Hearts for Him

God that you would give me a heart after You

I Am Your Identity

I hear Him whisper…”I am your identity. I am the One who has formed you and defined you. Others will gaze on your weakness and faults, I gaze on your beauty as you are seated with Me in the heavenly realm. I have shaped you with My hands–twice I have perfected you.

Once in your mother’s womb and once when you came to know Me. You are twice purified in My eyes for you are Mine.

Your difficulties have shaped you, but they will not define you. I am the One who made you and I alone have the right to define you. I say over you, “You are Mine! By creation and by redemption, you are Mine! I have set My seal over your heart and now I display you to the world as My very own, My masterpiece of love. Can you not see what My love has done throughout your life? Do not look upon your failures and your pain, for in My presence they do not exist. I have placed My glory over your life and call you, My Radiant One!

We move together as one. When you surrender to Me it is not you that guides your life, but I am the Shepherd that leads us. We work together on earth as holy partners, friends committed to serve one another. I have served you my grace even as you have yielded to Me your heart. As you pray to Me we are one, two spirits that breathe as one. Your voice is sweet and your face is lovely in My eyes as you come before Me. Never hesitate to give Me the desires of your heart and I will bring them to pass.

I have placed the Spirit of grace upon you. The strength to endure pressure and trial flows from My life within you. Do not say, “I can’t handle this test,” but say, “I can do all things in the strength of the One who lives in Me.” When you speak out of your identity in Me, the surging power of My Spirit will lift you high and you will soar above the pain of the moment and the pressure of the test.

I am your true Identity. Find your pleasure in My and I will pour My power into you. The more you delight your heart in Me the more free I become to unleash My glory in your situation. Others will find your flaw, I have found your virtue, for you have trusted Me when you had nothing and no one to support you. I know your heart, for I have shaped it with My hands to contain My glory. Never doubt the love that I have placed burning within your soul. In that flame you will find Me and you will hear My voice whisper to you, for I am your true Identity in time and eternity.

5Jerusalem maidens, In this twilight darkness– I know I am so unworthy— so in need!

[The Shepherd-King] Yet you are so lovely!

[The Shulamite]
I feel as dark and dry as the desert tents of the wandering nomads!

[The Shepherd-King]
Yet you are so lovely— Like the fine linen tapestry hanging in the Holy Place! Song of Songs 1:5 TPT

Cherished

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“Cherished”

Today, My words will mean more to you than the words of others. For it is in My words that you will find life and strength. When you are praised or when you are criticized, come back to Me and lay those words before Me. Only in My presence will you know truth. If I correct you, it is to transform you. And when I encourage you and display My love to you, receive it and rejoice in it, for it will become your strength. Those things in you that have yet to be perfected will only be changed when you commune with Me.

Men will correct you when you are wrong, but I will heal you when you fall. My words have a power to eliminate your fears. My words have grace to erase your flaws. Today, you will listen to My words and cherish all that I say to you.

When your heart condemns you, I will not, and I am greater than your heart. Do not seek the respect of others and forget My words. It is My love that you need. And soon you will begin to see what I visualized you to be when I gave you birth.

Come close to Me and I will come closer to you until you see My glory. I have walked very close with you through your childhood years, even when you did not recognize Me. And now, My words will become even sweeter to you as you grow older and more tender to Me. I am the Life Source for you and today I will be the Living Word within you, for I call you My own.

I Have Placed My Arm Around You

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“I have placed My arm around you”

From today forward you will find the strength of My love has intensified, for your days have been difficult, and I have taken notice. The need you have is greater, so you will find my strength to be even greater for your need. If a day brings you pressure, My love will bring you peace. If your day brings confusion, My wisdom will be a beacon light to show you where to walk. If your day brings you pain, My Spirit will bring you comfort. The strength of My compassion has no end, no limit, no boundary. Why would you be concerned about your need of strength when you have Me?

Begin to yield to the strength of My arms and you will see your weakness vanish. Never focus only on your need and your weakness, but set your eyes upon Me, as your Mountain Fortress and I will keep you safe and secure in My love. Disappointment will only take you away from My heart. Expectation will bring you closer to My love. And as you experience My love, surrender more of your heart to Me. Accept My will, My plan, My ways and lay down your will, your plan, your ways. This is the path of My holy ones. For this is the day I will show you My strength and you will surrender to Me, for I alone am Your Faithful Friend.”

Luke 14:27 The Passion Translation
“And anyone who comes to Me must be willing to share My cross and experience it as their own, or they cannot be considered to be My disciple.”

My Healing One

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“My Healing One”

I will use you from now on to bring healing and restoration to many, especially your family. You will see me move into the impossibilities of your limitations. Everything will be changed through the presence of My Spirit flowing through you. Wounded hearts will learn to rise through the words you speak and the love you release.

You are now prepared in every way to bless and heal. Do not look back, for history has not shaped you, I have. The dawning has come and a new revelation has burned its way into every fabric of your life. Today I set you apart as my healing one. Bring into your family a greater love and I will bring a greater healing. I am the God who heals hearts and bodies and I will not fail you.

Psalm 103:8 The Passion Translation

Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so very patient with people who fail you. Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.

The Highway of Praise

It was in Philippi that Paul was arrested for preaching the gospel. Thrown in a prison cell and beaten, he and his coworker Silas began to sing songs of joy and praise to the Most High God! This caused a tremendous miracle as the prison doors were flung open and they escaped—but not before leading their jailor to Christ!

What joy and glory came out of Paul’s prison cell! Most of us would be thinking of ourselves and how we could get out; but Paul wanted to send to the Philippian church the revelation of joy! Paul understood what it was to join God on the highway of praise in even the most difficult of times.

Brian Simmons and Your TPT Team

 

 

I HEAR HIS WHISPER… “The highway of praise”

Dearest one, as you walk along the highway of praise, I rejoice with you. It is true that you thank My Father for Me and all that I have done for you, but I also thank My Father for you too, the love gift of My Father. You have kept My word and walked deeper in My ways, even when the light was dim and uncertainty surrounded you. I see that you long to be a doer of My Word and not just a hearer, and that you have become faithful even in that which is little as you do your tasks for Me.

Walk with Me on the highway of praise, and I will remove your unbelief. You have asked Me for greater faith. I will grant it to you, but it requires that you walk in the spirit of gratitude for all things. Faith and complaining cannot live together, My beloved. You will either have great faith and gratitude, or you will have great doubts and complaining. Choose the higher way of praise and watch as your faith increases.

The ways of My kingdom are always growing. It is a beauty that grows, a faith that grows, and a holy gratitude that grows deep within you. As you lay hold of eternal life, it will manifest with an undiminished hope. Go forward. Step closer to the eternal flame. Learn the lesson of My servants Paul and Silas, who found even in a prison cell a sanctuary of praise. Lift up your voice with no thought of the past and set your heart on the joy that is before you. Walk with Me on the highway of praise, and your prison doors will fling wide open.

Philippians 4:8-9 The Passion Translation

So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.

Lighten Your Load

I HEAR HIS WHISPER… “I will lighten your load”

Today I will bring you a new understanding of My peace. I see the tension in your heart, the pressure around you and the pain within you. I will lighten your load as you rest in Me. The load you carry I will carry for you. Give me the pressures you feel to perform, to meet the expectations of others. Give them all to Me.

When I see you, I see the perfections of grace. I see what My power and love has accomplished in your life. You see what lacks, but I see My Spirit living within you and flooding you with life. The fruit of My Spirit is formed in you as you rest and trust in Me.

My life in you is the source of your peace. There is no striving when My life conquers your soul. The emotions of your heart become gateways for My life to pour forth. Let your heart rest this day in the assurance of My love. All that delights Me, I see in you. All the expectations you have placed upon yourself, place upon Me. I will fulfill every longing and every expectation of your heart.
 
I will lighten your load as you lay down your burdens at My feet. You will find that I cherish the surrender of your life more than any other sacrifice. The kiss of mercy will strengthen you to move forward and advance in My ways. Learn of Me and live in union with Me and you will find rest for your soul.

Matthew 11:28-30 The Passion Translation

“So everyone, come to me! Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.”

Posture Changing

There it is.  Since last week Monday, I have been trying to figure out how to explain what God changed in me.  He has removed fear and worry and anxiety from my shoulders.  He has replaced it with a firm trust in Him and His plan for my life.  He has replaced a feeling that I need to take action to provide for myself and family or impact the situation around me… With a simple peace of His provision.  

He has changed my posture.  No longer will I be timid. No longer do I need to worry in fear.  No longer will I have my feet on sand.  No longer will I have my balance thrown by every little shifting of the environment around me.  No longer will I feel weak standing next to my Daddy.  Confidence is building and it isn’t based on me or things I’ve done.  It isn’t based on my successes but it’s based instead on my shortcomings and total dependence on Him. It’s not in my righteousness that I try to walk in righteousness… but only in His.

He is rebuilding my life in the equilibrium of His truth.  He is showing me how to walk in victory and His provision.  He is showing me the good form of leaning into him.  He is showing me how to battle in a different way.  To battle by declaring heaven’s perspective into my circumstances.  By speaking truth and life into the world around me.  

Your Identity in Christ

The spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:26, 27).
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God (Galatians 4:6, 7).
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:9, 10).
See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. . . . Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And anyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:1-3).

Why Run – Part 8

What am I Running Anyways?

Reason #8 – Clean Water

Many of you know that I am running the Grand Rapids Marathon to raise money for the Hope Water Project. It took me quite a while in the process to grasp this piece. God has taken me on quite a journey as I have started to understand physical discipline. But then He started working into my heart compassion for the people in Sierra Leone. While I was enduring a small amount of physical discomfort, what these people are going through in an average day began to astound me. Many of them walking a mile or more to find any water; usually what equates to a mud pit. Then carrying this water all the way back to their villages to give to their children and families! It put a lot in perspective for me. Even while I was running, I had fresh water and even Gatorade; I cannot even imagine.

According to the United Nations, dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Our efforts will enable World Hope International to drill fresh water wells in Sierra Leone. Our goal in this project is to install 14 new wells.

For every $13 dollars that is donated, clean and fresh water is provided to a person. To reach my goal, I need 26 people to donate clean water for two people which is just $26 dollars! Please join with me in contributing to this cause today by clicking the link below to get started.

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Why Run – Part 9

So why am I running anyways?

Reason #9 –  Spiritual Discipline

On one of my longer solo runs I decided to run without music or other electronic distractions.  I forget if there was rain that day, but I won’t forget the question that God posed to me.   It was simple and straightforward.

‘How much time do you spend in my Word?’

At first I thought to myself, ‘Yes!  Finally a question where I feel like I have something to show for myself’ and immediately started listing out my items to God…  I spend lots of time listening to sermons and teaching of the Word…   Lots of time in worship too and there’s lots of truth and even scripture that can be found.  I even had a morning devotional that I had recently started.  In the most kind and gentle of ways, He stopped me.

‘I said my Word, not people’s interpretation of my Word’

Instantly conviction fell over me and I humbled my heart.  I knew that out of all the stuff I had listed, there was maybe only a handful of scripture that probably accounted for less than 5 minutes of my average day (and that’s when I thought I was doing good?!).

By His goodness and His grace, He drew me into time with Him; time in the Word.   Never before in my life have I understood regular daily time in the Word.   I hadn’t spent significant, consistent time in the Bible as part of my daily life; except when I had been told to do so or had nothing else better to do… or worse, in guilt or shame.  All that stood in the way of me knowing more of Him.  I was missing something that is really simple.  Spiritual discipline – Just spend time in the Word to with Him.

That day I rummaged through a bunch of old boxes and totes from the move and found my Bible.  A few actually.  Having a Bible in storage, or sitting on my nightstand, or an app on my phone isn’t enough.  Opening it daily and seeking relationship with Him through it… this is what I was missing.  This is what I had forgotten about my first love.  So I began.  I sat down and asked Him what He would have me read.  I prayed that He would stir in me a hunger for Him and His Word.

So much of my life has changed since that day.  It has been more than just a hunger for time in the Word; it has been time with Him in prayer, meditation and worship .  It has been humbly coming before Him asking Him to bring Truth into my life/mind/situations; asking Him what He wants to change in my heart and mind.  Hearing the Word which is the standard in truth and letting in permeate my very understanding of who I am, how I am made and who He is.  Learning to walk in fellowship with other Christians around me; learning to be vulnerable.

He said that through teaching me about physical discipline, He would teach me about spiritual discipline.  He is faithful.  I have so much more to learn…

 

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