Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

April 6:

"Bring me the sacrifice of thansgiving. Take nothing for granted, not even the rising of th sun. Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan's temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn't have rather than being thankful for the many good things freely available. This negative focus darkened her mind, and she succumbed to temptation.

When you focus on what you don't have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from Me. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is "fixed."

When you approach Me with thanksigiving, the Light of My Presence pours into you, transforming you through and through. Walk in the Light with Me by practicing the discipline of thanksgiving."

Psalm 116:17; Genesis 3:2-6; I John 1:7

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, pg. 101

May 11:
"Thank Me for your problems. As soon as your mind gets snagged on a difficulty, bring it to Me with thanksgiving. Then ask Me to show you My way to handle the situation. The very act of thanking Me releases your mind from its negative focus. As you turn your attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and loses its power to trip you up. Together we can deal with the situation, either facing it head-on or putting it aside for later consideration.

Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today's concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the problem out of today and deposit it in the future, where it is veiled from your eyes. In its place I give you My Peace, which flows freely from My Presence."

Phil. 4:6; John 14:27

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, pg 138

May 17:
"As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember that I am a God of abundance. I will never run out of resources; My capacity to bless you in unlimited. You live ina world of supply and deman, where necessary things are often scarce. Even if you personally have enough, you see poverty in the world around you. It is impossible for you to comprehend the lavishness of My provisions: the fullness of My glorious riches.

Through spending time in My Presence, you gain glimpses of My overflowing vastness. These glimpses are tiny foretastes of what you will experience eternally in heaven. Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive. Rejoice in My abundance; walk by faith, not by sight."

Phil. 4:19; 2Cor. 5:7

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, pg 144

Look up the verses and read them--I like reading them from the Clear Word Version as well as King James--Clear word is using present language and KJV is what I used as a child and memorized from. Comparing versions will bring deeper meaning out of the texts for me sometimes too.

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