Do Not Fear or Be Discouraged

“As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, ……

For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” Isaiah 14:24, 27 ESV

 

“O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 NASB

 

 

From the heart of God:

 

I move in mysterious ways.

And I cannot be bound.

 

So what are you so worried about?

 

 

The rules, the laws, and all the prohibitions of this world do not bind a limitless, all-powerful God.

So don’t respond in fear and act as if they do.

 

 

Move on. Keep stepping and taking ground and make proclamations over your life, your city, your family, your sphere of influence. Hear My heart and proclaim it.

 

Knowing the truth of My Word, speak it forth in love truthfully.

Don’t get caught up in compromise or defeat or discouragement.

Some of My mightiest works have come in the midst of the desperation of the oppressed as they cry out to Me.

 

Change will happen when your opponents, in the midst of turmoil and opposition, see your faith, your love, your hope, your perseverance, and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23), all of which makes no sense to them because it is supernaturally given.

 

Hearts will be opened (Acts 16:14),

a fragrance of life will go forth (2 Corinthians 2:14, 15, 16),

and the unexplainable and sometime unrecognizable longings of thirsty souls will suddenly be satisfied (Matt. 5:6, John 6:35).

 

 

It is My TRUTH that will set people free (John 8:32). So give it. Be bold and strong and faithful.

 

Have your eyes set on Me (Hebrews 12:2), no matter what.

 

It is My truth that attracts. Even the hard truth that you fear to speak forth. It is magnetic. The longing to hear it burns within people. I have placed it there so don’t starve that longing or quench it, but fan it into flame.

 

Just as the consistent boundaries and discipline of parents lead to a secure child, it is My truth, the way I say that it works, that matures faith. But the standards have been lowered (1 Timothy 6:3, 4), producing terribly insecure children of God.

 

Toe the line. Walk in a manner worthy (Ephesians 4:1, Philippians 1:27, 28, Colossians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:12).

 

Speak the truth. Call for repentance and confession of sin, that I may hear from heaven and turn with all that I am to help in time of need.

 

I am here.

 

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2

 

 

Hi friends,

As I talked to the Lord about what should go out today, I heard the phrase “toe the line.”  It brought this from April 2016 immediately to mind so I’m posting it, but I also pondered that phrase a bit.

“Toe the line” is an idiomatic expression meaning either to conform to a rule or standard, or to stand poised at the starting line in a footrace.

But I kept seeing the finish line.

 

Some of us need to decide to step over the finish line, to choose to finish, to finish things that have been started.

What ideas have been sparked and initiated but are still left undone? Go and finish. May we stop just thinking and dreaming. Decide on one step forward that can be taken today. Start taking ACTION and make plans to cross the finish line.

Do the stuff. Run your race, the one that STARTS with a great FINISH.

Go produce change.

 

I’d love to hear what you are finishing.

Let me know. Leave a comment below or email me at traci@tracishinnick.com

And remember you can hover over the scripture references on this site and see the verses in a pop-up window.

 

Traci

 

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Filled With All the Fullness of God

“… to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowldege, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”  Ephesian 3:19

 

From the heart of God:

 

I fill.

 

I fill the longings, needs, and despair with hope (Romans 15:13),

but people look to fill themselves (Jeremiah 2:13) and therefore stay empty and needy and full of despair.

 

Come. I call, “Come. And follow Me.”

I, alone, fill.

 

Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesian 5:18), a ‘gift’ LARGER than any of your wants, needs, or ANY sense of ‘lacking’.

With Me, you lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10).

 

I fill. You are therefore FULL, not wanting.

You can be full in the midst of any ‘seemingly inadequate supply’ or ‘famine’ of ANY kind.

 

I AM the true bread of life (John 6:35), and I sustain the soul (which is hungrier than any physical appetite).

 

But there is a dearth of truth spoken, truth that souls long for. Therefore, people look to all sorts of ‘distractions’ to quench this longing.

I am calling forth truth speakers (Ephesians 4:15).

 

Be filled to overflowing with the POWER of My Word.

There is REAL power there.

 

And I will give you the boldness to speak it forth (Acts 4:29, 31).

 

I am for you, not against you.

Allow the truth of that statement to extend into all areas of your current life circumstances.

And be filled with faith.

 

Believe that I am a rewarder of those who seek Me (Hebrews 11:6) and be filled.

 

 

*dearth- a scarcity or lack of

 

Friends,

His love and truth always call for a response: 

-Have you been looking to any sort of ‘distraction’ to quench the longings your soul feels? What are they? Even write them down. Be honest. Honesty with the God Who knows all reveals to us what He has known all along. We need to know so what we can fully surrender. We want that place of freedom.

-Where have you been looking at ‘famine’ and now realize you need to turn your gaze and look to Him, Who has a limitless supply and Who is for you and not against you? How does meditating on that truth change your perspective of particular circumstances?

-Practically, how will you look to Him today to fill you?

-As many of us transition into new summer schedules, let’s all make a plan to make special time with our family and yet not neglect our time with the Lord and His Word and prayer. We, and all our people, need us to be filled up, that we have much of Him to give.

Make a plan today. I would love to hear about it. You can comment below or email me at traci@tracishinnick.com.

 

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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. 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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