Esther’s Warriors Ministry
SEEK: Stay Equipped, Empowered, Kingdom focused
Daylight Savings Time begins today! I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward. This is an exciting day as it reminds us that spring is just around the corner. For those in the colder climates the thought of spring brings a smile to the face. I currently live in the Northeast and the sound of birds chirping last week was wonderful. Today there is sun and the sight of green grass beneath the melting snow. The hope of spring brings the hope of new things and seasonal shifts to a more carefree time.
What Season Are You In?
Sometimes in the bleakest season it is difficult to believe that a season change will ever come. You can feel forever trapped in the gloom of circumstances beyond your earthly control. The important thing to remember is that life seasons change as seasons do in nature. Situations shift and relief comes. Change does not always come in a way you would fashion for yourself but it does come in His way and in His timing.
Sometimes the shift has already come yet you can remain stuck in a mindset of the past. You may not readily see the changes that have taken place or that are taking place. You can be so overwhelmed from longstanding pressure that you can miss it. I know this has happened to me several times. Something so heavy has changed but having operated under its weight for so long I initially failed to realize that a shift had indeed taken place. A mindset change was in order to operate in the ‘new normal’ of life unencumbered by the long held weight. Sometimes a heart (and it is always a heart issue) change is in order.
Check Your Heart
Most often the real shifts in life take place in your heart. I believe that a heart shift can be the most challenging to achieve yet it is the most profound and lasting change that can ever take place. A heart change affects how you engage with others in your life. It affects how you consider your environment. It affects your very life view. A true heart change can forever shift you to a new season though circumstances around you may not change.
In the Bible you read to guard your heart for out of your heart will come the issues of life. To guard is to be a lookout ever vigilant that nothing harmful will enter. What is harmful to your heart on a spiritual level? Do you find yourself upset a lot with people around you? Does the slightest thing appear as if it is a huge affront to you? Do you find yourself always complaining? Toxic thoughts about family members and others, negativity of any kind, unkind words that can take root in the heart are a few destructive heart patterns. Take a minute to think about what might constitute harmful heart issues for you personally. Are you ready to release them and allow a shift to take place in your heart and in your life?
Today is the Day!
Today is the perfect time to release heart issues that no longer serve you. Do not stay stuck in unhealthy patterns. There is much that awaits you as spring and summer unfold. God has a plan for you for hope and a future. His is a good plan but does not include negative heart issues from your past. Is it worth holding on to past hurts and perceived wrongs? Let go. They no longer serve any fruitful purpose. Give them to the Lord and do not look back. Makes amends if need be and move forward. It is the dawning of a new day. Let the love of Christ shine forth in every recess of your heart. ‘Spring ahead’ today and let Jesus wash your heart clean.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30)
A Prayer Request
Thank you for your continued faithfulness to pray. Please keep all who serve our country, our servicemen and women and their families in prayer for salvation and safety. They are our frontline on the battlefield, let us be their frontline in the spirit. Also, let us cover all who have come home wounded that they and their families will receive the kindness, help and support they need to go forward in their lives. God bless all our diplomatic and military personnel and their families. Please pray for all in authority over us, for the full truth to come forth concerning Benghazi, for all affected by recent devastating weather conditions and for safety in Israel. May God richly bless the United States of America and keep her safe. May we may arise united in this auspicious season in our country’s history.
My Prayer for You
Father I lift up my friend reading this and I thank You that You hold them in the palm of Your hand safe from the snares of the enemy. Let Your grace enfold them and be a mighty fortress around them. Thank You Lord that You are their shield and their exceedingly great reward. Help them to search their heart to the very depths and remove all patterns not in line with Your divine will for their life. Let Your light shine ever in their heart and in their life. Bring them to a new season with You, Lord, for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen and amen.
Do Not Miss This: The Bible miniseries tonight at 8 p.m. EST on the History channel. It will run through Easter Sunday. As more Bible movies are being developed in Hollywood, pray that these endeavors will reach far beyond what we can think or imagine for God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven in Jesus’ name.