It Is Well…

This song has been playing in my thoughts this morning. The words speak to the peace and assurance that believers have in Christ. Even when our world is spinning out of control…our Heavenly Father is in control, and He loves us with an undying love.

If you are going through deep despair, please read the words written by a man who knew deep despair. If it is not well with your soul, confess that to God and ask Him to bless you with the grace you need to be at peace and to trust Him.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
A song in the night, oh my soul!  ~  “It Is Well With My Soul”, Horatio Spafford, (October 20, 1828, – October 16, 1888)

I’m praying that whoever reads this and needs God’s help and hope will have it quickly. God bless you and keep you ❤

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“All is Good in My Presence”

Sharing another whisper from God’s heart to yours, via the Passion Translation team

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“All is good in My presence”

How pleasant and good it is when you draw near to me and leave your doubts behind. The burning light of My presence will consume every fear and every thought that disturbs your peace. If only My people knew what was waiting for them as they come before Me!

My servant, come closer to Me.
My son, draw near and you fill find Me.
Daughter of My heart, bring your soul into My loving presence.

All those who find their delight in Me drink from a flowing brook of bliss. To delight in Me is the joy you will experience for eternity. It is good for you to draw near to Me. There is no distance between us, when your spirit longs for Me. Many will merely sing about it, some will pray about it, but the open door only longs for you to enter. Come over the threshold of My glory and you will find Me.

Love brings you near. I have fastened My heart to yours. Even now you are feeling the pull, the tug of My eternal love. Come close to Me and I will draw even closer to you.

Your love for me must not wait and linger outside. Come close to Me and never yield to all that distracts you. Your love for Me will bring you into My cloud-filled chamber. And when you have come into the splendor of My glory, abide with Me. Stay in My presence. Hold fast to what you have been given. A new passion for Me is rising in your heart and no one will take it from you. All is good in My presence.

Psalm 73:24-28 The Passion Translation

“You lead me with your secret wisdom.
And following you brings me into your brightness and glory!
Whom have I in heaven but you! You’re all I want!
No one on earth means as much to me as you.
Lord, so many times I fail; I fall into disgrace,
but when I trust in you, I have a strong and glorious presence
protecting and anointing me. Forever you’re all I need!
Those who abandon the worship of God will perish.
The false and unfaithful will be silenced, never heard from again.
But I’ll keep coming closer and closer to you, Lord Yahweh,
for your name is good to me. I’ll keep telling the world of
your awesome works, my faithful and glorious God!”

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Seems Fitting At This Time

I’ve mentioned before that I listen to the Daily Audio Bible. It’s an awesome supplement to personal study and prayer. Brian Hardin is the creative man of God who implemented this vision, and the time spent listening as he reads the scriptures will be like water for your soul.

DAB has a large, international community of listeners and prayer warriors who tune in daily (or as often as possible) to hear Brian read through the bible each year. You will hear Old Testament passages 1st, followed by New Testament scripture, a Psalm and then a Proverb, all in chronological order, allowing you to build upon each previous day’s reading. The Holy Spirit will speak through this if you are willing to listenCheck it out when you have the chance.

I have the app on my phone, which is great when I’m driving in the car. One of the things I really enjoy is hearing the scripture read from different versions. This week, Brian is reading from The Voice, which is a beautifully expressive, easily understood version of an English-reader’s bible.

We in the USA have just come through a most exhausting, confounding and vitriolic election cycle, that thankfully is mostly finished, except for the actual transfer of power. Today’s reading out of James seemed a timely choice to share, so welcome to today’s post:

James 1:19-2:17:

1:19 Listen, open your ears, harness your desire to speak, and don’t get worked up into a rage so easily, my brothers and sisters. Human anger is a futile exercise that will never produce God’s kind of justice in this world. So walk out on your corrupt liaison with smut and depraved living, and humbly welcome the word of truth that will blossom like the seed of salvation planted in your souls.

Put the word into action. If you think hearing is what matters most, you are going to find you have been deceived. If some fail to do what God requires, it’s as if they forget the word as soon as they hear it. One minute they look in the mirror, and the next they forget who they are and what they look like. However, it is possible to open your eyes and take in the beautiful, perfect truth found in God’s law of liberty and live by it. If you pursue that path and actually do what God has commanded, then you will avoid the many distractions that lead to an amnesia of all true things and you will be blessed.

If you put yourself on a pedestal, thinking you have become a role model in all things religious, but you can’t control your mouth, then think again. Your mouth exposes your heart, and your religion is useless. Real, true religion from God the Father’s perspective is about caring for the orphans and widows who suffer needlessly and resisting the evil influence of the world.

2:1 My brothers and sisters, I know you’ve heard this before, but stop playing favorites! Do not try to blend the genuine faith of our glorious Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, with your silly pretentiousness. If an affluent gentleman enters your gathering wearing the finest clothes and priceless jewelry, don’t trip over each other trying to welcome him. And if a penniless bum crawls in with his shabby clothes and a stench fills the room, don’t look away or pretend you didn’t notice—offer him a seat up front, next to you. If you tell the wealthy man, “Come sit by me; there’s plenty of room,” but tell the vagrant, “Oh, these seats are saved. Go over there,” then you’ll be judging God’s children out of evil motives.

My dear brothers and sisters, listen: God has picked the poor of this world to become unfathomably rich in faith and ultimately to inherit the Kingdom, which He has pledged to those who love Him. By favoring the rich, you have mocked the poor. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it the rich who step on you while climbing the ladder of success? And isn’t it the rich who take advantage of you and drag you into court?  Aren’t they the ones mocking the noble name of our God, the One calling us?

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Mother Teresa

 

Remember His call, and live by the royal law found in Scripture: love others as you love yourself. You’ll be doing very well if you can get this down. But if you show favoritism—paying attention to those who can help you in some way, while ignoring those who seem to need all the help—you’ll be sinning and condemned by the law. For if a person could keep all of the laws and yet break just one; it would be like breaking them all. The same God who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also says, “Do not murder.” If you break either of these commands, you’re a lawbreaker, no matter how you look at it. So live your life in such a way that acknowledges that one day you will be judged. But the law that judges also gives freedom, although you can’t expect to be shown mercy if you refuse to show mercy. But hear this: mercy always wins against judgment! Thank God!

 Brothers and sisters, it doesn’t make any sense to say you have faith and act in a way that denies that faith. Mere talk never gets you very far, and a commitment to Jesus only in words will not save you. It would be like seeing a brother or sister without any clothes out in the cold and begging for food, and saying, “Shalom, friend, you should get inside where it’s warm and eat something,” but doing nothing about his needs—leaving him cold and alone on the street. What good would your words alone do? The same is true with faith. Without actions, faith is useless. By itself, it’s as good as dead.

Blessings and have a beautiful weekend ❤

Be Strengthened in Faith Today!

Sharing this beautifully encouraging word with you from The Passion Translation Team.

I needed to hear this today. I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed and encouraged me ❤

Step forward in faith for the Lord is set against the forces of darkness and He will not be overcome!

Brian Simmons and Your TPT Team

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“I have set My armies in place”

My mighty armies are battle-ready and prepared to fight for you. Watch the miracles break forth as you step forward in faith. Have I not equipped you and given you My faith as a shield? I call you to march with My heavenly armies and see great victories given to you!

All who rise against you will fall and those who disgrace My Name will be set aside until they determine if My grace is enough to restore them. But your calling is to move forward in faith and bring defeat to the forces of darkness. Faith is the victory that will overcome the power of the spirit of this world.

You will walk in the steps I have chosen for you and no one can hinder. Faith opens the doors to set you in the right place at the right time. You will look for your enemies and not be able to find them, for they will be defeated!

Receive the fullness of your inheritance this day! You must rejoice, and sing, and celebrate, for the dance of chance turned your maybe into a miracle! Many are My servants who step out with small faith and I work a great work. Never measure your faith by your fears, but insist that your fears submit to your faith.

Now is the time to step into your “maybe” and watch Me empower your environment to cooperate with you. Your enemies fight in vain, so do not be discouraged by what can be seen with your eyes, but be filled with MY faith as you set your gaze on Me. Embrace truth as your best friend. Marry wisdom, she will be your perfect partner. Cherish My peace, and you will be kept far above the fray.

I will create a clean heart within you. The virtues of My Spirit will be born in you. As righteousness covers your heart as a breastplate, you will find a greater strength and boldness.The time has come for you to praise Me with all your heart, for My overcomers are arising and they will not be defeated. And you will praise Me for the impossibility that I changed into victory. The day of your visitation is here.

Ephesians 6:10-13 The Passion Translation

Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.

Put on the full suit of armor that God wears when he goes into battle, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious.