God Weighs the Intents of the Heart

Scripture: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:2-3

Observation: God weighs the intents of the heart and not the action or impact of his actions. Faith and dependence should be on Him. Leave all with Him.

Application: Such a timely word… I want to return to that compassionate place. Intent matters. God can heal wounds, repentance and grace are available, and just when I was so sure of what I was feeling, God brings light to my life. Feelings truly are temporary. I feel such love in place of what was once pain. For my family… for the girlfriend of the man who brought harm against me, and even for that man himself, who sought to only do evil towards me. I release myself from the burden of what he did. God has set me free, now I will walk in that freedom. I’m no longer his victim. I’m a child of God, an overcomer, and I have overcome. I want to walk in honor, honestly and in a raw way. I want to heal with my words and actions, and when God weighs my intents and motives, I want Him to see love.

Prayer: God, thank You! Thank You for not only seeing my heart as it is, but for seeing something in me that I didn’t and still don’t always see in myself. Thank You that You hold me to a high standard and for Your amazing grace every single time that I fall short. Thank You for lifting me up in such a way that humbles me instead of tearing me down when I most deserve it. Your love is pure, Your faithfulness is true, and Your grace is sufficient. Reveal to me the assumptions I’ve made and help me to make it right. Thank You for Your healing and for loving me more than I could possibly wrap my mind around. Continue to do in me what You’re doing and lead me in the way You would have me go. You have made me free, now I ask that You help me be the vessel that is usable for encouraging and healing others. I lift up my family to you… my parents, sisters, in-laws, husband, and children. Surround them all with your loving embrace, exactly where they are. Protect them and bless them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Remove and Replace

Scripture: “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates,

“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. Matthew 11:16-20

Observation: The people condemn no matter what the action.

Application: I stay quiet and I’m called fake. I speak and I’m called a liar. I give grace and I’m called self-righteous. I rebuke and I’m called judgmental. This is why the only direction I must walk is that in the way of repentance to God the Father. Everything I do, say, believe, or feel will have someone picking it apart. I am ME and my hearts desire is to only walk as the Lord leads… I have those in my life who encourage me and correct my steps according to the scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit and the Lord confirms their words to me when they are from Him. In the same respect, I can see how I might do this also. I do not want to see anything other than what God sees.

Prayer: Thank You God that Your way of conviction is not through insults, shame, or tearing one down. Thank you that You are clear and that Your rebuke brings about a heart change. You do not tear me down, but you edify me with Your loving kindness and you stand by the promises in Your Word. I pray that you remove from me any of the ways from this passage. I want to only see people as YOU see them and not simply what it appears. I don’t want to make assumptions. I want to know Your heart and I want to judge according to what You see. Help me to walk this out. Father, replace any of these ways of thinking with Your thoughts. Make me more like you. Less of me Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

The Veil is Removed

Scripture: “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. ” 2 Corinthians 3:16-17

Observation: As one chooses to commit to change their character to honor the Lord, the veil of ignorance, the blindness of mind, the hardness of heart is taken away and cured. Through the Spirit of God, we are set free from the burden of ceremonial law and from the servitude of corruption, given access to God.

Application: I’m amazed time and time again as God makes His way clear to me, through the breaking down of barriers of ignorance, blindness, and hardness of heart. I want to remember this truth that this freedom was given in the very beginning. The veil has been removed from me! I’m not ignorant, blind, or hardened anymore, but the Lord has given me power and dominion over this earth. I determine to step forward in this truth and to take hold of that which God has entrusted me with.

Scripture: Lord God, what a beautiful design you’ve put in place, what perfect plan you’ve put in motion. I’m so thankful for Your perfect wisdom and forsight. You are a great and mighty God with such a love for Your people. I desire to walk out this brilliance You’ve created me for. My desire is to walk in Your ways with the dominion over the earth that You’ve given me. May all I do honor You and the plan You have for my life and those I encounter. Thank You Jesus. Amen!

 

A Gift Idea for My Children

I just got a really neat idea to make for my children… and I want to write it down so I can refer back to it!

In 2004 I began journaling my devotions and have done so on and off throughout the years. How neat would it be to put them all in a book so they can have it when they are older? It wouldn’t be just my devotions, but it would have little ‘sticky notes’ throughout it that show what I’ve learned since then, that puts that single entry in a more clear context of what God’s Word says and not just what I understood at the time. I don’t know all it will involve, but what a book that would be: my growth in the Lord and how He’s revealed Himself to me!!

Now my wheels are turning!

What a gift it would be to have such a thing from those who’ve gone before me whose lives I’ve witnessed; what a way for them to know my heart and the heart of the Father!

May my children see Christ in me as I walk throughout my days! That is the desire of my heart!

Oooh, this has me excited. Please pray for me as I work out how this would work! Bless you!

The Truth Remains

Scripture: “You were running [the race] well; who has interfered and prevented you from obeying the truth? This [deceptive] persuasion is not from Him who called you [to freedom in Christ]. A little leaven [a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers] leavens the whole batch [it perverts the concept of faith and misleads the church]. I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view [contrary to mine on the matter]; but the one who is disturbing you, whoever he is, will have to bear the penalty.” Galatians 5:7-10

Observation: Those who disturb the race with deception, will receive due consequence.

Application: I was running the race well, then I gave in to desires of my flesh and the deceptive persuasion of those around me. In doing so, I opened up the door to allow leaven to permeate those areas of my life. I toiled and wrestled with the truth as I navigated through the confusion inside my own mind. The Lord called me to walk away from certain deceptive influences in my life, but in my haste and impatience, I welcomed them back into my life. In doing so, I allowed more confusion and chaos to come into my life. The truth remains, however, no matter the confusion that the corruption of the world has brought in and it is for our freedom that Christ has come, to set us free.

“It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed].” Galatians 5:1

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, the One True God, who does not confuse or abandon. You pursued me in my weakness and in my attempts to serve you despite my selfishness and ignorance. How faithful you truly are, no matter where I was at in my own faith. Thank you for never giving up on me and for giving me freedom. Continue to guide me in the way YOU would have me go, and out of any areas of my life that I’m still led by my flesh or deceit. In the Holy and Perfect name of your only begotten son,  Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fear Not

“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” Genesis 15:1

When God makes a promise, He is faithful to His Word. He does not lie or make false statements; He does not claim to be something and not follow through; He is true to His Word and as such He protects us and is our reward when we are near to Him.

Confirmation to what I’m hearing. God is my shield and my reward. I might fail daily at keeping to my Word, whether to my children or my husband or my friends but God never wavers in strength or integrity. He stands firm and doesn’t waver. He is a mighty God above all creation.

Lord, I am mesmerized by You and I long to be more like You. How far I am from Your likeness but how great a goal to have! I pray I only take one day at a time and not jump ahead of Your plan for my life… how far from You I stray when I do such a thing. Be with me and guide my every step in Jesus name. Amen.

Rewards from God

Genesis 12:1-9

Abram was called to obey and he did so immediately.

Revelation 22:11-12 tells us that God will give to everyone according to what he has done. God has called me out and many may not understand but obedience is not only what’s to be expected, it’s rewarded; such a reward will come with Christ! We are to concern ourselves with our own behaviors for we control those alone. I have seen a glimpse of the glory of God and I mustn’t risk missing his blessing because of disobedience again!

Lord, I thank You that my sins have not separated us. I thank You for Your forgiveness and I trust that what I do is all for Your glory. Continue to speak to me and allow me to grow in You. Remove far from me any un-forgiveness that remains and reveal to me my faults so I can take action, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.