Sunday, April 9, 2017

His Hand or His Heart?

If most of us are honest, we'll admit that - at least starting out - we're more interested in seeing God's hand at work in our lives than His heart.  It may sound harsh or even strange, but the flesh loves to make demands of God on the "work" end of things. It's true.  The flesh wants "action", folks - and it wants it NOW - doesn't it?

"Do this for me, God... Do that for me, Savior... Right now, O, God... RIGHT NOW!"  I'm not saying God can't act quickly on our behalf, but I am saying that, very often, that's actually the cry of the flesh in "soulish" prayers that have little or nothing to do with the humility and maturity of the Spirit of Almighty God.

So then, what's it like to seek His HEART?  What does that really mean, and what elements does it entail?

I'll tell you right now, it's not about anything the flesh will enjoy... not at all.  Seeking the "heart" of Daddy means looking - first and foremost - to do things HIS WAY (on HIS TERMS), and on HIS SCHEDULE and TIME TABLE.  That's right.  And one of the highest forms of refinement applied to every child of God straight from His Heart is learning to wait on His will and plan in our lives.  What's more, seeking Abba's heart means not "figuring out" things on our own day-to-day, but allowing Holy Spirit to lead the way and do the decision-making in every aspect of life - ESPECIALLY in transforming our mindsets, views, and belief systems.  (Can't you just see the flesh cringing?!)

When we "seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness", what do you truly think that means?  Scripture also says that God's Kingdom is not meat and drink, but "righteousness, peace, and JOY in Holy Spirit", right?  Beloved, all those elements (Righteousness, Peace, Joy in Holy Spirit) are attributes of Yahweh's character.  They are components of His HEART!  So we are actually told directly by the scriptures what part of God we should be seeking first - not His hand, but HIS HEART!  For within God's heart is the very Kingdom of God that sustains us, the character that teaches us what it is to be true children of the Father, transformed into the image of Christ Who Himself is the exact image of God.  Amen!

Deny the flesh every day, beloved, trusting and believing that when we first seek God's HEART, we will see His hand in everything. Believe, and you will see!

Have a blessed Palm Sunday, everyone!


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Friday, March 17, 2017

God Will Sustain You

Abba will give us courage to face the inevitable exposure necessary to advance in relationship with Him.  He'll strengthen and grant us the humility necessary to hear and receive truths about ourselves our flesh doesn't want to hear.  He will not leave us to our own devices, nor let us ultimately fall.  Stumbling is one thing (and He can keep us from that also), but utterly falling is another.  As long as we are willing to meet Him even half-way in His desires to change and elevate our lives, Holy Spirit will open our hearts to humility, conviction, correction, and release of all hindrances to our freedom, clear thinking, and resolve to show God's unconditional love to everyone.

Remember, there is no such thing as "losing face" or "looking bad" before God.  He already knows absolutely everything about our grossly-flawed, rancid flesh.  Abba only desires to bring us out of all fear of accountability and denial of our own issues.  He wants to loose us from all self-protections and structures. He wants us to embrace repentance so we'll be totally exonerated before Him and advance rapidly in the freedom He's planned for us.

I've learned first-hand that God will also enable us to trust His unfailing, unfaltering love of us through the times we must come into personal accountability to Him, so He can bring radical change and deliverance to our lives.  He'll bring us safely to the crossroads where we must choose between embracing pride/resisting change, or embracing His humility/welcoming change.  He'll love us through all of it, and He will enable us to love ourselves (which is really important).

Let Jesus deal with you; cast all your cares upon Him; know and believe that He won't hurt you.  He only desires to affect change within you for your certain good, so you will not ultimately fall, and  He can be trusted to sustain you.
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Looking Ahead with JOY!

Glory Shield Ministries is four years old.

Today I am praising God for all He has done, is doing, and will do.

Today I feel great hope has finally landed on this nation - our nation - and the best is yet to come. The warmth of Almighty God's benevolent heart and the light of His unfailing love intensify daily on our beloved America and on the Body of Christ.

This beautiful blog called Daddy's Girl is part of the Glory Shield Ministries family, and it extols and expresses the magnificent heart of God in ways that have blessed multiplied thousands throughout the earth. Four years and going strong; even with the various, exciting, and challenging elements of my personal life illuminating and fortifying each day, I want all readers of this blog to know that, God keeping us, fresh posts here will resume shortly.

We love you and haven't forgotten you. There's always room for Daddy's Girl! Thank you all so much for your prayers and shared vision for this ongoing, amazing online ministry and all of its components. Its prolonged success has encouraged, affirmed, and blessed my heart completely!

As scripture says, "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." (Ps. 118:23)

Looking forward to the coming days by God's mercy, grace, and power...


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)