Oaks Of Righteousness


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Introducing Wendy Thomas

Before you read this week’s devotions, I would like to take the time to introduce you to my friend Wendy Thomas. She is an amazing teacher and minister of the Word. She lives in England and has a ministry to the downtrodden and hurting. Her greatest desire is for others to truly know and have a revelation of the Father’s heart love. Out of this desire and call on her life, she has published a  Bible study/devotional series called Knowing God As Father. I have developed a deep and abiding relationship with Wendy over the last two years. She has become a trusted and cherished friend whom, I know without a doubt, she hears God in a very personal and profound that shares the heart of the Father. I have asked her to contribute at least once a month to Journals.

It has always been my desire to multiply myself. I will be co-authoring some letters with Wendy for a couple of months, at which time she will be submitting her own. Wendy already walks in the gift of journaling God’s heart is now stepping out to do so in a Journals of the Heart format. I know she will be a blessing to you and it would be so kind for those of you who are registered at Journals to leave her some feedback in the comment section provided at the end of each letter, teaching or devotion.

My dear child, come and see through My eyes. Come see what I see. What do I see? I see you through My son, Jesus, and you are clothed in His righteousness. I know you get disappointed in yourself from time to time and feel you have failed; but, I NEVER see you as failing for I see you in My son. You have no righteousness of your own but only what He gives you. This is all you need. As you stand complete in Him, My glory surrounds you and draws others to Me. I look at you and My heart beats with joy and I rejoice over you. In fact, I am so happy I can’t help but sing songs of love over you (Zephaniah 3:17). Listen to the song I am singing and you will know how much I love you. You will know without a doubt how precious you are to Me. Let Me quiet you with My love and be at peace knowing how profoundly you are loved…knowing how safe and secure you are with Me.

Therefore, with great confidence, take time to hear My thoughts on who you are. You will no longer be ashamed in any way, shape or form. Stand tall, strong and secure for your roots go down deep into My love (Ephesians 3:17-18). Learn to know the height depth and breadth of My love in your own daily experiences. Let My love sink deep into your heart like spring rain on hungry soil. In doing this, you will be more secure and can come into agreement with My assessment of You.

Beloved, don’t listen to the other voices you have heard throughout your life telling you that you aren’t quite good enough, but instead, choose to listen only to My voice, for I alone speak the truth. You are fearfully and wonderfully made and I delight in you (Psalms 139). You are My precious child and I love you with a never ending, everlasting love. As an oak tree stands tall, strong and immovable, so shall you. You will be able to stand in all circumstances as you learn to drink deeply of Me and My love for you. You will grow in and out of season to produce much fruit. Your leaves will be a shelter to others as they feel My love flowing through you to them. Nothing will overcome you for I am with you and give you victory in every circumstance. All you have to do is believe…all you have to do is stand and let Me be all you need to flourish. Stand steadfast and see My victory for the battle belongs to Me. When you are secure in My love you can face anything and succeed. With Me all things are possible. Others will see and be amazed at the mighty work I am doing and will do in your life. You are My oak of righteousness and will forever declare it to be so. Prepare to be amazed…

THE SPIRIT of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3 Amplified)

Prayer

Father, I thank You that You love me so very much. I make a choice to agree with You and Your assessment of me. You say I am righteous through Christ; therefore, I am. You say I can do all things through Him; therefore, I will. Yes, I will stand steadfast and see You fight My battles for me. Together we will have the victory. I quiet My soul and am like a weaned child with its mother as I listen to the songs of love You sing over me. I rejoice, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am Your much loved child. I agree to hear and agree with only Your voice. When I hear your voice I will confirm with the words of my mouth that Your opinion is the truth about me. Please speak to me now as I snuggle under the shelter of Your wings. Touch me and bring new life to all aspects of my life as I am refreshed form the river of delights flowing from Your throne. Amen.

Reflect and Journal

  1. What song is God your father singing over you? Listen and write it down.
  2. Do you listen to the voices from your past or other people? If so, what is God saying and who will you agree with?
  3. What are some of the wrong words you have agreed with in the past and have a tendency to focus on whenever something goes wrong or you make a mistake. For instance, if your parents or someone who was supposed to care about your wellbeing spoke words of accusation every time you made a mistake…those words can come into play for the rest of your life each and every time you make a mistake. Those accusatory words were not from God. It is time to renounce them as lies and receive God’s truth. In the process be sure and forgive those who came against or demeaned you in any way. Forgiveness is the key to blessing.
  4. Do you agree with Father God that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? If not ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you. It is a request He loves to answer.

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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 “Soaking in His Presence” to a new level and developed a teaching called Soaking with a Purpose.

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