a Whisper…a greater purpose

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“Things will happen to you in this life that aren’t easily understood. You will wonder why they occurred and for what purpose. You will not always know what to do or how to respond. But I tell you, every obstacle that comes across your path can become a victory in your life if you are willing to walk through it with me.

Good can come from every situation no matter what it is, and perhaps even to benefit someone else, because others will see and watch how you handle what you’re going through. How you navigate the challenging waters of strife becomes part of your story and testimony to others. Trials always serve a greater purpose in your life when you choose to trust me.

In the midst of a problem, it can be hard to remember how much I love you because your focus is on the problem itself. Your emotions are tied to your issues rather than to me. Yet, I challenge you to remember that I do love you and I am with you in difficult times. You may completely rely upon my plans for you as you go through them.

To rise above the weakness of your flesh, you must enter the realm of my Spirit through prayer and the counsel of my word. I will provide strength, wisdom, encouragement, and endurance so you will have all you need to make it through. I assure you that what the enemy intends for evil, I will use for good.

I am with you as I was with Jesus when he hung upon a cross with nails in his hands and feet, and a crown of thorns upon his head. His suffering was not in vain. His suffering gave you a great gift, a precious treasure. It gave you my redemption, a salvation that you did not earn or pay for. Jesus sacrificed his life and endured his pain so that my greater purpose for him would be achieved for you.

When you go through pain and suffering of any kind, remember that as I was with my Son, I am with you. You have our strength in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. You will see victory and you will overcome because you are mine and I love you as I love Jesus.

There will always be more to the story of your trial than the circumstances surrounding it will tell. A greater purpose is waiting to be revealed as you trust me to lead you through to the end of the story.”

  • We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3
  • For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1: 3,4
  • Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12
  • God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
  • So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 1 Peter 1:6
  • (Jesus said) “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16: 33
  • No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37

a Whisper…a solitary place

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“Come away to a solitary place with me and I will hear your most intimate prayers and receive your thankfulness with great delight. I revel in the unity of fellowship with you. During these times, I give light to your eyes and clarity to your heart as you seek me.

Prayer is the place where our connection is established and firmly grounded. It is a time for you to walk away from all the normal aspects of your daily routine and into a special time and place with me. You choose the place and I will always meet you there. Look for a peaceful place where you are free to open your heart, mind and thoughts to me. I listen to you; your voice is important because you and all that concerns you matters to me.

Jesus made a habit of pulling away from crowds and going to quiet places to pray. He understood the importance of communing with me. Prayer makes it possible for me to infuse you with faith, strength, understanding and encouragement, so that you can move forward; not in your own power, but in mine.

My faithfulness will always meet your commitment and you will experience the same joy that I receive as you make time with me a priority in your life. You show me how much you love me when you make the time to come away to a solitary place with me.”

  • But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
  • Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
  • Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

a Whisper…keep my word

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“My word has been given to strengthen your heart and to encourage you. I am found as you apply yourself to knowing me through my word. The moment you invited Jesus into your heart, my Spirit was placed in you to be your teacher and guide, so that you may learn the ways of wisdom and have the power and resources needed to live your best life.

My word is faithful because I am faithful to keep my word. It divides truth from lies and it tears down barriers. It provides knowledge and direction. My faithfulness has been established in the heavens and on the earth; I do not change like shifting shadows. I am righteous in all my ways. Knowing my word and keeping it hidden in your heart gives you confidence and provides security as you follow the righteous path.

I desire a deeply personal relationship with you so your eyes can be opened to understanding my word and the way my Spirit speaks to you. I give balance and surety to things you are learning, as well as to those things which you already know and understand. My Spirit leads you into a deeper, more intimate, relational journey with me.

I am God, Holy, Pure, Righteous, and True. I seek relationship with you every day and desire for you to know my word so you may live in truth, wisdom, hope, peace, joy, and confidence throughout your life. Jesus paved the way for you to know me and He secured your home with me in heaven. Your biggest challenge is to accept what has been given to you; to keep my word, embracing it with your whole heart, so that you can live the exciting, blessed life I desire to give you.”

  • For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and the attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
  • My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2: 1-5
  • Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
  • Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
  • All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you. John 16:15
  • Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
  • For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” John 3: 34 – 36.

a Whisper…boundaries of my love

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“Through tender words of sincere praise and thanksgiving, my heart connects with yours. Your spirit is at peace because you trust and receive my love. My Spirit never departs from those of you who love me, even in times when you may not be aware of it. I will always keep you safe within the boundaries of my love, for you are precious to me.

You are unique and special. There is no one else like you and I have given you the ability to grow in areas you are naturally inclined to. As I give you good gifts, you should develop and cultivate them so that you will be ready to use them as opportunities come along. Your gifts will bless others and I will be honored when you use them for my glory. Be confident and know that I have made you capable of accomplishing good things in this life.

Ours is a partnership formed by faith. As you step out in faith to seek and to learn, I will give you direction and guidance. My purposes will become your goals and I will fulfill the plans I have had for you from the beginning. You will reap the rewards of faithfulness; your heart will be strong and steady as you follow the leading and prompting of my Spirit at work within you.

By determining in your mind that you are going to follow me with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength, you will live a life filled with peace.  My peace will be upon you even when the way is not always easy. You will rest in the security and boundaries of my love because you trust me. You will know, without a single doubt, that I am for you and I am with you always.”

  • The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6 
  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
  • We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith, if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach, if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12: 6-8
  • And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
  • …but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. Psalm 89:33

a Whisper…crossroads

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“Many are the plans of your heart,  but because you trust me, I will lead you in the direction you need to go. I will not abandon you. I will provide for you in all situations throughout your life.

I am your Father and my love for you is all encompassing. It surrounds you each day and it is the force that sustains your life. Because you trust me, I will never let you down or disappoint you.  Growth takes time, so abide in me and remain patient through your circumstances even when the process seems slow. By keeping your eyes fixed upon me, you will see my hand of blessing as it moves upon you.

When you come to a crossroads, that place where you’re not sure where to go or what to do, I will help you. I will show you the way. It may not happen instantaneously, but you may trust that I will lead you to truth and make the path forward clear.

Seek me in my word; seek counsel from others whose experiences may help you. And, when you find yourself in a place of peace, you will know what to do. Above all, do not worry, or fret, or fear because I am with you. Your path is secure so that you won’t stumble. Your life is in my hands and nothing will happen that is so overwhelming we can’t get through it together.

Open your heart to receive what I want to give you and allow my will to be accomplished in your life, so you will receive all the blessings I have saved for you. As you allow me to work in and through your circumstances, your faithful eyes will be rewarded so you can see clearly which way to go each time you come upon a crossroads.

  • I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Proverbs 4: 11-13
  • This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16
  • For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. Philippians 1:19
  • I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 16-19

a Whisper…the way ahead

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“All things are possible for you, but not all things are beneficial.  This is where your ability to trust meets your faith in me.  You may desire to go down one path, but I will always have the best path for you; a path that keeps you near to me; a path that keeps you dependent upon me.  Unity with my Spirit, requires dependence upon me.

The road ahead may not be clear because you are unable to see the big picture. However, I see all, and I am in the way ahead. It is my desire to fulfill your life and to bless you.  You must learn to rely upon me for the things that are out of your hands by remembering that they are in mine. 

Sometimes you go around in circles as if you’ve forgotten that I am right there with you. My presence can be a comfort to you if you let it. You do not have to live in a whirlwind.  You can choose to abide in me knowing that I am your heavenly Father whose way is in the whirlwind.  I will carry you through it because I know what is best for you.

Receive encouragement today as it comes from me.  Depend upon me in every area of your life. I am only as far away as your faith allows me to be. So, by faith, accept the plans I have for you and trust that I will work everything out for good in your life.

  • “I have the right to do anything”, you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23
  • …he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:3
  • The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead. Proverbs 15:24
  • The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3 
  • We are now in your hands. do to us whatever seems good and right to you. Joshua 9:25
  • You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11

a Whisper…when trouble finds you

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“Your journey through life is not always going to be easy. There will be times when things won’t be as you want them to be, yet you will get through them. Family drama, work issues, church controversy, and all types of people problems will creep into your life.

Keep your trust in me. Allow me to fine tune your hearing so you will recognize the voice of my Spirit as I direct your steps. Also, understand that the refining process will make you stronger and better equipped to deal with life’s challenges.

Though I will take care of you always, your character will be stretched and strengthened as you learn the things I want to teach you.  Embrace times of challenge. A little discomfort will help you look to me rather than trying to handle everything in your own strength.

You are not alone, everyone faces obstacles. However, because your life is in my hands, you may draw upon my Spirit to provide what is essential to sustain your journey.  

You are uniquely special to me. Be who I have made you to be.  Remember that you are loved by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  I accept you. Live your life to please me, not others. You are capable and able to overcome all obstacles because my Spirit empowers you.  My love is the river of peace that gives the flow of your life balance so that when trouble finds you, you don’t have to be consumed by it.

  • But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and your are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope? Job 4: 5,6
  • This is what the Lord says–your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17,18
  • “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well -watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
  • The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. Psalm 37:39
  • You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Job 11:16
  • Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:4