Prepare Our Hearts to Receive Victory

Here we are at the threshold of 2013. As we welcome a new year, we have no idea what is in store for us. Really.  The unexpected and unwanted, they show up at our doors unannounced and we must be ready.
 
“I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.”  2 Timothy 1:12
 
We must prepare now.
 
Prepare, today’s  “tip for victory” is one that requires perseverance and a steady chugging along.  Sometimes we just need a little help in knowing how to prepare.  To know you stand, strong and confident in Jesus gives me great joy.  
 
I know many who faint when trials come.  I long to hear you boldly declaring the Word of God over your circumstances and know that when the day of adversity lands on your doorstep you are prepared to stand firmly in your place in God.
 
 We have persevered through our day of trouble for almost a full year. Looking back over 2012, I see new strength in my soul today. A deeper confidence in the Lord my God, a growth beyond my expectations and I am thankful.
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I began to prepare years ago.  I attended seven years of Bible Study Fellowship where I learned to hear the voice of the Lord and to recognize His sound.  Years of joy filled, intense, committed study. It became a ‘habit’ happily carried on as a daily part of my life. The Word of God is an essential part of me.
 
The preparation of our hearts ultimately begins at salvation and it is an ongoing experience.  As we fill our hearts with the Word of God, we build our lives upon that foundation.  It prepares our hearts to receive good news.  The Word eliminates what is not of the Spirit of God and truth.
 
What Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross is good news!  His blood purchased us, bought us salvation from our sins and healing from all our diseases.  I think perhaps we do not put healing in the same category as salvation ~ the two are inseparable. We must purpose to believe the whole truth. 
Deciding and establishing in your heart that God’s Word is truth and declaring God’s truth into your atmosphere will bring about a change in your circumstances.
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The words of Jesus in John 10:10 are as true today as when He spoke them.  “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they (us) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
 
Jesus laid down His life; His plan is we would receive this abundant, eternal life. He desires our hearts receive the full impact of His glory and truth. He wants us to acquire in our beings all He has offered, understanding and using our inheritance in Christ. His blood purchased a wonderful gift for us and He really wants us to unwrap and enjoy the many privileges that go along with the gift. I do not want to deprive my Lord of joy. How about you?
 
It is time now, to prepare our hearts to dwell daily in His presence, daring to discipline and ready our bodies and souls for intimacy with our Beloved. A casual glance at the cross, the altar, the Word of God, cannot bring contentment, cannot satisfy our thirsting souls. Jesus is calling us to deeper places in Him, walking on higher ground where so much more is required of us. We walk having received into our hearts, HIM. I pray we will live out of His fullness and not our lack.
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How we prepare our hearts will affect how we respond or react to bad news. The heart of man is akin to the foundation of a house. We need to know we are building our lives upon the foundation of the Word of God.
 
When life is good, we do not prepare for the bad and we should be. It is not being negative to say this; it is practical, much like saving money for a rainy day!  We never know when the rain might come, but rain it will.  Remember, God wants mature sons and daughters in the Kingdom and our growth comes from advance preparation.  We will repeat the same kind of trial until we learn the lesson God wants to teach us. When we learn the appropriate response, He will then take us into deeper waters and our challenge will be greater.
 
 If we develop sensitive hearts we will recognize the ‘sense’  the Lord gives us that life is about to change.  He did that with me last January.  I have learned to pay attention to those senses and try to be aware and awake in the Spirit. I did not know the intensity of what was coming, I only knew something was and allowed Him to teach me.
 
The first tip He taught me to prepare for this walk through the valley past and to walk it victoriously was just that~ we are walking through it.
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The second tip is this: The preparation of one’s heart is essential for victory.

 Psalm 112:7-8 gives a clear word picture of a rock solid man standing on the Word of God. It is Christ, the solid Rock on which he stands.  His heart is anchored in His words.  Over time, he has steadily allowed the Lord access to places in his heart and mind ruled by self, guilt and shame. He has given the Lord freedom to uproot lies and plant truth.  Faithfully he has meditated on God’s Word and the tablet of his heart is overflowing with God’s words. Truth words, freedom words. Life words.
 
A telegram arrives, a boss is a bearer of bad news, the bank wants to foreclose, and the face of the Dr. is grim.
 
This man’s heart is firmly fixed because he has made it a habit, week by week, year after year to fill his heart with the Word of God, he has chosen to trust and lean on his Lord.  The more he does so, the greater his confidence in his God.  His heart is established and steady and he does not faint in the day of adversity.
 
Doesn’t this sound like an amazing place to be?  How did he get there and how do we get to that place of unswerving peace, trust and confidence in God?
 
*** Establish our hearts ***
If we are pondering the words of God in our hearts, our response in the day of trouble will be a surprise to many who are not familiar with our way of life.  Scripture tells us out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Are you filling your heart with the Word?
 
Instead of speaking our health issue, we will declare we are ‘blessed and highly favored’.  Sure, we will get funny looks from people but the result is, by our speaking we are agreeing with the Word of God and ‘calling those things that be not as though they were’. 
Romans 4:17
 
Instead of speaking our lack, we will declare that our God will supply all of our need and be thankful He has already provided all we need for life and godliness.  Philippians 4:19 & 2Peter 1:4
 
He has given us creative power in our words, when our hearts are established in His Word we will begin to speak His.
 
Our hearts established; we also need to
 
*** Guard our hearts ***
 We hold the treasure of God’s Word in our heart. There will be those who will try to steal our joy and crash our peace by the words they speak. Our belief will be questioned. Doubted. Made fun of. When you are standing, literally for life, you cannot afford to listen to the doubts and what-ifs of others if your heart is not established firmly in God’s Word.
 
   Do make sure you have a trusted friend who speaks your language! Be sensitive about who you hang around with.  It is okay to be wise about choosing who you want to spend time with and not fellowship with those you know to be doubters. In the valley, wise friends can be a great source of rest and refreshment. If you need alone time, just you and Jesus then that is great too.  He can prepare your heart as no one else is able.
 
God gifted me with the friendship and blessing of an online friend who was walking through the same trial of cancer.  God knit our hearts together and used our words to strengthen and encourage one another.  It has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life as I watched God using us to encourage others as we shared the lessons He was teaching us.
 
I leave you with two ways to prepare your heart to hold more of Jesus
*** Keep short accounts with God ~ be quick to repent
*** Keep short accounts with others ~ forgive completely.
 
 In closing, become consumed with Christ in you the hope of glory.  Have a clear understanding of what His death and resurrection gained for you. 
 
I hope you will join me next time as we find victory through praise, beautiful praise!
 
Finding joy in stirring myself up to seek His face, 
 
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  1. Trinity says

    Although we may be ridiculed, we must remember that the bible refers to us as a “royal priesthood, a peculiar people”. Therefore, we must not veer to the left nor to the right, but keep our eyes focused on Him and His WORD. Thank you for this great post on “Preparedness” as we enter 2013. I’m reminded of Joshua 1:7 ,
    “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the left or the right, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

    Blessings in 2013!

    • Jeannie says

      I appreciate so much the verse you shared with us.Indeed we are a peculiar and prosperous people when we choose to meditate on the Word of the Lord and endeavour to obey it. Hiding God’s Word in our hearts alway prepares us to fulfill His plan for us. I bless you and thank you for sharing.

  2. Florence Achama says

    Oh Yes Jeannie, I am right with you here. At first your words seemed a bit strange to me but as I continued to read I began to understand more. Funnily enough Ephesians 6:15 speaks of the preparation of the Good News of Shalom which we wear on our feet, what is this telling us? That we are to walk in the fullness of knowledge of the Shalom that the Messiah purchased for us, it is a vital part of our armour which leads us to victory. As this just dropped in my spirit now I will also meditate on this so I can fully absorb it. Thank you for allowing yourself to be a continuous blessing to myself and many others. Love you dear sister xxx

  3. Mel Thompson says

    So much here to comment on everything. So, I’ll I mention just a few tidbits that really got my attention.
    1. “Finding a trusted friend that speaks your language.” I of course have my wife that speaks the SAME LANGUAGE, but a male trusted friend that speaks the same language. A goal for the the New Year.
    2. “HEALING and SALVATION are inseparable.” Love that, and though the front ‘door bell’ isn’t ringing currently, I am, I will be prepared!




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