With this New Year I’m sure you all have some new resolutions…. I know I have made a few myself. But the biggest resolution this year for me is to allow my HEART to grow in LOVE with the FATHER. I know some of you are saying that we are always supposed to do that, and I agree. But I’m not just talking about saying and thinking “I love you Jesus with all of my heart!”. I’m talking about daily, intentionally giving my HEART to Jesus so that it may grow in love towards Him. Hebrews 10:22 says, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” It’s a new year; let’s all get our hearts cleansed and our bodies washed with His pure water! There is something that happens when we fully surrender our heart to Him. I found that a good place to start is by asking the Holy Spirit for help!!! The primary goal of the Holy Spirit is to cause the HEART to grow in LOVE towards the Father. Then it’s as simple as letting Him love us!! When we posture our heart in love before the Lord, He will overwhelm us with His love like a rushing river! Sometimes we think that we have to “try” really hard to receive His love. Let me tell you right now, you do not have to strive or perform for His love! He always loves us and longs for us to open the door to our heart to let Him in so that He may dwell with us. Let’s sincerely open up our Heart to the Father!
So in this challenge of allowing our HEART to grow in LOVE with the Father, I would like to recommend some FREE resources that I have found really helpful in keeping my heart engaged. Of course I am putting all of these resources underneath the Bible. Please check out everything you hear to see if it lines up with what the Lord is saying in the Bible.
(Click on each title to go directly to the sources page)
When we posture our HEARTS before the Lord in prayer and worship, we are creating an atmosphere for Him to come and dwell with us. David’s Tabernacle was a place of 24/7 prayer and worship that reflected the thrown room of Heaven! John Crowder said in his book, ” Worship is a powerful place of intimacy which engages our HEARTS. Out of this intimacy, we learn to hear God.” I would encourage you all to take a hold of this free resource through out the year and just receive what God has for you through this powerful place of prayer and worship.
Rick Joyner is a very insightful and prophetic leader from Morning Star Ministries. He sends out a letter each week covering the topic that he has chosen to discuss. Right now he is sharing his thoughts on “how to be prepared for the times”. As we prepare our HEARTS to grow in love with the Father, I believe Rick will be touching on some very basic yet important issues that will help us along the way.
Bill Johnson and his ministry team up at Bethel Church have touched and shared on some very powerful and insightful messages over the last 15 years or so. They have created an atmosphere of truly believing and seeing what the Lord is saying. Fill your hearts with these messages of encouragement and challenges that you can walk out each week.
Mike Bickle is the founder of IHOP and has been pressing into this new heavenly dynamic on Earth for over 10 years! He has a heart for Jesus and teaches really practical and attainable messages that will thrust you closer to the heart of the Father. I would encourage you to listen or watch his “Intimacy with God” for this new challenge we are in. He also has a wealth of other free messages, notes, and teachings to take advantage of.
This is a place to be encouraged by what the Lord is doing around the world. Weather its healings, miracles, signs and wonders; God uses those that have given their HEARTS to the Lord. When our Heart is for the Lord, fully, He will start speaking to us and showing us how to walk in His ways. When we are walking in His ways we have complete access to the Kingdom of Heaven! Jesus showed us what happens when you walk under the authority of the Father and how the Kingdom of Heaven is released. It is not by our strength, but by the mighty power of our Father. All that to say, you will start seeing some amazing healings, miracles, signs and wonders in your own walk. Share them so that you may encourage others in their walk with the Lord. That is what this resource is for!
I hope that all of you take this challenge serious; and are able to plug into these free resources; the fruit will be long lasting. I will leave you with this verse.
John 15:16 : “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
Blessings this New Year,
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