3 Words in 1
I AM Calling You!
I sat down here this afternoon and I begin to dwell on the goodness of God.
He’s been so good to me. I sense an unction someone needs to PRAY today, you know exactly who you are, do not delay!
I sense the LORD saying, “My people need to know that I AM calling them. My people need to know and understand that I AM calling them.”
So many in the belly of the whale, are so deaf and cannot hear, but the LORD says, “Today I AM opening your ears and I AM calling you.”
God says, “I AM calling you!. I want you to turn around and I want you to come back, says the LORD, for I AM not giving up on you, nor have I ever left you nor have I ever forsaken you even as I promised in My word.”
You are mine. Did I not say “nothing” by any means will be able take you out of My hand for you are mine? Though you have tried to live and not abide in the vine,” the LORD says, “This is an impossibility. You cannot do this, because you are mine.
You will once again abide in the vine, Me in you and you in Me. Come and let us dine.
Do not say it was the beguiling of the enemy. You had a choice. You walked away from Me.
Fear not. Do not be afraid, for you are the apple of My eye.
I have opened your ears. You hear the call. Now come and do not delay one more day.
My gifts and calling are without repentance, so once again I say, Child come, let it be today.”
Amen and Amen
Turning Off the Noise: Don’t Be Anxious!
Anti-depressant medication is a billion-dollar industry, but in our noisy world people are still anxious. Today try to get away from the noise.
Paul explains that the way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything. Roll all your worries and fears on the LORD.
In exchange He will grant you “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding.”
Today transfer all of your anxieties from your shoulders and place them on the shoulders of God!
John Moore writes:
Cast your care on Jesus today,
Leave your worry and fear;
Burdens are lifted at Calvary
Jesus is very near – Jesus is very near.
We’ve had many people within the HeartSupport community share about their experiences with depression.
Many times it seems we have trouble forgetting the areas where our soul has been wounded. It’s almost like a scar that flares up and reopens into a fresh wound.
Soldiers (and even one of our staff members) who served in Afghanistan and Iraq have openly shared about “soul wounds” that still cause anguish. The trauma they experienced can easily put them back in a dark place some days.
Others have shared about sexual abuse and how surviving rape or molestation has left those wounds that they can’t seem to block out of their mind.
We’ve even heard stories of those who’ve had core wounds from family members that they can’t shake because the harsh messages play over and over in their minds; seemingly to remind them they’re “worthless.”
The prophet Jeremiah shared a similar experience in Lamentations 3 of a soul wound he endured. Babylon had destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and was oppressing the nation of Israel at the time Lamentations was written.
It’s believed by many scholars that every able-bodied man in Israel was required to fight and pick up a sword during this season.
At the very minimum, Jeremiah experienced the horrors of war and oppression. At the most, he picked up a sword and fought. Like so many, he stated, “my soul continually remembers it,” and he bemoaned the loss of peace, happiness and hope.
A reminder where his true hope came from, however, interrupts Jeremiah’s lament.
There are two pieces to what he did –
- He expressed the weight of his soul and did not bottle those emotions.
- He then made a deliberate choice to remember where his hope lay while focusing on the character and goodness of God.
By doing so, he reminded himself that God would sustain him with new mercies and the ability to put one foot in front of the other.
Today’s Practical Step:
Write down your wound and potential frustration with God like Jeremiah did. Then write down the mercies (new or otherwise) you see God providing.
See: Lamentations 3:1-24.
~ Gail Manizak