Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Author & Finisher - Chief Leader and Perfector



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 the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2
Below is something I wrote up, basically with the meaning of every single word in that scripture from Strongs concordance. 
Let us cast off every weight and the violation of the divine law in thought or in act that does so easily beset us, and let us run (spend our strength in performing or attaining something -Jesus Christ- with steadfastness, constancy, and endurance, the race that has been appointed to us.
Looking to (to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something) Jesus, the Chief Leader and Perfecter of our conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ: Who for the joy and gladness that was appointed to Him, bore bravely and calmly the most cruel and ignominious punishment, thinking little of the shame,disgrace and dishonor, and is set down in a place of honour and strength, the very right hand of the throne of God!
Something that completely amazes me is how the Lord is not only the Author/ Leader of our faith. He does not leave us in that mediocre state of Christianity! (I do not even believe - for Biblical reasons - that there is even such a thing as gray, lukewarm or mediocre in Christianity - it is very clear that it is white or black, light or dark, walking one way or walking the other way, but I will use this metaphor right now) No, of course He would not leave us in the beginning stages of Christianity. He long for us to be complete, to be joyful, pure, perfect, and holy!(mat. 5:48, 1 Thes. 5:16, 1 Pet. 1:16. Phil. 1:10) If He didn't then He wouldn't call us to a high calling. He is faithful to us- He finishes and perfects! And this is what amazes me the most: We can not do it. It is Christ in us who lives this life in and through us! (Col. 1:27) And faithful is He who has called us, who will also do it! (1 Thes. 5:4) Thank you Lord! Hallelujah :)

My dear brothers and sisters - continue to abide in His Love, rest in His Strengh, and hope in His Glory! Have a blessed day! May the Lord bless you and keep you!

In the shadow of the Almighty,

Hannah Brooke Hartman


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reflections

This is a reflection of the past two years of my life. My Jesus has done most amazing things :) Oh how I love Him!! Some of the things I will say, I have not mentioned to hardly anyone. But the Lord has revealed to me that now is the time to share them publicly, and my prayer is that you will be greatly encouraged, and that the sweet name of Jesus will be honored, praised, glorified, and magnified through this testimony of His love...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wait Quietly...

“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:26

A believer may present a right petition in a right way, and yet he may not wait the Lord’s answer in His own time. He may appoint a time, and if the Lord does not answer within that period, he turns away, resigning all expectation of an answer.

There is such a thing as waiting for the Lord. The apostle alludes to and enjoins this holy patience, when he speaks to the Ephesians of “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance.” A believer may present his request- may have some degree of nearness in urging it- may press it with fervency- and yet, forgetting the hoping, quiet, waiting patience which ought invariably to mark a praying soul; he may lose the blessing he has sought. There is such a thing as “waiting upon the Lord.”

Oh; how long have we made Him to wait for us! For years, it may be, we kept Him knocking, and standing, and waiting at the door of our hearts, until His own Spirit took the work in His own hands, and unlocked the heart, and the Savior entered. The Lord would now often have us wait His time in answering prayer. And, if the vision tarry, still let us wait, and hope, and expect. Let the delay but stimulate hope, and increase desire, exercise faith, and multiply petitions at the mercy-seat. It will come when the Lord sees best.

A believer may lose the answer to his prayer, by dictating to the Lord the mode, as well as the time, of answering. The Lord has His own mode of blessing His people. We may prescribe the way the Lord should answer, but He may send the blessing to us through an opposite channel, in a way we never thought of, and should never have selected.

Sovereignty sits regent upon the throne, and in no aspect is its exercise more manifestly seen than in selecting the way and the means by which the prayers of the saints of God are answered. Dictate not to the Lord. If you ask a blessing through a certain channel, or in a prescribed way, let it be with the deepest humility of mind, and with perfect submission to the will of God.

Be satisfied to receive the blessing in any way which a good and covenant God may appoint. Be assured, it will be in that way that will most glorify Himself, and secure to you the greatest amount of blessing

By: Octavius Winslow

Friday, September 2, 2011

True Communion


Many Christians talk about intimacy with the Lord, walking with him, knowing him, having fellowship with him. But we can’t have true communion with God unless we receive into our hearts the full revelation of his love, grace and mercy.

Communion with God consists of two things:
1. Receiving the love of the Father, and
2. Loving him in return

You can spend hours each day in prayer, telling the Lord how much you love him, but that isn’t communion. If you haven’t received his love, you haven’t had communion with him. You simply can’t share intimacy with the Lord unless you’re secure in his love for you.

I know when I come to my Lord, I’m not coming to a hard, fierce, demanding Father. He doesn’t wait for me with an angry countenance, anxious to put a rod to my back. He doesn’t trail me, waiting for me to fail so he can say, “I caught you!”

No, I’m coming to a Father who has revealed himself to me as pure, unconditional love. He’s kind and tenderhearted, full of grace and mercy, anxious to lift all my cares and burdens. And I know he’ll never turn me down when I call on him.

That’s why I’m to come into his courts with praise and thanksgiving because I’m thankful for who my God is. He cares about everything concerning me! (See Psalm 100.)

The prophet Zephaniah says something incredible about God’s love for us. He writes, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

This verse tells us two important things about how the Lord loves us:
1. God rests in his love for his people. In Hebrew, the phrase “He will rest in his love” reads, “He shall be silent because of His love.” God is saying, in essence, “I’ve found my true love, and I’m totally satisfied! I don’t need to look elsewhere, because I have no complaint. I’m completely fulfilled in this relationship, and I won’t take my love back. My love is a settled matter!”
2. God gets great pleasure from his people. Zephaniah testifies, “He rejoices over you with singing.” He is saying, “God’s love for you is so great, it puts a song on his lips!”
To rejoice means “to have joy and delight.” It’s an outward expression of internal delight. It’s also the highest expression of love. The Hebrew word Zephaniah uses for “rejoice” here is tripudiare meaning, “to leap, as one overcome with joyful ecstasy.”

Can you conceive of your heavenly Father being so in love with you that he leaps with joy at the very thought of you? Can you receive his word that he loved you before the world was created, before humankind existed, before you were even born? Can you accept that he loved you even after you fell into Adam’s sinful ways and became an enemy to him?

By: David Wilkerson

He's Most High Forevermore!

This is an exert from my notes during my meditation on Psalm 93 this morning! May it lead you closer to Jesus as you see what wonderful things He has done! :) I love you all!

Joyfully His,
Hannah Brooke Hartman

                         Psalm 93
It is a pleasant thing to thank (confess the name of) the Existing One, and to make music for you, O Most High,
To declare Your loving kindness (goodness, kindness, faithfulness) when the sun rises, and your faithfulness (firmness, steadfastness, steadiness) when it goes down.
Playing on different instruments to make solemn (resounding, meditation) music.
For You, my Lord, have made me sooo glad, causing me to rejoice, by all you have done! :)
O Lord, how magnificent is your work, oh and Your thoughts (plans, purposes) are very (exceedingly, up to abundance, greatly) profound!
A person of great stupidity doesn't know, nor does a fool understand this.
When the ungodly blossom as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness flourish, it is then that they shall be exterminated, for ever!!
But you will be Most High forevermore!
For Your enemies, O Lord, shall be destroyed; all workers of sin will be scattered abroad.
But you will set my horn on high, like you have the horn of a unicorn: I will be anointed (fade away) into your fresh oil. (Isn't that amazing!?)
My eyes will pay attention to the desire I have upon my enemies, and my ears will listen and obey my desire of those who displease my God, those who rise up against me.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree: he will grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon ( a wooded mountian range on the northern border of Israel)
Those who are planted in the dwelling place of the Most High will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bring forth fruit in old age; they will be fat and flourishing! :)
To declare that the Lord is upright: He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him!