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My Soul Satisfaction

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My Soul Satisfaction:
"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:4-5 AMP)
The Lord is my Treasure. Nothing compares to the sweetness of His Presence and His peace. He is all I need. He is my portion. Today's needs are met with unmerited favour, tomorrow's tasks are already covered by His marvellous mercy, and my past is redeemed by His glorious grace.
As I reflect on all He's done this month, I am reminded of His unending faithfulness. Though I walk through the most rattling storms, I amseeking His face through the rough and trusting His grace is enough. He is my vital need, my constant creed. He will always rescue, He will never leave... This I will believe.

"He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently and worshipfully fea…

My Mighty Defender

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My Mighty Defender:
"But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father–[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father's will in every purpose, thought, and action]." (1 John 2:1 AMP)
O Heavenly Father, how at fault I feel. The mistakes I've made, the shameful deeds I've done... Condemnation and fear, they wear away at my heart. Bitter emotions, they tear me apart. Oh take me back, back to the start. The start of Your mercy, flowing from Your Heart.
"Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:23)
You never give up on me; Your faithfulness endures even when my whole life feels falling apart.
When I'm drowning, You're still defending. When I'm losing, You're still leading. When I'm falling, You're the One fighting for me. When I'm sinking, You will save me. You will come to my rescue. You promise hope. You whisper …

Rest in Him

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Rest in Him:
"In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust." (Psalm 4:8)
When you're still and surrendered, the quietness of My Presence can settle over you, settling every one of your distressing fears. My love will quiet all the accusatory voices that haunt you, and My joy shall shine pure light on all the lies keeping your mind in a dark prison. My holy fire is coming down in glorious light to set you free and burn away fright.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." (John 1:5)
When you're feeling too weary to carry on, come to Me and bring those heavy burdens too. I will carry you as well as care for every one of those concerns. No matter how great your fears appear to be, there is not one single thing too difficult for Me.
"Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for…

Praise is the Portal to Peace

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Praise is the Portal to Peace:
"Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. [John 4:10, 14.]" (Proverbs 14:27 AMP)
Praise is the portal to the peaceful Presence of our perfect Saviour. Worship presents us with an escape from the dread of the destruction so sprawled about this world. Thankful songs take us from the ashes of fear and worry up into the holy realm of God's hope. Our praising His goodness awakens our hearts to the reality of His unfailing love and joy.
"My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And my soul, which You have redeemed." (Psalms 71:23)
Our praise unlocks His peaceLet's praise our way through the day. He is always faithful, so we should always sing, "How holy and great You are, our good and gracious God!"

-The Introverted Evangelist

Push Away Panic and Pursue Peace

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Push Away Panic and Pursue Peace:
"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God." (Philippians 4:6 AMP)
Panic. Panic is a perpetrating peace plunderer. A panicked life is not My plan for you. I promise you a life of perfect peace, not a life of perpetually paralyzing perplexity. Look to Me, and focus on all the goodness I have prepared for you.
Don't panic. Just pray.
When you take a deep breath and call upon My Name, My resurrection power is faithful to overthrow the oppressing fear you're feeling. Don't allow panicky planning to perfuse your poor mind with toxic terror. Pray to Me, and I will carry you through the battle field.
"Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalms 55:22)
"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your pe…

Be Not Dismayed, I Am Your God

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Be Not Dismayed, I Am Your God:
"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand...For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10, 13)
Really sensing that God is speaking this verse over me lately. It's been recurring a whole lot... He's reminding me, "Fear not. Let your fears dissipate in the divine glow of My glory. I am with you. I will help you. Fear is just a lie. Trust in the truth of My promise. I Am your God - now and always, sovereign over all."
What an anchor for my soul. What hope to make this heart whole. I'm running to You, my King. To Your Presence I will cling.
He is Lord, Lord over all. He reigns over the chaos. He is goodeven when I cannot see. He is faithful, even in my wandering. He is sovereign. When things feel like they're swirling out of my control, I can tak…

Let Go of Fear

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Let Go of Fear:
"For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!" (Romans 8:15 AMP)
Fear. My child, fear only wants to keep you bound up in chains. Fear is a gruelling prison guard, his only desire to make you more and more miserable. Don't wear the chains that hold you prisoner as a comfort-cloak. These are the very chains that I have already broken off for your freedom.
"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
I long to see you liberated. At the very centre of My will for you, there is a promise of impenetrable peace. The first steps of a faith-filled journey feel infiltrated with fears, but faith and freedom finally begin when fears are put to death. Joy is hidden in perfect portions along the path I have paved for you.
Don't all…

The Perfect One

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The Perfect One:

"And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him" (Hebrews 5:9)
Lord, I place everything at Your feet. Even if I'm no great musician or singer, I will always live to worship You in spirit and truth (John 4:24). In Heaven, I know I'll sound beautiful, even angelic! But for right now, I trust that You take utmost delight in my songs to You, even more than an orchestral symphony. You take delight in my imperfect song. How great You are, my God.
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)
So often I'm afraid... I fear the terror of others knowing my raw imperfections... So easily I forget that Your perfect love has renewed me. Your perfect love casts out my every fear, even my fear of being rejected. Rejected because of my weakness? Why, this is precisely why You've called me chosen. Your…

Guide My Eyes to Thine Face

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Guide My Eyes to Thine Face:
"The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." (Psalms 32:8)
You know the path before me, and You are familiar with my feeble weaknesses within. Yet You love me... You love me unconditionally. You're patient with me, for You never lose Your temper when I struggle so unbelievably.
"Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh — Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth" (Exodus 34:6)
"If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself." (2 Timothy 2:13)
You are faithful, even when I am faithless. You are strong, even when I am falling apart. You are wise, even when confusion blinds my eyes. Be my vision, O King of my heart. Be my leader, O Lord of my life. Be my Joy, O Song of my salvation. I am Yours forever. Won't You guide me safely into eternity?
I will leap with courage into thi…

You Shine Brighter

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You Shine Brighter:
"Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever." (Daniel 12:3)
I lay my head back and close my eyes, eyes filled with wonder and awe for the One Who shines brighter. Brighter than all that this world holds out in front of my tempted soul... The bate of beauty or "better" is just a burden in disguise...
"How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone." (James 4:14 NLT)
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised." (Proverbs 31:30)
You, Jesus,You shine brighter than it all. Your beauty illuminates with more splendour than anything else in the whole entire universe. You're so much better, so much brighter, and only You will remain. You will never distract or derail me. You will never deceive me. You will deliver me. Yo…

Only Your Love Will Do

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Only Your Love Will Do:
O Lord my God, I'm reminded again today of Your wondrous love for me. How pure and unconditional and truly unchanging. Your love is the only powerful force strong enough to conquer my raging fears, yet gentle enough to calm my trembling spirit. Only Your love will do for me, Father.
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." (John 15:13)
Your love gave all for me. Not a single ounce of it held back. You loved me until Your life ran out... But did You stop there? Certainly not! Your mighty love conquered death! Your love prevailed through grave depths, and rose again with triumphant victory and promising hope! Your love never fails me.
"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT) "Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]." (1 Corinthians 13:8 AMP)
I know that in this life, I will face…

Be Mine/I am Yours

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Be Mine/I am Yours:
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)
Every morning I rise, there You are. Your radiance shines over me as the rising sun. Your goodness surrounds me like a cloud. Your Presence knocks at the door to my heart, and into my very centre I welcome Your Spirit. Come and fill me. Come and exchange my worrying in distraught anxiety for heartfelt wondering in Your divine authority.
You are sovereign over my every circumstance and You are constant even in my confusion.
"Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you...Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning…

I Love Jesus

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I Love Jesus:
There's no place I'd rather be, than right here in Your arms, Jesus. There's no paradise more perfect than Your Presence. No water refreshes the way Your streams of mercy do. Not a single light shines as brightly as Your radiant beauty.
You complete my soul, You satisfy my hungry spirit. Each morning the sun rises and the first gleam of dawn glints on the dewy blades of grass... O how marvellously Your majesty marks this earth. I love You Jesus, for Your beauty is unsurpassable, Your glory is uncontainable, and Your power is immeasurable.
"The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3)
I know I can place everything in Your hands. You are strong, mighty, and radically compassionate. You intercede on my behalf; You defend me! How co…

Spirit of Freedom

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Spirit of Freedom:
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The heart of the ways in which God calls us are founded by a Spirit full of fearless faith and freedom. The enemy on the other hand only desires to see us fall further into the lifeless freeze that is a life that's fear-seized. God wants to see our souls overflow with joy that is unafraid and confident in the truth that His goodness is exceedingly abundantly above all we can imagine. The enemy wants to take away every last fragment of the great gifts God has freely given to us, His beloved children.
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" (Ephesians 3:20)
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives …