The Tide Has Turned, Part One


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Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You (Psalms 143:8 Amplified)

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you (Psalms 32:8 Amplified)


Hear My Voice, Walk My Way

Beloved you have been spending so much time thinking about the things you need to do and the provision needed to bring them about. Quit worrying about having enough to get by spiritually and materially. Worry is a worthless effort aimed at robbing your time (Matthew 6: 27-34). It is so easy, beloved, to grab at anything that comes your way when worry and fear dominate your thinking.

The enemy loves to instill panic. By dominating your time with worry and self-effort your time is eaten up. As a result you are kept from doing what I have called you to do. Your focus gets diverted and all the worries and fears clog up the communication lines between You and Me. I am giving you a discerning spirit full of wisdom (Ephesians 1:17).

Regain your focus and let Me guide you. Hear My voice directing you in the way you should go (Psalms 143:8 Psalms 32:8). All the times you have said no to the many things meant to distract and derail you has matured you and discernment has grown. It is time to grow more. Your trust in My faithfulness as you weigh things out in your life pleases Me and I am the one you need to please in order to succeed in all you do. Remember this and be at peace.

Seek Me for direction in all things. As you delve into My word, revelation will be imparted to your spirit and many times you will just know what to do and how to do it. Abiding in Me prepares you to know what to do without much effort. It will simply flow out of our relationship together. No need to hear an audible voice when you are in intimate communion with Me. I am training you to hear the still small voice in your own heart (1 Kings 19:12).

By listening and weighing things out wisdom will speak loud enough to be heard. Often times things look good on the surface and seem like they will meet your immediate needs but they are not My best for you. Readjust your focus.

Study to Show Yourself Approved

Beloved the tide has turned. Things are going to be different from now on. You are different and I have declared a new season of growth in your life. The time has come to study to show yourself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). I want you to put the jewels of My Word into your heart. Treat your heart like the treasure chest it is.

Yes, the tide has turned in your life enabling you to be blessed and to be a blessing in a whole new way. All things tying you down are now broken. Everything meant to trip you, to keep you bound and keep you from My blessings I break and remove. You are in a new day, a new time. The things of old have passed away forever and new life has already come (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am here to adorn you with a beauty of life and purpose more lovely than the lilies of the field. How beautiful and strong you are My beloved.

Like a baby growing in to a child, a child into a youth and so on, your understanding of Me grew and is growing, causing you to be more aware of Me in every way. How I rejoiced on the day of your natural and spiritual birth. Both were glorious to behold. My very breath brought you life and you knew Me. Even before you knew Me you were aware of Me. Maybe you didn?t understand it as such but I was there. The times you were alone and felt a loving presence, it was Me.

You see, chosen one, I created you in love and as an expression of all the love I am. I chose you to love and to give love. I formed you to be with Me now and forever.

The enemy works very hard to discount your great worth. It is a scheme against all those I love and have chosen. He knows I have great plans for you, but he doesn?t know everything. He just wants you to think he does. Besides if I told you all then he would know and you would have more than a battle on your hands. I lead you and show you bit by bit that you may remain faithful and have no fear. I show you bit by bit to increase your faith and enable you to live a life of trust, so trust Me today (Proverbs 3:5).

A New Heart of Flesh

I choose for you to know Me, to know Me intimately. I am restoring all things (Joel 2:24-26). I am giving you My nurturing heart as a gift and it will heal all the places in your heat not nurtured by those who should have done so. Even though at times these actions or words allowed the enemy to come in through the ignorance or disobedience of others you have chosen to forgive and be forgiven.

The hard ground of your heart left behind by words and actions perpetrated by men who damaged trust and love has been healed in many ways. All the little bits left unhealed are now in the process of a great restoration. You see, I look on the heart and in the midst of all these things I saw and knew the portion of your heart not given over to hardness. You did not harden your heart toward Me and this has caused you to endure with strength and perseverance to this day. You did not lose heart and you will reap accordingly (Galatians 6:9)

Beloved I have brought you carefully through these times of your life to this very present day. I watered the hard ground of your heart with mercy and grace, enabling the weeds, the tares to be removed from your land. Now I am plowing up all the hard ground. I am preparing it to receive new seed, new rain (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

Hard ground is no protection for the heart and causes denial which creates a way of deceptive escape. Many things not of Me can fall through cracks and crevices indigenous to hard ground.

Therefore, I am softening things little by little. Yes I am raining, pulling weeds, plowing, fertilizing, and removing all rocks so I can plant the new seed of destiny in the land I call Mine, your heart. Be open to the fullness of all I am doing. Surely is coming to pass.

Above All You Can Imagine or Dream

Have a child like heart and do not let them enemy come and destroy love, trust, intimacy and innocence ever again (Mark 10:13-15). I make claim to your heart and take back all and I mean all stolen from it. I am a jealous God and I will not have it any other way (Deuteronomy 4:24). I will have your whole heart.

It is not external trappings I am after. The giving of your tithe, offering and seed is a part of a ground breaking process, yet I want more than these. It is your heart and its motives I want most of all (1 Samuel 16:7). A surrendered and devoted heart is the greatest gift you can give Me. Trust My Word above all. Trust Me to give back all you need when you seek first the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). It is not your money I need, but a heart of trust to believe I am who I say I am?one that believes I do what I say I will do regardless of what you see or feel.

Without faith it is impossible to please Me or move forward (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is no longer necessary once you receive. While you are waiting it is meant to be very visible, encouraging not only your own self but those around you?provoking them to good works also.

You are on the threshold, the prepuce of the greatest move I have ever completed in your life. Your decision from this day forward must be to trust Me with all and give Me all.

In doing this, momentum and acceleration in the area of all I have promised will manifest like you?ve never dreamed possible. Remember, I do far above all you could ever dream or imagine and the time has come to experience this (Ephesians 3:20).

Thanksgiving, Gratitude and the King of Glory

When you give Me all of your heart, entrusting to Me even to the minutest details of your life, I will burst open the doors; I will open all of heaven to you. I will move heaven and earth to bring abundant blessings. I am throwing open wide the doors of favor. Neither man nor devil can shut them. I, the King of Glory, am coming in (Psalms 24:7)

I have great plans on the other side of the doors I am opening up. There are many things about to unfold. I am revealing My great plan. This is the first day of your life right now. Let Me show you how a whole new life begins each and every moment you are with Me.

The past is gone and all things are made new. Jobs come and go, friends come and go, but I never come and go. I AM. What and who I have called you to be are for the here and now. Who you are is to be demonstrated no matter the job, the circumstance or situation you find yourself in. I am not limited.

Destiny is lived day to day, moment to moment. It is not a far off thing to wait for. It is not. It is new each and every morning when you rise up from slumber. Destiny is Me. Your real life?s work is demonstrating Me in any given situation. Do this and all will unfold.

Know the openness of your hands and heart to the Kingdom will bring floods of blessing. They will not be a long time coming. They are here and the extent you see them can be measured by the amount of gratefulness in your heart. Gratefulness is the key, the evidence showing how much you trust and believe. Enter My courts with thanksgiving and praise (Psalms 100:4).

Thanksgiving and praise are the keys to the gate of blessing. They create faith in your heart. Recounting all I have done builds faith and trust. Don?t wait another minute, another second. Start right now and see with your very own eyes how the very depths of your being can be opened?opened to wisdom and revelation through the power of thanksgiving and praise.

Part Two

Prayer

Father I abandon all attempts to do things in my own strength. Like a weaned child with its mother I lie next to Your heart and listen for instruction. I receive wisdom from Your heart and do not go my own way. Each and every day is a new day in You. I hold close every new mercy, every new grace. I walk away from the past and embrace my future in You. I am adorned by Your sweet love and mercy. Every lie of the enemy falls in shambles as I forgive and am forgiven. I surrender every hidden place to Your searching heart of love. See if there be any unclean way in me. I open myself completely today.

I walk away from all speculation and assumption and embrace a child-like faith in all You have planned for me. You are moving afresh in my life and I will not be rigid. I choose to flow with You. Yes, my heart belongs to you and to you alone. I come into Your courts today with a heart of jubilant praise and adoration. I come in and receive every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Today is a new day and I receive it as such. Amen

Reflect and Journal:

1. What negative thoughts, worries, or so called concerns have you been dwelling on? Is there any one in particular seeking to dominate your time?

2. What self-efforts have you used to try to fix, change or bring about or bring an end to a concern in your life.

3. Take time to reflect on any tendencies to worry and give any anxiousness to the Lord. Journal any thoughts about worry and wisdom He speaks to you.

4. He calls you beautiful and strong? Can you agree with His assessment of you?

5. If not, what stands in your way; the words of men, your own words and actions? Remember, He took all to the cross; past, present and future. Receive your great worth in Him.

6. Journal your thoughts about being the beautiful and strong love of His life? Tell Him so in a love note.

7. Are there any remnants of unforgiveness hanging out in your heart? Ask the Lord to show you any hidden places and let them go.

8. What areas of your life do you find hard to endure, to have or give mercy in, or to overcome and be positive about?

9. Take them one by one to the Lord and surrender them, Receive grace and mercy. Take time for Him to instruct you out of His Word. Receive His rain.

10. Has the enemy of your soul robbed you of your intimacy with the Lord in any way through lies based on any circumstance or perhaps, your self-worth?

11. Invite Him to examine the motives of your heart and make adjustments.

12. In what particular areas do you need Him to excel and go above your grandest imaginations?

13. Are you angry or frustrated about any closed doors?

14. Are you frightened to walk through any open doors before you?

15. How does knowing destiny is a day to day way to live and not a far of prospect change your view of your life?

16. Take time to write out some things you are grateful for and praise Him. See the courts of heaven open and amazing things happen.

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About the Author

Brenda

Brenda Craig is a published author, prophetic teacher and Seer whose desire is to know the Lord in all His fullness. Her writings and teachings reflect a deep intimacy with the Lord. As a worshiper, Brenda has received revelation on how to take the simple act of ‚ÄúSoaking in His Presence‚ÄĚ to a new level and developed a teaching called Soaking with a Purpose.

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