"He is the Word ever writing upon our hearts and minds! He writes new revelation and wonders of who He is on willing hearts!"
April 2016 Newsletter
Book of Acts – The Unfolding Story of Being Planted in God’s Love
By Donna Milham
Acts 2:2 “Suddenly they hear the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in
tongues – empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned”. PT
This was the promise of the Father !! ( vs. 33)
I believe this infilling was not just the power for signs, wonders and miracles but the greatest infilling of all – the Love of God the Father poured into the hearts of men and women –empowering them to walk in the love of God even as Jesus His Son walked in His Love and showed us the way.
He now pours out the ANSWER to His own prayer in John 17-
“I have given them the revelation of who You are. And I will continue to make You even more real to them, so that they may experience the same endless love that you have for Me. For Your love will now live in them even as I live in them” PT
He sends Holy Spirit and our hearts are filled with His Love so that His very prayer can be answered .
This prayer was birth in the Heart of the Father and the Son, and they agreed together in unified love, and sent Third Person of Trinity to fill our hearts with what we could not fill our own hearts with –
the Love of God!!
This is the power, this is the foundation – His Heart of Love and Compassion.
It turned Peter, who was quick to cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest in the Garden of Gethsemane, into one who would stretch forth his hand and heal the sick and raise the dead.
In the Garden he observed first- hand Jesus’ Hand of Mercy, extended from Father’s Heart to restore the ear that Peter had cut off – with the Father’s Love. Even though the Son knew he was being arrested to go and lay down His life in love, always He carried the Father’s Heart of Love and Restoration, even for those who would take him to trial and His eventual crucifixion!
Peter was transformed in the upper room by the infilling of Holy Love and would open his mouth to speak and become an ambassador of the heart of Father to those he was sent to.
3,000 hearts were opened to hear and to see the revelation of salvation, only by God’s Spirit of wisdom and revelation could their hearts have been opened to see and to hear.
It came from a heart of love. The gift of redemption and restoration!
Think of it – that on that day of Holy Spirit visitation – Iranians, Elamites, Mesopotamia, Judea, Turkey, , Egypt, Libyans, Jews, Cretans, Arabs, etc.…….all heard their own languages about the wonderful things GOD has done!
Is not the heart of Father amazing that He would send His Spirit that all of these nations, tribes, and tongues would hear in their own language and stand in awe at the wonder of God their Father and Creator.
God the Father always was and is about relationship with His children! The Blood of Jesus on the Cross broke the curse of the tower of Babel and brought again the ability for eyes to see and hearts to understand – God and each other…….Relational Government of God – Heart of God! Family!
They were amazed and perplexed and some mocked………but Peter did not respond in his normal anger and short tempered manner –Now by God’s Heart of love he became God’s trumpet and ambassador to share what was taking place.
And their response –
3.000 joined with other believers and devoted themselves to apostles teaching and fellowship – sharing in the Lord’s supper and prayer
Deep sense of awe came over all of them
Many signs and wonders performed by apostles
But what is the most amazing to me is that the believers met together constantly and shared everything they had.
Sold their possessions and shared the proceeds with those in need
Worshipped together at the Temple each day and met in homes for Lord’s Supper and shared meals with great joy and generosity all while praising God and good will of all the people and each DAY the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.
Because these people were being planted in the SOIL OF GOD’S LOVE!
This was not a movement – this was FAMILY – this was Heaven on earth – Relational Family – Father’s Love – Soil to be planted in.
Self centeredness was consumed by His Love
Sacrifice was simple – because it was not sacrifice – it was the love of God pouring into their hearts and through their hearts and so it was the generosity of God’s Heart beating in theirs.
The safety, the love, the generosity, the deep caring and sharing – this was the atmosphere they were saved in, became family in!!
And because of this atmosphere the Love flowed in and through each of them and as they lived in their communities, it was not an outreach program but a lifestyle of the love of God – breathing in and out through them – and others came into the literal encounter and experience of God’s breath of Love and would go with them and want to become family!
This is what the soil of God’s Love looks like!
“We plant our lives in the soil of God’s love and we watch them grow and bloom” Kevin Prosch