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As esoteric as the Desert Fathers and Mothers appear on the surface, I was fascinated by the true portrait of humanity that painted itself through their teachings. Even though they had gone to the extreme in their lifestyle, they never became un-relatable. The depth of teaching on the heart of man is deep, profound, and simple.
A little while back, as I was wrestling with what the Lord was calling us to do, He spoke this to me: “My expectation is that you would be you. I expect you to be the you I created you to be.”
God draws us into seasons where we struggle with our own hearts, in order to bring us from our own systems of comfort to finding comfort in Him. In doing this, he removes the “names of the Baals” and betroths us to Him. We begin to find deep communion and are deeply pierced by his tender compassion towards us.
We become what we worship. When we idolize something, we cannibalize that thing to grant us identity. The only thing we can then hear, see, feel, or touch is that thing. We become calloused to the things of God and sensitized to the influence of that thing.
On a recent trip I had been having a hard time connecting with the Lord. I felt overburdened and overtired. The schedule of the trip was strenuous and I had come into the trip already tired. As I sat down early one morning the Lord said to me, “Come to me and I will feed you.”
When God sets us apart for service He works within us a radical purity that refuses to compromise who He is and who we are. While hiddenness works to expose the issues of the heart that drive us, being set apart is simple. It is about purity within.
When we are truly dwelling in the shadow of God, we are hidden to things of the world. He becomes our safe place, our defense, and we place our trust in him.
Sometime around the end of the summer, as the days were turning crisper, the leaves more golden, and the nights shortening, I found myself at a small Bible camp of faithful Christians. I had been invited to speak by friends and was anticipating the event.
A few months ago, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “In seasons of preparation, serve well in obscurity.” The statement tickled my brain. I pondered what it meant to serve in obscurity. What did it mean to be obscure?
The human heart is a fickle thing, driven by relationships, disappointments, successes, failures, possessions, pride, ego, and money. We lack consistency and our responses to life’s upheavals change based upon our emotional wholeness.
Hearing God is a course founded on the love of God and His overwhelming desire to communicate with His people. The foundation of any relationship is love; an unwavering commitment to one another. And any relationship is lost without communication…
Forming Your Heart explores questions such as, "What does scripture mean when it says, 'The heart is deceitful and wicked?'" and “What is the heart of God?" To grow in God we must understand our role in forming our heart and the role God plays in forming our heart. God promises a radical change from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. What does this transformation entail?
This course contains 21 hours of teaching, small group activities, and lots of encouragement to help you overcome your fears, boost your faith, ignite a greater passion for the awesomeness of God, and propel you into your divine destiny.