Category Archives: From the Heart

More personal posts sharing my heart; however, these may also inspire you in your relationship with the Lord.

Update 12-04-17: A Beautiful Frontier with the Beautiful Body of Christ

I wanted to share an update about FHOP after my previous update. Some will remember that we, a church and growing house of prayer, recently moved out of a building completely to begin meeting in homes. (We of course continue to have regional worship and prayer gatherings once in a while in larger venues, but as small as we are, we do this only periodically at this time.)

Well, our little forerunner people are experiencing great joy and blessing together as we gather. More of our brothers and sisters are able to share what God is saying or doing in their lives. I personally feel closer to our Body than ever before, being able to truly hear from others and connect on a deeper level.

Some of our recent gatherings have included times where we were able to encourage one another, share testimonies, and even partner with God in seeing a foreign visitor experience immense deliverance and heart healing. Continue reading

Update 07-17-17: The Changing Landscape Before Us

This is a new chapter. The landscape of our local fellowship is shifting from church as usual into what God desires for us.

I find myself also thinking on how my own life’s landscape may change. I’ve begun to wonder if I have put myself in a box in any way, and what advancing God’s Kingdom is truly meant to be for my own life.

When it comes to our God-given purposes, things may not look like what we think they will. When I was a new Christian, I first thought this would be through worship leading in a church setting.

Then it was as a worship leader and intercessory missionary in the house of prayer, which I still long to see in fullness… but at times I wonder if I have put myself in a box per say? I want to stop comparing myself to others. I want God alone to define me, along with every why and every what.

Nonetheless, the expression of the church is changing. We are not a building, but people who are the temple of the Holy Spirit. A new wineskin is being given those who truly want to follow the Lord’s leadership. It is for we who will let go of our own ways, wants and agendas.
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Update 02-14-17: Standing Firm in the Waiting

God has made many beautiful promises to our sweet house of prayer and church. However, for a while now, things in the natural have looked very different from what He has said will come to pass.

Regardless of what it looks like, we continue to press into His heart and stand firm because we know He is the One who is faithful and true.

My own longing has been for His presence to come in a greater way, with the result being that hearts are transformed. I also desire to disciple others in worship and the prophetic. So for now we stand awaiting God to come through; without Him, we cannot go far.

In times when the promises seem impossible, we have to believe that our God will come through. We have to keep standing even in the waiting, even when it seems our Isaac is on the altar about to be taken from us again.

Our Lord, who is the Resurrection and the Life, has great plans for us all and He will not allow them to be dashed to nothing.

For our group, I know that the Lord delights in us as we seek His face and make room for His Spirit to move. He makes that clear every week as His presence touches our hearts.

Sometimes it feels so small, and we wonder when more will arise to build God’s Kingdom with us. Nonetheless, I would never trade the sweet worship times the Lord brings us for anything.

I’m not sure why He has tarried so long as we desperately need breakthrough in many areas of need. Perhaps it is because He is working a greater work in us–after all, it is God and His making us into the image of Christ that is most important.

The main thing is His heart and connecting ours with His; the rest is by His leading and our obedience when and as He does lead.

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God Is Faithful: He Fights for You

God is helping us grow in spiritual maturity as we surrender and obey in trying times as well as momentous encounters with His goodness.

In caring dearly for us, Father God often brings loving surprises. When we feel weak, He shows up in unexpected ways to reveal His tender love. With His presence He lifts us out of ourselves, drawing us into a heavenly embrace. He reminds us that He is all-powerful yet fully loving.

Through every season of life, God reminds us not to worry or fear. Our heavenly Father sees all, and knows all. He is with us always.

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To Those Who Have Left: He Loves You

If you have left the faith or the church, Jesus wants you to know how much He loves you and cares for you. Beloved, He is right there, still loving you and working all things out for your good–even if you have gone as far as to completely turn from not just Christianity but Him as well. He still wants the best for you and for you to know His goodness toward you.

If you left due to things done in a church or to you by those identifying as Christian, be open to search your heart for a moment. Did you place your hope, faith or expectations in people or in God? Did people leave you angry, wounded or disappointed, causing you to wonder what Christ is really like or if this thing is for real? People fail but God alone truly meets every need.

No person is perfect but the Lord. Even those with a desire to truly show kindness make mistakes or openly express their frustrations, and at times we can end up in the line of fire. At times we ourselves create impossible expectations for others as well.

Other times, God’s ways and timing differ from ours, and we can become disillusioned or filled with doubt and offense when He doesn’t seem to be our Help. This is when choosing to believe though we have yet to see comes into play.

If people doing wrong causes us to lose faith, then our faith is probably in people instead of in God. As difficult as this is to digest, stay with me for a moment. As one who has been through hurt and disappointment even in the community of faith, I long to encourage you and remind you of God’s love despite anything that you’ve witnessed in people or  in Christianity. Continue reading