As believers, our journey on earth is a journey into eternity. Because of this, we are called to live with eternity in mind. It is a journey into knowing the heart of Jesus. It is an adventure, discovering what it means to live as if we will never die, to love as if we will … Continue reading Living with Eternity in Mind
In Part 1, I spoke of what having a consecrated heart means. In Part 2, we covered how Jesus sympathizes with us in weaknesses and trials. In Part 3, I want to share some keys walking all this out. Key #1: It's a Choice and Desire Romans 12:1 says, "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, … Continue reading How to Have a Consecrated Heart, Part 3: Walking It Out
Part 2 of The Consecrated Heart. At times we may struggle with living lives of consecration before the Lord. Our emotions or flesh may want to take us in other directions, or our own desires may not be aligned with God's Word. Nonetheless, as our hearts grow in love for God, we will continue to fight the good fight of faith, wanting God's will and not our own.
Today I want to explain what it means to have a consecrated heart for the Lord. "Consecration is the total abandonment of our will to God's." - Unknown The above quote perfectly defines consecration. Living a life that is consecrated before the Lord means we have no agenda but God's will. It means that we want His will above our own. One who desires to live a life of consecration will find that the above heart posture will greatly affect their relationship with God. It is a posture of humility and love that wants God's desires above one's own which says, "Father, it's about Your heart desires above everything else."
The fall season is a great metaphor that I believe God has given us to teach us about the beauty of living a life crucified to Christ. Look at the leaves. In the spring they are green and bright, but after summer, the season of autumn comes and the leaves begin to die. They are … Continue reading Dying to Ourselves: See the Beauty in the Process
The Lord is calling us up. He is calling us to live above the clouds and above the storm, with an eagle's eye view. Father God is beckoning us to come closer, and to live and move and have our being from the place of connection and partnership with Him. We must aim to remove … Continue reading To Live from God’s Eye View
Chai latte in hand, I strolled through our local bookstore, browsing the titles and beauty of books, journals and stationary. I recalled the former days when I was drawn to the bookstore like a moth to a lighted lamp nearby. I would longingly look at the books, not realizing that the longing I felt would … Continue reading The Root of All Our Longing and Wanting
"Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit... "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them... if the head of … Continue reading Being Prepared for Christ’s Return
Read an updated version of this post here. Like me, do you ever find yourself searching for feelings and experiences of God, at times forgetting the truth of God's Word in the moment? I know I have been there, wanting to feel something when God wants me to simply trust, believe and obey. Of course … Continue reading Faith Is Not Feeling
The greatest commandment is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" (Luke 10:27.) How does this relate to worshiping through singing? Do you love the Lord when you sing to or about Him? Do you give God … Continue reading Worship and God’s Worth
God has been teaching me how to 'take Him at His Word' no matter how I'm feeling. I am learning to remind myself that even when I'm feeling one way or another, it doesn't mean that these emotions line up with reality. I recently finished a book that a friend gave to me as a … Continue reading Taking God at His Word
God made Him who had no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God, through Jesus Christ, saved our lives! Before we were His, we were spiritually dead, and without Him we would be dead in all aspects--spirit, … Continue reading We Live By His Sacrifice