“My Confidence”

Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied to Job: “Will you be patient and let me say a word? For who could keep from speaking out? “In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees. But now when trouble strikes, you lose heart. You are terrified when it touches you. Doesn’t your reverence for God give you confidence? Doesn’t your life of integrity give you hope? “Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed? My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same. A breath from God destroys them. They vanish in a blast of his anger. The lion roars and the wildcat snarls, but the teeth of strong lions will be broken. The fierce lion will starve for lack of prey, and the cubs of the lioness will be scattered. “This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear. It came to me in a disturbing vision at night, when people are in a deep sleep. Fear gripped me, and my bones trembled. A spirit swept past my face, and my hair stood on end. The spirit stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes. In the silence I heard a voice say, ‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’ “If God does not trust his own angels and has charged his messengers with foolishness, how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth. They are alive in the morning but dead by evening, gone forever without a trace. Their tent-cords are pulled and the tent collapses, and they die in ignorance. Job 4:1-21 NLT

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To say that your thoughts are privately held in a vault that God cannot see is to be sorely disappointed when He sends you these words.

This morning I awoke to haunting reminders of people who I have chosen to ‘not be around.’ In recent days, subtle and not-so-subtle arrows have been soaring overhead ~~ bringing up past incidents that cause my mind to go reeling. The past hurts and anguishing moments that I thought had been dealt with suddenly are playing in my mind in HD.

As I sat down to ‘breakfast with Jesus,’ this verse came into view. It riveted me to my seat in humility ~~ so I prayed.

As I confessed my pain and sorrow, I asked the Lord to help me see these who have offended me as He does. He died for me ~~ and He died for them.

And while I may not extend the invitation to join me for dinner or to go have coffee, I prayed for them and how I should see them. God has them ~~ their situations ~~ even if their lives do not include me, I must continue to pray for how I think of them.

Funny, this verse says anyone who offends you ~~ there isn’t the distinction of saved or unsaved. All the more I am convicted, but now I must respond as one who knows the Lord, The One Who saves.

I’ll be first to say it is not easy, Sister. There is no instantaneous removal of the painful memories ~~ so my mind can wander and erroneously pick those back up, twirl them around in my head and give space to entertaining the what-if’s. But God does not say to justify my feelings; He simply says to forgive.

Because He first forgave you (me).

Allow me to reach out to you this moment, Sweet Sister. In whatever pain or anguish you may presently be experiencing that involves another person. While I cannot tell you how to relate to such a person, I can encourage you to go to The Person Who can transform your heart ❤️ so that you can effectively respond to the tug you now feel. The Lord is always near ~~ and He Whispers love to you this day.

I will join you and keep you in my prayers for peace, assurance, comfort ~~ because that is what God promises you if you’ll let Him lead you through your Journey.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NLT

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

“Answers”

Sometimes I wake up to instantaneous Answers to prayer. Funny how God does that!

I have come to embrace the fact that God Almighty is The Eternal One ~~ He is the Beginning and the End, The Alpha and The Omega. So whenever I worry (yes, that does occasionally happen), I try to remember that “God’s got this!” Whatever my worry or concern may be ~~ because He has already been there.

This morning I arose with the gladness that a three-day weekend was about to unfold, but that I still had the assignment to complete today. And honestly speaking, it’s been a challenging past few days.

Anyone else out there have one of those weeks? Let me hear ya, Girlfriend, so I know that I’m not alone.

But the sweetness in all this “messy stuff” is that it’s small stuff to my Big God. And for the teeny part I have in it, He has groomed me and trained me for the course ~~ I have been equipped from former years of trials and circumstances and people.

The Scripture verse I set my eyes on at my devotional time with Jesus was nothing short of on point for what my current “project” had been for the recent two and a half months. Again, who can argue with God’s Timing?

He knew my prayer before I whispered it at breakfast. He knows how my day will unfold and reveal itself to me. He knows when I will be challenged the most and when I will feel victorious. He knows when I will be silently praying for strength and wisdom.

Answers.

He has already provided them. I need only ask and follow through with His Wisdom and directives.

Sister, if you’re diligently seeking God for Answers this beautiful day, be sure you are looking and listening for them. Remain close enough to your Lord to “keep the conversation going” throughout the day. Yes, pray without ceasing. But praise Him before the Answers ~~ confidently trusting Him for the perfect Answer and the perfect Time. Believe me, it’s a faith-builder-upper.

Then go ahead and shout when He provides the Answer ~~ knowing that even if it isn’t “your” selected answer, it is His Answer for you.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

Rejoicing Over You

It’s hard to imagine God rejoicing over me. Honestly, when I truly think about all that I’ve done throughout the course of my life ~~ it’s more embarrassing to consider some of those occurrences.

But God (sweetest words in all the human language) …

Genuinely rejoices over me ~~ over you.

And to me that’s huge. A very big deal, Girlfriend.

Our verse says He lives among us ~~ which is many times very embarrassing, too, because I’m human (we are all human) and I err a lot. To think that He “desires” to be among us is humbling, to say the very least ~~ wouldn’t you agree? There are days that I don’t think I would want to dwell with me ~~ much less, to think that the Lord of the Universe would want to ~~ and because of His great Love, He chooses to ~~ daily.

And it is His Love that calms my fears. Why do I tend to forget that? Am I so distracted by the cares of this world ~~ by my temporary circumstances ~~ that I lose sight of the fact that God is ever-present, ready to steady me through my “moment” of challenge? And then to rejoice over me with songs of gladness? Unbelievable!

I don’t see myself as worthy of His delight ~~ nonetheless, He is God, and He does. And Sister, He delights over you, too. All I can say to that is: “Have mercy!”

Reading a commentary, I found that the delight expressed here by God is likened to the delight a groom finds in his bride. As the way Christ (the Groom) delights in His Church (the Bride). Eyes beaming and heart overflowing with love.

It is my hope that this day, Sister, that no matter what you are experiencing on the planet, that you will remember that our Heavenly Father loves you ~~ delights in you ~~ rejoices over you with songs of gladness.

Because you are in Christ.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

“Move”

Anyone else out there need this today?

Sister, as you can see, I’ve not been able to effectively connect with you for what seems an eternity ~~ nonetheless, I am still alive and well (by the Grace of God).

When the Holy Spirit Whispers into your spirit, stop and listen ~~ attentively and with the intent to act upon what you hear. Avoid missing out on a Blessing.

He has been Whispering ‘loudly’ into mine lately, therefore, my activity has been multiplied; but I’m appreciating every moment and praising God for allowing me to experience and participate in His Purpose. Not always understanding (from the onset), but that’s walking in faith. Utilizing the ‘tools’ that He has given me from days gone by, I simply ‘do’ as I am called for that moment.

So take heart ♥️ my Sweet Sister and Girlfriend ~~ God Whispers in the quiet of your spirit. When He does, stop, pray and listen. Be sure your ‘spiritual shoes’ are laced so that when He swings that door open and lights the hallway, you can stand straight up with His Confidence and move.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary

“In My Place”

It’s Easter weekend ~~ and as I reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice, God Himself, for me ~~ in my place ~~ I cannot dismiss the thoughts that cause me to gasp and feel so humble.

Look at those spikes ~~ He took those for me ~~ laying fully obedient and submissive to the Will of the Father ~~ He did that all for me ~~ and for you. When we think of nails, we imagine carpenter or even picture hanging nails. Jesus took the weight of the sin of the world upon His Body and nailed it to the cross with nine (9) inch spikes. That takes my breath away. And all for love.

I recall the first time my heart realized the depth of this sacrifice ~~ shame, guilt, humility and thankfulness seemed to well up within me like a tidal wave. I wept for hours on my bed.

How could anyone be so generous with love ~~ especially knowing what I have done, where I have been, the thoughts I had, the words I spoke and the things I did ~~ how?

It was so far from me to comprehend, that it took a long time to accept that God would want me to draw close to Him. Unworthy ~~ I felt so much shame and embarrassment ~~ how could a holy God possibly want me, much less die for me?

But He did. And He does.

And He continues to desire all of mankind to draw close to Him ~~ through this unbelievable love ~~ His Son, Jesus Christ.

Sometimes the enemy of my soul taunts me with those old accusations of guilt and shame ~~ digging up dirt that God said was dealt with over 2,000 years ago.

But God … (my favorite two words in all the human language) …

Says, “it is finished!”

In Filipino, we say, “Tapos na!” (done and DONE!)

That crown of thorns that He bore on His Head was so that we would ultimately cast our crowns of glory at His Feet in Paradise. I see that crown of anguish as a subtle reminder that we were on His Mind while He endured His torment on the cross.

Jesus’ arms outstretched speaks to me of His openness ~~ calling all of us to Himself ~~ one day we will feel the wonderous embrace of those strong and loving Arms.

His Feet were nailed to the cross as if it would prevent the spread of the Good News ~~ but it reminds me that it is now our responsibility to continue the walk and spread the Gospel. Ironically, He used those nail-scared feet to walk right out of the tomb.

In a handful of hours, Believers around the world will celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection. Part of me contemplates the somber moment of knowing what He willingly did in my place. Part of me weeps deeply over the sheer fact that while I was yet a sinner, He wanted to sacrifice Himself for me.

As I ponder over this beyond-comprehension-agape-love, my heart and soul rejoice over the fact that Jesus believes that both you and I are worth dying for.

Girlfriend, it is my deepest prayer, that you have a Relationship with the One Who went in your place. He loves you beyond your wildest imagination!

Have you received His Love? If you haven’t, you can, right here, right now. No need for formality or processes or lessons ~~ simply bow your heart in sincere admission of need for forgiveness or your sins. Admit that Jesus, the Son Of God, is the only way for your salvation, that you receive His love and forgiveness and you are turning away from your former life without Him. And step into a life of newness and restoration.

If you have done this, “happy birthday,” you’ve been born again! Your spirit has been renewed and He dwells within you.

Your next responsibility is to care for your “new self” by getting into a Bible teaching local church so you can learn to grow. Learn to develop new friendships through fellowship with other Jesus Followers. Get connected with other Girlfriends with whom you can study the Word on a regular basis.

You. Are. Deeply. Loved.

Shout for joy on Resurrection Sunday. You now understand why Believers are so excited about an empty tomb.

Because they know The One Who paid the price ~~ in their place.

I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~

LindaRJohnson

T2T Visionary