Meditations from the Heart through Quiet Times with Him

Monday, January 16, 2017

Prophetic Word 2017


2016 was a year of Intense Training and Stretching. There was much Spiritual Warfare. 2017 - Overcoming the Enemy and Complete Victory. After 2016 - I think I’m ready for that! What about you?

Here are some things that  I heard in my spirit for this year. Be encouraged and Be Blessed!

1)      Strength will be RENEWED to those who are weary. Isaiah 40:31


2)      Get ready to RECEIVE a DEEPER REVELATION of His love. Ephesians 3:17-18 


3)      Look for Him to REVEAL Himself to you in new ways. I Corinthians 2:9-10 


4)      EXPECT to HEAR His voice more clearly as He gives you clarity of thought. Jeremiah 33:3

5)     Abundant, extravagant Grace will be poured out upon you to be able to walk out the  GIFTS He has for you in the New Year! 2 Corinthians 12:9

6)    Restoration of things lost - According to the dictionary, restoration means returning something back to its original condition but in the Bible, restoration goes way beyond that. We see all through the Bible where God blesses His people for their faith and the hardships they endure by restoring their losses and giving them more than they had before. Amen! I believe that’s what the Lord is going to do for you this year!



Be Blessed!
Believe & Receive! 
Martha

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Don’t give up – You will Recover All!


Discouragement can’t be avoided but can be defeated. When life feels hard, it’s tempting to want to give up but we must be bold in the face of the enemy.

In I Samuel 30 we read about David’s response as he faces one of his greatest battles. He and his men go out to join the Philistine army but are rejected. They set out on the journey back home excited to see their families. As they begin to get closer they can see dark clouds of smoke rising and their excitement quickly vanishes. With their home unguarded the enemy came in and burned it to the ground. Everything is lost and their families are nowhere to be found. It was total chaos and devastation. David and his men weep uncontrollably until they have no strength left.

David’s personal loss alone is overwhelming but then his friends begin to speak of stoning him. They believe he is at fault for what has happened. He has every reason to be discouraged but when he remembers God has been his source of strength in the past, he encourages and strengthens himself in the Lord. 

Psalm 138:3 (amplified) in the day when I called, You answered me and You strengthened me with strength in my inner self.

David then asks the priest to bring him the Ephod. An Ephod is a priestly garment connected with seeking a word from God. David puts it on and immediately begins to seek answers. He says “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” The Lord answers him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and recover all!” 

God answered David and He will answer you! When He answers you will have a choice whether to believe His Word or not. Will you trust what He says to you? 

David believes what the Lord said to him so he and his men pursue. We see in verses 11-15 where God has already made provision for him. They find a man in the fields who belonged to the troops who had raided Ziklag. David asks the man to take him to the enemy’s camp and he does! He shows him exactly where they are. I think this was a God set up – what about you? God will always go before you to set things up according to His plans and purposes.

God gives David instructions to move out and pursue. He tells him to trust Him and he will surely overtake the enemy and recover all! So, in faith, trusting God – David proceeds. David plunders the enemy's camp and just as God promised - he recovers all – wives, children, all their spoil and more. Nothing missing! He captures all their flocks and herds and drives them before him, saying, This is David’s spoil! 

Points to Ponder in Battle

1.It is when we try to fight our battles in our own strength that we become weary, frustrated and discouraged. Remember where your strength comes from and encourage yourself in the Lord as David did. Verses 4-6

2.There will be times we will get the blame for things that were out of our control. We must keep our eyes on God and not be intimidated by man.  Verse 6

3.God will go before you to fight your battles. Keep your eyes open. He will reveal your enemies. Verses 11-16

4.Sometimes what looks like our greatest defeat – God will turn it into our greatest victory if we trust him! God always has a better plan or purpose for our pain! Verses 18-20

5.Realize what you do IS important! Don’t compare yourself to others. It takes everyone working together! In this case, part of David’s army stayed with the battle gear while the others went to the battle. Verse 24

We all have times we get discouraged but my question to you today is this: what do you do when you get discouraged? Who do you turn to? Do you encourage yourself in the Lord when you are in the midst of a battle or do you find yourself wanting to give up?  

If you are in the midst of a battle today – don’t give up! Encourage yourself in the Lord. Put on the Ephod and listen for instructions then do as He says, Trust God to make provision and know that He is faithful and You will recover all!

He is a faithful God! Psalm 89:3 (amplified) O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty one like unto You, O Lord? And Your faithfulness is round about You (an essential part of You at all times).

Father, thank You that the battle I am facing today belongs to You! I will encourage myself and trust You to work all things out in my favor. Thank You for wisdom and discernment to know what to do. I do hear Your voice and I will trust You and praise You throughout this battle – I will draw my strength from You knowing that nothing will be lost but I will recover all! Thank You for Your faithfulness! Amen!

Psalm 140:6-7 (amplified) I said to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my supplications, O Lord. O God the Lord, the Strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Prophesy to the Dry Bones


Prophesy to the dry bones and say hear the Word of the Lord!
Ezekiel 37Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.

2 And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry.
3 And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, You know!
4 Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live;
6 And I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath and spirit in you, and you [dry bones] shall live; and you shall know, understand, and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service].
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them.
9 Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
11 Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are completely cut off.
12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you [back home] to the land of Israel.
13 And you shall know that I am the Lord [your Sovereign Ruler], when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people.
14 And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land. Then you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.

Friday, November 11, 2016

November Word 2016



November – the month before the last month of the year. It’s the end before the end. It’s a very important month. It’s been a very hard year for some of you and you have wanted to give up at times but you didn’t. You just kept pressing through even when it seemed almost impossible to do so. If you have made it this far – it’s pretty much complete. You just have to move on to the next and the final step. You are almost there – this new place that you have been trudging along to get to – plowing through the tough ground – feeling like you are never going to make it. You ARE going to make it but it’s going to require a few things from you like making some hard decisions. You will decide if you will keep moving or go back to that comfortable place – the place that wasn’t so hard – the place that didn’t require so much stretching on your part. You will decide to keep moving in spite of any unfavorable circumstances around you. You will choose to not listen to men who go against what He’s called you to do. You must move forward with a determination and tenacity to keep going despite any difficulties. You must not stop! Just keep moving forward! Don’t look back! You are so very close! The decision is up to you! What will you do?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Word 2016


OCTOBER
1st day – Day of new beginnings – you’ve been to this place before but today something feels different. You know deep down inside things are going to be different if you continue to move forward.
10th month – a month to decide if you are going to accept or reject – will be a testing period. You must make a decision – are you going to continue forward in the new OR go back to the old and reject His purpose for you?
Isaiah 43:19 (amplified) Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Time of Release


The Lord is saying it is a Time of Release! A Time of Release for those who have stored up hidden treasures! There are those who have had Secrets, Mysteries of the Kingdom, Kingdom Keys & Strategies given to them in the secret place. I see a special anointing to release and write. The Lord says, Pick up your pen and write – the words will flow – they will come! You’ve stored them for a season but NOW is the Time of Release! Amen!

Release
·  Allow or enable to escape from confinement, set free.
·  Allow something to flow freely
·  Action of making something available for general viewing or purchase

Don't miss your window of opportunity! His timing is always perfect!  Be blessed as you release & write the Words He has given you!

Martha Smith
 9/14/2016 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sometimes Life is HARD!

REPOST - Just felt like someone needed to read this today!

I don't know about you but sometimes I need to be reminded of some spiritual truths because sometimes LIFE IS HARD!!!!

Today I am reminding myself where my strength comes from. Its when I try to do things in my own strength that I fail or fall apart. I have to stop and remind myself that my strength is found in HIM and Him alone. So, again my armor goes on to prepare for another day. With His armor I can stand my ground and do all the crisis demands. I realize that the battles swirling around me are spiritual battles and are not to be fought in the flesh. I will go to God's word to see the truth about the situation and to find a solution or answer. Even though the facts may state one thing, the TRUTH of the matter is in HIS word.

I know that I must stay prepared and BE ready at all times because that enemy of mine is always on the prowl seeking whom he can devour. 1 Peter 5:7-10 AND I will not be devoured!

My faith must remain strong and secure. I know some days we feel like we have no faith but Romans 12:3 says we've all been given a measure of faith and in Matthew 17:20 all we need is a small amount to move a mountain.

Hebrews 11:1 - Faith is the assurance, the confirmation, the title deed of things we hope for being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses)

In other words - Faith is believing before seeing! I will believe that the battle is won even before I see any results!

I remind myself to put on the Helmet of Salvation because it covers my head in the day of battle and gives me the assurance and security I need in Christ through my salvation. Keeping my head covered will keep doubt and discouragement away that say these battles can't be won.

I pick up my Sword which is the Word of God and realize how powerful it really is. Hebrews 4:12 - For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two edged sword.

The Word of God is ACTIVE, it's OPERATIVE, it's ENERGIZING and it's EFFECTIVE!

When I send forth His Word It will not return to Him void but will accomplish that which it was sent forth to do. Isaiah 55:11

I choose today to pray at all times, staying alert to watch with strong purpose and perseverance. Perseverance - steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Ephesians 6: 10-18, I Peter 5:7-10, Romans 12:3, Matthew 17:20,Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 55:11

Pray this with me:

Lord, thank You for supplying my armor today! You have everything I need to fight any and all battles! Help me to stay prepared at all times to face whatever comes my way. Increase my faith to believe that all things are possible in You. Thank You for my salvation that brings security and assurance in all things that concern me.I will pray at all times and persevere in spite of any difficulties or delays. Amen!