“The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the failures** of the righteous, but The LORD delivers him out of them all!”Psalm 34:18-19
Although we may be imperfect in our ways, God searches our hearts and in finding His heart in ours, He mends our imperfect ways by His grace.
Without Him none of us will ever make it!
**Hebrew – rah. Strong’s H7451 רָעָה רַע, ra‛ râ‛âh, rah, raw-aw’
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun: – adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, + displease (-ure), distress, evil ([-favouredness], man, thing), + exceedingly, X great, grief (-vous), harm, heavy, hurt (-ful), ill (favoured), + mark, mischief, (-vous), misery, naught (-ty), noisome, + not please, sad (-ly), sore, sorrow, trouble, vex, wicked (-ly, -ness, one), worse (-st) wretchedness, wrong. [Including feminine ra’ah; as adjective or noun.]
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Herein lies the beautiful balance of the Gospel
While calling us to God’s high standard, it also brings us to the understanding that it is He Who we receive and yield to, “Who works in us to will after His good pleasure”.
It is He alone Who transforms us to become what He alone can mould us to be!
We can never compromise the Truth of the Gospel or seek to lower God’s standard –
Yet His Truth and standard is only attainable in our willingness to walk Hand in hand with Him, and to yield to Him to influence our hearts with His heart — Until we see with His eyes, hear with His ears and perceive with His heart!
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Prophets Live Burdened
Elijah was a “burning fire” and a “troubler” of Ahab. He called for Fire from Heaven and it fell.
Yet he was God’s lonely prophet who also became weary and tired of carrying the burden of God’s heart over Israel and in due season sought a release from The LORD …
“He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors (these people whom You have sent me to bring Your Word to, whom I descend from.” (1 Kings 19:4)
Prophets are men and women fully possessed by God and with God. They are called to “cry” His heart, to carry His burden as a mother carries her unborn child in labour.
They are called to live beyond themselves, their humanity and their human failures, to “lift up their voice and shout aloud and spare not”, declaring God’s heart among His people.
Prophets live burdened…. They see with God’s eyes, hear with His ears and perceive with His heart, they speak boldly as messengers of His heart, yielded to His Spirit, yet they live humbly and walk meekly, fully knowing that they are no more than mere mortals on earth.
~ Johann van der Hoven
Johann van der Hoven has been in service of The LORD since 1991 and has hosted numerous mass revival meetings in South Africa and abroad and is a published author. He is the visionary of Fellowship of the Believers, host to “Eagle Food” Apostolic & Prophetic Seminars, and currently pioneers “Deeper Life” Revival School International, from South Africa where he resides. For more info visit www.sonsofsovereignty.com