Daily Devotional from ‘Jesus Calling’ – Sept 15

Sept 15

Rest In Me, My Child.  This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful.  You don’t have to perform in order to receive My Love.  I have boundless, unconditional Love for you.  How it grieves Me to see My children working for Love:  trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved.

Be careful that your devotion to Me does not become another form of works.  I want you to come into My Presence joyfully and confidently.  You have nothing to fear, for you wear My own righteousness.  Gaze into My eyes, and you will see no condemnation, only Love and delight in the one I see.  Be blessed as My Face shines radiantly upon you, giving you Peace.

John 15:13; Zephaniah 3:17; Numbers 6:25-26

Honestly I started to read this devotional and tears began to roll down my face.  This is exactly what I needed to hear right now.   Not to go into much detail, but right now I feel the pressures of this world breathing down my neck as I try harder and harder to accomplish all that I’m responsible for.  It’s like no matter how hard you swim upstream, the current seems to overpower you and you find yourself being pushed down to the point of almost drowning.  And no matter how much you know the truth and you trust in what the Lord has for your life, you can’t help but feel that you’ll never get to your destination.

I think we sometimes forget that the Lord knows what trials we are going through, the pain that we feel, the loneliness that evades our hearts and the hurts that keep us down.  He knows because He too was broken down, He too was beaten and hurt, He too was ridiculed and rejected.  When I think of that, my issues seem so insignificant and small and then I begin to feel guilty or shameful for even comparing the two, but the Lord even comforts us when we feel that way.

I felt stressed that I haven’t had enough time to write these devotionals every day even though I do my best to get it done – but it’s comforting to know that I don’t have to be perfect – even in this.  I don’t want this to be a form of works – I want the Lord to use this as a venue to speak to those who need to hear His message.  So with that, I will commit to doing my best in sending these out, but it may not be daily if time doesn’t permit me to do so.  I appreciate your understanding in this and now I can freely write these without the obligation or pressure that can be overbearing.

Thank You, Heavenly Father for allowing this freedom in You to be who we are – not perfect.  But the fact that You love us anyway is unimaginable.  You love us exactly where we are and how we are, unconditionally.  How can we find that love on earth?!?  I pray that we can take this message and rest in the fact that we will make mistakes, be imperfect, and not get everything done that needs to get done, but that it is okay when we’re concentrated on You.  Thank You for being perfect so that we don’t have to be.  In Jesus’ loving name, AMEN!

Not perfect but loved by Him,

lil_pepper

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