Archive for July 18th, 2009

Stir Up Your Heart

July 18, 2009

Someone noticed the coldness of the winter season in this picture and related it to hearts growing cold as the day of the Lord approaches. I wasn’t even noticing the coldness when I made this — I was actually thinking about being in the desert with no water. The Lord really encouraged me that I would make it thru this season. For the sparrow the winter season seems the hardest. I was thinking about the lack of food & water, but growing cold is just as dangerous!

Matthew 24:11-13    Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

As the darkness increases so too will the coldness of hearts
Do not fear this increasing coldness
Do not fear being swallowed up by this darkness
Hold fast
Refuse to allow the coldness of the season to dampen your desire
… to fulfill your calling
Remember your first love
Stir up the flames of hope in your heart
The flame of hope that pierces the night
Keep the flame burning, hold on to God’s promises, hold on tight
For we know it’s at this darkest moment that
… the bright morning star comes into sight!
When the enemy comes in like a flood
The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him
And put him to flight. -Isa 59:19

Hebrews 10:23-25    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 

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