Notes from the Heart
“At Hand…In Everything”
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7
Be reasonable. How many times have any of us struggled with that one? Just simply being reasonable…in moments of frustration…of circumstances that cause great testing of our patience or of our trust in God… But it’s part of our journey, isn’t it? To learn to be reasonable in every situation, no matter what it may be.
“The Lord is at hand.” I love those words. He’s always ‘at hand’, always watching, always with us in everyday life and in those upside-down moments when we’re trying to figure out ‘what just happened’. It can be comforting and perhaps even unsettling at times knowing He is at hand. He’s watching. He’s listening. He’s waiting to see what our responses will be. He’s leading, correcting, teaching, encouraging, reminding, blessing…and more. I love that He is ‘at hand’…right here with me. It brings so much peace in times of trials.
I want that peace. I want ‘the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding’ to guard my heart and mind in Him. And so I will lean into the reasonableness…I will lean into the ongoing awareness that He is at hand. I will do my best to always make my requests to Him in prayer be filled with thanksgiving. He’s done so much to take care of me and those I love. How could I do anything less than be thankful, even in the asking?
In everything, beloved brothers and sisters. In absolutely everything, may we always choose to be thankful - no matter what is going on - because it is fully His will that we be thankful in every circumstance, through every trial, every second of our lives. Unless He chooses to keep me here until I’m about 140 years old, most of mine has already been lived. No matter the length of days I have remaining, though, I am determined to honor Him by living a life of thankfulness. The trials will continue to come, but always and forever, He is good. He is worthy. He deserves all of the praise and thanksgiving we can offer Him.
I am thankful for each one of you. I know Chuck is, as well. You are gifts and blessings to us in this ministry - here in this little corner of Father’s vineyard. We love you and pray for you every single day, and we are still in awe of what our Father has done to connect us all.
IS GOD GOOD?ABSOLUTELY!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
It's a shame that people who don't have a relationship with our Father in Heaven blame Him for everything bad that happens. We know that Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.
Now He will correct us, but that's a good thing. That other guy, Satan, is the one that evil, bad things come from. If people only knew how much God loves them and wants to spend eternity with them, they would never blame Him for bad things that happen in this life. Even the love of the very best Earthly father can not compare to the love of our Heavenly Father.
Matthew 7:9-11 says,
“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil,(in comparison to God) know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
God's will (His Word) is for good and He has given His children precious promises.
HIS WILL FOR HEALING
Matthew 12:15 says,
“But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;”
Psalm 103:2,3 says,
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”
There are many promises for peace, favor, prosperity, victory, wisdom....etc.
We have to have faith in His Word and promises...just believe in our hearts and speak it out.
Mark 11:23,24 says,
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
We must believe when we pray and speak words of faith.
Our ministry Prayer Team and many others have been praying for my brother George. He had open-heart surgery on Thursday, August 25th. He was in ICU (Intensive Care) for 24 hours and was then sent to a regular room to recover for three more days, and is now at home. The doctors, nurses and all staff are amazed at his quick recovery, but we know it is The Lord who made it all possible and we give thanks to Him for what He has done and is doing in George. Thank you very much for your prayers. Now we pray for a speedy full recovery and that he will feel stronger and have more vitality than before.
Is God good? Absolutely!
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MESSAGES FROM OUR MINISTRY TEAM
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“The Great Danger of PRIDEFULNESS”
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty [prideful!], and before honor is humility....By humility and fear of the Lord, are riches and honor and life...."Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that HE may exalt you in due time!"....Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on...humility.” ”Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” Prov.18:12, Prov.22:4, 1 Peter 5:6, Col.3:12, Psalm 139:23, 24
How sneaky the enemy of our souls is! I think we all know that Satan plants thoughts in our heads and unless we recognise them for what they are, they are received and can start to change our thought processes without us being aware. It is so often just a slight step from the narrow path that God has set our feet on. This is such a long journey, a lifetime journey travelled, a narrow, difficult path that leads to life. But so easily we can lay down the lamp of God's Word that guides our feet, the light that lights our pathway, and take on board thoughts and attitudes that lead us AWAY from that narrow, uncompromising path that leads to our eternal life with God. Pride is a side-track that will lead us into deep trouble and it is an abomination to God! Pride is the very issue Lucifer had before God! HE wanted to be equal with God! And in his subtle manipulation of our minds, as he did with Adam and Eve, the very thing that cost him his relationship with God he will cunningly insert into OUR way of thinking that WILL take us away from the presence of God.
The old, carnal man wants autonomy. He wants freedom to do what he wants to do. He starts to think he is better than others, therefore he stops loving them because they are "in my way". Resentment fills that old heart, the worldly nature, towards those who have achieved "great things" and he wants what they have got! He thinks he is special. He thinks that God has created him to be "great". He starts to ignore God's commands in His Word because they confront his pride and his desire to be "accepted and admired by his fellow man. He can't understand why God does not answer his prayers...there seems to be a hushed, stony silence from heaven.
The answer could well be that our merciful and loving Father says, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6) "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who HUMBLES HIMSELF will be exalted."(Luke 18:14) I believe God loved David's heart because he was willing to be corrected, and receive rebuke, confess his sins and seek forgiveness from God. This ONLY comes from a heart that is truly humble and does not cling to its own self-importance.
One of the most powerful messages on humility and those whom GOD uses is in the word picture Paul paints in 1 Cor.1:26-31. God doesn't look for the great "leaders", the "worldly-wise" and powerful to use, he looks for people who ARE nothing, who HAVE nothing, who are broken and humble in His sight to carry the light of Jesus Christ! - for HIS glory and praise. He can't use a person who is filled with his OWN self-importance and shines with his own light! He can only use those who are empty of "self" and willing to obey Him in every area of their lives.
The vine...the soil. Prepare us LORD. You are the vine, we are the branches. May we produce good fruit for your glory and honor.
God has been vividly teaching me HIS word as I connect with nature the last two years. A few days ago as I was watching (my husband) Marcos tillying the heavily weeded garden and hard dirt in his mom's garden, I noticed a few leaves slowly glide down and hit the ground. I looked up and saw one yellow leaf amongst the mostly green leaf tree, it showed me by its beautifully mustard color, the season is changing…again. I realized this season is ending, and a new one is beginning. God was reminding me through his creation.
I was reminded that even if we are in a bad season in our life right now, it’s only A SEASON! There will be a new season, a new beginning, a new hope. We must keep going, and stay encouraged, for a new season is just around the corner. Our hope, and our light in this dark season is eternal life with our Savior.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
Will you pray with me…
As we embark on a new month, and are entering into a new season, may we take the time to examine our hearts. As a gardener tends to his physical garden, may you also help us tend our spiritual garden. Before we can plant any trees that produce fruit, we must first prepare the soil. God, help us uproot any sin that has produced a hard heart in us. Uproot any weeds in our heart that are sin or would lead to sin. Pull-out any form of bitterness, gossip, judgment, anger, jealousy, envy, lust, greed, passive aggressiveness, self-pity, self- righteousness, idleness, pride, guilt, resentment, double-mindedness, addictions, any form of idolatry or dealings with the occult, etc.
Till the soil of our heart, and bring-up any past experiences or memories that have been buried deep down in our hearts, which have been hindering the soil in our heart to produce abundant fruit for your glory. We ask with a sincere and humble heart to loosen and aerate, to break-down, and soften our hard hearts, and to also work on the hearts of those that we will be running into this next season, and we will be telling of the beautiful gift of your redemption & salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, so that your seed (The Good News) will be received on good, rich, soft soil.
We thank you for all that you have done, and all that you continue to teach us as we walk alongside you each day. May you grant us your wisdom & discernment as we traverse these foreign lands, and may your voice direct us on the path we should take.
We ask in Jesus' Mighty Name!
HOLY HOLY HOLY IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY WHO TAKES AWAY THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
Dave & Amelia Petrunia
Ministry Team Leaders
Renew… YOUR MIND
Are you like me, whenever you read something that refers to“the Mind” you kind of under your breath say… Ok here we go again, this is the part where I’m told that I’m supposed to be able to control my thoughts, right? Come along and let us figure this out together.
Recently I have been reading the book of Romans. It has a lot to say about Faith, Judgment, Righteousness, Promises, Slavery to sin or righteousness, Freedom from sin, Suffering to Glory, the Law of Liberty, the Law of Love, Bearing one another’s burdens, Behaving like a Christian, Submitting to Government, Loving your neighbour, and Putting on Christ!
In order to truly grasp any of the things mentioned above we need to fully understand “Righteousness”. I have been a believer for over 40 years, so you think this would be a pretty simple and basic one to grasp – a foundational truth that every believer lives by, right? However, it seems this is a truth that the enemy is constantly scheming to get us to not believe in! When we get challenged in our heart and minds, often it is about “Righteousness”. Let’s build the platform to delve a little deeper into how the enemy challenges us and how our minds are the playing field he most uses to get us to step into doubt.
Kacy Brooks, Admin. Assistant & Ministry Team Leader
We have had several brothers and sisters around the world reach out wanting to connect with like-minded believers in their areas. We have been able to make a few connections to date! If you are looking to find others that follow this ministry that might live in or near your area, please send an email to email@example.com. Please remember, you will need to be willing to share your email address with others!
VINEYARD CONNECTIONS has started meeting via Zoom! This meeting takes place every Sunday at 2pm CST. The purpose of this weekly meeting is to build relationships, encourage, support, strengthen, and pray with one another. We are still relatively small and figuring out the best way to manage this as we go. We hope that this will bless each of you with new relationships that can continue on outside of the meeting! If you would like to join us, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the invite list!
Father is moving and bringing His church together as we navigate these unprecedented times! Through these new means of connection, we look forward to getting to know our brothers and sisters better!
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