7 Day Prayer Series: Day 6

Day 6.

Unite my heart to you

“Unite my heart to fear your name” (Psalm 86:11)

This world is full of division and our sinful heart’s are no different. More and more of us are divided between wanting to resonate with God’s heart, and fulfilling rebel desires and impulses. Unity becomes a word instead of a way of living. However, to be a Christian is to kill sin and stay on the side of righteousness, united with the Lord.

Sin divides our attention and affection to the Lord, but there is a way to move into unity. To counter the effects of this divided world our frequent prayer should be that God rid us of spiritual divisiveness, that we may not be hot and cold so God can unite our hearts in him.

Tune in for Day 7 (last day) tomorrow with a prayer on favour.

Blessings ❤

P.S If anyone has any prayer requests please make them known via comments or email and I’d be pleased to make my requests for you known.

Psalm 51

Happy MONDAY 🙂

This weekend was amazing! I got to celebrate a best friend’s birthday with some great people up North. Fellow blogger Sophia (justlovethemanyway.wordpress.com) was with me and it was great. We all were one with nature in the great outdoors. I realized being there in the stillness of nature that we don’t need to drive hours to a quiet place because we can have that quiet place in our heart. We can have a new heart, less clustered, rich in love and far from clutter. As great as it was being in an isolated area we must know that where God is there is peace, even in the busiest place there He is.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10–12)

I used to treat God as a big eraser that got ride of every wrong or mistake and pardoned me. But God does not only mean to rub the page clean but He intends to write a new story in sin’s place, replacing what was broken, wicked and death with love, faithfulness, and life.

Sure, it took being away from the city to realize this but I refused to let this realization leave me once I made it back to the city. The gospel doesn’t just get us out of hell; it also makes us new. Grace doesn’t just help us shed the weight of past sins; it empowers us to feel and live differently.

Let’s take David as an example. David says, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me” (Psalm 51:3). He had just seen a married woman bathing naked from his palace roof (2 Samuel 11:2) then lusted over her and brought her into his home and slept with her, then got her pregnant. He then tried to cover his sin by having her husband come home from war and sleep with her (11:9-13). He murdered an honest man to protect his affair.

I love using David as an example because in some ways I was David. The adultery, the lying, and the murder were all just symptoms of a larger, deeper problem. David was evil at his core. Sin infects and cripples us more than we’ll admit, and far more than we ever know. So, to simply rely on grace is one thing but to have a new heart is another. Let our prayer not end with forgiveness (Psalm 51:1) but with newness.

This week’s song is Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart) by Shane & Shane (I will post the video once I find it on YouTube)

CAST ME NOT AWAY FROM YOUR PRESENCE LORD!!! THIS IS MY PRAYER TODAY. DEAR JESUS, DO NOT CAST ME AWAY FROM YOUR PRESENCE BECAUSE I AM TOO COMFORTABLE IN MY SIN AND RELY HEAVILY ON YOUR FORGIVING NATURE. YOU ARE GRACIOUS AND SLOW TO ANGER, RICH IN LOVE AND GOOD TO ALL BUT RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN ME OH GOD. TAKE NOT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT, RESTORE IN ME THE JOY OF YOUR PRESENCE ❤

Pray for me saints, as I pray for you. Amen

A Heart That Forgives

Hello everybody! And welcome back to another week of Music Monday’s!! Glad you could join me in this goal to turn Monday’s into the new Friday’s. This week’s song speaks to my heart so much, it is literally the cry of my heart and I’m sure some of you may feel the same way. It speaks about a heart that forgives. Oh how hard it is to have a heart that forgives in a time where a lack of forgiveness and offences remain prominent. Today I’d like to address the problem of offences.

Matthew 24:3-10 discusses the signs of the times and the end of the age

  • Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will bethe sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

Now in Luke 17:1-4 Jesus warns of offenses

  • 17 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to himthrough whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you,[a] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you,[b] saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

What is offence?

“The word offence comes from the Greek word, Skandalon. The word means a snare, a noose or a trap” (Dominion, 2014). It also means something that makes someone to stumble or fall into a scandalous act. The connotation between the stumble and the scandalous act is often times inseparable because the stumble causes use to make rash decisions. Offence just like anger is a normal emotion; however, it is pivotal that we not sin in that anger the same in the case of offence.

Matthew 24:10 reads ‘And then many will be offended, will betray one another and will hate another’

This passage explains that when we allow ourselves to be offended and we don’t deal with it it leads to other very damaging emotions. This occurs in marriages, work places (can I get an AMEN) and takes up a high percentage among many, there’s also the issue of it being right at our home churches.

God warns us in Proverbs 18:19 that ‘A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city.’ Wow. This means that it is a lot easier to conquer or win a strong city than reconcile a brother who is offended. This is serious considering the fact that many get offended by minor issues, maybe an usher asked you to move from where you are sitting and you are not happy or someone pointed something out to you that you’d been trying to avoid. Let’s do an evaluation, do you know someone who may be offended with something you’ve done or are you the offended one? Let’s change that today, this Monday.

Signs that you are offended

  1. Withdrawal from relationship and fellowship
  2. Resentment
  3. Distrust: Offended people lost trust for everybody. A church member that is offended can lose the respect and trust and esteem he or she has for the leader.
  4. Betrayal
  5. Unanswered prayers. Carrying offenses can lead to unanswered prayers. So look in your heart now. Jesus said in Mark 11 that if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
  6. Rebellion
  7. Recollection of events. Selective memory.

How to deal with offences.

  1. Forgive quickly. Ephesians 4:32
  2. Learn to confront issues biblically. Matthew 18:15-18
  3. Pray for your enemies. Matthew 5:44
  4. Make a decision early not to revenge. Romans 12:17-19
  5. Give the situation to God in prayers and stop talking about it. Talking about it gives the situation more power.
  6. Love unconditionally. Maybe the most important as it sums all the point up.

This week’s song is Kevin Levar’s – A Heart That Forgives

All We Have To Give

HAPPY MONDAY! This is the second week of Music Monday’s and I am super soaked to share this week’s song with a little background on worship for the week.

As we worship God, we give Him ourselves. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethern, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.” Under the Old Testament some of the Jews were not offering their best and were condemned for it. Under the New Testament we do not offer animal sacrifices as the Jews did under the Old Testament; but we give Him our lives in service to Him as a living sacrifice. In doing this we must give Him our all. Anything we do for God must be our very best. Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind.” All our heart, soul, and mind, or in other words, all we have to give.

We may not have much money or possessions to offer and that may matter to some of our friends, but God is so much greater, all He needs is US. I use to think because God has everything there was nothing I possibly give Him because I didn’t have much in the bank anyway to bring forth to offering but what I’ve realized (the long way) is that none of that is the case for him, that I shouldn’t let possession affect my presentation to him because what I should be bringing is my heart, my mind, my life… my everything.

I’ve now begun giving him the songs I write, the words I speak, my time, my relationships. God isn’t picky. He just wants YOU and all you have to give.

Now I bring to you, Mali Music’s – All I Have to Give

Don’t Follow Your Heart

“Follow your heart” is a common doctrine contained by billions of people. It’s the belief that our hearts will guide and lead us to happiness if we just listen to it. The belief is that our hearts will save us. Our hearts will not save us. Rather, we need to be saved from our hearts.

This doctrine is not found in the bible beyond contrary belief. The Bible actually sees the heart as a disease: “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus continues by revealing the many problems and symptoms that springs out from the heart: “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19). Therefore, this should not be a model to live by.

An example can be if you are in a romantic relationship with someone and you get a rush that penetrates your heart every time they’re around, do you follow your heart because of what seems to be a spark running through you? If this spark grows and you’re longing to keep the spark lit does this mean you should follow your heart telling you the only way to keep this flame is to have premarital sex? NO. Your heart is fleshly. You need to keep your sexual emotions and desires in check, especially being vigilant over your body. To my female readers, remember that where a woman’s heart goes, her body longs to follow. Women often make the mistake of lowering their physical guard during this stage of emotional connection, to follow their hearts desire. Our hearts desire should be to worship God; we can only do so by following Him and only Him, not an organ. Your heart is great in revealing things to yourself, but God is even greater at leading you based on those inner revelations.

There’s no doubt that the heart is a very important organ as it is the reason for our existence, but if we make our hearts gods and ask them to lead us we will be miserable. Therefore, do not believe your heart but direct your heart to believe in God. Just like our eyes, or our nose, these body parts can lead us astray but not God. Note that Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).

So, though your heart will try to shepherd you in revealing certain feelings, do not follow it. Do not be fooled, your heart is not a shepherd, it is a distraction because the “heart wants what it wants” and what it wants is far from what God desires. Remember your heart only tells you how you feel and what you want but not where you should go. Our hearts is more like a sheep that has wolf-like tendencies. Don’t follow it, and be careful even listening to it. Although through the increased heart rate you can become aware of a new love your heart doesn’t tell you where to go from there, the “what’s next” question. After all, Jesus is our shepherd as revealed in Psalms 23 and John 10. Listen to his voice and follow him (John 10:27).

Why do you think God tells us to guard our hearts above all else – above our lives, our faith, our relationships, our hopes, our dreams, or whatever we hold dear? God knows, He knows how easy it is to open up our hearts, and follow it, wholeheartedly (pun intended). Emotionally, the heart leaps for joy when we delight in something or someone. It also aches when we experience disappointment or loss. The heart is the core of our experiences in life, so when God is saying for us to guard our heart He is saying, “Protect the source of your life- the physical, spiritual, and emotional source of your well-being.”

Our Hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led.

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