The Father’s Heart ❤ for You

“He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of His eye. “ Deut 32:10

“…For whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:7-9

pink roseI can’t tell you how often I’ve heard and used the phrase “the apple of my eye” not knowing that God said it first about all of us. For me this statement means I love you flaws and all. Can you imagine someone seeing you at your worst and thinking, “I’d move mountains for you!”

Sounds too good to be true? Let me show you in the scripture just how true the Love of our Father is.

In the book of Numbers we meet Balak, the King of Moab, an enemy of God’s people. In an attempt to defeat them, the king hired the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites, “for whomever Balaam blessed was blessed and whomever he cursed would be cursed.” Together they stood near the Israelites camp. Balaam warned the king that he could only speak what God puts in his mouth. What followed next would have you laughing out loud. Beyond Israel’s view Balaam stood and instead of cursing them he blessed them. The king tried his best to manipulate the situation. He thought perhaps if he stood over here, or over there; Balaam would then be able accomplish the task. Balaam tried it the king’s way but each time he blessed them even more abundantly. The king was furious for Balaam had blessed his enemy three times.

Hear the Father’s Heart for You through the mouth of one who was charged to curse you:

“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, Like gardens by the riverside, Like aloes planted by the Lord, …Blessed is he who blesses you and cursed is he who curses you.” –Numbers 24: 5-7; 9

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Do you hear God’s admiration for you? You are the apple of God’s eye. The thing is, the Father’s love is not based on our faithfulness or our love for Him, it’s based solely on His. In the next chapter Israel commits harlotry with the women of Moab. Our God is an all-knowing God, so was He mistaken when He made His bold declaration? No! God saw the sin that was up ahead. Their sin didn’t put a stop to His love or halt His plans for them. While we were in sin, while we were enemies of God, He loved us and gave us His beloved Son so that we may have eternal life.

I know what some of you may be thinking, this sounds like you’re encouraging people to keep sinning. Let’s be clear , a person who has truly seen and experienced the Father’s love is not drawn to sin, he or she is drawn to Him. The more you witness that Love God has for you the more you fall in love with Him.Sin has no dominion over you anymore.  Knowing His love stirs up a love in you to resist the things that once held you bound. Yes, you may stumble and fall but the love of the Father that has been revealed in you motivates you to leave your past behind and press on to the future He has in store for you.

Whether you’re facing trials, troubles, illness or persecution, hold on to this truth. You are loved and blessed by God. This trial can’t curse you or separate you from Him because The Father is with you and for you. No matter what, it will work out for your good.

I have to be honest, there are days when I fail at encouraging myself but God never fails to lift me up and remind me that I am the apple of His eye. His love gives me courage to persevere. The bible is the greatest love story ever told. With every word, every book, with every life story told, God reveals His heart and His intentions towards you. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “ I love you to the moon and back.” Christ did one better. He loved you to the Cross and back. He loved you through life, death and life lived again more abundantly. He loved you Perfectly!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day God’s Beloved!rose2

-A Kingdom Princess

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Falling in Love with Jesus: Renaldo’s Love Story

Wow, when did I fall in love with Jesus Christ! You know I could tell you how I met Christ and I could tell you how dishonest I was before Christ but what you really asked me was when did I fall in love with Him. Jesus came to me in a time when I personally needed a Savior. When I needed someone to believe in me and comfort me. Someone to really assure me that they will always be there for me, and this was the beginning of our Love Story.

I was spending more time in His word and in prayer. Jesus began to reveal the deep things of Himself in the Bible to me. I got to know His character and hear His voice and I grew in Him. I would ask Him for simple things and it would come to me in amazing ways as if He was letting me know it was from Him. Then that day came when the voice I came to trust, the voice I was comfortable with asked me for the one thing I feared the most. I knew it was Him asking, not just because I knew His voice but because only He would know that I wasn’t giving Him all of me. He asked me about something that nobody knew, not my parents, not even my wife. This is what He asked me, “ I want you to love from your heart.”

That may not seem like much to many of you reading this but to me it was the most horrifying thing you could ask of me and Jesus knew it! Let me share something about myself with you. I was a thirty-something year old man, strong, prosperous and confident on the outside but Jesus saw what was broken on the inside. What He saw was a little kid bound by fear. I was a kid who was hurt by the people who were supposed to love me, people I should have been able to be vulnerable with. I’m not talking about physical abuse; this was a verbal abuse that left emotional scars that crushed a little boy’s heart. Jesus saw a kid who placed his heart out there and felt what the world would do to it and swore that he will never experience that pain again. Jesus saw a kid that detached himself from his heart and lived externally. It was as if I placed my heart in a safe and threw away the key.

Jesus knew that the relationships around me were suffering because of it. My relationship with my wife, my kids and others suffered. I want to tell you this about Jesus; He is going to take you into the darkest places inside of you because first, He has to clean the inside of the bowl. So when Jesus asked me to love from my heart, oh yeah, we argued and it sounded like this, “ You can’t ask me to do that, You know this world better than me, they’re going to hurt me Jesus! People are cruel, selfish, vicious and downright mean!” Those were my words to Him.

In the softest most encouraging voice He said to me, “I’m not asking you to trust them, I’m asking you to trust Me.” The voice I’ve come to trust was preparing me to walk down a very dark road. I would still fight back, my reply was, “Lord, I need you to be who you say you are.” And He said, “I Am.” What happened next is when I fell in love with Jesus Christ. He walked me down that dark road. We came upon a tomb made out of bricks. Together we removed the bricks one by one. He would pass each brick to me and I would lay it down. An opening soon appeared, His presence lit up the tomb and there sat a little boy balled up in a corner, rocking back and forth, bound by fear. I watched as Jesus reached in and took the boy by his hand and raised him up. That little boy then leaped into me and an overwhelming sense of peace and joy came over me. I knew that I could love again and that’s when I fell in love with Jesus. I now Love because He first Loved me. Hallelujah!

Seeking Jesus Love Stories

I see social media as platform to spread the message of God’s Grace, Love and Truth to the world as He commanded the disciples in the New Testament. As children of God I’d like to encourage you to  fill all of the social media platforms  with Love Stories about True Love Himself, Jesus. So if you have a Jesus Love Story you’d like to share it by any means possible. Let’s lift up the Love of Jesus to all the world.

I’ve reached out to others about sharing their falling in love with Jesus stories but I’m hoping that some of you out there will answer the call of ministry and share Christ with the tools made available to them. Will you join me  and others like me in this love mission to get as many Jesus love stories out there that we can post on social media. Jesus said in John 13:34-35, A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

So let’s spread the love of Jesus together, tell us about the moment you fell in love with Jesus. When He is lifted up people are saved. Who knows, God may use your story to draw someone else into their own Jesus love story. You can be someone’s cupid 🙂.  Your welcome to submit your love story to this ministry, I’d be honored to share it. Email me at: kprincessministry@gmail.com

I think the Lord is leading us on an amazing adventure in this online media age. Thank you for being a Kingdom builder. God bless.


My Prayer

Father God I place this love mission in your hands. Help us spread seeds of your love upon the hearts you have prepared. Use us Lord to unveil the Love of Jesus to the world. Thank you for your unfailing love. For loving us first and always. In Jesus name we submit this love mission to you. Amen.

-A Kingdom Princess

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Falling In Love With Jesus

One of my favorite questions I like to ask believers is this: “Tell me about the moment you fell in love with Jesus?” I’ve heard some amazing stories that truly touched my heart. With every testimony I found myself saying, Wow! How great is our God!  The Lord just recently opened my eyes to the most fascinating part of my query. He showed me the common thread in each love story. Each person I spoke to shared that their introduction to this relationship began with them hearing about Jesus.

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 .

There was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She spent all she had going to various doctors but instead of getting better she got worse. When she heard about Jesus, she sought Him out in a crowd. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His clothing she would be healed. She did and immediately her pain and bleeding stopped. See Mark 5:25-34

The woman with the issue of blood, heard about Jesus and this led not only to her healing but to  a face-to-face encounter with Him. Jesus Himself called this once bound woman and social outcast, Daughter and a woman of faith before a huge crowd. Do you see the pattern? Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ. Speech precedes hearing. You have to speak in order to be heard.

A Word that Saves

The apostles were warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Acts 4:18-20. Those who opposed them witnessed the power of that Name yet they commanded Peter and John not to speak it. Why does the world fear that Name being spoken? Perhaps it’s because the name of Jesus brings life, change and a freedom that cannot be manipulated or contained. Every time Peter and John testified about Jesus’ death and Resurrection, souls were saved, lives were changed, the sick miraculously healed. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary upon being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles built up the kingdom of God simply by testifying to those who were before them about Jesus.

They spoke about it, wrote about it and lives were saved and forever changed because of one name….Jesus.

When you’re in love that  person becomes the center of all of your conversations because they’re inside your heart. You can’t stop thinking about them  and talking about them. You just want to share your joy with whomever is willing to listen to you. Are you in love with Jesus, the apostles certainly were. They believed so strongly in this love that they were willing to endure persecution and face death just to share that love with someone else.

As believers and ministers of Love we have an opportunity to play “cupid” in this epic love story. Just lift up the name of  Jesus into the hearing of others and He’ll do the rest. Your love mission, if you choose to accept it is this: To share the unfailing love of Jesus to every person God brings in your path.  Talk about Him, write about Him, find that moment to drop that name into someone’s hearing. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. I wore a “You Need Jesus” t-shirt and boy did that make for some interesting conversations about Jesus. 🙂 So if we are to be ministers of love, if we’re in fact in love with Him  then , what should proceed from our mouth? That word that led to our falling in love with Him. That name that is above all names, the only name that saves, sets free, builds up faith  and heals completelyJesus.

Do you remember when your first fell in love with Jesus?


We’d love to hear your story. 🙂

-A Kingdom Princess

 

 

 

 

 

No More Resolutions part deux

post-itA few years ago I told myself, “no more resolutions!” With every New Year I vowed to do more of this and less of that. You know the list. You start off really strong, by February the momentum tapers off, but its okay, you’ll make it back up next month. March arrives and your resolution is non- existent. You do the walk of resolution shame around your house as you take down all of those colorful post-it notes and pics you stuck up to keep you motivated.

So Instead of resolving to make changes in myself, I asked God to give me a revelation instead. Reveal to me Your will and heart. Teach me more about You Father. Guess what, I saw change, real change in me.

It began with me seeing Christ in the scriptures. I’m not talking about the books where He’s visible or the prophecies that announced Him. I’m not talking about the places where He’s hidden in Symbols, Snapshots and Shadows. I saw Him as Noah’s Ark, an Ark that invited me in and kept me hidden in Him in the midst of the storm.

I saw Jesus in the life of Joseph. Deeply loved by His Father, given a robe that set Him apart, betrayed by His brothers. Falsely accused and imprisoned and then promoted to the right hand of power where He was able to offer salvation to His family and the nations around Him.

I saw Him in Samson who stretched His arms wide in the midst of the enemy and accomplished more in His death than He did in His life. Then I began to see Him in my life. I had favor in areas where I shouldn’t have, confirmations in unlikely places. God would move in my forgotten prayers and unspoken prayers. Whenever I cried and said, Father help me, He’d show up in magnificent and extraordinary ways. He always went above and beyond my prayers.

The more I saw Jesus unveiled in people, symbols and shadows throughout the bible,  the more I saw the extent of His Love and the great lengths He went through just to save me. For God so loved me He gave His only beloved Son. God did all of this just for me. Seeing His Love in action transformed my heart and mind. I found myself in Him. Not broken and defeated but a conqueror made whole. Through this unveiling God taught me what it means to be an image bearer of Christ because that is who we are. The word says as Christ is so are we on this earth therefore if the Spirit of God was upon Him to proclaim liberty and set the captive free then that same Spirit is upon us and we’re called to do the very same thing.

We can take up His cross  and adopt His life because we know the end; we’ve seen the victory.This is how I view it, if trials are my prison, then I know the palace is my outcome. If death can produce more than life, then I can die to myself daily. I can put whatever is going on with me aside for a moment to tell that one God placed before me all about my Jesus and save a life. I’m in the ark of Christ, I’m safe, sound and heaven bound, even on those days  I’m not feeling it. No matter what comes our way, all things will work out for our good. We will be victorious like Christ because we are seated with Him and He sits victoriously on the right hand of the Father.

No more resolutions, let Christ be the change, let Him be revealed in you. Let your life be a snapshot of Him. With this knowledge comes a lasting transformation and a confidence about who you are and where you’re headed. Old to New. Pit to Palace. Death to Life Lived More Abundantly.

Happy New Year God’s Beloved!


 

Completely Forgiven

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I was bible study hopping a few years back. My husband and I arrived a little late so we thought it best to sit in the back of the class. As I was settling in I heard someone ask, “I know I’m forgiven, but I still have to pay the consequences of my sins and mistakes right?” It took everything in me to contain my excitement. I had to fight the urge to raise my hand and ask the pastor if I can answer that question and set my fellow believer free. I was new to this group so I kept my cool.

The teacher answered, “Yes, we still have to pay the consequences of our sins and mistakes.” My heart sank. I wanted to say something but I couldn’t. How do you correct a Pastor in front of his flock? How I wish I had that spirit of boldness as seen in the apostle Paul when he corrected Peter. Every part of me wanted to ask, if forgiveness is a gift, why do I have to pay for it? I tell you the truth not speaking up that day still haunts me. I wonder how many more Believers are out there living with this same thought. Saved but bound. 

If I could turn back the hands of time, I’d ask if I could answer that question and I’d boldly say, there is No Condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus! If I’m not completely forgiven then why would God say in His covenant promise that my sins and lawless acts, He will remember no more! When God made this oath there was no one greater to swear by so He swore unto Himself.  This isn’t some human contract, this is a covenant, made by God and fulfilled by the blood of His Son. It’s unbreakable, irrevocable, its Truth, a truth we can stand and hold onto.

Is Sin greater than the Cross? If one man’s disobedience (Adam) can bring sin and death to us all then why can’t one Man’s righteous act (Jesus) bring complete forgiveness to all who believe.

How Saved Am I?

To say that we don’t have complete forgiveness is to say that Christ’s birth, death and resurrection was flawed. There is no flaw in God. There are no tricks up His sleeve or “fine print” in His promise. That would make Him cruel like the men of this world. There is no lie in Him nor does He make promises He can’t keep. He is a God of Love.

Jesus Himself said He came to set the captives free. What is freedom if you’re still living in fear? Jesus was beaten so we can be victorious, bruised so we can be healed, broken so we can be whole. I have yet to come across a translation that says He was wounded for some of our transgressions. Why would He endure the cross for part of our punishment and some of our sins? Christ became our sin, All of our sins so that we can become the Righteousness of God in Christ. Sons and daughters of God, God doesn’t sweep away the Righteous with the Wicked.

My friends in Christ,  Jesus’ work on the cross was flawless and He demonstrated His Love for us perfectly. That Love casted out any fear of death and judgment we had. We are in Christ and in Christ we are Saved and Completely Forgiven.


Scripture References for Further Research

Romans 5 ,Romans 5:7-9 , Romans 8 , Hebrews 16-22 , Numbers 23:19 , Isaiah 53, Genesis 18

*Hebrews 7: 25 My new fav – He is able to save completely because He Lives!

 

 

Confidence in Christ

The Holy Spirit enlightened me recently in such a way that it’s giving me hope during one of the darkest hours of my life. You may know the story well but I want to encourage you to take a moment to hear what Christ is saying to you today.

In the book of Mark Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” So they boarded the vessel with Jesus. Some time later a vicious storm broke out over the boat. Imagine the disciples fright as the wind and waves violently tossed them about. The boat swamped with water. The thunder claps, the lightning strikes, skies so dark and cloudy you could barely see what’s in front of you.

There in the midst of it all laid Jesus, fast asleep on a cushion at the rear of the boat. They must have wondered how can anyone sleep through all of this? Fearing for their lives the disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus got up and stilled the storm. Then He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (See full story Mark 4:35-41)

In all of my studies of this story the focus has always been on Jesus quieting the storm but that’s not the significant part of this story. In my recent study I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Did He not say they were going to the other side?”

Getting Through the Storm

The book of Hebrews defines faith as, “Confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.

Jesus breaks this down even further for us. He says Have faith in God; our faith in Him can move a mountain. Note that Jesus is calling us not to have faith in ourselves but Confidence in Him who can do all things. It’s Him not you moving the mountain.

Faith is Confidence in Jesus Christ being who He says He is. Confidence in Him being the Alpha and Omega of your life. That nothing in this life is beyond His knowledge, ability and reach. Confidence in Him being the promise keeper. That every word He uttered to you will be fulfilled. That He does have a plan for you one that will take you to great heights and depths in Him. A life filled with meaning and purpose. That He heard every prayer and every cry and because you are His, ALL THINGS will work out for your good. Including the things that don’t make sense to you.

Confidence in His willingness to heal you and your loved ones, grant you your heart’s desire and set you free from the things that have kept you bound. That He will protect and defend you. Still the storm, tear down walls and break chains on your behalf. Confidence in His unfailing, unconditional and unshakeable love for you. A Love that cannot lie. A love so perfect and pure that He laid His life down and shed His blood so that you may live this life and the next victorious.

I believe the Father wants to take us to a place in Him where our confidence in His love for us is so great that when trouble arises, we don’t respond in fear and doubt but in Faith. A centurion type of faith that says, Jesus, just say the word and I know it will be done!

A faith that doesn’t wake Him in the midst of a storm but grabs a pillow and rest with Him. A confidence in Christ that is not shaken when things are falling apart or moved by the fire blazing around. A faith that holds on to Him who is with you and for you and can see you through the storm. You hold on because you trust what His word says about you. Your boat may rock, it may sustain some damage but you know that He who promised is faithful and You Will make it to the other side!

Follow the Promise


What promises did He make to you? I encourage you not to give up on His promise; don’t give in to the doubt. He is faithful, willing and His word is tested and true. Jesus cannot fail you. It may feel like you’re all alone but you’re not – Christ is with you. The gifts and call of God are irrevocable. Things may look dark for you right now. It may seem like you’re not going to make it, but Jesus Christ, God’s Love made perfect, says You Are going to the other side! 🙂


-Amen

You Are God’s Heart

You Are God’s Heart

pink roseThis is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1john 4:9-11

You are the object of God’s Love. The one God sacrificed His ALL for. Open up your heart and your eyes to a Love that stands before you with arms open wide. God’s not looking at your past or your faults. Your degrees and accomplishments. All He sees is His Love for you. A Love that never fails, leaves, or forsake you. A Love that won’t put you to shame.

All God wants is a life with you, its evident in how He identifies Himself throughout the bible: Father, Husband, Friend. That same power that raised God’s Beloved Son from the grave, He wants to place inside of you. He wants to equip you and provide for you. He wants to be everything you want and need and more. God’s desire is to see you live a life filled with dreams fulfilled and heart’s satisfied. A life filled with peace and overwhelming joy. Strength when you feel  weak.  Fearless and confident when the world tries to break you.

The thing about God is that He doesn’t make a promise He can’t keep; better yet there is no lie in Him. God says He has a plan for you, one that will prosper you in every area of your life. No longer defeated but victorious. No longer broken but made whole. A conqueror, an overcomer, a beacon of light and hope to others. That’s His plan for you. He wants to take you to greater heights and deeper depths. A place where you’re not shaken by the issues of this world. A place above the boisterous winds and the chaotic waves of this life. He wants to give you something the world cannot give you, Peace, Rest, Hope and  a Love that never fails or wavers. God’s greatest desire is to see you win.  He wants to save you from this empty, fruitless world and bless you with life and more life.

Will you let Him? Will you give God a moment of your time; open your heart to Him for just a moment to see the Truth for yourself. One moment with God can change your life forever. You don’t have to take any man or woman’s word for it, you can find out for yourself.

My hope is that you seize that moment with God while you can. Give Him a chance to show you the depth of His Love and if He has already, take your conversation to the next level. Ask the Father to reveal to you your purpose and gift to this world. The world needs your gift, it’s waiting for it, now is the time to discover it and pursue it and remember this, if God gave it to you that means you are fully equipped to carry it out.

In Jesus name I pray that you see the Father’s Heart for you. May salvation and God’s Love be yours. Amen to the grace and glory of God.

Love,

-A Kingdom Princesspink rose

A Word From Our Father

A Word From Our Father

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I did not redeem you to charge you for what I’ve done
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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1John 4:10

 I did not justify you to remind you of your guilt.

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 , Hebrews 10:16-18

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I did not reconcile you to cast you out of My presence.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

REPENT, says the LORD! Change the way you think of Me.

“For God so loved the world [YOU] that He [willingly] gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  [emphasis mine]

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ [towards you], and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:17-19 [emphasis mine]

The True Lord’s Prayer

The True Lord’s Prayer

The “Our Father Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-14 Luke 11:1-4) has traditionally been taught as the “Lord’s Prayer” but this prayer is actually the “Believer’s Prayer”. When Jesus spoke this prayer He was teaching the Believer how to pray. The True Lord’s Prayer can be found in the book of John 17:1-26. It’s a beautiful prayer one you should truly keep in your heart. Due to the length of this prayer I’ll just share with you Jesus’ personal prayer for you.

The True Lord’s Prayer 

“My prayer is not for them [Jesus’ disciples] alone.

I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,

that all of them may be one, Father,

just as You are in Me and I am in You.

May they also be in Us

so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  

I have given them the glory that You gave Me,

that they may be one as We are one—  

I in them and You in Me—

so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that You sent Me

and have loved them even as You have loved Me. 

“Father, I want those You have given Me

to be with Me where I am,

and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me

because You loved Me before the creation of the world. 

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You,

I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.

I have made You known to them,

and will continue to make You known

in order that the love You have for Me

may be in them

and that I myself may be in them.”

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...
The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jesus’ prayer for you John 17:20-26 The True Lord’s Prayer