Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Keep Your Eyes Upon Jesus

'Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right Hand of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.' Hebrews 12:1-3 
'And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, hewent up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.' Matthew 14:22-33
 This scripture has really stood out to me for some time now. When Peter turned around to face the winds and the waves, it was then that he began to sink. He did walk on water, but only when his eyes were fixed on Jesus. Whatever Peter was focused on began to consume him. It is the same with you and I. Whatever we are focused on, will consume us.

Oh, Christians, let our eyes be fixed on our Saviour so that we might be consumed with He who is worthy! It takes no effort to become obsessed with this world, with our fleshly desires and especially with our self! Let us not look to the left or to the right, but keep our eyes steadily focused on Him alone. We will truly sink if we look towards the troubles that are around us, and yes, there will be storms in our lives, but if we are staring into the eyes of our Redeemer, trusting in Him, then He will be faithful to give us the strength to endure trials as He promised.

No matter what happens, we must remember that God is absolutely sovereign.That's hard to remember when evil seems to prevail, but trust Jesus and know that God is in control! Never ever forget that! We may currently be under the Refiner's fire, but it must be so; for He is purging out the impurity. And He will purge the Kingdom of all that offends!

Don't focus on the troubled water, and be consumed by it! Live your life according to God's Word; keep your eyes on Jesus and put your trust in Him, and you'll be on top of the troubled waters! Because right out there in the middle of all that trouble is the Rock of Ages, and He is a firm foundation!

Remember always, my dear friends, to be concentrated on Him. Prayer is the way in which we look to Christ.     Praying alone or in Christian fellowship will keep our emphasis on Him! As we keep our eyes upon Jesus, we will be changed changed into His likeness!  I love you all dearly. Remember to look towards your Beloved. He is worthy, always! Blessings in Christ Jesus, for the King and His glory alone, 

Hannah Brooke Hartman 

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O'er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors' we are.

His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pure and Authentic

Disclaimer - My brother, Philip is writing this with me so I may or may not endorse all of the beliefs herein. :) Just kidding. We were at a coffee shop together and we decided to write this post together!

What does it mean to be pure? Is the Christianity we so commonly see today authentic Christianity? Is the modern version Christianity pure? Is a pure and authentic Christianity available to the church today?
Websters 1828 Dictionary: Pure
1. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; clear; free from mixture; as pure water; pure clay; pure sand; pure air; pure silver of gold. Pure wine is very scarce.
2. Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy.
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil. Hab.1. Prov.20.
Websters 1828 Dictionary: Authentic
1. Having a genuine original or authority, in opposition to that which is false, fictitious, or counterfeit; being what it purports to be; genuine; true; applied to things; as an authentic paper or register.
I would like you to look at the end section of the 1st definition for pure. “Pure wine is very scarce”. That could also define Christianity today. We have diluted it with the vain things of the world. The church is not free from mixture with the world; free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; or holy. What are we doing church of Christ? We have allowed truth to be trampled upon and we are in a backslidden state. We must become pure once more. Modern Christians are trying to mix Jesus Christ with the old man, also known as flesh, we are essentially putting new wine into old bottles. Church of Christ it is imperative that we repent of our sins and begin to seek the Lord.
Mathew 9:17 “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.”
Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We must go back to the authentic version of Christianity – that which is in opposition to that which is false or counterfeit. There are many counterfeits to Christianity, even within the churches today. For example: love is a central theme in Christianity today, which is as it should be, because God is Love (1 John 4:8). But, our culture has come up with a counterfeit for love.
I'd like to reintroduce the Authentic Love – the original type of love where sin is hated. God is love, and God hates sin, therefore Love hates sin, and does not delight in wrongdoings. (1 Cor. 13:6). Many modern  Christians like to say “It is all about love” and say that they truly “love” each other and “love” God, when they themselves are living a life  in darkness and rejoicing in their sins right beside each other. I truly believe it is of the utmost importance that the church goes back to the authentic version of love. Honestly, it disgusts me that people can call themselves Christians and live a life in the flesh and take away God’s glory by calling it their own.
“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” 1 John 5:18
I desperately long for the Church to seek after authentic Christianity. It is a very rare sight indeed, to behold a Christian who is sincere about their faith – one who is willing to lay down their life in order to bring God glory, one who runs after Jesus with all that they are, and truly loves Him with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
“A real(or authentic) Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full,admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst! He dies so he can live, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible and knows that which passes knowledge. The man who has met God is not looking for something-he has found it. He is not searching for light-upon him, the Light has already shined!” A.W. Tozer
I would like to claim, that by the grace of our Heavenly Father, the Pure and Authentic version of Christianity is Now Available!

Blessings in Christ Jesus,  For the King and His glory,
Philip and Hannah Hartman

(You can visit Philip's blog: philiphartman.wordpress.com)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Watchman's Duty

"Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. When I say to the wicked 'O wicked man, you will surely die.' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life." Ezekiel 33:7-9

Friends, it is so very important that we warn people, not only so that we won't be held accountable for their lost soul, but also so that they must repent and turn towards Christ Jesus. He is deserving of their souls. There are are so many souls that I have encountered that I have not shared the love of Christ with. I have not warned them about the danger they are rushing headlong into. It truly breaks my heart that I have grieved my heavenly Father in such a way. We say that we are unashamed of the gospel, but then when the Lord asks us to share it with others, we given into fear of the unknown. There are souls to be won.

This may sound odd... but please feel your pulse and close your eyes for about 10 seconds...do not read on until  you have. 

I want you to know that I am grievously weeping as I write this.
Every pulse that you just felt, a soul without Jesus just died - in India alone... 
Yes, I give you permission to begin sobbing. We must have a greater burden for the lost. How is it, that we hear about the billions of dying children, sex slaves, starving humans, children who are forced into war, and especially all of the lost souls, and just go on with our daily lives? There are very few who even feel anything, many who do not even shed one tear over these heart-breaking facts. We should be agonizing over these lost souls. 

It is so simple to brush this off like it does not even matter, and go on with our fun, American lives, maybe even go watch a movie,  play games, read a novel, check our facebook, surf the internet, hang out with friends etc. Whatever makes it easiest to forget... Some of us may even cry for a minute or two, but then we move on like we never even heard about it. “God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into hell!” Charles Spurgeon

I pray that this might cause anguish and deep distress within your soul, driving you to your knees, crying out for God's mighty power to enable you to intercede on the behalf of the lost people in our world and share His love with them. 

Crying does not get the job done. We must be on our knees, pleading our Saviour for souls, wrestling in prayer and not letting go until the reward is won, and we must GO and warn them! It is hard work, but it is our duty! God is faithful to fulfill His promises. Our Lord has already paid the ultimate price for their lives, we just need to go out claim what is rightfully His. Not only for their souls, but for the glory of our King. Friends, there is a battle to be fought- and to be victoriously won!
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.”    ~Charles Spurgeon
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” ~Charles Spurgeon
“It is not our business to make the message acceptable, but to make it available. We are not to see that they like it, but that they get it." ~Dr. Vance Havner
We walk past people who are bound for hell, almost daily. We probably even speak to many of them whether at a grocery store, on the street, our next door neighbors, friends or even our own family members! We are responsible for warning them. We will regret not sharing the gospel with them when we hear their screams from hell crying out to be rescued. Oh Jesus, allow us to hear the cries of the dying souls. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 warns us, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”
"How much do you have to hate somebody to not attempt to convert them? How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?" ~Penn Jillette, an atheist comedian, magician, and filmmaker
“This is true friendship evangelism: a friendship that begins (not ends) with the proclamation of the gospel. It is based entirely on the gospel rather than on sporting or social events designed to sneak the gospel into the conversation at some later date.” ~Jon Speed
We must have the heart of a watchman. Not letting the enemy into our own souls, and watching on behalf of others. Oh Jesus, teach us to pray without ceasing. We must be lit with the Holy Fire morning and evening, through prayer and study of the Word, and allow it to burn throughout the entire day and night by abiding in Him. People must see the Light of Christ burning within us. We must walk unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and share it will every soul we encounter. Lord, teach us! 
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit , be with you all."(2 Cor. 13:14) I pray that this challenges you.  I love you all deeply, I pray for you all often, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and know I am standing with you in prayer. Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Blessings in Christ Jesus, 

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Persecuted, But Not Forsaken; Cast Down, But Not Destroyed...

Princes persecute me without cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your words. Psalm 119:161
This story of a fairly recent persecution that has happened in North Korea has pierced the depths of my heart. Please read, and allow the Lord to impact you through this. (Extracted from a Voice of the Martyrs article)
The young brown-eyed girl looked up at her mother. What would she decide? 
Earlier that morning, the young girl's mother, their pastor, and twenty-six others in her North Korean village of GokSan were bound and taken before a screaming crowd of Communists.
One of the guards ordered Pastor Kim and the other Christians, "Deny Christ, or you will die." The words chilled her. How could they ask her to deny Jesus? She knew in her heart he was real. They all quietly refused. 
Then the Communist guard shouted directly at the adult Christians, "Deny Christ, or we will hang your children." The young girl looked up at her mother. She gripped her, knowing how much her mom loved her. Her mother then leaned down. With confidence and peace she whispered, "Today, my love, I will see you in heaven."  
All of the children were hanged. 
The remaining believers were then brought out onto the pavement and forced to lie down in front of a huge steamroller. The Communists gave them one last chance. "Deny this Jesus or you will be crushed." The Christians had already given up their children; there was no turning back.
As the driver started the heavy piece of equipment, the singing from the villagers started softly.
"More love, O Christ, to thee, more love to thee."

Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great [is] your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12

It is so vitally important that we trust in Jesus with all of our heart, mind and soul - Even unto death. It is no coincidence that all of the disciples died a martyrs death... God called us all (even you and I) to be witnesses (Acts 1:8).
Witness literally means "Those who after his example have proved the strength and genuineness of their faith in Christ by undergoing a violent death" - Yes, God has called us all to be martyrs for His name's sake. And, oh is He worthy!!

Amy Carmicheal once said, "Diamonds that reflect the most light have received the roughest treatment. Every flaw must be cut out, even a microscopic flaw."

Oh Jesus, make us low, so that you may be lifted high. Strip us of ourselves, so that your glory may shine within! May we trust in you all of our days, with all that we are. Make us willing, dear Father, to undergo slow and painful deaths, and to suffer, for your name's sake. To faithfully have patience in this: that Your will is going to be accomplished in and through us. Teach us to bask in Your loving kindness, through prayer and supplication. Thank you, Sweet Jesus!

For the King and His glory,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I had a lovely time today taking some pictures out in our field with my beautiful sisters today. Enjoy!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Rainbow

This evening, as I was going on a walk, I saw the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen in my life. There was a rainbow, the largest one that I have ever seen! I could even see the bottom of it... Behind the rainbow, the sky was dark and cloudy, but there was this swirl of white-silver clouds in the center - forming a perfect dove. When I got back to my home, I went outside and just stared at the sky.

I probably looked quite odd if any random person saw me. :) There I was, on my knees - getting mud on  my dress, tears running down my face, a long blade of sweet grass in my mouth, and my hands lifted high...

Oh, I am so in awe of my Jesus!

In Genesis 9, after the Flood, God made this promise to Noah:
"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind....Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

It has been raining several days straight here, and it was so refreshing to see the sunshine, hear the birds singing, to walk in the green grass again, and of course, to view God's incredible rainbow...

Even though there are "cloudy" times in our lives, even for long periods of time, “Behold, He cometh with clouds” (Revelations 1:7). "The Lord watches over you, He is the shade at your right hand." Psalm 121:5

Let this be an encouragement to those of you whose faith is being tested through trials, tribulations, or temptations. "The Lord is with you while you are with him; if your heart's desire is for him, he will be near you, but if you give him up, he will give you up." 2 Chronicles 15:2

The Lord made it clear to me right then, while beholding His creation, that we are to be stepping further into the land of promises. we must be claiming territory that is rightfully ours, as sons and daughters of the King of kings! And through faith-filled patience, we must acquire these promises. "He has given us His very great and precious promises" 2 Peter 1:4
"The Lord is faithful to all of His promises and loving toward all that He made." Psalm 145:13
That is a promise and God cannot lie!!(Hebrews 6:18) Trust in His everlasting promises. He will always be faithful!
Blessings in Christ Jesus, For His renown,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

May He Never Labor In Vain

Last night I had a dream...

A very dear friend was on their death bed, and they were speaking their last words to me... For some reason, it was the utmost importance that I listened closely and heard these words:
"Hannah, you must go read Galatians 4:9-11"

This morning, I woke up, startled, jumped out of bed and read it----

"But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years.
I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain." (Gal. 4:9-11)

I know that it was the Apostle Paul who wrote that, but it was as if God was speaking directly to my heart.
He ever lives to interscess for us,(Heb.7:25) and how could I make Him labor in vain by going back to weak and worthless things? I knew suddenly that there was something that I was to get rid of - my facebook account *gulp*  It is something that I have wasted my time on, and at one point in my life, I truly was enslaved to it. So, I went and deleted my account. It was as if God was sitting there helping me click the 'deactivate' buttons, because it was not even that difficult for me to do.

Now, I am not saying that facebook is a bad thing. I think it can be used very wisely and can be quite convenient for keeping in contact with people. I just want to encourage you to search your heart, or more like it, allow God to search your heart... Is there something that you can not be detached from. If God asked you to remove this certain thing out of your life starting today, would you? Count the costs...Is He truly worthy of us laying it all down before Him? Um... yes! I think He is beyond worthy!! He made the sacrifice for us, are we willing to hand in our little handful of pebbles in order to recieve the truckload of jewels?

Have a delightful day today, and remember, He is worthy!!! Bunches of love to you in Christ Jesus, my dear friends, For the King and His glory! Trusting in Jesus always,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The "Need To Read" Quote

"It is not enough for the believer to begin to pray, nor to pray correctly; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray. We must patiently, believingly continue in prayer until we obtain an answer. Further, we have not only to continue in prayer until the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing. Those who are disciples of the Lord Jesus should labor with all their might in the work of God as if everything depended upon their own endeavors. Yet, having done so, they should not in the least trust in their labor and efforts, nor in the means that they use for the spread of the truth, but in God alone; and they should with all earnestness seek the blessing of God in persevering, patient, and believing prayer. Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life. The result will surely be abundant blessing. Whether you see much fruit or little fruit, such kind of service will be blessed." George Muller

Glimpses of Christ's Love

"I am Thy servant to do Thy will,and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven." -A.W. Tozer (and me)
I can not put into words just how much I love my Saviour. He is truly my all in all! The only reason I live is to bring Him glory. I long for the day when my faith becomes sight and I see Him face to face! Oh the joy of my Beloved One! He is beyond worthy of all of our affections!!

Oh the joys of being a witness for My King. He has showed His love for us in the most unimaginable way possible...He gave us His precious drops of blood, He truly gave His life for us. We are so undeserving of the incredible love of Jesus!

Because of the fall of man, we are born in sin. There fore making us a rebel to the rightful King. We were adulterers and thief's, because we have run away from our Beloved Saviour, and have stolen the Lord's glory for ourselves. How dare we think that we actually deserve heaven! We were rebels of Christ Himself. and because of sin, all humankind was bound for hell.

But, our Father, who so loved us, gave His only son, forgiving and cleansing us, so that we might live eternally. Oh, sweet friends, we must receive what He did for us. We must reckon it as truth, and lay down our lives at the foot of the cross. How can we be ashamed of His love, and hide His magnificent Light. We ought to tell every single soul that we encounter, about the abundant love of our blessed Saviour! We must believe it when we pray, "Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven". Oh, that we could get a full view of what Christ has done for us. Oh I pray that Christians today might behold the cross, and on our knees, humbly bless our King.

Here is something that I was reading this morning that really inspired and impacted me - I hope it does the same for you.
"Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. He does not care what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don't wake anybody up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work - to wake people up." Catherine Booth

I pray that I will never be ashamed of the gospel. That wherever I go, the unstoppable Light will shine through me. That people will not see me, but Christ in me... Oh that the lost souls may long for what I have - the love of my Redeemer. I want souls to be awakened when they see what He has done for them. Oh Jesus, be glorified!!!

"Go forth today, by the help of God's Spirit, vowing and
declaring that in life -come poverty, come wealth, in death; come pain or come what may,
you are and ever must be the Lord's. For this is written on your heart, 'We love Him because He first loved us.'" Charles H. Spurgeon

"If He laid down His life for us, is it not the least we can do to lay down ours for Him? If He bore the cross and died on it for me, ought I not to be willing to take it up for Him?" Dwight L. Moody

Press further into His light, dig deeper into His promises, dive into His word, sing to Him of the joy that is within your heart, and partake in His sufferings. For His glory and renown,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Not Rising Far From The Ground

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:1-2
"Yea, all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5
To clothe your self with humility literally means to gird one's self with the white scarf or apron of slaves, which was fastened to the belt of the vest and distinguished slaves from freeman. We are slaves, or bond servants, to the living God. Let us prove that, by clothing ourselves in humility and humbling ourselves, at the foot of the cross. In 1 Peter, we are encouraged to show our subjection to one another by putting on humility - an exceedingly humble garment.

God giveth grace to the humble. We are "saved by grace" (Ephesians 2:8). Therefore, it is of the utmost importance, my dear friends, in order for us to be saved, that we humble ourselves before the Lord so that He can pour forth His grace upon His life. It is not possible for God to be exalted in our lives, if we are on the throne! If we are not brought low, He can not reign in our bodies.
"You will save the humble people; but Your eyes are on the proud, that You may bring them down." 2 Chronicles 7:14
We must cry out to Jesus to humble us! If you and I truly love the Lord, then we must be made low, and come to realize that we are His bond servants. But, when we do, we will truly have life! His life within us. He can then receive the glory due His name!! He reveals to us the depths of His heart, once we are truly surrendered. It takes complete abandonment to our pride, our dignity, and our high opinion of our self.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Micah 6:8
"Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
Oh Jesus, please search out hearts and enable us to humble ourselves before your throne. Purge all sin from our lives, therefore stripping us of our pride, so that you may truly be glorified in and through us!

The point of life is not to search ourselves and get to know the depths of our heart so we can truly come to understand and know our inner-self. No, that is not what we are supposed to do at all!! We are to search God's heart, and get to know His inner-self by digging deeper into His word, and by His grace, enter into the Holy of Holies through prayer and supplication!
"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."Luke 14:11
"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 
"Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16.
To be humble means:
  • Not rising far from the ground
  • As a condition, lowly, of low degree.
  • To be brought low with grief, and depressed.
  • Lowly in spirit 
I was talking with a friend yesterday evening, and she was telling me how she has really been grasping that Jesus took the lowest spot. It really made me think - He truly became accursed, so that we might have life. The King of this universe, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth actually died. He bore our sins, forgiving us of our trespasses. Oh the love of my Saviour! I now stand in audacity, so that all the world may know! He has given His life, now the very least I can do is give my life to Him, for Him.

He has already done the work, we just need to reckon it. Our Lord is the best Teacher! He has already shown us how to perfectly humble ourselves. He goes with us, to fight the battles against our enemy, in fact, He has already done the fighting and won victorious over sin. All that we need, my dear friends, is to draw near, to His loving kindness and never let go!

Teach us, oh Father, to show forth Your image. Show us, Lord where there is pride in our lives, and for Your glory, remove it from our hearts! Jesus, please humble me, bring me closer to you, on my knees. May the fear of the Lord become reality. Oh Saviour, may we partake in your sufferings? Holy One, teach us to seek you with our entire being, because you are the only reason we live! Thank you for your merciful heart towards us, and for letting us be the temple of the Unblemished Lamb. I love you Lord!
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" 2 Samuel 22:28
Thank you for taking the time to read this... I pray that you are deeply encouraged to press further into His presence and step into new territory, claiming land that is rightfully His!!
Oh, that we may get more of Christ Jesus!! He is truly all that we need!

Fighting the good fight, for the King's glory and His renown,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Monday, May 16, 2011

Praise for Deliverance

To the Chief Musician:

I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted my out of the slimy pit,
Out of a horrible pit,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth -
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
And does not look to the proud,
nor to those who turn aside to lies.

Many O Lord my God, are Your
wonderful works which You have
done, the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
Were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
Psalm 40:1-5

My Sweet Friends

I have been spending my time with the most wonderful group of children, and young ladies,ever! They have all won my heart, blessed me, and inspired me in so many ways! You all are amazing and I will miss you dearly while you are away in Mexico. (and Fiji) I love you, my sweet brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus!

I love you so much, Kate and Anna! You are both so precious to me! I will be praying for you girls. Do not fear, for our loving Father and King is with you always! He is glorious, and His loving kindness will never cease to amaze you. Fight the good fight! He is worthy!! Trust in Him always, my sweet sisters!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Free to be a Prisoner of His Love

Bought with the precious blood of Jesus, I surrender all to Him. Though there are trials and tribulations, He holds me up, as I pour mine all at His feet. Oh sweet Jesus, you have given me true life, and showed me your loving kindness. How could I ever say thank you? My life is Yours, this body, this spirit, this soul. Yours for the keeping. When you are on the vessel, I will smile at the storms! Holy Father, may my life bring honor and glory to You alone forevermore. I love you Lord. It is for Your renown that I press forward by your omnipotent strength! Hallelujah!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Defying A Power of Hell

Something that I have been thinking about a lot lately is laziness. Oh how easy it is to live a lazy life. Yet, in doing so, we are going entirely against the word of God, and who are we to stand against one who is worthy of our lives, and therefore our time?

The bible has a great deal to say about laziness.

"The soul of the lazy man desires and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." (Proverbs 13:4) I think this can also apply to our spiritual richness. If we do not hunger and thirst after Jesus and earnestly seek His face, then we will not receive anything. But if we are diligent in seeking after Him and calling upon His name, then we shall gain much!

Many modern day Christians wonder what happened to the God of old...
Nothing happened to the God of old. He is unchanging, everlasting, and He is faithful until the end! (1 Cor. 1:9; Heb. 13:8)

The real question is this: what happened to the Christianity of old? You did not see true Christians back then sitting around eating popcorn and watching a movie did you? Tell me one great hero of faith who sat on facebook for hours on end, or one who began a great revival while sleeping in until late hours of the morning. Did you ever hear of a great prayer warrior or intercessor who played games because of pure boredom? Not once have I ever heard of one who did so. I am going to say something that many would consider to be extremely bold, I am going to say it quite bluntly.

It is impossible to bear the very image of Christ while having a lazy spirit. Slothfulness violates God's purpose - good works. The Lord however empowers Christians to overcome the flesh's propensity to laziness by clothing us in Christ. Trust me, I fully understand how easy it is to be lazy, it is what my flesh leads me to do. It is part of our sinful nature. Yet, our loving God has clearly showed us that there is another option - He gave His life for us.We are a new nature! If we truly are surrendered, and we are clothed in righteousness then get this:

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Free from sickness, sorrow, and sin - even laziness - the saints will glorify the Lord forever. And if He is glorified, then I am truly content.

Amy Carmichael once said, "What is the secret to great living? Entire separation to Christ and devotion to Him. Thus speaks every man and woman whose life has made more than a passing flicker in the spiritual realm. It is the life that has no time for trifling that counts."

"Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Let us not be weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:9-10

I know that this is long, but thank you so much for reading. I truly hope that it inspires you, and deeply convicts moves you! It takes courage to stand against the crowds and turn around from living a life as a lazy person, but we are to "die daily" to self... God will do the rest! Please comment if there is anything that is biblically incorrect, as I always want to be in alignment with scriptures. I love you all so much, in Christ Jesus and for His glory and renown,

Hannah Brooke Hartman

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Surrendered to the Priceless Jewel

Unspeakable joy. Unshakable power. Undeniable love. Unimaginable peace. Unmovable strength.
When you surrender ALL to the Lord, He fills you up with these incredible attributes, to be poured out for His glory, it is so indescribable how wonderful He is. When you give up your measly little life of sin, laziness, anxiety, fear, impurity, darkness and overall deafeat, and exchange it for a life of the Lord's loving kindness, His joy, peace, love, wisdom, strengthand victory, it truly is wonderful. But, you have to give it all up, lay it at His feet.

In 1 Corinthians 15, it says "I die daily". We too must allow the Lord to crucify our self, daily, and in doing so, He can live make our bodies His temple, so that we (not us, but Christ in us) may live in defiance of all powers of hell, and fight for our King who has much glory due His name!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Some of My New Favorite Quotes On Prayer

  • “God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces of against evil …” E.M. Bounds
  • “Prayer is where the action is." John Wesley
  • "Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying. Paul E. Billheimer
  • "It is in the field of prayer that life's critical battles are lost or won. We must conquer all our circumstances there. We must first of all bring them there. We must survey them there. We must master them there. In prayer we bring our spiritual enemies into the Presence of God and we fight them there. Have you tried that? Or have you been satisfied to meet and fight your foes in the open spaces of the world?" J. H. Jowett
  • "Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things 'above all that we ask or think.'" Andrew Murray
  • "If we would pray aright, the first thing we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him." R.A. Torrey
  • "Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!" Andrew Murray
  • "If the Christian does not allow prayer to drive sin out of his life, sin will drive prayer out of his life. Like light and darkness, the two cannot dwell together." M.E. Andross
  • “I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach.” Charles Spurgeon
  • "Prayer should not be regarded "as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty." E.M. Bounds
  • "We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties." Oswald Chambers
  • "There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer." A.T. Pierson

Best page on prayer quotations I have ever seen

Something to Ponder...

1 John 2:1

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him
6He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
13I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
18Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledges the Son hath the Father also.
24Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you
27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.