Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pure Heart Week/ Heart Restoration

This week we have a lovely couple, Tom and Donna Cole who have been speaking to us about heart restoration which has definitely been an emotional journey for many people filled with lots of inner healing. Both Tom and Donna have amazing testimonies in which they were both caught up in homosexuality earlier in life and suffered through abuse of all sorts, hurt, pain and huge burdens. As they got older, they were able to encounter God and become saved. They both have such powerful testimonies that touches many lives as they shared their hearts and vision to see hearts be renewed and restored.
      During the first day, they were sharing on the BeAttitudes talked about in Matthew 5. For example, verse 3 states, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. vs 4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted."
-We are to come before God absolutely in need of Him-with empty hands, bowing before Him.
-God created us to be in relationship with HIM and others.
-our weakness leads us to God. 2 Corinthians 12:5-10 discusses how through our weakness, we are made strong through Christ Jesus. "My strength is made perfect in your weakness, For when I am weak, I am strong."
-We cant get a NEED met until we are open and ADMIT the need to others and God.

      Father Heart
-Jesus referred to God as Father (Abba)
-Mothers teach us how to recieve
-God gives men a distinct voice of authority.
-Fathers have the authority to:
1. Name their children: a name speaks identity over us.
2. Nurture and Admonish Children: Father's role is to provide correction protection and boundaries.
3. Authority to Bless children: we are always looking for Gods blessing for us and our earthly father's blessing. As daughters, we always want to know if we are beautiful and loved by our father.
-the father's voice calls the women into womanhood and fathers into fatherhood.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
sin-to miss the mark
iniquity-bent arrow
-If we confess our sins, He is faithful and Just and will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us with righteousness. -1 john 1:7
confess-to come into aggreement with.
repent- turn around
-Repenting is turning from a temporary desire and turning towards a Heavenly desire that is eternal.
1. CONFESS- say it aloud, be detailed
2.  BIND the sin to the cross
3. LOOSE- Forgiveness to God
4. CLEANSING our body (symbol of what God has done for us. baptized with spirit and water)
5. BLESS- being annointed
James 5:16, John 10:27, Romans 6, Romans 3:23

-God created a women's heart to be open and full.
-God says, "It is not good for man to be alone." Job 38:4-7 and Genesis
-psalm 139: God knit us together in our mother's womb and knew us before we were born.
-God put Adam into a deep sleep while in the Garden of Eden and GOd created Eve from Adam's rib.
-the word, "woman" means taken from man. God made a "help mate, sustainer" beside Adam.
-Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 7 and 1 Peter 3 discuss the roles of women and men, marriage and relationships.
-Husbands love your wives just as Christ loves the church.
-Women are meant to Respond. We are to "be before the Lord." Men are "doers" before God.
-women= "responding heart"
-women are men's equal partners, but we are only weaker in the physical sense.
-Husbands honor your wives and wives Respect your husbands.
-Isaiah 30:5, Deuteronomy 33:7, Exodus 20:5 "I the Lord your God am a jealous God and I will never share your affections with anyone else."
-Men are the hunters and they have a conqueror mentality. After marriage, don't let the pursuit of your wife stop.
-True Beauty is inside the heart.
-Satan was a murderer since the beginning and he targets WOMEN because we bear children and BRING LIFE!
-women are to have a heart of trust and rest. Also, they are to have a quiet spirit.
-A woman who strives teaches others to strive.
-GOd has called us into a deep, intimate relationship with Him.
-Colossians 3:18-25 Rules for a Christian Household

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
-God gave a job to Adam right away to have dominion over the animals to name them.
-God placed a desire for men to work.
-Often men get satisfaction from work but often they find their identity in ther work.
-God placed a desire in men to have a conqueror mentality. to "Go and subdue the earth and take dominion." men are competitive and conquerors.
-God created man out of the dust of the earth-therefore he placed a desire in their hearts to explore the outdoors, to be active and moving.
-God's desire is for man to come to a point where they are no longer passive. They are to be released from passivity and turned towards iniation.
-they need to learn to channel their strengths.
-Men are to be focused on 1. God 2. Wives and Family 3. Community 4. Themselves
-Do not awaken love before it is time. song of solomon 3:5