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As we continue to apply 2 Chronicles 7:14 which in short, states,

“If My people humble themselves, pray and turn from their wicked way, He will hear from Heaven, forgive their sins, and heal the land.”

Honestly, as an intercessor when I hear a prayer initiative to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14  it has left me exasperated at times thinking: “Of what else can I pray and repent?”  I’m sincerely willing to yield, but often I find myself repeating prayers. But today I asked, out of this exasperation, what is there left to repent of? 

 I see now, that’s precisely the question the Holy Spirit was guiding me to ask.

The Holy Spirit profoundly spoke to my spirit, the need to repent and renounce the works of evil that directly work against the Kingdom of God.   

If you are an intercessor, as I am, you live a life of repentance;  It’s constantly allowing yourself to be open to Holy Spirit as He speaks, and responding accordingly. Not only in your own life but often for the lives of others and at times for regions, certain cities, situational burdens, nations, leaders, the lowly, communities, and any gap He deems suitable for you. 

May our prayers be effective, with every believer, as we agree with one another in faith for His Kingdom will be done, freedom, the reigning of truth, and the healing of our land to be restored, in Jesus’ Name.  

As you continue to read below on repentance/renouncing, you may not find any suggested sin to be an area in which you are actively participating, but perhaps you have in the past, and never thought to repent/renounce by offering a prayer regarding it. My hope is you allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth and respond accordingly.

Perhaps the Holy Spirit will take you deeper still into an area that you find begins to grieve your spirit as you learn that action of the sin has been working against the kingdom and all that you believe in and hope to be a part of building for the God you love.  Please know, He loves a contrite heart.

We are a significant part of building the kingdom of God in faith according to the Word, in repentance, renouncing, declaring, decreeing, testifying, and sharing the gospel as a ministry of reconciliation.

Paul’s words Romans 1:11

 I know that when we come together, something beautiful will happen as we are encouraged by each other’s faith. 

Romans 1 verse 16

For I am not the least bit embarrassed about the gospel. I won’t shy away from it, because it is God’s power to save every person who believes: first the Jew, and then the non-Jew.  You see, in the good news, God’s restorative justice is revealed. And as we will see, it begins with and ends in faith. As the Scripture declares, “By faith the just will obtain life.” 

Romans 1 verse 18 – 

 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. 

The Holy Spirit is Truth.

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 8: 32
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free

Definition Repent: 

to change one’s mind for better, as you begin to see things as God sees them, heartily to amend with loathing of one’s past sins.

Definition Renounce Lies: 

to give up, forbid, renounce.

2 Corinthians 4:2 

But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by a manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Pray a Prayer of Repentance/Renounce: 

Repent for suppressing the spirit of truth,  being ashamed of the gospel, and every lie that would try to attach itself to the continuation of these sins. 

Pray to ask to reconcile and see the restorative work of the kingdom released. Romans 1:16

That the Spirit of Truth shall prevail against every opposing spirit. (Eph 6:12)

 

Pray prayers both on your behalf as well as standing in the gap on behalf of another if you have first- hand accounts or have participated in actions that would work against the virtue of increasing the Kingdom of God. 

 

What is the Kingdom of God

Holy Spirit came to reveal-John 16:7-11 

 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. 

 And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment: about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message]; about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me; about judgment [the certainty of it] because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.

John 3:15-16

that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Repent/Renounce: 

Not loving the things the Lord loves.

For unbelief: personally, in family, church, state, and nations.

Repent for not allowing Holy Spirit to lead and reveal the true nature of Christ.

His nature is not judgmental, critical, neither of a fearful spirit, foolishness, or self-righteousness. 

Pray to ask Holy Spirit to Reconcile: Believing hearts, for His justice, an increase of Fatih.

 Righteousness, Peace, and Joy

Romans 14: 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

If you’ve been sowing or participated in strife, division, deceit, drunkenness, jealousy, spreading malicious lies, gossip, entitlement, haughtiness.

Romans 1  Do not suppress the truth …..repent and renounce these works. 

Additional sins working against the Kingdom of God

Most certainly we know that all sin has roots in pride, which genuinely are working against His Kingdom.
We also know that we are contending with spirits, principalities, and rulers in dark places as Ephesians 6:12 tell us. 

Nevertheless, I continue with the prayer directive released for this day.

Psalms 12:2-Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.

Rom 3:7-the mouth full of curses, lies, and oppression. 

Rejecting Christ – this would include Israel (Rom 9)

Repent/Renounce

Dishonest business, lying to Holy Spirit, being a slave to lies, idols, & rituals based on lies, traditions of men, rejecting Christ. 

Denying God’s Power & Authority 

Neglecting to lift up the Name of Christ 

Failing to show love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created ALL.

Loss of vision and focus

Receiving Faith but not acting on Faith 

Counting your credit with man more than our credit with God. 

 

It’s humbling, yes, but remember the verse states, If My people..

 

Pray, meditate on the Word, seek an ever-increasing measure of the Kingdom of God.

Decree: Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven. – Matthew 6

His restorative justice to be revealed and ever-increasing – Romans 1:16

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14

This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.-John 15:8

Ephesians 5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Romans 15:13- Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 8:12-Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” 

2 Peter 3- Be steadfast and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;  

The Verse of the Hour – You are a Kingdom Carrier

1 John 2:27

You have an anointing. You received it from Him, and His anointing remains on you. You do not need any other teacher. But as His anointing instructs you in all the essentials (all the truth uncontaminated by darkness and lies), it teaches you this: “Remain connected to Him.”

Deborah Somjak 4-Unfolded Hearts
4- Such a time as this

Simply Pray but Pray Now!

Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiose—for your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him.

Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:

    Our Father in heaven,
        let Your name remain holy.
    Bring about Your kingdom.
    Manifest Your will here on earth,
        as it is manifest in heaven.
   Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
    And forgive us our debts
        as we forgive those who owe us something.
   Lead us not into temptation,
        but deliver us from evil.
    [But let Your kingdom be,
        and let it be powerful
        and glorious forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:9-13 Voice Version

Agreeing with you in Jesus’ Name,
Deborah 4~Unfolded Hearts Ministry

He Frames our Future 2019

And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”

Ephesians 3:8-10 Message

Unfolded Hearts Ministry has been a ministry in the hands of the Lord since day one, and it will forever remain under His care and transformation. For He has created, sustains, and shapes all things according to the frame of His purpose.
My gift(s), that He has graciously bestowed, have been to serve Him. While the ministry is small-scale, He is now bringing me to a broad place in 2019. [Ps 18:19]
I don’t feel I can expound fully here all the ways the Lord has been leading.
But I can share this: I will be taking a sabbatical.
In the words of Corrie Ten Boom,“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
Friend, I don’t find this troubling. However, it is a transition I’m adapting to.  I’ve stated over the years to family that UHM is not who I am, but what I do.
The gift(s) reside, I remain, In Christ-that is who I am!
I have strong faith and patience endurance as I’m assured that I will receive what God has fully promised!
The Lord led me to the above verse in Ephesians 3 which clued me in to some of the framing of how I will use my gift(s) to make His Name known in 2019.
I believe we are in the 11thhour of Christ’s return. This will be UHM’s 11thyear.
If we look at the current number ten, it biblically represents completion, divine order, nothing further is needed, the cycle is complete. The number 11 can indicate a time of transition or spiritual shift, of which I’m sensing to be true in my own life.
Many years ago the Lord called me a forerunner. Often the Lord uses things in my life outwardly for what is happening prophetically as a forward sign, such as my description of the numbers in the above paragraph or for intercession or as a living parable of what is happening in this hour.
The Lord shall preserve my going out and coming in, from this time forth and even forever more.
I have much to share, steward, speak forth, and write for the great honor of our Lord.
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Let me end with this significant and timely testimony from my Mom. Significant because early in the year, I was back in MI helping my Mom due to a fall she had. While in the house and sleeping in my childhood room, I had a dream. It was an angelic encounter, as the Lord was releasing eleven thousand angels for my families generational line. I found this odd, yet I knew it was divine. I shared it with my pastors who confirmed it bore witness with them. Again, notice the number 11. After I had this dream encounter, I now personally associate the #11 with the generations and generational blessings and believe it to be a part of the transition of faith in the Body of Christ.
The Lord has my heart and fully knows that I’ve asked for the generational blessings for years. He has begun to show me where I could find them. One is through my Mom’s salvation, which took place during the time of the Charismatic movement. This is huge as my mom became aware of the work of the Holy Spirit through this moment. If we take care of the generational curses, any familiar spirits who come to bring judgement, and all forms of witchcraft, we can partake of extensive generational blessings for our families. This subject deserves more time than I can devote here, however it must be mentioned. For further information consider reading, “Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose”, Third Edition by: Derek Prince.
Be encouraged as we look back in Ephesians 3 and throughout the entire Bible, were we find mention of generations.
We read in the latter verses Ephesians 3:20-2, Message translation:
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!”
Perhaps there’s a promise you too have been asking for!
Why a timely testimony? Timely, because it’s for such an hour (11th) as this!
John and I were in Michigan earlier this month and stayed with John’s parents.
We had planned to take my Mom on a special day trip to Frankenmuth, which is well known and traveled to by many for the holidays. (If you’re curious you can Google it.) She used to go every year and I thought it would be a nice time for her to reminisce and enjoy all that it offers, including a famous chicken dinner at Bavarian Inn and also Bonner’s world’s largest CHRISTmas gift shop.
The day we arrived in MI, she was not feeling well. In fact, she had missed a doctor’s appointment the day before. She missed getting her hair done too, and if you don’t already know, for a 90year old woman making it to the hairdresser is at the top of the list!
I was a little concerned as she had a surplus of excuses as to why she probably wasn’t going to make the upcoming trip to Frankenmuth. I kept telling her that it’s OK because we’re not going to decide right now. The night before our day trip we got all her items ready and laid out her clothes, keeping it simple for her in the morning to get ready. Our trip was planned for Sunday day 5 into our visit. My mom told me she would call if she wasn’t feeling well. Sunday morning arrived and all was going well; it was a beautiful sunny and crisp day. My phone rang and I could see it was my Mom calling. John noticed too, nodding his head in doubt, certain she was calling to cancel.
I answered the call, hearing “good morning,” and was greeted by a strong and excited voice: “I just want to confirm what time you’re picking me up?” she asked. When the call ended, I told John that she’s excited to be going!
It wasn’t until we sat down for dinner that she shared with us what God had done for her that very morning. Tearfully she stated, “I want to say something. This morning I was watching TV (church) and I said to myself, I don’t want to just listen to what I think I want to hear in my own ears.”
I thought to myself that’s a mature statement- I’m listening.
She continued, “So, I turned the channel.”
It occurred to me, she was searching for God’s voice.
Mom proceeded “and would you know,” as she fought back more tears, “the Priest said, you’re going to get well. You might not think you were going to feel better, but you are. In fact, other people have been telling you you’re probably not going to be well!”
She cleared her throat and said, “do you know when I heard those words I said, OH MY GOD, You are speaking directly to me. I could feel those words inside of me. I knew He was speaking to me!”
This is amazing and it is all I could think then and now. Had I known this is what she was going to share, I would have voice-recorded her.
My mom doesn’t usually talk like this, my friend. We are in a spiritual shift. A transition in time is upon us. We will receive our generational blessings by faith.
Faith has action. Faith has sustenance. Faith has evidence.
What, where, or whom are you putting your faith in?
Let us learn from the One who was sent on our behalf, Jesus, and those exhibiting the finest of faith, as found in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.
By Faith We Understand
Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Other subtitles of Hebrews Chapter 11
Faith at the Dawn of History
Faithful Abraham
The Heavenly Hope
The Faith of the Patriarchs
The Faith of Moses
By Faith They Overcame
Hebrew 11:9
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.
In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

The Garden of Gethsemane

Personal photos taken in Jerusalem of March 2017.

Top photo: Current Day-Garden.

Below photo: from a Historical Museum picture of  a heel-bone from a Crucifixion. 

As Jesus began his most personal and profound prayer, knowing of the betrayal and agony set before Him as an intense physical, emotional and spiritual battle was at hand, He prayed. He prayed inviting others to join him.

 

Matthew 26:36-46 Amplified

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane (olive-press), and He told His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [James and John], He began to be grieved and greatly distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and stay awake and keep watch with Me.”

And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

He went away a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words once more. Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Listen, the hour [of My sacrifice] is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners [whose way and nature is to oppose God]. Get up, let us go. Look, My betrayer is near!”

As I read the above verses from a distance, my heart is all in and for my Jesus. I find myself pressing my ear to this passage listening to the pleas He repeatedly makes to both His Father and disciples. I’m listening to learn lessons and instructions, in prayer, as He is leading His disciples to follow; for us to follow. I feel as I am there in the garden, a disciple, near to Him watching Him pray, desiring to ease His pleas and ask, “Lord, teach me to join You in prayer.”

  • We know Jesus prayed: constantly– day, night, alone, with others, before working miracles. We read here He kept returning three-times to pray. His prayer was not repetitious, but continual.
  • It seems that the Garden of Gethsemane was a favorite private place to prayer because John 18:2 says, “Jesus had often met there with his disciples.”
  • Jesus prayed out of a deep and honoring love relationship calling God “Father.” We are commanded to do the same in Matt 6:9.
  • Prayer is not always smooth, as it requires focus especially when experiencing intense emotions, physical pain, and spiritual warfare. It requires more from us when we seemingly are at our weakest. When we come before Him, with humility, at the foot of the cross, we can ask for strength to aid us, in the will of the Lord.
  • Verse 41, Jesus address’ the disciples: Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Jesus knew the power of temptation: He shares of His own distress and grieved soul.

Actively = deliberate, positive, energetic, vigorous way.

Watching = give strict attention to, be cautions, active.

Praying = to offer prayers, to pray.

 

Pray, dear one, pray to your Father…..

 

Gethsemane is where He died; the cross is only the evidence.

Leonard Ravenhill

When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself – a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a righteous or unrighteous man,…and throws himself into the arms of God…then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus defeated satan in Gethsemane on the cross, not by directly confronting the devil, but by fulfilling the destiny to which He had been called. The greatest battle that was ever won was accomplished by the apparent death of the victor, without even a word of rebuke to His adversary!

Francis Frangipane

This is the centre of the gospel – this is what the Garden of Gethsemane and Good Friday are all about – that God has done astonishing and costly things to draw us near.

John Piper

EM Bounds

How difficult it appears to be for the Church to understand that the whole scheme of redemption depends upon men of prayers The work of our Lord, while here on the earth, as well of the Apostle Paul was, by teaching and example, to develop men of prayer, to whom the future of the Church should be committed. How strange that instead of learning this simple and all important lesson, the modern Church has largely overlooked it. We have need to turn afresh to that wondrous Leader of spiritual Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ, who by example and precept enjoins us to prayer and to the great Apostle to the Gentiles, who by virtue of his praying habits and prayer lessons is a model and an example to God’s people in every age and clime.

Deborah  4-Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Courage

Hello friends,
This is David, pictured above. He was our Tour Guide during our recent 10 day trip to Israel. As we were traveling on foot from one site to the next, David suddenly stopped us on the side of the road. He began to explain that the battered bus pictured, is used to pick up the Jewish children every day for school; yet others in their surrounding area yell and throw rocks at them. He went on to say, this doesn’t stop the children or affect them from accomplishing their rightful place in the land and receiving an education. This picture has become a notable moment in my walk in the Holy Land. At our return the Lord etched this experience of courage by solidifying it in my spirit through His Word.

Let me explain: during a study I was completing by Stephen De Silva, it lead me directly to the words of Paul in Acts 20:22-24: And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

The profound question De Silva was asking in his study is, “What are you bound to?” Could you answer that? He further went on to say: whatever we are bound to, is where we will find our strength to persevere in the face of the enemy’s schemes.

And we know, the enemy has schemes and sabotages, that often times sound like, toil, fear, or threats yet our God has a remedy, Courage.

4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry ~ Deborah Somjak

You can listen to this specific yet short message described, at link below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/debbie-somjak/2017/03/24/courage

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and brave, and don’t tremble in fear of them, because the Eternal your God is going with you. He’ll never fail you or abandon you!

The Bank of Forgiveness

In as few of my own words as I possibly can share I want to say the Lord impressed upon my mind a word He gave me serval years ago, which at the time ministered directly to my heart. It came to me through a vision, regarding forgiveness.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.
Pslams 103:8

Vision:

I was standing on the grass near a river. I was holding a small cup in my hands. I was aware that the inside of this cup held my sins. I was prepared to give my sins to the Lord. I heard a voice not spoken aloud but rather an inward voice spoken to my heart with the understanding it was divine knowledge. I heard the words, “it is time”

I began to approach the bank of the river, my feet perfectly aligned with the edge. As I held this cup in my hand, I slowly leaned forward and looked to my left and then to my right down the river bank and as I did, I could see countless people lined up in the same fashion as I, as far as my eye could see, as well as across the river.

The river was the blood of Jesus it was flowing in a steady current down stream…again, no noise or voice was heard out loud; but we each were made aware of the same divine understanding, “it was time.”

It was time to pour out our sins into the river. As I began to pour out my sins from the cup into the river- I noticed each of my sins became the letters that spelled my sin as they were being poured out. As each letter hit the “bloods river” it began to dissolve like ink. Then I saw the ink stained letters mix together with the other saints sins that were being poured out too. Suddenly, the blood current swiftly rolled over the ink stained sins and removed them down the rivers stream, to be seen no more, forgotten forever.

The second time the Lord gave me this vision it was the same as above with the exception of the cup. In this cup, He asked me to fill it with the offenses I had received. I remember feeling somewhat shameful as I made my list but more so that I allowed the offense to weigh me down.

Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, and it is his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment] Proverbs 19:11

Pray:
In your own words, pray through your own sins and any offenses; give them to your Heavenly Father. He knows you the best and loves you the most!

2 Corinthians 7:10 Message Bible

Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God, are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.

In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Divine Promises

Promise
As we prepare to celebrate Easter it wouldn’t be fitting if we didn’t first recount the events that took place in the life of Jesus individually and at our place of worship during what is known as Passion Week, the time from His triumphal entry to resurrection. Jesus spent most of his time in Bethany, just two miles east of Jerusalem on the opposite slope of the Mount of Olives. He probably stayed at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Jesus spent Thursday night praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Friday and Saturday nights Jesus’ body lay in the garden tomb. [Billye Brim describes the third day from her book The Blood and the Glory.]
The third day, our Lord Jesus arose- triumphant over death, hell and the grave-and carried His own precious blood into the Heavenly Holy of Holies where it was accepted for you, me, our families and generations to come.

The precious blood of Christ- 1 Peter 1:19

Hebrews 6: 9-12

But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 Let’s consider a few redeeming lives of those who have gone before us, and their maturing attributes, as they trusted in that which Christ had promised:

Thomas may have doubted until Jesus revealed himself, but he didn’t allow the doubt to remain. He matured through his belief while stating, “My Lord and my God!” Selah. [John 20:26-29 you are blessed for believing yet having not seen]

Abraham received great promises from God. Many which seemed impossible to be realized, yet Abraham trusted God with confidence and active faith. [Mature choice(s) in righteousness]

Jeremiah accused God of being unreliable [15:18]. God reminded Jeremiah of His promise to stand by him [12:5,6; 15:19,20]. Jeremiah’s questioning of God forms one of the best examples in the Bible of what it means to follow God in spite of everything. [Jeremiah matured in his depth of understanding as well as in the spiritual challenge]
Hebrews 12:2 AMP

[Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

I love how this one verse in Hebrews 12:2 starts with encouragement that enfolds us, you and I, in the assurance of Christ. The perfecting of faith is a part of our maturing. The word focus by definition is the center of interest or activity; focusing our eyes on Jesus is strategic victory for our completion [the will & purposes] as we follow a divine and supreme example.
Do you have promises from God that seem too incredible to fulfill?

Hear the integrity of His own heart in this verse.

Hebrews 6:17-18
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Isaiah 26:4 MSG – “Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.”

Deborah Somjak
Unfolded Hearts Ministry

Cited Resource Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Let’s apply our diligence.

For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5-8 AMP