The Valley of the Shadow of Death

FOR THIS PEOPLE’S HEART HAS BECOME CALLOUSED; THEY HARDLY HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES. OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEARTS AND TURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM
(Matthew 13:15).

I still remember when I went through the valley of the shadow of death.  I felt so alone.  I felt so unloved.  I felt so unlovable.  I did not know what to do with myself.  I did not even understand what was going on, only that there was something wrong with me…and that I desperately needed help.  I desperately needed a way out.

But then I heard it—my Everlasting Father’s Comfort through the Holy Spirit.  He asked me to listen with the ears of my heart.  When I had finally calmed down and was listening, He said, “My Child, you are not alone.  I am right here with you.  I am IN you. You can see Me. You can hear Me. You can understand Me.”

EVEN THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, FOR YOU ARE WITH ME
(Psalm 23:4).

Do not be discouraged when you are going through the valley of the shadow of death. Pause. Take a deep breath. God is close. He wants to meet you in your heart. Listen carefully with the ears of your heart and you will hear your Everlasting Father tell you that you are not alone…that He already knows what you need…that He has already planned a way to provide for you. Focus intently on your heart and perceive the Love God is holding out to you. Listen carefully with your spiritual ears and hear the Hope He is whispering to you. Allow your heart to know the perturbing perception that has unsettled you. Then, invite God’s Perspective to give you understanding.

BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD…I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH
(Psalm 46:10).

Are you going through the valley of the shadow of death, right now? What is it that you need to hear most from your Perfect Father? What is it that you need to see, at this point of your life? What does your heart desperately need to understand?

Become quiet. Train the ears of your heart to listen to what God wants to tell you. Train the eyes of your heart to see what God wants to show you. Train your heart to understand God’s Perspective.

PRAYER: Perfect Father, bring me to the place where I will become still and listen for You with the ears of my heart, so I may know that You are with me during this time of my life.

Maintain an Awareness

The Lord Jesus has always lived His Life for God, the Father. When we invite Him to come live HIS LIFE in us, He will live it for God, the Father, in the same way He has always done.

The Two Counsels

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