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Musical Monday Good Good Father

Today’s Musical Monday is Good Good Father by Housefires. This has been one of my go to songs for quite a while now.

It’s a great song about identity and how we see ourselves and Papa God. He’s a Good Good Father it’s who He is. And we are loved by Him, that’s who we are!

If you prefer seeing the lyrics, here’s Bethel’s version with the lyrics.

Something to ponder (and declare outloud) while you wander…The Great I AM is Love and I am His beloved.

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John 3:19 Choosing Darkness

“And here is the basis of their judgment: The Light of God has now come into the world, but the hearts of people love their darkness more than Light, because they want the darkness to conceal their evil.” John 3:19 TPT

It’s sad that a majority of the people in this world have no comprehension that they are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

Something to ponder while you wander…Those who don’t know and don’t feel loved will display the worst they have to offer. They will choose darkness & judgment over Love. Be compassionate to those in darkness, Jesus Himself said, “Father forgive them. They know not what they’re doing.”

John 3:18 No Condemnation

“So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in Him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the Name of God’s beloved Son.”John 3:18 TPT

We are free from condemnation, so please stop beating yourself up! Be kind to yourself. Love yourself right where you are now. Give yourself some grace as you heal, learn, and grow. Papa God loves you right now, unconditionally. Please love yourself that way.

Something to ponder while you wander…as you love yourself so will you love others. (Love thy neighbor as ye love thyself).

PS A note about our treatment of non-believers, please remember this verse in its context. Papa God so loves the world. He desires us to be kind and show His love so the world will choose to come out from under condemnation by believing and receiving all Jesus came to give them.

Bonus pondering point…God’s benefits are so good and His abundance so vast that He always has more than enough for everyone. You will not lose a single solitary thing by sharing Jesus. That person will not and cannot take your place in the kingdom, as everyone has a good spot. God will not love them more than you, as His love is constant. His love does not grow, change, nor diminish. They cannot steal what meant for you, God secures what’s yours (Psalm 16:5).

John 3:17 Not the Judge

“God did not send His Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!” John 3:17 TPT

Jesus came to love, serve, and set people free. He didn’t come to judge and condemn.

Something to ponder as you wander…if we’re called to do even greater things than Jesus, how much more should we be loving, serving and setting people free?

John 3:16 The Whole World

“For this is how much God loved the world–He gave His uniquely conceived son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” John 3:16 TPT

God hasn’t given up on any of us, He still believes the world is worth the sacrifice.  He still loves us unconditionally and eternally.

Need something to ponder while you wander today? Ponder that you were loved this much even before the foundation of the world.

Guarding your heart

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When I was young I remember hearing “Guard your heart.” And I imagined a huge fortress around my heart. Then as the years went by I built that fortress, brick by brick.

In the last few years, God’s been dismantling this fortress of solitude and asking me to be vulnerable. I’ve always loathed that word. Vulnerable. To me it screams weak and pitiful. A pathetic damsel in distress. But I’ve learned that vulnerability is about being who He created me to be without fear. But we will leave that for another day. Today it’s about the meaning of guarding your heart.

The verse in question is found in Proverbs 4:23. Here it is in the RSV version:  “Keep your heart with all vigilance; for from it flow the springs of life.

That word keep (sometimes translated guard) refers to tending and keeping a vineyard or a garden. It’s about weeding, pruning, and upkeep.

This is important because our heart is like a spring from which everything flows. We need to keep our spring of life clean & free of contaminates, like bitterness, envy, fear, jealousy, unforgiveness & hate, because everything we believe & do starts in the heart. See the verse below.

It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. Then he added, ‘It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.” Mark 7:15, 20-22 NLT

Not sure about your heart condition? Two ways to check:
1. Check what’s coming out of your mouth. What you say is the overflow from your heart. (Luke 6:45). Are you being negative? Are you continually beating yourself up? Are you gossiping and bashing people? Are you crossing lines in your conversations with married folks or people in general? If so, take these things to the Lord and ask Him to share with you what the root is of that behavior.

2. Or you can simply ask God to check your heart and reveal anything to you that needs to be addressed or might cause problems for you down the road. Remember that He created us, and knows our hearts intimately. (Psalm 33:15, 44:21& Psalm 139) You can find David seeking the Lord about his heart condition throughout the Psalms, like in verses 19:12 & 26:2.

God loves you passionately! He desires  you to be whole! “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will  take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 NLT  Your wholeness matters more to Him than what you will accomplish with Him.

The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

God is all about the heart.  God anointed David king solely because of his heart. Not his height, nor his weight. Not because of how handsome he was, nor His birth order.

Just like David your heart is precious to Him. So much so, that He will Himself guard your heart with His peace.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts & minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

This word guard, unlike keep in Proverbs, refers to a military guard. In other words, God guards our heart with His peace like a military guard in prevention of a hostile invasion, so it and our mind can be at rest. His peace operates no matter the circumstances. This means we have no need for the brick fortresses we build for ourselves. We need only trust the Lord.

I know that’s easier said than done my friends, especially when our trust has been repeatedly violated or our heart is broken. But like everything  else in life it’s a choice. You can choose to guard your broken heart yourself or you can allow the Lord to give you a new whole one. Choice is always yours.

Point to ponder while you wander…”The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18 NLT