Identity is defined as the fact of being who or what a person or thing is, the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.
It’s very important that we know, understand, and are rooted in our identity as children of God. The identity of a thing speaks to the nature (characteristics) and the source of that thing. Our identity as children of God distinguishes us as people who are godly (nature) and people who belong to God (source).
When we don’t understand our identity in Christ, we will take on false identities and therefore live in a way that contradicts who God says we are. Since many believers don’t know their identity in Christ and are still holding on to false identities from their past, they have a hard time walking in the new man, they have a hard time believing what God says about them in His Word. Knowing your identity in Christ is the difference between living as a victim vs. living victoriously; it’s the difference between living as an orphan vs. living like an heir.
God speaks to us in many powerful ways, but the main way He speaks to us is through His Word. The Word is the means by which we judge (or test) everything we receive in the spirit. Without the Word of God, we cannot judge things correctly.
Join me for this 30 Day Bible Reading Challenge where we will be reading and studying the Word of God for 30 consecutive days through the month of June.
The Lord placed this challenge on my heart just two days ago right after our last (Heart of Worship Ministry) Bible Study. It’s often said that it takes 21 days to form a habit, well I believe that as we discipline ourselves to read the Word for these 30 days that we will develop a new habit of reading the Word consistently and a new love for God’s Word.
This is Heart of Worship Ministry’s very first challenge and I’m excited to see how God will move through it!
What you read during these 30 days is completely up to you. Allow the Lord to lead you on what to read. I will post weekly check-ins and reminders on the ministry’s Facebook group.
If you’d like to find out more about Heart of Worship Ministry or join our Facebook group, you can do so at this link: Heart of Worship Ministry
Below is a Calendar (pdf) that you can download, print, and use to track what you read each day.
Read and study at least 1 chapter of the Bible every day from June 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021. (I also encourage you to pray the Scriptures — pray what you read).
What you read is completely up to you. Let the Lord lead you on what to read. (Be sure to journal what you learn and what the Lord shows you as you read).
Keep track of what you read each day using the calendar below. You can download and print the pdf. (You are free to use a different calendar or method of keeping track).
I will do a weekly check-in in the Facebook group on Tuesdays to see how everyone is doing.
If you’re in the Facebook group, leave a comment below the weekly check-in posts to tell us how you’re doing and share anything God has been doing/showing you through this challenge.
Happy New Year! I know it’s February, but this is my first official blog post of 2021, so I wanted to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year. I hope this year is going well for you so far and I hope you’re staying safe.
During this Valentine’s weekend, The Lord placed on my heart to write a blog post with scriptures to encourage those who may be feeling down on this holiday. Although this is a day to celebrate love, we know that this can be a difficult time for many, for various reasons. Some of you may be single and wondering when your time for marriage will come, some of you may have recently gone through a broken engagement, some of you may be married but unhappy in your marriage, some of you may be divorced, and some of you may be widowed. No matter your relationship status, God wants you to know that He loves you, He sees you, and He will comfort you and see you through this time. I pray that this blog post is a source of hope and strength for you no matter how you are feeling this holiday.
I hope you all are doing well and staying safe during these times. I know it’s been a while.
As promised, I will be hosting another Zoom Meeting! (Yayy!) The first one was sooo good. This time I will be talking about the spirit of fear and overcoming it. Fear prevents us from doing so much and can at times show up in very subtle ways. God has not given us the spirit of fear so it’s time to confront it head-on.
Join me this coming Monday, July 13, 2020, at 7 pm EST on Zoom as I speak on ‘Overcoming Fear.’ I’ll also be doing a Q&A at the end.
I hope you all will be able to join me and I can’t wait to chat with you all!
Meeting ID: 988-959-0873 Password: 9rWr4M.
To join the meeting: (1) From a computer go to zoom.us, select ‘join meeting’, and type in the meeting ID and password. (2) From the Zoom app enter the meeting ID and password. (3) Click the link below then type the password when prompted.
With so much going on in the world right now, many people are dealing with the spirit of fear and anxiety. I want to share a short word of encouragement and some Bible verses to help us all fight against the spirit of fear. You may be fearful about how this pandemic is affecting your life and uncertain about what tomorrow brings, or you may be dealing with fear concerning other parts of your life. I want to remind you that you were not created to be overcome by fear. God’s perfect love casts out ALL fear (1 John 4:18) and He has given you power to tell the spirit of fear to leave! (As you read this and meditate on these Bible verses, think of the areas where you are dealing with fear and allow God’s perfect love to cast it out!)
Some of the ways that fear manifests itself is by paralyzing you, causing you to see and believe things that aren’t there, preventing you from making a decision or causing you to make the wrong decision, and throwing off your thinking pattern. It’s hard to see God when your mind and eyes are clouded by fear. Fear almost caused Moses to reject the call of God on his life. Fear caused the children of Israel to yearn for their familiar life of slavery and wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Fear is not something that should be taken lightly, it should be attacked and dealt with aggressively because it can hinder us in so many ways.
I hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these times. I just wanted to share a couple of things with you all:
1. I will be hosting a Zoom Meeting tomorrow night at 7pm EST
Tomorrow night (Thursday, April 30, 2020) I will be on Zoom at 7pm EST discussing the topic “Why Should I Wait on God?”
Some of you may feel like you’ve been waiting on God regarding marriage (or anything) for a long time and your surroundings and society may be tempting you to just give up. This Zoom meeting is to encourage you to continue to do things God’s way and not give in to outside pressures.
I will also do a Q&A at the end. If you have any questions you can email me or DM me on social media [Instagram: @heart_of_worship / Facebook: Deborah Johnson (HeartofWorship) https://www.facebook.com/deborah.h.olawale/ ]. If you email me a question, make sure to specify that it is for this meeting. And be sure to follow me on social media to get any important updates.
If you are free, I’d love for you to join me! (Space is limited so try to get on early).
Zoom Meeting Details:
Topic: Why Should I Wait On God?
Time: Apr 30, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
*Ways to join the meeting: (1) From a computer go to Zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID above. (2) From a computer click the link above and it will take you straight to the meeting. (3) From a phone download the Zoom Cloud Meetings App and enter the Meeting ID. (No registration is required).
2. The Heart Of Worship Collection is officially up and ready!
A few months back I shared that I’d be creating a Heart Of Worship Collection with different items for purchase via my apparel store. Well, that collection is finally ready!
Go to the ‘SHOP’ tab to view some of the items in the collection which includes t-shirts and jewelry. Click on “Shop the Collection” to view the entire collection and make a purchase . You will be redirected to integritybydesign.com which is my online apparel store.
Hey everyone! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe during this time. So much is taking place right now, both naturally and spiritually. Due to this pandemic, our lives have been shifted, our plans have been canceled, and almost every sector of society has been temporarily shut down.
I’m a firm believer that God allows things to happen for a reason. And although this is a very crazy time in our world, God is doing and saying multiple things through this situation.
As I have been watching the news, thinking, hearing other people’s thoughts about what’s going on, but most importantly talking to God and hearing what HE has to say, He put a few things on my heart regarding this pandemic that I want to share with you. I believe that just as in every situation, God is doing multiple things at one time through this coronavirus pandemic.
A few months ago, I had a dream in which God said to me, “the promises of God are near.” This statement has been ringing in my spirit ever since. As I have prayed and sought God, I believe we are in a season of harvest where we will begin to see many of the promises that God has spoken over us come to pass. Many promises that we have been waiting on for a long time, promises that we have forgotten about, and things that we think God has forgotten about or will no longer do, God says, He will do in this season.
In the dream, I was also directed to Genesis 8:18 which says, “So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.” That passage, Genesis 8:1-19, is titled, ‘Noah’s Deliverance’ and verse 1 starts off by saying, “Then God remembered Noah…and all that were with him in the ark.” In this season, God is remembering His faithful ones and He is remembering the promises He has made to us. Now is the time for many of those promises to manifest. Now is the time to shake off any doubt and unbelief, pain, regret, and disappointment from previous seasons. God’s word to you is being manifested now! We are in a time of harvest. Even as the year 2019 is coming to an end, I strongly believe that there are things and promises God will perform in our lives before the year 2020 even begins. And for some of you reading this, He has already begun to do some miraculous things. The promises of God are not just near, but they are here! They are NOW! Do you believe it?
God’s word is full of hope for every situation that we face.
Sometimes discouragement, disappointment, delay, fear, doubt, and worry can take
away our hope, our confident expectation, in God or in the promises that He has
made to us.
Below are 22 Bible verses for when you are feeling hopeless
or when you feel like your hope is decreasing. If you can put our hope in
anything, it’s in God and in His word. You can confidently hope in God,
confidently hope in His word, confidently hope in His promises to you, and
confidently hope that He will keep you through any and every situation. Most
importantly, you can confidently hope in the promise of eternity with God.
If you are in a situation and you’re unsure of God’s will
concerning it, seek God diligently about the situation and put your hope in
what He says. If you’re losing hope concerning specific promises that God has
said to you in the past, go back and recall those promises to mind; meditate on
them, ask God to confirm them if need be, and war with each prophetic word you
have ever received (1 Tim. 1:18)! Remind yourself of what God has said then
remind yourself that God is not a man that He should lie (Num. 23:19). God will
not leave you to be ashamed concerning any situation! He will not abandon or
forsake you. Put your hope (your confidence) completely in Him.
Peace. The peace of God is a promise and an inheritance to His children. In this chaotic world that we live in, it’s easy to let the cares of life overtake us and lose our peace. But the Bible tells us that if we keep our mind on Christ, He will give us perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). This means He’ll give us a peace that lacks nothing, a peace that is able to take us through and keep us in ANY situation. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, we will have no peace, but when we fix our eyes on Him, we will have peace like a river.
POWER in God’s word to give us what we need in every situation. There is no
situation so great that you can’t rest in the peace of God. The thing about peace
is that you must choose it. You must choose to receive GOD’S PEACE. You must
choose to believe that God is with you, that He sees you, that He cares, and
that every situation is in His hands. His peace is available to you and He
cares for you.