“God is calling sons and daughters home.
Prodigals, those who are lost are returning.
He has already started but He is calling those who were lost back to faith, back to family, back to church.
There will be reconciliation”– Me
Happy New Year everyone! I can still say that on the 7th of January right? Right?!
So rather than kick off my first post of 2019 with a resolution-y, goal-setting manifesto of tidbits on how to live your best life in 2019 (inside joke for my long-term followers – you know me by now), I wanted to pose a question:
What Is On God’s Heart In 2019?
Big question right? And not one any of us can answer alone.
I found myself asking this question, and variants of it throughout the final quarter of 2018. And I sense that God responded but I only felt released to talk about it recently.
To be specific, this is the Word God gave me back on Monday 22 October 2018. It was a Monday morning, and rather than being in the middle of work, I had committed the day to God, so was perched on the floor in the middle of a prayer meeting.
Now I have heard and mis-heard God in the past, so I needed to be sure that I wasn’t just formulating a word based on a recent bible study or something, but what grabbed me about this Word was that I wanted so much to share it with my Pastor and leadership team, but didn’t feel like it was an appropriate time or place. I’m not one to just blurt out a “thus saith The Lord”, and I don’t think those who hear God should ever rush into speak without first gaining the Spirit’s conviction.
So I sat on it.
And I took some time to let it marinate in my spirit, and I’ve come back with a little bit more.
What I sensed was that the latter part of what I was hearing was bouncing around the walls of my heart. That being that God, our Holy Father wants reconciliation, and He wants it first with me.
Oh boy has there been a lot to reconcile over the past couple of months, things that I dare not utter in public, or even type within this post. But God knows, and He still choose reconciliation for me to Himself.
And you know what, there were things that I have not wanted to reconcile. Things that I have done, said, thought. Things done to me.
The regrets, the shame, the condemnation. Somehow it felt easier to just go with the status-quo flow, but God be praised, He wouldn’t let me.
I was encouraged by the Word, a very specific Word in the book of Hosea, regarding mercy, which actually shook me out of my self-serving pity. I could no longer be absent minded about my discontentment any longer, because I realised that God is closer to me than the clothes on my back.
So today, I want to relay the same question to you reader:
What Is On God’s Heart In 2019?
Not just for you, but for your family, the Church and the wider world? Because that is where we need to be, asking Our Father that question, and waiting for the answer.
2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.– Ephesians 1: 2-12
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
To think that God chose us before the foundations of time for today, for this moment in 2019. He wants more for us than 2018, and we can only know His will through prayer and the Word.
So please don’t rush it.
Please just take it verse by verse, line-by-line.
Let’s not be fancy.
Let’s just take the Word as it it.
Meditate – and I mean really meditate…
And hear what the Lord is saying.
That’s all for today. I pray that you will be encouraged to hear from God regarding what is on His heart, and that you will not relent until you do.