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Loving God

In my Scripture notebook, under the section entitled Father, I have written a definition for “El Shaddai”, one of the many names by which God is known.  (I did not indicate from which source this definition came or I would gladly give credit.)

El Shaddai- Our Satisfier, the God of More Than Enough, The Many-Breasted One, The All-Sufficient One, the Nourisher, Strength-Giver, immunity from Satan, comforted by the rhythm of God’s heart, makes us fruitful, multiplying us exceedingly, the tenderness and all-sufficiency of God.

Sometimes, in fact often, we involve ourselves in busy days, even being sure to attend to our prayer life, without truly acknowledging and expressing our love for the Father; without allowing our hearts to be filled with wonder at His goodness – just simply adoration of Him.  Placing prayer requests and petitions of need aside, take some time today to quietly fill your heart, your spirit, with the awareness of how much you love the Lord.

Think on His character, on the Truth about God which He has revealed to us in Scripture.  Think on “the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience” (Romans 2:4).  Think on His faithfulness and trustworthiness to His promises (1 Corinthians 1:9).  Think on His compassion (Psalm 86:15).  He is merciful, sympathetic, tender and responsive (Luke 6:36).  Take the time to do nothing but be with Him and love Him.  The Word of God tells us that we are to be “rooted in love and founded securely in love”. (Ephesians 3: 16-18)  Send your roots deeper today – establish yourself securely in the love of God, with no other intention than to tell Him how very much you love Him.  Selah!

God’s Word on the subject:

Deuteronomy 6:5     1 Chronicles 16:8-10      Ephesians 3:16-18

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The Process of Heart Change – Part One

The process of growing in grace (God’s unmerited favor and empowerment) must be our daily pursuit.  Looking at the entirety of our walk, our sphere of influence, our witness for the kingdom, and allowing God’s Spirit of excellence to define our daily interactions will represent Him effectively and help us to reflect Heaven’s standards to those our lives touch.  Imagine the difference in the world if God’s daughters truly operated in the authority and the audacity of the reality and Truth of God’s Word!  As we choose Heaven’s path, and tune in ceaselessly throughout the day to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as we recognize our placement in Him (we are “seated in heavenly places with Christ”) [Ephesians 2:6], and that we are in this world but not of it, we will profoundly effect the world around us as well as the personal process of heart change.

That is, or should be, our daily purpose – our heart’s calling.  I would suggest to you that means that we must operate daily with an attitude of not allowing lack, or less than, into any area of our lives.  Where there is less than, Heaven is not involved, or allowed entry, into that particular area.

“The Hebrew word for God Almighty is El Shaddai – the God who is more than enough – more than sufficient. It means that He has the power to complete promises of blessings and prosperity. Everything God does is over the top, more than enough, a surplus, super-abundant, overflowing, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!”  (Rodney Howard Brown – http://www.GNNY.com/2008/10/the-god-who-is-more-than-enough)

Add that to the fact that our Lord Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Shalom = nothing missing, nothing broken), and that He came to give us life, and that abundantly ,“To the full, till it overflows” (John 10:10 )

Situations that have long festered, long established daily patterns of living that frustrate growth, decisions and responses determined by your former nature, rather than your new standing in Christ – all play into an acceptance of long-standing mediocrity and the woeful presence of lack and less than in your days.

The process of heart change involves a daily renewing and transformation.  Let the Word of God, the “alive, and full of power (making it active, operative, energizing and effective)” Word, usher you further into the process of heart change.   A changed heart is the precursor to a changed life, a changed witness, a changed ministry, and a changed future.

Scriptures associated with today’s entry:

John 10:10       Hebrews 4:12