Posts Tagged ‘compassionate’

Pulling On God’s Heart

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people… If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chron 7:13-15).

Ministry Breakthrough:

Our Lord Jesus said fasting would be necessary for His disciples when He was no longer with them in person. “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Mt 9:15). Notice Jesus is giving the impression that the disciples would need to fast in order to pull information out of the spiritual realm after He was gone.

The early disciples remembered the words of Jesus and made fasting a vital part of their spiritual lives, especially when breakthrough was needed. The outstanding work God accomplished through them speaks for itself. They could easily hear God speak to them through prayer and fasting and so their activities in ministry were more effective.

Just imagine the scene as those disciples were worshiping and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke with amazing clarity. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them“. So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them into ministry (Acts 13:2-3).

Personal Breakthrough:

We must recognize the value of fasting and prayer, as we consider our own heart toward God. Many times in my life, I have seen wilderness experiences turned into opportunities for promotion, simply because of fasting. Turning sorrows into joy and mourning into dancing, must not be left to chance or opportune times. We must move into our responsibility as stewards of our spiritual destinies, because we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and fasting will separate us from spiritual laziness, where we stop expecting God to bring success and lay it at our feet. Jesus told His disciples that when they prayed and fasted, God would reward them publicly… openly (Mt 6:18). I have watched God move with Kingdom resources when I gave myself to fasting.

“Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

Healing – Body, Soul & Spirit

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing as a key evidence of revival.

Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not just upon the physical realities of her life, but emotional wounds. He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

God provides all kinds of healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

Remember that the meaning of revival is to live again, to bring back to life or to breathe fresh life into something that is dead. God’s pattern is to restore lives, spirit, soul and body; and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our whole being. No question, we have real difficulties in life; yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. God has made provision for our wholeness.

He is Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals Us! (1 Pe. 2:24)

21 Days of Fasting

January 1-21 2012. Join RevivalHut Ministries for 21 days of Prayer and Fasting; Seeking God for breakthrough in the Nations!

Prayer and Fasting is probably the greatest avenue to awaken our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. God is always speaking to us as a nation, a ministry and as a people. The key to listening is sensitivity. Only those effectively hearing God are effectively responding to Him.

National Breakthrough:

When breakthroughs are needed, we should fast and pray! God is watching and listening. He makes Himself vulnerable to the hungry heart by leaning in to the seeker and responding quickly to the ministry of prayer. I am convinced that nothing so captures His attention as a group of tenacious intercessors pleading at the Throne of God for breakthrough in the nations.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people… If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.” (2 Chron 7:13-15).

Ministry Breakthrough:

Our Lord Jesus said fasting would be necessary for His disciples when He was no longer with them in person. “The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Mt 9:15). Notice Jesus is giving the impression that the disciples would need to fast in order to pull information out of the spiritual realm after He was gone.

The early disciples remembered the words of Jesus and made fasting a vital part of their spiritual lives, especially when breakthrough was needed. The outstanding work God accomplished through them speaks for itself. They could easily hear God speak to them through prayer and fasting and so their activities in ministry were more effective.

Just imagine the scene as those disciples were worshipping and fasting. The Holy Spirit spoke with amazing clarity. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them“. So after they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them into ministry (Acts 13:2-3).

Personal Breakthrough:

We must recognize the value of fasting and prayer, as we consider our own heart toward God. Many times in my life, I have seen wilderness experiences turned into opportunities for promotion, simply because of fasting. Turning sorrows into joy and mourning into dancing, must not be left to chance or opportune times. We must move into our responsibility as stewards of our spiritual destinies, because we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and fasting will separate us from spiritual laziness, where we stop expecting God to bring success and lay it at our feet. Jesus told His disciples that when they prayed and fasted, God would reward them publicly… openly (Mt 6:18). I have watched God move with Kingdom resources when I gave myself to fasting.

“Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13).

Called By God?

 I am beginning to think that the concept of being ”called by God” is being applied to anything and everything that is difficult. I hear folks use the word called for things like: parenting, teaching, downsizing your house or car, volunteering at the food bank, giving some bread to a struggling family, letting a friend live with you, or quitting your job.  The fact of the matter is that you actually can be called to do any of these things and more! But it raises the question…

 What does “Called By God” mean?

It creates a bit of confusion when any of these things require a call in order to be done. You see, by saying that God has to call you to help a person in need, unintentionally sends the wrong message about God’s specific and unique call upon a person’s life. God’s call is specific and unique to each individual based upon their gifts and personality, but we are all involved generally in loving others and discipling the nations. 

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:31). 

What makes the Christian life so satisfying is its opportunity to embrace the purposes of God and feel a deeply shared responsibility to reach out to all of the people in our path. Its the message we carry that moves us beyond what most of the world considers normal. You and I really need no special call to meet the needs of those around us, we simply must be aware and available. Our daily responsibility before God is to live self-less lives; to give our lives away. Jesus clearly expected us to live compassionate lives that reflected His heartbeat.

 ”Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me” (Mt 25:40).

 I will be the first to confess that adopting an orphan is somewhat abnormal. It doesn’t seem like many have embraced this opportunity (I haven’t), but we have to ask if this is the way it should be?  Should it be that in order for someone to care for another person who has nobody to care for them, they need a call from God? We must allow our hearts to feel rather than only believe what our head tells us. So much of what God has asked of us gets explained away by our comfort or convenience.

 Could it be that compassion itself, is the inner voice of God calling us to move with His purpose in mind? 

God delights in us and wants to use whoever will respond. Every Christian should live with a confidence that they are called by God and with that call, experience daily personal encounters that enlarge their heart toward His purposes in the Earth. These moments become our points of contact that establish our belief in destiny… God’s destiny. I have heard many stories from very common, yet incredible people describing the call of God as a visible bright light, audible voice, visit from an angel or a dream. However it comes, God calls us to serve Him and then reveals Himself to us, so that the purposes He has in mind can be accomplished. It amazes me still that God uses frail humanity; wears us like a glove and expects to transform whatever He touches through us.

 His promise to the trusting heart is that He watches over His Word and delights in performing His will…  (Jer 1:12).

Emotional Wholeness

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon inner healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing emotional wounds.

Emotional Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not upon physical healing… instead, He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

 God provides inner healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

God’s pattern is to restore spirit, soul and body and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves you and I unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

 He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our souls. No question, we have real difficulties in life; particularly with people, yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”.  God has made provision for our emotional wholeness.

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