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God's Throne Room Of Grace
In closing my personal testimony I shared with you that the things I love most are "basking in God’s glory, baking and babies." Let me now share more of what this truly means to me.
My greatest joy is in worshiping and praising God. In these past two years I have come to understand more what true worship is, as I have sought to have a deeper more personal intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. As I have opened up my heart and surrendered completely to God, the One who is holy and greatly to be praised, and have come to know the person of the Holy Spirit, I have found my way joyfully to God’s Throne Room of Grace. Through this journey my faith has been built on nothing less than God’s righteousness. My heart has been healed and my sorrows turned to joy, as I have drawn closer to God and He closer to me.
"A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." John 4:23 God created us to worship Him. And He invites all of us to have a deeper relationship with Him. God wants to give us a taste of His glory. He created us with a deep desire to worship and know Him.
Precious women, you are all daughters of the King. And He calls and welcomes each of you to "Come away my beloved" into His Throne Room, to bask in His glory. He longs to spend time with you. This gives Him great joy. In God’s Throne Room, His love flows from His heart to yours, and then pours out from your heart into others revealing His glory.
God wants to give us freedom to worship Him from our hearts and inner spirits, which brings us closer to His heart. Many of the prophetic men and women have said that 2008 is a time for us to ask God for more GRACE. I love what God’s Word says in Hebrews 14:6, "Approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Not long ago God’s "Headline" one morning to me was, "I will cover you!" Then not long afterward, Holy Spirit spoke, "Cover her with my sacred veil." The veil at the Holy of Holies was ripped apart on the day Christ was crucified for us. Because of His atoning blood at Calvary, we are welcomed to come into God’s Presence, into the Holy of Holies, and bow before His Throne of Grace to receive mercies that are new each day. How precious those words were to me as I prayed and ask God to reveal more.
Just think! We are covered by God’s almighty wings in the shadows of the hiding place. Psalm 91:1 "When we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, we will abide under the shadow of the Almighty." We are covered by His Hands. It is God Himself Who covers us with His sacred veil, and draws us closer to Him. Near to Him is where we belong! And He will meet us wherever we are! When we just come before Him in complete love and surrender, in awe and reverence of Who He is, and who He made us to be, He will give us that sweet place of rest and peace that surpasses all understanding. And He will give us boundless Amazing Grace.)
Our Pastor Dr. Ron Phillips at ABBA’S HOUSE has written a powerful book, that I recommend, "Secret of the Stairs", encouraging "Your Quest for Intimacy with Abba Father." He tells us that God has given us a deep desire to worship Him, as our heart cries out for the Holy of Holies. And He encourages and challenges us to seek that place near our Father, to abide in our Almighty God’s Presence. Dr. Phillips shows us "that there is a place in each of us that can be filled daily by God’s supernatural Presence. In that secret place, we find comfort, enjoy fulfillment, and receive the power to be all that God has destined us to be." (To order Dr. Phillips book go to www.abbashouse.com )
You know that the enemy tries to keep us away from God and that secret place. But remember that in Jesus we have all hope, power and authority to be overcomers, because "Greater is He that in us, than he that is in the world." And Jesus has promised never to leave or forsake us. When we worship Him, He inhabits our praise! When we worship and praise Him in the morning when we first get up, when we keep focused on Jesus throughout the day, when we keep Him in deep in our hearts then we can be in a worship mode no matter where we are or what we are doing.
This is God’s perfect plan and purpose for our lives. When we meet Him in His Throne Room of Grace where He manifests His Presence in an intimate, personal, powerful loving way, then our praise and worship flows naturally and freely as from "out of our bellies flow wells of living water." The glory of the Lord is so upon us that we bless people wherever we go. They see "the light of His glory and grace" on us and are drawn to Him.
We are all called to the Great Commission. There is a world of people who are lost, broken, hurting, and feeling unworthy of love. As true worshipers of God in spirit, our hearts will shine forth in His love, in all we do to touch the unsaved world. And by speaking the truth of His Word, we can reach out to them to help heal the broken hearted, to comfort those who mourn, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:1-3
When we worship God in Spirit and Truth we welcome, usher in and bring God’s Kingdom down to Earth. People see not us, but Christ living within us, bringing future hope, love, joy, grace, peace, unity and harmony. Recently in the "Great Awakening" revival held at our church, ABBA’S HOUSE, Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne brought such JOY into our midst! As they have worshiped God in Spirit and Truth for such a long time; have known how important to have an intimate relationship with Jesus, making Him Lord of their lives; and know the person and power of God’s Holy Spirit in such a personal way, they freely welcome the Presence of God in worship services, and Holy Spirit falls with such great joy unspeakable!
On this personal, powerful quest, my "journey into the very heart of God", in these past few years how I praise Him for teaching me more about true pure deep worship. How incredible to think that God has gifted us all with such treasures! And He has blessed us with a deep desire and heart to worship Him! "As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for you." Psalm 42:1-2 "Oh Father, it is just too incredible, too wonderful to know, that You are in our hearts wherever we go! So we can bless You in return and give You, such great pleasure and joy! To bring You honor, glory and praise!"
Oh precious women! How I encourage each of you to find a special time and place each day to praise Your Creator! Spend time in His Word. Meditating. Soaking. Allowing His love to saturate your entire being. This gives new even deeper meaning to "In Him I live and move and have my being". Acts 17:28
Pray and let your request be made known to God. He cares about all your needs. But also spend time waiting before the Lord. Listen to what He wants to say to you. Learn to recognize His voice. I carry on a conversation with Jesus all day, every day, which in essence is "praying without ceasing." I want to always have His Name on my lips. And I thank Him all day long. Even when I don’t feel like it. He says to thank Him for ALL circumstances. And wrap ourselves in His glorious garment of praise. This garment of praise covers us. Protects and even hides us from the enemy. This is our place of safety and security, our true "haven of rest".
I have come to know in all my years, that without Him I can do nothing. I have learned that He has called me forth, to help build His Kingdom. He is my reason for living. In Him alone I place my trust. He is my High Tower. My Best Friend. My Wonderful Counselor. He is my Stronghold.
I owe Him my all. He is my all in all. I desire to give Him my best in all I do. And when I fall short, as so often I do, He forgives me. He comforts me. He does not judge me. I enter into His courts with thanksgiving and praise! He is the lifter of my head. And when I lift my head in despair or sorrow, and praise Him anyway, no matter what storms I am going through, He, the King of Glory, comes in! This time of true worship, as I bow humbly before God’s Throne of Grace, is where true inner healing takes place for me. I can find this in no other place. The more we enter this most holy place, before our Holy Lord, the stronger our spirit becomes and the more joy we have. "The joy of the Lord is my strength." Nehemiah 8:10
Our future plans with Aspire Ministries is to produce soaking, praising cd’s that will encourage you when you worship in God’s Throne Room. The first thing I do to enter this glorious place is to surrender my heart and life to Him anew. I humbly come before Him, turning my spirit heart, mind, eyes and ears toward Him. I focus on Him alone. And I wait before My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. "Be still and know that I AM GOD." Psalm 46:10 Too many times we want to rush things. Too many times we just want to give God a little time, and have our minds on the things of this world, and things we want to accomplish each day. This grieves our Father. And grieves His Holy Spirit, Who God sent to give us comfort, direction and guidance. How can we receive freely, this glorious gift from God, if we spend just a little hurried time with Him each day? He has such treasures for us, but we miss His blessings. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to ask God, "Abba Father, how can we bring Your Glory down to Earth today? And how can we give You all glory and honor today? How can I serve You today?"
And how many of us take the time each day to lift up the Name of Jesus? To thank God our Heavenly Father for His Gift to us, His Son Jesus? Jesus, our Redeemer and Rock of our Salvation? Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. No man comes unto the Father, except through Jesus. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life.
Then how many of you realize that true worship and praise, prepares you to powerfully pray, interceding in spiritual warfare? Just as we are to put on the full armor of God, we are to worship, which gives us strong defense in the spiritual realm. God’s Word tells us that we are battling with powers and principalities in the spiritual realm, more so than just flesh and blood.
In these latter days, God is raining down His fire and glory! And He wants us to be passionate and on fire for Him! He wants us to become intimate with and know the Person of His Holy Spirit, so we can arise, stand and march forward with great courage and boldness, defeating the enemy who is trying to destroy our lives, homes, families, marriages, churches, cities and our great Nation, America. God is pouring out of His Spirit in greater ways than ever before as He promised to do in the latter days. He wants us to take back our inheritance in Him that the enemy has tried to steal. He wants us to reclaim His promises and march into our Promised Land.
Many Americans have lost sight of Who God is! But praise God! We can praise and worship Him back into our hearts, and lives! Our Lord God is Holy! He is great and greatly to be praised! His glory can outshine anything that the world has tried to take away! God wants us to have faith. Faith with no doubts. That He is Who He says He is! Faith to move mountains!
As God gives us rest, hope, strength in the "Shadows of the Secret Place", when we spend intimate time with Him, then we are equipped, empowered and able to step out in great faith and boldly proclaim His power and majesty. As we humbly bow before God’s Throne of Grace, we should also totally recommit our hearts and lives, thank and praise Jesus in ALL things, and place Him back on His Throne, His rightful place, at the right hand of God, His Father.
We need to "reorder our days," as Chuck Pierce writes, declaring, decreeing and shouting out our faith in Jesus’ Amazing Love and Grace. As we lift up Jesus, our Savior, Lord and King then all men will be drawn to Him. We need to understand that worshiping Jesus in Spirit and Truth, using God’s Word, is our strongest weapon against the enemy. At the name of Jesus the enemy flees! God is calling forth His Sons and Daughters of the Revolution. His Love Warriors. True worship releases the supernatural power of God’s Holy Spirit for signs, miracles and wonders. We can rest assured that God has everything in control, trusting Him in all things and situations!
My fervent prayer for you is "That He would grant you according to His riches in glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:16-21
Aspire Ministries goal is to ground women in God’s Word, deepen your faith, help you to have a more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and help you to know the One who loves you with an everlasting, perfect love; To pour into you life lessons, scriptures, and prayer; To encourage you to spend time in the "secret place of the most High", in worship and praise, as you enter into God’s Throne Room of Grace, into God’s Presence, and come to understand more His supernatural power; To teach, exhort, encourage and help empower a multitude of women in your unique divine calling. And to help you "Aspire to be all that God created you to be." You can all be mighty prayer warrior women of God, as He empowers you in your individual high calling. You all have a special place in God’s Kingdom. Each and every one of you can be empowered to help further God’s Kingdom for such a time as this, winning the lost to Jesus. Aspire Ministries is now reaching all over the world as we are all called to the Great Commission.
God knows you. He created each of you for a purpose. And He wants you to get to know Him, Your Almighty Creator, in a more intimate way. He alone has placed that hunger and thirst in your souls and He is patiently waiting for you to draw near to Him. He is drawing you near to fulfill your divine destiny in Him. He promises you a life of fulfillment in Him, to know the righteousness of Christ. Jesus Love and Amazing Grace. And the empowerment of His Holy Spirit.
Dear Father God,
We come before You in worship, praise and adoration.
Create in us O Lord, a new heart,
Yes, these are the precious "evergreen places of my heart". Basking in God’s Glory. Listening to His voice, so He can order my days. Praising Him! Entering into His peace and rest. Loving Him. Lifting Him up in Spirit and Truth, as He continues to teach me true worship and how to serve Him only. "Oh, this is what I was created for! In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength." Isaiah 45:23-24
We encourage you women to write to us and share the "evergreen places of your hearts." Send us your personal testimonies of praise to God to bless other women, touching their hearts, giving them encouragement and future hope. There is power in sharing testimonies to God’s goodness, grace and mercy. Today more than ever, God needs to be lifted up in worship and praise, drawing all men to Himself! To God be the glory!
Blessings, joy, peace, grace and love,
Sandra Bontemps and Janis Smith
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