Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Our God HEARS and Answers Prayer

Whenever I pray specific prayers and then see their answers come to fruit, Holy Spirit focuses me on the truth that Abba hears me personally and specifically when I pray.  That sounds like a no-brainer, but what I mean is that God... Almighty God Who sits enthroned above every universe known (or unknown) to humanity looks right at me each time I offer prayers and bring petitions to Him. That level of intimacy blows me away.

I'm particularly recalling the night I sat at the end of my sofa beside a huge window in my living room and I talked to the Lord like I always do - as He graciously taught me - just as if He was sitting beside me in bodily form... as I would to a trusted friend.  That night I beseeched Him earnestly regarding the two serious relationships I've had with men; one marriage that failed and one near-marriage that also failed.  The two men were a lot alike.  I've realized that wherever I have gained God's authority due to deliverance and healing, God puts me in a place to minister that healing to a man. In other words, I always get a man who suffers with the same structures and protections from which God has delivered me.

For example, I'm tenacious against pride because once I was the poster-girl of it. There are still areas of pride Daddy exposes in me, for I am far from perfect, my friends. Also, I can detect gross fear in men because God has delivered me from being afraid of my own shadow - that's also an ongoing work within me.

In the past two relationships, I had great difficulty at times just getting along with each man. The marriage was especially hard - I needed deliverance from wounds incurred during it.  The second relationship had much fewer trials, but it ended tragically for me, and I again needed God's healing touch.

So, on the couch that night, I beseeched the Lord to please give me a man I could at least get along with while the various protections and structures are being exposed in us both. (Make no mistake, beloved, there are two sides to every relationship, and God is doing a "dual" work within every union.)

That's exactly what He did.

The marriage I now have has its pressure points and areas of protections and structures, BUT...

The love that my husband has for God and his extremely deep desire to know God's heart more closely and vividly has melted my fears and crushed all prideful inclinations within me.  This man wants two things in life, in this order:  The Godhead, and me.  For him, the rest is gravy; for him, learning more about God with me is all there is.  For me, that's a marvelous example in leadership and unconditional love. (I cover every word of this testimony with Christ's Blood.)

What's going on between us has brought me back to that night I sat praying alone.  It's caused me to realize more starkly than ever that, as I sat praying that night, Abba was looking right at me.  He heard every single word I said and understood the agony salted with my tears.  He determined (assuredly even before then) to answer me according to the earnest desire of my heart, and He blessed me with the marriage my soul has been seeking.  Amid everything, Daddy's plans to affect deliverance and healing within us both are being realized day by day.

Beloved, I unashamedly bless the Name of the Lord, for HE ALONE is the God Who specifically hears and answers prayer.



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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Favorite Place in God

I was sitting on my couch yesterday just "thinking" my love to the Lord - you know how that is - and as my eyes welled with tears, I realized I was entering my favorite place... God's heart.

Yahweh is my vision.  He is my soul and its answer to every situation. How can people live without God?  Well, the answer is they don't - they only exist outside of faith in Him. I understand what merely existing is about (like most - been there, done that), and it is not for me.

By God's great mercy, the things of this world have no meaning for me any longer; I have stolen myself away to my favorite places in God, and I visit them regularly.  My heart dwells in Heaven - its eternal name is "Heaven Dweller", and God is bringing that designation to life more and more.  Thank You, Jesus.

When I entered my favorite place yesterday, I was thinking about God's heart towards death.  Yahweh doesn't look lightly on the pain and sorrow caused by death; dying is no joke to Him.  Through Christ's shed Blood He has defeated the sting of death (sin) and separated His Beloved from its devastating hold forever.  Daddy's declaration over the earth and His dear children at the consummation of all things is the total destruction of death and its cohorts.  Our God hates death and dying; He entered into it only to save us because (through sin) we became its prisoners.  Make no mistake, my friends - death is NOT a part of life, it is an enemy of God and man, and it will not escape God's wrath:

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (1 Cor. 15:26)
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away."  (Rev. 21:4) 

The overwhelming love God feels for all of mankind cannot be experienced by us in fullness while we're connected to the flesh because it would kill us.  But the drops of powerful essence He readily and generously bestows are so rife with intoxicating good will and intensity I am riveted into compliance with His Perfect will and only desire to serve Him, obey Him, and love on Him for eternity.  He is altogether lovely, folks... and He is worthy.

Do you ever escape to your favorite places in God?  Which ones are they?  If you have not stood in the searing light of His heart's all-consuming affection, I recommend it more than anything.  Dare to stand amid the thunderings of love surrounding God's Throne and rapturously inhale the saturating, transforming fragrance of His heart's precious thoughts and desires concerning you. It is a place of unspeakable joy, beauty, honesty, obedience, shelter, peace, passion, courage, delight, security, and power for all who desire to dwell therein.  It is my very favorite place.



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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Personal Declaration of Thanks

Thank You, God, for saving my life last night.  I will not fully realize Your unstoppable provision until I get to Heaven.

You stopped that car - we could have died; there was nothing in our power to be done. But You, my Lord, looked at the death coming and proclaimed over  us, "Not So!"


Abba, if I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I am sorry. That's a serious matter - that's an important thing.

I will re-set my mind to ask for every jot and tittle of Your will; I will not assume that I know what to do.

Thank You, God.  Thank You, my God, for saving my life last night. Your GREAT mercy found us and freed us from the gaping maw of death.  We escaped the fowler's snare, and our souls were preserved.

Blessed always be the Name of the Lord!



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