"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ."
"Remember, I have given you authority..."
"In my prayers I keep asking God, the glorious Father, to give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him." (Some phrases removed for emphasis)
"... for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. "
This message was created, not just to teach you but to give you an encounter with the heart of God. God’s heart is both vast and wonderful, so we could only touch the surface in 40 minutes or so.
The best response you can give to this message is to embark on your own quest to understand the heart of God by developing a close intimate relationship with your Father, Shepherd and Lover. He is besotted with you!
Below are the bible verses I referenced in my message. After you’ve studied them, why not add to them yourself. Feel free to post your thoughts and findings on our Facebook post for this message. We’d love to hear from you
The Fathers Heart
Isaiah 43:1 NIV – I form you, you are MINE
Isaiah 64:8 NIV – A cry of the Prophet to the Father in the midst of mankind’s huge sin.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – My dreams and plans for you
Psalm 17:6-9 NIV – Keep my as the apple of your eye
Psalm 40 NIV – He hears your cry and wants to put a new song in your mouth
Psalm 139: 13-18 – Wonderful picture of your formation and his passion for your future.
Zechariah 2:8 NIV – Whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye
Matthew 7:9-11 NIV – How much more does your Heavenly Father want to give to YOU!
John 1:11-18 NIV – Jesus gave us the ability to be children born of God!
Ephesians 2:10 NLT – We are Gods masterpiece!
The Shepherds Heart
John 10:11-15 NIV – I am the Good shepherd, who lays his life down for you
Amos 3:12 NIV – Rescues you when it seems hopeless. He cries, “There is hope!”
Psalm 23 NIV – A wonderful complete picture of our loving Shepherd.
Luke 15:4-7 NIV – Searches for you when you get lost…
The Lovers Heart
Hosea 2:19–20 NIV – I will betroth you to me…
Isaiah 54:56/Jeremiah 3:14 NIV- I am your husband
2 Timothy 2:13 NIV – I will be faithful even if you are not
Isaiah 62:1-5 – Speaks the truth of our beauty even when we don’t look it or deserve it.
Song of Songs 2:10-13 NIV – Longs for time with me, every morning
Zephaniah 3:15-17 ESV- He sings over us and soothes us with His love.
James 4:8 NIV – Come near to God and He’ll come near to you..
And that beauty passage at the end that speaks for itself….
“For you reach into my heart. With one flash of your eyes I am undone by your love, my beloved, my equal, my bride. You leave me breathless— I am overcome by merely a glance from your worshiping eyes, for you have stolen my heart. I am held hostage by your love and by the graces of righteousness shining upon you.”
Song of Songs 4:9 TPT
In Christianity, “Lectio Divina” is a traditional practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word. It does not treat scripture as texts to be studied, but asthe living word.
5 Steps of Lectio Divina
Reading. – Read a passage slowly and carefully within the bible.
Prayer. – Having a loving conversation with God.
Meditation. – Thinking deeply or swelling upon a spiritual reality within a text.
Contemplation. – Resting in Gods presence.
Action. – Go and do likewise
Part 6 of Me, Myself & I Am.
Your identity is designed for unity not isolation.
Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God
1 Peter 2 v4-5 (from the Message translation)
Part 3 of Me, Myself & I Am - I’m Going Home
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
“Lord teach me to realise the brevity, the shortness, the briefness of life, so that I may grow in wisdom”