All the Change that Your Heart Desires

 

From the Heart of God:

am high and lifted up – above all the noise. Quiet the noise so you can hear Me. I am above it all. Many times, even “the good stuff” is noise – worship, podcasts, news, sermons, etc. It’s noisy and is a “settling”. It’s settling for breadcrumbs. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest for your souls. Come to your source of life. 

Come higher. Lift your gaze. Require My Presence as your greatest need, and it will be Me you find – the healer, restorer, and strength of your soul (of your very being). There is so much more – so much to partake of. Stop filling yourself with lesser things. Man does not live on bread alone (or good books, talks, teaching, sermons, podcasts) but man does live on every word that proceeds from My mouth. So, come and hear. Partake of My word that fills and satisfies every longing. Come for meat and sustenance. 

The noise of this world is taking up too much space and ruining appetites – appetites that are meant to be filled by Me alone, and I will not give My glory to any other. I am first, the last, and all the in between. Come and feast. Be filled, and never get your fill. There is MORE, MORE, MORE, and it will CHANGE you. All the change that your heart desires, this is where it is found, found always, is found. Come and keep coming. Seek and keep seeking. 

“You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].” Psalm 27:8 Amplified Bible

Come. Come for yourself. It’s not selfish or self-seeking. It’s obeying. Come. Eat. Take your bread. You are worth My feeding (said with a smile – a knowing smile full of love). You are worth My dying and worth My feeding and building up and My sustenance and strength. You, personally, are “the one”. I come after the one. It’s my way. Do you think it’s only “other ones”, “other wayward ones”? I come for you. I won’t give up on you. It’s why you still hear the call and tug on your heart. My callings are irrevocable. I have a plan to use you. Yield and be moldable and pliable. I will protect you. Take off the armor that is built of fear and reasoning and overthinking and vigilant alertness, and put on My armor that will truly protect you, make you strong, resolute, and able to take great risks because you trust that nothing can harm you.

4.1.24

Faith Up!

“I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.” Psalm101:2, 3  

Amplified Bible:“I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.”

From God’s heart:
 
Heed well. Heed the call. Heed the warnings. Take note of the signs. For there is a great falling out, a falling away, a time of great confusion where eyes will need to be set on Me and hearts need to be planted in the truth of My word and My love so that what is produced in and through your life is truly of Me and not from fear (of man, the fear of this world, or eyes set on the troubling times). Have your whole heart buried in the good soil of My truth – My word – in what I say, not what you feel. Set a guard. Guard yourself. Meditate on truth. Let Me even today and each day feed it to you; partake fully, and believe. Allow what I say to truly become part of who you are – down into joint and marrow. And live. Abide in My Word – let My Word abide in you. Taste and see that I am good and My sovereignty reigns supreme over all. I can be trusted. And I will be trusted. Cling to Me as the waistband clings to the waist of a man. Cinch it tight. Armor up. And you take the shield of FAITH (build it every single day) and extinguish the flaming arrows – not only for yourself but extinguish them so that others aren’t caught on fire by the enemy’s fiery darts. Let’s snuff out the lies and malice. Stop the infection. Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of HIs glory you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14
 
Dark days are ahead. But look up. Your redemption is drawing near. Look to the clouds. Rain is on the horizon.* Eyes up. Why be downcast, O soul? Trust. Trust in the Lord God Almighty who is mighty to save.
              

Be saved and not surprised by the fiery ordeal. Be about building your shield of faith FOR the working of mighty miracles.
 
Many needs will call for many miracles. You are in position; don’t take yourself out. Be bold. Fully Mine. Abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 
 
Trust in the power of My name and do exploits, Church. 
 
It’s quite an opportunity.
Don’t choose to be safe and perish. Choose to battle and have the most exciting time of your life. Hear the call. Respond. And work miracles. 
 You will speak to the storm, and it will be stilled. 
 
Affect your sphere; that’s the call right there.

Don’t choose to watch from the sidelines. Run the play and do your job. Do your job and run the play. Be effective and affect those your life touches everyday.
11.9.23

“‘These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.'” John 16:33
 
Daniel 11:32b “… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (KJV)

Jeremiah 13:11 Amplified Bible (AMP) “‘For as the waistband clings to the body of a man, so I caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the LORD, ‘that they might be for Me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory; but they did not listen and obey.'”

“So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days,…” Deuteronomy 30:19, 20

I have come to pour faith upon the earth. Will you partake of it? Or will you stubbornly cling to your fear? Faith in Me – and that anything is possible – is here for the taking, like a shield and a sword to take up. Will you? Will you enter the battle? There is a war. Be in it to win it. The stakes are high. Will you submit yourself to the battle plan and follow Me? 
 
Be battle ready. First, full armor really, really on. Prepared. Know the truth like the back of your hands – have it always before you. Shield up. Faith HIGH – true faith in the God of the impossible. (Yes, have your hopes up, but this is a specific call to have your faith up!) Fight for that in yourself to begin with. Find your “legs” – train yourself to stand and to bow to none other. Bow to Me alone. Obey only My voice – not the voice of fear, compromise, or normalcy. Seek My presence. War is coming. There can be no compromise. 
(1.12.24)


(*the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18:41-46 comes to mind here) 
Here are a just a few of the other scriptures references for truths that showed up here. Hover your cursor over these and see the full verse pop up: Hebrews 4:12, John 15:4,5,7,8,9, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 103:19, Ephesians. 6:16, 10, Psalm 42:5, 1 Peter 4:12, Psalm 91:1 

Hi Friends, 

May we KNOW Him and have peace!

Be in the Word daily. Be in prayer. Listen to Him speak to your heart. And obey. He fully enables us to do what He calls us to. Obedience that is effective can only be done as we abide in Him. Learn to abide.

Abide and cling tightly in full dependence and grow deeper in relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit. Relationship.

Ask the Lord how He would specifically have you build up your shield of faith. Maybe it’s more worship music during your day to be built up in adoration of the “author and perfector of your faith” or meditating on and memorizing scripture. There is a real call, as always, to know truth and to be discerning in ways that come from time in prayer and reading the whole counsel of God and studying to know Him and His ways deeper every day. 

I’ll share again my favorite bible reading plan. It is a chronological reading plan that leads you through the Bible in a year. I love that it can be used as a bookmark and can be checked off day by day as you read.To download and print your own copy, click here Let’s Open God’s Word. Pray as you open the Word. Read. Listen. Turn what you read into a prayer. And act upon the Truth

God is For You

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  
“Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?”
Romans 8:31b NASB, AMP 

 

From God’s Heart:

I am for you, not against you. And with Me for you, what does it matter if someone is against you? So what?

Who can be against you? This is one sense of that truth: who? who that means anything or matters in any way? Who? If I am for you and leading you and you are following Me in obedience, what does it matter if someone doesn’t agree with you or even openly opposes you?

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6

Having this “so what?” attitude and settled-ness of mind and spirit will so free up My people – free them to follow Me fully and to do My will in the midst of this “perverse generation” (Acts 2:40).

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.” Proverbs 29:25 AMP

Come. Be My disciple. Deny yourself (your reputation), take up your cross (be misunderstood, rejected, and even hated because of My name- Matt. 10:22), and follow Me (which is truly your heart’s desire and delight) -Matthew 16:24. 

Just follow. Be Spirit-led. And trust Me with any and all outcomes (the good and the bad). It’s all okay as you obey My voice. Be true to My Word and find your firm footing (Psalm 143:10 NLT). All else is shifting sand, and you see it shifting quite quickly, don’t you? My Word will remain. It endures forever (1 Peter 1:25). Be diligent, that you may handle the Word accurately (2 Tim. 2:15). It’s not a “hard” instruction. Instead, it is very centering and rewarding as you hone into your purpose: to know Me deeper and walk in a newness of life, in a manner worthy of your calling. This obedience is not a heavy load of bondage; it is a freeing abundance of life. Choose life: love Me, obey My voice, and cling to Me (Deut. 30:19,20). It’s all that simple. Simply simple. Don’t overcomplicate it. Just follow Me.

 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing (rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 AMP

 

Friends, this assignment from 2 Timothy is going to take some work and a plan. How will you plan to do this in the new year? How will you make sure it’s in your year’s goals? May we accurately handle the word of truth, knowing that God Himself is for us. And knowing that this is the most important thing – God With Us, Immanuel, and for us – so that we are not tossed here and there by anyone who comes against us or disagrees with us or is offended. May we know the truth, contend earnestly for it (Jude 1:3), and walk in courage and boldness in the Holy Spirit as we “go and make disciples…teaching them to observe all” that He has commanded (Matt. 28:19, 20). May we be compelled forth by Paul’s testimony: “…I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” (Acts 20:26,27).

“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 – This truth is the difference maker.

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me. 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:6-8
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11

“When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise, 
In God have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?
All day long they distort my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They attack, they lurk
They watch my steps,
As they have waited to take my life.” Psalm 56:3-6

 

Prayer: “Oh Lord, let me fear You and fear no man!”

This simple prayer and living in its answer would fix so much in our lives. It really would.

Let us today choose whom we will serve (Joshua 24:15). 

Whom will you bow to?

 

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Trust in the Lord

“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].” Isaiah 26:3,4 Amplified Bible

Let us not miss that conclusion: “So trust in the Lord”.

Trust in the Lord all you people. Keep your sights set on Him, the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). For He is the one to calm the storm and to make the wind and waves that are rocking you to be still (Mark 4:39). Look to Him alone. No other. Trust in the Lord and the strength of His might (Eph. 6:10, 1:19). He is your shield and defender (Psalm 18:1, 2) and protector and the Guardian of your very soul (1 Peter 2:25).

Set Him and His Word as your North Star to guide all your ways and all your decisions. Trust Him enough to step out of your comfort zones and into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). 

Listen to Him. 

Obey Him.

He makes a way where there is no way – where that is truly what your eyes see and your heart knows and seems to be reality: “there is no way!” – that is where He comes in and “moves mountains”. 

Pray. 

What are you believing Him for? What promises in His Word are you currently taking Him up on? The Word is truly a treasure trove. Mine it, pray it, and watch it come to pass in His way and in His perfect timing.

He has long range plans and is so patient. He is never slow. He is always right on time. Trust Him with all your cares and concerns and anxieties. For truly, truly the Lord is good and His lovingkindness is everlasting (Psalm 136). Give Him thanks and trust Him fully.

Spend some time even now laying all your burdens at the foot of the cross. And pick up belief (faith) and trust. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6

“Blessed be the LORD, 
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him. 
The LORD is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.” 
Psalm 28:7-9

We Can Trust the God of this Universe

“Whoever is wise, let him understand these things;
Whoever is discerning let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right,
And the righteous will walk in them,
but transgressors will stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9

From the Father’s Heart:

I am the Lord God of the whole universe. Nothing is out of My reach. Nothing is too far gone that I can’t fix.

But My fix does not (as you know from My word) often look like you’d expect. So, trust Me. Readjust your expectation and thinking, and TRUST that I am sovereignly in control and have (and have always had) a plan for the ages. You don’t have to worry about those who are playing the long game, because I have always had all of time in My hands and in mind. So, My people can trust Me no matter what their eyes may see or even how things look.

 I am The Truth that spiritual eyes can see.

So, look.

Encourage people to look. Look there. Look into My beautiful face. Look to The Word and find courage. Come to the throne and receive mercy and find grace and hope and peace that is REAL. My peace is so much more real than the perceived chaos and the trouble of this world. Remember My promises.

In this world you will have trouble, but take heart “I have overcome the world”. This truth is going to be more and more a comfort and encouragement- a courage builder. And you need courage. You need to know that you are not only on the right side, you are on the winning side in Me.

Oh, take heart, My people.

Be bold and unafraid and unashamed and obedient. Hear, and act (Matthew 7:26).

I Am that I Am. 

Abound in hope today and every day.

 

“…let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” Romans 15:33

Take courage!

7.25.23

Contend Earnestly For The Faith

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 3:2-5

There is a call of God for the Word to be taught – for the people of God to be in THE WORD and partaking of the Bread of Life (the way, the truth, and the life, John 6:35; 14:6). We are to be a people of the Word: to know it, live it (do what it says), teach it, and lead others to the Living Water to drink for themselves. 

We don’t have to fully understand everything before we are able to lead others. People need help and have questions. Let’s show them how to find answers and how to study the Word as they ask the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth (John 16:13). 

“Study to show yourself approved” (2 Tim. 2:15). We think we need so many other things when one thing is needful: to sit at His feet, learn of Him, and know truth so that we can stand. 

Know the truth so that you are able to “contend earnestly” for it (Jude 1:3).

These days have not taken the Lord (who is sovereign over all, Psalm 103:19) by surprise, and He has instructed us how to live. Don’t take the route of least resistance. Stand for biblical truth. Know it. And do not back down. Trust in the one true God and in Him alone. 

Pray and let Him give you the bold confidence you need (Ps. 138:3). Take heart. He is stirring up new things within us, things we won’t see or recognize until we stretch ourselves and try Him out, obeying the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit. Let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6), submit (James 4:7), be fully surrendered and “all in” and walk in dependent obedience, as we follow His lead. Listen to His word and proclaim it. Stop playing it safe and start “practicing”. Make yourself. Press in. Listen. And obey. Love and bless His people. Let Him minister and lead others to truth through you.  

May our heart’s cry be, “Use me, Lord.” And go. Listen to Him and speak His Word.

“For Ezra had prepared and set his heart to seek the Law of the Lord [to inquire for it and of it, to require and yearn for it], and to do and teach in Israel its statues and its ordinances.” Ezra 7:10 Amplified Bible

What is your plan of action to diligently study, do, and teach the unadulterated word of God? It doesn’t happen without a plan.

 

1.21.21

Where Are You Going For Help?

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!”
Isaiah 31:1

There will always be reasons to rely on and trust in “horses, chariots, and horsemen” because they are “many and very strong”. So, if we are living within “reason”, whatever those “chariots and horses” are for us today, it makes perfect sense to trust in them (and in many cases is probably easier as that is what we see most around us doing). 

But this would always be the wrong decision, for “woe to those” who do so, who do not look to the Holy One for help, nor seek the Lord.

“Seek the Lord and His strength; 
Seek His face continually.” Psalm 105:4

Time with the Lord (in His Word and in prayer) is the only way we are going to make it in these “difficult times” in which we live (2 Tim. 3:1-7). We need help, and too many are looking to “man” and what seems “reasonable”, doing what is right in their own eyes (Prov. 21:2), “truth has stumbled in the street” (Is. 59:14), many “will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Tim. 4:3), and though they profess to be wise, they have become fools (Rom. 1:22). 

We MUST rise up and PRAY and KNOW the truth of the Word and walk in obedience to it (not just hear it and delude ourselves, James 1:22), trusting fully in Him and His truth and His ways.

And we must courageously stand for that truth.

So, let us ask ourselves (and allow God to search us and show us): Where do I go for help? In what or whom else am I trusting or relying upon today? Who am I looking to?

And do we realize how many times we make these decisions daily?

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3

Stand with the Majority

“Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by faith and in his faithfulness.” Habakkuk 2:4 AMP 

There will be many decisions. You may not initially recognize them as such, but you’ll have the opportunity to decide daily whose “side” you ARE on. And as you choose to live uncompromisingly righteous, it will certainly “look like” you are choosing with the minority and you’ll feel all alone, but that’s only a “worldly illusion”. When you stand WITH the Creator of the universe and the One who is truth, you are not alone or small or the underdog. You are fully victorious, and you fully overcome. So, keep the finish line in mind. Don’t give into the feelings of the moment. No marathon runner would ever finish if they gave into how they feel at any given moment of the race. Run to win (1 Cor. 9:24). 

“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12

Do not back down and think the pushback means you’ve done something wrong. May we be faithful to our calling and to the Lord’s goals. He desires changed hearts who follow hard after truth even at the risk of their comfort. Because they KNOW and LOVE Him and know His truth, they are ready to “weather any storm”.

Stand with the true majority – the Truth, the Life, and the Way: Jesus.

“. . . discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7b, 8

 

Hi friend. I pray that you have people around you who are encouraging you on toward love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24) and that you don’t feel all alone today in your pursuit of “righteousness, faith, love and peace” (2 Tim. 2:22). But if you’ve been feeling all alone, I pray that this has been an encouragement to you. Keep moving forward and clinging to His truth. Know the Word. How are you “discipling yourself for the purpose of godliness”? I’d love to hear the instructions the Lord has laid on your heart in these recent months and where you are finding breakthrough. 

You are not alone. Let that fact give you courage to stand firm today and every day. I’m praying for you today. Make it a great one!

Traci