Excerpt from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young

From May 7:

“If you learn to trust me– really trust me– with your whole being, then nothing can separate you from my peace. Everything you endure can be put in good use by allowing it to train you in trusting me. This is how you foil the works of evil, growing in grace through the very adversity that was meant to harm you. Joseph was a prime example of this divine reversal, declaring to his brothers, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’

“Do not fear what this day, or any day, may bring your way. Consentrate on trusting me and on doing what needs to be done. Relax in my sovereignty, remembering that I go before you, as well as with you, into each day. Fear no evil, for I can bring good out of every situation you will ever encounter.” (From Isaiah 26:4; Genesis 50:20 NASB; Psalm 23:4)❤

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The Fairest of Them All

Walking with Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit changes your viewpoint, changes your vision. You become more mature spiritually so see the world through the eyes of Jesus through His Holy Spirit. You start seeing the bully as pathetic and in need of spiritual healing. You start seeing the homeless person as needing physical help and maybe mental help but definitely spiritual healing. You start seeing power hungry politicians in their lies as needing punishment to get their attention because they are needing spiritual healing. You start seeing immature Christians as needing spiritual guidance and training. And so on. You start seeing lonely on people, sadness in eyes, joy sometimes thank God, shallowness when deeper is the longing. And the fairest of them all is the humble who want and long for and seek God as much as He has always loved them. That can be poor or rich or in between, but you see that soul humble and crying out for God. That is true beauty, the glory within us built in allowed to shine through. It is the connection to God only possible through the impeccable strength of humility (humbleness, not humiliation). And this I can see now and it is gloriously beautiful.😄❤

A Friend in Jesus

There is a verse whrte Jesus calls us friends. (John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14. You are my friends if you do what I command. 15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – Bible Offline) It is a beautiful thought. It is truth.❤

God Continues to Bless & Give Chances

God is perpetually generous! He blesses and answers prayers, gives chances again and again and keeps on loving us to Himself. Oh how He proves His matchless worth! Oh how He loves us! That is amazing to me the more I ponder it. And the late Rich Mullins said it best that with all his philosophy and theology classes, thr most profound truth in the Bible or universe is that “Jesus loves me, this I know, for thr Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.” So great and powerful is that truth! So blessed we are to have another chance today to love Him and accept His present love and past love via Jesus. So amazing is our Heavenly Father!❤❤❤

Security

Every woman, or person for that matter, wants security. It is one of those perceptions like control. They are both something which we can work to achieve, spending endless hours on planning and paperwork to verify we have it. But truth be told it can all change in a very bad day. And people I know are having very bad days a lot lately. Death, cancer, illness, car breaks down, refrigerator goes out, roof leaks, whatever it may be. All of things are reminders of the temporary-ness of the world.

In sharp contrast, when we place our security in the only Source of true, eternal security, namely Jesus Christ, we are secure. When we give Him control, He owns it and cares for us. And He is truly the only One who can. We are only as strong as our next tragedy but God has never, in all His years of creating and caring and loving, has lost one hint of power. And He has never stopped loving us. We have security in Jesus and not truly anywhere or anyone else. And I am content, peaceful, joyful and loved with that fact. It is good to know for sure. How I love Him!❤❤❤

Joy = Strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” For me, that is not some cute saying, it is deepest truth. Nothing strengthens me more than joy that is nestled in peace and founded upon hope that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. Be very suspicious of a Christian who does not smile and does not lean on joy from Jesus as their strength. And do not be such a person. Lean on the joy from Jesus as your strength and let it show on your face. Be that lightbulb. Own it. Love it. Live it. You can do no better. ❤

Relationship with God is Only Through Jesus

God the Father wants so much to have a personal relationship with every person He lovingly made. This can only happen through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the only bridge between sin life and Holy God. This is why Jesus said He is the only way to the Father. Accept the Son and draw close to the Father. And the Holy Spirit helps us every step of the way and cumulatively, Yahweh is with us in love. This is eternal and incredibly beautiful.😄❤