Yesterday, the devotional ‘Seeking Him’ from Nancy Leigh DeMoss at Revive our Hearts.com was delivered to my inbox. It was the first thing I read before getting out of bed. One more reason why I love my ipod touch. I have several devotionals right at my fingertips – first thing in the morning – when my mind, body, and spirit is totally resting in HIM. If He hasn’t given me a dream to scribe, this is how I start my day. It helps me focus on Him throughout the day.
The Lord spoke to me before Nancy ever mentioned the word TRUST….passing from my spirit to my tongue…as I pondered her first few lines concerning FAITH. She titles this devotional ‘FAITH in the DARK’
"There are times when God withholds the conscious sense of His presence—times when God seems far away and less real. I think that’s because He wants us to walk by faith and seek Him with all our hearts.
Isaiah described it this way: “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”
If you’re feeling like you’re walking in the dark today, let me encourage you. Trust in the Lord, rely on God and keep going. God is pleased with faith that’s exercised in the darkness."
Now I knew My faith was strong…or so I thought.
Suddenly, I loudly discerned the weak element of my FAITH.
T R U S T
Immediately, the Holy Spirit delivered these words to my spiritual ‘inbox’ – the message center of my relationship with God….
“TRUST IN THE LORD with ALL your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
Trust that I AM who I say that I AM.
Do not DOUBT. Doubt is the opposite of FAITH.
In your strength, you think that your FAITH is strong - your BELIEF in who I AM is indestructible. You trust in my LIVING WORD to you; my gift of SALVATION to you; my PRESENCE in you; my HOLY SPIRIT with you; my work of the CROSS in your place; my RESURRECTION, ASCENSION and my RETURN for you – my BRIDE.
You SING your songs to me and offer your sacrifice of PRAISE and THANKFULNESS. Your FERVENT INTERCESSION reaches my tender ears before you ever open your mouth, for I know these things stored within your heart. Did I not gift you this way?
But your TRUST in my PROVISION – my Divine GUIDANCE in the dark – in ALL things - my Perfect TIMING … is hampered by your misdirected - learned style of relating. In these things, YOUR FAITH IS WEAK
IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO STEP UP!
This DOUBT within you prevents your total RESTING in my PEACEFUL PRESENCE - every day, in all ways. Your FAITH is strong until the wait in long, and you feel the darkness slowly creeping in. It is in these times, that you are vulnerable to the enemy of FAITH which is DOUBT.
Don’t lose sight of my LIGHT in you.
FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS
Do you not see that I am the LORD, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea? I am about to do a brand-new thing? I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a way for you! Isa 43:16;19;
I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW!
To Be Continued......
Unbeknown to me, as I prepared and typed this post, my e-mail secretly hid 4 incoming e-mails in my SPAM folder. All 4 were from comments at Denise’s blog ‘The Quiet Quill’.
Her post of 11 months ago was suddenly republished. I had commented on her post and subscribed to follow up comments. Today, I receive 4 e-mails from comments on her post. I hadn’t visited her in a very long time. I didn’t remember commenting. Apparently, my mail client wasn’t aware of my comment either - so it labeled them ‘SPAM’. Strangely, her post carries the title “Proverbs 3: 5-6”.
I AM HIS AND HE IS MINE,
HIS WARRIOR BRIDE