Light Shines in the Darkness

From the Heart of God:

 

I call forth the sun to shine

And the stars to display their beauty, as each is revealed in the night sky.

Day and night has its own beauty.

 

Some beauty only revealed in the sunshine, and others only seen in the dark.

 

Seasons change.

 

There is day and there is night,

So that you may see different aspects of My beauty and love and grandeur.

 

Do not be afraid of the dark.

Darkness will come, but look up!

Fix your eyes on Me, the Author and Perfector of your faith.

 

Eyes on Me.

 

Though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the heart of the sea,

you need not fear.

I am a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1, 2).

 

My love for you is unfailing.

 

Look ‘there’ (at My great love for you).

Trust ‘there’, ‘eyes on Me’, and cling to hope.

 

You will hope once again.

 

Great light will shine forth in darkness.

Allow Me to shine brightly through you and dispel darkness. It need not overtake you.

 

As the world, in fear, cries out in essence, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,”

My people will have a quiet confidence in Me,
that I will give.

Take it.

 

I am your refuge and strength, but you must take it to have it.

 

Cling to My Word and My Promises.

 

The world is continually trying to “make crooked the straight ways of the Lord” (Acts 13:10), but the world does not change My ways.

 

No matter how many times they may change their opinion,

 My Word stands true and unchanging and CONSTANT.

 

Be a lighthouse, immovable, showing THE WAY,

warning others as they navigate dangerous waters.

 

Let your light shine, showing, “This is the ROCK, this is solid ground”

and warning them to navigate carefully as My word is unmovable and irrevocable.

 

I cause storms, and I am able to make them perfectly calm (Psalm 107:25, 29).

Be those who hear and DO the Word, that your house may stand (Matthew 7:24).

 

Be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have in the midst of the storm.

 

They will see a great light. Let it be Me.

 

Shine for My glory, that they too may glorify My name.

 

 

 

Hi friends,

This was originally posted in 2013 on my blogspot, and it is a word that comes to mind so often and still speaks so loudly to my heart. I hope it does the same for you. For those of you who are personally facing dark days, I pray that it speaks encouragement and strengthens your resolve to trust Him and His love. He is so trustworthy and full of love for you. You are not alone, and you WILL hope again. Take His confidence, and cling to His promises. Your life is a beautiful testimony of His glory.

Shine.

With love,

Traci

 

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What You Have Been Entrusted With

From the Father’s Heart:

 

I have entrusted you with many things. I have. They are not random or “not meant for you” or yours by mistake, by chance, or indeterminately.

 

I have personally given and entrusted them to you. Therefore, there is purpose and responsibility involved in the gifting.

 

What I give, I give with foresight and purpose, which is understandably not always understandable.*

But all of life can be understood and sure, as you trust Me and see all of life through the great promises of My Word (with a sure foundation- Isaiah 28:16, 2 Timothy 2:19- to stand upon where your foot will never slip too far- Psalm 121:3).

 

You will have trouble, but take heart (John 16:33). You can incomprehensibly face great trouble, fiery trials (1 Peter 4:12), and suffering (Phil. 1:29) with Peace, having great hope (not in your own ability as that is not ever the linchpin, but) in MY power to make any impossibility possible (Mark 10:27).

Why? Because the God of all peace is right here with you, right by your side (always), never leaving you, NEVER forsaking you (no matter what), and never giving up on you (Deut. 31:6).

 

Making the impossible possible is only one of My specialties. I have many, many other impossible specialties. Wouldn’t you like to press in and believe Me for them? Wouldn’t you like to see the impossible? Wouldn’t you like to have faith that moves MOUNTAINS (Matt. 17:20)?

You are invited.

Come join the party-

the celebration of heaven on earth,
moving ‘things,’
accomplishing,
JOYFUL,
with clarity,….

 

Come take of all that is stored up for you. Mounds and mounds piled high of potential, of gifts, of bold confidence to take Me up on My promises, to make it through any fiery trial victoriously, purified, and the better for walking through it.

Fight and squeeze every ounce of treasure out of the trials.

 

You are a warrior. Don’t neglect using the weapons that have been given and entrusted to your use, weapon that are powerful for the destruction of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4), weapons of righteousness for the left hand and the right (2 Cor. 6:9).

 

I call you a mighty warrior.

Take back any ground that has been given over knowingly and unknowingly.  Arise, walk the land, and write down what is yours -Joshua 18:3,4-(it is so clear in My Word, and My Word is for you). Go possess your ‘inner ground.’  Consider what you have unwittingly handed over and where you are ‘agreeing’ with the enemy (who is always a liar) and stop.

That’s harder than it sounds, and YET easier than it seems.

You are built to do HARD things.

Go, trust Me, face to the sky, eyes on Me, with a heart of JOY, in believing.

Allow this to be your new motto, replacing any current one running like a tape in your head convincing you that you ‘can’t…..’:

“Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.” Psalm 27:3

 

 

*(like the call to fully know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge 🙂 – Eph. 3:19)

 

Eradicate Spiritual Hunger

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst.'” John 6:35

 

Lord, what is on Your heart?

Love. Great love, for the lost and the broken, the captive and the poor. People are held captive by a broken system, a broken tradition, a broken call. There was a point that the church stopped following My heart and just started following what I was doing with other people.

Stop looking sideways, and look to Me. I always have plans, so you don’t have to author your own; just develop and walk them out, in close dependence upon Me. My plan is to prosper you, Church: to wash you in the Word, to see you filled with the Spirit and walking by the Spirit, that you go and make disciples, teaching them all that I have commanded you.

 

I am with you.

 

Speak forth and give people My courage; it will ignite them from their ‘sleep,’

to know,

not that they HAVE to do __(this)___, ___(this)____, and __(that)__, but that they get to and are well able to do________, ___________,  ________, and all that I call them to.

 

My love will awaken My children to know that they have purpose in the kingdom

and will cause them to be heavenly-minded, living today and each day for that day to come (1 John 2:28).

 

Stop today’s routine daily-ness and look up.

Eternity is in the balance. Who will go and take as many as possible with them?

Love them.

Speak up.

Speak forth.

 

Be a missionary, a training center, in your city. Let’s get things done.

 

I am well able. To move mountains. Let’s have a movement of prayer here, for these people and your city.

 

Eradicate spiritual hunger. May I always be found, THE Bread of Life. May no one in your sphere of influence starve.

 

love well..

live well..

go be BOLD..

 

Lo, I am with you, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

 

-Who will you be praying for? And who is God calling you to speak His truth to? Follow through on that calling.

-Who will you be praying for? And who is God calling you to speak His truth to? Follow through on that calling. He is with you and is always the Difference Maker.

 

 

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The Power of Childlike Faith

“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things we can do by ourselves.” A.W. Tozer

 

“On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3

 

From the Father’s Heart:

 

My child, My child.

 

That title doesn’t make you ‘little.’ It makes you powerful.

 

You are called a child of God (1 John 3:1), which not only gives you access (Hebrews 4:16,10:19) to Me and to all you need (2 Peter 1:3- even what you are not aware that you need), but it also provides you with authority, inheritance, and a bold confidence.*

 

All that lasts and is real, is done by abiding in Me (John 15:4,5), in dependence upon Me, in the exact positioning you have as My child in childlike faith (Mark 10:15).

 

You know, children can believe in the impossible; they do not necessarily think reasonably and rationally. And see, I’m not reasonable or rational (according to your limited human perspective).

 

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9

 

“Reasonably” and “rationally” are not how I work. So you can lay down any resistance you feel to what I am currently doing, where you have determined that the way I am leading you is not reasonable, rational, or possible. That’s the ‘space’ I move in.

 

So ‘it’ doesn’t have to make sense. Just trust and know that I am leading you.

And leading you I am.

 

The ‘knowing what to do’ is like a light burning brightly within you. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to extinguish it? What am I afraid of?” Where does the distrust that I can lead you and that you can trust My leadership come from? Find out and let’s ‘work’ there.  Because if you can extinguish that low level, quiet distrust instead, you will find a spacious place of freedom to walk in.

And you will walk in bold confidence in who I say that you are and how I am ABLE to lovingly lead you through what seems impossible and improbable.

Even as you read this, there is a sweet taste of it, a sense of “yes, that is possible”

to live in that sweet spot of

belief

and trust

and confidence,

following as I lead you as an overcomer (Romans 8:31-39).

 

-What has God recently asked you to do that you have deemed unreasonable and irrational?

-Press in and ask Him to grow “mustard seed faith” in you (Luke 17:6).

 

“For the Lord will be (at your side) your confidence.” Prov. 3:26

 

“Though a host encamp against me,

My heart will not fear;

Though war arise against me,

In spite of this I shall be confident.” Ps 27:3

 

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,

But the righteous are bold (confident) as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1

 

*Confidence (3954) Greek word- parresia- Freedom or frankness in speaking. NT meanings: freedom in speaking all that one thinks or pleases; confidence or boldness, particularly in speaking; freedom, liberty. Especially in Hebrews and 1 John the word denotes confidence which is experienced with such things as faith in communion with God, fulfilling the duties of the evangelist, holding fast our hope, and acts which entail a special exercise of faith. Parresia is possible as the result of guilt having been removed by the blood of Jesus… and manifests itself in confident praying and witnessing.

(from the NT Complete Word Study Dictionary, Zodhiates)

 

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Do You Feel Like You Are Wasting Your Time?

“..be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Do you ever feel like nothing you do makes a difference? Are you tempted to give up on something you know you are called to?

Be encouraged. Everything is fruitless UNTIL there is fruit in its season.

 

Since when are things totally a waste of time and easily abandoned if we do not see immediate and lasting results?

You WILL make a difference if you don’t quit.

 

 

From God’s Heart:

 

You are a mighty warrior,

unique,

and not like any other,

uniquely built to fit My purpose,

designed by Me with your purpose in mind,

not random.

 

Even those things that feel like weaknesses, they are how I will use you and shine through you in power (2 Corinthians 12:9).

 

No purpose of Mine is wasted.

I do not create worthless or useless assignments EVER.

So, if ever it feels wasted, look to Me to redirect. I long for you to know your way more than you desire it, so I will certainly show the way

and make a way.

I make a way, through any and every desert.

 

You are not left alone or ever abandoned.

I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands (Isaiah 49:14-16).

When you fall, you will not be hurled headlong,

Because I, the Lord, am the One who holds your hand (Psalm 37:24).

 

 

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9

-Is God calling you to a step of obedience, convicting you in an area, or calling you to new heights and depths in your personal walk with Him? Please don’t give up. I implore you.

 

No step of obedience to the Lord is ever wasted. You and others around you need what He has purposed to do in and through you, otherwise He would not have given you the instructions.

No call of His is without purpose.

 

Be patient enough to persevere through the long obedience in one direction so that we may all taste of the fruit.

“do not grow weary of doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

What area of perseverance does this speak to in your life today?

 

Do Not Lower the Standard

 

“Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Cast up, cast up the highway! Gather out the stones. Lift up a standard or ensign over and for the peoples.”
Isaiah 62:10 Amplified Bible

 

From the Father’s Heart:

 

Raise the standard

and do not lower it, even though no one comes to attention.

Keep showing the way and giving the battle commands,

and they will eventually come.

 

They will know where to come because they’ve

seen it,

tried to ignore it,

been drawn to it,

tried averting their eyes,

are unable to ignore it,

but still don’t want to rally around it UNTIL all that holds them back, they realize does not satisfy

and all that they put their hope in, turns to dust.

 

Out of desperation there will become a longing for truth, and they will know exactly where to go because they have focused so hard to avoid it.

 

Be a standard bearer in this contrary time.

 

Speak My truth even though no one listens. For revival is coming if those who lead will not lower the standard. People are hungry and longing for it (along with all of creation), groaning for the pure, unadulterated truth and for us to stop being sidetracked by other things and stop playing around.

 

Pay the unpopular price!

 

All that you long for is there, in that place.

 

All that you long for personally is found there: the peace, the intimacy, the faith, the trust, the authority, and though it tarry, wait for it.

 

For the fruit, the results, the revival, and all that your heart longs for will be found there, in holding the standard.

 

They will come.

 

Raise the standard, keep it high, and surround yourself with people who will support you when your hands get weary (Exodus 17:12).

 

Do not lower the standard.

 

 

 

A personal note:

 

I see this picture so clearly, a holding of the unalterable Truth of God’s Word, and holding it high, unashamedly, and calling the troops to it which would initially be rejected. But that rejection was not to deter us from following the order to keep the standard high for all to see. Though they despised it and it seemed to be accomplishing not a thing, it was laying a ground work. It was working inside people without any outward evidence. It was the right thing to do, and it was walking in obedience to keep it high and lifted up even though it was hard.

And knowing that it is accomplishing much and has results that are exactly what we are longing for, along with the support and encouragement from others, will keep us faithful. Looking for that day ahead (and not living by the evidence of the moment where there is NO positive reaction) will keep us strong and faithful.

 

And what if every believer is poised in this way so that every sphere has that influence (even though it is initially rejected) so that when the time of desperation comes, the Answer to run to is right before them?

 

Give them truth to focus so hard on to avoid that it is etched into their being. Once they KNOW they have need of it, they realize they already know that Jesus is the only answer.

 

 

“You have set up a banner for those who fear and worshipfully revere You [to which they may flee from the bow], a standard displayed because of the truth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Psalm 60:4 Amplified Bible

 

See Part 1 here: Will You Answer the Call?

 

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Will You Answer the Call?

“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3, 4

 

From God’s Heart:

 

Who will go?

 

I am asking.

 

Whoever accepts the invitation, that is the one who will be ‘called’ and used.

 

It will not be easy or glamorous. Soldiers don’t get ‘served’ or sleep in beds of luxury or ease. That is why there are so few, yet I am raising up an army and will awaken the ‘dry bones’ for a troop.

 

There will be hard training and discipline of your body for action to go to the unreached and bring the revival of My Spirit.

 

How do you answer the call?

 

You do so, right here, right now, hidden among.

 

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’
Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

 

Be faithful to listen and heed the call.

 

THE CALL.  It is the hidden discipline to accept the assignment right here with no one seeing, that builds up an army: one by one by one.

 

Will you?

 

 

Difficult times are coming for the body of Christ.  Call the troops to war. To take up their shield of faith, all their armor and fight in the Spirit, in intercession, in the truth of My Word and with My promises.

 

There is so much glorious hope beyond what your eyes can see, so fight for it, hold on to it, and ‘charge forward’.

 

Move in the Spirit beyond the discouragement of the day and fix your eyes upon Jesus, high and lifted up and victorious, providing all the POWER you need, want, and long for.

 

You are not alone. And you are not set out to pasture. Quite the contrary, you are an enlisted commander.

 

Once the army is assembled, there will be instant victory.   What everyone in their rebellion has been seeking, and thinking they can find other places, will suddenly be found in submission and faith and trust in Me and My word, in righteousness, and holiness.

 

 

Read Part 2 here: Do Not Lower the Standard

 

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Will You Take Action?

 

“..but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” Daniel 11:32b

 

From God’s Heart:

 

Go produce fruit that remains (John 15:6).

 

Trust My judgment.

Trust My heart.

Trust Me.

 

For signs and wonders and great signs and wonders (Hebrews 2:4).

 

 

I am making a people after My own heart,

 

raising them up to do exploits.

 

Will they take the risks?

 

Will they persevere under the training of character that it takes?

 

 

Will you?

 

 

Being used is not the easiest road, but it’s the most enjoyable,

 

filled with the JOY of My Spirit and My abilities.

 

 

 

Hide yourself in Me, and I will shine and be bright and draw men unto Myself.

 

I am your hiding place (Psalm 32:7).

 

Hear My voice. Come and partake. I Am. And I give My glory to none other.

 

Doing exploits for Jesus is a desire of our hearts as His children, but we must not allow that outcome to become our focus. Our focus must be, and always be, on Him.

When our focus is for Him to be exalted and we KNOW Him and His love (Ephesians 3:19), we will take the risks and persevere under the training of character that it takes.

May we say “yes” to the training and to being used, make Him our focus, draw ever nearer in personal relationship with our Savior, and display strength and take action.

Will you?

 

Spend some time with Him this week asking, “For my life personally, what do the first steps of that training look like?” Write all that He puts upon your heart: all the instructions, all the hopes and dreams and visions of what He is able to do. With Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

 

Ask Him to show you greater depths of His love for you and receive it. Write down all that He shows you and cling to His truth.
“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20, 21

 

 

 

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