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Going After God’s Heart

Good morning, Father! Thank You for so many things – my wonderful wife, my exceptional son, a job that more than adequately meets my needs, a beautiful home, two churches that You have blessed me with to serve, a world of diverse variety in which to live – and my mind goes on and on! But, Father, most importantly thank You for Your love for me! For my salvation sure and free, for the awesome (and this is where this word truly fits!) sacrifice You made to make it possible for me to love You back! All praise and glory and honor to You, O God!

Colossians 3:1-4 (<<click here)

“…set your sights on the realities of heaven…” v.1b

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” v.2

Lord, I have much in this world for which to be grateful – but in reality, all of it is temporal. In the blink of an eye, it could all be gone…or I could be gone. There is nothing here that is forever. Only what You are involved with is eternal. When I step free from the clutches of this world nothing that I cling to here will be anything – it will all be as nothing. The only things that will remain are my relationships – my relationship with You (may it grow every day) and my relationship with others that are based on You! But even those relationships will be different – deeper, fuller, richer!

Help me to be a “man after your own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14Acts 13:22) and in that frame of mind to be forever seeking to establish your kingdom here on earth. May I be always striving to bring others into a closer relationship with You, Lord, so that they and I will be investing in what is truly worthy of our time and energies.

June 16th, 2015, Tue, 6:06 am

Wasted Fruit

Father, with Your grace and wisdom and by Your direction things are in place for worship today. Yes, the “things” are ready – bulletins, sermon, PowerPoint – but without Your infilling, Your presence, they will remain “things”. Fill me. Use me. May my heart and the hearts of those present be receptive for the in-planting of Your word. May it not just impact during our time together but may it take root deep within our souls so that it might grow and bear fruit in our lives.

And, Lord, may the fruit that it yields not just sit in a bowl on the shelf of my life – of our lives – but may we share liberally with all those around. May we not allow our society or preconceived mindsets hinder us from sharing with all, regardless of race or creed or religious background or upbringing. You, Lord, let nothing stop You from sharing Your love. May we do likewise. Fill us with Your love and compassion. Strengthen us. Embolden us. Enable us to partake of Your wisdom and power. May our efforts for Your kingdom not be full of us but full of You. Use me do Your will.

(Today’s writing came out of my time reading through my sermon for today. If you would like to read it, here is a link. I would like to acknowledge that due to my bi-vocational status I quite often use other pastors’ sermons and after some personal adjustments use them with my congregations. Credit is always given to the original authors.)

17-03-26 03 – Knowing Christ – A MINISTERING Heart – Humble (2)

Mar 26th, Sun, 6:33 am

See with Your Heart

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Father, though I didn’t sit and write yesterday, I am so glad we spent the entire day together. As You directed me on my sermon preparation and with other components for Sundays service, I was truly blessed. May Your Holy Spirit guide me throughout today, as well. Amen.

1 Peter 1:8-12 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, I am so blessed that though I have never seen You in the flesh I can love You. You have made Yourself available to me. I may not see You with my eyes but I surely see You with my heart because You first loved me, I can now love You.

Through the presence of Your Spirit, I can know You intimately.  I hear You speak. I learn from Your word – You enlighten my heart and mind with its inspiration. I’m able to avoid the pitfalls of temptation as You guide me to sidestep potential snares. Even when I come face to face with the enticements of evil, You are my strength to stand and not yield – or to turn and distance myself from what could pull me down.

I am not alone, nor will I ever be. As my physical body declines with age, as the trials of this world continue to press in upon me, I will be able to “rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy” for You are my salvation!

Lord, You know me to the uttermost both inside and out. Give me an unquenchable desire to know You more deeply every day. Amen.

Oct 21st, Fri. 6:20 am

Full of What’s Good

Father, I am grateful that You care about me. Most every morning You gently wake me up to spend some time with You – before my day gets rolling. Some days are easier than others. This one’s a little tough. Yesterday was wonderful Your presence in both services, a very enjoyable day with Karen! But even on good days – wonderful days – my mind can tangent! Thoughts of anger, superiority, frustration, lust, gossip, selfishness, pride – they all traipse through my mind. Sin always around the fringes of my mind, ready to trip me up, pull me down. Many times – most times – thanks to You, Father, they flit into my mind and are gone. But sometimes I linger just a little too long… forgive me, Father. Continue to fortify my defenses, help me to wield my “shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16) as I ought to. Give me Your strength and fortitude – I fail in my weakness but I am strong in You.

I Thessalonians 2:13 (<<click here)

Lord, what would I do without Your Word? As I shared with a friend recently what we fill our minds with affects what shows on the outside. Luke 6:45 speaks of storing up good things in our hearts. “for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Lord, help me to store up Your Word for as Paul says to the Thessalonians’ “this word continues to work in [we] who believe.” Of course the Bible is our main tangible source but You also use devotionals and speakers. You use music. You use periodicals and blogs and Facebook posts. Help me to fill my mind with the good. And please help me to be wary of the bad in close proximity – to throw up that “shield of faith” “to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” I am strong only in You!

July 13th, Mon, 5:44 am

Going after God’s Heart

Good morning, Father! Thank You for so many things – a good night’s sleep, my wonderful wife, my exceptional son, a job that more than adequately meets my needs, a beautiful home, two churches that You have blessed me with to serve, a world of diverse variety in which to live – and my mind goes on and on! But, Father, most importantly thank You for Your love for me! For my salvation sure and free, for the awesome (and this is where this word truly fits!) sacrifice You made to make it possible for me to love You back! All praise and glory and honor to You, O God!

Colossians 3:1-4 (<<click here)

“…set your sights on the realities of heaven…” v.1b

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” v.2

Lord, I have much in this world for which to be grateful – but in reality all of it is temporal. In the blink of an eye, it could all be gone…or I could be gone. There is nothing here that is forever. Only what You are involved with is eternal. When I step free from the clutches of this world nothing that I cling to here will be anything – it will all be as nothing. The only things that will remain are my relationships – my relationship with You (may it grow every day) and my relationship with others that are based on You! But even those relationships will be different – deeper, fuller, richer!

Help me to be a “man after your own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) and in that frame of mind to be forever seeking to establish your kingdom here on earth. May I be always striving to bring others into a closer relationship with You, Lord, so that they and I will be investing in what is truly worthy of our time and energies.

June 16th, Tue, 6:06 am