Wednesday, June 15, 2016

HOW IS YOUR HEART?


 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 NIV
 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”                                                                                            1 Corinthians 13:1-2 NIV
When a couple can’t love, many times they’ll do things for one another, but they don’t really ever connect. A husband can repair things around the house, cut the lawn, and repair things for his wife … but doing things for another person is different than connecting emotionally.
“The 5 Love Languages” is great, material but unless you somehow connect emotionally with your spouse, he or she will not feel loved.
When we don’t feel loved in a relationship, we have an emotional problem.
The worse possible scenario for a couple is when both the husband and the wife have locked hearts so that both are unable to give or receive love.

LOCKED HEARTS ILLUSTRATION 
 
The very best scenario for a couple would look like the below illustration where both the husband and the wife's heart are open so they are unhampered and free to both give and receive love.

UNLOCKED HEARTS ILLUSTRATION
Questions for couples to consider or for caregivers to contemplate when seeking to help a couple:

      Can each spouse receive love from someone when it is offered? Or is the heart locked to this possibility through self-protective vows and strategies that come from damaging relational events in the past?
·                    Is each spouse able to give love or is it inaccessible?
·                    Evaluate both sides of the marriage with a couple. Draw or show them the above Locked Hearts and Unlocked Hearts illustrations so they can see what you mean graphically.
·                    What would it be like if I were to use a bolt cutter to cut the padlocks off so that both of the husband and the wife would be able to give and receive love from each other?
·      The two aspects of love that we are most interested in seeing develop are:
1.     The capacity to lavishly extend love to others, and
2.     The facility to receive love appreciatively when it is given.

Taken from the teaching of John Regier, "Caring for the Heart Ministries"

Monday, April 4, 2016

BE ANGRY AND SIN NOT

ANGER is “the emotion of self-preservation of one’s worth, needs and convictions.”
By Les Carter & Frank Minirth, The Anger Workbook, Thomas Nelson, 1993.

Anger, in itself, is not bad. There is good anger and bad anger. “Be angry and sin not” indicates that not all anger is sinful: anger may be productive, useful and helpful.

Anger is a God-given emotional response to a perception of being treated unjustly. It is an emotion that is designed to lead us into productive and constructive action.

Anger turns into sin when it is harbored and allowed to breed resentment, hatred, a vengeful spirit, bitterness, wrath, and/or a critical spirit. Anger can also be buried within leading to passive behavior, withdrawal and disconnection.

What are your thoughts about anger?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

EASTER 2016

Click on "Full Screen Box" on right bottom of video below
 Then hit "Start Arrow" in middle of video

video

HE IS: 
~The Word of God
~ The Messenger of God
~ The Humble King 
~ The Bread of Life

HE WAS:
Rejected, Abandoned, Mocked, Beaten, Bruised, Pierced, Crucified, and Buried 

BUT the NAILS could not HOLD HIM
THE CROSS could not FINISH HIM
THE STONE could not KEEP HIM
DEATH could not  DEFEAT HIM

HE IS OUR:
  • RANSOM
  • REDEEMER
  • DELIVERER
  • SAVIOR
HE IS:
  • MIGHTY 
  • GLORIOUS 
  • HOLY 
  • EXALTED
HE IS RISEN!
                      2013 Church Video 

AND HE IS COMING BACK
VERY SOON!

                                                                                                                  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Change from the Inside Out


When God spoke to the Old Testament governor of Persia, Zerubbabel, about the important task of rebuilding the temple, He told him, “The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant” (Zechariah 4: 10, NCV). 

In listening and inner healing prayer, it’s as though God is rebuilding His people into a beautiful temple for His Spirit to dwell in. Even the seemingly slowest and smallest steps in our inner healing are hugely important. Over time Your Wonderful Counselor can and will do an amazing work deep within you.

In the Gospels, Jesus was fond of saying, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19: 26; see also Mark 10: 27; Luke 18: 27). Or as Paul declared in his book to the Romans: “Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out” (12: 2, MSG).


This post was adapted from Rustenbach, Rusty (2011-09-22). “A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places,“ P 142. NavPress / Tyndale House Publishing.

Monday, February 22, 2016

I Will Be Still & Know You Are God



I love to listen for and to Your still small voice in the morning. I exercise Your authority by binding the other voices to silence and listen: What is Your quickening and empowering word for me this morning? Part of Jeremiah 23:29 came to mind:
 
“Is not My word like fire?” says Adonai,
“or like a hammer that shatters rock?”

Yes it is, Lord God Almighty. You have exalted Your Word as in Psalm 138:2:

“I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your 
name for Your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for You 
have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.”

The word “come” enters into my mind:

“Come unto Me, all of you who labor and are
heavy-laden and I will give you rest” 
Matthew 11:28. 

What an incredibly wonderful invitation oh my Three-in-One! I come this morning to You because You are the One who was, and is, and is yet to come:

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and
you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy
wine and milk without money and without cost” 
Isaiah 55:1.

I am bankrupt and can not earn the quenching of my thirst. Still, you invite me to come, drink, eat and to allow You to nourish me in my inner person. What an incredible invitation!

“Be Still and Know that I Am God”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n01-5SQFa8
Click on above photo to watch and listen.
 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Short But Sweet L2G (Listening to God)



It’s a gorgeously sunny, still, but cold morning outside my window. I exercise Your authority, Jesus, over all of the inferior and misleading voices commanding them to be silent and not interfere, and ask You to speak to me. Oh how I need You!

I Am here inside and beside you. I am Your best Friend, the One who is closer than a brother. You are NOT alone – I am here deep within you and I have you surrounded with Holy angels and My presence. Rest in Me as the One who called you, holds you, loves you, and is totally for you.
~ Anonymous

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Testimonio de una experiencia de la oración que sana


La forma en que Dios se ha comunicado conmigo mayormente ha sido a través de imágenes. Practicando la oración para escuchar a Dios y obtener sanidad de Él, en una ocasión después de preguntarle acerca de la causa de mi fuerte enojo hacia mi madre al ser muy insistente en sus recomendaciones y sobre todo si yo no estaba de acuerdo, El me mostró llevándome en mi mente al tiempo en que nací.

Yo heredé tanto el temperamento como los rasgos físicos de mi abuela paterna quien la había tratado con menosprecio y abuso especialmente en el tiempo de recién casada y durante nuestra niñez.

Dios me mostró que especialmente mi temperamento llegó a ser de tristeza y dolor para mi madre. Aunque Dios le ha dado un corazón tan increíblemente lleno de amor por mí y mis hermanos (y hasta por la suegra) el enemigo usó su tristeza, dolor y muchas veces enfado para hacerme sentir que mi temperamento era malo y algo muy feo en mí. Esto constituyó una gran herida en mí que satanás aprovechó para crearme un sentimiento de inferioridad y de resentimiento hacia mi madre.

En el nombre de Jesús reprendí a estos espíritus malignos que habían tomado parte en estas heridas y pedí al Espíritu Santo limpiarlas y sanarlas y que me mostrara Su verdad acerca de estas mentiras que creí.

También sentí la necesidad de pedir perdón a Dios por creer en ellas y perdonar a mi madre en el nombre de Jesús por haberme lastimado aunque no era su intención.

El me mostró Su presencia desde que me hizo en el vientre de mi madre, lo ví mirándome y contemplándome con amor y me hizo entender que El me entregó a mi madre para ser de alegría y consuelo para su corazón ¡Como lo he sido muchas veces!...en lugar de tristeza.

Fue increíble darme cuenta que en ese momento Dios quitó esa carga pesada que ni siquiera sabía que llevaba y que mantenía un ciclo vicioso que había sido un obstáculo entre mi madre y yo para tener una mejor relación.

Dios me llenó de paz y de un sentimiento nuevo de valor y desaparecieron el dolor y la amargura que me causaban esas heridas.