Reflections on Bible verses

Psalm 51:15
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.

Just receive

Perhaps the most fundamental religious question I can ask myself today is:

Do I really believe the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Do I hear his word spoken to my heart:

"Shalom, be at peace.
I understand your fears, your failures, your brokenness.
I don't expect you to be perfect.
I have been there.
All is well.
You have my love.
You don't have to pay for it, and you can't deserve it.
You only have to open and receive it.
You only have to say yes to my love -
a love beyond anything you can intellectualize or imagine."

Brennan Manning
Reflections for Ragamuffins
page 239

Matthew 28:20 NKJV
 "I am with you always"

I am with you always

What is God telling us when He says “I am with you always?”
Here are some things I hear Him saying…

I am near.
Don’t doubt my presence for a single moment.
I have promised you.
I am the true and faithful God.
Be as certain of Me fulfilling my promise as I was when I first spoke it.
Don’t doubt it.
Let your heart be quiet with this assurance!
I am with you because I care about you.
I am with you because I love you.
I am with you because I want to be with you.
I am with you because I desire to have fellowship with you.
There will never be a time, a moment, a second when you are without me.
I am with you now.
With you tomorrow.
With you in the dark times.
With you in the hard times.
With you in the glad times.
With you through all the times of your life —
when you are young,  when you are old,
when you are busy, when you are still,
when you journey and when you return home.

Roy Lessin

I Heard My Savior Say...

Your sins are forgiven.
Believe in me.
Fear not!
Peace be to you.
I am your light.
I am your Shepherd, I will lead you.
Do not worry about tomorrow.
I have called you friend.
I want your life to be abundant.
The yoke I have for you is easy and the burden is light.
I will give you living water so you will never thirst again.
Consider the lilies...My Father will provide for you.
Do not let your heart be troubled. I am preparing a place for you.
I have sent you the Comforter.
I am with you always!
I am the resurrection and your life.
Because I live, you will live also.
Ask and you will receive.
It is my Father's pleasure to give you the kingdom.
You are blessed.
I will never leave or forsake you.
No one can snatch you away from Me.
Be ready, I am coming for you as a groom comes for his bride.

Roy Lessin

Grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 1:4

see also:
Jesus said, "I am"