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Monday, May 24 2021

                                  Hear the word of the LORD of hosts.
                                                 ISAIAH 39:5 KJV        


In the labyrinth of confusion, My Word is your map and compass.
In your subterfuge and hypocrisy, My Word searches your inner being.
In self-absorption, My Word is a wake-up call to compassionate living.
In feeling you have it made, My Word calls you to worship your Maker.
In despair of justice, My Word reverberates the Lion’s apocalyptic roar.
In searching for meaning, My Word guides you to Christ.
In yearning for wisdom, My Word unveils the Alpha and the Omega.
In detouring from holiness, My Word shouts a warning of judgment.
In troubling anxiety and doubt, My Word gently whispers reassurance.
In discouraging current events, My Word promises a golden future.
In loneliness, My Word reminds you of My Faithful Presence.
In sadness, My Word gives you the lyrics to My symphony of hope.
In hell’s propaganda, My Word teaches you to discern the truth.
In apathy, My Word is a fire in your heart melting the lead in your feet.
In pride, My Word is a hammer that smashes your egocentricity to bits.
In the battle with temptation, My Word is your defensive shield.
In difficult terrain, My Word is your fl ashlight one step at a time.
In your strutting around, My Word is your call to humbly worship Me.
In misplaced trust in accomplishments, My Word invites faith in Me.
In hubris, My Word challenges you to remember you are not God.
In floor-pacing, My Word encourages you to give Me your worries.
In weariness, My Word invites you to give Jesus your crushing burdens.
In wondering about the future, My Word guarantees My Son’s return.
In asking who you are, My Word paints your destiny of Christlikeness.
In resisting Jesus’ downward mobility, My Word adjusts your attitude.
In meditating on Scripture, My Word changes the way you think.
In focusing on the finish line, My Word strengthens you to endure.
In relying on Christ, My Word enables you to do whatever I ask of you.
In conscientiously obeying My orders, My Word blesses you with joy.
In internalizing My thoughts, My Word sweetens your everyday life.
In overwhelming stress, My Word renews your hope and cheer.
In devoting yourself to My teachings, My Word frees your spirit to soar.
 

(c)  Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Day 272,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Monday, May 17 2021

Emerging from the past, Jerusalem, the Holy City of gold and light

Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor,  and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.
You will see Zion as a place of worship and celebration.  You will see Jerusalem a city quiet and secure.

ISAIAH 33:17, 20

Earth’s rulers are only human, so moral darkness encircles the globe.
     One day you will see the King of kings in His majesty and beauty.
          There is Light at the end of the tunnel.

There is a far nobler use of life than pursuing personal ambition.
     Egocentricity is a dead-end street; selfishness shrivels the soul.
          There is purpose after the death of self-centeredness.

Sin tantalizes, then breaks your heart; pleasures lure, but do not last.
     Take the long view—look forward to joys that will last forever.
          There is bliss after the end of the world.

Peace and quiet are elusive dreams in your current experience.
     One day you will feast your eyes on new Jerusalem—City of Peace.
          There is calm after the storm.

Life, you know, is fragile—fearful insecurity defines the human situation.
     Death, grief, heartache, and pain will be obsolete in the new world.
          There is safety after the termination of crime.

Does it seem to you that some people get away with murder?
     Over the horizon, a holy holocaust is starting to blaze up.
          There is fairness at the end of the day.

Christ’s glorious kingdom will outshine any empire the world has known.
     In fact, the nations will bask in His favor and honor Him above all else.
          There is paradise beyond the stars.

Though you do not see your Savior now, you certainly will one day.
     No longer harassed by sin and death, you will celebrate eternal victory.
          There is a heavenly reward at faith’s finish line

 

                                        

                                 (c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond
                        Day 271,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Monday, May 10 2021

           
                                                                                        Golden Sunrise 


                                                     Until at last the Spirit is poured down upon us from heaven.
                                              Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field.
                                       Righteousness will bring peace. Quietness and confidence will fill the land forever.

                                                                                 ISAIAH 32:15a, 16, 17 NLT


Christ’s reign will change godlessness to righteousness.
     Warmhearted—not steel-cold—toward Me, the redeemed will obey Me.
     Totally devoted to the King of hearts, heaven’s citizens will worship Me.

Christ’s reign will change war to peace.
     Shuttle diplomacy will never be able to settle international disputes.
     Battling with guilt? Rely on My Holy Spirit as your Defense Counsel.

Christ’s reign will change restlessness to rest.
     Impatient? Let the Prince of Peace teach you good things take time.
     Wondering if anybody cares? Let My Spirit comfort your heart.

Christ’s reign will change fear to security.
     Made right in My sight because of My Son’s work on the cross,
          relax in My Presence and look forward to sharing His glory.

Christ’s reign will change sadness to joy.
     Going through tough times? Look forward to looking back on them.
     Hallelujahs will cancel heartbreak—triumph will dry tears.

Christ’s reign will change noise to quietness.
     At last, the din of chaos will disappear in the tranquility of paradise.
     The Prince of Peace will teach saints to sing the sweet music of heaven.

Christ’s reign will change deception to truth.
     Do not listen to the Devil’s lies—he is speaking his native language.
     Be attentive to the Shepherd’s voice—follow the Way to the Truth of Life.

Christ’s reign will change anxiety to confidence.
     Losing sleep worrying about eternity? Let My Spirit encourage you.
     Listen to tomorrow’s symphony of hope—dance faith’s jig of joy today


                                           

                                     (c)  Pastor Johnny R. Almond
                          Day 270,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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Monday, May 03 2021

Cross Roads Retreat Center;  Lowesville, Virginia 


 

                                                                                 The Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says,
                                    "Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

                                                                                                       ISAIAH 30:15  NLT



Sincerely wait for Me; long for My Presence, and I promise you—
     victory over every evil enemy that would defeat you,
     unfailing love to bring security to your mind whatever happens,
     incomprehensible peace in the midst of life’s hurricanes,
     invulnerable joy no circumstances can destroy,
     the pleasure of My company to counteract your loneliness.

I am your Savior—the Source of pardon in a carnal world.
     Every breath you breathe, I am at work in your heart—
          inspiring your ambition to consistently obey My laws;
          energizing your mind to habitually do as I please.
     Conversion from evil habits to a Christlike lifestyle is My work of grace.
     Trusting Me, moment-by-moment, you become more like My Son—
          this is My dearest dream and your ultimate destiny.

I am your Shepherd—the Source of poise in a crazy world.
     Wearied carrying weighty burdens?  Give them to Me and breathe easy.
     Jittery and anxious?  Let Me teach you and enjoy peace of mind.
     Adversity University hard?  Learn by character-building experiences.
     When life is noisy, step out of the traffic—in stillness know who I am.

I am your Strength—the Source of power in a chaotic world.
     Contrary to popular belief, My power works best in human weakness.
     Empowered by My Spirit, you can be ready for whatever happens next.
     Vitally connected to My Son, you can accomplish all I ask of you.
     Holding My hand, you can survive life’s toughest situations.
     Trusting My promises, you can look forward to a bright future.
     Worn out? Exhaustion tempting you to quit the Faith Marathon?
     Wait on Me and be supernaturally reinforced—
          outsoar timidity, outrun temptation, outwalk lethargy.
     Revisit the waiting room of My quiet zone frequently—and be strong.


                                             

                                     (c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond 
                            Day 269,  Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

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