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The Healed Heart

The other night when I was in church the Lord gave me a prophetic vision that I would like to share.

Broken HearIn this vision I was weeping with a great sorrow and praying for the Lord to help me. I saw myself take my heart out of my body and lay it on the church’s altar. The heart I laid on the altar was cracked, broken, bleeding, creviced, hurting, splintered, laboring to beat, not whole. I then saw the Lord Jesus take up the heart I had offered him. He so tenderly picked it up with his hands and put it in the crook of his arms as he would hold a newborn babe. Jesus started carrying around my heart. He spoke softly, gently caressing that broken, bleeding, creviced, splintered, hurting heart of mine that beat so irregularly. As he lovingly touched my heart, I could feel the healing and tremendous compassion He had for me.

He spoke and said, “I am healing your heart, no longer will you be out of sync with me, I am pouring my blood into your heart, into your situation, into your life. As you have given me your heart, as you have poured out your sorrow and hurt to me, know that I am here for you. I see your every need. Lay your head upon my bosom, hear my heartbeat. Let your heartbeat be in sync with my heartbeat. Give all to Me and I will do a great healing in your life.”

I then saw the Lord take my heart and it was no longer bleeding, broken, creviced. It was new and pure, it had beautiful wings as if it could fly. The Lord with His hands took my heart and placed it back into me and I felt a great lightness in my body.

I wasn’t sure why I saw my heart this vision as I didn’t feel like I had broken, hurting heart. The Lord spoke to me and said it was for me to share to hurting people. He let me feel their hurt and His great compassion for them.

Psalms 143:3

The Lord wants us to give Him our broken hearts; to give Him our needs, our concerns, our dreams, our goals, our lives. When we do that, we allow the Lord to do a work in us. We grow in grace and knowledge of the truth.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Our Lord Jesus will turn situations around, strengthen, heal and guide us. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalms 73:26

In Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”

 Jesus has walked where we have walked. He has experienced the pain and hurt that life can bring and he handled it correctly, He put his trust in God, His Father. He did not sin. Because He did not sin is why we can trust Him. He knows how to help us in those broken times, He knows how to cleanse us and create newness in us. He knows how to make us better and not bitter. We can trust our Lord with our heart whatever condition it is in.

Jesus is our heart-healer, our heart-maker, our heart-cleanser, our heart-restorer, our heart-deliverer, our heart-renewer, our heart-tuner, our greatest heart-love!

Bow before the Lord, ask Him to help you, give Him your cares, burdens, heartbreaks, be obedient to His word, repent of any sin. All you have to do is sincerely say, “Jesus, I need you! I can’t do it on my own. Help me! I will listen to you!” As you seek Him, you will hear His heartbeat and you can be in sync with Him. He loves and cares for you!

“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.” ~ Oswald ChambersHeart Healer

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What is Peace?

Have you ever said, I just need peace! or I don’t have peace!? If you are a Christian then I will admonish you and tell you that you have peace!

What is peace? What does the word peace mean to a Christian?

Jesus said to us 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.”

Peace is a power word for us as Christians. It means to be whole, complete, in harmony with God, ourselves and man, order in our lives, unity, goodwill, prosperity, well-being, full, nothing missing, impaired, or damaged.

How often we let the enemy of our soul, the devil steal, rob, encroach upon our well-being, our peace. Sometimes we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to do a full work in our lives.

Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

What does “let the peace of Christ rule” mean? Rule means sit as umpire there, govern and control. Let the peace of God rule, judge, or umpire all our human passions and emotions such as anger, wrath, revenge, anxiety, restlessness, bitterness, dissatisfaction, discontent, disputes and questionings of our heart. God says bring all unruliness under the control of the Word of God, that we might walk in order, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance , forgiveness and prosperity. By letting peace rule our hearts we will have tranquility in the face of turmoil, calmness in the storm, faith in the good times and the bad.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

Beloved, if you are a Christian and do not feel like you have peace, ask for prayer from trusted members of your church, seek God and see if there is something you haven’t surrendered to Him, be obedient to what He asks you. Keep your mind on the Lord!

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3

Do Not Be Afraid!!!

 

 

 

Has the Lord ever asked you to get out of your comfort zone? Do something that is unusual? Make a complete lifestyle change? Go into the ministry?

What did you think about? Did you feel fear and wonder what would happen? I think most of us would weigh out that kind of decision, perhaps be fearful, wonder if we were doing the right thing?

What about Mary and Joseph? What did they think or feel?       

When the angel Gabriel came to Mary, he said in Luke 1:28, “…Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary didn’t doubt that she saw an angel but she didn’t jump for joy either. She knew God was asking something from her.

Luke1: 29 says, “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be the great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

Mary realized the consequences of saying yes to the Lord. She was a virgin and everyone would think she was impure and had committed adultery. Joseph probably wouldn’t marry her and she might very well die from being stoned as was the custom at that time. Her reputation would be ruined and there would always be gossip if she didn’t lose her life. Yes, this decision was life-changing and would have serious consequences.

The angel encouraged her though and said do not be afraid! God will take care of you. Mary said yes, Praise the Lord! Even though her life was totally changed, God blessed her. “God has blessed you above all women,…..You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:42b and 45. (NLT)

Joseph also was ministered to by an angel in a dream. The angel also told Joseph to not be afraid, Mary was with child by the Holy Spirit and to go ahead and marry her. Joseph was obedient to the Lord and took Mary as a wife but had no sexual relations with her until after Jesus was born.

Who knows what was said about this couple, the innuendos, the gossip, the persecution they faced throughout their lives? They didn’t know the future but said yes to God probably when no one else supported them or even understood. They had faith that God was in control and whatever happened, He would take care of them. They knew that life would not be without trials but to say no to God would be rebellion. They loved God too much to say no.

Mary and Joseph were greatly blessed then and we are greatly blessed now by their surrender to the God’s will for them.

Whenever, God is speaking to you, things look impossible and you say “Who am I that You could use, I am no one, I am the unlikely, I am poor, a woman, not smart enough, strong enough, good enough?” Remember, the Lord knows what is ahead, what is needed and He is in control.

Do Not Be Afraid!!!

Astray?

1 Peter 2:25 says, “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (NIV)

The word astray can mean anywhere from led into  error and sin, to be deceived or as severe as to fall away from truth and become a heretic.

Astray can also mean to wander or roam about. Sometimes we as Christians don’t fall from truth, we don’t fall into sin and error but we do roam or wander. We get away from the express calling of God on our lives. Many times it seems right at the time to follow a certain path, to perhaps get caught up into the work of our ministry and stop following the heart of God.

We humans are so very fallible, like sheep we lose sight of what God had intends for us. I read a well-known minister’s statement about his ministry and the myriad changes in it. His ministry had grown large and prosperous. He was doing good works and reaching a lot of people. He wasn’t in sin or error but had lost sight of where God intended for him to go. God stopped him one day and said you have strayed from what I have called you to do. So God took him back to His original mandate for this minister’s life. God didn’t condemn this minister, He directed him. That minister just grew in in love, grace and Christlikeness through the obedience to God’s will and purpose for his life.

If you feel like you have failed, strayed, lost sight of God’s express will for you, ask God to help you get back on the right path. Our God is compassionate and loving. Jesus knows our wants, wishes, desires and the many dangers to our souls. He is our Shepherd, He feeds us, guards us, directs  and is there even when we might take the wrong fork in life for awhile. He lovingly tends to our hurts, scratches, wounds, binds us up and carries us when we are weak.

How to return to the Lord and His express purpose for your life?

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord”.

Behold the Lord’s glory! Enter into devoted, focused worship of the Lord. It means fixing your gaze on the Lord. David Wilkerson said, “It means deciding, I won’t move from this position. Before I do anything else, before I try to accomplish a single thing, I must be in God’s presence.” Yearn and long to be in the presence of God. Lay on your bed or walk around your home, just spend time opening your heart to God. Many times all you need to say is, “God, I need you!!!”

The Lord will direct you, comfort you, lead you, give you insight. He is your Shepherd and the Bishop of your soul! God loves you!!!

Relax in the Lord!

 

      RELAX IN THE LORD!

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, a friend of mine gave me a word found in Daniel 12:13 (The Message Bible) that the Lord had given her after praying about a certain matter in her life.

“And you? Go about your business without fretting or worrying, Relax. When it’s all over, you will be on your feet to receive your reward.”

The Lord told her to Relax! My friend is taking God at His Word. Sometimes it takes more faith to just go on about our business, quit fretting, and let God work it out.

Do you have that kind of faith? Very often, we think great faith is doing something spectacular, marvelous, heart-stopping. We admire the pushers & movers but looking at God’s word in Daniel 12, great faith many times requires us just to take our hands off, stand back, relax and let God work.

Trust God whether it is finances, relationships, your own personal growth, health, or any number of numerous things that happen in our lives. God loves you and want only the best for you.

I found a personal word the Lord gave me several years ago when I was going through some things in my life:

“Oh, my daughter, you are mine! Relax in Me, put your trust in Me, put your hand in My hand. Whatever storm may blow, I am with you and I uphold you. The storm is brewing over you, but I am with you. You will see victory and good! You will eat the good of the land because my favor is upon you! My seal is upon you! I love you!”

I was encouraged then and I am encouraged today. Our God is a good God and loves us and wants the best for us!!!

 

High Things

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Cor 10:5

Do you have high things in your life? Education, wealth, sense of own importance, your own goodness, pride in your place in society? Often these “high things” go against God and hinder our spiritual growth.

God is not against education & wealth but they sometimes interfere with God moving in our lives because we place them ahead of everything.

God has a great sense of the ridiculous. He will use the unlikely person over who the world would exalt.  God will often use the fringes of society instead of high society.

Hearing an angel speak….

I have never seen an angel but I believe the Lord sent an angel to talk to me one night.  I was at a very low point in my life, family problems, financial woes, responsibilities. The only job I could find at the time was a motel night desk clerk. I was very concerned about the safety of my little children. It was around four or five in the morning and I had to get ice from the icemaker. As I was walking back the office with the ice, praying to myself, I felt a warm presence behind me. It was almost like a warm breath on my neck.

I didn’t feel frightened but did turn around to see who was there. Although there was no one there, I still felt a warmth around me. So I started back to the office continuing to talk to God about everything that was going on in my life. It was then I heard the angel speak to me. He said, “Walk by faith, not by sight.”

I think it was an audible voice but I am not sure because I felt like I was in a holy place. I was enveloped in warmth. It sounded like an angelic voice speaking heavenly truths. That incident has been engraved on my heart and mind. I knew, that I knew, that I knew, God was taking care of me and He would continue to take care of me. I believe the Lord was preparing me for future events. Not long after that, I lost all my worldly possessions, my home, my car, my furniture, appliances-a complete upheaval of my life. My dear Christian Aunt & Uncle took me and my family in with nothing more than our clothes.

At first I mourned the change in my life but I kept coming back to the angelic voice that instructed me to “Walk by faith, and not by sight.” My attitude changed, my heart lifted, I looked heavenward and not on the situation. I started enjoying my time with my family and the Christian fellowship we were having. One of my cousins marveled later that I could act like I was on vacation when I had lost everything after years of work and saving.  I told her it was God’s grace, mercy, and love that put me in a better place.

God has since given me great restoration in my life in all areas of my life. I can’t prove that it was an angelic voice but I truly believe that it was and I thank God that He encouraged me and keeps me until I truly see Him face-to-face and say with those in Heaven, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come.” Rev. 4:8

The Eternal Word…

Have you ever received a word or had a scripture quickened to you for a particular time or situation in your life? What have you done with it? Did you hold on to it and apply it to your life or did you let it slip away from you?

If you heard the word, held onto it, applied it to your life and let it change your mind, heart and situation, then it is an eternal word! I want to share with you a few that have really changed me.

Years ago, I was going through the one roughest time in my life that I had ever experienced. I felt so hurt and almost hopeless. One morning I was before the Lord, praying and reading my Bible and this word spoke to my heart so deeply. It was Jeremiah 33:3. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (NIV Bible). Right then God filled my heart with hope. I knew He heard my prayers, knew my heartbreak, my longings, and He was taking care of me. That afternoon, I received a letter from a good friend of mine from Nebraska, (I was in Oklahoma at the time) who said that while she was praying for me, God told her to give me that scripture. It was confirmation to me. My situation did not change or get miraculously better anytime soon but I changed. From hopeless to hope, from woe is me attitude to God is for me! For the next few years anytime my faith level seemed low, I would quote that scripture. Sometimes it was daily. That quickened word changed my life. I could have let it slip by and continued on defeated and sad but I didn’t. I wrote it down, memorized it, quoted it, believed in the truth of the Word of God.

Another time when I was in bad financial need, had two little children to take care of, no help from anyone, lost my job, no car. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I asked the church and my pastor to pray for me. My pastor gave me a Word from God, she said, “The Lord is always just in time!” What a faith word!!! I wrote that word down, put it on my refrigerator, bathroom mirror, each door so I could see it, trusedt in the Lord, believd that He would see to my needs. I knew that I had been faithful to him financially and I also knew the Lord would take care of me but when faced with the all the bills coming in and not much food, money, it was overwhelming. That word, “The Lord is always just in time”, helped me see beyond the situation and have great hope and faith. This particular financial situation continued for a while but I saw the Lord work miraculously on my behalf. Bills were paid, a car was given to me, things were worked out beyond my hopes or expectations. Praise God! Even today, that word is quickened to me, my faith is built and my eyes turned from the situation to our ever faithful Father!

The last word I want to talk about at this time is one that I received at the beginning of this year. Haggai 2:9 says, “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.” As I have gotten older I have wondered about my usefulness in life and to the Kingdom of God. I get concerned about my health, finances, other things that plague older cititzens. Job went through many trials and tests but God said in Job 42:12, “The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.” His latter end was greater than the former. God told me that same thing—My latter end would be greater than my former! I am going to hold onto that Word, apply it to my life, believe it and hold to that truth.

In Mark 4 Jesus spoke about the parable of the seed. Sometimes the birdie of the air (Satan) takes the word from us, or the word is not allowed to take root in our hearts because we let the deceitfulness, lies of the world take precedence in our live, or the word just gets choked out by other things. Yet, sometimes the word comes into our hearts, we nurture it, we memorize it, quote it, write it down, keep our minds and hearts focused on it rather than our lives and situations. We grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The disciples heard this word preached all day yet, when the evening came, they were in the boat with Jesus. Jesus was sleeping and a storm came up and they got all upset, looked at the situation, forgot about the word and woke Jesus up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” They let the word slip away from them.

Matthew 8:5-13 spoke about the centurion who asked the Lord to heal his suffering paralyzed servant. The Jesus said he would come and heal him. The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Verse 10 tells us Jesus’ thoughts about the centurion, When Jesus heard this, He was astonished and said to those following Him, I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” The centurion believed, took Jesus’ word to heart, acted on it. Jesus said that man had great faith!

Beloved, when God quickens a word to us that will build our faith, look beyond ourselves, our bodies, our situations, let us take that word and let it be nurtured and grow in our hearts. Let it be an eternal word and work in our lives. I encourage you to write it down, memorize it, quote it many times a day. Put it where you can see it. Do not let go of it. That eternal word will change your life!

Forgetting What is Behind…

A scripture and a thought has been on my mind today and for awhile—

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” Philippians 3:13

The part that seems to get my attention is forgetting what is behind. Paul wrote this scripture and we know that he was a mighty man of God, an Apostle, a man who wrote a lot of the New Testament and loved our Lord and Savior Jesus with all his heart. He had been caught up into the third heaven and experienced many miracles. Yet, we cannot forget that Paul had been a notorious sinner who persecuted Christians and only God knows what else before he repented of his sins.

I find it interesting that Paul said this ONE THING. In other words, we put a great emphasis on it and it was in two parts. Let’s look at the first part: One thing – forget what is behind.

Sometimes forgetting is hard to do. Things plague our mind whether it is our past sin, someone else’s sin, slights, hurts, our childhood, embarrassments, failures—a myriad of incidents, obsessions, fixations, issues.

One thing we do know—if we don’t forget those things then we are being robbed of our joy, victory in Jesus, our calling, even our health. Our eyes and hearts are pulled backwards instead of forwards to Him. Just ask Lot’s wife how dangerous that can be—she was turned to a pillar of salt when she looked back, didn’t forget.

How do we forget? It is not in our nature to forget but with God’s help we can be more than we are and can supernaturally forget. I am not going to say it is easy but it is paramount to our well-being and Victory as a Christian.

We cannot say, “I am just not going to think about those things anymore!” It might work for a little while but that is not God’s way. We need to recognize that God doesn’t want us dwelling on the past! It is all right to mention the past or reminisce but it is not all right to let the past rule our minds and emotions.

To Supernaturally Forget:

First, if you need to repent of your sins, go before God and ask forgiveness. Believe His word when He says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Do not let the enemy of our soul (the devil) plague you with former sins. You cannot go back but you can go forward.  God has forgiven you and forgotten your sin, you forgive yourself and put it in the past, cast it in the sea of forgetfulness. (Micah 7:19) Believe Him!

If you have hurt someone else then maybe you need to ask them to forgive you. Sometimes we have to make restitution before we can move on.

Root out any old bitterness, hurts, sin. Search your heart and memories to see if there is any old thing in there then with God’s help pull it out. Ask our Lord Jesus Christ to pour his cleansing blood into your heart and fill you up with right thinking and a right heart.

Secondly, fight the enemy with the correct thinking and speaking. Don’t just think it, say it! Speak the scripture. If you are plagued by past sin, say, “I am forgiven, I am a new person in Christ!” If you are plagued by past hurts done to you, say, “I forgive, I will put it in the past. I will not hold on to their past actions!” Do you get the idea?

2 Cor. 10:4 & 5, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Third, consciously make a strong, daily even hourly effort to bring your mind in line with God’s Word.

Remember Philippians 4:8, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

How do we take every thought and make it obedient to Christ? We get the Word of God in us, we read our Bible, pray, speak the scriptures out loud.

Three ways to supernaturally forget and go forward in your life is to repent, think and speak aloud scripture appropriate to your situation, and finally, make your main #1 desire in life to forget what is behind and then go forward in Christ.

Beloved, say with Paul and me, “I supernaturally forget what is behind and I will press and reach forward by the power of Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus Christ, to what great things our Savior has for us this year! Hallelujah!!!”

Face-to-Face Encounter with God

The other day a friend of mine’s church prayed for people to have a face-to-face encounter with the Lord. The congregation spoke names of people they knew or who the Lord led them to speak.

In Exodus 3 Moses was in the desert tending the sheep. Moses had a good life, great family, making a good living but he wasn’t in the ministry-something was missing, he wasn’t fulfilling God’s purpose for his life. Then he had a miraculous encounter with God. God spoke to him from the burning bush and told Moses’ to return to Egypt do the work of the Lord.

I have had a face-to-face encounter with God in the last couple of weeks. God has put a great desire and a burning in my heart to go deeper in Him. He has lifted burdens off my heart that have been there for years. I go to bed with Him on my mind and wake up with a song in my heart-a burning desire for His Word. I know that I know that I know, my life will never be the same!

Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

God “fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalm 103:5)

I am renewed, I am refreshed, I walk in Great Joy. I am Intensely Alive in the Lord Jesus Christ!

Beloved, I pray that whoever reads this message, receives what I have from the Lord and that you have a Face-To-Face Encounter with God!!!

Haggai 2:9—

The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

Amen!

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