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Monday, April 29 2019

Then Hezekiah encouraged them with this address:

“Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid of the king of Assyria or his mighty army.

There is a power far greater on our side! He has a great army, but they are just men.

We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!”

These words greatly encouraged the people.

2 Chronicles 32:6b-8 NLT
 

            Encircled by invisible armies, the Greatest Power is on your side. Stand proudly with spineless wimps turned into steel-backboned warriors. Feeling powerless, recall the truth not by force nor by strength, but by My Spirit. Feeling weak-kneed, trustingly don My armor.
 

            Sometimes you feel “where never is heard a discouraging word” is only a dreamy Utopia. Despair and pessimism are rampant. Bad news is all you ever hear. Futurists have little optimistic to predict.
 

            Tired of negativism? Bow before the plus sign of the cross. When it seems discouraging words are all you ever hear, turn to My Word. Take a walk through the New Testament and revel in transforming truths.
 

           I am your Travel Companion. Earth’s saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart. My story captivates you and cheers you on. My Spirit brings peace in pandemonium. Christ’s return gives reason for living until paradise is restored. In the darkness, dawn approaches. You are a victor, not a victim. You enjoy freedom, not shackles. Your Heavenly Father cares for you, His child. Prayer opens the window to   infinite resources. Christ unlocks the secret to surviving every situation. Unimaginable glory is waiting just around the corner. I am the Eternal Optimist—you can be too.    My Son came to planet Earth to solve your biggest problem—guilt. I grant power for living, love for your relationships, and self-discipline for spiritual development. I am your Blessed Hope. Active sharing of faith’s perspective helps you to grow up in Christ. At the throne of prayer, find mercy for your sins and grace for your struggles. A humble attitude ensures help from the Almighty. Trust causes joy beyond words. Internalizing My Word purifies you from moral filth. In Jesus, there is certainty in all circumstances. Count on Unchanging Truth. Enjoy the pleasure of My company 24/7. I am your Source of eternal security. The United Kingdom is on the way.
 

            Take this walk often—My Encouraging Word will lift your spirit.
 

© Pastor Johnny R. Almond, Day 175 Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Wednesday, April 24 2019

Peace be with you.

John 20:19


 

I give you poise in earth’s scary situations.
There is no need to be intimidated by people—they are mere mortals.

I am your Omnipotent Helper, so do not let fear get the best of you.

I whispered stars into existence—I know their names and yours too.

I will never leave you—My Presence is your failsafe security system.

Every heartbeat, step, and season of your life—I am with you.

I give tough shoes for rough roads—I am your Equilibrium Equation.

Rely on the Almighty to see you through trouble—find true serenity.


I give you pardon in your guilty struggles.

Religious rituals are futile—My blood is the way to forgiveness.

Grace is your only hope of removing guilt’s oppressive burden.

Self-talk does not ease doubt—My Spirit is your assurance of heaven.

Listen to your Shepherd’s voice and rest assured.

Let Me calm your heart—experience the tranquility of inner-stances.

When I make Myself at home in your heart, you can rest easy.


I give you My promise all will be well in your uncertain tomorrows.

I live in the eternal now—I Am Who I Have Been and Who I Will Be.

Call Me Rabboni, your very own Teacher—follow Me into the future.

My heart is your unassailable fortress—a restful home.

Trust My Word and know supernatural composure facing eternity.

Keep faith in your Invisible Means of Support—be an eternal optimist.

You cannot know how faith in an Unseen One brings ecstasy,

     but do not let your lack of understanding stifle your enthusiasm.

There is no need to go around wringing your hands—

     take My wounded hand, confident you can trust Me.

I will bless you with peace of mind nothing can disturb.

My supernatural gift is the secret of peace.


 


© Pastor Johnny R. Almond, Day 325 Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Monday, April 15 2019

Were not our hearts greatly moved

and burning within us while He was talking with us

on the road as He opened and explained to us the sense of the Scriptures?

Luke 24:32 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE


 

Saddened by emptiness?
Obey Me, and I will make Myself real to you.

Trade a long face for a smile—be a good advertisement for the gospel.

I am your Source of Music—sing out for the entire world to hear.


 

Entombed by loneliness?

You are never alone—I walk alongside you on every road you travel.

When perplexing cares crowd your heart, I console and cheer you.

I am your Greatest Friend—you have not lost Me, so dance for joy.


 

Afraid of death?

Hear My reassuring voice and overcome Satan-coaxed anxiety.

Death Valley terror disappears as you realize shadows mean Light.

I am your Life—I will defeat all enemies, so count on ultimate victory.


 

Losing hope?

Open the eyes of your heart and envision My promised bright future.

Wait patiently for My new world to materialize—be brave-hearted.

I am your Center of Gravity—hide in Me and unflinchingly trust.


 

Perplexed by despair?

Guilt, death, hopelessness, angst, and gloom burden your heart.

Grace, vitality, hope, faith, mercy, and freedom bless your heart.

I am your Redeemer—hang on for dear life—all is well.


 

Walk life’s road with Me—and I will change dejection to delight,

     skepticism to optimism, despair to hope, restlessness to tranquility,

     depression to ecstasy, self-pity to praise, and doubt to worship.

I am your God—rest assured.
 

© Pastor Johnny R. Almond, Day 319 Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Monday, April 08 2019


 

Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey.

Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus,

and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.

He was in the center of the procession, and the crowd all around him were shouting,

“Praise God for the Son of David! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Praise God in highest heaven!” The entire city of Jerusalem was stirred as he entered.

Matthew 21:5, 8-10 NLT
 

Walk prayerfully on the parade route I have mapped out for you.

I am the Way to the Truth of Life—free, real, rich, full, eternal life.

The evil one would steal enthusiasm, kill joy, and destroy influence—

     I yearn to guide you to a genuinely significant and fulfilling life.

I am the Humble King who practiced downward mobility to save you.

Walk in My steps—have My frame of mind and serve others.

You are a beautiful work of art I envisioned long before your birth—

     yield to My Spirit brushstrokes on the canvas of your circumstances;

     be displayed for angels and saints to admire in heaven’s gallery.
 

Dance joyfully with praise that lasts—celebrating blessings I give.

Avoid a fickle heart—calling Me king one day, deserting Me the next.

Keep Me in the center of your life’s procession—bow to nothing else.

Give your Most Honored Guest a royal welcome every sunrise.

Keep My joy alive in your heart every mile of the journey—

     let no cheap thrill compete with the ecstasy of My Presence.

No matter how rough the road, be grateful—find reasons for thanks.
 

March in My triumphal procession leading to a future I promise.

I am your Personal Friend—I never let you down or run away.

I am the Pardoning Savior—I forgive your sins and set you free.

I am the Powerful God—I help you accomplish all I ask of you.

I am the Perfect Lamb—I redeem you from sin’s penalty and power.

I am the Drumbeat of hope—I fight for you until the battle’s over.

I am Alpha and Omega—I spoke the first word and I will have the last.

I am the Prophesied Messiah—I will win the last war and defeat evil.

One day you will wave palm branches along golden streets— 

     until then, celebrate victories I give on the roads you travel today.
 

(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond 

Day 21 Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Monday, April 01 2019

When the Lord restored his exiles to Jerusalem it was like a dream!
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy.
Psalm 126:1-2 NLT

I am the Lord of freedom.

When you are captivated by sin, only I can liberate you.

No other force can unshackle you from chains of unbreakable habits.

I am the Only One who can cure sin’s cruel, deceptive addiction.

Out of your bondage, sorrow, and night, come to Me …

Into My freedom, gladness and light, come to Me  (William Sleeper, “Jesus, I Come”).*

Only My Holy Spirit can cause a turnaround of purity.
 

I am the Lord of faith.

I am an oasis of refreshment in an arid desert of depression.

When pessimism seems to be the norm, I give you a different heart—

     daring to be optimistic about the future because of My promises.

While you may be tearful, you are also trusting.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride, come to Me …

Out of yourself to dwell in My love, out of despair to raptures above, come to Me.*

Only My Holy Spirit can cause a turnaround of perspective.
 

I am the Lord of fruitfulness.

Want to celebrate the harvest? Cry your heart out—then worship.

Out of the depths of ruin untold, into the peace of My sheltering fold …

Ever My glorious face to behold, come to Me.*

Only My Holy Spirit can cause a turnaround of productivity.
 

I am the Lord of festivity.

I transform the nightmare of sin into a dream come true.

I turn your sad exile in a land foreign to goodness

     into ecstasy in the promised land of joy and peace.

Captivity to sin fills your mouth with lamentation and lips with sighing.

The Savior’s charm fills your mouth with laughs and lips with singing.

Out of earth’s sorrows into My balm, out of life’s storms into My calm,

Out of distress to jubilant psalm, come to Me.*

Only My Holy Spirit can cause a turnaround of peace.
 

© Pastor Johnny R. Almond—Day 243 Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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