The Way Of Shalom

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From The Heart of Abba Today:
Beloved,
There is no time,
No season or moment,
Even those when you,
Are not aware of Me,
When I am not walking with you.
I was with you in the womb.
I am with you in this very moment.
I will continue to be with you,
In EVERY moment.
For my children,
That is a great consolation,
Unless they desire to,
Hide something from Me.
Consider this, Beloved,
Even when you think you want,
To hide from Me,
Perhaps to participate in something,
Outside of My will for you,
Is that the true you acting?
It is not!
Therefore do you really,
Want to be in those moments?
Do you want to make those choices?
Or do you want Me,
Do you want to choose to INVITE Me,
Into even “those” moments?
So that I can lead you and guide you,
Into the way you should go instead?
Into the good and spacious way?
The fruitful way?
The way that leads to shalom.
Verses to Ponder:
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Isaiah 30:15 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Isaiah 30:21 1 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Psalm 116:7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
James 4:8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Psalm 18:19 He brought me out to a spacious place; he delivered me, for in me he takes delight.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Free To Grieve

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From the Heart of Abba
 
Freedom,
Beloved, there is great freedom,
In knowing who you are.
Even greater freedom arises from
Knowing who I am.
 
I am your Abba Father.
Because I love you,
I created you.
You were created for JOY and LOVE.
You are FREE to BE,
Who I created you to be.
 
Free to grieve.
Free to rejoice.
Free to rejoice in the midst of grief.
 
Free to need and receive comfort.
Free to be needy.
Free to meet the needs of others.
Free to create boundaries.
 
Thus far and no farther I say to the sea.
Thus far and not one bit farther.
“Life” will come thus far and no farther.
You may feel like you will drown,
But you shall not.
 
You are FREE to LIVE
Free to CHOOSE life
Abundant life too
Because I am “I AM” and you are mine.

Hope

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From The Heart of Abba Today

Beloved,
Never despair.

Even when you feel hopeless,
There is hope,
Because I am your Hope.

No situation or circumstance of life,
Is ever devoid of hope because I am your Hope.

I have promised never to leave you nor forsake you,
Therefore, you always have hope.

Remember you do not live by sight alone,
But by ever Word that proceeds from Me.

When hopeless despair threatens you,
Be it for a moment or a season,
Run to Me.

If you can not Run to Me,
Then fall in a helpless clump,
And I will come and rescue you.

Verses to ponder:
Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Heb. 6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Deu. 31:8 It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Rest In His Love

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From The Heart of Abba Today:

Beloved
See those rocks?
The water is washing them.
The water is revealing their hidden beauty.
The water is changing them over time,
Smoothing and polishing them.

I am like that beautiful, dangerous, flowing mountain water.
You are like a rock.

As you submit to My love,
You will be changed, restored, polished,
Both by and in My love.

Just like those rocks remain both changed and unchanged,
So also does the “you” I created become both changed and remain true during your life.

You are uniquely created and designed by Me.
The external will change. Your perception will change. But you, the you I created, will always remain.

Sometimes that process may seem difficult.

In a mountain stream the water level sometimes rises and simply covers the rocks. From the surface all appears gentle and smooth.

Other times, when the water level is just right, one can see white water—even rapids.

At times a portion of the rock is out of the water.

It is always the same rock.

Life in Me is similar. I am Living Water. I control the depth.
All that I do is part of My Love for I am LOVE.

You are being changed and restored.
All of life is being used by Me to reveal the true you.
The one I created.

Beloved, REST in My LOVE.

Who Am I? Who Are You?

There is a difference in WHO we are and WHAT we are.
The world wants to label us with “what”.
Jesus labels us by “who”.

Who we are is positional.
We are who we are because/when/ and if we are “in Christ”

Who we are is internal and incorruptible.
And not yet fully revealed.

Generally as we are transformed by God,
The external , our external, will change.
Meaning our actions and at times even our appearance will change to reflect the internal reality and truth.

People in general will see only the external and will pigeonhole us or label us and react to us that way.

That itself is filtered through their own (often faulty) perception.
We are NOT who or even what anyone says we are.
We are NOT defined by the actions of others either.
We ARE who God says we are.
He is the final authority and the only righteous judge.

The kicker is that often we also label or think of others the same way.
We do not see past the external (the what) to the internal (the who).
We can ask for God’s eyes.

In the Word, way back in Genesis we see a glimpse of the “who”.
Who we are created by God to be is His own precious beloved image bearers.

When we can rest in this, we are in Shalom.
Verses to reflect on:

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

1John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Gen 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

1 Cor 13:12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Moses reflecting God’s glory from being with God… Exodus 34:29-35English Standard Version (ESV)
The Shining Face of Moses
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.[a] 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.