When our hearts are full of stones God has laid in them, it is then a stony heart is good!
As I was preparing my heart to share my testimony last week, the Lord began speaking new things to my heart, showing me Scriptures in a light I have never seen before. I knew He was calling me to speak a ‘new, fresh word’ from Him and not rely on anything I had written or prepared earlier!
A testimony is recalling the work of the Lord in our lives. Our story is what has happened to us and sometimes we can get so caught up in our story, we become fearful.
To inspire us with courage for the journey the Lord wants us to pay attention to the Ebenezer stones that ‘mark our path indicating how far the Lord has led us’. When we become fearful, He wants us to recall, bring to the forefront of our memories our testimonies of faith! He wants us to declare to others, this is what God has done!
In the midst of our journey through our valleys of the shadow, Bruce and I have experienced the goodness of God, and our hearts have experienced a growth so they are not in the same place we were last year.
(entering the new things)…
The Lord says in Isaiah 54:11 that He will lay our stones…He will cause us to experience Him in such a way that that place of trial will forever be a place of worship and praise.
When we give testimony, we are pointing to the Ebenezer stones He lays in the house!
When we look at these stones and recall what God has done, it increases our faith in that it causes a synchronization of our spirit, soul and body.
God is all about building a glorious home where He lives
The house is the house of the Lord within our hearts..
That house where instead of the walls being made of fear, doubt, insecurity, feelings of insignifigance…
The Master Builder Himself builds your house.
He lays your foundations with sapphires, your pillars of rubies and your gates of crystal. All the walls in your house shall be of precious stones.
His promise to you is that Christ in you is the hope of glory. Glory dwells in a place of unity.
2Chronicles 5 refers to a time when the trumpeters and singers, being as one, made one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord.
With one voice they cried out, “For He is good and His mercy endures forever’
and in this place of love, worship and praise, the glory of God came and rested.
I want my house to be a place where the glory of God comes…rests and abides.
The mercy and loving kindness of God endure forever. God is always good.
We must settle this in our hearts so we build on a good foundation.
He looks at you and sees His beautiful one. He sees sons and daughters of the King dressed royally and all glorious within.
He doesn’t see or even acknowledge some of those names you call yourself.
He calls you Cherished, Beloved, Treasure of His Heart, and Pearl of Great Price.
He calls you Faith, Patience, Chastity, Joy, Grace, Gloria
Can you hear Him as He whispers your name?
Can you hear His sound as He walks beside you?
Do you recognize that little nudging you sense as being Him wanting to lead you along the path He has prepared for you?
The sound of the Lord may be the gentle flapping of His garments as He walks beside you.
It may be the swoosh of the wind of the Holy Spirit as He rushes to your aid.
The sound of the Lord is the sound of His Voice as He speaks to you and me.
As He speaks with that still, quiet voice, the Voice of the Word made flesh into your heart, have you become so familiar with His Word, that you recognize His Voice?
In the natural, I don’t hear so well, but my inner ear is tuned in to His frequency and I receive and hear clearly with the ears of my spirit.
When we learn to recognize His Voice in the tempest as clearly as in our times of peace, our house will no longer be fragmented and His glory will rest, remain, and shine through us.
Our spirit, soul and body will be in unison.
So often, our spirits want to bless the Lord, but our souls, our minds, will and emotions are too busy stewing and fretting over issues and problems, we could have surrendered to Jesus.
And our bodies? Well they are beset with headaches, stomachaches and the last things our bodies want to do is rise up and bless His Name through the simple act of lifting up of our hands in worship to our Lord.
We are fragmented.
We receive His promise of Christ in us the hope of glory by obeying His Word.
The very first commandment is that we would love the Lord our God, with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength!!
This is so exciting to me because glory dwells in a place of unity! When our spirits, souls and bodies are in agreement, His glory will come and abide in our hearthouse.
Obeying the Word is a choice my friends, a sheer act of surrendered will but the result is the receiving of His promises in our lives.
When we choose to submit our wills to His Word, we are changing our perspective by what we choose to focus on.
Will we tuck His Word away in our hearts so that when that tempest bursts forth, we have surplus from which to draw? Our well will not run dry when we keep drinking of the Living water.
Isaiah 54:11-12 The Father addresses us as storm tossed afflicted one, tossed around in the tempest and not comforted.
We are afflicted because we are not in peace. We aren’t sure if the house in our hearts will withstand the storm.
The Father is promising us if we yield to the working of His hands, He will build our house with precious stones. There will be no wood, hay or stubble that will burn. There will not be ‘stuff’ to fill the gaps because His workmanship is perfect and complete and we will lack no good thing.
Yes indeed, when our hearts are full of stones He has laid in them, it is then a stony heart is good!
Listening for His sound with you. Lifting up holy hands beside you in the Spirit, blessing His Holy Name.