After God's Own Heart Ministries

After God's Own Heart Ministries

Our Mission: To reach the world for Christ through the medium of the internet and other social media.

A Life Given in Obedience to God is a Life Worth Living

“There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all cost, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. (This includes meeting the needs of your heart.) One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.” — Oswald Chambers

 

Romans 5:18-19 NIV 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

 

Just like the life of Christ, given to God in absolute obedience saved the world. So can our lives, given to God with that same obedience, be used to save others or to serve others.

 

The spirit of selfishness is running rampant throughout our society. Its seems that everyone is focused on themselves and what they can get out of life, no matter the cost.  Its a “if it feels good, do it” mentality.  “I see it, therefore I want it and must have it” appears to be a common theme.  It doesn’t matter if it belongs to another or causes one to sacrifice their morals or integrity.

 

But that is not what God wants us to focus on.  Because He said He will provide all that we need, His desire is for us to let go of our wants and be ready to be used to provide for others.  This may mean providing our time, sharing our provisions or simply telling someone the truth about His gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.

 

Our lives have the most meaning when given, obediently to God for His purposes. If we are not living for God, then we are not living at all.

 

Be thankful. Be grateful.

dracy November 11, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Use Me Lord

DO YOU REALLY MEAN IT WHEN YOU SAY….USE ME LORD?…Because it’s not going to be your made up version of USE ME LORD.

BEING USED means praying for and loving your enemies, loving them, not what they have done…it means being humble and quiet, when you just want to burst…it means taking a strong stand , even though your too afraid to take a step..it means trusting God to handle things that you feel like your ready to jump all over by yourself, right now!!!..it means giving to those in need, not just money, but your time…of yourself…it means forgiving over and over again…it means GO WHERE GOD TELLS YOU TO GO… without question…DO WHAT GOD TELLS YOU TO DO…immediately…it means to SERVE

Sometimes I even have to remind myself…

God Bless You

 

dracy November 11, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

Speaking The Truth In Love

What ultimately defines whether you are a Christian or not, is not what Denomination you belong to, but whether you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in your heart. – Ravi Zacharias

Romans 10: 9-10 NLT If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

What God is requiring from us is very simple in my personal opinion.

Confession and Believing

Everything else is us, going through the motions of trying to live a life pleasing to God, without doing what He has asked us to do.

1 Samuel 15: 22 NLT “What is more pleasing to the LORD:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

You can continue to do things your way or trust that God knows what He requires from us, then do that.

He’s not trying to make this hard. Satan is. Our flesh is. The world and our Society are.

In our desires to be free and have it our own way, all we accomplish is a life, drifting further and further away from He who created us and has created all things. The only One who truly loves us for ourselves. The One who knows what sin has really done to us and the fate it has sealed for is, if we continue down this path of trying to live our own life.

No matter what you tell yourself, or what your friends say, or what society claims…(I’ll say this as lovingly as I can), Hell awaits those who chooses not to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and believes that He was resurrected as the Savior of those who choose to believe in Him.

Look around you and ask yourself, who or what do you really want to trust your life with: God or this world?

May the Holy Spirit speak to the core of your heart and give you clarity to the answer to this question.

dracy August 23, 2016 Leave A Comment Permalink

He Is Awesome!!

“Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.” — Lloyd John Ogilvie

Luke 8:24-25NLT 24 The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” So Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm! 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” And they were filled with awe and amazement. They said to one another, “Who is this man, that even the winds and waves obey him?”

I was intrigued this morning with the thought of being “awed” by God and what does that really mean.

Awed is defined as: being inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence. -vocabulary.com

In my terms, it means to me, that God is so amazing, so wonderful, that its hard to wrap my mind around all that God is and all that He does.  Basically, my finite mind cannot figure God out. And I’m thankful that I can’t.

For if I could, then there would be no faith. God would be brought down to my level of thinking and understanding, and to be honest, that would not be a god that I would or could put my trust in.

I am so glad God’s ways are not mine.  I’m thankful that when I can’t love myself, He does.  When I lose hope, He provides it.  When I am weak, His strength is in abundance.  When I see test, trials and storms, God sees reproving, renewing, restoring, cleansing and unconditional love.

Are you in AWE of God today?  Does He fit in your box of understanding, and control, or do you simply worship and praise Him in fearful wonderment and reverence?

God isn’t “the man upstairs”. He’s not “the big guy in the sky”.  He’s not just “a force of nature”, a feeling or a religion.  He is God!  He is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The Creator of All.  Omnipotent, Omniscient, Eternal.  Beyond our comprehension, yet right here with us. Loving us in spite of ourselves. Forgiving, patient, merciful and full of grace.

Do you stand, kneel, sit in awe of Him today?  I don’t know about you, but He is worthy of all honor and praise. He’s worthy of our worship and reverence.  He deserves all the glory. For He is God.

May He continue to reveal His awesomeness to you. May He bless you with all that you need today.

Where There Is Light, There Is Liberty. Where There Is Jesus, There Is Victory

The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow. Jesus is the light. He has overcome death.  — Dwight L. Moody

John 8:12NLT Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Where there is light, there is liberty.  Where there is light, there is freedom.  Where there is light, a person can see.  Where there is light, darkness overcomes it.

Where there is Jesus, there is liberty.  Where there is Jesus, there is freedom from sin and despair.  Where there is Jesus, a person can see the Love of God.  Where there is Jesus, satan is defeated and we have the Victory!

Everything that’s positive, healthy and good, grows in the light.  Everything that is positive, healthy and good in us, grows in the light; the truth and love of Jesus.

Therefore, allow the light of Jesus to fully envelop you today. Not only will it light your way out of a dark place that you may have found yourself in, but it can also illuminate a way out of hopelessness and despair for someone around you.

Let HIS light shine and live the life that was WON for you.

Heavenly Father, once again we come to you with a grateful and thankful heart. For you have watched over us and provided another day to show us you grace, mercy and love.  Oh how, we desire to honor you and praise you in our thinking, our words and our actions.  Help us Oh Lord, to keep our eyes of Jesus and our ears open to the voice of your Spirit.  Order our steps and guide us in to doing thy Will.  May we represent you well today.  And knowing that all good things come from you and all that we are able to do today, is because of you, working in and through us.  We dedicate this day, to you. It is in Jesus name we pray and thank you, Amen.

Know that you are blessed and highly favored.

A Life Of Purpose Or Possessions?

“What you do every day should contribute to giving your life meaning. If it doesn’t, why are you doing it?” — Don Hutcheson

It sounds so simple doesn’t it?  To live a life of purpose and meaning.  Yet, we seem to struggle in what exactly are we on this earth for.  After the schooling, the relationships, the children, the careers, the houses, cars and titles; what’s left? When you look back over those years, what has defined your life? What can you point to that is of significance and lasting importance?

2 Timothy 1:9 NIV 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…

So at the end of the day, do we find ourselves living a life that would be pleasing to Christ or simply living a life that pleases us? Can we have both?  I would say yes.  For if we delight ourselves in Christ, then our lives will have meaning and purpose.  For all that we do with Christ as our foundation, will produce a fruitful life. And a life that produces good fruit, is a life that will have a lasting impact on others. A Life that is born from the love of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Our lives are more than gathering things and possessions.  Its what we possess within us.  Its what we are created to do for God and His glory and not our own, that gives our lives purpose and meaning.

May you find your ultimate purpose for life in Christ.

 

Rejoice…Because We Are Not In Control

“Worry is most often a prideful way of thinking that you have more control over life and its circumstances than you actually do.”  ― June Hunt

Philippians 4:4-9 NLT  4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

What we actually have control over is how we think about the circumstances that we face.  Its only at the time that we come to realize that God has the power and control to do what He said He will do, that we can humble ourselves and surrender our thoughts, feelings, and control, over to God.

I wouldn’t be sharing this if it was easy or if I had mastered it.  No, this is to share with you, how subtle the enemy can be in whispering to us that if we just work harder, pray harder, yell more or plead, beg and cry more, we can fix our situations.

The truth is, if we just rejoice at all times, because we know that God is in control of our lives, both spiritually and if we allow Him, mentally and physically, then the matter will work out in our favor, in due time.  But we are impatient and in need to be in control. Somehow, as strange as it may seem, we find some type of comfort in worrying about almost everything.  Even though we have heard the sermons, read the Word, listened to many lyrics of songs, that tell us over and over, that God is in control and will not fail His Children.

Our peace in this world will come from no other place than from resting, trusting and rejoicing in the arms of Christ.  For if it truly was in our control, would we still be worrying?

May God show you that you can cease from worrying when you cease believing that you are in control. What we have is CHOICE.  And I believe CHOICE is more powerful than Control.  But I will leave that for another time and discussion.

God bless.

How Solid Is Your Foundation?

“We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.” — Charles West

Luke 6:46-49 NLT 46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

If you find that your foundation is shaking, in my humble opinion, its not as important as who is shaking it, than what we have built your foundation on.

Jesus is the Solid Rock, on which we should have our foundation built upon.  He does not move or change by any storms, circumstances or trials that come our way.  However, anything and everything else will.  When God shakes our foundation, its because our foundation is weak, built upon something else, other than Jesus.  And its because God loves us, that He does not want to leave us in deception that our foundation is strong, when its not.

I Corinthians 3:11 NLT  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.

My brothers and sisters, we must keep in mind that we all are going through a process of having all our spots and wrinkles removed. Yes, our repented sins are forgiven, but there is a cleaning up process, a changing of heart, mind and attitude, that must be repaired from the ravages of our sins.

When we can come to understand that God truly loves us and when we surrender our lives to Christ, He will keep His Word to make us ready for eternity with Him.

Its all in our perspective of who God is and who we are in Him.

Thank you Father for shaking our weak and destructive foundations so that you can rebuild our lives on the right foundation…Jesus. Thank you for not leaving us in our sinful state. Even though it may hurt, please continue to remove ALL spots and wrinkles in our lives, so that we can be made right to spend eternity in your wonderful presence.  We love you Father and praise you for Jesus, your Spirit and your love.  It is in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

True Success

“Success is found in maximizing your potential for the good of others and the glory of God.” – Dr. Tony Evans

Joshua 1:8-9 NKJV 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

The world is fixated on achieving success, power, possessions and fame, at all costs.  Get on TV or any type of media, and say whatever and/or do whatever, to make a name for yourself and hopefully big bucks.

No longer does character, integrity, morals, decorum or respect, mean anything. Its all about achieving success as today’s society has defined it.

I’ll think I will stay with the success that comes with knowing Christ as my Lord and Savior.  Long after the ratings have dropped for that reality show, or the music has faded, or whatever is popular today, is no longer the “next great thing”, I will still have Jesus!  My sins will still be forgiven, my name written in the Book of Life, and my life lived for Him.

Then on that special day, my success will be revealed in hearing my Lord say, “Well Done!”

Be Encouraged. Hold on just a little while longer. Our Victory is assured.

Seeing Through The Eyes Of Faith

Everyone else thought, “Goliath is so big, I can’t beat him.” David thought, “Goliath is so big, I can’t miss him.” “A man of less faith might have been too nervous to take the proper aim.” W. G. Balikie

2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT  18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Its by faith in God that we must see this world differently. Where we see hate and evil, we must see and understand what the power of love and good can accomplish.  Where there is despair, we must see hope overcoming it.  Where there is a mountain or valley before us, we must see that mountain moved, that valley filled or even better, see ourselves climbing up and over that mountain or walking through the valley in strength, perseverance and thanksgiving.

Its by faith that we can serve and please God. Its by faith that we can endure all things with hope. Its by faith that we can walk through this world and be the light it so desperately needs.

Its by faith that we can and must see ourselves forgiven, redeemed and empowered to be mighty servants of our most Holy God. Its by faith that we know that we know that we know, we are indeed, God’s children, God’s chosen and His vessels to show the world His glory, power and might.

See yourself and your situations through the eyes of faith today.  And be victorious!

Heavenly Father we thank you today for your faith that grows and grows each day.  Open our eyes to see your power and Spirit working in and through us.  Help us to see our “giants” as big enough not to miss them when we stand before them.  And we know that we must face them to receive our victory and your glory, when we defeat them in your name.  Help us to stand in faith and trust that you see all and know all that we must face and have to go through. And remind us, Father, that you are always there, waiting for that one step of faith, to show your power, not only to our enemies, but to us as well.  We love you and praise you. It is in Jesus’ name we pray and thank you, Amen.

%d bloggers like this: