Consecration, Intimacy, Worship

With all my heart. 

I’ve always loved the story of Mary and her alabaster jar. Withholding nothing she broke her most precious treasure and poured it all out upon the feet of the One she loved. 

Do you know how you have come face to face with the presence of God? It is when the only response that remains is the burning desire to pour all of yourself out before Him. To give and give and give of every last drop of your soul until there is absolutely nothing left. 

More than just emotion, more than just fleeting feelings, the Holy Spirit quickens us out of our natural apathy and selfishness as we behold the face of One so worthy that we cannot help but to desperately fall at His feet and freely give our all. 

“I want to be Yours. Please, only let me be Yours.” This is the heart wrenching cry that rings through the chambers of my dry and dusty soul when His presence sweeps over my heart like a fiery wind. 

To be fully given to the One who has given it all to be near to us. To yield and surrender into perfect oneness. To love, not just in parts but in complete and utter entirety. This – this is the sweetest fragrance of worship. 

“… And you shall love the Lord Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your entire soul and with your entire mind and with all your power.” Mark 12:30 

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Consecration, Forerunner Message, Intimacy, Longing, Love, Process, The Church

Extravagant Devotion

We are living in unusual hours where God is raising up a people of extravagant devotion to partner with Him to do the extraordinary acts. As He promised, there is a time coming where He will pour out His spirit in such a way that will far surpass the book of Acts. No eye has seen and no mind has dreamed of the kind of works He is about to do through His people in the last days.

But if our hearts are not ready, God will hold back. This is His kindness, because if we are not first established in love, our hearts will move the moment signs and wonders come. If our reward is not Jesus alone, our eyes will be taken off Him and focused onto ourselves the moment He allows great works to flow through our lives. Our reward has to be found in living before His eyes alone. Our success has to come not from ministry, nor signs and wonders, but in loving Him and being loved by Him.

We cannot do extravagant acts until we have extravagant devotion. Then and only then, our hearts will not move. Miracles, signs and wonders are good things – but they are simply a sideshow. Above all, He desires hearts that burn before Him.

So Lord, do not promote us until our hearts are ready. Hide us in Your presence, and root us deep in the soil of Your love. Do not send us out until You alone have become our One Thing.

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