Posts Tagged ‘Throne-room of Heaven’

Fully Persuaded

“Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Rom. 4:21)

This is an exciting time for many as change brings new opportunities and a fresh season in God. Our energy and sense of purpose are intensified when we feel like God is handing us a new assignment… often it feels refreshing. Yet – I want to encourage you… set your face like flint and be fully persuaded in your “promise”. You need to understand that as you are moving into new places, new levels of conscious decisions are required. God says, “All things become new”. Not all that you have understood up to this point will be of value in the next season and not everyone will share your new found joy. Some of your former mentalities and relationships might even try to oppose or stop you if they can!

Leaning on Others:

As we are serving the Lord in our daily assignments, ministries and lifestyle choices, we have learned to lean upon others and others learn to depend on us and watch us as we move forward. They’ve learned to depend on our character and become comfortable with how we work or how we respond to life in transition. Something is always changing, but in Christ all things are established for our peace and consistent increase. Beyond the expectations of others, is the Highest Calling we know – to lean on God! In effect, we can bless others more when we bear evidence of a life that is fully persuaded by what God is saying… fully persuaded by what God is doing… and even fully persuaded when we are unaware of where it will lead us! I often have to remind myself to never set my heart by the opinions of man.

Move in the “Now”:

When the time comes for a change many find it hard to believe that it is the will of God for you and they may even speak against it. Those who do not speak faith words are not to be listened to. You are wise to surround yourself with people who pray and find their greatest hope in God. They believe in your success and pull blessing into your path. Every time they speak your name in the Throne Room of Heaven, something is happening for your good in God’s purpose. It’s at this point that you will discover who is on the Lord’s side! Lean forward into your “now” moment and allow the momentum of grace to shift your thinking and your living. You have never been here before and you will only know the direction by hearing God’s Voice.

I say: BE FULLY PERSUADED and HOLD YOUR COURSE – for the Lord is calling you up and out to a new place where He can enlarge your influence! (Mic. 2:13) Your King, Jesus will pass before you!

To Lean on God

“Being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” (Rom. 4:21)

The question for every heart is… “will you believe, will you become persuaded?” Reasons might fail and facts might lie, but God will not allow you to stumble and fall from His grip, if you are willing to be persuaded that He has power to do what He has promised! Never give up and always remind yourself that you are being trained to do only one thing… to lean on God! What you will discover is that its the greatest adventure of your life.

New Opportunities:

This can be an exciting time, as change brings new opportunities and a fresh season in God. Our energy and sense of purpose are intensified when we feel like God is handing us a new assignment… often it feels refreshing. Yet – I want to encourage you… set your face like flint and be fully persuaded in your “promise”. You need to understand that as you are moving into new places, new levels of conscious decisions are required. God says, “All things become new”. Not all that you have understood up to this point will be of value in the next season and not everyone will share your new found joy. Some of your former mentalities and relationships might even try to oppose or stop you if they can!

Leaning on Others:

As we are serving the Lord in our daily assignments, ministries and lifestyle choices, we have learned to lean upon others and others learn to depend on us and watch us as we move forward. They have learned to depend on our character and become comfortable with how we work or how we respond to life in transition. Something is always changing, but in Christ all things are established for our peace and consistent increase. Beyond the expectations of others, is the Highest Calling we know – to lean on God! In reality, we can bless others more when we bear evidence of a life that is fully persuaded. Our influence becomes most effective when we are fully persuaded by what God is saying… fully persuaded by what God is doing… and even fully persuaded when we are unaware of where it will lead us! I often have to remind myself to never set my heart by the opinions of man.

Move in the “Now”:

When the time comes for a change, many find it hard to believe that it is the will of God for you and they may even speak against it. Those who do not speak faith words are not to be listened to. You are wise to surround yourself with people who pray and find their greatest hope in God. They believe in your success and pull blessing into your path. Every time they speak your name in the Throne Room of Heaven, something is happening for your good in God’s purpose. It’s at this point that you will discover who is on the Lord’s side! Lean forward into your “now” moment and allow the momentum of grace to shift your thinking and your living. You have never been here before and you will only know the direction by hearing God’s Voice.

Your King, Jesus will pass before you! (Mic. 2:13) The Lord is calling you “up” and “out” to a new place where He can enlarge your influence!

Heartprint

A footprint is not a lasting mark in sand, dirt or even along a well traveled path. Yet when open doors are entered, based on the invitation of God Himself, the lasting imprint never goes away. I often come up into the Throne Room of Heaven to meet with God and never have I left without a lasting impact upon my heart.

Every invitation makes a mark.

 I recall the voice that summoned the Apostle John from places that contradict all reasonable comforts. From the Isle of Patmos, he says, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard a loud voice, as of a trumpet saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last… Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw… (Rev 1:10-12).

That’s all it takes for me. I sense my heart completely captured by the sound. A voice; His signature sound, speaking in the proximity of my ears, always causes me to turn. I am distracted from the clutter, pulled into what I hear from Heaven and supernaturally taken by what I had already given my life to. His love has set my gaze, so I will always turn toward this voice. Like David’s surrender; it exposes my weakness as well. He says, “When You said seek My face, my heart said to You – Your face Lord, will I seek.” (Ps 27:8)

Let the heart speak at God’s invitation!

You see, it was my heart that took the step into the Throne Room and because it did, my ears have remained attentive and enticed by the sound of Heaven’s voice. Your voice oh Lord, has made its footprint upon my heart and no storm or wind or earthly thing can wash the print away.

Unrealistic Expectations

Awaiting the New

It might take a transformation!

As a pastor, I find getting along with difficult people to be one of my greatest challenges. Learning to deal with them effectively requires me to face my own unrealistic expectations of them and of me.

I often expect Christians to be spiritual rather than carnal. However, through the years I have come to realize that I deal with carnality everyday; so why should other Christians be different than I?

 I have discovered that believers are more likely to be carnal than they are to be spiritual. We must recognize that this has always been true in the Church. After all, most of the books of the New Testament speak to carnality issues, more than any other topic. Had these believers been spiritual, great portions of these books would be missing from our Bible. If I need those portions, then so do most folks in the Congregational setting.

Second, I find myself expecting difficult people, along with every other person in the Church, to love me. Somehow I get the feeling that I am failing in my ministry if I can not earn the love of every person in the Fellowship. This unrealistic expectation creates incredible self-induced pain, because there is no Church where the pastor is loved by everyone. At any given season, 10 to 20 percent of a congregation would prefer to have someone else as their leader. Learning to accept this as normal, frees me from the bondage of  seeking the approval of every person; while my primary aim is to please the Lord Jesus Christ. 

God finally brought me to the place where I realized it would be sufficient for me to live my life rooted in the love of Christ.

 The Apostle Paul’s prayer has become my focus; “to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:18-19)

Filled with all the fullness of God!

 Learning to break free from unrealistic expectations took a transformation in my thinking. I needed to recognize that the way I thought was robbing me of the fullness I was after in God and could never maintain. Staying filled required consistent visits to the “Throne-room of Heaven”, where I sense the love of Christ revealing the Father’s heart toward me… and in me. With my root system in the heavenly soil of God’s love; there comes a change of focus for me and a freedom to be myself. It also puts a renewable resource in my ”love tank”, so that I can love others more effectively.

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