a Whisper…the precursor

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“It is in quiet moments of reflection that I am able to speak to your heart and mind. As you pray with thanksgiving, you honor me. Words of sincerity and praise welcome my presence.

Thankfulness is the precursor to experiencing peace like a mighty river flowing through you. It prepares the deep waters of your heart for true fellowship to course between us. Praise flows from your mouth as you lift acknowledgments of truth in prayer.

In your toughest times, thankfulness is the bed you should rest upon. With the awakening of prayer, you will see more clearly and the blessing of peace will have arrived. You will know without a doubt that I am God, I am always good, and I am good to you.”

  • My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. Job 33:3
  • Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; Psalms 15: 1, 2 
  • …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
  • …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalms 34: 8

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a Whisper…behold the glory

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“Open your eyes and behold the glory of your Lord. Do you not know that I have given you your very life and I hold it in my hands, just as I hold the stars in the sky, the planets, and all the movements of the universe?

For all of you who follow me, this world is not your home. You are just passing through it. For the rest, the same is true. I  have the power to bring everything to a stop, everything that you consider “normal”, and yet you failed to consider that I would even allow such a thing to happen. You cannot count on world leaders, you cannot count on politicians, for they have only been given limited authority. Ultimately, all authority is mine. However, you must remember to pray for the leaders in your world.

All of you who have placed your hope in me will be delivered. Jesus came and walked the face of your earth a long time ago and he is remembered today for doing so – even by those who don’t believe that I sent him to save you. Your hope is in him. Do not live in fear in spite of what you see happening around you. Do not be afraid, for my wisdom is in your heart. My Spirit gives light and truth and balance to your perspective when you look to me and not to the things the world is saying.

Your enemy the devil is looking for weak, vulnerable people to prey upon. He desires to torment you by giving you fear and anxiety. He will use deceptive ways to draw you into his schemes. Use the wisdom that I have given you to come against him and to stand firm so that your faith is strengthened. You are only weakened by your fears and that is where satan believes that he will win the battle in your mind.

Your faith must be more than what you say right now. It must be in what you do through the struggle. I am not the author of confusion. That belongs to the enemy of your soul. I call you to stand in faith and to fight the battles with the tools I have given you so that you can win them.

Be strong in your Lord and in my mighty power that you may be an overcomer in these uncertain times. Keep your eyes wide open and you will see my glory revealed in your circumstances. I am your glory, the Holy and Righteous Father whose love and justice will prevail.”

  • Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1
  • Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord almighty–he is the King of glory. Psalms 24:10
  • If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world  hates you. John 15:19
  • I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2: 1, 2
  • This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4: 2, 3
  • Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 9 – 11
  • For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13
  • For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

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a Whisper…everlasting love

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“I rejoice over you this morning. You are my child and I love you with an everlasting love. My heart is glad as I look into your heart and see your willingness to trust me. The way of trust will always lead you along the blessed path.

Walk in confidence because I am your God and Father. I make a way when sometimes it seems there is none. I will always make a way for you. Abide in me, take time to bask in my presence and rest in the truth of your Savior – of His salvation and deliverance.

You are blessed, dear one, and I am with you today, tomorrow and always.”

  • The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
  • The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
  • But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– Psalms 103:17
  • Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. Psalms 84:12
  • The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
  • The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

a Whisper…I AM in control

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I AM in control. I know exactly what is happening in the world. I want the world to see me, to see that there is hope for all who choose to believe and trust me. I am not oblivious to the pain and suffering many are experiencing. Though I am God who executes judgment, I am God who is compassionate and I give hope; hope that comes through faith.

Let what is happening today be a wake up call to all. This world is not within your control. The universe is in my hands. There are greater reasons for that which I allow than what your eyes are able to see, so that is why I ask you to trust me. Without me, there would be only chaos and destruction. With me, there is a way out, there is a way through and I AM with all who choose to follow me.

My grace has not left this world. It is in the hearts of all who love me. It is in the prayers of my faithful ones. It is in the love and kindness you display to others in the face of adversity. I call you to stand in the faith you have received. I am the solid rock on whom you may depend. I’ve got this world, I’ve got all who belong to me and I’ve got you. I AM in control.

  • “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” John 8:58
  • Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. Isaiah 46:9
  • And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11
  • By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3
  • He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10
  • Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5: 8, 9
  • The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:2
  •  …neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
  • “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
  • Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

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a Whisper…change in you

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“Change is not alway easy. Yet, change will be a significant part of your life and you need to learn how to manage it. Unexpected change can be shocking and difficult to handle. How you choose to respond to change when it comes – however it comes, will determine how successfully you navigate it.

The sting of another person’s angry words or the powerful pain of rejection are things that generally lead to occurances of change. In these situations, it is human to think that it’s someone else who needs to change, not you. Though that may be partially true, I will always have something to teach you and you need to realize that when I go to work, I am going to work on you. The other person is mine to deal with, but you are responsible for you and I desire that you be willing accept the things that I want to change in you.

You can count on the fact that if you are in a struggle of any kind, I am looking to do a work of change in you. Transformation is my business. I sent my son into your world to change hearts and open minds to my forgiveness, love, and salvation. Transformation occurs as you give something up to gain something better. For those of you who have embraced my Son, as your Savior, you have the power within you, by the Holy Spirit, to change and become all you are meant to be.

Only when you recognize how much you need to change, will you have the desire to actually do something about it. Personal change requires the greatest amount of of your time and attention.  It requires humility, a willingness to let go of your pride and to look at yourself in an honest way. Though you may feel like it would be much easier to quit than to work through the process, remember that you have Christ in you, the Hope of Glory, and all things are possible with Him.

Utilize every resource you have been given. Use prayer and Scripture to guide you to wisdom and knowledge, and tap into the wisdom of those you trust. Discipline your thoughts and focus on all the benefits of the change you need to make. Exercise self control, so that you will be able to hear and follow through with the actions that lead to personal transformation. You don’t walk alone, even when it feels that way. We are with you, I your Father, Jesus your Savior, and the Holy Spirit, and We give you success when you don’t give up.

With determination to do the necessary work, you will not be defeated by the process of growth. Don’t give up on yourself, because I will not give up on you. You will be led to springs of renewal and waters of refreshment. You will grow in character and grace, and be led to greater understanding of the Love that has called you, and the incredible life I have for you on the other side of change.”

  • Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and season; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. Daniel 2 20-22
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
  • When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
  • And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 4: 7, 8
  • Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5: 3-5

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a Whisper…step into joy

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“My joy is your strength. So, in moments of frustration, make the choice to step into joy.  Whatever is causing you frustration, is not worth allowing it to do so. You can control your reactions to recurring irritations by how you choose to respond to them.

Sitting in traffic, another drivers carelessness on the road, and foolish things that others say and do can be irritating to you. Rather than reacting in a way that is not good, (anger, name calling, hand gestures, etc.), seize the moment, take it captive. Don’t allow these things to overtake you and disrupt your peace of mind. Have the presence of mind to quickly step back from your emotions and regroup your thoughts.  Bless the person that cut you off, pray for the safety of those in the path of a speeding driver. Forgive the one whose careless words are offensive, and remember to be thankful for the blessings that I have provided. Counter cultural responses will help you to step into joy. You will be amazed at how quickly your attitude changes.”

  • Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2a
  • The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalms 28:7
  • Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers…Psalms 1:1
  • Does he not see my ways and count my every step? Job 31:4
  • The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. Proverbs 14:15
  • Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Psalms 106:3
  • And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15

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a Whisper…trust in My faithfulness

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“My child, it is good to wait upon me. It is good to trust in My faithfulness. I am your Father and I deeply care for you.

I am never insensitive to the pain and suffering of my children, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or all of these. I care about the things that concern you and I desire to help you as you go through them.

I want you to trust me. Trust is more than saying you do. Trust is a sincere belief that I will help you. It is shown by the way that you live your life and the things you say to others while you’re walking through something that requires you to trust me. It means that you draw close to me, that you seek me for comfort and strength, rather than trying to handle it all on your own.

By truly believing that I am for you and with you in all circumstances — through everything you’re facing, there is no reason to have doubt. Your needs will be met because I know what you need. I will extend my grace and provide the best solutions for your circumstances, even if they generate a different outcome than your expectation. Abide in me, be patient in the process and I will bless you through it. Trust in My faithfulness!

  • But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • Cast all your anxiety on him (the Lord) because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
  • Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalms 86:11
  • For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalms 117:2
  • Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
  • Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalms 40:4
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5,6

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