Find Him in the Hallway

Everyone occasionally encounters dark and difficult situations while walking through life. In the following paragraphs, we will look at the same situation from two different perspectives.

Walking down a dark hallway alone:

You have been living a comfortable, enjoyable life. Suddenly you are pushed out of your comfort zone. The loss of a job – a devastating health report – a rocky relationship. You are shoved into a hallway. The door behind you slams shut. You are in a dark corridor. You can’t perceive what is next. You are afraid.

You cannot see where you are going. Which way do you turn? Do you go to the right or to the left? No open door. Wait a minute. One door is ajar. Is there a glimmer of light? Is there a ray of hope? You shove the door open. A job interview – a new treatment or procedure possibility – a text from the estranged person that sounds encouraging. However, it is only a dim daydream that does not materialize. The little light is snuffed out. Into the dark hallway again.

It seems darker. You feel your way down the hallway. You try every doorknob you encounter. All are unyielding. Then your hand touches a familiar shape on the wall. It is a light switch. You flip the switch’s little lever. Light!

You are immersed in light. A stairwell is directly ahead of you. You do not tumble down the stairs. You see a way up and out of the darkness. You progress up the stairs! There is a sunbeam beckoning you to a higher level.

Relief floods your mind. This encounter has not been fun. It has been worrisome. You wonder where the corridor will lead next. You are out of the dark hallway and into the light for now. Life continues.

Walking down a dark hallway with the Lord:

You may encounter the loss of a job – a devastating health report – a rocky relationship. You may feel like you are shoved into a dark hallway. It is scary walking down a darkened corridor.

II Corinthians 5:7 NKJV reminds you that you walk by faith and not by sight. Darkness need not scare you. The Lord is with you during the dark and doubtful times. Psalm 37:23 NLT assures you, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

You may describe your dark hallway as a dark valley. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you (the Lord) are with me.” You remember the words of Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’”

A switch takes place when you reach out for the spiritual light switch. Your frustration can turn into faith. Your light switch – your source of light is Jesus. John 8:12 says Jesus is the Light of the world. Jesus says in John 12:46, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.”

You remember Philippians 4:6. You say, “I will not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I will present my requests to God.”

Now you proclaim Colossians 1:13-14, “For He rescued me from the domain of darkness, and transferred me to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

You remember Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” You will be able to echo the words of Psalm 18:28, “God turns my darkness into light.”

Your testimony may include Isaiah 9:2. “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.” You can share Ephesians 5:8 saying, “I was once in darkness, but now I am a light in the Lord. I will live as a child of light.”

You can declare Nehemiah 8:10, “I do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is my strength.”

Summary:

You will encounter hallways while walking through life. Some of these corridors will be dark. I have heard it said that it is hell in the hallway. No! Allow hallways to lead you to heaven. Shut out your human imaginations and reach for the spiritual reality. Jesus is the light that overcomes the darkness.  He is with you no matter what your circumstances.

Sarah Young is the author of the devotional book Jesus Always. Hear Jesus speak the following words. “As you journey through life in this dark world, I am with you each step of the way. I provide Light not only to your path but also to your mind and heart. I delight in giving you Joy – now and throughout eternity. Your brightest moment on earth will one day look very dark in comparison with the Glory-Light of heaven!”

YET

YET is a little 3 letter word I keep in the pocket of my heart. Frequently, I pull it out and apply it to my life. I can say, “I don’t have it YET.” (definition: up until the present time) Or, I can say, “YET I will praise the Lord.” (definition: nevertheless)

According to II Corinthians 1:20, I know God’s promises are yes and amen. Hebrews 11:1 tells me, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
When I have a need, I find a scriptural promise and ask God to fulfill it. I believe He will answer. However, I do not always see the manifestation of God’s answer as quickly as I would like.
So, I pull out this powerful little word, YET, from my pocket.

For example.
I need a physical healing.
In Exodus 15:25, God says, “I am the LORD, who heals you.” According to Matthew 4:23, Jesus healed every disease and sickness among the people.
I claim and pray. However, my aches and pains do not immediately disappear.
Does this mean I ignore my physical limitations? Certainly not.
Does this mean I cannot claim healing? Not at all!
I pull out the concept of YET from my heart and proclaim, “I do not see or feel my healing YET.”

YET reveals my faith in God’s ability to hear and answer my request for healing.
I walk by faith, not by sight. (II Corinthians 5:7)
I believe in healing.
I also believe God answers in His time. (He has made everything beautiful in its time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Another example.
There are family members who are not walking with the Lord.
I claim the promise of Acts 16:31. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
No immediate turn around by the wayward ones after I pray.
I verbally state, “These individuals have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior YET.”
I am still believing. I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

Kris Vallotton has said, “between the promise and the palace, there should always be a process that is natural and needed.” He goes on to say, “If you’re in the middle of the process, what I really want you to hear today is that this time is just as purposeful as when you will one day be in the palace.” This is where I pull out my YET. No immediate answer to my prayer does not mean God is not answering. He has His way. (“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9)

Since I have the word YET out of my pocket, I use it another way.

In Habakkuk 3:17, the prophet describes his current circumstances. There are no figs or fruit or olives. The fields produce no food and the flocks are deteriorating. Not good! However, he then says in verse 18. “Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

My application.
Although I may still feel physical pain, I will declare, “YET I will praise the Lord for He is God. He is my Healer.”
O
r, I may admit that my loved ones have not changed their paths of life. YET I praise the Lord because He is God. I know He is at work.
I demonstrate my belief in the promise through praise.

I cast my cares on Him according to I Peter 5:7. I choose not to worry as I’m told in Matthew 6:34. I worship – not worry. Like Paul in Philippians 4:4, I will rejoice in the Lord. According to verses 6 and 7, I will “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” I rejoice in the Lord always. I rejoice in God – not my problems.

I keep the little word YET handy in the pocket of my heart. I use it often. It is a powerful word.

My Reader, is YET in your heart’s pocket?

 

God’s Word is Alive!

The Bible. It is not simply words about God – it is the Word of God. It is not just printed ink on a bunch of pages – it is the voice of God in print. Graham Cooke says, “God’s Word is living and active. It contains divine energy, always moving and accomplishing His purposes.”

I quote numerous scriptures in most every blog I post. I use scripture verses to support what I write. Today, I want to share verses that validate the power of God’s Word.

The sum of Your word is truth [the total of the full meaning
of all Your individual precepts]; and every one
of Your righteous decrees endures forever.
Psalms 119:160 AMP

The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:8 AMP

Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it; I will also do it.
Isaiah 46:11 NKJV

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 NKJV

Then said the Lord to me, “You have seen well,
for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
Jeremiah 1:12 AMP 

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God
shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.
Luke 1:37 AMP

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
II Timothy 3:16-17

For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

But the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever.
And this Word is the good news which was preached to you.
I Peter 1:25 AMP

Do you believe these words from the Word? According to Hebrews 6:8, it is impossible for God to lie. Romans 4:21 reminds us that Abraham was convinced that God could do whatever He promised. We can have the same confidence. II Timothy 2:13 AMP declares, “He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.”

There is no doubt in my mind that God’s Word is true and powerful!

Lessons from Letchworth

Our favorite place to enjoy the autumn colors is Letchworth State Park. It is located in western New York state approximately an hour from our home. I want to share a few lessons I learned from the Lord while recently visiting this scenic wonderland.

Letchworth State Park covers 14,500 acres. It is the largest canyon east of the Mississippi River and is known as the Grand Canyon of the East. It is massive! As I survey the height and depth of this canyon and gaze at the tremendous trees, I am reminded of Ephesians 3:17-18. “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

We are embedded in beauty. The accumulation of crunchy brown leaves on the ground creates a mattress. As our eyes survey the fall foliage forest on the banks of the canyon, a multicolored patchwork quilt is displayed.

Let me describe this brilliant quilt of colorful leaves. There is an abundance of yellow and gold. Gold is both a color and a commodity. I Peter 1:7 NKJV says, “the genuineness of your faith, is much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.Orange swatches are outstanding. The orange leaves remind me of flames of fire. Tongues of fire describe the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:3. “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. Patches of green are intermingled. Evergreen trees and everlasting life. I John 2:25 says, “And this is what He promised us–eternal life. The reds are not as abundant but still evident. The red leaves are precious similar to the preciousness of Jesus’ blood. I John 1:7 NLT tells us, “the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.Beautiful colors are exhibited and powerful scriptures are interwoven in nature’s quilt.

Although we are captivated by the beauty of the trees, we also watch the Genesee River wind its way along the bottom of this gorgeous gorge. I am reminded of John’s words in Revelation 22:1-2. “Then He showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.The source of the spiritual River of Life is God’s throne. Nature’s Genesee River is a tributary of Lake Ontario and it flows through the park.

Letchworth State Park features three large waterfalls – the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls. There was in abundance of water flowing from these falls this year. John 7:37-39 says, “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

We were enveloped in a mist of water vapor while standing near the Middle Falls. Suddenly, we saw a rainbow! Water droplets and rays of sun combined to create a bow of colors. God says in Genesis 9:13&16, “I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. I praise the Lord for His beauty and His promises!

We lingered at various overlooks taking in the magnificent overview of the canyon. We also lingered in the Lord’s presence. Throughout the day, He revealed multiple meandering messages. Let me continue to share a few more mini-messages.

When we stopped at the overlooks to get a better view, we saw a few burning bushes. Moses encountered a burning bush while taking care of sheep. Exodus 3:2-5 says, “The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.’ When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’” I felt like we were standing on holy ground while being consumed with the scenic surroundings.

We observed the massive rock formations creating the canyon’s walls. Time for another scripture. Psalm 118:22 says, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Jesus is the rock, the sure foundation of our lives.

There was an abundance of sunshine throughout the day. The sunshine accentuated the beauty of autumn. I use a play on words while thinking of Jesus as the Son of God and Son of Man. Jesus is our Sonshine. He is with us throughout every day because according to Hebrews 13:5 He never leaves us or forsakes us.

Psalm 96:12 declares, “Let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.Today, we have heard the joyful song of the trees in Letchworth State Park. We have sung our praises along with the forest. We have experienced the grandeur of the Grand Canyon of the East and the greatness of our God!

 

 

Secret PLACE or SECRET Place

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty
Psalm 91:1 NKJV

Where is this secret place? I want to find it!

In Manifesting Your Spirit, Graham Cooke challenges his readers journal their thoughts upon the secret place.

So, I begin…

When I think about the secret place, I wonder which word to emphasize. Is it the “secret place” or the “secret place”?

If I put the accent upon place, I think about the location. Matthew 6:6 instructs, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Is the secret place where I secretly meet with God? Is it a location no one but God and I know about? Is it the spot where no one can disturb me?

If my emphasis is upon secret, I focus upon the information. The Lord says in Jeremiah 33:3 NLT, “Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.What secret might God want to reveal? I consider it a privilege and honor that God would want to share something with me that might not be evident to someone else.

Perhaps I am trying to interpret something supernatural with natural ideas. Is the secret place a spiritual location rather than a physical location? Where do I need to be spiritually in order to hear God’s secrets? Maybe I need to say like Samuel in I Samuel 3:10, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.

With my Bible and concordance in hand, I search for scriptures that refer to the secret place.

The secret things belong to the LORD our God,
but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
that we may follow all the words of this law.
Deuteronomy 29:29 NLT

God has secrets! As His children, He will reveal secret things to us. He shares what will be beneficial to our spiritual walk. If the secret things belong to God and He want to reveal them, we must be in a secret place to hear His secrets.

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel,
who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3 NIV

This verse validates the secret place as both a location and as information. The Lord hides secrets in secret places! He personally calls us to these secret places to reveal Himself. Bill Johnson has said, “God hides things for us, not from us.”

My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me
were written in Your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:15-16

In verse 15, the secret place is a secluded spot place where physical intimacy took place. It is an emotional as well as a physical place where love is consummated. It can also be symbolic of a time of spiritual intimacy where we become one with God. I Corinthians 6:17 says, “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.
In verse 16, God’s recorded plans could refer to the secrets God would reveal to David throughout his life. David would best hear these plans while spending intimate, personal time with the Lord. God desires spiritual intimacy with us so He can reveal His plans and purposes to us.

You are my hiding place and my shield: I hope in your word.
Ps 119:114 NKJV

When the Psalmist refers to his hiding place, I believe he is describing God as his secret place. God is his safe spot from his enemies.

When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver and honor him.
Psalm 91:15 NIV

This can refer to a physical, emotional or spiritual troubling place. Not a good location, but a place where we all have been. It can become a good place if we use this place as an opportunity to pray. The secret is the Lord’s answer to our prayer.

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We have been thinking about the secret place in regards to revelation. Another perspective can be secrets concealed. Although we want to know God’s secrets, we occasionally try to keep secrets from Him – especially things of which we are ashamed or embarrassed. However, this will not work! Scripture proves it.

For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open,
and every secret will be brought to light.
Mark 4:22 NLT

Jesus promises that EVERYTHING will be revealed. Ecclesiastes 12:14 NLT says, “God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

Can anyone hide from Me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:24 NLT

God is omnipresent – He is everywhere. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “I am with you always.” We may need to be in a secret place to hear God’s secrets, but we cannot keep any secrets from Him.

You spread out our sins before You— our secret sins—
and You see them all.
Psalm 90:8 NLT

God is omniscient – He knows everything. We may be able to keep secrets from people – at least for awhile. However, God knows our sins whether or not we tell Him. The amazing thing is that God will forgive the sins we would prefer He did not know. We just need to admit them to Him. I John 1:19 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” His forgiveness is the greatest secret He has not kept hidden!

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One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

David found his secret place. It was a spiritual location where he received spiritual insight.

Each of us will have our own interpretation of the secret place. If you perceive the secret place primarily as a location, you will think of the special spot where you spend time alone with the Lord. If the concept of information resonates more, you will focus upon new spiritual understanding God personally reveals.

For me, it is the place where my spirit meets with God’s Spirit. My secret place is where the Holy Spirit reveals His secrets to my spirit.

A good description of the Secret Place is found in the words of I Come to the Garden Alone by Deniece Williams. (Link)

I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known
He speaks, and the sound of his voice is so sweet
The birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He give to me
Within my heart is to ringing.
And He walks with me and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known

 

 

AND not OR

 

Often we hear the question, “Are you a Mary or a Martha?” However, scripture refers to Mary and Martha – not Mary or Martha. We are not required to live exclusively like Mary or Martha. We are given the privilege of exemplifying character traits of both women.

Mary and Martha were sisters. Although closely related, they had very different personalities. If I were to choose a scripture to describe Mary, I would quote Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” For Martha, I would select Mark 16:15, “Go into all the world….”

Martha was frequently looked down upon because of a conversation she had with Jesus in Luke 10. Jesus had come to the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus for a visit. Martha was frustrated because Mary exclusively spent time with Jesus while she had to prepare the whole meal by herself. In Luke 10:40, Martha asked, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!Jesus’ responded in verses 41-42, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.

When Jesus came to their home, each woman chose how she would honor their guest. Mary chose to sit with Jesus and listen to His wisdom. She wanted to learn everything possible from the man who was her Savior and Lord. According to Romans 11:6, we are saved by grace, not by works. She was hungry for spiritual nourishment. Martha chose to prepare a meal for Jesus and His disciples. She wanted to nourish their physical hunger.

Jesus complimented Mary for making a good choice. Today, a person with a Mary personality would desire to spend time with Jesus through praise and prayer. According to Psalm 22:3, the Lord inhabits the praises of His people. Psalm 100:2 tells us to “Serve the LORD with gladness; come into His presence with joyful songs. Verse 4 goes on to say, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name.

Martha’s actions concerned Jesus only because she allowed responsibility to take priority over relationship. Serving is not a bad option. An individual with Martha traits today might remember James 2:26, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.” Paul exhorts in I Thessalonians 5:13-14, “Now, we ask you, brothers, to respect these who work hard among you,… Hold them in highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

Like Mary and Martha, we have a choice. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me.How will we choose to honor Jesus when we answer His knock on our heart’s door?

Will we want to spend One on one time with Him? If so, we may make our choice based upon Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.We may also validate our choice according to Jesus’ words in John 6:35. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.


Our other option would be to express our love for Jesus by satisfying and gratifying physical needs of others. This decision may be based upon Isaiah 58:10. If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.We might also remember the conversation in Matthew 25:37-40. “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”


It is good for us to begin our day sitting at Jesus’ feet and studying the Word. Then we will be ready to put feet to our faith while fulfilling our responsibilities. Works are not the reason for salvation. Works are the evidence of salvation. James 2:17 NLT points out, “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

We are not required to just make a one-time choice of being a Martha or a Mary. God created each of us to be a mixture of Martha and Mary. Does your character better exemplify one woman over another? God has placed within you specific gifts and talents. Embrace who God created you to be. Do not be jealous of a Mary if you are more of a Martha. Do not look down upon a Martha if you have more of a Mary personality. Some say we need to have a Mary heart in a Martha world. We each must discern what is required of us in a particular situation. Sometimes we need to strengthen our spiritual heart like Mary. Other times we need to manifest our servant heart like Martha.

Matthew 6:33 NLT is a good scripture for us to remember. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously.Our life’s goal should be I Corinthians 16:14. “Do everything in love.

 

 

 

 

Leaves – Objects and Actions

The seasons change. Summer leaves and fall arrives. The leaves are displaying brilliant colors. Leaves are falling from the trees. People are raking piles of crunchy, dry leaves. Leaves, leaves, leaves! This causes me to think about scriptures that include the word leave. Yes, I know leaves and leave are two very different things, but let me share what I have discovered about leave. There are scriptures that assure us God will never leave us. There are other verses that instruct us to leave. Occasionally, we are told to leave something or someone alone.

While people may be creating piles of tree leaves, let us gather scriptural leaves.

God never leaves:

God told Jacob in a dream that He would not leave him. He also told Joshua He would not leave him.
What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you (Jacob) wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not LEAVE you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.Genesis 28:15 NLT
No one will be able to stand against you (Joshua) all the days of your life. As I (God) was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never LEAVE you nor forsake you.Joshua 1:5

Moses shared with the Israelites God’s promise not to leave them.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you(the Israelites); He will never LEAVE you nor forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6

Although Jesus told His disciples He would leave them, He also told them that He would not be leaving them because the Holy Spirit would come.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to LEAVE this world and go to the Father. John 13:1
The world cannot receive Him (the Holy Spirit), because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you. I (Jesus) will not LEAVE you as orphans; I will come to you.John 14:17-18

Because of God’s faithfulness throughout history, we are assured He will not leave us.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I LEAVE you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

There are times to leave:

God spoke to Abram and Paul directing them to leave a specific location.
The LORD had said to Abram, “LEAVE your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 NLT
the Lord speaking to me (Paul). “Quick!’”He said. “LEAVE Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about Me.” Acts 22:18

God may instruct us to leave a particular lifestyle.
LEAVE your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight. Proverbs 9:6
Jesus’ words to the woman caught in adultery, “Go now and LEAVE your life of sin.” John 8:11
Therefore LEAVING the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, – Hebrews 6:1 NASB

Jesus shared how a shepherd might leave many sheep to find one that is lost. He was giving an example of what He would do for those lost in sin.
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he LEAVE the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?Luke 15:4

Jesus lived a life of coming and going. He left heaven to come to earth. Thirty-three years later, He left earth to return to heaven.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to LEAVE this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.John 13:1

May we be sensitive to the Lord’s leading for when to leave a location or a lifestyle.

There are times to leave someone or something alone:

As involved as Jesus was in the lives of those around Him, there were times He told people to leave others alone.
LEAVE her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her (Mary who anointed Jesus feet)? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.” Mark 14:6

Gamaliel gave similar instructions when the apostles were persecuted.
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: LEAVE these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.Acts 5:38

Wisdom is requred to know when to act and when not to act. Paul gives good advice to us as well as the Romans.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but LEAVE room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.Romans 12:19

There are leaves in abundance whether referring to leaves of trees or leaves of scripture.

I love the promise that the Lord will never leave us. Jesus told the disciples in Acts 1:4, “Do not LEAVE Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. Each day I receive a new impartation of this gift – the Holy Spirit. It is through the presence of the Holy Spirit in me that God never leaves me.

Referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I LEAVE with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who never leaves me. He shows me when to leave. He also helps me know when it is best to leave a situation in His hands. He gives me peace in all circumstances.

I love the autumn tree leaves that never fail to appear during this season. I also love the promised leaves of scripture that never fail whatever the season.