Dr. Charles Stanley – Our Hearts Desires

This sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley really moves deep within the heart of many matters or problems or hurts or issues in our lives. I hope it may bless even one more person as it does me.

 

Our Hearts Desires – Dr Charles Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open My Eyes Lord

To See You High & Lifted Up – Shining In The Light Of Your Glory † ❤

His Truth Will Set You Free

“Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart.

I want to see your, I want to see you.” *

When I was helping with our church youth group, we sang this song often. I love the lyrics. I’d close my optical eyes and try to open the eyes of my heart – it was usually difficult. As I’ve traveled on this journey of getting to know God, I crave to see God more often, within me. For me, it’s more of a feeling of God’s presence that I crave – that’s what it means to me to see God.

My hope is that you are able to quiet your mind and open your heart, and see and feel God and Jesus within you. They are there already, waiting for you to look their way.

 

* “Open The Eyes of My Heart,” by Paul Baloche

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Grace for the Humble

Samuel at Gilgal

Charles SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

“He giveth grace unto the humble”(James 4:6).

Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are grateful for grace and give the LORD the glory of it, and hence it is consistent with His honor to give it to them.

Come, dear reader, take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the LORD may make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride. We are needy, helpless…

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SPURGEON ON HUMILITY

Samuel at Gilgal

Charles H. SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon:

Observe that we are told to walk humbly with God. It is of no use walking humbly away from God. I have seen some people very proudly humble, very boastful of their humility. They have been so humble that they were proud enough to doubt God! They could not accept the mercy of Christ, they said. They were so humble. In truth, theirs was a devilish humility, not the humility that comes from the Spirit of God.” (1893, Sermon #2328)

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God’s Plan Is Better Than Our Plan

Well the waiting is over (the whole reason I started this blog several months ago) and His plan was certainly different than I thought it would be. The direction has taken a total 180.

The other person involved in this matter seems to have decided that their refuge would be an online game called “Vegas World”.   Most other brethren I ask about this website have advised that Vegas World is no place for us brethren online.   I even called Focus On The Family to ask their opinion; if we as Christians should be going there.  (As this other person had stressed that it was okay to go there and had stated there are people praying there; etc – –  so I felt like I was going out of my mind/crazy! )  After calling Focus on the Family I had felt better because the representative from Focus on the Family said that was a Red Flag indeed and agreed with me 110%.  They also stressed that we should set boundaries as Christians and family  – and Vegas World Online is certainly one of them.  Though this person remained adamant about it.   I realize tis may be so plain to some; but I almost felt “hoodwinked” by this in sort.  So I needed some sort of justification (by calling FOF ) as I couldn’t believe what had transpired.  I’m not saying I didn’t do any wrong on my part either – I did do wrong sadly and asked the Lord for forgiveness.  It blows me away though – I’m still absorbing that and why that whole situation could even have happened; it baffles me.  Though I thank the Lord so much for His protection through all of this.  So much.  I’m also thankful for this Blog that “this other person” wanted no part of either (when I had asked them to participate).  So this makes this place my own little Hiding place in Him.

I’m also thankful for the encouragement from the other Blogs I follow here.  God bless each and every one of you – so very much.

Looking back it seems that the way things went goes along with the verse: Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. When we pray for His Will to be done, He will close doors that need to be closed. He will open doors that need to be open. He alone is God. He is Good. And His purposes we cannot even fathom.

We may go through trials and testing, however even in that He wants us to trust Him. The below verse even says that the “trial of our faith is more precious than gold.”

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Thanks and Praise Be Unto God For His Protection, Direction, Guidance, Deliverance, Mercy, Grace and Peace.  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior Reigns!!

 

Habishan, Israel

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

November 2, 2014

Being Still And Knowing He Is God

I smiled and laughed out loud this morning in joy in the Lord when I read today’s devotional on Our Daily Bread by RBC Ministries. I’m still smiling and laughing as God is so good!  The devotional was called “Hands Off” and it was about Being Still and was so relevant recently in my personal life.  Of course I realize it’s so important every day to Be Still  and Know He Is God for the rest of my life, though unfortunately sometimes I can forget as days get busy or the storms of life come.  But I don’t want to forget.  I want to always “Be Still” in Him and not get ahead of Him/His Will for my life.  I thank Him for His Grace though when I do forget.

The devotional encouraged us to read Psalm 46 and commented that the Hebrew word for “still” means to cease striving, or to literally put our hands at our sides. That was an even deeper revelation to me in Being Still in Him – to “cease striving”.  I laugh again because is it any wonder our peace is lost when we try to “rush” things?   In addition, when I think of it physically in putting “our hand at our sides”, it seems to sink in even further in “letting go and letting God”.  A total manifestation of Being Still and knowing He is God. May God help us all Be Still and know He is God so that He is glorified in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

Psalm 46

46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Source:  Our Daily Bread/RBC Ministries

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