Tag Archives: God’s Heart for Us

How Close Do You Want to Be?

How close to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit do you desire to be?

“Even now you have access to as much of Me as you have faith to receive.” – Jesus Calling, 5/17

This is SO true! Open up and ask for more of Jesus and believe that He is a Rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)!

“Come, all who are thirsty! Come to the waters! Come receive that which money cannot give you, but is free if you would so come and ask and receive with openness to only Me,” He says. “Come, all you thirsty. Come, drink of Me!” (See Isaiah 55.)

Remember to Give of Yourself: Encourage and Edify

No, I’m not speaking of tithes and offerings here, but of encouraging and serving.

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38 NLT)

We have such need for more “givers” in the Body of Christ. Givers who are intimately connected with the Father’s desire to pour out His life and words into others.

There are so many seeking a word, so many desiring encouragement and so many needy. Yet aren’t we ALL? Remember that as you trust God with your need by putting others first, through encouraging them or asking Him to give you a word of edification for them, what you pour out will be given back to you shaken, pressed together and with more added on top unto overflowing! And remember giving a prophetic word is simply asking God for a word to edify, or build up, one of your brothers or sisters in Christ.

So as you have need of encouragement, encourage another in need (without even mentioning your own). As you desire the Lord to speak a word to you through someone else, ask Him to give you an edifying word for someone else.

Actively seek to do this, and you too will be encouraged, edified and loved on by our gracious God! And remember, all who are His can prophesy! So try it, and trust God’s Spirit to lead and teach you as you do!

He Sees Your “Yes”

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 from the Father of Lights

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!

Caring for Our Ministry Leaders

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?