It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last posted. Some things have changed since I last did. I made the announcement that I would be walking away from photography, at least walking away in the way I had been doing it. I will still take photographs, but not for others.
That being said, God has led me to study on a servants heart. I don’t believe that means allowing people to walk all over you. Having a servants heart means to have the heart that Jesus had. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. So, I started in the book of Mark to see what having a heart like His meant. There was no rhyme or reason why I started there, I just did. What I’m sharing is from the pages of my journal that I keep. I love keeping a journal. I write out my questions to God, scripture, revelation that the Holy Spirit gives me, the desires of my heart. I also write out my frustrations, things that go on in my life, what makes me mad, happy, sad…..I just lay it all out there.
God wants us to be real with Him.
The Holy Spirit highlighted the following scriptures to me and how they are connected. This may not be revelation to others. You may have already received light from the Holy Ghost on these scriptures. This is what is so cool about having a relationship with God. We all progress at different levels and God deals with each of us individually. As we press in to Him, His Word and His Spirit, He presses in just as close. 🙂 Love it!!
With God NOTHING is impossible. No word from God will ever be without power of will ever be impossible of fulfillment. (LUKE 1:37)
If it is in God’s Word, it is a YES from God. 2 Corinthians 1:20Amplified Bible (AMP)
20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Christ they are [all answered] “Yes.” So through Him we say our “Amen” to the glory of God.
In Joshua 1:6,7,9 it says:
- BE STRONG (CONFIDENT) AND OF GOOD COURAGE
- Only you BE STRONG and VERY COURAGEOUS, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you.
- BE STRONG, VIGOUROUS and VERY COURAGEOUS. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.
3 times God instructs us to be strong and courageous in doing God’s Word. He also instructs us to meditate on His Word.
Joshua 1:8 says:
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
To deal wisely means:
Having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
Parable of the Sower:
It’s imperative to understand what Jesus says about this. Jesus says it over and over about hearing.
Mark 4:3 GIVE ATTENTION TO THIS
Mark 4:9 HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM BE HEARING [AND LET HIM CONSIDER AND COMPREHEND]
If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend
Common English Bible (CEB)
23 Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention!”
Mark 4:24 Jesus also said, ‘Be careful what you are hearing. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you – and more besides will be given to you who hear.’
Luke also mentions this:
Luke 8:8 And some seed fell into good ground soil, and grew up and yielded a crop a hundred times [as great]. As He said these things, He called out, ‘He who has EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM BE LISTENING AND LET HIM CONSIDER AND UNDERSTAND BY HEARING.’
Luke 8:18 So be careful HOW you listen; for whoever has [a teachable heart], to him MORE UNDERSTANDING will be given and whoever does not have [a longing for truth], even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.
As Christians, ‘we have been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God, [that is, the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]. Mark 4:11 Matthew 13:10-12
Because I am in Christ and have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the truth is not hidden from me.
Mark 4:14 “The sower sows the Word”
The Holy Spirit pointed out the relationship between the verses in Joshua and the verses in Mark.
As we sow the Word of God into the ground of our heart, we are to be strong, courageous, and meditate on His Word. Meditate on His word day and night. Observe and DO according to all that is written in it. Guard that seed, His Word, that you’ve planted in your heart. Confess it, speak God’s Word over your situation and do it boldly, courageously. Then, what is spoken in Joshua and Mark, your way will be prosperous and will bear fruit.
In Matthew 13:15 it says in the Amplified Bible:
For this nation’s heart has grown gross (fat & dull), and their ears heavy and difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see and perceive with their eyes, and hear and comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp and understand with their heart and turn and I should heal them. [Isaiah 6:9]
The Message Bible says it like this:
11-15 He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:
Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing. The people are blockheads! They stick their fingers in their ears so they won’t have to listen; They screw their eyes shut so they won’t have to look, so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them.
We need to make sure that we keep the eyes and ears of our hearts open to God and His Word.