“. . .as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God. . .” (John 1:12)
The word “right” is awesome in the Greek. It means the power, privilege, capacity and freedom.
God has planted the seed of excellence in our hearts.
The right, power, capacity, privilege and freedom to become: In the Greek, the word means – to arise, be assembled, cause to be, be finished, be fulfilled, be ordained and be married.
God has freely given us the power and capacity and freedom to arise. The capacity for our hearts to be assembled into something finished and ordained for service, in place of what was dark and broken
Read Scripture with expectancy.
Because God has given us “ALL things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
Let’s look at Psalm 27 again:
The capacity for a settled heart: “For in time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hid me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)
I didn’t feel very settled and steady when Bill died and my world was turned upside down, but I knew I had the capacity to have a settled heart – not because of settled surroundings, but because my life is built upon the Rock, Jesus. This gave me hope.
The capacity for supplicating heart: “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.” (Psalm 27:6)
The desire to pray is built into the heart He has given us. When we don’t pray, our hearts are unfulfilled. Prayer is much more than a list of requests. Prayer is the peaceful murmurings we share with the Lord all day long.
No mater what happens in life, the Lord will never forsake us.
The Hebrew meaning of “take me up” is: lift and carry.
God has given us the capacity, power, freedom and privilege to have this kind of assurance.
A counseling heart: “The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips.” (Proverbs 16:23)
At my lowest point, God said, “Tell me what you know to be true.” What we have hidden in our hearts will instruct us in times of need. The minute I began to speak the truth, my emotions were lifted to the level of my confession, and my hope was restored.
Father, thank you for the heart you have given us. Thank you that we don’t come to You in the strength of our human hearts. Thank you that we can be bold and expectant because You have built the capacity for strength right into our hearts. In Jesus name, Amen.