“They veil their heads and not their hearts”.

“They veil their heads and not their hearts”.
Recently I was awakened by the Holy Spirit and heard the above words from God in my spirit. As I begin to listen to the Father, I realized that He was releasing His heart concerning some members of His Body.  God's word and knowledge of it has become so available to the body of Christ. We live in a world that makes information available to us instantly. We have the word of God on our televisions, on our telephones, on our computers, and in the 6 to 10 different versions of the Bibles we own. We have been given knowledge of the word of God in abundance.
 Sometimes the knowledge that we have causes us to be on a knowledge overload. We learn principle after principle, we gain truth after truth and yet our lives sometimes do not change. We do not constantly and consistently conform to the image of Christ. Fenelon (writer in the 1600s) once said,” We can gain more knowledge than we can live up to in a lifetime”.
The saints of old missed out on all of our technological advances that give us God's word at our fingertips. Yet the saints of old found Him in His word, prayer, meditation, and pure worship. I believe that they missed out on nothing concerning relationship with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Their heads were veiled with knowledge and experience with God. Their hearts were veiled with obedience in the presence of Almighty God.
God once said to his people," Rend your hearts and not your garments (Joel 2:13)“. God was simply saying their outward appearance did not match what was in their heart. He alone sees and knows the depths of our hearts and is alone the interpreter of who and where we really are in Him. Our heads and hearts can be veiled in the presence of our heavenly Father.
A “Veiled head” represents the presence of knowledge and an awareness of what God's word says. Our knowledge is often reflected in our ability to speak and say what is found in Scripture. This gives a false sense of having attained to the execution of scriptural principles in our lives. However, it does not really guarantee our execution or “living out” of the word of God in our lives. We can have the word, know the word, speak the word, and still not execute it in our lives. Man truly looks on the outward appearance and not the heart (1st Samuel 16:7). Therefore, it is easy to appear having reached a goal when nothing is further from that truth.
A “Veiled Heart” is first submitted to God's will. Obedience is the key to being veiled in presence of God. A veiled heart is secondly sinless (dying daily to wrong choices according to God’s word). A veiled heart is a seeking heart.  A veiled heart seeks God's will constantly. It is possible to say we are in God's will and not be there. It is possible to say that we're sinless and yet practice sinning.  It is possible to say we have a seeking heart and not to have one. God's desire is that every heart in the body of Christ be veiled before him in purity and obedience. When we come into worship before God Who knows all our of hearts desires, Who knows all of the ponderings of our hearts and Who knows the very intent of our hearts, we must be pure.

So put on those worship veils and worship. Cover your heads and most of all cover your hearts with obedience to the knowledge that has been so freely given to Believers.

"Dig Deeper"/ "Contraception"

“Dig Deeper”
September, 2013

Early in September, 2013, I sat in the presence of the Lord and He spoke these words to me, “Dig Deeper”.  The Holy Spirit is the One who unveils to us the will of Jesus and the Father in our lives.  I received these words and did not take any offence at the Lover of my soul admonishing me to have yet a closer intimacy with Him.  I began to pray and confess, “Lord I am digging deeper” knowing that He would unfold to me His perfection for my walk with Him now and continually.

In our study of God’s word, my husband and I were in the book of Ezekiel which depicts a vision-journey of Ezekiel to Jerusalem.  In chapter 47, there is the symbolic viewing of a life-giving stream   (“river of water of life”).  In these passages (47:3-5), Ezekiel is taken to ankle deep waters, knee deep waters, waist deep waters, and finally waters that could only be navigated by swimming. When I came upon these scripture passages, they began to unfold within me an understanding of the command to “Dig Deeper”.  I’m sure that the understanding of “digging deeper” will continue to unfold throughout my life.

The life giving flow that God desires for each of us does not reside in measures where we are assured of our spiritual standing with things we have learned and practiced.  There is a depth that God is calling us to where we cannot depend on our past or present knowledge of Him.  We must get to the place where we begin “swimming under the power of the guidance of the Holy Spirit” totally and completely.  In this state, we will realize that it is God and God alone who is bringing forth His will in our lives.  We are not leaning to our own understanding because it does not work in this arena where Jesus is Lord of “All”.  Self interest, self-absorption, self-will, pride, subtle pride, and all that the Holy Spirit reveals and illumines must be abandoned by us to “swim” in the waters of His presence.  It is when we “swim” that His perfect will is unfolding for our lives.

I am challenged by my Savior to “Dig Deeper”.  I invite you as Believer to ask the Holy Spirit how this challenge can unfold in your life.
 “Dig Deeper”
Marsha Deveaux Johnson, http://hepzibah40.blogspot.com

A device or chemical used to prevent pregnancy.
Spiritual Contraception:
Any device or practice allowed in the life of the Believer to prevent the conception, growth, development, and production of God’s will.

As I sat in the presence of the Lord, He spoke the word “contraception” to me.  I immediately knew what the word meant and awaited His explanation of this release.  He began to elaborate in my spirit that His people are allowing hindrances (i.e., contraception) to abide in their lives that shut down the natural spiritual pregnancies that are supposed to happen, come to term and  bring forth the fruit of His will in their lives.

When pregnancy is prevented, it disorders the flow of nature and reroutes hormones in the physical body.  This is also true in the body of Christ.  When the will of God is shut down in our individual lives, we do not prosper spiritually.  We become stagnant, self-absorbed, self-directed, self-willed, and generally running our own show.  This brings us to the point where we cannot get pregnant and produce the fruit that is to bless the body of Christ.  Christ blesses us to be a blessing.  When we shut down the blessing of proper fruit production, we cannot bless others.

I prayed a prayer that God would first reveal to me the contraceptive measures I am allowing in my life that would hinder the spiritual pregnancies that should come forth in me.  I want to produce all that God has ordained from before the foundation of the world for my life.

Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to impregnate you with God’s will and purpose?
Are you taking/allowing contraceptives (spiritual hindrances) to shut down the God ordained spiritual pregnancies?
What are you allowing that is preventing the spiritual pregnancy ordained by God?
Name the contraceptives and begin to ask the Holy Spirit to help you obey God.

Marsha Deveaux Johnson, http://hepzibah40.blogspot.com

Happy New Year in Jesus!

“Read the gospels, see what I did, and do what I did.”
(Rhema word from the Lord Jesus given to Marsha Deveaux Johnson many years ago)

What did Jesus do?
Even though He was fully God, He did nothing of Himself. John 5:30
We must follow Him in this example.  Our lives must totally reflect the will of the Father.  Jesus accomplished God’s will for His earthly mission by death on the cross.  We must also accomplish God’s will for our earthly mission by the death of our self life.  We must daily surrender to God’s will and purpose totally.

Even though He was fully God, He did not minister under His own power. Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38
We must follow Him in this example.   We must not minister out of our own selves and acquired knowledge.  Total dependency must be upon the Holy Spirit for ministry.  The Holy Spirit led path for ministry yields to fulfilling God’s purpose and “Life”.  Self propelled ministry leads to aborting God’s plan and “Death”.

His earthly purpose was not to please Himself, but rather to bring the lost back to relationship with the Father. John 3:16-17, Mark 16:15-20.
We must follow Him in this example.   It is also our purpose to bring the lost back to relationship with the Father.  Whatever we desire to pursue as a career in life, we train for it.  Our training for being like Jesus is to first accept Him as our Savior.  We then invite Him to live His life in us.  We immerse ourselves in His word and exchange our life for His life.   It is only then that we can fulfill our purpose on earth.

2013 Good News!
Isaiah 3:10-11
“Say to the righteous, it shall be well with him:  for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.  Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him:  for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”
To submerge into liquid; to become deeply involved; to baptize by submersing the body completely in water (God’s Word/Power).  2013 is the year of immersing into the word and power of God!  Be ready to do this for Eternity!

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.