Over the past many months, through some great emotional trials, I have leaned into Him… like in a wine press.
And you know what? He actually became my strength. The hardest times in our lives are the very times He most reveals Himself.
Well, I guess we do know it is because when all is going well we really don’t lean into Him quite as much as when we are desperate for relief.
I am just talking to you today from my heart.
Every issue you may deal with in life, if you would only allow Him into it, you will find extreme comfort, growth, and an intimacy with Him that will stay with you forever…why? Because once you experience it you won’t want to lose it.
Nothing compares to it..nothing!
Recently, I was very anxious about something that I had to do and the outcome for someone I love. I fervently sought Jesus for His peace to flood me. I was relentless to find His presence in the midst of my fear. I pressed into Him and would not stop. I figure if he says His strength is found in my weakness then I needed to believe it and literally not stop until I felt it.
Because I was sure weak!
And right when I needed calm most, it happened. It felt so foreign in the face of what was happening. I slept like a baby in His arms. I had no doubt He was right there.
Then, He started talking because I was so in the realm of listening to Him. He speaks to us all the time, by the way, but we aren’t listening; or we explain away what we hear, not believing that God is actually speaking to us.
Every night I pray before sleep taking authority over the enemy bringing in evil or fear into my mind and dreams…I, with the authority He gives us, post sentries (angels) over my unconscious mind while sleeping, to not allow anything in that isn’t from God. It works every night.
While in this trial, however, as I went to pray, before the words were out, I clearly heard Him say to me;
“Yes, Dixie, I have already posted My sentries over your mind tonight and no evil or fear shall overtake you.”
Well, now that was different….He knew my prayer and already answered it before I asked and spoke it back to me! How awesome is that?
“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Isaiah 65:24 NLT
This was one time I wasn’t doing all the talking…I shut up and listened.
He then began speaking to me about the present situation and told me that He was actively involved in the outcome and that , “He had this.” Every single time I started to fear and take the anxiety back, I clearly heard Him say to me,
“I have this, Dixie”……or “Take a breath, Dixie” “Lean into me Dixie.”….. all day that day, His words were constant in my spirit.
It took everything in my will power to stay focused on Him alone when everything around me looked like it was crashing and I knew, that once again my faith was being tested with emotional pain like I seldom experience, and I found that He was more than enough.
Going back several years ago when my life came crashing down around me and it seemed all was lost and I thought my life was over….I even thought my relationship with Jesus took a hit that might never come back…even in that darkness and agony, I found Him there.
And He said, “Nothing will separate me from you, Dixie. My love for you and my faithfulness to you will become the most important thing in your life, even when all else fails.”
And there He was, ready to lead me into a world unknown to me then, but I found it was just the beginning of a new season of my life with Him….before I taught about Him…now I really know Him–intimately.
When our hearts long for Him alone,
When our souls thirst for Him,
When the yearning inside of you moves you towards Him,
…and you know that He knows the secrets of your heart and nothing is hidden from Him,
and He sees deep inside of you and every part is revealed,
And still He chooses to cherish you,
His love will dissolve you…
Do you desire this kind of relationship? Believe me, if I can find Him in these places, then so can you. Would love to hear from you about your walk into His secret place……….
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38 NLT