, sing!

The rivers of Living Waters shall burst forth out of your belly

Streams of Living Water shall flow on the dry and weary land of your heart.

Your heart shall become a pool of Living Water

chasing out the lying jackals.

Fresh, green grass suitable for grazing, resting with your Shepherd, your heart shall be adorned with.

And I, the Holy One, the King your eyes fully behold shall make a way for you.

I shall take you by the hand

fears calmed, worries ceased and lead you by a way you have not known.

You shall walk the Highway of Holiness.  It is a high road, raised up over the boardwalks of the world.

Fear not! I have you by the hand.

You have been washed in My blood.  This Highway is the blood stained way.  There shall be none that are unclean found on it.  You shall not waver or falter in your walk.

There shall be none on the Highway to deceive you, there shall be no lion of pretense.

Your eyes behold your King!

On the Highway of Holiness you shall walk with the Redeemed.

Your voices shall ring out across the land singing songs of praise and victory.

I have crowned you with everlasting joy!

Deep, deep in your heart, joy has settled.  Gladness floods your soul!

Sorrow and sighing flees for everlasting joy fills your heart.

Happiness is fleeting, it is an imposter and has been called out by name.

Happiness, the imposter is gone!

Gladness has come!  Gladness is yours!

Joy and Gladness are yours to delight in!

Thank you Father, for giving me eyes to see Truth.  Thank you for ears to hear your every word and for a heart and soul illuminated by the Light of your Glory.

You are glorious Lord!  Gloriously beautiful!  and I am Yours

engraved is my name in the palm of the Hand of God!

You are my God and King and I will declare:  Fear not, fear not, fear not!  When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

With you beloved,

in His palm,

Jeannie