~ A Quick Word ~
Psalm 26: 1-3
I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
My “Declaration of Dependence” is that I live in complete reliance on God’s faithfulness and unfailing love. I truly have been tested in this again and again, but at the end of each day I find myself still standing in dependence on God alone.
I have lived apart from Him, and there was no one to put my trust and hope in that was “sure”. The best day apart from God does not compare to the worst day with God. When I lay my head down at night I know that I am not alone and that I can sleep enfolded in His unfailing love.
One commitment I made to God as I began to write for a public audience was that I would always be real and vulnerable. I never want to share only victories and leave out the “wrestle.” My soul is still learning what my spirit knows and I continually have to wrestle against thoughts in my mind in order to live out of my spirit. The Spirit of Truth lives in me (and you) and I must engage in wrestling down every thought that comes against truth.
Today I am wrestling. I am wrestling with my trust but I know that I will not falter because I live in the grip of grace and unfailing love. My mind is trying to understand and comprehend a delay that could potentially send me from the grip of grace into the grip of fear if I let my mind rule for even one minute. But who can understand God’s ways? Therefore, I will fix my mind on His unfailing love and faithfulness until it aligns with the Spirit of Truth that lives within me.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
This is the truth that I will be mindful of! Though I don’t know how God will come through for me today, I know that when I lay my head down tonight I will still be protected by His love. I know that His Spirit is my advocate and will help me…and you! I know that I am not alone and that as my faith is tested that I will not falter. I will worship Him in spirit and truth confident that I will once again see His goodness in the land of the living.
Today I will put on truth! I will buckle truth around my waist and STAND! I’ve done everything that I know to do and therefore I can stand firm on the sure foundation of Christ. Stand with me today in the truth of Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Have a victorious day as you make your declaration of dependence!
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