Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Meditating on the Word

Meditating on the Word has been the key to growth in my spiritual life. Recently I just sat with the Lord and thought about my journey into the deeper walk with God. Looking at the road behind me that has led me to where I am in my intimate relationship with Him. One of the greatest teachings that changed my prayer life forever, was Kirk Bennett's Revelation by Meditation. I was completely unlocked and set free from trying to connect with God in a place of ritual prayer. 
     Let me first say, that I believe in ritual prayer. That is, a designated time and place where you are committed and disciplined in meeting with God. My prayer life was very much me reaching, grasping, pulling, and striving to touch God all the time. I was constantly aching and crying out, "God! Come here! Come and be with me!"
    When I began to simply take the scripture and meditate on it, I began to hear God say, "Gina, come up here, come be with me."
Have you been feeling like your prayer life is drugging hard work? Like there is a lot of striving, but little enjoyment? Think about this, the God, the one true and living God, who created the worlds, the beautiful galaxies, exposing His beautiful creative self through creation, is the most enjoyable supernatural person to be with. Shouldn't our prayer time (which is simply our "being with God time") be the most beautiful, enjoyable, and creative time we have? 
     Currently, I am going through some personal meditation in the Theophanies. The "what-a-what-a" you ask? "Theo" meaning "God", "Phainein" meaning "to show" or "seen". They are "God-sightings" in the Bible. They are the times God has allowed a man to see His heavenly dwelling, the activities that surround the throne,  and Jesus appearing before His incarnation.
    Meditating on the theophanies is a great way to start if you are in that place asking God for fresh revelation, and He is saying to you, "come up here".

Click Here for a downloadable Theophanies Prayer Outline.

Simply grab your Bible, and look up one of the passages
  1. Read the passage through once to get a context of whats going on. 
  2. Read the passage a second time slowly. When you hit a verse that explains what is being seen or heard by the author, stop. 
  3. Meditate (think upon, consider) what is being revealed about God in that verse. 

I ask myself these questions:
  1. What is God showing me about Himself?
  2. Why is God revealing that?
 Then I take time just to picture the scene, and worship God in the context of how He has revealed Himself.

There is nothing more hopeful or encouraging to the human heart than getting a picture of heaven in us. I encourage you to try this. Tell me what you think. - gina

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Holding On to Truth

Holding On to Truth is hard to do when the storms of life come. Through the years the Lord has been faithful to give me songs to sing during the times of life when my heart feels sad, dull, and asleep. 
    It's funny because I think of how the children of Israel turned away from God and built a golden calf to worship less than 100 days after witnessing the greatest signs and wonders of all time! To think about how fickle and frail our souls are, that one minute we are encountering God, and the next questioning His very existence!
    I can imagine the scene, and funny how we think the Hebrews were so weak in their faith. But I have found myself in the same place. When I think that God is going to do something, and He doesn't. Or when I think I deserve something from Him, be it His presence to encounter me, or just hearing a small voice speak, and when there is nothing, how faith dwindles like a smoldering fire. 
   Today, I wanted to encourage you, that when you do not see, when you do not hear, and when it seems His presence has been removed from you, spend time building up your inner man by recalling the thoughts of who He is, hold on to the truth.

Here is the chorus from a song I wrote a couple months ago that you can play on the player of this blog, it's titled "Your Burning Eyes" and it helps me hold onto truth.

"You never change, Your eyes are always on me, just the sameYour burning eyes, they are a flame of fire, oh how they burn, they never turn away."

Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Finally Here!

It's Finally Here! And I am so glad to share with you...

                    The Song of Solomon for kids? 

YES! Just like adults, kids need to know that God really loves them. Until we have revelation-knowledge of how God feels about us, we will never be able to pray through the 'right' lens, seeing God as the loving Father that really likes us! 
     In these ten lessons, kids will go on a journey into discovering God's heart for them using key passages from the Song of Solomon. They will also learn the basic language and symbols from the Song of Solomon and gain understanding of intimacy with God. 
    Each week, there is four segments, Lesson, Hearing God Time, Practical Application, and Prayer. Taking time each week in class to have prayer time to absorb the lesson and pray using the scriptures helps have a greater impact in their hearts. Each week the children will facilitate a prayer meeting and pray for understanding for their hearts and the hearts of children and youth to discover Gods heart.
     You can also order a Student Discovery Journal, called the "Student Workbook, for each student in the class that they can do during the week at home in between lessons. The journal will help kids to have focused time with God when they are at home keeping them connected to each week's topics and tracking whats happening in their heart as they grown closer to God. 
     It is our prayer that your children, and the children in your ministry, encounter the loving, intimate, and personal relationship-heart of God!

See the links in the Children's Equipping Materials Section for FREE Downloads that coordinate with the lesson.