Direction

My Father never ceases to amaze me! He is so intentional, loving, kind, and merciful. I want to acknowledge and thank everyone who follows my blog, those who have read any one of the posts, those who’ve shared the page, and those who have encouraged and prayed for me! Thank you!! I am humbled by you taking time out of your life to read the words that I pen through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Our current world is full of chaos and confusion, and our attention is being pulled in so many different directions. The media is consistently spewing fear and lies. Believers are at odds about vaccinations, among other things. Everyone has an opinion on one thing or another, including the decisions you make and how you live your life. It’s easy to listen to all the voices around you and fall victim to their opinions, and make decisions that God has never instructed you to make. It is the hour (and has been) for us to ensure that we hear clearly from the Father for ourselves. God the Father is the only one who knows the fullness of the purpose of our lives. “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, ‘says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11(Amplified version, AMP). While many have good intentions and mean well-, they don’t know the fullness of what you are called to do. Godly counsel is wise, but final authority comes from the Father.

Every person born on this earth was born with a unique purpose to be fulfilled in this life and in the ages to come. Each of us is wired differently. The way the Father communicates with us is based on our personality and makeup. We were not made to be carbon copies of our favorite minister, mentor, or parent. Cultivate your relationship with the Father, and in the process, you’ll begin to recognize and identify how He deals and speaks to you. Not only will you be able to perceive the voice of the Father, but you’ll also start to see who the Father created you to be. Through the eyes of God, we’ll see ourselves the way God sees us before we’ve experienced the trauma, before we listened to and believed the word curses spoken over us, and before we placed limitations on ourselves. You and I have the Spirit of the Living God living within us (if we’ve accepted the Lord Jesus Christ), and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13). In Genesis 1:26, it says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness and let them have dominion…..”. Let that sink in; we are made in the image of God!!! I’m encouraged by those words and pray you are too. In 2 Peter 1-3 (AMP), the Holy Spirit, through Peter says, “To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. We have everything we need to live a dynamic (marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change) spiritual life. We should be consistently moving and changing and producing. Let’s get going!!

Often in our desire to please God, we find our worth in how busy we are instead of just living life from the inside out. We believe that we have to show up to every event, participate in every study and work, work, work. Let me clarify, all of these things are good in themselves, but we must be balanced in all that we do. It is unwise to try to be a part of everything, and there’s no joy or life in what you’re doing. I’ve learned during this walk that you can’t pour from an empty vessel. You must take time daily to spend with the Father and be filled so that you can be a blessing to others.  You also must not neglect your family trying to be a part of everything that, if we’re honest, sometimes the Father didn’t tell us to be a part of. Listen to the voice of God and be led by the Spirit. Let’s be intentional and not lean to our own understanding, and acknowledge God in all our ways. Proverbs3:5-6. Also, be careful not to allow the opinions of others and what they think you should or should not do affect you and your obedience. Seek the Father and his direction! Let us change our focus from “doing” to “being” who God called us to be. Through our union with and obedience to the Father is how we will fulfill all He has called us to do.

Be Blessed

Let’s Pray,

Father, we thank you for another day. We are grateful for all that you have done for us and will do for us. We thank you for sacrificing your son Jesus so that we can have a relationship with you. Father, forgive us for any sins that we’ve committed and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help us, Father, to live from the inside out. Help us to put things in proper perspective. We ask that you empower us through the Holy Spirit to be everything you said we would be and do all that you said we would do. We thank you that it is in you that we live, move, and have our being. Help us to be walking examples of your love and to share your agape love with others. Father deliver us from people-pleasing and let our focus be on pleasing you. We love you! In Jesus’ name, we pray.

Bleeding Heart Ministries

BHM

Qualifies the Called

If you’re anything like me, there have been times that you question your purpose and what God has called you to do.  We see ourselves through the lenses of insecurity, self-doubt, and our past mistakes. God has not called us to have such a myopic view. Our Father knows the end from the beginning, and the plans that He has for us is dynamic, ever progressing. 

In this walk, we are not alone; the Bible provides many examples of those who didn’t see themselves as God sees them; they didn’t see themselves as qualified. Moses was used mightily by God, yet he didn’t think he could fulfill the assignment. He said to the LORD, “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say” Exodus 4:10-12.  Even after the LORD told Moses that He would be with him and that He is the one who created his mouth, he still doubted and wanted someone to speak in his stead. This angered the LORD, and in turn, Aaron (Moses’ brother) was chosen to be the spokesman, but that wasn’t the LORD’s initial plan.  You may be called to do great exploits or be used to speak to nations and not feel capable. Honestly, you’re not. Nope!!  You’re not able to -that is in your strength. God qualifies the called, and in our consistent union and obedience to Him is how we become equipped to walk in purpose.

Take Gideon, for example; the children of Israel had done evil in the sight of the LORD and were delivered into the hands of the Midianites. Even the Amalekites and the children of the east came up against them and destroyed their crops. Israel was impoverished as a result and cried out to the LORD. The LORD raised up a prophet to remind the children of Israel how He had delivered them from their oppressors in the past. (Isn’t it just like us to forget how the Father has delivered us). The Angel of the LORD came and sat down to converse with Gideon and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O brave man.” The Word of God says to call those things that are not as though they were. Gideon was fearful, yet the LORD called him brave! Gideon was also confused and couldn’t comprehend why they experienced such turmoil if God was with them. The LORD responded and told him to go forth and save Israel from the hands of the enemy. Gideon immediately replied how he was from the least significant family. Our genealogy and familial dysfunction doesn’t negate the call of God on our life. The LORD reassured him that He would be with him. Just like us, Gideon let his insecurity cloud the word he received from the LORD. Gideon needed confirmation, and God obliged. I think it’s essential to seek the LORD and ask for confirmation, but it behooves us not to become paralyzed by fear of taking a step. We must step out on faith. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:14.

Are you going to walk in all that God has called to you, too, or are you going to let insecurity, doubt, and fear hold you back? Decide to obey God and allow him to qualify you.

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we ask you to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We thank you for your faithfulness and mercy. Father, we ask that you give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation. As we read your word, Father allows us to see ourselves as you see us-cause the eyes of hearts to be flooded with light. As we continue to walk with you, we trust that you will empower us to fulfill our purpose in you.  For those who don’t know you, I pray that they would come into the knowledge of the truth and understand that you, Jesus are the way the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through you! We love you and praise you in Jesus’ name.

BHM

Power in the Tongue

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. The words that we speak frame our lives. Our words have power. By words, God spoke the world into existence. Genesis 1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” He spoke, and it was so. When we speak God’s word, it will be so. Ask yourself, what am I saying? Am I engaging in negative talk? Am I speaking words that align with God’s purpose and word? Or am I speaking things contrary to what I desire.  Be mindful of what you’re saying, listen intently to your words, and I’m sure you’d be surprised by what is coming out of your mouth. Begin to take inventory of your words. Don’t speak scarcity and expect prosperity. Don’t speak sickness when you want health. Speak what you want.  Sometimes we’re a product of words that were spoken to us and over our lives. You may have grown up in a household where someone constantly berated you. Maybe your parents were condemning and negative. Perhaps you’ve listened to the voices of countless others around you who have spoken word curses over you. Today, cancel those word curses spoken over your life and commit to speaking God’s word!

I’ve spoken word curses over myself and even agreed with those negative words spoken to me by others.  I’ve also struggled with people-pleasing for most of my life (resulting from rejection). However, I’ve realized that you will never succeed in pleasing people because it’s an endless cycle.  Recognize that individuals have internal wars that they’re fighting that have absolutely nothing to do with you; it’s not personal.  Our job is to please God. We can and should assist and be a blessing to others but never to the point where we’re doing things to be accepted. Repeat after me: I’m Accepted in the Beloved.! I’m Accepted in the Beloved.”

Words matter! It’s not what others say about you that truly matters; it’s what you say about you that has an impact on your life. Speak life over yourself and your situations!!! Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Be mindful of what you say about yourself and others! Proverbs 18:21. In Matthew 12:36, it says, “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Choose your words wisely and speak life.

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. We thank you for life, for strength, and for a sound mind. We ask you to empower us by the Holy Spirit and help us be conscious of our words and actions. Let us live a life that’s pleasing to you. We love you! In Jesus’ name, we pray.

How can I blessed?

What does it mean to be blessed? How do you know if you’re blessed? Is material wealth indicative of blessing? Deuteronomy 28 says, “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord. You’ll be blessed in the city, field, blessed when you go in, and blessed when you go out.” The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way and flee before thee seven ways. He declares that we would be the head and not the tail, lender, not a borrower. Who wouldn’t blessings to overtake them? Hand raised; I know I do!

The scripture doesn’t end there; it says what happens if we don’t observe His commandments. “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee. Instead of being blessed in the city, you will be cursed in the city, in the field, cursed in the body, cursed when you come in, and cursed when you go out. There are consequences to our actions! If you’re anything like me, I ask God to have mercy on me for the things that I have done (will do) in my life that are contrary to his will and a result of my disobedience. I’m notorious for procrastination. I was enlightened by a statement shared on Social Media that the root of procrastination is rebellion, yep, rebellion! Here I was, excusing procrastination, putting off what I should do now until later. How arrogant of me to think that I have “time.”

The scriptures referenced above are from the Old Testament, and some may argue that we are under a new covenant (which is true) and doesn’t apply because we are under grace. Are we under grace absolutely but let’s see what Jesus says about obedience? In Luke chapter, Jesus was teaching the disciples the format of prayer and sharing with them how much the Father gives good gifts to His children, including the Holy Spirit to them that ask him. Jesus went on to cast out a devil, and they accused Him of being connected with the devil, and Jesus, in His eloquent way, explained how a divided kingdom could not stand. He also shared a biblical principle on deliverance (read the chapter). When the crowd gathered, a woman who was in the midst said to Jesus, “Blessed is the womb that bares thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.” But He replied, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” It seems to me that we are blessed as a result of our obedience. In John, Jesus 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 15:14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. In Romans 2:13 it says, “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Let us also reference our perfect example, Jesus. The word of God says that “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”

Obedience is better than sacrifice. But besides our obedience being a blessing to us, it also benefits others. Similarly, our disobedience causes others to miss out on what God wanted to use us to do, affecting those around us! Let us be intentional in all that we do. Step out in faith and do what the Father has instructed you to do. It will bear fruit. Our Father is faithful. I challenge you to be quick to obey even if you don’t fully understand. Each act of obedience is how we learn more and more to be led by the spirit of God. I believe with you!!!

Let’s pray…

Father, it’s in the of Jesus that we come before you. First, we thank you for life and strength. We ask you to forgive us for our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Father, empower us by your spirit to walk in obedience to your will. We desire to live lives that are pleasing to you. Help us realize that our obedience directly affects others so that we’ll be quick to obey. Father, I ask that you give unto us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you. Help us to be examples of your love in this world. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Power

My thoughts of late have been centered upon fulfilling God’s purpose in my life and seeing God’s power in the earth. The word of God says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. That means that the tangible power of God should be evident in the body of Christ. When was the last time you sensed God’s presence at a service or in your home? I asked myself the following questions-Am I in a position to be used as a vessel to heal the sick, set the captives free when I may be bound, preach power yet living in fear? Hmmmmm.

This week I was blessed by a virtual service. The presence of God was manifest! The power of God was evident. I had been struggling with some things, but the power of God set me free during that 5-hour service (yes, 5 hours). When you have a moment, please check out Covered by God with Tiphani on Youtube- You will be blessed. The service began with worship and set the atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move and minister prophetically. Under the leading of the Holy Spirit, the worship leader began to sing, “do surgery on me.” Surgery on me! The Spirit of God was working on me, and I’m sure countless others, as she sang those words. It was personal for everyone in attendance and those who were watching remotely. It’s easy to point out what we think needs to be fixed in others, but our focus should be on ourselves.

The Father wants to use us, but more importantly, He desires to change us! He’s looking for maturity, not perfection. The Father wants us to be led by the spirit and not the flesh. Paul says the following to the Corinthian church, “However, brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people, but [only] as to worldly people [dominated by human nature], mere infants [in Christ]! I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet able to receive it. Even now, you are still not ready. You are still worldly [controlled by ordinary impulses, the sinful capacity]. For as long as there is jealousy and strife and discord among you, are you not unspiritual, and are you not walking like ordinary men [unchanged by faith].” 1 Corinthian 3:1 AMP. As believers, our practice shouldn’t be to gossip about one another, to spread discord, and then smile in each other’s face and from the same mouth say to one another how much we love them.  What type of love is that? I can tell you it’s not 1 Corinthians 13 (agape) love. We must do better. During this service, the woman of God spoke about the spirit of offense being released in the earth to bring division. It’s true. If you speak the truth in love, folks are offended. We’re offended by this; we’re offended by that. We don’t like this; we don’t like that. He/she shouldn’t do this; he/she shouldn’t do that. The word God gave for the body of Christ, and I’m echoing, is “GROW UP.”  It’s time for us to put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13:11). How can we expect to operate in the power and authority of God if we’re so carnal and controlled by the flesh?

In Acts chapter 1, the Holy Spirit through Paul says, “But ye shall receive power (dunamis) after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.” What is power? Merriam-Webster defines power as a) ability to act or produce an effect, b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right. The Greek words for power are dunamis (pronounced doonamis), which means miraculous power, ability, abundance, strength, and exousia, which means authority, especially moral excellence. Today, we’ll focus on dunamis. Luke 9:1 says, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.” As disciples of Christ, we are supposed to operate in power. Where is our power? Are folks being saved, delivered, encouraged, and pushed closer into their destiny? Where is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit when we gather? Or are we coming together to socialize? There has to be more! I want more of God! I hope my brother my sister that this is your desire too. Let us get ourselves out the way, seek the Father while He may be found, put away childish things, and be the church for real. Let us move in power for real. It’s no point in having a form of godliness, but no power be evident in your life. Let us come up higher! Let us be the church for real!

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we love you. We ask you to forgive us for our sins.  You said in your word in 1 John 1:9  that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Forgive us for leaving our first love. We choose this day to put away childish things and walk in obedience to your word. We love you, and we desire more of you. In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen.

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Be Blessed!

BHM-Bleeding Heart Ministries

Bleedingheartministries43@gmail.com

Who’s in the White House

Hey everyone!

We are just about one month into the “New Year,” and so much has occurred in a short period. There was an insurrection at the Capitol, the 47th President of the United States’ Inauguration, and a change in administration. Many are rejoicing at the shift in the administration and are hoping for a better tomorrow. I’ll admit it’s encouraging to see a woman of color as Vice President of the United States. While all of this is seemingly good, we cannot lose sight of what is vital.

I’m not here to rain on the proverbial parade, nor am I a Trump proponent. The only person I’m endorsing is God. I’m not overly concerned with who’s in the White House but rather who’s on the throne. As many are screaming that they want things to return to normal, I think that ship has sailed. Stop spreading doom and gloom, you say. I promise you this is no doom and gloom message-there is hope!!

It’s time to ensure that you have an authentic organic relationship with the Father. If you’re distracted, it’s time to get focused! Time is of the essence. More importantly, if you don’t know Christ, this is the optimal time to change that. You don’t want to die in your sins and live eternally separated from Christ. Every person born on this earth is born in sin-yes, even the cutest, cuddliest baby. Many people are familiar with the account of Adam and Eve. God created man in His image and likeness and had given man ONE commandment which was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They had permission to eat from the other trees, just not that one! The enemy (in the form of a serpent) approached Eve and began to speak to her things contrary to what God commanded, thus causing her to question God. The enemy’s tricks and tactics are still the same today. He causes us to doubt what God has told us! After Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were open to both good and evil. God previously warned them that if they ate from the tree, they would die. Adam and Eve didn’t immediately drop dead once they ate the fruit.  I’m sure they were surprised, they died spiritually (separation from God), which ultimately led to their physical death. God did not prohibit them from eating from the tree because He was holding anything back from them. It was a form of protection. The Father protects us in the same fashion today! But back to the narrative. Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked before God. This act of disobedience got them booted from the garden, and each day they were one step closer to death.

In God’s original plan, man was to live forever; however, when Adam and Eve sinned, they could no longer live forever in that state. While the Father was disappointed, He still covered Adam and Eve with animal skins, and until the day that Jesus died on the cross, He required the blood of an animal to cover our sins temporarily. Every person born after would be subject to corruption and in need of a savior. The Good news is that God, in His infinite wisdom, had a plan of redemption. He sent His only begotten Son to be the sacrifice for humanity. Romans 5:17 (AMP) “For if by the trespass of the one (Adam), death reigned through the one (Adam), much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in [eternal] life through the One, Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross for both you and me to reconcile us back to the Father, which was the original plan. I get so excited to share this news with you! God has a plan for every person on this earth! He offers the gift of salvation to both you and me. If you’re anything like me- I love gifts. Accept this gift today, don’t put it off another day. If we learned anything in 2020, it’s the adage “life is short’. Since we aren’t privy to the day or the time, we’re going to leave this earth, I implore you to get right with God. How can I get right with God?? I’m glad you asked. First, you must believe that Jesus came to this earth (there’s evidence of this truth) that He was ridiculed, beat, and ultimately hung on a cross for you and me, died, and rose from the dead in ALL POWER. Confess with your mouth that you believe that He died for your sins, and you’ll be saved from the wrath to come. Yes, it’s that simple- So what are you waiting for. He’s calling you today. He wants to relate to you. It’s the most crucial decision that you’ll ever make in your life.

If you’ve prayed this prayer welcome to the family of God. It’s essential to connect to a local body that preaches the truth of God’s word, be in fellowship with like-minded believers.

Send an email to bleedingheartministries43@gmail.com for prayer and or questions.

God bless you all. There’s no act too big that you can’t be forgiven! Trust God!

Let’s pray,

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come to you. Father, thank you for the words that you’ve placed in my heart. Thank you to every person that’ll read this blog let you touch them. I pray that those who may not know you come into the knowledge of the truth. I pray that the blindness is removed from their mind so that they could receive the light of the gospel and be saved. I thank you that you came for the lost, and I thank you for finding me. I pray for those believers who are distracted. I pray that every distraction is removed and that they return to their first love. Father, we thank you for salvation, protection, healing, and for the opportunity to have a relationship with you. Thank you for being alive and not a statue or some inanimate object. Thank you for being the Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, the one who is (existing forever) and who was (continually existing in the past) and who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all] in Jesus name, Amen

Be Blessed!

BHM-Bleeding Heart Ministries

Bleedingheartministries43@gmail.com

Project Makeover

After being in quarantine for close to a year, even the most introverted person goes stir crazy. I miss visiting family and friends and being able to venture outdoors without wearing a mask!  Nevertheless, I’m grateful!!!

In my downtime, I enjoy watching shows about home makeovers. I recently downloaded the game Project Makeover. The theme of the game Project Makeover is to provide “desperately needed makeovers to help people achieve their dreams” It dawned on me that we as believers had a similar metamorphic experience. We were separated from God, living in sin, and were in danger of hellfire and judgment, which we rightly deserved. But God in His infinite wisdom and love had a plan to reconcile the world to Himself! 2 Corinthians 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. When we gave our lives to the Lord, it was as if we went through a “makeover” experience. He created us all for a specific purpose and to fulfil the calling on our lives.  We became new creatures in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Although we are saved when we invited Jesus into our hearts, we must grow. God provided instructions to help make this transformation evident.  Prayer (fellowship), yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance (obedience), renewing our minds by the Word of God all aid in our spiritual growth and allows for us to be shaped into the image of His dear Son.

As this year closes, decide to draw closer to God. Let us be consistent in prayer, quick to obey, read/study the word, spread the Gospel, help those in need, and be available to be used! These are not the days to be so consumed with activities and distractions that we fail to maintain our relationship with the Lord. 2020 was a year of loss, pain, confusion, and uncertainty-but through it all, God kept us!

Father, we thank you for your faithfulness and love. We thank you for your protection, provision, and mercy. As 2020 comes to a close, we ask that you continue to lead us by your Spirit. Empower us to love like you and put ourselves aside to fulfill your purpose.  We love you.

Happy New Year!

Bleeding Heart Ministries (BHM)

King of Kings

How to approach the King

Let me start by saying that it doesn’t matter who is in the White House, Trump or Biden. God is still on the throne!!! Man is man and is imperfect. That is why we must put our trust in the only true and living God!!

King is defined as (1) the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth. (2) a male monarch of a major territorial unit, especially one whose position is hereditary and rules for life. King in Strong’s concordance as basileus- leader of the people, prince, commander, lord of the land.

Our King has not inherited his title by birth because before the foundation of the earth, “I AM.” He is the self-existent one (existing independently of other beings or causes). This truth may be difficult to reconcile as we know that a person is born into this earth by a woman. How can He be self-existent?

So how are we to approach the King? In the natural, we approach Kings and Queens with honor and respect. How much more so when we approach the King eternal. 1. Timothy 1:17 “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and Amen.” The Father gives us instructions on how to come before Him. Psalms 100 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless his name. Even in the book of Esther, there was a specific protocol Esther had to follow when approaching the King. At that time, a person could be put to death if they went into the inner court without being called. Esther 4:11 “ All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces, do know that whosever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.” How much more so are we to appropriately come before the King of Kings. There’s divine protocol in the Kingdom of God. We have to be mindful that although He is our Heavenly Father, He is also the creator of the world. Let us reverence His presence, give honor to His name, and always have a heart of thanksgiving, for He is worthy!

The Father desires to know you-yes you!

Let’s pray.

Father God, it’s in the name of Jesus that we approach your throne. We come to you with a heart of expectation. Father, we thank you for the opportunity to commune with you. We love you and adore you. We thank you that we no longer have to go through a priest to gain access to you! Father, we ask for forgiveness even as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. We desire to grow and look more like Jesus, who is the only way to salvation. Thank you for keeping and protecting us daily! Let us look to be a blessing and the answer to someone’s prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at bleedingheartministries43@gmail.com

Be Blessed

BHM

It’s All A Part of The Plan

2020 is a year that I’m sure we’ll never forget. This year was filled with shock, awe, loss, and pain. Yet it was also a period in which families had the opportunity to reconnect, spend more time together, and appreciate life and each other. Even though many of us were not prepared for this year, God was. He knows the end from the beginning. Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Nothing catches Him by surprise! 

The things in our lives that seemingly catch us off guard, God the Father had foreknowledge of-even our deviations from the plan. The divine design for our lives includes many twists and turns as opposed to the straight and safe path we envisioned. Life can knock you down. I know all too well. I had “a woe is me” mindset for so many years. I blamed God for many things that occurred in my life. I often asked why me, or why did you allow this to happen to me? I walked around, feeling rejected and unqualified. (still working through this) I love the adage that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If we could carry out His plan in our strength and wisdom, we wouldn’t need Him. God’s plan is impossible for the natural man. To fulfill His purpose, we need His SUPER on our natural to operate in the “supernatural.” Many of us believe that this walk with the Lord is free from trouble, hurt, pain, and challenges. Jesus never promised us a life without challenges. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of cheer; I have overcome the world.” It seems easy when you’re not going through. Amid a storm, we may feel alone-but be we must remember that He said He would never leave us or forsake. “God is not a man, that He should lie, neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good.” Numbers 23:19. People may lie to us, but our Father is incapable of lying, for He is the epitome of truth.

 We also have a part to play in this thing called life. Some decisions that our parents, grandparents made, and some of our choices were not a part of God’s original plan. He gave us free will (sometimes I wonder why, lol). However, even when we go off course, the Father works to get us back on track. Romans 8:28 “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Our hurts, struggles, and pain are a part of the plan and are used to mold us into the image of His dear Son. 

A close friend of mine always says, “God never wastes anything!” The loss you may have experienced, the betrayal, the hurt, the divorce, the pain will be used as an instrument to bring healing in someone else’s life. We are placed in uncomfortable positions for us to develop and grow. We’re also not ignorant of the devil’s devices, and it is our responsibility to maintain our relationship with the Lord and exercise our God given authority over the enemy. 

Remember-It is all a part of the plan!!!

Let’s Pray-

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come before you. Father, we first say thank you, thank You for Your love, mercy, and grace. Lord, even when we don’t have all of the answers, we trust You and know that it’s all a part of the plan. We ask that You give unto us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of you. We ask that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened and that we may know what is the hope of Your calling. Lord, we want to walk worthy of You and be fruitful in every good work. Help us to put self aside and focus on You and Your will. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

Be blessed.

Until next time…

BHM (Bleeding Heart Ministries)

Rooted

 

Dictionary.com defines rooted as having roots. Root means to implant or establish deeply. The Greek word for rooted in Strong’s Concordance is rhizoo (G4492) -to cause, to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded. In John 15, Jesus says that He is the true vine, and the Father is the husbandman. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit….Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. Jesus says that I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing(no-thing). If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is cast forth withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If (is conditional which means it’s based on certain conditions or requirements made) ye abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. In the natural, a branch cannot live separate from the vine as it cannot draw the required nutrients from the source and grow. So it is in the Spirit if we are not connected to the True Vine, we are unable to tap into our spiritual nutrients, develop and produce fruit (the qualities and characteristics of the Holy Spirit). Oh-but, if we stay connected, we begin to grow. In the process of developing and bearing fruit, the Father removes the unnecessary, unlovely parts of our character so that we resemble Christ more and more. 

We need to be close to the Father’s heart. With so much chaos and turmoil in this world, He is our only constant! If we are not rooted in Christ and in God’s word, we won’t be able to withstand the great shaking that is coming and is going on the world. Just look at the parable of the two builders in Matthew 6:24-27. Jesus says that those who hear/read His sayings and does them He compares them to a wise man who built their house upon a rock. When the rain came, and the floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house. The house did not fall because it was founded on the rock. Now for the other man who built his house on sand, his outcome was different. The rain descended on the house, the floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell and great was its fall. We can’t make it in this world without God and the word of God. Death, disease, lawlessness, racial tensions and all that is happening in the world is overwhelming and if we’re not careful we can become discouraged, depressed and hopeless. But we must have our hope in Christ and in the word that is yet alive.  Let us take a look at the parable of the soils in Matthew 13:3-9. When the word is sown, it falls on different types of ground (hearts). “The sower went forth to sow. Some seed (word) fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth, and when the sun came up, they were scorched because they had no root, they withered away, some fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and chocked them out.

Other seeds fell on good ground and brought forth fruit at different levels”. Jesus explained the parable as such, when anyone hears the word and doesn’t understand it, the wicked one (Satan) comes and snatches the word away. The person who received the seed (word) into stony places hears the word and immediately receives the word with joy, but it is only temporary. He has no root, so when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he stumbles and falls away [“abandoning the one who is the source of salvation”] AMP(Amplified Version). The one who seed was sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but the worries and distractions of the world and the deceitfulness [“the superficial pleasures and delight] of riches and chokes the word so that it yields no fruit”], AMP. The one whose seed was sown on good ground is the person who hears the word, understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields fruit some a hundredfold, sixty and thirty. Let us be the person who receives the word on good ground. Whenever we fall off, we must pick ourselves up and run back to Jesus! Let’s stay connected.

 

Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come to you. Father, we ask that you help us stay connected to you. Lord, empower us by the Spirit to live according to Your will. Open the eyes of our heart and give unto to us a spirit of revelation into the intimate knowledge of You. Help us to see ourselves the way you see us!  We love you! In Jesus’ name.

 

Be blessed.

BHM (Bleeding Heart Ministries)