Discouragement comes in the form of a Lion as it prowls at the door of my heart. As the Lion prowls it surrounds me with the fierce roar of fanged fear ~
Scripture tells us that we need not be discouraged or afraid but remain faithful in prayer. Daniel was a man completely faithful to God in prayer. Scripture tells us that Daniel was greatly loved by God and because of his faithfulness when the Lions surrounded Daniel ~ God closed their mouths.
“My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him, and also before you, O king. I have done no harm. (Daniel 6:22)
As Daniel prayed ~
“He made me understand, speaking with me and saying “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision. (Daniel 9:22-23)
As Daniel prayed ~
“O Daniel “man greatly loved” understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you. And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. The he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.”
As Daniel prayed ~
“And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” (Daniel 10: 19)
Heavenly Father, when I am numb with discouragement and fear my strength is renewed through faithfulness in prayer. Teach me to pray like Daniel. ~ Amen :Y
I have a confession to make. I am prone to speaking my mind. I have learned that without careful cultivation, speaking one’s mind can be a very dangerous and injurious thing to do.
Many years ago a friend once gave me the nickname of “Rambo”. This was not a compliment. And over time I came to realize that speaking my mind was no longer a trait I desired. In reading God’s Word I came to know that in order to create lasting change it would require more than just the discipline of “taming the tongue”. A more permanent change would require continuous Heartworks and Soulworks with God; as He renews daily my mind and my heart.
In Psalm 19:14, David prays, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” David clearly knew the importance of words, and so he prayed that he would speak words that were pleasing to God. Would it surprise you to know that Psalm 19:14 is my most referenced action verse. I have it pasted and posted strategically to remind me that my heart requires constant vigilance. But do you know what is most interesting. A majority of the time it is not my words (from my heart) that have spilled over; but I have reacted (Rambo) to the words of others (their heart).
I confess that I am still prone to reacting to the hurtful words of others. You can guess what happens next~ it is my reaction (a stronghold) that becomes the focus of contention. Yes, contention and contempt – hurtful and ugly words. Does this ever happen to you? Do you allow the hurtful words of others (their heart) to then become a backlash in defense with your words of – “how dare you? And then suddenly – the Rambo…blah…blah…blah…blah. Does that ever happen to you?
It is no surprise that the Bible instructs us to say beneficial things about others: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” Ephesians 4:29 Furthermore, Colossians 4:6 instructs us to, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt …” Speaking positive, uplifting words is extremely important. And to polish it off in Proverbs 25:11 , “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” I really like this verse and these words – “apples of gold in settings of silver”. Don’t you?
I have learned that it is important to understand that whatever you say is a reflection of your heart attitude. Beloved, did you hear that? I mean, did you really hear that? Mathew 12:34 speaks to us, “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (also Luke 6:45). According to God, our words are simply an overflow of what’s in our heart. If we think poorly about others, we will speak poorly about them. On the other hand, if we think positively about others, as Gods Word instructs us to, then we will speak positively about them.
Every word we say will have an effect on others. Positive words will encourage and strengthen other people, but negative words will tear down and harm them. We must decide whether to speak positively or negatively. Speaking positively can sometimes require a deliberate decision if our Heartwork is not complete; whereas speaking negatively comes easily—for it is human nature.
Do you know that we will one day have to make an account for our words? I don’t know about you but this one gets my attention. “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. For by our words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”. (Mathew 12:36,37)
We must deliberately choose to speak positive words; otherwise, we will instinctively complain and be negative—for that is also our human nature. It is no surprise that Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us, “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” Similarly, Proverbs 10:19 says, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Usually when you “hold” your tongue, you’ll catch yourself before you say nasty things about others and cut them down with your words.
But it is not just the outward speaking we want to contain. God’s goal for us is to change our hearts. Heartworks is continuous and we have precious tools to use as God molds us into the completion of His likeness.
Today I will in humility meditate and cut and paste for strategically posting Proverbs 10:19, 20. A defense, for those times of temptation and Rambo reaction, to the unfinished Heartworks of others. My own Heartworks is to pray and speak only words that are pleasing to God. Words carry power, and each day we make a decision to use our words as building blocks or battering rams. It is my heart’s desire to use my words to build up the hearts and minds of others; especially in reaction to harmful words.
Most merciful and patient Father, change my heart completely so that my reactions become more like you and I simply turn my cheek to the hurtful and harmful words of others. Keep me prudent and my tongue righteous as choice silver in you. ~ Amen :Y
“When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth.” (Proverbs 10: 19, 20)
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Remember this one thing. The goal of the devil; our adversary is to get us built up with emotional baggage inside and negative feelings in our hearts against one another, ourselves, and God. He does that with sabotage against our flesh, our minds, and the weakening of our spirit. He does not want God to fully use us. He does not want us to live abundantly. His time is short. He is working very hard.
Lately, God has been revealing my strongholds. He has been active in the process of helping me to fully understand and correct my mistaken identity. Recently His focus has been on the stronghold of rejection and the ways I have allowed myself to be deeply wounded. He has also been in the process of binding up my wounds and healing them.
Did you know that almost everybody is affected by rejection to some degree? Have you ever felt rejection? My guess is that you have and because rejection attacks the very person that we are, the very core of our spirit; it is a common tool the devil uses to destroy a person’s life. Did you know that God never intended for us to feel rejected or abandoned? He desires for us to know who we really are, our identity in Him; and realize just how deeply He loves us, accepts us, and will use us to live out of His fullness and purpose for our lives.
You know what – I knew all that. I am daily in God’s Word and I have all the scripture knowledge but the Holy Spirit knew I needed more depth. I had an identity crisis. Somehow this “head knowledge” had to become “heart knowledge”. Do you know what that means? Does this resonate at all with you? Have you ever experienced the healing power of God’s love in His transformational process? It begins in His Word and slowly takes root in the heart and in the spirit.
The truth is we were created in the very image of God to be loved, accepted, and appreciated. Rejection is an anti-Christ spirit because it opposes the very nature that God created in us. Rejection starves us from the love and acceptance that we are designed to receive and give. The problem is we usually turn to others, ourselves, or other sources for that love and acceptance. And when we do , reach out – not up, we are setting ourselves up for failure and the damage of rejection. Only God can be sought and depended on as the trusted source of our identity. Beloved know this – the rejection issues will not get settled until we get it deeply rooted into our spirit that we are accepted, loved, and appreciated by God. It is God who defines our identity. Tearing down the strongholds of rejection is as simple as merely receiving, with childlike faith, what God’s Word has to say about our identity, who we are as a new creature in Christ, and that we are called to an abundant life, purpose, and meaning in Christ. Soak it in and saturate yourself in God’s truth.
Over time the Holy Spirit has shown me that whenever there is that feeling of hurt and pain from rejection, it is because I have allowed my identity to become dependent upon what another person thinks about me – about us. If our identity didn’t depend on what others think of us, we would be virtually immune from the damage of rejection. That is why our identity must be based and deeply rooted in the Word of God, and what God has to say about us. That – my beloved – is the unshakable rock in which we all need to build our identity upon.
An Unshakable Identity In Christ Allow the “I AM” to become you.
You are created in the very image of God. I am created in the very image of God.
So God created man in his own image,
In the image of God he created him;
Male and female he created them.
You are a child of God. I am a child of God.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
You are adopted through Jesus Christ. I am adopted through Jesus Christ.
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
You are empowered in Christ. I am empowered in Christ.
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
You are one spirit in Christ and the very temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:17, 19-20 I am one spirit in Christ and I am the very temple of the Holy Spirit.
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
You are no longer enslaved to sin. I am no longer enslaved to sin.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
You are a member of the body of Christ. I am a member of the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
You are a child of God. I am a child of God.
1 John 3:1
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
You are an heir of God I am an heir of God.
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
You are alive in Christ and glorified through him. I am alive in Christ and glorified through Him
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Christ lives in you. Christ lives in me.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who love me and gave himself for me.
The Unshakable Identity of the “I AM” in You.
I am created in the very image of God.
I am a child of God.
I am adopted through Jesus Christ.
I am empowered in Christ.
I am one spirit in Christ and I am the very temple of the Holy Spirit.
I am no longer enslaved to sin.
I am a member of the body of Christ.
I am a child of God.
I am an heir of God.
I am alive in Christ and glorified through Him
Christ lives in me.
~ Amen :Y
Have your stones corrupted what you believe with a hidden lie?
But a living stone will seek to conquer as a stone of light;
“And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her”. (John 8:7)
Did you throw the first stone ? Were you quick to blame, criticize, or punish, no matter what the circumstances. In the John 8:7, Jesus defends an adulteress against those who would stone her, saying “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
No one spoke or threw a stone. They all left.
Gracious Father, thank you for the silenced stones. ~ Amen :Y
“The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God” (Psalm 14:2)
The Raining Cry of Holy Tears
I cry for you America…I weep
As Jesus wept for Jerusalem
It is not He that you seek ~
I cry for you America…my beloved opportunity
For praising God….I cry for you….I weep
I cry for you America…
You had a soul I loved ~
and exchanged it for double minded promises
Not given from above.
I cry for you America….
I grieve….my heart is aching sadly
I cry for you .….I weep.
Return to me America
Return to me and seek
Salvation from a Savior
Restoration from the deep.
“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it” (Luke 19:41)
I love the country of my birth and I pray for America. I can see the changes that have overcome her and with great sadness I also weep. They are not the tears of a merciful, patient and sovereign God. He is not a random God and he provided a Psalm with the same spoken words in His Word regarding our original sins. It is my prayer that America will awaken to the God that has given us so much. He loves us so. God grieves for us. ~Amen :Y
Psalm 14, Psalm 53
“And the Lord regretted that he has made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Genesis 6:6)
“Love the Lord your God, and serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul. He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain , that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. (Deuteronomy 11:14)
The love of God fulfills us like none other. His love just takes our hearts and wraps us in the blessings of his holy rain. He fulfills our every need with the bread of His word, the spirit of His being, and the warm anointing of his precious love. ~ Amen :Y
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
How will you paint your new beginning and what tools will you use?
Will they be useful – tools of quality, tried and true?
what new tools will they be …….
Will you paint in big strokes or small?
and not even begin to paint anything….nothing at all ?
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
Gracious Father, thank you for the promise of a new beginning, and the revealing of yourself through your Word. ~ Amen :Y
“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.” (Exodus 25:8)
And our precious Lord came down to us as he spoke these words to Moses.
Our God did not demand the making of the sanctuary; ~ mediate on these words.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the people of Israel, that they take for me a contribution. From every man whose heart moves him you shall receive the contribution for me.” (Exodus 25:1-2)
Did you hear the conversation, so sweet….”speak to the people”, our Lord says.
Did you hear ~ our God~ asking for a contribution – a contribution from every man whose heart moves him….He desired it from every man and he only desired it from the Heart.
And what He gave… was of Himself ~ to dwell in their midst….our midst…..your midst…mine ~ (John 3:16)
I don’t know about you but my Heart just nearly bursts to ponder these words and this loving request from our Lord. He came down to Adam and Eve in the Garden, He came down to Moses in the Burning Bush, He came down to Israel in the Exodus, and He came down to us in Christ.
It just takes my breath away to realize ~ God comes down and desires to dwell in our midst ~ God desires to dwell in you ~ God desires to dwell in me ~ In Christ, He desires us for His temple….
and He still desires His temple contribution ~ from the Heart.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Will you contribute your “self” ….with all your Heart and have God dwell in your midst?
Sovereign Lord, as I mediate in your Word I am continually amazed that you would desire to dwell in our midst. Mere words cannot express the depth of gratitude that swells in my heart from your presence. My deepest prayer is that we continually lift our hearts to you. Remain in our midst as we shift into a New Year. and throughout this coming year help us to keep our focus on the precious gift of Christ in our hearts. ~ Amen: Y
(Exodus 25:8, Exodus 25:1-2, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:16,)
In the pursuit of happiness love is forgotten;
Or perhaps it never was remembered, nor truly known.
I said; “I love” ~
Was it a lie; an untruth, or simply a word I did not know?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
And this Love is painted with the brushstrokes of God’s words ~
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is no arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
(1 Corinthians 4 – 7)
So paint by number, your life in actions, with the words of love ~
and rejoice with Truth ~
as the brushstrokes of lies and dying colors run ~
Rejoices with Wrongdoing
My Christmas Prayer :
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14 – 19) ~ Amen :Y