The garden played an important role in God’s plan to save mankind. Jesus loved to pray and meet with His disciples in a garden. He yielded His will to take our place in payment for sin in the garden on the Mount of Olives. There, through the agony of prayer, Jesus surrendered His life for the redemption of mankind.
The ransom price was paid in full as the sins of the world were taken freely and carried by Christ on the cross. His mutilated body was buried in a tomb, sealed with a large stone. But death held the Savior only three days and nights in its icy grip.
When God raised Jesus from the dead with the dynamite power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was then seated far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. All things were put in subjection under Him (Eph. 1:20-22). Jesus made a public display of the enemy, totally stripping him of power and triumphing over him (Col. 2:15).
No longer was man forced to bow to Satan, the god of this earth. The King of Kings had taken His rightful place. Man once again had free access to the Father through Jesus, the Son.
With His blood, Jesus bought your wayward loved ones back for God and purchased their freedom from slavery. When they ask His forgiveness, He becomes their Savior and removes the handcuffs and chains of sin, delivering them from the dark domain. They are freed! Now, they are God’s own property, sealed with His Holy Spirit.
You must be vigilant, however, and shield their heart against the lies of the deceiver, for he will try to trespass and reclaim lost territory. Standing on God’s promises will enable you to stop him cold so that your prodigals will walk joyously in the freedom Christ has given them.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
A trespasser is one who enters unlawfully upon the land of another. Satan is no longer the landowner of the garden of the heart. Do not allow him to trespass! Apply the blood and use the Name of Jesus by which he has been defeated.
Do you see your loved ones dabbling in sin? Are they allowing the deceiver to come into the garden of their hearts? Then stand up and use the tools that God has given you and take back the land the enemy has stolen! While you are taking back the land, at times you might notice other captives. Snatch whomever you can along the way and take them with you. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and take all who are ripe for the harvest with them!
Save some by snatching them as from the very flames of hell itself. And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them, but be careful that you yourselves aren’t pulled along into their sins. Hate every trace of their sin while being merciful to them as sinners. Jude 23 (TLB)
It’s time to get your knees muddy! List the names of other loved ones, prodigals or even the lost that you can start praying for.
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… the hand of the Lord … was upon Ezra … (Ezra 7:9, 28; 8:18, 31)
The hand of God brings strength, protection, favor, open doors, anointed ministry, success.
Do you need the hand of God on your life?
What was Ezra’s secret?
Ezra’s dependance was on God. He needed favor with an earthy king to do God’s work.
Ezra knew that it all began with the heart … his heart!
He aimed for the heart …
He prepared his heart to:
- Seek and study the Word
- Obey the Word
- Share and teach the Word (Ezra 7:10)
Do you want the anointing of God’s hand upon your life?
It all begins in your heart.
Ezra understood that God worked in his heart.
He understood that God turns the heart — both his own and the hearts of others.
Ezra trusted God to turn the king’s heart to give him favor. The king gave Ezra his request. Why? Ezra says the king did exactly as Ezra requested, and even more “according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him.” (Ezra 7:6, 27)
Ezra needed favor with the king and when God opened the door, Ezra did not give the credit to his good luck but rather that God put such a thing into the heart of the king. (Ezra 7:27)
The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1
The reason Ezra had success was that the hand of the Lord was upon him.
Ezra took time to seek God, he prepared his heart!
How about you?
- Have you taken time today to prepare your heart?
- Are you depending on God?
- Do you believe God can turn hearts – even yours?
- Are you aiming your prayers toward the hearts of others, asking God to soften their hearts?
Take time today … prepare your heart.
… cultivate a soft heart toward God through …
- READING GOD’s WORD
Keep a HEART JOURNAL … I do!
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… instead of trusting God they took over. They were so absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them. Romans 9:32, 33 MSG
How about you friend? Are you so busy with your God projects that you don’t even notice God in front of you?
He is right there, waiting for you. Calling you to come to Him.
Do not live casually before Him.
Take your relationship with Him seriously.
He has so much to tell you … to show you.
He longs for your fellowship.
He desires to reveal His plans for your life.
What is the obstacle that is keeping you from Him?
Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels – nothings seems to be working, no matter how hard you try?
Today is the day to slow down – take time with God and allow Him to speak to your heart.
Today is the day to find refreshment in the presence of the Lord.
I have found journaling to be a powerful tool that slows me down long enough to hear from God.
I gain new perspective and direction for my life.
Recently I felt STUCK … Reading God’s Word and Journaling my prayers to God helped me to move forward.
He is waiting for you.
XOXO DebraRead More
Several years ago the Lord spoke to me in a dream, He said, “Seek My face, read My word and keep your heart clean like never before.”
Little did I know that I was about to go through some difficult trials. The Lord was giving me the secret to stay above the floods of hardship.The secret was intimacy with God!
Journaling is a tool that will help bring you into this place of intimacy. Here you will seek Him, and record what He speaks to you in His word. And as you communicate with God through journaling, it will help you to keep your heart clean as you stay accountable to Him. It is one of the greatest tools to bring you into intimacy with God. And intimacy with God is the key to standing strong through trials!
Because I was journaling through these trials, God was able to minister to me. Because I took time to talk to God about all that was going on, He revealed His perspective to me. He desires to give you His perspective about your life. Are you giving Him time to speak to you?
Hearing His voice, and His direction, will give you the strength to go through anything. He is just waiting for you to open your heart, so that He can help you make sense of your life. Be totally honest with God, share you feelings, and all that is in your life with Him. Seeing through His eyes will help you to remain strong.
XOXO DebraRead More
Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing. 5 If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. James 1: 2-4 (VOICE)Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 NAS
OK I get it – going through a trial can be incredibly difficult. And it can seem like you are going to fall under the weight of it. But the only way that I have found to get back on top of it is to run to God!
One Word from God will change your life!
Why does God say to count it all joy when you go through trials? To get our answer let’s take a look at the word Endurance in the Greek.
Endurance (GR) is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances or succumb, fall, die under trial.
When you go through trials you have the opportunity to allow God to grow this quality in you. God is trying to work endurance in you so that when more difficult times come, you will be able to stand strong. This will be a testimony to all those around you causing them to want what you have – JESUS! You can stand under trial because Jesus has already won the victory. As you stand hold fast to His Word.… seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest. Luke 8:15 MSG
When you are STANDING tall in the midst of hardships you are blessed!Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 NAS
Blessed (GR) satisfied because he is indwelt by God. Satisfaction comes from God not our circumstances
Approved (GR) approved in the furnace of adversity. The EV translation says when he succeeds in passing the test.
When you go through trials, find your satisfaction in God, not in your circumstances. You are blessed because you are indwelt by God. If you remain yielded to the Lord, His presence will be seen through you. Don’t give up – He already won the victory – STAND!Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. Hebrews 9:12 MSG … We want you to walk in the footsteps of the faithful who came before you, from whom you can learn to be steadfast in pursuing the promises of God. Hebrews 6:12 VOICE
RUN TO HIM – EVERYONE WHO RUNS TO GOD MAKES IT!