Changing our hearts

.y prayer for those that don’t know the Lord.


Vfa grow and know God

Visalia First
January 6, 2018
01/07/2018 Visalia First: Grow: Know God
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

2 Kings 6:13-23 NIV
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my Lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord , so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord , “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. 19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “ Lord , open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” 22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
your trouble is your training
Don’t be afraid

sometimes When you follow Jesus and end up on a hitlist.


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

1. An UNDERDEVELOPED spiritual eye.
Don’t just serve, without hearing the voice of God.
Don’t Be afraid. it is the Evil out there that causes us to fear.
Open our eyes lord, to see what you are doing.
your trouble is your training Don’t be afraid.

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

2. An OVER DEPENDENCE on the five senses.
5 Senses connect us to the natural world.
Need to tap into the spiritual world. Faith in Jesus.
Walk in the spirit


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

3. An INEXPERIENCED spiritual ear.

Revelation 2:29 NIV
29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
spiritual ear. Is there something I needto hear?
He moved the mountains, I know He’ll do it again

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

4. Being UNTAUGHT in the Word of God.
Power of discernment trained by practice

Trained themselves to discern God’s word.


Hebrews 5:11-14 ESV
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

5. An UNPROGRESSIVE prayer life.
See Elijah Prayer. Open their eyes. close their eyes.
open the eyes of our hearts.

miranda. Deven, joel Sarah Alex alan staci Melissa Barbara Brandi David


1 Timothy 4:8 NLT
8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

6. A pre-occupation with REVENGE.
Why would you Kill what you have already conquered.
Don’t let people get into your Spirit
Don’t kill them, Feed them
Syria never came back to fight them.
God loves peoplesnshould we


Seven Inhibitors in Knowing God

7. An UNEXERCISED spiritual gift.
lord, what is our gift?
Throw your gift at your need.
if you need faith – throw yourself into faith.


People that make me uncomfortable

On my way home from dropping Miranda off (after a great 2 days of wine tasting), my heart was heavy. I am guessing I miss the purpose of a heavy heart more often than not. As I prayed for my kids, the Lord put another person on my heart.

This devotional reminds me again to pray for those that make me uncomfortable me. Funny, as I write this, two more people cone to mind, but for different reasons. (Thank you Good for speaking to my heart).


give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

Max Lucado’s devotional….

Thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say thanks is to celebrate a gift. Something. Anything. Animals. Bald spots. Chocolate. Dictionaries.
To say thanks is to cross the tracks from have-not to have-much, from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.” Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation; it is a command. It carries the same weight as “love your neighbor” and “give to the poor.” More than a hundred times, either by imperative or example, the Bible commands us to be thankful. If quantity implies gravity, God takes thanksgiving seriously.
Jesus was robustly thankful. He was thankful when Mary interrupted the party with perfume. When he hugged children and blessed babies and watched blind people look at their first sunsets, Jesus was thankful. When the disciples returned from their first mission trip, he rejoiced: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21). 
Thank you, . . .
Don’t be too quick in your assessment of God’s gifts to you. Thank him. Moment by moment. Day by day.

How often I forget to be thankful.  Except for my house, I am beyond amazed at how God worked this house out for us…. 

Praying scripture…

Saw this on Pinterest, so I decided to look it up… this is an amazing verse to pray over your life (or the lives ofthose you love)!

Col l: 9-12

Especially pray if you want :

  • spiritual wisdom
  • understanding
  • to producegood fruit
  • Grow
  • learn to know God better
  • to be strengthened with His glorious power
  • to have endurance
  • to have patience
  • to Be filled with Joy
  • to be thankful


Father, forgive me, for I can be so judgemental at times. I have even judged the Pastor for not returning my greeting.  AND gossiped about it. 

I have judged anothers actions and justified it by having discernment.

From Wordfast devo 


There are a small number of crucial issues in the Christian life foundational to walking in peace and fruitfulness before the Lord and with people. Rightsizing words of judgment are near the top of the list. This issue affects almost every area of our lives: friendships, marriage, children, work, and ministry. Understanding this key issue can be the difference between being a fruitful disciple of Jesus or a defeated spectator of the Christian faith. This issue encapsulates the fullness of Jesus’s teachings in Luke 6:27-38 that we receive back more than we give to others, good and bad.

What does it really mean to judge someone?

Here are the two ways we judge others: when you see someone’s actions and you make an estimate as to the value or worth of that person, or when you think you know why he did what he did.

Here’s an example. The pastor races by you on his way to do something at church. He doesn’t catch a hello or greeting sent to him as he whizzes by. What is your immediate response? Are you gracious or do you respond with a judgment that draws a conclusion about how insensitive and unfriendly he is? Do you compound it further with gossip by mentioning to someone else how unfriendly your pastor was today?

What audacity to think that we know what is on someone’s mind. There is one judge, and He is altogether righteous and able to see into the hearts of men and women. We are not that judge; Christ is.

When you judge others, you are in deception. The problem with deception is, you don’t realize you’re being deceived. You think the sky is red, but everyone around you knows the sky is blue. You would swear on your life the sky is red; it isn’t. Could there be a minute possibility, an outside chance existing in your wildest imagination, that there may be a tiny prospect you are wrong? When you are in deception, you answer that question with a vehement no.

When we think we know a person’s motivation for saying or doing something, or we ascribe to a person’s worth, we are judging—we are playing God—we are deceived. Of the multitude of circumstances in life we can find ourselves in, this is the one not to be found in: playing God in people’s lives and judging them.