Wow! Did I tell you last week I watched Graham Cooke on YouTube for the first time? In “The Language of Heaven” he recommends reading through the Gospels frequently; like at least yearly – if not every 3 months. He suggests we become Jesus’ disciples instead of Paul’s?! It’s about learning a new language. Our human influences have given us a negative, unbelieving, untrusting way of thinking, talking, acting and reacting. The language that comes from this world system is hurtful, reactive, fatalistic…what more need I say? Heavenly language, as Jesus modeled during his life on earth, is fair, loving, wise, always hoping and never giving up. Do you realize Heaven doesn’t have a Plan B?
Another thing I gleaned from Graham Cooke: Heaven doesn’t see problems or failure. Jesus always took the negative and turned it around for the glory of God. Think about it: every problem/challenge comes with a promise and a provision. Let me give you an example:
If we have wayward children, instead of looking at where they’re at right now and hashing over all that’s wrong and despairing, let’s find a Scripture that would turn these thoughts around.
Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, And great shall be the peace of your children.
1. My children SHALL be taught by the LORD (provision)
2. Great SHALL be their peace (promise)
Claim this for your children and see what happens! I challenge you to find other verses of promise for your children, your marriage, your health; any problem that comes.
The same evening I found Graham Cooke, I also found Shane and Shane‘s music videos on YouTube. They put Psalms into song and do amazing video to accompany. In Psalm 91 on Eagle’s Wings they use these Scriptures:
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Another Scripture the Spirit impressed me with the same day:
Psalm 57:1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
2 I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven and save me…
These passages promise if I take refuge in the shadow of His wings, trust and cry out to Him, He will perform all things for me, deliver and strengthen. He will send from heaven and save me.I love the way the Spirit brings all things together to clearly make a point. As thick as I can sometimes be, what a gracious Father to use several methods to make the point He’s trying to make. It’s such a marvelous journey following the Lord, my heart is sad for those who haven’t experienced it. Let’s help others find the narrow way that leads to life.
Before church a couple Sunday’s ago here’s what I wrote in my two-way journal (think God Calling/Jesus Calling)
Lord, I know you’re doing a mighty work in me, my family, our congregation, my neighbors. What is my assignment today?
Love, love, love! Give out the love I give you. Soak in the river of life and overflow. Encourage, speak life, walk in peace & joy. Let My fruits in you be squeezed, dripping & oozing down and getting all over those around you. The simple act of kindness is mightier than you realize! (H.H. 11-17-2019)