I have some heavy things on my heart, one in particular has been a lead weight there for quite some time, but God is faithful and moves when He knows the time is right. Over the months I have prayed for tenderness and warmth in the heart, and this is what the Lord is showing me:
I see a meat tenderizer in the hand of a Chef, in front of Him is a piece of meat that resembles a gray, stony lump. As I watch, He carefully begins to tap the meat with the tool, He turns and flips the lump over and over while remaining steady in his pulverizing. As He works, I see the gray stony lump changing shape, form and color. The Chef is purposeful in His tapping, hitting right where it needs to be hit. When He is done, He reveals a warm, red and beating heart.
The scene changes and now I see a Man in front of a block of ice with a dark spot in the center. In the Man’s hand is an ice pic and He begins to chip away at the ice. He moves all around the block, chipping and chopping. As He works, He is humming and talking to the ice block, I cannot discern what He is saying, it’s for the block only. I watch Him work slowly, but purposefully and when He is done, the ice is in the shape of a human, and what was once a dark spot is now a beating heart.
I hear the Lord say “I AM working on the inside. When I work on the inside, the outside begins to change and conform to the work of My hands on the inside. I have heard your prayers and I know your heart’s cries, know that I AM at work on what you have asked and cried for. Release their heart to Me and know that I AM molding it to what I have purposed it to be.”
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV).
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts (Proverbs 21:1-2).
This encouraging word is not simply for me only, but for those of us who have loved ones with seemingly icy and stony hearts. God is doing something wonderful and good, and with this encouragement, we can stand on His faithfulness! We can praise and thank Him for His wondrous works and He will be glorified in our prayers.
Today’s word is “Do not worry”.
I find it interesting that Dictionary.com defines worry as:
verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
1. to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret.
2. to move with effort: an old car worrying uphill.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
3. to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
4. to seize, especially by the throat, with the teeth and shake or mangle, as one animal does another.
5. to harass by repeated biting, snapping, etc.
I see a picture of young man in a rocking chair, his face is twisted and he’s wringing his hands rocking back and forth, back and forth. I don’t know how fast time is passing, but as the man rocks and wrings his hands, he ages. He ages faster the more he rocks, and not only is his face twisted, but his knuckles become gnarled and twisted as well. Worrying has worn him down and aged him.
I hear the Lord say “I did not tell you to not worry as a suggestion, it is a directive. I AM not a god of torment, and worry is a tormentor. I AM peace, I AM strength, I AM all you need. When you cast your cares upon Me you cut off the twisting arm of worry, and you muzzle it’s harassment. You have sat too long in the rocking chair of worrisome thoughts, allowing torment and harassment to age you. Come into My Presence, the Light of My Love and and be set free from the tormentor. Where My Spirit is, there is freedom refreshment. Increase your faith, increase your peace and increase your joy. Come to Me, cast your cares upon Me for I see how tired and weary you are. Come to Me and be free.”
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life (Matthew 6:27 NLT).
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7).
Mark 2:22 ““And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” (NLT)
Today is a double digit day – a day of doubles – what would you like to see double of today? Blessings? Love? Anointing? God loves to bless His children, we simply have to be ready to receive His blessings.
I love when Jesus spoke about wine – His first miracle was turning water into wine, and not just any wine, but the best there is! He turned the ordinary and tasteless into something sweet, sassy and unexpected! If He did it for a wedding, how can we not think He wouldn’t do it in our marriages or other relationships and ministry?
Here, He is saying old wineskins won’t adequately hold new wine. Why? Old wineskins have been saturated and soaked, they hold the flavor and bouquet of the old wine and prone to breaking easily. If a new wine is poured into the old skin, not only could the skin break, dumping the wine all over the place, but the integrity of the wine itself could be compromised.
God has new wine for us. He wants to give us a double portion of the sweet, sassy and unexpected wine He creates out of the mundane – we must reach out with a new wineskin to receive it. When we limit God based on our past blessings, past experiences and what has already come and gone, we are basically giving Him an old wineskin. He has so much more for us, let’s not limit Him! Let go of yesterday and reach for today! He longs to take us higher and deeper and from glory to glory.
Go and get filled double today!
#newwine #gotlove #doubleportion
Today’s word is “Chess”.
I remember as a little girl, my father would sit and play chess with me. He would try to explain the intricacies and strategies necessary to play the game, but I never seemed to grasp it. What I understood was the pawns took a beating, bishops, rooks and knights had cool moves, the Queen protected the King, and “checkmate” meant someone won. I can appreciate a game of chess, but I rarely consider strategy when playing.
I see a chessboard, and we, as the Bride, are the Queen, there are different kinds of angels as pawns, knights, rooks and bishops, and only one King. In this game, the King directs the games strategy, the Queen rests on her knees and everyone else moves where the King tells them to go.
I hear the Lord say “There are assignments sent against you, but I AM here to remind you that no weapon formed against you will prosper. My love protects and conquers, and every tongue that rises up I will condemn. For in My game of chess, I, the King, protect My Queen, and direct the steps of the pieces. For every one of the enemy’s pawns that move toward My Queen, I have already cleared a path to safety. Move where I move, go where I go, and understand that no Word of Mine returns void. My Word goes out and accomplishes what I have sent it to do.
The assignments against you will come in the form of jealousy and envy, gossip and backbiting for I AM doing a work within you that others do not understand and the enemy wants to hinder, but as your King and Protector I remind you, he will not succeed. Do not allow his pawns to invade your space by dwelling on the attacks, for I have given you what is necessary to block them. Stay connected to Me, abide in Me, partner with Me and stand firm in the wisdom and understanding that I have you covered.”
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV).
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday (Psalm 91: 3-6).
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (John 15:7).
Today’s word is “Rejection”.
I see a garden, but I see it from the viewpoint of underground. There are many plants taking root in this garden. Some of the roots are wispy and fragile, others are thick and intertwined with other roots in the garden. Some are light colored, some are dark, others resemble bean sprouts, and others resemble tree trunks. But, no matter, all these roots are strong and able to put up a good fight if an attempt to dig them out is made. Now, I see the garden from above the ground, and where there are roots underground, there are weeds above. Every root is attached to an invasive weed, but the biggest weed in the garden has the largest and strongest roots. This weed is labeled “rejection”.
I see the Gardener wandering about the garden, He has his head tipped down and is intently focused on pulling the weeds. As He pulls the weeds and shakes the dirt from their roots, He goes to His cart and removes a potted flower, which He then plants in the place of the uprooted weed. Most of the weeds don’t appear to give much of a fight, and so He moves about the garden rather quickly. I notice these weeds are labeled “bitter”, “anger”, “fear”…and while they are rather bulky, they are easy enough for Him to pull out. As He moves toward the weed labeled “rejection”, He gets some tools out of His cart. Now, I see Him perched above the weed and He takes a saw and cuts the weed off at ground level. Then, He takes a spade and begins to dig out the root. I can see the root fighting and twisting to get away from the spade, but the Gardener is persistent in His quest. After a few intense moments of fighting, the Gardener grabs the root in the soil and jerks it upward, ripping it from the earth and places it in a metal bucket in His cart. He then takes a rose bush from the cart, top soil and fertilizer and tenderly plants the rose bush in the place where He pulled the root of the weed called “rejection”.
I heard the Lord say, “Though you may feel rejected, I have NOT rejected you. I have a place for you, and I AM working within you to destroy the root of rejection that has distorted your perception of Me. This world may reject you, but understand that I do not. I accept you because I love You and I lovingly created you for a specific purpose, and it is because of My love for you that I cut out the root of rejection from your heart.
There is a spirit of rejection infecting My children, and I am moving among you to cut it out and burn it. As I tend to the garden of your heart, you will feel many things, do not let your emotions lead you; follow the prompting of My Spirit and My Word and come alongside Me as I work. Weeping may endure only for a night, but Joy does come in the morning.”
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3-7 NKJV).
Today’s word is “Exploratory Surgery”.
I heard the Lord say “I AM doing a work within you, and it is exploratory in nature. I AM revealing to you the thoughts and intents of your heart. This process will be painful at times, but if you allow Me to work My process within you and acknowledge what I show you, the pain will last for but a short while, and My glory within you will shine. This surgical process is My specialty and it need not take long if you will partner with Me, for what I AM doing is necessary to take you to higher heights and reveal greater things to you.”
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart (Psalm 26:2 NKJV).
From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works (Psalm 33: 14-15).
Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart (Psalm 44: 21).
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4: 12).
Today’s word is “Potholes”.
I was reminded this morning of the many potholes that have suddenly appeared over the course of the winter. On my route to work, one lane is blocked off for quite a distance because of the impromptu materialization of many car-crippling potholes. Our local roads have become obstacle courses and lessons in defensive driving, where one must have absolute focus on the road. When blanketed in snow and ice, the potholes become discreet wheel traps, able to cause severe damage to the front end of the car if we are not aware of where they could be lurking.
I hear the Lord say “Fear not, for I AM with you. Though the road you travel is filled with many potholes and traps, the Light of My Love will carefully guide your feet and you will tread on solid ground. Look to Me and walk where I walk. The enemy has hidden many snares along your pathway, but I go before, behind and alongside you and I AM revealing the concealed devices he has set to snare you with. Simply trust Me during this time, know that I AM for you and not against you despite what your road looks like. I AM the lamp for your feet and the light for your path.”
Today’s word is “Clarity of Vision”.
As I was cleaning off my car this morning, the Lord showed me a picture of multiple cars. Some had windows completely clear of any snow and ice, and some were only partially cleaned off. Then I saw the partially cleared off cars moving along the road, carelessly changing lanes and making turns; I saw accidents happening behind the partially cleared cars while they kept going, ignorant of what has happened in their wake.
I heard the Lord say “When you allow this world to cloud your vision and keep you from paying attention to what is going around you; when you are ignorant and too lazy to maintain and keep your surroundings free from obstruction; when you focus on the distractions instead of what I have set before you, the enemy uses this to bring destruction wherever you go. I AM here to bring you clarity of vision. Seek Me, do not use laziness as an excuse, for I will open your eyes. It is not enough to simply wipe away the obstruction from in front of your face. Because I have given you peripheral vision and the ability to turn your head, you must clean away all obstructions in order to see your surroundings. When you fail to do what I have given you the ability to do, you will not see what is approaching and from what direction, giving you the disadvantage and causing you to be blindsided.”
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing (Proverbs 20:4 NKJV).
Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see” (John 9:15).
Just like some of the drivers who simply don’t feel the need to clear the snow off their car windows before getting on the road, there are some of us who are spiritually lazy. Unless we have a consistent life pursuing God, we risk catastrophes happening in our lives we aren’t prepared to handle simply because we were too lazy, or we didn’t recognize the need for clear vision.
Today’s word is “salt”. I see piles of salt all over the place, with baskets next to each. Inside each basket is a cup for scooping salt.
Aside from the obvious references to salt in Scripture, I looked up the word “Salt” and came across this Scripture: “And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt” (Leviticus 2:13 NKJV). After digging a little deeper, I discovered that Israel was not in a place where grain was easily accessible, and thus this particular offering was a great sacrifice for them. To add salt to the grain symbols purity and preservation, but also longevity – for God is a covenant keeping God and His faithfulness lasts forever.
Now, we are no longer required to present actual offerings such as this since Christ took our place, but we can look at this symbolically. Jesus called us “the salt of the earth”. Therefore, we are to permeate our spheres with purity and preservation, by loving and serving where we are, with hearts of joy and sacrifice. When we love and serve out of our excess, we tend to forget the cost paid that enabled us to do so; however, loving and serving from a place of sacrifice, it becomes an offering pleasing to God. This, in keeping with His faithfulness, creates an atmosphere of thirst within our sphere of influence and we find ourselves desiring more of Him. And salt, as you know, creates thirst.
Today’s Word is “Mosaic”.
I see hands breaking glass, stone and pottery into fragments. The hands then carefully select pieces and place them into a piece He’s working on. Each piece is laid with care and He is forming a stunning work of art.
I hear the Lord say “I AM taking the shattered and broken pieces of your life and your past and I AM creating something more delicately beautiful out of them than you could possibly imagine. I know you feel I AM not there at times, but I tell you I AM working behind the scenes, piecing things together and working out the details. Trust Me even when you are too focused on your circumstances to hear Me, trust Me to work all things out for good and to create you anew. Nothing escapes My Eye. To Me, you are the most exquisite creature, and I do this work in you and for you out of My love for you.”
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT).