Change My Heart O God

There is a instance in the dialogue between the prophet Samuel and the newly appointed King Saul concerning what would be for the Lord’s chosen vessel.  Samuel said, ‘The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightly and you shall prophecy, and you shall be changed into another man.  The word states in 1 Samuel 10:9, after being told he must wait, ‘God changed Saul’s heart in one day’.  The point is that in one instant God with one thought, one word can powerfully change your heart to His.  The question for you today as was always with Saul is this; will you serve God under His distinct annointing which can loose your tongue and change your life?  Today I am impressioned with the simple little song which says, “Change my heart O God, make more like you….” So great is His influence He can change your heart today!  A friend recently shared a letter written by Corrie Ten Boom in which she declares strength for every believer in these days by saying each must find their own Pentecost and be endued with power for what comes on the whole world.  Will you get yourself still before the Lord today and let Him inspire and create in you a clean heart filling your life with His power and purpose?  You are His Ambassador–but only with the changes He can make in your heart–today!

The Word

The Enemy uses the fog of confusion to effectively disrupt the vision and purpose of God. It is important to understand no matter where we are relative to the fog–we will live by our faith. That’s right; it is never by sight anyway.  And when sight is clouded, my hearing becomes of utmost importance.  How is your hearing?  If we know faith comes by hearing the word of God, then God’s word and His voice is the key to our uncertainty.  Your life as a Christian will be defined, refined and ultimately proven by this word that you hear.  You simply will not have faith or even proper obedience unless you hear the word correctly.  Timing is everything and perceived need essential if I am going to find the divine directives the word offers me. Isaiah 55:1; offers us an invitation by saying, “Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink–even if you have no money! Come,…” The word brings an invitation into my life–a portal through which God’s thinking can flow into my darkness giving proper direction from my clouded judgement.  And where my foggy thoughts have left me stranded, this word would be the impetus to move me forward without fear.  This word promises a satisfaction that bread alone cannot.  Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”  It has the power to strengthen your bones to make you stand up, fill out and fast forward you from dark to light in one single instance.  This word comes to impart the faith like Abraham as God Himself speaks to your own heart, calling you from the fog you’re living in.  It could be a fog of confusion, of doubt, of fear, of failure, of lies and deception so thick that this word could be wasted on you.  But make no mistake, the fog will break down communication of this word unless you recognize the invitation this word is making to you.   You need to see the absolute importance of this word–it’s a powerful thing!  You and I often spend money for things that leave us short and the fog remains, but God desires that we discover a line of communication that leaves us well informed and confident–ready to display His thoughts and a testimony that proves His word will affect my quality of life and living.  I have seen the fog of confusion, and I tell you this word can powerfully remove its effects to give you the will and way to move ahead toward the promise no matter what you see.  His invitation to you stands and His word will remove your fog.  I believe He is saying, ‘timing is everything, so come now, everyone who thirsts, come now…’

The Anointing of God

1 Jn 2:27 says, ‘You have an anointing you have received from the Father which abides in you.’ Think with me…this is the single most powerful concept that John reminds us of to combat the work of deception which daily presents itself to you. Just think, an anointing that instructs, promotes, and supports the work of your salvation in this present hour.  What are you doing with the anointing? How are you treating it?  Recently someone gave me an article entitled, “The Man God Uses” (He most surely has an anointing).  You have an anointing, I urge you draw near to its application by the power of the Holy Spirit in your life and find a balm which can sooth, heal and restore your life exchanging your weakness for His strength.  To every true believer there is given this anointing.  It is an anointing that activates truth by informing me of His thoughts toward me.  It elevates my relationship with the Father by seeing myself as a son with a rightful place at His table.  It covers my life with His power to conform me to His image and enables me to practice victory rather than defeat.  It is an anointing that actuates love in my life identifying me as His disciple.  The Word says, by this love all men will come to understand that you are identifiably changed and uniquely His.  I don’t know about you, but I need such an anointing that can take my  feeble “want to” and make it a living reality for His glory to the restoration of others.  You want the anointing?  Ask for it and don’t stop asking until He gives what He has promised to every son who believes.

The Work of God in Prayer

Recently in prayer, I began to understand the source of my frustration with others.  In my discovery, I realized how I had waited on men and not waited on God.  I had waited on men to be my help;  I had waited for men to have the answer.   I was waiting on men for my next move.  It was hindering my progress slowing me down and making me angry.  I saw my failure to wait on God was causing me to miss His move and with it, His great provision.  Bottom line, it was the fear of man and not the fear of God.  I began seeing where the fear of man ensnared me and left me without a Godly mandate to move forward.  That fear of men kept me from confronting my problems and issues with others.  It left me without a voice that could speak as God to inspire true leadership that moves to victory.   I did a lot of preaching at the problem, but was distant from confronting it head on with real solutions born out of relationship.  The people were not my problem, but failure to wait on God was.  Could it be God is calling you to a ‘relationship of waiting on Him’?   In your frustations,  your failure to wait is a failure to get a word from Him to speak directly with divine wisdom into the lives of others.  You like me need to see the work of God in prayer.  It is a work that reveals willingness to wait on God bringing rest from other men’s agendas.   In prayer, the Spirit of God will cause you to find a ‘fresh wind’ to fill your sails and propel you forward to victory.

The Rain That Brings Harvest

God says, ‘If you love Me and serve Me with all your heart, I will send the early and late rain bringing the necessary provision to finish the work of harvest in these times’ (Deut. 11:13-14). We live in difficult days, yet glorious days when you consider the Master commands a harvest. He presides as Lord of the harvest urging our service as His followers.  In James 5:7-8, He says to you in these days, ‘be patient brethren until the coming of the Lord’. The reference to brethren is a reference to kinship and friendship; if you care to receive it, is a call to discipleship. It is a call to follow the things that drove the ministry of Jesus. In these two verses he says, consider the farmer and be like him.  What about the farmer you ask?  He is waiting on the precious produce of the soil with a vested interest in the field.  These verses remind us the coming of the Lord is at hand, and that we should find ourselves committed to the produce of His field.  Like the parable of the talents says about His return, He will be looking for your produce.  He is not coming back so you can show Him your stuff.  His return will be all about souls and what you’ve done with the seed He gave you.  Jesus said, ‘lift your eyes and look on the  fields white unto harvest’.   Right now, amid perhaps, the greatest mixture of Christianity and darkness the world has ever known, there is a harvest waiting.  However, one can only reap by being a friend of Jesus as John 15 states.  He is saying, ‘I chose you, I appointed you to bear fruit, I appoint you to a harvest’.  ‘Understand the season of my return is near, I’ve given the early rains, but it’s the latter rain that ushers in harvest.’  The body of Christ need remind herself and be encouraged that the rain of God’s blessing for harvest comes to a people–to a whole hearted people– who have lost themselves and yet been found, in a place of prayer.  Praying with expectatation, they are looking to be found faithful in their work with a complete dependance upon the Lord who sends the rain that brings harvest.  Do you understand the signs of the times?  Have you heard His call?  Let’s pray for eyes to see His field and for the rain that brings harvest.

In Times Like These

Times like these are days marked by uncertainty. There are pressing fears without and fears within. For the believer, there remains only one constant; it will be the insight you draw from the Word of God that keeps you; it will be this truth that gives you a bearing. When Jesus fed the multitude with one small boy’s offering, He makes a point giving insight into times like these. That day, there was not enough money to feed such a crowd, yet the favor of God at Jesus’ blessing was all that was necessary to transform small things into great. The point is we are living in times when your resources will fail, and it will be more important than ever to understand His ability to take the small things and make great impact, not only in your life, but the lives of many others. In times like these, in the coming days ahead, who are you going to trust? Jesus offers the favor and blessing of God that can unlock the wealth of His kingdom. Like that small boy, He desires to use you and that small gift you possess. What will you do? Times like these require decisive action. What about your gift? It’s greater only in His hand producing the blessing of God–in times like these.

‘Let Down Your Nets’

Where is Jesus? You look in scripture and still find it hard to hear His voice. You ask, but don’t seem to find His answers to your questions. But make no mistake, His voice always comes to His disciples from the shoreline on their sea of trouble to test their faith and give them hope and a greater harvest.  John 21 tells us Jesus told His disciples to ‘let down their nets’.  It was in the middle of trying times where their faith was being tested.  There was great fear, discouragement, and a great wondering about ‘tommorrow’ because Jesus had left them, but then comes His voice skipping off the water, saying, ‘trust me, do as I say and reap the harvest of my blessing and abundance’.  I believe He would say that to you, if know Him, ‘Child, let down your net’.  You have sought comfort in things of this world and found nothing that lasts.  You have, to quote John’s gospel, “no fish”, and there is nothing to show from the labor of your own strength; so why not try His?  Come, ‘let down your nets’.  I believe He would say, ‘come to the place of surrender; it’s a place marked by My suffering because of the cross.’  It is instant provision in exchange for your strength.  Today, He sits at the right hand of God’s redeeming power to display abundant life to those who will hear Him speaking from the shoreline of their weariness to say, ‘let down those nets and take up your cross and I will lead you, and my voice will surely speak saying, come follow me and know the love I have for you.’