Learning His Heart

Nehemiah 1:9 though your outcasts were in the uttermost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen, to cause my Name to dwell there.

God wanted to bring His people near to His Name.  He chose a place on earth where it dwells. It’s how they would know Him. It’s how they would learn His qualities and become more loving and strong like Him.

If He desired His people to live near His Name there must be something about His Name. He has very many variations to the Name He told Moses, I AM… I AM the God Who Sees, I AM Your Provider, etc. Then there were Names not specifically connected to I AM such as Adonai and Wonderful Counselor.

The Names are descriptive of Him. So if we do a study of His Names we’ll know Him better and be nearer Him. It’ll be kind of like a study of His heart for us.

Add a comment June 9, 2011

Living Near

Nehemiah 1:9 though your outcasts were in the uttermost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen, to cause my Name to dwell there.

God wanted to bring His people near to His Name.  He chose a place on earth swhere it dwells. It’s how they would know Him. It’s how they would learn His qualities and become more loving and strong like Him.

If He desired His people to live near His Name there must be something about His Name. He has very many variations to the Name He told Moses, I AM… I AM the God Who Sees, I AM Your Provider, etc. Then there were Names not specifically connected to I AM such as Adonai and Wonderful Counselor.

The Names are descriptive of Him. So if we do a study of His Names we’ll know Him better and be nearer Him. It’ll be kind of like a study of His heart for us.

Add a comment June 6, 2011

Tablet of the Heart

Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

2 Corinthians 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle  (letter) of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 

I love to hear a man of God preach, teach or sing. I learn, yes but something even more powerful happens. Learning happens in the mind. But when a man of God sings or teaches portions are carved upon our hearts. Not with a whittling knife but with the finger of Him.

Most of what is carved there will be used at a later date. It might be for a deep question that comes into our lives; it might be for someone else; it might be just a word of love from our Savior. He lives inside us so it only makes sense that He would take the time out to write a note to us on our very hearts.

I have kind of a new study I’m doing that I’ll announce tomorrow. I’m praying it will be carved on our hearts.

2 comments June 5, 2011

Mercy

O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who delight to fear thy name; and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. Now I was cupbearer to the king.  Nehemiah 1:11

Nehemiah was praying for mercy before the king. But he had first prayed for mercy before his King, the Lord of Israel. He and the people had sinned and before mercy comes on earth mercy is needed from heaven.

“let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant” I listen sometimes with a thought of me. I’m not really caring or feeling the other person’s story. Nehemiah is asking God to hear with all His heart.  Focus, please Lord, on what I’m really saying. We need a plan but mostly we need mercy.

Nehemiah was cupbearer. He tasted the king’s wine before the king drank to make sure there was no poison in what the king drank. What a scary job but it gave him nearness to the king. Nehemiah prayed for days turned into weeks turned into months for mercy from the king. He finally found it at the perfect time.

Nehemiah prayed and fasted for days.  He kept praying for months. He focused with a purpose in mind. I need that kind of fervor. I need a hunger for God’s mercy in my life. I need to pray.

1 comment June 1, 2011

Chocolate

They say a girl’s soul needs a little chocolate every day. A lady in a Johnny Depp movie came into town with something the town had never tasted before … Chocolate. It caused people to tell this lady their troubles and they seemed to solve them.

Jewish people loved to party. Jesus first miracle was at a celebration. He turned water to wine for a wedding.

We need treats, rewards parties to get through a hectic week. We need laughter to help erase stress. We need to take advantage of these mini-vacations. They may seem frivolous but they’re healthy and important in our lives. A cheerful heart does good like medicine. Proverbs.

Add a comment May 27, 2011

Philippians 2:5-7 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant…

We have to take into our mind and heart that we are servants. Jesus did. He emptied Himself of the light and the beauty of God’s glory and came to live in a cold, damp world not to be our God and King but our servant. He came to heal us,  to teach us, to feed us, to wash our feet. We were meant to be like Him…loving, teaching, healing souls. 

Satan wanted to be like God. Equality with God was a thing he wanted to grasp. In us sometimes we want to be leader. We want people serving us and meeting our every need, making us happy. There’s the honor also of being seen as a leader in public.

We have a choice…to be like Jesus and give ourselves away.  Or we can be like the evil one and  take everything we can get. It’s a difficult choice and it takes a while to grow into being a servant. But we’ll be a little more like our Savior.

Add a comment May 26, 2011

Inherent Purpose

Philippians 2:2-4 …make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 

We were talking in Singles the other night about unity of the Spirit. Here’s one description of unity. We count others as better than ourselves looking out to the things of others.  

 Looking out to the things of others is not so much watching  their material goods as watching their situations to see if you can help by praying or in some other more tangible way. It’s being available for other people’s troubles and giving the appropriate assistance. Sometimes all a sick person needs is your prescence to give them a smile. It goes a long way in helping them to heal.

Everyone with no exception was born with pleasure in God’s heart and a purpose for their lives…a fresh, new little person. Sometimes someone ruins their purpose nevertheless the image of God remains. So all people deserve respect and should be looked up to so their purpose can be realized or fulfilled. My brother who is a policeman treats with respect all his juveniles who get into trouble. Each situation is different but he tries to sit at their level and discuss with them their issue. He listens and  solves it with the least amount of punishment and the greatest benefit for the youth. That should be the attitude of all of us: how can we better the other person’s life so they grow and fulfill their purpose.

These don’t come easy. But I’d love to grow in this area…treating everyone from leaders to children with respect and helping them to realize their purpose

Add a comment May 25, 2011

The Search

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

I’m a single girl who is lonely and who has friends who are lonely. Our married friends, so many of them are taking care of kids or grandkids. The problem comes when we walk into an empty house to eat dinner alone. Our heart feels aching for want of a companion.

There are quick fixes…call a friend, read a book, watch TV, facebook. These work temporarily but they are really not much longterm comfort. And they are not real, honest comfort.

But our empty heart that comes home and finds itself alone has an opportunity  to take advantage of our loneliness. We can seek after God with all our heart. When we call out to Him with how much we’re hurting somehow the tender ears He has hear and His gentle heart feels our pain. There’s a comfort in being understood and loved.

We’ll still have our lonely times. Nothing’s a cure-all in this world. But we’ll have the opportunity to grow close to His warmth and gentle friendship.

Add a comment May 20, 2011

John 3:17

We so often quote the verse John 3:16 because beautiful and meaningful it is. God so loved us that He offered up His only Son so we would have everlasting life. That’s a beautiful love, a meaningful sacrifice.

But after we’re saved John 3:17 is something we should take in our heart. It says For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world should be saved through Him. God had in His heart all of time to offer a way out of the condemnation of our sin. He clothed Adam and Eve. He became the God Who Sees to a mean little servant girl who was lost in the Desert.She was thirsty and her boy was severely thirsty. This boy would become the enemies of God’s people. But God had compassion on her, not condemning, and He showed her where water was.

He had no condemnation for the woman at the well who had approximately seven husbands. He had no condemnation for the people filled with demons.

This is not just a way of life for Jesus. We’re meant to be steeped in compassion. Condemnation should not be a part of our heart. Our calling is to be like our Savior.

Add a comment May 19, 2011

Heaven. For Me

And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters. Revelation 1:14-15

Heaven is described in physical terms, things we use or have experienced…His hair was white…His eyes were as a flame… His voice as many waters…

I have an opinion that stems from this. It’s only an opinion. “I can only imagine…” But I feel that we have tastes of heaven down here. Some of them are the fragrance of a grove of orange blossoms in the spring; the smell of the just opened can of coffee and when it’s brewing and when you taste it; for me a girl when a man sings to me and it feels like God has put His burning finger on my heart and I weep freely. Another is wind blowing through my hair watching a sunset. When I’m thirsty the crispness of seltzer water ice cold.

Obviously your heaven would be a little different than mine. But my salvation and my relationship with the Lord are different. So we would all have our special gifts from God…kind of like going to Grandma’s and she cooks your favorite food

Add a comment May 16, 2011

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