Our Heart’s Desire for 2020

Sharing the gospel

What’s your heart’s desire for the year, 2020?

As I drive my granddaughters to school of the mornings, we work on memorizing scriptures. Then we pray over our day and for other concerns or needs we have. I also model for my granddaughters how to formulate prayers from the specific scriptures we are working on. In this way I am attempting to teach my granddaughters to pray biblical prayers.

By doing so, we can be confident we are praying according to the will of God. If we are praying according to his will then we can be confident he hears us. And if we know God hears our prayers, we can be equally confident he will give us what we are petitioning him for (1 John 5:14).

When we were working on memorizing an example prayer by the apostle Paul from Colossians 1:9-13, I asked my granddaughters from the list of things Paul prayed for the Colossian believers which they would pray for themselves. Without any hesitation, Anna, age thirteen, answered that she would be filled with the knowledge of his will. I think many of us would have the same heart’s desire. We all want to know what God’s will is for our lives. Ezekiel 33:7-9 reveals an important element of God’s will.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”

God’s will is that we warn others of the result they will face if they reject salvation. We can accomplish God’s will by sharing the gospel with whosoever he gives us opportunity in 2020. May that be our heart’s desire and may God give us the desires of our hearts.Sharing the gospelSharing the gospel

Our Heart’s Desire for 2020

Sharing the gospel

What’s your heart’s desire for the year, 2020?

As I drive my granddaughters to school of the mornings, we work on memorizing scriptures. Then we pray over our day and for other concerns or needs we have. I also model for my granddaughters how to formulate prayers from the specific scriptures we are working on. In this way I am attempting to teach my granddaughters to pray biblical prayers.

By doing so, we can be confident we are praying according to the will of God. If we are praying according to his will then we can be confident he hears us. And if we know God hears our prayers, we can be equally confident he will give us what we are petitioning him for (1 John 5:14).

When we were working on memorizing an example prayer by the apostle Paul from Colossians 1:9-13, I asked my granddaughters from the list of things Paul prayed for the Colossian believers which they would pray for themselves. Without any hesitation, Anna, age thirteen, answered that she would be filled with the knowledge of his will. I think many of us would have the same heart’s desire. We all want to know what God’s will is for our lives. Ezekiel 33:7-9 reveals an important element of God’s will.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”

God’s will is that we warn others of the result they will face if they reject salvation. We can accomplish God’s will by sharing the gospel with whosoever he gives us opportunity in 2020. May that be our heart’s desire and may God give us the desires of our hearts.

Our Heart’s Desire for 2020

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What’s your heart’s desire for the year, 2020?

As I drive my granddaughters to school of the mornings, we work on memorizing scriptures. Then we pray over our day and for other concerns or needs we have. I also model for my granddaughters how to formulate prayers from the specific scriptures we are working on. In this way I am attempting to teach my granddaughters to pray biblical prayers.

By doing so, we can be confident we are praying according to the will of God. If we are praying according to his will then we can be confident he hears us. And if we know God hears our prayers, we can be equally confident he will give us what we are petitioning him for (1 John 5:14).

When we were working on memorizing an example prayer by the apostle Paul from Colossians 1:9-13, I asked my granddaughters from the list of things Paul prayed for the Colossian believers which they would pray for themselves. Without any hesitation, Anna, age thirteen, answered that she would be filled with the knowledge of his will. I think many of us would have the same heart’s desire. We all want to know what God’s will is for our lives.

When determining God’s will for our lives lets considered Ezekiel 33:7-9:

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”

This scripture reveals an important element of his will. God’s will is that we warn those who are walking in rebellion to his word and his ways. God wants us to share the gospel with whosoever he gives us opportunity in 2020. May that be our heart’s desire and may God give us the desires of our hearts.

 

Restored Relationships

by Veda Thomas Lucas

Peter and Jesus

Scripture describes a time in the Apostle Peter’s life in which he had done what he thought he couldn’t. On the night Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, He predicted that all the disciples would be made to stumble because of Him. Mark 14:27 (NKJV) Peter in his overzealous confidence responded, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.” Mark 14:29 (NKJV) Peter was so sure of himself he proclaimed emphatically that if he had to die with Christ he would not deny him (Mark14:31NKJV).

God, in His omniscience, had zeroed in on a weakness in Peter’s character. Through humbling circumstances Jesus allow Satan to shift Peter, pruning the pride that would prevent him from becoming the leader of the early church God intended him to be. Along with Jesus’s prediction of Peter’s denial was that of his restoration in answer to His prayer for him. After his repentance, he was to be used to bring the other disciples to a restored relationship with the Lord. Luke 22:31-32

Is there an area in your life in which you’ve grown self-sufficient, overly confident, or adamant you couldn’t fall into temptation concerning? Often, we can identify these areas by the lack of time we spend in prayer over them. If the Holy Spirit brings something to mind, ask the Father to prune that tendency from your heart. Give Him permission to use whatever means is necessary so that you may fulfill the purposes He has for your life.

Mark 14:29 (NKJV) Peter said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be.”

Father, help us guard against pride that causes us to act independent from the power of the Holy Spirit. Help us to always walk in a spirit of humility aware of our great need of you regardless of the task. In Christ name, Amen.

 

Prayer Warrior

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by JoAnn Finley Black (Used by permission)

God sent me up the Amazon, with happy children to play.

The experience was so joyful,

I was tempted to stay.

God sent me to the mountains,

where poverty is very real.

I happily cooked for the workers,

and prayer-walked the ancient hills.

God sent me down to Mississippi,

the work surely was hard.

The food was good, fellowship sweet,

I survived happy but tired.

God sent me to Laurel Lake Camp,

to prepare for the summer’s youth.

Ii was surprised at my assignment,

cleaning  toilets was so uncouth.

God sent me to help Kentcuky Changers,

and I was truly blessed.

I helped feed three hundred teenagers,

when they came home to rest.

God’s sent me to the broken, broken dreams, no joy, no play.

He whispers, “Be still and listen. I’ve sent you here to pray.”

 

Teach Life

by Veda Thomas Lucas

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After being on the mission field in China for 15 years, Hudson said in a letter to his mother, “I continually mourn I follow at such a distance and learn so slowly to imitate my precious Master. I cannot tell you how I am buffeted sometimes by temptation. I never knew how bad a heart I had. Yet, I do know that I love God and love His work, and desire to serve Him only in all things…often I am tempted to think that one so full of sin cannot be a child of God at all…”

I don’t think Hudson Taylor was enslaved to some horrid sin. I think as he grew in his intimate relationship with God, he grew in his hatred of sin and despised even the hint of it in himself. Yet, he struggled because of his perception of a servant of Christ. Eventually, Hudson came to the place he rejoiced in the finished work of Christ realizing as he said at the end of his letter, “I rejoice in the riches of His grace that has made me accepted in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace,                                                                          by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

If we have fallen somewhere along the way, if we didn’t trust him, if we wanted our way more than his, let’s do as Jesus instructed Peter. Let’s share what we know that God has taught us when we blew it,—let’s be real and teach out of our lives. Let’s allow God to use us where we are as we are while He continues His sanctification process.