The living waters are there for all that call upon His name. (John 4:14 and 7:38, Revelation 21:6) Grace and mercy are free. (2 Timothy 1:9, Ephesians 2:8, Hebrews 4:16) We couldn’t earn it if we tried. Abide in His name. Abide in His word. Abide before Him and praise His holy name. He will bring refreshing to the weary soul, and healing to the wounded spirit. (Luke 4:18) Never cease to be amazed at what you will come to expect. His word never returns void. Read it, then stand on it. It is a promise. Trust that He will make a way. (Isaiah 55:11, Matthew 24:35) (Isaiah 43:16-21)
Don’t fear that you aren’t enough and don’t scream ‘I can’t do this’! It’s not your power you can rely on, but His in you. (Philippians 4:13) Don’t listen to those that say hoard for the bad times. Some barely make it through the week as it is, and God will provide for them as He will for those that have plenty. What if someone comes along and takes away that plenty? What then? We can’t rely on our own strength and provisions to keep us in supply. Read the scriptures about the sparrow.
When we abide in His word, His truth, His name, we abide in Him. That changes everything. We no longer rely on our own understanding but His. We no longer see as the world sees, but through His eyes.
I had a symbolic dream one time that showed me how our mighty God works. I stood as the edge of woods and overlooked an area I knew the be cleared and provided for. Not only was it provided for, but I saw helicopters begin to rise and form around this place with the lights facing outward in protection. God gives us pictures that we can relate to. These helicopters formed a circle over this clearing, facing outward with their lights, shining outward in protection. This represented His protection. I never saw into this clearing, but I knew it was there. I asked the Lord to speak to me about this and later that day heard a message about Goshen. I had never paid attention to the place called Goshen. It is a place the Lord prospered the children of Israel and grew their number. Some call these places safe haven which is a place of safety and refuge. It is a protected zone.
A safe haven is when someone dwells in the secret place of the Almighty whether in a goshen-type land or alone. (Psalm 91) God’s hand is not so short that it cannot reach His people. (Isaiah 59:1) However, if He leads you to a safe haven to be with others, go. If He instructs you to stay, stay. Listen to the Lord, and call upon His name. No matter what we see and no matter what we hear out in the world, we are not to fear. (Isaiah 41:10)
Bottom line, call upon the Lord. Rest in Him. He is our protection, our strength, our provision, and our healing. And don’t forget to forgive. By us forgiving, He can forgive us. (Matthew 6:14) It is not worth holding a grudge. I would rather forgive everyone for everything than to live in hatred and resentment. Forgive and lighten the load. Don’t make your road rocky and your burdens heavy. Let the Lord lighten your load.
I see so many struggling now with these things and felt the need to write so that someone, somewhere could read something that will give them encouragement, make their way a little lighter, and wash away the fear. God bless you!