I think when we get to Heaven we will be amazed at the sweetness and perseverance of many of which we had no idea were going through such trials or persecutions. We will be in awe because they refused to speak of the negative in their trials and situations, instead making it their aim to speak forth the goodness of Jesus to them each and every day – regardless of their circumstances and the outside appearance of things.
I think we ourselves will also be surprised at how sweetly Jesus encourages us for our own perseverance during times when we feel like we were failing miserably, yet He will say something like, “You didn’t quit, so you win! You ran your race and you wouldn’t quit even when you thought you were failing so much. You keep going. You kept on pressing on! (And I can see such joy, excitement and delight as He says these sweet words giving life!) Even when it seemed everything you did was flawed, you were still saying yes to Me in your heart and that is what I want.”
Jesus doesn’t ask for perfection. He wants our hearts. And He says, “I will perfect all that concerns you” (Psalm 138:8).
Be encouraged. He is faithful to your heart and He will most definitely complete the work that He started in your life (Philippians 1:6).
Healing is such a beautiful gift poured out from God of His divine power and love. How wonderful is our Father of Lights! Many think that at times He actually puts sickness on a person, but it is not true that God allows sickness to be put on a person, not even in order to teach them something. This is a lie many believe.
How can the Father of Lights who is pure, holy and full of beauty do evil? He does not, for He is altogether good. He desires mercy, not hurt or sacrifice. We can learn from all that happens to us and God uses all things for our good (Romans 8:28), but know that in His Word Jesus lovingly tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, not sickness and disease (John 14:26).
By Jesus’ stripes, it says we ARE healed, and just as He took our sins away by His sacrifice, He also took our infirmities (1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53:4-5). Even though someone may still be waiting for healing to come in a physical way, it has already been made available by Jesus’ sacrifice.
Regardless of whether healing has come or not, God would not put something upon us that He sent His Son to free us from. Would He put sin on us? No way! So would He put sickness? No, of course not! God is Creator and God is Love, creating life and desiring that we chose life as well (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).
Jesus also expresses His desire for life for us, warning us that the devil is the one who steals, kills and destroys, but that He came so we may have LIFE, and have it abundantly (John 10:10). It changed my life when I learned this!
Remember that this is not a license to sin and do evil, or even to live on junk food and so forth without effect. The choices we make do have consequences for good or bad. If one chooses to sin, there are consequences, such as sex outside of marriage which can open you up to sexually transmitted diseases as well as the pain of heartache due to lack of commitment and true God-defined love as depicted in 1 Corinthians 13. Of course it isn’t God’s will that you be sick, but if you choose sin–which is also not His will–that choice has consequences. We reap what we sow, just as the seeds planted by the gardener bring forth the type of flowers they are brought forth from (Galatians 6:7-9).
The same also applies to taking care of our bodies: We cannot eat junk food all the time and expect perfect health, or continue a smoking habit without it negatively affecting our bodies.
God desires life, so endeavor in all things to choose life so that you may experience it abundantly. Know that He does not put sickness on you, nor does He want you to make choices that open you up to such a possibility. Be free and pursue the life that He has for you: Life abundant, for which He sent Jesus to make the way, paying the price to take away your sin, sickness and grief.
I pray this blog post is used by our Father God to set people free from ungodly beliefs and wrong doctrines even as they read these words. May His truth also build your faith for your own healing and that of others. Not only are we instructed to pray for others’ healing, but to command they be made whole in Jesus’ name, just as Jesus demonstrated and sent His disciples out to do. All things are possible with our Lord and Savior who made the way for us!
He gave His life so you could have an ever-growing relationship with Him, and it will be the most wonderful friendship and close companionship you will ever know! He desires to bring us to the fullness of life in Him as much as possible on this side of eternity, that we live and move and have our being not as fallen, defeated people on this earth, but as overcomers living on earth as it is in Heaven!
This is the most snow I remember us getting, with the exception of one other time, since the first big snow I experienced when I moved to the area where I am living now. And this brought to my mind how far God has brought me since that time, and I realized just now that one of the prayers of my heart–to grow a history of intimate relationship with God–has been and is still being answered.
I still remember the time I would sit on the floor in front of the coffee table with my Bible, right after work writing Scripture verses, a time that I did not know then would so solidify His Word in my heart. Or mornings when it was still dark, journaling as I went through a devotional on pursuing the presence of God, and days sitting at my kitchen table writing all that came to my mind upon reading one verse about how God feels about me, His love amazing me more and more.
I remember the day I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and received my prayer language on my own couch when a friend prayed with me. And the night when God’s presence so stilled and quieted my soul, in a way I had never before felt Him so near.
So with a tear forming in my eye, I watch the snow tonight, ever thankful to my faithful Father, the Lover of my soul, Jesus, and His Holy Spirit living in me, leading and guiding me through this life and deeper into His heart.
I hope that as you read this, our lovely Father God brings memories into your own heart, showing you how faithful Christ has been as you and He build a history together of intimate embrace–you and your Maker, so in love.
Father God, we pray, bring Your Body into unity,
Open up our eyes to see as You see.
May we dream big, dreaming of the things You dream,
Let our desires reflect the bigness of how You see,
Knowing the impossible is possible,
And the souls of many can be saved and set free.
Even in this valley of the shadow,
Let the Light dispel the darkness, the wrong be set right,
Even as You ready Your Bride.
Let her arise and see that even as we await Your coming,
You want Your Kingdom to come forth through us and in us,
And to bring forth the intimate knowledge of You to every heart and life.
In Your light, displayed through us,
May they see light and be saved and set free!
How can I separate the “me” from You? For Your Spirit lives within me and I am filled with You. You are my life. You set me free and released me when I was captive to sin and the enemy’s dark plan. You freed me and spoke over me Your love and true destiny.
I cannot cease thinking and speaking of You and Your wonderful life-giving words of truth. It is impossible, for You are in me and You are my Everything.
Like the lily of the valley cannot be kept from emitting its fragrance, I cannot by any means prevent others from catching a whiff of the fragrance upon me that says, “I belong to You and have been in Your presence, my Beloved God.” Even if I or another tried to smother this scent, it would be impossible to do, for I can never be separated from being one with You.
Two years ago this was a burning desire that I felt God birth within me. I pray the Lord uses this post to impart this God-birthed desire in each one of you as well!
Remember to lift your pastors, worship team/leaders and intercessors, as well as other leaders and ministry givers up in prayer often. Pray the Word of God over them and their families. Pray rest and refreshing. Pray for protection and His love.
Remember to help pour into them by firstly leaning on the Lord, using in your giftings, serving faithfully, guarding your heart, and seeking to be a joyful encouragement to them, trusting the Lord through even the times you need ministering to. God will reward you so much as you consider the leaders and others He has put in your life. As you regard them with great kindness and consideration and honor, you are sowing for your own reward to be loved this way.
As a member of a small congregation, I love to be able to help my pastors by leaning on God and not going to them for every single thing. I want to get ministry if I need it for sure, but I want to learn to lean on Jesus as my first and foremost above all. I love to be able to pour prayer into those precious leaders God has brought into my life, like Jonathan to David perhaps. This may occur in the Secret Place and/or in person for them and others who give of themselves to minister in prayer, prophesy and deliverance.
I want not to place any weight upon their shoulders, but actually to help bear their burdens as the Word says we are to bear one another’s burdens. One of my biggest desires is to help my leaders carry those tasks of ministry so that they can be freed up to do all that God desires to use them to do, and most especially to be able to put ministry to Him and their families first.
This is actually what the Bible calls helps ministry, and I think we all have a part in it in some way, even if only through prayer for some. Sometimes this means that I set my own needs aside and allow them to go home or be ministered to themselves (whether through myself or another). Other times it means cleaning the building or going to the store right before a service upon realizing a need for some important item for the service or building, or perhaps simply using my own God-given gift to sing God’s heart over them or praying for them.
You can see how each one of us has a part to play in helping to do the work of ministry so that the Body of Christ can function beautifully – even by pouring into those who so sacrificially pour into us! How has the Lord used this post to inspire you to care for your pastors and leaders? What are you already doing to help hold up their arms in the Body of Christ?
The Cry of My Heart
Longing for a place
To call my home–our home, Lord,
Where You make Your resting place
Night and day, day and night,
And the focus of every soul
Is You and YOU alone,
From the place of intimacy;
Our sole aim above all else
To be in You and with You,
Above all activity,
Above all life’s accessibility,
To be one with You
Day and night, night and day -
Worship and prayer as it is in Heaven
Yet here on earth,
As we wait for Your return
And long deeply to be one.
If you’ve made it this far,
And understood my poetry,
You’ll find within these lines
A deep longing -
For a prayer room in our city
Where it is all about Jesus,
As the nameless, faceless gathered
Go after His heart
For His sake alone.
I’m praying for hearts united
In this desire alone,
To seek like David
A home for the Lord -
To make His resting place sure,
And see His name made known.
Any readers out there involved in or called to the 24/7 prayer and worship movement? Please share!
When your mind is running off track into the recesses of worry and fret, tell it to sit down, be quiet and trust your Father God who is over all. Speak to your soul, tell it the truth of God! Boot camp your soul and bring it into subjection to the truth and will of God through worship in the Secret Place, making melody in your heart, praying in the Spirit and declaring the Word of God!
His Son holds all things together (Col. 1:13-23), including you and your life. He WILL accomplish everything that concerns you (Ps. 138:8). He IS using all things–ALL THINGS!–for the GOOD of those who love God, to transform us from glory to glory into the image of His Son (Roman 8:28-30).
You ARE His beloved.
You ARE free.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Father sees you through the eyes of love, the blood of His Son, not your sin, not your struggle, not your past mistakes nor all those heart aches.
He sees you, He knows you, He made you and He formed you, every intricate detail of you, before you were anyone else’s first thought. He knows you INTIMATELY (Psalm 139:13-16), so He knows how to bring freedom to every area of your heart and how to orchestrate every area of your life.
Cease from striving to perfect yourself, stop trying get everything right, and be still. Let Him take all the night’s darkness, make the wrong things right and make you whole, no matter your plight (Psalm 139:11-12).
Be still and know that He is God: If He will be exalted over all THE NATIONS (Psalm 46:10-11), shall He not also be exalted in EVERY area of YOUR life, and bring you into the beautiful image of His Son?
He who sent His Son to take our sin and its penalty, shall He not freely give you all things? Shall He not turn the wrong things right? No never (Romans 8:31-32)! On the contrary! He shall surely rain down His love and righteousness upon all your life!
Oh, He can and He will, He is faithful and He is Love! It is the enemy of your soul who tells you otherwise, telling all his ugly lies, trying to keep you down and kill your soul’s belief, hope and trust.
Believe and trust, don’t look on the outward appearance of things, but look unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith, Who for the JOY that was YOU set before Him, endured the cross (Hebrews 12:1-3) and set you free to be who He made you to be in Him:
HIS BELOVED, free from sin and death’s dark sting!
Hallelujah, and amen!
How’s your soul? Do you speak to your soul and declare life over yourself? What declarations do you make each day from the Word of God?